Blog Archive Jan ’15 – July ’15
Quiet with the horses of late but everything down to ground with horses that are ready. Uphold goes tonight at Nottingham – 6.45. Although we are no longer involved with him and he will be taken down off the site soon, shares are available through Gay. This must be a very good opportunity for the horse to win but Alan leaving. Seem to be plagued with bad draws for the dogs at present and Rum notched up another 2nd yesterday, although not recommended. All dogs are either racing or in full training and trialing. Deep Resolve (should soon be ready) continues to please and Dancer also comes along fine. Pistol and Sleepy have races in mind while typically the rain has come and Brit hasn’t a race. Star is race ready and certainly can run regular. Good luck to connections of Kinema in the £100,000 Old Newton Cup at Haydock today. Shown at the stable visit last week and people told how Alan purchased him for only £15,000 (£250,000 yearling). Never out of the money and he had won the Cumberland Plate just before the visit.
Regarding Alan’s (husband) betting, pretty low key at present. No need to rush into losing money I guess.
Brit was declared for Hamilton today but with the ground drying out fast he has been withdrawn and new plans will be made.
FULL HOUSE AT ALAN’S
Places on stable visits need to be kept to realistic numbers in order to hear all that is going on and believe me there is a lot of info. given by Alan as he discusses every horse in full work plus their aims and expectations. We hold the visits to limited numbers for H&S reasons plus to keep everything comfortable. If you missed out this time, don’t next time ! The weather forecast wasn’t ideal but the rain stayed away but horses pulled out were shown in the indoor barn as the winds were picking up. The weather doesn’t hinder in any case as all the horses can be viewed in the very large stabling area which is all under cover. Horses were happy to stand patiently whilst many had pics taken with them. DEEP RESOLVE – pictured – looked in tip top shape and he is certainly a horse who stands out from the crowd and has a lot of presence. He is only a couple of weeks or so away from being ready once again but he will need cut. He is a horse we have always thought lots about – as has Alan S. – and we are convinced the best is yet to come – and he has already won 3, one on the flat and 2 over hurdles. Now rated 67 flat (definitely a winnable mark) and 120 hurdles. Pictured by Alan it is not one of his best pics but hopefully you will see he is a horse with plenty going for him. His ownership group is only small and there are still shares remaining. Just get in touch. Really couldn’t talk more highly of this horse.
On the runners front, it looks as if Brit could get his ground at Hamilton on Tuesday – depending upon how fast the track dries.
Pistol ran a sound enough race yesterday but the winner – by 29 lengths ! – is certainly much improved of late and now about to shoot up the grades and we aren’t likely to come across him again in the near or distant future. Neither any other horse in this field. Taking him out of the equation and it wasn’t a bad run by Pistol to go down by just over a length to a horse receiving 16 pounds from us and Pistol 10 lengths clear of the next. Maybe Pistol enjoys the funfair after all.
Pumpkin just got beat into second when leading all the way until just on the line when beaten a neck.
Lots going on at present, Star has taken the long road North to Hamilton tonight and although there are plenty of pluses, the 5f looks ominous even at a track like Hamilton. Hope the pluses outweigh the negs. Pistol goes to the funfair tomorrow at Cartmel and again it looks a winnable race on paper but quite what a spooky horse makes of it all will no doubt impact on the way he runs – or doesn’t ! Really all down to Pistol’s attitude on the day. Cavalli now just raced again and once more attracted support & money to be joint fav. This time no monies from Alan ! Cav is a young dog but is green and inexperienced. Other dogs about to race and others with plans being made. No rest for the wicked time ! The stable visit at Alan’s goes ahead as planned and sorry but no more places can now be booked. No entry by turning up on the day.
New Dog – DROOPYS CAVALLI
The face of an angel – but getting knocked sideways on only his second start proved costly at 11/10 fav ! Still, he has plenty of time to make ammends. I will set up his own page next week. Pistol an intended runner at Cartmel on Frid. Stable visit to Alan’s all going to plan. Last places still available – just get in touch 07775 743 885. Dog updates page for tonight runners. Uphold although declared to have run at Wolverhampton today is a non runner.
5 PLACES ONLY NOW REMAIN FOR THE VISIT !!
Star now entered at Wetherby on Monday in one of the track’s flat fixtures. Uphold also holds 2 entries and Cyril will now bypass Hexham and go to the paddocks for a break to return in the Autumn.
Not often you have the chance of having 5 dogs racing for you on one night so it was off to Nottingham for a ‘night at the dogs’. First time we had been to the track and I will look forward to be going back. It was a bit of a mixed bag as regards the performances, with only Rum (pictured left) qualifying for next week’s final and no trophy victories. He had a bad draw in trap 4 but broke better than he has of late, headed for the rails avoiding problems on the outside and ran all the way to the line. He has the potential to be very good but needs some consistency and better draws. Now has trap 5 in next week’s final. He is an out and out railer ! Still can’t be helped but the rub of the green would be nice. Interesting to see DROOPYS VODKA full brother to Rum winning again at Monmore. Vodka is aiming for the Northern Puppy Derby – big prize money race. Nice to see Rum take him on ?? Maybe in my dreams but that is the fun of dreams. The dogs all looked well last night but if anything (to my inexperienced eye) Rum the least so and he ran the best !
Scion (pictured top right) was probably the most disappointing as she never really got into the race from bend 1 and had done a very good trial time at Monmore a week previous. Didn’t act last night but she is definitely much better than this showed her to be and is a bitch to follow without doubt.
Alberta (in concentration mode left) really wants trap 1 and from 3 she was fast away but bumped on the first bend and insufficient pace afterwards. Pumpkin (lovely looking bitch right) out of trap 1 was ideally drawn but she then ran wide at the first and all chance went. Maso – bless him and his wagging tail – just loves running racing and not having a clue what is going on. Pictured bottom left (and at least seemingly knowing where the traps are ) is capable with his size of creating mayhem but tonight just totally green as they say in the horse world. Seems impossible to seed as he runs wide from inside and rails from wide ! Nearly caused an upset 2 weeks ago when just beaten two heads in a photo but tonight just seemed lost as he ran as though he didn’t know which direction to aim for. Will definitely cause an upset when the penny drops ! As Alan said if the dogs all ran to ability on the same night it would make a real bookie basher of an accumulator. Another dream ????
There is a lot of enjoyment with the dogs but also – as with horses – a lot of heartache also. As well as our 5 dogs last night, Hermione (another of Jim’s dogs) was also at Nottingham and has suffered a ruptured tendon. It is thought to be career ending. To add to the kennel problems, the best dog there – TOUCH TACKLE – suffered a broken hock yesterday when competing at Monmore for another major race and although needing x rays when things settle to see if splinting or operation is needed, his career is also over. All very sad for connections and dogs. Horses and dogs all can pay the price when racing but one aspect with the dogs is that what can be a fatal injury with a horse the same injury with a dog can normally be repaired for a life outside of racing.
Not wanting to end on a sad note, so just to mention, Cyril is entered at Hexham on Sunday, Sleepy only increased by one pound for coming 2nd at Aintree and all dogs & horses coming along as expected – touchwood.
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7 PLACES ONLY REMAIN
ALMOST FORGOT – ANOTHER DOG SOON TO JOIN PANTHER !
With the weather set to pick up and the ground to be fast, we are probably down to Sleepy who has just run and Cyril as runners in the short term. Pistol and Brit are both fine but although Pistol would handle quicker ground than Brit, Becky wont put him onto too quick a surface. Gay has always maintained she prefers ground with cut for Star but there is the possibility of the all weather – as there is with Brit at Southwell. Still, nice to know all horses well and others at Summer grass. The Arakan horse is expected to be named by the end of the week – and will be looking her best for the stable visit ! Needs her formal name by then, can’t keep calling her ‘The Arakan horse ‘ !
With the horse runners being quiet this week, it is over to the dogs to keep the action rolling. All 6 pups are due to run in the next couple of days and as normal, the dog updates page will be the place to visit for the latest info.
BIT LATER !
SLEEPY RUNS AN AINTREE CRACKER !!
Must admit, didn’t expect tonight’s result and with 25’s freely available (before coming in late for some reason), he must have drifted massively by the time of the third hurdle with some poor jumping. However, he gained in confidence down the back straight and was running and jumping very well (pictured in front turning for home) and was only beaten by a very well handicapped horse on the night. Still it was a great result overall to see him get his act together again and well done to Dale & all at the yard – even if my own confidence had wained !
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Sleepy runs tonight in the 7.15 at Aintree – and has it all to do ! Hasn’t been running well of late and hope his jumping holds together in what could be a fast run race. All horses that are in training are well but either awaiting entries or ground conditions. Have been offered involvement in 2 more horses at different yards and leaving plastic and cheque book at home for forthcoming stable visit ! Rum fine but ran disappointing the other night. He is much better than that form.
Uphold ran as expected yesterday. Brit who was expected to run at Ayr has been withdrawn due to drying ground. Shame as the race definitely looked winnable. Dog updates page with latest news on dogs.
Well, Star didn’t run an improved race from 2 days ago but the handicapper has to drop him a bit. Uphold runs at Goodwood but whilst he is down to what should be a winning mark, he has also had his problems along the way and he has better form on different ground. Dog news on the updates page later.
ALAN SWINBANK STABLE VISIT
Sun 28th June
Places are limited and booking essential – mostly for H&S reasons but also, you wouldn’t want to miss any of Alan’s spiel by not being able to hear his stories. Or info on every horse – pen & paper at the ready ! There will be Sunday lunch afterwards at a nearby Inn with Alan coming along. To book places, please give myself (Anne) a call on 07775 743 885. Bookings being taken now & friends / family welcome.
STAR runs tonight at Lingfield and only 6 runners now and the 20’s of previous now gone but its a case of fingers crossed he runs better than 2 days ago. UPHOLD runs tomorrow at Goodwood and 10% shares are available in him. Give a call if you would be interested. BRIT has been declared for Ayr on Mon. He is a horse whom Becky has always maintained will be suited by regular racing as he isn’t easy to keep fit as he eats all he can get his teeth into and isn’t called The Tank for nothing !
On the dog front, 2 more pups running at Sittingbourne tomorrow MASO and DESTINY. Both pictured left (Maso white) and both big strong dogs. Fortunately, no rabbit popped up or I would have been off across the wheat fields pretty pronto ! Pumpkin returns for the final of the competition at Nottingham on Monday.
Have been offered several new horse involvements and also there is the possibility coming up of purchasing into a high priced greyhound from Ireland. Wanting unraced but with very good trial times. Must be getting carried away with the Derby – no not at Epsom, Wimbledon. Busy times !
BRIT & PUMPKIN BOTH WIN !!!!!
Mon evening at Carlisle saw BRIT run in atrocious conditions. Gales and lashing rain were just up his street ! With the smile on Becky’s face leading him in, obviously it was just up her street too – not to mention ours as we drank the complimentary champers in the warmth of the winning connections room ! Well someone has to ! Also many thanks for ApolloBet for their race sponsorship and Carlisle director Penelope for her help with Panther. As said on Mon. all conditions were in Brit’s favour and so it proved – albeit in a photo finish. Nathan obviously knew just where the winning line was as Alan pointed out ! Glad to hear quite a few readers of the blog took advantage of the information and backed Brit and some nice bets landed in doubles with Pumpkin also. If you would like help in spending your new found wealth, I have just the horse and /or greyhound for you. Make a great present !!
Brit has come out of the race fine and holds entries at Newcastle on Sat and Ayr Mon and would run if ground conditions are suitable.
Also on Mon we had 3 pups running at Nottingham and as stated on the dog updates page, the bet was PUMPKIN (pictured going away) who won her open race very easily to get that first win on board. SP of 7/4 was still too high for her chances and now returns for the final of the competition next week. Destiny ran as expected and Maso was beaten 2 x short heads @10/1 when excelling expectations. He certainly ran ‘a different type’ of race from his Trap 1, railing at times and wide at others – and ability to have a fear nothing approach ! He is a big dog.
ALL IN ALL IT WAS A BRILLIANT NIGHT – REGARDLESS OF WEATHER
Next up regarding runners is SHOWTIME STAR at Kempton tomorrow and more news tomorrow. The dog updates page will be kept updated on dog runners. Other horse entries are also in and runs dependent upon the ground.
NEWS SHORTLY ON THE NEXT STABLE VISIT
NEW OFFERS HAVE COME IN FOR HORSES ALSO – Either lots going on or quiet !
