MAY 2014

 

 

Saturday 31 May 2014

Just one runner of interest at Stratford this evening and this is how he fared:

Howwrongcanyoube (Alan King/Jack Doyle) finished 3rd in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Barry Geraghty rode at Stratford but didn’t have a good evening; two rides for Nicky Henderson, both pulled up including in the bumper!

 

Scoop 6 bonus hunter Craig Brazier was out of luck today, but the bonus was won but a group of 3 who pooled resources to increase their chance.  More

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Fakenham tomorrow but no runners of interest.

 

I’m spending a quiet weekend at home, unlike for the past two weeks; I’ve spent today working on Day 2 of my Cheltenham diaries, combined with doing a little bit of gardening this afternoon.

Friday 30 May 2014

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Stratford:

20:55 Howwrongcanyoube (Alan King/Jack Doyle) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

There was another water-jump ‘incident’ at Stratford this evening, with Sam Twiston-Davies losing out in the Stewards’ room to AP McCoy.  More

 

Balthazar King was out of luck in France yesterday, when he fell 5 out in the Anjou-Loire Challenge at Le Lion d'Angers.  More

 

My back is bad again this evening, and my neck is feeling stiff too.  I’ve not done any lifting at work since Tuesday, so I’m not sure why it’s hurting now rather than three days ago.  My C’s and T’s x-ray results have come through and my doctor wishes to see me again so, presumably, there is something slightly amiss. 

 

Thursday 29 May 2014

Here are today’s results of interest:

 

Worcester:

Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) finished 3rd in what appears to have been an incident-packed Novices’ Handicap Chase (11 ran).

Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs] (7 ran).

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Claiming Hurdle (9 ran).

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran); Martin’s 2nd winner of the season.

 

Meanwhile at Wetherby, Lovcen won the Novices’ Chase (3 ran).

There’s just one National Hunt fixture tomorrow, in the evening at Stratford and the card includes the Hunter Chases Championships too; but no runners of interest in any of the other races. 

Wednesday 28 May 2014

A number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Worcester:

14:10 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:40 Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs]

15:40 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Claiming Hurdle

16:40 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

17:10 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Meanwhile at Wetherby, Lovcen has his first run for the Sophie Leech yard, to be ridden by Paul Moloney.  The race is at 18:30, a Novices’ Chase.

There’s news on Alan King’s website that one of the ‘lucky’ eight Scoop 6 winners has visited the yard today, Chatez having won the final leg and thus made Craig Brazier a millionaire.  More

Tuesday 27 May 2014

With the deteriorating ground conditions due to the inclement weather, there was just one runner of interest at Huntingdon this evening:

Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4½ furlongs]

Ronaldinho (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Hurdle

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/AP McCoy) won the Novices’ Chase (5 ran).

Laser Blazer (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle

 

The sole National Hunt fixture takes place at Cartmel tomorrow, so no runners of interest.

 

Retired star sprinter Lochsong has passed away aged 26 following a bout of colic.  More

 

It’s the Belvoir Hunt’s Open Day next Sunday 01 June; I wonder if Choc and family will attend.  Click here for more details.

Now that it’s Spring Watch time, my weekday diary writing will be taking place after 21:00 ... and even later if I watch Spring Watch Unsprung too!

Monday 26 May 2014

Just one runner of interest, at Uttoxeter yesterday:

Handazan (Alan King/Paddy Brennan) was pulled up in the Beginners’ Chase (4 ran).

 

Four runners of interest at Huntingdon tomorrow evening:

18:50 Havingotascoobydo (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4½ furlongs]

19:20 Ronaldinho (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Hurdle

19:50 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/AP McCoy) – Novices’ Chase – it appears to be a very weak race, so perhaps AP will finally be the one to persuade the horse that he’d like to win!  If anyone can, he can!

