We only had the one runner at Aintree with Willoughby Court in the Champion bumper, he ran really well to finish 5th and was only beaten 5 and half lengths with the Cheltenham Champion bumper winner Ballyandy only a length in front. The form looks very strong with the two Mulins horses that were first and second we second and third in the Cheltenham bumper as well. He is an extremely exciting prospect for next year as he is a fantastic jumper and obviously needs further than 2 miles- we are looking forward to his novice hurdling campaign next year!
On Sunday we had 2 runners at Market Rasen. Malibu Sun made all and jumped really well, he just got tired and made a mistake at the last and then faded but he will come on for that run and we are looking to run him in a couple weeks when the ground has dried up a bit. Bally Gilbert ran in his first bumper and ran a great race to finish 2nd he is a lovely big horse that was bought with chasing in mind which was evident that he just didn’t have the turn of foot that the winner had in the closing stages. He will not run again this season; we will turn him out and look after him for next season with him.
This week we have a few entries. On Thursday Ballyhenry and Treaty Girl are entered at Cheltenham. Ballyhenry (ground depending) will be making his handicap debut in a hurdle race over 3 miles and Treaty Girl is entered in two races; a listed mares novice hurdle and a listed mares handicap hurdle, we have yet to decide which she will go for. We also have a couple of our unraced bumper horses entered at the end of the week, Kalanisi Circle (Barters Hill’s full brother) is entered at Southwell on Friday and Smoking Dixie has an entry at Bangor on Saturday. Both horses we think a lot of and have done some lovely pieces of work at home so we look forward to what they can produce on the track.
The picture on the blog is one that Ben took the other morning of 1st lot on the gallops.