"A Very Happy New Year to You All"Wednesday 31st December 2014
Weather - minus -3 degrees, a very frosty scene - 09:34 hrsThe 'Ups and Downs' of racing!
Only ten days ago we were taking our coats off to muck out because it was too warm and that was at 6.30 am!! A different story today - everything is white, like a fairy tale wintery scene - we are in need of our gloves and scarves due to the plummeting temperatures... Everyone is working hard to keep the 'show on the road' - horses need to be exercised, kept warm and comfortable, gallops needs to be kept harrowed, yards need to be free of ice, water buckets need the ice breaking, water taps need to be wrapped up when not in use and the horses out in the fields need water troughs free of ice, extra hard feed and hay. The forecast is for much warmer weather tomorrow - very confusing for the horses but at least we can get back to normal!Exceeding Power
is entered for Saturday at Lingfield over 7 furlongs on the all weather. This is a grade lower than his previous runs so should give a good show providing we have a reasonable draw! In cracking form at home and Luke Morris's agent was quick to get on the phone for the ride.
Yesterday we ran Air of Glory
at Taunton and to our disappointment the race turned into a 2 mile 3 furlong flat race rather than a hurdle race with only 4 hurdles to jump throughout the whole race (two in the home straight)! He ran well below our expectations having only traveled for five furlongs.... cannot believe it was because there were no hurdles. Certainly not the same horse that ran for us at Ludlow. He has got us scratching our heads so will be doing some tests over the next few days to find out why he did he did not run as expected.Carobello
was also disappointing over fences at Catterick on Sunday. Ran well making the running for just over a circuit and when the pace quickened he was not happy to go into the next gear for whatever reason..... Initially we thought the ground was the cause but the times were not slow enough, the track is quite undulating, something as simple as that can put a sensitive horse off OR is it that Carobello and Air of Glory could be under the same dark cloud......... change of weather temperatures can affect them.... Tests will be done. THE 'UP AND DOWNS' OF RACING!"A Very Happy Christmas to you All " Saturday 27th December 2014
Weather - 3 degrees, overcast and windy - 12:36 hrsWhat a Christmas present - Winner on Boxing Day!
and Zac Baker at Huntingdon yesterday. It was a race that played right into our hands - getting the important lead that Topthorn has to have to command the race! We were always in the first three and occasionally getting the lead but from five out Topthorn now had control of the pace from the front. From the last two fences he jumped with ease and traveled like it was the start of the race, ears pricked forward - thoroughly enjoying himself. On the long run in to the finishing line the second horse was trying to close the gap but Topthorn kept quickening away and won with 10 lengths to spare. A lovely sight to see both horse and jockey absolutely delighted - both grinning from ear to ear!
Tomorrow we are back up north to Catterick with the team - this time with Carobello
who is in good form with himself at home. His regular work rider could not be more pleased with him this morning on the gallops. Hoping the snow and frost keep away from the track! Good luck team.
Tuesday we run Air of Glory
in a Conditional Jockeys race at Taunton - his debut in a handicap hurdle. Need the ground to dry out for him - no more rain please! A lovely horse with a big future - would not want it too soft as this could pull his muscles around undoing all the hard work we have put into him since he arrived. He has gained a lot of confidence from his run at Ludlow for us and has come on physically and mentally. Good luck Air of Glory.Wednesday 24th December 2014
Weather - 8 degrees, bright blue sky - 11:25 hrs
First time run at Lingfield for Burnt Cream
last Saturday and she appeared to handle the track well by finishing a staying on 5th only beaten 3 lengths. The time of the race was 58 seconds, a cracking good time for a 5 furlong race. We are still keen to try her again over the 6 furlong now that she is looking so settled. Topthorn
has been declared to run at Huntingdon on Boxing Day - a competitive race for the grade - if they let us have a soft lead we should go close under his 'in form' amateur jockey, Zac Baker.Carobello
is entered for Catterick on Sunday - another competitive race over fences but he is in good form with himself at home and schooled well this morning.Friday 19th December 2014
Weather - 8 degrees, blue sky, minimal cloud with breeze - 06.55 hrs
It has been an encouraging week for most of the runners and we still have Burnt Cream to run on Saturday.Burnt Cream
is in a competitive race on Saturday (hopefully they will go a flat out gallop for her) - she is in good heart at home and looks super. This will be her first run at Lingfield - her jockey Robert Havlin is keen to try the left handed track with her - the track could suit her style of running but she has to be balanced coming down the hill - coming from off the pace in a strongly run race..... will be of interest.
Another great run from Exceeding Power
last night who finished 4th (25-1) beaten 3 1/2 lengths at Kempton under Luke Morris. Two furlongs out he came to the front to win only to be taken on by three speedier rivals! A really tough contest in a good time. We will now find a race for him in January - may even try the next step to the mile..... Will see what the handicapper does on Tuesday. Topthorn
3rd at Catterick - A long trek but worth the drive - With no suitable races combined with decent ground for Topthorn we had to venture up north on Tuesday to the very friendly track of Catterick. It was a race full of 'if's and but's' and on their day quite talented. As with most 2 mile races there were a handful of front runners including ourselves! As the race panned out we had a lovely position up in the front ranks with a good deal of daylight which is very important to Topthorn - does not like to be crowded by other horses! Topthorn was jumping some of the fences like there was a dragon on the landing side!! He even took Zac by surprise over one fence by jumping two feet above the fence with Zac hanging out to one side - thankfully Zac has very long legs and managed to haul himself back in the saddle! Through the race he was wasting time in the air over three or four of the fences and in a two mile race you need to be quick and efficient. On the home bend he was in a good enough position in third but in the home straight he could not close the gap and stayed on at the one pace - beaten 23 lengths by the winner - he ran a solid race.Lemon Grove
ran in the Ladies Hurdle Race at Ludlow on Wednesday - jumped the first four really well under Chloe Swaffield having her first ride in a hurdle race. As the pace went into the next gear on the testing ground, the mare put the handbrake on and poor Chloe could do no more. Lemon Grove was obviously not enjoying the race and pulled up with two hurdles to go. Back in the race course stable yard Lemon Grove was not blowing and certainly did not look distressed in any form, in fact she was as fresh as if she had only had a steady canter to the start! However she was coughing heavily after her wash down so we asked the racecourse vet to scope her. He could see no evidence of anything - no mucus, no blood, absolutely nothing... Once she was back in the stable she was showing signs of a very hormonal mare..... time for retirement from racing. She will make a lovely broodmare as she is from a good family of winners both on the flat and over hurdles.Friday 12th December 2014
Weather - 8 degrees, high cloud, feeling damp and temperature dropping to 1 degree tonight - 13:41 hrs
Traveling up north to Catterick next Tuesday with Topthorn.
A great race for him but we don't want any more rain there. In great form at home. Exceeding Power
entered for Kempton on Thursday, also in great form - not very tired from his outing earlier this week at Wolverhampton where he finished 4th, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Lemon Grove
is entered for a Ladies Amateur Hurdle race at Ludlow, a race we have previously won with Drussell. However this little mare is a grade lower than dear Drussell but she will have a light weight and a further 7lb taken off her back with Chloe Swaffield on board (ridden 3 winners pointing and 5 placed horses for Sarah). They both deserve their chance.
The ground is very soft or heavy at most tracks around the country and unfortunately we don't seem to have any horses that want it quite that soft so hoping for a drying weekend - please!Sunday 7th December 2014
Weather - 4 degrees, drizzle and feeling cold - 12:30 hrs
What an odd week it has been..... Horses look great, all working super and when we get to the races all the plans went out the window!
Last night was hopefully the last of plans going upside down...........We were at Wolverhampton last night with Exceeding Power
, although he finished 4th and only beaten 2 1/2 lengths we did think we would be in the first two. He was in great order, probably the best we have had him to date. The trouble was we broke really well whilst half the field did not... The aim was to sit second or third but there was no pace and having won from the front earlier in his career, George Baker had no option other than to make the running. At home he is a lazy horse in front - he could canter all day long in front but only gets his blood up when he passes horses. Knowing what he is like at home I could not believe he stayed in front for as long as he did - only got passed by the winner in the final furlong with the 2nd and 3rd in the final 100 yards. Next entry planned for the 18th December at Kempton.
Last Thursday we were at Kempton with Burnt Cream
running over the sprint distance of five furlongs. Annoyingly she went in the stalls early - starters thought she would be ok .....normally goes in late as she can get a little fractious... She is a very competitive sprinter and once in the stalls she wants to get on with her race and doesn't like to be waiting around too long! As we thought, she started to get agitated and banged her head on the front gates, just as the gates were about to open! This cost her lengths and lengths coming out of the stalls. The distance lost at the start of the race equaled the distance beaten in the finish! Burnt Cream did amazingly well to finish 6th considering what she had been through in the stalls. She was a little bruised over the eye socket but the inflammation has now dispersed. Seems fine today and eating well since her race - back on the course shortly and another reminder to the starters.
Also on Thursday we were jumping at Leicester where we ran Topthorn
with Zac Baker on board. We were not expecting anything great from Topthorn as this contest was much more competitive; up a grade from his two previous races whereby he had finished second and first.. Having gone up 17lb for his win, there have been very few races for him so we had to go to Leicester and take our chance. We couldn't believe our eyes seeing 10 horses lining up at the start, across the whole width. Topthorn was not going to get a look in - likes to be up there, making it and most importantly keeping away from the other horses! Through the race Zac did well to keep him interested but every time he started to creep into the race Topthorn thought he would take a back seat. Hopefully the handicapper will put him down a few pounds - the handicapper is quick to put them up in one lump, for example a straight 17lb but they will not put them down in one big lump, not even 10lb and you will be lucky if they will go down more than 5lb in any one throw!
