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Cape Robin wins at Worcester

A winning pointer in Ireland, Cape Robin has needed a little time to find his feet under rules, but he had run very well in defeat on his previous outing at Ffos Las, the form of which has worked out particularly well.  Stepped up in trip for his run at Worcester yesterday, he took a big step forwards, travelling strongly and jumping well on his way to a nine-length success.

The son of Robin Des Champs is a well-related individual and now that he has got his head in front, he looks capable of progressing further, with another step up in trip a possibility in time.

Congratulations to his owners Optimum Racing and Andrew Bell!


Bells Of Peterboro chimes at Chepstow

PHOTO-2021-04-23-20-09-29It was great to end what has been a very tough season on a winning note, with the ultra-consistent Bells Of Peterboro winning his second race of the year with another battling success under Alan Johns, on this occasion at Chepstow.

The six year old came into the race with form figures of 214122 from his last six starts, but he looked unlikely to add another victory to that record when coming under pressure on the long home bend.  However, he picked up really well under pressure, joining the leaders at the second-last, hitting the front before the final flight and then just doing enough on the run to the line.

There should be plenty more to come from him over staying trips next season and hopefully he can continue to progress for his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle, who have enjoyed a great time of it this month, having also seen Colonial Empire win in their colours on his bumper debut at Exeter.


Debut win for Colonial Empire

PHOTO-2021-04-16-20-34-31An 8,500gns purchase at the Tattersalls July Sale, Colonial Empire made an instant impact on his racecourse debut at Exeter yesterday, posting an impressive success in the concluding bumper under Charlie Price.

A son of Zoffany, he has plenty of stamina and class on his damside, being a half-brother to a useful flat stayer, out of a half-sister to the multiple Group 1 winner The Fugue.

He had been in training on the flat at two and three, but was unraced in that sphere and therefore looked an ideal candidate to run in bumpers.  He has shown plenty of ability in his work at home and that was borne out on the track, as he travelled really strongly through the race.  He was a little green when initially coming under pressure, but quickened really well in the final furlong to score by 10 lengths.

We will look for another bumper for him under a penalty in three weeks’ time and hopefully he can make a very bold bid to follow up yesterday’s success. Congratulations to his owners, Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle!


Double up for Silver In Disguise

Silver In Disguise is a fast-improving novice and he supplemented his Catterick success three weeks ago with a ready win at Chepstow yesterday, with Charlie Price again in the saddle.

Racing off a 15lbs higher mark and hiked in grade, he was niggled along with a mile to go and looked to have plenty of work to do to catch the long-time leader when entering the straight.  However, after the front one made a bad mistake at the fourth last, Silver In Disguise was soon closing in and, joining issue at the last, he jumped it well and stayed on strongly to score by four lengths.

Stamina looks like being his forte and having stepped up from 2m to 2m3f here, we will now look for something over 2m6f+ next time.  I’m sure the handicapper will have his say once again, but Silver In Disguise looks to have plenty more to offer and I am confident he can make a very bold bid to land the hat-trick next time.  Congratulations to his owners John Durston and Nigel Harris!


Gold at Catterick for Silver in Disguise

PHOTO-2021-02-05-14-07-32A winner of an Irish point in 2019, Silver In Disguise had placed in a novice hurdle at Ffos Las in November, but switching to the larger obstacles looked to be the making of him at Catterick yesterday, as he drew right away to score by 21 lengths under Charlie Price.

The seven-year-old has always looked a nice horse in the making at home, but he has needed time to find his feet and is very much a work in progress.  Charlie had to squeeze him along a little in the back straight, but he closed quickly on the leaders rounding the home turn and the pair had matters in control some way out.

I’m sure he will come on plenty for the experience and there should be more to come as he steps up in trip, so I am looking forward to seeing how he develops in the months ahead.  Congratulations to his owners John Durston and Nigel Harris!


Improving Bells scores again

A winner at Market Rasen on Boxing Day just over a year ago, Bells Of Peterboro had run a race full of promise on his belated return to action at Huntingdon in December and duly built on that when scoring at Fakenham yesterday in the hands of Alan Johns.

