Horses are starting to come in after their Summer Break, the stables have been pressure washed and painted; everything is clean and ready to go for another year . We have 3 new Novices Duarigle, Megalodon and Big Man Clarence this year, recruited from the Irish Point to Point field and it will be exciting to see how they settle into the training regime as they progress towards their track debuts .Because of the horrible spring, we have extended the season for several of our better ground horses - Turban, Un Beau Roman, Good Man Vinnie and Sizing Sarah - they are now out on a mini break so as not to lose too much fitness and be able to have them back to take advantage of the better Autumn ground. Depending on the weather and the individual horse they may get longer breaks over the mid Winter period .
On the racecourse Amron Kali ran a good race just touched off into 3rd by ¾ of a length. It was good to see after her wind operations that she is getting back to what we know she is capable of, as it was a very competitive race. Mr Mulliner galvanised by the application of blinkers at last showed the aptitude to race and although he blew up on the home turn, he did have Tom O'Brien, who rode the winner, a little concerned before that .
Finally, I am pleased to announce a new yard sponsor: M R scaffolding Services has taken over from Steve’s Quickdraw supplies. I am grateful to both of them for their support .
Ed picks up the trophy after Vinnies win,
Good Man Vinnie wins the Dave Johnson @ Breakfast On Signal 2 Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter.
He won his second race in 11 days under Tom O'Brien in a 'nail biting' finish with Vinnie once again relaxing just before the line.
If you backed Good Man Vinnie (10/1 into 3/1) many of you did, you have Tom to thank for your winnings.
Vinnie was off the bridle for nearly the last circuit and he was in 6th with half a circuit to go. Tom kept at him, finally in behind the favourite, Posh Totty. At the last Tom pulled Vinnie out. He flew it and sailed into the lead to cosily win by 6 lengths.
After a great deal of patience and optimism Ring Minella finally proved his worth giving us our first win of the 2018 season at Warwick on the 7th May. Having run 9 times, throughout his campaign, only to have been placed 3rd at Hereford earlier in the season, Ring finally benefitted from the drying ground and a strongly ridden finish by Paddy Brennan. To say that his 100 fold owners were 'happy' is an understatement. We were extremely relieved!
For Carmel relaxing in the field after his win
For Carmel went down to Newton Abbot to grab the last of the soft ground. We decided to change tactics, Paddy sent him of in front where he out jumped and out stayed his rivals.
Bob, Jason and Steve get the rundown from Tom.
Doitforthevillage finished off another great season by finishing 4th in the Red Rum chase on the Thursday of the Grand National meeting, bringing his total earnings to over £80,000
Paddy debriefs the owners after Doitforthevillage is 6th at Cheltenham.
All the staff turn out to send Doitforthevillage off.
A great run by Doitforthevillage 6th in the Grand Annual despite meeting traffic problems at every turn.
On Friday at Cheltenham Un Beau Roman and Doitforthevillage both went looking to take the prize in the feature race of the day, The BetVictor Handicap Chase.
Un Beau Roman was looking to retain his title after winning the race last year. Meanwhile, Doitforthevillage has been progressing we throughout the year, winning 5 races, and was now in a position to take on Un Beau and the rest of the 9 strong field.
It was an exciting race, in front of a packed out Cheltenham Grandstand. Both horses took a little time to get into their stride, but it was Doitforthevillage who was out in front two out from home. Un Beau Roman finished strongly under Nick Scholfield, suggesting there is more to come from the former Cheltenham winner. But none of the field could catch Doitforthevillage, who powered up the famous Cheltenham hill to win the race and secure Paul Henderson Racing’s 3rd Cheltenham winner, retaining the BetVictor Handicap Chase for the yard.