Thursday 14th February 2019
Weather - 0 degrees, misty and frosty at 05:55 hrs
Been a quiet and frustrating start to 2019.....
With abandoned meetings, snow, non starters and the equine flu scare in the UK it has been a little frustrating but we are looking forward to the end of the month and into March when we have entries for Exceeding Power, Ask Jilly, Midnight Jitterbug, Helfire, Zefferino, Champion Chase, Olympic Legend and Nawar.
Equine Influenza scare in the UK.......
Thankfully we were not one of the yards to be labeled as in 'lock-down' - possible horses in a stable who have contracted the equine influenza. It was very frightening last week for everyone who has horses especially if you have young stock (foals).... the studs must be extremely stressed. When the outbreak was announced the British Horseracing Authority were quick to act and we thank them for doing so. Annoying as it was to have no racing for six days but they tested over 2000 horses in that time and thankfully yesterday we were back racing but only for horses who had flu vaccinations within the last six months...... flu vaccinations are normally annual.
The downside for us over the flu scare was that when racing resumed yesterday we were unable to run Champion Chase due to the new time scale of the six monthly flu vaccinations (new regulation started this week). He had his vaccine at the end of the summer when the majority of NH horses have them, unfortunately this is over the six month time scale! Frustrating that we could not run as an ideal race for him but looking on the positive side he is not one of the six horses who has contracted the equine influenza...... hopefully they will be back in training in due time but it's going to need the time and patience.
Last week was the first time a flat horse refused to go into the stalls at the races for us in over 30 years! Catheadans Gift who was having her second career run at Kempton refused to go in the stalls last week. As the stall handlers were loading the runners of her race she seemed to be getting further and further away from the stalls (150 feet), therefore looked like she was going to be in last. When they tried to lead her in she just dug her feet very firmly in the sand, there was no rearing, no going sideways or backwards...... she just firmly would not budge with her ears picked..... laughing at everyone! A blind was put on, a bit of pushing and she was then within 10 foot of the stalls. They then took the blind off her head, she walked forward, got half way into the stalls but then backed out and that was the end of the stalls team trying! With all the recent sensitivity (BHA rules) with getting behind a horse to ask it to go forward at the start of a race they were not going to try too hard.... well that's what it looked like! She had been in our stalls twice the week previous to her race attempt and we don't have the team strength that they have on the racecourse! We have to do a stalls test now before she can go racing again!
Friday 1st February 2019
Weather - 0 degrees, 4 inches of snow and still snowing lightly at 08:54 hrs
This morning - 4 inches of snow and more to come!
Catheadans Gift has her second career outing tomorrow at Kempton..... weather permitting!
Providing the roads are safe and Kempton has managed to keep the snow off the track we are hoping to run Catheadans Gift over 7f at Kempton with George Wood on board. She is working well at home and has sharpened up since her debut run in May. Unfortunately we do not have the best draws tomorrow but it could be worse! Providing she gets a good break and can sit handy she will show a good account of herself for most of the race. There are some expensive types in her race but none will be more mentally tough than she is.....she's more colt than filly! If she stays the distance and finishes in the first 7 we will be delighted.
Midnight Jitterbug had a non event at Uttoxeter.......
The ground was not to his liking last Saturday at Uttoxeter and pulled up 2 out. He and many others throughout the day found it too deep. They do 'over race' at Uttoxeter and the ground never really recovers especially when its soft. He did not have a hard race and will hopefully be back out soon, on better ground..... providing the snow goes!
Friday 25th January 2019
Weather - 9 degrees, light winds at 18:33 hrs
Midnight Jitterbug back out after a satisfactory run ......
We were pleased with Midnight Jitterbug when he ran four weeks ago at Wincanton considering he had been off the track since May 2017. At Wincanton he looked liked being placed close to home under Joe Anderson but just got tired in the final furlong. Joe rides him again tomorrow due to the race being a Conditional Jockeys race whereby he will ride against jockeys with similar experience. Joe has had 30 plus rides in total (mainly point to pointing) and rode Sarah a point to point winner in May 2018. He did have a fourth last week for Nigel Twiston Davis at Ludlow therefore confidence will be good. We will need to act on the ground tomorrow but does have the action for the softer going. Good order at home. Good luck Team.
Catheadans Fury a non runner yesterday...
Unfortunately we were unable to run at Chelmsford due to our filly having a rash (sore to touch) in her saddle and neck area. She does seem much better today but we have still taken a blood test.
Tuesday 22nd January 2019
Weather - 1 degree, snowing heavily at 17:55 hrs
The snow has arrived!
Since 3pm today it has been snowing and we now have at least 3 inches and it's not stopping! The weather forecast here is for -3 from 11pm so it's not going to be fun tomorrow.... All we can do is keep the horses safe and warm.
Our runner on Thursday, Catheadans Fury is ready to run at Chelmsford and being a sprinter she will just need a leg stretch in the indoor school tomorrow which she loves going in daily regardless of what the weather is doing. Lets hope the snow has all gone by Thursday morning.... This snow today was not forecast! We did not receive an ideal draw of 1 as she is a hold up horse..... she will do her best as she always does....she tries her little heart out. Catheadans Fury is in good form at home and you could say that she looks stronger than her previous runs. Good luck Team.
Monday 21st January 2019
Weather - 3 degrees, dry and slight breeze at 18:32hrs
Catheadans Fury out again.... Thursday at Chelmsford
Hoping for a middle to outside draw for hold up tactics - need a good pace too! Declarations tomorrow.
More entries for this week and next especially now rain forecast. Watch this space!
Thursday 10th January 2019
Weather - 5 degrees, dry and still at 16:00 hrs
Most southern NH tracks have had no decent rain for a while and this means that our Champion Chase has to travel north to Sedgefield tomorrow to run on good to soft ground. The distance is short of his ideal but with a sharp front runner in the field this will give us a chance to settle and get into a good rhythm. James Best rides him and knows him well. Champion Chase is in good form at home, ready run and has a really good chance providing the ground is to our liking .... Good luck Team
Another good run from Helfire - 3rd at Lingfield
Pleasing run from Helfire under Charlie Bennett.... he does know her so well. Two well handicapped horses finishing ahead of us.... you could say that we are also well handicapped but she is still regaining her confidence. Now a short break and will be back in due course...... having had a wind operation!
2019 - A Very Happy New Year to All
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. May you have a prosperous and Healthy New Year."
Sunday 31st December 2018
Weather - 9 degrees, still and cloudy at 08.00 hrs
Helfire ran with credit last time and today she should improve again......
Hoping we get a reasonable break from stall two today at Lingfield. She is in good form since her run on the 20th December at Chelmsford where she ran a respectable 4th in a good grade. Today 2lb lighter in a grade lower, however a competitive race but she has the class to overcome this with luck on her side. Good luck Team.
Midnight Jitterbug looked very happy to be back on the track.....
Great to see Midnight Jitterbug in action at Wincanton on Boxing Day having not run since May 2017. This was his debut for us and although had been pleasing us at home he was still going to need the run as his training had to be taken on a steady course with patience. A good size field of 16 runners, a competitive race run at a good pace with the winner making all. Midnight Jitterbug was ridden prominent, jumped well and given plenty of space under 7lb claiming jockey Joe Anderson who has only had a handful of rides under rules - he gave him a wonderful introduction back on the track. He looked like being placed between two and three out but got tired in the holding ground. A pleasing run which will bring him on again.