The six year old travelled nicely on the quarters of the leader (and eventual third) Frisco Bay throughout, with Alan waiting until the home turn to make his move and take the son of Carlotamix to the front.  Bells Of Peterboro found plenty for pressure from there and kept on resolutely to hold off the late challenge of the eventual runner-up.

He is very much going the right way and with the handicapper unlikely to be overly harsh on him for that success, I am very hopeful that he can go in again next time.  Congratulations to his owners, Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle!

It has obviously been a very tough season for us as we have had an issue in the yard that has taken some time to resolve.  However, we will start to run more of the horses in the coming fortnight and hopefully they will be returning to form as a group in the very near future.


A Cheltenham winner!

PHOTO-2020-12-11-13-39-53It has been a tough autumn for the yard, but last week we felt we got to the bottom of what was causing the horses to run below-par and, though it will take some longer than others to bounce back to their best, it was a huge tonic for us all to see Madera Mist bounding up the Cheltenham hill yesterday, providing owners Paul and Louise Bowtell with a richly-deserved success, as they have been brilliant supporters of ours for many years.  I was also delighted for Alan Johns, who has been such a big part of our whole setup, both on the racecourse and on the gallops at home, and for whom it was a first Cheltenham winner.

PHOTO-2020-12-11-13-38-33A point winner in her native Ireland in March 2019, Madera Mist had several pieces of form last season that gave her a chance, but hadn’t quite been seeing out her races and I am sure that the wind op she had after her comeback run at Bangor played a crucial role in yesterday’s career-best effort.  Settled in midfield and jumping well throughout, she led on the home turn, was left clear at the second-last and galloped on resolutely up the hill, to shouts of encouragement from her owner!

She’ll have a few quiet days now and we’ll enjoy the win before making a plan for where she goes next.  She is very much at the right end of the handicap and I am hopeful that there is a good deal of improvement to come.

Having taken an age to record our first winner at Prestbury Park, with Master Dancer, we got to the second one much quicker…hopefully that bodes well for our next runners at the track in 2021!


Win number five for Tight Call!

PHOTO-2020-12-12-12-26-34A winner on his reappearance at Southwell in August, Tight Call bounced back from a below-par display on his latest outing with an impressive success at Ludlow yesterday in the hands of Connor Brace, in doing so recording the fifth victory of his career!

Racing enthusiastically throughout, he went to the front at the sixth flight and looked to have matters in control some way from home, keeping on strongly up the home straight to score by five lengths for owners Eric Newnham and Jonathan Shinton.

The handicapper will now have his say, but a six year old with just 14 career starts under his belt so far, he remains open to further improvement and hopefully he can get his head in front again this winter – he certainly looks the type that can win a nice handicap in due course.


Spectator defies absence to win at Chepstow

SpectatorSpectator had been off since finishing runner-up at Perth in July 2019, but he defied the long absence to record his best effort over hurdles at the age of nine, winning over three miles at Chepstow yesterday under Charlie Price.

He travelled really well through the race, which has always been his way, but was in front at the second-last and faced a prolonged duel up the long straight with the eventual runner-up, just getting the better of things close home.

It was great to see him come back with a win and I’m delighted for his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn.  There is another race for him at the same course in early December, but we’ll see how he comes out of this before making any plans.


Debut success for Hawa Bladi!

Hawa Bladi photo paid forPurchased for just 7,000gns at the Newmarket February Sale in 2019, Hawa Bladi is nevertheless an exceptionally well-bred individual and the son of Sea The Stars rewarded his owners’ patience with a smart debut success at Lingfield Park yesterday under Alan Johns.

Settled in midfield, he travelled noticeably well through the contest and though he looked a little green when coming under pressure in the home straight, he showed a fine attitude to pick up the leaders in the final half-furlong and passed the post with his ears pricked.

A Derby entry as a youngster, all three of his male siblings have gained black-type on the flat, and that is certainly an avenue we could look to further down the line.  However, he is just a four year old and we will stick to bumpers for the time being, possibly returning to Lingfield Park for another All-Weather bumper on Tuesday 10th November.  Congratulations to all the members involved in Pimlico Racing.