It has been a very busy few weeks since the latest update on here. Not at least the fact our website had been hacked!!! Thankfully it has all been fixed now……
September 25th was our annual owners day, we had a great turn out and luckily the weather was kind to us. There was a parade of all the horses followed by an early supper. All the horses looked really well parading in front of the house in the sunshine, it was by far and away the best group of horses that we have paraded and gives us plenty hope and excitement for the coming season!!
Monday 26th September Next Sensation went to Newton Abbot, he had been very unlucky when looking like winning before falling 3 out at Cartmel. He had been given a break since then and had been in great form at home. He looked fantastic at the open day and we went to Newton Abbot with high hopes. On his best form he was very well handicapped but had been badly out of form last season. Ridden by Tom Scu he jumped out to make all was taken on for the lead with a circuit to go but re gained the lead 3 from home. From here he powered home to win by 2 and a half lengths. It was a special win as ‘Senny’ means a huge amount to us all here and to see him back in the winners enclosure was just amazing. It was great that his owner Mark Blandford was there to join in the celebrations.
Sunday 2nd of October we sent 2 up to Uttoxeter, Dawnie River and Cobajay Island both to Be ridden by Richie Mclernon. Cobajay Island ran first, this was only his second start for us having been second at this course on his first start. We went with plenty of confidence as we felt he had improved a lot since that run and felt he would go very close. He put in a career best performance to win by two lengths with a further 20 back to the third. He jumped brilliantly and always looked like the winner, he went up 7lb for the win to a career high mark of 120. There could still yet be more to come from this 8 year old as he gains confidence and could yet stay a bit further. He won an enormous trophy and it was great that his owners and big supporters of the yard Lynn and Angus Maclennan were there to pick up the trophy.
Dawnie River ran in the next race, she had won at Cartmel the time before and with there being a couple of non runners which meant she went off a short priced favourite. She was placed handy through out in a very slowly run race. Se briefly looked in danger after the third last but was soon in command and won relatively comfortably in the end.
This week we have run Twenty Eight Guns who was an unlucky 4th at Hexham. She would have gone very close had she not made a mistake 3 out when looking dangerous. Dinnsdale had his first ever run at Kempton, he was very green and slowly away form the stalls. He ran on in the home straight for an encouraging debut, this is a nice 3 year old owned by Martin Jones who had sponsored the race in the name of his newly born grand daughter!! Dinnsdale is a horse we really like so hopefully will have learnt a lot form his first outing. Benenden ran at Carlisle Yesterday finishing 5th, we had hoped for better but I am not sure he was suited by the track. He won earlier on in the season but has had a break since so hopefully there is still more to come from him.
Next Sensation goes to Kempton on Sunday looking to follow up on his Newton Abbot victory. Riptide goes to Pontefract on Monday looking to seal victory in the Pontefract stayers series.