A fantastic five!
It has only been two weeks since I wrote the last blog and in that time we have had 5 winners!
Ravens Tower kicked us off with a fantastic win at Huntingdon over fences last Tuesday, he was his usual electric self and jumped amazingly to win easily in the end. We were so pleased to see him back to form as last year he was slightly up and down and was not the easiest to train. He seems better than ever again now so we are looking forward to rest of the season with him.
On Wednesday Always Lion won a novice hurdle at Ludlow. It was a hot race with plenty of promising types in it. Lion made the running under Nico and kept stretching the field meaning nothing got to him. He obviously had come on for his first run at Worcester when he was 2nd. He has been given a mark of 125 which is high enough so we will have to get the programme book out and set him a target for later in the season.
Our last runner of the week was the beautiful A Hare Breath at Cheltenham who probably needs no introduction to most of you who will have been aware of the huge gamble that was landed on this horse! I’d just like to reiterate what Ben said that no one on the yard backed “Harry” as by the time we had got there he had been backed from 25’s to 4-1 (probably thanks to the team at Seven Barrows!) I really wish all the rumours that we had a huge gamble on him were true and my favourite tweet following the race was this one:
“Ben Pauling had no idea why the money had come but he can’t wait to buy his penthouse in Monte Carlo next week”.
All joking aside A Hare Breath winning at Cheltenham was the most magical day and one we will never forget. A Hare Breath confirmed all our hopes by storming up the hill to win impressively on Friday after been off the track for 695 days. We were so thrilled for his owners Mr and Mrs Embiricos who have been incredibly patient with this lovely horse who has had many problems along the way. Their patience was rewarded and I am pleased to report that he has come out of his race very well.
Yesterday we had a double at Southwell for Paul & Clare Rooney and their third winner of the week after Always Lion’s victory. Pithivier was a very impressive winner (bar a near miss at the last!) and went on to win by 9 lengths. We have always throught a huge amount of this horse and felt he was unlucky last season so it is great to get his head in front. Then Willoughby Court won the bumper also under Nico who gave him a fantastic ride as he was very green still and clearly didn’t know what to do with his ability! He is only 4 and a horse who has a very bright future ahead of him.
We almost rounded the Rooneys 7 days in style today with Space Walker just getting touched off in a very competitive Conditional jockeys hurdle at Warwick. He led all bar the line but it was a marked improvement on last season, which is great to see. Lets hope the handicapper isn’t too mean.