Brit runs in the 6.10 at Carlisle tonight and Nathan again rides in an apprentice race. Brit is presently BP 4’s having been 5’s last night. Trip, track and ground all thought to suit and he goes with sound claims and further rain forecast shouldn’t be a problem. Fingers crossed all goes well and that he returns sound and without problem.
3 of the pups run at Nottingham tonight and more news on dog updates page.
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GREAT RUN BY PISTOL !!
Earns (another) retirement reprieve !
Worries prior to the race were that the ground would be too quick but as this was a race we had targeted well off and as the ground was considered safe, he was allowed to take his chance. Becky and Tony had worked at home by tweaking training to get him more ‘buzzy’ at the races. As mentioned yesterday, it is ironic, as only a couple of months or so ago, he had to wear a hood to keep him settled and under control ! Yesterday he was definitely on his toes when Tony got on and Pistol was always travelling well in the race. At the end he was beaten 5l but was also 24 lengths clear of the 4th horse. He couldn’t quicken at the finish and stayed on at the one pace but had the ground been a bit softer ??? All in all it was a return to the old Pistol who looked really well and has staved off retirement once again ! Becky was very confident prior to the race that he was nowhere near retirement from his attitude at home and so it proved. Congrats to all at the yard. Don’t forget, you can join the yard for only £299 ALL IN. N. Hunt or flat – just give a ring 07775 743 885
Next runner – depending upon ground could be UNCLE BRIT at Carlisle also from Becky’s. He also is only £299 all in.
Uphold ran as expected yesterday at Sandown. 10% shares are available in him.
Touchwood all dogs well and running trials with races shortly. Destiny and Scion who had both pulled muscles have just run sprint trials, next step 4 bends and then races. None of the pups were entered for the Derby (£250,000 race !!!) and the heats for the race are taking place now but a year from now ?????
Why not take a closer look at the greyhounds, all the pups are potential top class dogs and start to look closer into the sport and I guarantee you will be hooked. The Horse ‘n Hound group still has places with Rum the hound and ‘Dancer’ the new horse by Arakan the replacement for John Dory who sadly was fatally injured. Interested, again just give a ring.
RUM WINS IN STYLE !!
Rum won last night 7/4 SP and was a recommended bet to members in the Horse ‘n Hound group. He once again broke very slow and lost a lot of ground but have to say Alan’s prediction of Rum making a strong back straight challenge on the rails proved correct. His prediction of ‘Job Done’ at that point was indeed, as Rum went away to win by 3.5 lengths. Obviously my own threats of strangulation if Rum didn’t win must have helped the cause ! He really is a big pup with an awful lot of potential considering he is presently running on a track and trip too sharp and too short. However, it is as a means to an end ! The kennel have some potential high class pups at the moment and it is exciting (hopefully profitable !) times coming up.
Sleepy ran yesterday at Cartmel but never was in the race and the ground will not have been ideal although he also rapped himself.
Today sees Pistol at Wetherby in the 7.20 and although a big runner field, he would have form claims but the problem is the ground which only got 2 mm yesterday and so further watering is taking place this morning. Ironically, it is only a few months ago when Becky was trying to keep the lid on Pistol as he would get so wound up – now it is thought he needs wakening up in a race and so he has been trained with this in mind for tonight. Interesting to see what happens but the ground remains a worry. Track and trip fine.
Uphold makes a return tonight at Sandown and he has the ability but Alan just watching.
Sleepy runs today in the 5.35 at Cartmel and his price has drifted from 11’s last night to 16’s now and Alan expects that wont be the end. It is an open looking conditional race but Sleepy hasn’t been running as well as he can of late but is also off 117 – up 23 pounds since his previous win here. Alan not backing today. Rum runs tonight at Peterborough but he has a longer range target to aim for in 2 weeks or so but racing at Peterborough gives him more experience and keeps fitness up. However, tonight’s race, although only over the 435m is winnable but he must break quicker than he has been. Alan monitoring prices later. Fingers crossed both Rum and Sleepy come home sound foremost.
Pistol runs tomorrow at Wetherby and Brit entered Carlisle Mon. UPHOLD also runs Sandown tomorrow. News tomorrow.
Sleepy runs Cartmel tomorrow and news in morning. Rum runs Peterborough tomorrow night. Decision on Pistol tomorrow morning as seeing what latest rainfall forecast / ground is. Cyril well and down 2 pounds for Wetherby race and next on agenda possibly Perth. Brit well after his last race. Soft ground horses on Summer break and other horses in training coming along without problem. Likewise dogs.
of Jim’s ‘open day’ visits for owners. It is the first we have been on and Jim, wife Kelly and daughter Jemma were brilliant hosts and ably assisted by staff, they made it a day for everyone to enjoy. Lots of food courtesy of Jemma and we met up with a very friendly group of owners. Alan has quite a lot of pics and it now just needs sorting the good from the not so good – shouldn’t be too difficult ! Anyhow, couple of pics here of Rum, Touch Tackle in full regalia and a surprise guest appearance by a ferret – not a usual guest at a kennel of 60 odd greyhounds all wandering about. I will attempt to get some more pics up in the next few days and hopefully onto a new gallery page. If you haven’t been involved in greyhounds previous, all I can advise is give it a go or come along to the next kennel visit and meet the dogs and Jim and family. You wont be disappointed I guarantee. I am looking at ways to make an introduction to the yard and dogs available to all within Panther. Rum pictured above left (and in the process of changing his puppy coat) is part of the Horse ‘n Hound group with new horse by Arakan and shares in the group are available at only £365 all in until the end of the year. It is a good way to integrate a horse and greyhound and a unique concept.
Civil Unrest came 5th of 5 yesterday at Wetherby and he finished without problem and very fresh ! The early break neck speed Alan had expected at the beginning of the race never materialised and the problem is thought to have been when the pace quickened down the back straight Cyril was always going at his max and his jumping went to pot. It had been good until then but when the pressure was on he never jumped a fence and Dale did a great sit on in the home straight when many a jockey would have gone. Main thing is that Cyril is none the worse – in fact he looked remarkably fresh when getting unsaddled and led away. He was a real picture in the paddock yesterday and the yard certainly do turn horses out immaculately.
We are looking for other horse options at present but require a horse ready to run now either flat or N. Hunt. Will post details as soon as / if anything crops up.
The kennel visit to Jim Daly’s takes place this weekend and following the success of Touch Tackle he will no doubt be in demand for pics and ‘walkies’. Unfortunately, the dog himself is not a show-off and prefers the quiet life. Not ideal for a dog who has just won a big race ! Some of ours on the other hand love the attention and hopefully Destiny and Maso’s tails are still attached to their rear ends at the end of the day as they love attention and continuously wag their tails even before and after races.
Brit came 3rd yesterday and he is definitely on the way back. At the furlong marker he had every chance and only lost 2nd spot on the line. At least he paid his e.w. followers. His time will come again. He has come out of the race without problem. Becky’s horses are running very well – as Alan S.’s, who again notched another winner yesterday. Talking of winners, TOUCH TACKLE of Jim Daly’s kennel won the Coral Regency last night and picked up the £10,000 winners prize. Our own DROOPYS ALBERTA is the half sister to Touch Tackle and from the next litter. She is only a pup but continues to improve and consequently all shares are now sold in her. She is a very good prospect and looks as if she is following in Tackle’s paw prints in that she is shaping up to be a distance dog.
Today sees CIVIL UNREST run at Wetherby. Small field but a lot of pace expected to be on with several confirmed front runners – our’s included. It wont be for the feint hearted, with horses vying for the lead & jumping at pace over Wetherby’s stiff fences. It will be a racing enthusiast’s spectacle but not sure I’ll be happy until things settle and horses are into a rhythm. Hopefully, Cyril will be at the front and jumping within himself early doors – and still there at the line ! From a betting perspective, Alan leaving today as it is such an open race and with so much depending upon jumping at pace for all horses.
Been to Doncaster sales and both Alan S.s horses returned home yesterday. Our own Harry The Lemmon and Be My Present both sold – just – and have new homes.
Today, Brit runs in the 5.20 at Ayr in an apprentice race. Hard to make any negatives about the race and he has sound claims. Odds presently 15/2 having touched 8’s so fingers crossed he runs well and returns without problem.
CIVIL UNREST – runs Wetherby tomorrow.
Brit bypassed Newcastle tomorrow for the Ayr race on Wed. with ground conditions more favourable and more news on the day. Latest dog news on the updates page and both Rum and Maso have races tonight at Nottingham. Tomorrow sees Harry The Lemmon and Be My Present go to the Doncaster sales. Will be interesting to see what also transpires at the sales.
DROOPYS MASO WINS
Maso won last night with a clever run on a track and trip that not ideal but Rum was only 3rd after a very slow start. He also isn’t suited by the track nor trip but it has kept them ticking over by running here. More dog news on the updates page.
Brit is well and holds two entries now at Newcastle and Ayr next week. An intro share costs only £299 all in and there are only a small number of owners in this horse and he will hopefully be a regular runner as Becky has always believed he needs to for fitness. Interested ? please just give a ring on 07775 743 885.
New Horse – By ARAKAN
She is presently not officially named but members of her group – Horse ‘n Hound – have been asked to choose a stable name for now. She has been taken as a replacement in the group for JOHN DORY who was sadly killed when racing at Sedgefield on 30th April. She is by ARAKAN by NUREYEV by NORTHERN DANCER and out of the unraced (ZIBALINE) full sister to 9 times winner / 17 places ( inc group and Listed) and over £250,000 in prize money ZIBIMIX. The pedigree is full of black type and can be seen on her own horse page along with further info. She has only been in for 6 weeks having been too weak as a 2 y. old to race but is developing all the time and intentions are for the turf.
YOU CAN BE INVOLVED IN HER GROUP AT ONLY £365 ALL IN UNTIL JAN 2016 – MAX 25 MEMBERS
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Meanwhile, Cyril bypassed Perth today due to the ground but more races will be entered for shortly. On the dog front, more runners this week and details will be on the dog update page.
GOOD NEWS YESTERDAY FOR FOLLOWERS OF ALAN’S BETS AS SCORPION STING WON WITH 4/1 AVAILABLE.
Just got started with details of new horse – by Arakan and have to stop. Will hopefully get updated later tonight or in morning. Meanwhile Alan has gone for Sedg horse Scorpions Sting today – present odds 4/1.
Quite a weekend with the mid-day (winning !) football match on tv followed by a run to Thirsk to watch both Timmy Murphy and Uncle Brit make comebacks. Brit looked a picture – albeit living up to his ‘The Tank’ stable name. Difficult to predict how much he would have needed the race beforehand, he was ridden prominent and had every chance when blowing up at the furlong mark. Both he and Timmy should come on for the run ! The good news was that he finished without any problem and he showed no effect from having had palpitations after his previous race about 5 months ago and had then had a very bad bout of colic. Great to see him back and so well turned out by Becky. Also, very well led up by the day’s winning Hexham jockey Tony Kelly. No rest for the wicked !
Not so good news on the night was that we watched live at Thirsk the Bags meeting at Towcester, when we saw both Pumpkin and Alberta fail to qualify for the final of the Puppy Oaks at Towcester next weekend. Pumpkin was hit on the side by an inside dog running wide and her race was over from that point and Alberta was the cause of her own problem when after a slow start she gained ground fast and then ran straigfht into the backside of a leading dog. This cost her any chance of qualifying. Touchwood, both are fine and new plans will be made.
Sunday saw us visit Alan Swinbank’s stable and A NEW HORSE WILL BE JOINING PANTHER TODAY. More news on this new horse tomorrow. After the stables, it was off to Pelaw for their mid-day dog meeting. All in all, an enjoyable weekend – even if dreams of the Puppy Oaks next weekend are scuppered !
Brit running in the 8.40 tonight at Thirsk and Timmy Murphy riding as he resurrects a top riding career. The rain is certainly a plus but he is a horse who carries plenty of condition and he isn’t known as The Tank for nothing ! Alan has always preferred low draws as do most over this trip but the stats show on soft ground it favours higher draws – hope they are right. Prices opened at a miserly 9’s last night but now at 16’s and hopefully he runs well as he is making a comeback himself having had a problem in his last race and then a bad bout of colic afterwards.
Pumpkin and Alberta both in semis for the puppy Oaks at Towcester tonight. Hope they both qualify for the £3,500 final next week. More news on the dogs on the dog update page.
With rain forecast and soft ground, Sleepy and Cyril both bypass Hexham tomorrow but Brit runs at Thirsk. With John Dory having been fatally injured at Sedgefield, we are continuing to look for a replacement. Other changes in bloodstock also likely and BMP & Harry The Lemmon both go to Doncaster’s sales in 11 days. Pistol well after his race – should be, was a fresh as a daisy when he came in ! News tomorrow re Brit.
