Once again its been a while, I had written a blog last week but when I went to submit, it all disappeared and I couldnt write it all over again so I have finally found some time to write another one!
The weather is definitely starting to change, although it could not have been much worse after Storm Kate last week, the rain was unbelieveable but with such great facilities here it did not effect us at all, apart from us all getting very wet!
A few runners in the last couple of weeks, Shanandoa went to Ludlow where we were all pretty confident she would run a big race, with no excuses. Unfortunately as we all know horses have a great way to change all that completely and make you look a little daft, she ran no sort of a race and was ultimately very disappointing, the most frustrating thing is we cannot find a reason, she has come out of the race fine and has no problems, maybe just an off day, I dont know, I guess we will find out next time! She seems fresh and well at home and looks in great shape. Maybe we will give her a spin on the flat and see if she enjoys that, she has a lot of natural speed, so we shall see!
Heading to Newton Abbot after declaring on good to soft, guess what happened, it rained and rained and rained....all three were fresh and ready to run so we let them take their chances, Venture Lagertha ran in the maiden hurdle with Liam Heard up, we like her a lot at home, she is big and scopey and has a nice way about her, although it hasnt been easy, before coming to us she was with three different trainers in Ireland, not one could keep her sound or get her to the track, so that was a massive achievment in itself, she jumps well and handles most sorts of ground, but by then it was pretty testing, she jumped and travelled well and finished a nice third out of the ten at 100-1, turning in she looked the winner but the front two had a little more experience and handled the going a little better. She has come out the race in good order and needs one more run to qualify for handicaps where she could have a good summer.
Jopaan next, he is a proper good ground horse and we were sure he would run a big race but for the dampening conditions, with Harry Bannister riding, he jumped foot perfect and tracked the winner into the straight and looked a massive danger but could not quicken on that ground, it was offically soft by then. A good performance and he was well clear of the third, he will also be kept going through the summer for his connections Avon Forest Racing Club.
Then to good old Lambs Cross, he has been a revelation since joining us from Mark Gillards, coming to us looking in a very poor state and having no 'life' about him he could not be more opposite now, he looks a million and is so fresh and well its hard to keep a lid on him in the mornings, because of his new found exhuberance two mile five would have just about been ok on genuine good ground but as it rained all day it was not ideal, but once again he jumped and travelled with great flare and Harry gave him a super ride just to tire over the last two furlongs and be beaten by a horse that stays three miles with ease. He will get his turn soon but we are delighted as when he joined us him form read 5PP2U, very inconsistent and pretty bad, but since joining us his form reads 3432. His confidence is sky high now which is really nice to see.
Head Space headed to Kempton on Wednesday with Luke Morris up again, he ran well enough but they just didnt go quick enough, he finished in the middle though and is also another one to have got some consistancy since joining us, he will be winning when back on the turf this summer.
Castlemorris King missed the cut for Cheltenham but now heads to Aintree for the National meeting, he is very well and will give his owners a great day out!
What you should all have a look at is Avon Forest Racing Clubs Charity Race Day Out, a chance to have a full english breakfast and a chat, then come to the yard with lots of like minded people, including Harry Redknapp who will also be joining us at the yard, watch the horses gallop and school with jockeys like Harry Bannister, Mikey Heard, Liam Heard amongst others. Then after all that head off to Wincanton races with your own Owners and Trainers badge. Free transport and a great day out so if you would be interested to know more or would like to book your place please do get in touch.
We have plenty in now and have over twenty five to start the new season, three times the amount of horses we have ever had, which is very exciting. We have a good team of staff but are always looking for new people to ride out as we are contantly getting busier.
All the horses are in great shape at home and are certainly enjoying a bit of sun on their backs, with lots of runners in the coming weeks. I will be updating hopefully a little sooner....
Many thanks for reading.