Tuesday 30th December 2008
Very frozen today - we can get the horses out but only just! We ran Marie Tempest and Lopinot at Great Leighs. Lopinot did not want to try again - Gemma put him in the race but he did not give her any assistance (next time blinkers back on, wider draw with G Baker - if we can get him!) Marie Tempest 4th ran a great race from the worst draw - 13! She had every chance 2 out and just faded the last 100yds. Hold up tactics next time with better draw and slightly shorter distance...... watch this space!
Saturday 27th December 2008
A Very Happy Christmas and a successful and healthy 2009 to you all.
Fine Ruler 7th - ran at Wolverhampton yesterday only beaten a couple of lengths by the winner. No pace early on and he pulled too hard over his max distance. Looked like being 3rd a furlong out but that early tug caught him out!
Webbswood Lad ran with promise on ground still too soft for him. William Kennedy was delighted with him - jumped superbly, wanting fences in the very near future. Looking forward to running him over a slightly further distance on hopefully better ground - good!
Sunday 20th December 2008
Webbswood Lad runs at Hereford on Monday. Ground is still on the soft side for him but he is in good order at home - has schooled and worked well this week. 'Robbie' as he is nick named has alot of class and if the ground keeps drying out could run a big race.
Friday 19th December 2008
Yesterday we were at Ludlow with three runners - Nathan Dee 6th - ran an encouraging race, jumped well and turning into the home straight was still in with a chance of being placed. We were all very excited as we had a little on each way at 150-1..... Silver Prophet - first run for 250 days ran in a ladies race - He likes to be up with the pace but after three hurdles thought he would have an easy time of it - pulled up 2 out..... Will run again in two to three weeks. Airs N Graces also ran with encouragement on ground not ideal for her. She was well ridden and jumped well - pulled up 2 out. All three seem to have come out of their races well.
Tuesday 16th December 2008
Ben Lawrance started with us Monday - new lad who rides really well and one day would like a ride in an Amateur race. We now have Gemma, Ben and Kirsten will be joining us in January on completing her course at the British Racing School. Kirsten is top of her class at the school and has just ridden the most difficult horse there.
Runners this week - Thursday at Ludlow are Silver Prophet, Nathan Dee and Airs N Graces. Ground at the moment is too soft for Airs N Graces but she needs a run to get a handicap mark. Nathan and Silver Prophet are in good form at home.
Friday 12th December 2008
Warwick was abandoned on Sunday - Webbswood Lad had a short ride in the horse lorry before the clerk of the course made his decision. Marie Tempest - 2nd ran a super race considering she had a stop start pace dictated by the winner! Gone up one pound - now rated 50. Lido Shuffle a little excited in the stalls on his debut run - traveled well till two and a half out but looking at anything that moved! Thought he would run better than showed but will hope that he will improve considerably for his next run. Dualagi ran a sound race but again found the 6f at Wolverhampton too sharp.
Friday 5th December 2008
Fine Ruler - WON again for us last night in the 9.20pm at Great Leighs ridden by Vince Slattery. A hold up ride - settled well - produced about two and a half furlongs out - gaps opened just in time and came through to win in a 'bunched' finish - one length between the first five! Won at 7-1.
Could be busy over the next few days -
Webbswood Lad at Warwick on Sunday,
Dualagi and Lido Shuffle at Wolverhampton and Marie Tempest at Lingfield on Monday.
All the horses with entries are in good order and working well at home -
Webbswood Lad (In very good order - now running in a handicap on Sunday - ideally wants good ground but at present is good to soft - keep drying please! )
Dualagi (might not get in yet - missed it by one the other day and they ended up with two non runners on the day of the race!)
Lido Shuffle (will be having his first run in a fairly useful maiden - he will need the experience).
Marie Tempest (Will be having her first run for us in a lowly rated handicap - did not pay much for her at Doncaster Sales but all her work at home so far has been inspiring - previously with Barry Hills.
Saturday 29th November 2008
Poor Nathan Dee - hampered and unseated his jockey at the first hurdle on Thursday at Taunton. Quite a few horses were running around going into the first hurdle and the worst of them crashed into Nathan. However, he ended up having his own schooling session, loose jumping every hurdle with the reins round his front leg! He thoroughly enjoyed the day and has come out of it really well. Will hopefully run in the next fortnight.
Wednesday 26th November 2008
Nathan Dee runs at Taunton on Thursday - his first run over hurdles and his first for us. This could be interesting with his previous racing history (has not been very willing to participate). He has quite a few problems mainly in his back but with a lot of work over the past month with our Chiropractor we have created a more comfortable training regime. He has schooled honestly and worked really well in his final gallop. He is bred to stay so the jumping game should be right up his street! If he enjoys the task tomorrow he should have a nice future.
The ground at Towcester last Sunday was very soft and heavy in places so not ideal for a young horse - Bobs Sister. She made a blunder at the fourth which nearly unseated her jockey, Will Kennedy and unfortunately put her well behind with hardly any company and therefore had to pull up two out.
Friday 21st November 2008
Monday we were at Kempton - bothDualagi and Fine Ruler finished 5th! Both ran great races and not beaten far but no prize money! We will go back to 6f for Dualagi and with Fine Ruler settling better in his races this season we have to run him back over the mile.
Bobs Sister - 5th on her debut NH flat race (form of that race working out well) now runs on Sunday at Towcester in a novice hurdle - her first run over the obstacles. Has been schooling and working well at home. Improved physically and mentally since her last run but is still a little immature.
