MARES DOUBLE UP FOR US . . .
We enjoyed our best day of the season so far on Saturday with Ms Parfois a gallant second in the valuable Midlands Grand National and Duhallow Gesture and Shapiro both successful at Fontwell.
It is great to have the team back in form again after a mid winter shutdown when they were off colour with a virus.
Acey Milan was another to run well on Saturday when third in the £50,000 Marston’s Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter and two more of our horses finished second on the day.
I can’t quite believe Ms Parfois has been beaten again in a big race as she travelled through the race like the best horse, jumping accurately, before just failing to hold the challenge of Potters Corner who was in receipt of 11lbs.
It was a tremendous comeback after the issues she has had this season and I am so proud of her.
Martyn Chapman, owner of Ms Parfois, would love her to run in the Grand National.
But that is only three weeks away and she had a hard race at Uttoxeter. I’ll have a chat with Martyn and might suggest we put her away for the season and look at aiming her at the Coral Welsh National next Christmas.
Acey Milan also ran a blinder considering I believe he is not quite at his peak at the moment after being affected by the virus.
One option is to try to win a novice with him under a penalty to boost his confidence.
At Fontwell Duhallow Gesture bounced back with a smooth success that set her up nicely for the final of the Challenger Mares Hurdle Series at Haydock next month.
Shapiro then completed a double for the yard and for jockey Rex Dingle with an impressive victory on her debut over hurdles which earned a £5,000 MOPS bonus for her owners put up by the EBF.
She jumped well, won with a bit in hand and could go for another novice hurdle under a penalty.
The tally for the day, of 2 wins, 3 seconds and a third, from 7 runners is a great credit to my team here at Potwell. All our runners looked fantastic and it's good to be back in the game !