Thankfully we have started the season in a rich vein of form with seven winners already on the board, operating at a 29% strike rate. With plenty of other runners hitting the frame, we couldn't be happier and hopefully we will continue to have a prosperous Summer to give us a nice foundation to build on once we move into the Autumn and Winter months.
Knight Of Noir made the long drive up to Aintree worthwhile with a good victory in the Merseyrail Handicap Hurdle. The switch back to hurdles has done his confidence the world of good and he can hopefully build on that success as he's a horse we like. Ashcott Boy came close to making it a double but couldn't quite reel in the leader after becoming a bit outpaced; it was a welcome return to form nonetheless. He's come out of the race in good shape and we'll look for another race for him where he will hopefully have a chance to go one better in the coming weeks.
It was also a welcome return to form for Rossetti who really battled bravely to win at Warwick on Thursday. It was a small but select field and he showed a great attitude to stick his neck in front when it mattered. He was one of our most improved horses of last season when climbing 25lbs up the handicap with four wins and a second from his five runs in the Summer and it was great to see him back to his best last week.
Willyegolassiego ran another solid race, finishing a clear second off top weight on the level at Bath. There should be more to come from her and she is likely to go hurdling again at some point in the near future, though she does need decent ground to be seen at her best.
On Sunday we enjoyed an across the card double with both The Wicket Chicken and Vancouver winning impressively. The Wicket Chicken is a real likeable, tough mare and she did the job in good fashion. Considering it was her first start over hurdles, you had to be happy with the way she jumped before decisively putting the race to bed. At Uttoxeter, Vancouver built on his reappearance run with a dominant display, providing our Conditional Jockey, Phillip Donovan with his first winner for us. The further he went, the better he looked and we'll see what the handicapper does now. Unfortunately he did come out of the race with a bit of a cut on his leg so we'll need to assess the situation before making any plans with him just yet.
The ground just went against Code Of Law after a heavy downpour just before his race so we had to make the tough decision to pull him out at the last minute. He looked to have a good chance back down in trip but you have to do what's best for the horse and hopefully saving him and keeping him fresh will pay dividends next time out on better ground, which could well be at Ffos Las on Thursday providing the rain stays away.