It was a mixed weekend for our runners, with the highlight coming on Sunday as Solighoster won well at Fontwell Park on his first start over hurdles.
It didn’t look the strongest novice hurdle on paper but he could hardly have done it any better so we have to be delighted with his performance. His jumping was very professional which is always a positive sign, and although he will need to continue to improve, we have given him entries for both the Supreme and Neptune this week.
It wasn’t all good news over the weekend as Southfield Royale failed to get involved at the business end of the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. It was a tough ask for him on his first start of the season, but we will look to ride him more positively next time out which should help his chances of being competitive.
We were disappointed that Oscars Boss was only 2nd on debut for us in the maiden hurdle at Plumpton on Monday. Lots of people seem to fancy him so it was a shame to see him beaten, but he should improve for the experience next time out and in time he will want further.
On a better note, we enjoyed a terrific double at Lingfield on Tuesday with Matrow’s Lady and Molly Carew giving us winners 80 and 81 over jumps for the season. A century of winners for the national hunt campaign would be a major landmark, so we will be working hard to get there this winter.
Matrow’s Lady won the handicap chase in excellent fashion after a long lay-off, whilst Molly Carew claimed the mares’ novices’ hurdle after travelling like a dream.
Molly Carew has been settling better in her races which has been the key to her improvement, and unlike many I wasn’t surprised she picked up the win.
Runasimi River won her bumper in good style at Hereford on Wednesday, and she is one that will improve again for the experience. It probably wasn’t the deepest of races, but for a baby she did it well so we were pleased with her performance.
Looking ahead to the weekend, we send a team of three horses north of the border to Musselburgh for their two-day fixture.
Cesar Et Roaslie disappointed last time out but we put a first-time tongue-tie on him this weekend, so hopefully he can be pushing for some place money in the maiden hurdle on Saturday. Whispering Storm was pulled up on debut for us last time out, but he works well at home so we are hopeful of a good performance from him later, on the same card.
We are happy with Peter The Mayo Man after his mid-winter break so hopefully he can perform well in the Supreme Scottish Trial Novices’ Hurdle on Sunday. He is another one with entries for both the Supreme and the Neptune at the Cheltenham Festival, so hopefully we will find out more about him this weekend.
Finally, we also have a couple in at Taunton on Sunday with Oscarteea and Cor Wot An Apple set to head to one of our local tracks.
Oscarteea ran a solid race last time out, so if he can improve a little bit he might be able to trouble the judge in the handicap hurdle. Cor Wot An Apple wouldn’t want too much rain ahead of the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle, but he is a horse we hope can get his head in front at some point in the future.