SEPTEMBER 2018

 

What’s new this month?

 

 

 

09 September 2018 – Colin Tizzard’s Public Open Day Diary (27 August 2018)

09 September 2018 – Photographs taken at Colin Tizzard’s Public Open Day (27 August 2018)

04 September 2018 – Aintree Festival Grand National Day Diary (14 April 2018)

02 September 2018 – Aintree Festival Ladies Day Diary (13 April 2018)

02 September 2018 – Aintree Festival Grand National Thursday Diary (12 April 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 30 September 2018

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

16:30 Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson/Sam Twiston-Davies) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards]

 

Edredon Bleu has been put to sleep aged 26, having spent his retirement with Graham Thorner.  He won the 2000 Champion Chase and the 2003 King George VI Chase.  RIP

 

https://www.racingpost.com/news/latest/champion-chase-and-king-george-winner-edredon-bleu-dies-age-26/347690

 

I’ve finished the snood which I’ve been crocheting for the past few days.  This afternoon I took my elderly mother on a shopping trip to Homebase and Dunelm.  So I’ve written just a small amount of my diary.  Never mind, I can’t do everything.

Saturday 29 September 2018

 

I’ve been out and about on my travels today; this time a visit to Robin Dickin’s yard, courtesy of EPDS Racing.

 

Thomas Crapper & GP.jpg

 

Thomas Crapper (right with Harriet Dickin aboard) and Galactic Power

 

 

Anti Cool.jpg

 

Anti Cool

ridden by conditional jockey James Nixon

(James won the Conditionals and Amateurs race on Grand National day aboard Havana Beat)

 

 

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Dontminddboys

He’s currently on lighter duties, having recently recovered from a virus

 

 

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Custer of the West aka ‘Custard’

The retired racehorse, owned by Mrs Prowting,

is now in the care of Harriet Dickin

and he’s doing a bit of eventing!

 

 

And here are today’s results for my runners of interest, at Market Rasen:

Sula Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran); Alan’s 28th winner of the season and Wayne’s 25th winner of the season.

Cracker Factory (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) finished 2nd in the Juvenile Hurdle (9 ran).

Risk And Co (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Standard Open NH Flat Race (10 ran).

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow.

 

The 2018 McCoy awards took place at Cheltenham racecourse yesterday and here is a run-down of the winners:

https://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/sport/racing/winners-announced-mccoys-2018-awards-2054912

 

Trevor Whelan, who is riding on the flat at present, won a race at Chester today but was then dumped after the line ... he’s reported to have broken his left ankle as a result.  Get well soon, Trevor.

I’ll be watching Strictly this evening, followed by Killing Eve, then Endeavour on +1.  I need to finish off my latest crochet project ... just sewing up a seam and adding tassels ... and now, of course, write a new diary and upload today’s photos too!

Friday 28 September 2018

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

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards] (7 ran).

Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Mares’ Handicap Chase (8 ran).

Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd and Peggies Venture (Alan King/Brendan Powell) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs] (10 ran).

Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th in the Selling Hurdle (7 ran).

Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) was pulled up in the Novices Hurdle (9 ran).

 

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

13:40 Sula Island (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle

14:15 Cracker Factory (Alan King/Daryl Jacob) – Juvenile Hurdle

17:10 Risk And Co (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Standard Open NH Flat Race

There’s news that the original Cheltenham Gold Cup trophy has been returned to the racecourse and will be reintroduced as a perpetual prize next March; the new race sponsors are Magners. 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/September/28/historic-moment-for-cheltenham-as-original-gold-cup-trophy-returns-home

Thursday 27 September 2018

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

14:15 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 110 yards]

15:25 Lerichi Belle (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Mares’ Handicap Chase

16:00 Brillare Momento (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) & Peggies Venture (Alan King/Brendan Powell) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs]

16:35 Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Selling Hurdle

17:05 Twentyoneblackjack (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices Hurdle

 

I finally have an official diagnosis for the pelvis issues which have been bothering me since January – it’s Osteitis Pubis or Pubic Bone Stress Injury:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteitis_pubis

 

Although I’d like to think that I’ve developed this problem because of my athletic prowess ... it’s probably due to walking too fast and too far on hard pavements ... 

