McPherson Racing


1 August

August 12, 2019 Category :News

A mixed day at Stratford, with ALEXANDER THE GREY going agonisingly close in the 19f handicap chase and then JESSICA RABBIT disappointing on her return to action this action.
ALEXANDER looked every inch the winner turning out of the back straight, but after jumping the last he found nothing, and was reeled in a couple of strides from the line to be beaten a neck. Where have we heard that story before ?! He really is the most frustrating horse – placed so many times, but yet to get his head in front – but his last 2 runs have been much improved and so hopefully he can shed his maiden tag next time out.
JESSICA RABBIT had been uncharacteristically wound up all afternoon before her race, and was a ball of sweat from the moment we saddled her. She paid for that in the race – jumped and travelled really well for 2 miles, but then faded tamely at the end. There’s better to come from her.

4 August

August 4, 2019 Category :News

A busy day at Market Rasen on the last day before the jockey break starts. No Kielan – he’s on an enforced holiday already ! – and so Lilly and Tom Bellamy did the honours in the saddle.

ANDALEEP was first off, in the juvenile hurdle, and he ran a really pleasing race to finish in the money. He’s been slowly improving run on run, and he should get a mark next time out. Difficult to know what it will be at this time of year, but so long as the handicapper is fair, he should be capable of winning soon.

INCYQUINCYSPIDER was our second runner in the juvenile. He’s got so much ability and actually jumps really well, but he just does not stay the 2 miles that he needs for juveniles (or at least, not yet). I think he’s going to be happier switched back to the flat and dropped back to 10f !

SHADY GLEN returned to action after a recent wind op, and ran his best race for a good while to finish 3rd. He jumped well, travelled like a horse with confidence again, and saw out his race all the way to the line. He should come on for that too.

HATAAB was perhaps the only slight disappointment of the day. He’d been running really well this summer, but he just never really got into the race today. Ground was probably softer than ideal, but I think we’ll just put a line through the race and move on. He’s better than that.

23 July

August 1, 2019 Category :News

Really pleasing debut over hurdles for THE DISTANT LADY at Southwell this evening. She’d been schooling well at home and barely put a foot wrong over the 12 obstacles. She was no match for the winner – perhaps not surprising given that the winner won 3 bumpers and was listed-placed last season, and had already won an 18 runner maiden hurdle in Ireland – but she was 18 lengths clear of the third horse, and there’s clearly plenty of races to be won with her.

21 July

July 21, 2019 Category :News

With a furlong to go I thought Alexander the Grey was finally going to break his duck – but how many times have we thought that before ?! Lilly gave him a super front-running ride and was still on the bridle, 10 lengths clear, turning out of the back straight at Stratford with everything hard at work behind. He was still travelling as he approached the last, with only 1 making any sort of progress towards him, but then as he so often does, he found nothing for pressure and was relegated to second on the run in. Its fair to say he is the most frustrating horse – still a maiden after 23 starts, but on 14 occasions he’s been in the places.

14 July

July 14, 2019 Category :News

As many of you, we’ve been expanding steadily in recent months – new boxes and new horses, and plenty of them ! As a result, we’re looking for a new member of staff to complete the team here at Martins Hill from autumn 2019.

The ideal candidate will ride well and have the confidence and experience to ride a wide range of National Hunt horses, including riding work and possibly schooling. Duties will include all normal yard duties and there will be opportunities to go racing. Good salary and benefits, good on-site accommodation (no bills) and use of the on-site gym are all available for the right candidate.

For further details, or to apply for the position, please give Graeme a call on 07815 887360 or email him at

14 July

July 14, 2019 Category :News

Nice run from ANDALEEP at Stratford today in the juvenile hurdle. His jumping had let him down last time out on debut at Market Rasen, and so he’d been up to Warwick to school on the grass a couple of times as well as doing plenty of schooling at home. That worked a treat, as he popped away beautifully in front. He probably just blew up coming to the last – a good pace and ground that was a bit softer than ideal – but definitely a step forward.

13 July

July 13, 2019 Category :News

ALEXANDER THE GREY frustrates me. 2 years ago he was going close off marks in the 120s. Last year he was going close off marks in the 110s. This year he’s gone close off marks in the low 100s. After 20-odd runs without getting his head in front, I begin to ask myself – does that horse just not want to win ?!? Today at Newton Abbot it was the same story again – travelled like a dream, if a bit keen early on, and then just didn’t run as they quickened from 3 out.
I think we might have to try something different next time out …

12 July

July 12, 2019 Category :News

The handicapper reacted in a way that was not altogether favourable after HATTAAB’s debut run at Uttoxeter last week – up 3lbs for finishing a neck second – and so it made sense to try to get him out again before that raise kicked in, particularly with a nice prize on offer at Ffos Las tonight. Once again he was the bridesmaid not the bride though, finishing in the places for the second time in 10 days. The race wasn’t really run to suit – too slow early on, and then turned into a sprint – and provided we pick the right race next time, I’d be surprised if he’s not winning next time out.

30 June

June 30, 2019 Category :News

HATTAAB, the second of the new arrivals from the May Goffs Horses in Training sale, made his debut for us this afternoon at Uttoxeter, and it was so nearly a winning one. A sticky jump at the second last cost him momentum at a crucial part of the race, and he was always just playing catch-up after that. The line came just to soon – still a neck second – but it was a super run, and he’s going to give his new owners plenty to shout about over the summer months.

24 June

June 24, 2019 Category :News

Super win on debut for THE DISTANT LADY in the bumper at Southwell this evening, with plenty of nice mares strung out behind her.

Misty came to us from the Doncaster HIT sales last month after showing a bit in an Irish Mares Maiden Point to Point, and her work at home showed that she had an engine, but the style in which she won her bumper suggests that she might well be a nice prospect. Its always great when a purchase from the sales proves its worth, but I didn’t expect THE DISTANT LADY to do so quite so well or quite so quickly ! We still have a couple that we bought that are looking for owners, so do get in touch if you are interested.

23 June

June 23, 2019 Category :News

The going at Southwell was significantly softer than reported, and that wrecked any chance that BALLINA LADY or SHADY GLEN might have had. The latter plugged on to finish a distant 6th, but BALLINA LADY just never really travelled in it at all. Sunshine needed !!

21 June

June 21, 2019 Category :News

Disappointing day at Market Rasen, with each of ANDALEEP and ALEXANDER THE GREY running below expectations.
ANDALEEP blew his chances with some sticky jumps on his debut over hurdles, and while he warmed to the task, he’d left himself too much to do in the home straight to get competitive. He’s got a nice engine though, and the experience should mean that he’s there or thereabouts next time.
ALEXANDER THE GREY just ran a bad race, and I’ve no idea why. He’s usually consistent, but he wasn’t involved at all today, and Kielan said that he was struggling from the end of the back straight. We’ll get him home and see if anything comes to light, but otherwise its just going to be a matter of putting a line through that run and moving on.

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 !