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THINGS ARE HOTTING UP…

22-07-2016

THIS WEEK Despite the blistering heat there's been a hive of activity up at the yard this week with new fencelines being put in, developments to the round gallop, plans for construction of a new barn as well as digging a 150m hole for a new borehole. Meantime, out on the track things have been hotting up too... REPORTS IMG_0192 Jack Bear finished an agonising 2nd at Haydock on Saturday. He won well at Nottingham last time out and the plan was to ride him the same way here, but that didn’t materialise. They went a good gallop on the ground and Jack settled nicely off it, travelling powerfully throughout. When the field swung into the straight the race developed quickly and Jack made eye catching progress, finding his way upsides the leaders at the 2f pole. Jack came upsides at the furlong pole and got into a battle with the eventual winner Lexi’s Boy. They went head to head up the run in, flashing past the post together. We lost out on the photo, which was very disappointing but we were delighted with the progress Jack Bear showed. We will see what the handicapper does before making a plan and we can’t wait to see him out again, he’s very exciting. IMG_3708 Polstar finished 6th at Newton Abbot on Sunday. Harry Teal jumped Polst off handy and he travelled well for the majority of the race, sat 4th or 5th off a very strong pace.  The field were strung out from an early stage and Polstar seemed to really enjoy the switch back to a sounder surface. He came off the bridle quite a long way from home, plugging on for 6th. This was a step back in the right direction, so we will see what the handicapper does and go from there. FullSizeRender Ahraam finished a good 6th on debut for the yard at Nottingham on Tuesday. He was drawn one so we wanted to ride him handy but he was slightly slow away as it was his first start for a long time. Martin Harley managed to get him in a good position though, just tracking the pace. He lost a couple of lengths when he squeezed for room on the turn, but he soon got back onto an even keel. Ahraam travelled into contention and stayed on well to finish 6th, beaten just over 3 lengths. We are delighted with the run, hopefully he can go on from here. FullSizeRender (1) Sporting Milan finished an agonising 2nd at Worcester yesterday. He sat in a handy position under yard amateur jockey James Nixon, and he jumped and travelled much better in the first time cheek pieces. They went a steady gallop for the first half of the race, but there was an injection of pace going down the back straight for the final time. Sporting swung into the straight with long-time leader I’llhavealook in his sights and closed in coming to the final 2 flights. He jumped to the lead at the last only to get collared in the dying strides. It was a good performance and a good ride from James who was making his debut for the yard. We will see what the handicapper does before deciding where he goes next. We have no horses entered for the coming week but with many of the winter horses returning from their summer breaks we're busy with road work as well as all of the summer developments at the yard.  With this being the season of sales and therefore 'restocking' there are a couple of share options now available whether it be in the racing club or in smaller, single horse syndicate please contact info@harrywhittington.co.uk/01235751869 for further details. Until next week...