With sending out only a small number of runners October could be a quiet month on the racing front but still plenty to keep us busy on the Gallops at home as well as getting the clippers ready as their winter coats will be along soon. Rainbow Sign returned to Kempton a track that suited him last winter and again showed a liking to the Sunbury venue finishing 5th of 13 runners. New recruit Nubough headed to Chelmsford on the 7th a course where he had recorded a victory, to be only beaten less than 4 lengths in a competitive 80 certainly gives us encouragement for the future. He is sure to come on for the outing as it was his first run since June.
A successful purchase of a horse called Nubough was made from Tattersalls on the first day of the month. A 5 year old son of Kodiac who has plenty of speed and looks a likely type to keep on the go through the winter as he has some reasonable form on the all weather. There will be shares available in this gelding as he will be running in the M I Pattinson syndicate so feel free to get in touch to find out more.
After purchasing Vitesse du son at the July sale for new owners Scuderia Di Vincitori we was delighted at how he had settled in and trained those first few weeks. And so We decided to enter him to run at Sandown where he ran a lovely first race for us finishing 5th of 12 runners.
Havergate Island ran a huge race to finish 4th at 250/1 at Chelmsford rewarding his owners with some nice place bets as well as showing that the ability to get competitive is within him and that the penny is dropping.
Perfect Symphony ends the month of August in style when winning under a superb ride from Tom Greatrex at Lingfield. Having already come third earlier in the month at Chelmsford it was his 6th place run in a row but to finally get that much deserved 1 by his name was brilliant. He has been a great friend of ours and was winning his fourth race for us. As usual he pricked his ears and tried to let the others catch him when in front but the line came in time.
Turning out quickly has worked well for Perfect Symphony before and he notched up two more solid placed efforts finishing third again at Brighton before being so narrowly denied at Wolverhampton.
Rainbow sign has been needing a little bit of ease in the ground and so when it came we threw him into a race at Epsom which was a step up in class for him but he ran a stormer to finish Third on our local track.
Rainbow Sign places third at lingfield on the 26th July, coming up slightly short against two very well handicapped horses.
The horses have all been running with a lot of credit making the frame lately and as frustrating as it is to not get their noses in front where it matters the win will come soon if they keep looking, performing and feeling as well as they do.
The Derby kicks off the month upon Epsom Downs and after last years delay and lack of crowd it was nice to see the return of racegoers albeit in reduced numbers.
It was great to see Adam Kirby win on Adayar and the high regard he is held in was clear to see.
A few runners this month with Mykindofsunshine headed back to Windsor a track he has fared well on before and again ran a decent enough race but sadly not troubling the judge.
Perfect Symphony hit the front early enough before fading into fourth at Brighton but travelling with all his old enthusiasm looks set to run up a sequence of decent efforts now.
After making a successful purchase at one of the breeze up sales for some new connections we are pleased with his progress and there are possible targets towards the end of the month. But for now as an unraced two year old, the excitement is watching their development and their rate of progression. Meanwhile for the owners it is the dream of what can be, enjoying stable visits and the fun of drawing up lists of possible names as well having a play on creating their own racing silks.
May update. Rainbow Sign came fourth at Lingfield and having looked like he would come through to finish a bit closer the soft ground just took its toll, a respectable run all the same.
Perfect Symphony came 3rd at 50/1 at chelmsford from yet another high draw that he had to overcome. Having had a constant stream of wide draws and failing to ever land a blow, Joey Haynes more than earned his riding fee by persevering and urging Symphony to show his true talent.
The path with the career of Mykindofsunshine was always to give him opportunity to race on the grass again before making any decisions about finding a new skill. As you can see in the picture he is an incredibly handsome horse and a future in a show or dressage ring will be awaiting him. However after a far more promising run at Brighton, he ran a fabulous race at Windsor from 8lb out of the handicap to only just fail to win when coming second at 66/1 under a never give up ride from Isobel Francis. Due to a diminishing mark our hand was forced to run in this race and hopefully now the handicapper will give him a hike up the weights to make life easier for him to get in. We will aim to maximise his visits here now as he was a runner up there on his previous try too.
It was great for his connections who for some were making their first trip to a racecourse for a very long time so even more pleasing that he put up a bold show.
