Bos's Blog 2010

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Friday 24th December

This snowy freezing weather looks like its here to stay!  We had up to a foot in places but the ice is the main problem at the moment.  Thankfully we have the indoor school so all the horses are ticking over quite nicely.

Runners next week are Ocean of Peace, Lisselton Cross, Fine Ruler, Daily Double and Dualagi.  Will be good to get to the races having had a week off from travelling!  Fingers crossed for a successful week.

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE AND THE VERY BEST WISHES FOR 2011.  A big THANK YOU goes to all the lads and lasses in racing that are working on Christmas Day.

Thursday 16th December

WELL DONE DUALAGI - WINNER yesterday at Lingfield with George Baker on board.  Drawn 11 of 11 she had a hard task or should I say George had a hard task to decide where to put her to get the cover she normally needs to settle in the race.  However, Dualagi made all our minds up by sprinting out of the stalls first, way ahead of her rivals and dictating the pace in front.  She settled well throughout the race, thankfully with no other horses trying to take her on.  George kicked on two out, always looking like the winner and passed the winning post with ease!   Possibly worth another try from the front if we can get away with an easy lead.

Wednesday 15th December

Lisselton Cross - Click to go to our photo galleryWe were delighted with Lisselton Cross at Wolverhampton finishing a strong 2nd and only beaten 1/4 length - he is a delight to train.  Also at Wolverhampton was Fine Ruler who was running on a track that rides a little on the slow side for him but with so few options we had to give him another try there.  The plan was to sit in the first three or four but having stood in the stalls for ages (waiting for one or two to load) he missed the break!  He had no chance to get in to the race after that performance.  Back to Kempton or Lingfield on a faster surface.

Dualagi ran at Lingfield on Saturday with George Baker on board.  Finished a good 4th and only beaten one and a half lengths in a race that had no consistent pace - no strong early pace and the winner dictated the pace from the start to the finish! 


Dualagi runs again today at Lingfield - draw 11 of 11.  She has a tough task to win from that draw but George will be trying his very best. She is in great form and deserves to win today.


Thursday 9th December


Ocean of Peace - Click to go to our photo gallery

WINNER - Ocean of Peace comes in first again at Lingfield!  A decent draw on a faster surface is all he needed.  It was not a great race but he did it comfortably.


Fine Ruler and Lisselton Cross run at Wolverhampton on Friday.  Its not the best track for Fine Ruler but has run a couple of good races there - surface can be a little slow for him.  Lisselton Cross has only ever run at Kempton but should act on the track being by Compton Place who has numerous winners there....... 


Dualagi is in good form at home and has an entry for next week.


Friday 3rd December


So so cold tonight -3 at 3.45pm and getting colder!  The horses are well rugged up and look quite cosy.  Managed to get them all out this morning but did have a few fresh ones having had a few days off due to flu vaccinations! - poor things!  The gallop is great - no problems with freezing yet - such a good surface.  This weather looks like its set in for a few weeks yet - Poor NH Trainers they must be tearing their hair out with no jump racing but thankfully we have some flat horses to run and with Kempton and Lingfield just down the road it keeps us in a positive mood.


Thursday 2nd December


'Open Morning for the Jamasitr Racing' has been postponed due to weather getting increasingly worse!  Will let you know when they decide on another date. 


Kirsten had her first ride as an Apprentice Jockey yesterday on Daily Double with first time visor.  Although he was not placed he ran better again - beaten 8 lengths.  Kirsten gave him a faultless ride and produced him up the rail like a top jockey - looked like winning 2 out but then weakened 1 out - don't think he got the trip/distance with the visor on.  Kirsten was one of the most inexperienced of the apprentice jockeys but she looked much stronger in the finished than most.  Daily Double is now ready for a try over shorter.


Lisselton Cross ran a cracker last Saturday finishing 3rd at 40-1. This was his handicap debut and drop back to 5 furlongs.  He ran a very pleasing race with more improvement to come.


Fine Ruler was unlucky at Kempton earlier this week getting hampered just over 2 out - finished 6th but should have been placed.  Has come out of the race well so plan to run again very shortly.


