October

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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. 

September

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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.

August

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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.  

July

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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. 

June

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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.

May

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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. 

April

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 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. 

 

March

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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. 

February

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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. 

January

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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. 

December

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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. 

 November

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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.

October

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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.

September

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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.

August

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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. 

July

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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. 

June

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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. 

May

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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. 

April

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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. 

March

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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.

February

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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.

January

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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. 

January update:

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. 

December

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Perfect Symphony was a little unlucky not to make the frame on the 18th at Lingfield having been short of room inside the last furlong an encouraging performance with him likely to run again within the next couple of weeks. 

Would just like to take the time to thank all of our Owners for their wonderful support and company this year and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. As pictured Pastoral Bear enjoying an apple while we finish off the christmas cookies. 

Our last runner of the year almost obliges to get the new years celebrations starting early, Perfect Symphony came a very good third under Luke Morris. Landing some each way bets for his owners as he was sent off at 10/1. 

Happy new year folks. 

November

November 01, 2019

After attending the autumn sales we are delighted to of made the purchase of Mykindofsunshine a lightly raced  3yo grey gelding . Shares will be available in this well built son of Zebedee. He will be allowed time to settle in to his new surroundings but the plan will be to run at the turn of the year on the aw before enjoying a good campaign on the turf next summer. 

The wet weather has been holding off getting a second run into Golconda Prince over the sticks. Having schooled well at home he put in a fine round of jumping when we managed to get him on the track at Huntingdon finishing 5th in a decent novice hurdle. 

October

September 30, 2019

A rather emotional month but delighted to have found perfect new homes for both Tobacco Road and Almanack. They were wonderful friends who rewarded us with some fantastic times in victory and defeat. |Having found their way to me late in their life as cheap throw away purchases they rewarded our care and approach time and again, and so I am so pleased we can do the same to them to ensure they receive a very happy retirement. 

September

August 31, 2019

We received a small hike in the weghts after winning last month but Our Oystercatcher turned up to Sandown again in top form and once again showed his liking for the Surrey venue with a fine second place with Luke Morris in the saddle. 

This may well be it for him for the year now before a run or two on the aw next spring. He runs well frsh and always appreciates his time spent at his owners stud. 

September Update. 

Perfect Symphony also went close this month with a narrow third placed loss. Having almost timed his winning run to perfection he was just overtaken late in the last furlong. A pleasing couple of months with horses showing there wellbeing both at home and on the track.

August

July 31, 2019

We finished the week of having our annual open day in fine style with Our Oystercatcher scoring an impressive victory at Sandown. With a large family contingent able to attend it really supplied Mr & Mrs Veasey with a most memorable day. Hector Crouch who rode gave him a front running masterclass, he has now been in the frame every time he has visited the Esher track. He will be aimed at another race back there in September. 

July

June 30, 2019

Delighted to get a debut run and experience in to The Pastoral Bear who ran at Windsor on Sunday. She took in the preliminaries very well and she will of learned plenty from her day out.  See her taking everything in in the photo. A beautiful chestnut filly who will provide her owners plenty of joy over the coming years.

 

After a forced wait for an ideal race to go for with Perfect Symphony we had him out early in July for an apprentice race at kempton. After impressing with her ride on Brecqhou Island we gave Isobel Francis the opportunity and she again showed her capabilities by steering him into 3rd place in a higher grade race.  

June

May 31, 2019

Perfect symphony hit all the right notes on his way to victory at Chelmsford this past Monday. Joshua Bryan was the man on top and he really did get a good tune out of him. It was great to get the win into him after some real consistent efforts and it always a relief to get that win out of a horse whilst they are in good form with themselves. Hopefully he can carry on giving his owners a fantastic season and notch up another victory. 

Our Oystercatcher ran a superb race at Sandown on Saturday the 15th finishing 3rd and again matched that at Bath on the 26th with a very close 4th of 15 runners on ground too firm for his liking. 

