JUNE 2016

 

 

Wednesday 29 June 2016

Having been laid very low since Friday evening due to my ‘drenching induced’ summer cold, there are a number of results to catch up on.

 

I hate it when a backlog of blogs builds up, but I’ve felt unbelievably rough these past few days, spending most of my time in bed sleeping and definitely having no desire to log on to my computer. 

 

Firstly I have to report the very sad news which broke at the weekend, regarding the diminutive but very game mare Cannon Fodder; her life has been claimed by colic. L

 

http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/owner-pays-tribute-after-popular-cannon-fodder-dies-of-colic/2108296/#newsArchiveTabs=newsArchiveTab

 

 

Race 5 c.jpg

 

RIP Cannon Fodder

 

 

Sunday’s results were as follows:

 

Uttoxeter:

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 214 yards] (11 ran).

 

Their feature race, the listed Summer Cup Handicap Chase, was won by Drop Out Joe for Charlie Longsdon and Graham Watters.

 

Cartmel:

Kumbeshwar (Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 61 yards] (7 ran). J

 

Also, Alan King and Willie Twiston-Davies had a winner at Windsor on Sunday, in a 1 mile 3 furlong Handicap, namely William Hunter.

 

There were two runners on interest on Monday:

 

Wolverhampton:

Dream Dana (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 10th in the 6 furlong Handicap for 3-year-olds (11 ran).

 

Windsor:

Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) finished last in the Median Auction Maiden Fillies Stakes for 2-year-olds (7 ran).  However, the trainer mentioned there were plenty of positives to take away from her racecourse debut, and the jockey has also suggested a step up in trip.

 

Stratford on Tuesday:

Marley Joe (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (5 ran).

 

Both of Menace’s possible engagements this week have been postponed, as Cartmel was deemed too far away and too competitive, and the ground at Stratford was feared to be too soft with further rain expected during the afternoon/evening.  The next opportunities are one of two races at Uttoxeter on 05 July. 

 

Worcester today:

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 10th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (16 ran).

Minella Treasure (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Ted’s Lad (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow, Thursday, as there’s solely NH racing from Perth … but a new series of Most Haunted returns on the Really TV channel tomorrow!

 

I loved the first episode of BBC1’s The Living and the Dead; spooky.  Evidently the entire series is already available on BBC iPlayer … will I or won’t I be able to resist watching more before next week’s programme?  The writer wrote Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes, which may explain the intriguing encounter at the end last night’s episode where the main character, who is living in 1894, encountered a young woman from the present day! 

 

Professional dancer Gleb Savchenko won’t be taking part in this season’s Strictly Come Dancing due to ‘family commitments’ … which, as others are saying, probably means he’s found something more lucrative to do instead!  The trouble with Gleb is that he’s extremely good looking and knows it too … not a good combination!  Tristan isn’t returning either.  I’ll stick with Pasha as my favourite pro-dancer. J  Three lady pro-dancers - Ola, Kristina and Aliona had already announced their intention to leave the show.

  

The jump jockeys due to take part in this year’s Barbury Castle ‘Challenge’ against the 3-Day Eventers are Richard Johnson (Team Captain), Wayne Hutchinson, Tom Scudamore and John Francome. 

 

Meanwhile, one of Apple Tree Stud’s 3-year-old fillies, Empress Rock, hasn’t made it to the racecourse and instead will be sold, in foal to Showcasing, at the Tattersalls July Sale; Lot 93.

 

Damn.  I missed The Flying Scotsman again.  Evidently she travelled along the St Pancras line early last Saturday whilst undertaking a London Victoria to York excursion, as she’d also done on ‘Derby Day’.  My younger brother and sister-in-law were lucky enough to see the train as she passed through Flitwick in Bedfordshire this weekend.  It appears to have been the final opportunity to catch a glimpse of the locomotive in this area at present, as The Flying Scotman will be undertaking excursions elsewhere for the next few months.      

 

Having spent two days off work due to my cold, I returned today; in hindsight I think I wasn’t well enough to go back.  I was okay until around 12:30, but then felt very rough for a couple of hours before rallying later in the afternoon.

Saturday 25 June 2016

There was one runner of interest on Thursday, at Newcastle on the all-weather:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Dale Swift) finished 4th in the Novice Stakes [6 furlongs]; raised by Apple Tree Stud! (7 ran).

 

There were two runners of interest today:

 

Newcastle:

Grumeti (Alan King/William Twiston-Davies) finished 14th in the Northumberland Vase (2 miles 56 furlongs] (20 ran); it was the inaugural running of this Northumberland Plate consolation race.