At Christmas play and make good cheer
For Christmas comes but once a year
Thursday 20th December 2018
Weather - 6 degrees, dry but damp at 06:05 hrs
Super run from Exceeding Power, up in Class and ratings!
Another super run from 7 yr old Exceeding Power who finished 4th to some young improvers. Only beaten a neck by a horse who has gone up to 99, the winner now 94 who went up 6lb, the second up 2lb to 97 and we went up 1lb to 89..... first time he's gone up for finishing fourth. Beaten 2 1/4 lengths in total. The pace of the race was moderate and if the pace had been an end to end gallop we may have just finished closer.... Well done Team, another great result.
Helfire has an outing today at Chelmsford...... needs luck on her side!
Hoping for more pace today for Helfire in a very competitive race over a mile. She ran ok last time but no pace having missed the break as well. We have the outside draw which is not ideal for any horse but if Charlie Bennett who rides her tonight can get a good start then we are expecting an improved run. Needs and deserves plenty of luck tonight. Good luck.
Thursday 13th December 2018
Weather - 1 degree, dry and still at 20:10 hrs
Exceeding Power in action tomorrow - Class 3 at Kempton
Due to winning last time (with top weight in a 76 -85) Exceeding Power has gone up to Class 3 races. Tomorrow he takes on some useful improving horses who are slightly younger but how good are they and if it comes down to toughness and maturity then Exceeding Power may have the advantage when you watch the way he battled last time out. We have less weight (9 stone) than last time (9st 9lb) due to being in a higher handicap 81 -95, a positive. He is in 'cracking' order at home and is ready for another outing. We need pace tomorrow and we should get it ..... slightly shorter in distance tomorrow but he's already won over course and distance. George Wood is booked and knows him very well having won on him three times. There are more positives than negatives and at the end of the day he owes us nothing. Good luck.
Catheadans Fury 4th at Lingfield
Ran very well ..... a little too far back due to hold up tactics with the first three in the front rank all the way. We had ground to make up and not exactly a clear run through. Due to run on Wednesday 19th at Lingfield - in good order and expecting another good run.
Ask Jilly debut over hurdles - clear round
Ask Jilly Jumped well on her debut at Huntingdon in a very hot contest. Traveled well until getting tired turning into the home straight but had made up considerable ground passing horses three out. Has come out of the race well and will not be too long before she is out again.
Monday 3rd December 2018
Weather - 8 degrees, dry with temperature decreasing at 18:39 hrs
Lingfield for Catheadans Fury tomorrow.....
Will need pace tomorrow at Lingfield in the 6f race of 11 runners. Not really an ideal draw of 1 for Catheadans Fury as she's in the 'box seat' and normally comes from off the pace not front of pace. George Wood will need to be at his best tomorrow to get cover to settle on the rail. Providing she does not use up too much energy early she will be right there at the finish...... in good form at home and a track she has run well at previously. Good luck team.
Sunday 25th November 2018
Weather - 7 degrees, dry and still at 16:15hrs
Pleasing run in the fastest 2yr old race over 6f at Lingfield ...........
Catheadans Fiyah had her third career run yesterday finishing 6th of 10 runners in the fastest recorded time at Lingfield for 2yr olds over 6f !
In her previous race she was pulling for her head, running with the choke out so the plan was to get her settled..... however we were not expecting a 'blistering' gallop from the start! She broke first but our jockey had his orders and took Catheadans Fiyah back into third last........ meanwhile the pace was fierce, the front two had gone and little CF was suddenly taken off her legs for half a furlong but as our jockey put her into drive she stuck her head out and kept rolling along. Turning into the home straight she stuck on well passing horses as she went but all was too late ...... the ground she lost at the start would have put her at least four lengths closer! Her jockey, Joey Haynes was pleased with her performance and said that we would have a lot of fun with her. Holiday for her now to give her front end and back end a chance to catch up with each other.
Saturday 24th November 2018
Weather - 8 degrees, drizzle at 06:21 hrs
Catheadans Fiyah to Lingfield on the flat today.......
Today we go to Lingfield on the all weather with 2 yr old Catheadans Fiyah who will be having her third career run. Still immature but has ability, a full sister to our Catheadans Fury who has won two races this year from nine career runs.... albeit two years older than Catheadans Fiyah! Joey Haynes takes the reins today and providing she settles early on she should show a good account of herself. She will have a break after this run to give her more time to mature and strengthen into a nice 3yr old. Good luck Team.
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Weather - 0 degrees, still and frosty at 06:12hrs
Exceeding Power WINS for the 9th time.......top weight 9st 9lb off his highest mark of 83 at the age of 7 nearly 8yrs!
We salute you Exceeding Power.... last night's performance was amazing! He fought hard against the 6/5 favourite Landue to win by a short head and the third 6 lengths behind them. George Wood gave Exceeding Power a truly enterprising ride - horse and jockey have so much confidence with each other. In the race he broke out of the stalls first, pressed leader early, creating a good pace, steadily settled back into midfield, closed to join the leaders 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon quickened clear with runner-up and sustained the duel throughout the final furlong, ran on well with the second breathing down his neck but unable to put his head in front of the 'mighty' EXCEEDING POWER. He could not cope with the ground at Newbury on his last run and again Ascot - nothing to do with class of race as he showed last night! He will now remain on the all weather. He is a true warrior.
WELL DONE TEAM - Your hard work paid off again - his confidence returned with attention to detail, patience and time.
Exceeding Power (George Wood) fighting it out with 6/5 fav Landue (James Doyle)
In the Winners Enclosure with Sarah
Tuesday 21st November 2018
Weather - 3 degrees, drizzle and feeling cold at 18:49 hrs
Exceeding Power looking forward to running on the all weather tomorrow.......
Back to Kempton tomorrow for Exceeding Power who is in good order at home. He has one of his old friends taking the reins, George Wood who has won two races on him. Only 7 runners now as one has just been declared a non runner. Our race tomorrow (7.40pm) is competitive as expected for a 0-85 but he knows the track well and he's as tough as they come! Good luck Team.
Saturday 17th November 2018
Weather - 8 degrees, dry at 18:05 hrs
Improvement again from Helfire......
Helfire showed some of her old ability in the 0-75 handicap over 9f at Wolverhampton under Charlie Bennett last night. She has been unruly going to the start on various occasions before we trained her and after her antics last time out, her debut for us, we decided that we would lead her to the start, put her in the stalls with no jockey and then have the jockey get on in the stalls...... worked well! At 66-1 we were getting excited two furlongs out when she was battling for a place only to be beaten 2 1/2 lengths by the 2nd horse (winner won well) - we finished 7th of 13 runners.... The last furlong caught her out so back to the mile now that she has gained some confidence with tongue strap.
Nawar settled in well ....
Nawar 2015 gelding by Henrythenavigator was recently bought by us from Tattersalls HIT Autumn Sale for our new syndicate, 'Quartet Racing'. He has only had five runs and been in the money on all runs for Roger Charlton. He is a half brother to Aljazzi who recently sold for £1,400,00.00, the day after we bought Nawar. He has settled in well, cantering on the gallops and enjoying the routine. A possible run on the all-weather in due course but aiming for a campaign in the spring.
