George rode Crossley Tender today for his final piece of fast work before the Eider Chase, he worked with Lisronagh Stone, who is a strong worker, and Our Nest Egg who can also work well. The horses normally go individually at about 28 miles an hour to the three Furlong marker then join each other and go strong from the three Furlong marker, they normally drop off a speed of around 38 mph by the five furlong but today because three were working together they were slightly steadier at the 3 to the 4 furlongs but continued to build in speed and were strong up until the 6 furlong marker. All three riders were pleased with the way the horses went . George felt it was a strong piece of work and they got progressively faster and Crossley took some pulling up at the end of the gallop. George is my most experienced rider but doesn’t ride Crossley very often but mentioned that Natasha had done a good job in riding him over the last couple of months as he was so much more settled since the last time she sat on him.
Richard Johnson takes the ride on Crossley Tender at Ascot to Finnish 3rdin the Matchbook Best Odds Handicap Chase.
Once again Crossley put in a great performance althought he did make a couple of slight errors, Richard felt the track was plenty fast enough and so just put his jumping under a bit of pressure.
Crossley wins again at Exeter. He continues his amazing run of form by taking the MansionBet Bet 10 Get 20 Handicap Chase.
Doitforthevillage started the New Year with a bang, winning at Sandown Park only a day after turning 12 years old. Tom O'brien rode Doit to his first win in just over two years, aided by a combination of favourable conditions, further trip and excellent performance.
It'll be another couple of weeks before he's fit to race ride, but it was great to see him back in the saddle and we wish him a full recovery!
follows up with a win over hurdles at Fontwell.
Given a cool waiting ride once again by Nick Schofield.
Unfortunately later in the day as Nick pulled up he was struck by a loose horse and sustained two fractures to his leg. Poor Nick how unlucky.
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten