Entries & Recent Form

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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The November meeting at Cheltenham is a fixture that the team have always done very well at and I was delighted to be able to add to that tally again this year with the success of the gallant Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) on Sunday.  Any meeting at Cheltenham represents the pinnacle of the sport and as such, it is the hardest venue to win at, so whilst hopes are always high, you also have to manage expectations.

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Dell' Arca rolls back the years with Newbury win

The stable enjoyed a good week with four winners to add to our tally and what better time to be hitting top form with Cheltenham’s November meeting taking place this weekend?  It is a meeting that the Pond House team has traditionally done very well at and I am hoping to have plenty of runners across the course of the three day fixture.

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A good week with winners on the flat and over the sticks has certainly helped no end with my recuperation after I was on the receiving end of a kicking (from one of the horses!).  I am pleased to report that I am feeling much better now and whilst I still need to take things easy for a while longer, I have ventured down to the office and even watched a few lots on the gallops. 

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It was the turn of the boys last week, with the stable’s two winners Main Fact and Dell’ Arca partnered by apprentice Luke Catton and conditional jockey Fergus Gillard respectively.  The successes were great for racing too – Main Fact (pictured above) has acquired something of a following since embarking on his winning spree, whilst Dell’ Arca, the winner of the Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham seven years ago next month remains an extremely popular and spritely veteran at the age of eleven.

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The horses continue to run well overall, although last week we endured a frustrating run of near misses.  Panic Attack, Lady Reset, Stubborn Logic, Elan de Balme, Martinhal and Nobel Joshua all reached the frame without quite managing to get their heads in front.  Meanwhile, over in France Ramses de Teillee (pictured above) also ran with credit in the French Champion Hurdle on Saturday at Auteuil.

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Although last week promised to be a busy one, we were thrown a bit of a ‘curve ball’ by the drying ground.  Although winnerless, there were some decent performances nonetheless, not least from Leoncavallo who ran a very good race in the ultra-competitive Cesarewitch handicap on the flat at Newmarket on Saturday.

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