It has been a busy summer here at Eccleswall Court, we have not had that many runners through the summer but have been busy at the sales and making new improvements to the yard. We have had two winners in the shape of Oriental Fixer and State Sovereignty on the flat.
Oriental Fixer won at Newton Abbott on 27th June ridden by Liam Treadwell, this was his first run over fences. He was given a great ride by Liam going to the front early and not seeing another rival. This was a great result for the team especially Kate who has worked very hard with him as he can not be the easiest at times. Often at the track the hardest thing is just trying to get on him!! He went up 7lb for that win and then ran just as well when second back at Newton About on the 31st July, he is aiming to go to Worcester on the 3oth August.
Oriental Fixer gets a well deserved wash down after winning.
Liam Explaining to Luke Harvey how he did it!!
State Sovereignty who had been placed in her bumpers through the winter had been bought by Jimmy Chua at the end of April. She ran in a bumper at Fos las (May 27th) and was just beaten in a photo when ridden by Liam Treadwell. We decided to give her some runs on the flat, she went to Kempton on 5th July and finished a strong finishing fourth after being a little slow away. She then went to Ripon on the 7th August here ridden by Dougie Costello. She ran a great race to finish second only beaten a length and pulling 11 lengths clear of the third. She then had a quick turn around and headed up to Catterick on the 18th August for another 1m4f maiden. She duly went and won by 19 lengths!! A big well done to Gabby who does everything with State and kept telling us all how well she was after Ripon!! She will stay on the flat for now as there are plenty of nice mares races for her to aim at.
There have been plenty of good runs from some of the old favorites such as Riptide who has been 3rd at Pontefract and Chepstow was well as finishing second at Chepstow on 5th May. He heads back to Chepstow on the Thurdsday 24th August. Princess Fleur has been third three times in a row at Southwell and Worcester. Benenden ran a much better race when 3rd at Market Rasen on the 19th August only beaten 4 lengths hopefully he can get back to winning ways again soon for Mark Blandford. Justice Knight is a young horse who needs to settle but is improving with every run. Dawnie River has struggled since winning 3 times last season but has had excuses in all her runs this season. So it has been a largely frustrating summer with some finding getting there in in front tough, the handicapper in control of a few and age perhaps catching up with others but there is plenty to look forward to in the coming months.
There have been plenty of improvements to the yard including a new 6 bay horse walker, rubber matting out down in all the stables, all the boxes have been re painted and the gallop has been re surfaced. It is a great time of year as most of the winter horses are back in and the is plenty of excitement for the coming season, great to have some familiar faces bck form there holidays all looking well as well as a few new ones to get excited about (see horses in training).