The fluent success of Cat Tiger at Plumpton on Saturday brought up a half century of winners for the season for Team Ditcheat.
It followed a pleasing double at Sandown 24 hours earlier by Silver Forever and Mercy Mercy Me.
The grey mare Silver Forever continues to shine. She won the Listed Unibet Mares’ Hurdle with authority, relishes the prevailing very soft ground and will return to the Esher track in five weeks time for the Grade 2 Jane Seymour Hurdle.
Mercy Mercy Me jumped very well and stayed on stoutly in first time cheek pieces to land a qualifier for the Challenger Middle Distance series. He could run next in a novice handicap at Cheltenham on Trials day.
At Wincanton I was really pleased with the way Southfield Harvest pushed the winner Hurricane Harvey all the way on his hurdles debut. I wasn’t sure he would enjoy the testing conditions but he seemed to handle them fine and there is definitely more to come from him.
On New Year’s Day Sir Psycho put up an awesome performance at Exeter in beating Bullionaire, rated 136, by thirty one lengths in the novice handicap hurdle. While the winning distance might be flattering, he is improving rapidly and could go for the juvenile hurdle at Cheltenham on trials day.
We will be much quieter than usual over the next fortnight after giving 120 of our horses their mid winter flu jab in midweek. Those that ran at the weekend will be vaccinated today (monday).
They are all having a little break though we are keeping them ticking over with one canter a day before everything will be back to normal in a fortnight and it will be all systems go for the rest of the season.
Two who haven’t had their flu jabs yet are Frodon and Pic D’Orhy who are set to run at Kempton at the weekend. Frodon is entered in the Silviniaco Conti Chase and Pic D’Orhy in the Lanzarote Hurdle.
Our regular weekly bulletin will return in a fortnight.