On the Wednesday of last week we ran Little Red Nell
at Kempton on the flat over 1m 4f - before she started we knew we were on a 'hiding for nothing' being drawn 12 of 12. Liam Keniry did well to get her out and get a mid division seat in what looked like an early, fast pace. He got on the rail and although holding her position she looked in top gear. When coming round the home bend the pace increased again and we were already in top gear.... Liam was now in the 'drive' position trying to keep us in the race but within five strides the horse in front of her was stopping very quickly. Liam had to take a sharp pull, switch her round it, and then back into 'drive', loosing lengths whilst doing so. Within seconds the same thing happened again; another horse stopping in front of them! Again Liam had to take a pull and by now the front ranks had gone! All he could do was 'potter' home to beat two horses - the two he had to swerve round! Tuesday 2nd December 2014Zac in the 'Winners Enclosure' again
Zac Baker our amateur has gone and done it again, a WINNER at 16-1 on Tambura at Plumpton for Mr Maundrell. This was Zac's fourth ride on the talented mare and as the Racing Post quoted "a well judged ride". The race was no ordinary 'Bumper' and she looks like she could go far if she takes to the jumps - a very exciting young horse.Monday 1st December 2014
Weather - 6 degrees, dry and feeling cold - 12:49 hrs
Runners for this week : -Little Red Nell
at Kempton on Wednesday - will be her first try under rules over the distance of 1m 4f but placed 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th over this trip in the Arab/Thoroughbred races in the summer - always running on. Will be a little rusty on Thursday but will come on for the run.Burnt Cream
at Kempton on Thursday - also been off the track since the summer only due to no races for her - as a preference for going straight or right handed. Seems in good order at home..... may need the run having had a good holiday.Topthorn
at Leicester on Thursday - hoping the track does not get anymore rain. A competitive race, may not get the lead he likes but he is in good order at home - working well.Exceeding Power
at Wolverhampton on Saturday - up a grade to 0-75 having gone up a pound for his fantastic run last time out. Working well at home and he is a course winner.Tuesday 25th November 2014
Weather - 6 degrees, heavy rain - 17:56 hrsDelighted
What an encouraging hurdles run from Air of Glory
finishing mid division of 16 runners at Ludlow. This was his third run over hurdles and his debut for us. He jumped really well and handled the right hand track. His experienced jockey, William Kennedy gave him plenty of confidence and Air of Glory returned the confidence back. William was delighted with Air of Glory's performance - reported that he coped with the right hand turns well, gave him a super feel (powerful engine) jumped with plenty of scope to jump a fence in time (fiddled and stood off) and coped with the soft ground on a sandy surface but would not want it any softer. A very promising horse with a big future.Sunday 23rd November 2014
Weather - 7 degrees, damp and feeling cold - 16:08 hrs
Back to Ludlow tomorrow (been a favourite of ours over the past two years - 6 winners from 15 runners) with Air of Glory
, a lovely big 4 yr old that was purchased from Ascot Sales in the summer for £7,000. This will be his third run over hurdles and his debut for us (previously with John Ferguson and Goldophin). He ideally wants a left handed track but we need the best possible ground we can find whilst we are having these continuous wet days and Ludlow has the best natural draining soil in the UK. At this stage of his career he needs as much confidence over his obstacles as possible and he does not want to be 'slogging it out' on holding, heavy ground. We have done a lot of work on his back since we bought him and in the last four weeks we have noticed a considerable improvement in his stride at all paces. His recent work and jumping over the hurdles has been outstanding - very exciting. This will be a competitive race with some quality young individuals - a clear round and something to learn from will be our main aim. If we finish in the middle or nearer the front we will be delighted as there will be more improvement to come in time. Good luck 'Big G'.Friday 21st November 2014
Weather - 7 degrees, raining and feeling wintery - 17:45 hrsFantastic news
- Zac Baker,
our Amateur Jockey has just won on a 66-1 shot in grueling ground at Ffos Las, in a NH Flat race for Mr Maundrell beating Davy Russell (Irish Champion) on one of JP McManus's which was an odds on favourite. Now that should be headlines in tomorrow's Racing Post! Brilliant, well done Zac - really well deserved for all the hard work he has put in to his career to date.
Today on 'At The Races', there was a lovely profile on Philip Hobbs, one of our high profile NH Trainers. During one of his interviews he mentioned that it would be a good idea for all racing journalists to spend a week in a racing yard so that they would not ask such stupid questions! What a fantastic idea - to see what actually goes on - how different one horse is to the next one - to see how difficult it is to produce horses to their absolute best when so many things can and do go wrong through no fault of anyone's - to place a horse in the right race when there is no ideal race for them, etc, etc... We would welcome any journalist to have a week with us - great idea.That's racing!
A disappointing day at Fakenham earlier this week ...... A well beaten 4th from Miss Biscotti
- soft ground (what racing people call 'dead' ground) was an unknown to her but we had to give her a try on it (she has the action of a horse that should go on the soft) but throughout the race she was not happy on it, never wanting to come out of second gear - nor traveled in the race from the word go! Carobello
also ran at Fakenham and did well to finish 3rd considering he broke the first fence by landing on it! After making all and winning comfortably last time out he was not going to be allowed to get that easy lead again and as soon as the race started he had a horse sat right upsides him, taking him on into the first fence ......... how he stood up after that horrendous blunder, let alone finish - what an honest little horse.Friday 14th November 2014
Weather - 10 degrees, blustery, wet and mild - 06:13 hrsOooh So close!
Well done to Exceeding Power
for finishing 3rd at Kempton last night in a competitive affair. This was his debut over 7 furlongs and if they had gone a decent gallop we may even have got to the post in first place.... It was a fantastic finish, a blanket finish and quite honestly we thought we had got fourth or fifth from the angle we were looking at but it was actually a nose between 2nd and 3rd - one more stride and we would have got to the line in first. A very pleasing result, well done Exceeding Power and what a great ride from Mikey Ennis.Wednesday 12th November 2014
Weather - 10 degrees, dry - 19:01 hrs
Back to Kempton tomorrow with Exceeding Power
who is in good form at home - a step up in distance for the first time to 7 furlongs, a distance we feel he has been crying out for now he is stronger. His dam and grand dam both won over 7 furlongs and at home he shows us more stamina than speed of a sharp sprinter. To find out if he stays we worked him with Air of Glory (rated 84 on the flat) last week who has won over 10 furlongs and he worked superbly. On board is a 7lb claimer Mikey Ennis who happens to be one of the up and coming apprentices/conditional jockey of 2014/15 - attached to David Pipe. Mikey has already ridden for Godolphin this summer - not many 7lb claimers have ever done that.....also rode a winner Group 2 winner for John Ferguson last weekend. Good luck.
A long way to go to Sedgefield for Lemon Grove
Lemon Grove to finish 4th of 4 but it did pay for her bus fare home! There were not a lot of options for her and with a handicap mark of 94 she has to run for her to get a realistic mark - the handicapper has been very unkind to her. She is only a baby at 4 yrs of age taking on five and six year olds but she is honest and tries and you cant ask more than that from a racehorse - ability does help too! Thursday 6th November 2014
Weather - 9 degrees, windy and feeling like 3 degrees - 15:51 hrs
Good run from Miss Biscotti
today - 4th at Fakenham carrying 11st 12lb (less Zac's 7lb claim). This was her handicap debut and her third career run on a racecourse. It was not the hottest of races but she was still carrying a lot of weight against experienced horses - all part of her education of becoming a tough NH racehorse. Topthorn a non runner today as not eaten up - races have come plenty quick enough. Now to freshen up and find another contest.
Tuesday the Team were at Kempton on the flat where we ran Joyful Risk
who finished 9th of 13. A rather disappointing run considering how well she was working at home. Possibly lost her race at the start - needs to be positive out of the stalls and allowed to be prominent using her big 'locomotive' stride. This was her first run of the season and should improve from this. One pointer is that the surface at Kempton may be getting too quick for her? Monday 3rd November 2014
Weather - 9 degrees, slight breeze, hazy sky and looking very autumnal - 16:16 hrs
Well done Topthorn
and Zac Baker for finishing 2nd in a tricky race yesterday at Huntingdon. A muddling race where two horses decided they were going to take us on for the lead, so Zac let them take the lead whilst we sat back in 3rd - we would never get home on that ground at the fast gallop the two leaders were setting..... Through the race Topthorn did make a couple of mistakes which put him back a couple of places but the rain softened ground would not have been helping him! Towards the end of the back straight Zac very sensibly took Topthorn to the outer for more day light (Topthorn hates to get crowded) and very soon he started to find another gear, giving confidence to both horse and jockey. For the final 3 furlongs it was all about jumping, fitness and mental stamina - Topthorn kept on responding to Zac's urges and in the final furlong they went into 2nd place with the winner (bred to get well beyond 2 miles and off a 14lb lower handicap mark than ours) having gone clear at the last fence. Joyful Risk
is having her first run back tomorrow at Kempton since the Spring (been on holiday to mature further). She has been working well at home, looks fantastic and is in really good health. She will need them to go a good gallop tomorrow and should not be too far away. Reasonable draw and experienced jockey on board - Steve Drowne. Good luck Jolly.Sunday 2nd November 2014
Weather - 14 degrees, breezy with heavy showers - 10:58 hrs
What a wet morning but it will not dampen the spirits of Topthorn
who looked fantastic this morning as he left at 9.30am to go to Huntingdon where he favourite for the handicap chase - valued at £10,000. The handicapper did put him up 17lb to a mark of 101 for his win just a few weeks ago - winning by 23 lengths! However, he has run well for us off a slightly lower mark and theoretically he has more experience now than then ...... Zac Baker who rides him today has won on him twice; the first time he ever ran in a point to point and then last time out in October. His other two wins were with Sam Twiston Davies and Wayne Hutchinson who both have rides in his race today. Good luck Topthorn and Zac.
