This week, we’re looking forward to the week ahead and some exciting new additions to the yard.
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It’s a busy time ahead of Cheltenham and we’re working hard to get everyone in our team in tip top shape. To help with that, we’re delighted to announce that Sophie King has joined us as travelling head girl. She has previously been with two big yards, those of Phillip Hobbs and Alan King and her experience will be a big asset. Sophie’s a very pleasant girl, very competent and she rides very well. Her ambition is to ride a winner in a point to point somewhere and hopefully we can help her achieve that goal. We’ve also got an equine addition to the yard as we have bought Petiville to race in our own colours. Formerly with Rebecca Curtis, he is a good looking grey by Montmartre, who has produced a few graded winners like Petite Parisienne, Capitaine and Labaik. He has had a couple of runs in bumpers so far, but on pedigree, he looks like a two mile hurdler and hopefully he can be as good as some of his sire’s other progeny.
Last week’s runners
It was a quiet week last week, with no runners for us.
This week’s runners
Valadom was initially entered over hurdles at Doncaster on Wednesday, but we’ve decided it’s too close to the festival for him to have a run. He will now go straight to the Cross Country at the festival, assuming there isn’t a whole bunch of higher rated horses entered that might push him out at the bottom.He ran well there in January, so hopefully he can run a big race again
Dame Rose also has an entry towards the end of the week, but she’s likely to skip that to go to Newbury on the fourth of March. We’d initially thought to keep her quiet until perhaps the back end of the season, but the Newbury race represents a valuable opening that she could run well in.
Another weekend, another graded winner for RHBloodstock as Acapella Bourgeois ran out an impressive winner over at Navan. Purchased by RHBloodstock for trainer Sandra Hughes, he has now won three times in Grade two company and hopefully we’ll see him strutting his stuff at Cheltenham in a couple of weeks.