MAY 2018

 

 

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

28 May 2018 – Photographs taken at Cheltenham on Day 4 of the Festival (16 March 2018)

26 May 2018 – Photographs taken at Cheltenham on Day 2 of the Festival (14 March 2018)

21 May 2018 – Photographs taken at Cheltenham on Day 1 of the Festival (13 March 2018)

20 May 2018 – Photographs taken at Aintree on Grand National Day (14 April 2018)

12 May 2018 – Sandown Park Jump Finale Diary (28 April 2018)

12 May 2018 – Photographs taken at the Sandown Park Jump Finale (28 April 2018)

04 May 2018 – Photographs taken during a visit to Jamie Snowden’s yard (31 March 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 31 May 2018

This evening I became the latest victim of the pathetic train service being provided by Thameslink since the new timetables were introduced on 20 May.  I was travelling back from Luton to St Albans, just three stops down the line.  

 

I got to Luton station at around 17:07 expecting to catch the 17:12 train from Platform 1; it was cancelled.  I was already annoyed, as the previous train was running late but the doors closed just as I arrived on the platform; that was the Littlehampton train ... why on earth does a train, which commences its journey at Bedford, terminate in West Sussex of all places? 

 

I could have sworn that you need to go to Victoria Station if you want to travel to Littlehampton.  I’ve not got anything against the seaside town as such, as my family used to take day trips there when I was a child, but I can’t image that many people who live in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire would wish to travel there on a regular basis!  Besides, the longer the distance the train has to travel, the more unreliable it becomes.   

 

Anyway, the next scheduled train was the 17:16 to Rainham in Kent, departing from platform 2; that was also cancelled.  There was then an announcement that a train, which was due to call at Luton Airport Parkway and St Albans amongst other places, would depart from platform 4.  So I headed back up the stairs and down onto platform 4; after five minutes standing on that particular platform, the details suddenly disappeared without warning from the electronic notice-board, only to be replaced by details of an East Midlands train, first stop St Pancras!  So it would appear that promised trains also disappear into thin air!

 

I thus had to head back up the stairs and down onto platform 1 again, to catch the 17:28 instead.  There were a number of later cancellations being notified too, both southbound and northbound.  Thameslink couldn’t organise a **** ** in a brewery!  It’s a total shambles!!!  Thameslink is a commuter line, which also links Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport; it’s not a line for day trippers to the seaside.    

 

Just one result to report today, from Ffos Las:

Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) fell at the last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran); the race notes state she was winded, but hopefully that means she’s okay. 

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Market Rasen:

14:50 Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:25 Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 140 yards]

16:45 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards]

 

I’ve also been notified of a revised delivery date for Lee Mottershead’s book "Cue Card The People's Champion", which I ordered at the end of March; it now due to arrive on 07 June.

 

The Tattersalls Ireland sale took place at Cheltenham today with record prices recorded ... Gordon and Willie have been spending big!!!  Graeme McPherson bought a horse named Ask Ben, for £30,000.

Wednesday 30 May 2018

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

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardy/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 219 yards] (15 ran).

 

There is no result to report today, as my sole runner of interest – Lord Topper – was a non-runner at Warwick!

 

There are due to be two runners of interest tomorrow, at Ffos Las:

18:00 Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

21:00 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Jockey Dave Crosse fractured his right thumb following an incident at Huntingdon on Monday; his mount suddenly veered off course close to the finishing line during the bumper, crashing through the plastic railings as a result.  He’ll be out of action for around three months.  Fortunately Dave does an excellent sideline in hospitality! 

 

Gavin Sheehan, who fractured his arm as a result of a fall during the Grand National, hopes to return to action later this week.  

 

I forgot to mention that Stynes also won the best turned-out prize prior to his win at Cartmel on Monday.

https://mobile.twitter.com/EPDS_Racing/status/1001182348573118464/photo/1

 

Owners Grech and Parkin will be sending an Aintree Goffs UK sale purchase to trainer Alan King; the horse is named Shannon Hill and joins Nayati at Barbury Castle.  They own Claimantakinforgan amongst others ... although they may have sold one or two at the recent Doncaster sales.

https://mobile.twitter.com/GrechParkin/status/1001417364087427073/photo/1

 

I went to see Pasha Kovalev at the St Albans Arena yesterday evening – this year’s tour is called ‘The Magic of Hollywood’ and, once more, he appears with former partner Anya Garnis, along with four other professional dancers.  It has also been confirmed today that Pasha will be one of the professional dancers featured in this autumn’s Strictly Come Dancing.  J  This will be his 8th season on the popular dance show.  Gorkathe Corker’ also returns for his 3rd season on Strictly. 

