McPherson Racing


29 March

March 29, 2019 Category :News

The lack of rain is getting a bit frustrating – SAMMYLOU and HEY BILL at Fontwell today would both have preferred it softer, and both just lacked the pace on the quicker ground to get competitive.

27 March

March 27, 2019 Category :News

A nice return to action for FOLLOW THE SWALLOW today at Market Rasen after a short break, only beaten 8 lengths. Unfortunately over the shorter 2m 6f trip he really needs a good pace and then have horses fade in front of him, while today turned into a bit of a sprint. He kept to his task well, but just couldn’t reel the winner back in.

26 March

March 26, 2019 Category :News

A nice third run from HOMING STAR over hurdles at Hereford today, and on the evidence there, she’s going to be just fine when she has her handicap mark. She’s tough as old boots and from a family that gets better with age, so hopefully there will be plenty to look forward to after the summer break with her.

24 March

March 24, 2019 Category :News

The handicapper hadn’t been terribly kind to TELSON BARLEY after his Musselburgh win last time out, but even so today at Exeter was a bit disappointing. He’s an out and out galloper, and so I think a return to a flat track next time might suit better.

22 March

March 22, 2019 Category :News

Encouraging from Poperinghe Ginger in a good race at Newbury today, first time in a handicap. She saw out the longer trip well. She’ll stay a novice until next season now, when there should be plenty of fun to be had with her.

19 March

March 20, 2019 Category :News

The old man of the yard, RED ADMIRABLE, showed that he’s still enjoying his racing with a solid third place at Huntingdon today, travelling and jumping really well, but just finding the younger horses with a bit more speed in the home straight. He’ll have to retire one day, but I think he might just have one more run before he does.

That was all rather overshadowed though by the very sad death of CAPTAIN MCGARRY, who had to be euthanased after breaking a shoulder in the maiden hurdle. He had been with us since arriving as a 3 year old store almost 4 years ago, and was firmly a yard favourite. He showed real talent when winning his bumper at Kempton on debut in 2017, only to then pick up a niggly leg injury (different leg) last season which kept him out for the year. He’d come back better than ever this year, and we had high hopes for him for the future. More important than any of that though, he was a lovely horse with a fantastic personality. He will be sorely missed. The yard is a very quiet place this morning.

16 March

March 16, 2019 Category :News

KAYF BLANCO ran his usual very solid race – in the places yet again – in the valuable Kempton consolation chase for horses balloted out of the Festival. A fantastic jump at the last down the back meant that he found himself in front sooner than ideal, and although he battled in the home straight, he had no answer as the first 2 came past him after the last. I think if we find the race he should win again though this season – he’s a tough old horse.

15 March

March 15, 2019 Category :News

Delighted with the way that ASK BEN ran in the Albert Bartlett today. The majority of those in front of him were Irish-trained, and he’s confirmed himself again as one of the best young stayers in the country at the moment. His point to point form shows how he’ll jump a fence, and he’s one to be very excited about for the future.

That – and I never thought I’d hear myself saying this about having a good Cheltenham runner – was not the highlight of the day though ! That was without a doubt watching Kielan win the Grand Annual on Ben Case’s CROCO BAY. What a ride, and what a training performance. Most of all – what a smile on Kielan’s face after he crossed the line. Huge congratulations to him and all of the horse’s connections – could not be happier for him, so well deserved.

12 March

March 12, 2019 Category :News

Not quite the run we’d hoped for at Cheltenham with SKIPTHECUDDLES today, with Lily unseating early. Still, the way that the 4 miler turned into such an attritional race, it was probably no bad thing that he didn’t keep going – it will be interesting to see how many of the horses that ran to the end, or almost to the end, run again this season after that slog

9 March

March 9, 2019 Category :News

AMI DESBOIS ran a super race at Sandown last time out, and conditions looked ideal for another big run today. However, he just didn’t quite sparkle this time – the winner made it an end to end gallop, and he was always just struggling under top weight. He tried his heart out, as he always does, but he was just no match today. No disgrace to be beaten in very soft ground giving another horse 21lbs though, and he’ll live to fight another day.

BOLDMERE ran a really solid race in the EBF NH Novices final. His finishing position – 9th – doesn’t really tell the whole story, as he was quickened out of it on the turn for home and looked to be going nowhere before Kielan pulled him out wide up the home straight and he stayed on really bravely to get within 9 lengths of the winner. This final is always competitive, and there are going to plenty of nice horses come out of it for the future.

4 March

March 4, 2019 Category :News

I thought BENTONS LAD would run better today – he was just disappointing. Never really travelled, and after a mistake down the back just spat the dummy out completely. Well done to Tom for getting him to finish ! He’ll have a quick MOT to check there’s nothing wrong, but hopefully it was just a one-off blip and we’ll see more next time.

3 March

March 3, 2019 Category :News

A lovely day at Huntingdon today.

JESSICA RABBIT was having her 3rd start over hurdles, and we’ve seen improvement on each start. Her jumping is now decent and although she is never going to a win a maiden there’s enough ability there to think she’ll win a handicap hurdle once she has her mark.

CHAT TO CHARLIE hasn’t been with us long, but he’s going to be a really super horse. You wouldn’t expect a big staying, chasing sort like him to have the turn of foot that he does, he showed plenty of speed in the bumper today to finish a very close second, with good horses in behind him. On that showing he’s capable of winning a bumper, but the fun will really start when he goes up in trip and jumps obstacles.

