JULY 2016

 

 

Sunday 31 July 2016

I’m going to mention two runners of interest today; trained by Graeme McPherson ... because I visited his yard near Stow-on-the-Wold yesterday!

 

Trillerin Minella, ridden by Archie Bellamy, won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (12 ran).

Kamool, ridden by Richard Johnson, finished 2nd in Division II of the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (8 ran).

 

Trillerin Minella has a mind of his own and either loves to race, or completely bombs out and pulls up!  Today he led from the second fence and stayed there all the way to the line; although he only just hung on to win by a head.  His price was 11-1.  He’s due to go to Doncaster sales on Wednesday; he’s had reprieves before, but I think this may be it, on this occasion.  Stable companion Titans Approach is also to be sold. 

 

So, as soon as I hear the word ‘Sales’, I have to check to see which other horses might be heading there ... and Alan King is consigning five – Turn Over Sivola, Hindon Road, Duke Of Sonning, Phantom River ... plus Tyrell!  It seems that connections have lost interest in National Hunt racing.  I thought perhaps they would try him over hurdles – but maybe he doesn’t like jumping! 

 

There is a long list of Potensis horses heading to this Sale, the most well known being All Yours and Activial.

 

I’ve chosen a photo of Zabeel Star for my blog; he’s so chilled out, lying in his stable.

 

 

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I didn’t do much when I arrived home yesterday, at 14:30.  In fact I went back to bed for a couple of hours late afternoon, because I was suffering from a headache – I was possibly dehydrated, and also I’m convinced that my cervical spondylosis was playing up again.  That’s because I’ve not driven any distance for quite a while. 

 

There’s another yard visit arranged in a fortnight’s time, to the Jamie Snowden facility in Lambourn.  I shall seriously consider attending that too.  And the good news is that I’ve already made an excellent start on my diary relating to yesterday and have already completed the first draft!  No mean feat, as it contains over 5,000 words.  I have to confess that I’ve arrived at the ridiculous situation, long ago, when diary writing has a bearing on whether I can venture out upon a new excursion or not ... 

 

National Hunt racing takes a break for the next ten or eleven days, to allow jockeys to go on holiday with their families; they are workaholics if given half a chance.  But I will report on any flat runners of interest during that period ... there are three tomorrow:

Ripon:

14:15 Her Terms (William Haggas/Silvestre de Souza/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes; she’s a new one I need to add to my tracker.  This is her fourth run and I only found her by chance because I saw the Apple Tree Stud silks when searching for Ardamir! 

16:45 Ardamir (Alan King/Willie Twiston-Davies/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Stakes [1 mile 4 furlongs & 10 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

17:00 Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Part-owned Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs]

 

Dalavand also runs in the latter race, but he must have changed hands following a recent Selling Handicap, because he is now trained by Laura Mongan.  Although, having said that, he is also entered in the aforementioned Doncaster sales, so she hasn’t kept him for long, which is sad; I hate it when horses get passed quickly around.  It implies that they should be found another career outside of racing.    

 

The final episode of The Musketeers will be broadcast tomorrow evening, and I wonder who will survive.  The characters are beginning to drop like ‘ninepins’ and we lost one of the ‘goodies’ yesterday, along with the King and his uncle. 

Friday 29 July 2016

There were three runners of interest today, at Bangor-On-Dee, and this is how they fared:

Precision Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards] (12 ran).

Presenting Lisa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 77 yards] (7 ran).

 

So that’s Wayne’s 16th and 17th winners of the season. 

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

The final two Musketeers episodes will be shown tomorrow (Saturday) and Monday, respectively.  That must be due to the Olympics coverage blocking out all options for over two weeks from next Friday and Musketeer fans cannot wait that long to view the last ever episode ... without getting very angry!  The BBC wouldn’t have had this problem had they not postponed the second episode due to a Muhammad Ali tribute programme. 

 

I’ve a little outing planned for tomorrow morning ... with a very early start ... but I’ll write about that later in the weekend! 

