Four Winners In Three Days, 9th Winner of the Season
Well, what a weekend we have had. It's certain to say that our horses have come back into form! We started our runners of on Thursday last week with Commanche Red having his first run over fences at Warwick. He ran a great race to finish third in a race with some very decent horses in it. He jumped amazingly well but the winner bolted up and the second horse was rated 16lbs higher than him so we are very pleased with his effort.
We then had our double at Fontwell on Friday with Mellow Ben and Harefield. Harefield set the ball rolling winning in great style. Our main aim for him was a confidence run and get him round which he certainly did. We love this horse and think he's got a lovely attitude towards life. We look forward to a running him over fences as he has schooled very well at home and up at Lambourn over fences. Mellow Ben put in a fabulous round of jumping against some very good horses including Grade 1 winner, Tea for Two and won by 3 1/2 lengths to an inform horse of Neil Mulholland's. He has gone up another 10lbs for that run to now have a mark of 145 over fences so we can now get into some nice handicaps over the winter.
On Saturday we had another good day with Reallyradical having a nice first spin over fences and finishing a very close second by a neck. He only made one mistake which we think cost him the race but we are still really pleased with him and can't wait for the future with him. Highway One O One ran another creditable race finishing second to an inform horse of Jamie Snowden's who carried nearly a stone less than Highway. He probably needed the run, so it was a great prep run for the race we have in mind for him at Cheltenham next month. Shut The Box ran a good race to finish third over a trip that we think is too far for him. He jumped very well but we think we will stick to 2m from now on. Then to top the day off, Baddesley won the bumper in great fashion against some very nice expensive horses. We have always thought very highly of this horse as he has always had such a good attitude about him, he has a very bright future ahead of him.
Then on Sunday we had Ontheslopes run over fences for the first time finishing fourth against good company. He finished slightly tired so he probably needed it but jumped extremely well, a lovely big horse who we think a lot of. We also had Howlongisafoot running who finally got his head in front to get his eighth career win. Jamie Moore gave him a "never say die" ride which this horse needs and its great that this old by got his head in front again.
Highway One O Two ran on Monday at Stratford in a bumper to finish second to a very nice horse of Kim Bailey. Our main aim was to settle this horse after being so keen last time out at Newbury, he was still very strong but Tom managed to keep the lid on him just about. He had the hood on this time to try and settle him more which helped slightly but he just needs to learn how to chill out. We still think we have a very nice horse here though.