20:50 Laser Blazer (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Maiden Hurdle

 

 

Photo

 

Me, Millie (or Milly?) and Rebel

 

(photo courtesy of friend Steph)

 

 

I spent an excellent day at the Herts Show yesterday.  The weather was fine all day, and sunny most of the time too.  Michelle, Steph and I chose the right day to go, as the weather was very damp on Saturday.  Heavy footfall had made areas of the ground a little muddy in light of day one’s prevailing conditions but it soon washed off my boots when I got home.  I have a bit of a red nose today ... I didn’t wear sunblock, as it no longer seems to agree with me.  I applied some prior to my Eastbourne trip but all it did was make my skin tingle a lot, so I had to wash it off again.   

 

My favourite animals at the Show were Prince the Shire foal and the alpacas.  We saw a couple of guys from the BoldDogs Lings Motocross Stunt Display team performing on two occasions during the day; I gather they are appearing on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.  The programme is not my kind of thing ... but I might tune in on this one occasion just to see how they get on!  

 

Click here to view more photos from the Herts Show

 

It’s back to the grindstone again today, and I’ve been working on my Cheltenham diaries with the hope of completing part two of day one before I turn in this evening.  There had been a possibility of doing some gardening today, but it has been too wet. 

Saturday 24 May 2014

One runner of interest today, at Ffos Las:

Mirkat (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Tomorrow just one runner of interest, at Uttoxeter:

14:30 Handazan (Alan King/Paddy Brennan) – Beginners’ Chase

 

The Scoop 6 was won by eight winning tickets ... and the final leg, at Haydock, was won by the Alan King-trained Chatez!  A nice prize to win by the triumphant horse too, namely £43,575!  The horse is in the same ownership as Smad Place. 

 

If you’ve been following the story of Joseph the Shire who was born on 17 May and recently orphaned, he’s found a new foster mum.  Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh J

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to London to see The Phantom of the Opera.  Unbelievably, the show is now in its 28th year!  But, if you’ve not seen it, I would definitely recommend it.

 

Friday 23 May 2014

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Towcester this evening:

Desert Robe (Alan King/Jack Doyle) finished a head 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran); an excellent effort following 510 days on the injury sidelines, especially as Towcester is no pushover!

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

 

Tomorrow just one runner of interest, at Ffos Las:

20:45 Mirkat (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

And on Sunday, at Uttoxeter:

14:30 Handazan (Alan King/Paddy Brennan) – Beginners’ Chase

 

Even Barry Geraghty will be riding at Fontwell Park on Sunday, as Nicky Henderson has a runner!

 

Leighton Aspell was in the wars at Towcester, his mount Morning Reggie having fallen in the 18:50.  ATR were reporting that he’d damaged his collarbone; that’s bad luck, as he’s only just returned from having broken his collarbone.  But, never mind, he won the Grand National!

 

There’s news regarding the Martin Keighley horses which went to the Sales on Wednesday.  Court In Session (aka Judge) was sold for £6,000 to Matt Sheppard’s yard.  Hail Tiberius didn’t sell in the ring, but was purchased afterwards and is to be trained by Neil King; Typhon De Guye didn’t meet his reserve so returned to the yard and will spend the summer chasing.  

 

It’s another busy weekend for me, and following a very busy week at work.  What I really want to do is lie down in a darkened room for three days!  Actually I’m really looking forward to going to the theatre tomorrow afternoon ... to see Phantom of the Opera.  Lesley is treating me; it’s my late combined Christmas and birthday present.  I’ve always wanted to see the show but have never got around to going.  Then, on Sunday, I’m attending day two of the Herts County Show with work colleagues Steph and Michelle; I’ve not been to the show for years and am looking forward to seeing the alpacas and anything horsey and, come to think of it, I like cows and lambs too ... and little piggies! 

 

I may be able to put in a few hours work on my Cheltenham diaries on Monday.  I have however, finished part one of Day 1 and I uploaded it late yesterday evening.  Click here to read.

Thursday 22 May 2014

Tomorrow there are runners of interest at Wetherby:

Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Shady Lane (Alan King/Jack Doyle) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles] (6 ran).

Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong] having run at Worcester yesterday.

 

There are a couple of runners of interest tomorrow at Towcester:

18:50 Desert Robe (Alan King/Jack Doyle) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

19:20 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Cheltenham Festival winner and Grand National stalwart Blowing Wind has been put to sleep aged 21.  More

 

Sandown Park this evening looks a lot quieter than it was on bet365 day last month!

https://twitter.com/KBurkeRacing/status/469511793782820864/photo/1

Wednesday 21 May 2014

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

 

Newton Abbot:

Tiger Feat (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Worcester:

Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (3 ran).

 

Tomorrow there are runners of interest at Wetherby:

14:00 Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

15:05 Shady Lane (Alan King/Jack Doyle) – Handicap Chase [2 miles]

16:50 Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong]; but he ran at Worcester today.

 

I presume that Wayne is also on the sidelines at present; confirmation would be listed in the Racing Post.  He was stood down at Aintree last Friday following a fall, although he did ride on Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Cheltenham racecourse redevelopment is well underway; the old buildings have all gone, as has the sheltered area above the Winners’ Enclosure.  The latter shelter came in extremely handy last October during a very heavy downpour!

https://twitter.com/CheltenhamRaces/status/469124141254455296/photo/1

I think the members’ lawn is to be tarmaced over which will be good, as I hate getting my shoes and boots muddy when it rains. 

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Well, that was very annoying.  I logged on yesterday evening only to discover there was a problem with my website.  Was there a technical problem?  No, upon logging into my account to investigate, I discovered that I’d overlooked the fact that the credit card I use to pay for my subscription had recently expired.  And I’ve been so engrossed in my website diaries that I missed the warning email from the host services company, so they suspended me yesterday. 

 

So I settled my bill at 19:30 and, although the website was still unavailable when I turned in at 22:30, I logged on at 07:00 this morning and it was back.  Yippee!

 

Anyway, today was the first day of the DBS Spring sale and a number of the Alan King horses have found new homes:

 

Kumbeshwar was purchased by Lucinda Russell for £23,000

https://twitter.com/lucindavrussell/status/468791365347053568/photo/1

 

Bless The Wings has gone to Tom Malone for £16,000

Duroble Man was sold to Richard Venn for £14,000

Lotus Pond was purchased by David Smith/Willie Bryan for £4,500

Frizzo sold for £5,000 to Tony Coyle

Jojabean was sold to Brendan Bashford Bloodstock for £6,200

Gold Ingot was purchased by Mr & Mrs GT Bailey for £8,000

Lidar was sold to Anthony Stroud Bloodstock Limited for £12,000

Forresters Folly has gone to FSF Racing for £3,000

Super Lunar was purchased by HP Hogarth for £26,000

 

And last but not least, Tante Sissi is listed as having been purchased by the vendor; Steve Ayres who has been looking after her (and Balder Succes) tweeted to say she’s off to have babies!!!

 

And tomorrow, Typhon De Guye, Hail Tiberius and Court In Session from the Martin Keighley yard go under the hammer. L

 

There’s sad news regarding The Fox’s Decree; he was fatally injured during a point-to-point at the weekend. L RIP Foxy.   Seen here when racing for the Martin Keighley yard:  https://twitter.com/belindakeighley/status/468488886902358016/photo/1

 

Silviniaco Conti has been named the highest-rated Anglo-Irish chaser of the 2013 / 2014 season.  Balder Succes tops the minimum distance Novices’ chaser category.  More

 

There were no National Hunt fixtures today, but there are a couple of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Newton Abbot:

16:40 Tiger Feat (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Worcester:

18:40 Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

With my mind fully occupied yesterday with the worries of restoring my website, I didn’t get around to commencing the race comments on my Cheltenham diaries.  But the DVD is now in the machine ... and they will shortly be off for the Supreme Novices!!! 

Sunday 18 May 2014

Three runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Stratford:

Midnight Sail (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Westerly Breeze (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

Tante Sissi (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (5 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Towcester tomorrow but no runners of interest.