Thursday 25th November

Our new owners Jamasitr Racing are holding an 'Open Morning' for their members and anyone interested in taking final shares in their well selected horses; Arachnopobia (5x winner) and yearlings (by Notnowcato, by Holy Roman Emperor). The Open Morning is on Saturday 4th December - 9am to 12 noon at our stables.  There will be coffees/teas on arrival, watch the horses on the gallops, parade of the yearlings, champagne, croissants/bacon butties and mince pies.  If you are interested and would like to know more please contact Simon on 01442 877597 or 07769183362.  RSVP by noon on Friday 3rd December.

An improved run from Daily Double at Lingfield so worth another chance!  Ocean of Peace did not enjoy the slower surface of Wolverhampton so will have to take him back to Kempton and Lingfield where he is so consistent.  Weybridge Light ran at Wolverhampton and looked like running into a place 3 furlongs out but then stopped to quickly - came back with sore shins but ice cold 48hrs later!  Will have to scan his shins and joints again to see whats going on.

Topthorn ran a much improved race back at Ascot - very green but so encouraging.

Wednesday 17th November

Hoping for a better week and a lot more luck!!  Daily Double runs today and should run a better race than last time - he will not be getting many more chances if he doesn't.  Hoping he will favour a left hand track better than a right hand. 

Ocean of Peace runs this week and in good order.  Dualagi, Weybridge Light and Topthorn all have entries for the end of the week.

Been a very busy week with the youngsters and their coming on well. 

Monday 8th November

Update on Speed Gene is that the cut is healing well - thankfully - she is such a good patient.
Some more new horses arrived last week - Master Dane, untried NH prospect and Highcliffe - 2y-o (USA dirt bred) bought at Doncaster for 3,500  for an all weather campaign. 

Going to be a quiet week for runners - waiting on new handicap ratings (Tuesday) for Ocean of Peace, Dualagi, Fine Ruler and Weybridge Light.  Not many races for Fine Ruler at present may have to go back to 7f.

Tuesday 2nd November

Dualagi ran another game race at Lingfield finishing 4th.  The normal unlucky stories for her with no pace again - only beaten a length and three quarters.   Ocean of Peace also ran a super race at Lingfield  who was very wrong at the weights in a claimer taking on 80 plus rated horses.  He ran a super race and ran much better than the betting suggested so hopefully the handicapper will raise him 3 to 4 lb so that he can actually get in a more suitable race.

Topthorn ran well for a mile and a half but ran too freely in the NH Flat race at Ascot (first time blinkers worked too well having been so, so lazy at home and on his racecourse gallop!)  Weybridge Light ran at Wolverhampton was the biggest disappointment for the day as we thought he would definitely be in the first four.  He traveled well in his race till 3 out and then stopped very quickly!  He is sore in front this morning (has a history of joint problems) but taken a blood test to make sure nothing else causing a problem. Also at Wolverhampton we ran Speed Gene a 2yr old we bought cheaply out of Richard Hannon's.  She had no chance anyway drawn being so wide but with a horse striking  her hind leg on the first bend she did well to finish the race.  She lost a lot of blood with deep wounds - was lucky not to break her leg.  We will have to give her another chance as that race was a non event for her.  She is sore this morning but comfortable - may take a while to heal.

Thursday 28th October


Fine Ruler ran a satisfactory race last night at Kempton having had 8 months off and an eye operation.  Possibly a little rusty but showed good heart and looked like being placed at 20-1.  George Baker who rode him was very  happy with him and cannot wait to ride him next time.


Lots going on at home with horses getting ready to run this winter.  More new horses, Fiordalinda (unraced out of winning hurdler), Arachnophobia bought at the sales for just 3,000 and rated 80 (recuperation needed after a long year).  A few of the babies have gone on holiday and will be back in the spring.

Zac had a fantastic adventure in Ireland with Gary Witherford and the two Craig's.  They backed about 60 yearlings in two weeks - will be interesting to see what future stars arise.  Will let you know in due course.  On their final day Gary took a picture of six yearlings lined up with each rider standing on their backs (like the Cossacks!) - just to get the yearlings lined up standing quietly is amazing enough!

