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Nearly There.....

With the resumption of Jump racing at the beginning of July we are going full steam ahead.   We aim to have runners ready for the end of August/beginning of September.   The horses are now doing fast work and we have had some  good schooling sessions. There is an excellent team here now and this has also been boosted by the addition of Rachael McDonald, an experienced and accomplished rider and the yard will benefit from her expertise.

At the moment we are enjoying introducing some of the youngsters to obstacles for the first time and we are lucky to have Steven, Rachael, Natalie, Liam and Tom who are all  very skilled at educating them to jump well standing them in good stead for later on.  On the racecourse Brian Hughes is a master at starting off young horses.


Where Jumping Begins.  Cross poles encourage horses to jump straight and in the middle of the fence.

We are delighted to have some new sponsorship in place with Farm and Stable  – supppliers of veterinary products and supplements -  involved with Charmant for the coming season and both David Merry Farriers and Harbro Feeds providing help.   We are now using Gain Equine Nutrition – an Irish company who specialise in feed for high performance horses and  we have been very pleased with the results.  

Going into this challenging new season it is interesting to look at the stats for last season where we had only one faller from 95 runs and that was a loose horse and we had no leg injuries at all.   This is largely due to the personal attention that James gives to the gallops where 2-3 hours a day are spent making sure the surfaces are in tip top condition for every session. 

The road to producing a racehorse is a long one and the early years are vital to any future success.   We have always enjoyed this part of our work and take great pride in preparing a youngster correctly as the photos of this Coastal Path filly show.  Within three weeks she was ready to have a pop over a jump and a little hack on the Tapeta.   Initially many hours are spent long reining and introducing the horse to different terrain, natural obstacles such as the river together with work in the manège and a  jump over poles before they are backed and ridden away.


Coastal Path filly starting off in the manège

Long reining 1

A change of gradient

Long reining river

Enjoying the river


Three weeks later the filly is ready to be ridden away

Horses for Sale

We currently have shares still available in two exciting horse and their details are listed below.

Lake Takapuna – 9yo bay gelding by good NH sire Shantou, a 4 times winner over hurdles and chase and is an exciting horse for the stable.  He has recently had a precautionary soft palate cautery and we are already seeing a big difference at home in him this season.   Showing a great attitude to work and training, he is a natural jumper who favours good ground. Will mix Handicap Hurdles and Chasing.   He is the 3rd foal; brother to 2m2f-3m2f jump winner Mr Shantu; dam unraced half-sister to useful bumper/2m2f hurdle and 3m chase winner Back To Bid, 2m/2m2f hurdle/chase winner Lights and Music and 6f Flat/2m hurdles scorer Close The Till.

£28,000 50% available.  Can be divided into smaller shares.

Lake T

Lake Takapuna

Westland Row – 8yo dark bay gelding by leading sire Oscar, he  is a newcomer to the stables recently from Ireland.    6 times winner hurdles and chase and placed 2nd at the Punchestown Festival.  A flashy dark black beauty who has settled in very well.  We have also given this horse soft palate cautery. He is a big strong type who can handle both Chase and Hurdles  but he will need to run in order to bring his mark down for the UK.   He has some quality and we think he will also act with some cut in the ground but  also won in the summer in Ireland.

He is by Oscar one of the top National Hunt sires of our generation and is the first foal of Presenting Proform who won a Point to Point and a Bumper.  She is half-sister to Bumper winner Pennymaid and to dams of smart jumpers Loosen My Load and Changing Times out of sister to Maryland Hunt Cup winner Young Dubliner.    Westland Row’s half-brother trained by Kim Bailey also won a Point to Point and a Bumper and was second over hurdles first time before racing stopped this spring. 

We were able to purchase Westland Row privately from Ireland through our good friend Bobby O’Ryan who had the horse at his farm. Both horses have great temperaments, good conformation and have been extensively vetted in France, Ireland and in the UK.  

£28,000 50% available.  Can be divided into smaller shares.

Westland Row

Westland Row

We trust that you have all been able to get out a bit more with the lockdown easing and we look forward to welcoming you for yard visits.


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