FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

Wednesday 28 February 2018

There was no result to report from Catterick on Monday, as the fixture was abandoned due to the freezing weather conditions.

Monday 26 February 2018

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

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Adam Nicol) fell during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (10 ran); I hope he’s okay.

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Catterick:

14:40 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Here are a couple of lovely photos of the ill-fated Ubak:

https://mobile.twitter.com/joshmoore91/status/967856050958426112/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/967882500197486593/photo/1

 

I understand that the quirky Pilgrims Bay passed away recently, following a rare infection.  RIP

 

And a photograph of Arabian Queen, former winner of the Juddemonte International, with her Frankel foal; a colt:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Ascot/status/968030875089764353/photo/1

 

Ryan Hatch has announced his retirement from race-riding, upon the advice of doctors.  Here’s wishing him every success in his new endeavours.

 

As I write this evening’s blog, the ‘Beast from the East’ hasn’t arrived in West Hertfordshire yet ... if the forecasters have got it right, the heavier snowfalls scheduled for tonight and tomorrow will pass to the north and to the south of my area.  I don’t think we will be so fortunate on Thursday and Friday.

Sunday 25 February 2018

Very sadly, Ubak was pulled up during today’s National Spirit Hurdle at Fontwell Park, having gone ‘badly wrong’.  RIP poor boy.

 

 

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RIP Ubak

 

The race was won by Old Guard, today ridden by Harry Cobden; Lil Rockerfeller was the runner-up.

 

Here’s the weekend round-up for my runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

Criq Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th, Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 11th, Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th, and My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (14 ran).

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran); he was no match for Cyrname having made numerous jumping errors ... and that was despite the fact that the Paul Nicholls-trained runner almost unseated Sean Bowen four out having cleared the fence far too extravagantly!

Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Apple Tree Stud) won the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (7 ran).  Alan’s 53rd winner of the season and Wayne’s 41st winner of the season. 

Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 9th, Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished last in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (10 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [ 3 miles] (15 ran).

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards] (8 ran).

Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran); I liked the winner, the Paul Nicholls-trained Danny Kirwan.  The latter is expected to head to Aintree for their bumper.

 

Chepstow:

Salmanazar (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (11 ran).

Mister Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished last in the Maiden NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders) (12 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Southwell:

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (5 ran).

Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (14 ran).

Richie Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Chase, having run at Kempton Park yesterday.

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Ayr, and subject to a 08:00 inspection:

16:55 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Adam Nicol) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Connections have decided that Cue Card will go for the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival; good call.

 

As I probably expected, Choc attended Kempton Park yesterday J ... but of course I didn’t.  L  He was interviewed on RUK before Redicean’s race and after the race by ITV Racing.  Since the beginning of the year, and until the past couple of weeks, I’ve not felt confident enough to venture out to the races alone, having experienced a number of ‘strange’ symptoms over the past few weeks.  My current dilemma is the amount of time I can stand up for before my pelvis begins to complain and I start to feel unwell. 

 

And goodness knows what is going to happen this week, with regards to heavy snowfall.  I certainly don’t fancy having to walk upon icy pavements whilst already suffering from a fragile pelvis. L  But the good news is that I now have an appointment for an x-ray.

Friday 23 February 2018

 

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Happy Birthday Wolfie!

 

 

 

Jennie and Choc’s little boy, Wolfie, celebrates his first birthday today.  That’s fitting, there’s one candle on the clipart cake!

 

Oh wow ... my results from today were as good as they could possible get ... with three winners and a second; the second was in a race where my other ‘runner of interest’ won!  So that’s nine winners in the past three days ... with honours spread around – Alan King (x3), Martin Keighley, Jamie Snowden, Graeme McPherson (x2), Noel Williams and also my syndicate horse, Galactic Power, for Robin Dickin!  And to think, I don’t even bet!!!

 

Anyway, here are those Friday results for those runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Juvenile Hurdle (11 ran); Alan’s 51st winner of the season.