Brecqhou Island gave us a real thrill at Yarmouth, outpaced from the gate but under a never say die ride from Isobel Francis he started to gather in his rivals and only just ran out of track before the line came to end up finishing second.  Had we of got the victory I am sure Isobel would of deseved a place in the ride of the month line up. 

May

April 30, 2019

The first day of May saw us heading off to Ascot with Our Oystercatcher for his first run of the year. A lovely comeback run with us finishing sixth can fill us with confidence for the season providing he can get his ground. He showed his usual speed from the gate and was still sticking on gamely and the race was just needed to blow the cobwebs away. Finley Marsh was the pilot on top and he will definitely ride him again as he showed all his riding skills in taking the speed ball to post nice and relaxed proving he is a real horseman. 

April

March 31, 2019

Perfect symphony came out of his debut run very well and having stripped fitter for the outing he went to Brighton where he ran a very good 4th and followed up a week later by coming 5th of 18 in the lady riders race at salisbury that Almanack had won for us two years ago. He handles quick ground and is well balanced to handle the undulating tracks. Already providing plenty of enjoyment for his owners, now he just deserves to get that win by his name. 

Now Brecqhou Island is handicapped he can find things slightly easier as he showed when running on very well at lingfield. After the draw 12 of 12 played its part again Paddy Bradley was left with very little option than to take his medicine and reign back to come over to the fence rather than race wide. A very good run from the horse that pleased us and his owners as we saw the ability there from a hopeless task from the start. 

Golconda Prince ran a fine race from the front at Kempton where he looked like he may of just nicked the race before getting run out of it late. His last three runs have all shown improvement as he gets closer to getting off the mark for us. 

Our Oystercatcher had a return date in mind all winter with that being at Bath on good friday but due to the freakish dry spell for the time of year we were forced to miss the race and wait for some ease in the ground. He will have an entry for Ascot next month. 

Our horses are regularly seen by chiropractor Joanne Archer and she does a fantastic job in diagnosing and treating them. here she is in the photo giving Golconda Prince a work over. 

March

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After giving Golconda Prince time to recover from a disappointing run he looks like he has now slowly coming to himself, after showing up nicely at Kempton before just tiring he will head to Lingfield on the 23rd. 

Another new recruit Perfect Symphony is now in full training and may head to the course later in the month. He is more likely a turf horse but a run now will bring him on in time to hit the ground running when the grass season starts. 

March update; The runners sent out all made pleasing appearances and for a decent draw to help get track position around these aw tracks we may of sneaked a winner but it wasn't to be. They all returned home fine and look set for a decent year ahead when the opportunities arise. 

March update; Not just a horseman  upon taking in new horses we had to create some more storage as we fill up a box with new arrival True Colors a 5 yr old gelding by Sir Percy. He comes to us off a rest but will hopefully be on the track early summer. 

The two yr old filly has been coming along nicely in her groundwork, she is being long reigned as we start to get closer to getting up on top of her for the first time. Each step on the process needs to be taken with what the horse is capable of handling, and a process where patience can often be rewarded. 

The Nayef now three yr old, has come back into light exercise and is looking a lovely big horse in the making. Here he is in the photo. 

February

February 01, 2019

There has been an outbreak of Equine Flu in the horse population and although racehorses are innoculated against it they can of course still be prone to illnesses and can carry strains of flu. And upon this outbreak the authorities of racing the BHA have taken the decision to cancel racing for a few days whilst tests can be analysed on affected horses in some stables and hopefully racing can continue soon. All of our horses are in fine health and have received booster jabs to fit in with any requirements we may need before racing can resume. 

Frustratingly the bout of flu has caused Wolverhampton to call off racing on saturday 09/02/19  where we had Tobacco road entered he was actually well drawn and a bold run was expected so we are bitterly disappointed. 

Racing resumes; We redirected Tobacco road to Chelmsford on the 14th and typically the race looked a great deal tougher especially from receiving a wide draw. Having to drop out to try and get in Tobacco ran through horses to gain third under a very cool Joshua Bryan. A massive run under the circumstances and he seems to operating at a consistent level. 

He is in the photo hunting for some grass after a dusting of snow hid it from him. 

