McPherson Racing


20 May

May 20, 2018 Category :News

A mixed day – success at Stratford, disappointment at Market Rasen.

BENEFICIAL JOE had lost his confidence last year over fences after a couple of falls, but had bounced back well over hurdles in the second half of the summer. His jumping was cracking today – one mistake down the back, but apart from that, very professional – but he was stopped to nothing when one fell in front of him 3 from home, and the race went from him there and then. If he jumps like that through the summer though, he’ll be winning over fences before long.

LONDONIA moved into the race really well, but then just flattened out in the home straight. Its difficult to know what to make of the run – he wasn’t beaten far, and he may just have ended up in a very competitive race – but we’ll check him out at home and see where we go next. Fences is definitely an option, as is stepping him up in trip.

To Stratford now. We know that GENEROUS CHIEF loves quick ground and can go well fresh, and so all credit to Bryony Frost for having the confidence to make plenty of use of him after 200 days off and put the field under pressure from a long way out. He kept finding more, and in the end won quite comfortably. If the summer stays dry, we’ll have fun with him !

19 May

May 19, 2018 Category :News

A pleasing debut over hurdles for FLEETING VISIT at Bangor. He was smart on the flat last season, and he’d shown a liking for his hurdles at home. He hit a bit of a flat spot leaving the back straight, but stayed on well in the home straight. A step up from 2m to 2m 4f might be on the cards next time.

15 May

May 15, 2018 Category :News

VISAGE BLANC’s confidence has been much improved since her wind op, and that showed in a good run at Stratford last time out. I thought she had every chance to break her maiden tag over hurdles tonight, and she came so close to doing so, just done on the line by a nose. Still, it was a very encouraging step in the right direction for her, and I’d be very disappointed if she doesn’t start winning soon.

DELIRIOUS LOVE could only improve after a dismal first run over hurdles last week – and fortunately he did ! He’d jumped 42 hurdles at home in the last 7 days, and his jumping was almost foot perfect tonight. He travelled well for a long way, but was still keen early on, and just failed to see out the 20f. I think we’ll drop him back in trip next time to help him settle and finish his race.

12 May

May 12, 2018 Category :News

An encouraging run from SAMMYLOU at Warwick today on his 3rd start over hurdles. He’s enjoying the better ground, and although the trip was on the sharp side for him he jumped well and stayed on nicely. He’ll start his summer break now, and should return in the autumn a stronger horse.

PADDYS RUNNER also ran nicely enough under Harry Stock. He’s difficult to win with, but he runs his race each time.

11 May

May 11, 2018 Category :News

SHADY GLEN has rather a liking for Market Rasen – 2 wins and 2 places there last season – and he ran out a ready winner on seasonal debut there today. He jumped and travelled like a dream, and Kielan found himself in front rather sooner than he probably would have liked, but Glen did enough to keep himself and win quite comfortably in the end. He is a horse with whom I have a love-hate relationship – there are days when I could cheerfully throttle him – but today was one of the good days !

A really pleasing from LEAPT too over hurdles. Two mistakes – at the same hurdle on each circuit – cost him the chance of a debut win, but he travelled well, quickened really well off the final bend, and well-deserved his place. He’ll win races for his new owners this summer without a doubt.

10 May

May 10, 2018 Category :News

No luck at Worcester today, as BALLINA LADY failed to build on her promising Stratford debut over fences last time, SCOOBY ran a rare below-par race, and FOLLOW THE SWALLOW probably just needed it.

28 May

May 9, 2018 Category :News

I love the smell of Sticky Toffee Pudding in the morning ! There’s nothing nicer than the Bank Holiday meeting at Cartmel, particularly when you’ve got a winner to celebrate.

Conditions had conspired against STYNES on his seasonal debut at Sandown – the ran came down and any hope of a good run went with it. Back on a firmer surface he’s a different horse though. The race did rather fall into his lap – 2 front-runners cut each others’ throats and went off far too fast, and with Kielan riding him really patiently he was able to get to the front after the race without coming off the bridle, and then pretty much win as he liked. So long as the handicapper is not silly, there is a lot of fun to be had with him this summer in some good handicap chases.

8 May

May 8, 2018 Category :News

It was an emotional day at Ludlow today, as HARRY HUNT ran his final race in a long and distinguished career. Having shown very little on the flat at 2 and 3 in Ireland, he was transformed by his journey across the Irish sea. Over the course of the following 7 years he ran 56 times. He won 8 of those races – on the flat, over hurdles and over fences – and won and was placed in well over half his races. He took his owners to the Cheltenham Festival twice, finishing in the top half each time. In the last 12 months he has also run in 3 charity races, placing each time, as well as surprising all of us (well, some of us !) by winning over fences for one last time at Ayr. He was a joy to train and have in the yard. We’ll all miss him hugely. He has got a lovely retirement to look forward to, eventing with Steph Cameron who has looked after him so well for so long. Happy retirement !

