Blog Archive June – Dec 2013
It was a great result yesterday as everything went according to plan. Pistol got to the track late and didn’t have too much time to start fretting. Tony was able to hold him up just behind the leaders and when he jumped to the front, it looked as if he would win as he pleased as at Sedgefield. However, although Pistol ran to the line, Moonlight Maggie was doing likewise, only quicker than Pistol and it got a bit hairy at the finish with Pistol hanging on to win by a head. It was probably Pistol’s jumping that won him the day, especially the second last which made the difference. The 7’s opening show was higher than Alan expected and even the 11/2 sp was above what he had thought it would be. Hopefully owners and readers of the blog page followed Alan. A win is great at any time but over the festive period it does put the icing on the cake.
Pistol does hold an ntry on New Year’s Day but he is most unlikely to be declared as he is managed by allowing him to come down from his races in the paddocks and to have little to do before bringing him back gradually for a race. This process seems to be working, as it has now produced 2 wins and a 3rd for Becky and Tony – and owners in Panther. As a share in Pistol with Panther cost owners only £425 ALL IN for the N. Hunt season, the share cost will no doubt have been covered. Pistol is a horse who goes on any ground and track and is a great horse to own. Shares are still available in Pistoland he is intended to be a Summer jumper for Becky.
PICS FROM RACECOURSE PHOTOGRAPHER LOUISE POLLARD WILL FOLLOW………..
This is the last chance to be able to take a share in HALKIRK. Unless we get a minimum of the 50% we are looking for, we wont be able to syndicate him in the 12.5 % units we had hoped for. For shares in Dreamisi / Pistol / Halkirk / or membership to Alan Swinbank’s racing group, please call myself on 07775 743 885.
Next runner possibly Sleep In First at Musselburgh New Year’s Day.
Sat 28/12/’13 – 17.00
WHAT A HORSE. WHAT A TRAINER. WHAT A JOCKEY.
WHAT A RESULT !
I will update this page tomorrow with full details and pics. Meanwhile I am awaiting a large meal of humble pie this evening as Alan, (who did back his judgement accordingly to his ‘brimming with confidence’ quote from this morning’s message, will no doubt be gaining his revenge ! It has been a great result for all concerned and hopefully readers of the blog also had a nice bet as well. Also many thanks to The Julie Calderbank family for sponsoring the race and donating such an impressive trophy. Many thanks to all.
It’s over to Pistol today to (touchwood) keep the momentum going when he runs in the 1.25 at Catterick. In reality, Pistol is his own worst enemy as he can lose a race before he starts and Becky and Tony spend a lot of time at home with him keeping him relaxed and happy. He certainly has the ability but he is a hard horse to predict and will again race in the hood. He does seem to have produced his best form at Wetherby and Sedgefield (different types of track) but is considered a horse who will act on any ground or track. It makes Pistol a good horse to be involved, as there are very few uncertainties about racing plans for owners. Pistol does need to step up markedly on previous Catterick form but there is no reason why he shouldn’t and Alan is brimming with confidence – just not too sure if that is a good thing or not ! Overnight odds have been 9/2 but it’s possible they could slide a little with support for others – and the knowledge that Alan intends backing !
Both Dreamisi and Fly Home Harry have come out of their races without problem and whilst Alan S. said the latter is subject of offers, anyone looking for a share in a horse to remain with for his career, Dreamisi is certainly well worth considering. He acted very green in the paddock on Boxing Day, rearing up several times and was loose for a short spell until caught by George Moore (probably wouldn’t have been too pleased if he had beaten his horse !). After bucking at the race start, he settled down well to the task (well looked after and ridden by Dale) and will come on a bundle for the run. He will go down the N. Hunt route of hurdles and fences and has the ability to do well. If you are interested in a share, there are a limited number equivalent to a 1% lease which give an opportunity to be involved in a horse at the fraction of the cost than it normally would be and without the risk. These shares are ideal to get an insight into a training yard and horse without long term commitment. There is also a 10% purchase share available. Please just get in touch if you are interested in either type of share.
If Fly Home Harry is sold then another horse will be taken with Alan S. to replace him in the Alan Swinbank racing group of Panther. This allows the group to have an interest in different horses on the flat as well as in the N. Hunt sphere.
But for now its off to Catterick to shout Pistol home.
It was certainly an eventful day for Sedgefield racetrack yesterday with frost, fog and a major power cut. The conditions caused the race we were involved, with DREAMISI (left) and FLY HOME HARRY (right) to cut up and Halkirk was one of those withdrawn. With the withdrawls, Harry went off favourite and Dreamisi the outsider. Harry ran from the front and ran to the line but in hidsight could have probably made it more of a test. However, he was under a double penalty and went down to a good horse. He has the potential to be a good hurdler as he has a very willing aptitude. Harry is for sale and there are enquiries for him.
Dreamisi ran a blinder for his ownership group The Dreamisi Team and belied his odds of 16/1. James had said pre race that the horse was working well and showing sufficient speed to be competitive in a bumper and owners informed accordingly. And so it proved ! To go down by 2l to dual bumper winner Harry was an excellent race debut and shows a lot of promise. Pictured left are both Dreamisi and Harry returning to the winners enclosure in the black and yellow diamonds of Panther (Dreamisi wearing the colour change hat). Dreamisi has already been schooled over hurdles and both he and Harry look to have excellent prospects in the N. Hunt sphere.
Our next runner will now be Pistol Basc at Catterick tomorrow and Sleep In First is entered at Musselburgh on New Year’s Day in both a hurdle and chase. More news tomorrow.
Almost forgot to mention, no life changing accumulator by Alan yesterday but my ‘daft’ treble actually won, so it covers his losses. Hates me saying that !
Hope everyone had a good day yesterday and that owners of Fly Home Harry and Dreamisi have a good day today ! As said previous, this has the look of a good bumper and from the betting point of view Alan is taking no part. Harry has the form on the ground and track and Dreamisi is a nice future prospect, whilst it would do no harm for us at all if Halkirk ran well, as he is a horse with ability whom we are trying to syndicate and time is running out to get the necessary number of people. Staying firmly on the fence on this one but fingers crossed for a 1,2,3 in any order ! Betting wise, Alan has plumped for a mix of accumulators (will spare you the details for your own economic safety) – not a sensible betting approach no doubt due to sampling a variety of different whiskies, wines and beers in the last couple of days. However, wouldn’t mind a share of the spoils if one comes off ! Good luck to all today and sensible betting info will hopefully resume shortly.
Racing goes ahead at Sedg but they are monitoing the fog which is expected to clear around 11 am
All three run in the bumper at Sedgefield on Boxing Day. Should be an interesting race as other horses in the race look potentially useful as well ! Owners will be kept updated with all latest news on their individual horse phone lines over Christmas. Pistol has also been entered at Catterick next Saturday as expected. Wishing all readers all the very best for Christmas and we will be back on Boxing Day morning with latest info.
Not quite what I expected but it was always possible. We have an interest in 3 horses all entered in the bumper at Sedgefield on Boxing Day ! FLY HOME HARRY, as well as unraced DREAMISI and HALKIRK. There are no definite plans at present but if anyone is still contemplating joining any of the above horses the deadline to become involved at the quoted prices is Monday at noon. Please phone me now if you haven’t already done so if you are interessted in a share. Also, we are receiving mail late due to Christmas, so if you have posted a cheque and haven’t had a call or email from myself, please also get in touch. All owners will be kept updated with all latest racing plans via their own phone line. Pistol is also a possible at Catterick 0n the 28th.
Pistol bypassed the Catterick race yesterday. It was only over the 2 miles and had an open look to it. He is well (as touchwood, are all our horses) and plans are for entries over the Christmas week. FLY HOME HARRY is expected to have entries over the Christmas period also, plus DREAMISI has a planned entry at Sedgefield on Boxing Day. This would be his racecourse debut. Joining a racing group or taking up a share equivalent to a 1% lease in any of our horses offers a real value for money opportunity. Although shares are small denominations, the number of people in any one horse is only small as the shares are very limited. You are part of a small and friendly ownership group and can visit your horse at the yards. Also, you are welcome to all the yards stable visits organised by Panther when all the trainers horses are shown. Taking up a share in a horse with Panther gives anyone new to racehorse ownership peace of mind that they know their exact outlay and I guarantee you will learn a lot from the experience. Racehorse ownership really is a roller-coaster experience but having that winner is a thrill not to be missed. Join us today and you could be in the winners enclosure over Christmas !
HALLKIRK (pictured), whom we are also trying to syndicate, is a bit different in that he is for sale in 12.5% shares. Taking a share equivalent to a lease takes a lot of the risk factors away but purchasing a share means you are taking on all the responsibility. The share is yours ! Hallkirk is a highly bred individual by NAYEF a 4 x GR1 WINNER, out of SIL SILA, herself a GR1 WINNER. He is in training with Alan Swinbank who has had a lot of experience with this type of horse and Hallkirk will go down the route of bumpers then the turf. He is not intended to go down the N. Hunt route. You are welcome to visit the yard to meet Alan and to see Hallkirk in work on the gallops if you are interested in purchasing a share.
Hallkirk would make a great Christmas pressie for someone but at £3,750 plus £200 per month, he is not exactly a stocking filler ! However, if you would like to get involved in racehorse ownership for less cost, our horses (PISTOL BASC with REBECCA MENZIES) presently start at only £425 ALL IN for the full N. Hunt season. Numerically it is only a very small group of people. Pistol has already won and come 3rd from his two runs to date for Panther and you could be there as an owner over Christmas when he runs. Also, Becky welcomes owners to the yard on an open door policy. This is a genuine value for money opportunity to have a share in a horse who acts on any ground and has proven ability with a young and ambitious trainer just starting out and based centrally near York. To own a share in a runner over Christmas, you need to get in touch now. Please just give a call on 07775 743 885.
On the betting front, Alan has been quiet these last few days but with all the racing action building for Christmas and yards aiming certain horses for certain races, it will no doubt crank up a notch – or two !
For those who followed Alan with Champagne Agent, they will have seen the odds reduce ftrom 40’s to 14/1 s.p. but from travelling very well, he dropped out of contention fast with a bleed.
Meanwhile, Sleepy bypasses Doncaster tomorrow but Pistol still a possible at Catterick.
Great to hear Newcastle’s plans for an all weather track and now Catterick with both to retain their jumping track. This region has long needed a facility like this. Alan has always liked all weather racing and has had a good betting record on it. The horses we had with Gay on the surface also ran well for Panther. It would have been nice to have had an interest this Winter but not as many shared our interest !
There has been a change of plan with Dancing Dik and instead of a return to the tracks to resume a chasing career, he is going to remain in the pointing sphere. Although I have enjoyed pointing in the past with several horses, it doesn’t fit into plans at this moment in time and so our involvement in the horse has now ceased. He was a great horse to have been associated with and was one of several with Lucy we had a lot of exciting times with. He should be a top class prospect in the pointing world and I hope he does well for new connections in that sphere.
Today, Alan has had a bit of e.w. interest in Champagne Agent. He doesn’t normally back e.w. but the horse was showing 40’s and it looked an open contest for the 2nd and 3rd spots against the odds on fav. Rebecca has a couple of runners but the ground may be a bit quicker than ideal. Pistol is well and an entry expected for Catterick next week in a 2 mile event. However, there is another race picked out over the Christmas period which is probably more suitable. Harry is well and he also has a planned race over the Christmas period. Sleepy and Dreamisi are well and James is very pleased with Dreamisi who will have entries shortly. Encouraging to see another bumper winner the other day by Kalanisi. All horses and groups have shares available as well as Hallkirk who is also very well. Please just get in touch and you could be in the winners enclosure over Christmas !
Sleepy looked an absolute picture of health at Kelso yesterday – unfortunately, he didn’t run as well as expected ! However, he is well after his race and now holds another entry at Doncaster as well as at Hexham this week. He never handled the ground (rain softened) and also seemed outpaced after clattering one hurdle. In reality, although ‘well in’ on for hurdles as compared to his chase rating, he is probably a better chaser until his hurdle mark drops further.
It was a disappointing day all round for James whose horses in the first and last didn’t run as well as hoped and Bishop’s Heir broke down bad in the Borders National.
Sleepy reverts to hurdles today at Kelso and Dale rides with the claim. Sleepy is 15 pounds ‘in’ on his chase mark (with Dale’s claim on top) but it is for a reason, in that he hasn’t jumped as well in that sphere (saying that, he did come down over fences last time). Hopefully, poor jumping doesn’t lead to him becoming down the field as he was in his last hurdle before flying at the finish. His 11/1 odds at present (12’s available last night) seem reasonable in what is a typical open handicap with claims made by several inc. Alan S.’s Phoenix at big odds. Such a lot will depend upon Sleepy’s jumping of the hurdles. James who is sponsoring a race at Kelso could have a good day with 4 runners in total – but I’ll settle for Sleepy !
