Monday, 24 August 2015

Flat out

We look set fair for a busy week coming up with runners almost everyday and with the horses rattling the till at the moment, hopefully one can get its head in front.
Starting on Monday, Attain goes down to Brighton and I hope he can finally get the soft ground he loves. All his career the ground has never been as deep as he would like it but, with lots of rain forecast, this could finally be the time he does. I do hope so because at home he gallops like a much better horse on it.
Attain (Ross)

I can't thank Moment To Dream's owners enough for their patience with their filly. I bought her last December but she is still yet to see a racecourse after a few small problems which, if rushed, could have turned into major ones. Thankfully she has been given plenty of time to grow into herself and the end product is a quality-looking race mare. She is now ready for a run and goes to Newmarket on Friday to make her debut. As with all maidens, it will be tough going with some decent form coming into the race from other runner, but it will be good to get a run under her belt and get her career going.
Before that, we have a more experienced runner in Dark Diamond heading to Wolverhampton the day before. He has been getting better and better with every run for us and put in a good effort last time to finish second at Pontefract. He is bucking and squealing at home and seems as fresh as paint so he is more than ready for another run and he should hopefully pick up some more prize money. Also entered at Dunstall Park is Limerick Lord. He was a bit below par last time but it may have just been that he didn't face running in a pair of blinkers. I will take them off this time and he should get back to the level of form he was at just before then.
Moment To Dream (Adam) & Dark Diamond (Nick)

I forgot to add that prior to all this, Harry Bosch makes it three days in a row at Brighton for us on Tuesday as he heads down to the south coast. He probably isn't at his best on the unique track but it is one of the only places that hosts 0-55 handicap races which he finds much to his liking. He is more than capable in this grade and it is just a case of what mood he is in on the day.

I had an unforgettable day on this coming Sunday two years ago when I trained an across-the-card double in the space of ten minutes when Honeymoon Express and Automotive won at Yarmouth and Goodwood respectively. They say lightening doesn't strike twice but you don't know if you don't try and both horses will be bidding to repeat the feat this Sunday. Honeymoon is coming back after a chest infection and she now seems to have recovered from it fine. Her rating has come right down now and she must start to become competitive on her old form. Likewise, Automotive has been given a chance by the handicapper and his last two runs have suggested he is coming to the boil nicely. It's  hard enough to have one winner, never mind two but a girl can dream!
Honeymoon Express (Luke) & Vastly (Tess)

In July we bought a couple of lovely horses and they have now progressed on to doing their first piece of faster work for us.
Dissertation is a huge filly who came from Juddmonte in France and, after getting her back and teeth sorted out, she is now going nicely. She still needs one more run to get a handicap mark but I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do.
Dissertation - front (Ross)

The other newbie is Star of the Stage. He has won already this year but came to us looking a bit over raced so I've freshened him up and got a bit more meat on his bones and he seems a lot happier now. He shouldn't take much time to get fit and he will be a good fun horse for his syndicate of owners.
Star of the Stage (Mark)


There's no change at the top of the leaderboard but Automotive's third place on Sunday means that everyone bar one person is off the mark. (I couldn't possibly bare to embarrass that one person but I'm sure it won't be long before you score, Kevin).
Top 10:
Mark Rimmer 22
Shelley Birkett 20
Adam Beschizza 20
Jim Stevens 20
Ros Cousens 18
Steve Moore 17
Malc Shields 14
Poppy Feilden 14
Eddie Partridge 14
Rita Aspland 14

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