JANUARY 2019

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

19 January 2019 – Kempton Park Winter Festival – Boxing Day Diary (26 December 2018)

01 January 2019 – Newbury Ladbrokes Trophy Day Diary (01 December 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 30 January 2019

There were no results to report from Tuesday, as Lingfield Park was abandoned.

 

And no results today either, as Plumpton was also abandoned.

 

However, here are tomorrow’s runners of interest ... just in case weather conditions improve! 

 

Wincanton: (inspection at 08:00)

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

15:30 Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Grand Vision (Colin Tizzard/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 35 yards]

16:30 Mr Woolley (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fakenham: (inspection at 07:00)

15:20 Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:20 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

 

The controversy into the Henry Oliver ‘arm waving’ incident at Uttoxeter continues … the BHA obviously hasn’t got enough to do:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/horse-whisperer-gary-witheford-rubbishes-bha-stance-on-giving-horses-free-will/363747

 

Worryingly, the current rate of equine fatalities is at its highest level since 2014:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/equine-fatalities-at-highest-level-since-2014-as-bha-pledges-action/363754

Monday 28 January 2019

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

 

Kempton Park:

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

Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the 11th fence during the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards] (9 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 125 yards] (6 ran).

 

And just two runners of interest tomorrow, both in the same race at Lingfield Park:

13:30 Fatima Blush (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) & Burren Walk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (Qualifier)

Sunday 27 January 2019

 

 

Race 4 k Casse Tete.jpg

 

RIP Casse Tete

 

 

Sadly the Gary Moore-trained Casse Tete, who was pulled up during the Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Cheltenham yesterday, had to be put to sleep having suffered a bad injury.  RIP

 

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

 

Sedgefield:

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) was pulled up before three out during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 178 yards]

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) was pulled up before the 11th fence during the Novices’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (8 ran).

Gold Mountain (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) was pulled up before two out during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 34 yards] (7 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran); the race was sponsored by the Jamie Snowden Racing Club.

 

And here are Monday’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

13:30 Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:05 Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards]

 

Ludlow:

14:20 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

16:00 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 125 yards]

Saturday 26 January 2019

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

 

Cheltenham:

Our Power (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Azzerti (Alan King/Richard Johnson) was hampered and fell three out during the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran); both horse and jockey were fine.

Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) finished 3rd in the Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) [3 miles 1 furlong & 56 yards] (6 ran).  The race was won by Frodon, with Elegant Escape as runner-up; Paul Nicholls expects his charge to now head to the Gold Cup.  I don’t think Terrefort stayed, and will presumably attempt the Ryanair Chase.

 

The Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle was won by Paisley Park, from West Approach and Black Op (12 ran).  The winner is now the favourite for the Cheltenham Festival’s Stayers’ Hurdle.

 

Doncaster:

Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Lightening Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (4 ran); the race was won by Dynamite Dollars.

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Skybet Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 yards] (11 ran); the race was won by Go Conquer.

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 yards] (5 ran).

Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd, Parody (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) finished 6th and Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Jamie’s 23rd winner of the season.

 

Uttoxeter:

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) was pulled up, Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) was pulled up and Midnight Jitterbug (Martin Bosley/Joe Anderson) was pulled up in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) was pulled up in the Mares’ Limited Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (11 ran).

 

Lingfield Park:

Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Danny Tudhope/Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs] (4 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sedgefield:

13:10 Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 178 yards]

13:40 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) – Novices’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

15:10 Gold Mountain (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

Fontwell Park:

15:00 Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Woooo Hoooo ... I’ve finally finished my crochet project! J

Friday 25 January 2019

 

Happy Burns Night!

 

Image result for picture of richard madden in kilt

 

 

 

Four winners today ... of the equine variety!

 

Huntingdon:

Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (14 ran); Alan’s 64th winner of the season and Wayne’s 60th winner of the season.  Price 2-1.

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran); Graeme’s 12th winner of the season.  Price 20-1, having shortened from 33-1!

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) finished 7th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (13 ran).

Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards] (17 ran); Graeme’s 13th winner of the season.  Price 11-2.

 

Doncaster:

Stylist Moment (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (4 ran)

Giving Glances (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed) (8 ran); Alan’s 65th winner of the season. Price 11-4.

 

After a successful day, had I been a betting woman, here are tomorrow’s runners of interest ... and the return of the lovely Terrefort too J

 

Cheltenham:

12:40 Our Power (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle

13:15 Azzerti (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:25 Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) – Cotswold Chase (Grade 2) [3 miles 1 furlong & 56 yards]; he’s scheduled to have 5 rivals – Frodon, Elegant Escape, Valtor, Minella Rocco and Allysson Monterg.

