Looking forward to a healthy 2017 with our new and exciting young horses to be out in action in the Spring and Summer months. The experienced horses are in good order and will show their way in due course.
"HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A HEALTHY 2017"Summary of 2016
A frustrating year with just 33 runners - horses were not healthy in the summer due to sore throats passed on from Newmarket BUT we had some memorable
'GREAT DAYS OUT', shouting home Exceeding Power
at Newmarket. We had plenty of placed horses both on the flat and jumping with numerous seconds and more 'great days out' at Newbury and Chelmsford. Saturday 24th December 2016
Weather - 9 degrees, overcast and breezy at 13:32 hrsOutside draw at Chelmsford!Exceeding Power
was 12-1 in a competitive race at Chelmsford last Thursday with a draw, 9 of 9. Shall we say badly positioned with a wide draw and muddling pace! Did well to finish five lengths behind the winner..... finishing 6th having raced widest of all and very wide on the bend. A race to put behind us. Tuesday 20th December 2016
Weather - 6 degrees, clear sky and some sunshine at 14:00 hrsGround looking good....Carobello
goes to Taunton today over 2m 7f , a handicap chase of 11 runners. He has a good chance today with James Best on board, providing he gets a comfortable clear round he should be thereabouts. Ground will be ideal, distance stretching him but bred to get it!Improving
Another improved run from Norse Castle
at Lingfield on Sunday only beaten 4 1/2 lengths. A few more pounds off his back from the handicapper and it will not be long before we get to that finish line in front! In good orderExceeding Power
is in action on Thursday at Chelmsford back over the mile in a £12,500 class 4 race. A competitive race but he is in excellent order at home - need luck in running from a wide draw - 9 of 9 runners.Sunday 18th December 2016
Weather - 7 degrees, misty and dull at 10:13 hrsBack to Lingfield..
Hoping for further improvement from Norse Castle
today at Lingfield. We are racing over 2 furlongs further than before and four pound in weight less than his last run. We are hoping they go a good gallop early from the start for us to finish well .......we are not the fastest horse (although mentally he thinks he is) so stamina must come in to play! Timmy Murphy takes the reins today.Sunday 11th December 2016
Weather - 6 degrees at 19:02 hrsNot quite in the winners enclosure but it will be soon!Norse Castle
ran at Lingfield on the all weather over 1m 2f finishing 9th of 14. Believe it or not an improved run only beaten 8 lengths and settled well (relaxed). Up in distance to a mile and a half and a lower handicap mark may just see him in the winners enclosure in the near future..... Has come out of his race well and may run him back at Lingfield on the 18th December.Amadiva
ran at Chelmsford in a (flat) maiden last Thursday with experienced Timmy Murphy on board. The head gear of blinkers were on, she looked fantastic and ready to run ........has actually been waiting to get into a race for the last six weeks! She traveled well in the race and at 66-1 looked like a great each way chance with four furlongs to run...... however in the final two furlongs she decided she was quite happy to keep at the same pace and whatever 'urgings' Timmy asked for she declined! Amadiva is now retired from racing and will make someone a lovely riding horse.
On Friday we traveled Counterfeiter
to one of my favourite tracks, Doncaster for a competitive novice handicap hurdle. We were 6th in a tough contest with six of the 11 runners having won recently. We were up in distance to 2m 3f, three furlongs further than tried before but we were fairly confident that he would stay the distance. Although competitive - expecting a good gallop, it ended up with a steady canter for the first mile and then they decided to race from a long way out. We looked very encouraging four furlongs out and competitive but then he made two mistakes just as the pace started to really quicken, loosing ground over the third last and second last, beaten 13 lengths....... maybe five lengths closer if he had been foot perfect. The winner looks very useful and each horse in front of us was far more experienced than Counterfeiter..... this was only his 5th NH career run. Still confident that the step up in distance was fine and his jumping should be better next outing if they go a decent gallop.
Norse Castle at Lingfield last ThursdaySaturday 3rd December 2016Weather - 6 degrees at 16:07 hrs
Entries for the week ahead......Wednesday
On Wednesday we go to Lingfield on the flat with Norse Castle
- very much a big baby and needs to gain as much experience as he can before we go over hurdles - plenty of scope and ability but brain wanting to run faster than he is physically able at this stage of his career. If he can switch off at an even pace he will look promising turning in.Thursday
Another visit to Chelmsford on Thursday with Amadiva
- a flat race where she will need to be in the front ranks and hoping the head gear will keep her focused. She won well at Chelmsford earlier in the year in the ARO (Thoroughbred) race so we know she acts on the track - distance a question mark but all she has done in her ARO races is stay on.Friday
On Friday we travel up north to Doncaster with Counterfeiter
over hurdles. Looks a very competitive race on paper and hoping it 'cuts up' (small field - not many runners)! The ground will be the deciding factor for us. Ran another good race without getting in the frame!
At Chelmsford last Thursday, Exceeding Power
ran another good race finishing 6th beaten just 3 3/4
lengths in a competitive 15 runner handicap. Unfortunately he got shuffled back down the field with four furlongs to run and when he wanted to make a move he had a wall of horses around him....... With a furlong and a half to run he managed to get out and although running on it was all too late. Sunday 27th November 2016
Weather - 6 degrees at 20:27 hrsEntries for the week ahead.......Exceeding Power
is in a competitive affair at Chelmsford on Thursday - he's in good order at home and ready for his next run - taking 7lb off with Joshua Bryan! Amadiva
is in at Chelmsford too but with over 30 entries she is unlikely to get a run.... such a shame as she looks fantastic and ready to show herself off. Counterfeiter
and Norse Castle
are in at Market Rasen on Thursday too but waiting on what the ground will be...... could be frozen! Saturday 26th November 2016
Weather - 6 degrees at 18:41 hrsA pleasing week..... would have prefered two winners but we were delighted with two 3rds..... 20-1 and a 10-1 !
having entries here, there and everywhere due to the wet weather we ended up going to Taunton on Thursday for the good, good to soft ground over a trip (distance further than normal for this horse) a 2m 7f - chase. The distance was possibly going to stretch his stamina but the ground was as near to ideal and we needed to find out if he was to stay further now that he is settling (relaxing) better in his races. Through the race Carobello was marginally in front for the first circuit and then sat a good 2nd for the remaining part of the race until headed for 2nd place two strides from the winning post! The winner had first time blinkers on and won well. We used a little too much petrol in the first half mile with one of the rivals trying to take us on (sitting upsides us - challenging us at each fence) .......this possibly cost us second place! However, he is definitely worth another try over the distance when he was only beaten 6 3/4 lengths in total.
