After a good Summer break, the horses have come in looking very well this season. Their preparation has been thorough, and the first few runners have been encouraging. I am looking forward to starting the jumps season proper, ground depending, it looks as if the rain is on it's way at last.
November 2nd at Plumpton.
I was very encouraged by Goring Two's reappearance after over 600 days off the track, although he would have wanted softer ground he ran a very nice race, jumping well throughout. Hunting has given him a new lease of life.
Walk of Gleams ran her best race to date, the penny has dropped, and she showed in her race what she has been promising at home. I am looking forward to running her again when conditions are right.
November 10th at Lingfield.
Albatros de Guye ran a very good race to win the 2.4m handicap chase on soft/heavy ground. His jumping was solid throughout, and he relished the galloping track. A nice young horse for the future, and this was also the race where Jeremiah Mc Grath rode out his claim, a day to remember!
November 15th at Fontwell.
Burgess Dream jumped well throughout the 2.5m handicap hurdle and stayed on maintaining a good gallop to the line, unfortunately he met a very well handicapped winner in General Girling!
Walk of Gleams is continuing to progress the right way with good performance in the 2.3m handicap hurdle to be 2nd, she has a lovely attitude and will give her owners lots of fun in the future.
November 16th at Plumpton.
Goring One did not act on the soft ground, and lost plenty of ground dodging a faller, he was subsequently pulled up.
Little Roxy ran as bravely as ever, but found 2m too short, further next time.
November 24th at Lingfield.
Albatros de Guye ran a creditable race to be fourth in the 2.4 handicap in a bid to follow up on his win at the previous meeting. Overnight rain changed the going significantly, and he found the heavy ground too testing. I was pleased to see him none the worse after the race, and he was full of bounce the next morning.
November 30th at Plumpton.
Burgess Dream's jumping has improved over fences and after schooling at home and doing some pole work it showed to good effect in the 3.1 handicap chase. He travelled well throughout and jumped with confidence to come second, another good performance from him.
December 14th at Plumpton.
Burgess Dream may have found the 3m handicap hurdle a step too far after only a two week break, he came out of it well though, and will run in the New Year.
Goring Two ran and jumped for fun with his young jockey Charlie Deutsch in the 2.3m handicap chase, he stretched the field and looked all over the winner but was slightly low at the last fence and unseated. At least it proves that he still has enthusiasm, he will carry on with his hunting over the Christmas period.
A New year update. Goring One has been retired after some brilliant runs for the yard in which he won six races, and put up some outstanding performances in defeat. He was one of the yard favourites and is sorely missed, he is out at grass at present and may have a new career in Retired racehorse competitions which he will surely excel in.
Little Roxy incurred an injury which although not too serious has put her out for the rest of the season, she will also be retired, possibly to be a broodmare. She won four races and was placed many times in her career, nearly all at Plumpton where she was a firm favourite with racegoers, she gave her all in every run, she was tough and genuine, the sort that are hard to find.
There is still the second half of the season to go and hopefully the rain will stop and snow or frost don't take it's place.
January 18th at Plumpton.
Goring Two managed to make amends in good style in the 2.1 handicap chase today, Charlie Deutsch rode a well timed race to produce him with a good jump at the open ditch, he landed running and ears pricked went on to win convincingly. A thrilling day for his owner!
Burgess Dream ran another solid race to be second for the third time this season, he deserves a win and I am sure it will come, it will give his confidence a big boost when it does.
After a very satisfactory schooling session with Andrew Thornton last week The Child will hopefully be making his debut run for the yard at either Fontwell or Plumpton at the end of the week, weather and ground permitting. There are lease shares available in this nice horse, he can
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January 29th at Doncaster.
A below par run by Albatros de Guye which was put down to quick ground.
February 1st at Plumpton.
The Child found conditions rather testing, but jumped well in the main, will hope for better conditions soon. Burgess Dream's jumping has improved, he jumped with confidence throughout, but tired on the run in in testing conditions to be second .
February 11th at Huntingdon.
Albatros de Guye found conditions much more suitable today, his jumping was much more fluent and he relished the galloping track. He won the race nicely and is gaining confidence now.
Although several of the winter horses are being let down ready for their summer break there are still a few to run, I am looking forward to The Child running in his first handicap hurdle after a belated start to his training this season through no fault of his own, and Walk of Gleams will benefit from hopefully better ground as we near May.