Blog Archive Jan – May 2012
A third yesterday hasn’t made us rich ! See what happens at the sales this week.
Alan had his first bet for a while this morning. Supporting the trainers with Basle in the 3.20 at Leics @9/2 and Painted Tail in the 8.20 tonight at Carlisle at 10/1. Hoping he has supported the right choice of trainers and then the right horses they are running !
Still remaining quiet on the racing front with no jumpers likely to run in the near future. Boris has now been let down with the ground drying up fast and so he rests on his laurels of a fast finishing 3rd in his last race and an excellent run in the Eider to be 4th. He will be having his hols at Pauline’s stud and then return to Tina’s for another season of racing. He will mix hurdles and chasing this time and also there should be more opportunities with him now seeming to go right handed and on good ground. The handicapper has done his bit also, so fingers crossed he returns with a straight head after his hols.
Went down to Redcar beach this morning to see (in the thick mist !) Lucy giving a horse she is pre-training a freshener in the sea. It is only the second time he has seen the sea and although hesitant the first time, he was like a duck to water this time around. He is a horse that has had his problems but is getting there once again. Previously a triple winner, he is getting there and would be about a month away from the track. He could go into a training yard soon but when depends upon the weather, as with his past problems, he wont want it firm. He may go on the flat. News on Tommy is that his corn problems are easing now and he may also be ‘down the beach’ . We are not selling shares in him until everything is cleared up and he is in full work. Good news on Dik is that he is much more like his normal self and the leg has really settled down. He is about a month from turnout in a small paddock.
For the flat, Shayla continues to frustrate Alan S. but she is a horse with plenty of ability on her day. Conducting is just having a small break after a very busy time. Lucky is now to be turned out for the Summer by Chris. Consequently, a stable visit in June has been put back until she is back in work and likely to be in August when all the yard horses are back.
Meanwhile, the new foal at Pauline’s continues to thrive and we are continuing looking at other options for new groups. The Spring sales take place this week at Donny and Gay has been busy last week with 3 more horses being purchased.
It has become a relatively quiet period for Panther on the runners front and problems are still affecting the horses we have wanted to run. Conducting is just having a brief lull but Lucky and Shayla just can’t get a period without having some sort of niggling problem. Tommy meanwhile returned North last Tuesday and he is settled in at Lucy’s. He is due for one more treatment on the foot and he will then go into a training yard after Lucy has prepared him to almost race fitness. Intentions are to race on the Northern circuit. Over at Thatchmire Stud, the mare that was overdue gave birth at 10p.m. on the night of the stud visit. The resulting foal is a perfectly conformed colt and will run with Dominic over the Summer. Pauline will be writing a stud update monthly for the Panther newsletter. New plans are also being bandied about for new ownership groups. These will be formed over the Summer. The ground will start to dry up fast now with better weather forecast, so Boris may not get the extra race we had been hoping for before a turnout. Ideally, he also needs to be on Summer turnout soon for the lush grass at Pauline’s. Also, at Pauline’s, the 4 horses mentioned in the stud visit report (gallery page), to be going into training this N. Hunt season continue to progress in their light work.
We have closed all the present ownership groups to new members for now until all new plans and groups are in place. If you are interested in the proposed new groups, please just get in contact with myself.
Of the horses, Gay is giving Conducting a bit more time before his next race and so bypasses Lingfield on Wed. More entries soon though. Lucky was stepped up into fast work and promptly pulled a muscle meaning she is on the easy list for a week or so. She seems prone to everything possible ! Tommy returns North to Lucy’s yard tomorrow and once he has had his last course of treatment will be prepared for the track. He will go into training in the North. Shayla will have entries made shortly. Boris is being kept in training while the ground remains suitable and entries will be made as and when. Thatchmire stud returns to normal peace and tranquility and Pauline back to normality ! Working on a new gallery page for the stud visit and it will be posted once all work completed.
Pauline put in a lot of effort today to put on the stable visit. Although dry, the high winds made the horses have to be shown in the large indoor arena. Pauline gave a full rundown on her background and how the stud started and how everything is coming towards fruition. There were some very good looking youngstock , 4 of which are going to go into training for this season. I will be putting together a new page on the ‘gallery’ section over the next few days with a full report on the visit. It was good to see Lucy (Horner) at the visit and one horse also took her eye.
