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.
Monday, April 25, 2016
It is very early days in the season but it is encouraging to see the horses running well on their first runs back. It was great to see James Pyman's article in the Racing Post last week (thanks to Stephen Barrow for texting me as I was on my way to the sales at Cheltenham and had missed it!) which showed the yard at the top of the table (well joint top!) for horses running to form after their winter break. We have had 4 runners returning from a break and all 4 have run to within 5lb of their pre-race expected RPR.
Seeing the likes of John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute et al below us in the table gives the team a real moral boost and it is like seeing Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea etc below Leicester in the Premier League!! However, I can't see us matching our peers in the Trainer's Table but if the horses continues to run well then at least we can get them to reach their own full potential which is all one can ask of any yard.
The table is shown below courtesy of James Pyman and the Racing Post:
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Premier Currency ran his heart out yesterday evening and went down gallantly by half a length to his erstwhile inmate at Richard Hannon's yard, Aldair. The ground at Nottingham was officially Soft with Heavy patches but Ted Durcan, our jockey, felt it was heavy all round. We felt Premier Currency would handle a bit of cut in the ground but Heavy ground was an unknown but as he has been so well at home we felt he should take his chance. The plan was to lead as he is always a better horse at home when he is in front and doesn't do a lot if he is tucked in behind. He jumped well and settled after looking a little keen to begin with. He was joined up the straight by the winner and we felt he would hold on but the lack of match fitness just caught him out.
It was a real gutsy performance and hopefully he can go on from here as he develops. He is a lovely looking horse and and a step up to 10f is the plan and hopefully he will get better ground the next time he runs. He was a bit tired today but enjoyed being turned out in the paddocks and got his head down to enjoy some green, green grass.
Saturday, April 02, 2016
Thee And Me (stable name Teddy!) gamely stuck his head in front on his first run for the yard and marked up a remarkable two days for his owner The Milton Keynes Racing Club. It was also a special occasion for the yard in another way as Kevin Lundie, our apprentice jockey, notched his first win for us from only his second ride.
Firstly, the star of the show, Thee And Me, had been purchased at the Newmarket October Sales by Lee Bearman, the brains behind the Milton Keynes Racing Club. He was drawn in stall 1 and it was important for the horse to jump quickly and gain a handy position. His jockey, and our apprentice, Kevin Lundie got him quickly out of the stalls and he always had him a handy position to strike. There was an anxious moment on the turn for home when he short of room and had to be snatched up but the jockey did not panic and sat until the gap on the inside opened up on the bend. The jockey kicked for home and got a valuable two lengths lead which was being whittled away in the final furlong but he had the horse balanced and he won by a head.
Teddy has been straightforward at home and he is a delight to ride. We love his attitude and we hope he can go on from here for his owners.
The Milton Keynes Racing club also owns Ashford Island who broke his duck the previous evening on his second start for them and so they achieved two wins in two days!! Needless to say there were great celebrations after the races, particularly at Wolverhampton and the photograph below shows most of the winning connections including Lee Bearman and his wife Sharon plus Richard, Jean, Tom and Peter. Our delighted jockey, Kevin Lundie and stable lad, Jame Meunier are also shown with the very game Thee And Me.
Friday, April 01, 2016
Ashford Island finally got his nose in front at Chelmsford last night. Given a confident ride by his jockey, Royston Ffrench, AI took advantage of his draw and sat close to the pace. Fortunately Royston was able to angle the horse out at the furlong marker and won by just over a length. AI has always shown some ability at home but things I don't always gone to plan on the track. Hopefully this will help his confidence and we hope he can go forward from here.
The photo shows his lad Stuart leading the horse into the Winner's Enclosure with two of his owners, Lee and Tom.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Lemon Thyme put in an improved performance today at Wolverhampton on the second run of her career. She broke well from the stalls and sat in mid division and settled well. The leading players in the market pulled away when the race got going in earnest but we were pleased with the way that she stayed on straight as a gun barrel up the final stretch. Hopefully she will come on again for the experience.
The photos show Kumbh Singh leading her into the Winner's Enclosure with owner, Denise Tibbett looking on.
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
It was a beautiful winter's morning today and here is a photo of the horses returning from the gallops.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Street Art broke his maiden at Kempton on the 4th November by the narrow margin of a short head. The horse was given a great ride by his jockey,Ted Durcan, who hunted him around the back and then made a decisive move at the cutaway sending the horse three lengths clear. However, this lead was fast diminishing as Azure Amour was cutting it down with every stride and he was unlucky to finish second as he was stopped in his move around the final bend but that is horseracing. It was great to see the horse win although it was not a great race as evidenced by the stats with the 9 runners contesting having 68 previous runs with only 1 win and 6 places to show for it.
Street Art is a fine looking horse with scope and we hope he might find another race in him but it will be difficult to find another "soft" option but that is half the pleasure of planning races for all of our horses.
