Weekly News and Updates
Boxing Day saw Hard to Forget finish a fair third in the Rand Farm Novices’ handicap hurdle at Market Rasen.
Racing over two-miles-and-four-and-a-half furlongs it was our gelding’s first run in a handicap which saw him running off a mark of 100.
The step up in trip was expected to suit and it did as he finished just five-and-half-lengths behind the winner Let’s Get At it.
Sent off the 3/1 favourite he didn’t go unbacked having been available at a general 10/1 when the markets were formed just before Christmas day.
After tracking the leaders under James Davies he was ridden in third two flights out, finishing one pace under pressure on the run in.
It will be interesting to see what the handicapper thought of his performance when the ratings are published on Tuesday.
Meanwhile Call Sign Charlie continued to show her better side when finishing her race in the Woods Restaurant in Bath Mares’ Novices’ hurdle over two miles with Paul O’Brien claiming 3lbs replacing Brian Carver who was due to ride.
She again raced keenly and was always out the back, eventually finishing tailed off beaten 50 lengths behind Nicholls’s Posh Trish who was the odd on favourite.
Despite finishing out of the money in sixth place she has now qualified for the final of the series but she will have to improve remarkably to have a chance of lining up in the final field at Sandown next April.
Our filly needed the run to earn a handicap mark which we think will suit her better.
Daisy, assistant trainer was happy enough with the run saying, “She behaved herself very well. She was a little keen but she jumped well and finished well. The jockey had her a little further back than ideal but he was trying to settle her. Next time she will be ridden more forward as she just keeps galloping. Paul (jockey) told us after the race that she may need a run or two in handicap company as she’s still a bit green when she comes off the bridle, but said that she tries and doesn’t stop.”
Yesterday (Sunday) Haats Off went to Lingfield in her first run at the track in a class 4 (0-85) nursery handicap. Drawn 5 of the 6 that went to post it wasn’t our filly’s day as she finished in last place 2 ¾ lengths behind the winner.
The bare result didn’t tell the whole story though as she was dreadfully unlucky in the race. Partnered by Nicola Currie the pair made an effort on the inner just over one furlong out but entering the final furlong the gaps closed leaving our runner no where to go and eventually keeping on at the one pace.
Daisy said, “Our head girl Jess who went to Lingfield told us that Nicola came back in saying she (Haats Off) was flying home and she was screaming at the lad in front to move over as they had no room.
“Our filly has paid for her day out though with prize money down to 6th place. She has sustained a small cut to her leg but it’s nothing to worry about.”
Her trainer also felt she didn’t have a hard race today. She handled the track, surface and trip well so will be ready to go again soon.
This week we have lots of entries for the club. First up is Clondaw Whisper our point to point horse who makes his debut under rules in the 3.35pm two-mile Local Parking Security Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Warwick today.
He is trained as a pointer under Daisy but runs under Brian due to the different training licences they both hold.
Partnered by Lorcan Williams (claiming 5lbs) our gelding will be wearing a tongue tie for his first run in a bumper.
His trainer thinks the run will help him as he has fallen in his point to points, with Daisy saying, “We felt this was something he needed to do because despite being a good jumper something always seems to go wrong, so to try and build his confidence we will head there.
“We are not expecting him to go and win, especially in what looks a good quality race with all the top yards represented.
“It's a stepping stone to better things for him. He would prefer slightly better ground but he's ready to go.”
Next up is our star horse Rocket Ronnie who has two entries, firstly at Chelmsford on Thursday for a 10 furlong class 6 (0-60) handicap or at Kempton on Friday which would be a step up in trip for another class 6 handicap over one-mile-four-furlongs.
Kempton is the preferred option as Adrian is keen to try our horse over further as he was staying on over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford last time.
“Rocket Ronnie is feeling great and plan A is Kempton and Chelmsford plan B just in case it looks like we might not get in Friday’s race,” explained Adrian.
We might have two runners at Kempton on Friday as Toolatetodelegate is entered for the 6 furlong Wise Betting At racingtv.com handicap.
There are 33 entries at present for the 0-55 rated race and there are 13 horses rated the same or above our filly so it’s unknown if we will get a run at this stage with a maximum field of 12 able to run.
However her trainer is happy with her saying “She did a very nice piece of work with Archie on Saturday and she will now tick over until she heads to Kempton where Finley Marsh is booked to ride.”
In this section 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.
No changes this week to ratings but this will be updated in next week’s news when we will have a rating for Call Sign Charlie and notify any changes in Hard to Forget or Haats Off’s marks after their runs last week.
Archie is going well, his work is good and all being well he will finally start for us at Chelmsford on the 10th January in a race over 7 furlongs. He looks great and we are pleased with him. He will stay in his current footwear after a discussion with his farrier as we feel it's best to leave him in what he has on as it seems to work for him.
Archie is still getting used to it but the difference in him has been great. He's been doing plenty of work and will have another couple of hard bits before he's then freshened up to run.
Billy has been going nicely and cantering away every day. Unfortunately for him he is due to be gelded on Wednesday which will just help him concentrate on his job a little more as we go forward. It will only hold him up for a couple of days and he will be back cantering next Monday.
Robin De Broome is now back cantering and very fresh and well. He will just keep progressing over the coming weeks.
Machiato Ian said, “He worked well this morning (Sunday) and we have done some work on his back with the physio which should help him be more fluent over his hurdles. He is ready to step up and go forward on what he did last time. We hope to see him on the track within the next ten days.”
Of Nora Ann says our filly has put on loads of weight and looks a lot better. She has more energy now and her skin is good. She will be getting clipped soon and start doing a bit more early Jan.