Bos's Blog 2013

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Tuesday 30th December 2013

Weather - heavy rain, mild - 11 degrees at 12:34

Good old Alfresco - 3rd at Lingfield yesterday.  This time he was over 7f and from draw eight he had to 'tuck in' and that's what he did under positive thinking of Robert Havlin.  Unfortunately for us, the winner (who led from start to finish) kicked before the home bend and that left us with a fair bit of ground to make up - to get 3rd in the final strides shows that the old boy still has the enthusiasm for the game!

Sunday 29th December 2013

Weather - a hard frost with a bright blue sky - 1 degree at 08:56 hrs

Hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing Christmas.  We had a fantastic day - the team were all out on Christmas morning with fourteen horses on the gallops and eight on the horse walker.  We had a relaxing afternoon and ate far too much!!

Up date on
Carobello - He is eating much better (would only eat grass for the first couple of days but now back on routine feed) and is brighter in himself.  He is able to have lead outs and 10 minutes on the horse walker, daily - this will slightly increase weekly all being well.

Alfresco is back in action on Monday at Lingfield with Robert Havlin back on board.  He ran a good race from the front last time over 6f finishing 5th beaten just over 3 lengths. Now 2lb lower and in good form at home - will need some luck from draw 9 and positive riding for that winning position.

Yesterday, three year old Joyful Risk was having her debut run at Lingfield.  At home she has been working well and we could not be more pleased with her.  She had quite a wide draw of 8, broke reasonably well from the stalls but was then very green needing a little assistance from the saddle, she then ended up in the back bunch, traveling well with two others, about 10 lengths of the leader.  With three furlongs to run she was moved easily to mid division on the wide outside (by this time there was nowhere else to go) and as she approached the final turn into the home straight she moved up into fifth but the work she had done getting there, being green, caught her out - finishing out the back door ('coasting' on her own) ....... On her return back to the racecourse stables she had stopped blowing by the time she was about to have a wash down.  This filly will not be out the back on her next run!

Friday 20th December 2013

He is ready to come home and we are collecting him today from Rossdale Veterinary Hospital in Newmarket. He has not eaten a great deal since his injury with the shock, drugs and unusual environment but when he gets home hopefully this will give him the confidence to do so. 


Thursday 19th December 2013

Weather - dark, windy (in fact blowing a gale!) - 7 degrees at 18:49 hrs

Nifty Kier finished 5th beaten just over 3 lengths last night at Kempton in the apprentice race.  A good consistent run again and looking like winning 2 furlongs out but stamina was stretched - 7f next time at Kempton.

Flash Tommie ran at Towcester today on very testing ground, his debut over hurdles.  Although he finished out the back he jumped well in the unforgiving ground - an outing he was supposed to learn from but unfortunately given a negative ride from the start!  Before the start of the race he received a kick from another horse - luckily not hurt.  This horse was a big price today and will be next time due to his recent form but there is more to come when he gets the ride he deserves - this horse is highly thought of at home!

Wednesday 16th December 2013

Weather - dull, cloudy and feeling cold - 9 degrees at 11:24

Nifty Kier is in action tonight - Kempton is a track that should be ideal for him.  Good order at home and all positives for the race.

FANTASTIC NEWS but mixed emotions - Miss Biscotti WON at 100-1 yesterday!  She was having her second outing on a racecourse under Nico De Boinville who rode a winner for the owners Ian and Carol Herbert only 3 weeks ago on Carobello.  She made all, jumped well and won going away to win by 3 lengths - yes this was her second ever run on a racecourse, and this was over hurdles taking on experienced horses - this does not happen very often hence her price of 100-1.  She has always showed plenty of ability with a lovely personality but had been quite green - we knew she would improve from her first run but to win was brilliant.

Our mixed emotions was in the previous race with Carobello, owned by the Herbert's who also own Miss Biscotti - he had sustained a serious injury.  He was favourite having been a course and distance winner last time out and looked amazing (Rebecca won the Best Turned Out).  In the race he unseated Nico at the fifth fence and then carried on loose......  he jumped his way round and at the third last he hit it hard and this is where we think two sticks of birch went up into the inside of his hind leg (thigh) and out the other side next to his tail.  It looked just like he had been shot with a bow and arrow! 

As soon as he was caught, the sight of the sticks poking out of his skin were very noticeable and the on course vets immediately gave him pain relief and sedated him.  He was then carried off in the horse ambulance back to the stables and cared for by three vets........  As all this was going on Miss Biscotti (Biscuit) was in the paddock ready to run - she and Nico were not going to let it be a sad day so positive thoughts were at their best and the rest is history - fantastic and amazing after what had just happened! 

Carobello had to wait for Biscuit to get back from her race before he could be transported to the Newmarket Hospital. The staff at the racecourse were wonderful offering assistance were necessary.  As soon as Biscuit had recovered from her race she was loaded up on to our lorry and then Carobello was lead gingerly out of the stable and courageously he walked into the other stall of the lorry.  Away we went - happy and sad - such mixed emotions.  The vets at the hospital were ready for us and acted immediately taking the sticks out within minutes of him arriving.  He stayed over night with the best medical care and this morning the news was all positive.  They are still flushing out for any remaining debris and then the healing must start - hopefully all is out.


Ffos Las is a long way to go for anyone unless of course you live in Pembrokeshire or Ireland!  We have been to the track a few times and it has always been a track that we admire but when we have been there before the ground had been good to soft or better....  Drussell has been working well at home, looked great, on a reasonable handicap mark, likes soft ground - all the positive and therefore we had to go.  As Drussell was traveling to the races, the rain was non stop.  Drussell is a horse with form on soft and heavy ground, no problem we thought!  His race was reasonably competitive and considering the testing ground there was plenty of pace and this caught us out.  Drussell loves to travel on the bridle in his races and he never really got the chance ..... No one could come from off the pace especially on deep ground, in fact it was bottomless (an old slag heap before a racecourse) and therefore very different to Ludlow, Ayr or Fairyhouse where Drussel has won.  A long journey home - one of those races that one has to ignore. 

Monday 9th December 2013

Weather - bright sunshine, dry with slight breeze - 10 degrees at 12:57

Well done Alfresco for finishing 5th (33-1) - ran a great race from draw 11, made the running having stolen 3 lengths at the start, headed 2 furlongs out and rallied back inside the final furlong - only beaten 3 1/2 lengths.  Another freshen up and may be worth a try back over 7f.  George Baker knows him well and said that he is in good order.

Topthorn ran at Warwick on Sunday - another clear round but still lacking in confidence after his horrendous fall.  For the first mile jumped really well and looking like he was enjoying the race but his jockey, James Davies said that he is still very conscientious of the horses around him.  As the pace quickened he did not want to come out of his comfort zone and jumped safely out the back with his ears pricked forward.  It may take yet another run before he is back to his rude self!  This morning we discussed taking him out drag hunting - it will add a bit of spice to his life!  Will keep you updated on his activities over the next few weeks.

Drussell and Carobello will have a few entries coming up end of week.  New horse arriving tomorrow and that's five new horses  since the 5th November ......exciting times ahead.

Wednesday 4th December 2013

Weather - drizzle and slight breeze - 8 degrees at 10:22 hrs.

Alfresco runs tonight at Kempton - he knows more about the job than most of us!  He looks great and is very well in himself - best when fresh and he seems up for it today.  Only negative is the draw - we are out in the car parks!

A good 2nd yesterday at Wolverhampton with Nifty Kier - great run, coming from well off the pace and staying on well. He does prefer right handed tracks so when he does get his ideal race at Kempton he could loose his maiden tag!  Although the winner won with ease it was still a bold effort from the mighty Nifty! 

Little Red Nell also ran in the same race as Nifty but very disappointing and too bad to be true as should have been fourth or better.  When she arrived back at the stables she was very uncomfortable and blowing quite hard - we asked the racecourse vet to examine her.... her heart rate was very high for whatever reason (could not find anything major).  He then made her more comfortable for her journey home.  This morning she is very quiet for her but ate up last night - more tests to do.

After Topthorn's horrendous fall last time out we were hoping for a placing (bouncing at home) but most importantly, an incident free round and that's what we got at Ludlow last week - on board was Wayne Hutchinson, one of our top professional jockeys who has won on him and was on him when he fell.  Wayne decided to take him back to basics by nursing him round, although he did try to get closer four out he was never going to get into the race as Topthorn has to be up in the front ranks from the start with plenty of daylight/space from his competitors.  For any horse having a fall like that last time, regaining his confidence was at the top of the list - if you loose it , sometimes you never get it back!

Huntingdon last week for Flash Tommie, a five year old having his debut on a racecourse (a national hunt flat race). In the race the opposition decide to sprint for the first quarter - mind you Tommie traveled with them for part of the way, possibly on one breath (typical of a baby first time out) then he was on and off the bit for the next quarter and then he got very tired on the softened ground....chasing will be his game, a lovely old fashioned type who is bred to jump not run in flat races. He has got to learn the basics first - this is why they call national hunt flat races 'bumpers' as in years past this was an educational type of race (bumping each other as they tackle the race in the soft ground) before they go over the timber.

Thursday 21st November 2013

Weather - bitterly cold (feels like 2 degrees), windy, drizzle and 8 degrees at 10:32 hrs

A successful week with Carobello a WINNER on Tuesday at Fakenham over fences and a new horse purchased by Sarah from Deauville Sales,  a 3-y-o filly from the family of Chopin and Bosra Sham.

Carobello ridden by Sprinter Sacre's work jockey, Nico De Boinville made all from the front, jumped superbly and quickened in the final furlongs to win by 3 lengths.  This was the perfect race to run him in, a small field where he could dictate and fill himself with confidence.  Hopefully more to come after a first class jumping display.

Drussell ran at Leicester on Monday finishing 6th in a competitive hurdle on what looked soft ground but the times were much faster than expected.  This was actually a promising run and when he does get his softening ground he will certainly be finishing stronger.

