NOVEMBER 2016

 

 

Wednesday 30 November 2016

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

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

Ardamir (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Div II [1 miles 4 furlongs] (9 ran); having been held up, he suffered trouble in running, exacerbated when the winner swept around the entire field in the home straight.   

 

Catterick:

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran); Wayne’s 39th winner of the season.

Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

Laissez Dire (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the Beginners’ Chase (4 ran)

As expected, Skeleton Bob was a non-runner as he ran at Lingfield Park yesterday

 

And here is a list of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

13:25 Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Jamie Hamilton/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 34 yards]

 

Wincanton:

12:40 Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:15 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

13:45 Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 30 yards]

14:15 Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlong & 65 yards]

15:50 Kayf Mariner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Chelmsford (AW):

16:45 Her Terms (William Haggas/Pat Cosgrave/AppleTree Stud) – Maiden Stakes

18:45 Dalavand (Laura Mongan/Liam Keniry/Ex-AppleTree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs]

 

Both Henry Brooke and Sam Twiston-Davies returned to racecourse action today following injury.

 

Jamie Snowden features in an ATR Stable Tour … and Pride of Pemberley gets a mention too!

http://www.attheraces.com/stable-tours/jamie-snowden

 

AppleTree Stud is currently seeking to recruit an experienced stud groom.

Tuesday 29 November 2016

Despite the cold overnight temperatures there were no abandonments, so here are the results for my runners of interest:

 

Lingfield Park:

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

Bingo D’Olivate (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles] (10 ran).

 

Southwell:

Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (12 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Callum Shepherd) finished 6th in the Handicap Div I [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards) (9 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

14:40 Ardamir (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) – Handicap Div II [1 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Catterick:

13:30 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:30 Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:00 Laissez Dire (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Beginners’ Chase

15:30 Skeleton Bob … but, as he ran today, I presume this was a contingency plan had today’s Lingfield fixture been lost.

 

Further details have been released regarding the second Twitterati horse, that’s in addition to Galactic Power.  She’s named Avealittlepatience, a bay filly by Dubai Destination, and is trained by Fergal O’Brien; I discovered that she originates from the Henry de Bromhead yard, as she’s still listed on the Racing Post website as being trained by him!

 

Also, it is envisaged that Pride of Pemberley will have his first racecourse outing around Christmas time. 

Monday 28 November 2016

Here are the results for today’s runners of interest, at Plumpton:

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

Alaskan Poet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

With temperatures set to plummet overnight, both Lingfield and Southwell are likely to be lost to frost … however, I will list my runners of interest just in case:

 

Lingfield Park:

13:10 Skeleton Bob (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

14:40 Bingo D’Olivate (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles]

 

Southwell:

15:00 Chance Taken (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

Newcastle (AW):

14:20 Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Callum Shepherd) – Handicap Div I [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards)

 

There’s more news regarding Le Reve and his road to recovery following the melee at Cheltenham a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/47429/lucy-wadham-targeting-sandown-return-with-injured-le-reve

 

My extended Saturday finally caught up with me yesterday evening and I was out for the count by 20:30.  I’m feeling tired tonight too, having worked 9 hours with no breaks today.  I need to begin writing my stable visit/Newbury diary but may not get very far without dozing off I fear!

Sunday 27 November 2016

 

Smad Place pre-race parade.jpg

 

Last year’s Hennessy Gold Cup winner, Smad Place,

leads the pre-race parade

 

Native River for blog.jpg

 

This year’s Hennessy Gold Cup winner, Native River,

trained by Colin Tizzard and ridden by Richard Johnson

 

 

I didn’t get around to writing a blog yesterday because I didn’t get home until 21:45.  It was a very long day, as I set my alarm for 05:30 and didn’t turn in until 01:10 this morning!  The late arrival home was due to the fact that I popped in to see my friend Denise in Caversham on the way home from Newbury ... and stayed to tea whilst there! 

 

Although initially apprehensive about my day out, I enjoyed going to the races again and the weather was dry and not particularly cold – I didn’t even need to button up my coat throughout the day.  I did hear girls moaning about the cold when I popped to the loo at the end of the day; they obviously didn’t dress in enough layers, as I was roasty toasty in my six plus coat and I think I feel the cold more than most!

 

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

 

Newbury:

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed) (6 ran).

Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) won the Novices’ Chase (Grade 2) (5 ran).

Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 118 yards] (11 ran). Meister Eckhart (John O’Shea/Adrian Heskin) made a promising return to finish 6th.

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Intermediate Hurdle (Limited Handicap – Gerry Feilden – Listed) (8 ran); Wayne’s 38th winner of the season.

Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a creditable 7th and Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) won the Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards] (19 ran).

 

Newcastle:

Elgin (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier) (11 ran).

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished a disappointing 4th in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1) (5 ran); the Paul Nicholls-trained Irving bounced back to form to win the race by a nose from Apple’s Jade.

 

Doncaster:

Paddys Runner (Alan King/Will Featherstone) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 88 yards] (9 ran).

 

There were three runners of interest today, at Leicester, and this is how they fared:

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Adrian Heskin) won and Godsmejudge finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase (Veterans’ Series) (3 ran); however, Godsmejudge bled from his nose hence his disappointing run.

Kassis (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Three runners of interest tomorrow, at Plumpton:

12:55 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:00 Theatre Goer (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:30 Alaskan Poet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Gordon Elliott trained six of the seven winners at Navan this afternoon, the exception being Min trained by Willie Mullins. 

 

 

Menace and me 1.jpg

 

 

My first itinerary item of the day was a visit to Noel Williams’ yard in Blewbury to see the recently retired Menace, who had been returned to the stable for the morning.  Hannah Bishop has kindly taken him under her wing and not only do her sons Toby and Noah love him, Mrs Prowting does too.  The arrangement, initially, is supposed to be temporary whilst she assesses his capabilities as a riding horse ... but, as they are already very fond of him, they don’t believe they will now be able to part with him to another home at the end of this period. 

Friday 25 November 2016

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

 

Newbury:

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 9th and Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 6th in the NH Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Winner Massagot (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 9th and Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (12 ran); ‘Arthur’ won £232 for his 6th place. 

Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) finished 4th in the Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2) (9 ran); the race was won by Unowhatimeanharry, the horse is now owned by JP McManus.

Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles & 52 yards] (10 ran).

Chocala (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Doncaster:

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Will Featherstone/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd and The Unit (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (5 ran).

Royal Plaza (Alan King/Will Featherstone) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

Handsome Sam (Alan King/Will Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards] (7 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

12:20 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (Listed).

12:55 Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) – Novices’ Chase (Grade 2).

14:05 Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 118 yards]. I notice Meister Eckhart is due to return to the racecourse in this one, after 968 days on the sidelines; he’s currently trained by John O’Shea and will be ridden by Adrian Heskin.

14:40 Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Hurdle (Limited Handicap – Gerry Feilden – Listed)

15:10 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Native River (Colin Tizzard/Richard Johnson) – Hennessy Gold Cup Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 214 yards]; last year’s victor, Smad Place, carries top weight this year. 

