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Saturday 30th December 2017
Weather - 11.6 degrees, mild and dry at 16:22 hrs
Testing ground ahead for Norris Castle......
Norse Castle declared for Uttoxeter tomorrow - heavy ground with surface water so will be very testing ....... fingers crossed for the meeting to be on but maybe in doubt if they have more rain tonight! In form jockey James Best rides him, likes him a lot and knows him well. Sheepskin pieces on Norse Castle to help him to concentrate as he does find it difficult to keep focused.... he's like that child at school who gets bored in a lesson and drifts off dreaming of becoming the next AP McCoy!! Basically Norse Castle will be a better horse in time especially when he goes over fences....
Not running....... will have to wait for better ground!
Too soft/heavy to run Counterfeiter and Absolutely Frankie.
Extremes of weather......
Strange weather at the moment with hard frosts, pouring rain, gale force winds, sleet, snow and then turning warmer (12 degrees) in a matter of 12 hours!
Pointing with Sarah ......
Desert Joe was in action for Sarah at Chaddesley Corbett point to point yesterday. Testing conditions with the ground opening up after every race..... decent field sizes for the conditions with only five or six horses completing in every race. The Mens Open was one of the hottest contests this season and to be only six lengths off the leaders five out, Sarah was over the moon with the 11 year old who was sensibly pulled up after three out (20 lengths off the leaders) without being knocked about and given a confidence building ride by young Joe Anderson, taking 5lb off Desert Joe's back..... great to have this new allowance for jockeys who have not had more than five winners in Point to Points. On better ground Desert Joe will be giving his owners, Mrs Liz Prowting a lot of fun.
Desert Joe pre-race yesterday - beautifully turned out by Emily.
Sunday 24th December 2017
Weather - 9 degrees, dull at 15:30 hrs
Entries for next week are Counterfeiter at Taunton on the 30th December, Norse Castle at Uttoxeter on the 31st December and Champion Chase on the 1st January 2018. All horses are in good order with Norse Castle looking like being placed last time out and if the ground is soft enough we are expecting a bold run. Champion Chase has been recently bought from Kim Bailey's and has shown a good account of himself at home, his form is ok but his Irish pointing form is excellent over the 3 miles. Counterfeiter has not run for a year due to various niggling problems but has been showing good pieces of work and schooled well recently.
Sunday 17th December 2017
Weather - 8 degrees, drizzle at 18:51 hrs
Fresh and well.....
Horses are in good order at home being prepared for runs over the Christmas period and into the New Year.
Exceeding Power and Golly Miss Molly have had relaxing holidays and started back last week in training with a view to running in February.
Snow (4 inches) appeared last weekend but only lasted for a few days.
Saturday 2nd December 2017
Weather - 6 degrees, drizzle at 16:20 hrs
Exciting finish - Olympic Legend a close 2nd......
Having run well 13 days previously at Lingfield over the 1m4f we had to take Olympic Legend to Chelmsford for a 3 year old only 1m 5f race yesterday. With 14 runners, a draw of two, left handed track, plenty of pace and a horse in good form, we were confident of being in the frame. Although Olympic Legend can be fairly keen early on in his races (and that's over a mile) we needed a confident jockey (as we had from Graham Lee last time) who could switch him off and that's just what Rab Havlin did last night. There were a couple of different leaders through the race and the pace was strong but possibly not quite consistently strong enough for us! Turning into the home straight we needed gaps to open up and they did eventually and pace quickened again with the winner, ourselves and the third fighting it out, head to head to the line..... The winner, Mister Chow won by 3/4 length and we, Olympic Legend finished a nose in front of the 3rd Beatisa and the 4th horse was a surprising 11 lengths behind the 3rd!
Olympic Legend in the centre - 10yds from the finish!
Last time out eight of the horses had previous good form with the winner finishing second, we were fourth, the third won last time out, the fourth was third and won previous to that run and the fifth horse was fourth with a win previous to that run......... pretty good form!
Stepping Olympic Legend up in distance recently has been the key although it's been a steady progress building up to this, we have been trying to teach him to settle in his races, at home he has never been the fastest horse .....time and patience looks like it's paying off.
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Weather - 11 degrees, windy and damp at 05:55 hrs
Now for a handicap mark.....
Absolutely Frankie had a clear round yesterday on ground much too testing (sticky - good to soft, soft in places) but it was safe ground and ran a nice race until three out. He will have a handicap mark from next Tuesday (the day we receive new marks from the handicapper) and a future plan discussed with the owners as to where he goes now.
Tuesday 21st November 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, windy at 20:39 hrs
Hurdles at Warwick for Absolutely Frankie..... Wednesday 22nd November
Back to Warwick for Absolutely Frankie for his third life time run over hurdles at the age of eight. He will hopefully (with a clear round) have a handicap mark after this race tomorrow...... Life will be easier for him once he has a handicap mark being able to run with a weight according to his ability and not as tomorrow running off level weights with fancied horses that may be eventually be rated 20 -30lb higher (horses have three runs in novice hurdle races before they are given a handicap mark and are assessed on all three runs to gain a handicap mark).
The ground has been too soft for Frankie on his previous runs and will possibly be the same again tomorrow but with the wind blowing and no rain forecast we may have the best ground he has had to date. His future is chasing but again he needs experience over the smaller obstacles and after tomorrow he will be aimed for the larger fences. He works very well at home and has improved since last season. Mentally he still has plenty to learn but physically he is there.
Sunday 19th November 2017
Weather - 6 degrees, a chilly morning with the sun shining at 12:04 hrs
That's better....... Olympic legend gets closer to the number one spot!
Olympic Legend was 4th yesterday in a competitive 16 runner, class 6 handicap. He is a 3 year old who has shown ability but been a little frustrating at the tail end of his races.
Yesterday we took him another 2 furlongs further by running him over 1m 4f, although untried over this distance we were fairly confident he would stay. The only negative for the race was the draw 16 of 16 runners, widest draw of all ! Due to his terrible draw we decided to use his speed and take him to the front and it nearly worked!
We sat up front with one horse breathing down our neck which didn't really help our jockey, Graham Lee's task ahead...... we needed a blow at some stage through the race (take a breath and fill up the lungs with air) but with another horse sat upsides us Olympic Legend kept running with the choke out. With 2 furlongs to run we were still hard on the bit (traveling well, taking a good hold) and the rest of the field looking like they were in top gear. Turning down the hill into the home straight, Graham kept him balanced and as soon as he was on the level he then changed his hands (a tighter hold of his reins to get another gear) and then 'kicked' for home. Inside the final furlong the fancied horses were closing in on us and in the final 100 yards we went from second to fourth within a few strides.... only beaten 1 3/4 lengths ! Not bad for a horse running with the choke out and still finding a little inside the final furlong. With a stronger gallop and perhaps a little cover (sat behind a leader who goes a good gallop) we may just get our head in front next time! Well done Team... we all thought he would stay.
