JANUARY 2018

 

 

Wednesday 31 January 2018

I wasn’t going to write a blog tonight, but then I saw the news that Smad Place has been retired; he’s injured his right-fore suspensory ligament, so connections have decided to call it a day.  This was due to be his final season anyway. 

 

I’m so pleased he has ended his career in one piece and hopefully has a long and very happy retirement to look forward to.

 

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Happy Retirement

Smad Place

 

 

Jamie Insole (pictured in the dark blue jacket), who has looked after Smad Place in recent years, has decided to move on, to another yard.  It must be so difficult to stay at your present stable when the horse you adore retires, or is lost in action.

 

Here are a number of articles regarding everyone’s favourite ‘living’ grey:

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/hennessy-hero-smad-place-retired-due-to-injury/317736

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/once-smad-jumped-the-last-the-six-or-seven-of-us-stood-together-went-crazy/317780

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/more-to-read/i-m-very-hopeful-i-ll-be-rooting-for-him-and-wishing-i-was-riding-him/317749

 

There’s also news that Whisper will be out of action for the remainder of the season due to injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/henderson-rules-out-grand-national-hope-whisper-for-the-season/317843

 

This particular incident wouldn’t have been out of place on ‘Winter Watch’:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/deer-oh-deer-intruders-leap-across-the-track-in-the-opener-at-newcastle/317824

 

As you need to subscribe to the Racing Post to watch their embedded link, here is the race recording courtesy of ATR:

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Newcastle/31-January-2018/1605

 

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

Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards] (9 ran).  It was Noel’s 5th winner of the season and Wayne’s 34th winner of the season.  The syndicate has been very patient, as ‘Brian’ missed two consecutive seasons due to tendon injuries. 

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards] (13 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wincanton:

13:20 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Towcester:

13:40 Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:25 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Southwell (AW):

14:05 Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/P McDonald) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 14 yards]

Tuesday 30 January 2018

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

 

Lingfield Park:

Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div II (9 ran).

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

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd and Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) finished last in the Handicap Chase [2 miles] (5 ran).

 

Newcastle:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 98 yards] (8 ran).

Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Leicester:

15:25 Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards] ... although his participation is very much ground dependent!

15:55 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards]

Monday 29 January 2018

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

Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 9th and Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Lingfield Park:

13:30 Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div II; as the name may suggest, she is Over Sixty’s daughter!

15:15 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:45 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles]

 

Newcastle:

16:05 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 98 yards]

Here is Over Sixty, at the Cheltenham Festival in 2009 – she finished 4th to Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle ... ridden by Choc!

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Saturday 27 January 2018

 

As you can imagine, I’m absolutely gutted that the beautiful and very talented Taquin Du Seuil lost his life as a result of a fall at Huntingdon yesterday.   He fell three from home during the Pertemps Hurdle qualifier; it was the first time he’d ever fallen.  It’s such a shame that he won’t enjoy a life after racing, as he’d have made such a smashing ROR horse.  Commiserations to the owners and to everyone who loved him at Jackdaws Castle.

 

 

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RIP Taquin Du Seuil

 

 

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/festival-hero-taquin-du-seuil-dies-in-fall-at-huntingdon/317177

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/connections-pay-tribute-as-taquin-du-seuil-suffers-fatal-fall-at-huntingdon/317180

 

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/956931056560619520

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/PAracing/status/956919024549580801/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/tiamilodolly/status/956976974504841217/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/TobyConnors/status/956945439231823879/photo/1

 

 

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

 

Huntingdon:

The Blues Master (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (15 ran).

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) and Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) were both pulled up in the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran).

Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) fell L and Salmanazar (Alan King/Mitchell Bastyn) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (8 ran).

Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 10th and Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (11 ran).

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards] (20 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Fairmount (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) was pulled up in the Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (9 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 179 yards] (11 ran); Remiluc deserved to win the race, having shown good form recently – he’s certainly a character ... just like his trainer Chris Gordon!

 

The Cleeve Hurdle was won by the Nick Williams-trained Agrapart, ridden by his step-daughter Lizzie Kelly.  The Brian Ellison-trained Definitly Red won the Cotswold Chase; the winning rider was Danny Cook.  Cheltenham was wet and soggy, the going heavy ... in fact similar to my trip to the racecourse last November!

 

Earlier in the afternoon, Bryony Frost won the Grade 3 Handicap Chase aboard Frodon; once again it was a good day for the girls. 

