Alchimix (FR) 1st January 2010 b g Al Namix (FR) – Julie Noire (FR) (Agent Bleu (FR))
Lightly raced gelding who had one quite promising run over hurdles for Charlie Swan before we bought him for £6,000 at the Doncaster sales in May 2015. He’s an ex-pointer and he’s going to make a nice chaser in time but he ran a really big race over hurdles behind a gambled on favourite at Carlisle, which hopefully bodes well now he’s tackling the bigger obstacles.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 14th May 2006 ch g Alderbrook – Alone Tabankulu (IRE) (Phardante (FR))
He came to us as a lightly-raced ex-pointer from Neil Mulholland in late 2013 and fell at the first on his debut for us at Catterick, but he’s gone on to win nine races, becoming a real flag bearer for our yard. He’s a front runner and he jumps beautifully, he can compete at a pretty high high level over fences and he’s been amazingly consistent. He’ll go on any ground, he’s very genuine and is versatile with regards to trip but is probably most effective around 2m6f, although he has the speed for two and a half miles and will just about get home over three.
Allfredandnobell (IRE) 15th March 2013 b g Alfred Nobel (IRE) – Its In The Air (IRE) (Whipper (USA))
We bought him for £11,000 at the 2015 Doncaster breeze ups. He’s the first foal of unraced six year old broodmare Its In The Air, who is by top class sprinter Whipper out of a mare called Try To Catch Me and is a half sister to the very high class Storming Home, winner of the 2002 Group 1 Champion Stakes for Barry Hills before going on to win two further Grade 1s in the US. He has a lovely pedigree, he showed plenty of ability on the Flat without getting his head in front but he’s taken to juvenile hurdling like a duck to water, finishing a close third to a really useful horse at Catterick on his debut before winning at Wetherby.
Angel Meadow 10th February 2014 b f Mayson – Memo (Groom Dancer (USA))
£30,000 purchase from the 2016 breeze up sales, she’s a beautiful looking filly with a lovely pedigree which includes juvenile winner New Row. We knew she was fast but she still gave us a bit of a surprise, albeit a very pleasant one, when she won first time up at 66/1 at York, she went on to finish second in a Listed race at Ayr and she’s had a fantastic first season.
Applaus (GER) 23rd February 2012 b g Tiger Hill (IRE) – All About Love (GER) (Winged Love (IRE))
German bred gelding who cost 10,000gns at the 2014 Newmarket sales, he wasted little time in getting off the mark with an impressive success in a 1m4f juvenile bumper at Wetherby. He’s a lovely prospect for novice hurdles and he’s already got his head in front over timber at Newcastle, more success shouldn’t be far away.
Becky The Thatcher 25th February 2013 b f Mastercraftsman (IRE) – Fairmont (IRE) (Kingmambo (USA))
She cost £12,000 at the sales and is a half sister to Emperatriz, who won a seven furlong maiden at Newcastle back in 2012 and went on to win over a mile at Southwell, and also to Fair Ranger, who won twice as a two year old for Richard Hannon. She’s a lovely filly who has plenty of size and scope, she ran a blinder to finish second at Thirsk over seven furlongs on her second start and she ran consistently well last year in handicaps without quite winning before getting off the mark at the first attempt over hurdles in a weak looking race at Musselburgh. She’s since stepped up on that to win at Catterick and is still improving.
Big Thunder 14th March 2010 gr g Dalakhani (IRE) – Charlotte O Fraise (IRE) (Beat Hollow)
A 25,000gns purchase out of David O’Meara’s yard at the 2015 Newmarket autumn sales, he’s had 23 races, all on the Flat, winning six of them, most recently over two miles at York in July off a mark of 87. He started off with Sir Mark Prescott and was rated as high as 97 in the summer of 2014, he’s run at Glorious Goodwood, Royal Ascot and in the Shergar Cup and he was only beaten just over six lengths behind Grumeti in the Cesarewitch. He’ll go novice hurdling and hopefully he’ll be a quality recruit to the winter game!
Blue Hussar (IRE) 26th February 2011 b g Montjeu (IRE) – Metaphor (USA) (Woodman (USA))
Classy and very good looking son of the late Montjeu who cost 35,000gns at last autumn’s Newmarket sales, he was previously owned by John Magnier and Michael Tabor and trained by Aidan O’Brien. Pictured below, he won his only two year old start in a seven furlong Leopardstown maiden before finishing a close fourth to Snow Sky in the Lingfield Derby trial, he was well held in some very competitive handicaps in his early days with us but he slowly came down the weights and wasn’t winning out of turn when he scored at Ripon when we dropped him in class. He’s going novice hurdling this winter and has a fair bit of potential if he takes to it.
Cadmium 17th April 2011 b m Major Cadeaux – Miss Mirasol (Sheikh Albadou)
Lightly raced five year old mare who cost 9,000gns at the Newmarket sales in February 2015, she was previously trained by Harry Dunlop and has been campaigned at a low level but she’s a consistent sort and had already won twice, both wins coming in the hands of Harry’s apprentice Leah-Anne Avery. She has a lovely attitude and she’s wasted little time getting off the mark for us with wins at Newcastle and twice at Hamilton, she’s very straightforward and hopefully there will be plenty more to come.