 

Daryl Jacob has chosen to ride Terrefort, not his stable companion Valtor:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/in-the-know-angles-and-trainer-views-for-the-cotswold-chase-as-frodon-steps-up/363351

 

The Grade 2 Cleeve Hurdle takes place at 15:35, with 12 runners declared – Agrapart, Lil Rockerfeller, Midnight Shadow, Paisley Park, Sam Spinner, Unowhatimeanharry, Wholestone, Black Op, Aux Ptit Soins, Aye Aye Charlie, The Mighty Don and West Approach.

 

Doncaster:

13:30 Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Lightening Novices’ Chase (Grade 2)

15:15 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Skybet Handicap Chase (Listed) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 yards]

15:50 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 214 yards]

16:25 Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Parody (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) & Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Alan King is hoping for further success in the Skybet Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/king-bids-to-extend-rule-with-third-win-in-four-years-in-sky-bet-chase/363256

 

Uttoxeter:

13:05 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) & Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) & Midnight Jitterbug (Martin Bosley/Joe Anderson) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

15:25 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) – Mares’ Limited Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

 

Lingfield Park:

15:05 Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Danny Tudhope/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs]

 

For the first time ever, I’ve received a message to say I’ve used up 80% of my mobile phone inclusive data.  This wouldn’t be so bad, except I still have a couple of weeks to go until my personal month end!  It’s another symptom of ‘Maddenitis’!!!

 

And I still haven’t finished my crochet project ... my problem is, in the words of Bodyguard character Julia Montague, “I’m emotionally distracted”!!!

Thursday 24 January 2019

Both Wetherby and Fakenham were abandoned today, so there are no results to report!

 

The BHA has delayed its decision regarding the intended changes to the shoeing rules!

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Doncaster:

12:50 Stylist Moment (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:25 Manofthemountain (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:30 Giving Glances (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (Listed)

 

Huntingdon:

13:00 Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:35 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

14:05 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:45 Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards]

 

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Richard Madden has already flown back to Los Angeles, where he is due to be a presenter at this coming Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (27 January). 

 

With regards to his career he said: “Nobody knows what’s next. I’m still looking and haven’t made any decisions.  I have meetings in LA but I don’t think you’ve lost me to Hollywood just yet!”

 

He said the accolades he had received for his Bodyguard role had “certainly given me a lot more confidence in my career”. He added “It’s been like a mad dream that I haven’t woken up from.”

 

In the meantime, Rocketman is due for release in May, in which he plays the role of John Reid.  Perhaps he’ll be around for the publicity tour, along with Taron Egerton, and will presumably receive a nomination for his role in Bodyguard from the British TV BAFTAS; the ceremony of which takes place on Sunday 12 May. 

 

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Today is my Friday J as I’m using up a day of my carried over 2018 annual leave!  Use it or lose it!

Wednesday 23 January 2019

 

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

 

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Richard Madden won the award for Best Drama Performance at yesterday evening’s National Television Awards, with Bodyguard winner of the Best New Drama too.  J

 

Here is Richard’s winner’s speech:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oQ88AgbQ7A

 

And his post-award interview:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z7C-QPj7L4

 

If Richard gets the opportunity to play Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman on stage, when he reaches his sixties, I’ll just have to hope I’m still around and fit enough to attend it!  That’s the drawback of liking a very much younger man!

 

I was running so late by the time I’d watched, and re-watched the NTA highlights, last evening, that I didn’t have time to write a blog yesterday.  But perhaps that’s not a bad thing, considering today’s fixtures at Hereford and Catterick were abandoned and it would have been a waste of my time listing the runners!

 

There’s one result from Monday, at Leicester:

Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) finished 8th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran).

 

And tomorrow, at Wetherby, if it passes an inspection:

13:35 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Handicap Chase (Series) [3 miles & 45 yards]

15:20 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 85 yards]

15:55 Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Hertfordshire had more snow than expected yesterday.  I decided to catch a bus, from the station to home; the only trouble was, that it took longer for one to arrive at the bus stop where I was waiting than it would have taken me to walk home!  But, looking on the bright side, I kept dry in the main.  The pavements weren’t too bad this morning, only icy in exposed places.

 

I still haven’t made much progress on my crochet project ... I’ve been prevented from doing so due to a bad bout of ‘Maddenitis’!

Monday 21 January 2019

Here is today’s result for my one runner of interest, at Sedgefield:

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 65 yards] (6 ran).

 

And tomorrow, at Leicester:

14:10 Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

Sunday 20 January 2019

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

 

Exeter:

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards] (9 ran).

