Plenty to look forward to
With the start of the National Hunt season nearly upon us, the yard is gearing up for full speed ahead. We have started to fine tune the winter string including teaming up again with top event rider Laura Collett in the menage in Lambourn for a few schooling sessions. This is invaluable experience and education particularly for the youngsters. Meanwhile we have also had some exciting new arrivals which we are putting through their paces. So plenty to look forward to... Our 5 to follow competition is back (more details below) and the new horses in training brochures will be in stock next week - do get in touch for more details. REPORTS LANTIERN Lantiern lined up on his third chase start at Stratford on Saturday 5th September, in what looked like a good opportunity on paper. He had run well at the track on his debut over fences and we were looking forward to running him back at this venue. There was plenty of pace on and he was slow to jump off initially, which meant he got detached very quickly. From there on in he sadly completely lost interest. Since then we have been working on jumping him out of the stalls in preparation for a run on the flat. He is 2 from 2 on the all weather so this could be an attractive alternative to get his confidence back. He holds an entry at Chelmsford next Saturday over 1m5f. CAPTAIN TOMMY Captain Tommy headed to Uttoxeter last Wednesday (9th September) for his second chase start. Having shaped with promise on debut we were looking forward to getting him back out again. There were two very good horses in the race which have been amongst the top novice chasers this summer, but with few alternatives we felt it was worth a go. He was outpaced from the word go but he jumped slick and stayed on well to finish 4th. We will freshen him up now and look for a handicap in the coming weeks. SIROBBIE Sirobbie lined up on the same card at Uttoxeter last week, also on his second chase start. We felt this was a good opportunity for him going up in trip at a track we know he loves. There were plenty of runners and they lined up right across the track. He was disadvantaged by being ridden up the inside and sadly never got a sight of his fences so was never very happy. He was well beaten on this occasion, but we will get him home, school him up and hope he can bounce back. ARTISTIC LANGUAGE Artistic Language made his debut for the yard at Fontwell on Saturday in a handicap hurdle over 2 miles. He unfortunately got wiped out over the first hurdle and from there on in he was on the back foot. Gavin wasn’t hard on him but rode him to finish off his race which he duly did. He is now due to go into Ben Brains' to get his wind checked out and hopefully we can get him back on the track before too long. ENTRIES BLACK ABBEY Black Abbey will head to Plumpton on Sunday for his first run of the new campaign, in a maiden hurdle over 2 miles. He shaped with promise on his first two starts last season before showing us signs that he was in need of a break. He has been in good form at home since returning from his summer holiday and we look forward to getting him out again this weekend. We ideally just need him to have a good experience on this first run back to set him up for the season. He is a nice little horse who jumps well. SO EASY WAY So Easy Way is a new recruit to the yard who has arrived from France this summer. He won a French chase as a 3 year old back in November and will make his UK handicap debut in the next couple of weeks. He has shown a good attitude so far and he jumps economically. With the 4yo weight allowance we are looking forward to seeing what he can do this Autumn. BIGMARTRE The ever popular Bigmartre is in really good form and holds a couple of entries over the next few weeks. He goes well fresh and has been dropped down to his last winning mark of 140. A sharp three miles on good ground we think are his best set of conditions and we're looking forward to conditional jockey Jamie Neild taking the ride on him.