OCTOBER 2018

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

21 October 2018 – Photographs taken at Noel Williams’ yard (20 October 2018)

17 October 2018 – Visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard - Diary (13 October 2018)

14 October 2018 – Photographs taken at Graeme McPherson’s yard (13 October 2018)

07 October 2018 – Visit to Robin Dickin’s yard - Diary (29 September 2018)

06 October 2018 – Photographs taken at Robin Dickin’s yard (29 September 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 31 October 2018

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

 

Nottingham:

Funny Man (William Haggas/James Doyle/Apple Tree Stud) didn’t take part in the EBF Stallions Golden Horn Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Div II (2-year-olds) [1 mile & 75 yards]; he was withdrawn before the off having been unruly! 

 

Fakenham:

Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 2nd and Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards] (7 ran); Jamie’s 13th winner of the season.  The winning distance was 26 lengths!!!  Connections were wondering if the tight track would suit Our Reward ... I think we can safely say it did!

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

13:10 Shannon Hill (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

14:15 Matravers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Selling Hurdle

14:45 Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards]

15:50 Hidden Charmer (Christian Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards]

 

Lingfield Park (AW):

15:40 Made Of Talent (Clive Cox/Martin Harley/Apple Tree Stud) – Fillies’ Novice Stakes (2-year-olds) [7 furlongs & 1 yard]

 

I bought a copy of this week’s Weekender and as expected, to kick off this winter’s column, there’s a stable tour of Alan King’s yard.  He reports that Kerrow, Master Blueyes, Rainbow Dreamer and Ziga Boy are back this season after missing 2017/2018 and confirms that Elgin is out for the season, and Yanworth won’t be back until the second half of the campaign if at all.  He expects Mia’s Storm, Redicean and Sceau Royal to be among his star acts.

Tuesday 30 October 2018

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

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (13 ran).

Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase Div I (10 ran).

Footloose (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) finished 4th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (11 ran).

 

Chepstow:

Senior Citizen (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) won the Maiden Hurdle (15 ran); Alan’s 32nd winner of the season.

Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the ‘Confined’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards] (7 ran); Martin’s 13th winner of the season.

 

I was a little bit premature regarding Funny Man’s debut ... he’s running tomorrow, not today!!!

 

So here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Nottingham:

13:10 Funny Man (William Haggas/James Doyle/Apple Tree Stud) – EBF Stallions Golden Horn Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Div II (2-year-olds) [1 mile & 75 yards]; Golden Horn won the race in 2014!

 

Taunton has been abandoned, leaving Fakenham as the sole NH fixture:

15:00 Scooby (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) & Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 95 yards]

 

As November has almost arrived, Alan King’s first column of the winter appears in this week’s Weekender newspaper, published tomorrow; it starts with a stable tour.

Monday 29 October 2018

 

Race 7 m Havana Beat.jpg

 

RIP Havana Beat

 

The winner of the Aintree Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle race died as a result of a fall during the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle at Cheltenham on Friday. L

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

13:05 Grey Diamond (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

13:35 Cranbrook Causeway (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Novices’ Handicap Chase Div I

16:20 Footloose (Jamie Snowden/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chepstow:

14:20 Senior Citizen (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) – Maiden Hurdle

14:50 Solstice Star (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – ‘Confined’ Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 131 yards]

 

Nottingham:

13:10 Funny Man (William Haggas/James Doyle/Apple Tree Stud) – EBF Stallions Golden Horn Maiden Stakes (Plus 10) Div II (2-year-olds) [1 mile & 75 yards]; Golden Horn won the race in 2014!

 

I’m feeling a bit icky again tonight – I’m not sure if it is nausea caused by the weekend stomach upset, or by the aching pain I’m experiencing in my pelvis!  It was definitely a vomiting virus, not something I ate, as I now know of two others who have been experiencing the same symptoms, one being a work colleague.  Time will tell if others in the office succumb to the same bug.   

I hate this week each year, the one after the clocks go back.  Drivers were particularly crazy this evening, totally ignoring my endeavours to use two different zebra crossings on my walk home; I hate it when I get stranded almost mid-way, when the nearside line of traffic stops but the far side one does not.  It’s about time all crossings became pelican or puffin crossings, as so few drivers possess any road manners these days.

But maybe I should look on the bright side ... at least no cyclists tried to run me down on the pavement this evening, which is usually a common occurrence now it’s dark, because they cannot ride on the highway due to having no lights on their bikes.  Grrrrrrrrrrrr.  Tomorrow, I shall wear my yellow hi-viz jacket during my walk home ... even if I do look a bit of a d*ckhead!

Sunday 28 October 2018

I’m functioning fully now ... and eating solids again too.  It’s been a weekend to forget, health wise ... a total write-off in fact.

