15/06/2016 12:55pm

Royal Ascot Hopes and Dreams

Well it has been a pretty special week so far and hopefully we can cap it off with a Royal Ascot winner on Friday or Saturday. Yesterday was one of those surreal days that will live long in the memory - to be invited by the Queen to join her for lunch at Windsor castle, and then to join her in the royal procession, was a privilege I could only have dreamed of.   There is no harder place than Royal Ascot to have a winner but after five years with James Fanshawe and his incredible record at the track, there is no greater place I yearn to have a winner.   On Friday HIGH ON LOVE runs in the Al...
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12/05/2016 5:11pm

A Busy Week Ahead

The summer has well and truly arrived and the warm weather has brought the horses on no end. It has been a quiet couple of weeks at St GatienCottage Stables after a flurry of winners early on but things are really starting to hot up in the yard too.   We start today with SALVO who is on a retrieval mission after a couple of disappointing efforts having won her maiden at Newmarket. She looks phenomenal, and the conditions will suit so I am very positive for a big run.   Tomorrow we have got three runners, including our first two year old runner of the year. HIGH ON LOVE will kick proceedings ...
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08/04/2016 5:46pm

A great start

Wednesday 6th April may only have been an inauspicious day at Nottingham and Kempton, but the importance of its outcome cannot be stressed enough. I have had some huge days in my career. A Breeders Cup runner, Royal Ascot runners and plenty of graded and listed runners have all had enormous significance on my career, however bizarrely I would say that Wednesday was up there with the most important. This is a big year for everyone at St Gatien Cottage Stables, and yesterday confirmed what I had been suspicious of for a while, and that is that we have got a very nice group of horses.   First up...
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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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