Glorious sunshine for our Bank Holiday for a welcome change. Yesterday we hosted about 20 members of The Cotswold Lockdowners who own Herecomeshogan who was 3rd on his racecourse debut recently and is now out in the field for his summer holiday. Some new faces and some familiar ones too and thanks to Paul Davis for looking after them all so well – fizz, cake and nibbles all went down well even though it was a few hours before lunchtime! They enjoyed watching the horses on the gallops before walking across to see Hogan and his friends in their idylic summer holiday field! So tranquil and so chilled he is sharing his holidays with a variety of horses from 3 year olds who’ll come into training in the summer to older horses like City Never Sleeps and to the oldest & wisest of them all – our retired hero Champion Court!
Our last three runners – Eclat Des Mottes, Samtara and Ten Past Midnight didn’t manage to trouble the judge and the latter two are also off on their summer holidays after a busy season. Samtara was so unlucky not to win a race being beaten by such short margins into 2nd three times – frustrating but we hope he’ll shed his maiden tag soon into the autumn. We are still learning about Ten Past Midnight and his supportive owners are keen to keep going with him and we hope to reward them as well. A similar story with Eclat Des Mottes and his owners, whilst under no illusions with him, are enjoying their racing and we are all sure that a race will fall into his lap soon. Whilst we remain hungrier than ever for winners, there are often different reasons for owners keeping horses in training and sometimes it takes just a bit longer to get to the winners enclosure and we have to make sure the journey is a fun and worthwhile one.
Today we head to Uttoxeter with Mozzaro and Back on the Lash. Mozzaro has been a late developer and all he has needed is time. He looks an absolute picture and his last run was a huge step forward, despite still looking green the penny looked as if it is beginning to drop and we hope he takes another step forward today. He’s a chaser for the future but we would love to pick up some hurdle races on the way too with him if we can! James Best gets on very well with him and knows him well and is on board again today.
Back On The Lash jumped for fun last time out at Ludlow when he made his second run over fences a winning one. He’s got Sean Bowen on board again today and, whilst he now only has two opponents, it’s still competitive but I hope he can get his head in front again.