It's been a wet and windy Monday morning here at Conkwell Grange but thankfully not too cold. The yard improvements are coming along nicely and there's plenty to get done over the coming weeks before the horses enjoying their holidays in the paddocks are due back in. We've brought in a few breakers and youngsters that need educating and thankfully we've had one or two other new arrivals as well, so plenty to keep us busy.
We've been very happy with our first runners of the new jumps season and have already got three winners on the board. Deja Bougg was our first success of the new campaign, scoring under Noel Fehily at Uttoxeter - her first career win. Hopefully that will have done her confidence the world of good and we can find another opportunity for her to get her head in front again.
I was very pleased with The Wicket Chicken's run at Cheltenham after a break and she duly built on that promise to make the long journey up to Hexham worthwhile on Saturday under Tom Scudamore. She looks a strong stayer and is a nice horse to look forward to as she should have plenty of improvement to come as she is stepped up in trip over hurdles. Earls Fort was our other runner there and we were hopeful he could put up a bold display but he came to grief at the third, suffering a nasty looking fall. Thankfully he and Tom came back in one piece and he is hopefully one with more to offer over the Summer.
Perfect Timing completed his hat-trick in good style on Sunday at Plumpton, a track he seems to have grown a liking for of late. It's been a great start to his campaign and we'll have to see what the handicapper does now but he has come out of the race in great nick and seems to have really fallen back in love with racing again after a quieter spell last Summer. He thrives on good ground and hopefully he can extend his rich vein of form next time out.
Away from the winners, we've had a few others who have ran very solid races to be third, including Cintex who made his racecourse debut on Sunday. He's one that will definitely appreciate a much stiffer test of stamina in the future. Vancouver reappeared with a solid effort at Newton Abbott and should hopefully come on for the run while Dites Rien produced another solid effort at the same course. Code Of Law travelled powerfully but didn't quite seem to stay the distance at Stratford so a drop in trip will be on the cards for his next run.
Looking forward to this week and we have a few entries including The Way You Dance who could make his chasing debut on Wednesday at Worcester as well as a few possible runners at Aintree later in the week, though we'll see what the ground is like as there's a bit of rain forecast all over the country in the coming days.