Bos's Blog 2018

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Tuesday 24th April 2018

Weather - 14 degrees, drizzle and breezy at 16:00 hrs

Catheadans Fury goes back to Lingfield on Wednesday .......
Pleasing us at home Catheadans Fury will be running in her second handicap race taking on the more experienced horses.  She ran well here two runs ago finishing a good second.  Not the best of draws for Wednesday but probably suited by keeping a wider ..... we will find out more tomorrow.  In time she will need 5 furlongs but needs to learn how to relax early on in her races. Expecting a bold run tomorrow even with lack of experience.  Good luck Team

Thursday 19th April 2018

Weather - 26 degrees, bright blue sky, still and feeling hot at 16:55 hrs

An improved run from Counterfeiter...... more to come!
It was a muddling pace in last night's race at Kempton over the 2 miles with Counterfeiter sitting in mid-field.  Turning into the home straight we looked like finishing in the placings until the final furlong where we plugged on at the one pace - beaten 7 lengths.  Need a galloping track with plenty of pace, a few more pounds off his back and we will be in the winners enclosure! 

Sunday 15th April 2018

Weather - 10 degrees, drizzle at 19:02 hrs

Champion Chase continues to please...... 2nd today
Some would say 'second again and how frustrating he can't put his head in front yet' .....but all we see is a young horse who is honest and enjoying his new experiences over fences!  He was a little too keen early on in his race today but with time on his side when he does settle he will win.

Thursday 5th April 2018

Weather - 7 degrees, blue sky with some cloud feeling milder at 10:11hrs

Winner, winner, winner...... The wonderful Exceeding Power does it again!
Exceeding Power wins off top weight, highest career mark and furthest career distance at Kempton last night under a confident ride from Rab Havlin.  Only six runners in a Class 4 and one or two could have thrown a surprise but the experienced and composed Exceeding Power cut through them like butter!  It was a muddling race; quick for two furlongs and then slowed up down the back straight.... the pace may have suited us using our speed at the tail end but he is improving over the extended distances of 1m 2f and 1m3f.  WELL DONE TEAM, another super run.

Going to the start last night under the lights at Kempton - Exceeding Power

Arriving into the Winners Enclousure - Exceeding Power / Rab Havlin

Champion Chase proving a good buy .......  2nd again!
Unlucky not to win last Sunday, Easter Day at Plumpton!  A galant 2nd again but this time was only beaten a length and a half in a 0-100 handicap chase ridden by Jamie Moore. Although still inexperienced Champion Chase was a little eager to get on with the job and jumped his way to the front by the third fence.  Also early on in the race one of six runners unseated his rider who then continued to carry on loose with the runners..... only later to cause a little incident coming down the hill where he tried to push us off the track.... you could hear the crowds in the stands gasping as it happened!  Calmly both jockey and Champion Chase ignored the loose horse and carried on in front to jump the third fence from home!  On the home bend Jamie had a peep over his shoulder only to see the 2/1 favourite (3x winner) ridden by Noel Fehily breathing down his neck!  Jamie did try to kick for home but the favourite had a little more in the tank than we had ......... we pleasingly battled to the line only to be beaten in the final strides...... good to see him stretching in a finish.  He jumped well, a little right when no company but on better ground, more pace we may see him in the number one spot.

Thursday 29th March 2018

Weather - 6 degrees, heavy rain at 17:55 hrs

Exceeding Power goes back to Kempton.....
Next Wednesday 4th April we go to Kempton with the mighty consistent Exceeding Power.  He went up 3lb for his win last time out which was over 1m 2f and next week we aim for a furlong further.  He is in good order at home and ready to go again.  Good luck Team.

Summing up of last week's runners.......
Counterfeiter ran a more encouraging race than his previous run at Wolverhampton.  He was not beaten far and is now on a more realistic handicap mark of 75.  Will try to aim for a run on the turf as soon as possible but with the current heavy ground we may have to go for one more on the all weather.  He will be suited better to the turf on good, good to soft and soft but not holding!

