Happy New Year to you all from everyone here at Eccleswall Court.
It was a busy Christmas period for all the team here and a big thank you to them for all their hard work over the festive period. There have been some really good performances which have given us all a boost. Lady Marwah was fourth in a Mares Listed Bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, bought by Graham Thorner and only having her second run. Ridden by amateur Ed Bailey this was a very exciting run, the ground was softer than she would ideally like and will be better on better ground. She will have a little break now and we will look to run her again around March time, and we will look to run her on better ground then. It was great to see all her owners there enjoying there day and really looking forward to the future with her.
Racing is full of ups and downs, nobody felt this more than owner Martin Jones. On boxing day his horse Two Smoking Barrels went up to Market Rasen as favourite for the Lincolnshire National, looking to go one better than her excellent second at Lingfield the run before. We went to Market Rasen full of hope only to fall at the very first fence!! The next day we travelled to Wetherby were we had three runners in the same race, Dawnie River, Grace Tara and Martins Sheneededthrun. With only five runners in this Mares chase we were hopeful of doing well although there was an odds on favorite to beat. Going to the last it looked like Grace Tara would win but sadly after jumping brilliantly she failed to see out the 3m and faded back to fourth, coming down the outside at a rate of knots was Sheneededtherun to get up just in time to win, ridden by John Kington and led in by his father Rob. It was a funny couple of days. This was Sheneededtheruns second win for us and her first over fences hopefully she can build on this and keep improving on what was just her third start over fences. Grace Tara came out of the race with a lot of credit just not quite seeing out the 3m and could be interesting dropped back down in trip.
Gabby and Sheneededtherun
There was also a good performance from Streets Of Promise bouncing back to form to be fourth in the class3 Last Fling Chase at Haydock just denied third right on the line. Hopfeully she will improve on this run as she often does improve as the season goes on, she will hopefully head to Hereford later this month.
The 6th of January saw the rearranged Welsh National card. We went to Chepstow with 2 runners Caderyn and Mysteree in the National. Caderyn a winner on this card last year ran a great race to be fourth in the maiden hurdle he is a horse we have always thought a lot of and has always shown a lot of potential. I cant wait to see him over a fence next year and will have some nice targets in mind for him. Mysteree was having his first run of the season after having such a great season last season, his work at home had been fantastic Bella looks after him at home and Gabby rides him every day. so went there hopefull af a big run, sadly it wasn’t to be he never looked happy during the race and when scoped after was found to have great clumps of mud from the kick back in his throat which would have badly affected his breathing. Robbie Dunne pulled him up and he seems fine at home and is fit and healthy, he will be back!!
Mysteree and Bella- he will hopefully head to Haydock for the Grand National trial in February.
Sadly Hereford was called off to today but we have 2 runners heading to Doncaster tomorrow if it passes its 7am inspection, we have more entries later on this week so fingers crossed for a bit of luck!!