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Storm Control, Brigadier Bob and Sinakar have made a good start to the season at The Bell House.
Storm Control opened his account at Huntingdon back in May while Brigadier Bob followed up a second on his chase debut with a win in October.
Sinakar found his form at Southwell and followed up at Uttoxeter under Richard Patrick. All of these horses are set to be out again soon along with many more to look forward to.
The race of the season at Hereford takes place at 5pm on Tuesday 26th March. Kerry is sending a string of four horses for the mile and a half flat contest in aid of St Michael’s.
Kerry will be riding Top Gamble alongside Jordan Devlin on Sir Will, Justin Bond on Zara Hope and Belinda Rose on Sinakar. Full dress rehearsals were in operation at the yard over the weekend and if you would like to sponsor or come along and support us, more details can be found here:
We are looking for another good rider to join the team for the coming jumps season, experience in racing not essential.
Vacancy also available for non-riding yard work. Plenty of opportunity to progress and go racing. Accommodation provided.
Please apply firstname.lastname@example.org or 07968 242663.
Kris Spin gave us all reason to grin at Kelso on Saturday. Kris Spin and Richard Patrick enjoyed the attritional conditions in the £40,000 Edinburgh Gin Handicap Hurdle at the Scottish Borders track and powered home to beat Donna’s Diamond by just over two lengths.
Kris Spin’s own prize of a bag of carrots headed back to Herefordshire on Saturday night with him and will accompany him on a long and well earned summer holiday. At the age of 10, Kris Spin has run to a career high mark of 140 having won at Ayr, Fontwell and Kelso this season.
Continuing his excellent recent form, seven-year-old Yeats gelding Sir Will made it two wins from three starts when powering clear to win in convincing fashion at Ascot on Sunday. Driven out by Richard Patrick for a four and a half length triumph over nearest pursuer Salmanazar, Sir Will was completing a notable double on the day, to add to the success of Happy Diva earlier in the afternoon.
Sir Will, who race in the colours of West Coast Haulage, has thrived since being stepped back up in trip and may well take a trip to Scotland later in April.
Happy Diva landed her third victory of the season and is now rated a career best 145 after winning the Geotech Novices’ Chase by a length from Adrien du Pont.
Happy Diva put up a fine display of jumping at Ludlow to win the EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices Chase in fine style under Richard Patrick.
Happy Diva, by King’s Theatre, has had a tough start to her novice chasing campaign when coming up against the likes of Ms Parfois and Jonniesofa on her chase debut.
She very much deserved this win at Ludlow and Will and Nicky Roseff’s filly may now head to Huntingdon for the Listed Lady Protectress Chase in February.
Sir Will and Town Parks landed a double at Uttoxeter on the final day of 2017.
Sir Will was first up and made all to win the three mile maiden hurdle. He battled well over the final flights and stayed on strongly to fend off a late challenge from Juge Et Parti.
Town Parks gamely saw off the runner-up from the last and opened his account over fences at the fourth attempt, handing his yard a double. His jumping was much more assured and he responded to another fine ride from Jamie Moore.
Gino Trail made all under Harry Skelton to land the spoils in the Junior Jumpers Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in December.
Jan Smith’s handsome gelding put up an impressive round of jumping at the home of National Hunt Racing before going on to land the spoils by a length and a quarter from Bun Doran.
Kerry Lee Racehorse Trainer