We had two runners on 1st February; very different horses and one from each yard. First up was National Hunt runner Judge Judy on her maiden run. This is a well-bred little filly who has shown great potential at home, working impressively and oozing talent schooling. She ran in a novice hurdle at Towcester with Nick Scholfield on. Unfortunately she didn't react in the ground, with Nick claiming she "got stuck in the mud", partly due to her small frame. Despite this, she did jump well and Nick said she showed maturity throughout considering it was her first time on a racecourse. We will regroup and aim her for a race when there is better ground.
Representing Alan's yard was Supreme Danehill in the Hunter Chase, hoping to back up his successful form from Wadebridge. Most of the Sunday Night Partnership were able to make the trip which was great! There was a turn out of only 3 runners, with hot favourite Unioniste looking a difficult opponent to take on considering the weights and going, but we felt the course, distance and ground would be in our favour. After travelling and jumping very well the first two miles, unfortunately when overtaken by Unioniste, Supreme Danehill seemed to fold rather tamely and finished a distance 3rd. We have carried out tests, scoped and discussed at length with the jockey (Joe) about this disappointing run but have not come up with any answers as of yet. He will have a break to freshen him up so no planned race has been found yet. We may fit a tongue tie next time out to see if this is beneficial.
Not a day to remember but makes the good days all the more important to celebrate!