MARCH 2019

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

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Sunday 31 March 2019

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards] (12 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards] (7 ran).

Richie Valentine (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 164 yards] (7 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the 5th flight in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (9 ran).

Simply A Legend (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards] (8 ran).

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Shanty Alley (Ben Case/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 207 yards) (18 ran)

Landofsmiles (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated at the 4th fence and Stylish Moment (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 yards] (9 ran).

Outonpatrol (Alan King/Oakley Brown) finished 7th and Wynn House (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran); Alan King’s 83rd winner and Wayne’s 78th winner of the season (13 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Three Weeks (David O’Meara/Shane Kelly/owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Stakes (Listed) (9 ran).

 

And Sunday’s results for my runners of interest, at Ascot:

Big Nasty (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) was a non-runner and Brigade Of Guards (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

Our Power (Alan King/Sean Bowen) was a non-runner and Praeceps (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runner of interest, at Ludlow:

15:55 Timoteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards]

 

 

 

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RIP We Have A Dream

 

 

Sadly, We Have A Dream lost his life as a result of breaking a leg on the gallops yesterday. RIP L

 

Thursday 28 March 2019

It was bad, then good news in fandom land today ...

 

Firstly the bad news, Richard Madden wasn’t nominated for the TV BAFTA Leading Actor category for his role in Bodyguard ... and it transpires this isn’t because his interpretation of the role of DC Budd wasn’t good enough.  The admitted reason was due to there being only four nominations in each category and the jury decided that diversity was more important than talent – the nominees being Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Grant, Chance Perdomo and Lucian Msamati.  It’s a travesty. 

 

Keeley Hawes was nominated twice, for Bodyguard in the Leading Actress and for Mrs Wilson in the Best Supporting Actress categories.  Bodyguard also received a Best Drama Series nomination.

 

Bafta TV awards nominations 2019: Rules bent for Killing Eve as Bodyguard fans fume over Richard Madden snub

 

So why is the red-headed, blue-eyed, Scotsman the one who doesn’t get a nomination?  It’s disgusting.  Poor Richard.

 

However, at lunch-time, news came through that Richard will be one of the actors starring in a new film called ‘1917’ to be filmed in England and Scotland; production starts next Monday. J  Be still my beating heart!!!

 

Richard Madden, Benedict Cumberbatch and Colin Firth to star in film

 

Anyway back to my other, although now lesser, hobby ...

 

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

Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards] (8 ran).

Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (7 ran).

 

And today’s runners of interest, at Warwick:

Hostile (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Mello Yello (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished last in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:10 Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards]

14:40 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards]

15:15 Richie Valentine (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle ... that’s an appropriate name in my world at the present time!!!

16:20 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 164 yards]

 

Wetherby:

15:25 Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

16:30 Simply A Legend (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards]

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Here is yesterday’s result for my runner of interest, at Wincanton:

Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

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

Bentons Lad (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 147 yards] (17 ran).

Tiffin Top (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Homing Star (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 7th in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (12 ran); Alan’s 82nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 77th winner of the season.

Little Millie (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) runners of interest at Market Rasen:

15:45 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards]

16:20 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

I forgot to mention that Bryony Frost has been ‘snapped up’ by ITV Racing whilst she’s out of action due to injury.

Sunday 24 March 2019

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

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Here is tomorrow’s one runner of interest, at Wincanton:

16:15 Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

A new Carpool Karaoke episode was released on Friday; this one features Taron Egerton and Richard Madden ahead of Rocketman’s release in May:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSFhDBlMQNk&feature=share

I must do some screen-shots for posterity! By which I mean for my ever-growing collection of A5 photo albums dedicated to the Scottish actor!!!

Saturday 23 March 2019

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

 

Kelso:

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished last in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier) (4 ran).

 

Newbury:

Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up before the last, Grand Vision (Colin Tizzard) finished 5th and Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards] (11 ran).

Elysees (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (14 ran)

Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Series Final (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) (14 ran).

Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 187 yards] (5 ran).

Ben Buie (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 12th, Dreamsundermyfeet (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished last, Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th, and Legends Ryde (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race) (13 ran).