 

Long Run was out of luck in Paris today.  More  But Thousand Stars had better luck.  More

 

I’m feeling especially tired this evening as I’ve been on a trip with friends Lesley and Fay to Eastbourne today, by train. We went to visit our friend Angy together with her daughters Rebecca and Chloe.  It was a lovely day, and the weather was excellent; although the trains were a little crowded at times, standing room only between Haywards Heath and East Croydon on the return journey!

Saturday 17 May 2014

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Grumeti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (5 ran); Wayne’s 3rd winner of the season.  Outsider Fairyinthewind, an ex-Alan King inmate, finished 2nd.

Hung Parliament (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong] (9 ran).

Belle De Londres (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

Court In Session (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles] (8 ran).

 

And here is a recap on tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Stratford:

15:20 Midnight Sail (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase

15:50 Westerly Breeze (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle

16:50 Tante Sissi (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

As hoped, I’ve now completed and uploaded my final 2014 Aintree diary; I managed to squeeze in its completion around my busy schedule today.  Click here to read.

Friday 16 May 2014

A number of runners of interest at Aintree this evening and this is how they fared:

No Substitute (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (6 ran).

Lidar (Alan King/Aidan Coleman deputised for Wayne Hutchinson or should that be substituted in view of his previous ride) finished 6th and Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong] (11 ran) and one of my favourites Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Paddy Brennan) finished 7th!

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

13:55 Grumeti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:40 Hung Parliament (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong]

17:20 Belle De Londres (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Uttoxeter:

18:10 Midnight Thomas (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

19:15 Court In Session (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [2 miles]

 

And on Sunday ...

 

Stratford:

15:20 Midnight Sail (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase

15:50 Westerly Breeze (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle

16:50 Tante Sissi (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Ruby Walsh will be partnering Long Run in Sunday's Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at Auteuil, as under French rules amateur riders are not permitted to ride in certain designated races. More

 

There’s more news about the Brian Meehan horses involved in a motorway accident yesterday in which two people were killed.  One of the racehorses suffered serious injuries, and their American coloured stable pony Pistolero died.  More

Thursday 15 May 2014

A number of runners of interest at Aintree tomorrow evening:

18:05 No Substitute (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

19:50 Lidar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong] ... and one of my favourites Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Paddy Brennan)!

And my Aintree Ladies’ Day diary has been completed and uploaded.  Click here to read.

Wednesday 14 May 2014

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Billy Biscuit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Say When (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the NH Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Chase

Minx Of The Lamp (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) finished 15th and Daisy Picker (Noel Williams/James Banks) was pulled up in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

Worcester:

Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran); Martin’s 1st winner of the season.  Well done to the team.

Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase (10 ran).

Sequoia Forest (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) unseated in the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

 

No runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Having completed both Day 2 and Day 3 drafts of my Aintree Festival diaries, they solely need to be proof-read now.  So that’s my evening tasks for the next couple of days, hopefully. 

 

My weekend is totally booked up now, so Monday will be the earliest I can begin the race comments on my Cheltenham diaries.  I have major plans for Saturday and Sunday of the following weekend too, so that leaves just Bank Holiday Monday free.  But I’m sure my website will be up-to-date again by the end of June!  Especially as it is an obsession to get everything back in order again!!!

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Four runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Ffos Las:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Southwell:

Frizzo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) was brought down in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4½ furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Yanworth (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

And, at Wincanton, Dave Crosse rode another double!

 

Nine runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

13:55 Billy Biscuit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:25 Say When (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

16:35 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

17:40 Minx Of The Lamp (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) & Daisy Picker (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Worcester:

14:35 Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:35 Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

16:10 Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase

16:45 Sequoia Forest (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Maiden Hurdle

Monday 12 May 2014

Despite it being the ‘off-season’ for National Hunt racing, there are four jump fixtures tomorrow; with runners of interest at three of these:

 

Ffos Las:

20:45 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Siddall) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Southwell:

18:30 Frizzo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

19:05 Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4½ furlongs]

 

Wincanton:

17:10 Yanworth (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

A greyhound track at Towcester?  How tacky is that?  More  And Milton Keynes is just a stone’s throw away and their track closed! 

