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18-05-2017 12:21:06 in General by Admin
A double at Worcester on Wednesday maintained the sparkling form of our team in the new season.   The long dry spell has seriously restricted our numbers of runners but the ones who have run over the past three weeks have done us proud and we have now had eight winners from fourteen starters at a strike rate of 57 per cent.   Steel Bob was the first to strike at Worcester in the stay...

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16-05-2017 09:43:21 in General by Admin
The hard earned success of Little Acorn in a mares' maiden hurdle at Kempton on Monday took our score to six winners from twelve runners in the last fortnight.  What is really pleasing is that three of those victories came from horses we didn't manage to win with in the season just ended. While Little Acorn has always worked like a smart horse at home she has never shown the same ability on...

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15-05-2017 10:26:24 in General by Admin
A double at Warwick on Saturday evening with Black Mischief and Golden Birthday maintained the excellent early season form of the team. The day had begun early for Noel Fehily and myself in Paris as we missed our flight home after Charmix ran at Auteuil on Friday. We managed to find a flight to Manchester before heading to Haydock where Noel finished unplaced on Whataknight. Then it was on to ...

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11-05-2017 09:54:11 in General by Admin
Henryville confirmed he is at the top of his game with a five length victory in a valuable handicap chase under top weight at Newton Abbot on Wednesday. Ground conditions are ideal for him at the moment as he showed when winning a big prize so well at Cheltenham three weeks ago. Racing off a 7 lbs higher mark at Newton Abbot he took another step forward as he defied a mistake at the final fence ...

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10-05-2017 10:55:28 in General by Admin
Sir Ivan got off the mark over fences with a welcome victory in the Beginners' Chase at Ffos Las on Tuesday. A good horse with a fair amount of ability he has not helped himself by silly mistakes that have cost him dear in the past. But he looks to be getting the hang of things now after beating Cole Harden in fine style on Tuesday. His jumping was excellent in the main though he did make a cou...

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06-05-2017 21:13:25 in General by Admin
Space Oddity made a pleasing start to his chasing career with an all the way success in the £6,330 Beginners' Chase at Uttoxeter on Saturday. Apart from one early mistake he jumped fluently at a strong pace and was always in charge before readily beating Hargam who was rated 5 lbs higher than him over hurdles. Space Oddity was our first winner of the new season after a tremendous finish to...

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28-04-2017 10:04:21 in General by Admin
We are running out of superlatives to describe Unowhatimeanharry whose narrow victory in the Grade 1 Champion Stayers Hurdle at Punchestown on Thursday was the highlight of a brilliant day for the team.   Minella Awards then gave us a rapid double at the track in the following £35,400 three mile handicap hurdle.   With Cockney Wren winning a mares' bumper at Taunton a little ea...

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22-04-2017 20:23:18 in General by Admin
Evergreen Opening Batsman took his winnings past £100,000 with the ninth success of his career at Fontwell on Friday. He has been a tremendous flag-bearer for the yard since we started training and showed bags of enthusiasm in the two mile, five furlong handicap chase as he saw off the persistent challenge of Gowanauthat by a neck in a fierce duel on the run-in. Our assistant Mikey Legg go...

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21-04-2017 10:12:20 in General by Admin
Ridgeway Flyer provided our 65th winner of the season with a hard earned victory in a novice hurdle at Taunton on Thursday evening.   I thought he did well to come out on top in a race which turned into a bit of a farce as it was run at a stop start pace on ground that was plenty quick enough for him despite the good job Taunton has done in watering the track.   At one stage going do...

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20-04-2017 13:12:47 in General by Admin
Henryville's overdue first win of the season at Cheltenham on Wednesday was entirely down to the patience and courage of my wife Ciara. To describe him as a tearaway at home is to downplay his wayward tendancies as he bolts if you take him anywhere near our gallops. So Ciara takes Henryville off on his own every morning, cantering him round fields or letting him do long steady work without anoth...

