News@Neardown 2.5.13

With 16
winners on the board the 2012/13 jumps season drew to a close last Saturday.
Statistically it hasn’t been one of Charlie’s best seasons however there has
been a lot of development during the year. Building the new yard has been a big
project and there has been a lot of progress. I do felt we were dealt a few
blows early on in the season with the injuries to Low Gales and Greyfriars
Drummer setting us back, as well as being at the end of some pretty aggressive
handicapping (Prolinx!). The biggest problem has been we have spent the whole
winter racing in mud which you will agree has led to some pretty strange
I am sure
next year will be highly successful for Charlie as he has a really nice bunch
of horses to take forward into next season with a solid team behind him. I will
take this opportunity to say I am moving on to pastures new to assist at
Charlie Longsdons. It has been a fantastic two years here; I have really
enjoyed getting to know you all. I hope to see you all racing in the coming
Feisty Lass
She has put
back on the weight she lost at Ffos Las and is very happy in herself. Charlie
plans to run her sometime next week before she heads off to the sales on the 14th
Fine Parchment
He is
loving the warm weather and spending lots of time in the field. It has been a
long season for him although I still think he is well and fresh enough for one
last run before his summer break.
Masked  Man
He is
another one loving the warmer weather. He has had a crack down the outside of
his near fore hoof, which caused him a few lame steps last Friday however he is
fine now and back in full swing.
continues to ride her everyday, she is maturing each day and getting a little
full of herself every now and then – it is a good sign that she is
strengthening up. Her summer coat has come through nicely in the last week.
He worked
nicely yesterday. Gavin schooled him this morning; he went slightly steadier
than normal! Charlie hopes to run him at Southwell next week, where surely it
should be his time to get his head in front!
Seventh Sky
He ran a
blinder to finish 4th at Sandown last Saturday. I personally felt he
didn’t quite stay 2m 3f. The check pieces were a definite help to him, I though
it particularly helped him go through with the end of his race. Charlie plans
to give him an entry for the Swinton Hurdle although there could be some easier
targets around the same time.
Van Diemens Land
He has done
3 solid bits of work since his wind op which has brought him on nicely. Being a
slightly stuffy horse he will still need a couple more weeks of solid work
before he is ready for a run. He loves going out in the field.
Victor Leudorum
He ran
below par at Ludlow on Sunday, nothing all that obvious has come to light other
than a bit of a stiff back and a few cuts and bruises. The chiropractor has
been to see him and he is coming again today for a check up. He is another who
enjoyed this morning out in the field.
Western King
He really
is in good form at home. Rose tells me he is flying and ready to run. The
ground is perfect for him at the moment.
Who Owns Me
He schooled
over fences for the first time this morning and was electric. He has bags of
scope and is sure to have an exciting Novice campaign next year.
He ran his
most promising race over hurdles to date on Saturday to finish 3rd. He has come
out of the race better than ever. The key to his good run was the good ground, he
travelled and jumped so much better on the quicker ground.