OCTOBER 2010

 

 

Sunday 31 October 2010

 

 

Plenty of runners of interest tomorrow:

Plumpton

13:55 Tuppenny Piece – Handicap Hurdle (Alan King) to be ridden by Gerard Tumelty

 

Kempton Park

13:00 Iolith – Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King) to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

13:30 Monty’s Revenge - NH Novices’ Hurdle (Martin Keighley) to be ridden by Warren Marston

13:30 The Laodicean – NH Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King) to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

14:05 Itea Du Fau – Novices’ Handicap Chase (Alan King) to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

14:40 Rodrigo Gonzales – Handicap Hurdle Qualifier (Martin Keighley) to be ridden by Tom Siddall

15:10 Bakbenscher – Graduation Chase (Alan King) to be ridden by Christian Williams

16:20 Mark of Love - Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Martin Keighley) to be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies

16:20 Quetzel – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Alan King) to be ridden by Charlie Huxley

 

I plan to go to Kempton Park tomorrow ... as a certain ‘Face of National Hunt Racing’ is due to have his second outing! J  I’m also looking forward to reading Choc’s column in tomorrow’s Racing Post.

 

Ian Williams’ promising novice chaser, Wayward Prince, won well at Huntingdon today, and another of his charges, Weird Al, dead-heated for first place with the very game Little Josh, at Carlisle. 

 

I think I’m suffering from ‘Cross Stitcher’s Shoulder’ as I’ve got a dull ache in my right shoulder, which I first noticed early last week having spent 2 evenings working on my current cross stitch project.  The ache had disappeared by Thursday but returned yesterday, having again spent a number of hours cross stitching.  The aching is constant today, and annoying ... so I’ve packed up my cross stitching for the moment – but fortunately have only the outline ‘back stitching’ to do now before the project is completed. 

Saturday 30 October 2010

Here are today’s results:

Wetherby:

Aohna finished 7th in the Mares’ Hurdle (Listed) (9 ran)

Blazing Bailey finished 6th in the Grade 2 Class 1 Hurdle (8 ran)

Peter Grimes finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle (15 ran)

 

Ascot:

Like A Hurricane won the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran)

Gilded Age finished 8th and Levera 9th in the Handicap Hurdle (11 ran)

 

The Charlie Hall Chase run at Wetherby today was won by the Tom George trained, Sam Thomas ridden, Nacarat; and the big race at Ascot, the United House Gold Cup Steeplechase was won by Massini’s Maguire, now trained by David Pipe, and ridden by Tom Scudamore.

 

No specific runners tomorrow (ie. for Alan King or Martin Keighley), although the talented Ian Williams trained Weird Al is due to run in the Interim Chase at Carlisle tomorrow (14:40).

 

The clocks go back tonight, so that’s an extra hour in bed ... or, in my case, it’s a extra hour to do jobs around the house or hobby projects!  

Friday 29 October 2010

Alan King had 2 runners at Wetherby today, and this is how they fared:

Habbie Simpson won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran)

Jubail finished 4th in the Listed Juvenile Hurdle (13 ran). 

The race was won by a 200-1 shot, and a 50-1 shot finished 2nd!

 

Tomorrow, Alan King has runners at Wetherby and Ascot:

 

Wetherby:

14:15 Aohna – Mares’ Hurdle (Listed), to be ridden by Sam Thomas.  Santia won this race last year, before being retired to stud.

14:50 Blazing Bailey – Grade 2 Class 1 Hurdle, to be ridden by Christian Williams

17:10 Peter Grimes – Handicap Hurdle, to be ridden by Sam Thomas

 

 Ascot:

13:50 Like A Hurricane – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

16:15 Gilded Age, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson and Levera, to be ridden by Charlie Huxley, in the Handicap Hurdle

 

So it’s another ‘channel hopping’ day for me ...

 

Here is the link to Wayne Hutchinson’s latest column in the Sporting Life:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/wayne-hutchinson/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=racing/10/10/29/manual_122306.html

 

After a manic week at work, I’m pleased to be having a 3-day weekend, especially as I’m planning to go to Kempton Park on Monday! J

Thursday 28 October 2010

Today’s result from Fontwell is as follows:

Balzaccio finished a neck 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (8 ran).