Catheadans Fury - 5th ran a good race at Wolverhampton considering the circumstances....but we were particularly disappointed for her as she tries so hard!  This was her handicap debut against experienced horses  and it all went wrong from the start .... she broke slowly from the stalls, after five or six strides was then hard on the bridle and not settled for at least half a furlong.  It almost looked like the field were not good enough to lead her ....  Then in the final two furlongs her inexperienced showed when trying to go between horses under the bright lights of the late evening. Finished 5th - lacking experience..... lost a length or two at the start and running too free for half a furlong did not help her cause.... this would have cost her lengths in the finish!  The Handicapper, thankfully did not move her handicap mark for her defeat.

Thursday 22nd March 2018

Weather - 9 degrees and overcast at 18:11 hrs

Counterfeiter goes to Kempton tomorrow, his debut on a right handed track.........
Also debut blinkers tomorrow for Counterfeiter with Rab Havlin on board.  He will make good use of draw one by sitting handy and if the pace is not sufficient we can go on and make the running .  It is over the shorter distance of 1m 4 furlongs but this should suit him better than the 2 mile races he has recently run in.  We are down in class tomorrow and if he acts on the track we will be getting very excited!  Although this will be his debut going right handed he handles our right handed gallop well.  Good luck Team

Late night Saturday for Catheadans Fury....
Looking forward to seeing how Catheadans Fury handles taking on the older, more experienced horses in a handicap at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening.  She is in good order and will be fighting fit....  Rab Havlin takes the reins again.  Show them how to go Catheadans Fury!

By the time we get home on Saturday it will have been a long week for everyone ......three days of late night races ........hopefully the results on Friday and Saturday will have made it worth while.

Not a going day for Golly Miss Molly...
Disappointing run from Gollly Miss Molly at Kempton last night ...... traveled well in her race and looking like the winner 2 furlongs out but unfortunately she did not want to go into fifth gear when her jockey asked her to respond.  Martin Harley who rode her felt her decline and eased her close home!  Back to the drawing board to find out why she couldn't find the final gear..... she has a history of niggles.

Saturday 10th March 2018

Weather - 11 degrees, drizzle at 18:26hrs

Winner, Winner, Winner - having had 163 days off the track!
The wonderful little Exceeding Power does it again, winning at Lingfield last Wednesday under a well judged ride from Rab Havlin.  That's his 3rd win for us at Lingfield and his 7th career win.  This was his first run back having had a good holiday, 163 days since he last ran. 

Exceeding Power has won over distances from 6f to 1m2f and last week he won again over 1m2f in a hot Class 4 (0-85).  It was a competitive race with in-form horses but with plenty of early pace we settled nicely in fourth until he kicked two furlongs out with the favourite Tom's Rock traveling right alongside us and Dutch Uncle hot on our heels.  It was a strong gutsy battle to the finish line with Tom's Rock but Exceeding Power stuck his head out when it was needed and won by a neck..... the second horse did take us across the track in the final furlong but it didn't worry our little boy!  He amazes us every year, his determination is second to none.

The Chalfonts with Exceeding Power and Sarah at Lingfield in the Winners Enclosure

Exceeding Power having a well earned 'pick' of grass in the sunny Autumn.

Sunday 4th March 2018

Weather - 7 degrees, overcast and still at 09:52 hrs

Delighted with Champion Chase and Catheadans Fury who both
 finished 2nd this week......

Champion Chase who was having his second run over fences at Southwell jumped superbly under a confidence giving ride from James Best.  He was beaten by a more experienced horse who had won over hurdles and had plenty of runs over fences.  He coped with the tiring ground but we feel he will be better on good.  Hopefully he will stay even further as he matures; showing 'good skills' at just six years of age!

Catheadans Fury a 4yr old, who we bred has taken time to mature and we with her joint owners have been very patient with her.  Yesterday, she was having her third career run, over 6f on the all weather at Lingfield under the experienced handling of Rab Havlin.  She ran a 'gutsy' race yesterday and three furlongs out she looked really classy being the only horse still traveling and only in fourth gear!  Unfortunately, turning into the home straight she was carried slightly wide which caused her to get a little unbalanced, this took a couple of strides to get back into fifth gear and then she really started to accelerate .......  As she got upsides the leaders she stuck her head out, fighting her way to the line but the line came too early ......only beaten 3/4 length by the winner, the favourite!  She actually split the the two fancied horses and we had the huge price of 33-1!  This was a Maiden race for 3 yr old upwards who have not won a race and generally in the first stage of their careers. There were a couple of expensive purchases (one costing £120,000) running against her but she didn't know that they cost thousands!  They don't get tougher mentally than this filly, she really does want to win.....  Now that Catheadans Fury has had three runs in maidens, the handicapper will be able to give her a mark so that she will be eligible for handicaps.

