Blog Archive Dec ’13 – Dec ’14
It wasn’t meant to be as Pistol…..PROBLEMS UPLOADING try again tomorrow
Gremlins in the system and just able to get this blog updated now, well hopefully it does when I press the button ! The last twice it didn’t. Pistol runs in the last today at Catterick and he is now out to 7’s which Alan believes is a fair enough price as it also offers a price for e.w. backers. This is the race Pistol won last year and beat today’s present jt. fav. Pistol will strip fitter than his last race when he ran well before blowing up. He is an enigmatic character as followers of the blog will know and his races can be won or lost before a race and Becky has to train and maintain him whilst ‘keeping the lid on him’. On his day he retains plenty of ability. Tony who normally rides is injured and Brian takes over and is acquainted with the horse’s quirks. There looks as if there could be a bit of pace in the race which could suit as he may get a nice lead as he will be pulling for his head. Hopefully things go his way today and he wins the race for the 2nd time in 2 years.
Getting back to racing normality again and all three N. Hunt trainers have runners today and all have chances in quite open races. Alan has opted for no bets today but I have had an interest double – Divine Port at Sedgefield and Water Garden at Towcester. 4/1 & 3/1 presently.
Pistol runs Sunday Catterick and Harry has come out of his Newcastle race fine.
And a new pup has joined us !
A much improved run by Harry yesterday. First time over fences, he was a bit novicey at some but did come up when Lucy asked and was brave enough to stand well off. Although always held by the winner on the day, it is clear there is further improvement to come and all in all it was a very encouraging display. Handled the ground well enough but it was also thought better ground could suit.
Well that’s one owner who wont be asking Alan’s advice any time shortly !
Meanwhile today, Harry The Lemmon runs at Newcastle in a chase for the first time. He had almost 2 years off before his last run at Doncaster when he was pulled up. Today’s conditions should suit better and the tongue tie is off. He ran disappointing last time and was always outpaced and he is a horse who used to be able to hold a position. Needless to say he has to step up markedly to win today. However, he is a horse thought capable of having the ability to do so. 4 horse race and 17/2 presently to improve from last time as well as show ability at chasing ? Alan thinks its possible and will make it 2 days on the trot of having a bet ! Hopefully, today will prove to be better than yesterday. Surprisingly no phone calls as yet !
Harry runs at Newcastle tomorrow and more news in the morning.
Alan was asked last night by an owner within Panther re Beau Dandy at Uttoxeter today. Good choice (hopefully) and odds were 6’s and a horse Alan has watched. All conditions look favourable but the only thing is that the horse has a habit of late of running well but not winning. Bigger prob may be that the horse has in the past shown to ‘not having his right head on’. However, Alan has sided with Beau today and good luck to all connections as Beau’s owners were also with Panther previous before owning their own horses.
If you haven’t received the newsletter as yet they are still in the process of being sent ! Decision in morning re Harry for Newcastle.
Christmas approaching at a gallop and nothing done yet ! However, I’ve finally completed the December general newsletter for Panther and it is 7 x A4 sheets long with updates on all horses and aims coming up, so pour a drink before you read it ! The newsletter should arrive in your inbox tomorrow – if no more server problems as of the last few days. News from Becky is that both Brit and Pistol are well and races planned. Harry has his entry at Newcastle on Sat and Uphold is also entered on Sat (Lingfield). There are no small % shares available in Uphold but 10% shares are available. Other news is that the handicapper has seen the potential of Deep Resolve and upped his mark by 10 pounds to 120. Quality races will have to be on the agenda for this horse who is still only three. Have been asked about Bella and a full explanation in the newsletter but we have left her ownership a lot sooner than anticipated. It was due to Lisa leaving her kennels and the dogs were distributed out to other kennels with Bella going home to Lisa’s. It was a short period of ownership of my own 100% of a greyhound but it was a very rewarding experience and Lisa taught me a lot in the short time we were there. However, I do have shares in 4 pups now, 2 of which are presently racing – one a winner of an open but ‘out of sorts at present’. Not injured but ill. The other has won 4 from 5 races during our ownership and all opens. The other two wont race until the back end of the Summer or so, as they are too young.
I am intending forming an ownership group with greyhounds but wont introduce it until everything is in place. Hopefully it wont be too long and I want to involve the main stadiums as well as ‘grass root’ racing.
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Interesting day’s racing at Carlisle with Alan, Becky and James all having runners. In fact all have a runner in the 12.45 and all have a chance. Becky believes Water Garden will run well and he should have come on for his previous runs. However, Doncaster never really suited Big Water last time and Carlisle is a track that suits. Ground for both is ideal. Mater of The Game is on the drift and double figures can be found. Alan hasn’t had a bet in the race but would have plumped for the Alan S. horse Big Water (no doubt Becky and James are happy with that !) but any value has gone now from 11/4 and is generally around 6/4.
Interesting sales at Cheltenham when 3 horses found their way back to Becky’s and James’s yards. I’M TOO GENEROUS was purchased by Becky for £35,000. SKY FULL OF STARS and CATCHING SHADOWS went to James for £50,000 & £65,000 respectively. I imagine they will be out shortly for new connections.
Christmas Calendars are all on the shelves now and Alan S. and James Ewart have their own racing calendars. They are in the large A3 format for hanging on walls and have a large pic for each month as well as all racing fixtures for the year ahead. Alan’s features previous Panther horse FLY HOME HARRY, whilst James’s features Panther horses BE MY PRESENT / CIVIL UNREST / SLEEP IN FIRST & SNUKER. They are put together by photographer John Grossick and cost around £20. If you would like to order one please just get in touch as I don’t know if it may be cheaper ordering via the trainers in a batch. Either email or text or call me as soon as possible if you would like one and I will see which is the best way to order.
Decision made tomorrow regarding Harry for Catterick on Tues.
Quiet day from the yards except Entihaa from Alan’s attempting to make it a quick fire treble at Wolverhampton tonight. It is looking at going to be a busy time around the festive period with horses having plans made for them and Pistol has a date already set. Doc has come out of his race really well and Harry could run next week. Plenty going on behind the scenes regarding the greyhounds and I will update when anything confirmed.
Alan Swinbank’s group reforms on Jan 1st for another year and new memberships can be taken now and remaining December is F.O.C. Full details on the group can be seen on the P.A.S. GROUP heading.
CHRISTMAS JUST CAME EARLY !
DEEP RESOLVE (Doc – pictured yesterday) again ran an excellent race in winning at Hexham and all members of his ownership group (and no doubt those who read the blog yesterday) are thanking horse, trainer ALAN SWINBANK and jockey PAUL MOLONEY for putting money in their pockets for Christmas. The price drifted all day from a high of 6/4 to an s.p. of 7/2 which was much higher than both Alan’s expected. In fact it was an incredible price. Atrocious conditions once again at Hexham but Doc lived up to his name when leading start to finish and jumped excellent. He really is a horse who continues to improve and he is still only 3 and yesterday took on the experienced handicappers. Alan also believes that wherever the N. Hunt route leads (has loads of scope to make up into a chaser), there will be some big races possible next turf season.
Alterations will be made to the site and one of the pages will be regarding the Deep Resolve ownership group. Present membership comes up for renewal on 1st Jan and a new Alan Swinbank group will be formed. Details will be on the PAS PAGE hopefully tomorrow.
Latest news on Brit is that the heart rhythm reverted back and so touchwood it has been one of those things. However, as Becky said, even she wouldn’t ask him to race on Sat !
More entries now going in for horses inc. Harry The Lemmon. All other horses well.
Deep Resolve runs in the 3.20 at Hexham today and goes with every chance of completing a double. No big prices but on form goes with a favourite’s chance. 110 mark for his handicap debut based on two runs could be argued to be high but he is a highly regarded horse with lots of potential to go forward. Ground wont be a problem. Just hope racing goes ahead without problem as high winds forecast throughout the day.
Brit ran well below expectations yesterday and was virtually pulled up. However, although no explanation was forthcoming when he first came in, when he got back to the racecourse stables, he became unsteady on his legs and the vet was called and said he was in atrial fibrillation. He recovered but was still irregular last night and we are presently awaiting Becky’s news this morning. On the good news front, the vet did say if Brit recovered within 24 hours there would be no problem in running him on Saturday (holds an entry at Southwell). We shall see.
Sleepy also was fine the next morning after his race at Musselburgh. His jumping was poor but that is nothing new at this venue and he has never run a good race here be it hurdles or fences. Uphold ran a very nice race at Kempton but just when it looked as if he would take a definite part in the finish, the lack of a recent run told and he faded in the last furlong.
I am about to make several changes within the horses and they basically involve costings and set up with some of the horses we presently have. No small shares will now be made available in Uphold as he will be going to France as one of Gay’s horses to be boxed there in Jan and Feb. He did well there last year and the potential prize money for a horse like him is much more than over here. However, he could race here again before going. He does hold an entry in France on Frid but isn’t expected at present to go. 10% shares are available to either purchase or lease. If you are interested, please just give a ring for more info.
The other immediate change will involve Alan Swinbank’s group. Deep Resolve remains as the horse in the group but the group will offer a set annual membership fee plus a monthly costing if a person wishes instead of a one off payment. Changes will be made to the site’s pages as time allows.
Whatever you do though DONT SPEND ALL YOUR MONEY AT CHRISTMAS. My involvement in the greyhounds has continued unabated and now have shares in 4 pups – 2 racing now (and winning) and 2 that wont start racing until this next Summer. Also our own Bella. In the New Year, I am intending to set up an involvement with the greyhounds to cover the country and presently I’m looking for suitable dogs and venues. The intention will be to have dogs racing where owners and members in the groups will be able to see them race on either SIS and/ or Racing Post Greyhound TV – WHICH ARE FREE TO VIEW. Although in decline for quite a few years from their peak, the dogs are making a comeback with the flagship Towcester track just opening last Saturday to rave revues and an attendance of 4,000. Horse racing and the dogs are very similar but both can learn a lot from each other. The big plus with the dogs is the costings. Anyhow, as I said, don’t spend all your money and see what we can offer next year ! Mind you if you fancy a share in a horse, there is no better value for money than taking up a share in a Panther horse now before Christmas !
Deep Resolve runs tomorrow at Hexham. Track monitoring weather. More news tomorrow on race plus news on Brit. For owners within Panther please note all individual phone lines can presently only be accessed via landlines and not mobile phones. Engineer working on problem. I can be contacted via mob /text or email concerning your horses.
Following Revolutionary Road’s win (28/1) yesterday, hopefully Becky continues the run with UNCLE BRIT today in the 2.00 at Southwell. With support for Bognor and I’m Super Too, Brit’s price is on the drift and now touching 13/2 as I write. Alan believes this is good value – we will see !
Hate to say it but Alan was right yesterday. Snuks was outpaced and so much so that he dropped away and never was able to make a come back. He is a horse who needs a real test of stamina. Fences help as he is a good jumper and the pace of racing over fences is much more to his liking. At least he is well and more plans can be made.
Bella returned to racing yesterday but hopes of a continued winning spree were soon dashed. She broke well but also did the rest of the field and it was one of those hand over the eyes jobs as Bella moved off the rail and the whole pack met on the first bend. She is very brave and enthusiastic and throws herself into any scrap but she is also small and on this occasion became the meat in the sandwich and was squeezed out the back – fortunately in one piece. The race was over for Bella at that first bend but she returned in one piece and sound and will race again next weekend. Bella, as I have said before, has a one set mind when at the races. She just wants to get to the traps and having stood and pulled Lisa for a minute while Lisa was talking, decided pushing (pictured) might do the trick. It didn’t, Lisa is a good talker !
We were offered a new horse this weekend and it is a very nice prospect and almost ready to race (and win for Panther I’m assured !) It is unraced at present. Unfortunately I have had to turn the opportunity down until I can sell more shares in the horses presently in Panther.
Regarding today’s racing we have UPHOLD running in the 5.10 at Kempton. He runs under Gay’s colours and there are 10% shares available in him. Also a small lease share at £60 per month. Please get in touch 07775 743 885. Uphold is returning from a break and will improve on whatever he does today but at odds of 16’s presently available, it would be nice to see him in the places. He has a very impressive winning ratio – 10 from only 54 races (and 6 x 2nds) and Alan couldn’t resist the odds – now out to 25’s. At Musselburgh, SLEEP IN FIRST returns to fences – tempted with a £500 offer for all chase runners today. On paper, he has every chance – but doesn’t want too much of a cut in the ground as he has a long stride and action suited to a good ground horse. He is presently touching 4’s but Musselburgh in the past has seen him outpaced at 2 miles (2m4f today). James didn’t believe he got 2m 4f previous. Touchwood, Sleepy jumps well on his return to fences, as he has been over hurdles for almost a year now and he has always been prone to a jumping error whether it be over hurdles or fences. Just hoping he puts in a good round of jumping today on this sharp track and returns sound. He is a lovely horse and one Alan has always believed has a big chase handicap in him when all factors suit.
SNUKER runs at Kelso today in the race sponsored by James. The 11/4 has gone from last night but Alan bypassed that price in any case. Now b.p. 2/1. Reverting to hurdles to take advantage of a stone in weight over chase ratings Snuks also has now to overcome several negatives. He is a horse who relishes a very stiff test of stamina and today’s track, and possible ground (unless the showers forecast are heavy) are not ideal. Snuks could get outpaced before coming late on. The question is will the weight difference between hurdles and chasing be sufficient ? Alan didn’t believe the price was sufficient to take the risk. Hopefully, he is wrong – it has been known !
Today also sees greyhound BALOTELLIS GIRL (Bella) return to the fray since the mix up in registrations when Lisa moved kennels. Having missed out on a great chance to be named greyhound of the month plus an ideal opportunity to win her final when having to be withdrawn due to the registration not being correct, she now finds herself to have been upgraded for today’s race. However, if she breaks as she did in her last race she has every chance of continuing her winning ways. It also has to be assumed the change in surroundings haven’t had any detrimental effect. Fingers crossed all goes well.
Tomorrow sees UPHOLD running at Kempton. Also, a decision will be made in the next half hour whether Sleepy runs on Monday at Musselburgh. Tuesday possibly sees two runners at Southwell. More news tomorrow on Uphold and Sleepy and runners at Southwell.
Entries flying in and there are now 9 and more expected to be made soon. Run out of space on home page to cover them all. However, as things stand at present, SLEEPY is entered at Wetherby, Kelso & Musselburgh. SNUKER at Kelso and Hexham (up 7 pounds for last race which puts him out of the 0-100 chase on the card). UPHOLD at Kempton. UNCLE BRIT (up 4 pounds and now on 59) at Southwell. DEEP RESOLVE (now rated 110) at Southwell and Hexham. Not forgetting BELLA at Pelaw to make it 10 all together ! No definite plans on either except Bella who is (touchwood) a definite. Racing plans definitely up in the air at the moment as other races had been targeted at Newcastle next week also. Hopefully some winners will come out of this. Don’t forget, shares are still available in most horses and from only £299 they offer a very cost effective way to be involved in a horse ready to race and in most cases with recent WINNING form. Please just give a ring on 07775 743 885 if you want a share in our next winner !
Mon 1/12/’14 – Later
New entries now in for Sleepy & Snuks this weekend. Uphold bypasses possible race on Wed. Bella expected to be racing this weekend as all paperwork now in order. Entihaa – what a result ! Alan said to me this morning the 16/1 was way too high and so it proved – 8/1 sp. Should have mentioned it but Alan getting superstitious, as almost every time I do of late the horse gets beat.
Well the bubble burst ! Bella who was supposed to have raced in her final at Pelaw yesterday had to be withdrawn. On the plus side, there is no problem with Bella health wise but it was down to Lisa’s kennel’s registration and red tape. Lisa moved her dogs from the kennels she has occupied for the last 6 years to temporary ones with the object of new ones being moved into in the New Year. Unfortunately, Bella got caught up in the transfer and wasn’t eligible to race. It was a shame as she had a favorite’s chance and the winning dog’s time was a lot higher than Bella’s winning heat time. She really could have and should have won. It has been a missed opportunity, however, on the plus side there is nothing wrong with Bella and she will race as soon as registrations are all in order.
Not so good news is that Be My Present has to have a month on box rest. Although cantering away since her last (disappointing) race at Wetherby, James was concerned she wasn’t striding out fully. A specialist horse vet was asked to check her over and a pulled ligament in a joint has been diagnosed. We wont see her back on track until into the New Year but at least it isn’t as bad as it could have been, as she has been kept in work which could have made things worse. These sort of injuries happen and there is nothing that can be done except give time. At least it may go some way to explaining the disappointing run.
On the plus side, Deep Resolve, Uncle Brit, Uphold, Sleep In First, Harry The Lemmon, Snuker and Pistol all (touchwood) remain well and healthy with races being aimed for.
Frid 28 /11/’14 – LATER
Harry looked the part today (pictured) and in fact he looks a carbon copy of Sleepy. However, the race wasn’t exactly what was expected, as I had thought Harry would have tired at the finish but he was flat to the boards with a circuit to go and going nowhere until pulled up. It cannot be just a case of fitness and neither was it a problem as such, as he came past the stands at the finish looking fresh with ears pricked ! Certainly seemed no health prob and as I said earlier today the main thing was to get round without problem and that seems to have been the case – albeit I did think he would have been more in the race.
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Harry makes his long awaited comeback today in the 1.55 at Doncaster and Lucy takes the ride. It is great to see him back on track after 21 months off. He was a horse full of promise and he had been purchased as a chase prospect. We never got to that point, as he fell with the race (considered to be) in his grasp. He returns with a hurdle race again today but intentions are to go novice chasing with him. Today’s trip not a problem and he will take plenty of cut in the ground and a galloping track suits. The handicapper has also helped matters by dropping him seven for the absence. However, today’s big negative is the length of time off racing – and more importantly, Harry had little racecourse experience prior to his injury. It is a very open race betting wise but I would consider Panther’s Purple Patch to be continuing if Harry gets round safe and sound today regardless of where he finishes. Literally anything more and it would be a massive bonus. He wouldn’t be unfit, as James doesn’t have all the facilities at home just to send horses to the track lacking in anything. Fingers crossed Harry returns in one piece.
Both Brit and Pistol are very well after their races and should both be out again soon. Likewise Snuker, Deep Resolve & Uphold. Sleepy is well but really needs a bit better ground.
Harry goes to Donny tomorrow and news in the morning.
UNCLE BRIT WINS !
Amateur Race – Professional ride by Cath Walton
Brit kept the flow of winners going (touchwood it continues !) as he became Becky’s first flat winner yesterday. Panther had Becky’s first jumps winner with Pistol Basc and now makes it a double with Uncle Brit on the flat. Hopefully there are many more winners to come in the future for the partnership. It was always thought Brit had a good chance and so it proved but what a very cool and accomplished ride by Cath who rode with supreme confidence. We weren’t there yesterday as we were at Sedgefield and watching the race unfold in the bookies office on the track along with other owners of Pistol. Cath may have been confident but watching the race got the better of those who had backed Brit and other punters in the shop got an ear-bashing. The shouts were obviously contagious, as others outside our group also joined in to cheer Brit over the line. It must have seemed as if a major gamble had been landed. Once again I apologise to those close by (who hadn’t backed Brit, although there didn’t seem many) for the decibels ! More races await at Southwell and Brit is a horse who can run regular. There are 10% shares available in Brit plus a limited few as introductory shares to the yard. These presently remain at £299 all in until May 1st. Don’t let the stigma of all weather racing put you off, as cheering home a winner is the same feeling whether you are at The Aintree Festival or Southwell. I know, I have done both. Southwell also look after owners very well. If you are interested in joining Brit’s group, please just give a ring on 07775 743 885 and make sure you have a robust set of lungs as, hopefully, you will need them !
Over at Sedgefield, Pistol (pictured) looked happy to be back racing after his Summer break and ran well enough to come 4th over a trip on the short side after blowing up. He has come out of the race well and another will be looked for. He is trained out of the field, as he is a horse who lives on his nerves and his companion, also trained from the field, Royal Macnab ran very similar in an earlier race.
To join Becky’s yard which is based near York can be done so via either a share in one of the horses or via a small introductory share in either Uncle Brit or Pistol Basc. Details on both horses are on their individual horse pages. The very limited number of introductory shares offer all ownership benefits including share of prize money / owner badges / stable visiting.
Of other Panther horses, Sleepy bypassed Wetherby today due to the ground. Doc is very well after his race and another race will be looked for. Harry is entered up all over and James is looking at all options for him and Snuks is still basking in the admiration showered on him for his brave win in the grueling 4 miler. And Bella ? she is no doubt plotting on how to catch the bunny !
2 runners today, Brit at Southwell and Pistol at Sedgefield. Pistol makes his return since the Summer break when he quickly put on the bulk (unusual for him) and since has been slow to offload it ! On the plus side there are only 4 other horses to beat but there are also obvious negatives to overcome so it’s up to Pistol, as he can take a fierce tug in a race. Brit has been chomping at the bit since his Ayr race but has been just missing the cut in the races. Today he gets the run and has definite claims in a race that has no real negatives – bar the other horses of course. Touchwood, Panther’s Purple Patch continues unabated !
Glitch remains with not having enough space for all entries but Harry The Lemmon now also holds an entry at Carlisle on Sunday as well as Sleep In First. Pistol and Brit both run tomorrow – Sedgefield and Southwell and news in the morning.
