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SECOND DOUBLE IN MAY FOR THE YARD

The flying form of the yard continues with a second double this month as Tally's Son and Bungee Jump win at Chepstow on 22 May 2018.

Tally's Son returned from an absence of 202 days to make most for victory over the straight mile at 66/1 under Cameron Noble. He broke well and led to inside the final furlong before being headed but then battling back for a head victory.

An hour later Bungee Jump made all under Cameron for a 1 3/4 length victory over the straight 6 furlongs.

Bungee Jump is pictured below in the winners enclosure.

                                                        Bungee Jump wins

In Tally's Son's race, our Racing Club horse Living Leader finished a creditable 6th at 25/1 whilst Berry Du Carjac was unplaced in a 12f Handicap having led to 3 out before tiring on what was his first run after his break.

We have shares available all year round in our Racing Club so if you're interested in having a share in a horse with us for a one off payment starting off at £299 for 6 months, please get in touch, full details of the Club website www.graceharrisracingclub.co.uk.  Contact Club Manager Martin if you have any questions.

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MOOROVERTHEBRIDGE WINS AGAIN

We had a winner and a third from just two runners this week.

On Thursday, Mooroverthebridge followed up her Bath win with victory at Salisbury under Theodore Ladd. He is pictured below in the winners enclosure.

 

                                                   Mooroverthebridge wins at Salisbury    

Whilst on 15 May 2018, Grams And Ounces finished 3rd at 10/1 at Chepstow in the concluding race on the card under Trevor Phelan.

He is pictured below entering the winners enclosure after the race.

                                                Grams and Ounces at Chepstow

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BANK HOLIDAY DOUBLE FOR THE YARD

Mooroverthebridge built on her Windsor 4th with a convincing victory under Oisin Murphy at Bath at 3/1 on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May 2018. She is pictured below along with a photo of the presentation to her happy owners.

We still have a 25% share in her, if interested, please get in touch with me as soon as possible.

                             Mooroverthebridge wins at Bath             Mooroverthebridge presentation

The day got even better a few hours later as Faint Hope made it a double on the day for the yard with a 1 1/2 length win at Kempton under Liam Heard in a 2m 5f Handicap Hurdle to make it another memorable day for the yard. He is pictured below on the right, jumping the last before going on for victory.

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Well that's the National Hunt season over for a few days! I thought Sandown did a fantastic job of putting on a great meeting to end the season and it was so lovely to see so many retired stars of jump racing parading.

We were very pleased to end up in the top 150 trainers in the jumps championship and I hope each year to keep improving and growing.

We had a nice end to the season with Maguire's Glen winning at Ffos Las over fences for the first time of asking after 9 months in the yard.

Our other star Grams And Ounces ran a creditable second at Towcester on unsuitable ground due to it raining the whole day. We will be mixing the turf abd hurdels with him over the summer.

After a long season for the winter boys, they are all happy to be turned out for the summer holidays. So that can only mean one thing, we turn our head to the turf flat season and summer jumping.

We have made a great start to the turf, with our two lovely fillies, running well at big odds of 66/1 and 25/1. Bungee Jump went to Bath and led all the way but just got closed down at the end by Mick Channon's improving 3yo and finished 2nd at 25/1. Mooroverthebridge, having her first start back after a six month break, finished 4th of 16 at Windsor at 66/1 beaten only 1 3/4 lengths.

We are excited for the season ahead for these two, Bungee Jump heads to the Chester May Festival next Wednesday and Mooroverthebridge heads to Bath next Monday. There is a 25% share in Mooroverthebridge , so if you are looking for a a fun ready to run filly who is sure to be in the winners enclosure soon, please contact me for more information.

A quiet week on the racing front with just one runner at Kempton last night, our Racing Club horse Living Leader who took part in the 8.45 race over a mile with Jonathan Fisher taking the ride, unfortunately the draw did us no favours. We will know look for something on the turf for him.

Hope everyone enjoys the Bank Holiday and the sunshine shines as forecast.

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On 21 April, we held the latest stable visit for our Racing Club where members saw Living Leader working on the all weather gallops and Maguire's Glen who looked a picture as you can see below,

Both will have entries next week, Maguire's Glen is entered at Chepstow on Friday night in the 5.50 race with Living Leader to be entered at Salisbury on Sunday 29 April.

