PLENTY OF IMPROVEMENT TO COME
THIS WEEK It has been one of those weeks! We have has a mixed bag when it comes to the runners, but with 5 of the 7 having their first run of the season we hope there will be plenty of improvement to come from them. To add to that, they have all been novices both over fences and hurdles so the experience will be a huge benefit to them going forward. The weather has been pretty ghastly up at the yard which is good for the ground at least, even if it is testing on the soul! We have managed to work a few more on the grass and had a good schooling session for the horses due to run in the coming weeks. Onward and upwards to an exciting weekend with our first National runner of the season - Vinnie Lewis on Sunday in the Durham National! In other news, Penelope had her first visit to the yard to meet the horses and like a lot of us took a shining to Big M... judging by the picture below I think the feeling was reciprocated! REPORTS LANTIERN Lantiern took the long trip up north to Hexham on Saturday in the Campbell & Rowley Sporting Event Specialists Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) 2m48yds. He was running under a penalty but the race looked a good opportunity on paper to back up his win. It was the first time we took the hood off him due to the fact that he had grown up so much. He jumped and travelled well throughout the race and turning out of the back straight he looked to be going comfortably. Coming out of the bottom bend Daryl asked him to quicken up and at that point he lost his back end for two or three strides. Unfortunately this meant he lost all momentum and his chance of being competitive. He ran on up the hill to finish 6th and thankfully is none the worse for the incident. The handicapper has dropped him a couple of pounds to 120, so will freshen him up before making a plan for his next run. ARIA ROSE Aria Rose ran at Huntingdon on Tuesday in the MansionBet Novices' Hurdle(Class 4) 1m7f171yds. He was making his second start over hurdles in a competitive novice hurdle. Frustratingly there was absolutely no pace in the race and Aria was keen to get on with things. This meant that we had to make the running and he didn’t jump with the same fluency as he did on debut. As the field turned into the home straight his early exertions in the race meant that he got a bit tired and he then ran on at the same pace. He is tailor made for summer jumping, so he will be given one more run before having a break to return in the spring. The break will do him the world of good as he still has plenty of strengthening up to do. COURT LIABILITY Court Liability lined up at Hereford on Tuesday to run in the Sri Lanka The Wonder Of Asia Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3) 3m1f. He was having his first run back of the season and his debut for the yard over fences. It was a competitive affair, run at a very strong gallop, which meant he was outpaced most of the way. He jumped well however for novice and battled hard to finish 4th. It was a step back in the right direction compared to how he finished last season and next time he will run on softer going. CHARLEMAR Charlemar headed to Huntingdon on Tuesday to run in the Paul Ferguson's Jumpers To Follow Novices' Handicap Chase (Class 4) 2m4f. He was having his first run back in a very long time. He had some class as a novice and we were looking forward to his return. The race was ran at furious gallop and there was plenty of pace. This meant that we didn’t get the start that we would have wanted and he was shuffled back to almost last place after the first couple of fences. From there on in he jumped well but could never get in the race at all. We will now aim to run him on soft ground, around a galloping track with the aim to make the running. He will need to bounce back after what was a very disappointing run. YOUNG BULL Young Bull finished 3rd at Wetherby on Wednesday in the Motor Auction Group Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) 2m 3f. He was having his debut over hurdles around a track that we felt would suit him well. He will be more suited to softer going and a longer trip in time but we felt this was an ideal place to start him off. Gavin decided to ride him very positively in order to make sure that it turned into a test. With the one horse going on at the start it made sure there was an end to end gallop and as they turned into the straight Gavin went to push on in front. Young Bull showed plenty of courage to stay on to finish a solid 3rd. It was a very promising run from a future staying chasing prospect. We will wait a month before running him again on softer ground round a similar track. KHAGE Khage ran yesterday in the Racing Tv Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3) 1m 7f 207y up at Carlisle. He was having his debut over fences in a competitive contest with some promising novice hurdlers from last season. We set out to make the running and he was fresh early on but got into a nice rhythm with his jumping. Going down the hill on the far side Gavin looked to be getting a breather into him. This meant that turning into the home straight he looked to have every chance. From then on he was staying on at the one pace to finish 5th. Gavin reported that he needed the run for the experience of chasing and he will come on a huge amount for it. We will see how he comes out of the race before making a plan going forward. KLEOS Kleos lined up in the British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m 