JUNE 2018

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

27 June 2018 – Photographs taken at Royal Ascot on Gold Cup Day (21 June 2018)

17 June 2018 – Chandler Manor Farm Stud visit  diary (02 June 2018)

17 June 2018 – Photographs  taken at Aintree on Ladies Day (13 April 2018)

10 June 2018 – Photographs taken at Aintree on Grand National Thursday (12 April 2018)

04 June 2018 Photographs taken during a visit to Chandler Manor Farm Stud (02 June 2018)

03 June 2018 – Photographs taken at Cheltenham on Day 3 of the Festival (15 March 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 27 June 2018

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

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran); for the record, Winner Massagot finished 6th ... which was last position, as there was a faller!

Another Drama (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th in the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

 

There is no National Hunt racing tomorrow.

Tuesday 26 June 2018

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

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won and Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Jamie’s 5th winner of the season.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Worcester:

14:50 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Chase; the Masterson Holdings-owned Winner Massagot is also engaged in this race – formerly trained by Alan King, he’s now trained by Dan Skelton.

16:50 Another Drama (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

17:20 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

Monday 25 June 2018

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

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (6 ran); Martin’s 6th winner of the season.

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd and Matravers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won and Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) was pulled up in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran); Martin’s 7th winner of the season.

 

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

19:00 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

A nasty incident occurred at Ascot on Thursday, when horses pulling a private hire carriage which was transporting race-goers away from the course, were spooked and subsequently crashed through a shop window.  Fortunately no-one was hurt and, contrary to reports, the horses were okay although one was battered and bruised and needed stitches too:

http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/praise-authorities-brave-carriage-horse-ascot-accident-657236

Sunday 24 June 2018

There are five runners of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

15:15 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

15:45 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Matravers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Hurdle

17:45 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve finished reading ‘Front Runner’ by Felix Francis; it was a good one.  I still have the 2016 ‘Triple Crown’ to read and have, today, ordered the next one published in 2017, entitled ‘Pulse’.  This year’s offering is entitled ‘Crisis’ and is due to be published this October; I always wait until the paperback becomes available, so I won’t be able to buy that for a while. 

 

I’ve also completed the draft of my Ascot diary and selected the accompanying photos too.  So I just need to proof- read the former and format the latter ... then move on to my outstanding 2018 Cheltenham and Aintree diaries!

Saturday 23 June 2018

 

 

Frankie Ascot Gold Cup 2018.jpg

 

The Ascot Gold Cup

Frankie Dettori launches himself from the saddle following his victory

aboard the John Gosden-trained Stradivarius

 

 

I enjoyed my day out at Royal Ascot; I saw all of the runners and winners, as I spent the entire afternoon beside the Parade Ring!  I didn’t see them race, apart from on the big screen, because I didn’t venture down to the rails. 

 

I also saw the Queen arrive in her landau, although it wasn’t a great view due to overcrowding around the perimeter of the paddock.  The Duke of York, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were also in attendance.

 

However, as I was standing overlooking the Winners’ Enclosure following the Gold Cup, I also saw The Queen present the mementos to the winning connections of Stradivarius. 

 

But, having now been to Royal Ascot, it’s somewhat taken away the mystique!  It made me realise how much I love the Cheltenham and Aintree Festivals and, of course, the wonderful National Hunt horses who race year after year. 

 

I’m a National Hunt girl through and through and nothing will change that ... although maybe I could be persuaded to attend another flat racing fixture if I knew Choc would be in attendance representing Apple Tree Stud!

 

Here is a round-up of recent results:

 

Thursday’s results for my runners of interest, at Ffos Las:

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards] (7 ran).

Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (9 ran).

 

And here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd, Tankerton Boy (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up and Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Conor O’Farrell/formerly an EPDS Racing syndicate horse) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards] (9 ran).

 

Royal Ascot:

Top Tug (Alan King/Martin Harley) finished 5th in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Handicap) [1 mile 3 furlongs & 211 yards] (17 ran).

 

There were no specific runners of interest today ... and there are none tomorrow either!

