An excellent win for Little Lotte at Les Landes, Jersey on Easter Monday.
16th January 2017
At last! That well deserved win.
27th September 2016
Yourholidayisover 2nd at Southwell in a 2 mile h’cap chase with James Davies in the saddle.
Yourholidaisover Southwell 27/9/16
23rd August 2016
Yourholidayisover 2nd at Southwell in a 2 mile h’cap chase with Mark Quinlan in the saddle. Little Lotte runs at Fakenham on Wednesday October 26th.
13th May 2016
Little Lotte has made great progress after a pipe-opener on the flat at Nottingham recently. She has been well schooled over hurdles and is now a fluent, proficient jumper. She runs on Monday at Leicester on the flat off her new mark of 60 (Racing Post top rated!) but is set to become a decent 4-Y-O handicap hurdler in 2016/7 NH season.
She will run at Hexham on June 4th with an outstanding chance. Expect to see her at Cheltenham in March 2017.
10th April 2016
The Club has acquired Yourholidayisover; on his latest run he was 3rd at Wolverhampton (tonight!) He will run in novice handicap chases, where you will see he will run off a very competitive mark.
9th November 2015
The Club has made its next great acquisition and this filly should become a top juvenile (3-Y-O) hurdler! We have bought Little Lotte a 2-Y-O filly 2nd twice in France in decent flat races; currently she has a jockey club rating of 65. A half sister to a decent hurdler (filly) Listed race placed and Class 3 hurdle winner Dance For Julie (IRE) rated 119; also a full sister to a winning hurdler (filly) she acts in soft and heavy ground. Could she be another Basic Fun, Be Wise Girl or Mysilv (rated 61 on the flat, 161 over hurdles?) See her full pedigree and relations in the link below:
Our latest acquisition is now schooling, ready for his juvenile hurdling campaign. A 100,000 guineas yearling, Dover The Moon’s dam won 3 hurdles in France! Looking forward to races for him at Newton Abbot and Stratford during August 2014.
Group 1 Racing Annual General Meeting 2014 – please click to enlarge!
25/01/2014:Before we got down the the AGM business, we all ventured through the mud to watch the horses train on the gallops! Whilst none would dispute the bitter temperatures, all would agree it was worth it! (The endless tea and bacon butties afterwards helped our recovery time!)
Lordship 2nd at Stratford with Bridgit Andrews.
Lordship 2nd at 50/1 in a Class 4 Novice hurdle at Stratford, provides a £1,000 starter to our 2013/4 NH prize money pot!
We run Yourholidayisover in the 5.45 Stratford tomorrow, the last race on an 8 race card. He is very well in himself. Already good to soft, there is a lot more rain forecast, making it perfect conditions. We’ve got a great hurdle h’cap mark now (77) and the weights have gone up making some of the horses have welter weights and the lady riders have 2 or 3 stone saddles! I hope someone helps them carry these back to the weighing room. It’s a tough looking race with 14 declared, but fingers crossed.
16 October 2017
Monday afternoon (2:15 pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover is entered for Stratford on Saturday. It’s the last race, the 5.45 pm Lady riders h’cap hurdle. 28 entries and we’re down the bottom, but we should get a run. Miss Emma Yardley who has had winners in point-to-points and goes down the yard to ride, claims 7 lbs and takes the ride. There’s plenty of rain around this week and it’s forecast to rain over Friday into Saturday. The ground should be suitable for him.
14/10/2017. Dave updating.
Sorry about the lack of updates, i have not been down the yard as much as normal. Tommy’s birthday/owners day today and this meant lots of people about, which put Nigel in a terrible mood, sulking and trying to bite anyone who came to speak to him. on a brighter note he worked well earlier and Larry described him as very bubbly. He needs a run now so hopefully will go to Statford at the end of the month for a hurdle race and then back over fences when the rain finally arrives.
2 October 2017
Monday morning (9:00 am) Stephen updating
Following Dave’s comments (below) it’s not going to be soft going tomorrow at Southwell for Nigel, so we don’t run. Also, his chase h’cap mark should come down tomorrow. He’ll next run over hurdles at Stratford in the lady riders’ race, later in the month.
26th September Dave updating.
The ground had dried out by the time they came to Nigel’s race and he couldn’t go the fast pace early. He did make some ground from the rear (the only one that did) before the effort took it’s toll. He has come back in good form and will be seen to better light over the winter on soft ground.
24 September 2017
Sunday morning (9:30 am) Stephen updating
We run Yourholidayisover in the 4.40 Uttoxeter today. At the moment all eleven run. There’s been no rain there in the last 24 hours, the sun is shining to dry the ground up, and that won’t help his chances. Tommy reports him exceptionally well, so I would expect him to run his usual classy effort, without quite winning. But you never know with Nigel!
22 September 2017
Friday morning (11:45 am) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover declared for the 4.40 Uttoxeter on Sunday. The going is currently good to soft and he has 10 to beat. He is currently 4th in the betting at 7/1. More details to follow.
16/09/17 Dave updating.
A very good piece of work from Nigel this morning, Tommy describing him as working ‘ like a gold cup horse’. He is in top form at the moment and needs to run. I will sit down with Tommy on Monday to look at Sunday’s entries at Uttoxeter, although a drop of rain wouldn’t go amiss.
12/09/17. Dave updating.
Nigel still very well this morning, working nicely up the bank. I did forget his carrots today so he did try to have a little bite (sorry Nigel). He needs a run now so is very likely to go to one of the fixtures listed below.
Tommy reported Nigel very fresh and well this morning and ready to go again. there is a race at Stratford next Saturday, but with dry weather forecast for most of the week he is unlikely to go there. Possible future dates are Sunday 24th sept at Uttoxeter or Tuesday 3rd October at Southwell.
30 August 2017
Wednesday morning (10:00 am) Stephen updating
Back from Jersey now, where Lotte ran another cracking race in her final start for Group 1 Racing and her partnership owners. She ran a gallant second in a very fast time, given a great ride by Paddy Aspell. A great pity he couldn’t have ridden her over here.
Just to clarify the position with her. Tommy wisely suggested that rather than having her vetted before the race I strike the deal with Angie Corson that we got paid in advance of the race on “the understanding that if the horse were injured in the race I would return all the money, or if there is any reason why you (Angie Corson) can’t run (Lotte) on the Sunday 10th (1m 6f flat race, Final Jersey meeting of the year) you can redeem some of the money.”
Lotte finished sound and her front leg where she sustained the injury (now healed, but filled) is no worse after the race, than before; so the ownership has passed to Angie Corson (and her syndicate). I have signed a bill of sale. 5% customs duty will be due, which I have said we will pay (I didn’t want to sign a bill for a lesser amount, which is the usual practice in Jersey to reduce the duty due! The horse is entered for race on the 10th Sept in Angie’s name and Paddy Aspell has been booked to ride. We are now in the phase of waiting to see in a couple of days when Angie takes Lotte to work on the beach that she is happy to run the horse, before she has a long rest until the 2018 season starts up at Easter 2018, when the leg will have completely settled down. Bowl Imperior, her conqueror on Monday, is entered in the flat race and is the obvious danger to her winning that off her (Lotte’s) flat mark of 45.
27/08/2017. Dave updating.
A disappointing run from Nigel yesterday. he was initially a bit lit up after his long journey and on a baking hot day the ground had dried to dead (most horses finished very tired yesterday) he ran a bit flat. They also went too slow early which meant there was still six in contention entering the straight and Nigel needs a good pace and horses coming back to him (nothing came from behind yesterday). He has a small cut on his hind leg, but has eaten up and will soon be back on the track.
26 August 2017
Saturday morning (11:00 am) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover is now 3/1 fav for the 5.45 Cartmel. The ground is good to soft, soft in places with 5 mm of rain overnight. Perfect. Tommy reports the horse very well and is strongly fancied to win. Let’s hope the jockey can follow instructions.
Lotte is on the water now, the 9 am long crossing from Portsmouth. The ground couldn’t be any more different at Les Landes. The temps are soaring and it will be ideally lightening quick for Monday’s race. As ever, in the pre-race write up we are not Mark Johnson’s selection. Paddy Aspell has chosen to take the ride in preference to Jersey winning Champion Hurdler Steely. Let’s hope he’s right.
25 August 2017
Friday afternoon (15:30 pm) Stephen updating
Well the ground wasn’t fast and Lotte didn’t break any pots, even off her lowly mark of 75. She’s off to race in Jersey Bank Holiday morning, details to follow, most probably on her favoured firm ground.
Yourholidaisover runs at Cartmel tomorrow in a “boy’s” hurdle, off a good mark and good to soft/soft ground. Perfect also. He’s 7/2 second fav. in the betting. Fergus Gregory ridden 4 winners (more than most in the contest) will have to hang on to him over the last (long run in) at Cartmel, longer than Richard Johnson did last time!
22 August 2017
Tuesday morning (9 am) Stephen updating
Newton Abbot still good to soft, good in places. Difficult to imagine yesterday’s sun didn’t dry it out, but there it is. Ground not likely to be quick enough for her, but there’s already one non-runner. Fingers crossed for a good run.
21 August 2017
Monday evening (11 pm) Stephen updating
Little Lotte runs tomorrow evening, the 7.30 pm at Newton Abbot. Hopefully today’s warm sunshine and tomorrow’s will dry the ground to good/good to firm in places. If so, she’ll have great chance off a low weight. Check the very latest update before having an EW bet. Lotte also off to Jersey on Bank Holiday Monday if she comes through the race okay and we can organise transport.
Nigel runs at Cartmel on Saturday over hurdles, with a great chance.
19/08/2017. Dave updating.
Lotte is gleaming in her coat and worked enthusiasticaly this morning. There is some rain due in the south west, so she is not a definate runner on Tuesday, watch this space. Larry described Nigel as very fresh and he is certanly ready for Cartmel next Saturday where he should go close. pictures of today on Facebook thanks to Andy Finch.
16 August 2017
Wednesday afternoon (4 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte entered for Newton Abbot next Tuesday, just 11 entries in a mares h’cap hurdle. Even less entries (6) for a 2m 2f hurdle on Jersey on Bank Hol Monday August 28th. May well run in both.
15 August 2017
Tuesday morning (11 am) Stephen updating
Nigel not declared for Newton Abbot as the going is good to firm in places with no likely improvement. He’s likely to run at Cartmel again, but over hurdles on August 26th in a nands and heels conditional jockeys race.
Lotte couldn’t be entered for Bath (19th) as it was 3 year olds only. Lots of opportunities coming up daily now, details to follow.
10/08/2017. Dave updating.
A quiet day down the yard today, both horses relaxing in the sunshine (alright for some). Photos on facebook. Nigel entered for Newton Abbott and Kempton, both next wednesday.
09/08/2017. Dave updating.
Those of you based in the midlands may have seen the feature on the racehorse welfare centre, where Kinkeel is enjoylng a very happy retirement, on midlands today. It was clear from the feature that they are desperate for funds and after contacting them they would be very grateful with help with their vets bill. the details are MacArthur Baistow and Gibbs vets, bank details ac no 11106834 sort code 16-34-33. The racing welfare customer ref no is WR141TY. Thanks.
07/08/2017. Dave updating.
Lotte not declared for Brighton on Wednesday as there is too much rain forecast and the ground is likely to be on the soft side. Her next oppotunity is Bath 19th August where it almost always fast (no watering system) In fact when Noah went past in his Ark it was still good to firm at Bath!
01/08/2017. Dave updating.
Sorry about the lack of updates, but back on track now. Lotte worked well this morning and looks really well in her coat. She is on course for Brighton next Wednesday, ground permitting. Two days after his run Nigel was in the ring relaxing when they decided to canter another horse around the ring, at which point he decided to gallop round the ring and try to kick the other horse over the rail, so he’s fine. He did think about biting me this morning but i had carrots so i was ok. possible dtes for him as below. pictures on Facebook.
24 July 2017
Monday afternoon (14.50 pm) Stephen updating
We do indeed have a Saturday horse! “Nigel” travelled strongly and cruised into the lead; just unfortunate that the horse lying 3rd was still in contention and being pushed along. Nigel’s attitude to do no more than he wants will keep him sounder in the long run. We need to get a jockey that can wait even longer to challenge. Denis O’Regan is a possibility, but he’s currently back in Ireland.
