DECEMBER 2013

 

 

Tuesday 31 December 2013

 

It’s a winner ... a dead-heat winner!!!

 

One runner of interest today, at Warwick:

Tickity Bleue (Alan King/Choc) dead-heated for first with the Kim Bailey-trained Molly’s A Diva in the Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); Choc’s 18th winner of the season. 

 

It may have been a dead-heat, but a winner is a winner, especially after a barren December with Alan King’s horses out of form, the cause of which remains a mystery to the trainer.  In fact when RUK’s Stewart Machin earwigged Alan’s post race conversation with the press, the trainer said he was going to ‘lock-down’ the yard for a week or so while they continue their investigations; Kumbeshwar being their sole runner tomorrow and expected to be the last during this upcoming period.    

 

It is reported that Dynaste is having physiotherapy treatment following his disappointing run in the King George VI Chase.  More

 

Cheltenian won a Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter today with the ease expected from a previous Cheltenham Festival bumper winner.  More

 

Cappa Bleu is described by his trainer Evan Williams as only 50-50 for a run in this season’s Grand National having knocked himself.  Looks like I’ll have to find another horse to place my winning bet upon, having won each-way in 2012 and 2013! 

 

Tomorrow there are runners of interest, as follows:

 

Cheltenham:

12:10 Flementime (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Kumbeshwar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Pickamus (Henry Daly/Choc) – Handicap Chase

15:40 Coyaba (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) & Looks Like Power (Mrs DA Hamer/Choc) – ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race [Listed].

 

Exeter: (subject to an inspection)

15:30 Mauricetheathlete (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Handicap Chase [3 miles].

 

There’s also National Hunt racing at Catterick, Musselburgh and Fakenham. 

Monday 30 December 2013

 

Happy Birthday William

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One runner of interest today, at Haydock Park, and this is how he fared:

Dundee (Alan King/Choc) finished 6th in the Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Again, tomorrow, just one runner of interest, at Warwick:

14:50 Tickity Bleue (Alan King/Choc) – Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle

 

Choc has tweeted a photo of his dad out hunting:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/417424836865310720/photo/1?screen_name=Choc_Thornton

 

Baby Run was retired today, following his run at Haydock Park.  I wish him a long and happy retirement.  More

 

I’m working again tomorrow; but hopefully we’ll finish at 13:00 as opposed to the 14:00 end time today.  Then it’s back to normal hours from Thursday. 

Sunday 29 December 2013

Four runners of interest at Doncaster this afternoon and this is how they fared:

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Choc) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (8 ran).

No Substitute (Alan King/Choc) finished 7th and The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 11th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (21 ran); a promising run from No Substitute following 715 days off the track through injury.

Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (9 ran).

 

Wayne Hutchinson rode his 34th winner of the season when partnering Mart Lane to victory for Dr Richard Newland at Doncaster this afternoon.

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Haydock Park:

15:35 Dundee (Alan King/Choc) – Fixed Brush Handicap Hurdle

 

Sprinter Sacre is on his way home again, the heart problem seemingly having righted itself for the present.  More  

 

It’s William’s third birthday tomorrow, and hopefully Choc will get to see his little boy at some point during the day.  It’s always an anti-climax to have one’s birthday close to Christmas, and I’m sure it’s worse just after than just before ... I know this from experience, as my birthday is next Sunday.    

 

I’ve been chilling out a little bit since Boxing Day, but I have topped and tailed my diary draft; Tuesday or Wednesday should see its completion.

 

Hopefully it will be just a half day at work tomorrow and Tuesday, as in previous years.  I need to buy a slim-line calendar for 2014, as I didn’t receive one for Christmas this year, so will probably pop up to the shops before I head home tomorrow afternoon.  I hope the shop will have a horses or Country Companions or Winnie The Pooh calendar on offer!

Saturday 28 December 2013

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

 

Newbury:

Ronaldinho (Alan King/Choc) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (5 ran).

Faultless Feelings (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) jumped like a stag and was unfortunate to be overhauled on the run-in to finish 2nd in the Mandarin Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Creepy (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) unseated in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle [Grade 1] (6 ran).

Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Choc) blundered two out then fell at the last in the Introductory Hurdle ... when he may or may not have won (5 ran).  Only two finished.  Two unseated in the home straight, the winner blundered badly three out and the other finisher didn’t put in a clear round either.  Poodles ... I’d hoped to add this one to my winners’ list, not the mishaps list which I keep. L  But at least both horse and jockey walked away from the incident. 

 

Chepstow:

Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) finished 9th in the Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

Seventh Sign (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle (3 miles); I notice that Ugly Bug, handsome is as handsome does, finished a neck 2nd (10 ran).

Chocala (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle [Grade 1]; it was reported on The Morning Line that the reason was a respiratory problem.  

 

The Richard Lee-trained Mountainous won the Welsh Grand National.  More

 

And Bobs Worth proved he is no back number when winning the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown.  More   

 

There’s also further news regarding Sprinter Sacre.  More

 

Four runners of interest at Doncaster tomorrow:

12:40 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Choc) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:45 No Substitute (Alan King/Choc) & The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:20 Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Handicap Chase

 

Oh well, let’s hope for better luck tomorrow ...