 

Yesterday, whilst on my walking travels in Harpenden, I saw a black squirrel.  They are becoming increasingly more common, although are said to be limited to Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire at the present time.  The first wild black squirrel sighting occurred near Letchworth in 1912.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

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

Nylon Speed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won and Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 6th in the Novices’ Hurdle Div I (9 ran).  Alan’s 27th winner of the season and Wayne’s 24th winner of the season.

Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [3 mile 2 furlongs] (9 ran).

Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (11 ran).

 

Richard Johnson rode his 3,500th career winner at this fixture.

 

Robin Dickin had 4 runners at Warwick, and all four won best turned out in their respective events!

 

I was scanning through a copy of Horse and Hound from earlier this month and it mentions that Saphir Du Rheu had finished 2nd in a team chase, ridden by Charlotte Alexander.  I presume he’s been retired and is a replacement for the ill-fated Silviniaco Conti. 

 

There’s sad news that former jockey and Perth Racecourse Manager, Sam Morshead, has passed away following a long illness; he was 63.  RIP

 

There’s sad equine news too ...

 

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RIP Bentelimar

 

Charlie Longsdon’s Red Rum Chase winner suffered a fatal injury as a result of a freak accident.  RIP

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RIP Solatentif

Also, RIP the Colin Tizzard-trained Solatentif, who broke down badly at Plumpton on Sunday and had to be put to sleep.

Monday 24 September 2018

There’s one result today, from Newcastle ... it was a late notification, at around 02:00 this morning in fact!

Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Luke Morris) finished 5th in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 98 yards] (9 ran).

 

Racing returns to Warwick tomorrow and here are my runners of interest:

14:20 Nylon Speed (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Raving Bonkers (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Novices’ Hurdle Div I

16:05 Fact Of The Matter (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [3 mile 2 furlongs]

17:40 Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

Sunday 23 September 2018

Here is the update from Friday’s action at Newton Abbot:

Mercers Court (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) was a non-runner in the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards]

Casement (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 7th in the Novices’ Hurdle (8 ran).

 

There was one runner of interest yesterday, Saturday, at Chelmsford (AW):

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/George Wood/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished last in a Handicap [1 mile 5 furlongs & 66 yards] (9 ran).

 

And today’s results for my runners of interest:

 

Plumpton:

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) won the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran); Martin’s 10th winner of the season.

Melody Of Scotland (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs & 195 yards] (10 ran).

Little Windmill (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 152 yards] (6 ran); Wayne’s 23rd winner of the season.

Royal Household (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) finished 3rd in the Juvenile Hurdle (10 ran).

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 5th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles & 217 yards] (7 ran).

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 10th and Canford Thompson finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [1 mile 7 furlongs 195 yards] (12 ran).

 

Uttoxeter:

Jamacho (Charlie Longsdon/Brian Hughes/raised by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (8 ran).

 

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow and, as I write this diary, there’s been no ATR tracker notification of flat runners.

 

This weekend I started my third crochet project, a snood using Caron Simply Soft Aran yarn in the shade of ‘Pagoda’. 

 

I watched Strictly Come Dancing yesterday evening; all of the dancers acquitted themselves well, apart from Susannah Constantine.  However, I thought Faye Tozer was over-marked and Kate Silverton under-marked. 

 

I attended a hospital appointment yesterday morning and the lady Consultant made my day by saying I looked around 7 or 8 years younger than I actually am!  J   However, needless to say, until my pelvis issue is identified and resolved, I actually feel older than I am!

Thursday 20 September 2018

It’s been pretty quiet this week, with few National Hunt fixtures; a vestige of the time, not so long ago, when mid-September was the jump jockeys’ holiday period ... before it was moved to August.  The new arrangements are far more sensible, with school holidays in mind. 

