Walt started off the weekend with another solid run to finish second, taking his form figures to 231332 since joining us. You are always guaranteed a solid run from him and hopefully he can get his head in front again before the season is out. It was a bit frustrating to see Most Celebrated finish second again when looking like the winner coming to the last. He loomed upsides but seemed to be in two minds whether to go past the other horse or not so headgear could be an option next time out. He remains a horse with plenty of potential and his jumping has always been exceptional, especially for a novice. At Lingfield, The Way You Dance ran a very pleasing race on his comeback after a mid-season break. He was only beaten a couple of lengths and that run should put him spot on for a return to hurdling. He appreciates better ground so he's one that will stay in during the summer and hopefully there are races to be won with him over the coming months.
Cornish Warrior got us to 96 winners for the season under a never-say-die ride from Sean. We are still learning about him as he was only having his second start for us but it was encouraging to see how hard the horse tried and how much he found for pressure. He's a nice horse going forward and we'll wait to see what mark the handicapper gives him before making any firm plans for him. On Sunday we sent two runners to Wincanton in the glorious sunshine with both Doing Fine and Bellamy taking their chances. Doing Fine ran to form but unfortunately just bumped into one on the day but still a pleasing run nonetheless. A return to hurdling would be a possibility for him next time out. I was especially pleased with how well Bellamy ran, especially after racing so keenly the last twice effectively giving himself no chance in the finish. Noel got him nicely settled and into a lovely rhythm but again, frustratingly we just found one too good. The pair were clear of the third horse and on another day we may have enjoyed a double, but it wasn't to be.
It was great to see Moayadd continue his progression with another brilliant run but at the same time very frustrating to be beaten by such a short margin into second. The pair were clear of the third and hopefully he still has a bit of potential left in him. He's been a cracking little horse on the all-weather this winter and he'll go hurdling at some point in the future too. I was very happy to see Master Burbidge win so well at Taunton yesterday - he's a horse that has really grown up mentally and physically and hopefully he can continue to improve. He's been catching my eye at home of late as he just looks so well in his coat and I was pleased he transferred his homework on to the track under a typically cool ride from Noel.
We have a few entered over the next couple of days and in to the weekend and I'll look forward to a good nights sleep again when we hit the 100 winners mark, an achievement that would be fantastic for the whole yard and for me personally. All we can do is keep doing what we are doing and hopefully luck will go our way and we'll reach our target in the next couple of weeks. There will certainly be celebrations as winner number 100 crosses the line!