 

Tomorrow, Alan King has 2 runners at Wetherby, both ridden by Wayne Hutchinson:

14:10 Habbie Simpson – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:55 Jubail – Juvenile Hurdle (3-year olds) (Listed)

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Today’s results from Haydock Park are as follows:

Groove Master finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (Alan King) (11 ran).

Wild Desert finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (Alan King) (13 ran).

 

Martin Keighley’s intended runners, Love of Tara and King Ozzy, had a wasted journey to the course, as it transpired the going was quicker than expected and for safety reasons they were withdrawn (as there is always another day for nice horses).

 

Tomorrow there are National Hunt fixtures at Stratford and Fontwell, with Alan King having one runner at the latter track:

14:00 Balzaccio – Novices’ Chase, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

Tuesday 26 October 2010

Today’s one result from Taunton is as follows:

Mauricetheathlete finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

 

The following runners will be competing at Haydock Park tomorrow:

14:20 Groove Master – Juvenile Hurdle, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson (Alan King)

15:25 Love of Tara – Handicap Hurdle, to be ridden by Jimmy Derham (Martin Keighley)

16:35 King Ozzy – Novices’ Handicap Chase, to be ridden by Warren Marston (Martin Keighley)

17:10 Wild Desert – Novices’ Hurdle, to be ridden by Christian Williams (Alan King)

 

Here is the Eclipse website’s link to their overview of the first day of Kempton Park’s new initiative:

http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/NewEclipse/Joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1782:kempton-park-17th-october-2010&catid=67:race-day-photos&Itemid=93

 

Monday 25 October 2010

The Racing Post published its Alan King Stable Tour today and, of course, it was time for the next edition of Choc’s weekly column.

 

This week Choc is singing the praises of AP McCoy and encouraging everyone to vote for the Champion in order to secure him the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.  He also discusses the up-and-coming jockeys who he believes will make an impact this season.  And he is incensed that someone has described him as a ‘jockey-turned-columnist’ this week, thus implying that he is no longer devoting himself 100% to his riding career.  More...

 

Geoff Lester has been summing up last weekend’s runners on Alan King’s website:

http://www.alankingracing.co.uk/

 

The Elmbridge Guardian (Elmbridge being a local government district based in Esher in Surrey) is looking forward to next Monday’s National Hunt fixture at Kempton Park:

http://www.elmbridgeguardian.co.uk/sport/8472860.Jump_racing_returns_to_Kempton/

 

(and ... all being well, only 7 more sleeps for me J)

 

Just one runner of interest at Taunton tomorrow:

15:40 Mauricetheathlete – Handicap Hurdle, to be ridden by Mr N Slatter

Sunday 24 October 2010

Here are the ‘relevant’ results from Aintree and Towcester today:

 

Time

Horse

Race

Placing

No. of Runners

Aintree Sunday 24 October

14:10

Franklino

Juvenile Hurdle

3rd

10 ran

15:55

Awesome George

Handicap Chase

2nd

6 ran

Towcester Sunday 24 October

13:30

Any Currency

Novices’ Hurdle

3rd

15 ran

13:30

Jetnova

Novices’ Hurdle

6th

15 ran

13:30

Hamalac

Novices’ Hurdle

Pulled up before 2 out

15 ran

15:05

Way Back When

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div 1

3rd

10 ran

 

ATR’s Sean Boyce had a telephone chat with Alan King this morning and Alan said that his horses aren’t as forward as he’d hoped judging by their runs yesterday, but he has to run them as you really don’t know how fit they are until you do – Mille Chief being a point in question.  He’s hoping for better next time, but hasn’t got any firm plans for the horse as yet.  The ‘puzzling lameness’ causing Mille Chief’s absence at the end of last season was, according to yesterday’s At The Races race-card, a small stress fracture on the top of his cannon bone.

 

Much was expected of Franklino today, but he finished 3rd in his event, so perhaps he’s not as fit as Alan might have hoped for either.  

 

Anyway, here are the At The Races news articles relating to Alan runners yesterday and today, and to popular veteran Monet’s Garden and talented Novices’ Hurdler Cue Card:

 

Mille Chief       Merdermit       Salden Licht       Franklino       Monet’s Garden       Cue Card

 

The Racing Post is scheduled to print their Alan King stable tour tomorrow and, being Monday, Choc’s weekly column will also appear. J

 

Saturday 23 October 2010

With Alan King having runners at Aintree, Chepstow, Doncaster and Newbury, my highlight of the day was seeing Choc being interviewed by Racing UK’s Nick Luck whilst representing the Alan King stable at the latter course – Tuanku being a runner in the Amateur Ladies’ race at the end of the card.  And ... having mentioned in my Kempton Park diary that Choc’s hair was becoming a little long and wayward ... he has had it trimmed!