 

Here are all of the Hennessy runners, in Handicap order, with their ages – Smad Place (9), Un Temps Pour Tout (7), Holywell (9), Native River (6), Blaklion (7), Houblon Des Obeaux (9), Saphir Du Rheu (7), Vicente (7), Henri Parry Morgan (8), Triolo D’Alene (9), Aubusson (7), Double Ross (10), Theatre Guide (9), Coologue (7), Carole’s Destrier (8), Regal Encore (8), Local Show (8), Vyta Du Roc (7), Hadrian’s Approach (9), Upswing (8).

 

Statistics state that, this century, only one horse aged 9 or above has won Newbury’s feature race, namely Denman when he won it for a second time in 2009. 

 

Newcastle:

12:05 Elgin (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – NH Maiden Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:55 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Fighting Fifth Hurdle (Grade 1); he currently has five rivals – Hidden Cyclone, Petit Moucher, and Apple’s Jade from Ireland, along with Irving and Mirsaale from the UK.

 

Doncaster:

15:05 Paddys Runner (Alan King/Will Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 88 yards]

 

Tomorrow is going to be a long and busy day, with my alarm set for 05:30.  I’ve been unable to ‘settle’ today because I guess I’m anxious having not been to the races since Sandown in late April. 

Thursday 24 November 2016

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

 

Taunton:

City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (8 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard] (11 ran).

 

Towcester:

Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th in the Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) finished 8th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (11 ran).

Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Money Maid (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

12:30 Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) & Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

13:05 Winner Massagot (Alan King/Noel Fehily) & Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:10 Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) – Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:20 Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles & 52 yards]

15:50 Chocala (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Doncaster:

12:20 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Will Featherstone/EPDS Racing) & The Unit (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:25 Royal Plaza (Alan King/Will Featherstone) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:10 Handsome Sam (Alan King/Will Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 84 yards]

 

The bad news is that Kipling have begun their extended Black Friday sale, but the good news is that neither of the two bags which I like are part of their sale.  Phew!

 

With just one working day of my holiday to go, I don’t actually feel like I’ve accomplished as much as I wanted to this week ... but I did wrap my Christmas gifts today. J

Wednesday 23 November 2016

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

 

Hereford:

David Cricket (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) was pulled up in the Novices’ Hurdle Div II (11 ran).

Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 37th winner of the season.

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Handicap Chase, as she ran at Lingfield Park yesterday.

 

Wetherby:

Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) unseated in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards] (10 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Taunton:

12:45 City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

13:45 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:25 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 1 yard]

 

Towcester:

12:35 Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) – Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle

13:05 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Chase; stable name ‘Casper

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

14:45 Money Maid (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle; she returns to the racecourse following a 334-day absence due to a fractured pelvis sustained on the gallops; her stable name is ‘Rosie’. 

 

Tomorrow’s fixture scheduled for Musselburgh has been abandoned; the going has been adversely affected by frost. 

 

 

red marauder.jpg

 

RIP Red Marauder

 

The 2001 Grand National winner passed away last night; he was 26.

Presenting Lisa has returned home to the Prowting’s yard in Buckinghamshire for a holiday before heading off to stud; in other words, she’s now retired and is transitioning to become a brood mare. 

Tuesday 22 November 2016

There were four runners of interest today, at Lingfield Park, and this is how they fared:

Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) took a tired fall two out in the Novices’ Handicap Chase when probably booked for 3rd place (9 ran); she was okay and galloped away.

Billy No Name (Colin Tizzard/Angus Cheleda) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 110 yards] (7 ran).

Martha McCandles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

 

The ‘small package’, which I collected from the sorting office today, was my Kempton Park Boxing Day ticket and parking docket. J

 

Rebecca Menzies, who also trains Asuncion (aka Polly) and Celtic Artisan (aka Dylan) for EPDS Racing, trained two winners at Sedgefield today.

 

Monbeg Dude has been retired, having suffered a further setback whilst recovering from a tendon injury.

 

Barters Hill will undergo surgery in an effort to fix the tendon which slipped off his hock when he ran at Cheltenham earlier this month; if successful, he is expected to return to action next season.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Hereford:

13:10 David Cricket (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) – Novices’ Hurdle Div II

14:45 Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:20 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Chase; however, she ran at Lingfield Park today.

 

Wetherby:

13:55 Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

15:00 Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards]

Monday 21 November 2016

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

 

Kempton Park:

Zipple Back (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (7 ran).

Altior (Nicky Henderson/Noel Fehily) won the Novices’ Chase by 67 lengths (2 ran); he jumped well, apart from a slight mistake at the final open ditch.  His rival Black Corton jumped well too, but was no match for the Supreme Novices’ winner.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/800701940841795584/photo/1

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchison) was pulled up in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) (7 ran).

Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 110 yards]

 

Ludlow:

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

 

It’s been a soggy day in Hertfordshire and I would have preferred not to have ventured out, but I had to take mum to Stevenage to purchase a new freezer.  We also popped into Argos and the local garden centre whilst out and about so, apart from monies for my nieces and nephew, my Christmas present list is complete. J

 

It was Starlight charity day at Kempton and owner Tim Syder successfully bid for a wing-walking experience in the fundraising auction, which he’s given to trainer Oliver Sherwood!

 

After the melee at Cheltenham earlier this month, Le Reve has undergone a scan which revealed a few little bone chips behind his skull; he will have another scan later in the week.

 

Dueling Banjos’ jockey, David Bass, sustained multiple fractures to one of his cheekbones, when his mount (aka Pickle) crashed out at the first fence at Ascot on Saturday; he brought down another runner, and a second was unseated too.  Pickle also crashed through the rails when heading towards the exit, knocking over a member of the ground staff in the process; but both horse and human were okay following the collision. 

 

I believe the other four jockeys taking part in the Clydesdale race yesterday at Exeter, in addition to Noel Fehily and Sean Bowen, were James Best, Daryl Jacob, Tom Bellamy and Aidan Coleman.  

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow, at Lingfield Park:

13:30 Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:05 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:35 Billy No Name (Colin Tizzard/Angus Cheleda) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 110 yards]

15:45 Martha McCandles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

 

I need to collect a ‘small package’ from the sorting office tomorrow, as I was out when the postman tried to deliver at 10:30 this morning.  I wonder if it is a ticket or tickets, as I haven’t taken delivery of my Kempton Park or Aintree tickets yet. 

 

Phew.  The birthday card I posted on Saturday arrived in Eastbourne this morning, in time for my friend Angy’s birthday. Well done Royal Mail.   

 

I finished knitting my plum-coloured shawl scarf late yesterday ... but decided I didn’t like the design, so have undone it all and begun a different design instead.  It’s now knit and purl in a sort of ladder-like rib pattern – I’ve a number of scarf and hat patterns for Big Fab yarn.

Sunday 20 November 2016

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

 

Exeter:

Dark Lover (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) finished 4th and Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards] (13 ran).

Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) was a non-runner and Desert Joe (Alan King/Ian Popham) finished 7th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 54 yards] (11 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

Tyrell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Appletree Stud) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (14 ran); he ran and jumped well, considering the ground was classed as soft, and he didn’t wear headgear today either.

