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Theligny scores over fences at Ffos Las

Purchased in France as a two year old, Theligny is a huge favourite in the yard and it was brilliant to see him return to winning ways with a gutsy success at Ffos Las yesterday under a fine ride from Alan Johns.

Held up in last, he had plenty of ground to make up off the home bend, but a couple of excellent jumps at the fourth and third from home kept him in the contest and he produced a strong run to challenge over the last, battling on very gamely to get his head in front close home.

The nine year old won four times over hurdles back in 2016 and finished runner-up in the Listed Gerry Feilden that year, but he has only had 10 starts in the three years since, so it was a very popular success.  Congratulations to his owners Dave and Jodie Pearn, who have been fantastic supporters of the yard for a long time.







Eva’s Oskar wins on Welsh National day!

PHOTO-2019-12-27-14-37-49Eva’s Oskar is a hugely progressive five year old and the son of Shirocco made it four wins from his last five starts when landing the class 2 handicap hurdle on Welsh National day at Chepstow yesterday!

Settled in midfield, he hurdled fluently and was in an excellent position turning in, tracking the leading trio.  Though he took a little time to hit top gear, he was in front after the second-last and galloped on resolutely in the heavy ground to win well under an excellent ride from Alan Johns.

It looks a strong piece of handicap form and we may well look to target a Graded contest back in novice company next, with the River Don at Doncaster in late January a possibility.  Congratulations to his owners Sally and Dick Prince!

Click here for the post-race interview on ITV Racing!


Boxing Day win for Bells

BellsFollowing a busy spell for the yard, we had a quieter Boxing Day than is often the case, so it was fantastic to get a winner on the day, with Bells Of Peterboro gaining a deserved first success with a battling win at Market Rasen under Charlie Price.

Just a four year old, he was third on his handicap debut in October and looked to have every chance when unseating two out on his next outing, before finishing a very close second at Exeter last time…so it’s fair to say that this success felt a little overdue!  Having travelled strongly into the race, it looked as if he might have to settle for second once again when the eventual runner-up threw down a strong challenge after the last, but Bells kept on very gamely to hold on by half a length.

He looks to have plenty more to offer and I am confident that he can build on this success for his owners Steve Grys and Mick O’Boyle, though we’ll wait to see his new mark (published next Tuesday) before making a plan.


Copper takes gold at Doncaster

Copper Gone WestRunner-up on her latest outing at Market Rasen, Copper Gone West improved on that performance to win at Doncaster yesterday under Charlie Price and looks an exciting mare going forwards.

Settled in midfield off a slow pace, she was travelling noticeably strongly on the home bend, taking up the running at the third last and keeping on really well in tough conditions to score by just over a length.

There are lots of possible options for her next run in the next few weeks and I am confident that there is plenty more to come from her in the months ahead.  Congratulations to her owners Paul and Louise Bowtell!


Ed on ITV’s The Opening Show tomorrow!

Dear All,

I thought I would let you know that my son Ed will be on ITV Racing’s The Opening Show on ITV4 from 9.30am tomorrow morning, to talk about his incredible season in pony racing both in the UK and Ireland.

We’re all so proud of him and if you happen to have a quiet morning planned, hopefully you might be able to tune in!

Best wishes,



Sandown success for Oriental Cross

PHOTO-2019-12-07-20-25-23A facile winner on her latest outing at Southwell in November, Oriental Cross made light of a 9lbs hike in the weights and the rise in class when scoring at Sandown Park yesterday under Alan Johns.

The six year old daughter of Cape Cross won a bumper as a four year old, but she is a big, strong mare and she has clearly done well for another summer at grass, this latest win coming off a career-high mark of 115.

Though it was a gruelling finish at the end of two and a half miles in heavy ground, she had travelled sweetly through the contest and I am confident there is a good bit of improvement left to come from her. There are a few possible races for her in early-mid January and we’ll make a plan once her new mark is published on Tuesday.  Congratulations to her owners John Durston and Nigel Harris!


Timely Gift doubles up at Market Rasen

PHOTO-2019-12-05-15-29-00Fresh from a confidence-boosting win at Plumpton three weeks ago, Timely Gift recorded a third career success from his 12 starts to date when winning at Market Rasen yesterday, though he needed to dig very deep to get the better of the runner-up in the shadows of the post.

He once again travelled nicely through the contest and looked the likelier winner at the last, but the runner-up rallied to regain the lead inside the final furlong and Alan had to be at his strongest to get Timely Gift’s head in front on the line.

I am delighted for his owners, who have had to be very patient (he missed all of 2018 through injury) and have now been rewarded with two wins.  Given the narrow margin of victory once again, I would imagine he will only get a 2-3lbs rise from the handicapper, so there is every reason to think he can make a very bold bid for the hat-trick next time.  However, we may look to give him a little break first, with a view to returning to the racecourse in the spring.

We have a busy day ahead, with four runners up at Sedgefield, including Alltimegold, who will bid for a fifth win of the season in the opening handicap hurdle.  We also have two ‘Bells’ runners at Exeter for owners Steve and Mick – good luck to all concerned!


Norwegian Woods off the mark

PHOTO-2019-12-03-15-32-16I couldn’t be happier with how the horses have been going in recent weeks and Norwegian Woods became our 35th winner of the season when winning at Southwell yesterday under Alan Johns.

The six year old had fallen at Hereford on his previous outing, but had travelled well through the race before tiring that day and dropped back to 2m4f yesterday, he came right away from the field after the last to score by eight lengths for owners David & Susan Luke and The Lucky Strats!

Longer-term, he is very much one that will be seen to best effect over fences and I wouldn’t rule out sending him chasing in the coming weeks, but we are likely to give him another run over hurdles first and hopefully this success will be the first of many.


Adherence scores again at Taunton

PHOTO-2019-11-28-15-36-40 (1)A winner at Taunton on his first start for us in March, Adherence retained his unbeaten record at the track when scoring over fences there yesterday under an excellent ride from Alan Johns.

Held up in rear, he was at the back of the seven-strong pack still in contention turning for home, but made good headway on entering the straight.  He had the leader in his sights after the second-last and hit the front before the final fence, coming clear to win by over three lengths.

He has a few options for the remainder of the month, but the one that stands out, providing it doesn’t come too quickly, is a 2m7f, 0-105 novice handicap chase back at Taunton on Thursday 12th December.  Congratulations to his owners The Bill & Ben Partnership!


Barntown impresses at Lingfield Park

PHOTO-2019-11-19-14-50-56A new recruit to the yard earlier this year, Barntown has looked a nice horse in his work at home and would have most likely made a winning handicap debut at Lingfield Park last week, only to fall at the last.  However, just a week later, he made amends in fine style back at the same course yesterday, winning a class 3 handicap hurdle under Alan Johns.

Held up in last, he once again travelled very strongly through the race and had the leader in his sights from the third last, with the rest well behind. Alan bided his time, but joined the eventual runner-up at the second last and picked up really well to come clear by just over two lengths.

A good-looking five year old with an excellent pedigree (his two half-brothers both have Racing Post Ratings in the 140s and have gained black-type this year), he looks a very progressive individual and I am looking forward to running him again in the coming weeks, as he looks the type to pick up a nice handicap in due course.  Congratulations to his owners, The Pant Wilkin Partnership!