14 November 2022
It was another superb effort from the progressive Tea For Free. He now makes it three from three over fences! He defied the 13lb higher mark by jumping and travelling into the lead under Lilly. He looked to be idling slightly on his way to the line, however found plenty when a late challenger came to him. He is still improving, and is a big raw horse, therefore hopefully there are plenty more fun days ahead. We are delighted for his owner Mrs Susan Monkland. As always, some fabulous photos from Nigel Kirby.
Hector Javilex also ran a brilliant race at Cheltenham under Lilly to finish 4th in the Conditional Jockeys’ hurdle. He jumped and travelled beautifully throughout and battled admirably to the line, narrowly missing out for 3rd by a short head. He looks to be a staying chaser in time, and hopefully some more exciting days along the way.
Castle Robin returned to Cheltenham on Saturday, in what turned out to be a frustrating day. He was pulled up quickly after the fourth fence, on what appeared to be him losing his action. However, luckily, he is fine and on closer inspection he got tangled up with a horse in behind. His back leg got caught around a front leg of another horse and this dragged him down. We are so grateful that his is ok, it is just frustrating that he did not get to run his race. We then had Almazhar Garde in the Southern National at Fontwell. He was in a lovely rhythm and just getting into the race before falling. It appeared that he jumped the fence fine, but a horse came across him and he clipped heels on landing. Again, luckily, he is fine, it is just frustrating. However, as we keep saying, that is horse racing for you!
We are delighted to have a new arrival in the yard, Bugise Seagull. He was purchased from the Cheltenham Tattersalls November sale by Mr Grant Leon and Bobby O’Ryan. He came 2nd last weekend in an Irish P2P by 4 lengths after jumping averagely throughout. The winner of that race was the sale topper at £360k, therefore hopefully we have an exciting prospect. He only ran last weekend, and then was on the boat over to the sale, so we will give him an easy few weeks before getting going with him.
Queen Mandana has also arrived back in training. She is half sister to Snow Leopardess and Parramount. We had her last summer for some education and this summer she spent at Ralph Becketts. It was hopeful that she would run on the flat, however that plan never transpired so she has returned to us to get going.
Largy Nights heads to Plumpton today after his summer break. He seems in great form, and after winning last time out we are hoping he can go close under Paul O’Brien. Lyrical Genius, making his chasing debut, and Calidad are declared for Hereford on Tuesday. Lilly and Paul ride respectively. We then have Snow Leopardess back out on Wednesday at Warwick. These veteran races continue to look strong, and we are hoping for a bit of rain.
Harjo is entered at Market Rasen on Thursday, with The Mighty Arc in at Newcastle. On Friday we have No No Tango entered at Ascot, and Potters Legend at Catterick. Saturday sees Glimpse Of Gala in at Ascot, and Potters Legend with Castle Robin at Haydock, and Maninsane at Huntingdon. At Exeter on Sunday No Word is entered, and Harjo holds and entry at Uttoxeter with Glebe Road.
All systems go here. Again, a mention on the weather. It is still so warm, and little rain. The rain we do get does not seem to stay in the ground for very long. We have heavy downpours and then sunny spells!