Monday 28 May 2018

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

 

Huntingdon:

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 104 yards] (6 ran). J

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards] (13 ran).

 

Cartmel:

Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 83 yards] (8 ran).

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won and Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 61 yards] (8 ran); Graeme’s 4th winner of the season.

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 34 yards] (5 ran).

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Redcar:

15:00 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardy/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 219 yards]

 

There’s no need for me to watch the French Open this year, as it transpires that Djokovic split from his coach Andre Agassi back in April.  That’s fortunate, as I don’t like Djokovic anyway!!!

 

Having been held back by a head cold this weekend, I’ve completed 3/5ths of the planned website updates.  I didn’t get around to doing any gardening, but I did a little bit of spring cleaning instead!   

 

Sunday 27 May 2018

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

 

Chester:

Redicean (Alan King/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 9th in the Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 84 yards] (12 ran).

 

Ffos Las:

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); Alan’s 9th winner of the season.  The horse is owned by Dai Walters, who recently sold Ffos Las to ARC.  It was an amazing run as, despite the horse almost pulling Tom’s arms out for much of the race, he went from last to first within the final two furlongs to win by 1½ lengths at the line.  When interviewed, Tom said he’d saddled the horse himself, to ensure the saddle wouldn’t slip!

 

And today’s results:

 

Uttoxeter:

Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

 

The Ben Case-trained Dakkar Collonges was lost as a result of a fall during the first race of the day. RIP

 

Fontwell Park:

Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards] (7 ran); Graeme’s 3rd winner of the season.

Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Andrew Glassonbury) finished 7th and Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 165 yards] (10 ran).

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the NH Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards] (4 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, and Wayne Hutchinson is back in action:

 

Huntingdon:

15:10 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 104 yards]

16:20 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 145 yards]

 

Cartmel:

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

15:20 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 83 yards]

16:30 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) & Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 61 yards]; Neil’s stable jockey, Trevor Whelan, is combining flat and jumps racing during the summer.

17:05 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

My cold made me feel pretty rough yesterday and I even went back to bed for around three hours during the afternoon!  But, despite having almost lost my voice by the time I woke up this morning, I’ve gradually been feeling better as the day has worn on and don’t feel too bad just now. 

Friday 25 May 2018

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Chester:

15:30 Redicean (Alan King/Dougie Costello/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 84 yards]

 

Ffos Las:

21:05 Grey Diamond (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Then on Sunday:

 

Uttoxeter:

15:05 Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Fontwell Park:

14:15 Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards]

14:50 Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Andrew Glassonbury) & Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Harry Stock) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 165 yards]

15:25 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Maiden Hurdle

16:00 Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 210 yards]

 

And looking even further ahead, EPDS Racing’s Stynes is due to run at Cartmel on Bank Holiday Monday.

Thursday 24 May 2018

I haven’t got anything planned for the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend ... apart from website updates and a little bit of gardening ... but I certainly didn’t plan on catching a head cold, in May.  Damn. L  I didn’t feel quite right when I went to bed last night; I subsequently woke at 05:00 this morning with a sore throat, and my nose started running this afternoon.  And I don’t even know anyone with a cold ... poodles!

 

Here is tomorrow’s runner of interest, at Worcester:

20:45 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Harry Teal) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

The Kvilleken is due to run in the Open Hunters’ Chase at 17:40.

 

The results are in from the Goffs Horses in Training sale:

 

Rosa Damascena sold for £4,000 to Peel Bloodstock.

 

City Dreamer sold for £40,000 to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock/Sean Clancy – they purchased Gibralfaro at a previous sale.

 

Couer De Lion sold for £110,000 to Stephen Kemble Bloodstock, which has a stud farm near Andover; he will now be aimed at staying handicaps on the flat, such as the Cesarewich.

 

Chato was sold for £19,000 to David Pipe.

 

Single Estate remained unsold at £1,800 with bids invited.