 

It’s back to the drawing board with Cracksman, who disappointed in the Prince of Wales’ Stakes on Wednesday: 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/June/22/john-gosden-keen-to-%E2%80%98refocus%E2%80%99-cracksman%E2%80%99s-mind-after-royal-ascot-reverse

 

Stradivarius finished lame when winning the Gold Cup, but is now much better:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/June/22/stradivarius-%E2%80%98much-better%E2%80%99-having-been-lame-following-gold-cup

 

This must be the most heart-warming story of the week, with regards to any winner at Royal Ascot:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/June/23/arthur-kitt-proves-an-emotional-winner-of-chesham-stakes

 

Here is Arthur Kitt as a foal, with his foster mum:

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacehorseOwners/status/1010518845029863424/photo/1

 

I hope Harry Angel will be okay following an incident at the start of today’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes.  He sustained a nasty puncture wound and finished lame, having got his near-hind stuck on the platform inside the stall at the off.

 

Second-season trainer Archie Watson, who trains Tzar Nicholas for Apple Tree Stud, claimed his first Royal Ascot winner when Soldier’s Call won the Windsor Castle Stakes this afternoon.

There was a further nightmare on Thameslink trains, and specifically at St Albans station, on Thursday morning:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44560769

 

I’ve started writing my Ascot diary ... but progress seems a little slow!

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Just a very brief blog this evening, as I’m preparing for tomorrow’s trip to Royal Ascot!

 

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

Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (4 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Ffos Las:

19:15 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards]

20:15 Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

Tuesday 19 June 2018

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

 

Stratford:

Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 9th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div I (10 ran).

Tillythetank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (12 ran).

 

Royal Ascot:

Couer De Lion (Alan King/Martin Harley) finished 6th and Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 11th in the Ascot Stakes (Handicap) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 210 yards] (19 ran). As mentioned yesterday, Willie Mullins had four runners declared – they finished 1st (Lagostovegas), 3rd, 4th and 5th!  The sequence was broken solely by the Karen McLintock-trained runner up Dubawi Fifty!

Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Tom Marquand) finished 15th in the Wolferton Stakes (Listed) [1 mile 1 furlong & 212 yards] (16 ran).

 

Congratulations to Eve Johnson-Houghton whose 33-1 shot Accidental Agent won the Queen Anne Stakes; her first Royal Ascot winner and Group 1 winner too.  Eve’s father, Fulke, trained 10 Royal Ascot winners, and he also trained Ile De Bourbon to win the 1978 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  Her mother bred and owns Accidental Agent, who is named in honour of her grandfather John Goldsmith; he was a World War II special operations’ executive who wrote a book titled Accidental Agent about his escape from the Gestapo!

 

Eve is based in Blewbury, where Noel Williams used to rent her lower yard and share the gallops too. 

 

Also, notably, Frankie Dettori rode a treble – Calyx in the Coventry Stakes, Without Parole in the St James’ Palace Stakes and Monarchs Glen in the Wolferton Stakes.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

14:20 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

16:05 Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Apple Tree Stud are seeking staff ... I wish:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/1009079246915035136/photo/1

 

And ‘mini me’ jockeys:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/1008329406794870784/photo/1

Monday 18 June 2018

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Stratford:

13:50 Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div I

14:20 Tillythetank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div II

15:30 Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards]

 

Royal Ascot starts tomorrow, and there are three runners of interest:

17:00 Couer De Lion (Alan King/Martin Harley) & Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Ascot Stakes (Handicap) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 210 yards]. Willie Mullins has four runners declared; Henry de Bromhead has a runner, also David Pipe!

17:35 Scarlet Dragon (Alan King/Tom Marquand) – Wolferton Stakes (Listed) [1 mile 1 furlong & 212 yards]

Sunday 17 June 2018

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

 

Sandown Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Callum Shepherd/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Hexham:

Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Single Estate (S Waugh/Callum Bewley/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (8 ran); Alan’s 13th winner of the season and Wayne’s 8th winner of the season.

Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 63 yards] (5 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 41 yards] (16 ran).

Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 48 yards] (13 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 3rd and Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Bryony Frost) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards] (12 ran).

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards] (9 ran).

Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/Lucy K Barry) finished 6th and Charlie Cook (Richard Johnson/Graeme McPherson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (8 ran).

