A Good Day At The Office
Posted on 23rd October 2014
Yesterday was a very pleasing day for David Dennis Racing with five runners across two cards.
The day started at our local track Worcester, with Tyre Hill the first of four runners there in the ”Newcomers” Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. Tyre Hill is a lovely big horse by Catcher In The Rye who was having his first ever visit to a racecourse.
He took the preliminaries very well and settled beautifully in mid-division for jockey Aidan Coleman. For a first time out 5yo he went about his business in a very pleasing manner and stayed on well to finish a very encouraging 5th in a field of eleven beaten only 9 1/4 lengths.
Tyre Hill is sure to only progress from his experience and is one to watch in the future.
Next to run was Tyre Hill Lady in the Mare’s Novices Hurdle. This was the daughter of Midnight Legend’s first run over hurdles and she gave a very encouraging display under Richard Johnson to finish 4th of the 12 runners.
Owner/breeder Clive Hitchings was present at Worcester, a local track for him and was pleased to see Tyre Hill Lady give such a solid display for first time over obstacles. She will be another exciting prospect over hurdles once handicapped.
Third runner for us was Princess Caetani, a favourite on the yard after giving David his first winner as a licensed trainer just over 12 months ago. The 5yo Dylan Thomas mare, ridden by Richard Johnson ran well for a long way in the Mare’s Handicap Hurdle before finishing 4th.
Last to take his chance at Worcester was the huge City Honours gelding Ballybough Andy. Aidan Coleman was back doing the steering on the 5yo in the first division of the Maiden Hurdle and was pleased that the horse, having his first run since May, went about his job in a professional manner to run on into a solid 4th place.
Despite being a real chaser in the making, Ballybough Andy will now be given a handicap mark over hurdles and there will be much more to come from him based on yesterdays display.
Finally we sent Set The Trend to Kempton last night to run in the 1m handicap under the floodlights. The 8yo gelding by Reset who was sent off at a price of 25-1 after being as big as 50-1 in the morning, was settled at the rear in the early stages by Fergus Sweeney before being produced with a late run to come from last to first, collaring 3-1 favourite Fiftyshadesofgrey in the last two strides by 1/2 a length.
Set The Trend was running off a mark of 70 and though will undoubtedly be risen in the handicap for this latest effort, should still be able find his opportunities.
It was great to see him get his head in front and provide David Dennis Racing with another winner.