JUNE 2017

 

 

Wednesday 28 June 2017

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

 

Salisbury:

Beringer (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) finished last in the Maiden Stakes [6 furlongs & 213 yards] (13 ran).

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Kieran Shoemark/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished last, Rosa Damescena (Alan King/Martin Harley) finished 4th and Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 44 yards] (11 ran).

 

Worcester:

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (8 ran).

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) finished 6th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Final Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

There’s just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Nottingham:

17:45 Pantomine (Lucy Egerton/Gabriele Malune/EPDS Racing) – Hands and Heels Apprentice Handicap

 

I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop for the past three evenings and have now finished diarising every race from Aintree, apart from the Grand National.  J

Tuesday 27 June 2017

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

 

Southwell:

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (6 ran); the runner-up was Solar Impulse, although he’s changed ownership and yard since he won at last year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) finished 4th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

And one at Chepstow:

Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) finished 2nd in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [7 furlongs & 16 yards] (10 ran).

 

There were no runners of interest today.

 

I’ve found a number runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Salisbury:

14:10 Beringer (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) – Maiden Stakes [6 furlongs & 213 yards]

16:10 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Kieran Shoemark/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) & Rosa Damescena (Alan King/Martin Harley) & Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 44 yards]

 

Worcester:

15:50 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

17:20 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) – Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Final Handicap Hurdle

Sunday 25 June 2017

There were a number of runners of interest at Market Rasen on Friday and this is how they fared:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran); he broke a blood vessel. 

Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Canford Chimes (Philip Kirby/Thomas Dowson/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 9th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) was withdrawn at the start when Wayne received a kick from one of the other horses and had to seek medical attention.  I wonder what the extent of the injury is and whether Wayne will be on the sidelines for long. 

 

ITV Racing’s Oli Bell was introduced to the Queen at Ascot:

https://twitter.com/itvracing/status/878288517645778944

 

Alan King’s Top Tug finished 4th in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday.

 

There was one runner of interest yesterday (Saturday) at Haydock Park:

Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards] (6 ran).

 

Mattie Batchelor has ridden his 300th winner but he’s not yet thinking of retirement:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/batchelor-vows-to-keep-going-after-notching-300th-victory/290605

 

Plans are afoot to redevelop the closed Folkestone racecourse for housing, and the neighbours aren’t happy:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/residents-vent-anger-over-plans-to-build-on-folkestone-site

 

Peace And Co made a winning debut over fences at Hexham today:

https://twitter.com/AtTheRaces/status/878969393090187265

 

I was wondering recently what had happened to Overturn, as he’s no longer racing, and Donald McCain has tweeted a photo:

https://mobile.twitter.com/donaldmccain/status/878920924380246016/photo/1

 

There were two runners of interest today (Sunday) at Worcester:

Crown Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

Miss Crick (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2miles 4 furlongs] (9 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

19:10 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

21:10 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

And one at Chepstow:

17:00 Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

I’m still obsessed with completing my diary race notes as soon as possible, so much so that I’ve been neglecting my blogs!  Anyway, that shouldn’t happen for much longer, as I’ve only four more races to diarise.  Although, admittedly, one of those is the Grand National!  After that it will be full steam ahead with my proof-reading and photographs too.

Thursday 22 June 2017

Oli Bell and his dad Rupert were over the moon when Michael Bell, uncle and brother respectively, trained the winner of today’s Ascot Gold Cup with the very popular Big Orange:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/royal-ascot-reports/big-orange-triumph-chimes-strongly-for-the-broadcasting-bells/290417

 

And the race report from the Racing Post:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/royal-ascot-reports/brave-big-orange-holds-off-george-in-thriller/290312

 

There’s one result from yesterday, at Hamilton Park:

Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Joe Doyle/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 9th in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 35 yards] (11 ran).

 

There are three results to report today, firstly from Ffos Las:

Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards[ (8 ran).

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 182 yards] (14 ran).

