NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Nov 09
Aintree, Kelso, Wincanton
Sun Nov 10
Ffos Las, Sandown
Mon Nov 11
Carlisle, Kempton, Stratford

Cheltenham Festival 2020

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    Story of Friends Winner at Warwick


Teaser gave the yard a great start to the week when winning at Ludlow last Monday an like I said last week the horses continue in great form it was just a little frustrating to have several more placings and not winners!  However Story of Friends was also a nice winner at Warwick on Wednesday on his hurdling debut.  He really enjoys the good ground, jumped nicely and won quite cosily in the end.  We will keep him on the go for now and monitor the weather.  If we were to get some rain and the ground be suitable then he might run again but failing that he will have a little summer holiday.  He is a lovely young horse who has won a bumper and hurdle race already this season.  He continues to improve and there should be plenty more to come.

Lots of Placings

It was a relatively quiet week on the runner’s front but everything that ran ran well and the majority made the frame.  Percy Street was fourth on his chasing debut, Malangen was third at Huntingdon, Delface was a battling third at Ffos Las and Buster Edwards ran well off his higher rating to finish a close third at Fontwell.  Meanwhile both of our runners at Uttoxeter on Sunday filled the runner up spots.  You Say What was beaten by the narrowest of margins in the staying handicap chase.  It was a good run after going up nine pounds for his win at Newton Abbot.  He could now head for the Summer Cup back at the course at the end of June.  Jacbequick also ran well again to finish second.  He probably ‘bumped’ into a well handicapped rival this time but he will continue to give is all a lot of fun this summer mixing the flat and hurdling.

Looking Ahead

Looking ahead to this week it will be fairly quiet on the runner’s front once again.  Picture Painter is likely to run at Newton Abbot on Wednesday while Ekaybrg will run on the flat at Sandown on Thursday should he get in.  Mount Nelly holds an entry in the point to point bumper at Stratford on Friday evening.  Over the weekend we have entries at Stratford and Worcester so keep checking Chester’s Daily Blog for more news of stables runners.

New Acquisitions

Leanne and I went up to Doncaster sales last week and we got a few new additions to the yard.  We were delighted to acquire Un Temps Pour Tout’s half-sister by Cokoriko.  She is only three and while she will not be on the racecourse for a while she is now heading off to be broken in and is a lovely long term prospect.  New additions to the yard include El Terremoto who is a 135 rated chaser.  He will be kept on the go this summer and should be competitive in some nice handicap chases.  Fort Summer is a lovely four year old Irish point to pointer by Kalanisi who looks good value at £20,000.  He is from an Irish vendor who we have bought well from in the past and were recommended him by some astute people.  While he is yet to win he is definitely one for the future.  He will now have a short holiday before we get him ready to run in the autumn.  He is actually looking for an owner so if anyone as any interest in owning him please do get in touch by ringing the office on 01884 840715 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  We also bought back Ekayburg and Stream Lady to stay in the yard and they will both be kept on the go this summer.

            Fort Summer - For Sale

Congratulations Fergus

Aside from the horses this week will be another busy one.  With dad’s birthday on the 29th and the kids on half term there is plenty going on to keep me occupied!  I must also say well done to Fergus Gillard who rode his first winner under rules at Worcester on Friday evening.  Fergus joined us last summer and has only just turned 17.  He has been gaining experience in the point to point field this winter and has had a few rides for me under rules.  He completed his Cat B amateur course earlier this month which will open up more opportunities for him as he can now ride against professionals.  He rode the winner for his father Mark and I am sure this will be the first of many.  He rides well and works hard and I will be utilising his useful seven pound claim in the coming months.

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