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News from Vicki

1 April 2010

We had a good Central Coast Jump Club day last Sunday, where all horses went well.  Ben is piloting the 5 year old Wirragulla Hamlet mare, Pamelet, out of one of the last thoroughbreds that my mum bred, a Kaoru Star mare.  She is a little feisty but has a super cute jump, and Ben is doing a great job with her. I have swapped Ash for Nikki with him, as Ash is more like his own horse Ryles, and is now C Grade, so Ben can do more shows on him, while Nikki is still a bit green.  Both were good for their new jockeys.  Nicky Ferendinos had a spectacular, but harmless fall when Monty literally jumped her off during an otherwise good day.  Lee and Puzzle were stars, as was Sophie on Levi and Jane. 

On Monday we took the Sydney Show horses to Sydney Jump Club, where David Lawrence had organized a training day over 1.20 and 1.30 tracks.  It was a good hit out for ours that had missed competing the previous weekend.  Willy, Cougar and particularly Jane felt great, and Ryles good for Ben, so we moved into Sydney on Wednesday feeling okay.  Today Thursday was the first day, and the arena looked and felt fantastic.  John Vallance designed a good, friendly track for the first class, the Part 3 Accumulator, and Willy felt super, but I just got him a bit deep to the second last vertical (Ben said he was sure he jumped one of the white lines on the arena!) which he had down, but then jumped the Joker vertical very well.  This class, as all the classes today, went south with Jamie Kermond winning on Colthaga, from Andrew Inglis on Amira.  The Part 2, I thought, was quite a tough square track for the first one, and only 7 went clear, with Brook Dobbin winning in the jump off on Belcam Advisor from Becky Allen on the promising mare Jacana.  Cougar was jumping pretty well, but before the third fence chucked his head around a bit, and threw a bit of snot onto my sunglasses, unfortunately the side of my good eye!  So the rest of the track was spent peering at distances through a bit of a smudge...  lucky it was Cougar, he will often jump better off a bit of a miss!! I considered pulling the glasses off, but fences were just coming up a bit quick!!  he jumped around fine, but I was a bit strong into a double, and he had both parts down, but I was pleased with him, as he is green at this level.

Wendy Schaeffer and Koyuna Sunset looked a class above the field to win the first Part 1 in the jump off from Grant Hughes on Emmaville Ricochet, and Clem Smith on Dark Ages, the only 3 in the jump off.  Ben and Sophie are looking forward to their first start tomorrow, and Willy gets a jump off class, and Cougar a day off....

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