Well Done Team.

10-May-2022 17:27
in General
by Admin

The horses have been in good order through the winter although we haven't had many runners, they held their form, with a couple of hard luck stories as well which was frustrating, but they have come in to the Spring in great shape with a couple of winners on the board already.

Carrigready is a horse that sums up what we do perfectly, this is a 10yr old gelding that has not run for a year, has not been placed under any code for three years and has not won a race for 5 years! I think it is fair to say he had lost his way. He came over from Ireland end of Jan time, looked an absolute state, very hairy and no muscle condition what so ever, and to go with that he was really quite a horrible person, but we can work with that. Roll forward to March and he was ready to go, the aim a confidence booster over hurdles, as he is clearly a chaser (even though he has never won over fences) and all was going very smoothly and he was a running on 5th/15 runners when unfortunately taking a tumble two from home which was a real shame, fortunately for a big, ignorant horse like him it didn't faze him much and after a little school over the fences at home he was ready to go again, this time over fences, he went to Exeter the rank outsider under Tom Doggrell, with no headgear (which he was worn constantly for the last few years), he jumped from fence to fence in a great rhythm and came home strongly to win by half a length, outbattling the runner up, with his ears pricked. What a joy to see, a huge turnaround for the horse and a massive effort from the team at home who have done a great job. Don't get me wrong, he is tricky, and he likes it done his way but when you work with them, fix them and try and be friends with them that is the reward you get. Lucy rides him every day and has done a good job putting up with him and still giving him a pat! Not only was it great to see Craig get his head in front on only his second start for the yard but to also train Mr & Mrs Allisons first winner was great, they have been with us for a couple of years and have been massively unlucky with injuries so it was great to see them as excited as we were! Under a penalty he went back to Exeter only the following week under a huge weight of 12st, running a very brave race to finish 3rd giving nearly two stone to the two in front of him. Well done all.

Its been a while since we have had a horse good enough to win a novice hurdle but Toronto, also on just his second start for the yard absolutely smashed his rivals at Wincantons last meet of the season under Angus Cheleda beating the odds on favourite that was rated 122. This is also a tricky customer, having been passed from pillar to post in the last two years when he came to us his head was fried and has taken a lot of work from the team to sort him out. He also hadn't managed to get his head in front since his two year old days and now a five year old. He has bundles of ability and he could go a long way. A horse that has everything done to suit him, hopefully he continues his upward progression. 

Independence is the unluckiest horse in training, he has so much talent but is a hard horse to train, he struggles physically and needs races run to suit but he really is the model of consistency having been in the first 4 on 12 out of his 15 runs, the other three occasions finishing 5th! not a bad chap thats for sure. He deserves to get his head back in front soon. 

Beerenberg, a cheap purchase out of Joseph O Briens yard in the autumn after two complete no shows for him as a two year old has now been placed twice for us, unlucky both times, going down a head at Wolverhampton after having to switch twice then being drawn 12 of 12, also around Wolverhampton he finished well to be placed again last time. He will have his head in front soon and has already schooled very well over hurdles and will be ready for Newton Abbots juvenile hurdles when they start.

Benandgone, a reformed character, Christmas just gone he was a giveaway, no one wanted to ride him, very unpredictable and almost untrainable, very distruptive and standing at over 17h, it wasn't pretty but after an awful lot of effort from Daisy he slowly turned the corner and became a one rider horse and although on some occasions she was probably a little scared of him they worked well together and he switched his head on and finished the season with some really good performances, he was placed on just his second start over hurdles and confirmed that was no fluke by then finishing a close second to a favourite in a Taunton novice then running with real credit in a very warm Newbury novice behind (and in front) of some very nice types. He finished the season with a staying on second on his handicap debut. He has well earned his summer holiday now and I am sure will come back in an absolute beast, he will make a smashing novice chaser in the autumn, hopefully he continues to grow up on his break, as I am sure Daisy is praying! 

We have some lovely bumper types still to run as well as a few two year olds this year, more than we have had before so it will be good to get them up and running, fingers crossed for some good performances.