We’ve had no runners over the past week since the recent weather conditions have put paid to a lot of racing, and it looks like we’ll be lucky to see it all resuming to normal this week.
It’s a frustrating time for everyone involved. When there’s a lot of racing, although it’s busy, you get rewarded with winners. But in this situation, there is still plenty of work to do at home but with not much racing, it can get a bit demoralising for the team.
There is a real need to keep morale up and keep driving forward as there is light at the end of the tunnel with the spring festivals just around the corner.
We’ve been waiting to run Legends Ryde off the back of a wind op for a while now. She was a very good bumper mare, although she slightly disappointed on hurdling debut at Hexham.
We found afterwards that her wind was troubling her, so we’ve now had a bit of a tinker with that and she’s been away for a bit of jumping practice with Yogi Breisner; so we’ve done plenty with her.
We’re very much looking forward to getting her back on the track and hopefully that will be the case at Huntingdon on Thursday.
Alrightjack is entered in a few races over the coming days. He’ll be racing off the back of a wind-op after showing good form earlier in the season when he ran well in the Silver Trophy.
Since then he’s had a couple of disappointing runs. However, now we’ve worked on his wind we’re hoping to see improvement wherever he goes.
We have Kiltealy Briggs entered at the weekend up in Newcastle. We’re just working out where to go with him, with the two options being the Albert Bartlett or the EBF at Sandown, so it’s just a question of whether we get a run into him now or that we go straight there.
That’s yet to be decided, but he’s in great order and we’re looking forward to going into the spring with him.
Barrowlands was 2nd in four Point-to-Points before winning his maiden hurdle at Sedgefield. Again, I have put multiple entries in with so many meetings being abandoned, so it’s tricky to say where he’ll end up just now.
We’ve been waiting to go chasing with him, so we’re looking forward to getting him on the track.
Anythingforlove is entered in a few bumpers at the weekend with the aim for her to line up at Carlisle. She won her bumper first time out at Uttoxeter in impressive fashion and since then had a break off the back of having a flu jab. She’s been hard at work through February, so it will be nice to see her back on the track carrying a penalty.
Fortunate Fred ran well first time out when he was 3rd at Huntingdon. I think he’s improved off the back of that and I feel he is capable of winning a bumper, wherever he ends up.
With three weeks to go until the Cheltenham Festival, the entries closed for the handicaps this week. We have Alrightjack entered in the Pertemps, Adrrastos in the Grand Annual and Thomas MacDonagh in the Martin Pipe.
Adrrastos was a prolific winner in the summer and autumn months, and he’s working again after a winter break. The plan for him would be to go to the Topham at Aintree, as he jumps brilliantly and acts on spring ground, so we’ll need to wait and see what the weather brings at Cheltenham to see if he goes or not.
Thomas MacDonagh has been a three-time winner for us this season off a mark of 137. We tried stepping him up in trip in the Grade 2 River Don but he never quite stayed that day and he choked, so he’s since had a wind op.
He’s entered in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys race. Page has won with him twice already this season, so she knows him well and considering she’s only three winners away from losing her claim, it looks like she’ll be one of the better conditionals in the race.
Alrightjack has qualified for the Pertemps after Newbury. He needs to bounce back after having a wind op and will have to go up in the ratings to get in, so it all depends on how he gets on in his next run to see whether he gets there or not.