The Good run of good form of the yard has continued into March, 3 more winners this week has seen our total up to 22!! Its a great achievement from every one in the yard that with a team of under 30 horses we are pushing above 20 winners. There is still the rest of March and April to get through so the aim now is to push towards 25 winners!!
Winner number 20 was brought up by Skint- owned by Mrs Bettine Evans. Skint who is now 11 joined the team back in the summer, his last few runners appeared to suggest he had fallen out of love with the game. This was his first start for us and having done plenty of work and different things such as hunting we were hopeful of a big run, so he headed down to Taunton. He started off the 9/4f ridden by Tom Scu he jumped off in front and barely saw another rival!! there was a slight heart in the mouth moment when he got in a bit tight to the 3rd last but the partnership remained in tacked. He ended up going on to win by 6 lengths and it was great that Tina and her husband Tony were there to celebrate the win. Skint is well handicapped off some of his old form so hopefully this win might have given him some much needed confidence and with a bit of luck he can progress from here especially with the better ground coming which is important to him.
On the 3rd of March Dinnsdale managed to make it win number 21 at Newbury ridden by Liam Treadwell. Dinnsdale had improved with every one of his three hurdle runs to date, and this was another big step forward in a competitive Newbury juvenile hurdle. We put cheek pieces on him for the first time just to help him, Liam had him in the first three all the way and it looked as though the cheek pieces had lit him up too much as he refused to settle for the first half of the race. He took up the lead at the third last but Tom Scu on another horse was looking a pest on his outside and even jumped past us at the last to take a length lead. Dinnsdale does not know when he is beat and battled back to win by a length going away, this was a good performance is what was very soft ground. Martin and Lynn were there as ever to welcome back there 4th winner of the season, although things were going to get even better for them!! Dinnsdale is in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and the plan is to go there although he does need a bit of luck to be sure of a run, you would think the better ground at Cheltenham would really help him so fingers crossed!! He is still improving so even if he did not get in there are plenty of fun days to be had with him.
Two Smokin Barrels also owned by Martin and Lynn Jones went all the way to Newcastle on the 7th March. Having already won 3 of her 4 starts over fences ridden by Tom Scu she was sent off the short priced favourite and did not disappoint. There were only four runners and two of her rivals pulled up in the very testing conditions she eneded up winning by a much esaed down five lengths. She made one mistake at the fance coming down the hill other than that she jumped brilliantly, both her and Dinnsdale were bought for Martin by Graham Thorner. Martin and Lynn were there yet again to cheer her home, she was the first horse they owned and she has now won 5 races for them. She is a very tough and honest mare and i think there will be more to come as she stengths up and runs over further.
This week also saw good race from Grace Tara who finished third at Southwell, she is a tough and consistent mare who keeps running well and getting in the frame for her owners Having A Mare. She will be freshened up before her next outing as she has had a busy time but hopefully still more to come from her. Head Hunter put in a very pleasing perfomance in a Huntingdon bumper to be third ridden by Liam Treadwell, he is only 4 and was having his first run, he is a horse who works very well and it was great to see him tranfer this on to the track he could be one to follow. The week also had some very sad news as Far From Defeat lost his life after finishing a great second at Huntingdon, he was always a horse we thought a great deal of and was a pleasure to have in the yard. It was such a shame after being so pleased with his run and then to be left devastated as we heard the news. Our thoughts our with his great owners ‘Raise a Glass’ and all the team who looked after him here, he will be greatly missed.