Sunday 27th DecemberHappy Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year to All.
The snow is fading fast - thankfully! Hopefully next week we will be back to normal - on the gallops and some racing would be good! Our only entries for the Christmas period was at Market Rasen but was off due to snow and ice!
Looking forward to early 2010 as we have quite a few horses to run in January/ February - Abfabfong, Bob's Sister, Boldinor, Brave Boogie, Dualagi, Fine Ruler, Lopinot, Navene, Ocean of Peace, Nathan Dee, Ruling Reef, Silver Prophet, Spaceman, Tarboush and Weybridge Light. A few new names for you to follow - an exciting start to 2010. Monday 21st December
The snow arrived Thursday night and what a sight we saw in the early hours of Friday - 5 to 7 inches in places with drifts of over 2 feet. The roads around us are still covered in snow and ice and last Friday if we had runners we would have struggled to get to the motorway. However the horses are enjoying the snow - happy in their stables all nicely wrapped up in their thick rugs and duvets! We have moved the snow to one side enabling us to get to the horse walker and indoor school - that took 2 hours and it did take us a while to get the water running too - a few frozen taps as you would expect in minus 4 degrees.
The indoor school is in full use this morning with four lots of five cantering round for 40 mins - quite a nice change for them and didn't they show us they enjoyed themselves - three unseated jockeys! (all thankfully ok - more laughter than tears). That old Lopinot, we have never seen him move better - flicking his toe like a dressage horse and yes he was one of the naughty ones who unshipped his jockey!
Made a few entries for Boxing Day meetings - Market Rasen. The forecast for the end of the week is not looking great but lets keep our fingers crossed.
Tues 15th December
Snow is on its way! Already been seen this afternoon at High Wycombe only 15 mins away - not much though. We are so quiet at the moment with runners - just no races for our horses! You would think there would be at least a mile handicap for Lopinot and Fine Ruler - nothing now till the New Year! However still very busy here at home and we are breaking in a few youngsters - very exciting. Possible runners on Boxing Day - depending on entries and ground.
Only just starting to feel a little "christmas'ssy" - nearly got all the cards done! Have a winter wedding this weekend, Elizabeth Bosley (niece) - so hope it does not snow too much! Looking forward to a family get together as well.
Silver Prophet won the "Best Turned Out" at Market Rasen then finished a staying on 5th only beaten about 7 lengths. Anthony Freeman (jockey) was delighted with him, jumped well and looked more enthusiastic this time - his confidence is definitely coming back.
Wednesday 2nd December
The horses have been running well with the odd bit of bad luck. Fine Ruler again ran a solid race but again in a steadily run race. Having to go back to Wolverhampton as nothing for him at Kempton till after Christmas. Possibly worth a try back over further now that he appears to be settling better. Lopinot has been showing us at home how well he is by dropping poor Lucy on the gallops - expected a bold run at Kempton last week but did not really sparkle as we hoped!
Silver Prophet has been well at home but whether he is still wanting to win will be up to him! He looks great and is much fitter than his previous run - up to him now ...... lets hope it's on tomorrow at Market Rasen - very,very wet here this evening!
Saturday 21 November
A pleasing week for the national hunt horses - Bob's Sister 3rd and Ruling Reef 3rd - both ridden with lots of confidence from two very good 7lb claiming jockeys - Anthony Freeman and David Bass. Both horses look like they are enjoying their jobs and improving with each run. Lets hope both win by Christmas - would be very special as both have had their problems and were not expensive horses when we bought them.
Poor Nathan Dee - got kicked down at the start of his hurdle race at Hereford and withdrawn by the Vets - he has got a nasty swelling on the inside of his front leg but high up (thankfully) on the muscle rather than bone or tendon.... lots of TLC needed for Nathan but he will enjoy that!!
The flat horses have run ok this week but a little frustrating with Northern Genes not really getting into the race due to being a little keen - being held up in a slowly run race - will hopefully run again next week. Cotswold Village ran a very encouraging debut race - she tries and tries.... and given a good ride by Frankie McDonald. Both horses have come out of the race well.
