Friday 28th December 2012
We are getting very excited for Dualagi, the tough mare that won us seven of her eight races on the flat as she is in foal to Tagula and due on the 16th January 2013.
A good run from Lissellton Cross
last night finishing 4th at Wolverhampton - only beaten a length and a quarter. Amy Ryan gave him a good ride from a bad draw - entering the home straight he hit the front looking like the winner but unfortunately did not quite last out the final 100 yards - in front too long and possibly worth a try back over 5f especially now he is traveling so well in his races. Gunning for Glory
- 2yr old - ran well on his debut (6th beaten 9 lengths over a mile) at Kempton last week - slowly away at the start but we were very encouraged by his overall run - will improve for each run. As mentioned previously it will take time for the 'penny to drop' with this boy!Burnt Cream
- 5th at Kempton over 6f last week - a distance that we have been hoping she will stay but appears to be a 5f horse through and through! She traveled with so much ease but the final furlong was just too far.
Thursday 20th December 2012Fantastic news - Drussell won
yesterday, a handicap hurdle at Ludlow ridden by Rachel King. His debut run for the Bosley Team and some seven months since he last ran! Given a confident ride by Rachel - she let him dictate through the early part of the race - warming up as he went along and turning in for home they sat in third a few lengths off the leaders who were going for home. Alas, Rachel was in no hurry as Drussell does not like to be rushed so she just crept to the leaders and getting a great jump at the last passed them with ease. As she hit the front with 100 yards to go, he just had a look, he had done his job - he thought he had won but with hands and heels Rachel urged him on again to pass the winning post quite comfortably. Delighted for the owners Walid and Paula Marzouk who have been very patient with this little horse.
Tonight have Burnt Cream
and Gunning for Glory
- both in good order at home. Gunning for Glory will improve for this run and the next - one who needs the 'penny to drop' - a lovely horse with a strong future. Burnt Cream is in fantastic shape - luck in running!Monday 17th December 2012
Weather - 8 degrees, bright sky with just a few clouds.
Entries this week - Drussell
at Ludlow on Wednesday in a ladies race over 2 miles and Arachnophobia in an apprentice race at Kempton over a mile. Both in good form at home - Drussell has won over 2 miles on galloping tracks (no races for him at the moment on galloping tracks in his handicap bracket) although Ludlow may be a little sharp for him but he will love the ground there. Arachnophobia has run well at Kempton in the past over shorter but cant see any reason why the extra furlong at Kempton will make any difference especially now older - in good order at home.Thursday 13th December 2012
Weather - Very cold and dry at -3, a crisp and white look to Bowstridge Farm!
Last night we ran Lisselton Cross
at Kempton, although a few pounds wrong at the weights - a 'classisfied race' and not a 'handicap' we were confident he could run well........ he ticked all the boxes at home. In the race he broke well from the stalls, got a good position early, traveled well and looked comfortable for the first two furlongs. As they approached the bend in the home straight, the room on the inside rail was getting a little tight and Seb Saunders who was behind us was looking for a way out - unfortunately trying to side step us he clipped our heels, and down went Seb! At the time we were unaware that Lisselton Cross managed to take a front shoe off in the incident - caused from having our heels clipped (causing our stride to shorten and catch the front shoe). As they turned into the straight you could see quite clearly Lissleton Cross was on an uneven stride - like he had a flat tyre! His jockey, Stevie Donohoe would be unaware his front shoe had gone, especially when he was still traveling well but when asked for the next gear he physically could not pick up and extend his stride in the final two furlongs......... beat two in the finish. As he came back to the unsaddling enclosure he hopped in like he had lost his dance shoe! He is a little sore this morning but with bathing his foot in salt water he should feel much better.... need to get another shoe on later today.Topthorn
was due to go to Leicester yesterday but with -6 recorded there was no hope it was on. However, with an inspection at 8am we had to carry on as though it could be on! You certainly could not race on the grass here at Bowstridge Farm but Leicester may be different and we had to go with the decision of the Clerk of the Course - We (Topthorn, Sarah, Lucy,Tina and all the racing gear) set off on our way at 8am as any later we would not give him time to recover from traveling should it be on..... 20 minutes later we had the expected phone call that Leicester had been abandoned - back home we came with much disappointment ...... it should have been called off earlier! Topthorn was very confused as he came off the lorry - he too looked disappointed! Monday 10th December 2012
Weather - 3 degrees, cold wind, feels like -1.
Action this week - Wednesday - Lisselton Cross
gets in at Kempton and Topthorn
runs at Leicester providing the ground is not frozen! Expecting a good run from both.
Yesterday, Sarah had her first point to point runner for the season at Barbury Castle, Marlborough. Just the one runner, El Jo competed in the Mens Open - a tough contest (some easier races at Cheltenham!) with 16 runners. He finished 5th at 50-1, a good run although didn't get the best of starts. Friday 7th December 2012
Weather - ( 15:49) windy, 3 degrees, feels like minus one, barely a cloud to be seen and those that you can see have a red glow!
This morning was busy with two lots by 8:45 am in a snow/sleet storm and then off to Kempton racecourse with Gunning for Glory
, (2yr old) for his first piece of work away from home. Flat Jockey, Martin Lane met us at the course with two members of the Solario Racing Team to watch the good looking son of Indesatchel go through his paces with Arachnophobia (a good work horse up to 9 furlongs) ridden by Zac Baker.
Gunning for Glory has grown into a fine young horse, the last six months have been stop - start as with most young horses - a few niggles with sore shins (very common in young horses and humans!) and of course he has been getting taller by the month! After a good walk around the pre-parade ring they went out to the track and gently cantered all the way around the course. They worked from the mile start, joined up at the six furlong pole and then increased each furlong to the winning post, staying upsides the rest of the way for education and confidence. A good piece of work with Martin Lane having a job to pull up at the end of the work. Gunning for Glory enjoyed his first experience away and seemed quite full of himself after - on his toes and looking like he wanted to go and do it again! He showed us he has plenty of talent - a fantastic stride - a good winner in the making. Martin Lane who rides a lot of very talented horses for trainers up and down the country, said that he is now ready to run but it will take a few runs for the 'penny to drop' (he is just that type) but when it does he will go from strength to strength. Gunning for Glory is typical of a late developer mentally and physically - these types are always the exciting ones as they can be the superstars of the future!
Sarah has Eljo running this Sunday at Barbury Castle Point to Point. Entered in the Open, the main race of the day - a tough contest at the entry stage and possibly one of the hottest contests I have seen in a point for years!! Eljo is so well in himself and he is not getting any younger so Sarah is keen to run while he has the chance of his ground.Tuesday 4th December 2012
Last Saturday Martin had an operation on his knee (wear and tear of an ex-professional sportsman) so will have to take it easy for the next few weeks.
We could not be more pleased with the horses at home - working and schooling well. This week's entry Lisselton Cross
was balloted out (over 40 entries and just 14 allowed to run!) however he will get a run next week.... working well and looking stronger than ever. Another one we want to see back on the track is Burnt Cream
- will now run on the 20th back at Kempton with one of the top jockeys on board. Jump runners waiting on the better ground - hopefully before Christmas!Thursday 1st December 2012Giles Dream
, the only soft ground horse in the stables found the ground at Uttoxeter too testing! He behaved well (runs in a hood due to being a little querky) and jumped well considering he found the ground like glue! Zac did all he could do and as he became quietly detached he pulled Giles Dream up...... not tired in anyway just could not act on the ground (had a spring in his step going back to the stables). A proper baby at five and just found it all too difficult at a good pace on testing ground. Albert who looked after him at the races won the 'Best Turned Out' prize, only his second time racing in charge of a horse - well done Albert. Will not run him now till the ground dries.Affirmation
who ran last week at Lingfield in a 'Bumper' on the all weather has come back with sore muscles between his front legs. Lots of massaging to do before he can work again. Another good sort of horse but again very immature - big frame on a young mind. Wednesday 28th November 2012
Been very dull in action for the past two weeks with most of our plans being put on hold due to the weather - we only have one soft ground horse so will have to wait with most of them until the ground dries! Been 'gloomy' on the the all weather too as the flat horses have been drawn badly or ridden from too far off the pace... never nearer situation! On a positive note we are looking forward to Kempton next week with Lisselton Cross
A runner tomorrow with our only soft ground horse at the moment - Giles Dream
and young Zac Baker, claiming 7lb on board. A competitive novice hurdle on heavy ground (not many easy ones about!) but only a few runners and has to get handicapped. Good luck to both for a clear round.Sunday 18th November 2012
Weather - 7 degrees, dry.
At the start of last week we were all expecting at least one winner - unfortunately with one thing and another the fancied ones did not quite go as planned. Topthorn
ran at Ludlow - 6/4 fav. All going to plan - jumping well and traveling well until the second favourite who had been biting at his heels took him on upsides (plenty early enough - possibly trying to stretch our stamina) and then as we turned the bend for home, approaching the fourth last, we changed legs, got in close and hit the fence very hard - unfortunately brought Topthorn to a stand still and gave him no chance to get back into the fight - finished a humble 4th - only disappointing as we thought we would win! He has come home safe and sound, most importantly.
