Good to get another win under our belt. A great ride by Adam Kirby to get Humours head in front . He has certainly been running well having been in the frame 4 times including this win from only 6 starts for us. He is a horse who I am sure has lots of improvement still to come. He doesn’t look like my typical sprinter type but clearly has the speed. I would certainly not discount he could win over a longer trip but for now we are just delighted he has broken his duck and so pleased for the Humourites!!
Desmond also ran another good race, unlucky not to have held on to 2nd place and probably beaten by a horse climbing his way back up the ranks. Don’t think we have seen the last of Desmond in the winners enclose yet.
Looking at my stats (racing not personal) we have had 30 runs this year so far with 12 horses in the frame. If our 5 2nd places had been wins I would be very pleased !! The horses are all running well so long may it continue.
This week could be good…. Perseverant Pete back at Chelmsford City, very similar race to the last when he finished a close 2nd. Unfortunately the horse which beat him is also back in the race but we are certainly a little better in the weights with him this time round. Luke Morris on board again so no better joc. If he is able to get a little closer to the pace I feel he should be thereabouts again. Of all the horses in the yard to see Pete win a race, both for horse and owner, would be absolutely fantastic!! Hopefully that will be the case but there will not be much time to celebrate as we will be heading down to Kempton for the 8.45 with Dan the Man again. He ran a good race there last time not beaten far. This is a higher grade but off bottom weight he will not even know the jockey is on his back!! I am using a young lad, Michael kennealy to claim 7lb off his back. Michael has ridden work a couple of times for me so I am happy to give him a chance to see if he can work the oracle! Can’t wait to see Dan the Man hit the front again.
Danzoe only needs 1 more win to equal the tally by Warden Warren and Gone n Dunnett who won me 13 races each. I am delighted to say that Warden Warren has come home to finally retire at the age of 17 after 8 good years after his racing career “teaching the kids” at the British Racing School. Sadly they had been unable to keep him sound enough to work and I collected him at the weekend. He looks great and perfectly sound but he will now spend the rest of his days in the paddock with his old stable mate G N D. Danzoe has also earnt his retirement place but not just yet I hope!
Foal number 2 has arrived!!. A big strapping colt by Baltic King out of our mare Flaming Telepath. F T my have disappointed on the racetrack, although she was retired early due to injury, but she certainly is making it up with motherhood. A brilliant mother. Only about 6 weeks ago I even questioned whether she was carrying a foal and my prediction was it would be the size of my dog. However, she has produced a big strong boy and certainly kept him well hidden. She has obviously put everything into him and is being the most fantastic mum.
Lots of sleepless nights now waiting for the last 4 to pop, now well overdue!! I’m sure they are all trying to hang on until the spring weather finally appears. Its blowing a gale tonight but at least the temperature is rising slightly now the days are stretching, oh and the hedges are turning green.
Apologies for lack of pics, working on that front!!
Finally a sad note to end on as I am heading for a funeral tomorrow, Richard Wright an owner with me for many years has sadly passed away. Richard and his wife Sylvia had always been great support to me and the yard, Richard actually came up with the name Gone n Dunnett when he first joined my racing club when I started training. He went on to co own my successful horses Registrar and Danzoe with the Smart Syndicate. He will be sadly missed and I know he still followed our horses, in particular Danzoe throughout his ill health. Maybe Dan can give us a win this week in his memory. X