BLAZING DESERT won again on the all weather at Wolverhampton on saturday night to make it two wins a 2nd and a 4th on his 4 starts at the venue since being with us. There was one none runner leaving a field of 4 and he made fairly light work of it as soon as a gap opened up the inside rail on the home straight, he hit the front going well only to idle a bit before the line to win by a head under Luke Morris.
Dessie will continue to look for opportunities at Wolverhampton as he seems to enjoy it round there and I see no reason why he shouldn’t continue to acquit himself well round there and keep getting in the winners enclosure. We may well also look for another race over hurdles for him around 2 miles as I think he well handicapped in that sphere too.
He is currently under my ownership and is for sale to stay in the yard and is OUTSTANDING VALUE!
AMBER CLOUD won the Mares 2 mile Novice Hurdle at Catterick yesterday. On only her second start over hurdles having previously been 2nd first time at Newcastle back in November, she made all the running and put in a great round of jumping to win by 2 and a half lengths.
It was a very welcome win for AMBER as we have been very patient waiting for the right race and better ground conditions to show her at her best. The plan was to try and win a novice hurdle with her and then try and get her in foal as she was bought primarily to breed from. She has now won and been placed in bumpers and been 1st and 2nd in 2 runs over hurdles. She has been booked in to be covered by ROBIN DES CHAMPS so hopefully all being well she will get in foal and then we may consider running her again whilst in foal.
GWLADYS STREET winning on sunday was a welcome reward for the yard as the horses had been running well and knocking on the door all week.
FIDDLEESTICKS put in a decent performance to finish 3rd behind 2 much more experienced rivals on his hurdling debut at Catterick on tuesday. He travelled very well and his jumping was getting quicker and sharper before he made a near race ending mistake as the race was starting to take shape at the 2nd flight down the back. He lost a lot of ground and momentum and did extremely well and showed great attitude to get going again and gallop all the way to the line to get 3rd. I was really pleased with the performance and he is lovely prospect for the future. We are not putting him under too much pressure at the moment as he has got an awful lot of strengthening up to do yet and I am quite confident we will see an even better horse next year. I think he is quite an exciting prospect.
MAC STEAMY had his first run in a handicap hurdle at Catterick over 3 miles. He travelled really well, too well in fact as he took a keen hold and never took a blow until it was too late. Having looked the winner turning into the home straight I knew our fate as he had done too much and finished a not beaten far 4th. In hindsight we probably should not have tried to hold him up. We will probably drop him in trip next time and ride him a bit handier.
KYKATE was 2nd at Bangor over 2 miles 1f and was ultimately beaten by a very well handicapped rival. She jumped fantastically well from the front and was only caught approaching the last to be beaten around 5 lengths. She has been very unlucky not to win this time having run in some very competitive races but I am sure she will break her duck over fences soon which is more than she deserves.
THEMANFROMMURROE made a very encouraging debut at Sedgefield in the bumper for owner/breeder Kieron Hickey. He looked like an old pro as he travelled really well in behind the leaders only loosing a little bit of ground as they went up the hill for the final time. Harry Challoner let him take a blow and he finished really strongly to end up 5th, 14 lengths behind the winner and behind 4 much more experienced rivals. In fact all 4 in front had either won a bumper or point-to-point before this race so it was a very pleasing display.
GWLADYS STREET won for the 2nd consecutive time at Sedgefield on sunday in the 3m 3f 0-110 handicap hurdle for the MISSING LINK syndicate. He was up 11 lbs in the handicap from his previous race where he won over the same course and distance back in January.
Charlie Huxley rode him and had him settled in and jumping well just behind the leaders right from the start before taking it up on the final circuit. He jumped the final flight upsides the 2nd horse before pulling clear only to the idle slightly in front giving the 2nd horse a chance to come back at him. As a result there was a stewards enquiry as the 2 horses came close on the run in but there was no wrong doing by either side and the result was never really in doubt as he won by half a length.
It was another step forward by Gwladys Street who is proving to be quite progressive this season having finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st and 1st on his last four starts. This is what we had always hoped as he is a big horse who is gradually growing into himself and maturing mentally and we have always given the time to do so.
We will continue to run him over hurdles this season where he will want a good 3 miles preferably on a galloping track and is better suited by a bit of cut in the ground. He will be schooled over fences this time before he is turned away and will go novice chasing next season as that is what he is bred and built to do.