OCTOBER 2014

 

 

Friday 31 October 2014

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (15 ran).

Dardanella (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Ted’s Lad (Alan King/Wayne Hutchison) finished 5th in the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (14 ran).

 

Wetherby:

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 4th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong]; he’d have been much closer had it not been for a bad blunder at the last.

Dont Call Me Oscar (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 9th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

It’s action on all fronts at the weekend, with a number of runners of interest tomorrow, Saturday:

 

Wetherby:

12:55 Smart Motive (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:30 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:40 Medinas (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Hurdle (Grade 2); just two rivals in this one, At Fishers Cross and Cole Harden

15:15 Medermit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2); his rivals – Menorah, Silviniaco Conti, The Giant Bolster, Double Ross, Taquin Du Seuil and Wayward Prince.

15:50  Shadarpour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Ascot:

12:40 Money For Nothing (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

14:20 Manyriverstocross (Alan King/Jamie Moore) – Byrne Group Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

15:00 Laser Blazer (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle (Listed)

15:35 Midnight Appeal (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – United House Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

16:05 Kincora Fort (Noel Williams/James Banks) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

And Kumbeshwar runs in the 15:25 Handicap Chase at Ayr!

 

This warm weather is so wrong, 24 degrees in London today; it’s really strange walking home in the dark having been basking in the warm sunshine during the day.  Or at least I would have done, had I not been working from 08:30 until 17:45 without a break! 

 

I’ve got another long weekend, with Monday booked as leave; originally this was to coincide with a Monday jumps fixture at Kempton Park.   

 

This blog completes the sixth year of my website being in existence ... thus year seven begins tomorrow!

Thursday 30 October 2014

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

L’Amiral David (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle Qualifier (13 ran).

Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Mr Harley Cornock) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle for Amateur Riders (11 ran).

 

And tomorrow there are five runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

13:20 Avispa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

15:00 Dardanella (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

16:10 Ted’s Lad (Alan King/Wayne Hutchison) – Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

 

Wetherby:

15:25 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong]

16:00 Dont Call Me Oscar (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

I don’t like these dark nights but at least there are plenty of good TV programmes to watch during the autumn and winter months.  I currently love Grantchester and, starting this week, Intruders.  Unfortunately their broadcast times clashed on Monday, and I actually dozed off to sleep whilst watching the second episode of Intruders, which followed on immediately after episode one.  However, I discovered the BBC was replaying both episodes late yesterday evening and I actually managed to stay awake throughout – and I’m now hooked!  But I have been feeling tired today, having stayed up so late and I still haven’t adjusted to the change from BST to GMT.

Wednesday 29 October 2014

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

Midnight Cataria (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell and Westerly Breeze (Martin Keighley/Christopher Ward) was pulled up in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (15 ran).

Bulfin Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Two National Hunt fixtures again tomorrow, Sedgefield and Stratford, with runners of interest at the latter:

14:40 L’Amiral David (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle Qualifier

16:10 Always Bold (Martin Keighley/Mr Harley Cornock) – Handicap Hurdle for Amateur Riders

 

Rocky Creek, Ma Filleule and First Lieutenant are heading to Down Royal on Saturday; however Silviniaco Conti will be running in the Charlie Hall Chase.  More

 

And Cue Card will be making his return from injury in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter next Tuesday.

http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=4333124&category=0

 

Simply A Legend has suffered an injury and will spend this season on the sidelines. 

 

Steve Ayres has tweeted a lovely photograph of Balder Succes, all wrapped up in his stable. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/orse_racing_lad/status/527546827479207936/photo/1#tweet_527546827479207936

Tuesday 28 October 2014

There are two National Hunt fixtures tomorrow, at Taunton and Worcester, with three runners of interest at the latter:

13:20 Midnight Cataria (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Westerly Breeze (Martin Keighley/Christopher Ward) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

14:50 Bulfin Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Annacotty is scheduled to run in a Graduation Chase at Kempton Park on Monday; with plans also in place for Creepy to run at the Cheltenham Open in mid-November.  More

Today I received a letter from Racing UK to remind me that many of their weekday fixtures are now free entry, provided I take my Racing UK metal members’ badge with me; let’s hope I can take advantage of this offer soon.

Monday 27 October 2014

News that Wayne Hutchison could be back in action on Wednesday, having suffered bruised ribs when McCabe Creek fell at Southwell last Thursday.

 

And Choc is due to have his neck scanned at the end of this week; fingers crossed the news will be good. 

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

 

And Ian Popham will be on the sidelines for a little while, having broken his collarbone at Wincanton yesterday.

  

There are 11 confirmed entries for this coming Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby; with Medermit likely to run here rather than at Ascot.  More

 

More Of That is one of 10 entries for Wetherby’s feature hurdle race, as is Medinas.  More

 

Restless Harry is due to begin his campaign in the United House Gold Cup at Ascot on Saturday.  More

 

And Bobs Worth may begin his season with an outing over hurdles.  More

 

Newbury has reverted back to being ‘Newbury Racecourse’, as opposed to ‘The Racecourse Newbury’ as has been the case in recent times.  More

 

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

Sunday 26 October 2014

 

sheep waiting for breakfast.jpg

 

 

I went for my regular Sunday early morning walk; above is one of the Oaklands College sheep herds waiting for the ‘breakfast van’ to arrive!

