A double on Saturday took our score for February to 31 winners, a total that would surely have been more but for the loss of a number of meetings in recent weeks where we had plenty of entries.
Newbury’s excellent card in support of Greatwood on Saturday was the latest to be abandoned which was a shame as we had several decent chances during the afternoon.
Conditions were very testing at Doncaster where Cill Anna dug deep to land the mares’ listed race and no better at Kelso where Stratagem hacked up.
With more finishing in the frame on the day Team Ditcheat is now only just over £9,000 behind Nicky Henderson in the trainers’ table with all to play for in the final two months of the season.
Much will depend on what happens at Cheltenham so it is obviously encouraging that our horses could hardly be in better form so close to the start of the Festival. After fifteen winners in January we have now won 46 races since the start of the year and have been operating at a strike rate of just below 40% over the past month.
A drier forecast over the next few days is also really good news as most of my runners at Cheltenham would prefer better ground than than the dire going they have had to cope with for much of the winter.
We will be busy again on Saturday at Sandown where McFabulous and Cat Tiger are on course for the EBF Final and the stylish Ascot winner Sabrina is an intended runner in the EBF mares’ bumper.
I have also entered Malaya, Miranda, Tamaroc du Mathan and Christopher Wood in the Imperial Cup before firming up plans once I know how the ground is likely to ride.
As always please be sure to check out the latest news on all my runners on Saturday by turning to my Betfair column which goes live on Friday at 5pm.