JULY 2015



Tuesday 28 July 2015

Here are this eveningís results for my runners of interest at Worcester:

Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 110 yards] (10 ran).

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson [jockey change]) finished 3rd in the Selling Hurdle (5 ran); he was a hard ride and, although still leading jumping the last, looked like he really didnít want to win!

Benbane Head (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) was a non-runner and Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (8 ran).


Jason Maguire has been given the all clear to begin riding out, which he did today.He aims to be back in racecourse action by September.More


The sole National Hunt fixture scheduled for tomorrow has been abandoned; namely day two of Perth.All being well, there is a Stratford-On-Avon fixture on Thursday, then Bangor-On-Dee on Friday, Market Rasen on Sunday, followed by a 9-day break until Newton Abbot on Wednesday 12 August.It will give the jockeys with school age children the opportunity to go on holiday without missing any rides.††

Monday 27 July 2015

Just one runner of interest today at Newton Abbot:

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 2nd in the Novicesí Hurdle (6 ran)

It came as no surprise that Menace was withdrawn from the Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race ... he didnít particularly enjoy the ground at Worcester earlier in the month so I would expect todayís going was even worse.††


Noel has tweeted a photo of Theatre Goer following her race today:



Here is yesterdayís winner, Champion Court, chilling out in the field before heading off to Uttoxeter:



Tomorrowís fixture at Perth has been abandoned, but there is racing at Worcester, itís their Pershore Plum Festival fixture, with a number of runners of interest:

17:35 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Chase [2 miles 110 yards]

19:35 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Selling Hurdle

20:05 Benbane Head (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) & Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]


I ordered my Aintree tickets today; the Earl of Derby Terrace as usual, for all three days.The Steeplechase parking has increased from £15 to £20 per day!I began by logging onto their website via a special pre-sale link but found that it was not at all user-friendly, so I phoned up and booked instead!I recall having exactly the same problem last year!Oh well, itís sorted for another year and I can relax now ...

Sunday 26 July 2015

There were runners of interest at Uttoxeter today and this is how they fared:

Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (6 ran); there were four non-runners due to the soft ground but you can only beat whatís there and he did it well, especially as he was giving 19 pounds to the second!Martinís 7th winner of the season.

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 70 yards] (13 ran).

Georgian King and Kyles Faith were non-runners, and Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs] (11 ran).


Aidan Coleman has been appointed officially as trainer John Fergusonís retained rider; heís already ridden over 20 winners for him this season.More


I canít believe this weather, whatever has happened to our summer?Yesterday was nice though, apart from a couple of brief showers Ė one when I was on the outskirts of Reading mid-morning, and the other close to home when returning yesterday evening.I went to visit my friend Den; we went out for lunch but didnít go out and about.She certainly has a lot of wildlife in and around her garden Ė I saw a vole, a heron, a buzzard, a red kite, swifts, a dragonfly, numerous young blue tits, and also goldfinches.††


Time has got away from me today, no surprise there then.I got up early to do my washing, I hung it out on the line under the carport but then it started to rain, as a result it didnít dry and I had to bring it in again a couple of hours later.Iíve also spent time selecting my Worcester and Barbury photos but, as always, itís taken far longer to format them than expected so my job is only half done!And Iíve still not found time to proof my three diary drafts.Oh well, Iíve no plans in the pipeline for next weekend, or the weekend after, or the weekend after that ...

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

14:15 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/James Banks) Ė Novicesí Hurdle

17:25 Menace (Noel Williams/James Banks) Ė Intermediate Open National Hunt Flat Race ... although I would have thought the course would have had far too much rain to be suitable for him to run.††

Friday 24 July 2015

Just to prove everything comes in threes ... Jamie Moore will be on the sidelines for up to 12 weeks after breaking his hip in a fall at Worcester yesterday.He joins brothers Ryan and Joshua who are already on the injured list.More Meanwhile Ryan is playing down reports that he will be out of action until the end of the season.More


Not surprisingly, no decision will be made until tomorrow morning as to whether Golden Horn will run in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes following todayís deluge in the south of England.More


RP Weekender revealed that trainer and columnist Alan King has confirmed that Uxizandre is out for the season; thatís a shame as he is one of my favourites. L


Jack Lander, the young lad who appeared on The Morning Line last Saturday, successfully completed his walk from Stratford-on-Avon to Lambourn to raise money for the IJF.



