Friday, 20 April 2018

Fun In The Sun And One Won!

The sun came out, the ground dried up and Linda and the team had a great time at Fontwell.  At last the ground had come right for Mab Dab in the 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle.  Tom Cannon, who had already ridden two winners on the card, was the jockey and he had Mab Dab close up behind the leaders on the outside.  He jumped well throughout and maintained this position as other runners dropped away.  He held second place rounding the bottom bend for the final time and pulled away up the home straight to win by 8 lengths and giving the yard a great boost into the bargain.  This was Mab Dab's second "win" of the afternoon as he had also won the "Best Turned Out" award for Oliver.
 Mab Dab has that "Haven't I done well look" with connections after the race.
Connections at the presentation.
Earlier in the afternoon Wontstopmenow had his first race over hurdles.  Ridden by Jack Sherwood he raced on the outside of the field to get a good sight of his hurdles.  He jumped well in the main though was careful over a couple, especially as he had the attention of a loose horse for much of the race.  He remained in touch until the bottom bend where more experienced rivals pulled away.  Nevertheless he kept going to finish 6th of the twelve who started this novices hurdle and did more than enough to suggest he can have a successful career in the game.  Like Mab Dab he also notched up victory for Oliver in the "Best turned out" award.
Wontstopmenow goes out for his first ever hurdle race.
Cockney Seagull also raced in the novices hurdle and was in the front two for a large part of the race before fading in the heat and being pulled up.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Recuperation visit.

Today Linda went to Sussex with some of her owners to visit some horses that were recuperating after injury.  The farm they are on looked lovely and they will soon be out in the fields eating fresh grass after wintering in the barn.
Pauline strokes Due South with Royal Concorde nearest.

Due South

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Getting closer.

Mr Jack built on his fourth place last time out by finishing third in the 2 mile novices hurdle at Plumpton this afternoon.  Ridden by Tom Garner he raced close up behind the leaders in midfield of the 11 runners.  He started his effort around the turn past the railway station but had his least fluent jumps at the final two flights.  Nevertheless he kept on after the last to take third place, just 2 and a half lengths behind the winner.
Mr Jack crosses the line in third place.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

New Life.

The sun was out today at last which made a nice beginning for a foal born last night.  Though not a racehorse foal it brought great pleasure and a buzz to all at the yard.
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Dragon Debut

Dragon Tattoo made her debut for the yard yesterday at a very cold Lingfield Park. She was ridden by William Cox in the 1 mile 2 furlong apprentice handicap where she earned a little prize money by coming 6th.  The jockey feedback was very informative and will help plan future races and tactics.
 Dragon Tattoo before her race...
...and after.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Progress On The Learning Curve.

Linda had four horses at Fontwell yesterday, all trying to take a step forward on their paths to success.  Moneystown came 5th in the handicap chase and will have gained jumping experience from the various questions posed by the Fontwell fences (drops, downhill and wide ditch).
Moneystown (red and white) finds the downhill fence tricky,
but nothing like Brendan Powell on Oakidoaki horizontal in yellow.

Jolly Jet completed for the first time in the novices hurdle, while Hecton Bay had his first experience of a racecourse in the same race.
Debrief after Jolly Jet's race.

Then Wontstopmenow had his second race in a bumper, showing improvement on his first outing by staying with some nice prospects until the final 3 furlongs of the contest and receiving compliments on the way he looked from Mick Fitzgerald on ATR and in person to the connections in the parade ring 
Wontstopmenow before the race.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

One For The Future?

The stable welcomed a new arrival on Tuesday, a filly foal.  Mother and daughter are doing well.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Mobile Training School pay a visit.

The Mobile Training School called in during the week for a session with the staff.  They were filmed on the gallops and had their riding analysed, were given instruction on a variety of aspects of the job and had the chance to use the "equicizer".  Both the students and the instructors said that the day had been enjoyable and of great value.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

More like his old self!

Itoldyou ran a really pleasing race at Fontwell today, finishing second in the 2 mile 6 furlong (0-110) handicap chase on heavy ground.  The race was a little shorter than he would like and Tom Cannon was instructed to be up near the pace or even make it if necessary, and this he did.  Itoldyou jumped and ran with enthusiasm and was in second place, though being urged along, turning into the final line of fences beginning with the open ditch.  Here he made his one mistake, though not looking like falling, and he began to lose his momentum and dropped back into 4th place.  He jumped the last still just in 4th place but looking like he would take third.  However he kept on so well on the run in that he passed the tiring 3rd and second placed horses gaining the runners up position for himself.

Itoldyou before the race.

A happy Itoldyou after the race.

Thursday, 1 February 2018


Linda was at the Newmarket Sales today and acquired Dragon Tattoo for the yard.  She is expected to arrive at the yard tomorrow.
Dragon Tattoo eating up at the sales.

Dragon Tattoo.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Old Friends Reunited.

Today at Lingfield Itoldyou was reunited with Andrew Thornton who last rode him in 2015.  The partnership got on well again, finishing seventh, and informative feedback let us know that Itoldyou still enjoyed his racing.
Andrew and Itoldyou go out to race.

They return after completing safely and both enjoyed it!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Magnificent Seven?

This morning followed the recent weather pattern and was cold and wet, a good morning to stay inside and enjoy the breakfast and conversation.  However horses, riders, trainer and owners braved the elements for track gallops.  Linda had seven horses all working at the same time and they looked a great sight as they splashed their way round.  Hopefully the work will pay off soon at the races.

There is also a short video at

Monday, 1 January 2018

A Big Happy Birthday To All The Horses.

It's the first of January and today all the racehorses are officially one year older.  Happy Birthday.