Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Quiet week

The yearlings are doing well with their education, they are contiuning to use the stalls every day and are going upsides.

Gem Of Wizdom runs next Wednesday at Kempton, she worked well this morning and will be tried over 6f to start her off.

We wish everybody a very succesful & happy New Year, all the best for 2012!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Our only runner last week ran well below par, possibly because of his draw. He was forced wide off what appeared to be a moderate pace, in which they quickened up from the bend and when he tried to get involved he got badly bumped. He is fine and a possible for the Winter Derby at Lingfield in March.

After starting with several runners on the All Weather we are down to two. Gem Of Wizdom will be running in the New Year, she seems to show speed but she is not a world beater. Witchy Moments who goes quite well should be out in the middle of January.

I am off for a short holiday in January and the running of the yard will be taken over by Oliver, Alex and the very competent staff.

Therese O'Neil, our second head lass has taken over from Tony Bradley who has retired. We wish him well and he is a lose to us and racing.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

A few runners this week..

Circumvent runs in the Listed race at Lingfield on Saturday, we booked Tom Queally to ride but he has got off at the last minute. He is in exceptionally good form, if he gets the run of the race he should be very close.

Serial Sinner runs tomorrow in the 7.00pm Handicap at Kempton. She has a chance but we find her rather unreliable. She has a good draw and we have fitted cheek pieces to hopefully make her more competitive.

It is very quiet here at the moment, the good news is that the yearlings seem to go well, are sensible and a sound bunch.

Overpowered's brother has developed into a really nice horse and Overpowered was shaping up to be our best two year old last year. There is a quarter share available for £9,500, he can be seen on our horses for sale page.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Circumvent to miss Deauville for Lingfield prize!

Circumvent is missing Deauville and going for the Listed 1m2f race at Lingfield on 17th December. He remains in good form. We still have a few to run on the All Weather, Serial Sinner runs on Wednesday 7th at Kempton, we are trying a tongue strap for the first time.

The yearlings are cantering, they look a pleasing bunch, we have bought mainly two year old types this year.

The Saints & Sinners was a great Christmas lunch. Racing seemed to have taken over from show business this year. Charlie Brooks was Chairman and Harry Herbert & Mark Prescott both spoke very well and I have never seen so many people in fits of laughter as when Mark was speaking on the simple subject of him, his parents and their dog! His timing and presenting were better than anything at the Apollo, he is a genius in this field!

Congratulations on Newbury getting Racecourse of the year, would not be my choice, above York or Ascot anyway.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Holiday time...

Most of our horses are on easy work but we have a few left to run on the All Weather.

Cheherazad who was long overdue a bit of luck, won her maiden at Lingfield. We think she will improve next year.

Circumvent continued his unfortunate year when finishing second at Lingfield in the Listed race. He was very unlucky not to win, only just failing by a short head. He is entered in the Prix Lyphard at Deauville on the 7th December and continues to be in good form.

Our yearlings seem to be an exceptional bunch this year, they are all cantering and can be seen on the horses for sale page of the website.

On a different subject, if anybody is thinking of a quick, exciting, good value holiday, look no further than a cruise down the Nile on the Sonesta St George. It is incredibly good value and extremely enjoyable. Having just seen Tutankhamun, I have to say he is not ageing well.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Breeders Cup 2011

Silverheels, after his poor effort at Maisons-Laffitte looks like he may have had an excuse, otherthan the ground, Christophe (jockey) reported he did not feel right and pulled him up. It was discovered he had an infection in his leg which had to have antibiotics. He has shown to be normally reliable and it was way out of character for him to run like that.

Don Libre ran well enough, he should do better at Kempton next week in a similar race over 1 mile. We have eight still in training to run on the All Weather.

Circumvent may contest the Listed race over 1m2f at Lingfield on Saturday. The horse has never been better and he has had a bad time with draws and ground etc this year and it remains to be seen if he handles the All Weather surface. Their are possible races at Deauville, Cagnes,St Moritz for him.

Charles Egerton gave a Breeders Cup Party with a good dinner and good wine. The european horses did very well and the prize money was great but for me it was boring racing and the horses did not run to form. Where were the great trainers? If you were a punter in the yard you would have needed a pin to get a winner, not worth losing sleep over.
Even Myleene would not have minded missing it!

