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Thursday 31st December 2015
Weather - 6 degrees, heavy rain at 18:10 hrs
Looking forward to Counterfeiter running tomorrow at Fakenham, his debut over hurdles. We bought him from Darley at Ascot Sales for just £13,000 - a very well bred horse who had only had two races (debut - 3 yr old 10f winner in France on good to soft ground) but had been out of training for 6 months. Once he arrived we took things gently and all he has done is please us more and more. He does show a great deal of class at home..... speed and stays. Godolphin kept hold of him for another two years after his win without success..... they must have thought something of him to hold on to him for that long. We are delighted with his work and the patience has certainly paid off at home. Tomorrow will be an unknown as he has never encountered ground so soft and it has been 680 days since he was last on a racecourse. However, it would be no surprise to see him in the frame if he acts on the ground.
Although 55 days since Burnt Cream last ran she did try 'her heart out' today when only beaten a length and a half in 5th at Lingfield - a good race time of 58 seconds for a 5 furlong race. The race will put her right for her next run in January especially if the handicapper looks after her! Exceeding Power has an entry for another 0-80 Chelmsford on the 6th January - now has a rating of 75.
Monday 28th December 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, still and dry at 3:30pm
On Boxing Day we ran Topthorn at Huntingdon who finished a slightly disappointing but satisfactory 5th. This was an improvement on his previous two runs but we still have work to do to get his confidence back. Not being able to dictate at the start of the race due to a couple of handy horses we sat in third / fourth for the first part of the race and he traveled like his old self but as soon as he got a fright (horses coming in on him) he 'down tools'. He then continued for the final half a mile at a very moderate pace.....and plodded home into 5th. He has come home well and eaten up. More work to do on his confidence.
Happy Christmas to All our readers.
Tuesday 22nd December 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, blustery at 06:10 hrs
Up in trip and it worked! Exceeding Power or Max as he is nicknamed finished 2nd yesterday in a grade higher race (0-80) over a furlong further than he has ever tried before. It was a wet day and miserable day at Chelmsford but this was not going to stop The Chalfonts going to watch their wonderful little horse run his heart out in a mile race ridden by Martin Harley. The race was a second faster than the standard time and what's interesting is that our little horse traveled well through the race and if there had been even more pace we could have possibly beaten the winner! He came into the home straight in 6th having been held up, through the center of the pack and as we were trying to get a passage through the winner got first run on us, up the rail, only to be beat us by 1/2 a length! He certainly got the mile and Martin thought possibly even further would be worth a try in due course...... Lets hope the handicapper is fair to us!
Sunday 20th December 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, slight breeze and some blue sky at 12:47 hrs
Exceeding Power will be in action tomorrow at Chelmsford with Martin Harley on board. Trying a furlong further and up in grade but the step up in distance is something we have wanted to try for a while. He has matured nicely and this is the time to try the mile. We will need luck in running being drawn two and holding up but we travel well through the race and with a confident jockey taking the reins we should be a worry to the opposition.
Carobello is not having much luck with his ground with all the rain we have had up and down the country - good to soft (more good than soft) is ideal. We have one more possibility of running this year in a suitable race which is on Boxing Day at Huntingdon then we have to wait till March 2016 so a holiday beacons if we run or not! Topthorn will have an entry in the same race at Huntingdon - not ideal running two horses in the same race but there are no races for them at the moment.
Counterfeiter will be having his debut over hurdles on the 30th December at Taunton.
Burnt Cream will be back in action on 31st December at Lingfield.
Thursday 10th December 2015
Weather - 11 degrees, calmer now having been very blustery in the early hours at 06:10 hrs
A quiet week this week but we are looking forward to Carobello running next week at Ludlow - providing the ground is not too soft! The following week we hope to have Exceeding Power entered for Chelmsford in a 0-80 race having gone up to 73 for his win last week.
Topthorn has come out of his race at Leicester last week very well, in fact you would say that he has not had a race! However, the handicapper is not being kind to him since his win by 25 lengths....... he could do with a few more pound off his back and have everything his own way in the race..... last week he sulked, not the first time he has done this!
Thursday 3rd December 2015
Weather - 11 degrees, feeling mild with rain expected later today at 06:15 hrs
WINNER, WINNER, WINNER! Exceeding Power got his head in front yesterday with Martin Harley on board - a competitive race where they went a good gallop. Our change of tactics worked well - hold up tactics with a smooth run through in the final two furlongs. Martin Harley said that he could have held on to him longer! Strong possibility of now trying him over the mile with the same tactics..... been wanting to try the mile for while and this is the perfect time to do it!
The Chalfonts celebrate in style! The Chalfonts, owners of Exceeding Power celebrated in great style yesterday ..... with plenty of champagne on the go! This win was their second winner with us this year and what fun they have had with countless placings on the all weather and turf... To top the celebrations they have their Christmas lunch today near the stables so they can call in to see their horses before they toast to the 'cracking fun' they have had in 2015.
Need the rain to stay away! Today we have Topthorn running at Leicester with Zac Baker on board. The ground is good to soft, which we are happy with but any heavy down pours of rain would be a worry. Hoping we can get a 'soft' lead as he is not a horse who likes to be in the pack! He has been in fantastic form at home and is ready for this race. Luck needed and if he gets his own way he should be in the shake up! Good luck Team.
Tuesday 1st December 2015
Weather - 11 degrees, much milder than recent days at 15:50 hrs
Deserves to get his head in front tomorrow! Off to Lingfield tomorrow with Exceeding Power.... Martin Harley back on board after a good run last time out at Chelmsford. Planning slightly different tactics with him tomorrow and if it comes off he will be hard to beat. He deserves to get his head in front having had a trio of 2nds and 3rd last time out - form working out well.
Zac back on board Tambura and shows the way! Yesterday Zac rode his 14th winner under rules on Tambura at Plumpton - ideal distance and in the mud she loves! A very competent ride given and she is sure to win again soon.... especially if it keeps raining! Sunday 29th November 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, blowing a gale and raining at 11:59 hrs
A nice future... Delaire ran well at Lingfield until the final furlong - a tough draw 12 of 14. Delaire had to get a good break and what energy he used up getting to the front caught him out at the end of the race! We did learn plenty about him from the run and now he deserves a holiday having been on 'the go' all summer with his previous handler. Rab Havlin spoke well of him but said that he was weak and will be a nice horse for 2016. A wet day at Mussleburgh! Our first visit to Mussleburgh with a runner - Teviot Prince ran on Friday - back over hurdles having finished 2nd two runs back. This was to be his last run before going on holiday with his owner in Scotland - just one hour from Mussleburgh races.
It was a dry and bright morning at the course and then half an hour before the first race the 'heavens opened' and it did not stop until well after the last race. We got soaked several times over! The ground became very soft and Teviot found it hard work - normally a good jumper but he hated every second of it! His jockey did not give him a hard race and pulled him up with three to run. The little horse was happy to be back in his stable all wrapped up with his rugs on.... not his kind of weather! On Saturday we made the short trip from the racecourse to his owners farm.... He settled in straight away, eating his feed, his second breakfast that morning! A long trip back to Chalfont St Giles but very picturesque along the way.... Sunday 22nd November 2015
Weather - 3 degrees, sun shining, a good covering of frost this morning but now gone at 12:45 hrs
Looking forward to Delaire running on Wednesday at Lingfield - his debut for us. We are running him over his maximum 1mile 2 furlongs, a distance he has tried before with his previous trainer, Roger Varian. Delaire has been shining in his work at home and we could not be more pleased with his progress. The distance on Wednesday has a question mark but we believe, with luck in running he should get it as did Roger Varian earlier this year. Already schooled over poles well and hope to run over hurdles in 2016 as a four year old.
Another try Back over hurdles for Teviot Prince on Friday at Mussleburgh - in a maiden that will be a lot easier than his last outing. A long way to go but he is in good order and deserves another try over hurdles. After his run he will go to his owners for a holiday in Scotland.
Friday 13th November 2015
Weather - 6 degrees, feeling cold at 19:40 hrs
Superb run again from Exceeding Power Another great run from Exceeding Power yesterday at Chelmsford - 3rd beaten 1 3/4 lengths having done all the hard work from the front in the final two furlongs only to get caught in the final 150 yds!
The up's and down's of racing! Teviot Prince unseated poor Zac at the third last fence at Ludlow yesterday..... back to the drawing board for him!
Wednesday 11th November 2015
Weather - 13 degrees, still mild but getting colder at 18:34 hrs
Teviot Prince travels to Ludlow tomorrow for his debut over fences. Very much a novice but shaping well at home and we will be delighted if he performs as well as his 150-1 second at Uttoxeter over hurdles..... if he runs like that he has every chance! A clear round will be the main target.... Zac Baker takes the reins.
Also in action tomorrow is Exceeding Power but on the flat at Chelmsford. He is bursting for a run and luck in running he should be 'bang' there.... Will be his debut at the track ... surface riding quick so should suit him.
Saturday 7th November 2015
Weather - 15 degrees, windy, damp (heavy rain earlier) and cloud moving away at 16:20 hrs
Fastest recorded 5 furlong race at Chelmsford! Burnt Cream was beaten 6 lengths in what was a difficult task, drawn 8 of 8 in the fastest 5 furlong race at Chelmsford to date - 58 seconds! At the start of the race she seemed almost too switched off (relaxed) and by the time she got across to the rail the front three had kicked and gone! Going into the long sweeping bend we must have been at least 10 lengths off the leaders, so much kick back into her face but Burnt Cream is tough and honest and in the final two furlongs she was starting to gain ground on the leaders. In the last 100 yds she was closing the gap more and more but the line came too soon.... a placing would have been on the cards if one of her regular riders was on board but it was an apprentice race - our young jockey did nothing wrong he just did not know her well enough in a tricky race. That's racing! Burnt Cream is in good order this morning but now she has to wait till the end of the month for her next outing.... not enough races for her at Lingfield, her favoured track on the all weather.
Friday 6th November 2015
Weather - 14 degrees, drizzle, thick cloud and feeling damp at 11:01 hrs
Today we are going to Chelmsford with Burnt Cream for a 5 furlong apprentice handicap - a competitive affair with hopefully plenty of pace - looks like there will be with a couple of front runners! Although drawn 8 of 8 we could overcome our tricky draw by slotting in on the rail - will not be straight forward but the pace should help us...a cool ride from our jockey.... not to panic and take his time...... need to go in late as well... not asking for too much! Need to cross all our fingers and toes! Good luck Burnt Cream we'll be shouting for you.