Calypso Delegator (IRE) 14th April 2013 b c Lilbourne Lad (IRE) – Amber Nectar (IRE) (Barathea (IRE))
He was purchased as a yearling at the 2014 October Tattersalls sale at Newmarket and is a three year old out of an unraced broodmare, from the family of high class filly Rainfall. He hinted at ability in a couple of maidens last summer but he’s going to need more time and a trip. His half brother Koybig, by Kodiac, who is in training with Kevin Condon in Ireland, won a mile handicap at Dundalk in May on his fifth start and is currently rated 75.
Caraline (FR) 25th February 2011 b m Martaline – Vie Ta Vie (FR) (Villez (USA))
French-bred filly whose dam won over 1m2f in France and her sire is best known for producing high-class chaser Dynaste. She has plenty of experience of French hurdles and she jumps beautifully, she came back from her summer break absolutely bouncing and was in fantastic form all season, winning four in a row, over fences at Newcastle, Kelso and Wetherby and over hurdles at Sedgefield. She loves the testing ground and she’s slowly coming back to form.
Celtic Agent 24th May 2008 b g Kayf Tara – Poor Celt (Impecunious)
A lightly raced gelding, previously trained by Phil Kirby, he won a bumper at Southwell on his second start and has a couple of useful bits of form, notably a three lengths third to subsequent Listed chase winner Definitly Red, who is now rated 140, in a novice hurdle at Catterick. He’s been off the track for more than a year but he’s ready to go again now, he’ll be starting off in handicap hurdles and clearly could be nicely treated off a mark of 110.
Charin’ Cross 9th June 2012 ch g Cockney Rebel (IRE) – Lush Lady (IRE) (Kris Kin (USA))
Christmas Twenty (IRE) 4th June 2010 br g Zagreb (USA) – Celestial Gale (IRE) (Presenting)
£15,000 ex pointer who we bought from Stuart Edmunds, he’s very lightly raced and has shown plenty of promise over hurdles, finishing second to our own Lowcarr Motion at Wetherby last season.
Clear Leader (USA) 6th May 2013 b g Hard Spun (USA) – Laureldean Gale (USA) (Grand Slam (USA))
A £5,000 purchase who has started off with a couple of solid efforts in maidens over seven and eight furlongs. His pedigree very much suggests that good ground or faster will suit him best and he’ll be seen to better effect when he goes handicapping.
Cornerstone Lad 12th April 2014 b g Delegator – Chapel Corner (IRE) (Alhaarth (IRE))
30,000gns foal who we bought for £9,000 at the sales, he started at big odds in a couple of backend maidens over seven furlongs and a mile, he’ll be seen to much better effect when he goes handicapping next season.
Correggio 26th February 2010 ch g Bertolini (USA) – Arian Da (Superlative)
Formerly with Richard Hannon he joined us for the 2013 Flat season and lost his maiden win at Catterick in the stewards’ room before getting off the mark in a ten furlong three year old handicap at Pontefract under Franny Norton. He”s gone on to develop a real liking for that track, winning two more races there, and he also won a good Saturday handicap at York in June 2015, he didn’t take to hurdling but his Flat form this year has been really encouraging and hopefully there’s more to come.
Dakota Grey 31st March 2011 gr g Fair Mix (IRE) – Miss Sassi (Terimon)
Ex Irish gelding who came to us in the summer of 2015. He ran a blinder on his debut for us at Wetherby when he finished a close second to Bon Enfant and went on to win at Carlisle, he likes a bit of give in the ground and he’ll be going novice chasing this winter, there’s a lot more to come from him.
Dark Valley (IRE) 21st May 2010 b g Lend A Hand – Glorys Flame (IRE) (Flemensfirth (USA))
He’s joined us after three really encouraging runs in Irish points, he’s a half brother to Dark Flame, who was also purchased by Tom Malone of Highfyler Bloodstock from the Irish pointing scene and has gone on to win a maiden hurdle at Ascot for Richard Rowe having been far from disgraced in a Grade 2 at Sandown and is now rated 125. Dark Valley is a lovely prospect who’ll be hurdling this season and chasing next year.
Due East 11th May 2010 b m Bollin Eric – Poor Celt (Impecunious)
Formerly trained by Philip Kirby she finished down the field in a Newcastle bumper in March 2015, fourteen lengths behind Wayward Sun, but shaped with plenty of promise on her debut for us at Southwell and confirmed that with a close second at Sedgefield before hating the heavy ground at Hexham. She’s a half sister to No Planning, a prolific winning hurdler and chaser for Sue Smith, and hopefully she’s inherited a bit of his ability!
Eager To Know (IRE) 21st May 2010 b g Sayarshan (FR) – Drew (IRE) (Double Schwartz)
A winning Irish pointer, he’ll start off in bumpers but he’s going to be seen to much better effect when we can give him a stiffer test of stamina.
