AUGUST 2017

 

 

Thursday 31 August 2017

There’s one result today, from Sedgefield:

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (5 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

14:35 Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Thirsk:

17:10 Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Hollie Doyle/EPDS Racing) – Apprentice Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards]

It’s the first day of the meteorological autumn tomorrow ... how depressing; but at least there are still three weeks to go until the actual autumn commences.  I don’t like autumn; it’s my least favourite season of the year.  But at least National Hunt racing will be cranking up a gear in the coming months, so that’s something to look forward to. 

Wednesday 30 August 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Worcester:

Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Meanwhile, at Bellewstown in Ireland, Miles To Memphis finished 4th in a Handicap race, over 1 mile 3 furlongs & 168 yards (15 ran).

 

There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Sedgefield:

17:30 Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

It wasn’t a successful day at the Goffs UK sale for Apple Tree Stud, as their filly remained unsold at £24,000.  However, it’s always possible she will be sold privately.

 

I decided to take a look at Apple Tree Stud’s current horses in training and have found two additional ones, which I’ve now added to my ATR Tracker.  They are a 2-year-old chestnut filly, by Mayson, named Two Weeks; she’s in training with Clive Cox.  The other is a 2-year-old bay colt, by Elusive Quality, named Pacific Fleet; he’s in training with Archie Watson.  Both trainers are based in Lambourn.

 

According to the records, Two Weeks has run once, at Newbury on 18 August and she finished 5th of 10.

Pacific Fleet has run twice, at Redcar on 24 June and York on 28 July, finishing 3rd on both occasions.

Tuesday 29 August 2017

Here are today’s results for my two runners of interest at Newton Abbot:

Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards] (10 ran).

Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Daliance was pulled up before the final flight due to sustaining an injury; he’s been bandaged up and driven back home to Noel’s yard.  EPDS Racing will update their members once there is further news; in the meantime fingers crossed for him.

 

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There are two runners of interest at Worcester tomorrow:

16:35 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

19:35 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Also, Miles To Memphis to due to run in a Handicap race, over 1 mile 3 furlongs & 168 yards, at Bellewstown.

 

The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale is taking place today and tomorrow; Lot 423, which will be offered tomorrow, is a bay filly by Toronado out of Broughtons Charm – the consigner is Apple Tree Stud.

 

Willie Twiston-Davies has resumed work riding and will make up his mind shortly as to whether he will return to being a jockey or retire from the saddle.

 

I’ve booked my flu jab too, for the middle of next month. 

Monday 28 August 2017

There was runner of interest yesterday, at Goodwood:

Her Terms (Clive Cox/Hector Crouch/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [5 furlongs] (13 ran).

She used to be trained by William Haggas but has now transferred to Clive’s yard.

 

There were two runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Cartmel:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (4 ran).

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 107 yards] (7 ran); the horse has recently had his soft palette done again.  This was Jamie’s 7th winner of the season.

 

RUK’s Peter Naughton interviewed Jamie after the race and the trainer’s current plan is maybe a visit to Cheltenham’s Showcase meeting, followed by the Beecher Chase ... and then, possibly, Aintree’s ‘big one’ in April!

 

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Fergus Sweeney) was a non-runner at Chepstow.

 

Tomorrow, there are two runners of interest at Newton Abbot:

16:35 Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards]

17:35 Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Prolific National Hunt sire Presenting has been put to sleep; he was 25.  He was responsible for Denman, Ballabriggs, War Of Attrition, First Lieutenant, Yorkhill and ... Mad Moose!

 

Annacotty has been to Aintree this weekend, to take part in the Retraining of Racehorses (ROR) show which was being held at the venue.  He won his class and took part in the end of show parade too.  It’s only the second time that he’s competed in an ROR class, so that bodes very well for the future.  Also, hopefully, he’ll get an invite to at least one of the racecourse parades which they regularly hold ahead of racing at the major Festivals such as Cheltenham and Aintree.  