Frid 6/12/’13 – Later !
The new horse HALLKIRK is now featured on his own horse page. All you have to do is send in those cheques ! DANCING DIK will also be syndicated now and details will be up early next week. Fitness wise, he is race ready and will be aimed at 3m novice chases as it has been decided to forgo any more points.
Apologies but unfortunately time hasn’t permitted to get the info up on the new horse as yet. However, I will do so as soon as possible. Sleep In First has been declared to run at Kelso on Sunday where James has a private box and is also sponsoring a race.
FLY HOME HARRY again won for the P.A.S. Group and pictured are members on the winners rostrum. It was a good performance by both horse and jockey (Tony McCoy). This was 2 out of 2 for Harry and he looks the type to be a decent N. Hunt prospect. There is no denying his determination and willingness in a finish. If you are not already, you can become a member of the group for only £485 ALL IN until June 1st. The group will have both flat and N.Hunt interest. More details on the P.A.S. GROUP page.
Pistol also looked in excellent condition yesterday and went to post in search of making it another record making day by being part of Becky’s first double following Mr. Utah’s win. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Several factors combined to make it a differently run race to last time and although setting off joint fav. he could only finish 3rd. However, it is believed compensation will follow when he gets his right conditions.
Many thanks to race sponsors SIS Live & Free Bets with Bookmakers.
It was an excellent day out for members of the P.A.S. group and owners in Pistol (you can still join his very small ownership group for only £425 all in until the end of the season. It is excellent value for money in a very small group of people with Pistol a good horse to be involved with Becky operates and open door policy to owners to see their horses and we will also be putting on a visit there at some point when all yard horses will be seen.
Although we don’t have permission to show photographs here taken by the official photographer they can be viewed on the Grossick website. Other photographers from racetracks do allow us to put their pics up and also offer discounts to anyone in Panther. For now, I rely on Alan ?
Although Dancing Dik is entered at Barbury point next weekend, as Lucy said his race is full of high class horses that were rated in the 160’s and it will be easier to win a novice chase at Ascot ! Consequently that race will be swerved.
Sorry, forgot to mention earlier, a horse we were involved in last year MANYSHADESOFBLACK (with the Thatchmire Stud) runs in the bumper at Catterick today. She was always considered to be the horse more suited to a bumper and the other horse Hitman Harry came out last week and came second in a bumper. The Catterick track today should be ideal and it will be interesting to see how she runs. Alan has had a little bit on at 40’s, the price still available with Paddy (noon).
DETAILS OF THE NEW HORSE TOMORROW – time dependant
Tues 3/12/’13 – A bit later !
What a great day ! Not a double but a 3rd and a winner just the job. More news & pics tomorrow.
Two runners today at Sedgefield and both have sound claims. However, as always, some negatives attached and owners have been given detailed analysis of the races. Both are shortish prices and Alan hasn’t backed, as he rarely backs horses at these prices. A double would be nice though !
Pictured on the right is Dik just before going to post at Cottenham point yesterday. He looked a picture and and took best turned out. On the left is a pic taken by the official photographers RICHARD WELLER-POLEY who have kindly allowed us to reproduce it here. Their website is rwpphoto.com and mob no. 07860 756665. If anyone would like copies. the ref no. is M61R1/4848. The whole object of running Dik in a point was to give him a nice re-introduction to racing. The worry was that a big field and inexperienced riders, anything could happen – and it did. However, before the race with only Dik and one other horse in the parade ring, the other horse got loose from its handler, tried to wipe out several owners and then unbelievably crashed into Dik and Trish who was leading him up, knocking her off her feet and suddenly Dik was also loose. Fortunately, Dik barely went anywhere and allowed himself to be caught straight away. 15 went to post for the first point of the season and in true gung-ho style they went to the first as if it was the first fence in the Grand National. Not for the feint hearted but Dik and jockey Freddie Mitchell were mid-div and flew it perfect. However, at the second (which was out of our vision from where we were) I was told he became the meat in the sandwich as a horse on both sides came across him, took his legs and he was brought down having nowhere to go. It wasn’t the confidence boosting experience that had been intended, as he then crashed through the wing of the ditch when running loose, tangled his back legs in his reins (which fortunately snapped a little later) and tried to catch up with the rest of the field. Too far behind by now, he turned around and headed back the wrong way into the oncoming horses. However, at points, a great innovation is that the hunt are on hand and quickly caught him and led him back and any further problems were averted. Apart from some cuts he seemed fine afterwards and was calm as he was washed down. Lucy is to ride him out today and we will see how he is then. It’s possible he could be entered up for another point next weekend. I think it’s pretty fair to say this was not the confidence boosting start we had anticipated for his future career.
Well, I’ve fallen over myself (flagstone), so this makes the three falls now and touchwood we should be safe at Sedgefield tomorrow where Pistol Basc and Fly Home Harry both run. Lucy has been in touch and Dik has had a shoe put on (lost it yesterday also) and he has schooled over 6 regulation fences without problem. Barbury next weekend is a possible depending upon what the race looks like. Some of these points take a lot of winning, with some expensive horses purchased with the sole intention of pointing and some class horses leaving racing to go pointing with high marks in the 140 +. Some of these could well be there next weekend so a decision will be made closer to the time.
Sleep In First has been found two entries next weekend, Saturday at Wetherby and Kelso on the Sunday. With Dreamisi pleasing very much at home, touchwood the weather remains frost free, as all horses are race ready with entries, or almost there.
Just back from Cottenham. Almost 800 mile round trip over weekend and two fallers ! The good thing is both seem ok, although Dik (fell 2nd then went through wing of ditch when running loose) has a couple of cuts. More news / pics tomorrow and news of runners for this coming week.
Sleepy came down too far out to make a true assessment of where he would have finished but the heavily supported horse stopped and the other market leaders also never ran their races so possibly a case of what could have been. Still, main thing is Sleepy continued to run around the course and appeared none the worse.
Briony very pleased with Dreamisi’s progress and how well he is doing at home. He will be entered up shortly. If you are interested in a share in this horse, please get in touch. Great for the yard that Mandarin Sunset got the 8 winners up in a month.
Dancing Dik is still on course to run his first point at Cottenham on Sunday.
Sleepy runs at Musselburgh today. Only 7 runners but still a tight handicap. Up in the weights again for chasing he has to produce a career best, having now won 5 chases. Odds have touched 5’s but now generally 9/2. Although coming back off a break compared to his rivals, he should (touchwood) be competitive in a Class 3 £12,000 guaranteed race.
NEW HORSE FOR SYNDICATION – DETAILS NEXT WEEK
A brilliant result for The Thatchmire Stud, Pauline and Hitman Harry yesterday as he finished a strong staying on 2nd to the fav. who now goes to Newbury (sales) on Frid. His value will reflect on Hitman who is a good looking chasing prospect.
Pistol has been entered at Sedgefield next week as expected and it isn’t too late to be there as an owner with him. Just give a ring on 07775 743 885. Dancing Dik has 2 entries at Cottenham on Sunday and will run in one. It could be a busy few days as Sleep In First could also go to Musselburgh on Friday.
Although Harry bypasses the Sedgefield bumper, I am keen to see how Hitman Harry performs, as he was one of the horses last year from the Thatchmire Stud group. He didn’t make it to the track during our involvement at the stud but he was a very good looking chasing prospect. He was Pauline’s favourite and I hope he runs well for her today – although I’m sure whatever happens, today’s race will be as a stepping stone for a chasing career. The long term future of the stud is very much dependant upon how the first runners perform, as the value of the siblings will depend upon the racetrack performances of their older half brothers / sisters.
Sleep In First holds an entry in the chase at Musselburgh on Friday and Dancing Dik has been schooled again this morning by Lucy and he has been entered for the first Cottenham point on Dec 1st. He has two entries in and the intention is to run. Harry has bypassed the race at Sedgefield tomorrow as Alan prefers to wait until around the Christmas period with him. He doesn’t want to use up the allowed bumper runs with him quick, as the main bumpers come in the Spring.
Harry (pictured left) was the perfect gentleman at the visit yesterday while owners had there pics taken with him and he looked an impressive and solid individual.
With Dreamisi and Pistol, both remain on target for their intended races – Newcastle’s December meeting and Sedgefield’s first December meeting. Pictured below are two horses Alan showed visitors yesterday – a 4 y. old by Nayef (left) who will be going for a bumper after Christmas / New Year. He is out of a 3 times winning Dam SIL SILA who won a Group1 and Listed and was placed in the Musidora and Fred Darling both G3. Next up was a Tiger Hill 2 y. old with another very impressive pedigree, who will race on the turf as a 3 y. old. Both horses are possible future horses in The Alan Swinbank group of Panther and members will be kept informed of their progress. To join The Alan Swinbank Group costs only £485 ALL IN until June 1st 2014. It involves flat and N. Hunt racing and there is already a winner on board from 2 runs of 2 individual horses.
All owners phone lines should be operational by this evening.
Again, Alan put on a very good stable visit today and although on a Sunday the horses aren’t galloped, each horse in the yard was given a full rundown by Alan as regards what was expected of them. Also shown apart from the N. Hunt horses were the yearlings that were already in work plus unraced 2 y. olds for early season 3 y. olds. Predictably, Fly Home Harry was the star of the show as he stood patiently for photographs individually with his owners. Who knows, those pics could well be those with a future championship bumper horse ! Harry is entered at Sedgefield on Tuesday but Alan has other future options / plans and members of The Alan Swinbank group of Panther will be kept informed. Two other horses were also pulled out – a 4 y. old unnamed bumper prospect and an unnamed 2 y. old and pics of these, (once Alan – husband – gets to grips with his photographs), hopefully tomorrow. He took over a hundred so something should transpire. Or should it ?
I will also give a rundown on the horses tomorrow as plenty is going on.
Could owners and members of all Panther horses please note that all the private horse phone lines are out of operation at present due to a technical error by the telecom company. Hopefully this will be resolved tomorrow but in the meantime if anyone has any questions regarding their horses, please just give me a ring.
No change with the horses and a running decision on Harry a bit later. The stable visit goes ahead as planed tomorrow but please remember booking is essential as there is no entry by just turning up on the day due to Health & Safety regs. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the yard and to hear Alan S.’s comments on all the horses in the yard. Good racing today but Alan not backing but waiting for the week ahead. Good to see James has equalled his record number of winners in a month and with several expected runners coming up shortly, it looks as if the record will fall this week.
A rundown on Panther horses is as follows :-
DANCING DIK – Very well and infront of schedule. A meeting has been chosen by Lucy for his first race back. Just need the weather to stay kind.
DREAMISI – Has continued to come to hand and a possible race at Newcastle coming up for his racecourse debut.
SLEEP IN FIRST – Race ready after his Summer break and possible races at Wetherby and Musselburgh. Also other possibles depending upon hurdles or fences.
PISTOL BASC – Very well after his win and set to return to Sedgefield’s first Dec meeting. Up 9 pounds for the win and with Alan estimating a 10 pound rise, I suppose we are a pound in hand !
FLY HOME HARRY – A tough horse who never turned a hair for his win. Entered Sedgefield on Tuesday in another bumper. Interesting to see Hitman Harry (whom Panther was involved in last year with The Thatchmire Stud) also entered in the same race. He was always the apple of Pauline’s eye.
Shares are available in all above horses in one form or another from £425 ALL IN – see individual horse pages. Come racing now as an owner.
Harry The Lemmon and Deep Resolve remain on Winter breaks. I have been asked if we will be going in for a yearling / 2 y. old this time round for the turf and what became of the Lucky Story yearling we offered shares in last year with Gay Kelleway. Well, yes I hope we can offer shares in a yearling / 2 y. old for the turf next season. Regarding last year’s horse, we couldn’t get enough takers for Panther to be able to go in for the Lucky Story filly but she is now called Chanceuse, has run 7 times, won and been placed 2nd and 3rd x2. Well done Gay ! Don’t want to rush into a yearling just yet (unless of course we are advised to), as there are also breeze up sales for the 2 y. olds early in the New Year and Gay bought (very well) Judas Jo at one such sale and she won at the first time of asking for Panther a couple of seasons ago with some very nice bets landed. Patience and the right time to get involved is the name of the game on paper – it’s just very hard to get it right in reality ! However, we haven’t done bad over the years with horses we have offered for syndication but a lot of thanks has to go to the trainers who have helped us to take up in the right horses at the right time.
As with Dancing Dik whom we asked for people to register an interest in without any payment (I will let you know full details of the race he will go for shortly if you did register), we are also asking anyone to register an interest if you would like to be involved in a yearling / 2 y. old for next season’s turf. Again you will not be commited to anything and we are not asking for any payment. It’s just it gives me an idea of the number of people who would be interested and which area they would like a horse trained in. If you are keen on future details without any commitment whatsoever for either Dancing Dik or a yearling, please just get in touch via email or phone 07775 743 885.