Miss Biscotti had her debut on a racecourse at Warwick on Wednesday over hurdles.  A competive affair with five NH flat winners in the race.  She is a chaser in the making but this was hurdles and part of her education before next season when she will be mature enough to cope with the larger obstacles.  At Warwick she jumped well, big and round as a big baby would in her stage of her career and what was pleasing was the height she got at the third last hurdle considering she was only just starting to get behind - a total baby!  More to come in the next outing but its not going to happen over night!

Last Sunday Sarah went to France to purchase horses for two owners, a flat horse for a new partnership and a jumper for a new owner who has recently bought three with us.  The Monday sale had 300 horses on offer which Sarah had narrowed down to forty!  Having checked and trotted up all forty horses she then made a selection of ten and her favourite by far was Carlanda whom she bought for 16,000 euros, rated 70 on the flat, 1 win and 4 places from seven runs.  A lovely athletic horse who is a sister to Chopin and from the family of Bosra Sham.  Carlanda arrived into our yard at 4.30 am on Wednesday morning having traveled for 10 hours with eleven other horses from the same sale.  Unfortunately Sarah did not manage to purchase a second horse for the partnership however was the under bidder on three horses - it will be interesting to see what those horses go on to do in the future!  Exciting times ahead with Carlanda - will now be learning how to jump for the next four weeks....

Friday 15th November 2013

Weather - cold but dry and 8 degrees at 17:11 hrs

Feeling wintery now with frost due in the morning.  Quite a few horses working on Saturday with various entries  - flat and jumping planned for the week ahead.  Ground next week is going to be important for Drussell wanting soft at Leicester and Carobello needing good at Fakenham.  Carobello has schooled and schooled since his last outing so expecting a much improved performance - confidence is the key! 

Sarah travels to Deauville Sales tomorrow ready for the auction on Monday - two orders for new owners - flat and NH.  Exciting times ahead.

Friday 8th November 2013

Weather - feeling damp with occasional showers at 10 degrees - 14:02 hrs

Great run from Nifty Kier at Lingfield yesterday at 100-1....... finishing 4th (beaten a nose for 3rd) and only beaten a length and a half by the winner.  A fast run race set by Kilburn with Nifty coming from off the pace and finishing well in the final 100yds.  He will be be better suited by Kempton, a right handed track but no immediate races so may have to go back to Lingfield.  A tough little horses who has more to come.

This morning (5.30am) we took two youngsters, Miss Biscotti and Flash Tommie to work at Towcester - a racecourse gallop along with other trainers horses - 30 horses in total (we were planning to take four horses but limited to two due to the popularity of working at Towcester on soft ground).  Our jockeys were James Davies and Zac Baker.  A successful working morning with our two horses finishing very well after two miles in the very soft ground.

Once we arrived back from Towcester (09:45am) we were in action again schooling over hurdles with Drussell ridden by Martin Lane (Yes! the flat jockey!) and Zac rode the lead horse.  Martin looked like he enjoyed his spin on Drussell ready for his race at Lingfield in the Flat Jockeys Hurdle Race on Tuesday..........however there is an inspection today at 3.30 due to flooding!  Fingers crossed they go ahead because Drussell looks ready to go especially on soften or should I say heavy ground.

We were at Doncaster Sales on Tuesday and bought a good looking horse from Mick Channon's called New Youmzain, winner of two races on the flat from seven outings, goes on soft ground and stays - time form rating of 80+.  Bought to go over hurdles and once he has been well schooled he will be ready to prove his ability on the track.

Monday 4th November 2013

Weather - wintery feel with sunshine at 10 degrees - 14:57

Thank you everyone for your kind messages regarding the well being of Topthorn having fallen in his chase yesterday at Huntingdon.  We are amazed that Topthorn has escaped injury and not even a graze!  He ate up everything last night, seems bright and very chirpy..... typically him in fact. 

In the race yesterday the lovely grey Topthorn was jumping superbly but one of the front runners kept running down the fences in front of him on take off and that would be very annoying for him......  Whilst our grey boy was traveling fantastically towards the fourth fence in question, another horse to the side of him looked like he was going to run down the fence too (not jumping in a straight line) and then without warning Topthorn received a little nudge on the last stride into the fence, taking his mind off jumping the fence..... that was that....Topthorn cartwheeled over hitting the ground with his head and neck with his feet high above the fence, a crunching fall for both jockey and horse.....not something we like to see but thankfully both were fine. 

Traveling up to Doncaster Sales for Tues and Wednesday's lots to hopefully purchase a 'good' horse for one of our new owners.  If not successful purchasing we will be off to Deauville later in the month. 

Friday 1st November 2013

Weather - damp, overcast and 11 degrees - 16:00 hrs

Sunday racing for Topthorn at Huntingdon with Wayne Hutchinson on board.  Providing the winds blow the rain away and the ground is not too soft we are going to take a chance with the son of Silver Patriarch.  Patrick as he is know, is crying out for a run and there is not much about in the way of suitable races..... so we are thinking positive that the rains will stay away... 

Last night Arachnophobia was beaten 4 lengths finishing 6th of 14.  Although he didn't run too bad he should have won!  Retirement now for the old boy, he does not want to let himself down and try to win anymore so no point in persevering.  He is a great lead horse at home so he still has a job and he's more than happy doing that type of work!

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Weather - dry, blue sky, sunshine and mild at 12 degrees - 14:59 hrs

What a difference today is in comparison to yesterday!  The winds yesterday were battering hard on the buildings (65 mph gusts) with branches falling and guttering coming adrift.  At 6:30 hrs the weather was at its most dangerous with one of the roofs looking like it was about to peal back and then 15 mins later the electric went out.  No electric till 10pm that night, a long and tough day for us all but all the horses got exercised whether it was in the school or ridden.  The team worked really hard to get everything done, particularly ensuring the  horses were comfortable before it became too dark to work with no lights!  A huge 'THANK YOU' to the TEAM.

Thursday will be full steam ahead at Kempton and Lingfield with Arachnophobia, our lead horse having his quarterly outing back on the track at Kempton with George Baker back on board and Nifty Kier having his first run since having a little break after finishing a good 3rd in a Lingfield maiden on the turf. 

Carobello finished 5th on his debut over fences at Ludlow last Thursday.  Having schooled well at home and away at Lambourn over the Jockey Club Estate schooling fences, we were surprised to see him lacking in confidence over the first two fences.  Towards the latter part of the race his jumping did improve but where he had lost ground in the first part of the race it cost him at the finish..... probably should have finished 4th but at the end of the day he has come back in one piece bar a few scratches.  What is encouraging is that the confidence he gained towards the finish should help for next time and be assured there is much more to come from him!

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Weather - wet, windy and mild at 16 degrees - 12:37hrs

We all got very wet this morning but it was a good morning schooling over fences and hurdles - Carobello, Topthorn and an unnamed 5yr old by Emperor Fountain were a pleasure to watch.  Particularly pleased with Carobello who schooled over the fences and runs tomorrow at Ludlow - having his debut over fences but we do not want any more rain!

Unfortunately we have had too much rain for Topthorn at Worcester today and Bobs Legend for tomorrow at Ludlow.  When the ground dries, soon we hope, we will be looking forward to both horses running - so frustrating as they are both bursting at their seams to have a run!  

Friday 18th October 2013

Weather - dry, warmer at 16 degrees - 13:58 hrs

Another consistent run from Burnt Cream, although 6th was only beaten 4 lengths and denied her run through in the final furlong.  She will now have a little Autumn break - Won two and placed in five of her 10 races this year.

Bobs Legend, Carobello and Topthorn have national hunt entries for next week providing the ground is good or faster. 

The Winter flat horses - Alfresco, Little Red Nell, Lemon Grove, Nifty Kier, Joyful Risk and Park Dancer are working well at home and we are looking forward to seeing them on the track in due course. 

Exciting news - We have two horses to buy, for new owners at the Newmarket and Doncaster Sales at the end of this month.

Thursday 10th October 2013

Weather - windy, dry and considerably colder at 7 degrees - 15:45hrs

Big change in the weather today with the wind getting under the horses tails! 

Burnt Cream has a possible run next Wednesday at Kempton.

Last night, the dear old Arachnophobia (our lead horse at home) had an outing at Kempton Park over 7 furlongs with George Baker taking the reins.  Draw was satisfactory but the worry was the pace - too many front runners - including us!  We broke well but when the pace quickened they left us in the kick back!  George took the old man to the outer and it looked like he was going to struggle and race over..... However, from three out he began to gain some ground and inside the final furlong we started getting excited.  Just strides from the line he looked like getting 4th but just could not quite get there in time....  We got 5th, a neck off 4th and beaten just a length and a half for 3rd, so close but so far!  The surface may just be getting a little fast for him these days and may just be worth taking over the mile.....  a nice little refresher and you may see him out again this side of Christmas!

Vinnies Girl did not get her run at Huntingdon - banged her leg and quite sore.  Will know more in the next 10 days once the bruising has dispersed.

Saturday 5th October 2013

Weather - warm, dry, blue sky and a few clouds at 18 degrees - 14:25hrs

Just the one runner, Vinnies Girl at Huntingdon on Sunday due to the drying ground.....the ground staff have put water on the course and are saying it is good but they have had no rain and no further watering so our guess is that it will be fast, too fast for Topthorn.  Vinnies Girl looks strong, fit and schooled superbly yesterday. 

Thursday 3rd October 2013

Weather - warm, light showers and a good breeze at 16 degrees - 12:57hrs

With Burnt Cream in the form of her life; 4th and 1st in her last two runs she is now being campaigned for 16th October at Kempton - course and distance winner early this year.  This morning she was having a lot of fun in the pens whilst the sun was shining!

Looking forward to Topthorn and Vinnies Girl running at Huntingdon on Sunday providing they get there suitable ground. 

