Sunday 3rd January

January 3, 2016

Firstly we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and we hope that everyone has enjoyed the seasonal festivities. It has been a busy time for the yard over the New Year period and we have even had our first winner of 2016.

We started the action on New Year Eve when CAPTAIN LARS took his chance. He was heading into the race after his second earlier in the month and was visored for the first time. He travelled like the winner throughout and only had to be pushed out to score. On New Year’s Day we headed to Fakenham where we were hoping that INSTANT KARMA would show some improvement from his Huntingdon run where he raced very green over the hurdles. He needs to learn to settle better, but it was a definite improvement on his last start. The ground would not have been in his favour and I am sure that he has more to offer. On the evidence of his flat form it would certainly suggest so. Later in the day at Southwell MODEST ran a pleasing first race of 2016. She made some good headway with a furlong left to run and had every chance entering final furlong. She was soon driven and kept on at the same pace to take second place. She was unlucky to bump into a highly progressive rival and hopefully we will be able to find a winnable opportunity for her before the February Sales. Yesterday at Southwell CAPTAIN LARS gave us our first winner of the year going on to score his second race in two days. He disputed the lead from the off and asserted against the far rail after turning in the home straight. Not surprisingly there were 26 claims put in for him and Derek Shaw held the lucky ticket. We will be sad to see him go as he is a real gentleman and has a lovely nature about him. Hopefully he will continue to be progressive for his new connections. Later on the card we were treated to a nice introductory run from INDEPENDENT ROSE. She was never far away from the lead and looked to get slightly tired entering the final furlong. She is sure to come on for the run and as her pedigree suggests she should be suited by further.