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Lockdown 2.0

06-11-2020

The sun is shining, the first frost has arrived and we're kicking on despite the second countrywide lockdown we've been plunged into this week.  We were very disappointed to have to postpone a number of upcoming yard visits over the coming weeks but we're counting our lucky stars that racing will continue.  It has been a very busy week with runners up and down the country.  And plenty more to look forward to with things hotting up in the next few weeks, so stay tuned...

REPORTS 
WATERLEFE GETAWAY
Waterlefe Getaway ran back at Uttoxeter on Friday, around a track she had run really well at previously.  Conditions we felt were a bit soft for her, but she was in good form at home and we were therefore keen to run her.  Daryl lined her up wide with plenty of room and she got into a lovely rhythm.  She jumped class and turning in she looked to have every chance.  Unfortunately she didn't have the pace to go with the front three but she ran on nicely and finished a solid 4th.  It was a pleasing effort, and she will have one more run now before having a break.  She should progress nicely, up in trip off the back of a break in handicap company.
HENRIETTA BELL
Henrietta Bell headed up to Wetherby on Saturday to run in a very competitive handicap hurdle, back in trip to two and a half miles, around a galloping track.  There were a lot of runners so we tried to find better ground and ride her to run well.  She was short of room for much of the race but once Cillian managed to get her out into some daylight.  She galloped on extremely well down the home straight and came from a long way back to finish a solid 4th - a solid performance.  As ever she always runs her race and we were happy with the result.  We will freshen her up now before finding a fillies handicap for her in 3 or 4 weeks time.
MEDALLA DE ORO
Medalla de Oro lined up at Plumpton on Monday with conditional jockey Jamie Neild on board, in a competitive little handicap.  He got first run and jumped incredibly well despite being a little bit keen.  Turning down the back he looked to have them all in trouble, but as they turned into the straight he got a bit tired.  Once they passed him he battled on well to finish a solid 5th.  We will aim to run him again in about a month’s time, with a view to riding him with a bit more restraint, around a similar track in similar conditions. 
EARLY MORNING DEW
Early Morning Dew made his bumper debut at Hereford on Monday.  Having shown plenty of ability at home we were looking forward to getting him out on the track.  There was a real strong gallop and he travelled nicely throughout the race under Daryl Jacob.  From the top of the hill he looked to have every chance and was following the right horses through.  He came with one good run and just got a little bit tired in the final 100 yards.  He ran a solid race to finish 5th on debut, and we look forward to running him around a more galloping track next time where he should be able to get his head in front.
BOOLEY BEACH
Booley Beach had her bumper debut at Musselburgh on Wednesday.  Having shaped with huge promise at home we were looking forward to getting her started on the track.  There was plenty of pace on and she settled in a lovely position behind the leaders.  She was going easily the best turning into the straight and Daryl was taking a pull.  With a furlong to run Daryl asked her to go and win her race but she was very very green in front.  When another horse came to her it looked like she was going to win the race easily, but she jinked violently to the right just before the line and nearly unseated Daryl.  Sadly we had to settle for second which was really gutting under the circumstances.  She is a hugely talented mare whom we hold in high regard, and she will come on a great deal for the experience.  We look forward to running her in a similar bumper again before too long.
QUALISMART
Qualismart made his debut a winning one at Market Rasen yesterday.  He had been showing good signs on the gallops at home and we were looking forward to running him.  We felt that he would be better suited being ridden in a positive manner as he has plenty of speed and enjoys bowling along.  There was one front runner who gave us a nice lead until half way, at which point David Bass felt that he wasn't going quick enough.  He then took up the running and from there on in he was just very impressive making a winning debut.  He is an extremely exciting prospect going forwards and we look forward to running him in another 2 mile novice hurdle under a penalty in 3 or 4 weeks time.
DEER HUNTER
Deer Hunter headed up to run at Sedgefield yesterday in a race that was seeing him up in trip and in a competitive handicap.  He was ridden in a handy position and there wasn't a huge amount of pace on early doors.  They were running in snatches but at the top of the hill they just quickened up and he galloped on at the same pace to finish a solid 4th.  He has finished in the placings twice now in his first 2 starts over hurdles so should now get a handicap mark.  He should be more than capable of winning a handicap next time out at a similar sort of trip.