Air of Glory seems fine after his nose bleed. His blood test showed nothing other than he was healthy and fit. He has been on the go a while now and this gives him a good reason to have a long holiday out in the field with veteran Alfresco, that is once the fireworks have stopped!
Alfresco is now retired from racing - will be turned out with us until we can find him a suitable home as a companion. He has been a remarkable racehorse winning 10 of his 87 races - a lovely kind horse who owes no body anything. His owners Mr and Mrs Riney have stuck by him through 'thick and thin times'. A perfect way to complete a long career - won on his last start. Well done Alfie - you deserve a fantastic retirement.
Monday 2nd November 2015
Weather - 11 degrees, fog lifted and sun has come through at 14:36 hrs
Unfortunately Air of Glory bled from his nose today in his race - we do not know the reasons for the bleed but will try to find out. Such a shame as he had everything going for him today - ground, down in class and 7lb off his back.
Sunday 1st November 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, low lying fog at 17:00 hrs
Plumpton on Monday Air of Glory is ready for his run at Plumpton on Monday - handicap hurdle over 2 miles....down in class. Zac Baker, our amateur is booked to ride taking off a valuable 7lb. The ground at present is good to soft and with the moisture in the air it should remain as at declaration. Air of Glory has to have the cut in the ground or he will not let himself down (will stay in 3rd gear and not extend). We are very pleased with him at home and Zac rode him in his last piece of work on Saturday. Native Display the favourite tomorrow (trained by N Henderson) has related form with us - two runs ago at Warwick, Native Display was carrying 10st 12lb beaten some 26 lengths by Roadie Joe carrying 11st 6lb - who is now rated 141.... Roadie Joe at Worcester beat us 12 lengths and both Air of Glory and Roadie Joe carried 11st. Maybe Native Display had an off day at Warwick or was that his run? For our race tomorrow we are currently 16-1...... I am sure Air of Glory will shorten in price before the off! Wednesday 28th October 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, mild and damp at 5:54 hrs
Entries Air of Glory has an entry for Monday at Plumpton - rain has come and looks a suitable race. Teviot Prince has a couple of entries, Ffos Las and Chepstow but too much rain is not in his favour. Carobello is in on Sunday but will not run - too quick since his last run. Burnt Cream will be entered for a week Friday at Chelmsford but again touch and go if she gets in.
NEW HORSES TO THE STA BLES Yesterday we purchased Front Five from Newmarket Sales for £24,000 (the most expensive horse Martin has bought to date!) Front Five's jockey's George Baker and Rab Havlin gave us glowing reports about him pre-sale and whilst watching him moving around the sale ring he had to be bought. He is a well bred full brother to Samtu. He is a lovely tall 3 yr old with a great deal of scope - a view to being an exciting NH horse for 2016. Already, he has settled in well, looks like he 'takes everything in his stride' - nothing bothers him and just gets on with it! Now to teach him to jump in the school and then a break (had a few quick runs on the flat of late). His flat runs have been consistent and in good company - Cotton Club sold yesterday for £32,000 which did beat Front Five last time on the all weather but our new horse was very unlucky two furlongs out - finished a running on 3rd....... And previously, we did beat Cotton Club at Salisbury by 1/2 a length !
New owner - new horse On our way home from Newmarket Sales we picked up a 3 yr old colt from Jeremy Noseda's - a horse that has shown a great deal of ability in a few of his races and on the gallops but is not getting home for whatever reason. Our job is to find out what is troubling him and if we can find the key then its full steam ahead - a very exciting challenge.
Friday 23rd October 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, slight breeze and overcast at 12:04hrs
WELL DONE CAROBELLO A galant 2nd at Ludlow yesterday.....Thought we were going to win two out..... just got in too close to the last fence and stopped his timely run! However, delighted for finishing 2nd for his new owner, Anthony Randle. That was his first run for the season, 157 days since he last ran. Given a good ride by amateur Mr James Nixon and usual headgear (visor) taken off for this run - well worth trying again without the headgear.
Ground too quick! Air of Glory was a non runner yesterday at Ludlow due to the drying ground. Although the ground on declaration was as 'good' it actually walked 'good to firm' and very patchy (firm areas and some good areas).... we could not risk running him on that type of ground (huge horse on a delicate frame) - he needs good but on the soft side not firm! Another day for him second week of November.... ground permitting!
Balloted out! Burnt Cream missed getting in her race on Saturday by two! Such a shame when she is in good order.... Now to try for the 6th November..... back at Chelmsford.
Thursday 22nd October 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, still with plenty of cloud cover at 06:12 hrs
Off to Ludlow today with Carobello and Air of Glory. Carobello won today's race last year with Zac Baker on board (would have ridden today but has one more day of suspension) hence we have Mr Nixon on board (rode the second in the race last year). Carobello in good order at home and schooling well, expecting a bold run providing they do not go too quick. Air of Glory is also in good form with himself with two recent good runs behind what look like Cheltenham horses in the very near future! This is a competitive race today but expecting to be in the first four at 25-1.
Burnt Cream has an entry for Chelmsford on Saturday but may get balloted out! Limited races for her so fingers crossed she gets a run.
Zac Baker our amateur had another good ride in Germany last weekend finishing 2nd to one of their top steeplechase horses.
Friday 9th October 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, bright blue sky with little cloud at 12:24 hrs
Looks like we are going to be quiet for a few weeks with no runners until end of October. Most of the winter horses are now back in training with a couple of those hopefully running at the end of October. Some of the summer runners and backward youngsters are now on their holidays currently on their 'let down' period and eventually going out in the paddocks at the end of October.
Recently purchased Counterfeiter and Delaire are coming along well and enjoying the change of scenery - learning how to jump poles before they jump the hurdles. Air of Glory will be aimed to run in about two weeks over hurdles whilst Teviot Prince has plans to run over fences at the end of October. Topthorn is coming along well, looking strong and very 'bullish' with plans to run in November with Delaire, Exceeding Power, Alfresco and Burnt Cream having races planned for the winter all weather end of October beginning of November.
Zac Baker our Amateur is off traveling again to Germany next weekend to ride the horse he won on two weeks ago.
Wednesday 30th September 2015
Weather - 8 degrees, breezy and fresh at 06:16 hrs
Another good run from Air of Glory finishing 3rd at Newton Abbot behind what look to be two very useful novice hurdlers. Nico De Boinville gave 'Glory' a super ride; positive and educational - his jumping improved and can only go on from this performance. With no early pace we sat just behind the leader and in the final stages we were still sat in a prime position, however on drying ground the final two furlongs turned into a sprint between the front two and left us galloping at the same pace...... if the ground had more ease then we would have been closer to the front two - watch this space!......Nico was certain a fence would be the making of him. Ground is probably the most important factor with Air of Glory - 2 miles on soft ground should be the key!
Burnt Cream - good run and unlucky! Unlucky not to be in the first three at Bath on Monday - she had a lot to do from her start but as always she came to the pack cruising, cutting through them like 'a hot knife through butter' and then as she gained third inside the final furlong, the winner gave her a little bump and she lost her momentum having used up most of her stamina on ground that was possibly on the easy side of good - she does like to hear the ground rattling under her! She finished 6th but only beaten 2 lengths! Need the ground to dry out more for her next outing.
Zac Baker WINS in Germany! Another win for Zac, our Amateur Jockey....... just a short day trip to Germany last Sunday in Mannheim and showed the French, Irish (no German riders) and remaining UK riders the way to go by making all over fences (more like a x-country race). A very complicated track whereby they race on a small circuit, in a figure of eight shape, jumping fences both ways and they just keep going round and round! A very easy win in the end - 8 lengths. She looked a quirky mare at the start who was wearing a hood but Zac gave her confidence and made the jumping/racing task look very easy. The trophy was so large Zac was unable bring it back with him! Sunday 27th September 2015
Weather - 15 degrees, sunshine with some cloud at 11:12 hrs
With so few opportunities at this time of year for our handful of runners we are excited to be back in action tomorrow - Air of Glory at Newton Abbot over hurdles and Burnt Cream at Bath on the flat. Both horses are in good form with 'Glory' finishing 2nd last time out to a multiple winner (a winner since) and 'Cream' an easy winner last time out.
'Glory' only has six runners in his race tomorrow, up a grade but he does not know that and he has more than enough ability to show a good account of himself...... With all our hard work at home he continues to improve (his mobility is the best we have had him and there is more to come with our continued assistance) - we call him the aeroplane (floats along with ease)! We have jumped him over poles since his last run and we could not be more pleased with his confidence over an obstacle. Looking forward to Gold Cup winning jockey Nico De Boinville stearing his way on Monday.
'Cream' is in good form with herself at home and continues to please us. Need luck in running in this 14 runner field but with four being a good draw for us and providing they go a 'cracking' gallop we should be 'bang' there at the finish.
Zac Baker our Amateur Jockey is currently on his way to Germany to ride in an International Race over fences. Good luck Zac.
Tuesday 22nd September 2015
Weather - 13 degrees, cloudy with light drizzle at 11:56 hrs
This week is quiet due to limited races for most of ours but Air of Glory has entries at Worcester, Market Rasen and Newton Abbot......need soft ground and ideally a small field for him. Next week Burnt Cream will be back in action at Bath, that's providing we do not have too much rain there - already 20 mls since the last meeting.
Carobello, Alfresco, Topthorn and Exceeding Power should be back in action in October/November. New arrivals; Counterfeiter and Delaire have been schooling well over poles and will run in due course.
Last Sunday, Zac Baker and Chloe Swaffield were in action for Sarah on Amadiva and Little Red Nell at Huntingdon. They were back in the Winners Enclosure with two thirds - good runs but could do with pace makers for a more consistent gallop! That was the last race for the girls until May next season. A well earned holiday due out in the field. Sunday 13th September 2015
Weather - 14 degrees, still and bright at 09:37 hrs
Disappointing run for Named Asset at Bath yesterday. At the start of the race he broke really well from an outside draw, gaining a leading position but before he had completed the first furlong he was shuffled out by his competitors, wider and wider until we were the widest of all! With horses spread all across the course two furlongs out, we were still in fourth (still widest of all) and then with a stumble we shot backwards in two breaths! Only beat two in the end beaten 11 1/2 lengths....very disappointing. One of those sprint races that you put to the back of your mind.... need to come down a few more pounds and with blinkers on next time we will hopefully see a revised result! Saturday 12th September 2015
Weather - 15 degrees, drizzle and windy at 08:37 hrs
20% strike rate at Bath for the Bosley Team Expecting a good run today at Bath from Named Asset under Keiran Shoemark. Hoping the rain has not got into the ground too much - good ground would be ideal. Will need plenty of luck in running and need space early on in his race.....not much to ask for! Good luck team.
