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Stable Talk with trainer Sophie Leech

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 16, 2014

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The highlight from our runners in the last week has to be Tamarillo Grove, who ran a great race and was narrowly beaten at Towcester on Monday.

We have always thought quite highly of Tamarillo and have had him since he was a three-year-old.

He is very consistent and has won a race every summer for us, but usually takes a little while to come to hand.

He is only small but takes a lot of getting fit as he is like a little barrel!

He is a real front runner and is like this at home up the gallops too and can sometimes be his own worst enemy.

However, this year he seems to have finally grown up enough, at the age of seven, to consent to be ridden in behind up the gallops and he is clearly working harder as he is much more forward this year than he would normally be at this time.

Hopefully, he can now go on through the summer on the good ground he loves and improve on his usual tally of one win per summer!

We were really disappointed with Rolling Dough at Towcester.

I though the amateur race was an ideal opportunity as Hannah Watson had won on her at Ludlow.

The distance of the race was a little bit further than she had been running over and they went no pace early and she was really keen, which meant she had nothing left in the latter stages and this was exacerbated by the stiff uphill finish.

It just did not pan out for her so all we can do is put a line through it and move on, it was definitely not her running and I am sure she will be back to winning ways very soon.

Olympian Boy came sixth at Plumpton on Sunday and this was probably my fault as in hindsight we ran him too quick and he didn’t like the track.

Seaside Shuffle ran okay back off a winter break and first time over fences for us.

He is sure to improve for the run and his jumping should sharpen up for the experience too.

We are all really looking forward to Lovcen making his debut for us at Towcester on Monday.

He is a high-class horse and we are going back to chasing with him as he is still a novice.

We have taken our time with him since we shelved the plan to run at the Cheltenham Festival and he seems to have really come to himself in the last couple of weeks.

Hopefully he can put in a good performance and have a couple of confidence boosting runs before being put away for a winter chasing campaign.

Also in action next week is Nellie Forbush and we are very hopeful she can build on her reappearance where she came third at Southwell.

She will be upped in trip now to two-and-a-quarter miles and has entries at both Aintree and Towcester.

Dual winner Nicene Creed is also out hoping to put a couple of disappointing runs behind him at Uttoxeter on Saturday.

Next week is the annual May Sale at Doncaster. It is the big traditional summer sale for jumping horses in training. There are over 600 horses for sale over three days and we will be heading up on Tuesday hoping to find a few potential winners.

It is always good fun and really interesting and has been quite successful in the past, with winners we have bought previously including Mungo Park, Grey Soldier and Another Bottle.

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