Pistol went to sleep yesterday and travelled settled to Kelso with earplugs but then never ‘woke up’ when they were removed in the ring. Opposite to his last excursion from home. He never blew at all on coming in and hadn’t put a shift in. Will go local next ! Plenty of interest in the other races at Kelso with Alan’s Down The Line not enhancing value but his other bumper horse winning the stronger looking division.
Brit runs on Sat at Thirsk and Timmy Murphy (previous top N. Hunt jockey) who has just got his flat licence again takes his first ride back. Would make good headlines !
Pistol heads up to Kelso today for the 2.50 – without a hood ! Poor traveler and last time he went out of his comfort zone (Musselburgh) he lost his race in the box. It was very windy that day and hopefully not so much today. He is dropped into selling company and if he can show the same level of form as he did at Catterick not so long ago he must have good claims. Possible reasons for his racing since, so I’m hoping he goes with good e.w. claims today with a step up in trip. Odds were 10/1 overnight and 11’s at present – but have drifted considerably later on the day in previous races. I wont tell you Alan’s opinion – maybe tomorrow !
Good luck today to Alan S. whose Lady Kashan runs in the Chester Cup and also for Down the line who runs in the bumper at Kelso and will be next going to the Doncaster sales. A win here will certainly enhance value – what it is all about. Trying to stop him are 2 runners from James’s yard plus he also has two in the other bumper division. An interesting day !
Heading for a quieter period on the racing front with the horses, as some now being turned away for Summer grass and others off to the sales. Plenty still going on however, as we look to replace horses plus we do have Pistol, Brit, Cyril, Sleepy & Star to run over the Summer. Will also be at the sales and see what crops up. We are expecting runners this week but plans will be confirmed at last minute depending upon ground.
On the dog front, Destiny was bumped in his last trial and has a sore shoulder muscle and will have 3 weeks with physio before returning to racing. On the bad news front, Scion broke slow last night and failed to make the cut for the puppy Oaks semis next Sat. However, on the big plus side, Alberta won her heat in good fashion with the 3rd fastest heat time on the night (and one of the slowest splits so plenty of room for more improvement). Also, Pumpkin had the 2nd fastest split time but lost her lead on the last bend and run in but still qualified. She would be ideal with a slightly less trip. Can’t complain with two dogs through to the semis and if finishing in the first three next week go to the £3,500 final. Fingers crossed – again ! More news re the dogs on the dog update page.
A VERY SAD DAY
Johnny looked a picture yesterday (left) and a big run was expected. Unfortunately, he was fatally injured when he broke a hind leg after about 3 furlongs. It was a sad end for a horse with a lot of potential. Being at the races on such an occasion certainly takes the wind out of the sails for owners, however, it is the ones closest to the horse on a daily basis who feel it the most. The girl was inconsolable and the lad (who looked after Johnny) shocked. The memory I will take away is seeing the lad, cigarette in hand, sat alone with his memories on the steps in the by now deserted main stand on a very cold day. Such a sad occasion.
Sleepy (pictured right yesterday) was running and jumping fine until hitting one and he dropped away. However, he is still running at the end of his races and other plans are possible. The handicapper should again drop him. The main thing was he finished sound and without problem. He is entered at Kelso and could run.
On the dog front, Scion, Alberta & Pumpkin go to Towcester on Sat for heats of the puppy Oaks. Maso and Rum likely to head to Peterborough next week. Don’t have time today due to commitments but I will get the website updated this weekend as a lot has been happening with horses of late and pages pages need bringing up to date.
Uphold ran a cracking race on Mon to be 3rd of 11 btn. a length and a nose.
Should have had a ”bit of a do” at Sedg tomorrow as both John Dory and Sleep In First run. Johnny makes his second appearance for the Horse & Hound group within Panther and as normal there will be positives and negatives but he is a very nice horse to be involved with. All members of the group will be contacted later. Sleepy is thought to be a bit high in the weights by the yard but Alan has always thought there could have been a big handicap chase in him running off a low weight in a quality race. Has never really contested that sort of event as yet. Still, fingers crossed both horses return sound regardless of position as the track are watering to ”attain / maintain safe ground”. I’m sure no risks will be taken for either.
Several more entries in inc. Cyril and Pistol. The latter is to be stepped up in trip. More entries for other horses also expected shortly. With few competitions around as of late, the dogs have been a bit quiet but have been running in trials. Alberta and Scion will shortly be racing in heats for the puppy Oaks next month. Pumpkin looks as if she has found her optimum conditions since Jim switched to Peterborough as she improved again last night to be top second dog in her trial time and beaten by a good dog. Races will shortly be on the agenda for all pups.
Uphold makes his return to the track today after his stint in France. In reality, he has been in and out since a year ago and it has been due to a problem – tell me a horse who hasn’t ! The handicapper has dropped him and on a problem free day he must be off a winning mark but as a betting proposition he isn’t a horse Alan would be going overboard about. He certainly knows where the winning line is with 10 wins from only 57 races in his career to date (plus 6 x 2nd) and hopefully he does so again today but in a very open race he wont be backed by Alan. There is a 10% share available in him – please just give a ring for details 07775 743 885 – but Panther no longer have a direct interest. However, he is well capable of giving an owner a bit of fun in a friendly yard.
No definite plans as yet for JOHN DORY or SLEEP IN FIRST for Sedg on Thursday. Just been contacted by Sedg regarding the late sponsoring of a race on the card. It would be ideal if we knew we had a runner and could get a few people together for a private box or even a couple of tables in the restaurant. Having a box does give people the chance to meet up and make new friends rather than meet up for a race and then dissipate afterwards having had a drink – congratulatory or commiserating. Problem is, plans have to be made so far in advance and commitment needed. Still, worth thinking about – again.
Final day of the N. Hunt season and it has been a good one overall for Panther in general but a full rundown of the season at a later date. Never been one for stats or records as I believe its the future that counts and a lot of planning goes on this in order to have winners. Learn’t a lot from Alan Swinbank, one of the things being that you need a continuous flow of new horses. This time of year sees horses moving on and whilst we have no plans for new horses at present, they will no doubt come when the right opportunities are there. Likewise the dogs, although we have no intention of any moving on as all are just pups and have done well to date in trials and races.
Although disappointing to have missed going to the Perth Festival, fortunes at least did the about turn yesterday, as Alan’s love affair with the Highland National continued plus 3 other winners inc a TD treble which turned a first two day deficit into a very nice winning meeting. Thank goodness ! One that did get away was Becky’s ! but well done to her and with getting a batch of 4 new horses for the flat from the breeze ups. Gay also took one and I always remember Gay (who is a very astute purchaser from the sales) offering us a share in another she purchased like this (Judas Jo) who then won first time up (backed !!) at Catterick (resulting in one of Gay’s impromptu celebrations), sold on out of our ownership and then went to Royal Ascot for new connections. It was a very exciting couple of months involvement and it probably took the point of having a flow of new horses a bit too literally – but it was profitable ! Always remember if you go to the races with one of Gay’s horses to put sufficient money on to also cover the costs of the champagne afterwards. It can be substantial !
Final day of Perth’s Festival and its a meeting we have attended for many years now. Unfortunately we had to cancel this one at the last minute but the way the results have panned out I cannot envisage we would have had many winners Wed or Thurs. Everything pretty quiet on both the horse and dog fronts at present with the season closing tomorrow and changes with some horses in Panther also to be made. Runners over the Summer and at the start of the new N. Hunt season will include DEEP RESOLVE, JOHN DORY, PISTOL BASC, UNCLE BRIT, SHOWTIME STAR, SLEEP IN FIRST & CIVIL UNREST. Leaving Panther shortly will be Royal Alcor, Harry The Lemmon and Be My Present.
On the dog front, there are no puppy competitions at present and so all the pups are running trials – keeps options open and fitness on. Scion & Alberta are running Towcester in order to being aimed for their Oaks and the remainder at Peterborough. There is a kennel day at Jim’s on May 24th with BBQ etc. and bookings are being taken now from members of the Horse ‘n Hound group. Other Panther owners /members who are interested in seeing what the greyhound scene is all about, please give a ring or email and all are welcome.
Entries this next week are UPHOLD on Mon and SLEEP IN FIRST & JOHN DORY on Thurs.
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NICE ONE CYRIL !!!
CIVIL UNREST won in good style yesterday at Hexham. He is a big chasing sort as you can see from pic – although this was taken at M. Rasen as we couldn’t be there yesterday !). Dale, who rode, made it 7 wins from his last 8 rides at that point ! He (Cyril) can sulk if he gets behind but when he started to, he got back to the front with his jumping and came back on the bridle. It was an excellent yard performance to get a win on his comeback and the yard in general are flying once again after a miserable (and I’m sure the yard will agree) year to date for several reasons. Well done to all – except Alan who didn’t back – even though the price drifted and at one point touched 11/2. Still, as he always says better to miss a winner than back a loser. Future possible races already chosen but James wants to give a bit of time between (heard that one before !) so no bounce factor.
Have been having problems with computer and email today – hence delay in this update, (now 16.15) so apologies if you are awaiting replies. Bit of dog news is that with Jim moving his stadium attachment from Sittingbourne to Peterborough the pups are starting their intro trials today.
A couple of shares have become available in PISTOL BASC. ALL IN COST £299 UNTIL NOV 1ST. Race ready now and a possible race chosen. If you are interested, please just give a call 07775 743 885
Civil Unrest (Cyril) returns after a Winter break at Hexham today. It is a nice race to be in and he is a horse who likes to lead and for things to go his own way. He does have his best form on the sharper tracks but in this race today (stiff track) there doesn’t look as if there are many that want to lead so he should be able to get his own way. The yard is in form and it would be nice to see him run to his best, as this is a race that is definitely within his grasp if he does. Odds presently 7/2 but Alan’s concern is Sleepy didn’t hit the ground running after his Winter break. Also the nature of the track. He hasn’t had a bet but you can be assured he will be shouting him all the way to the line if Cyril has half a chance ! Myself included.
Sleepy appears fine after a lacklustre run yesterday and Star is well after his rough race the day previous. He will now probably race on the turf. Uphold will be back on the scene shortly with Kempton on the 27th a possible. Shares available. James entered Sa Suffit for the listed race at Ayr today but them promptly withdrew it with ground concerns. The ground will probably scupper other race plans for yard horses inc. Snuker at Hexham. No decision regarding Civil. Good news from Becky’s is that both Pistol and Brit are very well and races being planned. At Alan’s (has Dark Ruler today at Thirsk and although 11’s at present should not be without a chance) both Deep Resolve & John Dory are doing well and both will be on track soon.
On the dog front, all runners returned sound from their races. Destiny was the one who was the most unfortunate when chopped off and had to almost jump the dog in front to survive. He had the race won. Rum ran very well to be 2nd when also had trouble in running. The one to take note of is Maso who continues to improve and looks a very nice dog in the making. Great watching Destiny and Maso parading before their race with tails wagging away ! Great happy natured dogs. Tonight, Scion trials at Towcester as part of her preparation for an attempt at the Oaks next month. All go but I will endeavour to get all pages on this site up to date – as soon as I get a page updated its out of date again !
Sad news on two horses is that Be My Present has suffered a similar injury to previous that kept her off track for a few months earlier this season and it has been suggested she now be retired to the paddocks. Not sure at this time what will happen as no further word from yard. One of Alan’s favourite horses Harry The Lemmon, whom he believed really would have made the grade has also had a set back. Having been asked our opinion of what we would like to see happen, we suggested a good home found for an active retirement (as we have always done with horses we have syndicated ourselves) but majority owners in the syndicate want him to go through a sales ring and this is now likely to be the outcome.
A very promising run by DROOPYS RUM to come 2nd after a slow break and being crowded on the 3rd bend. He will come on a lot for this race. You can be part of his small ownership group by joining the Horse ‘n Hound group.
SHOWTIME STAR once again had a bit of a slow break but good riding saw him force a position but he was then carried out across the track. He came 5th in a very open event and beaten only 2.5 lengths. A nice run under circumstances. Neither Rum or Star recommended as bets to owners.
Today sees SLEEPY run at Ayr’s first day of the Scottish National meeting. He is making his comeback after a Winter break and will run throughout the Summer and Autumn. He won 3 times last Autumn and there are 2 shares available in him @ only £385 ALL IN. Please get in touch for details. Once again another open race.
Decisions later regarding runners for tomorrow.
DOWN THE LINE was indeed well suited to Carlisle yesterday as had been predicted and he got up to win cosily enough. Alan happy with his 9/2 odds !
