I had been riding her in most of her work and was happy with her well-being but it's hard to be too confident about a horse who seems to find winning hard. Hopefully this win will do her confidence some good and we won't have to wait two years for the next victory!
|Entrance and Shelley win at Lingfield|
With the horses seemingly in good nick at the minute, it's onwards and upwards with a winner in the next seven days being the objective.
No Such Number gets the ball rolling at Brighton on Monday and the conditions seem to have turned in his favour. He has to have very firm ground and the recent dry spell will have come just in time for him. The only worry is that it will be his first taste of Brighton's unique undulations but most of my horses seem to handle them and he is a well-balanced horse so I can't see it posing too big a threat. There aren't many runners in the race and if he gets a good ride, I could see him winning.
|No Such Number (Ross) & Handheld (Alfie)|
Our pair of grey boys, Silver Alliance and Vastly, both go to Yarmouth on Wednesday with great chances.
Vastly bounced back to form last time on the all-weather but I'm keen to exploit his lower turf handicap rating and the race he is in looks so bad, he shouldn't need to be at his best to win it.
He matched strides with Silver who has been revitalised recently by the application of cheek pieces. He has won at the track and seems in rude health so we are hopeful of a good show.
|Vastly (Julia) & Silver Alliance (Shelley)|
|Automotive (Ross) & Sancho Panza (Reno)|
|Chilli Green (Billy)|
Despite it being June already, we still have some horses yet to hit the racetrack and a couple of them were put through their paces at the weekend.
We have a chestnut filly in the yard by Firebreak who was called Honey Boo Boo (after an American TV programme) but she can't be called that now because it infringes copyright laws, so the owner has got to put his thinking cap on again. Anyway, she is coming along very nicely and did a really good piece of work under jockey Jimmy Quinn. She will probably need a trip as she is an out and out galloper but the way she sticks her neck out and tries really impresses me.
She was partnered by Exopuntia and Sheila's Heart. Exo had a long winter break but is well into the old routine now and will be out again when we have some rain as she does like juice in the ground.
Sheila's Heart is improving every week and I can see him hitting the racetrack within the next month.
|Firebreak filly (Jimmy), Exopuntia (Alfie) & Sheila's Heart (Annalie)|
|Playboy - Bavarica's foal|