We complain when we have no rain but it has not stopped raining recently and it makes the going everywhere hard work for the horses.
A few runners since the last blog with mixed fortunes.
Glen Mooar and Oneida Tribe made the short trip to Warwick. Glen Mooar was having his first run for The Goodies & The Tricksters and his first run over hurdles. He ran well making ground down the back and was in the leading group coming into the straight before tiring. He will come on from the whole experience and is a horse who, I am sure will give his owners much enjoyment over the next few years. Glen followed up with another very pleasing run at Huntingdon, and was our last runner before the Christmas festivities.
Oneida Tribe ran well but could not go with the field when they increased the pace 4 out.
Onto Hereford with Mr Palmtree, who showed much more enthusiasm with blinkers on for the first time. He jumped his way to the front 5 fences from home but unfortunately made an uncharacteristic error three out, and horse v fence caused a very rapid change of speed propelling Tabitha up his neck, and virtually out of the front door! Tabs did extremely well to stay on board but the mistake stopped him dead, and cost him any chance he had in the race, and he finished 4th.
Southwell in the rain for Cheer’s Delboy. Back over fences for the first time since his injury, he hated the ground which went very soft and Jack did the correct thing in pulling him up at half way. He will wait for some better ground.
Williamdeconqueror ran at Ludlow and showed much improvement on his previous runs staying on to finish 7th. Will need to go further in time.
Wrynner, a new horse to the yard, ran in a bumper at Hereford. Last race on the card and the ground was very deep by the time she ran which she did not like. She enjoyed the racecourse experience and hopefully will have some better ground when she runs next time.
Harriet & her team made the long trek north to Alnwick with For Fitz Sake & Fitz In, both having their first runs pointing. The five & a half hour drive each way totally worth it, when the FFS dotted in by 8 lengths, and FI finished a very close second.
Congratulations to Harriet for training her first point to point winner! The horses both went to Goffs Yorton sale last week and we will follow their progress with great interest.
We would like to wish you all
‘A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy & Healthy New Year’
2020 has certainly been a challenging year for each & every one of us, and we can but hope for a more normal 2021.
Thank you to The Team for their loyalty & hard work and Thank you to all of our lovely owners for trusting us with their equine athletes & without whose support we wouldn’t be here.