It's been a busy week with plenty of runners but another successful one as we've had four horses returning to the winners enclosure. Solighoster kicked things off on Sunday with a dominant win on his hurdling debut under Noel Fehily. He's a nice type and jumped very well and looks an exciting horse for the future. His professionalism impressed me and he'll make a lovely chaser later on down the line.
On Tuesday we had three runners with two at Lingfield and Parwich Lees making his debut at Southwell. Tom Scudamore was very happy with him and so were we as he was bang there until just tiring a little in the soft ground late on. He was a solid fourth in the end and the experience wouldn't have been lost on him as he's a big backward type that has needed plenty of time at home. He'll improve for that and chasing will be his game ultimately.
Despite the horrid ground at Lingfield we managed to bag a double as our two mares both came home in front. Matrows Lady was having her first run after her break and goes well fresh so we were hopeful she could run into the frame. She slogged it out best and came home to win by twenty lengths, a good performance. Molly Carew was the big outsider in her race of four runners but we knew she'd like the ground and if she settled better she was always entitled to go close. Despite coming under a ride a long way from home, she just kept finding for Sean who certainly earned his fee and they both came home in front, upsetting the favourite in the process. A very successful trip for us.
Knight Of Noir ran a much better race to be third at Hereford on Wednesday despite being unsettled after being hampered at the second fence. He completely lost his confidence, made a few mistakes thereafter and looked to have given up until rallying quite well inside the final half mile. He'll do plenty of schooling and could possibly be suited by a bit further next time too. Our other runner at Hereford was the three parts sister to our classy mare Indian Stream, Runasimi River. Indian Stream would be the best part of 17hh while her little sister still has plenty of growing to do but she showed an extremely likeable attitude to win going away at the finish on her debut. Tom Scu was very happy with her and she just kept galloping for him, a professional performance. She'll take plenty of time to grow and strengthen but you can't ask for more than that first time up.
Magical Thomas put in an improved performance to finish third at Wincanton on Thursday and Pilgrims Bay ran another solid race, also finishing third. However, the day ended off on a very sad note as unfortunately Maverik was fatally injured at Chelmsford. He was having his second start for us after winning on stable debut but he had been a great servant to many different yards over the years. It never gets any easier to lose a horse at the races and it's just one of those downsides to the sport but that was the last thing he deserved.
Looking forward to this weekend and we have sent Billy and Georgie up in the big lorry with a small army heading to Musselburgh. We run five over the course of the weekend including the progressive Soupy Soups, Peter The Mayo Man who his having his first run since a mid-winter break and Baltimore Rock who was very unlucky at Ludlow on his penultimate run. It's a long old journey up there and hopefully a winner or two will make the trip worthwhile. I've made a few entries for the Cheltenham Festival this week which is always an exciting time and you can view who they are on the entries page of the website. The jumps winners tally now stands at eighty-two and hopefully we'll add a few more to the tally in the week ahead.