The season really feels like it is cranking up a gear or two now, and with three more winners this week, the team are in terrific form.
I thought Gavin gave TeeCeeThree the most perfect ride to win a bumper at Warwick last week, as he dictated the perfect tempo and when he kicked the others never got near him, as TC3 quickened clear in a matter of strides and kept up the gallop to win in impressive fashion. I was thrilled for Richard Mathews who bred her out of a dam we used to train called Tea Caddy. I watched the race with Richard who is currently in Swindon hospital, and we almost needed the cardio team on standby!
Teeceethree winning a bumper at Warwick
Having won a bumper on his seasonal return, Sea the Clouds followed up with the perfect hurdling debut when winning nicely at newton Abbot on Monday. He still looked pretty green as we’ve not been schooling on grass yet, so there should be more to come from him, and we’ll look to defy a penalty with him next.
Sea the Clouds winning on hurdling debut.
With our team of jockeys all riding well, it was Page’s turn to shine as she forced Between the Waters’ head down on the line to win by a nostril at Southwell on Tuesday. It was a perfectly judged ride from Page, and it was lovely to see ‘Walter’ still retains all his enthusiasm for racing at the grand age of 11. He will continue to be a lot of fun for some of the young lads in the yard to learn on.
Between The Waters wins for the fourth time.
Of our other recent runners, I thought our summer hurdle hearo, Pisgah Pike ran a belter to be 3rd off top weight in the autumn feature at Market Rasen on Saturday. Only one horse has won that race and the summer hurdle in the same season, and Pike almost did the double. We’ll keep him on the go through the rest of the autumn, and look to some of the more valuable races around.
Recent winner, Howdilyoudo was 3rd at Worcester back over fences, and Cornicello was 4th on his seasonal return over hurdles – he should improve for that run, and won’t be too far away next time out.
So now October is almost upon us, and there looks to be a bit of rain about in the forecast, I look forward to a busy spell on the track again. Exciting times……