The last week or two has been very busy but we will start with the legend that is Castlemorris King, our stable stalwart for the last four years, he has been quite brilliant and we will never ever forget him and what he did for us and some of the fantastic, exciting days he gave us, he headed to Worcester on Thursday where we were very confident he would not get beat, Dickie Johnson in the plate, and of course they did not let us down, Morris bossed the field from the tape, out jumping, out galloping and out classing the lot of them pulling away by 5 lengths. Unfortunately Mr Pipe put in a claim for him, along with a few other people, us included but he was the lucky one! The girls were extremely sad to see him go and were very upset, he has been an extraordinary character in the yard since the day we bought him and has never, ever let us down, winning six times and being placed a further eight times, he was a pleasure to train and will be sorely missed. It is very rare you can go racing and know for a fact that the horse you have with you will give 110% every time, when he won at Ludlow one day he was the 33-1 outsider of the lot and giving Dave Crosse his first ride back carrying broken ribs, he still got up and beat Nicky Hndersons fancied runner. Anyway we wish Mr Pipe the very best of luck with him and I am sure he will go on and win more races, he doesnt know how to do anything but, we will always follow him and hope to see him soon. Hopefully they are looking after him as well as we did here. Thanks Morris, you were a star!
Another good result last week was little Lady Mcguffy, a solid second under Sophie Killoran at Salisbury, we fancied her as she had her ground for the first time and was only beaten by a last time out winner that was bang in form, the form was solid though, the Hannon horse Guffy beat into third went out and won by 6l the next week. So we were delighted with her, only 14.1h, she has the heart of a lion.
Shanandoa had her first run for the racing club at Kempton last week and after tinkering with a few things at home she ran a cracker, not having the run of the race and still running on well to finish 4th under Harry Bannister. It was good to see her gallop and jump well under pressure, she seemed to enjoy her race, has come out of it well and will now have a step up in trip.
Follow The Tracks, Lambs Cross & Veauce De Sivola all headed to Plumpton, Follow The Tracks was back in again to back up his promising run at Exeter, and that he did, running out a game third to a very well gambled winner. The ground was probably a little quick for him and he is probably a bit better going right handed so to finish third he ran well. Lambs Cross and Veauce De Sivola were both in the same race and it was going to be interesting. Lambs Cross has been a bit of a dude this season, since coming to us he has had six runs and been placed six times from 2 miles to 3 miles!! Pretty impressive I think, for a horse that was struggling to even finish races with his previous trainer. He didnt really see out the 3 mile trip but still battled on and rallied up the hill to finish third. Veauce De Sivola jumped and travelled well on his first start for us, the track really didnt suit him being so undulating but he also battled on to finish fourth, he would have come on for that run and as long as there is soft in the descripton on Wednesday he will go to Newton Abbot.
So this season so far we have had eleven runners, one winner and seven placed!! Not bad I dont think, hopefully we can keep it up and have our best season so far.
We have some really nice unraced bumper horses to look forward to this summer as well, a very smart Scorpion filly has been going well and showing us plenty, she will be ready end of June. A strapping big Rainbow High gelding, a very "old fashioned" looking type he is doing everything we ask and has changed massively since we started with him, he could be a lovely horse for the future that we like more and more each day. The same owner has another Rainbow High gelding here as well, complete opposite of the big lad, this one is smaller, but very active and forward, he really enjoys his work and has done everything so far really nicely and we hope to take him away from home soon before he makes his bumper debut in June at some point, I would imagine his future lies over hurdles over a trip, he is a strong galloper. A very neat, smart handsome looking horse that everyone notices when they come in. The big Winged Love grey horse is coming on very well, he came to us very, very heavy so everything is being taken very slowly with him, but he is some ride and everyone loves him, he could be anything. Another one is the massive three year old Medaglia d'oro filly, we havnt decided on whether she will start in a maiden or a bumper, where ever it is I expect her to impress.