 

And from Chelmsford:

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/George Wood) finished 5th in the Handicap [2 miles] (6 ran).

 

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

13:40 City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:10 Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

17:10 Canford Chimes (Philip Kirby/Thomas Dowson/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) & Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Meanwhile Turn Over Sivola, which was formerly trained by Alan King, runs in the Galway Plate Trial at Down Royal tomorrow evening (20:30). 

 

In addition to Natalie Lowe deciding to leave Strictly Come Dancing, so have Oksana Platero and last year’s winning professional Joanne Clifton.  Here is news regarding their replacements:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/strictlycomedancing/entries/a8f6012a-b783-4fdb-ac7b-a995ef2cb4b7

 

I’m relieved the very hot temperatures have now disappeared … although I felt okay yesterday; I stayed in the office at lunch-time.  I’ve also seen far too many garden spiders, in the house, these past few days; they make a beeline for every open window it seems.  In fact I found a huge one on the landing floor on Tuesday night which put me off sleeping in my bedroom; despite the fact I put it out the window, minus a leg or two!  I slept downstairs, in an armchair, instead.  Although in this weather, that’s ‘sleeping’ in the loosest sense of the word!!!

Tuesday 20 June 2017

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

Passmore (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (4 ran); Wayne’s 12th winner of the season.

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (9 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 148 yards] (10 ran).

 

Meanwhile, at Royal Ascot, Godolphin won three of today’s races – Ribchester won the Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1), Barney Roy won the St James’ Palace (Group 1) and Sound And Silence triumphed in the Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed).  Their fortunes appear to have changed since John Ferguson resigned as their Chief Executive.  Today was the 40th anniversary of Sheik Mohammed’s first winner in Great Britain. 

 

Lady Aurelia won the King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) for American trainer Wesley Ward. 

 

The Coventry Stakes (Group 2) was won by Rajasinghe for trainer Richard Spencer; the trainer, who is based in Newmarket, started out with Peter Bowen, before moving to Barry Hills and then becoming pupil assistant with Charlie Hills.  Richard then moved from Lambourn to Newmarket to become the assistant to Michael Bell.  He gained his trainer’s licence in March 2016.

 

The remaining race was the long-distance handicap, the Ascot Stakes.  It was won by the favourite, Thomas Hobson, trained by Willie Mullins and owned by the Ricci’s.  You just can’t get away from them!!!  Alan King’s horses – Who Dares Wins, Rainbow Dreamer and Oceane finished 3rd, 4th and 10th respectively.

 

There’s just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Hamilton Park:

17:10 Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Joe Doyle/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 35 yards].

 

I know it wasn’t quite as warm today as yesterday, and I’ve felt okay.  I stayed in at lunch-time; it’s best not to venture out between 11:00 and 15:00 when it’s very hot.  I’m not looking forward to tomorrow, as it is forecast to be even warmer than yesterday. L

Monday 19 June 2017

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

 

Carlisle:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong] (8 ran).

 

Nottingham:

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

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Stratford-Upon-Avon:

14:20 Passmore (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

16:05 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards]

17:20 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 148 yards]

 

Just a quick nod to Royal Ascot which commences tomorrow – Alan King has three runners engaged in the Ascot Stakes (Handicap); the distance being 2 miles 3 furlongs & 210 yards.  They are Oceane, Who Dares Wins and Rainbow Dreamer.  There are a number of National Hunt trainers with entries in this one, namely David Pipe, Willie Mullins, Paul Nicholls, Tim Vaughan, Nicky Henderson, plus dual purpose trainer Ian Williams. 

 

The excessive summer heat is making me feel unwell; it must be old age, as I never had any problems before last year.  I’ve obviously now got a faulty body thermostat!  L

Sunday 18 June 2017

Here is today’s result for my runner of interest at Salisbury:

Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 5 yards] (8 ran).

 

Authorized Too, which is also trained by Noel, had an outing on the flat yesterday, at Sandown Park – he finished last of 7 but was not disgraced.