Fine Ruler ran into 4th place at Wolverhampton over 9 furlongs - not his ideal track or distance but with a shortage of races for him we had to go there. Turning into the home straight he looked the winner but with the early, slow pace it did not suit his tactics - he needs plenty of pace. Looking forward to seeing him run back at Kempton in due course.
Rachel Chubb started with us last week, straight from the nine week course at the British Racing School. Home for Rachel is Kent where she had showjumping and dressage experience - She is getting on really well, riding canters on the gallops and rode her first yearling today.
Quite a few new equine arrivals over the past few weeks - some exciting prospects such as Navene from Aston Park Stud for the flat and Abfabfong who has form on the flat and over hurdles.
Sunday 8th November
Good old Silver Prophet with all his problems got a clear round at Towcester in the week - jumped well but needed the run having had 240 days off (with a few set backs during his preparation). He appeared to enjoy himself but not the force of old by far. If does not improve next time he deserves to be retired. Bob's Sister ran well considering she nearly got brought down by 2 fallers at Fontwell. Her Jumping was much better and settled well - will go further in distance next time and may make the running next time.
Ruling Reef finished 4th today - much improved with her attitude and again jumped super. Hoping to find a more suitable race next run - handicap seller - not much about at the moment though!!
A few nice new horses arrived this week - more information to follow..........
Update on Tarboush - very well in himself - been cantering in the school and starting back on the gallops towards the end of the week.
Thursday 29th October
A WINNER last night at Kempton - Fine Ruler with the amazing George Baker on board. He travelled really well on the rail, looking quite settled for Fine Ruler (got the cover he needs from a decent draw - at long last !) George was so confident on him and back in a similar race (as long as the handicapper is kind - should not go up more than 2lb - ideally no more than a pound!) he could quite easily win again this year.....
The horses have been running ok just such bad draws - one after the other for weeks! But can't complain now....
Now for the rain dance - need to run our jumpers - all in great form and ready to go.
Monday 19th October
Drawn on the outside again!! Last five runners.......... and poor Lopinot same outside draw - had draw no. 1 (in no man's land!). He ran well but no cover so ran a little free and of course fresh from having a holiday.
A little quiet with runners at present - ground much too firm for our jumpers so not competing till it rains properly! We would be interested to know how many horses this Summer National Hunt season have ended up with tendon problems - fairly high I should think! I Can't believe the size of fields at the moment - back when I was riding on fast ground you would only have 3,4 and 5 runners - they were the type of horses that could cope with a few runs on firm ground - people seem desperate to run regardless of how rough or fast the ground is at present - even with all the watering it can not be safe..... on the flat you can get away with it (occasionally) but not jumping!
The update on Tarboush is that having had his sore joint medicated he is now back in work today - trotting this week.
Good old all weather racing - our aw flat horses are ticking over at present - a few that have had hols are now ready to go - just waiting on the right races for them.
Entries this week are Dualagi and Lopinot.
Friday 9th October
Fine Ruler is not getting much luck - bad draws and bumps! At Wolverhampton he ran a super race till hampered on the home bend - though not beaten far. His next run at Kempton was better again but bad draw meant that he had to come from off the pace - in fact last then take him up the rail. George Baker did a great job of producing him up the rail with a great turn of foot but faded a furlong out - a better draw he would have been placed well..... that was his third run in a fortnight - came out of it well but if nothing suitable will have a fortnight freshening up.
Lopinot runs on Monday back to our regular track (at the moment) Kempton with George Baker. Is fit and ready to run but may be a little rusty having had a good and well deserved holiday.
Thursday 2nd October
A sum up of the latest runners -
Northern Genes 7th ran a very respectable debut race at Kempton - very green, on and off the bridle but should come on for the experience - looking forward to his next outing in due course.
Ocean of Peace 7th did not get the distance (trip) at Kempton - back to shorter for the future. Fine Ruler's run at Kempton was over from the second he came out of the stalls having broke too well then not settling and getting into all sorts of trouble (getting wider and wider!)
