As I am sure most of you know Daisy & I have been away for a couple of weeks. Everyone needs a break and we normally find it is a good time of year to go. Typically once the holiday was booked we found races nearly every day we were away for the horses. So to start with a massive thankyou and well done to the team at home for doing so well, and for bringing us back the biggest win we have ever had!
I had best start with Clearly Capable as he won first!...having come over from Ireland as a private purchase he looked pretty moderate, infact he looked useless, but we love a challenge! When he arrived about 10 weeks ago he looked poor, sad and pretty depressed, so much so he wouldnt eat or drink so Stumpy lived with him for a while to try and cheer him up a bit. The more we did with him in his work and the more hugs and pats he got off the girls the better he got until he got to the point of working very well so we decided to make an entry, we were confident of a good run so Dickie Johnson was booked to ride, after tanking to the front with Dickie he galloped the other 14 runners into submission and looked like he belonged in a higher class. A great start to his career with us, hopefully he can now build on it. His run at Towcester a few days later came too soon but he will be back ready to go next time. That made Dickies record for us 3/5!
Mighty Missile also headed to Towcester along with My Brother Sylvest, Mighty running a cracker to finish 3rd, proving how ultra consistent he is now, a step back up in trip next time. Sylvest was having his first run of the season, he will improve massively and the old boy still has another race in him yet! So Jess tells us anyway!
Cranworth Phoenix & Shanandoa both ran very respectably at Salisbury in their quest for a handicap mark on the flat!
So, Blaine, what a star. Bought in a private deal from David Nicholls he came to us very fat and hairy about 10 weeks ago, his main target was the handicap he won last year at Epsom on Derby Day so for this we felt he would be best having a prep run, so having got him ready in such a short space of time we were sure he would improve 5-10lb for his prep run. Frankie Dettori was booked with the idea of keeping the ride on Derby Day and he headed off to Newbury for a 30k class 2 handicap. We were expecting him to finish 3rd or 4th, so to see Frankie taking a pull with 2f to run, it was looking promising, when the gap opened he shot to the front and won easy enough to everyones sheer delight. We were gutted we werent there as I would have imagined and now know the scenes of everyone involved with The Golden Horse Racing Club, as well at Katrina, Jess & Dayna it would have been pretty special!! Having not won his first start of the season since his debut in a maiden as a 2yr old, let alone after 7 months off, and the fact he had not won off a mark as high since 2014 it was an impressive result. Heading to Epsom on Saturday he is in great order, he is unfortunately now 11lb higher than when he won it last year, so he will have to improve again! But it will be a massive day for the yard to have a runner on Derby Day, very exciting for all concerned. A big well done to everyone at home, Jess who rides him every day, Racheal Kneller who rides him once a week and everyone else that looks after him at home.
Also Mulsanne Chase who ran in the ultra competitive maiden at Newbury the same day ran with huge credit, he is a bit of a boy at home and finds it all good fun, but we are looking forward to his next run for sure.
I will leave you with this, we are the ONLY yard in the world that has had both Richard Johnson & Frankie Dettori ride them a winner in both the current flat and current jump season! Now that is a proper dual purpose yard, so get in touch to join us and experience the very best of both worlds!