BENNY’S BRIDGE worked on Saturday and after schooling him this morning, Paddy feels that he could do with a little bit longer before running again. I think Huntingdon on Friday, 25 January will be the place to go (2m Class 4 novices’ hurdle).
11 January 2019
BENNY’S BRIDGE has three entries already next week and we are good to run again. He’s well and will hopefully lean to settle better with experience. Of the entries made, my preference at the moment would be Newbury, but I will keep an eye on all of his entries and make a final decision once I know what the likely fields are in each race.
5 January 2019
BENNY’S BRIDGE has been given a rating of 119 by the Handicapper, which I am very happy with. There is little in the way of novice handicap hurdles over the next month, so we will either run in a normal handicap or a novice/maiden hurdle. There are a few potential races from 16th onwards and I will decide where to enter him closer to the time. The most important thing to Benny’s needs to do is to learn to settle.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is fine this morning. Yesterday was a little disappointing as I felt he was the best horse in the race and the first couple are half-decent. He’s probably always going to be better in a stronger race as he’ll settle better. He jumped well but doesn’t make life easy for himself as he is always doing too much, he needs to learn to switch off and I will probably put a hood on him next time. Paddy said that he handled the ground, his wind was good and so was his attitude, it was just when he went to let him down he had already done too much earlier in the race. It was good experience for him and I’ll now look to run him in a two-mile handicap hurdle. We’ll see what mark the Handicapper gives him next week and make a plan from there. I won’t be leaving him too long before running again, probably about three weeks, as I think he will then be less gassy in his next race. Our back man is coming Friday so he’ll have another look at him then, but he seems well today.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is back to himself and is bucking and squealing. I have put him in a couple of races on Boxing Day, at Market Rasen and Sedgefield, and there may be some other entries to follow for next week. Paddy is coming in tomorrow morning and we will school him and then try to make a plan for him. There are lots of things to consider and I’d really like to keep Paddy on him, so that will be a key factor in deciding where he runs. We will see how he is tomorrow, as there’s a chance that Boxing Day may be a bit soon for him, but he doesn’t tend to take a lot of getting fit.
14 December 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE As mentioned last week, he has been a little bit quiet but is starting to pick up again now. I’m hoping that we will be able to run again Christmas/New Year time.
6 December 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE Unfortunately, he won’t be running at the weekend and entries will be on hold for a little while. He has just gone a bit quiet, so we will need to back off him for a bit, until we get him back sparkling again. He seems healthy enough at the minute, but quite a few of mine are under the weather and haven’t scoped well. We’ll get him back and the plan will be to run again over the Christmas/New Year period.
BENNY’S BRIDGE seems to be none the worse for his fall at Ascot. There are a few possible options for race entries for him from the end of next week onwards.
24 November 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE I am pleased to tell you that Benny’s looks none the worse for his fall at Ascot yesterday. Paddy was very happy that the horse was a lot more relaxed early than he had been at Chepstow, but he just guessed at the second hurdle and came down. Benny’s continued the race on his own and finished in front, but unfortunately without his jockey. It took some time to catch him and they finally got him at Swinley Bottom. I will aim to run him again in two or three weeks, all being well.
BENNY’S BRIDGE Just to confirm that I didn’t declare him to run at Cheltenham on Sunday. The plan is to go to Ascot next Friday, the entry will be made tomorrow.
13 November 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE I did make an entry for the Grade 2 at Cheltenham on Sunday, however I think it’s unlikely that we will run there and he is likely to go to the Ascot race. I will keep an eye on Sunday’s race at Cheltenham and if it really cuts up I might consider it, but I feel it would be more sensible to go to Ascot.
8 November 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE All is well, he’s in really good form. I am thinking that it would be the sensible thing to do to take him to Ascot on Friday, 23 November for his next run. This is an introductory hurdle, so horses can only have raced once before over hurdles, it’s a £20,000 race and I think that would be a good opportunity for him to win and we can then take it from there. You can watch a video of him that was taken yesterday by clicking on the following link – https://youtu.be/fQUGJDg2jNc
1 November 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is in good nick following his first run over hurdles at Chepstow. I am still thinking about the Grade 2 novice hurdle at Cheltenham on 18 November, but there are two or three alternative races consider either side of it, including 2m novice hurdles at Kempton on 12 November and Ascot on 23 November.