Boldinor 7th - very disappointing at Brighton - plan was to sit 2nd up with the pace but we ended up 2nd last - he pulled hard - tried to get a run up the rail but gaps closed - race was all over by this stage - eased final furlong..... he would not want the ground too quick but times were slower than standard so ground not as quick as we first thought - his last two runs have been a mystery.... back to the drawing board!
Tuesday 22nd September
Last Thursday must have been the best journey to Yarmouth I have had since I took out a Trainers licence - so easy from our new yard - motorway most of the way and only took us 2 1/2 hours! We had two runners there on fairly fast ground - not ideal but both runners will act on it occasionally. One of the runners was Dualagi who ran a great race with front running tactics - only just failed getting 2nd (on the nod) but actually got 4th! She won the best turned out so Kirsten was very happy when she has been trying so hard to win one.
Boldinor was our other runner who was in great form going into his race - this division was the more competitive of the two but we still thought he would be in the frame - actually in the race we are not sure what happened but it looked like our jockey seemed to go to sleep - came with a run at the end of the race but it was all too late - finished 7th! The handicapper has now dropped him 2lb - not good - difficult to get in a race now!
Runners at Kempton on Thursday - Ocean of Peace and Fine Ruler. Both in great form at home and both unlucky last time out - expecting bold runs.....
Saturday we run Northern Genes - an Australian horse, only just turned 3yrs of age (August foal) - taking on the older horses means he gets an allowance amounting to a stone and 6lb off them and 9lb off the 3yr olds! This is a nice little horse who has been working well at home, shown promise but still a little 'green' and will come on for the run.
News on Tarboush is that he is still on box rest but will have his trot up on Friday. If he is sound he will have two weeks on the walker then back to normal steady canter work.
Monday 14th September
Sarah has been away for a few days in Spain (while we have been fairly quiet) hence the blog has got behind! Not many suitable races at the moment for any of ours! Fine Ruler ran well considering he could not get any cover and ran a little free - 3 is not a great draw at Kempton.... Expecting a winning run well next time.
Dualagi and Boldinor are entered for Yarmouth on Thursday - race could split yet which means they will race in each division.
News on Tarboush - tendon is fine but the joint is sore. Has been injected - box rest for two weeks then walker for another 2/3 weeks. Our vet is more positive than negative about him running again. Update to follow in a few weeks.
Thursday 3rd September
Good week so far - Boldinor 3rd, Tarboush 4th, Boldinor 2nd and Ocean of Peace 3rd. Need that next winner - we are so close..... so, so frustrating! But so pleased they are all in good form.
Boldinor has thoroughly enjoyed his week of racing and to finish his week off he thought he would 'drop' his jockey after the finish! His jockey was not amused and I dont think he will offer to ride him next time! I am sure George Baker or Neil Chalmers will ride him..... Tarboush was fantastic to watch over fences - superb jumping and travelled well throughout the race - Sadly he was very sore after the race and we did think this may be his last race. However the next morning he was putting full weight on both legs and weaving (as norm) from side to side!! The old injury is tight with no swelling - as you would want to see it - he is sound today so the next few days will tell us more - hopefully here to race another day - a few prayers needed please.
Ocean of Peace ran an amazing race to finish 3rd having come from last in the final 2 furlongs. What a cool jockey that Ian Brennan is - gave us a few gasps - Possibly going to be a top jock one day......
Wednesday 26th August
A quiet week - no runners. All those who have run recently are having a 'spa week' just to freshen up! Those who have not run for sometime having had a holiday are now in full work and looking great. Boldinor, Eyesrdancing and Tarboush run on Monday - Chepstow and Huntingdon. All going well and expecting bold runs.
Anthony Freeman will be in on Thursday to sit on a few flat horses (now has his apprentice licence) and to school a few national hunt horses over hurdles.
Monday 17th August
And it continues thankfully - they are running well - 9 of the last 16 runners have been placed but we need that next winner soon! Unfortunately not much to run this week - maybe Saturday Tarboush over fences and Sunday Dualagi.