Sunday 16th November 2008
Both Dualagi and Fine Ruler run at Kempton on Monday - expecting good runs from both. Castlemainevillage did not run at Ludlow last week due to a sore foot - will hopefully be back in action next week at Towcester on Sunday 23rd November.
Monday 10th November 2008
Fine Ruler ran a fine race at Kempton finishing 4th only beaten 3 lengths. He settled again so perhaps in time he will get further..... Not the easiest ride but thankfully the under rated and experienced V Slattery is getting on extremely well with him especially when we cant always get the inform and very popular G Baker on board.
Dualagi - what a great race she ran with G Baker - finished 2nd at Kempton on Sunday. She is so, so tough - we wish there were races for her to run every week! May try 7 furlongs next time......
Saturday 1st November 2008
We hopefully run Fine Ruler on Wednesday at Kempton.
Last Sunday both Castlemainevillage and Ruling Reef ran super races finishing 4th and 6th of 21 runners. Turning into the home straight they were both in contention and then Ruling Reef got a little out classed in the last few furlongs.
Boldinor ran in snatches at Kempton finishing 8th - has had a long season so now on holiday for the rest of 2008.
Sales at Newmarket - under bidder on a few but no new recruits to bring back with us. Went to 63,000 gns for Always Bold but that was our limit - went to Donald McCain.
Friday 24th October 2008
Castlemainevillage and Ruling Reef run at Wincanton on Sunday in the same race. If we have anymore rain Castlemainevillage will not run. Both are in good order but the race conditions should suit Castlemainevillage best (not many options for Ruling Reef at present).
Monday we hope to run Boldinor at Kempton with George Baker on board.
New purchase from Doncaster Sales isMarie Tempest - a 3yr old from Barry Hills. Big angular filly with a good stride - with time will want 3 miles and hurdles. First time up the gallops this morning and could not be more pleased with her.
Going to Newmarket Sales on Tuesday and Wednesday - will let you know if we are successful.
Valart is now going to Ascot Sales in two weeks time having disgraced herself at Bath. We are her 6th trainer in her very short career - such a shame we did not get her two years ago! She had been going so sweetly at home and was just starting to enjoy life again. Would make a nice showjumping pony.
Tuesday 21st October 2008
Whoops! Been quite a long time since I last wrote the blog - sorry been a little busy here... Last 2 runners - Dickie Valentine and Captain Jack Black are in disgrace - they are now retired from racing and looking for an alternative career! Valart will run at Bath with Gemma Elford on board in an apprentice race over a distance more suitable. Has been working well at home and she is not useless even though she has a very low rating..... fingers crossed for Gemma and Valart.
Saturday 11th October 2008
40-1 Fine Ruler 3rd - Wolverhampton last night and only beaten 2 lengths. Given a great ride by Vince Slattery - there was no early pace so he did a great job to get him settled. Lets hope he can keep this settled in his next races......
Retired horses - We had a phone call yesterday to say that three of our old horses in retirement were all out together at a local function : Franklin Lakes, Fax to Sooty and Shannagolden Juan. Great to hear they are all well and enjoying their new careers.
Thursday 9th October 2008
FANTASTIC NEWS ........... We are moving to Chalfont St Giles (near Amersham & M40 - junction 2) Buckinghamshire - January 2009. This is the beautiful premises we have recently been visiting - great location for travel, perfect environment for horses, superb facilities and all brand new. This is wonderful news - we are so, so pleased we are being given the opportunity to train there.
Ruling Reef and Castlemainevillage ran at Towcester yesterday - both 3rd in competitive races. Hopefully they can go back to Towcester in the very near future - our horses do run well at this track......
Fine Ruler is to run at Wolverhampton on Friday night - first run back after having a break. Has matured physically but still quite querkie - can pull hard. He is fit and looks really well, especially for this time of the year when horses coats are changing. Its a competitive race but he is drawn well - must be held up though. As long as he settles early on and gaps open up on the rail he should should run a good race. Vince Slattery who rides him has been here to sit on him - got on well with him.
Friday 3rd October 2008
Boldinor ran at Warwick on Tues - tongue tie for the first time - hated it! Then we ran him the next day at Kempton - ran a much better race finishing 5th - looking like he wants 7 furlongs on the all weather. He was going to have a holiday about now but he is showing more consistency on the all weather so we will keep him going at the moment.
Valart will now continue in training till end of season. Castlemainevillage and Ruling Reef could run at Towcester next Wednesday.
Yard search - Still looking but hopefully we will hear back about the Amersham yard before next Monday.
Friday 26th September 2008
Dualagi 5th at Kempton - ran well - staying on in the latter stages of the race having been held up last (as she is normally ridden) the front bunch set a good gallop for the first furlong but then slowed the pace up turning it into a sprint finish. A few more strides we would have been a good third. Got to give her a chance over 7f back on the all weather.
Valart was having her first run for us last night having been with T Pitt, C Tinkler, A Lidderdale and J Doyle. Valart has had a history of problems and because of that now only rated 39...... We have had a tough job over the past two months but have ironed out most of her previous worries and pains. Finding a race over the right distance has been a nightmare because of her low rating. Last night we ran her over 1m 6f - much too far but we wanted to find out something about her on the track.
Valart has showed us she has enough speed at home so possibly 1m 2f would be her distance but no races for her hence having to run her over further! George Baker was more than happy with her run last night and firmly believes that she is worth giving her another chance next summer on fast ground. Will now have a holiday and finish the season on a happy note - pain free! Looking forward to giving her another chance in 2009.