 

Doncaster:

Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 88 yards] (14 ran).

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Lightning Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran); Alan’s 44th winner of the season and Wayne’s 33rd winner of the season.

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (6 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th Skybet Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 yards] (13 ran).

16:20 Hurricane Minnie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (15 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest at Sedgefield tomorrow; Fontwell Park has been abandoned.

 

Thursday 25 January 2018

It’s catch-up time again ...

 

There is one result from yesterday, Exeter having been abandoned, and it’s a winner:

 

Catterick:

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (3 ran); Martin’s 18th winner of the season.

 

And today’s results:

 

Warwick:

Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran).

Sensulano (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); Noel’s 4th winner of the season and Wayne’s 32nd winner of the season.

Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs] (9 ran).

Cut And Run (Marting Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Chelmsford (AW):

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile] (10 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

13:35 The Blues Master (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:05 Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) & Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) & Salmanazar (Alan King/Mitchell Bastyn) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards].  Salmanazar is a ‘blast from the past’ – he’s 10 now and hasn’t run for 663 days!

16:20 Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Doncaster:

13:25 Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier); Ian Popham is injured, hence ‘TC’ deputises aboard Mrs Prowting’s runner.

15:40 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:10 Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

Tuesday 23 January 2018

There was tragic news today; it was announced that trainer Richard Woollacott passed away suddenly yesterday evening, aged 40.  He was the trainer of Beer Goggles, winner of Newbury’s Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle, and Lalor, winner of the Aintree Festival bumper.  Condolences to his family and friends.

 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/January/23/richard-johnson-'in-shock'-after-death-announced-of-richard-woollacott

 

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RIP Richard Woollacott

(standing beside Richard Johnson)

 

 

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

 

Leicester:

Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd and Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151 yards] (6 ran).

 

And here is Dontminddboys (aka Casper):

https://mobile.twitter.com/JonathanDoidge/status/955837960976588800/photo/1

 

Wetherby:

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 45 yards] (7 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Exeter:

13:40 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Catterick:

15:00 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Monday 22 January 2018

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

 

Fakenham:

Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Wolverhampton (AW):

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 219 yards] (9 ran).

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Liam Keniry) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 51 yards] (11 ran).

 

These are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Leicester:

14:05 Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:15 Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) & Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151 yards]

 

Wetherby: (subject to a 08:00 inspection)

14:20 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 45 yards]

I presume if Wetherby is abandoned, then Gavin will re-route to Leicester.

Sunday 21 January 2018

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

 

Ascot:

Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran); it was Alan’s 42nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 30th winner of the season.

 

Victory looked very unlikely when Nayati made an error three out and was toiling in fourth place as they rounded the home bend ... but the leader fell at the last and brought down the horse in second position.  Wayne was subsequently able to galvanise his mount on the run-in and collared Oistrakh Le Noir close home to win by a neck at the line.   Nayati is owned by Mr Grech and Mr Parkin who also own the Nicky Henderson-trained Claimantakinforgan and Mr Whipped amongst others. 

 

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase was won by Un De Sceaux, for the third time; the front-running Speredek  claimed the runner-up spot.  The novice, Brain Power, fell two out but was reported to be okay.

 

Haydock Park:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) finished 11th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (12 ran).

 

The New One managed to win the Champion Hurdle Trial for the fourth consecutive year!  It looked unlikely when Ch’Tibello took the lead after the last flight but the gutsy veteran fought back to win by half a length at the line!  The Twiston-Davies-trained star surpassed the million pounds prize-money barrier when finishing 2nd in last month’s Christmas Hurdle.  However, Sam Twiston-Davies has finally persuaded his dad to run The New One in the Stayers’ Hurdle at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, rather than the Champion Hurdle. 

 

This year, the feature race on Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival will be the Ryanair Chase ... not the Stayers’ Hurdle ... because it now offers the most prize-money on that day.    

 

Taunton:

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) finished 5th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran).

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Thomas Garner) finished 2nd and Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) was pulled up in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Meanwhile, at Navan, Miles To Memphis finished 2nd of 10 in a Handicap Hurdle.

 

And on Sunday:

 

Fontwell Park:

Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); Alan’s 43rd winner of the season and Wayne’s 31st winner of the season.

 

Newcastle was abandoned. 

