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  • Writer's pictureRob Martin

KNOCKING ON THE DOOR

We’ve had a busy week again from our Edgcote yard with the majority of runners walking into the winners’ enclosure which has been very pleasing for everyone involved.


The mare, Imperial Pride, got the ball rolling at Huntingdon making her rules debut under jockey James Davies in a Mares’ Novice Hurdle. Prominently ridden, she jumped well and finished 3rd for owners, Dr T J W Davies, Tim Wright and Steve Merry, with the 4th horse being over 15 lengths behind her.


Friday saw Broken Quest run a fantastic race for owner Wright Morgan Ltd in the Glenfarcas Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Cheltenham. His first outing at this prestigious track, in a race amongst multiple Cheltenham winners, jockey Stan Sheppard gave Broken Quest a positive ride and a fine performance to finish 2nd, beaten only a length, giving the winner almost a stone and leaving Twiston-Davies’ Ballyandy 5 lengths back in 3rd.


Charlie Deutsch rode Lighthouse Mill for his debut run at Uttoxeter in a 2 mile 4 hurdle, only being beaten a length and three-quarters, he finished 4th and is sure to come on for the run for her owners, Legacy Racing, after this very promising run.


Cyclop, on Sunday, went back over fences after his gallant 2nd at Musselburgh, earlier this month, and ran another cracker in the Southern National Handicap Chase at Fontwell, on Sunday. Ridden by Charlie Deutsch he steered this tough, little horse home to finish 3rd for DD Racing and Professor L P Hardwick. The prize money gained for 3rd put Cyclop’s prize money earnt to date just over £100,000 which is no easy feat for any horse and we are extremely proud of him.


Meanwhile at Cheltenham, Indy Five lined up for the Jewson Handicap Chase over an extended trip of 3m3f with jockey Stan Sheppard on board. He out-ran his odds of 33/1 running a stormer, finishing 4th, only being beaten 5 ¾ lengths, he picked up almost £4k in prize money for owners, The Dobbin Club.


Mr Washington improved from his season debut run at Chepstow, at the end of October, and finished 3rd for Mrs J Hitchings, beaten 7 lengths under Charlie Deutsch at Plumpton yesterday.


Let’s hope the horses can continue their good form throughout the winter.

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