Soldier of Destiny became our 40th winner of the season when bolting up on handicap debut at Ffos Las 10 days ago. He hasn’t been entirely straightforward so it was a huge relief when everything clicked into place, and a lot of credit must go to Jamie P who rides him each day. Gavin gave him a lovely ride, he jumped superbly and the handicapper was impressed as he put him up 9lbs for his troubles.
Soldier of Destiny wins well at Ffos Las to become our 40th winner of the season.
Winner number 41 followed soon after as You Wear It Well looked very promising when winning a bumper at Catterick in very taking style. She had been 2nd on her debut at Ludlow, in a race that is working out quite well, and so it was lovely to see her winning so impressively. It was wonderful to see the famous Normandie Stud colours in the winner’s enclosure again.
You Wear It Well wins a bumper at Catterick impressively.
The majority of our other recent runners have been placed this last fortnight. Park this One and Vive De Charnie were both 2nd in their respective bumpers, and both look exciting horses for the future. Whilst, it was a joy to see the old warrior Hogans Height winging around Sandown in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, although a shame he was just touched off. I was lucky enough to win that prestigious race four times as a jockey, and we’ve now been 2nd in it four times as a trainer!
Park this One is a good 2nd on his racecourse debut.
The horses to have been third over the last two weeks include Nikolayeva who ran well at Lingfield in an absolute bog, she is all heart and will certainly be winning over hurdles before long. Unfortunately, Tallow for Coal didn’t appreciate that ground, and will be seen back in better light on genuine soft ground! Anythingforlove was 3rd in a handicap at Hereford, on ground that ironically wasn’t soft enough for her, whilst Cornicello did well to be 3rd at Huntingdon having almost been brought down at a crucial part of the race. I’d like to think his winning turn is just around the corner. Up For Parol was 3rd as well, which was a little disappointing, but he doesn’t look to truly stay 2m4, so we’ll drop him back in trip and either go for the Imperial Cup or the County hurdle.