As we know, January is always a quieter month in terms of runners for Folly House and with it still being post-flu-vac, we are still in the process of getting back into full steam.
However, I was thrilled that our first runner for Kate and Andrew Brooks, Fortunate Fred, ran very well on his racecourse debut at Huntingdon last week to be 3rd in what looked to be a very competitive bumper.
It’s wonderful to be attracting horses that carry familiar silks, and I think Fortunate Fred looks to have a promising future ahead of him. He travelled well and although he looked a bit green, he stayed on really strongly to pick up 3rd place as he ran through the line.
We’ll probably look to win a bumper with him this spring and bring him back to go novice hurdling in the autumn.
Unfortunately, Thomas MacDonagh didn’t stay in the Grade 2 River Don Saturday. It turned into a proper staying race, and they probably got racing too far from home.
We will look at tinkering with his wind before a possible drop back in trip. He’s a chaser in the making, and has performed very well over hurdles, so we’ll not be in any rush with him now as we can’t wait to see him over a fence next season.
Pisgah Pike ran well when 4th at Fakenham. He likes better ground, so he’ll most likely go away until the summer now. He’s ran to a mark of 110-115, so he should be a horse to have plenty of fun with over the summer and autumn months.
Coole Well had finished 2nd on five of his six starts, so it was unfortunate to see him unseat Max Kendrick at Sedgefield. It’s just one of these things and we’re confident he can go and get his head in front soon.
On Thursday, Battleofthesomme will line up at Ffos Las. The handicapper did us no favours with his mark after winning on his first two starts for us. However, he should be competitive in this company and if the race cuts up, he could get his head in front again.
Ask Robin will travel to Taunton on Sunday. He won his PTP before arriving here. However, he’s had a couple of issues along the way. He’s picked up a mark of 102 after three starts over hurdles, and it remains to be seen how fair that is.
I believe he’ll be seen to better effect over fences and this looks like a nice handicap to get him started.
The Honeydipper is entered in a Conditional handicap Hurdle at Taunton. He’s picked up a mark off the back of three novice hurdles. Ben Hicks, our conditional jockey, gets on with him well and will take 7Ibs off. It should be a great day for connections and we’re hopeful he can run his race.
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