MARCH 2018

 

 

Saturday 31 March 2018

Having abandoned plans to attend Lambourn Open Day, which was decimated due to heavy rain (apart from Nicky Henderson’s yard which opened), I headed out to Berkshire to visit Jamie Snowden’s yard this morning.  Pride Of Pemberley is currently out at grass, recovering from tendonitis, but EPDS Racing’s Our Reward is back in training and it’s hoped that he’ll be able to run before the end of the season, ground dependent. 

 

 

Our Reward for blog etc.jpg

 

Jamie with Our Reward

 

 

It is quite a trek to Lambourn; a 160 miles round trip!!!

 

Smad Place has relocated to Lambourn; he spent a few days at AP’s yard, presumably before moving to his forever home with Charlotte Burke.  Charlotte’s husband works at Warren Greatrex’s yard, also in Lambourn.  I wonder if Smad will be spotted out and about in the village shortly.

 

Also, Sam Thomas is leaving Lambourn; he will be moving to Wales to become Dai Walters’ salaried trainer.  Christian Williams moved on from the premises in February.  We saw Sam and his string today; he was riding one of his charges. 

 

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

Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Peggies Venture (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 12th in the Mares’ Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was withdrawn from the Stayers’ Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards] 

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow! 

Friday 30 March 2018

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

 

Towcester:

Lady Vitesse (Harry Stock/Martin Keighley) finished 6th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards] (8 ran); it was an excellent ride, with Jack taking his mount wide to benefit from the better ground – he also carried top weight of 11 stone 12 lbs – the runner-up carried only 9 stone 9 lbs!

Undisputed (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 151 yards] (10 ran).

Yesandno (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finsished 3rd and Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was a non-runner and Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) was also a non-runner in the Maiden NH Flat Race (Conditionals and Amateur Riders) (11 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Here is a recording of Dontminddboys’ race:

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Towcester/29-March-2018/1445

 

Jamie Moore is now free to ride at Aintree, he and Kerry Lee having won their recent appeals against accusations of not trying at Chepstow last week:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/jamie-moore-free-to-ride-at-aintree-after-he-and-kerry-lee-win-their-appeals/325309

 

It looks like Choc has caught the ‘Homes under the Hammer’ bug!

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/978600468556537856

 

Freddie Keighley and his pony Bubbles finished 2nd in a race at Cheltenham, marking his pony racing debut:

https://mobile.twitter.com/martinkeighley7/status/979698797411557377/photo/1

 

A book titled ‘Cue Card – A tribute to a special horse’ by Lee Mottershead and Andrew Pennington will be published in June.  Both the Racing Post and Amazon have the book available to pre-order.

 

Nicky Henderson finally got his hands on the ‘Best Turned Out Yard’ trophy at today’s Lambourn Open Day ... after 28 years of trying ... LOL ... you have to give him a lot of credit for being the only yard which managed to open, the area having experienced so much rainfall in recent days.

https://mobile.twitter.com/LambournOpenDay/status/979700229825024001/photo/1

 

Today I’ve been knitting whilst transferring Cheltenham Festival recordings to DVD; I now have a copy of the Day 2 highlights, thanks to RUK repeating all of the meeting’s highlights programmes today. 

 

It’s been a foul weather day in many areas, including Hertfordshire; it’s not even been fit for a dog to go out in! 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Haydock Park:

15:50 Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Peggies Venture (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle

16:25 Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Stayers’ Hurdle Series Final Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards]

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Having continued to rain heavily, there’s another update regarding Friday’s Lambourn Open Day, with Nicky Henderson now the sole trainer able to open his Seven Barrows yard to the public.  He’s promised that everyone will be able to get in and out of the car park ... even if they have to be assisted to do so!  Altior, Buveur D’Air, Might Bite, My Tent Or Yours and Bobs Worth will be paraded every hour from 09:00. 

 

http://www.lambournopenday.com/

 

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

 

Warwick:

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the last when being eased and Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was a non-runner and Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (10 ran); that’s more prize money in the New Beginnings’ kitty!

 

Newcastle (AW):

Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Rhona Pindar/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Apprentice Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards] (9 ran).

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Connor Murtagh) finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 miles & 5 yards] (4 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Towcester:

14:10 Lady Vitesse (Harry Stock/Martin Keighley) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

14:45 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards]

15:20 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 151 yards]

17:25 Yesandno (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Pomme De Nuit (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Maiden NH Flat Race (Conditionals and Amateur Riders)

 

Wetherby:

14:00 Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

 

Another old timer has passed away – the 1996 Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Klairon Davis; he was 29.  RIP

 

As it’s Wednesday, there’s a new column from Alan King in this week’s Weekender.  He reports that Sceau Royal is only 50-50 to run again this season, with Aintree coming too soon.  However, if he does run, then it will be at Sandown Park on the final day of the season.  The trainer has a new recruit, also owned by Simon Munir and Isaac Souede, named Full Glass; the horse may make his debut for the yard at Aintree.

 

No decision has been made regarding Yanworth going to Aintree; Alan think his charge had a very hard race at Cheltenham so may be put away for the season instead.

 

As expected, Alan was delighted with Hotter Than Hell’s runner-up placing in Newbury’s Goffs Sales bumper on Saturday; evidently she had a bout of ringworm two months ago and was only just ready to run!

