Christmas may still be well over a week away but everyone is well into the spirit of things as most people go into panic mode and buy everything on the shelves as the shops will be shut for a whole day! Team Feilden scrubbed themselves up for the yard Christmas party and a great time was had by all. Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the meal - you can be assured that the team got their moneys worth!
The team deserve plenty of credit after a great year that will be fully recapped in our latest newsletter which is out next week.
The runners last week didn't fare too badly with Maazel springing a resurgence and looking an incredibly unlucky loser at Lingfield on Wednesday. He was held up at the rear of the field and was badly interfered with around the final turn. Shelley managed to gather up the gelding and rally another effort which saw them come up just a neck short at the winning line. It was a relief to see Maazel run better as he had been pretty disappointing recently. Hopefully he has turned a corner now and can make the most of his low rating. He is entered at Lingfield again on Wednesday and seems fresh enough after his race so fingers crossed he can go one better if getting a bit more luck this time for the N.E.T. Racing Club.
Thursday sees us with four entries at two different tracks and they will probably all take their chance.
Our sole representative at Chelmsford will be Spanish Mane who will be making her debut for us after being bought from Richard Fahey in October. She has been doing some nice work at home recently and certainly looks better than her current rating but she has to run out of the handicap on this occasion as there weren’t any other suitable races for her.
The other three entries are all at Southwell.
Candesta and Limerick Lord are in the same race at Southwell but it looks likely to divide so they won't race against each other. Limerick ran a lot better last time when third at the course and he seems to be coming back into form now so should put in another good run. Candesta won the race last year but hasn't shown any signs of winning again since then. He usually runs well at the track so I'm hoping that will see him improve a bit on his recent efforts.
The final entry is Oceanus. He won at Yarmouth earlier in the year but didn't get his preferred soft ground much during the turf season so couldn't get another win on the board. He has run well in two tries at Southwell so I don't think the surface will be a concern and hopefully he can get in the prize money.
Last week we said goodbye to Our Cilla who went to Tattersalls Ascot Sales and found a new home with Yorkshire jumps trainer Andy Crook who I'm sure she will do well for. We didn't leave empty handed though as we came home with a stunning two-year old colt who was part of Godolphin's draft of horses.
Called New Expo, he has looked green in three runs to date, all of which came within the space of three weeks. He is a big horse who looks just the type to make a better three-year old and his half brother won three races this year after some moderate runs in his two-year old season.
He is available for syndication and more info can be seen on our OWNERSHIP PAGE.