Hereford beats the weather!

It’s a relief for Hereford to be on and we will be having our first runners since New Year’s Day. The horses weren’t firing before Christmas and so we gave them a quiet time, most of them had their flu vaccinations and, before the boys went back to school, we managed a few days skiing in Chamonix. It was a fantastic few days and we are now re-charged and returned with nothing broken thank goodness!

We have had quite a few visitors on the gallops over the last week or so and a super night here on Saturday to celebrate Debden Bank’s retirement with his syndicate. Sadly not all could be with us but those that could attend seemed to have a thoroughly enjoyable evening and we were spoilt with freshly made pizzas from syndicate member Neil Clifton. Neil, and his business partner Clive, had already fed the crowds at Warwick all day but that didn’t stop them from making us all absolutely delicious pizzas – they even impressed my fussy boys who don’t like cheese with a cheese-free pizza!

Yesterday was a busy schooling morning with James Bowen and James Best in to assist Harry Atkins, Louise Chance and Freddie Keighley and we were lucky to get a good session in before the frost we had last night and the dodgy forecast ahead. We schooled On My Command, A Wish Away, Shinji, Reve, Samtara, Another Day Out, Breizh Alko, She Has Notions, Myfanwy’s Magic, Kazontherazz, Lost In The Mist, Kauto Castillo, Spice Boy, Herecomeshogan, Bobbi’s Beauty, Redbridge Rambler, Robsam and Jubilee Girl. A successful schooling morning and I finished in time to rush to watch Harry in his debut for Studley Bees U14 Football Team where he scored 2 of their 3 goals and has now signed up to them. A good day!

At Hereford today our runners start with A Wish Away (Adam Wedge) in the 2m 3 1/2f Maiden Hurdle and she is making her yard and hurdling debut and needs to show us something today. She hasn’t yet beaten a horse in public but does enough at home to suggest she should.

Enforcement is next for our Racing Club under Saturday’s Warwick Classic Chase winning jockey, James Best. ‘Digger’ needs a bit of encouragement often in his races but if he shows the sort of form when he was 3rd at Market Rasen, he could run into a place at a big price.

We have two against each other in the 3.07pm race with She Has Notions making his chasing debut with Harry Atkins on board and Herecomeshogan, with a first time visor & James Best on board. Both need to improve on recent form and there will certainly be a bit of in-yard competition between them both!

Finally Massima Bella is partnered by Harry Atkins who can claim his valuable 10lbs. Her 2nd bumper run was an improvement on her first and she is learning all the time. Her future will be over obstacles but she will hopefully learn plenty more today.

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