Entries & Recent Form

The recent dry spell has certainly led to the ground drying out significantly and the racecourses have been short on runners as a consequence.  We only had a handful of runners last week and we were a little unlucky not to be among the winners with Lady Reset, Oneonechop and Mr Tambourine Man all reaching the frame.

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Last week was a quiet one for the yard with no runners, however, things are already looking busier for the week ahead with runners at Hexham tomorrow.  Mr Tambourine Man (pictured above, courtesy of Jon Partridge) and Miss M are both set to make the long journey to the Northumberland venue where they will contest the 2m4f and 2m handicap hurdles respectively.

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It was good to be back over the sticks last week following our two-week summer break.  It was even better to be back among the winners with Do Ya Feel Lucky (pictured above) scoring for the Pond House team and owners Somerset Racing at Worcester on Sunday.  With several other noteworthy performances, I am very pleased to have the horses in good order.

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It is great to have the jumps back after a fortnight without any National Hunt action and although we have not had any runners since the return, that is about to change with four runners over the sticks at Worcester on Wednesday.  Before that, we have a runner on the level tonight (Monday) at Windsor as in-form filly Lady Reset (pictured above) contests the 1m2f handicap.

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Last week was a blank one in terms of runners.  Unsurprising really, when you consider that we are in the middle of a two-week summer break from the jumping game.  Of course, you wouldn’t think it was summer by looking out of the window!  Indeed, Lady Reset was due to run on the level at Haydock on Sunday but the good ground that we declared on, quickly turned soft and had to be abandoned come raceday!  It has been the same story today with persistent showers at Windsor making the going unsuitable for her.

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Despite the enforced summer break, the routine carries on very much as normal at Pond House.  With the vast majority of our winter team now back in from their summer holidays, we are busier than we have been at any other time during the summer.  Of course, this begs the question, why does the break not come sooner when the horses are still out to grass?  As far as I can tell, this only benefits the jockeys, whilst an earlier break would allow most of the team at home to enjoy some down time as well.

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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.

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