Friday 17th November 2017
Weather - 4 degrees, temperature dropping rapidly at 20:50 hrs
Two furlongs further for Olympic Legend........
Off to Lingfield tomorrow with Olympic Legend with Graham Lee on board - experience required to settle him over the 1m 4f and if he does settle, he should stay especially with the way he ran on last time over the 1m 2f..... the little horse deserves to be in 'the shout'.
Sunday 5th November 2017
Weather - 7 degrees, low cloud and slight breeze at 16:22 hrs
Too far back......
Same story with Golly Miss Molly at Kempton and Olympic Legend at LIngfield, both ran well in their races but too far back at the latter end of the race to get competitive ....... ran on well in the final furlong! Golly Miss Molly who had been raised 10lb for her two wins for us finished 5th on Wednesday in her highest grade of race to date (class 4) and Olympic Legend looking like he definitely needs further was down a grade - only beaten 3 lengths. Catheadans Fury having her debut also ran at Kempton but ran very wide in the first part of her race having got a fright from one horse giving her a bump ..... Considering how wide she went she did well to beat two horses!
Still trying but age getting the better of her.....
Burnt Cream who is approaching 11 years of age ran well in the first part of her race at Newcastle, traveled easily in behind the pace (she has to be ridden this way) but when she had to stretch into the final gear her 'old bones' got the better of her..... only beat two in the end.
Merrion Row will be having his first run for us having been bought at Doncaster earlier this year. His form is all in Ireland and although some reasonable results he feels like he should act better over the 3 miles and on a flat track. Working well at home ..... definitely needs the tongue strap on and tomorrow will need to get into an even rhythm.
Wednesday 1st November 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, overcast at 12.45hrs
More entries..... And we are running!
Olympic Legend runs at Lingfield on Thursday with tongue strap on and sheepskin pieces - working well at home...... needs to settle and get cover.....lowest grade to date with no weight and talented George Wood on board. Burnt Cream finally gets in a race but all the way to Newcastle - Friday...... track should suit. She's a very happy horse at the moment and if she gets a confident cool ride she will put her best foot forward!
Sunday 29th October 2017
Weather - 11 degrees, slight breeze and overcast at 11:00 hrs
Entries made for Golly Miss Molly and Catheadans Fury at Kempton
Both Golly Miss Molly and Catheadans Fury are in competitive races on Wednesday 1st November. Molly is working well at home and ready for her next outing. Catheadans Fury is having her debut on the flat, over a distance of 7furlongs, a distance that will most probably be her maximum but with limited races for her she needs the experience. Goes well at home and shows plenty of speed.
Thursday 26th October 2017
Weather - 13 degrees, drizzle at 13:04 hrs
Entry made for Norse Castle at Chepstow next Tuesday...
Looking forward to seeing Norse Castle in a handicap, his handicap debut over hurdles. Norse Castle is a big baby who we believe will be a chaser in the future rather than a hurdler but the plan is to win a hurdle race and then put him away for the summer of 2018 and then go chasing in the 2018/19 season.
Sunday 15th October 2017
Weather - 19 degrees, blue sky at 15:50 hrs
Plenty of entries - many horses unable to get a run.....
Many horses up and down the country are unable to get a run at present due to over subscribed races with lack of opportunities for the lower grade horses. We currently have three horses that are in this situation - so few races for them at this time of the year and then when there is a suitable race it is over subscribed by at least thirty - meaning that thirty horses miss out on running every time a race is available for them! This seems to happen every end of season but it doesn't seem to matter whether its on the all weather or the turf...
Our horses are working well and pleasing to the eye. We have entries for next week but unfortunately they are not going to get a run due to races being over subscribed. The week commencing 23rd October looks more promising for runners ..... at this stage - watch this space!
Exceeding Power is enjoying his well deserved holiday out in the pens.
Monday 9th October 2017
Weather - 15 degrees, overcast at 11:08 am
Disappointing run at Lingfield - too far back at the start.....
An outside draw did not help Golly Miss Molly's cause in the 2 mile handicap race at Lingfield last Thursday. Martin Lane was in a difficult position at the start of the race - what does he do, bounce her out of the starting stalls and fall on her nose again (as she did on her previous run) or give her confidence and let her come out of her own accord.... the later was the obvious choice and although she did this well she ended up too wide because of her draw. They only had one option but to switch to the inside rail but in the rear of the field!
Lingfield is a quick track at the finishing end (at the moment) and you have to be sat in the first five or six to get into a placing. Having only done two furlongs we ended up in the worst position at Lingfield, out the back with 25 lengths to make up! Half way through the race Martin Lane tried to make a move down the outside but again ended up too wide so took a pull (rein check) to sit and wait! He then tried to come through the middle of the pack but the gaps were not there, again he had to take a pull, sit and wait! With three furlongs to run the inside became free and down the rail Molly and Martin Lane went but alas too late with the front horses sprinting away from the rest of the field. Molly did well to finish 9th of the 13 runners..... Next time - Kempton if we can get in the race!
Wednesday 4th October 2017
Weather - 13 degrees, windy and overcast at 18:34hrs
Golly Miss Molly to Lingfield tomorrow......
Looking forward to seeing Golly Miss Molly back in action after her stumble at Kempton and unseating her jockey! This is a tough staying handicap race tomorrow, up in grade but then she did win her two races this year in fine style. She is in good form with herself at home and for the time of year looks great in her coat. Will need luck in running ...... the stearing will be done by Martin Lane who knows her very well.
Improved run over hurdles from Norse Castle.... 6th
A long way to go for a novice hurdle for Norse Castle but with limited options (due to running on the flat) and needing soft ground, Bangor was top of the list! Norse Castle was coming back off a holiday - last ran April 2017. He jumped well today, traveled on the bridle and when tiring two out still held his position in the first six of the twelve runners. Now to see what his handicap mark will be before we can plan his route.
Wednesday 27th September 2017
Weather - 16 degrees, raining at 19:24 hrs
Exceeding Power 2nd with the Winner breaking the course record! On Monday Exceeding Powerran in a competitive race over 1m 2f (2 furlongs further than his previous run) at Kempton with George Wood on board. At 14-1 he was worth an each way bet ...... with luck in running.... we had to be in the first four going on the form of his most recent run at Sandown. During the race, the leader set a furious gallop and George was in no hurry to do anything but save energy so we sat upsides the winner (about 8th of 14) and when it was time to switch on the 'turbo' the winner managed to take a smooth passage down the inside rail but we had to side step the field and then drive past the field down the outer! Once we got into our stride down the outer, Exceeding Power started passing more and more horses and with a furlong to go he looked like he might get third or fourth but amazingly picked up again in the final 100 yards to pinch second on the line! The winner won by just over four lengths and looks like a very nice horse...... we have had to stop at the traffic lights, go round a roundabout and then managed to get in the fast lane, so perhaps we could have been at least two lengths closer if we had a clear passage! Well done Exceeding Power and The Chalfonts - What a year, so far!