Friday 16th November 2018
Weather - 11 degrees, dry and still at 06:15hrs
Helfire to Wolverhampton today..... hoping for more improvement.
This will be her second run for us and hoping she can improve on her run from last time where she was 8th of eleven runners. Since her run she has improved mentally at home and enjoying her work. She has a strong personality and last time she gave Martin and her jockey a testing time to the start but in the race she could not be more obliging with her jockey being positive about the run. Charlie Bennett rides her today who has ridden her on all four career wins.
Champion Chase seems fine after his fall....
Champion Chase had an unfortunate fall which was five out in the novice chase at Lingfield last week and both he and his jockey Tom Cannon are fine. The ground was soft with heavy patches but this was not a problem for Champion Chase who has form on heavy ground. Whilst watching the race we were thinking how well he was jumping; straight and giving them plenty of room.... but then six out he got a little low brushing through the top and when he came to the next fence, five out he gave it height, jumped it well but with a slight drop the other side his landing gear crumbled underneath him and down he went on to his nose and shoulders! It was such a soft landing Tom actually got back on him and rode him back to the unsaddling area. He seems fine and actually not very tired so all being well (chiropractor on Monday) he will be out again in a couple of weeks.
Monday 12th November 2018
Weather - 10 degrees, still and dry at 17:45hrs
Lingfield tomorrow on the turf - NH Racing ....
Tomorrow will be Champion Chase's first run since having a good holiday, his last run being in April this year. He has been second in his last three chases for us on good to soft to heavy and has a third on heavy ground at Lingfield over hurdles. The ground at Lingfield is currently soft with possible showers forecast. He is ready to run and has shown some good strong work at home. We have Tom Cannon on board who knows Lingfield well. Hoping for a safe round .....he should not be far away.
Saturday 10th November 2018
Weather - 10 degrees, heavy rain at 16:25 hrs
Good run from Catheadans Fury 4th........ only beaten 3/4 length and a head for 2nd!
Another good run from Catheadans Fury who finished 4th at Chelmsford on Thursday. She would have given the winner a good run for their money, if the early pace had been stronger..... unfortunately the early pace was inconsistent and too slow for our filly who pulled too hard (using up vital finishing energy) behind the slow pace.
Catheadans Fury needs the field to burst from the stalls and 'kick' (jump and run) allowing her to settle in behind them..... this gives her time to breath and use vital speed in the finish..... Our draw of two was a good place to be if you want to be handy but with our hold up tactics we had to take too many rein checks to get to the back and when you're on a filly who doesn't like to loose she is going to fight you! There was nothing our jockey, George Wood could do, she fought him for at least a furlong, the furlong he needed at the end of the race to get him to the finish, in front!
Some would say let her run from the front but she would 'do' too much (too much open space or as we say 'daylight') she would run like the wind and make it a 3 furlong race! This would be typical of 'burn-out' turning into the home straight. Another option would have been to sit behind the leaders but with horses all around her she would be climbing all over her competitors... that would be dangerous! Catheadans Fury is similar to her mother; a fighter with terrific speed for a short distance. She has come out of her race well, she's probably frustrated she did not win again..... more pace next time and then watch her fly!
We shall not forget
A day in the United Kingdom to honor those who served in the World Wars and future conflicts.
Martin's grandfather, Benjamin Booker was in the Berkshire Yeomanry Veterinary Corps in World War I. The Veterinary Corps were responsible for looking after the horses and mules overseas in World War I. He survived the war and returned to farming in Goosey, Oxfordshire in 1918.
Corporal Benjamin Booker.
Corporal Benjamin Booker and his life
pictures in the Army - World War I
Thursday 8th November 2018
Weather - 6 degrees, dry and still with sun shining at 06:18hrs
Catheadans Fury at Chelmsford today...'BIG PLAYER' quote by the Racing Post.
Back to Chelmsford today with Catheadans Fury who won over course and distance last time out. She has just eight career runs - won two and second in one. George Wood back on .... luck in running she will fly the flag for us again. No one tougher than Catheadans Fury! Good luck Team.
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Weather - 4 degrees, dry and still at 06:16 hrs
An outing to Ascot today for Ask Jilly.....
This will be Ask Jilly's debut run on a racecourse. A nice introduction for her being just down the road and at a grade 1 track. She has plenty of ability, showing plenty of good pieces of work at home and on racecourse gallops. Stamina may be stretched in today's NH Flat race but she will still show a good account of herself. Looking forward to seeing her run over hurdles in due course.
Ask Jilly schooling over the poles.
October flew by so quickly ......can't believe we are in November already!
October was a busy month, not necessarily with runners but in general. The standout's for October were Catheadans Fury winning for a second time and the purchase of Nawar (ex R Charlton) for Quartet Racing (Nawar - half brother to Aljazzi who sold for £1,000,000). Nawar was bought at the Autumn Newmarket Sales, a strong sale of over 1600 horses.
Helfire ran at Lingfield, her debut run for us and over a distance of 1m2f, an untried distance for her having run over distances of 6f to 1m. She had been disappointing this year for her previous handler but had won 4 races for them in previous years. Her run on Thursday was promising and now to build on it..... more entries this month.
Zefferino had his debut for us in the week at Kempton.....a disappointing run but being drawn so wide did not help his cause. He has a huge engine and will hopefully show success this winter.
Catheadans Fiyah ran another promising race at Chelmsford last Monday, this being her second career race. Although her placings don't look much on paper her ability is there to see but she is still very much a big baby and will make a nice 3 year old. Possibily one more run to gain her handicap mark and then to have a break through the winter.
Counterfeiter was disappointing at Newbury on the flat last Saturday (still in contention 2f out but then faded quickly). He has shown a glimmer of ability in a couple of runs earlier in the year but he does not appear to be in love with flat racing anymore. He is plagued with problems and we have been very patient with him. On Sunday he runs in a claiming hurdle with Brendan Powell on board. Would be no surprise to see him run well but he does have a strong mind!
Nawar, our new purchase for Quartet Racing
Sunday 14th October 2018
Weather - 12 degrees, heavy rain at 11:26hrs
"WINNER, WINNER" at 50-1 ........ from the game Catheadans Fury having had 5 months off the track!
Last night Catheadans Fury won at Chelmsford City over 6f under a skillful ride from George Wood. She was patiently ridden, held up in rear till 'nipping' up the inside rail, still 'on the bit' (not in the final gear) 2 furlongs from the finish, next battled up the home straight to take the lead 75 yds out..... won by a neck at 50-1! This was her second win in eight career starts. Very proud of our home bred chestnut filly, foaled here by Martin.
Catheadans Fury - 6f winner at Chelmsford City
Saturday 13th October 2018 ridden by George Wood
In the Winners Enclosure with owners Bayard Racing
and Alex Powis
Catheadans Fury at the races relaxing pre-race
Thursday 4th October 2018
Weather - 12 degrees, overcast with a heavy dew at 09:17hrs
Entry for Stratford but rain needed......