Endless Credit (IRE) 24th April 2010 b/br g High Chaparral (IRE) – Pay The Bank (High Top)
A half brother to the high class 2009 Champion Hurdle runner up Celestial Halo, we bought him from Luca Cumani for 20,000 guineas at the 2014 Newmarket autumn sales. He was rated 87 after winning a ten furlong maiden on only his second start but had failed to add to that success in eight subsequent starts so we sent him novice hurdling and he made a highly encouraging start at Catterick, finishing third to a couple of very promising sorts, before landing the odds at Hexham without too much fuss and he also won a 1m5f charity Flat race at Kelso. He needs decent ground so he’s set to be busy through the summer.
Faiseur De Miracle 28th April 2012 b g Makfi – Flawly (Old Vic)
He changed hands for a whopping €120,000 as a yearling colt but finished last of nine on his racecourse debut at Hamilton in May 2015 for Mark Johnston and Richie McGrath picked him up at the sales soon afterwards for 6,000gns. He’s a half brother to a few Pattern winners and has made an impressive start for us, running out a wide margin winner of a nine and a half furlong maiden at Wolverhampton on his second run and then hacking up on his handicap debut at Catterick, he needed the run at Newcastle but he remains one to follow.
Frank The Slink 19th March 2006 b g Central Park (IRE) – Kadari (Commanche Run)
A real chasing type he is very lightly raced for his age, he won twice over fences back in 2014 and we’re waiting for some better ground for him, he stays all day and will be best over three miles plus. He’s nicely handicapped and should do well this year.
Frankster (FR) 8th May 2013 b c Equiano (FR) – Milwaukee (FR) (Desert King (IRE))
A £24,000 buy at the 2015 Doncaster breeze ups, he’s an Equiano colt out of Listed placed French mare Milwaukee, who is from the same family as 2009 Greatwood Gold Cup winner Shangani and Karl Burke’s globetrotting Odeliz. He’s a half brother to three winners including Two No Bids, a triple all weather winner from 7f-8.5f for Phil McEntee a couple of seasons ago.
Frederic 9th May 2011 b g Zamindar (USA) – Frangy (Sadler’s Wells (USA))
Placed in two Flat maidens for Luca Cumani, he had a few subsequent winners, including our own Typhon, behind when making an impressive winning hurdles debut for Donald McCain at Catterick before finishing sixth to Endless Credit at Kelso under a penalty. A half brother to Listed winner Savarain and Canadian Group 1 winner Forte Dei Marmi, he’s joined us with a rating of 118 over timber and he’ll be mixing Flat and jumps, he won well on his favoured good ground on the level at Musselburgh and has continued to go well.
Gran Paradiso (IRE) 30th March 2012 ch c Galileo (IRE) – Looking Lovely (IRE) (Storm Cat (USA))
A winner of a novice hurdle at Sedgefield on his third start over timber, he’s beautifully bred and open to loads of improvement, we hope he’s going to be useful at the very least. He cost 30,000gns at the 2015 Tattersalls autumn sales and was previously trained by Aidan O’Brien. He raced once as a juvenile and reappeared in October, finishing half a length second to his stablemate Goodwill in a 1m5f maiden at Navan. His dam, Looking Lovely, is a half sister to multiple Group 1 winner and 2008 champion European older horse Duke Of Marmalade and also 2013 Investec Derby winner and champion European three year old Ruler Of The World.
Headorharp (IRE) 22nd May 2010 gr m Publisher (USA) – Ollar Rose (Roselier (FR)
Ex Irish pointer who cost £7,000 at the sales in May 2016, she won a point to point at Stradbally in April before falling on her most recent start. She’ll be going novice hurdling.
I Don’t Believe It 15th April 2014 ch c Choisir (AUS) – Special Destiny (Tobougg (IRE))
He was unplaced in three 6f/7f maidens in 2016 before going handicapping off a lowly mark, he’ll get better with experience and he’s bred to need a bit further in time.
Inchcolm (IRE) 28th February 2010 br g Presenting – Rose Of Inchiquin (IRE) (Roselier (FR))
He ran in five point to point races in Ireland, finishing a close second at Stradbally when sent off favourite on his most recent start in May. He cost £17,000 at the 2015 Doncaster sales and his dam Rose Of Inchiquin, a Grade 2 winner over hurdles, has also produced high class chasers Panther Claw, who finished third in the 2013 Thyestes Chase, and Empire Of Dirt, a Grade 2 winner in his first season over fences. He ran an encouraging race at Hexham over an inadequate trip and then got his head in front when we stepped him up to three miles at Market Rasen, a race he unfortunately lost in the stewards’ room. He’s still a bit immature and he’s open to more improvement.
Indian Vision (IRE) 12th March 2014 ch c Iffraaj – Sweet Fairnando (Hernando (FR))
Unplaced in a couple of backend sprint maidens in 2016, he cost €30,000 and we certainly hope he can live up to that price tag in handicaps next season!