Exceeding Power in his pen straight after his run at Kempton on Monday evening.
Sunday 24th September 2017
Weather - 17 degrees, overcast at 20:21 hrs
All weather with Exceeding Power tomorrow.... Up a pound for Exceeding Power's fantastic run at Sandown last time out when 2nd in a good dual over the mile at Sandown. With no ideal options on the turf we have decided to have another go at the 1m 2f but at Kempton (win over the 1 mile 2 furlongs was at Lingfield). Appears to be in good order, actually like a 'tiger' - nothing gets in his way..... it's not an ideal draw but again the assistance of George Wood with his 3lb claim is to our advantage.
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Weather - 15 degrees, overcast at 18:10 hrs
Molly stumbles out of the stalls! Poor Golly Miss Molly stumbles as the gates open in her race at Kempton last Friday and looses her jockey, Martin Lane. Thankfully both are fine. Such a shame as she was so well in herself and Martin Lane had traveled all the way from Haydock (one ride for Godolphin) especially to ride her!
Exceeding Power has an entry back at Sandown on Friday...... he's come out of his race well and obviously enjoyed his previous visit to Sandown! This race looks as tough and again a few unexposed 3 year olds.... if they run.
Golly Miss Molly stumbles leaving the stalls!
Thursday 7th September 2017
Weather - 18 degrees, overcast and breezy at 14:49 hrs
Kempton on Friday - 9.20pm with Golly Miss Molly.... Looking forward to seeing Molly back in action having had a small holiday after her two fantastic runs for us - 2 runs and 2 wins! She has gone up 10lb from her first run to second run (58 to 68) for us and she did win very nicely last time over the course and distance of 2 miles........ hoping she can continue her good form. Molly is working very well at home and is in good form with herself - certainly ready for a run! She has her regular pilot Martin Lane on board. Good luck Molly.
Sunday 3rd September 2017
Weather - 15 degrees, overcast with drizzle at 15:44 hrs
What a run, Exceeding Power excels again! We were absolutely 'over the moon' with Exceeding Poweryesterday - 2nd at Sandown in a strong Class 4 handicap with 12 horses, some representing top world class owners. Only beaten 3/4 length in a fighting finish and Exceeding Power kept clawing back the winner in the final furlong. He acted well on the track and given another superb ride from George Wood. Well done Team.
Exceeding Power at Sandown in 2nd (no. 6) at the furlong pole.
Pre-race yesterday in the paddock at Sandown
Friday 1st September 2017
Weather - 19 degrees, overcast at 14:46 hrs
Sandown tomorrow..... Competitive flat racing at Sandown tomorrow and we have Exceeding Power running in the 1m handicap. Not the best draw 9 of 12 but we do have George Wood on board taking 3lb off his back. He is in fine form with a career best last time out at Newbury, off his highest mark of 78.
Chelmsford Disappointment from Lady Nahema although finishing 6th of 12 at Chelmsford yesterday. She possibly did not act on the track and with kick back in her face she did not want to go into the next gear........ the distance was possibly not ideal on the slow track but we had to take advantage of the conditions of the race which don't come along very often hence two divisions of the race. Back to the drawing board ......
Monday 21st August 2017
Weather - 18 degrees, overcast at 15:45 hrs
Superb run at Newbury - 4th...... career highest mark of 78 Well done to Exceeding Power at Newbury who ran in a competitive race (0-80) on soft ground last Friday. He was drawn stand side which pre-race on soft ground was ideal for us. However, only us and one other jumped from the stalls to go down the stands rail with the rest of the field deciding to go down the center of the track but quick thinking Dane O'Neill (our jockey) switched to the main group, all within the first 150 yds of the start..... this may have cost us half a length in the finish but it was the best move to make under the circumstances. Exceeding Power traveled well through the race ......in the finish ultra tough as normal and battled hard in the final furlong... a blanket finish, heads and heads and only half a length off second! Thank you to quick thinking Dane O'Neill.
Exceeding Power does have a quick, returning entry at Yarmouth on Sunday 27th August in a handicap (76-95) over the straight mile. We will see what the handicapper does with him tomorrow and most importantly see how he is by the end of the week.
Golly Miss Molly, Olympic Legend and Catheadan's Fury are preparing to run shortly.
Burnt Cream was disappointing at Yarmouth considering how she was ticking all the right boxes at home but she is 10 years of age and if it is not rattling under foot she can put the handbrake on...... all her wins are on firm ground!
Sunday 13th August 2017
Weather - 17 degrees, sunshine and blue sky at 10:29 hrs
Brighton is like 'Marmite'..... you either love it or hate it! Exceeding Powerran at Brighton last week in a competitive 0-80 over the 7f 211 yds for a pot of £20,000. Drawn on the wing on a down hill track it was going to be tricky but we had the quick ground which was to our advantage especially when everywhere else had soft ground. Unfortunately we ended up too far back in the first part of the race but then gamely running on at the end when it was all too late - beaten just 6 lengths ........ at one point we must have been 15 lengths behind the leaders. Not a track for Exceeding Power, he likes his Newbury's, Newmarket and Salisbury's thank you very much!
Exceeding Power has an entry at Newbury on Friday - ground permitting and most importantly that he is fresh enough to run after his Brighton run.
Burnt Cream has an entry at Yarmouth on Thursday - delighted with her work at home and looks spot on! She must have quick ground to produce her personal best.
Monday 7th August 2017
Weather - 17 degrees, overcast with light rain at 18:12 hrs
Sunshine at our Summer Hog Roast...... How lucky were we with the weather yesterday at our Owners and Staff Summer Hog Roast - a beautiful day for all! A superb and warm atmosphere with delicious food, flowing champagne, wines and beers. During the afternoon a raffle was organised by one of our loyal hard working supporters (Jim) to raise money (£645) for the Injured Jockeys Fund to win a day at Windsor Races for four with dinner, champagne reception and first class viewing. The winner of the raffle, Gilly Harrison was delighted to receive her prize.
A huge THANK YOU to all who made the memorable afternoon one of our best parties since we arrived at Bowstridge Farm.
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Weather - 18 degrees, constant rain at 21:45 hrs
Rain stops play! We have Exceeding Power in some attractive races this week and next but with the heavy rain yesterday and more forecast over the areas we have entries we may have to wait a little while longer as he does prefer the ground to rattle under foot!
Look who got his picture on the front page! Topspec (equine feed company) placed an advert on the front page of the Racing Calendar - the entries for races publication. Exceeding Power winning at Salisbury.
Long absence ..... a fair run. Carobello who has not run under rules since December 2016 finished 5th last week at Worcester in the handicap chase ridden by James Best. Unfortunately he hit the second fence hard and James thinks that cost him 4th place. Time for retirement due to his low rating, unable to get in his races on the ground he needs. He has given a lot of people a great deal of fun. Looking for a loving home for him.