Looking forward to Joyful Risk
running at Kempton on Tuesday - working really well and looks great in herself.Wednesday 29th October 2014
Weather - 13 degrees, mild with rain later - 06:10 hrsNamed Asset,
2 yr old colt by Invincible Spirit joins us having been bought for The Chalfonts for £18,000 at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sales yesterday. He is a compact colt with 4 runs and 2 places to his career. The plan will be to give him a winter break and then prepare him for a spring campaign which will give him the chance to develop further. He is a half brother to Group and Listed horses; Landseer, Ikhtyar and Maurice Utrillo.
Hoping that Little Cake
gets a run at Stratford on Thursday - 13 mm of rain forecast so would not want it too soft. Topthorn
is planned to run at Huntingdon this week. Friday 24th October 2014
Weather - 15 degrees, overcast and dry - 12:15 hrsFabulous Baker Boy! Winner, Winner!
This is becoming a rather good habit - Zac Baker winning - making all in an Amateur Chase and winning two chases, two different horses in 14 days. This time Zac was at Ludlow on Carobello
, a lovely athletic and sensitive horse, lightly raced over fences and a winner for us last year.
The orders yesterday were to try and get an easy lead (what we call a soft lead - leading in front with no one taking him on). By the time he landed over the first fence he was able to get the 'soft lead' at a comfortable pace that suited Carobello. Each time Zac and Carobello jumped a fence you could see the confidence growing between them.. After Zac jumped the ditch, down the back straight he changed his hands (pulled the reins through from one hand to the other - like changing gear) but what Zac hadn't noticed was the knot you tie at the end of the rein had come undone and as his hand went all the way down to the end of rein he accidently pushed the buckle undone! As they approached the next fence in the home straight the reins were detatched and as Zac went to change his hands again one of the rein dropped to the floor, wavering in front of Carobello's front legs! As quick as lightening Zac leant down with his long arms grabbed the rein, gathered the reins (like a native american as quoted by one of our friends) and then jumped the next fence which was just two from home....All he had to do was jump the next fence and he was the clear winner. On the runin to the finish Zac pulled his stick into his right hand and with the favourite closing in on them, Zac gave Carobello a back hander and the stick flew from his hand! This left Zac to ride just hands and heels, enabling him to win by a length.So Brave
Carobello won for us last year on his second start over fences but next time had a horrific accident; two pieces of birch piercing through his hind leg. This was a touch and go situation of recovery, let alone getting him back on the race course and to win yesterday was truely amazing..... to come back and be so willing and so brave... what honesty.Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Weather - 12 degrees, sunny intervals and dry - 11:09 hrs
Although we only finished 7th yesterday at Kempton it all got very exciting in the finish with Exceeding Power
. In the final furlong and a half we looked like we were going to win or be placed but then we could see the horses from the rear were gaining speed up the middle of the course and closing in on the front ranks. At the furlong pole Exceeding Power still had his head in front, battling it out with three other horses, putting his head back in front when one tried to pass him.... he tried so hard! As we were trying to win the battle up front, the horses from the rear suddenly flew past us in the final 100 yds! With a draw of 2 we had to get out of the stalls swiftly and then to get a lead..... With no one wanting to make the running our jockey Robert Havlin had no alternative but to lead the field at a good gallop...... this played right into the hands of those being held up off the pace (in the rear) - the winner and the placed horses! It was 101 days since Exceeding Power last ran so you could call this a good pipe opener for his next outing. He has come home a happy horse and this morning he was enjoying the sunshine in the pen. Robert Havlin praised his attitude; his willingness to keep trying when battling it out in the finish...... his handicap mark is 3lb higher at this moment than his last winning mark.Carobello
has been declared for Thursday at Ludlow - Amateur Handicap Chase - to be ridden by Zac Baker. Providing the race is run at a sensible pace Carobello should get the distance of 2 mile 4 furlongs - he does have stamina in his breeding and his athletic style of jumping should assist him in any previous stamina doubts. The tongue tie is back on. He is in good form at home, schooled well last week and this morning. Tuesday 21st October 2014
Weather - 12 degrees, windy (gusts), bright sky - 11:50 hrs
We are off to Kempton evening racing tonight with Exceeding Power,
3 yr old by Exceed and Excel. He has been on a break since his last run at Salisbury (July) where he lost a front shoe in the early part of the race but only beaten 4 lengths - not bad with a flat tyre! When we bought him in February his feet looked tired and in need of a break and thats what we did...... however only a month. After a few runs for us; 4th at Nottingham, 3rd at Kempton and 6th at Salisbury we gave him as much time as he needed to get his hooves back into a healthy shape. His feet now look great and he is ready to get back on the track. It has been 101 days since his last run but he has done some good pieces of work, looking impressive on his last two gallops. A couple of progressive types in tonight's race but if we hold our form from our last run at Kempton we should be right there in the line up.
The handicapper was fairly harsh on Topthorn - put him up 17lb to 101. Just got his confidence back and we are now higher than he has ever been! Ah well - Zac will have to claim that 7lb off his back again!
Carobello is hopefully out on Thursday - weather/ground permitting.Friday 17th October 2014
Weather - 14 degrees, dry and mild - 06:20 hrs
Little Cake was a non runner after Uttoxeter announced they had a further 7mm of rain. On declaration the good to soft, good in places was as soft as we could risk her on. She has more entries for next week.
Exceeding Power has two entries for next week, both at Kempton - Tues over 6 furlongs and Thursday over 7 furlongs. At this moment he does not look like he will get a run on Tuesday due to a ballot mark of 9 and Thursday entry has to be done today. We will have a better idea this afternoon when we have seen the entries.
Carobello and Topthorn will have entries next week.Thursday 16th October 2014
Weather - 12 degrees, a still dry morning - 06:20 hrs
No more rain today please! We have Little Cake running at Uttoxeter in the 5pm, a Handicap Hurdle with Zac Baker on board. The ground is currently good to soft, good in places and providing it does not rain there today Little Cake should be in the placings. She is still very inexperienced but gutsy and honest. We ideally want good ground (her little fine legs in soft ground would be like fine needles trying to sew a thick rug) so should it rain we will have to re think! Friday 10th October 2014
Weather - 10 degrees, a clear and dry morning - 06:15 hrs** What a result....... Topthorn wins and Zac Baker rides his first win under rules - Double Celebration !! **Topthorn
- Won the Handicap Chase
yesterday by 23 lengths at Worcester with Zac Baker on board riding his first winner under rules -
that's 15 wins (14 point to point) in total. When Martin and the team arrived at Worcester it had been raining all morning and an hour before our race it turned into a heavy down pour! When Martin walked the course he found that the middle to outer ground was a little quicker so that was going to be the planned route. This was a Handicap Chase over 2 miles and on paper it looked like there was going to be plenty of pace. Down at the start Zac was on the ball and as the starting tapes went up he got a great start with one other horse. By the time they had got to the third fence we were in front by a length with one other horse and the rest of the field in no hurry to join us! As we entered the back straight we had a 20 length lead from the main group and we were sailing along! Turning into the home straight with four fences to jump we were still jumping and galloping with ease. The main field were trying to close the gap but their chance had gone at the start - with precise jumping from Topthorn they were not going to catch us! A great ride from Zac and great performance from Topthorn. Well done Team.
One of the first people in the Weighing Room to congratulate Zac was Sam Twiston-Davies. Sam had won on Topthorn at Ludlow over a year ago also making all!
After the race, Zac gave a good interview for 'At The Races' - racing channel on Sky TV. On their return home from the races Topthorn was put to bed and the 'young' Team went 'Clubbing' to celebrate! The older part of the Team stayed at home and watched the reply of the race a few more times!!
Well, we said that he was fit, looked fantastic, working and schooling well - couldn't be better prepared - Sheepskin pieces on for the first time. Hope you had a couple of pounds on at 33's, 25's, 20's and 16's ? The owners managed to get 33's and some of the Team managed to get 25's. Thursday 9th October 2014
Weather - 11 degrees, dull, breezy and sunshine trying to come through - 07:15 hrs
Today we are in action at Worcester with Topthorn
in a Handicap Chase for Amateur Riders. Since Topthorn fell he has not really been in love with the game but at home he is in good form with himself - he is fit, looks fantastic, enthusiastic at home, moving really well, schooled well and working well..... he could not be better prepared. We are hoping the declared sheepskin pieces on the sides of his bridle will help him to focus and forget about the other horses in the race. Zac Baker will be on board - knows him well having won on him first time out. If he shows any previous form (before his fall) he could win this race standing on his head!! Little Cake
was not declared to run at Towcester due to the good to firm ground. It was such a shame as there were only 5 runners in the end and she is in good form with herself at home. Towcester had not had the rain they were expecting, just 8 mm which was only going to dampen the grass! If we had been in a later race we may have run as the 'heavens opened' from 3pm onwards..... Little Cake will now have an entry for Uttoxeter next week.Monday 6th October 2014
Weather - 13 degrees, rain, windy and feeling much colder - 12:42 hrs
Entries this week at Towcester (Little Cake
having her handicap debut) Wednesday and Worcester (Topthorn
) on Thursday. We would ideally like good ground and hopefully we may get it with the rain pouring at present.
A couple of the good horses in the Towcester race are running at Stratford today so hopefully will not be running again on Wednesday. Little Cake
has the least experience in the race (has been very 'green' or novicey in her earlier races but has ability) however she continues to learn and is an honest mare who could quite easily be in the 'shake up' at the finish.Topthorn
will be wearing the sheepskin pieces to keep his mind 'on the job' on Thursday under Zac Baker.
