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Best Boy Barney gave a game front running performance to win at Uttoxeter yesterday off an 8lb higher mark than his previous victory at the track. Matt Griffiths gave him a very positive ride and he responded well.
He’d disappointed at Worcester and I think that can be attributed to the fact that the ground went against him as there had been a down pour just as we arrived at the course.
We went there with two horses and I thought both would run well. On The Bridge ran no race at all either.
At Fontwell on the same day Ladfromhighworth and Addiction were both beaten a neck. I think Vicki Wade was very unlucky on Ladfromhighworth as she got squeezed by Kevin Jones on the winner Righteous Glory.
He’ll run again at Newton Abbot on Tuesday but he’s gone up another 3lb. He’s still competitive in this grade but he’s out of 0-100 races.
Porters War runs on Tuesday evening too. He keeps running consistently well, but he’s quietly creeping up the handicap which isn’t helping him.
Our racing club horse The Snappy Poet may run in the maiden hurdle, depending what he is up against. He’s run more times that I would have liked but the handicapper isn’t relenting with his mark.
We bought a couple of nice youngsters from Ireland last week. Laura’s new project is a four-year-old filly by Kayf Tara that she is hoping to ride in point-to-points next season and we also have a three-year-old by Winged Love. We’ll buy a couple more next week too.
Best Boy Barney makes all to win the William Hill - On Your Mobile Novices' Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter. Well done Matt Griffiths - 3rd win on him since April.
We run two at Fontwell today in the 32.RedBet.com Handicap Chase and the ground will suit both of them. Porters War has been raised 9lb since winning at Plumpton in December and hasn’t run since largely because the ground hasn’t been right for him, and he’ll need to run a career best to be in with a chance.
Addiction was in the process of running a good race over course and distance on her latest start over fences until falling and has since pulled up over hurdles.
Having tidied up all the stables, laid some new concrete and topped up the surface of the gallop most of the staff have gone on their holidays for a month or so rotating their time off as we have eight horses to run over the summer with the rest enjoying a break out in the fields.
Empiracle, who looked so impressive after he won a bumper at Huntingdon in October 2012, is also back in work and has just started cantering. He’s looking really well and has strengthened up and filled out. We’ll aim to run him in the autumn.
We’re still waiting to run On The Bridge who ran so well in both the Pertemps Network Final and Aintree’s Dominican Republic Handicap Hurdle. He needs good ground and every time we’ve entered him it has rained.
Gone To Lunch was second the other day in a point-to-point at Bratton Down and after a summer at grass he’ll now go hunting and team chasing in Gloucestershire. We’ll see how he takes to his new life as to whether he has anymore point-to-point runs next season.
Laura will now concentrate on eventing for the summer, while Georgina has finished her degree at Reading and will be home with us too.
Next week we’ll be in Ireland at the sales where we are hoping to buy a handful of youngsters.
Geton Xmoor wins the 2m7f 32Red £10 Free Bonus Maiden Hurdle comfortably at Worcester today with Matt Griffiths on board.