What a week over the jumps, 5 runners 3 winners and a place! We doubled the number of jumps wins this week, added another half to our prizemoney from the previous week and Helium got his win at the grand old age of 13 years old.
Round up of runners
With such a good series of runs it seems unfair to talk about any one horse first, but as Helium was the first runner then I will start with him.
Helium was raced prominently throughout, making his move towards the end of the back straight and having a dual at the end with the second placed horse, eventually getting the better by 4 ½ lengths. Micheal gave him a wonderful ride, giving Helium gentle yet firm ride and jumping all the fences superbly save for a slower effort 3 out. This was Helium’s first win in 3 years.
Polo the Mumm followed up a couple of hours later at Wincanton to provide an across the card double. This was Polo’s first win in over 2 years in only his fourth run for the yard, winning by 4 ½ lengths. He jumped off towards the rear and was ridden wide to be prominent at the end of the back straight, kicking clear approaching 2 out and springing over the last to win handsomely. Liam has been working very hard with Polo at home and it was great for this result to come off, given how hard everyone has worked with him.
Swift Crusador was the third leg of the trio, making his first run for Alex Dunn a winning one. He tracked the leading pair from early on, challenging 3 out to win well, despite hanging to the left on the run in. The handicapper has put him up 5 pounds, but after his time off during the summer and his pre-training at the Rucker’s, he seems quite fresh faced and so hopefully he will have some further success.
Thahab Ifraj couldn’t follow up his heroics at Wincanton, though he still put in a good effort to finish 4th. Richard Johnson produced him 3 out though he couldn’t quite sustain the challenge, though he jumped well and a chase run may be beckoning in the not so distant future.
After Helium’s win at Market Rasen, we have decided to retire him. Helium has run 82 times, 51 for us, picking up 9 victories and collecting over a £100,000 in prizemoney. Helium has given so much to the yard, both on and off the track. Only last week Adam came into school and he needed a lead, so I caught Helium in from the field and popped him over the fences duly, foot perfect, and then he went back out to his paddock. Helium is an absolute gent and will stay at the yard for the foreseeable future, being a lead horse and practicing putting the younger horses through the stalls or giving them a lead over the fences. Helium has given so much to us and in return we shall give everything to him.
News in racing
Warwick racecourse have received some unwelcome visitors, with the arrival of a large traveller community camping in the O&T car park. Racing on Wednesday was able to continue as normal despite this inconvenience, though authorities are working to evict the travellers at the earliest opportunity and restore the racecourse to some sort of normal order.
- Earnings - £62, 541
- Wins - 6
- Top 4 finishes – 32/89 (35.96%)
- Earnings - £110, 727
- Wins – 14
- Top 4 finishes – 57/182 (31.32%)
collecting the trophy at Sandown
Richard Johnson and the Dunnitalls
Helium “The Legend”.