Weekly News and Updates
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the Boxing Day racing and this time we join in with the festivities as we send out two runners for the club.
Call Sign Charlie who missed her engagement at Taunton a couple of weeks ago after being balloted out gets another chance to run in a novice championship qualifier as she runs at Wincanton in the 12.55 Woods Restaurant in Bath Mares’ Novices’ hurdle over two miles with Bryan Carver (claiming 7lbs) taking the ride.
A field of eight are declared at the moment headed by Paul Nicholls’s Posh Trish, twice a winner this season who has to concede 7 lbs to the rest of the field due to her penalty with the aid of her jockey’s claim.
Any horse which finishes in the first eight in any of the qualifying races will qualify for the final which is held at Sandown next April.
The track is expected to suit our filly according to Daisy who said, “She behaved so well there last time we figured it would be good to take her back where she had a good experience.
“She's going back in trip but she just needs this run for a mark so hopefully we can have a nice clear round and then she will be eligible for handicaps which will make life a lot easier for her.”
Our filly is very well at home, behaving herself and her work has been fine so we are hoping she puts her best foot forward.
Later in the day Hard to Forget goes to Market Rasen for the 2.55 Rand Farm Novices’ handicap hurdle over two-miles-and-four-and-a-half furlongs.
It’s his first run in a handicap off his opening mark of 100 where he is stepping up in trip which is expected to suit so everything points to a good run and improved effort on his previous runs for us which were over an inadequate two miles.
Henry Oliver said, “His work has been good. He goes to Market Rasen where the ground is ideal and the trip should suit.”
If the chance to go racing on Boxing Day to watch our horses isn’t enough excitement over Christmas we have another treat for our members as all of our trainers have very kindly given us the names of two horses from their yards’ to follow next year.
First up are Charlie Papa Lima and Tristane de Gane from Brian Barr’s yard.
Charlie Papa Lima, an Ire bred 7 year old gelding by Winged Love is a handicap hurdler/chaser rated 98 across both codes. His best runs have been on good ground and he has been campaigned mainly at distances 2 ½ miles plus. Yet to win a race under rules but he won a ptp over 3 miles on g/f at Tralee in May 2016.
While Tristane de Gane is an unraced French bred 3 year old by Sinndar (Derby/Arc winner) out of a mare by Highest Honor who was a champion miler at 4 in France in 1987.
Adrian Wintle nominated Kenstone who is a 5 year old French bred by Kendargent (G1 placed miler at 3). Rated 80 on the flat he has won six times at trips between 7 furlongs and a mile on the AW and good ground on turf. He will be going over hurdles in the spring.
Seaforth also from Adrian’s yard is an Irish 4 year old by Acclamation (sprinter) out of a dam by Daylami (Gr1 1m to 12 furlongs winner). Rated 52 on the flat he raced in Ireland up until the summer of 2017 when he came over to the UK. Recently purchased from the Daniel Loughnane yard for whom he won a 7 furlong seller in August Adrian believes he has some improvement in him and is currently for sale/lease.
Ian Williams thinks One More Fleurie will do well over jumps. He is an Irish bred 4 year old by Mustameet who was a Gr2 winner over 10 furlongs. Unraced under rules One More Fleurie did finish a 1 ½ length second in a maiden ptp over 3 miles at Taylorstown, Ireland in April.
Heart of Soul was Ian’s other choice who carries the famous silks of Dr Marwan Koukash (Magic Circle winner of Chester Cup). Currently rated 80 this 3 year old by Makfi was narrowly beaten a neck second in his last run in June over one-mile-four-and-a-half furlongs. Having only raced at Chester since arriving from France it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him aimed at the Chester May festival next year.
Henry Oliver thinks Another Theatre who is an Irish bred 5 year old mare by Shantou (St Leger winner) out of a dam by renowned jumps sire Kings Theatre will do well. She was placed in 3m points on soft ground earlier this year but so far under rules she has been racing over two miles in which she finished a good 3 ¼ lengths third last time.
Generous Day is a winning handicap hurdler who has switched to fences this season and last time out finished second by 7 lengths in only his second start over the larger obstacles in a 2m 4 ½ furlong handicap chase at Southwell. Rated 112 over hurdles and fences he looks sure to pick up a race or two.
Ann Duffield gave Sunhill Lad as one to follow over jumps. The Irish bred 3 year old, rated 50 on the flat has raced 16 times from 7 furlongs to a two-miles-and-half-a-furlong but has not yet won. He has reportedly schooled really well over hurdles and is expected to do well.
Finally Troop is Ann’s horse to follow on the flat. This grey gelding by Lethal Force who turns 4 in January has won over 1mile ½ furlong and been placed over 10 furlongs. He is rated 54 and Ann believes he is very well handicapped and one to look out for.
In this section we will give the official ratings of our horses each week along with any changes. The ratings are determined by official handicappers and are published by the BHA every Tuesday morning.
Each horse will have their rating(s) for hurdles, chases and flat (where applicable) listed and it will show any increases or reductions since their last run (or previous season) along with their highest winning mark and the year it was achieved for each code (hurdles, chase and flat turf and all weather) they run in.