The horse has recovered well from his race. I went to see Tommy this lunchtime, gave Nigel some carrots and the likely plan is as follows: to run on August 16th either at Bangor (Nov H’cap chase) or over hurdles at Newton Abbot or on the flat at Kempton AW. Then either Aug 29th at Newton Abbot, Sept 3rd at Worcester or Sept 9th at Stratford (all steeplechases).
Lotte likely to run at Brighton on the 9th August, at Stratford over hurdles on August 24th; Stratford again on September 9th and various options at Bath on the flat on Aug 19th, Aug 23rd all where the ground is fastest.
21 July 2017
Friday morning (9.50 am) Stephen updating
Look, we have a Saturday horse! It’s going to be heavy ground at Cartmel tomorrow for Yourholidayisover in the 4th race (3.40). Top jockey Richard Johnson rides. 8 declared at the mo, but they won’t all run. I’ve checked the field, nothing else goes in this ground. Great chance, probably be fav., be there or be square!
19 July 2017
Wednesday afternoon (noon) Stephen updating
So the good news is it’s about to rain bucket loads at Cartmel and we run “Nigel” there in the chase on Saturday. It’s possible he could also run in the hurdle there on Monday, but the logistics of that could well defeat us.
No entry for Lotte at Nottingham today, as there are weather warnings (rain) in place for Nottingham (as well as Cartmel). There will be plenty of suitably weak hurdle race opportunities for her in August and September on fast ground.
15 July 2017
Saturday afternoon (4 pm) Stephen updating
Tommy not happy to run “Nigel” over fences on ground other than that which genuinely has “give”, so he ruled out Southwell tomorrow, where 10 run. He was keen to run at Ffos Las, but for a meagre prize of £2k, a large sized field and a large transport bill, I wasn’t.
Tommy reports Nigel extremely well, and our next options are Cartmel over fences next Saturday, Cartmel over hurdles the Monday after, or Nottingham over 1m 6f on the flat on July 26th. Unfortunately, still not much rain forecast.
Lotte has recovered sufficiently to run now. The same Nottingham race (above) probably her target.
10 July Dave updating.
Tommy still not happy with the cut on Lotte’s leg so unlikely to run at Bath on Wednesday. Nigel will probably go to Southwell over fences on Sunday or at Foss Lass on the flat on Monday.
5 july Dave with a further update.
jockey stated the ground was plenty quick enough and because of this they went as quickly as he wanted to go, briefly outpaced early in the straight before coming back on the bridle. He felt Nigel would be better over further as he would be on the bridle for longer and that he is definatly up to winning a similar event on the flat. Nigel eat up well when we got him home.
5 July 2017
Wednesday morning (11.45 am) Stephen updating
A good run from “Nigel.” 4th at 20/1. Hope you were on EW on Betfair, as they stick to their 4 places as there were originally 17 runners! Next run likely to be at Southwell on 16/7 over fences, or 17/7 at Ffos Las on the flat if the ground is too fast.
Lotte okay now, so a flat entry at Bath, July 12th coming up. Likely to be lightening quick ground.
3 July 2017
Monday morning (9 am) Stephen updating
We run Yourholidayisover in the 8.10 Chepstow tomorrow evening in a flat race. Currently good to soft going, there are 17 runners! Expecting him to run well.
1 July 2017
Saturday afternoon (6 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte still on bute for her cut leg, means she can’t run on Jersey next Friday.
Nigel entered at both Chepstow on Tuesday and Beverley on Friday. Too many entries at Beverley. I will declare for Chepstow tomorrow.
26 June 2017
Monday afternoon (6 pm) Stephen updating
Went to Tommy’s this lunchtime to see the horses and Tommy. Lotte has a minor wound from the race the other day. Close to the tendon, so could have been serious, but thankfully isn’t. Nigel out in the paddock, chilling.
Nigel will have an entry for a flat race at Chepstow (July 4th) and Beverley Friday July 7th. He’ll run in one of these if conditions suit. Alternatively he could run over hurdles (lady riders) at Market Rasen on Sunday July 9th. Then back over fences at Southwell on Sunday 16th July.
Lotte is entered for the Jersey Champion Hurdle, takes place Friday July 7th (evening meeting). We’ll see the entries in the mornin, but it’s confined to Jersey trained horses and those that have run in 2017 at Les Landes. So no other English entries. Her alternative, sure to get her ground, is a flat race at Bath over 1m5f on July 12th. A hurdle at Stratford on July 16th is the final short term alternative.
23 June 2017. Dave updating.
A dissapointing effort from Lotte today, the jockey reporting that she was flat out all the way and couldn’t go with them when they quickened. She was fine after the race and eat up well when she got home. We will probably step her up in trip now and without any obvious exscuses I think it’s best to put a line through today and move on.
23 June 2017
Friday morning (8.45 am) Stephen updating
We run Little Lotte in the 2.10 Market Rasen today. Not exactly the conditions we were hoping for. Apart from the 10 mm of course watering per day, they had 10 mm of rain yesterday. It could actually be good going today! Nevetheless they race on fresg ground which had added 150 yards to the race, makin it nearly 2m 2f which will suit. Poor opposition and Lotte in good form and 14/1. Fingers crossed.
17 June 2017
Saturday afternoon (4.30 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte has 3 entries next week. Stratford on Tuesday, Uttoxeter on Wednesday and Market Rasen on Friday. Only 10 entries at Market Rasen and the most likely venue. The track is sharp and undulating (like Jersey) although right handed. The going hopefully in this heat wave will be the fastest. Probably only hold up horse Prairie Impulse to beat. Easily the best prize money on offer of the 3 entries, with £3.5k to the winner, as compared to £2.5k.
16th June 2017 Dave updating.
The ground too quick for Nigel today. If this good weather continues he could run on the flat, potential dates are 4th July at Chepstow and Foss lass 17th July and potentially a spin on the AW, dates when i get them. A lot of entries for Lotte on Tuesday, although they may split the race, so she is entered at Uttoxeter on Wednesday. Pictures on facebook.
10 June 2017
Saturday afternoon (3.30 pm) Stephen updating
Another good run by Yourholidayisover. Probably not quite enough rain, and certainly the winner got a soft lead. Brian Hughes reported the horse ran all the way to the line. All augurs well. “Nigel” now entered today for Newton Abbot next Friday. 15 entries, could be a good call.
There are hurdle race possibilities for him at Uttoxeter 2/7 and Market Rasen on 9/7. A chase at Southwell on 16/7 is a strong possibility!
Races for Lotte start from Stratford on 20/7, more details to follow.
5 June 2017
Monday evening (9.30 pm) Stephen updating
And the bookies agree! 9/4 fav for tomorrow, but drifting. If the rain keeps falling, we’ll have a great chance.
4 June 2017
Sunday morning (8.30 am) Stephen updating
Lots of rain forecast for Southwell, where they have been watering! Yourholidayisover looks to have a great chance in the 6.05 (1st race) on Tuesday evening. Brian Hughes will ride.
31 May 2017
Wednesday afternoon (6 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel not likely to get a run at Newton Abbot with 30 entries. He’s now entered for a 2 mile chase at Southwell next Tuesday. Looks a good alternative!
30 May 2017
Tuesday afternoon (12.15 pm) Stephen updating
A fair run from Lotte yesterday on ground not fast enough, over a trip too short. Beaten 15 lengths and running on, without being asked to do so. Her next race, possibly Stratford (races from 20/6) at 2m 2f will be in conditions to suit.
Yourholidayisover entered this morning for next Monday’s big race at Newton Abbot.
29 May 2017
Monday morning (10 am) Stephen updating
3.8 mm of rain overnight at Huntingdon. Not enough to wreck the going, but not the ideal fast ground Lotte wants. More hopeful than optimistic about her chances. Fingers crossed.
28/05/2017 Dave updating.
Gary John and myself popped down to see Kinkeel This morninhg, just as he was having a shower. He looks really well, relaxed and is clearly happy with life. He has not lost his appetite for carrots and munched his way through a whole bag. We are very lucky to have found him such a good home. They are a registered charity and if anybody feels able to make a donation, they would be very grateful. they have a donation page on the racing welfare centre malvern.
27 May 2017
Saturday afternoon (12.45 pm) Stephen updating
The weather forecast and likely going doesn’t look good for Lotte. They’ve put down 10mm both Thursday and Friday and reckon they have maintained “good” going. If the rain overnight Sunday into Monday materialises it could be soft by race time. Not sure we would run under that scenario. We’ll declare in the morning and I’ll keep you updated.
26 May 2017
Friday evening (6.30 pm) Stephen updating
Just back from Tommy’s. Both horses look magnificent. Lotte bucking and kicking and raring to go. Just as well she’s off the Huntingdon on Monday.
24 May 2017
Wednesday evening (6.30 pm) Stephen updating
So the way it works is that Lotte has won 2 h’cap hurdle races on Jersey off a mark of 80 and they have put her up to 86, but the UK h’capper ignores Jersey, so she races off her original mark ( after Taunton) of 80. You’d have to say she’s well in at Huntingdon (6lb weight for age allowance) off 10st 2lb. Let’s hope in the baking hot weather (to come) that their watering system can’t keep up and the ground goes fast.
21/05/2017. Dave updating.
Very sad news about Lordship, a great servant to the club. Our two current horses looked well this morning (pictures on facebook) both enjoying a day in the paddocks. Lotte is likely to run on Bank holiday Monday 29th May at Huntingdon if the ground is decent and Nigel has apotential engagement on 5th June at Newton Abbot, as long as we have some rain. Just a reminder there is a vist to see Kinkeel next Sunday, please let me know if you are attending.
20 May 2017
Saturday afternoon (4 pm) Stephen updating
From Shani Payne
“Sad news this lovely horse Lordship passed away this week we found him a lovely retirement home at the end of 2016, he was a great horse winning many races such a shame he didn’t have a longer retirement rest in peace Lordship ❤️ “
16th May 2017. Dave updating.
An excellent comeback run from Nigel. He looked in fine shape in the parade ring,on his toes and keen to get on with it. Allen Johns settled him towards the rear, where he travelled and jumped really well, before making smooth headway in the back straight and looking like he would be involved in the finish until the lack of a recent run caught up with him two out. His Jockey was not hard on him once his chance had gone, finishing sixth. With a run under his belt he would definatly been involved in the finish. Gary reported that he had a good blow afterwards, but had enjoyed himself. Make no mistake,he has returned in serious form. Future engagements when we have them.
Lotte is safely back at Tommy’s, tired but ok. No definate plans for her next run, but it could be at Huntingdon on Bank Holiday Monday.
15 May 2017
Monday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating
Yesterday was Little Lotte’s finest hour. She clocked a time of 4 minutes 6 secs for the 2m 1f hurdle race, equivalent to 4 seconds faster than her Easter Monday race. This was on rain softened going officially described as good, good to soft in places. I walked down to the first hurdle and would describe the going as good to firm, but what do I know? Paddy Aspell followed our instructions to the letter and sat a length behind Steely, the pacemaker. He waited as long as he could dare, but had to take up the running fully 3 furlongs out. She repelled all challengers and kept on trying all the way to the line. She was returned the 6/5 favourite. Angie Corson believes she would win the Jersey Champion hurdle, but I think we’ll have to leave that for another year! There are plenty of pictures in the Club Facebook Group I’ll post the race video link as soon as it is available.
She’s on her way home today, sharing a lift with Clare Ellam. She’s sound, but tired. Prospective Summer race engagements to follow.
In the meantime, another Group 1 Racing Club superstar Yourholidayisover turns out in a hurdle race, the 2.10 at Warwick tomorrow. I guess he’ll probably need the run. But beware of Dave’s comments below: “Tommy described Nigel as ‘on fire’ ahead of his comeback run.”
14th May Dave updating.
Great news, Lotte has won again. Full update tomorrow.
12 May 2017
Friday afternoon (2.30 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte has 4 to beat on much the same terms in the 2.30 Les Landes on Sunday. In the pre race write up Mark Johnson (commentator) doesn’t give her a great chance (as last time). I reckon he secretly bets on her!
Yourholidayisover likely to run on Tuesday at Warwick over hurdles, if there is sufficient rain (is forecast).
10/05/2017. Dave updating.
Tommy described Nigel as ‘on fire’ ahead of his comeback run at either Kempton on Monday or Warwick on Tuesday. He worked twice up the all weather gallop this morning and looked a lean, mean running machine.
09/05/2017. Dave updating.
