Kendred FIRE – THIRSK WIN!
Reflecting on Kendred Fire’s first season as a Racehorse we think it was one to be really pleased with and to give us all a lot to look forward to for his 3-year-old season in 2022.
His career started with a promising run at Redcar in May when he was picked out as an eyecatcher, running on well despite showing greenness. He then ran in what proved to be a hot race at Thirsk in which of the 17 runners, 7 went on to win a race and another 4 placed. He finished only 3 lengths behind the winner albeit in 8th place and this was despite again running a bit green, being a bit ‘Coltish’ and Jack Garritty suggesting he may need a bit of help with his breathing.
On what turned out to be excellent advice by Jack, he wore a Cross Noseband on his next start, back at Thirsk 27 days later, and gained his Maiden win in only his third race at a very nice SP of 12/1. As we always say, many Owners never experience that winning feeling and therefore we were all delighted to get it at only the third attempt.
Having been handed an opening handicap mark of 70 we entered Kendred Fire in his first ‘Nursery’ Handicap at Ripon on the 9th of August. The ‘Coltish’ behaviour he had shown was evident again, leading to him flipping over in the parade ring and having to be cleared to run by the vet. Despite being very distracted by the Fillies in the race, he ran a cracker to be only beaten ¾ of a length in second to what turned out to be a very well handicapped Filly. However, his behaviour and reported lack of focus on the race led to us deciding to have him Gelded.
This operation really altered the course of the season, unfortunately coming at a really bad time when the ground was most suitable for our Horse and resulting in an enforced and unwanted break of 5 weeks. We also had to miss out on our intended target at York’s Ebor Festival.
In trying to test him out at a higher level we decided to race him at the Ayr Gold Cup meeting, not ideal but the most suitable race at that level given the time we had lost. He performed admirably but with hindsight probably needed the run. We missed an engagement at Pontefract due to unsuitable soft ground and then found ourselves victims of a wet spell and having to enter races on the All Weather that, if we hadn’t have lost the 5 weeks, we probably would never have entered. He ran with credit at Newcastle on a track that stretched him a little too much and then Kempton turned out to be a race too far.
So, in summary, we still believe this was a very successful season, any time you win a Horse race and finish 2nd it has to be regarded as such. But the gelding operation threw our plans into disarray and with hindsight forced us down a route we ideally didn’t want to take. Importantly, there was prize money in the pot and each 1/12th share will receive a pay out of £372.31, almost 2 months fees, at the end of the year.
Looking forward, one benefit of the last couple of runs is that Kendred Fire will start next season on what looks like a very nice handicap mark of just 69. We are pretty sure he’s a Horse who will act best on quick ground, so ideally we want Good to Firm but not really much slower than Good. So he’ll be back in Training in January, with a view to being ready for the start of the Flat Season in early April, weather and ground permitting.
Regarding race planning, it is quite difficult as, whilst the fixtures are now known, the actual races that each fixture holds aren’t published that far in advance. We are very conscious that the attendance of Members at the races last year was quite low and in an attempt to try and get as many Members to the track as possible, we will endeavour to pick races on Evenings, Weekends and Bank Holidays and definitely at Yorkshire tracks. The caveat to this is where we think a particular race gives us a very good chance of winning. There will be much more choice of races next year as we won’t be limited to just 2yo races so that should help. We have looked at Yorkshire Courses that we think will suit Kendred Fire, such as Thirsk, Redcar, Ripon, York and possibly 5 furlongs at Beverley and there are over 40 suitable evening/weekend meetings at these tracks. Obviously not all will have a 6f 3yo only or 3yo+ Handicap race and there are handicap bands to consider, but there are more than enough fixtures to give us confidence that we can race at more amenable times for Members and this will be our key aim next year. Assuming restrictions allow we would be looking to host our usual members Stable Visit in the spring before the flat season commences.
Here’s to a successful 2022 season.
Lee & Scott.
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