Thanks to Betty’s landmark win and an amazing season as a whole for our stable, we have now passed the £330,000 barrier and had 25 winners. Let’s hope the luck continues.
In a normal weekend, landing a £30,000 handicap on a Saturday would be a huge highlight but it was certainly the icing on the cake as SUFFICIENT recorded her third win when winning by a nose under Jimmy Quinn, giving us a high profile double at Newbury. We have always thought highly of this Showcasing filly, bred by her owners Whitsbury Manor Stud and Mrs M E Slade but as she is blind in one eye, we have had to treat her with kid gloves and are now reaping the benefits. Understandably fractious when she gets crowded, we do try to pick and choose her races but she settled really nicely at the back of the field and showed a good turn of foot to hit the front with half a furlong to go. Unfortunately, she couldn’t see her main rival on her left hand side so we were probably fortunate (again) to win by a nose but she remains open to further improvement. The handicapper has put her up four pounds to 87 which is fair and we look forward to targeting some better handicaps before going down the black type route, while she should improve plenty from three to four as well.
Although the rain was to Bettys Hope’s benefit on Saturday, it really did not help us with Friday’s runners at Newbury. It was CRYSTAL CASQUE’s first run on such a surface and while she bravely ran to the line for third, it didn’t look ideal. Sadly BIOTIC found it extremely hard work and the ground may well have contributed to him bursting a blood vessel which meant Oisin Murphy pulled him up. We feared the worst but it was great to be able to bring him home and will give a few easy weeks, hopefully it was just a one off. Things also didn’t work out for DADDIES GIRL and DADDIES DIVA on Saturday, Diva was on the other side to Betty and we took a chance racing against the rail to stop her hanging but it didn’t pay off and she went a bit too hard in the early stages. Daddies Girl appeared to stumble a few times and the sticky nature of the ground probably was not ideal but she will soon bounce back.
We came out the right side of two photos at Newbury but unfortunately for SPOT LITE and owner Colin Saunders he lost out by a short head at Chepstow on Friday. It was a step back in the right direction when third at Bath the week before and regular racing is what he needs so hopefully it won’t be long before he’s winning again. A narrow defeat meant he has gone up three pounds and having been dropped two for his Bath third, he will be making the long trip to Thirsk on Friday officially five pounds well in when Ollie rides in a Hands and Heels contest.
Another horse on the comeback trail is SWEET PURSUIT who had a six month ban for being difficult in the starting stalls and she ran a nice race to finish third at Windsor on Monday night, her second start of the season. She does need some soft ground so she should really come into her own this autumn.