Our yearlings are backed in the more traditional way - patience and time.  Nothing wrong with Gary Witherford's system but we do find with the old way allowing them to get used to the bit and using long reins helps with steering for the future.


Sunday 17th October

Been a very busy week with Zac on holiday in Ireland backing yearlings for John Oxx and Dermot Weld through Gary Witherford - 'what an experience for Zac'.  Kirsten has been on an apprentice course at the Northern Racing College - rode work with Kevin Darley and John Reid advised her - again 'what an experience'. 

Misefi and Zac - Click to go to our photo galleryMeanwhile, back at home even though 2 members of staff down we coped really well with the assistance of some very good friends.  We had runners at Lingfield and Kempton last week - Lisselton Cross ran another promising race - just weak and novicey - will want a shorter distance in due course.  Lopinot ran a little rusty in a race that had no consistency to the pace but since arriving home has a sore hind leg (an old injury).  Misefi having her second ever run was given the widest outside draw yet again - they call this the coffin box!   When she did make her run she was nearly 10 wide!  She is much better than her form reads.  Misefi has always looked more of a three year old than a 2 year old but if she comes out of this race ok - relaxed and putting weight back on we may go for one more run to get a handicap mark before she has a holiday.

Penric and Kathleen Kennet both ran super races finishing 3rd and 4th.  Penric ran at Towcester on good ground, slightly slower than ideal but gained ground on the good to firm part of the track, up the hill, passing three in the home straight.  Jumped really well under a great ride from Jim McCarthy - experience was shown.  Kathleen Kennet made all the running till three out - on ground that was softer than soft!  A fair effort finishing fourth but beaten far enough.

More new arrivals - Sadeek, See That Girl and Lennie Briscoe - all had their individual problems but if we can revitalize them, the future is looking very exciting.


Tuesday 28th September 


Hello Johnny! Sorry for the delay - got up really early today to do the Blog for you and those of you who read the Blog on a regular basis. 


Click to view our photo galleryBeen busy with training of new staff, holidays and Owners Party but quiet with runners - either no suitable races or having a break before their winter campaign. Should have about 12 - 14 to run and 3 - 4 to run jumping.  We have some new arrivals; Irene Kennet, a big 3-y-o  by Kayf Tara, a very exciting prospect for NH flat races and two lovely yearlings - by Whipper and Notnowcato.  More yearlings arriving in the next few months - so exciting for us to have fresh undiscovered faces.  Will let you know more about those when they arrive.


This week Dualagi is to run at Kempton - reasonable chance with the assistance of George Baker and Penric may run at Hexham providing there are not too many runners and the ground is good or faster!  


The Owners Party went well - a little cold but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. 


This is always an odd time of year for horses with the colder nights - their coats start changing very quickly.  Having had lovely short, sleek shiny coats they suddenly become very hairy - like mammoths!  This means more rugs on to keep them warm through the nights and when it starts to get really cold out come the duvets!  Old duvets - doubles or larger are always welcomed here so if you are about to throw away yours please send them our way!


Horses ready to run in October/November are Weybridge Light, Dualagi, Penric, Lopinot, Topthorn, Lisselton Cross, Misefi, Spaceman and Speed Gene - there are a few more to run during this time but depends on their fitness having had lengthy holidays.

Wednesday 8th September

Boldinor was so unlucky at Brighton - leaving his jockey in the stalls!  He broke out of the stalls like lightening and from a wide draw took professional action by going across everyone and getting on to the inside rail - unfortunately as he was taking this action he hampered our other horse Dualagi who had too put the breaks on very sharply.  Dualagi finished 5th but should have been in the front rank.  Boldinor - loose finished 2nd beaten a head!!!

The last 2 runners - Ocean of Peace and Spaceman were very very disappointing but they do have their problems - back to the drawing board with them.


