OCTOBER 2016

 

 

Monday 31 October 2016

Today’s racing was marred by a pile-up at Kempton Park in which jockeys Jim Crowley and Freddy Tylicki were seriously injured; they have suspected spinal injuries.  Fortunately colleagues Steve Drowne and Ted Durcan were able to walk away from the accident.  No horses were hurt. 

 

The IJF will be keeping everyone up to date with news of the jockeys as it is released.  I wish Jim and Freddy a speedy recovery and hope that neither suffers any long term damage. 

 

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

 

Hereford:

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) won the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); Martin’s 9th winner of the season.

Kassis (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) finished last in the Mares’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier) (4 ran).

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

 

Plumpton:

Queens Well (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran); sadly she finished lame. L

Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished a distant 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (9 ran); only 3 finished. 

 

Due to the accident at Kempton Park today, Sam Missile’s race was one of those abandoned.

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Kempton Park:

20:10 Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Rob Hornby/EPDS Racing) & Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Tom Marquand) – Handicap [2 miles]

 

Exeter:

13:50 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

The Haldon Gold Cup is run tomorrow, with Dodging Bullets, Garde La Victoire, Sir Valentino, Pain Au Chocolat, Presenting Arms, Dresden, Ultragold and Purple ‘n Gold declared.

 

Today I have completed eight years of blogs, as my website has been up and running since the autumn of 2008!

Sunday 30 October 2016

There are two results to report today:

 

Huntingdon:

15:35 Jim Dandy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Carlisle:

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) stayed on to finish 4th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran); an excellent return to action following 564 days on the injury sidelines.  His stable name is ‘Casper’, presumably because he’s a ‘ghostly’ grey!

 

Seeyouatmidnight won the feature race, impressively; it was a match race in which he beat Bristol De Mai, with More Of That having been withdrawn due to the ground. 

 

There are seven runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Hereford:

13:00 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:00 Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Kassis (Jamie Snowden/Daryl Jacob) – Mares’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier)

16:00 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle Div II

 

Plumpton:

14:10 Queens Well (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Kempton Park:

16:50 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Daniel Muscutt/AppleTree Stud) – Middle Distance Final (Handicap) [1 mile 3 furlongs]

 

I’ve found two more Flemensfirth offspring I should have mentioned yesterday – namely Viva Steve and AppleTree Stud’s broodmare Our Pollyanna!

 

I’ve discovered Pride of Pemberley’s actual birthday – 07 February 2012 – he has an entry in the valuable DBS bumper race next spring.  The majority of syndicate horses have a buy-in cost, as well as a monthly training cost; this applies to Colin so, for the present, I’ll just have to remain satisfied in the knowledge that I’ve named him. L But, hopefully, we’ll receive news of Menace’s replacement soon – there was no buy-in, as he cost £600 to buy ... but he did win nearly £1200. 

 

I feel very tired today, I guess because I decided not to lose the hour and got up at 05:30 this morning!  I am so not looking forward to walking home from work in the dark tomorrow evening; it will now be 4 months until I can head home via the preferred scenic route once more.  

 

I’ve put a couple of videos and a number of photos onto facebook from yesterday’s visit to Jamie Snowden’s yard.  And have begun to draft my diary too; nearly 1400 words so far. 

 

Channel 4’s Humans returns to the screen for series 2 tonight.  

 

I used the Garnier Micellar water for sensitive skin again yesterday, to remove my make-up, and now have puffy skin beneath my left eye.  It was itchy there yesterday evening too.  And I don’t even have sensitive skin!!!

Saturday 29 October 2016

 

Pride of Pemberley.jpg

 

 

EPDS Racing’s 4-year-old Flemensfirth gelding has a name, Pride of Pemberley, which was chosen today from a number of suggested names submitted by his syndicate owners, and members of the other syndicates too.  And, guess what?  It was me who put forward the name ... so I’ve named a racehorse!  J  He’ll be starting off in bumpers.

 

My idea originated from the fact that his preferred stable name is Colin (not Flem as he’s sometimes referred to), as in Colin Firth.  And the actor played Mr Darcy in the BBC’s fabulous adaption of Pride and Prejudice, with Pemberley being his family’s country estate.  

 

Top of the list of Flemensfirth progeny is Imperial Commander, also the one and only Tidal Bay, plus Flemenstar, Time For Rupert, Joe Lively, The Last Samuri, Invictus, Meister Eckhart, Johnny Og and Flementime.  

 

Anyway, after that excitement, here are today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Ascot:

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [Listed] (2 miles & 192 yards]

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (6 ran).

 

Wetherby:

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Hurdle [Listed] (6 ran).

Cue Card (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan) finished 3rd in the Charlie Hall Chase [Grade 2] (7 ran); Irish Cavalier won the race, with Menorah completing in 2nd place.

Zipple Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards] (12 ran).

 

There are a couple of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Huntingdon:

15:35 Jim Dandy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Carlisle:

16:10 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

 

There’s a Goffs UK Sale next week, and I notice that three Barbury Castle horses have been entered – Hardington, Inn The Bull, and Jim Dandy who runs tomorrow.  In addition, Martin Keighley’s Flementime is offered for sale as a brood mare only.

And here are the bobble hats which I’ve knitted:

Bobble Hats.jpg

Friday 28 October 2016

Sorry there was no blog yesterday; I was so tired last evening that all I wanted to do was doze in the armchair!

