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Gearing up for the jumps season!

There’s no doubt that after a holiday in Australia and a trip to the races in America, Barry has officially grounded me!  We are extremely busy here, gearing up for the start of the jumps season and at this stage the horses look fantastic.

America was amazing, and I hope to repeat it, but just with a horse that’s more tailored for the experience than Casino Markets.   He travelled over there brilliantly and settled in straight away to his new state side surroundings.  He never stopped eating and along with Laura, who travelled with him, loved the whole adventure.

The problem for Casino was that although he enjoys better ground, he just couldn’t handle it as the turf is very quick out there and he was not happy to let himself down on it.  Also, in American jump racing they take the last hurdle out on the final circuit, which means the race from the last fence is just over four furlongs at Saratoga and at Belmont it’s closer to six.  So, for a two and half mile staying handicap chaser it is not helpful.  The jumps races there are designed for the nippier flat horses, none the less until you experience the process for yourself, it is hard to be certain what the ideal horse is and the ideal preparation.  Having done it now, the Halpern’s who own him, and myself are very keen to nail it next time.  For quarantine reasons Casino Markets is still out in America and may or may not have one more race before coming home at a track with different conditions.  Although, now he is at a spa in America, and feel I would be rather happy to trade  places with him!

As far as runners here are concerned they have continued to be few and far between but we are not a million miles away from having plenty more.  However, what horses we have run recently I have been really pleased with, with Vendredi Trois who was third and Balibour who finished fourth. Vendredi Trois was running in a 0-120 at Worcester (30 August), after winning a 0-100 and I think put in a better performance than when he won. He is a fun horse and if a continues to run like that, another contest should fall his way before the ground goes.

Having not finished out any of his races last season, Balibour certainly stayed all the way to the line at Worcester on Sunday (3 September).  He will now probably go over hurdles over two and a half miles, and as he was at the last chance saloon at the end of last season, he has given himself the opportunity to keep going for a bit longer. He is a horse that shows us so much at home so I really do hope that he produces it on the track.

I think it will be end of September beginning of October when we start to have a real flow of runners, but they are coming along superbly and we are looking forward to a very exciting season ahead!


Casino Markets heads state side

Having had a very quiet and relaxing summer, there is no doubt we are now all systems go, with all the old guard back in and plenty of new ones to boot!  It really is an exciting period for us looking at the quality and potential of the horses we have.  We had such a lovely crop of bumper horses last year that have summered well and will be going novice hurdling, as well as hurdlers going novice chasing, and a lovely bunch of bumper horses coming through.

We are extremely grateful to our fantastic owners, many of whom re-invested as well as some new owners who have bought some outstanding looking store horses.  So we really can’t wait for the season to properly get going.

Whilst all the winter horses are now cantering, we have been light on the ground with our summer jumpers, which, judging by the weather has probably not been a bad thing as there hasn’t been much quick ground around!   However, with all the rain, we have been able to use the grass gallops, which would not be the norm for this time of year.

Fox Appeal did run for us yesterday (20 August) at Southwell with Nick Scholfield on board.  He has been in great form at home and jumped well but the race was run quickly and the two half miles around Southwell was just a bit too sharp for Foxy.

We are taking a big step into the unknown, this week as we have our first runner in America.   Casino Markets left for the states last Friday, and is now in Saratoga. There are some very valuable jumps races out there over the next few weeks, the first is the Turf Writers worth $150,000 on Thursday.  Next month there is a race at Belmont and with the final option being at Fair Hills in October.   He is the most gorgeous horse who has been a fantastic servant, he loves quick ground and has been in tip top form at home.  I think he needed his last run at Market Rasen and I could not be happier with him making the trip.  Laura who both looks after him and rides him every day at home has travelled out with him, and I think it will be a great experience for her as well.  Leighton Aspell is going to ride him, so he and I will head out state-side for a couple of days this week – what a jet-set life style we lead!

The rest of the troop are all looking great and I would imagine that the first of them will be out racing in mid-September, so it is very much exciting times ahead!


Treble winning weekend

After a quiet week prior to last Saturday, there is no doubt that runner wise things have taken off. And, with most of the horses in such good order its been the right time to be running them.

The only horse who really bucked the trend is Onderun, who went to Haydock last Saturday for the Challenger finals day in the hope that better ground would bring him back to form. As it happened he just couldnt go fast enough and eventually pulled up. His next date will be the Doncaster sales, where he will hopefully find a lovely home as he will make someone a fabulous point-to-pointer. He is very honest and straight forward and has given us some fun days racing.

