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Dalamoi shows his potential with Kempton win

We have always thought plenty of Dalamoi, who was purchased as a two year old, so we were absolutely delighted to see him make a winning debut over fences at Kempton Park earlier today in the hands of Alan Johns.

Racing in the colours of Nikki Ead, who enjoyed a winner last month with Bobmahley, Dalamoi jumped really well, travelled powerfully and looked to have things wrapped up some way from home.  It was an impressive performance on chasing debut off his mark of 117 and it bodes very well for the season ahead.

He is a half-brother to Debece, who was a wonderful servant to the yard for several seasons, and looks a very smart prospect in his own right, and one who has long looked tailor-made for fences.  Just a five year old, we will bring him along steadily, but it would be lovely to see him mixing it in a higher grade later this term.  Many congratulations to Nikki and Brian!

It has been very pleasing to see the horses in such good form and though we have a smaller team for the season ahead, hopefully they can continue in a similar vein of form, with eight winners currently on the board at a strike-rate of 17%.

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Copperfasten makes it second time lucky

Irish point winner Copperfasten had shown promise on her sole start for us in a bumper in the spring, but was in need of the experience on her return from six months off at Bangor last month.

She clearly learned plenty that day, as she produced a much-improved performance to score in style at Stratford yesterday under Alan Johns.  Held up in midfield, she closed on the leaders approaching the home bend and quickened away from her field to win with plenty to spare.

She is still learning and I’m sure she will continue to progress with time and experience, as was the case with her late half-sister Copper Gone West, who was a lovely mare for her owners Louise and Paul Bowtell, who were present when we purchased Copperfasten at the Cheltenham Sale in January.

We’ll look for a similar race for her next time under a penalty and go from there.  A beautifully-bred mare, she is one we are really looking forward to for the future.  Congratulations to Louise and Paul!

 

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Bobmahley sheds maiden tag with Fakenham win

Bobmahley had finished runner-up on three of his four starts last season, so he was gaining a well-deserved success when scoring at Fakenham on his seasonal reappearance under Alan Johns.

The well-bred, lightly-raced seven year old was unfortunate to bump into some very well-handicapped rivals last term, but he has done well for a summer off and it was very pleasing to see him return with a first win, showing a game attitude to get up close home.

The handicapper is unlikely to be too harsh on him for that narrow win and hopefully he can go on from here, as he has the potential to rate a fair bit higher than his current mark.  I am delighted for his owners Nikki and Brian Ead, who are wonderful supporters of ours, and who were present to collect the winning prize!

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Galop Du Bosc scores at Chepstow!

In fine form between the flags in the spring, bargain buy Galop Du Bosc made a successful transition on his UK debut under rules with a wide-margin success at Chepstow yesterday under Charlie Price.

 

The ex-French six year old had won three in a row in points (of which one was a walkover!), but was facing a sterner test off a mark of 108.  A winner over fences in his native country as a four year old, he jumped proficiently and steadily pulled clear of his two rivals in the home straight, coming home clear to win by 20 lengths.

 

Life will be tougher once he has been re-assessed, but he has the potential to progress further and we also have the option of going the novice route over hurdles in time.  Many congratulations to his owners, The Optimistic Racing Group!

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Chepstow curtain-raiser approaches!

Chepstow hosts the curtain-raiser for the National Hunt season proper this weekend, and it’s a really exciting time of year for us all, with our autumn/winter team nearly ready to start back on the track.

We hope to have a couple of runners over the two-day meeting, and thankfully they are forecast a fair bit of rain in the week ahead, which will certainly help – Eva’s Oskar (pictured) could start off his season in the Native River handicap chase providing the ground is right for him.

We have 30 in the for the season ahead, which is a smaller number that we’ve had in the past, but there are several lovely young prospects amongst them and we hope to have the majority of our team on the track in the next two to three weeks.

There have been plenty of changes at the yard in recent months, not least a brand new access road off the A48, which I’m sure any of you visiting us in future will appreciate!

I look forward to seeing you on the racecourse or at the yard in the near future and fingers crossed for a successful season ahead.

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Hat-trick for Mourzouk!

Mourzouk is on a sharp upward curve and the five year old recorded a quickfire hat-trick with victory at Newton Abbot yesterday under Charlie Price.

