DECEMBER 2018

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

29 December 2018 – Photographs taken at Kempton Park (26 December 2018)

22 December 2018 – Photographs taken at Newbury (01 December 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 31 December 2018

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

 

Warwick:

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (11 ran).

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) stumbled and unseated after the 7th fence during the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (12 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Max Kendrick) blundered and unseated at the thirteenth fence during the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs] (14 ran).

Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Zulu Dawn (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran); Alan’s 61st winner of the season and Wayne’s 56th winner of the season

 

Uttoxeter:

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jamie Moore/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

And here are New Year Day’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

12:15 Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)

12:50 Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 70 yards]

14:35 Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Forecast (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards]

15:10 Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Robbe Power) – Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2); also engaged are Midnight Shadow, Old Guard, Wholestone, Thomas Campbell and Clyne.

15:50 Fuseau (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

Meanwhile, the Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase will be run at 13:25 and features Defi Du Seuil, Black Op, Crucial Role, Lostintranslation, and On The Blind Side.

 

Exeter:

12:40 Rock Steady (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:15 Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

13:50 Drunken Pirate (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – NH Maiden Hurdle

 

Catterick:

12:25 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Musselburgh:

13:05 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards]

 

Oh dear, the racing coverage is going to suffer tomorrow as, not only are all four of these fixtures being shown on Racing TV but Tramore and Fairyhouse are too, now that the Irish fixtures have joined the broadcaster. 

 

After another disappointing run last week, connections believe that Samcro is likely to be out of action for the remainder of the season.  He will also undergo tests in the hope of discovering the reason for his poor form of late.

 

Jockey Andrew Tinkler faces a spell on the sidelines having fractured three bones in his face (his jaw, his cheekbone and eye socket) when unseated from Atlanta Ablaze at Doncaster on Saturday.  So here’s wishing him a speedy recovery also.

And, finally, another Walkon tweet:

https://mobile.twitter.com/walkonFRhorse/status/1079789264274145283/photo/1

Sunday 30 December 2018

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

 

Haydock Park:

Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) won the Beginners’ Chase (5 ran); only two finished and he made all.  Jamie’s 21st winner of the season.

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 3 furlongs & 57 yards] (

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 135 yards] (8 ran).

 

Ask Ben’s NH Novices’ Hurdle race was voided, following a fatal injury to Not Normal which occurred when he landed over the first flight; there was deemed to be insufficient room on the next circuit to bypass the stricken horse.  RIP

 

Taunton:

Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (10 ran).

It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Noel Fehily) finished 7th and Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (13 ran).

Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (Listed) (6 ran).

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 11th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (17 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

12:25 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

12:55 Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:00 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

15:05 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Max Kendrick) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs]

15:35 Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Zulu Dawn (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Uttoxeter:

13:40 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jamie Moore/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 furlongs]

 

There’s good news regarding Mount Rushmoore; evidently he had a ‘dead leg’, nothing more, when pulled up at Newbury yesterday and lives to fight another day. J

 

Amateur rider Cameron Wadge fractured vertebrae in yesterday’s fall at Kelso, so wishing him a speedy recovery.

 

Happy Birthday to Choc’s eldest, William, he’s 8 today. 

 

I’ve now finished my Newbury race notes, so just need to copy them into the diary template, proof and upload it. J  After which I’ll need to move on to my Kempton Park diary ... followed by further knitting and crochet projects!

Saturday 29 December 2018

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

 

Newbury:

Praeceps (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd and Running Cloud (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

Reverend Jacobs (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th and Twin Star (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) finished 11th in the Introductory Hurdle (16 ran).

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase for the Hallowe’en Trophy (5 ran); Noel’s 6th winner of the season and Wayne’s 55th winner of the season

Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 118 yards] (8 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Mandarin Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards] (10 ran); the race was won by Carole’s Destrier who was winning for the first time since finishing as runner-up in the 2016 Hennessy Gold Cup!

Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (7 ran); the race was won by Champ

Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (9 ran).

 

Young Archie McCoy accepted the trophy for the Challow Novices’ Hurdle win, representing owner JP McManus; very fitting, as the winning horse, Champ, is named after Archie’s dad:

https://mobile.twitter.com/itvracing/status/1079037461161000960/photo/1

 

Doncaster:

Dexcite (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was pulled up before three out during the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles & 128 yards] (12 ran).

Senior Citizen (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran).

Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3 ran); Alan’s 60th winner of the season.

Tara View (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards] (8 ran).

 

Lady Buttons won the Listed Mares’ Chase.

 

Sadly at least three horses were lost today – 5-year-old Charlie’s Lass and 4-year-old Scales Of Justice, both trained by Lucinda Russell, at Kelso.  Whilst Sister Sibyl, trained by Hughie Morrison, broke down badly and was put to sleep at Doncaster.  RIP.  It didn’t look good for Colin Tizzard’s Mount Rushmoore who was pulled up in the last at Newbury, but I’ve not seen any further news about him. 

 

Amateur rider Cameron Wadge, who rode Scales Of Justice, was taken to hospital for further assessment; so fingers crossed for him.

 

Fortunately Sam’s Adventure and Sean Quinlan were both fine following this incident, also at Kelso:

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/1079051920587833344/photo/1

 

And here is a recap of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Haydock Park:

12:55 Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Beginners’ Chase

13:25 Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:00 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 3 furlongs & 57 yards]

15:05 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 135 yards]

 

Taunton:

12:45 Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:15 It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Noel Fehily) & Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:50 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:55 Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle (Listed)

15:55 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Congratulations to Richard Johnson, who receives an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

 

There’s another twitter post from Walkon:

https://mobile.twitter.com/walkonFRhorse/status/1079034343044104194/photo/1

 

Wishing Harry Stock a speedy recovery having broken his collarbone during yesterday’s fall at Leicester.  Martin Keighley reports that Somewhere To Be is fine following the incident.

 

Faugheen is fine too, following his mishap at Leopardstown, although a little sore.

 

I haven’t drafted any more of my Kempton Park diary today, but I have completed the task of uploading the photographs for all six races. J

Friday 28 December 2018

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

 

Catterick:

Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Leicester:

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) fell at the last fence during the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards] (8 ran); he held a 6 lengths lead at the time.

 

I gather 11-year-old Simply Ned, ridden by Mark Walsh, beat Footpad to land a Grade 1 chase at Leopardstown yesterday; he won the same race last year, but in the stewards’ room!

 

And today, Apple’s Jade won Leopardstown’s Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle; Faugheen fell two out but was led back safe and sound.

 

However the grey Disko, who was returning to action after 419 days having fractured his skull and cracked his wither, suffered a back injury when he fell at the last fence during the Savills Chase and had to be put down.

