It is great that with each week that passes we seem to have more success to report and long may it continue!
Last Wednesday, Any News was an impressive winner at Bangor, and he looks an exciting prospect. Having won his bumper in October, this was his debut over hurdles, and he was faced with an odds-on favourite who had already won two national hunt flat races of his own. Any News travelled sweetly for jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and he readily came clear to win by ten lengths. It was almost a double on the day when Chirico Vallis ran a cracker in the next race on the card to only be beaten by a neck.
The next winner came on Friday and made the long trip up to Newcastle worthwhile when Viking Ruby won her second race of the year. This consistent mare has now finished 1st, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd and 1st in five starts since July, with this latest win coming with claiming jockey Kevin Brogan on board. Kevin has been having a lot of success and is getting rides for several top yards at the moment and he now has a 100% record for the yard with this winner being his first ride for us!
The 3rd winner of the week came at the end of the Uttoxeter card on Saturday when Solwara One passed the post in front. It was a game performance as he was headed before battling back gamely to get home just in front. He had finished 2nd on his previous national hunt flat race start and looked like he might get the same result here before Robbie Dunne managed to get him in front at the line.
The yard was deprived of a 4th winner at Fontwell on Sunday when Just Henny passed the post first but along with all bar one of the runners was subsequently disqualified for taking the wrong course. With people on the track, officials with chevron boards were out directing the field around the problem area, but they were immediately beyond a hurdle and in the gathering gloom, it appeared to the jockeys that they were being directed around the hurdle. All bar one runner went that way and the stewards subsequently decided that the only horse that jumped the hurdle should be declared the winner.
Earlier in the afternoon, Doing Fine had run well for the Neil Mulholland Racing Club in the Southern National. He showed plenty of enthusiasm, jumping well in front for three and a half circuits before being overtaken approaching the last fence. Unfortunately, he lost 2nd place by a short head on the line, but he gave the club members plenty to cheer and several of them made an appearance on ITV Racing via a Zoom call ahead of the race.