 

Passing Call, who ran at Newton Abbot on Friday, appears destined to be the bridesmaid never the bride!  The daughter of Call Me A Legend encountered unbelievably bad luck in running when finishing 2nd, yet again:

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1007650481714483201

 

The question is who was the twit who waved their arms and made the situation worse? 

 

Yesterday I went with my friends Lesley and Fay to visit another friend, Angy, who lives in Eastbourne.  We took a brief walk along the seafront too; I’d not seen the sea for a couple of years!

 

I’ve now finished uploading all of my photographs, and my Stud visit diary, so that leaves just my racing diaries to complete ... although there are seven of them!

 

I’ve been very grumpy today, as my acid reflux has returned with a vengeance.  I stopped taking my medication in early January and have been fine since then; unfortunately my symptoms (constant throat irritation, throat clearing and coughing too) have always been adversely affected by cold viruses, and this is a side-effect of the one I caught at Whitsun.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Friday 15 June 2018

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

 

Newton Abbot:

Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Cecilator (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 10th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran)

Gin And Tonic (M Wigham/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 75 yards] (9 ran).

 

Aintree:

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Cracker Factory (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won and Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran); Alan’s 12th winner of the season.

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 210 yards] (8 ran).

Melody Of Scotland (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 103 yards] (8 ran).

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/James Bowen) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 176 yards] (7 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sandown Park:

17:35 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Callum Shepherd/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs]

 

Hexham:

14:45 Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Single Estate (S Waugh/Callum Bewley/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:20 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:30 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 63 yards]

17:05 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 41 yards]

17:40 Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 48 yards]

 

Fontwell Park:

19:55 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) & Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards]

20:25 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards]

20:55 Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/Lucy K Barry) & Charlie Cook (Richard Johnson/Graeme McPherson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards]

Thursday 14 June 2018

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

 

Nottingham:

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap [1 miles 6 furlongs] (13 ran); the horse is proving very versatile, having won over fences at Cartmel last month!  Stynes ran in different silks today, the EPDS ones having been mislaid somewhere between the horsebox and the weighing room!

 

Haydock Park:

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley) finished 3rd in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 212 yards] (8 ran)

 

Uttoxeter:

Mayllan (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newton Abbot:

16:30 Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Cecilator (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

17:00 Gin And Tonic (M Wigham/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 75 yards]

 

Aintree:

17:45 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

18:15 Cracker Factory (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) & Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Juvenile Hurdle

18:50 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 210 yards]

19:20 Melody Of Scotland (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 103 yards]

19:55 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/James Bowen) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 176 yards]

Wednesday 13 June 2018

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Nottingham:

15:15 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Liam Keniry/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 miles 6 furlongs]

 

Haydock Park:

19:55 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 212 yards]

 

Uttoxeter:

21:15 Mayllan (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Apple Tree Stud’s Ruler Of The World 2-year-old has been named Tzar Nicholas; he ran at Leicester on 29 May and finished 6th of 10 runners.  I’ve now added him to my ATR tracker so as to be notified when he runs next.

 

After a reconnaissance trip around the shops yesterday lunchtime, followed by quite a bit of internet research, I had a successful shopping trip today when I purchased a silver fascinator/hat and a silver handbag ... and all for less than £67.00! 

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Today I received a surprise invitation ... to Royal Ascot next Thursday, courtesy of my employer!  I presume someone must have dropped out, so one of the directors phoned to ask if I’d like to join the group consisting of a number of Head Office and branch staff.  I have to say that not in my wildest imagination did I expect my 200th racecourse visit to be attendance of Ascot Gold Cup day, aka Ladies Day! 

 

Sorting out an outfit has rather sidetracked me since I got home this evening; I only own one dress so, at present, will be wearing a top, skirt and jacket instead.  Shoes won’t be an issue, as I have a variety of Hotter pairs.  I may need to buy a handbag, as all of my best bags are now Kipling ones.  And, of course, a hat!

 

Anyway, here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Southwell:

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd and Undisputed (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 16 yards] (16 ran).

The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Brush Hurdle Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (4 ran); Alan’s 11th winner of the season and Wayne’s 7th winner of the season.

