NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Mon May 29
Cartmel, Huntingdon
Tue May 30
Newton Abbot
Wed May 31
Cartmel

Entries & Recent Form

Although there was not an abundance of opportunities, it was still another good week for the stable with a couple of winners keeping the tally ticking along and the success of Moon Racer (pictured above) in the battle of the Champion Bumper winners making for an unexpected but enormously enjoyable spectacle for Perth racegoers and racing enthusiasts alike at this early stage of the season.

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The good form of the stable was maintained last week with a couple of winners over jumps taking our seasonal tally to 21, while the long journey up to Scotland was made worthwhile with the flat success of the incredible Impulsive American who was notching his eighth victory since joining the Pond House team. With some high profile entries for the week ahead these are certainly exciting times, so to find out more read on…

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Although it was a relatively quiet week on the racing front we still had plenty to keep us occupied with the small matter of our Owners’ Day to organise on Saturday followed by an assembly of local businessmen on Sunday. I am pleased to report that all went without a hitch, while we were also among the winners with the success of Iniciar (pictured above) at Worcester last Tuesday which extended our tenure at the top of the trainers’ table for another week.

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We had a great start to last week with a double on the Bank Holiday Monday card at Cartmel taking our seasonal tally to 18 winners and consolidating our lead at the top of the trainers’ championship at this early stage. With a number of other creditable performances during the remainder of the week it is encouraging to have the string in good order and building the foundations for the season ahead.

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 Owner William Frewen & the Prime Minister


Last week was fairly quiet for stable runners although we do have three at Cartmel this afternoon to kick things off this Bank Holiday Monday.  Father Edward and Dauphine Ereine make their stable debuts while Ennistown is looking to build on his good third at Newton Abbot last time.  All three are the mount of Tom Scu.  Tomorrow we have one runner at Worcester, Nice Thoughts in the maiden hurdle.  He was a good second at Ffos Las last time he ran and as actually gone up a few pounds in the handicap for standing in his stable since so hopefully he will prove worthy of his mark and run well.  We then have a few entries at the various meetings later this week, Newton Abbot and Southwell on Wednesday, Sedgefield on Thursday and then at the weekend there is Stratford on Saturday and Fontwell on Sunday.  There is one possible runner on the flat on Friday as well, Gabrial the Great at Ascot.  Keep checking Chester’s Daily Chat for more news of our runners throughout the week.

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I was pleased to be among the winners again last week with the successes of Skylander and For ‘N’ Against takings us onto sixteen for the current campaign and vaulting us into top-spot in the trainers’ table at this early stage of the season. With a number of other praiseworthy performances it is good to have the team in good order and helping to build a solid foundation for the months ahead.

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Jumping action has returned and it was nice to grab a winner at Worcester last week courtesy of Poisoned Berry winning the mare’s bumper.  She had shown good form previously for Fergal O’Brien and we purchased her in May so it was nice for her to win on her stable debut.  She was up there with the pace throughout and battled on gamely to hold off a well backed favourite.  She is not over big but has a good attitude which will stand her in good stead for the future.  She will go hurdling sooner rather than later.  For N Against also ran well at Worcester to finish second in the chase, he could be turned out again quickly and has an entry at Bangor on Friday.  The slight disappointment of the day was Citrus who was also making his Pond House debut.  Thankfully he seems fine since the race and I am sure we will see a much better performance next time, maybe on some softer ground as he does have some nice bumper form in France.

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