Argus proves to be the catalyst to kick start our first winner on the flat post flu-gate. We were in great form prior to the closure of racing so it is great to get back in our rhythm, with Argus hopefully being the first of many. Lastly, Tamby Welch had his first jumps ride over fence in a point to point on Sunday, finishing 3rd on O Maonlai

Round Up of runners

Argus kicked off the week in emphatic style at Southwell on Thursday, winning by a handsome margin. He performed admirably on his fibre sand debut, with Thore’s 7 pound claim being a great help. He won in slightly different style this time, choosing not to lead and instead tucking into the leader before delivering his challenge 2 furlongs from home. Argus has been with us now for 2 ½ years, this being his fourth win in that time.

Mr Minerals went close later in the day at Wolverhampton, finishing a fine 3rd and only beaten by ¾ of a length. As this was his yard debut for us, it was a massive confidence booster to see our laborious research hours appearing to pay off. You could say that he maybe came a bit too late at the end of the race, but all in all was giving 8 pounds to the winner and 2 pounds to second and when losing by such a small margin shows that it was a very good run considering he was top weight.

I thought Gendarme had won when crossing the line on Friday at Lingfield, only for the photo to cruelly show that she had just been caught by the gaining Music Major. This was yet another horse to make a cracking stable debut for us and indeed Helium Racing ltd, yet was another horse to just fall shy of the win when giving weight to others in this case 6 pounds to the winner. Enmeshing also ran in this race and ran much better than the 8th of 13 would suggest. He was only beaten 3 ¼ lengths and had he been able to quicken in the final furlong would have been in the place mix. All said Gendarme appears to be another buy hitting the ground running and it fills me with confidence that it will not be too long before the first of the new recruits wins their first race.

Polo the Mumm ran well in what was a pretty uneventful race at Leicester. He jumped very well, but was unable to go with the leading pair when heading for home though had more than enough to be well clear of the field to finish 3rd. The winner was carrying 11 pounds less and the second 12 less and so on this basis a drop would be a welcome reprieve.

After Tulsa Jack’s 3rd last week we thought we could go again at Fontwell, but ultimately we ran him too soon and so was very flat when against a horse who is clearly of graded class. Given a few easy days he will soon be fully charged again.

News in Racing

ARC has caved into the enormous pressure by the racing community to restore prize money levels to their pre-cut levels for the entirety of March. We supported the move by bypassing racing at Lingfield on Wednesday, which was supported by a landslide majority of the Trainers, owners and indeed jockeys. As a result of the boycott being a success, I was disappointed to see 19 horses declared at Lingfield, as the trainers and owners who have done this are only filling their immediate needs and so neglecting their responsibility to the sport and the strength of their business in future years and further neglecting the opportunities to their successors in years to come. However, when looking at the demographic of connections who have chosen to attend they are of a group, save for a couple, who have little to no presence in the sport at a competitive level.

I hope that in the time ARC has brought itself in March, plans can be drawn up and negotiations taken to resolve this issue. I would like to point out to Arc that as Michael Scudamore said for jumps racing ‘70% of horses are rated 105 or less’ and so ARC needs to remember where its majority of competitors sit.

Statistical Summary

Jumps 18/19

Earnings - £79,525

Wins - 7

Top 4 finishes – 45/ 132 (34.09%)

Flat 19

Earnings - £39,281

Wins – 6

Top 4 finishes –17/ 40 (42.5%)

Total 2019

            Earnings - £46,458

            Wins - 6

            Top 4 finishes – 25/70 (35.71%)