NOVEMBER 2017

 

 

Thursday 30 November 2017

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

The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 217 yards] (12 ran); Alan’s 31st winner of the season.

Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd and Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).  Harry replaced Richard Johnson who had been stood down following a fall in the first race; Martin’s 14th winner of the season.  Well done team Keighley.

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran).

 

We are spoilt for choice with regards to National Hunt racing tomorrow although, unfortunately, one is broadcast on RUK, the other on ATR; channel hopping time!

 

Newbury:

12:20 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – National Hunt Maiden Hurdle

12:50 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

13:50 Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Novices’ Chase (Grade 2). Willoughby Court is one of his rivals, Modus wasn’t declared, the Alan King runner having got the nod over the other JP McManus-owned horse.

 15:00 Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) – Long Distance Hurdle (Grade 2); his rivals are due to be Unowhatimeanharry, Wholestone, Beer Goggles, Thistlecrack and Colin’s Sister.

15:35 Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Noel Fehily) & Beneagles (Wayne Hutchinson/Alan King) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 52 yards]

 

Doncaster:

12:00 Talkischeap (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/ex-EPDS Racing syndicated horse) – Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier). 

13:00 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Rio Bravo (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

13:30 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:10 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

 

I’ve been working on the scarf I’ve been knitting every day since Saturday ... but it’s still not finished, maybe tomorrow. L  I’ve still got another project to do ... how many days until Christmas?  At this rate, I’ll be spending the entire Christmas break catching up on my racing diaries.  Oh well ...

Wednesday 29 November 2017

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

 

Wetherby:

Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Ian Popham) finished 2nd and The Blues Master (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (11 ran); however, The Blues Master made a bad error two out, so the outcome may have been different if he’d jumped a clear round!

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (2 ran).

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th and Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Tony Kelly/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Div I) (10 ran).

 

Hereford:

Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 147 yards] (15 ran).

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, all at Towcester:

12:40 The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:40 Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 217 yards]

14:40 Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Spice Girl (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ NH Maiden Hurdle

15:10 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Chase

 

Alan King is keen on Yanworth’s chances in this Friday’s Grade 2 Novices’ Chase at Newbury:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/shut-up-king-banking-on-yanworth-to-silence-so-called-experts/310323

 

It seems to me that day one of Newbury’s Ladbrokes meeting has more than its fair share of stars, with Thistlecrack due to make his comeback in the Grade 2 Long Distance Hurdle, before attempting to defend his King George VI Chase crown on Boxing Day.  The beautiful Taquin Du Seuil is also entered for the aforementioned race.  And not to mention Yanworth, who is due to take on Modus and Willoughby Court in the Grade 2 Novices’ Chase.  I’d attend on Friday if it wasn’t for the fact that the journey home is an atrocious one on a weekday due to traffic issues; it was a nightmare in 2015 – it took me almost 3 hours, although I did travel across country rather than via the M25. 

 

I did some more gardening this morning, clearing the dead begonias; also an unscheduled task ... an unknown ‘critter’ had disturbed a number of the pansies which I planted yesterday.  I recall that this isn’t the first time a similar thing has happened to plants in that particular trough.  I’ve now placed pebbles around the pansies, so wait to see in the morning if anything has occurred.  I also topped up the compost in one of the nearby tubs yesterday and that had been disturbed too.

Tuesday 28 November 2017

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

 

Lingfield Park:

Fairmount (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (16 ran).

Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th and Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (8 ran); Jamie’s 15th winner of the season.

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Intermediate Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

Naranja winning at Lingfield Park today:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/935537320471814146/photo/1

 

Hexham:

Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 59 yards] (8 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wetherby:

12:25 Doctor Bartolo (Alan King/Ian Popham) & The Blues Master (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

12:55 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Chase

13:25 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Tony Kelly/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:05 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Div I)

 

Hereford:

13:35 Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Maiden Hurdle

15:15 Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 147 yards]

Here is a link to the official photographs of Galactic Power’s successful outing to Ludlow yesterday:

http://www.onlinepictureproof.com/officialphotographersonline/albums/Ludlow/644842_265701/browse/

I planted out the remaining pansies today, and there was no sign of the woodlice which infested the trough compost earlier in the year; I changed it regardless, as it had supported last year’s fuchsias, last winter’s pansies and this summer’s fuchsias also.  I saved one of the fuchsias too, as it is a hardy variety and has now been transplanted to the back garden instead. 

Monday 27 November 2017

 

 

GP does it again!

 

 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner J

 

 

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

 

Kempton Park:

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

Winter Escape (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) (6 ran); the race was won by La Bague Au Roi who rallied after the last having been headed by Jer’s Girl.

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 110 yards] (9 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran).

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards] (8 ran).

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Tom O’Brien/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club ... that’s me) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards] (8 ran); the first prize was £6,498.  I donate my share of winnings to the Yorkshire-based charity New Beginnings, who retrain and re-home former racehorses; Mister McGoldrick is one of their permanent residents.  In fact I’m now a four-time winning syndicate member, with three wins for Galactic Power (at Catterick, Exeter and Ludlow) and one for the now retired Rockchasebullett (at Fontwell Park).    

 

There was a sad postscript to Galactic Power’s race, however, with the Tim Vaughan-trained Number One London collapsing when pulled up before three out; he passed away. L  RIP

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Lingfield Park:

13:30 Fairmount (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Madame Fiona (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

15:00 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Intermediate Handicap Chase

 

Hexham:

13:20 Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 59 yards]

Sunday 26 November 2017

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

 

Ascot:

Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Ian Popham) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the 1965 Chase (Grade 2) (9 ran).

Top Notch won the race impressively, by 8 lengths.  When interviewed after the race, winning training Nicky Henderson said that Top Notch was his favourite horse, in fact probably everyone in the yard’s favourite horse, despite all the stars within it.  Top Notch is lovely, I have to agree. 

Sire de Grugy (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) finished last in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 167 yards] (8 ran); Sir Valentino won it.

Stockburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (15 ran).

 

It was also great to see the popular and very game Lil Rockerfeller win the Grade 2 Ascot Hurdle.

 

Haydock Park:

Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) finished 4th in the Graduation Chase (6 ran).

On his favourite track and with going conditions to suit, Bristol De Mai was a very impressive winner of the Grade 1 Betfair Chase; the winning distance was 57 lengths.  Cue Card finished 2nd and Outlander completed in 3rd.

 

Interesting, Haydock Park has scrapped their fixed brush hurdles and will now run all races over the standard type hurdles.   According to the Clerk of the Course, trainers had become ambivalent about running their horses over the fixed brush ones, and the upkeep of the obstacles was also becoming too expensive. 

 

Huntingdon:

Mahlermade (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Miss Crick (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (5 ran).

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Miss Becky Smith/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

And one result today, from Uttoxeter:

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (3 ran); she was the outsider of the field, at 8-1. They always say to back the outside of three!  It was Jamie’s 14th winner of the season. 

 

It was a brilliant ride from Gavin Sheehan who switched his mount to the inside of the favourite, when rival jockey Richard Johnson was looking over his right shoulder expecting the challenge on his outside!  Lostnfound had hung badly to her left when finishing 5th in a race at Market Rasen last month, so this manoeuvre was ideal on this left-handed track. 

 

Happily Ilovemints who fell two out was just winded and, after a few minutes recovery time, was led back unharmed.

 

Here is the race replay:

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Uttoxeter/26-November-2017/1315

 

There are some evil people in this world; I blame parents for negating their responsibility regarding their children’s upbringing:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/dream-alliance-breeder-devastated-after-juvenile-dies-in-arson-attack/310010

 

A delivery of wool arrived yesterday, including that for a couple of Christmas presents, so I’m sidelining my Cheltenham diary for the next few days (or so) and switching my attention to knitting!  And it’s not proving easy, because the scarf I’m knitting uses a stitch design from a sweater, so I’ve had to select column ‘blocks’ and make them narrower!  Basically it’s an Aran design, with diamonds, honeycombs and a trellis, and using a cable needle; I’m using ‘Mill Blue’ coloured yarn.  I must have had at least four false starts, tweaking the design, but the issues are now sorted and the scarf is growing by the hour  That’s the problem with being a perfectionist!  Cable knitting and lace knitting used to be my specialities, so there shouldn’t be any issues from here on in ... fingers crossed!

However, I have found time to upload the photos taken last Saturday, at Cheltenham, although the weather was definitely against me with regards to the quality thereof. L

I popped out this morning to a local garden centre and to Dunelms to buy a number of new Christmas baubles, as many of those I have are now showing their age ... a bit like me!  I don’t have a Christmas tree, but suspend the baubles from tinsel garlands which hang around the walls.  I also couldn’t resist buying six more pansy plants – orange/purple ones – to add to the 20 I already have.  Having discovered the colours of many, I also planted them out in a trough and a round flowerpot. 

I have just seven pansies remaining for the trough in the front garden, although I’d originally put aside 10.  Mind you, there is a woodlouse problem in the front garden trough, too damp, so I need to remove the fuchsias and change the compost before planting them out; I’ll also add some vermiculite to help it drain.  Another outstanding task is to remove the dead begonias from the wall surrounding the patio.    

The last of the underwhelming dancers has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing, with comedian Susan Calman’s departure this weekend; she was the humour element this seasson.  The remaining six competitors range from being very good to excellent; Alexandra Burke, Debbie McGee, Davood Ghadami and Joe McFadden are brilliant, with maybe Gemma Atkinson and Mollie King slightly weaker at present.  These two sometimes lack confidence. 

There are also rumours that Gemma Atkinson is romantically linked with professional dancer Gorka Marquez; he’s partnering Alexandra Burke this series.  Plus, that Mollie King and her professional dance partner AJ Pritchard are also a couple!  It transpires that AJ (Alex Joseph) has a younger brother Curtis, who is also a professional dancer; Curtis toured with Natalie Lowe, Louis Smith and Jay McGuiness in Rip It Up, which I saw early last month!

Personally I’d like to see Debbie McGee or Joe McFadden win; Debbie is 59 and amazingly fit and supple for her age!  But, with such a talented bunch of celebrity dancers now left in the competition, it will be down to their popularity as a person from now on.  

Here are Monday’s runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

12:50 Potterman (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:25 Winter Escape (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Novices’ Chase

14:00 Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed); declared rivals are La Bague Au Roi, Rons Dream, Irish challenger Jer’s Girl, Morello Royale and Treackle Tart

15:05 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 110 yards]; he sports David Sewell’s yellow and red colours.

 

Ludlow:

13:40 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:15 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Chase [1 mile 7 furlongs & 212 yards]

14:45 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Tom O’Brien/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club ... that’s me) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards]

 

Ayr’s fixture was abandoned.

Note to self ... I really shouldn’t put off writing a blog at this time of the year because it takes ages to do the resultant catch-up!

Friday 24 November 2017

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

 

Ascot:

William Hunter (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Introduction Hurdle (6 ran).

Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards] (12 ran).

 

Ffos Las:

Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Bryony Frost) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 192 yards] (8 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

12:20 Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:05 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – 1965 Chase (Grade 2); his rivals are scheduled to be Josses Hill, Royal Regatta, Frodon, Sizing Granite, Flying Angel, Top Notch, Double Shuffle and Top Gamble

15:15 Sire de Grugy (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) –Handicap Chase [2 miles & 167 yards]

15:50 Stockburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Haydock Park:

13:15 Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) – Graduation Chase

The Grade 1 Betfair Chase takes place at 15:00 with Bristol De Mai, Cue Card, Outlander, Shantou Flyer, Tea For Two and Traffic Fluide declared.