Friday 27 December 2013

With the ground remaining soft or heavy, all of today’s ‘runners of interest’ were non-runners!

 

Kempton Park:

Memberof (Alan King/Choc) was a non-runner in the Juvenile Hurdle

Valdez (Alan King/Choc) was a non-runner in the Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase [Grade 2]

 

Leicester:

Oh Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase

 

Wetherby:

Flementime (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Novices Hurdle

 

Tomorrow, however, Alan King is more hopeful that his intended runners will take up their engagements, as he states that at least three (Ronaldinho, Seventh Sign and Chocala) prefer soft ground!

 

Newbury:

12:15 Ronaldinho (Alan King/Choc) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:15 Faultless Feelings (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) - Mandarin Handicap Chase

13:45 Creepy (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Challow Novices’ Hurdle [Grade 1]  More

15:25 Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Choc) – Introductory Hurdle

 

Chepstow:

12:30 Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Maiden Hurdle

13:30 Seventh Sign (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (3 miles)

14:00 Chocala (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Future Champions Finale Juvenile Hurdle [Grade 1]  More

 

Good luck to one and all tomorrow, and it would be nice if Choc could ride a winner too after a very disappointing December with no victories whatsoever.

 

I thought my ‘weather watch’ might result in an abandonment ... but the weather, although rough overnight, was fine for racing but not for my particular runners of interest, so I’ve spent the day at home!  I did, however, get as far as showering and washing my hair, applying my make-up (solely foundation and mascara on this occasion) and getting partially dressed for a day out at the races.  But, having caught the end of the non-runners listing on ATR (ie. Oh Crick at Leicester) I decided to check teletext and discovered that Choc’s intended rides at Kempton were also non-runners ... so my trip was called off at 09:10 this morning. 

 

The ideal scenario today would have been good to soft ground, dry, little wind and resulting in a day out at Kempton Park ... but in light of the prevailing weather conditions, I’m relieved that I didn’t have to turn out!  Every cloud has a silver lining I suppose ...   

 

Check out Martin Keighley’s blog today Martin Keighley

 

It was a shame that Sire De Grugy’s victory in today’s Desert Orchid Chase has been overshadowed by Sprinter Sacre’s health scare – but credit where credit is due, for turning up with seemingly no chance against the odds-on favourite.  More

I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do at Kempton Park yesterday, having remained beside the course-side rails for the majority of the time.  But Click here to view a selection of them.

Thursday 26 December 2013

 

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The star of the day is Annacotty,

trained by Martin Keighley and ridden by Ian Popham,

who won the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase

 

 

Kempton Park:

Annacotty (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase [formerly the Feltham Novices’ Chase] [Grade 1] (5 ran); Martin’s first Grade 1 winner and his 13th winner of the season.  Well done to the team. 

Grumeti (Alan King/Choc) finished 5th in the Christmas Hurdle [Grade 1] (6 ran).

Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) unseated in the King George VI Chase [Grade 1] having been hampered when Riverside Theatre unseated Barry Geraghty ... that darn Riverside Theatre is a nuisance!  (9 ran).

Ourmanmassini (Miss S Smith/Choc) was pulled up & Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).  It did cross my mind to have a £2.50 each way bet on the latter (I’m the last of the big spenders as far as betting is concerned), and I should have done seeing as his starting price was 25-1! 

 

Here is a link to the report about Annacotty’s victory.  More

 

And the Christmas Hurdle.  More

 

Also the King George VI Chase.  More  I think it gets boring when the same two stables carve up the prize year after year ...

 

Market Rasen:

Hail Tiberius (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) finished 7th in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Merlin’s Wish (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) won the Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase (6 ran); Martin’s 14th winner of the season.

 

Towcester:

Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson replaced Gerard Tumelty) finished 4th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Kempton Park:

13:00 Memberof (Alan King/Choc) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:30 Valdez (Alan King/Choc) – Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase [Grade 2]; but he is up against both Dodging Bullets and Grandouet. 

The big ‘event’ of the day is the Sprinter Sacre vs. Sire De Grugy clash in the Grade 2 Desert Orchid Chase ... although for me it would be the 13:30 race!

 

Leicester:

13:40 Oh Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase

 

Wetherby:

12:15 Flementime (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

 

I’m currently on ‘weather watch’, as the next spell of stormy weather is forecast overnight tonight ... so, depending on what occurs, I may or may not venture out to Kempton Park tomorrow.  

Today’s journey to Kempton went well, as I left home just before 09:00 and arrived at around 09:45 when there was little race-day traffic on the roads in the Sunbury area.  Then, after racing, I returned to my car and set off as soon as I’d taken off my coat and boots – traffic was queuing to reach the M3 but I was on my way down the motorway by 16:10!  Excellent. 

Tuesday 24 December 2013

Just one more sleep ...