 

Nick was asking Choc about Medermit, who made his debut over fences at Aintree today, and about his ongoing recovery – Choc said he’s been taking it easy this week, following last week’s keyhole surgery, and his physio will resume next week.

 

Today’s results are as follows:

 

Time

Horse

Race

Placing

No. of Runners

Aintree Saturday 23 October

14:10

Mille Chief

Handicap Hurdle

5th

16 ran

17:10

Medermit

Novices’ Chase

1st

3 ran

Chepstow Saturday 23 October

14:00

No Tears

Maiden Hurdle

Pulled up before 4 out

12 ran

14:00

Spring Moon

Maiden Hurdle

Pulled up before 4 out

12 ran

15:35

Lidar

Novices’ Hurdle

Pulled up before 3 out

8 ran

16:10

Sir Harry Ormesher

Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

Fell, 4 out

13 ran

16:10

Benbane Head

Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

7th

13 ran

Stratford Saturday 23 October

14:20

Ikorodu Road

Novices’ Chase

2nd

7 ran

 

Mille Chief was a little disappointing but, he carried top weight and didn’t settle, so perhaps he’d taken a little too much out of himself early in the race.  And, he was extremely lucky not to be brought down when Hector’s House fell, bringing down Caravel and Gifted Leader – but Mille Chief niftily hurdled the flailing legs.

 

The steeplechase fences were ‘well-packed’ at Aintree today and caused a number of horses a problem.  Medermit coped fine, although not perfect at every fence, with his main rival unseating 3 out making his task easy today.  However a win is a win.

 

And I have to mention the fabulous victory of the veteran grey, Monet’s Garden, in the Old Roan Chase.  Dougie Costello gave him a great ride and it was the horse’s third victory in this race.

 

The ground must have been a problem at Chepstow, with a number of the horses pulling up due to tiredness before they’d even reached the home straight.  Sir Harry Ormesher was still in touch and might have been placed had he not capsized 4 out in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle.

 

Ikorodu Road ran very well at Stratford and was unlucky to be headed close home.   

 

Just for the record, on the flat, Tuanku finished 3rd in the Lady Amateur Riders’ race at Newbury (13 ran) and Salden Licht won a 1 mile 4 furlong Handicap by a head at Doncaster (20 ran).

 

A very scary moment at Kempton Park this evening, when a blindfolded horse waiting to be loaded into the stalls bolted, and careered unseeingly through the plastic rails and into the woods ... fortunately the filly was perfectly okay.  I recall, very very occasionally, horses have ended up swimming in the reservoir at Kempton too!

 

Thank you to Belinda and Martin Keighley for notifying me that Luke Harvey’s ‘stable tour’ film would be broadcast yesterday evening on ATR – I saw it, and hope you did too.

 

See below (Friday) for tomorrow’s runners at Aintree and Towcester ...

Friday 22 October 2010

I will be having a quiet weekend at home, but there is plenty of National Hunt racing to watch on TV, and the horses of particular interest are as follows:

 

Time

Horse

Race

Trainer

Jockey

Aintree Saturday 23 October

14:10

Mille Chief

Handicap Hurdle

Alan King

Wayne Hutchinson

17:10

Medermit

Novices’ Chase

Alan King

Wayne Hutchinson

Chepstow Saturday 23 October

14:00

No Tears

Maiden Hurdle

Alan King

Sam Thomas

14:00

Spring Moon

Maiden Hurdle

Martin Keighley

Warren Marston

15:35

Lidar

Novices’ Hurdle

Alan King

Sam Thomas

16:10

Sir Harry Ormesher

Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

Alan King

Christian Williams

16:10

Benbane Head

Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

Martin Keighley

Warren Marston

Stratford Saturday 23 October

14:20

Ikorodu Road

Novices’ Chase

Martin Keighley

Johnny Farrelly

 

And on Sunday:

 

