Sunday, 3 April 2011

Bingo! (& stable update)

I was delighted when Daasij gave us our 3rd winner of the week at Newcastle on Friday, it appears that stepping up to 3 miles did the trick and hopefully he can progress from here - it was an excellent result his loyal owners, Messrs Liddle, Philipps, Robinson & Stanistreet.  All three winners are looked after by Emma Dick who having now completed the hat-trick will be going for the four-timer when Four Fiddlers makes his hurdling debut at Kelso tomorrow in the 4pm, Lucy rides, 15 run and the ground will be good to soft.  He schools nicely at home and should be able to step up on his bumper form, particularly when upped in trip; I expect a good run tomorrow but its a hot race and anywhere in the first 8 could represent a decent effort.  Isla Patriot runs in the second division of the Novice Hurdle at 6pm, Peter Buchanan rides, this is the weaker of the two divisions and I have been pleased with his last two efforts so hopefully he can progress a little again.  This afternoon Lucy rides Black Apache for Donald McCain in the 2.30 at Market Rasen
Daasij at Home
One or two people have been asking me about the progress and plans for the various horses in the yard so I thought I would do a quick summary for those that are interested...(Mrs A perhaps - any others!!??)

Isla Patriot & Four Fiddlers run tomorrow. Isla Pearl Fisher is due to be x-rayed tomorrow to check on the progress of the operation on his pastern, a favourable outcome would see a return to light exercise this week.  Forcefield is being trained for two possible targets at the Scottish National meeting at Ayr.  Papamoa was due to run at Kelso tomorrow but unfortunately slipped on the road yesterday and has a few grazes that will take a day or two to sort out.  Northern Flame has been checked over and we think we have identified a problem that we can hopefully rectify, he is scheduled to re-appear at Perth later in the month.  4yo Alflora ex Minora has been making excellent progress, minor setback this week but will be named soon and will hopefully run at the end of the month.  Twelve Paces appears disenchanted with racing and might have one more run or head for a slightly easier life point-to-pointing.  Amulree has a very appealing looking handicap mark and is being aimed for a race at Hexham on Monday 11th.  Little Glenshee has been given plenty of time after her promising racecourse debut and will hopefully run over hurdles in a few weeks.  Buffalo Ballet has fully recovered from his colic and had his first proper piece of work since yesterday.  Seeking Power is in tremendous form and will be entered for the same race as Amulree next week & will run instead of her if it is heavy.  Native Coll is finding his old legs can't keep up with the younger ones, he might have another try at three miles or switch to point-to-pointing next year.  Playing Footsie will be entered over hurdles and in a bumper at Hexham next Monday, we will see how the schooling goes.  We will look for a another staying handicap hurdle for Daasij in three weeks time.  The Paddy Premium has settled in well and I think will head to the Perth Festival.  Minimo will be entered for the Maiden at the Morpeth Point-to-point next Sunday.  Commercial Express, Almost Blue and Noir et Vert will all also be entered there as might Skipping Chapel who is recovering from a foot abscess which I suspect has been troubling him for a few weeks and might explain his poor runs... must stop saying hopefully, have I missed anyone out?

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