Thursday 28 July 2016

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

 

Nottingham:

Tyrell (Alan King/Dougie Costello/Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap for 3-year-olds [2 miles & 9 yards] (4 ran); this appears to be Apple Tree Stud’s 3rd winner (Sam Missile at Kempton Park on 06 January and Tyrell at Bath on 06 July being the previous two).

 

Stratford:

Magic Music Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (10 ran).

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Bangor-On-Dee:

13:40 Precision Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

14:10 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards]

15:55 Presenting Lisa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 77 yards]

 

Ruby Walsh finally won the Galway Hurdle; he rode the Willie Mullins-trained Clondaw Warrior to victory for a syndicate which also includes his wife Gillian! 

 

But not such good news for Bryan Cooper; he was taken to hospital with suspected chest injuries, including a partially collapsed lung.  He was unseated from his mount Tiger Roll during a beginners’ chase and collided with part of the fence. 

Wednesday 27 July 2016

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Nottingham:

17:45 Tyrell (Alan King/Dougie Costello/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [2 miles & 9 yards] ... he’s stepping up in distance again, and this is a hurdle trip!

 

Stratford:

13:10 Magic Music Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

13:40 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

It’s very good news regarding Menace, he’s pulled a muscle and should be as right as rain following a little bit of rest! J   And I expect he’ll be treated to a number of sessions under the massage blanket too! 

Tuesday 26 July 2016

 

 

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RIP JT McNamara

 

Pictured above having won Cheltenham Festival’s

Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase

(Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase) in 2012, 

aboard the Rebecca Curtis trained Teaforthree

 

 

There was sad news today that John Thomas McNamara had passed away overnight; he’d been paralysed from the neck down since a race riding fall on Day 3 of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival.  His mount Galaxy Rock fell at the first fence that day, but it wasn’t supposed to be the first fence; the runners were unable to jump the fence in front of the stands because the injured Matuhi was being treated on the landing side on that one.    

 

Anyway, here is the news as reported by Racing UK:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/44652/enda-bolger-leads-tributes-to-former-amateur-star-jt-mcnamara

 

Here are this evening’s results from Worcester:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (10 ran).

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Pershore Plum Festival Land O’Plums Handicap Chase [2 miles 110 yards] (9 ran).

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (10 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Menace is unable to make his engagement at Stratford on Thursday, having pulled out lame last Sunday.  He had improved yesterday but the vet was going to look him over today.  That means the earliest he will return to the racecourse is at either Newton Abbot or Stratford in late August; sadly the latter is an evening fixture and I don’t want to be driving in the dark until I get my eyes tested again.  And that, of course, is providing Menace’s injury doesn’t prove to be more serious.

 

I was hoping to go to Stratford on Thursday, but I’m now working instead. L  My workload is increasing again, having been ‘just about right’ for the past three or four weeks; I presume it means that my colleagues’ summer holiday season has already ended, sadly, and they are back in harness. 

 

However, I’m hoping to have an outing on Saturday instead, and possibly one in a couple of weeks too!

Monday 25 July 2016

There were two runners of interest at Newton Abbot today and this is how they fared:

Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 75 yards] (10 ran)

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards] (7 ran); Wayne’s 15th winner of the season.  He’s now ridden her to victory three times this season!

 

I thought that tomorrow might be a quiet day, but no ... there are four runners of interest at Worcester tomorrow evening:

17:40 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards]

18:40 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Pershore Plum Festival Land O’Plums Handicap Chase [2 miles 110 yards] ... Worcester’s highlight event each year.

19:10 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

19:40 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

 

I managed to have a lunch-hour today ... although it was touch and go with a last minute request ... so I walked home in order to make a phone call to the Aintree Festival booking line.  There was a recorded message to say the lines were extremely busy but it took all of 5 seconds to get through to speak to someone!!! 