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fakenham:

13:55 Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Wolverhampton (AW):

17:50 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry) – Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 219 yards]

18:20 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Liam Keniry) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 51 yards]

 

The weather was certainly worse this weekend than initially forecasted; I thought it was supposed to be dry yesterday and rainy today – but it rained for much of yesterday and this morning it snowed.  However, as that was just a warm wet front meeting a cold front in the east, I expect any lying snow will be gone by tomorrow. Forecasters haven’t been wrong about a wetter than usual winter though ...

 

I’ve finally succeeded in selecting, formatting and uploading the photos I took at Newbury on 02 December; that leaves just my stable visit and alpaca walk photos to complete in order to get my website up to date once more. J

Friday 19 January 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Chepstow ... and it was impossible to do any better than this, unless there had been a dead-heat!

Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Jamie’s 23rd winner of the season.

Naranja (Jamie Snowdon/Gavin Sheehan) won and Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran); Jamie’s 24th winner of the season.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

12:40 Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:50 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

The Grade 1 Clarence House Chase takes place at 15:35 and features Brain Power, Kylemore Lough, San Benedeto, Speredek and Un De Sceaux.  The latter is attempting to win the race for the third time.

 

Haydock Park: (subject to a 08:00 inspection)

12:55 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

The New One runs in the Champion Hurdle Trial at 14:40.

 

Taunton:

13:05 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

15:25 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Thomas Garner) & Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Meanwhile, at Navan, Miles To Memphis runs in a Handicap Hurdle at 13:35

 

And on Sunday:

 

Newcastle: (an inspection takes place at 08:00 on Saturday)

14:30 Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Fontwell Park:

13:10 Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

It’s the lovely Pasha Kovalev’s birthday today. 

I love a bit of nostalgia ... it’s Blazing Bailey and the lovely Choc:

https://mobile.twitter.com/AnaglogsDaughtr/status/954450454477529088/photo/1

And Time For Rupert too, with Will Kennedy aboard:

https://mobile.twitter.com/AnaglogsDaughtr/status/954449894248517632/photo/1

I’m looking forward to a restful weekend, as the past few days at work have been manic!

Thursday 18 January 2018

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

Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th and Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (15 ran).

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 171 yards] (7 ran).

It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 10th in the Maiden Hurdle (15 ran); last of the finishers.

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

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

13:05 Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Naranja (Jamie Snowdon/Gavin Sheehan) & Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Tomorrow is the first day when trainers have to declare if their charge has undergone a wind operation since its previous run; there are five types of operation which qualify – soft palate cautery, hobday, tie back, epiglottic surgery and tie forward – this kind of detail will not be specified, solely recorded as a ‘w’. 

 

In many cases wind operations don’t bring about an improvement in form ... I had a sinus operation to clear my airways, but I wouldn’t describe it as particularly successful!  

 

Faugheen has also been given an entry in the Stayers’ Hurdle. 

 

Meanwhile, Redicean will return to Kempton Park on 24 February for the Grade 2 Adonis Hurdle, before heading to the Triumph Hurdle. 

 

Cross-country stalwart, Spot Thedifference has passed away aged 25; he spent his retirement at JP McManus’ Martinstown Stud.  RIP

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Market Rasen:

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 9th and Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (11 ran).

Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd and Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards] (8 ran); EPDS Racing’s Kincora Fort was a non-runner due to the heavy ground.

 

Newbury:

Sensulano (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

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

13:00 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:00 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

14:35 It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

16:20 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

With the last race due off at 16:20, it just goes to show that evenings are already drawing out considerably.

 

Being Wednesday, this week’s edition of Weekender was published today.  With the Cheltenham Festival on the horizon, Alan writes that he may not send as many horses to the Blue Riband event as he usually does.  He’s hoping to keep a few horses fresh for Aintree instead, as he’d rather have a winner at Aintree than an ‘also ran’ at Cheltenham ... it proved difficult for many GB-based trainers in 2017 due to the Irish whitewash – they won 19 of the 28 races, which is over two-thirds! 

 

However, despite his yard not having the number of high-class horses of some others, he’s hopeful that Sceau Royal will be allowed to take his chance in the Arkle, despite the owners already having the race favourite Footpad.  Alan has always been very fond of Valdez, absent since 2014; he’s entered him in the Queen Mother Champion Chase just in case his comeback run proves very successful.  Elgin and William H Bonney will be aimed at the County Hurdle, taking in the Betfair Hurdle en route.  Who Dares Wins will run in either the Coral Cup or the Pertemps Final; Alan’s preference is the latter.  The Triumph Hurdle is on the cards for the Apple Tree Stud-owned Redicean.  Lisp might be a Fred Winter contender.

