Monday 31 July 2017
There are two results today, the first at Newton Abbot:
Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards] (8 ran).
Miles To Memphis ran today, at Galway, in a Handicap for what appears to be amateur riders [2 miles & 1 furlong]; he finished 5th of 20.
There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:
17:40 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Wayne Hutchinson) – Pershore Plum Festival Land O’Plums Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] ... this is Worcester’s most well-known race of the year.
18:10 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards]
18:40 Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]
15:25 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile & 3 furlongs]
It has been reported that Jack Sherwood has moved from Paul Nicholls’ yard to Henry Daly. There was bound to be an opening at the latter, with Richard Johnson now riding for Warren Greatrex as well as Philip Hobbs amongst others.
A number of well-known races have been revamped for this coming season. The 3 miles 1 furlong Listed Handicap Chase run on Beecher Chase day, which was won by Many Clouds last season, has been promoted to a Grade 2 and will be renamed the Many Clouds Chase too.
The Listed Handicap Chase run on Grand National Day has been promoted to a Grade 3; that’s the race won by Sizing Codelco this year. Also, the Cheltenham Festival’s Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Final will now be a Grade 3 rather than Listed, to bring it into line with the Coral Cup and the County Hurdle.
Sunday 30 July 2017
Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Uttoxeter:
City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner and Cecilator (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).
Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (7 ran).
There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:
14:15 Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards]
It’s been another busy day ... I got up at 07:40 despite turning in after 01:00 this morning! I cleaned my car before settling down to proof read another diary; I’m going to chill out this evening because there’s much of interest on BBC1 and I deserve it!
Saturday 29 July 2017
Yesterday it was reported that many of the seated ticket areas for the 2018 Grand National have already sold out … but it’s not to the regular attendees who should have got first pick, but to selfish money grabbing people who bought them in bulk and have subsequently sold them on to ticket resale sites where you can only now buy them at inflated prices.
It occurs with all sorts of events these days and the Aintree organisers were careless in allowing it to happen by not instigating safety measures and checks. I’m sure they have carried out checks in previous years, and it wouldn’t be too difficult to look back at each customer’s order history to confirm previous attendance; although you would have to be the person who has the account and paid the previous bills in order to gain access to the pre-sale ... but that seems fair to me!
Fortunately I got the tickets I wanted before 10:00 on Tuesday morning; but I don’t purchase a ticket within any of the seated areas anyway. I prefer to be within the thick of the action, even if it does mean standing on my feet all day!
Having discovered that the ‘early bird’ link is open to all, I forwarded the email yesterday evening to my friend Sandra and she booked in the early hours of this morning. She’s a regular customer having attended for the past three years, unlike those opportunists who took advantage of Aintree’s lax booking system procedures.
Bryan Cooper has lost his retainer with the Gigginstown Stud:
Jockey Robbie Power has failed a concussion test and will miss next week’s Galway Festival as a result:
It’s a ringer! I know it’s now old news, but here’s the story about the wrong horse running in a race at Yarmouth on Thursday; it won, as a 3-year-old beat the 2-year-olds:
I guess that if the trainers aren’t paying full attention to what they are doing, perhaps each horse should have its microchip re-scanned just before it enters the Parade Ring!
There was another runner of interest at Ffos Las on Tuesday, but I missed it:
Miss Condi (Martin Keighley/Ed Greatrex) finished last in the Novices’ Stakes [7½ furlongs]
There’s one result from yesterday, at Uttoxeter … and it’s a winner:
Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Martin’s 7th National Hunt winner of the season. Well done Team Keighley.
And racing returns to Uttoxeter tomorrow, Sunday:
14:45 City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Cecilator (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell/EPDS Racing) – Juvenile Hurdle; “Molly” won’t run if there’s been too much rain.
15:45 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]
Today, the English and Irish Oaks winner, Enable beat the boys and her elders to win Ascot’s big race, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Her jockey Frankie Dettori has been starving himself for the past week in order to do the weight – his mount had an age allowance and a sex allowance too.