 

Wincanton:

Pantxoa (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Desert Orchid Handicap Chase [3 miles 3½ furlongs] (9 ran); he gave ‘Pancho’ an excellent ride, so I’ll give Tom lots of credit following yesterday’s lapses. 

Smart Motive (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the NH Novices’ Hurdle

Ronaldinho (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Naughty Nikos Extra, who is now trained by Alex Dunn, refused to race at Aintree today; prior to this he’d won three of his last four races.  However there must have been a possibility that this might happen, as the trainer went to the start! 

 

The sole National Hunt fixture tomorrow is at Ayr, so no runners of interest.

 

Geoff Lester has also given a brief overview of the Stable Tour which appeared in the Racing Post last Wednesday:   http://alankingracing.co.uk/news.htm

 

Valdez is fine ... here is ATR’s tweet following yesterday’s fall.   https://mobile.twitter.com/AtTheRaces/status/526039580344975362/photo/1

 

I’m being driven crazy by font problems, as I take a great pride in my website presentation.  I presume that Arial Bold, which I never select but sometimes the font reverts to, is not a True Font and thus I end up with Times New Roman headings scattered within my blog instead.  They should be Bold Arial not Arial Bold if that makes sense, and I try to correct these whenever I can!  

 

Today I’ve bought some beads and pendants, online, to make Christmas presents, and I’ve also ordered my Cheltenham Festival tickets ... crack on regardless!

 

I’ve also proof-read and uploaded my Cheltenham diary and photographs. 

Click here to read the diary and view the photographs.

Saturday 25 October 2014

Things didn’t quite go to plan today ...

 

Aintree:

Handazan (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong] (9 ran).

Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

Uxizandre (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 4th in the Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap); he couldn’t dictate the running today, as Kie stormed off in front.  The race was won impressively by NH stalwart Wishfull Thinking, who is now rising 12.  And it was good to see Lie Forrit win the Veterans’ race too.  More

 

Chepstow:

Primo Capitano (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

Sego Success (Alan King/Jack Doyle) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase; he may have finished closer had he jumped better (6 ran). 

The Pirate’s Queen (Alan King/Denis O’Regan) finished 3rd in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (8 ran); she now sports the Medermit orange and black silks.   

L’Unique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) unseated her rider 4 out in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (12 ran).

Valdez (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) fell two out in the Handicap Chase when challenging for the lead (2 miles & ½ a furlong) (12 ran); there were fears that the horse had been injured ... it was very scary for a few minutes ... but they think he may have just got a foreleg caught through his reins.  Phew.  Alan King adores the horse; he’s very much a favourite of the trainer.  

 

I’m not sure that Tom Bellamy is quite ready to assume the mantle handed to him today because of the injury to Wayne, and through Choc’s continued absence.  Sorry Tom.   

 

A number of National Hunt stars took part in a racecourse gallop at Chepstow prior to racing, namely More Of That, Silviniaco Conti, Zarkandar, Lac Fontana, Rocky Creek and At Fishers Cross ... plus two unnamed companion horses.  More  Seeing these well-known jumps horses again is why National Hunt racing wins hands-down over flat racing every time!  No contest!!!

 

And a recap of tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Wincanton:

14:55 Pantxoa (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Desert Orchid Handicap Chase [3 miles 3½ furlongs]

15:30 Smart Motive (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

16:40 Ronaldinho (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

Another lotto win for me ... this time on Euromillions ... reported as £2.90 for my £2.00 stake!  We got together a mini-syndicate at work too – our stake £6.00 for 3 lines, we again got two numbers ... so a loss of £3.10.  Oh well, if you aren’t in it you can’t win it. 

 

Talking of money, there have been a series of thefts from jockeys’ bank accounts, both earlier this year and recently.  It seems no-one is safe from thieves or from pick-pockets these days, or has it always been thus?  More 

 

I watched both the recordings of Strictly and Dr Who this morning; and have been viewing the racing this afternoon.  It will be time for another dose of same this evening followed, hopefully, by the task of finalising and uploading my Cheltenham photographs.  The clocks go back early tomorrow morning, but I tend not to waste the hour in bed; I plan to use it wisely.

