Sheneededtherun was our 26th and last winner of the 2016/17 National Hunt season. Sheneededtherun and Dinnesdale both went to Wetherby and the 23rd of April, both ridden by Tom Scudamore and both owned by Martin Jones. Sheneededtherun haing just her third start for us having already come fourth twice, she went of a very short priced favourite and delivered in style winning by 20+lengths eased down. She is a lovely mare who will be better over further than the 2m3f that she won over here, she will have a couple more runs over hurdles but wont be long before she goes chasing. She is already on a mark of 117 but hopefully can improve on this. Dinnsdale continued his fine season with a close third here, he has not been out of the prize money all season. He is only 4 and will have a holiday now but is one we a very much looking forward to next season and is another who will be better over further. Dan Emmett and Riptide went up to Pontefract on the 24th for the 2m5f stayers race there, Riptide ran a great race to be third he may be 11 but is still enjoying his racing and running as well as ever, Dan Emmett was 7th but there is a lot more to come from him and may have needed the run more than we thought, he is a good horse but things have not gone his way this season but hopefully this can change!! Ballach Mor ran in a bumper at Warwick and did not handle the fast ground at all, he is a lovely horse who still needs time but hopefully a nice summer off he will come back big and stronger ready for next season. Benenden and Twenty Eight Guns were our last runners of the season at Market Rasen. Both horses ran very well to be third, we were delighted with Benendens first run after a break and he will hopefully now be kept busy over the summer, Twenty Eight Guns ran her usual honest race but will now have a very well deserved holiday having won 3 times this season.
Martin and Lynn Jones with joint owner Bob collecting the prize.
A massive thank you to all the team here and the owners for what has been our best season so far, 26 winners is fantastic and is just rewards for all the hard work the team put in. Not long to rest on it now with the new season already begun, hopefully our first runners will be out either Friday or Saturday.
We also have a new arrival in BELMONT JEWEL, a 5 year old mare by Westerner and a half sister to Jespers Dream. She won a point to point in Ireland and is for sale in shares. She will have a run in a bumper in a few weeks.