22 November 2022
Apologies for the lack of updates, we have been busy racing the last week and it is great to report back with two winners! Maninsane put in a marvellous performance at Huntingdon on Saturday to win under Lilly Pinchin. It has been a massive team effort to get Maninsane back to his best after suffering previous injuries. Claire Hart pre-training has played a vital role and helped perfect his jumping. Also, well done to Lee who rides him out at home every day. Hopefully this win has boosted his confidence and he can go on to provide the Barrels Of Courage syndicate plenty more fun days out.
Western Zephyr made a promising start to his career over hurdles under Sean Bowen at Ludlow in torrential conditions! He jumped out in front, set a relentless gallop, and stayed there all the way to the line. Western Zephyr is a quirky individual who needs his ability channelled! Brogan does a fabulous job of this at home, and it is great to see him performing on the track. Congratulations to the Swanee River Partnership. If I Say also ran at Ludlow under Bradley Roberts. She ran a creditable race and just weakened on the run in to finish 4th.
Looking back at the weekend’s runners, we had Potters Legend put up a promising performance at Catterick on Friday under Brian Hughes. Brian Hughes had previously ridden him in the 2017 Ladbrokes trophy, five years ago! He had his ears pricked and travelled with zest throughout the race to finish a close 2nd. Just getting caught on the run to the line.
Glimpse Of Gala provided the Tweed Clad Fossils with a fabulous day out at Ascot. The hospitality from Ascot was fantastic. As always, she ran another strong race just getting caught out when the leader went up through the gears. She really battled strongly to the line, however she had a lot of work to do. A stronger gallop from the start suits her better.
Harjo and Glebe Road headed to Uttoxeter on Sunday while No Word was at Exeter. Harjo finished 3rd under Sean Quinlan and ran a nice race to finish behind some promising horses. Glebe Road was disappointing on chasing debut under Brian Hughes. He jumped well before weakening and pulling up three from home. Johnny Burke was very happy with how No Word was travelling for the first two miles of her race. She then stopped quickly and pulled up. We are looking into this and seeing if we can find a problem.
Moon King and Scene Not Herd headed to Kempton yesterday. Moon King was a bit of a monkey and did not put in much effort under Finn Lambert to finish 6th. It was great to finally have Scene Not Herd back on the racecourse as well. Again, this is a massive team effort, and thank you to our vet Dave Matheison and Jamie Magee at the water treadmill. He is looking and moving better than ever, just hates the soft ground. We will look to find some good ground and get him out again soon.
Today we have Alghazaal at Southwell under Lilly Pinchin, and tomorrow is Zestful Hope at Hereford with Paul O’Brien. No runners Thursday. The Mighty Arc entered at Doncaster on Friday, while Everyonesgame and No No Tango are in at Newbury. On Saturday Éclair On Line, Rare Edition and Imperial Jade hold entries at Doncaster. No entries Sunday and just Ardbraccan on Monday.
Sorry, this has been a long one! The season is really gearing up now and it is a great busy buzz in the yard. We currently stand on 23 winners for the season with an 18% strike rate.