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) finished 6th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) won the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Freddy Tylicki’s sister Madeleine trained her first winner today, when First To Boogie ridden by Davy Russell won a 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle at Punchestown. 

 

Noel Fehily won the Clydesdales race at Exeter, aboard Midge.  He beat Big Alan ridden by Sean Bowen.

https://mobile.twitter.com/ExeterRaces/status/800321449781235712/photo/1

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

12:55 Zipple Back (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:25 Altior (Nicky Henderson/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Chase; he only has one rival, the Paul Nicholls-trained Black Corton, in this 2 miles 2 furlongs event.

14:00 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchison) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed)

15:10 Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 110 yards]

 

Ludlow:

13:10 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) – Maiden Hurdle Div II

 

I’ve spent far too much time on my laptop today, when I should have been doing some knitting. 

 

I don’t know why I follow the Strictly Come Dancing facebook page, as it only riles me when I read comments from misguided people who believe the ghastly Ed Balls should stay in the competition, despite being by far the worst dancer, because they think he’s entertaining … no he isn’t.  He’s about as entertaining as the awful Peter Kay, who also made a guest appearance on yesterday’s show; he’s just not in the slightest bit funny.  I have a good sense of humour, dry, but it’s obviously far more sophisticated than the BBC give their viewers credit for.  

Saturday 19 November 2016

After a few depressing weeks of bad news stories in the racing world, it was great to have two feel-good stories today.

 

Cue Card won the Betfair Chase at Haydock impressively … and Coneygree ran very well on his return from injury to finish 2nd.  https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/800064856003137536/photo/1

 

And Sire De Grugy won the 2 mile 1 furlong Handicap Chase at Ascot, under top weight. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/800064856003137536/photo/1

 

In addition, the Philip Hobbs-trained Royal Regatta won the Grade 2 1965 Chase at Ascot.

https://mobile.twitter.com/Steven_Cargill/status/800047737781637120/photo/1

 

And the Skelton’s Ch’tibello won the big hurdle race at Haydock Park.

 

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

 

Ascot:

Laser Light (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Series Final) (7 ran).

Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the Coral Hurdle (Grade 2) (5 ran).

https://mobile.twitter.com/RacingPost/status/800028374215180288/photo/1

 

Haydock Park:

Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 24 yards] (6 ran).

 

Tomorrow there are eight runners of interest:

Exeter:

12:45 Dark Lover (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) & Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

13:20 Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) & Desert Joe (Alan King/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 54 yards]

13:55 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:00 Tyrell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Appletree Stud) – Juvenile Hurdle

16:00 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Uttoxeter:

13:35 Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Here is another photo of Menace, this time in his stable:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/800023955146940418/photo/1

 

There was a heavy frost last night in St Albans and, tonight, it’s supposed to be very wet and very windy … although it’s all quiet outside as I write this blog!

 

I had to take an emergency walk to the local sorting office this morning as, for the second year running, I almost forgot to send a birthday card to my friend Angy in Eastbourne; it’s her birthday on Monday.  Almost whoops! 

Friday 18 November 2016

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

 

Ascot:

Reality Bites (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up and dismounted before the third flight in the NH Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Introductory Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Haydock Park:

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards] (10 ran); he was a 7-1 shot today. 

 

Ffos Las:

A Bold Move (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

 

There are not as many runners of interest tomorrow as I would have expected, but here they are:

 

Ascot:

12:25 Laser Light (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:30 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Series Final)

14:40 Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Coral Hurdle (Grade 2)

 

Haydock Park:

15:35 Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 24 yards]

 

The Betfair Chase will be run at 15:00 and currently features Coneygree, Cue Card, Irish Cavalier, Seeyouatmidnight, Silviniaco Conti and a French raider Vezelay.  Due to rain and sleet in the area today, the ground became heavy and Menorah was withdrawn; as a result Richard Johnson will now ride Coneygree.  

 

But on Sunday there are eight runners of interest:

 

Exeter:

12:45 Dark Lover (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) & Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

13:20 Ardkilly Witness (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) & Desert Joe (Alan King/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 54 yards]

13:55 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:00 Tyrell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson/Appletree Stud) – Juvenile Hurdle

16:00 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Uttoxeter:

13:35 Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

It’s going to be a rather soggy and windy weekend I gather. 

 

However, I’m on annual leave for the next week, returning to work on 28 November. J  I’ve not had a whole week off work since the Cheltenham Festival ... and that could hardly be classed as relaxing, especially this year.  So, I guess the last time I had a relaxing week at home was last Christmas ... Aaaarrrrrrrrggggggghhhhhh!

 

I’m not doing too well on the knitting front at present, but hopefully will finish the plum-coloured shawl scarf I began last weekend.  I need to buy a garden voucher for my friend Denise, after which my Christmas shopping will be complete. J

Thursday 17 November 2016

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

 

Market Rasen:

Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (7 ran).

McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (12 ran).

Corrie Loch (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Saint Contest (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle for 3-year-olds and upwards (13 ran).

 

I forgot to mention that Paddy Brennan rode his 1000th career winner yesterday, when partnering Colin’s Sister to victory at Warwick; Richard Johnson’s previous congratulations were slightly premature of the event!

 

Coneygree will be partnered by Aidan Coleman at Haydock on Saturday, unless Menorah is withdrawn due to the ground and Richard Johnson then becomes available to take the ride instead. 

 

Sam Twiston-Davies has been given the go-ahead to return to race riding on Wednesday 30 November, so he’ll miss the Hennessy meeting.

 

Wildehearted Woman is fine following yesterday’s race at Warwick and will have qualified for a handicap mark now.  Connections were pleased with her run.

 

The Clydesdales will be racing at Exeter on Sunday.

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow, at three different NH venues:

 

Ascot:

13:00 Reality Bites (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

14:10 Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Introductory Hurdle

 

Haydock Park:

14:00 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 177 yards]

 

Ffos Las:

13:10 A Bold Move (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Hurdle Div II

… I take it that Alan has ‘snapped up’ Tom Cannon as his alternative jockey of choice now.

 

And, finally, I have a clue as to the sex of Choc and Jennie’s baby which is due to be born in the New Year … Jennie posted a comment on facebook to say that she’d suggested to Choc that from next year, going forwards, they send a family Christmas card featuring ‘the boys’ and ‘Moosey’ their dog.  She liked the idea that it would provide a record of the children as they grew up together … Choc wasn’t so keen though, as he wondered what they would do when Moose passed away!   So that will be the fourth grandson for Choc’s parents Sally and Martin, but no granddaughters.

Wednesday 16 November 2016

I was unable to upload my blog yesterday because my website host provider was experiencing an issue following a power outage at their site early on Tuesday.  Evidently their back-up generator failed to kick in as expected when the power cut happened; my employer also has a generator which takes over when our Head Office experiences a power cut – it’s standard practice when operating important servers.   

 

Anyway, with normal service now resumed, here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Warwick:

City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th and Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won and Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran).

Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

Ya Hafed (Sheena West/Marc Goldstein) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards] (12 ran).

Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

According to this week’s Alan King column, Tyrell is likely to make his first appearance over hurdles at Exeter on Sunday; a juvenile race.

 

Alan also mentions that he now has three new horses purchased at the Tattersalls Ireland sale at Cheltenham last Friday – the already mentioned Perfect Harmony for Mrs Prowting, and Forgetthesmalltalk – the third one is Talkischeap; purchased by Highflyer Bloodstock for £55,000. They are all Irish point-to-pointers.

 

Alan states that last Saturday was one of the worst days he’s ever had since he started training, with his first five runners failing to complete the course – a fall, a brought down, a pulled up, an unseat, and another fall. Not surprisingly, he very much appreciated a winner in the form of My Khaleesi who dead-heated for first in the Mares’ Bumper.

 

He reports that all of last Saturday’s casualties are fine; even Board Of Trade who took the heaviest fall.  His saddest moment of the week was the fatal injury suffered by Simonsig which, in his words, was ghastly for everybody. 

 

There’s another article from Racing UK, regarding Simonsig’s special relationship with his stable companion Triolo D’Alene:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/47176/the-tragic-end-to-an-equine-love-affair-between-racings-most-unusual-couple

 

Malcolm Jefferson reports that Cyrus Darius should be ready to return to action in about a month’s time. 

 

Presenting Lisa, having earned black type, is due to retire shortly in order to take up stud duties for Mrs Prowting’s breeding operation. 

 

Galactic Power has a slightly sore foot following his run last Saturday, so this will delay his next racecourse appearance. If you’ve not seen GP, he’s almost a doppelganger for Menace:

https://mobile.twitter.com/buggerpot/status/797899355025969152/photo/1

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

14:05 Big Chief Benny (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

14:35 McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:45 Corrie Loch (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

12:40 Saint Contest (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Hurdle for 3-year-olds and upwards

 

My niece Kim attended today’s afternoon session of the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena, courtesy of a ticket from her employer; although she is now playing catch up on her workload at home this evening.  I gather Andy Murray played a very gruelling match against Kei Nishikori before triumphing 6-7, 6-4, 6-4.  Kim currently works near Blackfriars and lives in Peckham. 

 

The skin around my eyes felt itchy yesterday evening, despite the fact I’ve not used Micellar water to remove my eye makeup recently.  As a result my eyelids were all puffy this morning; I’ve never suffered with sensitivity of this nature before.   

 

Thursday is my busiest day of the week at work, but the good news is that I’m now connected to the new printer and have managed to successfully process a number of printing requests.  And that’s not as simple as it sounds, because the old printer was an HP and the new one is a Minolta and no-one has given me an overview or instruction on any of the features!

Tuesday 15 November 2016

Here are the results for my runners of interest at Southwell today:

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 36th winner of the season.

Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th and Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) finished 5th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

With the weather turning wetter during recent days, field sizes have increased and there are further runners of interest tomorrow, all at Warwick not Chepstow … and my ATR tracker tells me that Wilma and Nobby are two of those runners!

 

12:30 City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

13:35 Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – aka Wilma - Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

15:15 Ya Hafed (Sheena West/Marc Goldstein) - aka Nobby and the Pwoducer – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards]

15:45 Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

AppleTree Stud’s Tyrell holds an entry for Wincanton on Thursday and Exeter on Sunday. 

 

Many Clouds, who had a breathing operation during the summer, galloped with Nicky Henderson’s Hennessy entries Triolo D’Alene and Vyta Du Roc at Newbury today.

 

And Freddy Tylicki was moved from the intensive care unit to a general spinal ward today.

The new printer/photocopier has arrived ... but I’ve not been connected up to it yet L

Monday 14 November 2016

There was just one runner of interest today, at Plumpton, and this is how he fared:

Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

 

There was another loose horse incident today, at Plumpton in the Novices’ Hurdle race.  Having unseated Tom Cannon at the first, the loose Black Caesar baulked three of his rivals at the second flight, thus wiping them all out – fortunately, again, no horse or jockeys were injured. The remaining four runners completed safely, with Citrus taking the prize for the David Pipe yard. 

 

Brian Hughes rode an 899-1 5-timer at Musselburgh today.

 

Richard Johnson will school Coneygree tomorrow and connections are hoping the Champion Jockey will be free to pilot their charge at Haydock on Saturday.

 

Denys Smith, who trained the 1968 Grand National winner Red Alligator, has passed away aged 92.  I’ve only ever missed viewing two Grand Nationals, on TV or live, since I became interested in horse racing.  I recall watching the finish to the 1964 Grand National and the 1965 running in its entirety.  I missed the 1968 renewal because I had a riding lesson that afternoon … but I do know that Red Alligator was the horse I expected to win that year, having been remounted following the Fionavon melee, before finishing 3rd on that occasion.  I also missed the post-bomb scare running in 1997, as I was working on that Monday.    

 

Galactic Power, stable name GP, won £477.00 in prize money at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Plans should be finalised by next week for the second Twitterati horse … and I can reveal that, all being well, it (she in fact) will be trained by Fergal O’Brien!   

 

Menace will be making a special appearance at Noel’s Blewbury yard on the morning of Hennessy Gold Cup day.  The start time is 09:00 to 09:15 … so I am in two minds as to whether I can fit it in before I head to Newbury; I just hate queuing in my car to enter any racecourse, besides I want to park in the posh car park again, like last year!  But I do know a back route to Newbury avoiding the latter part of the A34, if needs be, having experimented with this journey a couple of weeks ago!  

 

I’ve found an article about the Snowdens:

http://berksandbucks.greatbritishlife.co.uk/people/celebrity-interviews/jamie_and_lucy_snowden_on_life_in_berkshire_their_respective_careers_and_their_lucky_break_1_3373140

 

And here is a report from Racing UK regarding yesterday’s events, involving Sprinter Sacre and Simonsig, at Cheltenham:

http://www.racinguk.com/news/article/47125/nicky-henderson-even-triolos-got-to-cry-tonight.-so-am-i

 

And more memories of Simonsig from twitter:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JerrymcGrath/status/797902150919737344/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/wickhamwicks/status/797861791128756225/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/camillahendo/status/797936317254561792/photo/1

 

There are four runners of interest at Southwell tomorrow:

14:15 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:45 Midnight Chill (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) & Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham).

 

I had to work an extra 90 minutes today, in order to play catch-up with my workload from Friday … as there was quite a lot which hadn’t been done by my colleagues.  I’m on holiday all next week, so I really don’t know what to expect when I return the week after. 

 

But the good news is that a new printer/photocopier is to be delivered tomorrow … at last; it’s taken two months for a decision to be made that the existing one has reached the end of its life, during which time it’s not been working at all despite four visits from the engineer.  

Sunday 13 November 2016

 

 

Race 4 w.jpg

 

Happy retirement

Sprinter Sacre

 

 

Nicky Henderson called a press conference at noon today to announce the retirement of the current Champion Chaser, Sprinter Sacre.  They’d found heat in one of his forelegs earlier in the week and again yesterday so, as he’s now rising 11 and certainly owes no-one anything, connections sensibly decided to call it a day. 

