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Mac back in winning form

Tara MacTara Mac (pictured right) has clearly returned from her summer break in fine form and she ran her best race yet over fences with a gusty win at Stratford yesterday under Sam Twiston-Davies.

Held up in the early stages, she jumped fluently throughout and made steady headway on the final circuit.  Sent upsides on the long run to the last, she was joined at the final fence by stablemate Normandy King and the two looked set to fight out a tight finish.  However, Normandy King pecked badly on landing and that left Tara Mac clear, coming home by five lengths.

Normandy KingI am delighted for owners Brian and Wayne Jones, whilst there was plenty of promise in Normandy King’s (pictured left) run on what was just his second run over fences and he looks sure to continue to progress this term.

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A very warm welcome to the Coral Champions Club!

IMG_7963.JPG-3I am delighted to announce that we have been added to the Coral Champions Club roster of trainers for the first time.  Simon Clare and his team were filming at Pant Wilkin stables earlier in the week and we look forward to welcoming Club members in the near future!

This excellent initiative, which launched in 2012 and has already celebrated 15 winners, is free to join to anyone with a Coral account and gives its members the opportunity to enjoy days at the races, stable visits and race plans for their horses, as well as benefit from various special offers during the year.

Their new acquisition with us is a tremendously exciting prospect and looks one of the nicest stores we have had in our yard since we switched our focus towards buying young National Hunt stock four years ago.

By the late Jeremy, whose progeny have enjoyed a very high level of success both in the National Hunt sphere and on the flat, he is a half-brother to two useful winners, both successful in bumpers before going on to show a strong level of form over hurdles; the latest of them, the five year old Suncroft, recording a Racing Post Rating of 125 when runner-up on his hurdling bow last month.

There are stacks of high-class National Hunt performers one step further back in the pedigree, he is an outstanding model and I am delighted that Coral Champions Club have acquired him.

For further details on how to join, please visit www.coralchampionsclub.co.uk.

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Flat hat-trick for Dovils Date

DMbk59fXcAERIz5-1Dovils Date is a huge favourite at Pant Wilkin and yesterday’s win at Lingfield Park, his third in a row on the level and gained in typically game fashion, was his ninth since joining us as a three year old back in 2012.

Settled in second by David Probert, he travelled really nicely through the race and, sent upsides three furlongs from home, he hit the front half a furlong out and kept on really well to score.

He hadn’t been at his best in his last couple of runs over hurdles, over which his mark of 122 means he has to run in a higher grade, but hopefully he can win again over timber this winter and we could go jumping again next, though there are also plenty of options for him on the All-Weather in the coming months.  Congratulations to his owners in the Itsfuninit syndicate!

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Hoolihan marches to Huntingdon success

IMG_7778 (3)We have always thought plenty of Officer Hoolihan and, though he was a dual winner over hurdles last season, fences looked sure to bring out the best in him.

We were therefore hopeful of a big run on his chasing debut at Huntingdon yesterday and he didn’t disappoint, jumping beautifully under an excellent ride from Tom O’Brien and, after jumping to the front at the second last, he drew clear to win by an eased-down seven lengths in a good time.

It was a very impressive performance and I really hope he can build on this next time, as he has the potential to rate a good bit higher over fences and is an exciting novice.

We’ll see what the handicapper does before deciding where to go next, but we’ll be looking for another novice handicap next time.  I am delighted for his owner Robert Kirkland, who has some lovely prospects for the season ahead, notably last year’s Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle third Debece, who is set to make his reappearance next month.

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Dusky successful in Uttoxeter raid

IMG_1292A really likeable four year old, Dusky Raider had shown promise on a couple of occasions already over hurdles and he built on that with a ready win at Uttoxeter yesterday.

With Alan Johns absent through injury (thankfully he is firmly on the mend after a fall at Huntingdon last week), George Blackwell will have plenty of opportunities and he gave Dusky Raider a very well-judged ride, settling Dusky Raider in mid-division, making headway up the home straight to challenge at the second-last and keeping on well from the last to win by three lengths.

A dual winner over 1m6f on the flat, he looks sure to appreciate stepping up further in trip and he looks open to plenty of improvement, so hopefully he can make a very bold bid to follow up this win on his next outing.  Congratulations to his owners Terry Edgell and Remo Vernaschi, who were celebrating their first winner!

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Kali back to winning ways

IMG_7587Kalimantan has not been the easiest to train in recent times, so it was rewarding to see him return to winning ways in the selling hurdle at Worcester yesterday.