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran); Alan’s 52nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 40th winner of the season.

 

Exeter:

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran); Jamie’s 27th winner of the season.  Jamie has already surpassed last year’s winners total, which I believe was 25. 

 

With the weather threatening to close in early next week, with freezing temperatures rolling in from Siberia, Saturday is going to be a busy day for runners of interest – there are 14 to track on the tracks:

 

Kempton Park:

13:15 Criq Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) & Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]; it’s My Charity’s handicap debut.

13:50 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

14:25 Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Apple Tree Stud) – Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:00 Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:35 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [ 3 miles]

16:10 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards]

16:45 Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

15:40 Salmanazar (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

17:20 Mister Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Maiden NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders); there’s a horse named ‘Pemberley’ in this one.

 

And on Sunday:

 

Southwell:

14:00 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

16:05 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Selling Handicap Hurdle

15:35 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]

17:05 Richie Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

14:20 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase; also entered at Kempton Park on Saturday.

 

Weirdly, it didn’t feel all that cold to me today; it was only 2oC when I went out this morning and didn’t get any higher than 4oC during my excursion.  I went to the city centre shops, to the supermarket and to Dunelms.  I’d normally walk to city centre (and enjoy it) but I drove today, bearing in mind the further I walk, the worse my pelvis symptoms become. 

 

Never let me loose in Boots, Superdrug or the shower-gel aisle of the supermarket (having visited the latter two today), as I can’t resist sniffing and often buying new fragrances of shower-gel.  At the moment, my absolute favourite shower-gel is Imperial Leather Foamy Banana Shower Cream ... but it still doesn’t prevent me buying others! 

 

I love to look around Dunelms, and it took me ages to decide upon a cushion and a cover.  I always end up with ‘rusticslub-effect fabric covers; today it was a teal coloured print, featuring mirror-image cockatoos!  The cushion itself contains duck-down. 

 

The robin or robins have been collecting leaves, presumably for use as future nesting materials; they have been piled up in a heap within the carport – and it’s not the breeze which has caused this.  The robin has been spotted in the shed/garage on a regular basis, but doesn’t seem to be building a nest inside yet; besides it’s far too early in the year for that.  Just so long as they don’t build their nest on the ladder which is secured to the wall beside my car - that’s happened before, a number of years ago.  They did begin building a nest on the ladder early last year, but I removed that; I don’t want bird poo damaging the paintwork on my little Fiesta.

 

I wish I felt fit enough to go to Kempton ... I still get spells when my pelvis aches, despite resting as much as I can; it happened when I was queuing to pay in Dunelms today – it makes me feel a little nauseous too.  Mind you, my foot was hurting also, for more or less the entire time I was out and about today.  I don’t like this old age thing ... if only I could have ‘broken down’ in May, when it wouldn’t have been so disruptive. L

 

I’m currently waiting for an appointment for an x-ray; earlier scans having found nothing which would account for my symptoms.  Should it be a stress fracture, it may need an MRI scan to officially diagnose the problem.  Although as time goes by, presumably it will be healing if I continue to take it easier than usual.

Thursday 22 February 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Huntingdon ... and 2 further winners!

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards] (14 ran).

Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran).

Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards] (8 ran); the Racing Post race notes state that he ‘jumped beautifully’!  Noel’s 6th winner of the season and Wayne’s 39th winner of the season.

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

14:25 Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Juvenile Hurdle

17:10 Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Exeter:

15:40 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Today was my ‘Friday’ but I have nothing planned for the weekend, as I’m still on self-imposed ‘box rest’ ahead of the Cheltenham Festival! 

I think I may have to buy myself a very soft cushion to place on my car seat, as sitting on unforgiving surfaces for too long makes my pelvis ache.  I bought a cushion to sit on at work, and my pelvis definitely aches far less often when I’m sitting at my PC.  I also sit on an Oxford pillow plus a squidgy cushion when occupying my favourite armchair and it works wonders!  Even sitting to write my daily blogs makes my pelvis ache! L

Wednesday 21 February 2018

 

Winners, winners, chicken dinners ...