 

Tyrell also remained unsold at £14,500 with bids invited – he was subsequently sold privately to Colin Stirling, Director of Foulrice Park Racing, for £17,000.

 

Jamacho was sold for £20,000 to Robert Aplin; he also owns Hammersly Lake.  

 

Dan Skelton purchased Marracudja from the Paul Nicholls yard for £18,000.

 

And as for Go West Young Man ... he was sold to Laura Morgan for £5,000.  And he’s a character if nothing else; he almost ran off the course at Bangor last Saturday, which resulted in him dropping from second position to finish 4th at the line!  EPDS Racing’s Our Reward finished as runner-up in this race instead.

 

I forgot to mention that Canelo sold for £110,000 yesterday. 

 

 

Cole Harden.jpg

 

Happy Retirement to Cole Harden

 

I recall that Cole Harden has an ongoing issue with one of his knees, so connections have decided to call it a day; he hasn’t run since last August.  He’s already got a good home lined up, as he’ll be living at Greatwood’s Marlborough base.

 

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And Sire De Grugy is spending a working holiday at the ROR centre at Palace House in Newmarket this summer.  He will be available to meet his many fans, and connections are hoping that possible alternative careers will be identified whilst he’s there.  They also want to teach him to stand still like a hack, so that he can lead the Moore family’s ponies when he returns home; Jamie Moore says Sire De Grugy is already fantastic with kids.   

 

There’s also good news regarding conditional jockey Fergus Gregory, who has been hospitalised since a fall at Huntingdon on Tuesday.  He hasn’t broken any bones and hopes to be released from hospital tomorrow.

Wednesday 23 May 2018

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

 

Yarmouth:

Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Jones/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 17 yards] (11 ran).

 

Warwick:

Tara View (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished last in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (5 ran).

 

Southwell:

Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (9 ran).

Newtown Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); the Ricci’s Palixandre finished 5th.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Following the first day of the Goffs Sale, Canelo has been purchased by JP’s son Kieran, presumably for his father, and Pougne Bobbi was bought by Donald McCain. 

Tuesday 22 May 2018

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

 

Huntingdon:

Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

Second Time Around (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards] (9 ran).

Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th and Minella Whisper (Richard Phillips/Tom Bellamy) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (7 ran).

 

Racing was delayed after the 18:10, as an ambulance was needed to take Fergus Gregory to hospital following a fall in which his mount, The Blue Bomber, died.  RIP  The 20:10 commenced at 20:48; as a result, the Novices’ Hunter Chase was abandoned. 

 

Hexham:

Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 7th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (11 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Yarmouth:

15:55 Cecilator (Noel Williams/Liam Jones/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 17 yards]

 

Warwick:

15:15 Tara View (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Southwell:

19:35 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

20:35 Newtown Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race; Palixandre is due to make his debut in this one – he’s owned by the Ricci’s and trained by Nicky Henderson.

 

The Goffs UK Horses in Training/Point to Pointers Spring sale begins tomorrow at Doncaster and, as usual, there are a number of horses which I’ve followed which will be looking for new homes.

 

These include the Alan King-trained Canelo – which has to be sold because it’s a Million In Mind partnership horse.  Also coming under the hammer are Rosa Damescena, City Dreamer, Couer De Lion and Chato; meanwhile Crushed and Beneagles were withdrawn from the sale. 

 

A number of Nicky Henderson-trained horses are listed in the catalogue, including the striking Pougne Bobbi; Paul Nicholls is sending horses to the sale too. 

 

Also on the transfer list are Tyrell (lot 579), Jamacho (lot 674) and Single Estate (lot 541).  I’d buy the latter if I had the money, and promptly retire him to become an ROR horse; I’m sure he’d enjoy working in a different sphere!  Jamacho would be next on my list for ROR retirement; whereas Tyrell may still have a little more mileage in him, as a racehorse. 

 

Namewise, the newly acquired Single Estate and Jamacho would then revert to the ‘pet’ names given to them by Apple Tree Stud when they were yearlings ... in other words, Frank and Steve!   Although I don’t know which one is which!    

