With Summer having finally arrived, we were obviously keen to have our first 1st winner of the season.
This came in the form of Phoebus Lescriba on Tuesday at Southwell. Running for owners Medbourne Racing, and ridden by Lorcan Murtagh, Phoebus more than made up for a narrow defeat in his previous run by battling it out well to win, after being nursed through a fast run race by Lorcan, and produced with perfect timing. Great that several members of the syndicate were there to cheer him home and collect the goodies afterwards! We have all so missed the atmosphere of a close finish being shouted home!
This was a first lead up winner for Olly Hopkins, who looks after Phoebus, so a special day for him too.
A few near misses prior to this had proved mighty frustrating, with Phoebus Lescriba just getting headed on the line at Southwell on his first run back for six months to finish second.
Cheers Delboy finished second at Uttoxeter, he made a bad mistake at the last but Lorcan sat tight, and he recovered well to only be beaten two lengths. Del is now on his holidays and hopefully he will go one better after his break. Delighted to have him back to form, and for his ever patient owners Just 4 Fun, to be rewarded after allowing us to nurse him back to form after a life threatening injury
Three Bullet Gate has tested everyone’s’ endurance, he has a big talent but finding the key has not been an easy task! He is a worrier who doesn’t really let on about it at home and is very prone to ulcers despite turn out etc. He has tested Darren’s feeding skills to keep him eating and he certainly tests his handling skills at the races where he is a complete clown about going out of the paddock & getting Jack on board! However, he does jump fantastically once you can get to the start!
After not being suited by the very soft ground at Bangor and finishing fourth, TBG went to Market Rasen last week. TBG was always handy, jumping for fun, and appeared to be going the best approaching the second last fence, with a 3 length lead. He probably jumped the fence too well and then failed to get his landing gear out in time resulting in him falling. Gutting for all connections, poor Jack was devastated, as were the rest of the team. Happily both horse & jockey walked away fine, and at least we now feel that we have him right to go back to the battle after a summer break
Anti Cool went to Huntingdon and ran well for the majority of the race before being pulled up by Alfie. It was found that he had burst a blood vessel after the race. Fitz the Brief had his first run under rules in a competitive bumper at Southwell. He ran a really nice race and stayed on well to only be beaten 15 lengths. Fitz Well ran at Uttoxeter and ran better, in a race where two went off at break neck speed, he is better than the result showed, but needs to have more confidence in his own ability! It will come in time, and we will see him in a much better light over fences in the Autumn. Twycross Warrior had his first run over fences, jumped very well, but probably needs the ground a bit softer. All three are off on their holidays now & enjoying some very good grass.
We were very excited to welcome a new recruit to the yard in the last couple of weeks, Moon Over Germany has joined us from Henry De Bromhead. A 144 rated chaser is a great addition to the yard.
Black Kalarosa frustratingly picked up an injury in her last run at Taunton, where she ran her best race to date. Happily her owners have set up a breeding syndicate & she has just been covered by Jack Hobbs. A tense two weeks to wait for the first scan!
Midnight Tune is back from Ireland and in foal to Getaway.
The team ploughing through everyone’s hated job of power washing at present, as well as trying to get in some holidays. The strimmer is also being put to good use as the grass is growing so fast now. Olly Hopkins had his first ride in a point to point on Bank Holiday Monday, so well done to him – a day he won’t forget!
Great to be able to welcome back owners to the yard again, although most of the horses are now on holiday, its lovely to see them all out heads down and having some serious downtime.