We are off to Uttoxeter today to start the 2022/2023 season with a team of five runners now as two don’t run. Mozzaro has a bruised foot and Forecast’s bloods aren’t right but there will be plenty of other chances for them both this summer.
Our 1st runners are Culverwell (Patrick Cowley) and Herecomeshogan (Sean Bowen). Culverwell runs for The Stars and Stripes Racing Club from out of the handicap and has cheek pieces on today and it would be great if he could step up on what he’s shown so far. Herecomeshogan has, what I feel is, a harsh enough mark but is in good form and will hopefully give us another bold show for his very enthusiastic owners – The Cotswold Lockdowners.
Back on the Lash runs in the 61 Deep Pale Ale Staffordshire Plate Handicap Chase under Harry Skelton and seems in great form at home. He won over fences at Uttoxeter last summer and if he bounces back to that sort of form he should have a good each way chance.
Found On runs over fences at 4.39pm and I’m really pleased with her. She got kicked at the start and withdrawn at Cheltenham earlier this month which we were so disappointed about so it would be fitting if she put that behind her today and ran a big race. With a clear round I think she’ll take some beating. Sean Bowen rides.
Our last runner is Carumba (5.09pm) runs for The Stars and Stripes under Patrick Cowley. He’s well out of the weights but needs a run and looks a picture.
Finally some heartbreaking news I’m so sad to be sharing – we lost Brorson yesterday during his summer holiday in the field due to a bout of colic. He was found early yesterday morning and, after a vet visited we rushed him into surgery and he was operated on. Devastatingly after 4/5 hours of surgery, and all their hard work, they were unable to save him and our thoughts are with David & Lorraine Maughen, his owners, who have already had so much fun with him but surely had a really exciting time ahead as he had so much talent and potential. It’s so tough for a small team such as ours but especially tough for Beth Whittle who looked after him and rode him out too. It’s a cruel world at times and we are left thinking ‘why him, why us’ and also about what he was surely going to go on to achieve.