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Quickfire hat-trick for Midnight Folie

PHOTO-2019-06-28-15-35-13Following five wins in points for Amber Mathias in April/May, Midnight Folie‘s rich vein of form shows no sign of stopping, as she followed two ready successes over fences with a wide-margin win over hurdles at Cartmel yesterday.

Ridden once again by Ben Jones, who has developed a formidable partnership with the mare, the pair were prominent throughout and, hitting the front at halfway, she drew further and further clear, winning very easily off her mark of 85.

Her new mark has now kicked in, so we’ll give her a quiet week and look for something in a fortnight or so.  Though things will be tougher off her new mark, she could well have more to offer and I am already looking forward to seeing her back on the racecourse next time!  Congratulations to her owners Trevor Nicholas and Malcolm Price.


Midnight Folie doubles up

Midnight 22Just five days after a wide-margin success at Ffos Las, Midnight Folie followed up in fine style at Newton Abbot yesterday, defying the penalty and scoring by four lengths under Ben Jones.

The nine year old daughter of Midnight Legend joined us in outstanding form, having won five times in a row in the pointing sphere for Amber Mathias, and I am delighted that she has continued her winning record since joining us.

She will face a hike from the handicapper now, but we will run over hurdles at Cartmel on Friday without a penalty and hopefully she can record the hat-trick.  Congratulations to her owners Trevor Nicholas and Malcolm Price.


Resurgent Dovils goes in again!

PHOTO-2019-05-18-18-02-59 (1)Dovils Date is a huge favourite in the yard and the ten year old further enhanced his fine strike-rate when recording the 13th win of his career at Southwell yesterday, 11 of which have come since joining us back in 2012.

A winner at Uttoxeter on his previous start, he had been put up 11lbs for that success and, forced up in grade as well, he looked to have a very tough task.  However, he travelled very kindly for Charlie Price, whose 8lbs claim is invaluable in those conditional riders contests and, picking up the running at the second-last, he bounded clear for a 12-length success.

The handicapper will certainly have his say once again and he’ll be back on a very tricky mark, but we will hopefully get him out before he is re-assessed, as he will escape a penalty for yesterday’s win.  Congratulations to his owners in the Itsfuninit partnership!


Midnight scoots home at Ffos Las

D9hf2vjWsAEFiaoMidnight Folie is a recent addition to the yard and she made her first start for us a winning one with an impressive front-running success at Ffos Las yesterday under Ben Jones.

Having won her last five starts in points by upwards of 20 lengths, she looked potentially well-handicapped back under rules off a mark of 85 and so it proved, as she fenced fluently through the majority of the contest and could be called the winner on the home turn.  She did make a couple of mistakes in the home straight, but the race was in safe keeping by then and Ben didn’t have to get too serious with her at any stage.

Though it was a weak affair, the handicapper will have his say and we will look to run her under a penalty, with options at Newton Abbot on Tuesday and at Cartmel on Friday.


Double at Ffos Las!

PHOTO-2019-06-06-18-25-10Chimes Of Dylan has taken a little time to find his feet, but the Oceans Racing-owned six year old got off the mark on his fourth start for us when winning at Ffos Las yesterday under an excellent ride from Alan Johns.

He jumped fluently throughout and, though he was just tapped for toe on the home bend, he stayed on really well up the long home straight, hitting the front after the last and going on to a two-length success.

He shouldn’t go up much for that and looks capable of progressing further, with the step up to three miles a possible catalyst for further improvement.

PHOTO-2019-06-06-20-38-12Later in the evening, Alltimegold took advantage of his lower mark over hurdles to score, again under Alan Johns, taking his tally of wins to four in the past 24 days for owners Brian and Wayne Jones.  He has really turned a corner this spring and hopefully he can record win number five in the coming weeks!


Double up at Warwick!

AlltimegoldAlltimegold is really thriving at present and the six year old recorded the hat-trick at Warwick yesterday under a confident Connor Brace, who sent the son of Gold Well into the lead down the back straight and never got serious with him, despite a brief challenge from the runner-up after the final fence.  He is due to go up a further 2lbs from Saturday and will get another rise for this win, but we will now look to run him back over hurdles at Bangor next week, as he is currently rated 13lbs lower in that sphere.  Well done to his owners Brian and Wayne Jones.