Time

Horse

Race

Trainer

Jockey

Aintree Sunday 24 October

14:10

Franklino

Juvenile Hurdle

Alan King

Wayne Hutchinson

15:55

Awesome George

Handicap Chase

Alan King

Charlie Huxley

Towcester Sunday 24 October

13:30

Any Currency

Novices’ Hurdle

Martin Keighley

Warren Marston

13:30

Jetnova

Novices’ Hurdle

Alan King

Christian Williams

13:30

Hamalac

Novices’ Hurdle

Martin Keighley

Gerard Tumelty

15:05

Way Back When

Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Div 1

Alan King

Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

 

I can see that I’m going to be doing a lot of ‘channel hopping’ between At The Races and Racing UK this weekend.

 

Alan King is looking forward to the first weekend of ‘proper’ National Hunt racing this season - http://www.alankingracing.co.uk/

 

And check out Martin Keighley’s latest column in the Gloucestershire press:

http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/racing/Stable-talk-trainer-Martin-Keighley/article-2786935-detail/article.html

 

Here’s the link to Wayne Hutchinson’s weekly column in the Sporting Life:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/wayne-hutchinson/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=Sporting_Life/10/10/21/manual_180128.html

 

This news story arrived in my email box today ... thanks to a google alert ... and relates to Countrywide’s annual bargain bonanza at its Bourton-on-the-Water store on 12 October, where Choc was in attendance:

http://www.cotswoldjournal.co.uk/news/8469759.Choc_s_away_at_Countryside/

 

Also news today that National Hunt jockey, Philip Hide, has decided to retire aged 37. 

Thursday 21 October 2010

I read in Martin Keighley’s blog that he has the mumps at the moment, but was on hand to film a segment when Luke Harvey from At The Races visited his yard yesterday.  I shall have to set my video for tomorrow in the hope of recording the ‘extended version’ of the film. 

 

I’ve had the mumps but cannot remember much about it, as my older brother Nick kindly brought the virus home from school when I was just two years old.  He also gave me Chicken Pox at the age of four ... and I caught the Measles when I went to school at the age of five, but I failed to reciprocate and give that particular virus back to Nick!  Get well soon Martin.

 

AP McCoy recorded his 100th winner of the season at Ludlow this afternoon, and is now aiming to double that before the end of the campaign!

 

I’ve been notified that a copy of Ruby Walsh’s biography is on its way to me.  I’m currently reading Jilly Cooper’s ‘Jump’  but have to admit I’m a little disappointed with it ... but perhaps I’ve just outgrown ‘girly’ books, as I like to read a book that’s difficult to ‘put down’ and it’s just not happening with this genre of novel now.  In fact I prefer to read Dick Francis or John Francome type novels as, having finished one chapter, I’m always eager to start the next one.

 

In addition to Choc’s weekly column in next Monday’s Racing Post, Alan King’s Stable Tour will also be published in that edition.

 

I’ve completed my diary entry for last Sunday’s visit to Kempton Park races:  Kempton Park 17 October 2010

 

And, last but not least, congratulations to my 18-year old niece Kim, who passed her driving test last week.

Tuesday 19 October 2010

Alan King’s Kauto The Roc finished 3rd in the Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter today (11 ran).

 

Alan King was very pleased with Jubail’s win at Kempton on Sunday and hopes, if the promised rain arrives and subject to a satisfactory schooling session on Thursday, to run Medermit in a Novices’ Chase and Mille Chief in a Handicap Hurdle at Aintree on Saturday. 

 

I try to check the Memorials page on the Racing Forum site every few days, to see which horses have lost their lives during the course of their work – I knew Mad Jack Duncan (an ex-Alan King inmate) had been put down having been injured when stepping on the lip of the water jump, but have now discovered that, sadly, Yellow Flag (Jonjo O’Neill) and Acey (Nigel Twiston-Davies) also died at Cheltenham last weekend.

 

I’m going to put in further work on my Kempton Park diary draft this evening as, despite staying up until 23:45 last night, I’ve only completed the beginning of it!

 

Monday 18 October 2010

The latest edition of Choc’s Racing Post column appeared today.  This week he writes about his visit to Manchester United’s gym and physio facilities.  Paul Hanagan’s donation to charity and, once again, Cheltenham’s notorious 2nd last fence.  More details on my website here ...

