JULY 2014

 

 

Thursday 31 July 2014

Classic Colori was a non-runner at Stratford today, but he is due to be Belinda Keighley’s mount in a charity race in aid of Racing Wefare at Newmarket on 16 August; Belinda will also be celebrating her 40th birthday on that day.

https://www.justgiving.com/Belinda-Keighley40/

 

Talented Irish mare Missunited, third in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup, put up a brave fight to win the Lily Langtry Stakes at Goodwood today but she finished lame and has been retired, having damaged a suspensory ligament in a leg.  More

 

Tom Cruise turned up to watch the racing at Goodwood today too!

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Bangor tomorrow, but no runners of interest.  On Sunday there is a fixture at Market Rasen and, following that, it’s the jump jockey’s 9-day summer break.  They can’t win though as, having gained two holiday breaks (apart from a Stratford fixture which somehow elbowed its way into their September one last season) the latter break has now been reduced to 5-days!

 

And a reminder that the Aintree Festival tickets go on sale to the general public at 09:00 tomorrow.  Having purchased mine last Friday having been given special dispensation as a regular customer, I’m now putting money aside to buy two Cheltenham Festival tickets at the end of August, and the remaining two at the end of September.  And it won’t be long before tickets for Kempton Park on Boxing Day go on sale too.  So that leaves just a Hennessy Gold Cup ticket to purchase before the end of October!   

I’m so looking forward to Choc returning from injury and to the National Hunt season ‘proper’ getting underway. J

Wednesday 30 July 2014

 

Kid Cassidy r.jpg

 

RIP Kid Cassidy

 

 

Very sad news that Kid Cassidy’s luck finally ran out and he suffered a fatal injury when falling in today’s Galway Plate.  He was having his first start for Irish-based trainer Christy Roche, having formerly been trained by Nicky Henderson. 

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Stratford:

14:15 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Maiden Hurdle

 

I attended my bone density scan appointment yesterday and the initial result, before the full report, is that I have osteopenia in my spine, which can be a pre-cursor to osteoporosis.  The nurse who did the scan said that the current thinking is that osteoporosis is solely a hereditary disease rather than anything to do with lifestyle, etc.  Although, of course, lifestyle can exacerbate the problem.  And I’m already doing all the right things – I’ve never smoked, I very rarely drink, I take regular weight bearing exercise (walking) and I have a healthy diet.  And the regular walking I do has meant that the bone density of my pelvis is normal for a woman of my age.  In addition to seeing my doctor once the official report comes through, the hospital recommended that I return in two years for another scan to see if the density has deteriorated.  

Monday 28 July 2014

Two runners of interest at Uttoxeter this evening and this is how they fared:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Selling Hurdle (7 ran); well done to the team, their 4th winner of the season.

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (11 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Perth and Worcester tomorrow, but no runners of interest. 

I have a bone density scan tomorrow morning at the local hospital.  It’s just a precaution really, as mum has osteoporosis and age is now catching up with me too! 

Sunday 27 July 2014

Two runners of interest at Uttoxeter tomorrow evening:

18:55 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Selling Hurdle

19:55 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

 

I enjoyed my visit to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury to see Annie Get Your Gun yesterday evening.  I’ve driven past the theatre on a number of occasions when deciding to go via the town’s inner ring-road rather than the outer ring-road when in transit to Cheltenham, but have never visited or even noticed the building before!  Further research informs me that the present theatre was opened in October 2010 ... and I’ve only just realised that the town’s ‘iconic’ Council offices, which were also situated on Exchange Street, have been demolished.  I’m not a fan of modern architecture, but the offices were a visible landmark from miles around.  Personally, I love gothic style architecture.  

 

Annie Get You Gun featured Jason Donovan as Frank Butler, Norman Pace (of Hale and Pace fame) as Buffalo Bill and Emma Williams as Annie Oakley.  Emma has an amazing voice and put the other two to shame; I already knew that Jason isn’t renowned for his singing voice!   I’d definitely return to Aylesbury to see future productions at their theatre ... provided it doesn’t interfere with my horseracing programme!!! 

 

I’m getting a little bored with the hot weather ... I felt okay up until mid-week last week, but now it’s making me feel very tired; probably because I don’t sleep too well at night.  I woke up with a headache today, which made me feel nauseous on and off all morning – I’m not sure if it was caffeine-deficiency, dehydration, the arthritis in my neck, or even the loud music yesterday evening!  The latter is not impossible, as I actually developed a migraine the day after I’d seen the Osmonds at Wembley a few years ago – I was sitting around 7 or 8 rows back from the stage on that occasion, which proved far too loud for my poor ears!    

