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News From Park Lodge Stables
The latest news and the archive of past newsletters from Park Lodge Stables.
 
2 runners at 2 meetings tomorrow
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The 2 year olds BRIDGEKEEPER and CHIEF SPIRIT both run tomorrow but at different track. CHIEF SPIRIT heads to Salisbury to contest a mile maiden, there are 11 runners. He ran an encouraging race on debut finishing 6th at Yarmouth. He was very green early on but the penny dropped in the final 2 furlongs and he stayed on nicely in the closing stages. He is running over the same trip and similar ground conditions this time. Hopefully he can run another nice race tomorrow.
BRIDGEKEEPER runs in a 10 furlong nursery at Nottingham and there are only 8 runners. This is first run in a handicap and he is stepping up considerably in trip. This is not a cunning plan but he is by a sprinter and from a family of stayers on the dams side. He is entered in the Horses In Training sale we need to find out if he does stay before then. He is a nice type of horse so we hope he can show a bit more over this longer trip than he has in his last couple of runs.

2 runners at 2 meetings tomorrow
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The 2 year olds BRIDGEKEEPER and CHIEF SPIRIT both run tomorrow but at different track. CHIEF SPIRIT heads to Salisbury to contest a mile maiden, there are 11 runners. He ran an encouraging race on debut finishing 6th at Yarmouth. He was very green early on but the penny dropped in the final 2 furlongs and he stayed on nicely in the closing stages. He is running over the same trip and similar ground conditions this time. Hopefully he can run another nice race tomorrow.
BRIDGEKEEPER runs in a 10 furlong nursery at Nottingham and there are only 8 runners. This is first run in a handicap and he is stepping up considerably in trip. This is not a cunning plan but he is by a sprinter and from a family of stayers on the dams side. He is entered in the Horses In Training sale we need to find out if he does stay before then. He is a nice type of horse so we hope he can show a bit more over this longer trip than he has in his last couple of runs.

Cove goes for Apprentice Derby tomorrow
Saturday, September 27, 2014
SANDY COVE has his chance of Epsom glory tomorrow when he runs in the Apprentice Derby. There are 10 runners and he is drawn 4. Although he has had a busy campaign he seems in good form at home and the ground is still in his favour. He has been a regular at Brighton this summer as he acts well on that track so should be suited by Epsom too.  Ryan Tate, who is one of the leading apprentices, takes the ride and he knows him well so we are hoping for another good run from SANDY COVE tomorrow.

Dancer declared for Cambridgeshire tomorrow
Friday, September 26, 2014
SPA'S DANCER has been declared to run in the Cambridgeshire at Newmarket tomorrow. He is in good form but we are concerned about the ground. He will only run if the ground is genuinely good. there were showers forecast for the track this morning but so far they haven't materialised. If the ground did become good/firm by tomorrow then he would not run. 

Newmarket Open Day
Thursday, September 25, 2014
We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the people that came to Park Lodge Stables on Sunday.  We hope you enjoyed seeing the horses and meeting us and our staff.  We would also like to thank all the Blue Peter Racing partners that came to support.  It is much appreciated.  Last but not least, we would like to thank all our staff who helped throughout the morning and welcomed everyone with a smile.  It was great to see them showing their horses to the public and chatting animatedly about their life in racing.  Thank you all very much.    

Tight Lipped goes for Silver
Thursday, September 25, 2014
We are delighted that TIGHT LIPPED has made the cut for the Silver Cambridgeshire at Newmarket tomorrow. He is drawn 13 of the 25 runners, exactly in the middle of the field. We had hoped to run him in this race last year but he wasn't quite right at the time. He seems to be coming back to form after a break, he ran an encouraging race at Sandown last time out. He has run at Newmarket twice before and run well both times so the track suits him well. He will be ridden again by Rosie Jessop who seems to have a good rapport with him.  The ground is just on the soft side of good which will be fine but if they do get any rain it would help his chances. It is obviously a competitive handicap but he has a lot in his favour tomorrow and we are hopeful of a good run. 

Drop in trip for Crispies
Sunday, September 21, 2014
MAJOR CRISPIES runs in a 5 furlong handicap at Leicester tomorrow, this will be first attempt at this trip. It is a bit of an experiment but he ran very well at York last time out. He was held up that day but showed plenty of speed. Leicester has a stiff finish which may just suit him over this trip. He does come out top on Racing Post ratings and has been dropped a further 2 pounds since York. The ground will suit him so we are hopeful that he has an each way chance tomorrow.

Chief Spirit makes debut tomorrow
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
CHIEF SPIRIT makes his racecourse debut in a mile maiden at Yarmouth tomorrow. He has been working nicely at home with WIND PLACE AND SHO  who ran an encouraging race at Salisbury last week. They are similar types of horses but CHIEF SPIRIT has a bit more natural toe so hopefully he can run a nice race . The big yards are well represented so it could be a good race of its type. He is a big long striding horse and so is hopefully a horse for the future. Let's hope he can run an encouraging race on debut tomorrow. 

Dancer steps up at Sandown tomorrow
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
SPA'S DANCER steps up in class to a Listed race over a mile at Sandown tomorrow. There are only 8 runners and he is the only course and distance winner in the field which must be in his favour. He loves the track and hopefully the ground will be OK for him. The Clerk of the Course says it is good at the moment and will water if necessary to keep it that way. A small field and muddling pace may not be ideal tactically for him but on his best form you couldn't rule him out. Jim Crowley takes the ride, he finished second on him in the Spring Cup at Newbury so can hopefully go one better tomorrow. 

Newmarket Open Day - Sunday 21 September
Sunday, September 14, 2014
It is Newmarket Open Day on Sunday 21 September and along with 24 other yards, Park Lodge is open to the public from 9.30 to 12.30.  All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you and introducing you to our yard, horses, staff and some of our owners. In particular the enthusiastic members of BLUE PETER RACING PARTNERSHIPS will be present. Why not come and chat to them about how to get involved in a fun, yet amazingly inexpensive partnership.  Racehorse ownership really can be affordable to all.  There is lots happening at Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse in the afternoon so there is plenty going on for the whole family.

We look foward to seeing you.  

Two runners at two meetings tomorrow
Thursday, September 11, 2014
TIGHT LIPPED and WIND PLACE & SHO both run tomorrow at Sandown and Salisbury respectively. WIND PLACE & SHO runs in a mile median auction maiden and is drawn 3 of the 12 runners. He ran better than his finishing position implies on his debut.  He missed the break and didn't get the smoothest of runs, they all finished in a bunch so he wasn't beaten that far. The trip will definitely suit him but the ground is an unknown. he handled cut in the ground well at Sandown but the ground will be quicker at Salisbury tomorrow. He will start at a long price tomorrow but could finish better than these odds suggest.
TIGHT LIPPED ran no race at all last time out at Sandown and there was no obvious reason. He will be reunited with Rosie Jessop tomorrow, he has always run well for her so we hope he can bounce back to form in her hands. She has never been out of the first 3 on him and has finished second on him at Sandown before so let's hope she can keep up the good record on him tomorrow. 

Bridgekeeper to bounce back
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
BRIDGEKEEPER runs in the 7 furlong median auction maiden at Epsom tomorrow. He ran very well first time out at Nottingham on fast ground but was a little disappointing next time at Windsor when the ground became good to soft when he ran and maybe that was the cause. We are hoping he can bounce back to the form of his first run on faster ground tomorrow. He has been in good form at home and has a very good attitude. He is stepping up in trip to 7 furlongs which should suit him as there is plenty of stamina in his pedigree on the dam's side. There are 11 runners tomorrow and he is well drawn in 5 so hopefully he can run a nice race. 

Two runners over the weekend
Friday, September 05, 2014
AVIATOR and MAJOR CRISPIES are the 2 runners this weekend. AVIATOR heads south for Kempton tomorrow to run in a 1 mile 3 furlong handicap. He ran a good race there last time and the form of that race has worked out well. He finished 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner, TREASURE THE RIDGE,  who has subsequently won a £60,000 handicap at Sandown. AVIATOR wore blinkers that day but he seemed to be slightly startled when the other 2 horses came by him. He will be wearing a visor tomorrow in the hope that this will suit him better. He seems in good form at home and one feels a big run is imminent. He is certainly capable of running well on his best foreign form. 
MAJOR CRISPIES heads North on Sunday to York. He runs in a 6 furlong handicap and is drawn 15 of the 15 runners. This is probably a good draw on the straight track. The ground will be fast which is in his favour but he is still plenty high enough in the weights. Graham Lee will be on board for the first time but he should suit him well. 

Consistent Cove can go close at kempton
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
SANDY COVE runs at Kempton tomorrow evening in a mile and 3 furlong handicap. The trip and track should suit him well but it is a reasonably competitive race for it's type. He was third there earlier in the season but that was over a mile which was too short for him. He is such  a consistent and genuine performer who really deserves to get his head in front. Let's hope the dice rolls the right way for him tomorrow. 
BRIDGEKEEPER runs earlier in the day tomorrow at Lingfield. He is running in a 6 furlong maiden. He ran well first time out at Nottingham on fast ground but was slightly disappointing next time out at Windsor when the going was on the soft side of good. He has been fine after the race so hopefully that run can be attributed to the ground. The going is currently good tomorrow, he would be a doubtful runner if the ground became soft.  It is a competitive maiden but we hope he can show the form tomorrow that he showed first time out at  Nottingham.

Dream team return to Sandown tomorrow
Friday, August 29, 2014
SPA'S DANCER & TIGHT LIPPED return to Sandown tomorrow, the same team that scored a famous double there last season. They are both ridden by the same jockeys again so we are hoping that history will repeat itself. Both horses are returning from a summer break as they do not like fast ground. The rain has come at the right time for them so the going should be in their favour. They have been working well at home, it is their first run back after a break but they should both run well. It would be great if they could recreate that memorable day from last year. 

Wind Place and Sho makes debut at Sandown tomorrow
Thursday, August 28, 2014
WIND PLACE AND SHO makes his racecourse debut in a 7 furlong 2 year old maiden at Sandown tomorrow. He is a full sister to IRON BUTTERFLY and looks a typical member of the family. He is destined to be a middle distance/stayer on the flat and will go hurdling at some stage in the future. We didn't expect him to make his racecourse debut this early but he has been pleasing us at home and has come to hand well. The ground is soft tomorrow and this is an unknown as we have not done much with him on this ground. However he is by Shirocco and most of his progeny like soft ground and so did IRON BUTTERFLY so you would expect him to be able to handle it.  There is a big field of 15 runners  but hopefully he will run an encouraging race.  It is a nice track to make his debut on and it will be interesting to see how he runs.

Precinct drawn wide tomorrow
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
PRECINCT runs in a 10 furlong maiden at Lingfield tomorrow but has not been done any favours by the draw. She is drawn 13 of 13 and this is particularly bad draw over this distance on this track. She ran well last time out at Kempton over a mile considering it was her first run back after a long lay off. On pedigree she should be better over further so hopefully the step up in trip will suit her. She showed she handled the polytrack at Kempton so let's hope she can run well again tomorrow. 

Cove chance at Epsom tomorrow
Monday, August 25, 2014
SANDY COVE is back on the track again quickly at Epsom tomorrow after his gallant second at Brighton last week. He is due to go up 5 pounds and this was the only suitable race for him to run off his old mark.  He handles Brighton well so Epsom should suit him too. There are only 7 runners and Ryan Tate takes the ride and he takes a valuable 3 pounds off his back. The main worry is the ground. He is a proven performer on good and faster ground but we don't really know if he handles cut in the ground. There is rain forecast and if the ground did become very soft he may not run. If the ground does not go against him he should have a good chance and he deserves to get his head in front again.

Pencil back at Yarmouth tomorrow
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Pencil returns to Yarmouth tomorrow to run in a 6 furlong fillies maiden. She ran a promising race there on her racecourse debut to finish third. We were very pleased with the way she behaved aswell as her finishing position that day as she is not always the easiest at home. There are 11 runners this time and it looks a competitive race on paper. We hope she will run a nice race again tomorrow.

Cove back to Brighton again
Monday, August 18, 2014
SANDY COVE returns to Brighton tomorrow where he runs in a 12 furlong handicap and there are 7 runners. This will be his first run over this trip but he has looked as if the step up in distance will suit him. The handicapper has rather harshly put him up 4 pounds for finishing third there last time out so we hope he will show improved form over this distance to overcome this rise in the weights. He is proven on the ground and the course so must have a good chance tomorrow.  

Bridgekeeper heads for Windsor
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Bridgekeeper run in a 6 furlong maiden race at Windsor tomorrow evening. He is drawn 2 of 12 runners which is good as long as the ground is not soft. He ran well on his debut finishing 3rd at Nottingham. The ground was good/firm that day so if the ground does dry out it is not a problem as he handled it well last time. We have been very pleased with him at home since his run and he has definitely sharpened up so he should run a nice race tomorrow. We have kept him at 6 furlongs for now but he should get 7 furlongs later this year.  

Dancing Angel steps up in trip
Friday, August 15, 2014
DANCING ANGEL runs in a mile handicap at Lingfield on the turf tomorrow, this will be her first run over this longer trip. It has been a slightly frustrating season with her so far as she wants soft ground. She has run on the polytrack but has not run up to her turf form on this surface. We are hoping that the ground will remain on the soft side of good tomorrow. There are showers forecast but if it does dry out and looks as if it will be fast ground by the evening then we would consider pulling her out. Hopefully the step up in trip and on suitable ground she can show an improvement in form.

Crispies heads for Shergar Cup tomorrow
Friday, August 08, 2014
MAJOR CRISPIES runs in the 6 furlong Shergar Cup Sprint at Ascot tomorrow. It will be great to have a runner at this fixture, it should be a good fun day. We think that 6 furlongs at Ascot should suit him well especially if the ground remains fast. Any rain there would not help his chance. The race is restricted to only 10 runners, this should help him as he possibly prefers a smaller field  The jockeys for this race are drawn and he will be ridden by top Canadian lady rider Emma Jayne Wilson. He is a straightforward ride and she should suit him. He comes out top on Racing Post ratings so is not without a chance tomorrow. 

Cove returns to Brighton
Thursday, August 07, 2014
SANDY COVE runs at Brighton tomorrow where he is a course and distance winner. Brighton are to be congratulated on the good prize money they have on offer and SANDY COVE was entered in 2 races there. We have elected to go for the more valuable race which is a step up in class for him but he gets in with a low weight and there are only 6 runners. It will be interesting to see how he runs in this grade of race.  He ran well at Lingfield last Saturday and has come out of the race well so we are hoping for the best tomorrow.

Pencil makes her debut at Yarmouth tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
PENCIL makes her racecourse debut in a 6 furlong maiden at Yarmouth tomorrow. There are 7 runners and she is drawn 4. She has worked very well at home with BRIDGEKEEPER who ran a very encouraging race last week finishing third. She will certainly stay further than 6 furlongs in time but shows enough speed to run well over this trip. It is hard to weigh up the strength of the opposition with little form to go but we are hopeful of a good run.

Two runners at Kempton tomorrow
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
AVIATOR and ICE SLICE both head to Kempton tomorrow. AVIATOR only faces 4 opponents in a 1 mile 3 furlong apprentice handicap. He will be wearing blinkers again but different tactics will be employed. He was very free in blinkers when he first wore them for us so we tried holding him up which didn't seem to work. He will also be wearing a cross noseband tomorrow as this seems to help him settle at home. If he can bounce back to his continental form you can not rule him out in such a small field.
ICE SLICE is stepping up in trip to 1 mile 3 furlongs for the first time. he ran well at Kempton last time out over a mile, he was staying on at the end and looked as if he needed further. Ideally we would have tried him over 10 furlongs but there was no suitable race. He has won over a mile on soft ground so you would be hopeful that this trip on the polytrack would be within his compass. He is in good form at home so can hopefully run  well tomorrow.

Precint returns to the track
Monday, August 04, 2014
PRECINT, who has not run since the autumn of her 2 year old, career, returns to the track at Kempton tomorrow evening. She runs in a fillies only mile maiden and is drawn 9 of the 14 runners. She ran a very promising race on debut, finishing 3rd at Newmarket, but sadly has had 2 separate injuries which have kept off the track until now.  Her owner/breeder Major Wyatt has shown a lot of faith in her and has been extremely patient. She has been working well at home but it does look a fairly strong maiden for this time of year. We just hope she can run a decent race and come home in 1 piece. 

Dancing Angel chance to shine at Kempton tomorrow
Sunday, August 03, 2014
DANCING ANGEL runs in a 6 furlong handicap tomorrow, she is drawn 6 of the 12 runners. She ran in an all ages  handicap over the same trip last time out, she had no chance with the winner but finished 4th. She is taking on 3 year olds only this time which should make a difference especially over sprint distances, older horses tend to have an edge. She is proven on the polytrack surface and she has a reasonable draw so can hopefully be thereabouts.  The last 2 runners have been in the frame so it would be nice if she could get her head in front tomorrow.  

Consistent Cove chance at Lingfield tomorrow
Friday, August 01, 2014
SANDY COVE is having a saturday night out at Lingfield tomorrow and goes there with a good chance. He ran very well over the same course and distance last time when he just failed to get there on the line. He is better drawn this time, in stall 5 of the 13 runners so hopefully he can go one better. The hood is being left off this time as an experiment, it was put on initially to help him settle when tried over a longer trip. He seems to be settling better in his races now so hopefully he does not need to wear it now. He is a consistent performer and is in good form at home. He is a winner over this distance and Luke Morris, who has on board when he won, rides him again so he has a lot in his favour and should be thereabouts tomorrow.

First 2 year old runner on Thursday
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
BRIDGEKEEPER will be the yard's first 2 year old runner of the season at Nottingham on Thursday. He runs in a 6 furlong maiden races and there are 10 runners. He is a 1/2 brother to ORCADIAN and RAPSCALLIAN by AVONBRIDGE. This is the first horse out of the mare by an out and out sprinter. He has a very good temperament and attitude. He goes nicely at home but as he is quite laid back he may well need the run to sharpen him up. It will be interesting to see how he runs, he will hopefully run a respectable race and give us a line to the other 2 year olds in the yard.

Major on parade at July meeting
Thursday, July 10, 2014
MAJOR CRISPIES runs in the 6 furlong Heritage Handicap at the Newmarket July meeting tomorrow. This is his first run in a handicap off his current rating of 100, he is rated a lot higher than his last run in this grade. He won a handicap in February off a mark of 79 so he will find this a lot tougher but has improved significantly since then. You can put a run through his last run at Royal Ascot as that was too good a race for him, he was also drawn on the wrong side and he didn't see out the 7 furlongs. On his previous runs though you could not rule him out. It is hard to judge what the ground will be like by tomorrow as rain is forecast, hopefully they will get some to make it perfect ground. If the ground does become softer than that he will still run as we may aswell find out how he copes with these conditions when the track is so close to home.

Sandy Cove reverts to the polytrack
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
SANDY COVE runs back on the polytrack at Lingfield tomorrow. He has form on this surface and is a winner over this trip so must go there with a good chance. He is drawn 8 of the 10 runners and Richard Hughes takes the ride. He has been running consistently all season and was unlucky that the ground turned against him at Yarmouth last time out. There was a heavy shower of rain during the race and he didn't handle the surface which became very loose on top. He won't have that problem tomorrow so hopefully he will go very close.

ICE SLICE and AVIATOR also run on the all weather tomorrow but are running at Kempton. ICE SLICE is running back over a mile, a trip he won over, and he also has form on this surface. He hated the firm ground at Newmarket last time out so that form can be ignored. If he runs to the form of his win at Nottingham on good/soft ground he must have an each way chance in a competitive race.
 
To our knowledge this will be AVIATOR's first run on an all weather surface. We thought it is worth a try as an alternative to the turf. His long term plan though is to go hurdling in the autumn. The blinkers are on again as they did help last time but a little too much. He was a bit keen in them so hopefully Paddy Aspell can get him to settle in them tomorrow. He is drawn 2 of the 12 runners so hopefully he can do that from this draw.  

Handicap debut for Dancing Angel
Monday, July 07, 2014
DANCING ANGEL runs in a handicap for the first time at Lingfield tomorrow. This will also be her first try on the polytrack. There are 12 runners and she is well drawn in stall 4. She was slightly disappointing in the 2nd of her 3 runs at Windsor but ran perfectly respectably in her other 2 races. The ground at Yarmouth last time out was possibly a bit quick for her but she showed decent speed over 6 furlongs that day so runs over the same trip tomorrow. She probably needs soft ground to be shown at her best so the polytrack is a good alternative for her whilst ground conditions remain as they are. On her home work she should run well off  her handicap mark of 58 but it all depends on how she handles the track. She is not experienced at running around a bend but if she can cope with that she should be thereabouts tomorrow.   

Nimble Kimble chance at Newbury
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
NIMBLE KIMBLE runs at Newbury on Thursday evening in a 7 furlong fillies handicap. She is drawn 3 of the 11 runners and it looks a competitive race on paper, there are a couple of unexposed fillies in the race too. She has not been treated very kindly by the handicapper but this is because she has been very consistent. She has been in the first 4 in all her starts this year so should be thereabouts again this time. She is in good form at home and Ryan Tate, who know her well, takes the ride. She has won over this distance and should be fine on the ground so she has a lot in her favour on Thursday.  

Trip to the seaside for Sandy Cove
Thursday, June 26, 2014
SANDY COVE heads for Yarmouth tomorrow, he runs in a 10 furlong handicap. There are only 6 runners so hopefully he won't suffer the same experience as he did last time out at Brighton. He seemed very unlucky that day as he came there with every chance and then was completely stopped in his tracks 1/2 furlong from home and lost all momentum. One can put a line throughout the form of that race. On Racing Post ratings he appears to have a very good chance tomorrow and the ground and the trip will suit him.  He gets in the race on a low weight and will be ridden by Ryan Tate who takes a further 3 pounds off his back. The danger could come from the unexposed Sir Mark Prescott runner, ANJIN, who's horses tend to hit form at this time of year.