 

Race 1 g Disko.jpg

 

RIP Disko

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

12:05 Praeceps (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Running Cloud (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

12:40 Reverend Jacobs (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Twin Star (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) – Introductory Hurdle

13:15 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase for the Hallowe’en Trophy

13:50 Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 118 yards]

14:25 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mandarin Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards]

15:00 Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Challow Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1); she is due to have 6 rivals – Brewin’Upastorm, Champ, Coolanly, Getaway Trump, Kateson and Nestor Park

15:35 Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Doncaster:

11:50 Dexcite (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles & 128 yards]

12:20 Senior Citizen (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:40 Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:50 Tara View (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

 

Having missed her engagement at Wetherby earlier in the week due to unsuitable going, Lady Buttons has been declared to run in the Listed Mares’ Chase at 14:05.

 

And, just in case I don’t write a blog tomorrow, here are Sunday’s runners too:

 

Haydock Park:

12:55 Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Beginners’ Chase

13:25 Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:00 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 3 furlongs & 57 yards]

15:05 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 135 yards]

 

Taunton:

12:45 Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:15 It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Noel Fehily) & Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:50 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:55 Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle (Listed)

15:55 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I returned to work yesterday following the Christmas break, but I have found time to begin drafting my Kempton Park diary; I hope to continue with this over the weekend. 

 

Looking forward, I will be watching Cinderella on BBC1 on Sunday afternoon, in which Prince Charming is played by Richard Madden.  His current girlfriend, Ellie Bamber, will feature in BBC1’s Les Misérables as the grown-up Cosette; episode one is broadcast on Sunday evening. 

 

So, with Cinderella in mind, here are three of the many Youtube links I’ve found over the past couple of weeks:

 

Lily James and Richard Madden appearing on the Graham Norton show to publicise the film:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jTAaKjfmVc

 

Lily and Richard reading ‘suggestive’ lines which were spoken by Paul Hollywood on Bake Off; Paul was also appearing on Graham’s sofa:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnEyD9e3y1s

 

And the stars arriving for the 2015 London premiere of Cinderella:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlddSbPJNnc

Thursday 27 December 2018

 

 

t GN Carlingford Lough.jpg

 

RIP Carlingford Lough

 

JP’s veteran chaser has died of a suspected heart attack having finished 12th in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown today. RIP

 

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

 

Kempton Park:

Nebuchadnezzar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (11 ran).

Altior (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville) won the Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2) (5 ran).

Springtown Lake (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (8 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles] (12 ran).

 

The Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase was won by Dynamite Dollars; he beat Kalashnikov by 1¼ lengths. Maria’s Benefit unseated her jockey at the 7th fence ... although no-one in the stands saw due to the fog!

 

Chepstow:

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) refused to race in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (10 ran).

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Big Nasty (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 4th and Wilde Water (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

I notice that Doitforthevillage won at Chepstow too ... he deserves it, following a number of good efforts.

 

The Coral Welsh National was won by the Colin Tizzard-trained Elegant Escape, ridden by Tom O’Brien.  Ramses De Teillee completed as the runner-up, with Yala Enki 3rd and Rons Dream 4th.  And the amazing Raz De Maree, rising 14, finished 5th!

 

Meanwhile at Wetherby:

The Castleford Handicap Chase was won by Cracking Find, trained by Sue Smith.  Lady Buttons was a non-runner due to the unsuitable going.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Catterick:

12:25 Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Leicester:

13:55 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards]

Wednesday 26 December 2018

I’m still using my old camera, so the photos taken at Kempton Park today weren’t great due to the overcast conditions ... especially later in the day.

 

It seemed to me, that Kempton Park was a lot quieter than on previous Boxing Day visits ... I watched all six races and still managed to get onto the M3 motorway by 16:05! 

 

King George Clan Des Obeaux 2018.jpg

 

Clan Des Obeaux,

winner of the 2018 King George VI Chase (Grade 1),

for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Harry Cobden

 

La Bague Au Roi G1 2018.jpg

 

La Bague Au Roi (left), winner of the

Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1).

Also pictured is runner-up Topofthegame

Verdana Blue & Buveur D'Air Xmas Hurdle.jpg

 

Verdana Blue (centre),

winner of the Christmas Hurdle (Grade 1).

Also pictured is runner-up Buveur D’Air (left)

and 3rd-placed If The Cap Fits

 

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

 

Kempton Park:

Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) finished 2nd in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (7 ran); the race was won by the very talented mare La Bague Au Roi.

Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the King George VI Chase (Grade 1) (10 ran); the race was won by Clan Des Obeaux, trained by Paul Nicholls and ridden by Harry Cobden.  It was Paul’s 10th King George and Harry’s 1st!

Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 5 furlongs] (14 ran).

 

I understand via a tweet from Nicky Henderson that Might Bite bled today, hence his very disappointing showing in the King George.  Thistlecrack ran a blinder to finish 2nd and, of course, the million pound bonus disappeared when Bristol De Mai fell mid-race!  It was a shame that Waiting Patiently was knocked out of the race by the grey’s fall; we will all now have to ‘wait patiently’ to see if he can put it up to the big guns later in the season!

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/1078043621524455424/photo/1

 

The Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle was won by Verdana Blue; she triumphed by just a short-head over Buveur D’Air.

 

With both La Bague Au Roi and Verdana Blue winning their respective Grade 1 races, it seems that you cannot afford to give away 7lbs to a very talented mare!

 

Huntingdon:

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 3rd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won and Lord Marmaduke (Paul Webber/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards] (14 ran); Graeme’s 10th winner of the season.

Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Very Live (Paul Webber/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up two out during the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards] (8 ran).

Passing Shadow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th, Miss Antipova (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th and Potters Vision (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Harry Bannister/EPDS Racing – deputising for currently injured horses) finished 5th in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (7 ran); he wasn’t claimed.

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Stan Sheppard) was pulled up before four out during the Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase [3 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards] (12 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Jaboticaba (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards] (9 ran).

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) was pulled up before two out in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Midnight Jitterbug (Martin Bosley/Joe Anderson) finished 11th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran)

Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (11 ran); Padleyourowncanoe won this race.

Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier) (5 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Tyrell (Andrew Crook/John Kington/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 56 yards] (14 ran).  Despite this, he actually won £350!

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

12:50 Nebuchadnezzar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:30 Altior (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville) – Desert Orchid Chase (Grade 2); he is due to have four rivals – Diego Du Charmil, Diakali, Special Tiara and Speredek.

15:05 Springtown Lake (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

15:35 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles]

 

The Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase is due to be run at 13:20, with Dynamite Dollars, Highway One O One, Kalashnikov, Maria’s Benefit and Hope’s Wishes due to take part.

