Finally – our luck has turned and ONDERUN comes home in front at Carlisle – more information to follow….
Please get in touch with Victoria if you would be interested in joining our racing club – to own some of this winning chaser!!!
The weather has turned colder the last few days with ground frosts in the mornings. The new gallop Harrow has been put to good use to keep the horses working.
This week we ran Newtown Belle and Classical Milano both of which were poor performers.
The mare Newtown Belle is an And Beyond and through breeding was never going to make a Bumper horse, although you always hope you have an exception to the rule!!
She gallops well and is a fine specimen of a mare to the eye. History shows that she will need time to mature and come into her own in staying hurdles in the future. We will now begin teaching her the hurdling game. She settled very well in the race, which may have been party to the fitting of the hood, which was a huge improvement from the boil over, first time out at Hexham.
Classical Milano made his chase debut, on soft, tacky Going, which we knew would not suit but didn’t quite realise how much he would hate it.
He left the paddock and instantly struggled to go on the surface and was seen to be almost paddling. He jumped very well and pulled up along the back side the final time. He has now qualified himself to run in handicap chases, so the run was not a complete loss. We will now wait with him and will not be tempted to run him unless the ground is good. He performed every time he ran last season, and this was on a good surface.
Grays Choice has left us to join Henry Oliver and we wish him the best of luck. We will always have a soft spot for the big lad, we were there to help pick him out as a three-year -old, Jonathon broke him in and Debbi was deposited by him over a fence or two by him!! He ran some great races for us in his Bumpers, winning one for us at Ayr and I hope he overcomes his problems and regains that level of form once again.
Our horses are all very well, but all seem to have their individual niggles which we are working tirelessly to get to the bottom of.
We all need to keep reminding ourselves that ‘Form is Temporary, but Class, Skills and Experience are Permanent. Horses and people don’t lose their ability, they just have problems preventing them from regaining that level, and our time is spent solving those problems… It takes time to regain form levels once again. We have all seen this time and time again is our industry with trainers seeing a poor run, such as Donald McCain a few seasons ago and then this season he is back with an almighty bang, doing very little wrong and having winners left, right and centre. We will get back to into the Winners Enclosure and we will remember all the lessons we have learnt to get there.
Sorry for the lack of news over the past few months, we have had some technical issues in the Office and been unable to post…. but we are now back in action!!
Meanwhile a lot has been going on at Jerusalem with the new gallop bedding in well and new Easy Fix Hurdles and Chase Fences arriving. Both of these new facilities have been a huge advantage over the last few months as the weather has been very challenging.
The easy fix double sided hurdles allow us to jump horses at relatively high speeds along the bottom side of the gallop. We have found this a huge asset, especially with the numbers of green youngsters we have in training at the moment.
So…. What have you missed?
In summary, we have had some good runs, some very unlucky ones and a few learning curves!! All the horses are thriving at home and loving the new gallop, we hope to have winners back on the board soon.
Ellie Farrell joined the team at the end of November and has settled in to our routine well, I am sure you will meet her on the yard or at the races soon.
We have Casual Cavalier entered for Newcastle on Tuesday with Brian Hughes on board; let’s hope he can go one place better this time!!
Samba Time, Newtown Belle, Innis Shannon, Dippin and Diving, Our Morris and New Granada are all in full training and will be back on the course early Spring.
Today we have two runners heading to Sedgefield. Forty Crown goes in a handicap hurdle and Lawtop Legend goers for his second Bumper start.
Forty Crown is feeling well in himself and at the ripe old age of 11 seems to be loving life. Lawtop Legend is a naughty son of Milan who disappointed in his bumper debut last season. He was very green and weak and should come on for the summer at grass.
Tomorrow we had Royal Salute in at Carlisle but have decided to pull him out as we feel we may target him at a hurdle race and build on his confidence after he was brought down in a chase before he joined us. His confidence is growing gradually and we would hate to knock him back.
Saturday we have Allez Cool and Sybil Grey entered for Kelso.
