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ALL SYSTEMS GO FOR THE SECOND PART

10-01-2020

THIS WEEK Only the 2 runners to report this week, both have ran with huge credit, with plenty more to look forward to for the rest of the season.  The horses have all had an easy week hacking around the land and enjoying the winter sunshine.  They will all have another easy week before we continue our 2019-20 campaign. We have no entries next week so the next time we'll be in touch with a weekly report will be Friday 24th January when we'll be back up and running again and all systems go for the second part of the season... REPORTS VINNIE LEWIS Vinnie Lewis headed to Plumpton on Sunday to line up in the Sussex National, a race he had won 2 years ago. Unfortunately given the fact that there was no rain all week, the ground was drying out all the time and ended up soft, rather than his preferred heavy, testing conditions.  Page Fuller got him in to a very handy position all the way round, where he got into a nice rhythm with his jumping.  The pace wasn’t as strong as he would like initially and as they turned down the back on the last circuit things then finally quickened up where he got caught flat footed as they sprinted for home. Unfortunately he couldn’t quicken with them and was flat out from there on, but stayed on to finish a solid 5th.  He needs very testing conditions and an end to end gallop to be at his absolute best.  He will now head for the Devon National later in February which should suit him well. SHEILA NASH Sheila Nash made her second racecourse appearance at Ludow on Wednesday in the mares' bumper, around this sharper track where we were keen to adopt front running tactics.  She is an out and out galloper and we wanted to make the most use of that.  Jonjo Junior got her into a lovely rhythm on the way round and kicked on out of the back straight. Before turning in she looked to be getting them all off the bridle in behind. Coming into the home straight she started to show signs of greenness again but when push came to shove she knuckled down and gave the expensive horse in the field a run for her money to finish a very good 2nd.  She will improve again for this run and should take the beating in a bumper next time out. She is now for sale, having been purchased for Harry Whittington & Partners (the trading syndicate), and may well end up in the new January select sale at Cheltenham in a few weeks time. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming to look at her. ENTRIES SHAFFIRE  Shaffire has been declared to run at Lingfield tomorrow in the fillies 1m handicap on the all-weather.  She has been in good form at home and has been running with plenty of credit.  Last time out she was coming with a run and was unfortunately pushed very wide but stayed on gamely to finish 4th.  She seems to be thriving off her work and racing so hopefully she can run a big race back in a handicap against the fillies. SHE'SONEOFOUROWN New recruit, She’soneofourown has been declared to make her debut at Wetherby tomorrow in the junior fillies bumper.  She is a quality, rangey mare by Sageburg. She has shown a straight forward attitude at home but like all of ours first time out will come on for the experience. She is a likeable type and should improve in time for fences.  We are looking forward to getting her out and starting her racing career. BLACK ABBEY Black Abbey holds a few entries over the coming weeks in juvenile hurdle races. He shaped with promise on debut and just ran into one on the day. He will have improved a huge amount for the experience and should run a big race wherever he goes next. He is a tough hardy sort that enjoys his jumping and we are hopeful for an enjoyable juvenile campaign for him this winter. STICK WITH BILL  Stick With Bill holds an entry at Leicester on Tuesday 21st January in the novices hurdle over 2m4f. He has come out of his race in the Challow hurdle in good form. He should be able to run a big race here back down in class which should give him a confidence booster. The last run would have sharpened him up plenty so we are looking forward to seeing him back out. ROUGE VIF Rouge Vif also holds an entry on the same card at Leicester as Stick With Bill in the novices' chase.  He ran an absolute belter in the Wayward Lad and has been raised 8lb to 150.  He has an entry here where he will have to carry a penalty but his main target is the Kingmaker. We will have a look at the race and decide whether or not we use this as a prep run for his main target at Warwick in February. He thrives off his racing and is improving all the time. He will also hold an Arkle entry at Cheltenham in March...