 

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

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran). Commiserations to the Lucinda Russell team who lost Jump For Dough during the course of the race; he broke a fore-leg. RIP

Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (11 ran).

Briery Express (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran); Noel’s 2nd winner of the season and Wayne’s 34th winner of the season.  Briery Express is a niece of Briery Queen ... but she bites – the infill on her anti-weave grill is always kept shut!

 

Wincanton:

Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the NH Novices’ Hurdle as expected.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow. 

 

I’ve discovered two new Apple Tree Stud horses – Funny Man (Distorted Humour out of Midnight Thoughts) who is due to run imminently and also Made Of Talent, a filly (Garswood out of Wedding Party) who is due to have her second run this week.  She ran at Kempton Park on 16 October, but finished last of 11.  Funny Man is trained by William Haggas and Made Of Talent by Clive Cox.  They have now been added to my ATR Tracker.

Saturday 27 October 2018

I’ve been ‘off-line’ since early Friday evening with what, presumably, is a bug – nausea, sickness ... etc!  I’ve got none of my chores done, not even my weekly wash.  In fact it’s now approaching 01:00 BST on Sunday / midnight GMT on Saturday as I start to write this blog! 

 

Anyway, here are Friday’s results for my runners of interest at Cheltenham:

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) made a bad blunder at the first flight and was subsequently pulled up and Melody Of Scotland (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 15th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs] (20 ran).

Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Chase (5 ran); Wayne’s 33rd winner of the season

Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th and World War (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) finished 8th in the Maiden Hurdle (13 ran).

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished last in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (16 ran).

 

And Saturday’s results for my runners of interest too, also at Cheltenham:

14:00 Domesday Book (Stuart Edmunds/Wayne Hutchinson) was pulled up before 3 out in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong] (16 ran).

14:35 Redicean (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Hurdle (4-year-olds) (6 ran).

16:20 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) was a non-runner in the Novices’ Hurdle

17:30 Breaking Waves (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (13 ran).

 

And Sunday’s runners of interest

 

Aintree:

13:15 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

14:25 Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

16:10 Briery Express (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) & Poperinghe Ginger (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Wincanton:

15:20 Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – NH Novices’ Hurdle; although he did run at Cheltenham on Friday, finishing 5th.

 

Martin Keighley reports that Brillare Momento is fine following the first flight incident on Friday – he indicates she slipped on take-off, and again on landing so is very pleased that Aidan Coleman pulled her up almost instantaneously.  She sustained an over-reach, but will be okay. 

 

I’ve got a headache coming on again ... dehydration no doubt ... so will sign off now L

Thursday 25 October 2018

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

 

Southwell:

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (14 ran).

Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (9 ran).

 

Ludlow:

Mick Maestro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards] (8 ran).

 

Carlisle:

Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Dale Irving) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 3 furlongs & 61 yards] (11 ran).

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Cheltenham:

 

15:10 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) & Melody Of Scotland (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs]

15:45 Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:20 Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) & World War (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) – Maiden Hurdle

17:30 Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

It’s only two months to Christmas ...

Wednesday 24 October 2018

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (11 ran).

Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the Maiden Hurdle

Drift (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) was a non-runner in the Mares’ Open Standard National Hunt Flat Race

 

Worcester:

Marienstar (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Handicap Chase (4 ran); Wayne’s 32nd winner of the season.

Oh Land Abloom (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran).  Sadly the Nicky Henderson-trained Baden was pulled up during the race, having sustained a fatal injury. RIP

To The Core (Keiran Burke/Wayne Hutchinson) finished last in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Final Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (13 ran).

Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Southwell:

14:20 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:30 Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:35 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Twitterati Racing Club) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

Ludlow:

16:25 Mick Maestro (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 169 yards]

 

Carlisle:

16:10 Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Dale Irving) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 3 furlongs & 61 yards]

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

14:50 Giveaway Glance (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards]

16:00 Balli Martine (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) – Maiden Hurdle

17:10 Drift (Noel Williams/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Open Standard National Hunt Flat Race

 

Worcester:

13:50 Marienstar (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

15:00 Oh Land Abloom (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase

15:35 To The Core (Keiran Burke/Wayne Hutchinson) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

16:10 Peggies Venture (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Fixed Brush Hurdle Series Final Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

17:20 Wilde Spirit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

 

Choc has posted a lovely photo of his family, taken on his wedding day back in August:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/1054635741312094209/photo/1

 

One of the EPDS syndicate members recently visited the livery stable where the retired EPDS horses live:

 

The recently retired Kincora Fort (aka Brian):

https://mobile.twitter.com/Edwards18John/status/1054721796933586946/photo/1

 

Wildehearted Woman (aka Wilma), currently in foal to Jack Hobbs:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Edwards18John/status/1054725601456803840/photo/1

 

The lovely Menace, plus Onedin Line:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Edwards18John/status/1054726245169139713/photo/1

Despite it being a bright afternoon, the light was already fading by 17:45 ... and, with the clocks due to revert to GMT at the weekend, it will be dark before 17:00 next week ... how depressing.  I hate autumn ... apart from the fact that National Hunt racing is now stepping up a gear as it enters the ‘proper’ half of the season!

