Entries & Recent Form

The stable enjoyed the best possible start to the new jumps season on Saturday when Paricolor landed the first race on the card, the selling handicap hurdle at Hexham under Fergus Gillard.  Things were to get better too when Nordic Combined (pictured above) completed a double of on the day in the two mile handicap hurdle.  With a second to add to those winners, it was certainly a worthwhile (if long) journey up north.

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The 2020/21 jumps season drew to a close at Sandown on Saturday.  The final month of the season saw barely any rain (in fact, there was none at all at Pond House) and the ground dried out very quickly up and down the country.  As such we had very few runners in the closing weeks but still finished up with a very respectable tally of 52 winners and prize money in excess of £600,000.  As the jumps season concluded, the flat campaign stepped up a gear and we enjoyed a winner at Windsor last Monday with Ranco (pictured above).

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The final week of an exciting 2020/21 campaign is now upon us.  Despite the delayed start owing to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been a good season for the Pond House team with another half century of winners and a respectable strike rate.  There have been plenty of Graded winners and going forward we have some lovely young horses for the future as well as the established talent.

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What an exhilarating week of racing with the Aintree Grand National Festival producing some thrilling finishes and a historic winner of the big race on Saturday.  We only had four runners at the meeting and whilst we drew a blank, there were some good performances nonetheless.  With Liverpool now in the rear view mirror things will start to wind down as we head into the closing two weeks of the season.

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As we enter the closing weeks of the current campaign, the horses continue in good form, much as they have throughout.  Two more winners took our seasonal tally to 52 which is a good effort, whilst another six reached the frame.  With the Grand National meeting from Aintree starting this week, there is much to look forward to.

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It is that time of the year when we start to wind a few of the horses down in preparation for their summer holidays.  We will be busy over the coming weeks prepping the fields and paddocks in readiness and with a largely dry forecast for the month ahead; it seems like the ideal time.  Of course, there will be those that remain in training with a view to a summer jumps campaign, whilst we have a few who could also run on the flat.

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The Cheltenham Festival is over for another year and I am sure there will be plenty of trainers on this side of the Irish Sea who will be glad to see the back of it.  Whilst we drew a blank at the meeting, most of our runners performed creditably.  Adagio (pictured above) ran an excellent race to finish second in the Triumph Hurdle and we finished the week with a winner at Chepstow on Sunday which took us to the half century for the season.

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The 2021 Cheltenham Festival is now less than 24 hours away and although we still have declarations to make for the Thursday and Friday of the Festival, the hard work of getting the horses fit and ready to run is complete and now we just need to keep them ticking over until their respective races.  Numerically we will not have a lot of runners this year, although we do go there with some nice chances.  Obviously, things are very different this time around but the sense of excitement and anticipation around the yard is as great as ever.

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With just a week to go until the 2021 Cheltenham Festival I am pleased to have brought to an end the frustrating run of placings courtesy of a fantastic double at Newbury over the weekend.  Umbrigado was very good in landing the prestigious Grade 3 Greatwood Gold Cup, whilst Iron Heart confirmed his promise by scoring on his handicap debut on the same card.  With a good run from Night Edition in the valuable Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso on Saturday, it is reassuring to have the string in such good order as the highlight of the racing calendar is almost upon us.

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Last week was a frustrating one for the stable with a number of runners reaching the frame without quite getting their heads in front.  That trend continued today with What A Moment just touched off in a photo finish at Plumpton.  Even so, with only a fortnight to go until the Cheltenham Festival I am satisfied that the horses continue to run well.

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