 

Merry Christmas

 

 

And just two more sleeps ... before the Boxing Day racing!

 

Kempton Park:

14:00 Annacotty (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Kauto Star Novices’ Chase [formerly the Feltham Novices’ Chase] [Grade 1]

14:35 Grumeti (Alan King/Choc) – Christmas Hurdle [Grade 1]

15:10 Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – King George VI Chase [Grade 1]

15:45 Ourmanmassini (Miss S Smith/Choc) & Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle

 

Market Rasen:

12:25 Hail Tiberius (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Selling Handicap Hurdle

14:10 Merlin’s Wish (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase

 

Towcester:

15:40 Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park, Sedgefield, Wetherby and Wincanton are also okay at the moment, but Huntingdon and Ffos Las are not so fortunate having been abandoned.  More

 

Wayne Hutchinson will be gutted, as he may have had as many as six rides lined up, including two for Alan King, at Huntingdon.

 

Alan King is hoping that the yard’s horses will soon be back in form, the Racing Post reports that each prospective runner is scoped before being allowed to take their chance at the moment with, last week, as many as two thirds failing to make the grade.  Evidently a few in the yard have had snotty noses but there has been no coughing - Alan hopes for a cold snap soon to get rid of all the bugs.  

 

It looks like Thursday’s weather will be fine, although a little colder than recently, but the storms and high winds are due to return at the end of the week ... which could make travelling difficult on Friday, we shall see. 

Sunday 22 December 2013

Here are yesterday’s results:

 

Ascot:

Bless The Wings (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase (Listed) (7 ran).

 

Haydock Park:

Cabaret Girl (JG O’Neill/Choc) was pulled up in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (8 ran).

 

And today’s results:

 

Lingfield:

Simmi’s Tiger (A Carson/Choc) finished 5th in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

Bugsy’s Girl (Jim Best/Choc) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (5 ran).

 

Bangor-On-Dee

Unknown Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

Genstone Trail (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (11 ran).

 

And things are looking up on the Choc front for Boxing Day ... Grumeti, ridden by my favourite jockey, appears on the entries for Kempton’s Christmas Hurdle.  Wayne’s engagements currently reflect Huntingdon on Boxing Day and Leicester the day after; which is fine by me! 

 

Sad news relating to Countrywide Flame, who has been retired following diagnosis of a degenerative bone disease.  More

 

Also more sad tidings with news arriving via twitter that Chatterbox was put to sleep following his outing in yesterday’s Ladbroke Hurdle. 

 

Valet Phil Taylor tweeted to say there would be a lot of sore heads in the morning as it’s the jockeys’ Christmas party tonight at the Bell At Stow; today being the last day of racing before Christmas. 

 

My Christmas holiday doesn’t begin until lunchtime on Tuesday and ends when I return to work the following Monday, 30 December. 

 

I’m pleased with the outcome of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, as I wanted either Natalie or Abbey to win.  Both are excellent dancers, with Abbey having gone on the biggest ‘journey’ during the course of the series.  I did vote, equally, for both of them, as it would have been an injustice if either Sophie or Susanna had won. 

 

I didn’t agree with last year’s victory by Louis Smith (his show dance was a gymnastics routine) – I preferred both Kimberley Walsh and Denise Van Outen, nor Chris Hollins (2009) when Ricky Whittle should have won, Tom Chambers (2008) when Rachel Stevens deserved to win and Darren Gough (2005) when Colin Jackson was the best dancer. 

Friday 20 December 2013

Choc was at Ascot this afternoon and this is how he fared:

Raya Star (Alan King/Choc) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Valid Reason (Dean Ivory/Choc) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Another very quiet day tomorrow, with just one Alan King runner, at Ascot:

15:00 Bless The Wings (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Listed)

 

Meanwhile at Haydock Park:

13:00 Cabaret Girl (JG O’Neill/Choc) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)

 

Too much rain has resulted in Lingfield’s Sunday card being amended; two all-weather National Hunt bumper races now begin the fixture, followed by flat code races:

12:30 Simmi’s Tiger (A Carson/Choc) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

13:00 Bugsy’s Girl (Jim Best/Choc) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Bangor-On-Dee

14:10 Unknown Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:10 Genstone Trail (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

 

News today that Simonsig has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.  More

 

With many of the Alan King horses currently under the weather, resulting in a lack of runners, I’m far from hopeful that I’ll see Choc at the races over the Festive period ... I will be at Kempton Park on Boxing Day but it’s beginning to look like he may be elsewhere.  L

Thursday 19 December 2013

 

The Epidemic of Seconditis continues ...

 

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

 

Towcester:

Dustland Fairytale (Ian Williams/Choc) was pulled up in the Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

Castle Cheetah (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Typhon De Guye (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (9 ran).

Carli King (Caroline Bailey/Choc) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3½ furlongs] (9 ran).

 

Exeter:

Lidar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Graduation Chase (4 ran).

 

Tomorrow, Choc heads to Ascot where he has two riding engagements:

14:35 Raya Star (Alan King/Choc) – Novices’ Chase

15:10 Valid Reason (Dean Ivory/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle; Harper Lodge Farm, where Dean trains, is my local training yard!

