December/ January round up.
The last few weeks of December left us celebrating at the Christmas party! We had two winners that week, and yes, of course, we celebrated them! It’s so nice when my team and I can really enjoy those moments. Everyone had a great evening with plenty of jager bombs being drunk through the night and I’m sure there were a few sore heads in the morning!
We’ve had 10 runners this month with some promising runs. REDMOND ran a great race at Fontwell on the 27th December. He is such a fun horse to train and gives the owners some great days out. He rallied up the running to finish second. SHINTORI headed to Chepstow on the 18th January after his win the previous month. He is a very keenly ran horse who just loves to get on with his job. He finished fourth overall, just not getting home in the gluey Chepstow ground.
We’ve had a few lows as with every other trainer due to the weather. We’ve got horses ready to go but with races being abandoned I will have to rethink where to run them. REBAL COMMANDER unfortunately got brought down at Taunton on the 19th January. He was travelling well when the horse in front fell. It was EARTH SPIRIT’S first run for me this season. He is a big horse who has a lot of growing left to do. He fell at the last fence but he and Nick both got up fine. I had him scoped for stomach ulcers and it showed he had them quite badly. He is now on the appropriate treatment so will expect an improvement the next time we see him on the track. The biggest loss we’ve had this month is losing a very nice 5 year old – JIMAL MAGIC. He ran in the Newcomer’s Bumper at Wincanton on the 17th January. It became apparent after the race he had suffered a stress fracture on his near hind. We followed the vet’s instructions, caring for him at home, however his injury was fatal. He was a very much-loved horse with plenty of ability and will be sorely missed.
We’ve had two new horses arrive on the yard this month. A filly called LINE OF BEAUTY who’s out of the stallion Helmet. She’s ran 8 times on the flat and has been placed in several outings. I will look forward to running her closer to the summer. UNIVERSAL COMMAND is the second horse, who’s out of the stallion Delegator. He is a flat winner, winning at Wolverhampton with 7 runs under his belt. These have both brought in two new owners to the yard which is always lovely.
With the snow coming, I don’t know where my next runners will be, but all the horses and staff are well and excited for the rest of the season.