 

Chepstow:

14:10 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

15:25 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:55 Big Nasty (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) & Wilde Water (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Coral Welsh National takes place at 14:50 – 20 runners declared – Ballyoptic, Yala Enki, Elegant Escape, Vyta Du Roc, Vintage Clouds, Vieux Lion Rouge, Folsom Blue, Baie Des Iles, Ramses De Teillee, Raz De Maree, Regal Flow, Rons Dream, Looksnowtlikebrian, Final Nudge, Lieutenant Colonel, Kansas City Chief, Jennys Surprise, Dawson City, Mysteree and Holly Bush Henry.

 

Meanwhile at Wetherby:

The Castleford Handicap Chase takes place at 14:15 with Forest Bihan, Lady Buttons, Duke Of Navan, Bouvreuil, Just Cameron, Saint Leo, Marracudja, Cracking Find and Oak Vintage declared.

 

Guess who is now on twitter?  Walkon!

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/walkonFRhorse/status/1077645620091994113/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/walkonFRhorse/status/1077933670080614401/photo/1

 

And Grumeti is feeling so much better following his recent health scare:

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/ManesnTales/status/1078034955626786817/photo/1

 

Having vaguely followed the first three series of Game Of Thrones over the past couple of weeks ... it was definitely a chore ... I dozed off to sleep and missed Robb Stark’s unfortunate exit; but perhaps that was for the best.  However, I was treated to a view of Richard Madden’s naked bottom during an earlier episode!  As we all were during Bodyguard too!!!

 

I’ve collected numerous youtube links, featuring Richard, so will probably be tempted to add one or two ... and probably more ... to my blog during the next few days!

Monday 24 December 2018

 

Merry Christmas

 

I’ve been busy over the past couple of days, drafting my Newbury race notes – I’ve completed 6 of 7, with just the feature race outstanding.  I’m unable to do more than 3 races a day, because my brain just goes muzzy after that … it must be my age!

 

However, I have found time to binge on Medici: Masters of Florence again … and have also watched The Take for a second time.  But I’ve probably slept through the majority of the Game of Thrones re-runs on Sky Atlantic … although it doesn’t help that they have to broadcast them after the ‘water-shed’, sometimes from 21:00, sometimes from 22:00.  I frequently doze off when DVDs are playing … but at least I can replay scenes when necessary … or even if not necessary!  LOL!

 

Anyway, here are my runners of interest on Boxing Day:

 

Kempton Park:

13:55 Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) – Kauto Star Novices’ Chase (Grade 1); he has 6 declared rivals – Bags Groove, No Hassle Hoff, Red Indian, Santini, The Worlds End, La Bague Au Roi.

15:05 Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) – King George VI Chase (Grade 1); he has 9 declared rivals – Bristol De Mai, Clan Des Obeaux, Coneygree, Double Shuffle, Might Bite, Politologue, Tea For Two, Thistlecrack and Waiting Patiently.

15:40 Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 5 furlongs]

 

The Grade 1 Christmas Hurdle is due to take place at 14:30, with five runners declared – Boite, Buveur D’Air, Global Citizen, If The Cap Fits and Verdana Blue.

 

Huntingdon:

12:05 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

12:35 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:40 Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Lord Marmaduke (Paul Webber/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards]

14:15 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:50 Very Live (Paul Webber/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards]

15:25 Passing Shadow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Miss Antipova (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Potters Vision (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Market Rasen:

12:10 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Harry Bannister/EPDS Racing – deputising for currently injured horses) – Selling Handicap Hurdle

14:20 Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Stan Sheppard) – Lincolnshire National Handicap Chase [3 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards]

 

Fontwell Park:

12:15 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

13:15 Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:25 Jaboticaba (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards]

15:35 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Wincanton:

12:20 Midnight Jitterbug (Martin Bosley/Joe Anderson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:25 Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

15:10 Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier)

 

Wetherby:

14:45 Tyrell (Andrew Crook/John Kington/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 56 yards]

 

None at Sedgefield.

 

There’s good news regarding Soul Emotion, who collapsed after a race at Ascot on Saturday; he’s returned home to Seven Barrows, having recovered from what is now thought to have been heatstroke!

 

I’ve discovered two new Apple Tree Stud youngsters; Ingenium – a chestnut filly by Exceed And Excel – which recently ran at Chelmsford, finishing 8th of 10.  And Zorro’s Girl – a bay filly by Toronado - which finished 7th of 8 at Newcastle on 22 November.  Both are trained by Archie Watson.

 

The good news is that Racing TV (formerly known as Racing RUK) are re-broadcasting the 2018 Aintree Festival highlights this Festive season … but the bad news is that it’s only being shown once, at midnight tonight!  Great!

 

Touch wood; I’ve not yet succumbed to a cold, despite being surrounded by people who’ve got one!

 

And, finally, Michael Harris took a lovely photo of Valdez at Ascot on Saturday:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/1076593143418679296/photo/1

Saturday 22 December 2018

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

 

Ascot:

Fields of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 175 yards] (10 ran).

Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/James Bowen) finished 3rd in the Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) [3 miles & 97 yards] (11 ran).

Full Glass (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) was pulled up before the last during the Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards] (12 ran).

Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Barry Geraghty) finished 19th, Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 10th, Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd, Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 18th, and Chatez (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards] (21 ran).

 

The Long Walk Hurdle was full of surprises, with Sam Spinner unseating at the second flight having possibly tried to refuse at both of the first two flights, when leading!  Unowhatimean tipped the top of the 8th flight and fell.  The favourite Call Me A Lord was hampered by the faller, before being slightly inconvenienced on the home turn by the fading Agrapart, and then carried to his right by Younevercall two out!  Anyway, the race was won by Paisley Park, for trainer Emma Lavelle and rider Aidan Coleman; the trainer’s first Grade 1 victory.

 

The feature Handicap Hurdle was won by Mohaayed for the Skeltons.

 

Haydock Park:

Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (7 ran).

 

Newcastle:

Bingo D’Olivate (James Ewart/Steven Fox) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 98 yards] (12 ran).

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

Redicean (Alan King/Martin Harley) won the Handicap [1 mile & 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

 

I’ve spent today, so far, sorting out the photos I took at Newbury and these have all now been uploaded, link above.

 

I’ve been endeavouring to follow Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic; it’s a re-run of every episode broadcast so far, starting at Episode One.  I’m tracking the journey of Robb Stark, but it’s been quite a chore as there is a lot of dross to wade through to find scenes featuring Richard Madden’s character!  Mind you, I must have missed quite a lot, because I keep dozing off to sleep late evening.  Robb is killed off in episode 9 of series 3, due to be broadcast on Christmas Day evening.  Needless to say, I won’t be continuing with GoT after that ...