Tick tock tick tock ... the countdown to Aintree Festival tickets going on sale continues ... on Monday for me.My preferred option would be to order them online, but I canít do that at work, although I could phone I suppose, but not too early as I wonít get through without waiting in a long queue.Alternatively I could walk home during my lunch break and do either ... decisions, decisions!!!


The weather is forecasted to improve tomorrow ... mind you, anything is an improvement on today; it was snorkel weather in the southeast.The rain returns on Sunday evidently, so Iíll be spending time indoors either proof-reading or uploading photographs from Worcester and/or Barbury.


There are runners of interest at Uttoxeter on Sunday, as follows:

16:10 Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

16:45 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 70 yards]

17:20 Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) & Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) & Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs].

Thursday 23 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest at Worcester:

Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (17 ran).

Say When (Alan King/Mr H Teal) fnished 8th in the Amateur Ridersí Handicap Hurdle Div I (11 ran).


Thereís National Hunt racing at Uttoxeter tomorrow but no runners of interest.


Thereís to be a new race on the Cheltenham Festival card, from this season 2016; a 2 miles 1 furlong Grade 2 Hurdle race for mares and fillies.It will be run as the 6th race on Day 3, Thursday.More

Wednesday 22 July 2015

Thereís National Hunt racing at Worcester tomorrow, and two runners of interest:

16:55 Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

17:25 Say When (Alan King/Mr H Teal) Ė Amateur Ridersí Handicap Hurdle Div I ... itís that infamous horse again!


There are concerns regarding a shortage of stable staff and this was one of the Racing Postís headlines earlier in the week.More


Alan Kingís website has been re-designed.I notice that Denis OíRegan has been added to the jockeys list ... and Chocís still listed too.JValdez and Montbazon are back in training, but Godsmejudge and Karezak are on the easy list, as is Avispa amongst others.



The plan remains for Menace to run in the 17:25 bumper at Newton Abbot next Monday, provided there arenít too many entries of course!


There was mention by the commentator of a change of colours for The Kvilleken when he ran at Stratford on Sunday, which Iíd already noticed.He used to be owned by Mark ĎChampion CourBoothright but is now owned by Patrick Spittle who is a member of the groundstaff team at the racecourse.So it was a very fitting victory.

Monday 20 July 2015

Wayne Hutchinson rode a winner at Cartmel today, aboard the Donald McCain-trained Mr Burgees in a Beginnersí Chase; his 6th winner of the season.


And Choc has arrived back home from a brief vacation with Jennie and William; they travelled to Mazarrůn in Spain.†††


Thereís now no National Hunt racing until Worcester on Thursday.

Sunday 19 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest at Stratford-On-Avon:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Novicesí Handicap Hurdle (8 ran); it was another excellent ride from Andrew Tinkler, having looked booked for third at best heading to the last!Martinís 6th winner of the season.

Solstice Star was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs 7 yards].

Midnight Thomas was a non-runner in the Novicesí Handicap Chase.


I watched The Morning Line from Newbury yesterday and the progress of the racecourse re-development was mentioned, with plans for the Parade Ring area having now been approved; evidently the new road bridge and car parks will be in operation in time for Novemberís Hennessy fixture ... Yippee!


I thought the name Gran Maestro rang a bell yesterday, he finished 2nd at Sandown Park in APís final race back in April.The horse has benefitted from a breathing operation, hence the improved form this year.††


I read a tweet suggesting that Al Ferof has moved yards but, until watching ATRís Racing Forum today, couldnít discover his new yard.However it came as no surprise to learn heís now at Dan Skeltonís establishment!


Robbie McNamara visited the Moyglare Stud on Friday and has tweeted a photograph:



And here is a photo of Menace schooling over jumps yesterday:


Thereís National Hunt racing at solely Cartmel tomorrow, so no runners of interest.However, Wayne Hutchinson is travelling to the Cumbrian course to ride a number of horses for Donald McCain.

Saturday 18 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest at Market Rasen:


Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was withdrawn, Hollow Penny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Pantxoa (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up in the Summer Plate (Listed Handicap Chase) (14 ran).The race was won by Brave Spartacus, trained by Keith Reveley and ridden by son James.


EPDS Racingís Londonia finished 3rd of 4 in the juvenile hurdle; the favourite having been withdrawn after injuring himself ahead of racing.


