It has been a very exciting week this week with Cry Wolf being our first class 2 runner on the flat to be placed and being narrowly beaten in the closing stages to finish as a very proud runner up. Sadly no jump runners this week with the unusually dry weather continuing to frustrate the jumps campaign, however it was great to get another 7 runners out on the flat.
Round Up of runners
As mentioned 7 flat runners went out this week with Cry Wolf performing best to be second in the Summer Staying Series Final at Bath. Azari just missed out on the placings at Lingfield Park in a tight finished affair as well as Sigrid Nansen finishing midfield in a large field.
Since joining in June Cry Wolf has gone from strength to strength to now be our leading prizemoney earning horse in the space of 3 months with £18 576 and form reading 433112. It looked as if in the final half mile he was going to win again with his traditional late staying runs, however Xinbama just had a bit more toe than us at the end to beat Cry Wolf by 2 lengths and so deny us the hat trick. That being said we have a lovely horse and to be second in a class 2 is our highest achievement thus far and so hopefully sets a good marker for us to push on with in future.
Azari finished 5th of five at Lingfield in a very tightly packed race the whole way. Azari was disadvantaged by the leaders holding the field up on the bends giving the handily ridden horses a slight advantage, none the less despite carrying a heavyweight and the circumstances of the race 5tyh place can be seen as a respectable run in a tight knit affair throught.
Compton Abbey was beaten by the same margin to finish 5th at Bath, despite a brave performance battling it out with the eventual winner but not quite lasting the final furlong.
News in racing
George Baker has just released his long awaited autobiography titled, taking my time and I expect it will be a great read. We were lucky to manage to get George to ride for us in our early days, having some fond memories such as with Bleu Astral at Ffos Las. He famously landed the 2016 St Leger on Harbour Law and has chalked up over 1,300 winners, riding more than 100 winners a season more than 6 times. This success combined with his great character, I think will provide the ingredients for an interesting read.
Earnings - £20, 091
Wins - 1
Top 4 finishes – 18/44 (40.91%)
Earnings - £96, 725
Wins – 13
Top 4 finishes – 49/144 (34.02%)