Due to Lotte racing this weekend on Jersey i have re scheduled the groups visit to see Kinkeel for 28th May. We will meet at 11.00 as before followed by Sunday lunch. Please let me know if you are going to attend,particularly if you intend the lunch, as i may need to book a table or two. 07988658187.
5 May 2017
Friday morning (10.30 am) Stephen updating
Little Lotte ony 3lb worse off in the weights against Bowl Imperior and Steeley (beat by 10 lengths and 11 lengths) and it’s over a furlong further, which will suit. Another great chance! Weights Les Landes 14 April
3 May 2017
Wednesday evening (8.30 pm) Stephen updating
Quite a lot has happened, or more accurately, not happened.
Yourholidayisover was ballotted out by 1 from his Wolverhampton engagement. The meeting on Guernsey was abandoned because no horses could travel to get there in what the only 2 day bad weather days this Spring (Sunday and Monday). Brian T. and I were there, and the weather was atrocious!
Little Lotte has a good chance of following up her recent win with another win over hurdles as they apparently haven’t changed the h’cap mark (80) from the one she won off (by 10 lengths). The weights are out tomorrow. She’s also entered in the 1m 4f flat race off 45. Paddy Aspell will ride again. See the Jersey entries for Sunday 14th May. I’m thinking of a day trip to Jersey from Birmingham if I’ve recovered by then from the trauma of Guernsey!
We’ll get Lotte back in time for the Summer jump racing at Stratford and Worcester in shared transport. We’ve missed nothing looking at the Stratford 8th May race with 25 entries, looks particularly competitive (unlike Jersey).
Yourholidayisover most likely to run on Sat May 13th at Lingfield in a 1m 2f flat race, as a pipe opener.
02/05/2017. Dave updating.
Because of transport costs, Lotte likely to stay on Jersey until their next meeting in a fortnights time. Potential dates for Nigel are Hurdles 14/15th May plumpton/kempton. Flat 13th lingfield, 15th wetherby. He is very well at the moment.
26 April 2017
Wednesday evening (10 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel entered for Wolves on Tuesday. A 1m 4f amateur riders handicap. 35 entries, but it looks like he will get in.
Looking at the Guernsey race. Safira Menina has never run on worse ground than good to firm, and these are her worst runs. Will she even turn up? Rainbow Lad would run off 61 if he raced back in the UK. Why would you run off 70? And he can’t beat Lotte off a mark of 70. Wordiness (Evans) the danger. Let’s hope they don’t travel too well, over from the UK.
26/04/2017. Dave updating.
Popped down the yard with John this morning. A lovely, sunny morning, although a bit chilly. Nigel looks very well and Brett, his work rider described him as ‘the best he’s ever felt’. All roads lead to Wolverhampton next Tuesday,in the 6 o’clock race.
25 April 2017
Tuesday evening (11 pm) Stephen updating
6 runners at Guernsey. A tough race if they all turn up. Declarations
Monday evening (7 pm) Stephen updating
We’ve made a decision about Guernsey and we’re running! I rang Brian Barr and he’s not running either of his horses. Also it was proving difficult to find a cost effective way to get her back, whereas we can get a share from Guernsey plus receive a £250 travelling allowance from the RaceClub. Finally, they have watered today using water tankers, so the ground won’t be unraceably firm. We should know the runners (Lotte’s in the 2.15) tomorrow.
Apparently Lotte’s race time last Monday was quicker than any in recent years at 3m 48 secs.
24/04/17 Dave updating.
I have organised a members visit to see Kinkeel on the Sunday 14th may.We would meet there at 11.00 and hopefully go for lunch in a nice pub close to the sanctuary. Lee will send me some menu’s through and i will put directions to the sanctuary closer to the time. For those of you who would like to check out there website, it is The racehorse welfare centre malvern. Please let me know if you are thinking of attending, particularly the lunch as we may have to book.
21 April 2017
Friday morning (11.30 am) Stephen updating
Lotte has been eliminated from the 1m 4f race (the Channel Islands have their own rules!) and (to quote Tommy) “the 1m 6f race looks unwinnable.”
So it looks like we've got some difficult decisions to make.
Also they haven't had any rain and I am concerned the ground will be
quicker than Jersey was, and the corners are certainly more dangerous.
However, we haven't made a final decision. All (or most) of the opposition won't
turn up, whereas we are (effectively) already there!
Tommy points out the 2m 2f 0-100 mares only h'cap hurdle at Stratford on
May 8th is an ideal alternative.
Re horse travel. I will investigate a share back from Guernsey on May 2
but David Evans have already turned Tommy down. I'm going to use the Facebook Horse
Transport network to see if I can organise a shared load sooner to get Lotte back
to the UK.19 April 2017
Back home now from Jersey. All went very much according to plan. One nerve racking moment when an exceptionally well Lotte reared and bucked Paddy Aspell off on the way out of the paddock. Thankfully he held onto the reins and got back on board. She was an easier winner (10 lengths) in the end, but we easily had the best pilot and the right handicap mark. I see her JC rating is up to 80 as a result of her Taunton run. I’ll post the video of the race here as soon as it is available. Also the link to the Guernsey entries (closed – but not out yet).
Jersey Post write up
14 April 2017
Friday morning (10.15 am) Stephen updating
Little Lotte arrived safely in Jersey after her long crossing. She was eating and drinking last night and fully settled in. So far, so good!
This morning she is chilling in a paddock. Tommy reminded me how many times she raced in France (2nd twice) so she’s used to the ferries!
The Jersey grapevine says Tony Carroll’s 4 runners are a no show. If so, we have at least one less to beat. I feel we could quickly go from 20/1 to odds on fav as the only English raider and the only racefit horse in the race. Not too late to book to go! Andy F. and I are travelling on the 10.40 plane from Birmingham and going straight to the track. I have a nice (cheap) single room booked at the Moorings Hotel (Gorey) Monday evening, half a mile from where Angie Corson trains. Popping in Tues am to pat the winner before flying back lunchtime.
12 April 2017
Wednesday afternoon (4 pm) Stephen updating
Little Lotte forecast sp on the racecard is 20/1. I suspect that may not be the case! I’ll keep you informed of her daily progress. Today she is at Fontwell Park and be liveried overnight at Natasha’s, so can have a 20 mile journey to meet the 9 am ferry from Portsmouth in the morning.
11 April 2017
Tuesday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating
Great news. Lotte is racing in Jersey over hurdles on Easter Monday, then in Guernsey on Bank Hol Monday May 1st over 1m4f or 1m6f. Then’s she coming back to Tommy’s. Angie Corson (Jersey trainer) will look after her from Thursday evening onwards, take her to the races, saddle her. Paddy Aspell a Cheltenham NH Festival winner (2010) can do the weight at 9st 3lb and will ride.
So that’s our overseas racing trip(s) sorted for another year. I’ve started to look at lastminute.com and other sites (skyscanner) to get the best package deal. I’m going over to watch. Be there, or be square. Email or text me (07768 415609) if you need any help.
8 April 2017
Saturday morning (8 am) Stephen updating
It’s starting to look more likely (than unlikely) that Little Lotte will run at Jersey on Easter Monday. The link to the entries is below.
Because of the difficulties with the timings of the Condor fast ferries, the current plan is that Lotte will be stabled in Guernsey until the Sunday evening, when she will travel to Jersey for the Easter Monday race, returning to Guernsey on Tuesday morning (fast ferry). She would run on Guernsey May 1st and return afterwards. Nigel runs the following day at Wolves! It’s all happening.
Either Mattie Bachelor or Mark Quinlan will ride her.
7 April 2017
Friday afternoon (4.30 pm) Stephen updating
And run well she did! Lotte finally found some form fitting of her pedigree and why we bought her. She likes the better weather and better ground. She’s always jumped well We can look forward to a Summer of pleasure with both Lotte and Nigel in action on our favourite tracks, Southwell, Stratford, Towcester and more.
In the meantime 7 entries at Jersey for the Easter Monday h’cap hurdle. Mark Quinlan will ride if we can organise to get her there and to be looked after well. I will keep you informed of our progress. A definite runner at Guernsey on the Bank Holiday May 1st as few opportunities over here until late May (and all Summer long.)
5 April 2017
Wednesday evening (5.30 pm) Stephen updating
Little Lotte entered for Jersey on Easter Monday, but the race closed on Tuesday with 6 or less entries, so it’s re-opened until Thursday and we don’t know yet who is entered.
In the meantime we have found her the “right” race at Taunton tomorrow. Unfortunate she’s still out of the h’cap, but a poor contest nevertheless. Hopefully on better ground, she’ll run well.
Still entered for Wolves on Saturday. We lose nothing by declaring. Let’s see what happens tomorrow before deciding whether to run. .
31 March 2017
Friday afternoon (4.30 pm) Stephen updating
Action all the way now.
Lotte entered for Taunton next Thursday. There’s also the flat race Nigel ran 3rd in last year, the 1m 4f selling h’cap at Wolves evening of Sat 8th April. Could be either or both.
She’ll have an entry for Jersey Easter Monday. That’s a hurdle. Unlikely to be any English opposition as travel arrangements are very difficult. So difficult, we might not run either!
There’s Wolves again on April 22nd.
Lotte will definitely be on Guernsey on Bank Hol Monday May 1st over 1m4f or 1m6f. Her flat rating went down from 51 to 45 as result of her last run. Tommy’s coming for the Sunday evening Guernsey race dinner and to supervise on May 1. Then supervising Nigel on May 2nd at Wolves!
30 March 2017
Thursday afternoon (11.50 am) Stephen updating
Lotte misses Warwick as 6 top horses were declared (prize money down to 6th) and she would have been 3 stone out of the h’cap. Also it would have cost an extra £120 to declare! Instead, as Gary suggested, Lotte runs at Taunton next Thursday in an alternative race.
29th March 2017
Wed morning 1130am. Gary updating.
Along with Dave Andy and Spud I watched Nigel gallop twice up the bank at Tom’s this morning. After his six week holiday Nigel looked really well and appeared to enjoy the run out. Jockey Larry reporting that Nigel had plenty of enthusiasm and felt well during the gallop. I believe the plan is run him in a couple of flat races to gain fitness and then go back over fences.
Lotte looks well . Tom mentioned a possible race for Lotte at Taunton on the 6th April.
I am told Lotte’s 30th April run at Warwick is doubtful.
24 March 2017
Friday afternoon (2.15 pm) Stephen updating
Not the result we were hoping for with Lotte, but better than it might have been. She was over 20 lbs worse off with the next horse on Racing Post Ratings and over 40 lbs worse off with the top rated horse. So only beaten 15 lengths was a fair effort. There was some other encouraging news. The jockey couldn’t pull her up and she tried all the way to the line. She wants at least 1m 4f and there are 2 possible races for her on Guernsey on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st. That was where our “Flashing Floozie” won her only race, making all over 1m 4f. That will be the plan with Little Lotte. Before that though, there’s the little matter of the £30k race at Warwick next Thursday (4-Y-O fillies h’cap hurdle) and then her “Grand National” over hurdles in Jersey on Easter Monday.
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22 March 2017
Wednesday evening (7.30 pm) Stephen updating
We run Little Lotte in the 2.20 Wolverhampton tomorrow. George Wood claiming 5lbs rides her again. He followed instructions last time. We’ll need a bit of luck to get a place, currently trading at 66/1.
19 March 2017
Sunday evening (6 pm) Stephen updating
Congratulations to Les Payne who won our Group 1 Daily Telegraph Fantasy Racing league at Cheltenham. I’ll set one up each year and give you more notice to enter.
Lotte runs on Thursday at Wolverhampton over 9.5f on the flat AW. She’s nicely weighted at 8st 7lb against some of the field. We need it to cut up to give her any sort of a chance, but you never know and we should get her h’cap down a few lbs for Channel Island racing (and racing trips) coming up.
14/03/17. Dave updating.
Nigel started back on the horse walker yesterday, which i’m sure he was chuffed about! Apparently he was quite naughty so there’s clearly nothing wrong with him.Lotte on course for her planned races. Appletree lane will be back in action sometime in April, dates when we have them.
