Four runners at Wincanton tomorrow

Viva Rafa travelled and jumped well until the second last at Southwell yesterday, when unfortunately he chose to land in the middle of the fence and came down when looking to have every chance.  Apart from a few scratches he appears fine and hopefully he can make amends in the coming weeks.

Off to Kempton today to saddle Bertie Barnes in the 3.45pm.  Having gone up 10 pounds for his previous win, it will be difficult to achieve a hattrick but we will do our best.  The ground will be faster and the opposition is stiffer but he appears in good form.

Four runners tomorrow with two at Wincanton and two at Southwell.

Organdi and Stoney Cross run in the mares bumper at Wincanton which looks a competitive race.  Organdi has been an immature individual however has always worked nicely and hopefully will show some promise with Sam Twiston-Davies onboard.

Stoney Cross for some reason had a bucking fit at the start at Ludlow last week but hopefully will put that right tomorrow with Jamie Bargary onboard.  She is a half sister to several winners of which some have good bumper form.

At Southwell we run Timetobenefit and Muthabir.  The former runs in the mares handicap hurdle and it will be interesting to see how she gets on on better going.

Muthabir is high in the weights in the three mile handicap hurdle but hopefully will put up his normal good show, although he looks in the handicappers grip.  Tom Bellamy rides both.

Great to see our old mare Giovanna breed a winner with her first runner in the bumper at Ludlow yesterday.  Bred by Sue Welch, Brian Duckett and myself, the Malinas gelding was sold as a foal and impressed Richard Johnson in the toughness he showed yesterday.

Richard also rode his mother Giovanna, who also had a super attitude to the game.  Good news indeed as we have his five-year-old half-sister by Kayf Tara here at Adlestrop.  She also appears to have her mother’s assets and is a larger type and we look forward to syndicating her in the autumn.