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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22/04/2015 12:23pm

A Solid Start

It hasn't been the most electrifying start to the season but in general the horses are running well. We have had a couple of maidens come out and produce eye catching performances, with EXPIRY DATE and ZOORAWAR both falling into that category. I am very hopeful that the two of them will be able to build on this for the remainder of the season. Elsewhere we had some very encouraging seasonal reappearances from some old friends. The two BUCKLAND's, BUCKLAND and BUCKLAND BEAU both ran fantastically to finish second at kempton last week. They are both due to head to Ascot next month where hopefull...
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31/03/2015 3:11pm

We're Under Starters Orders

Last weekend saw the start of the new turf season, and with it some impressive performances to whet the appetite for what is to come. The most ominous of everything we saw was Mark Johnstone’s stunning two year old treble that could spell trouble for everyone else wishing to compete against his quality filled ranks this spring. St Gatien Cottage Stables was not represented this weekend, therefore I was able to sit back and watch everyone else battle it out, but next weekend will be different. All being well, we are hoping to send out a twin pronged attack to Kempton Park on Saturday. First u...
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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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