McPherson Racing


12 October

October 12, 2011 Category :News

Long trip to Huntingdon yesterday with Tighe Caster, but the ground was much too quick when we got there. No point taking a risk on that sort of ground, particularly witha grand old man like TC.
Good session schooling what seemed like the whol yard this morning ! The turf schooling grounds are still too quick to be doing too much on, but we’ve dragged a couple of the all-weather French hurdles into the school for the horses to pop away over. It gives them something different to think about !

10 October

October 11, 2011 Category :News

Two nice runs at Ffos Las yesterday, with The Good Guy and Hurricane Electric both making it into the places.
Guy just doesn’t know how to run a bad race – even when a couple go past him he keeps battling on. I just wish the handicapper would give him a chance to get his head in front once this season. Every time he’s got within a whisker of winning, he’s been put back up to a mark that he just can’t win off.
Hurricane Electric made a pleasing debut. Off for over 6 months since a disappointing end to last season at Stratford, he was trying a 3m trip for the first time. Fair to say that he wouldn’t have reached the winner, but a mistake at the last stopped him from earning a little more prize money. We’ll look for something similar for him in a couple of weeks.
One of our owners told me yesterday that, since the start of the new season in the spring, we’ve been achieving a 64% win and place NH strike rate, and a 67% win and place strike rate on the flat (although I concede that the flat strike rate is based on very few runners – don’t want to get too much of a reputation for training flat horses !). If we can keep those figures up as the season progresses, I’ll stay a happy man.

7 October

October 7, 2011 Category :News

Work morning this morning, so Jodie, Tom & Killian all very busy. We’re lucky enough to have a new girl, Kerry, riding out for us for a few days, so that made getting everything done a bit easier now that we’re full to the gills.
Very pleased with PRESENTED – the penny is starting to drop for him.

New Horses

October 6, 2011 Category :News

Delighted to welcome a new owner, Laura Day, and her 4 horses – Zanir, Laneguy, Je ne sais plus and Kilcrea Asla – to the yard. They are lovely horses, and fingers crossed we’ll having some success and some fun with them this winter.

5 October

October 5, 2011 Category :News

Jodie and Tom were at the jockeys whip seminar yesterday. Fair to say they have differing views about the new Rules. Its difficult to say how the Rules are going to work out for the first few weeks; the jockeys are well used to riding with a particular style, and it is going to be tough to change that style overnight. I suspect a fair few will fall foul of the changes until they get used to it.
John Tibbetts was in this morning to see Tickatack do his last piece of work before his first run next week. Looking forward to seeing him out on the track – while he’ll undoubtedly be best over an obstacle, I think he might well run respectably in his bumper first.
Pat McKeown was also in this morning. He’s putting together a syndicate and was ironing out the details.
Finally, a group of the Warwick members that were here on Monday are having shares in a horse that we are going to run as a McPherson Racing Partnership horse. They are going to have PORTA VOGIE, and he should give them plenty of fun. There’s a few shares left, and the Partnership is being run as a lease rather than a purchase, so anyone who is interested, get in touch !

3 October

October 3, 2011 Category :News

Glorious sunny day, and a busy morning. 35 Warwick members came to watch 3rd lot, have breakfast and then have a look round the yard. Its always lovely to have people to the yard and show off the horses. Hopefully everyone had a good time.

1 October

October 3, 2011 Category :News

Well, that was a most enjoyable trip to Wolverhampton !
HARRY HUNT ran a cracker to win the 1m 6f maiden, beating one of John Gosden’s and another of Sir Michael Stoute’s. Adam Kirby had him travelling beautifully, and when he asked him to go on off the final bend Harry got his head down to win by just over a length. We’d hoped that he’d run a nice race to put him spot on for an outing over hurdles, but that exceeded all of our expectations. He’ll now be aimed for the 2m5f handicap hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday 15 October.
RORY BOY also ran a nice race to finish 5th over the same trip. He was unlucky to miss the break quite badly, as the blindfold was slow coming off, but Michael Stainton brought him slowly back into the race and had him doing his best work at the finish. It looks as though he might just have got his enthusiasm back, although we won’t know for sure until he’s back over fences later in the month.

