26 April 2015 by Ed de Giles
Goddess of Epona was too free last time and that is certainly not the way to ride her, I will put a line through that run (not that I am blaming Luke). She had been on the go for a long time so is having a short break enjoying the sun and spring grass, I hope to have her back August time to have a campaign into the Autumn when I am sure she will deliver.
Shingle was unlucky to run into a course specialist at Kempton but I ran him quick off his new mark keeping him in his old grade and he annihilated the field! The handicapper has had his revenge and put him up to 87! He is a very nice horse and his program will be carefully mapped out. I have some grand ideas but will keep them loose until his next run is out of the way. I will put him in at Doncaster next week but will probably wait until Ascot on the 8th.
Smidgen was due to run last week but on the morning of the race scraped some skin off his leg whilst in the field he lives in, not a surprise as he was catching pigeons out there on a daily basis! Typical he could have done it the next day! He has to live out as he constantly bashes his head on the stable. We will try him in again after the new boxes are finished.The plan is to go to Windsor a week tomorrow.
Akavit is turning into a little legend having now won 3 on the bounce. The handicapper will clobber him next week but I won't have him out under a penalty as there are not any obvious races for him. He has had a session of schooling under Felix and loved it so that gives us some more options.
Zugzwang hacked up at Bath giving us the second leg of our treble. The handicapper was kind but also fair in dropping us a grade. I imagine he will now take us up above 85. He wants quick ground and I think the way he travels a mile is as good as 1m2f. We will put him in at Chester over 1m2f, I will also make an entry for the 71/2 F race. He will only run if gd-fm. Our long term plan is Epsom on Oaks day.
Quinta Feira finally showed his true ability at Bath. I fancy a few people were beginning to doubt my faith in the horse. Ok, he has won off 58 but if you watch the race he was in a hack canter until given the push. Head went up in usual fashion (that is his attitude and not breathing issues) but he put it to bed very well. He works like a 75-80 horse so if we can continue to kid him there should be a couple more wins in him very soon.I would rather keep him to the grass but I think he needs quick ground so I have put him in at Lingfield next week and I will make an entry for him at Salisbury on Sunday but there is a fair bit of rain around so I imagine Lingfield will be where we go. I am keen to run under a penalty as I imagine he will be 2 grades higher next time.
I have to mention David Probert who rode all 3 at Bath to give us our first treble. He followed instructions to the letter. However I might look to put a rear view mirror on some of these horses as my job is not being made easier by the winning margins!! And of course I have to mention the owner Simon Treacher who as made considerable investment into the yard and nothing pleases me more that we are providing him with a return on his investment.
Go Nani Go at Windsor was a little disappointing. Nothing has really come to light and he is very well. He was finally dropped to 80 but after his Lingfield 3rd he was put up a lb! A bit harsh to my mind as he is a 9yo! I have him in next week but failing that he will go to Lingfield at the end of the month. Unfortunately both are 0-85 – I imagine he will be dropped on Tuesday but typical there are no suitable 0-80's short term.
Wind in my Sails took a step forward yesterday. He was much more settled and should take another step forward next time. I have a lot of faith in this horse and will be surprised and disappointed if he is not a fair bit higher by the end of the season with a win or two under his belt.
Croquembouche runs tomorrow as long as they don't get too much rain. He always takes a run or two to hit top gear so I hope he gives us something to build on so that he can reap his usual annual rewards! He has been schooling at home so may well have a spin over hurdles at some point.
The 2yo's are progressing very well and I hope to have 4 of them out in May. I still have the Mastercraftsman for sale. He was bought to order but I won't go into that or my blood just might boil over! He is a cracking model who is extremely well balanced and covers the ground. You know his pedigree and so at the moment he ticks all the boxes. The Kodiac ex Princess Atoosa is also still for sale. I bought this horse without a buyer and I am extremely surprised no one has snapped him up. He is bred very well and again is a very well balance athletic horse. He is a May foal so I imagine will be out in June/July.
We are nearly there with all the construction. The stables go in next week and the pool is being rubbered and painted. The taps should be turned on to start filling the pool next weekend. I have no idea how long it will take to fill and I don't want to think about it too much!!! King and Fish are coming along nicely but I want to get them swimming before I start working them.
Its been a great start to the season with 9 winners on the board so far and a very healthy strike rate and you know how important I think that is. Long may it continue as the whole team really deserve it as they have worked harder than ever over the last few months.