 

For the past couple of weeks I’ve been obsessed with updating my website ... so I’m very pleased to report that, apart from the photos taken at the Lambourn Open Day and during my alpaca walking adventure, this is now complete.  I’m hoping, fingers crossed, that these outstanding tasks will be finished by the end of next weekend.  J

Thursday 24 August 2017

Here are today’s results and they include a couple of winners too ... so it’s a multi-coloured blog this evening:

 

Stratford:

Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards] (7 ran); it was Wayne’s 14th winner of the season and Alan King’s 16th NH winner of the season.

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (4 ran); Jamie’s 6th winner of the season.

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 7th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And here is a report from the fixture, with photos, which has appeared in the Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald:

http://www.stratford-herald.com/74918-midnight-cowboy-reigns-supreme-king.html

 

And a photo of Adrrastos returning to the Winners’ Enclosure too:

https://mobile.twitter.com/TMBloodstock/status/900744304444010501/photo/1

 

Fontwell Park:

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards] (5 ran).

I can’t find any runners of interest tomorrow, and my ATR tracker hasn’t reported any either!

The McNeill Family has announced that Grumeti has been retired; he’s 9.  They have found a lovely new home for him, near to where they live, so will be able to see him on a regular basis. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/owners-pay-tribute-as-shock-cesarewitch-winner-grumeti-retired/298134

Enable won the Yorkshire Oaks today, adding the prize to the Cheshire Oaks, the Oaks and the Irish Oaks.

I’m looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend, although I’ve not got special plans for any of the three days.  However, I should be able to make further inroads into my photo selection and uploading ... and the end of this task is definitely in sight!  J  Once that is complete, I’m so looking forward to doing some knitting and maybe jewellery making too before the National Hunt season gets into top gear once again. 

Wednesday 23 August 2017

There are three results to report today, from Worcester:

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (9 ran).

McCools Gold (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran).

 

And runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Stratford:

14:45 Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards]

16:25 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

16:55 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Fontwell Park:

18:20 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards]

The Racing Post has picked up on the news that Yanworth is set to go novice chasing this season, with a debut at Exeter a possibility when the time comes ... it will be a while yet though, as his charge has only recently returned from his summer break!

Tuesday 22 August 2017

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

17:00 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

18:00 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

18:30 McCools Gold (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

I’ve just finished reading Felix Francis’ thriller Refusal, in which he resurrected a character created by his father, namely investigator Sid Halley.  One of the fictional characters, a jockey, lived in Blewbury ... I know where that is! 

 

I enjoy reading his books, but they aren’t quite as ‘page turning’ as those written by his father, Dick.  It’s taken me around 4 days to read the final 30 pages; but I like it when I can’t put a novel down!  

Monday 21 August 2017

 

 

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RIP Neon Wolf

 

 

It was announced that Neon Wolf has been put down following an injury which he sustained in his stable:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/fry-star-neon-wolf-put-down-after-tendon-injury/297722

 

Masterson Holdings Limited don’t seem to be the luckiest of owners ... they owned Balder Succes too. 

 

There was one runner of interest today, at Thirsk:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards] (12 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

Sunday 20 August 2017

There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Thirsk:

15:15 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards]

 

Trainer Jim Goldie has paid tribute to his ‘horse of a lifetime’ following Jack Dexter’s sad demise during a race at Ripon yesterday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/goldie-hails-the-horse-of-a-lifetime-a-showoff-who-loved-causing-havoc/297584

 

Jockey Davy Russell is in trouble, having appeared to strike his mount ahead of a race at Tramore on Friday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/russell-may-face-action-after-appearing-to-strike-horse-in-face/297536

 

I feel like I’ve just experienced the most intensive week of website updates I can remember ... but I’ve probably still got at least six further full days’ work to do before everything is in order once more!  So that’s my Bank Holiday weekend sorted, and the weekend after that and, possibly, the weekend after that too.  I’m looking forward to doing some knitting, and to going to bed before midnight on a regular basis too ...