Baan back at Yarmouth
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
BAAN runs at Yarmouth tomorrow where he has a very good record. He won twice there last year at this time of year. He runs in a 1 mile 6 furlong handicap and there are only 7 runners. He was entered in a 2 mile handicap there on Friday too but this race looks the easier option.  Both races he won last year were over 2 miles so this trip may be a bit short for him. He is back on a winnable handicap mark now, he won off 55 last year and he is now rated 53. There is no sign of him deteriorating at home so you would have to give him a chance tomorrow. He has been running in Amateur races so carrying a lot of weight, hopefully he will think he is let loose tomorrow with a lot less weight on his back and with Rosie Jessop back in the saddle. She rode him to his 2 wins last year so let's hope she can re find the winning formula tomorrow!

Two runners at home track tomorrow
Thursday, June 19, 2014
ICE SLICE and NIMBLE KIMBLE make the short journey to the Newmarket July course tomorrow evening. ICE SLICE runs in a 10 furlong handicap and he is drawn 9 of the 10 runners. He was a bit disappointing over a mile at Newmarket last time out but we take the blame for giving the jockey the wrong instructions. He had previously won over a mile on softer ground, but we feel he will be better suited by faster conditions which he will get tomorrow. He is stepping up in trip but we have every reason to think he will stay especially on faster ground. If the trip and ground do suit him then he should run very well, on his home work he is capable of winning off his current mark.
NIMBLE KIMBLE runs in a mile handicap and she is drawn 3 of the 9 runners. She has run over a mile once before but it was on more testing ground than this. She has form on all types of ground but we do feel that a mile on this ground will suit her well. She is so consistent and keeps being put up by the handicapper for being placed. We are hoping that the combination of the ground and the trip will bring about a bit of improvement and if it does then she will go close tomorrow.

Top hat & tails for Major Crispies tomorrow
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
MAJOR CRISPIES heads for Royal Ascot tomorrow to run in the group 3 Jersey Stakes over 7 furlongs. He has been running consistently well all year and, he was a close third in a Listed race at Newbury in his last run so is entitled to take his chance tomorrow. He will not be heading the market but he won't disgrace himself. He is drawn 5 of the 23 runners, it should suit him to be drawn near the outside of the runners as he will hopefully get some daylight which suits him. The ground should be perfect flat racing ground. Ryan Tate rides him and he knows him well having ridden him in all his starts this year. The horse is in good form at home and we would be delighted if he runs a nice race. Royal Ascot is obviously the biggest meeting of our flat racing calendar so it is great to have a runner there.

Cove seeks second course win
Monday, June 16, 2014
SANDY COVE returns to Brighton tomorrow to try and record a second win on the track. He recorded his first win there last month over the same distance and the same underfoot conditions so he has a lot in his favour tomorrow. The race he won was a 0-55 classified stakes race for 3 year olds and upwards, this time he runs in a 0-60 handicap for 3 year olds only so it is an ideal race. There are 14 runners and he is drawn 1 so he will need bit of luck in running as it is a relatively big field. He seems in very good form at home so must go close tomorrow.

Dancer needs career best tomorrow
Friday, June 13, 2014
SPA'S DANCER was put up 5 pounds for his gallant second in the Zetland handicap so will be running off his highest ever mark at York tomorrow. He runs in a 9 furlong 0-105 handicap and he is drawn 2 of the 13 runners. There aren't that many races over this trip but it could be ideal for him. The fact that Royal Ascot is next week has meant that this is not the strongest handicap for this grade. Luke Morris takes the ride and he was third on him at Lingfield earlier in the year so he does know the horse. The ground is a concern though, he will not run if the ground become faster than good. There are thundery showers forecast so let's hope these materialise and he can take his chance. It will be tough off this mark but he certainly deserves to get his head in front after some good performances in more competitive races than the one tomorrow.

Dancing Angel heads for Yarmouth
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
DANCING ANGEL heads for local track Yarmouth tomorrow where she runs in a 6 furlong maiden. She ran very well first time out at Doncaster over the same trip despite missing the break. She then went to Windsor where she was very green and was caught a bit flat footed when they quickened. Hopefully she will be a bit sharper this time. There are 11 runners and it looks a competitive contest on paper so we will see how she runs.

Change of headgear to 'Motivate' Aviator!
Friday, June 06, 2014
AVIATOR runs at Doncaster in a 12 furlong handicap tomorrow and there are 9 runners.  He is the only horse we have run this year that has worked well at home but not shown it on the racecourse. We are hoping a change of headgear will help him. As he is by Motivator we felt a hood would help him to settle but it may have relaxed him too much and he actually need 'Motivating'! He wore blinkers when he raced abroad and has won in them so we are reverting to them tomorrow and hope he can show his true form . The ground is soft at the moment and there are thunderstorms forecast, any further rain will be a help not a hindrance especially over 12 furlongs. This is the least competitive race he has run in in England and a smaller field so we are hoping for an improved performance tomorrow.

Nimble Kimble returns to Lingfield
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
NIMBLE KIMBLE runs at Lingfield tomorrow where she is a course and distance winner. The race is tailor made for her, it is a 7 furlong 3 year olds only fillies handicap for horses rated 0-75. There are 9 runners and she is drawn 6. It looks a competitive race but she in great form at home so should go close tomorrow.

Dancing Angel to perform well at Windsor
Sunday, June 01, 2014

DANCING ANGEL runs in a 6 furlong maiden race at Windsor tomorrow night. She made a very promising debut at Doncaster finishing an eye catching third. She missed the break slightly that day and was slowly away but made up ground well in the closing stages. She worked well in the week, although it looks a slightly stronger race tomorrow, we expect her to run a decent race. She is drawn 3 which is a good draw whichever side they decide to race as she has all the other fancied horses drawn around her. Her Doncaster run suggests she would get 7 furlongs but she should be sharper this time so we are sticking to 6 furlongs for the time being.

TIGHT LIPPED runs at Yarmouth on Tuesday in a mile handicap and goes there in good form. He looked as if he was coming back to his best with a good second at Newmarket last time out and that form was franked when the winner, CHAIN OF EVENTS, won again at Sandown last week. He is dropping back to a mile but has good form over this distance and has run well at Yarmouth before, he seems to like a straight track. The ground is currently good but if they get some rain it would help him over this trip. There are only 8 runners and he should run well. Rosie Jessop has ridden him twice before and finished second both times, let's hope this is third time lucky and she can go one better on Tuesday!


Ice Slice on trial for Royal Ascot
Friday, May 30, 2014
ICE SLICE runs in a mile handicap at Newmarket tomorrow. This is the last opportunity to run him to see if he could run in the Britannia Handicap at Royal Ascot. A lot of trainers are in the same boat so it does look a very hot contest. The ground is likely to be good/soft tomorrow which is the same conditions as Nottingham last time out when he won. We still think he would prefer better ground so we would be happy to see the ground dry out a bit. We  have been very pleased with him since his win at Nottingham so he should run well. He would need to win tomorrow to go up enough to get in the Brittania but if he doesn't he is still a nice horse and we would make another plan. There are plenty of other suitable races for him during the rest of the season.

Spa's Dancer Goes for Gold at Redcar
Monday, May 26, 2014
SPA'S DANCER steps up in trip to a mile and 2 furlongs in the Zetland Gold Cup at Redcar this afternoon. He was declared on going described as good to soft, good in places and we had hoped that the ground would dry back to good ground for this afternoon's racing.  Unfortunately Redcar had rain overnight on Saturday changing the going to good to soft, soft in places.  However there was no rain at Redcar yesterday and overnight and a dry day is forecast today.  SPA'S DANCER loves soft ground but we were hoping for good ground to help him get the extra 2 furlongs.  With a dry day forecast it is possible the ground might be no worse than good to soft by 4.15 this afternoon.  Both Ryan Moore and Jim Crowley have thought that he could well stay further than a mile when they have ridden him. Graham Lee will suit SPA'S DANCER very well and if he gets the trip, he has the form and ability to win. 

Nearly............!
Monday, May 26, 2014
SPA'S DANCER  ran a great race to finish second again in a big handicap.  His second in the Newbury Spring Cup was a great run and his second today in the Zetland Gold Cup over 1 mile 2 furlongs was an equally good performance.  He was beaten a neck by a very tough, genuine handicapper, CASHPOINT, who both SCOTTISH STAR and TIGHT LIPPED have struggled to beat in the past.  Today's result gives us more options with SPA'S DANCER as he proved he stays 1 mile 2 furlongs well.  They went very hard up front in the race today and the ground was definitely slower than the good ground we had been hoping for.  SPA'S DANCER continued the good run of form by the Park Lodge horses on the racecourse.  

Great Efforts in Defeat!
Friday, May 16, 2014
Although not actually visiting the Winner's Enclosure in the last two days, the horses are still running out of their skins.  SPA'S DANCER ran a great race at York having got quite badly left at the start and was beaten less distance than he got left.  He probably ran right up to his best form and had he not lost several lengths at the start he must have been involved in the finish.  

TIGHT LIPPED followed up by running a storming race at Newmarket and finished 2nd in the same race he was 3rd in last year.  He has certainly bounced back to form with a vengeance.  He will go on to Sandown next in the same race that he won last year on Brigadier Gerard night at the end of the month.

MAJOR CRISPIES continued the theme this afternoon when finishing a close 3rd in another Listed race, the Carnarvon Stakes at Newbury.  This looked a good class Listed race and he was beaten less than a length. 

Not to be outdone, WILY FOX ran a fantastic race at Aintree's evening meeting to finish 2nd in a Class 3 handicap over 3 miles for the first time.  He certainly got the trip and this, off a mark of 119, was undoubtedly his best run to date.

We are very proud of them all. 

Take a Bow Dancing Angel
Friday, May 16, 2014
DANCING ANGEL makes her debut tomorrow at Doncaster in a 6 furlong maiden.  She has always looked a talented filly.  She was working very well last Autumn and was only a week from running when meeting with a setback.  We put her away for the Winter as she is a lovely, big filly by owner Jeff Smith's good stallion, NORSE DANCER.  Interestingly DANCING ANGEL is a 3 parts sister to Jeff's good horse in France, NORSE KING.  However DANCING ANGEL, out of an un-raced daughter of LOCHANGEL ,a half sister to LOCHSONG, seems to take after the dam's side of her pedigree and shows plenty of speed at home.  We hope that she can run very well on debut.

Another Busy Day!
Thursday, May 15, 2014
We have another busy day tomorrow with with one runner on the flat at Newbury and two over hurdles at Aintree's evening meeting.  MAJOR CRISPIES gets the ball rolling at Newbury in a 6 furlong Listed race.  He ran three great races on the all-weather earlier in the year and his run on Good Friday can be forgotten because he had a terrible draw and also was struck into during the race. Luckily he has recovered completely from the injury and we think that a drop back to 6 furlongs on good ground at Newbury will be ideal for him.  His pedigree is all about speed and it is very possible that he can run very well at a big price.

IRON BUTTERFLY runs in the first race at Aintree.  Her form this Winter over hurdles, and in one flat run this Spring, is very good.  Her last run over hurdles was a particularly good effort.  The one slight concern is whether 2 miles 4 furlongs on good ground will find things happening a little too quickly for her.  However she still seems in very good form at home and can run well.

WILY FOX runs in the second last at Aintree.  He is tackling 3 miles for the first time but he did shape as though a step up in trip might suit when he ran in the valuable Grassroots Series Final at Haydock last time out.  He suffered interference and was forced wide on the bend into the straight and without this he would have been in the first 6.  He lacks a turn of foot but Jack Quinlan had trouble pulling him up after the line that day and on good ground 3 miles is certainly worth a try.  He has given Blue Peter Racing immense fun this Winter and all involved will enjoy an outing to the home of the Grand National.

Dancer leads trio of runners on Thursday
Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SPA'S DANCER is one of 3 runners from the yard on Thursday and is the first to perform. He runs in the Listed Hambleton Handicap over a mile at York and is drawn 9 of the 12 runners. His form this spring on the turf is working out well and ground conditions should be ideal for him, anything softer than good will suit him. It is a very hot handicap but he should be suited by the track and he seems in good form at home. Jim Crowley is in the saddle again, he rode him last time out at Newbury when he was second in the Spring Cup, it would be nice if they could go one better on Thursday. On that form he should be thereabouts and we just hope he gets a bit of luck and finishes with his head in front this time.

AVIATOR runs at the same meeting  but later in the day in a 2 mile handicap. This track and distance will suit him much better than 12 furlongs at Thirsk which was his last run. He will also like the soft ground. We are still learning about him, this will only be his second run for us, but we are happy with the way he has been going at home and we can see him running a decent race.

TIGHT LIPPED is the final runner of the day at Newmarket evening meeting. He is drawn 5 of the 20 runners.  He was third in this race last year so we hope this track will see him coming back to his best form. 10 furlongs on this course on good ground should suit him well. Rosie Jessop is reunited with him, she finished second on him at Sandown last year so he runs well for her. Lets hope he can step up on his Windsor form and run well on Thursday. 


Ice Slice skates home!
Saturday, May 10, 2014
ICE SLICE continued the good form of the yard by winning at Nottingham this afternoon. We hoped he would run well as he did a good piece of work with Spa's Dancer a week ago. The ground was a concern and we did consider taking him out. He is probably suited by better ground so hopefully there is a bit of improvement in him. He stayed the mile well and looks to be a nice handicapper in the making. It is great for his owners, The MacDougall Two, who also own Spa's Dancer and are great supporters of the yard.

Coastal win for Sandy Cove
Thursday, May 08, 2014

SANDY COVE coped well with the blustery conditions at Brighton yesterday to win his first race of his career. The step up in trip suited him well and he won by a length. He was cheered to victory by his owners, Blue Peter Racing 12, and he looks as if he will give them some fun this summer. He is a very straightforward and consistent horse and likes fast ground. There are still shares available in the horse, please see the Blue Peter Racing website for further details.

NIMBLE KIMBLE runs at Nottingham tomorrow in a fillies handicap over a mile. This is her first run over this trip but she gives the impression she will stay further. She seems to act on any surface and currently the going is good. The only worry if the ground did become soft it may test her stamina too much. She is drawn 10 of the 10 runners but hopefully with that size of field the draw won't be too influential. The horses are in good from and she should run well.

ICE SLICE runs at the same track on Saturday. He too is stepping up to a mile for the first time but it should suit him. He is dropping down in grade to 0-75 from a 0-85 which he should appreciate. He ran well in his first run for the yard, finishing 5th over 7 furlongs at Lingfield in a hot race. The 4th horse boosted the form by winning a good handicap at Doncaster. The slight question mark is what is his ideal ground on turf, he ran well on good/firm as a 2 year old but is unproven on a soft surface. Graham Lee takes the ride so he will have every assistance from the saddle and should run well.


Sandy Cove steps up in trip
Monday, May 05, 2014
SANDY COVE will have his first run on the turf this year on Wednesday at Brighton in a 10 furlong 0-55 rated Classified Stakes. He has run 3 good races on the polytrack and in his last run over a mile he looked as if he would appreciate a step up in trip. Hopefully the ground will be good by Wednesday which should suit him. It looks an ideal race for him and he should have every chance.

Tight Lipped heads for Windsor
Sunday, April 27, 2014
TIGHT LIPPED heads for Windsor tomorrow evening. He runs in a 10 furlong handicap and there are only 8 runners. He was a bit disappointing at Doncaster last time out and there was no obvious explanation but he possibly does not like going left handed. He has not run at Windsor before but will hopefully be happy going right handed there and will like the ground which is currently soft. The slight question mark is whether he will get the trip if the ground is very testing. He has won over this distance on good/soft ground and is now back to his last winning handicap mark. He seems very well at home so if he returns to his best form he is in with a shout tomorrow.

Nimble Kimble to live up to her name
Friday, April 25, 2014
NIMBLE KIMBLE runs at Doncaster tomorrow in a 7 furlong fillies only handicap, there are 9 runners. She lived up to her name last time out by winning at Lingfield over the same trip so lets hope she can continue her winning ways tomorrow. They have had some rain there and this should suit her, she was second last year at Leicester on good /soft ground so she should appreciate some cut in the ground. There are several other fillies in the race with winning form but NIMBLE KIMBLE is in very good form at home and must go there with every chance. Ryan Tate, who rode her to victory last time out, takes the ride again.

Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds
Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 3 runners in the next 2 days are racing for a total prizemoney of £250,000 so it is a very big Easter weekend for the yard. SCOTTISH STAR and WILY FOX run in races worth £50,000 and MAJOR CRISPIES runs in a £150,000 race.

SCOTTISH STAR starts proceedings, he runs in the 12 furlong All Weather Championship Apprentice Handicap at Lingfield. He has a great record at the track this year and showed in his last run that he is up to running in this grade of race. He is drawn 9 of the 11 runners but it shouldn't be a problem over this trip. Ryan Tate takes the ride and he gets on very well with the horse and would be one of the better jockeys in this race. The horse seems to be in very good form, he is a course and distance winner and must have a good chance tomorrow.

MAJOR CRISPIES runs at the same meeting in the 7 furlong All Weather 3 year old Championship race. He is also drawn wide in stall 12 of 14 but he has run well from a wide draw before. He is meeting the 2 horses that finished in front of him last time, ERTIJAAL and AMERICAN HOPE, but he was only beaten a total of 1 1/2 lengths so hasn't got too much to find. They both have the advantage of low draws. MAJOR CRISPIES does seem to be improving with every run and did his best bit of work at home recently so we are hopeful of a big run from him.

WILY FOX goes to Haydock on Saturday for the Jockey Club Grassroots Series Final, a 2 mile 4 furlongs handicap hurdle. He has been aimed at this race specifically after winning one of the qualifying races at Warwick. He won't get many opportunities to run in a race with this much prizemoney on offer. He does need 4 horses above him in the handicap to come out of the race but he would be very unlucky not to get in. He has been in great form all season so can hopefully give his owners another good day out on Saturday.


Spring Cup Fever!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
SPA'S DANCER put up a dramatic performance in the Newbury Spring Cup today.  He recorded a career best performance by finishing 2nd in this ultra-competitive handicap from a handicap mark of 96.  He came from last to very nearly first in a thrilling race, weaving his way through the pack.  He showed today that he does not need to be prominent to run to his best, indeed on form this was the best race of his career so far.  He is a lovely horse to have in the yard.  

Two for MacDougall Two
Friday, April 11, 2014
The MacDougall Two partnership have two runners at opposite ends of the country tomorrow.  SPA'S DANCER runs in the Newbury Spring Cup.  He ran a good race in the Lincoln from a career high handicap mark.  He was dropped all of one pound for his run in the Lincoln so will still find it tough in the ultra-competitive Spring Cup.  He is drawn 25 of 25 which may not be a bad draw. The first two in the 7 furlong handicap at Newbury today came up the stands side although generally the quickest ground seemed to be up the middle of the course.  SPA'S DANCER came out of the Lincoln in great form and should run another good race.  Jim Crowley takes the ride.

AVIATOR travels all the way to North Yorkshire to Thirsk for a good mile and a half handicap.  He is making his debut for the yard and we are still learning about him.  Although the ground will be good and therefore safe tomorrow, he probably would prefer softer conditions and his best trip may be over slightly further.  He was bought as a dual-purpose horse and will go hurdling in the Autumn which he looks ideal for.  He is an interesting runner and has been pleasing at home.  Graham Gibbons takes the ride.

Nimble Kimble Struts Her Stuff
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
NIMBLE KIMBLE gave a very professional, genuine display today at Lingfield, winning by a cosy 1/2 length from the well-fancied CHANTREA and the strong favourite SAHRA AL KHADRA.  NIMBLE KIMBLE settled well in behind the strong pace, railed very well into the straight and ran on resolutely up the inside rail to the line.  Ryan Tate rode a peach of a race.  We are delighted for the winning partners who include Ian Rushby, Roger Hagen and her breeder, Bob McCreery.  NIMBLE KIMBLE looks like being a lot of fun this season.

Nimble Kimble Dances On!
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
NIMBLE KIMBLE makes her seasonal debut for the yard tomorrow at Lingfield.  She is running in a 7 furlong, 3 year old only handicap and, so long as she runs the way she has been working, she will run a good race.  Ryan Tate rides both her and ICE SLICE who makes his debut for the yard.  ICE SLICE has also been working well and can also run a decent race.  Trained last season by Richard Hannon, ICE SLICE has good place form in maidens and nurseries and is making up into a nice type of horse.  Both are interesting runners.

Iron Butterfly Switches Codes
Monday, April 07, 2014
IRON BUTTERFLY switches to the flat tomorrow at Pontefract.  She is running in The Jamaican Flight Handicap, the first race in the Pontefract Staying Series of races.  The trip of 2 miles 2 furlongs will be no problem to her.  She is a winner over nearly 2 miles at Catterick on the flat and her last run over hurdles was a good 3rd in a 2 miles 5 furlongs handicap hurdle at Warwick.  Graham Gibbons, who won on her at Catterick, once again takes the ride.  WILY FOX was second in the same race last year - let us hope that IRON BUTTERFLY can go one better.  The race does look competitive and, once again, John Quinn provides the biggest danger!  

Sandy Cove good chance at Kempton tomorrow
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
SANDY COVE runs in a mile handicap at Kempton tomorrow evening. There are 11 runners and he is well drawn in 3. The form of his last race has worked out well and he has been working well since that run so he must go there with a good chance. He looks capable of winning over a mile but gives the impression he will get 10 furlongs in time.  

Busy start to turf season this weekend
Friday, March 28, 2014

There are 4 runners from the yard this weekend and 3 of those are at the opening flat meeting of the turf season at Doncaster. SPA'S DANCER leads proceedings in the Lincoln Handicap. The ground has come right for him as he loves soft ground. He will be running off his highest ever handicap mark but Ryan Tate rides him and claims a useful 5 pounds. This will  be his first run for us on a straight track on the right ground, we aren't sure if he is as good on a straight track as a turning track but he has not had the right underfoot conditions to prove that yet. His last run was over 10 furlongs so is best ignored, his all weather run before that over a mile has worked out well. The horse is in good form at home and goes there with a solid each way chance.