The Summer Hurdle was won by Gran Maestro, trained by Dr Richard Newland and ridden by Will Kennedy; he beat off the persistent challenge of the Nicky Henderson-trained Hammersly Lake, ridden by Barry Geraghty.Dr Newlandís other runner in the race, Gioia Di Vita, which won at Worcester when I was there, finished 5th.


Meanwhile, Midnight Appeal ran at Cartmel, finishing a close 4th in a 7-runner handicap chase having taken the lead but been headed after the last.


And just a reminder of the runners of interest at Stratford-On-Avon tomorrow:

15:50 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Novicesí Handicap Hurdle

16:20 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs 7 yards]

16:55 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Novicesí Handicap Chase


Thereís bad news ... for my wallet ... Hotter has a sale and the style of shoes that Iíve had an eye on since their Spring collection was released have now been reduced from £72 to £49 a pair.Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound Ė Iíve ordered a black pair and a light taupe pair, which I will collect from the local shop to save on delivery costs.


Since discovering Hotter, Iíve not paid full price for any of their shoes or boots.I received £25 off when buying my first two pairs, then three for the price of two, £99 boots reduced to £59, half priced taupe-coloured court shoes, half priced purple-coloured casual shoes, and now these two pairs of soft leather wedges.As the shoes appeal mainly to older ladies, although that doesnít apply to me of course (LOL), it seems to be the smaller sizes which go first rather than the larger sizes, so Iím Ďquids iní by the time their sales arrive, unlike in other shoe shops when styles I might like have already sold out in my size!


My favourite shoe and boot retailer used to be M & S because it was so easy just to pick the items off the shelf to try them on having already discovered whether or not they had my size in stock; I have big feet, size 8.I still love their casual moccasin style boat shoes, but Hotter is now my shoe shop of choice whenever possible.


Iíve been doing a bit of shrub lopping late afternoon; my favourite garden task, as I donít like creepy crawlies!Iíve also transferred the Worcester racing coverage to DVD, and more or less completed my Barbury International diary draft, having written over 3000 words.The Worcester diary draft just needs a few additions now.Happy Days!††††††

Friday 17 July 2015

Itís Summer Plate Day at Market Rasen tomorrow, and there are three runners of interest in the big race:

15:30 Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Hollow Penny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Pantxoa (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) Ė Summer Plate (Listed Handicap Chase); Champ carries top weight.


Thereís interest in the first race too, with the grey Londonia representing EPDS Racing and Graeme Mcpherson.


Barry Geraghty is riding in the feature race, aboard last yearís winner Itís A Gimme for JP McManus and Jonjo OíNeill.More


And I note with interest that I wasnít wrong about Pantxoa having a warm-up hurdle race at the track a couple of weeks ago!


Richard Hughes has decided to call it a day slightly sooner than expected, in order to prepare for his new career as a trainer.More


I forgot to mention that Menaceís next run is likely to be at Newton Abbot on Monday 27 July.


I understand that Restless Harry has been transferred to Henry Oliverís yard, from Robin Dickin; Robin is understandably gutted, as he adores the horse.


Thereís National Hunt racing at Newton Abbot and Stratford-On-Avon on Sunday, with runners of interest at the latter:

15:50 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Novicesí Handicap Hurdle

16:20 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs 7 yards]

16:55 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Novicesí Handicap Chase


We had wicked storms last night, lasting for around two hours.My TV viewing schedule on a Thursday evening consists mainly of Really channel programmes; itís their paranormal evening!Most Haunted is back, along withAmerican-based shows.So it was a bit spooky with the thunder and lightning, especially when the lights flickered!But I was more fortunate than work colleague Steph, who lives around a mile away; she had a power cut for around an hour whilst in the middle of baking and decorating a cake.


And I was wondering if one of the roads on my route to work had flooded last night, as there was dirt and grit on the pavement and a few unexpected household items placed outside peopleís front doors.After a thunderstorm last year, a number of houses in the same street flooded; the fire brigade were just departing when I walked by.It doesnít help that the road is at the bottom of a hill, with an ancient watercourse running along the base of that hill marked on old maps.


Iíve no plans for the weekend ... apart from completing a long list of chores!And I know itís a long list as Iíve written them down!!!††

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest:



Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Conor Smith) was a non-runner in the Conditional Jockeysí Maiden Hurdle.

Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (8 ran); Martinís 5th winner of the season.



