I am pleased to report that compared to some parts of the country, we were able to get away relatively lightly, with the forecast storms of last week amounting to only 6½mm.  Indeed, some parts of the south have had torrential rain and flooding.  Glorious Goodwood gets underway tomorrow and the ground at the Sussex track is currently soft following 33mm of rain yesterday, whilst I feel for those people in London who are currently dealing with flood damage.

Even though we only had a couple of runners last week, we are very busy at the stable.  With most of the horses now back in from their summer holidays, the work of getting them fit for the winter campaign has begun.

Another Good Run From Reset

Lady Reset continued her rich vein of form by finishing a good second in the 1m2f handicap on the flat at Sandown on Thursday.  Held up in the early stages by Laura Pearson, she came with a good run in the straight, but could not match the finishing burst of the winner.  She stuck on well to finish second and this was probably close to a personal best from our genuine mare.  She loves the faster ground and we will look for something similar for her shortly, whilst she could also have the option of reverting to hurdles.

Veiled Secret was our only runner over jumps last week, contesting the 2m4f handicap hurdle at Worcester on Thursday.  A winner over course and distance on his previous start, he again ran creditably to finish fourth, with a couple of untidy jumps in the closing stages not aiding his cause.  He was competing from a higher mark in a deeper race so was by no means disgraced and he looks as though he may be worth a try over a bit further in future.

The Week Ahead

Following the defection of Do Ya Feel Lucky at Newton Abbot today on account of the fast ground, we have just one runner; Mr Tambourine Man who runs at Lingfield on the flat in the 6f novice stakes.

We head to Worcester tomorrow with two homebred runners for owner William Harrison-Allan; Pick Up The Pieces and Dock Of The Bay.  Pick Up The Pieces will contest the bumper having already scored in a Newton Abbot NH flat race.  This will be tougher under a penalty but he has a good attitude and should go well once again.

Dock Of The Bay will run in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.  He ran better at the track last time out and the drop back in trip may help, although he doesn’t look to have been done any favours by the handicapper with an opening mark of 110.

Oneonechop is an intended runner in the maiden juvenile hurdle at Stratford on Thursday.  He was only narrowly beaten at Newton Abbot last time and this multiple flat winner should give another good account.  Lady Reset holds an entry in the mares’ handicap hurdle on the same card and she is right at the foot of the weights.

Bluebell Polka, a recent addition to the stable is engaged in the mares’ maiden hurdle at Bangor on Friday, whilst the David Pipe Racing Club’s To Fly Free is entered in the 2m½f.

Ladykiller, a Group 3 winner on the flat in Germany will be our only entry over the weekend, in the 1m6f handicap at Goodwood on Saturday.  For all the latest on running plans, keep up to date with our daily news page.

New Recruit

I was excited to announce a new recruit to the David Pipe Racing Club last week.  Jewari Of Saints, a four year old filly will run in the famous black and white colours of the club this season.  We picked her up after winning a claiming hurdle on holding ground at Dieppe in facile fashion by 16 lengths from a previous winner.  She is fit and ready to run, will be out shortly and should give members plenty of enjoyment over the coming months.

The racing club offers members the ownership experience at a fraction of the normal cost.  Included in the benefits are regular training updates, the chance of owners’ badges when the club has a runner and a member’s stable visit, which will be taking place soon.  If you would like to be a part of the fun, you can find more details here.

Above: 4y-o filly Jewari Of Saints is a new recruit for the David Pipe Racing Club

Sprint Star

Well done to Tom Scudamore who switched successfully to the flat at York on Saturday when winning the ‘Jump Jockey’s Nunthorpe’ over five furlongs aboard Soul Seeker.  This was Tom’s second success in the race following victory in 2017, although the neck victory here was far more hard-fought than the first.

Extra Places!

Such was the popularity of the National Racehorse Week initiative that the forthcoming visit to Pond House in September was fully subscribed within a few days.  To avoid disappointment, I am pleased to inform you that we have released some extra places so if you would like to see around the yard, meet the horses and see them in action on the gallops and in the swimming pool, you need to register with the organisers at Great British Racing https://nationalracehorseweek.uk/yard/david-pipe/  Be quick!

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