Later on in the day, on Thursday we ran Named Asset
at Chelmsford back over 6 furlongs in an apprentice race for jockeys who had not ridden more than 25 winners. Our jockey, Joshua Bryan had ridden six winners to date. We chose Joshua due to his strong finishes and getting plenty of rides for Andrew Balding and David Elsworth..... need we say anymore! Throughout the race we sat in the front ranks and turning into the home straight we held a handy position in third. In the closing stages of the race (final 100 yds) we started to run on and only missed 2nd by half a length......only beaten one length in total. A good run and well ridden to orders. Note: - Joshua Bryan, another young jockey to keep an eye on!
Well done Zac Baker today who rode a double for Nigel Twiston-Davis at Bangor - for those who don't know Zac started his career with us......Sarah gave him his first winner at the age of 16 on Penric in a point to point and Martin gave him his first winner under rules when he was 20 yrs on Topthorn.Sunday 20th November 2016
Weather - 6 degrees, feeling damp at 16:59 hrsEntries for the week ahead ....... not too much rain please!Carobello
has been entered up for this week at Taunton, Hereford and Towcester but we will not want the ground too soft for him - hoping he gets a run this week after his much improved run at Lingfield where he finished second to a very well handicapped horse.Amadiva
and Named Asset
have entries on the all weather this week. Southwell (Tuesday) for Amadiva - a tough contest for her in a maiden but so few opportunities for her and has been continuously balloted out of races........ hoping the surface will suit her but she must get a good start. Named Asset (Thursday) goes back to Chelmsford having been beaten six lengths two runs back and this week's race will not only be a grade lower, he will be running off a 4lb lighter (handicap) mark - could be interesting if putting his best foot forward! Counterfeiter
has an entry at Doncaster on Friday over hurdles - three furlongs up in distance and 1lb lower than his encouraging run at Cheltenham - will not run if the ground too testing...... good to soft will be fine.Winter is with us!
Last week - a heavy frost on the 2f circular canter - Amadiva
leads the canter with
Exceeeding Power, Counterfeiter
and Absolutely Frankie following on.Sunday 13th November 2016
Weather - 6 degrees, dry at 18:58 hrsAn interesting week.......
Well done to Counterfeiter
for a very pleasing run at Cheltenham on Friday, finishing 9th of 18 runners in a competitive 0-125 race over hurdles, this being his handicap debut. Jumped well and ridden superbly by Leighton Aspell beaten 18 lengths giving a lot of weight away to the winner. Named Asset
was disappointing at Wolverhampton where he was running over 5f, a trip that was a furlong shorter than his previous run. Unfortunately he was unable to get the lead as he did at Chelmsford and decided he did not want to 'play ball' after getting behind...... beaten 6 lengths.
Another super run from Exceeding Power - 4th
at Chelmsford on Thursday over the mile. Unfortunately he was too far back at the start of his race and did remarkably well to finish as close as he did, only beaten 3 lengths and only a nose off 3rd!!
Blinkers back on helped Carobello - 2nd
at Lingfield on Tuesday over fences......... another good ride - James Best in the saddle. His confidence was not great at Ludlow and we are putting it down to the new fences there but with the blinkers back on this week, his confidence grew at each fence - jockey and horse were enjoying themselves all the way, only to be beaten by a very well handicapped horse who won 5 point to points earlier this year!Sunday 6th November 2016
Weather - 4 degrees and raining at 16:25 hrsEntries for the week.....Carobello
could go to Lingfield on Tuesday providing the ground is not too soft. Exceeding Power
goes to Chelmsford on Thursday and Named Asset
on Friday goes to Wolverhampton who is entered in the 5f and 6f race. Counterfeiter
(4th last time out) also entered for Friday goes to Cheltenham over hurdles which will be his handicap debut - running off 115. The plan that didn't go to plan!Norse Castle
who was having his first run for us and his debut on the grass last week at Nottingham left us with our mouths open when he finished at the back of the field. Although we were not expecting to be in the winners enclosure due to his inexperience, we were hoping to be at least in the first six or seven. The plan last week in the Amateur (mens) 1mile and 2 furlong race was to sit behind, tucked in on the rail and when turning into the home straight, start creeping, making a move up the rail with horses all around him. For his previous trainer, he had taken a strong hold in his three life time races and last week, although he traveled freely for the first furlong, he then settled nicely and was going very well on the rail...... However, turning into the home straight the field decided to track over to the stand side rail leaving us wide open on the wing of the field - our inside rail with company had been taken away from us! (Tracking over to the stand rail normally only happens when the ground is soft but the going was good........ ??) Norse Castle was left in a big wide open space and he looked like he froze on the spot ...... We are hoping that with his inexperience the open space confused him....... He wasn't even blowing at the end of the race and has eaten up everything since the run - A race to put behind us and move on!Sunday 30th October 2016
Weather - 11 degrees very mild and still at 18:39 hrsThat's better!Named Asset
ran an improved race last night at Chelmsford over 6 furlongs..... from draw 3 we had to make use of the inside draw by making the running or at least sitting in the front rank. His jockey, 5lb claiming top apprentice George Wood got him sharply away from the stalls, getting to the front comfortably. As we reached the second furlong two of the opposition joined us upsides, creating a quick pace for the first half of the race. As we turned into the straight with our head in front, George took him to the middle of the track (the quickest part) ....... five horses then joined us upsides, he battled for contention for the next two furlongs - something he has not done before (when he won for us he raced on his own)! He held on to the front ranks until inside the final furlong, until he got tired and was beaten just under six lengths. With only 12 races to his name he is still inexperienced round the bends as most of his racing has been on straights......... lets hope he can improve again for his next outing in November. Well done Team - won the 'Best Turned Out'.Counterfeiter handicap mark of 115....
His form is holding up from his three runs over hurdles and 115 is what we thought he would be given by the handicapper. Carobello left us with out mouths open!
He looked at his best and working well - all the boxes were being ticked but on the day he decided the new fences at Ludlow were not to his liking! It was a very disappointing run, he made one mistake and from then he had the 'handbreak' on .......... Finished 6th of 11 ...... blinkers back on next time! Well done Becca winning the 'Best Turned Out'.Thursday 20th October 2016
Weather - 9 degrees, feeling damp at 06:02 hrsLudlow today with Carobello.....
