This week's plaudits went to Casey Banter who got her first win of the season at Chelmsford on Monday under a great ride from apprentice Sean Kirrane. She had been very consistent at the track recently and was unlucky last time not to win so thankfully things went her way on this occasion and she came home four lengths clear of the second place horse.
It was another winner for the N.E.T. Racing Club who are enjoying a successful time at the moment after Gas Monkey's win a few weeks before.
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There were no winners for us at this week's Yarmouth meeting but some big efforts in defeat as we had the second and third home in the first race after 11/1 shot Miss Green Dream led home 100/1 chance New Expo behind a last-gasp winner. Miss Green Dream has looked a much better horse since tackling middle distances and is sure to win one soon as she settles well and has a good turn of foot for the grade. She probably just found herself in front a bit too long on this occasion after hitting the front three furlongs from home.
New Expo is very unexposed and we thought he would run well last time but he got stuck in the mud at Wetherby. He appreciated the faster ground this time and has plenty more to come so could be in for a profitable year for owners Chris Cleevely and partners.
This was Miss Green Dream's last run for her current owners as she will replace Terri Rules in the N.E.T. Racing Club after that filly was sold this week. She had been becoming more and more difficult in the stalls and, after four wins for us last year, it was the right time to give her a change of scenery and she has joined a trainer down in Epsom so we look forward to seeing how she gets on there. All this news and much more was in our latest newsletter which you can read HERE. I'm happy to report that it will now be available monthly once again and I hope it keeps you informed and entertained about life here at Harraton Stud.
With no Yarmouth meeting we won't have our usual raiding party on the coast this week but they do hold a two-day meeting the following week so we will be out in force then. We will still get some seaside air though as Winter Snowdrop goes down to Brighton on Monday for her handicap debut. She needed her three runs in maiden races and has been given a very fair rating by the handicapper which gives her a chance to be competitive. We are still learning about her but I don't think she quite stays 1m4f at the moment so the drop in trip isn't a worry and she seems well balanced enough to handle Brighton's unique contours so hopefully she can outrun her odds.
After that we won't be in action again until Friday with Wilson back at Brighton looking to have a bit more luck than last time when he was hampered at a crucial stage. Majestic Moon will be at Goodwood that evening and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do over this longer trip as he has looked like he needs it recently. He is well handicapped now so should be in with a shout if staying the distance.
Saturday will be pretty busy with four runners at two different meetings.
Close to home, Raha and Exning Queen will be running in the same novice race at Newmarket as they get a bit more racecourse experience under their belts. You need a very good horse to win these races nowadays so they are both works in progress and will improve for the experience before they go handicapping.
At Lingfield, Limerick Lord will be back in action after a short break and should go well as he normally does after a rest. He has no worries about the trip or track so fingers crossed he can get involved. Likewise with Highway Robbery who will be accompanying him down south as he bids to continue his consistent run of form.
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