Oliver (stable lad) had probably his greatest thrill in racing so far when he had his first race ride in public at Lingfield this evening. He partnered Parisian Star in a special charity race open to stable staff. Though they didn't make the frame in the mile and a half contest, they had a great time. Oliver was supported at the course by his parents and other colleagues from the stable.
Oliver was over at the Hollingbourne hill gallop this morning riding Parisian Star, his mount next Saturday at Lingfield in the special stable lads charity race. His parents had come down to watch as had a few of the Saturday breakfast regulars. Everyone was pleased with how it went and they are all looking forward with anticipation to the big day.
Good Bond gave the impression that he could have an exciting future when he gained third place in a Lingfield maiden today. There were only five runners in the 6 furlong race on the turf and two were well fancied to finish clear of the rest. Good Bond was the outsider of the five. Under Robert Tart he was keen early on and travelled close up to the leading pair. Robert encouraged him to keep going, when the two fancied runners pulled away in the final furlong, without being over-hard on him. He responded to the urgings and pleasingly held onto third place despite the challenges coming from behind. That was only Good Bond's second run and hopefully he will keep on improving.
Good Bond before the race, with Mia making guest lead up appearance. Trying for "Best Turned Out?"
Kayflin earned a well deserved second career win in the extended 2 and a half mile conditional jockeys handicap hurdle at Fontwell this evening. Ridden by Jack Sherwood she started towards the rear of the closely grouped 6 runner field as they set off at a slow pace. The pace was increased down the far side on the second circuit and Jack moved her up into second place before deciding to lead round the bottom bend. He continued to keep her ahead on the final circuit, and a blunder three out failed to slow her momentum so that by the last flight they only had the attentions of the favourite to deal with. Kayflin drifted across the line of the challenger and held on to cross the line half a length ahead. However the interference caught the eyes of the stewards and they held an enquiry. They justly found that the places should remain unaltered giving Kayflin the reward for her consistent efforts this year.
Before you get excited this is not a comeback attempt at the Grand National. Kingscombe went to the Heathfield Show with Karen on Saturday to compete in the ROR classes (Retraining Of Racehorses). He did really well with a win, two seconds and a third place in the championship that qualified him for the finals at Aintree at his first attempt.
Mab Dab put his recent disappointing Kempton run behind him by finishing second in a 3 mile 1 furlong handicap hurdle at Fontwell today. He was possibly aided by the increase in trip and return to a left handed course. Under Jack Sherwood he was switched off at the rear of the bunch for the first two circuits. He was asked to take closer order going out on the final circuit and initially looked to be struggling. However he gradually responded to his rider's urgings and, jumping fluently, he made his way forward to share the lead with the eventual winner nearing the bottom bend. The winner was travelling easily and pulled away leaving Mab Dab to fend off the challengers. This he did all the way up the home straight, gamely holding on to second place.