FEBRUARY 2019

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

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Thursday 28 February 2019

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

 

Ludlow:

Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 11th in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3 ran); Graeme’s 18th winner of the season.

 

Taunton:

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran).

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien/part-owned Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (6 ran).

Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Alan’s 71st runner of the season and Wayne’s 67th winner of the season.  Perfect Predator is Cosmea’s son.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

15:55 My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 52 yards]

17:00 Glasha’s Peak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Doncaster:

14:40 Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) & Lord Walsingham (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:45 Sula Island (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

Wednesday 27 February 2019

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

 

Wincanton:

Kootenay River (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd and Sir Pass I Am (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (11 ran).

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (14 ran).

 

Also one at Southwell (AW):

Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Joe Fanning/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 14 yards] (9 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

13:50 Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:25 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Taunton:

15:10 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:45 Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:20 Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien/part-owned Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

17:30 Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Last year’s winner, Penhill, has been ruled out of the Stayers’ Hurdle due to injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-countdown/injured-penhill-ruled-out-of-defence-of-stayers-hurdle-title/368398

Tuesday 26 February 2019

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

 

Leicester:

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Chase (4 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151 yards) (8 ran).

 

Ffos Las:

Derrick D’Anjou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 182 yards] (10 ran).

Calum Gilhooley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 12th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

Catterick:

Saryshagann (David O’Meara/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Hurdle Qualifier) (8 ran).

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Jamie’s 27th winner of the season.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Wincanton:

13:20 Kootenay River (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Sir Pass I Am (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:50 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

14:20 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

 

Also one at Southwell (AW):

16:10 Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Joe Fanning/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 14 yards]

 

 

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Richard Madden made a surprise visit to the Glasgow Film Festival yesterday; he attended the second screening of a documentary he’d narrated, called Harry Birrell Presents.

 

Here is the newspaper article explaining how this collaboration came about:

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/movies/bodyguard-star-richard-madden-reel-13945190

 

 

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Pictured with Harry’s granddaughter Corina Birrell

                  and director Matt Pinder

 

And news of his surprise visit yesterday:

 

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/entertainment/celebrity/richard-madden-turns-up-glasgow-14056265

 

I love the commitment Richard has shown towards this project; from its infancy to its premiere. 

Monday 25 February 2019

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

 

Kempton Park:

Potterman (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (13 ran).

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran).

Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Giving Glances (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 10th in the Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2) (12 ran).

Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (7 ran).

Talkischeap (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles] (10 ran).

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 mile 4 furlongs & 110 furlongs] (8 ran).  Noel’s 8th winner of the season and Wayne’s 66th winner of the season.

Madiba Passion (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Chepstow:

Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Lorcan Murtagh) finished 9th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 11 yards] (13 ran).

 

And Sunday’s results for my runners of interest, all at Fontwell Park:

Shannon Hill (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Lyrical King (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished last in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

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

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchison) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

Early Morning Rain (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran); Jamie’s 26th winner of the season.

 

And my runners of interest tomorrow, Tuesday:

 

Leicester:

14:00 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

16:00 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151

yards)

 

Ffos Las:

14:10 Derrck D’Anjou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:10 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 182 yards]

16:40 Calum Gilhooley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Catterick:

14:50 Saryshagann (David O’Meara/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Hurdle Qualifier)

15:50 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Three news items relating to the Cheltenham Festival:

 

News of Native River:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/tizzard-hoping-native-rivers-staying-power-can-help-him-defend-gold-cup-crown/368033

 

The Arkle favourite, Le Richebourg, has been ruled out due to injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/arkle-favourite-le-richebourg-ruled-out-for-rest-of-season/367996

 

And Nicky Henderson’s impressive Saturday winner, Fusil Raffles, will miss the Festival because his skin tear won’t heal in time:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/nicky-henderson-confirms-fusil-raffles-to-miss-the-cheltenham-festival/368009

 

Owners are devastated by the loss of Baywing, following his fatal fall on Saturday; RIP:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/baywing-owners-reduced-to-tears-after-death-of-star-in-eider-chase/367916

