R.HANNON TO FIND ANOTHER STAR OR STARS

 

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

 

Many thanks for sharing the pictures for this write up from Josh Pearson @JoshPearson_10

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NEWMARKET 2yr Olds’ HIGH HOPES

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.

    NEWMARKET STABLE VISIT WEEK TWO

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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NEW START. NEW BEGINNING.

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’+

  1. HETONGRAD
  2. PRYING PANDORA
  3. MAJOR CORNWALLIS
  4. EL NINO SEA (starting his 3yr old career)
  5. RASHFORD’S DOUBLE

 

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.

SPRINTER SACRE RECORD SPEAKS FOR IT’S SELF.

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

TOTAL PRIZE MONEY EARNINGS £1,136,883

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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There’s Only One Wesley Ward

Since the first day that Wesley Ward brought his horses to the UK at Ascot, I’ve been a follower for a while. He has a great attitude and the guts to beat our horses in our own back yard. Wesley Ward has brought some fantastic horses to bring the wow factor to Royal Ascot which is great for our sport in the UK.

But for me it was the start in 2009 July 16th were Wesley Ward became the first US trainer to ship a horse to the UK. The horse was called Strike The Tiger a 2yr old gelding which won the Windsor Castle Stakes at 33/1. What a performance by the horse, but what a great training performance. Which then Wesley Ward for me was a trainer to follow at Royal Ascot to listen and to watch his horses run on the Ascot racetrack.

But since then Wesley Ward is not scared to compete against other UK trainers running his horses at different racetracks in the UK. Like in York where he run a horse in the Nunthorpe Stakes a five furlong sprint race, the horse was called Acapulco where he finished second place in the race. But the wow factor for me was Lady Aurelia this year at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes. She made it looked so easy winning in the race with Frankie Dettori on board and winning the race by seven lengths. So when ever you visit Royal Ascot and Wesley Ward is there support your US trainer he is now in Royal Ascot history winning races and brining the wow factor. I really hope an American trainer comes here and sets up a stable in the UK and bring some spice in our races. Just like the US jockey Steve Cauthen when he was here in the 70’s,80’s,90’s. But there will be only one Wesley Ward who can do that.

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NATIONAL HUNT SEASON Count Down Begins

Well it’s that time again when the air of excitement when the first lot of horses goes over fences or hurdles in October for the start of the National Hunt season. Also when people start talking of Cheltenham festival in which is ridiculous. There are plenty of very good racing in Britain and Ireland before Cheltenham. The National Hunt season is a marathon not a sprint!. There will be new stars coming through the ranks of the trainers stable or horses going up through the handicap system.

As I’m involved with a syndicate national hunt horse called Towering. He’s been running against some very good horses during couple of years in his career. He has race against like The Tourard Man, Unowhatimeanharry, Two Taffs, Barters Hill, Bachelor Knight etc. This national hunt season I’m very looking forward to, because now Towering has had a nice break and been schooling over the fences. By all accounts Towering has taken the schooling very well. Even the trainer Nicky Henderson has been impress with his jumping over the big fences. So looks like this season Towering will be going novice chasing but also he could appear in some hurdle races as well. So there are plenty of options to look out for, in the season also it will be interesting where he start’s and his plans for the national hunt season.

UPDATE ON VISION OF BEAUTY:

Vision of Beauty has been moved to Keith Dalgleish stable, and been retrained as an national hunt horse. News is she is doing very well at the moment and settled in her new environment. She will be running soon in a bumper could be at Carlisle. But have to find out later on that situation.

       My National Hunt Horses To Follow

Altior (Nicky Henderson), Buveur D’air (Nicky Henderson), Native River (Colin Tizzard), Blacklion (Nigel Twiston-Davis), Bristol De Mai  (Nigel Twiston-Davis), Vautor (Willie Mullins), Thistlecrack (Colin Tizzard), Unowhatimeanharry (Harry Fry), Fagan (Gordon Elliot), Superb Story (Dan Skelton), Pink Lady (Harry Whittingdon), Ibis Du Rheu (Paul Nicholls), Barters Hill (Ben Pauling), Emperors Hill (Ben Pauling), Premier Bond (Nicky Henderson), Divine Spear (Nicky Henderson), Captain Woodie (Nicky Henderson), Flemenskill (Warren Greatrex), Armaan’s Wish  (Nicky Henderson), Sharpasaknife  (J M Jefferson).

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Enjoy the National Hunt season. If betting please be reasonable.

Jamie Brownlow @BROWNLOWJ74