15th March 2015

30-March-2015 11:06
in General
by Admin

What a fantastic week we have had this week with getting our first Cheltenham Festival winner with The Druids Nephew. It is days like that we live for and dream about, they make all the cold wet winter mornings easier to get through. It was a great buzz for the yard and we are all very proud to say that we have had a Cheltenham Festival winner along with the many others we have had this season. The Druids Nephew will now begin his preparation for the Grand National in early April which all going well will be his next run. He has got a lovely weight and will hopefully run a big race there as well. Pass The Time also ran at Cheltenham and ran a great race to finish 6th and pick up a bit of prize money for her owner/breeder Mike Burbidge. She is a great mare who always seems to run her race. The Young Master ran on the following day after The Druids Nephew and Pass The Time but unfortunately he did too much early on in the race which took its toll in the later stages. It didn't help that the ground dried out a lot which might not have been in his favour either. He never got into his usual rhythm and hopefully with a good summer’s break he will bounce back and put Cheltenham behind him, he has come out of his race fine. Away from Cheltenham thankfully we kept the winners flowing as Leave It Be won at Newbury on his Handicap debut for us and was given a great ride by Barry Geraghty which I'm sure you won't find a surprise. This was a great day for the Hanham Boys who own Leave It Be they had a great time as they were all there and loved having Barry on their horse. Ebony Empress and Barton Heather are two mares that also ran exceptionally well in the past fortnight both finishing 2nd and both were very well ridden by Mark Quinlan who is a great part of the team at home and on the track. We ran a few horses on the flat recently who were having their first runs of the season, they ran well and will hopefully improve a little bit from the experience. I have 2 runners tomorrow at Taunton where Pursuit of Happiness who is coming back from a 527 day layoff. He is a nice horse but his future will lie over fences. Agapanthus also runs in a 4 runner Chase, he jumps well and is in good form. It is a race which he could be up to winning but at the same time it is his first run of the season and he will improve a little from it. We have several other entries over the week which you would be hopeful can run big races and keep the good run of form going.