A few runners to catch up on of late. Echoes of Family was not her usual enthusiastic self on her most recent start so she will have a break now and come back in fresh for a new campaign next season. She has learned a lot since the beginning of her racing career, and she should be good fun for the future.
Whatucallher ran another good race to come third at Leopardstown. She was unlucky that the ground went against her with the snow, so conditions did not suit her on the day. She ran and jumped well, but it would be great to get a win for herself and her enthusiastic owner. She has been so consistent, and if ever a horse deserved a win she does!
Advantage Point ran well to come fourth in a hot Listed race at Naas under Robbie Colgan. He jumped well and is improving from race to race. He is still relatively green and quite immature, so he will improve for time and experience and should be a very smart horse in the future.
Coney Island made his long-awaited trip to Cheltenham – he has been unlucky to miss both of the last two Festivals. He had an unfortunate season last year where nothing seemed to go right for him, but he definitely showed some of his old sparkle in both of his starts this season so he deserved to take his chance in the Ryanair Chase. He made a couple of little errors early on but jumped very well on the whole and ran a very respectable race indeed to finish a good 6th in what looked to be the race of the Festival, and definitely one of the strongest Ryanairs run to date. He came out of the race well, and made it back to Mulgrave Lodge safely where he now enjoying some well-deserved R&R in the paddock.
The flat horses are all now working up the grass and we are busy planning a campaign for them. Hopefully we will have a fruitful campaign and are very much looking forward to the start of the season which is fast-approaching.