 

Lingfield Park:

Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/part-owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

16:35 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 214 yards]; will he finish 2nd?

 

Cartmel:

15:55 Kumbeshwar (Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 61 yards]

 

The Listed Summer Cup Handicap Chase is also to be run at the Staffordshire track tomorrow and entries include Menorah, Ballynagour, Al Co, Pacha Du Polder, Grandads Horse and Standing Ovation. 

 

I’ve succumbed to a summer cold … I thought my throat felt dry early yesterday afternoon and, by the time I got home, my throat was swollen and sore.  I’ve been feeling down in the dumps for a number of weeks and got absolutely soaked on my way home from work on Thursday evening due to a thunderstorm.  It appears I may have already been harbouring the virus and this was enough to tip me over the edge to develop a cold; excellent.

 

http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Preventionandcure.aspx

 

The 20 minutes with feet in cold water sounds just like my walk home a couple of days ago … it was scary too, as there were three flashes of lightening with the resultant thunder.  I actually waited at work for ten minutes then, thinking it couldn’t be that bad outside, decided to take my chance.  It transpired that a torrent of water was flowing down the road and vehicles were splashing water over anyone brave enough to walk along the pavements. 

 

Fortunately I didn’t get soaked from head to foot by this, but decided that I had to take the longer route home in order to avoid any spray issues from cars travelling along the busy main road.  However, my feet, legs, skirt, backpack, handbag and one sleeve (the hand thereof not holding the umbrella) were soon sodden.  I’d gambled by wearing my Hotter-style M&S shoes to work on Thursday, instead of my genuine Hotter shoes which I wore to walk to work all last winter; although I don’t think I’d have fared much better in the latter! 

 

My shoes are currently drying out in the airing cupboard but I think my earlier fears that they will have been ruined won’t come to fruition, although the leather may be a less flexible now.  I choose a pair of shoes to wear throughout autumn/winter/spring and another through spring/summer/autumn, depending on when the weather improves or deteriorates, so will be annoyed if they don’t last beyond late June; especially as they are very comfortable. 

Wednesday 22 June 2016

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

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) unseated two out in the Novices’ Handicap Chase when in with a chance of winning (4 ran).

Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II (9 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, on the all-weather at Newcastle:

14:20 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Dale Swift) – Novice Stakes [6 furlongs]; raised by Apple Tree Stud!

 

AP McCoy went to collect his knighthood medal at Buckingham Palace today, accompanied by wife Chanelle, daughter Eve and son Archie.  I’ve almost finished reading ‘Winner’ My Racing Life; AP’s most recent autobiography.  Racing biographies are my favourite reads.

Tuesday 21 June 2016

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

 

Leicester:

Tyrell (Alan King/Willie Twiston-Davies/Apple Tree Stud) finished 8th in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 3 furlongs & 183 yards] (12 ran).

 

Newton Abbot:

Double Chocolate (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards] (8 ran).

 

There are three runners of interest at Worcester tomorrow:

14:50 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:55 Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

18:05 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Monday 20 June 2016

There was one runner of interest today, at Southwell:

Monty’s Revenge (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (9 ran).  The race notes state that he wasn’t keen once headed, and Martin has suggested that retirement may be beckoning.

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Leicester:

18:10 Tyrell (Alan King/Willie Twiston-Davies/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 3 furlongs & 183 yards]

 

Newton Abbot:

19:30 Double Chocolate (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards]

 

It’s a short blog this evening as, at 21:00, I shall be watching The Musketeers J ... they triumphed over The Sewing Bee this week!

Sunday 19 June 2016

Kumbeshwar ran today, at Hexham, and he finished 5th in a Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Londonia, one of the EPDS Syndicate horses, finished 6th in a Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Worcester.  For the record, Dineur won a Handicap Chase at Worcester today too. 

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

15:15 Monty’s Revenge (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]

 

Willie Twiston-Davies celebrates his win aboard the Alan King-trained Primitivo at Royal Ascot on Thursday:

https://twitter.com/samtwiston/status/743557109611139072

 

Jockey Dougie Costello was very emotional following his first Royal Ascot winner; Quiet Reflection in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup:

https://twitter.com/Channel4Racing/status/743897985516331009

 

Gordon Elliot trained the winner of the final race at this year’s Royal Ascot, the Queen Alexandra Stakes – Commissioned which was purchased following the dispersal of the Bloomfields horses at the end of last season.  Gordon missed it, he was in Barbados evidently.