 

Here is a link to the results from this week’s Goffs HIT sale, with Graeme McPherson picking up Gigginstown’s Lord Scoundrel for £9,000.

https://www.goffsuk.com/sales-results/sales/september-hit-sale-2018

 

Talking of Graeme McPherson ... having purchased more land last year, planning permission was granted for additional stabling to be built, thus doubling the size of his training operation; this accommodation is due to be completed before the end of October.  He showed us the proposed location of the stabling during last October’s EPDS-arranged visit.  

 

There are two runners of interest tomorrow, at Newton Abbot:

14:40 Mercers Court (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [3 miles 1 furlong & 170 yards]

15:15 Casement (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Novices’ Hurdle

Tuesday 18 September 2018

One result to report today, from Great Yarmouth:

Three Weeks (William Haggas/William Buick/Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Handicap (for 3-year-olds) [1 mile 3 furlongs & 104 yards] (6 ran).

 

There appear to be no runners of interest tomorrow.

 

Here is a video, courtesy of Choc, of the Apple Tree Stud’s youngsters:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1041610586579185664

 

Poet’s Word has suffered an injury setback and won’t run again this year ... evidently his owner is due to visit England soon, at which point a decision will be made regarding the horse’s future.

 

Following Sunday’s shock announcement regarding Alpha Centauri, it has also been announced that Saxon Warrior has been retired following Saturday’s Irish Champion Stakes; he has sustained a significant core lesion to his near-fore flexor tendon.

 

I’ve changed my mind about crocheting a triangular shawl, but have ruined the yarn which I’ve already used, leaving just 2½ balls remaining.  I love the colour shade, but it’s been discontinued; the good news is that I may be able to track down a further supply, from a different dye lot, to start a new project.  I will mull it over ...

Sunday 16 September 2018

Just one result to report from Friday, as Zabeel Star was a non-runner at Sandown Park.

 

Doncaster:

Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 115 yards] (14 ran).

 

There’s National Hunt racing at Hexham and Worcester tomorrow, but no runners of interest.

 

There’s news today that superstar filly Alpha Centauri has been retired following her defeat in yesterday’s Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.  She’s got a chip in her right front fetlock, so connections have decided to call it a day on veterinary advice and retire her to stud.  If you watched the race, which I did, you’d have noticed the filly falter in the closing stages of the race, which was won by Laurens. 

 

Talking of retirement, 18-year-old Lough Derg continues to enjoy his retirement:

https://mobile.twitter.com/fillyonform/status/1039972155071574018/photo/1

 

I think I’ve suffered an adverse reaction to the Micellar water I use to cleanse my make-up.  The skin around my eyes has become slightly itchy and the skin below my right eye is puffy too.  It first happened when I  started using it, a couple of years ago, but then my skin recovered and has been okay despite regular use ever since ... until now.  It’s the sensitive skin variety too, despite never classing my skin as sensitive.     

 

I’ve been knitting and crocheting this weekend ... with the same yarn, as I couldn’t decide upon a suitable pattern!  After a number of false-starts, I’ve finally settled upon a triangular crochet shawl – the yarn is Stylecraft Cabaret DK in Red Sky shade.

 

Thursday 13 September 2018

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

Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson/Sam Twiston-Davies) won and Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 6th in the Maiden Hurdle (11 ran); Graeme’s 6th winner of the season.

Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) refused to race and Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 207 yards] (7 ran); evidently the start was a shambles, with Newton Geronimo refusing to take part too.  As you can imagine, Martin was far from happy with the Starter. 

Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs] (7 ran).

 

There were no runners of interest today; there was no National Hunt racing.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest, solely on the flat:

 

Doncaster:

15:00 Cliffs Of Dover (Paul Nicholls/Megan Nicholls) – Handicap [1 mile 6 furlongs & 115 yards]

 

Sandown Park:

17:30 Zabeel Star (Karen Mclintock/Connor Beasley) – Handicap [1 mile 1 furlong & 209 yards]

 

There was no blog yesterday ... because I dozed off to sleep while doing my physio exercises!