It’s All About Me (IRE) 16th May 2012 b f King’s Theatre (IRE) – Annie Spectrim (IRE) (Spectrum (IRE))
A €15,000 purchase at the 2015 Tattersalls Ireland sales, she’s been broken in by Joe Colliver and she’ll be the first of her dam’s foals to race, there are plenty of staying chasers in her pedigree including the likes of Sonevafushi and Junior so she’s bred for a trip, she’s been going well at home and we’re planning to start her off in a fillies’ bumper at Sedgefield.
Just Bobby (IRE) 3rd May 2013 b g Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) – Blackwater Bay (IRE) (Supreme Leader)
£22,000 purchase who’ll be starting off in bumpers and he holds an entry in a valuable one at Newbury in March, we have high hopes for him.
Just Cameron 21st April 2007 b g Kayf Tara – Miss Fencote (Phardante (FR))
A hugely talented horse and lovely jumper who has improved rapidly since joining us in late 2014, he won three times in his novice chasing season. His win under top weight at Haydock was an outstanding effort and he took the step up to Grade 1 company in his stride when chasing home the top class Un De Sceaux at Punchestown. He ran a blinder to finish sixth in the Champion Chase at Cheltenham, beating two previous winners of the race in the process, he wasn’t winning out of turn at Wetherby and we hope he can pick up a big handicap when everything drops right. He’s the best horse we’ve had for some time.
Justforjames (IRE) 8th June 2009 b g Dr Massini (IRE) – Over The Road (IRE) (Executive Perk)
A winning pointer, he won a bumper at Cork for Sean Aherne in the spring of 2015 and went on to be placed five times in heavy ground maiden hurdles up to three miles, we can’t wait to go chasing with him but he’s already picked up a couple of novice hurdles at Sedgefield which is a big bonus.
Kisumu 3rd April 2012 b g High Chaparral (IRE) – Arum Lily (USA) (Woodman (USA))
A full brother to Group 1 winner Redwood, he cost 13,000gns at the Newmarket sales in July 2015, he was bred by Juddmonte and was previously trained by Sir Michael Stoute. He made a really encouraging start for us, finishing third in a juvenile hurdle at Wetherby, he can win races and we just need to find the right opportunity for him.
Knocknamona (IRE) 29th May 2011 b g Trans Island – Faraday Lady (IRE) (Lord Americo)
A former Irish pointer, he’s leased to our Rat Pack Racing Club and has finished well down the field in a couple of 2m4f novice hurdles, he’ll be seen to much better effect when he goes chasing but he’s picked up a handicap hurdle at Newcastle along the way.
Late Date (IRE) 13th April 2011 b g Oscar (IRE) – Regents Ballerina (IRE) (Commanche Run)
Bought for £23,000, Late Date was the top priced lot at the 2016 Tattersalls Ireland February Ascot sale, his dam was unraced and he’s a half brother to four point to point/Rules winners. Twice raced in point to points, he won his maiden at Tinahely by a length and a half in the hands of Jamie Codd, who thinks he could be very good indeed.
Le Deluge (FR) 16th February 2010 b g Oratorio (IRE) – Princess Sofia (UAE) (Pennekamp (USA))
Middle distance handicapper who joined us early in 2016, having previously won races for Heather Dalton, Ann Stokell and Mick Easterby. He has an excellent record on the all weather but he’s won at Pontefract and Redcar too and he likes quickish ground, he should win more races.
Libby Mae (IRE) 10th May 2010 b m High Chaparral (IRE) – Empty Pocket (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Bought for 11,000 euros as an unbroken filly at the Tattersalls Ireland sales in June 2013, she came to us in late 2014 and wasted no time showing everyone what she is capable of when she won on her debut in a bumper at Sedgefield. She followed up under a penalty at the same track and then made an impressive start over timber when she got up close home over two and a half miles, again at Sedgefield, and we’ll take her back there for the novice hurdle final at the end of the season. She keeps doing everything we ask of her and we love her to bits.
Longueville Flier (IRE) 27th February 2009 b g Definite Article – Talk The Talk (Terimon)
An Irish point to point winner at Knockanard in February 2015, he’s a gorgeous, big, dark bay gelding who came to us as a novice over fences, we’ll be campaigning him accordingly and he relished the testing conditions when he won at Wetherby, he looks a thorough stayer.
Lowcarr Motion 17th May 2010 b g Rainbow High – Royalty (IRE) (Fairy King (USA))
Another ex-Phil Kirby inmate, he’s a lovely looking gelding who ran in three bumpers in 2014 before moving to Oakwood late that year. He learnt plenty from running in his novice hurdles and we couldn’t have been happier with his jumping, we’re seeing him in a different light now he’s gone handicapping and he’s sure to win races, he’s come back in after his winter break and two and a half mile handicap hurdles on decent ground will be on his agenda although he shapes as though he’ll stay further.
Major Ridge (IRE) 21st May 2009 b g Indian Danehill (IRE) – Native Novel (IRE) (Be My Native (USA))
He had a handful of runs over jumps for Robert Bewley without showing too much but he was highly recommended by Henry Brooke and Joe Colliver, who had both ridden him on the racecourse, and he showed that he’s got plenty of untapped potential when he made all to win a nice race at Catterick.