11 March 2017
Saturday afternoon (5;30 pm) Stephen updating
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11 March 2017
Saturday afternoon (1;45 am) Stephen updating
So we now have a plan for Lotte, to build on her 3rd from the other day. She’ll run on the AW at Wolves on March 23rd over 9 1/2 furlongs in a (flat) selling race, followed by the £30k added 4-Y-O fillies h’cap hurdle at Warwick on March 30th. Her “Grand National” is then on our first overseas trip in some while, a 2 mile h’cap hurdle at Jersey on Easter Monday, April 17th. They have a 35lb weight range (top weight 12 stone, bottom weight 9st 7lb) so she may well be in the h’cap off her new mark of 79. Therecould be only 3 opponents, and not very fit ones at that! Possibly she will stay to race on Guernsey on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st (in a flat race).
Nigel will be racing the day afterwards (details below).
Appletree Lane will probably be racing in our colours very shortly.
Exciting times head!
11 March 2017
Saturday morning (9;15 am) Stephen updating
Much the same from Lotte on Monday, plugging on to be 3rd. You can’t fault her effort now. Although she finished tired, she’s bright enough now. Seeing Tommy at noon today to discuss plans for her and the Club. We may well take an interest in Appletree Lane. Motre details to follow.
6 March 2017
Monday afternoon (12;45 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte’s field at Southwell (4.30) down to 5, with 2 withdrawals down to the ground. She’s 22/1 best (SkyBet) to beat her 4 opponents. Let’s hope she can defy the odds!
4th March Dave updating.
Lotte in good form ahead of her run on Monday, lets hope she can improve a little again from her latest improved effort. Nigel so laid back he couldn’t even be bothered to walk over for a carrot.
3 March 2017
Monday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating
I went over to see Tommy this morning. Lotte runs at Southwell on Monday, Alan Johns keeps the ride. There will be less runners than last week and she could get a place. Tommy’s other entry Appletree Lane runs at Sedgefield on Sunday.
Nigel has had a break of over a month now. Tommy says he is really well now. The plan is to give him a further 2 weeks rest and to start him in work again after the Cheltenham Festival. The planned engagements are:
May 2 Flat. 1m4f Wolves, amateur riders race.
May 16th Flat. Beverley. 1m4f 0-60 h’cap.
Monday June 5th Hurdles (mark 81) Newton Abbot 0-105 conditional jockeys £7k added. No penalty if we win and then run
June 13th Southwell Hurdles 0-100 or June 15th Uttoxeter.
Whilst we were discussing this, radio 2 decided to play “making plans for Nigel!”.
27 February 2017
Monday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating
A much better run from Little Lotte, beaten 18 lengths into 6th place. 19 lengths in front of the 7th horse Nicki’s Nipper, recently 2nd twice and a winner of 2 hurdles. Hope springs eternal! She seemed to tire in the last couple of furlongs, but ran all the way to the line for Alan Johns. He seemed to think she could do better over a further trip, but I think that’s unlikely. She wasn’t blowing after the race, but Tommy thinks she will improve a little for the run. He reports her okay today, so we run next Monday as planned in a mares only h’cap hurdle at Southwell (again) next Monday. It should be less competitive. Entries tomorrow.
26 February 2017
Sunday (Noon) Stephen updating
As expected, we run Little Lotte today in the 3.40 Southwell. Tommy says she has been working better lately. He wanted to run in 1st time blinkers, which we do. She’s the 100/1 outsider, but fingers crossed we have an encouraging run.
21 February 2017
Tuesday evening (2.30 pm) Stephen updating
Lotte 4 lbs out of the h’cap, as a result of her 9 lbs weight for age allowance. Good news though, she has a ballot mark of 6 and sure to get a run.
20 February 2017
Monday evening (8 pm) Stephen updating
Little Lotte entered for Southwell on Sunday. There are 24 entries. It will be interesting to see the weights tomorrow. We’ll run if feasible. I will update tomorrow.
17/02/2017. Dave updating.
Gary and i popped to see Kinkeel this morning. He looks well (pictures on facebook)and is clearly enjoying his retirement. He has a few battle scars, but is being well taken care of. He has settled in very well to his new permenant home and is becoming quite bossy in his paddock, he even tried to bite my coat when i stopped giving him carrots!. lee reports that just too prove their is life in the old dog yet he recently jumped an electric fence to get back to the barn because he couldn’t be bothered to walk round! just in case you don’t know he has his own Facebook page kinkeel veteren racehorse. The center is a registered charity and rely on donations for survival, so would be grateful for any help we can give.
13 February 2017
Monday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel’s blood test result was not great. It showed he is fighting off a small virus he probably picked up at Plumpton. Definitely the time to have that holiday! #yourholidayhasstarted
Lotte on course for Southwell.
5 February 2017
Sunday afternoon (1 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Nigel very bright again after his tiring run last Monday. No final decision on his holiday yet, but he’s unlikely to run again until after he’s had a long break. Tommy’s having a blood test on Monday to decide the final plan. More details to follow mid week.
Lotte likely to run at Southwell on 26/2 – selling h’cap hurdle, and then again on 6/2 (same venue) a mares only h’cap hurdle.
31st January. Dave updating.
How many of us were counting our winnings as Nigel loomed upsides the eventual winner after the last! The difference for me was that this time the ‘beaten’ horse yesterday was able to fight back and battling is not one of Nigel’s strong points. In fairness to the horse he travelled very well again and Tonny reports him very tired this morning,so i would imagine he will have a break now.
29 January 2017
Sunday evening (8 :15 pm) Stephen updating
A poor contest tomorrow for the 2.10 Plumpton sees Yourholidayisover 11/10 fav. With likely heavy going and non-runners will probably start odds on. Paul Maloney had a bad fall today at Sedgefield. Hoping he’s okay for a steering job tomorrow.
27 January 2017
Friday morning (11 :45 am) Stephen updating
Sad news about Ben.
Yourholidayisover definitely runs at Plumpton on Monday in an event that is cutting up. Paul Maloney rides. A great chance!
26th Jan Dave updating.
It is with great sadness that i have to tell you that Thay’s Ben had to be put down following an injury sustained at his new home.He was given every chance to recover, but despite a months box rest he did not improve. RIP BEN
25th January. Dave updating.
Pity tomorrow is off as Nigel would have had a serious chance of following up. Next possibilities are Next Monday at Plunpton or Tuesday at Southwell.
24th January 2017.Dave updating.
Nigel now up too 86 over fences and 81 over hurdles. Could have been worse.
23 January 2017.
Both horses looked well this morning. Lotte is still in full work and will be ready for her come back around mid Feb. Nigel had his first canter since his victory last week and was reported as fresh and well, so is all set for Fakenham on Thursday. There is a slight concern about frost as, although the temp is only set to drop to minus 1, the day time temp is only due to go up too plus 2. Paul Maloney has confirmed he will ride.
21 January 2017
Saturday afternoon (12 :30 pm) Stephen updating
All looking good for Fakenham on Thursday. A handicap hurdle race where Nigel runs off a 2lb lower mark than he won off over fences! Moderate opposition and only a max of 12 of them to face. Paul Maloney will ride. Hope the weather is kind to us, which looks likely, despite Ascot and Taunton falling to the frost today and probably both meetings tomorrow.
He’ll be entered for Plumpton Monday week and Tuesday Southwell in chases, but his mark is likely to go up substantially, as he got a Racing Post Rating of 91 for his last effort. I hope we can also run at Southwell and then give him a well earned rest!
16 January 2017
Monday evening (8 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Well we did get everything right and Paul Maloney gave Yourholidayisover a great ride. Hope you were on at an amazing price of 7/1.
The plan to give Nigel a break was in order to have fit and well in order to finally win a race (at Southwell) in late March and April. But clearly, he is fit and well and has now won well. So we will stop soon, and he has a minor cut on his leg from today. Providing that heals quickly, we will go again with a 7lb penalty at Newcastle next Monday (likely too soon), or at Fakenham over hurdles (no penalty!) on Jan 26th or with a revised h’cap on Monday 30/1 Plumpton again (same race conditions) or his fav track on Tuesday 31/1 at Southwell (0-110).
15 January 2017
Sunday afternoon (2 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover is declared for the 2.00 Plumpton (2nd race) tomorrow, with 6 to beat. Tommy wanted to run him in first time blinkers having tried them on at home yesterday. Paul Maloney rides, famous for bringing horses home on the line at the last possible moment. We changed the plan (to give Nigel a break) as the horse is ever so well. He will have that well earned break after this race, win or lose! So fingers crossed we’ve got everything right for tomorrow, and get that elusive win.
07/01/2017. Dave updating.
Popped down the yard this morning. lotte looked well and a list of her next engagements will be updated soon.Nigel has had a small stomach upset,ok now, so will miss Leicester on Thursday. his next possible target is Plumpton on Monday week.
4 January 2017
Wednesday night (8 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Very sorry for the lack of updates! My apologies. And a Happy New Year to you.
A great run from Yourholidayisover again today, 3rd at Hereford beaten no distance at all after looking all over the winner again. So much so, that after bucking and kicking in the paddock today before the race, Tommy has since rung me to say he doesn’t want to stick to the plan; he wants to continue running Nigel for now. So the next entry is Friday for Leicester next Thursday, a 0-105 Nov H’cap chase, £8k added. Sounds great to me!
29 December 2016
Thursday night (9 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Unfortunate that the Catterick meeting was abandoned after 3 inspections, especially as the horse was there and we were only 30 miles away! Yourholidayisover is entered at Hereford for next Wednesday. 17 entries and looks a tough race, but little option other than to run.
27 December 2016
Tuesday night (10 :30 pm) Stephen updating
Another great chance tomorrow for Yourholidayisover in the 12.30 at Catterick. Tommy thinks he can attack hurdles more bravely than in a chase, but the opposition is stronger than one would expect for a selling h’cap. An EW bet at 8/1 is recommended. Fingers crossed all goes according to plan.
24th December 2016.
Popped down the yard to give the horses a Christmas carrot. Tommy reports that Nigel worked well on Wednesday and is on course for Catterick on Wednesday. Lotte looked in good shape and plans remain the same for her. Best wishes for a very happy Christmas.
23 December 2016
Friday morning (10 :30 am) Stephen updating
Only 6 declared for the chase at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, but they include the two recent winners, so all roads for Yourholidayisover lead to Catterick on Wednesday. In the meantime, wishing you all a Merry Christmas!
21 December 2016
Wednesday morning (11 :30 am) Stephen updating
Yourholidayisover entered for a chase at Huntingdon on Boxing Day, but much more likely to run at Catterick on Wed 28th as planned. The entry for Catterick is tomorrow and a declaration for Huntingdon would be Friday, so a chance to review the races and I will, of course, let you know.
12/12/16. Dave updating.
just a quick visit to the yard this morning where Nigel had his first serious canter back and he’s fine. All roads lead to Caterick on 28th with him. Lotte has gone down 6 pounds in the handicap which helps and the plan is still the same as below.
4 December 2016
Sunday afternoon (17 :00 pm) Stephen updating
After no rain in somewhile, the going at Sedgefield was “dead”. This tends not to suit many horses, difficult to say whether Lotte or Nigel appreciated it.
Lotte slightly disappointing; whilst she finished the race, she was beaten a long way. She’s also been on to go a long while. She’s going to have a proper break (in the fields for 3 months) after her attempt at a £30k race at Warwick (a 4-Y-O only fillies h’cap) on March 30th, 2017. Whether she starts upon again (for us) will depend how she gets on in the meanwhile. She will have a 3 week break now and run at Sedgefield (again) next on Jan 29th, a 0-100 4+ fillies h’cap, assuming she’s anywhere near in the h’cap. On Friday she ran off a mark of 88, which is clearly far too high. There are 2 selling h’cap hurdle opportunities for her in Feb; Fakenham Feb 17th and Southwell Feb 26th.
Nigel hasn’t been on the go as long, but he’s had lots of races. He’s going to have a reasonable break after Hereford, a 0-100 chase on Jan 4th, starting up again for a Spring/Summer campaign with many appearances at Southwell, commencing March 28th, a 0-100 h’cap chase, at Southwell. His main target for that elusive victory remains Catterick on Dec 28th. His run on Friday 3rd, just beaten by the fav for 2nd, was another good effort. He’ll run off 77 over hurdles at Catterick, whilst his new chase mark is 79. He won’t need to be running out of the h’cap again.
1 December 2016
Thursday evening (18 :05 pm) Stephen updating
Both Lotte and Nigel (Yourholidayisover) run at Sedgefield today. Lotte should go well for Mark QuInlan in the 12.00 at 25/1 and Yourholidayisover runs off a lower mark than when he was 2nd at Hereford. A great chance at 6/1 best. Fingers crossed.