 

Ayr:

Ask Ben (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); Graeme’s 11th winner of the season.

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Sedgefield:

14:20 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 65 yards]

 

A lovely photograph of Altior; taken yesterday at Ascot:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/1086693006500159493/photo/1

 

Trainer Nicky Henderson is blaming Special Tiara for setting a bad example at Kempton, following Altior’s left-handed waywardness during the Clarence House Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/he-didn-t-do-anything-wrong-at-all-henderson-defends-altior-s-jumping/362456

 

One lady fan made a special trip to Ascot yesterday to see her equine hero:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/star-appeal-woman-beset-by-mental-health-issues-finds-solace-in-awesome-altior/362459

 

Another tweet from Walkon; this time he’s trotting over a few poles:

https://mobile.twitter.com/walkonFRhorse/status/1087046794146648064/photo/1

 

I’ve not managed to finish my crochet project ... but that’s not really a surprise, although I have spent around 3 hours doing it this weekend; hopefully sometime this week.  J

Saturday 19 January 2019

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

 

Taunton:

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (16 ran).

Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (9 ran).

Early Morning Rain (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 2nd and Glasha’s Peak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran); Alan’s charge is a half-sister to Peggies Venture.

 

Altior duly won the 3-runner Grade 1 Clarence House Chase but, he did jump noticeably out to his left on a number of occasions today.  The winning distance was 7 lengths, unchallenged, over the returning Fox Norton. 

 

A quick reminder of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Exeter:

13:10 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

 

Ayr:

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

 

As you can see from my note above, I’ve completed and uploaded my Kempton Park Boxing Day diary. J  That means I can concentrate 100% on my crafting ... Richard Madden ... and of course my blogs, until I next go on a racing-related outing!

Friday 18 January 2019

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

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 13th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (16 ran); the feedback was that he didn’t like today’s ground and also needs a step up in trip!

Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices Hurdle (16 ran).

 

There’s not a lot happening tomorrow, despite it being Saturday with three NH fixtures taking place!

 

Taunton:

13:05 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

14:15 Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Seniors’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

16:25 Early Morning Rain (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) & Glasha’s Peak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Meanwhile, at Ascot, the Grade 1 Clarence House Chase takes place at 15:35 and features Altior, Diego Du Charmil and Fox Norton; the latter returns having been on the injury side-lines for 389 days.

 

There are no runners of interest at Haydock Park.

 

There are two runners of interest on Sunday:

 

Exeter:

13:10 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

 

Ayr:

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

 

Following disappointing form during recent Novice Chases, Lil Rockerfeller is to be re-routed back to hurdling with the Stayers’ Hurdle in mind.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/lil-rockerfeller-redirected-to-stayers-hurdle-as-chasing-plans-are-shelved/361986

 

All of my plans are ‘home-based’ this weekend.  I need to collate, proof-read and upload my Kempton Park diary, also transfer some recordings to DVD, plus complete my current crocheting project which is 2/3rds finished; I estimate the latter is going to take a further 8 hours, so this may be optimist!

 

You’ll also not be surprised to learn that I have some Richard Madden-related DVDs to watch too; I’m currently viewing Hope Springs, a TV drama series, released in 2009. 

 

This certainly wasn’t Richard’s first appearance in a TV series, as way back in 1999 he appeared in CBBC’s Barmy Aunt Boomerang, alongside Toyah Willcox:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64AFsaz7WXg

Richard was born on 18 June 1986, so is currently 32 years old.

Thursday 17 January 2019

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... lots of runners but only one winner:

 

Market Rasen:

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Pershing Missile (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 6 yards] (8 ran).

Shantewe (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (6 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (7 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won and War Chief (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (11 ran); Martin’s 17th winner of the season.

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) was pulled up during the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier) (3 ran).

Reve (Martin Keighley/Harry Skelton) finished 2nd and Stop The World (Tom George/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Acacia Dream (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) finished last and Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Mick Maestro (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards] (7 ran).

 

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

 

13:05 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

13:35 Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices Hurdle

 

With the ground unsuitable at Ascot for Un De Sceaux, Altior is due to have just two rivals in Saturday’s Grade 1 Ascot Chase – namely Diego Du Charmil and Fox Norton.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... and the Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson partnership suffered a bad case of 4th-itis!

 

Newbury:

Harambe (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (16 ran).

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran).