First phase of alterations to site completed and I will get to update horse pages as soon as possible – incredible amount of things to do of late and incredible number of entries going in. Even site can’t accommodate all the entries ! Apart from those at Ayr, we have 3 horses entered Hexham on Mon. However, STAR runs for his newly formed group tonight at Chelms but it is a very open race and hopefully he doesn’t meet up with problems in running which he has the last twice. Big night at the dogs with 4 Panther pups running at Hove and fingers crossed all run well and return sound. Full race info sent to all in H&H Group & Star’s group.
Quite a lot has been happening with the horses and SLEEP IN FIRST runs tomorrow at Ayr – more news tomorrow. Pictured is UNCLE BRIT on Malton gallops this morning (Tony riding) where he had a fast work out. He has had a previous fast gallop at Richard Fahey’s with heart monitoring equipment on him and came out of it with a clean bill of health. He has taken his time to get over the bad bout of colic but it is now all systems go and next up a race ! Great to see him back as he was 2nd on his debut for Panther and then won next time before meeting his problem. THE TANK is back !! (touchwood).
Dog and horse pages are to be updated as time allows but all latest news will be on here. JOHN DORY has done a very nice piece of work yesterday. Why not take up a share in his group which also includes the greyhound Droopys Rum. Also, there is a share remaining in SHOWTIME STAR’S group. Just give me a call on 07775 743 885.
Lots going on but updates happening on site and cant access all pages at present. Many entries in but page only holding 5 at present. Will update tomorrow or later today. Star runs Chelmsford Thurs. Down The Line should be well suited by Carlisle track today.
New entries in for Cyril, Star, Sa Suffit & Sleepy – details on home page.
Maso makes a quick return tonight in an open puppy event but this is a tough assignment with him now in trap 1 and fast dogs on his outer. They have more experience and quicker at the traps so hard to see him winning but the experience of this step up in class will stand him in good stead for the future.
Rum made his debut last night at Towcester but he broke slow and lost the race at that point. He raced green and more will come from him.
Advertising is taking place for Showtime Star and the Horse ‘n Hound group today. If you are interested in joining their respective groups, please just give a ring – 07775 743 885. I wish you all the very best of luck in today’s big race and wont tell you Alan’s choice in case it puts you off backing it ! Horses getting ready again for more races and decision on Cyril running tomorrow.
DROOPYS MASO WINS ON TRACK DEBUT
Although Aintree took centre stage yesterday for most, Sittingbourne took centre stage for Panther when DROOPYS MASO made his racetrack debut a WINNING one last night when storming well clear and the race was never in doubt. Members of the HORSE ‘n HOUND GROUP were informed yesterday morning that Maso was one of the best dogs Jim had graded at the track. It was an A3 and Maso should make open grade (if he isn’t already). Members told he was 3/1 tissue – opened 11/10. Happy punters in the H ‘n H already and Rum and John Dory still to make their debuts ! ONLY 10 MEMBERSHIPS NOW REMAIN IN THIS GROUP. Phone 07775 743 885 to reserve yours.
Aintree today sees the bumper and Alan Swinbank’s VIRNON take part. Price 33’s but the horse was shown at the stable visit and guests told then that this would be the horse to come here. Good luck to all connections. Alan (husband) has been convinced John Dory was an ideal contender as the track would have suited ideal but he lacks experience at present. It will come !
The 5 shares in SHOWTIME STAR are on offer at £345 for the full turf season. The price includes ALL costings and you will not be asked for any more monies unless the horse was to race abroad and then at cost price but this is not planned during the turf season. Your ownership (lease) within the group starts on cheque clearance. Please give a ring on 07775 743 885 to reserve your share which will be sold on a first come basis.
Aintree starts today and it is a meeting we very much look forward to. No runners this year (Sa Suffit bypasses The Topham due to the ground) but it is a meeting we have had runners at including that memorable win of HURDY trained by SUE BRAMALL when he landed some big bets for us. Aintree itself holds many memories also, none more than TOM’S TOYBOX when he stormed 20 lengths clear under LUCY HORNER who wasn’t sure if other horses were near or not with the roar of the crowd. More nice bets but a ban for Lucy !
Civil Unrest (Cyril) has been entered at Kelso and there are strong doubts of Sa Suffit being able to run in the Topham due to the lack of rain.
The Horse ‘n Hound group still has memberships available and both horse and dog are race ready.
SHOWTIME STAR has a 10% share available PLUS we will be able to offer 5 only shares in him as introductory. Full details tomorrow but if you are interested please give a ring a.s.a.p. as advertising in the Racing Post will happen on Sat. Tomorrow also sees the Aintree Festival take off and whilst normally this Spring weather is more than welcome, this time around it looks likely to scupper Sa Suffit’s participation.
A pulled up and a faller at Sedgefield and 2 dogs withdrawn from the Gymcrack heats at Kinsley ! AND Alan is still walking around with a smile on his face. Can’t understand why ? although a certain match probably has something to do with it.
We will shortly be able to release a very limited number of introductory shares in SHOWTIME STAR in training with Gay. There is still a 10% share remaining in the horse but most of the horse has now been sold and is owned predominantly by 2 owners. If you are interested in a share please register your interest on 07775 743 885 or by email to [email protected] Star is a typical horse of Gay’s who will be expected to run a lot over the Summer. Gay’s horses tend to earn their keep !
No runners today but horses all over the place with various Panther trainers inc. old fav. Fly Home Harry but Alan again having a day off from betting.
Dog news will be on the dog updates page.
Both Pistol and BMP are in very open looking races today and without going into full details (owners aware) there are negatives to their chances. BMP came in overnight from 11’s to 8’s and Pistol out at 14’s. Drying ground could be a factor also. Alan has bypassed any betting as there must be better opportunities to risk money. Just hope both run up to their abilities and return without problem. Even though no money on, you will – I guarantee – hear our shouts from wherever you are if either are in with a squeak !
Both Alberta and Destiny are in the heats for the Gymcrack at Kinsley today and both have very good chances on ability of going through to the semi’s of this £8000 to the winner race. The one big worry as I have said previous is the seeding but there have been a lot of dogs entered that are railers. Unfortunately we have been given wide berths. Hoping for the best.
Lots going on and not forgetting THE match !
A very limited number of new horse shares are to be made available and details tomorrow.
Both Pistol & BMP run tomorrow at Sedgefield and more news tomorrow morning. Sa Suffit has gone through the confirmation stage for the Topham at Aintree next week but we do need rain as he ideally wants soft.
Also tomorrow, Destiny and Alberta are in the heats for the £8000 Betfred Gymcrack at Kinsley (Pontefract). Both would have had very realistic chances of going through to the semis but for bad seeding. Both pups are railers and have been placed in wide berths – 4 Destiny and 5 Alberta. It represents a serious issue for safety but there are a lot of railers in the competition.
We were at Middleham Open Day yesterday and each year the crowds seem to be getting smaller, although the weather yesterday must have played its part. Luckily the van got out of the field without getting the tractor’s assistance. If you received a flyer from us about the Horse ‘n Hound Group and haven’t already reserved your membership , what are you waiting for ??? The fun is about to start !
As followers of Panther, you will know that every now and again, we make changes to the bloodstock and normally at the end of a season – flat & N. Hunt. We have had a great Winter overall and plenty of winners and placed horses – but we will always strive to achieve more. Just being greedy ! More changes are being planned and news will be posted as it happens. The greyhounds will also continue to feature within Panther and hopefully they will also expand. Our policy has been to buy into well bred pups with open grade potential and that approach will remain as open dogs can race throughout the country.
Star 2nd yesterday but a slow break found him in a poor position and playing catch up. He had a chance to come through but the winner had set sail and Star could only stay at the one pace. Should be dropped a couple for this which would be handy. Please note, he was declared for Lingfield tomorrow but is a non runner. Scorpions Sting also came 2nd making Alan’s choice of not backing either horse yesterday (Star came in to 7/2 and not slip out) pay off.
Runners over the weekend depend upon the weather / ground with plenty of rain expected tomorrow – look out now for a knackered, bedraggled couple handing out flyers tomorrow in and around Middleham.
STAR makes a quick return to the track today in the 3.30 at Chelmsford. It has the look of a very open race with horses down in grade and others at the top of the market running very well. Star had a bad passage last time and Jimmy Quinn is back today. Alan is at present intending bypassing betting as it looks too open but Star’s odds are 11/2 which if they slipped a bit further might make it worth a bit on. Star is a nice horse and should continue to improve. Alan S. used to train this horse and also has a very close relative from the same breeder. Anyhow, more news of non betting ! Scorpions Sting (+ Briony) make the long journey down from James’s yard to Towcester (set off yesterday). The horse is a typical Scorpion horse and can take a good hold in a race – using energy. However, he seems to be weighted to win a race but Alan’s concern is the track itself if the horse takes too strong a hold. However, in the past he did run well at Carlisle. Best price of 3’s plus his doubts makes Alan bypass. So its good news for all connections today !
Those now following the dogs will have seen Touch Tackle (Jim Daly) win again and his price for the Ledger is now 14’s. His rising reputation can’t do Panther’s dog DROOPYS ALBERTA any harm as she is from the next litter. She is very well after her winning debut in an open race and race ready once again. Shares in her have sold well but can be still bought. Just get in touch 07775 743 885
The Horse ‘n Hound group will be advertised again this weekend in the Racing Post. JOHN DORY is about race ready once again and he must be a cert to get members of the group into the winners enclosure – even if I say so myself ! DROOPYS RUM is also race ready so if you are wanting some good value for money, now is the time to get involved. MAX number of members in the group is 25 and only 14 places presently remain. Cost is presently £365 ALL IN until Jan ’16. Just give me a call to reserve your place in the group – and in the winners enclosure / on the podium !!
It has the makings of a busy weekend coming up with Middleham Open Day kicking off on Friday. If you see a knackered couple handing out flyers in and around the town just introduce yourself – I will have plenty of flyers you can lend a hand with ! DESTINY could enter an open competition at Kinsley on Sunday (he did a very fast trial there a few days ago) and CIVIL UNREST, BE MY PRESENT & PISTOL BASC all hold entries on Sunday at Sedgefield. Not to mention the Sunderland / Newcastle match also on Sunday. Alan and headless chicken spring to mind !
New Greyhound – DROOPYS SCION
She is a Nov ’13 black bitch by YEAH MAN out of DROOPYS HILDA and bred by the Droopys Stud. Full details will shortly appear on her own page. She arrived yesterday at Jim’s, having just got off the van from Ireland. After a couple of weeks settling in she will run trials at Towcester and has a primary target of the PCS LEGAL PUPPY OAKS which is run in May at the track. Scion comes with a high reputation from the stud who have done the preliminary work with her so she is ready to go now. She will be part of a syndicate with ourselves and details of the new group formation are being worked on. To register your interest in her new group, please just get in touch 07775 743 885 / [email protected]
Yesterday’s result went as expected with Star. However, he had a slow start and then met trouble in running but stayed on well at the finish. His time will come again. Alan’s bet in the Lincoln also went as expected (by me) – nice odds, shame about the position !
The sad news of the week was that on Thursday we were informed that HARRY THE LEMMON had come out of his box lame the previous day and a scan showed damage to a leg. It was predicted a 16 month recovery / training period before getting back to the track would be needed and so he is set to leave our ownership. In the past, I have always looked for and found a good active retirement home for all horses we syndicated ourselves that had a problem like this. In all cases the horse was given free to the new owners. In Harry’s case, I am part of Harry’s ownership syndicate and his future away from the yard is out of my hands bar having my say – which I have along the above lines – but my thoughts wont be taken up. Other plans are intended and I have wrote down Alan’s predictions of what will happen ! We’ll see.
Plenty been happening these past few days and more news tomorrow re horses and dogs. However, all pups went to Kinsley last night to trial and Destiny clocked a very nice time which makes a tilt at the Betfred Gymcrack a real possibility. Rum (nearside right) won his trial by 4.25 lengths but came off the bend and was looking around. He will come on for this intro to the track. Maso (nearside left) was beaten by Alberta.
Showtime Star runs today at Chelmsford and 10% shares are available in him (just give a ring 07775 743 885). Hopefully he runs well but Alan hasn’t backed on this occasion and has settled for Star’s last race profits. Start of the turf and the Lincoln was a meeting we always managed to get to. Unfortunately, not today but Alan always has a bet in the race and today the unlucky connections of Ocean Tempest have only Alan to blame.
Another early closing race entry has been made, this time for SA SUFFIT who has been entered for THE TOPHAM chase at the Aintree Festival. It is run over the National fences and carries a £120,000 purse. Exciting but a day is a long time in racing ! So much can happen.
