A treble at Wincanton on Sunday saw Team Ditcheat reach the landmark of £2 million in prize money for the season, the 14th consecutive season we have earned £2 million or more.
We’ve now won 139 races and if the good run continues then I am hopeful of beating our best ever score of 155 in the UK set in 2008-09.
With the ground drying up rapidly bingo….the horses are in top form with just under five weeks left of the current campaign. We finished the season with a flourish a year ago with 29 winners in April. If we can get close to that figure next month then we must have a fair chance of bringing the trainer’s title back to DItcheat again.
Copain De Classe was the first to strike at Wincanton with a comfortable success from the front. A fine, tall, attractive prospect he is still a bit weak, wants better ground and will not be hurdling long. Antartica De Thaix then jumped soundly on her way to a bloodless victory in the novice chase. She is a proper mare, relaxes better now and I wanted to give her more experience before sending her to Cheltenham for a mares’ novice handicap chase next month. Winningtry then completed a rewarding day by gaining an overdue first success over hurdles.
On Saturday I was thrilled with the way Warriors Tale won a competitive handicap chase over two and a half miles at Newbury.
He’s progressing well and heads to Ayr next for a valuable handicap. Earlier in the week among those on the mark were Clan Des Obeaux, now pencilled in for a novice chase at Ayr and High Secret who runs at Aintree either in a Grade 1 novice hurdle or a two mile handicap for conditional riders. Before then I plan to have several interesting runners at Ascot next Sunday.
For all the up to date news on my weekend runners please turn to my Betfair column late next Friday afternoon.