Looks like she stays.... Lady Nahema ran at Yarmouth with George Wood taking the reins in the 1 mile 2 furlong handicap. She ran a satisfactory race, looking good through the first part of the race, still traveling well inside the 3 furlong pole but then one paced in the final furlong, beaten just six lengths. George is positive she will stay further..... she is bred to stay.
Sunday 16th July 2017
Weather - 21 degrees, overcast at 11:36 hrs
'Gutsy Winner' - Exceeding Power yesterday.....
Exceeding Powerwinning 'Best Turned Out' before going on to WIN the 1 mile Class 4 (61-80) Handicap at Salisbury yesterday.
Exceeding Power in exercise on the gallops
Exceeding Power wins again and off his highest handicap mark! With the ground having eased too much for Exceeding Power at Newbury, (last Thursday) we decided to switch him to Salisbury on Saturday for the good, good to firm ground. We had the assistance of talented George Wood taking 3lb off his back in a small field of just 6 runners, two runners having been taken out on the morning of the race and although a small field it was a competitive race with unexposed 3 yr olds from top yards with top owners. We were drawn on the outside, number 8, out on the wing but with a fast early pace George was able to get some cover after the first furlong. It continued to be a good gallop at half way and at this stage Exceeding Power needed some encouragement as he was flat out so George switched him over to the rail to get maximum cover.... the overdrive button was then ignited! From 3 furlongs out we started to make our move to the front and before you could count to three, Exceeding Power glided to the front going away from the field! With half a furlong to go we were starting to get bored but with George's urges he got his head on the line to win by 3/4 length.
Golly Miss Molly 4th in the Charity Race at Ascot with Siobhan Carey on board..... Siobhan Carey had a thrill of a lifetime last Friday when she partnered Golly Miss Molly in the 1 mile Charity Race at Ascot. Siobhan had a great finish upsides the third horse (trained by Richard Hannon) for the final furlong and only just lost third in the final strides - very exciting. Well done Siobhan and Molly. Molly has gone up 10lb for her two recent wins...... a little holiday now and will be aimed for the turf at the end of August.
Golly Miss Molly, Siobhan Carey and Sarah Bosley in the paddock at Ascot (pre-race)
Olympic Legend .... A good run at Newbury for 7 furlongs and looking like a winner but in the final furlong seemed to run out of petrol. Ground was plenty quick enough. Has come back home well and is enjoying jumping in the indoor school.
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Weather - 24 degrees, bright at 20:30 hrs
Back to his winning distance! Olympic Legend goes to Newbury tomorrow for the 8.35pm race over his winning distance of 1m. The 1 mile straight should suit his style of running as long as there is plenty of pace. On a good handicap mark tomorrow and taking a valuable 3lb off his back with Callum Shepherd on board. In good form at home........ could sneak aplace at a good price! Good luck Team.
Thursday 29th June 2017
Weather - 12 degrees, overcast with a breeze at 06:06 hrs
"Winner again and what a Winner - career best!"
Golly Miss Molly - win number two having bought her 55 days ago! What a buy having bought Molly for just £4,000 from Newmarket Sales and 55 days later she has had two runs, two wins for the Carey's and Martin Bosley Racing. This was a more competitive race than last time with a few unexposed individuals and a few with recent good form. Although we had gone up 4lb for our recent win, the draw of 13 was the only negative. However, our Jockey Martin Lane had confidence in Molly and with great handling that outside draw did not matter, he just took his time with the pace of the race being reasonably strong. In the final two furlongs Molly's stamina came into play with Martin taking her to the outer, passing the field from last to first - "like a hot knife through butter"!
Golly Miss Molly (yellow, blue - yellow spots on cap) in the rear with 2 furlongs to run!
Golly Miss Molly goes from last to first!
Too soft for Exceeding Power...... Exceeding Power has not been declared for Newmarket for this Friday due to heavy rain causing the ground to change from good to firm to soft over night with 65 mls of rain! His turn will come in two weeks time - Newbury, Salisbury or Ascot.
Tuesday 27th June 2017
Weather - 20 degrees, overcast with heavy rain forecast at 14:42 hrs
Golly Miss Molly back to Kempton....... Molly is in good form after her win at Kempton (Timeform states "her career best") and we take her back there tomorrow for the 8:40pm race over the same distance of 2 miles. Although up 4lb for her win she did win comfortably last time out with Martin Lane on board. Not an ideal draw of 13 but I am sure Martin Lane can steer her to the best possible seat in the race..... tucked in ideally! Good luck Molly and Team.
Exceeding Power will be in action at Newmarket on Friday...... He has come out of his race at Newbury well and will be suited by the stiff mile at Newmarket. Waiting on jockeys to confirm their availability for Friday. This looks a competitive race on paper but declarations not confirmed until Wednesday. Exceeding Power seems stronger than ever and certainly knows how to run well at Newmarket.
Sunday 18th June 2017
Weather - 20 degrees, sunshine and blue sky at 08:45 hrs
WELL DONE 'MOLLY '- WINNER ON HER DEBUT RUN FOR US........ A wonderful win for the Team at Kempton, one of our local tracks. This was Golly Miss Molly's debut run for us having bought her 41 days previously for just £4,000 from Newmarket Sales. At home she has been ridden mainly by Siobhan Carey, so credit to her for her hard work and TLC. Martin Lane gave her a superbly confident ride having driven himself from Yarmouth to Kempton to ride just her through the evening! She may have one more run back at Kempton over the same distance of 2 miles before she goes to Ascot on the 14th July to run in the Property Race Day Charity Race for Siobhan Carey. Well done Team.
Golly Miss Molly and Martin Lane being led into the Winners Enclosure at Kempton by Sarah Bosley
Consistent Exceeding Power gets our hearts racing again...... 4th Back in the winners enclosure with Exceeding Power at Newbury this week - 4th beaten a nose for 3rd and 1 3/4 lengths by the winner - so close yet again! This was his first run back after a good holiday of four months. He loves Newbury having had five runs there and in the first four every time - he gives us such fun. Thank you Exceeding Power...... keep up the good work and well done Team.
Olympic Legend back out Monday at Windsor..... He has strengthened for his time off and although still plenty to learn having had just eight career runs we are hoping for a good run providing he copes with the quickening ground - his sire certainly did act on it.
Tuesday 13th June 2017
Weather - 18 degrees, sunshine and warm at 20:27 hrs
First run for us - Golly Miss Molly...... Looking forward to Golly Miss Molly running tomorrow evening 9.10pm at Kempton, her debut run for us. She was bought for our Landlords daughter to ride in a Charity Race at Ascot on 14th July and this race is to keep her 'ticking over'. Martin Lane is booked to ride who knows her well and she has the usual headgear on, the blinkers. Golly Miss Molly is in good order and has taken well to her new surroundings. Good luck Team.