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Choc had five riding engagements at Newbury today and this is how he fared:

Luckster (PD Evans/Choc) finished last in the Juvenile Hurdle (14 ran).

Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Choc) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Etania (Ian Williams/Choc) finished 12th in the Maiden Hurdle (22 ran).

Fine Words (Alan King/Choc) finished 7th in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (14 ran).

May Hay (A Carson/Choc) finished 2nd in the Fillies’ Junior Standard Open Flat Race (14 ran).

 

It appears that Choc still has seconditis ...

 

Meanwhile, at Ludlow:

Midnight Cataria (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

 

And tomorrow:

 

Towcester:

12:40 Dustland Fairytale (Ian Williams/Choc) – Maiden Hurdle

13:40 Castle Cheetah (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Typhon De Guye (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

15:10 Carli King (Caroline Bailey/Choc) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3½ furlongs]

 

Exeter:

13:50 Lidar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Graduation Chase

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Choc is busy tomorrow, with five riding engagements at Newbury:

12:10 Luckster (PD Evans/Choc) – Juvenile Hurdle

12:40 Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Choc) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:10 Etania (Ian Williams/Choc) – Maiden Hurdle

14:45 Fine Words (Alan King/Choc) – National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

15:20 May Hay (A Carson/Choc) – Fillies’ Junior Standard Open Flat Race

 

Meanwhile, at Ludlow:

15:00 Midnight Cataria (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle

 

Looking ahead once more, and with Wayne’s regular partner Bless The Wings scheduled to run at Ascot on Saturday, indications are that Choc will be heading to Haydock Park to ride Turn Over Sivola.  That being the case, my next visit to the races is likely to be Kempton Park on Boxing Day, as I’m not sure that I feel inclined to brave the M25 and M4 on the Friday before Christmas!

Sprinter Sacre has been confirmed as a runner in Kempton Park’s Desert Orchid Chase to be run on Friday 27 December.  More  Is Valdez pencilled-in to run in the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase on that day?  If so, I expect I will be heading back to Kempton on 27 December too.

Monday 16 December 2013

Four runners of interest this afternoon and this is how they fared:

 

Plumpton:

Sudden Light (Jim Best/Choc) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1½ furlongs] (12 ran).

Crannaghmore Boy (Jim Best/Choc) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase (13 ran).

Our Phylli Vera (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (11 ran); Wayne’s 33rd winner of the season. 

 

Ffos Las:

Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (5 ran).

 

No runners of interest at Catterick or Fakenham tomorrow.

 

Looking ahead, Choc is scheduled to ride at Ascot on Friday where his rides include Raya Star. 

Sunday 15 December 2013

Just one runner of interest this afternoon, at Southwell:

Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (12 ran); the Keighley’s frustrating run of seconditis continues.  

 

Four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Plumpton:

14:20 Sudden Light (Jim Best/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1½ furlongs]

14:55 Crannaghmore Boy (Jim Best/Choc) – Handicap Chase

15:30 Our Phylli Vera (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Ffos Las:

14:40 Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase

 

Willie Twiston-Davies takes over as Mick Channon’s first jockey on the flat next season.  More  You have to admit it, they are a very talented horseracing family. 

 

I gather it was Alan King’s staff Christmas party last evening; the Keighley’s too.  My department’s Christmas lunch takes place this coming Thursday afternoon; I don’t attend my employer’s evening event, which takes place early in the New Year.   

 

I don’t think of myself as a particularly lucky person, but on Friday I won a £10 Tesco voucher in this year’s Advent Calendar raffle.  And the strange thing is that, having almost never been one of the lucky 24 before 2009, I won again in 2010 and 2011, not last year but again this!  Excellent. 

 

I no longer have a Christmas tree, but I have put up tinsel garlands today and I’ve hung the old tree baubles upon them.

 

My Sandown Park diary is finished and uploaded.  Click here to read.

Saturday 14 December 2013

Here are today’s results of specific interest:

 

Cheltenham:

Burgoyne (C Von Der Recke/Choc) finished a tailed off last in the Triumph Hurdle Trial (for Juveniles) (6 ran).

French Opera (Nicky Henderson/Choc) finished 2nd in the Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase (11 ran); he was the best of the four Nicky Henderson runners, and Choc got on very well with Frenchie who was giving 10lbs to his conqueror.     

Cantlow (Paul Webber/Choc) finished 2nd in the Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup (13 ran); giving 15lbs to the winner.  More

 

Isn’t that the third year running that Choc has finished 2nd in this race?  With Walkon last year and Medermit in 2011.  How frustrating must that be?

 

Lingfield Park:

Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was a non-runner in the RSA Novices’ Trial Chase.

 

Meanwhile, Wayne Hutchinson rode his 32nd winner of the season, aboard Timesishard, at Doncaster. 

