It finally came together for Flashing Glance this afternoon, we had to re-think our approach after Bangor, he had some intensive schooling, a change of diet and tack. All of which played a part in todays success. Not only the team at home played their part but Richard Johnson also helped, he came in to school him again on Friday just to familiarize himself a little more with the horse. Richard hasn’t ridden as many winners as he has by lying in bed in the morning. Hard work pays off every time. It was very much a Hereford on slaught of Warwickshire this afternoon. Flashing Glance was born in Herefordshire as were his 4 owners, 3 of their wives, the jockey and for icing on the cake, he is trained in the county. I am sure the win today will do Flash the world of good and give him some confidence to back it up. I will be interested to see if he is given a handicap mark on Tuesday. The likelihood is, if he comes out of today in good shape, he will go for another novice under a penalty at Newton Abbot a week Friday. He certainly thinks he is very special this evening strutting his stuff around the place. We gave him 10 minuets of grass to wind down before tucking him up in bed.
Tomorrow, we will get Equus Amadeus ridden who may head to Uttoxeter on Wednesday. After which, set off to Fontwell with Amadoue and Silk Run. Both have live chances but there are no easy races at the moment, something always seems to be lurking.
I have been considering appointing an assistant trainer. I am delighted to report Liz Wills has proven to have the right credentials and is the successful applicant. She will start on Monday morning. Should you be reading this, please don’t be late, I expect all new members of staff to show willing and in fact, arrive 10 minuets early until they become familiar with the routine. Mrs Wills will run the office after riding out 3 lots each morning and will be seen regularly representing the yard at race meetings.
Have a nice weekend and please do not hesitate to contact the office after 10 a.m. on Monday if you would like an update on your horses.