I have no specific plans this weekend but, as usual, Saturday has flown by without me achieving as much as I’d have liked. L By the time I’d done my washing and hacked away at ... sorry I mean pruned ... a couple of garden shrubs (an Escallonia Apple Blossom and a Deutzia Rosalind) and placed the cut-offs in the green dustbin, it was lunchtime. I was then overcome with laziness this afternoon, before I kicked back into ‘website action’ at 17:30!
Tuesday 25 July 2017
There was one runner of interest yesterday, Monday, at Ayr:
Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Ben Robinson/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (7 ran).
And, today on the flat at Ffos Las:
Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Fergus Sweeney) won but Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Tom Marquand) finished last in the Handicap [2 miles] (8 ran).
I don’t tend to pick up on flat runners, unless they are listed on my ATR tracker, so I found out that Noel’s horse had run and won today because a photo was tweeted:
And I obviously missed the fact that Authorized Too won a race on the all-weather at Kempton Park on 12 July too.
Choc has tweeted a video of Apple Tree Stud’s yearlings being prepared for the Doncaster sales:
Ex-jockey Gerard Tumelty and his partner Sarah Welford, who both work at Apple Tree Stud, tied the knot recently. Sarah is Blazing Bailey’s ‘mum’!
Having been sent the special pre-sale link at 08:00 this morning, I purchased my Aintree Festival tickets today; it came as no surprise that prices have increased for 2018. However, it was impossible to book on the phone because the lines were all engaged and there was no waiting in a queue, calls were automatically terminated following an information message. Also, today, there was no option to purchase car parking dockets online, so I had to enter into a messaging conversation, after which a ticket line operator phoned me in order to get details and add these manually to my order! What a palaver!!! I’m so glad that’s over for another year!
It seems to me that the cost of parking a car at the Cheltenham Festival and the Aintree Festival has rocketed for 2018. It’s become very expensive if you’re a single person who needs to travel to the venue from some distance away. Besides, it’s impossible to stay too close, because local accommodation is too expensive. It’s a Catch 22 situation.
Sunday 23 July 2017
Here are this weekend’s results; firstly Saturday:
Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 43 yards] (6 ran).
Jamacho (Brian Ellison/PJ McDonald/raised by Apple Tree Stud) was a non-runner in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] due to the ground being unsuitable.
And on Sunday:
Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler), along with a second horse, slipped-up on a bend during the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); the commentator reported both horses and jockeys to be okay following this incident.
The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th in the Selling Hurdle (7 ran).
Cut And Run (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).
Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).
There’s one NH fixture tomorrow, at Cartmel, but no runners of interest. I don’t know if there are any runners of interest on the flat tomorrow as I’m writing this blog before any ATR tracker notifications might arrive.
The good news is that I’ve completed the proof-reading and uploading of my Cheltenham Festival diaries; also selection and uploading of photos from Day One thereof. The bad news is that I’d hoped to do more this weekend ... everything seems to take much longer than one expects. Although it doesn’t help when the sales are on, because I get sidetracked surfing the net for bargains!!!
Friday 21 July 2017
Just one result today, from Newbury:
Sexy Legs (Lucinda Egerton/Gabriele Malune/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Apprentice Handicap [6 furlongs] (4 ran); but she still won £240.50.
There are two runners of interest tomorrow:
17:05 Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 43 yards]
17:35 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/PJ McDonald/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]
And on Sunday:
14:10 Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle
14:40 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Selling Hurdle
17:10 Cut And Run (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race
15:50 Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle
Today’s racing was overshadowed by a tragic accident at Haydock Park in which a stalls handler suffered serious injuries which proved to be fatal. It didn’t happen when loading the horses but when the stalls were being moved ahead of the fourth race. Condolences to the family and friends of Stephen Yarborough. RIP
There was an incident at Killarney when a drone being operated by a spectator hit a horse in the parade ring. It seems to me that every idiot and criminal has a damn drone; the only people who don’t seem to have any drones are the London Fire Brigade who have needed to borrow specialised drones from fire departments in neighbouring counties following the recent tragedy in West London.