Ask Jilly has been entered for a NH Flat race (a race for future jump horses but on the flat) at Stratford on Monday 8th October. The ground is quick at present with no watering since last Monday but heavy rain is forecast on Saturday! She will only run if there is significant ease in the ground.
Saturday 22nd September 2018
Weather - 11 degrees, feeling autumnal but barely a breeze at 06:05 hrs
The ups and down's of racing!
Yesterday we had two runners at Newbury, a two year old named Cathedans Fiyah having her debut who ran a very satisfactory race and good old Exceeding Power who found the good to soft going uncomfortable. Catheadans Fiyah who was foaled here at Bowstridge Farm, full sister to Cathedans Fury (winner this year) has an exciting career ahead of her. Her jockey Rab Havlin was very enthusiastic about her attitude and ability. The down's of yesterday was Exceeding Power who has shown such consistency over the past five years (8 wins) was eased in the final two furlongs having stumbled numerous times on the good to soft going. He was sore after the race but has no swelling or significant lameness - he will be fully examined by our vet. He arrived home last night very happy and has eaten up this morning. He has been a wonderful little racehorse and will have the best attention possible.
Thursday 6th September 2018
Weather - 11 degrees, still with an Autumnal feel at 06:05 hrs
Horses have had good holidays..... now back in to get fit.
The horses that have been on holiday look great, have filled their frames well (not too fat) with smooth,silky coats.
For those that are fit and ready to run are now 'ticking over' waiting for either good ground or suitable races : Exceeding Power, Counterfeiter, Catheadans Fury, Catheadans Gift, Catheadans Fiyah (debut), Helfire and Ask Jilly (4 wks).
Past horses ....... 19 year old Silver Prophet.
Since we retired Silver Prophet he has had nine years of hunting and leisure riding with his current owner. He has now been retired from riding and has a free range life! An old favourite of ours who was a tough race horse winning on the flat and over hurdles. He won his maiden on the flat for us at Goodwood gaining a handicap mark of 81 beating Java who was fancied for the Guineas at that time! He won two over hurdles and two on the flat from 64 runs.
Last week, picture taken outside his owners new house - part of the family
having his room next to theirs!
Below - Silver Prophet when in training with us
Sunday 26th August 2018
Weather - 15 degrees, blustery and raining at 17:10hrs
Any distance and still puts in a good show!
Exceeding Power finishes a good 5th at Chelmsford yesterday over 1m 5f in a Class 3 giving weight away. Given a confident ride from Joey Haynes who praised Exceeding Power for his toughness. Exceeding Power has now won 8 races over 6f, 7f, 1m, 1m2f and 1m3f and at the age of 7 is still putting in an excellent show over 1m4f off his career highest marks. Well done Team
Exceeding Power waiting to go into the paddock, then waiting for his jockey Joey Haynes pre-race yesterday
Exceeding Power fighting it out for 4th - 5th at Chelmsford in a Class 3 over 1m 5f (77-92 handicap)
Thursday 16th August 2018
Weather - 16 degrees, heavy rain at 10:00hrs
The rain has arrived ....... a good down pour this morning!
Kempton last night....... 9.00 pm race!
Diana's Passion was drawn 13 of 14 last night at Kempton over a distance of 1m 4f. The draw was not ideal for us as we were the most inexperienced horse in the race having only had three previous runs. Last night we needed to get tucked into the pack, 'cover' as we call it so that he could be carried along with the more experienced horses. As our jockey William Cox tried to 'tuck' into the gaps they kept closing which left us out on the wing, going the widest of all. Through the race he was placed in the first six of the fourteen runners until 3 furlongs out where he faded towards the rear. A disappointing run - regardless of going wide we are scratching our heads as to what distance is suitable for him ...... have tried shorter but to no avail. He comes from a family of sprinters but he's certainly not got the speed to be running in anything shorter than a mile! Will have a break now and a decision to be made on what his future career is going to be - hurdles, fences or riding horse?
A good run from Exceeding Power finishing 6th at Kempton.....
A good run in a very competitive race over 1m 4f with Exceeding Power having top weight due to being rated 85. His jockey Rab Havlin said that they did not go quick enough for him mid race....... the first three kicked off the front in the final three furlongs leaving us a bit flat footed and too much ground to make up. Stayed on well enough but all too late.
Looking forward to Exceeding Power running next week back on the all weather at Chelmsford. No suitable races for him on the turf until September.
A legend in his own right..... fond memories
It is with sadness to report the passing of Midnight Spirit aged 19 who unfortunately developed a tumour. A lovely horse we trained for a short while winning a hurdle race but originally bought to be our lead horse and school master at the age of 11. A good looking horse who gave many people great pleasure particularly his most recent owner of the last six years Tanya Docwra Smith who gave him an amazing retirement ..... so much part of her family he even attended her wedding. A wonderful horse who will be sadly missed but we will always have fond memories of him. Thank you Tanya for giving him a superb retirement.
R.I.P Midnight Spirit.
Midnight Spirit below loving his work and helping to educate young horses in 2012
Midnight Spirit - far side with Zac Baker (yellow cap) and 2 yr old learning to go upsides with George Baker (blue cap)
Tuesday 7th August 2018
Weather - 17 degrees, bright morning at 06:08 hrs
Exceeding Power top weight tomorrow at Kempton.....
Tomorrow evening we go to Kempton for a 1m 4f race for Exceeding Power with Rab Havlin on board. He is in great form at home, looks great in his skin and has a clear scope (scope to check for mucus/sore throat - there are a lot of sore throats up and down the country at the moment). He has quite a task tomorrow with 10st on his back giving 10lb away to a 3yr off the same rating of 85! A few progressive sorts in the race but our lad is tough and will fight in the finish! Good luck Exceeding Power.
Never really wanted to take part.....
Disappointing run from Counterfeiter at Wolverhampton - never really going from half way. Blew hard after his race which gives up the impression of a sore throat or mucus. He has eaten up and still looking great but tests have been taken and will be given time to recover.
Thursday 2nd August 2018
Weather - 19 degrees, blue sky and still at 09:55 hrs
Wolverhampton on Friday with Counterfeiter.....
We have a competitive race for Counterfeiter tomorrow but if he can produce a similar run to last time we should be in the 'shakeup'. He is in good form at home and ready for another run over the 2 miles. In-form jockey Rab Havlin is booked to ride him and knows him well. Good luck team.
Three runs completed ...... now handicapping!
Diana's Passion ran another satisfactory race at Lingfield, looking like being placed turning for home but could not find a 'turn of foot' in the final two furlongs. He is a horse that has a big stride and when in his prefered gears should be suited by further in due course. Now that he has had his three runs we can plan his racing route once we have a handicap mark next Tuesday. He will be carrying the correct weight next run now out of maidens (weight for age races) and not giving pounds in weight away to higher rated horses (due to being a 5 year old against 3 year olds).
Sunday 29th July 2018
Weather - 17 degrees, overcast, windy and light rain at 15:10hrs
Rain at last but we're off to Lingfield on the all weather tomorrow.......