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BENNY’S BRIDGE is in good form and has come out of his last race well. As I mentioned before, I am thinking about that race at the next Cheltenham meeting for him, but I will look at other options soon and will then discuss with Biddestone before making a plan.
19 October 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE has really pleased me with the way that he has come out of his race, but I still won’t be rushing him back and it’s likely that we will need to give him a few weeks between each run. We were all delighted with him on Saturday and I do feel that we should be stepping him up in class next time, as he should settle better and will learn to jump faster. The Grade 2 novices’ hurdle at Cheltenham in mid-November is a possibility, alternatively we could go to a little track but I just don’t think he’ll learn anything like as much if we do that. I do actually feel that in time that he will stay further, once he has learnt to settle better, and I think he’s potentially another Poetic Rhythm.
14 October 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is fine this morning and moving well (you can watch a video of him trotting up this morning at the following link – https://youtu.be/hbKuN7_jybo
As I said before the race, I expected him to run well but felt that it wasn’t all about yesterday and that we would need to settle him and teach him more about racing and hurdling. He never really settled and was always wanting to go faster, but he should learn from this and is going to be suited by a stronger gallop in a better race. Paddy was delighted with him and he wasn’t hard on him when he ran out of steam after the last. He said that he is a serious horse and a proper two-miler with gears and if he’d settled better he would have won easily. I thought it was a great run from Benny’s and I won’t be rushing him back, so that he can recover fully. At the moment I’m thinking that he would be well suited to being in against better quality horses, so we might see if there is something for him at the Cheltenham meeting in mid-November.
8 October 2018
You can watch a video of Benny’s Bridge having his final school before Saturday at the following link, Fergal was very pleased with him – https://youtu.be/rCTwKlBbhXU
4 October 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE has done everything asked of him and we are on track to make a start at Chepstow on 13 October, as long as it’s not rattling firm. We took him away to Lambourn the other day, Paddy schooled him over hurdles and he jumped very well. He then did a piece of work and worked really well. I hope that he’ll run really well at Chepstow, but it’s just the start of his hurdling career and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is just a bit keen first time up.
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BENNY’S BRIDGE is in great form, he looks well and is working very well. We are hopefully on target for a run mid-October, with Chepstow still in mind as a possible start. The photo is of him schooling this morning, everything is going to plan. We have put a date in the diary to go and see him in training on Wednesday morning, 10 October, please email email@example.com if you would like to join us.
20 September 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is continuing to please me with his work and jumping at home. We are keeping him relaxed and the plan is to run mid-October, possibly at Chepstow.
14 September 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is very well, he’s working very well and jumping great, I’m extremely happy with him. To try and keep him relaxed at home he has been working in behind a couple of other horses and that seems to be helping. I am still thinking about that race at Chepstow next month as a possible start for him, as long as we get some genuinely good (not watered good ground) or slightly softer going.
6 September 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE All is well, he is continuing to be nice and relaxed, he’s eating well and looks well. He is cantering away and I’m aiming to have him on the track mid-October. The above photo was taken yesterday morning.
BENNY’S BRIDGE came back in looking a million dollars. I’m delighted with him, he’s in good form, he’s eating really well and is very relaxed and has settled back in lovely. As you will see from the video, he likes his jumping and has done that three or four times now. I haven’t got a set plan for him but I’m thinking maybe the 2m novice hurdle at Chepstow in mid-October as a starting point, as it’s a nice track and should be nice ground. In time he may want further than two miles, but that’s probably far enough for making a start. He will school again tomorrow and then just do one canter. On Saturday he will start doing three canters for the first time.
