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Racing & Bloodstock

A quiet month on the runners front. With the ground conditions predominantly bottomless a few of the horses had a little break to freshen them up for the end of the season, although the ground has yet to dry up. Hashtag Boum ran a cracking race in tacky ground at Haydock to finish fourth. The hurdles were omitted in the straight due to the low sun and the race was ran at a crawl then a sprint which doesn’t really suit her as she prefers to lengthen off a stronger gallop. We had schooled her over fences and she jumped noticeably better. Miss Contoversia ran a nice enough race in ground she would not like to be a well beaten fourth at Newcastle. She needs to travel better rather than being on and off the bridle but we are hoipeful that she will improve for better ground. She now has a handicap rating and is having a short break to freshen her up for a spring/summer campaign.

We had to make the sad decision to have Flint Hill euthanised. He had been a shrewd enough buy and had been quite consistent until last season. He had started to have a few chronic issues with his feet and coupled with secondary problems we had struggled to keep him sound since his return to training following his holiday last October/November. It is never an easy decision and yet we felt it was the best one in the circumstances. He will be missed.

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