It’s such an exciting time of the year, with the autumn campaign just getting underway and the finishing touches being put to our team at home, so we’re looking forward to a very busy few months ahead.
We’ve got six runners out at Warwick across the next two days and I’m sure the meeting will be garnering plenty of publicity, as it will be just the second time since March that racing will take place in front of a crowd. While I’m sure everyone agrees the most important thing is that we keep the show on the road, it is a very positive step to see members of the public back on the racecourse and hopefully all will go well, those attending will enjoy the day and we can look to start bringing back crowds gradually over the coming weeks.
Steve Clarke’s Judex Lefou runs in the opening novice hurdle for us on Monday and I am hopeful that a good break can see him return to form, while Timely Gift belatedly looks to make it three wins in a row, following two soft-ground successes last backend. His best form has come on soft ground and he is up in the weights, but is ready for his seasonal reappearance and hopefully he can make a bold bid for a great bunch of owners.
We have another four runners on Tuesday’s card at Warwick.
Let The Heirs Walk joined the yard from Brendan Duke in Ireland midway through last season and was a good winner on stable debut at Sedgefield in February. He has to give weight away all round, but he has done well over the summer and we’re hoping he can defy the penalty for owner Olly Harris.
Oceans Racing’s Laugharne was consistent last year and deserves to get his head in front again in the coming weeks, while Looksnowtlikebrian runs in the feature handicap chase for Steve and Reg Botham. He goes well fresh and we’re looking forward to getting him started for the season.
We also have Cool Tara making her debut in the mares’ bumper for owner Wayne Jones. She’s a sister to two winners and while it looks a deep race for her debut, we’re keen to start her off on good ground.
Alan Johns’ recovery is going well and he is hoping to return in time for Chepstow’s meeting in mid-October, but it’s great to have Richard Johnson riding for us over the next few days. Dicky rode our first winner of the season, Tight Call at Southwell, a few weeks ago and has been into the yard on a couple of occasions recently; he is pictured here with three of his biggest fans, Ed, Henry and Mason.