Entries & Recent Form

We drew a blank last week but our Newton Abbot runners on Sunday both performed creditably, offering hope of winners to come.  Oneonechop and Koi Dodville contested the juvenile hurdle at a sun-baked Newton Abbot on Sunday, filling third and fourth placings respectively.

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Obviously, last week was a very important one for me.  Afterall, it is not everday that you get married…not a moment too soon a number of people have told me!  Indeed, last Monday I was married to my partner of fourteen years, Leanne at a ceremony at Tunnels Beaches, Ilfracombe.

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I hope you will excuse the shorter version of this week’s blog as it is my wedding day today!  Indeed, if Leanne were to find out that I am penning this rather than practicing my speech I could be in for my first bollocking as a married man!

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Although the season is still only young, I continue to be pleased by the form of the stable.  Indeed, two winners from three runners last week is not a bad yield at all.  Pick Up The Pieces (pictured above) made a winning start for the stable on Monday and we rounded off the week with a winner on the level when Lady Reset made the long trip up to Doncaster worthwhile on Saturday night.

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Despite there only being a couple of runners last week, I am pleased to report that those that continue in training remain in good form with a winner and runner-up to show for our efforts.  That takes us to six winners for the season and from a limited number of opportunities, I don’t think that is a bad return.  Of course, the weather is primarily the reason for this with the elements seemingly going from the sublime to the ridiculous.  A few weeks of sunshine turned the ground lightning quick and then a weekend of rain has seen Windsor abandon their meeting this evening!

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         Koi Dodville wins at Aintree

It has been great to have some lovely warm sunshine in the last few days but it has meant with the ground quickening up everywhere we have not had that many runners, nor have we got many coming up in the next few days.  A handful of horses who we were possibly aiming to run have now gone on their holidays as we decided it was better for them to have their break now instead of continually waiting for rain.  I see the weather forecast is set to change the middle of the week so it will bring some much needed irrigation for a lot of racecourses however.

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       Lady Reset Winner at Leicester

We have only had four runners since last writing but I am delighted it yielded two winners, one on the flat and one over jumps.  Lady Reset got the week off to a good stark by winning the flat seller at Leicester over 1m2f with Cieran Fallon in good style.  Things haven’t quite gone her way in two starts over hurdles since returning from a winter break but she hasn’t had the fast ground she loves.  She isn’t very big but has a big heart and tries hard which is all you can ask.  On official ratings she should have won the race but as we know it doesn’t always work out like this and it was nice she was able to go and do it on the day.  We had to go to £8,500 to buy her back at the auction afterwards but there should be plenty more fun to be had to her while the sun keeps shining this summer.

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