 

Ticket prices are exactly the same as last year, for my preferred enclosure at least; the only price increase is for parking on Grand National day – it’s increased from £20 to £25.  I actually had no recollection about how much the parking cost until yesterday I looked back at last year’s invoice ... it was £20 per day in the Steeplechase car park – talk about a rip-off!  Parking at the Cheltenham Festival is very reasonable by comparison, but I suppose they have far more space available in semi-rural Gloucestershire.  

 

Anyway, that’s Aintree sorted for another season ... which leaves the Cheltenham Festival still to be booked, along with Newbury on Hennessy Gold Cup Day, also Kempton Park on Boxing Day; tickets for Sandown’s season finale won’t be on sale until, probably, March.   

Sunday 24 July 2016

As mentioned, there were two runners of interest today, at Uttoxeter, and this is how they fared:

Kokomo (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 6th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).

 

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

14:45 Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 75 yards]

15:20 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards]

 

I’ve done a few bits and pieces today, now that I’m not totally encumbered by my diaries; although I did slightly oversleep this morning! 

 

I’d intended to be at the petrol station by 08:15 this morning, having already taken my car for a drive ... I’ve only been out in it twice since Aintree.  However, in the event, I didn’t even wake until 08:00.  It was my own fault really, as I’d stayed up late to watch a DVD – Love (and other disasters) starring Brittany Murphy and Santiago Cabrera.  I’ve owned a copy of the film since last year, but never got around to viewing it.  It’s a Romcom, and it was amusing at times and, of course, Santiago is as gorgeous as ever! 

 

Apart from the Musketeers, I’d also recommend him in Empire and Anna Karenina; he also played Lancelot in Merlin (which I didn’t watch) and appeared in Heroes (which I also didn’t watch).  He’s definitely my second favourite man at present, although I also like James Norton, Lee Mead, Pasha Kovalev, Andre Agassi, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman, and Colin Morgan in his guise as Nathan Appleby in the Living and the Dead!

 

Anyway, having arrived back from my drive and trip to the petrol station, I washed my car; although I did have problems getting rid of watermarks on the paintwork ... I think it might have been because the car was very dusty before I washed it, and the heat was drying the water before I had chance to wipe it properly dry.  I then had a shower, because I was absolutely soaked.  I also trimmed a number of garden shrubs, and shortened a pair of trousers for my mother.  Then, finally, I’ve proofed and unloaded my Sandown Park diary!   

 

Tomorrow is the first day of ticket sales for next year’s Aintree Festival; for previous customers that is.  I’ve got of my information ready, and am just waiting for the promised email to arrive early tomorrow, which I think will probably state a special code which needs to be quoted when booking.  I’m going to pop home at lunchtime tomorrow in order to book by phone, as the online option has caused issues in the past.

Saturday 23 July 2016

There was one runner of interest on Thursday, at Uttoxeter:

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran); the horse is owned by Zara Phillips. 

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, again at Uttoxeter:

14:00 Kokomo (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Here is the photograph of the Apple Tree Stud’s yearling filly which will be offered for sale at Goffs UK Premier Sale.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Kirsty_Durham/status/756055527155765248/photo/1

 

You just have to love alpacas ...

https://mobile.twitter.com/BarnacreAlpacas/status/756471115288043521/photo/1

 

I have some excellent news ... I’ve finished drafting my outstanding race-day diaries, this afternoon!  Not that my job is over, because I’ve now got to collate, proof and upload them.  But that’s the easy part, hopefully.  J

 

Now that the days are not quite so hot, I’m feeling better again.  That suggests it was definitely the very high temperatures which were affecting me ... so I’m now going to join the group of people who like to moan about the hot weather; I never thought I’d see the day that happened!   

Thursday 21 July 2016

There was no blog yesterday because I was feeling slightly unwell.  I’d been okay all day but, having eaten my evening meal and had a bath, I began to feel nauseous.  I lay down on my bed, thinking I’d feel okay within the hour, only to doze off to sleep for over three hours, by which time it was 23:30.

