Following a couple of months of wet and windy weather NARANJA (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) set off for Chepstow racecourse on 19th January to run in the 'In Play Betting At 188Bet Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Mares' Hurdle Series)'
(Class 3) (0-130, 4yo+), 2m 3½f, Going: Heavy, 9 hurdles - 2 omitted.
Naranja won this, her first handicap race, by a cracking 9 lengths !!! A brilliant ride by Gavin Sheehan once again.
‘Racing Post’ analysis:
Race run over an additional 14yds. Fair mares' form.
NARANJA was well backed and made all on this handicap debut, her mark having been untouched after her Lingfield maiden win which also came against mares. She stayed on much too strongly for the runner-up, who looked a threat at the second-last. Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan both continue in fine form.
QUOTES: "Naranja won nicely. She enjoyed the ground and I thought we'd keep it simple. She was probably off a nice mark and ability-wise she wouldn't be the most natural, but she toughs it out and Jamie's horses are flying. She wouldn't be the most scopey sort, but she'd probably jump a fence and she's game - the more you ask the more she gives you" - Gavin Sheehan, rider.
"Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan completed a double in the 2m 4f mares hurdle with NARANJA (13/8 fav, backed from 3/1 in the morning). She made all the running until Lerichi Belle drew alongside two out, looking like a big threat. They duelled for a furlong but Naranja proved the stronger and galloped on to a nine length victory."
Our broodmares are looking well awaiting the arrival of their foals in the Spring. Centoria (Generous x Cent Prime), our boarding mare, will be the first to foal - she is due to Sholokhov in March.
Here she is saying hello to her first foal (by Midnight Legend), now a strapping 2 year old gelding, on their first meeting since weaning.
Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) is due to Kayf Tara in April
and Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) is due to Mount Nelson in May.
Everything crossed for successful deliveries of healthy foals for these 3 mares.
Taking advantage of a less busy period for our feed delivery guys, they have been putting their various skills to good use renovating one of the barns. So we now have a covered turn-out area on one side for use during inclement weather and 10 large stables on the other side of a dividing wall to house the 2 year olds and the horses when they come home from training for their summer holidays.
And finally, our Rotweiller puppy Zeus is all grown up and on guard !!