Bos's Blog 2007

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Saturday 29th December 2007

We have two runners on Sunday, Lopinot and Classic Ruby.  Lopinot is on the all weather at Lingfield and Classic Ruby is over hurdles at Taunton.  Lopinot is drawn well (4) and we are taking 7lb off his back with Kylie Manser on board - ran well last time out.  Expecting a good run from him. 

Classic Ruby is in a selling handicap hurdle with another 7lb claimer on board, Kevin Tobin who won on Silver Prophet for us - ground should suit and expecting another good run.  Classic Ruby has had nearly 2 years off the track due to leg problems. Ran really well first run back - 3rd at Towcester at 66-1.  Next run back was brought down at 5th hurdle.  Have not got many chances with her leg problems so in a selling race.... down in grade will go close.

Dickie Valentine ran on Boxing Day - disappointing finishing 5th but ran to his handicap mark of 51.  If we are going to make any excuses for him the surface was on the slow side for him.

Sunday 25th December 2007 - CHRISTMAS DAY

A very merry Christmas to you all and a happy New Year.

Monday 24th December 2007

Even though it is Christmas Eve,  we had a normal morning for all at Martin Bosley Racing -  runners had to be fed, mucked out, worked and groomed ............. it was a positive morning with all the horses working well. 

Classic Ruby schooled well over the nursery hurdles to regain her confidence after her fall on Thursday.  She will hopefully run on the 30th with James Diment back on board. 

Dickie Valentine runs on Boxing Day at Wolverhampton with Adam Kirby back on - we were very pleased with Dickie's breeze up  this morning - he will do the same again on Christmas Day.  Fine Ruler will hopefully run at Lingfield on Saturday.  Castlemainevillage could also run on the Monday.

We did our last minute shopping in Marlborough at lunch time today - bad move .......... Everyone else had decided to do the same!!  Road rage and parking rage was in force - Sarah ended up directing traffic to keep the peace.  It was the quickest shopping we had ever done and successful......  in and out and no hanging about!

Friday 21st December 2007

Yesterday at Exeter, Classic Ruby was brought down at the 5th hurdle - a horrible fall but both our horse and jockey escaped injury.  The jockey who was on the horse that brought us down was taken to hospital in a neck brace.  We hope she is ok - we have not heard any news yet.  Classic Ruby ended up doing 2 laps of the course before being caught!  She is entered again for Boxing Day at Towcester.  We will decide in the next 24hrs whether to run or not.

Today is another very cold day with frost still in the ground - we have had minus 6 to plus 2 for the last six days.  This has been very frustrating for us but nature must take its course.  Snow or rain expected in the next few days.  

Our field horses are now all in - on their winter holidays!  We packed them off to a good friend of ours for the next few months - a change of scenery - pasture and in the warm and dry.

Wednesday 19th December 2007

On Thursday we run Classic Ruby in an amateur hurdle with Alex Merriam (one of the up and coming jockeys) - This is a very competitive race, a tougher contest than her previous one at Towcester (3rd at 66-1) and this will be her first race in a handicap.  However we do expect her to be staying on at the end of the race.  The ground could end up being very 'tacky' which could be testing for them.

Sunday 16th December 2007

Friday night at Wolverhampton was a successful mission after all the hard work - sorting out a work and feed regimeforFine Ruler.  Hefinished 2nd over 7f at 10-1 beaten 11/4lengths.   A promising run and credit goes to George Baker for an enterprising ride.  It was so good to see the little horse settled on the track for once in his life!   Lets hope we can keep this up - a winner next time.

We were also very pleased with Lopinot ridden by Kylie Manser - only beaten about 3 1/2 lengths back in 7th.  It was his first run for us (previously with P Makin)  - been off since August 2007. We bought him for no money at all - 7,600 at the November - Doncaster Sales.  Hopefully the handicapper will give him a chance and drop him a few pounds from 79 to 76 !

Saturday 15th December 2007
Martin's father John is very ill with prostrate cancer and everyone has been so kind helping out where and when they can...  We will keep you informed. 

Wednesday 12th December 2007

George Baker rides Fine Ruler on Friday over 7f and we haveLopinot running on Sunday with Kylie Manser on taking 7lb off his back. 

Sunday 9th December 2007

What a week with the weather - we have been battered by the winds and soaked by the rain!  Hopefully next week will be better......

Next week we have Fine Ruler running at Wolverhampton on Friday over 7f.  He has been working well and his mind is relaxed! (A very sensitive horse who needs a patient rider).

