Ella my co driver and assistant who will be in charge while I have a day at Cheltenham
Posted on 16 Mar 2011
The above photographs were taken recently of Border Patrol being ridden by his lad, Uilson De Souza who also looks after our other five year old son of Selkirk, Cityscape. Border Patrol belongs to Elite Racing and unfortunately has in the past proved difficult to keep sound which was not helped last season by the lack of soft ground, and I am hoping that this year is not going to be a repeat performance. At present as you will see from the photographs he is cantering up some of the steep Wiltshire hills at Beckhampton which seems to suit him.
Posted on 15 Mar 2011
Primevere being ridden by her regular rider Claire Klomp. She is a very attractive filly who has grown and done well during the Winter and as a daughter of Singspiel, she ought to improve and be suited by fast ground. She broke the course record when she won her maiden at Kempton in the Autumn and I hope she will be running in April or May. She will be entered in the Investec Oaks.
An un-named Kyllachy two year old colt and That's Dangerous (Three Valleys) working upsides and being followed by a filly Supreme Quest (Exceed And Excel). They all look fairly forward and barring any setbacks could be visiting the racecourse from April onwards.
Bated Breath and Paul Vickers stretching out well up the polytrack. He has done extremely well and is a big powerful colt by Dansili who should be running in Listed and Group races during the summer over 6 furlongs.
Bated Breath and Zero Money
Discovery Bay is a twice raced three year old colt, being ridden by Ronald Wali who looks well in his coat and could develop into a staying handicapper.
Posted on 14 Mar 2011
Clowance Estate being ridden by Frankie Braiden on his way home from the gallops. He is a two year old colt from the first crop of Teofilo ex Whirly Bird (Nashwan) from the family that I know well of Inchinor who I trained. He was bought for Seasons Holidays at the December Sales and although he is a May foal, he is well developed and a good mover. He is unlikely to be seen out until later in the year but I am pleased to hear that the reports of his sire from various trainers are all encouraging.
Captain Cat is a two year old colt being ridden by Jeta Ram who is from the first season sire Dylan Thomas ex Mother Of Pearl (Sadler's Wells). Mother Of Pearl won a Gr. 3 in France and she was second in the Musidora Stakes Gr. 3. and she is the dam of 4 winners including Danehills Pearl who was rated 103 and a Stakes winner. Turtle Island who won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1993 is a half brother to Mother Of Pearl. Although he already measures 16.0 hh, he carries himself well and I hope will be visiting the racecourse in the Autumn and develop into a staying three year old for his owner, Barry Hurley (Seasons Holidays) who bought him as a foal at the December Sales in 2009.
Hundred Sen is an unraced three year old colt ridden by Ronald Wali from the last crop of Rainbow Quest. He is in fact related to Quest For Fame (The Derby 1990) who was from his first crop, so it might be fitting for him to develop into a smart racehorse ! He is an attractive horse but has only just started to progress into fast work, but all being well could be running from mid April onwards over 10 - 12 furlongs.
Posted on 11 Mar 2011
Al Kazeem who is a very attractive son of Dubawi, who won his second start at Newbury in October.
Lovage, a two year old filly by Exceed And Excel out of Name Of Love, and a half sister to Love Match.
Definightly returning home and hoping that there will be plenty of rain during the year so that he can have his preferred soft or heavy going.
The horses returning home after 1st lot yesterday.
Posted on 10 Mar 2011
Toby Lee of Equine Dental Services arrived this week to do the horses teeth, plenty of rasping, caps to be removed and wolf teeth extracted on the young horses. They come twice a year and will revisit the yard in the Autumn.
Rob Neale with his tractor, roller and labrador.
Rob Neale and John Dixon tirelessly treading and knocking in the gallops.
Posted on 09 Mar 2011
Clowance out at exercise this week
Clowance went to Newmarket on Sunday to be covered for the first time by Oasis Dream. She had an appointment at 3 o'clock and with the minimum amount of fuss she was covered and returned to Beckhampton on the same day. She was checked by the vet this morning and he was pleased to see that she had ovulated, we should know whether she is in foal when she is examined in two weeks time. Assuming that she is pregnant, she will be able to race for 120 days which hopefully will enable us to find some soft ground and another Group race for her during the Spring.
Posted on 08 Mar 2011
Knockdolian was very disappointing yesterday, his jumping let him down and he didn't finish his race, so ' home james' for him, he will be re-trained as an eventer.
Posted on 08 Mar 2011
My only hurdler Knockdolian runs again for the third time at Ffos Las this afternoon at 2.20pm. He has been slightly disappointing so far but perhaps there have been genuine excuses for him. In his first race at Newbury in December he made a bad mistake and lost a lot of momentum in the straight to be a well beaten 7th, but it was a decent race with Nicky Henderson's pair Grandouet ( 5-1 fav for the Triumph) and A Media Luz ( 6-1 fav for the Fred Winter) finishing first and second. The ground was desperately heavy for his second race at Folkestone in mid January which he hated so I am hoping for a more encouraging effort today although it would be a pleasant surprise to see him win. He wears a tongue strap for the first time in a race which might also help.
Posted on 06 Mar 2011
Just as we all thought that Spring was around the corner we had another bitterly cold morning on the gallops today with a very strong north wind blasting across the Beckhampton Downs. First lot the horses did their 'second ' canter up the grass for the first time since October, as they gradually move up a gear, weather permitting they will do the same again on Wednesday.
Posted on 05 Mar 2011
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