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15 June

June 15, 2019 Category :News

We’ve had a busy time at the sales recently, and I’m delighted that Burr & Dudwell Racing have added Ajay’s Ways to their expanding string. That’s now 3 cracking horses that they have with us – MY CHARITY, a winning hurdler who will go over fences next season, BABY BEN, a 3 year old full brother to ASK BEN who will spend the winter learning his trade, and now AJAY’S WAYS, a lovely 5 year old by Stowaway. The form of his 3 Irish point to point runs is rock solid, and he looks to have a super future ahead of him over hurdles this year and then over fences in the future. Watch for those red, white and black colours in the winners enclosure next year !

9 June

June 9, 2019 Category :News

There has been lots in the racing press and on social media this weekend about EPDS Racing, so I thought it appropriate to let people know the situation here. Until April we had 4 horses in training for EPDS and its members – AMI DESBOIS, STYNES, JESSICA RABBIT and LONDONIA. We have since taken over the management of all of those syndicates from EPDS, and all of the horses will now run in the name and colours of the McPherson Racing Partnership; indeed, AMI DESBOIS has already run twice under that banner. STYNES and JESSICA RABBIT will run through the summer, AMI DESBOIS and LONDONIA will come back into training in the autumn. To distinguish those horses from the Winter and Summer McPherson Racing Club horses, the Partnership horses will run in red colours with maroon sleeves, while the Club horses will run in their usual navy blue colours with a silver hoop.

Anyone with a share in the former-EPDS horses has automatically had their share transferred into the new Partnership without any cost to them, and they therefore remain shareholders in ‘their’ horse.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank John Powell at EPDS for the years of hard work that he previously put in to build up EPDS and to bring the experience of ownership to so many people. I know that life has not been easy for John in recent months, and it is an incredible shame that things have ended the way that they have, but I hope that he can bounce back.

4 June

June 4, 2019 Category :News

A downpour in the hours before racing put paid to any chances that DELIRIOUS LOVE might have had at Bangor. Frustrating, but there will be plenty more opportunities for him this summer.

1 June

June 1, 2019 Category :News

While May might have been quiet on the racing front, it has been busy on the sales front, and that has meant that it has been busy at home, getting the new youngsters broken and ridden away, and finding out a little about the new older horses before they start their summer break.

We’ve had 7 new 3 year old stores arrive at the yard in the last 3 weeks – 5 from Tattersalls Ireland’s May sale and 2 from last week’s Doncaster sale – and they are a lovely bunch. There are 2 beautiful fillies by Shirocco and Fame & Glory, and 5 lovely geldings by Ask, Sholokov, Sans Frontieres, Requinto and Martaline. They’ve all got nice pedigrees, and are all nice movers. They are already starting to show their different temperaments – and they’re getting yard names to match !

Added to that we have had 6 new older horses arrive too, 3 with point to point form and 3 with Rules form. The pointers are
- THE DISTANT LADY. She’s a 5yo Fracas own sister to the black type STOOSHIE, and finished 2nd at Rathcannon in April. She’s a speedy, good ground mare, and the plan with her will be to try to win a bumper during the summer. I think she will be syndicated, so please do get in touch if you are interested in a share in her
- GOLD TIME. She’s a touch as nails daughter of Goldwell whose form is rock solid – 1 win and 5 places to date. She will have a break through the summer and then we’ll see where we are with her in the autumn
- AVIEWTOSEA. He’s a 4yo from the family of Maximise and Young Ottoman, and I couldn’t help but be impressed by the way he finished his Tralee maiden earlier this month, coming from well off the pace to get within a length of Donnchadh Doyle’s smart FRENCH DYNAMITE. The winner sold for £165k, this fellow for rather less, but hopefully we have a nice prospect on our hands with him. He’s another that will have a summer break and then will return under Rules in the winter.