 

Anyway, here are all of the lots due to be sold:

http://www.goffsuk.com/sales-results/sales/spring-hit-p2p-sale-2018

 

Many unnamed store horses have been auctioned today, with Alan King, Jamie Snowden and Graeme McPherson among the buyers:

http://www.goffsuk.com/sales-results/sales/spring-store-sale-2018

Monday 21 May 2018

Here are Tuesday’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

18:10 Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

19:10 Second Time Around (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards]

20:10 Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Minella Whisper (Richard Phillips/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

 

Hexham:

19:30 Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

Sunday 20 May 2018

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

 

Market Rasen:

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards] (14 ran).

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (13 ran); Alan’s 8th winner of the season.

Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [ 2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (8 ran).

 

Stratford:

Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices’ Selling Hurdle (7 ran).

Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Bryony Frost) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs & 83 yards] (6 ran); Graeme’s 2nd winner of the season. 

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran); Martin’s 3rd winner of the season.

 

I’m quickly going off summer racing, as there were at least three fatalities today; two at Market Rasen and one at Stratford.  Mountain Path, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, sustained an injury on the flat and Or De Vassy, trained by Dan Skelton, suffered a fatal injury when he fell.  Hardessa, trained by Laura Hurley, went wrong on the flat at Stratford.  RIP.  Others were pulled up pretty quickly too ... having appeared to lose their action to varying degrees L

 

There appear to be no runners of interest tomorrow or at least not over the jumps at Towcester; although it’s too early for an ATR tracker to arrive with news of any flat race runners.

 

The recently retired Timmy Murphy was a guest on Luck On Sunday this morning:

https://www.racinguk.com/videos/watch/ondemand/13317

 

Despite the beautiful weather outside, I’ve been slaving over a hot laptop for much of the weekend; I’ve decided to concentrate on sorting out my photographs first, and will then write my diaries. 

Saturday 19 May 2018

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson) finished 5th in the Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Pomme Du Nuit (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 11th and Potters Vision (Alan King/James Bowen) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 108 yards] (8 ran).

20:05 Swaledale Lad (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards] (13 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Two Weeks (Clive Cox/Hector Crouch/Appletree Stud) finished last in the Novice Stakes [6 furlongs & 2 yards] (11 ran).

 

And here is a re-cap of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

14:45 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards]

15:50 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

16:50 Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [ 2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Stratford:

15:10 Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Novices’ Selling Hurdle

15:40 Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs & 83 yards]

16:10 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

Friday 18 May 2018

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

 

Aintree:

Passing Call (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Kootenay River (Alan King/Mr Thomas O’Brien) finished 2nd and Rogue Diamond (Graeme McPherson/Mr Z Baker) finished 12th in the Goffs UK Spring Sale P2P Bumper Standard NH Flat Race (Amateur Riders) (14 ran).

 

33-1 outsider Cool Sky, trained by Ian Williams, won the 2½ mile Handicap Hurdle ... he’s a half-brother to EPDS Racing’s unraced filly named Jessica Rabbit, trained by Graeme McPherson.  Connections are hoping to start her off in a bumper at either Worcester or Southwell early next month.  She was already known as ‘Rabbit’ before being officially named.

 

And there was another runner of interest ... which I missed because it was on the flat and I wrote yesterday’s blog without checking my in-box for an ATR tracker email!

 

Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Jamie Gormley) won the Handicap [1 mile & 68 yards]

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

13:40 Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson) – Maiden Hurdle

16:00 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

16:35 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

17:10 Pomme Du Nuit (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Potters Vision (Alan King/James Bowen) –

Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Uttoxeter:

18:05 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 108 yards]

20:05 Swaledale Lad (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards]

 

Doncaster:

19:50 Two Weeks (Clive Cox/Hector Crouch/Appletree Stud) – Novice Stakes [6 furlongs & 2 yards]

 

And on Sunday:

 

Market Rasen:

14:45 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 148 yards]

15:50 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

16:50 Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [ 2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Stratford:

15:10 Flow From Devon (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Novices’ Selling Hurdle

15:40 Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs & 83 yards]

16:10 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I’ve no specific plans for the weekend.  I’ll watch the Royal Wedding on TV tomorrow ... but I will not be watching the FA Cup Final, as I can’t stand football!  That leaves me with plenty of time to work on my diaries and photos. 

Thursday 17 May 2018

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Aintree:

17:35 Passing Call (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

20:50 Kootenay River (Alan King/Mr Thomas O’Brien) & Rogue Diamond (Graeme McPherson/Mr Z Baker) – Goffs UK Spring Sale P2P Bumper Standard NH Flat Race (Amateur Riders)

Wednesday 16 May 2018

There are two results to report today:

 

Newton Abbot:

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards] (7 ran).