 

Anyway, here is yesterday’s result for my runner of interest at Stratford:

Magic Music Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the NH Novices’ Hurdle

Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards] (8 ran); it was Martin’s 8th winner of the season.

 

Today’s results are as follows:

 

Uttoxeter:

Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 2nd and Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 8th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 5th in the Beginners’ Chase (6 ran); Charbel beat Le Prezien and Top Notch in this one.

 

Wetherby:

Master Blueyes (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd; the race was won by Cliffs Of Dover, his fourth win since 14 October!

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ascot:

14:25 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Nico de Boinville) – Handicap Chase [Listed] (2 miles & 192 yards]

17:20 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wetherby:

14:10 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Hurdle [Listed]

14:20 Cue Card (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan) – Charlie Hall Chase [Grade 2]; Menorah also runs in the race.

15:55 Zipple Back (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

17:05 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 154 yards]; Surf And Turf also runs in the race, reverting to hurdles after his mishap at Kempton Park a couple of weeks ago.

 

I’ve set my alarm for 06:00 tomorrow, as I’ll need to set off for Lambourn at around 08:15.  I’m not intending to head to Ascot following my trip to Folly House, as there’s no ‘draw’ like last year when Ned Stark ran and I saw Choc too!

 

I’m now trialling a new prescription of contact lenses, having had my eyes tested again yesterday.  As the astigmatism has reduced in my right eye, I’m now wearing two ordinary lenses once more, but they aren’t of matching strength.  

 

I’ve now sewn up the remaining two knitted hats, and made bobbles for them too.  However, I’ve also bought balls of wool to knit seven more of same in further shades!!!  And three of those I’ve already completed will have matching shawl scarves too – namely plum, berry and pink/grey/white. 

Wednesday 26 October 2016

There were two runners of interest today, at Fakenham, and this is how they fared:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards] (7 ran); Dali decided it was a going day today!

 

Three runners of interest tomorrow, at Stratford:

14:50 Magic Music Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:25 Criq Rock (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

16:30 Johnny Og (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards]

 

There’s no news yet regarding the Twitterati syndicate’s replacement horse, but Menace has found a new home.  Mrs Prowting’s Racing Manager, Hannah Bishop, collected him from Noel’s yard yesterday and he’s gone to live with their horses in Buckinghamshire.  Menace will be having a holiday, before being brought back into work to assess his capabilities as a riding horse.  Hannah oversees Mrs Prowting’s horses at the farm during their holidays away from racing, and during injury recuperation spells too. 

 

Hannah has competed Rich Buddy in RoR showing classes recently and is graduating him to show-jumping classes soon too; he was trained by Richard Phillips.  Hannah has two sons, Toby who is fourteen, and the younger Noah, and they also ride.  So I’m sure the boys will enjoy competing Menace in due course; Toby rides Buddy sometimes too.  And, as Hannah is very familiar with posting photos and news on both Twitter and facebook, Menace’s large fan club will receive regular updates on his progress.  

Here is Menace with Toby:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/791193870906363904/photo/1

And Menace with his nose in the trough too:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/791334122195148800/photo/1

Tuesday 25 October 2016

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (11 ran); Wayne’s 29th winner of the season.

Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

Chepstow:

Laser Light (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the NH Maiden Hurdle Div I (16 ran).

Major Milborne (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (8 ran).

Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) coasted to an impressive victory in the Novices’ Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (5 ran); Aqalim finished 2nd.

 

Just two runners of interest tomorrow, at Fakenham:

15:10 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fillies’ Juvenile Hurdle

16:10 Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards] ... and I wonder which kind of mood Dali will be in tomorrow! 

 

Tomorrow is my ‘Friday’ ... as I’ve two further days’ holiday booked.  J  I’ve no special plans for Thursday and Friday, but need to use up additional days before year end, with 6 further days’ leave next month too ... and I still have 4½ days to carry over into the New Year – 27 days in total each year, plus Bank Holidays. 

Monday 24 October 2016

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

14:10 Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:40 Wishing And Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:15 Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

16:45 Bastien (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

13:30 Laser Light (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – NH Maiden Hurdle Div I

15:05 Major Milborne (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

15:35 Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard/Tom Scudamore) – Novices’ Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]; he has 4 rivals including Aqalim which is now trained by Tim Vaughan. 

 

It’s only two months until Christmas Eve ...

Sunday 23 October 2016

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

 

Aintree:

Kerrow (Alan King/William Featherstone) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (14 ran).

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Adrian Heskin) finished 8th and Dineur (Sean Bowen/Peter Bowen) finished 7th in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 7 of the series) (10 ran).

Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (15 ran); the final two flights were omitted due to low sun.

Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Old Roan Chase (Group 2) (7 ran); Colin Tizzard’s Third Intention won the race.

Black Sam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race due to lameness (10 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap (4 ran).

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran).

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Kincora Fort has suffered another tendon injury, so is out for a further season.  It’s not the same tendon which has kept him out of action since Spring 2015.  Meanwhile Ami Desbois has a bruised foot, so his seasonal debut will be delayed slightly; he stepped on a nail having lost a shoe. 

 

The Betchworth Kid’s name was mentioned on the ‘Racehorses, where are they now?’ site today.  Evidently he went to the Northern Racing School as a ‘schoolmaster’ when he retired, but then suffered a tendon injury.  He’s now living at a Racehorse Sanctuary in Godalming, awaiting a new forever home; he can still be ridden though. 

