Wednesday 29th August 2018 - another couple of winners keep the score board ticking

29-August-2018 20:31
in General
by Admin

After 3 weeks without a runner in the early part of August, we’ve had a busy but very successful 10 days with another two winners to add to the tally.  We therefore head into September with 9 winners on the board and just shy of £100k in prize money, which leaves us in the top 20 in the Championship.

Lord Topper followed up last months win at Newton Abbot with another winner at the track under a wonderful ride from Page Fuller who was seen to excellent effect having seized the initiative after no one was keen to make the running.  He is thriving at the moment, and will likely head back to the track in early September for a valuable class 2 event.

Lord Topper wins again.

Carntop also followed up last months Worcester maiden hurdle win when winning under a penalty again at Worcester last week.  He looked impressive once again and will run in a handicap next month before we look to run in a Listed Novice Hurdle at Kempton in October.

Carntop wins under a penalty.

We came within a whisker of winning the Class 2 handicap chase at Cartmel for the second consecutive year with Fact of the Matter who went down by a neck in a prolonged battle with a further 41 lengths back to the eventual third placed horse.  He was running off the same mark he won the race last year from and he thoroughly deserved to win it having been given a great ride by Gavin who went in search of some better ground in what turned out to be pretty soft ground. 

Fact of the Matter is narrowly denied.

Of our other recent runners, Between the Waters was 3rd at Fontwell and ran well again especially considering he’d gone up 4lbs for his 2nd placed effort last month.  He has now been placed in 13 of his 18 starts, but has yet to win a race.  He is the victim of his own consistency and the handicapper won’t give him a fair chance to actually win a race, which is a little frustrating.  Meanwhile Our Three Sons was 4th at Worcester where we attempted to make all, and he looks like a step up in trip might help him now.

We’ve a couple of new recruits this month and I was delighted to buy a full sister to the 143 rated Drumacoo who won 4 races and looked a potentially top-class novice chaser until an injury cut short his career.  She is out of a half-sister to the smart staying chaser, Speaker Wetherill and Certainly Strong who won the Henry VIII chase at Sandown.  She is in pre-training at present, but will arrive with us shortly.

As we approach the end of the month, most of the winter horses are getting fitter and we’re schooling quite a few at the moment as well and one newcomer who looks genuinely exciting is Thomas Macdonagh.  A 5yo gelding by the wonderful sire Black Sam Bellamy (sire of World Hurdle favourite, Sam Spinner and our class 2 Scottish National festival winner, Naranja to name a couple).  He is a half-brother to 5 winners including Another Moment who won a bumper and is now an 85 rated flat horse, and 2-mile hurdle winner, Jayed.  His dam is a half-sister to Ibn Bey who was 2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  Thomas MacDonagh was placed on both his Irish Points in the autumn and also placed in an Irish Bumper this spring.  He is a physically imposing individual as he is 16'3’ with plenty of strength and scope – a proper staying chaser. We are selling him in 25% shares and have a couple of shares available, so shout now if you want to join in on a future Gold Cup winner!!