The same day, we had expected runners, Bobs Legend
and Vinnies Girl
at Taunton and Arachnophobia
at Southwell. The ground at Taunton was good, good to soft and we were in the first race with prospects of being in the money. However, the ground rode more soft than good and the grass height was at least five inches tall - on declaration we were hoping the ground would dry by the time of the race - too much moisture in the grass! In the race she never traveled (too much ease in the ground) then with a circuit to go, just as we were moving into a steady fifth position, the favourite fell right in front of us, bringing us to a stand still. The race was over for us - she was never going to get back into it on a competitive level and our jockey was not sure if she had been injured from the fallen horse. She has come home well and injury free. Due to the ground we took out our other declared runner, Bob's Legend.
Meanwhile at Southwell, our apprentice young Kirsten Smith was getting ready to ride Arachnophobia
at Southwell. At 33-1 they were not fancied but had been a good team together in the past (2nd and 4th at big prices), so there was a possibility of a place with luck! However, the pace of the race was furious (most of the apprentices having been told to sit handy!) - we wanted to sit handy but could not get into it. Kirsten had to switch wide, along with a few others to get out of the awful kick back - unfortunately she got taken even wider by those on her inner and turning into the home straight they were nearly coming up the stand rail - they were beaten 8 lengths, finishing 9th of 14 runners. May be worth one more try back over a mile......
Friday we took Lisselton Cross
and Burnt Cream
to Wolverhampton - both ridden by Martin Lane with chances of being in the frame. Burnt Cream 10-1, who had run so well at Kempton had to be in the first three but the pace in the five furlong race was fast and the poor mare could never get into a competitive position, that is until in the final furlong when staying on into 6th, only beaten 3 1/4 lengths. Now entered for a six furlong race on Friday 23rd November, back at Wolverhampton in an apprentice race with 7lb off her back! Interesting.Lisselton Cross
ran one hour later over 6 furlongs, again a chance of being in the frame but the draw of 8 was against him. Like most of the races that day/evening they were fast early on, all trying to get out of the awful kick back. From the start we were behind (not our plan) and with three furlongs to run when just behind the winner, we switched to the outer. Luckily our jockey made this switch as seconds later one of the horses close to us fell through the inside rail! We manged to finish on the wide outside, another 'running on' 6th but beaten 4 1/2 lengths. Back to sheepskin pieces or visor - Kempton would be ideal but no races for him there (at this moment) so may have to give him one more try back at Lingfield.
We may have some bad luck last week but actually it was probably a lot of good luck - fallers all around us and we escaped any harm!Monday 12th November 2012
Weather - 8 degrees, dull, overcast and trying to rain.Giles Dream
had his debut last week at Towcester finishing 9th of 15 runners. A pleasing run, jumped well and looked like being 5th or 6th turning in for home only to get tired in the closing stages of the race. A backward little horse, mentally and physically that has needed lots of patience at home so to jump and participate as he did in the race you would say that was a very satisfying debut run.
Weather permitting (get today out of the way then should be dry and cold for the rest of the week), we should have a busy week with runners, hooray! On Thursday we have the following entries; Vinnies Girl
at Taunton, Topthorn
at Ludlow, Bob's Legend
at Taunton or Ludlow and Arachnophobia
at Southwell. On Friday we have Burnt Cream
and Lisselton Cross
at Wolverhampton. The Taunton and Ludlow runners will need the ground to be good (Topthorn and Bob's Legend will act on good - good to soft in places but not ideal) so fingers crossed the rain is not too heavy today!
Off to Kempton early on Tuesday morning to work/educate horses - good for the horses to get away from the home gallops, new scenery gets the heart pumping!Wednesday 7th November 2012
Weather - 9 degrees, dry and slight breeze.
A few changes since the last posting of the blog - welcome new arrival 'Alfresco' - 8yrs now, a tough horse rated in the mid nineties a few years back... and can we revive him back to winning ways? Time will tell.... patience and hard work - we will do our best. A couple of the unnamed youngsters have gone on holiday and the old boy Midnight Spirit
has been retired and went to his new home in Yarmouth, yesterday.
Been very frustrating over the past two weeks - not getting a run due to soft or heavy ground - two fancied runners in great form having to be taken out of their races when they need good ground. However, we have Giles Dream running tomorrow at Towcester and he does want this softening ground. He is not the fastest racehorse but does have stamina written all over him! This will be his debut over hurdles having had two bumper runs earlier this year - has come on from his earlier racecourse appearances and will get the expert handling from Wayne Hutchinson. Friday 26th October 2012
Weather - 8 degrees, rain and wind (09:20 hrs)'WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!'
- Very exciting - Topthorn WON
yesterday at Ludlow - a 2 mile chase £7,000 added, class 4 (all age) handicap at the age of six. The ground was perfect - good ground with plenty of moisture, similar ground to when he won his point to point last year over 2 mile 4 furlongs. Wayne Hutchinson gave him yet again another confident ride - always in a handy position in what appeared to be a good gallop and throughout the race he was always happy, traveling well. With two fences to go Topthorn pricked his ears and ran on to win by 7 lengths. Bob's Legend
was also a runner at Ludlow yesterday - had not run for over 270 days - a talented young horse who can be a little 'free' in his races. Yesterday, he was ridden by the master of settling young horses, Andrew Thornton and what a good job he did yet again. He looked amazing, a quality horse in looks and performance - looked like a young footballer having his first game of the season!! Although he finished 6th of 13 and beaten 19 lengths he had our hearts beating very fast when he turned for home - looking like another winner! However due to freshness, too much fuel was used up in the early part of the race and when he got close to the second last his jockey held him together to get home - an experienced jockey is needed in these situations or he could have been put on the floor which would not be good for horses or jockey. A super run for an inexperienced horse and looking like a winner in due course.
Off to Lambourn today to take some youngsters, Lacocodanza and Giles Dream for a change of scenery - schooling and galloping. Monday 22nd October 2012
Weather - 13 degrees, overcast, damp with slight breeze (10:24 hrs)
Entries this week are Topthorn
, too wet today at Plumpton but in again at Ludlow on Thursday as is Bob's Legend
but if the ground is too soft we will wait another week and go to Huntingdon. Roman Senate
was entered for this week but has just been balloted out..... very frustrating not to get in when we want to see him run quickly after the unbelievable ride last time!
We had a lot of excitement with Burnt Cream's
run last week at Kempton - 3rd at 50-1.... and we backed her! Given a very confident ride by Stevie Donohoe - made up about 8 lengths from last to 3rd in the home straight and only beaten 3 3/4 lengths..... great finish. She has come out of the race well, relaxed and eating well. Frustrating for all concerned as there are not many races for her over the next month but when we do run next it will be onwards and upwards...... Could not be more delighted with her performance - a mare that had colic, breathing and muscle problems - her owner Patricia Brown deserves all the praise for being so patient.Lisselton Cross
another runner last week but at Wolverhampton - looked like the winner two out but then the petrol ran out only to finish 8th and beaten 5 3/4 lengths. He traveled too well (in comparison to previous races) in the early part of the race and then got into a bit of a scrum on the home bend - although coming out of the fight with a clear run had already done too much too early - Luke Morris who rode him took the blame - credit to him for owning up to it - most would not! He was running with 2lb higher than his last run (beaten a nose) but is in a good frame of mind (using himself much better) more to work on though! Again not many races for him from now till Christmas so will have to be patient....Tuesday 16th October 2012
Weather - 11 degrees, cloudy and brisk wind. (14:26 hrs)
Just got back from Kempton race track having been galloping horses - two national hunt youngsters who are very 'green'. They behaved well considering the strong wind and the turf water sprinklers - they did a good piece of work, a step closer to running in a race - early November. They will need another work morning away - Lambourn this time on the grass. The education of travel/work away brings them on mentally...... Richard Hannon with all his facilities takes horses to Kempton every week.
Tomorrow we have Burnt Cream
at Kempton - her second run for us. This time over 5 furlongs, a furlong shorter will help but will need to be a little handier than her debut for us. Expecting a good run with a decent jockey, Stevie Donohoe.
The Solario Yearling Parade went well on Sunday with about 70 people attending in the lovely sunshine. The horses on parade for Solario Racing were Roman Senate, Gunning for Glory, Chiltern Secret, a yearling by Amadeus Wolf and a yearling by Rebellion. They all behaved well, dressed in their paddock sheets and racing bridles - full credit to the team the horses were turned out to a very high standard. The yearlings were lunged by Kirsten for about 5 minutes each, then stood up while Simon Double from Solario talked through their breeding. There was high interest for both yearlings - shares should be sold very quickly - hopefully a successful day!
Friday 12th October 2012
Weather - 12 degrees, blue sky and slight breeze (11:17)
What a lovely race Vinnies Girl ran at Towcester on Wednesday - 3rd only beaten 4 3/4 lengths in her first handicap hurdle. As she approached two out she was in front, just got a little close to the hurdle and stopped her winning run... Will have to wait till next Tuesday for her revised handicap mark.
