It has been a slow start to the winter season here at Eccleswall Court. There have been some very good performances from the likes of Lady Marwah, Zayfire Aramis and an agonizing second from Justice Knight at Exeter. On the whole though the yard has just been a little quiet the dry weather really holding us up and many of the horses just needing their first runs of the season as a result. The rain is finally starting to come and results are picking up. Friday 17.11.2017 saw us get off the cold list in style with Kingswell Theatre winning at Cheltenham. It is always great to have a winner there especially when it is live on ITV. Kingswell Theatre won the 3m6f Glefarcas X-Country race, it was only his second try over these fences having run there at the festival back in March. He seemed to love the fences back then and when Kate and Ed Bailey took him there for a schooling session on Monday he was absolutely brilliant. So we headed to Cheltenham on Friday hopeful he could run well, ridden by Tom Scu, who had also ridden him back in March, the tactics were to be positive as we knew he is a thorough stayer. He jumped off well and jumped brilliantly and soon had quite a wide lead, watching on with the owners John and Judith Murray we were just hoping Tom had walked the course properly!! Luckily he had and although the two French and one Irish raider were all around him going to the last Kingswell battled on bravely to the line keeping his head in front.
It was a great lift for the whole team who work so hard and have kept their spirits up when it has been a frustrating start to the season. Kate has done all the work with Kingswell since he joined us so deserves a special mention for getting him 100% on the day, there are two more x- country races at Cheltenham he could go for or the ultimate target would be the Grand National but there is a lot of bridges to cross before then.
Saturday 18th saw Twenty Eight Guns head to Wetherby, ridden by Robbie Dunne she ran a great race to be fourth, a sure sign she is coming back to form as well. There is a nice mares race for her at Cheltenham in December to aim at. Lady Marwah was also due to head to Cheltenham on Saturday but sadly the rain that fell was not going to suit her so she didn’t run.
On Friday night (17.11.2017) there was a sale after racing and we were delighted to have picked up lot 38 Court Master for Lynne and Angus Maclennan. He is a winning pointer in Ireland, when trained by Aidan Fitzgerald at Cobajay Stables, where Cobajay Island also came from. He is a big horse with plenty of stamina in the pedigree and is the type who will make a lovely staying chaser in time, a very exciting new recruit.