January

January 01, 2019

After a quiet end to the year Looking forward to getting a few runners out this month with Tobacco road well rested he will head to Lingfield on the 9th of Jan. And neww arrival golconds Prince looks likey to make his debut for us. 

January update: Tobacco Road ran a cracking race to finish fourth, last turning for home he ran on strong to the line and looks like the rest did him the power of good. There looks to be an ideal race for him in the next couple of weeks at Wolverhampton and he will head there with a big chance. 

We have taken in a beautiful Medicean filly and groundwork will start on her as she looks a likely mid summer two yr old. 

We sadly said goodbye to Ready but gladly for him he has found a loving new owner and has landed on his feet. Finding suitable new owners for a retired racehorse can be very difficult but something we wok hard at and we are delighted to of accomplished this for such a lovely horse like Ready. Here he is in the photo saying goodbye to his best friend Almanack. 

December

December 01, 2018

After a stop start autumn for the Nayef 2yr old, it is very rewarding  to see the progress he has made recently, given his size he will always need all the time in the world but a corner has definitely been turned. 

We will be a little quiet on the runners front until the new year, but the new arrivals have settled in nicely to their new surroundings. All inmates have been checked and serviced by the dentist and all systems lead to what we would like to believe will be another good year as we look to carry on evolving. 

Reflecting on our 2018 there were many highs that made it so memorable, we are truly grateful to all of our owners and we hope to welcome more faces through our gates next year. 

We would just like to finish in taking the time to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and we will see you in the New year. 

November

November 01, 2018

As the turf season comes to a close, the jumps and the aw championships start to kick in. Also the sale season is in full swing and after attending the auctions We have managed to pick up some new recruits for 2019 which is very exciting, one included is a Medicean 2yr old filly. 

After Our oystercatcher's successful autumn efforts he will take the winter off and he has gone back to his owner/breeders for a short holiday (as pictured). 

October

September 30, 2018

With Our Oystercatcher coming out of his Sandown race in great form, we was very hopeful that while he was thriving he could go one place better in his next start. And at Bath on the 17th of October that is exactly what he did to his owners delight and ridden by William Carson.

Being drawn slightly wide,William  gave him a superb front running ride having to tack across on the corner before finding the best strip of ground up the straight. "delighted to get the win in to this lad before we run out of time on the turf" was Mark's comments. And hopefully we can enjoy some more successes with this chap next year. 

 

Two winners in a week !!!!

Tobacco Road scored a fine victory at windsor on Monday the 22nd. An Amateur race that had been on his agenda for a while as he has a fine record at the track. With the services of leading jockey Ross Birkett the race was never in doubt. Returning an 18/1 shot he delighted all of his owners for whom most of them was in attendance to share in all the celebrations (as pictured).

Picked up in the sales at the end of March Tobacco Road was only having his 5th start for the team. Although he was an 8 yr old Mark still saw the potential for a win which is what attracted him. 

"With only having a handful of horses you expect to have to wait a while in between winners but to get two in a row and within a week is just fantastic".

We are aiming to expand in quantity and quality next season so there is never a bad time to get in touch if you want to send a horse to Mark or to get in touch about becoming an owner. 

September

August 31, 2018

Our Oystercatcher has come on nicely since joining the stable and will be entered to run at Sandown on the 14th providing the going will be fine. 

Almanack will be allowed a few easy weeks which repeats the last two years and we will look to bring him back out again in December.

September update: Our Oystercatcher ran a huge race to finish 2nd at 33/1 on debut for Mark. A career best but with further improvement to come hopefully he can bag a win before the year is over. He showed real speed over the straight five at Sandown and victory was only snatched from him in the dying strides after showing a real appetite for the battle. 

Briac has had some schooling sessions ahead of his return and has been jumping with his usual athleticism. And will head to Plumpton on the 23rd for his reappearance the race may well be needed to blow his cobwebs away after a break. 

Update: After travelling and jumping nicely on the first circuit Briac then lost a shoe before three out and slighly lost his action before tiring and was looked after by Tom Cannon. 