Monday 28th. Dave updating.
I have spoken to Tommy this morning and he feels Lotte is unlikely to get in at Leicester so both horses are entered for Sedgfield on Friday. Nigel is a few pounds out of the handicap but should go up a few pounds for his excellent second last week. Although he has had a busy time of time of it, Tommy reports Nigel is running around the paddock like a two year old.
Wednesday 23rd 2130hrs Gary updating.
Another fine run by Nigel. We had expected Daizy to make the running but instead he was held up at the rear of the field . Nigel was tucked in nicely behind the leader travelling and jumping really well on the soft ground. Charlie Deutsch the jockey being full of praise for Nigel in his after race comments.
Inhindsight we feel it would have probably been better if Nigel had been held back for longer and been led into the last fence increasing his chances of that elusive win for Group1. Hopefully the 2nd December at Sedgefield will give Nigel another opportunity to strut his stuff on the racecourse.
22 November 2016
Tuesday evening (11 :55 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover has a great chance tomorrow in the 3.20 Hereford, a poor contest. £4500 to the winner. Fingers crossed.
19 November 2016
Saturday afternoon (2 :00 pm) Stephen updating.
I went down to Tommy’s this morning. Both horses are really well. Little Lotte ran away with his little jockey Jack this morning. Nigel has a large leg following a cut in the race at Southwell, but should be okay to run at Hereford on Wednesday over fences. He’s currently 7lb out of the h’cap, but that could be 5lb by Tuesday, as he ran 3rd off 73 on Tuesday. Many of the 17 entries at Hereford have never chased, several have multiple entries and trainers are double and triple handed. There are not likely to be many runners and the quality is poor. As there are few alternatives he’s likely to run at Hereford.
Nigel’s next run is likely to be over hurdles (0-100) at Sedgefield on Friday 2nd December, with a selling h’cap hurdle at Catterick on 28th Dec a great opportunity to notch a win, if we haven’t already won the preceding 2 races!
More difficult to find suitable opportunities for Lotte. She’s got a handicap mark of 82 and the weight for age in 3+ novice h’cap hurdles is 8lb, so she would effectively run off 74 and 10st 1lb. The 1st opportunity is Leicester on Dec 1st, but Tommy has another horse earmarked for that race. Sedgefield Dec 2nd is another opportunity (but Nigel is earmarked for that one) and Dec 16th Uttoxeter is likely to be desperate ground. We’ll make the entries and I’ll keep you informed. Sunday Jan 29th 2017 at Sedgefield, a fillies h’cap hurdle, is likely to be her “Grand National.”
15th November Dave updating.
Another cracking effort from Nigel, finishing a close third, after looking all over the winner two out. The jockey felt that he hit the front too soon as the race fell apart around him and that if another horse had taken him into the race until after the last then Nigel would have won. He stated that Nigel prefers hurdles as he has more confidence to attack them; took lengths out of the opposition today. This means we have many more options with Nigel now and we will sit down and form a plan until the end of the year. With regards to his wind operation, the jockey described his wind as ‘clean as a whistle’ his first win for us is not far away!
14 November 2016
Monday afternoon (3 :00 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover is declared for the 3.15 pm at Southwell tomorrow. A h’cap hurdle off a mark of 71. Initially 3 lbs out of the h’cap, weights raised 1 lb, so he runs off a mark of 73. He’s had his wind op, all good. He should go well on his favourite track. Fingers crossed.
All being well he then runs over fences at Hereford on 23rd November, a 0-105 Nov H’cap chase.
11 November 2016
Friday evening (4 :45 pm) Stephen updating.
Great news. Yourholidayisover is entered for the Southwell handicap hurdle race and the JC h’capper has dropped his hurdles rating to his chase mark of 71. He’s kind man! This gives us a great chance next Tuesday.
07/11/2016. Dave updating.
A lovely, if chilly morning down the yard,with both horses on the walker. No issues with Lottie’s blood results,but she has been spotted coughing a couple of times. We will make a plan in approximatly two weeks.Nigel was in a real grumpy mood this morning,trying to bite me before chewing the metal on the walker, so he’s fine. Tommy mentioned that he worked very well on Saturday.next likely dates for him are 13th Nov (wincanton) or 15th Nov (Southwell). More details ASAP.
2 November 2016
Wednesday evening (10 :00 pm) Stephen updating.
Some good news! Lotte at least got a h’cap mark for her effort last week. Now rated 82 over hurdles. Fine weather at the moment and she will be at her best on soft ground. A great chance to win off this mark if she is over (or gets over) whatever was amiss with her at Fakenham.
02/11/2016. Dave updating.
Tommy ran Primo at Exeter, who having ran poorly, finished with the same symptons as Lotte. Indicates a bug in the yard. I will update if i get any news on blood tests etc.
28 October. Dave with a further update.
Popped down to see Lotte this morning. She appears over her experience at Fakenham. Tommy will do a blood test tomorrow as a precaution and she will proabaly have at least two a fortnight off before we make a plan, possibly on the all weather as the ground coiuld have gone by then.
28 October 2016
Friday morning (11 :00 am) Stephen updating.
Back from our trip to Fakenham and Yarmouth Zoo. The experience at the Zoo was much better than the races! Well worth a visit. I couldn’t understand how Lotte had run such a poor race when she settled well and the pace setters had gone off too fast, all set up for her. The only thing I could think was different was the tongue tie. My view was confirmed when an hour and a half after the race her breathing hadn’t recovered, nor the colour of her tongue and she was under the supervision of the racecourse vet. She was clearly distressed, but thankfully recovered soon afterwards. I haven’t had a recent update, but clearly unlikely she’ll wear a tongue tie again. Hopefully we will now get a handicap mark.
Yourholidayisover has fully recovered from his wind op and is on target for Ludlow on November 15.
25 October 2016
Tuesday morning (11 :40 am) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte is declared for Fakenham tomorrow, 8 run. We are hopeful she can finish in the frame (£429 for 4th!) in this £9k Class 3 fillies hurdle. Hopeful she can turn the tables on Skylark Lady in receipt of 6lb (beaten out of sight (50 lengths) by Milrow and now tried in cheekpieces. We have a 1st time tongue strap and a cross noseband in an attempt to settle her in rear and finish strongly. We are unlikely to beat Fool to Cry and Alan King’s Giveaway Glance. Fingers crossed for a good run.
A lovely morning down the yard today. Nigel is very fresh and well after his op last week and decided have a nip at me whilst in his box, which is always a good sign. He is back cantering and well on course for his next run at Ludlow on 15th Nov. Lotte just in gentle work as she is very fit ahead of her next run at Fakenham next Wednesday.
15 October 2016
Saturday evening (6 :30 pm) Stephen updating.
When we met on Tuesday we tried to find races in the near future for “Nigel” but there were none. We also discussed whether he should have a wind operation. The conclusion was that an immediate soft palate operation would likely improve Yourholidayisover by as much as 7-10lbs (had difficulty breathing and getting home) and allow him to compete in the next possible suitable races which are as follows:
10 Nov Ludlow (chase)
15 Nov Southwell (hurdle)
19 Nov Wolves (flat race)
23 Nov Hereford Nov chase 0-105 **
22 Dec Wolves 1m4f (flat race) **
26 Dec Huntingdon 0-100 chase **
He had the wind operation on Thursday and is recovering well. Fingers crossed it was all a good plan.
11 October 2016
Tuesday evening (6 :30 pm) Stephen updating.
Apologies. Little Lotte couldn’t quite make the frame, finishing effectively joint 6th beaten 15 lengths by the winner and 30+ lengths in front of the next 4 horses home. 16 days to Fakenham and a good opportunity in a fillies only juvenile hurdle.
Meeting with Tommy, Gary & Dave this evening to discuss a plan for Yourholidayisover.`
10 October 2016
Monday morning (8 :45 am) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte runs in the 5.10 Yarmouth today. They had 7 mm of rain overnight and more is forecast. The going is currently good, good to soft in places. This improves her chance no end, the softer the better. She’s worth a small EW bet at 40/1 widely available.
3 October 2016
Monday afternoon (4 :00 pm) Stephen updating.
Hope you managed to get on EW at 14/1 for our 2nd today. Another good performance. He just keeps bumping into one. Good pics from Southwell already on Facebook, courtesy of Gary.
The entry for Yarmouth (race next Monday) for Lotte has been made.
2 October 2016
Sunday evening (10:30 am) Stephen updating.
Innocent Girl (changed stables) is an odds on fav to beat Yourholidayisover in the 2.10 Southwell tomorrow. He’s come through last week’s race well, has 10 stone to carry and top pilot Brian Hughes in the saddle; is a good EW bet again at 14/1 overnight, on one of his favourite tracks. Fingers crossed.
30 September 2016
Friday afternoon (3:30 pm) Stephen updating.
Here we go again! Unify runs at Fontwell tomorrow instead of Southwell, so Yourholidayisover will have another go to find that elusive win at Southwell on Monday.
Yarmouth entry for Little Lotte coming up shortly (flat race 46-60 h’cap Monday Oct 10) followed by Fakenham on October 26th (3-Y-O hurdle fillies only).
28 September 2016
Wednesday morning (6:30 am) Stephen updating.
A great run from Yourholidayisover, finishing 2nd to the well h’capped Unify, the 2/1 fav., breaking the course record! Some nice pics in the Group 1 Racing Club posts on Facebook page. Now entered for Southwell next Monday, but looks a tough race.
26 sept 16.
Kinkeel arrived safe and sound in his new home this afternoon. He will be pampered and looked after for the rest of his days. The centre welcomes visitors, so i will organise a trip for any members who are interested to go and see the old boy. It is not too late to make a donation to the centre if any members wish to do so. Pictures, courtesy of Gary on Facebook.
26 September 2016
Monday evening (6:45 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover has 8 to beat tomorrow in the 2.20 Southwell. He is 7 lbs better off against 2nd fav Larkhall than when he beat that horse 1st time (at Southwell) finishing 4th. He likes Southwell (for whatever reason) and finished 2nd next time there. Can he go one better? Probably. 9/1 is the best available price (with Bet365). A realistic EW bet at that price, especially since it has rained there today and Yourholidayisover goes well in softer ground.
23/09/2016. Dave updating.
A beautifull crisp clear morning down the gallops where Lotte and Nigel went four times up the bank in a good serious piece of work. Nigel appears in good form, galloping with enthusiasm and trying to bite me in his box and should run well on Tuesday. Larry stated Lotte worked very well and did not seem to take a lot out of herself. She is very fit at the moment. Video on facebook, thanks to Gary.
22/09/2016. Dave updating.
A quiet day down the yard today, with both the horses working well yesterday.James Davies will give Nigel his final piece of work before his engagement next Tuesday, at 8am, everyone welcome.I will update tomorrow.
21/09/2016. Dave updating.
Fantastic news. We have finally found a suitable permenant home for our old Warrior Kinkeel. It is called The Racehorse Welfare Centre and is based in Malvern, It looks a fantastic place, they have a website detailing what they do, and he will hopefully be there next Monday.My contact there(LEE) remembers him from his racing days and cannot wait to have him there. He will be pampered and looked after for the rest of his days, exactly what he deserves. They have, quite reasonably, asked for a donation so if any members would like to make a contribution please get in touch on 07988658187. Thank you.
21 September 2016
Wednesday evening (7:00 pm) Stephen updating.
Only 10 entries at Southwell for Yourholidayisover next Tuesday. Looks like Hi Tide (top weight?) is not qualified. Another poor contest, so another great chance. He likes Southwell! Fingers crossed.
19 September 2016
Monday afternoon (2:45 pm) Stephen updating.
Almost time for entries.
Lotte will run on the flat in a 3-Y-O only Class 6 46-60 1m 2f flat race at Yarmouth on Monday 10th October, followed by a similar gruelluing trip (but probably well worth it!) to Fakenhamfor the fillies only juvenile hurdle on Wednesday October 26th.
In the meantime Yourholidayisover runs at Southwell (twice) on Sept 27th and 3rd October. Tommy will work him in the morning (Tuesday) and then on Saturday. He’s inviting you to come down to the gallops to watch him work.
9 September 2016
Friday morning (11:00 am) Stephen updating.
