Sunday, January 13, 2019
Thursday, December 27, 2018
We were thrilled with the filly's performance who was very unlucky not to win her previous race.
The photo shows delighted connections in the Winner's Enclosure.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Young John made it two consecutive wins in 9 days with another demolition of the opposition in a 6f apprentice race on Wednesday evening. It was a race for apprentices with 10 or less winners and so the pool of talent to choose from was reduced. However, it was the Ian Williams connection again which came to the fore as Luke Catton is a colleague, and good friend, of Charlie Todd the amateur rider who won on him the previous week. Luke was quick off the mark to ring for the ride and to visit the yard to ride the horse. Despite only having ridden one previous winner Luke looked a competent rider and we were happy to give hin the ride. He followed our instructions and Young John again asserted in the race and once again won comfortably.
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Young John destroyed the opposition at Leicester in the Amateur riders' race on the 29th October. He chased the leaders from the start but once his jockey, Charlie Todd, pulled him out he scooted clear and the result was never in doubt.
Amateur Riders' races have jockeys with a wide range of abilities and we were pleased with the efforts of our jockey who was very professional. He works for Ian Williams and has experience in the Point to Point field and was worth his 5lb claim.
This was a real confidence booster for YJ who had been knocking on the door this year having been disappointing for us.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Lily Ash recorded the 3rd win of her career with a gutsy display at Great Yarmouth yesterday. We were stepping the filly up in trip as she looked as though she needed further despite winning over a mile previously. We knew she would keep battling and so it proved yesterday as she looked beaten in the final furlong but under a strong drive by her jockey, Rossa Ryan, she got up to win by a length. She is a very game filly and although it was only a 0-55 race it gave the whole team a lot of pleasure. If a horse has a willingness to win we can normally find a rece for it but if they do not want to win then it is a very frustrating game for all. We would rather have horse like Lily Ash than the "morning glories" which are good at home but don't have that winning instinct on the track.
The photos shows delighted connections with from left to right Ann and Pter Graham, Denise Tibbett, Kumbh Singh (Lily's regular rider) and jockey, Rossa Ryan.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Yaa Mous ran out a convincing winner of the Filles 10f race at Chelmsford last night. The race went according to plan with Special Mission trying to make all and some 10 lengths clear with 2f to go. However, the plan was always to have Yaa Mous up with the leaders but in her comfort zone and once the leader started to tire it was set up for the horses in behind. Yaa Mous asserted in thr final furlong and this represents a step up on her previous win at Leicester.
The photo shows Yaa Mous being led in by lad, Hugo Meunier, who was substituting for her regular rider, Luke Seal, who has done a great job with the filly.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Young John recorded his best run for the yard on Tuesday when 2nd in the 6f race at Leicester. He was a bit slow away from the starting gates but travelled well into the race. He found plenty for the urgings of his jockey, Conor Murtagh, but the winner had got first run on the far side of the track and Young John could not peg him back. Howevere, we were delighte dwith his effort and hopefully he can go on from here.
Friday, October 12, 2018
Such Promise recorded his best position to date with a battling run at Catterick on Tuesday. He had a good draw in stall 4 but was not as quick out of the stalls as some of his cometitors and was further back than ideal. However, he was able to make ground in the final 2 furlongs but he ran out of track and was beaten just over a length.
This was a very encouraging performance from Such Promise and we are hopeful he can go two places better as he gains more experince of racing. This was only the 4th run of his career and he has come on for each run.
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Zamperini recorded his first placed position of 2018 with a 3rd placed spot on Friday night at Wolverhampton. Zamperini has not had his ground this year on the turf and so we switched back to the AW and the scene of his maiden win. He travelled well for most of the race and he was travelling best of all some 2f out. His jockey, Nicola Currei, sent him for home and he just got a little tired in the final half furlong and was beaten a length. As the Racing Post stated "He ran a blinder" and hopefully we can find a race back on turf before the end of the turf season.
The photo shows Zamperini with his jockey, Nicola Currie, and groom, Kumbh Singh.
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Havana Sunset ran his best race to date when recording a 2nd placed position at Wolverhampton on Friday night. He was quickly away form the starting stalls and manged to get to the front. From there he used his long stride to stretch the field. However, the well fancied favourite had Havana in his sights and asseted in the final furlong. Despite the disappointment of being 2nd we were pleased with the effort of Havana Sunset and he is a lovely big scopey horse who should progress from here.
