Hazy Shade of Winter
Everyone was absolutely delighted when Hazy Manor ran her best race to date, finishing second in a decent juvenile hurdle at Catterick last week and finally repaying the long held faith in her, not least by that of her Owner who has shown immense patience and commitment.
On just her second start over hurdles, she was held up by jockey Henry Brooke before making headway from three out. Hazy then picked off all but the winner, taking second place after the last and running on well to the line.
The fluency of her jumping was particularly pleasing, as was the way she settled in a first time hood.
Whilst she hasn’t necessarily performed to expectations on the flat, that’s two places from two over hurdles and we look forward to seeing her out again soon.
Copt Hill continued his steady improvement in form with a very pleasing 4th place at the same meeting in the 2m3f, 0-100 handicap hurdle. A normally solid jumper, Ross Chapman had to sit a couple of uncharacteristically erratic jumps from Copt Hill which cost him his early prominent position but nonetheless the partnership demonstrated a strong resolve to not let this affect them and were unfortunate to be beaten just 1/2 a length for 3rd.
Finally, the yard this week bid a fond farewell to Anginola who has been running in the colours of the Brough Farm Racing Partnership for Guy & Lyn Cattell & family. Angi is a really game little mare who never not tried and was placed a number of times without actually managing to get what would have been a deserved win for her owners and the yard. She retired sound and is heading off to stud in Ireland where, we have no doubt, she will make a fantastic mother.