 

It appears that Franchoek is currently housed at Palace House in Newmarket, along with Walkon, and takes part in daily demonstrations for the public, showing them how racehorses are retrained.  

 

Choc tweeted this photograph yesterday:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/789927336519036928/photo/1

 

I can’t say that I’d hold a snake of any kind.  Mark used to hope that we’d see adders in the wild – we once went to Mersea Island for a ramble along their seawall just in case they were basking in the warm spring sunshine; we also kept a look out for them around the Lands End area.  Needless to say we never saw any.  Although I did once see a very cute grass snake in Denise’s compost heap!

Saturday 22 October 2016

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

Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong]

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 5th in the Novices’ Hurdle (7 ran).

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won and Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Hurdle (6 ran); the winner was impressive today, so I don’t think he showed his true form in the Triumph Hurdle, especially as many of Alan’s horses weren’t running very well at that time.

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 12th in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 208 yards] (15 ran).

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Scudamore) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Chase

City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 11th and Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) dead-heated for 4th and Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

I was hoping that Boondooma would be okay, despite being pulled up in the feature chase but, very sadly, he’d fractured a knee and couldn’t be saved.  It was his first race back following almost a year off due to a fractured pelvis.  RIP Boondooma. 

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow ... and I’ve found more since yesterday ...

 

Aintree:

14:10 Kerrow (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

14:45 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Adrian Heskin) & Dineur (Sean Bowen/Peter Bowen) – Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Leg 7 of the series)

15:15 Ubak (Gary Moore/Joshua Moore) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:50 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Old Roan Chase (Group 2)

17:00 Black Sam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

14:55 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap

16:05 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

Not only has Menace been retired, but the Noel Williams-trained Hot Whiskey n Ice has been retired also; the latter has suffered a reoccurrence of a tendon injury.   Hot Whiskey n Ice was Noel’s first winner as a trainer.  

 

Randox Health, who is sponsoring the Grand National starting in 2017, will sponsor the next renewal of the County Hurdle; it had been the Vincent O’Brien County Handicap Hurdle since 1995. 

 

As expected, the Festival’s National Hunt Chase will be run in honour of JT McNamara in 2017. 

 

I’ve knitted the plum-coloured hat, and have also begun the berry-coloured one.  I need more wool ...

Friday 21 October 2016

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

 

Cheltenham:

Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards] (16 ran).

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Ardamir (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 50 yards] (12 ran).

 

Tomorrow there are a number of runners of interest at Cheltenham:

13:50 Any Currency (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong]

14:25 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:00 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) & Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Hurdle

16:05 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 208 yards]

16:40 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Tom Scudamore) - Novices’ Chase

17:15 City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

And on Sunday:

 

Aintree:

14:10 Kerrow (Alan King/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

15:50 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Old Roan Chase (Group 2); also entered are Sire De Grugy, God’s Own, Vibrato Valtat, Three Musketeers, Royal Regatta and Third Intention ... it’s so good to see well-known horses back in action again! 

17:00 Black Sam (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

14:55 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:05 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

Another old warrior has passed away – Moscow Flyer has died aged 22.  RIP.

 

More naughtiness today ... I realised I have a 20% off M & S clothing, beauty and homeware voucher to use until 24 October, so I’ve ordered a pair of brown Footglove boots identical in style to the black pair I bought last month; I couldn’t wait until I go to M & S tomorrow, because they are also now registering on the website as low stock in my size.  They are wide fit and very comfy!  For walking any distance you need soft pliable soles, not rigid ones, as the latter are dangerous in wet or icy weather.    

 

I’ve no particular plans for the weekend; I have two more Fab Big hats to knit (berry and plum), and an additional two to sew up (cream and pink/grey/white).  I’ve four more colours on my wish list too – violet, strawberry, delphinium and shocking pink.  I’ve also got Fab Big wool to knit two matching fringed scarves in plum and in pink/grey/white. 

Thursday 20 October 2016

Ludlow:

Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd and Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 28th winner of the season.

McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th and Authorised Too (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) finished last in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

Newton Abbot:

Brave Encounter (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (6 ran).

 

Racing returns to Cheltenham tomorrow and there are two runners of interest there and one at Wolverhampton; the Irish send a strong contingent to Gloucestershire too.

 

Cheltenham:

15:20 Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards]

15:55 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Chase; in fact the Irish provide two-thirds of the 6-runner field for this one, with two representing Henry de Bromhead, one for Gordon Elliott and one for Jessica Harrington.  Colin Tizzard provides the other runner.

 

Wolverhampton:

19:20 Ardamir (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 50 yards]

 

 

RIP Rough Quest

 

Rough Quest and Mick Fitzgerald r.jpg

 

 

It was reported today that the 1996 Grand National winner Rough Quest has been put to sleep, aged 30; he had been suffering from an infection which he was unable to beat.  RIP. 

 

I actually read the news on the ‘Racehorses, where are they now?facebook page yesterday evening but couldn’t find an official report, so decided not to mention it until today. 

 

Oh dear, I’ve been naughty again.  I like to check my favourite websites just in case there are any special offers or to see if items on my ‘wish list’ are running down to low stock.  Firstly I checked the M & S website to see if the brown ankle boots are still in stock in my size; fortunately the wider fit 7½ are okay currently, so no need to buy yet, although I might take a look in M & S in London Colney on Saturday to see if they have this size ... they did last Saturday!  Then I checked the Kipling site to see if they had a sale ... and found the Art S style in the waterfall design is now 40% off; it’s one of four I have on my list (3 from Kipling and one through QVC).  So I’ve ordered one!!!