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Ground too soft

Unfortunately it rained for two days solid before we got to race day for Silverheels in France. The ground at Maisons-Laffitte ended up very heavy and he didn't handle it at all. C. Soumillion, sensibly, gave him a relatively easy time of it during the race beacause of the ground. None of the English horses were in the first 5 home. We are keeping him for next year and hope to pick up a few sprint prizes with him.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Sales & France in one day!

Not much happening on the racing front this week, although we are keeping six horses going at the moment. We sold seven horses at Doncaster today, Moynahan comes back to Whatcombe to maybe run in Deauville Claimers.

Ridden diferently, Gifted Girl should have been in the frame. She had not run for 3 months since she won her maiden at Goodwood and going on so far out she was bound to get tired in that company.

Swingland is a nice filly for next year, the ground was too fast for her at Newmarket, plus the fact she needs further.

Don Libre runs at Southwell on Thursday, he has shown signs of ability but the long arm of the Maktooms reaches even to Median Maidens at Southwell.

Circumvent who ran so well at Newbury from a poor draw is so well he could go to France for one last run. The Owners will decide if he should go to Dubai early next year.

Tony Bradley who has been with us for 30 years is leaving and going North. He will be sorely missed, there are not many better than him in the business. He has a young family and feels he would like a change, his family live in the North.

Therese O'Neil who has been under Head Lass and does the feeding, takes over. There is no aspect of the business that she is not fully experienced in. We have never had better staff, although we do miss Duilio Da Silva who now rides in Sweden.

The racing Administration seems to be spiraling downwards, comments and articles are all negative about the BHA, there is a great expression, water finds its own level, and I think this dire situation we are in proped up by the Maktooms will only get worse.

On a boring subject "the Whip" there has been ill informed comments including a Racing Post journalist saying that if a Jockey breaks the daft new rules that the horse should forfeit the race. Do they realise that in doing so they will also punish the lad who does the horse, the breeder, the stallion, the mare, the yard, the workrider, the punter etc. Everybody should read Charlie Brooks articles in the Telegraph, he makes the most overall sense at the moment.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Listed entries for Whatcombe today

Silverheels worked well on Saturday and is on schedule for the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte on 1st November.

Gifted Girl and Swingland are both being entered for the Fillies Listed race at Newmarket on Saturday. One likes soft ground and the other firm.

Both maiden fillies ran with promise at Newbury and will be better three year olds.

Cheherazad will get the ground at Kempton and should go close on Wednesday.

Circumvent ran well from draw 15 at Newbury and would have been closer if he had had a good draw as he races prominently.

I wish the jockeys success, not only do they deserve to get their stick rules exactly right as it is important for the future, but I admire their courage to have a go while the rest of the industry "fiddles while Rome burns".

Monday, 17 October 2011

Dating Website??

Silverheels has been entered in the Horris Hill but is likely to run in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte on the 1st November.

We have several maidens at Newbury, none expected to win.

Humungosaur who ran a little disappointingly at Pontefract may run at Brighton, partly to try and win a racing post bonus race.

Gifted Girl and Swingland are both fit and well, the Newmarket Listed fillies race on 29Th October is their target.

Rimth, after her reasonable run in the Challenge Stakes has gone to stud.

Circumvent who's optimum trip is 1m1f, runs in the class 2 handicap at Newbury on Saturday 22ND October.

Mons Calpe is unpredictable but wins one or two most years, he likes Kempton so we will run there again.

Moynahan is fit and well but is hard to win with. He has a good draw at Kempton on Wednesday and with luck in running should run well.

It is out with the old and in with the new time!

We bought ten yearlings last week they were good value for the money. The Maktooms distort the market, if they are not on the horse some value can be had, we spent from £10,000 to £150,000.

The whip has been an awful own goal, can you imagine the jockeys looking over their shoulders in a twenty horse race to see where the furlong pole is. The fines are comparable to being hanged for sheep stealing, lets hope sense prevails. More horsemen are needed at the top.

On the social front, I have been told to say that there are also some very attractive widows in the East Garston area as well as the divorcees. In a development from the Racing Post Dikler, Adrian Clegg has been seen walking his dog in East Garston recently.

I also gather there has been a supper convened to put to use some of their talents and expertise (maybe a hockey team or something like that).

Monday, 10 October 2011

Silverheels is fine after his good run at Redcar and is a possible for the Horis Hill.

Gifted Girl & Swingland worked on Saturday, both are more three year old types but there is a nice Listed race at Newmarket which if all is well could be on the agenda.

Rimth ran a little flat in the Challenge Stakes, she will now go to stud.