Also, ”cat” (pictured) a stray who dropped by last Winter and stayed was the guard on cake duty ! More details of horses tomorrow.
Weather set to be fine for the visit – touchwood – and a lot of effort has been put in by Pauline to give guests coming an enjoyable time. We look forward to meeting all who have booked and you are more than welcome to take photographs. The horses are expected (with the weather set to be fine) to be paraded in the main yard. Again look forward to meeting everyone.
No suprises yesterday with Conducting. With Hexham abandoned, new plans being made for Boris. Ideally, we had wanted to race before a Summer turnout but with two intended races having been abandoned, suitable races getting more limited. With all the rain around at present, it does seem a bit daft to say but given a few days of dry and warm weather, the ground would quite quickly change for Boris who wants soft or heavy ideally. Forecast still looking good for Sunday’s stud visit !
Stud visit goes ahead as planned and touchwood, weather seems as if it going to relent for the occasion ! Pauline has some very nice youngstock to see but if the weather isn’t as forecast, there is a big indoor arena where the horses will be paraded. Conducting runs at Yarmouth today and again his present 20/1 odds seem about right. Handicapper has only dropped him 3 pounds since we have owned him and we haven’t won yet but it shows the genuine character of the horse and he has run some good races in defeat. Remains at a mile under advice from Mickael Barzalona but Robert Winston felt the ground wasn’t ideal last time and it is the same today. No real reason why Conducting should step up on his last run. Still, racing being racing, there is always hope if you line up in any race – convincing myself or what ?
Inspection 2pm Frid for Hexham and Boris.
The proposed new ‘stud visit’ page will now be a page on the ‘gallery’ after the event takes place next Sunday. Of the horses, Conducting is entered again at Yarmouth next Thursday and Shayla is expected to have entries made once more. She wont be raced on the type of ground around at present and Newcastle’s Tuesday meeting is the latest to have been abandoned already due to waterlogging. Lucky steps up a gear towards the end of this week and we are looking at a stable visit to Chris’s over the Summer – the exact date depending upon which horses are in. Boris is expected to be entered at Hexham next weekend. Tommy is still ‘down South’ at present but is being kept in light work so he wont lose too much condition for his return North and the racetracks over the Summer. Dik’s leg is finally settling down well and it looks as if the worst is now over for him – touchwood. News from Thatchmire is that the expected new arrival is still not born, although the mare is restless. Pauline hoping it is a sign of being a colt. Our own plans for Panther continue to come to hand but it wont be until mid-Summer when they are expected to be finalised. The trainers keep popping in the winners of late, so hopefully our own horses catch the habit.
Deadline to book on the stud visit is Wed. – phone Anne 077757 43885
Both Shayla and Boris miss their weekend engagements but new entries will be forthcoming next week. Gives you more time to join Alan Swinbank’s group in Shayla before she wins. Only £350 fully inc. at the moment.
Just back from races, 20/1 morning odds to 9/1 sp – someone must have been a lot more confident than ourselves !
Conducting runs at Ponty today. Mickael Barzalona recommended the drop in trip. However, plenty of unknowns / uncertainties regards trip, ground, track. Still, nothing ventured nothing gained. 20/1 odds probably sums it up, unless Conducting has been wanting this combination of factors. One plus is that he is a genuine horse. Fingers crossed. Also declared yesterday for Brighton tomorrow with Pontefract holding an inspection this morning. New page for the stud still being worked on. Hexham on Sat now an all hurdle card (plus bumper) so Boris’s chase no longer on agenda.
Latest on the horses, Conducting runs at Ponty on Wed, Boris holds his expected entries and Shayla has been entered at Hamilton. Don’t forget, memberships to Alan’s yard and Gay’s yard are available and you could be in the winner’s enclosure this week – hopefully !