It is Richard Johnson’s birthday today; he’s 40!
I’ve no plans for this weekend, apart from further proof-reading and uploading photos to this website.
Thursday 20 July 2017
Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Newbury:
17:25 Sexy Legs (Lucinda Egerton/Gabriele Malune/EPDS Racing) – Apprentice Handicap [6 furlongs]
I’ve been looking through twitter to see if I can find anything interesting to bulk out today’s blog and I’ve found a photo of jockey Jeremiah McGrath who has been to visit Triolo D’Alene:
The horse was retired due to an injury sustained during a race at Kempton Park last February but looks to be making an excellent recovery. It wasn’t a good season for the poor old boy, as he’d already lost his best friend Simonsig in a fatal accident at Cheltenham; but he’s now found a good home with the Vigors who look after Bobsworth in retirement too.
They look after Nicky Henderson’s horses during the summer holidays too, and here is Altior at grass earlier in the month:
And Brain Power too ... sometimes when you’ve got an inch you just have to scratch it:
Wednesday 19 July 2017
Here are today’s results for my two runners of interest at Uttoxeter:
Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 2nd and Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (10 ran).
There are no National Hunt fixtures until Cartmel and Market Rasen on Saturday, nor has my ATR tracker reported any flat race runners for tomorrow.
Tuesday 18 July 2017
Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th but Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (6 ran); Jamie’s 5th winner of the season.
Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (8 ran).
Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 11 yards] (4 ran).
And here are connections with Adrrastos this evening:
Just two runners of interest tomorrow, and they are both in the same race at Uttoxeter:
15:35 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) & Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]
Ian Popham has been to visit the retired Annacotty:
Barters Hill is looking well after his summer break and, hopefully, will be able to return to the track this season following his injury:
There was news yesterday that Daryl Jacob will be riding as Ben Pauling’s first jockey this season, when he’s not required to ride the Munir/Souede horses.
And, of course, this follows on from the news that Richard Johnson will be riding for Warren Greatrex when Philip Hobbs doesn’t need his riding services. I had already noticed that Gavin Sheehan was being gently eased towards the sidelines by the yard, although he does still ride for them.
Evidently it is actor James Norton’s birthday today ... I do like a nice Cancerian!!! He’s 32.
Monday 17 July 2017
There are four runners of interest tomorrow:
18:00 Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Handicap Chase
19:00 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]
16:30 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 11 yards]
There had been a thought to run Londonia (aka Lennie) in the listed handicap hurdle race at Market Rasen on Saturday. However it transpires that a possible rival, John Constable, currently has an official rating of 150 and that would mean Lennie on 110 would compete at a stone out of the handicap if he did!
Jamie Snowden has tweeted a photo of Pride of Pemberley; the horse’s summer holiday is over and he’s back in work ahead of his autumn campaign:
Sunday 16 July 2017
Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest on the flat:
Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Megan Nicholls) finished 9th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 70 yards] (11 ran)
Cecilator (Noel Williams/Dougie Costello) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 201 yards] (9 ran); I imagine that juvenile hurdling now beckons for the filly. Although there was a suggestion that ‘Molly’ might have been coming into season yesterday.
Miles to Memphis won the Ladies’ Derby Handicap, ridden by Lisa O’Neill (7 ran); she won the JT McNamara National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase aboard Tiger Roll on the first day of this year’s Cheltenham Festival.
And the results for today too:
Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (10 ran).
The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (10 ran).
Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Lizzie Kelly) finished 6th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).
Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 126 yards] (9 ran).
Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (5 ran); Jamie’s 4th winner of the season.
Wonga Swinger (Sam Thomas/Charlie Deutsch) was pulled up in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 2 furlongs & 148 yards] (9 ran).
It was a very close finish involving Our Three Sons:
The winning connections:
Tom Scudamore rode a 4-timer at Perth this afternoon.
There are no runners of interest tomorrow, Monday.