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

15:35 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Handicap Hurdle

 

The writing of my Sandown diary is drawing to a close, as I just need to put the final touches to it and then proof it.  So hopefully I will be able to upload the finished article before close of play tomorrow. J

Friday 13 December 2013

Friday the thirteenth ...

 

Three runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Cheltenham:

Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) ran another excellent race to finish 2nd in the Cross Country Chase, this time beaten by Sire Collonges (13 ran).  But frustrating for the Keighley yard, with yet another runner-up spot.  More  

 

Noel Williams’ first Cheltenham runner, Friendly Society, ridden by Tom Garner finished 7th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (16 ran); despite making a number of jumping errors during the race.

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Goohar (Henry Daly/Choc) finished 2nd in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran).

 

It’s the second day of Cheltenham’s December fixture tomorrow and, with Smad Place not fulfilling an engagement at Lingfield Park, Choc will be at his local racecourse after all, with three rides for outside yards ... including a German one!

 

Cheltenham:

12:10 Burgoyne (C Von Der Recke/Choc) – Triumph Hurdle Trial (for Juveniles)

13:15 French Opera (Nicky Henderson/Choc) – Jenny Mould Memorial Handicap Chase [2 miles ½ a furlong]; Nicky has 4 runners in this race, commemorating the late first wife of owner/patron Raymond Mould. 

14:25 Cantlow (Paul Webber/Choc) – Stewart Family Thank You Gold Cup; Choc riding JP McManus’ second string, AP having chosen to partner Colour Squadron. 

 

Lingfield Park:

13:55 Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – RSA Novices’ Trial Chase

 

Wayne Hutchinson goes to Doncaster; Alan King having no runners tomorrow.

 

Martin Keighley has outlined his tentative plans for Champion Court, following yesterday’s gallant effort in the Peterborough Chase.  More  And Creepy heads to the Racecourse Newbury for their Grade 1 Challow Hurdle.  More

 

Here is a link to Martin Keighley’s weekly column in the Gloucestershire press.  More

 

News that lady jockey Lucy Alexander has sustained a fractured jaw when unseated at Newcastle yesterday.  More

 

Catterick has also now revealed plans to install an all-weather surface; but they do plan to retain the jump racing track.  Talk about down-grading racing fixtures – ie. greyhound racing for horses – it might be okay for people who’ll bet on anything, but not for people who follow racing solely as a sport, like myself. 

 

Having been racing on three occasions within the past three weeks, I’m at home tomorrow; Cheltenham is just a little too far away for a trip during December, as it will be on New Year’s Day too.  However, I will definitely consider Festival Trials Day at the end of January, weather permitting.  I also need to catch my breath ahead of the busy Christmas period, with Ascot a possibility next Saturday, followed by Kempton a definite on Boxing Day and maybe the day after too!

Thursday 12 December 2013

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

 

Huntingdon:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5½ furlongs] (9 ran).

Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Choc) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles ½ a furlong] (10 ran).

Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Peterborough Chase [Grade 2] (7 ran).

Simply A Legend (Alan King/Choc) finished half a length 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (16 ran).

 

Taunton:

Sequoia Forest (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) finished 10th & Maldivian Reef (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) finished 3rd in the Newcomers’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Champion Court ran an excellent race to finish a close second to Riverside Theatre in the Peterborough Chase; the former was very unlucky as Ian Popham’s saddle slipped.  This was compounded by the fact that Barry Geraghty performed miracles to galvanise his mount to actually remain in contention having jumped poorly latterly and appearing to be beaten by the end of the back straight.  More

 

Choc tweeted a photo of himself at Oaksey House, when he met up with one of the guys from TORQ Fitness to talk about nutrition:

https://mobile.twitter.com/TORQfitness/status/410869392453279744/photo/1?screen_name=TORQfitness

 

Alan King confirmed that Invictus has indeed run his last race, but they will endeavour to ‘patch him up’ and find a suitable role for him somewhere.  That’s good, as I have a soft spot for him. 

 

Following last Saturday’s disappointing showing in the Grade 1 Novices’ Chase at Sandown, Balder Succes will be given a short break, and Manyriverstocross will step up to two and a half miles next time out.  Also, Godsmejudge will undergo an MOT following his uncharacteristically poor showing in the London National.  More

 

No runners for Alan King tomorrow, but two other runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

14:40 Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Cross Country Chase

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

14:20 Goohar (Henry Daly/Choc) – National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle

 

I’ve another day’s leave tomorrow ... but sometimes I don’t think it’s worth having single days off, as the day prior to it is usually a nightmare and it invariably takes two or three days to get the work back under control again afterwards.  In fact, today, I had more work come in than I managed to turn around and get out again.  So I’m not looking forward to Monday. L

Wednesday 11 December 2013

A couple of runners of interest at Leicester  this afternoon and this is how they fared:

Frizzo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Fountains Flypast (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

A number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Huntingdon:

12:30 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5½ furlongs]

13:30 Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles ½ a furlong]

14:00 Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Peterborough Chase [Grade 2]

15:00 Simply A Legend (Alan King/Choc) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Taunton:

15:40 Sequoia Forest (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) & Maldivian Reef (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) – Newcomers’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

 

News yesterday that Bostons Angel has also been retired, having been pulled up in last Saturday’s Becher Chase.  He finished his career safe and sound, his current trainer David Pipe stating that the horse just didn’t seem to enjoy racing any more. 