 

Huntingdon:

12:00 Mahlermade (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Hurdle

12:30 Miss Crick (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase

13:40 Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Miss Becky Smith/ex-Apple Tree Stud) – Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

There’s just one runner of interest on Sunday, at Uttoxeter:

13:15 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle.  Ilovemints runs in this race too, she’s now trained by David Pipe having transferred from Warren Greatrex; she’s very sweet, I met her during my yard visit on Lambourn Open Day.

 

Retired footballer Michael Owen took part in a charity race at Ascot today; he finished as runner-up:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/michael-owen-comes-up-just-short-as-he-finishes-second-at-ascot/309733

 

I’m on holiday next week; Yippee J  It’s my first full week off since the Cheltenham Festival in March. 

Thursday 23 November 2017

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

 

Market Rasen:

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran); Jamie’s 13th winner of the season.

Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (7 ran).

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

Norman Stanley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Wincanton:

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

 

Newcastle (AW):

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Tom Eaves/ex-Graeme McPherson) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards] (11 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

14:05 William Hunter (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Introduction Hurdle

15:50 Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards]

 

Ffos Las:

14:50 Midnight Silver (Jamie Snowden/Bryony Frost) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 192 yards]

 

Apple Tree Stud has sold a colt yearling foal via Race Horse Trader; he’s Our Pollyanna’s son.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RaceHorseTrader/status/933349659497689088/photo/1

 

As mentioned in the previous tweet, Our Pollyanna is also for sale; here she is, currently in foal to Norse Dancer.  She’s by Flemensfirth. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/RaceHorseTrader/status/932988303292452865/photo/1

 

It’s sad there’s no money in National Hunt racing for Apple Tree Stud to continue with their jumping-bred broodmares; as it wins hands down for sporting interest.  I wonder if they’re going to sell or have sold The Pirate’s Queen?

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

 

Warwick:

Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran); Alan’s 29th winner of the season and Wayne’s 22nd winner of the season.

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the Novices’ Chase (2 ran); Alan’s 30th winner of the season.

Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up two out in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs] (8 ran).

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards] (6 ran).

Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Chepstow:

Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) fell at the 2nd fence in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards] (11 ran).

 

Hexham:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 28 yards] (13 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

12:10 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

12:40 Undisputed (Noel Williams/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:10 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

15:20 Norman Stanley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

14:35 Canelo (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Newcastle (AW):

15:30 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Tom Eaves/ex-Graeme McPherson) – Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards]

 

Following Sceau Royal’s win today, Alan King has commented upon the lack of runners in novice races. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/king-blames-too-much-racing-as-20000-race-pulls-just-two-runners/309531

 

Sizing John won’t be making his seasonal debut at Haydock on Saturday after rain has been forecasted.  Jessica Harrington also reveals that the Potts’ horses will continue to run in their colours and will see out their careers until retirement under the partnership banner of Ann and Alan Potts Limited.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/gold-cup-hero-sizing-john-out-of-betfair-chase-due-to-ground-concerns/309551

 

It has been announced that, from 19 January, the BHA will be forcing trainers to reveal if their charges are running for the first time since a breathing operation.  It will be signified by a ‘WS’ against the horse’s name:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/wind-operations/bha-braces-itself-after-putting-punters-first-over-wind-ops-move/309476

 

I’ve bought a copy of Weekender and Alan King writes that he was very impressed with the excellent ride the conditional jockey Mitch Bastyan gave William H Bonney in the Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday.  He got the ride because none of Alan’s usual team was able to do the weight; Alan says he’s a mannerly young man and will be riding out at Barbury Castle tomorrow.

 

Richard Hoiles contributes a weekly article too, and this week he writes about Bryony Frost, Tom Bellamy and Brendan Powell Junior, who rode winners at Cheltenham on Saturday, all being the progeny of successful jockeys.  Being pretty old myself, I suppose it should have occurred to me at the time, as I remember all of their fathers when they were riding! 

 

In a side story, Richard also writes about James Bowen, son of trainer Peter and brother of jockey Sean and point-to-point trainer Mickey, who rode Thomas Campbell to victory at Cheltenham on Saturday.  He thinks one of the highlights of the season will be the Conditional Jockeys’ Championship between James Bowen and Mitch Bastyan.

Tuesday 21 November 2017

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

Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd and Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (14 ran).

Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

12:35 Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:10 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Chase

14:45 Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs]

15:20 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards]

15:50 Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

15:30 Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards]

 

Hexham:

15:40 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 28 yards]

 

Sam Twiston-Davies underwent an operation yesterday to mend his fractured elbow, and he is writing a regular blog for the IJF while he recuperates:

http://www.injuredjockeys.co.uk/articles/op-done-recovery-starts-364.asp

 

It transpires that Jeremiah McGrath has broken his arm; it happened when Theinval fell at Cheltenham on Saturday ... and despite the fact that he rode Follow The Bear in the next race!  A bit like Sam really, who also rode in the following race at Sandown despite having injured his elbow when unseated from Double Ross!  Jerry is undergoing an operation tomorrow and hopes to return by Christmas; wishing him a speedy recovery.

Monday 20 November 2017

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

Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell at the 10th fence and Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 164 yards] (8 ran).  The Rooney-owned Saint Contest took an awful looking tumble at the downhill fence at the top of the back straight, but I’m pleased to say that both horse and jockey seemed fine following the mishap.

Tomorrow there are runners of interest at Southwell:

13:30 Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Midnight Merlot (Noel Williams/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

14:30 Passing Call (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:30 Diva Du Maquis (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

This is a link to an article about the award winning ‘Many Clouds’ film; the video is also embedded within:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/many-clouds-tribute-by-former-work-rider-wins-award-at-us-film-festival/309328

 

The Racing Post has produced an overview of this past weekend’s 3-day fixture at Cheltenham:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/the-ones-to-note-from-three-exhilarating-days-in-the-cotswolds/309307

 

I’m not sure about it being described as ‘exhilarating’ ... it was just damn right soggy as far as I was concerned!

