It was a satisfying weekend, especially so for Sean Corby who gave Kalondra a superb ride to win a competitive event at Ascot on Friday. The horse needs to be ridden with balls of steel and that's exactly how Sean rode him, a strong run from last to first up the straight and delivered with perfection. He hit the front soon enough the last day and we were hopeful with more patient tactics he could go close and luckily enough it all worked out as planned. I went to Uttoxeter with our nice youngster Dead Right who ran a race full of promise to be second behind a point winner making his debut under rules. The pair pulled well clear and 'Alfie' was doing his best work at the finish once the penny dropped on ground that was probably too soft for him in the end. A touch disappointing not to win but you have to be very excited about him for the future after such a promising run first time up.
Walt ran another solid race at Ascot and hopefully he'll be in the winners enclosure before too long. Chasing will ultimately be his game but he is sure to bag a win or two over the smaller obstacles this season at some point. The Druids Nephew should come on for the run and seems to need further than three miles these days but there are plenty of options with him. On to Fakenham where we seem to enjoy a lot of success, as it proved on Sunday with Soupy Soups following up his gutsy Wincanton win with a facile victory over three miles under James King. For a small horse he was carrying a lot of weight but James' 7lbs claim offset the penalty and he couldn't have got the job done any easier. We'll see what the handicapper does now but hopefully there is more to come from him over staying trips as he is unexposed in that respect. He enjoyed a long day out in the paddock on Monday getting as wet and muddy as he possibly could. Owners Day was our other winner on the card, maintaining her 100% record over hurdles. Noel said she did well to win as she didn't particularly like the track and flattened the last but she's tough and gutsy and did it quite cosily in the end. She's come out of her race fine and hopefully she can continue her winning run wherever she runs next.
Baltimore Rock is our only runner today and he goes to Ludlow for the 1.35. He's won at the course before and seemingly goes on any ground so conditions should suit him fine. He appears in good form, has schooled well and can hopefully be in the shake up at the finish despite top weight. Noel Fehily takes the ride.
We've now moved on to the 67 winner mark which is superb and puts us only behind Paul Nicholls and Nicky Henderson in terms of number of winners. I can't thank the team enough and we've come such a long way in such a short space of time. Hopefully we can carry the great run of form over the Christmas period and into the New Year. On that note it's the staff Christmas Party on Friday night which is sure to guarantee a few sore heads on Saturday morning! Unfortunately racehorses don't understand that it's Christmas so it will be business as usual at the yard over the weekend. I've made plenty of entries for Boxing Day and it will be a job to organise everything logistically but we'll get there in the end.
All that's left to do is wish our regular readers a very Merry Christmas and a big thankyou for reading my blog.