I was thrilled to get off the mark with a winner on the first day of the new season, as No Anxiety won well on his handicap and chase debut. He is only a 5-year-old with very little experience, so there should be more to come from him as he matures and progresses. He jumped well under a good ride from Gavin although Page deserves plenty of credit for all the schooling she has done on him, and Dickie and Daryl had both helped educate him in the earlier stages of his career. No Anxiety appeared to appreciate the better ground which is not surprising as he is by Presenting, so he will be kept on the go over the next couple of months. We used to train his mother, who won four races, so let’s hope this chap can follow in her footsteps now that he has got his head in front.
No Anxiety is our first winner of the new season.
I thought Some Day Soon ran a cracker in the feature handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter on Saturday, where he finished 3rd. It was off a career high mark of 139, after 8 months off the track, post an injury he sustained last summer. He travelled well, he jumped super, and held every chance of winning coming down to the last, but just took a blow and got in tight to the last and lost a bit of momentum. He rallied again and stayed on from the back of the last, so should improve with this seasonal debut under his belt.
Some Day Soon - 3rd on seasonal debut.
Its always nice to get off the mark early, and I look forward to having about 15 horses to run through the summer. Chapmanshype, Pisgah Pike, Skandiburg, Some Day Soon and Thistle Do Nicely will be going novice chasing, whilst Beholden and Guinness Affair should be exciting novice hurdlers and Alrightjack, Stoney Mountain and Thebannerkingrebel should be able to take high order in handicaps. We’ll have a few bumper horses to run, and I’d like to think that we’ll find Three Ways and Between the Waters suitable races to win as well. Whilst, the mares Howdilyoudo, Redbridge Gold and Floral Bouquet should be able to add to our winning tally, and Saramenha should be one to follow in juvenile hurdles.
In the meantime, I’ll be going to the store sales again this summer with a view of purchasing some ‘GBB’ eligible mares which will also hold some residual value as future broodmares. I’ll be putting together various partnerships, and if this might be of interest to you, then please do get in touch with me……alternatively you might be interested to join in with a lovely French 4 year old gelding, Hardy Du Seuil (pictured below) who will try to emulate Ga Law and utilise the 4 year old weight for age allowance when novice chasing in the autumn…..Let me know if you want any more info on this?