All well with horses and dogs. Brit has just done his first piece of fast gallop work since returning from colic. Pistol and BMP fine after their races and a new target for BMP is Sedgefield on the 5th. Entries going in now for Summer jumpers Sleep In First and Civil Unrest. Harry has been entered up for several races and will run soon. Likewise Star whi is in at Chelmsford on Sat and an early closer at Lingfield on the 3rd. Deep Resolve has been awaiting the turf and John Dory is very well after his staying on an eye catching 4th on his debut last week. Royal continues to come to hand once again after his latest set back of an abcess. He has either run week in week out or has a new problem week in week out !
The dogs are all either racing or race ready and one thing about dogs is that they tend to race within a week of a previous race. If only the horses could !
DROOPYS ALBERTA WINS ON TRACK DEBUT !!! 7/1
Alberta made a very promising debut last night at Nottingham when showing good trapping and plenty of early pace which kept her out of trouble in behind. It was thought that whatever she did last night she would improve upon, so hopefully that is the case. She is a big bitch at 29.1k and shares are still available at the original price. Just get in touch. She can only improve and this was a puppy open event and her debut run on a track she hadn’t seen before. Also on the same card were Droopys Maso and Droopys Pumpkin – both in the same race and both caught up in problems. The trip was way too short for Maso who is a big dog by Westmead Hawk who are noted for taking time to come to hand. After a slow start he ran on to be 3rd but Pumpkin was knocked out of contention in the scrimmaging on the bend. Both will come on for these runs.
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Present horse is the very promising JOHN DORY an eye catching 4th on his first start & the greyhound DROOPYS RUM who is race ready. He has shown good trial times but will again come on for a run. Hopefully he kicks off as Alberta did !
The one hope yesterday (apart from both getting home without prob) was that the ground didn’t dry out too much as both were capable of becoming outpaced. With the sun shining on a Spring like day and a breeze up, it didn’t take long for going descriptions to change. One race in fact. It just didn’t suit but both returned without prob. Both horses looked very well in their coats and Pistol was very much full of the joys of Spring going to post. Both live to fight another (cut in the ground) day.
Today I went to the greyhound sales at Pelaw. I always like going to the horse sales whenever I can and the dog sales are no different. There is always a lot of interest and it will be interesting watching where some of the dogs trialled and bought at auction end up in their racing careers as most were youngsters starting out.
Ground will be an important factor for some of the horses entered up at present and Sa Suffit has joined the entry list with Ascot the target. Too early to turn horses away just yet as the rain will come – just a matter of hoping the rain and right race coincide. Alan was correct yesterday with it being a good price on yesterday’s fav. problem was for any backers it didn’t win !
BE MY PRESENT & PISTOL BASC both run today at Market Rasen. Negatives and positives for both but looking at the negs, the former returns from injury and Pistol has to run to the form of his last race(without hood) to have a chance against the likely fav If It Be Your Will. In fact the biggest surprise to Alan was the opening price of 9/4 for that horse last night. Great price – according to Alan ! Pistol has also gone up 4 pounds for that run. Present odds 5’s and 4’s but could both drift a little bit. Still, both have claims on past form and whilst couldn’t say confident, both still have reasonable chances. Just hope ground doesn’t dry too much.
Civil Unrest has come to hand quickly and Briony has been riding him out at home – she now has sore knuckles with dragging arms along floor ! He is well and entered up at Newcastle on Friday. Harry also holds entries at Newcastle on the same day. Showtime Star has been entered for the early closing Lingfield Unibet All Weather Sprint Championships Conditions Stakes – big price for big prize money. Shares are available in the horse from 10% – please get in touch 07775 743 885.
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The pups are all now about race ready and present trials about finished. 3 have race entries. More news tomorrow on the dogs and hopefully about how we had a double at Rasen !
SNUKS FINE BUT GROUND WASN’T
It had been hoped to have possibly been able to get away with the ground with it having been soft and heavy places only a couple of days ago but it had dried out considerably. Its not that Snuks (looking a picture) doesn’t act on the ground but he gets outpaced with others being able to maintain a fast pace. Yesterday, he became detached and Lucy pulled him up after about a circuit. Snuks is a stamina horse and on the quicker Sedgefield track just couldn’t maintain a position. Just shows how fast the ground can change at this time of year and it seemed to be cutting off the top yesterday. However, from experience we know how quickly it can also swing back the other way and so hopefully there is still time to catch another race on a stiffer track if the rain comes. Whatever, the main thing is that Snuker returned without problem and would be ready to race again quite quick if the heavy ground does return.
Pistol Basc and Be My Present return to action tomorrow at Market Rasen and more news tomorrow on those two. Dogs also coming along fine and a new one may possibly enter the scene. She is to be aimed at the Oaks at Towcester in May. More news shortly.
Snuks runs today at Sedg but ground again against him. Could be outpaced at this venue so Alan not backing. 2 runners Market Rasen Sunday – Be My Present & Pistol Basc but Sleepy bypasses Kelso tomorrow. More news tomorrow.
JOHN DORY – AN EXCELLENT DEBUT !!
Johnny (pictured) ran an excellent debut race for the HORSE ‘n HOUND group at Wetherby yesterday. It will prove to be a strong bumper with several horses well backed. Johnny took a strong hold at the beginning and ran green throughout. However, he ran from the back strong in the home straight to finish a diminishing head for third spot. It was a solid introduction. You have the opportunity to be involved in Johnny for only £365 all in until Jan 1st 2016. Also in the HORSE ‘n HOUND group is greyhound DROOPYS RUM who is ready to make his track debut now. He has run trials and a race has been picked out. Don’t miss out at this price as there is a lot to be gained by being a member of the Horse ‘n Hound group.
Just call Anne to reserve your membership – 07775 743 885.
Several possible runners later this week – news later but only 5 entries can be uploaded onto ‘race entries’ page and missing presently are BE MY PRESENT & PISTOL BASC at Market Rasen on Sunday plus HARRY THE LEMMON at Hexham on Tuesday.
Forgot to mention yesterday, there was a good write up in the Racing Post (Monday) in the greyhound section about TOUCH TACKLE winning the big race for Jim Daly. There is also an excellent pic of the dog in action – no definitely not one of Alan’s !
Plenty of entries over the next few days and today sees the first runner of the week with John Dory at Wetherby. It would be nice if he ran a promising racetrack debut so fingers crossed.
UPS & DOWNS OF RACING!
Yesterday saw Kelva Destiny return to Sheffield for an open. He was his usual ‘waggy tail’ self pre race but once again he missed the break. All was not lost at that point until he met trouble in running and ended up squeezed out the back and even then on his way out was bumped again. It wasn’t his day. He really needs to be on the rails and will next possibly go for a championship race at Kinsley (Pontefract). On the other hand it was TOUCH TACKLE’S day as he won well with a gutsy performance for Jim (Daly). It was a Cup race worth £5,500 with £4,000 to the winner. Pictured with Touch Tackle after the presentation is one of greyhounds young fans who wanted to pat the winner. A lot is being said about greyhound racing declining as a sport but such a lot is being done by tracks who have some very good deals and this in turn encourages families to go racing. Touch Tackle’s young fan is the future of Greyhound Racing. However, looking inside from out, so much can be learn’t for horse racing from greyhound racing AND vice versa.
On the horse front, it was another disappointing day for Fly Home Harry (and Alan who backed him !). 8’s tumbled throughout the day to an sp of 11/4 but he never threatened to win and Alan will not be backing him for a bit. No doubt this will encourage his owners and Fly will pop in next time ! Alan Swinbank still had a winner from his 2 runners with Bob’s Lady Tara.
Members in the new HORSE ‘n HOUND group will be emailed later today with news of running plans this week following another trial by Rummy and options for Johnny. The weather will play its part on racing plans for Snuker and Harry The Lemmon. Please get in touch on 07775 743 885 if you would like to reserve your membership – only £365 until Jan ’16 ALL IN.
It has been quite a week with Sa Suffit and Showtime Star winning on their debuts for Panther 14’s & 7’s and both only just coming into Panther. Harry only failed to make it a hat trick by being unable to concede 22 pounds to the winner. Destiny trapped too slow to have an impact in his heat at Sheffield last Tuesday and coming 3rd meant he missed the cut for today’s £1000 final. However, he is very well and returns to action again at Sheffield in an open today. He is stepping back up to 4 bends and this is his first try at 4 bends at Sheffield and over the slightly shorter trip than his last 4 bend race. We will learn more today so fingers crossed.
This coming week sees Harry, Johnny and Snuker entered up. All is well with the other horses and dogs and ALBERTA is the latest pup to set an excellent trial time. Shares are going quick in this bitch and over 50% are now sold. She is from the next litter to Touch Tackle trained by Jim who won his last race impressively – an open at Sheffield last Tues – and goes today again at Sheffield. Exciting news is that Be My Present (BMP) and Civil Unrest (Cyril) are both nearing their next entries following spells on the sidelines. Deep Resolve is being prepared for a turf campaign and he must be well in off a 69 rating ? You could be in the winners enclosure over the Summer months with him by joing the Alan Swinbank racing group. Such a lot is happening at present and Pistol will be out again soon and Uncle Brit is now over his bout of colic and will also be on the turf. Should be plenty of runners over the next few weeks – and dont forget the new HORSE ‘n HOUND group offers a very good price to join at present to include JOHN DORY and DROOPYS RUM. Only £365 for two potentially high class individuals is an excellent deal – even if I say so myself ! Don’t wait, reserve your place in the group now by giving me (Anne) a ring on 07775 743 885 now !!
Today’s meeting at Carlisle sees former Panther winning horse Fly Home Harry return to action. He has been disappointing since going hurdling after winning twice and placed 2nd in his three runs for Panther before being sold. Although up against some progressive novices today and presently the outsider in his race at 8’s, conditions should suit and Alan is watching the prices.
HORSE ‘n HOUND GROUP
Join this unique group of horse and greyhound today. ALL IN COST ONLY £365 AT PRESENT and 2 entries now in for horse JOHN DORY (Johnny) for next week at Wetherby & Sedgefield. DROOPYS RUM (Rummy) running trials (good times) at present and a race will be chosen soon. Both are very well bred individuals and unraced at present. If you would like to take up a membership in the group, please just give myself (Anne) a ring on 07775 743 885. Plenty going on tomorrow inc. Destiny racing at Sheffield. More news in morning.
Details of SA SUFFIT on his own horse page.
Have always liked this weekend of racing, as Newcastle and Uttoxeter rounds off Cheltenham nicely for us and Carlisle tomorrow is a meeting we always went to and aimed previous horse MINSTER SHADOW at. He loved the course and had many followers at the venue who gave him plenty of vocal support. I reminisce ! Meanwhile although he isn’t racing, he has been having a great and active retirement with the last groom who looked after him at Chris Grant’s.
Alan quiet on betting at Cheltenham – wish I had been ! More news tomorrow.
ANOTHER GOOD RUN – BUT 2ND !
HARRY THE LEMMON (looking immaculate as usual) failed to give 22 pounds in weight to the winner yesterday but was staying on at the finish and his jumping was good overall bar a mistake when running downhill and Lucy was trying to steady him. The track also played a part in that he didn’t come down the hill particularly well and went back into 5th spot. Still, overall it was a very pleasing run and from 9 runs in total (first two were points) his form reads 9/2/2/2/f/pu/2/3/2. Can’t complain- but a win would be nice !
Alan has sidestepped Cheltenham again (saving up for this weekend no doubt !) but my selections will need to perform better than my previous ones.
Next runner now likely to be at Sheffield dogs on Sunday lunchtime as Destiny tries back at 4 bends. Not his intended target (eliminated from his final but still open class) but it does show how little time dogs need between races once racing. Pity horses don’t ! Sa Suffit misses this weekend and a race at Ascot on the 29th is on the agenda.
Harry The Lemmon runs at Hexham today. He missed almost two years before coming back this season and has been getting back into the swing of things. Hopefully today shows another progression and the 4’s of Paddy last night and also with Hills this morning have now gone but 7/2 widely available and if there is further support of Auld, 4’s might just be available again.
JOHN DORY has a bumper entry at Wetherby on Tues. DROOPYS RUM will trial again and then there is a possible race in a puppy open coming up. The HORSE ‘n HOUND group is starting off at full steam ahead. Members to the new group who have sent off cheques can apply for badges now for Wetherby. Membership presently is only £365 ALL IN and details of the group can be seen on its own web page. It’s not too late to join at this price – just give me a ring on 07775 743 885. All go at the moment and why only 24 hours in a day ? Haven’t even looked at Cheltenham card yet.