 

And one runner of interest tomorrow, at Exeter:

14:40 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

And Happy Retirement to Noel Fehily, who went out with a winner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race at Newbury today, aboard Get In The Queue; pictured here riding Buveur D’Air after winning the 2017 Champion Hurdle.

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Also, Nicky Henderson has suggested that Altior may head to Aintree for the Melling Chase ...

Friday 22 March 2019

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

Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) finished 4th and Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 93 yards] having broken blood vessels (8 ran).

Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle Div I [3 miles & 52 yards] (13 ran); Alan’s 81st winner of the season and Wayne’s 76th winner of the season.

Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle Div II [3 miles & 52 yards] (13 ran).

Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (10 ran).

William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards] (10 ran).

Madiba Passion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished last and Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (8 ran).

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) –finished 3rd in the Open Hunters’ Chase (6 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kelso:

13:30 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Qualifier)

 

Newbury:

14:05 Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Grand Vision (Colin Tizzard) & Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards]

14:40 Elysees (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Sixty’s Belle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle Series Final (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2)

15:50 Valdez (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 187 yards]

17:00 Ben Buie (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & Dreamsundermyfeet (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Hotter Than Hell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Legends Ryde (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Goffs UK Spring Sale Bumper (Standard Open NH Flat Race).

 

And wishing Bryony Frost a speedy recovery; she broke a collarbone as a result of a fall earlier in the week.  That means she will miss this year’s Aintree Festival but, hopefully, she won’t be short of offers from media companies wishing to obtain her services at Liverpool. 

Thursday 21 March 2019

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

 

Sedgefield:

Lakeside Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (11 ran).

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs &188 yards] (4 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran); Jamie’s 30th winner of the season

Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards] (5 ran); Alan’s 80th winner of the season and Wayne’s 75th winner of the season.

 

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

13:45 Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) & Smith’s Bay (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:20 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 93 yards]

14:50 Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [3 miles & 52 yards]

15:25 Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [3 miles & 52 yards]

16:00 Wilde Blue Yonder (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:30 William H Bonney (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards]

17:05 Madiba Passion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

17:35 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) – Open Hunters’ Chase

Wednesday 20 March 2019

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

 

Market Rasen:

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards] (9 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards] (6 ran).

 

Haydock Park:

Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (4 ran); Jamie’s 29th winner of the season.

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sedgefield:

14:05 Lakeside Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

15:45 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs &188 yards]

 

Ludlow:

15:00 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:10 Ballywood (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards]

 

And I’ve found a photograph of the ill-fated Captain McGarry, who suffered a fatal injury at Huntingdon yesterday. RIP  L

 

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Tuesday 19 March 2019

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

 

Huntingdon:

Captain McGarry (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) suffered a fatal injury during the Maiden Hurdle (12 ran). RIP

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (8 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before four out during the Novices’ Chase (5 ran).

Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran); Alan’s 79th winner of the season and Wayne’s 74th winner of the season.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

14:30 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards]

16:10 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

Haydock Park:

15:15 Scorpion Sid (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Monday 18 March 2019

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

 

Plumpton:

The Cull Bank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); Alan’s 77th winner of the season and Wayne’s 73rd winner of the season.

Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards] (12 ran); Martin’s 20th winner of the season.

Robsam (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Southwell:

Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gaving Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (1 ran).

Eyes Right (Alan King/Oakley Brown) won the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran); Alan’s 78th winner of the season.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

14:30 Captain McGarry (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

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

 

I was so pleased for Kielan Woods, claiming his first Cheltenham Festival winner when triumphing in the Grand Annual on Croco Bay; although I didn’t stay to see the race! 

 

Wetherby:

14:40 Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:55 Sheshoon Sonny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

I had a go at the placepot at Cheltenham; needless to say it was a bit of a failure.  In fact I was knocked out on the first race every day, bar Thursday when I was knocked out on the second!!!

 

However, I did choose five winners – Beware the Bear in the Ultima, Topofthegame in the RSA, Altior in the Champion, Paisley Park in the Stayers’ Hurdle and Siruh Du Lac in the Plate.  Just two others counted; Lostintranslation with a 2nd in the JLT and Shantou Flyer with a 2nd in the Foxhunters.  I had six 4th places, and three 5th places. 