WILY FOX is also running off his highest ever handicap mark at Uttoxeter over hurdles tomorrow. He went up 5 pounds for his recent win so on the face of it has a hard task. He does seem in the form of his life at home though and the ground will be ideal for him so you can not rule him out. There are only 10 runners and Jack Quinlan rides him again.

TIGHT LIPPED runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Doncaster on Sunday, he is proven over this trip and loves cut in the ground. He is possible a better horse going right handed though but has won on a left handed course. There is a long straight at Doncaster so the track should not be an issue.  He is fit and well so goes there with a good each way chance.

 The rain will definitely help BAAN'S chances in the concluding 12 furlong Amateur Rider's handicap at Doncaster on Sunday. The trip is a bit on the short side for him these days but with rain softened ground there will be more of an emphasis on stamina. He is back down to a winning handicap mark and is a better horse on the turf so is not without a chance.  


Each way punters happy at Lingfield yesterday
Sunday, March 23, 2014

It was a very good day for the yard yesterday and so close to being a great day! MAJOR CRISPIES belied his odds of 50-1 to finish 3rd in the Listed race, he was only beaten 1 1/2 lengths so it was a very good performance. He will now be aimed at the 3 year old Championship race on Good Friday and must have improved his chance of getting into the race. SCOTTISH STAR came within a whisker of gaining a hat-trick of wins, he was just collared on the line but ran another a great race. He too will be aimed for championship day on Good Friday, there is a 12 furlong apprentice race on the card. Ryan Tate will be able to ride him in this and he gets on very well with the horse so it looks an ideal target for him.

Yesterdays performances showed the horses are in good form so it looks promising for the forthcoming turf season which begins at Doncaster next weekend.


Scottish Star seeks Hat-Trick at Lingfield
Thursday, March 20, 2014

SCOTTISH STAR and MAJOR CRISPIES  run at Lingfield on Saturday, they are both course winners this year. SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 12 furlong handicap and there are 9 runners. He is looking for his hat-trick but will be stepping up in class. This will be his first run in a Class 3 race but he just gets into the handicap and Ryan Tate takes a useful 5 pounds off his back. He has had a break after his last win and has been aimed at this race. He is in good form at home and is a course and distance winner so should run well.

MAJOR CRISPIES is also stepping up in class and trip, he runs in a 7 furlong Listed race. He is now rated 94 so has to have a go at this level. It looks a red hot race and there are 13 runners. He has raced against the favourite ERTIJAAL, in his first run as a 2 year old, he was one place in front of MAJOR CRISPIES that day finishing second, he then went on to a win a maiden very easily but has been off the track since then. It will be interesting to see how they match up against each other this year. Neither have been done any favours by the draw, MAJOR CRISPIES is in 11 but this may not be the end of the world for him as he is a horse who likes to see some daylight. ERTIJAAL is drawn even wider in 13. MAJOR CRISPIES has certainly improved significantly at home since his first race this year so it will be interesting to see how he runs. If he happens to win then he is certain to get a run in the Championship race on Good Friday, whatever the outcome he will qualify for the race after this run but may not make the cut. With so much prizemoney on offer it is definitely a race worth considering.


Two runners at Warwick tomorrow
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Both LONDON SKOLAR and his half sister IRON BUTTERFLY run at Warwick tomorrow. LONDON SKOLAR runs in a 2 miles 5 furlongs maiden hurdle race and there are 18 runners. Unfortunately he fell in his first run over hurdles at the same track last month. That race was over 2 miles on tiring ground and he was rather taken off his feet, hopefully the longer trip tomorrow will suit him better. He has always been a very good jumper at home and has schooled well since his fall so hopefully he will have more luck tomorrow.

IRON BUTTERFLY runs in the 2 miles 5 furlongs mares only handicap hurdle, she has 10 opponents. She has not run since her win at Doncaster at the end of December, this has purely been because of the going, it has been too wet everywhere for her. Her best form is on good to soft ground. Ironically the ground may have dried up too much for her now as the ground is being given as good at Warwick today but they did have some rain this morning. She is in good form at home and should run well providing the ground is OK for her. Jack Quinlan takes the ride on both horses.      


Wily Fox wins at sunny Warwick
Monday, March 10, 2014

WILY FOX bounced back to his best yesterday to win at Warwick. The handicapper had been fair and dropped him 3 pounds so he was eligible to run back in a  0-115 handicap which is his level. He was always in a handy  position, he jumped and travelled well throughout the race. It is hard luck on Kieran Edgar to have missed a winner and hopefully he can be reunited with him in the future but Jack Quinlan gave him a copybook ride yesterday. A big team of his owners, Blue Peter Racing 10, were there to cheer him home and the horse did not let them down. They certainly had a great day out on a gloriously sunny, warm spring day.

WILY FOX is qualified for the £50,000 final of the Jockey Club Grassroots Jump Series at Haydock on 19th April and this is now an obvious target for him.  


Wily Fox heads for Warwick on Sunday
Friday, March 07, 2014
WILY FOX runs at Warwick on Sunday in a 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle and there are 14 runners. He has finally been dropped enough by the handicapper to step down in grade which will help him. He has taken on some smart performers in his last couple of races. He is still 4 pounds higher then when he last won so it still won't be easy for him. The ground is soft and should stay that way which will be fine for him. Unfortunately his regular jockey, Kieran Edgar, broke his leg in a fall at Newbury last week. We wish him a speedy recovery. Jack Quinlan rides him on Sunday and he has won on him before so is a very able substitute. WILY FOX has been running consistently all winter, he has never been out of the first 4, let's hope he can maintain this record on Sunday.

Good draw & top jockey for Dancer tomorrow
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

SPA'S DANCER is well drawn in stall 1 and has Ryan Moore on board at Kempton tomorrow. Ryan rode him to win the Whitsun Cup at Sandown last year so hopefully they can be a winning combination again. He is stepping up to 10 furlongs tomorrow but that should suit him. Luke Morris, who rode him last time, felt he would be better over this trip on the all weather and Ryan Moore thought that he should stay this distance on the turf so all the signs are positive. The track at Kempton should also suit him better than Lingfield as it is more of a galloping track. The race is on the inner loop but that is where the low draw is an advantage. Hopefully he can pop out, be handy and make the best of his way home from the bend. He should have improved from his recent run as this was his first run back since last June. The horse is very well so a big run is expected.

BAAN also heads for Kempton to run in a 2 mile handicap. this trip should suit him a lot better than 12 furlongs which he has been running over recently. We are not sure if he is as good on the polytrack as he is on the turf and he is still racing off a 2 pound higher mark than when he last won. He is reunited with Rosie Jessop tomorrow though who seems to click with him very well having ridden him to victory twice last year. The horse seems in very good form at home and he should run a decent race.


Two chances at Lingfield tomorrow
Thursday, February 27, 2014

SANDY COVE and MAJOR CRISPIES return to Lingfield tomorrow and both have chances. SANDY COVE runs in a mile handicap, there are 8 runners and he is drawn 6. We were delighted with his first run for us last week over 7 furlongs and he looked as if the extra furlong should suit him well. Luke Morris came back after the race and said the same and he is aboard again tomorrow. The race is possibly a bit quick after his last run but he seems very well at home and it looks an ideal race for him. He has to take on last week's winner, BARBARY, again but he has a 6 pound penalty which must give us a good chance to turn the tables tomorrow.

MAJOR CRISPIES runs in a 6 furlong 3 year olds only conditions race, there are 7 runners and he too is drawn 6. We were obviously delighted with his win last week. He does have a high head carriage but that is his way, he quickened up well and won in decisive fashion. The handicapper has put him up 8 pounds to 87, there are no suitable handicaps for him with this rating so this was the only suitable 3 year olds only race for him. He has a bit to find with some of the other runners on ratings so we hope the handicapper will be sensible if he doesn't win. The horse seems to have taken his last race well  so we will see how he goes tomorrow.


Tight Lipped returns at Kempton on Wednesday
Monday, February 24, 2014
TIGHT LIPPED  runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Kempton on Wednesday evening. This is his first run after a break and he has been working well at home. He has proved he stays 10 furlongs on the turf and of all the all weather tracks, Kempton should suit him well. He has run here once before over a mile as a 3 year old and ran a good race. He has not been done any favours by the draw though as he is in stall 11 of the 14 runners . It does look a competitive contest but the horses are all running well so hopefully he will run a decent race.  He will be ridden by Ryan Tate who knows him well and takes a useful 5 pounds off his back.

London Skolar: Hurdles Debut Today
Friday, February 21, 2014
LONDON SKOLAR makes his debut over hurdles today at Warwick in the same race that his half-brother AT THE MONEY won on debut in 2007. LONDON SKOLAR has taken to jumping hurdles well and we hope that he has a bright future in this sphere and that he can make a satisfactory debut today.

Major Crispies in Command at Lingfield
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
MAJOR CRISPIES put up a good display at Lingfield this afternoon in the 6 furlong handicap and recorded his first win. He did it nicely and can hopefully progress from here. It is particularly pleasing for the owner, Guy Carstairs, as MAJOR CRISPIES was a rather frustrating horse last year. He had some good form but didn't manage to get his head in front so it is nice to see Guy's patience rewarded. Guy Carstairs' father had horses with us when we first started training so we go back a long way - it is great to train a winner for the family.

Two runners at Lingfield tomorrow
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MAJOR CRISPIES and SANDY COVE are both set to have their first run of the year at Lingfield tomorrow. MAJOR CRISPIES runs in the 6 furlong handicap and is set to carry top weight but Ryan Tate rides him and takes a valuable 5 pounds off his back. MAJOR CRISPIES has been gelded over the winter and we have been very pleased with the way he has been working at home. We hope he can run well tomorrow.

SANDY COVE is a recent acquisition, he was bought at the Horses In Training Sales and he too was gelded over the winter. He has done everything right at home since he arrived and we have been delighted with the way he has been going at home. He is running in a 7 furlong handicap tomorrow. We aren't sure of his ideal trip yet but we hope we can learn a bit more about the horse toimorrow.


Star shines again at Lingfield
Saturday, February 15, 2014

SCOTTISH STAR followed up his recent win at Lingfield by getting his head in front there again this afternoon. It was a very close finish but he held on gamely to win by a Short Head. He was given a good ride by Ryan Tate, he showed he is equally effective on the horse as his cousin Luke Morris! SPA'S DANCER also ran a very good race to finish third in the feature race of the day there. It was a very encouraging run as it was his first run back from a break.

WILY FOX runs at his favourite track tomorrow, Market Rasen, he is a course and distance winner there. He will be ridden again by Kieron Edgar who knows him well and has won on him there before. It does look a very competitive race, the best he has run in, but he has a lot in his favour and is not without a chance. The ground is currently soft which should suit him, one wouldn't want the ground to get worse than soft for him though.


Star and Dancer well drawn at Lingfield tomorrow
Friday, February 14, 2014

SCOTTISH STAR and SPA'S DANCER run at Lingfield tomorrow and both have decent draws. SCOTTISH STAR returns to the scene of his victory 10 days ago but will be running over 12 furlongs, a slight drop back in trip. This should not be a problem as he seems pretty adaptable with his trip and has decent form from 10 to 13 furlongs. What is important to him is a decent pace, it looks a competitive race and there are 12 runners so you would expect the race to be run to suit him. He is drawn in stall 5. The handicapper put him up 3 pounds for his win but Ryan Tate rides him tomorrow who claims a useful 5 pounds so in theory he is running off a 2 pound lower mark than when he won. The horse seems fresh and well after his recent win so he must have a sound each way chance.

SPA'S DANCER is having his first run since Royal Ascot last year. He has run on the polytrack before but that was over 2 years ago and he has clearly improved since then. He seems very well at home and should run a nice race but is quite a big framed horse and might just need this run after his break. He is entered in the Lincoln but we will see how he runs tomorrow before making the next plan. If he acquits himself well on the polytrack tomorrow he could be aimed at the all weather championships on Good Friday. It would be possible to run there and in the Lincoln. He is drawn 2 of the 12 runners which is a good draw over a mile especially as he likes to ridden prominently. He will be ridden by Luke Morris, one of the leading jockeys on the all weather this winter.


Star scores first winner of the year
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
SCOTTISH STAR provided the yard with the first winner of the year at Lingfield this afternoon. It is great to get the first score on the board and there are hopefully plenty more to follow. It was also the first winner for part owners Ian and Penny Rushby who were there to cheer their winner home in the rain. They own him in partnership with Hanif & Jiji Barma who have been owners at the yard for a long time without too much success so it was great to see their loyalty rewarded too. They bought  SCOTTISH STAR so they could have some fun throughout the year and he looks as if he should do just that, this was certainly a good start for them. Luke Morris gave him a very good ride and he thought there was every chance he would get 1 mile 6 furlongs. The horse has now won over distances from a mile to 1 mile 5 furlongs so it gives us plenty of options for him. 

Star steps up in trip at Lingfield
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 1 mile 5 furlong handicap at Lingfield tomorrow, there are 8 runners. This is his first attempt at this distance but he proved he gets 12 furlongs well at Kempton last season so you would expect him to get the extra furlong at Lingfield. He is the type of horse physically that you would expect to stay this far. The horse is in good form and is a consistent performer. He is also back on a winnable handicap mark so he goes there with a good chance tomorrow.  

Dean's Graceful Exit
Saturday, February 01, 2014
Unfortunately Dean Smith, having only his 3rd ride on BAAN at Lingfield yesterday, was unceremoniously dumped on the polytrack after the girth strap on his saddle snapped and the saddle slipped.  Fortunately both Dean and BAAN are absolutely fine and live to fight another day.  To Dean's credit he still tried his best on BAAN even when gravity was taking command!  

Baan back at Lingfield on Friday
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
BAAN runs in a 12 furlong amateur riders handicap at Lingfield on Friday and Dean Smith takes the ride on him again, This is Dean's 3rd ride on the horse so let's hope it is a case of 3rd time lucky! There are 11 runners and he is drawn 9. 12 furlongs is a bit on the short side for him these days, although he is a course and distance winner, but it was the only suitable amateur race for him at the moment. The horse is in good form at home, let's hope they go a decent gallop  and he can run  a decent race. He has been dropped a couple of pounds by the handicapper since his last run so that must help his chance on Friday. 

Wily Fox hoping to head for Taunton tomorrow
Friday, January 17, 2014
WILY FOX is declared to run at Taunton tomorrow but the course has to survive a 7.30 am inspection. We are really hoping that racing does go ahead as the horse is in very good form and ran well over the same course and distance last season, he will also handle the ground. There are only 5 runners and it looks an open contest. He ran well over an inadequate trip last time and he is expected to run very well tomorrow with conditions in his favour.

First runner of the New Year tomorrow
Sunday, January 12, 2014
SCOTTISH STAR can hopefully get the New Year off to a flying start tomorrow at Lingfield.  He runs in a 12 furlong handicap and there are 7 runners.  His last run was at the same track over 10 furlongs and he ran well. He didn't get the run of the race that day and was not beaten far. The extra 2 furlongs tomorrow should suit him. Louis Steward rode him last time and takes the ride again, he claims a valuable 7 pounds off his back. Let's hope SCOTTISH STAR can get the New Year started in the same way as last year ended, with a winner!

2013 Signs Off With a Winner!
Monday, December 30, 2013
2013 started off well with TIGHT LIPPED winning in January at Wolverhampton and IRON BUTTERFLY brought the curtain down on the year winning over hurdles at Doncaster yesterday. It was great that Harold Nass, her owner and breeder was there to greet his winner. His long term target for her is the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival in 2015! This is good news for the yard as he is obviously not thinking of sending her off to the paddocks just yet!

We are all looking forward to plenty more winners in 2014 and we would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Butterfly steps up in trip
Saturday, December 28, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY will be the final runner of 2013 at Doncaster tomorrow. She runs in a 2 1/2 mile mares only handicap hurdle and there are 9 runners. She ran well at Uttoxeter last time out over 2 miles and ran as if she would benefit from a longer trip. She won over 2 1/4 miles last season on heavy ground but she prefers better ground. The going tomorrow is good/soft which should suit her well. The form of her last race is working out well as the 4th horse won last Saturday and IRON BUTTERFLY was 6th in that race but not beaten far. It would be nice if she could finish the year off on a winning note!
Finally we would just like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
 

Wily Fox to capture Bronze Fox tomorrow!
Thursday, December 26, 2013
WILY FOX runs in the Bronze Fox Trophy at Leicester tomorrow and must go there with a good chance. He ran well last time out but he didn't seem to get the trip. He is dropping back to 2 miles which should suit him on ground that will be testing. There is  more rain forecast tonight which will help his chances even further. Kieron Edgar rides him and claims a valuable 7 pounds off his back.  He has won on him before so it would be nice if he could maintain this winning partnership. WILY FOX is in good form at home so let's hope he can provide us with a festive winner.

Happy Christmas
Sunday, December 22, 2013
A very Happy Christmas to one and all.

Busy afternoon tomorrow
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
There are 2 runners tomorrow afternoon on the all weather London tracks. SCOTTISH STAR heads for Lingfield where he runs in a 10 furlong handicap and is drawn 5 of the 11 runners. He is a course and distance winner but he has not run there since he won there early in his 3 year old season. He ran below par last time out at Kempton for no obvious reason, he never got a position never really got into the race that day. Hopefully he can bounce back from that run as he seems in good form at home. He is never given much help by the handicapper, he was dropped a pound for his last run but is still high in the weights. He is set to carry 9st 4 tomorrow so he is going to be ridden by Louis Steward who claims 7 pounds. He is a straightforward horse to ride so hopefully it will be a help to him to carry less weight. It would be nice to put his last run behind him and return to form tomorrow.
GREEN MUSIC runs in a 5 furlong handicap at Kempton and is well drawn in stall 2 of the 8 runners. She won nicely at Wolverhampton last Friday wearing a hoolinker and she will be wearing the same headgear tomorrow. She has run well at Kempton before and hopefully she can make use of the good draw as she usually breaks well. As one would expect, it does look a more competitive race tomorrow but, as long as the race has not come too soon for her, she should have a good chance. Luke Morris, who won on her last time, takes the ride again.

Hoolinker produces the right tune!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
GREEN MUSIC, wearing a Hoolinker for the first time, broke her maiden in good style at Wolverhampton yesterday. She got a good  lead and when she hit the front she went away from the field and won nicely. She is entered again at Kempton on Wednesday so could turn out again quickly. The drop back to 5 furlongs has obviously worked  but you could see her getting 6 furlongs in the future.

Green Music tried in 'Hoolinker' tomorrow
Thursday, December 12, 2013
GREEN MUSIC runs in a 5 furlong handicap at Wolverhampton tomorrow and will be wearing a 'Hoolinker' which is a 'new' hybrid headgear, a hood and blinkers! There are only 8 runners and she is drawn 4. She was dropped 2 pounds  by the handicapper after finishing third in a maiden last time out. This means she is running off a mark of 56 which must give her a chance. She has the speed for 5 furlongs and hopefully the 'Hoolinker' will help to give her that extra edge. 

Butterfly can bounce back to form
Monday, December 09, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY runs in a 2 mile handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter tomorrow. Hopefully she can bounce back to form as she was in season last time she ran at Huntingdon so a line can be put through that performance. There are 11 runners and it looks a competitive race but she has to take her chance somewhere. The ground should be ideal for her as it is good/soft at the moment. Although it was heavy ground when she won over hurdlers it was good/soft when she won on the flat this autumn and it obviously suited her very well. Let's hope she can run back to her best and put in a good performance tomorrow .

London Skolar heads for Lingfield tomorrow
Thursday, December 05, 2013
LONDON SKOLAR is having his first run back after a break in a 12 furlong handicap at Lingfield tomorrow. There are 8 runners and he is drawn 5. He had 3 runs at the beginning of the year but was weak and backward so was given a good break to allow him to strengthen up and mature. He is a nice big backward type who is being prepared for a jumping campaign at some stage. He is a full brother to IRON CONDOR and half brother to IRON BUTTERFLY,  both of whom improved with age so hopefully he will do the same. He has been working nicely and definitely looks to have improved at home so we hope he can run a nice race tomorrow. This will be his first run in a handicap. He could run on the flat again before going jumping depending on how he goes tomorrow.

Baan back up in trip
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
BAAN runs in a 2 mile amateur riders handicap at Lingfield tomorrow, there are 16 runners and he is drawn 8. This step up in trip will suit him especially if they go a reasonable gallop.  Dean Smith takes the ride on him again. He gave him good ride last time but the trip of 12 furlongs was a bit on the sharp side for him and the race was not run to suit him. It was also BAAN's first run back after a break. The horse came out of that race well and seems in good form at home so he should run well.

Green Music drops back in trip
Monday, November 25, 2013
GREEN MUSIC drops back to 6 furlongs on Wednesday at Kempton. She ran well in a 7 furlong nursery there last time out. She quickened up well in the straight and hit the front 1 furlong out but didn't quite get home. On breeding she is all speed on her dam's side so a drop back in trip looks the right option.  There are 11 runners, she is drawn 8 and Luke Morris takes the ride. She is only rated 58 but has been balloted out of nurseries so is having to take her chance in a maiden race. She seems to be going the right way and has experience of the track so she could finish in the first 3 at a big price.  

Fox chases course hat-trick tomorrow
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
WILY FOX has a great chance of making it 3 out of 3 wins at Market Rasen tomorrow. He seems in very good form at home since his win last Sunday week and he is theoretically 7 pounds well in tomorrow. He has been put up 7 pounds by the handicapper since his last win but runs off his old mark  and  as he won a conditional jockeys race he escapes a penalty. The only slight unknown is the small step up in trip to 2 mile 5 furlongs but he is proven over 1 furlong shorter and he clearly loves the track. There are only 7 runners and Jack Quinlan takes the ride. He won on him at the same track back in March so let's hope can do the same again tomorrow and maintain his 100% strike rate at Market Rasen.

