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Kalashnikov Takes Aim And Fires

Kalashnikov Takes Aim And Fires

Quite simply, there are no words to describe what happened on Thursday 4th April at the start of the Aintree Festival.  A huge amount of being in this game is the hope and dreams of being able to compete with the likes of Messrs Henderson, Nicholls, Gosden and O’Brien.  More often than not your dreams do not come to fruition but you have to keep the faith that, one day, a superstar will come along.  From day one we have always thought that Kalashnikov was that superstar and, on that rainy day in Liverpool, he proved to everyone that he is worthy of the title.

Praise must be given to Jack Quinlan who rode him perfectly.  Many social media “experts” have questioned whether Jack is the right jockey to use and that we should be using one of the lads that ride regularly at the big meetings.  The answer to this is quite simple – he is the best man for the job.  I would also like to thank the team behind the scenes who work tirelessly day in and day out to get the job done.  Without them none of this would have been possible. 

So, what is next for Kalashnikov?  Right now, he is currently having a well earn break out in our paddocks, however, he will be making one last appearance at Sandown on Saturday 27th April for their Parade of Champions!

We now turn our focus to the Flat season and Newmarket is currently buzzing with the start of the Craven meeting.  It is always an exciting time as people appear on the gallops that have not been seen since the back end of last year and the energy they bring makes the place come alive.  Along with the Craven meeting is the first Tattersalls Breeze Up Sale and we were keeping a close eye on Lot 6.  The Kingman filly out of Shyrl which sold for a record breaking 850,000 guineas is a half sister to our very own Eufemia.  Having won earlier in March in the colours of Sam Hoskins, this will be a massive boost to her pedigree page and the owners now face the difficult decision of whether to keep her in training or to sell as a potential broodmare.

We have been able to give a number of horses a pre-turf season run on the All-Weather most of which have shaped up nicely.  Angel’s Whisper made a decent come back after having 437 days off the track and came with a late rattle under Nicola Currie from last place to finish fifth.  Movie Star also ran well under Oisin Murphy when finishing third at Wolverhampton over a mile and a quarter.  There were still signs of greenness from her and now that she has a handicap mark, she will hopefully progress over longer distances on the turf.

Private Matter ran very well at Windsor to finish fourth even though he was not fully primed and lacked a bit of fitness.  We still have shares available for sale and he should prove to be a good fun horse to have this season.  The same can also be said for Take It Down Under who has now had three runs and is ready to make a start in handicaps.  With a rating of 58 I feel confident that he will be in the winner’s enclosure sooner rather than later and at the bargain price of £10,000 plus V.A.T. he could be running and winning in your colours very soon.

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