20 Nov November 2015
Ever So Much makes the frame once more at Sedgefield
Now the Flat Turf season has ended we still have a number of horses to run over jumps, as well as on the all-weather, this winter.
One of our most consistent jumpers over the past 12 months or so has been J P McManus’ Ever So Much with 5 wins ( plus 2 seconds and a third ) from 12 races since joining Ben in August 2014. Of the 5 wins 3 have come in chases and 2 over hurdles, but it is back to chasing for the 6 year old as Ben takes him to Sedgefield for a Class 3 handicap over 2 and a half miles on November 10th.
The ground is perhaps slightly softer than ideal but Ever So Much doesn’t really know how to run a bad race and in the hands of Tom O’Brien he puts in his usual good performance. Racing in midfield for most of the trip, Tom makes his effort after 4 out but Ever So Much can only run on at the one pace and this time has to settle for 4th place.
A strong 5th place for Rose Of The Moon in Cross Country race at Cheltenham’s Paddy Power meeting
On November 13th Ben takes recent recruit Rose Of The Moon to Cheltenham to contest the Class 2 Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase on the Friday of the high-profile Paddy Power meeting. Rose Of The Moon, a 10 year old chaser owned by Middleham Park Racing, joined Ben in the summer from David O’Meara and is ridden today by Richie McLernon.
The race, at this unique venue, is run over 3 and three quarter miles and Richie immediately has Rose Of The Moon in touch with the leaders and continues to track the leaders staying in a close 5th or 6th place for much of the race. After losing his place entering the last mile Rose Of The Moon then stays on again in the later stages without really being able to threaten the leaders but finishes a very creditable 5th of the 16 runners, beaten a respectable 24 lengths with a number of high class chasers behind.
It is Rose Of The Moon’s 7th run at Cheltenham ( from a total of just 26 races ), most recently in a similar event at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival, and the grey seems to thoroughly enjoy the experience.