The photo shows Havana Sunset with jockey, Nicola Currie, with one of the partners, Dennis Cooper, and his lad, Kumbh Singh, in the 2nd spot position in the Winner's Enclosure.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Yaa Mous broke her maiden tag at Leicester yesterday under a fine ride from jockey Nicola Currie. The pace was quick in the race and Yaa Mous was taken off her feet in the first part of the race. However, at Leicester it is a long run in and as the leaders started to fade Yaa Mous started to get going and was the leader at the furlong pole. It looked like Pure Shores had made a winning move at the point from the pack and lead but Yaa Mous was having not of it and battled on very gamely to win by a length under a strong drive by Nicola.
We are delighted with Yaa Mous's performance as she has been a real treat to train. She is a sensitive filly who responds to being asked rather then being bullied and her regular ride, Luke Seal, has done a great job with her. She has size and scope and should benefit from a step up in trip.
The photo shows Luke giving Yaa Mous a pick of grass before getting on the horsebox for the journey home.
Friday, September 21, 2018
Lily Ash recorded the 2nd win of her career with a gutsy performance at Beverley on Wednesday under a drive from Ger O'Neill. It was an Apprentice Classified Stakes for horses rated up to 55. Lily Ash was on that mark and we chose the most experienced jockey of those apprentices eligible to ride. Ger had ridden 5 winners at the tracl which was more than the combined figure of the other riders in the race. Although a bit further back than ideal she showed battling qualities up the stiff straight at the track and got up in the final half furlong.
The photo shows delighted winning connections with from ltr Michael Keady (Assistant Trainer), Ger ONeill, Kumbh Singh (her regular rider) and Denise Tibbett (Owner).
Friday, September 21, 2018
Kodiac Express once again ran with her heart on her sleeve but was beaten by a progressive horse on the day in Queen of Desire. She jumped well from the gate and set a good gallop but she couldn't get cover and having done most of the donkey work gave way in the final half furlong to the winner and Arzaak.
This was her 12th run of the current season and once again she gave everything in the race. She had previously won at the track and the flat 5f suits her style of being a front runner.
The photo shows Kodi with her lad, Hugo, in the 3rd place spot.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Zamperini ran well at Sandown yesterday to record a 3rd placed spot despite the ground being a bit quicker than ideal. Zamperini prefers cut in the ground and although the official going was Good to Soft it did dry out during the day and was no slower than good ground by the time of the last race. However, he did grind out a third place spot due in part to the strong urgings of his jockey, Nicola Currie, who continues to impress.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Rio Ronaldo ran another fine race at Sandown yesterday. He was drawn in stall 1 which has traditionally been a good draw but with Rio's running style of coming from off the pace it is not the draw we wanted. However, he jumped well on the day and was further forward than we thought and in an ideal position given the lack of pace in the race. However, he got shuffled back and although he ran on well to take 4th spot he was never close enough to threaten the winner. However, it was another good run at Sandown and he is good heart.
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Yaa Mous ran with great credit at Chepstow recently. She is still a bit green and it was this that probably cost her the race toegther with the winner being streetwise and being ridden prominantly. Yaa Mous is still learning about the game and hopefully she van build on this encouraging start to her racing career.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Lily Ash ran a fine race in defeat at Ripon on Monday. She was deservedly sent off the 3/1 favourite based on her Yarmouth win and went to the track in good form. However, she came up against Vigee Le Brun who had been running well but on this occassion romped to a 6l success. Lily Ash lost nothing in defeat as she battled all the way up the long Ripon straight but the writing was on the wall a long way from home with the winner never looking like he was going to be beaten.
Lily Ash suffered a knock in the race and she will be on the easy list for a week until the swelling recedes.
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Overtrumped broke her maiden at Newmarket on Friday night on only her 5th start. The filly has not had her ground recently as she likes cut in the turf given her high knee action. We were thrilled to see all the rain appear on Thursday and Friday which turned the ground to very soft. With the other 5 horses not handling the conditions it was great to see Overtrumped assert in the final furlong to win by over 3 lengths.
It was great for the joint owners, Mario Borgatti and Stuart Moir, who have been great supporters of the yard, as it was their first win at Newmarket.
