Weekly News and Updates
Clondaw Whisper made his debut for us today at Buckfastleigh and hopes were high for the club’s first point to point horse as he looked primed and ready to race. But after travellingwell throughout he took a crashing fall two out when in 6th place.
Daisy, his trainer explained, “He was running well, really jumping but stumbled on landingtwo out where he fell. He lay winded for about 12 minutes and got up ok but is sore behind. He was in 6th out of 14 runners at the time and probably would have finished about there as the field was quite strung out as they went very quick.”
“He will need a week or so to get over his fall and then look ahead to either another ptp race or a NH bumper for him.”
Despite his fall the horse is ok and lives to fight another day which is the main thing and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Last week saw a couple of the club’s horses run including the ever consistent Rocket Ronnie who filled the places once again with a gallant second at Kempton on Monday. It looked a tough assignment on paper with a few entries from the big yards but it was a hotpot from the Emma Lavelle yard which thwarted Adrian Wintle and Inspire Racing. Held up in midfield he made progress after 3 out under Richard Patrick and closed at the last and kept on to finish 1 ¼ lengths behind Blushing Red who beat him last time at Ludlow.
He appears a tough horse who will be out again soon with Adrian saying, “He’s come out of the race great and will hopefully run again before the end of the month. Whether that will be on the flat or over hurdles depends on ground conditions and races. I’m delighted with him, he’s a star!”
Our novice hurdler Hard to Forget continued his education with a run on Wednesday in a two-mile event at Hereford. It is still early days for this former three-mile winning pointer and his trainer Henry Oliver believes he has got a day in him over the smaller objects before he tackles fences at a later stage.
There have been a few changes at the Brian Barr yard as sadly ‘Ginger’ the Style Vendome x Little Shambles filly has been withdrawn from training and the club as she is not growing and developing how we would like. Although it is sad news she has now been replaced as Brian has very kindly acquired another yearling for us to train and race as Leigh Mackey the club’s manager explains, “This is just one of the benefits of being in a club as we will sort this outwhereas if this had been a syndicate then members would have lost a horse and their money.”
New purchase ‘Billy’ is a striking yearling colt by first season sire Gale Force Ten who was a solid sprinter but also ran well over a mile and performed on varied ground conditions.
Brian said, “Gale Force Ten has had a nice start with his youngsters and we think this one is a particularly nice individual. The colt’s dam is Sabaidee who was a dual winner over staying trips which bodes well for his future. He should progress through his two year old career and make an even better three year old (his dam won twice at three). She has produced one runner so far called Billy No Mates who has won twice at two and rated 84. This lad is her second foal and we believe he has all the credentials to be as good as if not better than his sibling.”
Brian’s yard has one entry next week in Toolatetodelegate who missed her engagement last week after she was balloted out and the race didn’t split. She is in the 5f sprint at Wolverhampton on Wednesday where she has won over course and distance. It’s a 0-65 handicap and with her being rated 54 she should hopefully get in this time. She is fresh and well and has been enjoying time out in the field with her friend Majorette who was herself just pipped at the post at Kempton last week.
Haats Off didn’t go to Southwell last week as connections were hoping for a smaller field around the track. She is flying at home and will race as soon as a suitable one comes up.
Archie had his back treated again as it was in bad shape but it much better now. He is fresh and well and enjoying plenty of turnout at the minute.
Call sign Charlie had a touch of colic last weekend so missed her schooling session. She is fine now and will school next week and we will look for an entry for her.
Robin de Broome is back on the horse walker after his break and will start ridden work next week and hopefully it won’t take too long to get him out racing again.
Machiato is continuing to delight Ian Williams who said, “He is progressing in his work and getting fitter. We are due to start schooling him over hurdles on Tuesday and the end of December is a realistic starting point for him to get out on the track and racing.”
Yorkshire trainer Ann Duffield gave an update on ‘Nora’ our Swiss Spirit x Annie Kenney filly after her move up north last week from Brian’s Dorset yard. The filly has settled in well and coping with the change of scenery.
Last week we got an insight into her training and how Nora is likely to develop and be worked over the coming months. This week Ann gives an insight on nutrition and what our young horse is fed in order to help her develop and cope with the rigors of training.
“All our yearlings, including Nora are on stud mix and they also get a vitamin and minerals supplement with some soaked sugar beet. The sugar beet helps to keep the small intestines running smoothly and they love it.
“They have ad lib hay and all our hay and feed is regularly tested for nutrition and mycotoxins and spores,” said Ann.
Over at Throckmorton Court Stud in Worcestershire we catch up with Simon Balding one of the team for updates on Prairie Light and her filly foal by Norse Dancer.
Both are doing well and have been living separately since the foal was weaned which went extremely well.
“The filly is very woolly at the moment like the rest of them and is living out with the same group of foals she was out with when they were with their dams. She has settled in with her winter group, enjoying the grass and gets a hard feed twice a day.
“She will winter out with her group unless the weather gets really harsh and then we have a barn to bring them in to.
“The filly is on the small side but her dam isn’t very big but by them being out and eating the grass and getting feeds it helps the youngsters to become hardy and develop good bone.”
Simon also said that mum Prairie Light was doing well and is out at grass with the same group of mares she was with when they had foals at foot. He has also promised to provide some photographs of the youngster as soon as there is a sunny day which we will either upload on here or on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.