OCTOBER 2017

 

 

Tuesday 31 October 2017

 

 

 

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Novices’ Chase (3 ran).

Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I (10 ran).

 

Chepstow:

Canelo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (16 ran).

Fairmount (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders) (16 ran).

 

I’ve decided upon three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fakenham:

13:40 Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs]

 

Taunton:

15:50 Generous Chief (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 3 yards]

16:20 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 198 yards]

 

Cue Card and Coneygree are due to clash in this Saturday’s Charlie Hall Chase run at Wetherby.

 

Former trainer Mary Reveley, mother of former trainer Keith, and grandmother of jockey James, has passed away aged 77.  I guess Cab On Target was her most well-known charge.  RIP

Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of me setting up this website ... and I’m still hanging on in there!!!

Monday 30 October 2017

I’m sorry there was no blog yesterday evening; I went to London with my friend Lesley, to see Lee Mead perform at The Pheasantry in Kings Road, Chelsea.  The venue is actually in the basement of a Pizza Express outlet, so you can eat, drink and enjoy the show too.   As always, Lee was brilliant; he is a wonderful singer and funny too.  Lee’s guest star, Stephen Rahman-Hughes, sang two songs.  Stephen was also filming segments for a documentary to celebrate Lee’s 10th anniversary tour in 2018; I presume that’s 10 years of concert touring, it’s a lot more than 10 years in show-business as Lee is now 36!

 

We had planned to alight from the tube at Sloane Square but, unfortunately, the westbound platform of the station was closed due to remedial work being carried out.  As a result we had to continue to South Kensington; if we’d known that at the time, we’d have travelled via the Piccadilly Line from St Pancras, instead of the Circle Line from Farringdon!  It meant that we had to walk, in the direction we thought was Chelsea, without a map – the street guide outside the station didn’t cover the Kings Road!  Always up for a challenge, I decided upon Pelham Street, followed by Sloane Avenue and, strangely enough, it took us to the Kings Road.

 

There was a slight hiccup at that point, as Lesley wasn’t quite sure which direction we then needed to head – we turned left, but it took us to Sloane Square.  But after heading back in the direction from whence we’d come, along the Kings Road, we eventually found the venue.  Fortunately we’d left plenty of time in our schedule and arrived at 17:50; doors were supposed to open at 18:00 but the musicians was still rehearsing, so we had to wait in the stairwell for a while.

 

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, the show was brilliant, the food good, and I didn’t get home until 23:50! 

 

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

 

Aintree:

Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Ian Popham) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Inner Drive (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (15 ran).

Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Old Roan Chase (Grade 2) (12 ran); Alan’s 25th winner of the season and Wayne’s 19th winner of the season.

The Romford Pele won the Veterans’ Chase.

 

Wayne rode his 18th winner of the season aboard Vic De Touzaine, trained by Venetia Williams, at Carlisle on 19 October. 

 

Wincanton:

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 162 yards] (10 ran).

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 8th in the Juvenile Hurdle (11 ran).

Ned Stark was a non-runner at Wexford; he had a temperature.

 

Here is the Racing Post’s report regarding Smad Place’s heart-warming victory in the Old Roan Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/talk-of-the-tracks/smad-place-turns-back-the-clock-to-land-aintree-prize/306468

 

This is the stewards’ report relating to Wayne Hutchinson’s 2-day suspension:

An enquiry was held to consider interference on the run to the final fence when the winner, SMAD PLACE (FR), ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, drifted left hampering CLOUDY DREAM (IRE), placed second, ridden by Brian Hughes, which was carried off its intended line. The riders were interviewed and shown recordings of the incident. Hutchinson was suspended for 2 days for careless riding in that he allowed his mount to shift left for several strides without timely correction.

 

Although Smad Place holds an entry in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup (ex-Hennessy Gold Cup), which he won in 2015, connections are thinking of a different programme this year; his next target may be Huntingdon’s Peterborough Chase:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/marvellous-smad-may-find-another-place-and-miss-newbury-showpiece/306593

 

Another brilliant photo, of Smad Place and his stable lad Jamie Insole, from Michael Harris:

https://mobile.twitter.com/mjyharris/status/924755932567035908/photo/1

 

It has just come to light that Big Fella Thanks was put down following the injury he sustained during Cheltenham’s annual hunter chase evening in May.  Connections had intended to retire him after that particular race, but he fractured a cannon bone when jumping the eighth fence.  Efforts were made to save him, as he was taken home in a horse ambulance with high expectations of a recovery, but complications set in and he was later put to sleep. 

 

Race 5 n Big Fella Thanks.jpg

 

RIP Big Fella Thanks

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

13:25 Gibralfaro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

15:35 Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

 

Chepstow:

13:15 Canelo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Maiden Hurdle

16:30 Fairmount (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Standard Open NH Flat Race (Conditional Jockeys & Amateur Riders)

Saturday 28 October 2017

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Kincora Fort

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Drunken Pirate

 

 

I’ve been out and about again, this morning paying a visit to Noel Williams’ yard in Blewbury.  The visit was arranged in order for syndicate members to see Kincora Fort (aka Brian) on the gallops; he’s been on the injury sidelines since winning a hurdle race at Kempton Park in May 2015.  He injured one tendon then, having been on the verge of a racecourse run last autumn, he injured the other one. 

