I went to an interesting NTF meeting yesterday at Newbury as I am on the council. The consensus of opinion is that there are a number of trainers in Newmarket in some trouble over the ‘Sungate’ issue. It will be interesting to see how the BHA handle it.
We had two runners yesterday at Bangor-On-Dee. VICTOR LEUDORUM jumped very well in his first H’cap Chase and finished a very good second to a well H’capped horse of Jonjo O’Neills. Noel Fehily didn’t make it in time from Southwell so Nick Scholfield took the ride. I expect him to be winning again soon.
We also ran YAZDI in the Conditional Jockeys Hurdle race. He cost £430,000 as a yearling – I am only glad I did not pay that for him! He finished an okay 3rd. I will be entering him in the Autumn Horses in Training sales as he doesn’t look good enough for us.
The yard is finally coming together, I can now see the light at the end of he tunnel. We haven’t got that much left to do and it will certainly be ready for our open day.
We have got most of the horses back now from there summer break, they have all done well for it and they are now hacking away doing some road work.
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I went to Stratford on Sunday with Simon Beccle and Marie Ellis, we had a very nice lunch on the way there in preparation for what we hoped would be a successful day. Unfortunately things did not go to plan, they went to quickly for WESTERN KING, he didn’t jump great-seeming to be out of his comfort zone. It wasn’t one of his best runs. I think I may try him back over hurdles where he has been successful before.
We fancied SCEPTICISM in the Juvenile Hurdle and thought he would run a big race, I think we would have been in with a shout as the form collapsed half way round but he was brought down at the 5th hurdle when going extremely well. Horse and Jockey are fine, full of beans this morning. He will hopefully go to Newton Abbot on the 3rd August.
We then went to Newton Abbot on Monday – along with every one else going down the M5 to Weston-Super-Mare in the sun. Noel got knocked out in the first race and the ground was much quicker than I anticipated so I withdraw VICTOR LEUDORUM. VAN DIEMENS LAND (USA) ran well to the bend where he faded quickly, it is proving difficult to find his ideal trip.
Today we got 13 horses in, it is nice to see the barn full again. They all look very happy to be in out of the sun and the flies. They were all waiting at the gate with big bellies and are now happy in their stables with their new shoes on.
I played in a very good cricket match yesterday – it was the first time I have scored for quite a long time! I bowled 3 overs and I was the last man left in batting. Not quite up to ashes standard but all good fun!
We took four horses up schooling on Thursday only to find the 3 flights of hurdles and one fence had disappeared. I rang up the JC gallop man to complain and the next thing I knew Thames Valley police force turn up as it turns out £17k worth of easy fix jumps had been stolen. It just goes to show nothing is sacred any more.
We have two runners a piece on Sunday and Monday then the plan ahead is to get the rest of the horses in from grass on Tuesday next week.
I am looking forward to SCEPTICISM run on Sunday. I have 2 shares still available in him so watch this space. WESTERN KING runs over fences at Stratford, he is on great form at home tanking up the gallops. VICTOR LEUDORUM and VAN DIEMENS LAND will run at Newton Abbot on Monday. Victor has top weight in the H’Cap Chase but I am hopeful he will run well, showing good signs at home. VDL also has top weight in the H’Cap Hurdle, we have stepped him up in trip since his last run which should suit better.
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