 

I’ve been reading Charlie Longsdon’s website blog and he mentions that Charlie Deutsch broke a wrist when his mount fell at Plumpton yesterday.  So he’s lost the services of Noel Fehily for the moment, and now his conditional too. 

 

Following yesterday’s farce at Ludlow, Martin Keighley has written about the incident in today’s blog.  More

Balder Succes is relaxing during his summer holiday, following a busy season:

https://twitter.com/orse_racing_lad/status/465812824610971648/photo/1

Sunday 11 May 2014

Three runners of interest today and this is how they fared:

 

Ludlow:

The Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase in which Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) was declared void due to a false start and the flag person missing the signal to stop the runners. 

 

Here is the report on the BHA website:

 

The Stewards held an enquiry to consider why the the Advanced Flag Operator (AFO) had failed to react to the Starter waving his flag, having called a false start. They interviewed, the Starters, John Suthern, AFO and the riders: Adam Wedge, Andrew Tinkler, Aidan Coleman, Sam Twiston-Davies, Nick Scholfield, Paul Moloney, Richard Johnson, Miss L Gardner, Conor O’Farrell, and Will Kennedy. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the start, the Stewards noted that the AFO had failed to see the Starter wave his flag due to his view being obstructed by the oncoming runners. They further enquired into the flag deployment by the Ludlow Groundstaff and why the race wasn’t stopped earlier. They interviewed Simon Sherwood, the Clerk of the Course, Bob Davies, the Racecourse General Manager and Dave Roberts, the Groundstaff Manager, in the presence of the riders. As the AFO had failed to raise the re-call flag following the Starter having declared a false start, the Stewards ordered the race to be Void under Rule (B)40.1.2 and ordered a report on both incidents to be forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority.

 

Plumpton:

Hurricane Vic (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Towcester tomorrow evening but no particular runners of interest.

I’ve spent a busy weekend concentrating on my Aintree diaries; I’ve finished and uploaded Day 1, and finished but not proof-read Day 2.  I’ve even begun Day 3 too!  I’m trying to get ahead, as most of my time has been booked up next weekend, and two of the three days during the following Bank Holiday weekend too! 

Click here to read the first of my Aintree diaries.

Saturday 10 May 2014

There was a mixed card at Haydock Park this afternoon and this is how my runners of interest fared:

L’Unique (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (13 ran).

Montbazon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a distant 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (registered as the Swinton Hurdle) [2miles] (13 ran).

Pantxoa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase (8 ran); Pancho doesn’t like the ground so can be forgiven for this run.

McVicar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] ( 9 ran).

 

Alan had a runner on the flat there too:

Chatez (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) finished 2nd in the One mile Handicap, having been caught close home (8 ran).

 

The Swinton Hurdle was won by Ballyglasheen, who was the only horse in the race without a Scoop 6 ticket nomination, so no-one made it to the sixth and final leg!  The money rolls over again!   More

 

And a reminder of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

14:45 Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) - Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Plumpton:

17:00 Hurricane Vic (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Here is a lovely photo of Freddie and Harry Keighley on the gallops this morning, with friend Mary.  Their new pony, a roan, is named Dinky:

https://twitter.com/martinkeighley7/status/465030662727413760/photo/1

Friday 09 May 2014

There’s a mixed card at Haydock Park tomorrow with a number of runners of interest:

13:50 L’Unique (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

15:30 Montbazon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (registered as the Swinton Hurdle) [ 2miles]

16:40 Pantxoa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase

17:15 McVicar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Alan has a runner on the flat there too:

14:25 Chatez (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney) – One mile Handicap

 

There’s an overview of tomorrow’s runners on Alan King’s news page:

http://alankingracing.co.uk/news.htm

 

Then, on Sunday, there are three runners of interest too:

 

Ludlow:

14:45 Hayjack (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) - Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Plumpton:

17:00 Hurricane Vic (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Choc tweeted a selfie earlier today; he’s wearing a neck brace and William is getting in on the act too.

