Eight winners over the past three days kept up the momentum for Team Ditcheat as we enter the final two weeks of the season.
I am also counting down the numbers as I approach the milestone of training 3000 jumps winners in this country. That is a figure beyond my wildest dreams when I began at Ditcheat with eight horses in October 1991. The total currently stands at 2,999 and with any luck I will reach the landmark sometime this week.
Getaway Trump and Secret Investor were notable contributors to the tally at Ayr’s two day meeting but a couple of others including Malaya found the drying ground against them and Ibis Du Rheu was pulled up after another horse struck into him behind.
It was good to see Getaway Trump bounce back after a below par run at Kelso last time. Given that his jumping was mustard I can’t wait to see him over fences next season. Before then he will have an entry at Sandown on the last day of the season.
Secret Investor also impressed at Ayr with a forceful display in the Grade 2 Champion Novice Chase, a race we have won seven times. He was full of running at the line and seems to enjoy drier ground now that he has got his jumping together. As Secret Investor remains a novice until November I will look for a suitable target for him in October, possibly at Chepstow.
On Friday our excellent claimer Lorcan Williams was the star of the show at Fontwell as he landed his first treble on our trio Captain Cattistock, Danse Idol and Romain de Senam. It is exactly two years since Lorcan had his first winner at Fontwell. He has worked really hard to earn his chances and is now making the most of his opportunities.
Lorcan was among the winners again on Sunday at Wincanton where a treble by Southfield Torr, Southfield Vic and Eritage took the yard’s score for the season to 129.
It is great to see the horses still in such good form and we will have some interesting runners at Cheltenham midweek including Dolos in the Silver Trophy on Wednesday. We’ve decided to keep Diego Du Charmil fresh and in top form for the Grade 1 Celebration Chase at Sandown on the 27th as it looks increasingly likely the ground will be too fast for Cyrname. On Thursday we plan to run Kupatana and possibly Miranda and Posh Trish at Cheltenham. The only other notable runner this week could be Scaramanga in the Sussex Champion Hurdle at Plumpton on Sunday.