Midnight Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

Plumpton:

Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 214 yards] (7 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

12:30 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:00 Pershing Missile (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 6 yards]

14:40 Shantewe (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

15:45 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Ludlow:

12:40 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & War Chief (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:10 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier)

13:45 Reve (Martin Keighley/Harry Skelton) & Stop The World (Tom George/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

16:00 Acacia Dream (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) & Perfect Predator (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

13:20 Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

13:55 Mick Maestro (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards]

 

Alan King’s Weekender column was published today.  He writes that it’s the driest winter he’s ever known ... and he’s been in racing since 1985!  He couldn’t run Valdez at Kempton Park last Saturday as the ground was too quick for him. 

 

Most of Alan’s horses were vaccinated against flu last Friday and Saturday, so they are on the easy list this week, ahead of the build up to the Festivals.  Also, it’s been decided that Running Cloud will be switched back to the flat, and Fret D’Estruval will be heading back to France following two modest efforts in this country!

Tuesday 15 January 2019

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

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Chase

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (9 ran).

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (17 ran).

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Mr Patrick Berkins) finished 10th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

13:40 Harambe (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:20 Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

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

 

Plumpton:

14:00 Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 214 yards]

 

Jerry McGrath took a heavy fall at Fontwell Park yesterday but according to his agent, and contrary to a report that he’d broken a bone in his shoulder, he should be back in action in a few days.

 

I’m gutted ... the Marks and Sparks shop, just a 5-minute walk from my office, has been earmarked for closure.  What am I going to do? L  I love their cappuccino chocolate bars ... and their liquorice Catherine wheels ... not to mention their knickers, socks, tights, thermal vests, fleeces, jeggings, slippers, skirts, jumpers, cardigans, coats, loungewear ... but, I guess, it will save me money!!!   If I want something, or need to collect something, I’ll have to visit one of their other shops at the weekend; how annoying.

Monday 14 January 2019

 

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RIP Midnight Chase

(pictured in the foreground)

 

 

There’s sad news regarding retired racehorse Midnight Chase; he’s been put to sleep following a short illness. 

 

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Marlow Moss (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up in the Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th and Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Lingfield Park:

14:10 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:40 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

15:10 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

15:40 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Mr Patrick Berkins) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Here’s sending get well soon wishes to Noel Fehily, who underwent an emergency operation for appendicitis on Saturday.

 

Richard Madden was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award and the awards ceremony took place in Santa Monica yesterday evening, but unfortunately on this occasion he didn’t win.  But we were treated to him making an appearance, and here he is on the red carpet:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6587875/Critics-Choice-Awards-Richard-Madden-arrives-solo-red-carpet-split-Ellie-Bamber.html

Sunday 13 January 2019

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

 

Kempton Park:

Running Cloud (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th and Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (5 ran).

Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) won the Chase (Listed) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards] (5 ran).

Sleep Easy (Neil Mulholland/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th in the Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [2 miles & 5 furlongs] (14 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (8 ran).

 

Warwick:

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was brought-down as a result of a melee on the flat and Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 4th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Millstone (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 5th in the ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Simply A Legend (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards] (7 ran); an excellent result following 1029 days on the injury sidelines!

Fourshoes (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

No results to report today.

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

13:55 Marlow Moss (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle

14:55 Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Today it was reported that Richard Madden and his girlfriend Ellie Bamber have split up due to his recent high-profile career success: 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6585661/Richard-Madden-Ellie-Bamber-SPLIT.html

 

That’s the price of fame I guess.  He’s certainly been very busy recently, filming Rocketman, appearing on various shows in the US to publicise Bodyguard, not to mention attending awards shows and other events, and making himself available for press and magazine interviews and photo-shoots.

 

Today I rescued a third copy of the current issue of GQ!  I just couldn’t help myself; it was sitting there all alone on the shelf at the local supermarket and needed a good home!!!

 

I’ve been productive this weekend, with regards to drafting race notes; I’ve now completed those for Kempton Park, with the aim of uploading the diary next weekend. J  But I’ve not been so productive on the crochet front! L  Maybe I’ll get some done this evening …

Friday 11 January 2019

 

 

Race 1 o Willoughby Court.jpg

 

RIP Willoughby Court

 

 

Very sad news was reported today ... Willoughby Court has been put to sleep following surgery and an infection:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/cheltenham-festival-winner-willoughby-court-put-down-following-surgery/361028

 

The Druids Nephew has been retired having been pulled up at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day; he’s reported to have ‘tweaked’ a tendon and connections are keen that the 12-year-old stays sound so that he can go hunting and possibly do some RoR classes too. 

