Weekly News and Updates
Last week saw Call Sign Charlie show her good side and an improved performance when she ran in the Hunts Food Service Mares’ Maiden Hurdle at Wincanton on Thursday.
Set to go off at 1pm the race was delayed by around forty minutes as the Air Ambulance crew attended to a racegoer at the track. The delay meant she was in the parade ring for a length of time prior to her race but it clearly had no negative effect as she didn’t repeat the antics shown in her previous race at Warwick in September when unruly behaviour down at the start caused her to be withdrawn.
Racing in rear throughout under jockey Charlie Todd (claiming 7lbs) in the two-mile-five-furlong event our filly jumped big over the first two which connections felt was due to the lack of early pace and although settling into a rhythm thereafter she was unable to make any inwards towards the leaders.
Hampered at the third last by the fall of Wingsofredemption she remained in rear before being pulled up before jumping two out.
Despite not finishing it was good to see her jump off and racing after her previous attempt. It was the first time she had actually raced since May so she is sure to come on for the run. As she has now raced three times over hurdles she will get a handicap mark which is where her future lies according to her trainer.
Brian Barr was equally happy with the run in saying, “she seems grand and it’s probably the happiest I’ve seen her come out of a race.
“She went to the start nicely, on her toes a little bit but a far shout from what she was like last time.
“I thought her jumping was brilliant and I was happy enough up until the point where she pulled up and I’m putting that down to a lack of match practice and a bit of tiredness.
“Charlie was right as she got tired and I didn’t want her ending up on the deck as I told him to look after her and if he had put her on the floor it would have been disappointing.
“She has been to the races again and it has given us something to build on.”
Our filly may run again next week as she is entered for a two-mile-and-a-half-furlong novices’ hurdle at Taunton on Thursday. It is a Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier in its second year after being inaugurated last season by the BHA and their Development Fund. Any horse which finishes in the first eight in at least one of the qualifying races will qualify for the final which will be held at Sandown on April 29th next year.
Thursday looks set to be a busy day for the club with three possible runners including the aforementioned Call Sign Charlie. Also ready to run is Machiato as he makes his debut for trainer Ian Williams and Inspire Racing and partner when he heads over to Warwick in the 12.50 Actioncoast Invest In The Best Maiden Hurdle over two-miles-five-furlongs.
“He has schooled well and done plenty of work. However I think he will improve for this run and it will be an ideal start to his hurdling,” said Ian.
Meanwhile Rocket Ronnie our star hurdler might switch back to the flat for his next run given the current ground conditions and weather as he needs ‘good’ ground to be at his best which simply won’t be happening with all the rain around at the minute.
He is entered in the 8.45pm race at Chelmsford which is a ten-furlong handicap for horses rated 0-55 for which he is rated 48 on the flat and all weather. Ronnie has previously won off a much higher mark of 74 in his younger days as a three-year-old over a mile-and-half-a-furlong on the flat in 2013.
Although he has yet to win on an artificial surface he did finish a half length second over a mile at the track in March off a mark of 46.
Adrian Wintle said, “He is feeling good and as long as his training is good between now and then we might go.”
Brian and Daisy give us the low-down on the rest of the club’s horses’ they train for us.
Archie is in good order though and we are very happy with him but he has been having a lot of trouble with his feet. He has very flat feet (a common issue in racehorses) and can get very sore on them. Our farrier will be doing a few bits to his feet next week then we will be looking for an entry after that's sorted. His work has been good this week and we are pleased with him.
Billy continues to thrive on life! He is a very happy chap and loves everything he does.
Clondaw Whisper has been in great order, he schooled this morning (Saturday) and unfortunately picked up an over reach injury (where a hind foot clips the heel of a front foot). He has it wrapped up and it isn't too bad, it simply means he will miss the first half of next week so it doesn't get infected. It won't make any difference to him as he is very fit and he will also be looking for an entry within the next two weeks.
Haats Off is also in great shape, she did a nice piece of work with Archie this morning (Saturday). She continues to do well and will be looking for another entry again within the next two weeks.
Robin De Broome has started his lunging now and is very fresh and well! He's very fat and now we will work on getting it all back off.
Toolatetodelegate has been working nicely and I've been told she's moving better than ever. There is often a fight in the mornings as to who will ride her as she is so good and everyone wants to ride her. She will have an entry when one is suitable as soon as possible.
Henry Oliver seems content with the opening mark given to Hard to Forget when on Tuesday the BHA revealed his rating of 100 following his three runs in novice hurdles. Plans are still fluid for him to step up in trip and to find a race for him during Christmas week.
Ann Duffield reports Nora our yearling filly to be doing well saying, “She is putting on weight nicely. We are Lunging and driving her to build condition while we finish off some other fillies who will become her work mates. She is happy, settled and eating well.”
We are still awaiting updates and photos of the Prairie Light foal from the stud which has been difficult due to the weather conditions.