Been a busy few weeks with runners and staff away on courses.... all part of this modern way of life. The runners have been running well - our only disappointment was Roman Senate at Wolverhampton last Saturday - a very odd run......... traveled well but then held up and never put into a challenging position! Went off favorite and we could not see him being beat in what was a below average race..... That was an expensive trip!
Yesterday we went to Worcester with Don't Mistake Me to run in his first hurdle race - a novice hurdle with some experienced very well rated horses. He jumped well under Haddon Frost - ground was verging on the softer side of good - he would prefer faster ground. Just two more runs then he has a handicap mark which will enable him to run in novice handicaps.
Topthorn went to Huntingdon last Sunday finishing 5th with Wayne Hutchinson on board.... a two and a half mile handicap chase against some experienced and improving individuals.... the ground was perfect for him....fast (good to firm)! His jumping was expressive, bold and enjoyable to watch. The last couple of furlongs just caught him out - over enthusiastic (fresh) through the race and inexperience in comparison to his older rivals. Next run at Fontwell in a novice handicap at the end of the month but will need the fast ground to be at his best.
Yearling Parade here on Sunday 14th October - 11am start. For further details please contact Martin or Simon from Solario Racing (solarioracing.com).
Saturday 29th September 2012
Weather - 15 degrees, sunny with a few clouds (11:30hrs)
Well done to Lissellton Cross and Jean O'Connor, so unlucky not too win, beaten a nose! The team had done a superb job preparing him for the race with a lot of hard work involved. Our three main jockeys that we use on a regular basis, George Baker, Martin Lane and Luke Morris were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the race! Told George he is off our Christmas List! Ha, Ha!
The horses worked super this morning - getting ready for a run on the track - Carobello, Topthorn, Dont Mistake Me, Vinnies Girl, Midnight Spirt, Bobs Legend and Roman Senate. The babies worked well too; Lacocodanza, Gunning for Glory and Affirmation - getting competitive - learning well.
Been a long summer with very few runners, full of babies here and you cant rush them but you need runners to remind people that your still in the game! Pleasing to have regular runners again but an even better feeling when they are running well and have competitive chances - worth all the patience and hard work from the team. Lissellton Cross second beaten a nose by the winner on Wednesday and Roman Senate beaten 3/4 length off 2lb higher than when he was beaten a nose on his previous run. Topthorn unlucky last week when going very well before unseating his jockey will be entered up again shortly - ground permitting (wants fast ground). Don't Mistake Me and Vinnies Girl are ready to run - races being planned at present.
Yesterday, Burnt Cream ran a pleasing race (beaten 7 3/4 lengths) at Wolverhampton with a jockey change from William Carson (eye infection) to Cathy Gannon. In the race she was slowly away from an inside draw (2), a little rusty having had 2 years off the track but as she got into her stride, proceeded to pull quite hard. The kick back was at its worst and being held up she was unable to get into a challenging position. The positive factor of the race was that she ran on in the final furlong without any use from the stick, just hands and heels. Her confidence will grow from that run; she could breath (had an operation since her last run) and secondly she did not bleed (no build up of stress/pressure) as she did 774 days ago when last on the track! She has eaten up everything since and now out in the pen eating grass! An encouraging run.
The yard is buzzing now with most of the horses now back on the gallops having had long breaks. Still have a few out in the fields - some real super stars in the making, looking for owners!
Tuesday 25th September 2012
Weather - 14 degrees, partly sunny, good breeze.
What a disappointment on Sunday with Topthorn - A big unseated rider at the fourth fence - one of those things - a slight lack in communication on a down hill fence and hey ho out the side door! However, Topthorn thought he won at Plumpton - loved his day out jumping his way to the front, ears pricked and sailed on to win on his own by 15 lengths then, cantered up to the top of the hill to eat grass! He is in again on Friday at Worcester but will have see what the rain does to the track - needs to be on the fast side of good - a clear round would be good!
Lisselton Cross has got in at Kempton tomorrow - did have him marked for Friday at Wolverhampton but had no chance of a run there. His race tomorrow is not a great race but one or two are competitive and the pace could be furious with a couple of front runners..... we are still a little higher in the handicap since he won but he is in good form and hopefully in better shape than his last run...... If his new style of training works then he should be thereabouts - certain this little horse is better than he has shown recently.
Chiltern Secret had her 2-y-o debut at Kempton yesterday - she was so well behaved she had to lead the winner to the start pre race! Stevie Donohoe was very impressed with her attitude and could only be positive about her. Although she only beat one in the end she broke well, traveled like a first time baby (on an off the bridle) and then weakened in the final two furlongs, along with other immature babies, costing a lot more than she was bought for a year ago. This filly can only improve as she grows into her frame.
Sunday 23rd September 2012
Weather - 11 degrees, raining (11:15hrs)
Off to Plumpton today with Topthorn - winner/placed last season point to pointing /hunterchasing with Sarah. This will be his first run over fences in a novice handicap. Today we have Will Kennedy, experienced jockey who has ridden us winners in previous years. Topthorn is in good form with himself and looks fantastic so expecting a good run - will be disappointed if he is not in the first three. Lets hope the rain does not get in the ground too much - wants fast ground......
On Monday, the beautiful 2-y-o Chiltern Secret (Mi Mi - nickname) has her debut run at Kempton. A hot contest with some very well bred individuals - Richard Hannon's Zurigha looks the likely winner. Mi Mi has worked well at home and on the track at Kempton on several occasions but we have never pushed her over her limits. She has a great attitude to her work but still has lots of growing to do and when she fills her frame she will be very useful. Looking forward to seeing her run.
Friday we have two entries at Wolverhampton with Burnt Cream and Lisselton Cross - both in the same race (not many options on the all weather over the next couple of weeks). Burnt Cream has not run for over two years having had time off for a breathing operation and colic problems. With lots of hard work from the team we have now got her fit and well enough to run. She is typical of a 'breeze up' horse from the sales - very sensitive and just want to run fast for a couple of furlongs! This filly has relaxed well with the comforts of wearing the 'hood', her routine of getting plenty of grass and light but consistent exercise. Has worked at Kempton on her own giving a good account of herself, especially in her last gallop. Friday will be her debut run for us and over 6f - will more than likely be a little 'rusty' but if she gains more confidence from this first run back we will expect some good results before Christmas.
Lisselton Cross is entered for the same race as Burnt Cream but at this stage due to a vast entry he is unlikely to get a run! Although finished 5th last time out he is better than that run suggests. We have changed his training regime since then - now very similar to Burnt Cream's and we have found he is happier in himself and probably looking the best in muscular shape since he last won..... the proof will be in his next run! Fingers crossed we can get him in a race soon.
The yearlings are coming along well - filly by Amadeus Wolf and a colt by Rebellion. These two have good attitudes to life, taking 'everything in their stride' - they are both quite remarkable for their age! Next week we will be leaning over them and the colt may even get a leg over each side!
Lots of schooling going on with the jumpers and will be some runners very shortly - providing the ground is suitable... at the moment it is either firm or with a drop of rain goes soft - what has happen to good ground! Hopefully we will get good ground for this winter......
Little Red Nell by Red Clubs is now having a break to give her a chance to grow and fill her frame. Six individual winners have now come out of her race and she was only two lengths from a horse that is now rated 80. This super well bred filly by the prolific top stallion, Red Clubs (her dam 92 rated and grand-dam 94 rated) is for sale - shares available at the unbelievable price of £2,500 (25%). Contact Martin for further details.
Saturday 15th September 2012
Weather - 21 degrees, slight breeze, blue sky (17:14hrs)
Yesterday was a sad day for us, the funeral of our good friend Stephen Lovejoy (only 49) at Carterton in Oxfordshire. Stephen was Stable Jockey for David Nicholson and groom to 'Very Promising' from 1979 to the late eighties. He spent most of his childhood at Lower Haddon Farm, Martin's family home. When he left racing, Sarah found him a job with a local scaffolding company only 5 mins walk from his house and this line of work took him into construction where he traveled all around the world, meeting his wife Suzanne in Dubai where they were married sixteen years ago. He always had a smile, a lovely smile, a great team player, he was kind and thoughtful, loved his racing and his recent hobbie, his garden. He managed to attend our Hog Roast on the 19th September but passed away just one week later. He will be very sadly missed.
Solario Racing, a well organised racing syndicate who have their horses with us, have their Hospitality Day at Newbury Races on the 21st September. They have an exciting selection of horses with us and Roman Senate looks like he will win shortly.
Our next runners - Topthorn, previously with Sarah, a winner last season point to pointing and placed hunter chasing will go to Plumpton on the 23rd September, Chiltern Secret 2-y-o for Solario Racing is to have her debut run at Kempton on Monday 24th September. Lisselton Cross will now run in two weeks. Carobello is to have his debut over hurdles for Luke Harvey Racing and Burnt Cream, owned by Patricia Brown will be having their first runs for us and will be aimed for the end of the month.
Just watched the St Ledger on television and totally agree with John Francome's comments that Camelot's action was awkward in the early part of the race..... Earlier we had noticed that Camelot had over-reach boots on at home when Channel 4 showed his pre-race build up - possibly always wears them close to a race OR has he been clipping his front feet with his hinds hence the reason he is wearing over-reach boots? If the latter perhaps there is a niggle with a muscle.... Will he run again this year? Mind you, even with his awkward action today he still ran a great race beaten by a horse who got first run on him while he was trying to get out of the pack..... The flash accellaration he has was not there today - his basic ability got him through! Most will say that he should have come off the rail sooner but we think Camelot left his turbo gear at home....
