20th September 2016

20-September-2016 14:22
in General
by Admin

Our luck was out at Newton Abbot on Sunday with both mares running disappointing races. Pass The Time possibly found the run came too soon as she ran quite a lifeless race and didn't jump as well as she can do though it looks like the winner of her race will be a smart recruit to chasing. We'll freshen her up now at home and hopefully she can put that run behind her next time out. Tell The Tale came out of his bumper run very well and with only a small field declared I let him take his chance for his hurdling debut at Plumpton. He had only ran six days before when finishing second and he filled the same spot behind a promising horse of Charlie Mann's this time around. There are certainly races to be won with him this season but it was nice for Tommy Dowling to have a winner on his first ride back since an awful fall in April, even if it came at our expense! Zarliman ran a more encouraging race the last day at Uttoxeter and with the handicapper dropping him 3lbs for that we were hopeful he could run a solid race this time around and he looked like the winner at the last but just got caught on the run-in to be beaten a neck. He's already won a couple of races on the flat for us and can hopefully get his head in front over the jumps soon enough too. Today we send three runners to Warwick, a track that hasn't been the luckiest to us over the years but we'll be doing our best to change that this season. They all go there in good order and you couldn't rule any of them out so hopefully one or two can get into the winners enclosure. Collodi also heads to Lingfield on the all-weather to try and follow up his win on stable debut at Chepstow last week. He seems to have come out of his race well but does concede weight all round so we'll see how he gets on. Billy left for Perth this morning with Queens Bay and Perfect Timing who run on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. I've only sent two runners up there in the last five years, the eight hour drive and 900 mile round trip probably part of the reason for that! Billy loves his driving and those daunting figures won't be enough to put him off though he'll certainly need a few pit-stops on the way. Here's hoping he can come back with a winner on board to make the trip worthwhile.