Having shown his aptitude for hurdling and winning his first three novice hurdles, I have been planning on stepping HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and Sir Chips Keswick’s, Pacify up in class. We’re aiming for a Listed novice at Kempton on 20th October, however he was so fit and well we decide to give him another run in between and sent him to a Class 3 at Stratford on Saturday. Once again, he won well and in turn has now won four novice hurdles from as many starts – that is some achievement and the whole team is buzzing with excitement to see how far he can progress.
Pacify wins his 4th novice hurdle from just 4 starts.
Another horse who has improved all summer is Chapmanshype and he took apart a competitive class 3 handicap at Fontwell yesterday in the manner of a smart horse. The way he quickened after the last was very exciting indeed. He has been a bit of a ‘work in progress’ type of horse, but he is really getting his act together now and I’d like to think that there is more to come providing the handicapper doesn’t crucify him.
Chapmanshype wins for the 3rd time over hurdles this summer.
Meanwhile, we held our annual owners’ day on Saturday afternoon where over 150 guests saw 50 horses parade before a drinks party in the garden where a steel band entertained us into the evening. I was pleased to parade the strongest team of horses we have ever had, and with 25 winners on the board already we have had an unbelievable start and are really looking forward to the winter season now.