Both horses cantered yesterday at Tommy’s in the sand ring. Gary has put a video clip of them working into the Group 1 Racing Club posts on Facebook page. Both horses are fresh and well.
6 September 2016
Tuesday morning (10:00 am) Stephen updating.
Tommy reports both horses in good order, following their runs. We live to fight another day!
5 September 2016
Monday afternoon (4:00 pm) Stephen updating.
Not the results we were hoping for at Fontwell Park yesterday, but nevertheless two very positive performances.
Lotte is currently competing at the highest level for juvenile hurdlers (as there currently is no other level!) It was a further trip than we wanted (2m 1.5f) ; we were taking on 3 previous winners and once again she wouldn’t settle (pulling hard for a mile) even though we had purposely left off the cheekpieces (which wind her up). Nevertheless, despite all this our jockey at 3 out briefly headed the field, on the wide outside – a very poor strategy if the objective as we told him was to finish strongly and try to take 4th place. He was pushed very wide, became unbalanced, but he still kept on riding, far too vigorously and not surprisingly he didn’t win, or finish 4th! She is a very keen going sort, just trying her best to please; she just doesn’t know anything other than to go as fast as she can, as soon as she can. I would think on the basis of this last run beaten 21 lengths by the 115 rated Milrow she might get a rating of 94.
When she learns to settle more (will never fully settle) she’ll win us several races. To put her ability into perspective, he club’s first winner in 1989, the 3-Y-O Basic Fun was a similarly sized and rated flat raced filly. She won her first 3 races for the club, starting on 22/12/89 but a much lower level (sellers and claimers) and rating. There are lots of possible opportunities for Lotte, not least of which is the Fakenham fillies race on October 26th. This may be her opportunity to shine, even at this level. She’ll show her best form on soft ground, which we’ve not experienced yet.
The positive about Yourholidayisover is that when he made his only jumping error, the 9th fence at the crucial moment, although he dropped back to 5th, he didn’t fold and give up, he was quickly back up to 2nd place (also perhaps not the best strategy) but tried all the way to the line, finishing a tired 4th. He’ll have 2 more opportunities at Southwell on Sept 27th and 3rd October before we get the opportunity to try some right handed tracks in soft going.
The day for both horses will come in the not too distant future. It just wasn’t yesterday. Gary’s put some nice pictures from yesterday in the Facebook group. Great hospitality at Fontwell Park, highly recommended.
2 September 2016
Friday morning (11:30 am) Stephen updating.
Both horses declared for Fontwell Park on Sunday. Yourholidayisover has 6 to beat, the main danger being Tony Carroll’s Heurtevent. We have a very good chance of winning. Tommy reports him bouncing with energy and raring to go! Little Lotte has 5 to beat (at the moment) . Unfortunately 3 of them are previous winners, but Tommy is not convinced they will all turn up and take one another on. She’s declared without the cheekpieces (which wind her up) and the plan is to settle her in rear and to finish the race running on (all being well, 4th or better).
Lots of Club members going for what promises to be a great day out, but room for plenty more. We are allocated 16 owners and trainers’ badges. There’s proseco or juice on arrival and a free lunch for owners. Please ring text or email if you want to come along. It’s also a family fun day with lots for the children to do.
30 August 2016
Tuesday morning (11:30 am) Stephen updating.
We duly met up yesterday evening.
The plan is to run Yourholidayisover on right handed tracks where ever possible, building on his best ever performance winning over hurdles on the stiff track and right handed Carlisle. So this will take in Towcester (if his jumping holds up) Leicester, Huntingdon, Hereford and Ludlow. In the meanwhile you have to run where the races are. So he runs in what is a weak contest at Fontwell Park on Sunday, with a great chance!
Little Lotte is also likely to run at Fontwell, missing Worcester today as it is a tough contest.
Other dates for your diary include either Sept 27th or 3rd October at Southwell for Yourholidayisover (left handed track, but he seems to like it there!) Fillies only juvenile hurdle at Fakenham on October 26th for Little Lotte.
27 August 2016
Saturday evening (7:00 pm) Stephen updating.
I met with Tommy this morning. He wants to run Yourholdayisover (AKA Nigel) soon again, as he’s really well, fit and can take the racing. Dave, Gary & I are meeting up with Tommy on Monday night to set out a plan for both horses, but in the meantime we don’t want to miss any potential entries.
So Lotte and Nigel could be entered for Fontwell next Sunday (race for each) and/or Nigel could be entered for Wolverhampton (flat race) next Saturday evening (8:50pm last race).
No decision yet on Lotte’s participation at Worcester on Tuesday. She will only run there if it begins to look less tough.
25 August 2016
Thursday afternoon (3:15 pm) Stephen updating.
A great run on Tuesday from Yourholidayisover at Southwell, finishing second at 16/1. Given the the right race and circumstances, he has to be a winner in the waiting. If you missed his run and want to see it, I attach the link. View Attheraces video of 2.45 Southwell It’s free to view. You will need to register (for free) if you haven’t previously done so.
He has to better running on a right handed track. His best run was a win at Carlisle, which is a stiff right hand track. Locally to here, Towcester is similar, but there are no races there for a while. I’ll let you know what we come up with.
In the meanwhile Little Lotte is entered for a juvenile maiden hurdle at Worcester on Tuesday. It’s not far to go, but even with only 12 entries, it looks like quite a difficult race. There are other options, but they are much further away. Fontwell, Perth, Plumpton. Personally I don’t think she’ll show her true from until it rains (soft ground) but another run might give her a (good) handicap mark. Once again, I’ll keep you informed.
The main thing is I think our luck might be changing for the better!
22 August 2016
Monday morning (11:30 am) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover declared for the 2.45 Southwell tomorrow. He has 7 to beat and races off bottom weight of 10 stone. Just in the h’cap with the weights having gone up 3lb. James Davies deserts us for Bandol, unraced over fences. Mark Quinlan rides. We definitely have a chance in a poor contest, but still decent prize money.
18/08/2016. Dave updating.
Just a correction. Nigels race is tuesday at Southwell not Monday. 2.45
17/08/2016. Dave updating.
Nigel is entered for Southwell on Monday and we will decide in the morning between there and Bangor on Friday. The amount of rain we get could be a deciding factor as Tommy is concerned about the trip on Friday (2.5 miles)on really soft ground. Laura reports that James Davies feels that asking Nigel for a long jump and the fact that he put in a short stride led to him losing his rhythm which meant he struggled to get back into the race. It’s probably best to let Nigel get over the fences his own way.
9 August 2016
Tuesday morning (11 am) Stephen updating.
We chose to swerve the Newton Abbot race tomorrow, as too difficult. The new plan for Lotte is to run on 30th August at Worcester, in a much easier contest.
Yourholidayisover likely to run at Bangor on Friday 19th August at Bangor over 2m 4f.
06/08/16. Dave updating.
10 entries for lottie’s race on Wednesday, with some powerfull yards represented. Not many double entered so could be a strong field, but she is in good form and with a decent pace would be expected to do better than last time.
04/08/2016 Gary updating
Tom took Lotte for an away day gallop on the all weather track at Anabel King’s with Lozell in the saddle. Lotte cruised around the circuit along side Callaghan for two laps working well .Todays run in preparation for Lotte’s next proposed entry at Newton Abbot on Wednesday of next week.
02/08/2016. Dave updating.
Lotte will be going for a day out on Thursday to ensure she is ok for her next engagement at Newton Abbot on 10th August.Nigel is still trying to bite so he’s fine. Dates for him soon.
27 July 2016
Wednesday morning (9:30 am) Stephen updating.
A very disappointing run from Yourholidayisover last night. He travelled well for half the race, made a jumping mistake and was then always flat out to try to catch them up, which he couldn’t. He could just not be that reliable a horse, but the optimistic view is that on softer ground (he won his hurdle race on soft ground with a mark of 100) or a further trip (2m4f) he won’t get outpaced by the opposition. We will see in due course.
26 July 2016
Tuesday morning (10 am) Stephen updating.
We run Yourholidayisover in the 5.40 Worcester. Currently 10 run. He has come on for the Southwell outing and he is really well in himself. We expect a good run tonight and he is a great EW bet, generally available at 12/1.
24 July 2016
Sunday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating.
It was close! We nearly declared for Newton Abbot with only 7 weak entries. When it re-opened they all piled in, making 11 declarations, most of whom have the Worcester entry. A lot of prize money on offer at Newton Abbot, but little fish are sweet. We’ll be at Worcester.
23 July 2016
Saturday morning (11.45 am) Stephen updating.
Just back from Tommy’s where our two horses look amazing well. No final decision on where Nigel (aka Yourholidayisover) will run next week. Highly likely we’ll go for what looks like the easier (and local) meeting at Worcester on Tuesday, but will just keep an eye on the declarations for Newton Abbot (race Monday.) Dealing River, just in front of him at Southwell after he weakened, the likely danger at Worcester, but surely we’ll beat that (and the rest!)
After that we’ll aim for Stratford on Thursday August 11th and then either Worcester (12/9) or Uttoxeter (18/9.) It would be great to get a hat trick of wins; all possible given his current h’cap mark.
Tommy & ! had a discussion about Little Lotte. Clearly the main objective is to get her to settle. I personally don’t think the cheekpieces help. Tommy thought is was just the muddling pace set by the runners at Newton Abbot. Either way the plan remains to have another crack at the next Class 3 Newton Abbot race on August 10th. If she runs that badly again we’ll get a great h’cap mark. Hopefully she’ll settle and we’ll do much better than that, especially if it rains. She will then run at Worcester on 30th August, another juvenile hurdle race, but over the brush hurdles and she is a really good jumper.
20 July 2016
Wednesday afternoon (2 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover entered for Newton Abbot on Monday and Worcester (5.40 pm 1st race) on Tuesday. The Worcester race is very winnable; there will few runners, the h’capper has dropped him a lb to 77, and given the form he is in, I am optimistic this could be the start of better things to come. I will keep you posted.
18 July 2016
Monday afternoon (5 pm) Stephen updating.
Nigel runs either at Newton Abbot next Monday or Worcester, next Tuesday.
17/07/2016. Dave updating.
A frustrating run today. With no pace, Lottie ran with the choke out for over a mile, pulling her way to the front and had nothing left from three out. The Jockey was very complimetary about her and her profesionalism over hurdles, stating he had no doubt Lottie would win races. She was very tired after the race and will run again in about three weeks.
Nigel has come out of his race well, Tommy said when he let him out in the paddock yesterday he ‘ran round like a mad thing’. He also tried to bite me again this morning, so he must be well.Potential race will be posted in the next few days.
17 July 2016
Sunday morning (7:30 am) Stephen updating.
We run Little Lotte today in the 2.05 Newton Abbot. Tommy reports her in fine form and we expect her to run well. Her intended jockey (James Davies) rides at Stratford, so we have Mark Quinlan on board, who rides some work at Tommy’s. They have watered well (45 mm applied this week) but the going will be quicker than should like. She’s much more likely to get home today on a sharper track and could well be in the frame in a difficult class 3 race. With only 7 runners, paying only 2 places, she’s not a betting proposition. However, it is not impossible that she could win at 50/1; Jazzy was behind her at Hexham when pulling up, but won at Stratford last weekend!
12 July 2016
Tuesday evening (6:45 pm) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte entered and runs at Newton Abbot on Sunday in a Class 3 £9k added juvenile hurdle. Only 10 entries, but better than that; 5 of these entered at Market Rasen on Saturday and likely to run there (jocked up.) A valuable race, pays down to 6th and with Jazzy (behind Lotte at Hexham) showing what change a flat track can make, Sunday could be a great day for Lotte and the racing club. Fingers crossed.
10/07/16 21.00 hrs Dave updating.
Nigel ran a super race today,travelling and jumping well until lack of peak fitness told in the home straight.This will put him spot on for his next start,which will be in around three weeks, details to follow when we have them.
Little Lotte is on course for either Market Rasen or Newton Abbot next weekend.
P.S. Jazzy gave Lottie’s Hexham form a boost by winning at Stratford today.
7 July 2016
Thursday afternoon (4:45 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover runs in the 2.10 Southwell on Sunday. I am currently on holiday in Greece. If you want owners’ badges, please email or text me! I will send the list to the racecourse as normal. Thanks.
06/07 2016 Dave updating.
Nigel schooled on Monday and worked well this morning. He is all set for Sunday and should give a good account of himself.
