Racing Update – March 2012
The 2010/11 flat season was a good one for us with Rustic Deacon winning three times. After a holiday at Lyndsay’s he is now back with Willie Musson ready for a Spring campaign.
Heather Royal got off to a great 2012/13 jump season with a win at Lingfield on 8th November and a week later was again favourite but fell. She had a good top quality race at Ascot in December when she came fourth just missing black type and followed up with a first at Huntingdon on 4th January. She has had a rest and is now ready for a Spring campaign.
Busker Royal had a mixed season and the ground has never been quite right. He had three races at Kempton and came 5th (26th December), 12th (14th January) and 10th (25th February). We were hoping for better results in the Spring.
Busker Royal was not ready to race until half way through the season and only managed four appearances. A 4th at Wincanton and a 3rd at Ascot encouraged us to enter the Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. We were delighted to have a runner at this prestigious event and a 14th out of 22 was credible in a strong field. He ran again at Cheltenham in April and was well placed three fences out when he stumbled and that was the end of his race.
The jump season was very disappointing for us with the severe winter playing havoc with the training programme and race entries. Busker Royal returned to the track on 17th March at Kempton when he was 8th. He came out of the race well and we discussed plans for the future. He was unwell a couple of days later and tragically died the following Wednesday due to an abscess on his spleen. He was our first bred so was doubly upsetting.
Rustic Deacon has been the real star with three consecutive wins. It was therefore with optimism that we travelled to Ripon in July where he was favourite. Heavy rain made conditions very difficult and he came in last. After a rest she returned to the racecourse at Newbury on 24th March and just missed winning by half a length. Her second position in a Class 1 race means she has black type status for breeding. This is a first for us.
Campari went to Marcus Foley and Nicky Henderson but it was felt that he would be best as a Point to Pointer. He has been sold and will race under the name of Mister Rolfe.
Piper Royal suffered bleeding problems and was returned to Lyndsay’s. He had a most unfortunate accident and had to be put down.
Ceilidh Royal showed little appetite for the racecourse and she was retired as a broodmare and has now had her first foal - a colt (see Breeding section).
Heather Royal had great promise at the end of the 2010 season but shin trouble and a re- occurring rash inhibited her races. She had two runs – at Huntingdon where she was the beaten favourite and at Aintree festival where she came a very credible 5th in a highly competitive bumper.
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