Diana's Passion who was 4th last time out is having his third career run on Monday at Lingfield on the flat. He will have a handicap mark after his run tomorrow - competition will be easier for him when handicapped. Due to being a five year old he has top weight of 9st 10lb giving weight to the three year olds; geldings 9st 2lb and 8st 11lb for the two fillies - a tough task for our horse but the handicapper has to assess our ability in three races, in either novice, maiden or claiming races before we can obtain a handicap mark. The race tomorrow has some expensive purchases but there are some like us who are home-bred. We need a good consistent gallop to suit us, one or two horses could be handy but we can't afford the pace slowing up .... we will need to be up with the pace to be in the first five of the nine runners.
Thursday 19th July 2018
Weather - 28 degrees, light cloud and sunshine at 17:25 hrs
Waiting for the rain....... five months ago you would not believe we would be praying for rain now!
We cannot risk the horses on the so called 'good to firm, firm in places going descriptions.... although it's watered it cannot be even throughout hence the small fields on the flat. You can get away with the odd run on quick ground for those who like a little cut but take too many chances you'll be asking for trouble..... Jump racing, well that's a different situation, good size fields.... I can't believe I'm seeing so many runners on inconsistent going but that's 'Summer Jumping' - never been a fan of it (plenty of racing people with me too) but there are some horses who do want quick ground and when sounding like a hypocrite yes of course we've had winners on summer jumping ground... but we have not had any decent rain since May and I can't believe they all want it quick?!? Looking forward to having runners on the all weather over the next few weeks. Very thankful for the all weather and would certainly appreciate more races being put on if this weather continues well into August!
Thursday 12th July 2018
Weather - 14 degrees, overcast and still at 06:04 hrs
Pleasing!....... Yesterday's runner Diana's Passion finishes 4th
Diana's Passion traveled well to Lingfield races in the horse box but as soon as he was unloaded at the races he was on his toes right up to our jockey Paddy Pilley sitting on him in the paddock where he finally relaxed! Yesterday he was fitted with a hood to keep him as calm as possible and going to the start and in the stalls he was one of the most relaxed in the field! Although the 7f was too sharp for him he traveled well for the first two furlongs sitting in the first three but trying to maintain his pace he just got a little unbalanced as the ground leveled out. For the final two furlongs he stayed one paced beaten 2 1/4 lengths by the 3rd horse. A pleasing run when he was giving away weight to the first three (due to being a 5yr old) ; 10lb to the winner, 2lb to the second and 5lb to the third. We have one more run to go and then we will be given a handicap mark .... to run at the correct weight.
Diana's Passion on the all weather gallops with Emily on board.
Wednesday 11th July 2018
Weather - 24 degrees, blue sky with light cloud at 13:51 hrs
Second career run today at Lingfield....... Diana's Passion
Diana's Passion runs today having his second run on a racecourse at the age of five. He has, quite rightly been given time by his owner who bred him at home near Chorelywood. Diana's Passion did not disgrace himself on his debut at Lingfield over 1m1f and looked like running into a place turning into the home straight but finished one paced in the final furlong. Hoping today he behaves better pre-race (in the paddock) than his debut.... today he is fitted with a hood to hopefully keep him calmer. Due to his age and experience it is difficult to find suitable races for him and today is 7f which he will find sharp but he will gain more experience....... Due to his age he will be carrying nearly a stone more than the 3 year old fillies and 8lb more than the 3yr geldings .......once handicapped (one more run to go) the planning of his races should be easier! Ground is quick today which is an unknown for him but he is physically mature unlike some of his competitors so hoping he acts on the surface well...... He is honest and gallops therefore expecting him to finish in the first four at 66-1 .... all being well that he handles the quick going surface - good to firm.
Friday 22nd June 2018
Weather - 12 degrees, bright blue sky and the sun is shining at 06:12 hrs
'Poetry in motion', lovely run from Counterfeiter yesterday finishing 3rd to improving horses....
A busy day at Chelmsford with everyone dressed to impress for Ladies Day! We were there for Counterfeiter who was having his first run back since April and he certainly pleased us.... finishing 3rd. This was a 2 mile race and the pace was slow, not really good enough for us but all we could do was to sit handy in the first two. In his race he was relaxed and looked focused with his jockey, John Egan enjoying every moment. Turning into the home straight with 2 furlongs to run he took the lead but with no decent gallop earlier in the race the speed horses gained on us in the final furlong ..... however, they had to work at it to pass us! We were beaten 2 3/4 lengths by the winner who is a huge improver since he has been upped in distance and the second horse is due to go up 3lb by the handicapper for his recent run.... the form of this race could work out to be OK!
Well done Team for the hard work getting him back after his pollen problems.
Counterfeiter with Alex Powis at Chelmsford
Thursday 21st June 2018
Weather - 12 degrees, blue sky and breezy at 06:45 hrs
Delighted that Counterfeiter runs albeit not at Royal Ascot...... today it's off to Chelmsford for the all weather!
With the hot and dry weather over the past two weeks there is quick ground up and down the country therefore we are extremely thankful for the all weather tracks!
Counterfeiter who has not run since April has been suffering with the pollen and it has taken time for him to recover...... those of you who suffer at this time of the year will sympathise with him. Now, with a clean scope (no signs of inflammation and mucus in his throat) we are looking forward to his run today with experienced jockey John Egan on board. We are the outsider of the field at 33-1 but if the race goes to plan we will be thereabouts...... we are running off his lowest handicap mark, in his lowest grade to date! Although this is his debut on the track, it should suit him. Good luck Team.
Wednesday 13th June, 2018
Weather - 10 degrees, blue sky and no breeze at 07:05 hrs
Debut on the racecourse was pleasing.............
Yesterday we ran Diana's Passion at Lingfield on the turf having his debut on a racecourse at the age of five. His owners who bred him have given him time to mature and yesterday he coped with the race like a professional....... although he was rather excitable before the race! He was beaten about nine lengths by some well bred expensive purchases and this race could end up being a reasonable contest. His jockey Paddy Pilley thought he was going to win turning into the home straight but got tired in the final furlong...... if he hadn't used up his energy pre-race he may have finished closer in the final furlong!
Catheadans Gift debut on the turf at Newbury.......
Half sister to our recent winner Catheadans Fury has been declared for Thursday at Newbury which will be her career second run and debut on the turf. She ran a pleasing race on her all weather debut and although this race has some classy bred individuals she does not know that and mentally will be as tough, if not tougher!
Scratching our heads.....
Pocket Warrior did not want to play at Yarmouth - broke slow from the stalls and never really traveled in the race. Jockey, Rob Hornby liked him, however said that he did not want to take part for whatever reason! We are puzzled by his run having worked well in the week and looks fantastic in his coat. It was quicker ground than ideal and he may have been frightened by the ground at Chepstow.... Blood tests done and waiting on results in case something else going on with him.
Wednesday 6th June, 2018
Weather - 14 degrees, blue sky with some cloud at 10:20 hrs
Pocket Warrior deserves to take a prize........
We are looking forward to seeing Pocket Warrior run at Yarmouth on Thursday with Rob Hornby taking the reins. Pocket Warrior has had more than his fair share of niggles but all the signs are good at home; working well, looks super and happy in himself ....... we are hoping for a good run on a more suitable track than last time out. Although the ground is currently ideal for him we are keeping the fingers crossed that it does not become too quick as he is a big framed horse...... keep watering Yarmouth! Good luck Pocket and Team.