The horses all worked well on Saturday and seem in good order. Tuesday 30th September 2014
Weather - 14 degrees, a grey morning - 06:30 hrs
Our runners were in good form on Sunday and yesterday with two 'running on' thirds. Little Red Nell
ridden by Chloe Swaffield was 3rd on Sunday having had traffic problems on the rail (blocked in) and then in the final two furlongs she passed six horses! The overall distance was 1m1f at Wolverhampton - has to be worth another try over 1m 4 furlongs. Burnt Cream
ridden by Robert Havlin was 3rd at Bath, another running on finish from an outside draw, doing all the hard work having to weave her way through the field, probably one of her best runs to date. Little Red Nell
will now have a break and we will be looking forward to her running over the Christmas period. Burnt Cream has a few more races planned and whilst she remains in good order we will keep going till she says otherwise.
Rain forecast but will there be enough to run the jumpers?
Rebecca is now back at work - a good return by leading up Burnt Cream to finish 3rd yesterday.
The horses out in the field (Compton Magic, Amadiva, Vinnies Girl and Giles Dream) are having a great holiday with this mild weather and will remain out until the weather changes - colder and wet!Monday 22nd September 2014Weather - 8 degrees, plenty of dew on the ground and sky brightening - 07:45 hrs
The horses (Carobello, Little Cake, Topthorn, Joyful Risk and Miss Biscotti) worked well on Saturday and we are looking forward to running them in due course - waiting on suitable races in October.
Burnt Cream will be out again a week today, 29th September at Bath in a grade lower than her good run at Sandown last time out.
Rebecca's hand is mending well and she hopes to be back to work on the 29th September.
Thursday 18th September 2014
Weather - 16 degrees, misty with a breeze - 07:57 hrs
Good run at Sandown yesterday with Burnt Cream
- in the highest grade of race (0-75) she has run in to date. Although finished 7th of 14 she was only beaten 3 lengths and a neck.... she had a few traffic problems 2 furlongs out and inside the final furlong she was weaving through horses like they were stood still! Robert Havlin, her jockey was delighted with her and mentioned the good ground was as slow as she would want it - she is one for quick ground. As quoted by The Racing Post, Burnt Cream was "the eyecatcher of the meeting".
Quiet with runners at the moment - ground too firm for our national hunt horses, a few of our flat horses are having a break at the moment and a couple of horses have just come back in from having a break - now getting ready for the all weather, Autumn/Winter season.
Monday 8th September 2014
Weather - 19 degrees, blue sky with a few high clouds - 12:54 hrsLittle Red Nell
finished a running on 2nd yesterday over a mile and a half on the flat at Hereford, only beaten 3/4 length under Page Fuller. We were delighted with her - showed a great attitude; gamely running on in the final furlongs, showing a truly honest competitive spirit without any use from the jockey's stick. She is still a newcomer to racing, learning and gaining confidence with every run. She now goes to the final at Wolverhampton on the 28th September, however over the slightly shorter distance of 1m 1 furlong..... no other distance options but I am sure she will give her best.
Sunday 31st August 2014
Weather - 21 degrees, blue sky with the odd low cloud - 18:31 hrsAlbie
, our yearling out of Dualagi by Tagula had his first lunging experiences this weekend (the start of his breaking-in before he is sat on or backed)..... Moved beautifully, a delight to watch - looks strong and athletic with it.
A quiet week for runners (no races for Burnt Cream or Alfresco at moment) but we will be busy with horses coming back into training having had a break through the summer and those who are getting ready to run in September.
Poor Rebecca has a very sore hand today having been kicked on Saturday evening, breaking a bone in her hand. She was kicked by our 7 month old foal Twiglet - she's got some power for a youngster (by Firebreak out of Dualagi). Little Cake
was a little keen at the start of her race, last Thursday..... ending up leading, running with the choke out heading to the first hurdle (plan was to sit behind the leader) ..... and approaching the first hurdle she blundered into it causing an awkward takeoff over the hurdle, Zac consequently loosing his stirrup iron. Not till she had jumped the second hurdle did she then tuck in behind what was eventually to be the winner, Garnock and for the next couple of hurdles Little Cake jumped really well (as she does at home). When approaching the first hurdle again on her second circuit she again blundered going into it, causing her to loose several lengths and by the time they jumped the next hurdle she had lost the good lead from Garnock, the favourite. As the field crept away from Little Cake going into the top bend, Garnock then kicked down the hill but we were then too far behind then to be a player in the first three...... she gamely ran on down the hill and stayed on the one pace up the home straight to finish fourth of six beaten 27 lengths. We were pleased for the clear round (she was the least experienced in the race hence her price of 25-1) but she is still too green to do herself justice, this race being her second completed race of only three runs. Thursday 28th August 2014
Weather - 17 degrees, overcast with showers - 08:01 hrs
Back to the jumping circuit today with Little Cake ridden by our Amateur Jockey, Zac Baker at Fontwell. She was very green on her debut, improved on her second run finishing 5th of 11, only 9 lengths behind today's favourite, Garnock. Since, she has improved at home and a 'tad' fitter than her last outing..... Looking forward to today where she can show more of that ability that she has showed at home. Good luck Zac, today could be your first winner under rules...Friday 22nd August 2014
Weather - 12 degrees, heavy rain shower - 06:15 hrs
Back to Bath yesterday with Burnt Cream and the routine plan went astray..... We have to get cover at the start of a race (sit in behind, tracking a quick horse) otherwise she will go too free with daylight (its like running with the choke out) and yesterday we had no cover! After a furlong we are upsides in front, not only going too free but getting into a barging match with two other horses. As the race progressed we are still in second in the final furlong but then having run with the choke out we faded in the final 150 yards. That's racing!
A quiet week ahead - most of ours have had a break and are coming back into full fitness. Horses to run end of August, early to end of September are as follows:- Carobello, Joyful Risk, Exceeding Power, Burnt Cream, Topthorn, Alfresco and Little Cake.Tuesday 19th August 2014
Weather - 11 degrees, blue sky and feeling autumnal - 09:06 hrs
What a lovely day we had on Sunday at our 'Owners Summer Party', about 104 people in attendance - a great success.... We did have a heavy down pour about a hour before everyone arrived and then the sun shone for the rest of the afternoon - we were so lucky! The hog roast went down well and the alcohol was flowing continuously - well into the night.... Lovely to see some of our great racing 'legends' ; Stuart Shilston (ex jockey now BHA Racecourse Veterinary Assistant), Luke Harvey (ex jockey now a Presenter on At the Races), Simon McNeil (ex jockey now Starter), Peter Hobbs (ex jockey now Inspector of courses) and Tom Grantham (ex jockey now Ascot Stable Manager). The finale of the evening was a sprint race comprising of Martin Bosley's jockey's and employees dressed up in racing colours - the easy winner was Albert Chandler in John Carey's colours followed by Zac Baker in 2nd (Burnt Cream) Mrs Brown's colours and a close 3rd Rebecca Fell in Mrs Riney's (Alfresco) colours with Chloe Swaffield close on her heels in 4th in Steve Day's (Little Red Nell) colours and 5th Holly Hills (on work experience - Vet Student). Burnt Cream
was in action on Friday at Nottingham - 2nd again, so close - a head!! She stuck on well for the final furlong - she barely gets a yard beyond the 5 furlongs and those last strides must have been so difficult for her........ With softened ground at most tracks last week it was difficult to find quick ground that Burnt Cream needs but Nottingham had managed to escape the heavy down pours... in fact they had to water from 6am to 10am the morning of the race to maintain the good to firm ground they had confirmed on declaration. Burnt Cream could be out again at the end of the week, she is in great form (1st on the 3rd July and 2nd three times since) but its going to get tougher for her now she has gone up 10lb since her win three runs ago!Little Cake
will be out shortly but ground is either too soft or too quick. Topthorn
is improving at home and providing he works well this week he too will be out shortly.
Since 11th May 2014 we have had 20 runners and run 12 different horses - the form figures are as follows from the 11th May :- 2, pu, 4, 0, 3, 0, 0, 3, 5, 0, 1, 3, 6, pu, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 2 . New Feed
- Since we have been on our new feed, 10 of the 11 runners on the feed have now won or been placed.Thursday 7th August 2014
Weather - 25 degrees, overcast but warm - 15:15 hrs
No runners this week - entries were for Friday - Burnt Cream and Alfresco who have been in great form of late but the ground has gone against us at Brighton (good, good to soft yesterday with more rain forecast today into Friday) and we require quick/ fast ground! Alfresco needs a little longer before he is out again (we normally give him a good 3 to 4 weeks between each run) - we were hoping that after his win he might be feeling like a 2 yr old again but he is ten and deserves a longer break. More entries for next week..... watch this space!Saturday 2nd August 2014
Weather - 20 degrees, heavy grey clouds - 14:00 hrs
Another good run from Burnt Cream
, 2nd yesterday at Bath beaten 2 lengths in a muddling race. She did have a bad draw - 7 (on the outer) of 7 runners with the fast pace drawn on the low side (inside) and to top the negatives her lead horse from last time got stuck in the stalls. Again the pace was not quick enough for her early on but Robert Havlin who knows her so well managed to tuck her in enough to get her settled. The winner took up front running tactics from a long way out which meant we had to come out from our hiding place and chase the winner home. They had the rail on the shorter part of the track and we had to come the long way, round the outside of the rest of the horses, only wings would have got us in front but she really tried hard in the finish, staying on all the way to the line. A fine run for a 7lb rise since she won two runs ago!Tuesday 29th July 2014
Weather - 15 degrees, a clear bright morning - 06:05 hrs WINNER, WINNER, WINNER!