 

I loved Drunken Pirate, one of Mrs Prowting’s home-breds.  He’s by Black Sam Bellamy out of Peel Me A Grape, which makes him a half-brother to Midnight Merlot, Coyaba and Letsby Avenue.  Big Sam’, as he’s known by his connections, is very kind and friendly and, as the name suggests, huge!

 

Having left the yard at 11:20 I arrived home before the first Cheltenham race commenced, so was able to watch coverage on TV. 

 

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

The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) finished 11th and Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 208 yards] (17 ran); the first six qualified for the final which will be run at the Cheltenham Festival.

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Novices’ Chase (6 ran); Jamie’s 12th winner of the season.  He was a 9-1 shot today and disputed the lead for most of the way until 3 out; at which point he drifted back through the field.  But he rallied and regained the lead at the last, and galloped up the hill to win by 3¾ lengths at the line.

Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th and Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (14 ran).

 

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ horses were in top form – with Cogry (Sam Twiston-Davies), Foxtail Hill (Sam Twiston-Davies) and Calett Mad (Daryl Jacob) winning their respective races.

 

Aidan O’Brien trained the winner of today’s Racing Post Trophy, run at Doncaster, and claimed his 26th Group 1 triumph of the season; a new World Record.  The horse, Saxon Warrior, was ridden by Ryan Moore.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Aintree:

12:40 Perfect Harmony (Alan King/Ian Popham) – Maiden Hurdle

14:25 Inner Drive (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:00 Smad Place (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Old Roan Chase (Grade 2)

There’s also a well-subscribed Veterans’ Chase, to be run at 13:50.

 

Wincanton:

14:45 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs & 162 yards]

15:20 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Juvenile Hurdle

Wexford:

15:45 Ned Stark (Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell/formerly owned by Paul Dunkley of Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

Friday 27 October 2017

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

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) won the Novices’ Hurdle (5 ran); Martin’s 11th winner of the season.

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (7 ran); he was beaten by the Skelton runner, North Hill Harvey. 

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th and Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards] (21 ran).

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 11th, last of the finishers, in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase (17 ran).

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran); the race was won by Slate House whose reputation preceded him!

Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 9th and Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Series) (14 ran); Martin’s 12th winner of the season.

 

Many congratulations to Team Keighley, upon their Cheltenham double today.

 

And also many congratulations to trainer Tim Vaughan, he trained the winner of the 15:10 Handicap Hurdle – Master Dancer – and it was his first ever Cheltenham winner!  This was his 152nd attempt to win a race at the Gloucestershire track!

 

Here are Saturday’s runners of interest, at Cheltenham:

15:45 The Tourard Man (Alan King/Kevin Dowling) & Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle (Pertemps Qualifier) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 208 yards]

16:20 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Chase

16:55 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle

17:30 Samson The Man (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

Thursday 26 October 2017

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

 

Southwell:

Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (4 ran).

Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (8 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

 

And, tomorrow, racing returns to Cheltenham for the first day of their Showcase meeting:

14:00 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:35 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Chase

15:10 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 26 yards]

16:20 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase

16:55 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

17:30 Instant Karma (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) & Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Series)

 

I’ve got a long weekend; 4 days. J  Although my time is pretty much booked up, one way or the other, I will be watching the racing from Cheltenham on TV tomorrow and Saturday.  It’s about time I took some annual leave, as I’ve only taken one full day and two half days leave since the Aintree Festival!

Wednesday 25 October 2017

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

 

Worcester:

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs] (9 ran).

Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th, Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th, Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) finished 13th and Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 10th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle Div I (11 ran); he was a 25-1 shot today.  He did, however, win the best turned-out prize!

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a short-head 2nd and Queens Cloak (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 12th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran); another near-miss for Alan!

 

Here is the link to ATR’s recording of My Charity’s race:

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Worcester/25-October-2017/1630

 

If you’ve read my blog and stable visit diary, you’ll know that Graeme is very keen on his new yard inmate; the well-bred My Charity, formerly owned by Trevor Hemmings and trained by Oliver Sherwood, had only managed one racecourse appearance prior to changing hands – he trailed in last in a Ffos Las bumper, although in atrocious ground.  Graeme surmises that earlier problems are linked to the horse’s flat feet; this can result in corns and infections within the hoof.  But, if they can keep him sound, he may be a very good investment!

 

Sedgefield:

Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Danny Cook/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

 

And there are three runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Southwell:

14:40 Thomas Shelby (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

16:15 Awesome Rosie (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

Ludlow:

15:35 Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

There was very sad news today; this year’s Champion Bumper winner, Fayonagh, suffered a fatal injury on the gallops this morning.  She broke a hind-leg.  RIP

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/champion-bumper-winner-fayonagh-suffers-fatal-injury-on-gallops/306001

 

If you are seeking a new job role as a Stud Hand/Assistant Stud Groom, Apple Tree Stud currently has a job vacancy:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/923146160759599106

Tuesday 24 October 2017

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

 

Exeter:

Harefield (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (17 ran).

Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards] (11 ran).

Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the Beginners’ Chase (6 ran); Alan’s 24th winner of the NH season.

 

Newcastle (AW):

Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/P McDonald/ex-Graeme McPherson trained) finished 7th in the Claiming Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards] (14 ran).

 

Martin Keighley also had a runner on the all-weather at Kempton Park this evening; Enforcement finished 8th of 9 in the Novices’ Stakes Div II.

