What a week: that’s £100,000 in prizemoney in the bag for 2019, two great wins on the flat and 75% of our runners finishing in the first three.
Round Up of runners
The end of the jumps season meant that the only action we were able to put on was on the flat, though I’m not going to grumble if that means 75% first three finisher from six in eight runners.
Thahab Ifraj finally put it all together on the flat to reel in the front two in a slow motion finish. His recent run over fences has done wonders for his fitness and the pace of the race set it up perfectly for him. Hopefully his handicap mark will go up a couple of pounds now and so make it easier for him to get into handicaps.
Waqt joined the winning party, winning by a solid length which was also his first success on turf. This was his second success since joining the yard, the other coming on the all-weather at Lingfield. Brighton is proving to be a successful track for us and hopefully we can bang in some more winners there this year.
The British Lion tried hard to make it a double at Brighton, but despite being upsides the winner and battling away in the final furlongs he just couldn’t find that little extra and so finished a very respectable third. The first time tongue-tie seemed to be of beneficial use and he produces similar performances in the future then a win is likely.
Brighton was again the destination for two more of our runners a day later. Sigrid Nansen was the first to go, but was rather unfortunate to run up against a very well handicapped winner who won by an impressive nine lengths, and so Sigrid did just enough to take second without being bottomed. This was her third placed effort in a row and shows she is on the correct path. Hollander ventured out a little later, but finished 7th beaten 5 lengths. He weakened over the last furlong, but the last furlong at Brighton is a stiff climb and so maybe he needs carrying home downhill.
Two thirds at Bath closed the blanket on a great weak for West Buckland. Cry Wolf made it 15/16 first four starts since joining 11 months ago, picking up a third in a four runner contest. Hopefully he will be dropped a few pounds to help him in his future endeavours, but he has been an absolute star and hopefully can pick up another 15 top four finishes. Gendarme looked to be the winner for most of the way when turning in, but just didn’t have the toe to put the race to bed and so finished 3 lengths third.
End of the 2018/19 Jumps season
Sandown has once again brought down the curtain on another fantastic jumps season. We finished just shy of £100,000, but like many other trainers lost out to the equine influenza robbing us of a weeks’ worth of racing and a rainless summer that kept horses in stables. Despite this we still finished with a top four finishing rate of 34.81%.
We said goodbye to one of our legends this year in Helium, but that has not meant he has finished his time at West Buckland. We decided to retire him on a winner at Market Rasen and have had great fun from over his fifty races, including six wins. He now takes on the role as string leader for the young horse that we have coming through.
Polo the Mumm finished the season well, picking up £16,661 and finishing on a chase mark of 87. We’ll have some good fun with him this summer. We have two nice young winners in Envole Toi and Swift Crusador, which makes us hopeful for 2019/20
We plan to recruit at the upcoming sales a crew of summer jumpers, to make we do even better than next year.
Earnings - £95,959
Wins - 8
Top 4 finishes – 55/158 (34.81%)
Earnings - £86,258
Wins – 11
Top 4 finishes –43/110 (39.09%)
Earnings - £109,871
Wins - 12
Top 4 finishes – 60/166 (36.14%)