 

Apple Tree Stud’s Her Terms has given birth to a Dark Angel foal; the Stud’s first foal of the season:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/1098172340888850432/photo/1

Friday 22 February 2019

 

 

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Happy Retirement Buywise

 

The Evan Williams-trained Buywise was retired following a run at Exeter today.  Evan said the horse has not been quite himself since falling during the Veteran’s Final at Sandown Park last month; so they thought they’d try him over hurdles today, but to no avail. He was due to retire at the end of the season anyway.  Here’s wishing the veteran a long and happy retirement; evidently one of Evan’s daughters has ‘bagged him’ as her hunter!

 

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest and congratulations to Martin Keighley and his team upon a brace of winners at Catterick!

 

Warwick:

Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran).

Nebuchadnezzar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Homing Star (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished last in the Juvenile Hurdle (15 ran).

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 5th in the Hands and Heels Hurdle (Conditionals & Amateur Riders) (16 ran).

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards] (7 ran).

16:30 Burren Walk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Fourshoes (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 6th, despite having proved impossible to steer around the left-hand turns during the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

Catterick:

Reve (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran); Martin’s 18th winner of the season.

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlongs & 54 yards] (6 ran); Martin’s 19th winner of the season.

Passing Shadow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

Exeter:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 7th and Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (9 ran).

Board Of Trade (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 5th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

13:15 Potterman (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

13:50 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Pendil Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

14:25 Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Giving Glances (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Adonis Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:00 Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Dovecote Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:35 Talkischeap (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles]

16:10 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 mile 4 furlongs & 110 furlongs]

16:45 Madiba Passion (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

16:50 Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Lorcan Murtagh) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 11 yards]

 

And Sunday’s runners of interest, all at Fontwell Park:

15:25 Shannon Hill (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:55 Lyrical King (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

Thursday 21 February 2019

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

 

Huntingdon:

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards] (16 ran).

Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

13:10 Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:40 Nebuchadnezzar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Homing Star (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:20 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) – Hands and Heels Hurdle (Conditionals & Amateur Riders)

15:55 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards]

16:30 Burren Walk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Fourshoes (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Catterick:

15:05 Reve (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Maiden Hurdle

15:35 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlongs & 54 yards]

16:10 Passing Shadow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Exeter:

15:45 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

16:50 Board Of Trade (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

17:20 Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Wednesday 20 February 2019

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

 

Ludlow:

I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (10 ran); he blundered three out and was eased.

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (3 ran); Alan’s 70th winner of the season and Wayne’s 65th winner of the season.

 

Doncaster:

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards] (9 ran)

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) finished 3rd in the Open Hunters’ Chase (5 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

14:15 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards]

17:10 Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

 

The 2017 Ascot Gold Cup winner, Big Orange, has been retired due to injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ascot-gold-cup-winner-big-orange-retired-due-to-injury/367337

 

Willie Mullins is hoping to run four horses in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, in an endeavour to win the race which has so far eluded him:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/willie-mullins-aiming-quartet-at-gold-cup-in-search-of-elusive-first-win/367334

Tuesday 19 February 2019

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

 

Taunton:

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran).

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (10 ran).

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards] (14 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier) (3 ran); Jamie’s 25th winner of the season.

Legends Ryde (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

Sadly there were two fatalities today – the Harry Fry-trained Misterton who fell at Taunton when in contention, two out, and the Philip Kirby-trained Magic Dragon at Wetherby who went wrong on the flat between the final two hurdles, when leading.  RIP

Four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ludlow:

13:50 I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle Div II

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

 

Doncaster:

15:25 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

16:30 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) – Open Hunters’ Chase

Monday 18 February 2019

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

 

Carlisle:

Thomas Macdonagh (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 2nd in the Standard Open Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Lingfield Park:

Richie Valentine (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th and Arkyn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (AW) (12 ran).

Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran); Jamie’s 24th winner of the season.

