The Cobbler Swayne is making his way back to his peak as he showed at Wetherby with a good round of jumping, except for three out; it should not be long before he is winning again. His untimely blunder lost him valuable momentum and although he kept on he could not reach the front three. He has plenty of scope and should be spot on for the spring and early summer.
Rising Marianbard looked…
Lots of trotting and cantering to start the horses off for the week, and some schooling for a couple who are due to run. These included The Cobbler Swayne, Tap Night, Sammy B and Gaye Flier.
The Cobbler Swayne and Rising Marienbard left for Wetherby this afternoon as there are is a pretty bad weather forecast for tomorrow morning.
The Cobbler Swayne looks to be coming back to form…
At Uttoxeter Sky Khan ran well to be fifth on going that was on the soft side or him. He will come on for this run and Aintree is now in his sights. Newtown Lad was running a fine race, jumping with boldness but following a stumble he made a rare error at the next fence and had a nasty looking fall. He was swiftly caught and looked after by Mark and Jaimie and is luckily sound this morning.
We have two runners at Uttoxeter tomorrow and one at Newcastle.
Newtown Lad faces a good test in the novice handicap chase but after an improved run in blinkers last time he is well up to the step up in class. He will be fine on the going and looks a generous price to me.
Sky Khan makes a return to the track with a tongue strap. He often improves for his first run after a break but…
A fabulous double for the yard at Hexham with two golden oldies Bescot Springs and Settledoutofcourt winning gamely.
Bescot Springs has found his form again and was given a good ride by Alex. He may be a schoolmaster but he is tricky to keep interested and Alex has found a key to him. It was excellent to have a Kelso Members Lowflyers winner again, may there be many more.
The Lucinda Russell Racing hospitality box at Cheltenham has been very busy and great fun and the quality of the racing is matched by the quality of the food, drink and company in the Edinburgh Gin sponsored box.
We have five runners at Hexham tomorrow on ground that will be testing .
Miss Joeking never really hit top form last season but a good break has done her good and she…
A morning of routine warm up work for all and time for Jamie to trot up and assess each of the horses.
We have a couple of new additions to the yard; two four year old fillies . Both have been pretrained in Ireland by Martin Allen and have arrived looking great. One is by Beneficial and the other by Deploy and both are owned by Jimmy Fyffee. They will be prepared for bumpers this summer.
We had a convincing win at Ayr this afternoon with Imjoeking jumping impeccably over the two mile trip under a fine ride by Blair. Joe has now had 6 wins from 24 starts and though notoriously fragile he has plenty of ability . He will be entered for the Topham Chase at Aintree where he should love the challenge of the fences.
Our other two did not fare quite so well, Alizee De Janeiro hated…
A smooth win for Vertigo in the maiden hurdle at Ayr this afternoon. This was a pleasing performance from the bumper winning five year old and his tenacity and swift jumping will stand him in good stead in the future. He may go for a handicap at Hexham in a few weeks. He is pictured over the last with Alex.
Well Above Par posted a really good effort when second in the two mile maiden hurdle;…
A heavy first fence fall for Ryalex and Derek made our trip to Carlisle shorter than expected. Ryalex seems to be fine on his return home, but Derek has gone to hospital to be assessed for a wrist injury; he will not ride at Ayr tomorrow.
It was another long day for Jaimie as she had a blow out on the way home, but with feed and water on board for Ryalex it was not as bad a wait as it could…