 

Sego Success has been retired, following his run last Sunday; Alan says he’ll make someone a lovely hunter, although he is always sad to see the old boys leave the yard.

 

And finally, Smad Place has a new home – Alan’s PA, Charlotte Burke, is going to give the very popular grey a forever home; she had the retired Crystal D’Ainay prior to the horse passing away last December due to the dreaded colic. 

 

There’s unfortunate news regarding Irish flat-race jockey, Pat Smullen.  Having suffered symptoms which suggested a gallstone problem, he underwent tests; sadly a tumour was discovered and he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future.  Very best wishes and get well soon Pat.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Firstly, due to the recent wet weather, the afternoon events planned for the Lambourn Open Day have been cancelled.  The yards will still be open to visit during the morning as per usual, from 08:30, with Nicky Henderson parading his stable stars once an hour. 

 

That means my Good Friday plans have now been cancelled.  There’s more rain on the way between now and Friday, so I’d remain concerned that my car might get stuck in a muddy car park had I decided to go. L  But now, I guess, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that I could get my teeth stuck into the first of my Cheltenham diaries instead!

 

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

 

Hereford:

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) fell 3 out in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Cup of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 3 furlongs & 147 yards] (9 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Daniel Tudhope/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th and Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Ben Robinson/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Handicap [1 miles 4 furlongs & 98 yards] (9 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

14:10 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

14:40 Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:55 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

 

Newcastle (AW):

18:15 Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Rhona Pindar/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Apprentice Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards]

18:45 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Connor Murtagh) – Handicap [1 miles & 5 yards]

 

The 1998 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Cool Dawn, has passed away at the grand old age of 30.  RIP.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/978669225018515458/photo/1

 

Sadly, Ben Pauling lost a horse at Huntingdon yesterday – Bally Gilbert during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase.  RIP

 

But lovely news regarding Presenting Lisa; she has a filly foal:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/978646541786341376/photo/1

And such an unusual ‘eclipse’ marking on her forehead too.

 

Foodpad’s owners, Simon Muir and Isaac Souede, have requested that their Arkle winner is re-routed to Aintree, where he would contest the Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase.  He had been the favourite for Sunday’s Ryanair Gold Cup at Fairyhouse. 

Monday 26 March 2018

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

 

Huntingdon:

Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran); Jamie’s 30th winner of the season.

Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 10th and Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle Div I (11 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards] (13 ran).

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (12 ran); the race was won by Mrs Prowting’s Minella Whisper, trained by Richard Phillips.

Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 2nd and Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) won the Standard NH Flat Race (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) (18 ran); Noel’s 7th winner of the season.

 

Market Rasen:

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Joe Colliver/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (9 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Hereford:

14:45 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Chase

15:15 Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:15 Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

17:15 Cup of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 3 furlongs & 147 yards]

 

Newcastle (AW):

18:10 Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Daniel Tudhope/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) & Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Ben Robinson/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 miles 4 furlongs & 98 yards]

 

Having mulled over the choice of Aintree or Sandown Park for Cue Card’s final race outing before retirement, connections have decided upon Sandown Park; he will run in the race won on every occasion since its inception by the now retired Menorah.

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/March/26/sandown-swansong-earmarked-for-popular-chaser-cue-card

Sunday 25 March 2018

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

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Veteran’s Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Salmanazar (Alan King/Charlie Deutsch) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran); the race had a very controversial start and Charlie was almost unseated.  And that followed on from an issue with the actual starting gate ... the starter’s podium was in the wrong place initially!

Midnight Cowboy, formerly trained by Alan King, finished 3rd in the hunter chase, for new connections (8 ran).

 

And there was a runner of interest at Doncaster too:

Pacific Fleet (David O’Meara/Shane Gray/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Novice Stakes for 3-year-olds (13 ran); he was formerly trained in Lambourn by Archie Watson.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

13:30 Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

14:00 Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle Div I

15:05 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:35 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

16:10 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

17:10 Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) & Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) – Standard NH Flat Race (for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

 

Market Rasen:

15:45 Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Joe Colliver/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

This is interesting; it’s an all-time list of winning-most jockeys at the Cheltenham Festival, prior to 2018.  Choc is listed at number 10.  Admittedly though, there were fewer races in the ‘olden’ days; that means there were fewer opportunities to clock up said winners!

https://www.racingpost.com/news/we-count-down-the-top-ten-jockeys-in-cheltenham-festival-history/321453

 

Davy Russell has added 4 this Festival, Barry Geraghty 2, Ruby Walsh 2 and Richard Johnson 1.

 

This confirms that Willie Mullins has overtaken Nicky Henderson as the winning-most Cheltenham Festival trainer following this year’s Festival; Nicky now has 60 winners, compared to Willie’s 61.  Nicky had held the record for six years:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/15/penhill-willie-mullins-stayers-hurdle-cheltenham-festival-horse-racing

 

Very sad news following yesterday’s Bangor-on-Dee’s fixture in which the Donald McCain-trained Waterlord took a crashing fall.  He appeared to be fine, having been led back by jockey Brian Hughes, but must have sustained a serious injury as the trainer reported they’d subsequently lost him. L RIP Jumbo.

