Friday 20th January

We have declared Bertie Barnes and Timetobenefit at Hereford on Sunday.  Timetobenefit was due to run at Ludlow a couple of weeks ago but the meeting was abandoned. This looks a hotter contest and the ground will be pretty soft.  However it will be good to get her out.  She has run in point to points in Ireland and the form has worked out well under rules.  She is not the biggest but has a good attitude and will hopefully show some promise.

Bertie Barnes steps up in trip in the 2 mile 5 handicap hurdle.  The ground will be plenty soft enough for him but with very few other options at present, it will be good to him and his owners, The Aspirationals, out and about.

Cosmic King made a pleasing hurdling debut at Ludlow yesterday considering the ground was not in his favour.  He jumped well and I’m sure will improve for a better surface and longer trip. He was not beaten far by the promising winner.

Great to welcome owner Alan Halsall to the yard this morning to see his four year old mare, Visionna Bella canter up the gallops.  This is the first horse Alan has had here at Adlestrop Stables and we have known him sometime, having employed his son Ben in the past.  This French bred mare is related to Don Poli amongst others and we look forward to getting her on the course in the spring.

This afternoon, Lizzie Prowting’s racing manager Hannah Bishop, dropped off Desert Joe to our yard. He is retired from racing under rules but will have his finale run in the Greatwood Charity Race at Newbury on the 4th March.

Hannah has won the race in the past under our care with Prince Du Seuil and was third last year on Coyaba. We look forward once again to raising lots of money for such a worthy cause.