BELLA MAKES IT 3 FROM 4 !!!
Last night saw Balatollis Girl (Bella) bounce back to winning ways (5/2) with an impressive break and fast time. The race was a qualifier for a trophy race back at Pelaw next weekend. Last night from her favoured 1 trap she broke well and led all the way, drawing well clear to win by 4.5 lengths. She is a very nice dog and we have been very fortunate to have been able to take her with one of the top Pelaw trainers Lisa (Fieldson). It would be nice to say Alan has a real eye for a dog as we had a choice of several at the kennels when we went to view them but on this occasion, we left it to Lisa to recommend a dog. I will do so again ! Watching Bella go about her work is amazing, as she is so totally focused at the track. Playful off it, she isn’t bothered about any fuss or human interaction on the course but only stares at the traps with a one track mind. She is tailor made for taking photographs as she stands stock still looking at the traps. Even Alan manages to get pics that aren’t blurred. Further good news is that Bella has been in the draw for next weekend’s race and has been pulled out of the No 1 trap.
We have had a couple of people enquiring about the greyhounds and although we took Bella as our own dog, we are looking at setting up a group in a dog in the New Year. A big difference with greyhound and horse ownership is the costing. How many times do you hear people say it isn’t the cost of buying a horse but its keep that puts owners off ? Well in dogs, it is the other way round. A dog can change hands for hundreds up to £50,000 plus but the costs to keep and train are relatively cheap. Realistically, you could have up to 15 greyhounds for the cost of 1 horse ! If you enjoy horse racing, there is no reason why you wouldn’t like the dogs – and vice versa. Exposure now is getting better, the welfare issue of the past has been and is improving and it is a very sociable occasion when going racing. Tracks like the new Towcester venture can only help and with RPGTV (Racing Post Greyhound TV) bringing greyhound racing into your home via computer free of charge Wed to Sun and talk of 7 days a week shortly it gives all easy access to watching your dogs run. Pelaw Grange where Lisa is an attached trainer just missed out when RPGTV set up but are hopeful they will be included if the expected expansion takes place of the Racing Post channel. I will keep all updated as things develop. Plus Bella’s attempt at winning next weekend. Also she is a ‘Greyhound of the Month’ candidate having won 3 and been 4th but is second to another dog who has won 3 and been 2nd. Next weekend’s race will sort out the winner also.
We have had a very good run for several months now of being injury free horse wise but Royal had to have an x-ray yesterday. On the plus side it could have been worse but he has twisted a joint (probably in his last race) and will now be on the sidelines until the New Year. These things happen and are unavoidable.
Deep Resolve did have the perfect race at Southwell, as he had a weight allowance which gave him a big advantage but Alan S. wont risk him racing so soon after the last race at Hexham. Having just won impressively, no point in being greedy and other races will be looked for.
UNCLE BRIT runs Southwell Tues and Pistol will be declared Sedgefield on Tuesday also.
Better sign off now as it feels like I’m writing a book……….talking of which !
Snuker and Deep Resolve well after their exertions on Wed and the latter so much so he has an entry at Southwell on Tuesday. Lots of entries this week coming and all likely runners. Slight glitch with the web site as we have run out of space for the entries list and Harry The Lemmon has now entered the fray and has two entries next week also at Doncaster and Musselburgh. Busy times ! Also greyhound Bella (Balotellis Girl) runs tonight and keeping fingers crossed for a quicker break than last week.
We have now reopened PANTHER’S ALAN SWINBANK GROUP. It is headed up by horse DEEP RESOLVE and membership to the group costs an all in fee of £450 until Aug 1st. 2015. Full details of the group and benefits can be seen on the main P.A.S. GROUP heading. To join or if you have any questions, please just give a ring on 07775 743 885.
A great day yesterday was had by all and a very nice summary by Panther member Ray Readman in today’s Racing Post. Both horses are well after their exertions and DEEP RESOLVE (Doc) is so fresh he may well run at Southwell next Tuesday on the flat. Typically, it is in the same race as Royal Alcor is entered. Should be interesting ! Doc pictured left at Hexham yesterday is a class horse and has the potential to develop into absolutely anything. Alan is convinced he will be a very good turf horse next season as he strengthens up. He ran the opposition ragged yesterday on very testing ground and he will improve further as he races. There is a 25 or 50 % share available, please just get in touch – 07775 743 885.
SNUKER – pictured on coming back to the winners enclosure in the gloom of Hexham had to bring all his quality to the fore yesterday in the 4 mile race that almost lasted a stamina sapping 10 minutes. It was an excellent performance by Snuks and ride by Lucy who kept asking and Snuks kept giving. You also had to feel for connections of the second horse Silver Dragon who just wouldn’t give up and third Beau Dandy who had looked the likely winner on the back straight with Snuks at the back and going nowhere at that point. All in all, it was a great day and another double notched up by Panther. Thanks also go to Hexham racetrack who were very gracious in their hospitality to all members and owners after both races.
Yesterday will be a hard day to follow but you just never know and we have Deep Resolve, Royal Alcor and Uncle Brit all entered at Southwell next Tuesday and Pistol Basc also at Sedgefield next Tuesday. Sleep In First is entered at Wetherby on Wed.
Updates to the sites pages will be made over the next few days.
Wed 19/11/’14 – A BIT LATER
DON’T YOU JUST LOVE HEXHAM !!!
RACE UPDATES TOMORROW PLUS 4 NEW HORSE ENTRIES
Both Snuker (9/4 BP) and Deep Resolve (SP only at present) are in nice races today – fingers crossed ! More entries coming up for Royal / Pistol / Brit.
Royal ran a nice race yesterday from off the pace to finish 3rd. Tomorrow sees both Snuker and Deep Resolve go to Hexham and more news tomorrow.
Royal runs in the 5.40 at Wolverhampton today. He was 20’s last night – touched 33’s – and is now b.p. at 8’s. However, there are both negatives and positives which have been explained to owners. Hoping for the best. Deep Resolve bypasses Doncaster tomorrow and could go to Hexham.
Royal runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow and news in the morning. Unfortunately, Uncle Brit once again just missed the cut and the track changed the divide preference otherwise he would have got the run. For a horse whom we believe will do well as he runs regular (built like a tank), we are not getting the rub of the green. He has been race ready since his last race when 2nd and that is now several weeks ago. Not to worry, there is another race next week but it is likely to clash with a race for Pistol ! Harry has a race target coming up shortly and decisions will be made on Snuks and Deep Resolve for their races this week. See what rain comes.
It wasn’t to be ! Bella came 4th last night. She missed the break on a surface that was racing very quick and was last going into the first bend. On the surface she just never made a lot of headway even though she posted her quickest time for us (due to the fast ground). She finished without problem and will probably return again next weekend.
On the horse front, some changes are presently being made with bloodstock and updates will be posted shortly. However, a very limited number of INTRODUCTORY shares are to be made available in Deep Resolve once again and more info early next week. If you are interested and would like to register your interest, please give a ring on 07775 743 885 as he is entered up at Doncaster and Hexham this week. You could be there with a winner !
Sleepy bypasses both Wetherby and Cheltenham tomorrow due to the ground at both tracks and more entries will be looked for. Deep Resolve holds entries now at Doncaster and Hexham next week along with Snuker at Hexham. Brit has his 2 entries at Southwell on Tuesday next week. Royal entered Wolv Mon.
Tonight at the dogs, Bella takes on the task of making it 3 from 3 for us but this looks her stiffest test to date. She has been moved out to a 2 draw which probably means the 1 dog will get first run. Bella is not the quickest breaker, so a lot will depend on how fast she gets away and not get crowded out on the first bend. A plus with her, is that she is a genuine and honest railer and as soon as she gets the chance she will head for that position. Fingers crossed once more !
Brit just missed the cut for tomorrow’s race but could be entered again for the next Southwell meeting. At Ayr, James runs Born To Succeed. He is a big horse who lives on the edge and a bumper run will help settle him. However, in today’s race, Alan believes he could make the frame and present odds are 14’s across the board so it would be no surprise to see at least one firm offer more.
BELLA MAKES IT 2 FROM 2
Bella had every chance on paper and was sent off 5/2 fav for her race. Unfortunately, she broke slow and was 2nd last at the first bend before slipping through on the inside to take 4th spot on the second bend. Fast pace on the back straight saw her get on the heels of the leader at the next bend but she was then boxed in by the leader and a dog on her outside. It looked a lost cause until she came off the final bend wide to overtake the leader and win by a head in a photo. Her winning time was less than her last race but she lost time when boxed in and this was a very good race by Bella. I must learn to keep those decibels down a notch !
She is a very focused dog who has only one thing on her mind at the track and that is to race. When in the warm up area prior to a race, she hates walking away from the direction of the traps and walks between a handlers legs or takes the lead around the front in order to get back. She isn’t interested in a rub or pat – just totally focused on getting to the traps. Bella’s racing weight is around 25.5 k and she is was the smallest dog in the race with others at 32 k. As you can see from pic of Lisa and Bella prior to the race, Bella is not the biggest greyhound you will come across in stature but she is certainly brave and aims for the rail every time.
Back to the horse front, Sleep In First now holds entries at Cheltenham and Wetherby on Saturday. Uncle Brit hopefully gets the race at Southwell on Thurs. Harry The Lemmon has 2 races picked out for later this month and a follow up race early in December. Snuker and Deep Resolve are fine after their races but Be My Present had an easy time last week as she was a bit sore after her race. Pistol is well but it has taken longer than normal to get him fit this time around as he had put on so much weight over the Summer which he never normally did. Becky can only bring him along gradually, as he is a horse who can get too fizzed up mentally if he is pushed too hard. However, he is almost there now. Uphold and Royal Alcor are also expected to race this month. Hal remains the only horse without a target at present. We will know if Brit gets the run tomorrow.
Unable to update yesterday as stayed out Frid night due to having to call in Newcastle on Sat morning. Alan took on the task of booking a room. Wifi so slow as non existent and no seats remaining to have a bar meal. Still, as Alan put it, he got a bargain price. Regarding Friday’s runners, both ran well considering no rain came to alter the going. Snuks really did run a cracker at Hexham but went down to a horse on the upgrade. However, Alan still convinced it was the ground that beat him. Snuks will provide his owners with plenty of fun over the Winter.
Doc (pictured) ran a race of promise as we had hoped. The ground again didn’t help and the fast pace on this sharp track wasn’t ideal. However, it was a nice intro to hurdles. He did get a bit lit up with the hurdles suddenly being thrown into the equation and he ran green a bit but there is no mistaking the fact that this is a very nice prospect. He looked the part but will benefit with another year on his back as he strengthens up. Alan firmly believes we have not seen him at his best on the turf yet and that he will come on leaps and bounds next flat season as he strengthens up. This he will be doing as he continues a jumping career. Shares are available in him and from only 5%. Please get in touch if interested. He is a horse who will give owners plenty of interest in the short term but it is the long term potential of this horse that you need to look at. For details of a 5% share, please just give a ring on 07775 743 885.
It has been an interesting time these last few days with both James and Gay taking 3 top lots from last weeks Doncaster sales. James paid £38,000& £50,000 for 2 promising (very) prospects and Gay signed the docket on the second day’s top lot @£70,000. On the racing front, Alan S. had the 2nd and 5th in the November handicap and James popped in two winners at Kelso 11/2 & 5/1 sp’s. I have said it several times now but November is a month to back this yard. They broke their own record of winners last year in November and even following the yard runners blind this month should pay dividends – although this is definitely not Alan’s method of backing and would baulk at reading this ! The yard this year is packed with lots of quality horses and hopefully our own there will also help keep the excellent stats going. This is a top class N. Hunt yard to become involved in and one that is definitely on the up and up. Just give a ring if you are interested in taking up a share within the yard.
Uncle Brit has had a sore foot since tearing off a shoe and then standing on the clasp but it is hoped he will have it back on in time for Southwell on Thursday but even then, he may be handicapped out. Amazing how the luck can go, as he had the perfect race last week after having no suitable race for a month and then the shoe incident ! Owners informed of targets for Harry The Lemmon coming up and this is a very nice prospect with quality potential as a distance 3mile chaser with James – and with a share available ! What are you waiting for !!
Today its back to the dogs with Bella who tries to make it two from two for ourselves. She has gone up a grade for her last win and so she has to improve again. Her full litter sister won again on Friday for Lisa (had 3 winners from 5 runners on Frid 5/2, 5/2, 3/1), so touchwood, the good spell continues.
”Somehow the track missed most of the rain that has fallen locally” were not the words we wanted to read this morning as Snuks would have been happy with heavy ground. I would have thought he had every chance had the rain come. Still it is a tight 4 horse race and a case can be made for any. The fav has gone up the weights and taking into account Daragh claiming 7, Snuks is 5 less than his last winning mark. Corrective surgery over the Summer may also help. Just hope more rain (lots) comes today as the ground given as g/s soft in places at present. Betting is around the 3’s mark. At Musselburgh, Doc is in a competitive juvenile event and his first over hurdles. He is another who would handle more cut. There are also other negatives but it would be nice to see him jump fluent and be seen to be hopefully running on at the finish. He is a horse with class and one we have never seen the best of on the turf but whatever he does today he will improve upon as he gains experience. As always, just hope both return safe. No betting on Doc’s race presently.
Both Deep Resolve (Doc) & Snuker run tomorrow and more news in the morning.
All horses as expected and in full work, with only Hal not at the point of race fitness. Shame about Brit yesterday but these things happen and at least the problem is only short term and his all weather season has only just started. There are plenty of races for him over the Winter. Expecting runners soon – possibly two on Friday depending upon ground.
The week got off to a bad start for followers of greyhound racing with the Panorama prog on tv. Dog welfare was a major concern of mine when looking at ownership and although a lot has been done since the ‘Seaham expose’ 8 years ago which resulted in the setting up of the GBGB the first thing that anyone outside the sport believes is that greyhounds are destroyed en mass when their racing careers are over. The prog stated that there is a ‘gap’ in the number of dogs entering the sport and those that are rehomed afterwards – said to be 2,500. I’m sure a lot more fallout will come from the prog as time unfolds. When I went to see Lisa before taking Balotellis Girl last week, I voiced my concerns about the dog welfare schemes that she had in place. I was shown all paperwork that has to be filled in by herself regarding a dogs injuries and their retirement out of racing. Lisa said she had only had to have 2 dogs destroyed in all her time as a trainer and these were due to serious track injuries and as anyone reading this blog will be aware horses are just as likely to get injuries and fatal injuries during their careers. Regarding retirement, Lisa along with other trainers are allowed to have three on the rehoming list but she said she generally rehomes her own. As regards Bella, she has a guaranteed home for life with Lisa herself. The arrangement I have agreed to, was that when her racing career was over, Bella would be retired by Lisa herself as she is a dog Lisa is very close to. Bella was not to belong to myself after her racing days. I’m sure a lot of trainers do become attached to their dogs. The prog has only just provoked more questioning about the sport (and I have only just taken a very close interest in it recently) but it should not be something dismissed out of hand as a piece of ‘mischief making’ and if their is a ‘gap’ in the numbers of dogs entering and leaving the sport, it does need investigating. I’m sure more will come out of this and I will mention updates in the blog as it has been an intention to start syndicating greyhounds. However, dog welfare is a major concern regarding them being rehomed and the first thing before taking a dog is to sort out its retirement.
Brit has pulled a shoe off and the foot is too sore to have it put back on and so misses his race at Southwell. It’s a pity, as he had a good chance on paper. He will miss a few days until the soreness goes and the shoe goes back on. Another race will then be looked for.
All horses well and Deep Resolve has been entered for a juvenile hurdle at Market Rasen on Sunday but is also in at Musselburgh on Frid. Shares are available in him – call 07775 743 885. More entries will be looked for Sleepy (possibly chase) and BMP. Pistol expected to be entered soon as is Harry. Brit goes to Southwell tomorrow. The two all weather horses with Gay are also expected to start in earnest this month.
As mentioned on Sat, we went to see some greyhounds. Had a choice of several, including two that were to run on the Saturday evening. Decided to chicken out and ask trainer Lisa Fieldson to make the choice for us ! The dog (bitch) recommended for us was BALOTELLIS GIRL (Bella). She was one of the two that were to run on the Saturday evening, so the agreement was made at 13.00 and it was a quick return home and then off to Pelaw Grange. It is a very friendly / family orientated track and Lisa’s other dog running that night that we could have taken was in the first which he duly won ! He is called CZECHMATE and only very lightly raced to date as he missed almost a year due to being spooked by fireworks and running away. He was found 5 days later in a farm barn alongside a bitch with pups who had allowed him to shelter with her. A heartwarming story but he was very nervous afterwards and it took Lisa a long time to get him settled again. He is a big dog and one who should progress. Normally, it is at this point that I would now recount how our luck changed and Bella failed to live up to expectations. But not this time ! She also won at 4’s and so it was only 7 and a half hours after taking her that we had our first whole greyhound to win a race ! Lisa had said that Bella was 9 weeks out of season and that she would start to improve on her past form from now to 12 weeks. Fingers crossed !
More news on Brit tomorrow.
Both BMP & Sleepy ran disappointing yesterday. Both jumped poor overall and it cost them any chance they had in their respective races. Fortunately, both are none the worse and this morning had a lead and turn out. Both once again looked a picture in the paddock (BMP on the left). More races will be looked for. Snuker is the next horse to be entered up and it is for Hexham next Friday and Deep Resolve possibly for Market Rasen a week tomorrow. Next runner possibly Brit on Tuesday and he is entered in 2 races.
Away from the horses, we have had to miss Charlie Hall Day today, as we went to take a look at some greyhounds and one has been taken. More news shortly.
Both BMP (1.10) and Sleepy (1.40) run at Wetherby tomorrow with Daragh on both. Hopefully he has a quickfire double. BMP has the obvious better chance and runs tomorrow as opposed to the Listed race on Sat when she would probably have run ‘wrong’ at the weights. Sleepy has come back to form in leaps and bounds since the tongue tie went on and although he is now off a mark of 122 (what a cert he was in hindsight when off 95 when he won first time in it). At least Alan got that one right and at the big double figure odds he got that day, at least it covers his losing bets ! Sleepy’s race has the look of a competitive handicap especially off this new mark but track and ground should be fine (better the ground the better for Sleepy). Ideally not tacky as he has a long striding action. So fingers crossed both horses run well but as all owners say, more important than the result, is that they come back sound. A sound horse can always run again.
11 runners from the yards and 1 winner on Mon. However, the winner was Wilde Pastures, a horse who had been given up on by the vets and is lucky to still be here let alone racing. I found myself shouting at the screen willing him on and it was great to see him put in such a brilliant round of jumping. No such shouting from Alan, in a different race, whose bet – Streams of Whiskey – was pulled up with some poor jumping. Great morning price though ! Another notable ride for anyone watching was Tony (Kelly) on 50/1 shot Diamond Fizz. The horse threw Tony twice before the race and tried its best to make it more but a great piece of riding saw him finish 2nd.
The N. Hunt season gets in full swing and although there have already been high profile meetings, it is this weekend’s Charlie Hall meeting at Wetherby we have always classed as the start of the season ‘proper’. I used to organise Racing Weekend Breaks for this meeting, staying in York with guest speaker / Halloween entertainment and stable visit. They were very popular but nowadays the cost to put one on is more than it would be for a couple to go abroad for a week. Shame really. At least a lot of guests did come away with profit many moons ago when weekend guest trainer Lynn Siddall recommended her horse at Wolverhampton on the Saturday night – it won at 33’s. Plenty of celebrations (and hangovers the next day) when she came to the hotel late on the Sat night. I digress ! Back to the Wetherby meeting itself, we have Be My Present entered for Friday, as well as in the Class 1 Listed mares hurdle on the Sat. Sleepy also holds an entry on the Friday. Then on Tues. Uncle Brit has two entries in at Southwell. There just hasn’t been a suitable race for him since Ayr which is a pity as he is thought to be a horse who improves with constant racing. More entries also coming soon for Snuker, Royal Alcor, Harry The Lemmon. Pistol and Deep Resolve have races picked out. Deep Resolve is aimed at a juvenile hurdle. Busy times, touchwood no injuries / probs.
A very interesting day of racing with all yards having runners. Gay and Alan at Redcar and Becky and James at Ayr. There will hopefully be winners coming today from all the runners but Alan has plumped for one bet and it isn’t from any of the yards – I’ll keep the name quiet as it goes against a yard horse which has every chance itself . Just know what is about to happen and our balance will be down again !
Have been at the dog racing a bit recently and this weekend went from Doncaster after Doc’s race to Pelaw and there again yesterday for the afternoon meeting. It is a very well attended meeting on a Sunday and a real family day out with a very friendly atmosphere. The meals are excellent value for money and racing is competitive. I now have 3 shares in dogs, 2 in England and one in Ireland and ‘Ma Boy’ did as I had hoped in the last dog update on the 25th Sept by winning his maiden open shortly afterwards. I am also looking now to take on a whole dog to be based at Pelaw and have been given a choice. Just need to choose the right one ! It is a very addictive sport and offers a lot of value for money. Talking of V.F.M. we still have introductory shares available in several horses all of which are ready or are running now. Just get in touch 07775 743 885. Also if you would be interested in a share in a dog at Pelaw – it would cost roughly about £100 for 6 months for a lease.