Thursday 10th September 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, hazy, fresh and bright at 06:30 hrs
What a wonderful run - 2nd at 150-1! Teviot Prince had been working and schooling well at home and all we needed was a clear round in what looked an above average maiden hurdle - his form in Ireland was nothing to write home about hence his starting price of yesterday of 150-1! In the race two of the fancied horses jumped off sharply at the start and Zac sat some five lengths behind them, however the rest of the field sat a further 10 lengths behind him! Teviot Prince traveled well though out the race and only made one mistake two out. The rest of the field were all starting to push with a circuit to run and had left themselves with too much to do....... this left us and the two front horses to fight it out in the finish! In the final 100 yds we passed Richard Johnson on Gambol to take 2nd but the winner Samtu was another 6 lengths in front of us. Great run and hopefully this will give the little horse plenty of confidence now. Hope the handicapper is not too harsh!
Tuesday 8th September 2015
What a strike rate - Zac WINS AGAIN! Today Zac Baker was in action at Worcester in the Amateur and Conditional Jockeys hurdle for David Dennis. Very well ridden today, traveled nicely through the race and jumped superbly for Zac - Another confident win for Zac putting him joint leader for the Amateur Jockeys Championship. Keep up the fantastic work Zac - WELL DONE.
We have Zac on Teviot Prince at Uttoxeter tomorrow in a competitive hurdle race.... debut for us but has run numerous times in Ireland with no success. Working and jumping well at home and tomorrow we hope to learn a little bit more about him - UK handicapper will not give him a handicap mark until he has seen him out on UK soil - once he has a handicap mark we can start plotting some races.
Monday 7th September 2015
Weather - feeling much warmer! 18 degrees at 17:52 hrs
Draw and ground worked against us! Thirsk - a long way to go to be drawn on the outer, on dead ground for Fairy Duchess... but there was nowhere else to go that week. We needed a third run to get a handicap mark and also we had to find out if she could act on the surface. Conclusion - a little too free in first furlong and a half, taken right back to the back of the pack, very green on the bend and just when she started closing in on the field she hit the end of her stamina having used up too much fuel at the start of the race.... It was a fairly reasonable contest and she had rather a lot of ground to make up... Possibly back to 7 furlongs on better ground - will be closer to the winner next time!
3rd and a 4th at Hereford Good runs from the girls, Amadiva 3rd and Little Red Nell 4th (beaten a head for 3rd) - Sarah had her thoroughbreds in action on the Arab (thoroughbred) card at Hereford ridden by Zac Baker and Chloe Swaffield. Delighted with both horses and the aim now is to win at the finals at Huntingdon on September 20th.
Thursday 3rd September 2015
Weather - slight breeze and brightening up at 10:56 hrs
Up North for Fairy Duchess Fairy Duchess travels to Thirsk on Saturday for her third run on the flat...... no options for her in the south unless we run on the all weather or heavy ground. The ground should be good at Thirsk with the drying forecast. She is in great form at home and I am sure she will give another good account of herself ..... Paul Mulrenan in the saddle.
That's better from Air of Glory - 2nd over hurdles and minus a front shoe! A visit to Worcester yesterday for Air of Glory who was back over hurdles having had a few disappointing spins on the flat. Will Kennedy, his jockey had to restrain him (traveled too 'freely') for the first part of the race, sat in front upsides the eventual winner in what looked a reasonable pace on softened ground . The ease in the ground was in our favour and a few of the runners were making hard work of it. The winner was always traveling well through the race and found more than we did in the final two furlongs.... the winner had won his 'Bumper' with ease, looking like a decent performer. We had lost a front shoe somewhere in the race and this possibly explains why he was jumping right in the latter part of the race. We were delighted with Air of Glory and now to build on this improved run.
Exceeding Power missed getting into the Ascot race by four runners! He now goes to Kempton next week back on the all weather.
Monday 31st August 2015
Weather - currently dry but damp (been raining all morning!) at 15:48 hrs
11 winners for Zac! Zac Baker, our Amateur Jockey is enjoying his trips up north...... Saturday he traveled up to Cartmel for one ride and came home with a very comfortable winner (won by 12 lengths going away)....... 11 wins for Zac's career to date under rules. For an amateur to ride 11 winners under rules in eight months this is a superb achievement...... there are many professional jump jockeys riding at the moment who would love to have ridden this many winners by this stage of the year! WELL DONE ZAC - Keep up the fantastic work.
Weather - wet, wet and wetter! Air of Glory is being aimed for an outing over hurdles on Wednesday - ground preference would be good and no worse than soft. Schooled well over fences last week .......that gave him something to think about!
Exceeding Power is entered for Ascot but with the soft ground and a ballot mark he is highly unlikely to get a run there..... such a shame. More races planned when it is not so wet!
Fairy Duchess has an entry on Saturday at Thirsk - nothing for her in the south! Hoping the ground dries for her to run.
Retired..... On Saturday Compton Magic ran well for the first part of the race at Beverley over 5 furlongs until he had to stretch in the final two furlongs. Eighteen months ago he had a 50/50 chance to get on the track with the leg problems he sustained as a two year old before he arrived with us ...... His owner/breeder, Jim Patton wanted to give him the chance to get on the track and too right as he had shown enough ability at home to give him the chance of being a sprinter. However when a horse is put under pressure in a race it is so different to the pressure of fast work at home. He had shown some really exciting pieces of work which gave everyone the hope that he could get to the track and actually be competitive......... At Beverley on Saturday he traveled really well but when he had to go into that fifth gear he gave the impression that he was too frightened to let himself down and within a few strides, the hand brake was being anchored! . He has come back home safe, sound and he has a future as a lovely riding horse................ therefore, he is now retired.
Thursday 27th August 2015
Weather - showers and dull at 17:10 hrs
Super schooling session - yesterday for Carobello, Air of Glory and Teviot Prince all over fences - a very pleasing and eye catching morning!
Weather upsetting current plans for the flat horses! Exceeding Power not declared for Goodwood as too soft for him, such a shame! Now planning to go to Ascot or Newmarket in a week but if the ground still too soft we have an option at Kempton (but even that's riding on the slow side - new surface!) Burnt Cream may have to go to Chelmsford if the ground does not dry up for her! Compton Magic has very few options for him over 5f in maidens so will be traveling up north on Saturday to Beverley for his second run on a race course..... working well at home but still very novicey and needs to focus a little harder so blinkers on this time..... would not want it too soft for him either!
Air of Glory has hurdle options next week and we are actually favouring the ease in ground for him...... schooled well over fences yesterday (his debut over a fence) - a sweetener /new challenge for him before he runs over hurdles next week.
Named Asset (a winner last time out) took an instant dislike to the heavy ground at Newbury on Tuesday - he actually traveled too well on the deep ground in the first two furlongs and then ran out of stamina by the time he got to the final furlong! Looking for better ground for his next outing (Bath over 5f 161 yds) and not a 'slog' as it was Tuesday ......... we heard Dettori saying " it's bottomless, I finished like I was in a jump race!"
Monday 24th August 2015
Weather - consistent rain all day at 18:08 hrs
Looking forward to Newbury tomorrow with Named Asset and Paddy Pilley on board. Happy with our draw for this little horse who has a good engine but still doesn't know how to use it - even winning last time out he drifted across the course.... hoping his win last time will give him more confidence for tomorrow. Working well at home and expecting a good run on ground that should suit - 3rd at Ayr on soft ground over 6f as a 2 yr old (7 decent individual winners have been produced from the race!)
Our other entries early this week are Burnt Cream and Compton Magic who will not want this rain .......therefore will be non runners. Exceeding Power is entered for Goodwood on Friday - hoping the ground stays good for him, definitely no softer!
Hog Roast and Party! A wonderful day with our owners and friends yesterday - Hog Roast in the barn! The weather was not kind for the first hour - it poured and poured!...... But then brightened up to give us a fantastic afternoon. Plenty of activity from our competitive owners and Luke Harvey (At The Races Presenter) on 'Muppet' the mechanical horse .....many people very quickly found out .... it is not as easy as it looks riding a finish! Zac showed the way and made it look so easy....... Superb atmosphere, lovely food with plenty of wine flowing (did I hear 7 empty bottles of champagne on The Chalfonts table - fair effort!) A really big 'WELL DONE' to the team for all their hard work.
Thursday 20th August 2015
Weather - drizzle at 06:08 hrs
A pleasing run from Fairy Duchess who finished 4th in what looks to be a reasonable maiden at Kempton. Her jockey Martin Harley reported that the surface was riding slow and the filly was finding the surface hard work. She has a superb attitude and back on the turf we should see yet more improvement.
Named Asset is entered for Newbury, next Tuesday 25th August - looks competitive enough, more so than his recent race at Ffos Las whereby he won by a neck. Sheepskin pieces will be back on - his recent jockey Keiran Shoemark is unfortunately stood down for the day so looking for another jockey who possibly claims and is strong in a finish.
Sunday 16th August 2015
Weather - 21 degrees, hazy and slight breeze at 16:08 hrs
Fairy Duchess goes to Kempton on Tuesday with Martin Harley back on - providing she acts at Kempton on the all weather surface she should improve again off her 3rd at Newmarket - her debut. Taking on some big guns but she does not know that!
Our hard work with Air of Glory 'jumping out of the stalls' worked yesterday - a straight and sharp jump out, just what was ordered! He traveled well for over a mile and then looked like he was running in snatches, turning in fifth but then one paced final furlong... Distance must be the answer with head gear .... works at home like he could be a shorter runner but we had to get the confidence back over further to enable him to jump out of the stalls with the field Although we were very disappointed, scatching our heads, the tricky part of the job was achieved yesterday but now to find his true distance.... Godolphin had tried from a mile to 11 furlongs.
