Weekly News and Updates
Last week we had three runners for the club including our two year old Haats Off who finished fifth out of ten runners over an unsuitable five furlongs at Southwell in a 0-70 rated nursery. Ridden by Gabriele Malune who was claiming a valuable five pounds, the pair raced in touch and made headway towards the leaders at half way. Close up two out our filly was being driven a furlong later before gradually weakening to finish seven-and-a-quarter-lengths behind the winner with Daisy representing the Barr team saying, “She’s a little star and although the trip didn’t suit she still ran her race.”
Rocket Ronnie headed over to Taunton on Thursday for a handicap hurdle over two-miles-three- and-a-half furlongs instead of Hereford (previous day) with trainer Adrian Wintle hoping for some decent ground. Although the official going was described as ‘good’ it was not riding as such and additional rain on the day was certainly getting into the ground which scuppered our horse’s chances especially over the trip.
Jockey Tom Garner was aboard deputising for regular pilot Richard Patrick who is out with a broken collarbone with the pair finishing twenty-six lengths in eighth behind the winner Bonza Girl who looked a ‘good’ thing on paper for in form trainer Jeremy Scott.
After being raised ten pounds from a mark of 86 to 96 in his previous runs (win and two seconds) we can only hope the handicapper might react to his last run and drop him a few pounds when the ratings get updated by the BHA on Tuesday morning.
However given the rain and current ground conditions it is more than likely our horse will be heading for a run on the flat and all weather when he races again on which he will be racing off a mark of 48.
Yesterday saw our novice hurdler Hard to Forget have his third run over the smaller obstacles at Bangor in their two-mile-and-half-a-furlong event. On the soft going he posted an improved effort to finish eighteen-and-a-half lengths in fifth out of the fifteen runner field under jockey James Davies for Henry Oliver.
He will now be able to receive a rating from the handicapper after his three qualifying runs in which Henry will now seek to move him up in trip for his next race which is hoped will be during Christmas week.
Next week we only have one runner as Call Sign Charlie has an entry for Brian Barr at Wincanton on Thursday for a mares’ maiden hurdle over two-miles-five-and-a-half furlongs.
“She has been working nicely and is ready to run. She is due to school over hurdles on Tuesday and we will decide early in the week whether or not she runs,” said Daisy.
At Brian and Daisy’s yard we catch up with the news on the rest of our horses we have in training there including Toolatetodelegate who missed her engagement at Wolverhampton last week as we felt she could do with another week or so following her previous start where she had been unlucky in suffering interference twice. She has been cantering away and is in good order.
Haats Off will be having a short break after her run last week. Described as a filly who always tries hard she usually comes back from her runs a little quiet so gets left alone for a week so she can enjoy plenty of turnout, feed and sleep.
Clondaw Whisper has been cantering away very nicely after his fall a couple of weeks ago and he did a lovely piece of work on Saturday morning. We might consider running him in a NH bumper before his next ptp run as he hasn’t had the best of luck in points so far. It would be nice for him to finish a race nicely and come back with no issues and with a bumper being run on the flat, with no obstacles it would give him a nice confidence boost.
Robin de Broome has had his second week on the horse walker and is due to start ridden work again next week. He is a big, stuffy horse so he will take some work to get him fit but he should be ready to race again sometime in the New Year.
Archie, who is described as a bit of a dude by Daisy is going to have his back reassessed on Monday (tomorrow) before he starts fast work again as some issues have showed up. It has been a bit of a struggle with him because when he first starts exercising he moves quite badly and takes a lot of warming up before he strides out properly. We understand him now so after backing off work for a few days it helped and he is working again now.
Billy is a cheeky character that everyone loves. He is so full of himself that he has managed to get loose twice this week! He has had plenty of lunging now and it will be good to get him ridden away. He is the perfect size and has strength and we expect him to progress nicely.
Ginger (replaced by Billy) has now found her new home and will be given a little time. We know the people who now have her very well and she will have a great home.
Updates on Nora at Ann Duffield’s will follow next week along with (hopefully) some photos of the Prairie Light filly if we get a break in the weather.
Machiato is doing well and we have been sent the following video clip of him in training.