It was lovely to see Idy Wood maintaing his unbeaten status under rules as he followed up his bumper win at Newbury by battling hard to get up on his hurdling debut at Fontwell earlier this month. We’ll now let him take his chance in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham this weekend at Cheltenham.
Idy Wood wins on his hurdling debut.
I was looking forward to seeing Regarde over a fence this season, and he left behind his hurdling form with a fine round of jumping to win a novice handicap chase at Hutningdon under Gavin. He should be able to continue his upward progression through the season ahead.
Regarde wins on his chasing debut.
Spitfire Girl also won on her chasing debut at Ffos Las under our 10lbs conditional jockey, Will Featehrstone. However, the stewards deemed there was sufficient interference after the last and demoted her to 2nd. It was a shame as she idled close home, and the margin of victory flattered the second horse, and I feel she was the best horse in the race and deserved to win. However, as we all know, sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles. She attempted to follow up without a penalty at Hereford last week, where she was 3rd, however the race probably came too soon for her.
Spitfire Girl ‘wins’ on chasing debut.
Dual bumper winner, Roger Pol was 2nd on his hurdling debut. Unfortunautely, the winner just got first run on him, and he just failed to reel him in, but he should gain compensation on his next start. I thoguht we’d found him the perfect race, at Fontwell last week, but it was yet another meetign abandoned due to water logging!
Francina was also 2nd on her hurdling and racecourse debut at Hereford last week. She was very green but will obviously improve a ton for that experience and should be capable of winning one of these Junior NH Development novice hurdles.
Fortunate Fred filled the runner up spot once again. He has now been placed in 11 of his 14 career starts, and I look forward to finding him the winning opportunity!
We have run a couple of lovely four year olds in bumpers this month, and both ran hugely creditably. Wendigo was 3rd beaten only a couple of lengths and Bellas Bridge was also 3rd but beaten less than a length. I think both horses have exciting futures, so we’ll be patient with them, and let them mature and develop. Wendigo was our first runner for www.racingclub.com who specialise in the multi share partnerships, with a twist. So, if you are looking for a Birthday or Chrismas present for someone, then do check out their website.
Of our other runners this month, I was delighted with Harrys Hottie’s chasing debut when 4th at Ffos Las over an inadequate trip, and she should be one to follow next time. Donnie Azoff was also 4th over fences, but we’ll send him back hurdling again.