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/464660791862759424/photo/1

 

I will endeavour not to moan about my stiff and grinding neck and aching back; although the latter has been bothering me all day today.  I have an appointment next Friday for my C’s and T’s to be x-rayed to discover whether it’s just old age wear and tear or otherwise. 

 

There is news on the Racing Forum Memorials page that Captain Cutter has been put down due to complications following an injury incurred during the Albert Bartlett Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival. It is reported he broke his shoulder; I thought he was lame behind ... but what do I know?  I saw him loaded into the horse ambulance prior to being taken back to the racecourse vets for assessment that day.  RIP 

 

I’ve no plans for this weekend, other than watching the racing on TV and continuing the drafting of my diaries.

Thursday 08 May 2014

No runners of interest today, as Friendly Society was a non-runner at Newton Abbot, and no runners of interest tomorrow either.

 

Richard Johnson didn’t ride today having suffered a painful fall at Worcester yesterday evening.  Also further news regarding Noel Fehily.  More

 

There’s also additional news regarding the controversy surrounding the start of this year’s Grand National.  More

With mention of the upcoming DBS Spring Sales (20 to 22 May) in various quarters, I’ve been doing my research and have found a number of horses from Barbury Castle which are currently due to be sold:

Bless The Wings, Kumbeshwar L, Tante Sissi, Duroble Man, Lotus Pond, Frizzo, Jojabean, Gold Ingot, Lidar L, Forresters Folly and the Million In Mind’s Super Lunar.

And if you wish to take a look down the list for other horses you may know, then here is the link:

http://www.dbsauctions.com/catalogue.aspx?saleId=290&saletype=Mixed

Wednesday 07 May 2014

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

15:35 Friendly Society (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Handicap Chase

 

News that Noel Fehily is now on the injury sidelines, having sustained a fractured cheekbone and eye socket at Fakenham yesterday when Superior Quality fell; he’d fallen aboard his first ride of the day too.

 

However, Paddy Brennan was back in action at Worcester this evening, and Leighton Aspell is due to return at Wincanton tomorrow.  Both suffered broken collarbones and had been out of action since 15 April. 

 

Also news that jockey Denis O’Regan will no longer be riding as first jockey for trainer John Ferguson.  More

Tuesday 06 May 2014

There were runners of interest at Exeter this evening and this is how they fared:

Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (17 ran).

Lidar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase (7 ran).

Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7½ furlongs]

Springboks (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 12th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (15 ran); also Pattara (Noel Williams/Gerard Tumelty) finished 11th.

 

There’s afternoon jumps racing from Kelso and evening jumps racing from Worcester tomorrow, but no specific runners of interest. 

 

Meally and William have acquired a silver tabby kitten, which she has named Bumble Bear (?)

It seems to have taken ages to proof my Sandown Park diary, but here it is.  Click here

Monday 05 May 2014

Here are today’s results from Kempton Park:

Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles] (13 ran).

Handazan (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Beginners’ Chase (7 ran); his jumping was put under a little pressure at the end, but a promising debut nonetheless over the larger obstacles.

Simply A Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (7 ran); Wayne’s 2nd winner of the season.

Court In Session (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 5th and Fine Words (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle (14 ran).

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd (where else?) in the Handicap Chase [2 miles] (7 ran); the race was won by Australia Day, who has been waiting for suitably fast jumping ground and led from pillar to post.

Uriah Heep (Alan King/Mr Joshua Newman) finished 7th and Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Mr HRL Cornock) was pulled up in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

 

There was a ‘swan’ incident during the last – with the rider of Dark Energy (Harry Beswick) being unseated when the horse collided with one of the birds as they travelled around the lake bend!  There will be a stewards enquiry; the swans are a regular hazard on the Kempton Park track, but the professional jockeys tend to give them a wide berth!  Now we know why!  One nil to the swan!!! 

