Thursday, October 19, 2017
Zamperini recorded his third successive 2nd place position, this time at Leicester on Tuesday. He reverted to his slow satrt from the stalls and was, therefore, left towards the back of the field. His jockey, Kieron Shoemark, had to play a waiting until they turned for home and with only a modest pace it was difficult to make ground. However, he picked up well in the final two furlongs but the winner, Hajaam, had flown and won the race comfortably. The winner looked a picture and one can see why he cost 250,000 guineas as a yearling although I doubt the owner had two class 5 and one class 6 handicaps in mind when they bought him!
Zamperini has found his form on the easy ground this autumn and hopefully he can go one better before the end of the turf season.
The photo shows Zamperini in the 2nd place spot with groom, Hugo Meunier. In the background the jockey is talking to connections.
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Titan Goddess ran very well yesterday at Yarmouth yesterday and with more assistance from the saddle would have won. She was beaten on the nod but could have had the race safely in the bag had Antonio put the race to bed when he had the opportunity. It is a bitter disappointment for all concerned when she had a favourite's chance of winning the race. The jockey did well to get her to break almost on terms and she had a decent position in the first half of the race. She had all the opposition covered and it looked as though she would win a shade cosily but the winner came with a run on the blindside and although she reacted she was beaten on the nod.
The positive is the horses are running well and reflects a great team spirit on the yard.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Zamperini followed up his Goodwood 2nd with another 2nd placed position at Windsor last Monday. The result might have been differenr had Zamperini not blown the start. He was slowly away and gave the field in the region of 3 lengths which cost him dearly. He was at the back and not able to gain ground whilst the winner dictated from the front. However, it was another good performance from Zamperini who is enjoying the give in the ground. He could have done with the ground being softer but we will keep him going on ground which is easier than good ground.
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Kodiac Express finally broke her duck when winning at the 10th attempt at Nottingham yesterday. She had achieved three 2nd placed positions before yesterday, including her last two runs, and it was a real thrill to see her go one better yesterday. She had been qualified for the Jockey Club Nursery Final later on the card but we decided to give her another attempt at the Book1 bonus as the race did not look as difficult as some Maidens do at the entry stage. We were delighted when she won as she picks up a valuable £25k Book 1 bonus which has been our main objective through the season.
She is a very tough filly and having had 10 runs as a 2yo she definitely deserves a break.
The photo below shows some of the winning connections with left to right: Chris and Bill Rogerson, Paul Arlotte, Ann Graham receiving the trophy, with Lindsay behind, Peter Graham, Alan East and Tony Basing and Michelle Arlotte hiding behind the conifer.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Zamperini ran a fine race at Goodwood on Wednesday finding only one horse too good for him and recording a second place position. The underfoot conditions were in his favour with the ground described as Soft. Jimmy Fortune settled Zamperini at the back of the field and the horse always looked comfortable. At the 2f pole we were getting excited as Zamperini made his move and it looked as though it was a winning move until we spotted Lunar Jet travelling very smoothly and ultimately winning quite comfortably. However, it was a very good performance by our horse who is now getting his ground.
The photo shows Zamperini's connections, Bill and Maureen Tillett, together with stable lad Hugo Meunier.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Kodiac Express ran another great race in defeat yesterday, this time at Lingfield. She had come out of the Sandown race very well. She had put all of her weight loss back on in two days and the lad who rode her at home, Kumbh Singh, said she was very happy and ready to go again. We declared her for yesterday on Good,Good to Firm ground but the 5mm of rain they had on Tuesday night moved the going to Good to Soft and despite a dry day the going was still on the easier side by the off. She would have preferred quicker ground and the ease in the ground did not help her cause, especially with the 1f step up in trip. She jumped very well from the stalls and her jockey, George Buckell, couldn't get cover as they spread across the track. She ran gamely from the front but the winner always had us in his sights and was a decisive winner.
We were very pleased with Kodi's efforts but it is the third time this year she has been in the 2nd placed spot. However, she has given us all a lot of fun and hopefully she can shed that maiden tag.