 

These are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Worcester:

13:35 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs]

15:20 Daydream Aulmes (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Sammylou (Graeme McPherson/Danny Hiskett) & Stockburn (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Standard Open NH Flat Race; Sammylou also holds an entry in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race at Sedgefield.

16:30 My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) – Maiden Hurdle Div I

17:40 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Queens Cloak (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

 

Sedgefield:

14:00 Jamacho (Brian Ellison/Danny Cook/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Here is the Racing Post’s report regarding Yanworth chasing debut:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/yanworth-off-the-mark-over-fences-with-cosy-victory/305932

 

AP McCoy, John Francome, Peter Scudamore, and Richard Dunwoody have been given a show-jumping lesson by Graham Fletcher; it’s in preparation for a show-down against the flat jockeys at the pre-Christmas show held at Olympia. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/alastair-down-joins-four-jumping-legends-as-they-return-to-the-saddle/305941

 

Here’s a sensible new rule regarding the qualifications required by amateurs to ride at the Cheltenham Festival:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/would-be-pendletons-to-be-barred-from-cheltenham-festival-under-new-rules/305881

 

Choc has posted a video on twitter, it shows a couple of Apple Tree Stud’s recently broken yearling fillies being ridden in their manège:

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/922767550177476609

Monday 23 October 2017

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

Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner and Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) was pulled up in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (7 ran).

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow, including the chasing debut of one of Alan King’s stable stars:

 

Exeter:

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

15:50 Forgetthesmalltalk (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 25 yards]

16:50 Yanworth (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Beginners’ Chase; please look after him Barry ...

 

Newcastle (AW):

14:10 Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/P McDonald/ex-Graeme McPherson trained) – Claiming Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 42 yards]

 

Jockey Nick Scholfield has left Paul Nicholls’ yard in order to go freelance; I guess it’s difficult to retain one’s place in the hierarchy when Paul can call on the services of their first jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, along with youngsters Sean Bowen, Harry Cobden and Bryony Frost. 

Sunday 22 October 2017

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

 

Market Rasen:

Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (8 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/ex-Alan King) finished a nose 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards] (7 ran).

 

Graeme’s Hey Bill went lame and was pulled up during a later race, and Shady Glen finished 3rd of 9 in a Handicap Chase.

 

Stratford:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished a short-head 2nd in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Meanwhile at Ffos Las, The New One won the Welsh Champion Hurdle (a Limited Handicap) and Sire De Grugy finished 3rd (6 ran).

 

The weather wasn’t as bad as had been forecast, but the ground conditions still threw up a couple of surprises during The Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot.   This included my local trainer, Dean Ivory, winning the Champions Sprint with Librisa Breeze. 

 

And today, at Kempton Park:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was a non-runner in the Juvenile Hurdle

Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) unseated shortly after the first fence as his saddle slipped during the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (11 ran). Oops!

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 2 furlongs] (8 ran).

 

Old Guard won the Listed Hurdle, with San Benedeto 2nd and Rayvin Black 5th (6 ran).

 

Paul Nicholls won 4 of today’s 7 races at Kempton; Sam Twiston-Davies rode a treble – two for Paul and one for his dad Nigel.  Harry Cobden won aboard Old Guard, and Bryony Frost won the last aboard Present Man.

 

I was watching (Nick) Luck on Sunday on RUK this morning and they showed live racing during the show from Sha Tin.  A horse named Gold Mount won one of the handicap races – in fact he’s the renamed Primitivo which won at Royal Ascot for Alan King in June 2016 before being sold to race in Hong Kong.  He won £110,000 today. 

 

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

14:30 Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

16:00 Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

I’ve finished and uploaded my stable yard diary, and also uploaded the associated photos; another snood has almost been completed too!  A productive weekend J

Friday 20 October 2017

Here are today’s updates for my runners of interest at Wincanton:

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 35 yards]; the ground didn’t suit.

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards] (10 ran).

 

Here are Saturday’s runners of interest:

 

Market Rasen:

13:10 Lostnfound (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

14:50 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/ex-Alan King) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 139 yards]

Graeme also has two other runners at the meeting, namely Hey Bill and Shady Glen; love the name Hey Bill (hay bill).  I have to mention that Shady Glen is difficult to win with, according to his trainer, as he has been known to throw a race away despite the efforts of his jockey!

 

Stratford:

14:30 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Meanwhile at Ffos Las, The New One and Sire De Grugy are two of the intended runners in the Welsh Champion Hurdle; it’s a Limited Handicap race.

 

The Qipco British Champions Day takes place at Ascot, weather permitting.

 

And on Sunday, National Hunt racing returns to Kempton Park with their opening fixture of the season:

14:10 City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:40 Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

Also, Rayvin Black and San Benedeto are due to run in the Listed Hurdle which takes place at 16:20.

 

Having visited Jamie Snowden’s yard yesterday, someone has tweeted a photo of Pride of Pemberley; he’s chilling out in a paddock whilst beginning his recovery from suspected tendonitis:

 

https://mobile.twitter.com/GlennParsons5/status/921008032724799488/photo/1

 

I’ve no plans for the weekend, as I decided that it would be foolish to venture out to Warwickshire tomorrow morning whilst storm Brian is battering the country.  However I will be proof reading my yard visit diary and uploading photos from last Saturday’s visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard near Stow-on-the-Wold.  And, of course, doing some knitting!!!

 

I’m now getting into the swing of buying Christmas presents; I love Etsy.  The only trouble about searching the internet is I always end up buying items for me too! 

