What a fantastic surprise yesterday at Plumpton with Enforcement returning from a lengthy break to win his first Handicap Hurdle “on the nod” for our Chairman Jon Hughes.
He can be a very hard puller which is why he wears a hood but we did fear he’d be far too gassy after such a break but he had a great ride from our Conditional Harry Stock who got him settled and got him absolutely jumping for fun. We thought he may need the race a little after such a break too but he’s grown up a lot and showed a toughness we’ve not seen before to answer Harry’s every call up the run in to ensure he was in front on the line. Whilst it seemed a long wait before the photo finish result was called it was even longer waiting for the result of the Stewards’ Enquiry into possible interference from the last hurdle. Thankfully the result stood and a much deserved win for Harry who owner Jon Hughes was quick to praise for such a great job. Enforcement is A1 today.
Robsam was green in the bumper and is a horse for the future and will come on for that run I’m sure. He does things nicely at home but it’s always a big step up when they get to the track and he didn’t seem to handle Plumpton’s terrain very well. He’s fine today and we’ll see how he is before looking for options for him.
A huge group were here this morning from Foxtrot Racing led by Dan Abraham to see their star horse, Solstice Star, who they have leased for the season and who has won three times over hurdles and fences. He just missed the cut for the Cross Country race at The Festival last week and so we headed for Uttoxeter but things didn’t go in his favour and he’ll now have a bit of a break before we decide whether he has another run. He’s bright though and owes us nothing. They all seemed to have a fun morning before heading off to The Fox at Broadwell for lunch and I’m sure Ed and Dom Simpson looked after them all very well there.
Quite a few worked this morning including Capital Force, Samtara, Matravers, Sarasota Star, Miss Antipova, Dreamsundermyfeet, Ben Buie, Big Nasty, Cloud Formation, Lord Condi, World War, Fairmount, Mello Yello. All the rest cantered.