 

His trainer took him to Cheltenham today, where he got an amazing send-off from the mass of spectators around the Parade Ring and shortly afterwards when he was paraded on the course in front of the grandstands. 

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/CheltenhamRaces/status/797850686587281410/photo/1

 

Also, now Sprinter is retired, there is no worry about finding a replacement jockey whilst Nico de Boinville is on the injury sidelines. 

 

I expect the star racehorse will be seen parading in different guises for many years to come – RoR, etc.

 

 

race 2 d r.jpg

 

RIP Simonsig

 

 

I’m sure I’m not alone in believing that Simonsig should have been retired way before now, due to his fragility resulting in training difficulties … and now this awful accident has happened.  He just didn’t deserve to die in an unnecessary racecourse fall, having crashed out at the third fence during the Schloer Chase and broken a leg as a result. :’(

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/797819714097577985/photo/1

 

Fox Norton, which was recently bought by the Potts and is now trained by Colin Tizzard, won the race in excellent style, with the winning trainer praising his former trainer Neil Mulholland for putting in all the hard work to enable today’s success; Colin has only had the horse in his charge for a couple of weeks. 

 

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, all at Cheltenham, as follows:

Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Group 2) (6 ran); Moon Racer won the race for the David Pipe yard.

Winter Escape (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 11th in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (16 ran); the race was won by North Hill Harvey for the Skeltons. 

Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Series) (15 ran).

Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 10th and Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 9th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (11 ran).

 

There’s just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Plumpton:

13:35 Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

 

But this particular boy (Menace) is certainly enjoying his retirement in the autumn sunshine:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/797828924185133057/photo/1

Saturday 12 November 2016

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

 

Cheltenham:

Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the last in the Juvenile Hurdle (JCB Hurdle Trial) when booked for 3rd place (9 ran); both horse and jockey were fine.

Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) easily won the Novices’ Chase (4 ran); although he did make a couple of scary errors when taking off too early at the first two open ditches!

Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was brought down, along with two others, when the loose Le Reve decided to refuse before trotting across in front of the entire field; Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 12th, which was last of those which finished, in the Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles 3 furlongs & 71 yards] (17 ran).

Annacotty (Alan King/Ian Popham) was pulled up before 2 out and Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) won the Betvictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 78 yards] (17 ran).

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlong & 67 yards]

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated at the 2nd flight and Board Of Trade (Alan King/Tom Cannon) fell at the 6th flight in the Intermediate Handicap Hurdle (16 ran).  Again both horses and jockeys appeared to be fine.

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 6th and My Khaleesi (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) dead-heated for 1st and Pique Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 9th and Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed) (19 ran); Wayne’s 35th winner of the season.  The other dead-heater for 1st was ridden by Graham Lee; he’s made himself available to ride bumper runners this winter!

 

After what must have been a very frustrating day for the Barbury Castle yard, and a very painful one for Wayne Hutchinson, at least they gained some compensation in the last!

 

This is Wayne flying through the air having been brought down when riding Midnight Prayer:

https://mobile.twitter.com/fillyonform/status/797485306903662592/photo/1

 

Amazingly all the horses involved in the melee, namely Midnight Prayer, Cogry and Racing Pulse, along with the culprit Le Reve, were reported to be fine.  Wayne was fine, obviously, as was Ryan Hatch and Jonathan Moore. 

 

However Nico de Boinville, who had been unseated when Le Reve blundered at the second fence, was less fortunate; he is reported to have sustained a fracture to his upper arm.  So where does that leave Coneygree and Sprinter Sacre as regards to a pilot for the next few weeks?  I presume that Richard Johnson will be approached as regards to riding Coneygree again, and probably Barry Geraghty for Sprinter Sacre.  I wish Nico a speedy recovery.

 

Here is the beautiful Taquin Du Seuil posing with connections having won today’s big race:

https://mobile.twitter.com/woodlane1/status/797449961717764097/photo/1

 

And the dead-heat photograph in the last, the Mares’ Listed bumper:

https://mobile.twitter.com/fillyonform/status/797485306903662592/photo/1

 

Uttoxeter:

Beneagles (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up before 2 out in the Maiden Hurdle (18 ran).

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Chris Ward/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards] (8 ran) – so the Twitterati connections made it into the winners’ enclosure today!

Fortified Bay (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Timmy Murphy/AppleTree Stud) finished 7th in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for 2-year-olds [5 furlongs & 216 yards] (13 ran).

 

Tomorrow’s runners of interest, all at Cheltenham, are as follows:

12:45 Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle (Group 2); the field also includes Moon Racer and Ballyandy.

14:30 Winter Escape (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Greatwood Handicap Hurdle

15:05 Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Series)

15:40 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Toffee Holland (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

Tattersalls Ireland held a sale at Cheltenham after racing yesterday and I can report upon a number of purchases:

 

Jamie Snowden purchased Dans Le Vent for £40,000:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/797166402780229632/photo/1

 

And Hogan’s Height for £26,000; he’s from the same family as Madison Du Berlais:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/797164571131789313/photo/1

 

Here is Hannah Bishop with Mrs Prowting’s new purchase Perfect Harmony (by Definite Article), bought for £65,000; I believe he is to be sent to Alan King to train:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/797157812392644608/photo/1

 

No photo, but Alan King is recorded as having purchased Forgetthesmalltalk for £35,000; the sole Flemensfirth horse offered at the sale.

 

The most expensive purchase was Poli Roi, which was bought by Gordon Elliott for £300,000!  Others of note, as far as money is concerned, were Finian’s Oscar bought for £250,000 by Colin Tizzard, also Storm Home for £130,000, again by Colin Tizzard.  Demon D’Aunou was purchased by Frank Berry (JP McManus) also for £130,000. 

Friday 11 November 2016

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

 

Cheltenham:

Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished last in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 199 yards] (9 ran).

Barters Hill (Ben Pauling/David Bass) was pulled up in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran).

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Jamie Bargary) finished 13th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (18 ran).

Godsmejudge (David Dennis/Mr Z Baker) finished 7th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (15 ran).

 

As mentioned above, the very talented Barters Hill, having his first outing over the bigger obstacles, was pulled up during the Novices’ Chase.  The horse was taken to the racecourse stables in a horse ambulance to be assessed by the on-course vets and it was discovered that he’d slipped a tendon off his hock – his near hind I believe.  So that’s time off the track but hope that he will return in due course.  That’s the injury Walkon incurred during the 2014 Grand National when he was pulled up before the second last.

 

However, once again, there were a number of disgusting tweets from disgruntled punters who had lost money having bet on Barters Hill today.  They are such low-life’s in that they don’t give a damn about the poor suffering of any horse, or jockey either.  It’s them who should be put down.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr   

 

Eastlake was pulled up in the Veterans’ Chase; he was found to be suffering from a fibrillating heart.  The race was won by 10-year-old Astracad who is now owned AND trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.  The horse was owned by the Moulds but was sent to the sales ... but Nigel loved the horse so much he had to buy him back; Nigel is a softie at heart!

