Rain Stops Play...

Storms Ciara and Dennis have severely disrupted racing over the last 10 days and we were delighted to be back at Carlisle on Monday 17th February where only the Hurdles course was used.   The yard resumed in great form with Sao Maxence winning the first race and Bingo D’Olivate winning the final race but unfortunately Bingo was disqualified on a technicality. We will report on these races in the next blog.


Sao Maxence at Carlisle


Bingo D'Olivate first past the post at Carlisle

Our last runner before the shutdown was Lake Takapuna at Doncaster in the 2 mile 4 ½ furlong Handicap Chase.   Ridden by Lucy Alexander he was settled at the rear of field and on the whole jumped well. Carrying 12 stone 1lb this distance was probably just a bit too far for him and the ground was also rather loose and rough. At the next Doncaster meeting on28th February there is a chase over 2 mile 3 furlongs which would be more to his liking.


Below are our thoughts which were sent to Graham Richards (racing journalist) on some of the horses after the first half of the season.


Season so far; First run at Wetherby was very encouraging - he has perhaps not been in the same vein of form since last time but he stayed on to be 4th at Newcastle on ground that was drying out.

Looking ahead; The Eider on Saturday 22nd February at his favoured track off 10 stone 3 on heavy ground that will hopefully be ideal. Scottish National if soft.


Season so far; Progressive form.   He learned a lot at Catterick and Musselburgh on sharp tracks then won nicely at Newcastle. Still improving but 120 BHA rating looks harsh.

Looking ahead; Kelso 29th February Juvenile Hurdle


Season so far; Creditable runs at Newcastle (2nd) and Uttoxeter (3rd) unlucky not to have won.

Looking ahead; Carlisle 18th February on his favoured ground .   (He in fact won this race but was disqualified).


Season so far; happy, progressive and improving.

Looking ahead; Newcastle 22nd February or Premier Hurdle Kelso 29th and the Handicap Hurdle after the National if it’s soft.


Season so far; slightly odd season for him creditable run at Aintree and recent win at Wetherby impressive handicap mark on the face of it looks high? But he is hopefully improving for age and distance?

Looking ahead; we would like to run him in the Brown Advisory Merriebell Plate 2m 5f on the 12th March at Cheltenham.


Season so far; consistent 8 career runs - 3 wins. At Ayr on his latest run got tired with the weight on the ground.

Looking ahead; believe there is more improvement to come and looking at a step up in trip Newcastle 22nd February next outing.


Season so far; not his ground this season thus far as he likes fast going, trying to be patient until it comes up good.

Looking ahead; Tuesday 18th Musselburgh. (He ran well here just pipped for third on unsuitable ground).


Season so far; Nice 2nd for his debut run at Ayr.

Looking ahead; Carlisle on 17th February in the first race. (He won this)

Horses to follow

Foxey impressive debut at Newcastle slick over his hurdles Doncaster 19th February

Westland Row newcomer to the yard from Ireland one to follow this Spring/summer as will be Empire de Maulde and For Three on better ground.


 Weather permitting we have a very busy time coming up with plenty of entries at Sedgefield, Newcastle and Carlisle.

Also Amy Elliot has her first pony race at Corbridge on Saturday 22nd February so we wish her the best of luck.   She has already achieved so much since first helping out at the yard.


Amy Elliot on JD Delivers

Back in Business
10 out of 10 for Aristo du Plessis!
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