We had to be pleased with how our horses ran at Musselburgh last weekend with one winner, two seconds and a third from our five runners. Whispering Storm was extremely disappointing on his first start for us but put that firmly behind him with a dominant display this time around, winning well from the front and hopefully there is plenty more to come. Cesar Et Rosalie put his disappointing bumper run behind him with a solid third place and the progressive Soupy Soups probably improved again to finish second in a higher grade, only beaten a couple of lengths. We were also very happy with Peter The Mayo Man's first run after his mid-season break and he should come on for that a bit too. He has come out of his race well and will now be prepared for a tilt at a race at the Cheltenham Festival.
Moving on to Tuesday where I saddled my first runners on the all-weather at Newcastle and I was delighted to see Moayadd come home in front under the steer of Hollie Doyle. He provided his delighted owners with their first ever winner and he runs again tthis evening under a penalty. He appreciated the step up in trip and once the penny dropped he really came home well and could be seen over hurdles in the future eventually too. Pass The Time ran a solid enough race for third and she holds an entry for the Mares race at Cheltenham next month in which she came a brilliant fourth last year.
It was a busy day in the end with nine runners in total and our other winner came courtesy of Tikkanbar. He went as close as he possibly could have without winning on debut and we were hopeful he could put things right this time around which thankfully he did, in good style too. Tom Scudamore gave him a lovely ride and it was a professional performance. Training any winner always means a lot but my Father owns the horse so it was a proud moment for me to train a winner for him. Maisie has done a superb job with the horse at home and full credit to her for all the hard work she has put in.
Coole Charmer gave us a scare at Market Rasen after taking a heavy fall three out. He was down for some time but thankfully was just winded and got back up to the relief of Christie who looks after him every day and his owners who had made the journey there. He'll be given some time to get over that and will hopefully be in the winners enclosure before too long. It all went wrong for Rainy Day Dylan in desperate ground at Hereford whose saddle slipped right up his neck leaving his jockey with limited control. He raced too keenly and got very tired in the home straight but has plenty of ability and will show it if we can get him to learn to relax a bit more at home. Amy does a great job with him and I'm convinced that her hard work at home will transfer to the racecourse soon enough.
On Thursday we sent two runners to both Huntingdon and Lingfield with John's Luck providing Harry with his first ride for us. John continued in good heart with a solid second place and we were unlucky to just run into one on the day. Kalondra continued his upward curve with a dominating win in the valuable handicap hurdle and you couldn't help but be impressed with his performance. He is an exciting and improving horse going forward. Over at Lingfield we added to our flat winners tally as Willyegolassiego broke her maiden tag, appreciating the step up in trip. She is a big filly who has taken plenty of time but the penny has started to drop with her now. Hopefully she can build on that win and I've declared her under a penalty tomorrow evening at Chelmsford.
One of the big highlights of the last ten days was Impulsive Star's victory over at Exeter on Sunday. It looked a very competitive race on paper but we were hopeful he could be in the shake up. He looked a picture in the paddock and won in a very decisive manner and Sam couldn't have been more pleased with him. He looks every inch a chaser so for him to be doing so well over hurdles is very exciting and he will now head to the Cheltenham Festival in either the Pertemps or the Albert Bartlett.