McPherson Racing


6 November

November 6, 2018 Category :News

I never like running 2 in the same race, but at this time of year it can be tricky to get horses into maiden and novice hurdles, let alone into the perfect race ! As a result, DAYDREAM AULMES and BOLDMERE both had to take their chances against each other, over a trip that was really shorter than ideal for each of them, at Chepstow today. Both ran OK, but both are better than the bare result suggests.

3 November

November 3, 2018 Category :News

This time last year I can remember standing in the winners enclosure at Ayr with Harry Hunt having watched him grind out a victory through the mud. This year, it was SHADY GLEN at Wetherby – but the conditions could not have been more different ! I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but the ground was too quick for him – for Glen ! – in November ! He’s old enough and clever enough to look after himself, but you could see from his careful jumping that he wasn’t letting himself down. A drop of rain and he’ll be out again before long.

31 October

October 31, 2018 Category :News

Fakenham isn’t really the ideal track for SCOOBY – he’s a big horse and likes to gallop – but the opportunity looked a good one for his seasonal return, and so it proved. Although he found one too good, he was a clear ‘best pf the rest’, and that should put him spot on. The plan will be to go chasing with him this winter, so we’ll look for a novice handicap chase next time out.

30 October

October 30, 2018 Category :News

CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY made his seasonal return at Bangor today, and although the trip was on the short side, he definitely stepped up on what he had shown us last year. He travelled and jumped well, and only lost touch with the front pair when they quickened into the last. There’s probably still more to come from him, and if he jumps like that over a longer trip, he should be winning races before long.

28 October

October 28, 2018 Category :News

The racing does seem a bit sporadic at the moment, with the summer horses pretty much done for their season, but with the ground just not yet soft enough to be getting too many winter horses out. Still, we know that POPERINGHE GINGER likes a decent surface, and the mares bumper at Aintree looked just right for her. She was a bit tapped for toe when they quickened at the top of the straight, but she stayed on really well to run into third. Whether she goes for another bumper or whether we go over hurdles next will, I suspect, depend on when and where the rain comes.

20 October

October 20, 2018 Category :News

After a lovely gallops morning with Barrie Hughes and his guests, it was off to Stratford this afternoon for the seasonal return of ITS FINE WINE. He’d struggled on softer ground last winter, but a better surface saw him step up on his second start over hurdles. He’s still young, but he’s going in the right direction and is going to be winning races this season.

7 October

October 7, 2018 Category :News

A much improved run from FOLLOW THE SWALLOW at Uttoxeter today. He’d pulled up on his 2 previous starts in the summer after, and I was hoping that a little break might have just perked him up a bit. Lilly gave him exactly the sort of ride he needed – switched off at the back for 2 miles to get him jumping and enjoying himself, and then creeping into the race past tiring horses. He finished like a train to run into the places, and another few strides and he’d have picked another one off ! Really delighted to see him back on song again, and hats off to Lilly for giving him such a great ride.

4 October

October 4, 2018 Category :News

Poor old SERPICO, he does not get any luck at all. After pulling muscles behind at Cartmel last time out, he managed to slice through an artery across his canon bone this afternoon. Lots of blood, lots of mess, and a very sore horse as a result. He’s going to be fine, but that leg obviously took quite a clout to sever the artery, and I suspect it will be a little while before all of the bruising comes out and he’s comfortable on it again.

2 October

October 2, 2018 Category :News

After a quiet couple of weeks, nice to have some runners out today, and to have them run well. DELIRIOUS LOVE and FLEETING VISIT were kept apart in the 2 divisions of the handicap hurdle, and both ran nice races to finish in the places.
FLEETING VISIT came there to win his race at the second last, but I think probably just ran into a well-handicapped one in POLISHED ROCK. The third was well back, and we’ll just have to hope the handicapper isn’t too harsh in the amount by which he puts us up next week.
DELIRIOUS LOVE definitely ran into a couple in finishing third – the winner, over from Ireland for the day, was backed in from double-digits in the morning to go off 7/2 favourite ! His confidence continues to grow after his win op though, and it won’t be long before he has his head in front.

16 September

September 17, 2018 Category :News

Thank you as always to everyone that made the Owners Day yesterday such a success. The sun shone, the horses all behaved themselves and a good time was had by all ! The ice cream van was, as usual, the biggest hit !
Huge thanks to everyone here who worked so hard to make the day run so smoothly. The horses looked immaculate.