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Carlisle:

15:30 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong]

 

Nottingham:

20:30 Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs]

 

There’s further controversy surrounding Labaik, winner of the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/festival-hero-labaik-at-centre-of-high-court-order-for-crime-assets/289624

 

I’ve finished drafting the race notes for day one of the Aintree Festival.  It did, however, take a little longer than expected due to the ongoing ‘robin’ watch and a surprise visit from my cousin Anne.

 

Having seen the robins whizzing in and out of the shed window for the past couple of weeks, yesterday I discovered where their nest is.  It’s located behind a triangular-shaped board above the door; I noticed a few leaves poking out and then saw one of the robins hop onto the edge of the board. 

 

Later, a fledgling was spotted on the floor of the shed; it doesn’t appear able to fly properly yet, but was preening itself.  The only escape would have been through the garage door during the day, because it was unable to flutter up to the window.   I shut the door last night to provide protection.

 

Today the parents were busy once more, flying in and out of said window; they were also fluttering around and landing upon my car beneath the carport.  The fledgling has been calling out for much of the time and, this evening, I noticed it sitting on a brick which is lying on the ground close to the rear of my car; I had intended to check the vehicle for bird poo!  It must have hopped or fluttered quite a distance to get to this spot.  It’s worrying though, with night approaching; I hope there are no rats about at the moment.  But at least no cats or magpies can attack it.    

 

Peas in a pod:  

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/875794306669436928/photo/1

 

The news is that Irish Cavalier fractured a hind-leg at Newton Abbot on Friday.  He’s undergone surgery and three screws have been inserted into the bone.  Connections are hopeful that he will be okay.   

Friday 16 June 2017

Here are a number of results from Wednesday:

 

Fontwell Park:

Dynamo (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 139 yards] (12 ran).

Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 33 yards] (8 ran).

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 31 yards] (9 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Brass Monkey (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs 207 yards] (10 ran).

Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson not Lizzie Kelly) finished 4th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Nottingham:

Pantomine (Lucy Egerton/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) was a non-runner in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs].

 

There is one result today, from Newton Abbot:

Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards] (6 ran).  The race was worth over £14,000 to the winner and he had five rivals, three of which were greys like him!  The greys finished first, second and third.  Unfortunately the other grey, Irish Cavalier, was pulled up and dismounted; he was loaded into the horse ambulance and further news is still awaited.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow, but there is one on Sunday, at Salisbury:

14:15 Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 5 yards]

 

I’ve no special plans for the weekend ... so I guess I will commence drafting my Aintree race notes!

Belinda Keighley will be appearing on ITV’s Opening Show tomorrow morning; she’s taking part in a charity race at York later in the day.  Belinda is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support and she has raised an amazing £25,000+ so far!  Very well done, and for a great cause too. 

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Just one result to report today, from Worcester:

Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Cobden) finished last in the Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Conditionals & Amateurs) (9 ran).  The race was won by Drumlynn which is owned by Luke Harvey; he’d already expressed his delight on social media that he’d actually got a horse in training with Nicky Henderson!

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

13:50 Dynamo (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 139 yards]

14:55 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 33 yards]

16:40 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 31 yards]

 

Uttoxeter:

20:30 Brass Monkey (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs 207 yards]

21:00 Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Lizzie Kelly) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Nottingham:

14:45 Pantomine (Lucy Egerton/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs]; however, she won’t run if the ground is too firm.

 

EPDS Racing’s Our Reward is now on the injury sidelines, having been diagnosed with a slight tear in a suspensory ligament.

 

Earlier in the week I received a notification from Cheltenham to say they will be increasing the price of their 2018 Festival tickets after 05 July; that’s far earlier in the year than I can ever recall the incremental increases commencing.  I usually book in September or October but will have to rethink.  

 

And today I was sent an email by Newbury regarding a special ‘early bird’ price for their Ladbrokes Winter Carnival which takes place on 01 and 02 December this year; the deadline to take advantage of this is 30 June. 