 

This is cute, I love recently sheared alpacas:

https://twitter.com/BarnacreAlpacas/status/744485355097841664

 

I believe I’ve found one of Apple Tree Stud’s yearlings they sold last year, the one trained by Brian Ellison; he’s been named Jamacho (Camacho/Obsessive Secret) and finished 3rd of 11 in a race at Redcar on 16 May. 

 

I’ve not managed to track down the other yearling which was purchased by Sir Mark Prescott (Tamayuz/Duo De Choc).

 

I know I’m being a little remiss with my blogs at the moment, but it’s quiet at this time of the year, and I was out all day yesterday with Lesley, Fay, Angy and her 7-year-old daughter Rebecca, in Brighton.  Lesley drove us down to East Sussex; it took around 2 hours and 20 minutes from St Albans due to congestion on the M25.  But it was a lot cheaper, as we don’t purchase our tickets in advance.  It took less time on the return journey.  

 

And, today, I finished off my final drafted notes relating to Cheltenham.  All I need to do now is copy and paste them into my existing template, proof read and upload.  Three days down and four to go and it’s nearly the Summer Solstice.  Aaarrrrrggggghhhhhh!  But I’m not going to worry too much, as I am keeping to my planned schedule. 

 

Springwatch may have finished, but it’s the re-scheduled Musketeers tomorrow evening, although I will have to miss The Sewing Bee, which is annoying.  What makes the BBC think that Musketeers fans don’t enjoy sewing?  I wonder if I’ll have the time or the inclination to draft any of my other race notes later in the week; it depends on my workload at work I guess and whether I’m too tired.  I’ve only got this week before Wimbledon takes over my evening viewing schedule for a fortnight.   

Thursday 16 June 2016

 

Congratulations to trainer Alan King

and the team at Barbury Castle

 

 

Alan King trained his first Royal Ascot winner today, when Primitivo won the 1 mile 4 furlong King George V Stakes, the final race on today’s card.  It was also jockey Willie Twiston-Davies’ first Royal Ascot winner. 

 

Alan said he loves flat racing and to train a winner at the Royal Meeting has been an ambition since he first attended the event almost 30 years ago.

 

It wasn’t a good day for The Queen, sadly; her runner in the same race, Guy Fawkes, lost his life having suffered a compound fracture to his ‘right foot’.  Is that his off-fore pastern?

 

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Ffos Las:

Double Chocolate (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 177 yards]

Devil To Pay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards] (9 ran).

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (9 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Market Rasen tomorrow, but no runners of interest.

 

Following Mortlestown’s disappointing run at Stratford earlier in the week, the Keighley’s expect to find him a new home and career.

Wednesday 15 June 2016

There are no results to report from Uttoxeter, as Weyburn, Mortlestown and Double Chocolate were all non-runners!

 

Chelmsford:

Dream Dana (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished a short-head 2nd in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [6 furlongs] (8 ran).  It was a very close finish between 3 runners; Dream Dana led, was headed by Poplar, fought back to lead but just got collared on the line by Desert River. Unlucky. She was a 20-1 shot today, but will presumably be a shorter price next time.

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Ffos Las:

18:40 Double Chocolate (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 177 yards]

19:10 Devil To Pay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards]

20:10 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Menace is still pencilled in to run at either Cartmel on Sunday 26 June or at Stratford at Tuesday 28 June; sadly the latter is an evening fixture ... and obviously the other is hundreds of miles away in the Lake District! 

 

I think I need to have my eyes retested before I do too much more night driving; they have changed again.  My right eye, which was my good eye, then my bad eye since May last year, is now my good eye again!  The left one has suddenly succumbed to dryness too and, in fact, is now drier than my right eye!  I’ve gone back to wearing my old ‘PC screen’ glasses at work because, although not perfect, they are now not as bad as my newest prescription ones.  It’s crazy.  Weirdly, I have no problem whatsoever viewing the screen of my laptop at home ... and I don’t need to wear glasses at all to do that!

 

Needless to say, I have to spend far too much time stuck in front of a PC whilst at work – the majority of my days are still 9 hours without a break, much of which is spent at my desk.  It’s hell ... 

Tuesday 14 June 2016

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

 

Stratford:

Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards] (7 ran).

Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) ran out after one furlong in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Brighton:

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 1 furlong & 209 yards] (10 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Uttoxeter:

15:30 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

16:05 Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]; presumably a backup plan, as he ran today.

