Fingers crossed for Cheltenham
We have had several really dreary weeks with snow and frost. The sun has been conspicuous by its absence.
Nevertheless, they raced at Newbury on January 16th and Loch Ba was very impressive winning the 3 mile Harwell Chase by 8 lengths. He now has a rise of 12lbs in the handicap. He is a horse that Terry and I bought for Camilla Radford as a 3 year old from Tony Costello. He took a bit of time last year to get his jumping together but did win some nice races. He is a much more mature horse this year and is going from strength to strength. He has won twice and been second as well. He started with a handicap of 107 and is now rated 137. One day he could be a Grand National horse. Dominic Elsworth has done a great job teaching him both at home and on the track.
His next race will probably be the 3 mile Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Sgt Reckless has been pencilled in for the Festival bumper.
We very much hope that Somersby gets to run at Cheltenham on Saturday. The Victor Chandler Chase has been rescheduled to go there. Calgary Bay was to run in the Skybet Chase at Doncaster but that meeting is off. He too could go to Cheltenham but he is useless on soft ground and nobody knows how the ground at Cheltenham will ride once the covers are removed.
I went to Northern Ireland on Tuesday for the day and saw a selection of gorgeous 4 year olds all about to run in Point to Points. They were priced highly but a couple look like real future champs. If anybody is interested in details please ring me on 01235 833535. They would be Cheltenham horses for the future.
Added on: 24/01/2013