Having scored in maiden and then novice company in recent weeks, he faced a stiffer task on his handicap debut, taking on experienced handicappers in what looked a fair contest, despite the small field.  Sent out in front by Charlie, he tended to jump right at his hurdles, but produced another very game performance and was never headed at any stage, coming home clear to win by over 4 lengths.

We’ll wait to see what the handicapper does before making any plans for him, but we’ll likely give him a bit longer before his next run – hopefully we can find a suitable spot to give him every chance of making it a four-timer!  Congratulations to his owners in the Pimlico Racing syndicate, which is run by Nat Barnett.  There are still a few shares available, so please visit pimlicoracing.co.uk for further details.

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Mourzouk scores again

Mourzouk has done nothing but improve since being sent over hurdles and the five year old followed up last month’s easy Ffos Las success with a much harder-fought win in a stronger race at Warwick yesterday evening.

He was awarded the race in the stewards’ room, having been hampered and lost a shoe when forced to switch after the final hurdle.  He was closing fast at the line and would have got up in another couple of strides, so the stewards saw enough to switch the placings.

He is a really tough and game individual and we look forward to his next run, when he will be bidding for a hat-trick of wins. The race was sponsored by John Bolton, who has been an owner with us for several years and was celebrating being awarded an OBE.  John has shares both in Mourzouk (with Pimlico Racing) and Prison Break (who finished third), and had plenty of family and friends along for the evening, so we were delighted to train him a winner!  There are still a few shares available – for further information please head to pimlicoracing.co.uk or call Nathaniel on 07890 672435.

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Double at Ayr gets the season underway!

I’m not sure when our last runner at Ayr was before yesterday – it could well have been Looksnowtlikebrian winning at the track in February 2018 – but we were delighted to make the long journey pay off with a double to get the season underway in style!

Isle Of Aron had been running consistently well in defeat, placing over hurdles and fences on his last two starts, so he fully deserved to get his head in front.  Fitted with cheekpieces for the first time, he travelled enthusiastically and looked to be going best on the turn for home.  However, he really had to battle to get the better of the eventual runner-up and showed a gritty attitude to hold on and shed his maiden tag.

The handicapper is unlikely to move him much, given the margin of victory, and now that he has got that win under his belt, he should remain very competitive in the future.  Congratulations to his owners Oceans Racing!

Half an hour later, Bells Of Stamford got off the mark at the sixth time of asking in the second division of the handicap hurdle.

He was prominent throughout and, as was the case with Isle Of Aron, was going as well as anything turning in and hit the front on the bridle. He won with a little in hand, but looked to be idling late on when the placed horses closed and he looks sure to improve again for the experience.  A well-bred individual, he is on a workable mark and should enjoy further success this summer. Congratulations to his owners Steve and Mick!

 

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Clemencia wins at Huntingdon

Clemencia is a talented individual and having reached the frame on his four completed starts over fences, he got off the mark at Huntingdon yesterday with the minimum of fuss.

Sent straight into the lead by Alan Johns, he fenced fluently in the main and always looked to have matters in control, Alan not having to get too serious with him to win by five lengths.

A close fifth in the Fred Winter at the Festival in 2020, he is in great form at present and we’ll look to keep him on the go, with the possibility of running at Uttoxeter later this month.

Congratulations to his owner David Fox and hopefully there will be further success to come in the weeks ahead.

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Madera Mist wins her second at Cheltenham!

IMG_0356Madera Mist gave us a day to remember when winning at Cheltenham in December 2020 and was unlucky to bump into a subsequent Eider/Scottish National winner when following home Win My Wings at the course last April!

There was nothing quite of that calibre this year, and Madera Mist travelled so strongly through the race – it made for nervous watching as she was going so well at the top of the hill, but it’s still a long way home!

Alan held on to her for as long as possible, but sent her on at the second-last and the race was never in doubt from then on, the pair drawing clear to win by 12 lengths.

IMG_0396She just seems to love Cheltenham and her form there is much better than elsewhere.  We’ll wait and see what the handicapper does before making a plan, but I would imagine she will have one more run this term before a summer break…and we’ll certainly be planning a return to Prestbury Park in 2022/23!

Many congratulations to Paul and Louise Bowtell, who are fantastic supporters of the yard and who were in attendance to cheer her home!

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