Maguire's Glen the top pictured with Living Leader below.  Shares are available all year round for a one off payment as your membership starts from the day you join, see our Club website www.graceharrisracingclub.co.uk for more information. Contact me or Club Manager Martin if you have any questions.

                                  Maguire's Glen at stable visit                                       Living Leader on gallops

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On Friday 20 April. Bungee Jump finished 2nd at Bath at 25/1 under Cameron Noble. He is pictured below in the winners enclosure with his delighted owner.

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Our Racing Club had it's first winner on 1 April 2018 after numerous placed runners when Maguire's Glen won at Ffos Las at 9/4 under Mikey Hamill. He is pictured below entering the winners enclosure and with happy Club members Ryan and Michele. 

                Maguire's Glen wins at Ffos Las                              In winners enclosure

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Grams and Ounces returned to action at Towcester on 29 March 2018 and finished an excellent 2nd at 16/1 under Liam Heard.

He is pictured below in the winners enclosure after the race.

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So it has been a while since my last blog so I do apologise about this!!

However,  it has been very quiet on the racing front since January due to the wretched weather, we have had two lots of heavy snow and plenty of down pours of rain , so to say I will be glad to see the back of this winter is an understatement!!


I was so glad to see that Cheltenham managed to get the go ahead tho, and the weather was very good to them! I went for a day out on Gold Cup day and had a lovely time, the atmosphere is unreal, horses incredible and shops that make me want to rob a bank!!! My two stand out performances from the week were Presenting Percy and of course Native River,  who put up an unbelievable front running performance. It has made me want to pursue my dream even more in the hope of training a Cheltenham Festival Winner.  One day!


Anyway back to our yard, all the horses are in good form, it was lovely to welcome a new horse called Bungee Jump after one of our owners claimed her at Lingfield last week after winning her race in gutsy fashion. We are excited to see her run for us next week at Kempton or Lingfield, rated 76 and only a 3 year old, I hope she can give us plenty of fun.


From the young guns to the old ones, Paddy the Oscar ran another solid race on Friday at his favourite track Chepstow, unfortunately tho due to the weather, several (5) fences were omitted, this didn’t help us as jumping is what helps him, he finished 5th after just being tapped for toe on the long flat run in.

We had a lovely morning before racing on Thursday, where we welcomed Chepstow racecourse annual members, there was a good turn out and all the horses behaved! This week we are off to Ascot sales on Wednesday, and have a few marked off to look at, so anybody looking for a horse please get in touch! 


We then have Grams and Ounces heading back to the track after a nice break, he runs at Towcester in the 2 mile hurdle. 


Then on to the weekend where we have both club horses - Maguire’s Glen and Living Leader who are entered at Ffos Las on Sunday, Living Leader will be having a spin over hurdles to freshen him up ready for the new turf season. Maguire has an entry at Newton abbot on Saturday as well, both his races are handicap chases.

Anyway I will try not to leave the blog update so long next time!!

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March has began with the beast from the east and heavy snow which has made it difficult for everyone but Grams and Ounces was still enjoying himself as he played in the snow as you can see below.

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February has been a quiet month on the amount of runners we have had. However,  we are still in front with prize money on last years totals, which as a team continuing to try and grow and improve we are going the right way.

We have had just a few flat runners where the races haven’t ended up being run to suit on the all weather,  but hopefully, our luck will change soon!

The main highlight of this month so far has to be our stable veteran star, Paddy the Oscar,  winning by an impressive 11 lengths at Chepstow. At 15 years young we are extremely proud of him, he jumped superbly throughout the 3 mile chase contest and led from start to finish. It was made even more special with the cheers and celebrations due to it being on our home track at Chepstow and will certainly be a day I won’t forget. I am happy to report that he has come out of the race well but is having a well earned freshen up and will be out in March again. He is pictured below in the winners enclosure.

                                                              Paddy The Oscar presentation at Chepstow

It is a busy time of year for us with the turf flat horses all starting back cantering and preparing for the season ahead after their well earned winter break. I have 1 share left in MOOROVERTHEBRIDGE who I am very excited about so please do not hesitate to contact me about her should you be interested!

We are also happy to have Grams and Ounces back in from his winter break and he will switch from hurdles back to the flat now. We hope he can win as many as he did last year!! 


On our National Hunt side we have a new horse in the yard, a novice hurdler U No Like who is pictured below and is own by The Beer Dreamers syndicate making his debut next Saturday 24th at Chepstow. Our Racing club horse Maguire's Glen has been schooling over fences where he jumped very well, we look forward to seeing him going chasing in the next few weeks whilst our other Racing Club horse Living Leader has an entry at Kempton next week.


