The horses continue to be in great form as we reach the Festive period. Having had 12 winners so far, at a strike rate of 16%, this is a great credit to all the hard work of Gabby and her team. The horses are looking fantastic and running as well as they look. We had 14 winners last season and its great to be so close to beating last season’s total at this stage. We’ve had some great winners since the last update, with young horses such as Karlie, Nada To Prada and Do Your Job, all winning their bumpers and novice hurdles in impressive style. Definitely horses to look forward to ! The likes of Envol De La Coeur, winning for the first time in this country, Rollercoster winning on her first start for us, after more than 500 days off the track, Some Chaos making the long trip to Kelso worthwhile when winning a Class 2 Handicap Chase up there. Kingswell Theatre rolled back the years, when winning the Glenfarclas Cross Country race at Cheltenham in October. He’d won this race back in 2017, so a terrific effort at the age of 11 to come right back to his best, in what looked, on paper, a very competitive race. A great front running ride from Tom Scu, who looks like he enjoys himself nearly as much as Kingswell round there! He has come back in great form and will have an entry back there in December if it’s good ground, as this is very important to him !
Bangor winner Rollercoster and Liam Harrison
Exciting mare, Nada To Prada, after winning by 12 lengths at Ffos Las, with Becky and Brendan Powell
Do Your Job wins novice hurdles at Ffos Las and Ayr, before a good second in a Listed novice hurdle at Haydock.
Some Chaos (Ben Poste), who loves his Kelso trips, went on to run a good 5th in the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton.
Impressive Taunton bumper winner, Karlie, may head to a Listed bumper at Huntingdon on Sunday.
Kingswell Theatre winning his second cross country chase.
There have been plenty of other good performances from the likes of Rosie and Millie, who ran a cracker when 4th in a mares Listed hurdle, on her first run back. She then backed that up with an excellent second at Ascot and may well head to Sandown this weekend. Court Master has been in good form since winning at Warwick earlier in the season. He was beaten a head into second, in a good race at Market Rasen, then ran a cracker at Newbury, when 4th over a trip probably shorter than ideal. He, probably, wasn’t at his best when 6th there at the weekend and will now be freshened up before coming back in the spring. Robin Des Theatre had a lovely first run, when 3rd at Ffos Las in her bumper, travelling well for a long way before weakening. She has since had a wind op, so there should be lots more to come from her. Sashenka who had run well on the flat, made a very pleasing start over hurdles when second at Wincanton. A lovely tough mare, who looks to have a bright future over hurdles. Saturn’ N Silk ran a good race to be third at Newbury on her second start over hurdles, only beaten 2 1/4 lengths. She has now been rated 119 and will hopefully go very close in a maiden/ novice next time out.
It’s also been a busy time at the sales. We managed to purchase three new faces from the Tattersalls sales in Newmarket. Catfish Row, a four year old by Shamadal, has some good form on the flat in France and looking a lovely dual purpose horse, was bought for Jimmy Chua. Ajax Tavern has been bought for a syndicate, headed by Mark Savidge. A three year old, who again has some good form on the flat for Richard Hannon, has schooled well and looks a nice juvenile hurdler. Caldwell has some good form in his three runs on the flat for Dermot Weld, a son of Dansili and half brother to the useful hurdler Carntop. Another who has schooled very well and will start off in juvenile hurdles.