Thursday, 4th February | Fog | 5°

Low visibility on the gallops so photos might not be up to the usual standards this morning…

Reflecting back on our runners last week, two that definitely stood out were Dawn Treader finishing 2nd on his debut for the yard and a very big effort from Exploiteur to finish 4th in the Grade 2 River Don Hurdle.

Dawn Treader was finishing like a train at Lingfield, he is in good form and hopefully he has turned a corner. We still have a lot to learn about him but we were very happy with his effort.

Exploiteur ran a cracker at Doncaster, an out and out stayer who loves a bit of cut in the ground, conditions looked ideal for him. If anything we’d of liked the ground to be a little bit softer as it had dried out and become quite tacky. The leaders looked to go and set a pace which, in hindsight, was too quick. Many of the early leaders pulled up. Lilly judged the ride well on Exploiteur and the pair started to creep into the race before getting to the front 3 out. He was beaten by some useful horses, the winner certainly looks like a nice horse. Next stop could be the Albert Bartlett at the Cheltenham Festival for Exploiteur, we’ll see!

Many of you would of seen that the Grand National entries came out yesterday and we entered Ami Desbois in the big race for the second year running. The main event will definitely take place this year, although it still looks likely it will be behind closed doors. Ami Desbois has a better chance of getting in due to his big run at Kempton and although it’s early days. we can start to think about the race as a target.

Today we run three horses, two of them over jumps at Wincanton and the other on the flat at Chelmsford…

Wincanton

1:00 – DUBLIN FOUR – Dublin Four is a fine big horse and we’ve always thought of him as a chaser. He won on his final start over hurdles last season at Southwell, we then sent him chasing this season and it started with a dramatic day out at Huntingdon! His first chasing start was at Doncaster where he ran a huge race to finish a close 2nd, we then sent him to Newbury over a trip and in hindsight it was to soon and he probably didn’t quite get the trip. He pulled up that day and is definitely better than that. Today he runs back over 2 miles but on heavy ground, on paper is looks like a nice opportunity for him and we hope he will run well, lots of weight to carry on heavy ground though so you can never be too sure.

1:35 – PHANTOMOFTHEOSCAR – A nice horse who took a little bit of time to strengthen, he is a horse for the future and time will be good for him, you’d like to think his future ultimately lies as a chaser. He has run well enough in a couple of Novice hurdles and will probably be more competitive once he can run in handicaps.

Kielan Woods rides both Dublin Four and Phantomoftheoscar for owners David and Jacqueline Adams, best of luck two them today and hopefully they can go racing before too long!

Chelmsford

7:00 – DAWN TREADER – Another evening at the all-weather for Isaac, I’m sure he will have a good night and hopefully it will be worth it. Dawn Treader ran really well on his yard debut finishing strongly to finish 2nd. He is fit and well and we’d be hopeful for a good run. He did run 5 days ago which is the main worry, but he is due to go up 3lbs for finishing 2nd last time and this is a good chance to still be able to run in a 0-55. William Carver takes the ride, a jockey who has a good record for owner James Finch, William won twice on Andaleep last summer.

The arrival of a new horse in the yard, we bought Get The Game from the recent Goffs HIT sale with the help of Mel Smith. Get The Game looks like a nice prospect, finishing 2nd on her debut p2p and then falling when travelling well on her other start. She’s a 6yo mare by popular sire Getaway. More details will follow about her and some pictures!

To finish, we warned that there was low visibility this morning, but there are some pictures for you to enjoy below…

Have a great end to your week!

The Longcroft sponsored hoodies keeping everyone warm
Skipthecuddles
Mel riding Exploiteur in the school
Buster (Barrakhov) pulling a typical Buster face
Bradley on Getthepot
Gwyn riding Telson Barley
Bradley on Annual Review
The Longcroft sponsored hoodies keeping everyone warm