Panther on the prowl!

A bit of a break in the blog for various reasons. Anyway, plenty has been happening in the past few weeks, not least a fantastic week at Royal Ascot for Manor House Stables. No doubt you will have read and seen plenty of it, but suffice to say that the wins of Rythym Of Light (Sandringham Handicap) and Brown Panther (King George V Stakes) were both extraordinary results for the yard.

 

Brown Panther’s progress this season has been great to watch - he has been learning more in each race and was visually very impressive at Ascot. He seems well in himself since that run and I am really looking forward to his trip to Hamburg for the German Derby on Sunday. I have been over and had a look at the track, which is fairly wide with sweeping bends – we could just do with some easier ground for Sunday.

 

He is favourite for the race at present and we are keeping our fingers crossed. I have had runners in Group 1 races before, but it is exciting to have a favourite – to bag a Group 1 would be a huge achievement for all connections at this stage in the yard’s development.

 

Things are going well in general this year, with 28 winners on the board already, although, frustratingly, we have also had lots of horses finishing 2nd and 3rd.  Looking back on 2010, we have changed many parts of the operation for this season and, along with some slightly better weather since February which has helped, I think we have made right decisions in many areas.

 

With all of our early 2-y-o types having been on the racecourse, I am encouraged by some promising unraced types that we have been more patient with, many of whom will be running in the coming weeks.

 

Brilliant news on Thursday afternoon with Musical Valley wining the first race at Haydock – we have had several near-misses since Ascot so good news to get our heads back in front. In racing, winners count for everything.

 

Will be back soon with some more thoughts

 

Tom


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