Moynahan ran well at Goodwood on Sunday, he should have been placed but as is his want, he got no run only beat a couple of lengths.
Circumvent ran well at York, a fast mile is just too short for him. He could go to Dubai. There is a valuable Newbury handicap in two weeks which could be his next start.

We managed to buy a cheap Excellent Art colt at Book 1 of Tattersalls which we are syndicating. He is from Strategic Prince's family. It is only £75 to join & £125 per month (1 year only). Meanwhile the Maktooms bought most of the nice horses and their various guests (IE Agents).

We will try and buy some value at the sales this week. We are very pleased with what we have bought so far.

Racing will be watching the whip issue this week. I agree with most of it but the jockey penalties are too severe and I think they should be accumulative.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Our Two year olds perform well!

Our stock last year which we bought at the various sales performed very well as two year olds.

Commissar - Won a Newmarket maiden and was sold for £500,000 costing only £32,000.

Silverheels - Won maiden and his £10,000 bonus and was Group and Stakes placed 5 times earning over £50,000 he was also subject to bids offered abroad, he cost £31,500

Overpowered - Won his maiden & £10,000 bonus also won at Newmarket easily and was subject to big offers for Hong Kong when unfortunately he had an acident in the box. He cost £13,650

Humungosaur - Has run four sound races including being stakes placed in Deauville (18,000 euro for third) He is big and bred to be a three year old, he cost £54,600.

Monday, 3 October 2011

The Big Guns are out this week!!

Silverheels ran a great race on ground that was faster than he likes and maybe a furlong too short. The Horis Hill is a possibility.

Humungosaur runs today, maybe on ground a bit too fast but he is fit and well and is a progressive sort. Probably a better three year old.

Swingland and Gifted Girl are on hold owing to the fast ground.

Orange Ace is moderate and we hope he wins and gets sold at Leicester.

Rimth runs in the Challenge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. Not much has gone right for her since she won, draws and she missed the break at Doncaster, she is fit and well.

Cheherazad likes the fast ground which she has not had in her last 2 starts, she should win a race.

Circumvent came out of the Cambrideshire in good form. The weights should suit at York on Friday although 1m1f seems to be his best trip.

Mons Calpe runs tonight at Windsor but is unreliable.

It's great when there is a freak result in a big race, it only goes to show tat racing is not cut and dry. The big guns all got put in their places and is was a victory for optimism.

One or two form lines have been exposed, also the horses have shown their limitation. The mare Snow Fairy ran a great race but the rest look very moderate and it looks like a poor crop. We needed Pour Moi for a true comparison.

I think the BHA have got it right with the whip policy. If it is not addresses and the public perception is that racing is cruel to horses it could be banned outright. Something is going to win every race and it is better to win without being thrashed in the process, although I think it applies to jumping more than flat.

If anyone is looking for a companion, there are at least ten attractive and available divorcees in East Garston!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Handicapping needs an overhaul...

Silverheels is off to Redcar on Saturday for the Listed race over 6f subject to his work tomorrow.

Humungosaur is one of our nicest two year olds and goes for the 1m2f maiden at Pontefract on Monday, we have booked Paul Hanagan.

Joy to the World is a nice filly but will not be fully wound up at Kempton.

We were pleased with Circumvents run in the Cambridgeshire, as it happened the draw went against him and he was checked half way through the race, otherwise he would have been in the frame.

After 70 days in the cold column, which is a nightmare for any trainer, it was nice to see Tom Tate get out in such spectacular fashion winning the Cambridgeshire.

The handicap system is awful, they appear unaccountable and we have seen a string of horses thrown in recently like horses trained by big trainers and owned by big owners picking up the crumbs. Handicappers should be means tested to see they are doing their job properly which we know they are not. Good ones should get a pat on the back and the bad ones sacked.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Some big runners coming up..

It's getting to the time of year when a trainer starts to give up on horses and the Newmarket and Doncaster sales are closing. We are supporting Doncaster more this year, the entry fees are less and it may pay to be a big fish in a small pond rather than Newmarket, where they go through in the hundreds.

Silverheels is fit and well and goes for the two year old trophy at Redcar on October 1st.

Humungosaur who's form has been boosted by the winner of his Deauville race winning a Group 3 at Longchamp. He is running at Pontefract on October 3rd over 1m2f.

Kaiser Wilhelm has come on from his race and runs at Goodwood on Wednesday. He is from more of a three year old family.

Gifted Girl is back cantering and has grown. She will make up into a nice three year old.