Sunday 17 March 2019

I’m back from the Cheltenham Festival and here are the results, from yesterday, for my runners of interest:

 

Kempton:

Harambe (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran); Alan’s 75th winner of the season and Wayne’s 71st winner of the season.

Timoteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran); Alan’s 76th winner of the season and Wayne’s 72nd winner of the season.

Kayf Blanco (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 mile 4 furlongs & 110 yards] (9 ran).

Certainly Red (Lydia Richards/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

Marlow Moss (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) finished 4th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Miss Brodie Hampson) finished 6th in the Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle for Female Professional Jockeys/Amateur Riders) (9 ran).

Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 13th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 207 yards] (18 ran).

 

And today’s one result for my runner of interest, at Carlisle:

Bingo D’Olivate (James Ewart/Steven Fox) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 1 furlong] (8 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest too:

 

Southwell:

15:35 Grange Ranger (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

16:05 Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gaving Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

16:35 Eyes Right (Alan King/Oakley Brown) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Plumpton:

14:50 The Cull Bank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:55 Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards]

16:55 Robsam (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

 

Festival Highlight

 

 

Day 3: Frodon and Bryony Frost

win the Grade 1 Ryanair Chase

 

 

I have to confess that my resolve was seriously wavering during this year’s Festival; it wasn’t helped by the damp start to both Tuesday and Friday.

 

But I attended on each of the four days, although I left after the 5th race on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and after the Gold Cup on Friday.  This meant that I arrived back at my hotel before dark, and arrived home at 19:05 on Friday, having not enjoyed driving in the dark towards the end of my journey!

 

The 2020 Festival is definitely up for discussion … I hope to attend on Gold Cup Day, plus either Day 1 or Day 2.  It’s just getting so expensive, when one includes hotel accommodation too. 

 

My Cheltenham Festival blog this year is going to be very factual, as I wasn’t functioning at 100% due to being emotionally distracted at the present time … which, ties in nicely to:

 

Friday was Comic Relief Red Nose Day and here is the link to the Bodyguard spoof:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aKCpcQUDcg

 

OMG … I love this GIF:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1106703732295811072

 

 

Link to Cheltenham Festival blogs  

Monday 11 March 2019

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

 

Sandown Park:

Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before the last during the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).

Senior Citizen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th and Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 9th in the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (18 ran).

Briery Express (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) finished 9th, Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished last and Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (10 ran).

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 6th and Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 37 yards] (11 ran).

 

Hereford:

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Ceris Biddle/EPDS Racing) was brought down during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 163 yards] (14 ran).

Newtown Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (7 ran).

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 8 yards] (9 ran); Jamie’s 28th winner of the season.

 

And yesterday’s runners of interest, at Warwick:

13:50 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

17:30 Edwardstone (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

And today’s results too:

 

Stratford:

Homing Star (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 9th in the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran).

Timoteo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (8 ran); Alan’s 73rd winner of the season and Wayne’s 69th winner of the season.

Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards] (8 ran).

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles & 70 yards] (11 ran); Alan’s 74th winner of the season and Wayne’s 70th winner of the season.

Hurricane Vic (S Robinson/Mr Philip Armson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hunters’ Chase (9 ran).

Debden Bank (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 7th in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div I (8 ran).

Pinnacle Park (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 7th in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race Div II (10 ran).

 

Taunton:

Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Harry Teal) finished 8th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Plumpton:

Alrightjack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 8th and Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival:

16:10 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Hurdle (Grade 1)

16:50 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase (Listed)

17:30 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) – National Hunt Challenge Cup Amateur Riders’

Novices’ Chase (Grade 2).

 

 

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RIP Carlos Du Fruitier

 

Having sustained an injury at Sandown Park on Friday, sadly Carlos Du Fruitier didn’t make it. L RIP

Friday 08 March 2019

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

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards]

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) was pulled up before four out in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151 yards] (7 ran); however, he is reported to be okay following the race.