 

And guess what?  Here is the conclusion of the Stewards Enquiry.

 

The Stewards held an enquiry into the fall of Mr H Beswick, the rider of DARK ENERGY, entering the back straight. They interviewed Mr Beswick and the Clerk of the Course. Having heard their evidence and viewed recordings of the incident the Stewards found that the fall was caused by two swans which were on the track. The rider stated his horse stumbled when his mount hit the swan causing him to become unseated. The Clerk of the Course reported that they have a procedure where the ground staff remove the swans from the course but on this occasion they had come back on the track since being chased off. Being satisfied that no other horse or rider was involved, the Stewards forwarded a report to the British Horseracing Authority.

 

I don’t think Harry is going to live this one down ... a pictured scene from the movie Hot Fuzz is now doing the rounds on twitter.

https://twitter.com/FShoemark/status/463353889052692480/photo/1

 

Four course records were set too, three over jumps and one over hurdles. 

 

Four runners of interest at Exeter tomorrow evening:

17:50 Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

18:50 Lidar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase

19:20 Hindon Road (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7½ furlongs]

20:20 Springboks (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Here is a link to the NHS site regarding rib injuries.  Three to six weeks to heal and important that the patient doesn’t smoke whilst recovering.  And that’s not to mention the small bone chip to Choc’s C4 vertebra which also needs to be sorted out.  Damn the clumsy nag! 

 

Talking of injured jockeys, Paddy Brennan has also been on the sidelines with a broken collarbone; hence the reason he missed the opportunity of winning rides at the Punchestown Festival.  Not that you can ever really say that any horse would have won had a different jockey been onboard.

 

With nowhere to go today L I’ve been concentrating on my Sandown Park diary, with a long break during the afternoon to watch the racing on RUK.  I’ve completed the final draft and now just need to complete the proof-reading before uploading it. 

Sunday 04 May 2014

As expected, there are a number of runners of interest at Kempton Park tomorrow ... but, with Choc on the injury sidelines, no reason for me to attend L

 

13:45 Laser Blazer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles]

14:15 Handazan (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Beginners’ Chase

14:50 Simply A Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

16:00 Court In Session (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) & Fine Words (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle

16:35 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles]

17:10 Uriah Heep (Alan King/Mr Joshua Newman) & Kyles Faith (Martin Keighley/Mr HRL Cornock) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve finished transferring the Sandown Park action to DVD; and I’ve been shopping today ... to M&S.  I found one item which I’ve been looking for in my size and length – a pair of stone coloured jeggings.  And, being me, I purchased a pair of indigo jeggings too.  I also found a purple scarf; jersey and ‘butterfly’ lace – I already have one in dark blue, having foregone the cream, peach and green versions!  It was the last one they had, so I’m very pleased I got there just in time.  Plus two just above the knee linen skirts in teal and mulberry.  That was far more than I’d intended to spend.  No change there then.  Oh, and a birthday card for mum. 

 

But I did walk to the shop, and back again; according to Google that’s a round-trip of 6.6 miles.  It was hard work on the way back; I must be getting old.  

 

The 1000 Guineas was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Miss France.  More  Don’t you just hate it when the away- team wins?

 

And, finally, many happy returns of the day to AP McCoy who reaches the 40 milestone today!

Saturday 03 May 2014

Three runners of interest at Uttoxeter today and this is how they fared:

Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Dundee (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (12 ran); Wayne’s 1st winner of the new season.

Sapphire Moon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Annie Power won the Mares’ Champion Hurdle at Punchestown.  More

 

There were a couple of winners for the home team today too, namely Chartreux and the slightly crazy Deep Trouble.  More

 

Night Of Thunder was the 40-1 winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket today.  More

 

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow.