 

Oh well, if I buy them now, I won’t need to buy them later!  I expect that the Aintree Festival tickets will go on sale at the end of July/beginning of August too.  The next few weeks may prove expensive. L 

Tuesday 13 June 2017

I hate it when I have very sad news to report ...

 

 

u Paloma's Prince.jpg

 

RIP Paloma’s Prince

 

 

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

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (8 ran).

Paloma’s Prince (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (14 ran); he ‘went wrong’ on the flat.  I didn’t watch the race, but also understand a number of hurdles were omitted due to low sun. 

 

I hate Southwell.  Horses are injured there on a regular basis; more so than elsewhere it seems.  Choc too of course, shortly before the 2013 Cheltenham Festival. 

 

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

15:20 Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Cobden) – Standard National Hunt Flat Race (Conditionals & Amateurs).

 

The next two stable visit dates have been announced – Graeme McPherson on 01 July and Robin Dickin on 08 July.

Monday 12 June 2017

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

18:30 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

21:00 Paloma’s Prince (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

 

There’s further ‘robin’ news ... the pair which nested in the garage a few weeks ago, have now set up home in the connecting shed to raise a second brood.  Every day they can be spotted in my garden, busily collecting insects for their new babies.  It takes 12 to 14 days for the youngsters to fledge, but hopefully they will be okay despite the high temperatures forecast for later this week; the shed can become very warm on hot summer days because it’s more like a greenhouse. 

 

Not only has Choc shaved off his beard, he’s also shaved off his hair; well almost.  Gone is the short at the sides, long on top, fashionable style of recent times.  I’m glad, because I don’t like that style at all.  Hopefully he’ll grow it a bit, to a sensible length all over. 

Sunday 11 June 2017

It’s time for a brief update, as I’ve not written a blog entry since Thursday ...

 

There’s one result from Friday to report, at Goodwood:

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs] (10 ran).

There is one result from yesterday to report, at Stratford:

Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (6 ran); Team Keighley’s 4th winner of the season.

 

And I missed this one ... Wayne Hutchinson has ridden 11 winners this season, having won aboard Court Dismissed, trained by Donald McCain, at Fakenham last Sunday.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Stepping up in distance, L’Ami Serge won the French Champion Hurdle today, run at Auteuil. 

 

Having looked like a wild woodsman for some time, Choc has shaved off his beard. J 

 

I’ve spent much of today proof-reading, having spent yesterday visiting my friend Denise who lives in Berkshire.

Thursday 08 June 2017

Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest at Uttoxeter:

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ NH Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

Minella Whisper (Richard Phillips/Ian Popham/Mrs Prowting) finished last in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (8 ran).

Baraymi (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 105 yards] (5 ran).

Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) refused to race in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

There’s a result from Carlisle today:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Tom Eves/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Maiden Stakes [1 mile and 1 furlong] (5 ran).

 

Meanwhile at Bangor-on-Dee, Twentyoneblackjack was a non-runner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

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

19:40 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs]

It’s going to be a long old night ... as I’m addicted to watching election results, etc!  Elections, Scottish Independence, Brexit, you name it!

Tuesday 06 June 2017

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 31 yards]

 

Southwell:

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran); Martin’s 3rd winner of the season

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Lizzie Kelly) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) finished 2nd in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 16 yards] (11 ran).

Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Fillies’ Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (9 ran); the ground was totally unsuitable.

Royal Sunday (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) finished 6th in the Maiden Stakes Div I (9 ran).

Lexington Law (Alan King/Tom Marquand) finished 3rd in the Maiden Stakes Div II (8 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest at Uttoxeter:

14:00 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/James Nixon) – Conditional Jockeys’ NH Maiden Hurdle

14:30 Minella Whisper (Richard Phillips/Ian Popham/Mrs Prowting) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:30 Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

16:00 Baraymi (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 105 yards]

17:00 Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

Monday 05 June 2017

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

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards] (12 ran)

Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase due to unsuitable ground

Passmore (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) won the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle; Noel’s 2nd winner of the season. 

