Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Rio Ronaldo finally got his head in front for the current season with a convincing win at Salisbury.
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 ran another excellent race at Windsor on Monday and, not for the first time, found one too good. She broke quickly and attempted to make all with those tactics looking the winning ones with half a furlong to go. However, she got a bit tired and the winner, who looked very well handicapped, asserted in the final 50 yards.
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
Desert Fox ran a fine race in defeat at Windsor on Monday afternoon. He jumped very well from the stalls and, unusually, for an apprentice race they did not go quick leaving Foxy without cover. He tried to make all but he set it up for the winner who won a bit cosily but has been in great form for his yard.
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
Just Maybe returned to the track after a 595 days absence to record a comfortable victory at Nottingham on Saturday evening. Just Maybe had a number of niggles as a 3yo which kept him from the track but our owners have been very patient and they were rewarded with a win on Saturday.
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
Desert Fox returned to the scene of his maiden win at Chelmsford last night to record another victory. He jumped well from the stalls and was always in a handy position to track the leaders. Turning for home he was sent for home under his Jockey, Shane Kelly, to put the race to bed in good style.
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!
Left to right: Peter Graham, Dennis Cooper, Titan Goddess, Kumbh Singh, Lindsay and Tony Basing, Ann Graham, Brian Batchelor and Milly & Ronnie Bright.
Photo courtesy of Ann Graham
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.
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.