Joy to the World is looking promising, she will probably run at Kempton next week. She may just need the race.

We were hoping that Pat Dobbs would be able to ride Circumvent again in the Cambridgeshire but having broken his arm we are looking for another jockey.

I am told by people who attended Keeneland Sales that the horses were not spectacular and the prices were high. I was hoping that we would see a bit more value at the sales this year with the dip in prize money and the recession. I think the usual players will be at the English and Irish sales, taking the cream of the crop and the rest of us picking up what is left over.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Circumvent Wins in good style!

We have not got many runners this week but we are delighted with Circumvents win at Goodwood. A lot of people were thankful for his long price. It was the first time he had his true trip and as the ground was a little softer than he would like, we were very pleased. We have left him in the Cambridgeshire on 24th September at Newmarket.

Swingland worked on Saturday, on route to run in the Shadwell Fillies Mile at Newmarket on 23rd September, she seems in good form.

Ziefhd may run at Newbury on Friday in the Fillies Conditions race, she has come out of her race well.

Cheherazad was disappointing at Chepstow, we put it down mainly to the ground and possibly the track.

Most of our other runners this week are hopeful not expected.

We bought two yearlings at Doncaster, both speedy sorts by stallions getting winners. They are on our horses for sale page.

It was pleasing to see the two Group 1 winners in France win their races in convincing style and great to see Sarafina show such tenacity. I think this is what racing should be about and not fodder for the bookmakers.

I think the 80 less races next year should be 180 as nobody earns anything out of it at all, it's just going through the motions for the betting industry and the fact that we created all these meetings to create revenue, it seems to be that the reverse has happened as prize money continues to tumble.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A busy week for runners!

Clianthus runs on Saturday, he is more of a three year old type, he is expected to run well but not win.

Kaiser Wilheim will need the experience of a run on Thursday at Doncaster.

Rainbow Chorus will need all the help he can get to win a race.

Swingland has come out of her race well and has a provisional target of the Shadwell fillies mile at Newmarket on 23rd September.

Ziefhd will have benefited from all her races but ran well at Kempton, she could improve further after giving the winner 4lb.

Velvet Star is not fancied today.

Rimth runs on Thursday at Doncaster, she needs to be settled early and is in good form.

Cheherazad has been unlucky but is expected to go well at Chepstow.

Baltimore Clipper was given a poor ride at Haydock and should have been very close.

Circumvent will go well at Goodwood, he has been unlucky with the ground and draws this year.

I read in the post that Bookmakersthink racing needs quantity not quality. Talk about a biased approach, it would reduce racing to nothing, more like glorified dog racing and sums up their approach to racing generally. We should go our own route and stop pandering to others needs.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

DBS here we come...

Swingland has improved after her Goodwood 4th and is expected to run well today at Goodwood.

Orange Ace runs at Kempton on Wednesday, he is very rusty and will need a race as he hasn't run for a while.

Pearls Of Sydney will need the experience at Salisbury on Thursday in the maiden.

Cheherazad was disappointing at Catterick, S. De Sousa is riding very well but missing the start at Catterick is fatal.

Red Courtier ran another good race at Wolverhampton but he went too wide round all the other runners.

It looks like we are reliying on the two year olds this year, we were delighted with Humungosaur at Deauville, if he had a faster pace he could of been 2nd, but he picked up £18,000 for his 3rd.

Gifted Girl ia back in training after having a break following her Goodwood win.

Ziefhd duly obliged at Folkestone and she is in very good form. She could run well at Kempton this week as the track would suit her better.

Having Spent the last few days in Deauville at the yearling sales, it was very nice that Arqana are making a great effort and the sale was very healthy. At this rate they will provide competition for the other sales companies which is good for everybody. They are backed by healthy racing, lots of prize money and lots of premiums.

By the way, entry to Deauville races is only 2-3 euros! English racing needs to reduce entry fees which are far too high, the other thing that is very noticable in France is the politeness and dedication of French jockeys who always seem to know the form of the horse and learn anything they can about the horse to improve his chances and are most helpful afterwards.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Quiet week's racing for Whatcombe

We were delighted with Silverheels on Saturday at Sandown, he always puts up a good show. The ground there was too soft for Circumvent, he only just gets 1m2f with fast conditions.

Royal Blush did not get the run of the race at Windsor and is expected to do better.

Ziefhd landed the goods at Folkestone, she was expected to win and will improve.

