It looks like we’ve made a good start to an exciting year of racing!
Mountain of Stars
05.01.20 – Southwell 1m 2/10 btn 1½L Faye McManoman 5lb.
I’d say Finally … but this is only the beginning! Jazz gave us a great start to the New Year at Southwell on the 5th. From a good draw they jumped and travelled well, taking the clearest and shortest route to the winning line, finishing a very well deserved 2nd. Jazz battled on hard up the inside rail on his own, giving us plenty to get excited about! He clearly handles the surface well, which is a great bonus. He has now risen 8lb in the handicap from his last two runs and we are very hopeful that this can continue throughout the season for him. He got a good, confident ride from Faye and all being well, they’ll be able to go one better next time out!
16.01.20 – Newcastle 1m4f 11/11 btn 36L Ben Robinson
It was good to get Archie to the races, although the overall result wasn’t what we were really expecting. There were positives signs we can work with though, and he jumped well from the stalls (he has been known to jump slowly at times) and he travelled well early on. The race was not run to suit as he was on his own for the first mile, whereas he will be better travelling in the pack with company. Archie weakened in the final furlongs, but he will come on for the run. Ben didn’t have big concerns, as he has known Archie run like this before. Ben is confident after a run or two he will be bouncing back to form, so I’m sure we will see good improvement next time out.
Thanks for your continued support. We look forward to a great year of racing!
Suez has had a little time over Christmas to relax and strengthen again, to set her up nicely for the season ahead. The form from her race in November is stacking up well as all those who have run again since then, have finished within the first four places. She is maturing well and showing some lovely character, she is a happy horse. We can look forward to some exciting times with her. We hope to see Suez back on the track throughout February.
Stan has now done all his groundwork for the races and when we have been preparing for the stalls, he is a true professional. Throughout his training he has shown that as he is such a big heavy young horse, he still needs time to catch up on his growing. He will now get some time out to rest and he will be a much stronger type when he returns into training.
Vitty starts the year off on 97 runs for his career. Although we hoped we would see him reach the 100 mark throughout last year, with the lack of opportunities on the all-weather, he has been waiting patiently and he’s ready to spring back into action this next month. The chances seem better again now with more races on the all-weather cards.
Billy is coming along well, and he is now back in training after his winter break. He seems to be the type that won’t need too much hard graft before his first run. We will be working with him to keep him settled and content. We will possibly be looking at a run on the all-weather if he feels ready before the tuft season gets going, or we would be happy to head straight for the turf where he has gained his winning form previously. (% shares available!)