 

I got up for a while, made myself a cup of tea, and a cold drink too, thinking that I might type up further Sandown race notes … but to no avail as I still didn’t feel too good; I went back to bed at 00:30.  In fact I continued to feel nauseous and didn’t get to sleep until 03:45!  I awoke at 05:30 … and, being a little crazy, I wrote the race notes I’d intended to do yesterday evening before I went to work!   

 

I’ve continued to feel sick intermittently today; the only explanation I can think of is that the heat is affecting me.  My elderly mother hates excessively hot weather, and tells me it also makes her feel sick.  So it must be my age, I reckon; we don’t have air conditioning in my area of the office at work either.  I sat in the park at lunchtime yesterday, although it was in dappled shade, so that couldn’t have helped either.  

 

It’s strange isn’t it?  We moan about there being no sunshine and too much rain, and when finally a few hot days arrive we complain that it is too hot.  You just can’t please some people!   

 

Anyway …

 

There was one runner of interest yesterday, at Lingfield Park:

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Selling Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Today there were a number of runners of interest at Worcester, and this is how they fared:

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) won and Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (9 ran).

Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (16 ran).

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Uttoxeter:

17:25 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Choc shared a video on facebook, originally uploaded by his colleague Kirsty Durham – they are preparing a Kodiac/Indian Navy 2015 filly for Goffs UK Premier Sale.  The filly was being led around the stable-yard at Apple Tree Stud; the building works appear to have been completed and it’s a beautiful place. 

 

Evidently Milady returns in this Saturday’s episode of The Musketeers (the 8th of 10 episodes). 

 

I’ve been naughty and ordered the purple Hotter ankle boots this evening! 

Tuesday 19 July 2016

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Lingfield Park:

15:50 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Selling Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs].

Menace’s breathing has been checked by vet Ben Brain and he’s A1.  This means that the plans to run him at Stratford next week have been given the go-ahead.

I’ve started my Sandown Park race notes too ... the light at the end of that very long tunnel is getting much closer now! J

And I’m a lot happier in myself too ... having been quite depressed for a number of weeks. 

Monday 18 July 2016

One result to report from Windsor today:

Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) finished last in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (2-year-olds) [6 furlongs] (10 ran).

 

I noticed that Kumbeshwar ran at Cartmel today; he finished 3rd in a 2 mile 2 furlong & 61 yards Handicap Chase (6 ran).

 

There was news today that prolific National Hunt sire, Midnight Legend, has been put to sleep having succumbed to colic; he was 25.  He’d still been ‘working’ this summer, covering 30 mares, with 17 now in foal.  

 

Just one week to go until tickets go on sale for the Aintree Festival; regular customers are able to buy tickets a week in advance of everyone else!

Sunday 17 July 2016

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

 

Stratford:

Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Selling Hurdle (9 ran).

Marley Joe (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle Div I (6 ran).

 

Newton Abbot:

Invocation (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a neck 2nd and Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards] (14 ran); he was a 20-1 shot!

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Meanwhile at Redcar, EPDS Racing’s Celtic Artisan finished 3rd in a 1 mile 1 furlong handicap race at Redcar today (13 ran).

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Windsor:

17:45 Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (2-year-olds) [6 furlongs]

 

Amazingly, I’ve still got The Musketeers theme tune in my head, along with two of the ‘themes’ from The Living and the Dead.  And that was before I’d watched last evening’s episode of the former and also re-watched the final episode of the latter after midnight this morning!

 

I’ve seen a spoiler hinting that a major character will die during this final series of The Musketeers, with episode 6 being mentioned too.  That was last week when one of the four baddies died, but I’m just wondering if one of the four Musketeers will be killed off during the final episode ... just to prove that any one of our heroes can lose their life at any point and won’t live happily ever after.  If so, and I haven’t seen any of the final three episodes, I’m wondering if Aramis will be the one that is sacrificed.  But, as he’s my favourite, I hope not. L 

 

My reasoning is that, as he’s supposed to be the father of the Dauphin, he will die in the line of duty protecting the Prince and the Queen from the evil Grimaud.  Louis the 13th is presently dying from what I presume is ‘consumption’, and he knows about their affair … which Aramis has now confessed to the King also.  The King said he would be hanged for treason but Aramis gained a reprieve, with strings attached, having saved the Louis’ life in episode 6.  But, once the King is dead, the storyline may call for the demise of my hero too … otherwise it will be very ‘difficult’ within the French Court.     

