Weekly News and Updates
2 weeks since we celebrated the return to racing with several of our horses back on the track. While it was good to be back but none of them managed to trouble the winners’ enclosure (yet) for various reasons however some promising runs amongst them.
Call Sign Charlie was looking to improve on her run at Exeter with an outing at Plumpton (13th Feb). We are still learning about Call Sign and she is still learning about racing so although it was a disappointing result we have learned a bit more about her. Call Sign did not settle well in the race which was run at a much slower pace than Exeter. She carried her head high and battled with the jockey as she tried to run faster. The slow pace also affected her jumping which was not as fluent as in her previous race. At the 4th last she landed awkwardly just as the pace quickened and she was unable to go with them and finished at her own pace. Brian was disappointed but not downhearted and will look for another race, perhaps at Exeter again where she is sure to get a big field and a faster pace.
Rocket Ronnie returned to Chelmsford (14th Feb) for a trip over 1m 6f and flattered to deceive a bit. He travelled really well and coming off the last bend all of us (including the jockey) thought he was coming to win the race. Sadly his effort did not materialise and he finished in 5th. The general consensus was that he is telling us he needs a rest and he certainly deserves one. We can only look forward to seeing him again in the spring.
Finally Clondaw Whisper ran at Wincanton (16th Feb) as the second of three runs to qualify for a handicap mark. Again, he came down the field as we probably expected but there were some positives to come out of the run. If you look at the horse that came 5th trained by Dr Richard Newland, it is rated 132 which is a fairly high mark. Clondaw was not all that far behind and was running on ground that was definitely not to his liking so there is some improvement there and every reason to think that when he gets his ground in the summer and if he gets a fair handicap mark, he could give us a lot of fun.
One question we get asked is when a horse wants to run faster than the rest of the field don’t we just let it and lead the race. It is a good question and one worthy of more space and debate. The brief answer is that horses have their own characters. Some are quite happy running at a gentler pace and have to be cajoled and pushed into speeding up. Some just want to run as fast as possible if you let them ( remember only the jockey knows how far they have to run!) so if they are allowed to lead they will burn themselves out. With a young horse like Call Sign it is all a learning process. At the moment she is clearly happiest when the pace is high and she can settle behind the pace . Part of the joy of a club like this is the chance to see young horses as they develop and find out more about them each time they run.
This week also saw the addition of Baratineur aka Barry to the ranks who will be trained by Adrian Wintle. The club was not actively seeking a new horse however when the right opportunity arises we will always asses the offer. This is a horse Adrian has been following and one he wanted to purchase a while back but sadly missed out so when the chance arose he jumped at the chance and offered it instantly to the club. Adrian feels this horse will fair well over fences and as he was already in training he is fit and ready for an entry. Adrian has spotted a suitable hurdle race on the 26th at Ffos Las but after this he see’s his future being over fences. Also it was brought to my attention by a member (Ian Starks) that the horse name translates in French as ‘Smooth Talker’ some might say like his trainer ;)
Haats Off came back from her last run a little 'sick' a simple cough and snotty nose. She was tested for the flu which came back negative so that's all fine. She's now had an easy couple of weeks with some medication and will be back in full training within the next week. She won't have lost much fitness at all and will be ready to go again within 2/3 weeks. A small break wouldn't have done her any harm before the turf starts anyway. She's now in great form in herself.
Toolatetodelegate ran a mighty race from her shocking draw at Wolverhampton the other day. She stayed on very well which was good to see as we seemed to lose her for a run or two. She will probably have one more run on the all weather before the turf starts back-where we all know she's very effective. She came out her race well and is just ticking along.
Call Sign Charlie heads to Wincanton on Wednesday. We now know she is much better going right handed and she should get a good gallop to aim at there. She came out of her last run fine and has been training well.
Robin De Broome has been picking his work up, he's up to working twice a week now and an entry won't be too far off now. He's in good shape and in a very good place mentally.
Machiato has improved no end since his arrival. Whether that will show on the track we don't know, all we know is we will get him there in the best shape possible. He possibly heads to Taunton on Thursday.
Clondaw Whisper had his second run over hurdles recently. He jumps very well and now just needs one more for a mark. He will be seen to best effect on quick, summer ground.
Hard To Forget The weather has been a nightmare so finding a suitable race has been difficult we may look at some entries up north next week as he’s ready but just wants some soft ground.
Archie ran a much better race at Wolverhampton last night, although getting a little upset in the stalls, probably as he was the first in and was waiting a while. He looked as if he would run on turning in only to stay the same pace, he has always since being with us had a question mark over his wind so he will get that checked this week now and that could be the improvement we are looking for. Other than that he is in very fine order at home.
Rocket Ronnie is now enjoying the start of his holiday and I think you will all agree he deserves a short break before he will be out hurdling again and no doubt giving us all something to cheer about.
Baratineur ‘Barry’ is settling in well and thinking that we might be running on Tuesday and we can see how he goes ! The trainer reports he feels very well and is very exciting for the coming months
Nora, Ann Duffield is delighted with her progress she is a stunning looking horse and has grown so much since being with her. The facilities there are fantastic to help strengthen young horse and she has done well with her and reports she is coming along nicely.
Billy is cantering away nicely. He has grown so much since his arrival and looks a picture. We couldn't be more pleased with him.
Prairie Light & Foal are doing well, we are awaiting some feedback from the stud on her development and will be able to report this back to you shortly.