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So I’ve been a bit slow on the latest blog, but I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful new year.


We look forward to trying to improve on last years statistics, which were 9 winners, 13 seconds, 14 thirds, and 18 fourths.

We had 70 runners in NH races, 32 got in the first 4, a 45.7 percentage.

The horses are in great from at the moment, just very annoying that we
are having a spell of seconditus!! With Paddy the Oscar, Boutan,
Maguire’s glen, and Living Leader all finishing runner up recently!

Anyway on to this week, we have Stravinsky’s Flame running in her 2nd
bumper at Hereford on 16 January, we think she has strengthened and improved
from her first run.

On 18 January, we take Maguire’s Glen to Wincanton, in the first race, which is a 2 mile 5 furlong Handicap Hurdle and then on to Friday we have the superstar veteran Paddy the Oscar running at our local track Chepstow in the 3  mile chase.

We have just started to bring the flat horses back in to training after
there winter break, and they are all looking great, albeit a little fat
and fluffy!!

If you are looking for a new horse please take a look at MOOROVERTHEBRIDGE.

A Beautiful 4 year old filly Avonbridge x Spennymoor. She has shown a great attitude and ability in 3 Maidens finishing 5th,
4th and 3rd. Gaining a lovely mark of 59, she is one for the upcoming
season.
Rosie has just come back in to training after enjoying her
winter break, she is available for a sole owner or 25% shares, so if you
are looking for a tough filly, who has an exciting future ahead of her,
please contact me on 07912359425.


Price £6000              
1/4 share £1500


Very competitive training fees

Mooroverthebridge

Anyway hope you all have a good week. 

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Plenty of snow in the Shirenewton area recently as you can see below.

Left to right, Boutan, Paddy The Oscar, Dirty Dexter, Faint Hope

Snowy morning

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As Christmas draws upon us, I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a Happy New Year. 

We have been trying extremely hard to get our tenth winner for the year
but we will have to wait until next weekend to try again. Nevertheless,
we have had some great runs and all the horses are running well and to
form.

Tally's Song and Living Leader ran at Wolverhampton, both ran brilliant races from terrible draws to finish 3rd.

We then headed to Hereford where our favourite veteran, Paddy the Oscar
took a disliking to the track and was pressed for the lead which didn’t
suit him. He finished 5th in the end but we are very happy to report he
is fine and heads to Warwick next week. Our
promising novice hurdler,  Faint Hope, ran a lovely race to also finish
5th, in a very competitive novice hurdle.

Monday was a long journey to Plumpton,  where luck was not on our side
from the start and  we only just made it for the race due to traffic
problems everywhere we turned. Grams and Ounces was running a nice race
until he fell at the last hurdle, giving us all
a bit scare, but thankfully he got up and although sore he will be back
racing soon.

Thursday we took two to Towcester. Dirty Dexter {pictured below entering the winners enclosure} was having his first run
back after a break due to injury. He ran a very pleasing race and
showed plenty of promise on his return to finish 4th in the 3 mile
handicap hurdle. 

Dirty Dexter at Towcester

We then had a newcomer, Stravinsky’s
Flame
having her first run in the mares bumper. She was impeccably well
behaved, very professional on the track and ran a lovely race. Albeit
the Towcester hill just getting her at the end, finishing 10th of 14.

Finally today we travelled to Uttoxeter with two runners, Maguire’s Glen
was stepping up to 3 miles and was very unlucky to bump into a well
handicapped horse who just caught him on the run in for us to finish
2nd. He is still for sale and is a very consistent,
fun horse. 

Onto our final runner of the week, the beautiful Boutan. She ran in the 2
mile novice handicap hurdle, where after discovering a few problems I
was interested to see if we had overcome them. By the looks of the way
she ran, where she finished a very good 2nd at 25/1behind an Irish raider it looks promising. She is pictured below in the paddock.

Bhutan at Uttoxeter

I would just like to thank all of my owners, staff, family and friends
who have supported me this year. Here’s to a happy, healthy and win
filled 2018.                  

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We got up this morning to the sight of snow as you can see below. Looks nice but makes the job twice as hard!

