After he won first time out over hurdles in December, we have been waiting for some decent ground to run Number over the obstacles again but, after the wettest winter in record, that ideal ground never came. However, with the sun now shining and a healthy weather forecast, it looks like he'll be back jumping again on Saturday at Kempton. He's been kept fit by running on the flat and hopefully all the good horses will have run at Cheltenham during the week so he should go there with a great chance.
One horse who wouldn't mind a wet summer as she loves heavy ground is Bethan. She has been enjoying the surface at Southwell recently so we're heading back there on Tuesday with her. She is still learning with every run but put in a really good piece of work on Wednesday so maybe she is still improving.
|Bethan (Adam) & Meddling (Ross)|
It took Attain 23 runs to finally get his head in front and then when he did, the handicapper decided to put him up 8lbs in the weights so life was obviously going to be tough for him. He seemed to run very flat last time so I hope a little break has freshened him up. He worked well on Saturday and has won at Wolverhampton where he heads to on Friday.
Going with him will be Previous Acclaim. She was desperately unlucky not to win last time and I'm keen to get her out again whilst the races in her grade are quite weak. She is no superstar but tries her heart out and that is half the battle with racehorses.
Candesta is a horse I'm really excited about this season. He has shown promise in three maidens, two of them for us, and I think he is the type to excel when switching to the turf. There's a nice race for him on the opening meeting of the season at Doncaster at the end of the month so I'll keep him fresh for then. He is a real galloper and will thrive over longer trips plus a bit of cut in the ground wouldn't hurt him.
Silver Alliance had a great time of it last year with three wins and he has thrived over the winter. He looks a lot stronger now and we know what his likes and dislikes are so hopefully he'll be in for another successful season.
|Handheld (Danny) & Silver Alliance (Reno)|
|The Ducking Stool (Ryan)|
Our staff like to get competitive over anything, whether it be over who can run the fastest or who can guess how a horse will run the best, and this week their attentions turned to seeing who could bake the best.
The Great Feilden Bake Off commenced on Monday with a top-notch rainbow cake from Shelley. She said it took her three hours to make and it certainly looked the part but was let down by being a bit sickly. She scored well though and set a high benchmark for the others.
The following day, Danny too lost his baking maiden tag with a tasty chocolate cake. Maybe some tactical voting cost him as it didn't really get the points it deserved but he scored enough to tie with Reno.