Last night at Kempton, Fitz, now 7 yr old, looked like he might run into a place 3 furlongs out but when his jockey, Luke Morris asked for another gear his head went up and in two strides went from fourth to last!  Very disappointing for all concerned especially when he looked fantastic and very fit.  Unfortunately when put under racing pressure he did not want to put his best foot forward - retirement may be around the corner unless we can find out why he is not wanting to run on at the end of his races!

Tuesday 1st October 2013

Weather - hazy, dry with slight breeze at 17 degrees - 14:44hrs

Yesterday, 4th at Bath with Burnt Cream - ran another good race, she is so gutsy.  Her jockey said that he should have won..... split second decision to go left a furlong out when he should have gone right!  That's racing especially in 5 furlong races!! 

Fitz has an entry for Wednesday and on paper it didn't look like he would get a run.... however the race has split and Fitz has got in, just!  A reasonable draw for a hold up horse and a good jockey booking in Luke Morris.  Working well at home and in good heart - lets hope there is a good positive gallop up front and with luck in running he should be in the shake up....

Sunday 29th September 2013

Weather - bright and breezy - 16 degrees at 12:36 hrs

Exciting runner on Monday at Bath - Burnt Cream trying to duplicate her course and distance WIN 30 days ago.  She is in good form at home, looks great and ready for her next outing on Monday. 

Topthorn, Vinnies Girl and Park Dancer will have entries at Huntingdon next Sunday. Park Dancer will be having her debut over hurdles and if she can stretch her stamina will run a big race.  All look really well and are in great form at home.

Monday 23rd September 2013

Weather - slight mist, cloudy but warming up later - 15 degrees at 10:30hrs

Good run on Sunday from Bob's Legend finishing 3rd over hurdles at Uttoxeter on ground probably on the easy side for him. Sam Twisten Davies who rode him was delighted with him - he said that if he hadn't got in so close to the second last he would have been placed second.  Sam's confidence and determination on Bob is second to none and is now keen to ride him over the bigger obstacles ..... hopefully fences will be where he can play his trump card.  Also out yesterday was Carobello who ran another disappointing race, so so frustrating as this horse has bags of promise - he will have an overground scope on at the end of this week to see if his airways are being blocked when under pressure.  Vinnies Girl did not go to Uttoxeter as now planning a run in early October. 

We are planning to run Burnt Cream at Bath - course and distance winner only a few weeks ago. 

Fitz has come out of his race well and so he should - would have done more at home!  Aiming to run early October - may need a pace maker!

Tuesday 17th September 2013

Weather - misty, rain and feeling cold at 13 degrees at 17:15hrs

This Sunday could be busy with three horses entered up for Uttoxeter; Carobello, Bobs Legend and Vinnies Girl.  All three are in cracking form at home but all want good ground or slightly faster.... no more rain please!  Final fast gallop tomorrow and a school before the end of the week should put them spot on.

Last week we ran a newcomer at Kempton on the flat; Fitz having had 472 days off since he last ran.  Although beaten 9 lengths he was in a race where there was no early pace and the front runners kicked off the front leaving those held up like Fitz, flat footed.  He was not blowing at all after the race - needs a race where there is a strong gallop so that he can use his burst of speed in the final two furlongs. 

Martin and Buster (terrier) finished second again in the Chalfont St Giles dog show - 'Best Six Legs'.  The winners were wearing bow ties so Buster has decided next year to win they will have to wear dinner suits!!!

Monday 9th September 2013

Weather - dull, raining and feeling cold at 16 degrees at 16:00hrs

Fitz has his debut for us in a flat race at Kempton on Saturday - working well at home and turning a good corner in recent weeks but possibly a fact finding run.  Also entered up is Burnt Cream for Sunday but with the current soft going she may have to wait. Carobello has an entry in a novice hurdle (not a great selection of races for him this week or next) - in good form at home - may have to wait for a handicap though, on a good mark at the moment and it would be crazy not to take advantage of this mark.

Monday 2nd September 2013

Weather - bright blue sky, warm and 24 degrees at 15:09hrs

It had to happen soon - WINNER - the horses have been in good form at home and with the unlucky runs last week we were due to get some luck!  The consistent and tough Burnt Cream WON (her second win this year) at Bath on Saturday over 5f with Robert Havlin on board.  Although she got a nasty bump coming out of the stalls she was soon back traveling like a good horse, cutting through her rivals like a hot knife through butter! With a furlong and a half to go she was still traveling, with a furlong to go she was traveling - something you do not see very often in 5 furlong races.  As Burnt Cream hit the front inside the furlong marker she had to go for home with the favorite hot on her heels. She won by a head - an easy head. Robert gets on with her really well and she is not the easiest ride for a jockey - confidence and patience has been the key in training and riding her!

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Weather - bright, fresh, blue sky and 16 degrees at 10:39

Burnt Cream is working well in preparation for her race on Saturday at Bath. 

It all went wrong for Bob's Legend at Bangor, finished 8th - no early pace, in fact they crawled and with previous front runners in the race we were sure there would be a decent gallop, but no!  Bob who can be very keen in his races was very anxious over the first two hurdles, fighting for his head and not concentrating on his jumping!  Four out as the pace of the race was starting to increase we looked a 'sure thing' cruising, traveling like a group horse only then to hit (got in close) the hurdle and then pushed out wide by the favorite - that was us out of the race!  This horse has a lot of talent, still young, still learning and will win but at this stage, the race has to play into his hands - may be worth a try back over 2 miles!

Sunday 25th August 2013

Weather - dull, raining and 19 degrees at 09:30hrs

Looking forward to the week ahead with Burnt Cream at Bath and Bob's Legend running at Bangor.  This will be Bob's debut over 2m 4 furlongs.  We have kept Bob in 2 mile races for the past two seasons due to his keen spirit and giving him a chance to learn how to relax in his races.  Last time out he pleased us greatly, concentrating on his job and not being bothered by other horses taking him on.  We feel now he is ready for the extended trip, a distance that will hopefully see him at his very best.  James Davies rode him last time out and will ride him on Monday. Burnt Cream 2nd last time out at Yarmouth is in good form at home and providing the ground at Bath stays fast we expect a good run - track should suit, coming from just off the pace (Burnt Cream is similar in character and distance to our old Dualagi who won at Bath).

Having had a good week - 12th to the 17th August we were expecting a winner or two this week but.......

Nifty Kier had to take on the more experienced handicappers on his handicap debut at Goodwood.  Ten days previous he had run a great race at Lingfield, finishing 3rd against maidens aged 3 to 4 yr olds.  His new handicap mark had left him tip toeing on the edge of the higher grade races and it would have been kinder to Nifty if he could have been in the top bracket of the lower grade races in 0-60's.  The race was a competitive affair and he ran well to half way.  However in the latter part of the race he looked gangly with legs everywhere, basically very green and beat one home.  He will be more suited by 7 furlongs next time and hopefully now in 0-60's!!  A little break due and will come back looking stronger ready for Autumn/Winter campaign. 

Also last week, we ran Alfresco, another horse that was looking amazingly well and strong.  Expecting a good run from the 9yr old only to miss the break and at Wolverhampton you can not afford to break slow even under the talented Luke Morris.  He ended up with kick back in his face, which he hates and that was his race over!  Step up to 1 mile and back to his favourite track, Lingfield in due course. 

Carobello another hopeful for last week ran at Newton Abbot over a further distance with Sam Twisten-Davis on board and we were expecting a bold run.  He traveled well and jumped brilliantly but just after half way one jumped across him and then kept squeezing him up against the rail and within seconds Carobello went backwards almost like he had a injury and pulled up!  That run was worst than disappointing - Carobello is a talented horse but can be quite sensitive.  We tested him for everything, even his heart and nothing found......" just got frightened by the other horses", that's the only answer we have at this stage. 

Scala Santa ran at Windsor on the Monday over 1 mile 3 furlongs - behaved like she had been in the game for years, such a treasure and honesty is written all over her.  As she passed the mile post she was still nicely on the bit, traveling well and looking very, very hopeful but turning in for home as the pace increased she found it difficult to maintain her gallop for the final 3 furlongs and gradually lost her position.  Her jockey said that he could not pull her up at the end of the race and suggested we take her further..... would have liked to seen her staying on better if she was going to get further..... she is not bred to get much beyond 1 mile... to run over the mile we need to find more speed.....  Although very small she will be schooled over poles this next coming week, hurdles, this may be the answer? 

Monday 19th August 2013

Weather - blue sky, warm and getting warmer - 21 degrees at 10:44hrs

Great day yesterday at our Hog Roast for owners and friends.  Sunshine all afternoon - lots of happy, lovely people relaxing. 

Windsor tonight with Scala Santa for her second run on a racecourse - we are still not sure about her distance but she needs experience so keeping it local is ideal.  Dropped in grade from a maiden to a selling race.

Bob's Legend ran a super race last week at Stratford finishing 5th.  There was no early pace and the winner was allowed to dictate turning the latter part of the race into a sprint - not good for us as left us flat footed in the final two furlongs.  However, considering the slow pace he settled well - relaxed enough now to step up in distance (2 miles has always been too short for him but has had to learn to settle).

Burnt Cream 2nd at Yarmouth - what a run!  So unlucky to come up against one that has a little more speed at the finish...  What a ride Robert Havlin gave her - held up and eased into the race between horses - no one traveling better as we first thought but the winner (out of Robert's sight) was going just as well on the stand side!

Tuesday 13th August 2013

Weather - Overcast, breezy and mild - 20 degrees at 13:59hrs.

At Stratford tonight with Bob's Legend in a handicap hurdle - competitive affair but we have a low weight and should run a big race.

Nifty Kier was third in a 6f maiden at Lingfield on Saturday - only beaten 2 lengths - a great run from a little horse that cost just £150!!  He was having his third run on a racecourse against horses costing thousands.  For the first part of the race I don't think his opposition were good enough to lead him, hence being in front for the final three furlongs only to be headed in the final furlong.  He has come out of the race well and we are looking forward to running him in handicaps.