Friday 24 October 2014

National Hunt steps up a gear this weekend with racing from Aintree, Chepstow and Stratford tomorrow, and runners of interest at the first two.  You’ll also notice that Wayne Hutchison remains on the sidelines following yesterday’s fall at Southwell; in contrast, AP McCoy returns.  More

 

Aintree:

14:00 Handazan (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong]

14:30 Roberto Pegasus (Alan King/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:00 Uxizandre (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Monet’s Garden Old Roan Chase (Grade 2 Limited Handicap). More

 

Chepstow:

13:55 Primo Capitano (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Maiden Hurdle

14:25 Sego Success (Alan King/Jack Doyle) – Novices’ Chase

15:35 The Pirate’s Queen (Alan King/Denis O’Regan) – Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

16:10 L’Unique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3)

16:45 Valdez (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase (2 miles & ½ a furlong)

 

Then on Sunday there’s National Hunt racing at Aintree and Wincanton, with runners of interest at the latter:

 

Wincanton:

14:55 Pantxoa (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Desert Orchid Handicap Chase [3 miles 3½ furlongs]

15:30 Smart Motive (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

16:40 Ronaldinho (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

When Tom Bellamy was interviewed following his win at Ludlow yesterday he said he was looking forward to busy Saturdays when he’d get an opportunity to ride at Alan’s ‘third-string’ fixture – he was expecting to go to Stratford tomorrow.  Things have certainly changed with Wayne having become sidelined again.  Alan’s horses are ‘flying’ but his jockeys certainly aren’t at present ...

 

Here is a link to the latest news blog on Alan King’s website:

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

 

Choc’s mate Xavier Aizpuru has been visiting from America. 

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/525672764871815168/photo/1

 

I’ve got a busy home-based weekend – I need to watch last Saturday’s Strictly which I recorded, also Doctor Who.  And format and upload my Cheltenham photographs, plus proof-read my extensive diary!  Plus, hopefully, I’ll have time to go for a walk on Sunday morning too. 

Thursday 23 October 2014

Mixed fortunes for my runners of interest today:

 

Ludlow:

Uriah Heep (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (5 ran).

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) fell in the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (8 ran).

 

Southwell:

McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

And Wayne must have sustained some sort of injury too, as he was replaced aboard the ‘infamous’ Say When:

Say When (Alan King/Leighton Aspell) finished 11th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (14 ran).

 

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

 

Having taken over 10 months to win any money on lotto following the price increase last year (I won £25 on 27 August), I won another £25 last night!  Let’s hope these wins come in threes ... the jackpot would be very nice!

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Another very good day for my runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

Miles To Memphis (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div I (7 ran).

They were Wayne’s 10th and 11th winners of the season.

 

Worcester:

Dueling Banjos (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran); well done to the team, their 8th winner of the season.   

Seymour Star (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

 

Timmy Murphy’s shoulder injury is still causing a problem and he doesn’t expect to return to the saddle before the end of this year.  More  Choc, William and girlfriend Jennie spent time at Timmy’s last Friday; photos suggested that the latter had been left in charge of his two sons for the day, so William had some playmates too.

 

The current plan is for Taquin Du Seuil to head to Wetherby for the Charlie Hall Chase on 01 November.  More

 

And Dynaste bypasses both Aintree’s Old Roan Chase and the Charlie Hall Chase to head straight to Haydock’s Betfair Chase.  More

 

I was up early this morning as hoped and arrived at the local supermarket a couple of minutes before opening time.  I was rewarded with the opportunity to purchase the one and only copy of the Racing Post!  Though, of course, someone else must have missed out ...

 

And I thought it was a really good idea for Morrisons to be playing a recorded announcement warning shoppers to keep an eye on their purses and valuables whilst in the shop.  I guess the retailer must have experienced the same problem with pickpockets as my mum had when she was in M & S back in August. 

 

Anyway, back to the Alan King stable tour pullout ...

 

The yard has well over 120 horses in training this season and, after being stronger in the hurdles department for many years, he feels the strength now lies with their chasers.  They have good stayers such as Godsmejudge and Midnight Prayer, and novices such as Ned Stark and Carraig Mor; not to mention Balder Succes and Uxizandre who won Grade 1s last year. 

 

Of those whose names we know, Mares’ Aintree Bumper winner, Avispa, is to be aimed at mares’ novice hurdles.  Carraig Mor is to go novice chasing; Chatez, who has been running on the flat and is in the same ownership as Smad Place, will now go hurdling following a disappointing run at Ascot on Qipco Champions Day.  Desert Joe, owned by Liz Prowting, is back after two years of injury; Dundee will go handicap chasing, as will Fine Words.  Godsmejudge will be aimed at the Grand National.  Balder Succes is expected to begin his campaign in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter. 

 

Hurricane Vic surprised Alan on how well he did last season in bumpers, considering he’s a huge horse (with big ears!).  Alan says he has a great attitude and, although the horse was a little backward at Exeter yesterday on his hurdling debut, his trainer hopes that he is above average.

 

L’Unique may commence her campaign at Chepstow on Saturday, after which she will concentrate on mares’ races with the aim of returning to run in the David Nicholson’s Mares’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival; she was third in that race last season.  Manyriverstocross will concentrate of good handicap chases.  Teeny weeny Medinas will continue to compete in hurdle events, as Alan feels he is too small to go chasing.  Medermit will begin his campaign this season by running in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby; 3 miles is now his distance.

 

Miles To Memphis (who won today) had a Hobday operation last year which delayed his racecourse debut.  A Hobday operation involves surgically removing a piece of laryngeal tissue (laryngeal saccule) to encourage a scar to form to ‘tighten’ the larynx in a more open position and thus aid breathing.  Alan thinks the horse is one of their better novices.