DON’T FORGET THOSE BOOKINGS FOR ALAN’S STABLE VISIT !
This is a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of a large dual purpose, self contained Northern Racing Yard – as well as hear Alan’s ‘patter’ as all the yard horses are shown. Don’t miss out !
Tresor De L’isle is none the worse for his fall and a full run down on horses tomorrow.
Pistol well but bypasses quick return to Wetherby just incase it buzzes him up a bit too much. Better with a few days in paddock to relax him. Another race has been chosen. Don’t forget, you can be there as an owner when he next runs for only £425 all in for the N. Hunt season.
James had a blank day yesterday but he is chasing his most wins in a month with 6 already on the score sheet. It looks almost a certainty that the record will be beaten but Alan believes it could be another step closer with TRESOR DE L’ISLE in the 2.40 at Wetherby today. Shorter odds at 7/2 than Alan normally recommends horses at but he came on a bundle for his wind op and likes a flat track and decent ground. 7 pound rise should be attainable.
A decision will be made shortly as to whether Pistol will run at Wetherby on Sat after he has been ridden out today. Meanwhile on the interest front is former Panther horse Ypres running at Southwell. We left the ownership of the horse at the end of the turf season and he was a great horse for Panther. His rating over the Summer rose from 65 to 75 and there were some good performances from him including his win at Ripon and the photo 2nd at Pontefract on his last run for us. Alan still believes there is more to come but also he has always felt 6f may suit better. Ypres is up 15 pounds from his previous C&D win at Southwell. Today’s race looks another open handicap but Ypres should have as good a claim as any other horse. I haven’t spoken to Jason as we are no longer in the horse but I hope the horse runs well for him. Alan, on this occasion, hasn’t backed (4’s showing) as the race looks very open if horses run to what they are capable and there is no room for sentimental betting ! In his view, it is better to miss a winner than back a loser !
Pictured above is Dancing Dik and Lucy. Touchwood, everything continues to come along very well. He is registered with a hunt in the South now and he will run in a point towards the backend of Dec / beginning of January. All being well, intentions are to return to the tracks afterwards and resume his chasing career. You can register your interest in him now without any money as yet. Please just give a ring.
Tues 12/11/’13 – A bit later !
PISTOL MAKES IT A DAY TO REMEMBER !
Rebecca’s 1st winner as a trainer and Panther’s first winner trained by Becky on Pistol’s debut run under
Panther’s colours !
Pistol looked a picture in the paddock today and he certainly knuckled down well to the job in hand. It was a very slick jumping performance and Pistol was given a perfect ride from Tony. In reality, he never really looked in any danger of not recording a win but it was a nervous time watching – just in case something went amiss. Pistol’s ownership group is only small and his owners had plenty to cheer and still have possibly more this week, as he holds an entry at Wetherby on Saturday and could well go there as well. He will have a turnout day tomorrow in the paddocks (with plenty of fuss & attention I’m sure) and a decision will be made then. Owners of Pistol were well treated by the sponsors – Newcastle Flooring – and Sedgefield’s management team and many thanks to all. Plenty of people seemed to have latched on to Pistol’s chances, as he ended up 7/2 co. fav. having been 13/2 last night and 6’s this morning. I know owners have plenty to celebrate !
It’s not too late to own a share in Pistol for Sat. at Wetherby – but you need to get in touch quick – 07775 743 885 ! Price remains for now @£425 ALL IN until the end of the N. Hunt season. Only a couple of shares remain like this to give an insight into ownership first hand but 10% plus shares are available. All ownership benefits regardless of share inc. owners badges, prize money, stable visiting etc.
Pistol makes his racecourse debut for Panther and Rebecca today in the 1.50 at Sedgfield. He is tried in a hood for the first time. Rebecca’s horses have in the main run well and as expected, with a couple going close. It would be great if Pistol makes it a winning start for Panther and Bec and also gets that important first win to the trainer’s name. He touched 13/2 with a couple of firms last night and is generally around 11/2 now but b.p. 6’s with Hills.
Some pics of Dancing Dik have been sent through by Lucy and I will post them later this week.
Don’t forget to book places on Alan Swinbank’s stable visit on the 24th. Instead of a buffet, there is the option of Sunday lunch at a local Inn after the visit. Bookings are, however, essential.
Messages regarding the different phone numbers now deleted from Sat post, as normal phoneline 07775 743 885 back up and running and messages can once again be left.
Pistol goes tomorrow to Sedgefield and also has entry at Wetherby Sat. Alan’s love affair with the November Handicap continued on Sat and hopefully he hasn’t used up all his luck for this week !
GOOD & BAD NEWS !
UEUETEOTL DID INDEED WIN THE 3.30 TODAY AND 11/2 WAS FREELY AVAILABLE. ALAN’S FAITH WELL REWARDED !! HOPEFULLY YOUR FAITH WITH ALAN FOLLOWED SUIT.
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Alan hoping to see UEUETEOTL get his head in front in the 3.30 at Musselburgh today. It is badly on the drift and now 5’s with possibly more to come but Alan holds faith and will take the 5’s if nothing larger comes.
Pistol and Rebecca have their first entry for Panther at Sedgefield on Tuesday. Another possible is Wetherby on the Sat (16th). You can be there as an owner and the cost is only £425 ALL IN until the end of the season. Cost includes ALL OWNERSHIP BENEFITS inc. OWNERS BADGES / PRIZE MONEY / STABLE VISITING (PRIVATE) as well as all training and racing costs, vets, entry fees, jockey, registrations …….everything ! No limit to the times you go racing as an owner. Just get in touch and we’ll see you at the track shortly.
Harry has come out of his race well and he looks the type to go on from this experience. Although we had been cautious regarding Harry on the ground, it was good to here from a couple of his group – Panther’s ALAN SWINBANK RACING GROUP (P.A.S. GROUP) who said they had paid their season’s fee plus next season’s as well ! Their is no price rise to the group and you can join with all ownership benefits for only £485 until June 1st 2014. Just give me a call on 07775 743 885.
Don’t forget we are having the open morning at Alan’s on Sunday 24th Nov and it is open to all inc. family and friends. You don’t need to be a member / owner in Panther to come along on this occasion. The only stipulation is that entry is by booking only due to helath and safety factors. Places are limited as Alan gives a tour of the yard and horses and too many would mean you wouldn’t here what is going on. To book your places now, please phone 07775 743 885.
On a very dismal day at Ayr, Harry lit up proceedings for Panther’s ALAN SWINBANK GROUP members. Pictured leaving a deserted paddock, he accepted everything happening around him without fuss on his racecourse debut. We knew he was fit and well and was working well but nobody could predict what would happen with underfoot conditions. The ground changed to heavy in places before his race and Paddy kept Harry wide to try to get the best of the ground. Everything went to plan (as much as you could predict a race like this) and Harry stuck to his task well. Alan has stressed to us that Harry is a tough horse at home and the way he continued to battle on the home straight proved that point. A lot had been made in write ups of the race as to Harry’s weak pedigree but when we took the horse, Alan also stressed the fact that if the horse wasn’t good enough it wouldn’t be in training at the yard. Point proven !
Harry certainly looks the type of horse to go on with in the N. Hunt sphere, as he beat fair and square two well thought of horses and it wasn’t the case of him needing the heavy, its just that he handled it. Speaking to Alan this morning, Harry is very well after his excertions.
TO JOIN IN THE FUN OF PANTHER’S ALAN SWINBANK GROUP COSTS ONLY £485 ALL IN UNTIL JUNE 1ST
It is a small membership group and we really need someone to pick up mementoes in Scotland ! Memento presented to ourselves yesterday as no member present. If you would like to come along to the yard and see what it is all about, please just give me a ring (07775 743 885) as we are having a visit to the yard on Sun 24th Nov and you are welcome to come along (plus family / friends). The only thing is that entry has to be by booking only as due to H & S factors we cannot allow entry by just turning up on the day. Also places are limited. Alan S. is a great host on these occasions as he shows all the yard horses and his patter as he does so is second to none. I know I’ve said it before but it really is true and you are missing out if you haven’t been to one of these visits.
Of our other horses, all are doing fine and are ready or almost there for their seasonal debuts. With Dik, intentions are still to run in a point around Christmas / early Jan if possible and after a race to ‘throw off rustiness’, he will hopefully return to the fray. Names are being taken now for anyone interested in being involved in the horse on his racecourse return. He was a horse with untold potential before injury and touchwood, he remains one. Although it is obviously a risk as such (which horse isn’t ?) he does offer a very exciting gamble for racing enthusiasts who like to take a bit of a risk. Again if you would like to register your interest and haven’t already done so, please just get in touch – no money asked for !
There is a choice of two races coming up soon for Pistol and if you want to be involved in him (Sedg and Wetherby) for his seasonal debut, please just get in touch. Dreamisi and Sleep in First with James (who notched up his 100th winner yesterday) both still have shares available and will be on track in the not too distant future.
Harry heads for Ayr for his Newcomers bumper race tomorrow. Only 6 runners but the big doubt is the weather. Soft ground at present but the forecast looks pretty bleak and with around 8mm of rain forecast after 9 am tomorrow it is worrying the meeting makes it through to the bumper. With no form to go on in this race and uncertain underfoot conditions, it certainly isn’t a race to be ‘lumping on’. Harry is fit and well and the 14f race is thought better under expected conditions for him than the 2 miler at Sedgefield yesterday for which he was entered. Just hard to predict how he or indeed the rest of the field will cope under expected conditions. Fingers crossed he handles conditions and the race goes ahead.
NEW HORSE – FLY HOME HARRY
Just returned from the gallops having watched Harry do his last piece of work before heading to Ayr for his racecourse debut. He is a horse without complications and happy to please. Everything has happened very quickly for members of his small ownership group – PANTHER’S ”ALAN SWINBANK RACING GROUP” with Deep Resolve being turned away for the Winter and Harry coming in. It isn’t often anyone has the opportunity to become involved in a horse a few days before it races. It isn’t too late to join Alan S. ‘s group, presently @ £485 ALL IN until June 1st – just give me a ring on 07775 743 885 and you can also be there as an owner on Saturday, in the parade ring, in the winners enclosure and drink the champagne after the race ! Well, can’t guarantee the last part but it would be nice ! He worked with Bob’s Lady Tara and Regal Swain today and can be seen pictured coming up the gallop on the inner. Fingers crossed all goes well on Saturday. On the betting front, yesterday’s result was definitely not expected but Son Du Silence just never got into the race having broke slow.
FULL DETAILS OF PANTHER’S ALAN SWINBANK RACING GROUP ON P.A.S. PAGE
First of the horses Alan has been waiting for out today – Son Du Silence 1.20 Catt. Draw and ground ideal. Odds taken at 14’s by Alan last night but now best priced 11/2. Still has to do the job though !
Bookings are being taken now for Alan Swinbank’s stable visit on Nov 24th and 25 % of places have already been taken. Places have to be limited for these type of stable visits so everyone can hear and see what is going on, as Alan’s patter and horses to watch out for as he walks around all the boxes is second to none.
The new horse is called FLY HOME HARRY, an unraced bumper prospect and in training with ALAN SWINBANK. He is our new horse in Panther’s Alan Swinbank Racing Group. Harry holds entries at Sedgefield on Thursday and Ayr on Saturday. Joining the group costs only £485 until June 1st 2014 and you could be in the ring with him shortly and who knows the winners enclosure ! To join the ALAN SWINBANK GROUP, please just give me a call on 07775 743 885.
Everything has happened quickly and I don’t have a photograph as yet but I will be going to the yard on Wed to see Harry work and get a pic – if Alan (husband) manages ! News as it happens as they say !
Our post box address will be stopped shortly, so please dont send any more mail to that address.
A new horse is expected to be joining Panther early next week.
No betting from Alan today – awaiting possible horses this week – ground looking ideal !
ALAN SWINBANK OPEN MORNING
SUNDAY NOV 24TH
THE YARD LIES JUST OFF THE A1M NEAR SCOTCH CORNER (A66 JUNCTION)
Alan will be hosting an open morning with all the yard’s facilities and horses shown. A buffet or meal at a local Inn is being arranged. The vist is FREE with a cover charge for the buffet. You don’t have to be a member of Panther to book for the visit on this occasion and it gives a great insight into a top racing yard and Alan is a very good host with his patter as he shows all the horses with a full rundown on their racing plans and expectations. Places are limited to make it a comfortable number for the visit and buffet and bookings are being taken now. Please just give me a ring on 07775 743 885. There will be no entry by just turning up on the day.
With Green Flag winning and Capital Venture also popping in, money at least has flowed in the right direction on Sat. James almost got another winner on the score sheet when Ueueteotl pictured and forwarded by Briony, (glad I don’t have to pronounce that one), just went down by a neck after making a mistake at the last. It shows the well being of the yard and Rockawango is one of the very few flat horses to run from the yard when it goes to Pontefract today.
