What a display of jumping by Found On yesterday at Market Rasen to post her first win over fences destroying her rivals. Sean Bowen, who gets on so well with her, got her out in front and made all the running and with the 2nd favourite unseating at the 2nd, all she had to do was to jump around, we hoped, to win. That she did, jumping for fun and loving every moment, not giving us a second of worry to post our 42nd winner of the season.
Thrilled for owners Ollie & Irene Ryan who sadly, like me, couldn’t be there due to other commitments but they were over the moon with her win and so they should be. She now may head for the Mares’ Novice Chase Final at Cheltenham next month.
I’ve been suffering from a post Cheltenham bug I’m blaming youngest son Harry for who was sick on Gold Cup Day and my parents took home after Brorson had run. I seem to have caught it too and Belinda, whilst not sick, isn’t on top form either. Boys are back at school though and Freddie, touch wood, has missed it all. We’ve managed to carry on at home though thankfully as there is so much to do although I missed being racing both days this week.
The Stars and Stripes Racing Club owned our other two runners at Market Rasen and they both delighted their Racing Manager Katie Frisby under good rides from Finn Lambert. Culverwell struggled with the fast pace over 2m 4f but finished 4th and to their delight Market Rasen gave them two bottles of fizz. Carumba was badly hampered at the 2nd fence but then jumped well and finished 7th, also collecting some prize money. Katie said “Thank you to Martin and the team and to Market Rasen, food and hospitality was one of the best we have had so far, champagne on arrival, 2 course meal and for coming 4th we were invited to drink champagne and re-watch the race.” Thank you Market Rasen for looking after our owners so well.
On Monday Windy Cove really pleased owners Adam & Lindsay Morgan and Nicky Clifford on her hurdling debut and after 531 days off the track, given a lovely educational ride by Sean Bowen. Herecomeshogan was disappointing but David Bass reported he seems the type of horse that needs time and patience and may well take more time than some for the penny to drop. Although he jumps well at home he’ll continue to have plenty of schooling and we’ll look to see how he comes out of the race to decide when he goes again.
Excitement in our household this morning as Jane Boggis brought Mr Mafia here for 1st lot and worked him upsides Belinda on Dreamsundermyfeet. She can’t wait to be the one in the saddle tomorrow and it’s great to have him back. Harry rushed straight out into his field with carrots when he got back from school – Harry is a superfan too as well as Jasmin, who looks after Mafia – we are all so pleased to have him back and wouldn’t it be fabulous to get him back into the winners enclosure this summer.