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards] (14 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Taunton:

15:10 Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

15:45 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:15 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards]

 

Wetherby:

14:25 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier)

17:05 Legends Ryde (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

Sunday 17 February 2019

 

Happy retirement Coneygree

 

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The 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner was retired yesterday, having been pulled up at Ascot during a Handicap Chase.  Here’s wishing him a long and happy retirement.

 

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

 

Ascot:

Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards]; he had a vet’s certificate.

Smooth Stepper (Alex Hales/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Limited Handicap Chase (Listed)

Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville) finished 2nd in the Denman Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran); the race was won, impressively, by Clan Des Obeaux, although Terrefort did put in a very good effort.

Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th and William H Bonney (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 10th in the Betfair Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards] (14 ran); the race was won by the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained favourite Al Dancer ridden by son Sam.

Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Sam Twiston-Davies) fell two out and Another Emotion (Warren Greatrex/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118 yards] (16 ran). There were worries for Graeme’s charge but, Sam having thought quickly and grabbed hold of the horse, Daydream Aulmes is reported to be okay today following his unfortunate mishap.

Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race (Qualifier) (14 ran).

 

The Grade 1 Ascot Chase was won by Cyrname; he annihilated the field, winning by 17 lengths from Waiting Patiently.

 

Haydock Park:

Sensulano (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) finished 4th in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) (9 ran).

Yanworth (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) was pulled up before the last during the Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2) (7 ran).

Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd but Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) unseated this rider at the third fence during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Full Glass (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 58 yards] (13 ran).

Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) 9 ran); next stop is probably the Cheltenham Festival’s Albert Bartlett.

 

Wincanton:

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2) (5 ran).

Grand Vision (Colin Tizzard/Harry Kimber) finished 5th and Kerrow (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 30 yards] (9 ran).

 

Paul Nicholls had 8 winners across these three meetings; a bumper day for the Ditcheat yard!

 

And on Sunday:

 

Huntingdon:

Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th and Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran); Harry Teal replaced Leighton Aspell, the latter having suffered a bad fall at Haydock yesterday. Noel’s 7th winner of the season.

Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (10 ran).

 

Sadly the Nick Gifford-trained Canyouringmeback suffered a fatal injury to his off-hind during the course of a Handicap Chase at the track this afternoon. RIP

  

Market Rasen:

Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards] (11 ran); Alan’s 69th winner of the season and Wayne’s 64th winner of the season.

Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson), a 4-9 shot, was beaten by Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) in the Novices’ Chase (2 ran); Graeme’s 17th winner of the season.

 

Here are Monday’s runners of interest:

 

Carlisle:

17:10 Thomas Macdonagh (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Standard Open Flat Race

 

Lingfield Park:

13:45 Richie Valentine (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Arkyn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (AW)

14:15 Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

16:25 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Newcastle (AW):

18:00 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards]

 

I’ve re-started my snood, because I wasn’t 100% happy with the foundation chain row; due to lack of progress I only had to take 3 rows undone and I’ve only managed to do two replacement rows.  Maddenitis’ makes me very unproductive!!!

 

Following his trip to New York, Richard Madden has returned to the UK and was spotted filming in central London yesterday; more scenes for the Red Nose Day Bodyguard spoof!  From what I can gather, Monday was day one of filming and yesterday day two.  It’s been all quiet on the Madden-front today; he seems to have gone to ground ... perhaps he’s travelled home to visit his family in Scotland, for a little peace and quiet!!! 

Friday 15 February 2019

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

 

Fakenham:

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 44 yards] (6 ran); Graeme’s 16th winner of the season.

 

Sandown Park:

Holbrook Park (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up and Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 37 yards] (12 ran)

 

The Grade 2 Kingmaker Chase was won my Glen Forsa; he beat Kalashnikov by 19 lengths.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

13:00 Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 58 yards]; he returns after 701 days on the injury sidelines having finished lame in the 2017 Triumph Hurdle.

14:10 Smooth Stepper (Alex Hales/Wayne Hutchinson) – Limited Handicap Chase (Listed)

14:45 Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Nico de Boinville) – Denman Chase (Grade 2); he is due to have 3 rivals – Clan Des Obeaux, Ballyhill and Thomas Patrick.