Our horses with James are coming to hand well and Deep Resolve with Alan isn’t finished for the season as yet. Races are being looked for. However, if a suitable race and ground cannot be found, then he will be replaced by a new horse with Alan for the N. Hunt season as there is no intention of him going to the all weather. It is also hoped a suitable race can be found for Ypres before the end of the turf but ground is a big issue. No change with Pistol and Dancing Dik.
We are looking at putting on our next stable visit at Alan Swinbank’s and it will take place next month. A date will be set in the next couple of days. Arranging a visit to a yard at this time of year isn’t easy, as trainers tend to have plenty of runners with racing taking place locally most weekends. News here shortly of the date chosen for Alan’s visit.
Excellent racing all round today and runners from all yards we have horses with. James’s has the best chance on paper but chances also for Alan’s, Jason’s and Rebecca’s runners. However, our own personal interest lies in watching Anne’s Valentino in the last at Catterick. Having owned her via The Magic Circle for her first two races before meeting up with problems documented here a couple of months ago (still get on well with the owners within the Magic Circle Peter, Anne and daughter Sandra) she has been green and weak in previous races. Today, the soft ground and step up in trip are big pluses for her but they need to be to be competitive. Fingers crossed she runs well for the owners.
Alan’s betting is only to small stakes today with Rapidolyte De Ladalka and Green Flag at Kelso. Also watching Capital Venture, a horse he took a shine to before it ran when at James’s yard previous.
Went to Redcar yesterday and caught up with Emily, Gay Kelleway’s secretary who brought former horse of Panther’s Conducting to the track. Although he didn’t show his true form yesterday, he has been running well, as have Gay’s horses in general. Emily is a chip off her boss’s block and had an array of horses pics / pedigrees on her phone and prices in her head ! Gay was meanwhile busy at the sales getting more horses for Emily’s phone ! Gay is very smart at the sales and looks to have been purchasing some nice yearlings for clients as well as for herself.
Don’t forget, the ‘TASTER SHARES ‘ in PISTOL BASC are being advertised now and they are very limited in number and sold on a first come basis, although 10% shares are available. Taster shares in all our horses are sold for a set fee for a set period and can be renewed if a person wishes at the end of the time period. Taster shares are also still available in Dreamisi and Sleep In First with James. More details on individual horse pages.
Deep Resolve bypasses this weeks races. Wetherby takes place today but Alan has no strong conviction on any horse.
New pic of DREAMISI sent by Briony today. He is working on the sand gallop at James’s and coming to hand very well. Intentions with him remain the same for the bumper route and then nov. hurdles. He did school before he was turned away for his Summer grass and was without problem.
SLEEP IN FIRST, another of our horses with James is also coming to hand very quick now. He isn’t the sort to take a lot of getting ready and races wont be too long off. It is more than likely at some point, to try to take advantage of a 15 pound lower mark over hurdles than fences and probably for his first race. However, he is a class chaser which timeform have marked as an improver and we do believe they are correct !
We do have a very limited number of lease ”TASTER OWNERSHIP SHARES” in both these horses with James and they give a great insight into racehorse ownership and the yard. James welcomes owners to the yard when they want to visit their horse and the shares are renewable for the next season if a person wishes. The cost of a taster share is £485 for Dreamisi and £725 for Sleep In First. However, both horses do have shares available to purchase in 5% units with monthly billing. Please just get in touch regarding any share.
Also, don’t forget we have Panther’s Alan Swinbank group open to membership and Taster Shares with Pistol Basc and Rebecca. Pistol also has 10 % shares available to lease or purchase. Again for membership to Alan’s group or for a share in Pistol, please just get in touch. If you have any questions at all regarding any of the horses please just give a ring on 07775 743 885.
The other Panther horses are either coming to hand or awaiting a race.
We are also looking at dates for which to have stable visits at the yards and also the possibility of a ”Bit of a Christmas Do” at one of them . The two problems are choosing a date, as racing is in full swing and runners possible. The second being the weather is unpredictable when setting a date. However, watch this space !
These last few days with the Northerly and North Easterly gales bringing the first storms of the year to Redcar (very few horses down the beach this week – not much beach !) it was if the N. Hunt season was underway now. Indeed it is with Carlisle yesterday, Hexham today and the much waited for Wetherby next week. However, the yards are only having sporadic runners so far but it will all change shortly with James’s horses coming to hand well and a big show expected at Kelso.
However, all is not over with the turf as yet for Panther and Deep Resolve has 3 entries this week. Unfortunately, he is presently ballotted at Newcastle and the race is only 2nd preference to divide. However, other entries are in at both Haydock and Redcar next Friday. There haven’t been too many ideal options for Ypres but entries will be made as and when races crop up. A big factor is that he needs fast ground.
Ypres has missed the cut at York and new entries will be made shortly. Meanwhile, Deep Resolve has been entered at Newcastle next week. Both will run until the end of the turf season but Ypres will then leave Panther’s ownership. This is the time of the year when excitement is building for the jumps season, as we have always thought the first Wetherby meeting is the start of the jumps ‘proper’. All the dreams are usually mostly intact at this point and touchwood, they are again this season. Only Harry The Lemmon is on the sidelines but Dik is making great progress and Pistol Basc is a good addition to Panther. He is an experienced chaser and should give new owners a great opportunity to go racing in the very near future. He is race fit and ready to go now, as soon as Rebecca (Bec) picks his race. He goes on most ground and tracks. You could be there as an owner in Pistol on his racecourse debut for Bec by taking a share in him @ only £425 for the 2013 / ’14 N. Hunt season. It is an all in price and includes all ownership benefits of badges, prize money etc. not forgetting the champers when watching a replay of his win at the racetrack ! Well, I did say all dreams are intact at this time of year ! Pistol will sport some new headgear this season and he has taken to his hood well on the gallops (pictured). To take a share in Pistol, please just give me a ring on 07775 743 885 and you could be in the winners enclosure very soon. Pistol’s own horse page and Rebecca’s own trainers page are now complete and the next site job will be to update the gallery of James’s owners day visit. 24 hours a day just never seems long enough !
Everything has happened quite quickly. Rebecca moved into her yard (leased from Peter Beaumont of Jodami fame) in August, received her trainer’s licence last month, saddled her first runner Balding Banker on Thursday (2nd btn 3/4L) and welcomed Panther into her yard on Monday. Well, Becky’s luck had to run out somewhere !
A full history of Rebecca and Pistol will be on their own pages shortly but a quick run down is that Becky was formerly assistant trainer to Ferdy Murphy and when he relocated to France, it was a case of finding employment elsewhere (James who knows Becky from his days at Ferdy’s offered her a position at his yard) but she took the big step of going it alone. It is a major decision to have made and her yard with all facilities (inc. gallops which got Jodami to win the Gold Cup) in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside, is also smack bang in the area dominated by the massive training establishments of the Easterby’s, Richard Fahey and David O’Meara, as well as being about 30 mins from the big yards at Malton. Quite a challenge for a 24 year old ! However, having met her on Monday for the first time she has the determination to succeed and is definitely pro partnerships. Indeed, she set up her own whilst with Ferdy and has retained them now. Pistol was a horse trained by Ferdy and purchased from him when he went to France. He will be syndicated in 10% units (lease or purchase) and Rebecca will deal directly with owners. However, Panther have been allowed to sell several ”taster shares ” and details of these are on the horse’s own page. These shares offer people the chance to become involved in the yard to see what ownership is all about and to meet with Rebecca at the races and yard. The yard operates an ‘open house’ approach.
For a very small outlay (relatively), it is an opportunity to become involved in an experienced winning chaser (who is ready to run once a suitable race is chosen), with a very determined and friendly trainer just starting out.
This is an ideal opportunity be part of it all from the very start.
Rebecca’s website will give more info on the yard – www.rebeccamenzies.com
Other news is that Deep Resolve bypasses the Ayr race and it is fingers crossed Ypres gets the run at York. Other changes are to be made within Panther, as Ypres has now been sold (although Panther remain an owner until the end of the turf season) and so we will look to replace him. Also, Deep Resolve, in accordance with the aims of Panther’s Alan Swinbank group, will leave the group at the end of the turf and a N. Hunt horse from the yard will replace him until the flat starts again. The aim is to have a horse in training all year and to cover both flat and N. Hunt. Details on that group are on its own page. Dreamisi and Sleep In First are both coming along fine and these two offer an owner a horse to remain involved in throughout its career. Share details on their own pages and both are in training with James.
NEW HORSE, NEW TRAINER, NEW AREA !!
Ideal opportunity to become involved in a 10% purchase share or one of a limited number of ”taster shares”.
DETAILS COMING VERY SOON
Fair bit happening on the new horse front and will keep this page updated as things become more concrete. Still working on the new gallery for last week’s visit at James’s yard.
Been asked if we know of anyone who would want a companion horse. If you would be interested, please give me a ring. Good home essential.
Alan runs two at Redcar today. The going is still too fast for Deep Resolve who wasn’t declared but Smart Alec takes his chance in the maiden. Deep Resolve is considered a better horse at home than Smart Alec (not on track form however !) and the step up in trip will also help. Bitusa not well in on official ratings in the stakes race at 4.oo. Both horses at double figure odds and have ew squeaks but better betting opportunities will be coming up.
Apologies, no report today on James’s owners day, still trying to work out which horses are which from Alan’s photographs. Several pics of each horse taken – unfortunately the numbers don’t tally with individual horses. I’m sure Alan’s masterplan will unfold eventually, meanwhile it looks as if it will take longer than I anticipated ! However, alongside is one pic which didn’t need to be numbered.
Dancing Dik is now in steady canter work and he is really enjoying himself. Although Lucy cannot regain her jockey licence as yet due to having had an eye operation, she does ride out and is doing the preliminary training on the horse. Plans are being formulated for his future racing career. He will be syndicated in only a few shares and names are being taken now of anyone interested in a share.
James and all his staff put on a very enjoyable owners day yesterday with a parade of all the horses in training and James gave a full rundown on their prospects for the season. There seems to be several well thought of horses. Our two in training with James (Harry The Lemmon is out at grass) were paraded and Sleep In First looked in fine form with a real glisten in his coat. Dreamisi has filled out considerably over the Summer and is a very nice bumper prospect. However, James also mentioned after his bumpers he could go down the flat route as opposed to hurdles, depending upon how things pan out. I shall give a more in depth report tomorrow with pics.
Deep Resolve, having done not a tap at Pontefract is entered again at Redcar on Saturday.
Two runners at Pontefract, one gets beat in a photo and the other comes last. Guess what, the one we fancied the most came last ! Ypes had the form to do well here but the big negative was that he hadn’t worked since the last race and had only been lunged. He is a horse who really needs time in between races and Jason was very concerned the horse wouldn’t produce his form. Owners had been told the negatives but the price on the night previous was in double figures and as such Ypres was recommended to owners as a bet. Kevin Stott rode and he is well worth his 7 pound claim and had the race won everywhere except the line. In fact we believed he had won from our position, as we were concentrating on the far side and totally missed the winner coming fast and wide. Probably the biggest shout I have given to a horse who hasn’t won ! Next up was Deep Resolve (now known as Doc – as in DR.) Hopefully he does as well as another previous horse with ourselves known as Doc – Going Public – as in GP. A top class horse whose potential to have gone further went when he was fatally injured. Deep Resolve looked the part in the ring and he is a big imposing sort who had been working very well at home. A good run was expected. Unfortunately, the run left everyone connected scratching their heads, as he just never got going. He was fine afterwards and shows no sign of fretting about the race. All we can do is put the run down to experience and another race will be looked for.
Meanwhile, next up is a visit to James’s yard for his annual owners day. The ‘do’s are very well put together by James and Briony and the whole yard team. Our two horses with James in training – DREAMISI & SLEEP IN FIRST – will be on parade along with all the yard horses. Unfortunately with Harry The Lemmon on the easy list and out at grass he will be missing this time. Proceedings get underway at 11.30 with the parade.
With the turf now getting towards closing, attention is building up for the N. Hunt. Also, we are looking at more changes within the horses we have. Will give a report on James’s stable visit next week and by then we may also have some news on bloodstock changes.
Two runners today at Pontefract. Deep Resolve with Alan makes his racecourse debut and Ypres with Jason makes a quick return to the track. Both have positives and negatives regarding their chances – hopefully both overcome them as both are in double figures !