August

July 31, 2018

With the ground remaining so firm the runners have been few and far between as we have looked after them. 

Almanack is planning on a visit to Chelmsford in the middle of the month and trying a new distance as we step him up to a mile and a quarter. 

August Update: Almanack seemed to stay the trip well after having ground to make up and managed to get himself in prize money position again. 

 

The closing weekend of the month saw us concentrating on plans for the annual Epsom open day on the bank holiday monday. 

Another great turnout on the day as we welcomed the public in to see the yard, meet the horses and find out about everyday life in a racing stable. 

Both Briac and Ready have started light exercise after their breaks and will be prepared to run in the autumn. 

July

June 30, 2018

Almanack headed back to Sandown for a race he was third in last year and although not quite finishing in the places he ran his race and gave Sarah Bowen a good first ride at the track. 

We welcomed in some new faces as well as saying bye to Chip or Pellet who was retired from racing and is starting new life in the showing arena. 

The new arrivals are both by Pastoral Pursuits one is an unraced 3yr old and the other is Our Oystercatcher a first time out winner last year. They will be allowed time to settle into their new home. Our oystercatcher will be waiting for the heatwave to die down as he prefers slower ground. Mark will be looking for races from September onwards. 

June

May 31, 2018

The Derby festival kicks off the month in style, an enjoyable weekend to be a part of here in Epsom. Masar took the great race for his highness Sheikh Mohammed and the Godolphin team. 

One more Dawn made an encouraging return in what will prove to be a very hot Novice race. 

Ready and Briac have started their summer Holidays and are enjoying plenty of time in the paddocks soaking up the sun. 

 

May

May 27, 2018

A busy month ahead with multiple entries. 

Briac put in yet another fine round of jumping to see him place again at Plumpton on the 13th. A real model of consistency since he has gone jumping he will be having a summer rest before coming back out in the autumn. 

The Attheraces Tv team came to film and interview  Mark with a feature on Epsom Downs as a training centre and his career to date. This will be aired over the next few weeks. For anyone who has missed it we will be setting up a link to view as soon as we can. 

Update for May:

A great way to end the month of May when Almanack was a Winner at Chelmsford on the 28th under a superb ride from Paddy Bradley. He was Quick away from the stalls and Paddy always had him in the right place just off the speed before pulling him out in the straight to run down his rivals perfectly. A  precious victory that was treasured by all his delighted owners. 

April

April 01, 2018

The month kicked off with Chip or Pellet running an almighty race from well out of the weights to finish a close fifth at Lingfield on the all weather. The second time he has ran over this course and distance and both resulting in decent runs. If there are more races he is eligible for back there then expect to see his name among the entries.

After two close efforts at Lingfield in recent months Ready headed back there on the 14th and put in another consistent effort with a fine third. It was Grand National day at Aintree and Lingfield park put on a family fun day to keep all ages entertained as well as taking a short break so everyone could watch the big race on the circuit televisions. Ready's run just helped his owners have an even better day at the races. 

There is still the opportunity to become an owner in Ready for as little as £80 per month for a 5% share. 

Tobacco Road settled in well with some paddock time and some steady groundwork. He has now started to step up into full work and he will run on May 24th at Sandown. Here he is pictured out in the paddock. There are only limited shares left in this dual purpose horse. 

March

March 01, 2018

The weather may not feel like we are entering spring but the horses are not letting that stop them from having a real spring in their step. "They all seem in great form and we will be busy this month sending out plenty of runners." (Mark's comments) 

After his real liking to Sandown we took Briac back there in hope of a follow up victory as he seems to thrive during this time of year. He was given a great ride under military amateur rider Jody Sole, as after pulling quite hard early Jody gave him his head down the back and still turned for home in front. But his early exertions took their toll as he was reeled in Up the Sandown hill and finished a gallant third. 

Ready returned to Lingfield on the 24th and went even closer than the time before, attempting to make all the running Hector Crouch gave him an enterprising ride as we had the field on the stretch, unfortunately we couldn't quite hold on as we was passed in the dying strides and had to settle for second. 