Colonel Miller (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 13th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (15 ran).

 

There appear to be no runners of interest tomorrow!

Tuesday 15 May 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, with Tom Bellamy deputising for Wayne Hutchinson once more:

 

Wincanton:

Chato (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (9 ran).

Skin Deep (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race (17 ran); Pride of Pemberley’s little sister, All Hands On Deck, finished 6th in this race.

 

Sedgefield:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Danny Cook/raised by Apple Tree Stud) won the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Southwell:

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (5 ran).

Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd and Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 11th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, and Wayne Hutchinson is still on the injury sidelines:

Newton Abbot:

15:10 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 110 yards]

17:15 Colonel Miller (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Native River has been crowned Jumps Champion, the Anglo-Irish ratings having been published today:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/May/15/gold-cup-hero-native-river-crowned-jumps-champion-following-ratings-release

Timmy Murphy has announced his retirement from race-riding.  Having switched from jump race riding to flat race riding in 2015, he’s calling it a day because of issues with his weight. 

Monday 14 May 2018

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

 

Kempton Park:

Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated at the 11th fence Novices’ Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Jaboticaba (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (10 ran); Tom replaced Wayne, who must have suffered an injury when coming off Hidden Cargo earlier in the afternoon.

 

Towcester:

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) won the Beginners’ Chase (2 ran); there were two non-runners.  Jamie’s 2nd winner of the season.

 

Catterick:

Pacific Fleet (David O’Meara/Danny Tudhope/Apple Tree Stud) was a non-runner in the Novice Stakes

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wincanton:

15:20 Chato (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

16:50 Skin Deep (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open Flat Race

 

I also notice that a mare named All Hands On Deck is running in the bumper; she’s trained by Harry Fry and will be ridden by Niall Madden ... and she’s also a full sister to Pride of Pemberley!  

 

Sedgefield:

15:00 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Danny Cook/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Southwell:

19:30 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Maiden Hurdle

20:00 Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Sugar Storm (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Here is Money Maid and her 2-day old filly foal:

https://mobile.twitter.com/EPDS_Racing/status/996014990762172416/photo/1

 

Another mare and foal, this time at the Vigors’ Stud:

https://mobile.twitter.com/wickhamwicks/status/995752731783639040/photo/1

 

Altior and friends on holiday:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/996007640722485251

 

Sunday 13 May 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, which includes more winners:

 

Ludlow:

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Fergus Gregory) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards] having run at Haydock Park yesterday.

Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/Lucy K Barry) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (8 ran).

Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran); Martin’s 2nd winner of the season.

 

Plumpton:

Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran); Alan’s 7th winner of the season and Wayne’s 5th winner of the season.

And Wayne rode another winner at the track yesterday:

Gin And Tonic (M Wigham/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards] (13 ran); Wayne’s 6th winner of the season.

 

That places Wayne currently in 4th position in the 2018/2019 Jump Jockeys’ Championship, behind Harry Skelton (12 wins), Aidan Coleman (7 wins), and Richard Johnson (7 wins)!  Nico de Boinville, James Bowen and Sam Twiston-Davies currently have 5 wins apiece. 

 

And here are today’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

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

16:50 Jaboticaba (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Towcester:

19:00 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Beginners’ Chase

 

Catterick:

15:05 Pacific Fleet (David O’Meara/Danny Tudhope/Apple Tree Stud) – Novice Stakes

 

And, finally, EPDS Racing’s Money Maid has had a filly foal, with a stud visit promised in the very near future.  J  I’ll now need to keep my fingers crossed that, when arranged, it doesn’t clash with the either of the two other engagements I currently have in my late spring/summer diary.  L

Saturday 12 May 2018

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

 

Haydock Park: (Mixed Card)

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 9th and Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards] (17 ran); Jamie’s 1st winner of the season. 

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th and William H Bonney (Alan King/Brendan Powell Jnr) finished 10th in the Swinton Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 144 yards] (16 ran); the race was won by the Evan Williams-trained Silver Streak, ridden by Adam Wedge.

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Tom Scudamore) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 211 yards] (9 ran).

