With fourteen winners in the past week I couldn’t be happier with the form of our horses.
While I can’t be sure because I don’t tend to keep records, I have a feeling that is the best total we have achieved in seven days. Our recent strike rate is currently at just under 40% with plenty more of the team finishing in the money.
It’s great to see Team Ditcheat firing on all cylinders after a typically quiet start to the year following their mid winter flu vaccinations. I was also easier on quite a lot of horses in the late autumn by giving them a bit more time to come to themselves and they are all coming good now.
We started last week with with a double at Plumpton on Monday then upped the tempo with a treble at our local track Wincanton on Thursday. Worthy Farm won well there and could return to Wincanton for a similar staying handicap in a fortnight while Cill Anna, who is improving rapidly, could have a shot at the mares hurdle final at Newbury in March.
Blackjack Kentucky and Threeunderthrufive joined the scoresheet at Chepstow on Friday and are two to look forward to over fences in due course.
Then came a whirlwind weekend which yielded five winners at Musselburgh’s two day meeting and two more at Sandown where both Quel Destin and Dolos both excelled in victory ridden by Harry Cobden.
Dolos isn’t quite up to Grade 1 class but he is admirably consistent, loves it round Sandown and was winning the Class 2 Handicap Chase for the second year running off a career high mark of 157.
Quel Destin beat the favourite Call Me Lord fair and square by three lengths in the Betway Contenders Hurdle. He is so tough and genuine, will come on for the run and should be spot on for the National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell on February 23. He is going to make an awesome chaser.
I was expecting a big run from Grand Sancy in the Scilly Isles Chase and he was up there the whole way, jumping accurately, before fading out of it in the closing stages on testing ground. I’m sure he will win his share of races over fences.
Full marks to Bryony Frost who gained her first treble at on Saturday at Musselburgh on Southfield Stone, Greaneteen and Bathsheba Bay who is improving at quite a rate. Greaneteen has jumped like a natural in his two races over fences and could be one for Cheltenham though he needs to run in one more chase to qualify for the Grand Annual.
On Sunday it was the turn of Harry Cobden to shine north of the border with a fine double on Thyme White in the Scottish Triumph Hurdle and Highland Hunter in the Pertemps qualifier. There should be more to come from both horses.
We will be busy again this week starting with McFabulous heading to Market Rasen on Tuesday before we have several interesting runners at Newbury on Saturday including Pic d’Orhy and possibly Ecco in the Betfair Hurdle, and both Dynamite Dollars and Magic Saint in the two mile Betfair Exchange Chase. There will be no let up in our schedule on Sunday with Eritage and Sir Psycho among those pencilled in to run at Exeter.
Please remember to turn to my Betfair column at 5pm on Friday for the latest news on all my runners on Saturday.