Being doubly represented at Taunton today I thought it a good idea to check in with Ditcheat Thoroughbreds and update you about the team of horses.

I thought it was great on Boxing day to see Jessber’s Dream run an encouraging race first time out over fences.   Her jumping on the whole being sure footed and efficient, I think on the heavy ground she was beaten by a fairly useful mare in Pearl Royale.   She will be out again in due course and hopefully put up another bold show.

On the same day Monsieur Co was slightly disappointing over an insufficient trip,  but he got a clear round of jumping in and now over a longer distance hopefully will show an improved performance.  His handicap rating of 127 is now a mark I believe he is able to compete off at the right trip.

The quite wonderful little Volpone Jelois continues to run some fantastic races in defeat, on the flat and over hurdles. For all that he is only of an average level I’m incredibly fond of him as he simply never runs a bad race and always gives his connections something to shout about. I know Megan Nicholls who has ridden him on the flat the last couple of times is just as fond of him as me along with my sister, who won a charity race on him in early autumn and is totally in love with him, and will be I am certain for quite some time!

As for our runners this afternoon the frustrating, yet consistent Orbasa runs in the three mile handicap chase at Taunton, having run an excellent race around Sandown in December. Orbasa is a solid jumper who seems to run well for our younger jockeys and with that in mind I am absolutely delighted that Alex Thorne is riding, taking his second ride for the Ditcheat Thoroughbreds after his fourth on Volpone Jelois at Newbury in November.

You could search all over the country and you’d rarely find a young man who works as hard as Alex at improving his riding skills and his attitude alone is extremely impressive. Considering he started riding at 18 years of age Alex is doing really well and I hope he and Orbasa click and run another competitive race.

The second of the Ditcheat Thoroughbreds runners is One Night In Milan who makes his career debut in the Taunton bumper under Sam Twiston-Davies. For not the biggest horse in the world he has taken an absolute age to come to hand but is now ready to make a start. Rose Loxton who rides Milan everyday has worked incredibly hard with him, teaching him his trade and getting his head into the racing way and although he now seems to be training well I’d expect him to improve leaps and bounds for the whole experience later.


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