 

There’s controversy regarding a new ruling about shoeing racehorses:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/ridiculous-mick-easterby-blasts-bha-over-new-rule-on-shoeing/360821

 

There was travel chaos for a number of Gary Moore’s horses, and those from other yards too, heading to Huntingdon today:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/gary-moore-forced-to-withdraw-huntingdon-runners-after-lorry-fire-closes-road/361044

 

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

 

Huntingdon:

Bentons Lad (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

Shanty Alley (Ben Case/Wayne Hutchinson) won the NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (9 ran); Wayne’s 59th winner of the season.

Fret D’Estruval (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 3rd in the Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle (4 ran).

I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Here are my runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Kempton Park:

12:20 Running Cloud (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:05 Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) – Chase (Listed) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards]; he’s due to have four opponents, Chabel, Black Corton, Hammersly Lake and Speredek.

14:40 Sleep Easy (Neil Mulholland/Wayne Hutchinson) – Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [2 miles & 5 furlongs]

15:45 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Warwick:

12:40 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:05 Millstone (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wetherby:

14:50 Simply A Legend (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards]

15:55 Fourshoes (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

There are no National Hunt runners of interest to report for Sunday, Kelso being the only fixture this side of the Irish Sea!

 

OMG, an e-mail message arrived yesterday telling me it’s only 12 weeks to the start of the Aintree Festival ... it seems hardly any time at all since I finished writing about last year’s one!!!

 

Jack Hobbs’ first foal has arrived, a filly out of Cinderella Rose; Wildehearted Woman is in foal to him too. 

 

Typically, there are too many good programmes on TV tonight ... The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts (BBC2) clashes with Grantchester (ITV), and a new series of two-hour Most Haunted editions (Really) clashes with them both if I watch BBC2 at 21:00 followed by ITV on plus one! 

 

I need to catch up on some sleep this weekend, but also make a start of my Kempton Park Boxing Day diary race notes.  Hopefully I’ll find time to do some crochet too ... and binge on DVDs featuring young Mr Madden (he’s 32!).  I refuse to crochet and watch the DVDs at the same time; Richard needs my undivided attention ... although I do have a habit of dozing off to sleep and having to replay the lost moments!!!

Thursday 10 January 2019

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

 

Catterick:

Vieux Lille (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) unseated his rider during the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 214 yards] (6 ran); evidently, having blundered, the reins snapped and consequently Page parted company with him.

 

Leicester:

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards] (5 ran).

 

Southwell:

Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Joe Fanning/owned by Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap [1 mile & 13 yards] (5 ran) (5 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

13:00 Bentons Lad (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

13:30 Shanty Alley (Ben Case/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:30 Fret D’Estruval (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Chatteris Fen Juvenile Hurdle

15:30 I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares Maiden Hurdle

 

The National Television Awards take place on Tuesday 22 January 2019, with both Bodyguard (New Drama) and Richard Madden (Drama Performance) nominated in their respective categories.  And it’s the general public who vote for their favourites ... it’s free to vote online and categories can be skipped if you don’t have a clue regarding the nominees!!! 

https://www.nationaltvawards.com/vote

 

It would have been great to go but tickets went on sale following last year’s ceremony, so there’s very little choice now ... just seats over the back of beyond!  It’s a pity I don’t have a crystal ball, otherwise I might have seen Mr Madden within it!!!  Never mind, it’s being shown live on ITV. 

 

The Bafta TV Awards take place on Sunday 12 May ... so I’ve made a note in my diary! 

 

Evidently Richard is heading back to California at the end of this month, to sit in the warm sunshine beside a pool and read scripts in search of his next project!  Next up for him for release is Rocketman, a musical drama based on the life of Elton John.  It is due to premier in May; he plays the role of John Reid, Elton’s first boyfriend.    

 

There won’t be a second series of Bodyguard until at least 2020.  I like to think that his character Sgt David Budd, having received extensive counselling for his PTSD, has now moved with his family to a remote Scottish island where they live on a croft, and raise a few sheep too.  His wife Vicky will be working as the district nurse and there they will remain until Richard re-inhabits the character and his services are needed once more!!!  Bearing in mind his fictional daughter Ella will probably have headed off to the mainland to attend secondary school, as a boarder, whilst fictional son Charlie, who has special educational needs, will attend the small island school.

Wednesday 09 January 2019

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

 

Doncaster:

Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (2 ran); Alan’s 63rd winner of the season and Wayne’s 58th winner of the season.

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards] (13 ran).  Sadly there were two fatalities in this race, the David Dennis-trained Damier and the Philip Hobbs-trained Katie Connell; neither were the result of falls.  RIP

Colonel Miller (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

Fibonacci (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 6th and Outofthequestion (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Taunton:

Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Matt Griffiths) fell at the last when tailed off in the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Catterick:

14:45 Vieux Lille (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 214 yards]

 

Leicester:

12:35 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:25 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards]

 

Southwell:

13:55 Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Joe Fanning/owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile & 13 yards]

 

In today’s Weekender, Alan King reveals that The Unit has suffered a tendon injury so will be on the sidelines for quite a while.