 

Montbazon had a late summer break and is ready to school over fences; his distance will be 2 miles 4 furlongs having lost a bit of his ‘zip’.   Alan thinks highly of Ordo Ab Chao who won over hurdles at Huntingdon recently.  Salmanazar is fit again following a set-back last December and will go novice chasing later in the year.  Simply A Legend, again owned by Liz Prowting, has been schooled over the larger obstacles and will go novice chasing at 2 miles 4 furlongs.

 

Alan is hoping to run The Pirate’s Queen in either the Persian War at Chepstow on Saturday or the Mares’ Listed race at Wetherby on 01 November.  Smad Place will make his seasonal reappearance in the Hennessy Gold Cup; and will be lightly-raced as usual.  The ground at Newton Abbot was too soft for Turn Over Sivola on his seasonal reappearance, and he may also go to Wetherby on the same day to run in a novices’ handicap.

 

Ulzana’s Raid will stay over hurdles for the time being as he’s still improving and Alan won’t be over-racing him this season.  Valdez had a full MOT following his disappointing run at Ayr in April, when he jumped badly right; this resulted in him undergoing an operation on his back for a kissing spine.  He may run at Chepstow on Saturday if the ground is not too testing.

 

Walkon won’t be entered for this season’s Grand National, as Alan knows he doesn’t stay extreme distances.  However, he may return for the Topham instead, as he loves the fences and finished runner-up in the event in 2013.  Finally, Uxizandre is to begin his season by running in the Old Roan Chase on Saturday, before possibly taking part in the Paddy Power at Cheltenham’s Open Meeting.  Although he has shown a preference for left-handed tracks, they may try him out on a right-handed one too.

 

I love it now that the winter horses are back and plans are being made.  Fingers crossed that they all remain safe and sound. 

And, finally, here are my runners of interest tomorrow:

Ludlow:

15:10 Uriah Heep (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:20 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

 

Southwell:

15:00 McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle

16:10 Say When (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Here are today’s results from Exeter:

Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Mr L Ferguson) finished 8th and The Tourard Man (Alan King/Mr H Teal) finished 3rd in the Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran).

Hurricane Vic (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Novices’ Hurdle (17 ran).

Miss Minx (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Tomorrow there is National Hunt racing from Fontwell Park and from Worcester:

 

Fontwell Park:

13:55 Miles To Memphis (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle; another of my favourite horses

17:15 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race Div I

 

Worcester:

15:25 Dueling Banjos (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Newcomers’ Standard Open NH Flat Race; his stable name is ‘Pickle’.

17:35 Seymour Star (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Maiden Hurdle Div II

 

Talented Deputy Dan is due to make his chasing debut at Fontwell Park tomorrow too.

 

Paul Nicholls has admitted that he is struggling to get his horses to peak fitness ahead of their first runs this season.   http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=4150924&category=0  It was definitely apparent at the Cheltenham Showcase meeting.

 

The Alan King stable-tour pullout is featured in tomorrow’s edition of the Racing Post – I will need to ensure that I arrive at the supermarket at opening time to guarantee a copy, as sometimes there is only one!

 

And the 2015 fixtures list was published yesterday and is available from the British Horseracing Authority’s website to print if required.   http://www.britishhorseracing.com/resource-centre/fixture-list/   

 

My mood has lifted slightly today; strange really, as it was a work day and I really don’t like my job! 

 

I can purchase my Cheltenham Festival tickets now, but don’t feel an urgent need yet; perhaps at the weekend.

Monday 20 October 2014

There are four runners of interest at Exeter tomorrow:

14:40 Fred Le Macon (Alan King/Mr L Ferguson) & The Tourard Man (Alan King/Mr H Teal) – Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Hurricane Vic (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle; I like Hurricane Vic, he has big ears!

17:10 Miss Minx (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

News today that Grands Crus has been retired.  More

 

And news regarding Long Run’s intended programme this season too.  More

I’ve spent much of my day’s leave working on my website.  I’ve completed my draft, including the race descriptions, it just needs to be proof-read ... which won’t be the quickest task, as there are two parts consisting of 6123 and 6095 words respectively; I got carried away!  I haven’t begun the photograph files yet. 

However, I’m finding it very hard to lift my current mood ... L

Sunday 19 October 2014

The New One won the big hurdle race at Kempton Park today.  More

 

I’ve been watching the racing from the Sunbury track this afternoon.  Poor The Last Night died following a horrendous fall in front of the packed grandstands; I couldn’t believe the horse was still alive let alone running having suffered a bad fall at Huntingdon just two weeks ago when, on that occasion, I thought he had died having shown all the tell-tale signs of a broken neck.  Earlier this afternoon and well prior to today’s run, I’d even checked back to see if he was the horse I’d remembered on that occasion.

 

It was déjà vu today, the same signs, but this time his luck ran out with the worst possible outcome.  Poor boy.  Definitely not what Kempton Park would have wanted on a day advertised as family orientated.  This was the third time The Last Night had fallen in his last four runs, after a promising start of two wins over the larger obstacles; but something must have been amiss and surely he deserved a confidence boost back over hurdles for a while.  RIP The Last Night.

