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William Money records the hat-trick!

A bargain purchase at the Tattersalls Ascot Sale last May, William Money was given plenty of time before making his debut for us in January, but a second at Chepstow proved the springboard for a hat-trick of wins, the latest of them a first success over hurdles at Fontwell Park yesterday.

A useful performer in his prime, William Money had bounced back to that sort of level when a runaway winner on his second start for us at Newcastle in February, swiftly followed a week later by a game success in a competitive handicap at Ludlow.  Reverting to hurdles off a 6lbs lower mark, he was given a well-judged ride from the front by George Blackwell and, though he was under pressure when making his only mistake two from home and briefly looked in trouble with the eventual runner-up travelling well in his slipstream, he found plenty for pressure and kept on strongly up the hill to win by over two lengths.

He is certainly a better chaser than hurdler, but hopefully we can take advantage of his lower mark in this sphere and record another success in the coming weeks.  Congratulations to his owner Oliver Harris!

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Benability bounces back to form

It has been quite a long time between drinks, but Benability was back in the winners’ enclosure yesterday after a front-running success at Huntingdon under Alan Johns!

A winner at Fontwell Park in December 2014, Benability had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when running out at Plumpton the following year, and he hadn’t been at his best in a light campaign so far this term.  However, Alan made the running on him for the first time and Benability seemed to enjoy himself in front, jumping fluently and setting a good gallop that his rivals where unable to maintain.

He was understandably a little tired after jumping the last, but kept on well for a six-length win, and hopefully that first chasing win can prove the catalyst for further success going forwards.  Congratulations to his owner Louise Bowtell!

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Debece impresses at Newbury

We have long held Debece in very high regard, so it was tremendously exciting to see him take a big step forward at Newbury yesterday, putting his rivals to the sword with a hugely impressive win in the 2m4f handicap hurdle.

Settled in behind the front-runners through the first half of the race, he was sent into the lead down the back straight by Alan Johns and, hurdling fast and fluently, he quickly opened up an advantage.

Quickening off the home bend, Debece went clear and Alan never had to get to work on him at any stage.  A mistake at the second-last, his sole error in the race, didn’t stop his momentum and, 20 lengths clear at the last, he was able to coast home through the final furlong.

Having initially hoped to see him win so that we could get into the 2m4f handicap at Aintree next month, he is likely to have a substantial rise in the weights that brings the Grade 1 Sefton into the equation, as I have little doubt that he will improve for the step up to three miles in time.  Congratulations to his owner Robert Kirkland!

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Pat sheds his maiden tag!

Following a good effort in defeat at Ffos Las on his previous outing a fortnight ago, I was delighted to see Get In Pat shed his maiden tag on his sixth start for us, and the 16th of his career, with a game, front-running success under Alan Johns.

He jumped very fluently in front and, though he was headed at the second-last, he battled on bravely and, left in front after the last flight, he really dug deep to hold the late challenge of the runner-up.

He clearly relishes both heavy ground and staying trips, and if the rain continues in the coming weeks then we’ll have him out again towards the end of the month, as he should only receive a very small rise for this win, our 61st of the campaign.  Congratulations to his owners Dom and Steve (looking sharp collecting the trophy!) in the Double Trouble Partnership!

 

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Bassarabad off the mark over fences

BassarabadA winner over hurdles at Kelso in October, Bassarabad built on the promise of his chasing debut at Bangor last month to get off the mark at the second time of asking over fences.

Settled in second for the majority of the race, he was brought through to challenge the long-time leader at the second-last and Alan Johns cajoled him to get his head in front in the final 100 yards.

It was a career-best performance from the six year old, who looks to have stamina in abundance, and we could return to Warwick next month for a similar contest.  Congratulations to his owner Dave Pearn!

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William on the money again!

A week on from routing the opposition on his second start for us at Newcastle, William Money passed a significantly tougher test with flying colours at Ludlow yesterday, in doing so landing a good prize to take his earnings to over £10,000 in the week.