17:20 Double Chocolate (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 13 yards]

 

Chelmsford:

20:40 Dream Dana (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [6 furlongs]

 

It wasn’t a winning send off for jockey Brian Toomey who retired from the saddle at Stratford today; sadly his mount, a mare named City Dreams, was brought down and suffered a fatal injury as a result.  But at least Brian has retired in one piece, having made a miraculous recovery from a life threatening riding injury.   

 

I’ve been ‘slug slinging’ again ... the heavy rain showers have brought the damn things out again; they were all over the lawn, which is fine, but I don’t want them to attack the poorly annual begonia as it’s beginning to sprout some tiny reddish-coloured leaves.  It’s a white flowered one, with dark leaves. 

 

I’m gutted ... I discovered that I missed The Flying Scotsman when it picked up passengers from our City Station on Saturday 04 June.  I wonder if the steam-train will pass this way again anytime soon.  I love a bit of nostalgia. 

Monday 13 June 2016

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Stratford:

15:30 Mortlestown (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards]

17:20 Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Brighton:

18:50 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 1 furlong & 209 yards]

Sunday 12 June 2016

No runners of interest yesterday or today, but I thought I’d better round-up Friday’s results:

 

Newton Abbot:

Dun Bay Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 10th winner of the season

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards] (4 ran).

Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Aintree:

Pantxoa (Richard Phillips/Ian Popham) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 210 yards] (12 ran). 

 

Goodwood:

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt) finished 4th in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 1 furlong & 192 yards] (6 ran).

 

Choc and Jennie have been clay pigeon shooting:

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/741886562649133057

 

I had a go at that 20 years ago – I hit the first four but then couldn’t hit a final one, so had to give up!

 

Ptit Zig won the Grade 1 Grande Course de Haies d’Auteuil (considered to be the French Champion Hurdle) today; Un Temps Pour Tout won it last year.  The winning prize was £122,000 plus.  Un De Sceaux was too keen (6th) and spent much of the race vying with Blue Dragon for the lead; he didn’t stay either.  The other UK/Irish raiders were Ubak (10th), Aubusson (4th), Thousand Stars (7th), Silsol (8th), and Whiteout (pulled up) (12 ran).  

 

However, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh were luckier with Footpad; they won the Grade 1 Prix Alain du Breil which is one of the biggest 4-year-old hurdles.

 

I was out all day yesterday, visiting my friend Denise in Caversham, but I have been working on my Cheltenham diaries today.  I was going to visit the annual Oaklands Summer Fayre before lunch, but the weather wasn’t promising.  We had rain mid-morning, followed by overcast skies, although the sun did put in an appearance this afternoon … but it was too late to change my plans by then.  My main worry was thunderstorms but, as yet, we’ve not had any of those, unlike mid-Bedfordshire where it’s been atrocious!  

Thursday 09 June 2016

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Bridget Andrews/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards] (14 ran).

Creepy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 yards] (9 ran).

 

Haydock Park:

Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/part-owned Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 95 yards] (6 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Newton Abbot:

14:10 Dun Bay Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards]

15:20 Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Aintree:

19:05 Pantxoa (Richard Phillips/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 210 yards]; yes, the horse has transferred from Alan King’s yard to Adlestrop. 

 

Goodwood:

19:20 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 1 furlong & 192 yards]

 

Another Frankel offspring ran today, a grey colt named Frankuus ... and he won.  So that’s four from five so far for the superstar stallion.  The other three were colt Cunco, and fillies Fair Eva and Queen Kindly.  Mind you, if you owned the fifth one you’d be a bit peeved; although it may have been poor placement.  There must be plenty more to run and they can’t all win can they?     

Wednesday 08 June 2016

There was one runner of interest, at Kempton Park on the all-weather:

Tyrell (Alan King/William Twiston-Davies) finished 4th in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 3 furlongs] (12 ran).  Young Willie was scrubbing the horse along from the start, but he stayed on at the end to finish placed.  Tyrell is a ‘gullumper’ but I reckon he’d make an okay hurdler in time ... which may be why he’s with Alan King!

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

19:05 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Bridget Andrews/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards]

19:35 Creepy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 yards]

 

Haydock Park:

19:15 Schoolboy Error (Jamie Osborne/William Carson/part-owned Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 95 yards]

 

The usual suspects, who of course consider themselves perfect, have had their customary dig at the Keighley’s regarding the Any Currency situation.  But, as Thumper would say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin’ at all”.