Exceeding Power is back in action.... On Thursday Exceeding Power runs in the 3.40pm at Newbury - a competitive class 4 handicap and we are on a mark of 75 after his win at Lingfield. He has been placed 2nd off 76 and should the ground keep drying (with no watering) then this will be in our favour. Good jockey booking of Fran Berry - usual jockeys (George Wood and Tom Marquand) have had to go else where to ride for their bosses. In good order and loves Newbury.
Lady Nahema improving..... Although still bruising in the knee after cutting it in the race at Lingfield she appears happy in herself. This is going to take a little longer to get her back to race fitness. Currently cold hosing and on the walker for exercising the knee. She is enjoying the TLC....... such a good patient.
Thursday 1st June 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, blue sky and feeling warm at 08:13 hrs
Getting there..... Lady Nahema definitely got the trip (distance) at Lingfield over the mile but unfortunately got shuffled back in the early part of the race and ended up a staying on 7th in the final furlong when it was too late. Somewhere in the race she managed to get a nasty cut (gushing blood) on the top of her knee (we think on the bend) so with that in mind she has run well. Having had the knee stapled you can imagine the knee is very sore but she's having first class treatment and loving the TLC! More racing experience needed and a galloping track with conditions to suit - she'll be in that winners enclosure very soon. Tom Marquand was very positive about her attitude and ability.
Monday 29th May 2017
Weather - 17 degrees, drizzle and calm at 18:09 hrs
More suitable distance and going..... Trying the mile with Lady Nahema at Lingfield tomorrow and Tom Marquand on board. If she handles the track she should get the trip this time having failed on very soft ground over the 1m 2f last time......a race to put behind us. She is in good order at home - could not be more pleased with her progress. With 3lb less off her back and 6lb lower when 3rd in a handicap over 6f she is worth a shout tomorrow! Tactics tomorrow - to be ridden up with the pace (in the first five). Good luck Team, fingers are crossed.....
Thursday 18th May 2017
Weather - 11 degrees, drizzle and calm at 20:22 hrs
We certainly have the rain we wanted! I think we may have over done the rain dance that was needed for last week! We have Lady Nahema having her debut run for us tomorrow in a 0-20 wins for jockeys - Apprentice Race at Newbury where the ground is going to be soft! Tomorrow will be her 8th career run, the distance is 10 furlongs, (so few options over the mile) nearly 3 furlongs further than she has tried previously. We believe she will stay the extra furlongs but she has to get through the ground too and although we don't think the ground will be a problem, it's just going to stretch her stamina. She is in super form with herself and with young Molly King on board taking 5lb off her back, we are hoping for a place in the first six.
Sunday 14th May 2017
Weather - 13 degrees, blue sky at 20:34 hrs
Brighton tomorrow....... Pearly Prince has been declared to run at Brighton tomorrow in a race with Hector Crouch back on board taking 3lb off his back. With only one run on the turf we are not certain he will act at Brighton, it's a little like 'marmite', they either love it or hate it but there are not many opportunities like his race tomorrow with a small field. Fairly certain he would not want too much rain, as he's a good actioned horse but hopefully the sun will soak up what rain we do have today and tomorrow! Sheepskins on for first time too - to keep him focused. Good luck Pearly Prince. Pearly Prince pre race at Lingfield - 11 days ago
Non runner at Nottingham.... We took Lady Nahema out of her race at Nottingham yesterday due to the ground - fairly quick times for what they were calling 'softening' ground!. She is now entered for Newbury on Friday.
Sunday 7th May 2017
Weather - 19 degrees, bright sunshine with a strong breeze at 16:19hrs
Please can we have some rain...... Lady Nahema needs some rain for Nottingham at the end of the week. This will be her debut for us, having been bought at Doncaster Sales last August. She has grown through the Autumn and Winter and from what we have seen from her runs last year we feel that she will need the step up in distance to a mile.
Golly Miss Molly bought at Newmarket Sales. A lovely looking, middle distance mare by Exceed and Excel out of a Royal Applause mare who cost £55,000 as a yearling was bought by us for £4,000 for her new owner and jockey Siobhan Carey. Golly Miss Molly has won 3 and has been placed in 10 of her 37 races. Siobhan and Golly Miss Molly will compete at Ascot in July in a very worth while Charity Race that will be run over a (stiff) mile.
No pace for Pearly Prince and beaten just 2 3/4lengths! Last Thursday Pearly Prince finished a 2 3/4 length 6th in another slow run race! In the early part of the race they crawled and his jockey was having to haul Pearly Prince off the heels of the horse in front of him (the winner) who was sat in third. As the pace of the race started to quicken just over 3 furlongs out, our jockey started working Pearly into the next gear and very quickly found the turbo button! He was then traveling too well (better than the winner who was still just in front of us) and had to take another pull (rein check). In a split second decision our jockey took him wider as he turned into the straight. That split second decision to pull out off the inside rail may have cost us a placing. The winner, who was giving us a good lead, stuck to the inside rail and if we had continued following that horse we may have kept balanced...... At the end of the day we had no decent gallop and we needed a continuous, equally timed pace throughout the race. In the first five furlongs they went steady, a crawling gallop enabling the latter part of the race to turn into a sprint finish and we could not use our turn of foot (acceleration) in the final two furlongs because of the irregular pace created before hand! The sectional timing would be interesting. His time will come soon but we all have to be patient.
Sunday 30th April 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, windy and overcast at 18:40hrs
Looking forward to flat racing at Lingfield on Thursday...... Pearly Prince will be running at Lingfield this week with Silvestre De Sousa on board - his agent was quick to get him back on board having been 2nd on him last year. His debut for us last time out was a superb run and off that run you would have to give him a great chance on Thursday - luck in running of course but with De Sousa you would have to be fairly confident...... no pressure Silvestre! He is in good order at home.... Good luck team.
Probably needs more 'cut' in the ground and aides......... Norse Castle gave a reasonable jumping display at Huntingdon last week however a very patient ride on a horse that needs a lot of help! The positive out of this run is that he now has a handicap mark. Looking forward to Niall Madden getting back on him with sheepskin pieces on.... watch this space!
Thursday 27th April 2017
Weather - 10 degrees, overcast at 12:10 hrs
Norse Castle over hurdles tomorrow..... Norse Castle has been declared to run on Friday at Huntingdon in the Maiden Hurdle with Graham Watters on board. He has not really shown us any proper talent on the course yet but he can just jump at home - has so much scope and loose schooling he is spectacular! A chaser in the future but he has to have his three runs over hurdles first to gain a handicap mark and then needs lots of experience - he's ''daft as a brush" (meaning - childish) ! One day we hope the 'penny will drop' (grows up) as he is a super looking horse with lots of scope. If he can hold his position and have a clear round we are hoping he will finish nearer the front than the rear!
Sunday 23rd April 2017
Weather - 15 degrees, sunny with a breeze at 18:09 hrs
A good work morning yesterday with the horses getting ready for their races in May.