Saturday 19 August 2017

 

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Many congratulations to Jennie and Choc ...

they are engaged to be married

 

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Choc has announced, via facebook, that Jennie and he are now engaged.  I understand he proposed on 05 August, which I believe is Jennie’s birthday.  Many congratulations to the lovely couple; Jennie is a very lucky lady. 

 

 

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There is one result to report today, from Market Rasen:

Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowdon/Miss Page Fuller) finished 9th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (10 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

It has been announced that Ann Potts, owner along with her husband Alan, of the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John and many other talented horses, has passed away following a long illness.  RIP

 

As usual, I was thinking that it wouldn’t take long to upload a few photos ... but, despite beginning this task at 14:00 and working almost non-stop since then, I don’t seem to have got much done and am already outside my planned schedule.  L 

 

This morning I took time out to trim two conical box trees; they need to be trimmed a couple of times a year, otherwise they’ll completely lose their shape.  This is the first time I’ve done it this year. 

 

I also had to find a number of large pebbles in order to place them on top of the compost in a trough ... a tree-rat ... I mean grey squirrel ... has been digging again and this seems the only way to deter it.  

 

Oh well, it’s back to the grindstone for the remainder of the evening ...

Friday 18 August 2017

Just one result to report today, from Nottingham:

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) finished 11th in the Handicap [1 miles 6 furlongs] (12 ran).

 

And one runner of interest tomorrow, at Market Rasen:

18:30 Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowdon/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] 

 

Following two busy Saturdays, I’ve no plans for this weekend ... apart from slaving over a hot laptop!

Thursday 17 August 2017

There were a number of runners of interest at Fontwell Park today and this is how they fared:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards] (8 ran).

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlongs & 165 yards] (8 ran).

Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards] (7 ran); he won £1,144.80, so I will get a very small share of that!

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (8 ran).

 

Fontwell has laid an all-weather surface on their bottom bend and it was used for the first time today.

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Nottingham:

16:10 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 miles 6 furlongs]; he will wear a first-time visor. 

 

Noel Williams has an exciting new inmate in his yard, a purchase from the Tattersalls Ireland sale:

https://mobile.twitter.com/tatts_ireland/status/898135048012128256/photo/1

Wednesday 16 August 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Newton Abbot:

Fine Jewellery (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up after the second last in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards] (7 ran); he had a tendency to jump to his right, so this left-handed course didn’t really suit. 

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards] (9 ran); Wayne’s 13th winner of the season, and Alan’s 15th National Hunt winner of the season.

 

There are a number of runners of interest at Fontwell Park tomorrow:

13:30 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards]

14:00 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlongs & 165 yards]

15:00 Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards]

16:30 Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] 

 

I’ve had a very productive few days, from a website point of view.  I’ve proofed and uploaded all of my remaining diaries and can now move on to loading their associated photographs.  Presently, I envisage being finished by mid-September at the latest and then I can turn my attention to a number of knitting projects which I have already lined up  ... before the National Hunt season cranks up a gear once more.  J

Tuesday 15 August 2017

National Hunt racing returns tomorrow, after its short summer break, and there are three runners of interest:

 

Newton Abbot:

16:30 Fine Jewellery (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards]

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

17:50 Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

18:20 Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards]

 

With Permian’s sad demise, the Racing Post has published an article looking at fatalities from the stable staff’s point of view:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/the-pain-when-your-horse-doesnt-return-from-the-races/296896

 

I’m annoyed once more, as the Olympus Viewer 3 which the tech guy installed on my laptop on Sunday, has now thrown up a very similar error to the one which occurred with the Master 2 application prior to that.  I just can’t win ... I’m not sure whether to phone the helpline again or to take it into work and ask our Systems Department if they can solve the issues which I am encountering. 