The photo below shows Kodi's happy connections (from ltr Bill and Christine Rogerson, Paul Arlotte, Michael Keady, Ann and Peter Graham in the foreground and Tony in the background) in the familiar spot of 2nd place!
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Titan Goddess ran respectably at Brighton on Sunday achieving a 3rd place spot. She would have been a lot closer had she not blown the start by about 3 lengths. She has been slow away a few times this season although it is difficult to see why this should be. She is a honest and game mare and hopefully she can get back to winning ways in the near future.
Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Kodiac Express (Kodi) put in another good performance last Friday and failed by only a neck to break her maiden tag. She was drawn on the outside of the 10 runners which is not ideal over 5f at the track. However, she broke well, managed to get cover and, despite gatting a little unbalanced and outpaced in the middle of the race, she stayed on strongly in the final furlong. She went down by a rapidly diminishing neck but we were delighted with her performance.
She is a straightforward and tough filly who has recovered from the race well and heads to Lingfield tomorrow in good form.
The photo shows connections in the Winners' Enclosure although sadly not in the spot where everyone wants to be!
Gian, one of our lads, is holding the filly while Tony and Lindsay Basing together with Robert Cooper talking to the jockey, Antonio Fresu.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Whispered Kiss completed the hat-trick at Yarmouth on the 9th of Agust but in the excitement we didn't update the website so here it is. She had won so well the previous Saturday at Newmarket we were forced to run at Yarmouth were she was well in and where the ground conditions which were forecast to be very soft held no problems for her. In order to ensure she had a few more pounds in hand we had George Buckell as jockey who was able to take a further 5lbs off her back as she was carrying over 10 stone. Again she relished the underfoot conditions and newver looked in danger with her front running tactics and ended up with a comfortable 5 lengths win.
She is entered up for a valuable fillies race at York and no matter where she comes all ofher connections are very proud of her performance this season and owes nothing to all of us.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Whispered Kiss won again at Newmarket yesterday to follow up her previous success there 15 days earlier. She was given a fine front running ride from Antonio Fresu who rides regularly for the yard. We knew Whispered Kiss would like some cut in the ground but we were impressed by the way she handled underfoot conditions which were soft. She has strengthened up significantly this year with each run and hopefully she can continue to improve as her mum did.
The photo shows Whispered Kiss returning to the Winner's Enclosure with a delighted Antonio Fresu and her lad, and regular rider, Kumbh Singh who has done a great job with the filly.
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Musical Comedy returned to form last monday at Windsor with a 2nd place spot. He has been out of form over the past year biut it was good to see him run well under Jenny Powell in the Ladies Pro-Am race.
The ground was on the easy side of good which helped MC, as he is know in the yard. He was a bit unlucky not to get the breaks at the right time but we were pleased with his performance.
The photo below shows MC in the 2nd place spot with connections.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Whispered Kiss recorded her third win of the year with a gutsy performance at Newmarket on Friday night. As she had been a bit keen over a mile at Windosr last time, and also had not handled the turn very well, we pulled her back a furlong and on a straight track. She jumped well and was gun-barrel straight up the track. They raced across the course and she didn't have much to race against but kept on all the way to the line to win by a short head.
This was her third win of the year and her first on turf. She has a great attitude and we were thrilled for her connections who also bred the filly. The photo below shows some of those connections (Bob, Tim and Jackie) together with Assistant Trainer, Michael Keady, and her regular rider, Kumbh Singh.
Sunday, July 02, 2017
Della Valle was another of our runners to run a great race in defeat this week. Following on from Kodiac Express who went down by 3/4L on Wednesday evening, Della Valle was beaten a neck at Doncaster last night and perhaps in another half furlong she might have got back up!
She was handy from the start of the race and when Favorite Girl went to the lead she got a nice toe into the race. However, the leader fell away quickly in the straight leaving Della in front at the 2f pole, sooner than might have been expected. She made her way home but Inflexiball, under a very strong drive from Luke Morriss, went past with half a furlong to go and hung on. However, Della was coming back at the winner in the last 25yards and the result might have been different if the race was another 50yards longer, but that's racing! Also, our filly could have done with ground a bit softer but it was a very good performance fron her and we were delighted with the result.
