Entries & Recent Form

Obviously, the world has changed significantly since my blog last week and racing matters pale into insignificance alongside world events.  My thoughts are with those involved and I hope a peaceful resolution can be found and quickly.  Back to matters I can have a bearing on and I was pleased to be on the scoresheet again at Exeter last week with Kingofthewest a good winner on Friday, leading home a 1-2 for the stable.  Meanwhile, preparations continue apace for the Cheltenham Festival and I can scarcely believe that there are now only two weeks until the biggest jumps meeting on the calendar.

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Despite the best efforts of Dudley, Eunice and Franklin, we managed to keep the show on the road and I was pleased to be on the mark again with the success of Neon Moon (pictured above) at Plumpton last Monday.  There were several other noteworthy performances too, not least from Adagio, who ran a super race to bustle up Goshen in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday and all roads for him lead to Cheltenham in three weeks’ time.

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There are only four weeks left until the start of the 2022 Cheltenham Festival and preparations for our likely participants continue apace.  We are only likely to have a handful of runners, but you want to make sure they arrive at the meeting in the best possible shape and this week is an important one in adding those finishing touches, especially with Champion Hurdle hope Adagio (pictured above) having his final prep run in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton on Saturday.

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I was pleased to be back among the winners last week, with Shot Boii and Anglers Crag (pictured above) both obliging.  We had a busy time of it, with 23 runners last week and aside from those successes, there were a number of other creditable performances too and with Cheltenham now only five weeks away, it is great to have the stable in good form.

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Above: Neon Moon runs at Exeter, Wednesday

Following a busy week, last week was a quieter one with five runners from the stable.  Although we didn’t hit the mark, the horses continued to run well, with four of those five reaching the frame.  Looking at this week and we are likely to be a lot busier with a couple of runners this afternoon, five on Tuesday and eight on Wednesday, whilst there are plenty of other entries to boot.

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We were treated to some excellent racing last week and I was delighted to be amongst the winners, with the stable claiming the Somerset National at Wincanton with El Paso Wood (pictured above), whilst Kingofthewest produced a most pleasing debut success at Taunton at the weekend.  There were a number of other creditable efforts too, with several more runners reaching the frame.

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   Remastered: entered at Haydock & Lingfield

The horses continued to run well last week, although it was a little frustrating not to convert some of those places into wins.  Leoncavallo and Gericault Roque ran their usual sound races; Thanksforthehelp showed distinct promise on only his second start over hurdles and Sidi Ismael was unlucky to lose his unbeaten record for the stable when coming to grief in the North Yorkshire National.

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The stable was on the mark again last week, courtesy of New Age Dawning’s Ffos Las success on Wednesday, which took our seasonal tally to 21.  There were several other performances of note and the week ahead is looking busy, kicking off today (Monday) with no less than seven runners across the two jumps cards.

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Happy New Year everyone!  The Christmas/New Year period was a busy one for the entire team at Pond House.  Not only did the horses need to maintain their regular routines during the festivities, we had plenty of runners with 23 racecourse representatives between Christmas and the New Year.  Seventeen O Four was a good winner for us at Chepstow’s Welsh Grand National meeting and there were many other notable performances too.

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Sidi Ismael - Winner of the Lincolnshire National

With the blink of an eye Christmas has been and gone and I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful Festive period.  Our day was a little quieter than usual with part of the family suffering from Covid it was just the five of us sat around our Christmas dinner table and can I just complement our chef, my wife Leanne on a superb lunch (I hope she may read this!)  Our day started in the usual way, I am up early to feed the horses and by the time I return back to the house at about 7am the kids are all awake and buzzing to open their presents.  After a quick present opening session it was back down to the yard for Leanne and myself as the team of staff were in to exercise the horses and get all the jobs done.  Christmas hats were donned and work was done in super quick time. 

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