The photo, although a bit blurred due to the lights and the camera man, shows Street Art in the Winner's Enclosure with his owner, Denise, and lass, Heidi.
Friday, October 30, 2015
Zamperini put his best foot forward at Newmarket today as he relished the easy ground. He was given an excellent ride by Ted Durcan who followed the racing plans to perfection. Settled in behind the leaders, and given lots of cover, he didn't make his move until they hit the rising ground and he found the right gaps to go through and deliver the horse in the final half furlong.
Zamperini has come up against a number of improving horses during the season resulting in four 2nd positions out of seven races. However, today was his first win in handicap company and he deserved it. That will be it for this season and we hope he can improve again next year.
The photo shows his winning connections, Maureen and Bill Tillett, together with regular rider, Veronika, and jockey, Ted Durcan.
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
Kakatosi ran out a brave winner at Leicester. Following a couple of unlucky runs at Ascot (trouble in running in the first and drawn on the wrong side in the second race) Tosi got the conditions to suit. There was plenty of pace in the race and although last with 2f to run he found his feet, and his extra gear, up the hill. Fortunately the gaps appeared and he was able to put his best foot forward under an excellent ride from Ted Durcan.
We were thrilled with his performance and Tosi managed to tip a bucket of water over our box driver, Alan Blower, in the Winner's Enclisure.
The photo shows Tosi in the paddock this morning watching first lot go out as he was having a well deserved rest.
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Monday, August 17, 2015
Rio Ronaldo returned to the venue of his previous win and, despite the drop in trip to 5f, ran out a ready winner of the 3yo sprint handicap under jockey Pat Dobbs.
He jumped well from the stalls and tracked the leaders in the early stages. He was always travelling well and at the 2f pole he had the leaders in his sight. Fortunately a gap opened up on the rail and Rio Ronaldo was able to take advantage and win by half a length.
Rio Ronaldo is still a frame of a horse and we hope he will make up into a progressive 4 yo next year.
The photo shows the winning connections, The Castaways, which from left to right consists of:
Liz Hobson, Dennis Cooper, Chris Rogerson, John Hobson, Paul Arlotte, Gill East, Robert Cooper, Bill Rogerson, Denise Murphy, Ann Graham (hiding behind Denise),Peter Graham, Alan East and Michelle Arlotte.
Photograph courtesy of Julie Deadman
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Golden Emerald broke his Maiden tag at Newmarket yesterday evening under a fine, front running ride, from Shane Kelly. The horse broke well and was immediately sent to the front and kept that position all the way to the line to win by a half a lenght from The Third Man and Sisyphus who dead-heated ffor second place.
We were delighted with Goldie's performance as he has been a late maturing horse (last night was his sixth run) and has needed time to come to himself. His owners have been very patient so it was a pleasing win for all and it was great for him to win at a Grade 1 track.
He needs a bit of cut in the ground so it was great ffor the us to see some rain fall yesterday evening which eased the going. Hopefully, as we enter the Autumn period, he will get the ground he likes and we will continue to campaign him over a distance of at least 10f.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
What a thrilling evening Conjuirng gave us on Friday
night. It was touch and go as to whether we ran but when Jim Crowley told us the
going was soft but not testing we let Trixie take her chance. However, the real
plaudits must go to the jockey (Richard Mullen) and the horse as the former tracked Spirited
Spring when that horse made for the far rail and also he sent Trixie for home at
the 3f pole. Trixie as she is known in the yard responed to the jockey's urgings in determined
style and held on all the way to the line to win by a half length.
We were thrilled with her performance in what were
awful conditions. The photo shows winning soaked connections in the Winner's Enclosure and they are from left to right: Andrea Scagill, Bill Lemon, James Meunier (her lad), Joel Bailey, Barabara Clarke, Kathy Gunnell and Maria Bailey.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
On 13th July Llyrical followed up his maiden win with a repeat performance at Wolverhampton. The races were virtually identical in nature with Marital giving Llyrical a lead for most of the race only for our horse to collar the long time leader close to the line. Whereas the winning distance was a half length in the first race it was by a diminished margin of a neck in this contest. It is difficult not to feel sorry for Marital but we were pleased to see that horse get his head in front last week.
The photo shows his delighted lad, Stuart Gosnell who does a great job with him at home, in the Winner's Enclosure again.
Monday, June 29, 2015
DTF ran a fine race in defeat in the Rockingham at the Curragh yesterday. He had a great draw in stall 23 out of 24 runners and jumped well. However, the winner had the highest draw in stall 24 and made the running from pillar to post to run out a cosy winner. DTF travelled well and was tracking the winner but had no answer to his victor but stayed on well to be a head in front on third placed Desert Law.
DTF will now head to Ascot on the 11th July to try and repeat his win of last year.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Llyrical broke his maiden tag at the 23rd attempt at Wolverhampton on Friday. Drawn 13 of 13 his task was not easy but fortunately, and in contrast to the preceding race, the early pace was not strong allowing the horse to manoeuvre across and take the lead. Llyrical then led all the way to the line despite being challenged for the lead in the final three furlongs.
