Weekly News and Updates
Thursday looked set to be our busiest day yet with not one, nor two, but three horses representing the club across different parts of the country but in the end there were two horses running in our orange and grey silks as Call Sign Charlie missed the cut for her race at Taunton.
Machiato was our first runner of the day as he made his debut for us at Warwick in the 12.50 Actioncoach Invest In The Best Maiden Hurdle over two-miles-five-furlongs.
He looked well and had a gleaming coat but looked as though the run would bring him on in this his first race in more than two years.
Down at the start he looked keen and ready to go and threw his head up and down several times as he failed to settle.
As the tapes went up jockey Tom O’Brien anchored him towards the back in a bid to settle him in a rhythm on the good to soft ground where he jumped well despite the slow early pace.
After jumping the fourth flight he was given a shake of the reins by Tom to keep him up to his work and soon after the pair dropped further back through the pack.
Approaching the last mile of the race he was being bumped along and despite the jockey’s urgings he failed to pick up, eventually finishing last of the seventeen runners.
Trainer Ian Williams was far from despondent as we caught up with him the following day saying, “He was very rusty in his race but has come back fine and eaten up.
“It was an enjoyable experience for him and we can now press on where experience and fitness will come hand in hand as he runs more.”
Ian expects this to all come together sooner rather than later.
When asked about the gelding’s high head carriage which he showed at the start and during the race Ian added, “He was gawping around a lot at things during the race but it’s only his second run and he was green for Colin Tizzard (previous trainer) on his first ever run.”
We look forward to his next race in which it is hoped he has learned from the experience and will update as soon as Ian makes an entry for him.
Later in the day our star hurdler Rocket Ronnie showed what an excellent dual purpose horse he is by finishing third at rewarding odds of 20/1 from an unfavourable draw in the 8.45pm race at Chelmsford.
Partnered by Hollie Doyle riding our horse for the first time the duo were drawn high in stall twelve in the thirteen runner field.
Racing from off the pace in the ten-furlong event Ronnie started to stay on approaching two furlongs out where his rider was forced to switch wide of the field with the pair doing their best work inside the final furlong to finish three-and-a-half-lengths behind the winner Lucky’s Dream.
It was an improved effort at the track since his previous run over course and distance in March in which he finished a five-and-a-half-length seventh off a 2lb higher mark in a lower grade.
Trainer Adrian Wintle was delighted saying, “He ran well from that draw. It’s always hard to get a good early position and the winner and second were drawn a lot lower (8 and 3).
“We were always just a bit further back than we wanted to be. But fair play to him he gave it a good shot and Hollie loves him and said he is very versatile and will be winning.”
Racing off a mark of 48 it appears he can be competitive especially as he has won off a much higher rating in his youth. We look forward to seeing him race in similar events this winter while the ground over the jumps remains soft.
We don’t have any entries for our other horses next week but we hope to have a few runners before Christmas so please check for updates on our website, Twitter and Facebook.
As a new feature we will give the official ratings of our horses each week along with any changes. The ratings are determined by official handicappers and are published by the BHA every Tuesday morning.
Each horse will have their rating(s) for hurdles, chases and flat (where applicable) listed and it will show any increases or reductions since their last run (or previous season) along with their highest winning mark and the year it was achieved for each code (hurdles, chase and flat turf and all weather) they run in.
It is hoped by showing this you can see improvements in our horses between each run as well as helping to pinpoint a horse’s likely winning mark ( handicap horses).
Figures correct as of Tuesday 11th December.
Archie, 74 (-1) flat, (highest win 73 August 2018).
Haats Off, 70 (-2) flat.
Hard to forget, 100 hurdles opening mark.
Robin de Broome, 78 (-1) hurdles 78 (-1) chase.
Rocket Ronnie, 48 flat, (highest win 74 August 2013) and 96 hurdles, (highest win 86 Sept 2018).
Call Sign Charlie and Machiato have not yet raced enough times to receive a rating and Clondaw Whisper has only raced in points to date.
At Brian Barr’s yard Daisy gives us an update on the horses.
Archie has had problems with his back and how he has been moving and it has all been down to the condition of his feet. He has very flat feet and was just on his heels completely.
Our farrier has been very patient and done a fantastic job in sorting him out. He has basically had to have his feet rebuilt. The alignment of his feet meant his weight was wrongly proportioned and it affected the way he moved and if it had been left untreated he may have broken down. Archie is still getting used to it all and it probably feels like he has high heels on but he did gallop very well this morning which is great. He is a work in progress but we think it will be worth it when he finally gets to the racetrack.
Billy is now trotting and hacking around the round gallop. He is going nicely with no issues or problems. He’s a cheeky chap and we will just keep him ticking over until after Christmas when he will then start picking up his work.
Call Sign Charlie missed her engagement on Thursday after being balloted out of a Novices’ Championship Hurdle Series Qualifier and our filly is ready to go again. She is still behaving and worked well on Saturday. She looks well and seems happy.
Clondaw Whisper worked very well on Saturday morning. The over reach he picked up during schooling the other week has now healed but he also suffered a cut to a hind leg at the same time which is healing. He needs another week and then he will be ready for an entry in a bumper. We feel a run in a bumper will do him good mentally before he goes back pointing and it will help him progress in his career. He’s very fit and well and looks a picture.
Haats Off is her usual bouncy self and in good form and we are happy with her. She worked well this morning (Saturday) with Toolatetodelegate and we will be looking for an entry for her before Christmas.
Robin De Broome is back in work and started trotting this week. He will be cantering from next week and we will take it from there. He is moving 100% better now so the break has done him good. He is very fresh and well and gives his lad Solly plenty to hang on to when riding him!
Toolatetodelegate missed her race at Wolverhampton yesterday but we hope to find something around Kempton before Christmas for her. She’s in fantastic order and just been clipped so looks great.
Henry Oliver reports that Hard to Forget is likely to have an entry at Wetherby and Market Rasen on Boxing Day. Details on entries will be available once they are made and updates on our horse will be in next Sunday’s news ahead of Christmas.
Nora in training with Ann Duffield is still ticking over nicely and more photos will be published when available.
We hope to bring you news and photos of our Prairie Light foal in our pre Christmas news next week.