Entries & Recent Form

After a quiet start to last week the stable hit back with a vengeance from midweek onwards. The admirable Teaser (pictured above) started the ball rolling at Ffos Las on Thursday evening. With feature race success at Cartmel on Saturday and a double at Newton Abbot on Sunday, it really was a cracking few days for the Pond House team taking our tally for the season to 17.

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Whilst the racing calendar has been a little quieter, I took the opportunity to grab a little rest and recuperation with Leanne and the children and head to the Algarve for a week. The kids love it there so we try to go once a year and we had a fantastic time as usual, although I am not sure it was any warmer than it was back home!

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There was a near miss for returning owners Pete and Kim Masters when their horse Noel’s Boy (pictured above) made his debut for them and the Pond House team at Newton Abbot on Friday afternoon. Pete and Kim had horses in training with my father many years ago, so I was delighted when they approached me earlier this year with a view to getting back into the ranks of racehorse ownership and Noel’s Boy seemed like the ideal opportunity. Only a four year old, he was placed on his sole start in an Irish point-to-point, displaying considerable potential. He had pleased me in his work at home and confirmed that promise with a solid debut effort for us at Newton Abbot on Friday, finishing second in the bumper.

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The good form of the yard continued last week with the successes of Jacbequick and Barranco Valley taking our winners’ tally for the new season to 13 and entrenching us well inside the top ten of the trainers’ table at this early stage. Indeed our 13 winners have come from just 56 runners (at a strike rate of 24%) whilst a further 26 have finished in the first four places, meaning that 70% of the runners from Pond House have won or finished in the frame.

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What a thrilling few days of racing we were treated to at Royal Ascot last week. I ventured up to the Berkshire track with my partner Leanne, my mother and father where we had a runner on the opening day, whilst Gold Cup day on Thursday was memorable as the Frankie Dettori show that had the bookmakers running for cover. With a couple of winners for the stable at Uttoxeter on Wednesday it has to be considered a very good week.

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The weather has certainly taken a turn for the worse. Much as a spot of rain is appreciated to keep the ground safe for the horses, we have had almost 100mm of rain during the course of last week – that is more than the total for April and May combined! Consequently many of the jumps fixtures were abandoned due to waterlogging, leaving us with just the one runner over the sticks last week.

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Last week was another good one for the stable with the horses remaining in fine form. We enjoyed a rare and dramatic success on the flat (which brought back some advertising memories from the 80’s!), whilst all of our runners over the sticks performed with credit. It is looking a little quieter this week with just a handful of entries through the early part of the week although we are well represented at Worcester on Saturday.

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