24 November 2021
We saw two positive runs yesterday. Haas Boy took to the track for the second time at Southwell in the bumper ridden by Aidan Coleman. It was great to have the Southwell meetings back after all the work that they have been doing on the All Weather. Haas Boy ran a professional race and showed improvement from last time. He really stayed on well along the home straight to finish second. Maxi Jazz made the long trip up to Sedgefield and did not disappoint by coming a creditable 3rd for the Charlie Longsdon Racing Club under Brian Hughes. The ground was quick enough for Maxi Jazz and when they quickened down the back straight for the final time he got slightly caught out and jumped slowly and therefore losing his place. Hopefully this will not happen on slower ground, and we can be by the winning post soon. There are still places available in the Charlie Longsdon Racing Club, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Paul and Will Kennedy where in this morning to ride two lots each before heading off racing. We schooled a few first lot down by the gallop, and second lot were schooled on the ring. George Bancroft, Carlow Farmer, What About Time, Lyrical Genius and Éclair On Line were all at the bottom of the gallop and jumped well. Éclair On Line had his first jump in over a year and was very enthusiastic which was great to see. Byzantium Lad, Shah An Shah and Illegal Model all jumped pleasingly around the ring. Hopefully we can see Byzantium Lad and Illegal Model out in the very near future, we have just been waiting for the rain which has never arrived. Amber was on photography duty this morning, although first lot seems to be getting darker and darker, especially when it is cloudy, therefore it makes for bad viewing and Amber’s expertise with a camera do not expand past having the perfect lighting!
Jess took Snow Leopardess to Lambourn this morning so she could have a practice over the national fences, before returning home and taking Champagne Noir to Hereford. As expected, she was fantastic. Aidan Coleman schooled her and was delighted. Snow has an entry in the Becher Chase on the 4th of December and all being well we plan to run there.
If I Say just ran a smart race at Hereford to come 2nd under Sam Twiston Davies, the favourite in the race did bolt up. In time we will look to step her up as Sam mentioned that he was in top gear earlier than he would have liked. However, she stayed on very strongly and showed the correct willing attitude. Raven Court also took to the track at Hereford and was disappointing again. He ran back over hurdles with Charlie Deutsch steering, and it did not show much improvement, which is a shame as he is a lovely looking horse. He has an entry in the sales next Friday. We just have Champagne Noir left to run at Hereford under Sam Twiston Davies, here is hoping it is third time lucky and we bring home a winner!
It looks as though we could have a busy weekend. It kick starts with Due Reward heading to Newbury on Friday with Paul O’Brien taking the ride, while Lyrical Genius and Moon King head up to Doncaster on Friday, where Sean Quinlan will be on board. Lyrical Genius will be making his debut over hurdles, and we are looking forward to seeing his run.
There are four meetings on Saturday, and we have entries at all four. However, we will not have runners at all four I do not think, potentially three though. At Bangor Byzantium Lad is entered in the Handicap Chase, making his chase debut, and Stroll On By in the bumper. Lyrical Genius also holds an entry at Bangor, as well as Newcastle, but has been declared for Doncaster on Friday. Alghazaal has been entered to make his juvenile hurdling debut at Doncaster and Glen Forsa does hold an entry in the Sir Peter O’Sullivan Chase at Newbury. However, he is also entered in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle, and this may look a more likely option, and Scene Not Herd is also entered up north at Newcastle.
It could end up being a very Northern weekend, as Saint Dalina, What About Time and Illegal Model all have entries at Carlisle on Sunday too, while George Bancroft is in a Leicester on Sunday too. Back to the Northern racing, Illegal Model has an entry at Ayr on Monday. Tuesday we are back to Southwell with entries for Scene Not Herd, High Yield and Alghazaal.
I hope everyone has made sense of all the weekend plans! Happy hump day and enjoy the rest of the week, wrap up warm as it certainly has got chillier.