Sunday, 25 October 2015

You can always rely on Ducky!

I'm sure The Ducking Stool needs no introduction to any of you as she is firmly a yard favourite and she put a smile on all our faces on Friday by winning at Newbury. Going into the race, we were a bit down as she had been struggling with the handicapper all year and hadn't won this season but she made her final run of the year count the most as she dug deep and hit the front right on the line to win by a short head. She now goes on her annual winter holiday until the new year and she has now won at least one race every year over the past four seasons. She is a pleasure to train and a real gem in the N.E.T. Racing Club which you can join for just £200 per year.
The Ducking Stool just gets her head in front at Newbury

I'm delighted to report that shares in the Sakhee's Secret yearling filly I bought last week are selling like hot cakes with 65% of her already snapped up. She has now gone to pre-training to be started where they will ride her for the first time and set her on the way to being a racehorse before she returns to me in a month's time. She really does look a razor-sharp youngster who should be ready to roll when the new turf season begins. For more info, contact me on juliafeilden@aol.com
Sakhee's Secret filly at pre-training

It's going to be a hectic week with runners and also the horses in training sale at Tattersalls in town. This is the annual clearance for many of the big yards and is usually a great place for us to pick up some bargains. I know some of you are waiting for me to buy an older horse to syndicate and hopefully I'll be able to pick up a perfect type this week. Keep your eyes peeled for more details next week.
Back to our own horses, we have a raider at Redcar on Monday. Art Beat showed good promise at Windsor on her debut and it'd be nice if she could put in a respectable run again.
Three horses will be heading to Wolverhampton on Tuesday. Automotive seems to save his best for the all-weather nowadays and he has the perfect opportunity to win again now. He does need a lot of luck in running but there's nothing to say that he shouldn't be in the shake-up.
Silver Alliance couldn't make his appointment at Doncaster on Friday but at least it means he can go to Wolves a fresh horse on Tuesday. He is still quite high in the weights after an easy win at Brighton in the summer but he is more than capable on his day and in good order at home so hopefully he can run well.
Meddling (Mark) & Automotive (Ross)

Completing the trio is Moment To Dream. She will be having her third run so qualifies for handicap races next time and this experience will bring her along a bit more.
Moment To Dream (Adam), Little Orchid (Megan) & Art Beat (Shelley)

Little Orchid has needed a bit of time to strengthen up this season but is now ready to have an educational run at Newmarket on Saturday. She is likely to be up against some well-regarded and regally-bred horses so it's be nice if she could just enjoy the run and not disgrace herself.
Serendib's Glory (Adam) & Little Orchid (Caitlin)

As you may have noticed, Meddling and Serendib's Glory are now back in full exercise after their holidays and I'm very happy with both. Meddling has come to hand very quickly and she's being aimed at a race at Chelmsford early next month whilst Serendib's Glory will need a bit more education before she makes her debut.

Also learning fast our are two yearling colts who went away to pre-training last month. They are due to return this week but we went over to see how they're getting on the other day. Both are being ridden and look like they are enjoying themselves. The Mount Nelson colt who we bought as a foal looks splendid and really carries himself well. Our home-bred Mungo still looks very playful but seems to be getting the hang of things!
Mount Nelson yearling colt

Mungo


THREE TO FOLLOW UPDATE

There are just two weeks left to collect those points and The Ducking Stool's win helped a lot of people out but didn't alter the top 5 placings.

TOP 10:
Mark Rimmer 25
Adam Beschizza 24
Jim Stevens 24
Shelley Birkett 21
Sarah Macdonald 21
Tessa Stone 21
Ros Cousens 19
Kel Mansfield 18
Harry Hurst 18
Ged Turley 18
Bill Aspland 18

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