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This entry was posted on 2015-06-08 by Caroline.

It has been holiday time for Pat and me for the last 2 weeks - re charging our batteries in Turkey. However the yard has been busy in our absence. We were thrilled to have a winner just before we left as La Madonnina romped home at Fontwell by 12 lengths.

Being a Sunday winner always means that you have slightly longer to wait before being reassesed by the handicapper. I spotted a perfect race for her to run off a penalty at Fakenham - 3m1f this time but Fakenham is a very flat track so it looked ideal. Canarbino Girl also had a good race for her there, so the "A" team of Izzi and Wally set off for Norfolk the following Sunday. La Madonnina ran  a superb race and looked all set to win jumping the last 4 lengths ahead but luck wasn't on our side and she stumbled on landing and went down. We were all gutted for the mare and James Best, who had given her a peach of a ride the whole way, and for her owner too, who had been reticent about running her so quickly. Luckily the decision to run was a good one and she has come out of her fall really well. The fast track didn't suit Canarbino Girl and she bled so all in all it was a long journey home!

La Madonnina's reasessment came out on Tuesday and they had put her 19lb! Considering it had taken more than 20 runs to loose her maiden tag it did seem rather a excessive rise! Well lets hope they have got it right and she can still be competitive off this mark. Fontwell tomorrow will tell us more as she runs again in the 2m5f handicap chase off her new mark off 88. She will be carrying a stone more than when she won there but it looks a good opportunity for her to make amends.

Otherwise all is quietish. The boys and girls both equine and humans are enjoying the lovely weather. It won't be long now before a few of the horses that like better ground will be starting work again so they are ready for some early Autumn races.

On Pat's point to point yard all is quiet too with Prince Mahler and General Girling out on holiday. Dear River Indus (pictured left) is now retired, aged 15 he has won 6 races and had 13 seconds. The last 2 seasons he has been the best school master for Harriet to learn the pointing ropes on... a true legend and we will all miss him, he will now be enjoying a bit of hunting! 

Arron Butterfield (pictured right) has experienced the winners enclosure for the second time in 2 weeks with his pony Blaze n Daze at Ffos Las last week, led up by our weekend girl Meg who after going to the British Racing School in the Autumn will be joining us next season. Lets hope the winning spree continues!




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