With all of that going on, I’ve almost overlooked RED ADMIRABLE ! Older than HH, facing another season in training next year – and still loving his racing ! He finished a solid fourth at Ludlow on ground that was probably just a bit too quick for him. He’ll have a summer out and then return in the autumn.

7 May

May 7, 2018 Category :News

My youngest, Paddy, summed up today at Warwick perfectly ‘Not a very good day, Dad’ ! DELIRIOUS LOVE jumped like an idiot on his debut over hurdles – far, far too keen, and gave the obstacles no respect at all before unseating Kielan at the third. For a horse that is so relaxed at home, and who jumps hurdles like he’s been doing it all of his life, he’s been a very frustrating horse to take racing this winter. ALEXANDER THE GREY then travelled really nicely for a long way in the 2m handicap hurdle before Kielan felt him take a couple of false steps, and pulled him up very quickly indeed. We couldn’t find anything obviously wrong after the race, but we’ll see how he is in the morning. Fingers crossed, it is nothing serious.

6 May

May 6, 2018 Category :News

So, here we are at the start of a new season, and where better to start than Towcester in the sunshine !
I thought we might start the season with a winner in DAYDREAM AULMES, making his debut over hurdles, but he ran flat and could only finish fourth. He’s been in a long time, and he’s one who is going to benefit huge for a good summer break, so its out in the paddocks for him now.
A very nice debut run in the bumper for BUDDING ROBIN though. He’s a lovely big half-brother to some cracking staying chasers, so the bumper run was very much for experience, but he travelled well and knuckled down to battle it out for the minor placings. I doubt he’ll have another bumper run – 3m and hurdles in the autumn is what he’ll tackle next.

28 April

April 28, 2018 Category :News

It would have been nice to finish the season at Sandown with 2 in the winners enclosure, but it wasn’t to be. The rain made the ground too soft for STYNES and, although he made a bold effort to return to winning ways after 300-odd days off, it was always going to be difficult in those conditions for a horse that likes it like tarmac ! He will press on through the summer now, and there will be plenty of handicap chases to be won with him over 2m – 2m 4f.

SKIPTHECUDDLES also made a bold bid to follow up his Ludlow win earlier in the week with another success, but he was held when falling at the last. He would have stayed on for a place, but it wasn’t to be. For a horse that has raced 5 1/2 miles in 5 days though, he was remarkably perky afterwards !!

26 April

April 26, 2018 Category :News

Much better from SAMMYLOU at Warwick today – he switched off nicely at the back, jumped well (although a bit bog at a couple) and then made good progress in the last mile to finish right in the middle of the big field. Last time in heavy ground was too bad to me true – he made it very clear what he thought about jumping out of it !!

24 April

April 24, 2018 Category :News

Another nice busy day on decent ground, with 3 at Ludlow and 2 at Huntingdon.

HEY BILL started the day off in great fashion for us at Ludlow. Second across the line, but he took a hefty bump from the ‘winner’ on the run in when coming with his run, and that caused him to check and change legs, and knocked the momentum out of him. He was coming back with every stride, but was just still a nose down at the line.  Stewards had a look and reversed the placings.

SKIPTHECUDDLES then made it a double on the day in the very next race. He’d had a good start to the season, and was running well at Cheltenham on New Years Day when he got a bad knock, but the wheels had well and truly come off at Market Rasen last time, and he just hadn’t been firing at home. The last couple of weeks had seen him come back to himself though, and with better ground and cheekpieces to ‘focus’ him, I was hopeful of a nice run. A good positive ride saw him draw right away from the field, and win easily. He’s in at Sandown on Saturday, and we’ll see how he is before we make a decision whether to run him. The alternative would be to wait until May and then look for a novice chase.

PERSHING MISSILE almost made it 3 from 3, but he just found 1 too good on the day. He’s been a lovely find from Ireland – second on each of his 2 starts for us – and is a nice horse for the future. He’s also for sale – to stay in the yard – so get in touch if you are interested !!

From Huntingdon to Ludlow. SCOOBY was back over 3m, and I thought he’d run a nice race in a big field. He was a bit disappointing though – he rather ran with the choke out, and faded in the home straight. Still, his ground is coming now and I’d be very disappointed if he doesn’t win before he starts his summer break.

LONDONIA completed the day. He’s a hold up horse, and trying to win a 17 runner handicap with a horse from the back is never easy, but he came oh so close. He just hit a flat spot coming to the cross hurdle, giving the leaders the opportunity to build up a lead that he just couldn’t quite reel back. Still, an encouraging return after his winter break, and he’s another that should be winning races very soon indeed.

22 April

April 22, 2018 Category :News

A busy day today, with 5 at Stratford and 2 at Wincanton. That’s what happens when the nice ground finally comes !

PADDYS RUNNER was a bit disappointing at Wincanton, although to be fair he got no luck in running – hampered at the start of the final circuit when wanting to make some progress, and then almost brought to a standstill 3 out when a horse fell in front of him. We know he’s better than that – he’ll bounce back next time.