Thursday 13th August 2015
Weather - 16 degrees, dull and looking like rain at 06:08 hrs
NICELY DONE BURNT CREAM - WINNER! The ground had dried quickly all day for Burnt Cream at Bath yesterday to assist her in winning by three quarters of a length under a confident ride from Martin Harley. She was on a handy mark over the 5 furlongs and providing she got the quick pace up front in the first couple of furlongs she had a great chance. She has to come from off the pace (getting the cover she needs to settle - filling her lungs up) and then show her some daylight about two furlongs out, and then kick for home - she knows where the winning post is..... she was like a knife through butter! WELL DONE TEAM
Air of Glory is on target for Lingfield on Saturday evening.... He has had his problems and we have been patiently ironing them out.... His stalls practice has gone well, jumping out straight and head lowered. His fast work has been fantastic, as quoted "he's like riding on a flying carpet!". The main target is to get his confidence back on the track as he is not the bravest.... the plan will be to break straight from the stalls, get balanced, keep his mind on the job by passing his rivals one by one and then to use his speed at the back end of the race... that easy! Sunday 9th August 2015
Weather - 19 degrees, blue sky and barely a cloud to be seen at 11:42 hrs
Burnt Cream will hopefully run at Bath on Wednesday - she needs the ground like the road which it normally is at Bath but there are heavy showers forecast on Tuesday! She is in good order at home and looks fantastic.... expecting a good run.
No runners last week - ground too firm...... we seem to have a few horses that like the cut in the ground. Those that have recently run will be aimed at the end of August.
Alfresco, Carobello, Topthorn have come back into their stables having had a well deserved holiday.... a month on the horse walker for them now.
Sunday 2nd August 2015
Weather - 14 degrees, sun trying to come through to what looks like being a lovely day at 07:55 hrs
So close again - Exceeding Power 2nd So so unlucky - 2nd again for poor Exceeding Power at Lingfield yesterday in the 7f 0-75 handicap - that's now three tight finishing second's in a row! He traveled really well through the race and only in the last few strides did the winner get his head in front of us.... some could say that we could have kicked earlier and won but the winner was going well a furlong out and stays a mile.... Praying the handicapper is not too hard on him.
Ground may be too firm for Fairy Duchess on Tuesday so may have to wait for better ground. Waiting on ground and weather reports from Salisbury.
Friday 31st July 2015
Weather - 20 degrees, sunshine, a little cloud at 11:56 hrs
'WINNER, WINNER, WINNER'
Named Asset WON yesterday at Ffos Las - a long way to go but the conditions of the race were ideal for the little horse......... A 6 furlong race for 3 year olds on good ground, good draw of 10 and first time sheepskin pieces on his bridle.... confidently ridden by talented Keiran Shoemark...... Keiran who rode Exceeding Power at Newbury two weeks ago (for the same owners - The Chalfonts) to finish 2nd. Named Asset needs daylight in his race and that's what he got...... having broke well from the stalls Keiran took a straight line from his stall using the stand rail to guide him and the rest of the field aimed straight down the middle of the course. We couldn't believe our luck that the field went down the middle of the track...... for three parts of the race we were alone on the stand side, all the space and daylight we needed and more! As the race started to unfold Named Asset started edging over for a bit of company and ended up nearly on the far rail with the second favourite hot on our heels in second ridden by Paddy Pilley. We eventually won by a neck and considering how much ground was wasted going across to the far rail we actually won quite comfortably in the end. WELL DONE TEAM - A lot of work had gone into getting him there.
Good Luck Exceeding Power for Lingfield on Saturday and to Fairy Duchess at Salisbury on Tuesday.
Monday 27th July 2015
Weather - 15 degrees, breezy and damp at 10:44 hrs
What a wet Friday and Sunday..... we've had 54 ml of rain and looks like we're going to get more today!
We had a superb day out at Ascot on Saturday and thankfully the rain held off. Not such a good day for our poor owners, Kevin Quinn, Chris Benham and Ian Saunders who own Speculative Bid with David Elsworth.......Speculative Bid was favourite for the Heritage 7f Handicap at Ascot on Saturday but got stuck in the stalls when the gates opened...... he had his head hooked round the frame work and Jamie Spencer had to jump off him.... gates opened and Speculative Bid was loose with no jockey! The BHA got themselves into a 'pickle' after the race with confusion as to whether the punters money should be returned or not...... still on going investigations!
Entry done today for inform Exceeding Power for Lingfield on Saturday.
Named Asset has an entry for Thursday this week at Ffos Las - a 3 yr old only race. Been working well at home in the sheepskin pieces and providing the ground does not go heavy he will run in them.
Sunday 19th July 2015 Weather - 21 degrees, windy with bright sunshine at 15:15 hrs
Encouraging run.... Well done Fairy Duchess at Newmarket for finishing 3rd in a Maiden Race - her debut on a racecourse. Her rivals had experience so we were hoping for a lead but when the field jumped out of the stalls, three of the fancied horses broke away from the main pack leaving us in front of the remainders! Not really want you want on your debut but she coped well and three furlongs out she was starting to gain on the leaders with the rest of the field strung out like washing behind us! With a furlong to run we passed the Godolphin horse but the first two had kicked again in the final 100 yds leaving us about 7 lengths adrift. Superb run first run....... with more ease in the ground, a little further and another race like this she should go very close next time......
Saturday 18th July 2015
Weather - 20 degrees, cloudy with some sunshine at 12:57 hrs
Debut run today at Newmarket for Fairy Duchess over 7 furlongs. Showed plenty of promise at home and has a superb attitude to work. Her rivals have all had a run or two so she will be the baby of the party - however she is gutsy and honest....... therefore she will give them something to think about! We like this filly a lot.
Another great run from Exceeding Power - 2nd at Newbury....... Pipped at the post having kicked from 2 furlongs out. Good confident ride from Kieran Shoemark. Exceeding Power has now collected prize money from 10 of his 12 starts for the Chalfonts - superb little horse for the partnership bought by Martin.
Thursday 16th July 2015
Weather - 14 degrees, bright and still at 06:12 hrs
Looking forward to running Exceeding Power at Newbury on Friday. Great run at Kempton last time out finishing 2nd in a reasonably competitive affair. We will be running off 62 (ran off 67 last week) with a 5lb claim from promising jockey Keiran Shoemark (whose father used to ride with Martin). A few unexposed horses in the race but we are consistent and in good form ...... we will give them a good run for the prize!
Bought two good types at Ascot Sales on Tuesday - Counterfeiter from Darley and an unnamed 4 yr old by Alflora. Both with a view to go jumping. Both athletic types and good conformation - exciting times ahead.
Disappointing run from Named Asset - he's not the bravest and cannot cope being crowded.... has to have the space around him and in front. Unfortunately through no one's fault he got in a tight spot and just gave up! Head gear on next run..... Sunday 12th July 2015
Weather - 16 degrees, windy and dull at 09:31 hrs
Monday racing at Windsor with Named Asset in an apprentice race for jockeys who have ridden no more than 50 winners. We have Callam Shepherd, another rising star of 2015 to take the reins in what looks a good race to run Named Asset in. A lot of hold up horses in the race and ideally we will need someone to give us a lead. He will need the rain to fall over the next 24 hrs to give him a solid chance. Not the best of draws but if it does rain then hopefully it will work to our advantage..... need that 'winning luck' on Monday!
Exceeding Power has entries at Newmarket and Newbury on Friday 17th. Thursday 9th July 2015
Weather - 12 degrees, bright and breezy at 06:22 hrs
So close - 2nd ! What an exciting run from Exceeding Power (17-2) - 2nd at Kempton over 7 furlongs - well ridden by Paddy Pilley, apprentice to Mick Channon. We were giving weight away to all but one and with a wide draw over 7 furlongs we needed some luck and good judgement from our young 17 year old jockey. Paddy did exactly that and got Exceeding Power into a great position, handy enough to pounce when the pace increased. As the pace increased we started going through the gears and looking like a contender.......within the last 100 yards we passed Spinning Cobblers (5-1) just getting our head in front and then from the rear David Elsworth's improving Water Dancer (5-1) came down the outer to pass us by a length in the final strides!
No pace and awkward draw! Burnt Cream ran well at Bath yesterday from draw 9 of 9 - 5th beaten 2 1/2 lengths..... The race did not go to plan and there was nothing we could do about it........The pace was slow and she has to have plenty of pace in front of her ..... because there was no pace her choke was out and ended up running too free (using up energy in the wrong part of the race) .... The only way I can describe it is that she has to be glided into a position (plenty of pace in front) and then three out the engine is started (getting balanced and building up her run) and then the turbo button can be pressed - off she goes, it's that easy!! Basically she is a short runner and the field have to blast off in front for the first two furlongs so that they come back to her in the final two furlongs.
Monday 6th July 2015
Weather - 23 degrees, breezy and hazy at 15:49 hrs
Declarations on the flat were done this morning for Wednesday - Burnt Cream and Exceeding Power. Burnt Cream goes to Bath with a draw 9 of 9 runners - not a good draw for a sprinter and Exceeding Power goes to Kempton in an Apprentice Race with a draw 10 of 13 runners, could have been worse,13! Both races are competitive and looking on the positive side of things, we do have good pilots on both - Rab Havlin on Burnt Cream and Patrick Pilley (rising star - started with us at 12 years of age) on Exceeding Power. The horses are looking fantastic and are happy within themselves..... plenty of luck needed on Wednesday from awkward draws.... about time that 'luck' was handed our way!
Another improving run from Amadiva - 4th over 8f on Saturday at Hereford (on the Flat with Sarah). Chloe Swaffield her jockey always had her in a good position throughout the race and in the final furlong they were gaining ground right to the finish....... looking like she may stay the 1m 2f . A very pleasing run especially being in a higher grade race with all three recent winners in front of her. Little Red Nell also at Hereford (for Sarah) missed the break and and finished 7th. With a 10lb rise in the weights for her recent win she is now finding it difficult. Handicapper is due to drop her 5lb soon!
Friday 3rd July 2015
Weather - 13 degrees, sunny at 06:15 hrs
Well Done Zac Another WINNER - his second day at Perth Races on Bunclody having made all. Having ridden a 2nd and a 3rd on the first day at Perth he was determined to go one better on his second day there! At the start of the race, he was 'on the ball' quick as lightning away he went, making sure he was going to lead ...... throughout the race he jumped well and always swiftly away from his fences, making ground all the time.... in the final two furlongs he had the field stretched giving him the chance to win with a little in hand..... A really well ridden race, tactically superb - definitely worth the long trip! WELL DONE ZAC.