Deep Resolve pictured yesterday at Doncaster looked very well but the race turned out not to be perfect for him. However, he finished without problem and will now be aimed at a juvenile hurdle. A race has been ear marked and he must come on for yesterday’s race.
Yesterday saw Pauline’s North Country Boy run an excellent race on his racecourse debut. He looked very green but stayed on and looks a horse with a N. Hunt future over further. Ueueteotl ran on again having stopped further out. It is possible it was as the Racing Post said but ?
Today we run DEEP RESOLVE in the 5.10 at Doncaster. Whilst he has the class, backing in 20 runner (19 now) handicap amateur races is not Alan’s cup of tea and the price is drifting – now 22’s from 14’s. Still I hope he wins and nobody would be shouting more !
Interesting racing at Carlisle today with James having Ueueteotl running. He hasn’t been seen out since last year but returns having had treatment for his wind. Intentions had been to start straight off in novice chases but this intermediate handicap hurdle looks a good starting point. As I’ve previously said, I am expecting the yard to have their best season ever and the run up to Christmas should see plenty of winners – touchwood. Chasing, I would imagine, is still the name of the game.
Members of Panther’s Racing & Breeding group (now closed due to lack of membership) will remember ‘LUCIAN’ who was by Revoque out of She Likes to Boogy. Pauline (Cowey) of The Thatchmire Stud has been very patient with her horses and Lucian – now officially called North Country Boy and in training with Peter Niven – makes his debut at Carlisle in the bumper today. It will be interesting to see how he runs.
Regarding our horses, Deep Resolve runs tomorrow at Doncaster and more news in the morning.
Royal ran as expected last night and more entries will be coming shortly. Deep Resolve runs on Friday at Doncaster and Be My Present may have an entry made in a Listed event at Wetherby on Charlie Hall Day. All shares are sold in BMP but wish we had more, as from the interest generated from her win, we could have sold her 10 times over. Don’t leave it too late to buy the next bargain of the century – we do have several available !
Royal Alcor runs tonight at Kempton and it is his comeback race after a short break. He had run 25 times in the previous 13 months with very little time off and it probably told in the end as he was running jaded. There are several negatives tonight and consequently Alan has left him alone. However, it will be a long Winter season on the all weather and he is a horse who is as tough as nails and will be a regular runner for his small group of owners. If you like a horse that runs (and wins) a lot, this is the one for you and unbelievably, there is a share available for you ! Details on his own page.
Snuker is the latest horse to be entered and all others remain well with news tomorrow on Deep Resolves racing plans.
All entered horses have bypassed their races in favour of better races coming up soon. All horses well and a lot of entries expected in the short term as all are getting to the point of being race ready. The only exception is Hal who is behind the others due to having had a niggling prob on and off but he is in full work.
Looked as if Chev and Ypres would take a strong hand in the finish but both dropped away at the finish. Ypres hasn’t really been given a break by the handicapper but he did have an awkward head carriage also. Prob ? Still Alan will not follow now. Of our own horses, Brit was a horse we wanted to run very much as he is very well but this time he wasn’t declared for Redcar due to the forecast ground. There just aren’t any ideal (nor in fact anywhere near) races for him around. Becky said she is desperate to run him as he is so well at home. Even contemplating 10f but doubtful if he would stay. No definite plans for Deep Resolve / Sleepy / BMP but all hold entries.
It was quite a week just gone with Sleepy winning, Brit running a blinder to come 2nd on his debut and Pressie winning in such easy style on Sat. Long may it all continue. The biggest problem we are having at present is getting Brit back into a follow up race. He is a horse we would love to run on a very regular basis as he is built like a tank and needs to run race after race. Ideally he wants a mile on soft and galloping track but would get away with 7f. Normally you find that there are no suitable races when you need them but in his case we have the races but with so many horses being entered at this time of year he is being handicapped out. He is ready and waiting when the opportunity comes. However, he was purchased to run not only the end of the turf season but to be a horse aimed at Southwell where there will be plenty of opportunities for him. Shares are available in him at only £299 and Becky operates an open door for stable visiting.
SHARES NOW REMAINING
UNCLE BRIT – 10% lease / purchase 5 introductory shares (at present you would own your own horse for £299 all in as no other owner in him!) ENTERED REDCAR
PISTOL BASC – 10% lease / purchase 3 introductory shares
SLEEP IN FIRST – Last 5% purchase. 2 Introductory shares
BE MY PRESENT – ALL purchase SOLD. ALL introductory shares SOLD – provided money transfers all go through.
HARRY THE LEMMON – NO purchase shares. ONLY 2 Introductory shares
SNUKER – 10% purchase. 2 introductory shares.
ROYAL ALCOR – 10% purchase. 4 introductory shares
UPHOLD – 10% lease / purchase. 4 introductory shares. PRICE NOW £350
Other horses have no shares available at the present time until the groups close and a new group is formed.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLEASE CALL ANNE 07775 743 885
It is interesting racing today at Newcastle and it sees former horse Ypres run at 6f on ground with cut. Conditions which Alan always thought would be ideal. The horse has never reached the level of form he showed when Panther was involved but the handicapper hasn’t been kind neither. Hopefully the horse earns his Winter keep today as Alan (husband) has had a bet – although more of a dabble than a bet. Another horse of interest for Alan is Chevalgris – a horse who was held in very high regard until problems got in the way. I tried to be involved in the horse previous and if he can get back to what was he was thought capable of, he would be nicely in. Others also think the same as he is now b.p. 15/2 from 10’s
WHAT A PRESSIE !!
Just back from Hexham and it was a brilliant run today from BE MY PRESENT and a great pressie and result for those who took a share in her before she ran. At only £299 ALL IN for the N. Hunt season she could prove to be the bargain of the year. She looks like being a very nice prospect and although I doubt the handicapper will be lenient, it was as a chaser she was purchased. Owners have said they have paid for their share already after today’s win (please note you don’t have to stop with just the one share, we do have other horses available !). The cost of a share has risen to £350 and only 2 now remain in her. The cost has risen as it is possible Be My Present could now be a horse who will be on travels to good races. Please phone 07775 743 885 to take up a share. She certainly looked the part today and it was also good Pressie won for Briony as she said she was told not to bring the horse back if it lost today as all the staff had put their wages on ! Looks as if the pubs and hotels of Langholm are in for a quiet night !
BMP makes her debut for Panther and James today at Hexham. She is fav and has a fav’s chance. She has been purchased as a chasing prospect but this looks a nice race to start with. There are some nice mares only races around, so fingers crossed all goes well today. Dreamisi (in the bumper) at 12’s also looks a decent prospect. Panther owned Dreamisi before he was sold after his first race. That day he came third and was an eye-catcher at Sedgefield but the next race he went wrong in his wind. It has been corrected over the Summer and hopefully he goes on to fullfil his potential. At Sedg he was a real handful and got loose in the paddock, so if you are at Hexham, be on your toes as the small and narrow parade ring is not the place to be with a horse running loose !
WHAT A SHAME BRIT WAS BEATEN !
Brit looked really well yesterday and in full Summer bloom and a credit to Becky and Lorna who travelled with him. Travelling is no problem to Brit who made the 11 hour round trip without hitch and ran a blinder (2nd btn. 0.75l @25’s) on his debut for Becky and Panther. I can vouch for the bad journey as I have never seen so many traffic cones and diversions- Alan even dreamt of witches hats with amber lights on top. I know but I wont go there ! Anyhow, in a race where conditions weren’t ideal as the trip was on the short side for him, he travelled well, (although a faster pace would have helped) and looked to be the winner 2 f out as he came through but unfortunately an excellent ride by Megan Carberry on the winner sealed his fate. It was, however, an excellent debut race for Becky. Brit will definitely come on for the run. He holds an entry at Newcastle on Tuesday and will be declared to run and fingers crossed he gets in. Again it is over a less than ideal trip but there is nothing ideal around. The handicapper will look at him after yesterday but whilst he is presently nicely in, a slight rise may not be too bad as it helps him to get in these races at this time of year when masses of horses are entered to earn their Winter’s keep. As a footnote to the race, my apologies for telling the gentleman stood next to me and talking to me throughout the loading process and into the race that if he didn’t shut up I would throttle him. It worked but unfortunately he declined the offer after the race that he could purchase a share in Brit. Sorry Becky, a potential owner lost !
It looks interesting racing at Carlisle today and whilst Becky’s runners will improve upon wherever they finish today, focus of attention is on former Panther horse Fly Home Harry. He always had the profile to be a hurdler on stiff tracks but possibly over further than today’s trip. Alan is just watching him today. Tomorrow’s racing is just as interesting as another new horse within Panther – BE MY PRESENT – runs in a novice hurdle at Hexham. She was purchased as a chaser but starts off tomorrow in a hurdle. Also, another former horse Dreamisi runs in the bumper. More news tomorrow.
Brit makes his debut for Panther and Becky today at Ayr. He has been active at home for a while and been brought to race fitness and then dropped back, as lack of suitable races or wrong ground affected. Hence he really has to start somewhere, even though in an ideal world he would want at least a furlong (or two) further and softer ground than predicted. Hence he is presently 22’s. Still, it would be nice if Panther had Becky’s first flat winner, the combination having had her first training winner last year with Pistol – who, incidentally, is very well and getting ready for entries in the not too distant future.
NEW HORSE – BE MY PRESENT
Trainer – JAMES EWART
DETAILS ON OWN HORSE PAGE
ENTERED TO RACE HEXHAM SATURDAY
YOU NEED TO ACT FASTER THAN SLEEPY CAN RUN !!! FROM ONLY £299
It’s all go ! UNCLE BRIT makes his debut for Becky and Panther at Ayr on Thursday and more news later regarding the race. New horse BE MY PRESENT holds an entry at Hexham on Saturday and the present cost of an introductory share is only £299 until the end of the N. Hunt season. These small introductory shares are ideal to give a person the chance to be involved in one of the North’s most progressive N. Hunt yards with a horse capable of being very competitive. It’s not about winning prize money but to enjoy going racing with all ownership benefits and I guarantee you will experience the ups and downs of racehorse ownership. If you have never been involved previous in a horse or yard, the shares offer a unique way to experience ownership (before possibly taking a larger share in your own horse) first hand at a price very much less than you would normally expect to pay for a share in a horse. You will learn about ownership – warts and all !! The excitement of cheering your own horse home, regardless of the type of race or how much you own in a horse, is in itself a unique thrill that I guarantee you will remember for the rest of your life.
Don’t forget, we presently have small introductory shares available in most of our horses and almost all are ready to race, or are racing, now. Prices quoted are correct at the time of writing but can alter depending upon how a horse performs at home or on the track. If you would like to take up a share in any horse, please just get in touch with myself Anne on 07775 743 885.
SLEEPY WINS AGAIN !!!
NOW 3 WINS FROM LAST 3 RUNS
Plenty of rain came and the ground seemed to vary depending upon which jockey was asked ! In our case, Dale believed it was on the soft side but soft in certain patches. Whatever the ground, Sleepy wasn’t bothered by it. He had some form previous with cut in the ground but it has always been felt that faster ground is more ideal as he has a long striding action. He looked a picture yesterday (left) and has a real shine in his coat and again won best turned out as he invariably does. Sleepy was well this morning when led out for a pick of grass and more races will be looked for shortly once it is seen how the handicapper reacts. As Sleepy has already won 5 over fences, he could revert to that code once again. He remains a very exciting prospect and is still young. Alan has always sung the horse’s praises and so it is proving to be. Hopefully his belief that there is a big handicap chase in the horse comes to fruition ! And we will all drink to that – as we did yesterday (after the win) in the Kelso hospitality suite !
From not a lot happening last week, there is a lot coming up this week. With the rain comes the prospects of horses running soon. UNCLE BRIT is entered at Ayr on Thursday and DEEP RESOLVE at Wolverhampton on Friday. Although the latter is on tapeta, the idea is that it will shake the cobwebs off in preparation for a N. Hunt career. He would want ease in the ground when over obstacles. He really has the potential to go all the way in N. Hunt racing – although at his value it will be heart in the mouth times.
NEW HORSE FOR PANTHER
Just awaiting confirmation. Everything has to be correct as the horse is due to run on Saturday !!
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(prices can alter depending upon how a horse performs at home or on track)
Sleepy has been declared for Kelso on Sunday but a close look is being kept on the weather as some heavy rain is forecast and he wouldn’t want it soft. On the other hand, rain is what Brit needs and he is entered at Ayr next week. All horses well and this month will see most (if not all) running.
Uncle Brit doesn’t run Newcastle on Wed but Sleep In First has entries in a hurdle and the feature chase at Kelso on Sunday. Dont forget to book places on Alan Swinbank’s stable visit on Sun 19th Oct and lunch afterwards is at a local Inn and Alan will be coming along. Places for lunch are on a first come basis and £10 deposit per head is required. Details on the three horses advertised in the Racing Post on Saturday – Uncle Brit / Snuker and Uphold can be seen on their individual horse pages. All are presently £299 all in until May 1st and offer excellent value for money – even if I say so myself !
Thurs 25/9/ ’14
THAT’S MA BOY !!
The older puppy went to the track yesterday and WON. OK it was a solo trial and as such ran on his own but I still managed a stifled (I think) ‘GO ON’. However, I do remember Alan telling me to shut up in a pretty much deserted stadium. Anyway, it was a fast(ish) time and would win a Grade 2 race and he is still only a puppy. He does run a bit backward in horsey terms and breaks slow but there is definite improvement to come and I would be very hopeful he will be an open grade dog in the not too distant future. Watch this space. I am still wanting to put together a Dog syndicate and have the 4 trainers interested – especially Becky who is a definite. If you would be interested in joining such a group, please get in touch.
Back to the horses, apologies for the delay in posting the latest horse to be syndicated but he is UPHOLD in training with Gay. He is the winner of 10 races and only 7 years of age and will be readied for the all weather tracks this Autumn / Winter. A very few limited shares are available as equivalent to 0.5% lease but shares of 10% plus are also available. Advertising is now taking place for the 3 new horses. Exciting times !! Uncle Brit now holds an entry at Newcastle and we just need some rain – as do our other horses.
BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN NOW FOR ALAN SWINBANK’S STABLE VISIT AND LUNCH AFTERWARDS
SUN 19TH OCT.
PLACES LIMITED AND BOOKING ESSENTIAL
PHONE ANNE 07775 743 885
PISTOL BASC – Has done very well over the Summer and entries for chases will be made shortly share @ £475 fully inc all costs
UNCLE BRIT – Entries for turf now. Share @ £299 until May 1st 2015 fully inc.
DEEP RESOLVE – Needs cut in ground but has been schooled for hurdling – ‘an absolute natural’ His present ownership group expires Nov 8th and a new one will be formed. If you would be interested in joining the group until then with the intention of continuing after then, please give a ring. Only 2 shares remain in him for now. He is a potential high class juvenile hurdle prospect – but would be sold as a whole horse out of Panther ownership if a suitable offer is made to stay or leave the yard.
HALKIRK – Cantering to be readied for a bumper. 10% only share available.
ROYAL ALCOR – Had a hard 12 months and raced 24 times since Aug 21st 2013 !! Form was 2/1/1/3/2/3/11/2/3/1/4/3/8/1/4/3/10/10/10/1/5/7/7/8 As you can see, the form dips off and it has been decided to give him a short break and he will be readied for the all weather next month. Share @ £560 all in July 2015. Great horse if you want a runner and winner !!
SLEEP IN FIRST – Winner of last 2 races over hurdles but he is a high class chaser and one whom we believe has a big handicap in him. 10% available
HARRY THE LEMMON – Potential high class long distance novice chase prospect. Wants a bit of cut and will be ready when ground is. Share @ £585 for season
SNUKER – New to Panther but 7 y. old long distance chaser who wants soft ground. Already winner of 3. Share @ £299 until end present N. Hunt season.
Details on each horse on their own page. Please call Anne on 07775 743 885 to discuss any share. All horses also have 10% purchase shares available.
DETAILS HOPEFULLY TO BE POSTED TOMORROW ON NEW HORSE FOR ALL WEATHER
Regarding racing today, UNCLE BRIT our horse with Becky has been withdrawn. The rain has been insufficient and more entries will be looked for. For anyone interested, shares in him at present are only £299 (can alter) all in. The group runs from Sept 14th until May 1st 2015 and he will run on the turf now and then the all weather. He is well capable of winning races and Becky is a young trainer who has done excellent in her first season and is an ideal trainer for a small ownership group. There are only a handful of shares available like this but 10% purchase shares are available if the smaller share run out. If you are wanting a share in a N. Hunt horse in the yard, we have 3 only in Pistol Basc, a double winner for us last season. Details are on his own page and entries will be coming shortly.
Racing today sees the Ayr Gold Cup take centre stage but more local interest is Alan S.’s horses dotted around the country. Alan’s horses are running well in the main and several have chances today. Alan (husband) has backed 4 in various bets so It’ll be caviar and champagne tonight – I don’t think !
Details of our new horse – SNUKER – with James and pictured left are now posted on his own page. He is the winner of 3 and has been in the first 3 in 50% of his races. The small shares which we offer in each horse are very limited once again but 10% shares to purchase are also available. He is another horse we believe will give his owners a winner and he is only 7. Present cost of a small share is £299 to join this top and expanding Northern Yard which I believe will beat all its own records this season. James also has a hospitality box at Kelso with balcony overlooking the track and owners are welcome to use the facilities when their horse runs there.
I am at present trying to get changes to the bloodstock made for a Winter campaign. Civil Unrest will be a loss as he was well capable of putting wins on the board as he proved last season. With Lucky having to be put down following a minor operation, we now also only have Deep Resolve and Halkirk with Alan and a lot will depend upon what intentions are with them after the turf closes. Both are expected to be out again before then though. A stable visit has been pencilled in at Alan’s yard for Oct 19th and details shortly.
I am hoping to have 2 more horses to come into Panther, one for the N. Hunt as well as another for the all weather and details will be posted shortly. It is a time of change once again but I always believe in changing horses and to have all horses involved to have serious winning chances. Before the Summer, we had believed we had a strong hand of horses capable of winning races. Whilst we have had 4 winners and several places, it was injuries and problems that put the tally backwards. This unfortunately is all part and parcel of racehorse ownership. However, I believe we are about to have an excellent team of individual horses coming together for a serious campaign over the Autumn and Winter months. Injuries and problems will no doubt crop up as there is nothing more guaranteed in racing but all things being equal, all horses will be well capable of winning their races. We have gone intentionally to have proven horses to date and off marks they are capable of winning from.
The next new horse to come into Panther will hopefully be able to be unveiled early next week.
Quite a bit has been happening once again. Unfortunately Civil Unrest has sustained an injury which means it is likely he will now miss the rest of the season. A new horse with James has been taken and details will be posted tomorrow.
Yesterday’s front page of the Racing Post was surprising with Richie McGrath implicated in the corruption charges. Richie was a regular rider on Minster Shadow (Spook) and it was one of those races that has been looked at. However, this was a graduation chase and taking on the likes of Money Trix in such a race was always likely to have one outcome and at 50/1 it did ! I don’t know the ins and outs of the implications as such a lot of races have been looked at but Richie rode Spook in over 50% of his career races and it could be said he moulded the horse from a ‘boisterous’ youngster into a very good chaser. Plus of course help from Chris and the riders at home. The many (often hilarious) stories about Spook as he went about life could be put into a book ! He was a law unto himself but would give his all without question on the track. He was retired out of racing to a very good home at a girl who used to work at Chris’s and went on to no doubt create havoc whatever he did.
Uncle Brit declared at Catterick tomorrow and more news tomorrow.
SLEEP IN FIRST – WINS AGAIN
Although Alan had doubts as Sleepy needed several factors to be right, Sleepy did the job well yesterday. The tongue tie had the same positive effect, no further rain came and although Sleepy clouted the last, and with a short run to the line, he quickly was balanced again and ran on well. He did slip and nearly come down on the top bend, at which point Daragh allowed him to regain composure. It cost several lengths as he dropped back but then came strong again. It was interesting to note that a couple of races later several horses slipped at the same point with one coming down. No winnings from the betting on this occasion as Alan didn’t believe the odds were good value with the negatives to overcome but great to shout him home.
Many thanks to Shepley Engineers based in Cumbria who sponsored the race and who had to put up with Alan trying to sell them a share in Sleepy afterwards !
Sleepy runs in the 5.05 at Sedg and from 100/30 yesterday evening (didn’t last long), he is now best priced 11/4. Alan didn’t back at 100/30, as, although Sleepy holds an obvious chance with his bounce back to form, the tongue tie needs to have the same positive effect it probably had last time, no further rain is wanted and he does have a habit of hitting at least one obstacle in a race. The first he tends to lose no ground at but if it is towards the end of the race it can cost him plenty of ground. Consequently, Alan wont be backing – but I guarantee, you will hear him shouting Sleepy home if he has half a chance. Myself included. Apologies now in case you are stood in the close proximity of either of us and Sleepy has half a squeak !
