Bos's Blog 2018

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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

Racecourses this year

Plumpton NH

Lingfield Flat AW

Wolverhampton AW

Southwell NH