Maxie T 16th February 2011 b g Dalakhani (IRE) – Ballet Ballon (USA) (Rahy (USA))
Lovely young hurdler who we bought quite cheaply out of Jonjo O’Neill’s at the 2015 Newmarket sales. He won twice on the Flat as a three year old for Mark Johnston, including a soft ground mile and a half handicap at Catterick, and he relishes testing conditions as he again showed when he bolted up on only his second start for us off top weight over 2m2f at Kelso. That was a competitive looking race and there should be plenty more to come from him.
Merchant Of Medici 1st March 2007 b g Medicean – Regal Rose (Danehill (USA))
He joined us in 2012 from William Muir and has been extremely hard to win with! As a result his handicap mark gradually dropped and he found some real consistency. He was unlucky in 2014, doing everything but win at Haydock for Megan Carberry and finishing second twice for our amateur Dylan, but thankfully everything finally fell into place after we gave him a little break when he came back and won for Paul Hanagan at Haydock, going on to score twice more at the same track, he is relaxing better in his races and there may yet be more to come!
Mister Moosah (IRE) 25th March 2014 gr c Clodovil (IRE) – Hendrina (IRE) (Daylami (IRE))
£34,000 purchase who showed plenty on his debut in a good six furlong maiden at York, shaping as though the experience will have done him a lot of good and he should be well capable of winning soon.
Mountain Path 15th March 2013 b f Mount Nelson – Vino (Efisio)
Bred and owned by Guy Reed Racing, she became the second horse in three years to win a juvenile fillies’ bumper on debut in those famous colours for us at Wetherby, she’ll appreciate a stiffer test and she’s an exciting prospect. (Photo copyright Phill Andrews).
Multi Grain 15th March 2012 b f Sir Percy – Grain Only (Machiavellian (USA))
Formerly trained by Brian Ellison she came to us in the summer of 2015, she’s already a winner of two races, a maiden at Beverley at the back end of last season and a 3yo mile handicap at Thirsk in the spring. She’ll go juvenile hurdling when the ground dries out a bit and we’re really excited about her, she’s very well related being a half sister to Richard Fahey’s good stayer Gabrial’s Star and also to Caravan Rolls On, who won the valuable Geelong Cup in Australia last autumn, while her half brother Zanjabeel sold for 210,000gns at last year’s Newmarket sales.
Notnowsam 27th February 2011 ch g Notnowcato – First Fantasy (Be My Chief (USA))
Formerly with Dan Skelton, we bought him for £6,000 in May 2016, he needed his first run for six months at Wetherby but he’s got some very useful handicap form over fences at around two miles and he’s a really nice prospect.
Onlyfoolsownhorses (IRE) 18th May 2011 br g Presenting – Lizzy Langtry (IRE) (King’s Theatre (IRE))
Not to be confused with one of our established stable stars Only Orsenfoolsies, although we hope he turns out to be just as good, he’s a €30,000 foal who changed hands for €36,000 as a three year old and came to us in 2015 as an unraced four year old gelding. His half sister Mardale, who’s a year older, has made a promising start to her hurdling career for Nicky Richards, we’ll be sending him straight over hurdles and he’ll start off in two mile novice events, we really like him and we hope he’s going to be very useful.
Only Orsenfoolsies 1st April 2009 b g Trade Fair – Desert Gold (IRE) (Desert Prince (IRE))
He ended up rated 67 before he’d even won a race on the Flat, getting off the mark easily in a four-runner mile handicap at Beverley. He went juvenile hurdling in 2012/13 and was a revelation, finishing second at Wetherby to a nice horse of John Quinn’s who went to Cheltenham that season and then he got off the mark at Catterick before winning the Victor Ludorum at Haydock in the hands of Wilson Renwick. After a lengthy break, he thrilled us to bits with wins at Pontefract and Ripon in 2014 and he’s come back better than ever last year, making all to win the valuable mile and a half Braveheart Handicap at Hamilton and then finishing third in a Listed race at Pontefract. Soft ground is important for him.
Oscar O’Scar (IRE) 28th March 2008 b g Oscar (IRE) – Shining Lights (IRE) (Moscow Society (USA))
Previously trained by Kate Walton and then Philip Kirby up at Sharp Hill, he’s very lightly raced for his age. He’s was placed a couple of times early on for us over hurdles, at Catterick and Wetherby, and then he absolutely hosed up when we stepped him back up to an extended 2m3f over fences on better ground at Sedgefield, he hasn’t been hit too hard for that and he should be able to build on it, he’ll stay three miles as well so there are plenty of other options for him.
Paddling (FR) 17th April 2011 b g Walk In The Park (IRE) – Sea Mamaille (FR) (Sea Full (FR))
Young horse who’s been in the yard since the late summer of 2015 and carries the Masters Of The Hall colours. He had his first run at Catterick in December, finishing fifth to High Bridge, that was a strong race for the track and he’ll improve for the experience and will do much better in time, he’ll probably have one more run in a bumper and then go novice hurdling.
