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Hat-trick for Mourzouk!

Mourzouk is on a sharp upward curve and the five year old recorded a quickfire hat-trick with victory at Newton Abbot yesterday under Charlie Price.

Having scored in maiden and then novice company in recent weeks, he faced a stiffer task on his handicap debut, taking on experienced handicappers in what looked a fair contest, despite the small field.  Sent out in front by Charlie, he tended to jump right at his hurdles, but produced another very game performance and was never headed at any stage, coming home clear to win by over 4 lengths.

We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making any plans for him, but we’ll likely give him a bit longer before his next run – hopefully we can find a suitable spot to give him every chance of making it a four-timer!  Congratulations to his owners in the Pimlico Racing syndicate, which is run by Nat Barnett.  There are still a few shares available, so please visit pimlicoracing.co.uk for further details.

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Mourzouk scores again

Mourzouk has done nothing but improve since being sent over hurdles and the five year old followed up last month’s easy Ffos Las success with a much harder-fought win in a stronger race at Warwick yesterday evening.

He was awarded the race in the stewards’ room, having been hampered and lost a shoe when forced to switch after the final hurdle.  He was closing fast at the line and would have got up in another couple of strides, so the stewards saw enough to switch the placings.

He is a really tough and game individual and we look forward to his next run, when he will be bidding for a hat-trick of wins. The race was sponsored by John Bolton, who has been an owner with us for several years and was celebrating being awarded an OBE.  John has shares both in Mourzouk (with Pimlico Racing) and Prison Break (who finished third), and had plenty of family and friends along for the evening, so we were delighted to train him a winner!  There are still a few shares available – for further information please head to pimlicoracing.co.uk or call Nathaniel on 07890 672435.

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Double at Ayr gets the season underway!

I’m not sure when our last runner at Ayr was before yesterday – it could well have been Looksnowtlikebrian winning at the track in February 2018 – but we were delighted to make the long journey pay off with a double to get the season underway in style!

Isle Of Aron had been running consistently well in defeat, placing over hurdles and fences on his last two starts, so he fully deserved to get his head in front.  Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time, he travelled enthusiastically and looked to be going best on the turn for home.  However, he really had to battle to get the better of the eventual runner-up and showed a gritty attitude to hold on and shed his maiden tag.

The handicapper is unlikely to move him much, given the margin of victory, and now that he has got that win under his belt, he should remain very competitive in the future.  Congratulations to his owners Oceans Racing!

Half an hour later, Bells Of Stamford got off the mark at the sixth time of asking in the second division of the handicap hurdle.

He was prominent throughout and, as was the case with Isle Of Aron, was going as well as anything turning in and hit the front on the bridle. He won with a little in hand, but looked to be idling late on when the placed horses closed and he looks sure to improve again for the experience.  A well-bred individual, he is on a workable mark and should enjoy further success this summer. Congratulations to his owners Steve and Mick!

 

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Clemencia wins at Huntingdon

Clemencia is a talented individual and having reached the frame on his four completed starts over fences, he got off the mark at Huntingdon yesterday with the minimum of fuss.

Sent straight into the lead by Alan Johns, he fenced fluently in the main and always looked to have matters in control, Alan not having to get too serious with him to win by five lengths.

A close fifth in the Fred Winter at the Festival in 2020, he is in great form at present and we’ll look to keep him on the go, with the possibility of running at Uttoxeter later this month.

Congratulations to his owner David Fox and hopefully there will be further success to come in the weeks ahead.

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Madera Mist wins her second at Cheltenham!

IMG_0356Madera Mist gave us a day to remember when winning at Cheltenham in December 2020 and was unlucky to bump into a subsequent Eider/Scottish National winner when following home Win My Wings at the course last April!

There was nothing quite of that calibre this year, and Madera Mist travelled so strongly through the race – it made for nervous watching as she was going so well at the top of the hill, but it’s still a long way home!

Alan held on to her for as long as possible, but sent her on at the second-last and the race was never in doubt from then on, the pair drawing clear to win by 12 lengths.