Last week Boldinor ran another consistent race finishing 3rd - made the best of a bad draw again and the ground was a little quick on a down hill track. The handicapper put him up 7lb for his 4th at Brighton the time before - very harsh especially when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd stayed on their same handicap marks! He likes Leicester - good ground with an up hill finish but there's not many races for him there!
Dualagi ran a cracking race yet again and unlucky not to get 2nd at Salisbury. Eyesrdancing ran well finishing 7th of 18 runners over a distance a little too short. Needs 3 miles and fences - this will happen in due course. His jockey Will Kennedy spoke very well of him and thought his jumping was very good.
Dale Peters who is joining us very shortly has passed his driving test today - congratulations Dale.
Ocean of Peace has just had his back injected and this should make a big difference to his performance on the track - will make a nice hurdler in due course.
Monday 10th August
Last week the runners ran well but a little frustrating not winning anything! Ocean of Peace 4th at Brighton, pleasing but wants slightly shorter on easier going. Dualagi was 3rd at Folkestone - ran well but had a few traffic problems and when the gaps did open the front two had kicked on. Boldinor 4th at Brighton - on ground softer than ideal so chuffed with him - so much more consistent lately.
Monday 3rd August
Good to see the Winter horses back in (Fine Ruler, Lopinot, Nathan Dee,Bobs Sister and Ruling Reef) - started back on the walker for a month and then ridden in the indoor school last week - all seem very well.
Dualagi ran into 5th last week at Leicester - ran a solid race on ground that was very testing! On that ground looks like we could ride her even closer to the pace. Runs again this week - she's some tough girl.
Ocean of Peace runs at Brighton this week with George Baker - always very lucky for us. Has been working well and hoping the track will suit him. Since he arrived he has had the physio on a regular basis - we are seeing progress but it will take time.
Sunday 26th July
Yesterday we were racing at Ascot no runners but guests of Mr and Mrs Carey attending their private box over looking the final furlong - Great hospitality, fantastic company, delicious food and the racing was fairly good too!
Boldinor ran well at Folkestone finishing 3rd - unlucky though - probably would have been 2nd but had a few traffic problems mid race. Just need a decent draw next time and he will go very close.....
Tarboush had a good trip up to Southwell where he ran reasonably well to 2 out - cut himself quite badly above his hoof (24hrs later - clean and healing well). Throughout the race looked a little 'free' - will need to hold on to him for longer and get more cover next time. Would like to run him over fences next (will suit his style of racing) depends on what the handicapper will rate him - know more this coming week.
Friday 17th July
Boldinor ran a much better race last night at Leicester partnered by Kylie Manser who won on him last year. The team has worked hard on getting him right and its paying off. Now to find a lowly rated race with an up hill finish!
Congratulations to my old mate Dunwoody on his great achievement of walking 1000 miles in 1000 hours and raising plenty for charity. I would have loved to walked with him but my ankle is still a little weak for that type of exercise! I wish it had been a month later....
I thought the punishment on Nicky Henderson 'my old Guvnor' was very fair and better than I expected. Can't believe Fergal Lynch got off so light - still being able to ride in the States!
Dualagi ran at Salisbury on Saturday and we all thought she would win - finished 7th of 10! We were so disappointed - we may have run her too quick having had a hard race at Southwell on Tuesday. She also got hampered 2 out which didnt help - may have finished at least 4th or 5th. Being in season possibly didn't help either - went very relaxed to the start which is not her! We will freshen her up and go ago in about 10 days time.
Dualagi 4th at Southwell - ran well but hated the kick back and her style of racing didnt suit from her draw (2 on the inside) - it was worth a try though!
Tarboush ran at Worcester having had 5 years off the track - traveled nicely for a long way before getting tied - ground was softer than ideal for him even though it was given as good to firm - they had put plenty of water on it! His jockey, Anthony Freeman eased down from 2 out - felt something was troubling him but all ok just tied..... still finished 11th of 14 - will improve loads from that run.
