With not much racing at the moment due to the weather, I am pleased that we’ve managed to add another winner to the seasonal tally this week to keep the momentum rolling, but the cold forecast this week looks likely to cause yet more abandonments, but it happens at this time of year, and we’ll have lots to run when the signs of spring finally appear……so there is lots to look forward to.
I was delighted to see Diddly Do winning a bumper in taking fashion at Wincanton last week. She had improved from her debut effort when 4th against the boys, and there should be more improvement to come as well as she was still quite green. She is a homebred filly of Ed Spurrier’s and she looks another exciting youngster in our team. She qualifies for the Great British Bonus as she is English bred, and we might look for another of these GBB races, or we could think about stepping up in class for a Listed race at Sandown next month.
Diddly Do wins a bumper at Wincanton.
Kiltealy Briggs just found 3m in very deep ground around a stiff track like Sandown was just that little bit of a step too far for him. He jumped soundly for a novice, and crept into the race at the Pond fence, and looked like he had every chance there, but he started to tread water from two out, and struggled up the hill to be an honourable 4th. He is capable of better but he showed tremendous courage and he faired best of the novices in the race.
Up for Parol made his debut in a competitive maiden hurdle at Doncaster and he showed a lot to work on when a promising 4th. He slightly over raced and that told inside the final 2 furlongs on the heavy ground, but he went through the race like a good horse and jumped superbly. I do think he is a nice horse for the future, but we’ll take it step by step with him.
Meanwhile, we ran Tinsmith on the flat again last week and he ran well to be 4th but not beaten far at all. He just lacks a gear needed on the all weather and so we’ll give him a break now and come back to run him on the grass in the spring and summer. He promises be our first flat winner!