2 March

March 2, 2019 Category :News

Back to Newbury again today for ZULU DAWN in the bumper. It is always a very hot race, and this year was no exception, but he acquitted himself really well. Entering the final furlong it looked as though he might just claim 2nd, but a blanket finish saw him just miss out on the places, with 1 length covering 2nd to 5th. Very good run though, and he will have easier opportunities in the future.

1 March

March 1, 2019 Category :News

MY CHARITY had his confidence back after a spin over hurdles last time out, and 3 miles at Newbury over the smaller obstacles looked a good opportunity to take another step forward. Having travelled well until 3 out, he just didn’t look to last home though off what had been a searching pace. To be fair, he wasn’t beaten far, and there were plenty of positives to come from the race, but I think if we can drop back in trip next time that will help him.

28 February

February 28, 2019 Category :News

Three runners at three different tracks today, which left things stretched at home !

The highlight was KAYF BLANCO winning his second race in 2 weeks, this time at Ludlow – not bad for a horse that many had written off after a long string of placed, but winless runs ! I’d be the first to admit that we were a bit lucky on this on occasion – although it would have been a battle, I think the long-leader still looked just in control when she fell 2 out. Still, delighted for Kayf and his owners. We’ll have a think where next, but I like the look of the consolation race at Kempton on the Saturday afternoon Cheltenham.

SAMMYLOU followed up his fine win last time out with a placed effort at Taunton. He was just caught out a bit by the combination of softer ground and the step up in trip, and looked a tired horse at the end. He’ll definitely get 3 miles, but probably only on better ground until he strengthens up a bit more.

PADDYS RUNNER also ran a good race in defeat at Kempton on the all weather. He looked as though he would be swamped when they quickened past him off the final bend, but he stayed on – as he always does ! – and was coming back into it late on. He really does need a thorough test of stamina these days.

27 February

February 27, 2019 Category :News

Far too soft at Wincanton for DELIRIOUS LOVE today at Wincanton. He settled and travelled well, but was paddling by the time they reached the home straight. He ran through the summer last year, and the plan will be for a spring and autumn campaign this year

26 February

February 26, 2019 Category :News

Another rather mixed day at Ffos Las, where the ground was pretty soft. HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR has lost his mojo for us – he travelled well for a long way, but just didn’t pick up at all when the field got racing. He’ll now go to the sales – he benefitted hugely from a change of scenery when he came to us, and I think he’ll do the same in a new yard. He’s just a bit stale.
DERRICK D’ANJOU ran a super race to finish in the places after almost 2 years away from the track with injury. His best form is on better ground, so hopefully we can build on that performance and he’ll be winning next time out.
CALLUM GILHOOLEY was disappointing, but Kielan reported that he just didn’t handle the testing ground. His debut bumper win was on better ground, and I thought he’d actually improve for the more testing surface, but I was wrong. Back to better ground, and probably over hurdles, next time out.

The highlight of the day was probably CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY at Leicester. He’s been in the places a few times this winter, but never looked like winning, so today gave everyone some real encouragement. He travelled strongly at the head of affairs and had a great ding dong battle up the home straight, only to yield late on. Given that the trip was on the short side, and the third was 20-odd lengths behind the pair of them, it was a definite step forward. Perhaps better ground is the key to him too.

22 February

February 22, 2019 Category :News

Three at Warwick today, with mixed results. I thought HEY BILL would go close in the handicap chase, but after having a battle in front for 2 miles he then got a bit detached coming down the hill and never really got back into contention. I think we might change tactics on him next time out – although he enjoys bowling along in front, it takes a lot to win like that, so perhaps we’ll hold him up and let others do the donkey work next time.
RED ADMIRABLE ran a super race from the back of the field in the hands and heels race. The pace was fierce, as it often is in those races, and Lily did the right thing to sit and wait for the race to fall apart in front of her. The first pair weren’t for catching, but Red belied his years to finish strongly. I’d love for him to get his head in front one last time – and then he can retire !!
Last but not least, HOMING STAR was making her debut over hurdles. After a couple of sticky jumps early on she warmed to the task, and although she finished well beaten in the end, I think she showed enough to think that there will be races in her in time once she is handicapped.

17 February

February 17, 2019 Category :News

A 2 horse race should be simple to plan for, but with a horse like SKIPTHECUDDLES, nothing is ever simple ! He’s a monkey in front, and tends to get disheartened if anything goes away from him, so Kielan had his work cut out in the 3m Novices Chase at Market Rasen today to get the other runner in front of him, and then stick to him like glue. He did a great job – pushing and cajoling for 22 furlongs to keep him on the leader’s quarters, and then kicking as they swung down off the hill to get upsides jumping the second last and then get his nose in front after the last. Once he was there, he ran on well, and the win was a comfortable one, but it was a great effort to get him into that winning position in the first place.
That should book STC’s place at Cheltenham now, although which race he goes for will be decided a bit bearer the time.

16 February

February 16, 2019 Category :News

A day of contrasting fortunes and emotions.
ASK BEN might have lost his unbeaten record, but he lost nothing in defeat when running a gallant second in the Grade 2 Prestige Albert Bartlett trial at Haydock today. The going was slightly too quick, and he had to make the running in the absence of any front runners – neither of which helped – but he still a class field behind him as they jumped the last, and only surrendered the win late on the run in. All being well, his next run will be at the Festival.
DAYDREAM AULMES was bidding to make it 4 wins in a row in a hot handicap at Ascot. With Kielan at Haydock, Sam T-D rode him, and there was still plenty left in the tank, and he was making good headway through the field, when he made a terrible mistake at 2 out and came down. The fall was a horrible one, and he was down for an awfully long time – well over 20 minutes – before getting back to his feet. He’s going to be a stiff horse tomorrow, but thank goodness it wasn’t worse.