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Brush Hurdle Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (7 ran).

 

Thirsk:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards] (14ran).

 

There are no National Hunt fixtures in the UK tomorrow, and no ATR tracker notifications for the flat either.

 

Wayne Hutchinson is searching for a new sponsor, to begin in August.

Monday 11 June 2018

There were in fact three runners of interest today and here are the results:

 

Worcester:

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs] (11 ran).

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs] (13 ran); Martin’s 5th winner of the season.

 

Pontefract:

Tyrell (Lawrence Mullaney/Danny Tudhope/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap (Round 3 of Pontefract Stayers’ Championship 2018) [2 miles 1 furlongs & 27 yards] (8 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Southwell:

19:10 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) & Undisputed (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 16 yards]

19:40 The Devils Drop (Wayne Hutchinson/Alan King) – Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Brush Hurdle Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]

20:40 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle (Novices’ Brush Hurdle Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

 

Thirsk:

15:45 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards]

 

Colin Tizzard has announced details of his annual Open Day.  It will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 27 August, 11:00 to 16:00.  There will be a parade of his stable stars at 12:30 and 14:30.  It costs £5 per adult; children under 12 years go free.  Monies raised go to local charities.  The address is Milborne Port, near Sherborne in Dorset, DT9 5HE.

Sunday 10 June 2018

Here are yesterday’s runners of interest, at Stratford-Upon-Avon:

Jamacho (Charlie Longsdon/Brian Hughes/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 2nd and Matravers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Colonel Miller (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

14:45 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs]

17:15 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs]

 

As hoped, I found time to do some gardening yesterday.  Whilst I was planting out the fuchsias in a stone trough, two young robins were hopping around quite close to me; one of the parents came to feed them too.  I think they must be the offspring of the local pair which appeared to raise their first brood in garden shed; this is their second brood, but they have nested elsewhere this time although still close by.

 

I’ve also selected and uploaded my collection of photographs taken on Day 1 of this year’s Aintree Festival.  That leaves just Day 2’s photographs, Ladies Day, still to do!  Although, of course, I still have eight diaries (7 race-days and 1 stud visit) to complete ...

Friday 08 June 2018

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Stratford-Upon-Avon:

20:05 Jamacho (Charlie Longsdon/Brian Hughes/raised by Apple Tree Stud) & Matravers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle

21:05 Colonel Miller (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Having recently been sold, Jamacho has returned to live in the Cotswolds once more.

 

Three of Jamie Snowden’s recent runners enjoy time in the stream at Lambourn:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/1004661112330125312/photo/1

 

Having won her second amateur title, Page Fuller has now turned professional.

 

There are no National Hunt fixtures on Sunday.

 

I had plans for tomorrow, but these have now had to be postponed ... so I’m a free agent this weekend.  I guess website updates and a little gardening are now on the agenda instead.

Wednesday 06 June 2018

 

Denman RIP on 6 Jun 2018.jpg

 

RIP Denman

 

 

It was announced today that Denman has been put to sleep, his health having deteriorated in recent days:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/death-of-denman/cheltenham-gold-cup-winner-and-jumps-legend-denman-dies-aged-18/334225

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/death-of-denman/odd-couple-remember-chasing-superstar-who-brought-them-joy-and-friendship/334284

 

I didn’t see Denman win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, apart from on TV, but I was at Newbury to see his second triumph in the Hennessy Gold Cup, so that is the Denman ‘experience’ which is foremost in my memory.

 

It’s a shame but, being a big horse, his style of racing would have taken a toll on his body over the years. 

 

So now there are just two of Paul Nicholls’ ‘Musketeers’ remaining – Master Minded and Big Buck’s.

 

Andrew Thornton was able to celebrate his retirement with a winner at Uttoxeter:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/andrew-thornton-celebrates-emotional-victory-on-final-day-as-a-rider/334302

 

Willie Mullins has also announced that Djakadam has been retired; he will return to live with his breeder in France. 

 

Uttoxeter:

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Hamilton:

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley/formerly trained by Graeme McPherson) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 35 yards] (8 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Pat Cosgrave/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Handicap (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs 218 yards] (11 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Paul Hanagan/formerly an EPDS Syndicate horse) won the Handicap [2 miles] (13 ran).