 

Meally’s latest Eclipse diary was uploaded today too:

http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/NewEclipse/Joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1777:the-nagwag-diaries-18th-october-2010&catid=55:nagwag-diaries&Itemid=81

 

And check this out ... I appear to have made it onto the Choc Thornton ‘Kempton Park’s Face of National Hunt Racing’ Facebook page – that’s me (in all my new found ‘greyness’) second from the left, wearing the cobalt blue coat!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=138623226185143&set=a.136024326445033.21878.132432253470907

 

There are more nice photos on the link too:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=22591&id=132432253470907

Alan King has one runner at Exeter tomorrow:

14:10 Kauto The Roc – Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Hurdle, to be ridden by Mr R Jarrett

The quickness of the ground is causing a problem at the moment – but hopefully both Alan King and Martin Keighley will get the opportunity to run their horses if the promised rain arrives later in the week.

Sunday 17 October 2010

 

Choc Kempton 17 10 2010 12 r.jpg

 

It was a lovely sunny autumn day and, as hoped, I spent it at Kempton Park.  Being keen, I arrived 35 minutes before opening time and, once the gates were open, I was the first to sign up for Choc’s ‘final furlong’ course walk.  No surprise there then! 

 

When I arrived, Choc was instructing those brave enough to have a go on the equicisor, ably assisted by his friend, and BHEST representative, Ollie McPhail.  I immediately noticed that Choc was limping more than previously and later, during the course walk, he explained that last Thursday he had a further operation on his knee, on this occasion to remove scar tissue. 

 

Talking of scars, I noticed that Ollie has a long scar across the top of his head from ear to ear, so I did a little research about his injury and discovered this link (but it’s not for the faint hearted):

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_19980726/ai_n14480652/pg_2/?tag=content;col1

 

Choc also took part in a Tipster panel prior to racing, and later in the afternoon in conjunction with the Heros re-homing of racehorses charity he helped explain the intricacies of saddling a racehorse.  

http://www.heroscharity.org/

 

And it was a good day for Alan King’s 2 runners:

Jubail won the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran).

Katchit ran well, staying on to finish 2nd in the feature Hurdle event (6 ran).

 

Tomorrow being Monday, the next edition of Choc’s Racing Post column will be published.  And, it’s also time for Meally’s fortnightly Eclipse diary to appear online.

 

I will be commencing a draft of my Kempton diary tomorrow evening, and have already uploaded photos from today’s excursion:

 

Tipsters Forum

 

Final Furlong Course Walk

 

Saddling Demonstration

Saturday 16 October 2010

Alan King had 3 runners at Cheltenham today and this is how they fared:

Il Duce finished 8th in the Handicap Chase (17 ran).

Gilded Age finished 4th in the 4-year old Hurdle (8 ran).

‘Pint-sized’ Aohna ran her usual gallant race and finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle (17 ran).

All of Alan’s runners are to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

 

However, despite it being ‘Champions Day’ at Newmarket, the best story of the day was the winning return to the saddle of National Hunt jockey Dominic Elsworth, who has been on the sidelines for 14 months following a serious head injury sustained at Ffos Las in August last year:

http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/edgbriar-cheltenham-cheltenham-dominic-elsworth-elsworth-back-with-a-bang-following-long-term-injury/778442/top/

 

The relocated 2nd last fence claimed 2 fallers (Gwanako and Frosted Grape) and an unseated when hampered (Oiseau De Nuit) during the Handicap Chase, with Private Be and Passato also having to successfully side-step to avoid the fallen horses, so it can still pose a problem.  I understand there was a faller, with 2 horses being brought down, when there was a ‘trial’ schooling session over the fences a couple of weeks ago too.

 

As mentioned previously, Alan King has 2 runners at Kempton Park tomorrow:

14:20 Jubail – Juvenile Hurdle

16:35 Katchit - Hurdle

 

And, of course, I’ll be taking a trip to the Sunbury on Thames track to see my favourite jockey on his first outing as the ‘Face of National Hunt Racing’. J

 

Friday 15 October 2010

Today’s results from Cheltenham are as follows:

Total Submission finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Wolf Moon stayed on strongly up the hill to finish 3rd (beaten a head) in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Unfortunately Victor Daly fell at the 3rd fence in the Handicap Chase (10 ran).