Of the horses with Rules form
- HATTAAB joins us from Henry Oliver. He’s a beautifully bred 5 year old who has just taken time to get his act together, but based on his form so far this spring he’s a winner waiting to happen
- ASK HENRY was placed in all 4 of his bumpers in Ireland, running some smart sorts close. He’s bred to improve for a hurdle and a trip, and he’s an exciting one for the autumn
- DUBLIN FOUR was placed in both his Irish bumpers for the Shark, but it was probably his unplaced bumper at Wetherby earlier in the year that is the pick of his form. The form of that race has worked out really well – 5 bumper winners have come out of it – and I think his fellow could turn out to be decent after a summer at grass.

Exciting times – but it means some seriously hard work for Paddy, who is the master on the ground with the youngsters at the yard !

All of the horses are now on the HORSES page of the website, so do have a look and if there are any that interest you, get in touch.

27 May

May 27, 2019 Category :News

Those of you that know the yard know that I like to keep a couple of point to point horses to run during the winter. I love a day between the flags, and its a great opportunity for our amateurs to get racing experience away from the spotlight under Rules.
BALLINA LADY has been improving with every run this year – she’s a huge mare, and doesn’t help herself get home by being very keen in her races, but she has really strengthened up this season and I was hopeful that her debut win might be on the cards. I wasn’t quite expecting it to come as it did at Chaddesley Corbett today though ! She bowled along in front as she likes to do, and the lead just kept getting larger – and by the time she crossed the line, the second horse was just coming to the last. The official winning margin was 54 lengths. Delighted for Lilly to have ridden her to victory, but I know she won’t mind sharing the credit with Callum McBride who has ridden her so well for much of the season and only missed out on the win because he’s recovering after an op.

22 May

May 22, 2019 Category :News

Another local day out today, at Warwick. SHADY GLEN was making his seasonal debut under Lilly Pinchin, and he did nothing wrong to finish a solid fifth. He jumped well, and stayed on, and so fingers crossed we’ll be winning with him early in the summer.
A huge day for Gracie Nailor too, as she rode STYNES in the 1m 5f charity race at the end of the card. That was her first ride on a racecourse, and we couldn’t have been more thrilled for her. She’s worked really hard ta home on fitness and strength, and she gave him a super spin round. I know she was disappointed not to be first past the post – but that will be next time !

19 May

May 19, 2019 Category :News

Two at Stratford today, with TELSON BARLEY bringing his season to a close and ALEXANDER THE GREY getting his started !
TELSON’s race probably just came a bit too soon after his Warwick win – he wasn’t quite as fresh today – and looked a bit one paced as a result. Still, he’s had a good season, winning 2 and placing in 3 more, and there will be plenty more improvement to come from him over fences next year.
ALEXANDER THE GREY was returning from a nasty fall at Stratford at the end of last season, that had resulted in arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip. He’d shown no ill-effects from the race at home, and he returned to racing with a real joie de vivre, jumping well and then staying on for a solid second behind an easy winner. Surely this summer his debut winner must be on the cards ?

15 May

May 15, 2019 Category :News

The first 3 year old store sale of the season at Tattersalls Ireland yesterday, and I think there were some real bargains to be made – whether that was because of Mr O’Leary’s announcement, who knows !! We managed to buy 5, and I really like each of them.

Details and pedigree for them all are at the foot of the ‘Horses’ section, and do please get in touch if you’d like to know more.

One of the targets for the day was ASK BEN’s full brother, and we got him. He has been bought by Burr & Dudwell Racing, who have enjoyed success this year with MY CHARITY. If he is half as good as his brother, they have a lovely horse.

I’ve been trying to buy a really nicely bred Shirocco filly for a while now – sire of Annie Power, amongst others – and finally I managed to get my hands on one. Her pedigree is first class – she’s out of a Presenting mare, out of a Buckskin mare. There’s plenty of black type in the family already, and she’s a half-sister to the cracking BALLYARTHUR.

Next on the lorry was a Sholokhov gelding out of an 8-time winning mare (hurdles and fences). he’s got speed and stamina in the family, and looks a lovely sort.