15:20 Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & William H Bonney (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Betfair Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards]

16:30 Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Sam Twiston-Davies) & Another Emotion (Warren Greatrex/Wayne Hutchinson) Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 118 yards]

17:00 Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race (Qualifier); she’s a daughter of Call Me A Star.

The Grade 1 Ascot Chase takes place at 15:55 and features Aso, Charbel, Cyrname, Fox Norton, Politologue and Waiting Patiently.

 

Haydock Park:

13:25 Sensulano (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed)

13:55 Yanworth (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Rendlesham Hurdle (Grade 2); he returns after 338 days on the sidelines

14:25 Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:55 Full Glass (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 58 yards]

16:10 Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

Wincanton:

15:00 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Kingwell Hurdle (Grade 2)

16:05 Grand Vision (Colin Tizzard/Harry Kimber) & Kerrow (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 30 yards]

 

And on Sunday:

 

Huntingdon:

13:00 Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

16:10 Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

 

Market Rasen:

14:45 Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards]

15:50 Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Chase; I can guarantee a winner in this race as they are the only two declared!!!

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend; hopefully I’ll be able to make some progress on the snood which I’m currently crocheting ... provided I can drag myself away from everything ‘Madden’!!!

Thursday 14 February 2019

There are two results today, from Fontwell Park:

Itsonlyrocknroll (Chris Gordon/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (12 ran).

The Cull Bank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran); an 8-1 winner! Alan’s 68th winner of the season and Wayne’s 63rd winner of the season.

 

And three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fakenham:

15:20 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 44 yards]

 

Sandown Park:

16:05 Holbrook Park (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [3 miles & 37 yards]

 

The Grade 2 Kingmaker Chase, which has been transferred from the equine flu abandoned Warwick last weekend, will be run at 13:50 and features Dell Oro, Glen Forsa, Kalashnikov and Dalila Du Seuil.

 

I’m finding it difficult to drag myself away from my regular evening pastime of searching the web for all things ‘Madden’!  Richard is currently in New York for Fashion Week, so there are numerous photographs, selfies and even videos available at present.  Come to think of it, blanket coverage has barely halted since the first weekend in January when the Golden Globes took place!!! 

Wednesday 13 February 2019

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest; two winners, but they were odds-on favourites:

 

Plumpton:

Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3 ran); Alan’s 67th winner of the season and Wayne’s 62nd winner of the season.

 

Musselburgh:

Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (3 ran).

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran); Graeme’s 15th winner of the season.  Graeme’s recent successes must be a result of his gallops having been resurfaced!

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow; both at Fontwell Park:

14:05 Itsonlyrocknroll (Chris Gordon/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards]

15:45 The Cull Bank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Colin Tizzard’s horses all have the green light to race with regards to the new flu jab rulings:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/equine-flu-outbreak/all-systems-go-for-colin-tizzard-thanks-to-christmas-flu-jabs/366354

 

Oh dear, Pasha Kovalev has decided to quit Strictly Come Dancing, in order to undertake new challenges! L

Tuesday 12 February 2019

After yesterday’s deliberations, racing is back on once again from tomorrow, although a number of rules have been put in place regarding the horses which are permitted to run. 

 

Ascot’s nine race card on Saturday is excellent value, with the Denman Chase and the Betfair Hurdle having been added to proceedings; however, I understand that Native River won’t be putting in an appearance and will now go straight to the Cheltenham Gold Cup without another run:

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/equine-flu-outbreak/were-on-again-racing-returns-on-wednesday-but-not-before-long-deliberations/366115

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Plumpton:

14:10 Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase; he has just two rivals.

