We were very happy with how Cintex ran on his hurdling debut at Uttoxeter the weekend before last. He was sure to benefit from the extra yardage and beat everything bar the short priced favourite so you could have no complaints. He should continue to improve with more experience and in time he will make up into a nice horse for the future. We were equally happy with Just Fred who produced a much better display to finish a close 4th at our local course, running on strongly at the finish. He's a gorgeous little horse to look at but he has had one or two small issues, though that run suggested he is finally putting them behind him now. If he can build on that run we should be able to find a little race for him in the coming weeks.
On to last weekend when we had a very busy Sunday with seven runners across three different racecourses. The day kicked off with a winner when Cesar Et Rosalie thankfully made the 900 mile round trip worthwhile by making all the running, sticking on gamely to fend off the odds on favourite after the last. He's been in the first three in six of his seven starts for the yard, this being his third victory so we are very happy with how he is progressing. He'll make a nice chaser in time but has plenty of unfinished business over hurdles in the meantime. My assistant Mark left on Saturday morning with Dalpat, staying overnight in the racecourse hostel. It certainly would have been a very long journey home if he hadn't have come back in as the winner.
We ran four at Southwell and while one or two of the runners were a little disappointing, The Wicket Chicken found herself in the winners enclosure again, making that her third win in her last four starts. We've found some nice opportunities to exploit her novice status and she has shown steady improvement all the while. This was her first start over two and a half miles and in time she'll get further too. She's come out of her race in fine form and as long as she is still well in herself at home then there is no reason why she can not continue in the winning groove.
On Sunday we had two runners, one each at Newton Abbot and Stratford. Charlie Rascal was our first runner, making his hurdle/stable debut and we couldn't be happier with how he travelled into the race before putting it to bed up the straight. Noel gave him a lovely educational ride and except one or two novicey mistakes, he always looked the best horse in the race. It looked pretty hard work on the ground for all the runners but despite being keen enough early on, he had enough left in the tank to score and he's come out of his race in good order. Hopefully he will have learnt plenty from that and can keep on improving going forward. Vital Evidence was seemingly going as well as anything before he stopped very quickly three out, so we'll get him thoroughly checked out at home now as clearly something was amiss though the main thing is that we have him back home in one piece.
It's a cloudy but mild enough day at the yard today and the majority of our horses are now back in ready for the season ahead. We'll ease them back into it with a few weeks of roadwork before they start cantering again and the vast majority look very well for a Summer's grass. With the bigger names back in the yard as well as a few new recruits filling the boxes, it's an exciting time of the season.