Sunday 13 August 2017

As you can see, I attended another stable visit yesterday; this time to Jamie Snowden’s yard in Lambourn.

 

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Pride of Pemberley

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Pride of Pemberley

 

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Our Reward

 

I’m a little annoyed today, as the application I use to edit my photos (Olympus Master 2) – to either crop or reduce them in size – encountered a run-time error and I can no longer open it.  Fortunately it happened after I’d uploaded yesterday’s photos, so I’ve now copied them onto my ancient and almost obsolete laptop which still runs the application successfully. 

 

Research suggested that it might be difficult to uninstall the program, in order to reinstall with the hope of rectifying the problems.  This being the case, I phoned my support helpline and, as a result, a newer Olympus photograph application was installed successfully ... although, having used it a little, I’m not quite as keen on it as the familiar Olympus Master 2.

 

But, looking on the bright side, I’m due to purchase a new camera this autumn so may not need the application for much longer. 

 

I thought I had more free time this weekend than last, to draft a yard visit diary.  However, having been sidetracked by the athletics coverage yesterday evening and then this afternoon by the aforementioned software issue, I’ve failed to complete it.  Drat! 

 

Both Daliance and Cecilator ran in Jersey today and they finished 3rd in their respective races; Daliance also won the best turned out prize ahead of his race.  Connections are pleased and will return to the island to compete at a future date.  Mattie Bachelor rides at the Les Landes track on a regular basis and was doing so again today. 

 

Jockey Andrew Tinkler married his fiancée Sophie yesterday.

 

Following the recent incident at Yarmouth when the wrong horse competed in a race, purely by accident, it has been announced that horses will be re-scanned to prove their identity before they enter the pre-parade ring.  On ATR this morning, trainer John Berry welcomed the new procedure and admitted that once or twice, the wrong horse has gone to exercise because he’s been so engrossed in checking their shoes, tack and soundness, etc.

 

There was sad news from America yesterday evening; Permian having suffered a fatal injury immediately after the finishing line, having run in the Secretariat Stakes at the Arlington International racecourse.  He won the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.  Jockey William Buick was taken to hospital having fallen from his mount at the time of the accident; reports suggested he was okay, although he has fractured his T12 vertebra.    

 

Trainer Francoise Doumen has announced his retirement, due to ill health.  I understand he gave up training jump horses a while ago, but continued with the flat.  Choc used to ride for him too, and in 2005 won two races for the French trainer at the Cheltenham Festival – the William Hill Trophy Handicap Chase aboard Kelami and the Brit Insurance Novices’ Hurdle aboard Moulin Riche.

Thursday 10 August 2017

There’s just one result to report from yesterday, as Celtic Artisan was a non-runner at Pontefract because there’d been too much rain. 

 

Kempton Park (all-weather):

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/John Fahy/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards] (9 ran); evidently his blindfold was removed late, and he was then slowly away ... although it may not have made too much difference.

EPDS Racing’s Cecilator and Daliance, both trained by Noel Williams, have set off on a trip to Jersey; they are due to run at Les Landes on Sunday.  Daliance has been absent from the track in recent weeks due to an issue with one of his eyes; the remedial drugs have now cleared his system and connections are hopeful there will be no reoccurrence of this problem which also required two sessions of laser treatment.

Goffs UK held a horses in training (HIT) sale on Tuesday and one of the lots offered was Apple Tree Stud’s Tyrell.  As a result he was sold to Craig Buckingham for £24,000 and will be sent to trainer Micky Hammond. 

The Stud seems to have fallen totally out of love with National Hunt racing.  I realise that there’s little money in jumps racing and their aim is to breed very high quality flat-racing horses, but you would think they might keep one or two jumpers just from a sporting point of view! 

 

Four of the ‘celebrities’ competing in this season’s Strictly Come Dancing have now been revealed ... and, as often seems to be the case these days, only one is familiar; namely Ruth Langford. 