 

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

 

News that St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light may have run his last race having picked up a double-injury at Ascot yesterday as a result of being badly hampered during the first race.  More

 

I’m on annual leave again tomorrow; so far I’ve copied yesterday’s races onto DVD, uploaded photographs and selected which ones I’m going to use but not actually sized or copied them into a document to upload onto the website yet.  I’ve also set up the template to write my diary and have both topped and tailed it.  There are a number of good programmes being shown on evening TV at the moment which I’d like to watch so, to fit in with this, my current goal is to complete my diary by the end of next weekend. 

Saturday 18 October 2014

 

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Ulzana’s Raid, trained by Alan King and ridden by Wayne Hutchinson,

wins the Handicap Hurdle (2 miles 5 furlongs)

 

 

There were four runners of interest at Cheltenham today and this is how they fared:

Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Tom Scudamore) finished 7th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (11 ran).

Midnight Appeal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 9th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlongs] (13 ran).

Ulzana’s Raid (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle (2 miles 5 furlongs] (13 ran); it was Wayne’s 9th winner of the season.

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Kempton Park tomorrow but no runners of interest ... so I wouldn’t have gone, and I don’t feel quite so bad after all!

 

Love this cartoon by Darren Bird, following Noble Mission’s triumph in today’s Champion Stakes at Ascot.

https://mobile.twitter.com/DarrenBirdie/status/523583514567249920/photo/1

 

Here is the Champion Stakes report from the ATR website.  More

Friday 17 October 2014                                                                                    

Just one runner of interest at Cheltenham today and this is how he fared:

Benbane Head (Martin Keighley/Sam Waley-Cohen) fell 4 out in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (13 ran); tweets confirmed that Benny was fine following the incident. 

Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) was a non-runner in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Here is a link to a round-up of today’s action at Cheltenham on the ATR website.  More

 

Tomorrow there are four runners of interest at Cheltenham:

14:35 Champion Court (Martin Keighley/Tom Scudamore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:45 Midnight Appeal (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlongs]

16:25 Ulzana’s Raid (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Seymour Eric (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Hurdle (2 miles 5 furlongs]

 

The plaza below Cheltenham’s Parade Ring is looking good:

https://twitter.com/CheltenhamRaces/status/523045066638913536

 

My Tent Or Yours will spend this season on the sidelines having sustained a tendon injury.  More

 

Loving the Racing UK weekday racing initiative, so let’s hope I have a reason to go weekday National Hunt racing soon ... namely Choc:

http://www.racinguk.com/winterseasonticket

 

There’s an official update on Alan King’s website regarding the horses he spoke about yesterday at Wincanton: http://alankingracing.co.uk/news.htm

Thursday 16 October 2014

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

 

Uttoxeter:

L’Amiral David (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (6 ran).

Monty’s Revenge (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (6 ran).

Scarlett O’Tara (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (10 ran).

Hollow Penny (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4½ furlongs] (10 ran).

 

It was not a good day at Wincanton, with stalwart Dark Energy a fatality, along with a mare named Ruby Glow. L

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow, at Cheltenham:

17:00 Benbane Head (Martin Keighley/Sam Waley-Cohen) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase

17:35 Classic Colori (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Following Hollow Penny’s win today, the RUK raceday presenter interviewed Alan King.  He asked about the plans for three of the stable stars, namely Uxizandre, Midnight Prayer and Balder Succes. 

 

Uxizandre won’t run at Cheltenham this weekend, bypassing the fixture to run in Aintree’s Old Roan Chase next weekend instead.  The aim for Midnight Prayer is to run in the Welsh Grand National with one warm-up race beforehand.  Alan wasn’t sure if the owners wished their horse to run in the Aintree Grand National, saying it might not be ‘their cup of tea’; he said he wasn’t sure it was his either!  Balder Succes may run in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter, or possibly the Schloer Chase on the Sunday of the Cheltenham Open meeting; although the presenter did point out that maybe Sprinter Sacre and/or Sire De Grugy were going to run in the latter! 

 

There’s news that Irish Cheltenham Festival victor Vautour is going steeple-chasing this season, with Faugheen remaining over hurdles.  More

 

My weekend has officially begun J

Wednesday 15 October 2014

There are five runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

14:30 L’Amiral David (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

15:00 Monty’s Revenge (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

15:30 Scarlett O’Tara (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Wincanton:

14:20 Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:50 Hollow Penny (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4½ furlongs]

 

On Monday, Choc went to see Frankel, who stands at the Banstead Manor Stud in Suffolk. 

https://twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/522105227940745216

 

Tomorrow is my ‘Friday’, as I have booked the ‘real’ Friday as annual leave, along with next Monday too.  I’ve not taken much leave during recent months, in fact just two days since Aintree and I have 12 days which I must use before the end of the year, with five to carry over into January or February too. 

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Two runners of interest today at Huntingdon and this is how they fared:

Ordo Ab Chao (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle by 15 lengths (3 ran); Wayne’s 8th winner of the season.

