Half Time Report On My NH Team

During 2020 it’s been one of the hardest and most challenging mentality and socially. Also it’s been challenging in most walk’s of life in entertainment, sports etc as well in all every day life.

But the horse racing has kept going giving owners, trainers, stable staff, jockey’s etc the believe that there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel with this Covid 19 situation. And will hopefully will come to an end at some point. But my National Hunt Team who I’am involved with as an syndicate owner are keeping me sane. So I thought I’d write an half time report with my horses.


OLEG: Since watching Oleg, in my mind he has so much talent. He definitely jumps a fence very well and with pace. I’m hoping he will be another star for Paul Nicholls. Oleg went to Peth, in a handicap Chase he’s second attempt since, he pulled up at Kempton over fences in 2019. At Perth he jumped so well though out until he was making a winning move. He made a mistake three fences, at the end of his race and unfortunately he had a heavy fall.

From that he returned to the stables to rest, and get his confidence back again. In which he had his third attempt over fences. Where he raced at Wincanton in another, handicap chase but for the conditional jockeys. During the race you could see the confidence jumping over fences. Oleg made a good comeback to finish third place in the race. But unfortunately, after a few days from the race, Paul Nicholls vets found out that Oleg had done a leg. Which in human terms like you injured your ankle like a sprain. So sadly for the horse welfare he is out for the season.

But I can not wait to see him, back for the 2021/22 national hunt season on a racecourse. He is so talented over fences and on the flat. I think he will be in big races, also I think he will surprise us who are involved with him. He is definitely one to watch plus he has age on his side.

OLEG Form: Chase F3

Jen’s Boy in the pre parade at Cheltenham

JEN’S BOY: Jen’s Boy jumps so well now converted over fences, it’s just frustrating that he’s finished second three times, he keeps bumping into good horses. But when Jen’s Boy will get his head, in front and win one of his races you will see the confidence of trying to win again.

He’s last race was at Cheltenham. That was my worse, moment as an owner. He lost his action jumping over the second fence. Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen felt something and immediately pulled up Jen’s Boy straight away. Lucky enough we was trotted back to the parade ring, to have a look if there was anything wrong with him. Days later we found out he pulled his back end mussels. So Jen’s Boy is recovering, from that injury and hopefully see him back in the summer. He does jump very well over fences.


Father John

FATHER JOHN: Since his good and only win in his bumper race at Hexham. It’s been a slow burner with Father John. Sadly he’s had a set back doing a bit of schooling over hurdles. But now he’s back into work, and should see him in the next few months racing over hurdles.

FATHER JOHN Form: Bumper 1

Go Chique running at Ludlow

GO CHIQUE: She has had a reasonable seasons so far. She won a very nice bumper race at Southwell winning by two and a quarter lengths. Which was nice to see how she put the race to bed against her opponents. Go Chique then went over hurdles for the first time at Market Rasen. Unfortunately she was very green jumping some of hurdles and in the race. But she came in a very respectable fifth place.

On Go Chique second run at Fakenham in 2 mile race, she improve a lot in her jumping over hurdles and also it was a better run from her last race at Market Rasen. But in the Fakenham race Go Chique got caught at the front of the race going over the last hurdle. She got beat to finish second place by three and three quarters lengths by Midnight Ginger.

So Go Chique went to her fourth race until she has a little break. She ran at Ludlow in a mares handicap race, but she was going up in trip from 2 miles to 2 miles 5 Furlong. Because of her pedigree Go Chique is a full sister to Christmas In April. Unfortunately in the race the ground was in desperate conditions especially, for a four year old filly. But again she jump well over the hurdles also she completed the race to finish eighth place in the race.

Go Chique is having a little winter break, and she will be out racing again this spring 2021. But the break will do her, a world of good. Especially strengthen up and growing a bit, to fill out in her frame. I would say she will still race in 2 mile 5 furlong races and even further. I would say because of stamina, in her pedigree and the relationship of Christmas In April . I think there is good times ahead with this mare Go Chique. And she is still learning and young, also just turned five years old as well.

GO CHIQUE Form: Bumper 1 Hurdles 528

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My National Hunt Team. An Owners Perspective. My Own Views

Because of uncertain times I’d normally do an “My Horses To Follow” with Middelham Park Racing NH horses. Who I’m involved with, as a syndicate owner. But I thought I’d do something different this year. Mentioning my NH (National Hunt) team that I’m involved with.

