September tends to be a very busy month at home, but not so much on the track as the summer jumping season turns into the core jumps season. We haven’t had many runners throughout the month but I am delighted with the form they are in and we have added another three winners to our tally, from just eight runners. We therefore head into October with just shy of £110k in prizemoney and 12 winners on the board. We have had less summer runners this season, but our strike rate is looking good, and I think we have a strong team of winter horses – it’s an exciting time of year.
Sea the Clouds followed up his Worcester win last month over 2m4, by winning at Warwick on Monday over 3m1. He looks to be an imprioving young horse, and there should be more to come from him next summer as well. Although, we’ll keep him on the go for another month, as we might get some good ground at Cheltenham in October, and he could end his summer season there in a Pertemps Qualifier.
Sea the Clouds wins again this summer.
Bucko’s Boy has been in the form of his life, and after notching up a double last month, he just failed to land the hat trick when 2nd in the £25,000 Class 2 feature at Kelso last week. He too might head to Cheltenham for their opening fixture.
There is always a two-week break from racing in September, which allows us all time to get some graft into the string. Of the more forward horses this season I am looking forward to seeing bumper winners Roger Pol and Idy Wood making their hurdling debuts. Kitesurfer is a new recruit this season, and he might start off in the valuable 4-year-old handicap at Chepstow at their big meeting in October. Whilst, Datsalrightgino will start his season off in the Grade 2 Old Roan at Aintree. Our Paddy Power Gold Cup winner, Ga Law will have a prep run in the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle, before heading to the Coral Cup (Hennessey) at Newbury. Whilst, Cheltenham Festival winner, You Wear It Well will head to Wetherby for a Listed contest to start her season, and all roads will lead back to Cheltenham in March. Some decent horses going novice chasing this season include Colonel Harry, Park this One and Passing Well who will be out later this Autumn.
Some exciting new recruits who will be on the track soon include Ballydesmond, Dwight K Shrute, Laurens Bay, San Frandisco and Wendigo who have all come to us from the Pointing scene. Whilst, Bellas Bridge, Jack N Jones, Susie Styler, and You Are The Reason are four very exciting mares who are also new to us this season.
This time last year we bought a gorgeous 2-year-old Beaumec De Houelle filly called La Marquise, and who we backed and rode away in Ireland. She has been produced beautifully and looks a seriously talented and exciting prospect. So, we went back to the source and purchased another 2-year-old Beaumec De Houelle filly this year. She is out of a two-time winning Hurricane Run dam, whose full sister was a 15-time winning Black Type mare. She has a great pedigree being from the family of Nas Na Riogh who was a Grade 1 winner for Nicky Henderson - I used to ride each day when I was assistant at Seven Barrows.
If you are interested in getting involved in her, then do let me know…..
We’ve had a few new additions to the team as well including a Masterstroke filly out of a winning full sister to the multiple Black Type performer, Chilli Filli. She was purchased at Yorton, and will also have a year of pre training before arriving with us at Folly House next season. We were delighted to welcome Big Cheese to the team too. He is a mid-70’s rated flat horse by New Approach out of a winning sister to a four-time winning hurdler, and he should be one to have some fun with in the New Year. Whilst two more editions to the family are a little terrier and a whippet – Monkey and Puzzle.