Monday 28th May 2018
Weather - 16 degrees, misty and still at 07:00 hrs
Track didn't suit.....
Pocket Warrior had his first run back on the flat last Tuesday at Chepstow having not run for 13 months. With not many options in his handicap bracket we decided to give him a chance at Chepstow but unfortunately he didn't handle the undulations well last Tuesday! Considering he was getting unbalanced in his race it was a satisfactory return back and his jockey Franny Norton was happy enough with him ...... he thought he had a promising future on the right tracks. Will need to find a level galloping track with good ground!
Bad draw and eased ground against Catheadans Fury.....
Salisbury, a new track for Catheadans Fury last Saturday.... She had not run on eased ground before, this being her 7th career run but we had to see how she would handle it (her dam had good form on everything from soft to firm). Unfortunately she did not handle the ground..... Her previous run and win was on the quick side of good to firm so we will keep her to the quicker ground for now. A fact finding mission with the ground being a question mark but now we know ...... her outside draw was a negative before she started. One to put behind us. Back to Bath for the quick ground!
Monday 21st May 2018
Weather - 12 degrees, bright blue sky, warming up at 07:10 hrs
Pocket Warrior goes to Chepstow on Tuesday....
This will be his first run back since he ran at Kempton on the 12th April 2017. He has been off sorting out a few niggles and has come back better than ever. He has actually run on the turf in a National Hunt Flat race with a previous trainer but this will be his debut on the turf form the stalls. A straight course should help him but he will need to handle the Chepstow undulations - a little bit like Marmite; love it or hate it! He is in good form at home, working well and looks stronger in himself. Franny Norton rides and from draw 2 he will need to get some cover. Good luck Team.
Thursday 17th May 2018
Weather - 18 degrees, bright with high cloud cover at 15:40 hrsNo luck in running!
Exceeding Power had no luck from the start of his race at Ascot last Saturday. He was 'bumped' back in the field within the second furlong, then two stumbles, the first caused by the horse in front of him and the second stumble nearly put him on the floor! Before turning into the home straight he was just too far back in a race where they 'kicked' off the front! Such a shame when he had a good chance in a valuable race...... a race to put behind us! The handicapper made no change to Exceeding Power's mark as it was a non event...... He will have a little break now with a plan to run end of June beginning of July. Friday 11th May 2018
Weather - 10 degrees, bright, high cloud at 08:00 hrsAscot on Saturday with Exceeding Power....
Looking forward to seeing Exceeding Power try yet a further distance, this time 1m, 3f 211yds (just under 1 1/2 miles) but the way he coped with 1m 3f last time at Kempton he should cope with the extra 211 yds. Tomorrow he will be 3lb higher in the weights and up a grade to class 3..... this is a tough competitive race but he is in great form at home and is an unbelievable little horse, who is so tough and always tries his best. Change of jockey due to the 'boys' having to ride for their governor's (Rab Havlin - J Gosden and George Wood - J Fanshawe) but we have a good substitute in recent 'Guineas winning jockey', Sean Levey! Best of luck Team.Exceeding Power (right) under Emily Scarles in his final piece of work before Ascot tomorrowTuesday 8th May 2018
Weather - 14 degrees, blue sky and the sun is shining at 06:10 hrsWhat a day! WINNER, WINNER........Catheadans Fury
WON yesterday, first home bred winner out of Dualagi x Firebreak (her first raced foal) - owned by Bayard Racing - Graham and Lesley Carson, Martin and Sarah Bosley.Catheadans Fury
has been unlucky in her five races to date with one second but yesterday at Bath her first run on the turf she has gone and WON! She was ridden by Franny Norton who gave her a cool confident ride to finish 3/4 of a length ahead of the second horse. Credit also goes to Rab Havlin who has educated her in previous races (she was trying to run with the choke out early on in her races). Unfortunately Rab was unable to ride as he had to go to Beverley for his boss John Gosden. Even in the extreme heat yesterday (27 degrees) she kept cool and relaxed .... nothing fazes her! Well Done Team and thanks for all the hard work.And also on the same day...... Sarah has a WINNER point to pointing! Norse Castle
who has not really excelled over hurdles has shown plenty of scope over an obstacle at home and the bigger the fence the more impressive he has looked ....... yesterday he proved it by winning the Maiden at Mollington Point to Point by 3 lengths from a horse rated 84 (a fairly handy mark!) He was given a confident ride by Joe Anderson who had his first win as a jockey. In the race Joe held him up, crept into the race by jumping his way there and took it up going to the second last fence to lead comfortably over the last. WELL DONE JOE and WELL DONE to Sarah's Team.Saturday 28th April 2018
Weather - 7 degrees, drizzle and feeling cold at 17:00hrsTrapped on the rail...... Catheadans Fury gets no run!
Catheadans Fury was dropped in from stall 10 and could not get out when needed in her race at Lingfield last Wednesday. A typical bad luck sprint race.. beaten less than 4 lengths...... one to put behind us! On the positive side she did settle better and she's gained more experience. A straight six furlong race on the turf for her next outing, providing the ground suits. Another youngster out of Dualagi to make her debut....
Catheadans Fury has a 3yr old half sister by Major Cadeaux called Catheadans Gift. She is due to have her debut on a racecourse next Thursday at Lingfield over the mile. She is working well and showing ability .... a little bit of a dreamer by looking at everything but hard working and honest.
Catheadans Gift with Ollie Timms
Counterfeiter (Jennifer Pahlman) jumping out of the stalls with
CatheadansGift (far side with Ollie Timms)Exceeding Power waiting on the ground.......
Frustrating with ground still soft for Exceediing Power. Its a long summer and we will wait until the ground is suitable. Next plan is Ascot on 12th May.Tuesday 24th April 2018
Weather - 14 degrees, drizzle and breezy at 16:00 hrsCatheadans Fury goes back to Lingfield on Wednesday .......
Pleasing us at home Catheadans Fury will be running in her second handicap race taking on the more experienced horses. She ran well here two runs ago finishing a good second. Not the best of draws for Wednesday but probably suited by keeping a wider ..... we will find out more tomorrow. In time she will need 5 furlongs but needs to learn how to relax early on in her races. Expecting a bold run tomorrow even with lack of experience. Good luck TeamThursday 19th April 2018
Weather - 26 degrees, bright blue sky, still and feeling hot at 16:55 hrsAn improved run from Counterfeiter...... more to come!
It was a muddling pace in last night's race at Kempton over the 2 miles with Counterfeiter sitting in mid-field. Turning into the home straight we looked like finishing in the placings until the final furlong where we plugged on at the one pace - beaten 7 lengths. Need a galloping track with plenty of pace, a few more pounds off his back and we will be in the winners enclosure! Sunday 15th April 2018
Weather - 10 degrees, drizzle at 19:02 hrsChampion Chase continues to please...... 2nd today
Some would say 'second again and how frustrating he can't put his head in front yet' .....but all we see is a young horse who is honest and enjoying his new experiences over fences! He was a little too keen early on in his race today but with time on his side when he does settle he will win.Thursday 5th April 2018
Weather - 7 degrees, blue sky with some cloud feeling milder at 10:11hrsWinner, winner, winner...... The wonderful Exceeding Power does it again!
