NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Sat Nov 17
Cheltenham, Uttoxeter, Wetherby
Sun Nov 18
Cheltenham, Fontwell
Sun Nov 18
Goffs November Sale

Entries & Recent Form

The stable went close with a few placed runners at Exeter yesterday.  I thought that Shallow Bay put up a sound performance at Exeter on his hurdling debut when only narrowly finding the 119 rated Numen too good.  The winner had plenty of previous experience (over hurdles and fences) so it was a promising first effort from our four year old...I am sure that there will be plenty of hurdle races to be won with him.  Soulard also put up a very good performance when chasing home the well-treated Mauritino - on this evidence he looks to be more than capable of winning a handicap hurdle, let's just hope that the handicapper does not over-react!

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I thought that Great Mates performed creditably at Ludlow yesterday when making his debut for the yard.  He was only beaten 5 1/4 lengths and faced a very difficult task in trying to concede 10lbs to the winner Mauritino.  Mauritino looks well ahead of the handicapper and should be followed especially if turning out again under a penalty at Exeter this afternoon.  On that basis, a little race should come the way of Great Mates before too long.

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Lion_Road__Taratata_Sivola_gallops

Above you will see a photograph of Lion Road completing his preparation ahead of his engagement at Ludlow this afternoon.  He worked in company with Market Rasen chase winner Taratata Sivola.  Lion Road competes in the 2.10pm race this afternoon and will be partnered by Tom Scudamore.  I also managed to get a picture of Togiak who was completing a solo gallop - he is entered at York on Friday.

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Southerness__Soulard_gallops

Sadly it looks as though our Indian summer has come to an end as we had had a bit of rain when I stepped outside this morning.  Fortunately I have accumulated a number of photographs from the gallops over the last few days to share with you.  First up we have Ladyvie who has finished in the frame on her two starts in chases since arriving in this country.  She holds an entry at Exeter on Thursday in a 2m5 1/2f novices' handicap hurdle.  We also have a picture of Southerness and Soulard who are also entered at the Devon track in the 2m3f handicap hurdle.

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Vertige_Dore_Fontwell

It was a good weekend for the yard with a double at Fontwell on Saturday with Arab League and Vertige Dore.  I thought that Timmy Murphy produced an incredible ride when winning aboard Vertige Dore in the beginners chase.  The horse had been a little unlucky in previous starts and this was just reward for his efforts - sadly Timmy didn't get his just reward and was handed down an eight day ban by the stewards.  I firmly believe that if Timmy hadn't used his stick then the horse would not have won - as I have already mentioned, there are sure to be some different results when the new regulations come in.

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Horses_cages3

The stable has a runner in the 4.50pm at Huntingdon this afternoon, last time out Uttoxeter scorer Teshali in the handicap hurdle.  He looks to have a solid chance under young Hadden Frost who deputises for Timmy Murphy while he is riding up north, so fingers crossed for a good result.  It is a cracking day's racing today with the notable highlight being the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.  The French capital seems to come alive on Arc day and it is a great experience - I have only been once but I would gladly go again - I think it is the only time that I have ever seen a French racetrack that is full!  If you were to visit a French track in the week, the meetings are not very well supported, but Arc day is different of course - just think, the race is worth €3.4 million!

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Shallow_Bay__Effervesce_gallops

I thought that Bathwick Man put up another good effort yesterday when finishing third under a big weight in the competitive handicap hurdle.  Even so, he does look weighted up to the hilt from a mark of 120 - let's hope the handicapper gives him a chance to win another race by dropping him a few pounds.  Today we have three runners at Fontwell - Arab League, Tasheba and Vertige Dore and we look to have some solid chances.  Tom Scu takes the ride aboard Arab League who came within a nose of scoring on his hurdling debut last time, Conor O'Farrell takes the mount on Tasheba and Timmy Murphy rides the luckless Vertige Dore.

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