Sunday 19 November 2017

 

 

Black Corton.jpg

 

Bryony Frost and Black Corton win the Novices’ Chase

 

 

I attended Day 2 of Cheltenham’s November fixture, it having been on my bucket list for a while ... the day that is, not the fixture, as I’d been to the Sunday back in 2008 – my first ever visit to Cheltenham racecourse in fact.  Yesterday had to rank alongside Gold Cup Day in 2013 and Grand National Day in 2016 as the soggiest ever!  It’s very annoying, regarding the weather, as both Day 1 and Day 3 have been lovely; okay, so it’s November ... but I was spoilt last season, with no wet days out of 10!  The nearest it got to dampness was after racing on Gold Cup Day. 

 

By the end of this season I’m aiming to surpass a total of 200 racecourse visits since my first in April 2008.  I’ve counted the infamous Newbury ‘electrocution’ fixture in February 2011 because, although abandoned, there was one race that day, but not included the abandoned trip to Cheltenham in December 2008 when racing was called-off mid-morning due to water-logging (although I did walk the course with Choc that day J).  I’m currently standing on 190, with plans for Newbury (x1), Kempton Park (x1), the Cheltenham Festival (x4), the Aintree Festival (x3) and Sandown Park (x1). 

 

Yesterday, my coat sleeves were saturated, the polo-neck of my sweater was soggy, my hat was soggy, the back of my hair was soggy, my gloves were soggy, both of my snoods were soggy, and I’ve discovered that Kipling handbags aren’t waterproof either – my race-card and badge were ruined.  I take a plastic wallet for storing my tickets, but the race-card was too large for it; damn – I need to find a slightly larger one – it needs to be at least 10 inches wide (B5 perhaps).  I always keep my driving licence and insurance details, etc, in a plastic wallet too. 

 

I woke up with a headache this morning, possibly dehydration, and sore feet and legs; fortunately both of these issues disappeared during the morning.  Age is catching up with me. L

 

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

 

Cheltenham:

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th but Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) fell at the first fence in the Betvictor Gold Cup (Grade 3) (17 ran); Theinval was fine fortunately, as was Jerry McGrath.

Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) won the Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (8 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 3rd and Daydream Aulnes finished 2nd (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran); I really should have had an each-way bet on Balli Martine ... his price was 66-1, especially as Noel had spoken of his high hopes for the horse during one of my stable visits!  Doh!

 

Also Sunday’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Ciaran Gethings) finished 5th and Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 12th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (19 ran).

Simply Ned (Nicky Richards/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Schloer Chase (Grade 2) (5 ran).  The race was won by last year’s winner Fox Norton.

Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and William H Bonney (Alan King/Mitchell Bastyan) finished 5th in the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Group 3) [2 miles & 87 yards] (13 ran); Alan’s 28th winner of the season and Wayne’s 21st winner of the season.

 

There was very sad news following the Greatwood Hurdle, with Cesarewitch runner-up and Elite Hurdle winner London Prize losing his life following a fall at the penultimate flight. L RIP.

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-reports/elgin-holds-on-bravely-to-give-king-first-win-in-race/308814

 

And it was handbags at dawn for jockey Brian Hughes and Clerk of the Course Simon Claisse:

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cheltenham-reports/claisse-hits-back-after-hughes-criticises-horrendous-cheltenham-ground/309243

 

Fontwell Park:

Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 7th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished last, Fields of Fortune (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner but Lisp (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran).

 

I gather that Kamikaze Walsh ... sorry I mean Ruby Walsh ... broke his leg yesterday; It happened as a result of his third fall of the day.  The man is positively crazy!

 

Meanwhile still in Ireland, today, Faugheen won the Morgiana Hurdle under Paul Townend; he was impressive evidently and is now as short as 2-1 for the Champion Hurdle, displacing Buveur D’Air.  It was 665 days since he’d last run. 

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/fantastic-faugheen-brushes-rivals-aside-with-ease/309161

 

I have to mention another couple of equine fatalities, which occurred at Cheltenham in addition to Need To Know and London Prize; namely JP McManus’ Counter Shy trained by Jonjo O’Neill, he was pulled up injured during Friday’s Novices’ Handicap Hurdle and the Harry Whittington-trained Glenmona who went wrong during yesterday’s Mares’ Bumper.  RIP L

 

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

15:10 Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Mr Muddle (Gary Moore/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 164 yards]

I’ve been busy today, having begun drafting my Cheltenham diary; nearly 3,000 words so far, topped and tailed.  The clothes I wore yesterday have now dried out. 

And, finally, a bit of fun from the Racing Post:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/attention-jumps-fans-take-our-quiz-to-see-which-star-racehorse-you-match-with/308848

 

Last time around I was Un De Sceaux; I’m now Altior!  I must be a speedy two miler, in any guise!

Friday 17 November 2017

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

Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 198 yards] (14 ran).

Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards] (15 ran).

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) (10 ran).

Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th and Zaydanides (Tim Pinfield/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

There weren’t any horses which I could specifically class as ‘runners of interest’ today – but there was National Hunt racing at Cheltenham and Newcastle.

 

However, Finian’s Oscar won Cheltenham’s Steel Plate and Sections Novices’ Chase although, at one point, it seemed that Movewiththetimes might cause an upset.

 

And it was a family affair in the Cross Country Handicap Chase, with the Michael Scudamore-trained Kingswell Theatre ridden by brother Tom, seeing off the French-trained pair trained by Emmanuel Clayeux.  Sadly the 9-year-old Irish-trained Need To Know slipped up on landing over the raised bank and broke a hind-leg.  RIP.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Cheltenham:

14:25 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Theinval (Nicky Henderson/Jeremiah McGrath) – Betvictor Gold Cup (Grade 3)

16:00 Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wetherby:

13:05 Ami Desbois (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Chase.  Making his chasing debut, connections have decided to start their horse in what appears to be an easy race, although the distance of 1 mile 7 furlongs & 36 yards is not ideal for this proven stayer.   

