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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.



Eva’s Oskar gets 2019/20 underway!

Eva’s Oskar ensured we didn’t have to wait too long for our first winner of the new campaign, making his final start before heading out for a summer break a winning one when successful at Hexham yesterday under Alan Johns.

Having run very creditably in defeat in two competitive handicaps around Newbury, he looked to have an excellent chance back in level-weights company yesterday and so it proved, as he took up the running at the bottom of the hill and stayed on really well under Alan Johns, who never really needed to get too serious on the son of Shirocco.

He has looked a work in progress this season and looks just the type to improve again with another summer on his back. He remains a novice over hurdles until next May and hopefully he can land a nice prize when he returns in the autumn for his owners Sally and Richard Prince.



Tight Call and Criq Sun combine for across-the-card double

PHOTO-2019-04-24-14-55-06With just a few days of the 2018/19 National Hunt season remaining, we were delighted to register an  across-the-card double yesterday, courtesy of Tight Call and Criq Sun.

The former, a £22,000 purchase at Doncaster in August, had won his first two starts in the autumn and had since run with great credit in defeat, going close in competitive handicap company and running a fine race prior to falling at the last at Ascot in February in a red-hot handicap.  Faced with arguably his easiest task of the campaign, he made all the running at Fontwell Park yesterday for Alan Johns and never looked in any danger, the pair coming clear to win by eight lengths.  Just a five year old, he will stay over hurdles next term and I hope there is a nice handicap in him.

PHOTO-2019-04-24-20-31-51Criq Sun only joined us in February and took a couple of runs to get into the swing of things.  Thankfully none the worse for a fall at Taunton on his latest outing just three weeks ago, he returned to that track yesterday and ran out a facile winner of what was admittedly an uncompetitive handicap hurdle, leading conditional rider Connor Brace never having to get serious with the son of Zambezi Sun.  We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does to his mark before deciding where he goes next, but he looks capable of adding to his tally in the coming weeks and could get in towards the bottom of the weights in a nice handicap this summer.


Chozen back to winning ways

PHOTO-2019-04-07-15-17-50A winner on his chasing debut at Southwell in October, Chozen had fallen when looking highly likely to follow up on his next outing the following month, but he made amends on his return from a winter break with a front-running success at Ffos Las yesterday under Alan Johns.

The ex-Irish pointer is a talented individual and yesterday’s win was his third from just eight completed starts under rules.  Though the winning margin was just a head at the line, he had travelled strongly and jumped well through the contest and looks capable of making further progress as he gains more experience.

He is unlikely to go up much for that and we’ll look for a similar race for him next time.  Congratulations to his owner Dave Pearn!


Copper doubles up

Copper 1Having been off the track for 18 months prior to returning in December, it has been a pleasure to see Copper Gone West develop into a useful mare this spring, building on her Musselburgh success in February and fine handicap second at Newbury earlier this month with a facile success at Bangor yesterday under Alan Johns.

Encountering soft ground for the first time, she always looked to be travelling comfortably and, when Alan sent her into the lead at the third-last, she quickly put distance between herself and her two rivals, galloping on strongly for an 11-length success.

She looks to have a good deal more to offer and the well-bred daughter of Westerner is a tremendous prospect to go novice chasing next season.  However, we have had the Cheltenham mares’ raceday on Thursday 18th April in mind for her for some time and that remains her target, with options in the Listed novice hurdle and the Listed handicap hurdle.

Congratulations to her owners Paul and Louise Bowtell!