I’ve been scouring Youtube and have found numerous videos featuring Richard Madden; in this one he talks about his death scene in Game of Thrones:

 

WARNING: THIS CONTAINS VIOLENCE, BLOOD AND GORE!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NAEONClXQc

 

This is nice (but, of course, all of the videos are nice!); Richard Madden is talking about Bodyguard on the Ellen DeGeneres Show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjGtW86BWfY

Friday 21 December 2018

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

 

Ascot:

Reve (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 8th in the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran); Alan’s 59th winner of the season and Wayne’s 54th winner of the season.

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (9 ran).

Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran).

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 141 yards] (14 ran).

Chapmanshype (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished last and The Glancing Queen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (11 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Ikeja (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

I missed this one earlier … as my ATR tracker email didn’t arrive until 23:22 last evening:

 

Southwell:

Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Graham Lee) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile & 13 yards] (9 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

12:40 Fields of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:50 Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 175 yards]

14:25 Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/James Bowen) – Long Walk Hurdle (Grade 1) [3 miles & 97 yards]

15:00 Full Glass (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards]

15:35 Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Barry Geraghty) & Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) & Chatez (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards]

 

Haydock Park:

13:00 Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)

 

Newcastle:

11:40 Bingo D’Olivate (James Ewart/Steven Fox) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 98 yards]

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

14:50 Redicean (Alan King/Martin Harley) – Handicap [1 mile & 4 furlongs]

 

There’s no racing in the UK on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday due to the Christmas break!

Thursday 20 December 2018

Just one result to report today, from Exeter:

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (4 ran); however Gavin was fortunate not to be unseated at the last, when gamely holding on to a narrow advantage!

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

12:45 Reve (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Maiden Hurdle

13:20 Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:55 Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

14:30 Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

15:05 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 141 yards]

15:40 Chapmanshype (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) & The Glancing Queen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

Uttoxeter:

15:30 Ikeja (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

I’ve completed my Christmas crochet project and can now concentrate on my Newbury diary and photos. I’m not sure if I’ll have time to draft any race notes before Christmas, but I have already begun to select the photos and hope to have these uploaded by the end of this coming weekend. J

 

Sadly it is time to start using First Defence once more, as two colleagues have developed colds over the past couple of days.  It doesn’t help that they both sit on the bank of desks opposite me and were sneezing today, without holding a tissue over their noses. If I get a cold during the next few days I will be livid ... because last year’s Festive season was ruined by a streaming cold and it’s not fair if it happens two years running. 

Wednesday 19 December 2018

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

 

Ludlow:

Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) was pulled up before three out during the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Miss Tabitha Worsley/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle for Lady Amateur Riders (10 ran); that’s £416.24 prize money for the syndicate.

Finnick Glory (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Newbury:

Our Power (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran); Alan’s 57th winner of the season and Wayne’s 52nd winner of the season.

13:05 Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Outofthequestion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 18th in the Maiden Hurdle (20 ran).

Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Vieux Lille (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (11 ran); Alan’s 58th winner of the season and Wayne’s 53rd winner of the season.

Harambe (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd, by a neck, in the Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

Alan King has now equalled last season’s total tally of National Hunt winners ... and it’s not even the end of the year!

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Exeter:

14:10 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase

 

Robin Dickin is aiming for Sandown’s Veterans’ Final with the ever-popular Thomas Crapper:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/19/veterans’-final-next-for-thomas-crapper

 

I got wet walking home last night, and wet going out this morning; I’m bored of the rain.  Typically, it stopped raining just prior to me reaching shelter this morning ... but it was too late.  Even my socks were damp, so I bought a new multi-pack from M & S before arriving at work – Christmassy flamingos; I’ve now left one pair in my desk drawer for future emergencies.

Tuesday 18 December 2018

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

 

Catterick:

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 71 yards] (8 ran).

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 145 yards] (5 ran); Jamie’s 20th winner of the season.

 

Fakenham:

Sula Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards] (8 ran).

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 3 yards] (6 ran).

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) was a non-runner and Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (5 ran); Martin’s 16th winner of the season.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

14:00 Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:05 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Miss Tabitha Worsley/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle for Lady Amateur Riders

15:35 Finnick Glory (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Newbury:

12:30 Our Power (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:05 Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Outofthequestion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Hurdle

13:40 Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Vieux Lille (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:45 Harambe (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:45 Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

Monday 17 December 2018

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

Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the NH Auction Maiden Hurdle (13 ran) ... although he was a 1-6 chance!  Alan’s 56th winner of the season and Wayne’s 51st winner of the season.

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up before four out during the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 152 yards] (6 ran).

Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up before three out during the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards] (10 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest too:

 

Catterick:

13:40 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 71 yards]

14:40 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 145 yards]

 

Fakenham:

12:50 Sula Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

13:20 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards]

14:20 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 3 yards]

14:50 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) & Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Following a new MRI scan, Seeyouatmidnight has been retired:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/17/time-called-on-career-of-sandy-thomson-stalwart-seeyouatmidnight

 

Subsequent to Rockpoint’s victory at Cheltenham on Saturday, the Racing Post has recounted the story of his dam, and the talented offspring she has produced:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/how-a-mares-refusal-to-race-was-a-blessing-in-disguise/357736

 

Who’d have thought Dusky Legend and Santini were half-sister and half-brother although, of course, they are in the same ownership!

 

Following last week’s health scare, Grumeti appears to be well on the road to recovery J:

https://mobile.twitter.com/ManesnTales/status/1074258983618297856/photo/1

 

And the McNeill Family have posted a photo of Walkon ... oh dear, he’s lost his tail again!

https://mobile.twitter.com/McNeill_Family/status/1074395717198901248/photo/1

Sunday 16 December 2018

 

Happy Retirement

 

 

The New One

 

 

Following a disappointing run in yesterday’s International Hurdle, where he was pulled up before the final flight, The New One has been retired.  But it’s always good to see crowd favourites head off into the sunset in one piece, and hopefully he’ll have a long and happy retirement with the Twiston-Davies family.  And trainer Nigel wasn’t ruling out finding someone to take him on as a RoR horse too ... so we may see The New One again at one of the RoR displays; here’s hoping!  

 

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

 

Cheltenham:

Fret D’Estruval (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 5th in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 62 yards] (5 ran).

Baron Alco (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) finished 4th and Full Glass (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) was a non-runner in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (12 ran).

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th, Sensulano (Noel Williams/Barry Geraghty) won but Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) unseated at the last in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran); Noel’s 5th winner of the season.

