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It’s always a busy time ahead of Christmas, but fortunately the horses are all really well even though the weather is pretty miserable.

Lalor is in flying form, we’re over the moon with him. He’s had an easy time since Sandown and will continue to do so over Christmas. He’ll be ready to go at the end of January.

Exeter on Thursday

We’ve got a couple of runners at Exeter on Thursday and it would be wonderful if we could have a winner before Christmas.

The Kings Writ goes for the 2m3f handicap chase at Exeter (1.40pm) and he seems very well in himself at home.

The slip at Chepstow last month hasn’t phased him at all and it’s great that Harry Cobden is available to ride him.

He’s gone up 6lbs and is up in grade here, so it’s not going to be easy. But he’s won at the track before and loves soft ground which is what he’ll get.

It was a shame what happened last time, but let’s hope he can produce a similar type performance as he was running an excellent race up until the final fence.

We run Goodgirlteresa in the 3m handicap chase (2.40pm).

It’s obviously going to be very competitive with 17 runners, but she made a nice start in a beginners chase at Ludlow last month and is now back in her own grade, which will make life easier for her.

The step up in trip is a bit of an unknown, although she won a point-to-point earlier in her career. This is all part of the learning process for her, but we’re looking forward to seeing her run again.

She is the first of ours in the Kayley Woollacott Racing syndicate so it would be lovely to have a winner for them. Whatever happens we do like her and I’m sure she’ll progress as the season goes on.

 

Clondaw’s Answer at Chepstow

We have Clondaw’s Answer entered on Welsh National day at Chepstow next week. He’s a nice young horse that we bought at last year’s Cheltenham November sale for Lalor’s owner, David Staddon.

He’s a big baby and we’re starting over a little bit shorter than he’d want in the future, but we’ll see how he goes and then we can map out plans going forward.

Rookier Trainer for a rookie trainer

We bought a horse at the Cheltenham sale last week for a new syndicate. He’s called Rookie Trainer, so he’s definitely got the right name for our yard!

He has won an Irish point-to-point and looks very tough and genuine. He’s settled in well and Bella has given him the thumbs up, which is half the battle.

He’ll start in a bumper at some point in the new year and we’ll see where we go from there. It’s nice to have a new owner in the yard and let’s hope we can get a few more in over the next couple of months.

Looking to the future

It’s obviously been a very difficult year, but we’re all focusing on the future now.

Lalor is hugely exciting for us and we’ve got some other nice horses for 2019 and beyond.

We’ve got a whistle stop trip to Lapland on Saturday. We’re flying out from Bristol in the morning and then back the same evening.

Bella can’t wait and my brother and sister are also coming along, so it should be a really fun day. Bella’s very excited to meet Santa, I’m sure she’ll tell him all about Lalor.

We’re then going to have a nice family day on Christmas Day before heading off to Chepstow on the 27th.

We’ve had lots of cards and presents over the past few weeks from Twitter followers which has been really touching, so a massive thanks to all of the kind people for sending them.

I’d like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the best for 2019.

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