 

Guess what?  I’ve finished writing my Aintree diary race notes for all three days; notwithstanding the fact that I’ve no recordings of the first and last races on Days 1 and 2.  That leaves just Sandown Park’s Jump Finale race notes to write.  It’s great to see the light at the end of the tunnel … and it’s a very long tunnel at this time of the year! 

Saturday 16 July 2016

There were three runners of interest today, two of these being at Market Rasen:

McCabe Creek (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (13 ran).

 

It was ‘Skelton Day’ at Market Rasen, with Dan and Harry scoring a treble which included both feature events, with Red Tornado taking the Listed Hurdle and Long House Hall the Summer Plate.

 

There was a pile-up after the last in the Plate, when the JP McManus-owned Cernunnos fell at the last, as did Monsieur Gibraltar, and Henryville was brought down. 

 

As a result, Barry Geraghty fractured his right humerus and will miss the Galway Festival; he will be out of action for two or three months. 

 

Haydock Park:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/B A Curtis/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Novice Stakes (2-year-olds) [7 furlongs] (6 ran).

 

Just a quick reminder of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Stratford:

14:15 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Selling Hurdle

17:05 Marley Joe (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle Div I

 

Newton Abbot:

14:05 Invocation (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Richard Johnson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:45 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards]

17:30 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Also, EPDS Racing’s Celtic Artisan runs in the 15:00 at Redcar; a 1 mile 1 furlong handicap race.

 

Having finished drafting my Grand National race notes, I decided to surf the net for a while and I found that Hotter have already introduced online a number of shoes and boots from their new winter range … disaster … they have a pair of purple leather ankle boots for sale this coming season!  My favourite colour, so I desperately need a pair.  Okay, so I don’t actually need them, but I want them sooooooooooooooooo badly!!!  And I’m resigned to the fact that I’ll have to pay full price too, to ensure ownership; oh well, at least that rarely happens! 

 

I’ve already been seduced by the summer sales – Hotter, Kipling and Marks & Sparks!  In the latter’s online sale I found a jacket reduced from £29.50 to £14.00, two Per Una tops reduced from £22.50 each to £8.00 each, and a maxi skirt reduced from £35.00 to £16.00.  That’s £109.50 reduced to £46.00 … a bargain; although it would have been cheaper not to buy anything of course!  But girls will be girls …

Friday 15 July 2916

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, two of them being at Market Rasen:

15:55 McCabe Creek (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle

16:30 Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

As it is mid-July, tomorrow is their Summer Plate Day.

 

Haydock Park:

19:35 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/B A Curtis/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Novice Stakes (2-year-olds) [7 furlongs]

 

Then, on Sunday, there are runners of interest at both Stratford and Newton Abbot …

 

Stratford:

14:15 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Selling Hurdle

17:05 Marley Joe (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle Div I

 

Newton Abbot:

14:05 Invocation (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Richard Johnson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:45 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards]

17:30 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve nothing special planned for the weekend, so I guess I’ll be spending time drafting diaries.  I’m hoping, fingers crossed, that I can finish my Aintree diaries this weekend; that will leave me with just Sandown Park to complete.  Notwithstanding that I still need to collate and proof all of my drafts. 

Thursday 14 July 2016

 

Many Happy Returns of the Day

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Choc

 

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He’s 38 today

 

Wednesday 13 July 2016

There were a number of runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Lingfield Park:

Ardamir (Alan King/William Twiston-Davies/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Maiden Stakes for 3 & 4-year-olds [1 mile 4 furlongs] (9 ran). 

 

Sandown Park:

Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) finished a close 3rd in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 6 furlongs] (6 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Kokomo (Noel Williams/James Davies) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran); including jockey change

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (7 ran); including jockey change

Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (7 ran); as expected, Weyburn was a non-runner

Chato (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran); Wayne’s 14th winner of the season.