 

The other three are Mollie King, who is a member of the Saturdays.  Also Gemma Atkinson who is an actress and radio host, she’s appeared in Casualty, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks ... no wonder I have no idea who she is!  And, finally, Davood Ghadami, who has featured in Eastenders; I don’t waste my time watching soap operas so his identity is a mystery too.  

 

Oh well, let’s hope the next ones to be announced are less obscure.  

Tuesday 08 August 2017

National Hunt racing is taking its brief summer break, returning next week on Wednesday 16 August.

 

However, there are two runners of interest tomorrow, on the flat:

 

Pontefract:

15:10 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Neil Farley/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile & 6 yards]

 

Kempton Park (all-weather):

20:35 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/John Fahy/ex-Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards]

The BHA is to introduce changes to the novice chase programme this season:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/bha-announces-raft-of-fresh-changes-to-novice-chase-programme/296193

Sunday 06 August 2017

I went on a visit yesterday morning, to Noel Williams’ yard in Blewbury. And here are a number of my favourite photos.  I’ve also completed the draft of my diary regarding this trip. J

Daliance schooling over a hurdle

Kincora Fort (aka Brian)

on the gallops;

he’s been on the injury sidelines since May 2015

 

Cecilator (aka Molly)

Another Crick

Wild Murphy

 

 

Here are the results from Friday:

 

Bath:

Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) finished a head 2nd in the Handicap [2 miles 1 furlong & 24 yards] (10 ran).

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards] (13 ran).

 

And a couple of results from today, from Market Rasen:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (5 ran).

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (6 ran).

 

There don’t appear to be any specific runners of interest tomorrow.

 

The Stewards’ Cup, run at Goodwood yesterday, was won by Lancelot Du Lac ridden by Frankie Dettori.  The horse is trained by Dean Ivory just outside my neighbouring village of Radlett. 

Thursday 03 August 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Stratford:

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]; last of the finishers.  However, he did lose a shoe and finished with a couple of cuts and was quite lame too.  Fortunately the lameness had improved by the time he came off the lorry back at Graeme’s yard; no doubt there will be an update tomorrow.

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) finished 6th, McCools Gold (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bath:

19:40 Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [2 miles 1 furlong & 24 yards]

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

16:20 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards]

 

Robin Dickin has published a new blog; he’s also announced that, through necessity, his Hill Farm yard is being expanded to accommodate the horses which currently live in the barn adjacent to the country house in Alne Park; the latter has recently changed ownership.  Understandably Robin was feeling gutted when we visited last month but, despite this change of circumstances, he has a very positive outlook regarding the future.  

http://www.robindickinracing.org.uk/blog

 

Robin’s daughter Harriet is involved in eventing and has recently taken on one of Mrs Prowting’s retired racehorses, namely the flashy chestnut Custer Of The West. 

 

I’ve finished drafting my Robin Dickin yard visit and alpaca walk diaries, which is fortunate as I’ll be adding a couple of new outing diaries to my ‘to do list’ shortly!  There’s no rest for the wicked!    

 

I’ve booked a second alpaca walk, again with Abbotts View alpacas; it will be a Christmas-themed walk in December. 

 

Having watched Channel 4’s ‘Old People’s Home for 4-year-olds’ I decided I needed to take more exercise so, today, I went for a walk in excess of 2 miles at lunchtime.  And that’s in addition to the 2.4 miles I’ve also walked today to and from work!

Wednesday 02 August 2017

Here are the results from Tuesday for my runners of interest:

 

Worcester:

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Pershore Plum Festival Land O’Plums Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (7 ran). 

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (11 ran).

Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Yarmouth:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile & 3 furlongs] (7 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Stratford tomorrow and these are my runners of interest:

14:35 Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]; the latter’s participation depends on the weather.

15:10 Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

16:20 Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) & McCools Gold (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Hurdle

 

 

 


 

 

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