Taken on for the lead from the start, he was headed by the eventual runner-up at the sixth fence and, thereafter, was the only one that looked to be travelling behind the front-runner, the pair drawing clear on the final circuit.  William Money briefly looked in trouble on the turn for home, but he responded really gamely to pressure and, with a fitness edge on the runner-up, who had been off for over a year, he drew clear from the last to win by eight lengths.

He will now have a quiet week or so and we’ll look for something for him in mid-March, with the possibility of going over hurdles next.

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Bells hits the right note at Taunton…again!

Bells Of Ailsworth is a progressive individual and the seven year old son of Kayf Tara recorded his third win of the season, and his second from four starts over fences, with a game success under Alan Johns.

Held up off a strong early pace, he came through for a distant second inside the final mile, and as the front-runner tired, he hit the front before the last and kept on strongly to win for the second time at Taunton.

He shouldn’t go up much for that and we’ll give him a month or so before his next run, but after just 13 career starts he is open to further improvement and I’m looking forward to next season with him, as he has a bright future as a staying chaser.  Congratulations to his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle.

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Tara Mac off the mark over fences

IMG_0286Though it has taken a while for her to find her level, Tara Mac made the most of a career-low mark and the smallest field she has ever faced, holding on grimly under a strong ride from Tom O’Brien to win for the first time over fences at Lingfield Park yesterday.

She jumped fluently throughout and, entering the home straight, looked to be travelling better than the favourite and eventual runner-up.  However, it was a gruelling test in heavy ground and Tom wisely held on to her for as long as possible, only going for everything after jumping the last, and she showed a very willing attitude to hold on for the win.

She shouldn’t go up too much for that and we’ll look for a similar contest on soft ground next time.  Congratulations to her owners Brian and Wayne Jones.

I was delighted to see Point Of Principle follow up his Warwick debut win with another fine run, but it was a shame that, having travelled like the winner into the race, he was just outstayed up the long, uphill straight in what looked a good bumper.  Nevertheless, the £8,500 purchase from Doncaster Sales has proved a bargain buy for his owners Oceans Racing, and yesterday’s performance under a penalty confirms that the four year old is definitely a useful individual in the making.

He is likely to have another run in a bumper this term, but I am really looking forward to getting him started over hurdles in due course, as he looks a lovely novice prospect for next season.

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Fields Of Glory wins again

IMG_0280 (1)Having got off the mark over fences at Musselburgh in January, Fields Of Glory went to Market Rasen full of confidence and duly followed up in great style under Richard Johnson.

Settled in behind the early leader, he jumped well throughout and, taking up the running just after halfway, he found plenty of reserves to see off a brief challenge up the home straight, eventually drawing clear to win by seven lengths.

It was a deserved change of fortune for owner Dave Pearn after Theligny had failed to run his race at Haydock on Saturday (he has come out of that fine), and with Fields Of Glory continuing to go the right way, he should make a very bold bid to record the hat-trick next time.

We may well have had a double but for a heavy fall at the second-last for The Mythologist, but I am glad to report that both he and Richard Johnson got up unscathed.

 

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Dads continues winning run

We have always thought plenty of Dadsintrouble and, a month on from his facile success at Haydock Park, the seven year old son of Presenting returned to that track off a 12lbs higher mark, but once again found the necessary improvement to win, in doing so getting a significant step closer to what we hope will be a date at Cheltenham for the Pertemps Final.

Given a patient ride by Alan Johns, Dadsintrouble could be noted travelling well throughout, hurdling fluently.  A stumble four out slightly checked his momentum, but he closed quickly from the third-last and, brought through to challenge between the last two flights, he was in front over the last and kept on strongly to win.

He has long looked a useful performer in the making and, after just nine starts, I am very hopeful that there is plenty more to come.  The Pertemps is very much the plan, so we will be hoping he can get in at the bottom of the weights – his revised mark will be published on Tuesday. Congratulations to his owner Paul Bowtell!

 

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