30 September

September 30, 2011 Category :News

Jodie Mogford, Tom Molly & Killian Moore all riding work this morning. Everything worked well. There’s quite a few now ready for a run, so we just need a drop (more like a deluge) of rain.
Off to Wolverhampton tonight for a couple of rare runners on the flat – Rory Boy and Harry Hunt are both having a spin in the 1m6f maiden. It won’t be a regular occurrence during the season, but one or other of them might just spring a surprise tonight …

Open Day Photos

September 28, 2011 Category :News

Ralph Green has very kindly given us a disc with the photos that he took at Sunday’s Open Day. Here’s a good selection below. More available on request !

The expectant crowd

Getting prepared to watch the parade

Mrs McP welcoming the guests

Mick Finn, with our farrier Charlie Sands and owner Mary Du Croz

The team that made it all happen - Mick, Sam, Killian, Eilish, Stef, Kaylee, Dawn & Michelle

Mike Henderson, taking pride in a job well done !

Getting things underway

TIGHE CASTER, the elder statesman of the yard, kicks of the parade

TICKATACK, one of this season's exciting newcomers

FAIRVIEW SUE - quite possibly the prettiest mare in the yard

4 year old Irish point to point winner PRESENTED

COPACOBANA, led up by his owner's daughter Emily Rodney

QUIZWORK, a gorgeous stamp of a horse to go chasing with

WYCHWOODS DANCER, a winner waiting to happen

GYPSY GEORGE, owned by the yard sponsor Nailsworth Mills Estate

MISS BROWNES FANCY, a lovely filly to go juvenile hurdling

WILLIES YARD, an exciting novice chasing prospect

Looking round the yard

Sam Canning and conditional Killian Moore


Lunch ...

... and pudding ...

26 September

September 26, 2011 Category :News

Many thanks to everyone who came to our Owners Day yesterday and made it such a success. The weather stayed decent, the horses all behaved themselves and I think that a good time was had by all. Plenty of familiar faces there, and some new ones too. A number of new owners bought legs, and a couple bought whole horses, so welcome to everyone who has woken up this morning a new owner at McPherson Racing !
Lots of photos to follow very shortly indeed.

23 Sept

September 24, 2011 Category :News

The summer horses are coming to an end of their season, and the most forward winter horses are still a couple of weeks off a run, so runners have been thin on the ground this week. However, we’ve not been idle – we’ve a handful of boxes still waiting for their occupants to return from pre-training, but with every stable taken, mornings have been very full indeed recently. On top of that we’ve been preparing for this Sunday’s owners day. Fingers crossed the weather is good, as we’ve got an ice cream van coming, not to mention 200-odd people !

20 September

September 20, 2011 Category :News

A good weekend. John Tibbetts and his daughter came up to see their new horse Tickattack on Saturday morning. He won his Irish maiden in some style in the spring, and I’m delighted to have him in the yard. We’ll probably look for a bumper for him first time out, but you’ve only got to look at him to see that he is made to be a chaser.
Excellent run from The Good Guy at Plumpton on Sunday, beaten less than a length by a horse to which he was giving 22lbs. It was the same race that he finished second in last year, that time beaten a short head by Strumble Head, so its getting a bit frustrating taking him to the south coast every year ! He’s such a game horse, and tries his heart out every time he runs, but he really needs the handicapper to give him a chance. Still, all the time he’s in good heart we’ll keep running him and hopefully he can get his head in front next time.

Oh dear oh dear

September 15, 2011 Category :News

Killian failed his driving test this morning. Again. For the fourth time.
On a happier note, glorious sunny day on the gallops this morning. Joyce Norris of the Gaining Ground Partnership came down to see Young Jim and for a chat about where we might go first with him. Possibly straight hurdling, but I think a bumper for experience will benefit him. Very pleased with how Dancing Emily is coming along.

New Horses

September 14, 2011 Category :News

Where to start ! The horses that we have this year are the best group that we’ve had since I took out the licence 2 years ago.  They are also the largest group – there are one or two still to arrive, but when they do, it looks like we are going to start the season with every box filled.