 

Musselburgh:

14:20 Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

16:55 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Sizing John, winner of the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup, is out for the remainder of this season through injury once again:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/2017-gold-cup-winner-sizing-john-to-miss-rest-of-the-season-through-injury/366160

 

And it looks like Gordon Elliott might monopolise the entries for this year’s Grand National … noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

https://www.racingpost.com/news/grand-national-weights/tiger-roll-leads-huge-grand-national-team-for-gordon-elliott/366183

Monday 11 February 2019

Well there’s not much going on at present, with the lockdown on British racing since last Thursday due to the equine flu outbreak …

 

But, if you missed it, here is a link to an interview with Choc Thornton, about Appletree Stud, which appeared on Racing TV’s This Racing Life last week … and he’s being interviewed by the lovely Tom Stanley too:

 

https://www.racingtv.com/videos/watch/ondemand/26805

 

And, talking of lovely, I’ve not been idle whilst the racing has been halted … although I seem to have lost the ability to concentrate on anything else apart from the gorgeous Richard Madden … but, come to think of it, that’s been happening since at least the turn of the year!

 

So, with this in mind, I took a little trip to London yesterday, with the aim of seeing Richard arrive at the Film BAFTAs where he was to be a presenter, along with his co-stars – Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell – from the film Rocketman which is released in May. 

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1094824028303441921

 

Having only tuned into the media circus at the beginning of January, I wasn’t fully up to speed with the procedure for obtaining red carpet access to these events until I researched this with a view to attending the TV BAFTAs which are due to take place on 12 May.  Evidently a ballot is run now, for priority viewing, with the remainder of the tickets distributed on a first come, first served basis on the morning of the day … at a mystery location advised at 10:00!

 

So, fully armed with knowledge ahead of 12 May, I thought my bases were covered … until I discovered a newspaper article late last week stating that Richard would also be attending the Film BAFTAs, on Sunday 10 February at the Royal Albert Hall, as a presenter. I was still thinking ‘too late’ until I read a twitter message on Saturday afternoon reminding everyone that the remaining Red Carpet access wristbands would be distributed at a mystery location at 10:00 the following morning.  It was at that point that I knew I had to ‘seize the day’ … no regrets and all that!  What is the worst that could happen?  I might fail but at least I’d tried!

 

Having decided this may be my chance (hopefully the first of many) to see Richard in the flesh, I was prepping until bedtime … which turned out to be 00:15 on Sunday morning!  It didn’t help that I was suffering from nervous anxiety and awoke at 03:45, despite not needing to leave home until 08:15 to catch a train to London!  I cadged a lift to the station, as it was a damp morning.

 

There was a slight hiccup at the station, when over-running overnight maintenance meant I had to wait until 08:59 for a train. Fortunately, it called at solely West Hampstead Thameslink before arriving at St Pancras, so I got there at 09:23.  The only clue to the mystery location was that it would be in Central London, with the BAFTA website also stating it could be within transport zones 1 or 2.  Also, with the earlier ballot for places on the steps leading to the Hall entrance, the number of ‘on the day’ availability was reduced.

 

So, without knowledge, the logical stop off point in my magical mystery tour was going to be Leicester Square, giving easy access to Piccadilly Circus or Covent Garden if necessary; thus I caught a train on the Piccadilly Line.  As promised, the message came through on twitter at 10:00 (also upon the BAFTA website) stating the location as Royal Avenue near Sloane Square in Chelsea. 

 

Needless to say, I wasn’t the only person who had been loitering in the Leicester Square area, as there were a number of people suddenly hurrying to catch a train from Piccadilly Circus!  Once standing on the westbound platform of the Piccadilly Line, I asked a group of them if they were hurrying to collect a wristband for the BAFTA event … yes, they were.  Having arrived at South Kensington, we had to change onto the District/Circle Line for Sloane Square.  I heard two or three announcements about the increase in accidents within the pedestrian areas on the underground in recent times … not surprising when there are crazy people rushing to get somewhere, like ourselves at that moment in time!

 

Anyway, we got out of the tube at Sloane Square and the more active members of this quest were able to run to join the queue.  I wasn’t one of them … long gone are the days, twenty years ago, when I gave all bar three or four young men a good run for their money in the rush to get seats on Wimbledon’s old court number two ahead of the 1999 quarter-final featuring Agassi vs. Kuerten.  For the record, it was a fabulous match, three sets played in the very best sportsmanship!  And I never knew there were so many Brazilian fans living in London … but I digress.