Exceeding Power wins off top weight, highest career mark and furthest career distance at Kempton last night under a confident ride from Rab Havlin. Only six runners in a Class 4 and one or two could have thrown a surprise but the experienced and composed Exceeding Power cut through them like butter! It was a muddling race; quick for two furlongs and then slowed up down the back straight.... the pace may have suited us using our speed at the tail end but he is improving over the extended distances of 1m 2f and 1m3f. WELL DONE TEAM, another super run.Going to the start last night under the lights at Kempton - Exceeding Power Arriving into the Winners Enclousure - Exceeding Power / Rab HavlinChampion Chase proving a good buy ....... 2nd again!
Unlucky not to win last Sunday, Easter Day at Plumpton! A galant 2nd again but this time was only beaten a length and a half in a 0-100 handicap chase ridden by Jamie Moore. Although still inexperienced Champion Chase was a little eager to get on with the job and jumped his way to the front by the third fence. Also early on in the race one of six runners unseated his rider who then continued to carry on loose with the runners..... only later to cause a little incident coming down the hill where he tried to push us off the track.... you could hear the crowds in the stands gasping as it happened! Calmly both jockey and Champion Chase ignored the loose horse and carried on in front to jump the third fence from home! On the home bend Jamie had a peep over his shoulder only to see the 2/1 favourite (3x winner) ridden by Noel Fehily breathing down his neck! Jamie did try to kick for home but the favourite had a little more in the tank than we had ......... we pleasingly battled to the line only to be beaten in the final strides...... good to see him stretching in a finish. He jumped well, a little right when no company but on better ground, more pace we may see him in the number one spot.Thursday 29th March 2018
Weather - 6 degrees, heavy rain at 17:55 hrsExceeding Power goes back to Kempton.....
Next Wednesday 4th April we go to Kempton with the mighty consistent Exceeding Power. He went up 3lb for his win last time out which was over 1m 2f and next week we aim for a furlong further. He is in good order at home and ready to go again. Good luck Team.Summing up of last week's runners.......Counterfeiter
ran a more encouraging race than his previous run at Wolverhampton. He was not beaten far and is now on a more realistic handicap mark of 75. Will try to aim for a run on the turf as soon as possible but with the current heavy ground we may have to go for one more on the all weather. He will be suited better to the turf on good, good to soft and soft but not holding!Catheadans Fury - 5th
ran a good race at Wolverhampton considering the circumstances....but we were particularly disappointed for her as she tries so hard! This was her handicap debut against experienced horses and it all went wrong from the start .... she broke slowly from the stalls, after five or six strides was then hard on the bridle and not settled for at least half a furlong. It almost looked like the field were not good enough to lead her .... Then in the final two furlongs her inexperienced showed when trying to go between horses under the bright lights of the late evening. Finished 5th - lacking experience..... lost a length or two at the start and running too free for half a furlong did not help her cause.... this would have cost her lengths in the finish! The Handicapper, thankfully did not move her handicap mark for her defeat.Thursday 22nd March 2018
Weather - 9 degrees and overcast at 18:11 hrsCounterfeiter goes to Kempton tomorrow, his debut on a right handed track.........
Also debut blinkers tomorrow for Counterfeiter with Rab Havlin on board. He will make good use of draw one by sitting handy and if the pace is not sufficient we can go on and make the running . It is over the shorter distance of 1m 4 furlongs but this should suit him better than the 2 mile races he has recently run in. We are down in class tomorrow and if he acts on the track we will be getting very excited! Although this will be his debut going right handed he handles our right handed gallop well. Good luck TeamLate night Saturday for Catheadans Fury....
Looking forward to seeing how Catheadans Fury handles taking on the older, more experienced horses in a handicap at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. She is in good order and will be fighting fit.... Rab Havlin takes the reins again. Show them how to go Catheadans Fury!
By the time we get home on Saturday it will have been a long week for everyone ......three days of late night races ........hopefully the results on Friday and Saturday will have made it worth while.Not a going day for Golly Miss Molly...
Disappointing run from Gollly Miss Molly at Kempton last night ...... traveled well in her race and looking like the winner 2 furlongs out but unfortunately she did not want to go into fifth gear when her jockey asked her to respond. Martin Harley who rode her felt her decline and eased her close home! Back to the drawing board to find out why she couldn't find the final gear..... she has a history of niggles.Saturday 10th March 2018
Weather - 11 degrees, drizzle at 18:26hrsWinner, Winner, Winner - having had 163 days off the track!
The wonderful little Exceeding Power
does it again, winning at Lingfield last Wednesday under a well judged ride from Rab Havlin. That's his 3rd win for us at Lingfield and his 7th career win. This was his first run back having had a good holiday, 163 days since he last ran.
Exceeding Power has won over distances from 6f to 1m2f and last week he won again over 1m2f in a hot Class 4 (0-85). It was a competitive race with in-form horses but with plenty of early pace we settled nicely in fourth until he kicked two furlongs out with the favourite Tom's Rock traveling right alongside us and Dutch Uncle hot on our heels. It was a strong gutsy battle to the finish line with Tom's Rock but Exceeding Power stuck his head out when it was needed and won by a neck..... the second horse did take us across the track in the final furlong but it didn't worry our little boy! He amazes us every year, his determination is second to none.The Chalfonts with Exceeding Power and Sarah at Lingfield in the Winners EnclosureExceeding Power having a well earned 'pick' of grass in the sunny Autumn.
Sunday 4th March 2018
Weather - 7 degrees, overcast and still at 09:52 hrsDelighted with Champion Chase and Catheadans Fury who both
finished 2nd this week......
Champion Chase who was having his second run over fences at Southwell jumped superbly under a confidence giving ride from James Best. He was beaten by a more experienced horse who had won over hurdles and had plenty of runs over fences. He coped with the tiring ground but we feel he will be better on good. Hopefully he will stay even further as he matures; showing 'good skills' at just six years of age!
Catheadans Fury a 4yr old, who we bred has taken time to mature and we with her joint owners have been very patient with her. Yesterday, she was having her third career run, over 6f on the all weather at Lingfield under the experienced handling of Rab Havlin. She ran a 'gutsy' race yesterday and three furlongs out she looked really classy being the only horse still traveling and only in fourth gear! Unfortunately, turning into the home straight she was carried slightly wide which caused her to get a little unbalanced, this took a couple of strides to get back into fifth gear and then she really started to accelerate ....... As she got upsides the leaders she stuck her head out, fighting her way to the line but the line came too early ......only beaten 3/4 length by the winner, the favourite! She actually split the the two fancied horses and we had the huge price of 33-1! This was a Maiden race for 3 yr old upwards who have not won a race and generally in the first stage of their careers. There were a couple of expensive purchases (one costing £120,000) running against her but she didn't know that they cost thousands! They don't get tougher mentally than this filly, she really does want to win..... Now that Catheadans Fury has had three runs in maidens, the handicapper will be able to give her a mark so that she will be eligible for handicaps.Catheadans Fury in red and white, sticking her head out, wanting to win!Sunday 25th February 2018
Weather - 4 degrees, bright blue sky at 10:30 hrsGood Luck Champion Chase today.......
