499 NOT OUT!
I was alerted yesterday to the fact that we are now just one short of 500 winners, a tremendous milestone to reach just six years after starting out with a dozen horses at Pant Wilkin Stables.

Saint Are’s Aintree win was our first Grade 1 success

Our first success, at Aintree on 16th June 2005, was courtesy of Lonesome Man, who won a class 3 novice handicap chase by 22 lengths on his first start for the yard.  He was ridden by Richard Johnson, who has gone on to ride over 250 winners for us, including our three biggest wins; Saint Are’s (pictured left) Grade 1 Sefton win at Aintree, Spirit of Adjisa’s Irish Grade 1 novice hurdle triumph at Punchestown and Beshabar’s brilliant Scottish Grand National victory.

With 478 winners over jumps in the UK, one in Ireland and 20 on the flat, we are now eagerly awaiting our next winner and I hope all associated with the yard will be able to celebrate very soon!


Good, good to firm in places on the back straight

If anyone ever wondered why Worcester is a summer jumping venue, the front cover of today’s Racing Post provides a fine explanation.

When the rain comes, it is always Worcester racecourse that can always be relied upon to provide the perfect photo to show just how badly racing is suffering from the weather, though there is a slight question of relevance, as their first meeting of the year is not until May…for which I’m confident they will be watering.