 

And I’ve confirmed to EPDS Racing that I’ll be attending the yard visit they’ve arranged to Jamie Snowden’s on Saturday 29 October. J

Wednesday 19 October 2016

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... with Alan King appearing to have a very bad case of ‘seconditis’! 

 

Fontwell Park:

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Billy No Name (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 139 yards] (9 ran).

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Worcester:

Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 8th and Passmore (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

With the proper National Hunt season getting underway, there are a number of runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Ludlow:

14:00 Jazzy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:05 McCabe Creek (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Authorised Too ... aka Arthur ... (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

Newton Abbot:

14:55 Brave Encounter (Jamie Snowden/Jonathan Moore) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

 

There’s good news regarding Sam Twiston-Davies; he was released from hospital today. 

 

But sad news regarding one of Graeme McPherson’s horses, Kamool; the Let’s Live Racing’s horse was killed in a fall at Plumpton on Monday.  RIP. L

Tuesday 18 October 2016

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

 

Exeter:

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 54 yards] (8 ran).

Orchard Park (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran).

 

Yarmouth:

Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Shane Kelly/AppleTree Stud) finished 6th in the Fillies Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [6 furlongs & 3 yards] (11 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

13:40 Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Board Of Trade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Billy No Name (Colin Tizzard/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 139 yards]

16:30 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Worcester - it’s their season finale:

16:40 Kaspian Tern (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) & Passmore (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

I picked up a copy of the Racing Post on my way to work this morning, although I was so early that next week’s Radio Times hadn’t been placed on the shelf yet so I had to buy one at lunchtime instead.

 

Anyway, just a brief round-up regarding Alan King’s plans for the remainder of the season – Annacotty will head back to the BetVictor Gold Cup which he won last season when it was sponsored by Paddy Power; he was hobdayed during the summer.  Big Chief Benny may stay hurdling this season, depending on his handicap.  Carraig Mor is due to return to action around December time having spent last season on the sidelines through injury.

 

Criq Rock is ready to go novice hurdling as soon as the ground becomes suitable.  Dusky Legend is still a novice so will be aimed at the same Cheltenham Festival mares’ novices’ race as last season.  Katie Too has had a minor setback but will be return for the second part of the season and will be aimed at the Grade 1 David Nicholson mares’ race at the Festival. 

 

Alan King was pleased with Gibralfaro’s seasonal debut at Chepstow the weekend before last and he expects him to step up in trip with time.  Label Des Obeaux is due to go novice chasing, and the trainer thinks Lord Huntingdon will benefit from a bigger field than he encountered when unseating at Kempton last Sunday.  McCabe Creek is due to go novice chasing.  Messire Des Obeaux remains a novice, so will continue as a hurdler this season before going chasing next.

 

Midnight Prayer is still in training and may go to Sandown Park in December for a valuable veterans’ chase, followed by Warwick in January.  Miss Crick has won four races this summer and is due to run again at Cheltenham this weekend.  Ordo Ab Chao is back in training following pneumonia and pleurisy but, although he was schooled over fences last year, they are going to take their time with him.

 

Sego Success doesn’t like Cheltenham so Alan will run him on flat courses at distances of 3 miles plus.  Smad Place will return to action in either the Old Roan Chase at Aintree or the Charlie Hall at Wetherby; the former being the preference.  He will then have another shot at the Hennessy Gold Cup which he won last year, before maybe going back to Cheltenham on Trials Day for the Cotswold Chase which he also won last season.

 

Alan believes The Tourard Man is better suited to hurdles, so will continue down that route following his disappointing run over fences at Hereford; the trainer aims to qualify him for the Pertemps Final before taking the winter off because he prefers good ground. 

 

Having already been given the inside knowledge by Choc, I can confirm that Tyrell will go hurdling and Alan states he is schooling well.  Alan thinks he will leave the blinkers off for the moment and he doesn’t think the horse will like really deep ground.

 

Uxizandre has only been back in the yard for a couple of weeks and is cantering away at the moment.  Alan is in no rush to get him to the racecourse, so the aim is for a Christmas return, on a left-handed track of course.  Winner Massagot has fully recovered from a cracked pelvis and Alan is going to begin him on a 2-mile novice chasing campaign.

 

Valdez is currently in pre-training following two years off the track due to a tendon problem.  Alan writes that he looks tremendous and he’s still hopeful that he has retained his ability.  Yanworth will remain over hurdles and Alan is going to start him off over 2 miles 4 furlongs at Ascot in November before deciding if a World Hurdle entry is on the cards.

 

Finally, Ziga Boy will begin his campaign in November, followed by a run in the Becher Chase with the aim of discovering if he’s a National horse!

 

There are others on Alan’s stable tour list, but I’ve limited the details to the better known ones. 

Monday 17 October 2016

There is no result to report today, as Ardamir was a non-runner at Windsor.

 

Three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Exeter:

15:10 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 54 yards]

15:40 Orchard Park (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Yarmouth:

13:50 Denver Spirit (Luca Cumani/Shane Kelly/AppleTree Stud) – Fillies Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [6 furlongs & 3 yards]

 

Jockey Wilson Renwick has announced his retirement due to injury ... but he hopes to become a professional cyclist!