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Meanwhile, on the flat at Windsor:

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) finished 6th in the Handicap (1 mile 3 furlongs & 99 yards] (8 ran).

Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile & 31 yards] (13 ran).

 

I was thinking that I probably didn’t need to do a blog this evening … but then I found a variety of runners of interest at a number of venues tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

18:50 Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

19:20 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 31 yards]

 

Southwell:

20:05 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

20:35 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

21:05 Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Lizzie Kelly) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

And on the flat at Chepstow … I found more horses than I bargained for when searching for details of Cecilator!

15:00 Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Richard Oliver) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 16 yards]

16:00 Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) – Fillies’ Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]

16:30 Royal Sunday (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) – Maiden Stakes Div I

17:00 Lexington Law (Alan King/Tom Marquand) – Maiden Stakes Div II

 

The Racing Post has been delving more deeply into the background story of this year’s Derby winner, Wings Of Eagles:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-world/wings-of-eagles-adds-another-chapter-to-the-foriens-fairytale/288269

 

And I’ve now completed the race notes for every day of the Cheltenham Festival.  I’m going to give myself a break from these until Saturday/Sunday 17th/18th June, at which point I hope to commence them for Aintree.   But that doesn’t mean I won’t be working on other updates for my website in the interim. J

Sunday 04 June 2017

There were five runners of interest yesterday and this is how they fared:

 

Hexham:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Worcester:

Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

Miss Crick (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 3rd and Breaking Bits (Jamie Snowden/Adrian Heskin) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

 

Lingfield Park:

19:50 Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Shane Kelly/Appletree Stud) finished last in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (7 ran).

 

There was one runner of interest today, at Fakenham:

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing) finished as the runner-up in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (2 ran).  He did, however, win £2,480 … although the first prize of £8,447 would have been much better!  And I presume the winner would have taken home the 3rd and 4th prizes too, as the other two declared runners didn’t turn up. 

 

This is an interesting article regarding the sire of yesterday’s Derby winner.  Alan King’s Coeur De Lion is a Pour Moi and, of course Scorpion, sire of Might Bite, is a son of Montjeu also.

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-world/pour-moi-makes-astounding-start-to-his-new-life-as-a-jumps-sire/288170

 

I wonder what Noel Williams decided as regards to which stallion should sire Theatre Goer’s first foal. 

 

Annie Power is currently in foal to Camelot, whose sire is also Montjeu.  It seems the Saddler’s Wells great grandsire/Montjeu grandsire bloodline is a far most interesting one than the Saddler’s Wells/Galileo one, due to the quirkiness of the product!

 

It was reported towards the end of last week that Well Chief had lost his life following a bout of colic; he was 18-year-old and lived at Tim Murphy’s establishment.  The very popular chestnut won the 2004 Arkle Trophy. RIP

https://mobile.twitter.com/TheJockeyClub/status/870199395840659456/photo/1

 

Following last night’s terror attack in London, Choc expressed his concern for the safety of everyone’s children, including his own; this is his 3-month old son Wolfie:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/871126725748457475/photo/1

 

Here is Triolo D’Alene enjoying time out in the spring sunshine whilst recovering from his career-ending injury:

https://mobile.twitter.com/wickhamwicks/status/870921261404311552/photo/1

 

And this is a photo of Rockchasebullett on the gallops at Fergal O’Brien’s yard; he’s the EPDS Twitterati Racing Club’s second leased racehorse:

https://mobile.twitter.com/FOBRacing/status/871274180691599360/photo/1

 

There are a number of runners of interest at Newton Abbot tomorrow although, with heavy rain promised for much of the UK, I wonder how many will run.