Bella colorossa as pictured in the snow looks set to be aimed at a race later in the month. Having come fourth at 300/1 on her previous race will now take the step into handicap company and will again be heading to Lingfield. Rainbow Sign has come back into training after a short break and does not appeared to have missed a beat and he is fresh and well.
The turf season is just around the corner and the cold grey mornings will soon be behind us. The thoughts of some lovely days racing with our owners who will finally be allowed back on course again gives us plenty to feel excited about.
We plan on attending the spring sales and we will also be looking for a horse from the breeze ups which would be open for syndication.
Unfortunately and with a heavy heart we have some deeply sad news to report, after a complete freak accident at Chelmsford where he was severely struck into we had to say goodbye to our great friend Our Oystercatcher. Together we had forged some wonderful memories not to be forgotten. His win at Sandown where his owners were joined by most of their family was a truly special day. His loss is a heavy one to take and he will be missed forever.
Bella Colorossa and Perfect Symphony both ran lovely races and Havergate Island was also in action and five months after his debut it was very pleasing to see him run a nice race.
The first runner of the new year Rainbow Sign again showed his liking to Kempton and his potential with a fine third placed effort under Oli Stammers. He is now enjoying a mid winter break as pictured just to freshen up as he has been on the go througout last year.
After missing out due to an abondonement caused by fog and then a slight foot injury Perfect Symphony will hopefully get a race under his belt towards the end of the month.
Rainbow Sign headed to Kempton for his first start in a handicap after progressing nicely through the novices. After meeting a bit of trouble he ran on well to claim fourth and showed he is up to winning races very soon. Havergate Island after being gelded is back into full work as pictured and will return to the track at the turn of the year.
We would all like to take the time to wish everyone a very merry christmas and after the strangest of years may 2021 signal a return to more normal times. Also special thanks need to be expressed to all of our owners who have been wonderful supporters. See you all next year.
Looking set to be a busy month of runners with a debut for Bella Colorossa on the horizon as well as Perfect Symphony, Our Oystercatcher and Rainbow Sign all holding entries.
Our Oystercatcher who usually saves his best for the turf in particular at Sandown ran a hell of a race to come third at Chelmsford. After missing part of the season due to the stoppage of the racing program he is going to stick around on the all weather tracks this winter. After this performance he looks set for a decent campaign and fully deserves a win by his name this year but the handicapper never makes his life easy and Oystercatcher's consistency gets himself punished for it.
New recruit Cap'n has been a welcome addition to the yard, a 9 yr old winning chaser with a great attitude to life and a pleasure to be around. He is stepping into full work and also a great asset with the younger horses who he reguarly exercises with as shown in the picture working upsides Bella colorossa. Lauren in red cap was riding him this day, she has her eyes set on him for his life after racing as she show jumps and he is the type of horse who could easily change discipline.
Rainbow sign built on his debut promise with a very sound run at lingfield finishing fourth in a novice event.
The sale season is well underway so feel free to get in touch should you wish to begin an interest in racehorse ownership as we shall be attending sales throughout the month which includes the large consignment horses in training sales at Newmarket at the end of October.
Sadly we could not open our gates to the public this year for our annual open day. However thanks to racing welfare and Steven Mccormick for his time and videos we successfully managed to do a virtual open day. This was well received and can be found on You tube by searching Epsom virtual open day. We hope to see the public flooding through the yard next year to meet our string and find out more about what happens behind the scenes in a racing yard.
We sent another two yr old for a barrier trial as seen in the picture.
Rainbow Sign made a pleasing debut at Salisbury in what looked to be a very strong event. We look forward to continuing to see him progress through the autumn.
Perfect Symphony headed back to Chelmsford for the first time since he won there last May and again showed his liking for the Essex venue with an extremely pleasing second. Hopefully more opportunities will come along for him there to make the most of it this all weather campaign.
Although flat racing had resumed in June, Golconda Prince had to wait until July to take on the hurdles again. After travelling and jumping very well both at Southwell and Stratford over 2 miles we stepped him up in trip to run at Fontwell where he is parading in the picture. Another stellar round of jumping but he did not quite see out the trip. He will now be schooled up over the larger obstacles and aimed at novice chases later in the year.