14:50 Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

 

Uttoxeter:

15:40 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) & Daydream Aulnes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race; both trainers think their charges have talent. 

 

And Sunday’s runners of interest too:

 

Cheltenham:

13:15 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Ciaran Gethings) & Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) - Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

14:25 Simply Ned (Nicky Richards/Wayne Hutchinson) – Schloer Chase (Grade 2); his opponents are Fox Norton, Sir Valentino, Special Tiara, Vaniteux and Cloudy Dream

15:00 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & William H Bonney (Alan King/Mitchell Bastyan) – Greatwood Handicap Hurdle (Group 3) [2 miles & 87 yards]; Alan has obviously noticed the very talented conditional jockey, Mitch Bastyan, who is attached to the Evan Williams yard. 

 

Fontwell Park:

12:20 Dahills Hill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

12:55 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) & Fields of Fortune (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Lisp (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

I’ve been on annual leave today, doing exciting things like shopping, washing my car, washing clothes, ironing and sewing up another snood (in shades of purple this time)!

Wednesday 15 November 2017

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

 

Exeter:

Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards] (12 ran).

Azzerti (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 175 yards] (6 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) fell 3 out in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (10 ran).

Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) fell at the 7th fence but Briery Queen (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) won the Novices’ Chase (4 ran); Noel’s 3rd winner of the season.

Tillythetank (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran).

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 72 yards] (11 ran).

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares Novices’ Chase (Listed) (5 ran).

Equus Millar (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards] (9 ran).

Pageburg (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 7th in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

 

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

14:05 Red Admirable (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 198 yards]

14:35 Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 104 yards]

15:10 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier)

16:10 Court Out (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Zaydanides (Tim Pinfield/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

It has been reported that Yanworth is okay following his mishap ... phew. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/talk-of-the-tracks/yanworth-shock-as-king-star-falls-on-second-start-over-fences-at-exeter/308719

 

I hope Dingo Dollar is okay too, following his mishap in an earlier race.

 

Altior won’t be making his seasonal debut in Sandown Park’s Tingle Creek Chase after all, as he is to undergo a breathing operation:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/wind-problem-rules-electric-altior-out-of-tingle-creek/308768

 

Following the death of Alan Potts, plans are up in the air regarding Colin Tizzard’s Cheltenham entries this weekend:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/november-meeting/tizzard-unable-to-confirm-plans-for-oscar-and-fox-norton-after-owner-s-death/308709

 

I’m in a very bad mood this evening ... severe frustrations at work, which are preventing me from completing tasks within the prescribed deadlines ... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr  

Tuesday 14 November 2017

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

 

Lingfield Park:

Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (14 ran)

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (12 ran).  He’s Zara Tindall’s horse and the race was sponsored by EPDS Racing; Martin’s 13th winner of the season.

Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Martin Harley) finished 3rd in the Professional Flat Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran – only 3 completed)

 

Worcester:

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 5th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Huntingdon:

Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Exeter:

12:50 Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

13:25 Azzerti (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 175 yards]

14:30 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:00 Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Briery Queen (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Novices’ Chase

15:35 Tillythetank (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

12:40 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 72 yards]

13:10 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares Novices’ Chase (Listed)

14:20 Equus Millar (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:50 Midnight Tour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 123 yards]

15:20 Pageburg (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

 

It has been announced today that Alan Potts, owner of Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sizing John, also Fox Norton, Finian’s Oscar, Supasundae, Sizing Codelco, and Pingshou to name but six of his current horses, has died having suffered a heart attack. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/alan-potts/gold-cup-winning-owner-alan-potts-has-died-suddenly/308579

 

No doubt, in due course, we will discover what the future lies for his string of racehorses; perhaps they will continue under the administration of trustees, rather than being sold. 

Evidently the correct date for the visit to Jamie Snowden’s yard is Saturday 09 December ... so I can go after all. J

Monday 13 November 2017

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

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (2 ran).

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs] (7 ran).

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow ... and they are all over the place!

 

Lingfield Park:

13:20 Voie Dans Voie (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

13:50 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

14:20 Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Martin Harley) – Professional Flat Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Worcester:

14:30 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:00 Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Huntingdon:

15:40 Myboysam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Following yesterday’s unseating from Double Ross at Sandown Park, Sam Twiston-Davies has announced that he’s broken an elbow; he hopes to return to action at Newbury in early December.  It has also been suggested that it may disrupt Harry Cobden’s plans to ride Cue Card at Haydock, as the young rider is now deputising as number one rider for Sam.  Here’s wishing Sam a speedy recovery.

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/twiston-davies-to-miss-big-meetings-after-breaking-elbow-in-sandown-fall/308469

 

Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls have commented regarding the lack of runners at Kempton Park today; there were two ‘match’ races – the Novices’ Chase and the Graduation Chase. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/kempton-chairman-bemoans-lack-of-runners-with-two-matches-on-card/308423

 

My Cheltenham Festival tickets arrived today, via special delivery. J

Sunday 12 November 2017

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

 

Wincanton:

Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 5th in the Elite Hurdle (Grade 2 Limited Handicap) (7 ran); the race was won by the Ian Williams-trained London Prize.  The winner had finished as runner-up in last month’s Cesarewitch.

Fletchers Flyer (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily) was pulled up, Vic De Touzaine (Venetia Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up and Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was also pulled up in the Badger Ales Handicap Chase (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlong] (16 ran).  Only 6 completed (there were prizes for the first 6).  The race was won by the Paul Nicholls-trained Present Man ridden by Bryony Frost; her dad Jimmy had won the race 21 years ago (1996), aboard Coome Hill.  She beat Leighton Aspell into second place yesterday, and Leighton had won the race 20 years ago aboard Lively Knight!

 

Happy retirement to Melodic Rendezvous who was retired following the Elite Hurdle; a race he won in 2013.  He also won Wincanton’s Kingwell Hurdle in 2014, beating Zarkandar and Grumeti that day.