The photos below show delighted connections:
Mike Murphy, Hugo Menieur and Michael Keady
Mario Borgatti, Stuart Moir, Hayley Turner, Hugo Meniuer and Mike Murphy
Collecting the trophies
Friday, July 27, 2018
Kodiac Express recorded her third win of the year, and the fourth in her career, with a gutsy performance at Great Yarmouth yesterday. Gabriele Malune, her jockey, followed his instructions to the letter by letting our filly bowl along at her own pace for the first three furlongs and then get into a battle in the final two furlongs. It was great to see her change her legs just inside the 2f marker and then go and tackle the leaders and beat them into submission.
We had her fresh for this race and the quick conditions suited her as she has a lovely action. She is not a very big filly but she has an engine and, more importantly, she has a big heart.
The photo shows a delighted lad, Hugo Meunier, and a thrilled rider, Gabriele Malune, returning to the Winner's Enclosure.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
His Jockey, Andrea Atzeni, jumped well from the stalls and with a strong pace to aim at Rio Ronaldo always looked comfortable in the race. In the final furlong he readily asserted himself and won with his ears pricked. It was great to see Rio win for the fifth consecutive season but as with most of these sprinters everything needs to fall right and it did today. This was in stark contrast to Sandown where he was slowly away and there was no pace in the race but he still managed to finish a strong finishing fourth.
The photo above shows delighted winning connections in the Winners Enclosure at Salisbury.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Kodiac Express recorded the 3rd win of her career with a gutsy performance at Nottingham last Monday. Once again she was quick out of the stalls and even though there was pace in the race none of the other jockeys wanted to get into a battle early on. Kodiac Express led throughout the contest and she fought off any challenges to her lead winning by a half length.
She has been an ultra consistent filly for the yard recording 3 wins, 7 second places and 2 third placed positions from her 17 career starts. She broke her maiden at Nottingham last October and made it 2 wins form 2 starts at the track.
The photo shows a delighted groom and jockey returning to the Winner's Enclosure
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Kodiac Express ran out a deserved winner of the 5f sprint handicap at Windosr last night. She is a very game filly who likes to jump and race and although in stall 9 she once again led the field. It looked at one stage as though she was going to be swallowed up in the final furlong but she doggedly stuck her head out and won by a half length.
She has been placed 2nd on four occassions this year, findng one horse too good for her in each of those races, and so we were thrilled to see her win.
The photo shows the very happy winning connections in the Winner's Enclosure
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Kodiac Express has been running her best on every visit to the racetrack enabling her to pick up a Book 1 bonus last year. However, in handicap company she is vulnerable to the later maturing and/or better handicapped horse.
The photo shows Jockey and groom sharing a "what might have been" moment!!
Thursday, May 10, 2018
With a wide margin to the third placed horse this was a good performance from Foxy and hopefully we can find him a winning opportunity.
The photo shows Foxy returning to the Winner's Enclosure with lad Hugo Meunier.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Despite his long absence Just Maybe was quick away from the stalls under his very capable jockey, Nicola Currie, and sat behind the leaders. He travelled well and when asked for an effort between the 2f and 1f pole he quickly asserted and looked the winner a long way from home. He was the pick of the paddock before the race and duly obliged on the track.
The photo shows the Winning Connections who could make the race with from ltr Paul and Mel Green, Dennis Cooper, Phil Woods with jockey, Nicola Currie, and groom, Kumbh Singh with the horse.
Winning connections received their trophies in the new Winner's facility at Nottingham.
Monday, March 26, 2018
Kodiac Express ran another fine race at Chelmsford last Thursday. Unfortunately she was no match for the winner who had a few pounds in hand on official ratings. However, our game filly gave owners another exciting day at the racetrack and recorded her second 2nd placed position for this year from her two races.
We have had some excitement with "Kodi" who picked up a Book 1 Bonus of £25k last year and she has retained her enthusiasm for racing in 2018.
The photo shows delighted connections (from ltr: Christine Rogerson, Michelle Arlotte, Ann Graham, Paul Arlotte, Bill Rogerson, Hugo Meunier, Paddy Bradley and Peter Graham).
