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30th April 2019
Plus 1 and misty when driving in.
Lauren Stanley was in again to ride out two lots. Building up for her charity ride. You could always sponsor her?
This weeks movers and shaker in the BHA handicap charts are..Charbel down 2 to 157, Lissycasey up 1 to 107, Robin The Raven up 6 to 141 Younevercall up 2 to 157 while Doctor Haze 104, First Flow 140 and finally Rose To Fame enters at 121.
My review of our last jumps season…
It all started very slowly last May as our first 17 runners failed to win, although a frustrating run of seconds did not help.
Anyway David and Julie Martin's Minella Warrior started the season off with a win over hurdles at Warwick on May 12. He was to build on that win and win again twice more and now sets himself up as a decent potential chaser for this coming winter. Commodore Barry was next and that was again in a novice hurdle at Worcester on May 25. He too was to go on and win a further twice and again he goes novice chasing this time. Both similar horses and both fine big chasing sorts.
Royal Supremo bolted up at Southwell in August, but came back with a bandged splint which needed time off for which was annoying.. He is now back in action.. That was the sum of our summer racing and then the winter period came in.
October. Penny Perriss's Wandrin Star won at Bangor, by far too far. He was to win again back at Bangor by an equally ridiculous margin.. The handicapper was not impressed.. up 27lbs.... A few days later John's Rockys Teasure started his season with a good win at Kelso and Dandy Dan did the same at Bangor. Both horses had great seasons and travelled to win races in different parts of the country.. Charbel was next when winning under top weight at Chepstow ..
You have no idea how relieved David and Julie Martin and Mat and I were with that win as it showed Charbel's back operation had worked and there was a future for this lovely horse.. There was a fine win in the Peterborough Chase to seal his season.
Imperial Racings Imperial Aura went to Carlisle and broke the track record, but sore shins curtailed his season to just one more run at Newcastle, when he won there too.. He again is a fine horse for this coming winter.. chasing too..Graham and Diana Whateley's Rhaegar won next but he was not for staying here too long.
November.The KBRP's Vinndication started his chasing career in fine style at Carlisle and on the same day the KBRP's Younevercall bolted up at Kempton over hurdles and went up 12lbs for the privilege.. 48 hours later Norman Carter's Diamond Gait won her first start over hurdles at Ludlow. This well bred mare went on to win again at Doncaster. By The Boardwalk won a veterans chase at Huntingdon and was retired.. in glory.. One very happy owner in John Perriss after his win.
December and soft ground but only for a while.. Michael and Mary Dulverton's Newtide and Phil and Gill Andrews's Mr Grey Sky both benefited from the change of conditions by powering home at Haydock... Both went on to win again when they had their preferred conditions of soft ground. Two fine big horse who should be fun to train this winter..The May We Never Be Found Out Partnership's Two For Gold won at Wetherby over hurdles and talking big horses he too will go chasing but he won again over hurdles later in the season at Bangor.. We had a short period of soft ground and the KBRP's Bandon Roc found that to his liking at Hereford. December also produced three grade 2 chases with Charbel, Rockys Treasure and Vinndication.. December was a good month for the yard.
January and a New Year.The KBRP's Subway Surf was our first winner in January when she won a mares bumper at Ludlow. She was to win again at Chepstow and be placed at Ascot .. Exciting times for her owners including Carol Vorderman..The huge Prince Llywelyn was next to win in a bumper at Wetherby. He was second twice too and looks a fine prospect for hurdling this time for his owner Peter Bennett-Jones … We went flat racing with the KBRP's Blazon and he won twice that month and again in February and again in March.. Flat racing is easy!
Talking February..CSWR's Hes No Trouble won at Huntingdon and amongst our other 5 winners that month was The KBRP's Yeavering Belle in the bumper at Warwick.. We were slightly surprised by her win but she showed it was no fluke by finishing third at Cheltenham in April.
March and Elphick, Sperling & KBR's Sadlemor won a bumper at Huntingdon and Penny Perriss's Station Master won a novice chase there too.. I like Huntingdon .. I have had more winners there than any other racecourse.. is that why I like it?.
One I don't have many at is Plumpton but thankfully the Racing For Maggies horse Another Venture helped add our name to the score sheet there. March ended on a fine note at Haydock with Knockanrawley winning the veteran chase and was immediately retired.. Happy (tearful) owners and a very happy horse.
April saw Virginia Johnson's Cresswell Legend finally win at Ludlow and set himself up for a visit to Perth in June to try and win the Sam Morshead Perth Gold Cup..Jones Broughtons Wilson Weaver's Rose To Fame won on the same card and she won again at Exeter.. The season ended in a rush as we were determined to reach 50 winners.S W Racing's (Richard Shepherd and John Webber) Robin The Raven, Paul and Clare Rooney's The Milan Girl and Younevercall all won on the last 3 days of the season.. Yes 51.. Bloody brilliant. Younevercalls win was our 4th Grade 2 of the season.
A huge thanks to all my owners, who without their support I would not have any horses to train. Huge thanks to all my team here for all their hard work. Mat Nicholls and Leigh Pollard work hard as we all do and young Harry Moss leads a good team in the yard..Peter Kerr who runs all my Kim Bailey Racing Partnerships is a tireless communicator and a huge assest to the yard .. What would I do without him..Well all of you..
Big thanks also to David Bass who has survived another season of being slagged by his trainer.. jokingly of course.. He rode 39 winners for us and reached 55 in total.
Mikey Hamill we will miss.. good luck to him now based in Ireland.
Yes it has been a good season... Dodson Horrell 'feed us to win' and we have so much to look forward to this new season.. Exciting times..
We finished with 51 winners, 44 seconds, 39 thirds and 24 fourths... we finished 24th in prize money list. 14th in winners only list.. Strike rate of 19% winners to runners of which we had 263. 60% of horses finished in the winners enclosure...!