Friday, 16th October 2020 | Cloudy | 7°

It was mentioned on our Facebook page yesterday that Follow The Swallow is like a good bottle of wine, he gets better with age. Well that couldn’t be anymore true! 

It was a great day at Wincanton yesterday with all of our runners running into the money, the highlight however was Follow The Swallow. What a lovely horse he has been for his owners Mary and Nevile Gwillam. There are many reasons we are so gripped by this fantastic sport, but days like yesterday really do mean so much. You see the same horses coming back season after season and you form attachments to them, the public follow them and when they win two races on the bounce at the age of 12 it’s wonderful. Follow the Swallow is a credit to his owners and to the fantastic team here at Martins Hill, headed by Mick. All of the horses are in brilliant form at the moment so a big thank you to the team. 

A special mention to Lilly Pinchin too, Lilly went conditional for this season after riding very successfully as an amateur for the past few seasons. She is riding so well at the moment and it’s great to see, she has a lovely way with the horses. We hope that Lilly continues her good form, she’s certainly getting noticed! 

Talking about good wine…Nick Clark was in the yard this morning to visit his horse Zulu Dawn. Nick runs Haynes Hanson & Clark here in Stow, thoroughly recommend you all pay them a visit!

On to our runners this weekend, starting today at Uttoxeter…

Today we run TELSON BARLEY in the 3m handicap chase. ‘Whiskey’ is a fine big horse, a really good looker. Like many Scorpions he isn’t without his quirks and is quite difficult to win with. The ability is definitely there, we hope things will fall into place for him. Providing a good round of jumping we’d hope he would have place chances, however he’s one that will probably come on a little bit for a run. 

Tomorrow we run two horses at Stratford…

PASSING SHADOW makes his handicap debut in the 0-100 Handicap Hurdle, He’s a straightforward horse and will benefit for running in handicap company after contesting in some decent novice races last season. He should run well! 

HOMING STAR runs in the seller, it’s an open seller so she clearly has a lot to find with some of the other horses in this race, though she is in good form. Sometimes these races are not always won by the best horse on ratings and we’d be hopeful of a good enough run. She’s well at home. Lilly Pinchin rides both horses.

We’re really looking forward to seeing THUNDERSOCKSSUNDAE make his racecourse debut at Ffos Las on Sunday. It looks like it could be a hot bumper but a nice starting point for this good looking horse.

Mel riding Getthepot
'Alfie' 5yo by Aizavoski, he's for sale!
Daydream Aulmes
Photographing Zulu Dawn
Zulu Dawn
Nick with his horse Zulu Dawn

Looking back to another couple of recent runners, NEW ZEALANDER our racing club horse ran at Wetherby on Wednesday and ran with promise. Although on the face of it it might of looked disappointing the front two horses pulled a long way clear and both look useful types. In behind New Zealander looked a bit one paced turning in, but was finishing faster than anything. He finished 6th and will be one who will improve over time. Kielan was happy with him.

RATFACEMCDOUGALL was another one who caught the eye, finishing 2nd on Tuesday with nearly 7 lengths back to the 3rd. He just bumped into a very well handicapped horse annoyingly!

To end, thanks for all of the good wishes after the nasty incident at Huntingdon, luckily everything is ok, just a bit sore!