Tuesday 10 December 2013

National Hunt racing at Fontwell Park and Uttoxeter today and this is how my runners of interest fared:

 

Fontwell Park:

Wooly Bully (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran).

Forresters Folly (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Bull And Bush (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Lily Waugh (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Swincombe Stone (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Flementime (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase

 

Tomorrow just a couple of runners of interest  ... in the same race at Leicester:

15:10 Frizzo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Fountains Flypast (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle

 

Looking ahead, Alan King has no entries on Cheltenham’s card on Saturday; however he does have one entry at Lingfield Park – Smad Place in the Grade 2 RSA Novices’ Trial Chase with Choc engaged to ride.  From being ‘on fire’ last month, Alan’s horses currently seem to be suffering from a lull in form; I hope the winners pick up again soon.     

 

The 2010 Champion Hurdler Binocular has been retired due to a slight heart complaint and will live out his days at JP McManus’ stud in Ireland.  More

Monday 09 December 2013

National Hunt racing at Fontwell Park and Uttoxeter tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

12:40 Wooly Bully (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:10 Forresters Folly (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:40 Bull And Bush (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Lily Waugh (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Swincombe Stone (Anthony Honeyball/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle

 

Uttoxeter:

12:20 Flementime (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

14:50 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Handicap Chase

 

Kempton Park is looking forward to the possibility of Sprinter Sacre and Sire De Grugy going head-to-head on 27 December.  More

 

There’s also news about the entries for Boxing Day’s King George VI Chase.  More

 

It’s Donny Osmond’s birthday today, he’s 56.

I must write out my Christmas cards soon ... I’m always ahead of the game with Christmas presents, but the same cannot be said about my cards!!!  Or the Christmas decorations for that matter.

And, finally, I must remember to take my Hunters into work tomorrow, as colleagues Michelle and Steph have invited me to go down to the stable yard at lunchtime to visit their ‘time-share’ horses – Ruby and April. 

Sunday 08 December 2013

Three runners of interest at Warwick this afternoon and this is how they fared:

Duroble Man (Alan King/Choc) finished 8th in the Juvenile Hurdle; he pulled hard, lit up travelling down the hill, made a jumping error shortly thereafter; very disappointing on this occasion and surely can’t be a true running (11 ran).

Ulzana’s Raid (Alan King/Choc) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (18 ran).

Choc picked up a spare ride aboard Yazdi in the Handicap Hurdle for Henry Oliver, he finished 9th (13 ran).

Fine Moment (Kevin Frost/Choc) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

National Hunt racing at solely Musselburgh tomorrow, so no runners of interest.

 

Artist/Illustrator Darren Bird has captured perfectly Leighton Aspell’s ‘scary moment’ aboard the winning Deep Trouble in yesterday’s listed hurdle at Sandown:

https://mobile.twitter.com/DarrenBirdie/status/409335341381091328?p=v

 

Unlike poor Plein Pourvoir who lost his life at Aintree yesterday, there is good news regarding Michel Le Bon who pulled up in yesterday’s London National.  Having made a bad error midway through the race at the open-ditch in the home straight, he looked in some discomfort when dismounted, not wishing to put any weight upon his off-fore.  The diagnosis is a muscle injury, so he was taken home having suffered no broken bones. J  Tigresse Bleue picked up an injury in her hindquarters in the Mares’ race, but it was not fatal. J 

 

But there was very bad news regarding the fate of Nunthorpe winner Jwala; she lost her life when she fell having been squeezed up during a race in Hong Kong. RIP little girl. L 

 

Back to work tomorrow, for yet another 4-day week, as I must use up 2 days’ leave before year-end ... with a further five days’ of holiday to be taken before the end of February J

 

I’ve uploaded the photos I took at yesterday’s Sandown fixture.  Click here to view my photo gallery index. 

Saturday 07 December 2013

 

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Sire De Grugy clears the last and wins the Tingle Creek Chase

 

 

I took over 100 photos today but it was so overcast that many are fuzzy around the edges.  Damn.

 

Many runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Sandown Park:

Money For Nothing (Alan King/Choc) finished 7th in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Tante Sissi (Alan King/Choc) finished 8th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Salmanazar (Alan King/Choc) finished 13th in the Handicap Hurdle [Qualifier] (16 ran).

Balder Succes (Alan King/Choc) finished 5th & Manyriverstocross (Alan King/Dominic Elsworth) finished 6th in the Henry VII Novices’ Chase [Grade 1] (6 ran).

Godsmejudge (Alan King/Choc) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (London National) (13 ran).

 

Aintree:

Mystery Drama (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle [Listed] (5 ran); she lost out to a Willie Mullins raider.

Dundee (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fnished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Walkon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Becher Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs].