Fortunate George also went up to Haydock off the back of a great season. He ran really well but missed the last completely and although it didnt cost him the winning of the race, it probably cost him a placing. Hes come home fine and will have a well-deserved break before going novice chasing next season.

I think the Challenger Series has been a great innovation as it offers the middle tier horses the chance to run for serious prize money and reward them for consistency. It is a series I hope continues for many years to come and The Jockey Club deserve plenty of credit for this.

On the same day, down at Newton Abbott Fox Appeal delivered once again. It is his eighth career success and has taken his career earnings to 150,000 what a complete super star he has been. He jumped beautifully under Nick Scholfield and won nicely. It was his ninth run of this campaign and it was our thought to turn him away now as he has been so busy, but as he has come out of the race bucking and kicking, we feel there maybe another option to go back to Newton Abbott in May, and then I have promised him he can have a break! We are not rushing into that, but if everything continues to go the way it is with him, at the age of ten there seems no point turning him out if hes still keen to go to the races. He is a serious character and been a great flag bearer for us over the years.

We had a wonderful Easter on a personal level as we managed to get all the family together on Easter Sunday, including the Australian contingent so there was much noise and chocolate – from a racing point of view the horses could not have performed better Monday and Tuesday.

We took four to Chepstow on Monday, all with varying degrees of chances. Swatow confirmed her promising performance at Southwell, by running a super race to finish second behind the short favourite Copper Quay. They didnt go much of a gallop and then sprinted, which probably didnt suit but I was still very pleased with her and feel she is a mare we will have plenty of fun with.

Vendredi Trois was just a little bit gassy through his race and never really had a chance to fill up his lungs and will certainly come on for that experience. Pawn Star then ran in the feature race and jumped beautifully and travelled very well. Sadly when he jumped to the front at the last fence, he pricked his ears and felt he had done enough and just got run out in the closing stages to finish second. I was absolutely thrilled with him even if he was a bit naughty!

Majestic Moll ran in in the first division of the mares bumper. Her form had been great and she has done nothing but improve and she won in the way that we hoped she would. She travelled and quickened and did it very easily. We have done plenty of schooling at home and she absolutely loves jumping so I cant wait to see her next season, when she will go and jump a hurdle. We are quite excited about Molly and being part owned by father and Nick Mustoe, its always good for family relations to keep them happy!

We then had four runners at Kempton on Tuesday. Talent To Amuse looks like another decent filly. They probably didnt go fast enough for her early on in the race and so she was a bit lackadaisical with her jumping, but was very good down the home straight and winged the last to win cozily. She will only get better and I think a step up in trip will help her. Shes two from two now and I think could be very smart for us and Thurloe Thoroughbreds next season.

Mr Mountain made his debut over fences and had jumped very well early on until coming to the third last, where he jinked left, and Aidan put his weight right and his saddle disappeared and so did poor Aidan – however they both returned unscathed and the horse will be out on the track sharpish and the jockey went onto ride a winner at Ludlow the same evening, so they didnt come to much harm despite their antics!

Set List and Caulfields Venture then ran in the three-mile handicap chase. In fairness Kempton is probably a bit sharp for Caulfields at that distance, but he jumped with enthusiasm and once he returns to his beloved Exeter I am sure he will be back to winning ways. Set List also made a return to the track after a winter break. He is usually a horse that does need that first run but he did well to finish second, he had a good blow after it and should come on. I think we could have a nice summer with him, he loves the good ground, is a solid jumper and I think will be suited to a big galloping track. Considering the dry weather we have had over the last few weeks, Barney Clifford of Kempton produced beautiful ground in difficult conditions, but hopefully we will get a drop of rain soon to make everyones lives that little bit easier.

Our most recent runner was Casino Markets at Cheltenham and what a total star he is. He jumped superbly in the best race he has run in yet and stayed on all the way up the hill to finish a gallant third beaten just over four lengths. He has just got better and better and is an absolute joy to have in the yard as he never stops trying.

Its not long now before the end of the official season and although we will have a few for the summer season, we have started to ease off the work with a lot of the horses and are getting them ready for their summer holidays a drop of rain for grass growth and a few degrees warmer and everyone will be happy!


Demographic back to winning ways

What an amazing Grand National Festival at Aintree.  The efficiency and friendliness with which it is run, is an example to everyone.  The facilities for owners and trainers were fantastic and the ground was like galloping on a carpet for the horses.  Hats off to the Aintree team.

The Grand National also produced a wonderful winner and story and I could not be more delighted for Lucinda Russell and the connections of One For Arthur.  Shotgun Paddy was clapping his hooves when he saw One For Arthur crossing line and felt that his run at Warwick was even more meritorious, as it was the young legs of the national winner that came past him when he was beaten back in January.