 

Barry Geraghty replaced Leighton Aspell aboard Sensulano, the latter is reported to have fractured cheek bones and smashed his nose when unseated at Cheltenham on Friday.  Barry has a 100% winning record, riding Noel’s horses; he’s now 3 out of 3.  Noel won this race two years ago, with Briery Queen.  Here’s wishing Leighton a speedy recovery.

 

The Grade 2 International Hurdle was won by Brain Power, returning to hurdling at the suggestion of his owner.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/brain-power-relishes-the-return-to-hurdles-to-win-the-international/357695

 

Frodon, ridden by Bryony Frost, won the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, following a dashing front-running performance:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/fantastic-frodon-and-frost-bag-the-caspian-caviar-gold-cup-at-cheltenham/357678

 

Doncaster:

Newtown Boy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 31 yards] (4 ran).

Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) finished 3rd and Cubswin (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 128 yards] (7 ran).

Cracker Factory (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last and Elysees (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd by a neck in the Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (5 ran).

 

And today’s results too:

 

Carlisle:

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Chase.

 

Southwell:

Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a head 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (4 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Plumpton:

13:30 Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Auction Maiden Hurdle

14:00 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 152 yards]

14:35 Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards]

 

Today’s Racing Post featured an article about Lalor’s trainer Kayley Woollacott:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/rpsunday/the-dream-of-festival-glory-for-lalor-spurs-on-a-trainer-with-a-bigger-mission/357476

 

Victory Gunner, who retired in 2015 at the age of 15, has passed away peacefully in his sleep aged 17.  RIP.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/golden-oldie-victory-gunner-dies-peacefully-at-the-welsh-farm-where-he-was-born/357800

 

There was a racehorse auction after racing at Cheltenham on Friday.  Jamie Snowden purchased a 2013 Beat Hollow-gelding named Minella Beat for £140,000.  Meanwhile Alan King bought a 2014 Yeats-filly named The Cull Bank for £50,000 and a 2014 Al Namix-gelding called Madiba Passion for £100,000.

 

My Christmas crochet project is progressing well, but not yet finished.  I also need to make a quick return to the dentist, as I appear to have lost a chunk of enamel from one of my molars; drat!  It’s very annoying, as I never have problems with my teeth, and repairs are expensive too. L

Friday 14 December 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... and two winners ... one of which was a 33-1 shot!

 

Cheltenham:

Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated at the second fence during the Novices’ Chase (4 ran); connections

Kerrow (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up after the 18th fence during the Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles 2 furlongs] (9 ran).

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Cross Country Chase (11 ran); Jamie’s 19th winner of the season.

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards] (12 ran).

 

In addition, Wayne rode Keeper Hill for Warren Greatrex in the 15:40 Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards], deputising for the injured Adrian Heskin. They finished 2nd of 12.

 

Here is a report regarding Fact Of The Matter’s victory in the Cross Country event:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/14/fact-of-the-matter-edges-my-hometown-in-cheltenham-thriller

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up during the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 77 yards] (8 ran).

Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 7 yards] (7 ran).

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Tom Cannon) 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (18 ran).

Calum Gilhooley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Graeme’s 9th winner of the season.  He was a 33-1 shot!!!

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

12:10 Fret D’Estruval (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:20 Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 62 yards]

13:55 Baron Alco (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) & Full Glass (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Caspian Caviar Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

15:40 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Sensulano (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) & Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

The Grade 2 International Hurdle takes place at 15:05 and features Old Guard, The New One, Silver Streak, Summerville Boy, We Have A Dream, Vision Des Flos, Brain Power and Western Ryder.

 

Doncaster:

12:25 Newtown Boy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:00 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 31 yards]

14:10 Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) & Cubswin (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 128 yards]

14:45 Cracker Factory (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Elysees (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

There are no runners of interest at Hereford tomorrow, although I notice that a least two jockeys – Leighton Aspell and Tom Cannon are riding there before heading over to Cheltenham for engagements!

 

And on Sunday, weather permitting:

 

Carlisle:

12:50 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Novices’ Handicap Chase; must be doubtful as pulled up today at Bangor.

 

Southwell:

14:15 Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend, apart from endeavouring to finish my Christmas crochet project.

Thursday 13 December 2018

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

 

Taunton:

Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Div I) (13 ran).

Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was badly hampered and unseated his rider two out during the Novices’ Hurdle (Div II) (12 ran); that must have been when Paxman fell, injuring jockey Adrian Heskin, see below.

Tour De Paris (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards] (16 ran).

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (14 ran).

Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before four out during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (13 ran).

Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 40 yards] (9 ran); Alan’s 55th winner and Wayne’s 50th winner of the season.

 

Jockey Adrian Heskin broke his left leg at Taunton today, and is due to have surgery tomorrow; so here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.

 

Warwick:

Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (17 ran).

Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won but Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) fell two out when disputing the lead during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (13 ran); Graeme’s 8th winner of the season.

Edwardstone (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

My runners of interest tomorrow are as follows:

 

Cheltenham:

12:45 Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:30 Kerrow (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles 2 furlongs]

15:05 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Cross Country Chase

15:40 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards]

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

11:50 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 77 yards]

14:10 Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 7 yards]

14:45 Grey Diamond (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:20 Calum Gilhooley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

But none at Doncaster!

 

Today is my Friday! J

Wednesday 12 December 2018

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

 

Hexham:

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 41 yards] (6 ran).

Pershing Missile (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 63 yards] (11 ran).

 

Kempton Park (AW):

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (10 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Taunton:

12:35 Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Div I)

13:05 Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Div II)

13:35 Tour De Paris (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards]

14:10 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:45 Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

15:15 Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 40 yards]

 

Warwick:

12:50 Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

14:30 Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

15:35 Edwardstone (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Grumeti isn’t very well at the moment and has been transported to Newmarket for treatment.  Although the initial diagnosis was colic, vets remain baffled and wonder if it’s a spinal or neurological problem instead.  So it is fingers and everything crossed that specialists get to the bottom of it and Grumeti makes a full recovery.  Postscript – the latest news is more positive and it is reported that he appears to be improving ... 

 

The BHA has published its findings regarding the fatalities incurred at this year’s Cheltenham Festival:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-review/bha-unveils-17-recommendations-from-welfare-review-of-cheltenham-festival/357347

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/videos-postcasts/nick-rust-discusses-bha-recommendations/357356

 

A different take on the twelve days of Christmas … in Lambourn:

https://www.facebook.com/oliver.sherwood.37/videos/pcb.2045660565656439/2045660328989796/?type=3&theater

 

This is very nice … and, yes, I’ve bought a printed copy of GQ too!

https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/article/richard-madden-james-bond-interview

 

I’ve finally put a number of Christmas decorations up ... although I’ve not finished yet, and have also posted a number of Christmas cards today ... but still have a few more to send too!  I always procrastinate in early December! 

