After the pleasing resumption at Newcastle on 1st June, it was good to see two of our horses run throughout this first month of racing.
Billy Dylan29.06.20 – Thirsk 6f 7/12 btn 4¼L Jimmy Sullivan.
Billy can get a little anxious at the races and so from the minute we arrived at Thirsk on the 29th, through to the minute we left the track after his race, he was never left on his own, keeping him settled throughout the evening. Jimmy (Sullivan) gave him a quiet ride to build his confidence and see how much he could show us without any pressure. They settled at the back of the pack early on and made good headway just over a furlong out. The ground would have been a little softer than ideal for him. This will have been one of his more positive finishes over the 6f so far, being beat just over 4L, staying on to run through the early leading pack. Jimmy was pleased and felt he would come on well with his confidence from this run. We have the option of 5 or 6f for his next run, and it’ll be one that I’m certainly looking forward to seeing in the next few weeks.
Archive 30.06.20 – Doncaster 1m3½f 7/10 btn 6¼L Faye McManoman 5lb.
Archive ran a sound race on the 30th at Doncaster. There was always a risk of the trip being a little too short, which seemed to be the case on the afternoon. The race was run at a slow pace, with a sprint finish. He settled well out the back and he was trying to make ground in the closing stages, being beat by only 6L’s. The ground again was not ideal for Archie as although it remained quite firm underneath, it was loose on top, throwing up more kickback than you would expect. I am pleased he finished the race well, running on. He was ready to get back on the track, and he’ll come on for the run. We’ll be aiming for a longer distance with him next time out.
Along with these two that have just run for us, Ad Vitam and Stand Free will hopefully be the next pair back out on the track for us, this month. From the initial large entry stage, things seemed to have evened out well with the options available to us. Vitty is enjoying preparing for the races again, and it’ll be great to see his 100th run within the next couple of months. Stand Free has come on well for a short break throughout the suspension and seems to be taking it all in, maturing well and strengthen nicely as we prepare her for her return to the track.
There are not as many extra fixtures as I would have hoped for at Southwell over the next few weeks but Mountain of Stars and Luath will hopefully be heading there towards the end of next month. There are plans in place now for the gradual return for owners at the racetrack, which is great news. We can look forward to being together with the horses and Jockeys as they give us their best on the day and more opportunities will come available for owners as the weeks go on. We’ve had a pleasing return with our runners so far, and I’m certainly looking forward to the season ahead.
Take care and keep safe!
Thank you, Suzzanne and the team.