Humungosaur runs at Deauville in the Listed race today, we think he will run well, the ground is soft following over night rain.

Red Courtier is in good form, he pulled off both front shoes at Kempton last time and we expect him to run well at Wolverhampton on Thursday. Otherwise we have a quiet week ahead.

I am personally delighted with the news from Aintree. Beechers Brook was always a tricky fence and horses fall there who wouldn’t fall anywhere else.

The ground at York has been well discussed but quite honestly you wouldn’t know what your horse would do on the ground, it seems unstable which some horses resent.

We are at Deauville sales this week and the market seems very rocky over here. A lot of big players are not buying and the French buyers are only buying French horses because of the premiums. Most of the English & Irish horses will be making their way back across the channel. We are going today to buy tomorrow but I am a bit wary about buying this early.

Monday, 15 August 2011

A sad loss

Unfortunately we lost one of our best two year old, Overpowered, in a freak box accident on Saturday. It a sad loss to all concerned, the Lads, Owners and the yard.
Circumvent runs on Saturday at Sandown in the 1m2f Handicap. He finds one mile a little on the short side and he has not been lucky with the draw recently.

Rimth found the 6f and the outside draw against her at Pontefract, she can do better.

Gifted Girl who was so promising at Goodwood is now back in training. She seems well handicapped at 73.

Humungosaur ran well at Newbury but needs another furlong.

Ziefhd ran well at Newbury, it took a while for the penny to drop but she ran on well and may run at Folkestone on Sunday in the maiden fillies race.

The Racing Post headline last week " Who'd be a punter on a day like this", referring to the large number of withdraws that day. But do punters want to back a horse that a trainer does not want to run? They would run them if they thought they would win.

The first four at Kempton were all far eastern owned with Tom, Dick & Harry some way behind, looks like it's the shape of things to come.

Monday, 8 August 2011


It was nice to see Pinch of Posh win at Newmarket especially as the owners Melba and Colin Bryce are keen breeders; she has a very good pedigree. 40-1 was a good price as she has won 2 races previously and was unsuited by the track and ground at Leicester.

Spring buck was given no chance at Kempton by an unsympathetic starter, he was upset by others behaving badly and should have been given another shot.

We have been delighted with the progress Strategic Prince has been making with his first stock cumulating with a group one winner on Sunday.

We are continuing with a run of poor draws, Circumvent and Flashbang are prime examples these would have been a lot closer with good draws.

Rimith is in great form with an entry in Deauville in the Pre de Meautry later in the month. Three year old fillies are not easy to place but The Hungerford stakes and a listed at Pontefract are also options.

Swindy is well and expected to run a good race at Kempton.

Clianthus is going well and runs at Salisbury.

Gifted Girl is back in exercise after her impressive win at Goodwood, she is well handicapped at 82.

Humugosaur is a nice strong horse set to run at Newbury. We were pleased with his run at Ascot.

Overpowered has been rested after his Newmarket win and has just gone back into work.

Silverheels has an array of entries the Pre Morny, the Gimcrack, the Mill Reef and the Pre Francois Boutin. He missed the break and was squeezed back at Goodwood on what would have been closer. He is sound and genuine.

Swingland ran well at Goodwood, she was pushed wide all the way and looked like winning soon.

Ziefhd, we like and runs at Newbury on Saturday.

The yards horses’ continue to run well but with Jim and Fitri Hay moving their horses we are well down on numbers but we will be re stocking at the sales. Shares and new syndicates will be available please contact Jenny on 01488 683433 if you are interested.

Rimth heads for Hungerford.

Big price winners are always a nice surprise and Pinch of Posh was no exception. She just made it home by a head at HQ but thoroughly deserved the win, coming with a run in the final 2f. It’s also fantastic for the owner/breeders, the Bryces. There may even be a bit of improvement to come as well.

Flashbang’s draw didn’t help her at Lingfield, and the pace wasn’t quick enough. She has the potential, but needs everything to fall into place. Circumvent is so hard to place, but ran with credit over a trip short of his best. He is class act, but it’s difficult to know where to send him.

This week, we have a fair few decent chances. Rimth is going back to Newbury, the scene of her runaway win in a Group 3 at the start of the season. She ran well at Goodwood, and we think she was beaten by the draw rather than other horses. She should be right up there come the finish.

Swindy likes Kempton, and having worked well on Saturday, should run well. Serial Sinner will appreciate firm quick ground, but might take to All Weather. Daring Damsel is a lovely filly, but will need a bit of time before she really gets going. The same is true for Clianthus, whose introduction at Salisbury will be educational for both horse and connections.

