ANTICIPATION IN THE AIR
THIS WEEK The sunshine rolls on but the long summer holidays are now over for many of the winter string as they have returned to the yard ready for their pre-season training to begin. It's a really exciting time of year for us all with anticipation in the air. We are delighted to have a brilliant team lined up for the season ahead not only in terms of the horses in our boxes but we are also blessed with strength and depth in our team of staff too. Onwards and upwards into the winter we come... REPORTS CARDY Cardy made the long trip up to Cartmel on Sunday 30th June to run in the Hadwins Motor Group Mares' Novices' Hurdle over 2m. She came into the race off the back of a really good run in a bumper last time out. Her schooling had been above average and so we were looking forward to running her for the first time over hurdles. She shaped nicely through the race but as the pace quickened from 3 out she made a bad mistake and from there she plugged on at the one pace to finish 6th. We are looking to run her again very soon. SIROBBIE Later that day Sirobbie won back at his favourite track, Uttoxeter in the Bet365 Handicap Hurdle over 2m 7f. He was entitled to have a crack at this class 2 at his favoured track where he now is three from three. He has been in really good form at home and on the track from his last 3 runs so we were hopeful of a big run. There was no pace on therefore we had to make the most of our lightweight and make the running. Jockey, Bryony Frost set good fractions all the way round and got him into a lovely rhythm and turning in to the straight he looked to have every chance. Coming to the second last we were headed by Theatrebar and it looked for a few strides like he was going to get swallowed up. Bryony switched him to the outside and he ran on again to jump the last upsides. From here on in he had to be tough and once he eyeballed the other horse he got on top and went away to win by 2 lengths. He has come out of the race in good form and will possibly appear again at Uttoxeter at the end of the month. SALTO CHISCO Salto Chisco headed to Perth last Thursday to run in the Watch Racingtv Now Handicap Chase over 2m 4f. He has been in good form at home and this was his first run back in a chase since last season. We were looking forward to getting him back over fences but sadly the rain came during the day which meant he was left to run on soft ground which is far from ideal for him. He travelled and jumped well to a point but his jumping was a bit sticky in the ground, this meant he was losing a little bit of momentum at each fence. He plugged on well to finish 3rd and the handicapper has dropped him a few pounds which will give him a chance. We are undecided where to go next but we are looking at both hurdle and chase options. ENTRIES HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell holds an entry on Wednesday at Uttoxeter in the 3.20pm Browns Scrap Metal Processing Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) (Nhmops Bonus Race) 1m 7f 168y. Hen has come out of her race in good form thankfully after her crashing fall. She has schooled well since and we felt it was worth running her back in a novice under a penalty. This looks a good opportunity on paper with her carrying level weights with horses rated around a similar mark to her. It will be interesting to see how she handles a galloping track and it will be good to get her confidence back. IN OTHER NEWS... HWR STAFF PROFILES We have decided to run a series of staff profiles in our weekly emails to give you all a further insight into what goes on behind the scenes and most importantly whose involved. First up is Joe Hill who has recently joined the team here at HWR and has taken on the role of pupil assistant, alongside George Edgedale who is due to start with us next week. Joe is likely to be making appearances at many racecourses across the country assisting and representing Harry throughout the season. Back at the yard he will work alongside the other senior members of staff assisting in all areas. Joe has extensive knowledge of the racing industry having been within it his entire life, starting off pony racing and most recently working as assistant trainer to his parents Lawney and Alan Hill. He has also had plenty of race riding experience having ridden 74 point to point winners and 10 hunter chase winners. He has also spent some time gaining further experience in other key NH yards with the likes of Charlie Longsdon and Gordon Elliott. Other than being on the racing post app most of the day Joe also enjoys following Cricket and Football. In the few weeks Joe has been with us he has formed a close bond with Young Bull he quotes "He is a progressive chasing type that has a lot of likeable aspects". Joe is very excited to take on his new role here and cannot wait to get stuck in!