Great news - Alfresco
won yesterday at Lingfield at 10-1. The grand old 10 yr old won by a nose, so close and so exciting! Rab Havlin gave him a super ride; tracked the favourite most of the way on the inside rail, edged his way upsides turning for home and then it was a 'ding dong' battle to the finishing post with Alfie getting his nose on the line in front..... so exciting! Well done Alfie.
| ||A 'photo finish' - not a great pic as taken off a paper print. The white lines are the measurements for the finish and as you can sort of see it was very close - a nose! There are two angles near side and off side of each horse - the upper pic and lower pics. Alfresco is the green and white spots. |
Perhaps the 'Press' will now have some 'good' thoughts about Alfresco as up until yesterday the press have been very rude about him saying that he was unreliable and quirky. Over the years he has been a wonderfully talented horse, a winner of ten races for his owner, Mr Riney who has been so faithful to him over the years. He was actually retired at one stage but Alfie was not ready for that so Mr Riney brought him out of retirement and hence his stay with us. Since coming back he has run eleven times; won and placed in six, so hardly deserves the title of 'unreliable and quirky'!! He loves going racing, still loves to be competitive and the day he says that he has had enough then we will listen and make sure he has a wonderful retirement!
Our next runner is Burnt Cream
on Friday who is in good form with herself - needs a good pace setter in the race, with cover and although she has gone up 7lb for her win and second, she should run another solid race. In an ideal world you would take the 7lb off by using a good apprentice but she is not straight forward and we will have to stick with experience on this occasion.Monday 28th July 2014
Weather - 16 degrees, grey, showers, thunder and lightening - 06: 00 hrs
An active morning with thunder and lightening! Alfresco
is competing at Lingfield today under Robert Havlin over 7f. The 10 yr old is in good form with himself and we are expecting a good run this afternoon. We need cover early to settle him - switch him off (relax) and then creep into the race. There are a few handy horses that like to be up with the pace coming from every direction! We have a good draw and should get a nice lead into the race. Good luck Alfie.
Sarah had a good day yesterday at Huntingdon with Little Red Nell (sponsored by Shredding for Bedding) 3rd on the flat ridden by Chloe Swaffield. You may think 'flat racing at Huntingdon?' but this was a flat meeting for ARO (Arab Racing) for thoroughbreds. She ran over 10 furlongs, sat in 3rd most of the way and challenged one furlong out, only beaten one and a half lengths by a 10 times winner and Champion for the last two years running. Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Weather - 22 degrees, bright blue sky - 09:23 hrs
The handicapper has put Burnt Cream up another 2lb, that's 7lb since her win! Exceeding Power has gone down 3lb for his last run at Salisbury when loosing a front shoe. Will have a few more options for him now that we can run in 0-70's up to 0-80's.
Alfresco is our next runner, next Monday 28th July. Exceeding Power is relaxing well on his break having had all his shoes taken off and his feet trimmed. Carobello has come of his race well and we are looking forward to his next run. Burnt Cream has also come out of her race well and although she has gone up a few more pounds she may get the chance to run against better horses, hopefully giving her the chance to travel longer in her races....... The new arrivals; Air of Glory and Amadiva have settled in well and now have various appointments lined up with the dentist, chiropractor and physio. Wednesday 15th July 2014
Weather - 25 degrees, overcast and feeling very warm - 15:04 hrs
So close - Burnt Cream
2nd at Bath yesterday, only beaten a length...... With three recent winners in the race it was competitive enough but lacking in blazing front runners to suit Burnt Cream. She is so fast, she needs a good gallop to switch her off and for the pace to carry her along. However, yesterday her competitors were not only not quick enough to carry her along, they could only carry her until 2 furlongs out when the lead horse ran out of puff! The winner got first run on us coming from behind on the inside rail and our jockey, Rab Havlin had to commit from such a long way out into open space on a wider berth than the winner and she managed to run on enough to hold second place, only a length off the winner. A bold run by all accounts.
The weather is getting hotter by the day and the horses on holiday in the fields are feeling it too! As it is so much cooler in the stables we fetched the horses in to spend the day inside away from the heat and flies and tonight they will go back out into the field when it is much cooler.
Arrivals to the stables - two horses bought by two of our owners yesterday at Ascot Sales - Air of Glory
rated 84 on the flat bought for £7,000 from John Ferguson/Darley Stud and Amadiva
rated 42 cost £600 from Dean Ivory. Now to get to know them and find out there likes and dislikes, what they can do and cant do! Monday 14th July 2014
Weather - 17 degrees, bright sunshine, barely a cloud in sight - 10:24 hrs
The results for the weekend were not exactly what we were expecting.......
On Saturday we ran Exceeding Power
6th at Salisbury taking on the older horses for the first time, a disappointing outcome as we were expecting to be in the winners enclosure! He was actually only beaten 4 lengths having been hampered at the start, struck into behind and then continued with a missing front shoe!! - As you can imagine the foot was very sore after the race..... amazingly he managed to keep going without the shoe! What a tough little horse. He did however win the 'Best Turned Out' for the race and one of his owners, Val Weatherley was selected out of hundreds of ladies for the final for 'The Best Dressed Lady' on Ladies Day at Salisbury.
On Sunday we ran Carobello
at Southwell who finished 3rd, his come back from the awful incident at Fakenham seven months ago (birch having gone right through his hind leg). At home for the past six weeks he has been working well really well and could not be more pleased with him. The aim yesterday was to get a clear round to the best of his ability to gain confidence after an awful experience and his rider Nico De Boinville guided him superbly. What was really pleasing was that you could see his confidence in his jumping improving over the final four fences.Topthorn
also ran Sunday at Stratford but really did not want to take part and gave Zac a difficult time! He has not been his flamboyant self since his fall at Ludlow (been on a low and his immune system has struggled) but recently at home he seemed to be showing signs of coming back into his cheeky self. The chiropractor has been happy with him and his scope had been good. However, after the race we asked for him to be scoped again and this time we found deep down old mucus which would not help his cause, possibly why under no circumstances was he going to get into fourth gear! He is a clever old boy, plenty of ability and at home he knows the gallop well, does just enough to keep everyone happy so never really getting to the route of the problem. His medication starts today to help shift the mucus - I am sure some people reading this have experienced this themselves and what a difference once its moved! Lets hope this will resolve his enthusiasm.....Thursday 10th July 2014
Weather - 16 degrees, windy and overcast - 09:57 hrs
The grand 10 year old, Alfresco
ran another super race on Tuesday at Lingfield finishing 3rd - always in the right place but out done by younger rivals at the winning end. The second horse had been running over extended distances and then dropped back to its correct distance and off a lowly mark. The winner was also weighted well and suited by the return back to Lingfield on the all weather having had a desperate time on the turf.
A good (busy) weekend ahead with runners at Salisbury (Exceeding Power), Southwell (Carobello) and Stratford (Topthorn). Tuesday 8th July 2014
Weather - 11 degrees, a still and gloriously bright morning - 07:00 hrs
Off to Lingfield on the flat today with the grand 10yr old Alfresco
who looks fantastic, fit and happy in himself. Providing there is plenty of pace on in the race and we get a clear run (when making our move) we will be on that line in front! We have the confident George Baker on board and the team is in good form.Friday 4th July 2014
Weather - 23 degrees, blue sky, soft breeze - 11:50 hrs
WINNER, WINNER, WINNER! Well done
to Burnt Cream
for winning yesterday at Yarmouth - 5f (0-60 handicap). Martin Harley gave her a superbly confident ride, traveling beautifully, waiting with her until one and a half furlongs out and then sat into her to change gear and away she went, hitting the front with ease, a comfortable winner passing the post! Credit to Rebecca for getting her to the races in tip top form. Well done team.
Alfresco will be back in action next Tuesday 8th at Lingfield and Exceeding Power at Salisbury on Saturday 12th July.Wednesday 2nd July 2014
Weather - 9 degrees, a lovely sunny morning - 06:02 hrs
Martin and Sarah have just arrived back from Turkey where they had a lovely holiday in the sun and judging by this morning it looks like they brought some of the sun back with them!
Back in action this week with Burnt Cream
going to Yarmouth on Thursday for a 5 furlong sprint with Martin Harley on board. Her regular pilot, Robert Havelin has had to go to another meeting for his stable. Looks like there will be plenty of pace in the race with three front runners, one of them being drawn next to us - a good lead and cover to settle her will be perfect. This will be third time lucky as her first and second runs were non events - she is in good order at home, looks fantastic and good jockey on board. Wednesday 18th June 2014
Weather - 14 degrees, slight breeze over cast - 07:00 hrs
A clear round yesterday from Little Cake
and Zac Baker, finishing 5th in the Novice Hurdle at Stratford. With no one wanting to make the running A P McCoy and Zac sat upsides in front at a steady pace. After her first attempt on a race course, unseating Zac at the first, (she got a fright from the hustle and bustle) you may think 'what on earth is she doing in front today' but she has always schooled well at home and is as honest as they come. Little Cake jumped really well throughout and will have gained plenty of experience from yesterday. She will want further in time. Burnt Cream
was also in action yesterday but on the flat at Brighton. A draw of 10 was not ideal but Robert Havlin did manage to get cover in the first furlong but as the race developed his saddle was starting to roll, slipping to one side and Rab was having difficulty trying to ride a race. She finished out the back but Rab was pleased with her considering the saddle situation! Off to Yarmouth in July.Thursday 12th June 2014
Weather - 11 degrees, blue sky and looking like a glourious day - 05: 50 hrs
What another good run from Exceeding Power
who was 3rd at 16-1 at Kempton last night. Beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Johara of Chris Wall's and 2nd was Double Up (another talented horse) of Roger Varian. Johara had previously finished 9 lengths behind Night of Thunder who won the 2000 Guineas (Australia back in 3rd, the winner of the 2014 Derby). Our owners were delighted and celebrated in good style. Tuesday 10th June 2014
Weather - 20 degrees, plenty of cloud, breezy - 12:37 hrs
A good morning - sunshine and happy horses.
