Saturday, 14th November 2020 | Rain | 9°

Not such a busy week for us in terms of runners, but a good weekend of racing to enjoy. 

Watching the racing at Cheltenham with empty stands is not a sight we want to see for much longer, although we are very grateful to have racing on at all! 

A quiet week on the racecourse but a busy morning on the gallops. A new horse arrived yesterday,  Phillapa Sue, a lovely big mare by Scorpion who has shown some good form in Irish bumpers. She is a full sister to Eyeofthescorpion and never before have we seen full siblings that so similar to each other. She is a spitting image of her brother and has all of the same markings, body language and movement. She also pins her ears back and looks like she’s going to bite, when actually she’s as friendly as anything else in the yard. Another exciting young horse to go to war with, some of her bumper form looks like it could work out well. 

We hit the crossbar a few times last week. It’s always frustrating to come 2nd but at least we take great pleasure in seeing the horses run well…

We took THE DISTANT LADY up to Kelso to run in. Handicap Hurdle, she ran a very pleasing race to finish 2nd. TDL and Lilly were making their move up the rail when it got short of room, she then was forced to switch and was beaten by a length. Probably an unlucky loser. 

BARRAKHOV made his highly anticipated debut in a bumper at Stratford, we really didn’t know what to expect from ‘Buster’, he is quite a character at home. He has shown us some good signs in his work and many of his quirks have disappeared since he has a wind operation earlier this year. He ran with promise at Stratford to come 5th on a course that was probably a bit tight for him. 

PASSING SHADOW was 2nd by the shortest of heads in a tight little handicap at Huntingdon. He showed some encouraging signs when jumping the last upsides four or five challengers, he battled his way to the lead before just being caught on the line. Frustrating not to win but again, he jumped well and showed us that he will be winning races. 

Tom Bellamy went to Exeter and ride TELSON BARLEY. ‘Whiskey’ is a difficult horse to win with, he’s a quirky son of Scorpion and has a good look when he hits the front. He found himself in front two from home and didn’t stay there. He was only beaten three lengths by a horse that deserved to win. We were delighted with the way he jumped and traveled, he was always going to make a chaser. 

Here are some pictures from this morning, have a great weekend!

Lilly Pinchin on new horse, Phillapa Sue
Phillapa Sue
Phillapa Sue
Dublin Four and Jodie leading the string
Exploiteur
Our winter racing club horse, New Zealander