We really could do with some rain in the next couple of weeks for some of our runners; watered ground is false ground and if your have a genuine good ground horse, injuries may occur.
Barrier trials - great idea and all trainers should make use of them...... We had our first runner, Twiglet (Catheadans Fury) in the Barrier trials at Lingfield last week. These trials give young horses the chance to experience the feeling of being at the races or as near to it as possible. For older horses who have had a bad experience, it gives them the chance to gain confidence.
At the trial we asked Adam Kirby to ride our filly who was at Lingfield for Clive Cox. We were delighted that he wanted to ride her as he would give her a first class educational training exercise. Her experience there was walking around the paddock, walk the 'walk way' to the track, canter down the track to the stalls, be loaded by the stalls team and then jump out from the stalls with other horses, work in a bunch and finish the last two furlongs as a race without 'sticks up' (use of stick). She had one little fright as she sat back on the gates but otherwise took it all in her stride and finished the gallop well - very enlightening.
Thank you Gary Witherford for organising the Barrier Trials.
Twiglet being gently encouraged into the stalls with Adam Kirby on board
Twiglet jumping out of the stalls - near side with Adam Kirby
Saturday 15th April 2017
Weather - 16 degrees, sunny with a breeze at 15:58 hrs
An odd race with a slow time.... We were expecting a 'right good' gallop at Kempton for Pocket Warrior and so were our rivals except the winner! From the stalls we sat in mid-division on the rail, settled and traveling nicely with the pace being moderate..... The winner made the running, setting the pace; setting the race up for herself (5f winner and first time over 6f) ! From 4f out the pace started to quicken but the winner had already gone gaining at least 2 lengths from the second horse......at this stage of the race we needed to find another gear or 'turn of foot' but we were now flat out and could only stay on at the one pace - not finding and not stopping! Our position in the race did not alter from turning into the straight all the way to the finish.... we were beaten 4 lengths by the second horse with the winner 2 3/4 lengths in front of the second horse! You could say that the race ended up being a slow 5f race! During March and April there there were no races for Pocket over the 7f but in May we have choices on the turf which is most probably the way forward.
Good to see Exceeding Power, Catheadans Hope and Olympic Legend back on the gallops having had a break.
The horses seem very happy and worked well this morning ..... looking forward to seeing Lady Nahema, Catheadans Fury, Vinnie's Girl and Pearly Prince out end of April /May.
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Weather 16 degrees, sunny with minimal breeze at 18:21 hrs
Handicap debut for Pocket Warrior.... Off to Kempton tomorrow with Pocket Warrior who ran a super race last time out (beaten 4 lengths into 6th of 12) with the 4th horse being an easy winner last week. Tomorrow we are taking 5lb off with George Wood's useful claim and we have a good draw of two. We will need a good gallop from the pace setters and providing he settles early on in the race he should be thereabouts on the line........ Most importantly we will not be giving away a stone and a half to his rivals as we have been doing in the maiden races!
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, sun shining through the clouds at 16:20 hrs
Norse Castle debut completed at Stratford..... With the change in the weather, Norse Castle managed to get a run yesterday at Stratford over hurdles on good ground, completing the course with other youngsters. We were the most inexperienced race horse taking to the hurdles and his 'greeness' showed at a few of the hurdles but on the whole jumped well. His jockey James Best thought his attitude was good and although beaten a long way it was through no fault of the horse as the race split into two with no pace and no one able to lead and carry us into the front bunch. He did take a strong hold to the start but then looked over relaxed through the race - fright probably! He will run again soon and hopefully gain a more prominent position.
Young horses - Lady Nahema and Cathedan's Fury working well at home and will hopefully be on the track in April/May. The older horses Exceeding Power, Cathedan's Hope, Burnt Cream only just coming back from breaks will be aimed for May/June.
Sunday 26th March 2017
Weather - 10 degrees, cloudy and windy at 20:11 hrs
Looking like a winner.... Pearly Prince ran a super race yesterday at Lingfield finishing 5th - 289 days since his last run with his previous trainer and this was his debut for us over a trip further than he has tried before. Only beaten 1 length, a short head and a short head. Unfortunately, the gaps in the final furlong kept closing hence a fast finishing 5th! Thursday 24th March 2017
Weather - 14 degrees, sunny with strong breeze at 15:43 hrs
Debut for us - Pearly Prince... Pearly Prince is having his debut for us tomorrow at Lingfield. This lovely kind Cockney Rebel horse is not straight forward - wears a hood and has a blanket in the stalls..... slow away from the stalls last run when trained by Mr Hedger. Horses by Cockney Rebel do have a reputation of being tricky! We have had a few niggles with him but he's now eating well and with patience has settled into his routine. What he will do tomorrow at Lingfield is totally up to him - plenty of ability already shown, he is fit and looks great. Our regular Jockeys are booked at Wolverhampton tomorrow so using Hector Crouch - a new jockey for us.
Not a surprise Pocket Warrior ran well..... He may have finished 6th but was only beaten 4 lengths at 80-1 in what looks a fair maiden at Kempton earlier this week. A pleasing run and will go on from this. He can now go handicapping...... some difference that will be - will not be giving the opposition a stone and a half as he has done to date (due to being the older horse) !
Improving... Absolutely Frankie finished 4th over hurdles at Warwick this week on ground heavier than heavy - some would call it bottomless ! He is such a baby and although his jumping improved again he still looks everywhere but ahead - this racing business is all too scary for him at the moment but then you cant blame him on that ground! Possibly needing sheepskin pieces to help the guidance in due course. Will have another run in a similar type of race and then he will have a handicap mark..... hopefully have better ground by then too - his ability should start to shine through by then - watch this space! Well done to Emily for winning the Best Turned Out with Absolutely Frankie.
Saturday 18th March 2017
Weather - 13 degrees, overcast and drizzle at 13:19 hrs
Entries for the week ahead..... One more maiden for Pocket Warrior at Kempton on Monday and then we have a handicap mark. He is in good form with himself at home and looks fantastic. The distance of 6f is on the short side for him but we have so few options at this stage of the year. Up against the 'big boys' but he will not disgrace himself.
Absolutely Frankie is entered for Warwick on Wednesday having his second career run over hurdles - very much a big baby, not only physically but mentally. Jumping should improve again and has experience at the track having had his debut flat race there at the end of December 2016. Zac Baker will be taking 7lb off his back.
Norse Castle goes to Stratford for his debut over hurdles on Saturday. Lovely big 4 yr old who will need a few runs for the 'penny to drop' - although has had a few runs on the flat it does seem to take time for him to concentrate on the job..... Note: he can just jump and once he has gained the experience over hurdles, fences will be the making of him when the time comes.
