Brendan's Diary: Up and running
Brendan Powell is back with his first blog since Christmas and he's pleased to be back among the winners.
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This is my first blog back since Christmas and with the limited racing over the sticks of late it's felt a bit strange with not much actual race-riding. That said, it was great to get my first winner of 2014 this week when I managed to get Virginia Ash up at Plumpton on Monday. The horse did me proud in the closing stages and just held on from an in-form horse seeking a hat-trick.
Colin's horse is sure to go up in the handicap as a result of that win, but the front two pulled well clear and he could still be one to watch for next time too.
Last Saturday Royale Knight ran a blinder in the Classic Chase for me to finish third. I thought the front two would come back to me, but old Carruthers showed his class to fight it out with Shotgun Paddy. The winner looks a really classy sort and being only seven-years-old there should be a lot more to come from this Emma Lavelle-trained horse.
I've been riding a few for Dr Newland this season (rode a winner on Boxing Day) and was grateful to them for the ride and I'm sure that horse will be picking up more races as the season goes on - top staying races, like the Eider Chase, could be possible targets later in the campaign.
This week's winner puts me on 30 NH victories for the season and I now need just five more to equal last season's tally - so with any luck I should overtake that figure this month, or at the worse next!
I've four rides at Newbury this Wednesday - Merchant Of Milan, Miss Milborne, Morello Royale and Benefits Well. I'm looking forward to riding them all but Miss Milborne's race only has four runners and she looks to have a definite chance on chase debut - been schooling well.
The other with a chance is Morello Royale, who goes in the NH Flat race at the end of the card. Her first race saw her finish third, but that was over 1m4f, and she acts like a horse that will like the step up to 2m here - certain place claims.
Later in the week it's hard to know exactly where I'll be with Wincanton and Market Rasen on Thursday - Jamie Snowden's Joanne One is entered in races at both venues, while later in the week Haydock and Ascot race at the weekend and I'll be hoping to pick up some action at one of those tracks.
Finally, I took a tumble on a horse called Tarabela on Monday, but this could be a horse for your notebook as I really thought we'd win that and if found a similar opportunity by Johnny Farrelly then she'll hopefully make amends soon.
Have a good week
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