Gas Monkey has undoubtedly been the star of the show this season and he made it four wins for the year when notching another at Newbury on Saturday. He has gone up over a stone in the weights since his winning streak began but he had a little more improvement left in him to get his head in front once again for the N.E.T. Racing Club.
The Club have now enjoyed their best ever year with regards to winners and the fun that members have had from just a £200 per year membership is fantastic. Newbury is a lovely racecourse to attend as an owner and plenty of members had the chance to enjoy their day.
Gas Monkey is their star and he was given a lovely ride by amateur jockey Sarah Bowen who settled him nicely behind the leaders and bided her time before hitting the front a furlong from home and winning a bit easier than the half a length margin suggests. Anything he can do for the rest of this season will be a bonus but hopefully there is still some more fun to come.
Good days like this certainly make up for the bad ones which there are plenty of in this game. I left Yarmouth on Thursday evening very deflated after some disappointing performances from our runners. They all had various excuses though so we had that as consolation and I'm sure they will all bounce back next time.
Alibaba's fourth place at Windsor last Sunday was very promising though and he looks as though he should be winning before the year is out. We don't have many two-year olds capable of winning as we tend to buy ones which will improve with age so it would be great if we can get a juvenile winner on the board just to show that we can win with them given the right ammunition!
I had loads of entries this Tuesday but the ground and other factors mean that we have ended up with just two runners now.
Lily Bonnette showed a bit more ability last time after her debut and she still has more to come but this looks a very hot race with all the big boys in it so we will use it as some more experience for her and she will also qualify for handicap races after this.
Tallulah's Quest will be heading to the seaside with her and hopefully she can build on her last run which followed a year off the track. She got pretty tired that day so should be fitter now and can hopefully finish a bit closer.
The nights are starting to draw in now and Newmarket hosted it's last music night of the year last week which means the inevitable end of summer. There's still a bit of racing left on the July Course though and we will be there next Friday with Winter Snowdrop. She has been ultra consistent and can hopefully run another respectable race.
Alibaba will be our only entry at the weekend as he could be at either Beverley or Goodwood on Sunday. They are very similar races so we will see which looks the easier and where has the softer ground. If he can build on his good run last week then he should almost win.
It's not long until our owners' trip to Burghley Horse Trials on Thursday 5th September and we noe have a couple of spaces free after some late drop-outs. We will be leaving the yard at 9.30am and returning at 5.30pm. Burghley is one of the world's best three-day events and there's loads to do at the venue aside from seeing some world-class riders and horses. The cost of £40 includes the return coach trip and entrance tickets. If you would like to join us please email email@example.com.
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