Looking forward to tomorrow evening when Exceeding Power
takes on some talented individuals at Kempton over 6 furlongs on the all weather. Pleased with the draw of 3 and booking of Epsom winning jockey, Adam Kirby.Barrick's Hill
ran at Worcester over fences last week, jumped well under Nico De Boinville but got stuck in the mud! This was his first run in over a year having had a wind operation. Hoping the handicapper will give him a mark now that he has run in one hunterchase in Ireland, one in the UK and now one novice chase under rules. Wednesday 4th June 2014
Weather - 11 degrees, showers and overcast - 08:26 hrs
Good luck to 13 yr old El Jo and Zac at Fontwell today - been five years since he ran over hurdles but has been running well in point to points this season for Sarah - with the rain forecast today the ground should be working in our favour.
Another good run from our flat horses, Alfresco ran his heart out again, finishing 3rd at Leicester under Graham Lee. If there had been more pace in the early part of the race we would have been a definite 2nd!
Exceeding Power's form is working out well with Jive from Richard Hannon's (our last run at Nottingham - Jive 3rd, Exceeding Power 4th) running a cracking race at Newmarket finishing 2nd in what looked a very classy handicap.WINNERS
Fantastic news - 16 yr old Paddy Pilley rode his first winner last week (came to us for work experience at the age of 12 yrs through to 15 yrs) and 18 yr old Albert Chandler (also work experience with us from 14 yrs and full time to 18 yrs) also rode his first winner last Sunday.
Paddy rode his first winner at Leicester last week on the flat for Mick Channon and Albert rode his first winner, last Sunday in the Intermediate at Garthorpe Point to Point beating Gina Andrews a head! Meanwhile Dale Peters and Zac Baker have been continuing to ride winners all season. Team Bosley is very proud of you all - JOLLY GOOD SHOW - WELL DONE and keep it going!Thursday 22nd May 2014
Weather - 13 degrees, humid and overcast - 07:45 hrs
About to travel back to Doncaster Sales - looking for a future NH star. Yesterday we sold Drussell for £11,500 at Doncaster to go jumping in America - a very good price for an older horse but he looked very well. So sad to see him go but the owners are looking for a younger horse who can go on to be another Run and Skip, a horse they owned in the eighties.
Well done Exceeding Power
- finished 4th at Nottingham in a competitive 3 yr old 0-75 handicap - his first run for us having bought him in February for £18,000 from Michael Bell's. Joe Fanning who rode him praised him for his attitude and ability and stated he would be quick enough for 5 furlongs. We will keep him to the 6 furlongs for now. Very encouraging he coped with the quicker ground as he has only run on soft or good previously. His owners were delighted and celebrated in good style. Looking forward to his next outing in June.Monday 19th May 2014
Weather - warm with a slight breeze - 24 degrees at 19:41 hrs
Off to Nottingham tomorrow with Exceeding Power,
an Exceed and Excell 3 yr old gelding that we bought back in February having had a busy December and January for Michael Bell. Although he has only had 8 runs, he has won twice and has run well on the turf and all weather. Tomorrow will be his first run for us so very much a fact finding mission. For the last eight weeks he has been looking stronger and stronger with good muscle definition. His work has been outstanding and we are sure he will get further than 6 furlongs in due course. We do need the rain tonight or tomorrow morning - would not want the ground too quick.Monday 12th May 2014
Weather - a little blue sky with plenty of cloud cover - 13 degrees at 11:38 hrs
Well done Drussell
, 2nd again yesterday - what a superb display of jumping under the claiming 7lb, Daniel Hiskett. The winner is another who is possibly well handicapped which means we will go up again in the handicap without winning! His highest 'winning mark' is 105 and he was second off 98 yesterday. The ground was on the quick side but we got away with it (the course had been watered well down the back hill). Lemon Grove
has been declared to run in a novice hurdle at Wincanton tomorrow - a very competitive affair as they all seem to be of late. This will be her third run and then she will receive her first handicap mark. Her previous run at Towcester was encouraging and the form appears to be working out well. Friday 9th May 2014
Weather - blue sky, high clouds - 17 degrees at 18:17 hrs
is off to Plumpton tomorrow and if they get some rain he should run a big race - important he gets cut in the ground or he will not come down the hill. He has been unlucky not too win over 2 miles this season - came up against a couple of well handicapped horses.
did just run around on her debut and unseated poor Zac in the process! However, in good company as Richard Johnson ended up on the floor too, at the same hurdle and both independently! Little Cake managed to run on behind the field and jump another four hurdles on her own! Another outing for her in due course. Topthorn
is still taking life easy over the fences (his bad fall is still in the back of his mind) however jumped really well at Worcester on Wednesday to finish 6th, although in third gear, one more run over a little further may just see him back in the winners enclosure. Need a little help from the handicapper too - down to a realistic mark please (first win was off 89 - current mark 97). He is so well at home and really coming into himself.
Little Red Nell did not handle Brighton on Wednesday (7th of 9) - her debut on the turf as well. Not many races on the grass for her grade so will keep her for the all weather in the autumn - three winners have come out of her previous race at Lingfield - beaten only 2 3/4 lengths.
Thursday 1st May 2014
Weather - cloudy with drizzle all morning - 12 degrees at 11:55 hrs
The horses seem in good form at home and looking forward to a busy Month. Currently doing a rain dance for our jumpers - Uttoxeter on Saturday needs some decent rain as we have Little Cake having her racecourse debut there, over hurdles. Ground is good to firm at present and getting firmer! She has been schooling and working really well at home, however she will be looking around at everything, more of a baby than her younger sister, Miss Biscotti who won at 100-1 for us on her 2nd run over hurdles! Little Cake will be partnered by Zac Baker (our Amateur) having done all the hard work at home and knows her really well.
A busy week next week ahead with flat and jump entries - hoping the ground goes the right way for them (quick ground for our flat horses and good ground for the jumpers - Drussell would like it on the soft side of good please!
Tuesday 29th April 2014
Last Sunday Zac rode his 6th winner of the season, on the same horse, Arthrian Legend at Lydstep Point to Point. Well done Zac, a great achievement and lets hope he can win again to be crowned 'Most wins from a horse, Point to Pointing in the UK for 2014'.Sunday 27th April 2014
Weather - cloudy; a few black clouds looming towards us with drizzle in the air - 12 degrees at 13:17 hrs
A fun day out point to pointing yesterday at Whitfield (near Towcester) with Sarah's pointers; El Jo and Giles Dream. The ground was going play a big part in how these horses were going to run - El Jo wanting good, good to soft or soft and Giles Dream wanting good or good to firm. On walking the course the day before it was quite quick in places (being watered whilst she was there) suiting Giles Dream therefore, Sarah decided that she would take both horses the next day to the point to point as the ground could go either way overnight. As it turned out the rain got into the ground and suited El Jo however Giles Dream needed the practice so both ran. El Jo at the age of 13 was given a good ride by Chloe Swaffield finishing 2nd in the Ladies Open to Ravethebrave (one of the top horses in the country) and Giles Dream was given a good ride by Albert Chandler who pulled up two from home (ground too soft for him but jumped superbly). They will both hopefully run again next week at different tracks providing they get their ideal ground.
The next few months are going to be fairly quiet as the winter runners and most of the youngsters are going out to the paddocks to get some Spring/Summer grass. This will leave just five to run on the flat and six for the national hunt. This will give the youngsters a chance to grow into themselves and those that have been on the go all winter will have a well deserved break.
Back to Ludlow for Topthorn
last Tuesday over 2 miles in a handicap chase. It was a competitive affair as we thought; plenty of pace and two or three trying to force the pace. As Topthorn jumped the first one of the handy horses fell in front of us, nearly taking us with him! This hampering resulted us being out the back for the next three fences. As we tried to creep back into the race, looking confident (possible placings on the card, we thought) the front horses starting kicking away and the petrol we used getting to the leaders was starting to run out. We were in fifth jumping the second last and by the time we got to the last fence, Topthorn was on fumes and Anthony Freeman, his jockey just held him together to coast home, safe and sound. Quite interesting he was backed down to favourite, not our money - scoped dirty only two weeks to his run last Tuesday..... we were just wanting him healthy to take part and running a more confident race and that's exactly what he showed. This was a much improved run since his fall and providing we get his right ground on an easy track he should go close next time.Drussell
ran last Monday at Huntingdon over 2 miles 5 furlongs finishing 6th in a handicap hurdle for Conditional Jockeys. Ran a great race up to 2 1/4 miles and then steadily dropped away - with limited opportunities he had to try the extended distance again but it is just too far for him. Back over 2 miles he will go very close - in great form with himself back home ....... looking forward to his next run.Monday 21st April 2014
Weather - sunshine, blue sky - 18 degrees at 12:43
Fingers crossed that Huntingdon today has genuine good ground as Drussell
will find it difficult to maintain his stamina over the 2m 5 furlongs - ideally suited by 2 miles but lacking in suitable races at a time when he is in good order.... He went up 4lb for his 2nd last time out - quite unfair when he is ready to go and win! Topthorn
has an outing tomorrow, back to Ludlow where he has won twice for us, comfortably. The race tomorrow is a competitive affair but if he can get space and confidence from the talented Anthony Freeman then a placing will be on the cards.Sunday 13th April 2014
We knew Drussell ran a great race finishing 2nd at Market Rasen to the well handicapped Dalmo so when Dr Newland had him out again, only a few days later at Towcester, we had to have a little wager on him and of course he scooted up again! Lemon Grove
ran a much improved race last week at Towcester, only beaten 22 lengths (in flat racing terms equivalent to about 6 lengths) in the Mares Novice's Hurdle ridden by Zac Baker. This was only her second run in a race, still very immature but now starting to show some ability that she has shown at home. Although she finished 8th she was actually looking like being in the shake up, traveling well and looking competitive. Her jumping was not fluent as she kept putting in an extra stride in front of each hurdle (we call it 'putting down') and this cost her lengths at the finish. Still some work to do on her jumping and when it all comes together she should be in that winners enclosure.