 

This is Monbeg Theatre:

https://mobile.twitter.com/lucy_snowden/status/995290187835039744/photo/1

 

Galactic Power beat him by half a length earlier in the season, at Ludlow.  Okay, it was in a Handicap Hurdle race, where Monbeg Theatre carried 11-12 compared to our lad’s 10-11 but, nevertheless, it was GP’s day!

 

Fortunately Bryony Frost walked away from a crashing fall two out in the Swinton Hurdle; very sadly her mount, the McNeill-family owned Act Of Valour, didn’t make it. L

 

 

Race 1 q Act Of Valour.jpg

 

RIP Act Of Valour

 

 

Warwick:

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd and Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the NH Maiden Hurdle (5 ran); Alan’s 5th winner of the season and Wayne’s 3rd winner of the season.

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Harry Stock) finished 5th and Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 5 furlongs] (13 ran).

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs] (9 ran).

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 3rd and Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).  Alan’s 6th winner of the season and Wayne’s 4th winner of the season.

 

Hexham:

Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Conor O’Farrell/formerly an EPDS Syndicate horse!) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran).

 

Lingfield Park:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Jason Watson) finished 4th in the Handicap [2 miles & 68 yards] (5 ran).

 

Here is a recap of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ludlow:

15:35 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Fergus Gregory) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards]; he ran at Haydock Park today.

16:10 Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/Lucy K Barry) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

17:10 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Plumpton:

14:10 Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

I’ve finished uploading my Sandown Park photos and have also proof-read and uploaded my Sandown Park diary today.  It’s taken me hours ... in fact I started before 11:00 this morning and didn’t finish until 21:00; although that includes a quick snack at lunchtime, a tea-time meal, and also completing today’s blog ... plus sorting out my clothes washing!

Friday 11 May 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest … and two were winners:

 

Market Rasen:

Leapt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (6 ran); Graeme’s 1st winner of the season.

 

Ascot:

Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Jack Dinsmore/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) won the Apprentice Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs 209 yards] (11 ran).

 

Ripon:

Single Estate (S Waugh/Aaron Jones/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the Selling Stakes (9 ran).

 

And the amazing thing is that Shady Glen was a 10-1 shot and Sam Missile a 25-1 shot!

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Haydock Park: (Mixed Card)

14:00 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) - Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards]. 

15:10 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & William H Bonney (Alan King/Brendan Powell Jnr) – Swinton Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 144 yards]

17:55 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Tom Scudamore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs & 211 yards]

 

Warwick:

17:30 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) & Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Hurdle

18:00 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

18:30 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Harry Stock) & Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 5 furlongs]

19:00 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase

19:30 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs]

20:30 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) & Nobby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Hexham:

13:45 Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Conor O’Farrell/formerly an EPDS Syndicate horse!) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Lingfield Park:

16:15 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Jason Watson) – Handicap [2 miles & 68 yards]

 

And, just in case I don’t get around to writing a blog tomorrow evening, here are Sunday’s runners of interest too:

 

Ludlow:

15:35 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Fergus Gregory) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards]; he’s also been declared to run at Haydock Park tomorrow.

16:10 Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/Lucy K Barry) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

17:10 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – ‘Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Plumpton:

14:10 Crushed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

This is Elgin winning at Chelmsford yesterday (Thursday 10 May); his second run on the flat … very stylish!

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Chelmsford-City/10-May-2018/2040/

 

I’ve actually been very industrious this past week and may yet finish my Sandown Park diary this weekend!  So watch this space …

Thursday 10 May 2018

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

 

Huntingdon:

Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) won the NH Maiden Hurdle (8 ran); Alan’s 3rd winner of the season.

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards] (14 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished last and Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 6th in the ‘Confined’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 166 yards] (8 ran).

Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 13th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards] (16 ran).

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) finished 8th and Matravers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

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

 

Worcester:

Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Andrew Glassonbury) finished 7th and Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Mr J Nailor) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (10 ran).

Youngoconnor (Christian Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Mares’ Maiden Hurdle Div I (9 ran); Alan’s 4th winner of the season and Wayne’s 2nd winner of the season.

Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (8 ran).

 

Chester:

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/PJ McDonald) finished 10th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 70 yards] (12 ran).