It has been a good week for Alan’s yard and his horses seem in good form. Hopefully it continues this week with Deep Resolve at Pontefract. Ypres also holds an entry at Pontefract and although a quick return to the tracks, he may get his favoured ground. However, not so sure the ground for Ypres will be the ground for Deep Resolve. Will see what trainers decide. Meanwhile, all other horses continue to progress as expected and without problem and Lucy was upbeat again last night about how Dik is doing. The three horses we presently have for the coming N. Hunt season all have plenty of promise to do well for us. Dik and Sleep In First are proven horses with lots of ability and Dreamisi is due to start off his N.Hunt career in a bumper. If you would like to be involved over the Winter in a horse – no long term commitment – a very few ‘taster’ shares are available in Dreamisi and Sleep In First and we are taking names now of anyone interested in becoming involved with Dancing Dik. Several people have been in touch and although he will be returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, he is still only 8 and has loads of potential. He wont be expensive and offers you the chance to get involved for this Winter. To register your name for Dancing Dik (no money now) or for any questions on Sleepy or Dreamisi, please just get in touch on 07775 743 885.
Deep Resolve bypasses Hamilton and more entries now instead. Yesterday saw Eutropius backed in but he never overcame his wide draw. Last by about 12 lengths, 5 down at the furlong marker he made ground to finish a staying on 4th btn just over a length. Warned you aboutAlan’s betting habits !
Stu looked in rude health yesterday but unfortunately, the ground had cut up by his race and it was on the softer side of good. Tom’s comments on dismounting were ” Hated the ground, absolutely hated it. His legs were all over ”. At least we now know for definite (although always been thought by most) and if the ground doesn’t firm up, the all weather tracks will be looked at. He has won on the all weather previous. He does hold an entry at Wolverhampton on Sat but the race will come too soon. He was flat out in his box this morning and the race had took a bit out of him. He is a much better horse on fast ground and really needs a couple of weeks between races.
For those who have followed the blog for a while, will know Alan (husband) tends to back horses at the larger prices. Occasionally, I offer his wisdom to all readers (at their peril !). Overall they have shown a profit, as one winner covers quite a few losers but as a warning – most do lose ! Backing like this is not for the faint hearted ! Anyhow, today’s bit of wisdom is EUTROPIUS in the 3.40 at Ayr with odds at 10’s presently with several firms. Good luck to all and the horse.
Stu runs today at Beverley and has an excellent chance. Only doubt would be the ground as he has always been considered better on faster ground. Genuine good shouldn’t be a problem. Price 11/4 at present (touched 3’s last night) and no significant support for anything in race at this time.
Ypres declared to run Beverley Wed. with an entry at Wolverhampton on Sat as back up. Deep Resolve has his first entry at Hamilton on Sunday. It is not too late to be involved in the yard in this very nice horse – an expensive purchase as a yearling by Alan Swinbank from the prestigious Orby sales. Just get in touch now on 07775 743 885.
Touchwood, all going according to plan with all horses. The ground is now here for Deep Resolve and entries expected shortly when track, race and ground right but the ground keeps going wrong for Ypres. Jason believes the horse really needs good or faster to be seen at his best. Will have to see what the damage is at Beverley, as Stu holds the entry there on Wed. Decision time tomorrow ! The owners party at James’s now re-scheduled for a fortnight today and owners in Panther with a horse in the yard have their places booked again. Hopefully the weather will be kinder than today’s gales. If you couldn’t come last time but can this, just get in touch as it is an excellent ‘do’ that James, Briony and the whole team put on. With 40 + horses in training, it is an exciting season to look forward to. Don’t forget, shares are available from only £485 for the entire season to be involved in the yard via Panther. Just get in touch. The owners day is well worth a chunk of that on its own !
Dancing Dik’s page is now up to date and we are asking for anyone who may be interested in taking a share in him to get in touch. Taking names now and no money at present. It will only be a numerically small ownership group. If you are interested, please just get in touch with myself on 07775 743 885. Lucy continues to be very pleased with the progress being made by the horse, having been given all the time he has needed.
Tomorrow’s Chester race for Ypres was bypassed and it is hard to get the combination of right race and ground to come together. He now holds an entry at Beverley on Wed. All horses are doing well otherwise. Just we are in a bit of a lull at present while awaiting the jumpers to get started. Compared to previous years, we are down in numbers at present with one thing and another. Injuries will always be a problem for anyone involved in ownership and whilst we have lost Harry The Lemmon a horse with a lot of potential for this season, we -touchwood – welcome back Dancing Dik a horse who also had a great deal of potential. Also, we are always keen on shares in new horses if everything fits the bill.
James Ewart’s owners day party on Sunday has been postponed to Sunday 29th due to the weather forecast of heavy rain and gales. Rain can be got around but marquees and gales represent a safety hazard. The marquee is presently being taken down. It is a shame for the yard and all who have worked hard to organise the day but hopefully the resceduled party will see better weather than that forecast for Sunday. Our horses with James are coming along fine and will be paraded on the day. SLEEP IN FIRST is a horse with proven class and there are still x 2 ownership ‘taster shares’ available in him – see horse page for details. Alsothere are 10% purchase shares available P.O.A. If you would like to become involved in an unraced bumper / nov. hurdle prospect for this season, there are shares available in DREAMISI by Kalanisi, the sire of Katchit. There are a very limited number of ownership ‘taster shares’ plus purchase shares from 5% P.O.A. Please just get in touch on 07775 743 885 if you are interested. More details on the individual horse page.
Jason decided not to run Ypres due to the ground and more races will be looked for. Other horses all as expected and in one piece.
Well the rain has come today with a vengeance. Not good news for Ypres who runs in the 2.00 at Thirsk tomorrow. It has long been thought he is a horse who would prefer top of the ground and coming off a fast pace. However, Alan – thinking on the positive side ? / after a drink or two ? – thinks a slower pace may also help, as the front horses might not get him off his feet at the start and in the last furlong it may also help to catch the leaders up. So there you have it, clear as the mud is likely to be at Thirsk ! The owners dedicated phone line will be kept updated regular with all latest news and developments as they happen.
Ypres is back to himself – tends to need a couple of weeks inbetween races – and is entered at Thirsk on Saturday. No change with Deep Resolve well but awaiting rain before Alan will make entries. The N. Hunt horses continue to progress without problem. Makes a change to have a lull in proceedings ! Alan not even backing of late – himself awaiting certain horses to come out when the rain comes. Latest count at James’s is for 43 horses in training this season and it should be a very good owners day coming up when James parades all his horses. Don’t forget, you can join the yard from only £485 for a lease share in a horse with Panther which is an all inclusive cost for the full N. Hunt season. Join now and come along to the owners day – you wont be disappointed. Shares like these are very limited. However, purchase shares are available from 5% and upwards depending upon horse. Please just get in touch for details.
Well, we are no longer involved in The Magic Circle Ownership of Anne’s Valentino, nor are we involved in Malcolm Jefferson’s yard. It was not a choice I made but one that was placed upon me – not by Peter or Sandra from The Magic Circle whom we have left on good terms. The reason given just does not hold water but the consequences are that we are out of a horse after only two races and it has been a very costly exercise – even to the timing of the phone call last Friday, 36 hours prior to being at the yard to help promote The Magic Circle on the Malton Open Day. Two days previous we had just spent another £250 + on marketing materials – brochures etc. Apart from the expense, owners involved within Annie via Panther who had planned and looked forward to visiting the yard last Sunday, decided to cancel their visit. Also, we are now reimbursing the owners who joined Annie via Panther. But its not just the financial side. Owners join a horse to enjoy the experience and whilst Annie hasn’t, as yet, set the World alight on the track, no owners were disappointed and were looking towards the future. Annie is only 3, from a very good N. Hunt family and has taken on some very good maiden colts and fillies from some of the top racing yards and owners on the flat. Potentially, she could also be a juvenile hurdler. Hardly suprising she hasn’t made the headlines as yet.
I really do wish Peter, Sandra and the new friends we made in The Magic Circle all the very best (not forgetting Annie !) and I have no problems with anyone of them. It is just a big disappointment what happened for owners within Panther and myself through no good reason – at least not the one given to myself.
On the horse front, all goes well with Deep Resolve having worked well again. Ypres just needed a bit more time after his race rather than go to Catterick this week. A pity, as it looked a nice race but he is a horse who runs best with 2 to 3 weeks between races. The jumpers continue as expected and more news on Annie soon. More good news was the large newspaper group who had been making demands for advertising payments from Panther for advertisements on their internet sites finally apologised to ourselves for the advertisements being in the wrong sections or not appearing at all. In fact a large competitor’s advert was actually in the place we were supposed to be and we were being charged for it ! Total shambles but at least now resolved.
Well, we are about to celebrate our wedding anniversary (36 years of Alan needs to be celebrated) by going into the garden to smoke trout we caught a couple of days ago and have a bottle of Taittinger. The champers was actually a prize for a competition we were going to run at Malton’s Open Day but as you will have gathered from yesterday’s message we haven’t gone. Still, as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. Cheers !!
Although it had been intended to have been at Malcolm Jefferson’s yard tomorrow on the Malton Open Day to help promote The Magic Circle partnership set up by Sandra and her father Peter, all plans changed from a phone call received at 8p.m. yesterday evening from Malcolm. I wont now be able to meet owners coming to see Anne’s Valentino. More news when dust settles !
Alan runs horses today but the one Alan (husband) is watching is Entihaa at Hamilton. He is a very nice horse in a £26,000 race. When he ran here previous the ground was different but on past form this stiff track at the finish should be ideal. There are plenty of negatives to overcome plus he is on the drift and now 18/1. Alan (husband) tends to follow the larger priced horses as followers of the blog will by now know. Many go down but it only needs a couple to show good profits.
HE’S BACK !! – DANCING DIK
Dik was one of our most promising horses ever. I will be putting his own horse page up soon and you will see he was a horse with true potential to have made the grade as a top class distance chaser, before injury over 18 months ago brought our dreams to a halt. Lucy (Horner) who rode and won on Dik and owned him in partnership with Panther, had a lot of faith in the horse. Many would have wrote off Dik’s chances of making a comeback after surgery complications threatened his career but Lucy has nursed him steadily back at her own place. He may look a ‘bit pregnant’ at the moment but he still has the stamp of a powerful horse. Lucy has always said she wouldn’t let his muscle shape be lost whilst on turn out and his time in the field with his best friend an orphaned calf has seen him return now a horse with a vast amount of potential. Yes there is a long way to go and I’m sure a lot of touching wood by Alan but it is a very exciting position to be in, with dreams starting to take shape again. Dik is presently doing one and a half hours of roadwork a day and he will certainly not be rushed. Plans are being looked into for the future and he is only 8 years of age. Just need the rub of the green and the headlines in the newspaper columns that only a horse called ‘Dancing Dik’ could conjure up will start to be made again ! With only one owner remaining with Dik since his injury, new owners will be sought.
All of our trainers have shares or other horses that can be purchased or leased and a new headline page is being worked on to be added to the Panther site. It is being done in spare time – of which there is very little at present !
Deep Resolve who worked nicely on the gallops at Alan’s stable visit last Saturday is still just awaiting consistent good ground before Alan will run him so there is still time to become involved before he runs. Likewise the bumper horse who worked so impressively should also be seen when the ground isn’t as lively.
Again ran a sound race to come 3rd (pictured coming back to the third spot) beaten less than a length. This is now his 9th time in the first three from the last 10 outings. A very good achievement by horse and trainer. Unfortunately he has also been put up 5 pounds for last week’s race so it is getting harder. Yesterday he looked as if he had come to win his race when challenging down the middle (worst ground) when he started to wander. A lot of possible reasons put forward as to why he didn’t win yesterday but at the end of the day he didn’t cross the line first ! All owners have been sent out their race report with all reasons explained. He is well this morning and another race has been earmarked.
Lucy been in touch and sent a pic of Dancing Dik and I will get the latest news on him and the pic posted in the next couple of days. He really does look well, having had so much time out in the fields. Again, it is all credit to Lucy who has stuck by the horse knowing what his potential was. Dik is still only 8 and has (touchwood) potentially a top class future as a chaser to come.
Anyone checking in yesterday will have seen on the home page our explanation for no news, as the website refused to allow us to update the blog page. The cavalry arrived this morning and the show is back on the road. Alongside are a couple of pics of Deep Resolve taken on the stable visit at Alan’s. As Alan explained, he will not run the horse until the ground is consistently good – not where it is given as good but dries out during racing. This horse wont be risked. Given the latest forecast, it looks as if it will be another week or so with temperatures set to hit the heights once again. There are still shares remaining in Deep Resolve’s group and the cost is £485 ALL IN until June 1st 2014 – guaranteed nothing more to pay. Please just get in touch if you are interested. Alan also told all at the visit the best horse in the yard – expected out shortly – and all present have gone away with the image of the unraced and unnamed bumper horse who came up in the last lot and was running away with the lad who had a job stopping him in a very fast workout. It is a very good looker and just waiting for the ground – and an owner who wants a winner first time up !
Meanwhile back to today, Ypres runs in the last at Thirsk. There are positives and negatives to today’s race. Poor draw, ground softer than ideal and a quick return to the track. The press point out that Stu hasn’t done very well when tried further than 5f but that was last year and he has strengthened up a lot since then. We believe 6f is what is required. He was 4’s last night and this morning but most firms are now going 5/2 and it doesn’t look as attractive at those odds given the negatives. However, he has to go with every chance again today.