 

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow, and there’s been no notification from ATR of any ‘interesting’ flat runners either!

 

What a nightmare, a journey back from Luton to St Albans should take a maximum of 50 minutes, door to door, by train and on foot; this evening it took one hour and forty minutes thanks to the disintegrating service on Thameslink trains.  The excuse was a broken down train at Harpenden; I arrived at Luton station before 17:10 and had to wait until 17:53 for the first southbound train.  I thought I’d then try to make up time by catching a bus from St Albans station to reach home ... one didn’t arrive for 20 minutes, so I could have walked home quicker if I’d known!  I think Thameslink should be rechristened ‘Thamestink!  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Tuesday 05 June 2018

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) won the Novices’ Hurdle (2 ran); the other runner, Sonic, fell two out.  Alan King’s 10th winner of the season.

Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

 

Fontwell Park:

Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (5 ran); Diakali won the race by 29 lengths!

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); ‘birthday boyJamie’s 4th winner of the season

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards] (12 ran).

 

Southwell:

Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (Summer Brush Hurdles Series Qualifier) (8 ran).

Leapt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won the Novices’ Hurdle (Summer Brush Hurdles Series Qualifier) (9 ran); the race was affected by low sun, with all of the fences in the back straight omitted.  Graeme’s 5th winner of the season.

Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

Skin Deep (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).  Her half-sister Sunrise Ruby won the race!

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

16:10 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

The second race on the card is the ‘Andrew Thornton Congratulations on your retirement’ Handicap Hurdle Div II; the first Division is the ‘Tommo’ Handicap Hurdle! 

 

Andrew has four riding engagements tomorrow – Edward Elgar in his ‘own’ race, also Amirr, Westerberry and Manhattan Spring.  

 

Hamilton:

16:00 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley/formerly trained by Graeme McPherson) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 35 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

20:30 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Pat Cosgrave/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs 218 yards]

 

Wetherby:

20:40 Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Paul Hanagan/formerly an EPDS Syndicate horse) – Handicap [2 miles]

 

I’ve finally been offered a physiotherapy appointment, for early next month.  My pelvis continues to ‘flare up’ on a regular basis ... although that’s probably because I can’t resist walking far too far and too fast!

Monday 04 June 2018

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

Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th and Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) finished 5th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (16 ran).

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards] (12 ran).

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

14:00 Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) – Novices’ Hurdle ... there are only two runners declared!

15:00 Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Fontwell Park:

14:15 Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

14:45 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Novices’ Chase

15:15 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:15 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards]

 

Southwell:

19:05 Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) – NH Maiden Hurdle (Summer Brush Hurdles Series Qualifier)

19:35 Leapt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Hurdle (Summer Brush Hurdles Series Qualifier)

20:05 Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

21:05 Skin Deep (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Skin Deep (owned by JP McManus) and the Nicky Henderson-trained Sunrise Ruby, who also runs in this race, are half-sisters and they also come from the same family as Yanworth!

 

Today Andrew Thornton announced that he will retire following this Wednesday’s fixture at Uttoxeter:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/June/04/andrew-thornton-to-retire-at-uttoxeter-on-wednesday

 

Andrew appeared on ATR’s Sunday Forum yesterday and the other members of the panel were pulling his leg as to when he would be retiring; the subject was brought up following Frankie Dettori’s recent announcement that he hopes to continue for a further five years despite rumours to the contrary!

 

There’s news that Harry Cobden will be out of action until around 01 September, having suffered a fracture to his C2 vertebra as a result of being unseated at Market Rasen on Friday.  I’ve been told that Harry is currently dating Bryony Frost.

 

Worcester has been slatted by Alan King and Warren Greatrex to name but two, because of their lack of facilities for owners and trainers.  It was Ladies Day at the track on Saturday, with 10,000 racegoers; it has been reported that the facilities for owners and trainers were seriously compromised as a result.

 

Noel Williams’ mare Theatre Goer, who he adores, has given birth to a filly foal by Scorpion; her pet name is ‘Sophie’.  Because of bloodlines, breeders are always very pleased when the foal is a girl!  He’ll keep her, whereas he’d have sold a colt/gelding. 