 

There don’t appear to be any runners of interest tomorrow. 

 

Alan King’s Royal Ascot winner, Primitivo, has been sold to race in Hong Kong:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/44382/royal-ascot-winner-primitivo-sold-to-hong-kong

 

I’ve booked 7 days’ annual leave ... but I won’t get excited yet, as 6 of those days are in November!  I’ve still got 10 days to book, 5 of which can be carried over into 2017.

 

I’ve managed another set of race notes this evening ... and I’ve still got the music from The Musketeers and The Living and the Dead going round and round in my head!!!

And, of course, it’s a special day for our favourite jockey tomorrow ...

Tuesday 12 July 2016

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

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (8 ran).

Precision Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Also, one of EPDS Racing’s horses, Celtic Artisan, ran in a Ladies Pro-Am race at Beverley today – he finished 7th of 14.

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow ... and one is a surprise:

 

Lingfield Park:

16:10 Ardamir (Alan King/William Twiston-Davies/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Stakes for 3 & 4-year-olds [1 mile 4 furlongs]; he’s now an Apple Tree Stud horse, not a Dunkley & Reilly horse. 

 

Sandown Park:

20:40 Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 6 furlongs]; blinkers again ... and if he keeps being stepped up in distance, the next move might be hurdles!

 

Uttoxeter:

14:15 Kokomo (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:30 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

17:05 Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]; Weyburn also hold an entry but ran at Worcester today

17:35 Chato (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Evidently EPDS is going to send Menace to have his wind checked; there’s no suggestion there’s anything wrong, it’s just to confirm his breathing is okay.  He’s currently pencilled in to run at Stratford on 28 July.

 

Tom Bellamy was the fourth jockey taking part in last Saturday’s Barbury Castle Challenge, along with Richard Johnson, Tom Scudamore and Wayne Hutchinson.

 

This very sad story has been reported in the press over the past couple of days:  http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/44346/gary-moore-mourns-death-of-woolfall-treasure

What kind of a person would do such an evil thing to a poor defenceless animal?  Wicked b*stard. 

 

According to their website, ‘general’ admission tickets for the Aintree Festival (as opposed to hospitality) go on sale on Monday 01 August; a date for my diary.

 

I’ve had two tunes going round and round in my head for the past two days, alternating ... The Musketeers theme tune and music from The Living and the Dead!

 

Again, despite putting aside time to watch this evening’s episode of the aforementioned The Living and the Dead, I managed to draft another set of race notes for my diary.  Yes, I know I’ve watched the entire series on iPlayer, but it’s so good that I’m watching it all over again on TV!

 

Monday 11 July 2016

There was one runner of interest today, at Wolverhampton:

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Claiming Stakes [1 miles 4 furlongs & 50 yards] (6 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

19:00 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]

20:00 Precision Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

 

With little of interest on TV this evening, I actually had time to write some race notes for one of my Aintree diaries!  Every little helps.  But I’m not hopeful for the remaining evenings this week, as there are too many programmes I want to watch. 

I didn’t find out about the football result until watching the BBC breakfast programme this morning ... I’m glad France lost!

Sunday 10 July 2016

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

Invocation (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd, Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won and Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Conor O’Farrell/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (10 ran); Martin Keighley’s 4th winner of the season.

Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); Wayne’s 13th winner of the season.

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div I (11 ran).

Lady Persephone (Alan King/William Featherstone) finished 4th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div II (10 ran)

 

The last winner I reported for Wayne was number 10; since that time he’s ridden Rossetti to victory at Stratford on 14 June and Indian Stream won at Market Rasen on 17 June – both trained by Neil Mulholland.  I had to check back through the Racing Post’s results pages for the past month to find these!

 

There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Wolverhampton:

19:40 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Apple Tree Stud) – Claiming Stakes [1 miles 4 furlongs & 50 yards]

 

Many congratulations to Andy Murray for winning his third Grand Slam title, it being his second Wimbledon title; it is so well deserved.  I know he’s contested many Grand Slam finals and lost, but that’s no disgrace as he’s only ever played Federer or Djokovic in these matches.