Some changes are to be made on the site soon and the old ‘NEWS’ page will be replaced by a page with horses for sale from the yards we are involved in. More later.
Annie ran as expected yesterday. It was an improved run from Wolverhampton but she is still very green. However, she is learning all the time and another race will be found in about 3 weeks. She looked very well in herself as you can see from the pic. She is only three with growing and filling out to do and the main thing is to see her improve with each race. So far so good.
Todays visit to Alan Swinbank’s yard went ahead as planned and after refreshments Alan took us on a conducted tour of the horses with a rundown on everyone. Alan has a lot of very good horses and as he explained he will only run them when the ground is suitable. There are a lot waiting to run including our own Deep Resolve. Alan’s horse at Newcastle yesterday who came 3rd ran a very nice race and it was very encouraging as Deep Resolve and Ralphy Lad work together – and yes you are right ! Being on a stable tour with Alan as host is always very interesting as he has an untold bundle of stories. He told today of rags to riches horses and the anecdotes are endless. They would take all day to write them down here so all I can say is if you weren’t on the visit, don’t miss our next open visit.
Annie runs in the 4.20 at Newcastle today and the overnight rain wont be a problem. Just hope she has learnt from her racecourse debut when she was totally green at Wolverhampton and tailed off. This extra trip and track should help. However, up against this type of opposition today, she certainly isn’t a recommended bet !
Look forward to meeting all coming to Alan’s stable visit tomorrow. Still time to make a booking by giving me a ring on 07775 743 885. Please remember there will be no entry by turning up unannounced on the day (health and safety factors) .
Stu ran an excellent race yesterday going down in a photo finish to a very nice horse. Alan’s fears did materialise as Stu was slower away than Bondi and his neighbour and found himself with nowhere to go and a length and a half down in the closing stages. He had to be brought around two horses including the winner when a nice gap did open but he just couldn’t get past Bondi who is a very tenacious horse who loves this track. This was an excellent run and we now wait to see what the handicapper does. Hopefully not a lot, as 6f races have been hard to find and a rise of more than 2 pounds puts Stu into the seventies and so out of the 0-70 6f races.
Eyes are back on Annie tomorrow at Newcastle. Not sure if sufficient rain will come as she will want a decent cut but intentions are to run at present. Whatever she does on the flat she is from a very good N. Hunt family and she will probably go juvenile hurdling this term. However, she has shown much better form at home than her last race suggested so all is not lost for the turf – just yet ! More news tomorrow.
LAST CHANCE TO BOOK PLACES ON THE GALLOP WATCH / STABLE VISIT AT ALAN SWINBANK’S
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Stu runs in the 3.45 at Beverley today. Having missed his last two (ideal) engagements with a shoe being torn off, he now finds himself in a very open race. Being off track for 2 months, the stiff 5f is probably right as opposed to the 6f we wanted. Ground should be fine and the draw couldn’t be better. Alan’s only worry is he misses the break slightly and finds himself behind a wall of horses. If he doesn’t, he should get a good tow from his next door neighbour – in an ideal world ! Odds of 9/1 at present look fine (excellent if he wins !) and he goes with every chance.
All well with all the horses and Stu expected to run at Beverley and Annie at Newcastle on Friday. Need no rain for the former and rain for the latter so forecast this week needs to be dry until Wed 4.00 and then heavens can open !
Don’t forget to book your places on Alan’s gallop morning – just give me a ring. This really is an ideal opportunity to see behind the scenes at a top self contained yard.
No, Alan (husband) still hasn’t had a bet !
GALLOP MORNING PLUS STABLE TOUR – ALAN SWINBANK’S YARD – SAT 17TH AUGUST
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When speaking to Alan last night, this date was available to put on a gallop morning and a full yard tour of facilities and all the yard horses. It isn’t easy to combine visits with all the racing that goes on mid season but racing a week tomorrow is locally on at Ripon not far from the yard. Alan gives some of his horses that are track ready a fast workout on a Saturday morning and our own Deep Resolve will be seen in action along with some other horses. He is just awaiting consistent decent ground on the racetrack for a run. Following the gallop watching, Alan will show all the horses in training. The yard is very impressive and Alan is a racing character with plenty of stories he tells on the way around the yard. This is an opportunity not to be missed ! For obvious reasons, places have to be limited so please book as soon as possible. Further details regarding times / directions or to make bookings, please phone Anne on 07775 743 885. For those making a full day of it, Ripon races also take place. These are a little over 30 mins away South down the A1M to the A61.
Regarding racing this last week, Anne’s Valentino was disappointing although we hadn’t expected too much to start with as she was very green. The ”Valentino’s” had a full turn out on the day to see Annie make her racecourse debut and the horse looked very well but her next appearance is now expected to be on the turf when there is a bit of cut and not the all weather surface. She has returned without problem – just a little bruised ego ! She will be on view at the Malton open day at Malcolm’s yard so do call in and see her.
Stu (Ypres) is now entered at Beverley on Wed but other entries also possible. Hopefully he keeps all his shoes on having missed two engagements at the last minute.
Sorry for no info these past few days but our email accounts have been ‘forged’ apparently and did not want anything getting through to the website. If you have sent emails to our usual addresses and we have not replied, it is because we either did not receive them or we had been advised to delete without opening by yahoo. I apologise for any inconvenience but somebody must have had a lot of fun causing the problem ?? As the email accounts have been handed back over to us and fully checked out by yahoo who do have an email adress of where the problem has originated and are making further tests we have got the green light to use the address once again. If you did send an email to the anne cairns racing @ yahoo address and did not receive a reply, please send again as it is likely the message has been lost. This will have affected messages since Sunday.
I will get the latest horse news back on site tomorrow with news of Annie’s race and the no run of Stu – he is entered at Beverley next Wed.
Annie makes her racecourse debut at Wolverhampton tomorrow. Ideally, it had been intended to have run on the turf but the way the ground is, Wolverhampton’s surface offers (touchwood) the safer option. However, it has the look of a very competitive race with horses from top flat yards running. Annie is a very nice horse who will still grow and already has the scope to be a dual purpose prospect. The Magic Circle whom Annie runs under is a small group of family and friends, inc. Panther who have a very limited number of shares available at a small cost until May 1st 2014 (would cover the turf season plus juvenile hurdles if Malcolm goes that way).
Ypres holds an entry at Pontefract on Wed but with him, the ground is an important factor and there is plenty of rain forecast in the next 48 hours.
All other horses are coming along well and the horse with Alan is another waiting for consistent ground. At James’s, the jumpers are mostly now all in bar a couple who raced late into the Spring / Summer. The owners party at James’s yard has been put back 2 weeks to Sept 15th.
Almost forgot, been asked if Alan has given up backing horses as nothing has been mentioned of late. Well he hasn’t given up as such but hasn’t had a bet for quite a while now. Ground preventing yards running horses and those that are running Alan hasn’t been sure enough about their chances to back. It will all change soon !
With the ground suddenly changing (how long ?) but fluctuating, no risks are being taken with Anne’s Valentino who is ready to race and she has been aimed at the all weather at Wolverhampton in order to get the ball rolling. All being well, she will run. Ypres holds an entry at Pontefract next Wed.
Horses ready to go just need right race and ground to coincide. James has 18 back in work now plus the next batch later this week. Alan has turned 22 young flat horses away for next year (not ours !) and the jumpers will also (or are already) be brought in very soon. Ypres is well (touchwood) after his problem foot and it will be good to see him on track – although the first option is again only 5f. Alan continues to run only a very few horses due to the ground but the horses are doing as expected with a winner on Sat.
Ypres (Stu) had to be withdrawn yesterday. The site wasn’t updated as all owners needed to be informed first. However, the reason was that Jason discovered Stu was lame on the morning. It was the same foot as the shoe had been torn from last week – causing him to miss his race at Ayr. The farrier came and the vet was also called. It transpired that a stone was lodged between the front of the shoe and the foot causing bruising. With the shoe removed, Stu is much happier and is now concentrating on maiming the person who has to change the poultice twice a day. This is for 48 hours and he should be fine after that. A race has already been ear-marked for him at Catterick in 10 days but it is only the extended 5f. At least we are looking at races and not a serious problem. Although it is on the same foot as last week, it is just coincidence, as the bruising is on a different position. Can’t believe the problems have stopped him competing twice at the last minute but as they say, ‘that’s racing’.
It has been decided to leave Bridge Valley (Frag). He is to revert to being the yard’s lead horse again. Frag is very well in himself but the back man has suggested Frag needed a course of treatment. It would have been costly and with Frag not having hit the form we had hoped in his races – although some genuine reasons, namely getting into races where he could run off a true mark – Jason and Panther have called it a day with him. He has always been the yard ‘pet’ and has a home for life.
Great news for Sandra and the colt foal by Malinas (half brother to Anne’s Valentino) who has just been voted Supreme Champion at the large Bangor foal show. Winner of his class of 19, he then was voted the best of show. Sandra is going to send some photographs through and they will be posted here. Just need Annie to do her job on track and it would bolster the value of the family. Latest news on Annie is that races are being looked at including on the all weather if the ground remains as it is. She is race ready but wont be risked on watered ground.
Just back from Wetherby racourse’s open day which included the ”gathering of syndicates” which allowed all syndicate managers and trainers to show what they had to offer. Unfortunately the weather was damp at first but did get out, although the number of people who came to take a look was less than expected. There was excellent support for ourselves at Panther by Jayne from Go Racing In Yorkshire and from Wetherby racecourse via Michelle and Ben. This was the first time such a ‘do’ has been put on but I would hope it is something the organisers could build upon. Talking to other syndicate managers and trainers present, feedback is definitely positive for such a day. Hopefully it wont be a one off and perhaps more such days can be arranged by syndicate managers getting together to arrange such events ? I’m sure more feedback will come over the next few days or so.
Panther’s stall was set up to accommodate the 4 trainers we are with but unfortunately Malcolm was a judge at the foal show at Bangor and Alan at Guy Reeds’s funeral. Briony is undertaking her driving exams for the horsebox. However, Alan’s p.a. Carolle was present and Ruth Jefferson (Malcolm’s daughter) also on hand. Pictured with Ruth and myself was Jason (Ward) who did in fact draw the winner of the free competition we ran for two people to be an owner for the day when any horse of Panther runs – plus a bottle of Champagne to savour when the horse wins ! The winner was Geoffrey Barr and friend Susan Scott pictured receiving their champagne. Many thanks to all who took the time to enter the competition and don’t forget, if you weren’t lucky this time you can still come to the races with our horses if you take up one of the share options !!
Our next runner is YPRES at Doncaster on Thursday – just hoping the thunder and heavy rain stays away.
Again, many thanks to all who worked so hard at Wetherby to make it a grand occasion for all to enjoy. More news on Ypres’s race tomorrow evening.
p.s. apologies for quality of the photographs as Alan (husband) had forgot to put the flash on ! Now why have I always called him the worst photographer born ? A word to racecourse photographer Louise who chatted at the stall, don’t believe the profession is in decline when there are photographers like Alan around. Thankfully Louise has allowed Panther to upload photographs off her website onto ours when needed. Alan, you’re fired !
Civil Unrest obviously was happy with the fairground, gazebo’s and BBQ’S at Cartmel, as he came back to form coming second on Sat. (Rath coming 4th). I was at Redcar yesterday and it was a good crowd. The Go Racing In Yorkshire mobile unit promoting racehorse syndicates was on hand (many thanks ladies) and it is a great inititive by the organisers to help bring syndicate managers and the public together. Met up with several people already involved in ownership and others who were keen to know more. Next stop is at Wetherby racetrack on Tuesday. Please drop by Panther’s own stall and have a chat. Trainers from Panther or their reps will also be on hand to chat about their horses. Alan is unable to be there as he is at Guy Reed’s funeral but Carolle his p.a. will be on hand and Malcolm will be represented by daughter Ruth, as Malcolm is a judge at the Bangor foal show. Jason is coming along and someone is expected from James’s yard. You will find our stall in the Bramham Hall inside the track and there are other activities going on. The show gets underway at 11 am. More can be seen on the Go Racing In Yorkshire website. It had been hoped to have had a Panther horse at the show but Anne’s Valentino and Deep Resolve are both race ready and with it going to be their debut runs, didn’t want to just take them on a ‘day out’. Ypres, as you will have gathered, is not the ideal candidate to parade and be patted, as he would take anyone’s hand off given half a chance. The jumpers are having their last few days in the field or are just in. Frag would have been an ideal candidate but until he shows some form, I don’t want to sell any shares in him. If he doesn’t show something on softer ground, he will probably leave training and return to being a lead horse at the yard. He is a horse very much loved by all who know him as he has such a soft nature and he has a guaranteed home for life.