Monday 22 October 2018

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

 

Plumpton:

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (4ran).

 

Kempton Park (AW):

Pure Country (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) finished 3rd in the Novice Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards] (13 ran); his starting price was 66-1 ... Pure Country is a ‘Frankel’ and came to Noel via France.

 

There are no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Golden Vision, who was injured at Huntingdon earlier in the month – sustaining a broken or fractured pelvis has recovered sufficiently to travel back to her racing yard.

 

It is reported that Sean Quinlan may appeal against the 12-day riding ban imposed following the ‘bypassing’ incident during yesterday’s Durham National.

 

Luca Cumani has announced that he will be retiring from training in December.  However, he will continue in a role at his stud farm.    

Sunday 21 October 2018

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

 

Kempton Park:

Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up during the Handicap Chase [3 miles] (8 ran); Elkstone won the race – he’s a reformed character these days, having now won three of his last 5 runs!

 

Sedgefield:

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) fell and Mercers Court (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Durham National Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 48 yards] (7 ran).  Jamie’s horse brought down one of his rivals, but both appeared okay following this mishap.  And as for Red Giant?  Poor old Sean Quinlan received a 12-day ban for bypassing two out as per the previous circuit.  Oops!

 

Risk And Co (Jamie Snowden/Brian Hughes) finished 2nd in the Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (8 ran); Brian replaced Page Fuller aboard the Jamie Snowden runner following her earlier fall.  However, he would have finished third if it wasn’t for the fact that the leader jinked and unseated its rider close home!  Courses should never, ever, have a paddock entrance prior to the winning line!  It used to happen at both Towcester and Fontwell Park, before their walkways were repositioned; horses aren’t as daft as you think they are! 

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Plumpton:

16:50 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

 

Kempton Park (AW):

20:10 Pure Country (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) – Novice Stakes [1 mile 3 furlongs & 219 yards]; Pure Country led second lot on the gallops yesterday.

 

I’ve uploaded yesterday’s photos and also, more or less, drafted the associated diary. J  I’ve also planted out the remaining pansies today.  Although I did suffer from aching in my pelvis earlier, which came on whilst I was doing my washing; fortunately it was banished by application of a hot water-bottle.  No doubt I’ve been overdoing it a little too soon!  Note to self; I need to remember that a cortisone injection is not a cure, it solely masks the pain whilst the joint is healing. 

Saturday 20 October 2018

There was no blog yesterday as I spent the evening at the local Arena, watching the show Rip It Up the 60s!

 

Not only did I see Harry Judd, Aston Merrygold and Louis Smith who were performing in the show, Jay McGuiness was also in the audience; he performed in Rip It Up the 50s last year.  And I was reliably informed by my friend Lesley that Aston’s fellow JLS band member Marvin Humes was in the audience, along with his wife Rochelle Wiseman from the Saturdays.  In fact they were sat just across the aisle from us, and one row forward!!!

 

Rip It Up the 70s was mentioned during yesterday’s show, so I’ll have to look out for tickets, which I would imagine will go on sale next March for performances next autumn. 

 

It was a good day yesterday ... it started off with me winning a Best Dressed lady in pink prize, at work, to mark ‘Wear it Pink’ day in aid of Breast Cancer charities.  The pink jeggings, pink sweater, pink fleece, pink scarf and Percy Pig socks did the trick – in fact I ‘out-pinked’ everyone! 

 

I also went for an eye test.  From a health point of view, everything is fine ... and my prescription hasn’t changed either, so no new spectacles are required.  I’ve also got a voucher for a free contact lenses consultation, along with a month’s supply of lenses.  That’s exactly what I need, as my last batch of lenses is running low, and there’s nothing like a freebee! 

 

And, this morning, I visited Noel Williams’ yard in Blewbury, organised by EPDS Racing, to see their first homebred “Champas” – daughter of Shilpa.

 

 

Champas.jpg

 

Champas

Drunken Pirate.jpg

Mrs Prowting’s Drunken Pirate;

the gentle giant stands at 18 hands!

 

 

 

Anyway, back to the racing and here are yesterday’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Fakenham:

Canyon City (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 1 yard] (7 ran); Wayne’s 31st winner of the season.

Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (3 ran).

Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 38 yards] (6 ran).

Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran).

 

Wincanton:

Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/partly owned by Apple Tree Stud) won the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran); Jamie’s 12th winner of the season.

 

Haydock Park:

Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) finished 5th in the Handicap [2 miles & 45 yards] (11 ran); a very good effort having been off the racecourse for 442 days due to injury!

 

Redcar:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Miss Ella McCain/EPDS Racing) finished 2nd in the Handicap (Lady Amateur Riders) [1 mile 2 furlongs & 1 yard] (15 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Ffos Las:

Crown Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Noel Fehily) was pulled up in the Claiming Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 83 yards] (7 ran).

Thomas Macdonagh (Jamie Snowden/Noel Fehily) finished 2nd in the Maiden Open NH Flat Race (16 ran), beaten three quarters of a length.

 

The New One finished 7th of 8 in the Welsh Champion Hurdle; the race was won by the Evan Williams-trained Silver Streak, ridden by Adam Wedge.

 

Marketing Rasen:

William Hunter (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran), beaten by Normal Norman!

The Unit (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 89 yards] (7 ran).

Arkyn (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Junior Standard Open NH Flat Race (9 ran).

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

It’s Fine Wine (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 4th in the Maiden Hurdle (8 ran).

Anti Cool (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 213 yards] (7 ran).

 

And there was racing at Ascot too, Champions Day, with Stradivarius, Roaring Lion and Cracksman amongst the winners.

 

And tomorrow’s (Sunday’s) runners of interest:

 

Kempton Park:

16:45 Midnight Monty (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles]

 

Sedgefield:

16:25 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) & Mercers Court (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Durham National Handicap Chase [3 miles 5 furlongs & 48 yards]

17:30 Risk And Co (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

 

As I’ve completed and uploaded the diary and photos relating to last Saturday’s visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard, I guess my next project is to draft the diary relating to today’s outing. 

Thursday 18 October 2018

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

 

Uttoxeter:

Mias Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (6 ran); Alan’s 31st winner of the season and Wayne’s 30th winner of the season.

 

Carlisle:

Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Dale Irving) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (12 ran).

Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (16 ran).

 

Chelmsford:

Tzar Nicholas (Archie Watson/Oisin Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 5th in the Novice Stakes (2-year-olds) [7 furlongs] (9 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Two Weeks (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) finished 3rd in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 36 yards] (11 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fakenham:

14:35 Canyon City (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 1 yard]

15:10 Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Chase

16:10 Hogan’s Height (Jamie Snowden/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 38 yards]

16:45 Floral Bouquet (Jamie Snowden/Tom O’Brien) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

Wincanton:

14:20 Thistle Do Nicely (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan/partly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Hurdle

 

Haydock Park:

17:50 Authorized Too (Noel Williams/Rossa Ryan) – Handicap [2 miles & 45 yards]

 

Redcar:

17:25 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Miss Ella McCain/EPDS Racing) – Handicap (Lady Amateur Riders) [1 mile 2 furlongs & 1 yard]

Wednesday 17 October 2018

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

Seaborough (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran).

Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) won the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards] (7 ran); Jamie’s 11th winner of the season.

 

There are runners of interest at four different racecourses tomorrow:

 

Uttoxeter:

15:55 Mia’s Storm (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

 

Carlisle:

13:40 Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Dale Irving) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

17:30 Redbridge Gold (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Chelmsford:

18:45 Tzar Nicholas (Archie Watson/Oisin Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Novice Stakes (2-year-olds) [7 furlongs]

 

Wolverhampton:

19:00 Two Weeks (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 36 yards]

Tuesday 16 October 2018

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

Nylon Speed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

Dexcite (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs &171 yards] (12 ran).  If forgot to mention both Ardamir (formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) and Jamacho (raised by Apple Tree Stud) which also ran in this race – they finished 3rd and 7th respectively.

Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing Twitterati Partnership ... that includes me) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (12 ran).

 

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

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

16:20 Monbeg Theatre (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 26 yards]

 

I’ve included a number of links today ...