 

including my Twitterati Racing Club horse, Galactic Power J

 

 

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

 

Doncaster:

Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won, Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd and Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (12 ran); Alan’s 50th winner of the season and Wayne’s 38th winner of the season.

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards] (13 ran); Martin’s 21st winner of the season.

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Series Leg 2) (12 ran).

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished last in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I (9 ran).

Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II (9 ran); when I visited the yard in October, Graeme mentioned that he thought a lot of his charge!

 

Ludlow:

Devil’s Drop (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 2nd and Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing Twitterati Racing Club Syndicate) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards] (9 ran).

 

Newcastle: (AW)

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Connor Murtagh) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 miles & 5 yards] (8 ran).

 

Miles To Memphis finished 5th in the Pertemps Qualifier at Punchestown.

And tomorrow, at Huntingdon:

13:50 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards]

14:20 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:40 Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards]

17:15 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

 

This week’s Weekender appeared on newsstands today, and Alan King has confirmed that Yanworth will run in the Stayers’ Hurdle.  I totally agree with that decision; last season felt like unfinished business, having been campaigned over distances too short, before finally getting the opportunity to run and win a Grade 1 over an extended 3 miles at the Aintree Festival.

 

Elgin is still on course for the Champion Hurdle, having been raised to 161 following his victory in last Saturday’s Kingwell Hurdle.  Provided everything continues to plan, the entry supplement of £20,000 will be paid on 07 March.

 

Lisp will head to the Fred Winter, and Coeur De Lion will go for either the Coral Cup or the Martin Pipe; the latter recently won a £15,000 flat race at Southwell! 

Tuesday 20 February 2018

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

 

Wetherby:

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 45 yards] (8 ran).

 

Taunton:

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was brought down on the final bend when short of room in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran); I’m led to believe both horse and jockey were okay following the incident.

 

There are numerous runners of interest (13 in fact) tomorrow:

 

Doncaster:

13:40 Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:50 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

15:20 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Series Leg 2)

16:30 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

17:00 Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

Ludlow:

16:05 Devil’s Drop (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Maiden Hurdle

17:10 Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) & Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing Twitterati Racing Club Syndicate) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards]

 

Newcastle: (AW)

16:50 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Connor Murtagh) – Handicap [1 miles & 5 yards]

 

In addition, Miles To Memphis is due to run in the Pertemps Qualifier at Punchestown tomorrow; off time 16:45.

David Barons, who trained the 1991 Grand National winner Seagram, has passed away aged 81.  RIP

Monday 19 February 2018

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

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (All-weather) (12 ran).

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (9 ran).

 

And there’s a third result, from Kempton Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Fran Berry/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (9 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wetherby:

16:40 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 45 yards]

 

Taunton:

14:10 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:10 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Choc and Jennie flew home from Dubai today.

Sunday 18 February 2018

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

 

Ascot:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards] (9 ran).

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) swung around and unseated his jockey as the runners set off for the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118 yards] (12 ran).

Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

The Grade 1 Ascot Chase was won by the Ruth Jefferson-trained Waiting Patiently; both he and Cue Card were the equal stars of the race.  Colin Tizzard’s charge was magnificent, jumping with all the zest of a horse half his age to finish 2nd.  Cue Card wore a snaffle yesterday, having schooled in the basic bit last week. 

 

At present, the winning trainer isn’t too sure whether Waiting Patiently will run in the Ryanair Chase because she has doubts about the suitability of the Cheltenham track for her charge. It was jockey Brian Hughes’ first Grade 1 victory.

 

On the run-in, Waiting Patiently and Cue Card:

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingUpNorth/status/964915194441936896/photo/1

 

Cue Card, the very game runner-up:

https://mobile.twitter.com/leemottershead/status/964890299452542976/photo/1

 

Black Corton, under Bryony Frost, won the Grade 2 Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase impressively.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Harry05Derham/status/965163000637386754/photo/1

 

Wincanton:

Jully Les Buxy (Nick Mitchell/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (18 ran).

Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) was pulled up in the Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) (6 ran); Alan’s 49th winner of the season and Wayne’s 37th winner of the season.

 

Haydock Park:

Lisp (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle

 

There was a sad postscript to report from Haydock Park, with the Ruth Jefferson-trained Black Ivory losing his life as a result of being brought down during the Pertemps qualifier race.  RIP

 

Argocat, who ran in the Open Hunters’ Chase, was pulled up having lost his action, but I don’t know if his injury proved fatal. 

 

In contrast, Boite is reported to be fine following his crashing fall during the Rendlesham Hurdle. 

 

And today’s results too (Sunday):

 

Market Rasen:

Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th and Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards] (10 ran).

Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up during the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (10 ran).

 

Ffos Las:

Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran); Jamie’s 26th winner of the season.

 

Zarkandar was retired after finishing 4th in yesterday’s Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle at Haydock; here’s wishing the old warrior a long and happy retirement:

https://mobile.twitter.com/TobyConnors/status/964967664895569920/photo/1

 

Choc has tweeted a photo of himself and Jennie in Dubai, riding a camel ... typically, it’s garnered a number of ‘boob’ comments:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/965142636012163072/photo/1

I’ve never suffered from ‘boob envy’, as I have more than enough of my own home-grown talent!!!

 

It proved to be just ‘one of those days’ for Martin Keighley and his team yesterday:

http://martinkeighleyracehorsetrainer.com/martins-blog-18th-february-2/

 

Following yesterday’s victory, Alan King confirmed that it is likely that Elgin will be added to the Champion Hurdle entries; the fee to supplement the horse would be £20,000.

 

Alan King also said there is a possibility that, along with an existing entry for the Stayers’ Hurdle and the RSA Chase, Yanworth would also receive an entry for the Festival’s Ultima Handicap Chase run on the first day.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest (Monday), at Lingfield Park:

13:45 Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (All-weather)

14:15 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]

 

I’ve been having another thoroughly lazy weekend ... chilling out in the armchair watching TV, and doing a bit of knitting too.  My best friend has been my hot-water bottle; it’s a godsend when my pelvis begins to ache, as are soft cushions to sit on.  It’s no good taking painkillers, as I need to know when I’m overdoing it. 

Friday 16 February 2018

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

 

Sandown Park:

Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th and Sensulano (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (10 ran).

Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) finished 2nd in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (9 ran); Captain Guy Disney won the race for the second year running aboard Rathlin Rose. 

Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Fakenham:

Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

And my runners of interest tomorrow, Saturday:

 

Ascot:

15:00 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards]

16:10 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118 yards]

16:45 Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Grade 1 Ascot Chase takes place at 15:35 with 7 runners declared – Coney Island, Cue Card, Frodon, Speredek, Top Notch, Traffic Fluide and Waiting Patiently.

 

Wincanton:

13:40 Jully Les Buxy (Nick Mitchell/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

14:45 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) – Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

Haydock Park:

13:30 Lisp (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Victor Ludorum Juvenile Hurdle

 

And on Sunday too:

 

Market Rasen:

14:45 Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards]

16:20 Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

Ffos Las:

14:30 Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Sensulano has earned herself some black type following today’s Grade 2 Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JonnyHorses/status/964510829050777601/photo/1

 

Choc, Jennie and presumably Wolfie have flown out to Dubai to see Apple Tree Stud’s Absolute Blast run:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/964421321579884544/photo/1

 

Mrs Prowting’s retired Prince Du Seuil has been successful in the show ring:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/964233157284388870/photo/1

 

Richard Pitman was schooling on the Lambourn gallops yesterday; this is Jamie Snowden’s hack, the retired Right Enough:

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/964246942522970112/photo/1

 

There were rumours about a romance between Gemma Atkinson and Strictly professional dancer Gorka Marquez during last season’s show:

https://mobile.twitter.com/gorkamarquez1/status/964489051498741760/photo/1

 

It’s more box rest for me this weekend ... I’ve cut back on my walking, either cadging a lift or catching a bus as part of my journey to and from work.  A number of issues having been ruled out, I’m wondering if I have a stress fracture in my pelvis ... probably not such an outlandish idea considering my age, with osteoporosis a risk factor, and also the fact I walk at speed on hard pavements and have fallen arches too.  And, for all I know, I could have a similar issue within my left foot, rather than just a bunion problem.  I’ll soon need a mobility scooter!