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Sandown Park:

13:20 Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:50 Senior Citizen (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Boldmere (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:00 Briery Express (Noel Williams/Richard Johnson) & Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Eyes Right (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

15:35 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) & Salmanazar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 37 yards]

 

Hereford:

13:40 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Ceris Biddle/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 163 yards]

14:15 Newtown Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:00 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Mares’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

16:35 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 8 yards]

Thursday 07 March 2019

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

Rebel Royal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell three out during the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (13 ran).

I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (11 ran).

Midnight Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Maiden NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Leicester:

14:20 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 45 yards]

16:30 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 151 yards]

 

There are no runners of interest at Sandown Park tomorrow.

 

Colin Tizzard believes that Native River’s chance in the Gold Cup is improving all the time, due to the current weather conditions:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-countdown/native-rivers-gold-cup-chance-improving-with-the-weather-says-tizzard/369627

 

 

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This is a youtube link to the short film, Group B (2015); it is 25 minutes long and, of course, features Richard Madden.  He plays a rally driver, Shane Hunter, who is making a comeback following a fatal accident: 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaFKmf-JB4A

Wednesday 06 March 2019

There’s one result to report from yesterday, at Exeter:

Yesandno (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the NH Novices’ Hurdle Div II (11 ran).

 

There were no runners of interest today.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest at Wincanton:

14:10 Rebel Royal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

15:15 I’m A Believer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

16:20 Colditz Castle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle Div II

17:30 Midnight Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden NH Flat Race

 

The Last Samuri has been retired, age 11.  Here’s wishing him a happy retirement.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/grand-national-runner-up-the-last-samuri-retired-at-age-of-11/369442

 

 

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With Red Nose Day approaching fast – Friday 15 March – the BBC has released a short video from the Bodyguard spoof; here is Richard Madden, aka David Budd, with Sanjeev Bhaskar:

 

https://twitter.com/i/status/1102946637276766208

 

And there’s a photo too:

 

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It’s unlikely that anyone is better looking than Richard ... here is one of my favourite photos, taken in New York last month:

 

 

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Credit: @lifeinreverie

As well as having a ‘Mallen streak’ or in this instance a ‘Madden streak’ (known as poliosis), Richard’s combination of natural hair and eye colour is very unusual – auburn with (beautiful) blue eyes.  Redheads usually have brown, hazel or green eyes!

Monday 04 March 2019

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

Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Max Kendrick/EPDS Racing) finished 8th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Fuseau (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest, at Southwell:

Bentons Lad (Graeme McPherson/Tom Humphries) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards) (11 ran).

San Rumoldo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Standard Open Flat Race (10 ran); Alan’s 72nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 68th winner of the season.  The horse is owned by Alan and was an 8-1 shot today.

 

Here is the sole runner of interest tomorrow, at Exeter:

15:15 Yesandno (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle Div II

Saturday 02 March 2019

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

 

Newbury:

Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up before the last fence during the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 3) (11 ran); he ran well for a very long way.

Valdez (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 187 yards] (16 ran).

Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Robbie Power) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards] (11 ran).

Rock Steady (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 11th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Zulu Dawn (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Brillare Momento (3 miles & 84 yards) finished 4th and Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards] (7 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 1 yard) (7 ran).

Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

Zorro’s Girl (Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle/owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Maiden Stakes (4 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest at Huntingdon:

14:30 Jessica Rabbit (Graeme McPherson/Max Kendrick/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

17:10 Fuseau (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Friday 01 March 2019

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

 

Newbury:

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 10th and Notachance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 52 yards] (16 ran).

Glasha’s Peak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Coole Well (Jamie Snowden/Max Kendrick) finished 2nd and Lord Walsingham (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Sula Island (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished last in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (5 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

14:05 Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 3); the horse has been on the injury sidelines for 763 days.

14:40 Valdez (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 187 yards]

15:10 Cyrus Darius (Colin Tizzard/Robbie Power) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 69 yards]

15:45 Rock Steady (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:50 Zulu Dawn (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Doncaster:

13:50 Brillare Momento (3 miles & 84 yards) & Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 84 yards]

15:35 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Grimthorpe Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 1 yard)

16:05 Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

16:25 Zorro’s Girl (Archie Watson/Hollie Doyle/owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Stakes

 

 


 

 

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