 

Having reached the milestone of 1500 winners, Alan was asked to choose his six favourite star performers.  His top six are Katchit, My Way De Solzen, Voy Por Ustedes, Primitivo (who now runs in Hong Kong under the name of Gold Mount), Godsmejudge and, of course, Smad Place.

Tuesday 16 January 2018

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

 

Hereford:

Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Maiden Hurdle Div I (11 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 208 yards] (13 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Oisin Murphy/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (11 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest::

 

Market Rasen:

12:30 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

15:10 Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards]

 

Newbury:

15:30 Sensulano (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

You may remember the Mrs Prowting-owned Prince Du Seuil, now 15 years old; pictured competing in retirement:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/952644177036283905/photo/1

 

I always remember him from a fall during a handicap chase at Wincanton on 20 November 2008 – Choc rode him that day, and my favourite jockey had already had a fall in the previous race too.  When I saw Choc at Ascot the next day, he was pretty lame!  Ouch. 

 

And you’ll definitely remember Any Currency; again pictured post retirement:

https://mobile.twitter.com/martinkeighley7/status/952992476301811712/photo/1

Monday 15 January 2018

Plumpton was abandoned but there is one result today, from Wolverhampton, which I missed because I’d written my blog before the ATR tracker reminder arrived:

Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Novice Stakes [1 mile 1 furlong & 104 yards] (8 ran).

 

Just three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Hereford:

12:50 Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle Div I

15:40 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 208 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

20:10 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Oisin Murphy/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards]

 

Here is a link to Alistair Down’s article about Bryony Frost which appeared in yesterday’s edition of the Racing Post:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/rpsunday/remarkable-journey-from-serious-illness-to-healthy-success-for-rising-sta/315415

 

Willie Mullins has revealed that Yorkhill will be aimed at the Queen Mother Champion Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/mullins-reveals-champion-chase-is-now-the-target-for-yorkhill/315828

 

Barters Hill is set to return to racecourse action on Saturday, ground permitting:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/barters-hill-ready-for-saturday-return-after-pleasing-on-gallops/315796

 

RUK’s On Demand service has a recording of Henrietta Knight’s appearance on Luck On Sunday:

https://www.racinguk.com/videos/watch/ondemand/7672

 

And another one - I know this is statistics but it’s interesting … Wins Above Expectation:

https://www.racinguk.com/videos/watch/ondemand/7668

Sunday 14 January 2018

Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest ... there were three winners, two of which were non-favourites and scored a double for trainer Jamie Snowden:

 

Kempton Park:

Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Apple Tree Stud) won the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran); Alan’s 41st winner of the season and Wayne’s 29th winner (check).

The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Chase (Listed) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards] (6 ran); he stayed on at the finish, thus almost claiming third place on the line.

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) was pulled up after the sixth flight having never travelled and Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 12th in the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [2 miles 5 furlongs] (16 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) won and Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the ‘Confined’ Novices’ Chase (6 ran); Mrs Prowting’s Racing Manager was very pleased with Merlot’s 4th place on chasing debut.  Jamie’s 21st runner of the season.

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 36 yards] (5 ran).

 

Warwick:

Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race impressively (8 ran); Jamie’s 22nd winner of the season.

 

Wolverhampton:

Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Andrew Mullen) finished 5th in the Handicap [2 miles & 120 yards] (13 ran).

 

Jamie Snowden is closing in fast upon last season’s total winners tally.  Jockey Wayne Hutchinson isn’t, having ridden 55 winners by this stage last year – this suggests that Alan King has trained fewer winners, as only 3 of Wayne’s winners have been for outside yards.  I didn’t record Alan’s winners in my notebook last year.  

 

Brian Hughes has never won a Grade 1 race, very surprisingly.  Perhaps Waiting Patiently, winner of yesterday’s Listed Chase at Kempton Park, could provide that win.

 

Here is the Thebannerkingrebel, 12-lengths winner of Warwick’s bumper, pictured at home:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/952214263791325185/photo/1

RUK reported that the horse was bought for just £2,700.

