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A Productive Spell!

Since our last blog on the 9th November we have had eleven runners with only two out of the first three and so the horses continue to thrive and are ready to perform well first time out.  It is even more encouraging that the young chasing debutants have done so well with Brayhill and Hold Onto the Line winning, Lord Roco coming second and Benack and Escapeandevade third.   This is a great credit to James and the team for teaching these horses to jump safely and well and it is lovely to see them enjoying their racing.

Hold Onto The Line returned to the scene of his former triumphs at Musselburgh earlier this year but this time in a chase and once again lived up to his name to win by a short head.

Hold Onto The Line

Hold Onto The Line at the head of affairs with Brian Hughes at Musselburgh

Chloe Mchattie’s mother Sarah is now helping us with the travelling and she is very experienced and a great asset to the yard so we are lucky to have her on board.

We have continued to shine with Best Turned Out awards which involve great attention to detail and this is a reflection on the pride taken by our team with the horses’ appearance so thanks to the following

Heroique de Maulde at Newcastle               Briony

Hashtag Lord at Newcastle                          Sarah

Hold Onto The Line at Musselburgh             Briony

Fostered Phil at Musselburgh                       Sarah

Brayhill at Kelso                                            Briony (Race report will follow next time)

Race Round Up

Wednesday 9th November – Ayr.  Going Soft

 Lord Roco (Danny McMenamin) and Benack (Ryan Mania) ran in the Novices Limited Handicap Chase over 2 ½ miles.  They both travelled and jumped well in good positions throughout with Benack leading for some of the way.  Benack mounted his challenge three out closely pursued by Lord Roco who had his nose in front coming to the last fence but sadly pecked on landing and so finished second by one and half lengths with Benack a further half length behind in third.  This was a very good performance by both horses and bodes well for the future.

Lord Roco

Lord Roco at Ayr

Thursday 10th November – Newcastle. Going Good (Good to Firm in places).

Heroique de Maulde was having his first run for us after he had already won two chases in France. He was running in the 2 ½ mile Handicap Chase and was ridden by Brian Hughes who knows his half-brother Empire de Maulde so well.  He jumped and travelled beautifully throughout and was narrowly ahead at the last but was just beaten on the line by a short head.   This was a great start to his career over here.

Heroique in stable

 Heroique de Maulde getting ready at Newcastle


So nearly there!  Heroique running his heart out at Newcastle with Brian Hughes

Hashtag Lord still has some strengthening-up to do but he posted a much improved result here in the 2 ½ mile Maiden Hurdle ridden by Brian Hughes.  He jumped well and nosed into the lead on the home turn but weakened towards the end to come second.  Once he matures, we will see a big difference.


Hashtag Lord in the paddock at Newcastle

Thursday 17th November – Newcastle.  Going Soft

We were back at Newcastle a week later with Lethal Industry in the 2-mile Bumper and he ran a cracking race.   Danny McMenamin gave him a great ride and had him handy throughout. He stayed on gamely and was only beaten 2 ¾ lengths by a Michael Scudamore trained horse who had had the benefit of a previous run. Racing Post commented he was a ‘shrewd buy’!   There are shares available and he will be a fun horse for the future.

Lethal Industry

Sarah Mchattie with Lethal Industry at Newcastle

Monday 21st November – Musselburgh.  Going Good to Soft – Soft in places

Hold Onto The Line had won two handicap hurdle races here last season and this was his first attempt in a chase over 2 ½ miles with Brian Hughes up and he did not disappoint.  Ridden on the rail he was left in front when front-runner Fever Roque departed at the second fence.  With ears pricked he bowled along at the head of the field and his jumping was impressive.   This stood him in good stead when he was challenged two out but he maintained his accuracy over these fences to go on and win by a short head.  Brian gave him a beautiful ride and Harry really enjoyed himself.

Harry after his win

Hold Onto The Line with Briony after his win at Musselburgh (photo Eileen Kesson)

Photo Finish

 Winning by a short head!  Hold Onto the Line just gets home in time at Musselburgh

Brian Hughes was on board again with Fostered Phil in the 2 mile Handicap Hurdle.   The horse was returning from a two-year lay-off and was rather hesitant over the first two hurdles.   However, he improved rapidly and made up plenty of ground to challenge the winner and was only beaten by three lengths.   Racing Post highlighted him as ‘Eyecatcher’ of the meeting and this was a considerable training performance to bring him back in this form after such a long absence.

Fostered Phil

 Fostered Phil on his way to post with Brian Hughes at Musselburgh

We have had a very busy week with further runners at WetherbyKelso and Doncaster and upcoming entries at Newcastle, Carlisle and Ayr.

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