At long last we are running Carobello today at Ludlow over fences - with unsuitable going (very soft) and a few niggles it has been very frustrating not being able to run him. Today he is on a track that will be fairly quick, funnily enough would have liked a little rain to dampened the going but as long as he is in his comfort zone he will be fine and looking at the positives, he is familiar with Ludlow and has won there with over half a stone more than today! He has a jockey who knows him and has finished 2nd on him at the track. With a clear round we are expecting a bold run. Pleasing run from Counterfeiter.......
With some decent types in our race at Fakenham last Friday, we were very pleased to finish 4th just 4 1/2 lengths behind them. He jumped well although a little close to one or two especially the last which may have cost him 3rd but he will improve with more experience....... after all it's only his fourth run over hurdles and his life time sixth run! He was as fit as we could get him without over doing it at home and he should come on for the run. Now to Cheltenham in a three weeks, a quick track that should suit him. That's better...
An improved run on Monday from Amadiva
with Zac Baker on board (Amateur Race - Windsor 1m 3 furlongs). She has not been racing under official rules for 895 days and had hardly beaten a horse on her previous three runs when racing under another handler. On Monday she actually finished 7th of 11 in a fast run race where the ground was riding faster than it looked. She was way, way out of the handicap but it was a race that was local for the owners and most importantly a race that she could get in, only being rated 37! If she could have had softer ground she may have been much closer to the front end!Disappointing 5th...... at NewcastleFront Five
who had been working well at home made the long journey to Newcastle for a 2 mile flat race on the all weather. With no suitable races for another month we had to take our chance that he would put his best foot forward. With the two front runners out of the race Rab Havlin decided to lead on Front Five as we needed a reasonable gallop. However being in front gave him too many excuses to look at everything that shined along the way with his ears pricking in all directions! When the pace went up a few gears Front Five was a little relunctant to give his all and when the field started to pass him, his head appeared to go higher. To our surprise, thinking he would be tailed off last, he actually plodded on in the final furlong to finish 5th and then passing the finish line Rab had a job to pull him up and carried on half way down the back straight!! Not very tired so more thinking to do here - what next ....... fact finding of course he is a baby but a little more help needed - possible blinkers or visor next time..... Thursday 13th October 2016
Weather - 13 degrees, breezy and feeling damp at 15:50 hrsNow to get going..... not many say that they are looking forward to the Winter!
Looking forward to having some runners...... The horses are well and scopes are all clear of sensitive throats, a minimal but frustrating virus that has affected racehorses throughout the UK and France. Counterfeiter runs tomorrow...... and more entries for the team.Counterfeiter
runs tomorrow at Fakenham in a novice hurdle, a fair contest with some smart types but we are smart too! We are in good order at home, schooled well over the hurdles and ready to run in his third race over hurdles (life time - fifth race). Front Five
is entered for Saturday at Newcastle - a long trip north but with no suitable races in the south we have to travel. Working well at home, still very much a baby but keeps pleasing us as he matures.
Carobello was supposed to run 12 days ago but with Fontwell having 18 mm of rain we had to take him out....... too soft for him on a track that was having its second day of racing - it looked like a mud bath! We are now looking forward to him running next week at his favourite track, Ludlow - should we get any rain here, the ground normally drains well due to the sandy soil texture. Fingers crossed........Amadiva
has a 'flat' entry in an mens amateur's race over 1 mile 3 furlongs on Monday at Windsor. We are hoping she gets a run as only 16 allowed to run of 25 entries - she is unfortunately out of the handicap by 9lb (in racing we say she is 'wrong at the weights') and at the bottom of list but with so few races for her we have to take our chance...... She will be fit and looks fantastic for this time of the year. She has not run under rules since June 2014 (shortly after sold at Ascot Sales and bought by her present owners for £600). What people don't know is that Amadiva has been running for the last two years in ARO races (upper band of the Thoroughbred-only division of the Arab horse races) giving her owners a lot of fun. She was trained for the ARO races by Sarah gaining many places and earlier this year won at Chelmsford over 8f. Fingers crossed for her owners that she gets her run on Monday.....Tuesday 27th September 2016
Weather - 17 degrees, overcast at 15:48 hrsEntries....
Delighted we have positive vibes for Carobello
who will run at Fontwell on the 1st October as long as we have suitable ground. Burnt Cream
was due to run this week but having had a scope which was not 100% we have decided to give her another little break as no ideal races until Christmas and the New Year.
Looking forward to Counterfeiter
and Front Five running in the next two to three weeks. Unfortunately with a few annoying niggles some of our other runners will have to wait for at least another month before they will be ready...... You have to be a patient person in this game - we have the best owners and they will be rewarded in time.Well done team
Sarah was at Chelmsford ARO racing last Sunday with two runners where she had a 2nd with Little Red Nell and an improved run from Amadiva
finishing 5th (beaten a short head for 4th - so close!)Tuesday 6th September 2016
Weather - 21 degrees, humid at 18:15 hrsRunners at the end of September
Looking forward to having some runners at the end of September ...... been frustrating but we have had to be patient with those that have had sore throats (same bug that has hit hundreds of racehorses up and down the country, including France).
Ready for a run at the end of the month, providing they get their ground is Burnt Cream
, Exceeding Power, Carobello, Front Five and Vinnies Girl. Those that have had a summer break are now on the gallops and 'ticking away' nicely.So close 2nd on Sunday 28th August .......
Well done Little Red Nell 2nd for Sarah at the ARO meeting - Hereford ridden by Chloe Swaffield.Saturday 20th August 2016
Weather - 18 degrees, blustery showers at 16:10 hrsNew purchase ...... The Chalfonts quick to add the 3 yr old filly to their string!
The Chalfonts are the proud new owners of Lady Nahema
, 3 yr old filly who was bought recently by Martin at the Goffs Sale, Doncaster. This big striding filly has settled in well and had her first steps on our gallops yesterday. She is by Zoffany who stands at a stud fee of £45,000, "best 3 yr old miler bar Frankel" as quoted by Timeform. Lady Nahema has had seven career runs with four places from 5f to a stiff 7f - she appears to be consistent, honest, and tough.
Lady Nahema on the gallops this morning in front of her new owners
Caught in a heavy shower this morning - Lady NahemaAnnual Summer Party
It was a lovely sunny day last Sunday when we held our annual Owners Hog Roast for about eighty people. We started at 1.30pm and continued well into the evening! A fantastic day all round and wonderful catching up with everyone.