FLASH DE CLERVAL
Flash de Clerval had his first run for the yard on the same card up at Sedgefield yesterday in a competitive novices handicap chase.  He had been schooling very well over the bigger obstacles at home so we were looking forward to running him.  He settled lovely in front and was jumping from fence to fence in a lovely rhythm.  There was then a keen horse that came by us and he went back through the field very quickly and unfortunately was pulled up.  We will get him home and see if anything comes to light about the run.  Hopefully we will find something and we will look to running him again in a couple of weeks in a similar event.
BLACK ABBEY
Black Abbey had his handicap debut at Market Rasen yesterday in a competitive affair on paper.  He travelled and jumped in a nice position throughout under jockey Page Fuller.  As he turned into the straight he made up a bit of ground into a handy position and looked to have a chance. He didn’t find a huge amount off the bridle in the home straight and came home in mid-division.  We will drop him back to 2 miles now round a galloping track and ride him in a similar way for this next start.
ENTRIES 
FISCAL PRUDENCE
Fiscal Prudence has been declared to run at Warwick this afternoon in the juvenile hurdle over 2 miles.  He is a horse with a lot of speed who had some good form in Ireland a year ago.  His jumping has been very accurate and we are looking forward to starting him off in his debut over hurdles and for the yard.  He has a really good attitude and we will ride him to settle and get the trip.  We look forward to seeing what he can do.
DOCPICKEDME
Docpickedme has been declared to make his debut for the yard over hurdles at Aintree tomorrow.  He is a very likeable type who won his point to point in impressive fashion from his only start in March.  He jumps extremely well and we think 2 1/2 miles on soft ground should suit him really well.  We are excited about getting him out and representing these new connections to the yard.
SHANTOU VOW
Shantou Vow holds a couple of entries next week and has been in good form at home.  We were delighted with his first run back, up in trip and hopefully in similar conditions next time out he can continue to improve.  The ground is perfect for him now, and hopefully he can just continue on an upward progression.
ANEMOI
Anemoi may make his debut over fences next week and holds a few entries to kick off his chasing campaign.  He has been schooling extremely well at home, and it was fantastic to see him go and win nicely back over hurdles after a long lay off recently.  He's a big horse so hopefully he will improve for fences and we look forward to his chasing debut.
NEVERBEEN TO PARIS
Neverbeen To Paris has a couple of entries over hurdles coming up and an all-weather entry at Kempton.  The ground needs to be on the good side for him to be able to run over obstacles so we will continue to weigh up our options.  It would be interesting to see what he can do back on the flat off his mark and going up in trip.
SHE'SONEOFOUROWN
She'soneofourown is set to kick off her season next week and holds an entry in the mares' novice hurdle at Huntingdon on Tuesday.  She is in good form at home and jumps class for a novice.  She ran in a couple of bumpers last year shaping well on debut.  She will need a bit of cut in the ground as she has a big knee action.  Hopefully she can take to hurdles and show us that she has a future in this sphere.
CAPTAIN TOMMY
Captain Tommy will likely be heading over fences again at Bangor on Wednesaday.  A track where he ran very well at on his penultimate start.  The ground was too quick for him last time out but he's been in good form at home and we're looking forward to running him again.  It is a step up in class but he will carry a nice weight, so hopefully he can continue his progression over the bigger obstacles.
NUMBERONESON
New recruit to the stable Numberoneson holds a couple of entries next week in juvenile hurdles.  He is a very likeable racey type that has been jumping very slick.  He's got some good form on the flat so we're looking forward to seeing what he can do over obstacles.  Hopefully he can show us that we can have some fun with him this winter.
IN OTHER NEWS 
SALTO CHISCO IN HIS NEW HOME
Some great news this week is that Salto Chisco, who was a great servant for the yard has been rehomed locally to the wonderful Jane Brook. Salto as he is affectionately known at home had to be retired from racing due to a tendon, but with some field rest and time will hopefully go on to be a fab riding horse.  During his long racing career he notched up an impressive 8 wins under rules, and we will forever remember the many great days we have all had with him. Jane has told us that he is going to be totally spoilt and will keep us updated on his progress.  We wish them the best of luck.