Tuesday 11 September 2018

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

Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 5th and Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson) finished 4th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles] (7 ran); Winner Massagot finished 6th, with the 7th horse refusing to race!

Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 3rd and Mister Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 4th in the Novices’ Hurdle (9 ran).

Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) finished 3rd and Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 9th in the Mares’ Maiden Hurdle (11 ran).

Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Miss P Glanville) finished 7th in the ‘Hands and Heels’ Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals and Amateurs) Div II (10 ran).

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest at Uttoxeter:

14:50 Fleeting Visit (Graeme McPherson/Sam Twiston-Davies) & Oscar World (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Maiden Hurdle

15:55 Buckle Street (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Carntop (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 3 furlongs & 207 yards]

16:30 Somewhere To Be (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 4 furlongs]

 

Order Of St George has been retired at the age of 6. 

 

Weird Al, now 15, is looking well in retirement:

https://mobile.twitter.com/fillyonform/status/1038886159831715841/photo/1

Monday 10 September 2018

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

Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) fell and Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 7th in the Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs & 105 yards] (10 ran); Kings Lad finished 2nd in this race and Tempestatefloresco finished 4th. 

 

Meanwhile Ruby Russet finished 5th of 6 in the 2 mile 4 furlongs 216 yards Handicap Chase and Hoover Fever finished 11th of 12 in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

 

Here are tomorrow’s runners of interest at Worcester:

15:25 Dr Dunraven (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Delirious Love (Graeme McPherson/Richard Johnson) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles]; Winner Massagot holds an entry in this too, having stormed away with a race at Fontwell yesterday.  Also, with Dickie Johnson piloting Graeme McPherson’s entry, does that mean that Kielan Woods has been sidelined by Saturday’s fall?

15:55 Cul De Poule (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) & Mister Valentine (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Novices’ Hurdle

16:25 Chequered View (Martin Keighley/Richard Johnson) & Hartshorne Abbie (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Mares’ Maiden Hurdle

17:30 Next Level (Jamie Snowden/Miss P Glanville) – ‘Hands and Heels’ Handicap Hurdle (Conditionals and Amateurs) Div II

 

Horse and Hound reports that Sam Waley-Cohen and his brother Marcus recently scaled the Matterhorn! 

I’ve added three soon to be released books to my ‘Wanted’ list on Amazon – Taking my Time by George Baker & Tom Peacock, Fifty Shades of Hay (the extraordinary world of racehorse names) by David Ashworth, and The Scudamores: Three Of A Kind by Michael and Peter Scudamore. 

Sunday 09 September 2018

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

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 5th in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards] (10 ran).

Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) fell at the last fence having taken a marginal lead during the Handicap Chase [2 miles & 13 yards] (6 ran); hopefully he’s okay, as I’ve not read anything to the contrary.

 

Wolverhampton (AW):

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) finished 4th in the Apprentice Handicap [1 mile & 142 yards] (13 ran).

 

And today’s results from Fontwell Park:

Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Hurdle (6 ran).

Miss Antipova (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 5th and Winter Holiday (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 2nd in the Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (7 ran).

 

Winner Massagot, who is currently trained by Dan Skelton, won a handicap chase at Fontwell today, by 26 lengths under Noel Fehily!  He underwent wind surgery prior to his first race for Dan and had been very disappointing in four subsequent runs, but he wore a first-time tongue tie today!

 

And tomorrow’s runners of interest at Newton Abbot:

15:25 Beneagles (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) & Lord Topper (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 2 furlongs & 105 yards]

 

Having been working on my Open Day photos this weekend, I notice a number of Colin Tizzard runners have engagements at Newton Abbot tomorrow – Ruby Russet, Tempestatefloresco, Kings Lad,  and Hoover Fever!

