NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Mon May 01
Kempton, Warwick
Thu May 04
Sedgefield, Towcester
Fri May 05
Cheltenham, Fontwell

Entries & Recent Form

Unfortunately a high profile weekend for the stable did not yield any winners although in a couple of cases it was just nice to have the horses back on the racecourse and returning in one piece. In those instances I refer of course to the likes of The Liquidator and Dynaste, while in the other cases there will simply just be plenty of better times ahead.

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Autumn and the month of October has begun well for the stable with a couple of winners taking our seasonal tally to 30, while the remainder of our runners performed with credit without exception. There is plenty to look forward to in the week ahead as we have the ante-post favourite for the prestigious Cesarewitch handicap on the flat at Newmarket on Saturday, while we could be making another trip across the Channel to Auteuil on Sunday.

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 Purple N Gold - 2 Chase Wins This Season
The first jumping action of the week came with the two day meeting at Perth and we sent five runners on the long journey north back across the border to Scotland.  We were rewarded with the success of Street Entertainer in the claiming hurdle on Wednesday.  Street Entertainer has long been a favourite in the yard – he is one of those versatile horses that runs regularly and well, be it on the flat, over hurdles or over fences and he posted another decent performance on Wednesday conceding weight away to all of his rivals.  The sad epitaph to the race from our point of view was that he was subsequently claimed but that is one of the risks you take when you run in this type of race…we believe he is going hunter chasing and joining former Pond House inmate Locksmith and we wish his new connections the best of luck with him.

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Last week was one of extreme emotions. On the one hand the horses continued in fine form with three winners including Low Key’s splendid Cesarewitch Trial success on the flat at Newmarket, while on the other hand we mourned the sad passing of long standing patron Lady Hilda Clarke.

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You know that the horses are running well when you appear on the “Hot Trainers” list in the Racing Post and with another couple of winners to add to the three from the previous week and also a flat success, it is clear that the stable is in good form…long may it continue! Despite there being a dearth of jump racing on the calendar this week, we have plenty of entries in the hope of keeping our good run going.

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You can always trust the British weather to make a fool of you and it has certainly shown-up more qualified people than me over the years. Even so, only a week ago I was writing off this summer as a lost cause only to look through this week’s forecast and see a warm, sunny, dry spell is on the cards…not that I am complaining you understand. This certainly has to be considered something of an unexpected bonus.

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Talk about the Great British Summer! Sadly, I think it is probably fair to say that we have seen the last of any meaningful sunshine with 110.5mm of rain falling at Pond House in July and a further 129mmm in August, these have been the two wettest months of the year so far. Indeed the rainfall for August has already surpassed the totals for April, May and June combined!

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Despite only a handful of runners, the stable continued in good form with Purple ‘N Gold making a winning chasing debut at Worcester on Sunday and Standing Ovation landing Newton Abbot’s feature race, the Listed Lord Mildmay Chase that I had won in previous years with Star Of Germany and Shoegazer. Those two successes took us to eighteen wins for the current campaign and propelled us back up into second place in the trainers’ standings.

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The stable enjoyed a good week last week with three winners at Fontwell, Market Rasen and Southwell taking our seasonal tally to 16 and while I am not normally superstitious, I must admit that I was pleased to get off the ‘unlucky’ 13 mark! With the winners beginning to flow again after the summer mini-break it is time to consolidate and build on the sound start we have made to the season.

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       Prince De Bersy in the Show Ring

The last week seems to have flown by and while the mini jumps racing break is nearly over it feels like no such break has been had back at the yard!!  This is a good thing really and I enjoy this time of the year as we are building the foundations for the season ahead with lots to look forward to.

Before jumping resumes at Newton Abbot on Wednesday our first runner of the week is on the flat at Nottingham on Tuesday.  Street Entertainer runs in the 1m6f handicap with Mikey Ennis on board claiming five pounds.  The ultra-versatile eight year old has been a little star since joining Pond House having won eight races,  seven over hurdles and once over the flat.  He has just started his chase career this summer and has been placed and I hope his turn in this sphere will not be too far away either.  He will bid to repeat a course and distance success on the level tomorrow first.  I only wish we had a few more horses like him!

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