Called into Pauline’s yesterday (Thatchmire stud) and details finalised regarding the stud visit. The horses and youngstock looked immaculate and the visit promises to be of real interest to anyone who would like to see how this stud was formed and how it is progressing. Starting off as a farm that was dilapidated, it has been painstakingly restored by Pauline. It is a genuine story in itself of commitment against a lot of personal adversity. The stud is still in its infancy and has been built upon the mares and realistic aims and ambitions. The offspring haven’t been sold (although the latest foal (pictured), is presently ear-marked for the foal sales at the end of the year. The mares are proving to have been sound investments with the youngstock all very correct and this foal would be expected to bring a good price, being of good pedigree / conformation. Unfortunately another foal has just been delivered stillborn. The next addition is due within the next two days. On the visit, as well as the mares and foals, there will be the yearlings, 2 y. olds (pictured), 3 y. olds and 4 y. olds. All look immaculate and with the 4 y. olds to go into training this forthcoming N. Hunt season it is another step forward for the stud. A decision had been made to keep most of the youngstock and to race them before selling, in order to put form onto them rather than sell as stores. Exciting times are on the horizon. One of the 4 y. olds is a real eye-catcher by Sir Harry Lewis although he is more likely to need a bit more time as he is a big strapping horse. Still, why not book your places on the visit to see the horses for yourself. Places are being limited due to safety reasons and over 50% have already been booked from announcements in the local press. Pauline’s story is unique and hopefully she gets the success her efforts deserve. To book your places, please just get in touch with myself on 077757 43885. The stud is based about 8 miles from Guisborough on the A171 Whitby moor road near the Scaling Dam reservoir. Full directions / details will be sent when you book.
Now the other news. Shayla awaits better ground for more entries, Lucky continues to come to hand, Conducting is entered at Pontefract and Boris (who may also be at the stud visit depending upon racing plans), is to be entered at Uttoxeter and Hexham next weekend. Spook was picked up from Chris’s last Friday by Gill who used to look after him when she worked for Chris. She will hunt Spook and we are fortunate to have again found a good retirement home for a horse. Dancing Dik is recovering at Lucy’s after what has now been thought to have been a succesful operation. He will be scanned again in a couple of months before being turned away for the Summer at Lucy’s. He is basically on the back burner for 12 months. As one goes on, another will be coming coming off as Sory will be back for this N. Hunt season. Tommy has been beset with a corn problem but after further treatment he will be returning North to Lucy’s. He has lost some condition but has still been in light exercise so it wont take long to get him back. After a couple of weeks at Lucy’s and trips to Redcar beach he will go back into a training yard for racing. When he does, Lucy will have got him almost racing fit and he should run very soon from going into a yard. Before forming his ownership group, we just want to make sure the corn problem is resolved once again, as he has always had this problem on and off since we have owned him. Gay has acquired Hawaana back after he went through the sales ring a week ago. Of the sales, Tina has acquired 2 more horses, a 2 y. old (for the turf this season) and a 3 y. old (turf / juvenile hurdler). She is in the process of some horses going and others coming in and as she said, she is very much looking forward to the new season with several new horses going into training.
I will add a new page (STUD VISIT) under the LATEST heading on the home page with details of the visit in the next day or so with other photographs.
Been out of circulation for a couple of days this week and nothing stands still for long ! The weather again has disrupted plans for Boris who was declared to run at Uttoxeter today but unfortunately the meeting was abandoned due to waterlogging. Another race will be now looked for. Conducting meanwhile has been entered for Pontefract. Hawaana went through the sales ring this week and we are going up to Pauline’s stud this weekend to finalise details of the stud visit. It has been announced in the local press and has attracted plenty of interest. Please remember if you intend coming, it is by booking only and places are restricted due to safety reasons. Directions and times etc. will be posted out to those who have booked on the visit early next week.
With Tuesday’s meeting at Newcastle already abandoned, another race will now be looked for Conducting. Pity, as his training and grasp of the Northern dialect had been coming on a treat this week. Still, it gives people more time to become involved in his ownership group with Gay Kelleway for only £350 before he wins ! Just get in touch now. Likewise for Shayla’s group with Alan Swinbank. She should be out soon. Lucky continues to be readied for her debut hurdle shortly and the ownership group is re-opening. Chris meanwhile is enjoying his best season to date. Boris The Blade (Tina Jackson) hopefully has his right head on at Uttoxeter on Thursday when there is a choice of options with a chase and hurdle. Ground should be fine. If only he would put his effort into a whole race he would see this season off perfectly for his owners. Boris’s ownership group will be re-formed for next season. Lucy (Horner) meanwhile has her hands full with Dik (oops ! obviously Dancing Dik the horse – always knew that name would be a problem from the day he was bought). The plasma replacement procedure he had performed (last month) on the leg hasn’t worked and he has now been fired. Lucy and Panther are giving the horse every chance to return to the track, as he was potentially a seriously good horse. If he does, it will all be down to Lucy. She has also done an excellent job in getting Tom’s Toybox back and following his win and 2 seconds on the points from 3 runs he will now be back on the tracks over the Summer.
