An excellent debut from Madame Ritz

Madame Ritz ran (pictured) an excellent debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday night, finishing third in a competitive five furlong novice.  Very professional and tough, she travelled well throughout and stayed on nicely behind two useful types.

Jockey Rab Havlin thought she was a certain future winner and we look forward to her giving a great deal of excitement to The Firebirds partnership.

There is a share still available in her, so please do be in touch if you would be interested in joining in with this exciting filly.

Off to Southwell today to saddle Celestial Magic in the novice handicap chase at 12.50pm.  He makes his chasing debut and it is a competitive race.  Ideally he would like some softer ground and possibly a more testing track but there are very few opportunities for him at present.

However he appears in good form and he jumps well at home and he has been an ultra-consistent runner for us over the past couple of seasons.

Tomorrow we run Bella’s Vision in the mares bumper at Ludlow.  Having worked well before her debut we were slightly disappointed with her run at Warwick but hopefully she will come on for that and show some promise tomorrow.  She is a well-bred mare and we look forward to going hurdling after this run.

Delighted to be on Marcus Armytage’s table yesterday for the Horserace Writers and Photographers Awards in London.

It is always a very jolly event with nearly the whole of racing descending on the Lancaster Hotel.  Marcus was the well-deserved winner of reporter of the year, whilst I presented the trophy of Broadcaster of the Year to Luke Harvey who received a rousing reception.

I have known Luke for around 35 years and as he rightly pointed out after receiving the award, sometimes we forget we are in the leisure industry and this game is about fun.  Luke has certainly brought this to ITV viewers.