Burnt Cream was rather well at Brighton last Friday - raced too free for a long way and understandably got tired in the final furlong.  She recovered quickly and on her return home bounced off the horse box (very pleased with herself)!  She has an entry this week at Yarmouth and has a senior jockey on board, Robert Havlin...... not saying anymore than that as she has not had much luck lately and she certainly deserves some!

Friday 9th August 2013

Weather - Warm, overcast with a few showers - 21 degrees at 10:00hrs.

Expecting another good run from Burnt Cream at Brighton today - last time out she was unlucky not to finish 2nd with a lose horse hampering her twice in the final furlong!  Charles Bishop is on board today, a good young jockey who has ridden a winner this week. Her regular jockeys are all having to travel on to evening meetings when Burnt Cream runs at 5pm. 

Nifty Kier, a four year old with us has his third run (will have a handicap mark after) on Saturday at Lingfield on the flat over 6f - due to his inexperience this distance will be on the sharp side (ideally we would like to run him over 7f) but we have limited races to run him in due to his age and not yet handicapped.  He has plenty of ability and is very honest - with experience his racing distance will be 6f - 7furlongs.

Looking forward to Bob's Legend running next week - has various entries due to weather and ground.  He is in good form at home and looks fantastic.

Lady Valtas ran another good race at Brighton yesterday, finishing 6th of 10 - her best finish to date.  If there was a similar race next week we would have to go once more but unfortunately there is nothing until September and she is now costing her owner a lot of money!  Since she arrived with us she has been a star at home and enjoyed all her work  - just unfortunate she has had to start sprinting this late in her life (started her career over 1 mile then upped in distance to 2 miles).  Now to find her a nice home doing dressage or even eventing.

Saturday 3rd August 2013

Weather - warm, dry, breezy and 23 degrees at 12:35hrs.

Yesterday we traveled to Bangor-on-Dee, Wales to run Carobello over hurdles, his third run.  He finished 5th beaten a head for 4th on ground a little quicker than ideal.  We will have our first handicap mark next Tuesday which should be about 95, a fair mark but he has run well against some relatively high rated horses. Now that he has gained enough experience over 2 miles we will step him up to 2 mile 4 furlongs and upwards.  Both jockeys; Sam Twisten-Davis and James Davies speak well of Carobello.

Next week we are back on the flat with Scala Santa, Lady Valtas and Burnt Cream.

Saturday 27th July 2013

Weather - warm, dry, hazy and 22 degrees at 11:15 hrs.

Drussell and Topthorn have been on holiday for the past couple of months relaxing in their pens enjoying this lovely summer and all wrapped up in fly sheets!  With plenty of paddocks and pens to choose from the horses that are in training are also getting their turn of getting plenty of fresh air......... so good for them to stretch, play and eat!

Runners last week - Arachnophobia (our lead horse at home) gave Zac Baker a thrilling ride in the Novice Riders race at Leicester finishing 8th of 14 - the old campaigner did as much as he wanted to do!  Prefers the all weather with a soft lead - now on a good handicap mark for the winter all weather .... Lady Valtas had another outing last week at Brighton over 6f (her shortest distance to date) and having run her best race to date last time out over 7f (beaten 10 lengths) we were hoping for more improvement ...... Improve she did and although she only beat one she finished yet closer to the winner - only beaten 7 lengths over a distance a little sharp for her at this stage.  She broke well enough from the stalls but found it difficult to stretch in the following strides and loosing ground over the first couple of furlongs. However, two furlongs from home she was starting to close in on the leaders and actually running on at the end of the race which she has never done in any race!  When her owner/breeder, Jim Patton sent her to us he said that this mare would be a challenge....  We are going the right way at the moment and her temperament at the races has improved two fold with each run - I almost believe she is starting to enjoy herself.  We plan to give her another run back to Brighton in August, back over 7 furlongs - hopefully will be sharper away.  A freshen up at home and a little more stalls work and we may just get that placing.....

Saturday 20th July 2013

Weather - warm, strong breeze, cloudy and 23 degrees at 10:32hrs

A third and fourth this week from three runners - the horses ran well but had their excuses. Alfresco was 4th (beaten 4 lengths) looked 'flat' in his race - quite often when a horse has had a long layoff and comes back with a decent first run, the next one quite often disappoints - we call it the 'bounce factor'.  He is now being freshened up for a run end of August. 

Lady Valtas although last was actually beaten only 10 lengths, the closest she has ever finished behind the winner!  As said earlier in the blog 'some may say we were crazy to run her over the shorter distance' but if she can finish that close there may be hope..... her owner who bred her will throw a party if we can get her placed!  Further entries made for next week - a little more fine tuning at home then lots of luck that we get an easy race and we may just get that party!

Burnt Cream ran a super race at Brighton, finishing 3rd - should have been 2nd but for the loose horse barging into her twice in the final two furlongs.  Her jockey David Probert was very confident she will win next time.  She has come out of the race well and we are looking forward to her next run in August.

Sunday 14th July 2013

Weather - Very hot, dry, minimal breeze and 29 degrees at 15:32hrs

Looking forward to this coming week with Alfresco on Tuesday at Yarmouth, Burnt Cream and Lady Valtas at Brighton on Thursday. The nine year old Alfresco is in great form at home and this Tuesday we are hoping for more improvement from his 3rd at Windsor last time out. Lady Valtas has been tried over various distances on the flat and over hurdles with three trainers and with no success.  However she is showing more and more speed since training her as a sprinter (half sister is one of the top sprinters in the country) and looks fantastic.  Some would say that we are crazy to run her over 7f when previous trainers have said that she needs 3 miles plus! As long as she gets a good start and then gets into a good rhythm we think she could just run one of her best races to date...... Burnt Cream is ready for her next outing and also looks amazing; muscles bulging and you would not see a better shine in her coat - expecting a bold run again.

Robert Havlin rides Alfresco,  Jemma Marshall (knows Brighton as well as Ryan Moore - started their careers there!) rides Lady Valtas (ridden her in her work at Kempton - racecourse gallop) and we are still waiting on Stevie Donohoe or Jim Crowley for Burnt Cream.

We were very proud of little Scala Santa (only 14.2hh) having her debut last week at Warwick over 10 furlongs.  She ran against some very classy and expensive rivals, owned by the Queen, Hamdan Al Maktoum, Niachos family and Godolphin.  Scala was beautifully behaved throughout and although she only beat one (rated 120 over hurdles and owned by Phil Tufnal Racing) her run was encouraging - only five lengths behind the leaders with two to run!  Her jockey, Tom Garner was very positive about her performance and could not praise her enough for her attitude.

Saturday 6th July 2013

Weather - hot, dry and 23 degrees at 12:15

Encouraging run from Nifty Kier 4th at Warwick yesterday.  Although he ran very wide on the home bend (a very sharp bend that does catch horses out) he ran on again in the straight and the distance lost on the bend was the distance behind the 3rd horse - 3 lengths!  One more run and he will have a handicap mark - life will be easier for him then.  A straight track next time will be ideal hopefully for the end of July.

Thursday 4th July 2013

Weather - warm, sunny and 20 degrees at 17:50

Lovely run from Burnt Cream today 4th at Yarmouth over 5f.  Unfortunately not drawn well (11) and had to get across to the center loosing a couple of lengths to get there.....distance beaten end of race.  Traveled well, too well in fact hitting the front 2 furlongs out and not getting home final half furlong.  Stevie Donohoe said that they were not good enough to lead her!  In good form with herself and hoping to be back out soon - Brighton worth another try.

Nifty Kier will be in action at Warwick tomorrow - only his second run on a race course and we were happy with his debut over a distance further than he is bred to stay (as a 4yr old limited maiden races for him).  Warwick - 7 furlongs has been lucky for us in the past so looking forward to him running there.  Although a small field of classy horses he will be competitive - working well at home with experienced flat horses.

Sunday 30th June 2013

Weather - warm, overcast and 16 degrees at 08:41

Looking forward to Burnt Cream running on the flat this week at Yarmouth - in good form at home; fit and ready for her next outing - looking strong with great muscle definition, gleaming in her coat and happy!

Good celebrations yesterday at Windsor races on the flat with the 9 yr old Alfresco having his first run for us, finishing a gallant 3rd at 33-1.  Expertly ridden by Robert Havlin who made most of the running from draw 1.  The pace had been coming up the rail all afternoon and with no ideal front runner we had to make use of our draw.  He battled well from two out staying on all the way but the younger rivals just had a little more speed at the finish leaving Alfresco in 3rd.  The team have worked hard to get him back into racing fitness having been retired after his last run some 339 days ago.  Yesterday morning it was good to read the Racing Post comments on our race from Emily Weber who wrote "Alfresco - Run well here without winning in years gone by but some desperate results in 2012 (previous trainer) and off since July; gone to a yard that does well with limited resources, though, and might well exploit attractive mark at some stage".  Thank you to Mr Riney for sending us Alfresco to train and lets hope he can win very shortly.

Yesterday morning we were given the news that Solario Racing are to pull their horses from our stables and move them on. Sad news but we wish them good luck and we hope they fulfill their dreams.  Strange how life goes - you lose a couple of horses but then you gain a couple of horses!  Only last week we were sent a couple of exciting youngsters for the flat, a 2 yr old colt by Lucky Story and a four year old by Schirocco who was bred by D J Deer. 

Well done Bob's Legend who finished 4th over hurdles on ground a little softer than ideal at Market Rasen.  On faster ground and a galloping track he will go close again.

Thursday 19th June 2013

Weather - warm, overcast and 21 degrees at 12:17hrs

Bobs Legend is in action on Friday at Market Rasen carrying top weight in a handicap hurdle.  He is in good form at home and taking into account his last run when he finished 3rd, he should run another solid race under the same talented pilot, Sam Twiston Davis.  Will be better over further when he learns to settle but needs the practice and confidence before we can step up.  A talented horse who is just starting to get the 'hang' of racing.

