We enjoyed a good double last Wednesday with both Moayadd and Solighoster winning at Kempton and Towcester respectively. Moayadd had a good chance at the weights under a penalty but he gave us a fright round the home turn as he was boxed in with nowhere to go. The leader looked as if he had slipped the field but once our lad was out in the clear he stormed home to get up inside the final fifty yards with a quite taking burst of acceleration. He was bought with jumping in mind, so two wins on the level to his name is a great bonus and he'll probably have one more run on the flat before he goes novice hurdling. Solighoster won as he was entitled to but you couldn't help but be impressed with him. The ground was especially testing but I think he'll be even better on a sounder surface and he'll be stepped up in class next time out with the Neptune at the festival possibly being the race for him.
Moving on to Saturday where Bishops Court continued his progression up the handicap with an ultimately decisive win under Barry Geraghty at Wincanton despite nearly chucking Barry out the side door at the last! He travelled very well as he always does and recovered from his final fence blunder to put it to bed quite well up the run in. We'll see what the handicapper does with him now but he just keeps on improving. Most Celebrated ran far too keen in the Victor Ludorum at Haydock but he can be forgiven that as he is a lot better than he showed on the day. A bigger field and a stronger pace will see him in a much better light and you can put a line through that run. Arden Denis stepped up on his first two starts for us with a comfortable success at Wincanton under David Bass. It seems to have just taken him a run or two to settle into the yard but he appeared to have turned a corner in the days leading up to his win. He has come out of his race in good form and was due to run at Huntingdon yesterday but unfortunately the meeting was abandoned due to Storm Doris.
Walt ran another solid race to be third - he is a very handsome horse and has finished in the first three on every run for us so you can't have too many complaints about his consistency. Willyegolassiego also ran a good race at Chelmsford and arguably should have won as she ran very green in front once she was asked to put the race to bed. We'll try and deliver her a bit later on from now on and hopefully there is still some improvement to come from her. Ochos Rios put in a good shift at Ffos Las, finishing a good third in very foggy conditions under Nick Scholfield which gives him something to build on for next time.
Our most recent runners went to Taunton on Tuesday and it was great to see Master Burbidge get his head in front over hurdles for the first time. A winner on the flat, we were hopeful he would build on his improved second place last time out at Wetherby and thankfully he did, travelling like the best horse throughout and asserting in good fashion up the run-in. There should be more to come from him. My Story ran an encouraging race in the concluding bumper, especially as he ran a little too freely early on. Sean gave him a sensible ride and he will be a nice horse going forward and should show the benefit of that experience next time out. The day was overshadowed though by the fall of bonny grey mare Actlikeacountess. She was travelling as good as anything when taking a horrible fall and very sadly she suffered injuries from which she could not be saved. Sean took a nasty impact too but luckily he was just a bit stiff and sore and it wasn't anymore serious than that for him but it never gets any easier for the lads at home.
Looking on to the weekend and I've declared three at Kempton tomorrow and a couple go to Chepstow so there is plenty to keep us busy as usual ahead of the festival, which amazingly is now right around the corner.