McPherson Racing

NEWS & UPDATES

25 February

February 25, 2018 Category :News

We went to Southwell thinking CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY would get his ground and that it might be too quick for HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR. How wrong can I be ?! Far too soft for CC, and Hollywood All Star just never went a yard – I think with hindsight I went back too quickly after his Fakenham effort last week.

 

24 February

February 24, 2018 Category :News

Poor old KAYF BLANCO – the bridesmaid again today at Kempton, beaten a neck in the handicap chase. I thought jumping the last he’d get there, but the winner just held on to the line. That’s now 10 places since his last win – what has he got to do to get his nose in front ?!

MY CHARITY was far too keen early on to give him a chance at the end of the race. I wonder if we might drop him back in trip next time out to give him the chance to settle better.

22 February

February 22, 2018 Category :News

A good day at Huntingdon, with RED ADMIRABLE resuming winning ways and TOUCH OF VELVETT showing real improvement on her second start over hurdles.

I had thought that RED should win again this season after he won at Taunton first time out this season, but he had to work extremely hard for it ! He hit the front at the top of the home straight, and kept pulling out more and more to hold off the pre-race favourite by a nose at the line. He’s had a hard race, and so don’t expect to see him out again for a few weeks, but he’s still got his will to win, even if his aging body isn’t quite the horse he was a few years ago !!

Delighted with TOUCH OF VELVETT too. She got a little outpaced down the back, but then stayed on really well in the home straight. She’s still learning her trace, but she has ability and the penny is really dropping with her. She’s a nice mare who will win races.

 

21 February

February 21, 2018 Category :News

Thank goodness the bumper at Doncaster split today, as we’ve had 2 waiting for better ground and I would not have wanted to run them against each other.

SAMMYLOU was disappointing – Kielan reported that he just didn’t feel the same horse today as the one that had run so well at Sandown last time out. We’ll see if we can find anything, but we know he’s far better than that.

DAYDREAM AULMES was the nice winner of the second division though, although 4f out you would have struggled to see him passing the first 2. He is a tough horse though, and wore them down in the straight to put his head in front 100 yards from the line and in the end win going away. He is going to be a very nice horse, particularly when he gets further and an obstacle to jump.

 

20 February

February 20, 2018 Category :News

Poor old HEY BILL – did nothing wrong at Taunton today, was making his move around the bend with 4 to jump, but then found himself the meat in the sandwich as one inexplicably moved off the rail and caused everything on his outside to squash up. He had nowhere to go, and ended up on the deck, brought down. He’s fine, but he’s going to be sore for a few days. Its a shame, because he was running a nice race, and I would have expected him to be in the mix at the line.

18 February

February 18, 2018 Category :News

The handicapper hadn’t been kind to DAHILLS HILL after her easy Ludlow win last time out, but she showed that she is still a mare on an upwards curve with a good second at Market Rasen today in another good mares race. I think she just bumped into one today, and so hopefully – as long as we don’t go up too much again – there should still be wins in her this season.

A sound run from PADDYS RUNNER too. He’s just a few pounds too high in the handicap, so fingers crossed the handicapper gives a couple of pounds and lets him be competitive next time out.

14 February

February 14, 2018 Category :News

The weather is making life tricky at the moment, to say the least. Keeping them ticking over at home in the hope that we’ll get racing surfaces other than heavy isn’t easy !

Still, at least today was a good opportunity to get HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR out on ground that he enjoys, even if not many others do ! It was a drop in grade for him at Fakenham, and he was able to take advantage. A much better run from him.

 

3 February

February 3, 2018 Category :News

A busy day at Wetherby, and its fair to say a day of varying success.

KAYF BLANCO was desperately unlucky in the feature chase, beaten a head and a head to finish third after suffering interference after the last when the gap before him closed. If any horse deserves a win, it is him – his last victory came in 2015, but he has placed 9 times since then, and because he always runs his race, the handicapper tends to give him no respite. He’s a tough so and so as well, and always gives his all.