 

Aintree:

Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) finished last in the Class 2 Hurdle (3 ran).  Unowhatimeanharry won, from Value At Risk.

 

Wolverhampton:

Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Fillies’ Conditions Stakes [7 furlongs & 37 yards] (6 ran).  However, there were 6 prizes, so she did win £222.30!

 

Meanwhile Alan King’s Top Tug finished 12th in the November Handicap at Doncaster (23 ran).  Trainer Ian Williams also won that race, with Saunter ridden by Jim Crowley.

 

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

 

Sandown Park:

Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 3rd and Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/ex-Alan King) finished 5th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Intermediate Chase (Listed) (4 ran).  Might Bite won well, displaying no foibles today!

Fidux (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) unseated at the last and Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/ex-Alan King & Apple Tree Stud) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 216 yards] (12 ran). Fidux may or may not have won; it’s difficult to say, as he was not much more than a length behind the winner at the time and staying on when he hit the swinging hurdle. 

Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Houblon Des Obeaux won the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier - Leg 8), with Third Intention the runner-up.  Double Ross unseated Sam Twiston-Davies at the second fence.  Creevytennant and It’s A Gimme were non-runners due to unsuitable ground.

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow, at Kempton Park:

14:25 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Chase; he has just one rival, trained by Paul Nicholls.

14:55 Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Pertemps Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs]

There are only two runners in the Graduation Chase too – Nicky Henderson’s Whisper and Paul Nicholls’ Clan Des Obeaux. 

Friday 10 November 2017

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

 

Warwick:

Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated at the last when holding 4th position and Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Juvenile Hurdle (15 ran).

Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (11 ran).

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards] (7 ran).

Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 4th, Hurricane Millie (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 10th, Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Sensulano (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (18 ran).

 

There was a very sad postscript to the Juvenile Hurdle, with Martin Keighley reporting that Whatalove had severed a tendon.  The injury was so severe that there was no other option than to put her to sleep. Commiserations to all her connections.  RIP

 

Fontwell Park:

Miss Crick (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Beginners’ Chase (5 ran).

 

Hexham:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox/ex-Noel Williams) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 48 yards] (16 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Barry McHugh/ex-Graeme McPherson) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards] (14 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wincanton:

13:50 Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:00 Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Elite Hurdle (Grade 2 Limited Handicap); he has 6 opponents, currently, Charbel, Lough Derg Spirit, London Prize, Flying Tiger, Zubayr and Melodic Rendezvous.

15:35 Fletchers Flyer (Harry Fry/Noel Fehily) & Vic De Touzaine (Venetia Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Badger Ales Handicap Chase (Listed) [3 miles 1 furlong]

 

Aintree:

14:50 Top Notch (Nicky Henderson/Daryl Jacob) – Class 2 Hurdle; just two rivals, Unowhatimeanharry and Value At Risk

 

Wolverhampton:

18:50 Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) - Fillies’ Conditions Stakes [7 furlongs & 37 yards]

 

Meanwhile Alan King’s Top Tug runs in the November Handicap at Doncaster.

 

Having sustained a tendon injury over a year ago and unable to race again, Jeans Lady has been retired.  Trained by Martin Keighley, the very pretty and sweet-natured mare is now looking for her forever home.   

 

pretty Jeans Lady.jpg

 

Happy retirement Jeans Lady

 

I understand that the Overbury Stud has two new stallions for next year, one of which will be Jack Hobbs.  Their current outstanding stallion in residence is Kayf Tara.

 

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

 

Sandown Park:

12:45 Bastien (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch/ex-Alan King) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

13:50 Second Time Around (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:20 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Intermediate Chase (Listed); he has three rivals – Frodon, Might Bite and As De Mee.  I’m a fan of Might Bite ...

14:55 Fidux (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/ex-Alan King & Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 216 yards]

16:00 Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

 

Also, all of the horses due to run in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier - Leg 8) which takes place at 15:30 – Double Ross, Third Intention, Loose Chips, Houblon Des Obeaux, Creevytennant, Vino Griego, It’s a Gimme and Pete The Feat.  I love the veteran chases; it’s great when you ‘know’ every one of the horses taking part.

Thursday 09 November 2017

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

 

Newbury:

Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 8th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Beneagles (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 52 yards] (12 ran). Rosa Damescena (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Briery Belle (Henry Daly/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th and Mias Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Chase (Listed) (6 ran); it was Alan’s 27th winner of the season and Wayne’s 20th winner of the season.

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards] (6 ran).  Although Shady Glen is quirky, his trainer reports that his charge has completed 19 races and been placed in the first four on every one of those 19 occasions!

 

Ludlow:

Primo Blue (Noel Williams/Tom Bellamy) finished 9th and Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards] (12 ran).

Another Crick (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

12:50 Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:20 Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

14:50 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards]

15:50 Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Hurricane Millie (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) & Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Sensulano (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Fontwell Park:

14:00 Miss Crick (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Beginners’ Chase

 

Hexham:

14:40 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Derek Fox/ex-Noel Williams) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 48 yards]

 

Newcastle (AW):

19:15 Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/Barry McHugh/ex-Graeme McPherson) – Handicap [1 mile & 5 yards]

 

Choc has tweeted a video of their three filly foals – by Frankel, Sea The Moon and Oasis Dream:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/928209312710873089

 

Alan King has two new flat-bred inmates in his yard which were purchased at last week’s Tattersalls sale – namely Redicean from David O’Meara and Crushed from William Haggas. 

 

In contrast, Gibralfaro was sold for £28,000 to Stroud Coleman Bloodstock/Sean Clancy at today’s Ascot sale; Thomas Shelby was also sold, for £18,000 to Alice Vaughan Jones.

 

I can feel my fitness is already improving, as I’m walking further each day and climbing far more steps and stairs too; my employer’s office has recently relocated.  However, I’m still suffering from the niggling pain on the inside of my left foot, which I’ve had for three or four months now.  

