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Stable Talk with trainer Sophie Leech

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

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It has been a pleasing week thus far with two winners for the stable from the eight runners we have had at Ffos Las and at Cartmel.

Anteros was bidding to follow up on his recent Ffos Las Maiden hurdle victory and duly won the novice hurdle at Ffos Las under a weight penalty.

The ground conditions were very different, which highlighted his versatility.

He has never been out of the first four in any of his nine starts and has now won four races including three for us, and his owner Keith Bell.

He is not overly big but has managed to win both a bumper and hurdle carrying a penalty, which is not easy to do.

Anteros is the most exciting and progressive horse in our yard and now has a rating of 124 over hurdles.

He is going to have a deserved summer break and is a very exciting prospect for later on in the year when the season proper gets going in October.

He has the option of competing in graded novice hurdles or good handicaps. We hope he will be a flagship horse for Tudor Racing Stables for many years to come.

Rolling Dough bounced back from her disappointing Towcester performance to win at Cartmel on Wednesday.

She had looked progressive before Towcester, where she was way too keen on such a stiff track, but with Paul Moloney back on board and a much stronger pace in the race she settled well in rear.

She jumped and travelled really well and was able to make ground down the woodside the last time before taking it up on the run-in to win nicely by three lengths.

There is definitely more to come as she still needs to mature mentally a little bit and looks like a really fun horse for the forthcoming summer months.

She is very highly strung and just needs careful managing, but she has latent talent and could end up being much better than her current handicap mark.

Cartmel is a real favourite meeting of ours and we try to target the fixtures through the summer.

Rolling Dough was our last runner of what had been a disappointing meeting until that point.

It is quite a unique track, and being quite sharp and narrow and it has a real camber.

Horses tend to either love it or hate it and some of our runners did not handle it at all.

Keltic Crisis ran better than his finishing position of sixth would suggest as he was only beaten by two and three-quarter lengths.

Other runners included Kapricorne, Take of Shoc’S and Seaside Shuffle who did not seem to enjoy the experience.

The horses we bought from Doncaster Sales all seem to have settled in well to the yard.

Western Movie ran at Cartmel and was a little bit disappointing, but it was always a chance to run him so quickly on such a specialist track.

We will now go back to the drawing board and get to know him a little bit better before we run again. Rocky Elsom looks like a really nice dual purpose prospect and has an entry at Chepstow on Monday.

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