 

As you will probably know, Sam Twiston-Davies is still on the injury sidelines; this is because the BHA is insisting he undergoes a CT scan before they will allow him to return to race riding.  Better safe than sorry I say.

 

This season, Cheltenham’s penultimate fence on the Old Course has been moved further away from the final bend, following a number of bad falls including fatalities since it was re-sited from its earlier position; that was also due to the number of falls and equine fatalities.  I believe I have suggested this should happen, having referred to the issues when writing my Cheltenham diaries.  And it was very easy to re-locate the fence, because it’s never actually been a permanent fixture since it was moved in the home straight! 

 

Moving on to today’s other results:

 

Wolverhampton:

Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Timmy Murphy/AppleTree Stud) finished 5th in the Maiden Stakes Div I [1 mile & 141 yards] (11 ran).

Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Joe Doyle) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 1 furlongs & 103 yards] (12 ran).

 

There was a 3-horse pile-up on the all-weather at Lingfield today but, fortunately, all three jockeys – George Downing, Toby Eley and Eddy Greatrex – escaped without injury, as did the horses.

 

Coolmore Stud has purchased stallion Champs Elysees – his sire is Danehill and grandsire Danzig.  Although his great grandsire is Northern Dancer, which is Galileo’s grandsire!

 

Evidently Flemensfirth progeny were all the rage at the recent Tattersalls Ireland foals sale.

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

12:40 Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle (JCB Hurdle Trial)

13:15 Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) – Novices’ Chase

13:50 Midnight Prayer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [3 miles 3 furlongs & 71 yards]

14:25 Annacotty (Alan King/Ian Popham) & Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) – Betvictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3) [2 miles 4 furlongs & 78 yards]

15:00 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlong & 67 yards]

15:35 Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Board Of Trade (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Intermediate Handicap Hurdle

16:05 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & My Khaleesi (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Pique Rock (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Nick Scholfield) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)

 

Uttoxeter:

13:05 Beneagles (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Maiden Hurdle

15:25 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Chris Ward/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 168 yards]; the horse returns following 526 days on the injury sidelines

16:00 Fortified Bay (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wolverhampton:

18:15 Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Timmy Murphy/AppleTree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes for 2-year-olds [5 furlongs & 216 yards]

 

I’ve proof-read and uploaded my Jamie Snowden yard visit diary and photos today ... so now I can concentrate on my knitting and watching the horse racing on TV for the remainder of the weekend!  J

Thursday 10 November 2016

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

 

Ludlow:

Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 34th winner of the season.

Quantum Of Solace (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) was pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Towcester:

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 211 yards] (10 ran).

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 151 yards] (7 ran).

Pinkie Brown (Neil Mulholland/Noel Fehily) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (5 ran).

Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) and Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Tom Cannon) were both non-runners in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

13:30 Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 199 yards]

14:05 Barters Hill (Ben Pauling/David Bass) – Novices’ Chase

15:15 Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Jamie Bargary) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:50 Godsmejudge (David Dennis/Mr Z Baker) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase

 

Wolverhampton:

16:45 Suspect Package (James Fanshawe/Timmy Murphy/AppleTree Stud) – Maiden Stakes Div I [1 mile & 141 yards]

18:50 Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Joe Doyle) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlongs & 103 yards]

 

The Cross Country event, which is usually run on the Friday of the Open Meeting, has been moved to Cheltenham Trials Day at the end of January due to the unseasonably dry weather at present.

 

Another tweet today suggested that Paddy Brennan hasn’t quite reached his 1,000 career winner total ... so who knows?

 

Nina Carberry, who is married to Ted Walsh Junior, is expecting her first child so won’t be riding again this season.

 

Val de Law, who is trained by Jamie Snowden, has been retired.  He’s been off the racecourse due to injury since finishing 3rd in the Manifesto Novices’ Chase at Aintree in 2015, and had been nursed back to fitness only to suffer further niggling problems.  Sadly he proved to be talented but fragile. 

 

Today has been my Friday, as I have another day’s leave tomorrow. J  Needless to say I shall be watching the racing on TV tomorrow afternoon and, hopefully, proofing my Jamie Snowden yard visit diary prior to that.  I also need to select and upload the associated photos.  After which I can knit to my heart’s content!

Wednesday 09 November 2016

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Presenting Lisa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Listed) (4 ran).

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 30 yards] (13 ran).

Messire Des Obeaux (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards] (7 ran).

The Otmoor Poet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (5 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Exeter:

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Passmore (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

 

Ayr:

Viva Steve (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan) won the Handicap Chase (Qualifier for Challenger Staying Chase Series) [3 miles & 67 yards] (6 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/George Baker/AppleTree Stud) finished 4th in the Middle Distance Final Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs] (13 ran).

 

And here are my runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ludlow:

13:35 Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle

14:05 Quantum Of Solace (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

16:05 Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Towcester:

12:45 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 211 yards]

13:15 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 151 yards]

14:15 Pinkie Brown (Neil Mulholland/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Chase; I’ve chosen ‘Pinkie’ because I saw him on TV the other day, when winning at Warwick, and he’s very aptly named because although described as a grey, he’s actually more of a red roan!

15:45 Midnight Jitterbug (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) & Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Paddy Brennan rode a treble at Ayr today and, according to a congratulatory tweet from Richard Johnson, one of those was Paddy’s 1000th career winner. 

 

The online fund set up by Matt Chapman for paralysed jockey Freddy Tylicki has now closed; it’s raised over £275,000, with the final total expected to be around £330,000.

 

Alan King has around 125 horses in his yard; due to this high number he was only able to include 60 of them in his stable tour in last week’s Weekender due to the column space available.  Today he recounted that one group of owners took umbrage because Alan had not included their horse ... and promptly removed it from the yard! 

 

Alan was very pleased with his tally for the flat season; he trained 21 winners.  This included at Royal Ascot, York and Chester. 

 

I’m going to sleep on the sofa tonight, as my bedroom light failed when I went to switch it on earlier ... and I really don’t like the thought of not being able to check for spiders before I go to sleep!  I shall change the bulb in the morning, when it’s daylight. 

Tuesday 08 November 2016

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

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Denboy (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) was pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 8th in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (15 ran).

 

I also missed four runners of interest and three of them won ... at Lingfield Park; that’s the trouble with dual purpose tracks, I never think to look unless they are notified via my ATR tracker!

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); Wayne’s 32nd winner of the season.

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Tom Queally) won the Handicap Hurdle for horses ridden by a professional flat race jockey. Does that count as Martin’s 10th winner of the season?

Authorised Too (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Lauraret (Jamie Snowden/Tom Scudamore) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles]; Wayne’s 33rd winner of the season.

 

Despite the ground not being as soft as hoped for this time of the season, I’ve located ten runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

13:20 Presenting Lisa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Listed)

13:50 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 30 yards]; Tom rode out his claim today when partnering Charlie Longsdon’s Midnight Gem to victory at Huntingdon.

