I drove to Newmarket very early on Tuesday morning with the hope of buying at least 3 horses. I had two fairly decent orders and I also had Paul Mott with me who was on the look out for a nice Filly. On Tuesday James Main offered me Hector’s Chance, he has won 4 races on the flat. He looks as though he might go well hurdling and is only one run off getting a mark. I spent Wednesday and Thursday trying to buy horses. There were too many foreign buyers, all the horses the jump trainers wanted were bought by Australian and Middle Eastern buyers. It was disappointing that there wasn’t any value at this sale, most types that were suitable to me made 50% more than they were worth.
We ran Area Access at Ffos Las on Tuesday. He ran a nice race to finish fourth, he might have gone one better had he not missed the last. He will come on a bit from his run and should go well next time out.
Yesterday we ran Cody Wyoming at Stratford. He was backed off the boards from 12-1 to 3-1f. Cody duly came up with the goods, he jumped very well and won nicely. There are still shares in the Charlie Mann Racing Club at only £360 a year – if you haven’t bought your self a Christmas present yet then sign up!
I am driving up to Wetherby today to watch Cedre Bleu run in the listed handicap chase. We are hoping he runs a decent race. I am not sure you can improve a horse from Paul Nicholls but sometimes when these horses move yards they can sweeten up a little bit.
Verano runs at Ascot tomorrow in the listed handicap hurdle, he carries 9-7. I decided that Harry Bannister should take the ride so that with his 7lb claim the horse carries the correct weight.
We still have spaces available for Saturday 15th November for our ‘Morning on the gallops’ experience.
Join us for a cracking breakfast on the morning of the Paddy Power Gold Cup, watch the Morning Line and discuss possible winners for the day before heading out for some crisp fresh air to watch the string being put through their paces behind the scenes on the gallops. With Cheltenham only 45 mins away it is just a quick car journey on to the races for the reminder of the day.
See horses like Murray Mount close up on the gallops.
Other Wednesdays and Saturdays in November and December available to book.
We worked most of the horses on Saturday morning, first lot worked up the ‘bank’ and second lot went on the ‘back of the hill’ gallop. Cedre Bleu worked well with Verano again, both horses are fit and ready to go so it is just a case now of finding the right race for them. Murray Mount worked very well and was paired with Lord Of House which gave them the proper blow they needed. Murray Mount is not far off a run, he will run first in another bumper or two before progressing to hurdles. Lord of House will be kept sweet and fit ready for the rain to come as he does really perform best in soft to heavy ground so he will be saved for this.
Nimbus Gale worked well with Portmonarch, they were both doing their best bit over the brow of the hill which can be difficult for some horses. Portmornarch has been looking rather poor but we have put him on some stomach care treatments and changed his feed so he seems to be making a turn around not showing any sign weakness in his piece of work.
Bridal Suite worked well with Area Access, they both have very similar game attitudes, they really try hard on the gallops. I like Bridal Suite a lot, he reminds me of Who Owns Me and Area Access and hopefully can win a few to be as good as them. Area Access runs tomorrow at Ffos Las, he didn’t really fire until the end of last season but he is far better than he was this time last year so he should keep on improving. It has been difficult to decide what trip to start him over as he has won over 2m 3f and 3m 3f, we have started at 3m and will see how that fairs!
The young horses are coming along very well, No Bad News, Run To The Rhythm and the unnamed Brian Boru are going very nicely, really growing up in the past month. They are strong forward types that wont take much to come to hand. They have all done little bits of work and have been doing plenty of cantering upsides with the older horses to get them used to the hustle and bustle that they will experience in a race.
Sureness has gone on her holiday, she deserves a break after a busy year not to mention her four wins! She will hopefully come back for the Cheltenham Festival and continue to run into the summer on the fast ground that she prefers. We have a new filly in from Robert Tompkins called Native Explorer, she is the half sister to a good horse I trained to win a bumper called Gallox Bridge.
I am off to the sales first thing in the morning to look at potential horses for a couple of owners. I have made a few shortlists which fit the criteria’s I have been given. There are some smart types on form that I am excited about, however I really do like to take a good look at them to make sure they look the right type too before I make any decisions. It is generally a competitive sale so I hope I have some luck on my side and manage to get the horses I want for the right money.
We had a big lunch at The George for Monday Lunch Club, it was our first time there under the new landlord Oli Taggart. In the afternoon Seventh Sky ran at Plumpton in a Novice H’cap Chase. He jumped beautifully and making the running he won really nicely. It has only taken me 3 years to get the right trip for him but it looks now that I have found the most suitable one! Hopefully he should come on for his run and with any luck he wont get crucified by the handicapper.
We had plenty of horses working on Wednesday, Cedre Belu and Verano worked very nicely together. Murray Mount worked very well and is maturing with every bit he does. Bridal Suite and Miller of Glanmire both look ready to run. Area Access is quite forward and should run next week. Nimbus Gale is in good form and works consistently well.
We schooled nine horses first lot on Thursday with Mark Grant, Gavin Sheehan, Tom Garner and our new conditional from Ireland Tommy Dowling. Cody Wyoming doesn’t look to be showing any of his hesitancy he had in his last 2 runs, his jumping is foot perfect. Cedre Bleu and Miller of Glanmire jumped fences well. Verano had his first school, he shows plenty of scope being very happy to go for a long one with great ease.
This morning we took the horses on the grass for the first time. They loved going on the ‘home’ gallop with one or two of them wanting to go a bit faster than the others! A few lands have longer arms than they did this morning! Also during the week we had Oli Bell in from RUK to film a preview on a horse for the season and interview me on a few others. It will be aired in the build up to the Paddy Power Meeting so look out for what I have to say.
We have no runners this weekend, Cedre Bleu was entered for the Old Roan Chase at Aintree on Saturday but it looked to be a very competitive race and there is two opportunities for him next weekend so I will look at these instead.