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A first, a second and a Grand National entry

I was delighted with Full Irish winning at Leicester last Wednesday for owner Nick Mustoe and jockey Aidan Coleman. He seemed to handle the ground much better than some of the others in the field and ran a lovely race.  His aim for this season if the EBF final at Sandown in early March, but there is no doubt that chasing is what we are most looking forward to in the future with this fella.

We were all very proud of Fortunate George on Saturday who galloped away despite the really testing conditions at Sandown on Saturday to finish a very gallant second with Leighton Aspell riding.    Some of his owners were at Twickenham, but I think they could be heard cheering George home in the final stages all the way from the stadium!  We may struggle to get into any of the hurdle handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival but we will make an entry with him never the less and if he doesn’t make the cut we will have the option of the consolation races instead.

Chief Sitting Bull was our other runner last week at Wincanton on Thursday with Daryl Jacob riding for owner Tony Byrne.  It was his second outing on a racecourse and he travelled well but just got a bit tired in the soft ground. There will certainly be more to come of him in the future.

The first entry stage for the Grand National was last week and we entered Junction Fourteen on behalf of his owners Tim Syder and Martin St Quinton.  Although he is not an overly big horse, he loves his jumping, which is rather important in this race (!). He also prefers slightly better ground, which we are more likely to get in April and he has proved he stays three miles on his last outing at Ascot.    Ideally, we will give him a prep run in March and then go for the big one!

It’s a quiet beginning to the week, and we are unlikely to declare some of our entries as the ground looks too soft, but I hope we will be making declaration’s this week and have some runners by the weekend.

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Plenty of promise emerging

Obviously, what was a tremendous days racing on Saturday at Cheltenham was marred by the very sad loss of Many Clouds.   In my view, he ran a career best and gave an almighty performance in the race.  I like to remember and celebrate all the incredible racing memories this wonderful horse has provided us.  My sincere condolences go out to Oliver and his team as well as to his owner Trevor Hemmings.

Fox Appeal, who was running in the silks of the Hawk Inn syndicate, just struggled a bit with the ground and possibly a bit with his wind at Cheltenham, even though he finished a very creditable sixth in a competitive race.  So, I was very happy considering the conditions. He has been in cracking order and I think we will explore whether he will benefit from a wind operation to help him.

The two girls; Majestic Moll and Swatow both ran in the bumper at Doncaster on Saturday as well.   The rain came in terribly before the race, which did not do us any favours with either of them.   However, I was delighted with Moll, who is jointly owned by Nicolas Mustoe and my father Richard Lavelle, as she was making her racing debut and galloped all the way to the line, making up a huge amount of ground to finish in sixth, she is a lovely mare for the future.   It was also Swatow’s first time on a racecourse, representing owner George Hartigan and I would say she wants better ground and a bit further.  I expect her next run will be over a hurdle on better ground in the spring and summer.

Nexius had a run round on the all-weather at Lingfield on Saturday for the owner’s group.   He just lacked a bit of sharpness for the flat and I also feel he needs a bit more confidence in general.    He seemed to enjoy his outing and I hope the run gave him a boost, so onwards and upwards with him.

We have declared Full Irish tomorrow at Leicester in the novice’s hurdle (4.10pm).   He is owned by Nick Mustoe and is lovely fella and has run very promisingly in all of his outings to date, so I am hopeful of a good run.

That’s all folks.


Jack Frost is getting the better of horseracing

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Although this cold snap is rather beautiful in the mornings, it’s becoming increasingly frustrating – thank goodness for the all-weather gallop.  Furthermore, getting out of bed at 5.15am when its -5 outside is just not good for my soul!  Due to Jack Frost doing his thing, we have been a bit quiet on the runners front of late as there has been a lot of racing abandonments.

All being well we have some very nice bumper horses earmarked to run towards the end of the week.  We are hoping, weather depending, that Flemcara will make his racecourse debut this Thursday at Warwick in the bumper and Allez Jacques is also entered for this race. He ran really well at Plumpton in November on his debut and with the race looking likely to split, we will probably run them both. They are both very promising horses for the future.

Fox Appeal, Nexius, Swatow and Majestic Moll all hold entries on Saturday at Cheltenham, Lingfield and Doncaster and we will decide nearer the time if they will be declared.

Demographic who is owned by the British Racing Club reverted to the all-weather at Lingfield last Saturday.  We decided to give Demo a run on the flat as a confidence boost, having fallen and then he jumped a bit sketchy on his last two outings.  He definitely enjoyed himself, but I think his future is unlikely to lie on flat and he will revert back to hurdles and then fences once the ground improves.

Here’s to warmer weather and racing returning to normality very soon!


Welcome to our website!

Hurrah – we have a new Emma Lavelle Racing website and welcome!

The last six months have been exceptionally busy, as not only have we moved stables from Andover to here at Bonita Racing Stables, we have entirely refurbished the yard and its housing, built two new stable barns and laid down a four and half furlong gallop – phew! Just one of the before and after photo’s is below.

So, apologies the website has taken a bit longer to arrive – but here it is and we hope you enjoy and it provides an insight to life here and all the wonderful racehorses in our care.

The website will be updated regularly with news from the yard, but we will also post regular updates on our social media at Facebook – Emma Lavelle Racing Ltd and on Twitter @ELavelleRacing so please also follow us there.