 

Tomorrow Alan King has 3 runners at Cheltenham:

14:40 Il Duce – Handicap Chase

15:15 Gilded Age – Hurdle (the talented Barizan and Orsippus also go in this one)

16:25 Aohna – Handicap Hurdle

All of Alan’s runners are to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

 

Then, on Sunday, Alan King has 2 runners at Kempton Park:

14:20 Jubail – Juvenile Hurdle

16:35 Katchit - Hurdle

 

Here’s the link to Wayne Hutchinson’s latest diary in the Sporting Life:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/wayne-hutchinson/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=racing/10/10/15/manual_121307.html

 

ATR visited Jo Davis’ yard recently to interview her about Passato’s chances in the 14:40 at Cheltenham tomorrow.  Choc rode the horse to its first two victories this season and Jo said that he was the ‘making’ of Passato, giving him so much confidence, and it was such a pity that he got injured and was unable to ride him the last twice that he has run (and won, the horse having run up a sequence of 4 wins).  AP rides Passato tomorrow, having piloted him to his third victory of the season (Tom O’Brien having been the jockey when won the feature event at Newton Abbot back in August). 

 

Thursday 14 October 2010

Cheltenham’s 2-day Showcase fixture starts tomorrow, and Martin Keighley has 3 runners on the first day:

14:10 Total Submission – Novices’ Hurdle, to be ridden by Warren Marston

14:45 Wolf Moon – Novices’ Chase, to be ridden by Warren Marston

15:55 Victor Daly – Handicap Chase, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, as he’s carrying 10 stone 2 lbs

 

The new episode of Midsomer Murders broadcast last evening was a little disappointing, the storyline not being up to the usual high standard.  However, the principal location used for filming was beautiful – Loseley Park in Surrey.

http://www.loseley-park.com/

 

My weekend starts here ... I’ve still not decided as to whether I’m going to Cheltenham on Saturday ... but Kempton Park (which is now only 3 sleeps away J) is a definite for Sunday!

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Today’s ‘relevant’ results are as follows:

 

This is how Alan King’s runners fared:

At Wetherby:

Nikos Extra fell 4 out when in 3rd place in the Handicap Chase (9 ran).

Union Island was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle Div II.

 

At Uttoxeter:

Like A Hurricane finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (16 ran).

 

And Martin Keighley’s runners:

Ukrainian Star finished 5th in the Handicap Chase (10 ran).

Champion Court finished a head 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

No runners of special interest tomorrow.

 

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Tomorrow there are a number of runners of interest:

 

At Wetherby, Alan King has 2 runners:

15:55 Nikos Extra – Handicap Chase, to be ridden by Sam Thomas

18:00 Union Island – Maiden Hurdle Div II, to be ridden by Sam Thomas

 

Meanwhile at Uttoxeter, Martin Keighley has 2 runners:

15:15 Ukrainian Star – Handicap Chase, to be ridden by Warren Marston

17:25 Champion Court – Standard Open NH Flat Race, to be ridden by Warren Marston

 

Alan King also has 1 runner at Uttoxeter:

15:45 Like A Hurricane – Novices’ Hurdle, to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

 

This link is to an article in the Croydon Guardian, looking forward to Sunday’s fixture at Kempton Park:

http://www.croydonguardian.co.uk/sport/localsportsroundup/8446800.Choc_gives_racegoers_an_inside_view/

 

And I decided to send away for Alan King’s ‘Horses in Training’ brochure for this season, and it arrived today.  A nice glossy brochure with lots of pictures of Choc aboard his stable’s horses! 

 

I must do some more of my cross stitching project tonight, as I got side-tracked last evening and started surfing the net ... it’s really not good, as I was tempted to spend money and purchased a top from Wallis!

Monday 11 October 2010

Today, in his Racing Post column, Choc writes in detail about the decision to move the ‘notorious’ second last fence on the Old Course into a new position in the home straight. 

 

Choc is also looking forward to Kempton Park’s fixture next Sunday (as am I), when he will have his first outing as the ‘Face of Jump Racing’.  He also mentions that one of his favourite horses, Medermit, may run at the fixture too (although Geoff Lester’s blog on Alan King’s website does refer to concerns about the lack of ground softening rain at the moment).