 

Talking of cyclists ... Victoria Pendleton has been recruitment by ITV Racing ... oh dear.  I wish the ghastly publicity seeker would do everyone a favour and fade into obscurity. 

 

Alan King will feature in tomorrow’s Racing Post, outlining the plans for his horses this season. 

 

I had more expense today ... I needed to purchase a new epilator, and the Braun Silk Epil 7 is not cheap.  However, Argos was selling it for £129.99, whereas Boots had the same model on offer for around £86.00, so I saved nearly £45.00!  And, as it was a replacement like for like, all of the attachments from the old one fit the new one too ... so I already have spares for it! 

Sunday 16 October 2016

There are a number of results to report from yesterday:

 

Ffos Las:

Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) finished 9th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

Market Rasen:

Paddys Runner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (5 ran); he actually finished last of those which completed. 

Pemba, now trained by Fergal O’Brien, finished 5th in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Stratford:

Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished last in the NH Maiden Hurdle (9 ran).

The Kvilleken (Marting Keighley/Claire Hardwick) finished 3rd in the Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

There was one runner of interest today, at Kempton Park:

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated two out in the Juvenile Hurdle (5 ran).

 

For the record, Wayne rode his 27th winner of the season aboard Thyne For Gold at Uttoxeter on Thursday.

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Windsor:

15:50 Ardamir (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) – Handicap Div I [1 mile 2 furlongs & 7 yards]

 

Alain Cawley took a crashing fall at Kempton this afternoon in which he dislocated both of his shoulders.  Hopefully his mount, Surf And Turf, is okay as there’s nothing in the race notes to suggest the horse was injured too.  The horse he brought down galloped back uninjured.

 

I’ve not done much this weekend, just food shopping, clothes washing, and I also spent too much time yesterday surfing the internet.  Today I had my hair cut and have also knitted two woollen hats using Big Fab yarn on size 10mm needles, so they don’t take long to do.  However, I’ve not sewn up the back seams or made and attached a pom pom yet. 

Friday 14 October 2016

There was one runner of interest today, at Wincanton:

Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) won the Novices’ Handicap Chase (6 ran); price 7-2.

 

Kapgarde King is on my ATR Tracker, because he was one of my favourites when I visited Jamie’s yard.

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Ffos Las:

13:50 Daliance (Noel Williams/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Market Rasen:

14:45 Paddys Runner (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

Pemba, who was sold out of Alan’s yard in the spring, runs for trainer Fergal O’Brien in the 14:10 Mares’ Handicap Hurdle.

 

Stratford:

16:55 Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – NH Maiden Hurdle

17:30 The Kvilleken (Marting Keighley/Claire Hardwick) – Lady Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

The Kvilleken is a half-brother to Blazing Bailey!

 

There’s one runner of interest at Kempton Park on Sunday:

14:00 Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

As was expected earlier in the week, it has been decided to retire Menace from racing; in the opinion of the vet, he has an issue with his cruciate ligaments which will only get worse if he continues in his current career.  That’s good news from my point of view, as I really didn’t want him to get hurt.  But, very sadly, the last opportunity to see him appears to be at Noel’s yard on Hennessy Gold Cup day and visits always start at around 10:00, which is gate opening time at Newbury.  L  EPDS Racing promises to find a replacement to serve the syndicate until the end of the year. 

 

 

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I’ve no plans for the weekend, although I’m going to be unsettled for the present because I’m now torn between arriving at my usual time ahead of the Hennessy Gold Cup, or visiting Menace for one last time and then rushing down to Newbury in the hope of making it in time for the first race at 12:20.  Noel’s yard is around 35 minutes from Newbury but, no doubt, it won’t take 35 minutes on their busiest day of the year ... and I hate traffic jams with a vengeance!  To avoid worry, I need to arrive just before gate opening time, which is 10:00, which should permit me to park in the new tarmac car park too, like last year. 

 

Oh god ... I don’t know what to do ... and I just hate being unsettled!

Thursday 13 October 2016

There was one runner of interest today, at Carlisle:

Asuncion (Rebecca Menzies/Ross Turner) finished 9th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

 

There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Wincanton:

15:35 Kapgarde King (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

AppleTree Stud’s Champs Elysees yearling filly was sold to (Lucy) Wadham Racing for £20,000 at Tattersalls today.  https://mobile.twitter.com/Kirsty_Durham/status/785835804396494848/photo/1

 

I noticed the lot above her was a Canford Cliffs filly out of Reyamour – the dam was trained by Alan King and ridden by Choc and Wayne when she was competing over jumps; the yearling filly sold for only £4,000.

 

Former jumps jockey Jim Crowley has secured the Flat Jockeys’ Championship.

 

Jonjo O’Neill trained his 2000th winner today – it was a lucky one too, as the jockey aboard the main rival fell off before the line due to a slipped saddle!

 

Al Ferof has been retired; he recently suffered a very small tear in a tendon and, as he is already a veteran, it was decided to call it a day.  He will now live with owner John Hales’ daughter Lisa, joining their Grand National winner Neptune Collonges. 

 

I had an enjoyable day yesterday, showing my friend Sandra and her friend Katherine around my home City of St Albans.  It’s half term in Scotland, so they’d flown down to spend the week based with another friend in Bedford and to see Jimmy Osmond in concert at three different venues too!  That’s dedication for you! 

