Having started off with a winner on the first day of the new season, I was thrilled to add another couple of winners this week too.
Bucko’s Boy had won a bumper last season, but had fluffed his jumping lines on his first couple of starts over hurdles. However, he jumped superbly at Fakenham on Tuesday, and bolted up under Page in a maiden hurdle. It was lovely to see, and I was delighted for Andy and Jan Ward who own and bred him too. We’ll probably look to defy a penalty with him before a summer holiday.
Bucko's Boy wins a maiden hurdle impressively.
We had a busy day at Fontwell on Wednesday but were regarded with Quiet Penny jumping her way to victory under a lovely ride from Gavin. She jumped from fence to fence, and was a joy to watch. The Value Racing Club have a strong team of summer jumpers with us, so it was lovely to start off with a winner.
Quiet Penny jumps her way to victory under a good ride from Gavin.
Alrightjack was on a bit of a recovery mission having lost his confidence over fences, and down in class, back over hurdles, and on nicer ground he ran a mighty race to be 2nd under Kevin Brogan, despite suffering an interrupted path off the home turn. With a clear run, he probably would have got up, but it was nice to see him back in good form and I’d like to think he can build on that run now.
Vive De Charnie made her racecourse debut in the bumper at Fontwell, and showed an awful lot of promise to be 4th where she was only beaten 3 lengths. She came in to us only in February, and hasn’t been able to work on the grass due to the lack of rain in April, so she looks to have a fair amount of ability and will improve tons for that. She’ll benefit from a summer at grass now, and she could make up into a smart performer next season.
Our only other runner this week, Howdilyoudo wasn’t disgraced when 6th in a big field handicap at Newton Abbot. Unfortunately, she was forced wide with a circuit to run and lost her position before staying on inside the final 5 furlongs. She’ll be seen to better effect when stepped up in trip later this summer, and should also be winning before long.