We were only able to run one of our four two year olds last year so now they are all ready to run. We ran EXCELLERATION a couple of weeks ago and this week we hope to run THE PINTO KID at Beverley on Thursday, SPANISH ARCHER at Leicester on Saturday and SOCIETY PRINCE who did run last year also on Saturday but at Doncaster.
THE PINTO KID has done a lot of work but he is bred to get further than a mile but the conditions of the race suit him as it is for horses that cost less than £50,000. He is quite small with a big character and we hope that he will go out and enjoy his first day at the races with George Wood riding.
On Saturday we have two runners starting off with SPANISH ARCHER. We have always liked this fella but he is a little bit highly strung which in time we hope he grows out of. He wears a hood at home and he will wear one on Saturday. He did a nice piece of work on Racecourse Side on Wednesday but I think the likelihood is that he will need the race. Daniel Muscutt will be on board this gelding.
Later on over at Doncaster SOCIETY PRINCE will have his first race of the year. He is a little terrier just like his Dad SOCIETY ROCK and looks the spitting image of him also. I think it will be a large field as it is a 0-70 Handicap. He carries his head in an awkward manner but George Wood, who will be on him, has ridden him a lot at home and knows him well.
Last week we had PTARMIGAN RIDGE and MASTER ARCHER run at Kempton on Wednesday evening. PTARMIGAN RIDGE was having his first outing since the beginning of October and possibly just got a little tired. He has been moving a lot better this year than last but he rather surprised us how well he jumped. Last year it took him half of the race before he warmed up but on Wednesday he jumped and got straight into his stride and travelled very well. Dan Muscutt who rode him was rather surprised and said that he had the speed for 6f if we wanted to bring him back in trip. We like to run him on the grass best of all as he seems to be better on it but he wouldn’t like it any firmer than good and any soft would be an advantage.
Oh poor old MASTER ARCHER second again!! That is six times on the trot on the flat. The rumour was that Richard Hughes, Soghan, was very much fancied and they would have been disappointed if he had not won which he duly did beating MASTER ARCHER by length and a quarter. Poor old horse always seems to come up against a well handicapped horse and he seems to go up a pound or two every time. Richard Hughes has done well with Soghan as Stephen Hillen bought him at the Horses In Training Sale last October for 35,000gns out of John Gosdens yard, he had cost 425,000gns as a yearling, and has now won twice with him, beaten a nose once and third once. MASTER ARCHER should come on a bit for the race as he hadn’t been on the course for ten weeks.
We had our Fred Archer Racing Annual Dinner on Thursday. We have had three now and always on the Thursday of The Craven Meeting so the partners can go and have a good days racing beforehand. We had about 75 of us and we ask the jockeys, vets, and some of the main people from Pegasus also. I thought it was good fun and the food was excellent. This year it was held in The Jockey Club Rooms which was pretty nice as we have the old trophies on the tables and beautiful pictures on the walls. We were very lucky to be able to have it there.
On Friday we had our monthly FAR morning on the heath. Every horse had a different coloured silk on their helmet so with a bit of luck everyone could work out which were their horses.