PHOTO-2019-05-29-20-59-57Three Colours Red had shown plenty of promise on his first start for us at Worcester earlier this month and he duly built on that when winning yesterday, showing a very willing attitude under Morgan Winstone to fend off a persistent challenger, the pair drawing nine lengths clear of the third.  Morgan’s parents are involved in the ownership of the horse, so it was extra special for Morgan to get his first jumps winner under rules for them.  He shouldn’t get too much of a rise for that and we’ll look for a similar contest for him next time.


Nine new arrivals…and all for sale!

KalanisiWe were very busy at the three-day Goffs May Sale at Doncaster last week, coming home with nine new horses!

Two well-bred three year old stores were purchased on day one; a Court Cave half-brother to very smart hurdler Campeador and a son of Kalanisi (pictured left), out of a half-sister to this year’s dual Grade 1 winner Minella Indo, whose successes included the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham.

Brigade Of GuardsBrigade Of Guards (pictured right) finished third at Ascot on his final start for previous connections and looks a smart level-weights novice hurdler to go to war with in the autumn, as does Dothraki Prince, who has done very well in bumpers and is a good-moving five year old with plenty of scope to progress over obstacles this term.

Osca Loca won over fences last time out and is a smart mare in the making – I hope she can develop into a black-type mare in due course, while I was delighted to purchase the exciting pointer FreedeliveryFreedelivery (pictured left), a son of proven Grade 1 sire Sholokhov and runner-up on his latest outing earlier this month.  Cape Robin won on his latest start in Irish points and looks a real bargain, the son of Robin Des Champs having improved with each of his runs to date.

Blunder Buss looks a potentially very well-handicapped new recruit and I am looking forward to getting him started in the autumn, which is very much the case with Konigsberg, who boasts an impeccable pedigree, is blessed with a tremendous physique and looks a hugely exciting individual to run in bumpers in the season ahead.

Further details will follow on the website and on Twitter in the coming week, but if you are interested in further details on any of the above then please get in touch, either by email ( or call me on 07841 800081.


Ludlow double ensures our bright start to the season continues

AlltimegoldOur summer team have started the season in great form and I was delighted to record a double at Ludlow yesterday, courtesy of Alltimegold and Jefferson Davis.

The former has really taken time to find his form, but he has got the hang of things recently and, following a wide-margin win at Ffos Las last week, he followed up in great style yesterday under Alan Johns, travelling well in behind the leaders before coming through to hit the front two out, galloping on for a ready six-length success.  He looks to have further improvement in him and we could yet go back over hurdles with him to exploit his lower mark in that sphere.

JeffJefferson Davis is another to have taken time to click into gear, but a drop in the weights, return to chasing and a power-packed finish from Richard Johnson saw him get his head in front for us, storming home after the last, having looked a very unlikely winner for most of the home straight.  He shouldn’t go up too much for the win and I am hopeful that he can go very close next time for owner Paul Syson.


Dovils cements status as a Pant Wilkin legend!

PHOTO-2019-05-18-18-02-59Dovils Date has been in our yard for as long as I can remember (having looked it up, he joined us in the autumn of 2012) and, as well as being a huge favourite with us all, he has contributed 10 wins in that time, the latest of them coming at Uttoxeter yesterday under a good ride from Charlie Price.

Though he is now into the veteran stage, he retains all his enthusiasm for racing and, having travelled really well off what was a career-low mark and running in a 0-100 for just the second time, he stayed on really gamely up the straight to get the better of the runner-up after what had been a prolonged duel.

The pair drew 28 lengths clear of the third, but given both are 10 year olds, it is hoped the handicapper will display some leniency!  We’ll give him a couple of weeks before his next run and it would be lovely to see him add further to his wonderful tally for us.  I’m delighted for his owners in the Itsfuninit syndicate, most of whom are based close to Uttoxeter, so it was a very popular win!


Alltimegold off the mark at Ffos Las

PHOTO-2019-05-14-20-17-50Alltimegold has been a frustrating individual, as he has long had the ability to win races but had yet to get his head in front, finishing runner-up at Newcastle on his latest start. However, the six year old, running for the first time in the colours of Brian and Wayne Jones, finally got his head in front at Ffos Las yesterday and did so in some style, coming home 14 lengths clear.

In the front three throughout, he joined the leader over the first couple of fences in the home straight and kicked clear approaching the second-last, drawing clear for a facile success.

Though it was a modest contest, the handicapper will undoubtedly have his say, so we may look to run him under a penalty next week, with options at Hexham and Huntingdon on Tuesday.