Moynahan should go very well at Goodwood, a course which he seems to exclusively act on. Humungosaur should come on bundles for his first run at Ascot and we expect him to go close.

Anthony Dunkley

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Glorious Goodwood

We are represented by Circumvent in the first race today at Goodwood, he is 14-1 in the paper and we are hoping that he makes a good account of himself back over the 1m2f trip.

We are running both our fillies on Thursday in the maiden at Goodwood, Gifted Girl & Swingland. Gifted Girl ran a very good third at Newbury when only getting beaten a lenth and has come on from that run. Swingland is a half sister to Starfala who was beaten a short head in the Park Hill stakes (Group 2) at Doncaster for us and she is showing promise at home.

We have a big day on Friday when Rimth and Silverheels both go to Goodwood. Silverheels has been given a rating of 97 this morning and will run in Richmond Stakes and Rimth runs in the Oak Tree. Olivier Peslier is coming over to ride them both.

A quick thank you to Tony Bradley, our Head Lad, for paying for lunch on Sunday! It was his 50th after all! Best of luck to all our owners this week!

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Hayley Overpowers HQ

It’s festival season, and our favourite time of the year. The July meeting at HQ was a success, with some very promising runs from lovely individuals. With Glorious Goodwood just around the corner, we’re gearing up for another successful festival.

Overpowered took the same race Memen won last year for us, and was given an inspired ride by Hayley Turner, who was probably still on a high after her July Cup win. He ran a promising race, and now we’ll look at Goodwood for him.

Earlier on the card, Silverheels ran well to place in a Group 2. Ridden by Hayley again, we were very pleased as it looked a hot race. He may go for the Richmond at Goodwood over 6f.

Swindy ran well on his return to action, just tiring in the final few furlongs having been up there in contention the whole way. There is definitely another race in him.

Away from Newmarket, we also had success with Red Courtier, who got home sweetly by a neck at Kempton. It’s brilliant to see him back after his niggling problems, and as long as the handicapper doesn’t clobber him for that success, he should win again soon. Gifted Girl ran a solid debut race, getting going at the end, and will go for a maiden at Goodwood.

This week, Circumvent is entered for two, but will probably go for the Doncaster race. He has bits and pieces of form, and at his best he is very hard to beat.

Flashbang has had a mucus problem, but we’re hoping she can get back to winning ways this week. She seems in good form at home and is worth a squeak.

Take a Spin should really be winning soon, and has been unlucky a few times. Nottingham should suit and we’re be hopeful of a big run. Daring Damsel will improve for her last run and should be another winner for us.

Anthony Dunkley

Monday, 4 July 2011

Silverheels to go to the Superlative!

Silverheels was not helped by the pace at Haydock they went slow and then quickened it sometimes happens in small fields but we are going to take our chances in this type of race because we still think a bit of him.

Red Courtier will have a good chance at Kempton on Wednesday he is on good form and has won on the surface before. We are aiming towards Newmarket with Swindy who has just come right this year but will probably not get in so we have also got him entered at Chester and Ascot over the weekend. Moynahan has got a couple of entries at Chepstow and Ascot he will probably head to Ascot for the 0-85 handicap he is pretty consistent but finds it hard to win. Gifted Girl will head to Newbury she is a nice filly that goes very well. Zing Wing just got a bit tired the last time and she will now head to Newbury for the 0-75, 3 year old fillies only over 7 furlongs. Overpowered will be heading to the nursery at Newmarket but a final decision will be made at the declaration stage he has been crying out for seven furlongs. Strategic Mount will have his debut at Newmarket this year it will be interesting to see how he gets on he seems very relaxed at home this year.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Bouncing Back: Heels to return to winning ways

Moynahan showed us he still can still produce a run when it matters, finishing second to his opponent who got home better. He likes Goodwood, so we may look at Glorious for him. Paul Doe gave him an excellent ride, and although he is tricky to win with, we’re confident it won’t be long before he gets the run of the race.

We have chances galore this week, and we start off with Pinch of Posh. She is a talented filly with good form and, by the looks of the race, could be the one to beat if she turns up mentally ready.

Vicona is the same, and will need to lead. But if it’s a going day, she’ll win.

Silverheels has come out of Ascot really well, and we’re hoping that he can do the business in this novice stakes. We’re very happy at home.