Final details of the Thatchmire stud visit are being made and it takes place on Sunday 13th May. Entry is by booking only and due to H. & S. reasons, there are limited places. There will be strictly no admittance by turning upon the day. It is free and promises to be an entertaining visit to see behind the scenes of a N. Hunt stud. There will be the mares, foals and youngstock on show. Full details will be posted next week but bookings can be made now by calling 077757 43885.
With the May N. Hunt sales coming up at the end of the month (horses in traing & stores), we are taking names for anyone interested in having a share in a horse. The cost would be approx £1,500 and if you would be interested in further details, again please get in touch.
One of our favourite meetings takes place this week and it is very rare we have missed it. For years we have sung the praises of the Perth festival and have met up year after year with many friends and aquaintences over the three days of racing. Unfortunately, this time around we have to miss out ourselves but hopefully will be back next year. All I can say is that if you haven’t been, GO !
Quiet of late but at the moment, awaiting to see if Boris gets the run at Ayr tomorrow. Needs quite a few to come out but fingers crossed. Conducting holds a new entry at Newcastle on Tuesday. For owners in Dik, the latest information sheet has been posted but have had to delay sending the prize money (6th place prize money was paid at Newcastle), as still awaiting the BHA statement for the breakdown. Although good for a track to pay prize money to 6th place, word of warning to owners – insufficient for the deposit on Ferrari.
09.40 Latest on Boris. Not now expected to be declared with reports of there being firmer patches of ground than the going description of good , g/s places. With some selective watering yesterday, no risks being taken. More races coming up shortly and more entries expected.
Saphir River’s 4th yesterday and remaining at 33/1 provided a nice pick up, following on from George Benjamin. Alan keeping money in pockets today ! Good to see Gay’s yard bounce back to form yesterday with a winner. Good luck to all in the National.
Aintree today sees Saphir River return to action – a horse that cost Alan at Cheltenham. Optimism knows no bounds with 33’s around still !
Start of alterations to the site have been made with the removal of certain horses that have no shares available for different reasons or not running. Dancing Dik is recovering from his injury but will miss next N. Hunt season. Owners who have decided to remain with Dik will be kept informed personally regarding his progress. At present, he is recuperating at Lucy (Horner’s) stables. Minster Shadow, who still remains at Chris Grant’s until his new owner has a box available for him, is presently out in the fields with other horses and now on retirement. It is a great scenario from our point of view to see him go throughout his career based in the one yard from being a store horse to a 13 year old and to retire sound with an active hunting retirement beckoning. Eastern Gift and Hawaana also both go out of Panther now due to an ownership dispute with another owner in Gay’s yard. With a lawyer now involved in proceedings and the horses not going to run in the forseable future, it is the only way forward for ourselves. Eastern Gift was a great horse to have been involved in and it is a shame he became involved in the dispute. The dispute is between Gay and the other part owner unconnected to Panther. It is unfortunate that we have ourselves (through no fault of our own) become caught up in the problem but it is now time to move on. We are however – I hasten to add – still involved in Gay’s yard via Conducting and the problems have nothing to do with that horse’s ownership group. Gay has been great with members in Panther and ourselves and hopefully, the asssociation will continue well into the future in more horses. Sory is another horse who was injured (on his first run of the N. Hunt season) but has done well since and is expected to be ready again for the tracks this coming season. He is a young horse with lots of potential and we do look forward to his return.
This presently leaves us down on horse numbers compared to previous. However, we have involvement in both Alan Swinbank’s yard and Gay Kelleway’s yard for the present turf season with Shayla and Conducting. Both these horses offer membership to each of the yards for a set period of time and all inclusive fee. If a horse is sold or moved on, it will be replaced by another horse and the group continues. For the N. Hunt, we have a new group we are soon to form in Tom’s Toybox. At the moment, he is still at Davey Phelan’s yard from where he has been very successfully pointed but when he returns to the tracks to go handicap chasing, he will be based probably in the North again. I don’t want to sell shares in him at this moment in time until everything is sorted but those who have indicated they would be interested in joining his new group are being kept informed to all developments. Boris is still intended to have at least another race before Summer’s grass, provided he gets safe ground, as he suprised all when running so well on good ground that has never been considered as being favourable. Another for the N. Hunt is Lucky Decision who is getting readied for a hurdle campaign. She will always have a very limited number of memberships available in her but if she shows form, purchase shares will be sold in her. I don’t want to sell at present until she is proven. It shouldn’t be too long before she is back on track.
