24-September-2018 11:36
in General
by Admin

The application of blinkers first time helped Ennistown gain his first success for us in a valuable staying handicap hurdle at Plumpton on Sunday.

He was a decent horse on the flat for Godolphin and later did well over hurdles for John Ferguson. But his form then tailed off before he was sent to us by his owners a year ago to see if a change of scenery could revive his fortunes.

The challenge was to help Ennistown regain his confidence jumping his hurdles. We have been patient and have done lots of schooling with him and he now looks to be thoroughly enjoying his jumping again.

He has run with promise on all three of his starts for us before Plumpton where I entered him at the last minute when the race was re-opened at ten on Friday morning.

With almost £12,000 to the winner and only seven runners on the day the stage was set for a timely revival by Ennistown. He jumped slickly, travelled well and quickened up smartly going to the last flight to win by five lengths from Bugsie Malone.

It was brilliant for the horse and his owners, a tonic for the yard and another feather in the cap of our talented young claiming jockey Rex Dingle who is riding well and has a very good attitude.

I am tempted to try Ennistown over fences while ground conditions are in his favour and might send him to Fakenham for a novice chase on October 19.

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