We have been varying his routine just to keep the old boy interested. He had a nice canter round ‘The Bowl’ yesterday which he seemed to really enjoy. I feel it could be an idea to give him a spin back over hurdles to get his confidence back; however the Handicapper would have to drop him as he is off a mark of 127.
Really starting to sharpen up, Dave Crosse rode him this morning and felt he was doing his work a lot more easily. He thought he was more settled in his head. Another 3 or 4 weeks and he should be ready to take on the race track.
Did a good strong half speed this morning upsides Stoney Silence, he looks to have strengthened up enormously since he first started doing them. It was his most impressive bit he has done. The plan still remains the same, to keep it steady giving him every chance to grow into himself.
Duke of Monmouth
Heads off to Warwick today with every chance, he will love the ground and the trip and goes well fresh.
In the process of getting him freshened up, it is not taking much as he is still taking a keen hold up the gallops and is really enjoying life! He will hopefully be out again in a couple of weeks.
She has come on lots from her last couple of bits of work, which showed as she went so well in her work this morning. However she does still have a belly on her and will need a few more bits of work before she is ready.
In very good order, I am looking forward to sending him out on the track. There is a 3m H’Cap Chase at Bangor on 14th November which I think Charlie is planning for him.
Lord of House
He has come out of his race in great spirits. It is a very good sign as he has a light frame. He is back in his normal routine and will be worked again on Saturday. Charlie hopes to have him out again soon.
He has come on a tonne in the last week. He is looking fitter and going well. He took off with Charlie round ‘The Bowl’ yesterday which has done him the world of good as he worked like Shergar with Gavin on him this morning! There could be a race for him next Wednesday, due to the new rules there are no other suitable races in the near future.
Will run tomorrow at Towcester where he will love the ground, the track and the trip, however it is a hot contest.
Flew up the gallops this morning and heads to Sandown on Saturday, where I think he should run a good race.
Worked well this morning with Ballymurry, he is incredibly enthusiastic about his work. There is still a bit to come off his belly so the next few bits of work should conquer this before he hits the track. We might take him up the grass next week to bring him on a bit.
Ran a good race at Kempton on Monday, he just needs the ground to be a bit quicker for him than it was. He will now have a break and come back for some racing in the spring.
Charlie made the decision not to run him this week as he just felt he might come on for a few more bits of work. He could go to Ludlow next Thursday.
Schooled very well over fences last week, he will school over them again tomorrow. He worked strongly with Surrey Dream this morning, he looks to have come on a great deal since his run. He should hopefully be out again soon.
Did a nice half speed with Big Jer this morning. He seems to enjoy it and do it all very easily. He has held his weight very well whilst we have been upping his work.
Continuing to head in the right direction, however we still haven’t asked too much of her. She has been enjoying cantering on the grass up ‘back of the hill’, her work will be steadily increased.
It seems that the more we do with him the more he impresses us, he did his strongest bit of work yet this morning with Shocking Times. The plan still remains for him to have a run on the flat on the 21st November.
Van Diemens Land
Was given a mark of 110 after his run at Ascot on Saturday, he will be easier to place now with a mark. He came out of the race a bit stiff. I gave him a steady canter up the grass this morning which he loved.
Ran a blinder to finish 3rd at Kempton on Monday whilst carrying a penalty. He returned home fine, however he did lose a bit of weight which is not a bad thing as he will come on for it.
Who Owns Me
He remains in really good order at home, we are trying to keep him as fresh as possible. He did a strong piece this morning which he did with his usual enthusiasm. Charlie has put him in a Claimer at Southwell on the 12th November however it looks to be a tough enough contest.
Should go to Sandown on Saturday with some head gear on, it looks a tough contest however he has been on good form at home and loved having a spin round ‘The Bowl’ yesterday.