 

Eclipse magazine has published an article about Martin Keighley’s hopes for the upcoming Showcase meeting at Cheltenham:

http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/NewEclipse/Joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1748:keighley-hopes-for-more-success-at-cheltenham-showcase&catid=35:racing-focus&Itemid=63

 

Goldie was voted off Strictly Come Dancing yesterday evening, I’m not totally surprised as he was ‘mid-table’, which is usually the danger zone for the celebrities as those at the bottom receive votes to save them and the public just assumes others with higher marks will be okay.  Peter Shilton was second from bottom following the phone vote and I think he should have gone.

 

Fay and I will be visiting our friend Angy at the beginning of next month.  If you see a large poster of a pretty rosy cheeked little toddler modelling shoes in any of the Jones Bootmaker shops, it’s Angy’s daughter Rebecca!

 

Sunday 10 October 2010

The results from yesterday are as follows:

 

At Chepstow the Alan King trained runner, Groove Master, finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle, but he was 45 lengths behind the winner (9 ran).

 

Whilst at Bangor On Dee, Pouvoir finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase, 20 lengths behind the winner (7 ran).

 

Meanwhile, Martin Keighley’s King Ozzy finished 9th in the Handicap Hurdle (12 ran, only 9 finished).

 

But there’s good news regarding Martin Keighley’s regular column in the Gloucestershire press, as it is available online this season too:

http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/racing/Stable-talk-trainer-Martin-Keighley/article-2734889-detail/article.html

 

There are no Alan King or Martin Keighley trained runners at Ffos Las this afternoon, and no National Hunt racing tomorrow.  The next fixture is Huntingdon on Tuesday.

 

Tomorrow being Monday, I’m looking forward to reading Choc’s next column in the Racing Post ... and, of course, it’s now only 7 sleeps until Kempton Park’s first National Hunt fixture of the autumn. J

 

Here’s the link to Cheltenham’s website, giving details of next weekend’s Showcase fixture – there being more ‘events’ on the ‘trail’ on Friday, it being the quieter day.

http://www.cheltenham.co.uk/racing/fixtures/the_showcase.html

 

And I wonder who will be voted off Strictly Come Dancing on the Results Show this evening.  This season there will be no ‘dance off’ between the two lowest ranking couples following the telephone vote, so the judges will be unable to save anyone.  Both Pamela Stephenson and Scott Maslen were brilliant last night and, in my opinion, I think that either Peter Shilton or Gavin Henson should go, Ann Widdecombe and Paul Daniels being this year’s ‘fun’ competitors (ie. the equivalent of John Sergeant). 

Friday 08 October 2010

The National Hunt season cranks up a gear with the meeting at Chepstow tomorrow, where Alan King has one runner:

14:20 Groove Master – Juvenile Hurdle – to be ridden by Wayne Hutchinson

 

Whilst at Bangor On Dee, Alan has another runner:

17:15 Pouvoir – Novices’ Chase – to be ridden by Sam Thomas

 

Meanwhile, Martin Keighley also has a runner at the latter track:

14:55 King Ozzy – Handicap Hurdle – to be ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies

 

Here are a couple of links from the Sporting Life, the first is Wayne Hutchinson writing about his return to the saddle in his regular column:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/wayne-hutchinson/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=racing/10/09/27/manual_185344.html

 

And the second is about Martin Keighley’s hopes for next weekend’s Showcase meeting at Cheltenham, plus a number of ‘spectator participation’ events taking place during the fixture:

http://www.sportinglife.com/racing/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=racing/10/10/08/manual_104345.html

 

I booked next Friday off work before my plans for next weekend became clear and, at present, I may go to Cheltenham next Saturday in addition to, of course, a trip to Kempton Park on the Sunday to see the very cute ‘Face of National Hunt Racing’!  And it’s only 9 more sleeps to go ... J

 

In the meantime, this weekend will be spent quietly at home.  But I will be gainfully occupied, as I have a cross stitch project underway, which is currently around two thirds finished.   

 

Wednesday 06 October 2010

Martin Keighley had 6 runners today and this is how they fared:

 

Towcester:

Mauricetheathlete finished 6th and The Fox’s Decree finished 8th in the NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Hamalac finished 11th and Monty’s Revenge 12th in the Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran, 12 finished).

Ponchatrain was prominent for much of the race but tired on the tough uphill climb to the line and finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).  But he was carrying top weight.

