2nd February News
We didn’t have a dream result at Chelmsford tonight, with the pace not quick enough to really suit Cavalieri, although he would always be vunerable back down in trip and up in grade. He tried his best and finished his race well. Its a long way home!
Its been a brilliant January for us however, a host of placed horses and FIVE wins to keep us all smiling and plenty to look forward to when these horses run again. One we are particularly looking forward to
reappearing is the diminuitive ‘Little Bruce’ who has won his last two but has needed some time to get over his two quick runs. He is one of four horses we now have by Yeats on the yard – a stallion we like who seems to breed youngsters with good sound legs and who stay well.
We are gearing up for a busy weekend with runners at Wetherby and Musselburgh, but first we are local at Catterick tomorrow – Rich Man Poor Man (Big Rob) will appreciate the rain in the novice hurdle (alhough he is a huge future chaser and he will need a handicap mark to be competitive in this sphere) but the weather has gone against Epiosde in the conditional jockeys and any further rain might see him waiting for another day, he has not been the luckiest of horses yet, he has made a comeback from injury and when he had his ground last time he unseated. Episode can be seen here with ‘Bertie Blake’ who will be making his bumper debut at Wetherby on Saturday. Two very good looking horses…
Bertie was bought by Phil at the Goffs Landrover sale in June, and with his 20 Owners forming the Kirby Club Partnership – we are looking forward to seeing many of them in attendance at Wetherby. He is a classy looking young horse who will learn a lot at the weekend, and we are sure he is going to make a lovely young hurdler for next season.
Next Edition is back out again for his Dibble Bridge Partnership at Musselburgh, a track he has won over on the flat – and he does seem to like going right handed. He wasn’t right after his Market Rasen run last time but seems A1 again now and he is always a popular runner with his tademark white topped tail – another little horse who wouldn’t be much bigger than Little Bruce but is very enthusiastic and can pull hard in his races. Tommy will be riding him for the first time on the track at the weekend.
This filly on the right had a mane pull and tidy today – she is ‘True Ballew’ an unraced bay 2 year old
filly by Equiano out of 9 time winner, Hula Ballew. She is owned by The Jessies who along with co owners Colin Fletcher & ourselves, saw their wonderful Goldan Jess head off to pastures new on Sunday. We were sent this photo of Jess hacking out mid week with his new Owner Lucy Fletcher, and he has been a good boy in his new role so far. You can see the North Yorkshire Moors in the background – hills that Jess has hacked round many times whe we used to train at Castleton. If anyone visits ‘Fletcher’s Farm Coffee Shop’ in Great Ayton you may well see Jess out in the paddock there with his new friend – its becoming a very popular place to eat in the area.
This handsome 2 year old is Lady Chloe’s first offspring – a gelding by Shirocco who will make his debut
as a 3 year old next year. He is the absolute image of his dam, and she was a very talented lady whose career was cut short though injury. Chloe also has a gorgeous bay colt
by Authorized and is in foal to Presenting.
Another un-raced 3 year old filly we will be seeing out on the flat is the filly on the left – ‘Shine Baby Shine’ by Aqlaam, a sire who died prematurely but who has left some very good winners in his short career at stud. This big filly looks a good middle distance flat prospect and ultimately could go over hurdles as he is getting good hurdle winners. 66% is for sale and she is a smart prospect – the dam has bred FOUR winners so far, three of them rated 90 or above on the flat!
And finally a 10 time winner many of you will remember – Amazing King who at 13 years young is enjoying all the luxuries of bed, breakfast and dinner at Green Oaks – wherever we go he comes with us! King was Phils first winner as a licensed trainer, and we and his Owners had some brilliant days out with him at the races. See his video below…
This was King schooling with Kyle James when we used to train at Castleton – not the brilliant facilities we have now, but the winners still flowed, it didnt seem to stop us! Here you can see Kyle turn to jump before the river and pull up before the big ditch that seperated the field from the hill!
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