Carobello, a lovely horse who has always shown plenty of ability at home.  His debut run for us was on ground much too soft for him (heavens opened whilst there and everyone was keen to see him on the track) and of course being fresh pulled too hard in the early stages of the race giving him no chance to get home at the end of the race......race over!  This week we ran him at Stratford on fast ground, well good fast ground for this time of ground.  A very competitive novice hurdle with one or two horses being heavily backed.  We were keen for him to settle at the start so orders were to switch him off at the start and learn something.  He was by far the most inexperienced horse in the race as far as actual runs whether it be over hurdles or on flat.  Popular and talented jockey, Sam Twiston Davis was on board for the first time.  He settled him well and with three to run we were looking a little flat footed but then his ability and stamina came into play and over the final two he was gaining ground on the leaders with every stride. Carobello finished a running on fourth and we were delighted; lots to build on, will want further eventually, still lots to learn but when he ticks all the boxes this horse will be one for the grade one tracks.

Burnt Cream who won last time out was in action at Brighton on Tuesday - a competitive race with most of them having won a race in their last three or four runs.  She went to Brighton looking really well and strong - expecting a good run with the only negative being the track - would she act on it?  Brighton is one of those tracks where they love it or hate it........... February was the last time out (been no races for her) and because of that we thought she might be a little on her toes but she was really well behaved. She went down to the start settled and as she reached the stalls the farrier was called to assist one of the other runners.  This would not be in our favour as she hates to wait around at the start.  Thankfully the farrier was only a couple of minutes and on loading the horses we were out the back - going in last.  As Burnt Cream went into the stalls she gave a little buck entering - quiet unusual for her.  As the gates opened she reared, hesitated and lost over 10 lengths, the last thing you need when in a 5f race!  Within a couple of furlongs she gradually got back to the field and going very well.  With two furlongs to run she was only a length and a half off the leader and we were starting to get excited.  As Martin Lane made his move to challenge just two off the rail, the gap suddenly closed on her and her run denied!  With her chance gone Martin dropped his hands on her neck and coasted home!  She was in fact beaten 10 lengths... the 10 lengths beaten at the end was the 10 lengths beaten at the start!

Monday we were in action at Windsor with Chiltern Secret and Nifty Kier, both in the same race, a maiden over 1m 2f for three year olds and upwards.  Both ran well till 2 furlongs out, sat just behind the leaders, enjoying themselves upsides each other!  The distance was definitely too far for them so a drop back to a mile would be more realistic.  Chiltern Secret will now have a handicap mark (Tues week) and will be able to run in 3 year old only handicaps over a mile which should suit.  Nifty Kier however has two more runs before he can run in handicaps..... may have to run over various distances as not many races over a mile for the older horses.

Martin and Sarah arrived back from their holiday in Crete last week - although a fantastic resort, Sarah suffered with a chest infection for the whole duration - very pleased to be back home!

Whilst Martin and Sarah were away on their holiday Topthorn ran at Stratford with Sam Twiston Davis on board finishing 4th on quick ground over a sharp 2 miles.  A very competitive race but with so few races for him at the moment we had to take a chance.  Two out he looked like he was going to be in the shake up but with a bump on the bend he was denied his run.  Over the 2 miles he seems to prefer a little cut in the ground, good ground ideally and of course he loves to dictate in front but this is not always possible when you get summer fast ground.  Having had quite a few runs on fast ground and nothing ideal for him at the moment he is now having a little break.

Monday 3rd June 2013

Weather - breezy, blue sky with a few clouds and 17 degrees at 12.10hrs

The winter runners are now on holiday in the field - lovely sunshine on their backs today! 

Martin was at Fakenham yesterday with Vinnies Girl for the 2m 4f Ladies race - hopeful of a good run providing the ground staff had not watered too much!  Thankfully the ground was drying out all morning with the going on the fast side of good.  The ground is the most important factor as she does not like too much cut - too soft her last two runs hence pulled up!  Our strike rate in the amateur races has been fairly good with two wins and a third this year but unfortunately we were without our usual jockey, Rachel King who had been asked to ride for Sheik Hamdam at Hereford in the Arab races.  Rachel's substitute Alison Stirling rode a tidy race on Vinnie to finished 4th.  The race was a little on the short side for Vinnie but she ran an encouraging race..... something to build on.

Pass Friend was in action for her debut at Market Rasen in the National Hunt Flat race ridden by James Davies.  Just like her big brother, Topthorn was a little head strong for the first part of the race and turning in still looked like she might run into a place but stamina caught her out in the final three furlongs, beat four horses but we were delighted with her attitude.  Also running at Market Rasen in the handicap 2m 3 furlong hurdle was Lady Valtas, her first run for us but has had plenty of experience previously.  Ran well for three quarters of the race but as they quickened she stayed on at a slow one pace - obvious thoughts are that she is a stayer wanting a lot further but not so sure...... her sister ran at the Derby meeting in the 5f Dash and only beaten a length and a half!  Although she has only beaten a few horses in her career she is better than she appears - may just have to go back to the flat..... watch this space! 

Monday 27th May 2013

Weather - breezy, blue sky with a few clouds and 16 degrees at 13:00 hrs.

This week we plan to turn out the horses who ran throughout the winter - a well deserved holiday in the sunshine we hope! 

Drussell was in action at Fontwell yesterday - although only 8th he ran really well just fading the final two furlongs on ground a little faster than ideal.  He is now on holiday to revitalize him for the autumn/winter when we get more rain! 

Lennie the Laugh ran a very pleasing race at Worcester in the NH Flat race - he was very green for the early part of the race which was on fast ground and when he got on to the better ground (softer) in the home straight he found another two gears, passing horses like they were stood still.  Although he was fifth he was gaining on the fourth horse with every stride but the line came too soon!  Anything he does this season will be gaining experience and from 2014 we will see a useful chaser in the making.

Wetherby is a long way from Bowstridge Farm but we had found an ideal race for Spaceman and could not resist!  The race was for ladies  over hurdles and our pilot was Rachel King - one of the most experienced ladies riding over hurdles - has ridden us two winners on Drussell this year.  A big field of seventeen runners and they went off like scolded cats but Rachel was in no hurry (her actual orders were to sit behind the leaders but her experience came into play) - For a 3 mile race they were not going to keep it up at that pace so she sat out the back door picking them off one by one!  With half a mile to run Spaceman was cruising past them, like a knife through butter!  They had caught the commentators eye and it was now getting very exciting but as they got to the third last hurdle he jumped a little awkwardly, the same at the second last and the last leaving them in a good third. Leaving the winners enclosure he took a couple of lame strides - his old injury some five years back had reoccurred to his tendon!  He was given some painkillers and well bandaged.......a very brave boy.  Now back home he is now on box rest with lots of fuss.  He will now be retired from racing and being retrained in 2014 to do some dressage or showing - someone will have a lot of fun on him in the future.

Last week El Jo needed soft ground, forecast for rain was plentiful and we were hopeful of getting his ground with one of his three entries for the week.  However, Wetherby suited Spacemen - good ground, Huntingdon was too firm and Towcester looked like the one but had everything from soft to good to firm - too inconsistent for an old boy who would probably put the hand brake on if he felt the firm patches - we decided not to run and so did 17 others!  We were all disappointed he did not get his ground as he is in such good order but that is the trouble with this time of year with watering systems and nobody was more disappointed than Zac who was going to ride him!  One particular top jockey - 'A P' said to Martin that he was doing the right thing by taking the old boy out.  With summer on its way - plenty of sunshine (ha ha) - El Jo, 12 yr old is taking a well deserved holiday for a month having been pointing with Sarah from December to March.  Last February he won the Bonhams Mens Open at Marks Tey under Zac Baker.  He will be back for a campaign in the autumn if rain appears and then on to Sarah for the winter months pointing.

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Weather - overcast, breezy and 10 degrees at 08:45 hrs

Today off to Huntingdon and Worcester - 12yr old Eljo to Huntingdon and Lennie the Laugh to Worcester - both have good chances providing the ground is not too lively.

Topthorn went to Newton Abbot to run in a handicap chase - a competitive affair.  With few opportunities at the moment we had to take him to the south coast and take a chance.  Ridden by Wayne Hutchinson they jumped from fence to fence, sitting in fourth or fifth all the way however with three front runners the pace was fast and furious from start to finish and we just kept on at the same pace finishing in 5th - the race was the fastest recorded of the day!  He is looking like he needs a little further on real fast ground and on good or slightly slower 2 miles suits....  He has a good cruising gear on good to firm but does not really quicken off it - we are still learning from him - however does open up a few more options for him. 

Chiltern Secret ran another encouraging race at Windsor, this time over a furlong further, a mile.  She was beaten 16 lengths in what looks a quality maiden.  The team had turned her out well and although the smallest and slightest filly in the race she was the best behaved. She broke well out of the stalls but got bumped shortly after and then on the bend the jockeys were all taking a 'pull' as though they thought someone had gone down on the floor!  We were pushed further back with just two behind us - this was turning into muddling pace ...... but turning into the home straight with four and a half furlongs to run, the pace increased and Martin Lane brought her to the outer and to our delight she was starting to gain ground on the leaders,  staying on all the way up the straight...... just got tired the last half a furlong having had to use up so much energy getting to the leaders.  The race possibly rode more like a 7 furlong race but she definitely wants further in the future.

Monday 18th May 2013

Weather - cloudy, breezy and 12 degrees at 12.10 hrs

Lovely to see Bob's Legend running better at Ludlow last week - finished 3rd under Sam Twisten Davis.  Still pulling too hard at the start of his races but getting there with patience.  He just needs experience to get his mind to relax and then we can step up in distance!  At home he is so chilled out and loves his routine of going out in the pens through the day.

Topthorn runs today at Newton Abbot - a tough race with quite a few front runners but if Wayne Hutchinson can keep him on the outer (hates to be surrounded by other horses) away from the others he should run a solid race.  Chiltern Secret runs tonight at Windsor, one of our local tracks in a fairly hot maiden contest - some well bred individuals!  Her debut run at Kempton was actually quite pleasing as she only faded the last two furlongs, beaten 18 lengths by a horse now rated 95.  She is still very weak but needs to learn about the job  - working well at home and looks great in her skin.

