Flat season 2021 review

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We all put plenty of hard work into the year and had our share of winners but already have our eyes on 2022 and the promise of a more successful campaign and hopefully a headline horse.
A theme of 2021 has been a large number of 2nd places. 27 to be precise. Every trainer will say if only the 2nds were winners so we won’t grumble. A large proportion of our runners have finished in the first three so that shows most have been running well and being placed appropriately.
The star turn of the year has been 4yo gelding Sweet Reward who has won three races for his owners Old Stoic Racing Club and Partners. Those wins being at Sandown and Goodwood no less.
We always like running horses at Glorious Goodwood, having won at that festival three years on the trot before. This year our two runners were both placed 2nd and 3rd so that was fun for all concerned. Sweet Reward being one of them. The 2 year old £1200 yearling purchase Silverdale (Whitcoombe Park Racing) was the other.
Quick Breath (Turf Club),Russian Rumour (Fillies First) Villanelle (Mascalls Stud) and Orin Swift (Laurence Bellman) successfully represented the older horses. Swallowdale (Lambourne, Forbes, Losse), Hellavapace (Fillies First), Wisper (The Reignmakers) and New Heights (Simon Skinner) scored for the 3 year old fillies. Mark Of Respect (Berkeley Racing) was seldom out of the winners enclosure and Way Of Life (Berkeley Racing) eventually came good for the three year old boys while Sienna Bonnie (Suzanne Williams) was the top scoring 2 year old.
Matt Salaman has put in a much appreciated year of leadership as head lad. Reg Payne and Pat Kennedy have done plenty of miles in their important roles of travelling lads. James Harding spent much of the year recovering from a knee operation but is now back as amateur rider in residence. Apprentice Tyler Saunders has made a very successful contribution to our win tally. Olivia Tubb is in the process of applying for an apprentice jockey license so we look forward to helping her get going on the racecourse. Emily Wingate is a regular and efficient attendee at the races as is the town’s best yard man Vaclav Kremlacek along with Phillip Donnely. Work riders Tom Hanagan and Jess Crayton have made a significant contribution. We will be sorry to say goodbye to the ever cheerful Ellen Shepherd who plans to seek work outside the racing industry. James Stewart is a blacksmith for whom no problem is too much and Ali Keen has stoically kept the books and matters clerical as straight as circumstances have allowed!
For as long as we can remember Pump Technology Ltd from Aldermaston have been in place as our yard sponsor. This enables all our participating owners to reclaim their VAT on purchase and training costs which is invaluable. Jeremy Brownlee is their MD and he has ,year in year out, been there for us and we all thank him for that.
We thank all our owners once again for their patience, loyalty and sense of humour!
We attended various yearling sales and are very pleased with what we came home with so do keep an eye on our Horses For Sale / Partnerships to join pages.