NORMAN STANLEY ran another nice race, but its fair to say that he struggled in the softer ground. He’s a big horse who still needs to strengthen. He’ll win his bumper on better ground.

AMI DESBOIS was disappointing. There’s something not 100% with him, and we need to get to the bottom of what it is.

RIO BRAVO didn’t get home over 3m in the soft ground.

22 January

January 22, 2018 Category :News

Back to the AW at Wolverhampton with PADDYS RUNNER tonight, as the ground just isn’t around for him over hurdles at the moment. He ran OK, but I think with a more positive ride he would have pinched 2nd or 3rd instead of having to settle for 4th. The winner won well though – she’s wasn’t going to be beaten !

20 January

January 20, 2018 Category :News

A very pleasing hurdles debut for TELSON BARLEY today at Taunton. He’d been disappointing in his bumper – its fair to say that the occasion got to him that day, and his race was run after a mile or so – but today he travelled well, jumped well and was only quickened out of it by a couple of proper 2milers at the end of the race. He’ll want further once he has more experience – he’s a lovely big horse by Scorpion – but he’s got the speed to be competitive over 2m 4f in the meantime. He is going to be a good one.

18 January

January 18, 2018 Category :News

ITS FINE WINE made his debut over hurdles at Ludlow today. He scared himself at the first hurdle, and was never at the races after that. He is much better than that – he’s another who will show more on better ground.

17 January

January 17, 2018 Category :News

A better showing from CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY today at Market Rasen, with cheekpieces on. He’s been keeping a bit back for himself in his races, so they just helped him travel a bit better, and gave Kielan a chance to get him home. He’s now qualified for a handicap mark, and so hopefully he should find life a bit easier in his grade from now on.

We thought we’d find better ground at Market Rasen for HARRY HUNT, but by the time of the last, it was pretty deep and testing – and certainly far too much like hard work for HH ! He likes things to be ‘just so’ before he puts it all in these days, and today was not one of those days ! We’ll wait for better ground before he runs again.

16 January

January 16, 2018 Category :News

A nice hurdles debut for TOUCH OF VELVETT at Hereford today. She’d done plenty of schooling over in France as a youngster, and also run in a point to point last year, and her jumping showed the benefit of that experience – really nice. She travelled well for a long way before just being quickened out of it by better horses. She’s one for handicaps down the line I think, but she’s going to be a nice mare and will win races.

13 January

January 13, 2018 Category :News

A very nice handicap chase debut for KAYF BLANCO at Wetherby today, finishing second in the 0-150 behind what looks to be a well-handicapped horse of Evan Williams’. He needed the run at Towcester last time out, but today he was fit as a fiddle, and jumped really well, staying on to take second after the last. I think a step up in trip will suit now that he is a bit older – his best form in the past has been over 2m, but he should stay 2m 4f, and so that is probably the trip we’ll try next.

11 January

January 11, 2018 Category :News

A solid run from HOLLYWOOD ALL STAR at Leicester today, but he just wasn’t able to go with them when they quickened in the home straight, and he plugged on to finish mid-division. The conditions are right for him at the moment, so hopefully we can find the right race for him to get his head in front.

10 January

January 10, 2018 Category :News

You wait years for a winner at Ludlow, and then 2 come along at once !

Ludlow had always been a bogey track for us – we’d gone there with favourites who had been turned over, with outsiders who had run out of their skin but still just been beaten, and never had a winner there (unless you want to count ANOTHER RALEIGH in a charity years, many many years ago !!). HEY BILL put that right today though, winning the novices handicap chase in impressive style. Its nice to see him back to his old hurdles form – he’d shown a good attitude on his debut over fences at Doncaster last time out, and this was another good step forward. Decent ground is key with him, so we’ll choose carefully where we go next.