Thursday 19 October 2017

Here is today’s result for my runner of interest at Carlisle:

Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox/ex-Noel Williams-trained) finished 7th in the Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

 

Also, Red Admirable, trained by Graeme McPherson, finished 2nd of 14 in the 17:00 Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter.

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Wincanton:

14:15 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 35 yards]

14:50 Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 65 yards]

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Here are today’s results from my runners of interest at Wetherby:

Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (12 ran).

Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd and Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Henry Brooke/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

There’s a runner of interest at Carlisle tomorrow:

14:10 Bingo D’Olivate (Gemma Anderson/Steven Fox/ex-Noel Williams-trained) – Conditional Jockey’s Handicap Hurdle; I still like Bingo despite the fact that his form has tailed off since early promise.

Wayne Hutchinson is travelling to Carlisle to ride two for Venetia Williams. 

 

I also notice that Red Admirable, who I saw at Graeme McPherson’s yard on Saturday, is running in the 17:00 Handicap Hurdle at Uttoxeter.

 

Ascot is battening down the hatches in preparation for Saturday’s Qipco British Champions Day; high winds are forecast, and rain. 

 

There is a yard visit to Robin Dickin’s, scheduled for Saturday morning but, with a strong likelihood of bad weather, I’m going to pass up the opportunity on this occasion.  Good sense tells me not to venture out on a long journey with the risk of encountering fallen branches or worse.

 

There’s news regarding a current and a former EPDS horse:

 

Pride of Pemberley has been scanned today and his leg appears to be healing well. He will start having a little controlled exercise and the aim will be to build him up to being turned out in the next month or so.

 

Also, news of our former leased and now retired Twitterati horse:

Rockchasebullett has settled in well at his new home, where his box rest continues, but he’s happy and being an excellent patient.

Tuesday 17 October 2017

 

 

The triviality of my blogs pales into insignificance with the desperately sad news I have to impart today. 

 

Choc’s mum Sally passed away yesterday, at home surrounded by her family, following a brave battle against cancer. 

 

 

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RIP Sally Thornton

 

 

It’s so very sad that Sally won’t get to see William and Wolfie, or Choc’s nephews grow up, but she must have been very proud of her sons and their achievements and happy in the knowledge that Choc is now settled with a new lady, a second son and plans to marry soon. 

 

Sincere condolences to Choc’s dad Martin, his brother Richard and of course Choc, and their families. 

 

 

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Today’s results:

 

Huntingdon:

Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards] (9 ran).

Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Noel Fehily) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (10 ran).

Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards] (8 ran).

Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 129 yards] (7 ran).

 

Worcester:

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Mares’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

 

Three runners of interest tomorrow, at Wetherby:

14:10 Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

17:25 Keep In Line (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Henry Brooke/ex-Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

 

It has been discovered that our Twitterati horse, Galactic Power, has an abscess in his foot; not a bone bruise.  It’s now burst, so he should be okay soon.

 

Also, Ami Desbois had a throat abscess, it burst today; no wonder he’s not been sparkling on the gallops these past few days ... he’s been recovering from a breathing operation too.

Monday 16 October 2017

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

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

Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (6 ran); Alan’s 23rd winner and Wayne’s 17th winner of the season.  The mare was impressive.

Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2) (9 ran).

Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) was pulled up in the Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier - Leg 6) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (14 ran).  Bob Ford won the race, with Double Ross running well to finish 4th.

Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th but Minella Charmer (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 11 yards] (12 ran).  Fortunately both horse and jockey were okay; although the horse did lose his bridle, with Tom having to refit it. 

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I (11 ran); Kateson won this division and he’s the 4-year-old son of Silver Kate.

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II (9 ran).

 

When interviewed after Mia’s Storm’s victory, Alan King said Saturday’s ground hadn’t been quite right for this runners and they probably just ‘needed the run’.

 

Village Vic took a horrible tumble during the 16:35 but, fortunately, both he and jockey Richard Johnson live to fight another day.  Sadly it wasn’t to be for Arthur’s Oak who took a fatal fall 5 out in the same race; he had moved from Venetia Williams to Dan Skelton since his last run. RIP  His first ever run, in a National Hunt Flat Race at Huntingdon, took place on 28 April 2013 when trained by Alan King and ridden by Gerard Tumelty. 

 

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

 

Great Yarmouth:

Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Martin Harley/EPDS Racing) finished last in the Handicap [1 mile 3 furlongs & 104 yards] (12 ran).

 

Musselburgh:

Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Rowan Scott/EPDS Racing) finished 8th in the Handicap Div II [7 furlongs & 33 yards] (10 ran).

 

Tomorrow’s runners of interest are as follows:

 

Huntingdon:

14:20 Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 171 yards]

15:20 Desiremoi D’Authie (Alan King/Noel Fehily) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:50 Cajun Fiddle (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards]

16:20 Dingo Dollar (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 129 yards]

 

Worcester (substituting for the abandoned Hereford):

14:40 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

 

I gather Hereford couldn’t water, because they’d use up too much of their annual water quota in one fell swoop!

 

Here is confirmation of the tragic news which emerged from Kempton Park on Saturday night:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2017/October/15/tributes-paid-to-groom-ken-dooley-following-kempton-tragedy

 

It is reported that Sire De Grugy and The New One could clash in next Saturday’s Welsh Champion Hurdle run at Ffos Las. 

