SEPTEMBER 2017

 

 

Friday 29 September 2017

It appears that, had I been a betting woman, I’d have had a very successful day ...

 

Worcestershire:

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (9 ran); Jamie’s 9th winner of the season. 

Buche De Noel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (6 ran).

Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles] (9 ran); Wayne’s 15th winner of the season and Alan’s 18th of the NH season.

 

Newcastle (All weather):

Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Graham Lee/EPDS Racing) finished 10th in the Handicap [7 furlongs & 14 yards] (13 ran)

Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) won the Maiden Stakes [6 furlongs] (8 ran).

 

None of the three winners were the favourites in their respective races – Double Treasure was 7-1, Inn The Bull 5-1 and Sexy Legs 10-1 J

 

Lady Volante, Sexy Legs and also Pantomine are leased by EPDS Racing from the stud which owns them.  If any of these well-bred mares wins a race, it will increase the price of their future progeny.  

 

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow too:

 

Market Rasen:

14:10 City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) & Amadeus Rox (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Juvenile Hurdle

14:45 Ask Alice (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

17:40 My Charity (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods/EPDS Racing) & Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

My Charity is deputising for the Pride Of Pemberley syndicate members and also Stynes whilst they are on the injury sidelines.  The horse is actually a Trevor Hemmings’ reject, having disappointed on soft ground at Ffos Las on his only previous racecourse appearance; it will be interesting to see how he gets on tomorrow.

 

Gowran Park:

15:25 Ned Stark (Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles]

 

And that leads on nicely to the Tattersalls Book 1 Sale, which takes place early next week, and to which Apple Tree Stud has consigned two bay colts – one by Distorted Humor out of Midnight Thoughts (Lot 99) and the other by Dansili out of Astonishing (Lot 346).  

 

I understand that the Robin Dickin-trained Thomas Crapper, known as ‘Crappy’ to his connections, is back in training having recovered from an injury similar to that sustained by Wildehearted Woman. 

 

I’ve no special plans for the weekend, apart from doing some knitting I guess.    

Thursday 28 September 2017

There are five runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Worcestershire:

15:10 Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

15:45 Buche De Noel (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

17:55 Inn The Bull (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Hurdle Div II [2 miles]

 

Newcastle (All weather):

20:15 Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Graham Lee/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 14 yards]

20:45 Sexy Legs (Rebecca Menzies/Dougie Costello/EPDS Racing) – Maiden Stakes [6 furlongs]

 

There was further sad news from Warwick on Tuesday; Get Involved trained by Robin Dickin took a fatal fall during the last race of the day.  The yard described the horse as a ‘gentle’ soul and, not surprisingly, his connections are gutted.  RIP

Tuesday 26 September 2017

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

 

Warwick:

Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran).

Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs] (6 ran).

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards] (8 ran).  He was probably lucky to finish 3rd today, as two horses departed at the second last; Forth Worth brought down Minellacelebration.  Sadly the Jonjo O’Neill-trained Forth Worth was fatally injured in the incident. L RIP. 

 

Beverley:

Single Estate (S Waugh/Miss A Waugh/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 14th in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Div I [1 mile 1furlongs & 207 yards] (16 ran).

 

There don’t appear to be any runners of interest tomorrow, Wednesday.

 

Provisional dates have been released for further yard visits, during October – Graeme McPherson, Robin Dickin and Noel Williams.  Sadly, with both Our Reward and Pride of Pemberley currently on the injury sidelines, I presume there will be no visit to Jamie Snowden’s yard at the present time. L

 

Having bypassed the visit to Graeme’s yard in July, due to sickness, I’m keen to attend this time around despite his regular start time of 08:00 ... and I always go to Noel’s!!! 

 

And I’ve now treated myself to a ticket to a race-day which has been on my ‘bucket list’ for ages ... National Hunt of course.  J 

Monday 25 September 2017

There are a number of runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Warwick:

13:50 Lexington Law (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

14:55 Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs]

15:30 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 100 yards]

 

Beverley:

17:25 Single Estate (S Waugh/Miss A Waugh/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Amateur Riders’ Handicap Div I [1 mile 1furlongs & 207 yards]

Sunday 24 September 2017

There’s no result to report from Catterick yesterday, as Celtic Artisan was a non-runner. 

 

However, there are a number of results relating to this afternoon’s National Hunt racing:

 

Uttoxeter:

Brass Monkey (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards] (16 ran).

Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) won the Novices’ Hurdle (12 ran); well done Team Keighley on their 8th winner of the season.

Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (12 ran).

 

Plumpton:

Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Tom Cannon) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards] (5 ran).

City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) won the Juvenile Hurdle (7 ran); that’s Alan’s 17th NH winner of the season.

 

There are no National Hunt fixtures tomorrow so, as I’ve not received an ATR notification regarding any flat competitors either, I presume there aren’t any runners of interest.

 

Richard Johnson and son Caspar went hunting yesterday ... Dicky rode their new family pet Menorah: 

https://mobile.twitter.com/dickyjohnson77/status/911505271746387969/photo/1

 

This weekend has been far from productive as regards crafting ... yesterday I visited my friend Denise in Caversham and this afternoon I visited my niece in Bedfordshire to celebrate ahead of her 25th birthday tomorrow.

 

Whilst on the subject of birthdays, many happy returns of the day for tomorrow to my friend and regular Aintree companion Sandra; I hope you have a good one.

Friday 22 September 2017

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

Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Ben Curtis/ex-Apple Tree Stud) finished 10th in the Handicap [2 miles 1 furlong & 27 yards] (11 ran).

 

I gather Nina Carberry returned to action following her maternity leave with a winner at Ballinrobe.

 

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

17:55 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) – Handicap [7 furlongs & 6 yards]

 

And, just in case I don’t fancy writing a blog tomorrow evening, here are Sunday’s runners of interest:

 

Uttoxeter:

13:40 Brass Monkey (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle Div I [2 miles 7 furlongs & 70 yards]

14:10 Ballymountain Boy (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle

15:40 Midnight Cowboy (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Plumpton:

14:20 Lord Huntingdon (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards]

15:20 City Dreamer (Alan King/Tom Cannon) – Juvenile Hurdle

 

Strictly Come Dancing returns to our screens tomorrow evening, so I know what I’ll be watching J

Wednesday 20 September 2017

There’s one result to report from Tuesday, at Chepstow:

Tazmania (Clive Cox/S Hitchcott/Apple Tree Stud) finished 4th in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes [7 furlongs & 16 yards] (8 ran).

 

There were no runners of interest today, but there is one tomorrow at Pontefract:

16:30 Tyrell (Micky Hammond/Ben Curtis/ex-Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [2 miles 1 furlong & 27 yards]

 

News has now come through regarding Daliance; he’s been retired, as the tendon injury was a reoccurrence of his previous one. 

 

It transpires that Rockchasebullett’s soreness following his win at Fontwell Park earlier in the month was also a reoccurrence of an earlier tendon injury; this being the case, he’s been retired too.  The Fergal O’Brien-trained horse was leased to the Twitterati Racing Club until next month, so EPDS will be looking for a replacement.

 

However, the prognosis for both Daliance and Rockchasebullett is good with regards to both having a future career as a riding horse. J

 

Altesse De Guye’s sad demise was due to a serious leg injury and unfortunately she was unable to be saved.

 

Nina Carberry returns to race action tomorrow at Ballinrobe, following the birth of daughter Rosie:

https://mobile.twitter.com/ninacarberry/status/910576251009724416/photo/1

 

This is a great photo:

https://mobile.twitter.com/CarmelStud_/status/909825634054103040/photo/1

 

Cole Harden is struggling with an ongoing issue with a knee, so Warren Greatrex is going to keep his charge sidelined until after Christmas before making a decision regarding the horse’s racing future; but he does have a number of new owners in the yard this season:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/cole-harden-on-sidelines-as-greatrex-welcomes-hemmings-arrivals/301487

 

Betfred has announced that it will close its on-course betting shops next year, apart from those at Ascot and Chelmsford; they will also end their racing sponsorship:

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/6m-blow-betfred-to-close-course-shops-and-end-sponsorship/301531

 

And, finally, the carport spider has not yet returned.

Monday 18 September 2017

Here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Worcester, but there’s very sad news regarding one of them too: L

Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase Div I [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (10 ran).

Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase Div II [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (10 ran).

Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & half a furlong] (7 ran).

Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) dropped out quickly and was pulled up before 3 out in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs] (13 ran).  Martin Keighley later reported that she’d been lost in action. RIP beautiful lady, and commiserations to connections. 