 

Tests have shown that Samcro has been suffering from a deep-seated lung infection and will now undergo a 10-day course of antibiotics.  This makes it very unlikely that he will be able to run at the Cheltenham Festival.

I’m looking forward to Hunted returning to Channel 4 tomorrow evening and Grantchester returns on ITV at 09:00 on Friday.  However, series 4 of the latter will be the last for James Norton, having headed off to pastures new.

Tuesday 08 January 2019

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Bangor-On-Dee:

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 5 yards] (7 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 7 yards] (10 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Doncaster:

13:00 Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

13:35 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

14:10 Colonel Miller (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:45 Fibonacci (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Outofthequestion (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Taunton:

13:45 Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Matt Griffiths) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Following his impressive win at Plumpton on Sunday, Master Dino has been diagnosed with a hairline leg fracture so will miss the Cheltenham Festival and be on the sidelines for a year. 

 

I’ve got to go back on the First Defence, as work colleagues have colds again; it’s just unbelievable the number of viruses they pick up. 

Monday 07 January 2019

 

 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!!

 

 

There was wonderful news overnight; Richard Madden won the Golden Globe for ‘Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series Drama.

 

I’m so pleased for him; he’s such a talented actor.  His portrayal of Police Sergeant David Budd, who is assigned to act as the Home Secretary’s bodyguard, is amazing.  His character was also an army veteran endeavouring to overcome the PTSD resulting from time served in Afghanistan.  Not to mention terrorism and organised crime!

 

I wish I could report that I saw him accept his prize live; but unfortunately there was trouble with my facebook feed … it kept freezing and large-scale messages popped up intermittently too, thus obscuring the screen!  And, for the sake of my laptop security, I didn’t want to sign-up with any of the broadcasting websites suggested.

 

I gave up at around 02:40; then, as I was logging off, I saw newsfeed which informed me Richard had won his nominated category around an hour previously! 

 

I had watched the Red Carpet pre-show arrivals, broadcast live on satellite TV, but I didn’t spot him there either. L

 

Fortunately there is a lot of post-event coverage on the internet J:

 

So here he is, in all of his glory, looking gorgeous of course … his face is so expressive and he’s extremely photogenic too:

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6563363/Golden-Globes-Bodyguard-hunk-Richard-Madden-channels-James-Bond-tux-grins-red-carpet.html

 

https://celebrity.nine.com.au/2019/01/07/08/21/golden-globes-2019-winners-list

 

https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/a25768678/golden-globes-2019-bodyguard-richard-madden-win-parents-audience/

 

The ceremony was held in LA and his mum and dad flew in especially to attend too. 

 

An interesting fact – Richard is paranoid about fire risks and always checks the fire escape routes when visiting unfamiliar locations; his dad was a fireman, so he’s well aware of the tragic consequences posed by fire.

 

And here are a number of interviews I found on Youtube; the first two appear to be Red Carpet ones, before the ceremony:

 

Interviewed on Entertainment Tonight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wt16CPHKew

 

Interviewed on IMDb:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-RcaI68Hc8

 

The announcement of the winner; he is congratulated by Julianne Moore, and Idris Elba (his co-star in The Take aka Bastille Day), who were sitting at the same table and the award was presented by cast members from The Big Bang Theory:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLyD_RsU4jc

 

The post award press conference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFm-0LDk2LI

 

On Access ... Richard tells the interviewer that his dad told him to write some victory speech notes, just in case he won!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1_3ykpoxcM

 

On E News too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3WY87OcspI

 

I’ve also joined the ‘Richard Madden Appreciation Society’ closed group on Facebook ... as I feel I’m appreciating him rather a lot!!!

 

That’s all of the news from ‘Richard Madden Central’ for now ... so it’s back to the racing!!!

 

There was one runner of interest today, at Musselburgh; notified too late for me to include yesterday:

Tyrell (Andrew Crook/John Kington/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards] (7 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Bangor-On-Dee:

13:40 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 5 yards]

14:50 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 7 yards]

Sunday 06 January 2019

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

 

Sandown Park:

Sensulano (Noel Williams/Barry Geraghty) finished last in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) … but only 2 ran, the other being Laurina! One of the non-runners was lame and the other had banged her head!

