Yet again it has been a very busy, but productive week for everyone involved here and thankfully the boss seems to be making frequent visits to the winners enclosure. Over the last week or so we have introduced plenty of youngsters to the racecourse and on the whole, their debuts for the yard were very pleasing indeed.
Sir Anthony Browne and Thomas Shelby made their debuts at Kempton last week in a bumper, with Sir Anthony displaying his great attitude and ability to close strongly in the race to win by just over 2 lengths. Thomas Shelby also put up a good performance and as expected showed a lot greenness throughout the race, despite this he finished a solid 5th held by 8 lengths, both of these will improve both mentally and physically from their first day at the races.
Herewego Herewego a Kalanisi half brother to Puffin Billy, showed great promise on his debut at Newbury in what looked to be a good novice hurdle, travelling and jumping well he just got tired in the latter part of the race and he too will come on leaps on bounds for this experience.
Laser Light, placed on his second start in a point to point in Ireland, made his debut in a bumper at Towcester on very testing ground, travelling with considerable ease throughout the race to eventually pull 7 lengths clear of the second placed horse without being asked any serious questions, with the 3rd place horse a further 18 lengths back. A very pleasing debut for everyone involved.
Messire Des Obeaux, a smashing 4 year old by a sire having great success this season in Saddler Maker, made his English debut at Haydock, having had 3 starts in his native France. He made a great start to his career in England finishing 3rd by just over 2 lengths in what was a steady run race which would have never suited this strong galloping type. He, like the rest of our young horses have come out of their races in great form and they should all prove to be exciting prospects to follow for seasons to come.
Cheltenham preparations are going very well and with a bit of luck we will hopefully get all our intended runners there in one piece, and make that very special walk into the winners enclosure .We have a good list of novice hurdlers, bumper horses and juveniles entered up this week and with Cheltenham moving ever closer it will be interesting to see how these promising youngsters perform and if in years to come they too will make the trip to Prestbury in March.