Sue Smith

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Weekly Update….

As the season started in earnest this week for us, it seems a great time to introduce our new blog that we will be writing each week, giving all our followers the opportunity to join us on the journey for the season!

Looking back….

Hexham was our first stop on Saturday where we saw a couple of familiar faces after lengthy absences and some new blood hit the track.

It was fantastic to see Just Georgie and What’s The Scoop return but both unsurprisingly probably needed the run on very taxing ground at a stiff track like Hexham. Both have pulled out fine and we would hope that after their first spin for a long time, they could find some improvement.

Hitting the racetrack proper for the first time was one of our new recruits Kauto D’Amour.  Having shown up reasonably well in his last Irish PTP and since picked up for £11,000 at the Doncaster May Sales, he showed there is something to work on as he travelled well until hitting the stiff uphill finish where Sam looked after him from then on in once his chance had gone.

The week ahead….

As you can see from our entries, this is the week we really start cracking!

At the moment we do not know where the horses will line up as the weather is so uncontrollable at the minute, so ground conditions will have a major say. What we can say however is that it’s fantastic to see I Just Know coming back from nearly a year long layoff as he was obviously very progressive early last year and whilst he has had a minor niggle for much of this year, we are obviously looking forward to see him start his season off. 

Two horses we have high hopes for this week and for the rest of the season though are Hill Sixteen and Flamboyant Joyaux who start at Carlisle on Thursday. 

Hill Sixteen has always shown potential over hurdles and looks like a proper staying chasing type who we really hope will progress over the larger obstacles this year. Whilst we might find that 2m is on the sharp side come the end of the season, he has been showing up well at home.

The second horse we are most looking forward to this week is Flamboyant Joyaux, who will be making his debut for us having been bought at the Goffs May Sales last spring for £30,000 having been successful in his only PTP. It is always hard to work out the form of UK PTP’s but we liked what we saw last Spring and he has done everything asked of him so far and whilst this is a watching brief, it would be fantastic to see how he gets on in what potentially could be a competitive heat looking at the 4 day declaration stage.

It’s also worth pointing out that Vintage Clouds and Sharp Response are off to Wetherby today in support of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Jump Season Launch! I’m sure you will be able to catch footage of them parading and their racecourse gallop at some point on the Go Racing in Yorkshire website https://goracing.co.uk/ later today.