 

The 2018 Veterans’ Series Final was won by Houblon Des Obeaux, trained by Venetia Williams and ridden by Charlie Deutsch (17 ran).  Buywise took a horrible fall at the last, when closing in fast upon the winner; fortunately both he and Adam Wedge were fine.  Theatre Guide finished as runner-up, with On Tour 3rd and Rock Gone 4th.  Pete The Feat was one of 6 who were pulled up. 

 

Although Buywise is fine today, Evan Williams feels the veteran may struggle with form moving forward:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/williams-wonderful-buywise-may-struggle-to-bounce-back-after-sandown-fall/360293

 

It seems that Evan Williams doesn’t quite ‘get it’ with regard to the affection many of the racing public hold for the racehorses they see season after season, regardless of each horse’s level of ability!

 

Wincanton:

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the first fence during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Timoteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (14 ran).

Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 35 yards] (7 ran).

Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th and Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (16 ran).

 

Kempton Park (AW):

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Liam Jones/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards (10 ran)]; Buckle Street was withdrawn having refused to enter the stalls and has now been retired.

 

And today’s results from Plumpton:

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (6 ran). The French-trained Master Dino, who won the race and is owned by Munir & Souede, is now the JLT Novices’ Chase favourite. 

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 164 yards] (8 ran).

 

OMG, here is a photo of Choc as a very young jockey:

https://mobile.twitter.com/AnaglogsDaughtr/status/1081259931972583426/photo/1

 

I missed most of the racing yesterday, having received a last-minute surprise invite to the cinema from my brother and his family; we saw Mary Poppins Returns.  Joel Dawson, who plays Georgie Banks, reminds me of Choc; according to Emily ‘Mary Poppins’ Blunt, the child actor was a nightmare to work with!!!   

 

Brian Hughes joined the exclusive 1,000 winners club when triumphing aboard My Old Gold at Wetherby on Friday.

 

Grumeti is back in action again, at home:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1081615852183670784

 

There are no National Hunt runners of interest tomorrow; at Chepstow or Musselburgh. 

 

It’s not been a productive weekend, with regard to both drafting my diary race notes and crocheting! L

Friday 04 January 2019

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

Arkyn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); Alan’s 62nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 57th winner of the season.

Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

 

And tomorrow:

 

Sandown Park:

13:50 Sensulano (Noel Williams/Barry Geraghty) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed); she has three rivals ... but one of them is Laurina!

 

17 horses are due to go to post in the 2018 Veterans’ Series Final at 15:00 – Exitas, Loose Chips, Buywise, Bishops Road, Theatre Guide, Kings Lad, On Tour, Rock Gone, Houblon Des Obeaux, Le Reve, Henllan Harri, 15-year-old Pete The Feat, Tenor Nivernais, Cultram Abbey, Band Of Blood, Rathlin Road and Halo Moon.  Despite the fixture featuring the Grade 1 Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle and the aforementioned Listed Mares’ Hurdle, I think this is actually the race of the day.  So let’s hope all the old boys come back safe and sound. 

 

Wincanton:

14:05 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:40 Timoteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

15:15 Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 35 yards]

15:50 Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Kempton Park (AW):

19:15 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Liam Jones/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) & Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Poppy Bridgwater) – Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards]; Ardamir is still a maiden despite having run 29 times on the flat.  And Buckle Street has misbehaved the last twice when hurdling, having refused to race!  He also refused to race, again over hurdles, on his seasonal debut in September.  

 

And on Sunday, at Plumpton:

13:10 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:10 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 164 yards]

 

Having disappointed over fences, connections have decided to revert Black Op to hurdling for the remainder of this season; he may next line up in the Cleeve Hurdle.  A firm decision will be made during the summer regarding a future chasing career; after he had been extensively schooled by Yogi Breisner.

 

Sorry ... but I’m going ‘off piste’ again ... with further Youtube video links, featuring the very attractive Richard Madden:

 

Firstly his appearance on the Graham Norton Show, publicising Cinderella, and The Take (aka Bastille Day) – this is the show in almost its entirety:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6JRf6L5WSY

 

I shall refer to this one as the Netflix ‘water story’:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0MPXo_Q7F0

 

Richard appeared on Access Live, speaking about Bodyguard:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZO0dV8ITQjU

 

And on the IMDb Show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYYOhI3Y72A

 

The Golden Globes take place in LA on Sunday evening and Richard has been nominated as Best Actor in a TV Series – Drama, for Bodyguard ... so he was interviewed via videolink following the nomination:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pS1Ed31nyz4

 

Richard is actually a redhead ... his hair is often dyed for his roles!