Sunday, July 02, 2017
ran extremely well in defeat at Bath on Wednesday evening. She half missed the break due to the starters being a bit slow to get the gates open. On the back foot from the off she had to settle at the back of the field and was a bit wider than ideal around the tight Bath track. However, she battled gamely all the way to the line but the winner had a better run towards the inside and held on comfortably and was worth a bit more than the official margin of three-quarters of a length.
We were thrilled with the performance of our filly who was very game with a head-carriage which showed she was determined to give her all. This was her best performance to date and it looks as though she will get 6f quite easily and possibly she may get 7f which would open up more opportunities for her.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Rio Ronaldo scrored the 5th success of his career in style at Sandown yesterday. Sent off the 5-2fav he was the class act in the field and it showed in the final furlong where he gracefully moved from near last to get up in the final 25yards to score by a neck from Royal Mezyan.
This was his first success of the season but things hadn't gone right for him in previous races but yesterday they did. He got the strong pace he likes to aim at and although he was last going into the final part of the race he always looked as though he had another gear. Under a confident ride from Antonio Fresu, who didn't have to revert to the whip, Rio found that extra gear in the final furlong and won a shade cosily.
His main targets for the year are the sprint series finals at Windosr and Nottingham and hopefully he can pick up one of these prizes.
The photo shows Winning Connections with (from left to right) Michelle Arlotte, Chris Rogerson, Paul Arlotte, Dennis Cooper, Bill Rogerson, Hugo Menuier and jockey Antonio Fresu.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Whispered Kiss recorded the second win of her career at Lingfield yesterday afternoon under an excellent ride from Shane Kelly. Drawn in stall 7 she was sent forward, as she can be keen, and got the lead within a furlong. Shane was happy to dicatate the race but Liam Keniry decided to go forward on his mount and then he proceeded to stack the field up. This caused Whispered Kiss some interference but then she managed to settle. Seeing the leader come off the rail, and feeling he had plenty of horse underneath him, Shane sent Whispered Kiss through the gap on the inside and sent her for home. He was being closed down a little in the final furlong but he had already made a race-winning move and she scored by one length.
Whispered Kiss has a great attitude to her work at home and she is always ridden by Kumbh Singh who gets on with her really well. She can be keen and take a good hold but he knows how to ride her. Once she has been exercised she loves being turned out in a pen to enjoy some fresh air and grass. She travels well to the races and takes everything in her stride.
We will see how she comes out of the race and then we will look to race her back on turf.
The photos show a delighted Kumbh Singh leading in "his" Whispered Kiss and with her in the Winner's Enclosure.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Rio Ronaldo ran very well at Windsor on Monday afternoon, in a race which didn't suit his running style, to record a 3rd place position. The ground conditions were Good to Soft but the jockeys reported the ground was "proper soft" which didn't suit Rio. However, we let him take his chance as he likes the style of running at the track where fields tend to go quick in order to get a position on the rail. Rio jumped well from the stalls and James Doyle took a pull to get cover. However, on this occassion there was no pace in the race and the winner took the initiative and set good fractions to win from the front.
Rio ran on well to take 3rd spot and we were pleased with his performance. The photo shows Rio with his lad, Kumbh Singh, in the Winner's Enclosure watched on by some of the connections (Dennis Cooper, Jenny Spooner, Bill Lemon and Sandra Cobby).
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Kodiac Express ran at Windsor on the 22nd May and earned a well deserved 3rd place position given she got into a battle earlier than anticipated. She was drawn in stall1 and had previous race experince so the plan was to jump and try and make all. Although she jumped very well and got the lead she was then challenged for the rail position by Listen Alexander and got into a battle too early. It didn't cost her the race as the winner was top class but it probably cost her second position.
