18/03/2015 4:26pm

And We’re Off

It took us two more runners than last year to get off the mark, but St Gatien Cottage Stables were able to celebrate their first winner of the year on Friday when LYCIDAS won at Wolverhampton over two miles. Given a beautifully judged ride by Stevie Donohue, LYCIDAS bounced out of the gates to lead from pillar to post, eventually coming home four lengths clear of the field. It has been a fantastic team performance to get him back to winning ways but special mentions should go to our vet Simon Waterhouse and farrier Mark Hones who both have performed miracles to keep him sound! The positive new...
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03/03/2015 5:36pm

Up and Running

So finally our first runner of 2015 has hit the track and what an incredible performance we were treated to. LYCIDAS had been off the track for 1040 days but was still able to produce an astounding run to get pipped on the line by a race fit and in-form rival. I suppose it was a case of mixed emotions in the immediate aftermath. I was devastated to see the horse get beaten and by so close, however I was absolutely delighted that all the teams hard work had finally been paid back. Jack Singh rides him everyday and looks after him in the evenings, and has done a fantastic job. The farrier Mark H...
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12/02/2015 11:42am

Pre-Season Training

January is now a distant memory and we are well and truly into the depths of pre-season training. At St Gatien Cottage Stables everyone is starting to get very excited about the upcoming season. Nearly all the horses are back into the yard, except for one significant inhabitant, WET SAIL. He is still enjoying a well-earned break after a tough season last year, but I am hopeful that he will be back with us in the next fortnight or so. THIS IS THE DAY had her first morning ridden today and she looks absolutely fantastic for her holiday. She has strengthened up through her shoulders and hind quar...
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12/01/2015 9:23am

Some Old Friends Return

With Christmas and New Year out of the way, all focus is now on the upcoming season, and there is nothing that gets you dreaming more than the sight of some faithful old friends returning from their winter breaks. The last couple of months has all been about getting the yearlings broken and cantering away, and the yard spick and span before pre-season training starts. Now that all of that is out of the way, it’s time to roll up the sleeves and really start preparing for 2015. PERDURABLE was the first older horse to return home and she looks fantastic after a long break. She disappointed on h...
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11/12/2014 3:33pm

Looking Forward

So 2014 came to a close yesterday at Lingfield, a very fitting ending to a fantastic season. Ten months ago, on a cold February afternoon, our amazing journey through this phenomenal year, started with a bang as BARBARY won as my very first runner. The track.... Lingfield. Since then we have fired in 11 more winners at a 15% strike rate. We have had a Saturday double, and sent a runner over to the Breeders Cup. To add to these wins, a second in the Old Borough Cup and the Shergar Cup stayers race, and you will see why everyone at St Gatien Cottage Stables is very excited about next season. It ...
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17/11/2014 11:22am

End of Term Report

So the end of our first season is finally upon us and I am sure everyone will agree that there is a lot we can be immensely proud of. It has been the most incredible journey, full of ups and downs, but we have learnt a huge amount that hopefully we can take forward to next season.   WET SAIL arrived back from his trip to Santa Anita safe and sound. To be beaten 6 lengths in a Breeders Cup Grade 1 is nothing to be ashamed of and for six and a half furlongs he had me incredibly excited. Sadly his stamina didn’t quite last out but at least we know that we have a very exciting sprinter for next...
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28/10/2014 11:50am

We're Off To The Breeders' Cup

Apologies for the unforgivable radio silence recently, an international entry and a house move has resulted in my blogging taking a back seat. BUT we’re back into the swing of things now and off to Santa Anita for a dream like trip to the Breeders’ Cup with the wonderful WET SAIL.   WET SAIL is running in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday and is drawn very satisfactorily in stall one with Jamie Spencer on board. Claire Mackay has travelled out with the horse and has reported back that he’s travelled incredibly well and settled into LA life very nicely! He has been in great for...
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29/09/2014 1:02pm

Double Delight

What an incredible day!!! I honestly felt on Saturday morning that both horses had sound each way chances but nothing more than that. I was worried about the ground for both horses but as it turned out I needn’t have bothered! First up was THIS IS THE DAY who defied a whopping 11lb rise in the handicap to win her second race in a row at Haydock. Given a beautiful ride by Paul Mulrennan, she was able to hold a lovely position just behind the leader on the rail. It then all seemed incredibly straight forward, as she breezed up the rail, on the bridle, and won with her ears pricked. She is star...
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25/09/2014 9:53am

The New Yard Opens Its Doors to the Public

It has been a quiet week for the yard, and with only two runners over the weekend, it meant all focus was on the Newmarket Open Day. On Saturday we sent BOARDING PARTY to Newbury for his first visit to a racecourse and I was delighted with his performance. He was the consummate professional before, during and after the race. Both myself and Martin Lane were worried about what he would think of the soft ground, and it therefore came as no surprise when Martin concluded that although he travelled very well through the race, he just struggled to pick up when the pace quickened. The racecourse exp...
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15/09/2014 4:55pm

Wet Sail to Run For New Owners at Ayr & Newmarket Open Day

Well it has been an interesting weekend and a slight bump back to earth. I thought I would have two big chances in Channel 4 races on Friday and Saturday but it turned out to be anything but. BUCKLAND ran on Friday in the Mallard Stakes at Doncaster, and after his brilliant second in the Shergar Cup at Ascot, I really felt he would go into the race with a squeak. We were dropping back in trip by a furlong and a half but I was confident that if he could get to the front and was allowed and easy lead then he would stay on better than anything else. Sadly it didn’t work out that way. Although h...
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