Baan can give Dean dream start
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
BAAN runs in a 12 furlong amateur rider's handicap at Lingfield tomorrow and will be ridden by Dean Smith having his first ride for the yard, his second ride in public. BAAN won this race 2 years ago when he gaveChloe Madgin a memorable first winner so let's hope the old horse can do the same again tomorrow. He is obviously a course and distance winner but this year he has looked suited by a longer trip. He was in good form in the summer, winning twice, so he has been holding his form well. There are 16 runners but he is well drawn in 3. He should run well and must have a decent chance but the main thing is that they both come back in one piece and enjoy the experience.
SCOTTISH STAR heads for Kempton tomorrow to run in a 12 furlong handicap. This is a relatively new trip for him and looks open to improvement over this distance. He was second on his only previous run over this trip at Kempton and that day was beaten by an improving 3 year old from the Luca Cumani yard. Tomorrow he faces another similar type from the same stable, DESERTED, who looks the main danger. SCOTTISH STAR seems in great form though and he has been a model of consistency at Kempton this autumn, he would not be winning out of turn. Ryan Tate, who knows him well, takes the ride and he should be thereabouts again.

Green Music first run on polytrack tomorrow
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
GREEN MUSIC has her first run on the polytrack in a 7 furlong nursery at Kempton tomorrow evening. She has always worked well on the surface at home but is yet to race on it. She didn't handle the heavy ground at Yarmouth last time out so hopefully this will suit her better. She is running over 7 furlongs for the first time, although she is a grand daughter of the speedy LOCHSONG, she is by Oratorio so she should get the trip. She is drawn well in stall 2 and has the likely favourite drawn on her inside in stall 1. If she runs up to her best work at home she would have a definite chance off this handicap mark so let's hope she can do that tomorrow.

Fox flies home at Market Rasen today
Sunday, November 10, 2013
WILY FOX showed his liking for Market Rasen  with a smooth victory in the last race there today. He was always travelling well under Kieron Edgar and he took the lead in the home straight and won fairly comfortably. There was a strong contingent of Blue Peter Racing owners there and they were obviously thrilled to see him win again for them. There is still a share available in this partnership which now looks very good value.
IRON BUTTERFLY has been working well with WILY FOX so she must have a good chance at Huntingdon on Tuesday. She is running in a mare only 2 mile hurdle race and Jack Quinlan takes the ride. Her last bit of work was the best she has worked so one would be very hopeful that she will win run a big race and maintain the yards current good form.

Conditions favour Fox tomorrow
Saturday, November 09, 2013
WILY FOX has underfoot conditions to suit at Market Rasen tomorrow where he is a course and distance winner. He runs in a 2 mile 3 furlong 'Hands and Heels' Handicap Hurdle race and there are 13 runners. Kieron Edgar takes the ride who is very experienced in the context of the race, he is attached to David Pipe's yard. WILY FOX had a good summer break and has had one run on the flat this autumn. He has been working nicely at home so he goes there with every chance tomorrow. If they have more rain it won't bother him, the more the rain the better. He will have a large following of owners there to support him so it would be nice if they can cheer home a winner!

Star to sparkle on bonfire night
Monday, November 04, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR makes his debut for new connections on bonfire night at Kempton tomorrow. He was bought back at the Newmarket sales recently and it would be a good start to the new partnership if he can win tomorrow. He runs in a mile and 3 furlong handicap and is drawn well in stall 4 of the 9 runners. He has good form over this trip on this track and seems well in himself at home. The dangers look to be the 3 year olds in the race who are in form and he has to concede a good deal of weight to them.  He must go there with a decent chance tomorrow and deserves to get his head in front having finished second in his last 2 runs at Kempton in September.

Butterfly seeks hat-trick
Monday, October 28, 2013
IRON BUTTTERFLY has a good chance of recording her third win in a row at Catterick tomorrow. She won over hurdles in March on heavy ground so tomorrow's ground conditions should not hinder her. Her last win was over the same course and distance so the track and trip suit her well. She has gone up 6 pounds but hopefully she can win again with conditions in her favour. Graham Lee takes the ride and he is on the verge of creating history by becoming the first jockey to ride 100 winners over jumps and on the flat. He needs 4 more winners so it would be great if he can get one closer today on IRON BUTTERFLY.


2 year old fillies run at local tracks
Monday, October 21, 2013
The 2 year old fillies GREEN MUSIC and POSTAGE STAMP are running at local tracks this week. GREEN MUSIC heads up the road to Yarmouth tomorrow to run in a 6 furlong nursery. There are 16 runners and she is drawn in the middle. This will be her first run in a handicap and her first on soft ground. She has worked on similar ground at home and appears to handle it well.  She threw a splint after her last run at Newmarket so that is why she has been off the track since then. There is a slight concern that the ground might test her fitness coming back after a break but she is a filly who has always shown us something at home and off a mark of 65 she should have a chance.
 
POSTAGE STAMP makes her racecourse debut at Newmarket on Wednesday. She is running in a 7 furlong median maiden race and there are 15 runners. She will definitely like the ground and she looks a nice filly for next year. Graham Lee rides her and he rode PRECINT for the same owner to finish third this time last year at the same track. Let's hope this is a good omen and POSTAGE STAMP can run an encouraging race.
 

2 runners tomorrow
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
There are 2 runners tomorrow, both on the all weather but at different tracks. FULNEY runs in a mile 0-75 handicap on the polytrack at Lingfield. The track and the surface should suit her and she is dropping down in grade so she has a lot in her favour. She does seem in good form so she must go there with a chance. Hopefully she does run well as she is going to the Horses In Training sale at the end of the month. She is a thoroughly sound genuine filly and she could have a good winter on the all weather now the handicapper has given her a chance.
 
HIMALAYAN PEAK runs at Kempton tomorrow evening in a 12 furlong maiden. He will be wearing blinkers for the first time and they will hopefully enable him to show on the track what he is capable of at home. He too is going to the Horses In Training Sale and could make someone a juvenile hurdler. 

Iron Butterfly flies home at Catterick
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

It was fantastic to see IRON BUTTERFLY win so well at Catterick this afternoon. She is home bred by Harold Nass who is a very loyal and patient owner. She had already won over hurdles and we were keen to win a flat race with her. This was her first run back after a summer break and she looks as if she is improving all the time. She is by Shirrocco out of an Old Vic mare which is said to be a good nick and it certainly seems to be. She will be kept to breed from once her racing days are over and she should make a lovely broodmare. She has a yearling full brother who will be joining her in training soon.

TORRAN SOUND heads for Towcester tomorrow to run over hurdles, there are 10 runners in the race. He has been running consistently well and the ground looks good for him tomorrow. Felix de Giles rides him again and he thinks a stiff finish will suit him which he will certainly get at Towcester. He is in good form at home and the track should play to his strengths so he is all set to run a decent race again tomorrow.
 
SEABOUGG runs at Kempton on Thursday in a 12 furlong maiden and there are only 7 runners. The big yards are represented so it is unlikely to be an easy contest but it will be interesting to see how he handles the polytrack. We are hoping to run him on the turf in 12 - 16 furlong handicaps before the end of the flat season before returning to hurdles.

Butterfly back from a break
Monday, October 07, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY returns to the track at Catterick tomorrow after a good summer break. She has not run since she ran over hurdles in March  but is reasonably fit and is in good form at home. Ideally she would not have started off over 2 miles and as far away as Catterick but she needs  soft ground. She had an entry at Brighton over a shorter trip but the ground was just not suitable for her there. She has done really well over the summer and she should be all set for a good winter over hurdles. We are keen to win a race with her on the flat at some stage but she will not be running on the all weather. Her race tomorrow has been divided and there are 11 runners, if she is fit enough she should run a good race. She has run well there before over hurdles so we know she handles the track.

2 runners at Warwick tomorrow
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
HIMALAYAN PEAK and MAJOR CRISPIES both head west to Warwick tomorrow. HIMALAYAN PEAK ran very disappointingly at Brighton last time out. He is entered in the Horses in Training sales at the end of the month so we are trying to win a race with him before then. He is running in a selling race tomorrow so it is big step down in class so let's hope she shows some improvement at this level.
MAJOR CRISPIES has been running consistently well and all his form is very good. He runs in a 7 furlong nursery tomorrow and is well drawn in 4 of the 14 runners. He will be wearing cheek pieces for the first time as he gives the impression he just needs to focus in the closing stages of his races. He seems in good form at home so hopefully he will go close tomorrow.

Newmarket Open Day Update
Tuesday, October 01, 2013

It was announced in the Racing Post today that the annual Newmarket Open Day raised £50,000.  This is a massive increase of 66% compared to last year.  The three charities who will benefit are the British Racing School, New Astley Club and the Newmarket Horseracing Museum.  We would like to thank everyone who visited Park Lodge Stables and very much hope you enjoyed seeing one of the most historic yards in Newmarket.  We look forward to welcoming you again next year.   


Star goes for the Silver
Friday, September 27, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR makes a quick reappearance on the racecourse today,  he runs in the Silver Cambridgeshire At Newmarket. We never imagined he would get in but we are delighted that he has. He has never run at Newmarket before but we feel the track could suit him well. He finished second at Kempton on Wednesday evening and he showed that he does stay 12 furlongs but he is a winner over todays distance . One probably needs a horse that stays 1 1/4 miles to win over 9 furlongs at Newmarket. The ground should be fine for him and he is drawn 28 of the 28 runners which could be a good draw as yesterday the jockeys did seem to prefer the stands side. Although he only ran 2 days ago he has been for a trot this morning and seems in goods form so we are hoping for the best. 

Open Day - Result of Competition
Thursday, September 26, 2013

The correct answer to our Competition run during the recent Newmarket Open Day to guess the combined total number of furlongs run by WILY FOX and TIGHT LIPPED for Blue Peter Racing was 611 furlongs.  No one picked this figure but Kerry Morris picked 610 and Brian Clarke picked 612 so both are winners!  We have decided to award the prize of a day out for two, with Blue Peter Racing when the partnership has a runner, to each of them.  We look forward to them experiencing the thrills of racehorse ownership for the day and giving them a great day out!


Star steps up at Kempton
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR returns to Kempton tomorrow evening in a 4 year olds and upwards 12 furlong handicap. He was second there last time over 1 furlong shorter but he did not look  as if an extra furlong would inconvenience him. In his last 2 races  he has been beaten by a 3 year old, as this race is confined to older horses he should not meet one of those improving types tomorrow. He is holding his form well so he should be thereabouts again.

Improving Nimble Kimble chance at Leicester
Sunday, September 22, 2013
NIMBLE KIMBLE has run well in all her races to date and she has delighted us at home recently. She is getting stronger as the season progresses and has done very well physically. There is a big field tomorrow, 18 runners and she is drawn 5. Rosie Jessop rides her and takes a valuable 3 pounds of her back. She has form on all types of going so the ground wont be a problem but over 6 furlongs she may not want the ground to be too fast as the trip could be a bit on the sharp side. Her last bit of work was good so she is set to run a good race tomorrow.
 
SEABOUGG also runs at Leicester tomorrow in a 12 furlong maiden. He ran a reasonable race last time out over 10 furlongs, Ryan Tate who rode him that day, suggested stepping him up in trip. It looks a hot race but we just want to establish whether this trip is right for him and hopefully he can prove that he can be competitive at his level.

Newmarket Open Day
Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Annual NEWMARKET OPEN DAY (www.newmarketopenday.co.uk) takes place on Sunday 22 September.  Park Lodge Stables will be opening its doors and we much look foward to welcoming everyone.  Park Lodge is situated just off Newmarket High Street, close to the British Horseracing Museum and The Jockey Club.  It is one of the oldest and most historic racing yards in the town and is well worth a visit.  You will be given a warm welcome and James and Gay and the dedicated staff will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions.  There is also a chance to win a day at the races, for two,  with BLUE PETER RACING, a partnership that owns two horses in the yard.  (See the link on left.) We look foward to seeing you.  


Conditions right for Himalayan Peak
Saturday, September 14, 2013

HIMALAYAN PEAK has been waiting for soft ground so has conditions to suit at Brighton on Monday. He is running in a 12 furlong handicap and Ryan Tate takes the ride. He rode him on his racecourse debut on heavy ground last year so he does know the horse. Like all the family, he is a little bit quirky, but he has the ability to run well especially as he has his ground and the trip should be ideal for him. He has not run since June purely because he has been waiting for the rain to fall, let's hope he can put his best foot forward on Monday. 


Torran Sound chance at Bangor
Thursday, September 12, 2013
TORRAN SOUND runs in  a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle at Bangor tomorrow. It is the same type of race that he ran in last time out at Fontwell when he finished third . Felix De Giles gets the ride again and he gets on well with the horse. He has run well at Bangor before but ideally he would be suited by a stiffer track, hopefully they won't go too quickly for him and he can get a good position in the race. The ground should be ideal for him, they are not forecast to get any further rain. The race has been divided so there are only 12 runners, he is very well in himself so hopefully he will be thereabouts tomorrow. 

Wily Fox heads West tomorrow
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
WILY FOX heads to Chepstow tomorrow where he runs in a 12 furlong handicap, there is a big field of 17 runners. This is his first run back form a summer break, he has done really well and looks a stronger horse. He invariably needs is first run after a break but he has been working well at home. He probably is better suited by 2 miles these days but he should run a nice race. The ground is currently Good to Soft but if they get further rain it will make it more of a test of stamina which will play into his hands. He will be campaigned on the flat and over hurdles again. He has given his partnership, Blue Peter Racing 10, a lot of fun to date and can hopefully continue to do so over the forthcoming months.  

Major can take command at York
Saturday, September 07, 2013
MAJOR CRISPIES runs in a 7 furlong nursery at York tomorrow and has a good chance. He is drawn 11 of the 13 runners but this shouldn't be a disadvantage over this trip and they are likely to come up the middle of the track. The ground should be perfect by tomorrow as it is currently good, good/soft in places and there is no more rain forecast. We thought he needed fast ground but Martin Harley, who rode him last time out at Goodwood, felt he would prefer a bit of cut in the ground. He ran very well that day, only beaten 1 1/2 lengths, and he runs off the same mark again. Ryan Tate takes the ride and claims 5 pounds so he should be thereabouts tomorrow. The horse has never run a bad race and is in good form at home, he deserves to win a race of this type.

Star heads for Kempton
Friday, September 06, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR had a choice of engagements this weekend but heads for Kempton tomorrow instead of York on Sunday. He likes top of the ground and with the forecast of so much rain around it was too risky to go to York. He is a polytrack specialist as all his 3 wins have been on the all weather surface. He was second at Sandown last time out and this is not  such a competitive race so he must have every chance. There are only 10 runners and he is drawn 6. Ryan Tate, who was in the saddle at Sandown, rides him again, so lets hope the combination can go one better tomorrow.

Flat debut for Seabougg tomorrow
Sunday, September 01, 2013
SEABOUGG has run in 2 National Hunt flat races and in a hurdle race but has his first run on the flat tomorrow at Brighton. He bled when he ran at Market Rasen over hurdles a few weeks ago and it is possible that the trip was a contributory factor, so that is why we are dropping him back in distance this time. He has scoped well after Market Rasen so hopefully it is not going to be a reoccurring problem. There are 8 runners and Ryan Tate takes the ride, he knows him well as he has ridden him at home. It will be interesting to see how he gets on tomorrow. 

Fulney under the lights tomorrow
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
FULNEY makes her debut on the polytrack surface at Kempton tomorrow evening in the 9.10 race, a 7 furlong fillies handicap. The surface should suit her as she has always worked well on it at home and she likes good/firm ground on the turf. She ran over 7 furlongs last time out at Brighton and it did look as if it could be a bit on the sharp side for her but there are no suitable races over further at the moment. She is well drawn in 2 so can hopefully make good use of this and run a good race tomorrow.

Nimble Kimble chance on polytrack tomorrow
Sunday, August 18, 2013

NIMBLE KIMBLE runs in a 6 furlong maiden auction fillies race at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening. This will be her first run on polytrack but she has done all her work at home on this surface and handles it well. She appears to be a versatile filly as she ran well on fast ground first time out at Newbury and then finished a good second at Leicester on soft ground. She looks the type to be suited by all surfaces. The biggest negative tomorrow is the draw as she is drawn 10 of the 10 runners, not ideal especially over 6 furlongs. Hopefully she can break well and get into a good position early on in the race. She really needs 7 furlongs now so may find the 6 furlongs from this draw a bit on the sharp side but she is a tough filly and should have a good chance. She does looks a nice filly for the future. The 2 year olds have all run well to date but have yet to finish first past the post, let's hope NIMBLE KIMBLE can put that right tomorrow.


Chances under both codes tomorrow
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
GREEN MUSIC runs in a 2 year old median auction fillies race at Newmarket and TORRAN SOUND runs in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle at Fontwell tomorrow, both horses should run well.
There are 10 runners in GREEN MUSIC's race and she is drawn 6 which should be ideal for her. She ran very well 2nd time out at Newbury finishing 5th, the 4th horse won next time out at Windsor so the form of the race is working out well. She had a short break after the Newbury race and has been working well since. She is a grand daughter of LOCHSONG and does show sprinter type tendancies, she can be a bit keen. For this reason she has been wearing a hood at home recently which has helped her to settle. As it works well at home we thought we would try it on the racecourse. There are some showers forecast and if the ground does change to good it won't inconvenience her. She should be thereabouts tomorrow.
TORRAN SOUND has a lot in his favour tomorrow. He has run well at Fontwell in the past so the track and the trip will suit him. We tried him over further last time but he didn't stay. Felix De Giles is back in the saddle tomorrow and he is the only jockey to have won on him over hurdles so hopefully he can get a winning tune out of him again. The handicapper has dropped him to 95, this will be his first run in a 0-95 grade handicap hurdle and the drop in class should definitely suit him. He seems well at home so hopefully he can return to winning ways tomorrow.
 
 
 

Baan bids for third Yarmouth win
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
BAAN is bidding to gain his third course and distance win this year  at Yarmouth tomorrow. It would be a great achievement for a horse of his age but he seems in great form at home and must have a good chance. The handicapper has not treated him very favourably after his last win putting him up 6 pounds, Rosie Jessop has also had her claim reduced from 5 pounds to 3 pounds so he will effectively be carrying 8 pounds more than last time. There are only 5 runners though and the biggest danger looks to be GREEN TO GOLD from the Don Cantillon yard. Let's hope BAAN can keep up his excellent record at the track tomorrow.  

Scottish Star Returns to Sandown
Thursday, August 08, 2013

SCOTTISH STAR runs again over 1 mile and a quarter at Sandown this evening. He always runs well over course and distance and deserves a bit of luck.  REGAL HAWK, the only 3 year old in the field, is definitely the one to beat but as usual I am sure SCOTTISH STAR will give it his best shot.  Ryan Tate rides and will take a valuable 5 pounds off SCOTTISH STAR's back.  Ryan is in good form having ridden a double at Glorious Goodwood from only two rides at the meeting.


Fulney Heads to the South Coast
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

FULNEY drops back in trip to 7 furlongs at Brighton tomorrow.  She has not run over this trip since she was a 2 year old but has always shown plenty of pace in her races, therefore it is a change worth trying, especially as the race is a "fillies only" handicap.  There are 10 runners and she is drawn 3.  Rosie Jessop (3) rides and should suit the filly very well.  FULNEY is a neat, well-balanced filly who likes top of the ground and should therefore act well at Brighton on this, her first start there.  FULNEY seems particularly well at home and can put her slightly disappointing run last time, behind her.


Hurdling debut for Seabougg tomorrow
Saturday, August 03, 2013
SEABOUGG makes his debut over hurdles at Uttoxeter tomorrow. He has previously run in 2 bumpers so does have some racecourse experience and he has schooled well at home. Although there are only 6 runners some have form over hurdles and flat form so it could be a competitive race. Hopefully he will jump round well and gain from the experience. He is the sort to jump a fence in the future. 

'Baan is a legend!'
Thursday, August 01, 2013
'BAAN is a legend' were the words used by the trainer immediately after his fine win at Yarmouth on Tuesday. Rosie Jessop seems to get on with him very well and she gave him another good ride. He is now 10 years old but is in the form of his life. He is thriving on his responsibilities as schoolmaster for the yard. He is kept busy being the lead horse for the string, schooling the jumpers and accompanying 2 year olds to the races. He is becoming a course and distance specialist so will return to Yarmouth for another 2 mile contest on 14th August. It will be a step up in grade to a 56-75 rated handicap. He won off a mark of 55 so will go up a few pounds for his win but will hopefully get into the race with a low weight and can be competitive again.
 
NIMBLE KIMBLE ran a very promising race yesterday at Leicester, finishing second on only her second racecourse appearance. She showed she had improved from her debut and was only beaten a length by a filly from the powerful Richard Hannon yard. She looks as if she is a filly with a future.

2 possible runners at Goodwood tomorrow
Thursday, August 01, 2013
SPA'S DANCER and MAJOR CRISPIES have both been declared to run at Goodwood tomorrow but we will keep an eye on the ground. It will obviously dry out considerably today but there is more rain forecast tomorrow. MAJOR CRISPIES is a fairly definite runner unless the ground becomes too soft as he likes quick ground. The form of all  his previous races are working out well, he was third to TOORMORE, winner of the Group 2 Vintage Stakes, on his debut. The ground was good/soft that day so he can handle some cut in the ground. He is drawn 1 tomorrow which is not ideal, a draw more in the middle of the field would have been preferable. He is in good form and must have a chance on his best form but there are 22 runners so will need some luck in running.
 
