After a very busy season, with most of the horses having an uninterrupted run through the campaign, the final weeks of the turf season was quiet runners wise and many of those that did were ready for their winter holidays.
However, one who had been busy but certainly was not over the top was HAWRIDGE FLYER, who got a deserved first win for the yard with a commanding four and a half length success at Newmarket. The son of Sir Percy had joined us for 2018 season and he started the campaign with a very promising third at Windsor in April. However, eight runs and six places later we entered November desperate to get him off the mark and he duly obliged. Finally getting his beloved soft ground (two previous runs on such a surface saw him beaten a head at Goodwood in May and at Windsor on his previous start he bumped into a very progressive type in Mr Reckless, subsequently sold for £250,000) he travelled with ease throughout the contest and powered away from the opposition when asked to quicken in the final furlong under John Egan. He should be even stronger at five next year and we can’t wait to see what he can do under his optimum conditions.
That Newmarket winner nearly made amends for the agonising nose defeat suffered by our tremendously tough two-year-old STEEVE at the track the week before. He was in front both before and after the line but the pixels of the photo graph just were not in our favour. Sharon Kinsella’s homebred Lethal Force colt got off the mark at Salisbury on heavy ground back in April and he has picked up prize money on ten of his eleven starts which isn’t bad going and we look forward to him coming back next year.
We will be ticking over the winter with a few runners on the All-Weather as well as CHAMPAGNE CHAMP over the obstacles and hopefully we can add to our current total of 28 WINNERS and £260,000 in prize money.