Currently interviewing for a Stable/Travel Manager - good applicants.
Monday 22 September 2008
Looking forward to running Dualagi on Wednesday at Kempton. She is in great form at home and we have George Baker back on board......
Ruling Reef ran at Plumpton yesterday - jumped well but lost her action coming down the hill when in a good position to be placed ( would not have beaten the winner). Has come home sound - thankfully.
Captain Jack Black ran today beating 2 horses - the best race he has run todate! Gemma (our new apprentice) rode him very well but unfortunately he was not good enough to get into the placings..... possibly worth a try back over a shorter distance with blinkers - today was supposed to be his last chance though!
Sunday 14th September 2008
We were delighted with Boldinor's run at Kempton finishing 6th - staying on in 4th with only a furlong to go when the gap closed in front of him. Worth another run back at Kempton. Has come out of the race well and ready to go again - though not many opportunities this coming week.
Castlemainevillage and Ruling Reef were supposed to run today over hurdles (2 miles 6 furlongs) but with 18mls of rain since the declaration stage the ground was going to be heavy so we had to take them out of the race. Also with the drying evening Saturday and Sunday morning the track will end up being like a glue pond!
Staff News - We welcome Gemma Elford who is from the Isle of Wight - Gemma has had 12 rides as an apprentice. Amy Downie who has been with us for the past 2 years has moved on to new avenues - fashion. We will miss Amy but wish her all the success for the future in her new venture.
Wednesday 9th September 2008
Our luck went from bad to worse on tuesday - both our original Jockeys could not ride our two at Lingfield - notified day of race of alternative jockeys! And it gets worse......The new Jockey on Captain Jack Black fell off leaving the stalls at the start of the race!! A slight jink leaving the stalls - probably had his toe in the stirrup iron and 'plopped off'..... Then Dickie Valentine raced wide at the start of the race and sulked - he hated the surface/track.
Boldinor runs tonight at Kempton - will run well if handling the track...... great form at home.
Yard Search - On Monday we had a second visit to the lovely stables near Amersham / Chalfont St Giles and we were even more impressed than the first visit ........ We walked the gallops and took another look at the barns / stables - superb! Will know more in a few weeks...... fingers crossed...
Monday 8th September
Dickie Valentine and Captain Jack Black both run at Lingfield on Tuesday. The distance for Captain Jack Black further than bred for but hopefully this will help his confidence. Dickie Valentine better suited by Southwell surface but in good order and distance could suit well under a good jockey - Fergus Sweeney.
Saturday 6th September
Not getting much luck at present - Lopinot looked like running well when got hampered badly - took him out sideways - pulling off a front shoe!!!
Possible runners next week at Lingfield or Brighton if they get in....... double entries just in case for Dickie Valentine, Boldinor and Captain Jack Black Both working well at home.
Yard search - Suitable yard at Warwick with plenty of stables and facilities - need to visit again next week. On Monday we are visiting the lovely stables at Chalfont St Giles again - walk the gallops - looking forward to the visit again.
Sunday 31st August 2008
Dualagi ran well considering she ended up on the far rail..... a running on 5th ! Lopinot ran in an amateur race at Salisbury but ended up with a wide draw and possibly running a little free in the early stages. He is in again on Wednesday at Brighton - apprentice race with one of the best around.
Been another hectic week - interviewing staff.......
Sunday 24th August 2008
Expecting a bold run from Dualagi at Goodwood today - ran well the other week, she has got her ground and an excellent jockey in an apprentice race.
Saturday 23rd August 2008
Dickie Valentine ran with more enthusiasm over a longer distance at Windsor. We were all pleased - had to run against the older horses over a distance much further than he has tried before on ground possibly softer than ideal for him at this stage. Ruling Reef was a little disappointing finishing in 4th at Newton Abbot but was running in a grade higher than she has done before with weight higher than ideal - perhaps the handicapper will put her on a realistic mark now. Boldinor ran a dreadful race - times were slower than average - so at the moment we are putting his dismal run down to him not running on suitable ground. However, he did not blow much after the race and today you would say he has not lost any weight from yesterdays run !!
Yard search - We visited a fantastic yard/stables in a perfect environment with gallops and house only 35 mins from Oxford. We are hoping to visit again shortly to walk the gallops and to study the brand new stables in more depth. Lets hope this dream will be reality as you would not better this one!
Sunday 14th August 2008
Dualagi 2nd over 6f at Salisbury last Thursday ridden by Dane O'Neill. The ground was ideal but the pace of the race in the first two furlongs was not quite quick enough for her - possibly cost her the race as she was only beaten 1/2 length by the winner.
Dickie Valentine runs on Monday at Windsor over 4f longer than he has raced before. If he gets the distance he will run well. His dam was bred to stay - by Nashwan. However he is not straight forward and can be a tricky customer. Castlemainevillage, Ruling Reef are entered for next week over hurdles andBoldinor and Dualagi on the flat - not all definate runners - we are waiting to see what the ground will be - a lot of rain forecast.
Yard search - still on going! Somerset looked lovely but no house and gallops a little further away than required for the flat horses. Not totally ruled out but have more to see this week. Warwickshire and Buckinghamshire next to view.......
Wednesday 13th August 2008
We were hoping to have at least 3 runners this week but with the recent rain we now only have Dualagi at Salisbury tomorrow.......... Great chance if she gets a good gallop early on with cover in the first part of the race.