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/mccain_abbie17/status/977630031777320962/photo/1

 

Unfortunately there was another fatality at Carlisle this afternoon, when the Philip Kirby-trained Allmyown pulled up injured on the flat during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase. L RIP

 

I’ve spent this afternoon working on my Cheltenham diaries and, although I think there is a little more work to be done, I’m in a much better place with them than I was at the start of this weekend! J

Saturday 24 March 2018

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

Sensulano (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 10th, Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd and Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/MG Nolan) was pulled up in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Finale (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (16 ran).

Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th, Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th and Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Brendan Powell Jr) finished 2nd in the Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (11 ran).  Alan’s filly wins £9,840 for completing as runner-up.

 

Alan will be very pleased with the filly’s run as, according to his Weekender column, he writes “Hotter Than Hell is at a disadvantage as she’s unraced and it’s hard to make your debut in a race like this, but she’s a likeable filly and her owners have paid all the entry and acceptance fees.  She’s ready to run and needs to start somewhere.

 

And a reminder of my runners of interest tomorrow, at Ascot:

14:00 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:35 City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

16:20 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Veteran’s Handicap Chase

16:55 Salmanazar (Alan King/Charlie Deutsch) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

I notice that Midnight Cowboy is now a hunter chaser; he runs in the 17:30 race for new connections.

 

Here is a link to results from the Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham Festival sale; Highflyer Bloodstock and Tom Malone were able to secure two horses for Alan King – The Glancing Queen and Kootenay River.  Both cost £80,000 and,  not having realised the results at the time, of the 14 lots I saw, I was very taken by the flashy 4-year-old The Glancing Queen:

http://www.tattersalls.ie/ascot-cheltenham/sales/cheltenham-festival-sale/4DCGI/Sale/CFS%2018/Main

 

Kincora Fort’s injury isn’t life threatening, but it is worrying as he’s injured the same leg on a previous occasion.

 

I’ve set up the four templates for my Cheltenham 2018 diaries, ready to expand the topping and tailing (which I commenced in my blogs), but have subsequently succumbed to the discomfort of the aching pain in my pelvis. L

Friday 23 March 2018

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

Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 93 yards] (11 ran); he also finished lame. L

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) was pulled up in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran); he also succumbed to lameness. L

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards] (7 ran).

 

Here is Kincora Fort (aka Brian) safe, although not sound, at home this evening:

https://mobile.twitter.com/BenjoEvans/status/977223485226405889/photo/1

 

Fingers crossed for ‘Brian’ and also for Somewhere To Be; I’ll report back when there’s further news. 

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow, at Newbury:

15:15 Sensulano (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/MG Nolan) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Finale (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2)

17:00 Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Mr Pumblechook (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Brendan Powell Jr) – Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race)

 

Then on Sunday, at Ascot:

14:00 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:35 City Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

16:20 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Veteran’s Handicap Chase

16:55 Salmanazar (Alan King/Charlie Deutsch) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

I notice that Midnight Cowboy is now a hunter chaser; he runs in the 17:30 race for new connections.

 

I guess this weekend will be spent topping and tailing my full Cheltenham diaries! 

 

There’s still no news regarding the x-ray; I walked home again this evening, via the slightly longer scenic route.

Thursday 22 March 2018

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

 

Ludlow:

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Chelmsford:

Cecilator (Noel Williams/Megan Nicholls/EPDS Racing) finished 10th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Newbury:

14:30 Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 93 yards]

15:40 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:10 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards]

 

I saw Paddy Brennan’s selfies on twitter yesterday and here is the story behind the missing teeth:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/paddy-brennan-has-teeth-knocked-out-on-way-to-start-but-rides-on-regardless/324410

 

And this looks back on an old story in the Racing Post, from last year, regarding Native River’s roots in Ireland:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/gold-cup-win-for-native-river-would-be-toast-of-county-down/278469

 

Once again, there’s no news regarding the x-ray ... but I was told that the result is on its way! 

 

I actually decided to walk home from work today, rather than catch a bus; it probably wasn’t a particularly good idea.  My mind is willing, but still my body is not.  I’ve been feeling a little bit ‘unsteady’ on my feet this evening as a result, although the dull ache has been absent.

Wednesday 21 March 2018

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

Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran); Jamie’s 28th winner of the season.

Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) won the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (9 ran); Jamie’s 29th winner of the season.

Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177  yards]

 

And is a photo of today’s winning horses:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/976539151523831813/photo/1

 

Hopefully this is the video link to Hogan’s Height’s victory:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/976480513568382977

 

This is one of the Racing Post’s ‘old’ interviews series ... from 2016 with the owners of Native River; it’s always interesting to look back:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/more-to-read/2016-interview-with-the-owners-of-cheltenham-gold-cup-hero-native-river/269636

 

Here is the news report regarding the diagnosis of Ruby’s new injury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/walsh-aiming-for-punchestown-return-after-extent-of-leg-injury-is-revealed/324249

 

Sadly I still don’t have an x-ray diagnosis for my injury ... I’ll call the doctor’s surgery again tomorrow.

 

Alan reports that Dusky Legend has run her last race; she was due to retire at the end of this season regardless, but she fractured her knee when falling during the Coral Cup.  The trainer thinks she will be okay for stud.  It wasn’t the Kelvin-Hughes’ Festival – their Lisp fell during the Fred Winter and they also lost North Hill Harvey during the Grand Annual. They were unfortunate last year also, having lost Hadrian’s Approach during the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir.

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ludlow:

15:35 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Chelmsford:

18:15 Cecilator (Noel Williams/Megan Nicholls/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]

Tuesday 20 March 2018

There were two runners of interest yesterday, at Lingfield Park:

Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) won and Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Paddy Bradley) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (7 ran).

