Tuesday, 31 January 2012

St.Moritz update.

Karen and the horses have arrived safely in St.Moritz, where they are now getting used to the cold!  However Karen is more concerned with the altitude sickness that is affecting her at the moment.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Not Knock's day.

Knock Boy picked up some more prize money at Plumpton today when finishing 3rd in a 2 mile novice handicap chase.  Under Richard Johnson he took over the lead approaching the railway bend and seemed to be going easily.  However he could not go on when challenged two out and had to settle for third place.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Snow Bound

Karen has set off with Calypso Magic and Spirit of Xaar to race on the ice (frozen lake) at St. Moritz.  At the time of this posting the temperature there is -6.8 C.  Forecast for later this week is Maximum 0 C minimum -11 C.  Hopefully she has packed her thermals!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Good form continues.

The good form of yesterday continued when Knock Boy finished 2nd at Folkestone today.  Ridden by Charlie Studd he travelled close up behind the leaders for the first circuit.  He lost a little ground when the leaders quickened out of the back straight but he closed up between the last two fences.  He was not able to make an impression on the favourite who went on again to win by 5 lengths.

Monday, 16 January 2012

What A Day!

Today's trip to Plumpton proved to be very rewarding.  It began with She's Jolly in the novices chase.
Linda had done well to find a small field of 5 for her second ever race and first run over fences.  This then got better as two horses pulled out due to the ground meaning that a clear round would guarantee her owner a prize of over £700.  She stayed with the other two until the pace increased rapidly at the bottom of the hill, but a good round of jumping saw her claim the third place prize and learn a lot for the future.

The very next race saw She's Humble attempt to win the 2 mile handicap chase for the second year running. 
There was concern over the tacky ground (which she doesn't like), the missing out of two fences due to ground and sun (the more jumps the better for her) and the in form odds on favourite.  However under a great ride from Richard Johnson, she overcame some bumping at the first two fences to pull away with the favourite going down the final hill.  The favourite pulled a couple of lengths clear round the railway bend, but then Richard asked her for a final effort after two out.  She drew level over the last to go on to win by a couple of lengths.
To find out more about She's Humble visit: www.richardyoung020.magix.net

The next race saw Fifi L'Amour run in the mares novices hurdle.  She started at odds of 50/1.
She was held up in the rear for the early part of the race but made a forward move a mile from home.  She took second place behind the favourite two out.  The favourite fell at the last leaving her in the lead but she had to swerve to avoid the fallen horse and lost momentum.  She was passed by two but held on for a highly promising third place.