Yard search - the local yard seen last Saturday looked promising but no room to expand... Today went to Somerset and very pleased with the stables and facilities - however they will need to build more stables which is a possibility. Needs a second look in due course.
Friday 8th August 2008
Lopinot WON at Brighton yesterday under an enterprising ride by Fergus Sweeney. He has always shown at home he retains plenty of ability but on the track never really puts the effort in at the end of his races. Has had plenty of Equissage massage machine on him this week and an hour before he ran!
Update on searching for a yard - Devon was lovely but too, too far for Owners and travelling to the races - baring in mind fuel costs... We are visiting a local yard on Saturday that has had plenty of winners recently and in a great spot, so fingers crossed.
Friday 25th July 2008
The stables we rent at White Barn Farm have been sold and we have to find a new yard by October 1st 2008. We are hoping that the new owners will keep us on but nothing confirmed yet............ We have looked at a yard near Hungerford with fantastic facilities but too expensive - still negotiating! Next week we are looking at another yard but further south than we want but could be the stables of our dreams......
Lopinot was disappointing at Lingfield on Wednesday - visor did not work as well as at home..... He is a soft horse and it was quite a rough race so maybe he 'chickened out' not being able to see as much as he would like. Dualagi ran at Sandown also last Wednesday but got pushed out of a nice position early on in the race - too much daylight is not good for her! Hopefully she will get some rain softened ground next time and no 'bumper car' tactics!
Tuesday 22nd July 2008
On Thursday Boldinor WON again- the apprentice race at Leicester with Kylie Manser. A very easy win having been hampered early on by a loose horse but Kylie was positive and rode him to the line. The little horse loved it - ears pricked forward and enjoying every inch of the race! Kylie and Boldinor did a lap of honour after the race - not Kylie's choice - Boldinor decided he wanted to follow the loose horse!
Lopinot runs at Lingfield on Wednesday with first time visor which has worked very well at home. We also run Dualagi at Sandown on Wednesday - ground a little on the fast side for her but it is a stiffer 5f than she had previously.
Tuesday 15th July 2008
Dualagi ran at Windsor in the last race - finishing 9th, beaten 5 lengths. The soft ground we had declared her on had become good! Over 5f she finds her rivals a little quick and because she is a hold up horse it's an impossible task for her to win on quick ground. However this will put her right for next week - Sandown or Lingfield. Lopinot did not run today due to being bitten badly over night - has swollen lumps on his chest caused by some nasty insect. Due to run on Wednesday 23rd all being well at Lingfield.
Wednesday 9th July 2008
Lopinot ran a good race on Sunday at Brighton with George Baker on board - 3rd beaten a length and a half - an enterprising ride by Baker.
Today it started raining at 5am and is still raining at 12.... already had 21mls and doesnt look like stopping!!
James Diment our nephew and recent winning jockey of Castlemainevillage retired as a NH Jockey just a few days ago. When your not making a living in a profession that you have achieved well in and love, it must be so hard to call it a day but as a jockey they all have to call it a day at some stage and now is the right time for James - still young enough to find a new venture - James has some good memories of his riding under rules and in particular when he rode a four timer at Towcester - not many have done that! Good luck James in your new career.
Wednesday 2nd July 2008
Boldinor - could not believe the run we got at Chepstow last night - could not get out in the final 2 furlongs! Please George we need you back on him!!
Saturday 28th June 2008
Ruling Reef ran at Folkestone on Friday - very disappointing - should have made more use of her as she has been making the running over hurdles. She had a very easy race and will run again shortly.
Dale had his first ride under rules at Warwick on Lopinot finishing 7th (1/2 length between 4th to 7th) Got behind at the start but running on well at the finish. Lopinot should gain a lot of confidence from this run and Dale has now got that first official race under his belt - realising how quick thinking you have to be in comparison to riding work or riding in a point to point! Well done Dale - a very good first ride.
Boldinor has come out of his race well so back to Chepstow on Wednesday 2nd July.
Wednesday 18th June 2008
Ran Boldinor at Chepstow on Monday with Fergus Sweeney - ran a super race finishing 6th and only beaten 1 3/4 lengths. Back there on Wednesday next - hopefully Fergus back on and will know him better for experience. Could do with a low draw!
Lopinot runs at Warwick on Thursday with young Dale Peters on board. Dale will be having his first ride on the flat under rules so very exciting for him. Dale rides him at home and has been working well - should run a good race.
Ruling Reef runs at Folkestone on Friday with Richard Smith. Stepping up to max trip on flat which we think she will get and further the way she has performed over hurdles.
Tuesday 17th June 2008
We had a relaxing holiday in Portugal - plenty of sun, golf, swimming and eating! While we were away we ran Lopinot at Lingfield ridden by Hadden Frost. He had been working really well at home so when he ran no race at all we couldnt believe it - However he did get hampered in the first furlong and can be a little soft! Has come back from the race with no problems so back to the drawing board with him.
Tuesday 3rd June 2008
What a lovely surprise - Boldinor Won at 12-1 ridden by George Baker at Leicester yesterday. We hoped for a good run as he had been working well at home. Boldinor's owner, Ron Collins and friends had backed him each way at 20-1 - They were over the moon and celebrated in good style with a few bottles of champagne at the races.
Sunday 1st June 2008
We were in the last race again - 8.45pm Lingfield (Saturday) with Dualagi. This time we tried 5f - this was to be on the sharp side for her but if there was going to be a fast pace on the softer ground it could suit her. As it turned out we had a small field with three withdrawn on the day and the horse that we thought would give us the pace was having an off day! We still ran a fine race finishing a running on 4th - a few more strides she would have been 3rd - beaten 4 1/2 lengths by the winner.