Tuesday 7th March 2017
Weather - 11 degree's, sunny with cloud at 15:55 hrs Fine big horses in action and taking it all in their stride..... The youngsters have been in action this week with Pocket Warrior running at Lingfield over 6f with Tom Marquand on board. We had the worst draw, 9 of 9 and a betting price of 80-1 but he ran much better than his betting price suggested - finished 6th beaten six lengths. Taking everything into consideration ........ this was only his second career run on the flat so no experience, giving at least 21 lb away to the rest of the field because he is an older horse and an outside draw! A fine big horse who has one more run and then he has a handicap mark...... will be running with his own class then off a lesser weight.
Hurdles debut...... Absolutely Frankie was our other youngster running but over the 'sticks' at Huntingdon with James Best on board .........this was his hurdles debut. Again he was the least experienced with most in his race having won on the flat off good handicap marks (80's). He jumped the first well but then nearly unseated James at the second loosing a lot of ground (distance) and after ran in snatches. However, turning into the home straight he started to run on with his ears pricked forward ..... but it was all too late. Beaten a fair way but it was very testing ground....... we only wanted a clear round and we got it! He will learn a lot from the run and we were pleased with his attitude, jumped a little big on a few occasions but then he is entitled to do so! He will make a nice chaser for next season but he will have two more runs at least to get his handicap mark.
Absolutely Frankie - debut over hurdles at Huntingdon with James Best
Pocket Warrior at Lingfield on 4th March pre-race
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Weather - 7 degree's, strong gales at 15:33 hrs
What a morning - 65 mph winds causing havoc! We were supposed to be running Norse Castle and Absolutely Frankie (hurdle debut) at Huntingdon today but with the strong winds we had to think of everyone's safety and made the decision not to run. When making inquiries this morning regarding the weather at Huntingdon the management there told us that they could see no problems as the rough weather had already passed by...... later that morning racing at Huntingdon was cancelled due to high winds!! This afternoon one of the large chestnut trees in the back paddock broke in half, right across the truck..... currently checking the tree ssituation on the way to the gallops as I am writing.
Norse Castle and Absolutely Frankie will hopefully get their debut chance over hurdles at Huntingdon in a fortnight.
Pocket Warrior is having his debut Flat run on the all weather on Saturday at Lingfield. A huge horse with a big stride out of winning mare Navene that we trained back in 2010. Expecting a bold run ..... hoping he settles better than his dam (been nursed at home and settles well) ... distance should suit well but draw not ideal. George Baker will be taking the reins - confident ride behind the leaders will be perfect.
Olympic Legend 5th at Wolverhampton Everything went wrong on Monday - awful wide draw with a mad dash from the field to get a good position. We have ended up wide and flat out..... when we did get to the front in 2nd we held our position until the last 200 yards and then gradually faded. A run to put behind us.... he is better than he showed...... I do remember a similar run from Exceeding Power there about three years ago when he was a three year old too! As you can imagine Wolverhampton is not our favourite track - however we have had plenty of seconds but not enough wins!
Friday 17th February 2017
Weather - 10 degree's, sunshine and slight breeze at 10:55 hrs
Winner, Winner, Winnner....... Exceeding Power again! What a tough little horse, sticking his head out in the final strides yesterday at Lingfield with Tom Marquand on board. Down in grade to a class 5, over the 1m 2f, a distance he has only had two previous tries when finishing a close 3rd and a good 4th in class 4 races. He wanted that win yesterday..... Exceeding Power tracked the leaders, went 2nd at half way and again 4f out and then ridden to lead 2f out looking very comfortable. From just over 1f out we were hard pressed by the second horse ridden by the strong Adam Kirby but we kept finding under the also strong Tom Marquand and in the final strides held on by a good 'head'. Bought by Martin Bosley for The Chalftonts who are having such fun.... Exceeding Power has now won twice over 6f, twice over 7f and once over 1m2f - now to win over the mile this summer! Next on the agenda, having been on the 'go' through the winter is a holiday to prepare for a summer campaign.
Tom Marquand, Exceeding Power, Sarah Bosley, Jan Williams, Fran Hazeldine and Martin Bosley in the Winners Enclosure at Lingfield yesterday
Monday 13th February 2017
Weather - 4 degree's, windy and sunny at 14:41 hrs
Wonderful news ...... Dualagi (our 8x winner) gave birth to a strong bay colt foal by Delegator at 03:45 hrs this morning. Both mother and foal are doing well.
Friday 10th February 2017
Weather - 1 degree, snow flurries at 15:50 hrs
Much better... Good run yesterday from Olympic Legend 5th, only beaten 2 3/4 lengths in a muddling race - no regular pace! The plan was to sit second but somehow we got shuffled back and then turning in got boxed in, switched and switched back again and then no run - all too late! A eye catching run for a 50-1 shot.
Thursday 9th February 2017
Weather - 0 degrees, dry and still at 06:10 hrs
Lingfield today...... We have a competitive race today at Lingfield for Olympic Legend on a sharp track which is possibly not ideal but there is not much out there for him until the turf starts next month. Hoping we get more pace today than his previous run. Will strip fitter today, down 2lb from last time out when only beaten 4 lengths.... should be a couple of lengths closer...... looks great and feeling well in himself. Still learning about him having only arrived a few months ago.
Drawn 10 of 10 runners!! Last night we ran Burnt Cream at Kempton over 5f with Tom Marquand on board - her regular pilot Rab Havlin is currently abroad. This was her first run in 6 months - had a break and then no suitable races. We could not believe our luck when we saw she was drawn 10 of 10...... impossible task over 5f on a bend! Anyway she needed a run to get a good blow into her and Kempton is close. She ended up only beating one ... but only beaten just over 4 lengths.... that was having stood up in the stalls as the gates were opening, dwelt as she jumped out, dropped in from widest draw and held up, never able to get on terms but closing in on the field in the final furlong. With everything having gone wrong she was most probably a little rusty having not run for 6 months. She has that first run under her belt now! She looked fantastic and is in good order...... may just want the 6 furlongs now.... Lets hope the handicapper does not drop her too much or we will struggle to get in a race.
Sunday 29th January 2017
Weather - 7 degrees, raining and barely a breeze at 17:00 hrs
Horses working well...... Olympic Legend, Exceeding Power, Norse Castle and Burnt Cream are being prepared for their next outings, week commencing 6th February - all are in good order. Those that have been having a holiday are back in work and those that have had medical issues are now in light work and going the right way.
Olympic Legend 4th on his debut for us at Lingfield earlier this month
Dualagi is due to foal in February, second week planned..... she's looking very big and heavy, probably hoping she could get on with it!
Absolutely Frankie has been schooling well and looking forward to running him in due course - waiting on going improvement as currently soft or heavy!
Burnt Cream in the pen relaxing having worked well on the gallops earlier in day
Friday 20th January 2017
Weather - 0 degrees, dry and frosty with a clear sky at 18:16 hrs
Good run from Exceeding Power...... 4th Up in grade to a 71 -85 handicap at Chelmsford over the 1m 2f with Exceeding Power. This was only his second run over the distance having finished 3rd on his previous run on a sharper track (Lingfield). Yesterday, the pace was strong and due to our draw we had to sit wide keeping out of the kick-back. Entering the final furlong we managed to sit in front but in the final furlong stamina cut out and in the last strides got caught for 3rd finishing 4th only beaten 4 lengths. The times throughout the evening were getting slower which would not have helped our cause of getting the final furlong!