We are also looking towards potential new recruits and we are also looking at new ways of syndicating a new horse(s).
Shayla unfortunately had to be withdrawn yesterday. She hadn’t eaten up on the morning and wasn’t herself. No point in risking anything. Hopefully will be her normal self shortly. At least several members of her ownership group have informed me they had backed the horse given by Alan as the danger horse – George Benjamin. Nice compensation ! 9/2 sp – bigger earlier. News on more horse changes shortly.
Shayla runs at Catterick today. Two big negatives are the track (sharp) and trip (short). Although the Racing Post states she hasn’t run well here before, her first run wasn’t disappointing from our perspective. However, her last race last season was too bad to be true here. That day she had a wide draw. However, she does need to get away quickly today. Horses in claimers are there for reasons and although Shayla is well wrong, (as are the rest), with Tajneed on official ratings, hopefully it wont affect as much as the marks would suggest. George Benjamin levels with Shayla looks a danger on a track that obviously suits and Shayla is also wrong with a couple of others. Still, there are also positives for Shayla and she takes her chance at 14/1 odds at present.
Conducting never got inside from his wide draw and running on the outside without cover was pulling for his head. He is better than this race would suggest. Shayla makes her seasonal debut tomorrow and more news in the morning. Changes in the horses are being made and more plans are in the pipeline. They will be posted as the site is ‘Spring Cleaned’.
Conducting runs Yarmouth today and is still on the drift at the time of writing and now 9’s. Probably due to a couple of Gay’s horses of late running disappointing inc. in France. However, Conducting is a genuine horse who tries his best and the ground should be fine. It was a reopened race and although we hadn’t been going to run, he was put back in to take his chance. His price does offer e.w. odds and he does have e.w. claims in an open looking contest. Again it is hard to see where the pace will come from and we have always thought of the horse as being best dropped out in a fast run race. Probably more clear cut winning opportunities / races to come but he will give his all again today.
Shayla runs at Catterick on Wed.
WANTED HORSE PSYCHIATRIST !
For white / grey, good looking, very intelligent son of Cloudings – pictured overseeing the Carlisle course and deciding his own racing plans before yesterday’s race.
Boris ran three ways within his race yesterday and Ritchie (McGrath) who rode, used all his own guile and experience to cajoule and extract a determined challenge from way out the back to finish in 3rd spot. Before racing, the negatives were that Boris has never been thought of as a horse to go right handed as he tends to go left, he is a chaser but yesterday’s race was a hurdle and the ground was changed to good and his previous preference was for heavy. At the start, Ritchie got Boris poitioned on the rail and up the front with a horse on his outer to help counteract going ‘the wrong way round’. Boris can run in snatches during a race and is happy to drop himself out but each time he hinted at it, Ritchie ensured it didn’t happen. Then came part 2 with Boris slipping backwards through the field to having only 2 behind him. Ritchie didn’t bustle Boris at this point but then asked him to race again when turning for home up the hill. It was tactics that worked, as Part 3 saw Boris take off, with around 25 lengths to make up and he stayed on strongly to take 3rd spot and confound owners watching. Boris is full of beans this morning and out in his beloved field ! If only he would put his ability, effort and concentration into 100% of a race. No two races ever seem the same but yesterday’s race does open more doors as hurdles, good ground and right hand tracks now dont present so much of a problem as had been believed. Unfortunately for Boris, it also means his Summer’s break is on hold if the ground is suitable with more rain forecast.
Gay runs Conducting at Yarmouth tomorrow. Original intentions had been to give him a bit longer break between his last race and next but the race was re-opened (although 9 now run) and it was decided to let him take his chance. Shayla could go to Catterick on Wednesday. Tommy is still getting over his corn and Lucky continues to come to hand. Our other horse with Gay – Hawaana – also is being readied. Spook still remains with Chris until he is picked up to go to his new home for a ‘retirement’ in the hunting field.
