We’re warming up this Winter for the flat season with several yard visits. We’re going to Tim Easterby’s next Saturday 25th Jan to see our two horses there, including Fast Shot, the Ayr Silver Cup 2nd. We will then be at Karl Burke’s on Sat 1st Feb. Both visits start at 10am sharp so we are in good time to see horses work.
Gold Show has been given an OR of 105 over hurdles so we’re looking for a suitable race. Dodina won’t run again Monday, we will let her recuperate a little more. The tactics became indecisive last time out, with the jockey keeping her revved up wide on the outside, making too much use of her. She needed to make it off a slow pace or drop in off a fast pace, but got caught between either plan and burned her out. She may get dropped to 5f to see how she goes over the minimum distance.
It was good to see Ticking Katie back on the track, but she badly needed it in hindsight.
We have had six finish in the money year to date, and the elusive winner can’t be far away with.
The ARC syndicate has been strengthened by the addition of BURNHOPE to its ranks, who should be well enough handicapped to land one soon. We’ve parted company with EUTROPIUS, who will not don our proud colours this season. There is no change on the number of horses in, but we’ll tinker around to try to maximise winners for the ARC group.
It’s been a good start to 2014 for Ontoawinner with four placed efforts already. Dodina, Piceno, Gold Show and Miami Gator have all made the frame already.
Karl Burke, Scott Dixon & Edwin Tuer led the way last year for us, with Tim Easterby leading the individual prizemoney achievement with over £20,000 earned by the fabulous Fast Shot.
Piceno made the frame more times than any other horse while Ticking Katie and Fast Shot probably hit the highest notes. Ticking Katie cost £4000 and Fast Shot £6000. The buying team at Ontoawinner continue to buy well and our monthly training fees with commitment to communication and excellent service must mean we’re up there in syndicate satisfaction terms. I’m sure our owners will tell us if we’re wide of the mark, but owners numbers and winners continue along excellent trendlines.
Ticking Katie & Dodina will run this week and we’re hopeful of good runs.
It won’t be long until the talented quarter of Hail The Brave, Mitchell’s Way, Gold Show and Burnhope are back out again.
Heavenly River looks very well bought and we look forward to her debut. She needed time but she’ll be worth waiting for, and the Vale of York unnamed filly hasn’t put a foot wrong yet.
The Sakhee’s Secret colt at Tim’s and the Lord Shanakill filly at Karl’s are a little behind the Vale of York filly but we think we’ve bought well again for little money.
Prospective owners are welcome to ring any of the team for a chat, yard visit or meeting. No questions are silly, we all started somewhere. We’ll be happy to advise and support………and of course advice in what is a tricky sphere with plenty of pitfalls is advisable.
Piceno got his year, and his Owners New Year off to a decent start with a 2nd on Jan 2nd over 7f at Southwell. He is tough and game and never knows when he is beaten. The application of blinkers lately have arguably sharpened him up, but he is genuine enough anyway, in cheekpieces or without.
We’ll keep Piceno on the go, and also keep Burnhope, Dodina, Miami Gator, Ticking Katie & the four jumps horses on the go this winter in search of winner number 1 to get us off the mark.
Dodina, Burnhope, Piceno and Miami will have entries this week. Gold Show may go to Catterick Thursday to try to forget an unlucky BD at Wetherby on 27th Dec.