I was at Newbury on Tuesday morning to gallop The Young Master and Carole’s Destrier and I was pleased with how both went. Sean Corby rode The Young Master and James King was on Carole’s Destrier and both lads reported the horses to be in good form which is very encouraging.
The plans remain the same for both with The Young Master entered for the Becher Chase at Aintree and Carole’s Destrier still on target for the Hennessy Gold Cup a week on Saturday. Carole’s Destrier looks set to carry 10st 8lbs in the big race which is good news for us with Noel able to do that weight, and after they won the London National together it will great to see their partnership renewed.
Overall we have had another good seven days with some strong performances from the horses and we have been lucky enough to pick up some nice winners along the way.
We made the long journey up to Newcastle last Friday with Solighoster but it was more than worthwhile as he won the bumper in good style. An Irish P2P winner from the same stable as Shantou Village, Solighister will be given a little bit of time off now but let’s hope he keeps improving because he is one we like.
Solomn Grundy ran a cracker at Cheltenham on Sunday when 2nd in what looked like a competitive handicap hurdle. He was little bit fresh and keen early on but that was to be expected on his first start of the season, but I was very happy with him and hopefully he will be in the winners’ enclosure soon.
We always felt that Earl’s Fort had plenty of ability and it is great that he is starting to show it now with his win at Plumtpon on Monday his 3rd on the bounce. He is a horse that doesn’t like to be crowded and racing him wide has made all the difference in his three recent victories, so it has been fantastic to get to the bottom of him.
James King is right in the hunt for the amateur title this season so it was great for him to be able to get another winner on the board with Earl’s Fort. He is an excellent young rider who works for us so we will support him the best we can.
On the same card at Plumpton I thought Bubsy Burbidge ran well in the novices’ hurdle. This was his racecourse debut and after struggling a touch in the early stages, in amongst the carnage, the penny started to drop the further they went and he is one we have down as a future chaser.
The winners continued at Fakenham on Tuesday with Lift The Lid and Prettylittlething on the score-sheet to give us a double on the day.
Lift The Lid was disappointing last time out at Cartmel but dropping back in trip, and in a first time tongue tie, he showed a lovely attitude to win the novices’ handicap hurdle. We were equally delighted with Prettylittlething as she won back over hurdles and hopefully will have another run soon before we give her a well-deserved break.
Owners Day was lacking experience and up against some well fancied runners at Wincanton on Thursday, but she had been schooling well at home and it was fantastic to see her claim the win in the maiden hurdle. She jumped well and was given a lovely ride by James Best who is an excellent young jockey and is a regular at the yard riding out.
We were of course very pleased with ImpulsiveStar at Ffos Las this afternoon as he won his first start for us in the 2m4f maiden hurdle. He is certainly a chaser of the future but he won this one in good fashion and hopefully he can keep improving.
Lastly, we have a very quiet weekend in terms of runners, but one horse I did want to mention is Goulanes who is an exciting recruit for us. He has had plenty of time off, but he is a former Midlands National winner, and provided the ground is soft enough we will be looking at targets such as the Welsh and Aintree versions of the Grand National