Since I’ve been with MPR for twelve years, this is my best NH team so far. So here are my views on these wonderful horses. As they say “everyone has an opinion”.

OLEG 5yr Old Trained By Paul Nicholls

Oleg jumping a fence at Kempton

Oleg was bought from France out of David Cottin stable, in which he was transferred to Paul Nicholls stable. From that time with Ditchet stables he, has done wonders in my mind. He’s first race in the UK I think was a very good win at Kelso over hurdles. Also run a very good second place, hurdle race at Chepstow which he finished 2nd place.

When he went over fences for the first time, again he was impressive jumping those Wincanton fences, winning by 2 and a quarter lengths. On his second start over fences at Kempton, unfortunately he had to be pulled up. Where he had a few problems. Since then he had a break and needed some confidence in his racing of his early career.

In which Paul Nicholls and the team, decided to enter him on his debut, in a all weather flat race at Southwell and Megan Nicholls would ride him. In that 2 Mile+ debut flat race he won so impressively he won by 5 lengths. He’s second flat race was at Pontefract and again he won very well, winning by a neck.

He will have one more big flat race which he will, run in the Goodwood Handicap which is 2 Mile 4 furlong race. But then he will return to the NH sphere and be, back jumping over fences. I’m sure he will step up in trip like 2mile 4 furlong over fences. But let’s see how he does running and jumping at 2 miles. He’s a very talented horse with lots of ability. He’s got a following which is great. But I’m sure he will run in the big target races this NH season with the top trainer.

FORM: Hurdles: 12 Chasing: 1 PU Flat: 11

FATHER JOHN 5yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson

Father John

Father John has only run, once and that was a bumper at Hexham which he won very well with Nico de Boinville riding him, with hands and heels to win his race. I think this season he will go straight over hurdles, in which he has been schooled over them. I think he will take to hurdleing very well. But he’s a chaser in the making though.

Because he’s such a huge horse one of the biggest in my NH team. He has so much scope and has lots of stamina in his pedigree. I would say the trainer will start him, 2 mile 4 furlong or 2 mile 5 furlong. On ground conditions because he has only run once, so it’s hard to judge what ground he can run on. But he could run on Good to Good to Soft. Father John is my dark horse to follow in my team.

FORM: NH Flat Race 1

Go Chique

GO CHIQUE 4yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson

Go Chique is a Crillon Filly same sire as Buvair D’air. I think she is one to watch through this National Hunt season. Obviously she has not run as of yet, but I would think she will follow the hoof steps of Marie’s Rock. In which Go Chique might run in one or two NH flat races (bumpers). Then hopefully move onto jumping over hurdles. Plans will be fluid but one to watch I feel. A lovely looking filly.

Jen’s Boy

JEN’S BOY 6yr Old Trained By Nicky Henderson

Jen’s Boy has done very well going over hurdles. Since july last year he seemed to turn a corner, from 2nd place at Worcester through to his last run over hurdles, another 2nd place at Huntingdon. It will be an interesting season for him, now going novice chasing. I’m sure he will adapt from hurdles to chasing. Distance we should see him at 2 mile 7 furlong or further, if he can on his pedigree. On ground his best conditions I think is Good, Good to Soft I think personally. If he take to jumping over fences, he will win some very good races. He has been schooled over fences and does it very well.

FORM: NH Flat Races 8 2 Hurdles: 9 PU 6 4 6 2 1 1 4 2

CONCLUSION: With this uncertain circumstances, I think this NH season will be an interesting one this 2020/21. But I’m sure the dust will settle. With my NH team I’m hoping Go Chique, will surprise me and other owners with her and touch wood hopefully going to be a star. Also I think Oleg, will take over Towering peddle stool. I think he’s going to be my best NH horse since Towering. Oleg is getting an following even if he goes on the flat or over jumps. Because everyone loves a grey horse.

These are my views only and no one else. Enjoy the National Hunt season. I’m on Twitter @BROWNLOWJ74 If you want to look at the form or watch there races video replay. You can register free with http://www.Sportinglife.com

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My MPR NH Horses For 2019/20

Well the start of the National Hunt season is just about coming, around the corner. This season I have three horses ready this season. Also hopefully might add one more to the string. Then that’s it and ready for an exciting, NH season in any level if it’s Grade one to Class 5 chaser or hurdler.