SPA'S DANCER will only run if the ground is good or softer. His last run in the Hunt Cup can be ignored as the ground was too fast that day, he has done nothing wrong in his previous runs this season. He would have a good chance if the ground is suitable. He has shown that he is good enough to win a race of this type if he has conditions to suit. Let's hope the ground comes right for him tomorrow.

Nimble Kimble heads for Leicester
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
NIMBLE KIMBLE runs at Leicester tomorrow evening in a 6 furlong median auction maiden fillies race. There are 12 runners and she is well drawn in stall 11. She ran a nice race at Newbury on her debut, staying on nicely in the closing stages. If she has improved for that experience she should run well tomorrow. It looks a fairly competitive contest for the grade of race,  SECRET KODE looks the best of those with previous form. There will definitely be cut in the ground tomorrow which should be fine for NIMBLE KIMBLE but it is slighty unkown, it was good/firm when she ran at Newbury. At home she looks as if she will handle most types of ground except extremes of going. If they get more rain at Leicester and the ground does become heavy she will not run. 

Rosie back on Baan at Yarmouth tomorrow
Monday, July 29, 2013
Rosie Jessop rides BAAN at Yarmouth tomorrow, she rode him to victory there last month over the same distance so let's hope the winning combination will work again. There are only 6 runners but the one to beat is UNDERWRITTEN who won easily at the same track last week. BAAN continues to be in good form at home so he should be thereabouts again tomorrow. 

Gift of Music tuned up for tomorrow
Sunday, July 28, 2013
GIFT OF MUSIC ran well last time out and goes to Windsor tomorrow evening with a good chance. She was second at Warwick which is a similar track and it is over the same distance of 6 furlongs. The last race was for 3 year olds only, this time she will run against older horses but it is confined to fillies only which should suit her. She was beaten by a colt at Warwick who boosted the form by finishing a good second at Chester next time. The ground should be similar to her last run too and she is well drawn unless they get a lot of rain. When the ground becomes soft at Windsor a higher draw is more favourable. Cathy Gannon gets the ride again, she rode her last time out so knows her well.  GIFT OF MUSIC has a lot in her favour tomorrow so can hopefully run a nice race.

Scottish Star returns to Sandown
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Sandown tomorrow and is drawn 1 of the 7 runners. This is a good draw and we will be happy to make the running from there if nobody else will. He likes the course and the distance as he has run 2 good races there before including a good fourth last time out. Rosie Jessop gets the ride tomorrow and claims a useful 5 pounds off his back. She rode TIGHT LIPPED to good effect on this track and SCOTTISH STAR is a similar type of horse so she should suit him well. The horse is in good form and as long as the ground remains fast he must have a decent chance .

Fulney back on favoured track
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
FULNEY runs in a mile handicap at Sandown tomorrow where she is a course and distance winner. She ran twice there last year and showed that the course suits her well and she does seem to be coming back to form having finished second last time out at Yarmouth. She seems to be a filly who comes right at this time of year. There are only 8 runners tomorrow but it looks a competitive contest as all the runners have recent form so it is an interesting race. The ground is currently good/firm which she likes, she wouldn't want too much rain to fall there to change the ground significantly, she would be very unlucky if this was too happen.  Luke Morris rides her and he rode her last time out so knows her well, let's hope they can go one better tomorrow.

Baan to follow up at Lingfield tomorrow
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
BAAN faces 5 rivals tomorrow in his bid to win again after his recent success at Yarmouth. He is running in a 2 mile handicap , the same trip as last time and must have a good chance. The 2 top weighted horses in the race, HI NOTE and STEELY, look the ones to beat but he in good form at home so hopefully he will be thereabouts again tomorrow. 

Another Double-Header!
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED returns to Sandown where he has run so well the last twice.  The ground should be similar to when he was a good second to CLOWANCE ESTATE over course and distance last time under Rosie Jessop.  Ryan Tate, who won on TIGHT LIPPED on his penultimate start, once again takes the ride.  Although each assignment inevitably gets a bit tougher, TIGHT LIPPED is in good form at home and hopefully can run another good race. 
 
GIFT OF MUSIC is having only her second start on the turf at Warwick tomorrow.  We are unsure of what her best ground will be on the turf having raced mainly on the polytrack.  She ran a good race over 5 furlongs at Nottingham earlier this season with some cut in the ground.  The going at Warwick tomorrow will be quicker but if she does handle it ok, she has freshened up since her last run and can run well.  Cathy Gannon takes the ride.

Torran Sound to Perform at Stratford
Monday, July 01, 2013

TORRAN SOUND has been declared for the 2 miles 6 furlongs handicap hurdle at Stratford tomorrow evening.  Paul Moloney takes the ride.  This is a step up in trip for TORRAN SOUND but he does now look as though he needs this trip especially on Summer ground.  He is going well at home and is a consistent performer. 


Fulney faces four rivals
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
FULNEY faces a small field at Yarmouth tomorrow in  9 furlong fillies only handicap. She has tried this trip once before at Yarmouth last year but we tried holding her up that day which didn't suit her. We were keen to run her over this trip again using different tactics and this seemed an ideal race to give it another try. She likes fast ground which she should get tomorrow as long as they don't get any significant rain. She ran much better at Windsor last time out than she did on her seasonal debut and the ground that day was probably not ideal for her. She has been in good form at home since then. It looks a competitive race for such a small field but she must have every chance.

Nimble Kimble debut at Newbury tomorrow
Monday, June 24, 2013

NIMBLE KIMBLE makes her racecourse debut at Newbury tomorrow in a 6 furlong maiden auction fillies race. There are 16 runners and she is well drawn in 7.  Her last bit of work was good but suggested she would be better over 7 furlongs.  On pedigree there is a fair amount of stamina on the dam's side so she should improve over further in time.  She has been working respectably with MAJOR CRISPIES and he sets the standard for the 2 year olds at home and so she should run well tomorrow.  Ryan Tate rides her and he claims 5 pounds so she will only have 8st 1lbs on her back which will help her chance.


Handicap debut for Himalayan Peak tonight
Thursday, June 20, 2013
HIMALAYAN PEAK makes his handicap debut at Lingfeld this evening over 12 furlongs. There are 10 runners and it is a competitive contest for the grade of race with some interesting staying prospects in the line up. He is a horse we like a lot though and he has a future as a stayer as he gets older and stronger and he has the pedigree to do that. He handles the polytrack well but we are slightly concerned that the track may not suit him as he is a big long striding horse. He has been working nicely at home so we hope he runs well this evening.

Spa's Dancer bids for repeat Hunt Cup success
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
SPA'S DANCER has a good chance of repeating REFUSE TO LOSE'S win in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot tomorrow. It is 15 years since his victory there and it would be nice to return to that famous winner's enclosure again. They are similar horses in their style of racing and SPA'S DANCER'S has a high draw tomorrow similar to REFUSE TO LOSE had when he won, hopefully that is a good omen. We are delighted that Ryan Moore rides him again, he is sure to get every assistance from the saddle. The only slight concern is the ground, it is currently good and rain is forecast which would definitely help his chances. If the ground does dry out and become good/firm then he may not run, let's hope the forecast has got it right this time!

Major Crispies drawn wide at salisbury
Saturday, June 15, 2013
MAJOR CRISPIES runs in a 6 furlong maiden at Salisbury tomorrow but is drawn 16 of the 16 runners which will make it very hard for him. He ran very well first time out on ground that was not ideal for him, the ground should be good tomorrow as long as they don't get too much rain. He is a nice horse and will run well, it will be interesting to see how he runs.
TIGFHT LIPPED ran another goods race at Sandown yesterday to finish second. He was stepping up in grade and was just beaten by a better horse on the day. Rosie Jessop rode a very well judged race from the front.  The plan is to return to Sandown for a similar race on July 5th.
London Skolar runs in a 12 furlong handicap at Kempton on Monday. He needs to step up on his last run at Yarmouth if he is to get involved. He did  run respectably on the polytrack at Kempton before that.

Green Music makes debut tomorrow
Friday, June 14, 2013
GREEN MUSIC makes her racecourse debut at Lingfield tomorrow in a 5 furlong median auction maiden fillies race. There are 10 runners and Luke Morris rides her. She is a half-sister to GIFT OF MUSIC, who won at the back end of the year as a 2 year old, but she is a more precocious type than her. She has been working nicely at home and looks sharp enough to run over 5 furlongs. This is her first run but hopefully she will run a nice race.

Baan battles to victory
Thursday, June 13, 2013
BAAN was a very popular winner at Yarmouth this afternoon. He battled on well to beat the favourite by 1/2 length and they drew well clear of the rest of the field. He is a real favourite at home, he pulls out every morning with his ears pricked and is a joy to train. He leads all the schooling and the 2 year olds through the stalls at home so is a valuable part of the team. He was given a  fine ride by Rosie Jessop who was having her first ride for the yard. She has been booked to ride TIGHT LIPPED tomorrow so hopefully she can keep her 100% record!
TIGHT LIPPED is declared to run in a 10 furlong handicap back at Sandown where he won last time out. He is well drawn in 1 and seems in good form at home. The only slight concern is the ground as they have not had the rain they were forecast. If the ground does dry out too much he may not run.

Baan back at yarmouth tomorrow
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
BAAN runs at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 2 mile handicap and there are 9 runners. He is a course and distance winner so the trip and track will suit him well. Rosie Jessop rides him and takes a valuable 5 pounds off his back. He seems in good form at home so must go there with a chance.

Fulney Returns To Action
Sunday, June 09, 2013

FULNEY faces five opponents in a 1 mile fillies' only handicap at Windsor on Monday evening.  FULNEY failed to fire on her seasonal debut at Ascot last month, we are still unable to explain her disappointing  run that day but feel she can put that run behind her.  She is working well at home and can get back on track tomorrow evening.  Dane O'Neill rides who won on her last season.


Scottish Star to continue good Sandown run
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Sandown tomorrow evening. Hopefully he can follow in TIGHT LIPPED and SPA'S DANCER'S footsteps, winners there last week, and keep up the good record at the course. He ran a very good race there last year so he acts well on the track and the ground has come right for him as he likes top of the ground. He was disappointing at Ascot last time but the race was not run to suit him, if you ignore that form he can be thereabouts tomorrow.

A great night at Sandown- 2 winners!
Friday, May 31, 2013
It was a great night at Sandown last night, TIGHT LIPPED and SPA'S DANCER both won in convincing style. It was great to have 2 winners at a Grade 1 track like Sandown and it was so good for all the owners there who had a great night too. Both horses could return to Sandown for their respective targets in 2 weeks time. They both clearly like the track and it is a horses for courses track.
It was great for Ryan Tate to ride his first winner for the yard as his father Jason was stable jockey for several years. One of his best rides was when he won the Hunt Cup on Refuse to Lose when he dictated from the front. Ryan rode a very good tactical race from the front last night, like father like son!
 
There is still a share left in TIGHT LIPPED if anyone is interested. He is certainly giving his owners plenty of fun this season.

Torran Sound back over hurdles tomorrow
Thursday, May 30, 2013
TORRAN SOUND is running in a 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle race at Market Rasen tomorrow. His last race was on the flat but he ran well before that over hurdles at Bangor. The race has been divided so there are only 9 runners and the ground should suit him. It is currently good which is ideal for him, he wouldn't want any more rain but the forecast is for the weather to improve, let's hope the are right! He is a course winner and has run well over this trip before so it looks an ideal race for him. Jack Quinlan rides him again, he has ridden him several times before so knows the horse well.  He is in good form at home so should be thereabouts tomorrow.

Trio of chances tomorrow
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Firstly it was good to see MAJOR CRISPIES run such a promising race at Leicester yesterday finishing third in a good maiden. As he is the yard's first 2 year old runner of the season it gives us a good yardstick. It was also especially pleasing for the owner, Guy Carstairs,who had a miserable year last year but kept faith in the yard and bought a yearling. It looks as if his loyalty will be rewarded.There are 3 runners tomorrow, GIFT OF MUSIC at Lingfield, followed by TIGHT LIPPED and SPA'S DANCER at Sandown in the evening.
GIFT OF MUSIC runs in a 7 furlong fillies handicap at Lingfield on the polytrack. She has won on this surface at Wolverhampton but hasn't run at Lingfield before. She is stepping up in trip which looked the obvious way forward after her last run. When Luke Morris won on her he said then that she should get further and her dam stayed so hopefully it is the right decision and she must have a decent chance tomorrow.
TIGHT LIPPED runs in the first race at Sandown, a 10 furlong handicap. He was a close third last time out at Newmarket over the same distance, his first time over this trip. He ran well on this course last year over a mile on ground quicker than ideal for him. The ground should be more in his favour tomorrow and the trip of 10 furlongs seems to suit him. Ryan Tate rides him again and he seems to get on well with the horse and knows him well now, he still claims a valuable 5 pounds which could all help his chance. SPA'S DANCER runs in the finale, a mile handicap. He has good form on this track including his last run when he finished a close second . Ryan Moore is on board so hopefully we can supply with him another winner. The rain has changed the ground in favour of both horses at Sandown. None of the runners have the best of draws but they are all in good form and all ran well last time out so hopefully they will be thereabouts tomorrow.  

Major Crispies is first 2 year old runner tomorrow
Monday, May 27, 2013
MAJOR CRISPIES will be the yard's first 2 year old runner of the season at Leicester tomorrow. He runs in a 6 furlong maiden race and he is drawn 9 of the 13 runners.  Luke Morris rides him and he has sat on him at home, he has been working nicely but will probably be a bit green first time out. He is a straightforward horse at home and it would be nice to see him run a decent race as he is a horse with a future. It will be a hot contest as all 6 furlong maidens at this time of the year seem to be trials for the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot. The ground is good to firm at the moment but that should be fine for him as he is a good mover and the rest of the family like fast ground. It will be interesting to see how he runs tomorrow.

Fulney hoping for fine day at Yarmouth tomorrow
Thursday, May 23, 2013
FULNEY is all set to run at Yarmouth tomorrow in a one mile fillies handicap as long as the ground does not go against her. If they get too much rain there and the ground changes to good/soft or softer then she will not run. She ran no race at all last time out at Ascot but there is no obvious reason, she was possibly in season. She had been working well before the race and has been in good form since so hopefully she can put that run behind her. She has run well over this distance on this track before and she is reunited with Dane O'Neill who has won on her. Let's hope the combination can strike again tomorrow.

Fox chance to be in the hunt tomorrow
Monday, May 20, 2013
WILY FOX runs in a 2 mile handicap Nottingham tomorrow and goes there with a good chance. He ran well at Pontefract last time out, finishing second, and he is well drawn in stall 1. Hopefully the ground will remain good/soft, it was good ground last time he ran but the softer the better for him. He has been on the go all winter but seems well at home  so if he runs to form he should be thereabouts. Ryan Tate is on board and he gets on well with the horse having finished second on him twice from 2 rides, let's hope he can go one better tomorrow.   

Tight Lipped top weight tomorrow
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED is set to carry top weight at Newmarket tomorrow when he will be running over 10 furlongs for the first time. When Neil Callan rode him over a mile last year on heavy ground he thought it would be worth trying him over further. Newmarket is an ideal track for him as he seems to like straight tracks and Newmarket is the only 10 furlong straight in the country. The ground should be good but any further rain will help his chances. Ryan Tate rides him who knows him well and he takes a valuable 5 pounds off his back. The horse is in very good form at home and if he gets the trip he should go very close tomorrow.

Seabougg returns to Fontwell
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
SEABOUGG made his racecourse debut at Fontwell last month and ran a respectable race as he is a big backward horse and ran very green. He returns there tomorrow to run in a 1 mile 6 furlong NH flat race and there are 10 runners. The ground last time was heavy which wasn't ideal for him, the going tomorrow should not be as testing. He has improved a lot at home from his first run and really learnt from the experience so he should show an improved performance tomorrow. Some of the big yards are well represented though and Nicky Henderson's horse, ACT ALONE,  looks the one to beat.

Gift of Music on song for tomorrow
Sunday, May 12, 2013
GIFT OF MUSIC returns to Wolverhampton tomorrow where she is a course and distance winner. She is in good form at home and must be in with a chance. There are 9 runners and she is drawn 8, she will be ridden by Luke Morris who knows her well and rode her to victory there when she won on her racecourse debut last November. She ran a promising race last time out at Nottingham over 5 furlongs. She didn't get the best of luck in running and finished fourth.  She probably wouldn't want fast ground on the turf so that is why she is running back on the all weather surface. The return to 6 furlongs will definitely suit her so she should be thereabouts tomorrow.

Fulney heads for Ascot tomorrow
Friday, May 10, 2013
FULNEY is to have her first start of the season at Ascot tomorrow in a mile fillies only handicap. The stiff straight mile should be ideal for her. She has run well over a straight mile at Yarmouth and she has won at Sandown which is a stiff track. The ground is currently good/firm, good in places which will suit her, she wouldn't want it to rain too much there. It is a tight handicap but there are only 11 runners, FULNEY is drawn right in the middle in stall 6. Cathy Gannon is reunited with her, she was on board when she was narrowly beaten on her racecourse debut as a 2 year old at odds of 100-1! This is the first time she has been able to ride her since so let's hope they can go one better this time.

Torran Sound returns to the flat tomorrow
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
TORRAN SOUND returns to the flat tomorrow after a good recent run over hurdles. He runs in a 2 mile handicap at Goodwood, there are 12 runners and Ryan Tate rides him. We are hoping the ground remains fast as he handles it well but there is rain around. He is in very good form at home and should run well. The only slight concern is whether 2 miles is too sharp for him but he has won over a shorter trip than this as well as over further. The plan will be to make sure it is a proper test of stamina tomorrow as we know he stays well.

Himlayan Peak at Kempton tomorrow
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
HIMALAYAN PEAK runs in a 1 mile 3 furlong median auction maiden on the polytrack at Kempton tomorrow evening. He ran well for a long way at Nottingham last time out but clearly hated the ground which was on the fast side of good. He works well on the polytrack at home so hopefully he will run more to the ability that he shows at home on this surface  tomorrow. He is bred to stay at least 12 furlongs so the trip will be no problem to him. Hopefully he can run a nice race and show he is better than his finishing position at Nottingham suggests.

Baan back at Lingfield tomorrow
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
BAAN faces 7 rivals in the 2 mile handicap on the all weather at Lingfield tomorrow. His only previous win on the all weather was at Lingfield, that was over 12 furlongs but 2 miles suits him better these days so the trip and track will suit him well. Ryan Tate rides him, he knows the horse well and he must have a chance tomorrow.

Scottish Star drops back in trip at Ascot tomorrow
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR runs in a mile handicap at Ascot tomorrow. His last run was over 11 furlongs and he didn't stay so hopefully the drop back in trip to a mile on a stiff  straight track will suit him. He has won over a mile on the polytrack before and that has been the only real chance he has had over this trip. He has been working well with SPA'S DANCER at home and he ran a very good race over a mile at Sandown last Saturday so the horse is in good form. Hopefuly the ground will dry out in time for him as he likes good fast ground. He should run very well tomorrow and Ryan Tate rides him, he takes 5 pounds off his back, which could prove very useful.

Great run by Spa's Dancer
Monday, April 29, 2013
SPA'S DANCER ran a great first race for his new connections at Sandown on Saturday finishing second. He was just headed on the line, beaten a short head. He is an exciting addition to the yard and should be a fun horse for the season. He ran up to his best form and clearly loves Sandown. The plan is to head back there for the Whitsun Cup at the end of May providing the handicapper does not put him up above 95, he ran off 91 on Saturday.

Spa's Dancer makes debut at Sandown
Friday, April 26, 2013
SPA'S DANCER will have his first run for us at Sandown tomorrow in the mile handicap. There are only 8 runners and he is drawn 6. We have been very pleased with him at home and he has done plenty of work but could just need this first run of the season. He is fit enough to run well but should come on for the race. He has form on all ground but he does enjoy a bit of cut in the ground so the more that falls the better. He has always run well at Sandown, he is a course and distance winner, so the track definitely suits him. We are looking forward to seeing him run and he should give his new owners alot of fun this year.

Busy Saturday
Friday, April 19, 2013
There are 3 runners tomorrow at 2 different meetings. TORRAN SOUND starts proceedings at Bangor, he runs in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle. He hasn't run there before, it is a fairly sharp track which should suit him. Hopefully they won't get any more rain there as he likes good ground. He hasn't run since his aborted run over fences in February, he has been waiting for the better ground. He is in good form at home and should run well at a decent price.
GIFT OF MUSIC and HIMALAYAN PEAK both run at Nottingham and are having their second career starts. GIFT OF MUSIC won first time out over 6 furlongs, she is dropping back to 5 furlongs but on pedigree this should not inconvenience her. She is a grand daughter of LOCH SONG and by the sprinter CADEAUX GENEREUX. She is showing plenty of speed at home so it is worth a try. It is a 3 year olds only fillies handicap and was the only race of this type for her at the moment. It is an open looking handicap but she is well and we are hoping for a good run.
HIMALAYAN PEAK runs in the 10 furlong maiden race. On pedigree you wouldn't think he would be up to winning a competitive maiden but he has to make his seasonal debut somewhere. The big yards are well represented in the race and at this time of year these type of maidens are very hot as everyone still thinks they have got a horse for the Derby! He should make up into a nice horse for the future but may find one or two too good for him tomorrow.

Debut for Seabougg tomorrow
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
SEABOUGG makes his racecourse debut in the 1 mile 6 furlong National Hunt flat race at Fontwell tomorrow. He spent the first 4 years of his life in a field so this will be like the first day at school for him. He is physically a nice type of horse and his future will be over jumps. This is a good place to sart his education though. He is inexperienced but hopefully he can learn something tomorrow and if he runs well it would be great.
WILY FOX showed his versatility yesterday, finishing second in a flat race at Pontefract. He has had a successful winter campaign over hurdles and seems to have transferred that form to the flat. Hopefully he can win again this season if he gets suitable underfoot conditions.  