 

ATR’s stable tour for Colin Tizzard:

http://jumps.attheraces.com/stable-tours/colin-tizzard

 

Enable has been given the go-ahead to travel to the USA for the Breeders’ Cup fixture:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/superstar-filly-enable-given-green-light-to-contest-breeders-cup-turf/349649

 

Richard Johnson rode his 100th winner of the season today, at his local track - Hereford:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/16/richard-johnson-secures-100th-success-of-the-season-at-hereford

 

Buveur D’Air underwent a breathing operation during his summer break:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/16/routine-wind-operation-for-champion-hurdler

 

Plans for The New One’s seasonal bow have been announced:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/16/the-new-one-team-favouring-welsh-champion-hurdle-option

 

And, finally, Hidden Cyclone has been retired:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/16/hidden-cyclone-bows-out-following-punchestown-third

Monday 15 October 2018

Here are my runners of interest at Huntingdon tomorrow:

14:10 Nylon Speed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:45 Stylish Moment (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Maiden Hurdle

15:45 Dexcite (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs &171 yards]

16:50 Galactic Power (Robin Dickin/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing Twitterati Partnership ... that includes me) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

 

I didn’t get much work done today ... I attended an appointment with the physiotherapist early this morning, arriving at work at 09:45.  I logged on to my PC then, five minutes later, everyone was asked to log out because there was an issue with the network.  The problem was finally solved ... at 13:15!  I then lost a further 15 minutes when both my computer and I were moved to another desk, permanently!

I now have a couple of variations on my physio exercises to be getting on with and, all told, I’ve walked over four miles during the course of my day, which included my trip via the local hospital.  Amazingly, this evening, I don’t seem to be suffering any ill-effects either.  In fact I’m almost back to my old self. J

Sunday 14 October 2018

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

Elysees (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished an excellent 2nd in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

Alright Jack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (12 ran).

 

The Colin Tizzard-trained mare, Drinks Interval, won the Novices’ Chase; Debece finished as runner-up.  Colin also won the Veterans’ Handicap Chase, with Kings Lad ridden by Harry Cobden.  The jockey rode a treble today.  Charbel won the 2 mile 3˝ furlongs Handicap Chase, with the returning Baron Alco just touched-off by a head at the line.

 

Jane Williams, wife of Nick and mother of Lizzie Kelly, now trains in her own right; she had her first winner today - Montestrel:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/jane-williams-has-first-runner-under-rules-after-opting-to-go-it-alone/344196

 

The Jump Jockeys’ Handicap at Goodwood today was won by Nick Scholfield aboard the Ian Williams-trained Jam Session.

 

The Velka Pardubicka took place this afternoon, with four UK-based jockeys taking part – Leighton Aspell, Tom Garner, James Best and Andrew Glassonbury; the latter three completed the course, with Tom Garner finishing 3rd.  The last British jockey to win the race was Charlie Mann, aboard Its A Snip, in 1995 ... so the wait for another UK-based pilot to triumph continues:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/international/british-out-of-luck-as-faltejsek-wins-the-velka-pardubicka-on-tzigane-du-berlais/349448

 

There’s no National Hunt racing in the UK tomorrow. 

 

I’ve uploaded the photos I took during my visit to Graeme McPherson’s yard yesterday morning, see link above.  All told, I’ve had a very productive day, having also completed the draft of my diary!  I like to leave it at least 24 hours, before I proof-read a diary, so that’s it for now ...  

 

It’s been a soggy day in Hertfordshire, so no encouragement was given to plant the remaining winter pansies today.  I undertook an ‘emergency’ plant-out one evening last week, as the baby pansies weren’t looking particularly happy, living under the carport and still in their polystyrene trays.  Those particular ones, now occupying a trough on the patio, have perked up a lot; as have the remainder which are now outside too, awaiting their fate!

 

I actually managed to sleep-in until 08:00 this morning, which made a change; especially as I’d risen at 03:50 yesterday morning so as to travel to Gloucestershire for an 08:00 start!!!  I know that was overdoing it a bit ... but it meant that I didn’t have to rush yesterday; besides, it’s very much hit and miss with my alarm clock as the sole numbers on the dial at 3, 6, 9 and 12 ... I was aiming for 04:00 on the dot!   

 

Not only was yesterday surprisingly warm, already 17 degrees during morning darkness hours and rising to 24 degrees by the time the sun came out after midday, I was surprised to discover a new roundabout has been constructed on the Witney bypass!  I do recall cones along the perimeter of the bypass, at this point, last March ... but no signs of a traffic island at that time!  I feel a roundabout is incongruous with the nature of said bypass, as all of the other outbound/inbound routes to leave/join it are slip-roads.  The new route leads to an industrial estate and, subsequently, the B4047 Burford Road out of Witney.  

 

I’m disappointed that Strictly’s Seann and Katya received such high marks from the judges last night, despite the poor quality of yesterday’s dance; basically, it looked a total mess and I can’t wait for them to be eliminated.  They were already on my ‘ditch them’ list before last week’s revelations!

There’s sheep trekking in the Brecon Beacons on Countryfile tonight ...

Saturday 13 October 2018

I’ve been out and about again today; this time to visit Graeme McPherson’s yard near Stow-on-the-Wold. 