Almanack continued the good run of form for the yard when he finished fourth at Chelmsford in a race that was not run to suit. 

On the 28th of March Mark attended Ascot sales and made a lovely dual purpose purchase in Tobacco Road. A winner over the jumps at Taunton in November and multiple winner on the flat. He will be syndicated and there will be an opportunity to become an owner in him. He will be allowed time to settle in and Mark will work towards getting him on the racetrack within the next 6-8 weeks. 

Shares start from £80 per month in a 5% share and £150 for a 10% share. 

Racehorse ownership can be very affordable and can provide so much enjoyment feel free to make contact with us if you wish to find out more. 

February

February 01, 2018

Although the first Month of the year drew a blank on the winners front, the horses have ran nicely and have still picked up reasonable prize money for all connections.

Possible runners later this month include Almanack and Ready. 

Steady Groundwork has begun with the 2yo colt  and it is going very well as he is taking it all in and responding nicely. 

February Update: Winner and well worth the wait as Briac won in great style at Sandown Park under Sean Houlihan. The race played into his hands and his accurate jumping was key in his well deserved first win under the national hunt code. 

On the 24th at Lingfield Ready gave all his owners some real excitement as he narrowly missed out in a very tight finish coming fourth and only beaten 3/4 of a length. 

January

January 01, 2018

The first month of the year looks set to be a very busy one. Entries are made for Almanack, Briac, Chip or Pellet and Just us Two. 

Having just purchased a new horsebox at the end of the year it will be seeing plenty of action. 

Almanack ran a lovely race on his first run of the year, he will be kept busy over next few months with one eye on the road back to Salisbury a track that seemed to suit him perfectly as it was where he won so well last year. 

Update:

Briac has ran two big races over the obstacles picking up prize money both times finishing 5th and 6th respectably. 

He looks set to run in February at Sandown. 

Just us Two will run at the end of the month at Kempton.

December

December 01, 2017

After winning Two races on the flat we are very much looking forward to letting Briac get to do what he is made for and that is jumping. He has schooled superbly at home and will run at Plumpton on the 4th. 

 

Update:

Briac put in a fine round of jumping before just tiring into 4th on the soft ground.

He came back safe and sound and will just be allowed to have a week off to get over his exertions. 

Chip Or Pellet had his second outing for us and ran a very credible 4th place finish at lingfield  under Danny Brock. Having been faster away from the gates he was able to sit quite handy and was only beat a couple of lengths. A very encouraging run. 

We would just like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and for making 2017  so memorable. And to thank all of our Owners for their support and wish them a Happy and successful New Year. 

With prize money down to 8 places in most races starting from January 1st this is a great time to join in Racehorse ownership. This will allow owners a real chance to cover more of their costs. 

 

There are shares currently available in three horses please contact Mark for more information, or if you are looking to a new Trainer for 2018 do not hesitate to get in touch.

November

November 01, 2017

One More Dawn took in her racecourse debut at Kempton Park, the experience has done her the world of good, and now Mark will look to get a second race into her before the end of the year. 

We welcome in another new recruit to the team who is Just Us Two  a 5yo gelding. A sprinter that will be campaigned later in the all weather season and one who looks a nice prospect for the turf next summer.

Solid Justice has been found a lovely new home where we are sure he will provide years of fun enjoying all recreational activities as he is an ideal candidate. He will sadly be missed at our Stables as he was a lovely horse to deal with and was a good lead horse for the younger ones.

October

September 30, 2017

After allowing Chip Or Pellet time to adjust to his new surroundings, he is now in full training and will most likely run at the end of the month.

The sales season is in full swing and Mark has Managed to pick up a nicely bred Nayef colt related to group winning The Whistling Teal. He is a leggy individual who will be allowed all the time he needs to strengthen and mature. 

October update: 

Ready and Chip or Pellet both ran at wolverhampton on the last day of the month. From a bad draw and a slow start Chippy ran an encouraging race having made up ground and then to be squeezed out turning for home. All his owners made the trip to see him and had a great day out as they enjoyed the experience of Racehorse ownership for the first time at the races. 