15:00 Messire Des Obeaux (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards]

15:30 The Otmoor Poet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

16:05 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Exeter:

14:00 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:40 Passmore (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Ayr:

13:40 Viva Steve (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier for Challenger Staying Chase Series) [3 miles & 67 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

19:25 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/George Baker/AppleTree Stud) – Middle Distance Final Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs]

 

Here is a photograph of AppleTree Stud’s Tapit colt which was withdrawn from the Tattersalls Book 1 sale last month.  He’s now been broken in and is ready to set off to Malcolm Bastard’s pre-training yard – I presume there was not enough interest in the colt at the sales, being by an American sire, so they must have decided to keep and race him themselves instead. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/795966698809597953/photo/1

It must be Gerard Tumelty riding him, as he works for the Stud too.

 

Redwings Horse Sanctuary lost two inmates at the weekend; the vet who treated them believes this may have been a result of stress caused by firework displays.  One succumbed to colic whilst out in a field, and another injured a leg whilst also out in the same field – evidently the group of horses occupying said paddock had been seen galloping around after being spooked by the firework noise. RIP Sprite and Percy.  

 

Menace has made friends with one of Mrs Prowting’s youngsters, recently returned from pre-training.  They’ve nicknamed the 2-year-old Shadow ... I think it’s because he is scared of his!

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/795894324848422916/photo/1

 

And here is Menace with Hannah’s eldest son Toby:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/796055485380251648/photo/1

 

I also love this photo of Freddie Keighley’s pony Arthur; he’s chilling out at Huntingdon having accompanied Spice Girl to the races:

https://mobile.twitter.com/belindakeighley/status/796013023433461760/photo/1

 

It was bloomin’ cold last night, in fact my head and neck got so cold whilst I was asleep that I woke up with one of my spondylosis headaches.  I’m going to wear a pull-on hat in bed tonight, in an endeavour to avoid the same problem tomorrow!

Monday 07 November 2016

 

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RIP Vautour

 

News broke yesterday evening of the sad demise of Vautour.  Willie Mullins had decided to allow his charge to spend his days out in the field this season, only bringing him in at night.  However, yesterday, when a member of his staff went to feed him and Shaneshill who shared the field, they discovered Vautour had broken a foreleg.  As no-one saw it happen, the cause is a complete mystery; perhaps he was clowning around with his companion and maybe slipped up or was kicked. 

 

Although I’m fiercely patriotic when it comes to British-trained horses winning at the big Festivals, it’s always a shame when a very talented horse loses its life before it’s had a chance to fulfil its full potential, regardless of where it is trained.  And no horse deserves to die at such a young age; he was 7.  RIP

 

Yesterday wasn’t a good day for trainer Willie Mullins, as he also lost the talented Avant Tout in a racecourse accident at Naas.  It’s strange how fortunes can reverse so quickly ... last season the trainer was riding on the crest of a wave and seemed almost unbeatable at all the big Festivals; then Gigginstown Stud removed all of their horses from the yard and now he’s lost Vautour.  But, of course, he still has Faugheen, Douvan, Annie Power, Vroum Vroum Mag and Yorkhill, and I gather the Ricci’s have purchased a number of promising new horses too. 

 

The Irish challenge this season should be interesting ... especially with the Gigginstown horses now bolstering up other yards!

 

Anyway, there were two runners of interest today, at Kempton Park:

Top Tug (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 31st winner of the season.

The Unit (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle for Conditional Jockeys (Qualifier) (7 ran).

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Huntingdon:

13:10 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:45 Denboy (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Novices’ Handicap Chase; Denboy is Denman’s full nephew!

15:55 Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race    

 

I forgot to mention that Richard Johnson rode his 100th winner of the season at Sandown Park, when partnering Amore Alato to victory yesterday.

 

The online fund instigated by Matt Chapman on behalf of Freddy Tylicki has now raised around £200,000; amazing and wonderful.

 

I believe my colleague Caroline will be undertaking the journey to Robin Dickin’s yard on Saturday morning, to meet Galactic Power; she lives in Yorkshire, so it will be quite a trek for her.  It makes me feel like a bit of a lightweight for not doing so too!  But as I’m not going to Cheltenham, I don’t feel like I want to travel out to Warwickshire either.  

Sunday 06 November 2016

Here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest; there were also further withdrawals due to unsuitable ground conditions:

 

Aintree:

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jamie Bargary/EPDS Racing) finished 5th by a head in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran).

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles 149 yards] (9 ran).

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) finished last in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 176 yards] (7 ran).

Elgin (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

It was musical chairs as far as jockeys for Our Reward were concerned.  Brendan Powell was unable to take the ride and deputy William Featherstone tried valiantly to get to the course in time but failed in his mission, so Jamie Bargary rode instead.  

 

Wincanton:

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the Elite Hurdle (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2) impressively (5 ran).

Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlongs & 30 yards]

 

Kelso:

Kumbeshwar (Lucinda Russell/Harry Reed) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 14 yards] (8 ran).

 

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

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (4 ran).

Paddys Runner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 216 yards] (8 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Kempton Park:

13:00 Top Tug (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:10 The Unit (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle for Conditional Jockeys (Qualifier)

 

I understand that talented chaser Fox Norton has been sold and, as a result, has joined Colin Tizzard’s yard.

 

I went food shopping early yesterday morning and, when I returned, I removed the fuchsias and planted the pansies.  However I began to feel off-colour around lunch-time, so then snuggled up on the sofa with a hot water-bottle for the remainder of the afternoon; I saw most of the afternoon racing on RUK, apart from a short time when I dozed off to sleep! 

 

The timing of the races was very poor yesterday, as Aintree was followed quickly by Wincanton and then Kelso; in fact there was picture-only split-screen coverage of the Elite Hurdle because the Pertemps Qualifier was given priority due to the off-time being just moments earlier – surely the races should have been shown according to importance; it was ridiculous.

 

Having felt better by tea-time, I managed to knit and complete another woollen hat before bed-time; I used Big Fab yarn again, this time in a colour-way known as Tenerife.  Needless to say, by that stage of the evening I didn’t feel like writing a blog.

 

Today I ordered two further Christmas presents.  I also bought one yesterday morning, and have finished the first complete draft of my Jamie Snowden yard visit diary too.

Friday 04 November 2016

Due to the recent dry weather, I don’t actually have much to report today due to withdrawals ...

 

Warwick:

Tyrell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

Corrie Loch (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Pique Rock (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) were non-runners in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

Chance Taken (Noel Williams/James Banks) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Beginners’ Chase

Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

David Cricket (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (5 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow, hopefully:

 

Aintree:

12:55 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell/EPDS Racing) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:05 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [3 miles 149 yards]

15:45 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) - Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 176 yards]

16:15 Elgin (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

14:10 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Elite Hurdle (Limited Handicap) (Grade 2)

14:45 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:20 Ziga Boy (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Badger Ales Trophy Handicap Chase (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlongs & 30 yards]

 

David Cricket has an entry in the final race on the card but, as he ran today, he will no doubt be a non-runner tomorrow. 

 

Wayne also rides a number of horses at the fixture for Neil Mulholland – Tell The Tale, Shantou Village, and Carole’s Destrier. 