From our perspective, it was a shame Fortunate George did not get into the three-mile handicap hurdle race as I think he would have run a stormer. However, the two runners we sent up performed fantastically.  Enniscoffey Oscar was not able to get a clear run in the bumper on Friday, but still managed to secure a very fast finishing second place.  We could not have been prouder of him and more pleased with how he behaved in the preliminaries and after the race, it’s a big ask for a young horse at Aintree with all the noise and razzmatazz that goes with it – and yet he didn’t put a foot out of line.   Chelsea Flyer also ran a brilliant race in the grade one hurdle on the Saturday.  It was a seriously competitive race and Finian’s Oscar, the winner, couldn’t have been more impressive.  I think as Chelsea was in top gear from quite a long way out he struggled to see out two and half miles at this stage in that company.  But he travelled and jumped brilliantly and his performance on Saturday stands him in great stead for the future and I feel he is a very promising horse.  So, all in all for Bonita Racing Stables, it was a very satisfactory Grand National Festival.

There continues to be much debate about the Grand National fences as to whether they have now been made too soft and countless retired jockeys often comment on how ‘The Grand National wasn’t like that in my day’. However, with no casualties for the fifth consecutive year I believe it must be the right was to go, and those fences certainly still take some jumping.    I feel horseracing needs to continue to keep moving with the times and the welfare of horse and jockey must be the priority.

I am very pleased to say that the horses continue to be on great form and with Demographic winning at Wincanton last Wednesday it was a very happy day all round.  He jumped like a bunny rabbit and won in a tidy fashion.  We still have the option of going over fences with him, so as now he has his ground, he will stay on the go.  It was a great win also for the British Racing Club and hopefully they will have many more!

It’s a quiet week runner wise, but we plan to be at Haydock on Saturday with Fortunate George in the staying hurdle division of the challenger series final.  He is flying and it could be a blessing in disguise he missed Aintree as this looks to be an interesting race for him.

That’s all for now folks!



James McNeile – a very sad loss of one of our owners

This blog is tinged with sadness based on our shock over the death of James McNeile.  He was a true Corinthian and adored his point-to-pointing, and having been an owner with us for a good few years the whole team at Bonita Racing Stables are extremely saddened by his sudden death and our deepest sympathy goes out to James’s family.    When Closing Ceremony gets to make his belated debut this season, I would like to think James will be looking down smiling, as he was a part owner in the horse.

On a brighter note, the horses are bouncing and have been running consistently well.  Last year from our old yard by this stage of the season we’d usually have been on a prolonged quiet spell, so to have the horses running so well for so long is very fulfilling, and demonstrates how our new yard is a very healthy environment to train horses from.

22 March – Water Wagtail ran at Warwick and was absolutely cantering but then came down.  He took a pretty hefty pearler, but he seems to be OK apart from bruising and a loss of pride, as for the first time in his life he was rolling around in the mud!  I would imagine he will be out again before the end of the season, but he will want some rain before that happens.

23 March – I was chuffed to bits with Black Art’s third at Chepstow in the bumper.  Claire Bonner owns him and had done all the work, he came to us a couple of weeks before running, so all credit to her.   As part of her business is buying and selling, I would imagine he would be one that will head to the sales.

24 March – Private Malone is finding his way back to form finishing third at Newbury.  He has not been the most straightforward over the last season and a half, as we struggled to keep condition on him and get his confidence back.   Touch wood this was a much better run and I think he will build on the experience and he seems to have come out of the race very well.

25 March – I was delighted with Talent To Amuse who won on her hurdling debut at Stratford for Thurloe Thoroughbreds.  She looked very professional, jumped very well and I think she is a filly with a lot of potential.   Also on that Saturday we were at Newbury, where Casino Markets made his debut after his winter holidays.  He ran a little freely early on which probably cost him in the closing stages but I was delighted with him.  He is the most beautiful jumper over a fence, and it’s likely he will head to Cheltenham at the end of the month with his aim being to go to America later in the season to contest some of their valuable jump races.  He is a smashing horse that loves good ground, so should hopefully bounce off it over there.   Allez Jacques also ran on Saturday at Stratford.  He ran as though he wants his summer holidays now, he is a horse that has ability and finished fourth but has had quite a tough season to get him to the racecourse in the first place and will benefit from a summer break.

