McPherson Racing


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.