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A successful week

Posted on: 20th Mar 2016

ESTEEMABLE won her second race on the trot when winning at Lingfield on Friday. She is a tricky young lady but as long as she goes on winning we will forgive her. She is very impatient and does not enjoy standing still for any longer than about two seconds. Laura Toller rides her and for some amazing reason loves her as we all do when she wins!

Hopefully George Wood is at home this weekend celebrating his first win earlier in the week. It is such a milestone in a young jockeys life and one that he will remember for ever.

Cheltenham as always had many wonderful stories. Nicky Henderson did amazingly well to get Sprinter Sacre back to win another Queen Mother Champion Chase and also to get Bobs Worth to finish third in The World Hurdle. Annie Power was a very able substitute for Faugheen in the Champion Hurdle and bolted up, what a lovely mare to own. Personally I thought Thistlecrack was the most effortless and my favourite winner of the week in the World Hurdle. Even though he is no spring chicken he has not had a lot of racing and will still be an exciting horse for the next few years to come yet.

Racing is such a leveller and after a wonderful day on Thursday the Tizzard family were brought abruptly back to earth over the next two days. Who is to say where Cue Card would have finished if he hadn't fallen but he was still going ominously well and he would certainly have given Don Cossack a fight in the Gold Cup. To make things even worse their Golden Chieftain fell at the last in the Midlands Grand National yesterday when seven lengths clear at the last. I do not know the Tizzard family but they are always so magnanimous when something goes wrong and I felt sad for them. Hopefully they wont dwell on the disappointments but celebrate their great win on Thursday.

We took our horses who were working yesterday to Waterhall which is a real trek and as far as you can go on the heath. It is a long exercise but the horses do seem to enjoy it there. You also find out about how fit they are. It is a difficult place to get right first time if you have not been up there before. You are working away from home for a starter and some horses are much more relaxed than when they are heading for home. As always some went very well and some were found out on what was tacky testing ground. It will be interesting to see how much they come on before they head back up there again or before they go over to the racecourse to work. It usually brings them on a ton.

We had HIGHER POWER, STAR STORM & COLUMN working together, LORD GEORGE & SAM MISSILE, KNIGHT OWL & ZEST, MR PICKWICK, NOBLE STAR & REGICIDE and the last two were ALZEBARH & KING OF NAPLES. It is always fun seeing them work on the grass for the first time and this was no exception.

Saturdays are usually quite busy with people coming to see their horses. The Johnstones were out early to see MR PICKWICK working. We are very happy with MR P as he has settled down a lot and is enjoying his work and going nicely. Later on we had Hermione Scrope arrived to see her two FRED ARCHER RACING horses, THE TIN MAN & LORD GEORGE. We are taking our time with THE TIN MAN as there is not a lot for him early in the season, he is just beginning to come to himself and will start doing faster work either next week of the week after, LORD GEORGE should be ready to run in about three weeks time as he has now done two pieces of work. Bill Rowley had just been to see his new filly foal at Brook Stud who is a half sister to ARTHENUS. He dropped by to see him afterwards. ARTHENUS is at the same stage as THE TIN MAN and sometimes they exercise as they did yesterday. He has done incredibly well over the winter and looks fantastic. Sometimes when I am taking photos of the horses it is very difficult to get nice ones of some of them but ARTHENUS is so photogenic that it is hard to take a bad one. He is a very good looking horse and one we hope has improved over the winter.