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

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

 

Join Together is out for the season due to injury and Gwanako, who I believe has been pointing with Megan Nicholls, has been retired.

 

Former St Leger winner Encke was lost today, having sustained a fatal injury during exercise.  More

 

I think we’ve been pretty fortunate with the weather in Hertfordshire today, with just a bit of drizzly rain at lunchtime; reading Martin Keighley’s blog it sounds like it’s been very wet in the Cotswolds.  Mind you it was extremely wet here yesterday; I got soggy walking to work and soggy walking home yesterday evening too.  I find this kind of weather very depressing ...

Monday 13 October 2014

Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Huntingdon:

15:20 Ordo Ab Chao (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

17:20 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wayne Hutchison rode in the Alderbrook Handicap for professional National Hunt jockeys at Goodwood yesterday ... his mount finished a neck second to that of Richard Hughes.  Have I missed something?  Does that mean Richard holds a dual licence?  But isn’t it a bit unfair letting him ride in the race?

 

Oaks and King George heroine Taghrooda’s retirement has been confirmed.  More

 

Mukhadram has also been retired and Estimate will be retiring after her Champions Day engagement on Saturday. More  

 

Captain Cee Bee has been retired aged 13.  He won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham in 2008 ridden by Choc.  More

 

Lady flat-racing jockey Kirsty Milczarek has been forced to retire following a neck injury sustained at Brighton last October.  More

 

The Alan King-trained horses currently listed as ‘resting’ due to injury are – Bull And Bush, Chocala, Genstone Trail, Herod The Great, Hung Parliament, Meister Eckhart, Midnight Luca, Reyamour, The Mumper, Tickity Bleue, Vendor and Wilde Blue Yonder. 

 

I’ve received a flyer from the PJA (Professional Jockeys Association) advertising tickets for The Stobart Lesters being held on Monday 22 December at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.  Tickets are £145 each; not only is that very expensive but I really don’t think I’d like to play gooseberry to Choc and his new girlfriend, Jennie, if they attend the event!

Sunday 12 October 2014

No results today, as Solstice Star was a non-runner at Ffos Las.

 

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

 

Early this morning I took a walk, through the local Agricultural College en-route.  One of the College workers was feeding the sheep in the field alongside the driveway, they rushed over to the gate when he arrived and followed him all the way to the feeding station – breakfast!  There were a few animals in the small pens further along my route – a handful of sheep, two pigs and a couple of emus!  Signs had been attached to the fencing around their enclosures to say that many of the animals had now been moved to their winter quarters and that the pens would be rebuilt ahead of next spring.  I always look forward to seeing the animals.   

 

I even sprinted a few yards on three occasions; my upper back was a little numb when I arrived home but it has returned to normal now.  I then cleaned my car before lunch. 

 

I also watched ATR’s Sunday Forum and two of their topics were the early retirement of flat racehorses and the farcical race at Chepstow yesterday ... déjà vu in light of yesterday’s blog!  Evidently the stewards didn’t even hold an enquiry into the running of the race. 

 

However, plans went slightly awry this afternoon when there was no parking space available at the churchyard due to an afternoon event at the church.  The intention was for mum and me to remove the dead flowers from the family’s grave and clean up ahead of the winter; we aborted our plan, so will have to do it next weekend instead.    

 

Finally I spent 90 minutes on the phone to my friend Denise, putting the world to rights! 

I feel like I’m just marking time before my racing programme begins ... please mend soon Choc, I miss you! L  This is the longest period of time I’ve not seen him for since I became a mega-fan in March 2008.

Saturday 11 October 2014

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

Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran); Wayne’s 7th winner of the season, as he rode Our Maimie to victory at Newton Abbot yesterday to claim his 6th winner of the season. 

Darnitnev (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) finished 7th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

 

Forgotten Gold finished 9th, last of the finishers, in the Handicap Chase at 17:30 (15 ran). 

 

The farce of the day happened in the Limited Handicap Hurdle, won by the Skelton team’s Bertimont.  The race description from the point of view of the winner is as follows:

“Took 20 seconds from walking through start until gallop started, made all, clear until steadied pace after 1st, quickened pace up before next, soon clear, at least 20 lengths ahead from 4th, eased towards finish” 

In other words, he stole a march on the field because no-one wanted to make the running, they let him go and no-one could catch him!  It’s not the first time it’s happened in a race and it won’t be the last either!

 

There was also an ex-jockey charity race run at Chepstow today; it was won by Graham Bradley riding Danandy.  Jimmy McCarthy finished 2nd riding the Alan King-trained Ronaldinho.  Carl Llewellyn rode the third.  Martin Keighley’s Don’t Call Me Oscar was also a participant, ridden by Jimmy Frost.

 

Bless The Wings won for his new trainer Gordon Elliott at Hexham today; a Handicap Hurdle race.