The three horses I’m, involved with are starting a full NH season and I’m very excited about it. Especially how they done, on there first or second run. Or just turning a corner so there form is getting better and better.

First horse in my string is called Oleg. Who is trained by Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls. He won very well on his UK debut run at Kelso jumping over hurdles very well. He beat a very good Donald McCain horse to win the race. But on his second run at Chepstow he finish 2nd to a very progressive horse who is trained by Harry Whittington. Again Oleg jumped well through out. Now this season he will go over the big fences in the Novice division this season. In which I feel he will improve over them. He is a tall and strong horse and lots of scope going over fences. Plus he will go further distance in his races over fences, I feel as well. He’s a lovely looking Grey as well so keep an eye out on him.

My second horse in my string is a horse called Father John. Who is trained by Nicky Henderson which is based at Severn Barrows at Lambourn. This fella has taken some time and patients, because he is a huge horse. He won very well in his only bumper race at Hexham. It was a great hand and heels ride from Nico de Boinville as well.

Now Father John has won his race, he went away on his break. So he will get time to strengthen up and fill out in his frame, that he has. He is a very exciting horse and he is a chaser in the making because of his scope etc. But in the mean time he will go over hurdles and will start over 2 miles plus. Because he has a lot of stamina in his pedigree. Father John will be a working progress through out this season but also one to follow in the future.

The third and last horse in my string is called Jen’s Boy. Who he is traimed by Nicky Henderson. This lad has turned a massive corner in his early career. Since stepping up in trip, in his races, he has improve no end. Also he’s improve his jumping over hurdles as well. Hoping he will get decent ground in the season he will win more races over hurdles. But I’m sure they will pop him over a fence in time. But at the moment he’s been great over hurdles.


Keep a look out this season with Oleg. He be interesting how he does especially over fences this season. Also how he does in a full NH season with Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls.

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Here are my thoughts on the Middelham Park Racing National Hunt horses for 2018/19 season.

In a autumnal weather with the sun shone at Severn Barrows, the horses trotted around the Wexford Sand gallop which Nicky Henderson installed a few years ago. They all arrived back at the yard, in which Nicky Henderson spoke about the horses individually.

MARIE’S ROCK: She looked fantastic at the yard and she looks a very precocious filly. She did a very nice little work out on the Wexford gallops. By looking at her, Marie’s Rock has got a lot of scope. Comparing to another filly/mare which MPR (Middelham Park Racing) did have which was Quite Candid. This filly Marie’s Rock seems to be, to have a lot more ability and will win races by looking at her. Also there is a very good program of races of black type etc. For fillies and mares in the National Hunt sphere. In which the BHA are trying to improve.

SECRET SINGER ex OUDETTE: He looked a big horse for a 3yr Old and he is built to go over fences. Nicky likes him, by from his bags of scope and the class to go with it. He was broken in by the yard at Severn Barrows. The work rider and trainer, are very happy what they are seeing. He’s just improving since day one on the gallops. Be interesting what he does on his first bumper run. But he will be exciting going over hurdles and fences in the future. One to keep an eye on.

JEN’S BOY 4yr Old: Nicky Henderson said “He’s summered well and looking good”. Jen’s Boy is now a 4yr Old and he will go novice hurdling this season. I would think, he will start 2 and half mile hurdle race’s and he should improve on his distances along the way. Last season he had only two runs in his bumpers. He finished 8th place in a listed bumper race at Newbury. And he’s second run in a bumper he finished second place at Towcester. Nicky has schooled him and he showed he has a natural talent jumping over the hurdles.

DU DESTIN 5yr Old BHA Hurdle mark 97: Du Destin has been a bit disappointing last season. Also in my eyes a tad unlucky in general. But now he has a workable handicap mark of 97 over hurdles. I’m sure he will improve that mark. He does jump very well over obstacles, but now he’s got to get it right in his races I feel. But we will wait and see this season.

EL KALDOUN 4yr Old: This is my horse to follow for this season. Unfortunately he missed last season from no fault of his own. But now he is ready to start his career. Trainer Nicky Henderson is thinking to have one bumper and then go straight to novice hurdling. He’s done lots of schooling on his absence last season. When he does go over hurdles I think he will start 2 miles races and he will progress. He has lots of talent.