Friday 25 July 2014

Result ... I’ve booked my tickets for next year’s Aintree Festival; there appears to have been a slight price increase overall from last year - £9.00!

 

No runners of interest at Uttoxeter today.

 

The 1999 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner See More Business passed away yesterday aged 24.  More

 

It’s Spider-Man ... or is it Spider-Boy?

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/492311309040762880/photo/1

 

And a couple of cute Friday photos too:

https://twitter.com/RedwingsHS/status/492650532772012032/photo/1

 

https://twitter.com/DonkeySanctuary/status/492578986674102272/photo/1

Wednesday 23 July 2014

There were three runners of interest at Worcester today:

Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); the recent addition to the yard came up against strong opposition today in the form of a John Ferguson-trained, AP McCoy ridden, horse.   

Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (15 ran).

Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Mr H Stock) won the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran); well done to the team, their 3rd winner of the season ... all at Worcester!

 

No National Hunt racing tomorrow, with Uttoxeter on Friday. 

 

I’ve been rummaging through my Really Useful boxes to find my tickets and receipts from this year’s Grand National – I keep all my tickets and programmes.  My 2014 Earl of Derby Terrace tickets and parking labels cost £243.00 ... the same as in 2013.  However, I’m fully expecting an increased cost this year, as the ticket prices are not due to be announced until they go on sale! 

Tuesday 22 July 2014

There are three runners of interest at Worcester tomorrow:

15:10 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:40 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

17:10 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Mr H Stock) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Whoops, Tom Scudamore took the wrong course at Cartmel yesterday, jumping a fence having left the starting gate as opposed to a hurdle of all things.  But I guess there may be extenuating circumstances having lost his grandparents recently.  A 12-day holiday has been prescribed as punishment by the stewards.  More

 

And the Queen’s Estimate is one of the horses involved in the morphine-contaminated feed investigations being carried out by the BHA.  More

 

It’s now just three days until I can purchase my Grand National tickets for next year, having been given a one-week window of opportunity as a regular customer prior to the general ticket sales commencing.  If everything goes to plan, I shall book them early afternoon on Friday.

 

And I’m getting a head-start on my Christmas present buying too; I’ve now purchased three during the past week ... courtesy of my favourite craft website: https://www.etsy.com/

My problem is that each summer I develop an addiction ... two years ago it was knitting winter scarves, last year knitting and chain crocheting summer scarves made from strips of material and this year?  Dichroic jewellery.  Learning how to make dichroic jewellery is one of the items on my bucket list.  But for the time being I shall admire ... and purchase ... items created by others.  Additional things on my bucket list are going on a falconry course, and taking a llama or alpaca for a walk!  And I’d like to learn how to crochet more than just chains!  Needless to say, Choc is a 365-days a year addiction!!!

There’s excellent news for my niece Lydia; having completed her degree she has been offered a job in her chosen field.  J

Sunday 20 July 2014

Here are today’s results from Stratford:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) finished 2nd in the Selling Hurdle (4 ran).

Laser Blazer (Alan King/Richard Johnson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); Classic Colori and Say When were non-runners. 

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6½ furlongs] (9 ran).

 

Cartmel is the sole National Hunt fixture tomorrow, so there are no runners of interest.

 

Choc has tweeted a photo of William playing table tennis at a local pub (The Plough?)

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/490911849626759168/photo/1

 

We certainly caught a thunderstorm this evening; I’ve never seen rain like it and it even flooded into the carport. 

I’ve not enjoyed the weekend, as it’s been one of those weekends when I feel I’ve accomplished nothing and I’ve not been out anywhere either.  But next weekend I’m due to see Annie Get Your Gun in Aylesbury and the following weekend I’m hoping to visit my friend Denise in Reading.

Saturday 19 July 2014

Here are today’s results from Market Rasen:

Montbazon (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished a never nearer 4th and Uriah Heep (Alan King/Richard Johnson) finished 8th in the Summer Hurdle [Listed Handicap] (13 ran). 

Pantxoa (Alan King/Richard Johnson) finished 7th in the Summer Plate [Listed Handicap Chase] (13 ran).

Hollow Penny (Alan King/Richard Johnson) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

AP McCoy won the Summer Plate aboard It’s A Gimme, thus surpassing Martin Pipe’s 4191 winner tally.  More  But the form wasn’t franked later in the afternoon by Hollow Penny who had finished a close second to It’s A Gimme at Worcester recently.

 

All the races at Market Rasen were delayed by half an hour due to a thunderstorm which cut off power in the area; generators were brought into action to keep the show on the road. 