Martin in conversation early on at the Hog Roast
Holly making friends with our new purchase, Lady Nahema
The Bosley Team including Buster taking a pose
The fountain on display for the Hog Roast at Bowstridge Farm
Ex Jockey Mark Bradburne, Gee (Amytage) Bradburne and MartinSaturday 13th August 2016
Weather - 17 degrees, hazy and feeling mild at 07:10 hrsPlaced again at Newbury.....
What another fantastic run from Exceeding Power
- 2nd yesterday at Newbury....... beaten one and three quarter lengths by a well handicapped horse. The winner, patiently ridden came from off the pace to head us in the final ten strides....... it was four lengths back to the 3rd horse! What a wonderful little horse he is for the Chalfonts. Friday 12th August 2016
Weather - 15 degrees, blue sky - looks like its going to be a lovely day at 07:05 hrsGood Luck today
Another competitive race today at Newbury for Exceeding Power
- he looks really well and is in his normal devilish self being..... but loveable too! We have a front runner and this will help us to settle better in the early stages. Luck in running and we will be right there at the finish, again - Good luck Team.Naughty !
Just a little excited about being racing again at Yarmouth yesterday - rearing in the stalls and then tried to open the gates! We think she may have banged her head in the stalls because she was a little flat in the mid race. Her jockey, Martin Harley said that she looked amazing and felt great to the start so run her quick and she will win! Happens to be a race at Bath in 10 days time.... watch this space......Tuesday 9th August 2016
Weather - 19 degrees, breezy with cloud and sun at 12:18 hrsYarmouth for Burnt Cream
Having had a good scope Burnt Cream
is a declared runner for Yarmouth on Thursday. She has a good track record at Yarmouth - winner and second from two runs. It has been a couple of months since her last run but she's in good order at home and looks amazing! Quick ground and waiting tactics are the key.
Exceeding Power could run at Newbury or Newmarket this week..... declare Wednesday.
Well done to Amadiva
2nd and Little Red Nell 4th last Sunday at Hereford in the ARO races - a long day for all but it was great to see Amadiva in good order again.
Good news at Bowstridge - some positive scopes this week, lets hope the sore throat bug stays away now ..... we hear Newmarket and some of the French stables seems to be full of this annoying bug.Saturday 30th July 2016
Weather - 22 degrees, feeling humid, increasing cloud cover at 5:54 hrsNewmarket - good run finished 3rd!
Yesterday, Exceeding Power
ran another superb race to finish 3rd in a competitive field at Newmarket. A messy race again with no early pace..... We traveled almost too well in the early part due to no early pace and another horse sat right on our tail! With the winner and second sat in the front two we had at least five lengths to make up in the final two furlongs........ However Exceeding Power and George Wood were not going to be denied as they went into another gear, closing in on the leaders. Inside the final furlong Exceeding Power went on again, sticking his head out with every stride, snatching third in the final strides. A very exciting finish! What a consistent little horse and the owners are having a wonderful time with him. Well done Exceeding Power and The Chalfonts. Another good result Team Bosley - Well done, the patience keeps paying off.Thursday 28th July 2016
Weather - 20 degrees, overcast and breezy at 12:19 hrs
Exceeding Power - April 2016Off to Newmarket with Exceeding Power tomorrow.....
After a good scope and feeling rather well in himself Exceeding Power has been declared to run tomorrow at Newmarket over a mile. At declaration time there was 12 runners but one has pulled out today having run yesterday. We are drawn11 of 11 runners on the far side on good to firm ground, heavy showers forecast but hopefully the ground will remain good to firm at worse good! Looking forward to his run as he has been in a confident frame of mind - looks strong and well. Good luck Exceeding Power.
We scoped more horses this week and majority are improving, just another easy week and we should be over the sore throat bug! Thursday 21st July 2016
Weather - 19 degrees, hazy with sun trying to come out at 08:55 hrsEarly starts - hot, hot mornings!
With summer finally here, well for the past five days it has been........we are starting at 5am and first lot at 6am to keep the horses out of the extreme heat. Named Asset
who looks fantastic and in good form with himself was planned to run at Yarmouth today but having scoped him Tuesday we found mucus in his throat..... he is now on antibiotics for a week. We have taken bloods from other horses to check that no 'bugs' are spreading through the stables......... so difficult to detect when the horses look so well and performing well at home. There seems to be many horses up and down the country being affected in the same way, the damp and warm weather not helping. It is similar to affects of pollen with 'dirty' or mucusy throats but then a few weeks later all cleared and back winning again! Extreme heat will kill any bugs as does the freezing temperatures in the winter.Thursday 14th July 2016
Weather - 22 degrees, plenty of blue sky, some cloud at 3:55 hrsAre we going to have a decent Summer?
Hoping the ground dries for Named Asset who will have an entry for Yarmouth next week.
We have had some heavy showers here over the past week and this has put a hold on running our horses this week who all need quick ground...... it is supposed to be summer after all!!Friday 8th July 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, overcast at 06:50 hrsNewbury yesterday - 2nd - Exceeding Power gives his owners another thrilling day.Tough and consistent
Newbury is becoming a favourite of Exceeding Power
- placed every run there! Yesterday was another messy race with no pace from the main group up the centre of the course and one horse going off on its own up the stands rail.... at one stage 10 lengths ahead of the main group. At the 3 furlong pole (3 furlongs from the finish) the lead horse still on its own was now some 5 lengths ahead and this is when the field thought they should start making a move but who was going to make the first move...... bear in mind most of the unexposed 3 yr olds had not run over as far as this before (therefore they needed to save petrol), so it had to come from one of the older horses with more experience.... at about two and a half out our jockey George Wood changed his hands (like changing gears) to urge Exceeding Power on and 'took the bull by the horns' to commit to chasing the leader. Gutsy as our boy is he soon gained on the leader and took up the lead over a furlong and a half out..... the pack were closing in on us but still our boy stuck his head in front and then 10 strides from the line the winner just got his head in front but then..... we tried again battling back but the line came too soon - 2nd beaten a neck!!
It has been requested that the finishing post at Newbury be moved - we have had some close finishes there recently !! Great run, disappointing for Exceeding Power that he didn't get his head in front when he had done the hard work for the winner. Ground was possibly on the easy side for us and if they had gone the good gallop that we wanted he would have had his head in front on the line...... Great run - Well done team - Very proud.Tuesday 5th July 2016
Weather - 22 degrees, overcast and breezy at 17:02 hrsReady to go again....