BOLDMERE improved the mood at Wincanton though. His owner  John Odell found him in Ireland last year, and he’s brought him along steadily. A bumper was just what he needed to educate him a little, and he didn’t disappoint, running on nicely late on to miss out on the places by a neck. He’s another that will be an even better horse over further and with a hurdle in front of him.

The 5 at Stratford were all back to back, and so it was a hectic afternoon. Nice results though, with everything finishing in the money.

KAYF BLANCO was probably the only slight disappointment. I thought today could be his day after a string of placed efforts this winter – 5 starts, 3 seconds, 2 thirds – but it wasn’t to be. Whether it was the ground (slightly quicker than ideal), the consequences of a sequence of hard races in the mud or just an off day, I’m not sure, but he just didn’t really fire in the race. We’ll see how he comes out of it before deciding what next.

BALLINA LADY was not one that I held high hopes for – form figures of OPP over hurdles wouldn’t inspire confidence in anyone – but she had a bit of P2P form in Ireland on better ground, and she loves to front run, so we thought we’d bowl along in front out of the handicap and see how she went. Fair to say that she loved it ! She jumped for fun, and was only collared close to home.  I would happily have taken a place for her at the start of the day !

SERPICO’s owners have had a frustrating winter – he’s a horse that needs decent ground, and the opportunities have just not been there for him – and so I was delighted for them that he ran so well when he finally got his going. He’s a horse that hits a flat spot in his race, and that has probably cost him the race today, as he finished like a train to be beaten only 2 lengths. There should be a race to win with him over hurdles, but he has already started schooling over fences, and as a lovely big horse, that will probably be his future.

VISAGE BLANC was having her first run wince wind surgery, and we saw the difference. She just hadn’t finished her race on her previous 2 starts, and you could see with a mile to run today that she was backing off, anticipating that she wouldn’t be able to breathe. When that didn’t happen, she relaxed and ran on again. She will carry on through the summer, and she will win races.

Last but not least, MY CHARITY. He had a few entries over the weekend and early next week, and I though Stratford was going to cut up to give him a good opportunity to win his novice. I was wrong – finding ourselves up against a 132-rated, unpenalised, PFN horse was not what I’d hoped for ! Still, we gave him a run for his money, beaten only 4 lengths into second. When I finally put him in the right race, he’ll win his maiden or his novice no problem !

21 April

April 21, 2018 Category :News

Just the one at Bangor today, but one of my favourite horses in NORMAN STANLEY. I’d got it all wrong with him at Wetherby last time – ground had gone too soft and I should have pulled him out on the day – but was hopeful that today at Bangor would be his day to win a bumper. And so it proved – lovely positive ride from Bryony Frost on him, taking it up as they turned for home and pushing him out hands and heels to win very comfortably indeed. ‘Readily’, the Racing Post described it as – I wouldn’t disagree ! He’s one that has a very exciting future ahead of him – a longer trip and obstacles beckon.

A huge mention too for HARRY HUNT, who was giving Steph Cameron her second ride in the Greatwood Charity race at Newbury today. He was well off the pace after a messy start, but made good steady progress and, as horses in front of him started to tire, finished like a train to snatch third place just before the line. Huge excitement, and very well done to Steph. Given that HH is going to be retiring though, she needs to start thinking what she’s going to ride in the race next year !!

20 April

April 20, 2018 Category :News

Absolutely delighted with POPERINGHE GINGER’s debut in the Southwell mares bumper today. She is a mare that I have always liked – she’s closely related to some really nice winners, and she has looked a decent prospect ever since she arrived here as an unbroken store – and I was looking forward to her first run. The owners have been wonderfully patient while the ground has been so poor, but they were well rewarded. After running very wide on the final bend she finished like a train to be beaten only 4 lengths. Nice mare for the future.

18 April

April 18, 2018 Category :News

The ground just about dried up enough for SYMPHONY OF ANGELS to make his seasonal debut at Cheltenham today, in the 2m Conditionals’ handicap hurdle. After being a little keen early on, he settled into his race well, jumped well and stayed on up the hill to finish seventh, although that position doesn’t really reflect how well he ran – he was only beaten 4 lengths for second. He’s going to be a very exciting horse through the summer – hurdles and then fences, all being well.

14 April

April 14, 2018 Category :News

Who would have thought that HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR would still be getting his ground in mid April ?! After a disappointing run at Southwell last time – my fault entirely, I ran him too soon after his Fakenham second – he ran a cracking race up in grade today, to finish second again behind what looked to be a very well-handicapped horse. He had a visor on for the first time, and it really sharpened him up. We’ll have to see if we can get one final run in to him before his summer break – it would be lovely to win one with him for the McPherson Winter Racing II, as they’ve filled every other place this season !

28 March

March 28, 2018 Category :News

Dreadful ground at Warwick. SAMMYLOU hated it; he’s much better than that. Enough said.

27 March

March 27, 2018 Category :News

DAHILLS HILL was running another big race when she nodded on landing and unshipped Kielan 3 out. It was too far out to say that she would have won, but she was the only runner still on the bridle at the time, and I’d like to think she would have gone very close. She’s sore after the fall, but will be fine in time.