 

St Albans definitely had rain overnight and again early this morning, but I didn’t hear any thunder apart from yesterday evening at around 22:30.  I think the really bad weather went to the east and to the west of us, thus bypassing the city in the middle. 

 

And a recap of the runners of interest at Stratford tomorrow:

14:30 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Selling Hurdle

15:00 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) & Laser Blazer (Alan King/Richard Johnson) & (the infamous) Say When (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:30 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6½ furlongs]

 

The McNeill family has a new racehorse, Karezak purchased from the John Oxx yard in Ireland.  Here he is cantering with another of the family’s horses, Gimme Five. 

https://twitter.com/McNeill_Family/status/490082830404558848/photo/1

 

And I’ve finally begun my knitting project today. 

Friday 18 July 2014

There are a number of runners of interest at Market Rasen tomorrow:

14:55 Montbazon (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) & Uriah Heep (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Summer Hurdle [Listed Handicap]

15:30 Pantxoa (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Summer Plate [Listed Handicap Chase]

16:45 Hollow Penny (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

And at Stratford on Sunday too:

14:30 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Selling Hurdle

15:00 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) & Laser Blazer (Alan King/Richard Johnson) & (the infamous) Say When (Alan King/Stephen O’Donovan) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:30 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6½ furlongs]

 

And there’s news of Wayne Hutchinson and his injury which occurred at Stratford on 17 May.  The jockey underwent an operation on his hip during Royal Ascot week.  He had two tears in the capsule around the outside of his hip joint, excess bone on top of his femur and a shredded meniscus in his knee.  Wayne has been visiting Oaksey House to begin his recuperation and hopes to be back by mid-September.  Here is the report from the news blog (17 July) on Alan King’s website: http://alankingracing.co.uk/news.htm

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend, and even a walk looks unlikely with all the forecasted thunderstorms.  I almost managed to sleep through any storms which passed over last night; all I heard were two faintish rumbles of thunder.  However, work colleagues tell me there was lots of loud thunder with lightening, even someone who lives just a mile or two from me!  We’ve had one storm pass over late this evening, with more expected. 

Thursday 17 July 2014

I’ve sad news to depart regarding yesterday’s racing at Worcester - In A Heartbeat suffered a fatal injury during the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle.  I only saw one of the later races yesterday, and was worried when I read that she’d been pulled up so early in her race; the bad news was confirmed by Martin Keighley in his blog today.

 

In a Heartbeat.jpg

 

R.I.P. In A Heartbeat

2009 – 16 July 2014

Wednesday 16 July 2014

Two results from Worcester this evening:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs] (6 ran).

In A Heartbeat (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) was pulled up in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

 

At Uttoxeter today, AP McCoy equalled trainer Martin Pipe’s career tally of winners – 4191.  More

 

There’s now no National Hunt racing in the UK until Cartmel and Market Rasen on Saturday, followed by Stratford and Newton Abbot on Sunday.

Tuesday 15 July 2014

There was no result to report from yesterday, as My Lad Percy was a non-runner at Newton Abbot.

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Uttoxeter and Worcester tomorrow, with two runners of interest at the latter:

18:20 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs]

19:25 In A Heartbeat (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

 

I must mention that both of my nieces have now graduated; Lydia gained a 2:1 and Kim a first class honours degree.  Lydia is a ‘people person’ and hopes to join the police force in some form or other, and Kim’s dream job would be in the embryology field, having studied Biomedical Science.  Many congratulations to them both.

Monday 14 July 2014

 

Happy Birthday Choc

 

Many happy returns of the day to my favourite jockey,

36 today.

 

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Sunday 13 July 2014

Two runners of interest this afternoon at Stratford, and this is how they fared:

Uriah Heep (Alan King/Richard Johnson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles ½ furlong] (8 ran).

Gimme Five (Alan King/Paddy Brennan) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran).

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

15:40 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom O’Brien) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 3 furlongs]

 

Notification has arrived from Aintree regarding ticket sales for next year’s Grand National Festival.  The pre-sale tickets for ‘loyalty’ customers (that includes me!) go on sale at 09:00 on Friday 25 July, with the booking line opening for new ‘Grand National’ customers a week later on Friday 01 August at 09:00. 

Saturday 12 July 2014

Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Stratford:

15:20 Uriah Heep (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles ½ furlong]

16:25 Gimme Five (Alan King/Paddy Brennan) – Juvenile Hurdle

Mirror, mirror on the wall ... time for a haircut for two little blondies:

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/487325260698906624/photo/1

I’m having my hair trimmed tomorrow.

