Illustrious Forest had run a couple of disappointing races since coming back from a break last Autumn but came right back to his best when running Sir Boss close at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. He then
followed that up a week later when winning at the same venue, his 4th C&D sucess, and is now becoming something of a Wolverhampton course specialist! He will continue to run in 1m4f handicaps on the AW for now but we anticipate going summer jumping with
him later in the year and he should make up into a good prospect.
Aegean Destiny has got stuck in the bottomless ground on her last two starts at Uttoxeter and Wetherby and we will now wait until
the ground improves before running her again over hurdles. In the meantime we will target AW staying handicaps off her generous looking AW handicap mark of 51, 8lbs lower than her turf mark of 59. She remains a decent prospect over hurdles though given better
ground and we are convinced the best is yet to come from her.
Arizona John has been back in training since early January and should be ready to run around
mid March. He really enjoyed his pre Chritmas break and came back in fresh and well. We plan to kick him off on the AW at Wolves as in previous seasons and then try to win a race or two on the turf prior to going Summer jumping. Although he is an 8 year old
now he seems as good as ever and he could be an exciting recruit to the jumping game.
Available has also been back
in work for a few weeks now and should be ready to run, like AJ, by around mid March. We plan to kick her off on the AW, where her mark has slipped to an attractive looking 64 against her turf mark of 72. Although we know she is better on good/firm turf than
AW her new handicap mark should ensure she can get competitive and maybe win one whilst waiting for her ideal quick ground to come around on turf. She should be set for a good season, coming into it off a nice break this year. There is plenty to more to come
from her as a 4 year old for sure.
Glass Mountain made his Derbyshire Racing debut in November but was unfortunately
found to have bled after the race which explained his disappointing run that night . He came out of that run fine in himself and was given 6 weeks to recover before running a promising race in late December when a staying on 5th at Wolverhampton. However he
bled again on his last run and we are now trying a new training regime with him, turning him out as much as possible in the fresh air and carefully managing his run frequency, feed, bedding etc. Fingers crossed we can get on top of the problem as in all other
respects he is a lovely, sound and talanted horse.
Impeccability, our homebred 3 year old filly, had another racecourse gallop at Wolverhampton recently and again took it all in her stride, travelled
around nicely and impressing with her attitude. We are just waiting for her to fully grow into herself before giving her an entry but as most of the ground work has now been completed once she does starts to fill out all the hard work will have been done.
It could mean we have to wait for some warmer weather in the Spring before she is ready, we will just have to see, but patience is normally rewarded and she has always been thought of as a 3 year old plus type that will improve with age.
Our Yearlings (yes not foals now!) are fine and have been tucked away in their stables during this cold winter weather. Not too much new to report on them at this stage just that all is fine, once we get through the
winter into Spring and they are turned out to grass they will start to grow pretty quickly and after shedding their winter coats start to look like mini racehorses by the summer. It will be an interesting time to see how they shape up against each other. We
also have their naming to look forward to, which is normally done by holding a competition amongst their owners.
are also in most days at present due to the weather. Sphere, in foal to Multiplex, is very big and well and is now only approx 3 months off foaling, it being due in mid April. Hopefully a colt this time after 3 fillies
for us to date! Impeccable Guest is well but we have yet to decide whether to cover her again this year. After problems with colic during her last pregnancy we may decide to retire her as a broodmare if it is considered too risky this time
Jubillent owners celebrate with Illustrious Forest after his 4th C&D sucess over 12f at Wolverhampton on the 3rd January 2013