 

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Tuesday 11 October 2016

There were three runners of interest today, all in the same race at Huntingdon!

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd and Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th but Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Maiden Hurdle (6 ran); Wayne’s 26th winner of the season.  Keep In Line is another Paul and Clare Rooney horse.

 

There appear to be no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

The AppleTree Stud’s Champs Elysees filly is due to be sold at Tattersalls on Thursday; Lot 1469. 

 

EPDS Racing has a new recruit – a 2-year-old filly by Delegator; she will be trained by Noel Williams and syndicate shares are now on offer – there’s a lot of interest too. 

 

There’s talk that Sam Twiston-Davies may be out of action until Cheltenham’s November fixture. 

 

The big Strictly Come Dancing news today is that Will Young has left the show, stating personal reasons.  That will mess up the BBC’s scheduling, as the show will now finish a week earlier than expected. 

Monday 10 October 2016

There was one runner of interest today, at Windsor:

Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) finished a nose 2nd in the Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 135 yards] (9 ran); unlucky. 

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, all in the same race at Huntingdon!

16:05 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) & Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Sam Twiston-Davies has been admitted to Gloucester Hospital following the fall at Chepstow yesterday in which his mount One More Go died.  He has a damaged spleen, but the specialists don’t think it will need to be removed.  Reports suggest Sam will be under observation for a week.  Get well soon Sam.

 

The spleen plays an important role in fighting bacterial infections so, if it’s removed, low-dose antibiotics would then need to be taken every day.  Ruby Walsh ruptured his spleen and had to have it removed following a fall at Cheltenham in November 2008.  

 

EPDS is awaiting the detailed vet’s report regarding Menace.  He’s been stiffer following his latest run than previously, so there are concerns the issue may be progressive; the initial thought is a stifle problem.  However, as you know, I do think he’d make a nice RoR horse for someone, if a lesser workload in a different job would suit. 

 

The next visit to Noel’s yard is planned for 26 November, which is Hennessy Gold Cup Day.  His yard is fewer than 20 miles away from Newbury racecourse but, as I always arrive early on that particular day, it’s unlikely that I will be able to attend both because the gates open at 10:00, with the first race at 12:20. L

Sunday 09 October 2016

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

Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (4 ran).

Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

 

Sire De Grugy was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase at 16:00; the ground didn’t suit.  Art Mauresque won the race.

 

The Veterans’ Chase was won by Double Ross; it was his first race since taking part in the Grand National.

 

There is one runner of interest tomorrow, at Windsor:

17:00 Tyrell (Alan King/Fergus Sweeney/AppleTree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 135 yards]

 

Meanwhile, Jan Faltejsek rode the winner of the Velka Pardubicka ... for the fourth time!

 

There is positive news regarding Henry Brooke, he’s regained consciousness having been placed in an induced coma following his fall at Hexham yesterday.  But it’s been confirmed that Bryan Cooper has definitely broken his arm.

 

I was even interested in the discussion on ATR’s Sunday Forum this morning – about Galileo being the sire of 17 of Aidan O’Brien’s 20 Group One winners this season and the problem this may cause moving forward as regards bloodlines.  Logic dictates that the gene pool will need to be widened by importing from either America or from Australia or the Far East – Northern Dancer came from North America (bred in Canada) to start the dynasty; followed by his son Sadler’s Wells, and his son Galileo; Frankel is a son of Galileo.

 

And to think that I wouldn’t be the slightest bit interested if it wasn’t for AppleTree Stud ... or for the fact that I’ve traced humble little Menace’s line back too!  In human terms, Menace’s dad is Papal Bull, one of his granddads is Montjeu and thus one of his great-granddads is Sadler’s Wells, and one great-great-granddad is Northern Dancer!  Northern Dancer also appears in his dam’s bloodline. 

 

Martin Keighley will be launching the Martin Keighley Racing Club very shortly, so keep checking his blog for further details.  I’d love to join, but I think I ought to keep a close check on my short-term expenditure because I’ve paid out so much money this past month ...

 

Today I bought my Cheltenham Festival tickets, for all four days; on Friday I bought a Grandstand ticket for Hennessy Gold Cup Day; last month I purchased my Kempton Park ticket for Boxing Day; also a ticket to see Gleb and Kristina at the Adelphi Theatre in December, a ticket to see Pasha in Dunstable next April and two tickets for Lesley and me to see Aljaz and Janette at St Albans next May – for the uninitiated, they are former or current professional dancers on Strictly Come Dancing!  I’ve also had to buy two new pairs of prescription glasses. 

 

And I currently have a wish list as long as my arm ... which includes a ticket to see Strictly’s Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe next April, three Kipling handbags, items from Bravissimo/Pepperberry, a couple of scarves (featuring swans and penguins), two books (one about Sprinter Sacre by Brough Scott and one by Mick Channon Jnr), a number of DVDs including War and Peace and Doctor Foster, and there’s always yarn on my wish list too!  Plus new contact lenses including a check-up, not to mention Christmas presents, and I’d love to take an alpaca for a walk and fly birds of prey too!!!  I’d also like a second pair of Footglove boots, like the ones I purchased ahead of my Cirencester walk; the brown version – they cost £59!  And I’m susceptible to buying beads or dichroic glass jewellery at any point in time!  I’ve also now added the book ‘Mr Darley’s Arabian’ by racing journalist Christopher McGrath to the growing list!