Thursday 15 February 2018

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the Juvenile Hurdle due to unsuitable ground.

Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) unseated his rider in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards] (8 ran).

 

Kelso:

Cyrus Darius (Ruth Jefferson/Brian Hughes) won the Morebattle Hurdle (4 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sandown Park:

14:25 Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Sensulano (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:00 Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) – Royal Artillery Gold Cup

16:35 Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Fakenham:

13:40 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Selling Handicap Hurdle

 

Paddy Brennan will be reunited with Cue Card for this weekend’s Ascot Chase ... at Ascot!

 

Being a finely honed athlete ... for my advanced years ... I’m beginning to wonder if I’ll be the next to be ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival due to injury!  I had a ‘Eureka’ moment on Tuesday and believe I now know what my problem is ... and I think the treatment may be box rest. L

Wednesday 14 February 2018

There are two results to report today for my runners of interest, at Towcester:

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

Senior Citizen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (5 ran).

 

And tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:05 Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Juvenile Hurdle

16:20 Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards]

 

Kelso:

14:25 Cyrus Darius (Ruth Jefferson/Brian Hughes) – Morebattle Hurdle

 

Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell has announced his retirement.

 

The recently retired Irving has gone to live at the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre in West Sussex.

 

And Alan King reports that Valdez is absolutely fine following his comeback run on Saturday; connections were understandably delighted.  He’s been dropped 2lbs by the handicapper and his trainer believes he will receive an entry for the Cheltenham Festival’s Grand Annual Chase.

Monday 12 February 2018

Diva Du Maquis was a non-runner at Plumpton today, but I do have two results to report.  My ATR tracker didn’t notify me of these runners of interest until after I’d written yesterday’s blog.

 

Catterick:

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Joe Colliver/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 66 yards] (8 ran); he was a 22-1 shot!

 

Wolverhampton: (AW)

Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap [2 miles & 120 yards] (7 ran)

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow, as both Lingfield Park’s and Ayr’s jumps cards have been abandoned, leaving solely all-weather racing from Southwell.

 

Shilpa’s first foal, now a 3-year-old, is named Champas.

 

Lady jockey Sammy Jo Bell has announced her retirement.

Sunday 11 February 2018

It seems that almost no day goes by without me having to report the sad news of the death of a well-known equine or of a horse which I’ve come into contact with during my yard visits.  Today the unfortunate horse is Champagne James, trained by Jamie Snowdon, who broke down shortly after the start of a Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter yesterday.  Also, later in the same race, the Lucy Wadham-trained Gregarious took a heavy fall which proved fatal.  RIP both of them. L

 

 

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RIP Champagne James

 

 

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

 

Newbury:

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished last of the finishers (9th) in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

Barters Hill (Ben Pauling/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th, Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 5th and Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 52 yards] (8 ran); Alan’s 48th winner of the season and Wayne’s 36th winner of the season

Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) won the Denman Chase (Grade 2) impressively (3 ran).

Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2), but was certainly not disgraced following 1204 days off the track (3 ran); Altior was very impressive on his delayed seasonal return against the race-fit Politologue.

William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Betfair Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards] (24 ran); Kalashnikov won the race, for trainer Amy Murphy and jockey Jack Quinlan.

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) fell 3 out in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Champagne James (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) broke down during the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 214 yards] (7 ran). L

 

Warwick:

Midnight Tour (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Listed Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) finished 8th in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 104 yards] (13 ran).

