We were delighted to reach our century of winners for the season last week, and thankfully we are continuing to add to our tally with the end of the campaign on the horizon.
We picked up an excellent double at Plumpton on Sunday afternoon with, Most Celebrated and Perfect Timing entering the winners’ enclosure.
We were particularly pleased with Most Celebrated who put in a grand display to win the novices’ hurdle, and it was fantastic to be able to get another win on his CV. He is the sort of horse that has to be produced late so is never going to win by far, but it was a good learning experience for him and thankfully he continues to improve.
He will be given a well-earned break, and he is one that could come back with a run on the Flat in the future.
Perfect Timing had been off since October so it was fantastic that he was able to win the handicap chase in good style. It was only a small field but he performed well, and is one that we hope can be a good horse for us over the summer.
It’s always fantastic to have a winner at Cheltenham so we were delighted with the way Doing Fine won the 3m4f handicap chase on Wednesday. He jumped and travelled well before pulling clear, and it was especially pleasing to be able to get a win into him after three successive 2nd place finishes.
He has come out of the race in good form, and all things being well he could go to the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown next weekend.
Also on Wednesday, Soupy Soups produced an excellent display to win the 2m4f novices’ hurdle at Sedgefield in very good fashion. He will now be given a short break before going novice chasing during the 2nd half of the summer, with decent ground the key to his chances.
We were frustrated when Southfield Royale fell in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham because we knew he was in good form, but we hope he can make up for that disappointment in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.
Most importantly, he came home without a scratch on him, and he has been in good form at home ahead of this latest assignment north of the border. You always need a little bit of luck in these big field handicap chases, but he remains lightly raced, and we are certainly hopeful that he can put in a strong performance.
As well as Southfield Royale, we also have Baltimore Rock and Kalondra running at Ayr on Saturday afternoon.
The Scottish Champion Hurdle looks very competitive this year but Baltimore Rock ran a decent race in the County Hurdle last time out, and we are hopeful he can show further improvement with Adrian Heskin taking the ride.
Kalondra has been a terrific horse for this season, and he was only beaten ten lengths in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham last month. He has top weight to contend with in the 2m5f handicap hurdle, but he has come of that run in good form, and we hope that a big galloping track like Ayr will suit him.
Finally, Lubatic finished 4th on debut for us in a bumper at Taunton recently, which is a race that has worked out well, so hopefully he can put in a strong performance at Wincanton on Sunday afternoon.