McPherson Racing


15 February

February 15, 2019 Category :News

KAYF BLANCO has been the bridesmaid on so many occasions in the past 3 years – a remarkable 19 places since his last win – that it was wonderful to see him get his head in front at Fakenham today and win the feature race. Things fell nicely into place for him – a strong pace early on, decent ground to jump off, and then a golden opportunity to nip up the rail 2 out and scoot clear before the last. He won well in the end, and as the Racing Post said beforehand, when he hits form he tends to hold it, so hopefully he can win again.

13 February

February 13, 2019 Category :News

Musselburgh is always a long way to go, but so long as we come back with a winner, I’m happy to travel !
POPERINGHE GINGER was odds-on to start things off on a good note for us in the Mares Maiden hurdle, but it wasn’t to be – she didn’t do a lot wrong, but was just beaten by a mare returning to form after injury. There will be other days for her – she has been second on each of her last 2 starts, and fingers crossed we can find the right opportunity for her to go one better next time out.
TELSON BARLEY then did give us the winner in the last, thank goodness, to make the trip home that much quicker. He probably ranks as a slightly lucky winner – the long time leader fell at the last when still a length or so up – but they had pulled well clear of the field, and he was on hand to claim his maiden victory. He’s still very green, as he showed when left in front, and as he learns more, so he’ll continue to improve.

5 February

February 5, 2019 Category :News

BOLDMERE looked very over-priced on the strength of his form at Warwick last time out – not that far behind the winner BIRCHDALE, and with winners from the places since – and so it proved, with a pillar to post victory at a big price at Market Rasen today. A beautifully judged ride from the front by Kielan – never easy – getting everything stretched out, and then kicking on in the home straight. BOLDMERE is still growing up, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him improve again.
MY CHARITY was back over hurdles after 2 falls over fences on his last 2 starts, and he never really got into the race. The field got very stretched very early, and although he made some late headway, he wasn’t able to challenge the leaders. Next time, and slightly better ground, should see him seen to better effect.
FOLLOW THE SWALLOW completed the trio today, and the going was just too soft for him. He’ll have a short break and then return for the spring ground.

2 February

February 2, 2019 Category :News

Agonisingly close for AMI DESBOIS at Sandown today, beaten in a photograph in the £50k handicap chase. What a run though – jumped superbly at the head of the affairs, thoroughly enjoyed himself and battled all the way to the line. After the problems that he had last year, its a pleasure to see him back to his best, and really enjoying his racing. Fingers crossed we can find the right race for him to go one better next time.

28 January

January 28, 2019 Category :News

I thought today at Ludlow would be HEY BILL’s chance to get his first win of the season, but it wasn’t to be. He jumped a little left, and didn’t really knuckle down in the home straight when the race got competitive. He wasn’t beaten far, but he’s better than he showed today. I think maybe some cheek pieces next time just to keep his mind on the job.
A first ride over hurdles for Callum McBride on RED ADMIRABLE too, and he gave him a super spin. He did well to survive a bad mistake with a circuit to go, and then it was only younger rivals that pulled away from him in the home straight. I think both of them will be celebrating wins before long !

26 January

January 26, 2019 Category :News

HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR, oh dear … If ever there was a horse that did not want to be racing and wanted to be back at home, it was HAS today at Uttoxeter. Never went a yard, and Tom had no choice but to pull him up. We’ll find softer ground for him next time, but I’m running out of patience with him …

25 January

January 25, 2019 Category :News

A very enjoyable afternoon at Huntingdon, with first SAMMYLOU and then DAYDREAM AULMES getting their heads in front to give us a nice double on the day. SAMMYLOU showed how he is growing up by settling early on for the first time this season, jumping really well, and then making good progress through the field to get his head in front at the last and win going away. The handicapper will have his say, but he’s improving and I’d like to think he can win again. DAYDREAM AULMES then did very much the same, coming from last to first to win 1/2 length and complete his hat trick. Great rides on the pair of them from Kielan – held up, and then a well timed run to come past the fields.

22 January

January 22, 2019 Category :News

Another good step forward from JESSICA RABBIT at Leicester today, and improvement from her debut over hurdles. She’s not going to win a maiden or a novice, but once handicapped she’ll be competitive in her grade and should be up to winning a race.

20 January

January 20, 2019 Category :News

Taunton on a Saturday afternoon and then Ayr the next day is quite a journey, but ASK BEN made it worthwhile ! The plan had been to wait for the River Don next Saturday, but with no rain forecast during the week and Doncaster watering (in January !!) we thought we’d go to Ayr for the better ground. Ben had a wonderful time – bounced out, and simply ran and jumped the field silly. He finished 20 lengths clear, under a penalty, and it could have been plenty more. For a young horse having only his 2nd start under Rules, he’s a complete professional – a joy to have in the yard and race. Plan now will be the 3m Grade 2 novice at Haydock in February and then, all being well, the Albert Bartlett in March.

