The young Master wins at Cheltenham Open Meeting
The month of November has proven to be busy with the horses now in full swing and ready to run, although as much as this dry weather is lovely to work in and is a lot nicer for the staff rather than being cold and wet, we do need rain for a lot of the horses. And therefore we have not had a huge amount of runners in the last few weeks.
We are busy here at Conkwell adding some new additions to the yard both horse wise and also adding to the exisiting facilities, we have added an extra walker on the yard so that every horse gets to go on after they have worked to cool down and dry off. Tom Faulkner has put in 6 new hot water wash bays as well for us, so that the horses have a hot wash after exercise, as our old ones have now been demolished. The addition of a new all weather carpet schooling strip has gone in too, this means we can jump the horses over hurdles and fences all year round without worrying about the ground under foot being to hard or soft and slippery. this is a massive help as we put alot of emphasis on jumping the horses at home. We have had some nice young horses sent to us recently some that have never run and some that have run in points, and we are looking forward to bringing them out this season.
Friday of the Cheltenham Open Meeting was brilliant for the yard, team and owners, The Young Master won the Markel Insurance Amateur Riders Handicap Chase in fine style dominating from start to finish and jumping superbly for Sam Wahley-Cohen to win by 8 lengths for his owners Mike Burbidge and The Old Masters.
Friday also saw The Twisler and My Brother run brilliantly in the race after, The Countryside Alliance Novices Handicap Hurdle over 2m1/2f The Twisler ridden by Robbie Dunne looked to be going so well and have a great when he unfortunately blundered at the last. My Brother under Noel Fehily ran a cracker, to finish 1 1/4 lengths second.
Fingerontheswitch has come into his own again this season for owners Cahill, Atwell and Crofts, the 3rd November saw him win at Weatherby in the 3m handicap chase ridden by Adrian Heskin he followed on 7 days later with a great run in the Badger Ale Chase at Wincanton to finish 3rd.
Neachells Bridge showed what a nice young horse he is by winning the Novice handicap hurdle comfortably by 2 3/4 lengths pulling clear, in the hands of Robbie Dunne at Hereford on the 13th November for owner Mr Creed.
Another nice young horse to come out and win is Duke of Kilcorral under Noel Fehily for J.P Kehoe. Duke won his maiden hurdle at Chepstow on the 21st.