Snow at the yard

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We had a busy week last week with some good results, firstly we had the brave veteran, Paddy the Oscar, at Exeter on Wednesday, where he was trying to get 2 wins in 7 days, unfortunately, we were just defeated by 3/4 of a length, to finish 2nd after a gruelling, testing, 3 miles, where only 3 of the 11 runners completed. He has a heart, as big as a lion, and we are all very proud of him. He is now having a few easy weeks, and will be aimed at his favourite track - Warwick on the 14th December.

On to Thursday, we headed to Taunton, where we had 3 runners, our day started brilliant with Faint Hope running a great debut race, in the novice hurdle, to finish 3rd at 50/1, he looks a promising horse for the future, and I am very excited by him, and what he is showing. Our day then turned went downhill spectacularly due to an error on head gear which resulted in Boutan being withdrawn, unfortunately mistakes do happen, and it is just frustrating a steward was not in the paddock to pre warn us, where we could of corrected this in order for her to run, but never the less the lesson has been learnt and I can assure you it won’t happen again!!

As if our day couldn’t get any worse, Berry de Carjac started off in the race and no further than the first fence did he fall, luckily he only suffered a nose bleed and is none the worse, and lives to fight another day! The ups and downs of racing hey!!!

We then had a busy weekend, with Grams and Ounces running at Uttoxeter, on Saturday, where unusually for him, he ran no sort of race, and just had an off day, however he has come out of the race well, and I’m sure he will bounce back to form next time.

Sunday was a very exciting day for us all, it was my first Cheltenham runner as a Licenced Trainer where we threw ourselves in the deep end to run at the November festival. Maguire’s Glen took centre stage in the conditionals race over 2m5f, he ran a brilliant race to be right in contention, and was leading around the home bend, unfortunately the tacky ground just stopped us quickening up the hill, but he ran all the way to the line, to finish 7th of 19.

The whole day was fabulous, and the way Cheltenham look after owners and trainers is amazing, I think a few other tracks should take note!!! A lovely three course lunch, table service, afternoon tea, great viewing and plenty of private bars, led to a very enjoyable day for all of us. Definitely a place I hope to be re visiting soon with more runners!

I also liked the way the course look after the horses after the race, with plenty of water and staff at hand to help wash horses off, lots of warm wash bays in the stables, and even a solarium on hand! Stable staff were all very well looked after too, with complimentary food and drink all day.

Anyway on to this week, a fairly quiet week, with Boutan running at our local track on Wednesday and Living Leader holding an entry at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

Enjoy your week everyone.

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So we are busy getting horses fit for the forthcoming jump and all weather season, I am very happy with how they are all coming along.

We had an excellent day at Chepstow yesterday with our grand old servant Paddy the Oscar who is rising 15, won at our local track. He led from the front and dictated the whole way over 3 miles under a great front running ride from Conor Ring. He jumped fantastic and was a joy to watch, I was very glad that his loyal owners were there once again to cheer him home, we have had so many great days with him over the past few seasons, and he just keeps getting better. I will always have an extra soft spot for this horse, as he was my first runner as a licensed trainer, and has been such a great servant for us. He has an entry at Exeter next Wednesday to try and defy the handicapper, but we will see how he is over the next few days.  Pictures from the win are below.

On to another note tho, we have had a frustrating spell again with our all weather runners, they have all been balloted out this week, which makes it really hard on my part to keep the horses fresh and ready to run, but we will keep trying and hope we have a change of luck soon.

We have 2 entries, being Boutan and Grams and Ounces, entered on Sunday at Ffos Las both in the conditional handicap hurdle over 2 miles.

We have a busy week next week, on Wednesday we have Paddy the Oscar entered at Exeter and Thursday we have Faint Hope making his debut in the novice hurdle and Berry de Carjac in a 2 mile handicap where hopefully we will get some nice ground for them.

We are always looking for new owners and horses, so please do not hesitate to give me a ring, we offer very competitive prices but 5* care and facilities, we can also tailor packages for shares and syndicates.

Finally, as we all know Christmas is fast approaching, we are making calendars of all the horses here, so if you are looking for a present for a racing fan, please email me and we can order you one. We also have our racing club, at a one of payment of £299 for 6 months, which has 2 horses in at all times, and lastly, an ‘owner for the day’ vouchers which includes 2 tickets, lunch, coming in the paddock and meeting the jockey and hopefully back in the winners enclosure after!

Enjoy your week everyone.