Wednesday 08 November 2017

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

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the NH Maiden Hurdle (14 ran).

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (9 ran).

The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (16 ran).

Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (11 ran).

Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 15th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Newbury:

12:40 Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:10 Beneagles (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [3 miles & 52 yards]

14:10 Rosa Damescena (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

The McNeill Family, who own Rosa Damescena, has now engaged Adrian Heskin to ride their horses regardless of trainer.

 

Market Rasen:

14:00 Briery Belle (Henry Daly/Andrew Tinkler) & Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Chase (Listed)

14:35 Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 191 yards]

 

Ludlow:

14:20 Primo Blue (Noel Williams/Tom Bellamy) & Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 55 yards]

16:05 Another Crick (Noel Williams/Tom Garner) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

There’s news today that Harry Cobden is set to take over from Paddy Brennan aboard Cue Card; the very popular veteran has fallen twice during his past three runs, so connections have decided that a new pair of hands may be beneficial.

 

Members of the Aussie press were not happy that their premier race was hijacked by Irish trainers ... although the winner was owned by an Australian!  Strangely enough, I’m never pleased when overseas runners win our races either!  And I could never bet on non-GB-based horses, it’s not patriotic. 

 

The good news is that another yard visit has been arranged, to Jamie Snowden’s; the bad news is that the date suggests it has been arranged for a Friday, and I’m working that particular day. L  That means I won’t get to see the sidelined Pride of Pemberley ... I’m gutted.

Tuesday 07 November 2017

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

 

Exeter:

Rio Bravo (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards] (13 ran).

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing’s Twitterati Racing Club) finished 5th and Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards] (17 ran).

 

Politologue won the Haldon Gold Cup for trainer Paul Nicholls; he also trained the runner-up San Benedeto ... and 5th placed Vibrato Valtat.  The grey deserved that win, having tripped up after the last on Grand National Day when sure to triumph in the Grade 1 Maghull Novices’ Chase.  San Benedeto benefitted from that particular mishap.

There were numerous horses pulled up at the Devon track today ... and, in the Novices’ Hurdle, there was a melee at the first flight – two horses unseated and three were brought down; the favourite still won though, for Paul Nicholls.

 

And one result from Redcar:

Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Graham Lee) finished 5th in the Handicap Div I [1 mile 5 furlongs & 218 yards] (11 ran).

 

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

13:25 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Maiden Hurdle

14:00 Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:35 The Devils Drop (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

15:10 Hey Bill (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

16:15 Telson Barley (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Irish contingent annihilated the opposition in today’s Melbourne Cup – the race was won by Rekindling trained by Joseph O’Brien; the runner-up was Johannes Vermeer trained by his father Aidan, and third was Max Dynamite trained by Willie Mullins.

Monday 06 November 2017

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

King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd and William Hunter (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran); they were thwarted by a Skelton runner.

Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd and Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran); again, these two were thwarted by a Skelton runner.

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/James Nixon/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (6 ran).

Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 114 yards] (8 ran); a promising return following 908 days on the injury sidelines.  Fingers crossed he will have suffered no ill effects following today’s effort.

 

Here are a couple of photos of Kincora Fort:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JoeWheildon/status/927577957660536834/photo/1

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/BenjoEvans/status/927564402680877057/photo/1

 

One of Nicky Henderson’s daughters, Sarah, has been out hunting aboard the retired Hunt Ball; it looks like he has found an excellent forever home.

https://mobile.twitter.com/sarahlhendo/status/926867103138942977/photo/1

 

There are three runners of interest at Exeter tomorrow:

15:35 Rio Bravo (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

16:10 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing’s Twitterati Racing Club) & Silva Samourai (Graeme McPherson/Charlie Deutsch) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

 

It’s Haldon Gold Cup day at the Devon track, with 8 declarations – Ar Mad, Sir Valentino, Forest Bihan, Garde Le Victoire, San Benedeto, Politologue, Vibrato Valtat and Gino Trail.

Also, one runner of interest at Redcar:

14:55 Pantomime (Rebecca Menzies/Graham Lee) – Handicap Div I [1 mile 5 furlongs & 218 yards]

Sunday 05 November 2017

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

 

Huntingdon:

Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Chase (5 ran).  Willoughby Court won the race, but he did make a number of jumping errors, as well as jumping out markedly to his left over a number of fences.

Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Carlisle:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished a gallant 2nd and Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 7th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (13 ran).

Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 10th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Southwell and Plumpton tomorrow, with runners of interest at the latter:

13:40 King Vince (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & William Hunter (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:10 Naranja (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/James Nixon/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:10 Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 114 yards]

Saturday 04 November 2017

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

 

Ascot:

Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Sean Bowen) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran); he ran far too free having led for much of the race.

Elgin (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won and Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards] (14 ran); he was the 6-1 joint favourite.  A very nice prize for the owners, the Elite Racing Club, with over £34,000 to the winner ... and £804 to the 6th!  It was Alan’s 26th winner of the season.

 

Ayr:

Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 110 yards] (8 ran); a 13-2 winner.

Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards], although it didn’t look likely until shortly before the winning post having made a number of jumping errors and been initially outpaced (9 ran); he was the 5-2 favourite. 

Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up, along with five others, in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 70 furlongs] (11 ran); the tongue-less horse was sent off as joint-favourite.

 

Wetherby:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was pulled up in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) (8 ran); the race was won by La Bague Au Roi.

 

The Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase didn’t work out as expected, with Coneygree suffering an overreach before being pulled up, and Cue Card falling at the final open-ditch due to a low sun issue.  There were the punters who questioned the validity of this ‘excuse’ because it didn’t appear to affect the other horses.  However, Colin Tizzard’s charge does have a tendency to carry his head higher than many other equines, so he might have been more susceptible to low sun.  Besides, Nico de Boinville also reported that Coneygree’s error at the first open-ditch was a result of the same issue. 

