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WINTER IS COMING

15-09-2017

THIS WEEK With the winter breeze beginning to blow in, things have really started to pick up a pace this week.  The lorry has taken a trip up to Perth and back, meanwhile back at the yard the horses are getting fitter and stronger by the day ready for the season ahead... REPORTS Jack Bear ran a solid race to finish 6th at Kempton last Friday.  There was a fierce pace from flag fall, as Golly Miss Molly unseated her rider coming out of the gates and took on the leader.  Jack settled nicely off the pace under jockey Fran Berry and travelled well throughout the contest.  When the race took shape he got hampered at a crucial time, which stopped him getting competitive for the places.  He stayed on well to finish 6th.  This was a very satisfactory return and we are excited about his winter campaign. Charlie Papa Lima finished a well held 5th on his trip up to Perth on Monday.  We wanted to take our time with him on this step up in trip, but the lack of pace meant he was very keen throughout.  He produced his best round of jumping by far and turned into the home straight with every chance, but his early exertions told and he could only plug on for 5th.  He is on a decent mark, but needs to settle better to unlock his full potential. Woolstone One finished 6th on her first start in 18 months at Worcester on Tuesday.  There was a strong pace and she took a bump at the first hurdle which put her on the back foot.  She couldn’t get into a rhythm after that, which meant she couldn’t get on terms with the other market principals, eventually coming home in 6th.  She will come on for the run having been off the track so long and will be ready to run again in about 3 weeks. ENTRIES Guiding Stars is set to make his 2nd bumper start at Worcester on Monday.  He did make one racecourse appearance at Huntingdon last season, where he finished down the field in a very tactical affair.  He has summered nicely and has matured mentally.  The galloping track should suit and we look forward to seeing him back on a racecourse. Regal Gait could make a return from his summer break at Chelmsford on Thursday.  He was a course and distance winner when last seen in April and the handicapper was very harsh giving him 6lb for a 2 ¾ length win. A revised mark of 69 does make things more difficult but he is a relatively unexposed horse still. This run is a nice starting point for his dual purpose winter campaign. If the run comes too soon for him, he has another option at Lingfield in the first week of October. Until next week...