 

Also congratulations to Heather Watson who, with her Finnish partner, won the Mixed Doubles title; Wimbledon was the first time they’d ever played tennis together. 

 

GB players also won the Men’s Wheelchair singles and doubles and Jordanne Whiley won the Women’s Wheelchair doubles with her Japanese partner.  It was an excellent tournament all round for the Brits ... and we certainly need something to smile about at the moment!

 

I loved last night’s episode of The Musketeers – it was the best so far this series.  There are only four more episodes to go, this being the final series, but the storyline is now beginning to build up to the big finale.  I love it ... especially Aramis (Santiago Cabrera)!

 

I’m still battling on with my diaries – this year I’m working in chronological order and am midway through Ladies Day at Aintree.  So that’s 4½ done with 2½ to go; although I still have to collate and proof-read every one.  I’d love to do some crafting, but must finish my diaries first.  

Saturday 09 July 2016

There is one result to report from Doncaster last Thursday:

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Frederik Tylicki) finished 2nd in the Handicap for 3-year-old plus [1 mile 4 furlongs] (6 ran).

 

Jared Sullivan, major owner and sponsor of the Paul Nicholls yard, has decided to disperse his National Hunt interests:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/racing/article-3677582/Silviniaco-Conti-Buveur-D-Air-sale-owner-Jared-Sullivan-quits-jump-racing.html

 

However, Harry Derham evidently tweeted today to say that both Silviniaco Conti and Zarkandar will be remaining with Paul, rather than being sent to the sales. 

 

Alan King has two Potensis horses in his yard – Zipple Back and a 4-year-old mare named Cybelle Colombre.

 

I understand the Eventers beat the Jockeys in the JCB Challenge at Barbury Castle Horse Trials today. 

 

There are three National Hunt fixtures tomorrow, Perth, Southwell and Stratford, with runners of interest at the latter:

14:20 Invocation (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Conor O’Farrell/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Juvenile Hurdle

17:05 Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

17:40 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div I

18:10 Lady Persephone (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div II

 

Having mentioned that the second series of Channel 4’s sci-fi drama Humans is currently being filmed, it transpires that St Albans will appear as a location therein:

http://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/channel_4_hit_sci_fi_drama_humans_filmed_in_st_albans_1_4601217

 

Strictly Come Dancing’s ex-dancer Gleb Savchenko was interviewed by This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and James Martin recently:

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/showbiz/so-why-did-you-really-quit-strictly-gleb-savchenko

 

Gleb is appearing on Celebrity Masterchef this week, along with Jimmy Osmond. 

 

It was a shame that Serena Williams won the Wimbledon Women’s Singles title today ... I can’t stand her!

 

But I will be rooting for Andy Murray tomorrow.  I felt sorry for Roger Federer yesterday and would have liked him to have reached the Men’s final instead of Milos Raonic; I’ve mellowed since the days when he used to win too often.  I hated Roger back in the day when he used beat Andre!

Wednesday 06 July 2016

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

 

Yarmouth:

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Selling Stakes (3 & 4-year olds) [1 mile 3 furlongs & 104 yards] (6 ran).

 

Bath:

Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 miles 3 furlongs & 144 yards] (13 ran); price 8-1.  He wore first time blinkers and made the running today; his rivals simply couldn’t catch him, including the Jonjo O’Neill-trained favourite which finished 2nd.

 

Tomorrow there is one runner of interest, at Doncaster:

17:05 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Frederik Tylicki) – Handicap for 3-year-old plus [1 mile 4 furlongs]

 

Apple Tree Stud’s Empress Rock didn’t meet her reserve at Tattersalls today (£40,000) and they are now waiting to see if anyone makes an offer for her. 