A couple of our two year olds had really started to learn their job and was showing a nice bit of ability so before we planned on them making a debut we booked them in to attend a barrier trial at Lingfield. A great initiative that has been widely welcomed to allow youngsters the opportunity to have a day out and an experience that replicates a full race day. Both Rainbow sign and Havergate Island took their away day very well and we can start planning on them starting their racing careers.
Following on from his close second at Windsor, Our Oystercatcher was again in the frame at his beloved Sandown coming third and backing that up with a fourth the following week.
Perfect symphony as pictured gets his head in front for us again under a superbly timed winning ride by Oli Stammers. Returning at odds of 33/1 to Symphony's owners delight.
And we are off, Racing has indeed returned which is wonderful news for all concerned. The BHA have done a tremendous job at leading us through this period, of course there are strict protocols and new procedures to get use to but to get the great show back on is a credit to them and the whole industry.
We sent out Our Oystercatcher to Newbury where he showed his usual speed before just tiring over the 6f on his first start for over 8 months but we was delighted with the comeback run.
June Update: The 4th and 5th runners were our first with proper chances and it was So close to a brilliant evening with both Mykindofsunshine and Our Oystercatcher coming second at Windsor, The narrow margin with Oystercatcher felt like a win got away but thrilled for all sets of owners that their boys did them proud. Particuarly happy that mykindofsunshine showed up so well in what was his first run for four months.
Life is certainly a bit different at the moment but we have to consider ourselves very fortunate that working with horses has enabled us to keep a sense of normality.
It is once again that we have to say such thanks to all of our wonderful owners who have remained so supportive and now as we draw near to racing's resumption on the 1st June they can come to see their horses at least with following respectful social distancing. Racing will go ahead behind closed doors which does include owners but hopefully it will not be long before they are allowed back on racecourses.
We have welcomed in a lovely colt by Coach House and he looks like a horse to have a nice future and some fun with over the months and years ahead. He is pictured below having a rest in his stable, he certainly has a great nature. Having kept the majority of horses in training the last few weeks has seen them step back up through their paces as we do have some provisional races to aim for within the first few weeks of the start up but of course things are subject to change and so we are constantly balancing a fine line in terms of fitness levels.
Racing has been suspended and we can only hope of a resumption when things can be safe to do so. However all of the horses will remain in training and in light exercise to maintain health and wellbeing and to keep a level of fitness.
A huge thank you to all of our owners for their wonderful support and we have kept them regularly updated on all of the horses whilst visiting the stables has been restricted.
It has allowed me the chance to get a break into one or two of them that had been busy over the winter months and they have taken full advantage of some downtime out in the paddocks daily.
Brecqhou Island took a switch of codes as he made a debut racing over the hurdles at Fontwell he jumped soundly before tiring on the extremely heavy ground. He will be allowed another opportunity within thenext few weeks if the ground dries out.
Golconda Prince has trained very well since undergoing a wind operation in December and due to the wet conditions may have a race on the flat to blow the cobwebs away before putting him back over the sticks.
Bronze Florin headed to Lingfield to take part in a Barrier trial which was a fantastic chance to gain racecourse experience and replicate racing conditions. She took the outing in her stride and will make her debut at tyhe end of the month.
The Cheltenham Festival went ahead and provided some thrilling action even under these current circumstances.
Pressing on with our new arrival a lovely two year old filly by Toronado and she is a half sister to True Colors who was in training last year. We will take our time to do the groundwork right and let her find her way in to the training regime and a debut later in late summer will be something to look forward to.
Perfect Symphony put in yet another cracking effort coming fourth once again at Lingfield.
Winner winner, after a great run to end such a consistent 2019, Perfect Symphony does indeed start the year off with a Perfect victory. It was the very useful apprentice jockey Oliver Stammers who really got a great tune out of the Symphony at Lingfield on the 10th. He idled a little close home when he knew the race was in safe keeping so there may be a bit left in the tank for another race later in the month. Oliver had a frustrating year with injuries so it was lovely way for him to kick start 2020. Also we are Especially delighted for his owners who were in attendance and Aaron who looks after him. With a horse like Symphony who always runs with credit, it is so rewarding when the 1 gets by his form figures again.
So close to following up with another victory Perfect Symphony runs a close second again back at Lingfield in a higher grade race. Oliver Stammers did everything he could but the slackening of the pace down the hill just gave the winner first run on us.
He is flying the flag superbly for the stables through the winter months, and we couldn't be prouder.