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Thursday, March 23, 2023

Friday sixth January, 2023 – Richard Phillips Racing

Now we have declared Rossbeigh Strand (pictured) for the three.40pm at Chepstow on Sunday.  He ran nicely over course and distance final time and Tom Bellamy has been booked to experience.  It’s a moderately aggressive occasion, nevertheless he seems in good type and he’ll put on a tongue strap for the primary time.  He has the choice of going chasing in some unspecified time in the future and deserves to get his head in entrance quickly.

A wet week however provides us an opportunity to high school a few of the horses.  Now we have loads of younger ones with potential within the yard and it’s all the time good to construct up their confidence over each present jumps and hurdles in our outside college and on the education floor.

Nice to welcome syndicate members Richard and Liz Atkinson to see Pop Mistress on the gallops yesterday.  A twin bumper winner, she missed final season because of a tendon harm however is hopefully on the way in which again to health now.  She has bodily strengthened for her break and appears a mare stuffed with potential.  She is going to hopefully go hurdling within the spring.

Jockey Mattie Batchelor introduced his retirement this week.  One of many nice characters of the weighing room, he rode his final winner in Jersey the place he has been driving frequently for the previous few years. Though he didn’t experience for us fairly often, he famously rode Sycho Fred to victory at Fontwell some years in the past.  The horse was not a simple experience and on coming into the paddock, he went as much as the homeowners who he had not met earlier than and mentioned, “You’re about to witness one thing very particular.”  With that, he timed Sycho Fred’s run to perfection to realize a well-known victory.

No matter Mattie goes on to do, he’ll do it with a smile and loads of power and racing definitely must hold characters like him for the great of the game.

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