Mungo Park went Flat out to give us a winning tonic
OUR Flat racing adventure reaped rewards on Monday night with Mungo Park winning at Windsor.
We bought him for just £1,000 from the sales and after a lacklustre effort over hurdles he seemed rejuvenated once back on the level.
He was ridden by Saleem Golan and gave Saleem his first win of the season. Although we are a jumping orientated yard, it was a real thrill to watch the race where he travelled really well throughout and ran out an easy winner in the end.
There really is nothing like a winner and this provided us with an ideal tonic as he was our first runner for 15 days after a few had disappointed before the jumping break.
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We will keep him to the flat for the time being and he looks sure to pick up another similar race in the coming weeks.
It is another string to our bow and while jumping remains the priority, we would not rule out having one or two more flat runners around in the future as the facilities at Tudor Racing stables are certainly dual purpose.
We have two runners at Newton Abbot on Thursday. Seaside Shuffle for Cheltenham Racing Club runs in a handicap hurdle and will benefit from the outing. Ruperra Tom runs in the bumper and with the experience of his first race coupled with better ground he should go close.
He is still very much a work in progress and anything he does now is a bonus really as he is still a big baby, but it would be great to get a win under his belt.
It is a fine balance to strike with these young horses because while you are anxious for them to win they are still learning their job and can be ruined for life by being pushed too hard too soon.
There have been countless bumper winners who have not gone on to be successful in their later careers at all, we normally end up buying those at the sales cheaply and trying to rejuvenate them. You know the ability is there but the gamble is they have been soured by being asked questions they weren't ready for and whether you can get them back.
Our next runners will be at Huntingdon on Monday with Novikov, also for Cheltenham Racing Club and Tamarillo Grove.
Novikov ran okay at Stratford last time and should appreciate a drop back in trip. Tamarillo has been on a good run of late so should be capable of going close, he found the race coming too quicky at Market Rasen last time. He had previously strung together two career bests in his previous starts so is at last finding some consistency, he is a horse we have always liked and believe can still improve.
It is quite an exciting time for the yard now with some of our potential winter stars being worked hard ready for their upcoming reappearances. Takeroc has been working well and seems to retain the enthusiasm that saw him finish third to Master Minded in the Tingle Creek.
Owen Glendower has settled in well and is on course to make his debut for us at Newton Abbot at the end of the month. Mostly Bob is likely to run at Bangor at the end of the month, before heading back to Chepstow for a handicap chase he came second in last season. Olympian Boy is working well and giving us hope he can improve again this season.
Our stable star Anteros went over to Lambourn last week to school over hurdles and was every bit as good as we hoped he would be. The intention remains to go to Bangor in a few weeks time but we will allow him to tell us when he is ready for his season to start. We have a very supportive owner in Keith Bell who appreciates that if that means having to wait an extra week or two for him to run he is happy to wait. He is too promising to be taking any unnecessary chances with.
Our aims for the season remain the same as at the start as we near the commencement of the core jumps periods, namely to break into the top 40 jumping trainers in the UK. We have a hardworking and dedicated staff committed to achieving these goals and whilst the challenges we face ahead are sure to be great, the rewards at the end make the long endless hours worthwhile.