Keevil Racing


Ups and Downs

This entry was posted on 2015-10-12 by Caroline.

Our season has bearly begun and yet we have already had our ups and downs -

Our new kids on the block Prince Mahler and Palmaria ran with credit for their first runs over hurdles, both have come on alot and gained experience for the runs.

Jack By The Hedge showed he had retained his ability at Newton Abbott on his comeback after a long time off the track but will now wait for the softer ground before he runs again. Larks Rising also ran at Newton Abbott after a long lay off but unfortunately tipped up at the last hurdle... luckily both he and Tom O'Brien are unscathed.

Haverstock put in a much more promising performance at Chepstow under Ian Popham finishing 4th only 1 1/2 Lengths off the winner. 2m on a stiff track seems to suit him best so he will probably head to plumpton next.

Always guaranteed to bring a smile to my face is Midnight Lira - she ran a brilliant race for James Best to be 2nd only beaten by a well handicapped horse of Dr Richard Newlands. Now rated 125 she will be aimed at some better races off a lower weight. She is only small and carrying top weight may prove tough for her.

Bally Legend ran a satisfactory race at Fontwell aimed to put him spot on for Cheltenham at the end of the month. Unfortunately the day after Fontwell he had heat in his near fore and a subsequent scan revealed a small tear in his tendon.... A day i have always dreaded! He will of course recover with rest but that meant the end of his campaign for this season. He has been an amazing horse for us. Tough and sound throughout 7 seasons of training. Guaranteed to light up our loves with his courageous performances, always giving his best. He has been our flagship horse and his absence this season is a huge blow to the yard and especially to his owner breeder Brian Derrick. Hopefully his full sister, the equally tough, Midnight Lira can step into the breach.




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