 

I’ve been ‘slug slinging’ this evening ... there are 18 annual begonias planted in a wall surrounding the patio, one of which is very poorly.  So it didn’t help when a massive slug decided to eat its largest leaf.  So I took a trowel and slung it into farthest corner of the garden; being 104 feet, it should take some time for it to return.

 

And I found something very strange in one of the planters when I watered it on Monday – half a slice of granary bread buried under the soil.  The soil had been disturbed slightly so I decided to smooth it out, and that’s what I found, completely hidden beneath.  Weird.  I wonder if it was a squirrel or a bird?  It was in the front garden, so the culprit might even have been human!

Tuesday 07 June 2016

Devastating news today that Any Currency is at severe risk of losing his Cheltenham Festival crown.

 

Martin Keighley explains what has happened in his blog today:

http://www.martinkeighleyracing.com/Martins_blog.php

 

The story has also made the racing press:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/43544/any-currency-at-risk-of-losing-cheltenham-festival-victory

 

It just goes to show that you have to be so vigilant when administering legal drugs and, even if you err on the very conservative side with regard to the treatment window, it may still cause an expected issue when tested.

 

I notice that someone has already pointed out to Hector O’Heochagain that the BetBright Cup will then stand at 15-13 to the Irish if Woody loses the race.  Nooooooooooooo!  Choc tweeted a flushed face emoticon in reply!

 

I’ve now discovered that the Spanish lady who won Sunday’s French Open Singles title was last year’s runner up in the Women’s Singles at Wimbledon.  I presume I never noticed because, not only did I go to the Barbury Horse Trials that day instead of viewing Wimbledon on TV, women’s tennis is the kind of sport you only watch whilst waiting for the men’s matches to start! 

 

I like tennis, but not women’s tennis, and they are certainly not worth equal prize money … it’s a scandal – if they want equality, it should be best of 5 sets for everyone so that they actually earn their money.

 

The new Bravissimo catalogue arrived today and I couldn’t resist logging on this evening and buying one of these; I love the Satine bra and have 4 already in different colours and patterns:

http://www.bravissimo.com/products/lingerie/sensational-sets/satine-tropical-bra/purple-print/ln360ppr/?new=true

 

There is one result today, from Southwell:

Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); he needed the run after a break.

 

Tomorrow there is one runner of interest, at Kempton Park on the all-weather:

19:30 Tyrell (Alan King/William Twiston-Davies) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 3 furlongs]

 

For the record, the veteran Menorah was unable to give away tons of weight at Perth on Sunday, but he did run gamely to finish 2nd to Gold Futures (5 ran).

Saturday 04 June 2016

Sorry there was no blog again yesterday but the racing ended late in the evening, at 21:00, by which time I’d become so engrossed in adding to my Day 2 Cheltenham diary that I eventually overran my bedtime!!!  I was actually surprised that I felt like slaving over a hot laptop at that time of the day, having already completed over 9 hours without a break at work! 

 

So, firstly, here the results for yesterday’s runners of interest:

 

Bath:

Dream Dana (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (10 ran).

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 2 furlongs & 46 yards] (10 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards] (7 ran); the winner was the ex-Alan King-trained Gold Ingot.  Andrew Thornton rode the winner, for trainer Caroline Bailey, so that’s another triumph to take him closer to his 1,000 winner goal. 

 

Today there were five runners of interest:

 

Hexham:

Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Selling Hurdle (9 ran).

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Juvenile Hurdle (10 ran); just 3 finished.

Monty’s Revenge (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Chases [3 miles & 41 yards] (11 ran); only 5 finished.

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 48 yards] (8 ran).

 

Worcester:

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (9 ran); he was nimble at the first fence, as he had to hurdle a faller in order to avoid being brought down too; It was Wayne’s 9th winner of the season. 

 

Tomorrow there’s National Hunt racing from Perth, with the feature horse being Menorah which runs in the Perth Gold Cup Handicap Chase at 16:20.

 

Grand National winning jockey David Mullins broke a collarbone at Ballinrobe last Tuesday and, presumably, also punctured a lung:

https://twitter.com/PTownend/status/738413060424142849

 

I gather colleague Paul Townend is currently on the sidelines too, possibly with a fractured ankle. 

 

I watched ATR’s racing coverage whilst waiting for the Bath races to be run, and there was a guest commentator at Tramore – none other than young Jonathan Burke and he was bloomin’ brilliant.  The current Irish race commentators had watch out for their jobs, if Jonathan’s riding career goes awry!  He’s currently on the side-lines due to a back injury; fractured vertebrae I believe.

