12th November 2016

13-November-2016 19:37
in General
by Admin

With sixteen runners in the last week and plenty entered up over the weekend, it's been a typically busy week at the yard. It takes plenty of organisation and planning but we've had another few winners to add to the tally which makes it all worthwhile. Last weekend Tell The Tale ran as well as could be expected behind a nice horse of Paul Nicholls' before Shantou Village took a tumble when a few lengths down at the last. He was feeling a bit sorry for himself after the race but thankfully there was barely a mark on him and he'll now enjoy his mid-season break as planned before coming back in the New Year. Soupy Soups, Fingerontheswitch, Pinkie Brown and The Wicket Chicken have all played their part by running solid races to be placed in the last few days and I was delighted to see Solighoster win well at the first time of asking at Newcastle yesterday, making the long journey in the horsebox worthwhile for Georgie, Billy and James. He was given a lovely ride by James and he put the race to bed very nicely. He wouldn't be the quickest horse in the world and the race wasn't really run to suit but he stuck to the task well and will make a lovely chaser in time. It was a nightmare start to the day with Si C'etait Vrai and his rider parting company at the first fence but the winner in the last made up for it somewhat. He's been in good form at home and I'm looking forward to getting him out again soon. Bishops Court is also fine after his fall at Sedgefield and Fool To Cry ran below-par so we'll give her plenty of time to freshen up now before starting her up again. Prettylittlething is what she is but couldn't have won much easier at Huntingdon for the champion jockey. He's got a 100% strike rate for us this season with three wins from as many rides - maybe I should book him more often! Likeable mare Very Extravagant goes to Cheltenham tomorrow and she's improving all the time. It is a big step up in grade but the stiff track and the emphasis on stamina should suit her and she has a nice low weight so hopefully she can run a nice race. Ashcott Boy makes the long journey up north to Wetherby and with James taking off 7lbs we are hopeful he can be competitive. Tomorrow we have three at Cheltenham. Sean rides Solomn Grundy in the conditionals race where he is joined by Harry Cobden on Hadfield. They both look to have a chance in what is a competitive and open event while Rossetti will be my first runner in the Greatwood Hurdle. Hopefully they can all come back with some prize money and with twenty-five entries between Monday and Wednesday, it looks like being another busy week at Conkwell.