December 2009 / January 2010Posted : January 18th, 2010
While the weather conditions have made for very difficult working conditions, results on the racecourse for our small All-Weather team have been excellent, with three winners in December followed by two winners (at the time of writing) in January, and this from just 16 runners in that period.
Lord Fidelio has now won two of his last three, both victories coming over 7f at Kempton Park. He showed ability on turf over the summer but really seems to be progressing now and he looked value for more than the winning margin on his latest start. Hopefully he can continue to improve.
Danger Mulally won at Warwick in July but had been disappointing in three runs since until winning by a short-head at Kempton in December. He was only put up 2lbs for that but his follow-up win at Wolverhampton was again gained by a very short margin, this time as a result of him hanging very badly right as he came in to the final straight. Again, there could be more to come, especially if his occasional wayward tendencies can be ironed out!
Starburst gained her reward for a series of consistent efforts when winning in very good style in what was an admittedly weak maiden at Wolverhampton in December, and followed that effort with a good third at Kempton off a career-high mark of 65, where she might have finished closer granted a better passage through the race. There could still be further progress seen from her.
Briareus has been retired after pulling-up on his seasonal return in the Desert Orchid Chase at Kempton Park, where he suffered a recurrence of the problems that have restricted him to just a handful of appearances in recent years.
Winner of the Grade 2 Kingwell Hurdle in 2006, as well as in a Grade 2 Novice Chase at Ascot a year later, he won six races during his career, and ran in a Champion Hurdle, and more recently in the King George VI (where he finished 4th) and the Champion Chase in 2008, where he was in the process of running a fine race, holding fourth place when falling at the last.
Owned and bred by Emma Lambourne and Nick Ovett, he has been a fixture in the yard for the best part of a decade, having made his debut as a two year old on the flat at Newmarket in 2002, and everyone at the yard wishes him a very happy retirement.
This year’s team of jumpers is a very small one, but in Amroth Bay we may have unearthed a useful horse for the future, as he was impressive in winning by 6 lengths at Chepstow on his only start to date, under Champion jockey AP McCoy.