This was "Kodi's" third run in a novice event and she has acquitted herself really well on each occassion. However, she has come up against a hot-pot on the last two runs but hopefully we can find a maiden race for her to win!
The photo shows Kodi with her rider (Stewart Gosnell) after the race in the Winner's Enclosure.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Street Art put up a fine peformance, under an excellent ride from Hollie Doyle, to win at Yarmouth yesterday. Hollie had won on him on his previous start and had also given him a fine ride that day too. Street Art has been sent forward on his previous runs but we were happy to leave Hollie to decide what to do yesterday and with the prospect of pace in the race she got Street Art settled in the box seat just behind the pace. He travelled very well in the race, if not a little keen, and at one point it looked as though he may get boxed in on the rails, However, Hollie did not panic, looked for the opening and once it arrived pulled the horse out and galvanised him without giving him any rough treatment. He responded well to the jockey and at the furlong post he looked all over the winner.
This was the horse's second attempt on turf and on yesterday's experience we will look for other opportunities for him on galloping tracks.
The photo shows the horse out in his pen this morning enjoying a well deserved pick of grass.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Kodiac Express, our sharp 2yo, ran a fine race in defeat at Chelmsford on the 8th May. She was quick away from the stalls and had clearly learnt from her first experience at Kempton. However, when nothing wanted to go forward her jockey, Jim Crowley, took the intitiative and she was used as a marker for the hot favourite, Denaar, who won with plenty in hand.
We were pleased with our filly's effort who is a very straightforward individual and has been a pleasure to train from day 1.
The photo below shows connections of the horse, the number depleted by major problems on the M25! From left to right are Alan East, Ann Graham, Peter Graham, our lad Kumbh Singh, and Gill East.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Whispered Kiss came 2nd on the 3rd May, beaten a short head by Carribean Spring. "Willow", as she is known in the yard, ran a great race at Wolverhampton and looked the winner 2f from home but was collared on the line by Carribean Spring. The winner outstayed us up the stright as she is more a 10f horse while the Willow only just gets the mile and didn't quite see out the trip which was 8.5f.
It was an apprentice race and Rossa Ryan, who rode our filly, felt he would have won had he kicked for home a stride sooner. He looks destined for a good careeer as a jockey as he was quick to acknoweldege he may have cost the race. It was quite refreshing to hear his comments as some jockeys are quick to blame everything and everybody apart from themselves!!
While very disappointed not to win the race the filly ran very well although it did ruin our plan to go for the hat-trick at Nottingham 9 days later.
The filly has come out of the race well and we look forward to her running again, altjhough the handicapper put her up 5lbs, inhibiting her chances of further success.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Whispered Kiss returned the patience shown by her Owner/Breeders by winning first time out in the new season at Lingfield yesterday. She is a big filly who, like her dam, has taken time to mature and strenghten up. However, she has wintered very well and she was a stronger filly going into the race.
She was always on the front end and, under an excellent ride by Shane Kelly, once in the straight she galloped on strongly to repel the rest of the field.
The owners/breeders have given us a free rein from day one to train the filly as we see fit and we have always said she was likely to be like her dam, Desert Kiss, who didn't win a rqce until she was a 4yo and who progressed through that season. We are hopeful she can emulate her dam but time will tell!
The photo shows winning owner/breeder connections with from left to right Jackie, Bob, Tim (slightly obscured behind me), Kumbh Singh, Mike and Cilla.
A word of praise must go to all the team at home but especially Kumbh Singh who is her regular rider and who has always had a lot of faith in the filly. He has nurtured her over the past year and he was thrilled to see her in the Winner's Enclosure.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Street Art finally managed to get his head in front at Chelmsford under a fine ride from Hollie Doyle. Street art had been unlucky on a couple of occasions this year when leading and getting mowed down close to home. However, tonight he was once again sent to the front but this time he managed to hold on despite the advances of the second in the final 50 yards.
Hollie deserves a special mention as a horse was slow away but she managed to get him to the front without using up too much petrol. He looked the winner 2 furlongs out but then got a bit tired in the final furlong but held on gamely.