12 September

September 12, 2018 Category :News

Delighted that FLEETING VISIT got his head in front to win the Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter today. He has been such an honest horse since he joined us from the flat in the spring, placed on 3 of his last 4 starts and falling at the last on the other occasion when looking sure to win or be second, that he deserved to win. Sam T-D gave him a lovely ride while Kielan remains out injured, getting there coming to the last and then using his flat speed to keep on to the line. I think the form of that race could work out OK – the second looks a really nice horse with good bumper form, the third had good bumper form last year and the fifth has been running consistently well over hurdles this summer. Hopefully that will give FV the confidence to go on and win again – and since his last win was as a 2 year old, fingers crossed we won’t have to wait another 3 years !!

11 September

September 11, 2018 Category :News

A nice effort from DELIRIOUS LOVE at Worcester today – although he was only 4th, he was beaten less than 3 lengths by the winner and was staying on all the way to the line, having hit a flat spot at the top of the home straight. I’d say that his wind operation has given him the confidence to know that he can run all the way to the line, and since he should get a bit further, that will help see out 20f next time out.

8 September

September 8, 2018 Category :News

ALEXANDER THE GREY has been running well over fences on his last couple of starts, and looked to be in with a chance today if everything went right. Unfortunately, the best laid plans etc ! There was a good strong pace, and he was able to travel into the race nicely after the second last. He was coming under a bit of pressure coming to the last, but had got his nose in front, when he just crumpled on landing. The fall was nasty, but the kicking that he and Kielan took from the horses behind was worst. Both are going to be OK, but Kielan has broken a collar bone and ATG is pretty bruised and shaken up.

4 September

September 4, 2018 Category :News

Not a good day at Stratford today. GENEROUS CHIEF ran no sort of race – reluctant from the start, and quickly dropped himself out of contention. He needs a change of attitude ! Poor VISAGE BLANC then pulled up very lame in front of the stands after a circuit. She has sadly damaged a tendon in her near fore, and won’t race again. She is nicely bred though, and so hopefully will have a future as a brood mare. Many thanks to all of the veterinary team at Stratford that made her as comfortable as possible and (literally !) wrapped her in cotton wool and bandages to enable us to bring her home with the leg so well protected and supported.

31 August

August 31, 2018 Category :News

SHADY GLEN paid the price for chasing the leaders at Bangor today – the pace was a little too strong, and all of the early leaders fell in a hole towards the end of the back straight, leaving the hold up horses to come through. He’s back in one piece though

23 August

August 23, 2018 Category :News

A bit too soft at Stratford for LEAPT today – not up to his usual high standard this summer, and the first time that he has been out of the places since he switched to hurdling in the spring.

18 August

August 18, 2018 Category :News

FLEETING VISIT put his last-hurdle fall at Stratford behind him to run a cracker at Market Rasen today. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite good enough for him to get his head in front – he battled all the way up the home straight, but was still 1/2 length short of the winner at the line. The plan has been to run him over further for the last few weeks, but there just hasn’t been anything suitable in the programme book. His time will come though.

2 August

August 7, 2018 Category :News

Good performances from VISAGE BLANC and ALEXANDER THE GREY at Stratford today. VB stepped up in trip and ran a nice enough race over 22f. ALEXANDER THE GREY built well on his debut over fences to finish third in a deeper race, with Max Kendrick giving him a nice ride to sneak into contention and into the place money.

3 August

August 3, 2018 Category :News

SHADY GLEN ran another solid race at Bangor, although he’s still paying the price for winning first time out this season – the handicapper might hopefully relent a little soon !

22 July

July 22, 2018 Category :News

I’d hoped that a switch to fences might bring about an improvement in ALEXANDER THE GREY’s fortunes, and he certainly ran an awful lot better today over the larger obstacles at Stratford than he has been running over hurdles. Turning for home it looked as if he might just bag his first win, but he was overhauled late on, and had to settle for second. Still, he jumped really well, and that should give him a renewed enthusiasm for racing. FLEETING VISIT was also running a big race when coming down at the last – he was nailed on for second, although whether he would have caught the winner is open to debate ! It was a shame, as he’d jumped well to that point, but he showed his inexperience over obstacles by just guessing at the last a little. He’ll win before long though.