Thursday 6th December 2007

Shanagolden Juan ran at Plumpton yesterday in a competitive novice hurdle, finishing 9th of 14 runners on heavy ground.   We were puzzled by his bad jumping display because at home he is fantastic and thoroughly enjoys it  - we even use him as a lead horse for the others!   However, the ground was bottomless and he is not the bravest in his work.  With time hopefully, he will become more competitive - it was after all, only his second run over hurdles. 

Tuesday 4th December 2007

Ascot Sales today - Martin bought top lot at 10,500 for Inca Financial Services - Dualagi from Stan Moore.  A lovely 3yr old filly by Royal Applause, sprinter who has won two on the flat from 13 runs.   We will give her a month off - freshen up and start again in 2008.

Sunday 2nd December 2007

Another nephew, James Diment who rode Classic Ruby for us at Towcester last week,  rode yet another WINNER today on Devils River at Leicester.  This was his 40th of his career and this means now that he now claims 3lb on any horse he rides.  James sprung to prominence when riding 4 winners at Towcester on an Easter Monday a few years back when he was an amateur, one of which was for us on Berkley Frontier.  The last amateur to acheive this was Champion Jockey Richard Dunwoody.  We now call James the 'Towcester Specialist' !

Thursday 29 November 2007

The visor worked on Dickie Valentine helping him to concentrate in his race at Kempton last night - finished 6th but only beaten 3 lengths.  He is a little wound up since his race but  that is him anyway!   Hopefully more to come - Pat Dobbs who rode Dickie was quite impressed.  Adam Kirby even asked after the race how he ran - keen to ride him again perhaps!  Lets hope Dickie Valentine is now going the right way - forward to the winning post! 

Betfair were offering 1000-1 for an each way double for Silver Prophet and Classic Ruby when they ran last Sunday - How exciting that would have been for our landlord if the double had come up!!

A very hot race for Fine Ruler on Saturday so going to skip that race and opt for a weak maiden -don't get many of those but at this time of year you can sometimes get a bad one....

Lopinot needs another two weeks - still not quite fit enough.  What a lovely horse....

Shanagolden Juan is now entered up for Plumpton on Wednesday. 

Monday 26 November 2007

Silver Prophet 25-1 WINNER at Plumpton on Sunday 25th ........  What an achievement after 596 days off the track with leg problems. He certainly acted on the track!  In fact he was loving it!   Classic Ruby  66-1 was 3rd at Towcester after 709 days off since she last ran on a racecourse.  Both Jockeys, James Diment and Kevin Tobin gave them superb rides - finding the best ground and giving them a chance in difficult conditions.

We have Dickie Valentine in at Kempton on Wednesday with first time visor and Fine Ruler on Saturday also at Kempton. 

Wednesday 21 November 2007

Good to see some rain - well for the National Hunt horses.  Thankfully we made the right choice not to run at Leicester as the times were quick enough - even AP McCoy said that the ground was still riding quick!  Still on target for Sunday - Silver Prophet and Classic Ruby.   The handicap mark forDickie Valentine was 53 - I was only one out! 

Monday 19 November 2007

We decided not to run Silver Prophet at Leicester due to the ground differences - good to firm, good in places and firm in places in back straight.  This was the info given by the grounds manager on the day of declaration.  Today its changed slightly but still not consistent enough.  We will now go to Plumpton on the 25th - not an ideal track for him (he does prefer flat jumping tracks) but we dont have many choices at the moment - will be good to get him back on the track though.

Dale is at the British Racing School on Tues and Wednesday (seminar and assessment) for his amateur permit. 

We are very pleased with our new recruit - Lopinot.  Hopefully a runner next week on the all weather.  Will keep you informed.

Amy is flat out this week getting the clipping done before she trots off to Antigua on holiday.  She is a little concerned that it's raining over there and the forecast is not much better for her arrival - same here but at least she'll be warm!

We had a few 'assistants' last weekend - Zac, Kirsten and Oli ( all still at school but have already decided they want a career in racing).  They are a great help and  thoroughly enjoy the work and the learning.  They all rode a couple of canters on Frankie and Oli schooled over the nursery hurdles.  Fantastic to see enthusiastic teenagers.....

Sarah is now back to riding out 4 lots this morning.

Saturday 17 November 2007

Runners yesterday ran OK - we were not expecting anything fromDickie Valentine as he  was running over a distance too far but he's still so green and the experience was useful to him.  He was only beaten 8 1/2 lengths, chasing winner till fading in the final furlong.  May just need some sheepskin pieces on next time - he wouldn't be the best at concentrating!  Out again as soon as we know his handicap mark next Tuesday - hopefully about 52 rating.....

