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So no jump racing until 1st July...at least we have a date to look forward to, hopefully they will organise more meetings throughout the reduced summer jumping season with more race options for the summer jumpers. Normally thorugh the summer you end up with one race a month which is suitable for a certain horse and they come up against the same group of horses each time.
We have four flat horses to keep us busy getting fit, hopefully the flat season will get going on May 1st so the Flat trainers can start running their horses. Georgina is Assistant Trainer to Eve Johnson Houghton and having geared up their horses to run, they have been forced to take a pull on their training regime, fingers crossed they will get the ball rolling in May!
April is always busy for us as we have 400 plus sheep to lamb! I am being as helpful as possible to Camilla, however a broken wrist does not end itself to pulling lambs off ewes! We sent our two three year olds off to Matt Griffths and Fiona Rawle to be broken and Matt seems to be training one to the whistle!
A frustrating premature end of the season, I thought we could have continued to race behind closed doors for a little bit longer and racing at Taunton on the final day of the 2019/20 season was bleak and morbid!
We had a fairly gopod season with 21 winners, Dashel Drasher ran well over fences, beaten by the eventual RSA winner at Newbury and winning at Haydock. He will be back next season, and we will try to get more experience into him over fences. Champagne Court won twice within 8 days in November and ran well in the Northern Trust Company Novices' Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on unsuitable ground. We were looking forward to Aintree or Punchestown with him how those plans are now on hold until the Autumn. It was fantastic to be there to cheer Rex into the winners enclosure for The Martin Pipe at the Cheltenham Festival, he never panicked when Plan A went out of the window and our Box was cheering him up the hill as he emerged out of the pack. he is a talented young jockey to keep on the right side of.
We had a couple of great days at Cheltenham being spoilt with the frequent runner prizes from the South West Jockey Club. It is brilliant way to thank our Owners and Vets who we would struggle without their support.
Native Robin was our final winner for the season under a great ride from Nick Scholfield.
We are now busy lambing, 500 odd sheep are our focus for the next few weeks as the horses enjoy an early summer holiday! We schooled the bumper horses over hurdles ready for the Autumn.
Hope everyone stays safe and we can get back racing soon!
We celebrated the end of 2019 with two winners at Warwick Racecourse, Seeanythingyoulike and Urtheonethatiwant. Seeanythingyoulike has been one of the most unlucky horses and has plenty of ability however s not the most reliable. He has sky rocketed in the handicap after winning a bad race which fell apart. Urtheonethatiwant won his second race this season under a great ride from Bryan Carver. Bryan is a young jockey to keep an eye on, he rode a few winners for us point to pointing last season and has been riding out his skin recently.
Garrane struggled up in class at Plumpton, struggling with the early pace and was never happy, he was unlucky last season not to win, bumping into decent horses over fences, however it has meant his handicap mark has crept up and up. He won over hurdles on a mark of 103 and he is currently racing off 121! Stormy Flight ran a great race at Taunton on his third start over hurdles, he should now have a handicap mark and will find his level then.
Looking at the week ahead, we have Orchardstown Cross, Hey Bud, Ellens Way, Espalion and Sizable Sam entered up. Sizable Sam finished second on his debut at Wincanton in November, we are looking to syndicate him out so please get in contact if you are interested in owning this exciting youngster.
4 winners this week, Dashel Drasher made amends for removing Matt at Newbury, Haydock was a less competitive race and considering that the fences down the back straight were not jumped, it was a slightly falsely run race. He quickened up well and there are more races to be won with him. He will go back up in grade at some point and he is an exciting young horse to have in the yard.
Nifty At Fifty won on his thirteenth run for Helen Stoneman, it was a dream come true for her as Bryan rode a winner in her colours, making up for attempting to run out at Exeter. He is not the most straightforward horse, however Emma and Helen love him and he has ability. Kissesforkatie made it a double on the day for the team, Nick gave her a great ride and she deserved to win over hurdles on her fourth start. Tactical Manoeuvre managed to get his head in front at Exeter under a brilliant ride from Rex.