Sunday, 29 June 2014

Luhaif bounces back

Yarmouth is usually our lucky track and we have done well there down the years so it was a relief to get on the board at the course for the 2014 campaign after Luhaif bounced back to form.
We bought him last autumn and he came highly rated after a decent juvenile year but it took him a while to find his level now he's a bit older and it was frustrating he couldn't win straightaway but he now seems to be in the right place. To keep him sweet we have been turning him out in the field during the day and he has really thrived for it. This success should have done his confidence the world of good and hopefully he can have a few more days in the sun.
It was also great to get another winner for owner Dick Creese who has been with me since day one of my training career and, despite some slow horses down the years, has been unwaveringly loyal.

Happy connections with Luhaif (photo:

The winning rider was our apprentice Shelley and it was an extra special day for her as she notched the first double of her career after winning on Gay Kelleway's Royal Alcor too. She seems to do very well at Yarmouth and it was a great advert for her skills as she won in different styles with one victory coming from the front and the other being a patient, hold-up ride.

After a load of runners last week, we're quiet for the next few coming days with just Candesta running on Thursday at Yarmouth. He showed promise in his maiden runs before disappointing in handicaps. We thought he wasn't really putting maximum effort in so we've had him gelded and he'll run in blinkers to wake him up furthermore. He's come out his operation well and can hopefully channel his energies in the right direction now. He's in a 'hands and heels' race where jockeys can't use their whips so our rider will need to keep pushing!
Candesta (Shelley) & Silver Alliance (Ross)
The likes of Attain, Avidly, Veeraya and Meddling have been on the go for quite a while now after winter campaigns and they have showed signs recently of a bit of fatigue so I've decided to give them a month in the field to recharge the batteries and ready themselves for another go at success.


There has been a big shake-up in the standings recently thanks to the wins of Automotive and Luhaif. Just two entries included both these horses so topping the leader board now with 15 points are Malcolm Roper and Ross Birkett. Chasing this pair up with 13 points are Jim Stevens, Len Cousens and Bill Aspland. There are plenty of others within striking distance too so there's still plenty to play for!

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