NEXT WEEK -
Boldinor - runs at Leicester on Monday - working well and very pleased with his progression from his run on the 15th May.
Bubbles Darling will be having her debut run at Leicester on Monday. Has been troubled with sore shins so we've had to be patient with her - recently been swimming - she is fit but will lack experience.
Lopinot - runs at Lingfield on Wednesday. Has been working very well at home - expecting a good run with Hadden Frost on board.
We are on holiday for 8 days from Wednesday - off to Portuagal with friends (golf for the boys and sunbathing, swimming for the girls!) Looking forward to the break. Amy and Paul (previous Head Groom) will be managing the stables in our absence.
Dale Peters is staying with us at the moment and will hopefully be having his first ride under rules for us - mid June. Will keep you updated on our return from our holidays.
Saturday 24th May 2008
Eyesrdancing has had two runs this April/May in NH flat races finishing 5th and 9th. This is a lovely horse with ability but very immature - needs time to strengthen. He will have the summer off turned out to grass then back in to run over hurdles.
Friday 23rd May 2008
We have had a busy week with just the two of us - Sarah and myself as Amy is away on her holidays. Most of the horses are also now on holiday - out to grass enjoying the sun. We are not going to have many to run summer jumping - so difficult to keep horses sound running on false (patchy watered ground) or fast - firm ground - only about 2 possibles that act on the faster ground and 4 or 5 to run on the flat - so a quiet summer.
Thursday evening we ran Boldinor (9th of 16) at Salisbury in the ladies amateur race - his first run for us. Rachel King rode for us having her first ride on the flat but she had at least ridden in Hunter Chases and Point to Points previously.
Boldinor has had a history of being a tricky horse to handle at the races - running through the rails and dropping his jockeys!! He had won a race though and this was his 13th race of his career - had only beaten one horse in his last four runs. His starting price in the Racing Post was 100-1 but did not warrant that price as far as we were concerned. He had been working well enough at home but he had not run for 553 days so he was going to be a little rusty. We had told Rachel if she could finish in the middle or better we would be delighted. With a furlong to go she was in 5th and just tired in the last 200yds. Everyone was chuffed with his manner and his overall performance. A great confidence boost for the horse and jockey.
Thursday 15th May 2008
We always seem to have runners in the last race on an evening meeting! Wednesday evening we were at Bath on the flat with Dualagi. She WON at 12-1, enterprisingly ridden by George Baker. We had a good draw of 2 (or so we thought) near the rail but ended up with traffic problems so George pulled her to the middle of the pack where the gaps opened and away she went to win by 3/4 length.
Friday 9th May 2008
Castlemainevillage Won at Bangor ridden by James Diment. He won by 8 lengths going away. Mialyssa was disappointing and has not really shown us the promise she showed last season. We were planning to run Castlemainevillage again on Sunday but the ground has dried out considerably so we will wait till the ground eases - ideally wanting good ground.
Two of Sarah's Jockeys (Sophie Doyle and Hadden Frost) have had 2 winners this week. The previous week she had 3 winners and 6 seconds. Her Jockeys have done well this year - they will miss her when she finishes at the end of May. Tomorrow is the last day (with Sarah) for Hadden and Sophie so lets hope they finish on a good note - winners - she has found them some interesting rides - worth a little bet !! Have a look at the others too - Gabriel Hannon, Amy Baker and Frankie McDonald - one or two of these are worth a little each way too!
Friday 2nd May 2008
Two runners today at Bangor- Castlemainevillage and Mialyssa both in the first race at 6pm. The ground is good to soft at present but hopefully is drying up for Castlemainevillage and Mialyssa will go on anything generally but not good to firm. Both would have good eachway chances.
Thursday 1st May 2008
Last week was not a good week - Chariot broke his shoulder at Towcester and had to be put down.
Sarah has decided to end her position as a Jockeys Agent at the end of May. She has been very successful with her jockeys to date - winners and spare rides for new trainers. It was a hard decision for her to make but thought it would be more sensible to finish at the end of May rather than half way through the summer.
Wednesday 16th April 2008
Last Wednesday at our runner at Towcester did not go to plan - Mialyssa was in the Ladies race ridden by one of our best lady jockeys and ended up being 25 lengths last going into the first hurdle! The race was over from the start as too much ground to make up - she still beat 2 home in the run in! One of those races whereby you are thankful everyone is safe and sound for another day ... She will run again shortly.
Dualagi 5th at Windsor on Monday in a competitive race on soft ground. She has to be held up as she runs very free in the first part of the race. Liam Keniry knows her well and rides a very patient race on her. The pace needs to be strong throughout but on Monday it was too slow for her and the front horses got away before she could get into the race. She has run another good race with a lot of the fancied runners behind her.
Wednesday 9th April 2008
Silver Prophet ran a good race at Towcester today, finishing 5th. Mialyssa runs at Towcester on Thursday in the Ladies race. We have the best lady jockey riding her, Faye Bramley - expecting to run into a place.
Monday 4th April 2008
We ran Castlemainevillage at Chepstow on Saturday finishing 2nd in a close finish. A very pleasing run for a horse that has had leg problems.
Today we ran Chariot at Plumpton who finished 5th - a promising run having had nearly 2 years off the course. The ground was not ideal being heavy and the race did not get run to suit us. However, he did settle much better today and only made one error with his jumping which his jockey, James Diment took the blame.