I’ve been less than productive with regard to my website-related proof-reading this weekend ... as I’ve been glued to the Wimbledon tennis finals most of the time. I’m pleased that Muguruza won the Women’s Singles final and I didn’t mind who won the Men’s Singles final – it was nice for Federer to claim a record-breaking 8th title, especially as he’s now broken Sampras’ record too! I did, however, feel very sorry for Marin Ĉilić but, hopefully, he’ll get the opportunity to win the Championship at a future date as he’s still young at 28.
I have almost finished the book I was reading too, Bloodline by Felix Francis.
I shall be suffering from Wimbledon withdrawal symptoms this coming week, but will hopefully now have plenty of time to concentrate on my neglected proof-reading.
Friday 14 July 2017
Many happy returns of the day to Choc
He’s 39 today
Pictured here at Aintree in 2014 with his mum Sally
One of my first tasks of the day was to switch on my PC and log onto my facebook account to wish my favourite ex-jockey a Happy Birthday. I was one of the first to leave Choc a message and I got a ‘like’ from him too. J
There’s currently a lull with regards to National Hunt racing, although there are three jumps fixtures on Sunday.
However, there are runners of interest on the flat tomorrow:
16:40 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Megan Nicholls) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 70 yards]
20:20 Cecilator (Noel Williams/Dougie Costello) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 201 yards]
Miles to Memphis runs at the Curragh tomorrow, he’s taking part in the Ladies’ Derby Handicap being run at 18:30.
I’ve decided to list Sunday’s runners of interest ... just in case I don’t get around to writing a blog entry tomorrow evening.
16:30 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]
17:05 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]
17:40 Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Lizzie Kelly) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race
14:40 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 126 yards]
15:15 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards]
17:30 Wonga Swinger (Sam Thomas/Charlie Deutsch) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 2 furlongs & 148 yards]
I’ve no special plans for the weekend, apart from watching the Wimbledon tennis finals on TV. And I ought to make an effort to do some more diary proof reading, seeing as I’ve now finished describing every last one of the races from Cheltenham and Aintree. I’ve even completed a draft of the diary about my visit to Robin Dickin’s yard last Saturday.
And I’m also thinking about writing a diary about my visit to Abbotts View Alpacas, because I have so many lovely photographs! In addition, I have some recently purchased beads to make a number of necklaces, plus numerous balls of wool in my stash to knit. And I’m currently reading ‘Bloodline’ by Felix Francis. So, all in all, I think I’ve got plenty to be getting on with.
Wednesday 12 July 2017
There were no results to report yesterday as both Royal Plaza and Lord Topper were non-runners at Uttoxeter.
But there were three runners of interest today, on the flat, and this is how they fared:
Whatalove (Martin Keighley/George Wood) finished 7th in a Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong] (10 ran).
Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) won a Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 133 yards] (8 ran).
Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Tom Marquand/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in a Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 11 yards]
There don’t appear to be any runners of interest tomorrow, Thursday.
A new cria has been born at Abbotts View Farm; Jo hopes to call him Freddie, although her family are in favour of naming him Lord Farquaad. He’s dark brown in colour and very cute, so to be named after a villain in Shrek isn’t very suitable is it?
As well as wanting to return to Abbotts View for another walk, I also fancy a trip to the Ashdown Forest Llama Park as I want to walk a llama too. I have visited the Park on a previous occasion, many moons ago, but we didn’t go for a walk that day – besides, it was January! I also recall we drove on to Eastbourne and ate fish and chips on the pier before returning home.
Here is the report regarding Yanworth’s disqualification following his 7th place in the Champion Hurdle:
Tommy Carberry, father of Paul and Nina (and other siblings), and Grand National winning jockey aboard L’Escargot (1975) and trainer of the 1999 winner BobbyJo, has passed away aged 75. RIP
I have now begun drafting my stable visit diary for last Saturday’s trip to Robin Dickin’s yard in Warwickshire.
Monday 10 July 2017
Yesterday’s adventure was a visit to Abbotts View Farm in Buckinghamshire to walk an alpaca and meet other animals too. My alpacas’ name is Sir Keith. I must have bonded with him well, because evidently he usually doesn’t like being fussed over!