It was a low-grade handicap but it was a thrill to get our first winner on the board for the 2017 year.
The photograph shows Street Art with his lad, Kumbh Singh, and owner Denise Tibbett together with the winning jockey, Hollie Doyle.
Friday, March 03, 2017
Lily Irish ran very gamely at Chelmsford yesterday evening to record a second position spot. Kicked out of the gates from the start by jockey, Shane Kelly, she grabbed the lead and put her head down and galloped. However, she was no match for the winner but run on gamely up the straight and just held on for second spot.
This was her second run back after a break last year and hopefully she can progress and make up for time lost.
The photograph shows her having a well deserved drink with her lad, Kumbh Singh, looking on.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Street Art was second at Kempton last week but we were all left wondering what might have been!
Our apprentice, Kevin Lundie, got SA into a great position from stall 12 managing to sit on the quarters of the leader after two furlongs and then following a relatively sedate pace kick for the winning line at the home turn with just under 3f to race. Kevin got first run and was 6 lengths clear but he was looking for danger over his left shoulder and the hot favourite was on his inside which he didn't see until late. SA was admittedly tiring in the last furlong but with more assistance from the saddle he might have held on. If we take out the winner then SA was 6 lengths clear of his next rival and so it was a good performance. However, we will never know what might have been!
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Bob Hopeful ran the second race of his career last week at Wolverhampton and we were pleased with his effort, managing a 4th place spot and entitled to enter the Winner's Enclosure. Again he was slowly away (but not as much as first time out) but he made up the ground readily and settled near the rear. He made good progress down the back straight and heading for the home turn and at one point it looked as though he might be involved in the finish. However, his effort faded but we were pleased with his attitude and he attained a 4th position which was one place better than first time out.
He should progress with further racing and once he has recovered from his last race we will look for another maiden for him.
The photo shows "Bob" returning to the Winner's Enclosure led in by Kumbh Singh.
Friday, January 06, 2017
Pool House was our first runner of the year in 2017 and he ran very well to record a 2nd place position. He was handy from the start but the winner, Black Dave, was always leading and although Pool House ran on credibly up the straight he couldn't peg back the leader.
The photo shows Pool House in the winner's enclosure with groom, Kumbh Singh, and my brother, Paul, Who enjoyed a night out at the races with his family.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Titan Goddess completed a hat-trick of wins in emphatic style at Leicester on Tuesday thus rewarding the patience of her owners. It was also a hat-trick for Kevin Lundie, our apprentice rider, who followed instructions to the letter by keeping her balanced down the hill and then letting her make her challenge on the far side where the ground looked better. Both Kevin and Assistant Trainer, Michael Keady, had walked the course beforehand and realised the ground was a bit quicker on the far side which clearly helped as she romped home by 7 lengths!!
We have always had confidence in Titan Goddess's ability and her willingness to win and she was able to capitalise on a turf mark which was 9lb lower than her AW mark and complete a hat-trick of wins.
She came out of the race bucking and kicking and so the plan is to look at races at Brighton and Redcar next week to see if she can realise a four-timer.
The photo shows TG returning to the Winner's Enclosure with Michael Keady leading her in and one of her owners, Peter Graham, talking to jockey, Kevin Lundie, while his wife, Ann, took this photograph.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Titan Goddess doubled her win total yesterday with a success at Chelmsford. Stepping back a furlong to 7f she found the pace a little too quick and was niggled along by her rider, Kevin Lundie, to hold a position in midfield. Once they turned for home she was able to thread her way through her rivals and galloped on powerfully all the way to the line.
This was an excellent performance from the filly who has always shown a very willing attitude but has not always had the rub of the green. Credit must go to her rider who rides her regularly at home and who was adamant she had enough pace for the 7f trip. Being by Equiano out of a Grand Lodge mare her trip could have been anything from 6f to 10f but we believe she is best at between 7f and 8f. Her greatest attribute is her willingness to race and she is a joy to train.
