20th January 2019
Sunday Afternoon (3.30pm) Stephen Updating
Disappointing that Nigel fell at the 4th fence on Wednesday, it was an uncharacteristic mistake. He was alright afterwards but we don’t know whether that will have dented his confidence and it may well prove to have been a good time to finish our involvement with him.
His new owner, Lady Susan Brooke, picked him up on Friday and obviously we wish them well and all the best for the future.
We will be horseless for a while and will need to do our research for the autumn sales to buy our 2YO to go hurdling with next summer. Please see entry below from 5th January.
15 January 2019
Tuesday Evening (9.30pm) Stephen Updating
Yourholidayisover (aka Nigel) runs his last race for the club tomorrow in the 2pm at Plumpton. He’s usually 2nd favourite and finishes 2nd but the field is that weak he’s forecast favourite, so a great EW bet at 9/1. The weights have gone up, Robbie Dunn, who has ridden him before, rides, and he is actually likely to win his final start. Fingers crossed.
His new home is with Lady Susan Brooke where he will be well looked after.
5 January 2019
Saturday evening (7pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover ran another sound race at Warwick on Monday. Possibly he didn’t like the ‘dead’ ground and he certainly finished tired. The jockey said he got into trouble with other horses at most fences and he didn’t enjoy that. The plan is still to run at Plumpton on Wed 16th Jan, (very little rain forecast) his last race for the Club, before going to his new home with Lady Susan Brooke.
Gary, Dave & I met on Wednesday this week to discuss the Club’s future. We have every intention of re-building the Club starting by buying another 2-Y-O at the October H-I-T Sales (Newmarket or Doncaster) just as we have done successfully many times before. Multiple winning hurdlers Basic Fun was a 3-Y-O as was Be Wise Girl. Little Lotte was a 2-Y-O that Tommy schooled well and she eventually did us proud. Obviously the hope is to find a Mysilv, moderate on the flat, but a winner of the Triumph hurdle no less. We’ll sell this filly as a Club partnership horse, as usual at cost price, plus subsidised monthly fees of £70 per month (10% share). Peruse the online catalogues, make purchase recommendations, and come and join us at the Sales as we search for our potential champion. A long way to go, but expressions of interest from members old and new (5% shares also available) welcomed!
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A Happy New Year to you all.
9 December 2018
Saturday morning (11.55 am) Stephen updating
A change of plan! With dry weather forecast Tommy thinks it’s suitable for yourholidayisover to run at Warwick on New Year’s Eve (big fences).
Season’s greetings to all club members, hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a successful New Year!
21 December 2018
Friday morning (10.30 am) Stephen updating
Unfortunately Market Rasen turned their annual Boxing Day modest selling handicap hurdle into a no limits rated handicap, so anticipating higher rated horses entering and Nigel being well out of the h’cap, we didn’t make the entry. That has turned out to be a good decision as the top rated horse has a JC rating of 133 and there is a 123 also. So it looks like Plumpton all the way!
7 December 2018
Friday afternoon (5 pm) Stephen updating
So near yet so far! All our jockeys lose their head on Nigel once they are cruising at the last fence and Tuesday was no exception. A 2 lengths lead turned into a half length defeat. Nigel was tired after the race with his eyes shut. His final run for the Club will be either the selling h’cap hurdle on Boxing Day at Market Rasen or more likely Plumpton (the race he won) on Wednesday 16th January 2019.
Plans about a new horse aquisition early in the New Year.
3 December 2018
Monday afternoon (2.30 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel fully recovered and in great form for a crack at a £5k first prize tomorrow in the 2.40 Fakenham. Fingers crossed.
28 November 2018
Wednesday evening (10 pm) Stephen updating
All according to plan. A great second. Nigel slightly lame, but hopefully recovered in time to run at Fakenham next Tuesday in a valuable event,.
6 November 2018
Monday evening (11 pm) Stephen updating
A great chance tomorrow against the odds on fav Show’s Over in the 12.20 Sedgefield with Brian Hughes in the saddle. Fingers crossed.
22 November 2018
Thursday evening (10.30 pm) Stephen updating
Well the rain didn’t arrive at Ffos Las, so we’re off to Sedgefield next Tuesday. 10 entries, few runners, good to soft ground, be there or be square!
4 November 2018
Sunday morning (10 am) Stephen updating
Well the forecast rain didn’t arrive and the ground is too fast for Nigel at Hereford. He’s now likely to run at Ffos Las next weekend; the rain is forecast. Let’s hope it turns up this time!
Tommy reports the horse is very well.
26 October 2018
Friday afternoon (2.30 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel fine after his run. Highly likely to run at Hereford on Monday November 5th, a h’cap chase. Rain forecast most of next week, leading up to and including raceday.
