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The horses are flying

09-10-2020

Isn't technology great ..... when it works! We have a bumper newsletter this week, due to technical difficulties with Mailchimp last week. So we're now back in the game and the horses are flying... The rain has arrived and now we are really looking forward to getting the horses out on the grass to put them through their paces ready for their first runs. We have welcomed in our fabulous new horsebox from George Smith which will be proudly sponsored by KBIS. And the capacity in the yard has grown with the installation of 6 amazing new wooden stables alongside the new walker we have just put in this summer. The Virtual Open Day is live and ready to be viewed and the HWR 5 To Follow started last week so we shall be keeping a keen eye on this and tracking it through the season. And they're off!!!     SEPTEMBER RACE REPORTS REBEL LEADER Rebel Leader lined up at Uttoxeter on Friday 25th September. Up in trip and in a race we felt he would be competitive in. There was plenty of pace on, so we had to settle to being just behind the leaders. He jumped well on the whole but down the back couldn't quite hold his position. As they turned for home he looked very one paced and came home in mid division. He is very fit now and we will probably wait for some cut in the ground before running him in a similar type of race again soon.   HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell lined up in a competitive handicap chase over 3 miles on the same card at Uttoxeter on Friday 25th September. There was a huge amount of pace on and she wasn't able to be in a positive position from the start. She was a little bit slow over the first couple of fences which meant that she ended up being quite far back. From here on in she got into an impossible position and came home in mid division. We will freshen her up now and give her a run back over hurdles as she's just finding it tough over the bigger obstacles. NEVERBEEN TO PARIS Neverbeen to Paris ran back at Market Rasen on Saturday 26th September where he had been a course and distance winner last time out. There was a huge amount of pace on and they just went far too quick for him over the bigger obstacles. We will freshen him up now before putting him back over hurdles for his next run. CAPTAIN TOMMY Captain Tommy had his third chase start at Bangor on Tuesday 29th September where he finished a gallant 2nd. Having shaped with promise in his first two starts over fences we were hopeful he would take another step forward here. It was a deep field and a competitive affair on paper but he had been in good form at home. There was plenty of pace on which meant he had to settle for mid division. He got into a lovely rhythm with his jumping and made eye catching ground coming to the fourth last. As they jumped the last he had every chance but unfortunately it was here where he made his first mistake, which may have cost him the race. He ran out a very solid runner up. We were delighted with the run and we will freshen him up now for another chase in similar conditions soon. OCTOBER RACE REPORTS SEE THE EAGLE FLY See The Eagle Fly made her debut over hurdles at Fontwell last Friday. She had been schooling nicely at home and we were looking forward to getting this new recruit out. She had shown a bit of speed on the gallops and we thought the track might suit. There was a lot of pace on in the race, so she was dropped in and switched off. She was going very easily on the second circuit after turning down the back and latched on to the leaders. She had the boot to be able to go past her only conceivable danger and went on to win nicely by a few lengths. She will be freshened up now and we will look to run her under a penalty in a similar sort of event in a month’s time. SHAMBRA Shambra made her debut over fences the following day (Saturday) at Fontwell. She had been jumping beautifully at home and it looked an opportunity for her to be able to run a competitive race first time out. There was plenty of pace on and she had to track the leaders. She was sticky when she got in tight and found it tricky to jump out of the testing ground. As they turned around the final home bend she looked to be on the coat tails of the leaders but the mistakes had taken their toll. She galloped on gamely to finish 4th. She is a gusty mare and showed that she can win a chase at some point. We will get Laura Collett to do some pole work with her before she runs again and hopefully back on a more conventional track she will be shown in a better light. SIROBBIE Sirobbie had his first run back over hurdles at his favourite venue Uttoxeter on Sunday. Having disappointed in his chase debut we were hopeful that he could bounce back. He is a four time winner over course and distance but it was a competitive race on paper. He was a little bit behind the bridle on the first circuit, so jockey Adrian Hiskin moved him closer to the pace. The further he went the better he was going and he certainly knows his way home at Uttoxeter. He ran out a