McPherson Racing


12 September

September 12, 2018 Category :News

Delighted that FLEETING VISIT got his head in front to win the Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter today. He has been such an honest horse since he joined us from the flat in the spring, placed on 3 of his last 4 starts and falling at the last on the other occasion when looking sure to win or be second, that he deserved to win. Sam T-D gave him a lovely ride while Kielan remains out injured, getting there coming to the last and then using his flat speed to keep on to the line. I think the form of that race could work out OK – the second looks a really nice horse with good bumper form, the third had good bumper form last year and the fifth has been running consistently well over hurdles this summer. Hopefully that will give FV the confidence to go on and win again – and since his last win was as a 2 year old, fingers crossed we won’t have to wait another 3 years !!

11 September

September 11, 2018 Category :News

A nice effort from DELIRIOUS LOVE at Worcester today – although he was only 4th, he was beaten less than 3 lengths by the winner and was staying on all the way to the line, having hit a flat spot at the top of the home straight. I’d say that his wind operation has given him the confidence to know that he can run all the way to the line, and since he should get a bit further, that will help see out 20f next time out.

8 September

September 8, 2018 Category :News

ALEXANDER THE GREY has been running well over fences on his last couple of starts, and looked to be in with a chance today if everything went right. Unfortunately, the best laid plans etc ! There was a good strong pace, and he was able to travel into the race nicely after the second last. He was coming under a bit of pressure coming to the last, but had got his nose in front, when he just crumpled on landing. The fall was nasty, but the kicking that he and Kielan took from the horses behind was worst. Both are going to be OK, but Kielan has broken a collar bone and ATG is pretty bruised and shaken up.

4 September

September 4, 2018 Category :News

Not a good day at Stratford today. GENEROUS CHIEF ran no sort of race – reluctant from the start, and quickly dropped himself out of contention. He needs a change of attitude ! Poor VISAGE BLANC then pulled up very lame in front of the stands after a circuit. She has sadly damaged a tendon in her near fore, and won’t race again. She is nicely bred though, and so hopefully will have a future as a brood mare. Many thanks to all of the veterinary team at Stratford that made her as comfortable as possible and (literally !) wrapped her in cotton wool and bandages to enable us to bring her home with the leg so well protected and supported.

31 August

August 31, 2018 Category :News

SHADY GLEN paid the price for chasing the leaders at Bangor today – the pace was a little too strong, and all of the early leaders fell in a hole towards the end of the back straight, leaving the hold up horses to come through. He’s back in one piece though

23 August

August 23, 2018 Category :News

A bit too soft at Stratford for LEAPT today – not up to his usual high standard this summer, and the first time that he has been out of the places since he switched to hurdling in the spring.

18 August

August 18, 2018 Category :News

FLEETING VISIT put his last-hurdle fall at Stratford behind him to run a cracker at Market Rasen today. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite good enough for him to get his head in front – he battled all the way up the home straight, but was still 1/2 length short of the winner at the line. The plan has been to run him over further for the last few weeks, but there just hasn’t been anything suitable in the programme book. His time will come though.

2 August

August 7, 2018 Category :News

Good performances from VISAGE BLANC and ALEXANDER THE GREY at Stratford today. VB stepped up in trip and ran a nice enough race over 22f. ALEXANDER THE GREY built well on his debut over fences to finish third in a deeper race, with Max Kendrick giving him a nice ride to sneak into contention and into the place money.

3 August

August 3, 2018 Category :News

SHADY GLEN ran another solid race at Bangor, although he’s still paying the price for winning first time out this season – the handicapper might hopefully relent a little soon !

22 July

July 22, 2018 Category :News

I’d hoped that a switch to fences might bring about an improvement in ALEXANDER THE GREY’s fortunes, and he certainly ran an awful lot better today over the larger obstacles at Stratford than he has been running over hurdles. Turning for home it looked as if he might just bag his first win, but he was overhauled late on, and had to settle for second. Still, he jumped really well, and that should give him a renewed enthusiasm for racing. FLEETING VISIT was also running a big race when coming down at the last – he was nailed on for second, although whether he would have caught the winner is open to debate ! It was a shame, as he’d jumped well to that point, but he showed his inexperience over obstacles by just guessing at the last a little. He’ll win before long though.

15 July

July 15, 2018 Category :News

A day of contrasting fortunes at Southwell. GENEROUS CHIEF was reluctant to start, reluctant to race and only consented to try after about 20f of the 24f ! When he did finally put the effort in, he flew home to finish third. Great strength from Kielan to keep the old monkey going and get a tune out of him in the end. JESSICA RABBIT was quite the reverse – a bit free in front early on, and then faded in the last half mile. She’ll have a little break now and then come back over hurdles in the autumn. CHARLIE COOK completed the day, and he’d come on a good amount from his return after a long absence at Fontwell last month. I was delighted to see him run into the places, particularly back over the brush hurdles that we know he likes so much.

