19/05/2014 4:48pm

The Calm Before The Storm

After the buzz and mayhem of Guineas weekend we have had a relatively quiet time in the yard of late. I ran two horses on Monday 12th May, and ended up returning home baffled by both runs! EPSOM HILL was the first on the track and he ran a massive race to finish third. Admittedly the horrendous conditions due to torrential rain earlier in the day will have aided his chances immensely, but I am sure the trip was far too short for him, so could not have been happier with his performance. Jimmy Fortune was very pleased with his run, and agreed that a mile was definitely his minimum trip, so I sha...
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08/05/2014 10:23am

A Mixed Bag

The last fortnight or so has been hectic, stressful, thrilling and gut wrenching, all rolled into one. You dream about running horses on the big stage, and being represented at the prestigious meetings, and yet in less than two minutes that can all come crashing down around you. The highest rated horse in my yard is a lovely stayer called BUCKLAND, and he had his first outing for me in the first race at Newmarket on Sunday. He trailed home last, beaten before they had even got half way through the race. Since then we have found out why this happened, as it turned out that he ‘tied up’, whi...
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10/04/2014 11:54am

11th March 2014

It's been a busy couple of weeks since Barbary won at Lingfield. He came out of the race so well, and ate everything I put in front of him that I decided he was ready to run again 9 days later. In fact he managed to fool me and when push came to shove, he was just a little bit flat. It was slightly irritating because my first reaction after his first race was that he wasn’t the sort of horse that I would run back quickly, because he is very lightly framed and can be quite a nervous individual, but you learn from your mistakes in this game, and I will space his runs out a bit more from now on...
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10/04/2014 11:53am

Barbary

As far as weeks go, this one has been up there with the best imaginable. My first winner, with my first runner and owned by my girlfriends father. Amazing. Ironically, the horse that’s responsible for my maiden victory, is a horse that I actually disliked when I worked for Mr Fanshawe. Dislike and horses don’t usually appear in my sentences together, I adore all of the horses I have worked with but, as a colt, Barbary was a terror! Every morning at 4.30 I would go around the colts and feed them, every morning Barbary would attempt to kick, bite and generally terrorise me. If someone had to...
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