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Last week marked the second manifestation of National Racehorse Week – an initiative introduced to broaden the public’s knowledge of the care and attention that our beloved friend, the racehorse receives away from the track and we opened the doors to Pond House for in excess of 150 visitors.

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Last week racing lost its greatest patron with the very sad passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  It is well known that the Queen had long adored her horses and her staunch support of the industry will be impossible to replace.  Not only was she a keen racegoer, first attending Royal Ascot in 1946 and every year until finally unable this year, she was a very shrewd breeder, whilst her colours were carried to many a famous victory on the flat and over jumps.  Things will never be the same again and the world as well as the entire racing community will continue to mourn her loss.

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The stable continues in good form and from our seven runners last week, we notched another winner with El Paso Wood’s success at Stratford taking our tally at this early part of the season to 25, whilst all of our other runners filled the frame.

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As you will be well aware by now, the Pond House team have long been synonymous with purchasing horses from sellers and claimers, be it on the flat or over jumps, in England or in France and I was delighted to secure the winner of the 1m3f three year old seller at Goodwood yesterday (Sunday) afternoon.  Borntobealeader was convincing in beating the favourite by 3¾ lengths with a further 6½ lengths back to the third and he looks tailor made for juvenile hurdles this season.  We have already had him in the loose school and I am looking forward seeing how he gets on in the weeks and months ahead.

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Despite drawing a blank last week, the majority of our runners performed creditably and we were rewarded with a few places here and there.  With only a handful of jumps meetings this week (and many of those up country) we are likely to be a bit quieter this week, bar tomorrow where we will have runners at a couple of fixtures.

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Although we only had one runner over the weekend, it was great to be back racing after a couple of weeks without the jumps during the summer break.  It has seemed like a lot longer, but we were able to use the time constructively, finishing off the improvements to the roofs in the front yard and getting in the remainder of the winter campaigners.    Indeed, it is bustling around the place at present and there is a palpable air of anticipation amongst the staff.

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A week without jumps racing and I have to admit, I am having withdrawal symptoms!  The break in the summer programme is great for the jockeys, who can enjoy a well-earned break, but I will be pleased to get back to it this weekend when the jumps racing resumes at Market Rasen and Perth on Saturday.  The yard had been in great form and I hope to pick up where we left off.

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       Lady Reset Winner at Stratford

After a relaxing week in Portugal, spent with the family and the in-laws, I am back refreshed and looking forward to the season ahead.  Despite there being a couple of weeks’ sabbatical from jump racing, the pace around the yard has stepped up a gear, with a great majority of the horses you can expect to see this winter, back from their summer breaks looking big and well and commencing some light work. 

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With soaring temperatures last week, the race programme was rightly truncated and as such, we were limited to eight runners across four fixtures.  Although we were not among the winners, five of those reached the frame, all chipping in with some prize money.

We managed to beat the searing heat during the early part of last week with all of the staff coming in an hour early before the temperatures began to climb.  As such, all of the horses were able to maintain their normal routines and I am grateful to all of the members of my team for their efforts during some uncomfortable conditions.

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Another week has passed and since last writing, I can report another winner to add the season’s tally and another five seconds!

Texard (pictured above) was the emphatic winner of his race at Uttoxeter last Wednesday, following up his previous victory at the course last month. He was stepping up in trip from two miles to 2m4f but he bowled along in front and put in and exemplary round of jumping to win as he pleased. Watching the race he looked like he was just ‘lobbing’ along but he had all his rivals in trouble as they jumped the fourth last. Our seven year old probably found the Market Rasen race coming to soon after this on Saturday so we can put a line through that and there is hopefully more to come from this recent acquisition in the future.

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