 

The Racing Post is running a competition to design one of their Christmas jumpers; here is the form to transfer your design onto and the closing date is next Sunday, 22 October. 

http://images.racingpost.com/pdfs/jumpers4racing2017.pdf

 

Fortunately, as I live in the southeast, it’s not been particularly windy today; although, as reported, the sky did turn a strange hue due to Saharan sand being drawn up by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia.  I clearly remember the storm of 1987 – I woke up and switched on the TV, only to find there were no broadcasts.  As train services were seriously affected, I asked my dad to drive me to work because I didn’t drive in those days.  Windows had been blown in at my office, and a number of ceiling tiles had fallen down too; it was a modern office block in Borehamwood and we were situated on the 4th floor. 

I finished drafting my yard visit diary yesterday afternoon, so just need to proof it and select and upload my photographs.  I don’t think there’s any particular hurry to complete it, as next weekend is currently forecast to be stormy too, so I’ll probably remain at home rather than venturing out. 

Saturday 14 October 2017

I’ve been on a stable visit today, to Graeme McPherson’s yard near Stow-on-the-Wold.  Graeme currently has five of EPDS Racing’s syndicate horses in his yard – the admirable Ami Desbois, Londonia, My Charity, Stynes and an unnamed unraced filly which they call “Rabbit”. 

 

My Charity is currently deputising for the injured Stynes, and also for Pride of Pemberley.  Graeme was very pleased with My Charity’s bumper run at Market Rasen last month; the horse, formerly owned by Trevor Hemmings, was sold on due to foot issues – he has flat feet and suffers from corns but, provided these can be managed, the future could be bright for this King’s Theatre horse. 

 

My Charity.jpg

 

My Charity

Ami Desbois.jpg

 

Ami Desbois

 

 

I was told an interesting story today regarding Galactic Power – evidently trainer Robin Dickin was expecting a delivery of four horses from an Irish dealer, but five arrived in the shipment.  It was buy four, get one free; that free horse was Galactic Power ... definitely a bargain!

 

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

 

Chepstow:

Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 7th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

Finian’s Oscar (Colin Tizzard/Bryan Cooper) won the Novices’ Chase (Listed) (4 ran); but that wasn’t the whole story, with second favourite Alcala slipping on the bend into the home straight.  Fortunately both the horse and his jockey Sam Twiston-Davies were fine after the incident.

Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th and Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Limited Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 11 yards] (10 ran).

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 5th and Wishing and Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell two out in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards] (18 ran).  Wayne was stood down for the remainder of the day, with Tom Cannon deputising in the next.

Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 8th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (13 ran).

 

I must ascertain that Alan King’s horses aren’t quite ‘wound up’ yet ...

 

Kempton Park:

Tazmania (Clive Cox/Hector Crouch/Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap [1 mile] (14 ran).

 

The final two races at Kempton Park were abandoned following a serious incident in the stable yard, reported to involve a groom.

 

Alan King was out of luck in the Cesarewitch - First Mohican finished 29th, Who Dares Wins finished 10th and Oceane finished 15th.  The race was won by Withhold, trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by Silvestre De Souza; 34 ran.

 

Just to recap tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Chepstow:

13:40 Kozier (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:15 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:50 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:25 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) – Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier - Leg 6) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]; as the name suggests, many well known ‘older’ chasers are taking part, including Double Ross and Loose Chips.

16:00 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Minella Charmer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 11 yards]

17:10 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

17:40 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

It’s been a long day, starting at 04:15 this morning; I must be tired this evening, as I dozed off and missed two of the dancers’ routines on Strictly – Joe and Ruth. 

Friday 13 October 2017

Just one result to report today, from Newton Abbot:

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (6 ran).

 

The first ‘proper’ National Hunt fixture of the season commences tomorrow, at Chepstow:

13:55 Blue Bullet (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

14:30 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

15:05 Finian’s Oscar (Colin Tizzard/Bryan Cooper) – Novices’ Chase (Listed)

15:35 Fidux (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Dino Velvet (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Limited Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 11 yards]

16:10 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Wishing and Hoping (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards]

16:45 Label Des Obeaux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

 

Kempton Park:

19:45 Tazmania (Clive Cox/Hector Crouch/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [1 mile]; it’s her handicap debut.

 

Also, Alan King has three runners engaged in tomorrow’s Cesarewitch at Newmarket – First Mohican ridden by Hollie Doyle, Who Dares Wins ridden by Tom Marquand and Oceane ridden by Georgia Cox.

 

Just in case I don’t have the inclination to write a blog tomorrow evening ... because I will have become engrossed in Strictly Come Dancing ... here are Sunday’s runners of interest, also at Chepstow:

13:40 Kozier (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:15 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

14:50 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

15:25 Forgotten Gold (Tom George/Mr Noel George) – Veterans’ Handicap Chase (Qualifier - Leg 6) [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]; as the name suggests, many well known ‘older’ chasers are taking part, including Double Ross and Loose Chips.

16:00 Elgin (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Minella Charmer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 11 yards]

17:10 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

17:40 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

Thursday 12 October 2017

Due to unexpected going conditions at Worcester, which was described as good, good to firm in places, races were decimated by a raft of non-runners – 30 of the 33 due to its unsuitability.  The Clerk of the Course had been caught out because forecasted rain hadn’t arrived on Wednesday and, instead, the course had subsequently dried out due to sunshine and a breeze.   There were eight races – with 8, 8, 3, 6, 2, 2, 7 and 6 runners respectively.  Oh well, better safe than sorry when dealing with racehorses’ fragile legs. 

