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Super Saturday



It has been an extremely busy week for the yard as the season is now fully underway despite being in lockdown 2.0.  We had a day full of runners on Saturday with 5 horses heading to 3 different meetings across the country.  During the course of what can only be described as an eventful weekend Stable Star Saint Calvados unfortunately suffered a minor set back, which we are now pleased to report he is coming through the other side of and is safely back with us at the yard after a brief stint in hospital. Adding to this due to the high levels of rainfall over the weekend both of our runners on Sunday were pulled out including Rouge Vif who had to miss his chance in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase.  Onwards to new targets for all as the count down to the Festive period begins...
Simply The Betts made his seasonal reappearance in a decent renewal of the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.  He had been in fantastic shape at home leading up to the race, so we were really looking to running him as we felt he had a very solid chance.  It was a messy race from the get go with a faller early doors and then the loose horse taking him on.  Coole Cody the eventual winner was very keen in front and went on away from the field, which meant that Simply The Betts could then get into a nice position.  Turning down the back he was leading the pack before making an unfortunate mistake at the water jump, this sadly caused him to loose both his momentum and his position in the field.  From then on he lost his confidence for a fence or 2.  Gavin did well to galvanise him and ride him to finish the race off strongly.  He came home in 6th and has lost nothing in defeat.  We will freshen him up before looking to run him again in a few weeks time.
Poldark Cross made his yard and hurdles debut up at Wetherby on Saturday.  This likeable newcomer had been showing a fantastic attitude at home, so we were really looking forward to running him.  There wasn’t much pace on initially and he had shown that he was one paced at home so we were keen to make it a test.  He jumped with great accuracy throughout in a prominent position and turning into the straight he looked to have the favourite beaten.  Jockey James Bowen kicked on from 3 out, however he just got a little bit tired on the run in and finished a gallant runner up.  He is now able to run in another novice hurdle in similar conditions without a penalty, so we are looking forward to running him again before too long.
Waterlefe Getaway ran back at Uttoxeter on Saturday, a track where she had run well on two previous occasions.  Unfortunately the ground was a bit too soft for her on this occasion and she found it hard to jump out of.  She looked to be struggling from quite far out but manage to stay on and came home to finish off the race.  She has had three runs now and has a mark of 102.  Being a four year old we will give her plenty of time now to strengthen up before running her again.  She should improve for going two and a half miles on good ground in the Spring. 
Jammy George also made the trip to Uttoxeter on Saturday to run in what looked like a good opportunity on paper for him.  Frustratingly he never looked happy from the get go and was racing behind the bridle throughout.  He was sloppy at his fences and was never really able to get into a rhythm.  He was pulled up before turning in and it was later reported by his jockey (Jack Tudor) that the ground wasn’t nearly soft enough for him.  He will be freshened him up now and we will aim to run him again in softer conditions around this trip or even further next time.
Torigni started his season in a competitive handicap at Wetherby on Saturday.  He had been showing signs of plenty of speed and a good attitude at home so we were looking forward to running him.  He hadn’t run for a very long time so we just wanted to ride him to finish off his race well on this first start for the yard.  James Bowen did a fantastic job to settle him early and he came through the field in eye catching fashion.  He looked to have every chance coming to the last but just got a little tired in the closing stages, as would be expected after a long lay off.  He should come on for this run and we are delighted with this first start, showing plenty of ability.  We look forward to running him again in a couple of weeks time.
See The Eagle Fly had her second start for the yard at Leicester on Monday, having won impressively on debut last time out.  She had to carry a penalty on this occasion, in what looked a competitive affair on paper.  There was no early pace which meant that she was quite keen in the early stages.  As the race developed she got keener and made up a lot of ground too early, which meant she hit the front as they turned into the home straight.  She was then running on fumes at the end, but did well to finish 4th.  She will now head to the Listed race at Aintree in 3 week’s time which has been her target for some time.  She is sure to get a strong pace in that race so we should be able to get her switched off in behind the leaders before producing her late on.
