More Winners & Another Listed Hurdle
LA BAGUE AU ROI
LA BAGUE AU ROI showed us another almighty performance to once again come out on top in Listed company. This time taking the OLBG Listed Hurdle at Kempton on Monday. Richard Johnson kept her handy through the race until challenging the well-liked mare of JP McManus – Jer’s Girl. These two battled it out hard over the last and up the run in and LA BAGUE AU ROI powered into the lead over the line. This is the third Listed race this mare has won for her owner’s Mrs Julien Turner & Andrew Merriam and has proven that she is a very classy animal. The decision to go chasing is still up in the air due to her being so strong in her current campaign. What we are certain of is that there is a lot more to come from this very talented racehorse.
The Silo Syndicate’s PENNYWELL put in a strong performance to win the 2m7f hurdle in some testing conditions at Uttoxeter on Sunday. She was held up by the Champion Jockey until two out when they challenged the leaders and stayed on well to come home in front. PENNYWELL jumped and galloped well through the heavy conditions and showed a lot of gumption over the trip. There is a good Mares’ programme now so we will look for another handicap for this tough little filly and keep her down this route.
Next was the turn of Highclere Racing’s PECULIAR PLACES who made all to win the bumper at Hereford. This was his debut run for our yard and it was a hugely impressive one at that. He showed that he could gallop well with ease and had his ears pricked for nearly the entirety of the race, he then showed an incredible turn of foot to win with ease by two and a half lengths. When Richard Johnson came back into the Winner’s Enclosure he said: “I think I worked a lot harder than he did!” This is our first horse owned by Highclere and he certainly is an impressive one. He will now go hurdling and give his owner’s some good times ahead.
Yesterday, DON’T ASK made all to win the Novice Hurdle at Bangor-on-Dee on his hurdling debut. He made all under Gavin Sheehan to win by one and a quarter lengths in what could turn out to be a fairly competitive race. We have always thought a huge amount of DON’T ASK at home and it was a shame he didn’t land a bumper. However, he has taken to his schooling exceptionally well and the transition to obstacles seems to be effortless. Hopefully we can find another Novice Hurdle for him under a penalty and he can show off his class again.
Role at WGR: Work Rider
Previous work before WGR: Jonjo O’Neill, Mark Tompkins and James Owen.
Hobbies outside of racing: Cycling & Swimming
Favourite horse in the yard: OSCAR MOR
Favourite horse in training: BIG ORANGE & THISTLECRACK
Greatest racing moment: SYNCHRONISED winning The Gold Cup
What would be your dream job outside of racing: Surgeon