Graeme trains a number of EPDS syndicated horses – Ami Desbois, Jessica Rabbit, Londonia, Stynes and Leapt.  However, the latter three are all on the injury sidelines at present.  Ami is not far off a run, having also been on the injury sidelines, although this will greatly depend on the state of the going as he’s had a problem with his forelegs.  Jessica is currently suffering from a snotty nose ... and Hollywood All Star will be acting as the syndicate substitute for Londonia, Stynes and Leapt whilst they are out of action.

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Ami Desbois

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Hollywood All Star

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Jessica Rabbit

 

 

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

Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle Div I (9 ran).

Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) (16 ran).

Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 4th and Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Hurdle (Limited Handicap) [2 miles & 11 yards] (8 ran).

River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) finished 9th and Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) finished 11th and Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 4th in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards] (18 ran).

 

And, as for the Cesarewitch at Newmarket ... Top Tug (Alan King/Nicola Currie) finished 10th, Just In Time (Alan King/Martin Harley) finished 15th, Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Marquand) finished 16th and Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) finished 27th in the Heritage Handicap [2 miles & 2 furlongs] (33 ran).

 

The race was won by the Willie Mullins-trained Low Sun, owned by the Ricci’s.  Willie’s other runners finished 2nd (Uradel), 13th (Law Girl), 19th (Limini), 20th (Stratum) and 21st (Meri Devie).

 

And a reminder of tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Chepstow:

14:15 Elysees (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:25 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:40 Alright Jack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Meanwhile Miles To Memphis is due to run in the Irish Cesarewitch which takes place at Navan tomorrow.

 

Here are the latest three crochet projects which I have completed ...

 

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And I guess my next project will be to write my diary following today’s outing!

Friday 12 October 2018

Chepstow’s 2-day October fixture begins tomorrow ... and I always think this marks the beginning of the proper National Season. Yippee! 

 

Here are my runners of interest at said fixture tomorrow:

13:55 Deyrann De Carjac (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – NH Novices’ Hurdle Div I

15:05 Midnightreferendum (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ NH Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier)

16:10 Ballywood (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Nayati (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Hurdle (Limited Handicap) [2 miles & 11 yards]

16:45 River Frost (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) & Azzerti (Alan King/Adrian Heskin) & Dans Le Vent (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) [2 miles 3 furlongs & 100 yards]

 

The Cesarewitch takes place at Newmarket tomorrow, and there are four runners of interest this year:

15:40 Top Tug (Alan King/Nicola Currie) & Just In Time (Alan King/Martin Harley) & Coeur De Lion (Alan King/Tom Marquand) & Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) – Heritage Handicap [2 miles & 2 furlongs]; Willie Mullins has 7 runners in the race – Whiskey Sour, Stratum, Limini, Low Sun, Uradel, Law Girl and Meri Devie – which is over 20% of the field!

 

And on Sunday at Chepstow:

14:15 Elysees (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

15:25 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Persian War Novices’ Hurdle (Grade 2)

17:40 Alright Jack (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

Here is a link to ATR’s stable tour for Alan King:

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

 

I guess, as November is approaching, the first instalment of Alan King’s 2018/2019 Weekender column will be appearing within the next few weeks.

Thursday 11 October 2018

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

 

Worcester:

Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Novices’ Chase (5 ran).

Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 8th in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles & 4 furlongs] (12 ran).

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 3rd in the Beginners’ Chase (4 ran).

Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (4 ran); Alan’s 30th winner of the season and Wayne’s 29th winner of the season.

 

There are no specific runners of interest tomorrow, although Maria’s Benefit makes her chasing debut at Newton Abbot and talented Benatar is also back in action:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/11/benatar-back-in-action-on-classy-newton-abbot-card

 

Colin Tizzard has outlined his plans for his stable stars:

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/October/10/river-targets-%E2%80%98million%E2%80%99-as-tizzards-hatch-big-plans

 

And here is a link to ATR’s stable tour for Nicky Henderson’s yard:

http://jumps.attheraces.com/stable-tours/nicky-henderson

 

Sarah Tumelty has posted a photograph on facebook of 16-year-old Blazing Bailey and 18-year-old My Way De Solzen in a paddock, enjoying the autumn sunshine.  The facebook page is ‘Racehorses, where are they now?  It’s a closed group but well worth sending a request to join; I’ve been a member of the group for ages now.

And there’s a tribute to Creevytennant, who suffered a fatal injury at Ludlow yesterday:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/part-of-the-family-obrien-team-heartbroken-by-death-of-veteran-creevytennant/349056

Wednesday 10 October 2018

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

 

Ludlow:

Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up during the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (6 ran).

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) won the Novices’ Hurdle (3 ran); Martin’s 11th winner of the season.

Matravers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished last in the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

Southwell:

Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) won and Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (5 ran); Martin’s 12th winner of the season.

Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards] (6 ran); Alan’s 29th winner of the season and Wayne’s 28th winner of the season.

Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the NH Novices’ Hurdle (14 ran).

 

I notice that Harry Skelton’s Jockey Championship challenge has stalled for the present, with Richard Johnson now in the lead and adding a couple more winners today. 

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Worcester:

13:25 Kalahari Queen (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Novices’ Chase

14:25 Timcoda (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

15:00 Back On The Lash (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

15:30 Primogeniture (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles & 4 furlongs]

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

14:50 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Beginners’ Chase

15:50 Mystical Clouds (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

 

The Exeter card, scheduled for tomorrow, has been abandoned due to the firm/hard going.

Following yesterday’s record breaking purchase at Tattersalls, Too Darn Hot’s brother was sold today for 3.5 million guineas to David Redvers on behalf of Qatar Racing!

And, finally, very sad news that veteran Creevytennant lost his life at Ludlow today, having suffered a bad injury during a handicap chase.  He was trained by Fergal O’Brien and connections are absolutely gutted.  RIP L

https://mobile.twitter.com/FOBRacing/status/1050051367895740416/photo/1

Tuesday 09 October 2018

After a very quiet day today, National Hunt-wise, there are a number of runners of interest tomorrow over the jumps:

 

Ludlow:

14:40 Oscar Star (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

15:40 Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:40 Matravers (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle

 

Southwell:

15:20 Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Leighton Aspell) & Kimberley Point (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

15:50 Fidux (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Forecast (Martin Keighley/Conor Shoemark) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 153 yards]

16:20 Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – NH Novices’ Hurdle

 

Galactic Power will have an entry at Huntingdon on 16 October and will run, ground permitting.

 

Celebrity Hunted is back, next Tuesday evening, on Channel 4.  Yippee!  Strictly Come Dancing former champion Louis Smith and professional dancer AJ Pritchard are among those taking part this year. 

 

Also, Luck on Sunday returns to Racing UK this Sunday morning, at 08:00. 

It was day one of the Tattersalls Book One sale ... and Coolmore broke the record for a price paid at auction during 2018 when parting with 3.4 million guineas for a Galileo colt.  The yearling is out of the mare Shastye, who has already produced Isaac Newton, Secret Gesture and recent Beresford Stakes winner Japan.  The colt was bred by Newsells Park Stud ... that’s located between the villages of Barkway and Barley in north-east Hertfordshire. 

Once upon a time, I went rambling on a footpath through the grounds of the Stud.  I recall Mark and I did two walks that day; the first of which went from Barkway to Reed and back.  I also remember wanting to spend a penny whilst walking but, just as I was tempted, a group of other ramblers came into view so I decided to hold out until we got to the pub in Barley, ahead of our second ramble!  It’s strange the things you remember, even after many years ... perhaps it’s because it was the one and only time I’ve been tempted to spend a penny in the open countryside during a ramble!!! 

Monday 08 October 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Stratford-Upon-Avon:

Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 9th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 7 yards] (8 ran).

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 213 yards] (7 ran).

 

There are no National Hunt fixtures tomorrow. 

 

Elgin is out for the season following an accident in a field, and Yanworth is currently sidelined but Alan King hopes he may be back for the second half of the season:

https://www.racinguk.com/news/alan-king-forced-to-rule-elgin-out-for-the-season

 

Arc winner Enable is an inbred horse, rather than an out-bred one; she has Northern Dancer and Fairy Bridge on both her sire and dam’s sides of the family.  Sadler’s Wells is her paternal great-grandsire, he’s also her maternal grandsire!  And, of course, Galileo is her paternal grandsire, with Nathaniel being her sire.  She’s also got Roberto, Mill Reef, Shirley Heights and Ile de Bourbon in her bloodlines:

 

Custer Of The West, ridden by Harriet Dickin, has finished 2nd in the RoR Eventing Championships at Tweasledown:

https://mobile.twitter.com/HannahBishop79/status/1048956140686663680/photo/1

Sunday 07 October 2018

I’ve completed and uploaded my outstanding diary, plus photographs ... but haven’t found time to plant out the winter pansies yet. 

 

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

Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 yards] (7 ran).

Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Beginners’ Chase (8 ran); Wayne’s 27th winner of the season.

Reve (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 7th in the Maiden Hurdle (10 ran).

Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) finished 4th but Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up during the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 108 yards] (11 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Stratford-Upon-Avon:

14:15 Pirate Look (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Handicap Hurdle

15:20 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 6 furlongs & 7 yards]

16:55 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 213 yards]

 

I watched the racing from Longchamp on TV this afternoon.  Isn’t Enable fantastic?  Winning the Arc, for the second year running, despite not being at her best today.  What I love about Enable is her sassy walk and her big ears ... although, of course, she can run very fast too!!!  Sea Of Class performed brilliantly too, just failing to catch Enable on the line.  

