It seems ‘seconditus’ has us firmly in her grip, collecting two more seconds at Southwell and Bath. After the excitement of Doncaster sales last week, we have gelded the colt, though are cracking on swiftly with Chiavari and Somewhere To Be has gone on to the Welch’s back in Devon. Not resting upon our laurels, work is about to commence on a new car park and schooling facility that we hope to have finished within the next few weeks.
Round Up of runners
Only seven runners were sent out across both codes this week, with the as mentioned ‘seconditus’ continuing and two further places also being retrieved.
Emneshing opened the account at Chepstow, but for reasons unknown could not build upon his second at Wolverhampton prior to this.
Friday was a much more pleasing day with two places and a close seventh. Waqt and Ramblow raced against each other in a one mile affair at Bath, with Waqt jumping off favourite. Waqt wasn’t the quickest away and it came back to haunt him at the end, as he was matching the pace of the winner, but wasn’t able to close up that all important critical one length as he was giving the winner eight pounds. Ramblow too ran with a lot of promise and took a huge step forward, running on from the rear to finish five lengths off the winner. Hopefully she won’t get dropped too much and can run in an upcoming amateur race at Lingfield. Tactical Manoeuvre ran later in the day at Worcester and ran with zest. He ran hard on the bridal for much of the way round and turning in looked very dangerous, ultimately making a small mistake three out and eased down on the flat to finish fourth. He is improving every day and has really come on since the winter and hopefully a bit of rain will allow for another run.
The British Lion and Thahab Ifraj both ran on Tuesday, though there were two very different results. The British Lion just had a bad day, losing his tongue strap going to the start and then making a meal of leaving the stalls which ultimately finished his race before it began. However, Thahab Ifraj reverted to the flat with great success at Southwell, running a very similar race to his previous win yet this time the winner was strong enough to stay the trip unlike before. This was his third run at Southwell and he has never been out of the first three here.
Broke Away completed the week at Newton Abbot in a handicap hurdle and did very well to stay on her feet. An incident in the middle of the race saw one horse fall and bring down another, severely hampering Broke Away. Despite this she found a leg and recovered to finish third. I do not believe this cost her a position in the end, but definitely cost her lengths none the less.
With Ascot sales upon us next week I thought I’d take a chance to go through the horses we brought here 12 months ago. From the three horses we brought they have won a combined total of seven races and a further 15 places.
Blackwater Bramble: A son of Kings Theatre, costing £3,800. He was brought for pointing and won three of his four starts. His first two wins were both the fastest times of the day, whilst his third was just as easy. He was tucked away for the 2019/20 season after his last run and is an exciting prospect for the future.
Cry Wolf: A son of Street City brought for a much higher £16,000. He has possibly been one of our best ever purchases. Starting no less than 16 times and only finishing outside the places once, he has been no less than a legend. His four wins have been a boost to the yard and we had such fun last year at Bath coming second in a class two, which was the summer staying series final.
Compton Abbey: A son of Compton Place was brought for £600 12 months ago and has run well. Despite just falling short of winning, he has collected just shy of £3,500 in prizemoney and four places from 12 runs. He was unlucky not to win on his second start for us getting beaten a neck a neck, but for his price tag his pound for punch has been exceptional.
Earnings - £9,291
Wins - 1
Top 4 finishes – 7/13 (53.85%)
Earnings - £101,234
Wins – 13
Top 4 finishes –56/135 (41.48%)
Earnings - £134,138
Wins - 15
Top 4 finishes – 80/204 (39.21%)
Waqt at Bath