The South Hazelrigg (Chatton) stable of Rose and Tony Dobbin have again reached 16 winners in the NH season which officially ended on Sunday, and now they start all over again.
This equalled the total from the past two seasons and with a little more luck could easily have been surpassed.
For instance, at Perth on April 26, new Irish import, former point-to-point winner Coole Hall, owned by Rose’s parents Mr and Mrs Duncan Davidson, was beaten a nose by the Richard Johnson-ridden Royal Village. Coole Hall finished like a train and many felt the five-year old had got up to win the race.
Two days later, another Irish import, Planet Nine, again owned by Mr and Mrs Davidson, scored impressively in the NH (Bumper) at Perth in the hands of the ever-improving stable claimer Lorcan Murtagh.
Earlier in the day, Mister Don was pipped half a length by the Simon Waugh (Mitford, Morpeth) trained Boric in the Highland National.
Despite the retiral of last season’s multi-winner and Eider Chase hero Rocking Blues and niggling knocks to some of the top stable horses, the yard has produced some new and exciting horses on track this season, including Some Reign (a very impressive Bumper winner first time out) and Slanelough (three times second recently), plus excellent winning comebacks for Honourable Gent (two recent wins) and Doktor Glaz.
Top winner for the yard this season is Proud Gamble (three wins) after graduating from hurdling to chasing.