 

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

 

Worcester:

Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (8 ran).

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I; 3 ran in this race, with 8 non-runners.

Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II; 6 ran, with 5 non-runners. 

 

Exeter:

Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd and Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the Novices’ Hurdle Div II (10 ran).

Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) was pulled up before two out in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards] (14 ran).

Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was pulled up and Minella Treasure (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) was also pulled up in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (15 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 11th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (14 ran).

 

Just one runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

14:35 The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

 

ATR has published their annual online National Hunt stable tours and here is the link to Alan King’s:

http://jumps.attheraces.com/stable-tours/alan-king

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest ... and it includes two winners!!!

 

Towcester:

Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th and Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards] (9 ran). The race was won by Copperfacejack who deserved a win; he’s a perpetual runner-up!

Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) won the Newcomers’ Standard Open Flat Race (6 ran); well done team Keighley, their 10th winner of the season.  Sadly the Christian Williams-trained favourite, Esther Du Clos, suffered a fatal injury in the home straight. RIP 

 

Ludlow:

Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (9 ran); Jamie’s 11th winner of the season.

 

The National Hunt season is beginning to move up a gear, with nine runners of interest tomorrow, across two jumps fixtures:

 

Exeter:

14:45 Good Man Pat (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Young Phoenix (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle Div II

15:15 Hidden Cargo (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 2 furlongs & 111 yards]

16:50 Cup Of Ambition (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Minella Treasure (Noel Williams/Leighton Aspell) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

17:20 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Worcester:

13:50 Dusky Legend (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase

14:55 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div I

15:25 Mahlermade (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

Richard Kelvin-Hughes, owner of Trull House Stud and also Dusky Legend, will be dispersing his National Hunt bloodstock early in the New Year:

http://www.goffsuk.com/news/trullhousestud

I’ve only five more rows to knit before casting off my current snood.  Hurray. 

I was watching 8 out of 10 cats does Countdown on Sunday evening and one of the letters rounds produced the word ‘snoods’ and I didn’t even spot it, despite the fact that I was knitting one whilst viewing ... Doh!

Tuesday 10 October 2017

There’s one result to report from yesterday, at Windsor:

Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 3rd in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Div II [6 furlongs & 12 yards] (10 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Towcester:

14:05 Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

16:10 Dontminddboys (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 102 yards]. Robin will walk the course before deciding if ‘Casper’ can take his chance; he doesn’t want to risk him if the ground is too firm.

16:45 Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Newcomers’ Standard Open Flat Race

 

Ludlow:

17:10 Presenting Pearl (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

Gavin appears to be riding at Towcester before dashing across country to Ludlow. 

 

It transpires that Galactic Power has a bone bruise, for which he’s received medication.  It’s now just a matter of waiting until the drug has cleared his system before he’s allowed to race; a minimum of 10 days has been quoted.  It’s believed to be just a minor setback at present.

 

Robin Dickin will be consolidating his entire string of racehorses at the redeveloped Hill Farm before the end of the month; the adjacent property, including the large country house which has been run as a B&B by Robin and his wife for the past few years, has been sold by his landlord to Dan Skelton.

 

It’s been announced that Bryan Cooper has been appointed as first choice jockey by Alan Potts, for his British-based horses.  Robbie Power will concentrate on riding those based in Ireland.  

 

Here is a photo of Chosen Path jumping his way to victory at Fontwell Park on Saturday:

https://mobile.twitter.com/FontwellPark/status/916695413822025728/photo/1

 

And Lunar Flow winning at Uttoxeter too:

https://mobile.twitter.com/jamiesnowden/status/917075692550008832/photo/1

 

Also a photo of the ill-fated Mega Fortune RIP:

https://mobile.twitter.com/GirloftheSummer/status/917107920743141376/photo/1

Sunday 08 October 2017

Here are this weekend’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (7 ran).

Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 165 yards] (8 ran).

Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran); Alan’s 22nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 16th winner of the season.  The horse was purchased for £60,000 at the Tattersalls Ireland Sale held at the end of Day 3 of the Cheltenham Festival in March.

 

When interviewed after the race regarding his prospects for the remainder of the NH season, Alan King confirmed that the Munir/Souede-owned Messire Des Obeaux is out for the season (which has already been reported) having broken down at Aintree, but he also said that the horse has returned to France and may never be able to race again due the severity of the injury. L

 

Redcar:

Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Rowan Scott) finished 6th in the Selling Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 1 yard] (10 ran).

 

And on Sunday, at Uttoxeter:

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) finished 3rd in the Beginners’ Chase (9 ran).

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs] (7 ran); Jamie’s 10th winner of the season.

 

Miles To Memphis finished 4th of 24 in the Irish Cesarewitch at Navan today.

 

Ruby Walsh won the Munster National run at Limerick today, aboard Total Recall trained by Willie Mullins.

 

There was a horrific incident during the first race of the day at Limerick, when Triumph Hurdle runner-up Mega Fortune took a fatal fall at the penultimate.  RIP

 

Jockey Felix de Giles, who is now based in France, rode the runner-up in today’s Velka Pardubice; his mount, Urgent De Gregaine trained by Emmanuel Clayeux, won the cross-country event run at Cheltenham on Trials Day in January.