All horses well and Ypres now expected to go to Doncaster on Thursday. Ideally he wants top of the ground so the threat of thunderstorms not great news. See you tomorrow at Wetherby if you are there.
Today sees Rathnaroughy from Malcolm’s yard and Civil Unrest from James’s yard compete in the 3.20 at Cartmel. It is an open looking race but the former was brought down at the first on its first run for the yard and has conditions to suit. Cartmel can be a track horses love or hate. Civil Unrest has come down 19 pounds in the last 7 months – obviously as he has been running poor . However, if the track (new course for him) can conjure him back to his best he would hold a good chance. Present prices are 22’s Civil and 16’s Rath but Alan not backing a horse today.
Been spending a lot of time getting literature etc. ready for the syndicates day at Wetherby. We had been hoping to have managed to have a horse there for the parade but horses either just coming in from grass or are ready to run and no point in boxing them up to parade when a race is beckoning. Seen what can happen when a horse is traveelled last week with Ypres !Talking of whom is entered at Doncaster on Thursday and York on Friday. Deep Resolve and Anne’s Valentino both race ready but neither Malcolm or Alan will run them on this watered ground. Both horses want genuine good ground. However, Malcolm considering running Annie on the all weather to get the ball rolling if the present ground persists.
Will be at some meetings this week starting at Redcar tomorrow and will be around the Go Racing In Yorkshire mobile unit at the racetracks if you want to catch up with ourselves.
Ypres has had his shoe put back on and next entry looking to be York. Fingers crossed he gets the run this time and isn’t eliminated. Suitable races proving difficult and Jason considering all weather. Anne’s Valentino is race ready but Malcolm wont run her on the watered ground. He is also considering a spin on the all weather for her if the present ground continues. Meanwhile, spending all the time preparing flyers and literature for the syndicates day at Wetherby Racecourse as well as the Yorkshire Festival of Racing week starting on Sat. Don’t forget to drop by the stand at Wetherby on Tuesday and also we will be around the Go Racing in Yorkshire mobile unit at some of the tracks next weeek. More news on the Tuesday in a couple of days.
428 mile round trip to sample the lunchtime meal (best complementary owners meal provided by any track we have been to) at Ayr racecourse. The meal was good but not that good ! Ypres, a horse with his own mind re-travelling was taken on his own on the night previous with partitions removed from the box and a full net of hay to keep him occupied. All went without a hitch. Next day, however, discovered he had torn off a shoe overnight, probably stood on the clasp and bruised the foot. Treatment from the course farrier and stood in a bucket of ice for over 4 hours improved things but not to the point where it was believed there was zero risk as regards giving his true running or doing any further damage. Consequently, he was withdrawn. As I said, the meal was good but not worth 428 mile round trip for !
Anne’s Valentino just about ready for racecourse debut and if the ground remains as it is likely to given the forecasts, she could make her debut on the all weather. Deep Resolve also about ready. Shares in both available now. Your chance to be involved from the start with a share. Prices on individual horse pages.
Ypres runs in the 3.00 at Ayr today and hopefully does a repeat performance with P.J. Stu went up last night incase he didn’t travel too good – can lash out in the box. He looks good value at 17/2 best odds at present and the 6f here should be ideal. At the moment no obvious negatives, all factors in his favour. Fingers crossed no excuses afterwards.
Getting there ! Most pages now up to date and details of the new group within Alan Swinbank’s yard posted on its own page of P.A.S. Group – Panther’s Alan Swinbank Group. If you are interested in joining this group or taking up a share in any of the individual horses, please just get in touch. Prices start at only £285 all in cost.
Ypres runs at Ayr tomorrow and details in the morning. Intentions are for him to travel later on today when the temperature is dropping.
Further news is that the 2 y. old by Intense Focus with Alan, has had his official name put forward today for official registration. Many thanks to all who sent suggestions in and the name given is DEEP RESOLVE. Will be ready to race as soon as the ground is right, GOOD – GENUINE GOOD ! The Kalanisi horse with James Ewart has also had his official name forwarded and it is DREAMISI. HE will go down the bumper / nov. hurdle route. Both horses are to date unraced. Regarding Deep Resolve, the intention is for him to be the first in the Alan Swinbank group within Panther. He was an expensive horse bought as a yearling from the Orby sales and as such, one I cannot purchase. However, he will hopefully do well, before either being sold on, having won his races for Panther or we can find a few owners with big pockets and take up the option of first refusal ! Realistic intentions at present are we leave Deep Resolve after he has won and been sold for big money and move into another horse in the yard. It would most likely be a N. Hunt propsect at that point. The group’s intention is to lease horses within Alan’s yard that will give members of the group continued racetrack action. I will be updating new pages over the weekend. Had meant to have had the group’s page up by tonight but there just aren’t enough hours in the day. There I go again, apologising or making excuses. Must stop ! The group, however, will cost at present £485 to join and this covers a full 10 months membership. This price can change. Anyone interested, please get in touch, 07775 743 885. I will continue with site updates daily.
Ypres hasn’t been declared for Doncaster tomorrow, as it was felt the ground may just be too quick for him over 5 furlongs. It has looked in his last two races that he is wanting further or a stiff 5f and he is now entered at Ayr on Monday over the 6f. in what is a qualifier for a £15,000 race.
We had asked a few weeks ago for thoughts on how Panther could better progress. Being ‘cocooned’ on the inside of any business I believe gives a blinkered outlook and those on the outside can sometimes see things in a different perspective. Feedback, was that having a share in an individual horse was preferred to being part of a group, as nobody wanted to be involved with a large group of people. Feedback suggested that the conception of The Black Cats was that of a large membership group – which couldn’t have been further from the truth. Membership was in single figures and with trying to keep 4 horses, it was impossible to continue with it. Members have all been contacted now and every single one has taken up a share in an individual horse instead. Listening to the thoughts of people who responded to the request of information has been very interesting and fruitful and I thank all who did respond. It has made a big impression regarding the way Panther will now progress. The other big factor that shone through, was your request for more betting information. This is of no suprise as we have always been asked for this. Previously when we have run betting information phone lines or subscription services, ALL have made profit. Unfortunately, other factors also come into play. The last telecom firm did a disappearing act with our money and sometimes not all people are happy with the information we give out on certain horses. Panther has always been foremost a racehorse ownership company but again I will look at the betting side, as that is obviously what people who are looking into the Panther site also want. Again I would like to thank all who responded to the request for your thoughts concerning Panther as it is from those thoughts that the future can be formulated.
With the closing down of the Black Cats group, changes will be made on how some horses are now to be syndicated. Final decisions are in progress and will be posted hopefully before the weekend. Site details will also be rewritten.
Called in at Malcolm’s yard last week to take photo of Anne’s Valentino. Alan’s ability with a camera leaves a lot to be desired and Annie didn’t help matters. She is laid back and was totally unfazed with the process but certainly isn’t intent on a career as a model. She refused to ‘stand in pose mode’ for longer than a milli second and was happy in ‘slouch’ mode. Waving and clapping in the background brought barely a response, bar a beligerant gaze. Almost 70 shots taken and these are Alan’s best ! On the plus side, she is a nice looking filly (when not having a bad mane day in the wind) who will grow a bit more yet. However, she is scopey enough now to be a dual purpose prospect. Malcolm wants to run her shortly on the flat as she is quite forward and has done all that has been asked of her. She would have run last month but a touch of sore shins prevented it and so now it is a planned debut around the end of the month. However, the type of ground at present certainly wouldn’t be ideal and naturally good ground would be looked for. More changes are afoot within Panther and details shortly.
Pictured above is our new horse with Alan Swinbank. He, (the horse), is a very good looking 2 y. old by Intense Focus out of I’ll Be Waiting and a family full of black Type. He was purchased at the prestigeous Orby sales and Intense Focus is having his first crop of 2 y. old runners now and doing well. Alan’s own IN FOCUS another 2 y. old by Intense Focus, came a close 2nd on his racecourse debut recently. Presently, ‘Focus’ isn’t officially named as yet but needs doing so soon, as the horse is almost ready to race. This is your chance to name a racehorse (open to all readers of the blog, whether or not you will be joining the horse, as a name will be chosen by next weekend. Get your thinking caps on and more breeding details on the individual horse page but a good name unconnected to the breeding can also be forwarded. Just email your name suggestions to me. A very limited number of shares are to be made available at an affordable price but 25% plus purchase shares are also available. If you are interested in any type of share, please give me a ring on 07775 743 885 for prices.
It is now almost 6 pm and apologies (seem to be doing this quite a bit lately) for the lateness of the blog but we just received confirmation of having the horse today. He is a great addition to Panther and I will discuss your recent thoughts submitted about Panther at a slightly later date.
Apologies but I can’t post details of the new horse just yet until registration is confirmed. Hopefully, I will be able to do so over the weekend (Sunday) and you will find it worth waiting for ! Meanwhile a photo of Harry The Lemmon received from Briony today as he was turned out to the fields since his box rest. Entitled by Briony as ‘FREEDOM’ he looks a very happy horse. He still hopefully has a very big future as a novice chaser, having shown very good form over hurdles. As well as news on the new horse, I am making plans for some changes within Panther based on your feedback and these will be introduced shortly. Touchwood ! I believe we are getting together a very good collection of horses with some exciting prospects that we can offer shares in, either purchase or lease.
Been to Alan S.’s today and watched several horses on the gallops. I will be talking to Alan tomorrow and more news Friday.
Re-photographs from Ypres winning at Ripon. I don’t have permission from the racecourse photographer to post any proofs on this site but they can be viewed on www.louisepollard.co.uk I can totally understand her point of view, so if any owner in Ypres is wanting to order any pics, could they do so through Louise’s site itself, or personally by phoning her on 07768 835 895. Please mention Panther Racing if making an order. We don’t get any ‘kick-back’ from any racecourse photographer – never have done in all our years of dealing with them but it could help in that we may in the future be able to post some pics taken by Louise on the Panther site. I haven’t dealt with Louise previous but have with other photographers who have allowed us to use their pics and some give a discount to members in Panther.
All horses progressing as expected including Dancing Dik who is at Lucy’s and enjoying life with his new inseparable pal – an orphaned calf ! No doubt Dik will have to be in training with someone who can transport cattle as well as horses to the racetracks. Problem with having a calf as your inseparable pal is that they grow. Heard of sheep, goats, ponies as travelling companions but a cow, or probably worse still a bull ??
Expecting going to look at horses this week and will update as to what happens.
ALAN HAD IT ALL RIGHT !
What a result ! Owners were told Ypres (Stu to his friends – who now number many more !) had an excellent winning chance and there can certainly be no denying Alan’s confidence as he never took any e.w. bets – all were on the straight win. Having backed at 6’s the previous evening, thinking the odds would be more around the 4’s, he backed his judgement as the price drifted on the morning first to 7’s and then to 9’s. Whether or not Alan’s theory of low numbers in sprints at Ripon when the ground is fast and watered being favourable, actually holds substance I don’t know. All that can be said is that the theory certainly wasn’t disproved from the 2 slot, even though the racing press believed the opposite. Earlier results on the day were split with one winner also coming from the 2 berth and another from 6. Regardless, as Jason said, it was about time he had a winner, as he was getting horses placed but not that elusive winner. Ypres was well outpaced during the race and up until the furlong marker he looked pretty well out of contention. However, he is a horse we believe has strengthened up over last Winter and could get 6f and this came into play as he stayed on well to lead by the line. Admittedly, not by far (neck) from the well backed Another Citizen but thankfully far enough ! It was an excellent ride from P.J. who has ridden winners and quite a few horses for Panther in the past during his time with Alan Swinbank and he is presently riding on the crest of a wave. A step up to a stiff 5f or 6f might help Alan’s blood pressure in the closing stages next time !
There is still time to join Stu’s small band of owners and have some fun now with a genuine and improving sprint horse. Please just get in touch if you would like to take up a share. He is a great horse to be involved with as an owner, as he has been in the winners enclosure in 7 of his last 8 races, winning 2. Don’t miss out any longer !
Of interest today, Magic Present runs in the bumper at Market Rasen. Although not an out and out bumper horse as he is a chaser in the making, he did win a bumper last time out and he is closely related to our own Anne’s Valentino also in training with Malcolm Jefferson. It shouldn’t be too long before Annie is out on track as the intention is to run on the turf as she is a tough filly, has speed and could be an ideal sort for juvenile hurdles after the turf season, depending upon how things progress.
Some more photographs are being sent through by the racecourse photographers and if we get permission, I will post them when they come through. Also, please keep the responses coming in to our questions on the 13th June. They have been very interesting to date and I will post results in about a week’s time.
10.40 and 9’s been available for at least 10 mins. Seemes a cracking price – or Alan has it all wrong ?
