This Racing Life was broadcast on the Racing TV channel twice on Thursday 24th January. This feature covered the upcoming big February meeting at Musselburgh and also visited James Ewart Racing, Kinneston (Nick Alexander) and Lucinda Russell and was a great advertisement for Scottish trainers. All three trainers gave excellent accounts of their horses.
James was interviewed by Gordon Brown and gave interesting information on the horses who are performing well this season including Ettila de Sivola, Charmant, Aristo du Plessis, For Three and Nikgarde. David Macleod was shown working Aristo and James praised him for his handling of the horse. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for David on the 18th February when the results of the Godolphin awards are announced. Briony also talked about the Fell ponies and how they are used in the yard by helping the young horses in their early work and we saw Acreknowe Goldcrest doing a fine piece of work on the sand gallop!
We are delighted to have acquired an exciting five year old The Blame Game for Jim Gordon. He has been trained up to now by a permit holder in Ireland and in December came second in a Bumper at Leopardstown to a smart Joseph O’Brien horse with another fancied Gigginstown horse trained by Gordon Eliott in third place behind him!
At Ayr on Sunday 20th January Ueueteotl made his comeback in the 2 mile 7 furlong Handicap Chase. He has been in great form at home and showed himself off in the paddock to win another bto for Gemma. Given a great ride by Steven Fox he jumped for fun but just tired in the closing stages to finish 6th. He recovered quickly after the race and this will have brought him on a great deal and he would probably be better suited by a stiffer track as his most recent wins have been at Hexham and Carlisle.
Ueueteotl with Jill Dodd at Ayr
Aristo du Plessis and Fostered Phil headed to Kelso on Tuesday 22nd January. Aristo (another bto) was running for the first time over 2 miles 5 furlongs and he was very well in himself before the race. Ridden by Billy Garritty, he jumped off in the perfect position and his jumping throughout was particularly fast and accurate. However, his stamina just gave out at the end in a competitive race and ideally he probably now needs 2 miles 1 furlong - 2 miles 2 furlongs. He has come out of his race very well.
Aristo du Plessis enjoying himself at Kelso
In the Bumper Fostered Phil was ridden by Steven Fox and pulled very hard throughout the early stages of the race. So he did well to finish third beaten five lengths in a decent looking Bumper. He is in cracking form after the race and looks a fun horse for the future.
Fostered Phil at Kelso
We have entries coming up at Sedgefield, Newcastle and Catterick.