DIVINE SPEAR 7yr Old BHA mark Chase 141 Hurdle 133: Another my horse to follow for this season. What an absolute star he has been for his owners last season. He’s been at the top end of races in class 2 and class 3 etc. He started his career over fences for the first time was at Catterick. He jumped so well over the stiff fences at catterick. But his finest moment was at Ascot, winning by 10 lengths and dropping in trip. But still he took the Ascot fences very well. I’m sure in time he will run in 3 mile chasers, but I think he will start in 2 Mile 3 Furlong or 2 Mile 5 Furlong chase races. He’s that good he will be targeted at top races again this season. Also he could run in the Cheltenham Festival next March.

CAPTAIN WOODIE 6yr Old: It was great to see Captain Woodie at the yard, Nicky Henderson is very happy with him doing lots of road work. Now it’s the time he will be going on the Wexford Sand gallop getting into shape for this season. The trainer is looking forward to see him over hurdles. He probably will start at 2 Mile hurdle races or a bit further to start his career. He could be another exciting horse to go over hurdles for MPR (Middelham Park Racing).

DUKE DEBARRY 7yr Old BHA mark Hurdle 120: Duke Bebarry is a big son of Presenting in which last season he was running over hurdles. He is built for jumping fences this season, so he will go novice chasing. He has the size and scope to do this. I’m sure he will be running over 3 mile+ chase races. He’s  been very good jumping over hurdles and I’m sure he will bring that to the chasing game. He’s one for the future running in the Eider chase or 4 mile chase in the Cheltenham Festival at some stage.

ARMAANS WISH 7yr Old: He made a great come back run, at Worcester to finish second place from his injury he had last season. Nicky Henderson said at the stable visit, “He’s moving well and looking great”. It’s been a long patient progress for Armaans to get him right. But the trainer has the belief in him of his ability etc. He jumps very well over hurdles in which he will stay over them this season. So keep an eye out on him in novice hurdle races. In the near future he will jump a fence in time and shown he has the ability to do that.


El Kaldoun 4yr Old and Divine Spear 7yr Old

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It was a cold and blustery day on October 15th at Seven Barrows with Nicky Henderson and owner’s in his circle gallop. Seeing Middleham Park Racing (MPR) national hunt horses for the coming 2017/18 season. There were seven horses being shown doing there canter around the circle gallop. But unfortunately there was a horse missing, this was Captain Woodie. He is out for the season with a leg injury. But he will be back for the 2018/19 season and stronger in his campaign. Back to the horses who were at the gallops showing there bit in font of their owners. I will be doing a little write up on each of them. Also I will be doing other horses in the national hunt team as well for this season.


Divine Spear, Premier Bond, Du Destin, Jen’s BoySpecial Kaldoun gelding, Duke Debarry, and last Aarmans Wish. They all did a nice few circuits going around the gallop. It was great to see them all out. The only horse that works in the round gallop is Premier Bond and he looked fantastic back to his old self. Because of the deep surface he likes working in there. Also it was great to see Armaans Wish moving well and cantering around. He had an injury that took him out of last season national hunt campaign.


ARMAANS WISH: The three parts Denman chestnut gelding was looking well in himself, parading in front of a small crowd, coming back from his injury from last year. Doing some cantering, is now back from training. They have checked his injury and is 100% clear and ready to rock and roll. He will go over hurdles again this season, but also he jumps, a fence as well. I would think Aarmans Wish will go 2 miles 2 furlongs and extend from there, if he can go further.

DIVINE SPEAR: This fella is a lovely looking son of Oscar, also he looks like he has grown and a powerful chaser, just by coming back from his holiday’s. He had a great last season’s campaign, where he finished well in a hurdle race at Cheltenham on trials day. Also a great win at Fontwell over hurdles, and a very good race to finish second place at Ascot. Now this season he will go novice chasing, and I think this will be a making of him, being a very good chaser indeed. He has the size and scope for these big fences, he has schooled very well over the fences and the distance might see him at 2 mile’s 5 furlongs. But I might be wrong in the distance front. It will be very interesting how he will progress converting hurdles to fences. He is one to watch.