Our other runner was Fine Ruler - finished 4th.   We had to run him off his old handicap  mark as the race had cut up to only a few runners - a front runners advantage! (Fine Ruler can be a front runner).  As it happened he did dominate in the race (over 1m 141yds) but ran a little too free to last the distance  - we think this is still too far for him.  We will now find a 7 furlong race off at least a 2 lb lower mark - could be interesting providing he settles........  There is a race in him but he is tricky - I like him a lot though !

Rain expected on Sunday but will it be enough for Silver Prophet at Leicester on Monday ?  Will have to make a decision to run on Sunday morning - Leicester has already abandoned its chase card because of hard ground so this is a little worrying..........  Classic Ruby expected to run on Sunday 25th at Towcester - soft ground for her too.

Monday 12 November 2007

A chilly morning, fresh but sunny. The horses were pleased to be out on the gallops this morning - a little fresh themselves after a relaxing Sunday!  Fine Ruler, Lido Shuffle and Dickie Valentine are possible runners for the end of the week.  We will find out Tuesday what the revised handicap mark is for Fine Ruler - this will be the decider for him running on Friday (if he stays on the same mark he will run, if dropped 2lb we will wait for a more suitable race).

Still wanting more rain for Silver Prophet and Classic Ruby - but rain does look like its on it's way this week  ..........

Sarah is now riding out 3 lots and doing well.  The physio is coming on Tuesday to see how her shoulder is repairing.

The Team would like to wish Jean O'Connor a Happy Birthday for today.

Friday 9 November 2007

Still waiting for rain - we did actually have some yesterday but only dampened the dust!  Monday 5th November- Fine Ruler was 5th, ran a much better race and seemed to handle Wolverhampton well.  He should have been 4th but was badly hampered a furlong out.  Next runners will be Dickie Valentine and Fine Ruler again, once we have seen his new handicap mark.

Bob's Sister left the ground for the first time yesterday - jumping the nursery poles.  She coped well for her first attempt and made a good shape when jumping. 

Friday 2 November 2007

Waiting for the rain!  Our NH runners must have some 'cut' in the ground so we must be patient.......... However,  Fine Ruler runs on Monday at Wolverhampton (all weather) with Jockey, George Baker.  If he settles we are expecting a good run.  At home he is enjoying his work and is very relaxed.   Lido Shuffle is also in on Monday at Wolverhampton but since his final working gallop, he's pulled a muscle in his shoulder!  We are massaging him twice a day but he may need longer - maybe another week or so before he has his debut run. 

Dale is going for his 'concussion test' today for his Amateur's riders permit.  This will be the base line test should he be concussed in a fall - This test is actioned annually and retaken after any concussed fall. 

Monday 29 October 2007

It was possibly our quietest summer with only a handful of horses to run but exciting times ahead as our jumpers and new flat horses are now fit and ready to run.  We are waiting for decent good or good to soft ground for Silver Prophet and Classic Ruby both of which have had time off for leg problems.  Our new recruit, Lopinot will be ready to run in a month on the all weather and Fine Ruler, a disappointment over hurdles (ran too free) will now revert back to the flat. 

Sarah was back on a horse today after breaking her shoulder five weeks ago.  She hopes to continue slowly on the quiet ones! 

Martin and Dale played well in the Southern Racing Golf Society day at Newbury Racecourse this afternoon - no wins but thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Saturday 6 October 2007

We were very pleased with Dickie Valentine's debut run at Windsor at the beginning of this week.  He broke well from the stalls and travelled well until over half way.  He found the loose ground hard work, but he did stay on under pressure until he got tired a furlong out.  On experience he will improve for that run.


Dizzy Future is due to run at Huntingdon on 16 October, providing the ground is good to firm.


Sarah has broken her shoulder falling off a two year old on the gallops, she hopes to be back on a horse by the end of October.





Martin's nephew Tom Diment, has just started car racing, so to help him on his way the team have sponsored a small section of his car.




Thursday 6 September 2007

After experiencing a rather wet and frustrating summer, with slow going predominant, we have been waiting for good ground for Silver Prophet.   After a year off, he will soon be returning to the racecourse and is currently working well at home, but after a long lay off he may just need his first run.


Last weekend, Dizzy Future ran a much better race over hurdles at Newton Abbot, where the firm ground was much more to his liking, he really likes to feel his legs rattle under him!  Jockey, William Kennedy appears to get on well with Dizzy and we will give him a few weeks before he is out again.


A very nice 2 year old, Dickie Valentine is showing a game attitude on the gallops and will hopefully run at the back end of the summer.


Watch this space for updates on our best performers to come out...........


2007- Martin Bosley Racing