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So I must apologise for the lack of updates on here recently. It has been rather a busy time. I hope all of you have been enjoying the sunshine, it has resulted in us starting early to mke sure the horses are ridden before the heat and the flies wake up!!

But we are all coping and lots of cold showers seem to keep the horses happy. We also feed them plenty of electrolytes with this heat to keep them hydrated. It has been a bit frustrating awith some of our horses needed slower ground so we have had to back them off and keep them ticking over until the rain arrives.

However, we have had a good time of late with Grams And Ounces getting his head back in front at Ffos Las last month, travelling strongly and staying on well. He has been a fabulous servant for us and heads to Newton Abbot on Monday where he will try a step up in trip to 2m 5f for this Handicap Hurdle.

It was lovely to see my first winner come back to form as Living Leader, who has had a few niggling injuries, bounced back and showed a great attitude in getting back up to win at Chepstow by a neck. Both him and Grams And Ounces have won 7 races each for us, I'm sure they are in competition with each other of who can win the most!!

Another solid run from our ever consistant 3yo Bungee Jump who went to Windor for a competitive 0-95 sprint handicap with Champion jockey Sylvestre De Dousa on board. He was the ultimate professional  and a lovely guy to dael with and gave her a great ride but unfortunately just got beat to finish 2nd by an improving colt trained by Clive Cox.

On other news, our filly Bridgefullofdreams {pictured}, who is a half sister to Mooroverthebridge, made her debut last week and ran a lovely race to finish 5th. She has come on a lot for the race and hopefully learnt a lot. She is sure to be a fun horse and is FOR SALE to stay in the yard. Please don't hesitate to contact me for more information, she is £6,000 and can be split into shares.

I have been watching Glorious Goodwood and dreaming of the day we have a runner there, the highlight for me so far has been Lil Rockerfeller who was so tough and just out galloped his rivals under a masferful ride from Silvestre, Also Battaash who tore his field apart to win by 4 lengths and was pretty impressive.

Our jumpers are all back in now and all look great albeit a bit fat! They are currently doing steady canters and road work and we look forward to the jumps season starting again soon.

We have an Open Day coming up at the end of August for current owners and prospective owners, please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like us to e-mail you more details. Anyway I will try and update my blog a little sooner next time!!

                     

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Stable visit took place on Saturday

We held our latest Racing Club stable visit on 28 July when members came along to see the Club horses plus horses from the yard on the gallops. Living Leader finished 5th at 9/1 at Chepstow on Friday night and Berry De Carjac was racing at Salisbury that night so neither were working on the gallops that day so members saw recent newcomers to the yard, Bridgefullofdreams {right} and Yet Another working on the gallops and they are pictured below after the workout.

Berry De Carjac finished an excellent 3rd at 100/1 at Salisbury that night.

           

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Stable visit set for Saturday for our Racing Club

We have a stable visit for our Racing Club members on Saturday morning 28 July at 9.15am. If not yet a member but interested in joining and you would like to come along and see the Club horses, Living Leader, Maguire's Glen and Berry De Carjac and meet me and the team please text Club Manager Martin on 07763741735 or at his e-mail address shown on the Club website www.graceharrisracingclub.co.uk

Two of the Club horses have entries over the weekend. Living Leader is entered in the Chepstow 5.50 on Friday with Berry De Carjac entered in the Salisbury 7.45 on Saturday night.

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Another winner for the Grace Harris Racing Club

Our Racing Club had another winner at Chepstow on 13 July as Living Leader gets a well deserved win after a few near misses when staying on in good style under Hollie Doyle over the straight mile at our local track.

Hollie brought him through to challenge three furlongs out and he stayed on in determined style to repel the challenge of Air Of York.

We wondered if we had seen the best of Living Leader after a disappointing run last time out but he dispels these thoughts with yesterday's win.

He becomes the third different horse to win for the Club and is pictured below entering the winners enclosure being led in by head girl Christina Berry.


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Christina wins the charity race at Newton Abbot

A memorable day for our Head Girl Christina Berry on 6 July 2018 as she had her first win in the charity race at Newton Abbot under our new Club Horse Berry De Carjac.

Christina has raised a magnificent total of £1,172.70 at today's date for Racing Welfare and rode a superb race, sitting in behind the pacemaker then hitting the front as the field entered the straight and pulling clear for a decisive win.  A day we will never forget in the yard.  A selection of photos from an exciting day are below.

                        

 

                 Additional horse added to our Racing Club

We have increased the number of Club horses to three with Berry Du Carjac added to Maguire's Glen and Living Leader. Between the three they have won 12 races on the flat, hurdles and fences. If interested in joining the Club please contact me or see the Club website www.graceharrisracingclub.co.uk.

Membership starts from the day you join, it's £299 for 6 months or £499 for 12 months, longer periods available.              

 

                          Grams And Ounces wins again

Grams And Ounces went to Ffos Las on 21 June for a 2m 4f Handicap Hurdle and yet again defies his 11 years with another victory travelling nicely throughout and moving to the front as the field came down the straight and held of a late challenge under an excellent ride from Micheal Nolan.

No wonder I love this horse who always gives his best and despite being at the veteran stage, continually outshines his younger rivals.

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We are looking for a confident rider to join our small friendly yard. Must be a good team member and capable with youngsters and breakers. Please ring me for more information.

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Magical May



Well what can I say, this month has certainly been a special one! We have had 5 winners, but what makes it even more special is 3 of the horses have been with us from the start when they were unraced, unbroken babies, so to see them progress has been very rewarding. 


We started off with our filly Mooroverthebridge, winning a 0-60 sprint handicap at Bath under Oshin Murphy in very nice fashion, and then on the same day we had Faint Hope running who went on to win a 0-120 handicap hurdle at kempton, his first start in handicap company. Although the track didn’t suit him, he battled well and showed a great attitude to get up and win by a length and a half.


Mooroverthebridge then headed to Salisbury a week later in the shadwell apprentice sprint handicap. After a late jockey change to Theodore Ladd, she bounced out the stalls and made virtually all to win again. Unfortunately we tried to gain the hatrick with her, and took her to Lingfield, but due to the rain coming at the wrong time and the ground turning slippery which she did not like, she ended up finishing 5th. She will have a well earned break and will be back soon. 


We also had another double 2 weeks later, and it was at our home track Chepstow, which made for a brilliant day. Tally’s Son who was having his first run back for 6 months, was sent off at 66/1 for the 0-70 1 mile handicap, he was given a fantastic confident ride by Cameron Noble making all from the front, rallying back after getting headed in the last furlong to win by a head. He has definitely strengthened and matured with time, and we hope he can keep improving.

Bungee Jump was not going to let him get all the praise as she put up a great performance to make all in the 0-85 sprint, again under Cameron Noble, and won by 4 lengths. She has been a terrific claim, and keeps improving, the future looks very bright for her. 

On other news i went to Doncaster Sales last week, and although it was a very competitive sale I did manage to purchase a lovely chestnut mare called Asking A Lot, for Sue Maine. We are very happy with her and will start her off in novice hurdles over the summer. We also had another new recruit arrive, Red Devil’s Lad, he was once a very smart horse but has lost his way. We will see if we can get him back to form after he has 6 weeks out on nice grass. 


We are also pleased to welcome 2 new owners to the yard this month as well. 


So onwards and upwards!
   
                                                                

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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
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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.

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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!