Blue Peter day at Pontefract tomorrow
Monday, April 08, 2013
BLUE PETER RACING have 2 runners at Pontefract tomorrow and both have chances. TIGHT LIPPED runs in the first race, a mile handicap. He was a good second at Yarmouth last week over the same trip and ground and off the same handicap mark so hopefully he can go close again. He is drawn 13 of the 16 runners which is not ideal but he usually breaks well so hopefully he can get a good position early on and it won't be too much of a disadvantage.  
WILY FOX runs later in the card in the 2 mile 2 furlong handicap. In a perfect world he would prefer softer ground purely because he handles soft ground better then most. He stayed on well over 2 miles on heavy ground at Newbury in his last run on the flat last autumn so on better ground you would think he will stay the extra distance. He has been running well over hurdles this winter so he is in good form at present. This race is one of a series of staying races and if he runs well tomorrow he could be a canditate for more races in the series providing he gets the right ground.

2 runners at Yarmouth tomorrow
Sunday, March 31, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED and LONDON SKOLAR head to local track Yarmouth on Easter Monday. These will be the first flat runners on the turf this season. We had been hoping for softer ground for TIGHT LIPPED, the softer the better for him but as long as it stays on th soft side of good it should be fine. There are 9 runners and it is a competitve race but if you discount his last race he would have a good chance. Ryan Tate rides him who takes a valuable 5 pounds off his back.
LONDON SKOLAR has run respectably in 2 maidens on the polytrack . He ran over 12 furlongs last time but he looked as if he didn't stay, he is still immature so is possibly still not strong enough at this stage. We have dropped him back to 10 furlongs again this time. This will be his first run on the turf, he is a good  mover and the ground should be fine for him.

Scottish Star goes for the big prize
Thursday, March 28, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR runs in the valuable Rosebery Handicap at Kempton on Easter Saturday. It is a £45,000 handicap so it is a very competitive race but he goes there in good form. 1 mile 3 furlongs at Kempton is the ideal distance and track for him on the all weather . He has run 2 decent race so far this year and the horses are all running well. It would be a good way to kick start the new turf season if he could pick up the prize on Saturday.

Butterfly provides birthday winner
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY read the script and  provided her trainer with a winner on his birthday at Fontwell today. It is proving to be a lucky track as we now have a strike rate of 25% there, 2 winners from 8 runners. It was great for her owner and breeder, Harold Nass, as he is a great supporter of the yard and he will eventually keep her to breed from. He is still breeding from her mother but she is advancing in years and will only be covered once more. Hopefully IRON BUTTERFLY can prove to be a suitable replacement once her racing days are over. She will not run over jumps again this jump season but will revert to the flat and we will try to make her winner there too. She should be more than capable of being a winner under both codes and this will enhance her future value as a broodmare.

Iron Butterfly fancied at Fontwell tomorrow
Monday, March 25, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY runs in a mares maiden hurdle race at Fontwell tomorrow and there are only 9 runners. She has run well in both her starts over hurdles but has been a bit keen so she will be tried in a hood for the first time. This form of headgear has made a big difference to WILY FOX this winter so let's hope it has the same effect on IRON BUTTERFLY. It doesn't look the strongest race and the ground will be testing which will suit her so she must have a chance.
She will probably revert to the flat after this run before having a proper summer break. She has improved physically over the winter but is the type to improve further with time and she should really come into her own over jumps next season.

Stevie back on the Fox tomorrow
Thursday, March 21, 2013
WILY FOX heads to Newbury tomorrow to run in a 2 mile 3 furlong 'hands and heels' novice handicap hurdle and Stevie Sanders rides him again. He rode him at Taunton in a similar type of race and ran very well to finish third. He got left at the start that day so if he can get a better start this time he should run very well. He has a 7 pound penalty for his recent win at Market Rasen but Stevie claims 5 pounds so he is only effectively up 2 pounds tomorrow. The handicapper has raised him 6 pounds for future races. It looks a more competitive race than Market Rasen as it is a step up in grade. Arguably he could be better carrying a lower weight in a higher grade of race rather than top weight in a lower grade race as he is not a very big horse. We do hope racing will go ahead as there is rain forecast, if it does then WILY FOX should run well again tomorrow. 

London Skolar steps up in trip
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
LONDON SKOLAR steps up in trip to 12 furlongs at Kempton tomorrow evening. He ran well over 10 furlongs on his racecourse debut but should appreciate the extra distance tomorrow and the track. The race will be run on the outer track at Kempton which should suit him better as he is long striding horse. We were very pleased with the way he ran last time. He is a horse that will improve with age and he should run a nice race tomorrow. Graham Lee rode him last time but can not do the lighter weight tomorrow so Luke Morris, who knows the family well, gets the ride.

Congratulations!
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Congratulations to the London Skolars who won their third match of the current season by 22 - 0 against the Gloucester All Golds in the Northern Rail Cup.  They play their next Cup match on Sunday 24 March against Rochdale Hornets.  Good luck to the team next Sunday.
 
Their namesake, LONDON SKOLAR himself, runs in his second ever race on Wednesday at Kempton Park. 

Star chance to shine again
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
SCOTISH STAR is hoping to repeat his recent win at Wolverhampton over the same distance tomorrow evening. It looks a good competitive handicap but he is probably the least exposed horse in the race. He was put up 4 pounds by the handicapper for his last win which is not unfair. He is drawn 8 of the 8 runners but it may not be too much of a disadvantage as he usually breaks well and needs to be ridden prominently. The horse is in good form at home so must have a good chance tomorrow.

Fox comes home first
Monday, March 11, 2013
WILY FOX put up a very good performance at Market Rasen yesterday to win his second race over hurdles this winter. He travelled smoothly throughout and jumped really well, the conditions were ideal for him. It is a lucky track for us as we have now had 4 winners from 8 runners there so an excellent strike rate of 50%. There was a good turn out of Blue Peter racing owners despite the wintery conditions and it certainly warmed them up having a horse to cheer home to victory. His next run is likely to be at Newbury on March 22nd.
For Rugby League followers, The London Skolars also won 26-4 yesterday maintaining there excellent start to the season. A slightly easier win than the England Rugby Union team had against Italy yesterday!

Conditions favour the Fox
Saturday, March 09, 2013
The rain has come at the right time for WILY FOX who runs at MARKET RASEN tomorrow in a 2 mile 3 furlong conditional jockeys hurdle race. They have had rain there today and it is still raining, the only worry is that snow is forecast so there is a precautionary inspection in the morning. WILY FOX ran very well at Taunton last time out over 2 mile 4 furlongs and the form of the race has worked out well.The winner has won again off a 9 pound higher mark, WILY FOX runs off only a one pound higher  handicap mark than last time. He was a bit slowly away that day so we will make sure that doesn't happen again but he does need holding up. He will be ridden by Jack Quinlan, who will be one of the more experienced in the race, and if he runs up to his last run he should be thereabouts again tomorrow.

London Skolar makes debut tomorrow
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
LONDON SKOLAR makes his racecourse debut at |Kempton tomorrow evening in a 10 furlong median auction maiden race. There are only 7 runners and 4 with previous form, the pick of these looks to be INCORPORATE. LONDON SKOLAR is drawn next to him in stall 2 which is a good draw. He is a full brother to IRON CONDOR and on breeding is very much a horse for the future. He has been working nicely at home and has shown enough speed and turn of foot to run well over this trip but will stay further in time. It is good to get him on the track and he should run a nice race.
LONDON SKOLAR is named after 1 of only 2 professional rugby league teams in London. Harold Nass, who bred and owns the horse, is the club president. They started their season well last Saturday with an empthatic victory beating the South Wales Scorpions by 54-12. Let's hope this is a good omen for the horse and he can run well tomorrow.
On Thursday TIGHT LIPPED heads back to Southwell where he was second last week over a mile. He is wearing a visor which he has worn once before when he was third at the same track in a competitive handicap last summer . As he is dropping back to 7 furlongs we thought it might just help him. He is due to go up 2 pounds in future races so in theory he is well in. He has come out of last weeks race really well so he should put up another good performance on Thursday .

Go Set Go chance at Newbury tomorrow
Friday, March 01, 2013
GO SET GO goes to Newbury tomorrow to contest the 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle. He has been waiting for better going and tomorrow's underfoot condtions, good/soft, should be ideal for him. He ran very well at Doncaster last time out, finishing fourth beaten less than 3 lengths.He was arguably a little unlucky that day as he took off too soon at the third last, possibly due to the low sun, and lost momentum at a critical stage of the race. He did very well to finish as close as he did. If he can run to that form and jump round clearly he must have a good each way chance. The track should suit him, it is similar to Doncaster with a long home straight. GO SET GO is in very good form at home and the horses are continuing to run well so hopefully he will be thereabouts tomorrow.

Baan to boost strike rate at Wolverhampton
Thursday, February 28, 2013
BAAN has a chance tomorrow to increase the impressive strike rate we currently have at Wolverhampton. He will be ridden by Graham Lee who  rode SCOTTISH STAR to win last week and has yet to finish out of the frame riding for the stable. He is running in a 2 mile handicap and there are only 6 runners. He has run well over this trip on this track before so the distance will suit him. The horse seems in good form at home so you can see him running very well again tomorrow.

Tight Lipped in with a shout at Southwell
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED runs at Southwell tomorrow in a 1 mile apprentice handicap and must have a good chance. There are 8 runners and he is well drawn in 2. He won recently on the polytrack at Wolverhampton but we think he will better on this surface as he is a soft ground horse. He ran well there before in a race that has worked out well but had the visor on that day and ran a bit too free, he will have no headgear on this time. He will be ridden by Gary Phillips who has recently come over from Ireland and has made a good impression so far. He has ridden 5 winners from 16 rides so has a very good strike rate, let's hope he can improve it further tomorrow.

Iron Butterfly chance at Catterick tomorrow
Monday, February 25, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY runs in a mare maiden hurdle race at Catterick tomorrow and she has a decent chance. There are 15 runners but it looks an open contest on paper. She ran well on her hurdling debut, finishing fourth at Sandown, and has gone the right way since then.The ground will suit her as she likes cut in the ground and at the moment the going is soft. The only slight concern is the course as it is a sharp track and she is a big long striding filly. If she handles the track you can see her running a big race tomorrow.

Star shines at Wolverhampton
Saturday, February 23, 2013
SCOTTISH STAR won at Wolverhampton last night and so maintained the yards excellent strike rate at the course. 3 of the last 5 runners there have won so it is becoming a lucky track. He won very nicely and was given a good ride by Graham Lee, he did not have a hard race and can hopefully go on to win more races during the forthcoming season. He clearly goes well on the polytrack but we think he can be equally effective on a firm ground on the turf now that he has matured.

Torran Sounds makes chasing debut
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
TORRAN SOUND is running in his first race over fences at Huntingdon tomorrow. It is a novice chase over 2 miles and looks a hot race but he has to run in a novice chase for his first run. There are only 7 runners so it not a big field. Ideally he would be running over further on better ground but as the ground is still soft we didn't want to run him over too far for his first run over fences. Paul Moloney rides him, he has schooled him at home and is happy with the way he jumps. Let's hope he jumps round well tomorrow.
On Friday evening SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 9 1/2 furlong handicap at Wolverhampton. He has won over a mile but this is probably the minimum trip for him these days, we hope he will stay 1 1/2 miles this year. There are 11 runners and he is drawn 7. Graham Lee gets the ride as Luke Morris is suspended but he should suit the horse well .He is the first  of the flat horses to run this year from those that have had a winter break. He is in good form and should run well.

Stevie and Wily head West tomorrow
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Stevie Sanders rides WILY FOX tomorrow in a 'Hands & Heels' Handicap Hurdle race at Taunton. It is a race confined to Conditional and Amatuer riders who have ridden less than 10 winners and Stevie claims 5 pounds in this race which could be valuable in these ground conditions. The going is heavy which will suit him and he should get the trip. The race is over 2 1/2 miles which is unknow territory for WILY FOX but he stayed 2 miles on the flat in heavy ground so he should stay further over hurdles, especially at Taunton as it is an easy track. Stevie obviously knows the horse well and has schooled him at home. There are 16 runners but he should run well at a big price.

Baan to go one better tomorrow
Monday, January 28, 2013
BAAN heads for Wolverhampton tomorrow and has a chance at the weights to reverse the form with STORMY MORNING. BAAN finished second to this horse on his last run but is 3 pounds better off at the weights this time and there was only 1 length between them. It is a smaller field than expected, only 8 runners, so being drawn 7 shouldn't be too much of a disadvantage, he was drawn wide last time. He is dropping back in trip to 1 mile 6 furlongs which may not be ideal but he has won over 1 1/2 miles on the polytrack before. The horse is on very good form and Stevie Sanders rides him again, he knows him well and it would be great for him to ride his first winner on this horse.

Baan battle with snow to get to Kempton tomorrow
Sunday, January 20, 2013
BAAN has a good chance tomorrow at Kempton if racing goes ahead and he can get there. With snow falling in Newmarket today, the lorry may not be able to get out onto the roads. It would be a great shame as it looks a good opportuntiy for him. It is a 2 mile handicap for horses rated 0-55 and there are 11 runners. He is drawn well in stall 1 and will be ridden by in form jockey Ryan Tate, who rode a double recently. He knows the horse well having ridden him several times before including finishing second on him at Yarmouth on the turf. The horse is also in good form having finished a close second last time out from a bad draw. Let's hope he can go one better tomorrow, weather permitting!

Tight Lipped is first winner of 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED provided the yard with their first winner of 2013 at Wolverhampton this evening.  On form he had a good chance but had to concede alot of weight to the 3 year olds in the race. He deserved to get his head in front as he has run some very goods races in defeat. He is a very tough genuine horse and will hopefully win more races. Jill and Mike Wormald are new to Blue Peter Racing and they were the only members of the syndicate who braved the journey to Wolverhampton. A great start to racehorse ownership for them.  The horses have all been running well and it is nice to get a winner so early in the year. 

Tight Lipped returns to the flat
Thursday, January 10, 2013
TIGHT LIPPED has had one run over hurdles but has been waiting for better ground to run again. He is so well at home and this looked an ideal race for him at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening. It is a 1 mile and 1/2 furlong median auction maiden race and there are only 5 runners. He does have to give a lot of weight to the 3 year olds in the race but his experience should be an advantage and he is well drawn in 2. The trip will suit him and he should like the surface. He likes cut in the ground on the turf and the surface is riding to suit those type of horses at the moment. He is in very good form so we will see what he can do tomorrow.

Go Set Go ready for Doncaster tomorrow
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
GO SET GO runs at Doncaster tomorow in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle race and there are 19 runners. Hopefully the ground will remain good/soft and the rain forecast does not arrive. He ran a nice race at Fakenham last time out on soft ground but would appreciate better ground.  It was his first run after a break and he showed that day that 2 1/2 miles is his trip. He is on a reasonable handicap mark so that should give him a chance of being competitive tomorrow. Robert Thornton gets the ride tomorrow, he has ridden a winner for the yard before but it was more years ago than either the trainer or the jockey would like to remember!

Hurdling debut for Iron Butterfly tomorrow
Friday, January 04, 2013
IRON BUTTERFLY has her first run over hurdles at Sandown tomorrow in a 2 mile juvenile hurdle race. There are only 7 runners and she is the only filly in the race. FOR TWO and SIR FREDLOT clearly set the standard as they are have already won over hurdles but she will like the ground and has been schooling nicely. If she can jump round and run a nice race we will be delighted with that. She is by Shirocco so she should stay. The conditions tomorrow will test the horses stamina as the ground is heavy there at the moment.

Baan to get New Year off to winning start
Monday, December 31, 2012
BAAN will be the first runner of the New Year on Wednesday at Wolverhampton. He runs in a 2 mile Amateur Rider's handicap and can hopefully give Stevie his first winner. He gave him a good ride last time at Lingfield. They finished third that day beaten just over 2 lengths and are 4 pounds better off with the winner of that race this time which should give him a very good chance of reversing the form. The trip and the track will suit him, the only negative is that he is drawn wide again, he is in stall 11 of the 13 runners. If he can get a bit lof luck early on and get into a good position he must have a decent each way chance. It would be great to get the New Year off to a winning start.

Wily Fox chance tomorrow
Friday, December 28, 2012
WILY FOX runs in a 2 mile novice handicap hurdle at Doncaster tomorrow. There are 11 runners and he will be ridden by Paul Moloney. His last run was at Fakenham and he was not suited by the track that day, he should find the course tomorrow more to his liking. He needs to be settled but not too far off the pace which will be easier to do at Doncaster. WILY FOX is in good form at home and will like the ground so should run well tomorrow.

Hurdling debut for Tight Lipped tomorrow
Monday, December 17, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED faces 11 opponents in a 2 mile novice hurdle at Folkestone tomorrow. He will be an interesting runner as the trip is unknown territory for him. His last run on the flat was over a mile on soft ground and the jocket that day, Neil Callan, thought he was crying out for further so we are very hopeful he will stay 2 miles over hurdles. He should like the ground tomorrow as his best flat form has been on soft or heavy ground. He has been schooling well at home and we are keen to run him whilst the ground is still in his favour.

Wily Fox to follow up at Fakenham tomorrow
Sunday, December 09, 2012
WILY FOX and GO SET GO run in the first 2 races at local track Fakenham tomorrow. GO SET GO runs in the first race, a 2 1/2 mile 'National Hunt' maiden and there are 10 runners. He had some good form in bumper races but rather lost his way over hurdles, this was mainly due to running on extremes of going. He has had a good summer break so hopefully he can now get back on track. The yard is in good form and he should run a nice race.
WILY FOX faces 12 rivals in a 2 mile handicap hurdle. He has been put up 5 pounds for his recent win at Folkestone, it is hard to say if this is a fair rise in the weights. He will be ridden by Paddy Brennan again which is an advantage as he now knows the horse after riding him to victory last time. The only slight worry is that he needs to be held up and as Fakenham is a tight track you do need a bit of luck if you are coming from behind. They usually go a good gallop around there which should help. The horse is in good form after his recent win so hopefully he can follow up tomorrow.

Stevie on board Baan tomorrow
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Stevie Sanders rides BAAN tomorrow in a 2 mile Amateur Rider's Handicap at Lingfield. He obviously knows the horse well and he should have a chance if he can overcome his wide draw, 14 of 14. It shouldn't be a disadvantage over thir trip though.  BAAN has won at Lingfield over 12 furlongs but he will be well suited by the extra distance.Hhopefully he can run a decent race and keep up the yards recent good form.

Winning start for Gift of Music
Monday, December 03, 2012

GIFT OF MUSIC made a winning debut at Wolverhampton on Friday. She showed a very good attitude and looks sure to go on to better things next year. She has always looked a nice filly but had immature joints so was not ready in time to run on the turf. She is homebred by her owner Jeff Smith who has been a great supporter of the yard so it was great to provide him with another winner. The filly will now return to the stud for a winter break. It was also Luke Morris's 150th winner of the year which is a tremendous achievement. He sets a very good example to the younger jockeys as he works extremely hard and thoroughly deserves all the success he gets.


Torran Sound heads for Uttoxeter
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Uttoxeter has survived the weather tomorrow and TORRAN SOUND runs there in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle, it is an 11 runner field. He ran well last time out at Fontwell to finish 3rd beaten less than 3 lengths so he is in good form. He was ridden by Jack Quinlan that day and he takes the ride again tomorrow. He has run well at the course before over the same trip so he has alot in his favour. He is very well in himself so we are hoping for a good show from him tomorrow.
On Friday GIFT OF MUSIC makes her racecourse debut in a 6 furlong median auction race at Wolverhampton. It doesn't look the strongest of maidens on paper, she is drawn 2 of the 7 runners. She is a well bred filly being a grandaughter of Lochsong. She has done nothing wrong at home but has been immature all year. She has been pleasing us lately and looks capable of winning a race on the all weather. We expect her to need the experience but it will be interesting to see how she goes on Friday.
 

Popular win for Wily at Folkestone
Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WILY FOX was a very popular winner at Folkestone yesterday for the trainer and his owners, Blue Peter Racing 10. James used to live near the track and like many of the locals, will feel very sad if racing is lost to this area if the course closes. WILY FOX recently had an outing to Doncaster sales to dissolve the partnership. He was bought back by some of the existing partners and they got an instant reward for their loyalty as this was his first run since then. He is a very genuine horse and the hood he now wears in his races, and at home, seems to have really helped him.  He is more relaxed these days. He also loves soft ground which he is getting plenty of at the moment. If anyone is interested there is still 1 share available in WILY FOX. Please contact us for further details. 


Wily Fox returns to hurdles tomorrow
Monday, November 19, 2012
WILY FOX runs back over hurdles tomorrow at Folkestone after a couple of outings on the flat this autumn. He was second on the flat at Newbury last time out so is fit and in form. He was also entered at local track Fakenham but the ground looks like being softer at Folkestone and the extra 2 furlongs should suit him. He seems to be more settled these days in his hood so should stay the extra trip. If they get some more rain there tomorrow it should increase his chances.

First jump runner of the winter
Thursday, November 08, 2012
TORRAN SOUND gets the winter jumping season going when he runs at Fontwell tomorrow in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle. The ground is drying ourt which will suit him, if it becomes good to soft it will be ideal for him. It is his first run back after a break but he runs well fresh. The race has cut up and there are only 7 runners which must give him an each way chance. It is the first ride for the yard for Jack Quinlan, who is a very promising young jockey and he still claims 3 pounds which could prove useful.

Precint first start at Newmarket tomorrow
Friday, November 02, 2012
PRECINT has her first start at Newmarket tomorrow, she runs in a 7 furlong 2 year old fillies maiden race and there are 11 runners. Graham Lee has been booked to ride her who is obviously going great guns this season and he is sure to give her a good ride. She is a nice filly who has done nothing wrong at home.She has been showing a bit of a turn of foot in her work so she should run a repsectable race tomorrow. She should enjoy soft ground but we just hope it isn't too testing for her racecourse debut.

