OUR runners in the last week have done well with two winners from ten and three seconds and two third places.  

It could have been three winners but sadly not, with Chemical Warfare joining issue with his rivals at the last fence but unfortunately crumpling on landing and coming down.  It is a long run in at Worcester but Jack (Tudor the jockey)  felt he was going well and would have won!  

Although a little stiff and sore, he is not too bad and has been given a nice massage by our physio on Monday morning.  With a bit of luck next time he looks capable of winning over fences again.

Steppenwolf was impressive in winning for the first time over fences on stable debut at Ffos Las.  He travelled and jumped well and won a shade cosily in the end.  

He was well bought by Dare to Dream racing from an online sale.  We have given him a wind op and had shown a good attitude and level of ability at home so I hope there is plenty more fun to be had with him over the next few months.

I was delighted to get Mr Tambourine Man back in the winner’s circle at Worcester on Saturday.  This was his first win in a while and it was great to reward his owner’s patience and I hope he can continue to run well.

Walk of the Roses made a pleasing hurdling debut at Newton Abbot to be second.  She was returning from nearly a year off and but for a little mistake at the last she probably would have won. It was a great run on ground that was slightly softer than ideal and I am sure she will be winning very soon.

Owners, the Value Racing Club, had a good but slightly frustrating couple of days last week with Nibras Gold also finishing second.  He made his chasing debut at Ffos Las and did everything right bar win! It was great both he and Walk of the Roses ran well for these colours and they will both be winning in the coming months.

Kepagge was another to return to form at Ffos Las on Thursday and ran his best race in a while to be second to a well-handicapped rival.  He hadn’t quite been seeing out his races as well as we had hoped in recent times but we found him to have gastric ulcers and we treated these and it does seem to have made a difference.  

Rebel Angel ran her best race to date with a third on the flat at Chepstow.  Things did not look great when she was slowly away from the stalls but she came through to challenge and looked likely to win at one stage before fading late on.  She was a big price and it was a definite step back in the right direction.  She is a multiple winner and she is capable of adding to her tally on this evidence.

Earlier this week we had two runners at Newton Abbot after which our next runners could be at Bangor on Saturday where we have Kintaro and Pub Crawl entered but keep checking the Daily News on the website for the latest information.

In the month of May, we recorded 131mm of rain at Pond House, which made it the third wettest May we have ever recorded behind 2021 when 151mm fell and 2002, when 136mm of rainfall was recorded.  We had just over 662mm for the first five months of 2024, which is the most we have had in this period since we have been recording our rainfall.