Franigane had his second start for the yard in the maiden hurdle at Ffos Las on Wednesday.  This looked a good starting point for him provided he was able to handle the very testing conditions.  There was a bit of pace on early and so we lined him up very handy.  After jumping a hurdle he came alive a little bit so Jockey Adrian Heskin let him pull himself to the front.  Turning down the back he settled nicely and from there on in he jumped from hurdle to hurdle with great exuberance.  Coming to three out the eventual winner was going very well, but he stuck to the task with a clear round of jumping and stayed on nicely to finish 2nd to a very useful rival.  He is a proper chaser in the making so it is an encouraging first run from him over hurdles.  We will aim to run him over two miles in similar conditions in about three weeks time.
Shambra headed to Warwick on Wednesday for her second start over fences, having shaped with some promise on debut.  We lined her up in a handy position to put her experience to good use.  She jumped well throughout until she made a bad mistake at four out as the race was beginning to unfold.  This completely knocked the stuffing out of her, and she then started to go backwards.  Jockey Daryl Jacob pulled her up soon after and reported that she will need her wind looking at before she runs again.  We will likely run her back over hurdles in testing conditions next time and may look to go back chasing on better ground in the Spring.
New addition to the stable Calvario has been declared to run in the novice hurdle over 2 miles at Chepstow later today. He is a fine big horse who will make up into a proper chaser in time.  He had some useful bumper form last season and we look forward to seeing him make his yard debut this afternoon.  The conditions today might be a bit sharp for him, but it will give us a good chance to learn more about him.  He will no doubt improve for a step up in trip but we are looking forward to getting him started.
Young Bull is declared at Ascot tomorrow in a competitive looking novices' limited handicap chase.  We are looking forward to running him in this event, up in trip and on his second start over fences.  He should learn plenty round the track and runs on his favoured soft ground conditions this time.  Hopefully he can take another step forward and show us that he has huge potential in the staying division over fences in the future.
Cateline is set to make her hurdles debut at Uttoxeter on Sunday.  She has been schooling nicely at home, having shaped with promise in three bumpers last season.  She has always been a work in progress and hopefully she can continue to improve in this new sphere.  A big galloping track in soft conditions is ideal for her.
Pat Kelly has come out of his seasonal debut in very good form and now holds a couple of entries.  Lingfield is in doubt, so he is most likely to head to Exeter on Sunday.  He needs soft ground so he should improve through the winter as and when he gets his conditions.  Hopefully he can take another step forward and we are looking forward to running him.
Warranty holds a couple of upcoming entries having been pulled out of his assignment at Fontwell on Sunday due to the additional rainfall.  He has been shaping well over hurdles at home and we're looking forward to him making his debut for the yard.  He has some good flat form and stays extremely well having won over 2 miles.  He is a great new addition for this season and we feel he ticks plenty of boxes for the juvenile hurdle division.
Sirobbie is set to head back to his favourite hunting ground at Uttoxeter on Sunday.  He has been in great form at home, he knows his way around this course and distance extremely well and we are hoping he can extend his winning tally at the track.  The race looks competitive enough but we know how much he loves the track so it's worth a go.
So Easy Way has a couple of entries next week in handicap chases.  He is returning after a wind operation having shaped with plenty of credit last time out.  He has been schooling well at home and we look forward to running him.
Artistic Language has multiple up coming entries.  He is anther who we are looking forward to running him off the back of a wind operation.  He shaped really well last time at Uttoxeter before getting very outpaced in the home straight.  It was reported that he needed his wind doing on that occasion and now he is off a very favourable mark, so hopefully when we find the right opportunity for him to run in he can take a step forward.
New recruit for the HWR Club Caught Inthe Slips holds a few entries in the coming weeks.  She is an un-raced mare by Black Sam Bellamy who has been schooling well at home.  She is a proper old fashioned national hunt type and she will love the soft conditions.  She is a very genuine mare and we are really looking forward to getting her started over hurdles.  Hopefully she will show us that she has a nice future over obstacles.
Sir Sholokhov has a couple of entries coming up around galloping tracks over 2 miles.  He is a fine big horse that has schooled very well at home.  He has had to have a couple of wind operations and therefore we are just hopeful that he is going to be able to breathe when he runs.  If he can get the oxygen in he has plenty of quality and due to his size he could make up into a proper chaser in time.
Numberoneson has a couple of entries in the coming weeks.  He has come out of his last race fine.  It was a touch disappointing but we have taken a view that he needs change in tactics and a more galloping track.  Hopefully he can then take a step forward and show us that he is capable of giving us a bit of fun in juvenile hurdles this winter.