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Weather - 20 degrees and starting to rain at 11:20 hrs
Hot weather yesterday, hotter than Brazil ! Only July 1st yesterday and already the hottest July on record ! Horses are a little like us with the weather, some can handle it and some just get 'hot and bothered'! Most of the horses here are coping well, a couple a little sweaty and the others, through the hottest parts of the day have been sleeping or munching on their hay! The horses in the field are not bothered at all - grazing away and looking like they are enjoying the extreme heat.
Burnt Cream will be our next runner at Bath on the 8th July - back in a class 6 race. Came out of her Newbury (class 5) race well..... having traveled with ease for four of the five furlongs but denied a run with gaps closing at every opportunity until it was too late! The quick ground at Bath will suit her.
Sarah has two runners this Saturday at Hereford - Arab racing (Thoroughbred division) with Little Red Nell to be ridden by Zac Baker and Amadiva to be ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Both have good chances but they have to take each other on in the same race over a mile..... Little Red Nell won two runs ago and Amadiva was placed 3rd last time out. Good luck team.
Zac is riding again today at Perth, 2nd and 3rd (25-1) yesterday - long trip up to Perth but its looking like it was worth every hour of the drive and of course the fuel!!
A 2nd at Cartmel last Sunday, Zac is certainly clocking up the miles but this was a prestigious race to ride in - Great Britain versus Ireland, competing against some of the best Amateur Jockeys from Ireland and Great Britain. Unfortunately it was one of those races whereby the winner 'kicked on' at the start, enterprisingly ridden some would say, gaining a lead of 10/12 lengths to the next horse and Zac was on a horse that needed holding on to....... the distance at this horse's maximum and a strong gallop was not going to help! A difficult position to be in ... does he chase the leader or to sit and wait as instructed and although it looked like Zac should have made more use of the horse (put into a closer position) he probably would not have finished 2nd if he had chased the leader. At the end of the day he rode the horse as he was instructed to do so and the Stewards accepted his explanation.
Sunday 28th June 2015
Weather - 14 degrees at 07:30 hrs
Amazing that we got Compton Magic to the track on Saturday at Windsor having had a serious tendon injury as a 2 yr old. His current owner who is also his breeder sold him as a yearling and a year later asked Martin if he would have a look at him in Newmarket as he had heard that he had an injury. Martin said that it would be 50/50 whether he would get him back to any sort of fitness and on a positive 40/60 if he got him back on the track. With the help of our good friend and vet Alan Walker we nursed him back patiently and yesterday we gave ourselves a pat on the back for the achievement of getting to the track.
Compton Magic broke well out of the stalls, traveled for 3 furlongs then got unbalanced two out and then a little detached in the final furlong, beaten 16 lengths. This was 6f and with a few more runs, gaining racecourse experience he should be looking like a speedy 5 furlong horse, all being well.
Zac Baker is representing Great Britain today at Cartmel - team competition against Ireland. Good Luck Zac.
Friday 26th June 2015
Weather - 15 degrees at 06:05 hrs
Burnt Cream did not have much luck in running yesterday at Newbury over the 5 furlongs. From three furlongs out the gaps kept closing on her and with nowhere to go, all she could do was sit and suffer! She made up 2 lengths in the final 100yds running on but it was all too late! Finished 7th and beaten 5 lengths without coming off the bit - very frustrating!
Thursday 25th June 2015
Weather - 16 degrees at 08:55 hrs
Burnt Cream in action tonight at Newbury with Rab Havlin on board. We could do with some luck and hopefully its today - she's in good order and looks fantastic. Pleasing draw in the middle.
Named Asset was a non runner yesterday at Bath - pulled a muscle. Very disappointing as it was an ideal race for him.... That's racing!
Tuesday 23rd June 2015
Weather - 14 degrees at 06:10hrs
Looking forward to Named Asset running at Bath on Wednesday although an outside draw - hoping to overcome that by getting a good break out of the stalls and get across as soon as able. Good 5lb claimer on board, Mikey Ennis who rode a super race on Exceeding Power for us. Named Asset's last run at Lingfield against the older horses was promising and if we can improve from that run we will go very close.
Ground at Chepstow yesterday was 'rock hard' and Air of Glory was having non of it! To our disappoint he never took part in the race and left us and his owners 'scratching our heads' in shock! We always thought he would go on quick ground but its now looking like that is a definite 'NO'. Chepstow can upset a few plans and it certainly did yesterday. Air of Glory looks fantastic and has never moved better - he ate every nut up last night. His big disappointment has to be the firm ground in the back straight and it frightened him!
Friday 19th June 2015
Weather - 13 degrees windy at 08:53hrs
Entries for next week :- Monday 22 June - Air of Glory at Chepstow (2.30pm) back over the 1m 2f with George Baker on board. Wednesday 24th June - Named Asset at Bath (7.10pm) over a stiff 5f (5f 161yds) partnered by Luke Morris. Thursday 25th June - Burnt Cream at Newbury over 5f with Rab Havlin - only running if ground good to firm.
Zac Baker, our Amateur Jockey has some outside rides coming up; Hexham on Sunday over fences or hurdles (the trainer not decided which yet) and then down south to Brighton on the flat (amateur race) on Tuesday..... both very good chances.
Wednesday 17th June 2015
Weather - 18 degrees at 10:49hrs
If it could go wrong, it all went wrong yesterday with Burnt Cream at Brighton! To put a positive note to the race she finished 5th beaten 2 1/2 lengths by the 2nd horse but we were expecting a winner as she is in such 'good heart' - fit and well in her self. Rab Havlin her jockey was taking the blame (very decent of him) but quite honestly Brighton is now on the 'Not to go to list with Burnt Cream' ..... always seems to be a disaster with her there! We asked the Starter if she could go in last and they put us in 3rd last, hence her getting a little fractious and then missing the break when the stalls opened. Next, Rab told us he was then in two minds to go up the rail and get cover from the slow horses or sit behind the favourite....... he chose to sit behind the favourite (as I think most would do) and ended up going too free on the bend (like having the choke out) - too much daylight, spoiling any chance at the finish............ and in that final furlong she was certainly one paced, all the fuel had been used up!
That's racing and that's why it is never straight forward especially with free running horses! Another positive from the race is that it's given her a 'pipe opener' for next week at Newbury - one of our favourite, lucky tracks (trained and both ridden good winners there over the years).
Monday 15th June 2015
Weather - 20 degrees at 13:48hrs
Burnt Cream is back in action on Tuesday at Brighton with her regular pilot on board, Rab Havlin (from 15 rides only unplaced 5 times on her). Not an ideal draw tomorrow but she has to be held up so hopefully they will be able to get across and get the cover she needs. Providing there is plenty of pace from the front ranks she will be in the shake up on the line! Good luck Burnt Cream. Saturday 13th June 2015
Named Asset6th only beaten 2 1/2 lengths.....ran very well at Lingfield today against the older more experienced horses. Shown below Named Asset racing on the 'big screen' whilst in front in red colours - looking like the winner until a furlong out. Still showing his immaturity but improving with each run..... Will now go to Bath on the 24th June back against the 3 yr olds.
Friday 12th June 2015
Weather - 20 degrees at 12:57 hrs
Named Asset is on target for Saturday at Lingfield - providing he settles in the first furlong he should run a big race. Dane O'Neill booked with what looks like a reasonable draw of 12. Working well at home and really starting to enjoy life at Bowstridge.
Zac has done it again - WINNER at Newbury! A good tactical ride and he made it look easy - the horse, Silver Dixie is not straight forward - pulls very hard and Zac managed to get the horse settled within the first two furlongs. Turning into the straight it was a matter of keeping him interested and then pull out from the pack inside two furlongs out. Then hands and heels pushing out to the line..... easy! Well done Zac.
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Weather - 14 degrees at 10:45 hrs
Martin and Sarah are back from Greece having had a relaxing holiday on the beautiful island - Kephalonia. Whilst they were away the team at Bowstridge did a fine job keeping the horses fit and healthy.
Air of Glory ran on Monday at Windsor in a very competitive race for horses rated 85 and below. This was his turf debut on the flat and his betting price suggested this too at 66-1. He was a little awkward away from the stalls and then took time to get balanced, meanwhile the leaders were away and in a few strides we were 15 lengths behind them! Although he coped with the big sweeping bend he was in no hurry to increase his position..... until that is, it was all too late..... Once his jockey pulled him out of the pack in the final furlong he flew and crossing the line he hit 3rd gear for the first time in the race and unable to pull up! He looked like a horse having his first run on a racecourse - well I suppose it was his debut on the turf - flat racing ! ...... much, much more to come but it may take a few more runs to gain the racing experience on the turf.
This coming Saturday we have two entries on the flat at Lingfield on the turf - Compton Magic and Named Asset. Compton Magic will be having his debut on the racecourse at the age of four! A lovely strong horse by Compton Place who was sold well at the Breeze Ups but then sustained a serious leg problem. Due to the problem, his breeder bought him back from his then trainer and sent him to us. We have gently nursed him back over the past 18 months and to get him fit, to be able to run him on a racecourse is just amazing! We have not pushed any serious buttons on him at home so he will be very 'green' when he runs but he is a quick learner and after a few runs we should start to see what he is made of.... his half sister was a good horse - Lafortunata (beaten 1 length in the 'Super Sprint' at Epsom on Derby Day).
Named Asset also runs at Lingfield - another kind and sensitive youngster who will again need the experience mentally. However, he is very fit and has 'come on' from his gallops at Kempton - his work rider, Zac Baker is very happy with his progress. Taking on the older horses for the first time.
Zac Baker our Amateur was again back in the winners enclosure at Hexham - his 8th winner under rules and 22 winners in total to date. He finished 4th in the Amateur NH Championship last season and this season we and his agent will be trying to get him into the 'number one' spot.
The ARO runners for Sarah - Little Red Nell and Amadiva ran at Hereford last Sunday with Chloe Swaffield on board. Amadiva ran a superb race finishing 3rd only beaten a length and a head....... her confidence has come on from her debut, just what she needed. Little Red Nell had just come into 'season' and up 10lb for her recent win - looked like being placed 2 out but weight caught her out in the final two furlongs - not disgraced, an ok run - her first time up in grade .......she will bounce back in due course.
