I hope you all had a great Christmas time and got to spend it with loved ones whilst enjoying some good food and drink. The festive period always revolves around the horses here but we still get a chance for a get together on Christmas Day to have some dinner and exchange presents.
We all had smiles on our faces thanks to Rusheen Boy who made it the perfect week for his owner/breeder Andy when his gelding won two races at Southwell in the space of seven days. We had always liked Rusheen since he came to us late last year but he had been disappointing in his first three runs during the summer so we gave him some time off to strengthen up and it did him the world of good. We also put a hood and a cross noseband on him which have helped him relax and he looked mightily impressive when winning just before Christmas by nearly five lengths. He backed that up under a penalty a week later but in gutsy fashion having been headed a furlong from home and battled back to win by a neck.
He is due to go up 11lb in the ratings after these wins which will make life harder but he still has more improvement in him so can hopefully keep up his hot run over the winter months.
We ended the year with 15 winners which is one more than last year and our best since 2018 so there are no complaints from me with more to come in 2024.
Hopefully it won't be too long before we can get off the mark in the new year with a handful of entries this week starting with two at Lingfield on Thursday.
Moralisa was a bit disappointing on her debut for us last time but she looked short of speed that day so we're stepping her up in trip to see if she fares better. All her form is over shorter but she relaxes well so might be able to stay further and it is worth a go anyway.
Alibaba will be heading down with her and the track could suit his front-running style. He still hasn't shown his best on the all-weather but he is falling down the ratings and should find races easier soon.
We're back on the all-weather on Saturday with Stintino Sunset at Kempton. Lingfield was a bit sharp for her last time so returning to a flatter, more galloping track should suit her hold-up tactics and I expect her to bounce back to form.
The only other entry for the week may be Clenched at Plumpton on Sunday. She jumped very well on her hurdles debut at Doncaster recently but got left behind when the pace quickened towards the finish. I'm willing to give her another chance and she could run again if she has come out of that last race in good order.
I will sign off by wishing everyone a happy new year and look forward to seeing you all very soon in 2024. As ever, thank you to all our owners for their support and we hope to have many more good days in the months to come!