 PREMIER BOND: The star of Middleham Park Racing last season. He had a great season and he is an out and out stayer. During last season he won a couple of races in the 3 mile plus division. In small field at Catterick, where he was impressive, just by jumping the fences. I thought, best race I have watched was Premier Bond at Doncaster winning his race against a Trever Hemmings horse (Kerrow). Then he run a great race to finish third place at the Cheltenham Festival in the Kim Muir. He is going to be I think a smart staying chaser. I won’t be surprised if you see him in the Kim Muir again this season. Also think he will run in next year Grand National, he has the size and scope to jump these National fences. But he could run in the Eider chase at Newcastle, he is that good.

DUKE DEBARRY: This fella has already run doing this write up, but he went to Kempton over hurdles for the first time in novice company. I was very impressed with his jumping, very slick and travelled well in his race. Just unfortunate he just got tired at the second last hurdle, but he will definitely come on from that run. At the stable visit he looked very well in his coat and the trainer likes him and jumps very well. He will be very good over fences in time, son of Presenting has a good family pedigree.

DU DESTIN: He is a son of Fussie, lovely looking grey gelding when he was parading at the time. By this time writing about him, he has run a bumper which he run at Newbury. He was very green of his first run and education. He will learned a lot from that run. He’s already been schooled over hurdles, he is very good indeed. We’re all lucky to see he’s first schooling over poles. I was very impressed he learned from his mistakes to no mistakes jumping over the poles. That could be his last bumper race. He could go straight over hurdles now this season, be interesting what distance he will start over hurdles. He is my horse to follow this season with Nicky Henderson.

JEN’S BOY (Melinas gelding) and Special Kaldoun (Not Named): Both did a little canter in the circle gallop at Seven Barrows. Both were green did not know what to do (only did some early work). They did some nice canters with the experienced horses, the trainer really likes what he see’s in them. Could be good in there bumper races, they will race next year, hence both will be 4yr olds.

One To Watch: DIVINE SPEAR    Horse To Follow: DU DESTIN

Here are other National Hunt horses in the Middelham Park Racing team.

HOLLOW TREE 9yr old with Gordon Elliot: He’s a 9yr old hurdler/chaser and he’s done very well, starting with his new connections this season. With two very good second places so far, he’s going to be a fun horse to be with during the season, you could see him over fences at some stage or a spin over the flat, at the moment jumping is his game. This is the one to watch in Ireland with Gordon Elliot who’ll will be winning with him sooner then later.

LEXINGTON LAW 4yr Old with Alan King: Moved from Richard Hannon stable to change his career jumping over hurdles, he has done well over hurdles, been frustrated in his races. At Ludlow put a very good performance in his race, running in fourth place for the first time in cheek pieces. I think he will win a race later in time, he’s got the ability jumping over these hurdles, he has done well over the flat with Alan King as well.

HERO’S CREEK 4yr Old with Ben Pauling: He is the son of Kalanisi, he’s an absolutely a huge horse an exciting horse to say the least, last time I saw him he looked very well also looked already fit. The trainer is very pleased with him the way he’s progressing on the gallops, a very exciting prospect indeed for his owners. Which I’m involved with and very lucky to be a part of this special horse.

WISE DISGUISE 3yr Old with Jessica Harrington: He is the son of Getaway. From reports he looks a very nice type, things have gone well with him. The trainer is very happy, has a good temperament and everything has gone well so far. Course he will start over bumper races, it’s great to be with another top trainer in Ireland with Jessica Harrington.

One To Watch: HOLLOW TREE     Horse To Follow: HERO’S CREEK

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It was great to be at Richard Hannon stable visit on a dull but windy day, at the Herridge Racing Stables. Even though there was over 100 people attended, who did not care the conditions. But looking forward to see the new 2yr old recruits, for the upcoming flat season for 2017. Also seeing the older horses from last season what there plans are for this season as well. During these past years Richard Hannon, since joining Middleham Park Racing had some stars gone through his stables, in the famous Light Blue and Orange silks. The like’s of Aguerooo, Toormore, Kool Kompany, Great Page, Ventura Storm finishing second in the St.Leger, Esentepe and Atlantic Sun plus many others. But hopefully this year there will be a few stars or star amongst these 2yr olds’ or the older horses as well.