 

I don’t have any plans for the weekend.  Although, of course, I still have my Kempton Park diary to complete and a crochet project in progress too. 

Thursday 03 January 2019

Here is today’s result for my runner of interest at Ludlow:

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 2nd in the ‘Hands & Heels’ Handicap Chase for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders (6 ran).

 

Although connections are still unsure as to what is troubling Might Bite, he has undergone a breathing operation today:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/wind-operation-to-rule-might-bite-out-of-action-until-the-cheltenham-festival/359806

 

I forgot to mention, yesterday, that Jamie Snowden now has a McNeill Family-owned horse in his charge – namely Kiltealy Briggs, who is closely related to the 2011 Grand National winner Ballabriggs. 

 

There is news that Balnaslow may lose his 2018 Aintree Foxhunters’ Chase title:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/breach-of-cobalt-threshold-likely-to-see-balnaslow-stripped-of-aintree-success/359848

 

It appears the 7th equine casualty at last year’s Cheltenham Festival was Melrose Boy, who ran in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/rooneys-keep-quiet-on-cheltenham-boycott-as-decision-comes-under-scrutiny/359748

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow, both at Lingfield Park:

12:30 Arkyn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

14:35 Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

 

Apple Tree Stud’s Pacific Fleet has been sold and will race for his new connections at Dundalk tomorrow.

Wednesday 02 January 2019

Just one result to report today, from Hereford:

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) finished 8th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

 

And one runner of interest over the jumps tomorrow, at Ludlow:

14:15 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) – ‘Hands & Heels’ Handicap Chase for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders.

 

Nicky Henderson remains baffled by Might Bite’s recent poor showing in the King George:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/henderson-still-searching-for-explanation-over-might-bite-king-george-flop/359609

Jamie Snowden features as the Stable Tour in this week’s Weekender.  He reveals that Thistle Do Nicely, who is partly owned by Apple Tree Stud, is likely to run in the Dovecote Hurdle at Kempton next month, after which connections may consider the Supreme Novices’ at Cheltenham.  Jamie states that the horse is suited by a truly run race on good ground.

Tuesday 01 January 2019

 

Happy New Year ...

 

 

 

Race 5 y.jpg

 

... and a Happy Retirement to Alvarado

 

 

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

 

Cheltenham:

Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (7 ran).

Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 70 yards] (9 ran).  Beware The Bear won the race, having made virtually all, and 14-year-old Alvarado was retired after the race. 

Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before three out and Forecast (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 213 yards] (14 ran).

Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Robbe Power) finished last in the Relkeel Hurdle (Grade 2) (6 ran).  The race was won by the Sue Smith-trained Midnight Shadow.

Fuseau (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (10 ran).

 

The Grade 2 Dipper Novices’ Chase was won by Lostintranslation, who fought back to win the prize having been headed two out by Defi Du Seuil; 4 ran, with Crucial Role a non-runner.

 

Exeter:

Rock Steady (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (9 ran).

Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards] (6 ran).

Drunken Pirate (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 5th in the NH Maiden Hurdle (18 ran).

 

Catterick:

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) won the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); Jamie’s 22nd winner of the season.

 

Musselburgh:

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards] (5 ran).

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Hereford:

12:50 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Bryony Frost) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’m not a fan of split-screen TV … and I really don’t need to watch Irish racing; in fact I decided to watch ITV Racing for the races which both they and Racing TV covered today:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/racing-on-tv/busy-start-for-new-channels-as-racing-tv-and-sky-sports-racing-launch/359638

 

Amazingly, Young Hustler is still with us and has just turned 32:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/young-hustler-looking-good-as-he-prepares-to-hit-32/359507

 

Evidently the Rooneys are boycotting Cheltenham, believing horses risk a higher rate of injury at the Gloucestershire track than elsewhere … oh well, each to their own:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/it-is-simply-the-best-says-nicholls-as-racing-figures-rally-round-cheltenham/359604

 

I took my Christmas decorations down today ... a task which I’d completed before 08:00!  I then went for a two mile plus walk.  The next task was to sew up one of the snoods which I’d finished knitting a few weeks ago. 

 

I’ve also begun a new crocheted snood ... after two false starts!  The first time having completed two rows, I felt a number of the foundation chains were too loose, so I undid it.  Then the second time, whilst creating the foundation row, I thought one of the chains looked a little strange, so again I undid it!!!  I just can’t help being a perfectionist!  Anyway, the snood is now up and running and will probably take around 10 days to complete.

 

Yesterday I finished and uploaded my Newbury diary.  So that leaves just the Kempton Park diary to complete. 

 

 


 

 

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