very game winner and will line up back there again next week. BIGMARTRE Bigmartre had his first start since last season at Ludlow on Wednesday. He had been in fantastic form at home and the race looked a nice opportunity for him now he has dropped back down to a mark of 140. The ground was very quick, but he bowled along in fine fashion from the front jumping from fence to fence. He looked out paced turning in and he galloped on at the same pace to finish 4th. The ground was on the quick side for him and there is a question mark still over 3 miles. He looked his old self however and we will probably drop him back in trip on a little bit of good to soft for the next run. WATERLEFE GETAWAY Waterlefe Getaway made her debut over hurdles at Exeter yesterday afternoon. Having shaped with promise on the schooling ground at home and in her 2 bumpers despite being very green on both occasion, she was always going to need the experience in this competitive mares' Maiden Hurdle. She got into a nice rhythm but was a little 'novicey' over one or two hurdles. She made up a bit of ground behind the leaders into the home straight and it looked as if she was destined for 3rd place. She got a bit tired in the last half furlong and came home in 5th. She is still on the weak side but while the ground is good, we will give her a couple more runs in Maiden Hurdles before giving her a break. ENTRIES HENRIETTA BELL Henrietta Bell is set to line up back over hurdles at Hexham tomorrow. Having shaped with promise over fences the handicapper has made it difficult for her over the bigger obstacles. She has however now dropped down over hurdles to the same as her chase mark of 120. With Page Fullers's claim, who is booked to ride, she is then only running off 2 lbs higher then her last win in the summer. Hopefully this is a good opportunity for her to run a nice race. SCARDINO Scardino is also making the long trip up to Hexham and will be lining up in a bumper at a track and in conditions that should suit him well for his racecourse debut. He is a sizeable individual that will only get better with age, but he has the class to run well in this race. We have Danny Cook booked to ride who is one of the top boys up North and we are very much looking forward to running him. SANDYBURG Sandyburg is set to make his debut in the Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow tomorrow. He is a bonny little character that has shown a bit of speed on the gallop at home. He is an excellent jumper for a novice and we are really looking forward to getting him out to see what he can do. BLACK ABBEY Black Abbey holds multiple entries in the coming week. Unfortunately he just missed out at Hexham tomorrow. He has come out of his last race at Plumpton in good form and we are looking forward to running him again. We will continue to run him over 2 miles in Maiden Hurdles before deciding when to go back in handicaps. MEDALLA DE ORO Medalla De Oro also has a couple of entries next week including one at Fakenham where he won back in March. He was meant to run at Stratford earlier this week but it was unfortunately abandoned. We are looking forward to running him again around a sharp track and hopefully he can get his head in front again. SO EASY WAY So Easy Way holds a few entries next week over fences. He is a French 3 year old chase winner and has been schooling really well at home since arriving with us this summer. He gets a very valuable weight allowance for being a 4 year old and having been ready to run for a couple of weeks, we are looking forward to running him soon. SHANTOU VOW Shantou Vow is entered in a couple of places over the extended 3 miles. He was a winner over 2 miles for us last season in a Novice Hurdle and has always shown plenty of ability. He was always a little bit in and out from race to race last season but was a work in progress. He seems to have matured physically and mentally now and we are excited to see what he can do now that he is going up in trip. ANEMOI Anemoi holds a couple of entries coming up. He has been off the track for a long time so we're looking forward to getting him back racing again. He is an extremely talented horse, who had a good novice campaign until pulling up in the Scottish Champion Hurdle in April 2019. He has since had an operation but is back in and has been looking as good as ever. We are looking forward to running him back in a handicap hurdle. ARTISTIC LANGUAGE Artistic Language has a few of entries next week around galloping tracks in handicap hurdles over 2 miles. He unfortunately didn't suit the quick ground at Fontwell when first time out for the yard, so it will be good to get him back out with some cut in the ground. He has been in good form at home and this is a drop in class, so hopefully he can take a step forward. DEER HUNTER Finally Deer Hunter has a few entries in maiden hurdles coming up. He shaped with promise in 2 bumpers last season and has strengthened up a lot for the break. He has been schooling really well at home, so we are looking forward to getting him back out onto the racecourse.