Honey Pound returning to the winner’s enclosure

Now into October, our winter horses are just starting to make their seasonal debuts, so at the start of what promises to be a very busy month for the yard it has been pleasing to see our recent runners in such good form.

Following wins for Kalimantan and The Wallace Line last week, we took two to Stratford yesterday and were rewarded with wins for both Honey Pound and Knight’s Reward!
Making his first start for the yard since being purchased from Ireland, Honey Pound didn’t have the race run to suit, having to make his own running for the second circuit after Richard Johnson rightly decided to overtake the rather errant leader.  However, he drew clear after the second last and, though he got a little tired in the closing stages, was value for more than the winning margin of three lengths.  Congratulations to his owners David & Sue Luke and Alan Gregg.
Knight’s Reward wins with ears pricked!

Knight’s Reward was purchased as a store at the DBS sale last year and had been working well prior to his debut at Taunton last December.  He ran well that day to finish fourth but was just too weak and backward to follow it up in two subsequent starts.

Having really strengthened up over the summer, he looked to have a good chance in yesterday’s concluding bumper and, despite the pedestrian early gallop and tight nature of the course not suiting this galloping type, he found enough to repel the front-running second, despite idling/getting a little tired once hitting the front two furlongs from home.  He is open to plenty of improvement and Richard Johnson was very pleased, suggesting he will really come into his own when sent chasing over two and a half miles in the future.  We’ll look to find a novice hurdle for him over 2m¼ to 2m½ miles next and go from there.  Well done to his owners Mary and David Fawcus, who are also sponsors of the yard through their company Blue Max Banner.
We have four runners tomorrow, with Nellie The Elegant (2.00pm) and Yes Daddy (2.30pm) both over hurdles at Ludlow and Champagne Chaser (5.05pm) making his seasonal reappearance in the bumper there.  Kalimantan, who was hit with a 16lbs rise for his Chepstow success, will look to follow up in the 2m handicap hurdle at Towcester (3.10pm).