September

September 02, 2017

Solid Justice as pictured with Mark  is enjoying his new challenge of becoming a national hunt horse. He has schooled very well and looks set to make his hurdling debut later in the month. Mark was aboard Solid Justice himself for the first schooling sessions. He can pop up when you ask him and be brave or get in close and fiddle when he has too, he is very clever and has taken too it like a natural, we even took on the mini chase fence for good measure  were mark's comments. Along with Briac whom Sean Houlihan came to school the pair look set to run later in the month. 

September update. 

After attending Goffs UK Horse in Training sale we were delighted to pick up a new arrival in Chip Or Pellet, he will enjoy an easy week or two whilst settling in to his new surroundings. Mark suspects he will provide some fun and great days out for his new owners this winter.

Solid Justice made an encouraging start to his jump career, jumping very well before tiring into sixth. The obstacles on the race track along with the extra distance came a shock to his system but he will come on for the experience. 

Open Day

August 27, 2017

We opened our gates for the first time to the public at Epsoms' annual open day. (which for future reference is held on the August bank holiday Monday).

The lovely weather helped bring out a large crowd who were welcomed with refreshments and some insightful information on what goes on day to day in a racing yard. It was very nice to hear such positive reports on how relaxed and happy our horses appeared. 

August

July 31, 2017

Briac as pictured with Mark giving Danny Brock some last minute instuctions before he  kept up our fine record at Salisbury finishing a very good third at 20/1. It was his first race on the grass this summer as we had been waiting for the softer ground and he didn't disappoint. 

July

June 30, 2017

After having a short break between races Almanack was straight back to running his customary consistent race.  A fine third at Sandown partnered by Serena Brotherton and once  again supplying his owners with a memorable day out and full value for entertainment. 

Having attended sales at Newmarket and turning over a small profit from the purchase price of Moondyne Joe back in February, Mark managed to reinvest in a horse called Ready. There will be shares available in Ready under the M I Pattinson Racing partnership with a buy in of £800 for a 10% share with training fees set at £150 a month.

He has decent form in the book and will be a handy recruit to the yard, Ready has settled in very well and loving his new surroundings.  

Pictured here enjoying himself in our paddocks. 

June

June 01, 2017

After a busy time on the Downs with The Derby preparations it will be nice to enjoy two days of Quality racing on our doorstep. My tip for the big race is Wings of Eagles who ran a nice trial at Chester behind the big race favourite Cliffs Of Moher. 

Solid Justice has been entered to make his stable debut at Brighton later in the month. 

Two year old filly by Kheleyf is now officially named One More Dawn, there are still opportunities to be a part of her ownership. As she develops physically and progresses mentally her exercise has started to step us as we work towards getting her on course. Mark is hoping to race her late summer /early autumn but only when he is happy she is ready. Pictured below enjoying a cool down after exercise.

May

May 12, 2017

After a short break Briac bounced back to form with a fine effort at Lingfield finishing fourth without much luck in the run at the crucial point.

 

May update:

It was nice to send Moondyne Joe out for his first start for the yard at one of Britain's most prestigious tracks Ascot. After watching previous races we knew the draw may have taken away his chance but he still ran a very nice race just getting tired in the final stages. It was his first race in nearly four months and the first time at 6 furlongs. 

 

April

March 31, 2017

The month of April ended in great style with Almanack gaining a well deserved success at Salisbury. After some near misses on his first five starts for Mark Almanack scored his first ever win on the turf and his first win in over two years. It was a race for lady riders and he was ridden superbly by leading rider Serena Brotherton the pair  crossed the line six lengths in front of the second horse. 

Almanack was the first horse brought by Mark for the M I Pattinson racing partnership which made it extra special. All of his owners were rightly thrilled and had a memorable day. 

March

March 01, 2017

Looking forward to a busy month ahead, with multiple entries made for both Almanack and Briac. 

Briac will head to kempton on the 8th March if he gets a run, and Almanack heads to Southwell on the 14th. 

March update:

Briac provides Mark with his first winner from just his fourth runner. Under a great ride from Daniel Muscutt and to the absolute delight of winning owner Mr Oliver Harris and his Family.