 

Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooo ... I’ve finished my backlog of website diaries, etc, and am now completely up to date. J

Friday 07 September 2018

One result to report from yesterday, at Sedgefield:

Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) finished 7th in theHandicap Hurdle [3 miles 3 furlongs & 9 yards] (8 ran).

 

One result to report today, from Kempton Park (AW):

Ardamir (Laura Mongan/Eddie Greatrex/formerly owned by Apple Tree Stud) finished 6th in the Handicap [1 mile 7 furlongs & 218 yards] (10 ran) ... the wait for Ardamir to break his duck goes on!

 

Here are Saturday’s runners of interest:

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

16:05 Our Three Sons (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 6 furlongs & 125 yards]

17:15 Alexander The Grey (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Handicap Chase [2 miles & 13 yards]

 

Wolverhampton (AW):

17:45 Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Paula Muir/EPDS Racing) – Apprentice Handicap [1 mile & 142 yards]

 

And at Fontwell Park on Sunday:

16:10 Lord Condi (Martin Keighley/Aidan Coleman) – Novices’ Hurdle

17:10 Miss Antipova (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) & Winter Holiday (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) – Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race

 

The Last Samuri has changed stables, for what is envisaged to be his final season.  He’s moved from the Kim Bailey yard to Harry Fry: 

http://www.attheraces.com/news/2018/September/07/the-last-samuri-makes-switch-from-kim-bailey-to-harry-fry

 

Arnie ... aka Saint Are ... is settling into his new post-racing home in Essex with the ladies responsible for producing the highly successful RoR showing horse Beware Chalk Pit:

https://mobile.twitter.com/TomGeorgeRacing/status/1037280129305784320/photo/1

 

Charlie Longsdon is publicising his Open afternoon which takes place a week tomorrow, 15 September ... he’s based near Chipping Norton:

https://mobile.twitter.com/CharlieLongsdon/status/1038014201267142656/photo/1

 

Gigginstown is sending a large shipment of horses to Goffs’ Doncaster Horses In Training (HIT) sale, including Thunder And Roses and Road To Riches.

 

I’ve no specific plans for the weekend.  If the weather is fine I may do a little bit of gardening, as the wild flower area needs to be tidied ahead of the autumn.  If not, I’ve still got my Colin Tizzard Public Open Day diary and photos to work upon and I shall watch the Strictly Come Dancing introductions programme tomorrow evening too.

 

Ten of Strictly’s professional dancers are going on tour next Spring – Pasha, Gorkathe Corker’, Giovanni, Neil and AJ; plus Oti, Katya, Diane, Karen and Nadija. 

 

Here is the link to details of the tour ... and, yes, I’ve booked tickets for my friend Lesley and me to attend one of the tour dates. J

http://strictlytheprofessionals.com/

 

It’s been an expensive summer L with so many tickets to buy in just a matter of weeks and, if that isn’t wallet-busting enough, I’ve been totally ‘undone’ by a whole range of alpaca- and sloth-themed merchandise in Flying Tiger!!!  And I’m not even going to mention my new interest in crocheting ... Oops I did!

 

As Sky has lost the coverage of the US Open, I won’t be tuning-in to the tennis finals this weekend; I gather the Amazon Prime coverage of the event is atrocious ... back to the dark ages evidently!!!

 

Friday is Frightday on Really TV; so I shall be dipping into that this evening, provided I can keep awake to do so.  Early evening I shall watch Larry and George Lamb’s ‘Britain by Bike’ on Channel 5.  I also like A Question of Sport,  The Great British Bake Off - An Extra Slice and Gogglebox – there are far too many good programmes on TV this evening – thank goodness for +1 and 4Seven too!

Wednesday 05 September 2018

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

Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) finished 2nd in the Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards] (11 ran).

City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) finished 2nd in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards] (12 ran).