Exceeding Power info/stats.... 29 starts - Winning £22,700 - Wins x 2, Second x 7, Third x 6 and Fourth x 5 for Martin Bosley Racing During his career to date he has won or been placed over 5f to 1m 2f . We bought him as a 3 yr old from Michael Bell at the Newmarket Sales for £18,000 having had eight runs as a 2 yr old.
Exceeding Power - center in red in the final furlong
Olympic Legend - a fair run after a four month holiday... 4th Last Wednesday we were at Lingfield on the flat with Olympic Legend having his debut for us as a 3 year old previously trained in Ireland as a 2 year old. Although he only finished 4th of four runners he was looking very encouraging turning in but with no decent gallop to suit us and a sprint finish in the home straight he got caught out in the final furlong - only beaten 4 1/2 lengths..... a fair run in a competitive race after a four month holiday.
Also at Lingfield we ran Norse Castle - unplaced having made most of the running til the final two furlongs. A disappointing run, still looking around at everything but the positive to take out of the race is that he settled much better...... has always been too free. He did not blow much after the race, hinting he did not try very hard, it was over a distance further than tried before - 1m 5f. He will now go hurdling having gained more race experience. Sunday 15th January 2017
Weather - 6 degrees, wet and breezy at 16:22 hrs
Entries for the coming week see below
Racing abandoned at Chelmsford ......... Snow! What a shame that racing was abandoned last Thursday due to snow! Health and safety had to come first and forced the officials to cancel the evening..... The snow came down very quickly, about half an hour before the first race and settled very quickly..... so quick the officials and racecourse staff were looking puzzled as what to do next! Our Owners enjoyed their little stay with complimentary soup, teas and coffees and then made their way home. Exceeding Power was very puzzled having arrived at the races and then after a couple of hours to be loaded back on to the lorry for the journey back home! Very frustrating but safety had to come first.
Lorry park at Chelmsford last Thursday - the first 20 mins of snow
Re entered ...... Exceeding Power at Chelmsford for this coming week Hoping to get another run into Exceeding Power at Chelmsford over the 1m 2f distance - hopefully no snow this time! A competitive race with some inform horses including us of course..... Tom Marquand back on board.
More entries for this coming week.... Norse Castle and Olympic Legend go to Lingfield on the all weather on Wednesday. Both horses have little race experience but have talent in their own grades. Norse Castle was only beaten 4 1/2 lengths last time out and this time should be even closer to the line! Olympic Legend won a competitive 18 runners Nursery Handicap last time out incurring a decent handicap mark of 76 in Ireland...... running off 73 here in the UK. He will be having his debut for us having bought him from Tommy Stack at the Newmarket Sales in October 2016. Expecting good runs from both and still plenty to learn from both.
Wednesday 11th January 2017
Weather - 4 degrees, dry and breezy at 18:21 hrs
Back to Chelmsford with Exceeding Power..... Tomorrow we are back at Chelmsford with Exceeding Power but over the 1m 2f, same distance as his previous run where he finished an unlucky 3rd only beaten a short head and a half length. We would not normally run him this quick after his last run but he is in good order at home. Lets hope the snow does not hinder his chances! Good luck Exceeding Power.
Thursday 5th January 2017
Weather - 0 degrees, blue sky, sun shining but cold at 10:45 hrs
So close Exceeding Power - 3rd at 16-1 ! We were at Lingfield yesterday (71 - 85 handicap) on the flat with Exceeding Power trying the 1 mile 2 furlongs for the first time having been running well over the 7 furlongs (winner at Newmarket) and 1 mile (2nd x3) on the turf and the all weather throughout 2016.
We had been wanting to try him over the extended distance for a while but not found a suitable race up until yesterday. With a draw 7 of 8 runners we were not so confident of him getting cover (needs to settle) but then we did have a confident jockey in Tom Marquand who took him easily over to the rail inside the first furlong. We traveled comfortably and crept into a handy position turning down the hill. Turning into the home straight the winner had kicked for home and as we started to make our move the second placed horse, the favourite hampered us, side on and within the next strides the fourth placed horse (who had made the running and was going backwards) bumped us from the other side! However the tough little Exceeding Power fought back trying to get alongside the winner only to find the gap on the rail tightening in the final strides - beaten a short head and half a length ..... there was a stewards enquiry but placings remained unaltered - you could say that we were very unfortunate! We now know he definitely gets the distance but it looks like he may have to go for the mile again as so few opportunities for him over the 1m 2 furlongs right up to March!
Exceeding Power going into the stalls yesterday at Lingfield to finish 3rd
Pouring rain at Fakenham....... Counterfeiter 4th It didn't stop raining all day at Fakenham last Sunday and poor Counterfeiter who came home in 4th over hurdles was plastered in mud from top to toe! Although finished 4th he was beaten a long way in a 0-125..... we were disappointed with the run as he was traveling well until he made a mistake at the seventh hurdle and from then he just went through the motions not really wanting to go into another gear. The ground was tiring for many horses that day and he possibly found it too soft but he did look like he was acting on it well until he made a mistake. In the meantime we will do a few investigations to find out what went wrong.
Debut for Absolutely Frankie went well.... Absolutely Frankie came to us in August 2016 as a 6 yr old home bred, straight from the field having had no race experience. Its taken a few months of preparation getting him fit and confident, galloping upsides other horses. Over the last months of 2016 we had various trips away to other gallops for the experience and with the clock ticking and not many suitable NH races for him we entered him up for Warwick for the 31st December 2016. He had to run before the end of the year due to being too old - 7 yr olds are not eligible to run in NH Flat races. NH Flat races are a good education for young horses before they run over hurdles, however, these days NH Flat races are so competitive and are more like a normal flat races so for this big old fashioned lad we were not expecting anything....... Zac Baker gave him a positive ride, kept him up to his work, held his position for as long as he was able and in the final two furlongs kept on at the one pace to finish 12th of 17 - not beaten too far - we were delighted. It was a competitive affair with some expensive purchases, some of which had already won or been placed in previous races. Now hurdles and eventually fences for Absolutely Frankie which will be his game!
Absolutely Frankie in red and yellow cap Sitting handy in a big field of runners with a circuit to run
Sunday 1st January 2017
Weather - 5 degrees overcast and drizzling at 12:20 hrs
Good Luck Counterfeiter Today we are in action at Fakenham in a £10,000 handicap hurdle race. The ground will be softening all morning and providing we act on the going (has form on easing ground but this will be the softest he has encountered). Always hopeful of a good run from Counterfeiter- a talented horse but has more than his fair share of niggles - confidence should shine today if he gets the distance on the softening ground....