As the christmas period approaches the season hits full swing. It has been a good season for us so far with ten winners to date at a strike rate of 13%. It has been a challenging first half of the season with the very dry conditions but the weather looks to be turning a bit now so hopefully we can really get going.
Some Chaos really got the sesaon off to a good start when winning at Chepstow on the 8th October, the meeting which really signifies the start of the national hunt season. This was his first go in a veterans chase and he won very impressively. He really has been a star winning six races and £100.000 in prize money.
Lebowski owned by Mark Dunphy has been one of the stand out horses of the season for us so far winning his two novice hurdles at Ffos Las & Ayr impressively both times ridden by Richard Patrick. he has now been given a rating of 127 which looks workable so hopefully he will be out and about soon.
Copper Coin is one who appreciated the dty start to the season when winning well first time out this season at Uttoxeter ridden by Tom Scu for owners Phil & Sue Truscott. Things haven’t quite gone to plan for him since then and he will now have a little mid season break before coming back in the spring. Saturn n’ Silk also under the same ownership also got her season off to the perfect start when winning her novice hurdle at Bangor under a penalty, ridden by Tom Scu, and picking her GB bonus for British bred mares in the process. Sadly she decided not to start on her nect two outings and a career at stud now awaits.
Lynne Macclenan often has a strong team and this season is no exception. Nada to Prada who did so well over hurdles last season has gone chasing, she ran a cracker to be 2nd first time out but disappointed when 4th not beaten far after at Ffos las, when unsuited by the sticky conditions. Hopefully she will be back to her best soon. Court Master ran a cracker to be second at Newbury during the Ladbroke Winter Festival and he could head to Cheltenham on Friday if the ground allows. Cadeyrn returned to the track after a 1353 day break, he ran a mighty race to be second only beaten 2 lengths, a mighty come back run and a great credit to all the patience from the owners (Lynne & Angus Maclennan and John & Judith Murray) to get him back on the track and to all the team at the yard to get him back so fit after such a long lay off. Some new faces in these colours include Gris Gris Top and Moffasa, Gris Gris top has run in 2 novice hurdles finishing third and second but a drop in trip could be on the cards next where I think we will see big improvement. Mofassa ran in one bumper finishing a very promising 4th, with the first four pulling well clear.
Do your Job a star from last season looked impressive when winning his novice chase at Warwick first time out on ground quicker than ideal. He went to Sandown on Saturday for the Henry VIII G1 novice chase where he was going well when falling 5 out. He seems to have come back well so will see where we go next.
Karlie won her mares novice hurdle at Exeter before running very well to be 4th in a much hotter race at Newbury. She slightly disappointed last time when third at Doncaster but the ground was much softer than described and sadly did not suit, she will have a break and come back in the spring.
HerecomesFreddie gave the Race Horse Friends partnership a dream start when winning an extraordinary race at Huntingdon on the 9th November. Leaving the back straight any chance of winning looked gone, but once Richard Patrick got to work he just took off and went from nearly last to first to go on to win by a couple of lengths. This is a promising three year old who is still obviously very green and will improve a lot for racing.
Blazer Two is keep the flag flying on the flat through the winter, owned by Tina Evans. He has now been second on his last three starts on the all weather at Chelmsford, Wolverhampton and Kempton all over 1m4f. Hopefully he will get his head in front very soon, he possibly could stay a bit further yet.
The Dawn Man heads to Hexham on Wednesday, Commander of Ten looks to have his first start in a bumper at Newcastle on Thursday and if the ground doesn’t get to sofy Court Master could head to Cheltenham on Friday.