 

Initially I thought there were no runners of interest tomorrow, but my ATR tracker informs me otherwise:

 

Chepstow:

14:10 Tazmania (Clive Cox/S Hitchcott/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Fillies’ Stakes [7 furlongs & 16 yards]

 

I had another close encounter with the infamous spider when I arrived home this evening.  I have to admit it first appeared on Friday evening, but I saw it on that occasion and destroyed the web.  Then, of course, I walked into the web early yesterday morning.  Tonight I felt the web brush across the top of my head having failed to see it yet again; fortunately the spider was still attached to the web and not in my hair!  This time I got a broom and carried the spider to the top of the garden before letting it go.  I know that they have a habit of returning to their favourite haunts but, if it does, then its days will be numbered as I’m now running out of patience with the annoying creepy crawly!

Sunday 17 September 2017

After a fairly quiet week with regards to National Hunt racing in the South, a legacy of the former short break at this time of the year for jumps jockeys, there’s racing at Worcester tomorrow and four runners of interest:

14:00 Thady Quil (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase Div I [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

14:30 Viking Mistress (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Chase Div II [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

15:35 Adrrastos (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & half a furlong]

16:35 Altesse De Guye (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 7 furlongs]

 

I’ve spent a quiet weekend at home, knitting; I’ve a large stash of wool, so really need to make the most of the time between now and my next racing-related outing.  I’ve also restrung a couple of necklaces and replaced the tarnished catches on two others.  It’s just so handy to be able to update and tweak jewellery when required. 

 

My hair has been trimmed today too, and I’ve washed two cars ... I hate washing cars; I got soaked.  However, I didn’t appreciate walking into a spider’s web this morning, just prior to driving my car to the local supermarket to fill it with petrol.  That’s the trouble with autumn, spiders and their webs appear to be everywhere.  In my rambling days, I always let Mark lead the way at this time of the year so that he’d walk through any webs rather than me!

Thursday 14 September 2017

Firstly, there’s very sad news regarding one of EPDS Racing’s syndicate horses, the mare Asuncion.  She ran at Le Lion d’Angers yesterday but fell at the second fence and fractured her shoulder.  Having run in the UK in recent seasons, for trainer Rebecca Menzies, she returned to France this summer to try her luck in the country of her birth.  But it was not to be ... RIP

 

Here is a link showing Asuncion’s finest hour, at Market Rasen last December:

https://twitter.com/EPDS_Racing/status/908312322267078656

 

News has also been released regarding Pride of Pemberley.  The vet has diagnosed tendonitis, which means PoP will be absent throughout this season, with the aim of returning in 2018/2019.  The prognosis is good, as this issue shouldn’t affect him in the long term.  Oh well, at least it should mean that he remains safe and sound during his absence ... I’d wrap them all up in cotton-wool given half the chance!  Crazy, isn’t it?

 

Daliance is due to be scanned tomorrow; he injured a tendon when racing on 29 August at Newton Abbot.  I understand it’s the same tendon which he injured on a previous occasion, so his racing future isn’t guaranteed.  He’s certainly travelled around, having been trained by Tom Dascombe, Lucy Wadham and Neil King before being purchased by EPDS and continuing his career with Noel Williams. 

 

There is one result to report today, from Epsom:

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 7th in the Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 6 yards] (9 ran); the race was won by Leighton Aspell riding the Peter Hedger-trained C’Est No Mour. 

 

There don’t appear to be any runners of interest tomorrow, Friday.

 

Wednesday 13 September 2017

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

Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (9 ran).

The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) finished 3rd in the Hands and Heels Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders) (9 ran).

 

The Lion Man, which ran in The Kvilleken’s race, finished 4th.  Meanwhile, the ex-Alan King-trained McCabe Creek, now trained by Caroline Bailey, finished 2nd in the Novices’ Chase (4 ran).

 

I had one runner of interest today, at Listowel:

Viva Steve (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan) finished 4th in the Kerry National (18 ran).

 

And just when I was thinking that I had no runners of interest tomorrow, my ATR tracker informs me there is an event at Epsom:

15:10 Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Tom Cannon/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) – the Jump Jockeys’ Derby Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 6 yards].

Other jockeys due to take part are Jamie Moore, Conor Shoemark, Nico de Boinville, Leighton Aspell, Brendan Powell, Noel Fehily, Dougie Costello and Tom O’Brien.  That’s unfair; Dougie rides on the flat now, but must have retained his jump jockey licence too. 

 

Rockchasebullett is reported to be improving from the soreness sustained during his winning outing at Fontwell Park on Sunday.

 

Meanwhile there’s still no news regarding Pride of Pemberley’s injury ... his owners were due to be notified today of the vet’s prognosis, after which everyone will be issued with an update.   So, fingers and everything crossed, the problem isn’t too serious. 