Briac who is bred for further outstayed his rivals and stretched his long neck out to win over a Mile and a half. We was lucky to get in the race at the bottom of the weights but there was nothing lucky about the performance. Dan settled the big horse superbly and timed his run to perfection. "Thrilled to get the first one in the bag onward and upwards,  I am particularly pleased for the owner who gave me the chance to have a go with the big guy". Said Mark.

 This win just highlights Marks' credentials, he was a 40 rated maiden bred for chasing, and he just won over 1 mile four on the flat.

Almanack put in another consistent effort, running a very game race on his first visit to Southwell. Due to a dry spell the track was quite slow and testing which didn't play to his strengths and so Mark was rightfully pleased and proud of his horse for finishing Fourth, earning connections some prize money.

All owners who made their way to Southwell enjoyed a great day at the races, watching their horse run well and a day socializing made the trip worthwhile, along with the added bonus of keeping up with what was going on at Cheltenham via the big screens. 

Depending how he comes out of the race Mark is keen to get another run into Almanack before the end of the month. 

 

February

February 02, 2017

With Briac being a National hunt horse, his new Trainer wanted to give him some starting gate practice at home before sending him to the races. The video can be seen on my twitter and facebook pages or simply click here.

"He dwelt a little first time but soon jumped out well enough, he may not have the speed out of the boxes like a sprinter but he will be out on level terms" was Marks' comments. 

The first week of the month was busy as Mark attended Newmarket sales and was delighted to pick up Moondyne Joe as pictured a lightly raced 4 yr old with bags of speed and talent, "He has had a few setbacks in his career so far,  If i can address these he looks a nice type for the season ahead." Shares will be available in "joey" as he is affectionately known, he has the sweetest nature and is a true gentleman. There are also still shares available on the yard, with leasings' also an option, feel free to get in touch and viewings can be arranged at any time. 

January

January 04, 2017

All of us here would like to take the time to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we are all excited for 2017 and what it may bring. 

The turn of the year saw Mark welcome a new arrival in the yard and we are delighted and grateful the Owner  chose to place  Briac here. The six yr old gelding will hopefully be on the track in February. 

The kheleyf filly is keeping her Trainer busy and she is now ridden away and enjoying some light exercise. "There are no races for a 2yo in January so we are letting her grow and learn at her own pace," expresses Mark. 

Almanack had come out of his previous race in good form but was unlucky to be drawn wide at Kempton on jan 6th which proved hard to overcome and so could not show his form as well on his first start for Mark. 

December

December 15, 2016

With Mark happy with how Almanack was working and feeling in himself, he has started to plan races and will run in the middle of the month. 

December update:

Almanack rewarded Marks' patient approach in his training with a fine effort on his first start for Mark just failing to win being beaten by a nose. The narrow defeat was a bit heartbreaking, denying Mark a dream star, however some each way bets were landed and the owners were thrilled with the performance and had an enjoyable evening at the races.

November

November 01, 2016

Mark welcomed his new arrival the daughter of Kheleyf did not take long to feel at home and part of the family. Mark has made a start breaking her in with some easy exercise, lungeing and long reigning. She is forward going and learning plenty. The new year will see her being ridden away.  

October

September 30, 2016

A busy period to enjoy in the racing calendar both domestic and internationally along with the sales of yearlings and  horses in training. Mark purchased a lovely Kheleyf filly and looks forward to getting the daughter of a multiple winner started and what the future holds for her.  Marks' Owners were enjoying regular visits to the yard and gallop watching as well as being well entertained on their visits.

September

August 31, 2016

Mark welcomed the first two horses through the gates, Red Invader owned by the Sterling Syndicate and Almanack who will run in Marks' racing partnerships colours. They both enjoyed an easy couple of weeks getting use to their new surroundings with plenty of turnout time and some light exercise. 

August

July 31, 2016

August saw Mark move into Tattenham Corner Stables and was hard at work making preparations on the yard not only for his new tenants but for Epsoms' open day.  

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