 

One runner of interest tomorrow, at Sedgefield:

16:30 Our Reward (Jamie Snowden/Jack Quinlan/EPDS Racing) – Handicap Hurdle [3 miles 3 furlongs & 9 yards]

 

Pride Of Pemberley is back at Jamie Snowden’s yard and, having spent time on the water treadmill, he’s been scanned by the vets and given the all clear to begin cantering work.  J  Fingers and everything crossed that he’ll be back on the racecourse before too long. 

 

Having completed my Aintree diaries, I’m going to have a few days rest before resuming my Colin Tizzard Public Open Day diary and photos, hopefully at the weekend.

Tuesday 04 September 2018

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

 

Goodwood:

Tzar Nicholas (Archie Watson/Eddie Greatrex/Apple Tree Stud) finished last in the Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [1 mile] (10 ran). L

 

This is a link to the finishing stages of his race; he’s the chestnut with the big white blaze, travelling beside the rails, who drops out quickly:

https://twitter.com/i/status/1037040094513954816

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) finished 3rd in the Novices’ Handicap Chase (12 ran).

Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards] (4 ran); Wayne’s 22nd winner of the season.

Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) was pulled up in the Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (11 ran).

 

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

14:20 Mr Mafia (Martin Keighley/Harry Stock) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 7 furlongs & 209 yards]

15:50 City Never Sleeps (Martin Keighley/Andrew Tinkler) – Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 4 furlongs & 62 yards]

Monday 03 September 2018

There are four runners of interest tomorrow:

 

Goodwood:

15:05 Tzar Nicholas (Archie Watson/Eddie Greatrex/Apple Tree Stud) – Maiden Stakes for 2-year-olds [1 mile]; this is the Ruler Of The World colt.

 

Stratford-Upon-Avon:

14:50 Filemon (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) – Novices’ Handicap Chase

15:55 Comanche Chieftain (Neil King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Handicap Chase [2 miles 3 furlongs & 98 yards]

17:05 Visage Blanc (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) – Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

Sunday 02 September 2018

One result to report today, from Worcester:

Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) won the Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race (8 ran); Alan’s 26th winner of the season and Wayne’s 21st winner of the season. 

There’s no National Hunt racing tomorrow and, as far as I’m aware, no runners on the flat have been notified to me either.

 

It appears that Choc has found himself a new pastime and he’s looking for a sponsor too:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Choc_Thornton/status/1036226612923170817/photo/1

 

It transpires that this year’s US Open tennis isn’t being broadcast by any of the usual ‘suspects’ – it’s on Amazon Prime instead.  That’s rubbish, as it’s not something I’d want to commit to these days; it’s just a casual ‘dip into’ thing which I’d watch every now and then during the two week tournament.  L

New Zealander Tim Price won the Burghley Horse Trials this afternoon; it was his first four star title on British soil.  The winning horse was named Ringwood Sky Boy, and he also finished 10th aboard Bango.

Saturday 01 September 2018

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

 

Bangor-on-Dee:

Shady Glen (Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods) finished 6th in the Handicap Chase [3 miles & 30 yards] (10 ran).

 

Hamilton:

Zabeel Star (Karen McLintock/T Hamilton) finished 12th in the Handicap [1 mile 4 furlongs & 15 yards] (15 ran).

 

And three results to report today:

 

Newton Abbot:

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

Capsy De Mee (Jamie Snowden/Page Fuller) finished 6th in the Handicap Hurdle [2 miles 5 furlongs & 122 yards] (11 ran).

 

Wolverhampton (AW):

Celtic Artisan (Rebecca Menzies/Cam Hardie/EPDS Racing) won the Handicap Div I [1 mile & 142 yards] (10 ran).

 

And one runner of interest tomorrow, at Worcester:

15:15 Alsa Mix (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson) – Mares’ Intermediate Open NH Flat Race

Tickets for Kempton Park’s 32Red Winter Festival went on sale yesterday; there is a discount available for the first few days so, to take advantage of it, you need to be quick!

Woo who ... I completed the race notes for the Aintree Festival this afternoon; my summer website ‘projects’ are nearly complete! J


 

 

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