Please click on the following link to watch Benny’s Bridge schooling –
BENNY’S BRIDGE arrived here looking as well as I’d hoped he would, he has put on lots of weight as he was quite light when he finished training. His is nice and relaxed and has settled back in great. He has just been going out around the roads since his arrival and we should soon start tipping away with him and get him cantering again. He is a forward horse and I’d hope he’ll be ready to start back racing again around the middle to end of October.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has returned to training with Fergal O’Brien this week. He has enjoyed his holiday and has put on lots of weight since arriving here. We all wish him the best of luck for the season ahead. You can watch a video of him that was taken on Saturday by clicking on the following link – https://youtu.be/4yezSxQH_rw
23 July – 29 July 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is on good form. Hannah the vet physio saw him this week and is very happy with him, he’s looking and feeling great. We are hoping to get him back to Fergal’s next week.
16 July – 22 July 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is looking and feeling great, he continues to enjoy his holiday and his daily work on the walker.
9 July – 15 July 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is doing great, he is very relaxed and enjoys his daily routine.
5 July 2018
BENNY’S BRIDGE is looking and feeling very well, he was seen by Hannah the physio this week and she is happy with him.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is feeling and looking very well, he is continuing to gain weight and he is enjoying his work on the walker.
BENNY’S BRIDGE had another great week, he’s still doing his 10 minutes on the walker. We have changed his routine to going out in the field overnight and he then comes in to rest during the day, he has taken to it very well and is very settled and happy.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has had a great week. He is looking and feeling very well, gaining 14kg! He had a bath and has started 10 minutes a day on the walker.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has had another great week. He’s still gaining weight nicely and looking very well, he was seen by the farrier yesterday and had his feet trimmed, he has also befriended his new field neighbours which are a herd of cows!
BENNY’S BRIDGE is doing very well and still enjoying his holiday, he’s continuing to gain weight nicely and he was very happy to move into a new field this morning.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is doing well, he’s had a fantastic week, he’s put on over 20kg and looks great. He’s really relaxing in his field and spends most of his day eating and sleeping. He enjoyed a bath in the sunshine earlier this week.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has really relaxed over he last couple of days in his new paddock, he’s continuing to gain weight and looks great for it. He will be weighed tomorrow to see how much he has gained this week and we will then make a plan to help him continue gaining condition throughout next week.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has really picked up since being here, he’s out every day for most of the day and is enjoying some grass and let down time. He’s gained even more weight and is looking great.
BENNY’S BRIDGE has settled in really well, he was on the light side when he arrived but has already let down nicely and put on a considerable amount of weight. The plan going forward is to have him out at grass day and night once he is ready.
BENNY’S BRIDGE As it has been so wet I thought it would be a good idea to keep him here for a while longer after his run at Newbury, to do a little bit of jumping. We have now completed some initial schooling work with him and tipped about with him since the run, which has all gone well. He’s been A1 since the run and hopefully the weather will start to pick up now and we can get him off for his holiday one day next week.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is well following his run at Newbury last weekend. I haven’t sent him home just yet as I would like to do a little more educational work on his jumping, so that he has that under his belt ready for when he returns to training in the summer.
BENNY’S BRIDGE is moving beautifully this morning and looks very happy in himself. He didn’t eat as much as we’d like but that sometimes happens. Paddy said it was a messy race, they went no gallop early and he was keen initially so he had settle him at the back, giving away a lot of ground, otherwise he wouldn’t have got home. I really don’t think that he enjoyed the very soft going at all, but he did us all proud and ran on well in the straight. We were giving a lot of weight to the second and the winner, who had the run of the race, is a very good horse, but Paddy still thinks we have the best horse in the race. Everything was against him on Saturday, but he has backed up the form of his first run. He clearly has a decent engine and I’m looking forward to running him over hurdles next season. Looking at him now, he is still on the weak side and a break will do him a lot of good and allow him to strengthen up ahead of next season. I’d really like him to have a proper and good break, and enjoy the best of the grass in April, so he will go home now for his holiday and we’ll then be ready to start early in the season with him over hurdles.