Rain, rain go away

The New Year has arrived and brought with it weather chaos.  The rain this morning is awful and thank goodness for all weather gallops.  Unfortuntately the racecourses are not coping quite so well with Sandown and Wincanton off today and Plumpton looking very unlikely for tomorrow.

We started this year as we ended last year with all the horses being placed and just missing out on the number one spot.  Last Saturday Ultimatium Du Roy ran really well at Newbury to be 3rd and would have been a lot closer if he had not hit the last two fences.  New Years Eve Sarando ran his best race for us so far with a very creditable 3rd at Warwick.  He had seriously lost his way before he came to us and we are slowly coaxing him back to enjoying his racing again.  Roseneath slogged through the mud at the same track and was 2nd under AP McCoy.  He has been really consistant this year and his Owners have had a great time with him.  On Thursday Huntingdon survived an inspection which meant Fidelor got a run, with such heavy going and quite a while since his last run he did really well to finish 2nd.  He was very well supported by his Owners, Edging Ahead Racing Club, and a great day was had by all.

On Monday, weather permitting, we will be running Midnight Chorister, Vaillant Creek and Shinooki at Southwell. 


Posted on 04 Jan 2014 by Sally
Happy Christmas, Busy Boxing Day

The last few days seem to have been nothing but torrential rain which gets a little boring after a while.  We are all gearing up for Boxing Day with 3 runners at Towcester, Salut Honore, Royaume Bleu and Bobbisox.  We also go to Huntingdon with Sarando and Roseneath.  The ground is ideal for all of our runners so no worries on that front just as long as the racing is on and the tracks are not waterlogged.

The hill gallop has just been resurfaced and is riding really well now.  It has stood the downpours and you can really tell a difference which is great news.  The round gallop this morning does resemble a lake in some places but it should be clear by tomorrow.

Along with quite a busy week runners wise, Alex is off to Germany on Friday to look at a really nice horse who looks like he could make up into a very smart hurdler but will keep you updated on that one.

Finally from all at Alex Hales Racing have a very Happy Christmas and successful New Year.


Posted on 24 Dec 2013 by Sally
Super 3rd at Cheltenham

Yesterday we took Minellaforleisure to Cheltenham to run in a very hot Novice Hurdle.  He won really well last time out at Wincanton but it was a slightly different class field yesterday.  He was the outsider in the betting but he ran a lot better than the pundits expected and finished 3rd only just missing out on 2nd place by 1/2 length.  The winner was the Pipe trained The Liquidator who was very impressive and the 2nd horse home was rated in the 150's so the handicapper will give us a good hike up but Minella was superb.  We are so pleased for his Owners and it was great they were all there to see him and we can look forward to a very exciting season ahead.

We have quite a busy week with Roseneath going to Lingfield tomorrow, the ground will be very testing and it is his first run back after a break so it will be interest to see how he goes.

On Wednesday a new horse for us and the Edging Ahead racing club runs at Lingfield on the All Weather called You Got Heart.  We will learn a lot from that run and she will hopefully mix between flat and hurdling this season.

Goodtime Boy, another Edging Ahead horse, goes either to Warwick on Wednesday or Chepstow on Thursday depending on which is the easier race.  Sarando is due out again either on Friday or Sunday, this time over timber so again another interesting one to watch.


Posted on 18 Nov 2013 by Sally
Salut Storms Home

A fantastic day was had by the Hexagon Partnership yesterday at Towcester.  Salut Honore was having his first run of the season and 14 members of the Partnership were there to see him run.  He has been in really good form at home but a few of ours have need the run and so we were not quite sure how he would go.  He did not need the run and won by at least 12 lengths.  A great day for all of the Owners and made even more special by Tony McCoy reaching his 4000th winner of his career, an amazing feat and one which will probably never happen again.

Tomorrow we run Crafty Roberto at Sandown.  The ground is softer than we would ideally like but we are a little stuck for options so he will take his chance.

This morning we took Goodtime Boy and Brigando to Towcester for a racecourse gallop.  You are allowed to take horses the day after a meeting at Towcester for a gallop and as it is such a good education especially for the babies we try to take them as often as possible.  Both worked well and as Goodtime Boy is due to run shortly it will not have done him any harm.

