Where did the time go? We are in the middle of a busy few days racing and I have neglected the website news!
On the racing front we have had some promising runs from Slainte Mhor who was a close second at Ayr in his novice handicap chase, Shanroe Street returned to form at Musselburgh to be second, and our highly thought of three year old filly Haute Estime was a creditable second in her bumper. Her placing is all the more noteworthy as she has the build and pedigree of a staying chaser, and ran against flat bred fillies. We love her and she should be one to note for the future.
We also had some nice runs from some four year olds; Spark Of Madness, pictured, shaped well when third at Musselburgh with Diamond State a closing fourth. Majestic Storm was fifth in his debut bumper and shall improve for this experience. The five year old Bollingerandkrug was also fifth at Newcastle in his novice hurdle and will improve for a longer trip.
It was desperately sad to lose Looks Like Murt at Aintree when he fractured a hind leg; a highly thought of chaser who promised plenty, he was ultimately a wonderful friend and kind horse who was a pleasure to train. We send our full condolences to his owners John and Fiona Adam.
Racing continues and we are at Hexham tomorrow with three runners.
We start with the mare Westend Lady; a sweet robust filly she ran an outstanding race on hurdle debut to be a close third despite her inexperience. With the benefit of that run we are hoping that she can go close tomorrow under the same ground conditions and trip. She is for sale for a reasonable price; please see the FOR SALE page for more details.
OrionInverness is our sole runner after Ryalex was withdrawn with a bruised hoof. OrionInverness has been in great form this autumn and seems to be enjoying running in his visor. He has a tough assignment tomorrow as he creeps up the weights again but should give his running as ever.
Finally, A Ladies Milan returns to hurdles having found chase fences a bit much on heavy ground. He has been feeling well at home and if he copes with conditions tomorrow he should run with credit.