 

Today’s interesting fact is that the actress who plays Demelza in the TV remake of Poldark, Eleanor Tomlinson, is the daughter of northern-based racing commentator (and actor) Malcolm Tomlinson.  RUK’s Tom Stanley interviewed them both at Epsom today. 

 

On dear, it was a whitewash for the Irish in today’s Derby, with them claiming the first three places.  The winning horse was Harzand, trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Pat Smullen.  It was the Aga Khan’s fifth victory in the English Classic, following Shergar’s win in 1981, Shahrastani in 1986, Kahyasi in 1988, and Sinndar in 2000.

 

The horse’s participation had been in doubt right up until the last moment, as he’d spread a plate this morning.  His foot was sore as a result, so they’d used hot water and a hot poltice, before putting the horse’s foot in an ice bucket for four hours; the horse’s shoe was then put back on again.  The jockey was also given instructions to scratch Harzard if he was not happy with the horse’s soundness having travelled to the starting gate.

 

Sad news that Towcester stalwart, the veteran Jolly Boys Outing has been put to sleep. RIP

https://twitter.com/HorseRacingRIP/status/738360538908987392

 

Further sad news is that Letsby Avenue has been euthanized.  He’d not run since providing Choc with a winning comeback from injury at Stratford in September 2013.  I vaguely recall he’d suffered a self-inflicted tendon injury, for which he received stem-cell treatment; however, during the course of his recovery, he succumbed to colic and had to be operated upon at the Royal Veterinary College.

 

Letsby Avenue made a full recovery from that and had undergone rehabilitation exercise throughout the winter before being gradually brought back into work at Barbury Castle.  However, he recently suffered a major setback and it was decided the kindest action would be to put him to sleep, rather than for him to endure further treatment. RIP

 

As always, I’m pleased that Serena Williams failed to win the French Open Women’s title today; it was won by a Spanish lady I’d never heard of!  I expect Andy Murray will lose out to Novak Djokovic tomorrow in the Men’s final.  It’s annoying when one player dominates the game.  

 

Being dedicated … or possibly just plain crazy … I was up again at 05:30 this morning to continue with my diary writing.  However, after just one race, my plans for the day went awry and I was side-tracked by chores, gardening and visitors, along with watching much of the Derby day coverage from Epsom.  However, I’ve returned to my diary writing this evening and have now completed Day 2, although I still have to copy and paste my notes into the template before proof-reading it prior to upload.  The same applies to Day 1. 

Thursday 02 June 2016

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

 

Lingfield Park:

Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) was a non-runner in the Selling Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 106 yards]

Invocation (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) finished 4th in the Maiden Auction Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 106 yards] (5 ran).

 

Ffos Las:

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); Wayne’s 8th winner of the season.

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlong & 202 yards]; Richard was deputising for Graeme’s stable jockey Kielan Woods who broke his arm recently.  Londonia aka ‘Lenny’ pulled very hard but was able to win convincingly; there were only three back straight hurdles to jump due to the low sun!  He’d been purchased off the flat, so was able to draw on his earlier experience too.

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bath:

19:30 Dream Dana (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

21:00 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 2 furlongs & 46 yards]

 

Market Rasen:

15:25 Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

I’m gutted that BHS has finally reached the end of the road ... especially as the past two owners have been blood-sucking the life out of the retail company, allegedly.  It seems to me that many other clothes retailers have lost the plot, including M & S and Next, as I can barely find anything that I like in their stores these days.  I loved BHS coats and cardigans, so don’t know what I will do now.  I would never buy shoes from BHS or Next, as they are not comfortable and even M & S has been superseded by Hotter in the main!    

Wednesday 01 June 2016

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 31 yards]

Alaskan Poet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Ripon:

Daliance (Noel Williams/Tony Hamilton/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap [2 miles] (7 ran).

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Lingfield Park:

15:40 Dalavand (Jamie Osborne/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Selling Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 106 yards]

16:10 Invocation (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) – Maiden Auction Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 106 yards]

 

Ffos Las:

19:30 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

21:00 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 202 yards]

 

Menace is reported to be fine following yesterday’s race and he will be stepped up in trip again for his next outing.  For the record, yesterday’s 4th place prize money was £238.50.

 

I’m fed up with this fabulous June weather ... it was drizzling when I walked to work this morning ... drizzling when I walked to the bank at lunch-time ... and drizzling when I walked home this evening.  Boring!

 

 


 

 

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