 

If you’ve been watching the racing from Ayr and from Exeter on RUK today, you’ll know it’s been snowing, sleeting and hailing across the country.  In fact, at Ayr, there was almost a white-out at one stage!  However, both fixtures completed their cards despite this.

 

There was just one runner of interest today, at Exeter:

Fletchers Flyer (Harry Fry/Kieron Edgar) was pulled up in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier Leg 1) (7 ran).

 

There’s just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Plumpton:

14:15 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

The Warren Greatrex-trained One Track Mind has been retired due to a tendon injury.

https://mobile.twitter.com/wgreatrexracing/status/962307620253167617/photo/1

 

Wilde Blue Yonder’s stable name is ‘Oscar’ because he’s by the stallion Oscar. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Ohdannyboy77/status/961696950671298560/photo/1

 

It was a little bit muddy at Newbury yesterday:

https://mobile.twitter.com/NewburyRacing/status/962392588815863808/photo/1

EPDS Racing has engaged Mark Grant’s services to break in Shilpa’s first foal; she’s three now:

https://mobile.twitter.com/MarkGrantRacing/status/961681231963394053/photo/1

 

Happy birthday, Frankel; he’s 10 today.

 

I understand that tickets for Sandown’s Season Finale go on sale tomorrow.

 

I went for a short walk, just before lunch; it was sunny but with a chilling breeze.  We, too, then experienced some sleet this afternoon ... but nowhere as bad as at Ayr or Exeter.

The robins have returned and have been spotted flying around in the garage/shed again ... unfortunately they also poop on my car which is parked outside it.  Every day is now ‘poop patrol’ day; as bird poo can damage the paintwork if left in situ for too long.  L  I also saw a wren on a couple of occasions this weekend, and a goldcrest too – they’ve been eating the insects which live on the patio camellias. 

Friday 09 February 2018

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

 

Kempton Park:

Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd, Chato (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 8th and Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div I (12 ran).

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 10th and Lord Walsingham (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 13th in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div II (14 ran).

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Alan’s 47th winner of the season.

Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Harambe (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd and Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Jamie’s 25th winner of the season.

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest (Saturday):

 

Newbury:

13:15 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:50 Barters Hill (Ben Pauling/Daryl Jacob) & Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 52 yards]

14:25 Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) – Denman Chase (Grade 2); he has two rivals – Cloudy Dream and Saphir Du Rheu

15:00 Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Game Spirit Chase (Grade 2); two rivals – Altior and Politologue

15:35 William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Betfair Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards]

16:10 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:40 Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud!) – Standard Open NH Flat Race; perhaps I’ll meet the horse during my next visit to Jamie’s yard. J

 

Uttoxeter:

13:20 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:55 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Maiden Hurdle

16:45 Champagne James (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 214 yards]

 

Warwick:

14:05 Midnight Tour (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Listed Hurdle

 

Wolverhampton:

20:45 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 104 yards]

 

Oh dear, another well-known horse has died ... this time it’s Fountains Windfall in a schooling accident; he was due to run tomorrow, at Warwick.  Connections believe he may have suffered a seizure of some sort, as he was only schooling over low poles at the time.  L  The Racing Post has already marked his record as ‘Died as a 8yo’, which is a bit insensitive.  His actual birthday was 02 May, it was also the ill-fated Taquin Du Seuil’s birthday.  

 

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RIP Fountains Windfall

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/honeyball-in-shock-after-stable-star-fountains-windfall-dies-in-freak-incident/318972

 

One of my favourites, Native River, returns to action tomorrow:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/tizzard-hopeful-as-native-river-returns-from-injury/318920

 

Barters Hill is due back in action at Newbury too:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/pauling-excited-to-get-barters-hill-back-on-track-after-long-layoff/318966

 

And, of course, Altior, along with Valdez:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/amazing-altior-s-return-is-exactly-what-the-jumps-season-needs/318917

 

I’m trying to look on the bright side about being too ‘lame’ to attend Newbury tomorrow ... it’s going to rain from midday onwards!

