Good morning all,
Charles whizzed off a newsletter before jetting off to have an early Christmas in Italy for a few days so we will have that out to you over the weekend. Great day last week at Newcastle for the team with another homebred, Zaru winning for Annie Humbert and Richard and Lavinia Drew his third win at the track. Thanks to the sponsors Barbour and to Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour.
There is a nice story behind this win as Zaru was bred whilst we were living out in France and out of James’s first winner he rode as a jockey in France Zianini (led up by me!) The sire Laveron won the equivalent of the French Champion Hurdles (two Grade 1’s and a Grade 2 Hurdle at Auteuil). His sire stands at about 18 hands, a similarity to Zaru and he was named by Annie and Jess Humbert - Zaru meaning long striding horse. He has had a few issues with his heart over the years as he has a large heart comparatively to his size and has had successful treatment with Sandy Love and his team at Glasgow. He also has a specialised diet with tailored with appropriate vitamins and minerals. But all the work going in does make the win even sweeter.
It was also a cracking run for Gilnockie in the Bumper owned by Neil (work rider) and Sally Ewart and Rocket and Stan Racing. He is a horse with a bright future, every inch a chaser in profile. Brian had to get him out in front to make use of his stride and he was just a little unlucky to meet one coming with a late run in the closing stages but still a great run in second.
This week we will have runners at Catterick, Newcastle and Haydock hopefully before the Christmas Ball and a short break racing wise for Christmas. We have the JER calendars and pink ladies jackets for sale if you need some inspiration for a gift! http://www.jamesewartracing.com/merchandise.html
The statistics for the season so far (you tend to look at them more regularly when things are going well!) are; from 30 horses who have run from 75 runners - 45% have been placed and 13 winners – 17% and over £50,000 in prize money won so hoping we can keep the momentum going into the new year.