14:10 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards]

14:40 Royal Plaza (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:10 Passmore (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

17:15 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Meanwhile, on the flat at Windsor:

19:10 Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) – Handicap (1 mile 3 furlongs & 99 yards]

20:40 Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile & 31 yards]

 

I’ve cleaned my car and have also been slaving over a hot laptop this weekend.

 

I will liken my Cheltenham race notes to a 3 mile 4 furlong race, with each furlong represented by one race.  This being the case, I’m just two furlongs from the winning post.  J  Although there are still 21 races from Aintree to be completed. L

Friday 02 June 2017

It’s been very quiet with regard to National Hunt horses of interest for the past few days, hence no blogs … so this is now my first blog of June. 

 

Mind you, I have been side-tracked by my diaries this week and haven’t been getting to bed before midnight regardless!  Admittedly my proof reading and uploading has stalled currently, but that’s because I’m ploughing on with my race notes.

 

And I’ve finished another snood this week – a purple one. 

 

I do have one diversion at the moment though, and that is watching Djokovic play at the French Open – whether it be live or recorded highlights – solely to catch glimpses of Andre Agassi ... I really don’t like the Serb. 

 

There are three results to report, from the flat however:

 

Wednesday – Kempton Park:

Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in a Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (9 ran).

 

Wednesday – Beverley:

Single Estate (S Waugh/Joe Doyle/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in a Handicap for 3-year-olds [1 mile 4 furlongs & 23 yards] (8 ran).

 

Thursday – Lingfield Park:

Dalavand (Laura Mongan/Ollie Jago/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished last in a Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 133 yards] (9 ran).

 

Today was Epsom Oaks Day and the race was won, in a record time, by Enable.  She’s owned by Khalid Abdullah, is trained by John Gosden and was ridden by Frankie Dettori.  It was John’s 2nd success in the race and Frankie’s 4th.  The filly is a daughter of Nathaniel. 

 

There were storms in the area and thunder and lightning frightened the American runner, Daddys Lil Darling, and she bolted to the start.  Approaching the stalls, Olivier Peslier decided to bail out but escaped uninjured; his mount was withdrawn at the start.  That was really disappointing, as I was looking forward to seeing how she fared in the big race having seen RUK’s Lydia Hislop interview the trainer last week. 

 

And it wasn’t plain sailing, or should I say ‘plane flying’, for Aidan’s O’Brien’s runners either.  They were delayed in transit, and didn’t arrive on course until just before 14:00.  There had been a problem when fuelling the plane and then they were diverted to Farnborough and, as a result, travelled via the M25 … not a joke on a Friday afternoon!

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/epsom-friday-reports/enable-comes-out-on-top-in-thrilling-battle-with-rhododendron/287916

 

Meanwhile, Highland Reel was able to overcome all obstacles and won the Coronation Cup.

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/epsom-friday-reports/highland-reel-puts-rivals-to-the-sword-from-the-front/287917

 

Tattersalls Ireland held a sale at Cheltenham yesterday and, amongst others, Martin Keighley, Alan King and Jamie Snowden made purchases.

 

Martin bought Oscar World for £20,000; as the name suggests she’s by Oscar.

Alan purchased a filly named Tillythetank for £30,000; she’s a Stowaway – Alan likes that sire.

And Jamie Snowden bought a gelding by Kalanisi named Grange Ranger, for £48,000.

 

Meanwhile Willie Mullins splashed the cash and bought Carefully Selected for £100,000 and Ifyoucatchmenow also for £100,000.

 

Here is the run-down of the sale results:

http://www.tattersalls.ie/ascot-cheltenham/sales/cheltenham-may-sale/4DCGI/Sale/CMY%2017/Main

 

There are five runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Hexham:

14:05 City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Worcester:

15:30 Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

16:05 Miss Crick (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Breaking Bits (Jamie Snowden/Adrian Heskin) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Lingfield Park:

19:50 Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Shane Kelly/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes

 

I’ve nothing planned for this weekend … so I guess I’ll be diary writing, whilst taking time out to watch the Derby, the tennis and to wash my car!

 

 


 

 

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