Tuesday 24th August


Ocean of Peace is due to run this Friday at Bath - 1m 3f - slightly further than ideal but we have no choice - no other races suitable till end of September.  He is in good form at home and hoping the ground will not be too slow.

Penric went to Newton Abbott to run over fences - 3m 2f.  Unfortunately the heavens opened on the way down there and the ground became very slow!  He jumped really well considering the ground and his jockey was delighted with him. 

The race at Salisbury with Dualagi did not go to plan - draw and slow early pace did not help her. 

Kirsten has now finished 3rd and 5th in her Arab races to date - great experience for her and a winner is not far away.

Thursday 12th August

Dualagi runs today at Salisbury with a 6lb penalty but she is due to to go up 7lb for her win at Folkestone - therefore we have to run today.  A more competitive race today with a disappointing draw but she is in good form - with a jockey who has won on her (Fergus Sweeney).  If she can settle in the race as she did at Folkestone she should go very close!  Watch this space.........

Ocean of Peace was disappointing at Wolverhampton - Monday.  Broke out of the stalls on an awkward - sideways jump loosing 10 lengths, looked like he was going to get back up with the leaders 4 furlongs from home but having to come so wide on a slow surface was never going to help him get into the winners enclosure - the distance he lost at the start was the distance he finished behind the winner!!  Back in at end of the week - better break - hopefully.

Friday 6th August

Dualagi has had so much bad luck this year with one thing and another but yesterday she finally got her head in front - WINNING easily by 1 3/4 lengths at Folkestone.  She also won the best turned out for the race - Kirsten always tries so hard to turn the horses out to the highest standards.

We have now had 4 WINNERS from our last 12 runners - may the good results continue - our Team all work so hard with long hours - we are so pleased for them - Happy staff = Happy horses.

Kirsten has applied for her apprentice license but she has to wait a little while as the next course is not till October.  Meanwhile she is riding in Arab Races to gain even more experience. 

Zac Baker has left school (only seems like yesterday he was 14!) - joins us full time in September.  He has applied for his amateur license to ride on the flat - keeping him sharp for his rides Point to Pointing this Winter.

Boldinor ran back at Leicester after his win but unfortunately the ground was too loose for him - next run will be end of August.  Penric was travelling well in his race at Worcester until he unseated his jockey half way in back straight with 5 hurdles to go - one of those silly mistakes and the jockey had no chance of staying on.  Since then has had his back looked at - took a fair belt through his body from the french hurdle - twist in his back but our physio is more than happy with him now.  Runs a week Sunday at Southwell.

Winter horses have just come back in - all on the walker now for a month. 

Friday 16th July

Boldinor does it again - wins the apprentice race at Leicester - his 3rd win of the year - ridden by young Ryan Powell - rode to orders with a positive attitude.  We have been on holiday in Spain so Kirsten has been in charge - keeping the horses 'ticking over' and organising entries/jockeys - what a great job she has done.

Spaceman and Penric run next week - hoping Spaceman gets in (36 entries and only 14 run!).  Last week Penric found the ground possibly too soft at Worcester - has come back sound and well.

We had a fantastic holiday with Luke Harvey and Emily Jones in Spain - just a week of relaxation in the sun.  The atmosphere was fantastic on the evening that Spain won the World Cup - fireworks - flags flying and cars tooting till 3am!

Friday 2nd July

Kirsten's who works for us had her first ever race in public at Leicester riding her own horse, Sam's Cross. They both completed safe and sound in what was a fast and furious 5 furlongs.  Kirsten coped really well keeping focused and remembering everything she had been taught.

Thursday 24 June


Kirsten is very excited today as she has her first ride under rules at Leicester in a ladies amateur race on Sam's Cross.  Good luck today from all of us.

At Brighton on Tuesday 22nd we had two runners in the same race - Dualagi and Boldinor.  Both with really good chances but Boldinor had a little more weight than when he ran previously (won) and he had a "bad" wide outside draw. Dualagi however had a good draw and had the services of George Baker.   Boldinor had to travel so wide throughout the race but did manage to finish 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner whilst Dualagi nearly got brought down 4f out, right on the rail, then 1f out hit a wall of horses and had to take a pull but when she did get through was only beaten 1 3/4 lengths!!!