IMG_0396She just seems to love Cheltenham and her form there is much better than elsewhere.  We’ll wait and see what the handicapper does before making a plan, but I would imagine she will have one more run this term before a summer break…and we’ll certainly be planning a return to Prestbury Park in 2022/23!

Many congratulations to Paul and Louise Bowtell, who are fantastic supporters of the yard and who were in attendance to cheer her home!

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Trixster impresses over fences at Southwell

Trixster has been in really good form this year and the nine year old made an impressive transition to chasing when scoring at Southwell yesterday under Charlie Price.

He hadn’t run over fences since a third at Hexham in October 2019 on his chasing debut, but looked completely at home over the larger obstacles, hitting the front four out and coming home well clear, eventually winning by 17 lengths.

The handicapper will certainly have his say now, so we may well look to run him under a penalty next week, or revert to hurdles (which would avoid the penalty).  Congratulations to his owners in the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

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Mourzouk off the mark at Ffos Las

Mourzouk has always looked a nice horse in the making in his work at home and he has been progressing on the racecourse of late, so it was fantastic to see him get off the mark at the third attempt over hurdles at Ffos Las yesterday.

Stepping up in trip, he travelled really well throughout and jumped really proficiently, taking up the running on the far side.  He was going noticeably best for the length of the home straight and kept on really strongly to score in great style under Alan Johns.

We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making a decision on where he goes next, but we’ll have the option of either going into a handicap, or sticking to novice company under a penalty.

Congratulations to his owners in Pimlico Racing!  There are still some shares available – please visit pimlicoracing.co.uk for further details.

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Chepstow double!

PHOTO-2022-03-24-16-58-21 copyWe were delighted to land a double at Chepstow yesterday, with Silver In Disguise and Timely Gift returning to winning ways.

Silver In Disguise (pictured above) had finished second to a big improver at Exeter on New Year’s Day (Chambard, who went on to win the Kim Muir!), so he looked on a good mark, now 4lbs lower.  Back on better ground and stepped up in trip, he stayed every yard of the 3m6.5f to win well under Alan Johns.

Though his two successes last year came over shorter trips, we have long thought he would be at his best when stamina is at a premium and this success should give him plenty of opportunities in the future, particularly next term.

He is likely to have another run this year before going out on a summer break, but I am very hopeful that we will see further improvement from his next year and it would be lovely to see him win a nice prize.  Congratulations to his owners John and Nigel!

Timely Gift (pictured right) had finished third on his last three starts, so it was very pleasing to see him gain a well-deserved success, the first-time cheekpieces seemingly bringing about some improvement, while the return to better ground may well have helped as well.

He saw out his race really well under a good ride from Charlie Price and he is capable of building on this success, as he’ll remain off a workable mark.  Congratulations to his owners Carl, JJ, Chris, Mike, John and Hugh!

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Eva’s Oskar lands second win of the season

PHOTO-2022-03-11-13-34-55A winner at Chepstow on his seasonal reappearance in October, Eva’s Oskar had finished second on his next two starts, including to a progressive sort when runner-up at Cheltenham’s December meeting.

Things didn’t go to plan in the Welsh National and he wasn’t at his best next time, but he showed his true colours at Exeter yesterday, readily getting the better of a progressive rival in second, the pair well clear of the remainder.

He was sporting a first-time visor yesterday, and that certainly looked to bring about some improvement, while the return to heavy ground didn’t trouble him.

We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making a plan for him, though we could look to give him a break now, as he has had six races already this season.  Looking ahead, I would love to take him back to Chepstow next December!  Congratulations to his owners Dick and Sally Prince.

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Trixster returns to winning ways

Trixster has had more than his fair share of niggles in recent seasons, but we have had a clearer run with him this time around and he returned to winning ways with a game success at Taunton yesterday under Charlie Price.

Sent into the lead approaching the second-last, he jumped both that one and the last really well and kept on strongly in the testing conditions to score.

He had fallen a long way in the handicap, but hopefully this win can serve to restore his confidence and if he can build on this, there are further races to be won in the months ahead.  Congratulations to his owners in the Pant Wilkin Partnership!

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