Pertuis (IRE) 15th February 2006 gr g Verglas (IRE) – Lady Killeen (IRE) (Marju (IRE))
One of the real characters of our yard, not to mention our only biter, Pertuis is a beautiful almost white gelding who joined us from Harry Dunlop in December 2011. He has won seven races for us, three of which have been for amateur riders, springing a 40/1 shock under Becks at Pontefract, where he tends to run his best Flat races, in July 2012. He’s also been a model of consistency over hurdles without getting his head in front. He was better than ever in 2014 with wins at Pontefract and Ripon and he carried his good form into 2015 with a couple of wins at Catterick, his best trip is probably a mile and a half but a strongly run 1m2f suits him just as well, he handles any ground but is best with a bit of cut and he will keep winning in his turn.
Politbureau 13th February 2007 b g Red Ransom (USA) – Tereshkova (USA) (Mr Prospector (USA)
Darley-bred gelding who started out with top connections just across Middleham at Mark Johnston’s, he has gone on to spend most of his lightly-raced career with Mick Easterby before joining us in September 2014. He’s taken brilliantly to hurdling this winter despite a punishing handicap mark and he showed a fantastic attitude to win his first race over timber at Newcastle in February on really testing ground, which he relishes, giving our racing club Maybe The Last Time their first winner in the process. He’s since followed up with Flat wins at Redcar and Ayr as well as a narrow defeat at Catterick and he seems a changed horse so hopefully there’s more to come under both codes, he is already a yard legend!
Quoteline Direct 28th April 2013 ch c Sir Percy – Queen’s Pudding (IRE) (Royal Applause)
Nicely related colt who cost £30,000 at the 2015 Doncaster breeze up sales and he began to justify that price tag straight away when he became our first two year old debut winner in more than a decade over six furlongs at Pontefract, beating horses with previous experience. He showed a brilliant attitude that evening and thrilled us to bits, the race has worked out really well with the third going on to finish second in a Group 3 at the Ebor meeting on the same day as Quoteline Direct found things happening a bit too quickly in a very competitive nursery at the same track, he’s taken time to find his feet in handicaps this year but hopefully there’s more to come from him.
Rathlin 5th May 2005 b g Kayf Tara – Princess Timon (Terimon)
High class chaser who’s come to us in the veteran stage of his career having previously competed at the top level for Mouse Morris in the Gigginstown House Stud colours in Ireland. He’s a Grade 2 novice chase winner who’s won a total of eight races under Rules, he’s run twice at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing sixth to Al Ferof in the 2011 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and seventh to Dynaste in the 2014 Ryaniar Chase and he was also third in the Topham at Aintree last year. He jumped for fun around the big fences in the Grand Sefton before getting tired on his first run for us and he opened up plenty of new possibilities with the manner of his win when we dropped him back to two miles at Ayr.
Rhythm Of Sound (IRE) 9th May 2010 ch g Mahler – Oscarvail (IRE) (Oscar (IRE))
Maiden Irish pointer, he cost £5,000 at the Newmarket sales late in 2015 and had his first run for us in a 2m4f novices’ hurdle at Catterick in January, shaping quite well. He’ll stay further and we’ll get some more experience into him before he goes novice chasing next season.
Rockliffe 8th March 2013 b g Notnowcato – Hope Island (IRE) Titus Livius (FR))
A mile and a quarter winner on the Flat for Mick Channon, he’s joined us to go novice hurdling and he’ll start out over the minimum trip. He’s probably going to be best on decent ground.
Roxyfet (FR) 19th April 2010 b g Califet (FR) – Roxalamour (FR) (Valanour (IRE))
Six year old ex-French gelding, formerly trained by Guy Cherel, he has extensive chasing experience for his age having run in 25 races over fences around the provinces, winning three times. The handicapper gave him a ridiculous opening mark and it’s taken him a year to find his level so his regular wins at Sedgefield this winter, all at two miles, have been very heartwarming and well deserved. He’s probably handicapped up to his best now but he’s still in great form and there may be a bit more in the locker!
Russian Royale 1st May 2010 b m Royal Applause – Russian Ruby (FR) (Vettori (IRE))
A lightly-raced five year old mare, she was bought out of Stuart Kittow’s yard at the 2013 autumn Tattersalls sale and came to us early in 2015. She won twice on the Flat and after taking some time to find her feet over timber the penny has dropped and she’s improved significantly for better ground, winning nicely at Perth and then again at Hexham. Fin gave her a lovely ride to score at Market Rasen and she’s still improving, she had a nice break over the winter and won well back on the level at Catterick.
Shalamzar (FR) 14th April 2009 ch g Selkirk (USA) – Shamalana (IRE) (Sinndar (IRE))
Bred by the Aga Khan, he started out in France with Mikel Delzangles and ran in a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud as a three year old before spending the past two years mixing Flat racing and hurdling with Tony Martin in Ireland. He won a valuable nine furlong handicap at Listowel in September 2014 off a mark of 75 and joined us with the same rating, he’s unexposed in handicap hurdles and the aim is for him to be a dual purpose horse, Catherine Walton gave him a lovely ride to win at Haydock and hopefully he can build on that.