The Sans Frontieres gelding is a super big fellow. The top half of his page looks a bit light, but you’ll forgive him as neither the first dam nor the second dam (both still young) have had any runners yet !! Its under the third dam that the page gets impressive – lots of black type, and consistent quality

Last but not lease, a Requinto gelding. He’s a half-brother to POINT TAKEN, who has looked impressive for Dan Skelton over hurdles since winning a 10f maiden on the flat. The second dam has bred multiple winners on the flat and over hurdles, including black type, and the third dam has an impressive strike rate of 9 winners from 10 runners, with 7 of those picking up black type. He looks an early sort, and I would expect to see him in bumpers early next season.

All in all, a good day’s work !

6 May

May 6, 2019 Category :News

Always nice to get the first win of the season on the board, and TELSON BARLEY did it nicely for us today at Warwick in the staying handicap hurdle. Settled well off the pace, he crept into in the last 6f, and a flying leap at the last got his head in front. He’s not always the gamest when it comes to a battle, but under a strong drive from Kielan he kept his head in front today, to win a neck. I’d say time will prove that a fairly competitive race.

4 May

May 4, 2019 Category :News

We finished last season on a high with a double at Warwick, and I’ve no complaints with the way the new season has started after today at Uttoxeter !

DERRICK D’ANJOU built really nicely on his return from injury last time out to finish placed, only beaten 4 lengths, in the 3m novices handicap hurdle. Jumping the last it looked as though he was booked for the win or second, but he got badly squeezed between 2 rivals after the last, and that interference cost him. Still, he’s now been placed on every start in handicaps, and hopefully the win can’t be far away.

Having been placed on 4 of his last 5 starts, AMI DESBOIS was running off a career-high mark of 139 over fences, and carrying 11st 11lbs today in the Staffordshire Plate. He travelled and jumped like a dream, and after taking it up 2 out it looked as though he was finally going to get the big win that he so richly deserves. It wasn’t to be though, as the bottom weight dug deep after the last, and was in front by 1 length at the line. He was getting 21lbs from Ami, and they both pulled well clear from the remainder, so I think it probably has to go down as an unlucky loss after a career-best performance over fences. He’s one that now definitely deserves a summer break !

1 May

May 1, 2019 Category :News

As we finish one season and start another, there’s no better time to send out a heartfelt message of thanks to everyone who makes it happen – to each of our wonderful owners, to our fantastic sponsors Longcroft Building Services and Nailsworth Estates, to our vets, farriers, physios and dentists who help keep the horses in such excellent health, to our fearless jockeys who risk life and limb to win, but most of all to everyone at the yard who works tirelessly day after day behind the scenes. The success that we have enjoyed again this year – and it has been our most productive year in terms of overall prize money earned and prize money earned per runner – is down to them and the hard work that they do. They deserve the credit, and I am forever grateful for all that they do.

25 April

April 25, 2019 Category :News

Four at Warwick today represented our last runners of the season – nothing entered tomorrow or Saturday – and I was delighted that we finished on such a high.

MY CHARITY took the maiden hurdle impressively – travelled very strongly through the race and took it up coming to the last. A mistake there had our hearts racing, but he ran on well to win comfortably. He loves this better ground, and will be kept on the go for the first part of the summer at least. I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t go in again – he is a horse that I have always thought a great deal of.

SKIPTHECUDDLES was on something of recovery mission after Ayr, and so was back over hurdles as a confidence booster. Travelled much more happily today, and jumped well, but still kept plenty back for himself when the going got tough at the end of the race. He will always be a frustrating horse with his own ideas, but he’s got such talent and is such a lovely horse that you’d forgive him his quirks !

FOLLOWTHESWALLOW ensured that the season ended on a high note with a double by taking the staying handicap chase under an ice-cool ride from Lilly Pinchin. He’s a horse that has to be ridden from stone cold last place – we fool him into thinking he’s out for a day hunting for the first 2 miles – before creeping into things and getting there late, and Lilly judged it to perfection today. He jumped beautifully, and kicked on from the last to win comfortably. That was the perfect end to a good but frustrating season for him – he’d been placed on 5 of his 6 his previous starts, and fallen when clear in the 6th – and I’m delighted for his owner Mary Gwillam, who has been fantastic supporter of ours for some time now.