Monday 21st June


Fantastic news - Ocean of Peace WINNER at Lingfield under the professional Luke Morris.  A positive ride given to Ocean of Peace who gamely held on to win by 3/4 length.  A drop back in trip again but on the all weather this time. 
Head Down (a good looking horse, knee operated on when trained by Richard Hannon) ran at Warwick in an apprentice race last week with the visor on for the first time.  He finished 6th looking like being placed a furlong out - a much improved run but still more to work on.  We will hopefully get him back to winning ways in due course. 

Monday 7th June


Boldinor - Click to go to our photo galleryWell done Boldinor WINNER at Brighton yesterday ridden by the talented David Probert at 25-1.  Why he was that price is quite a shock to us but he proved them wrong.  He was quite naughty in the stalls again - a rear as the gates were opening but thinking about it the race was run at quite a furious pace so it probably helped his situation - coming from behind and not his usual front running tactics?


Dualagi also ran in the same race but was so so unlucky - no room for her to make her run from 2 furlongs out to inside the last half a furlong - only beaten 3 lengths by Boldinor!  As quoted in the Racing Post this morning "Dualagi reported to have banged her head in the stalls when at Chepstow last time, got no run at all from over 1f out.  She looked to be going strongly at the time and it's no exaggeration to say she might even have won with a better run in the race.  On a good mark, she's one to keep in mind."

Lets hope Dualagi is not going over the top and needing a holiday - hopefully we can find a similar race back at Brighton.  This Summer is looking quiet for us as most of the horses are now on their holidays.  They look fantastic out in the fields and thoroughly enjoying their time off  - Will all be back in their work on the walker at the end of July.

Friday 21st May

Sorry for not keeping up with the blog but I have had a few minor problems with the computer! 

Penric ran a great race at Worcester on Wednesday finishing 5th over hurdles - first run for us and had not been on the track for nearly 900 days.  Well ridden by young 7lb amateur Lucy Barry - she was full of confidence and the old boy thoroughly enjoyed his come back! 

Looking forward to Ocean of Peace running on Sunday at Bath - probably the fastest ground he has ever run on but he moves like he wants good to firm.

Sunday 25th April

Dualagi was 3rd at Wolverhampton last week with Fergus Sweeney on board - ran a great race and if she had not had a wall of horses in front of her a furlong out she would have been 2nd - hoping to go back to Bath to win her race again! Since Dualagi running well and Lopinot winning on the 7th the last three runners have run very badly - various excuses but they will need to improve significantly on their next run. 

So good to see some sun - the horses are enjoying being turned out.

Thursday 8th April

Lopinot has been in great form all winter and Wednesday he got his head in front WINNING under a masterful ride by George Baker.  Thats his fourth win at Lingfield and his 7th win to date.  Navene ran at Ffos Las on Tuesday - her first run for us since bleeding in a race last summer for Chris Wall.  She had a terrible draw - on the outer, ran too free for the first 3 furlongs being held up in a slowly run race.  Her jockey said that she was disappointed by the pace and hold up tactics and feels that we should make more use of her next time.  Hoping for a better draw next run and up with the leaders with more pace........  We have all worked so hard to keep her relaxed at home and looking so well - lets hope she is not worrying about the bleeding last summer!

Monday 29th March

It was great to be back at Newbury - a favourite of mine and Sarah's (we both had a winners there when we were riding and it was our local track.  We ran Spaceman with Anthony Freeman taking 7lb off in a handicap hurdle.  The ground was supposed to be soft (good to soft in places) but as I walked the course one could see quite clearly the heavy patches and not many good to soft areas.  Spaceman has form on similar ground so we had to go ahead and run (not that I think he wants it quite that soft!)  He ran a much improve race with a handicap mark still to high when he's had two years off the track.  Hopefully the handicapper will be kind to him.

