GUD DAY, the new People's Horse on Twitter, writes his weekly column
10:00am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Sport
YOU may have noticed that I have been away from the racetrack for a week. I had a busy start to the jumps season, so the boss has given me a little bit of a break to make sure I don’t overdo it.
I’ll be back in another week or two, hopefully returning to the winner’s enclosure where I belong!
I also wanted to give you some news on some of my stablemates. My little jockey friend @ConorShoemark rode a great second on Doubletoilntrouble for Fergal at Ludlow races last week, on only his second ride over fences.
Fergal hasn’t had too many winners in the past week (I think that this is because I am resting!), but all of the horses have been performing well.
One of my neighbours, Silver Roque, finished second at Aintree in a handicap chase. He was beaten just four lengths, and by a horse carrying a stone less in weight on his back, so I am very proud of him for getting so close.
One to look out for at Huntingdon on Saturday is Well Mett, who has been second three times in a row. He is due a win soon, and I’ve given him a few words of advice about getting his nose in front.
Gloucestershire trainers gallop to Aintree OVER the weekend just gone, many of the local trainers headed to Aintree for the opening jumps meeting of the season there and here’s a summary of how they got on. Nigel Twiston-Davies had a better time with Mad Moose, who refused to race at Cheltenham the week before. Clearly preferring Aintree, he finished third in the Matalan Handicap Hurdle.
Tom George and jockey, Paddy Brennan, landed a good win with Forgotten Gold in the Betfred Beginners Chase on Sunday, after a not-so- successful Saturday which saw race favourite, Big Fella Thanks unseating poor Paddy. Jonjo O’Neill had only one runner on each day, neither of which resulted in a winner. I am sure they have plenty of winners hiding in Jackdaws Castle, though.
Fun Fact CAN you name the top five racehorses over the jumps in Gloucestershire? I’m Gud but not good enough! The top names are: Albertas Run, The Giant Bolster, Nacarat, Get Me Out Of Here and Champion Court.
Ten to Follow Team My followers have been messaging me all week to let me know which jumpers they are following this season. Here are my top ten fancies: 1. Sprinter Sacre; 2. Simonsig; 3. Sir Des Champs; 4. Hunt Ball; 5. Big Buck’s; 6. Bob’s Worth; 7. Boston Bob; 8. For Non Stop; 9. Fingal Bay; 10. Mr Mole.
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