 

After the demise of Coneygree and Cue Card, it left the two Nigel Twiston-Davies runners Bristol De Mai and Blaklion to fight out the finish, with the grey prevailing.  Double Shuffle and Virgilio were non-runners.

 

Here is the Racing Post’s report regarding the low sun problem at Wetherby yesterday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/big-race-reports/blinded-by-the-light-sun-blamed-for-charlie-hall-eclipses/307340

 

A member of the Press Association tweeted a photo of Coneygree’s over-reach on his near-fore.  Ouch. L

https://mobile.twitter.com/ValueRacingPlus/status/926835562564108288/photo/1

 

But the best news is that both Coneygree and Cue Card live to fight another day. J

 

Meanwhile Colin’s Sister won the Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards], from Wholestone and Lil Rockerfeller.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest ... and Wayne Hutchinson is back in the saddle:

 

Huntingdon:

13:15 Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

13:45 Cogburn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:50 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase.  Willoughby Court makes his chasing debut in this one; he’s to be ridden by Nico de Boinville

15:20 Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle

 

Carlisle:

13:30 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:00 Ocean Eleven (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Today has been a knitting day; the current project is a snood knitted in Caron Cakes Aran-weight yarn, the colour is ‘Cherry Chip’ – which, as the name suggests, is shades of pink for a stripe effect.  I also proofed and uploaded my yard visit diary this morning.  However I still managed to dose off to sleep mid-afternoon, so missed the race featuring Colin’s Sister and also the Listed Byrne Group Handicap Chase at Ascot won by Exitas!  But at least I did see the Charlie Hall and Elgin’s victory too.

Friday 03 November 2017

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Passing Call (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (12 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished last in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (8 ran).

 

Wetherby:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (Listed) (4 ran).

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Henry Brooke/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (8 ran).

 

Newcastle (AW):

Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Ben Sanderson/EPDS Racing) finished 11th in the Apprentice Handicap [6 furlongs] (14 ran).

 

And here are Saturday’s runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

12:40 Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Sean Bowen) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:00 Elgin (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Midnight Maestro (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle (Listed) [1 mile 7 furlongs & 152 yards]

 

Ayr:

13:00 Harry Hunt (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 5 furlongs & 110 yards]

13:35 Cyrus Darius (Malcolm Jefferson/Brian Hughes) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 110 yards]

14:10 Skipthecuddles (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 70 furlongs]

 

Wetherby:

14:05 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed)

 

Also at Wetherby tomorrow is the 14:40 Grade 2 West Yorkshire Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards] featuring Fountains Windfall, Wholestone, Gayebury, Lil Rockerfeller, Missed Approach, Ptit Zig and Colin’s Sister.

 

Plus the 15:15 Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase [3 miles & 54 yards] featuring Bristol De Mai, Cue Card, Definitly Red, Shantou Flyer, Vieux Lion Rouge, Blaklion, Coneygree, Double Shuffle, Village Vic, and Virgilio.

 

I’m not sure why Wayne Hutchinson isn’t riding at present; the two day suspension relating to his victory aboard Smad Place last Sunday is scheduled for 12 and 13 November.  He’s not fallen off during a race ride in recent days but, I guess, he may have when schooling or even be the subject of an earlier suspension.

 

Jockey George Baker has announced his retirement following the very serious head injuries he sustained on the ice in St Moritz in Switzerland last winter.  He wishes to remain in racing; George is a very nice bloke, and I would imagine the world in now his oyster with regards to finding a new niche within the sport.

 

Earlier in the week another flat race jockey George Chaloner announced his retirement; this was following a succession of serious falls and subsequent injuries. In light of this, no-one can blame him for never wanting to sit on a horse again.

 

The lovely Tom Stanley has been out and about, visiting NH yards for Racing UK.  He visited Fergal O’Brien this week and, of course, he took with him a cake:

https://mobile.twitter.com/FOBRacing/status/926032528301060097/photo/1

 

Smad Place has enjoyed a few days off following his win in the Old Roan Chase last Sunday; his lad, Jamie Insole, has tweeted a photo of his charge returning to work:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JamieInsole/status/925990154531213312/photo/1

Thursday 02 November 2017

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

 

Sedgefield:

Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 3 furlongs & 9 yards] (7 ran).

Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 12th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

 

Stratford:

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran).

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

13:00 Passing Call (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

13:35 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:20 Weyburn (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

 

Wetherby:

14:00 City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Hurdle (Listed)

15:10 Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Henry Brooke/ex-Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Newcastle (AW):

17:45 Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Ben Sanderson/EPDS Racing) – Apprentice Handicap [6 furlongs]

 

EPDS, in partnership with trainer Graeme McPherson, purchased a new horse at Tattersalls today; the 3-year-old bay gelding, by Nathaniel, was consigned by Richard Hughes.  He’s called Leapt. 

 

It’s November and Alan King’s column has returned in the latest edition of Weekender; he kicks off with a 4-page review of his string for the forthcoming National Hunt season.  He even gives a mention to Wilde Blue Yonder and Valdez, who he hopes may return this season after injury.  Alan is very keen on a youngster named Desiremoi D’Authie, who recently finished 2nd at Huntingdon having pulled very hard.  And Mrs Prowting has a new horse with Alan, off the flat, a grey named Doctor Bartolo.      

 

I finished drafting my latest yard visit diary yesterday, so will proof and upload it on Saturday.  On Sunday I’ll select and upload my photos. 

Wednesday 01 November 2017

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

 

Fakenham:

Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs] (14 ran).

 

Taunton:

Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 3 yards] (7 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 198 yards] (12 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runner of interest:

 

Sedgefield:

14:35 Beneficial Joe (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 3 furlongs & 9 yards]

15:40 Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Stratford:

13:40 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Hurdle

Nigel Twiston-Davies hopes to run both Blaklion and Bristol De Mai in Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase; Cue Card and Coneygree are also expected to compete. 


 

 

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