Another year ended, and another one has begun. What a year it has been! We've had an average of 14 horses in training, declared and run 104 races, and come home with 16 winners, a total of £105,090 in prize money, and another 15 places.
Foxy Forever, after suffering from injuries and unlucky races in 2016, finally got to shine again and has had an amazing year with 4 wins. He broke two track record at Haydock and Kempton. Along with completing a double during the summer months. He's now on a well deserved break and we look forward bringing him back into training for the Turf season.
My Target, which some of you may have seen a lot of at Lingfield, has just been brought back for the All-weather season after doing the impossible at the beginning of the year. Four consecutive wins and a track record, going from a rating of 83, to 105! We cannot ask more from him then what he has done, but it's a true joy to watch him race and we are looking forward for more wonderful days out.
Deeds not Words, a horse we purchased in Ireland at the beginning of the year, came to us in a bad condition, and after starting from scratch again, and feeding him up this 6 year old, has surprised us all! He completed a hat-trick along with a record that is very unheard of. He won at Brighton, under penalty and it was recorded as the most weight carried by a horse, that's won.
Another one we got from Ireland and that has proven to be something special is Glenamoy Lad. After learning how to settle in behind, he's show a spark of something extra and as well completed a double, both of the turf and the all weather.
Gin and Tonic, currently our only Jumper won his hurdle race after a long line of failed attempts. We pondered a long time why he simply didn't want to run, despite doing so well at home. What we have discovered has changed a lot of our horses health for the better, with treatment is ulcers, which is very common among racehorses.
Mansfield was another unlucky horse, having come second two times in a row but we are confident he will get his nose in front. Same goes for our temperamental filly, Clear Water. She has the potential to win, it just a question of bringing it out of her. She showed it at Haydock, now it's all about finding a track that will suit her and be to her liking.
Last but not least to be mentioned is Nick Vedder, who was bought at the July sales and ran on New Year's eve. We have taken our time with him and he ran a credible third but was unlucky in the race. He is a big horse with a bright future and ready to face the track again!
We've bought some very good horses at the December sales, that are just starting their training and won't be seen on the track yet, but have completed the list with some hopefully good moments to witness.
We also picked up a new sponsorship with one of our bigger owner, Tugya Akman, through his company Pandora X and are wearing them proudly on our colours.
Thankfully all of our horses have been in good health and no major injuries and we hope that 2018 will be the same, with more amazing moments. Thank you to all of our owners who keeps supporting us at the races, and believing in your horses!
- Team Wigham - Michael, Sharon, Andy, Anna, Stephen.