Exceeding Power has been declared for Newbury on Thursday with George Wood taking 7lb off his back again. The ground is drying suitably for us but concerning they are watering already, however we are in the 9:10pm race and providing the sun shines or at least the rain stays away we should get our ground. He is in good order at home and feeling bullish, normally a good sign for him! Very fresh!
We ran Named Asset
at Windsor last night on good to firm ground - amazing how quickly the ground dried over three days, thankfully plenty of sun on Sunday and being an evening meeting with a good breeze we had our favoured ground for Named Asset. He was very excited about going racing again having had 269 days off since his last run, no setbacks just a long holiday due to no ideal races early on in the Spring into Summer. Yesterday whilst down at the start he got a little boisterous, whipped round sharply dropping his jockey on the floor, luckily holding on to him! A little cheeky monkey going in the stalls - just trying his luck but then broke really well away. For the first two furlongs he was quite free but then settled nicely enough to challenge just over two out. Inside the final furlong he got a little tired having used up too much energy in the start! If he can improve off that run he should be back in the winners enclosure - hope your reading this Named Asset!Friday 29th June 2016
Weather - 14 degrees, showers and breezy at 14:06 hrsYet more rain!
Well, looking on the positive side of things at least we didn't get quite as wet this week as last but this weather has put a stop to running our 'quick ground' horses for this week..... very frustrating as the horses are bursting at their seams! Named Asset is entered for Monday 4th at Windsor but that's not looking good as he prefers the quick going .... Patience and time - our ground will come soon! All weather runners.....
Sarah's team have an outing this Friday on the all weather at Chelmsford - she is expecting good runs from both Little Red Nell and Amadiva
, they have worked well and look fantastic.Friday 24th June 2016Wet, Wet and Wetter!
This week has been dreadful with rain every day and then when the rain eased off, out came the horse flies - in force!..... We got soaked to the skin most days and I've lost count how many times we had changes of clothes through the day. Named Asset and Exceeding Power were entered for this week but with ground changing to soft and heavy we had to decline declaring them. Looking positive for the week ahead....
Looking forward to a dry week ahead! Entries for early July - Named Asset, Exceeding Power, Burnt Cream, Carobello, Delaire, and Front Five. Tuned up and ready to go!
Sarah has the 'ARO' horses (Little Red Nell and Amadiva) entered for Chelmsford on 1st July. A field of ten runners over a mile to be ridden by amateur jockeys. Both horses have previously won over the mile and Amadiva is a course and distance winner. Friday 17th June 2016
Weather - 20 degrees, blue sky at 18:43 hrs
ran at Chelmsford yesterday finishing 5th over the staying distance of 2 miles, a handicap race value of £8,000. With the ground being too quick and then too soft we had to go back to Chelmsford where Front Five pulled up last time out, reported by the jockey that Front Five had a breathing problem. Having been vetted and examined thoroughly after his dismal run last time no one could find anything wrong!
We were confident he would run better next time but not confident he would stay the 2 miles. At home he is not the best work horse but that does not mean he is not a good racehorse, some of the best horses don't like to show too much at home but getting them fit is hard work!
Yesterday, instructions were to make plenty of use of him so we sat second whilst the third favourite jumped out and tried to steal a lead of 10 lengths in the first half mile. Timmy Murphy, our jockey, sat at the front of the remaining field keeping the leader in his sights who was setting a good gallop! Turning for home the leader was rapidly starting to come back to the field and we were still traveling well...... two out we hit the front and this was when it all got very exciting but having been a right good gallop throughout, our petrol was possibly starting to run out for us so the final furlong was hard work! Thought we might hang on for third but in the final strides got beat a head for fourth.........lived up to his name Front Five
!! Will strip fitter next time and has eaten up everything since the run.
Monday 13th June 2016
Weather - 15 degrees, heavy showers at 18:08 hrsWell Done Siobhan Carey - great achievement
Siobhan Caret rode in The Macmillan Ride of Their Lives Horserace at York on Saturday finishing a confident 7th on a horse rated 62, only beaten 6 lengths by an 80 rated horse. Siobhan started her 'learning to be a jockey' at the end of December 2015 having never ridden a racehorse on the gallops! The learning was done here on the farm, on her father's horse, retired winning hurdler and chaser, Eljo. Not only did Siobhan have to learn how to ride a racehorse in the six months, she had to raise over £10,000 as well! She completed the race in good style, riding tactically too and actually raised over £20,000. Fantastic achievement - Well done.
Friday 10th June 2016
Weather - 20 degrees, damp having had a light shower at 21:09 hrs
Great run from Exceeding Power at Newbury yesterday
Only beaten a head and a neck in a messy race that ended up being the second fastest race of the day! Another good ride from the new talent George Wood claiming 7lb. Great to see all five owners there at Newbury. Well done Exceeding Power - more to come from him....
Work morning at Chelmsford
A very early start this morning getting all the horses exercised then a busy end of morning traveling down the M25 with horses to work at Chelmsford on the racecourse - the horses went well and in fact all very encouraging.
Exciting day tomorrow for Siobhan Carey
Siobhan has her first charity ride at York in the Macmillian ride of their lives race - the 12 riders have raised over £140, 000 between them. Good luck to all riding and Siobhan 'show them the way'.
Tuesday 7th June 2016
Weather - 24 degrees, a few showers and thunder in the distance at 19:00 hrs
A mile on the turf for Exceeding Power
Exceeding Power is back in action on Thursday at Newbury over the straight mile. This will be his first attempt at a mile on the turf but has shown he gets the mile on the all weather having run two super races (2nd x2) at Chelmsford last winter. Thursday is a hot contest - horses rated from 71 to 85 and he is currently second favourite at 7-1 and rightly so having won last time out at Newmarket in another competitive race. He is in good order at home and providing he gets the extra furlong over the straight mile he should be right there at the finish!
No luck at Bath
Our two runners at Bath last week finished out the back but that does not tell the whole story! Burnt Cream ran well enough, encouraging for her first run in four months. She was drawn on the wing - 9 of 12 which was always going to be tough but she came there to win two furlongs out but with the track being a little on the good side (wants it like the road) she just flattened out in the final furlong.. Martin Harley said that he was pleased and just needs it firmer! She will strip fitter too for the run. Delaire didnt break from the stalls as sharply as expected and then found trouble most of the way, traveled well 3 furlongs out, on the climb up the hill but then started hanging to the rail.... his young jockey, George Wood then found it difficult to keep him straight. He has come back home fine and we are still investing why he was hanging on to the rail..... this is something he has done in the past on the track with his previous trainer but he doesn't show this at home.
