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EASTER SUCCESS

21-04-2017

THIS WEEK The Easter weekend at HWR kicked off with a fantastic win from Regal Gait on the flat at Chelmsford on Thursday, followed by a busy Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday.  It was brilliant to see so many visitors this year and thank you to everyone who made the trip up to see us on the hill!  So although things around the yard have started to get little quieter with less runners and a number of horses already making their way out to the fields for their summer breaks, we're already looking ahead to next season with three exciting new purchases made yesterday as the Spring sales season gets underway... REPORTS Regal Gait won his 2nd consecutive flat race for HWR with a polished performance at Chelmsford last Thursday.  He sat just off the pace under jockey Harry Bentley, tracking the pair of leaders for much of the contest.  Regal Gait was asked to pick up turning into the straight and he found for pressure, going on to win in smooth fashion.  He has been raised 7lbs for the success, which seems a little harsh.  He will now go on his summer break, before returning in the autumn for another dual purpose campaign. Salto Chisco got back on track, with a good 4th at Stratford on Saturday.  He was dropped in on his return to hurdles by jockey Jerry McGrath and travelled powerfully throughout the contest.  They went a good gallop and as the race developed Salto made eye catching progress into contention.  Turning in to the straight he had every chance but his run petered out in the closing stages.  He will now drop back to 2m, which should suit. ENTRIES Charlie Papa Lima is set to have his 2nd start for The Lead the Way Syndicate at Fontwell this afternoon.  He ran a blinder at Fakenham back in October, where he could well have finished 2nd with a more patient ride.  Charlie is a tough, genuine type and takes the strongest form into the contest.  Jockey Harry Bannister claims a useful 3lb and he should have a great chance of getting his head in front. IMG_4893 Bridge of Cally is set to have his 2nd bumper start at Southwell this evening.  He ran below expectations at Ludlow in March, where the muddling pace and holding ground didn’t suit.  The forecast good ground and more positive tactics should show him in a far better light.  David Noonan takes the ride. IMG_4509 Blandfords Gunner is set to have his next start at Stratford on Sunday.  He ran a solid race at Fontwell last time out over 2m and is now only 1lb above his last winning mark.  The step up to 2m3f on this better ground should suit and granted some luck in running, he shouldn’t be fair away.  Nico de Boinville is set to retain the partnership. IMG_4907 Tierra Verde is entered at Wetherby on Sunday, but will only take her chance if the ground is suitable.  She ran a great race on debut and has improved since that run.  If she takes her chance, she shouldn't be far away.  She's a strong, powerful mare, with an excellent attitude. Benefit of Luck is set to have his 3rd start for the yard at either Exeter or Chepstow next week.  His improved performance at Ascot was very pleasing and we are hopeful he can take another step forward.  Better ground suits him, as will the galloping nature of either track.  He still has a lot to learn, but is going in the right direction. Until next week...