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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09/09/2014 10:51am

Life In The New Yard

Life in the new yard seems to be going from strength to strength. Having registered our first 2yr old winner with WET SAIL and our first big Saturday winner with ACCESSION, we had by far in a way our most important runner to date this Saturday when EPSOM HILL ran in the Old Borough Cup at Haydock. To even have a runner in such a prestigious handicap in our first year training is pretty special, but to finish second is exceptional. EPSOM HILL has improved beyond all recognition this year, to the extent that for a fleeting second we had mulled over supplementing for the St Ledger, however I love...
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01/09/2014 5:06pm

What A Fortnight!

What a fantastic couple of weeks! Whenever the horses are subjected to a change of scenery, it is always a trainer’s first concern as to whether the horses will settle into their new surroundings. Well, I think I can resoundingly suggest that my horses have thrived since moving to St Gatien Cottage Stables. It is nearly two weeks since EPSOM HILL and ACCESSION provided me with my two biggest winners to date and I still don’t think that the events of a fortnight ago have sunk in.   EPSOM HILL made it two wins in a row with an effortless performance in a solid class 3 handicap. Beautifully ...
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11/08/2014 11:53am

A Good Week And a Good Omen

The move to the new yard seems to have gone down very well with the horses, as the yards’ solid form continued uninterrupted, despite the change of scenery. The first runner to run from St Gatien Stables was EPSOM HILL, who demolished his opposition up at Thirsk. Once again the ground was very soft as a downpour drenched the track as the horses made their way to the start, and EPSOM HILL took full advantage to come home ten lengths clear of his nearest challenger, having been given a phenomenal ride but Paul Mulrennan. He is due to go up ten pounds by the handicapper, but on very soft ground...
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29/07/2014 10:36am

Weather playing havoc with our runners

The last few weeks have been a real test of a new trainer’s patience as the continuous heat has provided fast ground at most tracks. Just to rub salt into the wound when you finally do get some rain, the unrelenting heat dries the ground up so quickly that it is impossible to know what you will get on race day. I have been waiting for some cut in the ground for BOMBAY MIX since she ran first time out at Lingfield. We were very lucky at Newmarket because the heavens opened just before the race and I thought I had got lucky once again when I was able to declare on good to soft ground at Catter...
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17/07/2014 9:51am

Saying Goodbye To Old Friends Never Gets Easier

Rather a lot has happened since my last blog and it was with a heavy heart that the team said goodbye to a horse that has become a real part of the family. When MINLEY arrived at Saffron House Stables we knew from day one that he would be entered in the July sales at Tattersalls, and our instructions were to run him as much as we wanted and do as well as we possibly could. As you know MINLEY won his final start for me at Lingfield and in return we were rewarded with a fantastic result at the sales, where he sold for £18,000 having been bought for just £10,000 last October. I am so extremely ...
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