Keevil Racing


Mud Larks

This entry was posted on 2016-01-20 by Caroline.

As I am writing this the sun is shining and the air is chilly, a welcome relief from the torrential rain that has plagued us since Christmas. To say the ground has been testing is a major understatement. The  phrase "Horses for Courses" rings true in these arduos conditions, some cope with it and some dont! Most of mine would prefer the ground less testing and the danger is always giving your horse a hard race in less than ideal conditions.

Regal Flow struggled to jump out of the testing ground at Sandown, but despite dropping to last in running he stormed up the home straight finishing 5th and only 2 lengths of the 2nd placed horse. He is so tough and took no time to recover. He will be entered for Fakenham next.

Denny Kerrel hated the mud at Exeter on New Years Day but ran a better race and he will now run over hurdles as soon as the ground improves.

Jajamcool settled much better in front at Newbury finishing 4th. The front running tactics worked well, we did the same at Plumpton on Monday running really well to finnish 2nd to the hot favourite. His jumping was foot perfect that day despite the gluey conditions, he will certainly be an exciting chaser to look forward to next season!

DarkestBeforeDawn ran an improved race again in the handicap hurdle finishing a close 4th. He stayed the 3m2f well even in the heavy ground but Jack had to work hard to keep him travelling throughout the race, he might have to have some cheek pieces next time just to keep him focussed on the job in hand!

One of my babies, Ballyantics, will make his debut at Fontwell on Sunday. He looks a promising type and is getting stronger all the time so it will be interesting to see how he fairs. Others to watch are Strawberry Hill who will run at Kempton on Monday and Knight ofthe Realm will probably go to Warwick.

Bally Legend has had some lovely press recently in the Western Gazette by David Briers to celebrate his retirement. A touching tribute to a special horse who put Keevil Racing on the map and gave us a bit of lime light on those big Saturday meetings! His win at Kempton in the BetBright Chase in 2014 was a dream come true and a moment I will never forget. I shall be forever grateful to Brian Derrick for the great times we had with him and for entrusting him to me to train. It was a privelage. His full sister Midnight Lira has also been forced into an early retirement this season due to injury, however she will have a rosy future at stud. She didnt quite reach the 140 rating of her brother but she did manage to notch up an impressive 6 wins, 1 hurdle and 5 chase victories! Plans are being hatched for her covering in the spring. 

We also said goodbye to another favourite today, Pod, who won for us at Plumpton. Having fully recovered from his injury now he has been found the perfect rider to take him forward in his new career as an eventer. Best of luck Pod and Lottie we shall look forward to hearing how he progresses!


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