Tassie set to tackle stamina sapping Eider

Richard and Ben Howard’s stout stayer Silver Tassie is all set for a crack at what’s likely to be an extremely testing Betfred Eider Handicap Chase over four miles and half a furlong at Newcastle tomorrow (2.45). The ten year old is unproven at such a marathon trip, but he’s shaped well enough over 3m2f…

Bulkov makes all as we double up at Sedgefield

Finch Porter Partnership’s promising six year old Bulkov (11/8) chalked up his second novice hurdle success of the season under a well judged front running ride from our lady amateur Becky Smith at Sedgefield today. The French bred, pictured above, had enjoyed similar tactics when losing his maiden tag over the same course and distance…

Skywards reaps his Wetherby Reward

The Cheltenham Trail’s seven year old Darley bred Skywards Reward (12/1) relished the testing conditions as he ran out a ready winner of the opening two mile conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle at Wetherby today in the hands of Jamie Hamilton. Always travelling sweetly, Skywards Reward was asked to go and win his race three out…

Cornerstone Lad pipped in Victor Ludorum Hurdle

Mary Lofthouse’s improving juvenile Cornerstone Lad ran another cracker but was agonisingly touched off in the shadow of the post in today’s Victor Ludorum Hurdle at a stamina sapping Haydock Park. Cornerstone Lad had beaten the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Turning Gold by a length when winning a decent race at Catterick last month, but a…

Valiant Warrior, veteran of the Monday National, dies aged 30

Valiant Warrior, one of the 36 horses who contested the famous Monday evening Grand National of 1997, died earlier this week at the age of 30. Having started out with Henry Candy, Valiant Warrior came to us in late 1991 shortly after finishing fourth in the November Handicap and he went on to be a…

Joe in treble form at Alnwick

Our amateur jockey Joe Wright has made a flying start to the point to point season and last Sunday (February 4th) he rode the first treble of his career with three winners at the Percy meeting at Ratcheugh Farm, Alnwick. All three were trained by Leyburn based Justin Landy, who works as a farrier for…

Rockliffe off the mark at Musselburgh

R M & T Holdings Ltd’s five year old Notnowcato gelding Rockliffe (11/1) won over jumps for the first time as he beat Our Lucas by just over a length in the two mile handicap hurdle at Musselburgh this afternoon. Given a well judged, patient ride by our conditional jockey Fin O’Toole, Rockliffe moved stylishly…

Tyrell takes the Catterick honours

Craig Buckingham’s distinctive black and orange colours were in the Catterick winner’s enclosure this afternoon as Tyrell (22/1) recorded a comfortable success under Joe Colliver in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle. The five year old benefitted from the application of blinkers and was given a good hold up ride, moving into contention…

Ajabindejaw joins Oakwood Minions

The latest horse to carry the colours of our Oakwood Minions Racing Club will be eight year old gelding Ajabindejaw, who has recently arrived here in the Dales from County Meath, where he was trained by Irish Grand National winning handler Thomas Gibney. By Mahler out of an unraced Overbury broodmare, Ajabindejaw has run in…

“He’s a dude!” – Alain Cawley on his four time winner Knocknamona

Our racing clubs have been enjoying a fantastic time of things lately, particularly the Rat Pack, whose red and white silks have been carried to victory in four consecutive races by seven year old Trans Island gelding Knocknamona. Knocknamona winning his first race, at Uttoxeter in November The team here at Oakwood quite rightly take…

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