Sunday, 13 July 2014

Golden Ducky

After a slow start to the year, it's great to be banging in the winners on a regular basis now and The Ducking Stool put up a career best effort to win her sixth race at Yarmouth last Wednesday. It's remarkable how she seems to show her best at that track yet there's no particlar reason why except she probably likes the long straight. This was her first win over 1m6f so we now have some more options open to her and she could go on to further success at this distance and maybe even further.
The Ducking Stool & happy connections (Photo:
There were also some great results elsewhere despite no other winners. Bethan, Silver Alliance, Tiger's Home and No Such Number were all placed and showed signs that they'll be winning in the not too distant future when conditions fall right for them.

Looking ahead to this week, we've got just a few horses running but some could outrun their odds.
Bushy Glade is now handicapped after three runs and I'm expecting a big improvement on what she's shown so far when going to Yarmouth on Tuesday. The race is full of exposed horses so hopefully she can grab a place.
Bushy Glade (Graham) & Celestine Abbey (Ryan)
The following day we have just Celestine Abbey going to Lingfield for her third run. She needs a few to drop out of the ballot to get a run but I think this will be a lot easier than the races she has been running in recently. She is a good, honest filly who will be improving all season.

We have two fillies in similar positions who are both coming back from injuries. Sadiigah had just joined us when she fractured her pelvis in the early part of the year and, after a long time off, she's now back in exercise. She had some good form for her previous trainer so I'm hoping she can stay in one piece.
The other filly is a big one by Authorized who is unnamed at present. She has been given plenty of time by her owner/breeder after getting an injury when in pre-training. As she is so big, we have to do lots of long, steady work to get her back without risking another injury. It's early days but she looks like a nice filly.
Authorized filly (Reno)

Sadiigah (Danny)
At the end of last week's blog I quickly mentioned that Shelley rode a winner in Jersey at the weekend and when she got back we were filled in with all the details as the racing isn't televised there. She won on a horse called King Kenny who hadn't won in two years but the fast pace suited him and he won quite easily in the end. He's apparently being aimed at the Jersey Derby next time so it'd be nice if Shelley could have a Derby ride!
King Kenny wins in Jersey
As well as riding winners, Shelley got dolled up for a photoshoot to promote the July Festival at Newmarket. She said it was great fun to be pampered for a morning but it was a bit embarrassing to head off to Ripon races in the afternoon with fancy hair and a face full of make up!

With plenty of horses scoring points last week there has been plenty of movement in the table.
Now leading with 16 points are Jim Stevens, Len Cousens and Bill Aspland. Closely behind these with 15 points are Ross Birkett and Malcolm Roper. There are plenty of others with 14 points so the race is really hotting up now!

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