Thursday, 22 November 2012

News@Neardown 22.11.12

Air Force One
Had us all excited for a moment on Sunday with a good front running performance, where his jumping returned to its best. However he did weaken very quickly 3 out, he maybe just thinking about it too much at the moment. He has come home from his race fine.

3yo Chesnut Gelding
Is the most enormous horse for a 3 year old, although flat bred he looks made for a fence. He finished 3rd in France in July ridden by Olivier Peslier who Charlie has spoken to, he thought he was a nice horse. We have just been steadily hacking him away at the moment.

He worked nicely yesterday upsides his usual partner Prolinx. Paul was very happy with him; he thought he was doing it a lot more easily. He does look at lot straighter now. He schooled very professionally this morning, however he is crying out for a fence. He holds entries and Lingfield and Fontwell next week.
Big Jer
I rode him yesterday in a piece of work with Stoney Silence. It really is amazing how much he has come on in the last few months. He is using himself well and has developed a nice top line. He schooled well over the fixed brush fences this morning, he is definitely a chaser in the making.

Duke of Monmouth
Has the most amazing skin on him at the moment and really looks to have filled out so much in the last few months. He is very fresh, so much so that it is difficult to leg people up on him! He did a nice piece of work yesterday with Who Owns Me and should be out on the racecourse again soon.

Enter Paradise
He has come out of the race incredibly well. We thought he ran a blinder, unfortunate just to get beaten on the line by a nice horse of Evan Williams. The obvious thing to take away from the race is that he does need further. We will get him fresh again and run him again in a few weeks.

Feisty Lass
Unfortunately she is still throwing a few coughs, we took a scope from her that informed us she has a little infection, the vets are not too worried about it. Hopefully it won’t take to long to get her back in full swing.

Fine Parchment
‘Took The Mick’ last week at Bangor, he needs to be ridden handy. Personally I would re apply the cheek pieces. My suspicion of this was confirmed when I couldn’t hold him up the gallops yesterday morning.

King Arthur
3yo Chesnut Gelding
He came over from Germany last week from Mario Hofer the trainer of the German Derby winner this year, Air Force One also came from him. So far he has been a very pleasant horse to deal with. He eats well and is a pleasure to ride. We schooled him this morning and he looks to be a natural, he comes from jumping bloodlines. He is an exciting prospect for a juvenile/novice hurdling campaign.

Lord of House
He experienced a very frustrating race at Uttoxeter on Saturday. They crawled along then sprinted for home, tactics which in no way played to his favour. He did jump well and Noel reported that he dealt well with the very soft ground. He has come out the race absolutely fine, we hope to get him out again soon.

Maringo Bay
Remains in his usual routine and is in very good spirits. We are just waiting for an obvious race to pop up as he has completely recovered from his race at Towcester.

Masked Man
He is on the walker until Sunday, just to allow him time to fully recover from his wind-op, I certainly won’t be the first to ride him on Monday morning-he looks fresher everyday!

He is in really good order at home. He did a strong piece of work yesterday and schooled very well this morning, although with a little too much enthusiasm! We won’t worry about this too much as he obviously loving it! He could head to Newbury next Friday for a Novice Hurdle.

Seventh Sky
He has completely recovered from his mild infection. He is now slowly moving back into his routine. Peter has been riding him lots lately as they seem to get on very well. Charlie hopes to get a bit of work into him on Saturday.

Shocking Times
He ran a really nice race at Taunton last Thursday. There looked to be obvious improvement for the step up in trip and a fence. I would be hopeful of him having a big chance next time out. The Handicapper gave him a 3lb rise.

Stoney Silence
Sam Thomas worked him yesterday morning and really liked him. He described him as ‘green as grass’ but he has a great attitude and will be a really exciting horse when the penny drops. He went for a nice walk today.

Strictly Rose
She has thrown a bit of a splint on the off fore, it is going the right way but she is on the easy list for the moment.

Surrey Dream
He gave Aimee the thrill of her life yesterday riding in her first race, it turned out to be a successful day as both horse and rider returned home safely. They could both head to Southwell on the 27th for another spin on the flat.

Van Diemens Land
He is very much back in his usual routine. He is eating well and I am very happy with him. Sam schooled him yesterday and said he went very well. He had a walk round the roads today.

Victor Leudorum
It is great to have Victor back in the yard with us after giving us so much fun in the summer. He has returned in his usual energetic manner. He is cantering up the bank, and looks to have come back from his break a bigger stronger horse. This bodes well for a Novice Chasing campaign.

Western King
He is ready to get back on the track again. He has worked well and schooled very well today. He is bouncing out of his skin. He holds and entry for Ascot on Saturday, it doesn’t look like a bad race-there could be easier options.

Who Owns Me
The plan is to head to Exeter on Sunday, which he is in flying form for. He is another one that did a really solid piece of work yesterday and jumped well this morning. I would be hopeful of a good run from him.

3yo Bay Gelding
Charlie brought him at the Newmarket Horses in Training sale, we have since gelded him which he has taken well. He will start hacking away next week. He had a rating of 90 on the flat.

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