 

The Philip Hobbs-trained Big Easy won the Cesarewitch at Newmarket today.  More

 

Tomorrow there’s just one runner of interest at Ffos Las:

17:30 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) - Maiden Open NH Flat Race

 

Australia, winner of this season’s Derby, has been retired to stud slightly earlier than expected due to a problem with one of his hooves which resulted in lameness.  More

 

The flat racing scene is just not ‘where it’s at’ for the true racing fan – all these horses being retired very young to go to stud, leaving everyone wondering what might have been.  Although I find it far easier to spot a flat racing horse which will run well, than a National Hunt horse!   Perhaps there are too many imponderables with jump racing.  As you know I don’t bet, but I like to watch the horses whilst they are waiting at the start, prior to being loaded into the stalls.  Those which look calm not sweaty and are interested in what is going on around them, ears pricked, are the ones to follow! 

 

And you’re not going to believe this but I was watching the Cesarewitch trial race from Newmarket on TV three weeks ago and my pre-race pick for that event using my tried and trusted method was ... Big Easy.  He finished 2nd that day at 16-1 but, of course, went one better today and won the big handicap!!!  He was the 10-1 second favourite today. 

 

But there is good news for Treve fans, the owners have back-tracked and she will remain in training with the aim of winning a historic third Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.  More

 

Customs have charged me £3.33 VAT for a dichroic pendant I ordered from the USA, the item having entered the UK from outside the EU.  It was classed as a ‘gift’ item evidently, being worth over £15 in value ($27 actually).  However, I seriously object to the additional £8.00 handling charge levied by the Royal Mail before they would release the package to me.  As the postage was paid before despatch and it got no further than the local delivery office from where I collected it, how can they categorise it as a handling charge?  I’d call it blackmail ... £8.00 to walk 5 yards to collect it from the shelf in the delivery office perhaps?  If only I could charge that for a job which took just 30 seconds. 

 

I can only presume that the problem arose because the item was described on the outside of the package.  So instead of costing £22.92 including postage, it cost me £34.25. Rather a shame really as, although I like to and do buy many jewellery-related items from here in the UK, sometimes it’s nice to purchase something a little different from further afield.   

 

I forgot to mention that my Hennessy Gold Cup Day ticket arrived yesterday. J

 

Friday 10 October 2014

Here is today’s result for my one runner of interest today, at Newton Abbot:

Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) trailed in a distant 3rd and last in the Novices’ Chase (3 ran).

 

Wonderful Charm won the feature race under Sam Twiston-Davies.  The race comments indicate an incident packed race – poor old Double Ross fell having been unsighted when the always wayward Colour Squadron jumped across him. 

 

Despite now taking a few days off following yesterday’s painful mishap, AP McCoy was on hand at Newton Abbot to unveil a bronze bust of himself.  More

 

Tomorrow there is National Hunt racing at Hexham and Chepstow with runners of interest at the latter:

14:00 Karezak (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle.  The horse sports the McNeill colours.

18:00 Darnitnev (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

In addition, one of my favourites Forgotten Gold runs in the Handicap Chase at 17:30. 

 

I always look upon this particular Chepstow fixture as being the start of the National Hunt season proper!

 

Yet another quiet weekend for me ... I’ve had a really tiring week, so perhaps that is not a bad thing.  Too much work and not enough time to do it.  But I have a long weekend next weekend, with both Friday and Monday as annual leave. J  It’s about time I had some time off – I think I may have taken just one full day and two half days’ leave since the Aintree Festival!!! 

Thursday 09 October 2014

It seems my runners of interest did really well today!

 

Exeter:

Shadarpour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs] (8 ran); Wayne’s 5th winner of the season.

Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

Worcester:

Castle Cheetah (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

 

AP McCoy took a battering in the final race at Worcester this afternoon; he was unseated and brought down another runner, receiving a kick for his troubles.  He’s gone for precautionary x-rays.  More

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

14:50 Turn Over Sivola (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase; he keeps his Novices tag this season as his first win over fences didn’t happen until 27 May this year.  Prior to that, TOS had one of the worst cases of seconditis you’re ever likely to come across!!!

 

Black Thunder, the beautiful Taquin Du Seuil, Wonderful Charm, Double Ross and Colour Squadron make their seasonal reappearance at Newton Abbot tomorrow.  More

 

I’m feeling exhausted, struggling to keep up with the workload in my job yet again – 10.25 hours without a break today.  I can’t stop yawning ...

Wednesday 08 October 2014

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

 

Ludlow:

My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) was brought down in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1½ furlongs] (10 ran).

 

Towcester:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (5 ran).

Galiotto (Noel Williams/Jamie Moore) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3½ furlong] (11 ran).

Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles & ½ a furlong] (9 ran); Well done to the team, their 7th winner of the season.  And pleasing for the horse too, after a run of three 2nds.