Concentrating on the 2yr olds’ there were a few horses that took my eye, in the parade ring at the beginning of the visit. Which all twenty five horses where walking around a makeshift parade ring at Richard Hannon stable. The first horse that took my eye was a colt first season sire of Famous Name which he is named Bezos. Walking around the ring he had that bit of good attitude in him with his white blaze on his face, with three white socks on his hoofs. Which he stood out from the group of horses. On the gallop despite the windy conditions behind the horses Bezos did a very good canter, but also he looked very sharp going a long the gallop. He could be interesting going through the season. Richard Hannon liked the way he is working and surprise how sharp he is at the moment. The next was a Acclamation colt named Move Over, he had a very nice walk in him that looked like he glides on top of the grass. But when he did do his canter on the gallop, he did it very well and has a good stride to him. Also he was very sharp and very forward just like Bezos. The next colt which took my eye just on the gallops was the sire of Society Rock and his name is Sopranos Rock. He had a great attitude and trying to beat Bezos on the gallop. Richard Hannon said “these society rocks are nice horses and he will do well as a 2yr old”.

On the fillies’ horses there where a couple also need to mention. There was a 3yr old filly called Ventura Blues who did well in the windy conditions on the gallop, but Richard Hannon said “she is a good moving filly whoosh”. Good things to come with this filly this season especially if the ground comes up soft or good ground for her. The next filly is a 2yr old from a sire called Dabirsim and she is named Cape Hill Cotter.  Be interesting how she does in her first season, but did a very good canter against a Dandy Man filly called Dandiesque on the gallops. But it was great to see Sterling Silva back on the gallop he looked so well. He’s been a forgotten horse but I’m sure he will put that right for 2017 season campaign.

                      HORSES TO FOLLOW

2yr Olds’ Horses Colts: Bezos (Sire Famous Name), Move Over (Sire Acclamation), Sopranos Rock (Sire Society Rock), Star of Southwold (Sire Le Havre), 

2yr Olds’ Horses Filly’s: Cape Hill Cotter (Sire Dabirsim), Miss Mo Brown Bear (Sire Kodiac),

Older Horses: Second Page, Sterling Silva, Ventura Blues


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I travelled to Newmarket on Saturday 28th February to see at first hand visiting the stables of trainer David Lanigan, which is a stone throw away from Newmarket racecourse. To see the new edition of a 2yr old colt for Middleham Park Racing. He is a sire by Intello which he is now named Lexington Empire. We was taken through to a very impressive modern day stables, towards a indoor circle gallop barn, which Lexington Empire with eight other horses in the barn walking around. He looked the stand out by looks to be fair, with his white blaze face and one white sock on his rear side hoof. He looked relax going around the barn and nothing flashy from him as well. David Lanigan decided to take Lexington Empire and the rest of the horses on the All Weather gallops which was outside at the back of the stables. Which we see them trotting on the all weather gallop getting their self’s for a fast work gallop. Despite the windy conditions on the gallops he ran in a group of three in a fast piece of work. In which he did not look out of place, at the time against them. I’m sure he will run a distance beyond seven furlongs, but during this time he is a nice prospect for a 2yr old.

The next stable during the morning we visited Michael Bell stable which is not far from David Lanigan stable in the heart of Newmarket. In which we come to see Joe’s Spirit from the first time sire of Swiss Spirit. We went to Warren Hill Gallops which is near the town of Newmarket, which it has an All Weather gallop track and a grass gallop track besides it. Which both tracks have a steep hill for the horses to gallop against. Joe’s Spirit went on his first gallop which he was ridden by Lulu Stanford and he went up individually with other horses. Joe’s Spirit looked very good with his good stride going up the hill, but that was only a canter just to stretch his legs out etc. Walking backed down from his first canter looking afar, Joe’s Spirit looked liked he had grown a little since we first visited him last year. But also he has strengthened up well from behind the saddle as well. After his walk down from the top of the All Weather gallops, he and five other horses went onto the grass gallops running up the hill in a group. This showed us Joe’s Spirit potential as a racehorse. When galloping his fast work he wanted to beat the lead horse in the group and did it very well. He’s looking to be a very tough sprinter. Afterwards Lulu Standford said “He’s a bit of a speed ball. I really like him“. He will definitely be a sprint horse during his career for sure and hopefully be a star for his trainer Michael Bell in the sprint division. In my opinion he’s one to watch and to follow.


