I never like to go racing with our rare National Hunt runners as I always fear the worst but there was little need to worry last week after watching Oceanus jump like a stag when finishing a 33/1 third at Fakenham on his first start over hurdles.
He was a pleasure to watch and he had the whole field off the bridle with two left to jump before his stamina ran out and he got very tired towards the finish. His jockey Trevor Whelan was very positive afterwards though and said he would definitely win this season on better ground. He is a great fun horse for his syndicate of owners who can enjoy plenty of racing under both codes. There is a small share left in him so if you'd like to join the fun, please get in touch.
I don't think there's anything in the yard that will be joining him jumps racing soon but we are always schooling horses at home to give them something different to think about and we have done well with our few hurdlers in the past, despite my nerves about them.
The horses have been rattling the till recently and Spirit Of Sarwan added another second place to our 2017 tally, our 18th of the year.
He has always shown good form after a break in the past so it was no surprise to see him run well and he definitely looks a better horse on the all-weather than the turf so the winter should prove fruitful for him as he is quite well handicapped now too.
We're due a pretty hefty amount of snow this weekend but luckily the weather doesn't usually stop us from exercising the horses, such is the great care that the Jockey Club Estates team take of the Newmarket gallops, harrowing them through the night if needs be.
We shouldn't be too affected runners-wise by bad weather either as there is just one entry this week in Sunset Bounty at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
This was an additional meeting put on by the BHA to help lowly-rated horses run, as many like Bounty have been balloted out of over-subscribed races in recent weeks. Conditions aren't perfect though as she ideally wants 1m2f+ so the 1m trip is a bit sharp for her but at least she can get a race in and hopefully do well enough to go up in the ratings.
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FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD (ends 31/12/17)
Julia Feilden 99
John Chalklin 99
Kevin Case 93
Christine Sparham 92
Clare Peacock 92
Colleen Pyrke 91
Paula Smith 90
George Evans 90
Trevor Mather 89
John Tucker 88