Sunday, 17 April 2016

Getting spoilt!

After plenty of success recently, it feels a bit strange to go a week without a winner but with a relatively small string of horses in the yard, I can't get too ahead of myself! The team have been in great form and, with 10 winners on the board already, we have made our best start to a year ever. This time of year can be a bit quiet for us with changeable ground conditions across the country but hopefully we can keep some momentum going.

Heading to Wolverhampton with no worries about the ground will be Go On Gal on Tuesday. She had three runs as a two-year old last year before having the winter off to strengthen up. She has done just that and looks a million dollars now. I do think she is well handicapped but the same could be said about a few of her rivals so it's hard to know how she will go. Most of my horses returning from a winter break have improved for a run so I hope she can build on whatever she shows this time.
Go On Gal (Mark)

The following day at Lingfield we have Candesta. He got back to form last time and is most competitive in this 0-55 grade. He is well at home so I hope he should be thereabouts.
Star Of The Stage (Nick) & Candesta (Caitlin)

Then on Saturday we may be making a trip up north to Thirsk as there are a couple of potential races for us. Artbeat loves the soft ground so she needs to be running now but has been balloted out of races recently due to her low rating. She is in good form at home and hopefully the return to turf can perk her up.
I'm not really sure what ground Serendib's Glory wants as she has done all her racing on all-weather so far but, as long as the going isn't extremely soft, she too could venture up north. She has been doing ok in handicaps recently and is improving all the time.
Serendib's Glory (Sam)

I was planning on having my first two-year old runner of the year at Windsor tomorrow but the ground is likely to be extremely testing and it just wouldn't be a great introduction to racing for Secret Ballerina. She has been taking all her homework in her stride and popped out of the stalls again this week. She is getting the hang of things and will be ready to roll when ground conditions improve.
Secret Ballerina (Liam) & Valley Lodge (Adam) jump out of the stalls

Another waiting for better ground is Sabre Rock. The extra time has done him no harm though and he continues to improve week on week. Harry Bosch is another who is in fine form and he heads to Bath in a week or so where we could have six runners (gulp!).
Sabre Rock (Mark) & Harry Bosch (Ross)
Little Orchid (Chloe)

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David Haddrell 22
Phil Gunning 22
Sophie Feilden 22
Eileen Turner 22
Matt Bisogno 22
Maureen Case 22
Anthea Telford 22
Annette Hall 21
Barbara Walton 21
Chris Shirran 21
Gay Chalkin 21
Dee Clarke 17
Paul Matthews 16
Jonathan Kinge 16
Pauline Kennedy 15
Sam Feilden 14
Liz Moore 14
Jean Allen 13
Wayne Moore 13
Jason Coote 13
PLUS 7 people on 12 points, 6 people on 11 points, 5 people on 10 points, 1 person on 7 points, 5 people on 6 points, 3 people on 5 points, 5 people on 4 points, 4 people on 3 points, 4 people on 3 points, 10 people on 2 points, 19 people on 1 point, 4 people on 0 points.

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