Cheherazad ran below par last time, but the track at Warwick didn’t suit. We’re hoping she’ll recapture her Newbury form. Zing Wing got tired at Goodwood last time, but needed that and should put up a good fight.

Anthony Dunkley

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Back to HQ: Circumvent bids to retain crown

Two great performances this week from juveniles getting off the mark. We're hoping for more of the same, particularly at the big meetings.

Silverheels went into the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot as the 4-1 favourite, but never really was going. The moment Ryan Moore got off, he told us that the horse should go for the Richmond Stakes at Goodwood, so that’s the plan. He went into the race a little heavy as well. Circumvent never travelled and will now head for the same handicap at the HQ July meeting, the one he sprang a shock in last year at 40-1.

Pinch of Posh ran a lovely race to win in an affair which she’ll come on from. She’s been handed a rating of 68, and we’ll see how she works before making a decision about where to go next.

Overpowered also got off the mark nicely, keeping on at the finish. He’s entered again for this weekend at Salisbury.

This week isn’t a busy one. Moynahan will appreciate Windsor, and we hope he decides it’s a going day. Red Courtier will head to Salisbury and should go close on his best form. Circuitous ran a promising show at Bath and we’re looking for improvement from his next run.

Anthony Dunkley

Monday, 6 June 2011

Jersey a possible for Rimth

It’s one of the quietest weeks we’ve had for a long time. It’s what you might call the calm before the storm, the storm being the very busy summer festivals which we always send runners to, like Goodwood and York.

Royal Ascot may not be chocker full of our runners, but we are looking at the Jersey for Rimth. She ran a respectable race in the Pouliches, but maybe wasn’t Group 1 class. Her turn of foot is explosive over 7f, so we think she’d be right up there on home turf. Judging by her Newbury performance, she is not one to discount.

Vicona went to Bath with every chance in a handicap, but just didn’t like the firm ground that was on offer. She is French bred, so we’re looking at a claimer in France for her, where the ground will be softer and the prize money a millions times better.

Red Courtier seemed to take to Goodwood, which is always a bonus, and got close to winner before fizzling out. We’ll step him up in trip to see how he fares, because he looks like he needs it.

Moynahan didn’t go well at Sandown, although we think he is too highly rated for us to do anything with. He’s a decent horse on his day, but he won’t win on his current mark.

This coming week sees Mons Calpe go to Salisbury. Like Moynahan, he is probably too high to make a serious impact, but he likes his racing and if everything goes right, he might surprise a few people. Heart of Dixie might need a step up in trip with time, but Newbury’s flat galloping track is perfect for her.

Anthony Dunkley

Monday, 30 May 2011

Winners in the making!

Rimth has come out of the French Guineas in good form and has two possible targets; the Jersey stakes or the 7f Eternal Stakes at Warwick.

Baltimore Clipper is making his seasonal debut at Goodwood. He has had problems with ulcers but we expect him to run better now.

Circumvent is back in full training and is better than ever.

Silver Heels has recovered from a dirty scope and is back in full work ready for the Norfolk or the Windsor Castle.

Royal Blush has had slightly sore shins but is now back cantering. He may still go to Ascot but will more likely end up in the Cherry Himton.

We are very pleased with our two year old fillies. The ones to watch are Joy To The World, Ziefhd and Gifted Girl.

The horses are in good form or though we are going through a quiet spell with lack of runners there are winners in the making.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Silverheels is on target for the Windsor Castle!

We could imagine why people think Silverheels has not been out since his run, but he has been getting over a summer cold that has been hard to shift we are on track he is fine and is going the right way, signs are encouraging. Rimth has come out of her race really nicely and we will probably go to the Wokingham which we have won with a filly before, it's doubtful we will go for the coronation.

We run a very nice filly called Ziefhd at Newmarket she goes nicely at home and we expect a good performance. Flashbang found the ground to firm at Newbury, she seems to like Newmarket having run well there before and she seems in great form. End or Beginning is running over one mile two furlongs at Newmarket we really like this horse and expect him to run a big race. No Hubris is working very well and likes Newmarket.

The horses are running ok and we are as usual are getting lots of seconds but are happy with the way the horses are running.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Commissar our Star two year old has been sold!

He is a great Character with wonderful speed and we wish the new owner all the best!

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

All systems go: Rimth ready for the Pouliches.

