With no runners on Monday, a five strong team we were sent to Fontwell, some of whom making comebacks agfter lengthy spells on the sidelines. Katie Too was having her first start over hurdles after previously running to a good standard in bumpers last season. On very testing ground she travelled and jumped extremely well, with only one mistake to note which she seemed to learn from very quickly. She was the only 4 year old in the race and ran out a 20 length winner and was very green on the run in, the fact that she was the only hurdling debutante in the field makes her performance even more pleasing. The Barbury Queen was having her second run over hurdles, and although she struggled to travel in the testing conditions she stayed on well in the closing stages, she is a mare with a stamina packed pedigree and will continue to progress as there is still plenty of development to come.
Ziga Boy was having his second start of the season after recently pulling up at Exeter in testing conditions. Throughout the race he seemed to jump and travel well but eventually weakened 3 fences from home. He was always as horse that we thought would relish testing conditions over 3 miles with his breeding and the way he moves, however looking back through his form his best performances have been on a sounder surface, we will now look for a race shorter in trip provided that he runs in similar ground conditions to yesterday
Tickety Bleue was making a her long awaited return to the racecourse after having nearly 2 years off through injury. She put up a tremendous run in what would have been her minimum trip and such testing ground to eventually finish just over 10 lengths in 3rd. She will greatly improve for this run and it is great to see her back on the racecourse.
The Mumper rounded off the day, he too was making a comeback to track after over a year and a half off. The race was ran at a steady pace and resulted in a few minor jumping mistakes, however he sadly made a bad mistake at the 3rd last fence when coming under pressure and took a heavy fall, thankfully both he and Wayne walked away unscathed.
Its been a good week so far, and the horses continue to please us, both at home on the schooling grounds and our gallops and hopefully our run of good form can continue.