28 March – Swatow left her bumper run a long way behind her when making her debut over hurdles at Southwell.  She is not overly big but she is a smashing jumper and absolutely loved it and galloped all the way to the line to finish second. Judging by the smiles on some of the teams faces on Wednesday morning, there were a few of them that had invested in a nice each way bet on her at 50/1!  She loves her racing and will have come for that and should go close next time.

1 April – Saturday saw the debut of a very nice bumper horse in Gunfleet at Stratford.   He is the loveliest mover and has huge potential.  We had taken him down to Exeter with Court By Surprise earlier in March, but the heavens opened and the ground went soft so we didn’t run him.  It was a big relief we did that because he was so fresh and excited down there that I am not sure we would have gotten a jockey onto him the way he was behaving in the parade ring!  But it enabled me to declare him for Stratford with a hood on, which kept him much calmer and I think that going to Exeter and not running was probably the making of him. He has unlimited potential and we think very highly off him for the future.   Dark Mahler also ran at Stratford and finished fourth in a fast run two-mile maiden hurdle.  The pace that they were going I think just took him off his legs and he is another that will benefit from a summer break.  I can’t wait to see him over fences next season and I think two and half miles could be his trip.

2 April – We had an entertaining Sunday with the two veterans Court by Surprise and Fox Appeal running at Ascot.   The pair are without doubt the worst two horses to take to the races from the yard, they may be the oldest but they haven’t grown up with age!   Fox Appeal took a proper tug to the start and Aidan only just managed to pull up and Court By Surprise left Jonny telling me that was the strongest lead up he’d ever experienced!  In fairness Fox Appeal got no run in the race and everywhere he went he kept getting blocked in and all he could do was stay on at the end.  I was delighted with Court By Surprise, he jumped and travelled really well and defies his twelve years of age.

Yesterday (4 April) saw Mr Fenton (the equine version!) run at Kempton.  Originally he was going to be called Fenton after the dog that chased the deer in Richmond Park but as that name was not available his owners decided the name Mr Fenton could be more suitable – after all, he showed plenty of talent, was a little wayward on occasions, was extremely cuddly and had always had a great appetite – the similarities to the human version are endless!  Although he showed an interesting view on starting he ran a super race to finish second and I am definitely looking forward to what he has in store for us on his next outing!

We have a few to go to war with at Aintree this week and I am really looking forward to the three-day festival.   Very sadly the Grand National is going to happen without us having a runner as Junction Fourteen bled at Cheltenham and has just taken longer to get over it and has been a bit quiet in himself. So consequently, we pulled him out of the race and it may well mean we don’t run him now until next season.  He is only eight so has plenty of time for the big races.  However, as ever we will be watching the Grand National with a very keen interest with a lot riding on the yard sweep stake!




The highs and lows of horseracing

The last couple of weeks has been a mixed bag of fortune with the horses – with some good, some very good, some not so good and some just being the worst kind of thing that can happen.

Last Saturday epitomised the roller coaster of horseracing.   We were absolutely devastated to lose Crimson Ark at Kempton.  He was a lovely, charming horse who had shown so much potential and ran some cracking races.   It was so sad for all concerned that he never got to show what he was truly capable of.

Saturday was a bitter sweet day, as within twenty minutes of poor Crimson, Fortunate George ran a marvellous race at Uttoxeter for the George Inn syndicate – galloping and jumping superbly to a very deserving win in a valuable handicap hurdle.  He has been a model of consistency all season and he seems to have come out of the race well. He has become very versatile regarding the ground he goes on too and there are plenty of options over the next six weeks for him.  Furthermore, his jumping has become very slick and we are really looking forward to sending him over a fence next season.

It was a big step forward for Mr Fenton last Saturday at Kempton who ran in the colours of the Hawk Inn Syndicate to finish fifth in the novice hurdle.  He still shows signs of greenness at the races and he blew for longer after the race than any horse we have sent out this season.  It would be harsh to make comparisons between him and his name sake – Barry Fenton (my husband), but the thought is certainly there! It was great to get See The World back on the track in the same race as Mr Fenton, and his owners Nick Turner, Penny Tozer and Lottie Schicht have been very patient as it has not been an easy journey with him.  Although he tired on the home straight and finished fourth, when galloping down the back he demonstrated that the ability remains and its likely he will go over a fence now as hurdles for a horse his size seem to just get in the way!

We absolutely love the horse that ran in the bumper Rooster Cogburn owned by Nick Mustoe, but the race was dominated by five year olds and he just showed his inexperience by trying to do too much early on.  There is no doubt he will have learnt an awful lot for the run and ideally, we will get one more race into him before he goes off for his summer holidays.