Monday, March 26, 2018
Magicinthemaking ran her best race to date to be narrowly denied at Chelmsford last Thursday. Her performance was even better than the bare result as she had to go wide to avoid the kickback which she didn't like and she was also 3lbs out of the handicap. Fran Berry said she was very game and kept on all the way to the line but she was not able to peg back Malaysian Boleh who was game in front.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
On March 10th Desert Fox ran a very respectable 3rd at Chelmsford beaten only a half length. The race was not run to suit "Foxy" who likes a strong pace to aim at but on this occassion there wasn't the requisite pace in the race. As such our jockey, Shane Kelly, was forced to go wide and get a more prominent position and in doing so forfeited ground. He loooked to have every chance at the furlong marker but those earlier exertions told and he didn't have the kick of the eventual winner, Glory Of Paris, and was narrowly beaten.
Foxy will have an easy period until there is a suitable oppportunity on turf where he will appreciate a little cut in the ground.
Sunday, March 04, 2018
This was his second win at the track from two starts and, all being well, we hope to return to the venue for a race later this month.
The photo shows Desert Fox with joint owners Bill Rogerson and Paul Arlotte together with the Jockey, Shane Kelly, and lad Hugo Meunier.
Sunday, March 04, 2018
Kodi recorded a good performance on her return to action last night at Chelmsford. She had been off the track for 150 days and it showed in the first furlong where she was a little slow to jump from the stalls and didn't get the prominent position we wanted. However, she stayed on strongly in the final furlong but failed to get to the winner. However, it was a good first run of the season and it showed she retains her enthusiasm for the game.
The photo shows Kodi returning to the Winner's Enclosure led in by Hugo Meunier, her regualr rider.
Friday, January 19, 2018
Desert Fox continued the fine start for the yard in 2018 (3 winners from 4 runners) with a win at Chelmsford last night. Unfortunately he rained on the parade of Spare Parts who has been in tremendous form this winter and was bidding for a 5 timer. Deset Fox had disappointed us last time at Kempton over the 7f trip but this was more like the horse we saw at Wolverhampton and he won well. Shane Kelly, his jockey, got Desert Fox some cover from his draw in stall 10 and he loved the strong pace of the race. Turning for home he looked the winner and once he was pulled out from behind the pack he galloped all the way to the line. Spare Parts put up a valiant effort to get the 2nd placed spot but the 6f was too short for him. We wish him well with his attempt to add another win to his tally which is back at the track on Saturday.
The photo shows "Foxy" in the Winner's Enclosure with delighted Owner-Breeders Bill and Christine Rogerson, his lad Hugo Meunier and jockey, Shane Kelly. Unfortunately his other owners, Bill Lemon, Paul & Michelle Arlotte and Robert Cooper were not there for the race. Robert Cooper did travel to the track but was caught in a traffic jam and missed the race. However, he did get to the hospitality suite to enjoy a glass of champagne and saw a relay of the race. Also, we learnt it was his birthday which made the win even better!
Friday, January 12, 2018
Titan Goddess followed up her win at Kempton last Saturday with a win at Chelmsford last night under a positive ride from Nicola Currie. She broke well and with no pace in the race she quickly made the running and the race was never in doubt. She kicked clear at the home turn and won by 4 lengths from Ted's Brother.
We were all delighted with her run as it came only 5 days after her convincing win at Kempton and despite her appearing well at home there is always the danger of the race coming too soon. However, she performed up to best expectations and she will have a break in the paddock for a few days to help her recovery. This was the mare's 7th win of her career and all the partners are thrilled with their tough mare who continues to have a great attitude to racing.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Titan Goddess got the New Year off to a fantastic start with an emphatic win at Kempton last night. We entered the horse as there were only 9 entries some 5 minutes before the closing at noon on Monday. When we looked at the entries it looked a competitive race but we knew TG was in good form and so we let her take her chance and we were so pleased we did.
We thought the long straight would suit TG and so it proved. A special mention must go to Nicola Currie who followed my instructions to the letter. We thought we might need the 5lbs claim of Nicola as TG was racing off a mark of 71 and was near the peak of her previous handicap mark of 73 but on the night it didn't matter as our horse ran a cracking race. It could be the favourite, Dance Teacher, did not run her race as she appeared to lose her action up the straight but one can't take anything away from the tenacity of our mare.
