Posted on 23rd November 2015
As Winter seems to have arrived with vengeance this week, it seemed like a good time to reflect back on the past few weeks as the National Hunt Season really begins to warm up.
It was a quiet start to the National Hunt season proper but all of the horses have really begun to hit form recently with five winners across both codes in the last couple of weeks.
Doctor Phoenix is one of those that has really hit form since his seasonal debut at Worcester back in October with him winning both of his last two starts within ten days of each other for owners Favourites Racing. The first of his victories this term took place at Lingfield on 10th November where he landed the Bet And Watch At titanbet.co.uk Handicap Chase comfortably under Leighton Aspell under top weight by 5 lengths. Haydock was the scene of his most recent win where a step up in class was seemingly no problem for the 7yo with him landing the Money Advice Group Graduation Chase under Brian Hughes. We couldn’t be more pleased with how Doctor Phoenix has taken to chasing and we look forward to seeing what more this lovely gelding has to offer in the coming weeks.
Wink Oliver who is owned by new owners to the yard, P & L Partners has been in great form on the flat finishing in the frame on all four starts since joining us in early October and winning the Play Scoop6Soccer At totesport.com Handicap two starts ago at Chelmsford with Martin Lane doing the steering. He is a lovely little horse and he is sure to continue to find more winning opportunities throughout the Winter on the all-weather surfaces.
Show Me Again won his last start at Chelmsford when landing the nursery there on November 23rd when pulling away from the rest of the field to land the spoils by over four lengths under Martin Lane. The Showcasing colt has been running consistently all Autumn since winning on his debut at Nottingham back in June so it was great to see his efforts rewarded once again.
Final Nudge is another who has been shining since his return this Autumn. He was unlucky on his seasonal debut as he lost out on the line by a short head at Market Rasen on 5th November in the winner.co.uk Maiden Hurdle but was quick to put that defeat behind him last Thursday when landing the Lenny Roberts Memorial Trophy Novices’ Hurdle by a cosy 7 lengths under Wayne Hutchinson and it will be exciting to see how he progresses.
Other jumpers that have been running well are Terminal who ran a much better race at Southwell last time under Jamie Bargary, Cyclop who was a staying on 3rd last time out at Bangor and is sure to benefit from a step up in trip next time out and Wade Harper who has been placed twice so far this campaign but was unlucky to be a faller three out at Haydock on November 20th when still travelling strongly but has fortunately come home in one piece.
Lucky Jim has taken well to chasing so far this term finishing 6th at Chepstow on his debut over the bigger obstacles earlier this month and with very accurate jumping is sure to progress. Daulys Anthem ran a promising race last time out at Southwell to finish 3rd under Killian Moore and appears to bettering himself with each run. Godsmejudge ran pleasingly at Cheltenham first time out this season and ran well, jumping brilliantly for a long way. He is entitled to come on for that re-appearance and we look forward to seeing him out again soon. Rebel Beat is an exciting youngster owned by The Ferandlin Peaches who finished 3rd in an Aintree bumper on his racecourse debut in early November and we look forward to him continuing to improve throughout the season.
With the horses running well, it is an exciting time here at our Malvern based yard with the hope that there is plenty to look forward to over the coming months……….except the Winter weather!