 

Evidently a fear had been expressed that professional autograph hunters and some others may have received details of the location before everyone else … and our fears were realised; the queue stretched to the far end of Royal Avenue by the time I arrive.  Others arrived after us too.  The official number of ‘on the day’ wristbands was given as 475 … it was estimated that I was 620th in the queue.  Those towards the rear like me were told to go home, but few did!

 

Anyway the security guy in charge of organising the wristbands told those who’d stayed to listen, that there may be a chance if we turned up in Queen’s Gate at 14:00; the wristband holders having been told to report at 13:00.  So I set off on an initial reconnaissance walk through Chelsea, passing the Natural History museum en route, before heading up Queen’s Gate, and past the entrance to Prince Consort Road where preparations were being made.  I then turned right to head along Kensington Gore and back down Exhibition Road to reach the Cromwell Road once more.   

 

I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry, but I thought I ought to spend a penny and maybe buy a sandwich.  I was thinking that I might find an M & S but, having reached South Kensington underground station, my quest proved impossible.  I turned back, and spent a penny at the Victoria and Albert Museum instead!  I then headed back past the Natural History Museum and up Queen’s Gate once more. 

 

A long queue had formed just prior to Prince Consort Road, which I presumed to be wristband holders, so I loitered a few yards behind this.  In hindsight, it may not have been the best thing to do as I think a fair number of non-wristband holders had joined it too.  Anyway, the security guy promised to get the majority of people in but the latecomers, which now included me (although I’d actually arrived at 13:20 so shouldn’t have been one), were told to go home.  However, no-one left despite this!!!

 

In the end, and facing an impasse, the security guy relented and we were squeezed in at the back; forming the fifth row.  There were a couple of rain showers whilst we were waiting but, apart from that, it was a dry afternoon and evening.  I wasn’t cold either, as I’d dressed for National Hunt winter horseracing – my black/grey/blue polo-neck thermal t-shirt, turquoise thermal t-shirt, fleece lined purple thermal t-shirt, fleece lined Prussian blue thermal t-shirt, turquoise NHS cardigan, thermal 60 denier tights, black jeggings, grey frill at the hem and front M&S skirt, turquoise fleece, purple gillet fleece, turquoise BHS padded jacket, socks and black Danville Hotter boots.  I also wore my grey ladybird design fleece snood and a pair of purchased crocheted mittens!  And yes, I was hot when running around earlier in the day, and weighed down too by the contents of my handbag!  As you may know, I find it impossible to travel light.

 

Anyway, the stars began to arrive just before 17:00 – I saw Richard E Grant, Steve Coogan, Brian May and his wife Anita Dobson, Glenn Close, Rami Malek, Taron Egerton, Adam Driver (whose character I cannot forgive for killing Han Solo in Star Wars), Gwilym Lee (ex Midsomer Murders), Andy Sirkis, Luke Evans, Salma Hayek, Eleanor Tomlinson (her dad is the actor and racecourse commentator Malcolm Tomlinson), Jessie Buckley, Rachel Weisz, Margot Robbie, and, finally, Bradley Cooper.  There were lots of younger stars who I didn’t recognise … it’s my age.  I also saw Edith Bowman, Dermot O’Leary, the BBC’s Entertainment Correspondent Lizo Mzimba, and Richard Arnold.

 

The man himself, Richard Madden, walked along the red carpet just before 18:10, having stopped off for official photos en route:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TA2d3h-RpM

 

It was wonderful to be so close; he’s absolutely gorgeous, so beautiful, and such a nice guy too, and I’m thrilled to have finally seen him in the flesh! 

 

 

 

 

Being 5 rows back, I didn't manage to obtain a selfie or an autograph on this occasion, although I couldn’t resist following his progress along the red carpet, until weight of numbers prevented this and he disappeared from view; I respect the man, so refuse to be loud or pushy (unlike some red carpet fans, especially with those stars who weren’t as forthcoming as Richard is). Anyway, small steps at a time, there's no harm in looking forward in anticipation to a time when I might be lucky enough to say hello and gain an autograph or a selfie with him.