Jo and James own the farm, and James said I could take him home with me because he’s not one of his favourites! He used to kick a lot when they first got him. That would be fine ... except you have to keep at least two, preferably three, due to being very much a herd animal.
There are two results to report from yesterday, at Market Rasen:
Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (12 ran).
The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (5 ran); Kevin looks after the horse at Barbury Castle. This was Alan’s 13th winner of the current NH campaign.
There are no results to report from today.
There are two runners of interest at Uttoxeter tomorrow:
19:35 Royal Plaza (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 214 yards]
20:35 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]
EPDS Racing’s Celtic Artisan holds an entry at Pontefract, but he has experienced an allergic reaction and is very unlikely to run.
Yesterday I forgot to mention that the Jump Jockeys beat the Eventers in the Barbury Castle JCB Challenge.
I gather Musselburgh has gained a reprieve and been granted a temporary licence to continue until the end of the year.
I had hoped to begin drafting my stable visit diary this evening but I became so engrossed in the Nadal vs Muller match at Wimbledon that I ran out of time. L
Saturday 08 July 2017
I know I shouldn’t moan about beautiful, hot summer days but ... all it makes one want to do is NOTHING!
However, today I was out and about and took a trip to Robin Dickin’s yard in Warwickshire to meet Galactic Power and a number of his stable-mates.
And, despite deciding to take the scenic route home, intentionally I hasten to add, I was in time to watch Agassi on TV too, overseeing Djokovic on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. J
There’s one result to report today, from Nottingham:
Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the 3-year-old Stakes race [1 mile 2 furlongs & 50 yards] (7 ran).
There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Market Rasen:
14:55 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]
16:35 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]
I have another adventure scheduled for tomorrow, and it is non-racing, non-tennis, but more about that in my next blog!
Wednesday 05 July 2017
Here are today’s results for my runners of interest:
Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (9 ran); Martin’s 5th winner of the season.
Spice Girl (Martin Keighlet/Harry Stock) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran); Martin’s 6th winner of the season.
Pinkie Brown (Johnny Farrelly/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (8 ran).
Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Brush Hurdler Qualifier) (6 ran).
Holy Street (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]
Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/David Noonan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).
Pantxoa (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/ex-Alan King-trained) finished 5th in The Kilmany Cup Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards] (8 ran).
Beat That (Nicky Henderson/David Mullins) fell at the last in the Novices’ Chase (5 ran).
Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox/ex-Noel Williams-trained) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 47 yards] (6 ran).
There are no runners of interest tomorrow.
Yanworth failed a Champion Hurdle post-race drugs test; the drug is legal but mustn’t be in the horse’s system during a race.
JP McManus has purchased Sprinter Sacre’s 2-year-old brother at the Arqana sales, Flinteur Sacre, for 125,000 euros.
I didn’t have a very good night’s sleep last night – I had heartburn, and a neighbour’s alarm went off at around 01:30 too. Then, to add insult to injury, when I did get to sleep I dreamt that I went to dinner with Roger Federer. Surely if I’d been feeling 100% it would have been Andre Agassi!
Andre is at Wimbledon this year; he’s coaching Novak Djokovic. I’m a bit of a lightweight, as I really should be making the effort the go to the tournament to see him again. Unfortunately camping and queuing are a young person’s pursuit, not for someone of my age; the last time I did that was in 2006. It was the year of Andre’s retirement and he lost to Nadal in the third round.
Tuesday 04 July 2017
Sorry there’s been no blog since Saturday but for the past three days I’ve been feeling under the weather again. I think I’ve finally conquered the initial issues, but even this evening I’m still not feeling 100% and will be reaching for the Gaviscon soon!
Firstly there’s sad news to report, from Down Royal the week before last; the ex-Alan King-trained Turn Over Sivola suffered a fatal injury when he landed awkwardly over a fence having jumped too big. That’s very sad; the 10-year-old deserved a long and happy retirement having lost his form in recent times.