Just four runners of interest tomorrow:

Market Rasen:

13:30 Leapt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Maiden Hurdle

14:05 Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Ascot:

17:25 Sam Missile (Jamie Osborne/Jack Dinsmore/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Apprentice Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs 209 yards]

 

Ripon:

18:25 Single Estate (S Waugh/Aaron Jones/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Selling Stakes

 

The beautiful Altior … and noisy Might Bite … are being spoilt with carrots whilst on their summer holidays at the Vigors’ Stud:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/994311666258137088

 

And you have to love a cria too … that’s a baby alpaca!

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/993777115190452224

 

Bound For Glory, who finished 6th in this year’s Aintree Foxhunters, passed away following a run at Fakenham earlier in the week; he was 12. 

 

Bound for Glory RIP.jpg

 

Bound For Glory RIP

Wednesday 09 May 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... and there are two winners!

 

Fontwell Park:

Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) won the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran); Martin’s 1st winner of the season.

 

Newton Abbot:

Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Alan’s 2nd winner of the season. 

 

Wolverhampton:

Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Luke Morris) finished 12th in the Handicap (3 year olds) [1 mile 1 furlong & 104 yards] (13 ran); Noel Williams’ Percy Prosecco finished as runner-up in this race!

 

And there are an unbelievable number of runners of interest tomorrow ... 15 in fact!

 

Huntingdon:

14:35 Potterman (Alan King/James Bowen) – NH Maiden Hurdle

16:15 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/James Davies) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards]

 

Wincanton:

17:50 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) & Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – ‘Confined’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 166 yards]

19:20 Sporty Yankee (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 82 yards]

19:50 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) & Matravers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Maiden Hurdle

20:20 Lady Vitesse (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Worcester:

13:40 Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Andrew Glassonbury) & Ballina Lady (Graeme McPherson/Mr J Nailor) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards]

14:10 Youngoconnor (Christian Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:45 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 4 furlongs]

15:55 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Mares’ Maiden Hurdle Div I

16:55 Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

 

Chester:

17:05 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/PJ McDonald) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 70 yards]

I’ve finally booked a date for an ‘Alpaca Experience’, which takes place at Butlers Farm in Essex; it was a birthday gift from my work colleagues.  I also get to meet my adopted alpaca ‘Fab’!

Tuesday 08 May 2018

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

 

Exeter:

Tillythetank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (11 ran); Alan’s 1st winner of the season, and Wayne’s 1st winner of the season too!

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Ludlow:

Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 10th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 171 yards] (11 ran).

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards] (13 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

19:45 Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

20:15 Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Newton Abbot:

14:10 Desirable Court (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Wolverhampton:

18:25 Enforcement (Martin Keighley/Luke Morris) – Handicap (3 year olds) [1 mile 1 furlong & 104 yards]

 

Brian Hughes has been appointed as Donald McCain’s first jockey ... so that pushes Will Kennedy down the pecking order at the yard.

 

Meanwhile, Sam Twiston-Davies has four rides at Newton Abbot – for Emma Lavelle, Paul Nicholls, David Dennis and Colin Tizzard.  Harry Cobden has 4 rides for Paul Nicholls and two for Colin Tizzard; Richard Johnson rides Sizing Platinum for Colin too. 

Monday 07 May 2018

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

 

Warwick:

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) unseated in the NH Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th, Another Crick (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 8th and Alexander The Great (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (13 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Criq Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was brought down in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).  Alan’s horse was okay, as was the one which fell, however, having then rode a winner, Tom Cannon stood down for the remainder of the afternoon; it was reported that he could barely walk!

 

With three days of the 2018/2019 NH season completed, I’ve not been troubled to make any winning entries in my jockey / trainer notebook yet ... I follow Alan King, Jamie Snowden, Martin Keighley, Noel Williams, Wayne Hutchinson and, this season, Graeme McPherson too ... hopefully someone will train or ride a winner soon!

 

There is one winner to report however, notification via my ATR tracker came too late to include in yesterday’s list:

 

Ayr:

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Joe Colliver/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (9 ran); he won by a short-head!

 

The NHRE Racing Club horse, Ring Minella, also won at Warwick – Division I of the 3 miles 1 furlong Handicap Hurdle; the horse is trained by Paul Henderson and was ridden by Paddy Brennan today.  The National Hunt Racing Enthusiasts Racing Club was formed following interest expressed via their facebook group page.  They have now taken on a second horse, a mare by Scorpion trained by Robin Dickin, so will be open to new members joining their Racing Club syndicate.   It’s well worth joining the facebook group, if you enjoy National Hunt racing.