1f 33y at Carlisle yesterday. She jumped off mid division and ran green for the first half mile. Running down the back straight she got into a nice rhythm. As the field turned to towards home she was making up ground on the leaders but got tired in the last furlong running on the same pace to finish 6th. It was a good Mares bumper and she would have learnt a huge amount for the experience. She will be aimed at another Mares bumper in a months time where she should show plenty of improvement. ENTRIES SIROBBIE Sirobbie has been declared to run at Uttoxeter today in the 3.50pm Weatherbys Racing Bank Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m 7f 70y. He is in good form after his break, having won 3 races in the summer. Those races were at Uttoxeter which he runs over course and distance today. It is a competitive race but he absolutely loves the track, so fingers crossed he can keep up his unbeaten record there today. ROUGE VIF Rouge Vif has been declared to run at Market Rasen tomorrow in the 3.45pm Download The App At Virgin Bet Novices' Chase (Class 3) 2m 1f 43y. He is having his first start in a novice chase tomorrow. He has grown up a lot and is really good form at home. His jumping for a novice has been above average so we are looking forward to him running. It is a competitive race but due to his hurdles mark he has to run in a race of this grade. VINNIE LEWIS Vinnie Lewis has been declared for the 4.05 Sedgefielders Salute Rubstic Durham National Handicap Chase (Class 2) 3m 5f 48y at Sedgefield on Sunday. This is a track he knows, having won here on his only other start. He is tailor-made for these types of races as we all know having won a Sussex National in 2018. It is a competitive affair as they always are, but he is in great form and we are looking forward to getting him back out. SERGEANT O'LEARY Newcomer Sergeant O’Leary holds an entry at Exeter on Tuesday in the 5.10pm Bet At racinguk.com "Junior" Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) 1m 5f 38y. He a very likeable horse with a great attitude at home. He has been forward as a type physically. He is from a good family and by an excellent sire. There is no doubt he will come on for a run mentally, but his work suggests that he capable of running a nice race on debut. STICK WITH BILL Stick With Bill has an entry at Carlisle on Thursday in the 2.25pm Join Racing Tv Now Novices' Hurdle (Class 4) 2m 3f 61y. He is an exciting staying prospect and has been schooling really nicely. He has some excellent bumper form from last season and hopefully he can continue his progression over hurdles. He will need it on the soft side. SPARKLEANDSHINE Sparkleandshine holds an entry at Ludlow on Thursday in the 3.40pm Klf Insurance Brokers Chase (A Novices' Limited Handicap) (Class 3) 1m 7f 212y. He has shown a good level of ability over hurdles in his career. He has been schooling over fences and has been a very efficient jumper. The sharp nature of the track should suit him and so we are looking forward to his chase debut. THE KINGS BABY The Kings Baby has an entry on Thursday at Southwell in the 3.50pm Bet At toals.com Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) (Challenger Mares' Hurdle Series Qualifier) 2m 4f 62y. She is having her first run back after a break. She is in good form at home and lines up back over hurdles. Her plan later in the season is a listed novice chase at Warwick in December, but hopefully she can show improvement over hurdles this winter as well. She has been a cracking little mare for the racing club and we are looking forward to running her. ARCADIAN SPRING Arcadian Spring also holds an entry at Southwell on Thursday in the 4.55pm toals.com Casino Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race (Class 5) 1m 7f 153y. He is returning to the track after slipping up on the bend at Warwick last time. He is in good form at home, I feel the track will suit him well. Hopefully he can show the ability he was showing last time before the incident. IN OTHER NEWS... HWR STAFF PROFILES JAMIE NEILD - AMATEUR JOCKEY Jamie joined HWR racing back in February this year taking on the role of stable amateur Jockey. Jamie is a full time member of staff, his duties are to ride out in the mornings and muck in with evening stables in the afternoons. Jamie is a very talented horseman and rides a lot of the more inexperienced horses at home along with schooling and riding work. Like so many talented young jockeys Jamie started his career in the racing industry working for Andrew Balding. This is where he learnt all the main attributes of what it takes to become a jockey. He then went to France and gained some very valuable experience working for David Cottin. Riding work on the track and working with a mixture of flat and jump horses. Jamie has had some thrills round the point to point field having ridden a winner from 16 rides. He has also gained some experience under rules having had 6 rides, 4 of which were for us. We are hoping to get Jamie on a conditional jockeys licence course soon to help him progress in his career. Jamie’s favourite horse in the yard is Saint Calvados, he rides him every day at home. He quotes ‘No doubt he will land a Grade 1 this year’. Originally from Liverpool, Jamie’s goal is to ride a winner at the Aintree festival in front of his family. Away from the yard Jamie enjoys watching the boxing, playing tennis and football. He is also a huge supporter of Everton football club.