McPherson Racing


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.

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.