Kathleen Kennet ran at Lingfield today finishing 5th at 50-1.  She ran a great race having to stay wide due to her bad draw.  We also ran Lopinot who finished 4th at Lingfield - only beaten about 2 lengths.  Lopinot could not get any cover and almost ran too free using too much fuel at mid way!!  Running well - just needing a little luck - good draws needed please.........

Friday 12th March

A much better week with the runners - Lopinot finished 2nd beaten 1 3/4 lengths at Lingfield and Abfabfong finished an encouraging 4th only beaten 3 1/2 lengths over hurdles at Ffos Las.  However, Nathan Dee did not enjoy his outing at Fontwell and has now been retired from racing under rules - has a lovely home to go to as a riding horse/pointer to pointer. 

Friday 5th March


Been very frustrating lately with a few of the runners - At Wolverhampton we ran Weybridge Light who finished a disappointing 6th.  He appears to be a little quiet in himself since the run so a blood test has been taken - At Kempton last week we ran Boldinor who got struck into from behind and Dualagi who was drawn on the outside (worse draw you could have) - could not get any cover so ran too free. 


Fine Ruler ran no race at all but seems to be 'over the top' - peaked and needs a holiday - has been on the go for a while now but has been running well all season.  Kathleen Kennet looked too slow and unwilling in her race so was quite a mystery to us.  However her blood test shows why she ran poorly (had been viral before she came to us and has a secondary infection - now on the easy with a 'pick me up' of aloe vera, yoghurt and a little sunshine (when we get it!)


Friday 19th February

We were all very pleased with Ocean of Peace last night at Kempton - 3rd but only beaten 1/4 length which was actually a head and a short head - a very exciting 'head bobbing' finish.  There was no pace at all in the race and we were held up in the last trio with the winner and the second just in front of us - Turning into the straight Ocean of Peace was given a very polished ride by Holly Hall and took the shortest route up the far rail, a little traffic on the way while the winner and the second had a clear run on the outside. In the final 2 furlongs we made a lot of ground up but if the gap on the inside had opened up sooner would we have won ? - we think so!  All down to the pace of the race......... as normal! 

At the end of the day Ocean of Peace finished the best we have seen him so all our hard work is hopefully paying off - well done team......

Tuesday 16th February

Been a busy week at home and with runners - Boldinor was our champion last week WINNING at Kempton with the consistent George Baker back on board.  Another great ride given by George - front running tactics paid off and Boldinor loved every minute of the race - pricking his ears as he soldiered up front. 

Weybridge Light ran another consistent race finishing 3rd back at Wolverhampton - possibly would have been closer if he could have taken up the running 4 out. Tactics were to make more use of him!

We were very disappointed with Nathan Dee at Kempton - stopped too quickly having traveled and jumped well.  Did take a fair blow to his leg and a little sore - whether this stopped him we are not sure yet!  Abfabfong ran a better race at Hereford but still frustrating - just needs to get a little braver on possibly better ground.  All the jockeys who ride him are positive about him in every way.  Spaceman was disappointing yesterday at Plumpton being pulled up two out.  We had left off his usual head gear and he had been off the course for 2 years but we were still disappointed with his run - did expect to complete at least.  He did have a good blow after but recovered very quickly so he was plenty fit enough.  Head gear next for him and hoping the handicapper has been sensible.


Monday 8th February


Lopinot finished 2nd at Lingfield in an apprentice race ridden by Andrew Hefferman.  The winner has since won again over shorter so the form is fairly solid.  Kathleen Kennet ran the same day at Kempton finishing 7th of 14 - a disappointing run but there are a few excuses - hampered just after start, then taken wide, went from 3rd last to up behind the leaders in a few strides and then hung left across the course!  An important factor with regard to this run was that she did run quickly after her 2nd at Wolverhampton - had to run as the handicapper has put her up 7lb for her 2nd. 


Monday 1st February

Poor Nathan Dee - Kempton abandoned -  still not getting a run yet again!!!! - every time we make a declaration for him, the meeting is abandoned due to frost, snow and waterlogging - when he did get a chance to run he got kicked at the start and had to be withdrawn by the vet! - He has to be a winner when he does eventually get to run - luck always comes round........