 

Kelso:

14:55 Kumbeshwar (Lucinda Russell/Harry Reed) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 14 yards]

 

There has been an update regarding injured jockey Freddy Tylicki and, sadly, it’s extremely bad news – he’s suffered paralysis at the point of the T7 vertebra; that means he has movement in his upper body but none in his lower body.  It’s at times like this that you realise what an extremely important role the Injured Jockeys Fund plays in helping those hurt whilst participating in our favourite sport.  I wish Freddy well as he begins his long and difficult journey.

 

It hasn’t been a good day, with Michael Bublé announcing that his eldest son Noah has been diagnosed with cancer.  I wish Michael and his family well too.  It must be particularly devastating when someone so young is struck down by this awful illness.     

 

I’ve no particular plans for the weekend; apart from finishing my Jamie Snowden yard visit diary and planting the pansies in the concrete trough.

Thursday 03 November 2016

 

 

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Wishing a Happy Retirement to

The Giant Bolster

(pictured right)

 

 

It was announced today that Cheltenham Gold Cup stalwart, The Giant Bolster, has been retired aged 11.  He ran at 7 Festivals and finished 2nd in the Gold Cup behind Synchronised in 2012, 4th behind Bobs Worth in 2013 and 3rd behind Lord Windermere in 2014. 

 

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

 

Newbury:

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won but Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) finished a tailed-off last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 30th winner of the season.

Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 3rd in the Hands and Heels Handicap Hurdle for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders (7 ran).

Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) finished a neck 2nd and Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) finished a tailed-off 5th in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

 

There are further runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Warwick:

12:50 Tyrell (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

16:15 Corrie Loch (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Pique Rock (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

13:35 Chance Taken (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Mares’ Beginners’ Chase

14:10 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:55 David Cricket (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

This week has been very tiring ... it must be the clock change last weekend.  As a result I’ve been flagging quite early in the evening, so haven’t drafted as much of my diary as I’d have liked to. L

 

The fuchsias and begonias survived last night’s cold temperatures, but may not be so lucky tonight.  That will be another job for the weekend, if they need to be taken out and replaced by the pansies.

 

One of my team at work has a cold ... so I’ve begun the First Defence treatment hoping to stave off the virus.

And I finally won £25 on lotto, following last night’s draw.  I’ve had three ‘free’ tickets in recent weeks, having selected two numbers, so it made a pleasant change. 

Wednesday 02 November 2016

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... and it’s yet another 2nd place for Jamie Snowden!  I understand that’s now 22 second places from 82 runners. 

 

Chepstow:

Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Orchard Park (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle

Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Kempton Park:

Tazmania (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/AppleTree Stud) finished 10th in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes [7 furlongs] (14 ran).

 

Musselburgh:

Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Jamie Hamilton/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 182 yards] (6 ran).

 

More runners of interest tomorrow, with NH racing returning to Newbury; small fields though due to the ground no doubt:

14:35 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

16:15 Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Market Rasen:

13:05 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Hands and Heels Handicap Hurdle for Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders.

13:40 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) & Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:10 Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Tom Scudamore) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Alan King’s Weekender column recommenced in this week’s newspaper.  Today’s edition contained a 4-page stable tour, very similar to that published in the Racing Post on 18 October but with a number of updates, as some of his horses have run since then.  Tyrell has been schooling well over hurdles and is ready to make his jumping debut, possibly at Warwick on Friday.  The AppleTree Stud horse wouldn’t appreciate true winter ground, so once he’s gained experience he’ll be given a break; Alan thinks he has potential over jumps.

 

Taunton racecourse has abandoned its fixture scheduled for 10 November because the ground is too hard; it may be rescheduled elsewhere.

 

Medermit, Blazing Bailey and Crystal D’Ainay took part in the Cotswold Hunt team-chase event at the weekend. 

 

With frost forecast for tonight, I expect it will finish off my fuchsias which have been growing in a concrete trough throughout the summer.  However, that’s not such a bad thing, as I have 10 winter pansies waiting to replace. They are currently planted in individual flowerpots and the roots are beginning to poke through the holes in the bottom of them; I’ve moved the pansies into the shelter of the carport tonight, just in case they become frozen in their small pots.  There are 10 further pansies in a plastic trough in the back garden but they should be okay through the winter.  However, the begonias in the wall surrounding the patio will be killed by the frost too and will then need to be removed.

Tuesday 01 November 2016

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

 

Kempton Park:

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Rob Hornby/EPDS Racing) finished 7th and Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Tom Marquand) finished 2nd in the Handicap [2 miles] (13 ran).

 

Exeter:

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran); Jamie expressed his frustration on twitter at yet another runner-up place!

 

The Grade 2 Haldon Gold Cup was won by the Tom George-trained Sir Valentino; he beat Garde La Victoire by a short-head.

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Chepstow:

13:10 Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Orchard Park (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – NH Maiden Hurdle

13:45 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

16:20 Holy Street (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Kempton Park:

18:25 Tazmania (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/AppleTree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes [7 furlongs]

 

Musselburgh:

14:40 Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Jamie Hamilton/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 182 yards]

 

I like the IJF calendar’s November offering ... with Joe Tizzard, AP McCoy, Choc, Norman Williamson and Richard Johnson all looking remarkably young:

https://mobile.twitter.com/P_JWally/status/793348275134951424/photo/1

 

There was better news today regarding Jim Crowley; he was released from hospital last night having suffered solely a broken nose.  Although, evidently, it looks like he’s gone six rounds in the boxing ring!  However, there was not such good news for Ted Durcan.  His colleague Daniel Muscutt drove him home from Kempton Park and, after a visit to a local hospital, it was discovered he’d broken his ankle! 

 

Freddy Tylicki remains in a stable condition in the intensive care unit at St George’s Hospital in Tooting but is said to be in good spirits. 

 

Until year-end, Galactic Power will be running for the Twitterati Syndicate, whilst standing in for Anti Cool’s syndicate members too.  I understand that he will then continue as one of two horses running for the Twitterati, with a small increase in monthly fee to cover both equines.  I can’t confirm details of the second horse yet, but negotiations on the lease are nearing completion.  However, the filly is under the care of a trainer who is new to the EPDS ‘family’ ... but it came as absolutely no surprise when I found out who it was, as I’d already developed an ‘inkling’ via pointers on social media! 

 

I’ve not booked a place on the visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard this Saturday, as an 08:00 arrival time is rather too early when it’s a dark November morning and I would need to leave home at 05:45!  Robin Dickin trains Galactic Power but, as I decided not to go to the Cheltenham Open because of the long drive home in the dark, I’m not going to head out to Warwickshire and back in the morning either.  The following weekend is a yard visit to Rebecca Menzies, but she’s based in Sedgefield. 

 

After that, of course, is a visit to Noel Williams’ yard on the morning of Hennessy Gold Cup Day.  As Menace has already left the yard, and I get very anxious if I don’t arrive early at Newbury racecourse, I’m going to side-step that one too ... but I must go back there on the next occasion, as I love Chance Taken and Bingo D’Olivate!  However, I will endeavour to attend a visit to the ‘new’ yard, whenever that might scheduled.

   

 


 

 

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