It appears that we are in the midst of a wash out, but this has not halted the results by any means. We sent out three winners in three days, built a new car park and have finished the foundations for our new schooling circuit. Therefore it would appear that progress is the name of the game this week.
Round Up of runners
Some 13 runners were sent out this week, accumulating two wins on the flat and a further win over fences, but not forgetting three other places as well.
Thursday was a busy day with no less than four runners across three tracks. Punkawallah ran first and was given a strong ride, with ultimately the trip finding him out to finish tenth of fifteen. Tsundoku ran next and what a run it was. She raced keenly the whole way, settling on the inner to take up the pace on the last bend where she kept on strongly despite leaning towards the chase track and ridden out to win by Charlie. This was her third run of the season over hurdles coming second, second, first and it was great to be there with Dave Arthur.
Rogue was the third to run, but could not follow up on Tsundokus success. He ran well for the majority of the way, but was caught wide. He began to falter coming to the last furlong and ultimately weakened close to the line to finish sixth of eight. One of my favourites Guaracha, closed the day at Chelmsford to finish fifth. He ran well for most of the way, but like rogue wasn’t able to maintain his run to the line.
Friday was a day of torture for me, knowing we had four good chances going to post. Minella Voucher, looked obvious to follow up on his previous success at Market Rasen and for most of the way it looked as if this was going to be the case. Jumping well and travelling with ease, he moved up to take closer order coming into the last bend, when just as I was wondering when he would make his challenge he hit the deck, slipping up on the wet bend. I am happy to report that he did indeed get up and is back home now with no obvious injuries, though we are going to be extremely careful. Speaking to the jockey he believes the horse did not clip heels, but in fact hit a patch of false ground. Thankfully Waqt did not see what happened at Market Rasen and delivered a great win at Brighton. It was an odd race due to the atrocious downpours and so the entire field, bar for Waqt went wide on the apparent better ground. Waqt took full advantage of this, taking up the lead from two furlongs out on the inner to win by 4 ½ lengths. When taking this all into account, I cannot believe that the handicapper has put Waqt up by eight pounds, five would be fair enough, but eight in a race that fell apart is cruel indeed. The as mentioned conditions caught out De Little Engine, who simply put hated the conditions. He finished eighth of nine, but this was only by 6 ¾ lengths which the handicapper recognised by not dropping him. French Mix closed the curtain on Friday at Goodwood, finishing a creditable third. This was her first run since a small lay off and so we knew a few cobwebs would need to be blown out, none the less coming third was an excellent benchmarker. She was giving the winner 21 pounds and the second 13 pounds, only getting beaten four lengths, thus showing that this was in fact a great run.
Saturday saw a return to Chepstow with two runners starting at the track. Sigrid Nansen was the first of the two to start, and was miles quicker jumping out of the stalls. She led for most of the way, just getting headed by the front two from three furlongs out and headed from a furlong out for third to finish fourth of twelve. Gendarme was able to go even better, tracking the leaders like a hawk, pouncing two furlongs out to be ridden clear and eased down across the line to give us another winner. We had pulled Gendarme back in trip from twelve furlongs to ten furlongs, and so this gives us lots more options going into the future.
No runners on Sunday sadly, but we did have one on Monday. We have played around with Foxy Lass a fair bit and you will have noticed that John was leading her around at the start. These new tactics have worked a treat for her and saw Foxy jump off at the front, leading for the majority of the race. The well in Hurricane Rita soon ran us down along the back straight, but Foxy fought hard with the other leading three horses to battle on for fourth place across the line.
We sent two runners out on Tuesday, the first being Reshaan to Lingfield. Reshaan was found out by the firm going at Lingfield, due to the course receiving 45mm of rain in the 24 hours prior to racing which hardens the sand. This combined with a wide draw made it very difficult for Reshaan to compete. Panatos however went on an expedition to Carlisle, but the expedition ultimately proved to be in vain as he finished fifth of fifteen. He broke very well from the stalls, but he settled in behind a horse that struggled early in the race and saw us lose ground. It didn’t cost us the win, but a third place finish could be argued.
Both Newton Abott and Haydock look to vulnerable to waterlogging and it would not surprise me if these and other cards were abandoned. All being well Regulator is declared for Chepstow Thursday and French Mix heads off to York Festival on Saturday. We have a further two declarations at Bath and another at Sandown. Looking into next week we will have a spread of entries at Brighton, but the rain will influence a lot of our runners next week.
Earnings - £14,647
Wins - 2
Top 4 finishes – 10/20 (50%)
Earnings - £112,418
Wins – 15
Top 4 finishes – 61/148 (41.22%)
Earnings - £150,678
Wins - 18
Top 4 finishes – 88/224 (39.29%)
Another of Gendarme