ANOTHER DEBUT WIN – WHAT A STAR !!!
GREAT RESULT – 7’S INTO 3’S SP
Although we had no bets at Cheltenham yesterday, the only bet Alan had was on Showtime Star at Southwell who kindly obliged. Doesn’t matter what the venue – just the result as he said ! Hopefully readers of yesterday’s blog followed suit.
While Star made the most of his after race celebratory drink, we were unable to join the other owner for the complimentary champers as we set off straight away to Sheffield to watch Destiny run. Two and a half hours later in continuous traffic delays we finally arrived with 30 mins to spare before his race.
Destiny hadn’t read the script as he broke slow, came out last and although making ground to finish 3rd and staying on, he failed to make the cut for the final on Sunday. Still, the main thing is he came off track tail wagging and sound ! He is now likely to return to 4 bends over a shorter trip than he has been running at previous over 4, as the slow breaks in the sprints are costing him dear. No bets from Alan again at Chelt although I have had a couple – wont bore you with the details.
Will continue to update site with the new horses and dogs but also awaiting changes to be made by the web designers. Tomorrow sees Hexham take centre stage for ourselves as Harry The Lemmon runs and more news tomorrow.
SHOWTIME STAR TO JOIN PANTHER
DEBUT TODAY AT SOUTHWELL 3.45
Although its the start of Cheltenham today, eyes are on new horse Showtime Star in training with Gay and one of the pups Kelva Destiny at Sheffield tonight.
Shares will be sold in Star but at 10% units. We have become involved in him, as like several of Gay’s horses we have had in the past, he is tough and hopefully capable of taking a lot of racing. He has been out in France with Gay and returned to Southwell latest over 5f. Today the trip is 6f – which he has won previous. He has had 14 races, is only 5 and has won 3, 2nd x 3, and 3rd. He will run on the turf this Summer. However, it’s the all weather today and he has e.w. claims at 7/1 odds. Abi in the race looks well treated but fingers crossed, Star replicates what Sa Suffit did for us on Sat !
Pup Destiny (2 wins / 2 x 2nd from 4 runs) has his toughest task to date when taking on two faster time dogs at Sheffield tonight. They are litter pups and 3 months older than Destiny. He runs in the 7.11 and on the plus side he goes now with having had a look at the track previous. Presently, he is losing ground from slow starts and then shows plenty of pace – hence he is sprinting now as he did tend to not quite get home over 4 bends. However, he is only young and more improvement will come. Tonight’s race is a heat and the first two go through to the final on Sunday afternoon back at Sheffield in a £1,000 race. He is a lovely dog, not afraid to bully his way through and has a constant wagging tail ! I’m hoping he gets to the final but the main thing is he comes off sound as he really is a dog for the future – even if he is already contesting open events.
Updates to site continue to be made but now have 3 horses to add and 2 pups. New pup DROOPYS PUMPKIN details have been added on his own page under ‘DOGS’ heading.
HORSE ‘n HOUND Group UP AND RUNNING
Details of the new group can be seen on its own page under the ‘GROUPS’ heading. If you would like to take up membership, please just give a ring or text on 07775 743 885 or email [email protected] For now, please don’t contact direct from the website as there are problems with some emails not coming through.
Cheltenham tomorrow but other news also expected.
SA SUFFIT 14/1 WINNER – PANTHER DEBUT !!!
This past week has been a whirlwind of activity with plenty of highs and lows. Yesterday was one of the highs as SA SUFFIT became the latest winner on his racecourse debut for Panther at the grand old age of 12 ! Everything came about quickly and too quick to even get details of the horse onto the site. He ran an incredible gutsy race yesterday to win from almost start to finish off a mark of 132 with Dale riding. More a chaser (140 rated) than hurdler, he has now won over £100,000 in his career and has been a king pin for James over the years. When becoming involved in Sa Suffit last week, I was envisaging next year, as I thought he could possibly be a horse aimed at the hunter chases route and possibly a tilt at a foxhunter at a Festival Meeting as Briony holds her point to point trainers licence. Still a quick return yesterday and he really is an evergreen.
I am busy now writing up the new group’s web page – to be called the HORSE ‘n HOUND group – and this will take preference over other pages as both horse JOHN DORY (Johnny) and greyhound DROOPYS RUM (Rummy) are both just about race ready. I am hoping to have full details up by tomorrow evening. I was at Alan Swinbank’s yesterday (missed Sa Suffit at Ayr !) and watched Johnny have a fast workout with another of Alan’s bumper horses who is race fit and both came up the gallop 3 times together with the final time a full on gallop. Both performed well with Johnny the sharpest ( couldn’t say anything else in any case !). A decision will be made on either one more gallop or to be entered up now. Rummy will have one more trial before a race. As a matter of interest, Dark Ruler was another from several that caught the eye from two lots watched.
The outcome of a meeting with the web designers is that several changes to the site are to be made but over a period. The first such change will involve the new group and details will be on its own page shortly.
After I finally get the HORSE ‘n HOUND group on the site I will the endeavour to get Sa Suffit and Civil Unrest pages up plus there are 3 more pups to be added to the dog listings although no shares are intended to be offered at the present time in either horse or dogs via Panther, although individual shares in the dogs will be available.
Well its Cheltenham time once again but our own focus will be more local with Sedgefield and Hexham on the agenda on the horse front. Alan hasn’t had a single ante post bet for Cheltenham this year (his record at these aren’t brilliant) but no doubt will have something on the days but its the entries at the local tracks that have caught the eye. More news as it happens.
As feared, the ground was just too quick for Snuker yesterday who must have heavy as the going description. The stiff tracks like Carlisle also help but the hill doesn’t come into the equation if the going isn’t heavy, as Snuks is pulled up by that stage of the race. That is exactly what happened yesterday, as Lucy pulled him up when he was outpaced and hopelessly out the back, at a position that even one of her trademark never-say-die rides was beyond. On the plus side, he was fine after the race and so another race will be looked for but we do need rain – and plenty of it. Snuker has been great this season (winning two to date – 5 wins overall plus 7 places from only 22 runs and he is only 8) but he must have his conditions to show his true ability.
With both Johnny and Rummy being almost race ready, details of the new group will be posted as soon as possible. I had been awaiting news of a potential sponsor but it was disappointing news yesterday when the company whom we had hoped would give their backing haven’t done so. Not a great day overall yesterday but at least it was one of the few we have had recently where the journey took the expected time to get there and back. Things are on the up (?). Going to see the website designers again this morning to see about possible changes to the site.
Quick word about Civil Unrest whom James said yesterday was very very well and could be back on track as early as the end of this month or beginning of April. He will be one of our Spring / Summer chasers.
Pistol (enjoying himself in the parade ring) didn’t let his supporters down yesterday, as he ran a gutsy race to finish a closing half a length 2nd to the improving Classinaglass. With the hood left off, he livened up and gave Tony a great ride – and vice versa. Deserves his next few days in the paddocks (Pistol !) and as soon as the night temps pick up he will be on 24/7 turnout and be trained from the field itself. He really loves the outdoor life. Another race will be looked for as he is pretty versatile regarding ground and trip and he is fine this morning.
The action today takes place at Carlisle with Snuker attempting to make it 3 wins for the season. He relishes a thorough test of stamina and even then tends to get outpaced within the race. In both his wins this season, he has looked a lost cause but Lucy’s pushing and never-say-die riding got Snuks home. He fairly flew after the last in his last race to go 13 lengths clear. Back over fences today he is now off a higher mark and hopefully the ground doesn’t dry out too much as heavy is ideal. The betting market is very tight and best odds are 9/2 at present. It is such an open race and really chances can be given to most horses if they run to their capabilities. At the time of writing there is no new going update from the track but only light rain has been forecast for a short period so the ground will probably not be as soft as ideally Snuks would want. Still, fingers crossed and he makes it a hat trick for the season.
Plenty happening. Droopys Rum (Rummy) did another sound trial yesterday winning his 3 dog trial by over 7 lengths and he is a very promising pup to be involved with. One more trial and then a race is likely for his newly to be formed racing group. Went to Sheffield greyhounds last night to watch Kelva Destiny run in his first sprint without a previous look at the track. He came 2nd in his first open race and was bumped at the bend but finished 4 lengths clear of the third dog and was running on. Exciting times on the dog front !
Those who came to Alan S.’s stable visit will have either won or lost yesterday on Down The Line, depending upon backing e.w. or win – He came 2nd at Newcastle at odds of 12’s. Alan lost !! Can’t always understand his preference for win only betting – over confidence ? The horse was one of 4 horses pulled out by Alan S. and paraded – although he did give a full run down on all other horses in training. He thought plenty of the horse and indeed it was a horse Alan offered Panther before Christmas. Let’s hope Johnny (John Dory) does as well (1 better hopefully), on his debut for Panther which wont be far away. I will post details of the new group just as soon as possible – still waiting to see if I can get sponsorship for the new group.
And today at Catterick the enigmatic Pistol returns to the fray ! He is a horse you cannot help but like, as he is his own boss. He has been a bit quiet at the track of late – although there have been possible excuses – and so the hood is left off for the first time in our ownership today. We had intended going for a 3 mile race but when only 5 entered for this one a supplementary entry was made. While conditions presently suit it was decided to run – ground can soon change at this time of year. He is thought to be on a winning mark but so much of how Pistol performs is down to his mind-set. Not something that is easily predictable ! Still with sun shining, temps a little better and a horse who loves the outdoors, I’m hoping he is in a sweet frame of mind to notch another win (please). He does have his supporters, as he is now best priced 6’s from a high previous of 9’s. Hope he knows !
SNUKER RUNS CARLISLE TOMORROW
Details are now posted on the new greyhound – DROOPYS RUM (Rummy) and horse JOHN DORY (Johnny) on their own pages. Both will be in a new group to be underway shortly. I am trying to keep costs to a minimum and looking for a sponsor for the group itself. Both horse and dog are expected to be competitive individuals and both are just about race ready with Alan looking for a suitable race for Johnny and Jim doing one more trial with Rummy. I will post details hopefully very soon on how to join this new group but a sticking point at present is if I can get a sponsor. Trying !
Meanwhile, Pistol has been declared to run at Catterick tomorrow and more news on him in the morning.
NEW HORSE JOINS PANTHER
I will give full details as soon as everything is sorted but we agreed to take the new horse (share of) with Alan at today’s stable visit. He is full brother to stable three time winner from 11 races Lady Artiste. Some will remember she was given as a horse to follow to Panther members before she ran and promptly won on her debut having drifted initially and then came in well backed to 5/2 fav. The pedigree is full of Black Type. He is a horse almost ready now for a bumper as soon as the better ground is here and after his bumpers will go onto the turf for the Summer. He is a very exciting prospect.
Intentions are to syndicate the horse with a greyhound involvement also and I will post details of the new group just as soon as everything is in place.
Meanwhile, Alan S. was on top form at the stable visit today, giving horses to back in the short term and for the future. Also mentioned were his chosen horse this year for the Aintree bumper plus a horse to try to emulate Collier Hill’s globe rotting exploits (winner of over 2 million pounds !). A race has been chosen in Germany to be aimed for. Alan has a big hand of horses this year and there should be about 60 on the go plus many youngsters as well. Visitors to the yard really needed pens and paper as Alan gave a full rundown on many of the horses in work. Other horses pulled out included our own Deep Resolve, Big Water who has done so well this year and is a possible at Cheltenham plus another bumper horse with high expectations.
Bit of a damp squib to finish the week off, as the new horse I was hoping to have unveiled to be joining Panther with a dog involvement isn’t to be. Always probs ! Meanwhile the search will continue. More horse entries continue to go in and runners expected next week. Interesting to see a greyhound, Touch Tackle who is in training with Jim and owned by footballers Steve Morison and Grant Holt feature in today’s Racing Post as they outline plans for the dog. Interesting because one of our pups is also out of Touch Tackle’s dam (Droopy’s Start) who has produced top class dogs from her previous 2 litters. Exciting times hopefully await !
