Only one runner today, with Bennachie (pictured right) making the long journey up to Perth for a 2m4f handicap hurdle (2.40pm), where he will bid for his third win over hurdles this season. A faller last time, he had jumped very well on his previous three starts and his recent schooling has been excellent, so hopefully he can get back to winning ways under Alan Johns, who has his first ride as a 5lbs claimer, having ridden his 20th winner under rules on Lamool last week. Lamool was our 23rd winner of the campaign so far and it would be lovely to make it 24 at Perth today!
New recruit Show’s Over (pictured right) has been turned out for a couple of weeks, as he has had a busy few months on the racecourse. However, we’ll be looking to bring him into training at the beginning of October and I am looking forward to starting him off early in the new year, as he is a lovely type with the scope to progress plenty in the coming months. A £15,000 purchase at Doncaster last week, he is for sale, so if you are interested in further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07841 800081.
September is a month of transition for jumps racing, as the summer horses begin their break and those for the autumn/winter near their return. There is less than half the amount of fixtures this month (25) compared to October (51), but that still means a busier schedule for the month than has been the case in recent years, with 23 last year, 19 in 2013 and 18 in 2012. Though the majority of our winter team will be starting out in October/November, we will have a few ready to make their reappearances this month and it would be great to get a couple of them off to a winning start! These include Dadsintrouble (above right) and Tobacco Road (left), pictured schooling last week.
Beat The Tide (right) will be out again this month and, having improved with each of three runs over hurdles, I am hopeful that he can continue to progress in handicap company. He schooled very well and he shouldn’t be inconvenienced by softer ground, having won on the surface on the level.
THE MONDAY STORY
AP’s return to the saddle is sure to generate plenty of interest up at Doncaster this week, as he rides in the Leger Legends race on Wednesday, declarations for which took place this morning. With jockeys drawn at random, AP has fared well with last-time-out winner Gannicus, and it is great for racing enthusiasts to have the chance to see him in action again, if only for one race!
SIX TO FOLLOW COMPETITION
The Tim Vaughan Racing 2015/16 Six to Follow competition will run from Thursday 1st October until Wednesday 1st June inclusive. To take part, simply select six horses from our Horses in Training list on the website, as well as one substitution, which will be made if one of your horses does not run at any stage during the season.
All runners (flat and jumps) score points as follows:
10 points Winner
6 points Second
4 points Third
2 points Fourth
Anyone is free to enter the competition (though only one list per person please!), there is no entry fee and prizes will be confirmed on the timvaughanracing.com website before the start date of 1st October. There will be regular updates of the scores here on the website.
There will be an entry form in the Horses in Training brochure, but alternatively you are welcome to email your list of horses any time before 1st October to email@example.com