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