 

The weather was so nice early this morning that I went for a walk; it took me 90 minutes, so I presume it was around 4.5 miles in distance.      

 

This afternoon I’ve been proof reading my Cirencester diary, whilst also watching the racing from Chepstow.

Saturday 08 October 2016

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

 

Chepstow:

Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) unseated and Queens Well (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Limited Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th and Taquin Du Seuil (Aidan Coleman/Jonjo O’Neill) finished 6th in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards] (14 ran); Ballyoptic won the race. 

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) was pulled up in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (13 ran).

 

There was a better result for the Keighley’s in the charity race, as Jamie Goldstein won the race aboard Viking Mistress.  They won the race last year too, with My Lad Percy ridden by Conor O’Dwyer.  

 

Hexham:

Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran); it was her first outing over hurdles. 

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Mr H Hunt) finished 2nd in the Intermediate NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys’ and Amateur Riders) (8 ran).

 

Newmarket:

First Mohican (Alan King/Hollie Doyle) finished 2nd and last year’s winner Grumeti (Alan King/Martin Lane) finished 9th in the Cesarewitch (33 ran); sadly there was a fatality - Leah Freya having been pulled up during the race. RIP.

 

Newcastle:

Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Rob Hornby) finished 7th in the Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs] (14 ran).

 

There is National Hunt racing at Chepstow again tomorrow:

14:45 Rainbow Dreamer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

16:30 Three Ways (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Sire De Grugy also makes his seasonal debut in the Handicap Chase at 16:00, over a distance of 2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards.

 

And there’s a Veterans’ Chase too, featuring Saint Are, Double Ross, Rocky Creek, Loose Chips, Dineur, Theatrical Star, Court By Surprise and Your Busy.  The off time is 17:00.

 

It wasn’t a good day for jockeys, with Bryan Cooper suffering a suspected broken arm when he came to grief at Fairyhouse and Henry Brooke being taken to hospital with a suspected collapsed lung when Old Storm fell at Hexham.  The damage was actually done by a horse following Henry’s mount which struck him whilst he was on the ground.  The incident initially delayed the racing by an hour and 45 minutes!

 

Smad Place is due to return to action in Aintree’s Old Roan Chase, Yanworth in the Coral Hurdle and Winter Escape in the Greatwood Hurdle.  Also, Uxizandre is expected to return to action around Christmas time. J

 

I’ve found another AppleTree Stud horse, or should I say I’ve discovered the name of their Invincible Spirit filly from the Highclere Stud which they purchased last year at the October yearling sales – Denver Spirit.  She’s trained by Luca Cumani and is due to run shortly.

 

I’ve finished my first complete draft of the Cirencester diary so, hopefully, I’ll be able to proof and upload it tomorrow.

Friday 07 October 2016

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

 

Newton Abbot:

Tengri (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 11th and Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

York:

Her Terms (William Haggas/Willie Twiston-Davies/AppleTree Stud) finished 4th in the Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [5 furlongs & 89 yards] (13 ran).

The National Hunt season cranks up a gear tomorrow, with racing at Chepstow:

14:40 Dalton Glance (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Queens Well (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:50 Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Limited Handicap Hurdle

16:25 Who Dares Wins (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) and Taquin Du Seuil (Jonjo O’Neill/Aidan Coleman) – Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards]

17:35 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

 

Hexham:

15:00 Wildehearted Woman (Jamie Snowden/Micheal Nolan/EPDS Racing) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

17:10 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Mr H Hunt) – Intermediate NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys’ and Amateur Riders)

 

Newmarket:

16:10 First Mohican (Alan King/Hollie Doyle) & Grumeti (Alan King/Martin Lane) – the Cesarewitch

 

Newcastle:

19:15 Zabeel Star (Graeme McPherson/Rob Hornby) – Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs]

 

Martin Keighley’s Assistant Trainer Jamie Goldstein takes part in the Bob Champion Cancer Trust charity race ahead of Chepstow’s main card.  Donations can be made via Just Giving; but, once again, the donation page doesn’t work if you are using Microsoft Edge as your browser ... it’s driving me mental!  I emailed Just Giving about this issue three weeks ago and they replied to say it was a known problem and they were trying to fix it ... but, considering the timescale, they’re evidently not trying very hard!!!

 

Sam Thomas has moved his training operation from Northleach in Gloucestershire to Lambourn.

 

Today I bought my Hennessy Gold Cup Day ticket. 

 

I’ve nothing exciting planned for this weekend, but hopefully will finish my Cirencester diary.

Thursday 06 October 2016

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

 

Hereford:

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 44 yards] (7 ran).

 

Exeter:

Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards] (4 ran).

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Newton Abbot:

17:15 Tengri (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

York:

14:50 Her Terms (William Haggas/Willie Twiston-Davies/AppleTree Stud) – Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [5 furlongs & 89 yards]

Veteran jockey Andrew Thornton will be on the sidelines for a few weeks; he broke his collarbone at Towcester yesterday.

Wednesday 05 October 2016

There were three runners of interest today, at Ludlow:

Jim Dandy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (4 ran).

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (10 ran); Martin’s 7th winner of the season. 

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, with racing returning to Hereford:

16:15 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 44 yards]

Bobble Emerald is declared for the 15:40 but, as he ran today, I presume his participation is doubtful.