News on Conducting tomorrow.
Job for the week – to Spring clean this site !
Boris would have ideally gone to Haydock in the Tim Molony Chase – a race he has won in the past, albeit when run in Jan. and different ground – but he was out of the handicap and it looked a tough competitive race and it is watered ground. With the ground now getting away from heavy (which is what Boris has always preferred in the past) and the chances of getting suitable ground becoming limited everywhere, a chance has been taken on going to Carlisle. It is a track that on the face of it should be ideal being a stamina test but the negative is that it is right handed and he isn’t thought a horse to be ideally suited by that direction. Also, he is back to hurdles and the ground is forecast good, g/s places. Still, he is a horse with ability but to take a hand in the finish, he really does need to put his right head on today and for things to ‘go right’ for him during the race. In reality, its fingers crossed.
Enjoyable morning at the Middleham Open Day. Really well organised event. Shayla now entered for Catterick next week and Boris runs at Carlisle tomorrow. More info on Boris in the morning. Members of his group updated tonight.
Boris holds entries at Haydock on Sat over fences and at Carlisle Sat over hurdles. Preference is where the ground is best plus getting in a race. Ideally, it would be Haydock as going right handed is not Boris’s natural direction.
It had been anticipated to have been a busy few days coming up but Conducting was a bit flat after Tuesday’s run and so wasn’t declared for today and instead will be aimed at next week’s Easer Racing. Tommy likes fast ground but it may have been too firm today but a decision was made for us when he developed a corn. Not in itself a major problem, as he has always been prone to them (so was Dessie and he coped well enough!) but it means he will now probably skip the hunter chase route and his next run will be in a handicap chase under rules. His new ownership group is being formed now with people who have been in touch. It is not too late to be involved – just get in touch. Our final runner was to have been Shayla on Monday at Redcar but the ground just isn’t suitable and so she misses the declaration. Other races are being looked at. Boris is well but needs rain for a run at Haydock and Lucky continues to progress well and will be running in hurdles over the Summer. We are planning a stud visit in May and details will be on line shortly.
Tues 27th March
Another 2nd but its good to be in a position of saying that. Things can always be a lot worse ! We have been there. Conducting has another chance of getting that elusive win for Panther at Doncaster on Saturday. Nicole Nordblad has already been booked in the apprentice race and she knows the horse having been placed (yes you’ve guessed) on him previous. On the turf and a big field, he may just get the race run to suit this time if he turns out quick. Yesterday, he found himself again in open space and challenging on the outside, while Joe Fanning rode a very good race to quicken throughon the inside to win. Conducting could only stay on at the one pace.
Tommy could be seen in action on Sunday at Ascot in a hunter chase. He will be ‘well wrong at the weights’ carrying level weight against some markedly class horses but it could (hopefully) cut up. However, if he does run, it will be a continuation of his ‘rehabilitation’ to handicap chasing on the tracks over the Summer.
Boris is being aimed at Haydock over Easter but he does need some rain. Shayla meanwhile is expected to be entered at Redcar for their opening fixture on Monday 2nd April. Again ground depending.
It could be a busy few days coming up depending upon ground conditions.
Mon 26th March
Conducting runs at Lingfield today and has every chance @7/2 present odds but drifting at present. Where will the pace come from ? Hopefully not Conducting this time. Could also be entered at Donny on Lincoln card. Tommy also to be entered Ascot next Sun. Boris aiming Haydock. More details tomorrow.
Sat 24th March
No runners this weekend but Conducting is to run at Lingfield on Monday. Today’s racing is interesting at Kelso, with a horse that Alan has been watching from a yard we are not involved in running. Although not backing it today, he is sure it’s turn will come in the not too distant future – heard that one before ? Flushed with success from Sedgefield yesterday with a treble and 3 x doubles winning, plus 8/1 early price on winning 9/2 s.p. horse (Belmore Baron), some of it goes back on today on Gay’s Layline in the 5.10 at Lingfield. Present odds 5/2 several places. Word of warning, Alan’s winning betting runs don’t last long ! Meanwhile, with not going racing today, it is time to set the DVD timer and off to Whitby for fish and chips in the fog – while looking at pictures in the papers of the rest of the country in a heatwave.