|Posted by Seamus Mullins on March 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM|
Fresh back from a superb four days at Cheltenham. As ever, the pinnacle of the jumps season and the icing on the cake gave us a few runners on the last day. Fantastic racing, featuring most of the best horses in our sport competing in the cauldron of the Cotswolds, splendid.
As usual, the buzz, the craic, it was a fantastic week, topped by being amongst the company of good friends to share the electric atmosphere and an opportunity to catch up with many old acquaintances’.
I was very pleased with our horses’ efforts in the Triumph Hurdle, both going off at massive prices. I SEE YOU WELL, first time out for us and owner Albert Goodman ran very well. Up with the pace from the off and he was still there two out. Jamie Moore said the horse jumped and travelled well, plenty of scope for the future.
LANDIN, under Jeremiah McGrath, was settled in rear and ran on very well up the hill, in fact running on strong. Another pleasing effort.
Both have a promising and exciting future, both looking likely to make superb 2 1/2 mile chasing prospects.
I must add I was slightly disappointed by the performance of our third runner, SONG LIGHT in the County Hurdle. He set off in rear, usual plan to get him settled, seemingly jumped ok but never really got into the race. No excuses on the day so just put it down to a bad day as he’s already proved he’s quality and hopefully will bounce back.
Usually after the Cheltenham week many national hunt enthusiasts experience a bit of a low as the previous six months, with the build up to the festival meeting, has been the main subject for much debate.
However, not this time in the Mullins household! Could it get any better, yes it could and it certainly did as Ireland dismantled England’s sweet chariots in the rugby Saturday afternoon and it’s all been a bit of a blur since then! What a finish to the Cheltenham week, it doesn’t get any better – well, I suppose it could with a few festival winners!
I also enjoyed the company of members from one of my racing clubs Saturday afternoon at Fontwell where we shouted home ROMEO AMERICO to finish a fair placed second behind a handicap certainty. On the positive, more money in the racing club funds and horse back home safe and sound ready to battle another day.
So moving on, no low or lull for us here with plenty to look forward to this week.
Tomorrow we have two runners at Exeter. Both STEEL CITY and AZBO. The former , STEEL CITY, is overdue a bit of luck, has been round Exeter a couple of times before and is due to put in a good performance. AZBO, is a big imposing horse, possibly the biggest in the yard. However, despite his size he can shift. Looking forward to his debut outing in a bumper but whatever the outcome tomorrow it will all be a new experience for him and he is a specimen chaser in the making. He could even carry Reg and Fatboy at the same time and yes, whilst pulling the proverbial milk cart!
BURST YA BUBBLE will make his long overdue reappearance on Wednesday at Haydock or Thursday at Warwick. Am waiting to see how the races cut up to go for the best option. He has been working well at home and we are hoping for a nice run as he has shown plenty of promise to date.
In addition on Thursday at Warwick, we have an entry for Ian Bare’s homebred mare, KENTFORD HEIRESS.
Friday, all roads lead to Newbury with the exciting CHESTERFIELD. Arguably the most followed horse in the yard from our Twitter and Blog readers. I still feel we were unlucky last time out, finishing second in the Greatwood Hurdle again at Newbury so looking forward with his proud owners – The Rumble Racing Club – to going one better.
James is off skiing this week with his girlfriend Flo. I can’t remember where they are going exactly but I did hear him mention it was 10 degrees and sunny – hardly skiing weather, hoped he packed his Speedo’s.
Paul came up Saturday morning and within half an hour disrupted the whole place! I was slightly disappointed he refused to do the washing up that we had left waiting for him for the last fortnight! I think he was too keen to shoot down to Friar Tuck’s for his traditional ‘monster’ breakfast.
Right, got to go, next lot is about to pull out – winner’s to train, places to be.
ps I must mention Mick who replied my my 'Ode' , also slightly in rhyme so in reply;
Thank you Mick for your little rhyme,
Can hardly say, t'was as good as mine.
Keep trying though, as improvement may yield ,
Friday to Newbury, C'MON CHESTERFIELD!.