Noon tomorrow latest to book places on stable visit
Couple of wins for James (badly needed after placed efforts) and Becky (yard in decent form) in last couple of days. Alan S. and Gay been a bit quiet by their standards of late. Of Panther horses, Snuker has a race targeted coming up shortly and Harry The Lemmon holds an entry at Sedgefield on Sunday. Pistol is well after his race and is to be stepped up in trip next time, possibly Newcastle. Deep Resolve had the backman manipulate him but he will be out again shortly. Possibly found a reason for the last two races when he ran below expectations. Sleep In First had a short 6 week Winter break as he will be a runner over the Spring and Summer as although has form on ground with cut, is considered a better horse on better ground. He did well for us last year and touch wood for more of the same. Of the walking wounded, Be My Present is back in gallop work and races have been ear-marked. Royal Alcor who had an identical injury at just about the same time was also ready for action and an entry was to have gone in this week but now has an abcess on a foot. Can’t believe it ! That’s the Gold Cup out for another year. Uncle Brit is back to his normal self after a bad bout of colic and will be checked out at Richard Fahey’s with a heart monitor on the gallops just to make sure as a precaution his heart fibrillation problem is no more. He will now be aimed for the turf if all goes well.
With the greyhounds, Maso and another couple of pups have been trialling and are coming along well. Maso will probably want further but two of the others did excellent times and both look to be Open Class. Still working on setting up a dog / horse group (haven’t forgot) and it is possible a new horse will enter the picture in the next couple of days as part of a package. As I’ve said previous, I just need everything to be right. News as soon as it happens.
Well at least followers of Alan’s Eider bet who took the e.w. odds of 12’s mentioned have their money plus some more back with its 4th place. Called in at Becky’s yard yesterday when Samson Collonges was on the gallops (left). Certainly brings back memories of Boris (The Blade) whom we had a lot of fun with and being a small world, both horses identically white in colour used to run against each other. Boris really was a horse with a mind of his own – loads of ability but too much brain. Pictured right at Redcar beach with Alan choking him as he debated whether to have a trip down Redcar High Street on his own, Boris was a great character to have been involved with. There is something about horses with a mind of their own and we certainly have another with Pistol ! He was very grumpy when we called in yesterday but he was in his box for us to see him. As soon as he was turned out he was off and away to the other end of the field – no doubt happy to be away from the confines of the box. He hates being indoors and is out all day and as soon as the weather gets a bit warmer he will be out 24/7 and trained from the field. He was well after his last race and new plans are to step up in trip for the next run as he does seem to stay on at the end of races.
Well I might as well get it over with, as mentioning Boris, the pics on the BBC news were of another horse from the Thatchmire Stud (as Boris) we had been involved with when we ran the Thatchmire Stud Racing and Breeding Group with Pauline who owns the stud. The horse – HITMAN HARRY (pictured left) – was fatally injured at Newcastle when the track failed to fill in the holes from the hurdles when the bumper was run. The track accepted liability and there is a claim of almost £60,000 going through. Alan’s pics of Freddy were used on the news item (story also in R. Post). Freddy was a lovely big horse who had been bred by Pauline and was the apple of her eye. Fortunately there are other youngsters from our time there that are coming through the ranks now.
Eider day once more at Newcastle and a meeting Alan has always been very keen on. The unlucky trainer this year to carry Alan’s selection is Kim Bailey with horse Knockanrawley 12/1 odds at present, so good luck to anyone following Alan – ‘need it’ springs to mind ! Just want to mention good luck to connections of Alpha Victor having met them at Sedgefield several weeks ago and who said the horse would be aimed for this race.
No, the pictures featured on the BBC news taken by Alan weren’t weather pictures, they were pictures of a racehorse – honestly !
DON’T FORGET BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN NOW FOR ALAN SWINBANK’S STABLE VISIT
NEXT SUNDAY 1ST MARCH
Sorry but strictly no admission on the day without prior booking and deadline to do so next Friday at noon. As I’ve said previous, Alan is a brilliant host at these ‘Do’s’ and he gives a full rundown on all N. Hunt horses in work now and all the flat horses being prepared. Plenty of horses to see and if anyone keen, there is racing at Sedgefield on the afternoon. THE FISH FRYERS RACEDAY no less. Various meal and entry packages available at the track.
Not exactly Plan A yesterday, as Pistol (looking well as normal) went through a gap into the lead at the start of the race and once there he is not a horse who wants to give that position up to anyone ! His jumping was fast and accurate but ultimately doing the donkey work basically set up the race for others. He did once again stay on at one pace and although a lack of fitness possibly cost 4th spot, it continues to look as if further might be a way forward also. Still, the main thing is that Pistol was fine and well this morning and so Becky will look for another race in 3 weeks for him. He will also appreciate better ground than yesterday. He does well at the tracks of Wetherby / Sedgefield and Catterick so these will be looked at.
Hate to mention this but Alan’s photography has got him on BBC news !! Will post details shortly, as soon as Alan has stopped talking about it !
Pistol Basc runs today at Sedgefield and Alan’s assessment last night to owners seems to be spot on with both Mondo and My Friend coming in for continued support (from 10’s) to push Pistol’s price out (presently 13/2). It is a tight affair between usual suspects Pistol, Blackthorn and Zaza and the handicapper has pretty much leveled them up on previous runnings. The neg as far as Pistol is concerned, is that Becky missed work with him during the cold spell and he is a horse that wont travel daily boxed up to gallops at Malton – the local gallops weren’t open. It is a bit of an unknown as to whether the work missed will affect today’s performance. However, Pistol should still go with a decent chance and it is a case of believing that 13/2 at minimum is a value bet ? Of course it is !!
Warriors Tale won again yesterday @9/2 and now just need The Squinty Bridge to do his bit ! We have bypassed the Victor Ludorum tomorrow with Deep Resolve but he is entered at Carlisle on Monday and a decision to be made later on racing. Pistol Basc has been entered at Sedgefield next Thursday. Maso details posted but ownership details will be posted as soon as I have everything in order. Taking time but need it right !
Alan Swinbank stable visit Sun March 1st
Places for this visit can be booked now (free) on 07775 743 885. Alan is a brilliant host at these visits and has many stories to tell. Don’t miss the opportunity. Flat and jumpers all in work so this is an excellent time for the visit. Notebooks and sharpened pencils order of the day !
Quick update, greyhound trainer JIM DALY’s profile has been entered up under the main ”TRAINER” heading and our latest dog MASO will be profiled under ”DOGS” heading tomorrow. As many will know, I am looking at forming a greyhound group but also looking at including a horse as well. It is taking a while to come together regarding the horse, because as soon as the right horse was possible, it became involved in an ownership dispute and so we backed off. However, the dog ”show” is on the road and Maso will be involved as the first dog. Full details on him tomorrow but please do read up on Jim on his own page.
Jim also features in a youtube interview with the Racing Post Greyhound T.V. channel (just google Jim Daly youtube) to view a few minutes which shows the kennels and gives a background profile on Jim.
Also, more news tomorrow on future plans.
If you were looking in yesterday and were met with the ”forbidden website” message – its not the case ! The designers have been making changes to their system which meant Panther website was unavailable and consequently I also couldn’t update. Touchwood, all is now back on line. As it was, Becky had another good win with Royal Macnab and sends I’m Too Generous (an expensive purchase) to Kelso today. Surprisingly, James has no runners at the meeting. Alan is keen on watching Warriors Tale at the meeting as it is a horse he has watched ever since it was 2nd to Fly Home Harry at Ayr. That race also had The Squinty Bridge and Gilnockie involved but it was the latter who wasn’t fancied that day whilst the other three were who has done the best since ! Interesting to see if Warriors having won last time can continue his improvement now.
Regarding our own horses, all continue to await entries or being readied with all horses in full work. Should be a busy time coming up in the not too distant future and DEEP RESOLVE leads the way with an entry in the Victor Ludorum at Haydock on Sat. Also has an entry at Carlisle on the Monday. He was checked over following his disappointing race at Southwell and nothing showed except he is fine is every respect ! Working well so it is another one of those races that have to have a line put through. Interesting, it is the second disappointing run at Southwell from 3 races – but he won his other !
Accounts now completed (great feeling !) and trials with the Westmead Hawk dog will start shortly. Would have been started now but some concerns over the track at Sittingbourne as dogs coming off injured so Jim wont be risking anything just yet. Will get a profile up shortly on Jim under ”Trainers” section. Still working on the new concepts for taking the dogs forward to possibly involve a horse trainer as well.
The weather has badly affected racing plans for the horses and Pistol has missed his race at Sedgefield and Snuker has had to miss possible races at Sedg and Carlisle. However, he still holds an entry at Newcastle on Frid depending upon weather. Bit more news on the dog pictured yesterday is unraced and only a pup but will be trialing shortly and running in about 4 weeks or so.
Sorry but I have been unable to update the site since last Thursday. However, Deep Resolve was to all intents pulled up at Southwell. Joe Fanning thought there may have been a problem and so allowed Doc to come in in his own time. It had overtones of his previous run here before. Nothing showed up then and more testing has shown nothing untoward again. Last time he got in behind but this time he was out in front vying for the lead so kickback can’t be blamed. He ate up and has gone about his business as normal since returning so it is a bit of a mystery. Having had a good spell, some of Alan’s horses haven’t run as well as could have been hoped of late. Pictured at Southwell, Doc looked very well prior to the race and had a nice shine in his coat on a bitter day. At least he is sound and able to race again and returns to full work tomorrow. Whatever, this was not the true running of Doc whom I know is a much much better horse than this. Still, better price next time !
Having been to Southwell, we went across to JIM DALY’S kennels. Jim trains greyhounds near to Wisbech and we took a small share in one a couple of months ago. Kelva Destiny was unraced but has now finished 4th, won , won and been 2nd in 4 runs since. Jim has about 60 dogs presently and the kennels are expansive and very modern and clean. As readers know, I have been looking for an opportunity to expand into greyhounds and we have been given the opportunity to make a start here. Jim has trained up to 150 dogs at any one time and both he and wife Kelly are very dedicated to the greyhounds and also rehome all their dogs. This was a major factor for ourselves. Many dogs go to owners within the yard as there are a lot of syndicate dogs (hence many owners) based there.
This blog could become a book if I don’t stop now but I am working on ways to alter the website to split it between greyhounds and horses as well as having a private members section also. I will be meeting with the web designers shortly to see what is / isn’t possible. Meanwhile a couple of pics – one of a litter of pups bred by Jim in their paddock (I’ve seen as many horses turned out in a paddock this size !) and one of the first dogs which I am hoping to set off a new group with. I have been throwing ideas around and the horse trainers have been interested but it has now come to a point of needing to ”take off”. The dog in picture is by top sire WESTMEAD HAWK (who died last year) who won the English Derby in both 2005 and 2006. He comes from the well renowned Droopys Stud and is very well bred. He is a great dog to start off proceedings.
Deep Resolve runs at Southwell today and having been running well over hurdles – 2 wins and a 3rd from last 3 runs – hopefully he continues the form on the all weather. He has won here previous but also disappointed last time here. He had a hard race two and a half weeks ago at Kelso but seems fine, so fingers crossed he runs well. Odds remain presently at 5’s.
Deep Resolve runs tomorrow at Southwell and more news in morning. Snuker entered Sedgefield next Tues.
All horses as expected and Brit comes back in this week. More entries expected but not a lot in the way of suitable races for Harry.
Interesting down to earth reading from the Racing Post on Friday about Gay and her future hopes. She has always spoken her mind and talks a lot of sense. As she isn’t upping sticks to France full time for another couple of years yet, hopefully Panther’s association with Gay will continue until such time. Royal should be back on track in the not too distant future.
Went to Sedgefield yesterday and whilst not Leopardstown, it was competitive racing with several yard interests. Good to see James have another win with Sa Suffit. Although surprisingly no mention in the papers today, this victory has to be credited to yet another never say die ride by Lucy (Alexander) who pushed and cajoled the horse continuously and got him up with a yard to spare. Another brilliant ride. Previous Panther horse Fly Home Harry (left) looked an absolute picture and has certainly filled out since he left our ownership but fidgety in the preliminaries, he never settled in the race either and was beaten well out. He is a better horse than this.
Our latest pup to be running has now made it 2 wins on the trot from 3 races. He is improving with each race and hopefully the improvement continues. Touchwood he really could make open grade. Still working on setting up a greyhound / horse group and the horse trainers we are with are very keen on the idea. Taking time to get everything right although possible greyhounds could be ready to race in about 6 weeks. All are unraced but very well bred. I will post news as soon as I do have anything concrete.
ALAN SWINBANK STABLE VISIT
SUNDAY MARCH 1ST
The next visit will take place at Alan’s on Sun March 1st and the visit coincides with Sedgefield’s meeting on the same day. The track is about 20 / 25 mins away from the yard and I will look at possibly organising something at the track re lunch / buffet if there are a sufficient number of people interested. If you would be, please get in touch via email/ text or phone – 07775 743 885. The visit is open to everyone (stable visit and /or races) but places will be limited due to H & S factors at the yard. Alan is a brilliant host at these events and if you haven’t been to one, do so this time. The flat horses will all be in plus most of the N. Hunt horses and Alan is very open about their prospects – pens at the ready !