Monday 10th September 2012
Weather - overcast, warm with a good breeze, 19 degrees (1044hrs)
No runners over the weekend - well actually we had one called 'Buster' not a horse but a dog! He competed at the local Chalfont St Giles Summer Show with his owner, in the 'Best Six Legs' - it was a tough competition with some stunning entries...... Buster being led in his thick white and black lead (horse rope) and his owner being Martin, in shorts, trainers and t-shirt. You could say that Buster and his owners' legs were similar to the point of both being a little 'bandy' - sat on too many horses as a young child, and Buster, over trained as a pup....... so you could say they were both very similar! After a four circuits of the parade ring Buster and Martin were pulled in, into Second! There was a huge cheer and much laughter as they were beaten by the black Schnauzer and his long dark haired female handler. Buster spent the rest of the afternoon parading his blue rosette with his very proud owner on tow!
Over the last few weeks we have had some new horses arrive in the yard - two yearlings, filly by Amadeus Wolf and a colt by Rebellion recently bought by Simon Double for Solario Racing and a useful hurdler /chaser called Drussell. The yearlings are good movers and have that touch of class about them - starting their schooling this week. Drussell has had a decent holiday out in the field since he ran for Richard Philips earlier this year. He is currently on the lunge twice a day and turned out in the pens through the afternoons. We have a big 4 yr old by Emperor Fountain who has just been ridden away - strong good quality national hunt horse for the future. Another new arrival is Affirmation by Antonius Pius, powerful sort but will need patience - jumper in the making. Just arrived back from his holiday is Bob's Legend who has grown into a much stronger horse and mentally much more relaxed - now handicapped we can plan races to win. His novice races were extremely competitive and I am sure there is no doubt we will see some top class horses coming out of them, hence Bob's Legend now has a handicap rating of 109......
Over the last two years the novice races have become so difficult to win with all the big yards having so many good horses to choose from - expensive horses (£100, 000 plus) running around for such low price money! Gone are the days of maximum 60 horses in a big yard - now a numbers game with no passion left - such a shame!
Thursday 6th September 2012
Weather - overcast, warm 21 degrees (1500hrs)
At last we have the internet back! Sorry for no 'Blog' for the past few weeks - a slight malfunction - frightening how much we rely on the web so much!
Yesterday was very thrilling with Roman Senate running another consistent race - 2nd on the flat at Kempton and only beaten 3/4 length - so close yet again.
We have missed the regular flow of flat runners through the summer - the old handicappers, that won their couple of races a year have now all retired! However, one or two of the two year olds are nearly ready to run, just another racecourse gallop for experience, then we can make an entry - how exciting.
Burnt Cream and Lisselton Cross are on a 'come back' trail - looking great in their coats and working well. Hoping for a run from each at the end of the month.
The national hunt horses are working well and when the ground gets some 'cut' we will have two or three entries for the end of the month.
Tuesday 21 August 2012
Weather - overcast, warm 19 degrees (0900hrs) looking like a possible shower later.
Midnight Spirit runs today at Worcester - in good form at home and fit. Expecting a good run today but still too high in the handicap.
The 'Summer Party' last Sunday went well, approximately 95 people, friends, family and most of our owners in attendance. It was a very hot day (31 degrees) and most of us were sheltering from the sun, in the barn. The Hog Roast was ready by 2pm and Martin could not carve quick enough - some very hungry people about! Later, much the same situation, as the cakes came out from the kitchen to the tables - before you could count to ten plates were empty! I must admit they were very good...every description - 120 cakes all gone!
Roman Senate nearly got his nose in front last Tuesday at Wolverhampton. We took the head gear off and switched to the all weather and we nearly got that long awaited win - so close! In the early part of the race, he was never traveling and he had us thinking he was only going to beat one or two! As he turned in to the home straight he got a little daylight, the gaps opened up and next he sprouted wings and flew! The winner was a length up with half a furlong to go and as Roman Senate got to the line it looked a dead heat, passing the line we were in front! The photo was called - we were 2nd......soul destroying for all..... so close but so far and on these situations you would rather finished a length behind in second. However, what counts is that Roman Senate thinks he won!
Don't Mistake Me ran yesterday at Stratford - 5th. On entering thought it was a little on the sharp side for him but he does have a bit of class so didn't think it would worry him.... It was another 'bumper' flat race for young national hunt horses with only nine runners - looked ideal. On the day of the race a couple of the runners were being backed and it was starting to look an interesting affair. Our previous form was good enough so we were quite shocked to see that we were one of the outsiders! As the race panned out we could never get into it - too far behind from the start and he was always playing 'catch-up'. One of the fancied horses only finished 3rd so possibly a better race than we thought....... Our summing up of the race - An above average race and we had a slow horse on a sharp track. He will now go over hurdles - more to come!
Annisuella has had her niggling problems since she arrived as a yearling but is one of 'life's triers'. She has been working well at home and always given us the impression that if she coped with the competing on a racecourse that she may want further than a mile. Last week, we ran her at Lingfield in a reasonable maiden which was an improved run - traveled much better, did find it difficult coming down the hill but then ran on again in the straight when it was all over! She did beat a couple of horses and was beaten about 21 lengths - will now aim for a low grade race over two furlongs further.
Sunday 5th August 2012
Weather - dull, cloudy, looking like a shower later - 15 degrees.
What a day yesterday for the Brits in the Olympics! FANTASTIC! What an atmosphere just watching on TV! Well done to all the winners and to all our competitors who have tried so, so hard to achieve their best. We want the Olympics in London every year! Racing authorities should learn from the Olympic enthusiasm.
This week we had runners at Bangor and Bath - Jumping and flat racing. Spaceman and Vinnies Girl were at Bangor, both 5th in competitive races on ground faster than reported. Vinnies Girl will now have a handicap mark - will know on Tuesday. Both have come back with bruising - will know more in 72 hours - hopefully will be fine.
Roman Senate ran at Bath in what looked to be a race he could win. He looked fantastic, had worked superbly at home and we could not be more pleased with him ... race conditions were ideal with a good draw of 3 near the rail. One minor hitch, half an hour before the race, our Jockey Eddie Ahern was held up in traffic so we had Richard Kingscote on standby (he had won the first two races). With 15 minutes before the off, still no sign of Eddie so Richard stepped in his place. All Richard had to do on Roman Senate was break well and sit in the first four or five, then ride a race from then on. However, having been in the stalls for sometime (quite a few horses misbehaving during loading) he broke slowly and within a few strides, Richard gave Roman Senate a smack to wake him up - this of course worked and he then found himself in the front ranks. It was almost like the little horse held his breath from then on, he was on and off the bridle for the next two furlongs, three out he was being passed one by one. This was a complete mystery as he was in such 'good order'! When Roman Senate got back to the stable yard we asked the vet to scope him. Found him to have a clear and healthy throat but showing signs of a form of tonsillitis, bubbles on the throat without the sore redness (more common in 2 yr olds). The Vet has said that he will be fine to run again soon, so he is out again on Tuesday, back at Bath...... slightly different riding tactics and we are taking the blinkers off replacing with cheek pieces and a tongue strap. Watch this space!
On a sad note, those of you who knew Georgie, Martin's fathers old dog, who had spent over six years with us was put to sleep two days ago. She will be sadly missed.
Thursday 26th July 2012
Weather - 28 degrees, blue sky and not a breath of air.
The weather is not good for these poor horses and the flies are eating everyone! We had runners last night at Worcester; Vinnies Girl and Midnight Spirit.
Vinnies Girl was up against some very smart novices and this was only her second run over hurdles. We had not run her for a while due to the ever ending rain and she must have 'top of the ground' (fast good ground). We had kept her 'ticking' over at home but she was not fully 'tuned up' as we did not want her to 'peak' or 'go over the top' as we say! In the race, she was in a perfect position in the first five then passing the stands the horse in front of us was loosing his bandage on a front leg. Our jockey, Hadden Frost had to swerve around the horse on the outer to avoid, what could have been a disaster (the bandage could have brought the horse down). This cost us at least 10 lengths - we had to make up lost ground down the back straight but the leaders were away by the time we got to the bottom bend! We finished 7th beaten 34 lengths by some decent horses - there was 'talk' of the first three being 'Saturday' horses. The fourth horse is rated 121 and we know the connections were delighted - a pleasing performance. One more run and then she has a handicap mark.... she will be better off in a handicap at this stage of her career.
Good old Midnight Spirit also ran - again would have needed the run..... We were trying him over further but we were not confident he would get the extra half mile. He was up in the front ranks all the way until the last four furlongs - got tired quite quickly but jumped really well and still regains a lot of enthusiasm. Hopefully the handicapper will drop him a few more pounds after that run.