Saturday 30th May 2015
Weather - 15 degrees at 20:02 hrs
Burnt Cream 5th on Thursday under another good ride from Rab Havlin. A pleasing run considering the surface had changed since her last outing at Lingfield and the kick back was horrendous. Not making excuses but the surface was riding as slow as it has ever been and you had to be ridden handy if you wanted to be in the shake up! Unfortunately we have to be held up, that's the way she has to be ridden. Washing her off after the race she looked like she got everyone's kick back! If you let her run from the front she would run with the choke out and she certainly would not get home..... In America you could run her in their 4 furlong races!
The horses worked well at Kempton on Friday - Air of Glory, Named Asset and Compton Magic. They worked with two other horses from another stable. Great experience for Named Asset and Compton Magic. Air of Glory had a very encouraging pipe opener which should give him plenty of confidence for his run at Windsor on the 8th June.
Wednesday 27th May 2015
Weather - 16 degrees at 21:35 hrs
Burnt Cream has the 'Best Win Percentage' in the race - 11.76% Back on the flat tomorrow at Lingfield with Burnt Cream, her first run in 124 days having had a good holiday. She has her usual jockey, Rab Havlin on board with draw of 5. Martin, her 'Work Rider' is very pleased with her at home - working well and in good health. There should be plenty of pace in the race with four or five of her opposition wanting to make it! Lets hope they jump out and make it a good gallop - that would be a perfect race for Burnt Cream who likes to come from last, off a fast pace..... will need it to open up for us turning into the home straight. Good luck BC.
Well done Zac - another WINNER last night - 9.10pm at Hexham! Worth the long trip up north - he has certainly covered some miles in the last four days - Ffos Las, Uttoxeter and Hexham! That makes 7 winners this season and puts him in 4th for the National Hunt Amateur Jockeys Championship.
Monday 25th May 2015
Weather - Overcast - 13 degrees at 11:59 hrs
Another good run from Miss Biscotti finishing 3rd over fences on Saturday at Ffos Las..... only to be beaten by the quickening ground and two experienced horses. Though out the race she jumped well in a handy position, a little 'novicey' towards the end of the race but that's understandable, only her second run over fences and her sixth in total. Another promising run.
Friday 22nd May 2015
Weather - mild, plenty of cloud cover - 16 degrees at 20:09 hrs
Jump racing tomorrow at Ffos Las in Wales with Miss Biscotti. This will be her 2nd chase and her 7th run on a race course. This race is not as competitive as her debut chase but her rivals in this race do have more experience. However, the ability she showed on her chase debut 22 days ago when finishing 2nd she has to go one better..... The name of the game is jumping and providing she has a clear round the opposition will have to pull out all the stops and be at their best to compete with her.
Tuesday 19th May 2015
Weather - overcast and breezy - 10 degrees at 10:00 hrs
Unseated rider, not what any jockey wants to happen to them! Poor Zac had this happen to him yesterday on Carobello with only another two fences to jump. Dual winning Carobello was loving the ground, which was softening all the time with the intermittent rain. He was jumping and traveling well and then just a silly little twist having stood off too far jumping the third last, just caught Zac out ...... too short a rein and gravity pulled Zac over Carobello's shoulder! Seen it happen to the best..... its called jump racing and you have to get a clear round without mishaps but mishaps happen in every jump race! Frustrating for everyone and no more so than for the jockey..... Horse and jockey are fine so there is always another day. Carobello certainly looked like he was liking the track and ground so would definitely be worth another try back there in the future.
"The ups and downs of racing!"
Monday 18th May 2015
Weather - raining, breezy and mild - 11 degrees at 10:39 hrs
Carobello is in action today at Towcester over fences - Zac Baker on board. A very competitive race but if we act on the track, this being his debut at Towcester, he should run a big race - could not be more pleased with him at home. Hoping they don't get too much rain today - hit and miss for the area! He does have a back-up entry for the end of week if the ground should get too soft today.....
Little Red Nell - WINNER! A long weekend but good results for the Team ........... Yesterday, Little Red Nell ridden by Chloe Swaffield won at Taunton in a ARO- Thoroughbred flat race by 3/4 length over a mile on the turf. She had been 'knocking on the door' last season and on her first run back 3 weeks ago at Wolverhampton she looked like winning only to get 'pipped' on the finish line! Well done Chloe for giving 'Red' a well judged ride and pushing right to the line..... Zac was on her heels in 2nd but Chloe and Red were not going to get beat this time!
Sarah also ran Amadiva at the meeting, her debut in ARO races. Due to being her first run she had to take on the highest rated horses so that the handicapper can assess her .... In the final two furlongs she was looking like being placed a furlong out but then stumbled on the road crossing and within strides she was swallowed up in the final 150 yds. Beaten only about 6 lengths - she will improve with each run as she has so little experience in comparison to her rivals. She has one more run in this grade and then she will be assessed.
So close! A good 2nd on Saturday for Sarah and Chloe at Dingley (Market Harborough) with Some Surprise....so nearly a winner! Always traveling well in a handy position through the race, Chloe took it up coming down the hill (2 furlongs to run) into the home straight only to get passed in the air over the last fence! Beaten 3 lengths in the end but a great run for a horse who has had breathing problems (operation only 6 weeks ago) and back problems to go with it! Won the Best Turned Out - he did just look a picture...... Well done Becca for turning him out superbly.
The Bosley/Bowstridge young jockeys are flying Chloe Swaffield had two winners and a 2nd last week, Albert Chandler a winner yesterday, Paddy Pilley five winners in the last two weeks and Dale Peters a winner at the weekend. Georgina Friswell rode her first winner last week under rules at Chelmsford and Zac Baker had a lovely 2nd on Miss Biscotti and a 2nd yesterday - aiming for a winner today!
Zac Baker and Paddy Pilley - started with us at the age of 12 Albert Chandler and Dale Peters - started with us at the age of 13 Chloe Swaffield - started with us 2 years ago Georgina Friswell - started with us at the age of 15
Zac Baker is currently in 3rd place for the Amateur National Hunt Jockeys Championship for Great Britain. Paddy Pilley is currently in 3rd place for the Apprentice Flat Jockeys Championship for Great Britain. We placed Paddy with Mick Channon when he left school at sixteen..... Paddy has worked hard to get these recent winners and is now reaping the rewards.
Exceeding Power ran on Thursday at Salisbury on the flat - a satisfactory run finishing 5th on Thursday in an Apprentice Jockeys Race. It was a muddling race with no early pace (we pulled too hard in the first furlong) and what looked like a decent draw of one, ended up being the worst position due to the rain softening ground with the field moving across to the stand rail! There are no suitable races for him until June so he can now have a few easy days in the pen.
Tuesday 12th May 2015
Weather - windy, bright and a hint of rain 13 degrees at 11:14 hrs
This coming Thursday we have Exceeding Power in action at Salisbury running over 7f. A good draw of 1, ground is quick at present but heavy rain is due..... has good form on good to soft ground if the rain gets in! He did an exceptional piece of work on Saturday with the first time sheep skin pieces which will be worn on Thursday. He will need to stay the distance if the rain gets in..... an unknown but he certainly feels like he should stay up to a mile!
Named Asset was beaten 6 1/2 lengths yesterday on his debut on the all weather over 6f. He broke sharp, sat in fifth still pulling quite hard for the first furlong and then switched off. For the next couple of furlongs the kick back was fierce, kicking right up into his face ! As the pace quickened into the home bend the gaps were tightening and Named Asset was too nervous to go into them..... he had to sit and suffer in the kick back about 6 1/2 lengths off the leaders and this was where he finished. He still has so much to learn on the course - confidence of going through the gaps will come but he needs plenty of practice! His pre-race anxiety has reversed for the better so hopefully it will not take him too much longer.... He is such a baby!
Sunday 10th May 2015
Weather - breezy and bright 17 degrees at 16:20 hrs
Wolverhampton tomorrow with Named Asset over a short 6f. He is a well bred 3 yr old who is still very immature and needs plenty of experience. We are currently the outsider of the field at 25-1 ..... He is better than the price suggests having shown enough ability in his earlier races. His last race was just too far for him over a stiff 7f.... he pulled too hard early on (fresh from a break). Apart from his first month with us he has been very pleasant to train, once he trusted us... very relaxed now and taken all his work in his stride. This will be his debut on the all weather and we are hoping for an encouraging run.... whatever he does tomorrow he will improve.
Thursday 7th May 2015
Named Asset and Exceeding Power will have entries for next week - more details to follow.
Not what we wanted - teenager! Topthorn was not helped today having two other front runners dictating the pace and talk about 'sulk' ..... Topthorn down tools as soon as he hit the back straight! Holiday for him.... been on the go for a while now. He certainly knows how to handicap himself!
Sunday 3rd May 2015
Weather - overcast and mild 17 degrees at 16:20 hrs.
Great to have a busy week with runners - been worth the wait as the runners have excelled themselves on the flat , and over fences ..... although not winning they certainly showed plenty of promise for future races.
Topthorn has an entry over fences for next Thursday 7th May at Worcester - working well and in good order with himself..... looks great....... 'Kick on Topthorn' !
Sarah had a 2nd yesterday with Little Red Nell at Wolverhampton in the ARO Thoroughbred Races ridden by Chloe Swaffield. Super ride from Chloe to 'dart' up the inners of the other runners turning into the home straight, kicking on to take the lead, only to be denied first prize just a stride from the finishing line - beaten a neck! A super run for first run of the ARO season.
Friday 1st May 2015 Friday evening - 22:00 hrs
Miss Biscotti - 2nd today - "what a wonderful mare" Well done Miss Biscotti (bought for £1,300 at Ascot Sales) finishing 2nd to Mor Brook (cost £82,000) in her first ever chase (over the big fences) at 33-1 for Zac Baker. Eleven runners, most of which were having their debut over fences! At the first fence one of the horses un-shipped his jockey which then decided to run amongst the leaders. Biscuit (as we call her) jumped her way to the front from the second fence, loving the space and by showing her enjoyment her ears were pricked firmly forward. From the third fence the loose horse started to become very annoying by continuously jumping across her but because Biscuit is an exceptional mare in temperament, so honest and game, she just got on with her job!
