Apologies for the lack of recent updates but it has been a particularly busy time in recent weeks for the yard and luckily the horses have continued to run well. In the last three weeks we have had another 3 winners taking us to 16 for 2019 and over £133,000 in prize money as we approach the half-way stage of the year.
Back in May it was a relief to get a deserved win for BETTYS HOPE at the fourth attempt when she lost the maiden tag at Chepstow. The Anjaal filly was runner up on her first three outings and showed an admirable attitude on each occasion to suggest it was just a matter of time before she won. She clearly enjoyed the step up to 6f and with nurseries not far away, there are plenty of options available for her for the rest of the year.
Ollie Searle joined the yard back in 2016 having never sat on a horse with dreams of being a jockey and has worked hard over the past few years to become our apprentice. Ollie had his first ride last August on schoolmaster Concur (now enjoying a wonderful retirement and had his first showjumping competition the other day) and has progressed to riding other horses in the yard this season. He had a narrow miss on Crystal Casque a few weeks ago but last Wednesday he got off the mark at the sixteenth attempt on the extremely consistent HANDYTALK at Salisbury. It was a very popular result with the team at home and hopefully it is the first of many for Ollie, who has his next ride on DADDIES GIRL at Lingfield on Saturday evening. As for Handytalk, he thoroughly deserved the win, having being placed on eight of his previous seventeen starts since his last success and had been painfully denied when leading everywhere bar the final twenty yards on his previous start at Goodwood.
The partially sighted SUFFICENT was our most recent winner, landing a nice prize at Sandown on Friday. She is a very talented if understandably nervous filly due to her eyesight issues and cannot be crowded so we do have to pick and choose what races to go for but there are definitely some nice races for her when everything goes to plan.
We have also had some frustrating near misses in recent weeks as well as losing a few winnable opportunities due to the rain. On his first start for new owners, SINGING THE BLUES narrowly lost out by a short-head at Salisbury, taking his record to four wins and four seconds in his last eight starts. SIR RODERIC hit the front at Windsor on Monday but was collared near the line and he took his form figures to 341432 this season. RAGSTONE VIEW has missed a few engagements due to the rain but he was second on his last start at Chepstow. ABLE KANE has made a nice start to his career, finishing third on his second outing at Salisbury and looks sure to win races. DADDIES DIVA has added a couple of thirds to her CV since winning at Nottingham and she will be taking her chance in the Wetherbys Super Sprint off a light weight. SIR PLATO refound some form when third at Bath last time and new horse to the yard GOLD FLASH ran a lovely race to finish fourth on his return from 18 months off the track at Wolverhampton and heads back there on Monday.