As autumn arrives with a vengeance, I am pleased that our horses continue to run well. A winner earlier this month, and several decent placed efforts from just a handful of runners. This is always the cross over period where the summer horses have their last runs and the winter horses seasons begin.
It was lovely to see Cautorillo run very promisingly to be 2nd in a bumper at Fontwell. She's a nicely bred individual who looks to be improving and will run over hurdles on her next start.
Adrrastos has been a star for us this summer having won three times and was chasing his hattrick of chase wins when lining up for the class 2 feature handicap chase at Worcester last week. He ran another cracking race to be 3rd but was beaten less than 2 lengths and will now step up in trip. He could be one we look to target the novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival in the spring - the same race we won with Present View a couple of years ago.
Fact of the Matter followed up his class 2 chase victory with a hard earned 3rd at Warwick this week off a career high mark, in their feature chase. He ran a little bit flat, and we'll freshen him up now and look to go for either the Badger Ales at Wincanton or an Intermediate chase at Sandown where we'll try him on softer ground. He can then have a break and come back for a big target in the spring!
Fact of the Matter and Gavin Sheehan.
Another consistent performer for us this summer has been Lord Topper who had his final run before a break at Warwick on Tuesday where he finished 2nd and was beaten under a length. However, lady luck perhaps wasn't on our side as there was carnage inside the final 3 furlongs and we were impeded a few times and didn't have a clear run up the straight. When we got daylight, we stayed on strongly and were closing the winner down with every stride. He has been on the go a long time now, and will benefit from a nice holiday. He is sure to improve further in the spring.
The winter horses are all limbering up now and I look forward to the start of October when we have a few exciting horses entered to run. I have attached a link below to a couple pretty awesome videos of some schooling sessions. Exciting times!
Blue Bullet leads Buche De Noel:
Scorpion Sid leads Naranja and Instant Karma:
Whilst the season has yet to hit full flow, Lucy and I took the advantage of taking the children on a 10 mile fun ride around Lambourn and I thought you might like to guess who enjoyed it more?
Myself having a spin on Eddie?
or Lucy biking around with the children on their ponies.......?