8th October 2016

14-October-2016 16:18
in General
by Admin

We’ve had six winners in the last week which has extended our lead in the trainers championship to four with thirty-five winners already.  Whilst many big yards are only just starting to get going we have already set a good early pace and we will do our best to stay up there as long as possible. We are hopeful that finishing in the top five could be a very realistic ambition this season if we get a bit of luck and the horses stay fit and well. The highlight of the week was definitely Wednesday when we had three runners and each of them came back as a winner. Prettylittlething is what she is but the track seemed to suit her and James Best gave her a good ride for a deserved success for both horse and jockey. Fool to Cry is only small but like a lot of these chestnut fillies, she is really tough and brave and ground it out on her debut for us - her first start over hurdles. She ran around a little but always looked like holding the runner up and she’s come out of her race really well. Pinkie Brown rounded off the day in great style, impressively drawing away on the run in on his chasing debut at Towcester. Despite a blunder three out he sealed the victory with two super leaps at the penultimate and the last. He can hopefully be a nice one to follow over fences this season. He has always shown plenty at home and being a half-brother to Fox Norton, we’ve always felt he had potential and we are hopeful that his better days lie ahead. Our other winners included Peter the Mayo Man who continues to improve, Whatsthatallabout, of which the same comments can apply and Hygrove Percy who will now have a well-deserved break after earning his keep with three wins and two seconds from five starts over hurdles for us. Ridden by our amateur jockey James King claiming 7lbs he had a good chance at the weights and James gave him a great ride from the front to gain his first winner for us. Hopefully he can put his claim to good use again for us sooner rather than later. We had a big schooling session yesterday as we do on most Friday mornings, this time with the help of Noel Fehily and Wayne Hutchinson who ride for us at Chepstow this afternoon. With the lack of recent rain, the ground is still too firm to school on the grass so we set up on the wood chip gallop which has recently been re-surfaced and I was very happy with how they all schooled. Overall, it’s been a very good start to the season and the whole team are looking forward to what the next few months will bring. It’s very easy to get ahead of yourself in racing but we’ll enjoy our current good run of form and long may it continue.