 

Godolphin has decided to purchase a number of yearlings by Coolmore sires, following a ‘freeze’ on the purchase of such; oh well, if you can’t beat them, join them!

 

It wasn’t as wet and windy in Hertfordshire as in some places last night, but it did result in a tree casualty in the park opposite the office where I work.  Tree surgeons were still busy chopping up the debris when I walked by on the way home; admittedly I did take a slight detour to take a look!

Monday 11 September 2017

There was one runner of interest today, at Newton Abbot:

Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards] (8 ran).

 

There’s NH racing at Worcester tomorrow, with runners of interest too:

15:05 Bobble Emerald (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]

16:35 The Kvilleken (Martin Keighley/Mr A Hark) – Hands and Heels Handicap Hurdle (Conditional Jockeys and Amateur Riders)

 

Also The Lion Man, which I saw when I recently visited Robin Dickin’s yard, runs in the same race as The Kvilleken.  And I notice that the ex-Alan King-trained McCabe Creek, now trained by Caroline Bailey, runs in the Novices’ Chase at 14:05.

 

Rockchasebullett (aka Rocky) is reported to be a little sore following his winning exploits at Fontwell Park yesterday.  However, the trainer is hopeful he will be okay after a couple of days’ rest.

 

There was an incident at Perth today, with a unfortunate fatally resulting in a race being voided but three jockeys also being suspended for seemingly ignoring warning flags ... they said they didn’t see the first two of three flags. 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/news/early-drama-at-perth-with-void-race-due-to-stricken-runner/300394

I presume a chequered flag is to warn of an obstruction and a yellow flag is to instruct the jockeys to stop; you learn something new every day! 

Sunday 10 September 2017

 

Winner, winner, chicken dinner J

 

There were two runners of interest today, at Fontwell Park:

Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing’s Twitterati Racing Club ... that includes me) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards] (5 ran).

Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (8 ran).

 

The first prize for winning the Handicap Chase, according to the Racing Post, is £4,288.68.  So, as a member of the Twitterati Racing Club, I’m due a very small percentage of that; the Club has many members.  If I recall correctly, that’s my third winner, as a syndicate member – twice with Galactic Power, and now also with our second horse Rockchasebullett. 

 

There’s one runner of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

14:45 Between The Waters (Jamie Snowden/William Featherstone) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards]

 

I’ve done some further knitting today.  I finished a King Cole Gypsy Super Chunky yarn snood after midnight this morning and have now started another snood, this time using Stylecraft Special Candy Swirl ‘cake’ DK yarn in shades of blue (the official name of the colour-way is Blueberry Gum).  

 

I also cleared another area of wild flowers from the garden, after I’d spent time watching the Great North Run on TV.

Saturday 09 September 2017

There are two results to report, from yesterday:

 

Newcastle (AW):

Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Joe Doyle/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap [2 miles & 56 yards] (13 ran).

 

Kempton Park (AW):

Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) finished 9th in the Handicap (Qualifier for London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) [1 mile 2 furlongs & 219 yards] (13 ran).

 

There appear to have been numerous thunderstorms with accompanying downpours today – the broadcast cameras caught the rain action at Haydock Park, Stratford, Ascot and Kempton Park.  There was even a flag start at Ascot because, due to electrical storm activity in the area, the organisers were unable to place the metal stalls upon the racecourse!

 

It rained here, in Hertfordshire, early afternoon but I heard no thunder.  However, we had heavy rain at various times yesterday and a thunderstorm late afternoon too. 

 

There is also one result to report today, from Wolverhampton:

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Patrick Vaughan/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in the Apprentice Handicap Div I [1 mile & 142 yards] (12 ran).

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Fontwell Park:

17:10 Rockchasebullett (Fergal O’Brien/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing’s Twitterati Racing Club ... that includes me) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 5 furlongs & 135 yards]

17:45 Cautorillo (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

I did some knitting today, and some gardening after mid-day.  I’ve begun the annual task of clearing the wild flower patch; it used to be a vegetable plot.  The majority of the plants are Red Campion and Love-In-The-Mist, but there’s also Pink Mallow, Goldenrod, Viper’s Bugloss, rampant wild strawberry plants, plus a species of rampant geranium which has spread throughout the garden!   

 

I also popped down to Dunelms to buy a crochet hook ... but ended up with three, also a circular needle, a spool of red ribbon, a cushion, a bath towel and a onesie!  Thank goodness I walked to the retail outlet otherwise I may have been tempted to buy even more!!!  

