20th December - Ludlow & Newbury

20-December-2017 6:33
in General
by Admin

Three runners today.



Valdas hasn’t been an easy mare to train so far, she initially suffered with severe sinus problems eventually having to have her head drilled to relieve the pressure (not an uncommon procedure) which worked well.

She then struggled with back issues requiring constant attention from Anthony Webber and Michelle Hayward (chiropractor and physio).


Valdas came back to me late this season but so far I’ve had a trouble free run so I hope she has outgrown these problems.

Valdas works nicely enough at home and has always schooled well.


She will be ridden by Conor Shoemark.



Surtee was always struggling to go the pace of the front runner in her first chase, she’s always had a lazy style of racing and on goodish ground at Fontwell it found her out.

She jumped adequately but it if a horse isn’t traveling you never seem to meet the fences right, she got into the bottom of them and landed a bit too steeply at times.

She is wearing first time blinkers today, she has had cheek pieces on once before and it helped her to travel.

The ground can’t be soft enough for her so I hope it rides very testing.


Surtee is a right madam at home, she’s easy to ride but that’s about it... to do anything else with she’s a cow. She kicks, bites, she has to be saddled in the racecourse stables or she would kill someone and she has to be doped to clip or for a vet to do anything with her.

Fortunately that toughness helped her to survive a serious allergic reaction to antibiotics last spring when her life was in the balance for four or five days.


Book Of Gold was disappointing in his first outing over hurdles at Worcester on his reappearance, he then ran a more encouraging race at Plumpton when finishing third. The winner hacked up but he was unlucky not to be second after being squeezed up at the last.

Whilst it was an improvement on his first run his jumping annoyed me that day, he was very flippant yet at home he’s a brilliant jumper.

He’s done plenty of schooling since.


He ran well in his bumper first time out and I’m hoping this testing ground will bring his stamina into play but he’s very much a staying chaser in the making.


They will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.


Valdas is looked after and will be led up by Emily Wall, she is ridden at home by Peter Tuma.

Surtee is looked after and will be led up by Peter Macek she is ridden at home by Gracie O’Reilly who is leading up Book Of Gold and he is looked after by Erin Pringle.