22nd November 2016

30-November-2016 16:03
in General
by Admin

In the last ten days we've had five seconds and five winners so it's safe to say that the horses are continuing to run well. It's been a fantastic few months and with statistically over one in every five runners coming back a winner, we couldn't be happier. The ground possibly went against Very Extravagant at Cheltenham in the end and she'll have a little break now. She is a tough and progressive mare and hopefully she can show improved form on a faster surface next time out. Sean gave Solomn Grundy a lovely ride on his first spin around Cheltenham. He was a little keen in the early stages but stayed on well up the hill to finish second in a competitive handicap. He was in super form at home prior to his run and we were just unlucky to run into one, but hopefully there are some nice races to be won with him in the future. Prettylittlething continues to improve and struck again at Fakenham and it was the same story with Earls Fort who won nicely again, this time around Plumpton. He goes to Lingfield today and continues in good form at home, though this is a deeper race and he will have to keep improving to complete the four timer. We take a handy 7lbs off with our talented amateur James King which will be a big help. Bubsy Burbidge made his debut for us at Plumpton and he was really unlucky not to win. He was hampered in the melee and stopped to a walk before having to get rolling again and by the time the penny had dropped it was just too late. He was in front a stride after the line and will appreciate a step up in trip as he's a proper galloper. He's built like a chaser of the future so anything he can do over the smaller obstacles will be a bonus. It was a similar story with Walt who ran a cracker on debut for us at Ffos Las and I felt we were unlucky not to win as the winner got first run on us. We introduced a lovely big horse there too in the shape of Impulsive Star. He's still a big raw type but he's got a touch of class and the further they went the better he looked under Sam Waley-Cohen, riding for his father. He'll be a nice horse for the future and like many of his owners horses, staying trips over fences will ultimately be his game. Owners Day won at massive odds at Wincanton and now she has learnt to settle a bit better, she should be capable of winning more races over hurdles. Kristal Hart ran a promising race behind, jumping well and she should build on that next time. I was delighted with Lift The Lid who jumped soundly and won really well - the step back to two miles was key. He travelled strongly and looked the winner at Cartmel the last day but just didn't quite get home so it made sense to bring him back to the bare minimum. Hopefully he can continue to progress. This week we do end on a sad note however, as bonny little mare Shaky Gift came to grief at one of the fences at Fakenham and very sadly suffered fatal injuries. It's never nice to come home with an empty space in the horsebox and she was a popular character in the yard and a pleasure to train.