Another good week for the yard this week, with Tallow for Coal giving us our 36th winner of the season when winning for the second time this season, and looking a promising staying chaser for the future. Having won on his second start over fences, he was 4th last time out at Wetherby and stepped forward again here to win on pretty soft ground at Exeter. He is still a young horse, and there should be more improvement to come from him. He would be the ideal type for the Grand Military Gold Cup, a race I won four times as a jockey, but as yet haven’t won as a trainer….. but we may decide to keep him in novice company for now.
Tallow for Coal wins again.
We haven’t got lots of runners at the moment as we vaccinated the string last week (as usual for this time of year), but we introduced two nice fillies who made their debuts in a bumper at Ludlow and were 2nd and 3rd. You Wear It Well is a gorgeous filly by Midnight Legend out of a winning black type mare by Flemensfirth who is owned by Philippa Cooper of Normandie Stud. She was pretty keen through the race but showed plenty of ability to be 2nd. We’ll take it slowly with her, and I think she could be very useful. Ebonello was 3rd in the same race, but was pretty green and backward and is sure to improve for the experience. She is a daughter of the champion sire, Presenting, out of Ravello Bay who was a useful black type winning Supreme Leader mare. She runs in the colours of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is the patron of the Ebony Horse Club.
Unfortunately, a frustrating standing start to the Lanzarote on Saturday didn’t help Up For Parol’s chances who did manage to be 6th, which was a mighty effort from an uncompromising position in a race where it paid to be prominent. Having won three of his five starts over hurdles, I think he has plenty more to give off his current rating of 133, but it just didn’t work out for us in this 20 runner handicap.