Thursday 2nd June 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, overcast and windy at 16:00 hrs
Bath with two runners
Burnt Cream and Delaire go to Bath tomorrow with Martin Harley riding Burnt Cream (ridden twice, won twice) and Delaire has young talent George Wood taking a very valuable 7lb off his back. Both horses are in good order at home - Burnt Cream will need a lot of luck with the pace going her way as she has an outside draw 9 of 12. Delaire has no weight and if he acts on the track should run very very well.
Monday 30th May 2016
Weather - 15 degrees, breezy and feeling like rain at 19:03 hrs
Fast ground..... finished 5th
Carobello finished a plugging on 5th at Fontwell yesterday. A hot, breezy day with the ground becoming quicker and quicker! Throughout the race he jumped well but the pace was too fast and he became a little detached from four out. From two out he plugged on, very much one paced to gain his 5th position. Now that he is relaxing in his races with no blinkers, it may be time to try him over further - as his breeding suggests.
Sunday 29th May 2016
Weather - 16 degrees, cloudy and breezy at 12:33 hrs
Yesterday Named Asset and Sumeida in action.
Today - we're off to Fontwell - chasing with Carobello
Expecting a good run from Carobello today providing he gets into a consistent rhythm and safe jumping. Although he is lightly raced he does have two wins to his name which is more than you can say from most of his rivals. The drying ground is the only concern - meaning a quicker pace!
Carobello enjoying his rolling in the sand.
Thursday 26th May 2016
Weather - 20 degrees, sunny with barely a breeze at 14:03 hrs
Planned entries for Sunday at Fontwell (Carobello), Friday 3rd June at Bath (Delaire and Burnt Cream).
Saturday 14th May 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, slight breeze feeling cooler at 12:31 hrs
Exceeding Power - WON in good style at Newmarket yesterday - a field of competitive horses rated 67 to 80 with many experienced in-form jockeys on board. We won by a length with nearly a hands and heels ride! At the start of the race we broke well but held up in mid division and always traveling well...... We were almost going too well three furlongs out and George Wood our jockey decided to commit, winding the pace up from over two out. Inside the final furlong we had our head in front and never looked like being headed!
Our jockey yesterday, 7lb claiming jockey, George Wood was able to do the light weight and take a further 7lb off ..........with a few pounds already in hand with our handicap mark we just needed the race run to suit - a good gallop and that's what we got! Wish it was that easy every time!
You probably haven't heard of George Wood yet but you will do by the end of the summer! George Wood has only ridden six winners and from only 40 rides! He gave Exceeding Power a superb ride placing him well throughout the race..... Well done George and Exceeding Power.
Exceeding Power has had his niggles since we bought him but he's tough and honest..... he's an athlete after all and it all takes patience and hard work to get them to the track in winning form - Well done Team Bosley.
Martin has a knack at spotting young talented jockeys such as George Baker (rode his second winner for us), Hayley Turner (rode her third winner for us) and Nico De Boinville (rode as an amateur for us with only a handful of wins behind him).
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Weather - 19 degrees, mild, light rain at 17:11 hrs
Newmarket on Friday
Exceeding Power has been declared to run over 7f under the talented apprentice jockey, George Wood. The race is competitive with 12 runners and we have draw 8. He has no weight to carry being at the lighter end of the handicap and we take a further 7lb off! Our young jockey has already ridden a winner at Newmarket this year ......with his confidence and tactical riding we are hoping for a bold run.
Carobello ran a solid race finishing 5th at Plumpton last week - outpaced over the 2 miles on the quicker ground. Jumped well and his jockey spoke very well of him. It will fall right for him next time.
Monday 2nd May 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, feeling mild and overcast at 10:10 hrs
Carobello has entries penciled in for three meeting up and down the country - depends on the ground (need good or quicker). If Newton Abbot don't put too much water on the track then we could be going there!
Front Five has been ready to go out again but no races for a few more weeks. Exceeding Power and Delaire will be ready in due course.
Saturday 23rd April 2016
Weather - 13 degrees, cold wind and overcast at 18:15 hrs
Topthorn retired .....
Topthorn and Carobello ran at Plumpton yesterday, but no prizes except a 'Best Turned Out' !. On arrival at the track we could not believe what we were seeing, the course being watered..... we had brought two quick ground horses that had been waiting for the drying ground for months....... On the morning of the race the going was given as good ..... perfect for what we required..... however this was not going to be the case!
Topthorn ran in blinkers, a change of head gear from the winning sheepskin pieces - trying something different as he had not been enjoying his racing on his last few runs. He looked more enthusiastic , jumped well and traveled almost too well. As the pace quickened you could see Topthorn was starting to look uncomfortable and started to put the handbrake on, from then on he just galloped at the one pace getting further behind finishing last of the five. This was time to call it a day for the lovely grey 'war horse'. What wonderful fun Topthorn has given us all and to give Zac Baker his first winner under rules you could not ask for a better horse.
Carobello ran in the second race, a competitive affair and what a great jumping display he gave us! A super run from Carobello until 3 out when he got tired on the watered ground over his maximum distance of 2 mile 3 furlongs. Disappointing to see him finish 5th but the ground was just too slow for him, stretching his stamina beyond his capabilities ...... the time of the race being over 20 seconds slower than the standard time.... his jockey thought he would win when he got to the bottom of the hill but stamina ran out! Back on better ground - genuine quick ground he will show his true colours!
Thursday 21st April 2016
Weather - 8 degrees, slight breeze and overcast at 18:01 hrs
Runners at Plumpton tomorrow - Carobello and Topthorn, both chasers.... have been waiting to run for some time now so hoping the rain stays away! Both in good order and expecting bold runs..... Topthorn has been putting on the handbrake in his last few runs so opting for change of headgear - blinkers! He schooled really well in them earlier this week - now needs to get the 'trip' (distance) in them. Good luck Team.
Monday 18th April 2016
Weather - 10 degrees with thick cloud cover at 17:56 hrs
Amadiva wins yesterday over a mile at Chelmsford under a cool ride from Chloe Swaffield. Two of the eleven runners set a good pace and strung the field out by 15 lengths between the first and last. Amadiva who had blinkers on for the first time was sat fourth most of the way until she made her move in the final three furlongs, passing them one by one to stay on and win by two and a half lengths. Well done team.
Friday 15th April 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, heavy showers at 13:06 hrs
Too wet for Carobello!
Carobello was supposed to run at Fontwell today but is now a non-runner due to the ground changing to soft. Unfortunately Fontwell have had too much rain this morning with more forecast through the afternoon.