The photos show Kumbh Singh leading in the successful partnership of Titan Goddess and Nicola Currie followed by TG's owners in the Winner's Enclosure and then enjoying a celebratory drink in the Kempton's new hospitality box for winning connections. John Reid joined us for a drink as he is a jockey coach and has been helping Nicola with her race riding. He is clearly doing a good job!
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Titan Goddess ran another fine race on the 21st December but came up against an improving and well handicapped winner in Dellaguista. It looked as though TG had made a winning run up the rail on the inside of the leader, Corked, but the winner was cantering on the outside of that horse and despite TG's best efforts she just ran into one on the night. We were only beaten a neck although the winner was probablr value for more than that. However, the handicapper saw it differently and raised TG 2lbs and the winner 3lbs. We thought a 1lb rise was justified and 2lbs was a bit harsh (Dellaguista won at Newcastle last night which helps frank the form).
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Titan Goddess recorded the 5th win of her career, and the third win at the course, at Chelmsford on Friday night. She was between 1 and 12lbs "well-in" on official ratings with the opposition in this selling race and not surprisngly she was sent off favourite. As is normal for her she was a little slow away but she made up the ground to sit just behind the leaders. She was having to be nudged a little on the home turn but once she straightened up she stamped her authorithy on the race and won by a length and a quarter.
The photo shows winning connections on a freezing Friday night with the star of the show.
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Desert Fox ran an excellent race at Wolverhampton last Saturday night only to find one too good in his first race back for over a year. He jumped a bit slowly but his jockey, Shane Kelly, was able to get a handy position from his low draw within a furlong of the start. He travelled very well and turning for home he looked like the winner. However, when asked for his effort he was green and it took half a furlong for the penny to drop. That proverbial penny did drop in the final furlong but it was too late to get to the winner and the jackpot was not won! It was, however, in the words of the RP a storming run and we were thrilled with our boy.
"Foxy" is a fine,big horse weighing over 510kg and he has had some niggles this year but we were all thrilled to see him back on the track. It was effectively only his third run as one can draw a line through the run at Goodwood last year as he had a bad journey down and was upset before the race started and was far too free once the stalls opened. We are hopeful he can progress from here as he gains more experience and matures with his racing.
The photo shows connections in the Winner's Enclosure with from left to right: Robert Cooper, Paul & Michelle Arlotte, Bill Lemon, Kumbh Singh (lad) and breeders and joint owners Chris & Bill Rogerson.
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Titan Goddess ran another fine race at Newmarket yesterday but found the ground not entirely to her liking but finished a gallant 3rd place position. She jumped well from the stalls and was towards the rear of the pack. As they quickened at the 3f pole she picked up but the leader was always travelling strongly and she wasn't ablee to land a blow. However, she once again put in her effort and galloped all the way to the line. This is Titan Goddess's time of year and she will comtinue until her date at the Mares sale as she deserves her chance at stud.
The photo shows delighted connections in the Winner's Enclosure with from left to right: Milly and Ron Bright, Dennis Cooper, Kumbh Singh, Lyndsay, Brian Batchelor,Tony Basing and Clive Batchelor.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Titan Goddess put in another strong performance and got up on the line at Chelmsford last night. Although a little slow away she was pushed up by jockey, Jim Crowley, to hold a position in midfield and this was probably was the crucial move of the race given how the race played out. We thought the joint favourite, Mach One, would try and make all as he was stepping back in trip and so it was important to be not too far off the lead. Oisin Murphy rode a canny race on Mach One by grabbing the lead but he slowed it down on the back straight and then didn't really pick up the pace until in the home straight. If he had kicked for home sooner he would probably have won the race but by delaying his run for home he allowed Titan Goddess to be close enough for Jim to galvanise her up the straight and just get up. However, that's racing as we all say and it could be argued if we had gone for home sooner at Yarmouth then Titan Goddess would have won the race there.
For some reason Titan Goddess enjoys this time of year and our best explanation is she comes into season very easily during the Spring and Summer months and doesn't always run her races. During the Autumn she stops her reproductive cycling and all of her energies are devoted to racing!
As one can imagine we were all thrilled with Titan Goddess's perfomance not least Brian Batchelor whose wife was one of the Partners in the syndicate and she sadly passed away earlier this month. She was a great supporter of the yard and it was great for her son Peter, and his granddaughters, to be at Chelmsford to cheer her on and witness the win.
The photo shows delighted connections in the Winner's Enclosure:
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.