Thursday 3rd April 2008
Going back to 27th March, we ran Fine Ruler at Lingfield who ran well finishing 6th and not beaten far in a competitive handicap - settled better than expected on the track. Chariot ran on the 30th at Kempton, mostly loose! He unseated poor James Diment at the second hurdle. It was one of those situations where it was a bit tight going into the hurdle and being a bit fresh, just stood off too far (nearly outside the wings) - he unshipped James and went on to win the race on his own!!
April Fools Day! It certainly was for us!! We ranDickie Valentine at Southwell in a maiden that was not really suitable but the only race left that he could run in at Southwell this month. On his two previous starts here he finished 3rd and 2nd. We were not expecting to win but possibly pick up 3rd or 4th at worst. However, our jockey who had ridden him in his previous races at Southwell was ill - day of the race, so we had to use a jockey who was already at the meeting - Amir Quinn was available. Dickie does tend to be tricky ride - need to work hard on him and know his little quirks. Amir did everything he could but on this day but he was not wanting to play!
Wednesday 2nd, Fine Ruler was back at Lingfield in a competitive race back over 7f. A few 6f horses in the race so we were expecting a fast pace but no - they crawled for the first furlong! Fine Ruler has to have cover and held up. George Baker did really well to restrain Fine Ruler but still did too much. Under the circumstances he ran a good race again, consistent at least. Handicapper needs to drop him 3lb, a decent gallop then we are back in the winners enclosure.....
Mialyssa ran at Taunton yesterday finishing 3rd. The ground was more suitable - good to soft. She jumped her hurdles well and was given a polished ride by Tom Messenger. She should be winning shortly.
Tuesday 25th March 2008
Monday we had two intended runners; Chariotto Fakenham who was favourite in a selling hurdle race and Dualagi at Warwick who was having her first run for us. Unfortunately, Fakenham was abandoned due to snow, just as Martin was 30 miles away from the track! Such a shame when he had a really good chance.
However, Dualagi, did get a run at Warwick and ran a super race finishing a running on 4th, beaten less than a length for 2nd. She was a little rusty for the first part of the race and will improve for the run. Amy and Tom won the 'best turned out' with Dualagi - great team work.
We have entries for Chariot later this week. Castlemainevillage, who prefers good ground is entered for a couple of races but the wet ground is going against him. Mialyssa has entries this week but an unlikely runner due to over subscribed entries!!
Fine Ruler is declared for Thursday at Lingfield...... Well, if George Baker works his magic and switches him to the rail, held up with a tactical run through, could have a really good chance - sounds really easy but I can assure you - this horse is talented but very difficult to get right - after all Mick Channon tried with him.... say no more....
Saturday 22nd March 2008
Thursday we traveled to Ludlow, a beautiful part of the country where we ran Silver Prophet in a competitive handicap hurdle race. This was a race where anyone of the runners had a chance, the outsider in the betting was 20-1. He finished 8th having been up with the pace till turning into the home straight, where he was left one paced, finishing 8th.
This was Silver Prophet's first run back having won last time out but finished with a hairline fracture in cannon bone.
Monday 17th March 2008
Yesterday we ranMialyssa who finished 6th on heavy ground in a 2m 6f Conditional Jockeys hurdle at Fontwell. We were very disappointed with her run as we expected her to finish in the first four - she pulled hard early on and then sulked in behind getting stuck in the mud - she was fit, healthy and has form on soft/heavy ground so we were very confused. Since getting her home she appears to be coming into season ! That hopefully explains her poor run..... Entries to be made shortly.
We have a few entries over Easter - hopefully a winner or two..... Watch this space!
Wednesday 12th March 2008
What a windy day - woke us up at 3am!! Hired transport (due to 50 - 80 mph winds needed a big lorry to take the impact) came for Dickie Valentine at 8.30am to take him to Southwell races. Dickie Valentine finished 2nd beaten a head - did not get the best of runs through - traffic problems but stayed on well at finished ridden by Adam Kirby. Improving with each run now - confidence growing but still more to come from him!
Sunday 9th March 2008
Grace Rowan ran well until she came under pressure 2f out - she made a noise due to a restriction in her airways. It was a good NH Flat race and she was not beaten too far considering her problems. She will now have an operation to assist her breathing. Fine Ruler ran ok but still too free in early part of race. Wanting him back out again as soon as possible over 6f or 7f. There is better to come from him when we can get the right conditions for him...
Castlemainevillage 4th at Chepstow - ran a mighty fine race considering the ground came up very soft which was not what he wanted! He was fit, well and ridden to get home by James Diment - in the early part of the race they went quick enough so James used his initiative and nursed him through the grueling ground passing horses in the home straight. A shame Mialyssa did not get in this race as she would have liked the conditions - she missed getting in by one and to make it worse there were two non runners! We will keep entering her up hopefully a run soon....
Classic Ruby - we were very disappointed with her run. She is not 'letting herself down 'as we say - not wanting to go into fifth gear! She ran well first time out - fresh from having a long time off. We will do more research on her to see if we can improve the situation but she appears to have made her own mind up and does not want to get competitive anymore..... a shame.
Thursday 6th March 2008
Grace Rowan runs today at Lingfield on the allweather but in a national hunt flat race. If she acts on the surface she should run a good race. She has been working well at home. Fine Ruler runs on Friday back at Wolverhampton - not what we really wanted but no suitable races at Kempton - yet. We do however have a good draw (1) on Friday and the services of George Baker who knows him so well. If he settles for the first two furlongs he will run a big race....
