Latest Update from West Buckland.

Once again, as is normal for a National Hunt yard at this time of year things are nice and busy. I have just returned from the Horses In Training Sales at Newmarket and I am pleased to say I have purchased three new horses. Beau Knight was the first of the horses purchased and this three year old gelding by Sir Percy has won on the flat and is currently rated 69. He is a very well related horse and his sire Sir Percy has a good record with horses over hurdles and Sir Percy is also the sire of my second purchase Vanishing who is rated 77 on the flat and she has already been in the winners enclosure twice in her short career. Sky Rose, who has already started jumping here is a maiden but she has some consistent placed form and I am very pleased to have her in the yard and she has been showing a wonderful attitude in the short time I have had her. The three horses are all for sale and there is further information on each of them on the For Sale page on this website.

Since my last update we have had plenty of runners and I was particularly pleased with the run of Royal Chief; it was his first start for his new owners, The Game Birds and he finished a creditable third. Adam Wedge, who rode him was very positive about the horses chances in the future and it was a lovely start to his season with us at West Buckland. I have given him an entry at Exeter on Wednesday in a 0-110 Handicap Chase.

Helium has been an absolute star this season and he was back in the winners enclosure at Ludlow last week under another superb ride from Rhys Flint. Despite meeting with a little trouble in running off the home turn he kept on strongly to win by four lengths. It is likely the handicapper will deal him with a hefty rise after that win so I have given him plenty of entries with a view to running him under a penalty.

Helium is a member of the equine team of the West Buckland Racing Club and they have a tremendous record with their runners this season with four winners and a second from just five runners. The good news is there are still places available in the West Buckland Racing Club and it with Christmas just around the corner it would provide a superb Christmas gift for any racing enthusiast. There is more information here.

Staying on the subject of the successful West Buckland Racing Club they have another runner this week with Heavenly Brook taking his chance at Southwell in the claiming hurdle. Mikey Hamill rides him and will claim a valuable 7 pounds off his back. It is his first run for the yard but hopefully he can acquit himself well and continue the wonderful run of the club.

As some of you may have noticed I have a weekly column in the Racing & Football Outlook every Tuesday. It is well worth a read and I have enjoyed doing the column and it was a pleasure to have been asked.




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