MATCHLOCK ran a fantastic race yesterday on his racecourse debut at Uttoxeter in the 2m 4f maiden hurdle. He was a little bit keen early on as they did not go much of a gallop due to the very testing ground conditions but he did finally settle and put in a very good round of jumping. He showed great attitude as he galloped all the way to the line to finish 7th of 12 against much more experienced horses.
He will improve for the experience mentally and physically and should go on to win races in the future over hurdles and fences and he will definitely get 3 miles plus in the future.
MATCHLOCK has been with us since he was 3 years old when we bought him out of the Tattersalls Derby sale. He is now 6 and is by top National Hunt stallion HERON ISLAND and is a close relation to the useful hurdle/chase winner RANSBORO. He has just taken a bit of time to come to physically as he was always a bit on the weak side. He is now really strengthening up and his mentality has never been in question, he loves his work and has always been a great jumper since we first had him over poles at 3 years old.
MATCHLOCK is another horse owned by the yard and is for SALE to stay in the yard for £8000.
BLAZING DESERT just got pipped on the run in last night at Wolverhampton to go down by a neck in the 1m 4f 0-75 handicap hurdle for The Deeside Partnership.
It was a valiant effort up 4lbs in the handicap and dropped 2 furlongs in trip from his previous run when he won at the same venue. The winner was carrying 1lb less (4yr old allowance) despite being rated 2lbs higher in the handicap.
He will continue to run on the all weather for the time being until the ground dries up when we will then look to find some more opportunities for him over hurdles and fences. In the meantime he should continue to be competitive on the level and hopefully get his owners back in the winners enclosure as long as we can keep him fit and well.
MAC STEAMY ran a tremendous race to finish 3rd in the 2m 6f novice hurdle at Wetherby yesterday for the Steam Powered Syndicate. In what was very testing ground, Macca took the race up with just under a circuit to go and made it into a real test only to get headed on the approach to the 2nd last and he battled on well to keep 3rd.
He has now finished 3rd on his last 2 starts over hurdles and so qualifies for a handicap mark. He should improve for a step up in trip and when faced with a fence. We will see what kind of mark he gets and it could well be possible that he goes chasing next but for the time being we will keep all options open and hope that the handicapper is kind to us.