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Exeter:

14:20 Shadarpour (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs]

16:50 Prettyasapicture (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Worcester:

17:00 Castle Cheetah (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Unfortunately Wilde Blue Yonder has picked up a tendon injury and is out for the season. L

 

Sad news today that Spirit Son has been put to sleep, his health having deteriorated over the summer.  He’s been living at Greatwood following retirement at the age of 6.  I remember reading a fascinating article about him in Horse and Hound when he was originally diagnosed with the health problems which have now claimed his life.  More

 

Retired American racehorse legend Cigar has passed away following complications after surgery to relieve symptoms caused by arthritis in his neck.  I can sympathise there.  More

Tuesday 07 October 2014

There are four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ludlow:

15:00 My Lad Percy (Martin Keighley/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1½ furlongs]

 

Towcester:

14:10 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

16:10 Galiotto (Noel Williams/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3½ furlong]

16:45 Georgian King (Martin Keighley/Ian Popham) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & ½ a furlong]

 

I’m in a bad mood today and feeling totally fed up L

Monday 06 October 2014

Here is today’s result from Stratford regarding my one runner of interest:

Mystery Drama (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

 

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow.

 

I guess I should have called Treve a ‘Super-filly’ not a ‘Super-mare’ as she’s only 4 and, whereas any other breed of horse is a mare at 4, a thoroughbred is not, due to their ‘official’ birthdays falling on 01 January each year!  Here is a link to another article regarding her, published today on the ATR site.  More

 

After a very soggy day, I’m feeling quite shivery this evening and will be changing to my winter-weight quilt before I turn in tonight!

Sunday 05 October 2014

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Fighter Jet (Alan King/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (7 ran).

 

Huntingdon:

Say When (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Gimme Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 4th winner of the season, and his first since returning to action last Thursday following an injury sustained on 18 May.  

 

Also, at Kelso, Kumbeshwar made his debut for the Lucinda Russell yard but completed in 4th, last of the finishers. 

 

Super-mare Treve returned to brilliant form to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe for the second year running.  More

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Stratford tomorrow, with one runner of interest:

15:30 Mystery Drama (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

It’s been a very quiet weekend for me, I’ve spent a lot of time watching racing on TV.  Yesterday I ironed my winter work wardrobe consisting of 11 skirts, and today I went for an early morning route march.  It took me around one hour and ten minutes, which suggests I walked at least 3 and a half miles in distance; it was slightly further than last Sunday morning.  I felt really good at the end of today’s walk, and I think I could have done a second circuit without bother!  My ‘fuel’ of choice being ‘porridge power’!

 

The weather forecast for the coming week is wet and windy, so I’m not particularly hopeful that I’ll be able to take a walk during many of my lunch-breaks this week. 

 

Donny Osmond is on his way to the UK to promote his new album, his 60th evidently!  During his stay he will be appearing on Pride of Britain, the Alan Titchmarsh Show, Loose Women, the One Show and Strictly Come Dancing amongst other things.  More

Friday 03 October 2014

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

Kudaa Huraa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2½ furlongs] (7 ran).

Hollow Penny (Alan King/Richard Johnson) blundered and unseated in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs] (6 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Fontwell Park again tomorrow but no runners of interest.

 

On Sunday there are three National Hunt fixtures with runners of interest at two of these:

 

Uttoxeter:

15:20 Fighter Jet (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

 

Huntingdon:

13:50 Say When (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:00 Gimme Five (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

This evening I had the opportunity to look back at Creepy’s race via the ATR website archive service and, I must say, he was absolutely brilliant as had been eluded to in all the tweets I’d read regarding his run.  I also watched Hollow Penny’s race today; Dickie Johnson had absolutely no chance of staying aboard but the members of the partnership appeared okay following their mishap.

 

I also took a look back at that misty evening at Chepstow when Choc had his accident; I think he was short of room on the inside and appeared to be fired into the ground as Say When fell.  No wonder he was badly injured as a result.  There was nothing to see on my DVD recording, as it doesn’t copy in widescreen format and he was nearer last than first at the time.      

 

Sad news today that the 2012 Triumph Hurdle winner Countrywide Flame has been put down aged just 6; he had been suffering from a degenerative bone disease which had resulted in an enforced early retirement.

 

No surprise that, once again, I have no particular plans for the weekend.

Thursday 02 October 2014

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

 

Southwell:

Once again naughty Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Conor Smith) refused to race so didn’t take part in the Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Hurdle, thus making it a 2-runner match race.

 

Warwick:

Uriah Heep (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd and Laser Blazer (Alan King/Richard Johnson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (5 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Hexham and Fontwell Park tomorrow, with runners of interest at the latter:

 

Fontwell Park:

15:15 Kudaa Huraa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2½ furlongs]

15:50 Hollow Penny (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs]

Wednesday 01 October 2014

There are three National Hunt fixtures tomorrow – Bangor, Southwell and Warwick, with runners of interest at the latter two.  And Wayne Hutchinson is back in the saddle tomorrow also.

 

Southwell:

16:40 Bold Tara (Martin Keighley/Conor Smith) – Conditional Jockeys’ Training Series Handicap Hurdle; hopefully the mare will have got out of the right side of her bed tomorrow, having refused to race on the last two occasions!

 

Warwick:

14:40 Uriah Heep (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Laser Blazer (Alan King/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

The refurbishment of the Cheltenham Weighing Room has been completed:

https://twitter.com/CheltenhamRaces/status/517342425941958656


 

 

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