July what can I say, the horses have been flying! Sadly my favourite TV program Love Island has come to an end, but I am sure I will find a way to survive!
Round Up of runners…
Diligent began the week at Southwell and ran similarly to his last run at the track. He was ridden patiently enough to approach the home straight in a promising position, but the front three broke away and so he and the fourth finished together in the middle. It was nice for the Welch’s to give Bryony a ride, since the Frosts are neighbours to the Welch’s as well as Hannah and Bryony growing up together.
Panatos was bidding to justify his favourite price tag at Chepstow and boy did he have a crack at the whip. He was punched out early doors stretching the field to 15 lengths at least. Rossa gave him a big breather at the rise and I can’t help but wonder whether it was too much, since the field closed and he got headed in the final furlong and fought back only for the door to close. Knowing Panatos, he certainly backed off and I can 100 percent guarantee that this cost him second but not quite the win. I was left disappointed with steward’s decision not to reverse the placings between second and third, which to me looked a clear cut decision.
The less said about Lingfield the better. There was a miscommunication in the stalls between the starter and Cieren so that Cieren took the hood off early causing Gabriela Laura to jump awkwardly and so losing his stirrups. Jupiter was a much better result and lightened my mood. He benefitted hugely from the five pound claim and ran well down the middle of the track. I wonder if he may have needed to have been pulled out sooner to press the lead, yet he still put on a show and just managed to take third without quite challenging the win.
Polo the Mumm ran too freely at Perth and this hurt his chances, nerveless it was more experience for the maturing Tamby Welch.
Rogue simply didn’t take to the ground at Sandown, nor allowances for three year olds. Next time we will be more careful.
Interesting GB flat statistics
We have now sent out 19 winners and counting so far this season and have taken the time to glance over how we are doing. With all of the six figure races being fought over I am quite pleased to sit 78th in the standings, which rises to 51st on wins alone.
Brighton and Southwell have proven feasting grounds for the yard this season, returning a strike rate of 25% a piece with 16 runners each. Chepstow is also up there with a strike rate of 21 %. I was however slightly surprised to see that we have ventured to no less than 21 flat tracks, with our most visited track being of course Wolverhampton at 36 runs.
Hannah and Rossa have been our most used jockeys, whilst Cieren Fallon has quickly come on to the radar as an Apprentice to use.
Month by month we have been consistently sending out near to 30 runners and it only seems like yesterday the mad rush that was January. Having just completed our first month of the second half of the season, bagging three wins and a further 13 places, I hope to keep the momentum.
Earnings - £22,262
Wins - 3
Earnings - £137,477
Wins – 19
Earnings - £192,201
Wins - 23