 

And Hargam won too, again at Warwick.

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow, Tuesday:

 

Exeter:

17:50 Tillythetank (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

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

 

Ludlow:

18:00 Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

19:30 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards]

 

I popped out just after 09:00 this morning, and there was already a fair amount of traffic on the roads when I returned just before 10:00.  That’s the problem when it’s nice weather at the weekend or on Bank Holidays; everyone decides to go out, causing lots of congestion! 

 

Anyway, I’ve been slaving over a hot PC for much of the day, working on my Sandown Park diary again ... I was hoping to complete it by the end of next weekend but, with the current rate of progress, I think that may be a little optimistic!

Sunday 06 May 2018

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

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th and Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest at Towcester too:

Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) finished 6th, Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th and Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished last in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Sean Bowen) was pulled up and Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste) finished 6th and Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 151 yards] (7 ran).

Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th, Budding Robin (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 5th and Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Dan Skelton trained four of yesterday’s winners at Uttoxeter, and another at Towcester today, so Harry Skelton is leading Jockeys’ Championship currently. 

 

Nicky Henderson hit back with a treble of winners at Towcester – one for Nico de Boinville, one for Jeremiah McGrath and one for James Bowen!

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

13:30 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:05 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Maiden Hurdle

15:50 Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Another Crick (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) & Alexander The Great (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Kempton Park:

14:55 Criq Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

Sam Twiston-Davies has announced that he’s to go freelance this season, with Harry Cobden taking over as number one jockey for the Paul Nicholls yard.  Sam will still ride regularly for Paul, including at Kempton Park tomorrow; perhaps he’s hoping that this new approach to riding engagements will give him a better shot at the Jockeys’ Championship too.  There had been rumours ... and of course this also upsets the equilibrium, because Harry regularly rode for Colin Tizzard too ... or, as I originally mistyped, Colon Gizzard! LOL!

 

I’d love to visit Colin’s yard when he holds the public open day towards the end of the summer ...

 

Apple Tree Stud has purchased a ‘ready-to-go’ Juvenile colt by Ruler Of The World; a very pretty chestnut:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Tattersalls1766/status/992405354431598593/photo/1

 

I’ve finally finished the book I’ve been reading for what seems like forever; Damage by Felix Francis.  I watched TV coverage of the 2000 Guineas yesterday and the 1000 Guineas today, also the cross-country from the Badminton Horse Trials plus the show-jumping highlights.  I’ve sewn up the latest snood I knitted too. 

 

I’ve been working on my Sandown Park diary today; I like to ease my way into diary mode at this time of the year, beginning with the easiest of the eight outstanding ones!  Besides, it also demonstrates that my website is still live, if I start with the latest one and then work backwards to fill in the gaps from there ...

Friday 04 May 2018

Following a break of six days, the 2018/2019 National Hunt season starts tomorrow!

 

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

13:40 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:30 Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

And Sunday’s runners of interest at Towcester too:

13:00 Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Harry Bannister) & Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Hurdle

14:10 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Sean Bowen) & Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:50 Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste) & Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 151 yards]

16:25 Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Budding Robin (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and, unusually, the weather is set to be dry and warm throughout. J

 

I’ve a number of chores to complete but, hopefully, I’ll also have time to begin the summer ‘catch-up’ of the outstanding items on my website following a very busy couple of months! 

Tuesday 01 May 2018

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

Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Cam Hardie/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Handicap Div I [7 furlongs].

 

And today, at Newcastle:

Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/A Mullen/former EPDS leased syndicate horse) finished last in the Handicap [2 miles & 56 yards] (8 ran).

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Nathan Evans/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – finished 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards] (6 ran).

 

It has been announced that At The Races is going to be re-launched as Sky Sports Racing from next year. Chester and Bangor-on-Dee have signed up to the new channel; they are currently with Racing UK. 

 

The top National Hunt sire for the 2017/2018 season was Flemensfirth; King’s Theatre was runner-up. 

 

EPDS Racing’s Wildehearted Woman, who was forced into retirement due to a serious knee injury, has been covered by Jack Hobbs.  Strangely enough, I vaguely recall suggesting Jack Hobbs when the MD John was asking for people’s input during one of the stable visits! 


 

 

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