Whenever Stintino Sunset runs we know her owner-breeder Steve Clarke is looking down and cheering her on after he sadly died recently. She has been doing him proud in recent runs and got her second win on the board when coming from last to first for an impressive win at Chelmsford on Thursday evening. She has gone from strength to strength since we put a hood on her and it just seems to dull out a bit of the noise she hears which must make her feel a bit more relaxed and she runs better as a result. It's great that Steve's good friend Tony is still involved with her and she should give him plenty more fun in the coming months and beyond.
Chelmsford used to be an unlucky track for us where we struggled to get winners but that has taken a turn in recent years, mostly thanks to Engrave who won five times there but a few others are starting to take a shine to the place. One of those horses is Grand Duchess Olga and she has twice got her head in front at the Essex track recently. She'll be bidding to make it a hat-trick when she returns on Tuesday evening. She is in a higher class following her recent successes but the step up to two miles brought about a lot of improvement so hopefully she has a bit more to come still.
Accompanying her will be new girl Eloped. We bought her last month and she has plenty of-laced form on the all-weather to her name. The trip on this occasion is likely to be on the sharp side for her but we should learn a bit about her and the run will blow away the cobwebs for next time.
After some disappointing runs on the flat since we bought her in February, I decided to give Clenched a pop over some hurdles to see how she handled it and she has been an absolute natural. Jump jockey Jack Quinlan rode her this week and couldn't believe how good she was for such an inexperienced horse. I've given her an entry in a hurdle race at Catterick on Friday but she'll only run if there aren't many others declared as there's a better race for her at Huntingdon in a couple of weeks time. It's been a while since we had a runner over hurdles so it'll be good to go back jumps racing where the atmosphere is always very friendly.
The final entry for the week is Hurricane Kiko at Lingfield on Friday. His profile has been a bit in and out this year but he ran one of his better races in first time blinkers last time. He's coming down to a winnable handicap rating so hopefully things can fall his way soon.
Our two yearlings are now being ridden and have taken things very well. They are both very sensible and love to get on with their work so that bodes well for the future. There are still a few shares left in the Bated Breath colt we have for syndication and you can see all the details on our OWNERSHIP PAGE. He still doesn't officially have a name and as an owner you will be a part of that naming process.