Tuesday 11 December 2018

Here are today’s runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (13 ran).

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 11th and River Frost (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) fell at the 10th fence during the Beginners’ Chase (16 ran).

Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran); Alan’s 54th winner of the season and Wayne’s 49th winner of the season.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Hexham:

13:50 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 41 yards]

14:20 Pershing Missile (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 63 yards]

 

Kempton Park (AW):

18:45 Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) – Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards]

 

Ma Filleule sold for 220,000 euros at the Arqana Breeding Stock sale today and will now be heading to Goldford Stud in Cheshire:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/ma-filleule-and-gitane-du-berlais-share-top-billing-at-munir-and-souede-sale/357256

Monday 10 December 2018

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

 

Lingfield Park:

Coded Message (Ben Case/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 48th winner of the season.

 

Musselburgh:

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) fell at the first in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3 ran); that was a long journey, for an early bath.  He’d fallen at the first fence on his previous run too. 

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

12:30 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) – Mares’ Novices Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:30 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & River Frost (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Beginners’ Chase

15:30 Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

14:40 Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Following Saturday’s Tingle Creek Chase, in which he finished 3rd, connections plan to step Saint Calvados up in trip.  They also wish to give him further experience on a right-handed track ... it was his first run going ‘clockwise’!

 

Lalor is fine following his run in the Henry VIII Novices’ Chase; the trainer blames the ground for his below par effort. 

 

Simon Munir and Isaac Souede’s breeding mares go to the sales tomorrow, 21 in total, and that includes Ma Filleule.  They wish to concentrate on racing, rather than breeding, from now on.  

 

And, finally, connections will retire The New One if he fails to sparkle in Saturday’s International Hurdle at Cheltenham.  He’s rising 11. 

Sunday 09 December 2018

 

Happy Retirement

 

d race 4 My Tent Or Yours.jpg

 

My Tent Or Yours

 

It was announced today that My Tent Or Yours has been retired; he’s rising 12.   

 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/09/my-tent-or-yours-heading-for-well-deserved-retirement

 

Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest; I’ve added Eldorado Allen to Aintree’s list, having overlooked him because my ATR tracker email didn’t arrive until 00:08 on Saturday morning!

 

Aintree:

Eldorado Allen (Colin Tizzard/Tom O’Brien) was severely hampered at the first flight and unseated his rider in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); it was an incident packed race, as the two loose horses later dislodged a rail, forcing another runner off the track on the home bend!

Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (11 ran).

Giving Glances (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before the last in the Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed) (8 ran).

 

One For Arthur, returning from injury, unseated his rider at the third fence during the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase; Definitly Red won the race (4 ran).  The 2017 Grand National winner is okay following this mishap and a new plan has been hatched:

 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/09/haydock-or-wetherby-options-for-one-for-arthur

 

Walk In The Mill won the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences, for trainer Robert Walford and jockey James Best (18 ran).

 

And Warriors Tale, which was bred by Alan King, won the Grand Sefton (also run over the Grand National fences) for Paul Nicholls and Sean Bowen (11 ran).

 

Sandown Park:

Timoteo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 216 yards] (10 ran).

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished last in the Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1) (4 ran).

 

Altior was the undoubted star of the day, winning the Tingle Creek with ease despite the inclement weather and soft going conditions.  Nicky Henderson reported that he lost a shoe during the race, and was slightly unsound this morning ... but it’s nothing to worry about, and similar to the issue he had shortly before last season’s Champion Chase, which he won.  A poultice will do the trick, evidently!  And there are no plans to run in the King George:

 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/09/nicky-henderson-will-resist-king-george-temptation-with-altior

 

Lalor disappointed in the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase, finishing 3rd.  It may have been the going conditions or perhaps he needs longer between races.

 

Chepstow:

13:25 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 12th in the Novices’ Hurdle (16 ran).

13:55 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (11 ran).

14:30 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (10 ran).

 

And today’s results from Huntingdon:

Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran).

William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards] (12 ran); Alan’s 53rd winner of the season and Wayne’s 47th winner of the season.

Briery Express (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 5th, Giving Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 9th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (13 ran).

 

Charbel won the The Peterborough Chase by 8 lengths from God’s Own.  The winner was ridden by Noel Fehily today, David Bass is currently on the sidelines due to concussion. 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/09/peterborough-chase-delight-for-kim-bailey-with-charbel

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Lingfield Park:

13:00 Coded Message (Ben Case/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

 

Musselburgh:

13:15 My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

But there’s very sad news regarding Euxton Lane, who was injured when falling at Bangor 8 days ago.  Despite the best of care, his condition deteriorated three days ago and, having gone down in his stable, he couldn’t get up again and had to be put to sleep.  He was only 6. L

 

Race 2 f Euxton Lane.jpg

 

RIP Euxton Lane

 

I’ve done some crocheting this weekend ... but not as much as I’d like to have done.  I’ve not put up any Christmas decorations either! 

 

Instead I’ve been DVD-binging again; this time it was the 8-episode Medici: ‘Masters of Florence’ starring Richard Madden as Cosimo de Medici!  I just can’t help myself; Richard is a very good actor ... and he’s very nice to look at too!!!  In fact so much so that I’m unable to crochet and watch the TV screen at the same time!!!  There will be a season 2, scheduled for Netflix in 2019, although that moves twenty years on and follows the story of Lorenzo de Medici, Cosimo’s grandson. 

 

And, finally, a blast from the past ... a photo taken of Choc aboard Bear On Board during the 2004 Grand National:

https://mobile.twitter.com/AnaglogsDaughtr/status/1071032200777424896/photo/1

Friday 07 December 2018

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

 

Exeter:

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Lorcan Murtagh/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]; the prize money for runner-up spot was £1,144.80 ... so, as I’m a member of his syndicate, I’ll get a very small share of that!

Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards] (12 ran).

Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran); he whipped around at the start and, as a result, was left 20 lengths adrift as they set off – he was beaten by just 3½ lengths!  The race was won by Defi Du Seuil ... which was a surprise, following his run at Cheltenham last month when he appeared short of confidence when jumping!  Black Op finished 3rd today, and White Moon 5th.

 

Sandown Park:

Oh Land Abloom (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase due to unsuitable ground.

Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (10 ran); Alan’s 52nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 46th winner of the season.   Alan will be very pleased with the mare’s effort against the boys; the mare goes on good ground and heavy too – she’s now 4 out of 4, including one point-to-point!

