Another blog, another winner, which is great for the yard! There is nothing better than talking about winners, especially recent ones!
Mr Aplin, who I am sure some of you will know as he owns the likes of Badger Ales winner Drop Out Joe and this summers standout jumper Sharp Rise who has just finished a gallant third in the American Grand National recently sent us Moulin Rouge, a big strapping mare he purchased from Goffs out of Kevin Frosts, she came a modest maiden hurdler although she had won on the flat. Her first two runs for us were very good and she would have to be classed as unlucky as the first time she was nearly brought down at the start and lost a lot of ground so to finish second she did very well then second time she ran into a very well handicapped rival whom she was giving plenty of weight. So then an entry was made for a Stratford seller, a race where everyone suggested she should not run as it was impossible to win on the terms of the race, with rivals rated 118 only giving her a couple of pounds. On figures, everyone was right, it should have been impossible. One thing we did know though was that our filly was genuine, and with different tactics she could run a big race. Opening at 16-1, she started at 7-2, so some people must have thought the same as us then! She did not see a rival, given a good ride by Charlie Poste she was not for catching, jumping and travelling with great zest. She deserved to win as she is game and likes her racing, it was brilliant to have a winner for Mr Aplin as well, hopefully the first of many. She went to Hereford a few days later with a penalty but unfortunately three runs in 11 days was a little too much, although still not disgraced she is now enjoying a little field time and will be back out soon.
Red Unico & British Embassy headed to Tattersalls, Newmarket and Red Uncio sold to continue his career in Kuwait and gave us a nice profit on his purchase price and British Embassy came home with Steven Hoise going to £26,000 to keep him, and after maybe another run or two on the flat he will then embark on his hurdling career! He is a quality horse to have in the yard. He is now jointly owned by Ian Cahill, so hopefully he can continue to give his owners some good days out. While in Newmarket we picked up another new one, a very smart, very big three year old filly, Chestnut Storm, a last time out winner on the flat she has been bought to go juvenile hurdling, where she has started schooling very well and seems a complete natural! She could be very exciting through the winter and is for sale to stay in the yard. She stays well and goes on soft ground which is great.
My Brother Sylvest ran at Huntingdon and was his usual brave self finishing a great second, having his 5th start for us he has not been out the three in four of them! The only one was when he took a tumble at Plumpton, we can forgive him that! He is one of a kind and loved by everyone, even though he is a bit nuts!
Some more new faces in the yard include Mighty Missile, a private purchase out of Warren Greatrex yard. He has had all the usual treatment the new arrivals get, teeth, back etc he is now fixed up and we will work on the mental side of him now and convince him racing isnt so bad after all!!
Another very exciting new arrival is Tara River, a potenially top class recruit from France, a 7yr old he has won nearly £200,000 in prize money and finished only 7 lengths behind Thousand Stars and beating star chaser Simonsig by a whopping 10 lengths! He runs on the flat and over hurdles and will probably make a smashing novice chaser later on. His short term aim is Cheltenham come March. He is a hugely exciting horse to have in the yard and is jointly owned by G J Singh & Dil Singh Rathore, so hopefully he can give them some top days at some big meetings.
The yearlings have now been backed and ridden away, all exceptionally well behaved which is good news! We will be having plenty of runners coming up so I will keep you updated. Hope to get a little rain at some point, amazing to think we are in the first week of November and there are meetings being abandoned for the ground being too firm! Incredible!