It’s not every day you have a classic runner. Not even every year. We are delighted that Rimth will be flying the flag not just for Whatcombe, but for England when she tackles the best of the French fillies in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (French 1000 Guineas). She worked well on Saturday, and is ready. She might have a little pipe-opener on Wednesday, but we’ll decide probably on the day.

Mons Calpe returned back to his best at Windsor, fighting off rivals at the finish. There should be more to come next time. Moynahan ran very well, and it seems Goodwood is his track. He can definitely pick one up in this grade.

Perfect Day was bitterly disappointing on her debut. She was sent off favourite, which may have been a tad optimistic, but we had expected at least a finish in the places. She was too green and hopefully will show her true colours next time.

Red Courtier could put us back to winning ways at York. If there’s cut in the ground, then we’re expecting a big show. Vicona won her race in workman-like fashion and should follow up as well.

Overpowered is having his debut at York or Newmarket, and is a lovely individual. He has the pace to burn off his rivals and could go well on his first outing. Royal Blush should improve on her second at HQ, where she was gradually getting closer but the finish came too soon. She’s very capable and we’d be hopeful of at least a repeat of her debut.

Anthony Dunkley

Sunday, 1 May 2011

‘One the best 2yo performances of the season so far’

We’re finally starting to see horses perform to their potential, with a treble in the past few days. Commissar smashed his rivals at HQ to earn massive praise from the RUK team (“one of the best 2yo performances of the season so far”) and spectators alike. His 5l win in the Future Stars’ maiden was powerful, and he had learned his job well last time when chasing home Magic City. We’re looking into Royal Ascot for him, but which race he’ll contest remains to be seen. He ran a sound race over 5f, but he wasn’t stopping.

Vicona landed an interesting maiden at Bath, which we were confident she would. A few of her opponents were quite well thought of, and we’ll be keeping a close eye on their progress this season. Flashbang ran a cracker to take her maiden, making all to score by a few lengths. Although she won well, she may not be back on the track for a few weeks.

Moynahan is heading back to Goodwood, which he seems to really handle. We’re hopeful of a good show, and the same is the case for Mons Calpe who goes to Windsor in search of success. It’s a potentially tricky race, but he’s been working well.

We’ve also got a filly by the name of Perfect Day, whose pedigree is very exciting. Out of the talented Yesterday and sired by Holy Roman Emperor, we’re hoping for some memories with this one. Depending on how she works on Tuesday, she’ll be going to Ascot or Nottingham.

Rimth has put on 8 kilos since the Fred Darling, and has been working up to scratch. She’s really exciting us this season, and she’s bang on target to give Soumillon plenty to smile about on the big day. She’s in fantastic form.

Anthony Dunkley

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Leaning towards the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches for Rimth!

We got her ready for the Fred Darling, where as some of the others had been got ready for the Guineas, the extra time would be beneficial it would allow her to freshen up although she has come out of her race really well and seems to be in great form. The pace may also suit her in france with Christophe Soumillon being the confirmed rider in the saddle would give you that extra bit of confidence.

Lilly Again who has been bought by Dr Marwan Koukash who was unsuited by the downhill at Newmarket is heading for the Sporting Bet Micheal Seely Memorial at York. Cheherazad who ran so promisingly at Newbury is provisionally running in the 7 furlongs maiden fillies at Chester, the track would not be ideal, she is a big filly but the ground would suit. Flashbang was unsuited by the fiirm ground at Newmarket could well contest the maiden fillies at Kempton where the surface should suit he. Serial Sinner who has come out of her Windsor race well will probably run in the mile maiden stakes at Kempton which has probably got some of the best ground around at the moment. Vicona who ran so well at Newbury will contest the maiden filies at Bath on thursday. Moynahan who stays in training is coming on extremely well. We are very pleased with Red Courtiers run at Newbury some good to soft ground over a mile and a half would suit. We are very pleased the way Silver Heels has come out of his race at Windsor, he put in a very good performance considering he was not wound up. Commisar was never at the races at Newbury the penny failed to drop but he sill ran creditable, he could well contest the Makfi Future Stars maiden at Newmarket on Sunday. Although we are slightly down on two year olds we are very pleased by the way they are shaping up. Royal Blush is pencilled for York where we expect to have plenty of runners.


To me the National solution seems fairly simple reduce the field to thirty taking the ten lesser lights out and removing the traps i.e the drops behind the fences which catches the horses out.

Regarding the wip, it is essential for use in races but should not be used to punish the horses, the vision of tired jumpers giving there all being thrashed is the most unsightly spectacle in racing.