|Posted on 26 November, 2016 at 0:30|
This year has been a fantastic year for the team with Take Cover raising the bar again winning the Qatar King George group 2 for a 2nd time the only horse to win it in 2014 loose his crown, by a neck last year in the 2015 renewal and claim his crown back in 2016 with one of the most gutsy wins the 9 year old has ever produced. He also won the Achilles listed stakes at Haydock and running an amazing 3rd in the Coolmore Nunthorpe stakes group 1 a tricky race for him, that has become a little unlucky for him, hitting his head in the stalls in 2014 and in 2015 being withdrawn for being over enthusiastic and bursting the stalls. He never fails to keep us on our toes in 2016 he tried his best again to cause a drama by trying to bolt even though, he is lead to the start it must just be the group one voodoo he appears to have again causing drama in France trying to reenact his 2015 Nunthorpe debacle . Regardless of his craziness when his head is in one piece he is one of the fastest sprinters in Europe.
The sprinters have definitely done the team proud.
Brother Tiger has broken the track record at Chelmsford over 5 f and continues to hold it up to now.
Duke of Firenze has been an excellent purchase at 16,000 from the Tattersalls horses in training sale at Newmarket in october 2015. Winning at York on Dante day off a mark of 90 running 3rd in both heritage handicaps over 5f at Mussleburgh and Epsom then 5th in the Qatar Stewards cup at Goodwood. He was so unlucky to miss out by a nose at York in the Symphony stakes. this booked him a trip to France for the group 1 Prix de le Abbey along with Take Cover, he ran the race of his life finishing 6th this was his first ask in group one company and showed he has that class and ability to travel abroad and still run to expectations ending the year on a mark 105 he is a super exciting horse for 2017.
L C Saloon went in the stalls this felt like a win in its self after the issues he has caused a big thanks to the excellent Witherford team too. He then went on to win his maiden at Thirsk showing exceptional speed for a 3 year old he lost his way after this so has gone for a holiday. I still believe he could be anything if his brain channels the right way hopefully his vacation will solve this.
Lopito De Vega has returned from the sales to the team, he has been a consistent horse all year he has guts and a big heart he has done well for his rest. I expect him to progress further in 2017 for new connections.
We have a good team for the all weather season with some new horses joining the team and some exciting new horses for the turf.
I would like to thank my team for the hard work in 2016 keep it up its not quite over yet, and a big thank you to all the owners in 2016 for their loyalty and the fun we have had training your lovely horses we hope you all have enjoyed it too.
Lets hope we have an even better 2017 season.