Zestful wins on hurdling debut at Catterick

Fakenham winner on Thursday, Catterick winner on Friday – have horsebox & hungry for winners – will travel!

We headed off to Catterick yesterday with three horses that we hoped all had decent chances of being there or thereabouts and we weren’t wrong. Dreamsundermyfeet has been a model of consistency and he didn’t let us down, under the guidance of the Champion Jockey Brian Hughes (due to Sean Bowen being banned) he ran an absolute blinder, jumping well to finish a solid 2nd, carrying 21lbs less than the very well handicapped winner. His form figures read 211131333332 – what a fun horse he is.

Next was Zestful who is a stunning looking mare and has done nothing but impress us since she arrived. She’s finished 4th and 2nd at massive prices on the flat for us and has been schooling well at home but, as I mentioned in the Blog yesterday, you do never know how they’ll jump under the pressure of a race until they do so in public. Despite being very keen early on, Brian got her settled and jumping well and giving her a lovely educational ride. He gradually put her into the race and we wondered what she’d have left after pulling so hard … we’d needn’t have worried, she flew the last and went on to win well – much to the delight of her syndicate and all of the team especially Aidan Liston who looks after her and was leading up his first winner for us.

Paul Davis, Colin Bowkley and David Bishop receive Zestful’s prize

Finally Rolling Clouds made his debut over fences for us and ran a solid enough race without troubling the leaders. They always looked to be going a stride too quick for him but we later discovered he’d lost a shoe early on. He’s a big horse so may appreciate a more galloping track.

No runners today so a family weekend ahead. What a week … kicking off with Back On The Lash’s fabulous win under Sean Bowen at Cheltenham last Saturday, Ben Buie’s awesome win under Sam Twiston-Davies on Thursday and then Zestful’s hurdling debut under Champion Jockey Brian Hughes yesterday – three brilliant rides under three brilliant jockeys.



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