Monday, 24 February 2014


We worked quite a few horses on Saturday in the hope that the ground may dry up quite soon. Plum Stone worked very well and there is a nice bumper for her at Taunton on the 10th March on route to the mares bumper at Aintree. Verano worked well and there are some nice races coming up for him, he will most likely take up his Doncaster engagement on Friday in the boys race. Seventh Sky did his usual good bit up the bank and is on course for Newbury on Saturday. Sureness worked well and is  settling well on the gallops and I will also enter her at Taunton on the 10th March in a Mares Juvenile Hurdle. Airmen's Friend and Low Gales worked well together, Low Gales is a different horse in his new tongue bit from Equine Fitness. They have been entered up and will go for the best of the ground.

Portmonarch and Dragon City once again worked very well up back of the hill, they will just need the ground to dry out a fraction more before they are entered up. Lord Of House and Fine Parchment did a bit together, Lord Of House will take up his engagement at Taunton on Thursday if he continues to feel well at home.

I went to Chepstow with Tony Stapleton on Saturday to watch Almost Gemini run, he is a really nice horse who ran really well first time out over hurdles to finish 5th. The jockey said he will win next time out so he is one to follow. The horse lost 12 kilos which should mean he will come on quite a bit from the run and will improve.

I had a very good lunch at Merrick Francis' house on Sunday, both him and Alex were on very good form and cooked a lovely lunch. His new house is situated just next to Brendan Powell's yard but he was lucky to escape with just a flooded cellar and nothing more serious.

I rode Plum Stone this morning who was very fresh and 2nd lot I rode Murray Mount who is turning into a lovely bit horse. the win is strong in Lambourn so it wont be long before the grass gallops have dried out and we can get back on them.

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