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A damp and blustery start meant an enjoyable morning watching England beat the All Blacks with Matt and Abbey James. England are now in the final next weekend and hopefully it is a repeat of 2003!
I was lucky enough to spend yesterday evening after racing at Cheltenham watching Bath verses Exeter Chiefs at Bath, a weekend of Rugby!
Five runners at Wincanton tomorrow and one at Aintree, after a quiet week. Guerrilla Tactics ran well at Kempton to finish third. Sienna Royal was not beaten far when hampered on the run in at Exeter by a loose horse, she finished second to a well handicapped horse. Espallion ran well on his seasonal debut, he was stepping up in trip and class after going up 10lbs for his last run. Garrane jumped and travelled well at Cheltenham, there are races to be won with him.
After a long summer, our Winter horses are just beginning to get going, Kissesforkatie ran a good race at Chepstow on her second start over hurdles, we will aim to get her qualified for the EBF Mares' Novice Hurdle Finale at Newbury in March and run her in some of the better Mares' Novices' this season. Champagne Court will go chasing after a fantastic second in the Silver Trophy at Chepstow, he has gone up 5lbs for that run and is an exciting young horse this season.
We had a busy day at Wincanton with four runners at one of our local tracks, Greenview Paradise ran well on her second start over hurdles, she needs one more run to get a handicap mark and then we will go from there. Seeanythingyoulike ran another good race to finish third, he should be winning a race soon. Keltus ran in his first proper race for over three years and he was a little ring rusty having run in hunter chases and the military races. He will come on massively for the run and wasn't beaten far in fourth. Demon Fou rounded off the day with a fantastic win in a competitive handicap hurdle. He won a novice hurdle last season and had been running well in handicaps. Matt gave him a great ride to win for the Friends From Insurance.
Stormy Flight ran well on hs debut at Stratford yesterday, the ground was Soft and he just got tired up the home straight. He will have learnt alot as that was only his second start on a racecourse. Native Robin is ultra consistent and probably too consistant for his own good, as he can never great a break from the handicapper. He finished another good second in a competitive handicap chase.
We love our now, annual trip to The McCoy's, we have won the South West Trainers Frequent Runners Award for under forty horses for the third year running. I am proud to support Exeter, Wincanton and Warwick, they are fair courses where I have enjoyed plenty of success over the years. Cheltenham is the pinnacle of Jumps Racing and we were fortunate to have a winner at the April Meeting with the exciting Dashel Drasher. Champagne Court finished fourth in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle at The Festival whilst Kissesforkatie finished third in the Listed Bumper at the November Meeting.
Congratulations to @holworthyfarm for winning our first award of the evening 🏆— The Jockey Club (@TheJockeyClub) September 27, 2019
Top honours in the category 'Frequent Runner (less than 40 horses in training)' 👏
We can't wait to see the likes of stable star Dashel Drasher back in action again this season!#TheMcCoys pic.twitter.com/AVBWXfQCY0
I have started this season's campaign already with a couple of runners at Warwick earlier this week. Tikkinthebox showed renewed enthusiasm when winning a 0-105 Handicap Chase for The On A Mission Gang. He provided talented, Bryan Carver with his first winner as a Conditional. Bryan rode all of our Point To Pointers last season, including winning on Manyofmanywords and Tree Sparrow. He will be a name to watch this season. Seeanythingyoulike has been a frustrating horse over the years, he jumps extremely well and his unlucky second at Warwick proves he has ability to win races. He should be getting his head in front soon. We were delighted to provide Rex with his first ride back after a long spell on the sidelines, he has been in, riding out and schooling for the past few weeks, as well as working hard at the fantastic Oaksey House. It was almost a dream comeback for Rex, hopefully next time!
We enjoyed a fantastic weekend poin to point with three winners from four runners.
Our first was Redmond Hall, who was a consistent maiden last season, however has strengthen up since joining us and benefited from a patient ride from his owner, rider Paul Govier. Paul was making his debut ride aged 40, having come up with the idea of riding in the Hunt Members at Cothelstone only 8 weeks ago at Sunday Club. With plenty of support and education from Camilla, Matt and Fiona, Paul has been regularly riding out and building his experienc. This was a first ride, first win for Paul.
Manofmanywords made it double when winning the restricted at Cothelstone, his second win of the season under Bryan Carver for his owner-breeders Mr and Mrs Pengelly.
Tree Sparrow won the intermediate at Larkhill under a good ride by Bryan, after the first past the post lost his weight cloth in the shadow of the line for Johnny Pengelly.