Tuesday 7th July
One hour to go before Dualagi runs at Southwell in the 8.40pm. Good place possibilities if acts on the track. Tomorrow we run Tarboush at Worcester in the 8.10pm. He is in great form at home and as fit as he could be having had five years off the track!
Thursday 2nd JulyEyesrdancing
Have a few youngsters in at the moment - lovely movers and very athletic. So exciting having them about - hopefully super stars in the future. Sad news
has decided she wants to finish her riding career and go back to college! Not the Gemma we know and quite a shock to everyone who knows her! She finishes with us on Saturday and we wish her good luck for the future. We have told her she will miss the racing and the life style........ Will she be back in months or years to come? We think so!
keeps improving with each run finishing 4th at Worcester yesterday - still immature but he's getting there. Step up in distance is definately required. Tarboush
unfortunately did not get a run as racing was abandoned after the first race! Due to the heat and water shortage they had to make the decision for the welfare of the horses to stop racing for the day! Tarboush did not worry, he was being fed packets of polo's after the news broke out!
Monday 29th June
The visor helped Marie Tempest last Monday - looked like being placed but beaten for 4th on the line - finished 5th. Shorter distance next time. Dualagi ran another solid race finishing 3rd at Kempton. Boldinor looked like running into a place last Saturday but weakened the final furlong and a half. Something is still bothering him as he will not let himself down at the end of the race - he still looks like he wants to win though - something for us to work on.
Tarboush and Ocean of Peace worked very well at Kempton last Friday. All systems go for Tarboush on Wednesday if he gets a run - has a ballot mark! He is one of those who has to be dropped out last, creep into the race and wait to the last minute and use his burst of speed at the end. Hoping the ground is not going to be too firm.
Eyesrdancing also runs at Worcester on Wednesday - ballot permitting! He schooled very well this morning under the guidance of Anthony Freeman. This horse is very well and needs to run - "like a bubble wanting to burst!"
Ocean of Peace will run as soon as his passport and paper work has been finalised in France.
Sad news - Wilderness Bay lost her foal on the 30 day scan. She has done this a few times before - such a shame. Her yearling by Superior Premium will be coming in from the field to be backed in the Autumn.
Tuesday 23nd June
We have added a few additional photos to the Horses in Training, Meet the Team, Facilities, and Photo Gallery pages.
Saturday 20th June
Its been a long Autumn and Winter for the Bosley team so most of the horses were turned out first week of June on their holidays - Martin and Sarah also managed to get a few days away - down at Sandbanks, Poole with Martin's family. Kirsten passed her driving test last week, first time of trying! Gemma is race riding all over the country at the moment and thoroughly enjoying it.
Marie Tempest runs at Lingfield Monday - first time visor - works ok at home in them. We do like this filly but still trying to find more about her.
Dualagi ran a good race last week at Lingfield but it did not suit her tactics and the ground possibly a little too quick on a down hill track.
Tarboush and new french horse Ocean of Peace are working at Kempton next week. Possible race for Tarboush on July 1st.
Wednesday 10th June
With regard to Louidor - all tests were fine - no problems but something is still bothering him..... will keep investigating. Lopinot ran disappointing today - ended up a little wider than he likes and alot of kick back in his face. There's been alot of rain today and the kick back was worse than normal - he doesn't need too many excuses!
Sarah has been trying to have a few days holiday with family down in Sandbanks but the weather has been rather damp! She's back today for her Grandma's funeral on Thursday.
Friday 5th June
The horses have been enjoying the warm weather - out to grass after exercise relaxing in the sunshine.
Louidor ran today at Wolverhampton in a lower grade race over the shorter distance of 6f. We have been disappointed by his recent run as he has always gone so well at home and todays result was no better. We asked the vet at the races to listen to his heart and scope him. The result was that his heart was racing harder than the winner but scoped clean - no signs of blood or thick muscus. We will now monitor his heart with a few tests over the next few weeks.
Saturday 30th May
What a good race Lopinot ran at Lingfield with Gemma on board. Unlucky not to get placed - hampered and squeezed up in the final furlong - only beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Lopinot with the visor on is becoming a very consistent sort who could win a few more this summer.