Ypres runs today at Ripon and has plenty in his favour. Although the draw is not considered good by many inc. The Racing Post, Alan has always felt a low draw when the ground is fast isn’t a bad thing. We will see ! The price is on the slide from 6’s last night to now 7’s but Alan believes it is good value. Again, we will see !
It’s top hat and tails day for Jason tomorrow at Ascot as Sweetnessandlight takes her chance in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. 100’s available and probably bigger tomorrow. However, it is worth taking the chance and this race was decided on by Jason and Kieran a fair time ago. Our own Ypres with Jason runs at Ripon on Thursday.
It was an excellent visit to Thatchmire stud yesterday for Panther and 28 guests and Pauline gave a full parade of all the horses from mares and foals plus yearlings to 5 year olds. Pictured are mare Madam Jolie and colt foal Charlie who you have seen pictured on these pages at 6 hours, approx 6 weeks and now at approx 10 weeks. Also, incredible to see the difference this year to last with the foals of last year Dan and Dominic now yearlings. Hopefully, we will again be running the Thatchmire Stud Racing & Breeding Group again this year. It runs from Aug. 1st to Aug 1st at a cost of only a one off payment of £299. This is a fully inclusive price and members can come racing with the stud’s horses inc. owners badges, prize money etc. In fact, all ownership benefits. Pauline has up to six horses that could go into training this year but the cost is too prohibitive and so two – Hitman Harry and Manyshadesofblack – will start off proceedings and it will be taken from there. They didn’t run last year due to several reasons but both had a good grounding and will be in to work earlier than normal in order for them to be ready as soon as possible. They will again be trained by Tina. The August sales may also see other horses entered in the store section. Pauline has to sell some horses on but ideally it would be nice if the two horses in training could run first. If they do well on track, their siblings would command a higher price at the sales. Pauline has put a lot of time and effort into the stud, not to mention finances, as the stud has been built from scratch under tragic and adverse circumstances. Pauline has been excellent with Panther and members of Panther and I’m sure every single one will wish her all the success as she certainly deserves it. Again, on behalf of all guests and Panther, out thanks go to Pauline and staff Joe, Lucy, Sadie for putting on the parade. They had all been working from early doors as many of the horses had to be rounded up from the fields as they are on 24/7 turnout, brushed down and made presentable. I’m sure the horses were well pleased to find themselves turned back out again after the visit by their squealing and bucking !
Lucy came along and again said how she is pleased with Dancing Dik and the leg has hardened off well. She will be getting some photographs of him as he is out in the paddocks and has teamed up with his new best friend – an orphaned calf ! Also, good news about Tom’s Toybox who has recovered well and is settled into his new home on the South Coast. Although very doubtful he will return to competition, he will have an active life with his previous lady point rider. Don’t know whether you would call him lucky or very unlucky for getting into situations, as he has now cheated death’s door on several occasions. Three times on track with vets about to put him down until other circumstances intervened. I’ve told the stories before as I’m sure you will know !
A full newsletter plus photographs of all the horses and a write up will be sent to all members of Thatchmire’s Stud Racing & Breeding Group.
For those who don’t have a holiday already booked or who would be interested in a holiday with a difference, Pauline has a holiday cottage (pictured) to let available on the stud. I can highly recommend it. It sleeps up to 8, has all mod conveniences and the stud is situated in an isolated position with extensive views across the North Yorkshire Moors on one side and towards the coast on the other. It is 8 miles from the fishing town of Whitby (sea anglers well catered for) and for trout fishing enthusiasts, there are two excellent reservoirs about 3 miles away in either direction. Again, I can highly recommend the fishing – much to Alan’s chagrin a week ago ! Couple of pics of the cottage plus hens and resident cockerel. Yes he does holler but getting up early you can see the horses in the yard from the bedroom window and watch Pauline going about her work. It is tiring watching Pauline but the eggs are great ! And finally, book via Pauline or Panther and you will receive a discount !
Stud visit today and look forward to meeting up with all coming. More news later.
Lady Artiste, a horse given as one to follow before she ran, was again in action last night. She has won on her racecourse debut but hasn’t added to the tally since. Alan normally stops backing horses he picks to follow once profit is made (which in this case was immediately) but Lady is a very nice individual and one that Alan fully believes will will go on, regardless of present form. Likewise Chevalgris from the same yard.
Teo’s Gold has disappointed on the gallops and so on Alan Swinbank’s advice, Teo is now out of The Black Cats ownership group. For now, there are 3 horses with James Ewart, Jason Ward and Malcolm Jefferson in The Black Cats group. Another new horse will be looked for. This site now has a dedicated following and it would be interesting to hear people’s views regarding the type of horse you believe we should consider. Proven or untried, flat or N. Hunt, trainer choice and area. Also, any other thoughts you may have would be of interest, as sometimes I believe when a person is totally involved on the inside of any business, you can lose sight of what a wider audience would like to see / read about. If you do have any ideas you would like to forward, please just drop me an email ( [email protected] )as we would be very interested in people’s thoughts.
As you will have seen, Lexi ran yesterday and with Panther not having been in a position to purchase into her, she will now be removed from the site. Over the next couple of days, the site will undergo a few changes.
Looking forward to the stud visit on Sunday and Pauline’s latest foal returns on Friday. If you would like to come along, this is the last chance to book as due to H. & S. factors, no entry can be allowed by turning up on the day.
Ypres will be declared to run at York on Saturday but it looks highly unlikely he will get the run and new entries will start again with possible races next week.
Returned from Perth late yesterday due to probs on route. However, it was pretty much a bad day at the office on Sunday with Sleepy (pictured left). Although only beaten half a length for 2nd spot and finishing staying on well he didn’t make the most of his hurdle rating and Dale’s 10 pound claim. On the top bend for home, Sleepy looked well out of contention and it is to both his and Dale’s credit that they managed to get as close as they did at the finish. A return to hurdling a week after winning at Hexham over fences was possibly too soon but the biggest problem was Sleepy’s jumping of the obstacles. Normally, a return to hurdles from fences a horse can jump big but Sleepy did the opposite, uprooting one, bunny hopping another and generally jumping poor. It cost him ground and at Perth , that is the last thing you can lose. However, the way he finished says all is not lost for hurdles, as a more polished round of jumping and he would have been much closer. He has come out of the race without problem and having had a very good sequence of races this year will have a few weeks at grass over the Summer before returning while the ground is good for fences and hurdles. He is rated 127 over fences and his owners can look forward to him being aimed for some nice races this season. He has every chance of progressing further and will be a real ‘Saturday horse’ for his owners.
On the betting front, Alan was down and out, until some handy info came his way from an unlikely source prior to the last race. Lagan Canal trained by Tony Martin saved the day. Drifting when Alan took the 11/4 on track, it came in again to finish 9/4 – winning by a short head. The distance didn’t bother Alan as it turned a losing day into a winning one – albeit a slight winning one ! Still, things were looking a lot worse until fate and very useful advice played its part ! Had to include a photo of Lagan for winning the ‘Get out stakes’.
On the home front, Ypres holds an entry at York on Saturday but plenty of entries for the race and a lot of horses need to come out for Stu to get the run. The handicapper left him alone for Catterick and other races will be looked for if he doesn’t get the run on Saturday. Sunday sees the stud visit to Pauline’s Thatchmire Stud and don’t forget the dealine to book places is Wed. May be looking for another new horse shortly, as Teo hasn’t done as well on the gallops as we had all hoped. As Alan S. says there is no point in continuing with a horse that needs more time – he wants to train a winner for Panther. He has trained many for us in the past and I’m sure many to come in the future. All other horses within Panther are doing fine.
As a footnote, the filly we have called Lexi on the site is officially called CHANCEUSE and runs at Beverley tomorrow. Panther couldn’t get sufficient interest to take a share in the horse before she makes her racecourse debut.
Sleepy turns his hand to hurdling tomorrow. Off 12.05 but with Dale claiming 10 pounds he goes off a mark 15 lower than his chase rating. No reason why he wouldn’t be as effective over hurdles as fences and the only worry (apart from the rest of the field) would be a quick return. He was thought to have been a bit flat at Kelso after running quickly. Alan is awaiting prices on Sleepy, Mandarin Sunset and Aneyeforaneye all at Perth tomorrow.
Frag fine after his run yesterday but it was a lacklustre performance. Broke quick enough but as normal struggled to go the pace and got in behind. However, he had every chance to come through in the last couple of furlongs which is when he normally stays on strong but yesterday he found nothing. It is thought we ran him too soon after his last race a week ago. Will now have a few days in the paddock to relax him (not that he needs any encouragement to relax) and then another race looked for later this month. Meanwhile, our horse with Malcolm is having registrations completed and could also run around the same time as Frag. Ypres is well and the next entry for him possibly at York a week tomorrow. Sleepy runs in the nov. handicap hurdle at Perth on Sunday off 12.05 but Dale Irving takes off 10 pounds. More news on him later. Still chance to be an owner in either horse, so if you want to come racing with your own horse at either Perth on Sunday or York on Sat 15th. please just get in touch. Today, both horses from Alan Swinbank’s yard given as horses to follow before either ran this season turn out today and both are on firmer conditions than they have encountered previous. Both Lady Artiste (11’s even with the two favoured horses now out) & Chevalgris ( 4’s from 9/2) are very nice horses and although both are already in profit this season, more can still come their way over the course of the rest of the season.
Don’t forget to book for the Thatchmire Stud Visit on Sun 16th. Father’s Day and already one family have booked their father in at the local Waterwheel Inn for lunch after the visit. Deadline to book for the visit is next Wed. As a reminder, no entry by turning up on the day due to H.&S. factors.
Sleepy continues to have entries made but Frag runs 7 days after his last outing. He is gradually getting more of his favoured conditions but two main ones missing today are the ground (he handles it, but it doesn’t slow others down for him to play catch up after an inevitable slow beginning) and the track itself not having a stiff finish. Still, can’t have everything, so just hope he doesn’t get stuck in behind a wall of horses if he doesn’t get away quick. In reality, he was staying on last time up the hill and beaten only three and a half lengths over a short distance so it would be nice to think he has a chance if things go his way in a big field. He was 12’s last night, drifted to 16’s this morning and at time of post is still 16’s in a place.
Not about to rest on his laurels, Sleepy holds an entry at Perth on Sunday in a novice handicap hurdle. It’s been a remarkable 4 months with James’s excellent placing of the horse to WIN 5, be 2ND and 3RD from the 7 runs. You can be part of the success as Sleepy is only 7 years of age and some good races could be on the horizon. There are 2 shares only at £725 ALL IN and includes ALL ownership benefits to be involved in this very good looking, progressive individual. It is a very small ownership group and there is also a 10% share available to purchase. Please just get in touch on 07775 743 885.
ANOTHER WINNER !! SLEEP IN FIRST
Sleepy did it in fine style off top weight yesterday, proving the handicapper hadn’t caught up with him. He has now won 5 of his last 6 races. Eventually, the handicapper will get to grips but there is still the option of hurdles off a lower mark and a step up in class off a lower weight. James has done an excellent job in searching out the lower grade races to date to keep the improvement coming from the horse. Don’t own a share ? There is still time as 2 shares @ £725 remain. Sleep In First is a good class of horse who could take his owners to some decent races.
Another horse who also should do likewise, is YPRES (pictured above) who has come out of his race without problem. Fancy a share in him ? Again, only 2 remain in another very small ownership group @£500 ALL IN until the end of the turf season. He might be a handful to manage at home and the races but he also directs a lot of energy into his racing and in that department he is very genuine.
THATCHMIRE STUD VISIT – SUN 16TH JUNE
Bookings are being taken now and directions will be sent on request. The stud lies mid-way between Guisborough and Whitby off the main A171 moors road. The deadline to make a booking is Wed 12th June and unfortunately if no booking, there can be no admittance on the day (H & S reasons). The visit is free and open to all. Come along and see all the youngstock from foals to the 5 y. olds who will be in training this season. Further details on request, please just get in touch.
All our other horses remain on course and Bridge Valley holds an entry at Thirsk on Thursday. The new horse with Malcolm could be on track this month.
Sat 1/6/’ – 10.15
Sleepy is in what looks to be a tight little handicap in the 4.55 at Hexham today. It is a track / trip and ground that should all suit but the doubts surround his handicap mark and if the handicapper now has his measure after a lacklustre display last time. However, it is felt that was due to a quick return after his previous win. His odds are presently at 10/3 but could slip further yet, if more support for others. In reality, you couldn’t be over confident but hopefully he does run a nice race for us and that the latest 3rd was due to a quick racetrack return.
Sat 1/6/’13 – 0700
Please note, that due to the seasonal debut of Ypres yesterday and plans for aiming for a decent race later in the season, his share price has had to be increased. Until the web page can be updated, if you want the latest details on the horse, please give me a ring on 07775 743 885. All prices of shares / groups within Panther can fluctuate without warning, depending upon horses’ homework / racing / race plans, as our own costs increase. More news on Sleepy shortly.