I rode him in another encouraging piece of work yesterday upsides Seventh Sky. He has a great attitude and is always trying to keep his head in front. Paul schooled him this morning over the fixed brush hurdles on the all weather surface; he did not jump them as well as he has jumped the hurdles on the grass. It probably wasn’t a bad thing as it would have educated him teaching him to pick up his feet a bit more.
Charlie had hoped to school him over some fences this morning, however due to the grass being frozen he opted against schooling him over the fixed brush fences on the all weather. He also felt he would rather wait until Sam or Noel are in over the next few days to give him a pop. He looks terrific after being clipped on Monday.
He did a good strong half speed yesterday which was just what he needed as he was just starting to get a bit too fresh! He is booked in first thing tomorrow with the vet, to be giving a sleeping pill ahead of being clipped!
Duke of Monmouth
He ran a great race to finish 4th in a Pertemps Qualifier on Saturday. After watching the race I was a bit concerned that he would return a bit tired and tucked up. However he has come out of the race remarkably well, he was even having a good try at bucking Rose off at the beginning of the week. I am delighted to see this as it is a sign of how much he has matured this year.
Sadly Fakenham was off on Sunday which was real bore as he is in great form at home and we all thought he had a great chance. We have given him another reasonably quiet week, but Charlie does plan to work him on Saturday to keep him sharp. Then he hopes to run him in a Novice Hurdle at Fakenham on Thursday.
She did a piece of work yesterday with Masked Man which looked to be her best yet. She schooled well over fences this morning, however she does tend to spend a bit too long in the air. I think it would be a good idea to school her in some cheek pieces next time or even a sheepskin noseband, purely as an aid for concentration. She is looking a lot fitter now.
He didn’t run as well as we thought he would at Wincanton today. 2m 5f maybe a bit too short for him these days.
He ran a much improved race to finish 2nd at Lingfield earlier in the week. I think he will be a better horse on better ground. He has returned home fine and Charlie hopes to run him again soon.
Lord of House
He holds 3 entries at the weekend. One at Ascot in a 2m 3f Grade 2, a 2m Grade 2 at Haydock and a 2m 3f H’cap at Taunton. The weather will have a big say in where Charlie runs him. I really hope he does get to run somewhere as the ground is ideal for him at the moment and I would hate for him to miss it.
He has had a slightly easier time than usual to make sure he has fully recovered from his fun at Lingfeld, which I think he has now. Charlie has put him in a 3m H’cap at Exeter next Wednesday.
He did a really nice piece of work yesterday with Feisty Lass and is on course for a bid to win the Royal Artillery Gold Cup, Charlie is undecided just yet as to whether he will give him a run before hand. I feel he might benefit to going there fresh and the ground is also too soft for him at the moment.
He ran a creditable race yesterday, only to get a bit tired turning in! He has returned home safe and sound and really enjoyed his day out. It is safe to say his future lies over fences.
Noel came in to ride him on Tuesday and was happy with him. He said he was moving well. Peter has been riding him lots lately and has also been pleased with him. He said he feels like a happier horse than what he did a month ago. Charlie is struggling to find a race for him at the moment. It might be that he has to go for a Maiden rather than the preferred route of a H’cap.
He did another piece of work yesterday upsides the Wareed. Gavin rode him and commented on how much he had matured in the last month. He is eating well at the moment and while he is Charlie will try and put a bit of work into him. He has gone out for a nice walk today.
Van Diemens Land
Peter rode him yesterday and he looked to go better than ever, I think this was because he was on the all weather surface. It is a much quicker surface than the grass he has been working on lately. He obviously finds it easier to go up the gears on a sounder surface; this leads me to think it is worth waiting for some better ground for him.
As the ground dried out a bit at Kempton Charlie decided to take the chance and run him in the Lanzarote. He was in a great position and jumped brilliantly until he seemed to stop quickly. We had him scooped to find out he had bled, which is obviously the reason for his performance. We took his bloods which came back fine. It is leading me to think that the testing ground conditions and it being his 1st run back after is break was the reason. Charlie will now look for some better ground.
I have been really happy with him lately. He has been fresh and bouncing along. He worked nicely with Yazdi yesterday, however Charlie does not want to run him on this ground again.
Who Owns Me
He is now back in full swing and unbelievably fresh. I think this little break has been a blessing in disguise and just what he needed mid season. He will have lost a bit of fitness but with the enthusiasm he is going about things it will not take long to regain.
He did a piece of work yesterday which he did get a bit tired in however he was entitled to do so. His weight has been slowly increasing which in turn has enabled us to put a bit more work into him. Being a light framed horse I don’t think it will take much work to get him fit.