4 july 2016. Monday evening (6:15 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover is entered and runs at Southwell on Sunday. There are 20 entries. Little Lotte runs the following week at Stratford.
28th June Dave updating.
Gary and i popped down to see Kinkeel and Lordship this morning. Lordship’s injury is doing very well and will soon be able to be ridden.He appears in very good form with himself and is bullying everything else in the field. Kinkeel has settled in fine and was as greedy for the carrots we took as ever. Gary will put some photos on Facebook. Both are looking for good homes so if anyone can help that would be great.
25th June 2016. Dave updating.
Lotte and Nigel worked together this morning and both pleased Tommy. Nigel will go away for a schooling session next week as part of his prep for his comeback run. Gary and i intend to go and see Lordship and Kinkeel this week and will report on their well being.
23rd June 2016 Dave and Gary updating.
We popped over to Tommy’s this morning and watched a now fully recovered Nigel breeze up the grass bank four times . Nigel along with Lotte will train on the grass bank this coming Saturday, all welcome to come along and watch for about 0930am. Further blood tests will be taken early next week and we will then know how to progress . We have some potential race dates but please stay tuned in for firm fixtures. Nigel 5th Uttoxetter, 10th Stratford, 10th Southwell, 17th Stratford all chase races.10th Uttoxetter.12th Worcester. Lotte 10th Stratford,16th Market Rasen ,17th Newton Abbott 24th Uttoxetter.
16 June 2016
Thursday morning (10:15 am) Stephen updating.
Things not going our way at the moment.
Tommy not keen to run Lotte at Market Rasen as Jack ran badly the other day (10/6) and they think he may have a virus. They’s rather wait for Uttoxeter and Stratford.
Nigel’s foot just about okay now, so an entry foe him soon. It’s been a long wait!
12/06/16. Dave/Gary updating.
Popped down the yard this morning where both horses were having a stroll on the walker. Both of them look well, but Nigel does have a minor foot problem linked with his infection, Tommy will have a look tomorrow and assess his prospects of running Thursday.
11 June 2016
Saturday afternoon (2:30 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover has 10 stone to carry in Thursday night’s 6.10 Ffos Las, James Davies rides. Perfect.
14 entries at Market Rasen in Little Lotte’s race, including another of Tom’s juveniles, Royal Pearl. Let’s hope all the forecast rain materialises.
11 June 2016
Saturday morning (11:15 am) Stephen updating.
An exciting week ahead!
Yourholidayisover runs at Ffos Las on Thursday. 16 entries. Few runners and a chance!
Little Lotte reported very well on the gallops by Tommy Phelan this morning. So a change of plan and she’s entered for Market Rasen next Friday. It’s good ground and forecast a wet week, so soft ground a possibility. Details of the entries later.
08/06/2016. Dave updating.
Kinkeel arrived safely at Shani’s yesterday, looking fit and well. We just need to find him a good permenant home. Any help would be greatly appreciated
7 June 2016
Tuesday morning (8:00 am) Stephen updating.
I was obviously disappointed we got nowhere near winning at Hexham. Little Lotte ran well for a long way and jumped brilliantly throughout; all the schooling really paid off. Clearly Hexham is not her track. She just couldn’t get up the stiff hill the second time around. The group who went (and Tommy) said the ground was softer than expected and she would need decent ground to finish, but that was her ideal ground. I would say they went too fast (only 3 finished – most pulled up, including Jazzy) but the first 2 home went the same pace. I am hopeful that on flat tracks, where all the next juvenile hurdles are run (Uttoxeter, Stratford) she will do much better. She ate and drink overnight after her long journey and exertions and is sound, all good.
Yourholiday is over runs at Ffos Las on June 16.
3 June 2016
Friday morning (11:00 am) Stephen updating.
10 declared tomorrow on watered good ground. It’s still quite likely she’ll win at big odds. Jazzy has been well prepared by a jumps trainer. Schooled by Richard Johnson (see Martin Keighley blog) and yesterday by his jockey Andrew Tinkler (back from injury.)
I think Jazzy is a doubtful stayer, having won a desperate contest in January, before being gelded. Skylark Lady was bought by Wigham at the Newmarket Sales on 29/4/16 and will have had a limited preparation. As will Stone Quercus claimed by McCain on 6/5/16.
1 June 2016
Wednesday afternoon (4:00 pm) Stephen updating.
No rain forecast at Hexham, but they are watering to maintain good ground. Remember “good” jumping ground is softer than “good” flat ground. A shower overnight on Friday would be perfect! The main opposition is jocked up; Jazzy; Skylark Lady.
30 May 2016
Sunday morning (10:30 am) Stephen updating.
Excellent news. Tommy has just confirmed that James Davies who has done all of Lotte’s schooling will be available to ride her at Hexham on Saturday. As Dave stated yesterday, there are 15 entries. Many won’t run, Hexham is even further from West Ilsley (where Mick Channon trains Masterson) or Newmarket (where Wigham trains Skylark Lady.) The biggest danger of the entries is the Keighley (jumps trainer) trained Jazzy, rated 77 on the flat.
There’s not likely to be much rain, so we’re dependent on how much Hexham water. She’ll run better races on soft ground, but there’s no doubt this is a great opportunity given her preparation.
Nigel is likely to run at Ffos Las on June 16th, 2 miles over fences, followed by Stratford in July.
30/05/16. Dave updating.
Lotte has 14 to beat on Saturday and with some rain forecast she is an intended runner. Tommy reports that she worked well on Saturday and he is very pleased with her. She will have one more school this week and that will be her preparation complete.There may be a better horse turn up on Saturday,but there won’t be any better prepared. Jumping ability will probably be variable to say the least and i doubt if anything has done as much schooling as Lotte. Everyone is pretty positive for a good run, conditions permitting.
29 May 2016
Sunday morning (11:15 am) Stephen updating.
Hexham had 26mm of rain Weds into Thurs am. Set dry now until Tues next week. Going currently good, good to soft in places. Some heavy rain forecast on Tuesday/Wed. Let’s hope it’s very heavy! Lotte on target to run. The entry is tomorrow.
Nigel back in work since last Monday. He runs shortly.
We have Kinkeel back as his new yard are unable to look after him. Does anyone need a hack/hunter/point to pointer/horse companion? Free to good home!
24 May 2016
Tuesday morning (8:30 am) Stephen updating.
They race at Hexham today. All weather forecasts have been wrong and are changed. There was little rain and they have watered (5mm yesterday) to good going (removing the good to firm patched today.) “Good” jumping ground is softer than the flat definition of good. With no rain forecast, that is probably the ground we can expect for Little Lotte on June 4th.
22 May 2016
Sunday evening (8:30 pm) Stephen updating.
Tommy texted last night that Nigel is now sound. So he will be ridden in the morning. All systems go!
20 May 2016
Friday morning (8:30 am) Stephen updating.
I just spoke to Tommy. Nigel’s foot has taken longer to come right than would be normal. Puss came out of 3 holes, not one. He should be right by Monday to be ridden again and run 10 days or so later. He’s still fighting fit.
Lotte goes for an away day schooling session today. Tommy will video it for us. Then she’s ready for HEXHAM.
18 May 2016
Wednesday evening (8:30 pm) Stephen updating.
The next meeting at Hexham is on Tuesday (24th May.) Currently good to firm and largely forecast dry, they are watering to improve the ground. Once the rain falls as Dave has outlined is forecast, on top of watered ground, there should be no issues in Lotte running. Expect her to be there, and to win!
18/05/2016. Dave updating.
Rain forecast for Hexham on and off up untill 3rd June. Lets hope more on than off.
Tommy reports that Lotte has had two breakfasts this morning, so we can safely assume she has come out of the race well!
17/05/2016 Dave updating.
Little lotte ran an excellent final prep race last night. She was qute excitable before the race, bucking and kicking in the parade ring and being restless in the stalls. This enthusiasm carried itself into the race, leading the field for much of the race before the combination of fast ground and strong opposition proved too much. This confirmed her need for cut in the ground and she will need good ground or softer to run at Hexham, where she would have a great chance. A long journey for many members, but one possibly worth making. Start those rain dances!
14 May 2016
Saturday morning (11:30 am) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte is declared for Leicester on Monday night, 10 run. They look like the who’s who of trainers with Mark Johnson, Sir Michael Stoute, Sir Mark Prescott and so on. She’s top rated by RPR ratings, yet she’s forecast at 33/1. We have the apprentice 7 lb claiming jockey who is “on fire” booked, in George Wood. He’s ridden 4 winners and umpteen places in the last fortnight alone. He has a strike rate of 22% winners to rides on turf! This is a prep run for Hexham, so anything else is a bonus. But you never know…….
13 May 2016
Friday morning (11:45 am) Stephen updating.
Nigel’s sore foot turned into an abscess which has now burst and the horse is on the mend. He has, however, missed several day’s work as a result won’t be entered today for the race at Worcester. He’ll be running soon, details to follow shortly.
All systems go with Lotte. She was schooled again this morning and is on target for Hexham on June 4th. In the meantime she’ll run on the flat at Leicester on Monday night as the top rated horse. We’ll try cheekpieces and she could go well. She would have an outstanding chance if we got some more rain, but that’s not forecast at the moment.
11 May 2016
Wednesday evening (8:30 pm) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte top rated on RPR ratings for the 8.40 Leicester on Monday night (RPR rated 82) and good to soft going currently. A definite starter there, rather than a difficult race at Thirsk.
8 May 2016
Sunday afternoon (12:30 pm) Stephen updating.
They raced at Hexham yesterday. Initially good, good to firm in places, it went good, good to soft in places. The long range weather forecast has rain at the end of the month. Let’s hope the going is good to soft (or softer!) for Little Lotte on June 4th.
6 May 2016
Friday morning (8:30 am) Stephen updating.
Nigel worked really well up the grass gallops yesterday morning. Unfortunately he’s got a sore foot as a result. The shoe is off and he’ll be fine, but he won’t be able to run at Wolves on Monday. He’ll now go straight to Worcester on May 19th.
3 May 2016
Tuesday afternoon (2:15 pm) Stephen updating.
The entry made for Yourholidayisover (AKA Nigel) in the 5.00 Wolves on Monday. 27 entries and looks anything other than a weak affair. I spoke to Tommy this morning; he’s happy to just go chasing with Nigel. We’ll see how many are declared (likely to be a full field) and take it from there.
Lotte’s final prep run before Hexham is most likely to be Leicester on 16th May. The other 2 possibilities Tommy & discussed were two maiden fillies’ races; Thirsk on 14th May. Ripon 19th May. Again, we see what the entries look like.
Exciting times are definitely ahead!
2 May 2016
Monday morning (8:45 am) Stephen updating.
Little Lotte schooled on Saturday with the other juvenile hurdlers, led by Nigel (AKA Yourholidayisover.) They all jumped well, but she is easily the best jumper. She’s on target to run in the first juvenile hurdle of the season, Sat 4th June at Hexham. A long way to go (journey), but she’ll hold a winning chance. She’ll have one more run on the flat beforehand, to make sure she’s fighting fit. Opportunities include: Bath 11/5; Leicester 16/5, Nottingham 17/5 & Bath 18/5.
Yourholidayisover will have an entry for Wolves next Monday 9th May in what is likely to be a weak event, a 0-55 Amateur riders handicap, before resuming his chasing career at Worcester.
27th April Dave updating.
Laura reports Lotte very well after yesterday’s race. She has eaten up well (The horse not Laura) and is currently in the paddock having a well earned break. Future dates as soon as we have them.
26th April Dave updating.
A very promising pipe-opener by Little Lotte today. The plan was to race quite prominently, but after missing the break she settled at the rear of the field. Lotte travelled well for a long way and briefly made some ground on the inner in the straight, the jockey beliveing she may get 4th, before getting tired on the dead ground. The jockey was very complimentary about her prospects over hurdles
Earlier i spoke to her previous trainer, Karle Burke, who described her as an honest, tough filly, who stays well. When i mentioned she will go hurdling he stsed that she could do that with no problem and that we should have a lot of fun with her.
25 April 2016
Tuesday evening (11:30 pm) Stephen updating.
9 declared tomorrow for Little Lotte’s race, the 4.10 Nottingham. Just a pipe-opener with a long Summer/Autumn/Winter campaign of juvenile hurdling ahead.
Lordship now out of danger and sound soon to be be turned out in a small paddock daily.
19th April 2016 Dave and Gary updating.
