Another double at Kempton
We had another fantastic day at Kempton on Friday with a double for the team and a four timer for Nico (he also had a double for Nicky.) Ballyhenry kicked off the day by winning the novice hurdle. It was really great to see Henry back to winning ways this season, as we have always held him in high regard. He beat Label Des Obeaux (who had a penalty) but has won a grade 2 and obviously is a lovely horse. I was pleased to see Henry’s gutsy character as he was off the bridle before many of the others, but proved tough galloping all the way to the line in ground that was hard work for him and went away from the others before the line. Nico said he should improve for some better ground, with this in mind we might think about the Sefton Novices’ hurdle at Aintree over 3 miles as the ground should be in his favour.
Silvergrove proved to us at Kempton that he is still improving, each time he runs he looks better and better. He made all under Nico, jumping superbly well to win by 2 and a quarter lengths, they drew a further 11 lengths clear of the 3rd horse. He is a horse that absolutely loves his job and just keeps galloping, a true old fashioned chaser who has a huge heart. Our target before his race at Kempton was to run him at Cheltenham in the Kim Muir and hopefully after his win he should go up a few pounds to get in. Depending on what mark he gets the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap on the first day of the festival may be another option.
At the beginning of last week we took Silvergrove, Local Show, A Hare Breath and Barters Hill to Hen Knight’s to school them with Yogi Breisner. David and Nico rode them and they all jumped extremely well, starting off over the show jumps, which got them thinking and they then schooled over the hurdles and fences. It was very interesting to hear Yogi talking about the horses jumping techniques and how to correct any errors they were making. I have uploaded a few pictures from the morning….
The week ahead could hold a few excitements for the yard. Cassie will probably run in her first handicap at Towcester. This is a mare we have always liked a lot but she seems to have taken a while to come to hand. Showboater will be aiming to make it 3 from 3 this season with another run at Fontwell where he has won twice this season. Drumacoo will run at Ascot on Saturday in the Grade 2 Reynoldstown novices’ chase. He is a very exciting horse and is in very good order.