21 October 2018
Sunday afternoon (5 pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover ran a sound race for a comeback run, tiring towards the end of the race, finishing 5th of 7, but still closing towards the end, if anything, under a superb ride from Bryony Frost. The ground was too quick for him yesterday. When she’s available, Bryony will keep the ride, just might be what the old boy needs!
I’ll update as soon as we get some possible dates for his next run, including hurdle races, where he’s also well handicapped. Some nice pictures on Facebook from yesterday. https://www.facebook.com/groups/47756557898/
15 October 2018
Monday morning (10.40 am) Stephen updating
Sorry again! Time went quickly there, as Nigel is now fit enough to have a run.
He’s entered and runs at Stratford this Saturday in the 5.15 (6th race of 7 on the card). Tommy reports him in good form with himself, but bound to need the run. Give me a bell or send a text or email for badges.
19 August 2018
Sunday afternoon (1 pm) Stephen updating
We’re back! Apologies for the long absence.
Okay, so we haven’t closed down. Yourholidayisover (aka Nigel) has had an extensive period of rest at grass over the Summer, his first real break since we acquired him. He’s now back in work on the horse walker and there will be regular updates on his progress.
We have no plans to acquire another horse at the moment, but the plan is for Nigel to run for the Club up to around Christmas time and then let him go to a new racing home, from which they’ll look after his retirement plans in due course.
Dave, Gary and I will get together and have a think about future plans.
9 April 2018
Monday afternoon (5 15 pm) Stephen updating
After several abandonments, it looks like we will be in action this Sunday at Plumpton. There’s rain forecast most days, but only on top of good to soft. Only 10 entries and he’s now down to the mark he won off, at this track!
12 March 2018
Monday afternoon (6 15 pm) Stephen updating
Tommy reported Yourholidayisover was blowing after the Market Rasen race; either because he needed the run or because of the ground. Definitely out of his depth in a 0-110. He’ll come down the h’cap several points for that effort (the Club sill gets £450 plus Sunday appearance money). We’ll next run at Plumpton on 2/4, Southwell on 10/4 and Plumpton again 15/4 all 0-100 chases. Huntingdon 26/3 a possibility.
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Need to select your first runners before they race tomorrow. Good luck!
9 March 2018
Friday morning (11.30 am) Stephen updating
We’re aiming high. Yourholidayisover declared to run in the 3.05 Market Rasen on Sunday, a 0-110 chase with £6k to the winner. Only 5 declarations (including us). We’re in the weights off 10 stone, our jockey can claim his 5 lbs and it’s Sunday appearance money plus £450, even if we finish last. Nigel may do much better than that, rain is on its way!
21st February 2018
Wednesday evening (6 pm) Stephen updating
Tommy wanted to run Just Jimmy at Chepstow (Saturday) so we’re in a weak selling h’cap hurdle with Nigel at Southwell on Sunday. The alternative is a h’cap hurdle at Wincanton on Wednesday, but there are hard frosts forecast. More to follow.
5th February 2018
Monday evening (11 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel was travelling strongly when he hit the 3rd last, lost his momentum and downed tools. His first jumping error since Fontwell yonks ago. He’ll likely go to Chepstow next (back in a 0-100) off a lower mark and then Southwell again. Details to follow.
Tommy fancies Appletree Lane to go close tomorrow. It’s the 2.20 Market Rasen, currently 15/2 with Ladbrokes and Coral. That may not last long.
4th February 2018
Sunday afternoon (12.15 pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover has 6 to beat in the 2.30 Southwell tomorrow. Myrounsorurs is one of the favs., after a layoff of 560 days and not apparently wanting this ground! Fingers crossed.
4th February 2018
Sunday morning (9.50 am) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover is declared for Southwell tomorrow. Tommy reports him very very well, Tommy Dowling rides; it’s soft/heavy ground. There’s going to be a light frost, but the ground is covered. Little Jimmy runs in the same race. More later, when we see the declarations.
01/02/18. Dave updating.
Nigel very likely to go to Southwell on Monday. possibly with Little Jimmy in the same race. It should bee a small field on pretty soft ground.
22 January 2018
Monday morning (11.45 am) Stephen updating
Apologies for the lack of updates. I will try to do better! Plumpton was abandoned after the horse was in attendance and ready to run. Waterlogged with standing water.
So we’ve plumped for a handicap hurdle race at Fakenham today, the 1.25 pm. He’s a stone better off in the weights over hurdles. Ten runners in heavy ground and hopefully not abandoned. Great chance if Tommy Dowling (claiming jockey) doesn’t lose his head like the last time he rode him, taking it up 2 hurdles out!
14 January 2018
Sunday afternoon (1.30 pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover runs in the 2.00 Plumpton tomorrow. He came down 1lb in the weights. We won this race last year. Tommy reports Nigel in excellent health. Heavy rain from 5 am onwards should make the ground heavy and sloppy. Robbie Dunne has had 2 practice attempts and keeps the ride. 3rd time lucky? Not his biggest fan, even Timeform think so! Let’s hope they’re right.
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