 

And Hogan’s Height, ahead of his run:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Alexwalters89/status/952194473546698752/photo/1

 

And Smad Place too:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Racing_UK/status/952177846813896706/photo/1

 

Alan King’s Assistant Trainer, Oliver, saddles Redicean ahead of the Juvenile Hurdle:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JamieInsole/status/952147819820998656/photo/1

 

Following his British winning debut at Huntingdon on Friday, I’ve added Terrefort to my tracker.  He’s trained by Nicky Henderson and owned by the Munir / Souede partnership.  He’s also a beautiful ‘rocking-horse’ grey ... although he’ll become greyer as he gets older ... like me!  I wonder if the major Festivals this season will be dominated by the Munir / Souede horses – 2015 having been Gigginstown’s year, and 2016 the Potts’ year. 

 

A post-mortem on ill-fated Edvardo who died at Wincanton last weekend revealed that the horse had suffered a broken back as a result of the collision with his fallen rival, also a ruptured spleen.  Despite this, the horse had continued for a short distance before collapsing; nothing to do with reins after all.  His death was solely bad luck; he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  RIP

 

Danny Tudhope broke a collarbone at Newcastle; hence he missed the ride aboard Apple Tree Stud’s Three Weeks.  His mount Belle De Lawers (spelling) suffered a fatal injury in the incident.  RIP

 

Much was made of Nicky Henderson and his partner Sophie’s decision to get married on a Saturday afternoon in January; a strange day to choose, in the middle of the National Hunt season!  He was formerly married to Diana Thorne, daughter of John ‘Spartan Missile’ Thorne.  Mind you, Paul Nicholls is on holiday at present, in Barbados, and Alan King is also on his winter break in the sun, so Nicky wasn’t the only well-known trainer absent from fixtures this weekend! 

 

It took me hours to proof-read my Newbury diary today ... solely because I was interested in listening to RUK’s ‘Luck on Sunday’ and ATR’s ‘Sunday Forum’.  Luck on Sunday is brilliant, despite me not being a particular fan of Nick Luck.  Today’s guests were Brendan Powell Senior, Dave Yates and Henrietta Knight.  You must remember to pre-order Hen’s new book, The Jumping Game which is due to be published in March, in which she writes about the training methods of 28 current trainers, including 8 from Ireland.  The yard she was most impressed by was that of Gordon Elliott.   

 

I’d intended to undertake a short walk this morning to check on my progress or otherwise, having experienced ‘soundness’ issues for the past 12 days, but that never materialised; time got away from me despite rising at 07:00!  But I have finished proofing my Newbury diary, so I’ve just got to choose and upload three sets of photos now – for the aforementioned Newbury, plus a yard visit and an alpaca walk. J

And finally, there’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Plumpton:

13:25 Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

Friday 12 January 2018

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

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (15 ran); he was a 25-1 shot today, although I know his trainer thinks a lot of him. 

Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

12:20 Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Apple Tree Stud) – Juvenile Hurdle

12:55 The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:05 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Chase (Listed) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards]

14:40 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [2 miles 5 furlongs]

 

Smad Place is pictured being shod with his racing shoes today:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JamieInsole/status/951867354291548160/photo/1

 

Wetherby:

13:05 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) & Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) – ‘Confined’ Novices’ Chase

14:15 Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 36 yards]

 

Warwick:

16:05 Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wolverhampton:

18:45 Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Andrew Mullen) – Handicap [2 miles & 120 yards]

 

There are no runners of interest on Sunday.

 

Valdez holds an entry in this season’s Queen Mother Champion Chase. 

 

Often, Warwick’s ‘Classic Chase’ card overshadows Kempton Park’s Lanzarote Day but, with Smad Place due to run, along with Apple Tree Stud’s Redicean, it has much to recommend it this year.  

 

Having felt off-colour for much of last week, I’ve been plagued by ‘creaking bones’ this week ... foot, pelvis and back have all been doing their utmost to handicap my walking ability and general wellbeing.  I’d love to go to Kempton but don’t feel 100% confident to travel far at the moment, on my own. L 

Thursday 11 January 2018

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

 

Catterick:

Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Juvenile Hurdle (11 ran); he was the 15-8 favourite.

 

Leicester:

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th and Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Richard Condon) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards] (12 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Three Weeks (William Haggas/Joe Fanning/Apple Tree Stud) won the Novices Stakes [1 mile & 5 yards] (3 ran); Joe replaced the injured Danny Tudhope.