NEW HORSE – UNCLE BRIT
Pictured left Brit became the latest horse to join Panther. He is in training with Becky and was purchased out of Malcolm Jefferson’s yard to run on the turf and all weather. He needs soft ground and has won at galloping tracks and the all weather. Full details can be viewed on his own horse page. Again, we are offering 10% shares PLUS 9 shares @ ONLY £299 FULLY INC OF ALL COSTS UNTIL MAY 1ST This offers all the opportunity to become involved in the very friendly yard of Becky’s near York at a very realistic costing. You will receive ALL OWNERSHIP BENEFITS.
Brit is already entered up to run at Catterick on Saturday.
Yesterday’s stable visit to the yard was as mentioned previously a very relaxed affair and after refreshments, we went to see Pistol on the gallops. He is a horse who does his own thing and works on his own. It was amazing to see him totally loose going through his paces in the sand pit in warm up exercise and then wandering off to allow Tony (Kelly) to get on board. You wouldn’t believe this is the same horse that lives life on the edge on the racetracks. He looked very well (pictured left and right) and should be ready for entries at the end of the month / start Oct. He has never bulked out as much over the Summer previous (Becky has known him a long time from Ferdy’s) as he lives life on the edge but he has been outdoors all the Summer and loves it outside. It bodes well, as it is hoped he could have strengthened up more. There are 3 shares remaining in him @ £475 FOR THE FULL N. HUNT SEASON.
Following watching Pistol on the gallops, Becky then showed the other horses off who were all turned out bar a couple. She is a great believer in horses being turned out after work every day and they remain outdoors as much as possible. Both Becky and Tony gave honest assessments of every horse and their hopes for the season coming. Ones to note are Water Garden who should be a stronger horse this year and a newcomer to the yard REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (pictured right with the bonny face !) who has just come to the yard. There is a 50% share available in this twice winning 6 y. old chaser.
The day was rounded off at the local Bay Tree for Sunday lunch. It was a great stable visit and if you missed this one, all I can say is don’t miss the next !
Of the other horses, Civil Unrest bypasses Sedgefield but Sleep In First runs in the 5.05 tomorrow evening. No further rain would be wanted by him but on the other hand we need rain for Uncle Brit. More news on Sleepy tomorrow.
A very relaxed visit today and Becky and Tony were the perfect hosts – in fact it was after 5 pm on leaving the Bay Tree. Pistol looked in rude health in his coat and was on the gallops with Tony on board. Due to getting back later than expected tonight, I will give a full run down on the visit tomorrow plus news of a new horse. Also it was many congrats to Becky who won the Pride of Racing award she had been nominated for and received her trophy at Chester races yesterday.
The stable visit takes place tomorrow at Becky’s and Pistol Basc (Panther’s horse with Bercky) will be seen out on the gallops before a tour of the yard and there is lunch afterwards at the local Bay Tree pub. With 4 cancellations, there are 4 places available if you would like to come along. Booking is essential and there will be no entry by just turning up due to H&S factors. To book your place now, please give me a ring on 07775 743 885. Becky has made a big impact in her first season of training having been Ferdy Murphy’s assistant trainer until he relocated to France. She now also holds her flat licence as well as N. Hunt and it is an expanding operation at the yard which sent out Jodami for Peter Beaumont to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Today, Becky is nominated for an award at the Pride of Racing Awards at Chester Races and all the very best to her. When we previously updated the site, we left it with Royal Alcor set to run at York last Sunday. He did but ran too free and weakened away in the home straight. Civil Unrest and Sleep in First were entered at Perth last week but bypassed their engagements due to the ground. Both now hold entries at Sedgefield on Tuesday. Sleepy was entered at Kelso on Wed coming in the 0-140 chase but the track have unfortunately had to abandon both chases on the card. Running plans are dependent upon the ground. The sad news from last week was that Lucky Shadow had to be put down. Following minor surgery on a lump on a hind leg, he broke both front legs on coming round from anaesthetic. It was a sorry end to a horse who was kind and one that Alan S. believed would make up into a very nice horse. Also disappointingly, the new horse mentioned hasn’t been able to join Panther but more possibilities are there and the first new horse is expected shortly. On the betting front, whilst attention is obviously on Doncaster today, Alan S. has In Focus and Native Falls at Wolverhampton (presently 11/2 and 15/2 with Vic) and Alan has backed both – probably not the news Alan S. would like to hear ! Another horse chosen by Alan as one to follow from James’s yard is BORN TO SUCCEED pictured left. He is a 4 y. old by Robin des Pres and is described by James as a sharp sort. He looks the type to make the grade in bumpers before going novice hurdling. However he has schooled well already. He is expected to be on track around Christmas time.
Back up and running once again. Plenty of news and a full update tomorrow.
I am not going to be able to update this site until after the weekend earliest, so unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be !) no late news on the race plans of Royal at York or Cyril at Perth. When we do get back up and running (sometime next week), I am hoping to have finalised details of a new horse for all weather racing which is rated 88 and a 3 x winning 5 y. old. Can’t say more until everything confirmed. Regarding Becky’s stable visit, there is a limit for lunch places and for the visit itself, so if you are wanting to come please give me a ring on 07775 743 885. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and you will not gain access by turning up on the day due to H & S factors. Fingers crossed we may have another winner on board by the time I get access to updating the site again. Mon 1/9/’14 We have booked the conservatory at The Bay Tree in Stillington for Sunday lunch after Becky’s stable visit on Sunday 14th Sept. when Becky and Tony Kelly (jockey) will be coming along. Lunch places are going quickly in our private area, although there would be lunch places available but in another area of the pub once the private room has been filled. Also a limit will be on the visit itself to keep numbers comfortable. The visit is free. To book places on the visit and for lunch places, please give myself Anne a ring on 07775 743 885. Alongside is pictured PISTOL BASC who is in training with Becky and he is expected to be racing later this month. Shares are available in him as equivalent to a 1% lease – NO there wont be a 100 people in him ! We only allow a few shares like this (10 in Pistol’s case) in order that the number of people in a horse is kept small. Other shares are available in him – lease or purchase – from 10% plus (p.o.a.). Presently there are 6 shares remaining in him @£475 fully inc. for the entire N. Hunt season. More details on his own page but he will be aimed at tracks like Wetherby, Catterick & Sedgefield, all 3 of which he has run well at and won. If you are interested in having a share in a horse who has plenty of ability for chasing and is competitive (but also comes with a mind of his own !), please just get in touch. I am also looking for new horses and want to have more horses than previous for the all weather this Winter if possible. The all weather was a real money spinner for Panther members previous when we ran the advice service and although the racing has its many knockers, I’m sure there are also many happy owners who have winners and have backed them ! We can’t all own expensive flat bred horses aimed at top class races – although Deep Resolve and Halkirk weren’t exactly cheap individuals ! Gay has done extremely well with her purchases and claims of horses at cheap figures which have gone on to do well and she has quite a few of the yard horses being aimed to run on the all weather this Winter. I have been offered the chance to take up with one of those horses which will run on the turf for now and then switch to the all weather at the end of the turf season. More news when a horse has been taken. Pictured left is one of Alan’s choices of horse to follow from James Ewart’s yard for this season. The horse is a 4 y. old called LIMOS who has won a 4 y. old point to point in Ireland. He is German bred and was an outstanding individual paraded (much better than Alan’s picture suggests – as is normally the case). The horse is for sale but out of our range and he should be forward enough and fast enough to be capable of winning a bumper before going novice hurdling. Several of the yard’s horses run in bumpers to get them on the track but this one is thought well capable of doing well in this sphere. I will keep updating the list of horses to follow from the yard as time allows, as this season there are quite a few to follow but also others who will need experience as they start off their careers. Limos is not considered to be one of those needing time.
STABLE VISIT – REBECCA MENZIES – SUN 14TH SEPT
We are arranging a stable visit at Becky’s on the above date. The yard lies about 5 miles from Easingwold on the A19 between Thirsk and York. There will be Sunday lunch arranged afterwards at a local Inn with Becky and Tony Kelly coming along. If you would like to see behind the scenes of this yard and come along for lunch with friend / family, please just get in touch on 07775 743 885. It is open to all reading this. More news on the visit and the yard itself next week but places will be limited.
BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN NOW
Have decided to upload the horses at James’s over a period. Proving a lot of work. Ok Alan taking all the pics but sorting them and the horses info out and into files is proving very time consuming – especially when you delete two hours work in one fell swoop. Swear ? YES !! James puts on an owners day each year when he has Bubbly on arrival, a full parade of all yard horses with detailed explanations on each and a BBQ / Hog Roast afterwards – washed down with as much drink as can be managed. James invites all owners within Panther who have a share in a horse in his yard. The weather was fine and the views are incredible from the yard and lawn. The horses all looked immaculate in their coats and this year looks as if it should see all records broken. There are 55 expected in training at this moment in time and there are a lot of 4 y. olds who will be starting out on their N. Hunt careers. Many of these horses are expensive purchases. Finding races for them could pose a problem (a nice one to have if you are a trainer), as many will be looking for similar races. As there are so many horses to detail, I will start off with ours in the yard and then give Alan’s choices of horses to follow for short term and long term as time allows. Jockey arrangements for this term are for Ryan Mania, Lucy Alexander (pictured at the owners day with Briony’s dog Lucy) , Daragh Bourke and Dale Irving getting the rides. All come in and ride out. The next update will include our own 3 horses in the yard.
WHAT A WEEKEND !
Sleep In First wins at 18/1 for his early backers as mentioned on Sat and from messages received no wonder his odds were only 8’s at the off.
On Sunday, James’s owners day was another brilliant do with a full parade of all horses and a BBQ afterwards.
Monday saw Civil Unrest come 3rd
Cyril was taken on for the lead by Apache as mentioned may be a possibility in yesterday’s blog and together they ruined each others chances. Cyril does need to lead and in fact jumped very well until he started to tire. Everything was set up for those in behind. However, he finished 3rd but he had too hard a race to turn out again today at Sedgefield. Sleepy is still a bit stiff after his win on Saturday and so he also bypasses Sedgefield. It is a pity as he would have run without a penalty so we will be seeing what the handicapper now does.
We are trying to arrange a stable visit shortly at Becky’s and more news soon. Plus I am wading through Alan’s 160 photographs he took at James’s Open Day and will post some of the horses plus Alan’s list of a few to follow from the yard.
Just got internet access again – lost it yesterday and this morning – but Civil Unrest runs today in the 3.30 at Cartmel. Looked a picture at the stable visit yesterday and must hold every chance. Only Apache Dawn could challenge him for the lead but hopefully Cyril gets his own way, as he can sulk in a race if he doesn’t have things go his way. However, this is an ideal opportunity put another win on the boards. Present odds are best priced 5/2 but Alan hasn’t backed at these prices. He didn’t get more than the 18’s on Sleepy on Sat but it was a very nice bet at those odds. Both Sleepy and Cyril have been declared to run tomorrow at Sedgefield. I will also give a run down on James’s stable owners day shortly with Alan’s choice of horses to follow. More news on the weekend tomorrow and running plans for both Sleepy and Cyril at Sedg.
Sleep In First tries his hand at hurdles once again with the lack of a suitable chase and the tongue tie is on. Now down to a 95 rating and being given every chance by the handicapper – although the way Sleepy has been running over timber he has to. He has had a tendency to clip or crash at least one and then weaken at the finish. He loses more followers with each race and more money goes the bookies way. At present, he is 18’s at 365 & Vic, with Paddy @ 16’s but Alan is waiting for hopefully better. We know the ability the horse has shown but that has been over fences and for some reason it just hasn’t translated to hurdles. However, fingers crossed things fall into place today (and no rain falls), otherwise the Samaritans will once again be taking the phone off the hook.
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A small bet on IN FOCUS saw Alan’s betting come out of hibernation. Held on well and Alan S.’s horses seem to be running good. He hasn’t had a lot of runners but what are running are doing well overall. As for our own horses, all are continuing in work and Sleepy runs on Saturday at Cartmel. More news on him tomorrow. Civil Unrest is also entered at this track but on Monday and he also holds an entry at Sedgefield the day after, (as does Sleepy as a back up). Thurs 14/8/’14 All things remain quiet for now and Alan’s continuing lack of bets – well continues ! Centre stage for now is Civil Unrest and Sleep In First who both hold entries at Perth on Sat but runs dependant upon ground – although less so for Cyril who takes more rain than Sleepy. Sun 10/8/’14 All horses progressing as expected and new entries coming. Plans on the formation of a greyhound syndicate have been mothballed for now, as before advertising took place I was wanting the nucleus of a group in place but there were an insufficient number of takers. However, Alan is full of enthusiasm with this new interest as RPGTV gets a full airing Wed to Sat (inclusive) with concentration on Sunderland and Newcastle meetings. What with taping the horse racing daily and now the dogs, it is a full schedule. Alan even has a new expression (gained from one commentator off RPGTV) ”like shelling peas” – I gather he means picking the dog winners of which he has been doing very well, even if I have to admit ! Just as well though, as he could do with a winner on the horses – although his bets presently on the horses are very thin on the ground. Must admit though, I also have caught the greyhound bug and missing not going to the kennels today and walking the dogs. Meanwhile, back to the horses. I am planning on the horses we will be ‘going to war with’ for the Autumn and Winter inc. new N. Hunt prospects to take over from the turf horses. I had hoped the Summer months would have seen more action than has happened. Unfortunately after Deep Resolve won and promised so much, he went off the boil bar a 2nd btn a head and is now awaiting a return in the Autumn when his growth spurt is over and he has strengthened – plus he will have his cut in the ground. Halkirk suffered a similar fate earlier but is now in full work. The ground and lack of suitable races has cost us with the three N. Hunt horses but Cyril is back in the swing now with a 2nd and 3rd and Sleepy is expected to go chasing once again, having showed he is just not as good over hurdles as he is over fences. Harry The Lemmon is a horse I am very much looking forward to this season as he goes novice chasing. Pistol just never had suitable races over the Summer and the firm ground wasn’t worth risking him on when a race did pop up, so he has had his short break and is due back on the tracks in Sept. Halkirk could run in a bumper as Alan is convinced he is well capable of winning one. Lucky escaped death by a whisker on his debut but is in full work and will run on the turf although he may be a horse that is replaced by a N. Hunt horse with Alan come the end of the turf – unless he goes down that route as Verglas horses can make fine N. Hunt prospects. Royal, being the horse he is, will continue running on the flat and on the all weather over the Summer and Winter. ‘Tough as Teak’ was definitely an expression that was coined for him. We have also been approached by a new trainer regarding a N.Hunt horse and other possibilities are also there. Just need more owners ! Looking forward to the owners day visits at Beck’s and James’s yards plus owners can visit Gay by arrangement on their own. We are looking at a date for Alan’s ‘do’ and it is likely to be in September. The changeover of bloodstock and the return of the N. Hunt horses is always an exciting time and dreams can start once again ! Frid 8/8/’14 Obviously not overpriced ! There was a faster pace but it didn’t help, as Royal was always just keeping in touch and then couldn’t find more when asked. Royal, to quote Gay, ”Is as tough as teak” and more races will again be looked at. Thurs 7/8/’14 Royal runs at Brighton today in the 3.50 and his price has drifted all morning to 50’s at present (still rising ?). He also is declared at Haydock tomorrow. Although a big price, Alan thinks Royal is overpriced. It is an open looking race but he is off 74 and is only 4 pound up on his winning mark at Yarmouth – plus 74 is still 7 pound less than his all weather mark. There is no reason why he shouldn’t be just as effective on turf as the all weather. Obviously cases can be made for others in the race but at 50’s Alan is hoping Royal gets a clearer run than he did last time – although he can find problems in running as ideally he wants cover before coming with a late run. Although the Yarmouth race was over 14f, this drop may help with there being a faster pace. Fingers crossed all goes well and he returns without problem regardless.
FRIDAY IS THE LAST CHANCE TO GET IN TOUCH TO TAKE UP A SHARE IN A GREYHOUND.
Interested ? just phone Anne 07775 743 885
It has been a quiet patch of late but Royal takes his chance tomorrow in the £20,000 guaranteed Brighton Challenge Cup. He had a wide choice of engagements but whilst this wouldn’t be the easiest of all options, it has been chosen with the excellent prize money on offer for this rated handicap. More news on his chances as we see them tomorrow. Alan has been very quiet / intermittent regarding betting for quite a while now and the last week has been no different. Regarding the other horses, all are well and on course for objectives. PISTOL BASC has had a short break whilst the ground has been wrong for him in general, plus there are no suitable races. Although we are still in the middle of the turf season, thoughts at this time of year always need to turn to the N. Hunt as regards what we will be looking at having for this season. One exciting horse to come in is HARRY THE LEMMON who returns from injury. He promised so much as a novice hurdler when last seen but will now go novice chasing which is what he was purchased for. SLEEP IN FIRST has been disappointing since his last win but most races have been over hurdles and it will be good to see him back over the big ones once again which he won 5 in 3 months just over a year ago. Trying to get him to win a hurdle off a much reduced rating to that of chasing just hasn’t paid off, as he has never really threatened at all – albeit not on ideal tracks / ground in the main. CIVIL UNREST is a very consistent horse who never runs a bad race when getting conditions in his favour. He will continue running hurdles and chases as both disciplines come equal to him. When the turf season closes, changes will also be made and more N. Hunt horses will enter the fray. This happened last year when we took up with FLY HOME HARRY a bumper horse with Alan Swinbank which replaced Deep Resolve. Harry won twice and was also placed in his bumpers before we took back up again with Deep Resolve for the turf (won on debut for us). Hopefully we get into another good N. Hunt horse with Alan this time around. ROYAL ALCOR meanwhile carries the turf flag and he is a very tough individual (touchwood) who runs very regular. Other news last week is that Pauline, whom many will remember from our time with the Thatchmire stud, had her latest foal out of Madam Jolie by Malinas voted as the top foal at the TBA Stars of Tomorrow N. Hunt show at Bangor.’JOOLS’ (pictured with dam Madam Jolie) will hopefully help Pauline and Thatchmire’s progression in the breeding world. Thurs 31/7/’14 Sleepy continues to disappoint over hurdles irrespective of dropping in the weights. Cyril ran another solid race and should be capable of winning off this mark although it could be expected for a couple of pounds drop after yesterday. Both back without problem. Gay doing very well lately with another winner in France – looking forward to Royal running soon ! Entered Yarmouth and others possible.
OWNERS DAY VISITS STARTING SOON
Takes place on Sun Aug 24th and this is one not to miss. James puts on a great day with Marquees / bbq / drink and a full parade of all horses.
Takes place 2 weeks later and this is the first Becky will have put on – it’s her first year of training.
Not an owners day but Alan has invited Panther to put on another visit at his yard and they are always interesting affairs. A date will be set shortly. Invitations are for Panther owners in yard horses at James’s and Becky’s whilst Alan’s is open to all in Panther plus anyone interested in joining Panther.
Sleepy 16’s and Cyril 5’s at present both run at Perth today. Sleepy has been disappointing over hurdles as his mark of 99 compared to his mark of 127 over fences at the start of the year (now 120 with some poor runs over hurdles) shows. Alan has been convinced Sleepy could pick up one of these sort of hurdle races but for whatever reason, he just runs the same sort of race. He hasn’t had ideal conditions most of the time – he really wants top of the ground and a stiff track over 2 miles. Today, the sharp Perth track could find him out. However, looking back a year or so ago, he fairly flew on the run in having been outpaced but nowadays he runs from the front but tends to clout an obstacle somewhere along the line which can put him out of the race. The last 2 runs have seen him show a bit more potential and so hopefully, he jumps soundly and proves Alan right at last. Civil Unrest hopefully has every chance if he gets the lead he tends to like. Over hurdles now they seem to come the same as fences but here last time over fences he never jumped fluent. Hopefully today he does. It would be a nice double ! However, I will settle for both horses to return unscathed.
There is now a new page headed ”GREYHOUND” and all latest plans on that front will be found there.