 

There’s another sale tomorrow, this time at Ascot.  Desiremoi d’Authie is to be sold by Sullivan Bloodstock; he’s from Alan King’s yard.  

 

Drat, I’ve missed the deadline for purchasing Newbury Ladbrokes Trophy Day tickets at a 33% price reduction. L  I made a note in one of my diaries a while ago, but then forgot.  The first price increase on 2019 Cheltenham Festival tickets takes place early next month, so I’ll have to make a point of buying those before the 05 July deadline.

 

Having finished uploading the photographs I took on Saturday during the Stud visit, I’m now in the middle of drafting the associated diary ...

Sunday 03 June 2018

Just one runner of interest today, at Fakenham:

Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) won Handicap Hurdle (for Lady Amateur Riders) (7 ran); Jamie’s 3rd winner of the season.  Evidently Jamie thought that victory was so unlikely, he said he’d be going to the gallops tomorrow wearing solely a pair of boots, as would work rider Rodney Farrant, if his charge won! 

 

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

14:20 Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

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

I was side-tracked earlier today by a list of gardening chores.  Annual begonias have been planted out, seven hyacinth bulbs have been transplanted from their indoor pots to an outdoor tub having finished flowering, and I’ve moved a number of pansies from a trough in the front garden to a trough in the back garden in order to make room for three fuchsias.  I’ve not planted the fuchsias yet, as there appears to be another infestation of woodlice in their designated trough; I’ll look later in the week to reassess the situation.  

Saturday 02 June 2018

This weekend, ‘Working on my website’ includes writing up this morning’s visit to Chandler Manor Farm Stud near Wantage.  EPDS Racing arranged a visit to see Shilpa and her colt foal ‘Christus’, and Money Maid and her filly foal ‘Cookie’.

 

We stayed at the foaling unit for over two hours and I took more than 450 photographs!  Here are just eight of them to whet your appetite!

Christus 1.jpg

Christus

Shilpa 1.jpg

Shilpa

Cookie 1.jpg

Money Maid and ‘Cookie

Cookie 2.jpg

Cookie

Christus 2.jpg

Christus

Shilpa & Christus 4.jpg

Shilpa and ‘Christus

Money Maid & Cookie 1.jpg

Money Maid and ‘Cookie

Money Maid & Cookie 4.jpg

Money Maid and ‘Cookie

 

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

 

Worcester:

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won and Dr Waluigi (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 11th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (13 ran); Martin’s 4th winner of the season.

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase (5 ran)

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (5 ran).

Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div II (9 ran).

Fleeting Visit (Graeme Mc Pherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd and King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Fixed Brush Series Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Hexham:

Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Today’s Epsom Derby was won by the Charlie Appleby-trained Masar for owners Godolphin.  Masar’s sire is New Approach, therefore grandsire Galileo. 

 

The Coolmore bloodlines continue to have a major bearing on the classics, but Ballydoyle isn’t having everything its own way this season, having won just our 2000 Guineas and Oaks.  Despite their strength in numbers, they lost out on the both the Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, along with our 1000 Guineas and now the Derby ... and that can only be a good thing for the health of flat racing.      

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Fakenham:

16:25 Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle (for Lady Amateur Riders)

Friday 01 June 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Market Rasen:

Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 9th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 140 yards] (12 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards] (9 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Worcester:

13:45 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Dr Waluigi (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:20 Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:55 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards]

16:05 Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div II

18:05 Fleeting Visit (Graeme Mc Pherson/Kielan Woods) & King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Fixed Brush Series Maiden Hurdle

 

Hexham:

14:40 Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Fontmont, formerly trained by Nicky Henderson, has passed away aged 22.  He retired back in 2006 following a severe injury to his pelvis.  RIP

 

All being well, I’ll be working on my website again this weekend, and watching the Epsom Derby tomorrow afternoon too.

 

Forever Together, sired by Galileo, won today’s Epsom Oaks for trainer Aidan O’Brien; she was ridden Aidan’s son Donnacha.  It was the trainer’s 7th Oaks victory and the filly was the first maiden to win the race since Sun Princess in 1983.


 

 

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