We will have a few runners next week but will update as soon as we know where we are going.

Posted on 08 Nov 2013 by Sally
Minella winner at Wincanton

It was a mixture of ups and downs at the weekend.  Bobbisox went to Stratford on Saturday and after being in the front for a circuit she unfortunately fell as she went out onto the 2nd circuit.  She was fine after the fall but just really frustrating.  We schooled her again this morning and she was fine.

Sunday was the ups when Minella hacked up down at Wincanton.  He had a very frustrating season last year with a niggling splint which put pay to a huge chunk of the season.  We knew he had the ability as he ran really well first time out in a hot bumper at Doncaster and it was really nice that he proved he still has it.  He came out of the race fine and Paddy thought we should aim for Cheltenham with him next month which is very exciting.

This week we run Shinooki at Stratford on Thursday and Bobbisox will go again on Sunday to Huntingdon along with Untilla Legend in the bumper.  Hopefully Bobbisox can get a clear round this time.

Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Sally
Rain Arrives

Finally the rain has arrived and Autumn is here with avengance!  Yesterday William Kennedy was in for our first big schooling session of the new season.  We managed to school nearly all of the horses, even the youngsters and everything jumped really well which was very pleasing.

The new French horse, Ultimatum Du Roy, is a lovely horse and jumped for fun yesterday which he should do after tackling the races he has done in France.  As they mostly train the horses on flat gallops in France I think our hill gallop was a bit of a shock to the system but he is slowly getting used to it.  He was bought for our Landlord and hopefully he will have lots of fun with him.

Tomorrow we run Bobbisox at Uttoxeter.  We have been waiting for the ground with her with we have finally got and hopefully she will run well.  She had a soft falll last time she run but she schooled well yesterday so she has hopefully put that behind her.

The rest of the yard are all waiting to run and the next week or so should will start getting very busy.

Posted on 16 Oct 2013 by Sally
Two New Arrivals

This week we are very pleased to receive two new arrivals into the yard.  Today an unraced filly by Alflora came down from Cheshire from her Owner Breeder.  She is a lovely grey filly with good depth and a lovely temperament.  She is broken in but still a baby so she will be ridden away and be aimed at bumpers later on in the season.

Later on in the week we are due to receive a French 5yr old.  He has been chasing in France and looks a lovely stamp of a horse who will be able to run off of quite a nice handicap mark over here. 

The rest of the string are in fine form.  You can tell they are well when the lads end up sitting on their bottoms on the floor rather than the horse.  Saying that it was not one of the lads last week but Alex who came off of Salut Honore who is usually one of the quietest in the yard to ride.  I think he was feeling very well and after performing a rodeo act he deposited Alex into a Bramble bush, it is days like that which ride me why I dont ride out anymore! 

Runners wise we were due to run Come On Lila at Nottingham on Wednesday but although rain is forecast it will not hit that area before Wednesday.  As she did suffer with sore shins after her first run we will not risk her and wait until next week.  Fidelor also holds an entry at Uttoxeter on Sunday but again we require rain.  It is really frustrating but we all know once it starts raining it won't stop.

Hopefully soon we will have dates for the rest of the string to have their first runs of the season.

Yesterday we took Bunny to her first show on her pony Barney.  It was a very low key affair but even so the lead rein class was quite smart and I think we may have a lot to learn.  A friend in the ring next to ours said Bunny looked more like a jockey than a show rider so I think we have lots to build on.  She came away with a rossette which was great and she has taken it to school today to show her friends today.



Posted on 30 Sep 2013 by Sally
Open Day

As we got to the middle of last week we looked at the forecast and started to get slightly worried.  What had once been forecast as being a nice week was now looking the complete opposite.  We were planning to do the same set up as last year's Open Day with the horses parading in front of the house and the lunch under the gazebos in the garden.  A quick change of plan meant a scurry around to find a marquee which by some miracle we did and a different venue for the parade of horses which we thought we would stage by the back barn.

Sunday morning at 7am the weather was not too bad but as the morning progressed the weather went down hill.  Our above change of plan proved to be a good choice.  Everybody came dressed for the weather, I think it was just a way of getting people into the winter jumping feeling.  The parade of horses went well with all of the guests under the Barn so they stayed dry, unfortunately the staff and horses got slightly damp but it was not torrential so that was good.  The horses looked really well and behaved themselved on the whole and I think all Owners were very happy with the way their stars looked.