Also running last week was Randall
at Ludlow in a novice hurdle ridden by Anthony Freeman. A lovely big honest horse who has always worked well at home but unfortunately he has a breathing problem when under pressure. With the tongue strap on we were hoping this was going to be the answer but unfortunately it made no difference. The owners have now retired him and will have a new life with them as a riding horse.
The weekend pointing circuit for Sarah has been steady away due to ground conditions (either too wet or too firm) gaining a 2nd, a 3rd and two 5ths. The cancellations of early meetings due to the wet ground has played havoc to plans. However, Zac has been in good form with four winners to date on an outside rides. Albert has had two fifths and yesterday was very close to gaining his first placement on Giles Dream for Sarah.Monday 7th April 2014
Weather - dull, raining - 14 degrees at 15:37 hrs
ran a superb race finishing 2nd in the Selling Handicap Ladies Hurdle at Market Rasen to a well handicapped horse to the 'man of the moment' Dr Newland (Grand National winning Trainer). Drussell ridden by Alice Mills was held up through most of the race and then produced within a length of the winner at the last hurdle. Drussell giving weight away to a well handicapped horse was always going to stop him but he tried and didn't he jump well - it was outstanding! What a little star....... Mr Handicapper please give us a little more to play with as it would be great to win on his next outing - he deserves it!Thursday 27th March 2014
Weather - hazy with spots of rain - 8 degrees at 17:52 hrs
Three runners yesterday - no one in the winners enclosure but we had some fun! Nifty Kier
5th and Alfresco
10th were both in the 1 mile handicap at Lingfield. As they both broke from the stalls you could clearly see Alfresco was trying to make his way to the front! With no pace in the race, his jockey Robert Havlin was doing a good job restraining him but he was using up too much energy and this was going to spoil his chances of winning at the end of the race! Nifty Kier meanwhile, coming from stall 10 was getting some cover held up and behind by George Baker. As the race was unfolding Nifty was smoothly making his way through the back bunch and then turning into the home straight George took Nifty to the outer for a bold run on the outer. As they approached the final 50 yards we held our breath hoping he could get into a placing but no he could not quite get there....5th .....another stride and he would have been 3rd!
Also running yesterday at Lingfield was Little Red Nell
, this time over 7 furlongs (previously 4th over six furlongs) in a handicap ridden by the talented 3lb claimer, Michael J M Murphy. Going off at 66/1 we knew she would not disgrace herself but she had to work hard against some good old campaigners. She is still inexperienced and to see her traveling three furlongs out, then making a challenge up the inside rail two out and then to be still holding her position one furlong out we were all getting very excited! However, she then faded the last 20 yards only to be beaten 2 3/4 lengths, so close but finishing 8th of 13. Her best race this season and if she keeps improving we may just get in that 'winners' enclosure with her.... She is probably a six and a half furlong horse and with the turf coming along hopefully we will find the perfect race!
Last week we had three runners; Drussell
ran at Stratford over hurdles, finishing 4th -
a really good run on ground a little quicker than ideal....
He was looking like
being 3rd two out only to hit the last hurdle hard, putting him back into 4th. Will not be long before he gets his head in front - may be an April winner? Joyful Risk
and Park Dancer
ran at Kempton on the flat. Expecting a bold run from Joyful Risk having run well previously and a little unlucky in the final two furlongs. Park Dancer was going to find it tough running in a Claiming race against experienced horses but she has to have three runs before she gets her handicap mark - she is difficult to place due to being a 7 yr old by a stallion with no median auction prices. She found it tough from the outside draw but ran with some encouragement under the 7lb claimer Jack Garritty. Joyful Risk was expected to go close under George Baker. Going in to the stalls she was a little reluctant but after some good pushing and switching this way and that she went in with a blindfold. She was smoothly ridden up in the front position but ideally wanting someone to go on ahead but no one giving them assistance.... As the race started to develop, George urged her to find another gear but she felt flat and one paced, the cavalry took her on, she held her own for a furlong but with no change of gear she could only run into 5th... beaten 6 1/4 lengths. Still a reasonable run but disappointing in comparison to her previous two runs.... a little holiday needed to freshen her up. Wednesday 19th March 2014
Weather - hazy with a slight breeze - 10 degrees at 11:01 hrs
Back in action this week with Joyful Risk
and Park Dancer
on the flat at Kempton and Drussell
at either Stratford, Towcester or Taunton (ground dependent). Joyfull will be having her fourth run on a racecourse on Thursday and has run well for George Baker (two fourths) - this weeks contest should be easier than the previous two outings. Park Dancer is having her second run ever and the race looks competitive enough with the top two running well of late. Randall
went to Fakenham for his first run over hurdles last week - jumped well but not given the best of rides especially at the start of the race when it is vital to get the best possible position!
Another horse last week to have her debut over hurdles was Lemon Grove
at Taunton under Zac Baker. Although very 'green' she hung on to the main group until turning in to the home straight with two behind her. Very wayward over the last hurdle having no company but completed having had a nice introduction.
Great to see Lord Windermere and Jim Culloty winning the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last week. Jim and Susy Culloty are good friends of ours - we go back years.....so, so pleased for them. This game is tough - Jim had viral problems with his horses for months, not having had a winner since summer of 2013 and then to have two winners at the Festival Meeting (also won the Kim Muir) was a dream of dreams! What a fantastic change of luck - this sport is so cruel but under another breath absolutely brilliant! Talk about the ups and downs of racing - Poor Bryan Cooper, Daryl Jacobs, and Ruby Walsh out of action for months with broken bones - terrible falls. We wish them all speedy recoveries.Friday 7th March 2014
Weather - low cloud clearing, a good breeze - 12 degrees at 11:43 hrsLittle Red Nell
- sponsored by Shredding for Bedding
collected prize money yesterday at Kempton - 4th
. This was her first try over 6 furlongs, had the widest draw of all her competitors and had to go four wide turning into the straight hence beaten 9 lengths. In the final two furlongs she had nothing to get competitive with as the winning first three horses had already 'kicked' off the home turn leaving Red to go wide round the slower horses with the fifth horse three lengths behind us! This race will give her plenty of confidence and hopefully back in a handicap, a better draw - we may just creep even closer to the front!
Our next runner will be Lemon Grove
on Monday 10th March at Taunton - debut over hurdles to be ridden by Zac Baker. She has needed time to strengthen from three to four years of age and although ready to run there is still a lot of maturing to do. She has pleased us with her work, schooling and looks really well. Zac is also in action at Kingston Blount Point to Point this weekend.Thursday 6th March 2014
Weather - hazy, cloud clearing slowly - 10 degrees at 12:07 hrs
A legend he certainly is ...... Alfresco
the 10 year old showing the youngsters how to do it yesterday at Lingfield finishing 2nd at 33-1. What a price! He did not get much luck at the start with the blind coming off late and missing the break but what an amazing run coming from off the pace only to be beaten 1/2 a length - another stride he would have won! We are all delighted with him and we think he possibly was with himself! Good skills from Robert Havlin to get him back into the race from a bad start. Nifty Kier
was also in the race beaten 6 lengths but not in the placings as expected. He did not get a great start either, quite sluggish and never traveled however he did seem to stay on in the final two furlongs. When Adam Kirby came back to the unsaddling area he stated that he could never get balanced and was always flat out..... possibly needs a mile? At the time he was not aware that he had lost a shoe, taking quite a lot of hoof off in the race..... this would have been uncomfortable for him. He may have lost it at the start, perhaps coming out of the stalls?? He seems comfortable this morning.Little Red Nell
runs tonight in a 6 furlong maiden which is not the hottest contest however she still needs the practice and this is her first try over 6 furlongs. She does have to give a stone away in weight to her rivals due to being a five year old against 3 year olds. However, we are taking 7lb off her weight by using the up and coming young apprentice Ali Rawlinson (rode a winner yesterday at Lingfield) and has one of the highest strike rates amongst the apprentices. We need a lot of luck from draw 9 of 9 but we are sure this talented jockey will wave his magic wand! She is working well at home and has come on for her last run - bred to get the distance. Tuesday 4th March 2014
Weather - cloudy with a little sunshine - 7 degrees at 12:07 hrsDrussell
finished 4th yesterday at Southwell under the up and coming 7lb conditional jockey, Ryan Hatch. The winner made all and always had command of the race on the testing ground. We were always in the right position in the race, sat third or thereabouts with the rest of the field grouped around us. The winner was allowed to go well clear but quite honestly anyone wanting to chase the winner would not have got home! Drussell jumped the french hurdles really well but the ground was too sticky for him to stretch into 5th gear in the final two furlongs! Although the ground was supposed to be good to soft, soft in places on declaration, they had another drop of rain over night changing to heavy and with the drying winds through the morning it just made it feel like toffee! Drussell is quietly climbing down the handicap at the moment so hopefully when he does get the ground to his liking we could see him back to winning ways....
Tomorrow on the flat we have the legend
10 yr old Alfresco
and the cheeky 4 yr old Nifty Kier
running at Lingfield in the same race over 7f. Good jockey bookings in Adam Kirby on Nifty and Rab Havlin on Alfresco - a competitive race and they both have good chances with luck in running.
"WELL DONE" to Zac who had another good winner last Sunday at Charing Point to Point and to Chloe Swaffield who finished 3rd in the Ladies Open on El Jo for Sarah and John Carey.Wednesday 26th February 2014
Weather - blue sky, sunshine with a slight breeze - 11 degrees at 16:41
Lots of schooling over the hurdles again today - Randall, Miss Biscotti and Little Cake and all very pleasing.
