Success gives confidence…..gives success…..

The cynics amongst you are probably thinking that our current good run of form is due to the trainer spending more time training the horses than writing his blog ! You may well be right ! And as I have previously reported, with Travelling Head Girl Laura away in Australia my duties have increased somewhat.

I like to think that a lot of our success is down to confidence, which in itself comes from success, so a sort of “virtuous circle”.  Take Pollen Jock for example, after a good 4th in a novice hurdle at Southwell well over a year ago he was allocated a handicap mark of 105, which I complained vociferously about at the time, being only a little horse, he found it impossible to get competitive in handicaps until eventually his mark fell to 80. He still needed a weak race and small field to get his head in front (at Fakenham in May) but since then his confidence has grown and he completed the hat-trick of wins on Sunday at Market Rasen in a very competitive race, despite being a stone higher in the weights. No doubt he will be raised again by the handicapper and, ironically, it now looks increasingly possible that his initial assessment of 105 wasn’t too far wrong ! but he was never going to win off that mark until he had learned how to win and had the confidence to do so. 

Pollen Jock lands his Hat-Trick under Sam Twiston-Davies

With success, confidence spreads through the yard, from the Trainer downwards and I think that the horses feel the good atmosphere as well, it is though but a short step (and not that many letters either !)  from confidence to complacency ….. the hard work needs to continue !

Whilst some of the team are having their summer holidays and Antonia and I are pinching a few days here and there, the majority of the winter team have come back into work this week. They have all, without exception done very well in the field and I was hoping to post some weights this evening but after weighing Ifonlyalfie (576 kgs) the scales went on the blink so we will try again tomorrow. It is hard not to get excited by the increased quality of the string this year with some of our successful pointers from the spring graduating to the big stage…. Say No, Chac Du Cadran, Legendary Hop and recent purchases Ifonlyalfie and Dushy Lady…..

Enjoy the rest of the summer, I will be tweeting from Legoland soon !

 

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