 

And a number of runners of interest tomorrow, at Haydock Park:

14:40 Touch Of Velvett (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:15 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:20 Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Veterans’ Handicap Chase

16:55 Hollywood All Star (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177  yards]

 

I understand from John of EPDS Racing, that Jack Quinlan loves to ride our Twitterati Racing Club horse, Galactic Power.  Jack is Kalashnikov’s regular pilot.  It must be the way that GP can sit at the back of the field until the closing stages and then pick off his rivals one by one ... and hopefully win too!

 

It was reported at the weekend that Rich Ricci has a horse in training with Nicky Henderson; it’s called Palixandre.   As you know, I’m all in favour of the big owners distributing their horses between yards and in different countries too, provided that includes within GB!

 

There’s still no news regarding my x-ray result ... I need to phone again tomorrow; hopefully it will be third time lucky! 

Having completed my Cheltenham blogs, I can now relax until the weekend. J

Sunday 18 March 2018

Who’d have thought the snow would return for one last fling before Spring ... although it’s already the meteorological Spring; there was no racing in GB or Ireland today as a result.

https://www.racinguk.com/news/blank-day-in-britain-as-snow-causes-more-havoc

 

It now seems that the Cheltenham Festival was extremely lucky to find a window of opportunity this year! 

 

Alan King admits his disappointment in Yanworth’s run at the Festival but is hopeful his charge may be able to take up an engagement at Aintree, where he won the Grade 1 Stayers’ Hurdle last year:

https://www.racinguk.com/news/king-left-disappointed-in-yanworth

 

Ruby Walsh is still waiting to find out the extent of his injury:

https://www.racinguk.com/news/walsh-still-waiting-to-find-out-more

 

And James Willoughby presents statistics on RUK, following the Cheltenham Festival:

https://www.racinguk.com/videos/watch/ondemand/10436

 

I turned in at 21:00 yesterday evening, and was up before 07:00 this morning ... but I guess that almost 10 hours sleep is enough for anyone! 

 

Today has been productive, as I’ve completed Day 1 and Day 4 of my Cheltenham-related blogs.  But still no opportunity to clean my filthy car!

Saturday 17 March 2018

 

 

Native River CGC winner 2018.jpg

 

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner

Native River

trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Richard Johnson

 

 

 

I’m back in harness and it’s time to catch up with my daily blog … my specific Cheltenham blog will take a little longer to complete; I’ve not started it yet!

 

On the whole, I enjoyed the Cheltenham Festival, despite the mud and the proliferation of Irish-trained winners.

 

And I love it when a horse I particularly like wins the Gold Cup.  As you may know, I’ve had a soft spot for Native River ever since I saw him run (and fall unfortunately) in a hurdle race at Cheltenham in January 2015. 

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-reports/colin-tizzard-happy-to-leave-the-cows-behind-as-gold-cup-glory-transforms-season/323748

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-reports/native-river-downs-might-bite-in-thrilling-feature/323630

 

The Gold Cup hero is unlikely to run again this season, but plans are afoot for next year provided, of course, Native River remains injury free:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-2018/betfair-chase-target-for-native-river-after-cheltenham-gold-cup-heroics/323836

 

Local fans welcome home Native River:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-2018/solid-gold-memories-made-by-a-horse-worth-waiting-for/323864

 

Fred Winter will be demoted from the title of next season’s Juvenile Handicap Hurdle … sponsorship money talks … although I’m old enough to remember Fred Winter, very vaguely as a jockey, mainly as a trainer:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-2018/fred-winter-demoted-from-race-title-that-has-carried-his-name-for-14-years/323851

 

It’s also interesting to find out who the most successful sires were are this year’s Festival:

https://www.racingpost.com/bloodstock/bloodstock-news/oscar-the-top-cheltenham-festival-sire-with-five-podium-finishers/323779

 

Here’s a video of Choc’s son Wolfie endeavouring to ride their family dog Moose!

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/974699669296173056

 

Here are the non-Cheltenham results for my runners of interest these past few days:

 

Tuesday 13 March

 

Sedgefield:

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (7 ran).

 

Wednesday 14 March

 

Huntingdon:

Undisputed (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (14 ran).

Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

 

Thursday 15 March

 

Towcester:

Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

 

And a quick run through of the Cheltenham Festival results, bearing in mind I’ll be doing a dedicated blog and a diary in due course:

 

Cheltenham:

 

Tuesday

Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Champion Hurdle (Grade 1) (11 ran); the only GB-based horse to beat him home was the winner Buveur D’Air.

Midnight Tour (Alan King/Davy Russell) finished 2nd in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (9 ran); that was a complete surprise, as she beat Apple’s Jade into 3rd place and was a 33-1 shot! 

 

Wednesday:

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 15th, Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the 2nd and Bastien (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 17th in the Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards] (26 ran).

Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the 3rd flight in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (22 ran).  Although he departed independently, I wonder if the horse lost concentration because Knight Destroyer had already ended up on the deck at this flight.

Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up in the Champion Bumper (Grade 1) (23 ran); the trainer reported that he had a breathing issue.  He was my sole bet of the Festival … oops!

 

Thursday:

Terrefort (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the JLT Novices’ Chase (Grade 1) (9 ran).

