Weekly News and Updates
On New Year’s Eve Clondaw Whisper our point to point horse made his introduction under rules in the two-mile Local Parking Security Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Warwick.
Ridden by Lorcan Williams (claiming 5lbs) our gelding finished 7th beaten forty one lengths on ground which would have been softer than he would have liked.
Held up in touch in the nine runner field he was ridden over six furlongs out before weakening five furlongs from home. He might have finished closer though if the saddle hadn’t slipped which caused Lorcan to perform a balancing act to stop it moving any further.
The run was to help our gelding’s confidence with it being run on the flat as he had fallen in his previous runs in points. Afterwards his trainer revealed that he wouldn’t be going back to the pointing field as it hadn’t really caught on with members so instead he would be going hurdling as he has always thought he would make a nice summer jumps horse.
“He will go hurdling and he will have a few more runs in January to get a mark (handicap) and hopefully he should then be well handicapped for Spring and Summer.” said Brian.
Our dual purpose horse Rocket Ronnie was one of two runners for the club at Kempton on Friday when he stepped up in distance to run in a handicap over one-mile-four-furlongs.
Adrian had been keen to try our horse over the trip as he had previously stayed on when racing over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford last time.
‘Ronnie’ appeared to run well below form and after racing towards the rear he was struggling well over three furlongs out eventually finishing in 12th place 12 ½ lengths behind the winner Tigerfish.
Trainer Adrian Wintle was disappointed with the run and could offer no explanation saying, “Nothing seems to have come to light as yet. We will do a few checks on him over the next couple of days to see if there is anything amiss with him health wise but he’s perfectly sound this morning, seems bright and has eaten his tea.
“Chloe who looks after him reported he didn’t blow for long afterwards so he didn’t have a hard race.”
Adrian considered whether the track was to blame, the draw and how the race was run and if the horse got disappointed when they quickened on the turn in.
He also questioned the trip saying, “It could be that one mile and half around there was too far for him on that surface as it rides a bit slow at Kempton.”
Adrian also considered that Ronnie was feeling the effects of a busy campaign and said “He has had a busy summer and a dashed autumn and maybe he is telling us he needs a little holiday but the way he has been feeling at home I am reluctant to do that as of yet.
“The plan is to check him out to make sure there is nothing health wise to explain why he ran like he did and then run him again as there is a race over 10 furlongs at Chelmsford in 3 weeks time.
“He likes it there and if he runs just an average race then he is telling us he needs a break and he will have a month to two months off and then bring him back late Spring for a jumps campaign.”
Let’s hope this run was just a blip for our little star and he gets back on track next time.
Our other runner on the day was Toolatetodelegate who ran a nice race to finish 4th in the 6 furlong Wise Betting At racingtv.com handicap.
Racing in touch in midfield under Finley Marsh (claiming 3lbs) the duo stayed on over one furlong out and our mare continued to run on close home nearly snatching third on the line, beaten just 1 ¾ lengths in the end.
In a tight finish our mare was unlucky again as Brian explained, “ The jockey came back and said when our mare wanted to go forward there wasn’t a gap and if the gaps had opened up in time she would have been second.”
Racing without headgear for the first time since October 2017 she acquitted herself well without her usual cheek pieces which were left off to give her a change according to Daisy.
“She ran a blinder. It can get boring for them when they have the same thing all the time. They will have more of an effect when they go back on,” she added.
Our mare has come out of the race well and eaten up and as she likes the surface at Kempton plans are to return there where Finley is keen to ride her again saying she felt better than when he won on her last summer.
A quiet week for the club next week as Archie looks to be the only entry for us as he is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday in the Bet in play at totesport.com handicap over 7 furlongs.
It will be his first run for Brian Barr having switched from Richard Spencer last autumn. He is racing off a mark of 74 having dropped 1lb since his last start at the track at the beginning of October where he finished 7th beaten six lengths over a mile.
It will only be his second visit to the track but he has previously won over the trip when winning at Brighton last August.
“He is going well, his work is good and all being well he will finally start for us at Chelmsford. 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.
“He is still getting used to it but the difference 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,” said Daisy.
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.
Changes to ratings (see below). Any updates for Rocket Ronnie and Toolatetodelegate in next week’s news as they won’t be known until Tuesday.
Ratings correct as of Tuesday 1st January 2019.
Call Sign Charlie 67 hurdles opening mark
Haats Off 70 flat (unchanged last ran 30th December)
Hard to forget 100 (+2) hurdles
First up the team at Brian Barr’s yard.
Billy had the unfortunate experience of being gelded last week. It will be much better for him and it will allow him to concentrate and focus more on his work He will be back in work on Monday so hasn't missed much.
* Just to explain for anyone who doesn’t know it means he has had his testicles removed, so he is no longer a colt. Most times when male horses are left entire their testosterone levels make them more interested in fillies and mares around them than doing work. It can also make them more prone to biting, to which the person writing this has felt the proof (not from Billy).*
Call Sign Charlie had another pleasing run at Wincanton last time and now has a handicap mark. Her next run will be in a handicap, probably between 2m-2m4f. She will have a couple of runs to see where we end up and decide her future. She's in good form and going nicely.
Haats Off is back cantering and will look for an entry for her towards the end of the month.
Robin De Broome is back cantering which is great news. He is moving well and enjoying his work. He will canter for another month or so before we start going faster with him.
Nora, Ann has said our filly enjoyed her Christmas and New Year break and doesn’t know she is a year older. She is growing all the time and looking well and is due to be part clipped any time soon. She has been going on the walker, is steadily cantering on the lunge and is being introduced to the water treadmill.
Updates on Hard to Forget and Machiato next week.