Monday 16th July 2012
Weather - 14 degrees, windy, cloudy with showers
Off to Wolverhampton for the last race tonight with Head Down. Been off 2yrs with various niggling problems, mostly wear and tear..... but leaving for the races today he looks fantastic - fit, good muscle definition, glossy coat and happy! He will never be the horse he was at Richard Hannon's but he has come down the handicap a long way now and should show something today if he is to ever win another race.
Tomorrow, off to Ffos Las in Wales with Misefi - a long way to go with a horse who has never been placed! However, this filly works well at home and is competitive. She has had no luck on the flat and her turn is now! She needs to be up with the pace as she was before she got brought down at Lingfield - in 3rd with 2 furlongs to go! Ground will be heavy but we do not see that being a problem as her run at Windsor was soft and she handled that well except for the fallen horse, a furlong out when she was making ground up from being held up! She does not quicken, just gallops. Can get herself in a 'tiz' pre-race but with the help of the new hood (Frankle's brother wears one) she should be professional...... Not a great race tomorrow; a few have run ok recently but the handicapper has put his mark on them! As long as she behaves herself pre-race she will run well under a positive jockey, David Probert.
Wednesday 11th July 2012
Weather - 13 degrees, cloudy and a little blue sky!
We were hoping for that good break from stall one with Arachnophobia yesterday but luck was not on our side! We knew that there was going to be pace but nearly everyone had the same idea to be up with the pace! As it happened we sat struggling to go the pace in mid division, not traveling! What a ride Luke Morris gave our little horse - pushed the whole way, determined to keep his position and gain ground where he could get a gap..... most jockeys would have given up! Turning in he pulled him into daylight and with more encouragement he started gaining on the leaders. In the last half a furlong he was slightly hampered by the second horse, we then got a little squeezed up strides from the line and the third horse beat us a head - beaten a length and a head by the winner. A much improved run yesterday but next time back to 7f on the all weather - he is now a well handicapped horse.
No runners today - ground too soft or balloted out! Good job we don't have too many horses to run this summer. Some trainers must be pulling their hair out in frustration of the weather.
Monday 9th July 2012
Weather - 15 degrees, very dull and damp.
Arachnophobia is ready to run on Tuesday at Wolverhampton over 6f. Drawn 1, a great draw if he gets out - a few front runners in the race so he will have to be at his best jumping from the stalls! Going through the race we have third top (at best) RPR from the Racing Post and 4th top speed (at best) - a chance if luck on our side at 16-1. We need to be in the first two or three throughout the race to be a contender! A great positive is that we have the assistance of talented jockey, Luke Morris.
Other entries are Bushlark, Vinnies's Girl, Roman Senate - Bushlark recently arrived with us having had two bumper
runs in 2010 and 2011. A good strong mare who will need her first few runs having had a long time off the track - will be her debut over hurdles at Worcester on Wednesday. Vinnie's Girl will not run at Worcester unless the ground dries. Roman Senate will be balloted out at Kempton due to the vast entries.
Saturday 30th June 2012
Raining, cloudy and just 14 degrees at 7.30am.
Owners arriving in 15 mins to see the two years olds on the gallops. Only two lots going out this morning - quiet with runners but still busy enough with a few youngsters and a new one to "back".
Two more horses have been turned out for a break, recently arrived with us - well bred recruits which are actually for SALE
. One being an unnamed four year old, a half sister to Topthorn by Passing Glance and an unnamed two year old by Compton Place, a half sister to multiple winners and Imperial Cup 4th Rowan Tiger. Arachnophobia
ran in the week at Salisbury with young Zac Baker on board in the Amateur Race. Finished 7th of 13 over a stiff 7f from a bad draw of 14! Looked like being placed just two furlongs out but his stamina ran out in the final furlong. Today Arachnophobia is back leading his babies up the gallop - his proper job! Lisselton Cross
ran at Wolverhampton finishing 5th of 11 - not at his best and not a happy boy at the moment so have some thinking to do to get his enthusiasm back! Wednesday 20th June 2012
Sun shining at 7.45 am - forecast is for a lovely summers day.
Martin and Sarah have just got back from Greece having had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Half the horses are out in the field enjoying this 'in and out' summer weather - plenty of grass from the wet and sunshine! The winter horses need the summer break but we dont like them getting too fat - a good six weeks is ideal then back in with a month on the walker before we start to ride them out.
The inexperienced Don't Mistake Me
had is his second run, finishing a very pleasing 3rd at Market Rasen. A competitive five runner race - the betting market was strong for three of the five horses and in particular on JP Mcmanus's - AP McCoy which finished behind us in fourth. Don't Mistake Me is another exciting young horse owned by our Landlord Mr Carey.
Over the past two weeks the flat horses have been a little disappointing through no fault of their own just bad draws or ground too soft. However, one who did run with a lot of promise was Little Red Nell
on her debut at Wolverhampton who ran a super race under Luke Morris. We were delighted to see her looking like a contender only one and a half furlongs out considering how immature she still is at the age of three. Tuesday 5th June 2012
Overcast and dry with a lot of rain forecast for later - currently only 8 degrees.
Firstly, we are all so, so sorry to hear that Anthony Freeman has broken his leg again. Anthony, such a talented jockey has only just got back from months on the sidelines from another broken leg. This time he has broken the leg above the old break..... This will be a Diamond Jubilee he will remember or perhaps not want to! If there is someone who deserves some luck in the sport, it is Anthony and the press should take note for when he returns.
Return to the sport Anthony must, although he will not be thinking like that at the moment but rest assured if you keep trying in this game, it will reward you but it can be painful along the way! Carl Llewellyn went through nightmare breakages along his early days as a jockey, some used to say that he would find it difficult to get back but with sheer determination he got back into it and the rest is history! Anthony I am sure you will read this at some stage so please be positive, only good can come out of this. There are some nice horses I know you have to look forward to for next season, they are young and so are you - plenty of time ahead.Dualagi
ran at Chepstow last night with George Baker back on board. The ground had become soft in the morning with a few runners pulling out but we had to take our chance on the ground as she is in foal and only has one more race before she becomes a mother. She does have mixed form on the soft but with George on, knowing her so well we were confident that he would get the best out of her. She broke well - almost first out but the pace was fast and furious and the ground had been drying well through the day. Some how within a few strides we ended up at the back of the bunch but still traveling well. Before half way the leaders kicked on, a long way out and when George went for the gap on the rail, his run through was very sharply denied by his fellow jockey along side him..... quite scary to watch her being badly hampered on the rail knowing that she is in foal. The burst of rudeness from our fellow competitor cost us lengths in the finish and the race was over! Some would say that's racing! George was certain he would have been placed ...... Lets hope her next run is a clean and clear run through, straight to the finish and in front - would be absolutely fantastic to finish on a win!Friday 1st June 2012
Another lovely morning, 20 degrees, a little cloudy and a nice breeze. Photo Gallery
Zac was in action this morning schooling the talented Carobello in front of his owner. This is a very promising young horse, not yet raced here in England but has had two runs in bumpers in Ireland. The flat youngsters look fantastic and worked well this morning - now relaxing out in the pens, soaking up the sunshine.
Runners this week - a few disappointing but one very promising run from Roman Senate
at Kempton last Monday. Ben as we call him finished a gallant 4th in a fighting finish only beaten a length and a half by the winner. The winner a well fancied runner of Clive Brittain's was carrying a penalty so they must have thought a lot of the horse. The pace was strong and Ben was up there in the first four to the final 10 yards and only just lost 3rd. Ben now castrated and growing up at long last really showed us what we all thought he could do - just needed a little time. We did get a little scare before the race as he turned over on the walk way to the track, un-shipping his jockey Stevie Donohoe - the little horse got a fright from the horse behind coming pass him at the canter, followed by another horse and Ben with first time blinkers just launched himself in the air ending up in the hedge. Thankfully all was well and full praise to our jockey for getting back on Ben and giving him an excellent ride.
Our disappointment last week was Misefi
running over hurdles at Huntingdon with Anthony Freeman on board. She had not run for 6 months but was fit and had been working very well at home. When she arrived at the races she was looking a little fresh and over excited about the whole occasion.... We were hoping for a good run in the claiming hurdle, although only a four year old taking on older horses but she had done plenty of schooling, had worked well in her last four bits of work so it was just mind over matter and get on with it! Not that simple...... she had her 'knickers in a twist' and was going to argue with everyone! Led down at the start by Martin to keep her calm, all looked good till they jumped off - she had to have the last word and threw herself in the air and how our young jockey stayed on - brilliant. Her antics caused her to get so far behind she never got into the race and jumped liked she had never seen a hurdle before..... surprisingly she did still manage to finish 10th of 14. She was not tired after and we are now hoping to run her again next week!Lisselton Cross
was very disappointing at Folkestone - well not with him. Just the way he broke, no urgency to get out and never put into the race until it was too late. He is one paced and just gallops. He too had been working well at home and when Luke Morris won on him over 6f he said that he is crying out for 7f - Ok we would not have beaten the winner but we should have been 2nd! There were a few negatives pre-race such as limited experience on turf, upped in distance, new jockey, undulating track and 92 days since he last ran BUT his only run on the turf was good enough, he was in good form at home, looked fantastic and had a good jockey on. Most importantly all safe and sound and looking forward to his next run - if he gets in!Spaceman
6th of 13 over hurdles at Towcester last Friday. Disappointing but improved off his previous run at Wincanton. He is not really in love with the game anymore, must have everything his own way. One more chance after a little freshen up....Highcliffe
went all the way to Fakenham to get a small field .... No bad races anymore but with a clear round we could pick up 4th at least. Not to be ..... she lost a front shoe at the second hurdle and had to be pulled up at the third hurdle! Someone is trying to tell us something... no more runs for her. We will find a nice home for her to do some showjumping or eventing.Vinnies Girl
had her debut over hurdles at Towcester under Hadden Frost. Finished 6th of 14 in a very competitive hurdle - first two rated 112 and 115 - a good run, very green , jumped well and should improve. Friday 25th May 2012 Glorious sunshine this morning and not a cloud to be seen - so different from this time last week! First lot has just been - just a routine canter - all seem well.
