23rd March 2016
Last week was all about Cheltenham and what a great festival of racing over the 4 days. I dare say fortunes were won and lost and if you believe what the bookies say they had a nightmare, but I would take that with a pinch of salt.
All eyes move towards the Grand National on the 9th April, however our focus is closer to home as we prepare for the start of the flat season.
Most of the horses came back in on January 1st but we did have a few that came in before that due to the fields being in a poor state after all the wet weather.
Like last year we are ready to go and hopeful that we can get off to a great start.
We have a few runners on the all weather at Wolverhampton this week. Samonsite runs on Thursday and both Proven Point and Flica's Boy run on Sunday.
Proven Point just failed to win his first race and we hope he can go and do the business at the 2nd time of asking. Sadly I don't think he will be 20/1 this time
Finally, we had a little surprise in the yard this morning. We had noticed that one of the hens had gone missing but we didn't think much of it until this morning when she turned up with 14 little baby chicks!!
She had taken herself away into one of the stables we are not using in the back yard and proudly reappeared with her new family today.
It bought a smile to everybody's face and I will keep you informed of their progress over the next few weeks.
6th March 2016
We had 4 runners last week at Wolverhampton and everybody in the yard took it turns to go. It can be anything from a 7 hour return journey up to 9 hours plus depending on traffic.
On Monday we had Proven Point and Lendal Bridge running.
Proven Point was having his first run and despite the odds of 20/1 we expected him to run a big race. He finished 3rd only beaten half a length. The winner cost £120,000 and the runner up cost £70,000. He just ran a little green in the last half a furlong otherwise he would have won. Keep an eye out for him, but won't be 20/1 next time he runs.
Lendal Bridge was bang there turning for home and his jockey thought he was going to win but for some reason the horse then changed its legs. He was only beaten by 4 lengths.
On Wednesday Molly Approve was very disappointing. She finished last of 12 runners.
Friday saw the turn of Samsonite. Sammy was still right there with a furlong to run, but weaken and finished 8th, beaten by just under 9 lengths.
He had a good blow afterwards and he is the type of horse that does take some time to get race fit as he can be a little lazy at home and by far the best way to improve fitness is to actually race him. He will come on for the run and will appear next on the grass.
No entries next week but the yard is in full swing getting ready for the start of the flat season.