November has historically been a great month for the yard, and thankfully once again we've had a fruitful time of it on the track. Another four winners in the last fortnight began with a double at Huntingdon.
Regarde followed up his win last month on his debut over fences, with another authoritative win under a lovely ride from Gavin over a trip short of Regarde’s best. The handicapper has given him another lofty rise, but he is a progressive young chaser, so I hope there is plenty more to come from him.
Regarde wins again at Huntingdon.
From a young progressive horse, to the other end of the scale, and it was lovely to see Goose Man winning on his stable debut, and his first run for 972 days. He had shown some good form in Ireland, but he had some serious tendon issues, and arrived with us this autumn. In fairness, he was in great shape, and we ran him in a very bad race, so he deserved to win well. I hope he can step back into a better class race now, and we might look at Newbury next weekend.
Goose Man brings up a double on the Huntingdon card for the team.
I was delighted to see Git Maker coming back from injury to win at Lingfield, in turn making that his 6th winner from 9 career starts. He jumped well, and quickened up nicely to beat stablemate Super Survivor, who also ran a belter on his seasonal return. He hasn’t taken a lot of racing and has only run 6 times, so he will improve immeasurably for this run, and I look forward to seeing him in the Welsh National on his next start.
Git Maker wins the only intermediate chase there is in the calendar.
It was lovely to see Wendigo winning his bumper at Hexham. He had won an Irish point-to-point, and was 3rd on his racecourse debut. He is owned by the Racing Club, and there are some shares available in him too…so do get in touch with my old Corporal, Jordan Wylie, if you are interested in a Christmas present! The ground was bottomless at Hexham, but Wendigo showed his class to come out on top. Unfortunately, Idy Wood was beaten a neck on the same card, where he sustained a nasty cut to the outside of his hoof, which can’t have helped him. He will bounce back, and get back to winning ways again.
Wendigo wins a bumper for the newly formed Racing Club.
We’ve also had six 2nds over the last two weeks, which although slightly frustrating, does show that the horses are in tip top shape. Up For Parol put in a good round of jumping to be runner up on his seasonal reappearance, and that should set him up nicely for another tilt at the £100,000 Lanzarote hurdle in January. Francina showed improved form from her debut effort, but was 2nd once again, however she has shown enough to win one of these Junior NH Development hurdle races. Meanwhile, two debutants were also 2nd last week for us. San Frandisco was 2nd in a bumper on his racecourse debut, and looks a more than capable recruit to our team, and will surely go one better next time. Whilst, decent on the flat, Torneo showed more than enough to show he will be a very smart prospect for our jumping game, when 2nd on his hurdling debut at Catterick. He did quite a few things wrong, but still showed plenty of promise, so once the penny drops, he should be developing into a smart hurdler this season.