On the Monday before the Cheltenham Festival we ran High Noon at Stratford in the bumper.  I was delighted with him as he was making his racecourse debut.  He is a big backward baby and there is no doubt that he is going to take some time before he is the finished article.  Barry has done a fantastic job to get him to the races as he is still weak, but his very eye catching third gives us a lot to look forward to.

Cheltenham then kicked off and the racing last week was amazing!  We had a quiet Festival, as we have plenty of young horses, who just weren’t ready for the hurly burly of it yet, but hopefully will be next season.  So, we just had Junction Fourteen on the Tuesday for his owners Martin St Quinton and Tim Syder, who was having his last run before the Grand National.  He hit the third fence, which was very out of character for him, and I think pretty shortly after burst a blood vessel.   So, it was the worst prep run he could have had and rather disappointing.  We will sit down now and have a think as to what our next move is with him.

Full Irish, also owned by Nick Mustoe, ran in the EBF final at Sandown Park (11 March).  In the closing stages, it was looking like the race was his, but it was horrible ground and he was a bit slow over the second last and lost his momentum.  The way the race panned out the finishers came from the back of the field rather than those that raced up with the pace, however, I am not convinced he truly stays two and a half miles and I also don’t think we’ve seen the best of him until he goes over a fence.  I expect an interesting way to go with him would be to drop him back to two miles as he is such a strong traveller in his races.

As ever, last week proved that the races at Cheltenham take a huge amount of winning, and being married to an Irishman, meant I had to accept defeat in the English v Irish Festival challenge quite early in the week, not to mention the rugby on the weekend! The strength and depth that both Gordon Elliot and Willie Mullins have with their horses is very impressive, however, it was good to see that not only the winner of the Gold Cup, Sizing John, is trained by fellow lady trainer Jessie Harrington, but the horse is British bred, so now all we should do is stop selling these lovely horses to Ireland!


A winner and a valentines poem

It was great to see Chelsea Flyer win last Thursday at Doncaster for his owners Rosemary Luck and Deidre Walker.  He has been a remarkably consistent young horse for them not finishing outside of the top three in all his seven starts, bar one.   He won last week without having a hard race, quickening clear of the rest of the field even though he is still a big baby.     The EBF final at Sandown is a target for him if the ground comes up goodish but he wouldn’t run there if it was soft.   Both Chelsea and Full Irish have this race as a target but they both need very different conditions – with Full Irish going best on softer conditions so we will see nearer the time where we go with them both.

It was nearly a perfect day on Thursday as Majestic Moll, owned by Nick Mustoe and my father, ran an absolute stormer at Huntingdon and just got caught on the line.    It was only her second run, in quite quick succession.  She is a lovely mare, and ideally, she wants better ground, so we will hang on to her for a bit before running her again and hope to target a mare’s bumper before the end of the season.

Buster Thomas was a star on Saturday to finish second in the novice’s hurdle at Warwick for Axom racing.   He settled and jumped well and I feel he ran a better race than when he won previously at Lingfield.  He didn’t have a hard race, as once the winner had flown, Tom Scudamore just looked after him and he beat the remainder of the field comfortably. The winning horse just had a bit more match practice over Buster. We will step Buster up in trip now.

Flemcara made his debut over hurdles on Tuesday at Fontwell and finished second.  Again, he ran very well and I am really pleased with the way this horse is going.  He is owned by Andy and the Frisky Fillies, who have enjoyed some great days with good horses such as Tana River, as well as a few shockers, which need not be named!  They are made up of some frisky fillies including my mother and both Andrew and John, who are meant to keep the girls under control – they have an uphill task!

Currently we have over sixty horses in training and since re-locating to Bonita Racing Stables touch wood – they seem to be running very well on the racecourse. In fact, we have already trained more winners this season than in the whole of last season from our old base as well as a good deal more prizemoney so it is very much full steam ahead!

The weights for the Randox Health Grand National were unveiled last night at a very glitzy affair in London. Junction Fourteen has been given 10 stone 6, we are very pleased with that and it is very much our plan to head to Aintree with him on 8 April.  He will have a prep run at either Kelso or Doncaster on the 4th March or if the ground is not suitable he could run in one of the handicaps at the Cheltenham Festival.  He absolutely loves his jumping so we are all really looking forward to the big race.    I have been rather entertained with twitter the last day and the responses to a poem I tweeted on valentines.


Roses are Red, But beechers is green

This years Grand National winner, Is Junction Fourteen!

@TVRPromotions reply:

Daffodills yellow, Lillies in white

Come April the 8th, Let’s hope Emma’s right!





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.

Thanks for stopping by!





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!