Sunday, 6 July 2014

Runners galore!

With just the one runner last week we've got a bumper team to take racing over the next seven days and hopefully there will be some good results to show for all the miles travelled.
Kicking it all off on Tuesday we have Tiger's Home and Previous Acclaim at Brighton. Tiger has been very disappointing since winning at Bath last season so we're dropping her into a seller in the hope that she can get some confidence back.
Previous always tries her hardest and I think the track will be right up her street. She's only moderate but there's definitely a race in her.
Tiger's Home (Graham) & Tolly Mcguinness (Shelley)
The following day we're at out lucky track of Yarmouth. The watering system there has broken down so the ground might be a bit too firm for Bethan to run. If they get a bit of rain then she will take her chance.
The Ducking Stool loves the course but is still very high in the weights after a great 2013. She always gives her running though so can't be discounted.
The one to put in your notebooks will be Tolly McGuinness. He is a horse I have a soft spot for as he is named after a good friend of mine who passed away last year. This will be his third run and he is one to watch in a handicap next time.

On Thursday we look to be at two meetings with, firstly, Silver Alliance at Epsom. He won at the beginning of the season and is plenty high enough in the weights now but he is one of these horses who is very good when things go right for him. He thrives on getting into trouble in his races and Epsom is a track where this can happen so if he can weave his way through, I'm hoping he can run a big race.
Silver Alliance (Shelley), The Ducking Stool (Danny), Luhaif (Ross)
Also on Thursday is No Such Number at Doncaster. He got no clear run at Yarmouth last time and hardly had a race when finishing fourth. I think riding him patiently is the way to go though as he enjoys travelling through a race and pouncing late so if he can settle over the two mile trip and then get there as late as possible, he should go close.
No Such Number (Reno)
Completing the week is Luhaif at Ascot. We don't often have one good enough to run at the track but ours usually run well there with Emma's Gift winning there back in 2012. Luhaif got his head back in front last time and it seems to have done his confidence the world of good. He does need to make the running so a lot depends on how things pan out but he's in great order and could double up.

Busy Glade (Graham) & Celestine Abbey (Ryan)
Our yearling colts are growing up fast and it's a scary thought to think they will be ridden for the first time in just three months. Whilst the two fillies are at owner Peter Foster's stud, we have the two colts who are looking nice and strong. The Archipenko colt is the taller of the two and is shaping up nicely. The Observatory colt who is out of our star mare Bavarica is more of a stocky type and I think I've got a great name for him in Big Bang. Hopefully he'll make an impact on the track!
Big Bang & Archipenko colt
Hot off the press is the news that our apprentice Shelley Birkett has just ridden a winner in Jersey. She has been out there once before and goes if she is not needed here. She had four rides with two thrids to boot so it's a good earner and keeps her on the ball.

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