                       Paddy The Oscar returns             Paddy The Oscar presentation

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So on the racing front last week, it was very quiet with the all weather horses getting balloted out, which is so frustrating,  the amount of entries that all weather races are getting is crazy at the moment with only 12 to 14 horses being able to run in each race. 

Unfortunately it doesn’t give you much chance of getting a run unless your top of the handicap. I really think the sooner they bring reserves in the better, especially with 48 hour declarations on the flat, means often than not there are non runners in the races. Anyway enough of my moaning!!

We were then due to have Faint Hope running at Ffos Las on Saturday, but due to Storm Brian and heavy rain, we pulled him out due to it being only his 3rd race of his career and first this season we did not want to bottom him on heavy ground.

Yesterday we had 4 runners, 2 at Exeter and 2 at Kempton, unfortunately our good form and luck took a backward step.

At Kempton, the draw was not in our favour at all with either runner, Doctor  Bong broke absolutely brilliantly but had to use to much gas up early on, and then got heavily bumped at the 2f pole, he was so badly hampered that Luke had to check him and stop riding but I’m pleased to report he is absolutely fine this morning. Living Leader was having his first run back for a few months and I was pleased how he finished after a poor draw, I'm sure he will be back in the winners enclosure soon.

At Exeter, Berry de Carjac took part in the 2mile amateur race, with Zak Baker riding, we tried different tactics due to it being different ground, but unfortunately after jumping and travelling well he was unable to quicken on the softer ground.

I was very hopeful of Maguire’s Glen as he seemed in great form, but for some reason he had an off day and didn’t turn up in any form, jumped well but didn’t travel like normal, he was pulled up as this wasn’t a true run from him and it was better to look after him and save for another day. That’s the trouble with horses you can’t predict for definite how they are going to perform, sometimes you just wish they could talk!! Anyway I’m pleased to say that today all the  horses are fine after yesterday.

On to entries for the up and coming few days, we have plenty entered at Chepstow on Tuesday, Orthodox Lad, Grams and Ounces, Faint Hope and exciting new recruit to the yard Boutan!

We also have Tally’s Song entered at Wolverhampton on the same day, let’s hope she gets a chance to have a race.

That is all to report, for this week so far, but have a good week everyone.

Shares are available all year around in our Racing Club, see the Club website www.graceharrisracingclub.co.uk for details. Your share period starts on the date you join. We also have the Owner for the Day if looking for a special day out {see the page on this site}.

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Well it's been a busy and slightly frustrating week here at GHR.

We started of the week with Mooroverthebridge who ran in her first handicap at Salisbury. She ran creditably, but there is more to come from her that's for sure, Oisin Murphy rode her and said she needs to be dropped back to 6f on the turf, having jumped so well, she had to lead as nothing went on with her, she was in front all the way till the last furlong, where she just tired a little as she had done all the donkey work, she finished 6th in the end.

It's lovely to see her progress from a barely broken 3 year old filly, to now! I can't wait for next turf season with her, but for now, we will give her a few more runs on the AW before her winter break.

We then headed to Exeter on Friday, with two runners, firstly Star Trouper ran in a handicap chase, unfortunately he pulled up, after having jumped brilliant, he suddenly stopped very quickly for some unknown reason, we took the decision to retire him from racing, as he is not that happy racing anymore, luckily for him, our head girl Chrissy, bought him off our owner Carl Johnston, he will be spoilt rotten and retrained as a riding horse.

Shortly after, we had our stable star, Grams And Ounces having his first run back over hurdles, after a successful campaign on the turf this summer, having won 3 times for us. He again ran his heart out, jumped great, looked like the winner turning in, but sadly a horse come from know where, and quickened away from us, we finished 2nd, but the winner is definitely a horse to follow, as first time blinkers seemed to do the trick with him, and I'm sure he has more up his sleeve.

Never the less, I was so proud of Grams yet again! He never fails, on keeping me and his syndicate happy!!

We then headed to our local track Chepstow on Saturday, with one runner, Paddy the Oscar, at the grand age of 14 looked incredible, his skin is like silk, he went and won Chrissy a £100 best turned out, in the race he took off very exuberantly at the front, and jumped impeccable, and sadly just bumped in to a horse on the up, 8 years his junior too, but he ran extremely well on his return from his summer break to finish 2nd, he is another horse that makes my job such a joy, as he has the biggest heart, and just adores racing. He is pictured below.