 

But I overlooked these three when searching for runners of interest:

Pete The Feat (Charlie Longsdon/Mr Peter Mason) finished 3rd, Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Mr Callum McBride) unseated and Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Miss Tabitha Worsley) finished 2nd in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Aintree:

13:00 Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]; he’s been on the side-lines for 633 days over jumps and 536 days on the flat having been badly jarred up during his last run.

14:40 Giving Glances (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed)

 

One For Arthur returns from the injury sidelines in the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase at 14:05.

 

Sandown Park:

14:25 Timoteo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 216 yards]

15:00 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Tingle Creek Chase (Grade 1); his rivals are Altior, Saint Calvados and Un De Sceaux

 

Lalor has been declared for the Grade 1 Henry VIII Novices’ Chase at 13:50.

 

Chepstow:

13:25 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:55 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:30 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Welsh Grand National Trial Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

 

No runners of interest at Wetherby.

 

And on Sunday, at Huntingdon:

12:50 Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

13:55 William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

15:00 Briery Express (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) & Giving Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

The Peterborough Chase takes place on Sunday, with God’s Own, Art Mauresque, Charbel, San Benedeto and Tea For Two amongst those declared.

I’m rather bored with soggy weather, from a walking point of view although, of course, winter racing needs rain ... but not too much of it!!!

I’m planning to continue work on my Christmas crochet project this weekend and, if I have the time and inclination, I might put up some festive decorations too!

Thursday 06 December 2018

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

 

Wincanton:

Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

My Dixie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up during the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 8th and Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards] (12 ran).

Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th, Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 4th in the ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Seaborough (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Leicester: (which held an exclusively hurdle card again)

Reve (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) fell two out when leading and Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards] (7 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Exeter:

12:25 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Lorcan Murtagh/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

13:00 Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

14:35 Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) – Novices’ Chase ... he reminds me of Pride of Pemberley!  Rivals include Black Op and White Moon.

 

Sandown Park:

13:55 Oh Land Abloom (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:25 Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

Just four horses have been declared for Saturday’s Tingle Creek Chase ... but what a quartet they are!  Altior, Saint Calvados, Sceau Royal and Un De Sceaux! 

 

Connections were hoping that Pride Of Pemberley would be able to return to action this weekend but, sadly, it appears there’s been another set-back; further information will be revealed by EPDS next week.  These racehorses are so fragile ... mind you I’d been tempted to wrap up all of my favourites in cottonwool so they don’t get hurt!!!

 

Oh well, that means I will be home on Saturday, rather than paying a visit to Sandown Park.  I hadn’t bought a ticket yet, so no funds lost.  I don’t mind staying at home, as I’m looking forward to watching the racing from Aintree too. 

 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.  Last night I won £30 on the new lotto game.  Yesterday’s ticket was a lucky dip, having been issued with a freebie ticket after selecting two numbers on a previous draw.  J  I’m sticking with my regular lucky numbers, as I won 2 x £25 on recent occasions although, having said that, it had been ages since I’d won prior to that! 

I’ve started my Christmas crochet project, so have put aside my Newbury diary for the present, having drafted the top and tail thereof.  

Wednesday 05 December 2018

And here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Haydock Park:

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 6th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Kootenay River (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 9th in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Springtown Lake (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Fibonacci (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Introductory Hurdle (6 ran).

Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 191 yards] (10 ran).

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 204 yards] (7 ran).

Big Nasty (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd, Farrants Way (Venetia Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner and Amorlette (Jamie Snowden/Brian Hughes) finished last in the ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Nayati, who is currently owned by Grech and Parkin, goes to the sales on Friday; today’s effort will have done nothing to change connections mind!

 

Ludlow:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won, but Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) fell two out when leading during the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4 ran); Alan’s 51st winner of the season.

Early Morning Rain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th and Marlow Moss (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 9th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wincanton:

12:25 Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:00 My Dixie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

14:05 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) & Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards]

15:40 Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) – ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Market Rasen:

12:15 Seaborough (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Leicester: (which is holding a solely hurdle card again)

13:40 Reve (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) & Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Maiden Hurdle

14:15 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards]

 

As it’s Wednesday, I’ve purchased a copy of Weekender.  Alan King reveals that he was delighted with Dingo Dollar’s effort in Saturday’s feature race (I can’t bring myself to call it by its new name ... it will always be the Hennessy!) and that the Scottish National will be the horse’s main target this season.  This being the case, he’s going to bypass the Welsh National (which was solely a back-up plan) and probably head to Doncaster for January’s Sky Bet Chase; maybe taking in the 3 mile 1 furlong handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival along the way too. 

Tuesday 04 December 2018

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

 

Southwell:

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices Hurdle (11 ran).

Ben Buie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) (8 ran).

 

Fakenham:

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 44 yards] (8 ran).

14:40 Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 59 yards] (7 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Haydock Park:

12:20 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

12:50 Kootenay River (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Maiden Hurdle

13:20 Springtown Lake (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Chase

13:55 Fibonacci (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Introductory Hurdle

14:25 Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 191 yards]

15:00 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 204 yards]

15:30 Big Nasty (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & Farrants Way (Venetia Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Amorlette (Jamie Snowden/Brian Hughes) – ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Ludlow:

13:10 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:20 Early Morning Rain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Marlow Moss (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Having sustained an injury during this year’s Grand National, Seeyouatmidnight continues to struggle with a soundness issue:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/04/seeyouatmidnight-may-return-next-season

 

And looking ahead to Saturday’s Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown Park:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/04/altior-all-set-for-tingle-creek-return

 

Following Saturday’s feature race, plans have been revealed for Ms Parfois:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/04/welsh-national-plan-for-ms-parfois

 

I was shocked to discover that four horses died at Musselburgh yesterday, including Sierra Oscar who I’d already reported as having suffered a fatal injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/bha-to-investigate-extremely-distressing-deaths-at-musselburgh/356340

 

I feel shattered this evening ... I fell off to sleep in the armchair having eaten my evening meal!

Monday 03 December 2018

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

Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) won the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran); Jamie’s 18th winner of the season.

 

Kalashnikov was an impressive winner of the Novices’ Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/immaculate-kalashnikov-joint-favourite-for-arkle-after-plumpton-procession/356190

 

And two which I missed ... until my ATR tracker reminded me:

 

Wolverhampton:

Redicean (Alan King/Martin Harley) won the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 51 yards] (6 ran).