The photo shows Titan Goddess returning from her race to be greeted by her delighted owners who are collectively known as Phoebe's Friends.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Titan Goddess finally broke her maiden tag under a fine ride by our apprentice, Kevin Lundie. She is a very game filly but things have not worked out for her in previous races but yesterday all went according to plan with the filly getting a toe into the race from the two confirmed front runners. She was very game when asked for her effort and galloped all the way to the line seeing of her nearest pursuer by a neck.This was Kevin's second win for the yard and his 4th for this year.
We hope she will progress a little further and her positive attitude should certainly give her a chance.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Musical Comedy ran very well at Windsor last night recording a 4th place position. He jumped well and was in front but his jockey, Jim Crowley, was able to take a small pull and get cover behind the proven front runners. He was beginning to make a move 1f out but met with a bit of trouble which stopped his momentum but he ran on again. Although there was some rain at Windsor the ground was a bit quicker than ideal for him and so it was a good effort. He is now qualified for the final in two weeks time and so that will be his immediate target.
The photo (courtesy of Christine Rogerson) shows MC with his lad, James Meunier, and connections getting a debrief from Jim Crowley.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Just Maybe broke his maiden tag at the second time of asking at Kempton yesterday under a positive ride from Robert Winston. The plan had been to track the leaders but Robert said there was not enough pace and so he was more forward on him. Just Maybe had been green on his debut at Windsor but he was much better this time and had clearly learnt from the experience. He travelled well and was sent to the front with 2f to go and stuck his head out in game fashion. He has a bit of knee action and we went to Kempton as they had added wax to the surface and it was on the soft side of standard.
Looking around the parade ring before the race it looked as though there were four horses who could feature in the finish with Just Maybe one of them and it was great to see him get his head in front. He is a half brother to a fine race filly we trained, La Fortunata, and he has been a joy to train from day one. As with most 2yos he has had his small setbacks but he has the scope to improve and we look forward to seeing him progress on the racecourse.
The photo shows some of the winning connections with (from l to r) Dennis Cooper, Hugo (his lad), the jockey and Tony Wideson.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Mamoo ran a fine race in defeat on Friday evening at Newmarket. He enjoyed the step up from 10f to 12f although he was never going to get to the winner who dominated from the front.He is not the biggest horse in the yard but he has a great stride on him and he put that to good use in the race. We will look for another race over a similar distance or slightly further as he is a strong galloper.
The photo shows the horse returning to the Winner's Enclosure being led up by Hugo.
Friday, July 01, 2016
Zamperini showed the winning spirit of his namesake with a game (and heart stopping to followers) win at Sandown yesterday. The race was partly won at the start with the benefit of a good break from the stalls (which he did not have on his previous run at the track) and an ideal sit in 5th place just behind what was likely to be a steady pace. The race panned out as we had thought and having a good position Jim Crowley, his jockey, was able to pull Zamperini out from the inside rail and get a run up the outside unlike the favourite who got caught in behind the leaders. Zamperini battled all the way to the line and manged to get his head in front by the narrowest of margins, a nose!
We were all thrilled with the result and the photograph below shows winning connections with, from left to right, Bill and Maureen Tillett, Bailey, Rob Tillett, Michael Keady (Assistant Trainer), Machaela (regular rider of Zamperini) and jockey, Jim Crowley.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Rio Ronaldo followed up his recent course success with an excellent 2nd position in a very competitive 6f handicap at Windsor yesterday. Robert Winston adopted the same tactics as in Ronaldo's previous race by taking a pull at the start of the contest and sitting towards the rear. Once again the jockey held on to Ronaldo until the 2f pole and then started making some progress. However, the winner was two lengths in front of Ronaldo and got first run but it was another good performance from our horse. We had been slightly worried about the ground as Ronaldo has a very good action but you don't know whether horses will act on soft unless you try them on it. The owners knew we were trying him on such soft ground and if it worked it opened more options for him. Everyone was thrilled with his run and pleased we were prepared to try him on soft ground.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Della Valle proved a decisive winner of the Fillies Handicap yesterday evening at Windsor. She had two starts for us previously when the ground was quicker than ideal. However, she got her ground last night following the downpours seen over the past few days. She tracked the only two in front of her and was always travelling well in the ground. Her rivals didn't handle the ground as well and she looked the likely winner some way from home.
