As we have been saying for the last few weeks, we have been trying to get the horses back to full health. Finally we think we are there and they have come back with a bang these last two days. Hurray!!
Making it four wins from four starts on Monday and Tuesday. We headed to Southwell on Monday with three hopefuls; TWO SWALLOWS, BOREHAM BILL and GLOBAL CITIZEN. It was the first day we really hoped we had got them back and out the other side of the head cold.
The wonderful mare TWO SWALLOWS would be first to take her chance against the boys which included Get On The Yager who was fresh off the back of a victory in the Roland Merrick Grade 3. He would however be giving her 15 pounds, putting them at about level on ratings.
For those of you who have not seen TWO SWALLOWS; she is as small a racehorse as you’ll come across. She would be no higher than shoulder height on the average person but her heart is bigger than any other.
Partnered with jockey Nico de Boinville she went off favourite. She sat in behind the leader who was heading out to the right when jumping and the rest of the field followed suit. She dug deep coming up the home straight with Get On The Yager upsides as they had a real battle, the little mare perhaps always just in front put in a good jump at the last to help put the race to bed, winning by about two lengths. She is a very special mare and it was wonderful to see her win over the bigger obstacles.
Mike and Sue Foran’s BOREHAM BILL lined up in the 2mile 4f in what was a competitive Maiden Hurdle with some good form from a few horses coming into the race. He had run well on both his hurdle starts but had jumped left at Huntingdon on Boxing Day so the obvious choice was to go left handed next time out.
He went into this in great form so we were very hopeful he would run a lovely race. He looked fantastic in the paddock and seemed to take the prelims in his stride. Daryl popped him out in front and he looked professional, jumped straight as a dye, and when Daryl asked him to dig deep he responded well and saw it out in style.
Then came the turn of GLOBAL CITIZEN who was the last leg of this treble seeking trio. This lovely horse arrived in the yard at the beginning of January. He had showed plenty of promise in his starts, winning two bumpers, before going hurdling this season. He is not only a lovely horse, he is also the full brother to someone who takes no introduction: the wonderful A HARE BREATH, so we are delighted to have both boys in our team, both horses are lovely, striking individuals. For those of you that saw his race we think you will agree that he won with the up most style and class. He hurdled well and showed what an exciting prospect he is. We and his owners’ The Megsons look forward to seeing what is to come from this stunning horse and hope the future is bright. What a great day for all and well done to the team for riding out the storm that was January. Patience has paid off and it’s nice to see the horses repaying this, but more importantly it’s so great to have them better.
OISTRAKH LE NOIR
Tuesday brought one runner. Simon Munir and Isaac Souede’s OISTRAKH LE NOIR headed to Market Rasen for the Juvenile. This lovely French recruit headed the market, with a front-running performance it was nice to see him win emphatic style for the double green colours.
Over the last month we have profiled horses and staff and today is the turn of the lovely TWO SWALLOWS. They say all good things come in small packages and that certainly is the case in this instance. This bright as a button mare arrived with us at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season. Her owner Carolyn Walters sent TWO SWALLOWS to us after she had had some time off. She came back into training with ease, a professional through and through, and she goes about her daily work effortlessly. With her fantastic attitude she soon affirmed herself as a favourite amongst everyone at the yard. Annabel, who rides her everyday, saw that this pint size mare had something about her from day one. Doncaster was to be the place where she would make her first start for the yard. Tom Cannon took the reins and giving her a patient ride she jumped to the lead after the last and won in style on her yard debut. This would be the start of what can only be described as a dream season for her. Her form read as 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, topping it all off with a win at the Cheltenham April Meeting where she battled tenaciously up the hill to get her head in front just before the line. This was a fantastic ride from Nico de Boinville who has been Swallow’s regular jockey since. After this she went for a well-deserved summer break at Stowell and came back in looking fabulous. The next year she went hurdling and it couldn’t have gone better and come this season the plan was for her to go Novice Chasing to see what she could over fences, and she has not disappointed. She headed to Fontwell for her first outing over the bigger obstacles and ran a gallant 2nd. Her next outing was to be in a Listed Race at Newbury where she finished 3rd and gained a most sought after black type. Her last run to date was then the one you’ve just read about: a wonderful win at Southwell earlier this week. She truly is a gem and is incredibly special to us, if only every horse had the heart that this little mare has.
STAFF PROFILE HANNAH WORGAN
‘There’s only one man for me and that’s Le Breuil/Brulee’ – Sorry Jack!
Han/Hannahbanna! Has been with us for three years after working at a couple of yards before this blond bombshell took up a place with Ben.
Someone who not only has a huge amount of knowledge but also cares, and does her horses beautifully. She is an asset to any team with the dedication she shows. They are always beautifully produced and best turned out prizes at the likes of Cheltenham have gone her way. However, don’t stand beside her when the race is going on as she’s a bit of a nervous watcher and the odd shriek comes out!
To say Han has a bit of a dream team would be fair with riding the likes of LE BREUIL and A HARE BREATH everyday. She rides very well and whether they’re tricky or chilled she will get on most horses. She is a laugh on any night out and a great member of our team.