The horses continue to run well following Cadeyrns win at Newcastle last week. Sheneededtherun headed up to Catterick looking to follow up on her Wetherby win. Only four runners contested this mares 3m1f handicap chase, 2 of them she had beaten at Wetherby. Ridden again by John Kington, dropped in last of the four for much of the race she made progress into second jumping the second last, this is where the race became very eventful, the leader ran out at the last fence leaving us in front but put off by what had happened, then unfortunately we just got caught on the line, to finish second. This was another good run from this tough mare who again jumped brilliantly she was perhaps not 100% happy on this tight track, there will be plenty more chances coming up for her.
On Saturday 3rd February we sent Northern Beau and newcomer Court Master to Wetherby both owned by Lynne Maclennan and both ridden by Robbie Dunne. Northern Beau having her second run for us following her second at Mussleburgh 2 weeks ago. With rain all morning the ground had gone to heavy which was unlikely to be ideal for either horse. Northern Beau ran another great race to be second again, coping with the heavy ground but not bringing the best out of her. She has put in two very good runs over 2m and we are very excited to see her on better ground and even over further, she jumps brilliantly and has a fantastic attitude, there is plenty more to come from this promising 5 year old. Court Master having his first run for us having been bought at Cheltenham sales following an Irish point-to-point win. A lovely big chasing type who will only improve with time, we were slightly concerned he might not quite be strong enough to cope with the very heavy ground by the last race. He ran a great race to be second, he will be a better horse on better ground but this was a very encouraging start to a horse we feel has a very bright future. It looked a very competitive race before hand and we were thrilled with the potential he has shown. We will see how he comes out of the race before making any plans as to whether he has a holiday now or run in another bumper but he wont go hurdling till next season.