 

And runners of interest tomorrow, at Huntingdon:

14:00 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Maiden Hurdle

16:00 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

 

Having run today, I presume that Sporty Yankee will be a non-runner in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle at 13:30.

 

Also, Redicean bypasses the Chatteris Fen Hurdle ... but he still holds an alternate entry at Kempton Park on Saturday.  The wonderful Smad Place is also due to run at the Sunbury track on Saturday. 

 

Annacotty has been invited to take part in this year’s ROR display at the Cheltenham Festival; despite only retiring last year, following the Cheltenham Festival, he’s made massive progress in his post-racing career.

 

I gather that Finian’s Oscar will be switched back to hurdles, for the remainder of the season, with the aim of running in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.  Trainer Colin Tizzard doesn’t think his charge is very brave!  I have to say that none of his efforts over the larger obstacles have impressed me.  Finian’s Oscar vs. Yanworth vs. Sam Spinner vs. Wholestone and others should be a good race! 

 

And Matt Chapman has been axed from Dancing On Ice!

Wednesday 10 January 2018

And here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Ludlow ... and I’d ascertain that Graeme McPherson’s horses are in good form:

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran); he was a 14-1 shot!

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Miss Ceris Biddle/EPDS Racing Twitterati Syndicate) finished 4th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 174 yards] (17 ran).

Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran); she was an 8-1 shot!

Despite these not actually being ‘racing tips’ as such, an each-way bet on all three would have come up trumps today!

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Catterick:

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

 

Leicester:

15:25 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Richard Condon) - Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 113 yards]

 

Newcastle (AW):

17:05 Three Weeks (William Haggas/Danny Tudhope/Apple Tree Stud) – Novices Stakes [1 mile & 5 yards]

 

Noel Williams has announced that Briery Queen has been retired; she’s gone home to her owners in preparation to go to stud.

 

Being a Wednesday, I’ve bought a copy of this week’s Weekender.  Alan King mentions that he is planning to run Apple Tree Stud’s Redicean in Friday’s Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle at Huntingdon.  Alan also confirms that Yanworth will be entered for the JLT Novices’ Chase, the RSA Chase and, at the trainer’s request, the Stayers’ Hurdle too; he wants to keep all options open! 

Tuesday 09 January 2018

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

Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was pulled up and Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was withdrawn at the start for being unruly, in the Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

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

Fidux (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (8 ran).

Smiths Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); Alan’s 40th winner of the season and Wayne’s 28th winner of the season.

 

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

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

14:25 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Miss Ceris Biddle/EPDS Racing Twitterati Syndicate) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle; he’s stepping up in trip, this race being 2 miles 7 furlongs & 174 yards.

15:35 Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

There was news yesterday that Arctic Fire has been retired.  Also, Limini will miss the remainder of the National Hunt season before either running on the flat or going to stud.

The Jamie Snowden-trained mare, Midnight Silver, has been retired by her syndicate and will now head to stud. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Foxtrot_Racing/status/949315481437196288/photo/1

Monday 08 January 2018

Today’s fixture at Hereford was abandoned, so there’s just one result to report, from Fontwell Park:

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller replacing Dave Crosse) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

 

There are runners of interest tomorrow, all at Taunton:

13:05 Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Hurdle

13:35 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Fidux (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

15:50 Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) - Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

There’s news today that Thistlecrack will miss the Cheltenham Gold Cup due to a small stress fracture; it’s at the top of a tibia. 

 

Meanwhile, in Ireland, Gigginstown’s talented novice chaser, Death Duty, has damaged ligaments; he’s had a small operation and will be out of action for the remainder of this season. 

Sunday 07 January 2018

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

 

Chepstow:

Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

The rescheduled Welsh Grand National was won by 13-year-old Raz De Maree, for Irish-based trainer Gavin Cromwell.  Sixteen year old James Bowen was his winning pilot. 

 

Here is a race report:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/teenage-dream-in-chepstow-marathon-as-raz-de-maree-goes-one-better/314709

 

Sandown Park:

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed)

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) finished last in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 119 yards] (4 ran).

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Noel Fehily) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlong & 216 yards] (10 ran).

 

The Veterans’ Chase Series Final was won by Buywise, who sprinted home to catch last year’s winner Pete The Feat on the run-in. 