Catheadans Fury in red and white, sticking her head out, wanting to win!

Sunday 25th February 2018

Weather - 4 degrees, bright blue sky at 10:30 hrs

Good Luck Champion Chase today.......
Champion Chase who Martin recently bought from Kim Bailey for very little money goes to Southwell for a Novice Handicap Chase with James Best on board.  Hoping for a decent gallop today where we will sit in a handy position.  Still inexperienced but is showing good work at home.  He is just starting to come to himself mentally and physically.......... and providing his jumping is effective and clear we should be thereabouts!

Champion Chase after working with Emily Scarles on board

Tuesday 20th February 2018

Weather - 7 degrees, windy at 19:53 hrs

No pace in the race!
A good run from Golly Miss Molly last night at Kempton, beaten 7 lengths in a slow run race.  Rab Havlin who rode Molly was pleased with her and was confident when she gets a race with a decent gallop she will be back in the Winners Enclosure for us. 

Need some Luck tomorrow......
We could not be more pleased with a draw of six at Kempton in the first race tomorrow for Lady Nahema.  Now for luck in running as will need cover and to be confidently ridden.  Good Luck Team..... keep all those fingers and toes crossed!

Sunday 18th February 2018

Weather - 9 degrees, still and overcast at 16:20 hrs

Golly Miss Molly goes back to Kempton tomorrow........
Looking forward to seeing Golly Miss Molly back at Kempton having had a well deserved holiday.  Although it will be 110 days since she last ran she is fit and pleasing us on the gallops.  Rab Havlin takes the reins tomorrow due to her regular partner Martin Lane having recently retired from race riding.  Outside draw tomorrow in a competitive race but she will try her best and of course we do have one of the most experienced jockey's on board.  Good luck Molly and Rab.

Golly Miss Molly after her win at Kempton

Apprentice race for Lady Nahema on Wednesday........
After a good run last time at Wolverhampton with Lady Nahema we take her to Kempton on Wednesday for a 0-10 winners apprentice race (for apprentice jockeys under 26 who have not ridden more than 10 winners)..... Not many handicap options for her but this is a race she could run very well in....... just needs luck in running and a cool jockey!  Declare tomorrow to see who we are up against and what draw has been given to us.

Lady Nahema looking alert after exercise at home

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Weather - 2 degrees, dry, bright and feeling cold at 15:35 hrs

Looking forward to February and March......
With the ground being so wet and so few runners for us this winter we are looking forward to seeing more horses in action over the next month.  Golly Miss Molly has a plan to run mid February, Catheadan's Fury in February, Exceeding Power, Olympic Legend in March. The youngsters are showing promise and once named will hopefully be in action in the Spring/Summer.

Getting closer to the winners enclosure for Lady Nahema.....
Last Friday we had two runners at Wolverhampton, one being Lady Nahema who ran in first time blinkers.  With an outside draw we had to sit in last and wait for the gaps to open turning into the home straight!  It nearly worked as she stormed up the rail only to be beaten a length and two necks finishing 5th (the 3rd has since won today!)
Our other runner was Counterfeiter who we thought would run a big race having run well on his flat debut for us in January.  We were very disappointed with his run and seemed fine after the race but Saturday he was lame on his off fore.  The shoe was removed and bandaged for 24 hrs..... all seems fine now but will take things steady for the next few days.

Champion Chase running on to finish 5th.....
Last Monday, we had an outing at Southwell, over the hurdles with Champion Chase.  He jumped well for James Best and did well to finish 5th in a slow run race....   Will be suited to be placed in the first four and a decent gallop maintained on his next outing.  Will be on a nice handicap mark for his next run.