Tues 29/7/’14 2 runners tomorrow with Cyril and Sleepy both taking up their entries at Perth. More news tomorrow on them. I have been asked if we cannot give the race info out on the night prior to a race when early prices are available. Answer, owners of that horse with Panther do receive that info on the evening of a race. You need to take up a share. Other horses continue as before with all well but awaiting better ground in general. Lucky has been through the stalls without problem. Alan is running very few horses due to the ground. Royal is well after Doncaster and will next go for a £20,000 race at Brighton Festival next week. He really is a tough horse. Gay’s yard does seem to be back after being forced to close down not too long ago and has again had another winner today with What A Party – and I’m sure there was ! Gay told us last week that the horse will be heading to Deauville as the prize money to be won with a horse like this is very good. There is a share available. Interested, just give a ring 07775 743 885. Although quiet on the bets of late, Alan is happy to wait. Something else I haven’t mentioned lately, is the greyhounds. However, things are still going on behind the scenes and more news shortly. Yvonne (Bell) whom we are looking at placing a dog with, is having a very good run at present with winner after winner going in. Frid 25/7/’14 Royal found himself with nowhere to go last night but he is well and another race has been found for him shortly. Other horses well but Alan S. not running many due to the ground. Likewise, Pistol who does handle most grounds wont be risked on the watered ground presently around and so is having a short break ready to race in Sept. James has entered both Sleepy and Cyril at Perth next week but again runs depend upon the ground. Thurs 24/7/’14 Royal runs tonight at Doncaster. Although Gay had told owners previous, it was in today’s Racing Post that Royal was one of the Newmarket horses to have tested positive (after Yarmouth) to morphine, believed to be from feedstock. He ran disappointing at Nottingham last time and really it is a case of seeing how things go today. On weights, Royal gives 2 pounds extra to the Nottingham winner and Royal was well beaten that day. Poppa looks well in still. Wed 23/7/’14
PHONE NOW UP AND RUNNING AGAIN 07775 743 885
Royal runs tomorrow at Doncaster. More news tomorrow. Mon 21/7/’14 Phone still out of action and hoping Wed now the date to be back ?? Please don’t text on that number as I cannot retrieve any now or in the future until all up and running again. Meanwhile ! Royal is expected to run at Doncaster on Thursday and more entries for other horses expected next week. On the greyhound front, went to Yvonne Bell’s kennels yesterday and it houses 80 dogs. Yvonne has been doing excellent of late and I am hoping to have a dog with her in the not too distant future. More news as soon as things happen. We would be looking at purchasing a dog from Ireland aged around 18 months + (or so) with trials already run so it will be ready to race after its trials here. Sat 19/7/’14 The withdrawl of Painted Tail at least left nobody richer or poorer. Never realised how much I depend on the phone until it is out of action – especially when I have been away for a few days. Please dont text or leave a message on 07775 743 885 for now as I will not get the messages. The phone has been sent away for repair. E mails I can receive – albeit late at the moment ! As usual, when one thing on the technology front goes down, there is always something else that plays up as well. Pictured left is James with Harry The Lemmon who has now returned to training. He has certainly grassed well and now needs to convert bulk to bulk muscle. He is an exciting novice chase prospect for this season. James will have a record number of horses in this season and many are quality horses, so it would be disappointing if he didn’t have a very good time. Last season he got a good start but a bug around Dec and into Jan / Feb pretty much scuppered what could have been a good season. Harry will be on show at James’s owners day next month and syndication details shortly. Please send an email if you would be interested. Shares will be very few. Went to Sunderland dogs last Thurs and definitely getting the bug ! Going to Yvonne Bell’s kennels tomorrow. Yvonne is one of the leading trainers based at Sunderland and had 3 winners out of 6 dogs on Thurs. We have Sleepy entered up at Cartmel on Mon and Royal at Doncaster on Thursday. Runs dependant upon ground. Wed 16/7/’14 The horse – Painted Tail @ Hamilton. +’ves & negs. Let you decide ! Alan as most readers will know has plenty of losers but when they do pop in tend to be at very nice odds. Main thing is look to profit over a long term. If not don’t follow Alan ! Tues 15/7/’14 Sleepy ready for quick return at Cartmel. Royal bypasses Epsom. Very well but awaits new entry. Alan’s horse is entered ! Certainly doesn’t look in best of races to me ? Still, can always say it was a big price when it comes nowhere. I’ll let Alan decide if to unleash the name on this occasion. Mon 14/7/’14 Again, ground not perfect for Sleepy who would appreciate good to firm, however it was a decent enough run under the circumstances. In reality, is probably a better chaser than hurdler. Cyril ran a sound race to be second but never had the pace or jumping fluency of the winner. Still, it was an improved performance than of late and his turn will surely come again. Both are well today and more races will be soon on the horizon. Phone still out of action until returned next week hopefully. Just email as normal. Sun 13/7/’14 2 runners today at Perth but Sleepy was withdrawn last meeting due to ‘inappropriate ground’ and the ground has eased again with overnight rain. Alan is convinced the horse was running a very good race last time until smashing the top bar of the hurdle 3 out and rapping himself. He does have a tendencyto hit one which puts him out of contention. Also it would have been better to have had no rain and good to firm. Still, Alan is convinced a race like this is well within Sleepy’s capabilities under the right conditions – but he is becoming an expensive horse to follow over hurdles. Civil Unrest meanwhile wont mind the ground but does need to lead in a race otherwise can sulk and drop away quite quickly. Today’s race looks to be full of pace so anything can happen. Just hope he jumps well the first few until the race settles down. Prices presently 16’s & 12’s so also need some luck for both. Other horses all ok with Royal eneterd Epsom. Still no entry for Alan’s fancy but it shouldn’t be long. Sat 12/7/’14
phone 07775 743 885 down for next few days – sent off for repair. Contact via email as normal firstname.lastname@example.org
Frid 11/7/’14 Pictured left is Royal Alcor at Nottingham last Saturday who had looked in excellent shape before a disappointing run. He is an exterely tough individual who, although running 14f races, can run very regular. In fact he has run 22 times in 11 months !! His form tends to be up and down but has notched up 4 wins / 3 x 2nd’s and 5 x 3rd in that period. He really is an excellent horse to be involved with but makes pricing him up a difficult proposition. On 22 races, he has had entry fees / jockey fees and travelling expenses (to a wide variety of tracks). The last 2 horses we had with Gay were very similar running 16 and 18 times and cost us a considerable sum ! Great value for money though. Royal came out of his latest race without problem and now holds an entry at Epsom on Thursday. However, Gay has her eyes on a race in August for him but he is expected to run again before then. You can be involved at only £275 plus £30 per month. Includes ALL ownership benefits. There are only 3 shares like this remaining but there is a 10% purchase share available. Please get in touch if you are interested in either type of share. Both Civil Unrest and Sleep In First have been declared to run at Perth on Sunday and both had good excuses for their last disappointing races. Well at least they sound feasable enough at the moment, we will see what happens on Sunday !
GOT THE DOG BUG !
No German Shepherd (as yet ?) but went to the Sunderland dogs on Wed night to their Finals Night of the the William Hill Festival Of Racing which included the Classic and Grand Prix – RACES WORTH £15,000 AND £25,000 TO THE WINNERS. We were there courtsey of the Champagne Club and Steve who manages it. Unfortunately their dog Bubbly Gold came 2nd in the Classic and their dog in the Grand Prix was injured (after he had qualified for the race) but couldn’t contest the event. The cost to be there on this their biggest meeting was £10 which included admission / your own seat on a table / race card / free drink on arrival / carvery (massive helpings). In fact the track on Sat evenings over the Summer offer admission / racecard / chicken & chips / 2 bottles of Budweiser or similar. THE COST – A FIVER ! Also, a very friendly crowd of people. Are there lessons for horse racing to be learnt from greyhound racing ? Wed 9/7/’14 I’ve been making changes to the horses and although not a new horse to ourselves, it feels like it with HARRY THE LEMMON now coming back in to be prepared for a novice chase career. He was showing good form until injured but he is still young to make his prescence felt. There will only be a few shares available equivalent to a 1% lease, although there is one 10% purchase share available. It will be a small ownership group with one owner having a 50% stake. It should be an exciting time ahead for owners in Harry and if anyone is interested in taking up a share, please get in touch. Another change is within Alan Swinbank’s Group 2 (Deep Resolve). Doc had been seeming to run one good race and then another disappointing one. At home, he is continuing to grow and now proving to be weak on the gallops and it is felt his in and out form was probably due to being weak. Alan has suggested we turn Doc out for a few weeks to strengthen and freshen up while the ground will probably be unsuitable and to bring him back for an Autumn campaign. He handles soft ground well. This will happen as of now and HALKIRK will now come into the group in his place. A similar scenario happened with Halkirk earlier on when he raced once but proved to be too weak to see out the trip and was himself turned away for several weeks. He has now returned from his break and will be prepared for either the turf or another bumper. This is where the groups with Alan work, in that we should have races with Hal before a choice is made whether to continue with Hal or revert back to Doc. Personally, I don’t want to lose either as both are potentially very good horses. Other changes that have had to be made is a change to the pricing structures and each horse has its own costing. Please see the individual horse pages. Our main aim with all our horses is to have shares available at a very low cost to be involved in a small membership group. To do so means only several shares in each horse are available at small costing so anyone can become involved. However, larger shares are also available in each horse for purchase and owners of those shares would deal directly with the yard. If anyone is interested in any share in any horse either as a larger % share or one of the ‘taster’ type shares please just get in touch. Also, please remember the small shares do still give all ownership benefits. They are great value for money shares to be involved in and can also be renewed at the end of your ownership term. If you do have any queries regarding any share or horse, also please just get in touch. Next entries are now at Perth with CIVIL UNREST (all small shares now sold) and SLEEP IN FIRST (3 shares available). However, the latter needs fast ground and was withdrawn last week here because of patchy ground due to watering. Tues 8/7/’14 It all started a few months ago when I kept asking Alan why we don’t get another dog. As Alan has only had German Shepherds and has always said he wouldn’t have any other breed, that is what I would have expected. Indeed a couple of years ago, he almost came home with two large framed German Shepherd pups from a traveller’s site but when I only wanted one, neither turned up as he thought the two from the same litter would be good company. I wasn’t too sure ! They were, as I said, big and looked very much as if they would grow up to be much like their father, who at close quarters, was very imposing and not so friendly to say the least ! Further prompting for a dog last week produced a picture on the breakfast table as you will see left. Looking more like a Panda than a German Shepherd I had no idea what was coming. In fact, it is a greyhound pup as advertised in the Racing Post and goes by the name of Bubbly Rose. Alan had seen an advert from the Champagne Club offering small shares in the pup and decided this would keep me happy. Well at least there is no cleaning up the mess as his kennels are down South ! Next up was then a trip to a new greyhound sale at Pelaw Grange stadium yesterday and thankfully, although Alan now in full dog mode, didn’t do any silly bidding. Next is now a trip to Sunderland dogs tomorrow evening. It’s certainly all go. Meanwhile its back with the horses. I am planning on making some changes, which will affect costings of the groups and horses. Also some changes with the horses themselves. I am hoping to have the alterations on site in a day or so. Further entries are in for Sleep In First and Civil Unrest at Perth on Sunday. Sleepy very much needs no rain but Cyril may get away with some. He is none the worse for his trot out the other day. The horse Alan is awaiting has no entry at present. Mon 7/7/’14
It’s been an interesting couple of days, and been to the greyhound sales today. Just back. More news tomorrow !!
Just back from a disappointing trip around Nottingham on Sat and Rasen today. Both horses disappointed but both finished without any physical problems and so can run again shortly. Frustrating but that is, as they say, racing ! More news tomorrow – need a drink ! Sat 5/7/’14 7mm rain overnight but ground remains good /firm, good places at Nottingham tonight which should be fine for Royal. It is an open looking race but the yard are now back in full swing with another winner in France and Layline the other day. Royal has done very well since joining Gay from a claimer, going up 26 pounds in the ratings on the AW. His turf mark is still 4 pounds less than his AW and he has had 21 races in a year, winning 5 / 3 x 2nd & 5 x 3rd A great syndicate horse and you could be there with him at only £385 at present. One off cost until Jan 1st 2015. Just give a ring on 07775 743 885. Would like to think hje has every chance in an open race. Civil Unrest takes his chance at Market Rasen and he needs to overcome his disappointing run last time at Stratford. He is a better horse than that race showed so fingers crossed he is back to previous form before his break. Thurs 3/7/’14 Sleepy was withdrawn from his race today due to the watered ground. Just no point in running a horse if you have any doubts about conditions. Injuries occur all too often without asking for problems. Another race will be looked for but at present there aren’t a lot of opportunities inc. for Pistol who is also awaiting a possible race. Royal Alcor, however, goes to Nottingham on Saturday and again it is over 1m 6f which he won at Yarmouth last time out. Both Lucky and Deep Resolve are well and possible races being looked at but again ground will play its part. A running decision will be made shortly for Civil on Sunday at Market Rasen. Alan has so far managed to keep his winnings from Royal safe – mainly as the horse he is waiting for hasn’t run ! However, he assures me it is a cert. Sounds more like a tipster service ad everyday. Will keep you updated – ideally before it runs ! Wed 2/7/’14 Sleepy runs at Perth tomorrow and again tries hurdles off his better handicap rating than fences. Keep thinking he must run a good race but then something always seems to crop up – mostly a hurdle ! Fingers crossed for a trouble free round. He has just been put in at 14’s. Royal now bypasses Doncaster in favour of Nottingham on Sat. His mark went up 7 pounds which Alan had believed would be higher, so off his new mark he is only a pound over than the penalty at Donc. and at Nott it is over the 14f as opposed to 12. Cyril bypasses Perth with an eye on Market Rasen on Sunday. Plenty going on and don’t forget there are opportunities to be in the winners enclosure as an owner with several horses at present. Just get in touch on 07775 743 885. Sun 29/6/’14 Pictured is ROYAL ALCOR winning at Yarmouth last Thursday. The more I watch the race, the better the ride and the more Alan is wary of the handicapper’s reaction !Roger Harris is the official photographer at Yarmouth and he has given permission for us to use the pic. Photographs start at only £8 for an 8×6 in a folder and full details plus more pics can be seen on his website photoaction.co.uk Roger’s contact phone number is 07779 187 401 Royal has come out of the race well and holds the entry at Doncaster on Friday and is expected to run carrying his penalty with Shelley again booked to take off the five. Before then, CIVIL UNREST is expected to go to Perth next week and SLEEP IN FIRST also. DEEP RESOLVE and LUCKY SHADOW are also well and we are just waiting for a suitable race for PISTOL BASC. Shares are available in Pistol / Deep Resolve and Royal, the latter at £385 until Jan 1st. Please get in touch if you are interested in a share and you could be there as an owner at Doncaster. Frid 27/6/’14 Unfortunately we have had to close down the Racing & Social Club due to very little interest. With only 10 members paying £99 each for 2 horses and no new members joining during June’s special offer period, time has been called but at least it closes on a winner with Royal Alcor doing the job yesterday. Badges were all given complimentary to those requesting them for member plus guest each time a horse ran. Backing Royal yesterday saw members make a nice profit, so it is an appropriate time to call closure on the Racing & Social. The club ran for 3 months and all members will receive a full refund on their £99 joining fee. The future ? Both Civil Unrest and Royal Alcor are nice horses to be involved to take members of their ownership groups to the races with realistic chances of visiting the winners enclosure. We will now syndicate the horses as all our others by doing so in small share units whilst keeping numbers low in each horse. All ownership benefits apply. Syndication details on the horses own pages. Thurs 26/6/’14
20/1 WINNER AND TIME HAS RUN OUT !!!!
ROYAL ALCOR did members of the Racing & Social Club proud at Yarmouth today – and no doubt swelled pockets of his followers inc Alan (only got 16’s !!). Prices varied from overnight 14’s and well done to those who got 20’s (exchanges ?) as mentioned on ATR before an sp of 12’s. GAY KELLEWAY did a great job with Royal after the poor run of form of late from the yard which resulted in a short break of all horses. Royal had excuses from his previous 2 races for Panther as all members had been informed and these were cast aside with a very good ride from Shelley.
MORE NEWS TOMORROW BUT PLEASE DON’T SEND CHEQUES FOR £99 NOW AS THE DEADLINE FOR CASHING THEM BEFORE JULY 1ST HAS NOW PASSED.
TIME RUNNING OUT !!
To take advantage of the £99 special offer to join the Racing & Social Club at only £99. Cheques need clearance to become involved. One of the club’s horses Royal Alcor runs on Thurs at Yarmouth and is one of the few from the yard to re-appear after a short close down. Several had’t run as expected over the past few weeks. It is a step up in trip and it is a case of hoping things go ok after his two runs for us with two shoes being torn off on his debut and then the saddle slipping in the next race. Civil Unrest, the Racing & Social’s jumper goes to Perth next week ground depending. Along with him, Sleep In First is also expected to run there – again ground depending. Alan Swinbank’s two group’s should have entries made in the not too distant future but Alan said he wont throw money away on entry fees if the ground will be wrong. Over at Becky’s, Pistol is having to wait a while (not that he will particularly mind as he loves being trained from the field) as there isn’t a suitable race at present and he does need some rain to run. Alan’s betting has been very sparse of late as some yard’s horses (not all yards) just aren’t running as well as they should and some scoping mucky. He is, however, watching for 2 horses to run soon. No doubt he will watch them run and win with nothing on ! Sat 21/6/’14 Royal now holding an entry at Yarmouth but no other entries at present for other horses with unsuitable conditions / just run or lack of a suitable race. Things pretty quiet at present and Alan not backing either. Always seems to be all or nothing ! Wed 18/6/’14 Two disappointing runs yesterday but both with valid reasons. Sleepy was very unlucky in the fact that he was travelling really well and Ryan said he was getting a very good feel when Sleepy hit the third last – breaking the hurdle – and it effectively put him out of the race. Other horses all well but suitable races a bit thin on the ground at present but ROYAL ALCOR eneterd Beverley. Mon 16/6/’14 Two runners at Stratford tomorrow. CIVIL UNREST makes his debut for Panther’s Racing & Social Club and hopefully we don’t have any unfortunate mishaps as we have done with Royal’s first two runs for the club. Don’t forget you could be in the winners enclosure with either Royal Alcor and Civil Unrest for ONLY £99 AND INCLUDES OWNERS BADGES !!! Our second runner is SLEEP IN FIRST who is back on track after a short break. Most readers will know he is a horse who can clout a hurdle or fence and this puts him with plenty of catching up to do – especially on a track like Stratford. However, on a big plus side is that he is rated 19 pounds less over hurdles than fences. Hopefully, he will be able to make it count tomorrow. Pistol is doubtful for Wed as the ground may just be too firm for him. Other entries expected soon on the other horses as all are well. Thurs 12/6/’14
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Civil Unrest working on sand yesterday
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He has an entry now. Be there as an owner and a realistic chance to be in the winners enclosure soon.
WINNER X2 / 2ND / 3RD X2 FROM 7 RUNS FOR PANTHER
Entries going in thick and fast as the right races are being looked at for several horses.