 

It's amazing when you think of the entire size of the world and the history of time itself that, through dedicated endeavours, one can be in the same place at the same time with that special person.

 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having also arrived, although they didn’t walk along the beginning of the red carpet but joined it near the steps into the Hall itself, we were permitted to leave at 19:10.  I thanked the security guy on the way out too!

 

Anyway, I headed back down Queen’s Gate, before turning right to head along to Gloucester Road tube station as I deemed this to be the nearest one.  There is a lift down to the platform; I’m not keen on lifts, but never mind.  I then caught an eastbound train to King’s Cross before heading along to the Thameslink platform to catch a fast train back to St Albans (second stop after West Hampstead Thameslink). 

 

I walked home from the station, despite my feet being sore, and arrived back at 20:50, just in time to watch the ‘delayed’ 2-hour coverage of the BAFTAs!

 

And I survived the day on just a bowl of porridge … which is very fitting!!!

 

Richard is amazingly proficient at the Selfie … he’d have to hold the camera for me, as I’d be shaking too much and it wouldn’t just be my advanced age!

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1094659730830704640

 

And, today, there is news that Richard will be reprising his Bodyguard role as David Budd for Red Nose Day on 15 March … that’s Cheltenham Gold Cup Day!  He should keep the natural white ‘Madden’ streak in his hair (that’s as opposed to a Mallen streak) if he stars in Bodyguard 2 should it happen.

 

 

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzH8yxvXgAEyNFV.jpg

 

https://www.standard.co.uk/stayingin/tvfilm/bodyguard-richard-madden-is-back-as-david-budd-on-red-nose-day-for-comic-relief-a4063706.html

 

I’m still stiff and sore today, and one of my toes has turned blue – but that’s a small price to pay for the pleasure of seeing Richard!!!  However, I have been able to rest today, as it wasn’t a work day!!!

Wednesday 06 February 2019

Here are my runners of interest for tomorrow:

 

Huntingdon:

13:30 Board Of Trade (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:35 Master Blueyes (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien/part owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards]

15:45 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

16:20 Burren Walk (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race (Qualifier)

 

Doncaster:

13:40 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 Yards]

14:10 My Story (Tom George/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:45 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) & Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

15:20 Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:55 Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase; he has just one rival, Topville Ben!

16:30 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Ffos Las:

13:50 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 4 furlongs]. 

 

Meanwhile, JP McManus has purchased a number of promising Cheltenham Festival hopefuls:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/jp-mcmanus-snaps-up-fakir-doudairies-as-he-bolsters-powerful-cheltenham-squad/365203

Tuesday 05 February 2019

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

Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran); Alan’s 66th winner of the season and Wayne’s 61st winner of the season. The winner was a 5-2 shot.

Senior Citizen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Graeme’s 14th winner of the season.  The winner was a 14-1 shot!

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 9th and Timeteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (12 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs& 191 yards] (10 ran).

Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (11 ran).

 

Today’s fixture at Sedgefield was abandoned.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow, at Ayr or Ludlow. 

 

Trainers will no longer be able to declare a horse for two different races at the Cheltenham Festival:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/trainers-question-ban-on-horses-being-declared-twice-at-cheltenham-festival/365116

 

And Annie Power has produced her first foal; a colt by Galileo:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-latest/born-to-greatness-annie-power-delivers-her-first-foal-a-colt-by-galileo/365148

Monday 04 February 2019

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

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran); sadly the grey 7-year-old Minellatillmorning, trained by Neil Mulholland, lost his life as a result of a fall during this race. RIP L

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 12th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

13:50 Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:55 Senior Citizen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:25 My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Timeteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

16:00 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs& 191 yards]

16:30 Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

Sedgefield:

14:40 Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

15:45 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

There are a couple of items of Cheltenham Festival news today:

 

There are to be a couple of changes to the running order at this year’s Cheltenham Festival; the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle and the Grand Annual Handicap Chase swap places, as do the Novices’ 4-miler for Amateur Riders and the 2½ miles Novices’ Handicap Chase on Day 1.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/conditionals-to-close-cheltenham-festival-after-switching-with-grand-annual/364973

 

Surely that doesn’t negate the fact that the final opportunity for the professional jockeys to ride a winner at the Festival will still be in the Grand Annual ... so they will continue to go at it ‘hammer and tongs’!  It will just mean that even more people will go home before the end of the day, resulting in the final race becoming rather neglected ...