 

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

17:45 Whatalove (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Div II [6 furlongs & 12 yards]

 

I’ve bought 20 new pansy plants to replace those which I purchased last autumn; 10 of which have died off only recently.  However, because I don’t know the colours yet, apart from two or three, I’ve potted them out from their ‘plugs’ into flower-pots for the moment and will replant in the troughs at the appropriate time; I don’t want all of the purple ones grouped together.   

 

I’ve also made progress on the snood I’ve been knitting, having restarted it late last Sunday; I now done more than I did last weekend before I trashed it to start again!  However, I have wasted further time due to the need to unknot the yarn because the ‘cake’ fell to pieces towards the end.  Having purchased two ‘cakes’, I should have enough left over to knit a pair of matching wrist-warmers or gloves.  

 

The trouble with doing lots of knitting is that it upsets my eyesight and makes it more difficult to read my PC screen subsequently; although it does seem to readjust itself in time and often varies depending on how dry my eyes are.

Friday 06 October 2017

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Kozier (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards] (13 ran).

Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) fell 3 out, when leading, during the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (7 ran).

 

Chelmsford (AW):

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) finished 3rd in the Handicap [1 mile] (10 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

15:05 Azzerti (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards]

15:40 Pearls Legend (John Spearing/Jamie Moore) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 1 furlong & 165 yards]

16:15 Chosen Path (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Redcar:

14:45 Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Rowan Scott/EPDS Racing) – Selling Stakes [1 mile 2 furlongs & 1 yard]

 

And on Sunday, at Uttoxeter:

15:30 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Killian Moore) – Beginners’ Chase

16:35 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 2 furlongs]

 

I’ve no particular plans for the weekend, apart from doing further knitting!  Although I may have picked up some sort of bug, as my nose has been bunged up today and I’ve been clearing my throat more than usual.    A colleague reported similar symptoms a few days ago – a raspy voice and catarrh, but no sore throat as such.  

Thursday 05 October 2017

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

 

Warwick:

Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) won the NH Novices’ Hurdle (15 ran); Alan’s 20th winner of the season.  Sadly there was a fatality during the race, with the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Shackleton being brought down and suffering a serious injury when an aptly named rival (Unsafe Conduct) clipped heels and fell on the flat.  RIP

Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) won the Novices’ Chase (5 ran); it was a stylish victory I gather.  Alan’s 21st winner of the season.

Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (7 ran).

 

Huntingdon:

Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards] (8 ran); the ex-Alan King-trained Royal Plaza finished 2nd.

Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 12th in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

As mentioned yesterday, the ex-Alan King-trained McCabe Creek and Pemba ran in the 15:40, a Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase – they finished 1st and 2nd respectively (5 ran) ... a forecast!!!

 

Chelmsford:

Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) was a non-runner in the Handicap Div I [1 miles 2 furlongs]

 

There are four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:10 Kozier (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:20 Paddys Runner (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 1 furlong & 162 yards]; the ex-Alan King-trained horse changed ownership recently.

16:30 Shockingtimes (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase

 

Chelmsford (AW):

20:45 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Oisin Murphy/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile]

 

Lucinda Russell reports that Grand National winner One For Arthur is out for the season due to a tendon issue.

 

Dan Skelton has reported that promising hurdler Captain Forez has died.  RIP.  Dan’s charge finished as runner-up to Finian’s Oscar in Aintree’s Grade 1 Mersey Novices’ Hurdle in April; Alan King’s Messire Des Obeaux finished 3rd in that race.

 

Further news from Tattersalls Book 1 Yearling Sale; Apple Tree Stud’s Dansili colt also remained unsold at £65,000.  He is now listed as ‘make offer’.

 

Godolphin outbid Coolmore for a Galileo filly out of Breeders’ Cup winner Dank; the winning bid was 4 million guineas.  It’s obscene.  The filly has already been named Gloam.

 

I went to see Rip it Up at the St Albans Arena yesterday evening.  The touring show is fabulous and stars one of Strictly Come Dancing’s ex-professionals Natalie Lowe, gymnast Louis Smith who won Strictly in 2012 and The Wanted vocalist Jay McGuiness who also won Strictly, in 2015.  The show features very familiar music from the 1950’s, along with appropriate dance routines.  I just loved it; and I’ve finally warmed to Louis Smith too! 

 

Whilst I was waiting for my friend Lesley to arrive ahead of the show, I noticed an advertisement for a ‘talk’ show featuring Frankie Dettori.  However, it takes place on the evening of Saturday 18 November and I’ve already got plans for that particular evening; I’ll be driving back from Cheltenham following Day 2 of their November fixture!

Wednesday 04 October 2017

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Warwick:

14:15 Herewego Herewego (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:20 Sceau Royal (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Novices’ Chase

16:25 Sego Success (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

 

Huntingdon:

14:00 Mille Nautique (Alan King/Tom Bellamy) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 189 yards]; I notice that Royal Plaza is also an entry – he’s still in the same ownership but has been transferred from Alan King’s yard to the trainer of the moment, Olly Murphy!

14:35 Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle; Gavin now rides many of Jamie’s horses, having been demoted from his role as first choice jockey for Warren Greatrex.

17:15 Cloud Hopper (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race

I also see that two former Alan King-trained horses – McCabe Creek and Pemba – run in the 15:40, a Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

 

EPDS Racing’s Galactic Power was expected to be declared for Huntingdon too, but he’s not listed on the racecard; no doubt the reason will come to light in due course.  I understand Exeter is also an option, on 12 October.

