A special winner at Hexham last night with Andhaar rolling back the years to win the staying handicap hurdle in good style, the Bissetts have put a lot of care and attention into bringing their old favourite back to form and it was wonderful to see it all come together. In the same race Frankies Promise ran sort of ok to be 6th but remains a shadow of his former self and McGinty’s Dream stayed on to finish a close 4th.
Today at Doncaster Sales I was delighted to be able to buy Manetti, a good looking horse with an excellent pedigree he has top class Irish pointing form in the book including winning his last two, he appears very well bought and is for sale – don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any interest.
We have two horses scheduled to be sold at Goffs Doncaster Sale late tomorrow afternoon, they should both win more races and would be welcome back at Kinneston for new connections….
Gold Opera (662) has won six chases and goes to the sales on the back of what Timeform describes as a career best run when he won at Newcastle last month, a 125 rated 9yo he has the bonus of being a novice over hurdles, he can continue to progress in handicaps or would make a high class Hunter Chaser or Point-to-Pointer, goes on most ground apart from firm, easy to do in every way and very straightforward to train.
Massinis Lady (661) was 2nd in a point-to-point last spring prior to being runner up twice over hurdles to two very progressive horses, she then won a novice chase in good style at Wetherby and is a good looking 7yo with plenty more to offer either under rules or back in the pointing field. We know these horses well and reiterate that we would be pleased to continue to train them. Our other three sales entries – The Bishop, McGinty’s Dream and Top Cat Henry have been withdrawn.
Delighted that Allthekingshorses won the NPPA Conditions Race at the Border point-to-point yesterday, sent off the outsider of five he stayed on strongly to win what may well end up being his final race in good style – great for Jamie to bag another winner and keep him hungry for more!
And a perfect day on Saturday, morning out with the horses, a Royal Wedding lunch, an afternoon round the farm then a couple of hours in the office prior to a party at night…. the weather certainly helps.
Despite only having 15 horses left in work the weekend was spent trying to get ahead with a busy week looming at Doncaster sales Tues – Thurs and an evening meeting at Hexham on Tues to fit in where we have three declared runners on ground that should be good watered summer ground.
We start with two runners in the staying handicap hurdle at 7pm, Frankie’s Promise (Lucy) and Andhaar (Blair Campbell), 11 run. Frankie is returning from a spell point-to-pointing and looks well treated relative to his earlier form however it’s a long time since we’ve seen any of that! Andhaar has similarly come down a long way in the weights and his run over course and distance 10 days ago wasn’t a bad effort at all so he could run well off a low weight.
McGinty’s Dream then runs in the 8.30, 6 run and Lucy rides, he ran well to be 4th of 17 over hurdles last time here and was still travelling sweetly when blundering 4 out last time over fences so hopefully he will go well despite being out of the handicap proper.
So how did we do at Perth last week….. a bit frustrating not to manage a winner from our 10 runners but I was pleased with how they ran in general with 5 out of the 10 making the first 4.
We have three horses going to the sales on Thursday all of which should win more races and would be enthusiastically received back here at Kinneston if anyone would like to buy them.
Glorious weather so far today, blue skies and sunshine, a little cooler and will be late back from Perth tonight so a quick preview of our five likely runners tomorrow, ground given as on the easy side of good still and will need to remain that way for them all to line up.
Koala Keel likes good ground and was running a big race when taking a heavy fall at the last hurdle at the Perth April meeting, she is fresh and well now though and if her confidence is in tact and she runs a similar race tomorrow she shouldn’t be far away in the first race at 2pm, Grant rides and 11 run. Then Fly Rory Fly runs in the 3m novice chase at 2.30, 4 run and whilst he is wrong at the weights with a couple he does at least have chasing experience which the others lack, Lucy rides.
Frankies Promise then makes a return to racing under rules in the 4.45 after a season point-to-pointing; he finished that on a good note with a promising 2nd at the end of April but will have to progress again tomorrow to prove well treated off his current mark, Lucy rides and 10 run.
Very different underfoot conditions for Titian Boy in the 5.15, if they suit him and he handles the tight track then he should run well, too big “ifs” mind you – Henry Brooke rides and 9 run. Finally we run Craiganboy in the 5.50, Grant rides and 8 run, he ran very well to be 2nd here last time and a repeat of that should see him involved at the business end.
Ladies Day tomorrow, forecast is great and bound to be a huge crowd creating a wonderful atmosphere; 8 races and some 35 minute gaps so plenty of time for many to get spectacularly sozzled, not so the Trainer of course, he will be far too busy…..