A treble at Kempton on Monday was a perfect way to start the week after a tricky few days caused by the worst weather we’ve encountered at Manor Farm Stables since I started training.
Top marks to all our staff for turning out in heavy snow and making it possible to get the horses exercising despite serious snowdrifts in the yard and surrounding roads.
At times like these jumpers bumpers provide an ideal opportunity to have runners on a decent surface while the ground is so testing everywhere.
So I was keen to send a team to Kempton on Monday and thrilled that three of them won with the invaluable assistance of Noel Fehily who continues to play a huge part in our success.
Noel was at his tactical best on Sir Ivan, our first winner of the afternoon. His move on the final bend was decisive because Sir Ivan gained first run on the hot favourite Tommy Silver who was caught in a pocket as the tempo quickened.
It was an astute pincer movement by a master and led me to suggest to Noel afterwards that he should be taking out a licence on the flat though luckily for us his weight prevents that happening!
It was good to see Sir Ivan bouncing back after two moderate runs with a change of discipline making a difference.
Our day’s work was still not quite over as we took the opportunity to give several of our Cheltenham runners including Unowhatimeanharry a spin round Kempton after racing.
With Cheltenham only a week away it is pleasing to see our horses finding their form at just the right time.
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