My bone density scan appointment has finally come through ...

And I’ve still not begun my intended knitted project ... and there’s still an ongoing cross stitch project to finish too.

Wednesday 09 July 2014

Just one result today, from Worcester:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 5th in the Selling Hurdle (9 ran).

 

There’s now no National Hunt racing until Sunday, when there are fixtures at Perth, Southwell and Stratford. 

 

The latter is a particular favourite of mine, falling as it does so close to Choc’s birthday, as here are my diaries from 2008:

http://www.choc-thorntons-super-fan.co.uk/DIARY%20-%20STRATFORD%2013%20JULY%2008.htm

 

And 2009:

http://www.choc-thorntons-super-fan.co.uk/DIARY%20-%20STRATFORD%2012%20JULY%202009.htm

Tuesday 08 July 2014

Three runners of interest at Uttoxeter this evening and this is how they fared:

Galiotto (Noel Williams/Joshua Moore) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (14 ran).

Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

Captain Cardington (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (13 ran).

 

And just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

19:40 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Selling Hurdle

Monday 07 July 2014

Three runners of interest tomorrow, at Uttoxeter:

19:30 Galiotto (Noel Williams/Joshua Moore) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

20:30 Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

21:00 Captain Cardington (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

 

I forgot to mention that Tom Bellamy, son of ex-jockey and Towcester’s Clerk of the Course Robert, has joined the Alan King yard as a conditional jockey.

 

Grand National winning jockey Michael Scudamore (senior) has passed away aged 81; father of Peter and grandfather of Tom and Michael.  More

 

The 1995 Derby, King George and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Lammtarra has passed away aged 22.  More

Sunday 06 July 2014

Just one runner of interest today, at Market Rasen:

Desert Robe (Alan King/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Newton Abbot tomorrow but no runners of interest.

 

And the winners of the JCB Challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund held at the Barbury International Horse Trials yesterday were ... the National Hunt Jockeys – Sam Twiston-Davies, Richard Johnson, John Francome and Noel Fehily:

https://twitter.com/Pol_Roger/status/485492951972597760/photo/1

 

https://twitter.com/IJF_official/status/485534606780026880/photo/1

 

And here is Zara Phillips competing against John Francome in the aforementioned challenge:

https://twitter.com/HonestFrank/status/485495057022480384/photo/1

 

There are lots more photographs on Barbury’s facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/BarburyInternationalHorseTrials

 

And a clip on youtube too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og0bpg2UJM8

 

Yesterday I shortened and re-hemmed the skirt as planned last weekend.  And watched the Tour de France and the Wimbledon tennis.  Today I trimmed a couple of unruly garden shrubs ... a task which I actually enjoy ... and again watched a little bit of the Tour de France, followed by the Men’s Singles Final at Wimbledon.  It was actually the first time I’ve ever wanted Federer to win, so I was disappointed.  I didn’t go for a walk, hoping that the shrub trimming provided me with sufficient exercise!

 

I got my knitting needles out this afternoon ... and four balls of mauve wool plus pattern ... but that was as far as I got!

Friday 04 July 2014

It’s been a very quiet week ... with no runners of interest or results to report since Tuesday ... Kyles Faith having been a non-runner at Worcester on Wednesday. 

 

After all the hype ahead of the Champions Challenge to be held at the Barbury International Horse Trials tomorrow, it turns out that AP McCoy sustained an injury in a fall earlier this week ... so Noel Fehily will be joining Richard Johnson, Sam Twiston-Davies and John Francome to represent the jockeys.  But the organisers are hoping that AP will be able to attend, as a spectator.  Having recovered from his recent injury, Noel is due back in racecourse action on Monday. 

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Market Rasen on Sunday, with one runner of interest:

14:15 Desert Robe (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend ... apart from watching the Wimbledon tennis finals.  Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a walk too, weather permitting. 

Sometimes I hate looking for presents for people ... because I always end up buying something for me too!!!  It happened this evening and that little ‘something’ turned out to be three things for me.  Ouch.  I can never resist dichroic jewellery; two pendants and a pair of earrings for me, in addition to a birthday present for Lesley ... but they are gorgeous.  And I’d been so good with my treats for the past couple of months too.  

Tuesday 01 July 2014

Three runners of interest this evening, at Stratford, and this is how they fared:

In A Heartbeat (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) finished 8th in the Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

Uriah Heep (Alan King/Richard Johnson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles ½ furlong] (10 ran).

Hayjack (Martin Keighley/AP McCoy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

National Hunt racing at Perth and Worcester tomorrow, with one runner of interest at the latter:

17:55 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle


 

 

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