The team at home are delighted for the horse and the owners and hopefully she can pick up further races on her favoured ground.
The photo shows winning connections, in the Winner's Enclosure, Stuart Moir and Mario Borgatti with jockey Harry Bentley and her lad, Hugo Meunier. Also, but not least, at the back are Gwen and Wilhelmina who are the respective spouses of Stuart and Mario.
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Della Valle ran well at Nottingham today staying on well to achieve a 3rd placed position. She settled in rear and was travelling well as the field rounded the home turn. The pace picked up and although slightly tapped for toe originally she battled well and was making ground in the final half furlong.
The ground was quicker than ideal for our filly and so it was an excellent performance. She should be better with some cut in the ground and hopefully she will get more suitable underfoot conditions if she goes for the final of the series in September. However, we will be hoping for some wetter weather before then!
The photo shows Della Valle with her lad, Hugo Meunier, and owners, Mario Borgatti and Stuart Moir, who have been great supporters of the yard.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Rio Ronaldo returned to the venue of 2 of his previous 3 wins to score a decisive victory at Windsor yesterday evening under a supreme ride by Jamie Spencer. He now has a hat-trick of wins at Windsor which we believe is due to the strong pace the sprint races are run at.
We got a call from Tony Hind (Jim Crowley's agent) to say Jim was not able to make the races. Tony, doing his job, suggested some of his other lads who were available. When I got to the track we looked at possible substitutes with the owners and Paul Arlotte (aka the Professor), who had made the trip over form Guernsey with his wife Michelle, suggested Jamie Spencer who hadn't got a ride in the race. It was agreed Jamie was our man as he is known for his hold-up rides which would suit Ronaldo.
We were all delighted Jamie had agreed to ride and what a great ride he gave the horse. He knew there would be pace as the other jockeys were keen to go to the far side rail as the ground was easier than the official going description of Good to Firm/Good in Places. The ground was as easy as a ripe avocado so I won't be asking the Clerk of the Course to do my grocery shopping!
Jamie immediately took a pull on the horse leaving the stalls, had him settled in last, took another pull when the horse was ready to go but the jockey wasn't. Jamie manoeuvred his way through the horses coming back to him, never touched the horse with the shillelagh and rode him "hands and heels" to the line to win by half a length. A sublime ride on a talented horse who Jamie sussed straight away.
The Owners were delighted with the ride and the win and all were on at juicy odds which added some icing to the fruitcake. The photo below (courtesy of Ann Graham) shows Rio Ronaldo returning to the Winner's Enclosure with his regular lad, Hugo Meunier, our driver, Alan Blower, and our super-sub jockey acknowledging the applause of Rio's thrilled owners.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Ashford island enjoyed his trip to the seaside yesterday where he was narrowly beaten by the head at Brighton. We thought he would like the track as it is undulating and would keep him interested in racing. He was travelling well and went to the front at the furlong pole but just got collared on the line.
He looks to have liked the idiosyncrasies of the track and we will look for a race back there with him.
The photo shows his owners, Lee Bearman of MK Racing and Denise, together with his lad, Kevin Lundie.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thee and Me returned to the venue of his victory last month to earn a very respectable 4th position. He was drawn in stall 7 and jumped well but his jockey, Kieran O'Neill, couldn't get the rail and he was a bit wider than ideal. However, he managed to get in and was one off the rail and travelled well showing a very willing attitude. He was beaten by a better horse who looked the pick of the paddock beforehand.
This was a step up in grade for him as there were few suitable opportunities elsewhere but hopefully we can find a race back in his grade and he should remain competitive.
The photo shows 'Teddy' returning to the Winner's Enclosure with his regular rider, Machaela Barden.