The next stable visit on the agenda was the first visit of Hugo Palmer stable and to see Lexington Flair colt from a first time sire of Dabirsim. Trainer Hugo Palmer is a debut trainer for MPR and, he showed us around his stable which was very nice showing us his stars for the coming season and ex stars from where they stayed in his stable. Also the stables was the former trainer of Luca Cumani which was steep in history. With Lexington Flair and other horses went to Warren Hill gallops but only on the All Weather. Lexington Flair did a nice gentle cantor up the hill. But he did not look out of place, going up with the other horses like’s of Galileo Gold etc. Hugo said “he’s a nice type and will know how he does on his faster work. But early days at the moment, he’s done well so far at the stable”. It will be interesting on the next update from Hugo Palmer, how he has progress on his next work out. On Lexington Flair starting point the trainer stated he could start at six or seven furlongs. So watch this space.  

After Hugo Palmer’s stable, I decided to go back up Warren Hill gallops to see Michael Bell’s new edition colt with MPR. A 2yr old not been named as of yet, but a American sire called First Defence. I first saw him at Michael Bell stable walking up and down the yard, showing himself off to the MPR team. He had a great attitude just standing there and taking it all in. This time I wanted to see me how he did on the gallops. What I see on the gallops he impress me, with his attitude running along side two very forward horses. Also First Defence stride was very good going up the Warren Hill gallops and also, a good mover especially going up the hill. Not sure what distance he will  start off but I’m sure Michael Bell will know what race will suit him.

The next trainer and horse on the gallops is a horse called Flymetothestars trained by Sir Mark Prescott. He did a very nice gallop on the all weather. He looked great going up there individually by himself. At his stable I talked to Sir Mark Prescott briefly he said “ he’s got scope to go further and very happy how he’s working“. Also I was surprised when he said “he will be aiming for the Northumberland Plate this season“. Which is fantastic for the owners who are involved with him. He’s got the class to run in that race but he’s got to get there first. But hopefully he will progress and run well aiming at the famous race at the Newcastle racecourse this  year.                    

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               HORSES TO FOLLOW 2yr Olds’

Joe’s Spirit trained by Michael Bell  Lexington Flair trained by Hugo Palmer  Lexington Empire trained by David Lanigan   First Defence (USA) ex Seeking Ema (USA)

                              OLDER HORSES

Flymetothestars trained by Sir Mark Prescott

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It was great to be back at Richard Fahey’s Musley Bank stable. With a new start of the year for the older horses and a new beginning for the 2yr olds’ with MPR (Middleham Park Racing). It was a very cold, wet but bright morning at Musley Bank stable in North Yorkshire as we were at the top of the gallops. This is where all the horses were walking around in a make shift parade ring. So all the owners who was there could get a good look at the horses and take some pictures opportunities.

Concentrating on the new 2yr Olds’ horses in this blog. The horses were walking relax and looking professional, which was a good sign. It is exciting times ahead for the 2yr olds’ especially, with the new flat season not that far away. Also expectations of how they will do during the season. MPR this season have four colts and two filly’s with Richard Fahey. They all looked more forward this year watching them, going by on the gallops showing themselves off to their future owners. But their were a few took my eye.

Dragon Pulse a new sire this season, which Richard Fahey has a 2yr old colt that looks forward going up the gallops and quite a nice type too. This chestnut colt Dragon Pulse is out of a mare called Dancing Duchess now named Ventura Dragon. It will be interesting how this sire does through the season against other first sires like of Swiss Spirit, Red Jazz, and others. The next colt which took my eye and, I’m sure we will see him on a racecourse very soon was the Red Jazz bay colt. Red Jazz is out of a mare called Desert Shine and now named Ventura Gold. He was very speedy going up the gallops and much forward then the others. So you could see him in sprint races after his maiden races. But it’s all to early to say where which races will suit him at the time being. But he was impressive how quickly he went up the gallops with a nice, good looking stride in him.

Out of the two filly’s in the group of the 2yr olds’ that canter up the gallops, is a first sire called Swiss Spirit. Swiss Spirit is out of a mare called Ginger Cookie (brown filly). She looked well going up the gallops with a good stride. So much, she almost went into I was only joking Helmet filly in front of her, near the end of the gallops. But Jack Garritty did very well on his jockeyship on the Swiss Spirit filly.

The 3yr olds’ horses and older, stretch their legs out on the gallops to show themselves off to the owners. Which they all looked great and it’s an important season for them ahead as well. To see if the 3yr olds’ have trained on from there 2yr old careers.