 

Exeter:

14:55 Stynes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

 

There’s no news to report from today’s Tattersalls Yearling Sale, as the AppleTree Stud’s Tapit colt was withdrawn from the sale.  However, yesterday, they purchased a Dubawi filly out of Flawly, bred by Newsells Park Stud, for £275,000.

 

Big Buck’s, Quevega and JP McManus were inducted into the Cheltenham Hall of Fame today.  

 

I’m feeling tired this evening, as I worked 9¼ hours non-stop today.  I’m going to turn in earlier too, although I’ve still added to my Cirencester diary draft despite this.

Tuesday 04 October 2016

One result to report from Southwell yesterday:

Dark Lover (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (7 ran).  And, of course, it was Dark Lover which won the Cheltenham Novices’ Chase in which Balder Succes fell due to low sun during the Showcase fixture in 2013; he was trained by Paul Nicholls at the time. 

 

There are three runners of interest tomorrow, at Ludlow:

14:10 Jim Dandy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Maiden Hurdle

15:40 Morning Herald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

16:40 Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

 

I’ve equalled my target of £50 following last Sunday’s charity walk in Cirencester Park. J

 

Fellow Choc fan, Sally, kindly sent me a photo of a photograph which has appeared in the Gloucestershire Echo ... I managed to photo-bomb Choc and can be seen over his left shoulder!

 

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Choc has raised an amazing £442.00, which included a £100 donation from Sam Twiston-Davies and another £100 from his brother Willie!

 

I’ve learnt that Meally Thornton’s black Labrador, Puppy Princess, passed away last April. 

 

There are two possible yard visits in the offing – Jamie Snowden on 29 October and Graeme McPherson on 05 November. 

 

The Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sale is under way in Newmarket.  Lots 1 to 183 entered the ring today, with the highest value sale so far being the obscene amount of £2,600,000 paid by John Ferguson Bloodstock (Godolphin) for a Dubawi colt.

 

AppleTree Stud’s grey/roan colt is lot number 196, so will be one of the first yearlings sold tomorrow; he’s the only youngster in the sale by star American stallion Tapit.  

Sunday 02 October 2016

 

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Choc and Moose ahead of their Charity Walk

in Cirencester Park

aka

“Team Chocolate Mousse”

 

 

I just love it when a plan comes together ... it was a beautiful day and I visited my favourite area of the country – the Cotswolds – and I saw and chatted to Choc too ... what’s not to like?  And, he’s given up smoking – he’s been using e-cigarettes for nearly six months now, which is excellent news. 

 

Choc and his partner Jennie walked the 3k route, along with their dog Moose; sadly it was not Choc’s turn to have son William this weekend.  They did the short route, as Choc was due to travel to Newmarket for the Tattersalls sale this week; however, I was able to chat with Choc for much of the time his route coincided with my 10k route!        

 

I asked about the AppleTree Stud’s interests in National Hunt racing – Tyrell will have one more run before going hurdling, and plans are up in the air as regards Ardamir – he will either return to hurdling or will be kept going through the winter on the all-weather; they are not a fan of mixing both codes.  The Pirate Queen’s filly foal may also have a career over jumps.  The Stud’s association with Jamie Osborne has been ended – “it didn’t work out”.

 

Choc also said that they sometimes use Graeme McPherson’s gallops, because he’s based just around the corner! And, when I asked if I could visit the Stud at a future date, Choc said yes!  J  Building works have only just been completed, and Choc confessed to being out until 21:00 yesterday evening trimming the hedges – they weren’t satisfied with the standard of workmanship by the company which was employed to do this last year!  Choc says he loves every aspect of working at the Stud.

 

Moose is very well behaved when on a lead but just crazy off it.  He loves to be in the company of people and, if left at home alone, he can wreck the place – he recently trashed William’s bedroom in fact!  Choc said that they went to visit his family last weekend and went down to one of the local pubs for lunch.  As dogs were not permitted inside the pub, it provides a run so that their patrons’ canines are in a safe environment whilst inside.  However, although the sides of this run were high, Moose managed to jump out and he’d disappeared by the time Choc and his family returned.  Jennie was beside herself, wondering if they’d ever see their dog again.  However, Choc’s dad set off down the road and discovered Moose at another pub close by – he was sitting under an outside table whilst people were having their lunch thereon!       

 

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Anyway, I shall be writing a full diary in due course ... which probably means this week!

 

And look who is currently based at Palace House in Newmarket, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art; sadly Walkon is only a ‘temporary exhibit’ so I wonder how long he will be residing there as part of the RoR section.

 

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There was one runner of interest yesterday, at Redcar:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Kevin Stott/raised by AppleTree Stud) finished 16th in the Stakes for 2-year-olds (Listed) [6 furlongs] (20 ran).

 

And numerous runners today:

 

Huntingdon:

Martha McCandles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 4th and Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards] (5 ran).

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (8 ran); Wayne’s 24th winner of the season.

Presenting Lisa (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Quantum Of Solace (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran); Wayne’s 25th winner of the season.

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 137 yards] (14 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Royal Plaza (Alan King/William Featherstone) finished 2nd in the Conditional Jockeys’ Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) won the Beginners’ Chase (6 ran); the Keighley’s 6th winner of the season.

Souriyan (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (8 ran).

 

Tomorrow just one runner of interest, at Southwell:

16:10 Dark Lover (Jamie Snowden/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

 


 

 

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