Little Lotte cantered twice up the grass gallop this morning , Tommy Phelan reporting that she still struggles a little with the stiff hill as she is still a little weak,but she will strengthen up with racing throughout the summer. She then schooled twice on the grass schooling grounds , jumping well both times . She is clever at her hurdles and seems to enjoy the experience. Laura stated Lotte is the cleverest of the juvenile hurdlers. She is on course for Nottingham next Tuesday.
Nigel is presently resting in the paddock.
15 April 2016
Friday morning (8:30 am) Stephen updating.
Went down to Tommy’s yesterday. Little Lotte will run at Nottingham on April 26th.
The plan for Nigel (Yourholidayisover) is to run on the flat Beverley on May 10th (1m4f 46-60) h’cap and then the Novice H’cap chase (0-100) at Worcester on May 19th off his incredible mark of 78.
10 April 2016
Sunday afternoon (12:30 pm) Stephen updating.
Yourholidayisover a great addition to the Group 1 string (2 horses only!) Stable name is Nigel. Tommy reports him bright as a button this morning and he’ll be running soon. Fit and clearly ready to win. Still can’t believe how lucky we are to have him running for us. Race dates to follow.
Yourholidayisover ran 3rd this evening at Wolves. Hampered when challenging as well! He’s ours now and back at Tommy’s. Very, very exciting. More details tomorrow.
06/04/2016. Dave updating.
Popped down the yard this morning with new member Dave Maguire (welcome). Lotte worked fine yesterday and is on course for Nottingham on April 26th. She did a gentle piece of work in the ring today with Kauto Ricko and will have an away day sometime next week.
5 April 2016
Tuesday morning (11 am) Stephen updating.
Lordship recovering at Shani’s. Through the worst. Looks like he’ll make someone a hack or become a companion horse. We’ll find him a good home presently.
All being well we’re taking a free lease on Yourholidayisover a 9-Y-O chestnut gelding. He runs in a seller at Wolverhampton on Sat night and Tommy will pick him up from there (northern trained.) Won won a hurdle off a mark of 100 and then ran 3 good chase races, coming 4th/8 off 99, 4th/7 off 96 and finally 4th/7 at Southwell off 90. He’s now rated 78 and there are lots of opportunities in Summer chases here in the Midlands. Another great advantage; he’s fighting fit and ready to go! Fingers crossed we have him back home on Saturday evening.
20 March 2016
Tuesday afternoon (5 pm) Stephen updating.
Lordship comfortable at Shani’s. The vet coming to see him tomorrow.
Little Lotte now schooling on the grass, over hurdles. Please see the twitter feed for the latest video clip.
We’re considering leasing Yourholidayisover on a free lease . More details to follow.
23rd March Gary updating. 0945hrs
Shani reports that Lordship is happy enough this morning.
22nd March Gary updating.
I am sorry to report that Lordship was pulled up by his jockey James Davies towards the end of his Exeter run yesterday. Lordship has sustained a serious tendon injury to his near foreleg. Lordship was seen by a racecourse vet and made comfortable. Lordship has been taken to Shani Payne’s where his injury will scanned and assessed over the next few days .
21 March 2016
Monday evening (8 pm) Stephen updating.
An even tougher race than Taunton for Lordship tomorrow in the 2.00 Exeter! He’s well wrong in the weights with the top rated horses, but if he’s fit and back to his best, he would be more competitive than most and could run into a place at a huge price. He should enjoy himself beating most of the field; we’ll then wait and aim for the right race.
Lordship also runs in a 1st time tongue strap to assist his breathing. Tommy tried him with one on this morning and he seems okay with it.
20 March 2016
Sunday morning (10.20 am) Stephen updating.
8 declared for Taunton, including the top weight, so Lordship would have been out of the h’cap and a much tougher race than we would like, so Lordship instead runs at Exeter on Tuesday.
He will run in a chase shortly, where we will have more chance of winning, but we need to pick the right race. The hurdle race at Exeter will be easier on his old legs, but still nothing guaranteed. Fingers crossed he goes well and comes back sound.
18/03/2016. Dave updating.
Andy Finch and I braved a chilly morning down the yard today, with a report on our two stars.
Lordship: looks well now and schooled really well over fences yesterday and Laura reports that he was very pleased with his own efforts. Still not sure if he runs Monday or Tuesday yet; updates when we have them.
Lotte: Did a piece of slow work in the ring today and Larry stated that she has come on quite a bit and is beginning to enjoy herself and is more enthusiastic when asked to do anything. She schooled with a rider this week, jumping barrels in the ring. She jumped well but did get a bit tired, which is understandable at this stage in her preparation.
12 March 2016
Saturday afternoon (1.45 pm) Stephen updating.
Lordship worked well up the gallops this morning. There’s a video of his 4th time up to watch in our twitter feed on the homepage. I gave him and Lotte carrots; they devoured them.
Lordship looks well in his coat and is nearly 100%. He runs either at Taunton on Monday week (chase) or Exeter on Tuesday March 22 (novice selling hurdle.) All roads lead to the South West as there’s a 0-100 selling h’cap hurdle at Taunton for him on April 7th.
Lotte is now jumping hurdles in the loose school! She will be ridden over hurdles very shortly. The plan is to run her on the flat at Nottingham (pipe-opener) on April 26th (1m2f 61-75 3-Y-O fillies only race) and then to run in maidens to get place money or maybe even to win one at Southwell! If she’s in good form on the flat we’ll take her to the opening juvenile hurdle at Hexham in June. We’ll need to have tried a hill at Leicester or Chepstow or Carlisle on the flat first! The 2nd juvenile hurdle race is at Market Rasen; she’ll definitely be there, the 3rd is at Stratford in mid July and she certainly be there as well!
8 March 2016. Dave updating.
Tommy reports both horses in good form. Lordship will be schooled over fences soon in preperation for his next run. Tommy will try to put a video of this on line. Lottie continues to loose school and Tommy reports that she throughly enjoys jumping. Her work level will be increased soon.
29 February 2016
Monday morning (6.30 am) Stephen updating.
Slightly disappointing yesterday with Lordship. He never really looked like threatening and finished 9th of 13. He had another good “blow” and Tommy thinks he will have him right for a bet on his next run which will be over fences at Taunton. There’s a race just before, and after Cheltenham.
28 February 2016
Sunday morning (9.30 am) Stephen updating.
Lordship runs in the 4.10 Southwell today. The yard think he’s 95% fit. He’s a big price and worth a small EW. If the ground has dried to become sticky/holding ground, I don’t think he’ll like it. Let’s hope his legs stand up and he comes back sound.
Great video footage of Lotte jumping the blue barrels on our twitter feed on the homepage. She’s doing really well in her preparation, for just turned 3.
26/02/2016. Dave updating.
Lordship has 12 to beat on Sunday. I popped down to see him with Andy Finch this morning and he looks really well. Larry reported that he worked very well on Wednesday with Little Jimmy, who couldn’t get past the old boy. He may still need this to put him spot on, but we expect a good run. Badge requests through Stephen as usual.
Little Lotte continues to go well and had her first jumping lesson a couple of days ago and came out of the class with an A grade. She started over pole, graduating to tyres and because she jumped so well, progressed to the blue barrels. Tom Phelan reports she is a natural and Tommy commented how quick she was over the obstacles. It looks like we may have an exciting juvenile hurdler on our hands!
23 Feb 2016. Dave updating.
All roads lead to Southwell on Sunday for Lordship. if all is well he will go chasing after that. Tommy reports lotte in great shape and intends to start schooling her next week;that should be worth seeing. I will try to update again on Friday.
17 February 2016
Wednesday afternoon (4 pm) Stephen updating.
With the frozen gallops Lordship has missed 2 important pieces of work, so it is pointless taking him all the way to Fakenham. He will wait for Southwell (Sunday week) or Sedgefield (date to follow).
16/02/16 Dave updating.
John and i braved the freezing conditions down the yard this morning. The gallops were frozen so Lordship just did a gentle piece of work in the ring. He is very well in himself but has missed some serious work due the cold snap and he may wait until Southwell a week on Sunday for his next run as hopefully this will give Tommy a chance to get some more work into him next week.
Lotte continues to build up slowly and eagerly devoured some carrots,and Johns finger.
11/02/2016. Dave updating.
Down the yard this morning with John. A cold but lovely morning with plenty of sunshine.
The team are pleased with Little lotte and are beginning to step up her work in ring. She continues to show some spirit,even kicking Larry in the chest a few days ago. She is being fed extra in for her to continue to put weight on.
Lordship is still sound went up the grass gallop three times today, at a steady pace, with all his old enthusiasm. He will be entered for Fakenham, although there are other possible races, details soon.
4 February 2016
Thursday morning (10.45 am) Stephen updating.
Lordship has come out of his race jumping and kicking! He’s been ridden a couple of times since and is sound. All systems go for Fakenham on Friday Feb 19th. He’s been dropped 2 lbs by the h’capper to a mark of 74. He’ll take some beating off that mark. Fingers crossed we get there.
30 January 2016
Saturday afternoon (1 pm) Stephen updating.
Down at Tommy’s this morning, Lordship is sound. He’ll come on leaps and bounds for that run yesterday. We’ll choose the easiest race from a hurdle or a chase for him. My preference is a 2 mile selling h’cap hurdle at Fakenham on 19th February. I’ll keep you informed of the options.
Little Lotte continues to canter away in the sand pit circle.
All looking good for 2016.
29 January 2016
Friday afternoon (5.30 pm) Stephen updating.
So far, so good for Lordship. Held up early on, he cruised past tired horses 5f out, then went backwards himself when he “blew up.” He finished the race sound, but had a good blow. If he is okay in the morning, we have a decent horse to go to battle with! Fingers crossed.
28th Jan 2016. Dave updating.
Down the yard this morning with Gary and John. Lordship is declared for the 4.10 at Doncaster and all reports on him are positive and clearly retains all his old enthusiasm. He will need the run tomorrow and we just hope the old legs hold out and he returns safe and sound. All being well Tommy will then find a novice chase for him.
Little lotte went for a hack around the ring this morning. She is looking well and she will begin to step up her work in about two weeks.
Pictures on Facebook, thanks to Gary.
24 January 2016
Sunday afternoon (6.30 pm) Stephen updating.
29 entries in Lordship’s race at Doncaster. With a field size of 18 almost certain to get a run with many of the horses having multiple entries. It’s the 4.10 race (at the moment.)
21 January 2016
Thursday afternoon (4.15 pm) Stephen updating.
Down at Tommy’s this morning. Lordship worked really well yesterday on Clare Dyson’s gallops, pulling double. He retains all of his enthusiasm (or more) and need to run. His first run of the season will be at Doncaster next Friday 29th January, the 4.10 pm race, a novice handicap hurdle.
Little Lotte is now being ridden.
Both looked well. See the pictures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/47756557898/i
11th January 2016 Gary and Dave updating.
A bit chilly down on the yard this morning . Lordship has been on the walker this morning . He is standing up well to his training programme and looks really well . Tommy states “he is 90% fit and all being well will have his first run towards the end of the month . Little Lotte will be ridden for the first time tomorrow and Tommy hopes she will have her first run for Group1 in March. She also looks very well . Andy Finch will be uploading pictures to FB.
2 January 2016
Saturday afternoon (1.15 pm) Stephen updating.
Just back from the meet up at Tommy’s. The bacon butties were good!
The even better news. Tommy Phelan (jockey & assistant trainer) told us Lordship went up the gallops on Thursday (3rd time) better than any other horse he’s sat on at Tommy’s. So far his legs are holding up and he looks a picture. No races locally in January for him. 27/1 Catterick, 28/1 Fakenham are too far to go for a pipe-opener. So it’s either Doncaster on 29/1 or Leicester 3/2 for the start of Lordship’s 2016 campaign.
Little Lotte has grown and starts work at Tommy’s next week. She looked great on the horse walker. Pics of both on Fb later courtesy of Gary H. Meet up pics from 2/01/2016
1 January 2016
Friday morning (11.00 am) Stephen updating.
Sorry for the outage of the website over the past few days. We have that in hand.
The monthly meet up was postponed from Thursday (as Tommy had a runner in the 1st race at Warwick) until tomorrow, Saturday 2nd January. Meet at 11 am. Text or email me or Laura. See Lordship and Little Lotte. Should be a revival of the Club’s fortunes in 2016! A Happy New Year to you!