 

Also, the second last fence on the Old Course is going to be moved further away from the bend, thus giving the jockeys additional time in which to get their mounts balanced before they jump it:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/cheltenhams-troublesome-fence-is-on-the-move-again-in-a-bid-to-reduce-fallers/365019

 

The fence move will be easy, as it’s been a temporary structure ever since it was moved into the home straight a few years ago!

Sunday 03 February 2019

 

 

Race 4 u.jpg

 

RIP Special Tiara

 

 

Owner Sally Rowley-Williams shares memories of Special Tiara who was sadly lost at Leopardstown yesterday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/im-comforted-so-many-share-my-pain-special-tiaras-owner-remembers-her-star/364793

 

Alan King was forced to withdraw all of yesterday’s entries … as the horseboxes were snowed-in at Barbury Castle:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/its-snow-go-as-trainer-alan-king-is-forced-to-sit-out-saturdays-racing/364548

 

With this in mind, here are yesterday’s results from Sandown Park: 

Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

Mulcahys Hill (Warren Greatrex/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (5 ran); the race was won by Defi Du Seuil who, on this occasion, got the better of Lostintranslation.

Full Glass (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner and so was Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) in the Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3); the ground was unsuitable for the latter. 

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 37 yards] (16 ran). 

 

Buveur D’Air was an emphatic winner of the Contenders’ Hurdle (Listed) (5 ran).  Sadly, De Dollar Man lost his life during the course of this race.  RIP

 

De Dollar Man RIP.jpg

 

RIP De Dollar Man

(the chestnut pictured centre frame)

 

 

La Bague Au Roi won today’s Grade 1 Flogas Novices’ Chase at Leopardstown:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/la-bague-au-roi-pulls-out-all-the-stops-to-land-flogas-novice-chase/364765

 

Noel Fehily has suffered a set-back following the removal of his appendix a few weeks ago, and despite having returned to action in the interim:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/noel-fehily-back-in-hospital-after-suffering-setback-following-appendix-removal/364704

 

Apple Tree Stud’s Made Of Talent was sold as a broodmare at Tattersalls last Thursday; she was purchased by Howson & Houldsworth Bloodstock for £3,000.

 

There are a couple of runners of interest at Taunton tomorrow, provided it passes a 07:30 inspection:

15:15 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:45 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve begun my next crochet project so, hopefully, that will be completed before the end of this month. 

 

I’ve also spent time watching Klondike, featuring the gorgeous Richard Madden as Bill Haskell; it’s a mini-series, shot in 2013.  It’s the third time I’ve viewed it during the past 2-3 months!   One can appreciate his natural curls in this one!!!

 

https://tse4.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.CrxXYcZUTtzl3J0zGfb-nAAAAA&pid=15.1&P=0&w=300&h=300

Friday 01 February 2019

There are still no results to report, as National Hunt racing was abandoned yesterday and again today!

 

However, Sandown Park is currently hopeful that racing can go ahead tomorrow:

12:40 Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:25 Mulcahys Hill (Warren Greatrex/Wayne Hutchinson) – Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase (Grade 1); he currently has four rivals – Defi Du Seuil, Dell Oro, Lostintranslation and Vinndication.

15:00 Full Glass (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 98 yards]

15:35 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 37 yards]

 

The Contenders’ Hurdle (Listed) takes place at 13:50 and is due to feature Buveur D’Air, Vision Des Flos, De Dollar Man, Rayvin Black and Roksana.

 

We had snow in Hertfordshire overnight, but it didn’t cause much disruption; the pavements were either snowy or slushy this morning, so walking wasn’t a problem.  By the time I walked home this evening, the majority of the pavements were clear ... on my side of the road! 


 

 

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