As you may recall, last week I chose not to walk the course and instead write my blog. Today (Monday), with the weather at Kempton being so nice, I am going to endeavour to do both.
I have just walked through the King George start so I will see how I get on.
Another manic week has passed with racing every day and I do not mind admitting I was in need of an early night on Sunday evening following a really fun, but busy weekend.
The one thing in this week’s blog I want to talk about more than anything else is Silver Forever who, after 22 months off the track, beat her only rival Imperial Alcazar as she liked on her chasing debut to show she is back, undoubtedly better than ever.
Silver completed a three timer at Newbury for the boss that day with Siroco Jo (more on him shortly) and Silent Revolution both winning, the latter seeing off his rivals in determined fashion up the straight. He looks a novice to follow for the season.
So many people had put hours of work into Silver throughout her time off, none more so than Natalie Parker who adores this mare and rides her most days ensuring things are going as they should be.
I was also delighted for Colm Donlon who enjoyed a double at Newbury. A big supporter of Paul’s he has been so patient with Silver so was made up to see her back on track with such a bang.
Talking about events on the track for the time, I was excited to watch Threeunderthrufive open his account over fences at Exeter under Adrian, who gave him a no nonsense positive ride, believing in him totally and boy did Rambo respond well.
He is a talented young horse who is really coming of age and will no doubt have many bigger days on track throughout his career.
Happily, last week seemed to be a week of very smart novice performances and none more so than Brave Kingdom who is a point-to-point winner new to us this season.
He jumped off to make the running at Chepstow on slowish ground and went a right gallop. I have no shame in admitting this, as I told Gavin straight afterwards, but at half way I turned to Paul and said “Christ, have you told him he’s riding Arkle?!”
The field was well strung out behind him, but Gavin knew what he had underneath him and Brave Kingdom did not let him down, he stayed on galloping relentlessly up the straight to win with his ears pricked.
Speaking to Gavin after the race he explained how it felt like he was never out of second gear and how easily he was doing it all. I would suggest that bodes quite well for the future and that Brave Kingdom looks a very nice horse.
Elsewhere, Knappers Hill added to his tally of ones next to his name with a straightforward victory at Wincanton. He will now go up in grade perhaps to the Kennel Gate at Ascot but I know Paul is happy to have some experience under his belt and now it is time to step into slightly warmer waters.
Perhaps the only disappointment of the week was that Hitman did not get the job done in the Haldon Gold Cup having jumped the last in front, but he will have many good days in front of him and, being five, I am firmly of the opinion we are not yet dealing with the finished article.
Back at home, things have been going great every day and everyone is very busy so the days pass quickly and time is at a premium. We are looking forward to next weekend at Cheltenham with a small but quite select team to run alongside some nice entries this week, where I am looking forward to seeing Owners Group-owned Sabrina back on track.
She is a total sweetheart who has been forced to have plenty of time off but looks in good heart and is ready to go again at Exeter on Wednesday.
The only other thing I will share with you is news of a new filly we are getting to know by the name of One Journey, a Mastercraftsman three-year-old rated 100 from Mr Charlton’s stable.
Her owners are keen for her to try and see if she will take to hurdling such is her liking for slow ground and she has been a joy to get to know. She has the most beautiful attitude towards life and her jumping sessions suggest she is taking to her schooling nicely so far with three sessions under her belt.
Lorcan, who has ridden her in her schooling, loves her and why she has struck a chord with me I don’t know as we are lucky enough to teach a lot of horses to jump at Paul’s stable. One Journey though has been charming so I thought I’d share that with you now so you can follow her journey, if you’ll pardon the pun.
The last little snippet I have for you regards Siroco Jo, who I mentioned above. What about him I hear you ask?
Well, he and Kevin Stott, known for winning just about every flat race run in the north during the last couple of years are teaming up at Lingfield tomorrow (Tuesday) for the annual flat jockey’s hurdle race.
Kevin is my cousin Megan’s other half and after spending a lot of time with us last winter during lockdown, he revealed an ambition to ride for Paul over hurdles in this race. Kev is a great guy who has worked really hard on his schooling ready for this race and I’m sure will do a great job tomorrow. Good luck mate.
Right, the course is now walked so I best get on, after all, lunch will not eat itself, until next time, go well