That’s the milestone of winners we as a stable were happy to reach on Friday when Collate got her head in front at Lingfield Park.
I was pleased for the filly on the day as she got a great hold-up ride from jockey David Probert, always doing enough towards the finish to holds off the pursuers and gain her first win for me plus her first win in this country.
It’s good news for the team here at Southgate Stables too, highlighting the great work they do all year round and have been doing in the couple of short years since we began, especially when conditions are challenging due to the frost, the snow and the ice of the last few days.
It’s all very well sitting in a cosy office staring out of the window, but it’s a different story for my staff who have to be outside, feeding, watering, mucking out, riding out, they really do have to graft hard all year round,
Fortunately for us we haven’t missed a beat, even though it literally hasn’t climbed above one or two degrees the last couple of days.
The all-weather gallop we use has been in full working order which has saved us, especially as the grass gallop we would normally use is as solid as a rock.
That means we’ve been able to declare Lazarus for the last race on the card at Kempton Park on Saturday night, a race in which David Probert takes over in the saddle as his mount drops back in trip to a mile and a half. Hopefully he can return to the sort of form which saw him win over hurdles at Huntingdon in November.
As for the snow, some of the horses love to go out and play in it, as you can clearly see here from this short video of Kalashnikov taken on Thursday morning.
Kalashnikov Out And About In The Snow
Nothing much phases him, certainly not a bit of snow, and though we can’t control the elements what we can do is get him in the best possible shape for his next and final prep run on the road to Cheltenham, which weather-permitting will be in the Grade 2 Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick a week on Saturday (9th Feb).
I see FansBet continue to offer him at 13/2 for the Arkle on March 12th, a price which might change this weekend as Le Richebourg lines up at Leopardstown in the Irish Arkle (Sat, 2.00pm).
We’ve already seen Cilaos Emery impress at Gowran Park last week, as well as Dynamite Dollars unextended at Doncaster on Saturday, meaning the pot is boiling nicely with some really decent looking opposition throwing their respective hats into the ring for our race at Cheltenham.
Le Richebourg is a horse I like, only Delta Work has managed to beat him this season, and it’ll be disappointing if he’s turned over on Saturday.
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