RIP Turn Over Sivola
pictured at Aintree having finished as runner-up to
Parsnip Pete in the 2014 Red Rum Handicap Chase
There’s a result to report from Sunday, at Uttoxeter:
Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 11th in the Summer Cup (Open Handicap – Listed) [3 miles 2 furlongs & 13 yards] (20 ran); he missed the break as it was a standing start, and he was behind as a result and this didn’t suit his style of racing.
There’s one result to report from today (Tuesday) at Chepstow:
Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap [2 miles] (8 ran).
There has been news that the Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles has been retired having suffered a serious fracture to a near-fore sesamoid during Saturday’s Irish Derby. A horse has two small sesamoid bones to the rear of each pastern; they provide anchor points for the two branches of the suspensory ligament which runs down the back of each cannon bone.
The BHA has refused to renew Musselburgh’s licence; the racecourse is run by the Musselburgh Joint Racing Committee comprising of four members of the local Council and three racecourse representatives. The BHA needs the racecourse to agree to an independent review of its board structure and has until 06 July to agree to its demands.
This evening’s Stratford fixture was the first broadcast upon Racing UK – it was ATR previously. Willie Twiston-Davies was interviewed by the channel and, having recovered well from the back and rib injuries sustained on Day One of this year’s Cheltenham Festival, he has until September to decide if he will return to race-riding or become his father Nigel’s assistant instead. He’s been busy recently buying horses for the yard.
The JCB Champions Challenge, Eventers vs Jockeys, will take place at the Barbury Horse Trials on Saturday. Bridget Andrews will be captaining the jockeys’ team which is due to consist of Nico de Boinville, Wayne Hutchinson and her boyfriend Harry Skelton.
There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:
14:20 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]
15:20 Spice Girl (Martin Keighlet/Harry Stock) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race
15:50 Pinkie Brown (Johnny Farrelly/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]
16:20 Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle (Brush Hurdler Qualifier)
16:50 Holy Street (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]
17:20 Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/David Noonan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle
15:40 Pantxoa (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/ex-Alan King-trained) – The Kilmany Cup Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 180 yards]
16:40 Beat That (Nicky Henderson/David Mullins) – Novices’ Chase
17:10 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox/ex-Noel Williams-trained) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 47 yards]
Saturday 01 July 2017
There is no result to report from Nottingham on Thursday as Pantomine put her foot through the partition in her horsebox on the way to the racecourse, sustaining cuts; she is okay but the vets advised against running. What a silly mare!
Jamacho was due to run at Chester yesterday, but the ground was deemed unsuitable so he was a non-runner too.
But there is one result to report from today, Saturday, at Newcastle on the all weather:
Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) dead-heated for 6th in the Northumberland Plate [2 miles & 56 yards] (20 ran).
It was quite a race for trainer James Fanshawe - he had three runners engaged and won it with Higher Power; his third runner, Lord George, finished 4th. So, with 8 prizes, all of his charges won money.
There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Uttoxeter:
15:30 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Summer Cup (Open Handicap – Listed) [3 miles 2 furlongs & 13 yards]; Henllan Harri, the winner of Sandown’s Bet365 Gold Cup, also takes part for the Bowens.
My weekend hasn’t panned out as I expected. I’d been hoping to attend the EPDS Racing’s visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard this morning, near Stow-On-The-Wold. However, yesterday, I felt ill from mid-morning. It seemed such a long day at work, as throughout the day I was thinking ‘I must go home soon’ because I don’t feel well. I had stomach and abdominal pains, plus intermittent nausea. I made it to the end of play, eventually, but came home, had a bath and went to bed at 18:30! I felt a little bit better when I woke up at just gone 21:00, but was leaden legged and thought I’d do best to remain at home today, just in case of a relapse.
I do feel better today, but seem to have mislaid my appetite ... which is not like me at all! I think it was a virus, as a work colleague had something very similar earlier in the week and went to the doctors twice because of it; and that was the prognosis for her.
Oh well, maybe I’ll write my Grand National race notes tomorrow, as I’ve just been lounging around today, doing nothing. I had originally put it off for a week or two, thinking I’d be writing up yard visit notes instead.