Well this week has been a better one and hopefully the first of many to remember, Starfoot decided that he would put is best foot forwards and won a novice hurdle by 12 lengths ridden by Tom Obrien. Tom gave him a brilliant ride and listened to instructions to the letter, the horse jumped really well and to be honest I did think that on the first circuit he was hating the ground, which was possibly still too soft for him in places. However once Tom had made his move to go for home the horse duly complied and they put the race to bed easily.
I know it was a very average race but it has done Star’s confidence the world of good and he came out of the race like he had just had a quiet canter, we are a little bit beholden to the handicapper as to where we go next. I am delighted to have trained another winner for Star's owners John and Albert Marriott, they were my first ever owners and they owned my first winner Lowe Go, they also used to own a very good horse I trained called Meehan. Its nice to have a good one again for them!
The rest of the crew are in fine form, Mr Fitzroy is hopefully going to go for the 2 mile hurdle final at Haydock next Saturday, although the ground is rapidly going for him at the mo, Floyd (heroes or ghosts) is going to Exeter or Warwick and Flash will hopefully go to Chepstow next Thursday over fences again, JB could also have a run over the bank holiday.
This week we had another new member of staff start, Sinead Alderman who has worked for Nikky Henderson and Roger Teal (where she had a winner on the flat) in the past, I am delighted with how well she rides and how well the horses are going for her and Liddy, it takes a lot of pressure off to know that there are others that can ride all of the horses. Sinead also has a lot of experience schooling over fences and hurdles which makes life so much easier!
So finally next Friday is the Lambourn open day and I would like to invite anyone who is thinking of coming to Lambourn and East Garston to pop in and say hi, I would love to show you round the horses and introduce you to the staff. Come and have a day out, its for a great cause and the afternoon is always fun at the field in Lambourn. http://lambournopenday.com/