McPherson Racing


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.

26 December

December 26, 2018 Category :News

First and foremost, happy Christmas to everyone !

Two meetings – Huntingdon and Market Rasen – and rather differing fortunes. Neither SHADY GLEN nor HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR were on going days at Market Rasen – HAS had to be driven hard to get round, and SHADY GLEN sulked and virtually pulled himself up. Better luck at Huntingdon though, where DAYDREAM AULMES followed up his recent Warwick success with another win, coming from last to first and win perhaps a shade cosily. He’s a progressive horse, and I’d hope there is more to come. RED ADMIRABLE ran his race, but he’s not finding it quite as easy this year as last, when he was a well handicapped horse. PASSING SHADOW made a pleasing debut, travelling well for a long way before just being outpaced in the home straight. He’s a horse with a bright future.

22 December

December 22, 2018 Category :News

I confess that I had high hopes for POPERINGHE GINGER at Haydock today in the listed novices’ hurdle, but Kielan said she just didn’t handle the ground at all – too soft and sticky. I think she’ll cope with that as she gets older, but in the meantime we’ll look for a sounder surface

14 December

December 14, 2018 Category :News

CALLUM GILHOOLEY was the first of the 4 year old bumper horses to have an outing this winter – and he’s rather set the standard for the rest of them now !
It looked a decent bumper at Bangor – some expensive, nicely bred horses in the race, and a good few with previous experience too – but he travelled as well as anything, quickened when they quickened, and then threaded his way through horses to get his head in front in the final furlong and win going away. He’s bred to get further, and he jumps for fun, so I think he is going to be a very nice hurdler for someone as he gets older.

13 December

December 13, 2018 Category :News

Two nice runs at Warwick today to put a smile back on everyone’s faces after the disappointments earlier in the week. BOLDMERE ran a super race in the Maiden hurdle, stepping up in trip, but importantly back on slightly better ground and a flat track. That looks like it will turn out to be a nice race, and there are races to be won with him over hurdles before he goes chasing – where he should be even better.
DAYDREAM AULMES finally got it all together after a couple of slightly disappointing runs earlier this autumn. His jumping can still improve, but he showed a nice attitude when left in front 2 out to battle on and keep his head in front all the way to the line. Delighted for Sue Howell – she’s been a great supporter of the yard in recent years, and lovely to have a winner for her.

12 December

December 12, 2018 Category :News

I thought we had 2 good chances at Hexham today, but CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY found a couple too good in the staying handicap chase, and PERSHING MISSILE never went a yard. A long, slow journey home as a result, and back to the drawing board.

10 December

December 10, 2018 Category :News

You couldn’t make it up. MY CHARITY went all the way to Musselburgh for a Novice handicap chase after his first fence fall last week – flat track, lovely ground, small fences – and did exactly the same thing again. Saw a perfect stride, jumped it perfectly, got his legs tangle on landing and came down. He’s pretty sore as a result, and I think he has to go back over hurdles next time out to get his confidence. Its such a shame – he schools so well at home.

8 December

December 8, 2018 Category :News

Three at Chepstow today, 2 over fences and 1 over hurdles, and the rain ensured that every race was a proper test.
That unfortunately wasn’t to TELSON BARLEY’s liking. He jumped well, but hated the ground and finished we3ll back. Flatter track and better ground next time, and since he should also then have his handicap mark, I’d expect more from him on his next run.
AMI DESBOIS bounced back from his disappointment at Newcastle last Saturday with a super run in the Welsh National trial. He jumped from fence and fence, and but for a mistake at the 2nd last, would have been bang there. Still, a 3rd place in that quality of race on his first completion for more than 12 months isn’t a bad way to start the season, and I’d be disappointed if he doesn’t come on a few pounds for that run too.
KAYF BLANCO stepped up to 3 miles for the first time in the 0-150 Novice handicap chase, and I don’t think he quite got that trip, particularly on a testing track and in wet conditions. He tried his heart out – as he always does – and ran into yet another place, but he was no match for the first and second home. A drop back to 2m 6f, and possibly a flatter track, is where I’d like him to go next.

7 December

December 7, 2018 Category :News

HEY BILL gave Calum McBride his first ride under NH Rules today at Sandown in the Amateur Riders race. He jumped superbly, and was still bang there when horse and jockey had a disagreement 2 out over whether a long one was on the cards, and Callum unseated ! He gave him a super ride though, and there will be plenty more opportunities – for both of them – to be winning this season.