With the winter national hunt season now in full swing it’s been a busy month for the Diamond Racing team with runners up and down the country and I am delighted to report that all the runners have gone well after their summer breaks or those making their debuts.
The Wallace Line kicked things off for us, following up his promising fourth in a Perth maiden with victory at Fontwell Park under Richard Johnson, he then produced a career best effort carrying a penalty when finishing runner up in a strong looking race at Sandown Park last Saturday.
Ballyhollow making her hurdling debut at Fos Las put in a very novice round of jumping in a maiden hurdle but still finished third, with tidier jumping it may have been a different story but she can do nothing but improve.
Dalaman produced a very pleasing debut at Exeter in a bumper when finishing a running on third; looking back it really was a run he should have won after meeting trouble in running and forced very wide to make his challenge but at the age of just 3yrs he looks to have a very exciting career ahead of him.
Ashes House then returned to the track for his chase debut at Aintree, with novice chases few and far between over 3 miles at this stage of the season we were forced to run over 2m 4f on good ground which is far from ideal for Ashes who does love the mud. Never the less he put in an almost perfect round of jumping before blowing up 2 out and finishing third and the form has been franked since with both the winner and runner up winning.
It was then the turn of Winter Walk to make his debut in a bumper at Chepstow ridden by Champion jockey, AP McCoy. It was a strong looking bumper but Winter Walk ran a blinder to finish a running on second, he will now go novice hurdling but AP said “he’ll be a decent novice hurdler but he’s an old fashioned 3 mile chaser in the making”.
Overall we have been delighted with the way our horses have started the season and with some nice types to go to war with it should be a very enjoyable season for our owners.