Cearys (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Maresí Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Selling Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).


Itís not surprising that the fixture list is under scrutiny ... no National Hunt fixtures on Monday or Tuesday, two today, then none tomorrow or Friday but two on Saturday and two on Sunday!Crazy.

Iíd really love to have the opportunity to spend an hour working on my diaries at lunchtime but, so far this week, it just hasnít happened.Having worked 1.75 hours unpaid overtime yesterday Iíd finally got the Marketing requests up to date by 09:15 this morning.So I spent three hours completing a number of ad hoc tasks left over from Monday and Tuesday and thought Iíd just check back to see if any more had been submitted before I continued, and expecting just a handful, only to be shocked to discover that a further 76 requests had arrived.Damn.So I had to spend another five hours, including my lunch-break, in order to get on top of it again.††††

Tuesday 14 July 2015


Happy Birthday to Choc

Heís 37 today


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There are four runners of interest tomorrow:



14:20 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Conor Smith) Ė Conditional Jockeysí Maiden Hurdle

17:20 Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]



19:30 Cearys (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Maresí Maiden Hurdle

20:05 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Selling Handicap Hurdle


Philip Kirby has tweeted a photo of Kings Grey to let everyone know the horse is okay, although a bit sore, having been pulled up by the miraculous come-back jockey Brian Toomey at Southwell on Sunday:



Tickets for the Aintree Festival 2016 go on sale on Monday 27 July, to those who have already expressed an interest.This is a one week preferential booking period ahead of general ticket sales; I think I will book mine at lunchtime on the first sales day!


Iíve been slaving over a hot laptop today; nine hours non-stop at work, followed by over three hours working on my website this evening.I hate weeks like this; yesterday wasnít much better as I didnít have time for a lunch-break either and also included diary writing in the evening.†††

Sunday 12 July 2015

Barbury International Horse Trials

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CIC** Cross Country phase

318: Celtic Connection IV

ridden by Sarah Stretton


CIC** Cross Country phase

330: Cuarento

ridden by Tom McEwan




CIC** Cross Country phase

425 is not the horse listed in the programme ...

but I love the spotty Appaloosa regardless!


JCB Champions Challenge

The Eventers Ė post semi-final;

Harry Meade, Andrew Nicholson,

Tina Cook and Sir Mark Todd

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JCB Champions Challenge

The Jockeys Ė post semi-final:

Wayne Hutchinson and Richard Johnson

Ė both changed their mounts for

speedier models ahead of the final!

JCB Champions Challenge:

The Jockeys Ė post final:

Sam Twiston-Davies, Richard Johnson

and AP McCoy



As you can see from the photos, I attended the Barbury International Horse Trials yesterday ... and I will write a proper diary entry and upload further photos in due course.But, for the record, the Jockeys won the JCB Champions Challenge ... although they didnít actually win their semi-final because Richardís mount preferred to crash through the fences rather than jump over them, thus accumulating too many time penalty points!They were put through because it was advertised as an Eventers vs Jockeys competition not an Inter-Hunt relay team vs Eventers or Jockeys team!!!


There were three runners of interest at Stratford today and this is how they fared:

Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 70 furlongs] (10 ran); although only 8 actually finished!

Paddys Runner (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Jamie Insole) finished 4th in the Conditional Jockeysí Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).


It was not quite the dream return for jockey Brian Toomey at Southwell, but he survived the race as did his partner despite pulling up:More


The next National Hunt racing fixtures take place at Uttoxeter and Worcester on Wednesday.


Avebury and Andrew Nicholson won Barburyís CIC 3-star for the fourth time; this is the partnership jumping the Avebury fence today, re-named after the horse:



And another one:



This is AP McCoy galloping through the water feature during yesterdayís JCB Champions Challenge in support of theIJF:



One of the prizes in each JCB goodie bag following yesterdayís Barbury International JCB Challenge was a toy digger; Sam Twiston-Davies donated his to the Johnson family so that Richardís sons (Casper and Percy) had one each:



Nigel Bunter, owner of the Barbury Estate, now owns an event horse along with two other partners but, as the mareís name was not mentioned in the programme, I had to do some research ... knowing only that she was a failed racehorse who used to be trained by Alan King when owned by Nigel and Tim Leadbetter of JCB!My quest for information tells me that itís Counterparty; evidently having raced on the flat and once over hurdles (when pulled up by Choc) she was given away to be a riding horse.So, having given her away, Nigel and Co eventually bought her back!†† Being an ex-racehorse she qualifies for RoR events and is in the care of Paul Tapner.Nigel and Tim co-owned the ill-fated Reddy Tobouggie.