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15-04-2017 21:37:53 in General by Admin
Secret Door survived a bump at the final flight on the way to a gutsy victory in the final of the £50,000 Challenger Mares' Handicap Hurdle series at Haydock on Saturday. She finished third in the same race a year ago and was ready to run in the autumn before a set back which kept her off the track until just over three weeks ago when she won nicely at Ludlow off a mark of 109. Raised 6 lb...

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12-04-2017 00:00:00 in General by Admin
Goodnitesweetheart gained a tidy first success over hurdles at Fontwell on Wednesday in a Class 5 mares' handicap. It is fair to say she had been a bit disappointing this season though she was probably unsuited by racing on testing ground through the winter. She showed timely improvement on Wednesday upped in trip on drier going, was always prominent and stayed on well in the closing stags under...

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03-04-2017 19:46:13 in General by Admin
Opening Batsman rolled back the years with his first victory for 24 months at Ludlow on Monday in the colours of the Twelfth Man Partnership. Although he has struggled in his previous races this season at the age of eleven we felt he still had the ability once he was given half a chance by the handicapper and so it proved off a mark of 129 with the help of a fine ride by our assistant Mikey Legg....

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31-03-2017 10:54:20 in General by Admin
The spirited success of Innocent Girl at Taunton on Thursday took our score for the season to sixty. But we were not really in the mood to celebrate after Royalzaro, our first runner of the afternoon, had to be put down after severing a tendon on his comeback from a break of 490 days. It was desperate luck for a horse who had shown a fair bit of promise after winning two Point-to-Points. Innoce...

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27-03-2017 21:26:20 in General by Admin
Outofthisworld lived up to her name with a runaway success in a mares' bumper on her racecourse debut at Market Rasen on Monday. She travelled notably well through the race before easing into the lead two furlongs out and quickly drawing clear to win decisively by eleven lengths. Outofthisworld came to us in September from Ireland where she had been broken in and pre-trained by Denis Leahy who h...

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27-03-2017 10:24:25 in General by Admin
It was good to see Misterton gain his third success of the season at Wincanton on Sunday. With a bit of luck we might have had a treble on the day because African Tiger was poised to win when he fell at the last flight in the handicap hurdle and Sir Ivan was going best when he came down at Hereford. Misterton won the two and a half mile novices' handicap hurdle despite running around in front an...

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26-03-2017 20:18:03 in General by Admin
Bullionaire made a highly impressive winning debut in the valuable Goffs UK Spring Sales Bumper at Newbury on Saturday. A fine, big scopey individual he travelled well throughout, led fully five furlongs from home and kept galloping all the way to the line in a manner that offered bags of promise for the future. For a four year old to win in such style against 19 opponents despite showing signs ...

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24-03-2017 10:04:55 in General by Admin
We reached a notable landmark on Thursday with the success of Secret Door at Ludlow. In taking the mares' handicap hurdle with something to spare she became the 200th winner for the yard in this country since we began in October, 2012. We could not have asked for a better start and could not have done it without the support of all the owners who have sent us so many nice horses over the past fou...

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22-03-2017 12:23:04 in General by Admin
Winning a second bumper under a penalty is never easy so we were delighted to see Just A Sting maintain his 100 per cent record at Exeter on Tuesday.   With Noel Fehily feeling off colour our assistant Mikey Legg was the obvious replacement as he rode the horse when he made a successful debut at Bangor in January.   Mikey did a good job again, having Just A Sting in the right place b...

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20-03-2017 21:28:13 in General by Admin
An across the card double at Taunton and Southwell on Monday took our score to 54 which matches our best total of winners set last season. Bags Groove was the first to strike under a penalty in the opening novice hurdle at Taunton. He appreciated the drop in grade from last time and won nicely after a brief tussle with the second favourite Capeland between the last two flights. Noel Fehily was ...

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A double at Worcester on Wednesday maintained the sparkling ...
18-05-2017
The hard earned success of Little Acorn in a mares' maiden h...
16-05-2017