HORSES TO FOLLOW 2yr Olds’ Names Soon

  1. Dragon Pulse ex Dancing Duchess Chestnut Colt (Ventura Dragon)
  2. Red Jazz ex Desert Shine Bay Colt (Ventura Gold)
  3. Swiss Spirit ex Ginger Cookie Brown Filly

         HORSES TO FOLLOW 3yr Olds’+

  4. EL NINO SEA (starting his 3yr old career)


Names will be updated on this blog for future reference on the 2yr olds’

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All Hail To The Great Sprinter Sacre

People will write stories for years to come which I think the greatest national hunt horse in my life time of Sprinter Sacre. He will be right up there with the other greats of national hunt era like of Arkle, Mill House, Desert Orchid, Kauto Star to name a few. Only a few weeks ago I was in the presence of Sprinter Sacre at the stable of Seven Barrows in a stable visit. Sprinter was getting ready for running in the Tingle Creek at Sandown. I have been so lucky to see him up close and personal of three times looking and watching his walk and also it was a pleasure seeing him at Seven Barrows. But sadly we won’t see him run again anymore and we won’t see a like of for a while or could we?.

Looking back from that fantastic win at Cheltenham in March of the Queens Mother chase. Race commentator Mark Johnson said “it was the come backs of all time”. Coming to think of it, I think  it’s right up there with Mohammed Ali fight of Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman. Because of the way Ali and Sprinter getting there titles back and also they were called ‘the people’s champion’. Sprinter Sacre made his first appearance in a bumper race at Ascot in February 2010. Since then he’s not looked back winning his races and winning the Queen Mother Champion Chase for the second time in his career. Before he had a serious injury to do with a heart problem which people thought he would never see a racetrack again. But he put people wrong where he made a few comeback races. His 2016 Queen Mother Chase win was such a heart warming and bring a tear to your eye moment performance, where he made rapid progress to take the lead at the second last fence and stayed on up the run in jumping the last fence. It was fantastic to see him winning by three and a half lengths from Un De Sceaux to retain his Queens Mother Champion Chase. All hail The Greatest Sprinter Sacre.


Wayward Lad Novice Chase 2011 Game Spirit Chase 2012 Arkle Trophy 2012 Tingle  Creek  2012 Victor Chandler Chase 2013 Queen Mother Champion Chase 2013,2016 Melling Chase 2013 Punchestown Champion Chase 2013 Sholer Chase 2015 Desert Orchid 2015 Celebration Chase 2016


RECORD 24 Runs 18 1st 3 2nd 1 3rd Win % 75.0

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What A Finale Champions Day

It was my first visit going to see Champions Day at Ascot. It was for me a big thumbs up for Champions Day, with lots of quality horses from start to finish of the meeting. Even though I still like to see the jockeys championship finished at November, like it did in the pervious years. But I have to say what a day.

But the highlight for me, but there was plenty of others to take out of the meeting. Was the fifth race middle distance Group 1 race. Watching from the stands you can tell from the race that the trainer of the winner Almanzor was very positive before the race. In the race the colt put a fair distance from the extra consistent filly Found. Who finish second place in the race. Almanzor could be an Arc horse for next year, he’s got the size and scope for the distance to have a crack at it to run in the Arc. But it’s all but and maybe for this fella, interesting  where he starts racing next flat season. From behind Found run another great race. Hoping to see were she goes next either a broodmare or one last swan song at the Breeders Cup meeting at Santa Anita. Other good efforts in the race was the grey, The Grey Gatsby from a very good ride by James Doyle. It was great to see him in the mix of the race in the latter part of the race where he finished fifth in the race by five lengths from the winner. Also great to see was Jack Hobbs as well finishing 3rd place in the race. Behind the disappointment from his last run which resulted pulling up in a race. But there were other very good winners in the meeting which I watch from the stands, like of Journey and Minding that took my eye on the day.

On the other part of the day at Ascot it was great to see Jim Crowley been presented the Champions Jockey Trophy. Very well deserved winning the title. But also top marks for Josephine Gordon winning the apprentice title. Putting all the hard work and winning some great races during the flat season, which rewarded her rightly winning the apprentice title. As a Racemaker on the day it was great to see people looking forward, to the Champions Day meeting and great to see young race goers which are the next generation for racing. All so it was great to interact with the people at Ascot who like there flat racing which was nice to see on the day.

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