18th June 2016
What a great 10 days it has been for the yard, all the hard work by everyone is showing and the horses are in great form.
Big Sound got the ball rolling last Thursday, ridden for the first time by Emma Todd he was always to the fore and hit the front just before the last going on to win in good style. He has now won 5 races for us and if he continues in similar form he will have a good chance of making it 6 when he runs at Uttoxeter next month, he will again be ridden by Emma who gave him a great ride. Below is a picture of the pair schooling the day before the race.
The following day it was Cornborough's turn, he ran at Aintree. Having only his 4th race over hurdles he travelled smoothly through the race and really dug deep when necessary and ran down the long time leader to win by 1/2 a length under Jake Greenall. He is now 3 from 4 over hurdles and will head for a listed handicap hurdle at Market Rasen next month.
Miss Conway made it 3 in a row winning at Hexham on Saturday, she is really progressing well and it was a special win as she is our first home bred winner. She is out of Miss Pross who was a six time winner for us, hopefully Miss Conway who is her first foal will be as successful.
I was at York with Woody Bay on Saturday, when I watched the winner at Hexham I thought that would surely be the end of the winning run, luckily I was wrong! Woody Bay has had a slow start to the season but we were going into the race with quiet confidence as his regular work rider Will Millburn told me he thought 'Woody' was starting to come alive up the gallops. It was a really tight finish with three horses in with a chance in the last few strides, under a strong ride from Dougie Costello he managed to get his head in front just before the line. York is a track that I have especially wanted to get a winner at as it is a local track and also one of the most prestigious courses in the North. To achieve this was a special feeling. Below is a picture of Woody Bay (middle) in the final few strides.
Yesterday after some average efforts Mr Snoozy finally showed us what he is capable over hurdles at Market Rasen yesterday as he won effortlessly by 19 lengths. He has had his problems over the last couple of years but it now looks like they are behind him. Below is a picture of him in the winner's enclosure.
Next week we have got a few horses running with chances so I am hoping to keep the good run going.