25/03/2016 3:12pm

It’s definitely hotting up

With the season just around the corner, excitement around the yard is starting to grow and the older horses have started to do their first pieces of serious work. This morning we ventured over to the grass by Newmarket’s Rowley mile racecourse, and six of my most forward horses stretched their legs. The first group of three contained two new recruits and an old friend. CLASSICAL ROSE, winner of two races last year, joined ZAIN EMPEROR and BAADI, in breezing over six furlongs. All three showed plenty of zip and joined up perfectly to produce a really pleasing piece of work all round. The seco...
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09/02/2016 9:25am

Quiet Times ....

Things have gone pretty quiet at St Gatien Cottage stables recently with no runners for a couple of weeks now. I decided to give BUCKLAND BEAU a little break having had a very busy November and December, but he is due to do his first piece of work this week and I am hoping to run him in the next fortnight. Another horse on its way back after a break is CAROLINAE who has so far been disappointing on the track. She travelled beautifully at Southwell last time out, but then fell in a heap entering the final two furlongs. She was a shade keen that day so I have put a hood on her and hope that some...
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20/01/2016 4:00pm

Emily gets makes the short list for the Godolphin Stud and Stables Staff Awards

We received some more fantastic news last week when we got the telephone call to say Emily Blood (2nd Head Girl) had reached the final 10 of her category in the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards. In my first year as a trainer, I was lucky enough to receive a couple of horses from Toby Coles when he decided to end his training career. One of the horses to move over was a Swedish bred horse called EPSOM HILL. He was good looking, if not slightly feminine for a colt, but what made life the trickiest with him, was that he had fallen out of love with racing. Emily rode him from the first day h...
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19/01/2016 5:43pm

2016 Could Not have Started Better

After BUCKLAND BEAU’s fantastic win at Chelmsford, the baton was passed on to TWIN POINT to continue the fine form of the yard, and boy did he do it in style. TWIN POINT had shown plenty of promise first time out over an inadequate six furlongs, and he made it second time lucky at Lingfield, taking the lead early on and dominating from the front. It was a brilliant win for owners Fred and Sally Perry, whose filly CLASSICAL ROSE, won two races for the yard last year. The handicapper was not lenient on him, giving him a seven pound rise up the weights, however on previous form there should be ...
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06/01/2016 2:58pm

The Perfect Start

2016 could not have got off to a better start on Sunday when yard favourite BUCKLAND BEAU made it two wins from his last two starts at Chelmsford under Stevie Donohoe. BUCKLAND BEAU has been an incredibly frustrating horse throughout last year, as he continued to show plenty of ability at home, while unable to win at the track. A huge amount of credit has to go to his jockey, who has always maintained that this horse is better over a longer trip and ridden patiently, and he has been proven very right! His win at Wolverhampton was very comfortable, but he was very much made to fight to gain his...
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12/12/2015 12:07pm

Wet Sail

  People often say in racing that you mustn’t get too attached to your horses, after all, they are constantly being sold, retired, and injured. I will always say to my lads that they must be prepared for them to leave their care, and often this can be heart-breaking for them. However my role is slightly different, and I believe that the best trainers are the ones that know their horses inside out. They can get inside their horses heads, and therefore get the best out of them on the track. As a result I believe it is integral for the trainer to get close to their horses, and sometimes there ...
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10/12/2015 3:48pm

Christmas is Fast Approaching

Christmas is fast closing in, and before we know it 2015 will be over and 2016 will have come rolling in. We have only got a handful of runners left before New Year, however that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be a winner or two lurking around the corner!   VROOM is due to have his first run in handicap company at Kempton on Tuesday, and I think he has come out of his third maiden run in god order. The handicapper has given him a mark of 70, which I believe is a fair assessment of what he has achieved to date. I think the six furlongs around Kempton will suit and I am looking forward to a go...
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21/11/2015 9:28am

The End of a Second Season

Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun! It feels like it was only yesterday that I was sending out my first runner, and yet here we are, two years later, rounding up my second full season with a licence. It has been another fantastic season in which we have passed our prize money total for last year, and currently equal the number of winners with six weeks of the year left to go. The second half of this season has been phenomenal, and there is plenty to be excited about, with our two year olds looking decent. PRINCE OF ARRAN finally managed to put his head in front at Kempton last week and...
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11/08/2015 5:21pm

Consistency Is The Key

It has been another solid couple of weeks for the team at St Gatien Cottage Stables. The horses have been running fantastically all year but have just struggled to get their heads in front. Here’s hoping the second half of this season is as successful as last season was.   The highlight of last week was without doubt CLASSICAL ROSE’s success at Kempton on Wednesday, where she finally proved her trainer is not completely useless by showing the ability he had been shouting about all year. She got a beautiful ride from Freddie Tylicki who put her in the box seat, and waited patiently as the ...
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14/07/2015 7:47pm

Things Are Looking Up

It has been a long time since my last blog, and truth be told it has been a tough couple of months. The horses have never stopped running well, but we seem to always find one or two too good. So far this season, over 50% of our runners have finished in the first four, however just 9% have been able to win. There is however plenty to be excited about. Last week we ran 7 horses, of which 6 of them finished in the money and two won.   The logical place to start is with our winners and excitingly, both were in maidens. There is nothing that compares with having winners at the big meetings, and Ne...
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