More Gud Days ahead for @peopleshorse
It’s been a very busy month or so, we marked the end of a fantastic jump season with 28 winners, and there wasn’t much time before we hit the ground running with the start of the new season, which we hope will be even more successful for the yard.
Our first runners of the new season were at Towcester; Thunder Sheik and The Govaness. The Brookes’ homebred filly The Govaness won in fantastic style, she’s only a four year old and travelled like a dream. She looks to have a great future; she’ll now be on holiday until the autumn. Thunder Sheik was less fortunate and pulled up with a nasty looking cut to his leg which put a stop to his race. His is now fully recovered and ready to get back to the track.
The following day we had two winners in the space of forty minutes in the shape of Well Mett at Worcester, and Emily's Flyer at Exeter. The luck continued and we had another double at Bangor, Well Mett won well despite carrying a 7lb penalty for his win at Worcester. Super Collider showed a really good attitude to win despite his rise in the weights as he has gone up 13lbs since his last run
We returned to Exeter with Nurse Ratched a couple of days later where she won the bumper convincingly under a superb ride from our Conor. Bouncing out to make the running, she clearly enjoyed the faster ground than she has raced on before, and after a few taps down the shoulder to keep her straight and her mind on the job, she won going away.
Well Mett made a valiant effort to try and win his third race within eight days, but he couldn't quite cope with the Big Time Billy, the eventual winner (who was also on a three timer, but not in a week!). It was a fantastic race with the two in a battle all the way up the home straight.
We then had a quiet weekend with no runners, but my wife Jelly who trains a few point to pointers had a winner and a third at Chaddesley Corbett. I must congratulate Phine Banks who rode both of them – well done!
Two of the four horses we took to Towcester the following week were non-runners due to the ground changing after all the rain. Double Silver and Are They Your Own need dry ground to perform at their best.
Queen of Mantua ran really well and was a little unlucky to finish second, beaten a neck. The ground was softer than ideal too. Son of Suzie was brilliant finishing fifth in the bumper on his first visit to a racecourse, Paddy was full of praise for him afterwards and he should go very close next time out.
Officially Modern ran his first race for us in a hurdle at Southwell this week, he raced keenly, and finished 2nd. It is his best result to date and hopefully next time out he can go one place better! The People’s Horse, Gud Day returns fresh from his holiday at Bangor on Saturday where he will run in the Alfa Aggregates Handicap Hurdle. With only six runners in the race, we are hopeful for a winning return, but we need the rain to stay away. For your chance to come along and support, tweet @peopleshorse with #GudDaybackwithabang