30/06/2014 2:18pm

Minley Gets That All Important Win Before His Trip To The Sales

So winner number three is up on the board, and I don’t think I could have timed it better. It has been a huge privilege to train a horse for Mr Julian Richmond Watson, however I always knew that come the July sales at Tattersalls, MINLEY would be leaving my yard. It was, therefore, a fantastic bonus that this gutsy little sprinter got his head in front before he departed for good. I felt at Brighton last time out, that he was running out of stamina and so decided that a drop back to five furlongs would suit him better. He can be quite lazy at home so I put a visor on him just to sharpen him ...
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10/06/2014 3:24pm

Not So Lucky…

Everyone says that when you set up training, the most important thing you need is a bit of luck.   Well… Seven months in and it would be wrong of me to complain about absence of luck - I have more horses than I could have dreamed of and have had two winners. Last week, however, not so much of it about!   EPSOM HILL ran very well, but he broke slowly from the stalls, and in bottomless ground you simply can’t make that mistake. I think he did very well to get as close to the front two as he did because he was the only one to make up any ground from the back of the field. He has now been gi...
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29/05/2014 1:52pm

Back On The Winners Board - Accession

The last month has been particularly stressful but it was all very much worth it at Kempton on Wednesday evening as Accession provided me with my second winner. I wasn't entirely convinced that seven furlongs would suit him but Martin Lane and I hatched a plan to ride him closer to the pace and use his stamina. It worked perfectly.   The Carlisle Bell over a mile next month is now very much on my radar as I am sure he will be better over the longer trip and with a hefty pot on offer, it would be a lovely race to win. It was also a particularly satisfying victory for me because it was my first...
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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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