The temperature has returned to normal in the last few days but it got so hot last week that we decided to start early so the horses could be exercised before the heat of the day really set in. Thankfully we have a flexible and hard working team so it was no issue at all and it's better for all concerned to get the horses ridden and washed off in the cooler hours of the morning.
Last week started with an improved run from Chantecler. He can be very keen in his races as was the case at Stratford but he did seem to save himself a little more in the tank than usual, keeping on all the way to the line for third. He is what he is but hopefully we can find a race for him to break his maiden over hurdles which will do his confidence the world of good. In the same colours, it was nice to see Willyegolassiego prevailing in a ding-dong finish at Uttoxeter. She travelled into the race like the winner but Noel had to convince her to go and put the race to bed. In the end, she stuck her nose out when it mattered most to win by the smallest of margins. She has now finished first or second on her last six completed starts and there's no reason why she can't keep progressing. Some horses take a lot of time to get over a race but it's like this filly hasn't even left the yard the day after she has run - she's very fresh and well and looks raring to go again.
Chicksgrove Sprite ran her most promising race to date with an improved third at Uttoxeter. She is slowly getting the hang of the game and judging by the way she travelled into the race, hopefully it is just a matter of time before we find a race for her. She is one of our racing club horses so it would mean a lot to get those colours into the winners enclosure again, as was the case when Collodi won at Catterick earlier this month. We always welcome new members and for just £150 a month you can get involved yourself. More details and the full list of benefits can be found on our Ownership page.
On to this week and it was frustrating to see Novis Adventus unseat Tom Scudamore up at Hexham on his stable/hurdling debut. He jumped the flight okay but just seemed intimidated by another horse on landing and unbalanced Tom; it was unfortunate but these things happen. Thankfully both horse and jockey are fine and we'll find another race for him shortly. On Tuesday, it was very pleasing to see Prettylittlething return to form at Newton Abbott with a dominant display and an assured round of jumping. Her jumping has always been her biggest asset and she is so tough and genuine too. That was her forth win in her last six starts and she clearly showed the benefit of her first run back from a break. Hopefully she can keep on progressing and she's come out of her race in good form - it's possible that she may run under a penalty in the next week or so, we'll wait and see.
We sent two runners to Worcester on Sunday in the shape of Knight Of Noir and Mac Tottie. The latter was having his second run and we were very happy with how he improved from his debut to finish a very promising second. He is still learning but he is definitely heading in the right direction and hopefully we can find a winnable opportunity for him in the near future. In the next race, Knight Of Noir showed his resilience and his abundance of stamina to outstay his rivals in the handicap hurdle, winning really well in the end. He has had some confidence issues in the past with his jumping but they looked to be a distant memory as bar one little mistake, he was faultless. He's clearly a horse with a lot of ability and he is a nice horse to have in the yard. He has come out of his race in great order and he is a horse that should keep progressing moving forward.