A little late in writing but I must start with the sterling effort from Byron Blue at Southwell the other day. After a very promising run back at Stratford only the previous week he headed to Southwell with a mammoth 12st 3lb on his back and under an excellent front running ride from Dave Crosse he never got headed to beat the short priced, well fancied favourite by the smallest of margins. Being one of the smallest horses in the yard made this such an achievement for the little horse, he really never gives up and it was great to get him back winning after a winless three year period. It was great to get another win for the Singh brothers as they are very good supporters of ours. He will now find something a little higher in grade and will go again in a couple of weeks before going chasing. A quick mention for Jess who rides him every single morning as first lot, he came to us nearly unridable and she has done a great job in getting him to settle. She loves him dearly so as you can imagine she was delighted!
Clearly Capable showed he can act away from Newton Abbot when he went to Worcester last week, finishing a close up third, the nature of the big galloping track didn't suit as much as the front running track of Newton Abbot but even so he ran well and continues to improve. He is sure to win both over hurdles and fences again, the great thing about him is how versatile he is regards to the ground so he will continue through the winter months too.
Black Anthem continues to be an owners dream, with John McCreanor buying him three runs ago, he hasn't finished out of the three since, running a very creditable race yesterday at Newton Abbot splitting 119 and 135 rated rivals. He will now have a small summer break as he is a proper winter NH horse that relishes soft ground, he will be very exciting through the winter.
Cranworth Phoenix ran her best race yet, she headed to Lingfield the outsider of the field, and definitely by far the smallest of the field, being only 14.1h she really is tiny but there are not many as tough as this one! We finally found a jockey to fit her in Hollie Doyle who gave her great ride to finish second. It was the first real race she has got into so it was really good to see her stick her head out and try. I am sure she will pick something up through the summer and continue to give her owner Chris Clark plenty of fun!
We have several entries for next week including a very busy day on Monday at Salisbury. Blaine is also due an entry soon for the Shergar Cup at Ascot, a massively popular fixture, hopefully the rain continues as being over 5f he will need plenty of cut, he is in fantastic order at home and it will be great to get him back on track.
More work commences as we have just started the footings for a new barn that will give us an addtional sixteen boxes to take us over fifty.
Thanks for reading and your continued support.