This was her debut over fences, she was clever and mostly accurate - only her fifth run on a track (her last two runs over hurdles were non events) and although she won her second race over hurdles she has no decent experience yet. She spent most of the race dodging the loose horse but coped so well. From three out she was looking good, clever with her jumping and getting competitive but the winners experience (has won two points) came into play - Approaching the second last the winner looked like he was going to win easily but Biscuit came again after the last and at the finish she was only beaten 3 1/2 lengths..... the 3rd horse was 6 lengths back and the 4th was 25 lengths behind the 3rd. Superb run by Biscuit - very encouraging. Well Done Team.
Thursday 30th April 2015
Weather - 6 degrees, chilly with sunshine and not a cloud to be seen at 06:00 hrs
Raging fire and explosions close by! About 9pm last night the farm was in a war zone with gas cylinders exploding with huge 50 feet flames. This was all happening about 150 yards down the lane on small business site used by roofers and car repairers. Sarah arrived back from Cheltenham to find Martin directing the traffic away from the raging flames. Eight fire engines from Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties were working hard to put the flames out whilst the occupants of the cottages next to the site were evacuated. Sarah made our poor neighbours cups of teas before the police took them off to a safe hold for the night. We were worried about the horses being stressed by what was going on with loud booms, bangs, sirens and flashing lights ..... but with radios on and lights on in the yard they were amazingly settled.... This morning the horses were all fine and the fire itself under control but still being attended too. What a night!
Well done to Barrick's Hill - 3rd at Cheltenham One of Sarah's pointers, Barrick's Hill was in action yesterday at the prestigious Cheltenham Hunter Chase Meeting under Zac Baker.
At 66 -1 the bookies were giving them no chance but Sarah and team knew Barrick's Hill was in good order - working well, looked great in his coat and full of his own self importance! Through the race Barrick's Hill and Zac sat 3rd /4th in the stamina testing 3m 1 1/2 furlongs. With four to run Barrick's Hill was still jumping superbly, jumping out of Zac's hands, showing he still had plenty of fuel left in the tank! Right to the last fence they stayed within a length of the winner and only got out paced climbing the famous, grueling hill to the finish which catches many a good horse out! Barrick's Hill finished 3rd, beaten 4 lengths and 6 lengths, just 10 lengths in total - beaten by Harbour Court one of the top Point to Pointer/ Hunter Chase horses in the country. Another good ride from Zac Baker.
'Not bad for the owners hack!' Since Barrick's Hill ran at Cheltenham 2 years ago (when he led over the second last in the 4 mile race) he has had continuous niggling problems and had to miss all of last season in order to get him right..... and all that stress and hard work has paid off. WELL DONE TEAM - GREAT RESULT!
Wednesday 29th April 2015
Weather - 8 degrees, raining and feeling cold at 10:41 hrs
Exceeding Power ran a super race again - missed the break in the stalls and had to play catch up. Only beaten 2 1/2 lengths - looked like winning a furlong out!
Sarah is off to Cheltenham today for the United Hunts Race over 3m 1 1/2 furlongs with Barrick's Hill. A 66-1 chance today and it is a good race but if he jumps round safe he'll be in the placings! He has good solid form there from two years ago when he led over the second last in the 4 mile race at the same meeting. Missed last year with problems but he is in great form with himself going to the race today..... Zac Baker rides him today who won on him on his debut for Sarah. Good luck team.
Monday 27th April 2015
Weather - 7 degrees, blue sky, clouds and feeling fresh at 10:36 hrs
Exceeding Power is back in action today at Kempton in a 7 furlong flat race - down in grade. He would be fairly fit and I would say enough to show a good account of himself.... luck in running needed and a consistent gallop. Due a win very soon!
Last week - Carobello 3rd in a handicap chase at Plumpton in a competitive race - his first run back after a break. A satisfactory run under a good ride from Zac Baker. Named Asset showed plenty of ability having his first run for us in a very hot 0-75 contest at Leicester - although only beat 2 he was very competitive over 1 furlong out . We will now take him back to 6f having showed a great deal of speed. A very pleasing run for an immature 3 year old. Showed great attitude pre race and afterwards.
Sunday 19th April 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, overcast and still at 16:00 hrs
Entries this week for Carobello at Plumpton and Named Asset at Leicester, both worked well on Saturday. Topthorn is ready to run but no races until May. May is looking busy for runners and exciting times ahead with Air of Glory, Exceeding Power, Compton Magic, Miss Biscotti, Named Asset, Topthorn, Carobello all looking fantastic and working well.
Sarah will be entering Barrick's Hill for the Hunter Chase Meeting at Cheltenham this week - this is the amateur version of the Cheltenham Festival!
Sunday 12th April 2015
Weather - 10 degrees, bright and light breeze at 10:15 hrs
Exciting work on the gallops yesterday Air of Glory and Exceeding Power worked well yesterday - their first piece of work since their break. Air of Glory and Exceeding Power will be campaigned on the flat for the Spring/Summer.
Kempton work out Thursday we took Named Asset and Compton Magic to Kempton racecourse for an educational work out. Named Asset although has had 4 runs on a racecourse is still quite inexperienced and Compton Magic has not run yet so this was an ideal gallop to give them both experience and confidence. Both horses work together at home and it has been inspiring watching them improving together. Will be back to Kempton with them both next week.
Topthorn getting closer to a run His blood test was a 'thumbs up' result yesterday - his best test since he won. An outing for him on the racecourse hopefully before the end of the month. He has been 'ticking over' (steady canters) for the past couple of weeks - next plan to give him a couple of pieces of work and then action on the racecourse.
Monday 30th March 2015
Weather - 7 degrees, bright and breezy with rain forecast later at 09:45 hrs
Working well and looking forward to seeing our runners in action in April. Compton Magic and Named Asset worked well again together on Saturday and a racecourse gallop at Kempton will be organised for next week for education. Air of Glory, Burnt Cream and Exceeding Power start back in work this week - currently working out their route on the flat for the summer months. Carobello worked well on Saturday having his first piece of work, an outing in due course on quicker ground than it is as present!
Sarah delighted with the performance of the 'Pointers' over the weekend. The point to pointers excelled themselves on Sunday with Some Surprise (Chloe Swaffield) and Barrick's Hill (Zac Baker) both finishing 2nd in their races at Godstone and Maisemore. Although the ground was softer than ideal for both horses they both ran superbly in competitive races. Although they did not win yesterday they both won the 'Best Turnout' ! Barrick's Hill has now qualified for the Red Mills Intermediate Championship at Cheltenham on the 29th April where he will have another entry in the United Hunts 3 mile and 1 1/2 furlongs race.
Monday 23rd March 2015
Weather - 4 degrees, bright and fresh at 09:10hrs
April runners continue to impress - all worked well on Saturday. Topthorn looking good and would be a little fitter than some of the others - could get a run very shortly....
Sarah will be busy with the pointers this coming Sunday - Godstone for Some Surprise and Barrick's Hill has two entries, Maisemore (Worcestershire) and Garthorpe (Lincolnshire).
Monday 16th March 2015
Weather - 6 degrees, damp, cloudy and still at 11:00 hrs.
Zac does it again! A fantastic day on Saturday for our amateur jockey, Zac Baker riding his 6th winner under rules this season (currently 3rd in the Amateur Championship) and his first winner over hurdles against professional jockeys. He was riding at Uttoxeter (the Midlands Grand National Meeting) in the Mares Handicap Hurdle on Tambura beating Richard Johnson on the favourite by 15 lengths!
Getting ready for racing action.... We had a great turnout of owners on Saturday who watched their horses on the gallops - they all worked well with April races being planned.
Pointing with Sarah... Some Surprise was in action on Sunday at Hackwood Point to Point who finished 4th with Zac Baker on board. Some Surprise got the good ground they had been wishing for and ran a super race until 3 out when he came to the end of his stamina - definitely looking a short runner, most point to points are 3 miles so the next plan is to try the only 2 mile 4 furlongs at Godstone for older horses on the 29th March..... will be reunited with Chloe Swaffield, his regular pilot (injured her shoulder last week hence not riding yesterday) ........ this should be his race providing the ground is good! Barrick's Hill and Zac Baker will also be in action on the 29th at Garthorpe or Maisemore point to points.
Cheltenham Festival - small stable 'tops' the meeting! Last week we all enjoyed what we thought was possibly one of the best Cheltenham Festival's in twenty years. What a wonderful story behind the the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree, his trainer (husband, wife, son and daughter team - The Bradstocks), the owners (The Max Partnership) and Nico De Boinville his jockey. To be British bred in all directions, lightly raced due to various niggling problems and to be trained by wonderful people who only have a handful of horses. This was not a bought dream but a dream through hard work, patience and dedication and that's what racing is all about! Nico the winning jockey has been riding for us since his amateur days when he nearly won the Championship 4 mile Hunter Chase for Sarah two years ago. He has recently ridden us winners on Miss Biscotti and Carobello - an excellent horseman as well as a jockey.
Miss Biscotti ran a more encouraging race at Towcester only to get tired turning up the hill on tacky ground. Will be fitter for the run having come back off a little break.
Monday 9th March 2015
Weather - 2 degrees, ground frost with minimal breeze at 06:00 hrs
We had a good day on Saturday with the horses working well in the morning and in the afternoon Sarah having a 3rd with Barrick's Hill ridden by Zac Baker in the Conditions Race at The Duke of Beaufort's Point to Point. Barrick's Hill has been lightly raced due to various problems over the past couple of years but showed on Saturday he still retains plenty of ability. All being well he will have one more run in a point to point before he goes to Cheltenham for the Hunter Chase Meeting (Amateur version of the Cheltenham Festival) on 30th April.
Miss Biscotti is entered for a conditional jockeys hurdle race at Towcester on Thursday providing he ground is not too wet! All being well she will then be aimed for a run over fences in three weeks - her chase debut.
Thursday 5th March 2015
Weather - 8 degrees, sunshine with slight breeze at 11:33 hrs
17% strike rate on the flat to date for 2015 and 21% for our chasers - to date for the season 2014 / 2015
Yesterday we were at Lingfield with Joyful Risk who ran an odd race, looking like being in the frame two furlongs out and then decided she had done enough! At home she had been in 'flying' form so this was disappointing to see her down tools in the final furlongs, beaten just over 9 lengths.. She looked super in the early part of the race, in the right position; 4th/5th in what looked a fast run race, traveled well to over half way and her young apprentice jockey looked confident on her. This was a hands and heels race for jockeys who have not ridden more than 10 winners and it looked like she took advantage of the inexperience and no use of the stick. There are no suitable races for her in March or April therefore she will have a short break, freshen up and come back the end of May over a shorter distance with blinkers on! She is still a lightly raced mare and it may just take the blinkers to keep her mind on the job!