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (23 ran).

Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 6th in the Stayers’ Hurdle (Grade 1) [3 miles] (15 ran).  Evidently Yanworth finished distressed, which has never happened previously.  Tests could find no reason for this, although Alan is uncertain whether his charge will be able to take up any engagements at Aintree.  

 

Friday:

Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) (9 ran); Alan hopes to take his charge to Aintree, where the ground should be far more suitable.

William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 12th in the County Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles & 1 furlong] (24 ran).

Talkischeap (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 1) (20 ran).

Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) won the Cheltenham Gold Cup (Grade 1) (15 ran).

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (23 ran).

Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated his jockey at the 3rd fence and Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) finished 4th in the Grand Annual Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [2 miles & 62 yards] (23 ran).

 

Unfortunately Alan King failed to gain a winner at this year’s Festival but, with the Irish trainers dominating … or at least Gordon Elliott and Willie Mullins did, it’s getting more and more difficult for the ‘home team’.  But at least the GB-based horses did better than last year, with two additional winners – 11 to the GB, and a mere 17 to the opposition. L The presentations became extremely monotonous, with Michael ‘Ryanair’ O’Leary dominating the leading owners’ table.  Oh well, Alan seems to be more successful at Aintree these days so, hopefully, he’ll find success in a few weeks’ time.

 

Having fallen or been unseated on three occasions, Wayne Hutchinson had a dire Festival.

 

Sadly, once again, a number of horses lost their lives in the pursuit of glory; it was six this Festival, including three in the Grand Annual.  Admittedly the final race of the Festival provides an exciting climax, but the stakes are too high, with participants even more eager than usual to make the most of their final chance to ride a winner.  Speed kills as they say.

 

The six casualties were the Gordon Elliott-trained Mossback in the 4-mile National Hunt Novices’ Chase, the Evan Williams-trained Report to Base in the Close Brothers Novices’ Handicap Chase, and the Willie Mullins-trained Sandsend who broke a leg before the final flight during the County Hurdle.  The Grand Annual fatalities were the Henry Oliver-trained Dresden, the Dan Skelton-trained North Hill Harvey, and the Henry de Bromhead-trained Some Plan.  The latter was a late notification; he appeared to fall having been almost stopped in his tracks when the rider-less Valdez jumped to the right, as he frequently does, in order to negotiate the final fence.  RIP beautiful horses.

 

The BHA will launch a safety review as a result:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-2018/bha-to-conduct-safety-review-after-three-die-in-grand-annual/323805

 

I also have very sad news to report regarding Doctor Bartolo; his injury was discovered to be far more serious than was at first suspected.  Therefore despite the best veterinary care, the damage proved to be inoperable and he was humanely put to sleep to prevent further suffering.  RIP

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran).

Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 7th and Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 3rd in the Silver Plate Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 5 furlongs] (11 ran).

Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin) finished 9th in the Silver Bowl Handicap Chase [2 miles 4½ furlongs] (10 ran).

Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).  Alan’s 56th winner of the season and Wayne’s 43rd winner of the season.

 

The RUK raceday presenters, Niall Hannity and Dave Yates, were to be pitied today; it was absolutely freezing at the Sunbury track, with snow showers too!

 

Fontwell Park:

Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran).

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (8 ran).

 

Meanwhile at Uttoxeter, the Bob Buckler-trainer Regal Flow won the Midlands Grand National.  Amazingly, the horse ran and won at Taunton last Monday too:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/talk-of-the-tracks/buckler-back-in-the-big-time-as-regal-flow-romps-home-in-uttoxeter-marathon/323857

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Carlisle, and subject to an 08:00 inspection:

14:05 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Brian Hughes) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong]

 

Apart from Tuesday, when I stood beside the rails for every race, the only other race I viewed first-hand was the cross-country.  The other twenty races were viewed via the big screen which overlooks the Parade Ring, whilst I stood on the new upper steppings overlooking the Winners’ Enclosure.  One of my work colleagues found me on Tuesday, and I bumped into the same member of EPDS on Thursday and again on Friday (Murray?), along with EPDS Racing’s MD, John, on Friday too.  The latter told me that, all being well, Kincora Fort may run at Aintree or at Sandown Park on the final day of this season.

 

But, sadly, there was no sighting of Choc.  I did loiter for a while, close to the marquee area, late yesterday morning … but it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. L  Although I did see Ian Popham, Mattie Batchelor and Alan King.  If only Apple Tree Stud hadn’t sold Redicean … otherwise I would, no doubt, have spotted Choc in the Pre-Parade ring.   

 

I now need to clean my car … it’s filthy … it’s been filthy ever since I parked up at Cheltenham on Tuesday.  You’d think I’d have learnt my lesson by now, not to clean my car before I go – I washed it on Monday!!!  It’s too cold to do it at the moment, especially the wheels, as once I’ve cleaned them they can get ‘stuck’ when temperatures fall close to freezing.  

 

My pelvis has been okay whilst I’ve been at Cheltenham, despite being on my feet for hours on end and walking a little too fast on occasion too … but it’s ‘complaining’ again today.  I wonder if horse racing has a painkilling effect on one’s aches and pains, hence this minor flare-up now I’m back home!

 

I also need to catch up on my sleep.  For some reason, despite being tired when I arrived home yesterday evening, I didn’t turn in until around 04:00 this morning, apart from dozing in the chair for a while.  Then I was up at 07:00 because I wanted to buy a copy of the Racing Post before the local supermarket sold out!  