Plans have changed slightly for runners this week - Drussell now goes to Southwell on Monday 3rd March and Little Red Nell is being aimed for March 6th at Kempton - balloted out of this weeks race! Monday 24th February 2014
Weather - blue sky with passing clouds and a slight breeze - 11 degrees at 11:20 hrs
What a lovely morning, the birds are singing and the sun is shining, so different from a few weeks ago! Looking forward to the week ahead with runners, Drussell and Little Red Nell. Hoping the ground dries enough for Drussell but keeps a little moisture in it (rain forecast) but no holding, tacky ground please. Keeping fingers crossed for Little Red Nell to get a run - 10 to come out for her to get in the race.... 6 furlongs this time and keeping the sheepskin pieces on. The two girls who ran well last week, Joyful and Park Dancer have come out of their races well and we are looking forward to getting them back on the track in due course.
Our foal, nicknamed 'Twiglet' by Firebreak out of Dualagi is looking strong and sharp..... so independent, runs, skips and jumps everywhere! Mother and daughter are due back to the stud at the end of this week for mother to meet Major Cadeaux!Thursday 20th February 2014
Weather - drizzle, overcast and feeling warmer - 11 degrees at 11:51 hrs
Pleasing runs from both our maidens at Kempton last night - Joyful Risk
was 4th, beaten 3 lengths and Park Dancer
beaten 11 lengths (having her flat debut) and although Park Dancer only beat 4 home she did look like running into 5th or 6th two furlongs out. George Baker who rode Joyful was absolutely delighted with her but annoyed that he was denied a strong run up the rail by a slower horse inside the final two furlongs. Joyful will be assessed by the handicapper now as she has had her three runs - hopefully he will be reasonable! Willie Twiston Davies who rode Park Dancer was all smiles after his ride, saying that she was a lovely horse, broke well, traveled well and will definitely win races. Friday 14th February 2014
Weather - windy, cloudy and starting to rain - 5 degrees at 09:29 hrs
Expecting 60-70 mph winds later this morning with heavy rain so we are 'cracking' on to get the horses out before the extreme weather arrives! Good schooling session over the hurdles this morning (7.30am) with the youngsters ridden by Zac, Albert and Chloe.
It was a late one last night at Kempton with two runners, Nifty Kier
and Little Red Nell
, both in the 8.10 pm. Nifty ran a super race finishing 4th, denied 3rd on the finishing line. Inside the final furlong he was a definite 2nd and then the cavalry came! Ran well again, so consistent when ridden to instructions! Good ride from Rob Havlin. Possibly going to try another distance to get his head in front! Little Red Nell had an outside draw, could never get the cover she needed, went too free on the outer and did not get home. Thursday 13th February 2014
Weather - cloudy and bright, slight breeze - 7 degrees at 12:16 hrs
Back to Kempton for the flat today with Nifty Kier
and Little Red Nell
, both in the same race over 7f. Both have good chances in a poor contest but have to get luck in running from draws 7 and 9. We are expecting more improvement from Little Red Nell providing she gets the full 7 furlongs should they go a decent gallop. Providing Nifty gets his ideal position behind the leaders (last time held up in rear, not the orders and had to make up 18 lengths in the final 2 furlongs!) he will be giving the fancied horses a run for their money! Drussell
ran a solid race at Kempton, tried hard and looked like being placed in the final 2 furlongs only to get stopped in the mud! He does not get the 2 miles on 'proper' heavy ground. He is in good form with himself and going the right way - better ground and some TLC to freshen up he will be winning in due course.
When you see the floods all over the UK you cannot believe there is any jump racing on at all. Feel so sorry for all those people having to leave their homes.Tuesday 7th February 2014
Weather - Cloud and blue sky with a little sunshine - 7 degrees at 11:11 hrs
Today we run Drussell at Kempton over hurdles - in great form at home and loving the wet turf here! If he acts on the heavy going today he will run a big race under Nico De Boinville.
At Newmarket Tattersalls Sales yesterday and purchased a promising 3-y-o gelding from Michael Bell's called Exceeding Power.
Already a winner of two races from just nine runs and a rating of 74. Will have a settling in period for a few weeks and then to freshen up for the turf - March/April.
Lovely run at Kempton - 4th for Joyful Risk
in her second maiden race. With a great ride, as normal from George Baker Joyful Risk showed her true ability. Much more improvement to come from her and exciting for the coming months.Monday 3rd February 2014
Weather - a little sunshine, breezy and increasing cloud cover at 7 degrees - 13:27 hrs.
This morning at 5am 'Twiglet' by Firebreak was born! Mother (Dualagi) and foal are doing well although Twiglet is still a little unstable on her legs.. Her half brother Albie (by Tagula) had his first birthday last Wednesday - currently turned out at grass with a 17-y-o companion.
Today we run Joyful Risk
at Kempton with George Baker on board. Although a big price today she should run a solid race - works very well at home. She did not really learn anything from her debut run - not the filly we watch at home.Thursday 30th January 2014
Weather - dull, light drizzle at 4 degrees - 11:12 hrs.
Looking forward to a trip to Newmarket Sales next Thursday - not the best time of year for purchasing horses but there could be that future star waiting for us to take him or her home - you never know, its been done before and will again. Good old Makarim was one we bought and six wins later he was one of our best buys - from a rating of 45 to 84 at best.
Thank you for all the birthday wishes - Martin's 50th - had a lovely afternoon playing golf in the sunshine, yes probably the only bit of the country that stayed dry!! No more golf for a while as he will be hobbling around on crutches from tomorrow - having his knee operated on today!
Unfortunately Ludlow on Wednesday was abandoned due to waterlogging - the same picture with all jump tracks, all around the UK! Drussell
was looking forward to his run at Ludlow especially on his favourite track where he won two on the bounce last season. With regard to jump racing we just have to be patient and keep smiling..... a few races coming up for jumpers on the all weather but not quite the same without hurdles and fences.
In the meantime we are being kept busy enough as we have some flat racing entries at Lingfield and Kempton; Alfresco
on Saturday at Lingfield in an apprentice race, Little Red Nell
at Kempton on Sunday, Joyful Risk
at Kempton on Monday and Nifty Kier
at Lingfield on Tuesday. The horses should all run well as they are showing they are in good order at home - positive rides and decent draws (be quite happy with middle draws or lower). Just heard we have draw 7 for Alfresco - should be ok.Tuesday 21st January 2014
Weather - Thick fog and only 3 degrees at 09:45 hrs.
Cantering on the gallops this morning was quite spooky; very still, very quiet - we could barely see four feet in front of us!
Looking forward to the next runners and particularly Drussell
who is in good form with himself.
The ground is drying for the first time in weeks and with no significant rain for the past few days its going to be very holding or sticky.Lemon Grove
(half sister to Rowan Tiger who was fourth in The Imperial Cup, Sandown) schooled well on Sunday, her debut over the large hurdles. She has taken time to mature but looks like everything is coming together now. Will run in February.Little Red Nell
ran at Kempton on the flat on Sunday, her fourth run on a racecourse. Although she did not finish in the money she ran on well at the finish to be beaten under six lengths by the winner. George Baker, her jockey was happy with her performance having been held up in a slow run race - nothing came from behind in her race! No suitable races for her over 7f so we will have to run over the mile and keep to Kempton - she needs practice. Will run again early February.Randall
had his debut in a national hunt flat race for education at Ludlow last week - traveled really well till half way down the back straight and then he hit the 'stamina wall' - a 2 mile flat race equals a 3 mile hurdle with regard to stamina. He's going to be a 2m chaser not a flat horse but needs the education - coped well mentally, physically still immature. Sunday 12th January 2014
Weather - Blue sky, heavy frost at -2 degrees - 08:55 hrs
Lovely to the sunshine yesterday after the endless wet miserable days..... looks like the sun may shine today before we get the showers later! Yesterday New Youmzain and Flash Tommie schooled well over the hurdles on the all weather and Lemon Grove jumped a few poles in the indoor school - all coming on well.
Although we were disappointed with Nifty Kier he actually ran a super race only fading inside the final furlong having led from the start. We had a change of jockey in Martin Harley as John Fahy could not make it to Wolverhampton from Lingfield at the last minutes. When Martin Harley came into the paddock for his orders he said that there was no pace in the race, so the decision was to make the running - as we found out it was not the best plan! However, we now definately know he needs cover!
Thursday 9th January 2014
Weather - Blue sky, some cloud (showers earlier) at 11 degrees - 12:43 hrs
Looking forward to our runner this Friday at Wolverhampton (6.30pm) - Nifty Kier
. He has been knocking on the door - deserves to win a race soon. We have a decent draw, a jockey who gets on well with him and with a little luck, he should go close!
Since the start of the New Year we have had some very wet and blustery days, thankfully nowhere near as bad as some areas of the country - we do feel for those people and animals with flooded homes and in some cases no electric for days on end. Although we have got soaked most mornings, the horses have been dried off with towels, kept warm, rugged up to their ears and have had dry beds to sleep in...
Been a quiet week as far as runners are concerned - the flat horses do not have many options at the moment and the ground is just too heavy for many of our jumpers. Quite honestly the ground is unforgiving which will 'bottom' a horse (a little like not putting enough oil in an engine of a car and then driving it hard - except its an animal that has a heart!) There are of course some horses that love this testing heavy ground but there's not many of them who genuinely like it or want it!Miss Biscotti
were a little sore after their runs (minor cuts/abrasions) but it will not be long before they are back out again - on improved ground. Flash Tommie
has been ready to have an outing but whilst the ground is heavy we will wait for the ground to improve - surely cant keep raining!Carobello
continues to improve - eating well and looks happy to see his visitors. Below you will see Carobello (bay with blinkers on, leading over the fences) before he won and Miss Biscotti (chesnut in front) leading the canter before she won.Wednesday, 1st January 2014
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOWSTRIDGE FARM.
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