Only one runner since our last blog, good old Sky Watch headed to Ludlow for a handicap chase. Seemingly ideal conditions we were confident, even after some solid efforts at Plumpton he didnt really seem to get up the hill that well there so we figured a return to a flatter track should be in his favour. Unfortunately he once again had top weight and with our 7lb claimer Mikey Heard out injured we stuck with Dave as he knows him. He ran another cracker, but the only problem with a flatter track is they go twice as quick and bless him he was flat out from the start, but in his usual style he stuck on gamely to finish third. He has now run five times for us and been placed every time! A proper warrior, hopefully he will have his head in front soon.
A quick mention for Mikey, he has ridden some top races for us, including winning on Follow The Tracks and finishing a very close second on Stephen Hero. Unfortunately it seems Tom Garner got a little jealous of him riding for us as well and after having a sore looking fall last week, Tom decided to add to that by running over the top of him! He is now out for 12 weeks with a broken vertebrae! Get well soon, he is a young jockey going places.
Another young chap we have with us is Eddie Doggerell, he currently works for Colin Tizzard but spends a lot of time riding out for us, and schooling. He only lives just behind us and is a very valuable member of the team. We are hopefully going to be giving him his first ride as an amatuer on Follow The Tracks at Exeter in December, the race Spike finished second in last year, then ridden by Harry Bannister. He trys very hard, is very brave and very fit so we will give him as many opportunites as we can to help him out. I am sure Spike will teach him plenty, he himself is in great form and had a very good schooling session with Tuffstuff yesterday.
Talking of which Tuffstuff heads to Southwell on Tuesday for a handicap hurdle. I think the hurdles will suit him there and the flat track will definitely suit him. Charlie Poste will ride as normal. He is in cracking order and Daisy is very pleased with him, he seems to have really turned a corner since his comeback run.
Some very exciting news, our star filly Shanandoa has got a new team of owners, Excel Racing, a relatively newly formed group headed by Paul Fisher and QPR striker Charlie Austin. They have already had lots of success with their strong team of horses. They are with several other trainers too, including Warren Greatrex, Willie Muir, Eve Johnson Haughton and Tom Dascombe. So we are delighted to have been added to that impressive list, being a smaller yard and only in our first season with a public license, we feel very proud. Here's hoping to plenty of success and they have got the right one in Shanandoa, she is a smart filly and has a very bright future! You can find out more about Excel Racing at www.excelracing.co.uk she will maybe make her debut for her new owners at Lingfield on Tuesday, or she may go to Huntingdon the week after.
Lots of building still going on, the place is going from strength to strength and it really will be a fair complex when complete!