 

Here is a link to the report in the Racing Post:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/first-at-last-buywise-denies-pete-repeat-in-thrilling-veterans-final/314712

 

Wincanton:

Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Wayne replaced Tom Cannon as Dusky Legend was a non-runner at Sandown Park.

Holbrook Park (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran).

Zeroshadesofgrey (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (12 ran).  There was a horrendous incident in this race when the favourite Edvardo was brought down at the first; he got to his feet and ran on only to, it is reported, trip on his own reins and fall for a second time, sustaining a broken neck in the process.  RIP

 

Kempton Park:
Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (9 ran).

 

And today’s sole result:

 

Plumpton:

Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Hurdle

Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the last flight in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran); he was less than a length down in second position at the time.  The horse was fine, galloping after the others once on its feet.

Milansbar (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Sussex National Handicap Chase [3 miles 4 furlongs & 102 yards]. 

 

The Sussex National was won by Vinnie Lewis, trained by Harry Whittington and ridden by Harry Bannister: 

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/vinnie-defies-weight-rise-to-claim-national-prize-for-harry-whittington/314808

 

And Newcastle was abandoned!

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Hereford:

13:30 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – ‘Confined’ Novices’ Chase

14:00 Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 119 yards]

15:30 Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Fontwell Park:

15:45 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Dave Crosse) – Maiden Hurdle; he’s a 100-1 shot!

 

You will notice that Kielan Woods is back in action; his foot was badly bruised on Boxing Day, not broken. 

 

Also, Willie Mullins has suggested that Douvan might return to action this season, having initially decided to side-line the horse until the 2018/2019 season following a recent injury scare. 

 

I enjoy watching RUK’s ‘Luck on Sunday’ and today they were discussing statistics regarding sires of the most successful current soft/heavy ground-preference steeplechasers – Flemensfirth is number one on that list.

  

I’ve almost completed drafting the race notes for my Newbury diary; just race 7 to go now. J  All being well, that task will be completed next Saturday. 

Friday 05 January 2018

Firstly, Wetherby was abandoned, leaving just one runner of interest today, at Kempton Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Adam Kirby/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards] (12 ran).

Tomorrow there are runners of interest at three fixtures:

 

Chepstow:

15:55 Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The rescheduled Welsh Grand National takes place at 14:05.

 

Sandown Park:

12:45 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed)

13:50 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 119 yards]

15:35 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Noel Fehily) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlong & 216 yards]

 

The Veterans’ Chase Series Final takes place at 15:00 – the declarations are as follows: Perfect Candidate, Gas Line Boy, Third Intention, Double Ross, Houblon Des Obeaux, No Duffer, Fox Appeal, Loose Chips, Benbens, Buywise, O’Faolains Boy (also holds an entry in the Welsh National), Pete The Feat, Cloudy Too, Theatrical Star and Vino Griego.

 

Wincanton:

14:10 Criq Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:15 Holbrook Park (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:45 Zeroshadesofgrey (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

 

It will be touch and go for Wayne as, officially, it takes over two hours to drive from Sandown Park to Wincanton; it’s just over 100 miles away!

 

Kempton Park:
20:15 Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards]

 

And, because I’m useless at writing a blog on a Saturday evening, here are Sunday’s runners of interest too:

 

Plumpton:

12:30 Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:35 Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:35 Milansbar (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Sussex National Handicap Chase [3 miles 4 furlongs & 102 yards]

 

Newcastle:

12:20 Someone New (Rebecca Menzies/Ned Curtis/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Conditionals & Amateur Riders) (All-weather)

15:00 Bingo D’Olivate (Rebecca Menzies/Derek Fox) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles & 89 yards]

 

I forgot to mention that Ami Desbois’ disappointing run in the Dipper was thought to be a breathing issue exacerbated by the heavy ground; he wore a tongue-tie as he always does but, hopefully, he’ll show his true colours on better ground next time out. 

I’ve no plans for the weekend.  I’ve been feeling pretty ropey this week, especially in the evenings ... although I’m not aware that I’ve picked up any of the viruses which have been doing the rounds. L

Thursday 04 January 2018

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

Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Andrew Mullen/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap [2 miles 56 yards] (12 ran); her first effort over an extended trip.

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Tom Eaves) finished 3rd in the Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards] (8 ran).

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Div II [1 mile 5 furlongs] (9 ran).  Connections will be pleased with that, as it’s his first run following a 3-month break. 