Silver Tassie (IRE) 25th April 2008 b g Shantou (USA) – Silver Castor (IRE) (Indian Ridge)
A winner of two hurdle races and one chase, he was formerly trained by Noel Meade in Ireland and we think he has the potential to be a fair bit better than his current chase mark. Staying chases will be on his agenda, he’ll go on any ground but he relishes testing conditions, we like him a lot and he certainly wasn’t winning out of turn at Ayr.
Skywards Reward (IRE) 15th February 2011 b g Dubawi (IRE) – Russian Society (Darshaan)
£12,000 Darley bred gelding who had one run in a Newbury bumper in February 2015 before we bought him from John Ferguson early this year. He finished ninth in that race but that piece of form doesn’t look too bad when you consider that the winner, Barters Hill, went on to win the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle and finished a close fourth in the Albert Bartlett at Cheltenham, while the fourth, Altior, won the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the second and third have also gone on to be high class multiple winners over timber, so hopefully Skywards Reward can follow in their footsteps. He’s strengthened up well over the summer and he’ll start off in bumpers, he’ll run in the colours of the Cheltenham Trail and Grange Park Racing, who we’re really pleased to welcome back on board.
Sthenic (FR) 10th May 2012 b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) – Ela’s Giant (Giant’s Causeway (USA))
A beautiful looking colt, he was a 20,000gns buy out of Andrew Balding’s at the 2015 Newmarket July sales. He’s had three runs in Flat maidens, improving each time and being given a rating of 72, but he’s going to be going novice hurdling, he’s schooled well and we like him a lot.
Stickleback 17th April 2009 ch m Manduro (GER) – The Stick (Singspiel (IRE))
She is a nice but rather tricky mare who joined us from Harry Dunlop early in 2013, she had us in despair at one point but a nice long break during the summer of 2014 freshened her up beautifully and she came back and finally got her head in front in a staying handicap hurdle at Wetherby. She’s remained in great heart and has run a couple of lovely races on the Flat around Pontefract, hopefully she’ll lose her maiden tag on the level before too long as well and we love her to bits.
Strait Run (IRE) 1st March 2011 ch g Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) – Gentlemen’s Guest (USA) (Gentlemen (ARG))
10,000gns purchase at the 2014 Newmarket autumn sales, he was formerly trained by Richard Hannon and won a mile maiden at Newbury on his second start as a two year old. He ran some nice races on the Flat last season but his future lies over hurdles and he’s gone close a couple of times now he’s found his grade.
Strike West (IRE) 20th February 2012 b g Westerner – Fuel Queen (IRE) (Flemensfirth (USA))
Irish jumps bred €10,000 three year old who is the first foal of a full sister to high class hurdler and chaser Time For Rupert. He ran an absolute stormer on his debut at Sedgefield despite being very green and he ought to be capable of winning a bumper before he goes novice hurdling, we think he can make up into an excellent staying chaser and he’s a really exciting prospect.
Summerlea (IRE) 9th March 2006 ch g Alhaarth (IRE) – Verbania (IRE) (In the Wings)
A Flat winner in Ireland “Leo” joined us from Patrick Holmes in the autumn of 2013 and he has been a little star, finishing second on his first three hurdle runs before winning decisively under Catherine Walton in a lady amateurs’ handicap hurdle at Catterick. He responded well to hold-up tactics and delighted us with his attitude, he only cost £800 at the sales so he has more than paid his way already and although he’s a fragile sort who’s had his problems he looked as good as ever when he won at Catterick and we’re sure there will be more races to be won with him in his new role as an Oakwood Minions club horse.
Taylor (IRE) 1st April 2009 b m Presenting – Britway Lady (Norwich)
She’s a lovely mare who cost £5,000 at the Doncaster sales in the autumn of 2015 and she’ll carry the colours of Darrel Lees, who has enjoyed plenty of success over the last twelve months with Typhon and also as part owner of Minella Hero and Longueville Flier. Taylor won a couple of novice hurdles at Exeter for Nicky Henderson early in 2015, she’s had a handful of runs in handicap hurdles without success but it’s early days for her yet and she’s going to be winning before long, she needs good ground and will go on good to firm.
The King’s Steed 4th February 2013 b g Equiano (FR) – King’s Siren (IRE) (King’s Best (USA))
We bought him out of Ralph Beckett’s yard for 18,000gns, he’s been placed in a couple of mile handicaps and he probably found the ground too lively on his first start for us in an apprentices’ race at York.
The Ramblin Kid 30th April 2008 b g Westerner – Disallowed (IRE) (Distinctly North (USA))
Ex-Irish gelding and a half-brother to high-class chaser Riverside Theatre, he was formerly trained by Charlie Swan before joining us late last year. He finished a close third at Wetherby on his debut for us, behind a highly rated horse of David Pipe’s who has since won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham, and then stayed on really strongly to beat a couple of previous winners on heavy ground at Newcastle on Eider Chase day. He sustained a condylar fracture in his next race up at Hexham but we gave him all the time he needed to recover and he’s made for chasing, he has a really enthusiastic horse who has plenty more to offer.