Allez Cool ran a stormer on awful going at Hexham a couple of weeks ago. He jumped like a buck and got into a battle for the front early on, he finish absolutely drunk and gave us a scary moment or two after the race. We assumed he would need ample time to recover from this, however when Debbi rode him four days later, he was far from exhausted and has been prancing about ever since!! Allez goes for another chase.
Sybil Grey goes in the conditional jockeys distance hurdle. Twizzle has been laden with problems this summer and we hope to see her in that winner enclosure soon!!
Mitcd ran on the flat at Newcastle last week finishing a close 5th, she ran well and got caught for toe in a quick finish. She will now revert between both hurdles and the flat as she seems a very versatile mare.
Onderun has still some shares up for grabs, Club places have filled up fast and we can’t wait to have some great days racing this season. We hope to head to Ayr with him next weekend. Get in touch with Victoria for more details on becoming involved.
Great Photos below from Lindsay Nichol
It’s all go at Jerusalem now the new Gallop is in full use and the horses are all coming to.
We have Our Morris and Sybil Grey entered for Hexham this week, for their Twilight Fixture on Thursday. Both are targeted at the same race, a 3mile hurdle.
Sybil Grey has had a few problems this summer and we hope we have got to the bottom of them. She has been very unlucky and we would love to see her run a big race for her owner and breeder Lizzie Annett.
Our Morris is back in after a short break at grass, he enjoyed the sunshine out in the field whilst the going was a little too firm, however should enjoy the sound safer surface we should have this week.
We also have a flat runner entered for Carlisle next week – Page of Wands for Carolynn Todd. ‘Millie’ has been with us all summer and has been quite the character; we hope to channel that feisty temper into the Carlisle hill.
Meanwhile we have been busy schooling the autumn and winter jumpers and all appear to be going well, we will report back with the progress soon!
Next weekend we have an Owners Day for the Martin Gray Racing Syndicate, we look forward to welcoming the entire club to the new yard and look forward to them seeing Gray’s Choice looking very well!!
We have been searching for a new recruit to join the Racing Club for some time after a few lack lustre performances from Silver Trix. We are delighted to have bought Onderun from the recent sales at Doncaster.
This staying chaser is a son of Fleminsfirth and is a strapping big horse. He has joined us from Emma Levelle’s yard, where he was running in decent Southern Handicaps. We plan to give him the summer at grass and bring him in for a winter jumps campaign.
Please contact Victoria for details on how to get involved, it’s a very affordable and fun way to enjoy horse racing.
At the same sales Victoria’s Bloodstock agent (Jonathon!!) bought her a horse called Royal Salute, he is a beauty to look at and has already won three races! He is also a son of Flemensfirth and we are very excited about him!
We now have three Flemensfirth staying chasers in the yard – Allez Cool, Royal Salute and Onderun and not one of them look alike!
We head over to Ireland this week to look at 3 year olds at the sales and hope to pick up some stars of the future.
We have begun building the all-weather gallop, as usual; things take much longer than thought and involve a lot of hard work. The weather was a hindrance at the beginning with a huge amount of rain fall causing muddy conditions.
We have spent the months since arriving at Jerusalem pondering over the best location for the gallop and finally concluded with the spot chosen in front of the house and towards the skyline. The gradual uphill climb and top level seems ideal and once the tree is chopped down from in front of Victoria’s office window it will be even better!
As you can imagine, we have also spent hours and hours considering the best surface available on the market which was is also affordable to us. We have decided on a carpet fibre surface. This has been seen to great effect on the gallops of Martin Keighley and comes highly recommended by many of the lads in the weighing room.
Huge thanks to Roger Atkinson who has been helping us with the digger work on the gallop, he has made the process much slicker.
We now have the gallop dug out and the stone bottom fitted, we also have created a gallop round at the bottom of the gallop and this too has all the ground works in place. We now have to finalise the surface and fit this along with the membrane.
We plan to bring the first lot of horses back into training on 1st July and all stations are go to get more stables up and finished ahead of the remanding horses coming back in. Current numbers are over 20 for the season ahead.
We will be looking for part time staff, riding out and occasional afternoon yard work. You must be hard working, easy going and able to work both alone as well as part of a team. Please contact Victoria if you are interested.