It rained very heavily all day here on Christmas Day so an especially big thank you to our resilient team who work so hard.
On Boxing Day we had four runners at three different tracks.
At Wetherby Hermanus ran a promising race in the Mares Novice Hurdle to be 4th which was a much improved effort on her previous runs.
The two runners at Sedgefield were both out of luck. Sky full of Stars with Steven Fox could not keep up with the pace and was never on terms in the 2 mile Handicap Chase and Ange Des Malberaux also ridden by Steven possibly did too much up front early on which did not help his chance.
Strike the Pose was taken down to Huntingdon by George Vergette who bred her to run in the Listed Mares Bumper. This was highly competitive and she took a very keen hold and refused to settle which did not help but she is well worth another run.
On Thursday 28th at Catterick there were two runners from the satellite Middleham yard.
Betancourt under Henry Brooke warmed to the task on his second start in the Handicap chase and looks to be going the right way. He showed an impressive turn of foot.
Durbanville ridden by James Bowen was sent off favourite and came 3rd in the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle. He ran a very encouraging race under top weight and he jumped beautifully. He looks to have a very promising future.
The weather once again has taken its toll and sadly Kelso was abandoned on Friday.
Next week we have entries at Catterick on Monday, Ayr on Tuesday and Musselburgh on Wednesday but this will be very much weather dependent.
Some good news! Starting on 1st January 2018 the BHA have announced that there will be increased prize money which will particularly benefit mid and lower tiers of the sport. There will also be appearance money for qualifying races for horses finishing between fifth and eighth place to try and attract extra runners so this is encouraging.
We wish you all a very Happy New Year.