And, finally for a real flavour of what we can offer owners and their racehorses at Emma Lavelle Racing – check out our video, which provides some beautiful aerial footage of our state of art facilities and gallops, as well as a taster of the historic and beautiful stable yard at Bonita Racing Stables.

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Hungry for winners!

The horses at the yard have been running so well recently, with plenty of second’s and third’s in January, but we would like some winners please!

Shotgun Paddy ran a blinder last Saturday in the Classic Chase to finish third for his owners Axom Racing. He was running on well, but although the conditions were testing, I feel the going was not quite soft enough for Shotgun. Our plan with him is now to target the Eider Chase at Newcastle in February and at the ripe old age of ten, he now qualifies for veteran races so these could be an option in the future as well.

Paisley Park made his racing debut in the bumper at the same fixture and finished second. He is owned by Andrew Gemmell, and is a very exciting horse and I was delighted with him. He ran a bit green, however that’s to be expected on his first outing, but he has huge natural ability and I am looking forward to seeing him hopefully progress.

The George Inn Racing Syndicate who own’s Fortunate George had a great weekend at Wincanton in early January. George finished a very game second after trail blazing for most the race. Fortunate George certainly goes by his name sake for his owner’s, which consists of fifteen shares and thirteen first timers in ownership. He has now run nine times for them, three times on terrestrial TV and has won twice and been placed five times – he really is an ideal syndicate horse. He looked so pleased with himself at Wincanton being welcomed into the second spot by his group of owners, certainly going by the look on his face here!

Another fantastic campaigner for the Hawk Inn Racing Syndicate (I can see a theme developing with my syndicate owners here!) is Fox Appeal. He has won over £130,000 across his career and taken his owners to the dizzy heights of both the Cheltenham and Grand National Festival’s. Unfortunately, he managed to lose his jockey in the fog on his last run and emerged rider-less in the home straight at Wincanton. Very gladly both horse and jockey were none the worse following the parting of company and he is entered at Ascot this Saturday and will head there if the ground is ok for him.

That’s all for now folks. Please check back soon for updates.


Happy New Year from everyone at Emma Lavelle Racing

We enjoyed a successful festive period. Fox Appeal ran a blinder for the Hawk Inn syndicate just before Christmas producing a very impressive win at Ludlow. This fellow is an absolute star, during his career he has won nearly £140,000 in prize money, including being placed at Cheltenham and at the Grand National Festival and was bought for just £17,000 – bargain! He is a real character and all his owners appear to have a wonderful time supporting him when he runs.

Frustratingly, Shotgun Paddy who was Coral Welsh National bound did not make the cut at the weights at the declaration stage. This was frustrating as it was a big aim for him, but there were a lot more runners declared than I expected, I think due to the dry conditions we have had recently. However, he is on flying form at home and his target is now the classic chase at Warwick on Saturday 14 January.

Very sadly, despite running a good race, the lovely Andy Kelly suffered a career ending injury at Ascot on his last run at Ascot before Christmas. This is really sad news for the team here as well as his owners the Optimists and our condolences got to all his connections. 

We are really excited that Nexius is joining us for the Owners Group. He obviously has plenty of ability but has just lost his way so hopefully we can freshen him up and get him back in the winners enclosure.

It has been a slower week than usual for this time of year runner wise – as Jack Frost has been busy. During this week’s cold snap we have lost some meetings where we had intended runners. However, on the weekend Court By Surprise runs at Sandown in the valuable veterans chase and Fox Appeal and Fortunate George goes to Wincanton. Court By Surprise is now twelve years young and is a wonderful chap – and still seems to have plenty of fire in his belly. Fox Appeal was in winning ways in his last race just before at Ludlow before Christmas and Fortunate George ran promisingly to finish fourth last time out at Ascot.  Hopefully they can both run a good race for us.

Here’s to a warmer and hopefully successful weekend!

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A double and a big birthday!

The yard had double, in fact a triple, reason for celebration last weekend.

Courtesy of Onderun and Buster Thomas we enjoyed a double of winners at Lingfield Park on Saturday.  The success started our weekend off rather nicely, as it was also a rather big birthday for my hubby – Barry – which we were celebrating on the weekend to.  We were a bit slower off the mark than normal on Sunday morning, I think due to the extra helpings of bubbles we toasted to Onderun and Buster Thomas who ran so fantastically, as well as to Barry’s birthday milestone!

Chelsea Flyer put in a really strong performance at Newbury on Wednesday.  He finished second in a big field in the maiden hurdle behind a nice-looking horse – High Bridge.   Chelsea has run five times now, and has always given his all, not finishing any lower down the order than third place.  I am certain he will get his head in front and the success he so deserves very soon.

We hope to have a busy time over Christmas at the races. All being well, good old Shotgun Paddy goes for the Coral Welsh National.  His last run at Cheltenham in November, was the race where there was a bit of drama to say the least, which thankfully all horses and jockey walked away from the chaos.   Shotgun managed to avoid most it, but he did receive a big bang on his head and ran remarkably well for the remainder of the race considering he was knocked completely sideways and did well to stand up.  So, we hope he can build on that performance at Chepstow on the 27 December.

That’s it for now folks, be in touch soon.