Dickie Valentine is entered up for the 11th and 12th back at Southwell. Possibly more likely to run on the 12th March.
Castlemainevillage and Mialyssa are both entered in the same race at Chepstow on Saturday but one wants fast ground and the other wants soft ! The forecast is for rain but how much - will have to wait and see!
Saturday 1st March 2008
Bob's Sister ran at Ludlow on Thursday, finishing 5th in a good 'bumper' beaten 9 lengths behind a horse that is now going to Aintree. We bought Bob's Sister from Ascot Sales for the very small sum of £900 in October 2007. We were delighted with her performance and she can now only improve for experience.
Fine Ruler has been entered for Wolverhampton back over the 7f - no other races for him! We have Grace Rowan having her debut run at Wincanton or Lingfield (aw) on Thursday.
There are so many entries over hurdles at the moment and Mialyssa keeps being balloted out so we will keep entering!
The Memorial Service held in honour of my father was attended by 480 people. Uffington village came to a stand still that afternoon! At the service, Alan Walker and my sister Nicky spoke so well, reading their very amusing memoires and a beautiful poem about a running stag. My neice Elizabeth read her brilliantly written poem of her memories of her Grandfather. She was so brave to read infront of so many people.
Monday 25th February 2008
Fine Ruler ran too free again and ruined his chances of winning! Another wide draw to our disadvantage. Possibly have to try 6f as no suitable races at Kempton. He will win again.
Thursday 21st February 2008
Dickie Valentine ran much better finishing 3rd beaten 1/2 length and 1/2 length. He is still not putting his best foot forward - hopefully more to come next run which will be back to Southwell on the 12th March.
Fine Ruler is back to Wolverhampton on Saturday. There are no suitable races at Kempton for a while. George Baker was hoping to ride him but has to ride in the last at Lingfield so we have Haddon Frost, an more than able replacement and takes 5lb off his back for his 4lb rise in the weights for his recent win. Not the best draw again, 5 of 7 but we should run a big race again providing he gets covered up early on.
Sunday 17th February 2008
Saturday was a very good day with Sarah's jockeys - 3 winners and 3 seconds (Hadden Frost 2 wins, 1 second, 1 fourth, James Diment 1 win, 1 second and Kylie Manser 1 second at 66-1) .
On Saturday evening, a colt foal was born out of Wilderness Bay by Superior Premium. He's a big foal and quite stong in character. Very exciting.
Dickie Valentine runs today at Southwell with Adam Kirby over 1m - we have stepped him up in distance with blinkers on rather than the usual visor. Change of surface and distance might just help him.
Bob's Sister is having her debut run in a National Hunt Flat Race with James Diment on but racing is in doubt at moment - inspection at 11.30. She is taking on some expensive purchases (she only cost £900) from some of the larger yards. She has been working well but will need the experience.
Friday 15th February 2008
Exciting to have Mialyssa back on the track. She is running today over hurdles at Fakenham with James Diment. We are expecting a reasonable run from her but she will be a little short on fitness. With the ground drying up we have had to run her possibly a week sooner than originally planned. Mialyssa has not run for a while as she had leg problems so the ground is very important.
Monday 11th February 2008
Yesterday, Shanagolden Juan ran at Kempton finishing 6th. We have given him more than enough chances and this was his last run for us. He is simply not competive enough.
Sarah's Jockeys did quite well yesterday - James Diment, a winner at 14-1 at Hereford and Hadden Frost, a second at 10-1. Sarah who is a Jockeys Agent as well as running the office here has just taken on another jockey from Thursday 14th - Amir Quinn. The other jockeys that Sarah is an agent for are Kylie Manser, Dimitris Mylonas, Gabriel Hannon, Sean Bushby , Faye Bramley and Jo Bruning.
Friday 8th February 2008
We would like to thank everyone for their kind messages, letters and cards we have received over the past week. It has brought smiles to our faces reading such lovely stories / memories of father over the years - we have received nearly two hundred to date. Thank you all so much.
Wednesday evening at Kempton, Fine Ruler WON - ridden by George Baker at 14-1 by 1 1/4 lengths - going away! George has to be the most tactical jockey riding - his skills are second to none. George dropped Fine Ruler in the rear, getting as much cover as he could, creeping along the rail, moving forward at every chance and then turning into the straight managed to get him in the perfect place, still covered but in 3rd place. As the pace increased George had to find another gear and as pressure increased on the leading pack, the gaps opened and daylight for Fine Ruler - away he went with ease - the final 100 yds, the race was ours! The perfect ride for Fine Ruler.
This win, at this sad time, was very emotional for everyone - smiles and tears all round.
Wednesday 30th January 2008
We have very sad news - Martin's father, John Bosley sadly died on Monday morning. He had a life time in racing, riding his first winner when he was 15 and retired at the age of 67, having trained successfully for 30 years. He had been very ill with prostrate cancer.
The Memorial Service will be on Tuesday 26th February at 2pm at St Mary's Church, Uffington and afterwards at the Village Hall.
Saturday 26th January 2008
Nothing really was found wrong with Lopinot re his disappointing run. Possibly will have to go back to 7f and blinkers or visor, though George Baker thought he was running honestly. His blood was great and joints/muscles seem ok.
Dickie Valentine runs on Monday 28th at Kempton - Hayley Turner. Only a few runners and he did run well there last time. He is very fit and has been freshened up the last few days.
