Horses for Sale

    A dual-purpose bargain!    

Already a winner over hurdles, Picture Painter
won on his last start on the flat.
An ideal dual-purpose type who is sure to
give you plenty of enjoyment.
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NH Fixtures & Sales Dates

Fri Sep 21
Newton Abbot
Sun Sep 23
Plumpton, Uttoxeter
Tue Sep 25

Entries & Recent Form

What a good weekend for the yard with a winner on Grand National day.  Unfortunately it wasn't the big one, but the success of Mr Big Shot in the opening Grade 3 handicap hurdle was a fantastic effort.  He may be seven years old, but this was only his fifth ever racecourse appearance as he gave Now McGinty 3lbs and a ½ length beating, the pair of them 10 lengths clear of the remainder.  He was still showing distinct signs of inexperience, but this massive horse clearly has the potential to match - he looks every inch a chaser and will be a really exciting prospect over the larger fences.  I thought it was a very good performance indeed.

Our Grand National contender Vieux Lion Rouge ran a decent enough race in the big one, finishing for the third consecutive year, this time in 9th place.  He met trouble in running and was nearly brought down at the Canal Turn first time around so this was a decent enough performance, netting him £10,000 in prize money.  He has now finished 6th, 7th and 9th in the Grand National, although the suspicion still remains that this trip stretches his stamina to the limit.  Tiger Roll prevailed in a thrilling finish to give our former amateur jockey Gordon Elliott his second winner in the race.  The heavy ground certainly seemed to favour the Irish contingent, with the first four home all trained across the Irish Sea.

While I was at Aintree on Saturday I bumped into former Manchester United legends Brian Robson and Steve Bruce.  Both are big racing fans and I recall when Brian had a stake in a horse with Martin many years ago.  I also saw Frankie Dettori at the meeting and he reminded me something about a big flat fixture starting at Newmarket on Tuesday...don't know what that could be?!  Only joking of course, it is hard to believe that the Classic Trials are already upon us.

Anyway, there are just two meetings taking place this afternoon with a flat card from Windsor and a jumps card from Kelso and there are no runners from Pond House today.

I am back in Lambourn with Martin and Carol for a few days and we are staying with Sir Anthony McCoy.  You never know, maybe he will let me have a go on his golf simulator that he has set up in one of his rooms.  We will also be trying to have a look around a few more Lambourn stables after our fascinating visit a couple of weeks ago.


There is a big match on tonight as my beloved West Ham take on Stoke and better still, it is on the telly...sorry Chanelle!


After putting on weight, I lost my job at Disneyland as Donald Duck...apparently I no longer fitted the bill!  Have a nice day...

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