10 July

July 10, 2018 Category :News

Not a terribly successful day at Uttoxeter today, with neither ALEXANDER THE GREY or VISAGE BLANC running up to their best. VISAGE BLANC is gaining in confidence after a bad cut at Market Rasen last time out, and once that is back, she should be winning races. ALECANDER THE GREY has become very disappointing over hurdles – I think we might change to fences next time out and see if that perks him up a bit

8 July

July 8, 2018 Category :News

LEAPT was an unlucky loser in the 2m handicap at Market Rasen this afternoon – a mistake at the last cost him dear, and although he was getting back to the winner with every stride, the line came to soon. Still, a creditable place after his win last time out, and a really nice debut ride for us from Lilly Pinchin. Delighted that she has joined us this season, one of the best lady amateurs around.

4 July

July 4, 2018 Category :News

After everything happened a bit too quickly in a high-class 21f handicap at Market Rasen last week, SHADY GLEN returned to 3m today, and very much appreciated the steadier pace. However, he’s a horse that loves quick summer ground, and the water that they had put on at Worcester meant that he didn’t really have his conditions. Still, he wasn’t beaten at all far to finish 6th in the feature race, and he will find easier opportunities to add to his tally of wins over fences as the summer goes on.

3 July

July 3, 2018 Category :News

FLEETING VISIT is another ex-flat horse that has just taken a little while to get to grips with hurdling, but he took a good step forward at Stratford tonight. The pace was lightning quick – and the winner ended up running 3 seconds faster than the track record for 2m – and he got tapped for toe down the back, but he stayed on really well to regain third after the line in what looked to be an above average maiden hurdle for the time of year. If he keeps that form next time out he won’t be far away.

27 June

June 27, 2018 Category :News

A combination of a wish to get LONDONIA going over fences and a complete lack of suitable novice handicap chases meant that he ended up taking some decent sorts in the Novice Chase at Worcester today. He jumped really well for a debutant – particularly, as the Racing Post observed, he’s not ‘bred for the job !’- and I was delighted to see him run into a place. Chasing adds another option for him now, and we can just pick the right race for him on the flat, over hurdles or over fences.

25 June

June 22, 2018 Category :News

Another step forward for DELIRIOUS LOVE over the brush hurdles at Southwell tonight, staying on over an inadequate 2 miles to take 3rd in the maiden hurdle. It has taken a good amount of time for the penny to drop with him, but he is now settling better in the early stages of his races, and jumping really well. He enjoys the summer ground, and so we will keep him going until he tells us that he is ready for a break.

22 June

June 22, 2018 Category :News

A sight almost as rare as a hen’s tooth today – SHADY GLEN ran a bad race at Market Rasen. Let’s hope that’s not one of the omens for the apocalypse !
More seriously, he’s loved Market Rasen over the last 2 years, and so it was a shame that he could just never get into the race today. They went a searing pace from the start, and he was just always slightly out of his comfort zone. For Glen, that is not a place he is happy to be – and he will make that very clear by generally sulking and not giving it his all. He’s fine after the race though, and don’t be surprised to see him turned out again quite quickly.

16 June

June 16, 2018 Category :News

After the cracking results of the first 6 weeks of the season, a bad day at the office today !
2 went north to Hexham – FOLLOW THE SWALLOW and ALEXANDER THE GREY – and that that is not a journey that we make with a horse unless we think he’s got an excellent chance of winning. While we thought both would run good races and go close, I obviously forgot to tell the horses the plan. SWALLOW was running a really good race for a long way, when he stopped suddenly 2 out. Likewise ALEXANDER THE GREY ran a nice race from the front before he got swamped 2 out, and again stopped quickly. We’ll check them both out, but hopefully there’s nothing wrong and each can bounce back quickly.
2 more went south to Fontwell – GENEROUS CHIEF and CHARLIE COOK. Chief just found the flat-out pace too much for him, and he cracked with 4f to run. He’s not always the most resolute horse these days, and when he can’t dominate, he’ll often be the first to want to throw in the towel. Still, Bryony looked after him well, and he’ll be back next month to fight another day, possibly over fences. CHARLIE COOK was entitled to need the run after a year off, but although he got outpaced over too short a trip, he stayed on really nicely from the second last. He’s not been the easiest to train in the last 2 years, but assuming he stays sound we’ll look for something closer to 3m next time out, and hopefully he can continue to progress into the nice horse that we always thought he’d become.

14 June

June 14, 2018 Category :News

STYNES notched up his second win of the summer today, this time on the flat at Nottingham. There weren’t many options around for him until early next month, and so a spin on the flat seemed a good opportunity to let him stretch his legs and hopefully earn some prize money as well. Liam Keniry did extremely well to get him running in the home straight – 2f out he looked boxed in with nowhere to go – and he flew home from the furlong pole to get up on the line. He’ll be back over obstacles next time out, but don’t be surprised to see him back on the flat before the summer is out.