 

Menace is fine following yesterday’s run; he did sustain a cut on one of his legs, but it is only superficial.  The plan now is to run him in a 0-100 handicap, over a stiff 2 miles 5 furlongs, and with conditional jockey Will Featherstone aboard!  Fellow shareholder, Caroline, visited our Head Office today, so we had a chat about yesterday’s run.

 

The nice weather brought my work colleagues out into the nearby park at lunchtime today – I saw Susan, Festus and Helen sitting on benches at a variety of locations, and I spent a few minutes chatting to the latter, putting the world to rights, as you do!

Tuesday 05 July 2016

There were two runners of interest this evening, at Uttoxeter, and this is how they fared:

Miss Crick (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Menace (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 17th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (19 ran).  He led to the 4th, then led again at the 6th, made a mistake at the next and was headed before 3 out; he soon lost his place and was behind when eased approaching the last ... 3 miles is too far for him.  But he is a nice little jumper, in the main, and would make a lovely ROR horse!

 

Additionally, EPDS Racing’s Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste) was pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Chase.

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Yarmouth:

15:10 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/Apple Tree Stud) – Selling Stakes (3 & 4-year olds) [1 mile 3 furlongs & 104 yards]

 

Bath:

20:30 Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 miles 3 furlongs & 144 yards]

 

Choc checked into Tattersalls at Newmarket today, ahead of their 3-day sale (Wednesday to Friday); Apple Tree Stud’s Empress Rock is lot 93.  

Monday 04 July 2016

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

Dineur (Peter Bowen/Jamie Moore) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

Sid’s Topper (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran); race comments state that he pulled hard.

Jeans Lady (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran).

Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (11 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Uttoxeter:

17:50 Miss Crick (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Hurdle

19:50 Menace (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] – it’s a big field, with 20 runners declared!

 

Kieran Fallon announced his retirement today; he’s also been suffering from depression. 

 

I’m still feeling down in the dumps ... it’s totally related to my job, as I feel okay when I’m at home.  The weather is depressing too, and I don’t currently have anything planned apart from two ‘outings’ in mid-August; one being Lesley’s 60th birthday party, and also a local bead fair.

Sunday 03 July 2016

After a quiet few days, with Hindon Road (Alan King) a non-runner at Newton Abbot on Friday, and Celtic Artisan (EPDS Racing) a non-runner at Market Rasen today, there are a number of runners of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

 

14:30 Dineur (Peter Bowen/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs]

15:00 Sid’s Topper (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

15:35 Jeans Lady (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

17:40 Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

I notice that Quantum Of Solace has transferred from Noel Williams’ yard to Martin Keighley’s too.

 

I’ve also discovered that Hurricane Vic left Alan King’s yard in April and has been point-to-pointing whilst trained by Simon Robinson; he’s run three times, finishing second twice and third once. 

 

I think I must be suffering from the grottiest snottiest cold ever!  It just won’t go away.  Having spent much of yesterday just moping around doing very little, apart from a few Sudoku puzzles whilst also watching the tennis on TV, I finally got back into harness with my diary drafting today.  I really don’t need setbacks caused by feeling under the weather, as it’s already progressing more slowly than expected or hoped.

 

I succumbed to watching the remaining five episodes of The Living and the Dead via BBC iplayer.  I found the series intriguing, like a book you just cannot put down.  I know that one of the critics said it wasn’t scary enough for a ghost story, but I don’t think that was the point.  It was the way that the storylines knitted together and interlinked to form the whole which made it so good.  Then, at the end when you thought everyone was going to live happily ever after ... or at least those who’d survived until the end ... the final scene threw a spanner into the works and presumably has now left an opening for a sequel.

 

Although set in Somerset, the house used as the location is Horton Court in South Gloucestershire, near Chipping Sodbury.  It has also featured in Poldark and Wolf Hall; the National Trust property is not currently open to the public, although the route of the Cotswold Way does pass by it.  Colin Morgan, who stars as the main character Nathan Appleby, is reprising his role in the second series of Channel 4’s Humans which is being filmed currently.  Humans was one of my favourite serials last year, so I’m looking forward to that too.  

 

 


 

 

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