Having completed my research, I then found a photograph of her on my twitter feed today:



Talking of retired racehorses, Havingotoscoobydo took part in an event at the Inkberrow Show yesterday; heís looking good:



I donít seem to have got a lot done this weekend ... in fact Iíve created an additional website backlog this past week following visits to Worcester and Barbury!Although I have begun drafting the former.


This afternoon Iíve been watching the Wimbledon Menís Singles Final ... I hate it when the person I want to win loses; Iíve mellowed to Federer over the years, so itís a shame.It was a double celebration for Novak Djokovic today Ė as itís his first wedding anniversary too!As I canít stand either of the Williams sisters, yesterday wasnít great, with Jamie Murray losing too.Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza won the Ladies Doubles Ė that was an entertaining match; and Martina partnered Leander Paes to win the Mixed Doubles too.Leander is now 42 years old, Martina a mere 34 ... golden oldies!††

Itís Chocís birthday on Tuesday; he will be 37.

Friday 10 July 2015

There are three runners of interest at Stratford on Sunday:

15:25 Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 70 furlongs]

16:30 Paddys Runner (Alan King/Noel Fehily) Ė Juvenile Hurdle; the horse is owned by Masterson Holdings.

17:40 Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Jamie Insole) Ė Conditional Jockeysí Handicap Hurdle

Thereís also jump racing at Southwell and Perth that day.


Silviniaco Conti has arrived back from his summer break:



Steve Ayres #teambalderforever has suffered a mishap; today he tweeted a photo of himself on crutches:



Iím not sure whether I have plans for this weekend or not ... the later this evening it becomes, the more doubts about going out and about seem to be creeping in!Iíll see if Iím in a more positive frame of mind in the morning ...

Tuesday 07 July 2015

Here is todayís result from Uttoxeter:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) was a non-runner in the Novicesí Handicap Hurdle

Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 70 yards] (11 ran).


Thereís now no National Hunt racing until Sunday.


Laura Collett has been speaking to the BBC about the accident which ended Kauto Starís life and the distress caused by a number of social media outbursts which have been aimed at her.It transpires that his injuries were caused when he jumped out of his field and probably fell in the process.More


It is reported that some of Kautoís ashes will be buried at Kempton Park:



Iíve now got a diary to write, and photos to upload from yesterday.But Iím not going to do one of my detailed race comment ones (apart from Menaceís race), as I only watched four of the races ... the remainder of the time was spent in the Owners, Trainers and Annual Members Bar!

Monday 06 July 2015


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Trainer Noel Williams leads up Menace today!



There were two runners of interest at Worcester today is this is how they fared:

Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs] (13 ran).

Menace (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).


And we even have our own Stewardsí Enquiry!And Iím pleased to report that Menace is fine today following his close encounter with the winner. J


The Stewards held an enquiry into possible interference on the final bend. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the race they found that the winner, MORTHANALEGEND, ridden by Brendan Powell, had edged left for a stride, causing MENACE, unplaced, ridden by James Banks, to be short of room on the rails. They found that the interference was accidental.

The Stewards held an enquiry into the fall of Rhys Flint, the rider of GENTLE NATURE, shortly after the start. They interviewed the rider. Having heard his evidence and viewed recordings of the incident, the Stewards found that the fall was caused by the gelding bronking and running out, colliding with the Starterís rostrum. Being satisfied that no other horse or rider was involved the Stewards took no further action.


I also noticed that Phil Haywood has joined to the Dan Skelton yard Ė he was leading up Lovefromabove in the same race as Menace; he used to assist Matt Howells with travelling duties at the Alan King yard.Does that mean that Steve Ayres gets a promotion?


Matt helped out the stable lass who was leading up a Ben Pauling runner, Baths Well, at Market Rasen on Sunday.The horse was misbehaving and refused to go to the start with a jockey aboard, so Matt took charge and trotted the rider-less Baths Well down the home straight to the enclosure where the other horses were circling ahead of the race; once there, the jockey was legged aboard successfully.The horse finished 2nd; the Alan King runner only 6th!††††


Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Uttoxeter:

19:15 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) Ė Novicesí Handicap Hurdle

21:15 Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 70 yards]

Sunday 05 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest at Market Rasen:

Daydreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novicesí Hurdle (7 ran).