19 January

January 19, 2019 Category :News

Very pleasing run from TELSON BARLEY at Taunton over a sharp 2m 3f. The pace was strong from the start, and he was always off his legs a bit, but he buckled down really well to stay on from well back and run into the places. A better jump at the last would have given him second. Now that he’s a stronger horse, he can step up in trip and start winning !

17 January

January 17, 2019 Category :News

A disappointing day at Market Rasen. CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY should have been far more competitive than he was in the handicap chase – it was a bad race, and I expected him to be able to win in that field – and PERSHING MISSILE sadly bled. He’ll finish for the season after that.

12 January

January 12, 2019 Category :News

SAMMYLOU is slowly getting it – settled better today, and was still travelling well and very much in touch when brought down on the flat before 3 out. A good pace and a flat track are right for him at the moment, and he should win before long.

11 January

January 11, 2019 Category :News

Much better from POPERINGHE GINGER today at Huntingdon on better ground. It looked a 2 hors race on paper, and she and ETAMINE DU COCHET drew well clear from the field on the run in. Sadly it was Dan’s horse that just prevailed in the finish – by a 1/2 length – but it was no disgrace to be beaten by a mare that connections rate very highly. If we find the right race, Ginge will win next time out.
BENTONS LAD also ran an encouraging race. He’s needed to come down a few pounds since joining us, but he’s now getting to a mark from which he should be able to win too.

8 January

January 8, 2019 Category :News

Much better today from PADDYS RUNNER at Bangor. He travelled well in the first time blinkers out in front, and battled for the places at the business end of the race. If he keeps in that form, there are races to be won with him.

3 January

January 3, 2019 Category :News

Poor old FOLLOW THE SWALLOW – he just can’t get lucky, can he ? Second on his penultimate start, fell at the last when well clear last time out, and then beaten into second again today by a well handicapped horse. Tom Humphries rode him today with Lilly Pinchin out injured, and gave him a peach of a ride, switched off out the back before coming late, but there was nothing he could do about the winner. The handicapper will no doubt put Swallow up again now for not winning …

31 January

December 31, 2018 Category :News

Very happy with TELSON BARLEY at Warwick today. Jumped and travelled really well, and but for a mistake at the end of the back straight, wouldn’t have been far away. He stayed on well, and today was a big step forward.
CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY was unlucky to unseat when still travelling well 2 out. He’s yet to get his head in front this season, and keeps flattering to deceive.
Performance of the day goes to ZULU DAWN though. He’s a horse that I’ve been excited about for a while, and it was nice to see him make a pleasing debut today. He travelled really well, but then showed terrible signs of greenness as they turned for home – aiming at the stables rather than at the home straight – and then in the home straight. It was only in the last 100 yards when he had the rail that he put his head down and raced on again, and he finished strongly. He should win a bumper this season.

30 January

December 30, 2018 Category :News

The lorries went north and south from the yard today – SAMMYLOU and ITSFINEWINE down to Taunton, and AMI DESBOIS, KAYF BLANCO and ASK BEN north to Haydock.

ITSFINEWINE didn’t enjoy himself at Taunton – reluctant all the way round, and didn’t put anything like everything in. He’s handicapped now, and so we’ll hopefully see some improvement in his own grade. SAMMYLOU just pulled Tom Humphries’ arms out in the conditional jockeys’ race – never settled, and Tom did well to get him home. He was a bit like that last year, but I thought we’d got on top of it in his recent runs. Once he learns to settle though, he’ll be winning

ASK BEN had a strange day out. Travelled and jumped well, but the race was stopped at the top of the home straight to avoid disturbing an injured horse on the track – right decision – and so he didn’t really do much more than a 12f piece of work with 5 hurdles jumped. The plan will be the River Don next. AMI DESBOIS and KAYF BLANCO both ran well over fences, and into the places, but both just found a couple too good. Their day will come, particularly if the handicapper drops them a couple of pounds !!

29 January

December 29, 2018 Category :News

HEY BILL tried his heart out at Newbury today in the Mandarin, but they went a furious pace and he was always just travelling half a stride quicker than ideal. He stayed on well though, and certainly wasn’t beaten that far, but I think a drop back in grade next time will suit.

28 January

December 28, 2018 Category :News

Nice to see JESSICA RABBIT over hurdles at Catterick today, making her debut over obstacles after 2 bumper runs in the autumn. She was a bit keen, and her jumping suffered as a result a bit, but she got round and will improve for that. She’s one for handicaps in the spring I think.

27 January

December 27, 2018 Category :News

Two at Chepstow today on Welsh Grand National Day, and both just struggled in the tacky ground.

I thought today could be SKIPTHECUDDLES’ day, but it wasn’t to be – he likes things to go his own way, and when he couldn’t get ahead at the bottom of the hill, he rather spat the dummy out. He’s better than that, and will have his day in the sun over fences soon. WILDE WATER travelled well until hitting the softest part of the course at the end of the back straight, when he began to paddle. He came home in his own time, and will have benefitted from the experience, but he’s another for whom better ground is a must at this stage of his career.