I have not updated for a couple of weeks, sorry about that!
We have been very busy here and had a few runners, starting with a very smart young filly Shanandoa. When she went to Wincanton first time up we came away slightly disappointed as we had her right and were fairly confident with her work at home, things did not quite work out on the day although she was only beaten 6 lengths. I wasnt happy so I decided to really throw her in the deep end and run her at Cheltenham to see if she could show what I know she can do, and wow did she! We had the main man on in Gavin Sheehan, a very good young jockey and a master in these bumpers. Sent off 33-1, one of the rank outsiders of the 17 runners, with all the major yards represented with some handy looking mares, she defied her odds to come storming through the field up the famous hill and chase home a very smart looking mare, the only previous winner in the field. Beaten only 4 lengths she really does look a class act for the future. Gavin was delighted and assures us what we already knew, shes useful! Amazingly enough, not only does she look the double of her brother The Giant Bolster, he also finished 5th & 2nd in his first two runs!! She is now on a short holiday to grow and fill out a little more. Exciting times ahead!
Follow The Tracks headed to Fontwell on Friday, chasing his hatrick, heading there we were all very happy with him, he was in good order at home. He set off to make the running as usual, but he jumped very badly and lacked any sort of fluency over his hurdles, he stuck to it brave as he is to finish 3rd. He is a horse that does suffer with back issues sometimes so we will have that sorted and he will be back winning soon enough, still ahead of the handicapper for sure. Since being back he has only finished out of the 4 once, that was on his first run back for over a year so I think he was entitled to need it! What a star he is.
Tuffstuff headed to Ffos Las for his new owner on Wednesday, over 2 miles on quick ground, two things that really wouldnt suit him, he was also a gallop or two short so we were delighted to see him finish 5th, beaten only 18 lengths. He will hopefully be able to show and fulfil his potential from his first couple of runs. He came out the race well enough and will be out again soon.
The yard is looking very smart, all the fences have been creosoted and the fields have been rolled! We still have plenty of building going on though so we cant wait until its all finished, we are looking to have an open day later on in the year when everything is complete.
This is the last day of the season, and delighted to say it was our best season yet....here come the stats for you....
With 50 runners we have had 5 winners, 8 seconds, 11 thirds and 5 4ths! Which means this season a massive 62% of our runners have brought home prize money. Out of the 11 individual horses we have run this year 10 of them have won prize money, and the only one that hasnt has only had two runs! This is something we are very proud of and our team have been great this year. So a big well done to all of them!
Not only the end of the NH season today, also the end of one of the most fantastic careers of any sports person in history, let alone in the racing industry. AP McCoy, 20 time Champion jockey after being champion conditional in his first year, that really is some feat! Words cant really describe what he has achieved for himself and the sport. His success, dedication, and pure ability has been brillant to watch over the years and I am delighted we were able give him a winner! With the admirable Castlemorris King, a horse with the personality to match AP, hence his nickname of the 'Champ' in the yard. Very best of luck in your retirement AP.