The photo shows an alert Llyrical with Stuart Gosnell, his regular rider, and Denise Murphy.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Zamperini broke his maiden tag at Wolverhampton yesterday. He was set about his business from the stalls by jockey, Shane Kelly, and dictated from the front. Although chased by the Queen's horse, Motion Picture, for most of the race Zamperini was always holding the aces and ran out a comfortable winner.
The photo shows winning owner, Robert Tillett, with Shane Kelly and Veronika, the horse's regular rider.
The win completed a double on the day for Robert Tillet who also had a winner earlier at Chepstow.
Friday, June 19, 2015
American Hope ran a fine race in defeat at Royal Ascot on Wednesday in the Royal Hunt Cup. Drawn in stall 20 his jockey, Shane Kelly, made a crucial move to the far side to track the pace. In making the move he toook Temptress across to the far side and she eventually finished 2nd beaten a neck. American Hope was settled at the back as we reverted to hold up tactics and at the 2f marker he was travelling as well as anything else in the race. Shane made his move and at one point we were getting very excited. However, he didn't quite get there and held on for 6th place, beaten three and a quarter lengths.
We were all thrilled with his run and there is a big race in him. The photos below show the horse, and connections, after the race.
American Hope with jockey, Shane Kelly and his regular work rider, Heidi Cullinan:
American Hope with some of the Partners (Tony Wideson, Bill Lemon, Jenny Spooner, Bill Rogerson and Paul Arlotte) after the race:
Bill Lemon giving American Hope a well deserved drink after the horse's exertions:
Friday, June 05, 2015
Kakatosi ran out a worthy winner at Wolverhampton on Wednesday afternoon. Despite receiving a bump at the start, which set him back a few places, "Tosi" always had the rest of the field in his sights. Brought out wide on the final bend he was able to run on strongly and past the leader, Rouge Nuage.
Tosi deserved the win as he had come up against the very well handicapped Firmdecisions at Newmarket on his previous run.
The photo above shows delighted winning connections Callum, Bill and Maureen along with Heidi and the superstar Tosi.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Zamperini kept up the yard's sequence of "bridesmaids" with a 2nd place spot at Nottingham last Sunday. The race was run at a good clip and our jockey, Shane Kelly, settled the horse in rear along with the eventual winner, Ivors Involvement. However, the horses in front paid for their early exertions and started to fal back allowing Zamperini, and the winner, to make progress from the 2f marker. However, the winner had got first run but we were delighted with our horse's effort.
The photo below shows "Lucky", as he is known at home, with connection, in the Winner's Enclosure.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Chapter and Verse carried on the yard's sequence of 2nd itus with a battling 2nd at Leicester on Bank Holiday Monday. He jumped well and with there being no strong gallop he went forward again as he had done on his previous,winning, visit. However, he always had competition for the lead and he was going a fraction quicker than the last time he raced over course and distance. However, he looked the winner with half a furlong to go (evidenced by him trading at 1/25 on Betfair according to the RP) but having done a lot of the donkey work he faded in the last 50yards and was beaten by Jacobs Son.
This was another fine effort by our veteran grey and providing he is fit and well we will look for similar opportunities for him.
Thursday, June 04, 2015
Llyrical ran a fine race in defeat to an extremely well handicapped horse at Nottingham on the 21st May. Our horse jumped well taking advantage of his low draw and despite Llyrical being keen the jockey, Shane Kelly, got him into a good rhythm. He looked as though he might be swallowed up with 2f to go but battled all the way to the line. He was beaten by a 3yo who had the age allowance and who looked very well handicapped based on his previous run at Thirsk. Astoundingly he was dropped 3lb for his never nearer fast finishing 4th place that day (it is well worth looking at the race to see how anyone could drop the horse for the run!!). However, we were delighted with Llyrical and we will look for similar opportunities (but hopefully without horses "thrown in").
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
It was a case of deja vu with our second runner on the day at Newmarket on Saturday! It was another case of taking the initiative and trying to make all in the race only to be gunned down by a horse which was very well handicapped. However, it was another fine effort in defeat by one of the yard's horses and a 2nd placed effort is no mean feat. Rather like Kakatosi who was second earlier in the card she has been effectively penalised for her consistentcy. As such she is a helpful benchmark for the handicappers when they assess the race but, ironically, it does her no favours as they rarely drop her for one or two below par performances. She has now run 10 times since she last won in August 2013, off a mark of 70, and after Saturday's race she remains on a mark of 74.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Kakatosi ran very well on Saturday at Newmarket but was beaten by a very well handicapped Firmdecisions. Tosi jumped well form the stalls and quickly got to the front. He tried to make it all the way to the Finishing Line but the winner had plenty in hand and won by 7 lengths. This was a good performance again by Tosi who has been consistent but gets little respite from the handicapper. However, there ought to be a a race for him to win somewhere if we find the right opportuity.