Accounts dominating everything at present, as last week Alan’s attempt to help was to come home with a box of out of date fillet steak / salmon of various descriptions and lots of quail eggs from a wholesaler ! Plus the idea of getting the caravan out of storage and going away for a couple of days. Must admit food was very very cheap and certainly didn’t taste out of date and we are still here. Snow came as soon as we were pitched up on an almost deserted site – can’t understand why ! – but it was different as fox prints in the snow (yes Alan’s a tracker now !) around the van showed the attention fillet steak cooking must have had. I digress yet again. Now back to accounts but with the hope of going to Sedgefield or Pelaw tomorrow.
And a new pup (about to trial now) has entered the equation, making the number of dogs now more than the horses.
Nice run yesterday by Harry who came 3rd and not beaten far. At least he covered the e.w. bets even at s.p. of 6/1 if the 10’s weren’t taken. The biggest problem was his jumping but this was put down to being stuck in the gluey ground. However, all in all it was a pleasing run and the future looks promising considering he was up against experienced chasers yesterday.
All other horses are progressing as expected and touchwood, we have no problems with any of them, although Brit, Royal and BMP are recovering from problems but should be seen on track in the next couple of months. Doc and Snuker have had a bit of an easy after their exertions but plans will be made again once they are freshened up.
Good to see Gay have her first winner this stint at Cagnes-sur-mer and tomorrow’s Racing Post has a write up about Gay.
On the dog scene, I have agreed to take a share in some well bred pups (although classed as pups, they are ready to start trialing before racing and should be on track in about 6 weeks. I’m looking at syndicating them but along the lines of possibly a horse involved also. As soon as everything is set up, I will post details.
Of the shares we have at present, a new pup ran his first race coming 4th after a slow start but 5 days later made amends, when even though breaking slow again, he showed some excellent speed to get to the first bend in the lead and went well clear of the field although tiring towards the finish. He is only a young pup and has a lot of potential. I’m very optimistic he will become an open class dog.
FIRST STABLE VISIT OF THE YEAR COMING UP AND ALL INVITED
DETAILS COMING UP IN NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS
Harry runs in only his second chase today at Ayr. The race looks open but experienced horses are going up in the weights as they win and hopefully Harry is a horse who has more potential on his side. Trip and track suit but its thought he may do better on better ground even though he also seems to handle this surface. At Newcastle, he jumped a bit ‘novicy’ at some but at others, he was brave enough to stand off and come up. Hopefully he can build upon that experience today. He opened at 7’s last night and reached 10’s this morning (can still be got) but Lads have now dropped him to 7’s. Alan is probably more confident today than he should be (Chavoy has done well for Becky and the race really is open). Be aware if following Alan, as he tends to go more for higher prices as I’m sure many readers will now be only too aware ! Still, nice when they come off.
Run down on other horses / dogs tomorrow.
Harry The Lemmon runs at Ayr tomorrow – provided the 8 am inspection gives the meeting the go ahead.
More news tomorrow morning.
TOMS TOYBOX – A TRIBUTE
Lucy Horner phoned yesterday to say that sadly Tommy had died (13 years of age) in his paddocks yesterday morning at his home with the family who took him for pointing and who gave him a retirement home afterwards. He was seen cantering across the field when he collapsed and died immediately. If there is a good way for horse or human to go, this was it. Tommy, pictured above with Lucy – lady amateur champion jockey – on board at Aintree, was a great horse to have been involved with and was our first horse Panther had with Lucy. That day at Aintree was only his second run for us (slipped up on the bend at Perth on his first) and he won going away by 14l – earning Lucy a ban, as with the noise of the crowd she thought there was a horse close behind and kept on asking. He was the proverbial gentle giant as you can see from the picture making the Aintree fences look like hurdles and he rose from 107 rating to 130 with Lucy. However, he was also injury prone and was very lucky on two occasions at the track that he wasn’t put down but twice he came back racing. He was a great horse to go racing with and he also did well when he went pointing but injury was never far away. As mentioned, he was the first horse we had with Lucy and we met that day at Doncaster sales having gone to buy another horse but the price was too high. Tommy at £15,000 proved a very good purchase and we have since gone on and owned several more horses with Lucy over the past few years. Tommy was trained for us by Chris Grant and came from the former yard of Malcolm Jefferson. In total, he raced 35 times, winning 5 and 2nd x 5 and a third earning a career total of over £42,000. He also won in the points. Many thanks for some great days racing.
Harry has bypassed the Musselburgh race but now holds entries at Catterick and Ayr next Wed. Both Snuks and Doc came out of their races well and without problem and more races will be looked for. Both had hard races and deserve a few days off – Lucy as well probably !
Hate this time of year as it usually means I have put off doing the accounts until the last minute and true to form I am in that position once again. Every year I tell myself I will do them monthly so I remember what has gone on but now have to remember what went on 18 months ago ! Paperwork filed all over the place and as soon as this update completed, I am going to start the sorting out of invoices, statements etc. Might have a coffee first !
On the greyhound front, looking at more purchases – this time for dogs to enter a new ownership group within Panther. All horse trainers had expressed an interest in becoming involved in the dogs and I am working on ways to include a horse(s) and dog(s) within a new group. News as it happens !!
Great day yesterday – WINNER & 3RD
and at one point it looked as if another double was on the cards but Deep Resolve (pictured left) just couldn’t give 19 pounds to the winner and a stone to the 2nd yesterday. However, he went down trying his best by leading the field off top weight but was never able to shrug off the attentions of the winner. He remains an improving horse with a touch of class and a genuine dual purpose prospect. Alan (husband !) has always maintained there will be a good handicap on the turf with Doc.
SNUKER loved the conditions yesterday but as was feared, he was outpaced and behind by about 15l before staying on up the home straight strongly to win going away by 13l. Hands up those who thought about tearing up their winning slip ? Owners picking up their winnings owe a big thanks to Lucy who never have up squeezing and pushing Snuks along, even though he started to go back through the field. It was a great never say die ride and a great response (finally !) by Snuks who, although lacking early pace, is a very genuine horse.
It is good to get an early winner in the New Year and touchwood more to follow. Panther’s horses have done very well and it’s a pity Royal and BMP were both sidelined as they are both capable of adding to the winning tally. However, injuries will always happen and both should be back in the not too distant future as both are in work and hopefully will add to the winners.
Snuker runs in a hurdle at Kelso today and is again trying to take advantage of a big difference in chase and hurdle ratings. The negative is that he ran a disappointing similar race last time and was outpaced and the worry is it could happen again. He seems better over extreme distances on heavy ground which tend to be chases and he won well under those conditions at Heham. Still, 7’s at present and fingers crossed. Deep Resolve carries a double penalty today also at Kelso and it is a big ask against horses with form and the unexposed Stanley a horse from France with 2 wins and 2 seconds from 4 races. Deep Resolve has his ground conditions but the track is different to Hexham and he really will have to live up to his name today. He is an improving horse, however, and already a winner of 3 and as well as the N. Hunt he has a future on the flat. Rated 120 hurdles and 69 turf, as well as being a horse for now, he is also a horse very much for the future. Fingers crossed for today. You can join Alan Swinbank’s group within Panther for only £490 all in for 10 months which includes Deep Resolve as a present horse.
Pistol fine after his 3rd at Sedgefield. Beaten 6l it wasn’t a bad run but it was thought a quick return after his Catterick race left him a bit flat. Another race in a couple of weeks will be looked for. He is a tough but an enigmatic character. Run down on other Panther horses :-
DEEP RESOLVE & SNUKER run at Kelso tomorrow – more news in morning.
UNCLE BRIT – Just when ready to run again had colic the other night and now will have a month off to recover.
SLEEP IN FIRST – Will run over Spring and Summer so having short sabbatical. It won’t be a long one as he is due back into work this month. No rest for the wicked !
BE MY PRESENT & ROYAL ALCOR both suffered very similar injuries to joints around the same time but both now back in work and are at a similar level of fitness.
HARRY THE LEMMON – Ready for entries after his promising chase debut – entered Musselburgh hurdle.
Uphold has been taken off the site as he is now about to leave for France as part of the 7 horse consignment Gay is taking there shortly. As Gay said, she can run him in claimers there and win up to £13,000 whilst it costs about £600 here just to run a race. Long term Gay is looking at having horses in France herself and Anne Sophie is looking at getting a licence in Chantille next year. Gay is obviously very much France orientated and understandably so with the large differences in prize money. However, from our own point of view, it is not all about the prize money and more to do with owners being able to go racing and to enjoy that experience – as well as winning races ! The logistics of having horses in France don’t add up for ourselves and owners would have to be very flexible with racing plans and work commitments. Meanwhile, we will continue with Royal Alcor and Gay is overseeing the operation in this country with a yard of 30 horses over here. Busy times for Gay !
Of the greyhounds, one of the pups should be making his race debut soon after nice trials whilst another is still a bit under the weather. The Irish dog is now over here and plans made for next month. Other pups continue to progress but wont run until late Summer.
Latest news in the morning on the day’s runners.
Pistol Basc runs in the 2.00 at Sedgefield today. He has been pretty steady at 9/2 all night and so far today. In these races, he comes up against horses he has met before but the biggest negative for him is the pace of a race and there doesn’t look any natural front runners today. He takes a fierce hold and needs settling in for the first couple of fences and hopefully Brian can get him in behind. It has taken a long time this season to get him fit but he is slowly getting there and we are hoping for an improved run today but as I have just said, there is a big negative to overcome.
Very pleased with Unex’s run yesterday and he will come on a lot and he is a horse with a future.
Two entries for Kelso with Snuker and Deep Resolve.
Blog back to normal again bar some juggling with archive pages !
Been plenty going on for trainers in last few days with Becky having a winner with mud loving Chavoy who had plenty in his favour. I’m Super Too also did the biz when winning at Southwell for Alan. This horse ran last time when in the same race as Uncle Brit and the two Alan’s had a match bet. Both horses disappointed that day (Alan S. the winner on that occasion !) but hopefully Brit makes amends shortly as I’m Super did (in fine style). Gay also in the winners enclosure yesterday – more news on the yard later this week. Whilst we are on the winners, Balotelli’s Girl bounced back as had been thought (last blog update) and won in fine style at 5/2 yesterday having been dropped a grade. Only James hasn’t been on the winners board of late and by previous standards has had a bit of a disappointing end to the year. It could all change today with plenty of runners at Musselburgh. Our interest today is in watching UNEX CANALETTO (haven’t backed as several negatives). He is a horse we have followed keenly but has been injured and makes his comeback today.
Snuker bypasses Sedgefield tomorrow but PISTOL RUNS and news tomorrow morning.
Have deleted old archive pages and the old blog page until cavalry arrives and started this NEW BLOG page for now to keep all updated. Don’t know if it works until I press the button. First attempt failed but now seems to be working so far. Will continue updating in bits just in case.
Pistol fine after his race at Catterick and holds an entry at Sedgefield on 6th Jan. He blew hard after the Catterick race and is better than bare form suggests.
Snuker entered chase Sedgefield also.
Other entries have been in for Deep Resolve. Wolverhampton is bypassed but he holds a further entry at Southwell.
Interesting reading about Southwell’s called off race and the comments in the Racing Post today. Can see different sides but looking from an owners perspective, it certainly isn’t encouraging people into racing or taking up a share in a horse for the all weather when you may have planned a day out on New Years Day especially and be told at the last minute of decs that your horse cannot run as the race has been called off with an insufficient number of runners. Gay caught out by the situation and it must have been made worse with the threat of a £600 fine if she declared the horse in another race having had the foresight to enquire about declaring for another race as well, incase that one was called off. Have a read in the paper.
I am looking at changes to Panther in the New Year which will start to incorporate greyhounds also. The new pup has just trialed again and had an improved time to his previous trial so all is going well and of the other pups, 2 wont be racing until the back end of the Summer as they are too young, another now 2 years old and only lost 2 races in his life will be coming to England from Ireland next month and the other racer has been suffering from kennel sickness and hasn’t been racing. Balotelli’s Girl left our ownership after her last win due to moving from her previous kennels. Anyone following her will have seen her form dip significant and now finished 5th / 5th / 6th / 6th from her next 4 races. I don’t believe it is a loss of ability in the dog herself and would anticipate a revival when settled into new kennels. More wins (at good prices ?) surely await !!! However, we wont be involved but will still follow her and hope Bella and Lisa do well.
Wishing all readers of the Blog all the very best for the New Year.