It was off to the marquee for a lovely lunch, which again Dedi Leech did a fabulous job with, and a glass of wine.  We had some lovely horses on offer for sale this year which I am really happy to say thoses horses have potential new Owners.  All in all it was a really successful day and with not only the horses from last year, the new recruits and the youngsters now in their second year of racing there is lots to look forward to for the coming season.

Back to entries, on Friday we run Come On Lila at Newbury.  We have been waiting for the rain for her as she got sore shins on her first run and we did not want to risk that again.  She will probably come on for the run again experience wise and it will be interesting to see how she goes.

We are about two or three weeks off with the rest of the yard and then it is busy, busy, busy!

Posted on 17 Sep 2013 by Sally
Busy, Busy, Busy

At the moment we all to be pretty flat out with horses, tidying up and children.  The horses are all really well and now up to three canters a day.  A couple of the horses have been for small wind ops this week, though they are not bad in their wind they just needed a little tweak which will hopefully help.  

We had a couple of new arrivals this week, a three year old by Avonbridge who has not done very much and is currently being broken in and a lovely 5 year old By Revoque.  The Revoque gelding in a great stamp of a horse and fingers crossed he will make up into a nice bumper horse for the coming Autumn.

The 3rd and final stageof the rubber matting takes place next week and it will be great to get that done.  The stables have to be immaculate before they can start with the matting so they are currently being power washed and will then be left to dry for a few days.  This means a few of the horses have to play musical stables for a week but it will be worth it.

Preparations for the Open Day continue and I think we are in control.  If anybody would like to come along who has not already received an invitation please give me a shout, the more the merrier!

Today was Bunny's first day at Big School.  I can't believe how quickly the time has gone and it was really emotional seeing her in the school uniform for the first time.  She was really looking forward to it and got on fine.  Tomorrow George goes to Pre School for the first time but as he wanted to stay with Bunny this morning I hope he will be fine.

On Monday Fidelor has an entry at Huntingdon.  We had hoped to have run him before for Edging Ahead but he has had a few niggles and the ground has often been firm enough, we are due some rain so we are hoping to get that first run into him for the syndicate.

Posted on 05 Sep 2013 by Sally
Another Heatwave Forecast

The 2nd leg of the rubber matting for the stables starts this week.  The majority of the yard is now done and it has made a huge difference with mucking out etc.  Bodge has also nearly finished installing all of the drinkers into the stables, not only a great Head Lad but also a great DIY expert!

The horses are now cantering away and coming to hand nicely.  The summer tummies are slowly going and they are gaining muscle all of the time.  We have been very quiet with runners, mainly due to the quick ground.  Bobbisox did go to Southwell on Sunday but unfortunately fell when going well as she went out onto the 2nd circuit.  She has no ill effects from the fall and I think we will give her a few easy weeks until we get some genuine good ground.

Apart from the horses we have been very busy with the children who are really enjoying their summer holidays.  It was Bunny's birthday on Thursday so we took her over to Woburn Abbey Safari Park.  Both Bunny and George were entranced by all of the animals and the face that the monkeys could jump on the car as you drove along was highly amusing.  It was a really good day out which I can highly recommend not only for the children but also adults.  We have also visited Cotswold Wildlife Park, Cogges Farm, Rugrats and we still have a few more to tick off of the list in the next two weeks!

Preparations are now starting to take place for the Open Day which is on the 15th September this year.  Hopefully we will have the same weather as we did last year which make life so much easier.

We are also in the process of updating our website which we feel could do with a re-vamp.  We have had a helping hand from Kevin Hawkins who is a part owner of Salut Honore and highly knowledgeable in the website area with some good contacts.  We are aiming to get the new website up and running by the Open Day so we will keep you updated with how that progresses.

We are forecast another heatwave for the weekend which will definitely please the Estate Manager here at Edgcote.  I think the tractors and trailers transporting the corn were going past the hourse well into the small hours last night.  The one benefit of getting up at 5.30 am every morning is that you can sleep through most things!


Posted on 20 Aug 2013 by Sally

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