Reve WINS at Southwell

Absolutely thrilled with Reve’s win yesterday under a lovely ride from Sean Bowen, deputising for injured James Best so we are all very sorry he missed the winning ride. Win he did though for owner Ollie Ryan, jumping well and always looking to be travelling well after the favourite and 2nd favourite crashed out at the 2nd. Reve deserved this though as he’s always worked well at home and has already won twice over hurdles and was in at the deep end on his chasing debut at Aintree recently.

We were also thrilled with Ollie Ryan’s lovely mare Found On who was returning after such an unlucky x-rated fall at Cheltenham on her hurdling debut. Thanks to plenty of schooling from James Best at home, Found On was foot perfect under Sean Bowen and simply jumped for fun and thoroughly enjoyed herself. Eventually, as we feared, over the minimum trip, pace found her out as the two highly rated horses served it up to her on the final circuit. As soon as Found On was beaten Sean looked after her and we were thrilled with her 3rd place. Sean was buzzing about her, her attitude and her jumping and we are excited about her future over hurdles and, eventually, fences.

Ben Buie was disappointing under Tom Bellamy leaving us scratching our heads about him. He works so well at home and is such a good looking horse…frustrating.

We have had a trying week with some of the team self isolating and frustrated that they can’t be here working with the rest of the team. The team here have had to work even harder than normal (which is hard!) so thank you so much to them – they know who they are. Champagne and bacon for those here today at the end of the morning!

Earlier today though we had Rex Dingle, Will Featherstone, Lilly Pinchin and Warren Marston in to ride work and to school come of our upcoming runners. Rex’s first visit here and all of them a huge help to the team. We schooled Sarastota Star, City Never Sleeps and Cut & Run. We worked Dreamsundermyfeet, Cul De Poule, Kazontherazz, Ten Past Midnight, Capricia and Mozzaro. Most horses worked yesterday so just a handful today.

No runners today or tomorrow and apologies for no blog the last few days. I sent my secretary (& wife, work rider, mum, part-time bookkeeper, house keeper, & this week in these weird times, also water bucket filler, haynet filler, yard sweeper) racing yesterday as stand in Travelling Head Girl & she didn’t have time to do a blog! We all pitch in here and are so lucky to have such a hard working team helping us. The horses are always oblivious to what is happening in the outside world and so it should be. They come first! So pleased they are running so well for everyone.