Last but not least was HELLO BUDDY making his debut in the bumper. He has only come to himself in the last few weeks – at Christmas I doubted he’d get to the track this side of the summer – but he has developed well in the last couple of months, and merited a run. He travelled well in front for a long way, but showed signs of greenness when they turned into the home straight and he came under pressure in the last 2 furlongs. He will come on a bundle mentally for that though, and he’s one to look forward to over hurdles next autumn.

23 April

April 23, 2019 Category :News

HEY BILL and DELIRIOUS LOVE were both looking to put slightly disappointing efforts last time out behind them at Ludlow today, and to a greater or lesser extent, both did so.
HEY BILL definitely showed himself back to form with a super run over what is really his minimum trip these days. He hasn’t his preferred soft ground at all this winter, and it was much the same story today, but he jumped and travelled well, and battled on for the places.
DELIRIOUS LOVE took ages for the penny to drop last summer, and it looks as though it might be the same story this year. His results show that the ability is there, but he just finds little off the bridle when the going gets tough. Frustrating.

16 April

April 16, 2019 Category :News

A very solid second under a penalty in the novice hurdle at Exeter today for BOLDMERE, with only ASK DILLON too good for him. He’s another that has had a hard season – and an impressive one – and who now deserves his break.

14 April

April 14, 2019 Category :News

A bit less travelling time today – Stratford instead of Ayr !
A fantastic send off from the Racing Club for RED ADMIRABLE’s retirement run, and he very nearly made it a fairy tale ending to a great career. He crept into it nicely on the final circuit, but just couldn’t quite get to the winner after the last. Still, a second place finish on his finale was a fine performance – and more importantly he’s retiring at the age of 13 fit and well to a life of fun ! He won 6 of his 44 starts for us, and was placed a further 18 times – and he gave a great many owners a huge amount of fun and some fantastic days out. Happy retirement Red !

13 April

April 13, 2019 Category :News

Frustrating day at Ayr, with neither running going as expected. SKIPTHECUDDLES never went a yard in the Scottish National – whether it was the ground or the size of the field, who knows, but his jumping lacked any sort of fluency, and when one fell in front of him and hampered him he used that as the perfect excuse to say ‘enough’.
ZULU DAWN was also expected to be in the places in the bumper, but he faded out of it in the home straight to finish only fifth. I think in his case it was probably just the end of a hard season for a young horse – he had a hard race at Newbury and although he’d been giving every sign of having got over it, it may have just taken its toll. Summer holiday time for him.

11 April

April 11, 2019 Category :News

After a frustrating first half of the season for his owners, MY CHARITY got things right back on track today at Wetherby. Beaten by a well-handicapped one, the pair came well clear of the field and was certainly his best run of the year so far. On that evidence the win isn’t far away.

10 April

April 10, 2019 Category :News

Super run from TELSON BARLEY over a trip at Warwick today, staying on really nicely from the back of the field. Probably should have kept second, but once he’s got ahead of a horse, he thinks his job is done, and he let the place slip on the run in as a result. He’s still a big baby – the ability is there, but the application is sometimes a bit lacking.

9 April

April 9, 2019 Category :News

Better from SAMMYLOU at Exeter today – he travelled and jumped well, and enjoyed the ground. Just a few too good at the weights.

7 April

April 7, 2019 Category :News

Having had a moan about not enough rain, it comes in buckets at Ffos Las ! Perfect for AMI DESBOIS, not so great for CHAT TO CHARLIE.
AMI DESBOIS was foot perfect at all but the last fence, and his stumble there cost him the race unfortunately, allowing the second to get his nose in front, and although he tried his heart out to get back up, the line came just too soon – beaten a nose. Lovely to see him back on form though.
CHAT TO CHARLIE on the other hand did not go a yard in the ground – a bit keen early on too, and just pulled himself to a standstill.

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