The old favourites from last year are all back, and all seem as well as ever after a good summer break. Last year’s Cheltenham runner HARRY HUNT has strengthened up – its hard to believe he’s still only a 4 year old – and will go hurdling, at least to begin with. He’s the sort that might just make up into a chaser sooner rather than later, and his age means he’ll get a good allowance if we do go over fences with him this season. The two WYCHWOODS – MIST AND DANCER – will continue their progress in bumpers, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them picking up some nice prizes through the season. We’ll aim them for EBF races and, if all goes well, probably the EBF Final in the spring. VISION OF LIGHTS will try to build on his bumper runs last season over hurdles this year. His size and his scope should make him an exciting prospect. GYPSY GEORGE returns after injury to be aimed at staying chases and, if all goes well, the Foxhunters on Gold Cup day. COCACOBANA must surely rate as a good thing now that he is qualified for handicaps. CONSTANT CUPID will look forward to the soft ground that he loved so much when winning last year. Our two star mares – DANCING EMILY and FAIRVIEW SUE – will go over hurdles. I’d love for them to pick up a bit of black type. Last but not least, my favourite horse in the yard – QUIZWORK. Given what he’s been doing at home, there’s no reason why he can’t put the disappointment of last year behind him, and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t show us his true ability over hurdles, and then later over fences, as the season progresses.

Turning to the new horses in the yard, Kevin & Anne Glastonbury have sent us two more exciting youngsters. Both unnamed at present, one is a full brother to their top class mare WYCHWOOD LEGEND and is already showing every sign that with time he’ll live up to the standards of his big sister, while the other is a nippy 4 year old by Umistim, who might well surprise a few in bumpers. YOUNG JIM and WILLIES YARD have both joined the yard after winning and being placed in Irish point to points in the spring, as have TICKATACK and PRESENTED. All are for new owners, so welcome to them. VERDE GOODWOOD and RORY BOY are also for a new owner, Peter Randall. I’d hope that both will be invigorated by a change of yards, and both are well capable of winning. SOCIETY SHARES is back after injury last season, and he joins the 3 year old MISS BROWNES FANCY (who will run in juvenile hurdles) as the Arion racing horses that will race in the green and silver alongside HARRY HUNT.

As I say, a very, very nice bunch of horses this season !

News from the summer

September 14, 2011 Category :News

Welcome to the new website for McPherson Racing ! Just as we have spent the summer sprucing up the yard so we have re-vamped the website. As long as everything works as it should, the site should now list every horse in the yard and give links through to the Racing Post website to enable you to see Form and Entries. It has also been updated to reflect the recent changes to the yard – see more below ! 

First, a quick review of what has been going on at McPherson Racing through the summer. Although we have only had a few runners through the summer months, the results that we’ve had with them have been first class. WYCHWOOD MIST has to have been the star turn, winning her bumper at the first  time of asking by 8 lengths, with the third a further 15 lenghts back. The form of the race has worked out well too, with subsequent winners coming from behind her. WYCHWOOD DANCER almost matched her, finishing second on her debut behind the decent TARA ROSE before going for a short sumemr break. Other good performances have come from HIMAYNA, who joined us from Tim Vaughan’s and promtply improved 5 pounds (sorry Tim !), placing in 3 of her 4 starts for us, and THE GOOD GUY, who has now been placed twice over the summer. Old man of the yard TIGHE CASTER has also run into the frame on his last two runs – I’d love to win with him just once more before he retires.

Sadder news included the loss of LADY PACHA, who was killed at Newton Abott when jumping the last, and the departure of SOCCERJACKPOT, who has returned to a career on the flat.

We’ve also seen some new faces at the yard. However, before I introduce them, fantastic news about Dawn. In August she gave birth to baby Iris. Mother and baby are both doing very well – they’ve been up to the yard a few times already, and Dawn is threatening to start riding out again soon.

Eilish McCall has joined us from Chris Wall’s Newmarket Yard. A talented rider, my only complaint isthat she is so light that the horses barely know she is up ! Welcome also to Kaylee-Marie White who has recently left the Northern Racing College.

Another addition is Tom Molloy. Tom rode out for us regularly last season, but has now transferred his licence to us. I’m delighted that he’s joined us. I believe that he’s a jockey destined for the top.

Last but not least, congratulations to Steph. Over the summer she was promoted to Travelling Head Girl. No-one turns out a horse better at the races than Steph, and we are very lucky to have her to take horses racing.

Although a relatively quiet time on the track for us through the summer, we certainly have not been idle ! All of the boxes have received a thorough spring clean and a lick of paint. The paddocks have been re-fenced and the larger ones divided into a number of smaller, individual paddocks. We now have 11 small paddocks as well as the 2 larger ones, so every horse can be turned out for longer each day without there being any risk of them damaging anyone else. We have also just finished building a 500m circular sand canter and a 200m all-weather jumping lane. Both are going to be invaluable when the colder weather comes, and I think that the sand canter is going to be useful all year round to build stamina – both in the horses and the riders !

Last but not least, we’ve had plenty of new horses arrive. More of those in my next post.