It was great to see Chelsea Flyer win last Thursday at Doncaster for his owners Rosemary Luck and Deidre Walker. He has been a remarkably consistent young horse for them not finishing outside of the top three in all his seven starts, bar one. He won last week without having a hard race, quickening clear of the rest of the field even though he is still a big baby. The EBF final at Sandown is a target for him if the ground comes up goodish but he wouldn’t run there if it was soft. Both Chelsea and Full Irish have this race as a target but they both need very different conditions – with Full Irish going best on softer conditions so we will see nearer the time where we go with them both.
It was nearly a perfect day on Thursday as Majestic Moll, owned by Nick Mustoe and my father, ran an absolute stormer at Huntingdon and just got caught on the line. It was only her second run, in quite quick succession. She is a lovely mare, and ideally, she wants better ground, so we will hang on to her for a bit before running her again and hope to target a mare’s bumper before the end of the season.
Buster Thomas was a star on Saturday to finish second in the novice’s hurdle at Warwick for Axom racing. He settled and jumped well and I feel he ran a better race than when he won previously at Lingfield. He didn’t have a hard race, as once the winner had flown, Tom Scudamore just looked after him and he beat the remainder of the field comfortably. The winning horse just had a bit more match practice over Buster. We will step Buster up in trip now.
Flemcara made his debut over hurdles on Tuesday at Fontwell and finished second. Again, he ran very well and I am really pleased with the way this horse is going. He is owned by Andy and the Frisky Fillies, who have enjoyed some great days with good horses such as Tana River, as well as a few shockers, which need not be named! They are made up of some frisky fillies including my mother and both Andrew and John, who are meant to keep the girls under control – they have an uphill task!
Currently we have over sixty horses in training and since re-locating to Bonita Racing Stables touch wood – they seem to be running very well on the racecourse. In fact, we have already trained more winners this season than in the whole of last season from our old base as well as a good deal more prizemoney so it is very much full steam ahead!
The weights for the Randox Health Grand National were unveiled last night at a very glitzy affair in London. Junction Fourteen has been given 10 stone 6, we are very pleased with that and it is very much our plan to head to Aintree with him on 8 April. He will have a prep run at either Kelso or Doncaster on the 4th March or if the ground is not suitable he could run in one of the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival. He absolutely loves his jumping so we are all really looking forward to the big race. I have been rather entertained with twitter the last day and the responses to a poem I tweeted on valentines.
Roses are Red, But beechers is green
This years Grand National winner, Is Junction Fourteen!
Daffodills yellow, Lillies in white
Come April the 8th, Let’s hope Emma’s right!