Entries & Recent Form

 
                 Little Red Lion by Birdie

We moved onto the 38 winner mark for the season last week thanks to a couple of nice winners and despite not having that many runners the yard continues in good form.  Astigar made a very pleasing hurdling debut at Exeter last Tuesday.  Although disappointing not to win he is a horse we hold in very high regard.  This was only the second run of his life and he is still quite green and learning all the time.  He has a big engine and I am sure he can go one better next time as he has a very bright future.

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The excellent form of the stable continued last week with three winners taking our seasonal tally to 36.  Gericault Roque (pictured above), Paricolor and Umbrigado all prevailed, whilst Make Me A Believer was only just denied on his step-up to Grade 2 company.  Despite a blank day for the team today, weather permitting there is plenty of jumps action taking place during the week ahead and we have some nice entries to look forward to.

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What a way to get off the mark for 2021!  The victory of Adagio in the Finale Juvenile Hurdle at Chepstow on Saturday was our first Grade 1 success since that of Un Temps Pour Tout in the French Champion Hurdle in June 2015 and I couldn’t be more pleased to have been victorious at the highest level once again.  With the victory of Martinhal at Exeter on Sunday taking our seasonal tally to 33 winners, I remain very happy with the form of the yard and look forward to plenty of exciting times ahead.

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The Pond House team remained in good form as we bade goodbye (and good riddance!) to 2020.  Indeed another couple of winners before New Year took our seasonal tally to 31 which I was quite happy with considering the amount of time missed earlier in the campaign.  With (hopefully) another four months of the core season remaining, I will be aiming to increase that number considerably.

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Because of the awful weather conditions and the shortened racing calendar owing to the Christmas period, we were limited to just two runners last week.  Nevertheless, we were among the winners courtesy of the Wetherby success of Remastered (pictured above) on Sunday, which took our seasonal tally to 29.

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After an enjoyable run of success, unfortunately we didn’t manage to hit the mark last week despite a number of creditable efforts.  With Christmas almost upon us, that is it now for runners until Boxing Day.  I have been pleased with the first half of the season and there is plenty to look forward to in 2021 and beyond.

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The stable continues to fire in the winners and with a couple of successes at Cheltenham’s International meeting our tally now stands at 28 for the season which, given the late start to the campaign, I am very satisfied with.  Those Cheltenham victories mean that we have enjoyed weekend success in four of the last five weeks (the only blank was when we had no runners) following the victories of Ramses de Teillee, Main Fact, Vieux Lion Rouge and Adagio and that is vital for any trainer wishing to raise the profile of their stable.

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   Vieux Lion Rouge - Becher Chase Winner

We of course have to start with the fantastic win of Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher Chase at Aintree on Saturday.  Our evergreen eleven year old seems to come alive when he steps off the lorry in Liverpool and absolutely loves the unique challenge of the Grand National Fences.  When the decision was made in the early part of last week to run both horses in the Becher, Tom Scu chose to ride the more fancied Ramses De Teillee and the hunt was on for a jockey for our ‘red lion’.  While I am pretty sure the phone would not stop ringing and jockeys would actually pay us to ride this star of Aintree if we had made this news public, we did not have to look too far to book Conor O’Farrell for the ride.

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The good form of the stable continued last week with another three winners taking our seasonal tally to 23.  Delface, Nobel Joshua and Paricolor all won in the hands of up and coming conditional jockey Fergus Gillard, whilst there were plenty of other performances of note too.

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It was another memorable weekend for the stable.  The success of the amazing Main Fact in the Stayers’ handicap hurdle at Haydock following on from Ramses de Teillee’s Cheltenham win means that we have enjoyed big race victories on successive weekends.  It is important for any yard to have ‘Saturday horses’ to keep you in the public eye so I really couldn’t be more pleased.  The good form of the yard continued with a couple of other winners elsewhere taking our tally for the season to 20, not bad at all given the delayed start to the campaign.

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