Tickanrun (IRE) 15th June 2010 gr g Tikkanen (USA) – Dusty Lane (IRE) (Electric)
Tickenwolf (IRE) 21st May 2010 gr g Tikkanen (USA) – Emma’s Choice (IRE) (Indian Danehill IRE))
Gorgeous grey gelding who cost £20,000 from George Moore’s in January 2016, he won a two and a half mile maiden hurdle at Hexham in the hands of our own Joe Colliver. He needs decent ground and he got it first time up for us at Wetherby when he duly obliged and we’re sure there’s more to come from him, he’ll be novice chasing this season.
Tommy O’Dwyer (IRE) 1st January 2009 b g Milan – Always Present (IRE) (Presenting)
Scopey, good looking, late maturing type from the family of hugely popular and successful mare Lady Rebecca, he was placed in a maiden hurdle at Sedgefield for John Ferguson a couple of seasons back and he’s recently enjoyed plenty of success in point to points, winning three out of four competitive races between the flags since the start of 2016. He’s going to be an exciting novice chaser.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 2nd April 2007 b g Beat Hollow – Cartesian (Shirley Heights)
He cost £14,000 at the sales in May 2016 having previously been trained in Ireland by Arthur Moore. He’s close to the veteran stage but he’s been a consistent sort and he joins us on a competitive looking mark over hurdles and fences having won a total of three races from 37 career starts. Two miles has been his trip but he’ll stay further and his best form has come on a testing surface, he’s certainly one to keep an eye on this winter.
Trendsetter (IRE) 4th February 2011 b g Mastercraftsman (IRE) – Fashion Trade (Dansili)
We claimed him out of John Quinn’s yard for £16,000 after he won by four lengths over a mile and a half at Catterick. He’s won four times from eighteen starts on the Flat and has also flirted briefly with novice hurdling, in addition to that wide margin win he’s been successful three times in handicaps over 1m6f and is currently rated 89 on the level and 113 over timber. He’s won on good to firm and soft ground and he’ll be a fantastic dual purpose horse, hopefully running right through the year.
Triangulate 14th April 2012 b g Zamindar (USA) – Heart Of Hearts (Oasis Dream)
We’ve had him in the yard for almost a year after picking him up at the sales for £3,500 but he’s almost ready to run in a bumper now. There are loads of multiple winners in his pedigree and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do.
Tuscan Gold 2nd April 2007 ch g Medicean – Louella (USA) (El Gran Senor (USA))
Nine year old who has had three previous trainers and a colourful career so far. He won a couple of three year old handicaps for Sir Mark Prescott back in 2010 before being well beaten in the 2011 Cesarewitch, he also ran at Royal Ascot in 2012 and was disqualified after winning a handicap hurdle for Laura Mongan at Worcester in 2013. As a result he comes to us as a novice over hurdles but more immediately he has a competitive Flat mark, he’s shown a real liking for the staying races at Pontefract, winning around there in June and claiming the overall prize in the track’s staying championship. He finally got off the mark over hurdles over 3m+ at Catterick, relishing the extreme trip and giving Hugo Thompson Brown his first ever winner under Rules.
Verko 1st January 2009 b g Lavirco (GER) – Lady Vernizy (FR) (Video Rock (FR))
He ran in four point to points in Ireland, twice finishing second over three miles on soft ground at Aghabullogue and Askeaton. It took him some time to get the hang of things under Rules but now he’s got his jumping together he’s been a revelation, scoring three times on the bounce in late 2015 and resuming winning ways at Sedgefield in February. He’ll stay three miles and there’s more to come from him yet, he’s a lovely type.
Waterclock (IRE) 2nd February 2009 ch g Notnowcato – Waterfall One (Nashwan (USA))
Useful stayer on the Flat but his future lies over timber and he got off the mark over jumps at the sixth time of asking in a maiden hurdle at Kelso in September 2015 for Jedd O’Keeffe, having already run some solid races in handicaps. We bought him at the Doncaster sales and we really like him, he should have plenty more to offer over hurdles and he made a fantastic start for us at Wetherby over what was probably an inadequate trip, finishing very strongly in a good race. Three miles on good ground would suit him ideally.
Willow 15yo ch m
Fourteen year old pony Willow is Micky’s daughter Kierra’s ride and under the supervision of Becks, our favourite little team have been really busy on the Low Moor gallops during the school holidays, with the result that we’re counting down the days until Kierra is old enough to start riding for us full time!
Wishing Well 17th May 2012 b f Bahri (USA) – Amourallis (IRE) (Dushyantor (USA))
Out of a Listed placed mare, she cost 5,000gns at the Newmarket sales and we bought her to go juvenile hurdling although she’s doing well enough on the Flat at the minute! She’s schooled nicely over timber and she’ll be best on a decent surface.
Witness (FR) 10th June 2009 b g Astarabad (USA) – Belle Yepa (FR) (Mansonnien FR))
A lovely recruit who came to us from France us in the summer of 2016, he’s had plenty of jumps experience and has already won a chase over 2m1f, he’s a ready made handicap chaser and ran a nice race on his second start for us at Wetherby.