Then on to the night, we had one runner in a handicap over a mile at Kempton, Doctor Bong had been working very well at home and we were excited to try him on the AW, he jumped great out of the stalls, made the running, and galloped all the way to the line, but annoyingly just got caught late to finish 2nd!! So, it was frustrating to nearly hit the jackpot 3 times this week, but it is a nice feeling to know all the team is in good form, and I'm excited for the coming weeks.

However a terrible accident happened in the stables at Kempton on Saturday night, where a stable lad lost his life. All of our thoughts at GHR go out to his family, friends and colleagues. This just reiterates how dangerous our sport is, and we must never under estimate horses, and what they could do. Stable staff are the unsung heros of our job, and I think they deserve more respect than anyone, as they devote there lives to looking after all of our horses.

A relatively quiet week entries wise this week, with Tally's Son and Tally's Song entered at Kempton Wednesday and Faint Hope will be entered in the bumper at Ffos Las on Saturday. Enjoy your week everyone.

                                                                                   Paddy The Oscar

Well we have had a great start to the week with Maguire's Glen winning a handicap hurdle at Newton Abbot by 13 lengths under a great ride by conditional jockey Mikey Hamill. He had his ideal conditions of very soft ground and a step up in trip, which he thrived on.

The good news is that he has come out of the race very well, but unfortunately there are no suitable races for him before he is reassessed by the handicapper, so hopefully he’s not to harsh to him.

He is pictured below returning to the winners enclosure with Christina.

It was also a good day for another reason as we welcomed a new owner to the yard, who claimed a horse called Boutan out of the seller at Newton Abbot. She is a beautiful looking filly and has a lovely nature, she’s settled in well and we look forward to the future with her! I always like to set targets for the calendar year as it gives the team something to aim for. The target this year is to train 10 winners, and thanks to Maguire’s Glen on Monday, we are on 8 so far. Hopefully we can gain another 2 wins before the year ends!

Unfortunately that is all the racing we have this week, but we have time to catch up on the not so exciting jobs of clipping and sorting all the winter rugs out for the horses.

On to next week, so far we have Mooroverthebridge and Tallys Son entered at Salisbury on Monday. Fingers crossed for another good week!

                                                          Maguire's Glen after his Newton Abbot win

 

The weeks are flying by and I just don't know where this year has gone! We've had a fairly busy week in terms of travelling to meetings but only 3 runners!

Firstly we made the long trip to Yarmouth staying overnight to make sure Grams And Ounces had a good rest before his race. Unfortunately the race wasn't run to suit, going no pace until the final furlong and a half. This is becoming a trend in long distant races these days!

Grams need a strong pace from the start allowing him to pick them up towards the end. Nevertheless he ran to his mark and has given us a lot of fun this season - winning 3 flat races over the summer. He will be going jumping starting off over hurdles followed by a chasing campaign in the new year. He has come out of the race well and is currently having a well earned week off in the field, which he loves!

On Friday we travelled to Newton Abbot where we ran Maguire's Glen in the 16 runner handicap hurdle. I was somewhat apprehensive about his next trip to the races as things didn't go to plan on his previous trip to the races! I was relieved when we got the jockey on board and he was down at the start.

He ran a great race to finish 2nd at 25/1 under Mikey Hamill - looking like the winner when he took the race up off the bend but just got caught at the final jump. This was a great performance as the trip was too short for him, however the run showed that he retains all of his ability! Like Grams, he has come out of the race very well and will possibly go back to Newton Abbot next Monday.

Our last runner of the week was Orthodox Lad who was having his first run back after his summer holiday. We took him to Plumpton where he ran in the 2 mile handicap hurdle.

He ran a pleasing race and although only finished 7th at 25/1 of 14 under James Banks, I was pleased with the way he jumped and stayed on at the end. The ground had dried too much for him during the day, which ended up being a little too quick, so our tactics of holding him up and coming late didn't go to plan as the leaders set a good gallop and never come back to us.

Onto this week, we have a quiet week ahead with only 2 potential runners on Friday at Worcester, where Star Trouper and Berry De Carjac are due to run.

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Well I am glad to see the back of that week!!! Unfortunately luck has not been on our side but that's the game we're in! The highs and lows are incredible, probably the hardest sport to be in sometimes, but when you have good days it makes it all worth while. So we keep our head down, working hard and looking after our horses.

The week didn't start well with Star Trouper not clicking with his jockey, which can happen at times.

