Romany Ryme has been schooled over fences at home and a race at Kelso on the 7th May is the aim all being well. This next race will be his tenth run of the season (or should I say the first run of the new season) with many of his runs coming at galloping tracks on very soft and heavy ground. We will find out what he has left in the tank next week and hopefully a clear round will leave us with something we can build on for next season.
Well it proved not to be our day yesterday at Wetherby. Our horse handled the ground ok but was just not quick enough to pick up the pace around the home bend and particularly in the home straight on this better ground. The Wetherby track was not really testing enough as it transpired and soft or Heavy holding ground, 3 miles and a stiff testing track is more his thing simply because it slows the other horses down. Our horse has ran consistently well for us all season having now run nine races in total finishing 2nd twice, 3rd twice and 4th twice with the winners enclosure the only place we have not visited. Due to some intensive schooling work by Jonathon and Ben his jumping has improved immensely as the season has progressed with his last two runs providing his best jumping performances. Whilst the horse is fit and well I think we will try some schooling over fences and see how his jumping holds up over the larger obstacles. Barney has already won two point to point races and on breeding he should be up to the job.........there's only one way to find out. One thing that is clear to me is that the horse tries his best in every race and is honest, consistent and stands up to his racing well. If he is to get his head in front it looks to me like it is likely to be a case of grinding out a victory. We live to go again another day! Martin
Barney is running in probably the easiest race he has ran in so far this season today at Wetherby in the 4:55 2m 6f maiden hurdle. The going will be different to what he has experienced so far this season therefore that is a bit of an unknown for him. If he jumps well and runs to his best then we should be thereabouts and if it is to be our lucky day then we may witness the MGR clubs first of what I expect to be many more winners to come in the future. Fingers crossed. Martin
Romany Ryme jumped a lot better in his latest race at our local Hexham track and we were pleased with this run under a very good ride from Jonathon. The horse is very much up against it with a handicap rating of 116. We could do with the handicapper dropping him the 8lbs he recently put us up to give him any chance of getting his nose in front. In case the Handicapper reads this our horse is still a MAIDEN and has never won a race after 13 runs. He always gives his best, is consistent and the trainer has him fit and ready to run his best in every race. What is stopping him from winning a race.....quite simply his handicap mark which at 116 means he is always up against it. Lets hope some common sense prevails and he is dropped by the 8lbs he should never have been raised by in the first place! Martin