 

Musselburgh:

Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Callum Bewley/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 171 yards] (6 ran).  He was last of the finishers, as Nendrum fell and Sierra Oscar was pulled up having suffered a fatal injury. RIP

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Southwell:

13:00 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:30 Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices Hurdle

15:30 Ben Buie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

 

Fakenham:

13:10 Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 44 yards]

14:40 Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 59 yards]

 

Connections mourn the loss of Bleu Et Rouge who died at Newcastle on Saturday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/absolute-gent-bleu-et-rouge-mourned-after-tragic-end-in-fighting-fifth/356086

 

I’m a winner today ... each year my employer has an advert calendar draw, whereby a name is picked out of the hat each day from 01 to 24 December.  The prizes are a £10 Amazon voucher for each of the first 23 days, and a £50 voucher if your name is picked on Christmas Eve.  My name was picked first this year, so I have £10 to spend via Amazon. J 

Sunday 02 December 2018

Here is the usual Sunday ‘mega’ blog ...

 

Sizing Tennessee.jpg

 

Winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase

Sizing Tennessee, trained by Colin Tizzard

and ridden by Tom Scudamore

 

 

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

 

Newbury:

Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (5 ran).

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Adam Wedge) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (7 ran).

Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 118 yards] (15 ran).

Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Intermediate Limited Handicap Hurdle (Listed – the Gerry Feilden Hurdle) (9 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Ms Parfois (Anthony Honeyball/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the Ladbrokes’ Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (12 ran); that was the fewest runners since Coome Hill won in 1996! 

 

Colin Tizzard trained the winner, the runner-up and the fifth in the Ladbrokes’ Trophy:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/01/sizing-tennessee-makes-it-a-famous-ladbrokes-trophy-one-two-for-colin-tizzard

 

Tom Scudamore rode the winner of the first ‘Hennessy’ I saw during my first ever visit to Newbury, back in 2008; his ride that day was Madison Du Berlais.

 

Having been pulled up yesterday, it was decided to retire Barters Hill:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/01/barters-hill-retired-following-newbury-run

 

Doncaster:

Outofthequestion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (NHMOPS Bonus Race)

Cosmeapolitan (Alan King/Sean Bowen) finished 3rd but Harefield (Alan King/Tom Cannon) fell three out during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 128 yards] (6 ran).

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Potterman (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 88 yards] (6 ran); Tyrell (A Crook/J Kington) also ran in the race, but he finished last. 

Fuseau (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Newcastle:

Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); he was a 50-1 shot!  I saw Ask Ben when I visited Graeme’s yard back in October; I liked him!  Graeme’s 7th winner of the season.

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) unseated his jockey at the third fence during the Rehearsal Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 91 yards] (12 ran).

 

Buveur D’Air trounced Samcro in the Grade 1 Fighting Fifth Hurdle.  Sadly the race was marred by the death of Bleu Et Rouge, who was having his first run for trainer Ben Haslam.  RIP

 

RIP Bleu Et Rouge.jpg

 

RIP Bleu Et Rouge

 

 

Here is an article in which Graeme McPherson describes his shock after Ask Ben won:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/01/ask-ben-lands-50-1-shock-at-newcastle

 

Lake View Lad won the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/01/lake-view-lad-delivers-instant-rehearsal-win-for-hemmings

 

And a report regarding Buveur D’Air’s triumph in the Fighting Fifth:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/December/01/true-champion-buveur-d’air-bags-second-fighting-fifth

 

And today’s single result from Leicester:

Cut And Run (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was pulled up during the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Plumpton:

12:30 Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

13:30 Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

14:00 Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Kalashnikov runs in the Novices’ Chase to be run at 13:00.

 

It’s been reported that Claimantakinforgan has sustained an injury which will probably keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of this season. 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my day out at Newbury, despite the drizzle which lasted until 13:45!  However, I certainly didn’t enjoy my journeys, both outbound and inbound.  Having left home just before 08:30, it was almost a ‘white-out’ on the M25 due to heavy rain.  Then, on my inbound journey, I got caught up in a very long tailback on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 – it transpired the carriageway was reduced to one lane, but only for a few hundred metres, just prior to Junction 10!  One message board stated 47 minutes to travel 15 miles! 

 

I planned to break my journey home, to visit my friend Den in Caversham.  However, my recollection of the route through Reading from Junction 12 is very sketchy ... and impossible to know after dark, and I’ve never used Junction 11.  This left me with the sole option of leaving via Junction 10, hence the long delay.  In fact I left the racecourse car park at 16:10, with only a short delay to reach the Hambridge Road, but didn’t arrive in Caversham until 17:45!!!

 

And that wasn’t the end of my travel woes ... my favoured route home from Den’s is via the M4, joining it at the Maidenhead junction.  However, as I was driving down the dual carriageway which runs between the A4 and M4, I saw a message board stating that the eastbound carriageway was closed between two junctions along my intended route ... so I decided to double-back on myself and head up the A404 to join the M40 at High Wycombe instead!  Mind you, I did notice one or two drivers did head down the slip-road onto the eastbound carriageway of the M4 ... so maybe the signing wasn’t correct.  Did it state closed between J7 and J6?  I don’t know; if so, they would have been able to travel between J8/9 and J7 I suppose.

 

If I’d left at junction 7 yesterday, I might have ended up lost in Slough ... nooooooooooooo!  I used to be very familiar with the route, around Slough, having worked in Bracknell for 15 months back in the 1990’s, but no longer.  I used to travel via Ascot, Windsor, Slough, Stoke Poges, Gerrards Cross, Denham and Maple Cross, before joining the M25 at the latter.  So do I need a satnav?  Of course not, as I can always style it out, one way or the other!  

 

My re-route wasn’t ideal, as I have a longstanding aversion to Junction 4 on the M40, if joining the motorway, rather than leaving it in order to head south along the A404... but it wasn’t that bad, especially at 21:30; although I did go the long way around the island, rather than via the strange ‘cut-through the centre’ route, to reach the slip-road!    

 

So, as I stated earlier, the racing was good despite the damp weather, but the travel problems were horrendous! 

 

I’ve been struggling against time today, although I have found time to set up the templates in preparation for drafting my Newbury diary. 

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that my local Council has lost its mind with regard to the parking restrictions which have been introduced on many of the roads within a reasonable walking distance of the City station, and City centre for that matter.  It’s claimed that spending around £8 a day to park at the station is cheap ... not in my book it isn’t!  What about people who cannot afford to park at the station, or due to their advancing years cannot walk long distances from areas where they can park, or people who aren’t close to a bus route.  It’s obviously a money-grabbing scheme. 

 

From my point of view, when short of time or lame like I was in the summer, the ability to park within a 10 minute walk of the City Centre, for free, was a godsend.  My favoured road now has restrictions Monday to Saturday, whilst others are restricted Monday to Friday. 

 

I’m also livid that, along a couple of roads I use on a regular basis, a standard width pavement is now designated to be a cycling route ... no doubt another crazy idea thought up by someone who never walks anywhere ... for, if they did, they’d know how dangerous this can be for pedestrians. 

 

 


 

 

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