Dualagi has gone back to stud this week with her foal, Bonnie to be covered by Firebreak again.
Miss Biscotti will have an entry for next Thursday over hurdles at Towcester. The plan has been to go over fences but unfortunately there is not a suitable race until the first week of April. This run next Thursday will put her right for her chase debut in April.
Monday 2nd March 2015
Weather - 5 degrees, windy - gusts with a glimmer of sunshine at 11:02 hrs
We have Joyful Risk running on Wednesday at Lingfield in an Apprentice Race and our jockey will be Paddy Pilley who is attached to Mick Channon's stable. The track should suit her - an easy mile and we have a middle draw - 5 of 10 runners. She is in good order at home and we are expecting a bold run.
We had a few fresh and very happy horses this morning with the wind up their tails! Good to see the forecast is for drying weather and sunshine - should have some runners jumping shortly. The flat horses continue to please in their routines.
Back in early February Martin and Sarah were invited to a 'Bargain Hunt' audition - They got down to the last 40 people of 800 applicants. Unfortunately they did not reach the final 8 - Martin is utterly disappointed they did not reach the final....some would say that Sarah is not so disappointed!
Saturday 21st February 2015
Weather - 5 degrees, cold north easterly wind and a little sunshine at 12:22 hrs
A bitterly cold morning with a little sunshine today and the horses are looking good - getting ready for their Spring campaign. No jump runners at the moment as the ground is just too wet, bottomless in fact and our youngsters will not cope with it - therefore we are not having runners until the ground dries to good or good to soft at worst. Some of the flat horses are just starting to get ready for their campaigns, April onwards and those jumpers that have had a break will be back in exercise the first week of March.
Report - Burnt Cream was a little off colour hence our decision not to run last week. She looks great but her blood report was not good enough to be running in a race (she would probably still run her heart out but go backwards after). We have given her a blood tonic which should put her back to her best shortly..... Hopefully back in action in early March.
Exceeding Power is thoroughly enjoying his break in the pens, rolling and playing - had mud baths for the first two days!
Although a quiet period, it is an exciting time watching the young horses progress.
Friday 13th February 2015
Weather - 6 degrees, overcast and windy at 11:19 hrs
Yesterday Joyful Risk was in action at Chelmsford after a long break (100 days) and only her sixth run on a racecourse. The team have put in a lot of hard work with her back muscles and she certainly showed the improvement by the way she broke from the stalls and traveled in the race. She stayed with the winner until a furlong and a half out when she got tired.....entitled to get tired having had a long time off the track and only her sixth run over what is probably her maximum distance, one mile. Robert Havlin who rode her spoke really well of her and stated that she would be in the winners enclosure shortly. There is no race over 7f in her grade at Chelmsford at the moment so we have to go to Wolverhampton, Southwell or Lingfield.
Bonnie, the new foal is doing well, in fact very well - she is so active; she uses her stable (with mum in the middle) as a warm up - circuit training at the canter and then when she goes outside in the pen she goes off bouncing everywhere - off all four legs, then shoots off flat out around the pen and then does it all over again. She does sleep quite a lot too!
Tuesday 10th February 2015
Weather - 5 degrees, overcast, dry and very still at 13:01 hrs
'Bonnie' born on Friday - right on cue! Dualagi gave birth to a leggy chesnut filly by Major Cadeaux on Friday evening whilst her owners were here on a flying visit before they jumped on a plane to Tenerife! Mother and daughter seem very well and have been enjoying the fresh air the last couple of mornings. Pictures to follow shortly......
We have action at Chelmsford this week with Joyful Risk running on Thursday with Robert Havlin on board (successful on Burnt Cream for us in January). The race is 1 mile with a draw of 9 - not ideal but if we can get out of the gates sharply it should not make too much difference. Her stalls practice has gone well at home (last time out was a little tricky going in) and we could not be more pleased with her progress. It is a reasonably competitive affair but we are on a good handicap mark and if she gets the luck she deserves we should be right there in the final furlong.
Burnt Cream did not run last week but we are hoping to get her back in action next week.
Last Sunday Sarah was point to pointing with one runner, Some Surprise at Godstone who finished 4th with Chloe Swaffield on board. An Irish maiden pointer who had been off the track for over a year. It was a testing ground but a good time for a maiden as equaling the Mens Open race time! Due to be running again in 14 -21 days.
Thursday 5th February 2015
Weather - 1 degree, snow on the ground at 11:08 hrs
Freezing and snowing but the show goes on! The white 'fluffy stuff' has nearly gone but at seven o'clock this morning Sarah and Chloe were working horses in a 'light' blizzard! They worked well and the horses seem to be enjoying themselves. Yesterday we had black ice and before we could do anything with the horses, the yards and walker had to be salted. The gallop as normal has been fantastic - with the assistance of Martin and Zac keeping it harrowed.
Burnt Cream and Exceeding Power will have entries for the end of next week. Joyful Risk will be making another outing shortly - working really well at home and had a good work out at Chelmsford last week with Exceeding Power.
Miss Biscotti schooled with ease over the fences last Tuesday and will have an outing when the ground is not so testing.
The youngsters are coming along well, including Dualagi's first foal, un-named by Tagula now a 2 yr old, Named Asset, a half brother to Lanseer, miler (winner of Coventry Stakes and placed in numerous Group 1's) and Compton Magic, a half brother to La Fortunata, 95 rated 5f sprinter.
Dualagi is due to foal (by Major Cadeaux) this month - looks like she might wait till it warms up! Her second foal, now a yearling by Firebreak looks like she is going to be a powerful filly, plenty of bone, sharp mind and huge hind quarters with plenty of depth!
Wednesday 28th January 2015
Weather - 8 degrees, overcast at 07:32 hrs
Worth another try at 6f for Burnt Cream! Last Saturday we ran Burnt Cream at Lingfield, her second run in two days.... this time over 6 furlongs. We had the very outside, stall12 of 12 runners but this did not worry us as she has to be held up off the pace. Once out of the stalls Rab took her gently over to the inside, traveling well and settled. Turning into the home straight she took the bend swiftly and 'nicked' up the inside of her rivals. With one and a half furlongs to run (whilst in 4th) the horse in front of Burnt Cream closed the gap on the rail and with no where to go, this stopped her run through to the line! With her way of running she has to keep them momentum flowing..... or its like a car being taken out of gear! With one furlong to run Rab just eased her down and she was still only beaten 5 lengths.
Topthorn ran on Monday finishing 7th at Ludlow on soft ground with Zac Baker on board. A competitive race with one or two progressive horses which were lightly handicapped unlike ourselves having gone up yet again for our last win. We made most of the running, jumped well throughout but turning into the home straight, the winner eased pass him (a well handicapped horse - down 6lb in one go for its previous run!) and as Topthorn jumped the last two fences the stamina started to run out. The ground was very 'tacky' and he is a short runner, only just gets the two miles.
Miss Biscotti did not run at Ludlow due to the ground being too soft for her.
Friday 23rd January 2015
Another outing to Lingfield today with Burnt Cream who was third in the betting and finished 3rd in the race, only beaten 3 1/2 lengths. What a wonderful mare she is for Patricia Brown, always runs a solid race. Another superb run with good ride from Rab Havlin but today we just didn't get the luck we had last time out when she won!
Usual hold up tactics today - its the only way to ride her and then creep into the race. Unfortunately today Spray Tan was not going quick enough on the rail, in front of us and by the time we got going the winner had already kicked and gone for home! Superb ride from Adam Kirby the winning jockey who led from start to finish but unfortunately for us the rest of the field did not take him on earlier in the race - we would have been closer at the finish, do not think we would have won but possibly finished 2nd. The time of the race today was slower than Burnt Cream's win last time out... Kirby got his fractions right but the rest of field did not follow suit! Looked like today she ran as if she wanted 6 furlongs and tomorrow we do actually run over 6 furlongs, back at Lingfield! Could be interesting!
Wednesday 14th January 2015
Weather - 5 degrees, feeling cold and damp at 16:53 hrs
Burnt Cream knows she is a winner again - full of beans and very pleased with herself! She is ready for another outing but there is nothing for her until the 23rd and 24th January. The handicapper has put her up 3lb for her win which is looking reasonable considering the recent form is working out very well.
No runners this week - Burnt Cream will be our next flat runner and with regard to jumpers, Topthorn and Miss Biscotti will have entries the following week. At the moment the ground for the jumpers is extremely testing and with the current weather it is going to border line whether the racecourses are able to stage a meeting!
Sad News For those of you who know our dogs, I have very sad news to inform you that on Sunday our dear little Cosi had a tragic accident. She will be sadly missed.
Friday 9th January 2015
Weather - 9 degrees, patchy cloud and breezy at 08:45 hrs
Well done Burnt Cream - WINNER TODAY! So pleased for Patricia Brown, her owner and the Team here at Bowstridge Farm. What a great ride from Robert Havlin - he knows her so well. Well done.
Today Burnt Cream runs at Lingfield in a 5 furlong race with Robert Havlin on board. Praying for plenty of speed early on ..... the fancied horses should be handy - they need a good gallop to be there at the finish. If we get the pace we will be taking them on in the final strides!
Tuesday 6th January 2015
Weather - 8 degrees, overcast and dreary at 10:00 hrs
Another good run from Exceeding Power on Saturday at Lingfield only beaten 2 1/2 lengths in a slower than expected race over the 7 furlongs. Going for the mile next outing.... could be interesting!
Topthorn did not run at Plumpton due to the change of ground.... too, too soft for him.
Burn Cream out this Friday at Lingfield - working well at home. Hoping for a good gallop in the race - if the 6 furlong horses run they will need a good gallop!
Sarah had one of her point to pointers, Barrick's Hill ridden by Zac Baker out on Sunday at Larkhill, one of the most competitive tracks in the country with the likes of Quinz in action! Barrick's Hill ran a superb race finishing 6th in a competitive affair - ground was softer than ideal but was running on well at the finish. Will be out again in two to three weeks.
Good luck Team.
Thursday 1st January 2015
A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL OF US AT BOWSTRIDGE FARM.