Entries & Recent Form

I did say in my latest column that last week would probably be a quiet one and so it proved.  Indeed, we didn’t have any runners over the last seven days, partly to give the horses some additional time to recover from their flu jabs and partly due to some desperately soft ground owing to further heavy downpours.  Not even ‘Lucky Gem’ can help us if we don’t have any runners!

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Happy New Year to all of our readers!  As we head into the second half of the season I have been very pleased by the form of the yard.  The horses have been running really well and I was delighted to reach 50 winners for the campaign before the end of 2019.  With the Cheltenham Festival now less than ten weeks away, attentions begin to turn to the biggest four days on the National Hunt calendar.

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I can’t believe that this is the final column of 2019!  I hope that all readers had a most enjoyable Christmas.  I had a lovely one with the family but have to confess that I was pleased to get back to work on Boxing Day; one of the most prestigious day’s racing on the calendar.  I was even more delighted to notch an across the card double on the day courtesy of the successes of Hugo ‘N Taz (pictured above) at Market Rasen and Meep Meep Mag at Sedgefield.

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The stable heads into the Christmas period on 46 winners following the impressive Ascot success of Israel Champ in a hotly contested Listed bumper under Tom Scudmore on Friday.  He is a horse I have held in high regard since he arrived in the summer and although I was a little disappointed with him first time out for the yard at Worcester he has done nothing but improve ever since.  He won a competitive race at Cheltenham last time and bettered that performance this time by giving four pounds to some very talented rivals.

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It’s a good job we had recently undergone training with the defibrillator!  With the last gasp success of Warthog (pictured above) in the feature Caspian Caviar Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday and the eventful victory of Kepagge at Leicester the Wednesday before that, there were certainly a few heart-stopping moments!

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There were three reasons for celebration last week with the victories of Miss Tynte, First Lord de Cuet and Dusky Hercules.  Whilst every victory is savoured, the success of Dusky Hercules (pictured above) was especially sweet as it marked the first winner for the newly formed David Pipe Racing Club, but more of that later…

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Champers on Ice - Double Winner this Season

The good form of the yard continued last week with a long journey up north paying rich dividends courtesy of a Sedgefield double, whilst Champers On Ice rolled back the years with a valuable win on the opening day of Newbury’s Ladbroke Chase meeting.  Those successes plus Miss Tynte at Plumpton this afternoon took our seasonal tally to 40 which means that we are fast approaching our final total from last term with almost half of the campaign still to go.

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