 

Cheltenham Festival blogs 2018

Monday 12 March 2018

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

First Mohican (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (15 ran).

Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Stratford was abandoned because of the heavy recent rainfall.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

15:30 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Champion Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:10 Midnight Tour (Alan King/Davy Russell) – OLBG Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

 

There are just five runners for tomorrow’s Arkle Chase, with Ruby Walsh taking the ride aboard Footpad.  Evidently Daryl Jacob isn’t the owners’ retained jockey for Irish-based runners. 

 

Sedgefield:

13:55 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

And, with 48 hour declarations ahead of the Festival, Wednesday’s Cheltenham runners too:

14:50 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Bastien (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Coral Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards]

16:50 Lisp (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

15:30 Thebannerkingrebel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Champion Bumper (Grade 1)

 

Currently there’s a race against time to get Altior to the Champion Chase, as he’s got pus in one of his feet and was lame this morning; that’s a shame, as he is clearly be the best horse in the race.  Douvan has been declared for this after all, presumably in the hope that the Nicky Henderson-trained runner fails to meet Wednesday’s recovery deadline. 

 

Following recent rain, Cheltenham’s going is heavy tomorrow ... and I expect the members’ lawn will be too!  Multi-purpose snow-boots at the ready!

 

Horses due to take part in tomorrow’s ROR parade include Annacotty, Any Currency, Dodging Bullets, Hunt Ball and Silviniaco Conti. 

Martin Keighley has tweeted a lovely photo of one of his former charges, Sky Calling with her most recent foal:

https://mobile.twitter.com/martinkeighley7/status/972867472364855296/photo/1

Sunday 11 March 2018

Today I attended the 2018 Lambing Live event at the local College ... here are my favourites, Kerry Hill twin lambs. 

 

Lambing Live.jpg

 

And there were more exotic creatures too ... this is Tyson the green iguana:

 

Tyson the green iguana.jpg

 

Not to mention the alpacas:

 

alpacas.jpg

 

And the good news is that although I spent a lot of time on my feet today, walking around the exhibits, I don’t appear to have suffered adversely. J

 

Having now uploaded my recent photos, here is one of Choc on TV; being interviewed at Kempton Park last month:

 

Choc at Kempton.jpg

 

And, if you look very closely, you may be able to spot a pair of goldcrests which visited my garden in the middle of last month:

 

Goldcrests mid Feb.jpg

 

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

 

Market Rasen:

Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards]

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (13 ran).

 

Warwick:

Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (14 ran).

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

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Taunton:

16:10 First Mohican (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

17:10 Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Stratford:

14:30 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards]

15:00 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles & 70 yards]

15:30 Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Yesterday I decided to wash my handmade, cross-stitch decorated and felt-lined mobile phone cover and hung it out to dry; I checked it 24 hours later and was still able to wring water out of it ... oops.  It’s now in the airing cupboard and I’m hoping for a better result tomorrow ... otherwise I might just have to knit one instead!  

 

There is news that Douvan’s likely Festival target will be the Ryanair Chase, not the Champion Chase as expected.  Owner Rich Ricci already has a runner for the Champion, namely Min. 

I wasn’t far out with the price-tag for Redicean when he was purchased out of David O’Meara’s yard last autumn; it was actually £85,000.

Just two more sleeps ... until we hear the Cheltenham roar once more!

Saturday 10 March 2018

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

Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up in the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3) (17 ran); Canelo would have been an okay bet, each-way at 10-1.

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (17 ran).  The Nigel TwistonDavies-trained Mr Antolini won the race, from top weight Call Me Lord; although the winner did have to survive a Stewards’ Enquiry.  Winning jockey Jamie Bargary picked up a 3-day ban as a result.   

 

The most heart-warming result of the day was 14-year-old Pete The Feat winning the 3-mile Handicap Chase for Charlie Longsdon and jockey Jonathan Burke.  You just have to love super veteran Pete; he’s a legend!  Sandown are hoping to name a race after him next season; a race which he can run in too:

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/saturday-action/old-timer-pete-produces-another-feat-with-thrilling-victory-at-the-age-of-14/322705

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/972501211776782336/photo/1

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

15:35 Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards]

16:10 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

Warwick:

14:20 Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

17:30 Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Cheltenham going is currently soft, heavy in places ... with rain forecast through to Monday; it’s expected to be the softest ground on day one for 20 years! 

 

Ruby Walsh has picked six horses he wishes he could ride at Cheltenham – they are Buveur D’Air, Samcro, Presenting Percy, Cause Of Causes (in the cross-country!), Sam Spinner and Might Bite.  He’s changed his mind this season about the latter, and now thinks the horse is an incredible athlete who he’d ‘love a go on’!

 

Argocat, who suffered an injury at Haydock Park last month, sadly didn’t make it. RIP L

 

I’ve knitted another Fab Big woollen hat today – in raspberry pink this time.  I made three bobbles too, one for this hat and two for a delphinium blue one; the first blue one turned out to be larger than expected, so I made a second one using a bobble-maker.  The bobble-maker ones aren’t as substantial, especially when using super chunky wool like Fab Big, so I usually use the tried and tested ‘cardboard’ method!  The bobbles are interchangeable on all of my knitted hats, as I leave the two longer lengths of the yarn which are used to tie the bobble, thread them through the hat and tie these inside using a double bow.