Front Five - all seems well!
What a disappointment last night with Front Five at Chelmsford in a handicap over 1m 5f ! Poor Front Five pulled up in his race over the distance of 1m 5f..... Initially we thought that he had a bleed from the nose or gone lame but thankfully after a veterinary examination all appeared fine. George Baker, his jockey eased him down in the final two furlongs as he felt something was wrong having heard him choke. The racecourse vets were quick to assist us and immediately examined his heart, watched him trot up and as he arrived back at the racecourse stables he was scoped ........ we could find nothing to explain his choking.
The plan with Front Five was to sit handy using the 'one' draw to our advantage but we ended up jumping out of the stalls last and that's where we stayed. Although Front Five looked like he was going very well in the first mile he was in his best gear, in last, in what was a slowly run race. For a horse that stays 2 miles and only has one gear we were never going to find a 'turn of foot' - quicken from off the pace. Very frustrating for the horse and everyone concerned but there is only one way to look at it - "One of those races you have to put a line through !"
Monday 11th April 2016
Weather - 13 degrees, slight breeze, overcast but dry at the moment at 12:29 hrs
Two entries for this week - Carobello and Front Five. Hoping the ground dries for Carobello but not looking good at the moment with yet more rain forecast. Front Five runs at Chelmsford on Thursday - a competitive race with plenty of pace amongst the runners, that is on paper! Declarations on Tuesday - may look a different story when we see the dec's?
At home the horses are looking well and those that worked on Saturday were very pleasing. Only a couple of horses hanging on to their winter coats but give them another three weeks they will have beautiful summer coats too! Looking forward to plenty of runners in May and onwards.
Sunday 3rd April 2016
Weather - 14 degrees, dry and still at 18:00 hrs
Super run at Newbury from the talented Counterfeiter
What a lovely day at Newbury for the team yesterday with Counterfeiter
finishing 4th with Zac Baker on board. Given a confident and patient ride having been placed in the first three throughout the race until two out when starting to get a little tired. Beaten 20 lengths in what looks a classy contest...... A very pleasing run with more improvement, all being well. All good this morning having eaten every crumb of his dinner and breakfast and physically seems fine. Well done Team, a good result.
Friday 1st April 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, dry with a slight breeze - feeling warmer at 17:30 hrs
Racing tomorrow at Newbury
Off to Newbury we go with the talented Counterfeiter. We are in the first race tomorrow, a novice hurdle taking on some talented and expensive purchases but wherever we go at this time of the year we are going to take on a similar field! This will only be his second run over hurdles and his career fourth run on a racecourse at the age of six..... physical niggles along the way as do most talented horses. He was bought by us, bred and previously trained by Godolphin who highly respected him, having won for Andre Fabre in France then taking him to Meydan in Dubai for a class 1 conditions race whereby he was 12-1 but only to beat a couple of horses.
Now with us he has a change of career and taking to it well. Counterfeiter will need three runs to gain a National Hunt handicap mark. Last time out, his first run for us was his hurdle debut when 4th at Fakenham and the form is working out well with four winners coming from the first five in the race. The contest tomorrow at Newbury is much hotter and if we can firstly, have a safe round and secondly to finish in the middle or higher we will be delighted.
Monday 28th March 2016
Weather - 7 degrees, blustery up to 20 mph winds (earlier at 7am - 50 mph) at 12:00 hrs
Just when we thought the ground was going to dry up, it poured all day yesterday and through the night!
Carobello, who was due to run Sunday at Plumpton was a non runner along with 32 others as the ground had changed from good to 'very' soft going! He is a lovely straight 'legged' moving horse who has to have good or quicker ground........ we had declared 24 hours earlier when the course had given the going as good ground. Hopefully the weather will brighten up for the rest of the week so that we can run Carobello on his prefered ground.
Counterfeiter has entries at various tracks over the next 12 days and providing the ground is not soft or heavier he will run over hurdles.
Sunday 20th March 2016
Weather - 9 degrees, still and dry at 19:01 hrs
Now only running Topthorn
at Taunton on Monday as the ground has changed to good to firm, good in places. There are a few front runners in his race so hoping they don't go a 'mad' gallop...... Zac will ride him mid division tomorrow, saving 'a bit up our sleeve' if they go too quick. Topthorn is looking very well and now off a much lower handicap mark and if he gets a 'breather' (fill his lungs up) in the race he should go very close. Good luck Zac and Topthorn.Double for Zac!
Zac Baker rode a double yesterday at Siddington point to point - Well done Zac - keep up the good work.Tuesday 15th March 2016
Weather - 10 degrees, drying breeze, feeling like Spring at 3:30 hrs
Great racing today at Cheltenham - the speed and stamina combined was amazing ........ some good flat horses would struggle to lay up with the talent seen out today! Runners!
Yippeee! A drying week and its looking positive for runners on Monday - Carobello, Counterfeiter and Topthorn ...... entered for Taunton. Justgiving.com
We would like to say a big THANK YOU
to those who have donated to the Macmillan charity - 'Justgiving.com' re Siobhan Carey competing in the York Charity race in June (see details above). Jockey coming along well - Siobhan Carey - Update....
Well done to Siobhan Carey who is ahead of schedule with her training for the charity race at York - now riding out two lots every day...... riding work on Eljo (retired 4 time winner) who can take a good hold when working! Keep up the great work Siobhan. Wednesday 3rd March 2016
Weather - 5 degrees, windy and feeling cold at 6:12 hrs
Still quiet on the runners front ...... ground still too soft jumping for our team but hoping now Spring has started we can make some entries! Carobello, Topthorn and Counterfeiter are ready to run and are in good order at home. The youngsters are also coming along well - particularly Front Five
On another angle - feels a little like a hospital at the moment with Sumeida having just arrived back from having a 'wind op' and Norse Castle
being castrated today!
Dualagi and 'Pancake' are off to Overbury Stud on Friday to meet the new husband - Delegator. Tuesday 16th February 2016
Weather - 3 degrees, bright sunshine having been a frosty start at 12:30 hrs
Its going to be quiet on the runners front for a few weeks....... horses having a little break whilst the ground dries (been soft or heavy going for many months and our horses have not coped with the testing, unforgiving ground). Those that have been on holiday are now back in and steadily preparing for a spring campaign. The horses are full of beans that have just started back on the gallops and fingers in neck straps are needed at all times! Looking forward to running them in four to six weeks....