Champion Chase who Martin recently bought from Kim Bailey for very little money goes to Southwell for a Novice Handicap Chase with James Best on board. Hoping for a decent gallop today where we will sit in a handy position. Still inexperienced but is showing good work at home. He is just starting to come to himself mentally and physically.......... and providing his jumping is effective and clear we should be thereabouts!Champion Chase after working with Emily Scarles on boardTuesday 20th February 2018
Weather - 7 degrees, windy at 19:53 hrsNo pace in the race!
A good run from Golly Miss Molly last night at Kempton, beaten 7 lengths in a slow run race. Rab Havlin who rode Molly was pleased with her and was confident when she gets a race with a decent gallop she will be back in the Winners Enclosure for us. Need some Luck tomorrow......
We could not be more pleased with a draw of six at Kempton in the first race tomorrow for Lady Nahema. Now for luck in running as will need cover and to be confidently ridden. Good Luck Team..... keep all those fingers and toes crossed!Sunday 18th February 2018
Weather - 9 degrees, still and overcast at 16:20 hrsGolly Miss Molly goes back to Kempton tomorrow........
Looking forward to seeing Golly Miss Molly back at Kempton having had a well deserved holiday. Although it will be 110 days since she last ran she is fit and pleasing us on the gallops. Rab Havlin takes the reins tomorrow due to her regular partner Martin Lane having recently retired from race riding. Outside draw tomorrow in a competitive race but she will try her best and of course we do have one of the most experienced jockey's on board. Good luck Molly and Rab.Golly Miss Molly after her win at Kempton Apprentice race for Lady Nahema on Wednesday........
After a good run last time at Wolverhampton with Lady Nahema we take her to Kempton on Wednesday for a 0-10 winners apprentice race (for apprentice jockeys under 26 who have not ridden more than 10 winners)..... Not many handicap options for her but this is a race she could run very well in....... just needs luck in running and a cool jockey! Declare tomorrow to see who we are up against and what draw has been given to us. Lady Nahema looking alert after exercise at homeWednesday 7th February 2018
Weather - 2 degrees, dry, bright and feeling cold at 15:35 hrsLooking forward to February and March......
With the ground being so wet and so few runners for us this winter we are looking forward to seeing more horses in action over the next month. Golly Miss Molly has a plan to run mid February, Catheadan's Fury in February, Exceeding Power, Olympic Legend in March. The youngsters are showing promise and once named will hopefully be in action in the Spring/Summer. Getting closer to the winners enclosure for Lady Nahema.....
Last Friday we had two runners at Wolverhampton, one being Lady Nahema who ran in first time blinkers. With an outside draw we had to sit in last and wait for the gaps to open turning into the home straight! It nearly worked as she stormed up the rail only to be beaten a length and two necks finishing 5th (the 3rd has since won today!)
Our other runner was Counterfeiter who we thought would run a big race having run well on his flat debut for us in January. We were very disappointed with his run and seemed fine after the race but Saturday he was lame on his off fore. The shoe was removed and bandaged for 24 hrs..... all seems fine now but will take things steady for the next few days.Champion Chase running on to finish 5th.....
Last Monday, we had an outing at Southwell, over the hurdles with Champion Chase. He jumped well for James Best and did well to finish 5th in a slow run race.... Will be suited to be placed in the first four and a decent gallop maintained on his next outing. Will be on a nice handicap mark for his next run.Pointing with Sarah....
Last Sunday, Desert Joe ran with promise (trained by Sarah) at Horseheath Point to Point finishing 9th of 16 in a very competitive Conditions race. He was well placed in 6th until getting in close to the open ditch and loosing a couple of lengths. Although he jumped well after his mistake and staying on up the hill, the leaders had 'gone away' on the drying good, good to soft ground..... that's racing! Proper wet ground (not holding) will be perfect for him.Saturday 20th January 2018
Weather - 2 degrees, raining and feeling cold at 06:00 hrsPleasing run from Counterfeiter against top class stayers...... at 250-1 !
With the ground so wet - going is either soft or heavy at the moment so we decided to run Counterfeiter on the flat (allweather) having only had two career runs (France and Dubai) when he was a 3 and 4 yr old with Godolphin.
Last Monday we took Counterfeiter to Wolverhampton where he ran a super race finishing 8th of 11, in a race where they went a good gallop for the 2 miles and although he was a on and off the bridle through the race he must have been 'rusty' having not run on the flat for 1245 days and 400 days since he ran over hurdles! He stayed on one pace in the final two furlongs to be beat 19 lengths by Watersmeet (rated 106), Funny Kid from France and Frontiersman (rated 115) and we finished along side First Mohican and St Mary's who are rated 95 and 89.
We bought him for £13,000 for Mr Carey when he was a 5 yr old having had a break. The handicapper would not give him a handicap mark on the flat until we ran him here in the UK, therefore he had to run in a Conditions race or a Claimer/Selling race. He was so well having been waiting to run over hurdles but with the ground so wet we had to get him entered up in a Conditions race..... Looks promising on the flat from the run on Monday and has been worth the wait...... the handicapper will hopefully give us a mark next Tuesday. Saturday 13th January 2018
Weather - 5 degrees, dull and feeling colder at 17:22 hrsCatheadans Fury giving us a thrill......
(Foaled and prepared here at Bowstridge Farm)
Great run from Catheadans Fury finishing 5th yesterday at Lingfield in a Novice Stakes over 6f. She traveled well throughout and looked the part against very experienced horses. Turning into the home straight we were only 2 lengths off the leader and stayed on one paced in the final furlong - only beaten 5 lengths in a very good contest! One more run and then she has a handicap mark and after yesterday she is looking like having a mark of 70.
The race yesterday was one of the NEW Novice Stakes races but they are not going down well with most trainers and owners...... For example we need a maiden race for our home bred 4 yr old filly who has only had one career run and thinking you would run against other horses with the same limited experience you would be wrong! Instead we have to run against winners with good handicap marks and yesterday we were one of six runners and four of the horses had handicap marks from 73 to 89 (one was 98 six months ago) and the only other immature youngster cost £825,000 as a yearling! She ran rather well for a British home-bred. Well done Team.A pleasing run from Champion Chase...
Champion Chase finished 6th in a competitive handicap hurdle at Plumpton having his debut for us last Sunday. He coped with the distance of 2m 4f and the testing ground - ended up a little too far back in the first part of the race and of course in that ground it was difficult to catch the leaders when they quickened down the hill. Good ride given by James Nixon.
Just need a few pounds of weight off his back so hoping the handicapper will give him a chance when he re-assesses him on Tuesday. Saturday 6th January 2018
Weather - 4 degrees, cold easterly wind at 16:20 hrsDebut for us and a fact finding mission....
Champion Chase, lightly raced french bred horse that Martin recently bought for £8,000 from Ascot Sales will be having his debut for us tomorrow at Plumpton (handicap hurdle) with James Nixon on board taking 7lb off his back. The ground is heavy which will be testing over a distance of 2 miles 4 furlongs - he has previous form on the ground and the form of his two runs over this distance on good ground is satisfactory. He is bred to get further and his family have form on all ground. This is a competitive race but with 7lb off his back we are hopeful of a good run ..... has been working well at home.... may even want further in time.