I was delighted with Full Irish winning at Leicester last Wednesday for owner Nick Mustoe and jockey Aidan Coleman. He seemed to handle the ground much better than some of the others in the field and ran a lovely race. His aim for this season if the EBF final at Sandown in early March, but there is no doubt that chasing is what we are most looking forward to in the future with this fella.
We were all very proud of Fortunate George on Saturday who galloped away despite the really testing conditions at Sandown on Saturday to finish a very gallant second with Leighton Aspell riding. Some of his owners were at Twickenham, but I think they could be heard cheering George home in the final stages all the way from the stadium! We may struggle to get into any of the hurdle handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival but we will make an entry with him never the less and if he doesn’t make the cut we will have the option of the consolation races instead.
Chief Sitting Bull was our other runner last week at Wincanton on Thursday with Daryl Jacob riding for owner Tony Byrne. It was his second outing on a racecourse and he travelled well but just got a bit tired in the soft ground. There will certainly be more to come of him in the future.
The first entry stage for the Grand National was last week and we entered Junction Fourteen on behalf of his owners Tim Syder and Martin St Quinton. Although he is not an overly big horse, he loves his jumping, which is rather important in this race (!). He also prefers slightly better ground, which we are more likely to get in April and he has proved he stays three miles on his last outing at Ascot. Ideally, we will give him a prep run in March and then go for the big one!
It’s a quiet beginning to the week, and we are unlikely to declare some of our entries as the ground looks too soft, but I hope we will be making declaration’s this week and have some runners by the weekend.
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