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Wetherby:

13:15 Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Kempton Park:

19:45 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Adam Kirby/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards]

Wednesday 03 January 2018

Here is today’s result from Ludlow:

Chato (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 13th in the Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

 

There’s NH racing at Bangor-on-Dee tomorrow, but my runners of interest will be racing on the all-weather at Newcastle:

13:30 Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Andrew Mullen/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [2 miles 56 yards]

15:10 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Tom Eaves) – Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards]

16:20 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Div II [1 mile 5 furlongs].

Celtic Artisan’s stable name is ‘Dylan’; his sire is Dylan Thomas. 

 

I bought a copy of this week’s Weekender today.  Alan writes that he was delighted with Yanworth’s win in the Dipper Novices’ Chase; his 1,500 winner!  He also says he was thrilled with Wilde Blue Yonder’s effort to finish 3rd at Newbury and that his charge has come out of the race fine.  Alan is also toying with the idea of running Redicean in Chepstow’s Finale Juvenile Hurdle re-scheduled for Saturday. 

 

The Weekender also has a two-page spread featuring a number of the horses trained by my favourite former Captain in the Kings Irish Hussars ... Jamie Snowden! 

Monday 01 January 2018

 

 

Happy New Year

 

I missed seeing in the New Year – I fell asleep on the sofa at around 23:20 and didn’t wake until after 02:00! 

 

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

 

Cheltenham:

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Daryl Jacob) finished last in the Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (8 ran).

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing) was pulled up before two out and Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the Dipper Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (5 ran); Alan’s 39th winner of the season.

Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase (2 miles 4 furlongs & 166 yards) (9 ran).

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Daryl Jacob) finished 5th and Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards] (8 ran).

 

Here is the report following Yanworth’s victory:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/yanworth-stakes-his-claim-as-serious-chase-prospect-with-dipper-win/314168

 

Wholestone won the feature Grade 2 Relkeel Hurdle:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/wholestone-back-to-winning-ways-with-fourth-success-at-cheltenham/314169

 

Exeter:

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (9 ran).

 

Catterick:

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Chase (4 ran); Jamie’s 20th winner of the season.

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 51 yards] (5 ran).

 

Musselburgh:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Conor O’Farrell/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Here are a few New Year resolutions, courtesy of the Racing Post:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/to-stop-swearing-but-thats-not-going-to-happen/314073

 

There is news that Bristol De Mai has been suffering from ulcers, hence the poor showing in last week’s King George VI Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/cotswold-chase-the-next-target-for-bristol-de-mai-after-ulcer-diagnosis/314225

 

The tests continue upon Faugheen, in an effort to understand his poor showing last week:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/rich-ricci-keen-to-crack-on-towards-champion-with-faugheen-as-tests-continue/314204

 

And further tests are also to be carried out on Sizing John:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/sizing-john-to-undergo-more-blood-tests-on-tuesday-after-leopardstown-flop/314196

 

Tom Bellamy was stood down today following a breath-test and missed his Cheltenham rides:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/bellamy-misses-cheltenham-rides-after-failing-breath-test/314180

 

And Adam Wedge made a mistake at Exeter aboard an odds-on favourite:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/4-7-favourite-disqualified-at-exeter-after-rider-misses-out-fence/314203

 

Richard Johnson hopes to return to action at Ludlow on Wednesday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/johnson-awaiting-test-results-but-hopes-to-be-back-for-ludlow-on-wedneday/314178

 

And news that Aintree racecourse provided accommodation for the horses displaced by yesterday’s fire in a Liverpool multi-storey car park; they’d been attending a local horse show:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/aintree-staff-take-care-of-horses-left-stranded-by-multi-storey-car-park-blaze/314184

 

With the Veterans’ Chase Series Final scheduled for Saturday, there’s an article on the Racing Post website regarding last year’s winner Pete The Feat; he’s due to compete again, despite turning 14 today:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/focus-on-popular-chaser-pete-the-feat-or-should-that-be-the-boss/314194

 

Tomorrow’s Ffos Las fixture has been abandoned, Ayr goes ahead subject to a precautionary inspection so, as would be expected there are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

I decided I could spare a couple of hours today to proof read my mid-November Cheltenham diary, so that’s now done and dusted and uploaded; I’d already uploaded the photos.  I still need to finish my Newbury race notes and upload photos, plus the photos from my yard visit and the recent alpaca walk.


 

 

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