Monday 13th May 2013

Weather - cloudy, breezy and 9 degrees at 09.19 hrs

An improved run from Drussell yesterday at Plumpton finishing 6th in a competitive handicap for conditional jockeys.  He seems to like the amateur and conditional jockeys races!  May get one more run before he has his holiday as long as the ground is to his liking - good or softer.  Today he is out in his pen enjoying the grass and the odd passing flicker of sunshine.

With the forecast of rain on Wednesday we are looking forward to seeing Carobello in action over hurdles at Uttoxeter and Pass Friend having her debut run at Fontwell in a national hunt flat race.  Carobello has shown us plenty of ability at home and looks a horse to follow.  Pass Friend by Passing Glance, a half sister to our Topthorn (3 wins) is not really bred to get the distance of 1 mile 6 furlongs however on an easy track and as long as she settles in the first couple of furlongs, she should not be too far away - worked well at Kempton in the week.

Another horse who has an outing this week is Bob's Legend at Ludlow in a novice handicap hurdle.  Expecting much more from him this time - his debut run this season was puzzling - he was very tense down at the start and of course never settled in his race.  Could not be more pleased with him at home as working well with a good relaxed attitude.

Friday 3rd May 2013

Weather - sunshine, blue sky and 18 degrees at 11:55

Fantastic run from Barrick's Hill at Cheltenham on Wednesday evening - finished 6th of 19 in the 4 mile race for the best staying Point to Pointers and Hunter Chasers in the country.  Sarah was delighted with his performance - he has gone from strength to strength this season with his two wins and looking like the winner at Cheltenham on Wednesday - Fantastic.  To top the evening the boys, Zac and Albert won the best turned out!  Well done to all.

Good work out yesterday with the youngsters at Kempton - six horses working together;  Little Oscar, Nifty Keir, Park Dancer, Pass Friend, Thomas and Lennie having a prep race as education for their debut or next planned race.  One or two still need a little more experience but on the whole they went very well. 

Thursday 25th April 2013

Weather - Sunshine, blue sky and 16 degrees at 09:51

Last night we were at Taunton evening racing with Topthorn and Bob's Legend.  Topthorn who won last time out at Ludlow was 3rd last night.  Topthorn does like to dominate in his races and at his pace in a comfortable rhythm but on this occasion his two main rivals were not going to let him.  The pace of the race was quick early and he was not able to get balanced on a sharp track.  He is still a young horse learning his trade and his rivals were experienced campaigners. 

Bob's Legend who has been waiting for the ground to dry up was having his first run for 6 months and bearing in mind that he has only had two runs since February 2012 we knew he was going to be a little excited and tense.  However he was worse than expected, getting very wound up down at the start and his experienced jockey, Andrew Thornton said that in the race he held his breath for the first mile.  Most horses when holding their breath like this would pull up shortly after - just shows how much talent he has got.  Only last week he started to bloom in his coat, probably found the winter a little tough on him.  At home he has been the most settled we have ever had him and his jumping has improved from last season but you cant turn his home into a racing environment so action on a racecourse is what is needed.  He will be more settled on his next run - now needs plenty of racing to get his mind relaxed.  We have a lot of faith in this horse - he is very talented.

Sunday 21st April 2013

Weather - Sunshine, blue sky with a slight breeze - 15 degrees.

We all had a busy morning preparing for the Solario Racing 'Gallops Morning' and with the sun shining it had to be a good day!  A good day it was too - a good turnout of people with much interest in the youngsters and the youngsters behaved and performed fantastically.  Four youngsters worked, 2-y-old Rebellion colt, 2-y-old Amadeus Wolf filly, Gunning for Glory, Chiltern Secret with four experienced horses; Spaceman, Arachnophobia, Drussell and Vinnies Girl in four pairs along the six furlong gallop in front of a wide audience.  The enthusiastic on lookers then went back to the stables for a glass of champagne, honey and mustard coated sausages and a talk about Solario Racing.

Monday 15th April 2013

Sunday was a good day for Sarah with her point to pointers at Clifton on Dunsmore - Barrick's Hill WON the Restricted by 2 lengths and Thompson was 4th only beaten six lengths.

Saturday we had a strange day at Uttoxeter with a lovely young horse, Little Oscar.  A strange day as the morning papers had Little Oscar at a betting price of a 100-1 and just minutes from the 'off' she was backed down to 16 -1.  Someone was hoping they new more than we did and although she looked really well at the races she was not a 16-1 shot, not yet.  We were hoping for a mid division finish as she had worked satisfactory at home but she is a baby of novice horses so we were not expecting her to be a live contender!  To our disappointment she ran a 'shocker' - traveled well for the first furlong then got a bad bump, kick back in her face and that was that .......she did not want to take part! The ground was deep and loose, not very pleasant for any young horse having her debut.  This little horse is a proper baby, old fashioned, a nervous type that has needed a lot of patience at home.  She will need quite a few runs before she gets confidence in a race, some horses need more practice than others, just like humans!  She is a good looking mare who will improve with each run but we do want to get her on better ground next time.

Master Mylo, a good flat horse in his time also ran on Saturday but at Stratford having his debut run over hurdles.  Although he completed the race he was never able to get into a challenging position.   Mylo loves his jumping at home and has an amazing amount of scope, our one concern with him on Saturday was whether he would stay the 2 miles and on this occasion he did not stay. 

Friday 12th April 2013          " Four winners from seven runners this season at Ludlow"

Topthorn WINS again at Ludlow yesterday with the skillful steering of Sam Twiston-Davis.  This was his first run in 147 days having had a holiday.  As the tapes went up he jumped off in front, ears pricked, jumped from fence to fence like he was having a schooling session, so relaxed and so easy! He won comfortably by five lengths.  As the race did not take too much out of him he may run again next week - the handicapper will be wanting to put him up a few pounds (7 to 8lb) so may have to go out again before he gets this added weight.  Martin was interviewed by UK Racing for 5 minutes after the race about his win but then the conversation drifted on to the weather and lack of prize money in racing - many racing folk praised Martin today at Chepstow for his positive thoughts.

We have a saying in racing the 'highs and lows of racing' - Yesterday on a 'high' with our winner and today at Chepstow on a 'low' - Giles Dream was having his third run over hurdles - had showed glimmers of ability in his second race, a NH flat race at Towcester under Anthony Freeman and his first run over hurdles under Wayne Hutchinson but today he disliked the softened ground and basically pulled himself up after a few furlongs.

Drussell ran yesterday at Wincanton - jumped well but always flat out in a classy race.  Ran to the line finishing 7th of 11 but the handicapper has still got him in his grip!

Tuesday 2nd April 2013

Weather - 2 degrees this morning with a little sunshine - cold wind.

Mr Roberto has an entry at Chepstow in a NH Flat race on Saturday but with a ballot mark of 5 is highly unlikely to get a run.  Plenty more options - watch this space!  Mr Roberto, an ex Alan King youngster with just the one run to his name, came to us having had an operation on his hind joint and it was thought he may not recover to even being a riding horse.  After much patience from the owners he has made full recovery starting with months of very gentle exercise, to steady long work and now full work - even schooling over poles.  He has surprised us all having gone from strength to strength - could not be more delighted with his progress.

Back to Kempton today with Roman Senate - scoped clean this morning.  Drawn 13 of 13 - Martin Lane gave him a superb ride from the wide stall to sit in the first five of a competitive field.  He challenged two out looking like a being in the frame but faded just the last 100 yards and in the end only beaten 3 1/2 lengths.  There was an extremely strong head wind and this would not help his cause in the finish.


Wednesday 27th March 2013

Weather - 0 degrees this morning and rising.  Glimmer of sunshine but cold wind.

Roman Senate 5th yesterday at Lingfield - ran better but left us all a little confused - we were expecting much better!  A muddling race with an uneven pace - we were always positioned fourth or fifth and that's where we finshed, 5th.  The front two got the 'first kick' and got away from the pack.  It was mentioned that we should ride him differently next time - held up and come with a run - 'clutching at straws' I think as he has run well from every angle.....  At the end of the day the pace of the race and the track did not suit him!  Back to Kempton next week with different head gear on!

Tuesday 26th March 2013

Weather - 0 degrees and feels like -3 degrees. Dull with a light breeze.

What a long Winter this is becoming!  So frustrating with horses ready to run and no real light at the end of the tunnel as to when we will see some decent sunshine!  We had a couple of flakes of snow this morning so looks like more snow is on its way again!  The ground up and down the country is either flooded, frozen or two foot of snow on it.....  I feel so sorry for the poor, poor farmers in Northern Ireland and the borders.

That's enough of the weather ........ Now for positive thoughts - We have little Roman Senate out today at Lingfield who is in good order on the gallops, had a good scope yesterday and looks good in his skin and coat.  We are back in distance to 1m 2f which has to be a bonus with an experienced jockey on board, Steve Drowne.  Reading the form, we have a great chance even from draw 10 however I am predicting a blanket finish so good riding skills needed here. 

Thursday 21st March 2013

We had a meeting today with the Solario Racing Manager, Simon Double and came to the decision that with the wintery forecast of -1 and the rain it was advisable to postpone the 'Gallops Morning' until the 21st April 2013.  The rain and the bitter cold wind will not be pleasant for our many 'on lookers' and the 2-y-olds will find it equally unkind so it made sense to reschedule for a month later.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and do hope you will continue to support us on the 21st April, 2013.

Monday 18th March 2013

Weather - light drizzle, cold at 2 degrees.

What an awful weekend with the weather, rain, rain and more rain with some people having heaps of snow.  To 'top it' we had no electricity for 19 hours from Friday into Saturday lunch time!  Sarah was supposed to be going Point to Pointing but that was called off.  Today, although quite cold and damp feels better some how.....  The horses up and down the country must be suffering with the wet and dark days - Ireland are actually having better weather than the UK - perhaps that's why many of our horses did not quite shine as hoped at Cheltenham?  We all need the sun to come out - been a long, long winter.