Lopinot goes to Lingfield and Kathleen to Kempton on Wednesday - both in good form.

Thursday 28th January

Well done Kathleen Kennet at Wolverhampton - 2nd at 66-1 - another stride and she would have won !! They went no gallop early on in the race so a decent pace next time and she should go one better....... A genuine and straight forward mare with a lovely long galloping stride - likes a little TLC but then all ladies appreciate a bit of attention!  Hopefully the handicapper will not be too harsh on her - hope he remembers she is 10 years of age!
At the same meeting we ran Weybridge Light who ran a super race too -  finishing 4th in a competitive handicap without the usual blinkers.  This was his first run since we injected his joints so watching him move so well and confidently in the race was very pleasing....  Fergus Sweeney who rode him was delighted with him too.  He has since come out of the race sound and has eaten all his food.

Dualagi finished 6th of 13 at Southwell on her first run back after a break - not an ideal track for her but was worth another try there for her - would have to go further with her if we consider going back there again.   Lopinot 4th at Lingfield - should have been at least 2nd but tactics did not go to plan and poor Fine Ruler drawn in another county had no chance from there - can right that race off!

Abfabfong ran yesterday on the flat - finished out the back.  We were all very disappointed with him as he had been improving at home from week to week and looks so well in himself.  Will have to try further still and probably best  over hurdles but the ground still too soft for him at moment.

Bob's Sister ran at Towcester (Sunday) in an amateur race ridden by Dale Peters (who works for us) having his first ride over hurdles.  Unfortunately the ground was too testing for her and Dale pulled her up two from home. She will now have a break until we get some good ground - back in a seller.

Wednesday 20th January

The ground at Folkestone for Silver Prophet was like a dough - tacky, deep and dead - Silver Prophet hated it!  He got himself further and further behind and in the end Anthony had no choice but to pull him up.  Half an hour after the race he was bright and energetic!  At the end of the day we were not sure he would go on the heavy ground but he has old form on good/soft but this was extreme! 

We have a few new arrivals -  Weybridge Light and Kathleen Kennet.  Weybridge Light has been trained in Ireland but his last three runs have been with us - the BHA allow Irish Trainers to run their horses from a UK stable for a period of 90 days.  The owners live locally and it made sense to stay in the UK - we are very thankful to the owners for letting him stay with us - the little horse is as honest and hardy as any you would train.  Kathleen Kennet is now 10 but young at heart!  A super moving horse with a big stride - should have won before now - another who appears to be honest and hardy.  Worked really well today - first proper gallop since she arrived. 

Wednesday 13th January

Could not believe we could get any more snow - this morning we had another 2 inches!  Lopinot was due to go to Lingfield but that was abandoned this morning - he had a fair chance today.... never mind another race in nine days....  We have an ideal race for Silver Prophet at Folkestone on the 19th January for jockeys who have not ridden more than 20 winners  - Anthony Freeman will be able to ride in the race - amazing that someone with his experience and talent has not ridden 20 yet - hopefully snow will have gone by then? 

Thursday 7th January

I am sure you all have as much snow as we do! All good fun when it first arrives but then it becomes a little tiresome, especially when this is second time around for us in just four weeks!   However, the horses are enjoying the white stuff - only had one day off due to lack of salt for the ice.  We are so lucky to have the indoor school and a great gallop. 

Runners last week were so unlucky - Lopinot only beaten 3/4 length into 3rd and Fine Ruler in the same race only beaten 2 1/2 lengths finishing 4th.  They both had to come from behind in the final 2 furlongs and the winner and second had already gone for home.  A very rough race with not much early pace - hence a lot of bunching up and the first two sprinting away in the home straight!  Our two certainly like running against each other!  Please, please BHA put some races on for them - they are wanting to go out again very soon and there's not much opportunity for them.

Abfabfong ran an encouraging race at Warwick finishing 5th at 100/1 on ground too soft for him.  Confidence is his main demon and if we can combat that he is a horse who is well handicapped. 

Friday 1st January 2010





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