Backwards and forwards to Chepstow last week with Louidor and Boldinor. Louidor is looking more and more like a sprinter (ran well over 6f as a 2yr old). To train he was not your typical sprinter and gave everyone the feel of a middle distance horse and one day perhaps jumping some hurdles. The more experience he gains the sharper he is becoming so the mile we ran him over is well beyond his means! Lovely horse, still immature, if he settles and breaths over 6f could be rather nice - needs a little patience. Boldinor ran the next day where the ground had dried out considerably. In the prelims he behaved really well for him and looked fantastic - in the stalls however he cut his top lip - blood everywhere - he frightened himself and never really got into the race but was only beaten 5 1/2 lengths. Boldinor is his own boss! Scoped clean since his run.
Marie Tempest and Tarboush were going to work at Kempton on Friday but due to building work near the track we are now going on Tuesday. Tarboush has not raced for 5 years so its just a pipe opener before he runs on the 8th June.
Martin played his first game of golf on Thursday - since the operation - played quite well considering.
Sunday 24th May
A pleasing week with Dualagi winning at Salisbury last Thursday and Gemma won again on Annes Rocket at Brighton. Would be good to continue the good form next week with entries for Louidor, Ruling Reef, Lopinot running - hopefully all get their suitable ground.
Marie Tempest ran well till the bottom of the hill at Brighton - we dont think she handled the track (80% downhill) and ground was very firm. She is better than this so we will have to do more investigating - she will probably go to Kempton to work with Tarboush on Friday.
Tuesday 19th May
At the moment we are having trouble with the weather - when you want fast ground you get soft and visa versa! Bath yesterday was miserable - rain and wind so Boldinor was not going to be at his best! His first run for a while so we took our chances, after all it was not going to do any harm. He looked fantastic, the team had turned him out to the highest standard - probably a little bias but looked the best in the paddock! Ran well enough for his first outing - looked like being 5th inside the final furlong but then got swallowed up in the last half - ground not ideal - didn't blow much after though!
Shame Eyesrdancing didnt get a run at Worcester (balloted out) tomorrow - he's in great form at home. Looking forward to Dualagi - Salisbury (will act on most ground), Louidor - Newmarket (wants no faster than good ground) and Marie Tempest - Brighton (will act on fast ground) hopefully running this week.
Martin started riding out end of last week (first time since early February - re injury/op to ankle) - gave himself three lots on the second day! No signs of body stiffness but ankle a little sore!
Thursday 14th May
Dualagi ran at Bath last night finishing a running on 2nd, only beaten a length! She was again so settled for her - not complaining though - looking like she might now get 7 furlongs, that is if she continues in this settled mode! Where did all that money come from so close to the off! We could not put a penny on her the way she ran at Warwick! I had to run her again quick - could not believe how bad she ran - Ok yesterday was not a great race - she had won the race last year and a more senior jockey on board - perhaps that was enough to enthuse people .... some people think these horses are press button machines.
Tuesday 12th May
All went well at the stud - Wilderness Bay went to be covered by Dr Fong - now back at home. Lets hope she's now in foal..... watch this space!
Monday 11th May
As you are probably aware the new website is up and running! This is the first time using the new layout for us hence the delay with the blog!
Firstly - WELL DONE GEMMA (our apprentice) ON YOUR FIRST WINNER - Annes Rocket for Jim Fox at Warwick last Monday - FIRST OF MANY. Pictures to appear shortly.
A fairly hectic day today (like most days) but this was quite a stressful one - Wilderness Bay came into season today and it was a case of getting her to new husband (Dr Fong) as soon as possible, infact we had 4 - 6 hours but the paper work had not been sent by the vets! (Was actually supposed to be finalised last Thursday). No problem we thought - just a case of sending the info by fax...... not quite that simple though ... the vets fax machine was not working properly so Gemma drove to them to pick up the requested papers. Can you believe we still did not have all the papers - they decided they had better send someone - takes 10 mins max..... 40 mins later still nobody! Stressed again.... phoned them to see where they had gone to - no sign ( I thought probably got lost or gone shopping) so they send one of the vets - finally get our paper work and we faxed on to the stud. The mare can now go to stud.... only had to wait on the lorry for 50 mins!!