One of those times when everything that can go wrong does. Albeit, not a crisis, just anything connected to technology again. Can’t believe how it all seems to go at the same time. Website down until yesterday as regards being to update the blog page. Cavalry came to the conclusion I had wrote too much and caused a crash ! Consequently, I can still keep on writing and the blog page has now been archieved. Lots of problems with the mobile and lots of advice / none advice given by various Virgin reps until the last one really did know what he was talking about and various alterations in the shop has the phone back to normal. Probably best not to go into details regarding Panther’s bank. Would probably leave myself open to libel. Amazing how simple procedures can become so difficult – not for the first time. Anyhow, back to the horses. Lucky has been back in work for over a week and he is an incredibly resilient horse. Deep Resolve none the worse for his race and being prepared for another. Sleepy entered at Aintree Friday and a race entry possible for Southwell on the 18th. for Pistol. Gay’s yard is now soon to open again for entries and Royal Ascot possibly the first runner. Albeit not for our Royal ! More entries expected shortly for Cyril and Harry The Lemmon out in the paddocks for a couple of weeks or so before back into work for this N. Hunt season. Becky has her flat licence now and James is expecting 57 horses this season (largest string to date) inc. some expensive ones. Frid 6/6/’14 Two things from yesterday, it was a disappointing run from Doc and he is a much better horse than this. He was again very much relaxed and looked a picture. He ran a disappointing race on his debut last year and then won very nicely on his debut this year. He seems to be able to run a poor race and then a good one, however, he is only a young horse who is big and has a lot of scope for improvement as he gains racing experience and strength as he fills out into his frame. Might have said it was a disapppointing run yesterday but in reality, he is a young horse who has run only 5 times and been in the winners enclosure in 4 of them !!! Only reason it was deemed disappointing is because of the standard we hold the horse in. Sleepy bypasses Perth and Aintree now on agenda. Thurs 5/6/’14 Deep Resolve returns to Southwell today and hopefully gets the same result as last time here. Overnight odds were 7/4 and are at present on the drift and 5/2. He is a very good horse and we are convinced the best is yet to come with him as he improves with racing. Today’s race is quite a tight race on paper and I’m hoping Doc can improve again on what he has achieved to date. Mon 2/6/’14 Sleepy has been entered for Perth on Sun but a run depends upon how much rain arrives. Royal will miss his engagements this week as the yard will be having no runners for about a fortnight. Deep Resolve holds an entry at Southwell on Thursday. Civil Unrest will have entries made shortly and Lucky returns to work today after his stalls problem a fortnight ago. It has been quiet on the bets for Alan of late but they have been right calls. Frid 30/5/’14 Well another mishap as the saddle slipped on Royal and gave him no chance of competing in the race. It was a shame as he looked immaculate in the paddock (pictured left) but these things happen and now it is two mishaps from 2 runs for the Racing & Social group. Things can only get better as they say and at least no harm done to horse or rider. He does hold an entry at Southwell on Wed. Pistol’s luck fared better and he was stepped up in trip and saw it out well in the soft ground. He is starting to settle better and 3 miles has always been thought to be his trip once he doesn’t take such a strong hold. Things are getting there. Again he looked well and is pictured returning to the winners enclosure with a mud splattered Tony. Thurs 29/5/’14 Two runners today, Royal Alcor at Haydock in the 4.50 and Pistol Basc at Wetherby in the 7.35 Royal is ridden by Anne-Sophie who rides him everyday at home. He is rated 11 pounds less on turf than the all weather but has done a lot less racing on grass. However, all his wins have come on the all weather. Royal was taken to Haydock by Gay yesterday and whilst it has the look of a race that is ‘winnable’, the worry is that more softening of the ground wont help. Odds now 8’s from 10’s. Pistol is presently at 15/2 which seem fair, as the trip is hoped to suit and the track does – albeit he clouted one here last time that effectively killed off all his chances. Again it looks a winnable race but as all readers will know, Pistol needs to settle and pop away to be effective. Today, Alan doesn’t intend backing which is probably a plus for anyone who is ! However, it would be very good to have two nice runs and no mishap. Sun 25/5/’14 Plenty of entries either already in or more coming. The 3 Summer jumpers either entered up or entries being looked at. The turf horses are also either entered or awaiting entries and other options also possible. Naming a horse Lucky does tempt fate but as Alan S. said today, Lucky Shadow really is a Lucky horse. It appears as if he will get away with just some bad bruising to a hind leg. The last week’s sales were interesting (as always) and James took 4 inc. 2 from Nicky Henderson’s yard. Becky took one and if it is as good a purchase as her last one from Donny – Water Garden who made a very impressive jumping display on his yard debut a couple of weeks ago – he will be another good addition to the yard. Pauline (Thatchmire Stud) sold one to Mick Easterby but the breeding game looks a very hard one indeed. All the work and effort that goes into breeding horses and for so little return. It certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. To think Alan wanted to go down that route several years ago – looks one of the quickest ways to lose your money from what I see. A stud and vendor must get a ‘name’ and have horses out in the racing arena to attract the buyers to related horses and it can’t be achieved overnight. Some of our best horses came as stores many years ago but the emphasis changed from those type of horses to those with speed. Paying for the finished article will certainly put a hole in the pocket and I really believe nowadays the best way of having a chance is in the 3 y. olds off the flat to go juvenile hurdling with. You can buy a scopey horse with proven ability and some sires do prove to produce jumpers. Alan a lot more into that side than I have been. Another way (more my way), is to become involved in a horse who is already in a yard that you can trust. We started out by this method and every horse bought from Arthur Stephenson won races for us. The practice has proven very successful ever since. Injuries will always happen but at least you know the standard of horse you are getting whether they are unraced or not. Alan Swinbank has proven to be one of the best purchasers of horses we have come across and we have had a lot of success with horses purchased and trained by Alan. Touchwood, it continues. Gay is also a very shrewd horse dealer and James and Becky are young and ready to make their mark. Well, after that bit of ‘buttering up’ writing, lets see if we can’t get another nice horse from a yard ! Still wanting to find time to alter the site itself. Cost has proven restrictive for what I was wanting so will have to manage within limits that exist at present. I’m wanting to make the site take on a ‘magazine style’ with input from contributers on racing topics. Also wish to put a page on for the racecourse photographers who have helped Panther and it will be included in the great master plan ! Thurs 22/5/’14 Panic over as Lucky has been fully weight bearing on the leg and improved. News from sales in next couple of days. Deep Resolve had been entered at Redcar prior to his being reassessed in the expectation he may have dropped a pound but handicapper took no chances and put him up a pound. Consequently, he was 2 pound above the top handicap mark for the race. Mon – 19.00 Lucky suffered an injury to a hind leg in the stalls today. It looked at one point that it could have been fatal but he is now walking on it and x-rays will be taken when the swelling subsides. Mon 19/5/’14 Lucky takes centre stage today on his racecourse debut at Redcar. Whatever happens today, he will improve upon as he gains experience. The favourite certainly looks the one to beat on paper and it looks a very competitive race betting wise apart from the first two in the market. In reality, we would be very pleased to finish in the first 4 but a nice racecourse introduction without mishap would suit just fine. The Spring sales at Doncaster start tomorrow and they are always very interesting. They used to be the sales we most favoured but of latter years the Autumn sales at Doncaster and Newmarket take preference as this turf’s 3 y. olds go up for auction. You can buy into proven ability – you just have to get them to jump ! Some very nice horses have come through the juvenile (hurdling) ranks from these sales without having to pay silly money. Probably more a case of watching tomorrow, as we have some very nice horses in Panther at present. Sun 18/5/’14 Royal never got into the race at Newmarket having torn his 2 back shoes off and hung left throughout. He is ok but it is a race that needs discounting. All horses well and races either pinpointed or being looked for, with Lucky running at Redcar tomorrow on his racecourse debut. More news tomorrow. Thurs 15/5/’14 Royal Alcor becomes the first runner for Panther’s R&S Group tonight at Newmarket. This is a very competitive £10,000 guaranteed race and it is really a case of hoping, especially with odds of 50’s. Wed 14/5/’14 Pistol also ran a sound race yesterday but the trip was on the short side for him and he was never able to land a blow as the winner went away easily. However, he had a nice confidence boost and will next go to Wetherby in a couple of weeks. It is a track that suits (albeit he clouted one last time that unfortunately put him out of the race). You can be there as an owner of Pistol for only £350. He is trained by Rebecca Menzies near York who has had a great start to her training career. This is a genuine value for money offer in a numerically very small group of people with all ownership benefits. Just give me a call now on 077757 43885. Pistol will run over the Summer. Next runner now Royal Alcor tomorrow at Newmarket and Lucky holding entries for Ripon and Redcar. Tues 13/5/’14 Deep Resolve ran another sound race yesterday, going down by just a head. He again looked a picture and every inch a ‘proper’ racehorse. He is young and inexperienced and it shows in his races and he will definitely improve for his racing. He is a very laid back individual who got yesterday’s trip well on the heavy rain softened ground. Doc is a horse Alan S. and husband Alan like very much. He really is a horse for the future. Having said that, he has already been excellent for members of his very small ownership group (ALAN SWINBANK GROUP 2), having won and been placed 3rd and 2nd btn a head from 3 races this season. It only costs £525 to join this group until Jan 1st and is an all in cost. Please just get in touch on 07775 743 885. It has been an excellent start for this week’s racing and hopefully things continue in the same vein as several runners are expected. PISTOL runs today at Sedgefield and drops in trip. He has hopefully got over his schooling fall over hurdles a couple of weeks ago and is back over fences. Today’s weights don’t seem to favour his chances and the form of his last 2 runs make him the outsider of the field. However, with Pistol, so much depends upon his mental approach in a race and its build up and if things go his way in that department, he does have the ability. Touchwood, today he remains settled and puts in a solid round. He has remained at 12’s from yesterday evening, which off the weights looks about right. Fingers crossed ! Later this week, Royal Alcor runs at Newmarket and Lucky is one of 4 of Alan’s entries in the maiden at Ripon. Sun 11/5/’14 The stable visit went ahead as planned today and we were fortunate that Alan was able to put it on, as he has just come out of hospital. Talk was all about the 4 timer the yard had last night and it was amazing how many had backed some, inc. one person who had backed all, unfortunately not in multiples which would have put a dent in any bookmaker. Our own horses looked in excellent condition and others were also pulled out. One a very good looking future bumper prospect (pictured with Alan left). He is for sale – unfortunately for myself, it would have needed the multiples last night in order to do so. Alan has 75 in full work and there are many youngsters coming through the ranks now. Deep Resolve was in full Summer bloom and he was very relaxed on the eve of his race at Donny tomorrow. Stable visits at Alan’s are very relaxed affairs and Alan is great host. Children can also get a lot from the visits and hopefully, Lucy (pictured with Deep Resolve) brings him a bit of luck tomorrow. Lucky Shadow also looked well and is expected to race next weekend. Pistol is expected to go to Sedgefield on Tuesday. With Royal Alcor also expected to run this week at either Newmarket or Newbury, it should be a busy week. Just need the winners ! Sat 10/5/’14 Lucky bypasses Thirsk tonight but Deep Resolve goes to Donny on Monday. Places on the stable visit are now closed and the visit goes ahead as planned. Beans and chips tasting fine but hopefully a change of diet in the offing if Snuker does her tricks at Hexham today ! Wed 7/5/’14 Entries continue and Pistol now holds an entry at Sedgefield on Tues. Royal Alcor has 2 races pencilled in at Newmarket and Newbury, although other entries could also be made. Alan’s betting for the week to come starts today with Bishop Lightfoot in the bumper at Kelso. Judging by the price (33’s at present) not many share his enthusiasm. Staple diet of beans and chips on the horizon ? Mon 5/5/’14
ALAN SWINBANK STABLE VISIT – Sun 11th May
Due to H&S reasons, the visit is restricted in numbers – plus it also lets all coming to hear what Alan says when looking at all the horses. With the yard flying, you certainly don’t want to miss a single word ! There are still a few places left, so if you want to book places, please do so now on 07775 743 885 as they really are limited and there can be no admittance on the day without booking – again H&S reasons. Plenty of red tape nowadays even to put a stable visit on.
Of the horses, Deep Resolve has come out of his race without problem and Lucky Shadow has been entered up at Thirsk. Pistol is ready to be entered again and there are races coming up next week. Cyril and Sleepy are both expected to be ready in about 3 weeks whilst Royal Alcor (don’t like calling him ‘Donkey’) is ready to race and entries will be in shortly. It looks like a busy time regarding runners is coming up – touchwood ! Also, Alan has one horse he has been waiting for to run and is expecting it out this week – you have been warned again !
Although coming 3rd yesterday, it was a muddling race as far as Deep Resolve was concerned, as he ran very green with his head held up and he seemed to be trying to look around in the home straight. At Southwell, he focussed on the job and raced to the line head down. Although the Racing Post have said he never saw out the trip, I don’t think that will prove to be the case. I’m convinced he is a much better horse than we saw yesterday. Thurs 1/5/’14 Will have to settle for the one winner today, as Pistol fell when he took off too early at home schooling over hurdles. He was stiff and sorry for himself last night and so wont run today. Possible entries next week back over fences. Deep Resolve runs at Redcar. Early price of 11/4 about Spirit or Soul didn’t last long and now best 13/8 as I write and consequently the early 3’s about Deep Resolve have gone presently to 7/2. Both horses should be suited by conditions but some heavy rain is forecast from now (3 a.m. !!) up until the race. Fingers crossed Deep Resolve makes it 2 from 2 this season. Some interesting horses coming up shortly for Alan so if you want to keep your bank balance intact, DON’T watch this space ! Wed 30/4/’14 2 runners tomorrow, Pistol at Sedgefield and Deep Resolve Redcar. Join their respective ownership groups today from only £350 ALL IN until Nov 1st before they run and come racing tomorrow as an owner. Give me a call on 07775 743 885. Sun 27/4/’14
STABLE VISIT – ALAN SWINBANK’S
SUN MAY 11TH
Places are limited due to H&S factors
Bookings being taken now.
LAST CHANCE TO JOIN THE R&S Club @ £99
Price increases to £165 on May 1st
If you would like to take advantage of the special introductory offer of £99, please phone me on 07775 743 885
As you will see from the entries list, there are several options for both Deep Resolve and Royal Alcor and at present, things are still not set in stone. Ground could be an issue and other entries are also possible. Pistol could run in a hurdle race this week and has been given a mark of 91 which was expected. If you are interested in a share in any of the 3 horses to possibly run this week, just give a ring. Sleepy bypassed his races at Perth as ground would not have been right and now is set for entries at Kelso next week.
Just back from the annual visit to the Perth Festival. Say it every year but if you haven’t been GO ! If you have been previous you will probably have also been there this week. Brilliant atmosphere and competitive racing. More news tomorrow and plans on the horses. Thurs 24/4/’14 Plenty of planned entries for next week but no definite running plans. Stable visit at Alan Swinbank’s on MAY 11th. Please book places now on 07775 743 885 Wed 23/4/’14 Royal Alcor now holds entries at both Goodwood and Pontefract. Sleepy bypasses his race at Perth tomorrow but possible Frid. Deep Resolve will have more entries shortly. Pistol very well. NEW STABLE VISIT TO BE ARRANGED FOR SUN 11TH MAY. DETAILS SHORTLY. H&S limit set at 30 and on a first come served basis. Panther owners and members have priority but if you would like to attend and aren’t in Panther, please just get in touch 07775 743 88 A.S.A.P. Mon 21/4/’14 Entries coming in and more expected with Pistol possibly going over hurdles next (May 1st), as chases in the short term are very limited. You can be in his very small ownership group for only £350 before the race. Please just give a ring on 07775 743 885. This is an all in price until Nov 1st and he will run over the Summer. Plans still being made on others. Interesting to see Ypres (former horse with Panther last season) making seasonal bow. Reported with a breathing problem last race after we had left him and this step up in trip is arguably in his favour. However, market seems to think otherwise and he is now out to 20’s. New stable visit pencilled in and details as soon as confirmed date. Frid 18/4/’14 Well, if you are a racehorse and like a break, don’t find yourself at James’s yard. 9 days ago having ran at Carlisle he was going out for a short break and freshen up. That’s exactly what it turned out to be, as he now holds an entry at Perth on Thursday ! Mind you, you would get the best of attention, feed and pampering. Hopefully, Sleepy does get his act together now the better ground and weather comes, as Alan has always believed in the horse. Interesting to see the odds of Anne’s Valentino (previously with Panther last season) shorten at Muss today. I hope she runs well for Sandra, friends and family, as she is part of a ‘dynasty’ of some very good horses they have bred. However, Alan S’s Naburn looks a big threat and suprisingly still 4’s available. Alan (husband) steared clear of betting today. Wed 16/4/’14
Above is a picture of ROYAL ALCOR winning at Wolverhampton on 8th March 2014. LESLIE HURLEY – RACECOURSE PHOTOGRAPHER has kindly allowed me to reproduce the picture on the site. He can be contacted on 01384 566765 Tues 15/4/’14
NEW HORSE – ROYAL ALCOR
Trainer Gay Kelleway (Newmarket)
DETAILS ON HIS OWN PAGE (minus pic which is coming)
He is a good addition to the R&S Club, as he is tough and a regular runner and been in the winners enclosure as a winner or in the first four on 12 out of his last 14 races. At present, the membership fee will remain at £99 until May 1st but it will then rise. Another horse could also enter the club.
We have also just received pics of DEEP RESOLVE when he won at Southwell last week.Racecourse photographer Tony Knapton has kindly allowed me to reproduce some of the pics here. Tony can be contacted on email@example.com click in gap.
Site pages will be continued to be updated.
Mon 14/4/’14 – – 18.15
Sorry but info not through yet, will update tomorrow. Mon 14/4/’14 Pistol, (pictured below at Wetherby), is fine after yesterday’s race and another race will be looked for. He was travelling well (although pulling hard which he always does), when hitting the last in the home straight. He lost his position and momentum and went to the back of the field. If things don’t go his way, he can sulk and he just never got back into contention. On the plus side, he didn’t have a hard race and will run again soon. He looked really well in full Summer coat and fit. It’s a shame things just didn’t go his way but – as the well used saying goes – there is always another day !
GAY KELLEWAY + NEW HORSE JOIN PANTHER
The new horse will join the R&S Club which is priced at only £99 until Jan 1st 2015. Photographs etc are being sent through later today and the site pages will be updated (hopefully) by this evening. The price of the R&S will increase from May 1st. There are now 3 horses and another in the pipeline for May with Becky. However, the club isn’t just about horses, as intentions are for this to be your club and to take an active part in it. As a group of people, boxes at racetracks can be taken and a racing break arranged. To join, please just give me a ring on 07775 743 885 or email. Of the other Panther horses, DEEP RESOLVE came out of his race fine and LUCKY SHADOW is well. Both will have entries made again shortly. Both these horses can be joined via their respective groups (£525 + £485) with details on their own pages. Sleepy will have a short break freshener and Civil Unrest and Son Du Silence are in work and expected to be ready late May. Sun 13/4/’14 Well yesterday, Green Flag ran as Alan had believed – Midnight Appeal unfortunately fell. Today, Pistol runs for us at Wetherby and his odds are still 8’s available, having touched 17/2 last night. He is a horse who either runs well or bad but it is down to him living on his nerves for want of a better expression. He has won here previous and hopefully, he remains settled before and during the race. Since taking up with Pistol, he has run very well for Panther and Becky and touchwood, does so again today. Some interesting news tomorrow !! Sat 12/4/’14 The Scottish National meeting was one that I used to arrange a Racing Weekend at and it is one that we have always had a lot of interest in. With Tidal Bay having a large impact on the weights in the National itself, I’m sure several trainers are more than pleased and several not so. Alan has deserted one of his favourite horses this time in Green Flag and opted for 20/1 shot MIDNIGHT APPEAL instead. I’m sure you will be happy I told you that ! Pistol our next runner at Wetherby tomorrow. Frid 11/4/’14 Lucky bypasses Thirsk on Sat and more entries will be made shortly. Pistol runs at Wetherby on Sunday. Wed 9/4/’14
DEEP RESOLVE – GREAT RESULT !
It was a very impressive performance by Deep Resolve yesterday, who himself looked an impressive horse. He is a big, strong horse with lots of prescence and although there was a big negative attached in the fact that 7f was way below what he needs, he stuck on well having hit the front turning for home. In fact the result was never in doubt and those who took advantage of the 11’s offered on the morning didn’t have much to worry about and could have gone to pick up their money 4f out ! Deep Resolve fronts PANTHER’S ALAN SWINBANK GROUP 2 syndicate and the cost to join this numerically small group is only £525 until Jan 2015. Sleepy just never got going on the ground yesterday, which was always a big worry beforehand and he will now have a short break and freshen up until the ground picks up.
Added to the list ! Several weeks now without a runner and now 2 today at different tracks ! Problem is, both have big negatives to overcome. Fingers crossed they do. Lucky holds an entry at Thirsk on Sat and Pistolol at Wetherby Sun. Mon 7/4/’14 Alan gone for the long shot today with a double – Chavoy at Kelso and Lady Artiste at Redcar – both 12’s. Covers a lot of losing bets if it comes off but in Alan’s case probably adds to the list ! Several weeks without a runner and now 2 on the same day tomorrow. Sleepy at Carlisle and Deep Resolve at Southwell. Typical ! Both horses have a share available – just get in touch. Also if you are interested in joining the R&S Club. Sun 6/4/’14 No bragging rights for either following this year’s National ! DEEP RESOLVE runs at Southwell on Tuesday. You could be there as an owner. Just give me a ring on 07775 743 885 to join his very small ownership group today. Sleepy bypasses the Kelso race and could run at Carlisle on Tuesday depending upon how much rain comes. Sat 5/4/’14 National Day and good luck to all with their fancy. Wont bore you with our own small dabble each but picking the winner does give bragging rights for a while ! Interest apart from the betting today is on Fly Home Harry in the bumper. Really hope he runs well but in reality he needs to improve on what has been achieved to date. However, the thing about the horse is that he has the right temperament and is guaranteed to give his all. Whatever he achieves today, he will be a nice hurdle prospect over further. A decision regarding DEEP RESOLVE for Tuesday will be made in the morning. Not too late to be involved in this new racing group with Alan. Just give a ring on 07775 743 885. Likewise the new Racing & Social Club. Frid 4/4/’14 – 15.00
NEW Racing & Social Club
ONLY £99 TO JOIN
The site has been updated with news of the new Racing & Social Club (R&S Club). Details are on its own heading on the home page and details of the two horses presently in it are on their own pages – Civil Unrest & Son Du Silence. Both are in training with James. To apply for membership, please either email me or give me a ring 07775 743 885 for an application form. This price will remain until another horse joins. More changes are to be made on the site and we are still working on a new private area for members and owners within Panther. Looking forward to relaxing and watching today’s Aintree action later tonight ! Frid 4/4/’14 – 11.15 am Alan has Molly Cat running at Aintree today and she should have every chance, albeit in a very competitive race. Sleepy bypassed the Sedgefield race today but holds entries at Kelso on Monday and Carlisle on Tues but runs are very much weather dependant. Deep Resolve has been eneterd at both Southwell and Pontefract next Tuesday. It’s not too late to join his ownership group. At £525 until Jan 1st 2015 it offers great value for money with only a limited number of members – even if I say so myself ! Full details can be seen on the PAS page. To join or if you have any questions about the groups, please just give me a call on 07775 743 885 I am still writing the details of the new racing group up now and they will be posted later today with details of the two new horses. Hope you are having a good Aintree and continue to do so. Tues 1/4/’14 I’m sure I heard Becky shouting for Samson from Hexham yesterday and I was at home ! No such shouts from Alan whose reinvestment of some of his previous day’s winnings went astray with Warrior. Dreamisi never ran his race and was too bad to be true but the interlocking form of those Ayr and Sedgefield bumpers has never really stood up. We have, as from today, a new involvement with two more horses and I am finalising details of a new ‘Racing Club’ within Panther. The club will be different to the ownership groups which are all numerically small. Details will be posted shortly. The Aintree meeeting is once again upon us and it is a meeting we have had several runners at in the past and some good runs including a winner. This year we don’t have a runner but Alan S. has entered former Panther horse Fly Home Harry in the bumper on Sat and also has Georgian Firebird and Molly Cat in the Frid bumper. Mon 31/3/’14 Great start to the turf for Alan S. with first runner Dark Ruler winning yesterday and well supported (even by Alan – husband !) from early doors 14’s to 9/2. Former Panther horse Dreamisi runs at Hexham in one division of the bumper and the track should suit better than last time at Sedgefield. However, his odds aren’t large enough for Alan at present – best priced 7/4, so liklihood he wont back. Warriors Tale is a horse that came to be noticed by Alan at Ayr when he was beaten by Fly Home Harry. Well thought of, the horse ran green and then ran disappointing (in Alan’s book) next time. A change of ownership since Ayr, Alan has reinvested some of Dark Ruler’s winnings today on Warrior. Present odds are now 7/2 in most places. Also of interest at Hexham, is Becky’s Samson Collonges, who has been running well of late. Of Panther’s own plans, I am looking at possibly having new horse involvement this week. Sat 29/3/’14
This is the proposed name for the 3 y. old Verglas horse. He fronts the Alan Swinbank Group 1 syndicate and he is expected to be race ready in about 3 weeks from his gallop work last Wed. He is a friendly horse who has done everything asked of him. With Halkirk proving to need more time, Lucky (name change from Smokey !) has joined the group. Hopefully, he runs for us, wins his races, is sold and we then pick up with Halkirk again. Simple. He (Hal) wins and the process starts all over again ! Joking aside, the aims of our groups with Alan is to provide members with runners on the track on the turf and N. Hunt with as little down time as possible. The groups are numerically small and at a cost way below what you would expect to pay to be involved in a small group of owners. Also, the horses we have with Alan are expensive individuals – but they are for sale. The object is to have fun with them before they are sold and we then lease another. As well as providing racetrack action, the groups also provide a great insight into racehorse ownership if you are looking to own or part own your own horse. You will see a warts-and-all approach to ownership – its not all about drinking champagne – although Group 1 members did their fair share with FLY HOME HARRY over the Winter months and that horse is now incidentally being aimed at the Aintree Festival next week. I digress ! Back to the warts-and-all aspect of ownership. Unavoidable problems / injuries do happen regular with horses but by being a member of one of the groups, the down time is lessened, as in the case of Halkirk leaving the group for now and Lucky coming in. To join LUCKY SHADOW, the cost is £485 for the entire turf season – which starts today. All ownership benefits apply. Details on the PAS Group’s page.