Midnight Appeal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th, last of those who finished, in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase [2 miles 5½ furlongs] (16 ran); he had disagreements with a number of fences so it wasn’t a case of ‘like a duck to water’.  Another of my favourites, Forgotten Gold, took part and completed in 8th.  Poor Plein Pouvoir was lost when he fell heavily and fractured his right elbow.  RIP.

 

Chepstow:

Annacotty (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd and Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) was hampered and unseated in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) finished last in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Sire De Grugy won the Tingle Creek at Sandown Park.  More

 

Hinterland took the Henry VII Novices’ Chase.  More

 

And Chance Du Roy triumphed in the Becher Chase at Aintree, despite Baby Run’s best efforts.  More

 

Choc seemed down in the dumps when he tweeted earlier; it has been a disappointing day for the yard, so it must affect his mood.  I hate it when I return from the races and haven’t seen Choc in the Winners’ Enclosure at least once, like today (that’s winner or placed). L   

 

Three runners of interest tomorrow, at Warwick:

12:40 Duroble Man (Alan King/Choc) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:10 Ulzana’s Raid (Alan King/Choc) – Maiden Hurdle

15:40 Fine Moment (Kevin Frost/Choc) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

With next Saturday being Cheltenham, it gives me at least two weeks to complete a diary about my visit to Sandown today.  A positive luxury!  And, starting tomorrow, I’m going to have a little bit of a lie-in!!!

Friday 06 December 2013

Today there was just one runner of interest, at Exeter:

Sea Tiger (Alan King/Choc) finished 4th in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Many runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Sandown Park:

12:20 Money For Nothing (Alan King/Choc) – National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle

12:50 Tante Sissi (Alan King/Choc) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

13:20 Salmanazar (Alan King/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle [Qualifier]

13:50 Balder Succes (Alan King/Choc) & Manyriverstocross (Alan King/Dominic Elsworth) – Henry VII Novices’ Chase [Grade 1]  More

15:35 Godsmejudge (Alan King/Choc) – Handicap Chase (London National)

 

Aintree:

12:30 Mystery Drama (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle [Listed]

13:30 Dundee (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

14:05 Walkon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Becher Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs]

15:15 Midnight Appeal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Grand Sefton Handicap Chase [2 miles 5½ furlongs]

 

Chepstow:

12:55 Annacotty (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) & Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:00 Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Handicap Chase

15:45 Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

No runners of interest at Wetherby.

 

Here is a link to this week’s Martin Keighley column in the Gloucestershire Echo.  More

 

A deserved win for Bally Legend at Exeter today, Ian Popham riding, having run an excellent race to finish second to Giorgio Quercus when I was at Kempton Park a couple of weeks ago.  Jumping is his forte and today he managed to hold off the determined challenge of the Paul Nicholls runner Domtaline. 

 

There’s news that Baby Run returns from injury tomorrow, to take part in the Becher Chase.  More

 

It has been announced that the schedules on Day 1 and Day 2 of the Cheltenham Festival have been revised to better fit in with the Channel 4 TV coverage, thus permitting the Mares’ Hurdle (probably featuring Quevega) to be shown on the main channel.  More

 

Plans are afoot to introduce all weather racing at Newcastle.  More

 

News that the Lesters will be held on 22 December next year, due to there being racing on Good Friday which would interrupt the jockeys’ celebrations had it remained in its usual slot in the calendar.  

 

Whilst I was procrastinating earlier today, prior to recommencing my Newbury diary write-up, I thought I’d take a look at the Racing Post photos page!  I’m loving the photos taken at Huntingdon last month ... I want one ... the photo and the jockey! 

 

http://photos.racingpost.com/app/WebObjects/RPShop.woa/9/wo/QHVt2b3DirDbzeXl8ik4dw/0.0.35.13.3?KeywordSearch=robert+thornton&wosid=QHVt2b3DirDbzeXl8ik4dw&x=19&y=6

 

Here is a picture of the Victorian carousel tweeted by Sandown Park earlier:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Sandownpark/status/409020421762064384/photo/1?screen_name=Sandownpark

 

In addition to the Victorian carousel, three retired David Johnson horses will be parading in the paddock at 11:40 tomorrow, the first race of the day being named in honour of the late David Johnson – I’m looking forward to seeing Comply Or Die, Well Chief and Ashkazar again.   

 

I’m looking forward to my day out at Sandown ... and I’ve finished and uploaded my Newbury diary too!

 

Click here to read.

Thursday 05 December 2013

Two runners of interest this afternoon, at Wincanton, and this is how they fared:

Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) fell at the 3rd fence in the Handicap Chase (7 ran).  The horse was fine, but will be checked over by the trainer’s physio tomorrow; Tom was okay too.

McVicar (Alan King/Choc) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Tomorrow there’s just one runner of interest, at Exeter:

15:45 Sea Tiger (Alan King/Choc) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wibberly wobberly camera shots at both Market Rasen and Wincanton today, the wind was certainly blowing hard!  My ears were aching by the time I’d reached work this morning so, at lunchtime, I visited the shops and found a very warm trapper hat in BHS ... it may be worn at Sandown this Saturday.  It’s about this time of the year that I regret having very short hair and exposed ears!!!

