We were absolutely thrilled to watch Duke of Luckley open his account over hurdles in such impressive fashion at Southwell on Monday night for his patient syndicate of owners and running in the colours of Pat Cornell and Stefan Hibbett. Sean Bowen gave him a super ride and, despite being a little novicey at a few of his hurdles, he led from 2 out and won by 9 1/2 lengths much to the delight of us all. He’s a horse the owners have had since he was a foal and it’s so satisfying to see him put in such a great performance.
Most of the other runners also ran with huge credit. Capricia returned from her horror fall the time before to run an absolute blinder to finish 2nd. Unfortunately an error on the first circuit didn’t help her cause but Sean was very patient with her and got her back into it but could never quite get to the winner. Great to have her back though.
Dreamsundermyfeet also ran a belter under Rex Dingle to finish 3rd, just needing his first run back from a break and the same with Matthew Baker’s Brianna Rose too who ran a great race to also finish 3rd.
Western Safire was keen in the bumper but ran with plenty of promise under Patrick Cowley and Reve might need some help form the Handicapper if he is to return to winning ways.
Today we are off to Worcester with two runners now as Ben Buie doesn’t run. Samtara makes his chasing debut under usual pilot Patrick Cowley, who gets on so well with him, and we’d love nothing more than for him to get his head in front for Roger and Yvonne Allsop who own and bred him.
Ten Past Midnight runs for The Serendipity Syndicate, also under Patrick Cowley, and he seems in good form at home, won’t mind the softening ground and will hopefully run a big race for his owner/breeders too. Good luck team.
Well done to Paul Walker, Stu White, Brendan Meriman and Martin Mcleman who were playing Golf yesterday at the Syndicates Golf Day in the Foxtrot/Keighley Team and finished 3rd! Well done to them all.