Pointing with Sarah....
Last Sunday, Desert Joe ran with promise (trained by Sarah) at Horseheath Point to Point finishing 9th of 16 in a very competitive Conditions race.  He was well placed in 6th until getting in close to the open ditch and loosing a couple of lengths.  Although he jumped well after his mistake and staying on up the hill,  the leaders had 'gone away' on the drying good, good to soft ground..... that's racing!  Proper wet ground (not holding) will be perfect for him.

Saturday 20th January 2018

Weather - 2 degrees, raining and feeling cold at 06:00 hrs

Pleasing run from Counterfeiter against top class stayers...... at 250-1 !
With the ground so wet - going is either soft or heavy at the moment so we decided to run Counterfeiter on the flat (allweather) having only had two career runs (France and Dubai) when he was a 3 and 4 yr old with Godolphin. 

Last Monday we took Counterfeiter to Wolverhampton where he ran a super race finishing 8th of 11, in a race where they went a good gallop for the 2 miles and although he was a on and off the bridle through the race he must have been 'rusty' having not run on the flat for 1245 days and 400 days since he ran over hurdles!   He stayed on one pace in the final two furlongs to be beat 19 lengths by Watersmeet (rated 106), Funny Kid from France and Frontiersman (rated 115) and we finished along side First Mohican and St Mary's who are rated 95 and 89.

We bought him for £13,000 for Mr Carey when he was a 5 yr old having had a break.  The handicapper would not give him a handicap mark on the flat until we ran him here in the UK, therefore he had to run in a Conditions race or a Claimer/Selling race.  He was so well having been waiting to run over hurdles but with the ground so wet we had to get him entered up in a Conditions race..... Looks promising on the flat from the run on Monday and has been worth the wait......  the handicapper will hopefully give us a mark next Tuesday. 

Saturday 13th January 2018

Weather - 5 degrees, dull and feeling colder at 17:22 hrs

Catheadans Fury giving us a thrill......
(Foaled and prepared here at Bowstridge Farm)

Great run from Catheadans Fury finishing 5th yesterday at Lingfield in a Novice Stakes over 6f.  She traveled well throughout and looked the part against very experienced horses.  Turning into the home straight we were only 2 lengths off the leader and stayed on one paced in the final furlong - only beaten 5 lengths in a very good contest!  One more run and then she has a handicap mark and after yesterday she is looking like having a mark of 70.

The race yesterday was one of the NEW Novice Stakes races but they are not going down well with most trainers and owners...... For example we need a maiden race for our home bred 4 yr old filly who has only had one career run and thinking you would run against other horses with the same limited experience you would be wrong!  Instead we have to run against winners with good handicap marks and yesterday we were one of six runners and four of the horses had handicap marks from 73 to 89 (one was 98 six months ago) and the only other immature youngster cost £825,000 as a yearling!  She ran rather well for a British home-bred.  Well done Team.

A pleasing run from Champion Chase...
Champion Chase finished 6th in a competitive handicap hurdle at Plumpton having his debut for us last Sunday.  He coped with the distance of 2m 4f and the testing ground - ended up a little too far back in the first part of the race and of course in that ground it was difficult to catch the leaders when they quickened down the hill.  Good ride given by James Nixon.  Just need a few pounds of weight off his back so hoping the handicapper will give him a chance when he re-assesses him on Tuesday.

Saturday 6th January 2018

Weather - 4 degrees, cold easterly wind at 16:20 hrs

Debut for us and a fact finding mission....
Champion Chase, lightly raced french bred horse that Martin recently bought for £8,000 from Ascot Sales will be having his debut for us tomorrow at Plumpton (handicap hurdle) with James Nixon on board taking 7lb off his back.  The ground is heavy which will be testing over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs - he has previous form on the ground and the form of his two runs over this distance on good ground is satisfactory.  He is bred to get further and his family have form on all ground.  This is a competitive race but with 7lb off his back we are hopeful of a good run ..... has been working well at home.... may even want further in time.


Catch up on our final news of 2017 here

A great video prepared by some local film students.  Click below to watch or watch on YouTube.



2007- Martin Bosley Racing


Jockey's List - ridden for us in 2018

James Nixon

Robert Havlin

James Best

Andrew Mullen

Dougie Costello

Theo Ladd

Jamie Moore

Racecourses this year

Plumpton NH

Lingfield Flat AW

Wolverhampton AW

Southwell NH

Kempton AW