Onwards and Upwards!
Jethou Island, previously trained by Henry Candy, failed to show any kind of form in 2014 or 2015. She was sent to us at the end of October 2015 to assess whether or not she was worth staying in training. Jethou Island settled into our routine beautifully and thrived as she went along once a couple of niggling problems were sorted out. We surely gave the filly a lot of Tender Loving Care, but this is only business as usual here as no stones are left unturned.
Her first run for us was at Wolverhampton on December 12th, and this run was the key to the riddle explaining why the filly had never performed. She flipped her palate 3f out and therefore couldn't get enough oxygen into her lungs to be able to run a race from start to finish. This is why a tongue strap was fitted on her second outing for the yard 6 days later. She ran a mighty race that day until a horse came across her 2f out and squashed her into the rail. Consequently she lost her momentum but despite her bad luck, I was very happy with the run because the filly felt comfortable all the way until the incident and this proved the tongue strap helped her a hell of a lot.
Following her previous run, I thought Jethou Island was going to Chelmsford City with a serious chance and she duly delivered! The pace of the race was very strong and it suited the filly as she is a galloper and she possesses a lot of stamina. When the race unfolded turning into the straight, Jethou Island picked up nicely, battled on and ultimately outstayed her foes and won comfortably by nearly 2 lengths.
I would like to thank the owners of the filly for their support and also my staff for working so hard.