Himlayan Peak makes debut
Monday, October 29, 2012
HIMALAYAN PEAK, who is a half brother to ORCADIAN and RAPSCALLION, makes his racecourse debut at Yarmouth tomorrow. The ground is heavy there and normally we would be wary of running a 2 year old first time out on this ground but he apears to enjoy cut in the ground at home so it seemed worth taking a chance. It is a mile maiden race and there are only 6 runners. He is very much a horse for next year so we hope he runs an encouraging race tomorrow. Ryan Tate takes the ride, his father rode several groups winners for the family so hopefully he will give him some useful advice!
BAAN also runs at Yarmouth in a mile and 6 furlong 46-55 handicap for 4 year olds and upwards. This is a drop in grade for him and there are no 3 year olds to give lots of weight too so hopefully he can run well. The ground is a bit of an unknown, he acts well on soft ground but is not proven on heavy. Ryan also gets the ride on him and takes a useful 7 pounds off his back.

Two runners for Blue Peter Racing on Friday
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
It's a big day out for Blue Peter Racing at Newbury on Friday as they have 2 runners and they will both love the ground. TIGHT LIPPED tried 6 furlongs last time at Windsor and clearly showed that he is not a sprinter. On Friday he returns to a mile and he has his best form over this trip. His best run this season was at Ascot over a mile on soft ground. If he can reproduce that form he will be in with a good chance. He seems particularly well at home so he should run well. We were delighted with WILY FOX'S recent run at Bath. It was his first run after a break and has really come on for the run. He is running in a 2 mile apprentice race which should suit him well. Ryan Tate takes the ride and he has given several of the horses from the yard good rides recently so he should give WILY FOX every aassistance from the saddle. His father, Jason, rode several winners in these colours so let's hope Ryan can do the same. 

Trio of runners tomorrow
Monday, October 22, 2012
DENTON DANCER kicks off proceedings tomorrow, he runs in the first race at Lingfield on the polytrack. It is an apprentice race over 12 furlongs, this does look the right trip for him. Ryan Tate rides him who seems to get on well with the horse. Let's hope he can run a decent race tomorrow, he is entered in the Horses In Training sales at Newmarket at the end of the month.
There are 2 runners at Yarmouth where the ground is officially heavy. BALCARY BAY runs in a handicap for the first time and he steps up in trip to 12 furlongs which should suit him. He will definitely like the ground so is an interesting runner tomorrow.PENNYWEIGHT  runs in the mile nursery and the ground is a concern for her as she does handle fast ground so well. We wanted to run her in a handicap before the Horses In Training Sale and there are very few opportunities left. She is a very genuine filly and over a trip on fast ground she could be a cheap filly for someone to have some fun with next year.

Samba Night to relish conditions
Sunday, October 21, 2012
SAMBA NIGHT runs in a 6 furlong claiming race at Windsor tomorrow and should really appreciate the soft ground. He clearly doesn't like fast ground and got sick of runing on it during the season. He has been enjoying the soft ground on the gallops at home so hopefully he can bounce back to form tomorrow. He is running in a claiming race as he is due to be sold in the Horses In Training Sales at the end of the month.

Suzi returns to Salisbury tomorrow
Sunday, October 14, 2012
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs in a 1 mile 6 furlong handicap at Salisbury tomorrow where she is a course and distance winner. She has obviously gone up in the weights considerably since her last win there but is an improving filly. The ground is a slight unknown as it will be very testing, she has form on soft ground but it is currently heavy. It is likely to be more testing conditions than she has experienced before. She does seem in good form at home and looks well for a filly at this time of year so hopefully she can give a good account of herself tomorrow.

Wily Fox returns at Bath tomorrow
Thursday, October 11, 2012
WILY FOX heads for Bath tomorrow to run in a 1 mile 3 1/2 furlong handicap. There are 14 runners and William Carson has been booked to ride him. He has had a summer break so this will be his first run for over 3 months. He seems in good form at home and will like the soft ground. He may just need the run but should run a decent race.

Denton Dancer at Kempton tomorrow
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
DENTON DANCER heads for Kempton tomorrow evening to run in a 1 mile 3 furlong claiming race. He ran well on fast ground at Brighton last time out and with soft ground everywhere now on the turf we thought it was worth a try on the polytrack to see how he takes to it. He is entered in the sales at the end of the month so if he shows he can handle the polytrack he could make someone a fun horse for the all weather. There are 10 runners tomorrow and Ryan Tate takes the ride on him again.

Ground should suit Iron Butterfly
Monday, October 08, 2012
IRON BUTTERFLY runs in a 12 furlong apprentice handicap at Brighton tomorrow and there are 14 runners. She seems to enjoy soft ground so the going there should suit her well. She was disappointing last time out at Kempton on the polytrack, we think she is alot better than that and hope it was simply that she didn't like the surface. On pedigree the trip should suit her but she has yet to prove that on the track. Ryan Tate rides her and claims a useful 5 pounds in this race. He gave Denton Dancer a very good ride at Brighton so let's hope he can do the same on IRON BUTTERFLY tomorrow.

Tight Lipped in with a shout
Sunday, October 07, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED runs in a 6 furlong maiden race at Windsor tomorrow. He has been very consistent all season and will love the ground so hopefully he has every chance. He is dropping back in trip to 6 furlongs but on testing ground this should not be a problem. He has always shown plenty of pace in his races and his experience tomorrow will hopefully help him in a race of this type. He has run some good races this season and deserves to get his head in front.

Stevie on board Baan
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Stevie Sanders rides BAAN on the flat tomorrow in 1 mile 7 furlong amateur riders handicap at Warwick. He has ridden him over hurdles before and knows him well. There are 14 runners but if he gets a bit of luck in running he must have a chance.

Viking Rose heads North tomorrow
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
 VIKING ROSE  travels to Newcastle tomorrow to run in a 7 furlong fillies only handicap. She won over this course and distance at this time of  year last season so let's hope she can bounce back to form again tomorrow. We have experimented a bit on her last 2 runs and it hasn't worked so we have reverted to a proven track and distance and dropped her back in class. The ground will be soft but she has form on all types of ground. Luke Morris believes she prefers softer ground these days, she has possibly got fed up with with running on fast ground.  There are only 10 runners which will suit her so hopefully she will bounce back to form tomorrow.
BALCARY BAY runs in a mile maiden at Nottingham tomorrow. He ran well first time out at Yarmouth over the same distance on soft ground but was a little disappointing next time out over 10 furlongs on the polytrack at Kempton. He didn't appear to handle the Left handed track. He is back on a right handed track tomorrow and back to a mile on good to soft ground which should all suit him.  It is a big field  and he is not ideally drawn in 17 of the 17 runners. Let's hope he can show the Kempton form to be wrong and finish closer this time. 

Suzi steps up in class tomorrow
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
SUZI'S  A CLASS ACT runs in a 2 mile Listed race at Newmarket tomorrow in a bid to try and get some black type. We were hoping the race would not have too many runners but there are 13 declared to run and it looks a pretty strong Listed race.  As she is ultimately going to be a broodmare it will make alot of difference to her paddock value if she can get some black type by winning or being placed in this grade of race. There will be another opportunity for her this season at Lingfield on November 1st in a fillies only Litsed race over 1 mile 5 furlongs. In between these 2 races there is an ideal handicap for her at Salisbury if she doesn't ruin her handicap mark tomorrow. She may race again next year as she is a progressive filly and she could improve further. She is in very good form at home and she is as well now as she has been all year. She looks stronger and has kept her coat well for a filly at this time of the year. It will be interesting to see how she runs tomorrow in this step up in class.

Ground will suit Baan tomorrow
Monday, September 24, 2012
There has been a bi g change in the weather and the going at Folkestone tomorrow is given as good to soft at the moment which will suit BAAN. He is running in a mile and 7 furlong handicap, there are 14 runners and Luke Morris takes the ride. He didn't run badly at Kempton last time out over 2 miles but was too far back early on. He has run well in his 3 races but just needs to get there a bit sooner. Hopefully Luke can get him in a better position early on tomorrow and if he can he must be in with a chance.

Scottish Star gets in at Newbury
Thursday, September 20, 2012
SCOTTISH STAR runs in a 12 furlong handicap at Newbury tomorrow and there are only 9 runners. He wasn't expected to get in the race as there was a large entry so it was pleasant surprise that he made the cut. He should like the track as he is big long striding horse and the step up in trip should suit him too. It has always been the plan to run him over further but up to now he has still been a bit green in his races. He ran yet another good race at York last time out and that day he looked ready to try a step up in trip. James Doyle gets the ride and his style of riding should be ideal for him. He is an interesting horse for the futire and should run well again tomorrow.
DENTON DANCER makes a quick reappearance at Lingfield tomorrow in a 10 furlong handicap. He ran a good race on Monday, admittedly in a weak contest, but he settled well early on and stayed on in the closing stages. He needs fast ground so he is running again quickly before the ground goes against him. He seems to have come out of his last race well so let's hope he can run another good race. We have always thought he had ability so hopefully he is at last beginning to show it. He ran in selling company last time and this race is a normal handicap but it does not look a strong contest. Andrea Atzeni gets the ride on him tomorrow.

Newmarket Open Day Sunday 23 September
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
PARK LODGE STABLES is open to the public on Sunday morning between 9.30 and 12.30 and we are much looking forward to welcoming all.  The yard is centrally located just off Newmarket High Street, adjacent to The Jockey Club Rooms and behind the National Horseracing Museum.  Apart from meeting our equine inmates and the Park Lodge Team, if you visit Park Lodge, you will have the opportunity to meet an Olympic torchbearer!  Our Head Lad's wife, Cheryl, carried the Olympic torch through Newmarket High Street in early July in the build up to the London Olympics and Cheryl will be here all morning with her Olympic torch - an excellent photo opportunity! 
 
For much more information, the official website for the Open Day is: www.newmarketopenday.co.uk
 
 
 

Viking Rose tries longer trip
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
VIKING ROSE is running over 12 furlongs for the first time at Yarmouth tomorrow. It is an experiment as she has never been tested over this distance before but it has always been the plan to try her over further before she retires to stud. On pedigree she should stay so it is definitely worth a try. She still seems in good form at home and has kept her summer coat so if she gets the trip you can see her running very well tomorrow.

Fulney to follow up at Sandown tomorrow
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
FULNEY returns to Sandown tomorrow hoping to follow up her recent win there over the same trip again. She won a maiden race there last time but tomorrow she runs in a handicap which will be tougher especially as the handicapper has rather unkindly put her up 2 pounds for her win. She is in very good form and is hopefully still improving. A mile at sandown seems to be the ideal conditions for her so she should run well again tomorrow.
PENNYWEIGHT also runs at Sandown tomorrow in a mile 2 year old maiden race. She has run in 2 very hot maiden races to date and completely missed the break in her first run. She ran better at Goodwood last time out but it was a very good race. She has come out of both races well. We like her at home, she is a nice tough filly and we think there are races in her. We will see what she can do tomorrow but we think she will be a nice filly for the future
IRON BUTTERFLY makes her handicap debut at Kempton tomorrow evening over 12 furlongs. She is by Shirocco and a half sister to AT THE MONEY and IRON CONDOR so on pedigree the step up in trip should suit her well. She has run on the polytrack before and has worked on it at home so she should be OK  with the surface. It would be interesting to see her on soft ground but there is none around at the moment so this race was the suitable option until we get some rain. She will be an interesting runner and will hopefully run a nice race.
 

Suzi returns to Yarmouth
Monday, September 17, 2012
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs in a 1 mile 6 furlong handicap at Yarmouth tomorrow where she is a course and distance winner. Her winning sequence came to and end at Chester last time out where she ran well to finish third but rather ruined her chance at the start.  She missed the break so was always behind, tomorrow the plan will be to have her in a more prominet position early on. We are hoping they will water the track well for the first day of this 3 day meeting so the ground will be good. There is a question mark whether she will like it if it is too firm. She is in very good form at home and looks particularly well in her coat for a filly at this time of year. There is every indication that she is still on song so she will hopefully run another good race tomorrow.

Drop in grade for Denton Dancer tomorrow
Sunday, September 16, 2012
DENTON DANCER runs in an apprentice selling handicap at Brighton tomorrow, this is a drop down in grade for him. He ran over the same trip at Brighton last time out and handles the track, he ran well for a long way but saw too much daylight early on so didn't quite home. Hopefully Ryan Tate will be able to hold him up and get him covered up in the early stages which should help him to get home and he could finish alot closer this time. It is a race for inexperienced apprentices and Ryan will claim 5 pounds, if he gets on with the horse he could run well. The going is good/firm but he likes fast ground so this will suit him.

Late night out for Baan tomorrow
Friday, September 14, 2012
BAAN is running in the 8.50pm race at Kempton tomorrow evening. He has run 2 nice races over inadequate trips at Epsom recently so hopefully the step up in distance to 2 miles will suit him well. The track and surface should be fine for him so one can see him runing a big race. Ryan Tate takes the ride again, he knows the horse well and it would be nice to see him ride a winner for the yard.

Second Epsom Derby for Iron Condor
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
IRON CONDOR runs in his second Derby at Epsom tomorrow. Last time out he finished fourth in the Amateur Derby, this time he is hoping to go closer in the Jump Jockeys Derby. He showed he handles the track as he ran a good race there last time and was possibly a little unlucky not to finish third. Paddy Brennan rides him who should suit the horse very well. He has ridden the same colours to victory before as he rode Karky Schultz to win for the same owner, Harold Nass. If he runs well again tomorrow he could go for a third Epsom Derby bid in the Apprentice Derby at the end of the month.

Scottish Star to shine at York
Saturday, September 08, 2012
SCOTTISH STAR heads for York tomorrow to run in a 10 furlong handicap. There are 20 runners and he is drawn 19 which is not ideal but the horse seems in great form at home. He will like the ground and and he ran a very good race last time out at Sandown when he was just headed on the line, he is all set to run well again. The track should suit him and he has won on a left handed track before so hopefully he will be thereabouts tomorrow.

Fulney flies home
Sunday, September 02, 2012
FULNEY lost her maiden tag in convincing style at Sandown on Friday. It was a thoroughly deserved win as she has been in the frame in all her previous starts, she is a very genuine filly. It was particularly pleasing for her owner, Major Wyatt, as he also bred her. Hopefully she can progress from here and win again. There is an ideal race for her back at Sandown on 19th September, a mile handicap for fillies only, so that could be her next target.
The next runner is PENNYWEIGHT at Goodwood on Tuesday. She is stepping up to a mile which will definitely suit her. She ran over 7 furlongs at Newmarket first time out, they went very quickly early on and she never got into the race. She is definitely better than her finishing position that day. We wanted to run her fairly soon after that race and over a mile so she would get the beneift from the run so Goodwood on Tuesday was the only option. Hopefully she will put in an improved performance this time, it will almost be like her first run. She is a nice tough genuine filly for the future who shows a good attitude at home.

Suzi seeking hat-trick on Saturday
Thursday, August 30, 2012
SUZI'Z A CLASS ACT is looking to complete a hat-trick of wins at Chester on Saturday. She is running in a 2 mile handicap, she has form over this distance so the step up in trip should not inconvenience her. We think that Chester is an interesting course for her, she is ideally drawn in 3 of the 11 runners. Adam Bescizza, who has ridden her in both her previous wins, is hoping to continue his successful partnership with the filly. She is in great form since her latest win at Salisbury so lets so if she can win again.
FULNEY heads for Sandown tomorrow, she runs in the fillies maiden over a mile. She had a choice of engagements and this looked the easier option for her. Of the fillies that have run before she has the best form. Hopefully her honesty and experience will give her the edge over rivals tomorrow. She is in good form at home and will run a decent race.  

Rain needed for Iron Butterfly tomorrow
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
IRON BUTTERFLY has been declared to run in the 12 furlong handicap at Lingfield tomorrow but only runs if they get the rain that is forecast. The ground needs to be softer than good for her to take her chance. She is a filly we have always liked and just seems to be coming to herself at home. It is her first run in a handicap and she is stepping up in trip. She has always shown plenty of speed at home but is bred to stay but we will find out more tomorrow if she runs.
SAMBA NIGHT also runs at Lingfield tomorrow. The step up in trip last time out didn't work so he is returning to 6 furlongs with a visor on. In theory 6 furlongs at Lingfield on good ground should suit him. DENTON DANCER was declared to run tomorrow but is now a non runner.

Tight Lipped to have his say at Southwell
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED runs at Southwell this evening and he looks the type of horse to be suited by the way races are run there and by the surface. He likes soft ground and the fibresand  suits horses who like those conditions. He has been declared to run in a visor to help the jockey and to help to shield him from the kickback. He will need to be in the front rack early on to keep out of the kickback  so the visor should help the jockey to get a good position. It is an apprentice race and he will be ridden by Darren Egan who is one of the best apprentices riding at the moment. The horse is in very good form at home, if he takes to the track he has got a good chance.
BAAN heads to Epsom this afternoon to run in a 12 furlong handicap. He ran well there last time out over an inadequate trip so the step up in distance will suit him and if they have any rain it will help his chances too. He finished strongly last time and is a previous winner at the track. He has got an each way chance at a decent price. Ryan Tate takes the ride on him again.

 


Iron Condor in Epsom Derby Bid.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Iron Condor bids to win the "Amateurs Derby" this afternoon at Epsom. The form of his latest run at Brighton is looking good with the second, Fleeting Image, winning at Newmarket on Saturday. Iron Condor handled the track at Brighton well so we are hopeful that he can negotiate the contours of Epsom equally well. The current good ground is ideal but we would prefer the forecast rain to stay away until after racing.

A Boy Named Suzi
Friday, August 24, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI sadly failed to make the cut for The Ebor at York tomorrow by one!  Very frustrating.  However Newmarket have put on an ideal "consolation race" for him.  It is a 1 mile 5 furlongs handicap with prizemoney of £40,000.  His will not be an easy task as he is now running off a rating of 98 and carries topweight of 10 stone.  Let us hope that his fine series of runs in top handicaps this year continues. 
 
PENNYWEIGHT was our first 2 year old runner of the year at Newmarket today.  Unfortunately she missed the break badly and had no chance of recovering after that.  On a positive note, she behaved very well throughout and is certainly better than she showed today.  ALL ON BLACK also made his racecourse debut today at Newmarket.  He is a 3 year old gelding owned and bred by Greenstead Hall Racing Ltd. who own A BOY NAMED SUZI and SUZI'S A CLASS ACT.  They look to have bred another interesting prospect.  Despite being very green and preferring better ground than the fast ground he encountered today, ALL ON BLACK ran a very creditable first race and we were delighted with him.

Windsor to suit Viking Rose tomorrow
Sunday, August 19, 2012
VIKING ROSE runs at Windsor tomorrow evening and the track there should suit her style of running. She runs in a fillies handicap over a mile and there are only 9 runners. Frustratingly her saddle slipped last time. She has a lighter weight tomorrow and Adam Beschizza rides her claiming 3 pounds. With a smaller weight cloth there is a less chance of her tack slipping again. Let's hope she has more luck than last time as she seems in good form at home. BALCARY BAY also runs tomorrow evening but he goes to Kempton for a 10 furlong median auction maiden. He ran very well at Yarmouth first time out over a mile. That race was on soft ground which suited him well but there is no reason why he can't run equally well on the polytrack, he works well on it at home. He is a brave horse so can hopefully run another nice race tomorrow.

Suzi sleuces in at Salisbury
Friday, August 17, 2012
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT followed up her Yarmouth win by leading all the way at Salisbury yesterday. She was given a very good ride by Adam Beschizza who rode a very assured race from the front and is excellent value for his 3 pound claim. She has always threatened to be a good filly and seems to be improving all the time. When a filly starts improving who knows where she will end up. She likes a truely run race and now that we know she is happy to make her own running it has made a big difference. She won't run again quickly as there are no suitable races for her so we will wait and see what rating the handicapper now gives her before deciding on her next race.

Suzi to defy penalty tomorrow
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs at Salisbury tomorrow after her fine victory at Yarmouth last week. The handicapper has put her up 9 pounds for that win but she runs off her old mark tomorrow with a 6 pound penalty so is 3 pounds better off than she will be in future races. She will be carrying top weight but she is a big filly so should be able to carry the weight. Adam Beschizza, who rode her to victory last week, gets the ride again and claims 3 pounds. The race is over the same distance as last week, 1 mile 6 furlongs, and hopefully the ground will be good as her best form is on good ground. It is currently good to firm but they were expecting some rain. The slight concern is if they don't go a reasonable gallop early on in the race but she took it up early in the straight at Yarmouth last week and wasn't stopping at the end so she should be happy to take up the running early on if there is no pace in the race. There are 12 runners tomorrow and it looks a stronger contest but she seems in good form so we are hoping for the best. It would be great if she could win again but whatever she achieves now is a bonus as she will be retained as a broodmare now that she is a winner.

Suzi storms to victory
Thursday, August 09, 2012
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT was the star of the show yesterday winning in facile fashion at Yarmouth, she probably won too far! It was a well deserved victory and particularly pleasing for her owners Greenstead Hall Racing. They kept her in training as a 4 year old to try and get a win from her as they want to breed from her once her racing days are over, their patience has been rewarded. Hopefully she can go on and win again. As long as she is fine after the race she could run at Salisbury next Thursday with a penalty. DENTON DANCER heads for Brighton tomorrow to run in a 10 furlong handicap. He is dropping back in trip slightly from his last run but that should suit him as he was a bit keen early on last time out so hopefully he will settle better over this trip and can stay on at the end. It should be fast ground there by tomorrow which is what he likes and hopefully he will handle the track. He ran his best race to date last time out and the form of that race has worked out well. He is now going the right way and could run well tomorrow.

