Thursday 10th February, 2022

Corrany stayed on nicely up the straight at Taunton having been outpaced in the three mile chase on Tuesday.  We will find a more galloping track and step him up further in trip and I am sure he will be competitive for his enthusiastic owners.

Tulane ran a bit flat at Kempton last night which is not surprising having had a busy couple of weeks.  However as there are no other options for him for quite a while we thought we’d let him take his chance.  We will now give him a bit of a break before bringing him back for the beginning of the turf season, as he likes a bit of cut in the ground and there will be more opportunities for him.

Off to Huntingdon today to saddle Run Rosie Run (pictured) in the bumper at 4.45pm.  Home-bred by our yard sponsors Martin and Sue Harvey, she has matured into a fine-looking mare and we look forward to her hopefully showing some promise for Martin and Sue and their friends Peter and Karen Mann who are the partnership, ‘Better Than Working’.

Unfortunately the ground at Kempton tomorrow will not be soft enough for Robin Des Smoke and she failed to get a run at Uttoxeter on Saturday, therefore we will aim for options next week as we look forward to her getting  back on the course having shown promise last season.

It was great to welcome owners Guy Butchers and Phil Surtees to the yard yesterday.  Guy is responsible for the Zara Syndicate who have Mattie Ross and he has also set up The Cavallo Syndicate to lease Pop Mistress’s promising half-sister by Kingston Hill.  Shares are available in the latter and it was great to show both mares going through their paces yesterday morning.

Phil has been a long-term supporter of the yard and has a share in Rossbeigh Strand who has shown us promise over hurdles and we very much look forward to sending him chasing next season.