Expedite wins at Huntingdon!!

It was a fairly quiet week leading up to Christmas and we had no runners as the meetings were both called off, so I did my Christmas shopping and the round of drinks parties, which were very nice.

On Boxing day we drove up to Market Rasen – I ran Elmore Back on atrocious ground and he absolutely hated it and pulled up. I also ran Quebec and he also pulled up, so that was a complete disaster!! But at Huntingdon we fared a bit better; Bridal Suite ran his usual sort of race and then Expedite won a very competitive Novice Hurdle and looks like being a really nice young horse for the future. I keep forgetting he is only four and he will definitely make a lovely chaser in time.

We had a quiet day on Sunday. We got a few horses out who might be running early on this week. I then had lunch in the Malt Shovel with Martin and Nicole Myers and Ben and Clemmie. We watched the racing at Kempton, which was very exciting.

We have no runners today or tomorrow as the ground is too soft. We have entries on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will run Morney Wing at either Haydock or Warwick and I suspect that Seventh Sky will go to Cheltenham on New Years Day as there isn’t much else for him. The weather has been a little frustrating and we need better ground for most of our horses.

21/12/15

We had a very good lunch in The Malt with an old owner of mine called Bill Hagon and John Davies, plus their wives. I picked my daughter Tildie up and we went down to Olympia to do a lot of Christmas shopping and we watched some very good show jumping. It was a fun evening!!

Denis O’Regan was in on first lot on Friday.

Mark Grant came in on Saturday to ride work on Elmore Back. We sent Seventh Sky up to Haydock for the Tommy Whittle. Gavin Sheehan rode him and he made all the running to win by 7 lengths. It was an extraordinary performance under top weight. It will be interesting to see what the handicapper does and I am not sure where we are going next.

We took Airpur Desbois to Fakenham on Sunday and he didn’t really fire and I think he probably needs a break.

Seventh Sky WINS the Tommy Whittle!

Seventh Sky WINS the Tommy Whittle!

Seventh Sky put in an absolutely sterling performance to win the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock Park by an impressive 7 lengths under Gavin Sheehan for owner Mr John Heron. The whole team at Neardown are absolutely delighted and pleased that Seventh Sky has come out of the race fresh and well. What a super star!!


Charlie Mann eyeing Aintree with Seventh Sky after Haydock Park victory

“Having already shown his liking for the Crabbie’s Grand National fences already Seventh Sky (10-1) put himself in line for a return to Aintree with victory at Haydock Park.

Charlie Mann’s eight-year-old landed a fine front-running victory under top weight in the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock Park, beating 5-1 favourite Spookydooky by seven lengths.

Having already shown his liking for the Crabbie’s Grand National fences already Seventh Sky (10-1) put himself in line for a return to Aintree with victory at Haydock Park.

Charlie Mann’s eight-year-old landed a fine front-running victory under top weight in the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock Park, beating 5-1 favourite Spookydooky by seven lengths.

Seventh Sky had been second in the Grand Sefton Chase over the National fences two weeks ago and was even better at the Merseyside course’s sister track.

Under Gavin Sheehan Seventh Sky (10-1) always kept his chief rival Spookydooky at arms length to score a superb win.

While at crack at the Grand National on April 9 in the new year was mooted it is the shorter race, the Topham Chase, over the big Aintree obstacles which will be the target.

Winning jockey Sheehan said: “I haven’t sat on him much this year but I rode him the last day over the big ones and he was electric over them.

“I knew he was in good form and had come on for Aintree.

“I schooled him the other day and he was electric.

“Me and Charlie discussed plans after his run at Liverpool and I think he’d be better in the Topham.

“I don’t think he’d be too far away but in the National it might just drag him out a bit.”

Schooling over fence this morning…

Schooling over fence this morning…

A video of Seventh Sky, Morney Wing and Elmore Back schooling over fences this morning, 
filmed by Kyril!! 

Gavin Sheehan schooled Seventh Sky upsides Tommy on Morney Wing, followed by Mark Grant on Elmore Back. They all flew over the fences to Charlie’s delight!

Update…

We all watched Leicester beating Chelsea on Monday evening at Evelyn Faber’s house, which is a very good result for us as it means that Newcastle stay one point ahead of Chelsea. We had no phones in action on Tuesday which made life fairly quiet, but as usual, BT are doing their best to get it sorted. I bought all my families presents on the internet, which I have never done before, and it was remarkably easy!

We worked horses first and second lot on Wednesday – Morney Wing worked very well along with Seventh Sky, Some Kinda Lama and Expedite. Iffy then drove me to London and I went to “the Punters lunch” which was in the Sydney Arms. We watched the racing all day and had to try to pick all the winners at Newbury. It was a very good lunch and a lot of nice people were there.

We are schooling horses this morning. We are planning to run Seventh Sky at Haydock on Saturday and Airpur Desbois at Ascot. We also have entries at Fakenham on Sunday.