 

I’ve finished uploading the photos I took at Sandown Park last Saturday.  Click here

 

And I’ve almost completed the task of transferring Sandown’s racing action to DVD too. 

Friday 02 May 2014

Firstly, here is news from Fontwell Park:

Mirkat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran); I liked the winner, the Charlie Longsdon-trained No No Manolito, a cute bay horse with a blaze, two stockings and a sock.

 

Noel Williams had a winner too, when Friendly Society triumphed in a Handicap Chase under James Banks.  Anf here is a picture of the horse:

https://twitter.com/noelwilliams03/status/462319795774705665/photo/1

 

And Dave Crosse rode a double!!!  A Handicap Hurdle aboard Castlemorris King and a Handicap Chase aboard Cypress Grove.

 

Jezki got the better of Hurricane Fly in Punchestown’s Champion Hurdle.  More  It’s been a long season for the latter, who is also giving 4 years away to his rival. 

 

Vautour won the 2 miles 4 furlong Grade 1 Champion Novice Hurdle.  But not in such good style as Faugheen earlier in the week.  More  But they did swap distances from their victorious runs at Cheltenham.

 

Leighton Aspell will be returning from injury next Wednesday, having broken his collarbone 18 days ago ... I missed that, because I didn’t know he had!

 

Still no news update regarding Choc’s recuperation I’m afraid.   

 

Check out Gavin James’ photographs of Choc and Pantxoa taken at Cheltenham on 16 April:

http://www.gjmultimedia.co.uk/raceday_galleries/cheltenham-16-04-14/index.html

 

This sounds interesting if you live in or near Liverpool and your dad is a racing fan:

https://twitter.com/AintreeRaces/status/462189282862858240/photo/1

My late father hated horseracing!  It used to drive him mad when I wanted to watch it on Grandstand as a child ...

 

It is reported on the Racing Forum that Kaylif Aramis (pictured below at Sandown Park last Saturday) broke a shoulder in a freak accident this week and had to be put down.  RIP  

 

Race 7 f.jpg

 

Three runners of interest at Uttoxeter tomorrow:

13:35 Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

14:45 Dundee (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

17:05 Sapphire Moon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend ... it’s a shame Kempton Park has fallen off the radar with Choc’s absence.

Thursday 01 May 2014

 

Quevega is retired

following her 2nd place in the World Series Hurdle

at Punchestown today

 

race 5 d r.jpg

 

(pictured here at the Cheltenham Festival in 2013)

 

 

 

The main event at Punchestown today was Balder Succes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) who finished 3rd in the Ryanair Novice Chase (Grade 1) [2 miles] (8 ran); the race was won by the other English raider in the field, the 25-1 shot, God’s Own trained by Tom George and ridden by Barry Geraghty.  Arnaud took on Champagne Fever for the lead at the beginning of the race and Wayne rode his mount just behind this pace but, in the end, it played into the hands of those who had held up their horses, with Moscow Mannon claiming 2nd under Davy Russell, a 20-1 shot.  And, of course, God’s Own was runner-up to the Alan King runner in the Pendil Novices’ Chase at Kempton in February!  More

 

Parsnip Pete unseated Alain Cawley in the Handicap Chase at 16:15 (16 ran); Duke Of Lucca finished 5th in the Cross Country Chase at 16:50 (19 ran); Jetson was the shock winner of the World Series Hurdle, beating Quevega into 2nd place; At Fishers Cross finished 3rd, Fingal Bay 5th, Knockara Beau 8th and Reve De Sivola 7th (9 ran).  More

 

Meanwhile at Towcester:

Dont Call Me Oscar (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 12th and last of the finishers in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (17 ran).

Sequoia Forest (Martin Keighley/Ollie Garner) fell and Taffy Dare (Alan King/Gerard Tumelty) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Shady Lane (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 2nd in the Maiden Chase (6 ran).

Briery Queen (Noel Williams/James Banks) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Fontwell Park:

20:00 Mirkat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race


 

 

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