A few handicap marks have been revised - will help a little but the handicappers are always slow to put them down but quick to put them up..... Midnight is still 8lb too high but he is coming back down to a possible winning mark - when we get some more rain!
Dualagi ran an honest race last night at Salisbury only beaten 6 lengths. Been a while since she last raced (Dec) and is now in foal to Tagula.... Next time out she will be a little sharper for yesterdays run.... no fitness issues just a little rusty.
Sunday 20th May 2012
Overcast and looking like rain at 11.55. Just finished morning stables and Sarah is getting ready for pointing at Whitfield with El Jo.
It has been a satisfactory working week with four runners, no winners but reasonably happy with them all. Midnight Spirit
ran into 4th place in the handicap hurdle at Towcester, jumped well but never really traveled like he can do - feeling the ground with his old niggles! At the same meeting we ran Giles Dream
having his 2nd run under the talented conditional jockey, Anthony Freeman. Finished 7th in a competitive national hunt flat race and only beaten 13 lengths on good to soft ground. What a ride our jockey gave this backward son of Fahris! Always been a little tricky at home, only backward and needing patience - he took his racing calmly before and after his race, always a good sign..... During the race he needed every little encouragement from Anthony, not because he does not want to participate but because he takes time to take anything in quickly..... in time this little horse will be winning over hurdles when 'the penny drops'. Spaceman
ran at Wincanton in a competitive handicap finishing 7th - disappointing really when he looks fantastic and has been working well at home. However this horse has niggles everywhere and if he is not happy with conditions he puts the handbrake on. The trouble was they went a good gallop early and never gave our horse the chance to warm up in his race. He has come back really well in himself and providing the ground is suitable he will be out again very shortly!
The eyecatcher of the week was 4th, Don't Mistake Me
having his debut run at Uttoxeter under Haddon Frost. Another very backward type who has been working well at home but has his teenager kink's. Pre-race 'Miky' as we call him, behaved like an experienced horse but when it came to cantering to the start he bucked the whole way down! Haddon did a great job with his feet out of the irons all the way and then to top it, he reared down at the start...... what a teenager! Throughout the first mile of race we kept being pushed back to last as he was bumped around like a yo yo from other backward babies. Once the race stepped up a gear our horse was able to cut through the gaps and in a few strides we were with the leaders looking like a proper race horse! Another exciting NH horse for next season over hurdles - we could not be more pleased with him.
Sarah has had a good week with El Jo finishing 2nd again at Kingston Blount and Topthorn 3rd in the hunters chase meeting at
Folkestone. She is off to Whitfield today with El Jo hoping its going to rain - this will be his end of season run if there is enough rain this afternoon - which is forecast!
Saturday 12th May 2012
Quite funny the only runners at the moment on this rain soaked ground is Arachnophobia (our lead horse for the youngsters!) and Sarah's Point to Pointer, El Jo. Arachnophobia went to Windsor for an apprentice race, ridden by Kirsten last Monday - the outsider of the field. His draw 9, not ideal for him as he can hang to the right but that was really the only negative...... He broke well and travelled up front till two out when he wavered across to the stand rail. Although lost a couple of lengths for his hanging still managed to hold 4th position at 20-1. A good run from an awkward draw.
Sarah runs El Jo today at Kingston Blount, not an ideal track for him as would prefer to go right handed however the ground has softened according to our Scout's and this would be the most important factor for El Jo. If he acts on the track he should run a big race.
Plenty of entries next week but again ground may be still too soft for some but if Bath dries out enough we could have Roman Senate and Dualagi running. Both working well at home, first runs for a while and Dualagi is in foal to Tagula.
Thursday 3rd May 2012
So, so quiet at the moment - this valued rain is putting a halt to running our turf runners - just too soft for them! However, we did have one runner this week on the all weather..... Ok she did not run very well finishing last in a classy (expensive horses) maiden but it was a major relief that we got her to the races, to go in the stalls and then to jump out was some achievement on its own. She had to have a hood on in the stalls and and the instructions were to have it removed as the gates open - her jockey took the hood off seconds earlier and she still jumped out in the first three! Amazing after the antics on her first visit to Gary Witherford - much credit to him for his hard work with her and credit to our team for their hard work in gaining human confidence. We only found out a month ago her dam never made it to the races having broken her pelvis at home in the stalls - a "querk" in the genes somewhere we think! The owners too deserve credit for their patience as when she arrived with us as a yearling she looked like she was going to be a sharp 2 yr old but ended up being the complete opposite! Still very weak now but as a three year old hopefully she will start to fill her frame.
Sarah ran dear El Jo in an Open point to point at Whitfield last Sunday with young Zac Baker on board. They finished a very close 2nd - a head (some would say he won looking at the video). A great race to watch with the winner and El Jo upsides from four out - they mirrored each other only to be split on the final stride by a head bob! The third horse was 10 lengths back and the others trailing even further. A great ride from Zac - who is coming along well in his finishes.
Tuesday 24th April 2012
Very quiet for runners this week - too soft! Only a few weeks ago it was too firm! Patience is the name of this game and we will just have to wait till nature catches up with itself........
Still very busy at home with the youngsters - National hunt horses are schooling well and the 2 yr olds are doing everything we ask of them. The Sakhee Secret 2 yr old filly is now named - "Chiltern Secret" and the Indesatchel colt will be named on May 2nd. We are not in any hurry with these youngsters as they are just growing and growing........ patience!
The 3 yr olds for the flat are looking good - developing well and showing much improvement on the gallops - Roman Senate, Annisuella and un-named filly by Red Clubs.
The reasonably consistent Lisselton Cross has grown again and he too has improved again at home. He was not born with the best of feet and this has caused problems with his muscles in his back - a few changes have been made to his work and stabling and already seen big improvements. Looking forward to running him when the ground drys a little...... some Compton Place horses do run well with 'cut' in the ground.... but he has such small feet!
Annisuella 3 yr old by Whipper is traveling today to Gary Witherford's to be educated in the starting stalls. She has not been straight forward since she arrived as a yearling - like a time bomb who did not want to trust anyone - a very sharp character, with a lot white in one eye. Now, she loves the attention and will do almost anything you ask of her. She has been working well at home and the plan is to run her next week providing we are all happy with today's performance in the stalls. She is unraced todate only due to weakness and thankful we are to the owners for being so patient - that word again......
This will probably be our quietest summer - no old handicappers to run but then we do have some very promising youngsters.
Monday 9th April 2012
Good to see the rain at long last but with all the watering that goes on the courses these days, the ground has gone soft verging on heavy already! What about those horses who want genuine fast ground?
A quiet week for runners - Roman Senate was entered for today at Warwick with a good draw but we had to take him out for softening ground. Such a shame as he has been working so well at home and looks a picture. Races for him are thin on the ground but we will have to wait for the better ground.
Back at Towcester yesterday, finishing 4th with the 'old timer' Midnight Spirit - Haddon Frost on board. These older horses are so clever, that ground at Stratford was just too firm for him the other day and he was having none of it. Yesterday, however he loved it - good watered slow ground and what a different horse, ears pricked forward and showing the youngsters the way to go. He was enjoying it so much he was possibly a little 'free' in the early part of the race and only just weakened the final furlong (when still in front). He was carrying 14lb more than his win two runs ago and this was a better race! Please Mr Handicapper he is 12yrs old - lets have a few pounds less for his next run?
Also at Towcester, Sarah ran Topthorn in the Hunters Chase over 2 miles with young Zac Baker in the saddle. A competitive race with experienced race horses. Topthorn just a mere youngster at six had a lot on his plate with the ground easier than ideal but with encouragement from Zac they ran a finished a gallant 6th. He jumped almost too well giving every fence daylight and the pace of the race was just a 'tad' too quick for him. Novice Hunter Chase next at the end of the month.
Friday 6th April 2012
Computers are great when they are working but just recently we have had problem after problem! Hopefully fixed now and I can get on and let you know whats happening at Bowstridge Farm.
Happy Easter - what a lovely day it is today, sun shining and not a breath of air. Horses have been exercised and most are out grazing in their pens. Been a 'funny old' week - not many runners and what we have run has been shall we say steady! Highcliffe ran much better than expected and if she can improve again on her run at Fontwell, first run over hurdles then we have a nice little horse to have some fun with in the next few months. Spaceman ran at Hereford finishing 7th - he just hated the softening ground or should I say bog!