 

Ludlow:

17:20 Kiss Me Twice finished 4th in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

It has been a long day – I arrived at work at 07:00 this morning in preparation for our trip to Leeds.  We went in style, in a Mercedes automatic, although my Manager, Michelle, wasn’t too confident initially as she drives a manual car, as do I.  She brought along her Tom Tom satnav too, so I didn’t even have to map read for her, although I’m very good at it (as not all women are useless at directions).  And, having parked, it was very straightforward for me to locate our Leeds branch in Albion Place.     

 

Following our meeting and lunch, we took a quick look around the shops, before setting off back down the M1 motorway to Hertfordshire.

 

A reminder that the National Hunt season will soon be in full swing, as my Cheltenham Festival 2011 tickets arrived today. 

 

And tonight I’m going to watch Midsomer Murders.

Tuesday 05 October 2010

A busy day for the Martin Keighley yard tomorrow, with 6 runners:

 

Towcester:

14:30 Mauricetheathlete (Mr N Slatter) and The Fox’s Decree (Warren Marston) - NH Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:30 Hamalac (Wayne Hutchinson) and Monty’s Revenge (Warren Marston) - Novices’ Hurdle

17:00 Ponchatrain (Warren Marston) - Handicap Hurdle

 

Ludlow:

17:20 Kiss Me Twice (Jimmy Derham) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

My laptop is still being slightly temperamental, having crashed once yesterday and once this evening ...

 

An early start for me tomorrow, as my Manager and I are off to a Branch Managers’ meeting in Leeds.  My first ever visit to the city. 

 

And, tomorrow evening, another new episode of Midsomer Murders to look forward to. 

 

Monday 04 October 2010

Apologies for the delay in writing my first blog of the new month ... but, having logged on to do a catch-up on Saturday morning, my laptop decided it was time for a regular program update, so I agreed to a shutdown and reboot before writing anything ... only to discover that 60 minutes later my laptop was still attempting to shut down!  I switched it off and on again ... ‘Resuming Windows’ and then ... ‘Shutting Down’ ... oh dear.

 

Time to take my laptop to the local computer shop, and I collected it this evening on the way home from work.  It’s been horrible having no internet connection for the past two days and I’m so relieved to be back on line again.  J  

 

So, finally, here is my catch-up:

 

Choc’s weekly column appeared in the Racing Post today.  He writes about his time with The Duke (David Nicholson), tomorrow being 14 years since Choc rode his first winner (Mytton’s Choice at Chepstow) for the trainer.  He also mentions his recent holiday, and the fact that his exercise regime has continued throughout it! 

 

With Kempton Park gearing up for its first National Hunt fixture of the season, Eclipse magazine is giving one of its readers the opportunity to win tickets to the event on Sunday 17 October 2010:

http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/NewEclipse/Joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1721:act-fast-to-meet-choc-at-kempton&catid=63:competitions&Itemid=89

 

There’s also this article on the Eclipse website: ‘Behind the Scenes of jump racing with Choc at Kempton’

 

There’s a Twitter for Kempton Park and Choc too:

http://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton

 

And, having arrived back from their holiday in Greece, here is the link to Meally’s latest Eclipse diary:

http://www.eclipsemagazine.co.uk/NewEclipse/Joomla15/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1725:the-nagwag-diaries-4th-october-2010&catid=55:nagwag-diaries&Itemid=81

 

Alan King had a runner at Huntingdon yesterday, the diminutive Aohna finishing 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson (10 ran).

 

Derby winner Workforce ran magnificently yesterday to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – Choc having given a pointer to the horse in his Racing Post column last week!

 

Today, Europe having triumphed in this year’s Ryder Cup held in Wales, I’ve included a link to find out more about Samuel Ryder and his association with my home City of St Albans http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Ryder

My older brother, Nick, is a member of the Verulam Golf Club.

 

Strictly Come Dancing returned to our screens at the weekend, and I think this year’s celebrity dancers are the most talented so far.  Matt Baker of Blue Peter and Countryfile fame danced a brilliant Cha Cha on Friday, and Pamela Stephenson was excellent too when dancing the waltz.  None of the celebrities were useless ... not even Ann Widdecombe or Paul Daniels!

 

And, not unexpectedly, I’ve been counting down the days to the Kempton Park fixture ... and its only 13 to go!!!  JJJ

 


 

 

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