Only a select number of horses were sent out to run this week, but it was particularly nice to have Micheal Nolan back riding for us again having recovered from his injury. Adam Wedge came into school Monday morning and brought Jack Tudor in to give him a hand. We schooled: Artois, Kapitaliste, Minella Voucher and Argus, all of which went well enough.
Round Up of runners
Reshaan kicked off the week at Lingfield and ran well in spite of his nemesis Aiguillete impeding him on multiple occasions. I can only describe it as like having a shadow as time and time again Reshaan had to check his run and was even broadsided by this horse in the later stages. This in turn forced Reshaan to go wide around the field and waste ground, but still finished eighth of seventeen despite relentless interference.
Kempton saw us finish another eighth, but this time with Mr Minerals. He never really got going.
Enmeshing was sent to Wolverhampton Saturday but was always up against it given his wide draw. This unfortunately got the better of Enmeshing as he was always out wide and never able to find the rail. Despite this he was only beaten 10l, which given the extra distance he covered going wide leaves me encouraged for the future.
Chasing Headlights had a tough day at Newton Abbot Monday, there was a lot of pace going into the race giving us competition at the front. Annoyingly he was jumped into at the second flight and this ruined his race.
Tuesday French Mix was sent to Catterick whilst Polo The Mumm made the much shorter journey to Worcester. Polo did good job looking after Tamby Welch in a race where there were multiple fallers, ultimately finishing mid field. French Mix on the other hand was elected to sit in this time unlike her usual tactics, but she never made life easy for herself puling keenly. Turning in she went to the outside of the field and looked a possible threat, ultimately the weight got the better of her. Top weight is always hard to defy, with the winner carrying nineteen less, but this should put Frenchie in a good position to challenge on the All Weather this winter.
Many of you will have met Charlotte on the yard at one point or another and will know her work. Having been brought up by my mother who has always been a strong believer in correcting horses backs, I have continued this at West Buckland and Charlotte has been invaluable in doing this.
Typical signs of a horse with a bad back are, landing in his fences, failing to stride out, hanging, slow to warm up into a race etc. Luckily for us there are still trainers out there who do not correct horses’ backs meaning that we immediately have an opportunity to improve a horse from the sales.
Earnings - £25,436
Wins - 3
Earnings - £167,305
Wins – 24
Earnings - £229,624
Wins - 28