Thursday 08 February 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, which includes three winners:

 

Doncaster:

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (3 ran); Alan’s 45th winner of the season and Wayne’s 35th winner of the season.

Stylist Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 181 yards] (7 ran).

Southfield Royale (Neil Mulholland/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards] (9 ran).

Asylo (P F Holmes/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles & 218 yards] (14 ran).

 

Huntingdon:

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) ran (and won) at Towcester, Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd and Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards] (7 ran).  Alan’s 46th winner of the season.

Bulfin Island (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) was pulled up and Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlongs & 10 yards] (10 ran).  Mrs Prowting’s Minella Whisper, who is trained by Richard Phillips, finished 3rd in this race.

 

Towcester:

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (7 ran); Martin’s 20th winner of the season.

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards] (7 ran).

 

Newcastle: (AW)

Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Rowan Scott) finished 4th in the Handicap [2 miles & 56 yards] (14 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest (Friday):

 

Kempton Park:

13:50 Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Chato (Alan King/Brendan Powell) & Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:05 Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div I

16:35 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) & Lord Walsingham (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

15:20 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:25 Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

16:55 Harambe (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Beer Goggles has left the Woollacott yard and will be trained by his joint owner and permit-trainer Nicky Martin. 

I’m still lame; I’m beginning to wonder if my ongoing foot problem is now affecting my pelvis and sometimes my back too.  My issues improve each weekend, when I’m not walking extended distances, only to deteriorate during the week; it was pretty bad today, being Thursday, as I’m in constant pain when walking.  Admittedly the extended distances are well over two miles a day!  Medical investigations are under way, but it’s a very slow process. L

Wednesday 07 February 2018

There are no results for my runners of interest today, as racing at Ludlow was abandoned, as were Fakenham and Carlisle.

 

There’s news of Terrefort:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/February/07/nicky-henderson-holding-fire-on-terrefort-cheltenham-festival-decision

 

It appears that I was more impressed by Terrefort following his initial Huntingdon run than his connections were ... but that is because I love his ‘rocking horse’ colouring and the way he pricked his ears and raced!!!

 

Doncaster:

14:25 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:00 Stylist Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 181 yards]

15:30 Southfield Royale (Neil Mulholland/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

16:05 Asylo (P F Holmes/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles & 218 yards]

 

I’m listing Wayne’s rides regardless, because it makes it easier to track his seasonal winners tally!

 

Huntingdon:

14:50 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards]

15:55 Bulfin Island (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlongs & 10 yards]

 

Towcester:

14.55 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]; also declared for the 14:50 at Huntingdon.

16:00 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards]

 

Newcastle: (AW)

14:05 Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Rowan Scott) – Handicap [2 miles & 56 yards].  She’s running for her other syndicate tomorrow and it may well be her last chance, with the possibility she will return to her owner’s stud if she disappoints again.

Tuesday 06 February 2018

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

 

Market Rasen:

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd and Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (8 ran).

 

Southwell: (AW)

Pacific Fleet (Archie Watson/Luke Morris/Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Novice Stakes [1 mile & 13 yards] (9 ran).

 

I think Choc must have attended the fixture at Southwell today, as he posted a photo on facebook of his dad with son Wolfie in a ‘racing’ setting. 

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

13:40 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

16:45 Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Both Ludlow and Fakenham will be subject to an early morning inspection, at 08:00 and 07:00 respectively.

 

Chelmsford will be joining RUK next year, along with the Irish racing; however, RUK will not create a second channel for the latter.  Evidently the 26 Irish tracks will hold 363 scheduled fixtures this year, and RUK already broadcast more than 800 fixtures from 37 British tracks, with Chelmsford adding to those.

 

Altior is due to make his seasonal return at Newbury on Saturday, in the Game Spirit Chase; he may be joined by Valdez amongst others!  The latter will have been off the racecourse for 1204 days, Altior for a mere 287 days.