Lopinot ran another sound race last Friday finishing 4th at Lingfield. Dualagi ran an odd race at Warwick, very unlike her not to pull hard early on - ground was quite false so hoping that was the excuse. She has eaten up and looks great since so will run again this week on Wednesday at Bath.
Thursday 30th April
We were very pleased with Dualagi considering she came from another county! Only beaten about 3 1/2 lengths. Louidor ran at Windsor on Monday - ran very green - was his fourth career run but looked like he was having his first! We were so pleased with his attitude considering he had a bad stalls experience last year. Nathan Dee also ran Monday but at Southwell on the flat over one mile 3 furlongs - out paced all the way! Very pleased with his attitude as not run on the flat since last summer (bred to get 2 miles but always showed a little speed at home). At least we know now back over hurdles he should get 3 miles..... watch this space!
Will be a little quiet for a week - not many in at moment (a few on holidays) and refreshing the current runners.
Martin now getting more mobile - probably doing too much but still another month or so before he can play golf!
Wednesday 22nd April
Dualagi runs tonight in the 9.20pm at Kempton. Will need the leaders to go a good gallop for her to settle in behind - she can sometimes pull to hard for her own good! She's in good form at home and probably better in her coat than she was at this time last year.
At home the new 'easyfix' hurdles (from Ireland) and the new chase fences (built by Exeter racecourse fence designer) are now up and ready for use. They look fantastic and the staff cant wait to school over them.
Friday 17th April
New website being designed at present so a little behind with the blog! New pictures of Bowstridge Farm arriving very shortly..... (Keep an eye on our Photo Gallery).
Horses have been running ok with bad draws and false run races..... first quiet week since we have been in the new stables but still plenty to do! Some of the jumpers are going on holiday - Webbswood Lad - ground was possibly too fast at Warwick on his last run and Castlemainevillage has bruised the back of his joint - a few minor injuries.
Runners for April are Dualagi, Nathan Dee, Fine Ruler, Louidor, Eyesrdancing and Lopinot - Marie Tempest and Boldinor are expected to run in May.
Martin is now out of plaster and having physio - another 2 weeks before he will be back on a horse...
Thursday 2nd April
Lopinot ran at Lingfield on Monday - an odd race with the winnner making all, in fact probably stole the race with the rest of the field letting him go and we were out the back door - Two furlongs out we did make a bold bid up the inside rail going into 2nd but weakened in the final furlong - finished 6th but not beaten far ......... he had to hold up, to get cover from an outside draw - tactics did not work this time! Has come out of the race well but will need to freshen up before the next one.
Fine Ruler runs today at Kempton - in great form and is looking really well. Expecting a bold run under George Baker.
Thursday 26th March
Had a few problems with computer/internet over the past week and still not fixed!
Great run from Fine Ruler at Lingfield yesterday finishing 2nd. Next week Lopinot and Fine Ruler but not in the same races as previous. Both in great form and hoping for a good week.........
My ankle is much better and only another 3 weeks to go with the cast on. Everyone has worked so hard in my absence. I do manage to see the horses work each day - on the quad bike.
Thursday 12th March
The heavens opened as we arrived at Warwick and the ground became very soft!! We really did not want it this soft but Webbswood Lad with the tongue strap coped very well and ran an encouraging race finishing a close 5th.
Huntingdon yesterday was supposed to be good, good to firm in places but when we arrived the ground was good to soft, good in places. I think someone must have dreaming when they walked the course! In fact the ground was horrid - very sticky and not at all suitable for Castlemainevillage or Bob's Sister.
However, Castlemainevillage although not acting on the ground was given an enterprising ride from Will Kennedy and finished a battling 2nd ! Good performance from a brave horse. Bob's Sister was not happy from the start of the race, hampered and did not jump well in the ground - only beat 2. Not sure she tried very hard though - did not blow very hard after the race. Will run her again shortly..... she is better than that run suggests!
