Plenty of winners to catch up on, including three on 3rd May, the latest of them being Bleu Et Noir at Sedgefield in 2016 for Alan Peterson. Runner-up on his previous outing, he made the most of what looked a very good opportunity at Sedgefield, Alan Johns sending him out in front and the pair making all for a ready success, the first of three wins over hurdles in his novice season.
Jason Kiely featured in our ‘Where are they now’ segment a couple of weeks ago and he pops up again here, having ridden his first winner under rules on Got The Urge on 3rd May 2012. The weather was dreadful and the race wasn’t much better, but it was a memorable day for Jason and Matt Chapman was at his most exuberant doing the commentary.
Steve Clarke’s Stonethrower is the final 3rd May winner, back in 2011, scoring by 49 lengths at Fakenham under Richie Killoran in a four-runner novice hurdle, the field for that race in Norfolk comprising of two from our yard and two from Evan Williams!
A double at Kempton Park on 2nd May 2016, with Debece (above right) making an impressive hurdling debut under Alan Johns for owner Robert Kirkland . Falcarragh (left) provided the second leg, Alan again on board and galvanising Mike Stratford’s nine year old to hold on in a very tight finish.
Irish import Dubh Eile had taken a little while to find her feet over hurdles, but she came good at Newton Abbot on 30th April 2015, Richard Johnson extricating her from a pocket on the home turn to win going away for owners Paul Bowtell and Jonathan Shinton. Further success was to follow a fortnight later, as she won impressively at Aintree despite an 11lbs rise in the weights. Subsequently retired to stud, she now has a two year old colt, a yearling filly and a colt foal by Kayf Tara, and is now being covered by Jack Hobbs – so lots to look forward to in the years ahead!