Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (2nd- 8th August)
With the break in the jumps season in mid flow, we managed to run a good number of horses at Stratford and Bangor, though the flat season is be no means stemming and so there is still much to compete for. Meanwhile, internally plans are under way for our annual open day come the autumn, with letters going out in the month, and so the race is on to complete the new yard.
Round up of runners
The yard sent out a lot of runners in the last 7 days, with 5 top 4 returns and nearly all horses improving upon their previous runs.
4 horses went to Stratford last Thursday, 2 of which (Maraakib and Definite Ridge) finishing in the first 4. It was especially pleasing to see Maraakib run respectably for his debut over obstacles, finishing in a tightly packed 2nd to 4th group. Meanwhile, Definite Ridge improved upon his 6th place finish last time to be fourth, it was tremendous to see him chasing again after a year since his last chase as he loves to jump and so gives us lots of options for future runs. Helium, made his return to the track after his holidays, finishing a very respectable 7/13 after a 143 day break and so gives us much promise for the future on his much preferred winter ground.Seven Nation Army was the last of the Stratford quintet, though Thursday was not his day he still has plenty more to come.
Compton Abbey made her return to Ffos Las after her unlucky 2nd the meeting prior, the race didn’t pan out at all as she wanted yet despite losing out at the break as well as having to go wide round the traffic, she still managed to finish with yet another place with only her slightly shorter nostril being the difference between second and third. Her form now reads (6th, 2nd, 3rd) from the 3 runs for the yard since her £600 purchase at Ascot in June and already taking total prize money of £1743.48.
The 3rd August saw Thahab Ifraj run at Bangor in an effort to beat the handicapper before his 4 pound rise came into effect, but sadly the quick run defeated him. However, Cry Wolf went to Wolverhampton and this was a really promising performance and built upon his 4th placed effort at Chepstow on his debut run for us.
The following day another four runners were sent out to Chelmsford and Lingfield, the pick of the runners being Sigrid Nansen putting in a solid 4th only being beaten a head for 3rd and yet again was another one of the recent purchases to improve upon their debut starts for us, finishing 2 places higher than the 6th place finish at Leicester.
News in Racing
The Doncaster sales have just been and there was some quite interesting business regarding the sale of Black Narcissus’s sibling. Mr Mercurial own brother to BN, was sold as a 10 year old for £36, 000, meaning that it was in the top 10 lots sold. This is pleasing to see especially as BN was included so prominently in Mr Mercurial’s write up. He currently has a chase rating of 124 whilst their sister, Misty Mai, has a chase rating of 114 a winner of 3 rules races. The reason I mention this is that BN has some nice pedigree behind her now and it would be nice to think that one day far down the line she would have success as a broodmare.
Stables Progress Report
The gravel foundations are now complete and so now we are just waiting for the cement, once that has gone down with some good weather it should all look like its starting to take place. I am just on my return from holiday, probably as you are reading this, and so will get some more pictures taken so that you can see the progress for yourselves.
Russel and Ann Dennis
Cry Wolf and James Daly