Tuesday, 7thth September | Sunny | 18°
We are into September… this year has really flown by!
Every week that goes by we are starting to get closer to the winter, saying that, the past few days have been beautiful summer days. Our summer team will be going for a little longer yet as it doesn’t look like the rain is quite ready to fall!
The horses have been in flying form this summer and all running to their marks, you can’t ask for any more than that. Some highlights though of course…
Jessica Rabbit has been running so consistently all summer, she has placed in her last ten races. She does struggle to win, but you can’t knock her for trying. She ran her usual race at Sedgefield travelling well into the race before finding a couple too good. It was a welcome return to the saddle for Lilly Pinchin, more about her later!
At Cartmel Eyeofthescorpion was sent off the 9/4 favourite and rightly so as the form from his win at Bangor worked out well! He ran a good race to come 2nd and was the horse to take out of the race. In hindsight the track was probably a little bit tight for him and he struggled to get rolling on the tight turns at Cartmel. He had to switch out wide after a slow jump at the third last and that probably cost him the race. He lost nothing in defeat though (other than a sticky toffee pudding) and will be seen to better effect on a more galloping track. A very exciting horse that we love, especially Isaac who tipped him as his ‘Horse to Follow’.
Hattaab and New Zealander both ran with credit, Hattaab just prefers tracks with fixed brush hurdles. It probably sounds funny, but they really do set him alight. We tried him over fences for that reason and he didn’t enjoy them at all. Just a little quirk of his, he knows which tracks he wants to win at! New Zealander ran well and looked like he’d play a big part turning in, just missed out on the places but a step in the right direction.
The highlight was Josie Abbing at Fontwell, she has excuses in her previous two starts and we thought the race was perfect for her. She is a bit of a course specialist at Fontwell with her form figures reading 1-2-1 now at the track. It was a game performance and was made even better when the horse that finished 2nd ran again at Newton Abbott the day after and bolted up! It was a very special day for all of us as it was a winning ride for our returning conditional Lilly Pinchin. An injury after a bad fall at Chepstow last season left Lilly out of the saddle for over four months and she’s worked so hard to get back to where she left off. It all was worth it yesterday and we were delighted for her. She gave a good interview to Haley Moore on Sky Sports Racing, she outlined how important the Injured Jockeys Fund is and we’d agree. Well done Lilly!
Another win for BDR Syndicates who have had some good results this summer, this fast growing syndicate are becoming a familiar sight in the winners enclosure and they have some exciting young horses to run this season. Well done to all involved!
Talking about the importance of the IJF, we are running a ‘3 to Follow’ competition that we launched last week and are asking for you guys to make a small donation if you can. The competition has been popular so far and we are delighted to see so many entries. The more the better, please encourage your friends and family to get involved. It will be great fun and it will last all season!
The winter horses have been stepping up their work, they are looking a picture! They are all shining in their summer coats. Some of them look like they could run already! The team, led by Mick, have done a fantastic job with them. It really is a wonderful time of the year, dreams are still in tact and there is so much to look forward to.
You may of already watched it, but our team have been tipping their, ‘Horses to Follow’ in our latest video. A little earlier than previous years, but we wanted to give you all some help with your selections for the competition.
Not many entries for this week, although Zulu Dawn will run at Uttoxeter on tomorrow all being well.
Have a great week as always and remember to keep your entries coming!