We have a new foal 'Pancake' out of Dualagi by Firebreak born on the 9th February 2016. She is a strong, compact bay filly who is very independent! Dualagi's first foal by Tagula is now 3 yrs old - in canter exercise for the last three weeks and going very well. The second foal by Firebreak has been backed and should be ready to start cantering in March. The third foal is currently turned out with companions Alfresco and Franklin lakes (both retired racehorses) - she will be backed in the Autumn.Thursday 11th February 2016
Weather - 3 degrees, frost now gone and the sun is shining at 15:12 hrs
Well we got the pace yesterday for Exceeding Power
but the gallop was ferocious with the field strung out over 20 lengths! For the first three furlongs we were nearer the back than the front and when we did make our move two horses fell upsides us, no hampering but still not pleasant to see! We could not make any impression on the leaders and galloped at one pace to the line beaten 8 lengths by the winner who we beat at Lingfield four runs ago...... Time for Exceeding Power to have a break and freshen up for the summer. He has been such a consistent horse and the owners are having such fun with him.Winner!
Well done to Sarah and Team - Winner of the Maiden last Sunday at Horseheath Point to Point with Pedro King. Saturday 6th February 2016
Weather - 10 degrees, a blustery morning at 2:31hrs
Topthorn is entered for Monday at Fakenham - running off handicap mark 94...... easily a winning mark but ground will be the question mark.....does go on soft but if he cannot get the lead and go his pace there will be stamina doubts..... However he is very well and schooled super this morning. Will need 'luck' to go his way!New horse bought
Martin bought a lovely 3 yr old colt, Norse Castle
at Newmarket Sales last Thursday for our new partnership M.A.S.A. This colt will need castrating as soon as possible and then straight back on the flat over middle distances...... eventually aiming for juvenile hurdles.
A good schooling session this morning and those that worked were very pleasing.
Most of the horses have come back in from their Autumn/Winter holidays and getting ready for their Spring/Summer campaigns. The new horses purchased recently have settled in and they too will be getting ready for the Spring.
Exceeding Power has an entry at Kempton on Wednesday evening - Martin Harley already booked.
Dualagi should foal any day now .......watch this space!Thursday 29th January 2016Messy race!Exceeding Power
finished 6th at Chelmsford last night but was only beaten 2.5 lengths - A very slow run race which ended up being a sprint from 2 out! The race, 7 seconds slower than his previous race was like a warm up canter..... actually half a furlong slower in comparison to his previous races. This was all due to one wanting to make the running and the horse that eventually did make it did not want to be in front! Disappointing for our little horse and his owners but he will come back bouncing from this.
Burnt Cream now on holiday - aiming to run on the turf in the summer. Monday 25th January 2016
Weather - 12 degrees, a bright morning, mild and now clouding over at 1:49 hrs
The weather is playing havoc with nature at the moment - doesn't know whether its coming or going! For the time of the year normal temperatures from 1 degree to a cold -5 last week and then 14 degrees as of yesterday! One minute we are putting layers of rugs on the horses and the next taking it all off and putting light rugs on. The ground is sodden enough and there is more rain on its way this week. At the moment most of the soft ground horses are not even coping with the testing conditions..... such a slog for any horse! All Weather runner
This week we have Exceeding Power
in another Class 4 handicap at Chelmsford on Thursday evening. A competitive race as you would expect and at this stage most of the horses have jockeys booked. We have Luke Morris on board as Martin Harley is on holiday. Tuesday 19th January 2016
Weather - Feeling cold at -1 degrees, frost still lying about from this morning (-3) at 18:25hrs
Although very cold this morning at -3 we still managed to get on the gallops and rode really well.....it sure is a good surface we have here.Topthorn
ran with more encouragement on ground that was very testing - finished 4th. He jumped well under the confident guidance of Zac Baker, who gave him a 'professional' ride - you wouldn't know he is a 7lb claiming amateur! We just need a race where he can dominate for at least a mile on better ground ..... the handicapper is dropping him slowly and it will not be long before he is back in the winners enclosure.Sunday 17th January 2016
Weather - 1 degree, a good covering of snow at 10:24 hrs
Just finished morning stables and what a picturesque morning it is... quite beautiful, not a breath of air and snow covering everything in site.
Looking forward to Topthorn running tomorrow providing racing is on - inspection later on today. He has never run on ground as testing as it will be at Plumpton on Monday however he has performed well on soft in the past. He is so fit and bursting out of his seams to do something so we will give him the chance to see whether he can cope with the conditions!
Burnt Cream and Exceeding Power out again shortly. Thursday 7th January 2016
Weather - 6 degrees, heavy rain at 06:02 hrs2nd again but what another good run!Exceeding Power
has to be one of the most consistent horses running at the moment - 2nd yesterday at Chelmsford in a 0-80 handicap (£12,500) over a mile beaten a length by Loyalty (a winner of 13 races, valued at £99k - previously rated in the 90's up to 101). The race was 2.58 seconds faster than the standard time. Having gone up 2lb for his previous race (2nd) he ran yesterday off his highest mark to date - 75. Since July 2015 he has had one win, five seconds and one third from seven runs - total career is now 3 wins from 17 runs on the all weather. Exceeding Power is going up for his consistency and keeps meeting a good horse who is coming down in the handicap... his turn will come again shortly. Well done Team.Tuesday 5th January 2016
Weather - 7 degrees, drizzle, feeling damp and cold at 20:36 hrs
Looking forward to seeing Exceeding Power run tomorrow at Chelmsford - 1 mile, 0-80 handicap £12,500 with 8 runners. He is in good form with himself at home and on the track ....... although up 2lb for his recent run (second in a 0-80 over 1 mile) he does not know that he has more weight to carry tomorrow! Again its a competitive race but he is in the form of his life and with the booking of Martin Harley he should go close again with luck in running. Sunday 3rd January 2016
Weather - 8 degrees, heavy rain and blustery at 15:55 hrsAn eye catching performance!
A pleasing run from Counterfeiter
4th at Fakenham, his debut over hurdles. There was further easing in the ground since declaring him for the race but it was safe ground and he needed to have the run. The ground most probably caught Counterfeiter out having had 680 days off since he last ran on a racecourse - Meydan in Dubai! This was only his third run of his racing career - he had a professional approach to the job and on better ground will show further ability. A very professional looking ride from Zac Baker.
Exceeding Power and Burnt Cream
have entries this coming week. The Handicapper has reassessed Exceeding Power and given him a rise of 2lb to a rating of 75. Friday 1st January 2016
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