 

I love knitting, although it is a bit of an obsession; there are so many lovely yarns to choose from.  The downside is that the larger the size of garment you knit, the more expensive it will prove ... so with sweaters, cardigans and tops, everything has to be 100% acrylic or contain only a small percentage of wool.  I love the new ‘cake’ yarns, they are ideal for hats, scarves, gloves and snoods; I make a beeline for the purples, turquoises, blues, berry and pink shades.

Friday 09 March 2018

Just two results to report today:

 

Sandown Park:

Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) finished 3rd in the Grand Military Gold Cup (for Military Amateur Riders) (11 ran).

 

Newcastle: (AW)

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap Div II  [1 mile & 5 yards] (11 ran).

 

Here is Lee Mottershead’s report, from earlier in the week, regarding Redicean’s transfer of ownership ... basically, he’s returned into the ownership of the stud which bred him!

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheveley-park-s-thompson-swoops-to-buy-back-triumph-fancy-redicean/322083

 

And the Cheveley Park website – their current stallions are Dutch Art, Garswood, Intello, Lethal Force, Mayson, Pivotal, Twilight Son and Ulysses:

 

http://www.cheveleypark.co.uk/

 

I have a random figure in my head, namely £80,000, when Redicean was bought out of David O’Meara’s yard towards the end of last year; I wonder if the latest transaction might include stallion nominations, bearing in mind Apple Tree Stud’s breeding operation.

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Sandown Park:

13:50 Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle Final (Grade 3)

14:25 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Imperial Cup Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

 

I’m foregoing a yard visit tomorrow, scheduled for Noel Williams’ yard ... it’s the first time I’ve missed a visit to Blewbury since becoming an EPDS syndicate member.  It’s Lambing Live at the local College this weekend ... and Mothers’ Day on Sunday ... so I don’t want to overstretch myself ahead of next week, in light of my ongoing physical issues. 

A book arrived from Amazon today – The Jumping Game - How National Hunt trainers work and what makes them tick by Henrietta Knight.  Alan King is chapter 9.  Her other 26 subjects are Mouse Morris, Gary Moore, Paul Nicholls, Enda Bolger, Gordon Elliott, Henry de Bromhead, Oliver Sherwood, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Neil Mulholland, Colin Tizzard, Dan Skelton, Mick Easterby, Venetia Williams, Ben Pauling, Jessica Harrington, Philip Hobbs, Peter Bowen, Lucinda Russell, Donald McCain, Joseph O’Brien, Willie Mullins, Noel Meade, Harry Fry, David Pipe, Jonjo O’Neill and, last but not least, Nicky Henderson.  John Francome wrote the foreword and enjoyed the book very much ... I look forward to doing the same. 

Thursday 08 March 2018

The major news story today is that last year’s Gold Cup winner, Sizing John, has been ruled out of this year’s renewal because of a hairline non-displaced fracture of his pelvis ... he’s been prescribed two weeks box rest, before being rescanned with a view to starting walking exercise; in fact it sounds similar to my suspected injury!   So that’s three years running that the previous winner has failed to make the line-up for the following year’s race. 

 

Another horse to miss the Festival is the Alan King-trainer Doctor Bartolo; he was due to run in the Fred Winter Juvenile but he’s knocked a joint.

 

Just two results to report today ... but one was a winner: J

 

Wincanton:

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards] (6 ran).

 

Newcastle:

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley) won the Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards] (6 ran).

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Sandown Park:

15:40 Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Major Harry Wallace) – Grand Military Gold Cup (for Military Amateur Riders)

 

Newcastle: (AW)

19:15 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/PJ McDonald/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Div II  [1 mile & 5 yards]

Wednesday 07 March 2018

Confirming a recent tweet from Choc, Alan King writes in his Weekender column that Redicean has been purchased by Mrs David Thompson of the Cheveley Park Stud and will run in his new owner’s colours at the Cheltenham Festival.  The horse remains at Barbury Castle; Alan trained for the Thompsons when he first began his career. 

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/971005696136433665/photo/1

 

Choc mentions that he will still attend Cheltenham on Friday week, so that’s good news ... but will I be able to track him down?  It’s a shame that Apple Tree Stud has relinquished a ‘sporting interest’ in National Hunt racing, as it offered the occasional opportunity to see Choc, but that’s business I guess ... although they do currently appear to hold a share in the Jamie Snowden-trained Thistle Do Nicely. 

 

Despite not being 100% sound in body at present, I’m still kicking myself for not going to Kempton Park last month to see Choc.  L 

 

Anyway, Alan confirms further Cheltenham Festival plans:

 

Elgin will be supplemented for the Champion Hurdle, provided he worked well today.

The Unit will probably run in the Close Brothers’ Handicap Chase ... despite his poor jumping display last time.

Scarlet Dragon may run in the Supreme Novices, depending on how he worked today and schools tomorrow.

 

Meanwhile, Vroum Vroum Mag has been retired.

 

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Stockburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle due to unsuitable ground

Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race, again due to unsuitable ground

 

Lingfield Park: (AW)

Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) won the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (7 ran).

 

Kempton Park: (AW)

Three Weeks (William Haggas/Ryan Moore/Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes [1 mile] (7 ran).

