Ivan did Liam proud today, after a steady start the lad got settled and in a rythm, he got slightly left behind as they quickened up but Ivan then stayed on past beaten horses to finish 4th, Ivan totally enjoyed himself and nice to see him finishing well. Liam impressed on his first ride showing a jockeys brain on one or two occassions, considering he only rode a horse for the first time 2 1/2 years a go he has done well. He learnt from the ride, and next season when he gets a few more opportunities will know what to do.
Suncliff ran a little better today, being pulled up 1/2 mile from home, he jumped much better and looked to be shaping up. Fast ground should be ideal, lets hope he comes out of it ok for Easingwold on Sunday.
TOP PHOTO SUNCLIFF WITH CHRIS DAWSON . IRON EXPRESS ON THE WAY TO THE START WITH JACKIE COWARD , AND OUR HARD WORKING GROOM
I am afraid that the Grimthorpe was just too quick on Ivan after Flagg, he was well up there till the cross fence 1/2 mile from home but when they have quickened he looked very one paced. He is better than this run having only been beaten 2 lengths by Ask Bobby 2 runs ago, and today it was nearer 40. Though he has seemed in good fettle at home adn showing all the right signs he has shown us before that he needs a longer gap in between races, he had a similar running at Corbridge last year after his two runs at the Brocklesby and Duncombe park.I am not sure what his next plan will be but he will certainly have 3 if not 4 weeks till his next run, most likely to be the Pendle.Suncliffe unshipped at the 8th fence, he is in the maiden at the Bedale next week and will run as long as he is ok. For those of you who met Michael today he is a grand bloke and we should have abit of fun with him and his horse until the end of the season. He deserves a change of luck and I hope us too.I will confrim about Sundcliffe nearer the time.
Hi everyone, Just to report that Ivan was a brave second again, he just keeps meeting one too good, led till the last and got touched of by a couple of lengths. Joey was also second albeit beaten a distance and only 2 finished.
Nothing now till Whitwell, I will enter Ivan in both races and we will see what the entries and ground look like, my main priority is to find him a race that he can win as he is running his heart out and thoroughly deserves one,, it may be that we boycott whitwell in search of weaker pickings the following week.
I had him scanned last week and he has a slight superficial tendon lesion it is not a major injury but unfortunately warrants 6n weeks on box rest followed by a month or so on the walker which rules him out for the rest of the season. It is an injury that a full recovery will be made from and if he does not return under rules,lets hope he gets better luck in 2009."
Many thanks to Penny and the ladies for putting on a first class picnic.,I`am sure all the members enjoyed it .
Colin enjoys a class or was it two ?.
Swaledale was given a first class ride by Oliver Greenall at Duncombe Park on Saturday
He jumped well and came back full of life .
Jackie Coward one of the clubs jockeys
Picnic starts at 11am at Pennys car, like last year she will have a flag or something obvious as to which car it is.
Swaledales race is 12.30, the whole aim on Saturday is to get him to settle so all being well he will be anchored at the back, and he will be wearing a tongue tie.
Ivan is back in work, Dan banged himself when he ran so he may make Market Rasen. Ivan is being aimed at the Tynedale on Sat 2nd March, and if Swaledale ok after Saturday he may join him for the miaden.
Although Fioris owners are still involved I am adopting him for everyone to follow as if he comes out of his first race ok is heading for Aintree where I hope everyone will come and watch.
He will run at Hutton Rugby on March 22nd.
Lets hope the weather is kind to us this Saturday,X Annabelle