It was great to see Dans Le Vent get his head in front in a novice hurdle at Market Rasen last week. He has previously been 2nd to the smart Slate House at Cheltenham, and we'll now look to step him up in trip as well as Grade and we might consider the Challow Hurdle at Newbury on 30th December.
Dans Le Vent wins at Market Rasen
It was a great honour to train my first winner for The Turf Club yesterday as Lostnfound turned over the hot favourite to land the mares novice hurdle at Uttoxeter. She is on a free lease from Bryan Mayoh who also retains 50% of her with Ian Callan. Lostnfound was given a very tactically astute ride by Gavin Sheehan, who has been a big part of the success we are having this season.
Lostnfound wins at Uttoxeter
It was great shame that the heavens opened at Cheltenham last weekend for the BetVictor Gold Cup as Double Treasure didn't appreciate the heavy ground there. However, he ran a very brave race to be 7th despite the 42lbs rise in the weights following on his 4 wins this autumn. We'll give him a winter holiday now and look to bring him back for the spring when he'll go up in trip. A realistic target may be the Scottish Grand National.
Despite the atrocious ground at Cheltenham, Presenting Pearl ran a cracker in the Mares Listed Bumper where she was beaten only 6 lengths but just missed out on some valuable black type by less than 1 length!
We've hit the crossbar quite a few times lately but I am delighted that the horses continue to run well. Dual bumper winner, King Vince was a very promising 3rd on hurdling debut at Plumpton and looks a smart prospect. Oscar Star stepped up on her seasonal debut to be 2nd over hurdles at Plumpton where Naranja was 3rd. She's in at Lingfield tomorrow, and she's also improved for her seasonal debut and should go close there. Lunar Flow failed to follow up his win last month, but only due to a monumental mistake 3 from home at Warwick, but still did well to be 3rd. I think he'll head to Exeter in early December for a 3m7 marathon. Meanwhile Three Ways made his chasing debut at Kempton where he was 2nd. He made a few novicey errors but still had every chance jumping the last.
The one disappointment this month was seeing Monbeg Theatre fall at the second fence at Chepstow last week on his first run for almost two years. Thankfully both he and Gavin where unscathed but we'll go back hurdling with him now. He is a smashing horse, and I am sure it won't be long before we get him back into the winners enclosure.
I have recently acquired a cracking bumper horse from Ireland. Some Day Soon is a 4yo gelding by Robin Des Champs (the sire of Vautour, Sir Des Champs and Quevega) who I am syndicating into a 6 strong partnership, and have two shares sold already! Some Day Soon was a Land Rover Store Sale graduate and has been in training with Patrick Flynn in Waterford, Ireland, where he was placed twice in bumpers from 3 starts. He was 3rd at Tramore on soft ground and the 5th horse has since won a bumper. He then went on to be the 2nd at Roscommon on heavy ground, and in tern achieving a decent Racing Post Rating. He is a cracking looking individual and am looking forward to seeing him progress further in this country.
Smart bumper performer Some Day Soon is being syndicated into 6th shares