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June Newsletter

06-July-2023 0:00
in General
by Admin

We are delighted to be having more runners both on the flat and over jumps. Out of the seven horses that ran last month, five picked up prize money. 

We are taking advantage of the excellent job the racecourses are doing watering the jump tracks at Southwell and Worcester. It has been encouraging to walk round the courses each time we go there, in one of the hottest and driest June’s for some time and finding perfectly safe, good jumping ground. I was also delighted to see the improvements that Worcester have made on their bends. Bangor has also provided good ground for their meeting in June. The racecourses are to be congratulated, as it is no easy task to get it right. At Worcester the other day vandals got in and broke some of the watering system and I was told by Nessie (the Clerk of Course) when I rang her that the ground was likely to be quicker; but well done to her and her team to catch up and provide good ground. Also at Southwell, they were watering at 10pm the day before racing to get it right. This means that we can keep the business going all year round and run horses with much less fear of getting tendon injuries. 

Kimberley Eve ran her first two races for us since arriving from Ian Williams’ yard (where in her last two races she was pulled up). We are delighted with the improvement she has shown to finish 7th of 11 first time out for us and then taking another step forward to finish 3rd the other day. She is the hardest horse I have known to get fit.

For the same owner, Keith Harris, we were thrilled to see Malago Rose run on from the back and show lots of courage to finish 4th in a Novice Hurdle at Worcester. She has one more run before she gets handicapped of which we are looking forward to.

Robber’s Bridge ran a much better race to finish 2nd at Bangor where we made more use of him, he led over the last and showed great courage to hold on for 2nd.

Nowyouvebinandunit again lead over the last and stayed on to finish 3rd at Ffos Las. She is improving with each run, and we can see her confidence growing. She had a bang to a tendon after that race and we have had it scanned and luckily there is no damage. Because of that knock, she has been brought back slowly from her run and will hopefully go again in July. 

Nivelle’s Magic was 3rd and 4th on the flat at Lingfield in June and only beaten 1 ¾ lengths the last time. Out of six runs for us she has only been out of the money twice and has improved, since joining us from another trainer by 1 stone and 2lbs according to Racing Post ratings.

There has also been a really interesting report, produced by Haygain regarding horses trained without shoes last month. It is quite interesting reading