Tuesday 22nd January 2008
We were very disappointed with Lopinot - With 3f to go he was going better than anything in the race. He came under pressure 2f out and weakened 1f out - only beaten about 4 lengths but he is better than this! His blood is being taken this morning and we will check all other areas that may have caused his disappointing run. Hopefully we will have more information in the next few days.
Shanagolden Juan runs on Wednesday at Lingfield. This horse has ability but is not the most competitive in his races to date. We have been running him over hurdles but he does not have the stamina for 2 mile hurdles races so we are going to revert back to the flat.
This will be Shanagolden's second run ever on the flat - he will need one more race after this before he gets a handicap mark. We believe his flat racing distance is going to be about the one mile mark but we have decided to run him in this race (4f too far) because there were only going to be a few entries and hopefully the pace will not be too strong. He is very slow away from the stalls (had plenty of practice at home!) and the extra furlongs will give him a chance to stay with the pace of the race.
Monday 21st January 2008
Racing today with Lopinot at Kempton and George Baker in the saddle. Outside draw not ideal but we do have the services of the best all weather jockey riding. Lopinot has been freshened up and is going well at home - expecting a great run ...
Friday 18th January 2008
Another wet week! No jump entries - too soft or should we say 'abandoned' due to water logging! Flat entries areLopinot, Shanagolden Juan and Fine Ruler. Lopinot looks like running on Monday, Shanagolden is a possible runner for Wednesday and Fine Ruler is to have another week before he runs - his race was extremely competitive.
We have recently bought a new machine for the horses, an Equissage. This is a vibrating Cyclo-Massaging machine working on the whole body even down to the feet. The action delivers gentle but deep passive exercise to areas of muscular pain or tension. It improves circulation and relaxes the muscles around any painful area or joint. The difference we have seen in some horses alreadyis amazing. Fine Ruler seems to be eating really well since he has had the machine on him and Lopinot loves it and cant get enough of it ! One or two of the horses are a little suspicious but most of them seem to really enjoy the treatments.
The horses did not work at Newbury - waterlogged. They stayed at home and worked well.
Sunday 13th January 2008
A quiet week ahead for runners - most of them expected to run from 21st onwards. We have a few going for a race course gallop at Newbury mid week. Will let you know how they work. Young horses are coming on well. No jump runners at moment - ground too soft for most of ours!
Wednesday 8th January 2008
Fantastic news Lopinot was moved on to a rating of 73. Perhaps it was worth running him quick after all.... We have an ideal race planned for him on the 21st at Kempton...
Fine Ruler, for the past 3 days has been out in the fresh air, enjoying the grass.... he does love going out in the pens. We think this could be the making of him....
News for the week ahead - Sarah starts on Monday 14th as a Jockeys Agent. Only has a few Jockeys but she is hoping to build up to about 10. This is something she has always wanted to do and now she is not riding in races anymore she'll want to have a good go at it - she likes to have a challenge! We have a new member of staff starting on Monday called Tom Knights - wants to ride on the flat / jumps as an Amateur Jockey. He rides well and we will help him all we can...
My father, John Bosley has now been moved to a care home in Faringdon. He was in Oxford for 4 weeks so moving to Faringdon is better for everyone - closer for us and mother to visit. He remains very ill. We will keep you updated.
Monday 7th January 2008
No luck last week - Lopinot at Wolverhampton - We ran him too quick after a few quick runs having had 4 months off and the surface too slow/deep for him, beaten about 6 lengths. Handicapper will hopefully drop him to 73/74. There is an ideal race at the end of the month if the handicapper is kind to him........
Fine Ruler ran at Wolverhampton last Friday - drawn badly (outer) - early pace too slow and George Baker could not get him into the pack for cover ( to settle him). He went too free and ruined his chances for the finish.... finished 6th. His best race for us was his previous when he was in touch but covered up and not making the running as he did over further. This horse is very tricky - too many front running tactics and he will boil completely!
We haveDickie Valentine in this Wednesday but its not an ideal race so may wait till the end of the month..... However, if Wednesday 's race looks like cutting up to a weaker contest we may have to go .......... Have to decide today by 10am.....
Not many runners now till 21st January ........
Wednesday 2nd January 2008
A Happy New Year to you all.......... a working day for most of us ... Horses do not know its a new year! But they're all a year older now............. Jan 1st being all thoroughbreds birthdays. Feels quite odd saying our 2yr olds are now 3yr olds - a few of them are still like yearlings!!
Our runners; Lopinot ran well considering no pace again and ended up as pace maker for the leading contenders! Only beaten 3 lengths though - just faded inside last 1/2 furlong having kicked from 3 1/2 furlongs out ......... and our race was the quickest time of the day. Out again on Thursday evening - we were not going to run but with only 3 declared with 5 mins to go before deadline we had to go for it! May be too quick having run the other day..... but no races for 3 weeks for him! Will try different riding instructions on Thursday night - lets hope it pays off....... held up and wait......
Classic Ruby - Ran her too quick after good run at Towcester then being brought down at Exeter and going for another run quickly after (10 days) ..........she hit a flat spot at Taunton and never picked up again - she stays all day but not this day! We will freshen her up and look for an easy race again.....
Castlemainevillage - Warwick was too soft for him - Jockey said that he was like a crab on an ice rink! He has got to have good ground! Shanagolden Juan - great jumper but does not stay (Uttoxeter on 31st) - got to go back to the flat but got to show something soon or he will be a riding horse for the Spring!