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2ND PLACE FOR HEROIC HORATIO HORNBLOWER IN HAYDOCK FINAL - 31ST MARCH 2018

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 1 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.

WIN FOR QUEEN OF THE WIND AT SOUTHWELL - 5TH MARCH 2018

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 rewarded.  She was very well ridden by Tom Scudamore who outlined his riding plans to the seven Chasing Gold members in the paddock beforehand. He carried them out to the letter. Always up with the pace she travelled and jumped well, taking the lead two furlongs out and staying on well to win by 2 lengths, with the third horse another 10 lengths behind. She carried the burden of 11 stone 9 lbs well in very testing ground (Soft, Heavy in Places) and was in fact giving 21 lbs to the second horse! Tom Scudamore was full of praise for her after the race saying that she confirmed the ability he thought she had when he rode her at Lingfield in November. He is sure we are going to have a lot of fun with her and that she is still learning and will continue to improve.  He said she gave him a great feel, was totally genuine and very brave. To win in that fashion in that ground when she will obviously be much better suited by faster ground was some performance.  He is sure she will have a successful hurdling career before going chasing which she will relish. She is a very well bred filly and yesterdays win probably doubled her value.

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 15th August 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 organised a trip to Ireland this summer and twenty lucky people went to visit our mares and their offspring maturing at stud and also got to see other young horses owned by Tom Chadney, some of which may join Chasing Gold in the future or be syndicated separately.  This really was a special event as our members were able to visit the amazing facilities at the stud, plus we visited three Coolmore NH studs to view 17 stallions, and also enjoyed a trip to the Killarney Racing Festival which was great fun.  This was our first Chasing Gold trip but could well become a regular feature. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Club Horses ... Entries and Updates

Click HERE to view our statistical summary courtesy of the Racing Post

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All our horses are back in training having enjoyed a summer out at grass, with the exception of the Arcadio 3-y-o gelding and the Presenting 3-y-o filly which are currently pre-training in Ireland. 

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During the first two weeks of September some of our trainers are holding Owners' Lunches - opportunities for the trainers to thank their owners for their support, provide a nice lunch and generally a parade of those in training.  These are fantastic social events when you have the opportunity to meet up with other owners, and share your dreams for the coming season.  These events are open to Chasing Gold members and a guest.

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We are already planning our stable visits for the Autumn - if you would like to know more please get in touch.  Ring Tom Chadney on 07831 786090 or e-mail him at tchadney@chasinggold.co.uk.

 

Extract taken from the Harry Fry website

OUT ON HER OWN

27-March-2017

 

 

Outofthisworld lived up to her name with a runaway success in a mares' bumper on her racecourse debut at Market Rasen on Monday.

She travelled notably well through the race before easing into the lead two furlongs out and quickly drawing clear to win decisively by eleven lengths.

Outofthisworld came to us in September from Ireland where she had been broken in and pre-trained by Denis Leahy who has also sent us Just A Sting and Acting Lass in very good condition.

She wasn't over big when she arrived but has grown over the winter and had been going nicely at home with our other four year olds who we like to run in March and April once the ground begins to dry out.

We were happy with her and quite hopeful on Monday without expecting her to hack up by eleven lengths.

Outofthisworld was well bought as a foal for 1,600 euros by Tom Chadney who runs the Chasing Gold Racing Club.

They now look to have a decent prospect on their hands.

We'll see how she comes out of the race before deciding to give her one more run this season. Further ahead Outofthisworld could go for a Listed mares' bumper in the autumn.