 

Sprinter Sacre has been ruled out of making his seasonal reappearance in the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday.   More

 

There will be a big field for Saturday’s Becher Chase at Aintree, with 24 horses standing their ground, including Walkon.   More

 

A nine day ban has been metered out to Timmy Murphy following his altercation with Dominic Elsworth at Newbury last Friday.  More

 

There’s going to be a Victorian carousel at Sandown Park this weekend, with free rides for all ... I love carousels, there was one on Walton-On-The-Naze pier that I loved to ride on when I went on day trips to the seaside town as a youngster.

 

Another day’s leave tomorrow ... I could get accustomed to this!  Having been with my employer for donkey’s years, I get 27 days annual leave, not including Bank Holidays. 

Wednesday 04 December 2013

One runner of interest today, at Ludlow and this is how he fared:

Faultless Feelings (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (9 ran).

 

Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Wincanton:

14:10 Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Handicap Chase

14:40 McVicar (Alan King/Choc) – Handicap Hurdle

 

And it’s now time to get on with my Newbury diary ... there’s no rest for the wicked!

Tuesday 03 December 2013

Four runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

Southwell:

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran); Wayne’s 31st winner of the season.

Lotus Pond (Alan King/Choc) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

Say When (Alan King/Choc) finished 6th in the Standard Open Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Sedgefield:

Mauricetheathlete (Martin Keighley/Nicky Slatter) finished last in the Novices’ Chase (3 ran).

 

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Today it was announced that Invictus has broken down so badly that it is unlikely he will ever race again.  More  It is a terrible shame for a talented horse; he has such a ‘kind eye’.  And here is the announcement on Alan’s website.  More

 

I checked out Alan King’s website yesterday evening and noticed that Invictus had been moved across to the ‘Resting’ section of the website, reserved for horses currently on the sidelines due to injury; Herod The Great is also now listed in this section.  Another of the Alan King horses, Letsby Avenue, had his tendon implanted with his own stem cells today; the injury occurred whilst turned out.  He will be on the sidelines for a year.

 

But better news for Alan King, he trained his 1,000th jumps winner today when Sego Success won at Southwell. 

 

Next Saturday’s Henry VIII Novices’ Chase has attracted a number of talented horses, including Balder Succes and Manyriverstocross.  More

 

Upon checking Choc’s and Wayne’s riding engagements for Saturday, my favourite jockey is listed against Balder Succes’ name at Sandown, with Wayne heading to Aintree to ride Mystery Drama, Walkon and Midnight Appeal, the latter two over the Grand National fences.  Looks like it will be ‘winter draws on’ for me on Saturday, with temperatures due to drop later this week!  I will probably have to resort to wearing my purple jodhpurs under my long black skirt, as my thick brown leggings are waiting to be washed! 

 

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RIP Madison du Berlais

 

It was reported today that 2008 Hennessy Gold Cup hero Madison du Berlais has died following a bout of colic. More

 

Jockey Charlie Huxley, who won the Scottish Grand National in 2008 on 66-1 shot Iris De Balme, has confirmed that he has decided to retire.  More

 

Following yesterday’s announcement that Rishi Persad will be taking part in the charity race at the Cheltenham Festival, it transpires that he’s not ridden for 20 years and is allergic to horses! 

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Ludlow:

14:10 Faultless Feelings (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase

Monday 02 December 2013

A number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Southwell:

13:15 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:20 Lotus Pond (Alan King/Choc) – Maiden Hurdle

15:20 Say When (Alan King/Choc) – Standard Open Flat Race

 

Sedgefield:

13:30 Mauricetheathlete (Martin Keighley/Nicky Slatter) – Novices’ Chase

 

With no riding engagements today, Choc spent the day looking after William and has tweeted a couple of photos:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/407513342400413696/photo/1?screen_name=Choc_Thornton

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/407525822955028480/photo/1?screen_name=Choc_Thornton

 

My favourite racehorse, Walkon, is heading to Aintree for this weekend’s Becher Chase.  More

 

Sprinter Sacre is by no means certain to run in Saturday’s Tingle Creek at Sandown following an unsatisfactory routine scope.  More  

 

And TV presenter Rishi Persad will be taking part in the charity race at the Cheltenham Festival next March.  More

Sunday 01 December 2013

Two runners of interest this afternoon, at Leicester, and this is how they fared:

Dealing River (Caroline Bailey/Choc) finished 5th in the Selling Hurdle (8 ran).

Hot Whiskey (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (6 ran).

 

Racing at Plumpton tomorrow, but no runners of specific interest.  As an aside, Plumpton may have been the real life inspiration for Trumpton in the children’s TV series.  More

 

Alan King has outlined his immediate plans for Balder Succes, Manyriverstocross and Raya Star.  More

I’ve selected and uploaded the photos I took at Newbury yesterday.  Click here to view the photo index.


 

 

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