Sunday 8th March
March 1st 2009 - our first WINNER from the new stables at Bowstridge Farm - Lopinot - ridden by the confident and top class jockey, Jim Crowley. This year he is in great form with the visor on and hopefully will go on and win a few more providing the handicapper doesn't get to him first!
Ruling Reef ran well enough on very testing ground yesterday but we were a little disappointed as she was in such good order at home - ground hadn't dried out quite enough.
Webbswood Lad runs today - we must have drying ground for him but the weather forecast is not great - lets hope the rain misses Warwick today. Tongue strap for the first time and if he gets his ground he will run a much better race today.
Martin has been having trouble with his ankle for the past 6 months and has finally had an operation - cutting his tendon and ligaments. Will be in plaster for six weeks then physio for at least 2 weeks, however he is managing to watch the horses on the gallops by riding the quad bike with his foot in the air!
Wednesday 25th February
We were pleased with Ruling Reef finishing a gallant 4th on grueling ground at Towcester. Nathan Dee also ran his heart out finishing 4th at Plumpton in a maiden hurdle (didn't go to Doncaster for the seller). This Sunday we have Fine Ruler and Lopinot in the same race at Lingfield. Both in good form - just need a little luck as the handicapper been a little unkind to them.
Saturday 14th February
The snow has all melted thankfully, just been frosty so this week we have been able to get all of the horses out on the gallops back to a normal rountine.
We have just got a new 2 horse lorry - very smart with our new logo on it, and will be a great advertisment.
Ruling Reef runs at Wolverhampton in a amateurs handicap on Monday. We are expecting a good run from her. Nathan Dee is entered on Wednesday at Doncaster in a selling hurdle. He has been doing well at home and seems to be settling in well. Bobs Sister is entered in on Thursday at Huntingdon. Hopefully the ground will dry up a bit for her. Webbswood lad is also entered in on Thursday at Huntingdon, and also on Friday at Sandown and Warwick. It will depend on ground conditions on which race he runs in. Silver Prophet is also entered at Warwick and Sandown again this will depend on ground which race he runs in.
Due to the weather we still have been unable to take photos for the website - this will happen in due course.
Friday 13th February 2009
Lopinot and Fine Ruler ran yesterday at Kempton - very pleased with both horses - 3rd and 2nd in the same race - Fine Ruler unlucky not too finish 1st - pace was slow in the early stages. Marie Tempest ran an odd race earlier in the week so giving her a break - we like this filly a lot.
Thursday 6th February 2009
What a week - so much snow - great to have an indoor school to keep the horses going. It is lovely to see the snow but now getting frustrating as not able to get full work into the horses. We are cantering but would be nice to get into a routine again. New horse box is supposed to arrive today but not sure they will get here!
Marie Tempest runs today at Wolverhampton but will it be on? Snow very heavy in places for our journey ahead....... She was a little short of work last time she ran at Wolverhampton but ran a good race. Will be much fitter this time but not sure racing will be on! Should know by mid-day.
Saturday 24th January 2009
We have now moved to Bowstridge Farm - the horses are settling in well and seem very happy. The yard is beautiful and is a perfect environment for the horses, the facilities are brilliant and we are really going to benefit from them. This is a very exciting prospect for us.
Marie Tempest runs tommorow at Wolverhampton - were hoping for a good run from her.
Tuesday 6th January 2009
What a fantastic start to 2009 - A WINNER and a 3rd in the same race! Lopinot WON with the visor on and Jim Crowley and Fine Ruler was 3rd with Vince Slattery. Whenever you put up the inexperience jockey, horses always regain their confidence - also worked in the summer when he won on the turf. Fine Ruler ran a blinder but again the pace too slow at the start of the race and pulled quite hard again.
In the village this evening it is -8. We had quite a lot of snow yesterday and the team have built a 7ft snowman by the house!
The move is now getting very close, a week on Thursday we move the horses - we are all so excited. More good news, the BHA have approved the new yard today.
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.