A dual winner over hurdles earlier in his career, he was running over obstacles for the first time in over two years and seemed to appreciate the return to jumping, as he hurdled well and showed a good attitude to draw clear after the last under Richard Johnson.

We’ll look for a similar contest for him next time, though there is also the possibility of going handicapping as well.

Earlier in the afternoon, exciting novice prospect Dadsintrouble fell on his chasing debut, but I am pleased to report that he is none the worse for that, whilst there was a promising reappearance run from Canton Prince (pictured), who finished second in the feature handicap hurdle.

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Master Dancer wins impressively

A three-time winner in 2016, Master Dancer bounced back to form on his first start since June with a very impressive success on the flat at Chepstow yesterday.

Held up in rear, he made headway with half a mile to run and, once hitting the front over a furlong out, bounded clear to win by an eased-down 10 lengths!

That looked a career-best effort and he will now return to hurdling.  Off a mark of 117, I hope he can win a nice handicap this term.  Congratulations to his owners Select Racing Club and Colin Davies!

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Champagne makes winning reappearance

CChaserChampagne Chaser made the long journey to Hexham worthwhile by making a winning reappearance in the 2m4f handicap hurdle under Richard Johnson.

Prominent throughout, he always looked to be travelling kindly and, taking up the running before the second-last. he kept on really gamely for pressure to record the third win of his career.

He may well now go novice handicap chasing, as he has the scope to jump fences and hails from a family that have been very successful in that sphere.  Congratulations to his owners the O’Sullivan family!

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Panis returns to winning ways

Screen Shot 2017-09-04 at 11.08.44We have had a quiet couple of months on the racecourse, but we couldn’t be busier in the yard as we approach the start of the autumn campaign and it was a pleasure to see Panis Angelicus get us off the mark for September when returning to winning ways at Newton Abbot yesterday.

A dual winner over hurdles in 2015, he just hadn’t been in the same form since, but the handicapper relenting combined with the drop in grade saw him back to form, though he was undoubtedly aided by a very strong ride from Alan Johns, as well as a last-flight blunder by the favourite and eventual runner-up, On Alberts Head.

Given the manner of victory, the handicapper is unlikely to be too harsh on him and hopefully the confidence gained from getting his head in front again can see him follow up next time.  Congratulations to his owners in the Oceans Racing syndicate!

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End of the summer holidays!

IMG_4399 (1)Though we have had a quiet couple of months on the racecourse with a considerably smaller summer team than has been the case in recent seasons, behind the scenes it has been a very busy time at Pant Wilkin as we prepare for what promises to be an exciting autumn.

The top yard, in which the 52-box barn was completed last October, has had something of a makeover in recent weeks and it looks all the better for it! Meanwhile, the most popular upgrade this summer was the tarmacking of the drive from the main road all the way down to the yard, which has been a long time coming but already I don’t know how we coped without it all this time!

We have also been busy buying at the sales in the past couple of months, with some top-class prospects joining the yard.  New form horses include the very impressive four year old point winner Copper Gone West, who is out of a half-sister to the likes of Give Me A Copper and Copper Bleu, as well as Exeter bumper winner Jaunty Flyer, a half-brother to three black-type performers and who looks the type to improve markedly when sent over hurdles and fences in due course.

We also have a host of lovely stores that were purchased at the Goffs UK May Sale at Doncaster and at the Land Rover and Derby sales in Ireland.  I couldn’t be happier with our purchases and thankfully they have all shown an exemplary attitude when getting broken in, which is a good start!  Sons of Arcadio, Jeremy (x2), Martaline, Multiplex and Shirocco, they will now have a later summer break than their older stablemates, before coming into training in early September.

It is such an exciting time of year, as the majority of our winter team has now come in from the paddocks and therefore the work begins as we prepare them for their racecourse return in the autumn.  We have a tremendous group to go novice chasing, headed by Grade 1 Sefton Novices’ Hurdle third Debece and Dadsintrouble, who was a dual winner at Haydock and finished third in Grade 3 company on his final outing.  Theligny, who won four last season and was runner-up in the Listed Gerry Feilden at Newbury, is likely to stay over hurdles this term before going chasing in a year’s time and he is a high-class prospect for top handicaps in the months ahead.  I am very hopeful the seven year olds Tanit River and Bells Of Ailsworth can continue to progress as staying chasers, with the Welsh National in mind for the former, while we have a host of young, progressive types to go over hurdles, so there is a lot to look forward to!

 

 

 

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