Youngsters, 2yr olds and 4yr olds are coming along well and one or two looking very nice.
Tuesday 27th March 2012
Weather currently 19c - bright clear sky at 12.30pm,
Bowstridge Farm had a busy weekend preparing for the Jamasitr Open Day on Sunday. This was a 'showing day' for their 2-y-o filly by Sakhee Secret and their colt by Indesatchel. Expecting about 150 people it was all 'hands on deck' cleaning and preparing - changing the barn into a show room with tea, coffee, champagne and nibbles for the off at 11am. George Baker, Sam Hitchcock and Dominic Elsworth attended the event with the Derby winning jockey, George riding the Jamasitr colt in a piece of work in front of the gathering crowds. All went really well with the youngsters and the audience seem to be having a 'ball' in the wonderful sunshine. Well done to all who took part.
Just a couple of runners last week with no expectations especially with the ground drying so quickly. Bellinda ran at Wolverhampton drawn 10 of 11 - that was a waste of time as she had her race in the first two furlongs trying to get a reasonable position. One race that we can forget and look forward to preparing her for her next one on the turf. Midnight Spirit ran last Saturday with his 14 lb rise under Haddon Frost at Stratford. What a wise old horse - after just one hurdle he had made his mind up that he was not going to run on that firm ground - declared good but with the baking sunshine it was drying all through the day. He basically pulled himself up in a few strides! He has come back home happy and well. We will now wait for the rain - if it comes?
Monday 19th March 2012
Weather currently -1c - frosty with clear blue sky at 0730hrs.
Sarah's three point to pointers have been running really well this season. She only needs El Jo to win, then she has won with all three. Yesterday, Sarah was at Howick Point to Point in Wales with El Jo looking for 'give' in the ground. The wonderful 11yr old looked amazing and deservedly won the best turned out. The ground was quite dead and tacky but having walked the course Zac Baker, his jockey was to take the hedge line to keep him out of the testing ground. This worked really well - getting the best ground possible. However, with just two fences to go and in a challenging position, El Jo put in a short stride and on landing tipped up, sliding along the ground with poor Zac following behind and getting kicked in the back. Both seem to have thankfully come out of it ok and will hopefully be back in due course to get their heads in front.
To sum up Cheltenham in a few words - Thrilling action with fantastic stories! The talking horse for the whole meeting has to be Hunt Ball - the connections have got him 'spot on' - he is obviously in a happy environment and will keep improving - Gold Cup 2013? Racing is all about fulfilling those dreams and it just shows it is possible to achieve ........ There was form at Cheltenham for our young up and coming horses with Oscar Nominee only being beaten a head - who beat our horse, Bob's Legend just 11 lengths. Two of Sarah's new horses in her yard - a unraced four year old is a nephew of China Rock 4th in the Gold Cup - what a race he ran - just wants a shorter trip!). Sarah's other new youngster Carobello finished 4th at Galway to the 4th horse (Moscow Mannow) in the Cheltenham Bumper. Exciting times ahead.
While Cheltenham was on we were having some excitement too! Spaceman is becoming more and more consistent finishing 2nd at Huntingdon with Jimmy McCarthy on board. The ground was not ideal, tacky and dead so the plan was to take him on better ground which meant taking a wider course! It nearly paid off - this will have given him more confidence again...... he is looking like a winner very soon on better ground!
Can you believe it - the handicapper has not moved Midnight Legend for his second at Hereford - ran with a 7lb penalty and still got beat...... Still on that 14lb higher mark.
Sunday 11th March 2012
Weather currently +11c - a little overcast at 10am
Yesterday we ran qualified winner, Shees a Dante at Sandown in the Listed Mares 'Bumper' Final - NH flat race. Although she did not finish in the frame we were quite happy with her run - we gained more knowledge about her; needs better ground and will want much shorter in distance when she runs over hurdles! At the start of the start of the race she was a little keen (got a little stressed with two false starts!), but five out having been held up, went to the leaders hard on the bridle (getting us all very excited) but as she hit the tacky ground on the turn for home she weakened in just a few strides! She has come back home well and although a little tired she looks great.
Tuesday 6th March 2012
Weather currently +3.4c and overcast.
They don't come more enthusiastic than Midnight Spirit at the age of 12 and he certainly showed it yesterday at Hereford. He ran with such courage under Hadden Frost to finish a running on 2nd with a penalty for winning last week. Today we have his revised handicap mark and to our 'shock horror' he has gone up 14lb - that's a whole stone in weight, seven bags of sugar for winning last week!!!!!! Does the handicapper not take into consideration he is 12yrs of age..... Thankfully, we ran him yesterday so that means he has to give him another mark for finishing 2nd - he has to come back down but handicappers are slow to put them down and quick to put them up! Sometimes I think the handicappers need blinkers!
Our other runner yesterday was Giles Dream ridden by young Zac Baker in the NH flat race - 'bumper race' for Amateur and Conditional Jockeys only. Giles Dream came to us last year from Ireland, a frightened, timid little horse and out on exercise quite wayward but Zac has done a good job giving him confidence. Due to his odd quirks he goes out in ear plugs every day and this was repeated for racing yesterday. This little horse does have ability but is not necessarily an ideal flat horse as he loves his jumping - 'bumper' races are great for some of these backward youngsters as some find the whole experience just so mind blowing! Surprisingly he was very well behaved in the prelims and after the race. He will gain in confidence again after yesterday and on his next run you will see a much improved horse. Sarah thinks one day he will be an excellent cross country horse...... Cheltenham perhaps?
Sunday 4th March 2012
Weather currently +3c and raining /snowing at 13.30 hrs.
Martin had no runners yesterday but on the other side of the farm the point to pointers were in action for Sarah at Didmarton - The Duke of Beaufort's Point to Point course in Gloucestershire. The runners: Supreme Oscar was the WINNER of the Open Maiden and Eljo finished SECOND having been badly hampered 3 out.
It was a wonderful day as both of them getting on in years, Eljo had previously been successful in Ireland under rules but had lost his way through various niggling injuries and Supreme Oscar, also plagued with problems from breathing, bleeding to bad feet and had only had four runs in his career so this was just fantastic to see him jumping his way to the front and although hanging on the final bend went on to win by four lengths. Zac rode them both and picked up the Novice Rider Award for the meeting.
Glendun Annie had her debut race over hurdles at Folkestone - a quick run after disgracing herself in the 'Bumper' race at Taunton. She had been schooled every day for weeks by various jockeys and looking like an old handicapper! In her race at Folkestone she decided that she would give her jockey a task by actually wanting to go forward to the front (did the complete opposite at Taunton) and having told her jockey not to make the running but sit behind the leaders, she had decided otherwise..... after jumping well for three hurdles she decided to run down the next hurdle, jinked a little and her jockey was sent sailing into the air! Game over! We have to give her one more try - she is so much better than this but she does have a mind of her own........ a strong minded female!
Monday 27th February 2012
Weather is currently +9c and overcast at 12.14 hrs.
There was a lot of excitement in the Bosley camp yesterday with Midnight Spirit WINNING a selling hurdle at Towcester under a great ride from Hadden Frost. The 12 yr old was bought by Martin to be a lead horse and school master for our young jockeys in stables. It was fantastic to watch the old timer traveling on the bridle up the hill at Towcester and to win by just under 4 lengths and 30 lengths back to the 3rd horse! Well done Midnight.
It had been a busy day last Thursday when the Bosley team had four runners spread from Southwell to Huntingdon and back to Kempton. Arachnophobia at Southwell missed the break then got himself in all the kick back, Just Say Please was never happy in the race and she has now been retired to do another job. The two runners at Kempton were Lisselton Cross who got hampered coming out of the stalls and sustained sore hamstrings and Highcliffe who again ran one paced but liked by his jockey Richard Kingscote - hurdling may be on the cards for her. Lisselton Cross is still weak and growing - a little break is in order and then a campaign on the grass
Bobs Legend had his third run over hurdles last Wednesday and to our delight finished 6th in a very competitive race at Doncaster. Waiting to see what his handicap mark is tomorrow - then to make plans.
Tuesday 21st February 2012
Weather is currently +11c and overcast at 15.50 hrs.
Firstly, what a lovely WINNER we had at Fakenham with Shees a Dante ridden by Hadden Frost and owned by our Landlord, John Carey. This was her second run in a NH Flat race having only been beaten 11 lengths on her debut at Taunton. The team and in particular Corey Jones who looks after her were over the moon with the result after months of patience. Shees a Dante is looking like a very useful mare for the future over the obstacles.
Bob's Legend runs at Docaster on Wednesday in a very hot novice hurdle but he needs the experience and this will be his third run before he has a handicap mark. We have four runners on Thursday - Arachnophobia at Southwell, Just Say Please at Huntingdon, Lissellton Cross and Highcliffe at Kempton. Lets just say they are all in good order at home, they have varying abilities and one or two still need plenty of practice mentally.
Tuesday 14th February 2012
Weather is currently +6.5c and overcast.
Back on the gallops today and all went well - no tight muscles for both horses and jockeys! Great to be back out doors - the school is very useful but it can get a little boring after five lots of trotting and cantering in circles. Still have snow lying around but turning into slush!
