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Margaret Beaufort has to be one of the most satisfying winners I’ve saddled in a long time. She’s not been easy to train; but has started to thrive in the last few weeks. She was caught out the back in a slowly ran race which became tactical, thankfully a little bit of class in that grade and a sensible ride from Dan negated any of traffic problems. I thought she put the race to bed comfortably and was good value on the line. Margaret is a homebred from Aislabie so it was even more important we made her a winner. Thanks to Fawzi Nass, for his support as always.
Prydwen bounced back to form in emphatic style under Billy “the Kid” Loughnanne. In a muddling race he found himself shuffled to the back, but showed an excellent turn of foot to put the race to bed in a matter of strides. He was progressive throughout last year so I was disappointed with his come back run. It’s now clear he needed it and was probably a little rusty. I’m delighted to train another winner for Bluestarr Racing who have been great supporters of the yard. I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead with this horse.
Goose Rock has been something of a problem child, however he deserved his first victory. 5 furlongs at Lingfield was very much on the sharp side for him and he did very well to get himself into a winning position. Again, Callum Shepherd was seen to very good effect, lifting him late on to win by a short head. He was probably better value than the winning margin would suggest due to the track not suiting him. He’s a good-looking horse, that has a better level of ability than what he’s been showing so I hope this is a catalyst for improvement. Many thanks and congratulations go to Keith Breen, Jack Stephenson and Mark Birkett who have been particularly patient. Let’s hope we can get them back in the winners enclosure shortly.
Cariad returned to winning ways under a fine ride from Callum Shepherd. She made use of her recent run at Newcastle to get off the mark in 2023. She is now 3 from 5 in handicaps and arguably should be 4 from 5. She was a 5,000gns yearling purchase and looks to be a filly that has plenty of scope for improvement. She’s been mainly tried at a mile but I see no reason why she cant step up to 10 furlongs as the season progresses. Many congratulations to a great friend of the yard Ed Williams.
Perfect Gentleman made the perfect start to life in handicaps. He’s a horse that I’ve always liked however he was a little on the weak side last year and has really come into his own over the Winter. He stepped up to a mile for the first time. Despite an awkward trip, he was well in command by the time he hit the line. I’m so pleased to train a winner for close friends and family who I must thank them for being so patient. I have every confidence he can continue to improve throughout the year.
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