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/RPWeekender/status/960930841982619650/photo/1

I had thought about attending Newbury, having missed Kempton Park at Christmas, but I’m still not in the best physical health at present and may have to save myself for a later date or dates. L

Monday 05 February 2018

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen: (subject to a precautionary inspection at 09:00)

14:55 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:25 Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

 

Southwell: (AW)

13:30 Pacific Fleet (Archie Watson/Luke Morris/Apple Tree Stud) – Novice Stakes [1 mile & 13 yards]

 

Apple Tree Stud also owns the 6-year-old mare Absolute Blast who is trained by Archie Watson and is currently racing in Dubai; Archie is based in Upper Lambourn.  Presumably a future broodmare. 

Sunday 04 February 2018

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

 

Sandown Park:

Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran).

Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) won the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (5 ran).

Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 98 yards] (17 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 85 yards] (8 ran).

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) was pulled up before four out in the Towton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (6 ran); a breathing issue once again.

Rio Bravo (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards] (7 ran).

Doc Penfro (Kevin Frost/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Norman Stanley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

Musselburgh:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke/raised by Apple Tree Stud) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 124 yards] due to unsuitable ground.

 

Lingfield Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/A Kirby/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 miles 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (8 ran).

 

Meanwhile, Miles To Memphis finished 6th of 28 in the 16:05 Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown.

 

There were no runners of interest today, Sunday, and none tomorrow either!

 

There was a turn-up in today’s Irish Gold Cup, with Edwulf winning at 33-1.  He’s the horse which collapsed on the run-in due to lack of oxygen during last year’s National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival!  On that day, vets treated him on course for almost an hour and a half before taking him away by horse ambulance for further treatment.  Amazing!

https://mobile.twitter.com/leemottershead/status/960181636582313984/photo/1

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/960200025371324418/photo/1

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Thomas Crapper, who suffered a serious injury at Cheltenham last April, is still on the comeback trail; trainer’s daughter Harriet Dickin, took him for a spin around Towcester on Friday.  He jumped the fences too. 

Friday 02 February 2018

I’ve been on annual leave today, but ‘projects’ have been slightly curtailed by two power-cuts.  The first occurred at 07:55 this morning and lasted for 90 minutes, the second at 16:45 which lasted for 2¼ hours.  There’s not a lot one can do in the dark, without electricity, and I also had to forego the planned toad-in-a-hole dinner. L  I had scrambled eggs on toast instead!

 

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

 

Wincanton:

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Towcester:

Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); Martin’s 19th winner of the season. 

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Southwell (AW):

Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/P McDonald) finished 7th in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 14 yards] (11 ran).

 

Sad news today that trainer Malcolm Jefferson has passed away following a long illness; he always seemed like a nice bloke.  RIP

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/malcolm-jefferson/top-northern-jumps-trainer-malcolm-jefferson-dies-aged-71/318026

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/malcolm-jefferson/the-long-patient-haul-of-national-hunt-racing-seemed-to-play-to-his-strengths/318021

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/malcolm-jefferson/five-festival-heroes-and-history-makers/318032

 

I’m not happy with Irish racing switching from ATR to RUK; I have little interest in Irish racing and it will make it even harder to schedule the races on RUK so that each one gets the time it deserves.

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/media-rights/key-questions-and-answers-about-ruk-s-poaching-of-irish-racing-from-atr/318117

 

Jockey James Banks retired today; he rode Menace when I visited Worcester back in July 2015. 

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sandown Park:

12:40 Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:25 Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) – Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1)

15:00 Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) – Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 98 yards]

 

Wetherby:

13:35 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 85 yards]

14:40 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Towton Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

15:20 Rio Bravo (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards]

16:30 Doc Penfro (Kevin Frost/Wayne Hutchinson) & Norman Stanley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Musselburgh:

15:45 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 124 yards]

 

Lingfield Park:

13:25 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/A Kirby/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 miles 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

 

Meanwhile, Miles To Memphis runs in the 16:05 Handicap Hurdle at Leopardstown.

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend.  I’m currently suffering from back problems, so don’t feel I can venture far from home at the moment. L

 


 

 

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