 

I’m also currently reading ‘How’s Your Dad’ by Mick Channon junior. 

Thursday 07 September 2017

After a quiet few days, there are two runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Newcastle (AW):

14:15 Single Estate (Simon Waugh/Joe Doyle/raised by Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [2 miles & 56 yards]

 

Kempton Park (AW):

20:20 Sam Missile (James Fanshawe/Timmy Murphy/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap (Qualifier for London Middle Distance Series Qualifier) [1 mile 2 furlongs & 219 yards]

 

Cheltenham Racecourse has agreed to change the name of their Open Meeting to ... the November Meeting ... and all because people were getting it confused with the Open Golf.  Really?

 

PoP (Pride of Pemberley) has picked up a ‘bit of a knock’ and is currently on the easy list.  There is a suggestion that the vet may visit and of a possible scan too.  I’m just waiting to hear further news.

The first episode, series two, of Doctor Foster was fab-u-lous ...

Monday 04 September 2017

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!  I finished my website updates early yesterday afternoon, so everything is now up to date ... until the next time I either attend a yard visit or go to the races; I’ve no plans currently, until November/December time.  Last year I didn’t complete the updates until October, so I must have been particularly industrious this summer. 

 

Today I bought a ticket for Kempton Park’s Boxing Day fixture; they are on sale now.  I haven’t seen an email notification regarding these tickets being available, although they usually send one to their regulars.   

 

I’ve also booked tickets for Lesley and me to attend Pasha Kovalev’s 2018 show; we will be sitting on the front row. J  

 

One result to report, from yesterday at Brighton:

Her Terms (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) won the Handicap [5 furlongs & 60 yards] (9 ran).

 

And here is the link to the ATR recording of her race:

http://www.attheraces.com/racecard/Brighton/3-September-2017/1630

 

There were no runners of interest today, and there don’t appear to be any tomorrow either.

A number of yards held their owners’ open days yesterday, and I notice that the McNeill Family now have a horse with Paul Nicholls; he’s named Ataguiseamix.

I’m looking forward to the new series of Doctor Foster; episode one of series two will be broadcast tomorrow evening on BBC1 at 21:00.

Saturday 02 September 2017

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

 

Bangor-On-Dee:

Saint Contest (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 2nd in the Maiden Hurdle (7 ran).

 

Thirsk:

Lady Volante (Rebecca Menzies/Hollie Doyle/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in the Apprentice Handicap [7 furlongs & 218 yards] (9 ran).

There were three runners of interest today, at Newton Abbot:

Double Treasure (Jamie Snowden/Aidan Coleman) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs & 216 yards] (8 ran); Jamie’s 8th winner of the season.  The trainer is currently on the ‘hot’ list, this being his third winner since 24 August. 

Miss Crick (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards] (14 ran).

Londonia (Graeme McPherson/Paddy Brennan/EPDS Racing) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles & 167 yards] (8 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Worcester tomorrow, but no runners of interest at the track as Londonia participated in his preferred engagement today. 

 

However, there is one at Brighton:

16:30 Her Terms (Clive Cox/Adam Kirby/Apple Tree Stud) – Handicap [5 furlongs & 60 yards]

 

Altior spent his summer holiday with the Vigors at Hillwood Stud, and his trainer Nicky Henderson imagines that his charge’s first engagement will be Sandown’s Tingle Creek Chase in early December. 

 

Well, that’s annoying ... Ian Waite’s dance show in 2018 - Rhythm of the Night - in which he stars with Oti Mabuse, is coming to my home City on Saturday 28 April.  That’s the final day of the National Hunt season and I’ll be at Sandown Park, not expecting to arrive home until around 19:30.  Typical.  The show also visits Dunstable on 21 March, but that’s not much better, as the sole option would be to go straight from work because it would be only my second day back ‘in harness’ following the Cheltenham Festival.  Although there’s Stevenage on Wednesday 18 April ... but that’s also just my second day back in work, following Aintree!

 

But the good news is that Pasha Kovalev returns to St Albans with his new show – The Magic of Hollywood - on Tuesday 29 May; I can manage that particular date J

 

I’m currently working my way through the Lambourn Open Day photos which I took in April, uploading the best ones.  I uploaded the alpaca walk ones a couple of days ago, so the end is now in sight. J

 

There is another task which I need to complete, and that’s to update the Cheltenham Festival Leading Jockeys’ table to include 2017.

 

 


 

 

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