Our week then picked up with Berry De Carjac running a fantastic race to finish a good 4th in a competitive 0-120 under champion jockey Richard Johnson. He led the majority of the way, kicked off the bend, joined and rallied well, just getting tight for room at the last. He seems to keep growing in confidence after each run and we are delighted with the progress he has shown in a very short space of time with us.

Wednesday was a very long and frustrating day, where our intended runner, Maguire's Glen had to be withdrawn 5 minutes before the race due to an incident in the preliminaries. As we were trying to get the jockey on, he reared and slipped due to the wet ground and fell on his side, resulting in the vet withdrawing him from the race! As you can imagine the journey home was a quiet one, as I was very excited about him due to his work at home. He can be a tricky character be we will keep preserving as he has plenty of ability!

Sunday was also a frustrating day, having to pull Mooroverthebridge out due to the heavy ground at Ffos Las.

We did run Doctor Bong but he lost a front shoe during the race and appeared to miss his usual pilot, Luke Morris!

Tally's Son also ran and was trying new tactics, but unfortunately the heavy ground found him out at the business end.

Finally, Diminutive and Tally's Song ran at Bath, with the former running a poor race.

Diminutive has now been retired from racing as she has fallen out of love with the game. She will be retrained for a new career and will be found a nice new home. She has given us a fair few exciting days out over the past 2 seasons so it's a little sad that she has been retired but I'm sure she will enjoy her new career!

Tally's Song jumped well but was bumped badly by two other runners, luckily she is a tough filly and stayed on her feet but as you know in a sprint you can't afford for these things to happen as the race is over to quickly! I'm glad to say that all horses have come out of there races well!

Moving on to this week we have our stable star Grams and Ounces having to make the trek to Yarmouth to take part in the Bath Stayers Final on Thursday at 3.35. Due to problems with the ground the race has been moved to a track which over the other side of the country for us! Luckily he is a good traveller and very little seems to bother Grams!

Later in the week we have Maguire's Glen and Star Trouper in at Newton Abbot on Friday in a conditional's race, and our other entry is Orthodox Lad at Plumpton on Sunday, which will be his first run back after his summer holiday.

We are excited to announce that Orthodox Lad {pictured below} will take the place of Diminutive in our RACING CLUB alongside with Living Leader, one of payment of £299 for 6 months enjoyment in 2 horses, please look at our club page for more information or ring me on 07912359425.

                                                  Orthodox Lad  

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It's been a quiet week here with our only runner being at Chepstow on Wednesday.

Doctor Bong, Living Leader and Diminutive were due to run, unfortunately due to the ground, we ended up only running Doctor Bong with Luke Morris on board trying to get back to back wins. He ran a good race finishing 5th beaten only 2 1/2 lengths, having been drawn on the wrong side as it turned out but when stepped back up to a mile, I'm sure he will be back in the winners enclosure.

It was been a good week with the jumpers, watching them improve fitness wise and it won't be long until they are all back on the track.

We have a busy week planned next week with Berry De Carjac entered in a 2m 2f Novice Hurdle at  and Star Trouper in a 2m 5f Handicap Chase, both at Newton Abbot on Monday.

Berry Du Carjac also has an entry at Worcester in a 2m Handicap Hurdle at 3.05 and we will decide where he goes at the declarations stage on Sunday.

Both are looking really well and we hope they can continue in the form they are at the moment.

On Wednesday we have Maguires Glen entered in the Uttoxeter 3.00 which is a 2m 7f 70yd Handicap Chase and he is for sale as you will see on the "Horses for sale" page. In the evening, Tally's Son is entered in the Kempton 8.15 which is a mile Handicap on the all weather.

Back at Chepstow on Thursday, we have Grams And Ounces bidding for a fourth win of the season in a 1m 4f Handicap.

Fast approaching is the sales, so my night time reading is sorted for the next few weeks! Anyone interested in coming along or looking at a lot, please don't hesitate to give me a ring.

We have 3 horses for sale in the yard so please head to the "Horses for Sale" page to have a look.

An update on Mooroverthebridge as well, the handicapper has given her a mark of 60 which is a lovely starting point for her career and we hope she can progress from this. She will possibly head to Ffos Las for her handicap debut next Sunday.

I'm now going to enjoy the weekend off with no racing with catching up with odd jobs around the yard and maybe a glass of wine before looking forward to a busy week ahead.