2nd September 2016

02-September-2016 22:22
in General
by Admin

Apologies for the lack of recent update on the blog, it's been a busy time here at Conkwell Grange but thankfully the horses continue to run well. Most of our horses are now back in after their summer breaks feeling refreshed and ready for the season ahead. We had a prosperous Wednesday with two winners and a second from our four runners at Southwell and Newton Abbot and it was fantastic for our conditional Sean Corby to ride his first winner for us. It was also his first winner over jumps after his transition from the flat and he gave The Way You Dance a fine ride to score by a length at the line and hopefully there will be more to come from both horse and rider. Despite his big weight, Sandgate was our other winner and it was great for him to get his head in front after a string of placed efforts. The new headgear seemed to work the trick and he has come out of his race very well. Vancouver can be a little buzzy so he went early to post in the bumper and he ran a very promising race to be second behind a well-bred newcomer of David Loder's and he's a horse to look forward to for the remainder of the season. We have a few entered up over the weekend - tomorrow at Stratford Pass The Time goes in a Novice Chase and Rossetti aims to make it four wins from four runs at the course. He's been a great addition to our yard and runs off a mark of 140 tomorrow having improved 25lbs up the handicap over the summer. It looks a tricky race but he has come out of his last race nicely and hopefully he can run well again. We also have a few entered on Sunday at Fontwell, a track that has been lucky to us of late - we've had five winners from thirteen runners there this season and hopefully we will have some luck there again over the weekend. I also have to mention Shantou Village who had a simple task in the end on his chasing bow at Fontwell. He jumped superbly and despite a small scare at the last we were all delighted with his debut over fences. He has come back in from his summer holiday quite early but he will have a break over the Christmas period when the ground goes against him to freshen him up for his Spring campaign. He's come out of his race fine and is one we all have high hopes for this season. In other news we have crept up to fifth place in The Jumps Trainers’ Championship at this early stage and only the Nicky Henderson yard have had more winners this season - they are on 29 and we sit at 28 so we will be keen to try and get our noses in front in the next few weeks. It's already only fifty days until the opening meeting at Cheltenham and the excitement is beginning to build for what will hopefully be a very successful season ahead. We have our annual Owners Day Sunday week so we have plenty to keep us busy on the yard in the meantime.