Having had our first winner at Ludlow, an hour later we had our second as DAHILLS HILL made it a double on the day. We’ve always thought she had ability ever since she arrived from Ireland in the autumn, but she was far too keen on her first start for us, and then unseated early on her second, so it was frustrating that she hadn’t show on the track what she shows at home. Still, she put that right today, jumping and travelling well throughout the race before pulling well clear in the home straight to win easily. The handicapper will have his say, but hopefully she can go on and win again – she’s only just 6, so there should be improvement still to come.

 

 

 

8 January

January 8, 2018 Category :News

A week without a runner at this time of year feels like a long time between races, but the way the weather has been, we’ve had no choice put to sit and suffer, just like everyone else. Still, a spin on the all weather at Wolverhampton was just what PADDYS RUNNER needed, and although he was a bit on and off the bridle early, he stayed on well over 1m 6f to finish third. I’d be wanting to get back over hurdles with him if possible, but at least he has the option of staying on the AW if the bad weather persists.

1 January 2018

January 1, 2018 Category :News

Happy New Year to everyone – and here’s to a successful 2018.

Conditions at Cheltenham make it hard work today, and it wasn’t a great start to the New Year I’m afraid.

MY CHARITY did not enjoy the ground at all – we’d suspected that he wouldn’t, but you never know for sure until you try – but he at least came back safe and sound and gave his owners the great thrill of having a Cheltenham runner.

AMI DESBOIS was pulled up after 3 out, having made a noise. Hopefully it was just a combination of testing ground and a punishing pace that caught his wind out. We’ll look to go back on better ground and hopefully a less testing race next time out, and fingers crossed that will see him resume winning ways.

SKIPTHECUDDLES ran a nice race in the staying handicap hurdle, but he belted 3 out and came back with a fetlock the size of a football. You can never say that a knock like that damaged his chances, but it certainly didn’t help, and Daryl was confident that until that time he would have made his way into the places. He raced a bit lazily at times too, and so he’s one for whom cheek pieces might be an idea next time out.

30 December

December 30, 2017 Category :News

The last runners of 2017, and a mixed day at Taunton.

RIO BRAVO made a brave bid to make all off bottom weight in the feature handicap hurdle, but in the end found one too good for him. He stuck to his task well though under an excellent ride from Richard Condon, and I’d be very surprised if he isn’t winning soon if he continues to show that form.

Whether it was too many mince pies or a Christmas hangover, CRANBROOK CAUSEWAY just wasn’t interested in putting his best foot forward, and gave poor Conor Shoemark no chance to get him round. Headgear next time I think – for the horse, not Conor …

26 December

December 26, 2017 Category :News

After a busy Christmas day for everyone at the yard, an equally busy Boxing Day, with runners at Huntingdon and Market Rasen.

After pulling so hard last time, I’d hoped BALLINA LADY would settle better behind horses in the novice hurdle, but no such luck – she had a tug of war with Jordan Nailor for a mile, before the efforts of that took their toll and she faded badly. She’s gone to learn to settle if she’s going to get home – she’s a dream at home in behind horses, but is just getting lit up in her races. Delighted with PANDY WELLS’ return to action though, after almost 2 years off the track. She jumped for fun, and turning into the home straight it looked as though she might just make a dream return to action. It wasn’t quite to that much of a fairy tale, but she stayed on to keep in the places. Most importantly of all though, she’s sound after the race. We’ll find something similar for her in January, and I’d love it if she could add to her tally over fences.

The runners at Market Rasen each had an unexpected change of rider after Kielan was stepped on after being brought down in the handicap chase. Charlie Poste took the ride on ALEXANDER THE GREY, who I thought would run a nice race but was very disappointing – too bad to be true from a horse that is usually ultra-consistent. Bridget Andrews took the ride on LORD HEATHFIELD. He ran like a complete monkey – not one iota of effort from him – and there was nothing that Bridget could do but pull him up. He’s now been retired – which I suspect might have been part of his master plan all along !!

TOP OF PAGE