Jurancon - Winning Stable Debut

We nearly started the week with a winner up at Ayr, but unfortunately Phantomofthepoints was chinned on the line on hurdling debut!  Even though it is gutting to travel all that way and just get beaten, the winner won the bumper at Aintree in April and we both pulled well clear of the rest so it was a nice performance and he can win next time.

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        Only Fools Winner at Ludlow 

It’s hard to get away from talking about the weather at the moment so I am going to start with it here!  It is crazy to think that on Saturday morning at Pond House we experienced the coldest morning for quite some time with water drinkers frozen and a big chill in the air.  Fast forward the clock 48 hours and we had torrential rain and places began to flood! 

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 Ffos Las Winners: Itseemslikeit & Royal Mer

The horses continue in good form and it was nice to record a double at Ffos Las last week and start this one as we did the last, with a Monday Winner!  Itseemslikeit and Royal Mer were our Ffos Las winners while Only Fools got her head in front for the first time over hurdles at Ludlow this afternoon.

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    American Sniper Cheltenham Winner

Any Cheltenham winner is always special and I was delighted American Sniper won the opening race of the November meeting on Friday with Paricolor also running well to be third.  I had given Gearoid Harney the choice of rides and it was not an easy decision for him as both horses did have chances beforehand.  He canvassed opinion from everyone in the yard before making his own decision and unfortunately for him he was on the wrong one but if the race had been run slightly differently things might well have been different!

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    Make Me A Believer Winner at Exeter 

It was fantastic to have Make Me A Believer back in the winners enclosure at Exeter on Friday, winning his first race over fences in the hands of Jack Tudor.  Our eight year old was having only the eighth run of his life having been a very good novice hurdler originally but then picking up a tendon injury and being off the track for nearly two years.  Last season he did return to run in three chases and ran okay each time but he wasn’t the easiest to train behind the scenes.  Since he returned from his summer holiday this time around however and since his wind operation he has had a smooth run of things and this reflected in his performance. 

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     Fighter Allen - New Arrival For Sale

We were fairly quiet on the runner’s front last week with meetings abandoned due to the weather but there was a pleasing debut from Itseemslikeit in the bumper at Chepstow.  This giant of a horse ran in what is probably the best bumper of this season so far and he finished fourth.  The winner was the Paul Nicholls trained Captain Bellamy and there was lots said about him before the race and he duly obliged.  Itseemslikeit travelled nicely and really stuck his head down and kept galloping when Jack Tudor asked him for his effort and he had trouble pulling him up after the line!  He is an exciting chasing prospect for the future over further and I was pleased with this run.  We will take him quietly this season and is likely to be seen out over hurdles next time. 

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         Neon Moon Winner at Ludlow

Last week our runners started with Ya Know Yaseff finishing second at Plumpton and it was good that after freshening her up she bounced right back to form.  She rather got pounced on by the eventual winner approaching the second last but kept on well for pressure and can win again off her current mark.

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       Ben Lilly Winner at Wincanton

It was a quiet start on the runner’s front last week but our first runner of the week, Ben Lilly was a winner at Wincanton!  Ben Lilly has returned from a holiday in great form and this was his second win from four starts back and he has been third on both other occasions.  He travelled strongly throughout the three mile trip with Gearoid Harney and went to the front with a good leap at the second last hurdle.  He is quite a character and probably doesn’t want to hit the front too soon ideally as he has a tendency to not do much in front but although he idled a little after the last, he did respond when the other horse came to challenge him to stuck his head out and win.  It was another great afternoon out the members of the David Pipe Racing Club and the handicapper can’t put him up too much for this victory and he should continue to give a good account going forwards.

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Myristica - Four Time Winner this Summer

Myrisica got last week off to a great start by winning for the fourth time over hurdles this summer at Stratford.  It was a great weight carrying performance giving the runner up nearly two stone. She stayed the extra two furlongs well under a well timed challenge from Jack Tudor. She has been a star for the yard, shows a great attitude and loves her racing. My wife Leanne is her regular work rider and so it was a special victory.  She prefers quicker surface and so we will monitor the weather going forwards and she may run again before having a winter holiday. 

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         Wordsworth - Winner at Bangor

The horses are in great form and we have had a winner under both codes since last writing.  Wordsworth was the impressive winner of a novices hurdle on stable debut at Bangor last Wednesday and Oceanline bounced back to form and won impressively on the flat at Ascot on Friday.  We have also had three seconds and a third from just ten runners and so it has not been a bad week!

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