Whilst at the yard, Alan showed us quite a few horses, and hopefully it will be an exciting turf season ahead. DEEP RESOLVE , our other horse with Alan and who fronts GROUP 2 looked well and is just about race ready now. He can be joined for £525 until Jan 1st 2015 and again all ownership benefits apply. To be involved in the yard (approx 70 horses being readied), in a quality horse with only a limited number of owners, please just give a ring on 07775 743 885.
As mentioned yesterday, Pauline from the Thatchmire Stud has been in touch and sent a pic of the latest arrival. She is pictured left at one week old and is by Malinas out of the broodmare Madam Jolie, whom several will remember. Colts are generally what breeders want but at least if the new addition doesn’t sell, apart from an extra mouth to feed, there will be a strong chance of plenty of more mouths to feed on a yearly basis in the future !
Also mentioned earlier this week was that Lucy had been in touch about Dik’s latest pointing exploits in Ireland. His latest race he came second to Sports Line on 23rd March at Rathmorrissey point in what looked to be a decent open event. He chased a clear leader who never came back ! Dik was beaten 4l and was 20l clear of the next. Pics of the event can be viewed on the HEALY RACING website on the gallery page of Rathmorrissey on 23rd March. There are 3 pics of him and the third is a very good photo. Latest plans with Dik are to run next in a Hunter Chase in Cork dependant upon ground.
Regarding our Summer jumpers, both Pistol and Sleepy have races planned. There are several possibilities for Sleepy and the first is at Sedgefield next Friday for which he is entered. Becky is hoping to get her flat licence shortly but she still needs to be accepted by the powers that be.
Of our own future plans, irons are in the fire regarding new horses. Alterations which I want to make to the website are also all possible I am told and wont take long to make. The problem, is that they will take a lot of time for updating / maintenance by myself ! Really it is a case of everything coming together. The Spring Sales at Doncaster are also on the horizon and at those sales, anything is possible. Just never seems enough hours in the day.
TODAY’S BLOG IS NOW COMPLETE – or almost ……
Alan, who normally has a bet in the Lincoln, as it is a meeting he has on most occasions gone to, (and suprisingly, either by luck or skill has done very well at), hasn’t had a bet at all today. No doubt you will be very relieved !
FURTHER WEBSITE PAGES WILL BE UPDATED TOMORROW
Went to Alan S.’s yard on Wed and Alan took some photographs of the Verglas horse. Will post them tomorrow when also hoping to have news on his racing name. Also, news from The Thatchmire Stud and where to get latest pics of Dancing Dik in his last race and news of his next racing plans. Have been discussing changes that could be made on this site with the hosting firm and builders to fit in with possible new plans I have. Tues 25/3/’14 Lucy been in touch and latest news on Dancing Dik is that he is pointing in Ireland. He unshipped his jockey in the first point and then has just come 2nd in a very hot contest with horses who had been 2nd at Chelt. 2 years ago and rated 160. Finding Opens in Ireland are very competitive affairs at the best of times. He always had loads of ability and hopefully looks as if he still retains it. Will post any pics we can get. The turf season starts on Sat and we are really looking forward to it, as we have the two groups with Alan S. ready to go almost from the off. Deep Resolve is almost race ready for Group 2 and the new 3 y. old by Verglas for Group 1 will be named shortly as he is expected to be ready in about 2 weeks. Husband Alan believes Alan S. will have a very good season coming up and there are some very nice horses in the yard. Why not join the yard via one – or both – of the ownership groups that are available. Group 1 presently fronted by the 3 y. old grey by Verglas (Smokey) costs £485 until Nov 8th, i.e. the whole of the turf season. Group 2 presently fronted by Deep Resolve costs £525 until Jan 1st 2015. Full details on ”PAS Groups” page. I’m hoping Alan has his photographic head on tomorrow, as we are expecting visiting the yard and I will post pics of Smokey probably on Friday – if all goes to plan ! Please get in touch if you are interested in joining either of the Alan Swinbank groups – 07775 743 885 I am also working on a new format for the web site with a private section for members and owners within Panther and I am also working on a new project. Meanwhile all horses are well and have racing plans being formulated or already in place. Have been asked if I could mention that the GO OUTDOORS retailer have a special riding event taking place on April 3rd 5pm to 8pm with an additional 10% discount off all other discounts on riding equipment at their Stockton retail unit on Portrack Lane. Happy to do so. Sun 23/3/’14 Only Un Guet made the frame for James’s yard yesterday but he did run well. Ground now getting better and it should suit Sleepy when the right race comes along. He must surely win off his hurdle mark. Handicapper left him untouched last time after coming 3rd but off 105 on right track and ground ?? 124 chase mark looks high on how he has been racing of late but as has been said before, he is a better chaser than hurdler. Would like to see Sleepy running when yard is bouncing again. Becky is working on getting her flat licence and more horses are coming into the yard for the Summer. Our own Pistol is being brought to readiness for a race and conditions should suit better than last time. He is easily wound up and Becky’s policy, now the weather will be picking up, will be to train him from the field as he loves being turned out. At Alan’s, it is full steam ahead for the turf season and there are some good horses who will be ready from the start. These include our own two with Alan – a new horse by Verglas who now heads the Group 1 syndicate and Deep Resolve who heads the Group 2 syndicate. Both groups have a membership available. Please just get in touch on 07775 743 885. In general, we have been offered other horses for N. Hunt and the turf and we will be trying to get dates arranged for more stable visits. Sat 22/3/’14 Attention focuses on James’s yard at Kelso today with several runners. It hasn’t had the clearest of runs since Christmas with a bug more or less causing a shutdown and James has been in hospital last week and now sports a full leg plaster and a loaned golf buggy as a new mode of transport to the gallops. There have been a few runners in the last couple of weeks with varied success. Alan cautious regarding betting the yard horses until they show regular form. News on Panther horses tomorrow. Wed 19/3/’14 Nothing stands still for long in Panther ! Alan phoned this morning after Hal had done a fast piece of work and said the horse was going to need more time. He wouldn’t be ready to run his bumper just yet as he was still proving to be weak. He offered another horse instead whilst Hal is given the time he needs and that horse is a grey 3 y. old by VERGLAS. The dam MALAISIENNE (FR) is twice a winner and dam of Listed winner Prince Fasliyev and £168,000 from only 2 runners. He is another very good horse to enter Panther with a black type pedigree. Full details will be posted on his own page shortly and he will now be the horse in PAS GROUP 1. Website updates continue ! Tues 18/3/’14 Due to the success of the Alan Swinbank Racing Group within Panther, it has been decided to run a second group fronted by Deep Resolve who will be ready for the start of the turf season. The whole policy is to keep membership of the groups small in order that all members experience ownership fully – at a cost much less than a person would by taking a share in a horse. Also, the risk of long term injury is eliminated. The HALKIRK group will be known as the P.A.S. GROUP 1 and the DEEP RESOLVE group as P.A.S. GROUP 2. both will run alongside each other and be separate entities. All conditions remain as previous with the Halkirk group and explained on the PAS GROUP page on this site. Both are very exciting prospects. Halkirk’s group can be joined for £485 until Nov 8th and Deep Resolve’s group @ £525 until Jan 1st. Hopefully, these groups will appeal to people who have previously owned shares, as well as people new into ownership who would like to dip their toe in the water without associated risks. Both groups will be numerically small. I will be updating the site’s pages over the next couple of days. Meanwhile, I’m sure many will have been looking out for Hitman Harry’s return to track, having followed him from the Thatchmire Stud’s Racing & Breeding group days. We are no longer involved in the horse but I hope Pauline has a good horse on her hands. He was unsold at Doncaster recently but ran well when 2nd at Sedgefield having been outpaced and Alan believes today’s Wetherby track and ground should suit better. Present odds are 15/2 – although Alan believes they could drift a little. A bigger yard and those odds could well be less. Imagine the odds if Alan trained it ? The horse is the same and Tina is well capable of getting a horse ready. Good luck to all. Other plans are also afoot ! Albeit a bit off at present. Sat 15/3/’14 Alan got a good price ! Frid 14/3/’14 Quite a day yesterday away from Cheltenham with Samson and Boris both winning. It was not the case with Alan’s bet Lockedout beaten on the line by a shd. Today at Cheltenham he plumped for just the one again and for anyone still interested in what Alan’s losers are before they happen, the horse to avoid is Full Shift. The price has well gone now but at least Alan can say he got a good price ! All horses well and a race pin-pointed for Pistol and Deep Resolve will be ready for the start of the turf which is fast approaching. Thurs 13/3/’14 Sleepy has come out of his race well and will continue to race over the Spring and Summer months. He is a horse that will (hopefully) give his owners plenty of shouts and Alan has always been of the opinion there is a decent handicap chase in the horse. Just wish his chase mark was 105 as his hurdle one ! However, off 124 in a good handicap chase and low weight, stiff track and fast ground ?? Be there when he does as an owner – there is a share left – just give a ring. Also give a ring if you are interested in a share in DEEP RESOLVE and haven’t already noted your interest – 07775 743 885. With Cheltenham dominating betting, Alan has only had that one bet previously mentioned at that track and today has gone to Wolverhampton instead in the 8.15 for his one bet with Lockedoutaheaven (presently 9/2). Of other interest, Becky’s Samson Collonges runs at Hexham today and he was running a decent enough race last time when things went wrong. Hopefully nothing goes amiss today for Becky and connections. Also of interest is Boris who also runs at Hexham – albeit not at the 25’s he was last time. As stated many times previous, what Boris wants to do, Boris will. Hopefully he wants to today ! Harry ran a sound race for new connections yesterday and although unable to win with a double penalty, looks the type to make into a good hurdler as he has a very willing attitude. Wed 12/3/’14 Sleepy once again looked immaculate at Sedgefield yesterday as can be seen from his pic left. However, although having looked very well in at the ratings, he once again didn’t deliver. This time, however, he jumped well on the whole and although he was well there turning for home, he couldn’t quicken with the others and dropped back to 4th having led. However, he is a horse who does give his all and and he picked up on the short hill to the line taking 3rd spot again. The negative mentioned yesterday of the sharp track proved too much. He is obviously a better chaser than hurdler and over hurdles he always looks as if two and a half miles is what is needed but he doesn’t get that trip fully. His time will surely come. Alan resting on his laurels regarding Chelt and basking in the glory of a 4th placed 16/1 in Green Flag yesterday ! Not backing there today and looking more for the decs at Hexham tomorrow. Meanwhile Alan S. added yet another winner to the yard’s tally at Sedg. and hopefully the trend continues as FLY HOME HARRY runs in the last at Huntingdon today for new connections. He is mostly 4’s now having been 5’s but 9/2 still available in a place. Alan believes he goes with every chance. Remember the face of innocence on the right ? Well he is our latest addition to Panther. Going by the name of DEEP RESOLVE, he let the side down when he was in our ownership last turf season coming last of 13 on his debut and only run at Pontefract. However, he is a much better horse than that run suggested and when given the opportunity to become involved in him again by Alan S. there was no hesitation ! If you are interested in becoming involved with him (and visiting the winners enclosure I guarantee – well almost !), please just give a ring for details of his syndication – 07775 743 885. Details of Deep Resolve will be posted as soon as possible. Tues 11/3/’14 Sleepy has every chance today (according to Alan !) and his odds have stayed steady at 9/2 (3.35 Sedg). On form he has the odds on to beat but although he has won here before, it is thought Sleepy would prefer a stiffer track. The other possible neg is the ground once again. Although drying out, it is possible it will be tacky, especially with any frost last night. Still, he is thought to be well rated and Dale takes off more so hopefully ………!! News tomorrow on the new horse. Mon 10/3/’14 Sleepy runs tomorrow at Sedgefield and more news in the morning. He is presently 9/2.
NEW HORSE COMING FOR PANTHER !!
It has taken a while but I believe we have a very nice horse ( ”a posh horse”) to go racing with on the turf and full news very soon once the sydication details have been arranged.
For any reader interested, Alan’s Cheltenham hope GREEN FLAG (2.40 tomorrow) is presently 16/1 with the 25’s of Paddy now gone. On your head be it ! Alan does not have a good track record at Cheltenham – much better at small track betting – touchwood !
Sun’s shining and ground drying out and touchwood Sleepy gets his ground if James sends him to Sedgefield. After a very bad start to the year with a bug in the yard and virtually no runners, it has now been 2 winners from 2 runners for the yard. Plenty of new recruits coming in and a further 2 have come from Ireland. Should be exciting times next season as success depends upon new horses coming through plus a selection of established horses. Things hotting up for the turf season at Alan’s and lots of horses being prepared. The yard’s runners continue to run (and win) very well. Samson Collonges at Becky’s was running very well the other day when for some reason he put in an extra step before a fence and paid the price. On the ability he has already shown, he looks well enough handicapped to win a race and he holds an entry this week. Time for Alan to lose some money this week with Cheltenham getting closer. It has never been a happy betting medium for Alan bar a couple or so years. In fact on a day many years ago before internet and account betting came into fashion, he actually won but when he went to collect his winnings from the several local shops, they had already been cleaned out and were awaiting more funds. Had to pick up his winnings the next day. However, when going to the bank to get some money he met up with his friend who had carrier bags of bookies money and it was whistling through the counting machine. A great sight and sound if it was yours ! One horse Alan is looking at for Cheltenham is Green Flag who has done well for him since winning at Newcastle on the day Boris won on the same card. So there is one to avoid ! However, with Sedgefield and Hexham also on this week they are tracks he prefers for betting and on the basis a winner is a winner wherever it runs, fingers crossed ! On our own horse front, Halkirk is well but bypassed the Ayr race – ground didn’t look very good. Pistol still on his short break but expected to be back into work very soon. Sleepy a possible at Sedg on Tues and Harry The Lemmon is still at grass but will be back to go novice chasing next season. Only 4 horses is our lowest total for a long time and I would like to become involved in more. We are presently deciding on how best to syndicate new horses before taking them on but I would definitely like a horse for the turf. Hal will be a turf horse and Pistol and Sleepy are both being aimed at Summer jumping so we will have action over the next few months but the more the merrier ! Thurs 6/3/’14 Still stuck in that time frame where ‘if it can go wrong it will’ and we have now had to postpone the stable visit at Alan’s on Saturday. Another date will be arranged. It was a pity as 26 had already booked but all will be informed of the next date for the visit to take place when it is arranged. My apologies but arranging visits is never straightforward. At least there is no problem with our horses. Alan’s secretary Carolle has kindly sent an up to date pic of Halkirk through and he is pictured here on the left. Although he could run in another bumper, it is for the turf he has been leased. He will run for Panther’s ALAN SWINBANK RACING GROUP and this numerically small group can be joined for only £485 from March 1st to Nov 8th which covers the entire turf season. Hal has now replaced Fly Home Harry who was our previous horse over the Winter. He gave members a great time with 2 wins and a 2nd from 3 races. Quite a bit to live up to but I’m assured he will ! Please just give a call on 07775 743 885 if you would like to be part of Hal’s success story from the beginning !! James Ewart has started having runners again and Sleepy is entered up at Sedgefield on Tues also. There is a share available in him and he will be running over the Summer – chasing and hurdles. He is arguably a better chaser than hurdler but taking advantage of a big weight difference in the two disciplines is worth another try over timber again. Again just get in touch to take up the share. It’s Cheltenham time again and so far Alan has resisted temptation regarding any a.p. bets. A wise decision the way everything seems to be going of late ! Mon 3/3/’14 It’s been quite a couple of days ! Harry declared at Sedgefield from 3 entries and then sold at 5pm on Sat evening before the Sedgefield race on Sunday (yesterday). He was consequently withdrawn from the race. It is disappointing when good horses are sold on but we just cannot afford these sort of horses and in order to be involved in class horses we need to lease and sell. It has many advantages as you are not tied up in an injured horse but move on and you can switch from one horse to another – N. Hunt to flat. You always have a runner. Ask any owner if their horse has been injured and missed time out. We hopefully are trying to negotiate around that problem. Members in Alan Swinbank’s group within Panther don’t have that problem. With Harry leaving the group, another class horse has joined. HALKIRK is by the top sire 4x GR 1 winner NAYEF out of GR 1 winning dam SIL SILA (MARJU). It is an excellent Black type pedigree – more details on Hal’s own page. The cost to join his ownership group is £485 from March 1st to Nov 8th which covers the entire flat season. Yesterday saw Boris The Blade ( a former horse with Panther) win at Sedgefield. Boris was a particular favourite of Alan’s as he was a horse with his own individual character. If he wanted to do something he did – if he didn’t he didn’t ! Especially in his races. Pictured here at Redcar beach was Alan ‘bonding with Boris’ and almost throttling him incase Boris decided he would quite fancy a trip along Redcar promenade on his own – which he appeared to be taking a keen interest in doing so. Fortunately Boris was the perfect gentleman that day. If anyone would be more pleased and prouder than Alan it would be Belinda, who has looked after Boris all the time and now owns him as well. A great result for all concerned. Alan Swinbank’s yard continues racking up the winners of late and is in great form. Places are now being booked for the gallop watch and stable tour at Alan’s next Saturday and in order for all coming to hear what is going on and to keep it on a personal basis (as well as health and safety reasons), places are limited to 35. There is no entry by turning up on the day and noon Friday is the deadline to book places if there are any remaining. The visit is free and Alan is a great host at these events. To book, please phone Anne 07775 743 885 – PLACES GOING QUICK !! Sun 2/3/’14 Fly Home Harry has been sold out of our ownership but to stay in the yard. He has been a great horse for Panther having won twice and been second from only 3 races. However, it is now time to move on and our new horse is a horse I had wanted to syndicate a couple of months ago – HALKIRK. He is a very highly bred individual and a big strapping looker. He has run in one bumper but was weak and failed to see out the trip. Intentions are for him to run in either another bumper but it is for the turf we have also taken him for which starts later this month. More details on the site shortly. Meanwhile a pic of Halkirk alongside. It was taken last Sept and he is much more streamlined now ! However, up to date pics will be taken (hopefully) by Alan at the stable visit next week. Please don’t forget to book your places as they are limited and there will be no entry by turning up on the day without a booking. It is a free visit to see horses on the gallops and a tour of the stables afterwards. Arranging stable visits at a yard which has runners at many meetings is always difficult and Alan will have a lot of horses for the turf this season. To book places, please phone me on 07775 743 885. Membership into Alan Swinbank’s Racing Group which now features Halkirk costs just £485 until the end of the turf season. Again just give a ring if you are interested in joining. Sat 1/3/’14 Brilliant betting by Alan yesterday !! Resting today you’ll be glad to hear ! However, it is interesting to note Inoogoo has again shrunk in price in the 2.30 at Kelso. He came in big time early doors last time in the same race as Sleepy (fell) ran at Musselburgh and for whatever reason disappointed that day. Looking for compensation today ? The good news is Alan hasn’t backed. Frid 28/2/’14 Harry runs at Sedgefield on Sunday attempting to win his third bumper with Richard Johnson booked. Alan has a bet today – Nautical Twilight at Doncaster. 