Tuesday 16th January, 2024

Totterdown found the drying ground at Warwick not to his liking on Saturday and was unable to poach too much of a lead despite jumping with great enthusiasm.  Finn Lambert reported that he stayed on well after the last but is ideally suited by softer conditions which many others can not put up with.  It was a shame Sandown was called off the previous week.

Lesser (pictured) travelled and jumped well before making a mistake three out on his comeback run at Wetherby.  Adam Wedge was very pleased with him until getting tired on the unsuitable ground.  He will now go chasing and will hopefully improve for this race and get back to winning ways once conditions are in his favour.

Urban Champion pulled very hard off a slow pace and Billy Loughnane’s decision to allow him to make a prominent move down the back straight certainly did not pay off.  Hopefully we can drop him back in trip and get him to settle off a more normal pace.

The ground at Hereford yesterday although officially ‘good’, was certainly on the sticky side which did not suit Shibuya Song – however she did jump well considering and we will find some better going for her next race.  Summer jumping looks more her thing.

Rossbeigh Strand is declared at Southwell tomorrow in the 2.45pm, a two mile handicap hurdle.  It will be his first run back since having his second wind op and although the track is a bit on the sharp side for him hopefully the operation will bring about an improved performance in what looks a tricky handicap. Hopefully the meeting will survive the frost.

All at Adlestrop are delighted that Vicki Boyle-Atkins has reached the final in the rider / groom category in this year’s Godolphin Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards.  As anyone will know who has met her, Vicki is an exemplary member of staff and she thorough deserves all the accolades that she receives.  We wish her the best of luck in the final which takes place on 26th February at Ascot racecourse.