Pantxoa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 16 yards] (10 ran).

Kings Bayonet (Alan King/W Featherstone) finished 6th and Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) finished 4th in the Conditional Jockeysí Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Miss Claire Hart) was pulled up after two out and dismounted in the Lady Amateur Ridersí Handicap Hurdle (10 ran); I understand from twitter that the horse is okay. Phew.


There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

14:20 Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs]

15:20 Menace (Noel Williams/James Banks) Ė Standard Open NH Flat Race


Iíve booked tomorrow as a dayís leave from work and will be heading to Worcester to see Menace.The recommended route is M25 / M40 / M42 / M5, which would actually mean all motorways apart from around 10 miles of the journey!But I prefer to avoid the motorways as much as possible, so it will probably take ages to get there!My 2011 cross-country trip via Stratford-On-Avon took me 2ĺ hours to reach the outskirts of the city with a further 35 minutes was spent in traffic jams within it.


Iíd planned my wardrobe and have now discovered that it is due to rain all afternoon in Worcestershire ... back to the drawing board then!Damn.

Friday 03 July 2015

Here are todayís results for my runners of interest at Newton Abbot today:

Gone Too Far (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Novicesí Handicap Chase (6 ran); well done Team Keighley, their 4th winner of the season.

Primo Capitano (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs 105 yards] (9 ran).


Richard Johnson has now ridden 50 winners this season, which is more than twice the number of his nearest pursuers Ė Sam Twiston-Davies, Aidan Coleman and Brian Hughes.


Being summer, there are no National Hunt fixtures tomorrow but there are a number of runners of interest at Market Rasen on Sunday:

14:15 Daydreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) Ė Novicesí Hurdle

16:25 Pantxoa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) Ė Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs 16 yards]; is this a prep race ahead of the Summer Plate?

17:00 Kings Bayonet (Alan King/W Featherstone) & Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Archie Bellamy) Ė Conditional Jockeysí Handicap Hurdle

17:30 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Miss Claire Hart) Ė Lady Amateur Ridersí Handicap Hurdle


There was news yesterday that popular sprinter Borderlescott has been retired once more:



And Mark Boylanís Kauto Star tribute which I recall hearing him sing at Cheltenham a few years ago:



Iíve no specific plans for the weekend ... although I may have plans for Monday!I need to clean my car and proof-read three Aintree diaries too.

Thursday 02 July 2015

Choc has tweeted a video of one of his yearling charges being prepared by Kirsty Durham and Sarah Welford for the Goffs/DBS Premier Yearling Sale which takes place on 25/26 August.



I notice that the Dunkley and Reilly Partnership have a new horse with Alan King Ė Ardamir, a 2012 bay gelding.I think I will have to become a horse Ďstalkerí in order to see more of Choc!


Thereís surprise news that Annacotty will be sent to Alan King after this summer break, rather than returning to Martin Keighleyís yard:



Here is a link to news of Victoria Pendletonís racecourse debut today. More


There are three runners of interest at Newton Abbot tomorrow:

15:45 Gone Too Far (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Novicesí Handicap Chase

17:30 Primo Capitano (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) Ė Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs 105 yards]

Wednesday 01 July 2015

There are no results to report today and no runners of interest tomorrow either.


Olympian Victoria Pendleton makes her race-riding debut at Newbury tomorrow, in a charity race.


Racing UKís Lydia Hislop spoke with Ruby Walsh following yesterdayís sad news regarding Kauto Star:



And Paul Nicholls too:



And Derek Thompson on ATR speaks with Kauto Starís owner Clive Smith too; poor Kauto became paralysed due to the injury heíd suffered to his neck.†††



Thereís further news tonight regarding Kautoís injuries (I hope this link works):



Itís a shame the horse wasnít left with Paul Nicholls to enjoy his retirement, rather than be packed off to live with Laura Collett and taught dressage.But I guess everyone can be wise in hindsight.


Iíve survived todayís heat quite well.I donít work in an air-conditioned office and avoided leaving the building at lunchtime ... but I did walk a mile home just before 18:00 when it was still pretty hot and I was certainly glowing by the time I arrived!But my begonias looked a little scorched this evening when I watered them!



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