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Wincanton:

14:40 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards]

 

Newcastle:

19:15 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Jamie Gormley) – Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards]

Meanwhile, I have to wait around 10 days until my x-ray result comes through ...

Tuesday 06 March 2018

There are five runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:10 Stockburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:10 Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

16:40 Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Lingfield Park: (AW)

17:00 Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) – Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

 

Kempton Park: (AW)

19:10 Three Weeks (William Haggas/Ryan Moore/Apple Tree Stud) – ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ Conditions Stakes [1 mile]

 

Wolfie was given his first ‘proper’ haircut today ... evidently he’s already had 7 or 8 trims despite having only just celebrated his first birthday; he’s got lots and lots of hair!!!

 

Here is Wolfie with the family’s dog, Moose.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/971105582466904064/photo/1

 

Ruby Walsh will be returning to race-riding action later this week ... just in time for the Cheltenham Festival, but let’s hope someone else wins the ‘top jockey’ award this year! 

Hopefully this link works; it’s about Jamie Snowden and his hopes for Thebannerkingrebel:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/racing/2018/03/06/jamiesnowden-pins-hopes-rescue-horse

 

The Racing Post posted a video (link below) of Alistair Down driving from his house to Cheltenham racecourse; he lives in Bledington, so is a fairly close neighbour of Choc’s.  He visits The Plough in Ford during his journey; I’ve been there twice.  I love the Cotswolds and I want to retire to live in Cheltenham ... besides, I’ve been there so many times that it almost feels like home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1ozn61oqnY

Monday 05 March 2018

Having been an age since I purchased last week’s Weekender, I forgot to impart information regarding Alan King’s expected Cheltenham Festival plans for his horses ...

 

Valdez will probably run in the Grand Annual

Who Dares Wins is expected to participate in the Pertemps Final

Talkischeap will be aimed at the Albert Bartlett

Midnight Tour heads to the Mares’ Hurdle

Dusky Legend might run in the Coral Cup

He’s got three entries for the Fred Winter Juvenile – namely Doctor Bartolo, Lisp and City Dreamer

Dingo Dollar may run in the Ultima Handicap Chase

Mia’s Storm may also run in the Ultima, or the RSA ... provided the ground isn’t too soft, otherwise she will remain at home!

Obviously Redicean is heading to the Triumph Hurdle

Alan also has a number of horses who won’t get into races at the Festival due to oversubscription ... and they will head to Kempton Park for the consolation races on 17 March.

 

Today it was reported that Sceau Royal has picked up what Alan King describes as a ‘niggle’, so he’s now a non-starter for the Festival; he was due to run in the Arkle. 

 

It is also reported that Terrefort’s connections, who also own Sceau Royal, are seriously considering running the Nicky Henderson-trained runner in the JLT Novices’ Chase.  I love Terrefort!

 

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... there were two winners, a 2nd and a 3rd:

 

Southwell:

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Alan’s 54th winner of the season.

 

Lingfield Park:

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (all-weather) (8 ran); Noel thinks a lot of his charge and he was a 16-1 shot today.

 

Kempton Park: (Bumpers’ for Jumpers)

Giving Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Maiden Open NH Flat Race (12 ran); Alan’s 55th winner of the season and Wayne’s 42nd winner of the season.

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Jumpers’ Bumper [2 miles 2 furlongs] (8 ran).

 

Wayne is currently officially listed as having ridden 41 winners ... I’ll check that again in a day or two; I’ve already double-checked the most recent 10 of these ... surely today’s winner must count, as the race wasn’t a Jumpers’ Bumper as such?

 

Anyway, although the thaw has set in, both Newcastle and Exeter’s Tuesday fixtures have been abandoned; the Devon track is water-logged.

Sunday 04 March 2018

This is my first blog for a while, as the ‘Beast from the East’ and Storm Emma have been wreaking havoc across the country since the beginning of last week.

 

I think west Hertfordshire must have been one of the areas least affected by the snow and I managed to get into work every day, although I did leave earlier on Thursday and Friday; these days were affected by snowfall.

 

However, having got bored of waiting for a bus on Friday in the snow, I decided to walk home.  Unfortunately although my mind is still very willing to walk, my body is not; I’ve been suffering from aches in my pelvis all weekend as a result.  My recuperation now feels like two steps forward, one step back ... literally.  L

 

I have an appointment for an x-ray later this week. 

 

There was news last week that Fox Norton will miss the Cheltenham Festival due to injury, as will Willoughby Court who has been suffering from pus in a foot, with the trainer, Ben Pauling, unable to get him ready in time as a result.

 

There was a ‘Jumpers’ Bumpers’ card at Newcastle yesterday and, as a result, there are three results to report:

Pantomine (Rebecca Menzies/Mr Aaron Atkinson/former EPDS syndicate horse) finished 4th in a 2 miles & half a furlong bumper (5 ran).

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Joe Colliver/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in a 2 miles & half a furlong bumper (7 ran).

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke/raised by Apple Tree Stud) won a 2 miles & half a furlong bumper (6 ran).

 

And tomorrow, Monday:

 

Southwell:

15:55 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Lingfield Park: (subject to a 07:30 inspection)

14:10 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (all-weather)

 

Kempton Park: (Bumpers’ for Jumpers)

15:00 Giving Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Open NH Flat Race

16:00 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Jumpers’ Bumper [2 miles 2 furlongs]

 


 

 

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