The handicapper has put Lisselton Cross up 4lb for winning by a neck....... a little harsh but the handicapper is normally right! At least we have the options of 5f to 7f to run and this hopefully gives us another chance to get the little chap's head in front again.
Highcliffe ran an odd race at Lingfield over 1m 4f and got us scatching our heads but at least we found out she definitely does not stay beyond 1m 2f. Will have to go back to shorter, maybe 8f with the visor on. When she ran last month at Kempton she may have been a little rusty and possibly greener than we thought and therefore looking and feeling like she wanted further. We all got it wrong! On paper there was no sign of stamina beyond 1m 2f but sometimes you have to try these things - look at Red Rum!
Saturday 11th February 2012
Weather today at Bowstridge Farm -10.5c
at 9am with a bright blue sky and 6" of snow everywhere.
Exercising the horses in the indoor school this morning as the gallops are still under heavy frozen snow. Hopefully will be back to normal next week!
Well done to Lisselton Cross
Thursday at Wolverhampton under the talented Luke Morris. Stepped up in distance to 6f, positive jockey and a good draw - we had to be fairly confident. A great day for Jean O'Connor and her son John who were present at Wolverhampton to see Jean's 40th WINNER trained by Martin (38 of the winners were bought by Martin).Highcliffe
also owned by Jean runs today under Liam Keniry at Lingfield. Again stepping up in distance which on paper you would say she would not get the trip but on her debut run for us she gave the impression that she should stay and her jockey, Dane O'Neill who was very complimentary about her, was the first to suggest to go further. If she does get the 12f she will go very close - Highcliffe is as tough as they come! Tuesday 7th February 2012
Here at Bowstridge Farm we look a little like a Christmas Card with snow lying everywhere! The indoor school is were all the action is at the moment - jumping lessons for all (even the flat horses)! The gallop has 6" of snow on at present and until we have a decent thaw we will be chained to the school...... "ah but the horses are loving the change of routine."
Runners this week are Lisselton Cross
(Thursday) at Wolverhampton and Highcliffe
(Saturday) at Lingfield. Both are in 'good order' at home so expecting good runs again. Highcliffe
has been sweetened up by schooling her over poles, something she really enjoys, a hurdle run in the future may be on the cards. Lisselton Cross
on Thursday is back over 6f, a distance that was testing his stamina as a 2yr old but now stronger and more experienced this should be to his liking..... hopefully if he does get the trip we will see him perform with a few pounds in hand! Update
: Sarah's head is healing well (2 inch cut across her forehead) after Midnight Spirit hitting her with his head! The adorable puppy has been named "Buster" - he's either running flat out everywhere or fast asleep. The Point to Pointers are waiting for the weather to get back to normal. Hopefully, Sarah and Zac will be taking the stayers; El Jo and Supreme Oscar to Charing, Kent on the 19th February. Topthorn is being aimed for a Maiden Hunters Chase at Folkestone at the end of the month. Arrived last week from Ireland, a lovely unnamed 4yr old gelding, from the family of China Rock......... At the right price - a half share will be available.
Last week at Taunton we watched an exciting young horse of ours by Westener called Shees a Dante
finish 8th only beaten 11 lengths in a competitive National Hunt Flat race. One to keep an eye on for the future. Glendun Annie
ran in the same race or should I say cantered to the start with her competitors ........ 'Annie' as she is known at home did not want to take part in the race whatsoever...... did not sweat, blow or get distressed...... hormones may have something to do with her attitude ...... something to work on! She does however jump really well and this may be the answer?Arachnophobia
, lead horse for the youngsters had an outing back on the track in an Apprentice Race at Southwell last week under the young hands of Kirsten Smith. He has been working well at home, going out two or three times a day with the youngsters so for a treat we had give him an outing. Lucy, who rides him out every day traveled with him to the races so that she could massage and groom him there. Her hard work paid off, collecting her huge prize of £10 for winning The Best Turned Out for the race - used to be more in the 1980's!
In the race Arachnophobia
got a good break from the stalls, settled into a perfect position; on the rail, in front and out of the kick back. The winner was always breathing down their necks and at the 2f pole passed them like they were stood still. Kirsten determined to finish 2nd kept him going to the finish, beating the 3rd horse by a length. Arachnophobia loved every minute - probably an easy day for him! Not bad for a part-retired racehorse who has a job at home as our lead horse......Monday 30th January 2012
Apologies for being behind on the Blog! Plenty of excuses but wont bore you with the detail!
Describing in words what is required for the majority of our horses at present is a decent draw on the flat, patience and practice for the youngsters, good ground for the jumpers and races for horses that have been purchased for £0 to £5,000! The latter unfortunately does not exist but it would be very useful - just means that we have to run in low rated handicaps......
Can you believe it we are still getting those dreaded outside draws! Poor Lisselton Cross
, again and again he gets double figures for a draw. However, he still managed to run well again last week, drawn 10 at Wolverhampton over 5f, finishing 3rd to a horse that should win next time out. His next run will be further, 6 furlongs and I bet he will get drawn one when he will need holding up over the longer trip! Bellinda
ran another encouraging race at Kempton looking like being placed one furlong out. She is learning and enjoying her racing with every run. Will have to go 7f next time and again let her run from the front ranks. Just Say Please
is starting to understand racing and looking like she has a race in her. From her encouraging run on horrid ground at Plumpton last week she is worth persevering with but needs lots of practice. Good ground in the Spring will be ideal and by then she will have had some practice!Sunday 14th January 2012
When you declare a horse to run on the flat you generally hope that you get an inside draw or at worst an inner to middle but not continuous outside draws. We cannot remember when we last had a run of inside draws - ok lets not be greedy, just a middle one would be ok for a start!!
Our last example of this was poor Lisselton Cross
drawn 11 at Kempton last week - not the quickest out of the stalls so the plan was to sit and suffer in behind and try creeping up the inner rail......... That worked for the first two furlongs but when it was time to start creeping to the leaders the gaps were not there on the inner... Ok next move to the middle of the pack but still no gaps! On to the outside and go, go, go! By this time it was just a furlong from home and too much ground to make up - no ones fault but the draw ...... finished a running on 5th only beaten 3 lengths!! He would have done more at home so he will be running again this week but at Wolverhampton - inner to mid draw, PLEASE.
Today we have Highcliffe
at Kempton over 1m 3f - not actually run over this distance before but should suit on what she has showed us at home. As a 2yr old for Richard Hannon she ran well over a mile, looking like she wanted further. Has had plenty of time off for a weak back so today is a learning curve for us and for her a confidence building mission.
Last week Sarah ran her pointers; Topthorn, Supreme Oscar and Eljo at one of the most competitive tracks in the country, Larkhill. Topthorn ran well till two and a half out - needs a sharper track - aiming for Higham on the 29th January. Supreme Oscar was having his debut over fences competing against some fairly useful intermediate horses - he jumped well till pulled up 3 fences from home. Now aiming for a maiden next week at the Heythrop. Eljo ran a cracker in one of the hottest Open contests possibly this season, finishing a running on 4th - the winner, According to John now going for the Foxhunters at the Cheltenham Festival. Eljo now going for an easier Open (hopefully) at Tweseldown and only maybe Cheltenham if all goes to plan! This game is all about dreams!Vinnie's Girl
5th was a shade disappointing at Ffos Las but the ground was dreadful and she is still very weak. Better ground needed for her and even hurdles.Sunday 8th January 2012
Last week's runners was encouraging - that next winner is not far away! Spaceman
finished 2nd over hurdles at Folkestone beaten by a hot pot! He ran a super race, it was not the hottest contest but still he ran a solid race and it is something to build on. Midnight Spirit
ran at the same meeting finishing 4th and ridden by Corey Jones claiming 10lb. Corey has now been with us for 7 months and he was having his first ride over hurdles so the aim was to get a clear round and anything else was a bonus! The 12yr old Midnight Spirit had not run for over 540 days so to finish 4th, just missing out on 3rd was very pleasing.Bellinda
ran in another mile maiden last Friday but at Lingfield this time - her 3rd run before she has a handicap mark. She was not quite as green as the previous run but ran in snatches due to her lack of experience. She will come on again for that run and in time possibly wants a shade shorter when the penny has fully dropped! One to keep an eye on!
Sunday 1st January 2012
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOWSTRIDGE FARM.
We are looking forward to 2012 - some exciting new and young faces to run........ watch this space!
Exciting news........ Dualagi will now be going to stud to be covered by the stallion - Tagula.
Tomorrow at Folkestone we have two of our older horses to run - plenty of ability but old soldiers...... Our Corey Jones (Conditional Jockey 10lb claimer - only ever had two rides previously) is having his first ride for us and we wish him lots of luck on Midnight Spirit - a safe round for both. Midnight Spirit has been off the track for 540
days - has been working well on the gallops and been leading the youngsters over the fences and hurdles for the past few months.......
Spaceman runs tomorrow at the same meeting but nine pound lighter than his previous visit there so providing he acts on the grueling ground he should be in the frame..... does have form on similar ground but some years back!
Catch up on our final news of 2011 here