I was also very pleased for Mabs Cross and her connections, winning the Prix de l’Abbaye today.  So well deserved after her near-miss in York’s Nunthorpe.  

 

There’s been an update regarding Golden Vision, injured at Huntingdon on Thursday.  She’s under the care of the Newmarket Equine Hospital and has been cross-tied to prevent her lying down or roaming around her stable.  She’s got swelling across her rump due to the internal trauma suffered during her fall, but is obviously receiving the best of care.

It’s been reported that scenes for the next series of Endeavour have recently been shot in Hemel Hempstead Old Town.

 

With 14 competitors remaining in Strictly, with one to go tonight, it has become apparent that there are 8 which I would be sad if they departed too soon – Faye, Ashley, Joe, Kate, Danny, Dr Ranj, Stacey and Graeme.  The other 6 aren’t very good, or just not my cup of tea!

Saturday 06 October 2018

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

 

Fontwell Park:

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd and Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) was pulled up in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards] (5 ran).

 

Wolverhampton:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile & 142 yards] (13 ran).

 

And results for today’s runners of interest, at Fontwell Park:

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 5th in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (6 ran)

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 49 yards] (6 ran)

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase (5 ran); Jamie’s 10th winner of the season.

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest, at Uttoxeter:

14:30 Lunar Flow (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles & 2 yards]

16:05 Lil Rockerfeller (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Beginners’ Chase

16:35 Reve (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Maiden Hurdle

17:05 Follow The Swallow (Graeme McPherson/Miss Lilly Pinchin) & Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 108 yards]

 

As it’s a quiet weekend for me, and has been raining since mid-morning too, I’ve spent this afternoon selecting and uploading the photographs taken during my visit to Robin Dickin’s yard last Saturday.  All being well, I’m hoping to complete and upload the associated diary tomorrow. 

Thursday 04 October 2018

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

 

Huntingdon:

Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Juvenile Hurdle (10 ran); Noel’s 1st winner of the National Hunt season and Wayne’s 26th winner of the season.

Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller/EPDS Racing) finished 4th and Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Tom Scudamore) was pulled up during the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards] (8 ran).

Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was a non-runner in the  Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

Serpico returned in the horse ambulance having severed an artery in a hind leg.  He lost a lot of blood but, evidently, the vets tending him said it should have no lasting effects. 

 

There’s no definitive news yet regarding the Dan Skelton-trained Golden Vision; she took a crashing fall at the open-ditch in front of the stands.  She’s been taken to Newmarket Equine Hospital for evaluation.

 

Concerns were raised about the going at Huntingdon; firm ground had been watered. 

 

Warwick:

Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

And here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Fontwell Park:

16:25 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Havisham (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 166 yards]

 

Wolverhampton:

21:15 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [1 mile & 142 yards]

 

I had a cortisone injection yesterday, into my pelvic symphysis and, I have to say, my discomfort level has decreased greatly!  I no longer feel unsteady on my left side, and all I have to do now is to break my habit of intermittent limping and waddling ... not easy after nine months of lameness!  

Wednesday 03 October 2018

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest at Bangor-On-Dee:

Skin Deep (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) was pulled up during the Mares’ Novices Hurdle (6 ran).

Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished a short-head 2nd in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards] (8 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest:

 

Huntingdon:

13:30 Percy Prosecco (Noel Williams/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:30 Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:10 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller/EPDS Racing) & Serpico (Graeme McPherson/Tom Scudamore) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 1 furlong & 10 yards]

17:15 Cotswold Prince (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – ‘Junior’ Standard Open NH Flat Race Div II

 

Warwick:

16:20 Thomas Crapper (Robin Dickin/Charlie Poste) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

I saw another black squirrel today; it may have been the same one as last week, as it was climbing up the same tree, or at least an adjacent one!   

Tuesday 02 October 2018

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

Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (10 ran).

Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (9 ran).

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest tomorrow, at Bangor-On-Dee:

14:20 Skin Deep (Alan King/Barry Geraghty) – Mares’ Novices Hurdle

15:25 Some Day Soon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:30 Fields Of Fortune (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 145 yards]

Monday 01 October 2018

Fleeting Visit was a non-runner at Newton Abbot today.

 

However there was a late notification of a runner on the AW at Kempton Park:

Three Weeks (William Haggas/James Doyle/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Handicap [1 mile 2 furlongs & 219 yards] (13 ran); he wore first time cheek-pieces.

 

Two runners of interest tomorrow, at Southwell:

16:35 Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

17:10 Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

 

Galactic Power was due to run at the fixture, but is a little sore today, so won’t. 


 

 

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