On a much brighter note - Drussell ran another solid race finishing 4th (only beaten 2 lengths) at Fakenham.  This time he was ridden by Tom Garner, one of Lambourn's up and coming conditional jockeys.  Rachel King who had won on him twice this year had done nothing wrong on him - just needed another different personality on board to kid him along. 

Another of our runners last week was Spaceman at Towcester.  This time the tactics went a stray at the start of the race as he hates to be out at the back in the kick back, the bumping and shouting.  He is not a brave horse and will not go into that next gear when he has a wall of horses in front so must have some daylight and sit on the outer.  He did finish 8th of 13 but this was a race you put to the back of your mind and look forward to putting it right next time.

Roman Senate ran on the Wednesday last week at Kempton at 8.20pm with the experienced Steve Drowne.  He actually ran better than it appeared on paper - 7th of 11 as two furlongs out he looked the winner.  Having got his throat problem cleared up we were confident he would run well but still not completely positive about the distance of one mile four furlongs...  The plan now is to go back to a mile and two furlongs and hope we get a good gallop to use his stamina at the end of the race...

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Weather - cold and dry at 1 degree.

Kempton today with Roman Senate and the experienced Steve Drowne on board.  With a healthy scope yesterday we are expecting a good run having produced his best piece of work last Saturday. 

Yesterday was bitterly cold with the wind making it feel like -11.  Possibly the coldest day since we have been here! 

Thursday 7th March 2013

Weather - Dull, consistent drizzle - 6 degrees

Possible runners for this month - Drussell, Arachnophobia, Mr Roberto, Thomas the Rhymer, Master Mylo, Roman Senate, Topthorn and Spaceman.

Gunning for Glory on Monday looked super at Kempton races, especially for the time of year when most horses are changing coats.   When parading in the paddock he did look quite small in comparison to his rivals but then he still has plenty of growing to do.  For an immature boy he has a lovely attitude at the races and takes it all in his stride - so important and normally means that they will have a long future on the track.   On Monday morning there was a small hitch of a jockey change (Steve Donohoe had flu) but we were more than happy to have the services of Martin Lane, who very kindly helped us out at the last minute.  In the race, Gunning for Glory traveled well, sat in the first three until two furlongs out and then faded into a well beaten 5th -  a disappointing run - a 'flat' run - no spark in the finish but this had to be expected due to his immaturity.....  The plan now is to have a break, three runs to his name and connected to some decent form.  The handicapper will probably take no notice of his recent run and base his first handicap mark from the first two runs...... early sixties?   After a relaxing break he will have a Summer campaign. 

Monday 4th March 2013 

Please read details below regarding the Solario Gallops Morning on Sunday 21st April 2013 (11am - 1.30pm)

Weather - bright blue sky, crisp feel and dry at 3 degrees.

Today we have Gunning for Glory for Solario Racing running at Kempton with Martin Lane on board.  A very recent jockey change with Stevie Donohoe having woken up with flu.  Expecting more from Gunning for Glory today after only being beaten 3 1/2 lengths last time out, only his second run on a racecourse.  Still very immature but looks well and working well at home.... he will improve with each run as long as he gains confidence with each run.

GALLOPS MORNING HERE ON THE 21st April 2013 - Book your place with Solario Racing 01442 877597 / 07769 183362 or email .
Solario Racing
are holding an Open Morning here at Bowstridge Farm on the 21st April 2013 at 11am to 1.30pm.  Coffees and teas on arrival - watch the horses on parade in the indoor school and then a stroll (5 mins) to the gallops to watch the 2yr olds in action - sensible walking shoes required (some transportation available - please request as limited room).  A good 5 minute walk back to the stables where you will be greeted with a glass of champagne.  Please book your place as above.

Monday 25th February 2013

Weather - damp and bitterly cold at 1 degree.
"Fantastic News"
 El Jo
has qualified for The Bonhams Final at Cheltenham on 1st May 2013
Zac Baker our Amateur Jockey had his first 'double' of winners yesterday.

Yesterday we had a day out with Sarah at Marks Tey Point to Point, 5 miles from Colchester, Essex.  Sarah trains a handful of pointers; youngsters being educated before they go under rules next year and one or two old boys who are finding it too tough under rules but still want to have a little fun!   Our Amateur Stable Jockey, Zac Baker was riding for Sarah at the meeting and managed to get a spare ride in the first race  - this was to be his first WINNER of two that day at 20-1, the Open Maiden.  His second WINNER at 6-1 was for Sarah on Mr Carey's 12yr old El Jo.  He WON The Men's Open, a prestigious qualifying race for the Bonhams Final with the fastest time of the day!  For 18yr old Zac that was 3 winners and a 3rd in eight days from five rides.

Back to last week at Ludlow,  Drussell looked the winner 3 out but then hit the second last hurdle loosing his momentum and finishing only 7th, beaten just 10 lengths.  It was still a reasonable run and to be fair to Drussell, the handicapper has put him up 17lb for his two wins.  He has come back home happy so now to freshen him up and wait to see what the handicapper does for the latest run.... 

Master Mylo went back to Kempton but over 7 furlongs, nothing available over a mile......  We were pleased with his attitude pre race as he has a long history of being unruly going to the start but then he let us down in the race by being too keen.   Although only beaten 4 3/4 lengths finishing 6th, he is capable of much better!  Master Mylo has only been with us eight weeks so still plenty to learn from him, a puzzle that needs to be finished as he has a big, big engine!

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Weather - damp and cold at 3 degrees.  Dull sky with a slight breeze.

Spaceman was the first of this week's runners and ran at Taunton yesterday finishing a very gallant 3rd at 25-1 on heavy (grueling) ground.  Well ridden and steered home by young Zac Baker who took a valuable 7lb off his back.   Spaceman had been off the track for 200 days due to an injury sustained in his previous race.  Everyone was delighted with the run as Spaceman is not getting any younger and it shows he still retains plenty of ability to win a small race in due course!

Off to Ludlow today with Drussell - in good form at home and looks great.  His very capable jockey, Rachel King will be in the saddle for a possible three timer..... a clear round then Drussell will do the rest!
Monday 18th February 2013

Weather - cold at 3 degrees.  Dull sky earlier but brightening up by the hour.

A busy week ahead - Spaceman tomorrow at Taunton with our amateur jockey, Zac Baker on board (winning jockey yesterday!), Drussell back to Ludlow for a three timer on Wednesday (also entered for Sandown on Friday), Master Mylo at Kempton on Thursday and Burnt Cream for the double at Wolverhampton on Friday. 

Last week was again encouraging with Arachnophobia, our lead horse, finishing 4th at Lingfield and only beaten a length having been put up 2lb ! "Mr Handicapper if you had put him up 1 lb we may have won?" Closing stages of Gunning for Glory at Lingfield in finish (in pink)
Gunning for Glory - see photo - in pink with maroon stars.....his frame is very small in comparison to his rivals.  Ran another eye catcher,  very green again having his second run on a racecourse but this time he was only beaten 3 1/2 lengths at 50-1.  His form is working out really well from his debut run (the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th have all won) and the penny has not dropped yet with Des!  When he strengthens, this super little horse will show his true abilities - exciting!  Also last week, Lisselton Cross ran at Kempton - disappointing again as so close to winning but consistently beaten 3 or 4 lengths.  His owners have now decided to sell him so if we can keep him in the yard we would love to turn him out for at least six months - never had a proper holiday and this may make all the difference?

Great News, in fact a miracle - Barrick's Hill, one of the point to pointers trained by Sarah WON yesterday at Barbury Castle with Zac Baker on board.  We are delighted for his owner, Ian Herbert as Barrick's Hill 18 months ago was about to be put to sleep due to a crumbling bone in his hind joint.   A number of Vets looked at the x-rays and could not give Ian or Sarah any positive news.  Ian decided to give his horse box rest and after 6 months of stable and barn rest the joint looked no worse.  More x-rays were taken and to everyone's surprise the joint was looking stronger but still no one was sure if he could even be a riding horse.  After another 3 months of being turned out in a small paddock more x-rays were taken and this time Ian had the positive news that he could have gentle exercise.  Each day since the joint has become stronger and it has been quite remarkable that he has managed to do over six months of cantering let alone go on to win a point to point!  Well done to Ian and Barrick's Hill.

Friday 8th February 2013

Tina Barber with Albie
Juliette with Albie

Thursday 7th February 2013

Weather - Bitterley cold with a bright blue sky - 0 degrees at 09:30 hrs.

Well done Jim Crowley for WINNING on Burnt Cream yesterday at Kempton.  Jim settled Burnt Cream very quickly from the stalls and surprisingly switched off almost too much as turning into the home straight Jim had to give her a few 'niggles' to get her into the race!  From 3 furlongs out she was cutting her way through the field with ease, picking them off one by one.  The leader had gone for home but in the final furlong we were gaining on him with every stride and in the final 75 yards, we quickened again, heading him and in the last strides to the finishing line Burnt Cream was a length ahead.  Well done Burnt Cream - she has had a tough life with her various problems but this was the icing on the cake for all the hard work the Team have put in and for her owner Patricia Brown for her wonderful patience.  Well done Team and Patricia Brown.

We are looking forward to our next runners in February; 14th Lissellton Cross & Roman Senate, 16th Gunning for Glory, 19th Spaceman, 20th Drussell and 21st Master Mylo. 

Wednesday 6th February 2013

Weather - Very windy, a few flurries of snow  4 degrees but feels like 0.

Fingers crossed for Burnt Cream today at Kempton over 5 furlongs.  Jim Crowley in the saddle should give her good assistance and the confidence she needs - this is her best draw for a long time.  As long as Jim gets her to switch off in the first furlong then he only has to point and steer!  Would not want to be in front too soon in this wind today.