 

Chelmsford:

19:45 Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Div I [1 miles 2 furlongs]

 

OMG ... Doctor Foster series 2 has been fabulous; the characters are so dysfunctional, but it’s brilliantly written and acted ... the final episode was broadcast yesterday evening, and I wonder if there can be a 3rd!

Tuesday 03 October 2017

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

 

Sedgefield:

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 178 yards] (8 ran).

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 65 yards] (14 ran).

 

Southwell:

Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was a non-runner in the Conditional Jockeys’ Training Handicap Hurdle

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won and Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (10 ran); congratulations Team Keighley, their 9th winner of the season.

 

And here is Bobble Emerald returning to the winners’ enclosure at Southwell today:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Southwell_Races/status/915256360681517056/photo/1

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Bangor On Dee tomorrow but no runners of interest.

 

I’ve just checked the Tattersalls website and Lot 99 in their October Yearling Sale Book 1, Apple Tree Stud’s bay colt by Distorted Humor out of Midnight Thoughts, is listed as unsold today at £190,000, offers invited.  I wonder how their Dansili colt will get on tomorrow or Thursday (Lot 346).

Monday 02 October 2017

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

 

Newton Abbot:

Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

 

Stratford:

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards] (13 ran).

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 7th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

I notice that Souriyan, formerly trained by Jamie Snowden, won for the Bowens today.

 

Bath:

Her Terms (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the Fillies’ Handicap [5 furlongs & 10 yards] (7 ran).

 

And tomorrow ...

 

Sedgefield:

16:10 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Miss Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 178 yards]

16:40 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase (Qualifier) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 65 yards]

 

Southwell:

15:45 Cottersrock (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Training Handicap Hurdle

17:25 Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Wild Murphy (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

Juddmonte Farms have tweeted a photo of Enable, as a foal:

https://mobile.twitter.com/JuddmonteFarms/status/914552078399307778/photo/1

 

My knitting project went totally pear-shaped yesterday evening ... and I’ve now had to start all over again. Grrrrrrrr.  It all began when I encountered a manufacturer’s knot in the yarn, which meant I needed to take it back to the beginning of the current row; but I dropped a stitch in the process.  Under normal circumstances that wouldn’t have been an issue as I would have easily picked it up again, but it was one from the end of said row and the design involved a half fisherman’s rib stitch.  So I decided to take it back a few rows; but having taken all 141 stitches off the needle and picked them all up again, it proved impossible to reinstate the pattern.  So, now, it transpires that I wasted all of my knitting hours over the weekend. L   

Sunday 01 October 2017

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

 

Market Rasen:

City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won and Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran); Alan’s 19th winner of the NH season.

Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished last in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) finished 5th and Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 8th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

It was a promising run from My Charity; he led for much of the race and only lost out on 4th place at the line.  He’s by King’s Theatre out of a Beneficial mare; his half-brother is a point to point and hurdle winner which has won over 3 miles.  His only previous run was at Ffos Las in a slowly run bumper on very bad ground.

 

Gowran Park:

Ned Stark (Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 10th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles] (14 ran).

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Newton Abbot: the going is currently heavy and will be subject to an inspection at 07:00 tomorrow.

13:50 Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:50 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Stratford:

15:00 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 70 yards]

16:30 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Bath:

14:40 Her Terms (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) – Fillies’ Handicap [5 furlongs & 10 yards]

 

Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori, won today’s Prix de L’arc de Triomphe in style.  The home team was annihilated, with every winner at Chantilly being trained in either the UK or Ireland!  Wild Illusion (Charlie Appleby), Happily (Aidan O’Brien), Enable (John Gosden), Rhododendron (Aidan O’Brien), Battaash (Charlie Hills) and Aclaim (Martyn Meade).  Even the Arab race was won by Gazwan for trainer Mr J Smart.  Aidan O’Brien has now trained 22 Group 1 winners this season and has the world record firmly in his sights. 

 

It has been quite a weekend for Martyn Meade; the Newmarket-based trainer won yesterday’s Cambridgeshire with a 50-1 shot Dolphin Vista.  His other runner Chelsea Lad finished 4th in the race. 

 

I gather that Alan King trained the winner (Who Dares Wins) and the runner-up (Coeur De Lion) in last weekend’s Cesarewitch Trial; his third runner Oceane finished 8th.  I missed it, as I was out last Saturday and, as you know, I’m not a great follower of flat racing. 

 

Drat, I meant to record the 1960 film The Lost World which was broadcast on the Horror Channel this evening; I love that film, despite the special effects being very dated. 

 

As much as I like professional dancer Pasha, I’m glad that his partner Chizzy was the first celebrity to be voted off Strictly this year.  There are a number of poor celebrity dancers on the show, although only to be expected as it’s just week two, but at least the others have the saving grace of being mildly amusing. 

 

Tomorrow, one year will have passed since I last saw Choc. L  I noticed, on twitter, that the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals held their annual fundraising walk today; I saw him at the 2016 event.  With regards to walking, I’m currently a little lame having been suffering from pain along the inside of my left foot for a number of weeks; I know I need to lose some weight, but I rarely suffer from any prolonged issues like this. L

 

Despite being at home all weekend, I don’t seem to have made much progress with my knitting, which is disappointing; especially as it might not be very long before I need to turn my attention back to this website once more.

 

 


 

 

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