News Bulletin ...
Horatio Hornblower looked magnificent in the Parade Ring at Haydock before his tilt at the Challenger Series Finale on Saturday 31st March 2018. Sixteen members travelled to Haydock to watch his biggest test of the season and it was a dry day surprisingly, probably one of the few places to achieve that rare experience in our terribly wet Winter. Our jockey, Harry Cobden, had already discussed riding tactics with Nick Williams and Harry carried out the instructions perfectly. Keeping him in mid-division he moved him up to 3rd four fences from home and went into 2nd just before the last fence, but could not find enough to challenge Potters Legend, the impressive winner. Horatio gets three miles well, but this race was over 1½ furlongs further and it just stretched his stamina and at the end he had nothing more to give. The ground was soft and very testing and only 6 of the 10 runners finished. It was a terribly exciting race and our members shouting him home reverberated around the stand.
Queen Of The Wind
registered her first win at Southwell, winning impressively, and adding almost
£3,000 to the prize money kitty. We have always thought highly of this very well
bred filly and though she has taken time to come to hand, patience has been
Our stable visit to Harry Fry in November was great fun - the only problem being the fog! We saw Outofthisworld do a fast piece of work which was very impressive - full report attached - click here.
During January we paid a visit to Colin Tizzard's yard to see our own horse plus all his Cheltenham Festival hopefuls. Always a fun day out!
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As at 18th June 2018
Horatio Hornblower has run so well for us over the last few months. Since he joined our string during the Autumn of 2017 he has run SEVEN times and has finished 3, 4, 1, 5, 2, 2 and 3 and won prize money every time. His win was at Newbury in January 2018 and both his second places were in big races, one at Sandown and one at Haydock and winning £17k for those three races alone, and remember - all that prize money goes back to members.
Queen of the Wind has also run in seven races during the 2017/2018 season which is quite a lot for a five year old especially as she has encountered soft or heavy ground in nearly all her races which has not been in her favour. She has done well, learning from every run and winning her penultimate start at Southwell in March 2018.
Outofthisworld is going to be fascinating and exciting to follow later this year. Harry Fry is very excited about her and believes we really do have a star in our stable, but could not risk running her on the dreadful ground conditions we have encountered this year. She will be out again in the autumn when (hopefully) ground conditions are much better.
Our five horses in Ireland are doing very nicely. They are all in pre-training and doing everything asked of them. We believe this method of bringing them on slowly from two year olds is really beneficial. We have two 4-y-o fillies, two 3-y-o geldings and a 3-y-o filly. They are put through their paces by Denis Leahy, an experienced trainer who gives them plenty of attention and seems to know when they should be pushed harder, or given a quite few days, in a relaxed environment and they will stay with him until he says they are ready for the rigours of joining a full-on racing yard. Watch this space.
Chasing Gold is organising a trip to Ireland this summer to visit our mares and their offspring, plus a trip to a Killarney Races. Should be great fun. This is our first Chasing Gold trip but could well become a regular feature. We should also be able to get more up to date photos of our youngsters ... so watch this space!
Club Horses ... Entries and Updates
Click HERE to view our statistical summary courtesy of the Racing Post
Extract taken from the Harry Fry website
OUT ON HER OWN