Dualagi and foal are doing well - been out in the paddock last few days having a buck and 'scoot' about......  little 'Albie' is quite speedy so hopefully will be as quick as mother one day, if not quicker!

Friday 1st February 2013

What a good week  - Drussell WINS again at Ludlow over hurdles.  His confidence has grown even more since his last win/run under the same jockey, Rachel King.  This time he ran in an Amateur hurdle back over the 2 miles and just made it look so easy - a comfortable win with 7lb more than his previous win/run - here's hoping the handicapper looks after him!

Tuesday 29th January 2013

Weather - windy and cloudy at plus 9 degrees at 2pm.

Drussell runs at Ludlow on Wednesday and providing he copes with the heavy going should run a big race.

Dualagi and new colt. Click to view in Photo Gallery.Great news - Dualagi has given birth today at 5am to a colt by Tagula.  Mother and son are now getting on well but life was a little tricky  this morning with her being a first time breeding mare it was difficult for her to accept him immediately.  Martin and team had to bottle feed him for five hours until she finally accepted him this afternoon.  He has been given a stable name already - "Albie" due to Albert having his  birthday today!  Pictures to be viewed in due course.

Yesterday we ran two horses, Master Mylo and Roman Senate at Kempton in wintery conditions - wind and rain!  Roman Senate was unplaced - very disappointing having been in a good position throughout the race but in the final furlongs stopped very quickly.  His jockey, Martin Lane said that he struggled as soon as he faced the on coming strong winds and basically held his breath!   This is the second time this has happened to him!  We asked the Vet to scope him at the races and found that he had slight inflammation in his throat,  normally only seen in yearlings .........  Possibly an allergy to something - more investigations to do because he is so well in himself and looks great.  Master Mylo was having his first run for us, a good horse over the past couple of years but had lost his way towards the end of 2012 - possibly confidence.  Originally sent to us to go jumping due to his wild temperament but we needed to see if our new style of training him was working hence a run at Kempton.   Yesterday, he behaved well at the races; cantering to the start, in the stalls and throughout the race.  He looked like being in the 'Winners Enclosure' two furlongs out but the final furlong just caught him out.  You can say that it was a very pleasing 7th, only beaten five lengths.  George Baker who rode him was delighted with his run and looks forward to riding him on his next outing.  He will go jumping when the ground dries up!

Tuesday 22nd January 2013

Weather - snow still as it was on Monday but colder at -8 this morning at 6am. 

We managed to get ahead of our plans getting back on the gallops this morning and the horses loved it!  No runners this week only due to no races for the ones we want to run or there is no racing due to frozen tracks.......  Next week our possible runners are Master Mylo (new horse with us who has been a special project for the past month, so a fact finding mission), Roman Senate, and Drussell.  The weather is supposed to warm up a little through the day next week but still very cold at night - lets hope we can get some horses in action.

Leonie Tschudi, our new employee is finding this cold weather quite bearable but then she is from Switzerland.......  She finds it particularly funny when the airports cease to operate, schools closing and we call this snow! 

Monday 21st January 2013

Weather - 4 inches of snow, ice patches at -1.  Dull sky at 09.20hrs.

Today we are in the indoor school exercising the horses as the gallop has a vast amount of snow on it.  Saturday we did manage to canter on the gallop - with the snow being dry this helped our cause as it didn't ball up too much in their hooves but since then the ice has crept into it and  this has become risky for the horses.  Hopefully we can get back on the gallop by Wednesday providing we have no more snow....

Yesterday we were hoping to run Roman Senate at Kempton in what looked his easiest race to date however with the ever decreasing temperatures the track became unfit with ice overnight - by 09:30 Kempton had to cancel all racing for the day. 

Last Friday morning at 8am the snow came again and did not stop until well into the evening.  Bitterly cold for everyone but working in these conditions is tough on those with animals.......  Dualagi was due to foal on Friday but she is determined to hang on for as long as she is able to....  Martin is up all through the night, checking on her in his dressing gown! 

Albert & Zac with Cosi & Buster Chloe on Park Dancer and Sarah on Don't Tell Beth
Sarah on Don't Tell Beth

Thursday 17th January 2013

Weather - Very cold, dry and clear.  Still frozen snow lying around at -2 this morning.

Although we had frozen taps this morning we still managed to canter horses.  The gallop rode well and providing the temperature does not get below -6 and the snow is not too deep on Friday onwards we should be able to keep going.  If not we are very lucky to have an indoor school to keep them ticking over.  Our Equine Dentist has been in this morning - a few routine rasps and 'tidy ups' and one new horse needing major work - he will enjoy his food and work even more now!  Gunning for Glory had four caps removed (tops of baby teeth ready to make way for adult teeth) - he too will be much happier eating now they have gone.

Last night we made the short journey to Kempton Park for the 5.45pm race over 7f with Arachnophobia, our lead horse for the youngsters!  What a race he ran with George Baker - 2nd of 11, only beaten one and a half lengths - nearly made all only to get passed in the final 150yds by the ex Richard Hannon horse, Vitznau (previously rated in the 100's).  Both horses last won two years ago and in the same month.  Twice we have retired him from running in races but when he starts trying to get competitive at home he tells us he is missing the excitement of the races so we have to give him a little outing every now and again!   He will never be the horse he used to be due to the wear and tear he endured as a youngster but he is happy in his easy routines and he tells us when he is ready to get competitive again. 

Roman Senate is out again this Sunday, 1lb higher  - debut over 1m 4f but after his cracking run on the 7th at Kempton he should get the extra furlong.  Burnt Cream has come out of her race well and hoping to run early February. Lisselton Cross is being freshened up for his next outing also in early February. Drussell has a couple of entries but jump racing at the moment is struggling to get going due to the frozen tracks. 

Thursday 10th January 2013

On Monday 7th January - Roman Senate finished 4th in a 0-60.... ran another good race back at Kempton -  over a furlong further than he has tried previously.  A poor draw but tactically ridden by Martin Lane to put him into a front rank position.  Traveled well throughout the race and although slightly hampered stayed on well enough to suggest he may get a mile and a half.  He keeps progressing and it will not be long before he wins.

On the 6th January we were back at Wolverhampton with Lisselton Cross... 5th - again ridden by Champion Apprentice Amy Ryan with hold up tactics planned.  They traveled really well and with only three furlongs to run they got behind a slow horse turning into the home straight.  This cost them time and lengths and while Amy had to take an pull, the front two kicked for home - they were only beaten two and three quarter lengths finishing 5th!!  The little horse did not get the luck he deserved!  The race did not seem to take anything out of him so we took a chance and declared him to run at Kempton just three days later.

On the 9th January, back to Kempton for Lisselton Cross....... he went off as the 3-1 favorite - the bookies had noticed how unlucky he was at Wolverhampton and this race at Kempton was an easier contest.   Also in the race was stable mate Burnt Cream (4th) priced at 33-1.  She was in good form at home and was worth an each way bet especially back over 5f having run so well previously over course and distance - the clues were there to see.  Lisselton Cross was in the first two or three for most of the way, traveling well but the pace was not quick for a 5f race.....  Burnt Cream was drawn badly so she had to sit last and in a slowly run race this was not really going to suit!  Both horses needed the leaders to go a good gallop especially Burnt Cream who was sitting last - needs to come from off the pace using her speed at the finish......  When the pace finally quickened inside the final two furlongs, Lisselton Cross found it difficult to sprint with the leaders (he is a winner over 6f) and Burnt Cream using her burst of speed, cut through the pack from last position but the leaders had first run on her and as they approached the winning post she went from 6th to 4th in a stride - only beaten a short head for 3rd place and beaten two and a quarter lengths by the winner.  Another good run and providing she is settled at home may just go out again next week.

Saturday 5th January 2013

Lisselton Cross is in good form at home since his run on the 27th December where he was only beaten a length and a half finishing 4th.  He is declared to run this Sunday 6th at Wolverhampton with Amy Ryan (Champion Apprentice 2012) back on board.  A good run expected from a better draw of 2 but we need to hold on to him a little longer this time (hit the front plenty early enough last time).

We ran little Bellinda yesterday at Wolverhampton, taking 7lb off with a young apprentice on for her final run - a last hope that she might find another gear!  At home she is very honest, always puts the effort into her work but is not the quickest even though she is bred to be.  At the end of the day she does not want to be a racehorse but will make a good riding horse or polo pony for someone.

Our Apprentice, Kirsten Smith has terminated her employment with us to go on to further her riding career.  We wish her the best of luck in her new employment.

We are looking forward to 2013, the young horses which we have been so patient with over the past couple of years are now coming to the fore; Topthorn, a big bold grey horse who loves the faster ground and is going from strength to strength, Bob's Legend  who has only run four times over hurdles also prefers the faster ground - we will be looking forward to him running again, Shees a Dante - bumper winner for us with a big future over hurdles (again prefers good ground), Vinnies Girl who showed glimmers of ability and will definitely win over hurdles in 2013, Drussell winner over hurdles only a couple of weeks ago is blooming since and will be out again at the end of the month, and Gunning for Glory who ran well on his debut last month,  Chiltern Secret who has taken time to mature is very promising and Roman Senate should loose his maiden tag very shortly.  Unraced youngsters to look out for are Thomas the Rhymer (Luke Harvey Racing), Unnamed 5 yr old Passing Glance mare, unnamed Amadeus Wolf 2 yr old and Little Oscar.  Another one to keep a close eye on is Carobello (Luke Harvey Racing) - a really good moving horse who has shown promise in Ireland.

2012 was a tough year for everyone, especially those who work outside. The continual rain caused havoc with the harvest and that meant  the oats, barley, wheat, hay, straw and alfalfa prices kept climbing throughout the year making it very tough for all who have animals.  Rain has also saturated the ground on most of the racecourses, the worst ground we have ever known and a lot of horses running in 2012 have been struggling to act on it - watch out for the well handicapped horses when the ground dries in 2013!

Tuesday, 1st January 2013





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