It is hoped by showing this you can see improvements in our horses between each run as well as helping to pinpoint a horse’s likely winning mark ( handicap horses).
Figures correct as of Tuesday 18th December.
Archie, 74 (-1) flat, (highest win 73 August 2018).
Haats Off, 70 (-2) flat.
Hard to forget, 100 hurdles opening mark.
Robin de Broome, 78 (-1) hurdles 78 (-1) chase.
Rocket Ronnie, 46 (-2) flat, (highest win 74 August 2013) and 96 hurdles, (highest win 86 Sept 2018). Ronnie has been dropped two pounds by the handicapper since his third at Chelmsford last time.
Toolatetodelegate, unfortunately forgot to include last week is on 52 (-2) flat, (highest win 54 May 2018)
No ratings for Call Sign Charlie, Machiato and Clondaw Whisper yet.
We caught up with Daisy who said Archie is now working nicely, he's taken to his new feet well and seems a much happier horse. He looks in brilliant shape physically and we will have a chat with the farrier on Thursday to discuss what we will do with his feet to so he can race. He is ready for an entry now and we will hopefully find something within the first two weeks of January.
Billy is out cantering on the ring every day. He is very straightforward and has formed a good bond with the lad Dave that rides him. Billy will carry on hacking away until the middle of January when he will then start picking up a little. He looks great and has a lovely coat on him.
Clondaw Whisper is working very well and is now ready for an entry. His injuries cleared up nicely and it never really stopped his work. We will look for a bumper within the first two weeks of January on as good a ground as we can find as he wouldn't want it too soft.
Haats Off has also been doing lots of work. There is nothing for her before Christmas hence we have been keeping her working hard. She looks great, her bouncy self and is ready to go whenever an opportunity arises.
Robin De Broome has been doing plenty of trotting and hacking over the last week and is moving well. He was getting very fresh towards the end of the week so we will gently step him back up again this week. He looks well and is in great order.
Toolatetodelegate has been working plenty and been doing nicely. There wasn't anything for her before Christmas but she goes to Kempton the first week of Jan. We would prefer her to run there instead of Wolverhampton. She looks great and has been enjoying plenty of time in the field.
Machiato came out of his race well his legs are great but the physio thinks he will benefit from some back manipulation and medication. It wont hold him up but there is a 14 day withdrawal period for the medication but we should see a different performance next time out.
Rocket Ronnie has come out of his race very well. Adrian has two possible dates for him which is either Chelmsford on the 3rd January or Kempton the following day. The former is 10 furlongs and the Kempton race is over an extra two furlongs. Adrian is undecided at the moment but said after his last run he thinks 10 furlongs might be the shortest he needs so he could be stepping him up next time.
Nora has taken a bit of time as she was re-broken in as she wasn’t going as well as expected when she first arrived. However she is now doing well and in lovely condition. She had a slight hold up recently where she had developed an abscess in her jaw. She saw the vet and equine dentist and was given a course of antibiotics which cleared up the infection. Nora has been standing in and going through the starting stalls and has taken it all in her stride. She will have a few canters before Christmas and then eased off before being ridden again in the New Year as it is how Ann likes to work in her youngsters and give them time.
Finally after an exciting first year for the club the Inspire Team would all like to wish the following a very Happy Christmas and New Year and thank everyone for all their hard work with the horses and helping us achieve what we have.
Firstly to Brian and Daisy who train seven horses for us down in Dorset and have been fantastic hosts to our members who have attended events such as a BBQ night and stable visits. Jess Wareham who looks after Archie, Billy, Call Sign Charlie and Haats Off, Tasie Johnson Toolatetodelegate and Solly Wood Clondaw Whisper and Robin De Broome.
Adrian Wintle and his team down in Gloucestershire including Chloe Battam who rides out Rocket Ronnie most days.
Henry Oliver and all the crew at Worsley Racing Stables.
Ian Williams and everyone at his yard in Alvechurch and Ellie Ravenall who looks after Machiatio.
Ann and George Duffield, at Leyburn who are aiming to give our yearling the best start ahead of her two year old campaign next year. Hayley Wilson who provides all the photos and videos and Allen Nutter who has done the breaking in and handling of Nora so far.
To our jockeys who have ridden winners, placings or helped promote the club in 2018, David Crosse, Trevor Whelan, Richard Patrick, Finlay Marsh, Tom Garner, Hollie Doyle, Rhian Ingram, Nicola Currie, Gavin Sheehan, Jack Osborn, Rossa Ryan, Scott McCullagh and not forgetting the legendary Frankie Dettori who rode Toolatetodelegate to a neck second at Lingfield in January.
Simon Balding and the team at Throckmorton stud who look after Prairie Light and her filly for us.
Our veterinarians, farriers, physiotherapists and feed suppliers who have helped to keep our horses sound and in good health.
And finally to you all our members who have been on this amazing journey with us we say thank you.
Here’s to continued success and more fantastic days out in 2019!