14’s were available but still several 11’s around. Tues 25/2/’14 Don’t forget, bookings are being taken for Alan’s stable visit and gallop watch a week on Saturday. It will be in 2 parts, watching all the morning lots going out to do their fast work – N. Hunt and early turf horses – followed by a tour of the yard by Alan with a full rundown on all horses with some pulled out. If you can’t make the gallop part, come for the tour which will start approx 10.30. Places will be limited and there will be no entry by turning up on the day without a booking due to H. & S. factors. DON’T MISS OUT ! Fly Home Harry holds entries at Doncaster on Saturday, Sedgefield on Sunday and Southwell on Monday. Sun 23/2/’14 Alan should have stayed in retirement ! No doubt connections of Sun Cloud would think the same. Likewise Chavoy’s supporters. Sleepy continues to await a suitable race and conditions and Pistol enjoying a break in the fields. Both will hopefully be having a long and successful Spring and Summer campaign. Shares available. We are advertising at present for membership to Alan Swinbank’s Racing Group and it can be joined for only £485 until the end of the turf season in Nov. You will be involved with Fly Home Harry – entries being made – now and then a flat horse will also be joining the group. The stable visit at Alan’s yard on Sat March 8th will be limited in numbers so people can see the horses on the gallops and hear all Alan has to say about all the horses in a tour of the yard afterwards. Bookings are being taken now – please just give a ring as soon as you know you can come. Sat 22/2/’14 Sun Cloud (8’s at present) is the unfortunate horse in the Eider to have Alan’s support ! He fits Alan’s ‘mould’ of a horse for this race. Young, improving chaser. The only negative as is quoted in the Racing Post today is if the handicapper has overdone it. Also, all the best to connections of Chavoy who, although not fitting ‘the mould’, has e.w. claims as he has conditions to suit. Was 33’s now at 25’s. News on other horses tomorrow. Tues 18/2/’14 Chavoy was outpaced the other day but has an entry at Newcastle in the Eider – a race that Alan has always had a special affinity for. Not sure why, as when Spook (MinsterShadow) was entered, he either had no luck in running or the race was called off. No doubt he will come out of betting retirement for this one ! Not really retired, just he hasn’t had any solid convictions on runners of late – even though Alan S.’s horses are flying. Hopefully, Fly Home Harry keeps the momentum going in bumpers if Alan runs him. It is a big ask to win with double penalties. Alan may have notched up a bumper double yesterday but our biggest cheer was in shouting home Direct Approach of Lynn Siddall’s also at Southwell. No money on by ourselves but Lynn desrves all the success she gets, as she has always had the ability to train horses and puts in a lot of graft along with long term partner Steve and son Tom who rode. At 50’s and no doubt much bigger at many places (never looked for a price), it was probably considered a suprise but last year when at Wetherby, Lynn was at pains to tell us how good the horse was but needed his ground and to overcome problems. Yesterday it all clicked into place and with Tom riding an enterprising race, the rest as they say is history. Congrats to all at the yard. News from James’s yard is that 6 new horses have arrived from Ireland and it seems as if the yard will have a very strong hand next season with young horses. There are already some very nice horses housed there and as well as Sleepy who will be running over the Summer for us, it will be great to see Harry The Lemmon return to training for us. He is a horse who showed a lot of ability in only a few runs for us before injury but is young enough to see that potential fulfilled, as he will go novice chasing this time around. Sat 15/2/’14 Fly Home Harry has started having entries made again and he holds two at present at Ayr and Sedgefield next Thursday. Sleepy and Pistol well in themselves after their latest runs. No new horse at present – still looking for opportunities. We are expecting to have 2 stable visits in March, Sat 8th at Alan Swinbank’s and another at Rebecca Menzies – date to be arranged. The visit at Alan’s has been arranged on a Sat as he gallops many forward horses that day and it will be interesting to have the opportunity to see all lots out on the gallops that morning as well as a tour of all the yard horses. The yard will be full of N. Hunt horses plus all the flat horses will be in as well. Alan always puts on a very detailed visit. We haven’t had a stable visit at Becky’s as she has an open door policy to see your horse but it will be interesting for members of Panther to see behind the scenes at one of the youngest trainers yards based near York. Alan is having plenty of success with his limited number of runners of late and hopefully this continues to expand when the turf takes off. The yard is very much flat orientated. Becky hit the ground running on taking out her licence with yard horses running very well. However, she has been unsuccessful when applying for her flat licence due to a perceived lack of experience by the jockey club with flat horses – she had worked for 6 years with Ferdy Murphy. This should only be temporary, as other trainers have offered her the opportunity to work with them to gain the experience. Of today’s racing, Becky has Chavoy running at Haydock and although he trotted up last time at Ayr, it is felt he could still have improved again for the run. Intentions had been to go chasing but with the way he won last time, it makes sence to try him in a race like this. It is good prize money. The 12 pound rise is a big ask but it would be a great result for Becky if he managed it. Alan meanwhile continues with very little betting. Thurs 13/2/’14 The negatives mentioned yesterday came to the fore. Pistol got his fast pace but probably too much ! He never got into a rhythm with his jumping and never got into the race at all before pulling up. He had been trained for the race at Sedgefield a couple of weeks ago and he was probably too fresh also for a long journey. He can lose a race before it starts. He is out in the paddock this morning after a very long journey back last night in atrocious conditions. He will now have time in the paddock to ‘come down’ and then be prepared again for a race. This seems to be the way that suits – at least it was until yesterday ! Sleepy is well after yesterday’s run but the ground turned against him and he also missed out two hurdles. He just seems to do this in every race of late and lose ground. The one in the home straight cost him momentum at the finish, whilst the first hurdle probably woke him up as he tried to uproot it. It was March last year when he started his winning sequence and as he will run on firm ground as well as g/s, he will be running throughout the Spring / Summer. He has the definite ability to do well and a big handicap is well within his scope. He just needs to improve his concentration to last the duration of a race. News of stable visits in the next couple of days. Wed 12/2/’14 Both run today, Pistol in the 2.40 and Sleepy in the 3.50. Present odds are 9’s and 33/1 and both on the slide at present. There are negatives to both runners but also positives and Alan thinks the 9’s are good with plenty of pace expected for Pistol. The neg for him is that he is a fizzy horse and what his reaction is to the 4 hrs travelling to the track in high forecast winds is very much down to himself. Good luck to Becky !Hopefully the box is intact for the return journey. Sleepy as we have said previous, is on a 14 pound lower mark for hurdles than fences but it is for the reason he is probably better at jumping fences. Not exactly rocket science but with a new jockey in Ryan Mania getting on board (a jockey Alan has always liked since he rode Minster Shadow at Newcastle several years ago), it’s fingers crossed he gets Sleepy to focus on the job in hand. He has been let down recently by lapses in his jumping and losing ground or falling. The less rain the better as he ideally wants fast ground. Tues 11/2/’14 Still been a quiet spell for Panther in general but two runners tomorrow at Musselburgh – PISTOL and SLEEPY. More news on their chances tomorrow morning. Wed 6/2/’14 With Newcastle off tomorrow, a new entry has been made at Musselburgh next Wed for Pistol. Joining him in an entry at the same track is Sleep In First as James’s yard starts to get over the past months problems. Although Alan S. has had few entries and runners of late (mostly due to the ground), the horses remain well, as Samoset showed the other day. It could be quite a Spring for the yard, as bumper horses will be making their appearances plus the flat horses are being readied now. Why not become involved in the yard. We presently have the excellent bumper horse Fly Home Harry and will be having a horse for the turf as well. The cost to become part of the small ownership group remains at £485 and runs until Nov. 8th – the end of the turf season. Join now to take full advantage. New pricings / time of ownership for Sleepy and Pistol are also now in place. You could be at Musselburgh as an owner on Wed ! Sun 2/2/’14 No new horse at the moment but Alan S. has said how well Deep Resolve is since he has returned from the stud. The horse is for sale but it would be ideal if Panther’s Alan Swinbank Group has the chance to be involved with the horse once again before he is sold. Coming last on his debut and only appearance last year may not seem the ideal credentials for a horse but both Alan’s are convinced Deep Resolve is a horse with plenty of ability. He will be ready for an early start to the turf. Meanwhile our present horse in the group – Fly Home Harry – is well and all options are being kept open regarding his next race. He has only one more bumper appearance that can be made, hence all options and no rush to run. At James’s, Sleepy is caught up in the more or less shut down of the yard, until all horses are clear of the bug that has affected many but mainly the youngsters. In a way, from Sleepy’s position, nothing has been lost, as he is considered a better horse on good ground and the liklihood is that he wouldn’t have been running at present the way the ground is. Typically from the yard’s point of view, he has, bar a couple of days with a raised temperature, showed to have been pretty much unaffected. As James said, it is a case of being patient, as he wants all the horses right before starting to make the entries once more. Sleepy will be running throughout the Summer and Autumn and it is believed a nice handicap awaits over fences. Pistol holds an entry at Newcastle on Friday but it probably needs a change of forecast for him to get the chance to run. He is very much ready for a race having missed Sedgefield last week but again, it is a case of patience. I am still looking at options for more horses and how they will be syndicated. It is a quiet period for now with the three yards fairly quiet on the whole and Alan’s betting is also pretty much mothballed at present. It will all change as the withdrawl symptoms kick in !! Wed 29/1/’14 An interesting day at the sales yesterday. I know several people still follow the Thatchmire Stud horses from Panther’s involvement last year and three were entered up yesterday. The yearlings Sam (by Sulamani) and Charlie (by Malinas) went through the ring at £7,000 unsold and £8,000 sold to go to Ireland respectively. Hitman Harry (Freddy), who was second in his only start in a bumper was unsold at £45,000 and returns to Tina for training. It will be interesting to see him run again, as he is bred to be a 3m chaser and a big galloping track should suit better than Sedgefield’s undulations if he runs in another bumper. He is shown again here in that memorable pic taken at the stud by Pauline’s daughter in the snows of 2 years ago. Other sales interest was that James (Ewart) purchased (£40,000 and 3rd top lot) Cousin Guillaume, the 4 time bumper runner (placed 2nd x 2 and 3rd x 2) who was second to our own Fly Home Harry in one of the bumpers. Becky (Menzies) also bought a horse yesterday (Water Garden) for a prospective new owner to the yard. Also met up with Lucy and news of Dik was that he is well and ready to race on the points when able. Regarding ourselves, no new horse as yet. We will be having involvement on the turf this year but for now have at least 2 Summer chasers in PISTOL BASC and SLEEP IN FIRST. Pistol takes most ground (he would have acted on heavy the other day but the worry was he would pull too hard and tire himself out) and about 3 weeks in between races, so the intention is to run throughout the year with his breaks coming in the field after each race – as he does now, which he thoroughly loves, covered in mud ! If you enjoy N. Hunt but not the Winter weather, why not take a small interest in Pistol, it wont cost a fortune or even half a one and you would be joining one of the training success stories of the season, as Rebecca and Tony (Kelly) go from strength to strength. The latest win came courtsey Chavoy at Ayr on Mon. It is very much an intensive work schedule for Becky, jockey Tony and a very small team at the yard but it is paying off. Please just get in touch on 07775 743 885 to take up a share in Pistol. You could be there as an owner when he next runs. Sleepy hasn’t got going since his break but the yard have had very few runners lately and the ground is just not what the horse needs. There is a small share available in him and speaking to James at the sales yesterday, he is very keen on running Sleepy throughout the Summer months and Autumn until the weather / ground changes. It is believed there is a good handicap in the horse. Again just give a ring to take up a share. Meanwhile, if it is the turf you are keen on having a horse involvement on, we are still weighing up options and if you would like further info. just get in touch. Mon 27/1/’13 Pistol was well yesterday and at the track but with the ground heavy, the worry was that Pistol, having fallen twice on that ground in the past, he may have pulled too hard in behind and tired himself out and then the risk of a fall would be realistic. A ‘better safe than sorry’ decision was made to withdraw Pistol and await another race. Sat 25/1/’13 Pistol runs in the 3.50 tomorrow at Sedgefield and Tony again rides. Off 11.10 in a bog, it wont be easy. Heavy is forecast now and a lot of rain expected, so hopefully the meeting goes ahead. Pistol handles most ground and track but ideally wants a decent pace to come off, which on heavy is likely to be a problem. Still, he is very well at home and race ready, so fingers crossed. Halkirk’s debut at Catterick went as Alan had feared with the horse running well until the end when he dropped away. Alan’s fears about the track and ground proved correct and the price went accordingly, with it drifting from 9/4 to 6’s. He is a big horse and as stated in Wed post will improve on what he has done. Wed 22/1/’14 Things are changing even quicker than we had expected. James informed me that Dreamisi is to be sold to a big Northern owner new to the yard. It isn’t suprising, as Dreamisi ran a cracking first race for us at Sedgefield. It was a race full of promise and he looks destined to have a very good N. Hunt future. The problem we are presently having, is the lack of owners / funds to be able to purchase into horses before they run. With leasing horses, the risk of losing one is always there after they run a promising race. At that point, the value of the horse is well beyond us. Dreamisi is a typical example and although Fly Home Harry is still under our ownership, (he has now won 2 bumpers and been second from 3 races and is also a much sought after horse with the potential to be a top class N. Hunt prospect), he could also be sold. Panther has been finding some very good young horses and they are providing owners who take up a lease share some very good days at the races. The down side, however, is that a horse is always for sale. Leasing, however, also has a lot going for it, as with all horses, injuries will happen and many horses have long spells off the track. By leasing, owners within Panther can move into another horse that is a runner. For the small owner this has to be a big plus – especially when all the horses are doing well on track ! Talking of which, Pistol (2 wins and a 3rd from 3 races for Panther and Rebecca) is an expected runner at Sedgefield on Sunday. Harry didn’t take up the option of Catterick today and more entries are expected soon. Halkirk, another horse we saw as a long term prospect but for the turf and not the N. Hunt route, runs his racecourse debut in the Catterick bumper today. He is a big horse and Alan (husband) not sure if the track and ground will be ideal and isn’t backing today. Whatever Halkirk does, he will certainly improve upon. With Dreamisi leaving Panther, the site will be altered accordingly. This also allows us to take up another horse on top of plans that were already being formulated. We have never rushed into any horse and we will see what turns up. We are going to the sales next week and see what happens. Sat 18/1/’14 Things can change quick ! Unexpected entry for Harry this Wed at Catterick (not been expected to run until Feb) and Dreamisi being aimed at Sedgefield on the 26th along with the one anticipated entry for Pistol at the same meeting. Interesting sales catalogue for Doncaster 28th Jan with horses from the Thatchmire stud, which if you had been involved in Panther’s Thatchmire Stud Racing and Breeding group you will remember. The foals (now yearlings) SAM and CHARLIE by Sulamani and Malinas and HITMAN HARRY are entered. The latter now 6, finished 2nd on his racecourse debut in a bumper to Mystical Dreamer who was himself sold for £160,000 at the December sales. Disappointing we couldn’t get a sufficient number of members to have kept the group running, as the breeding side was always of interest and Pauline made everyone very welcome at the stud. Alan still has a very keen interest on that side of racing. Hopefully Pauline has a good result from the sale. Frid 17/1/’14 Things pretty quiet at present. James is having no runners at present with a bug and our next runner is now likely to be Pistol. He is well and ready. There is an interest today at Musselburgh with Warriors Tale in the bumper and Alan is watching the price as the 3’s could drift if support for others especially the Irish horse. The form of this race impacts on Fly Home Harry and Warriors Tale has also been advertised as for sale. The blip in race form was The Squinty Bridge. Sun 12/1/’14 All horses remain well and expected to be out again this month. A race has been chosen for Pistol and having had a week out in the fields came back into work last week. It is a training regime that suits. Fly Home Harry has had a short work break since the last run and he remains in The Alan Swinbank Group within Panther. However, intentions will be to move into a flat turf horse when that season starts and the N. Hunt season starts to close. Harry has been great for his members with two wins and a second so far but the aim of the group is to have continued racecourse action and when Harry’s season comes to an end or he is sold, then a turf horse will be taken for the group. The N. Hunt season only just seems to start before it seems to close. For all the rain and heavy ground around, it can soon change and Cheltenham is only 8 weeks away ! However, we do have intentions of running Pistol during the Summer, as he goes on any track and ground and his training regime at home is ideally suited to running continually throughout the year as his breaks come inbetween races. Becky has done very well with him and the tally for his runs under Becky and Panther now stand at 2 wins and a third from 3 races. He has only a handfull (literally) of owners and two ways of becoming an owner in Pistol is by leasing a 10% share or by purchasing a small ‘taster share’. These latter shares offer owners an insight to Becky’s yard by being involved in a good horse with form and to go racing as an owner and visit the yard when they wish. It is a great way to become involved in racehorse ownership without the financial committment. Please just give a call on 07775 743 885 if you are interested. In order to keep the number of owners in Pistol low, these shares are very limited. Sleep In First is another of our horses who will run into the Summer, as he ideally needs faster ground than he is presently experiencing. He will continue running now, however, in the hope better ground does crop up and will mix hurdles and chasing. His mark continues to drop. Dreamisi is being aimed at another bumper shortly but is being given time in between his races as he was very green in the preliminaries last time. He will have come on a bundle both mentally and physically from the last race and going down just over 2l to Fly Home Harry was certainly no mean achievement. He is a very exciting prospect as he has the scope for hurdling and chasing. James has also mentioned possibly a run on the turf depending upon how the bumpers go. The N. Hunt horses have done us proud to date this N. Hunt season and will hopefully continue to do so into the Summer as 3 will be suited to the ground as mentioned. However, our thoughts are already looking towards the turf season and how Panther will be involved this year. It is always an exciting time looking for new horses and how to syndicate them. Last year was good with Ypres doing excellent and although Deep Resolve only ran the once coming last, he is, I promise, a lot better horse than that. Hopefully, I wont be proven to be a liar ! A lot will happen these next few weeks and I will keep all updated as soon as definite plans unfold. Yesterday’s racing at Wetherby (went on a busman’s) saw Alan S. unleash yet another decent bumper prospect when Molly Cat trotted up. Becky’s Chavoy, although always in the rear yesterday was in need of the run. He is held in high regard by Becky and this race will have brought him on a lot for when he returns to chasing. With today’s racing at Kelso called off, readers can be happy in the fact that they didn’t have the option to back a horse Alan had been told about ! Sat 11/1/’14 The horse Alan had been awaiting for today wasn’t declared. Full rundown on horses tomorrow. Wed 8/1/’14 We haven’t had a sufficient response to take up the minimum 50% share of Halkirk and so his profile has now been taken down. Meanwhile, also updating / changing parts of site. Tues 7/1/’14 The cavalry has arrived and the Blog page now has its own title on the home page. The F.A.Q’s page has now moved under the ABOUT heading. The temp Blog page has gone. More changes are planned shortly. Pistol is pictured left winning at Catterick on 28th Dec. The photo is displayed courtesy of Louise Pollard the racecourse photographer. Other photographs can be seen and purchased from her website – just click the gap and you will go directly there louisepollard.co.uk He has been out in the paddocks for the past week and returned to work again yesterday. It is a routine of racing and relaxing which seems to suit him well, as his present form is showing. As he goes on any ground and track in general, intentions are that he races throughout the Summer. He will have his usual 3 weeks or so in between races and this regime seems ideal. He has gone up 7 pounds again but it opens up higher grade races. Races have been ear-marked for later this month. Sleep in First has been dropped 3 pound by the handicapper for his last race and it wont do any harm. He will probably next run over 2 miles and Doncaster is being looked at. Fly Home Harry will have a 3 week or so break and Dreamisi will probably have another bumper race next before hurdling, as he will improve for the last race and is well capable of winning such an event. Shares are available in PISTOL BASC / DREAMISI / SLEEP IN FIRST and there are places in the ownership group with Alan Swinbank. The present horse within this group is FLY HOME HARRY but our intention will be to switch to a horse for the turf when he stops racing this season or is sold. All pricings will be displayed for each horse shortly. Also, as trainers have shares available in horses of their own (not in Panther), we will be displaying those shortly. Just working on best way of displaying without disrupting site again ! Why is it that anything technological goes amiss on Bank Holidays and holiday periods ? Have had usual (Bank Holiday) disruption with phone lines as maintenance work takes place, problem receiving some e-mails and this website. Hopefully all these matters are now resolved. We haven’t been able to get the necessary 50% of Halkirk secured, so it is likely he will now have his first race without our involvement. He holds entries at Catterick and Sedgefield this week. This is the last chance to take up an involvement. However, when one door closes, in racing another (stable door) always opens ! A horse Alan has been awaiting coming out is now entered up – hopefully his (Alan’s) winning form continues if it takes up the engagement. Sun 5/1/’14 Sleepy is well after his race but conditions just weren’t right as we knew. He ran as well as could have been expected. Interesting to see what handicapper does. Halkirk is entered at Catterick on Thurs and this week and so far we haven’t the necessary number of people to take up the horse. If you have been contemplating taking up a share, please get in touch asap on 07775 743 885. I’m hoping to have the usual Blog page up and running again this week when the cavalry return from hols. Also, with the New Year now in, I’m determined to tidy up the site and bring in new ideas. Results wise, it has been a decent last 6 months to the past year and we have had plenty of good runs from the horses. Touchwood, it continues ! Pistol will be a horse we will be running through the Summer as he goes on any ground and Becky seems to have got his head in the right place. Two wins and a 3rd from 3 runs no bad training feat for a horse who had lost his way. Dreamisi looks a very nice horse to be involved with and he should come on a bundle for his last race. For now the Alan Swinbank group will continue with Harry for a N. Hunt career but the intention will be a horse for the turf when the season comes round. Sleepy just needs his conditions and will be another to run into the late Spring / early Summer. A lot of plans start to take place late Jan / Feb regarding horses (in / out) as preparatiopns take place for a change of season and this year will be no different. However, there are no horses we would want to lose at the moment as all have plenty of potential. So it is expected to be one way traffic, although Harry could be sold.