Iron Condor bids for Brighton Cup
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
IRON CONDOR heads for Brighton tomorrow to run in the valuable Brighton Challenge Cup over 12 furlongs. He is dropping back in trip but this should not be against him as he is a winner over this distance. The unknown is whether he will act on the traqck, if he can handle the undulations he should stay on up the hill at the finish. Hopefully he can bounce back to form after 2 quick runs on the polytrack. His last run came too soon after his previous race and we tried to make the running on him which didn't work. The 3 year olds, MAASTRICHT and VARNISH, look the ones to beat but he must have a chance on his best form. If the ground is good or slightly quicker it will be ideal for him. SAMBA NIGHT and FULNEY are both in action at Yarmouth. SAMBA NIGHT was disappointing over 5 furlongs last time so hopefully a return to 6 furlongs and wearing a visor will revive him. The ground should be good tomorrow which should suit him. FULNEY faces 6 rivals in the mile fillies handicap. The straight mile should suit her and she has been dropped to a mark of 75 which gives her a chance. She is a similar type of filly to VIKING ROSE, tough and genuine so should give a good account of herself tomorrow. There is a doubt obout her running if the ground remains soft but they are not expecting any more rain so the ground should be dry enough for her to run. SCOTTISH STAR completes the quartet of runners tomorrow. He heads for Sandown evening meeting. He has run well at Sandown before so the track will suit him, he was unlucky there and in his next 2 runs so is due a change of fortune. He is dropping back to 10 furlongs but he has won over this trip and this time we plan to make more use of him. The ground should be on the fast side of good which will suit him. He is capable of winning off his current handicap mark so let's hope he can get back in the winners enclosure tomorrow.

4 runners at 3 meetings tomorrow
Tuesday, August 07, 2012

VIKING ROSE kicks off proceedings tomorrow at Brighton in the afternoon. She runs in a 7 furlong fillies handicap and is set to carry top weight of 9st12lbs. To reduce the burden she will be ridden by apprentice Danny Brock who has nearly ridden out his 7 pound claim so is an experienced rider at this grade. She has won at Brighton before and has won over 7 furongs but there is a slight concern that this trip may be too sharp for her on this track. They will water and if they then get rain aswell it will help her chance. She is consistent and genuine so deserves to win another race, let's hope she can tomorrow. 

BALCARY BAY and TIGHT LIPPED both run at Kempton in the evening. The surface there has been renovated and is riding as slow ground which should suit both of them. BALCARY BAY, who ran very well on his debut at Yarmouth on soft ground, runs in the mile maiden and is well drawn in 2. We were delighted with his first run and hope he can translate his turf form  to the polytrack. TIGHT LIPPED runs in the mile handicap and is also well drawn in 1. He will be ridden by Richard Hughes who was on board when he was second at Ascot. It will be interesting to see if he can transfer his turf form to the polytrack, if so he should run well.
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT heads for local track Yarmouth in the evening. They had 22mm of rain last night and anymore would help her chance. She is dropping back in trip to 14 furlongs purely because there are no suitable 2 mile races. There are only 6 runners but one of those is SEVEN VEILS who she finished behind in her last run at the same weight. She will be ridden  by 3 pound claimer Adam Beschizza to give her a better chance at the weights as the handicapper won't adjust it himself! She is a very genuine filly and she is definitely capable of winning a race.

The Boy bidding for Goodwood glory
Friday, August 03, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI runs in the 1 mile 6 furlong handicap at Goodwood tomorrow. He is stepping back up in trip but we have no doubts about him staying. His main target is the Ebor at York on August 25th over the same distance as long as he makes the cut. If he could win at Goodwood tomorrow he would get a 4 pound penalty which would give him a far better chance of getting in the race. It is hard to predict how much rain they will get there and if it will affect the ground significantly. Last year he didn't look as if he did stay 1 mile 6 furlongs on soft ground but it would take an awful lot of rain to make it that soft and the horse is a year older and alot stronger now. He proved at York last time that he handles cut in the ground so some rain wouldn't affect his chance. The horse stil seems to be in great form at home and thoroughly deserves to win a race. Goodwood tomorrow is hopefully a stepping stone to York later in the month.

Ryan on board Baan
Wednesday, August 01, 2012
BAAN runs in the 10 furlong apprentice handicap at Epsom tomorrow evening and will be ridden by Ryan Tate. Ryan is the son of Jason Tate who was stable jockey at Park Lodge and rode plenty of winners for us including REFUSE TO LOSE at Royal Ascot. Ryan is now apprentice to Clive Cox and has ridden a few winers lately so it is nice to be able to give him a ride. The trip will be a bit on the short side for BAAN but if they do go too fast, which is possible in this type of race at Epsom, then it could play into his hands.

Rain will help Samba Night tomorrow
Sunday, July 29, 2012
SAMBA NIGHT runs in the 5 furlong handicap at Yarmouth tomorrow and we are hoping they get the rain that is forecast. The ground is currently good/firm and he does have form on all types of going but he will be suited, especially over this trip, with some cut in the ground. So far 5 furlongs has looked too sharp for him but tomorrow's race is not the strongest race in the world. He has enough speed for 5 furlongs but has not had the rub of the green yet in previous runs over this distance. The more rain they do get the better his chance will be, he has been running consistently but has not managed to get his head in front. Let's hope he can change that tomorrow.

Suzi to perform well at Lingfield tomorrow
Friday, July 27, 2012
SUZI'Z A CLASS ACT runs on the polytrack over 2 miles at Lingfield tomorrow evening. She ran well last time out at Yarmouth on soft ground over 1 mile 6 furlongs and will appreciate the step back up to 2 miles. She has form over 2 miles as a 3 year old on the same surface so she definitely gets the trip. She will be taking on recent winner, SEVEN VEILS, but this horse will be stepping up in trip for the first time. She is in good form at home and has been running well all year, she thoroughly deserves to get her head in front.

Scottish Star Steps up in trip
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
SCOTTISH STAR runs over 12 furlongs for the first time at Doncaster tomorrow and he should appreciate the step up in trip. He is a big long striding horse who likes top of the grond so the ground and the track should suit him well. He has been a little unlucky in his last 2 runs but we are very hopeful of a good run from him tomorrow. IRON BUTTERFLY heads for Sandown tomorrow where she runs in a mile maiden race. She ran very well over 10 furlongs at Windsor last time out and showed alot of speed that day. Hopefully over a mile they will go a good pace which will help her to settle early on, it is a stiff track so she should stay on up the hill. She has been off the track for nearly 2 months since her last run as she got struck into quite badly that day and it has taken a while to heal. She is not well drawn tomorrow but can hopefully give a good account of herself.

Rose returns to Yarmouth
Monday, July 23, 2012
VIKING ROSE returns to the course and distance she likes tomorrow, a straight mile at Yarmouth. She is also drawn 1 which suite her as she is on the outside of the runners, she doesn't like to be crowded. She will have to carry top weight but she has run well with big weights before and she is running back in her grade, her last 2 runsd have been up in class. She goes on any ground so the going won't worry her but it should be genuinely good fast ground tomorrow. There are a couple of 3 year olds in the race who could be improving types but VIKING ROSE is very tough and genuine and should be thereabouts tomorrow. Cathy Gannon is in the saddle and she rode her last year at Pontefract when she was a good second so she knows the filly well. DENTON DANCER also runs at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 12 furlong handicap. Although wearing blinkers in his last 2 runs clearly worked we don't feel he really is a sprinter. At the beginning of the season it was thought he was a middle distance horse and he is by Halling, an influence for stamina, so we have reverted to that idea. He has been waiting for the better ground which he should get tomorrow. It was reported that he bled from the nose in his last run. This was due to a knock he got when he reared in the stalls which gave him the nosebleed. He was not bleeding from his lungs.

Another bold effort from the Boy
Saturday, July 14, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI ran another great race yesterday at York, finishing second beaten a neck. He just doesn't know how to run a bad race and just keeps bumping into one too goood for him on the day. He was ridden by Graham Lee for the first time and he gave him a very confident ride, he came with a well timed run but just got headed near the line. If any horse in training deserves to win another race it is surely him. At least yesterday proved he seems to act on any going so that is useful to know for the future.

Testing conditions for A Boy Named Suzi
Friday, July 13, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI runs in the 12 furlong handicap at York today but will find the ground alot more testing than he has raced on already this season. He did run well on easy ground at Haydock last year over 1 mile 6 furlongs, it was felt that day that he didn't get the trip rather than not liking the ground. More of a concern today is the draw as he is drawn 15 of the 16 runners. When the ground is good or faster this would definitely be a disadvantage but on soft ground the runners may come up the stands side or the middle, if they do then he could be well placed. The horse seems in good form at home since his last race and rarely runs a bad race. It will be interesting for the future to see how he does handle soft going. There is a chance he is equally as good or even better than on a faster ground.

Busy Day!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
BALCARY BAY makes his debut in the 1 mile 3 year old only maiden at Yarmouth.  His debut has been long-awaited by his very patient owners.  Whilst it would be unreasonable to expect him to win first time, he has always worked like a nice horse at home and we hope he can run an encouraging race.
 
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT is back up in trip to 1 mile 6 furlongs at Yarmouth having run over 1 mile 4 furlongs last time at Windsor which proved to be on the sharp side for her.  She has very consistent form over 1 mile 6 furlongs and further but has yet to prove conclusively that she handles some cut in the ground.  The ground at Yarmouth is currently good to soft.  If they get no rain, it might dry up to good ground by racing tomorrow which would suit both runners.
 
IRON CONDOR runs in the 0-75, 2 mile handicap at Kempton in the evening.  He is back in a more suitable class having run in a Class 3 handicap last time.  He is a winner on the polytrack round Kempton.  Richard Hughes rides who used to get on particularly well with IRON CONDOR's brother AT THE MONEY.  We think Richard will suit IRON CONDOR well. 

Just the One Runner this Weekend!
Friday, July 06, 2012

Contrary to reports in both the Racing Post and the Newmarket Journal, Racing does have a connection to an Olympic Torchbearer!  The Olympic torch comes through Newmarket on Saturday afternoon.  Our very own Justin Wigg's wife, Cheryl is carrying the torch through Newmarket High Street.  Cheryl was nominated for her work for charity and this honour is thoroughly deserved.  Cheryl should "get the trip" from Greggs Bakery (she is due to be handed the torch at 5.43 p.m. precisely) to The Avenue traffic lights with no problem!  She certainly will not require blinkers!  We will be there to cheer her on and we are all very proud of her here at Park Lodge.   


Handicap debut for Fulney tomorrow
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
FULNEY makes her handicap debut at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 9 furlong handicap as long as the ground remaind good or faster. If they have too much rain she will be withdrawn. She has been placed in 3 maidens so has been handicapped accordingly. The extra furlong should suit her well as she will stay 10 furlongs so this seems an ideal step up from a mile. She is in good form at home so if the ground remains in her favour she will run a nice race.

Iron Condor steps up in trip
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
IRON CONDOR runs in a 2 mile handicap at Kepton tomorrow evening, he has been crying out for a longer trip . He has matured into a galloping type stayer so it should be ideal for him. He is a previous winner at Kempton so the track and surface will suit him. He has been waiting for the ground to dry up as he likes fast ground but with the rain continuing to fall any turf action has been put on hold. The race tomorrow is a 0-90 handicap so it is a good class handicap but there are only 9 runners and he has bottom weight of 8st 4lbs. He is used to carrying a much higher weight in lesser grade races so will hopefully enjoy having less weight on his back.

A trio of runners
Sunday, July 01, 2012
There are 3 runners over the next 2 days and all would have a chance on there best form. SAMBA NIGHT starts proceedings at Wolverhampton tomorrow afternoon. He ran very well at Yarmouth last time out finishing fourth and the form of the race has worked out well. He seems to find 6 furlongs too far but isn't quite quick enough for 5 furlongs.The race at Wolverhampton is just under 6 furlongs and it is an easy track so it should suit him. He has run well there as a 2 year old over 5 furlongs.The visor has been left on him as he ran well in them last time out. On the form of his last run he should be thereabouts tomorrrow. SUZI'S A CLASS ACT heads for Windsor tomorrow evening to run in a 12 furlong fillies handicap. It is a gamble dropping her back in trip on lat year's form but it seemed an ideal race for her. Any rain that falls will increase her chances. If the ground comes up soft the drop in trip could work well for her but if it remains good she may find 1 or 2 with too much toe. She was second last time out so it would be nice to see her go one better tomorrow. WILY FOX is being stepped up in trip to 2 miles at Kempton on Tuesday evening. Although they went too fast at Windsor over 12 furlongs he settled very well wearing a hood for the first time. He looked that day and on some of his previous form that he could stay further if he can be dropped in and settled early on. He has been wearing the hood at home and is definitely more relaxed in it so hopefully it will have the desired effect again on the racecourse. He has won on the polytrack before so the surface will be fine and there is no reason why the track shouldn't suit him. If he does get the trip then you could see him running well on Tuesday.

A Boy named Suzi good chance at Windosr
Friday, June 29, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI was unfortunately ballotted out of the Duke of Edinburgh handicap at Royal Asacot last Saturday but must have a big chance at Windsor tomorrow afternoon. He ran very well at Epsom first time out this season,just getting touched off in a photo finish, so he deserves to win a race. The ground will be ideal for him if it remains as it is,good,good/firm in places. If they get some rain though it won't inconvenience him. The horse is very well in himself and certainly has the form to win tomorrow.

Viking Rose steps up in trip tomorrow
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
VIKING ROSE has been running over 7 furlongs and a mile recently but is stepping up to 9 furlongs at Yarmouth tomorrow. She did finish third over 10 furlongs as a 3 year old and it was thought that day that she didn't quite stay. She was dropped back in trip and has run very well since. On pedigree she is bred to stay further so it was always the plan to try her over a longer distance at some stage this year. Tomorrow looks an ideal place to try this as she really likes the track and the ground will not be too testing. VIKING ROSE likes a straight track and although she will have to go around one bend tomorrow, there is a long finishing straight. It is a handicap for fillies only which will also suit her and there are only 10 runners. She didn't realy get into the race at Leicester last time out but has been freshened up since then and is in good form at home. It will be interesting to see how she runs tomorrow.

Royal form boost for Tight Lipped
Saturday, June 23, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED runs at Windsor on Monday evening in a mile handicap. His form recieved a significant boost at Royal Ascot when FENNELL BAY won the big 12 furlong handicap there on Thursday. He was third behind TIGHT LIPPED when he was second at Ascot in May. TIGHT LIPPED has been running consistently well and is in good form at home. The more rain that falls the better his chance will be, a mile at Windsor should be ideal for him. He is drawn 11 of the 11 runners which is on the outside but may not be a bad draw as they tend to come up the fair rail at Windsor when the ground is soft. If he runs up to his best form he should have a good chance on Monday.

Scottish Star returns to Kempton
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
SCOTTISH STAR returns to Kempton tomorrow where he runs in a 10 furlong apprentice handicap. He won there over a mile second time out this season but looked that day as if he would be suited by further. He has won over this trip as a  3year old and was unlucky not to finish closer last time out when third at Sandown over this distance. He is a straightforward genuine horse so should be a suitable ride for an apprentice.  Drawn 5 should be a favourable draw so he must every chance tomorrow.

Hooded Wily Fox heads for Windsor
Sunday, June 17, 2012
WILY FOX runs at Windsor tomorrow evening in a 12 furlong apprentice handicap. He will be ridden by Darren Egan whi is one of the best apprentices riding at the moment. In some of his previous races WILY FOX has appeared to get upset by noisy crowds so he will be wearing a hood for the first time in a race. He ran below form last time at Brighton but found the ground too firm that day. The ground is currently good/soft at Windsor but more rain forecast, the more rain that falls the more it will suit WILY FOX.

Samba Night runs at Yarmouth
Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SAMBA NIGHT was taken off his feet early on over 5 furlongs last time out so it seems that a sharp 6 furlongs is his ideal trip. He runs in a 6 furlong handicap tomorrow at Yarmouth and the track there should suit him. He is wearing a visor for the first time to help the jockey as he ran his best race this season when making the running at Nottingham. Hopefully the headgear will sharpen him up and enable the jockey to get him into a prominent position early on. The ground is good at the moment which is fine for him but he wouldn't want it to dry out any further.

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs for the first time this season at Nittingham on Thursday. She came back in from her winter break late but has done well from 3 to 4 years and has been working nicely at home. There are only 8 riunners but she has BILIDN to beat who has won her last 4 races but all unbeaten runs come to an end sometime and it seemed the right race for her. She will like the ground  which is good /soft  and a mile and 6 furlongs will suit her. She is an interesting runner and should run well. 


Denton Dancer steps back in trip
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
The blinkers had the desired effect on DENTON DANCER last time out at Kemtpon over a mile and he showed plenty of speed but he went too quick and was too keen. He is dropppping back in trip today to 7 furlongs and hopefully he can be restrained in the early stages of the race and he will have a better chance of getting home. He works well enough at home to suggest he could be competitive in a race of this type if he can get everything together on the day.

Rain will help Viking Rose today
Monday, June 04, 2012
VIKING ROSE heads for Leicester today to run in a competitive looking  7 furlong fillies handicap. It isn't surprising it has attracted a strong field as it is a good prize for a 0-80 handicap. The rain will have helped her chance, she has form on all types of going but she is better on soft ground over 7 furlongs. She is drawn 10 of 10 which will suit her as she likes to be on the outside of the runners . She is sure to run a decent race and is in with a fighting chance.

Fulney fancied at Nottingham tomorrow
Saturday, June 02, 2012

FULNEY makes her first appearance of the season in a mile maiden fillies stakes at Nottingham tomorrow. She has been working well at home and on her 2 year old form has an obvious chance. It is impossible to judge what the ground is going to be tomorrow but she would appreciate any rain that is likely to fall. There is rain forecast but it depends how much and when. The track and  trip tomorrow should be fine but she is expected to get further in time.

SAMBA NIGHT also runs at Nottingham tomorrow and he too would appreciate some rain, the more the better. He ran very well on very soft ground on the same track 2 runs ago but in that race and his last run at Salisbury he looked as if he would appreciate being dropped back in trip. He runs in a 5 furlong handicap tomorrow and must have a chance.


A Boy named Suzi runs at Epsom
Friday, June 01, 2012
A BOY NAMED SUZI has his first run of the season at Epsom tomorrow in the race after the Derby. He has done very well from 3 to 4 years and has physically gone the right way. He has been going well at home and is fit enough to run well but will come on for this run. He is drawn 14 of the 16 runners which is not a good draw but if he can overcome this he should run a decent race. James is looking forward to seeing him back on the track.

Scottish Star chance to shine at Sandown
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SCOTTISH STAR rins in the 10 furlong handicap at Sandown tomorrow evening. The step up in trip looks the obvious direction to head with him as he just got up in the last strides to win at Kempton over a mile. He did win over this trip at Lingfield last year and the track at Sandown should suit him. The horse is in goood form and has been working well since his recent win. Hopefully he can show that he is equally effective on a sound surface on the turf as he is on the polytrack. There is some rain forecast and if the ground does become soft then he will be taken out.

Two runners tomorrow
Sunday, May 27, 2012

DENTON DANCER & IRON BUTTERFLY both run at London tracks tomorrow. DENTON DANCER heads for Kempton where he runs in a mile handicap. He will be wearing blinkers for the first time which he has worn at home and they seem to have had a positive effect. He is showing more speed in his homework so that is why he is dropping back in trip from 9 to 8 furlongs. Hopefully the blinkers will have the desired effect on the racecourse and he can show an improvement in form tomorrow.

IRON BUTTERFLY runs in a 10 furlong maiden race at Windsor tomorrow evening. The ground is a bit of an unknown but Windsor normally do a very good job watering so hopefully it will be good safe ground. This is only her second run and she ran over a mile first time out, the step up in trip should be more to her liking. She has hopefully come on for her first run so it will be interesting to see how she runs tomorrow, she looks a nice filly for the future.


Rose to bloom at Yarmouth
Thursday, May 24, 2012

VIKING ROSE always runs well at Yarmouth but she is stepping up in class there tomorrow. She runs in a mile fillies only handicap and there are only 7 runners. It may suit her carrying a lower weight in a better class of race as she is not a big filly, she is also suited by a small field. On fast ground a mile is her best trip and she is a course and distance winner. She has most to fear from the top weight OUR GAL but she is sure to give a good accout of herself.

TORRAN SOUND alaso runs at Yarmouth tomorrow. He runs in the same race that he won there last year, a mile and 6 furlongs handicap. This trip would be his minimum these days so he is wearing a visor tomorrow to sharpen him up. It is more of an aid for the jockey as he will hopefully travel better with  headgear on.  It looks a more competitive race than last year but the horse is in good form having had a break after a winter jumping campaign. He will run a few times on the flat before possibly going chasing. He will probably run over further next time on the flat but this looked an ideal race for him at this stage of the season.

James was delighted that IRON CONDOR gets a run in the 12 furlong handicap at York on Saturday. He has been keen to run him there as he feels the track will really suit him as he is a big long striding horse. He had no luck in running at Lingfield last week and at Folkestone it was the track that beat him. It does look a very competitive race but he will be ridden by up and coming apprentice Darren Egan who takes a useful 5 pounds off his back. He likes top of the ground so looks to have everything in his favour so should run well.

 


Tight Lipped turns out again
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED runs at Sandown tomorrow evening, only 3 days after his good second at Leicester on Monday. He was only beaten 1/2 length and is likely to go up the handicap so tomorrow is his last chance to run off his current mark. He is a tough horse who takes his racing well and appears to be fine after Monday . He likes cut in the ground so with the current fine weather he may not have another opportunity to run on suitable ground for a while. The going at Sandown is currently good but is a slight concern, they have been watering and will do so again tomorrow if necessary. He has run well on all his turf starts to date this year so he should put in another solid performance.

Busy Spell for Blue Peter Racing
Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Blue Peter Racing syndicates are having a busy spell with  WILY FOX and TIGHT LIPPED both running over the next 2 days. TIGHT LIPPED runs at Leicester on Monday evening in a 7 furlong handicap. The ground is currently good/soft so hopefully it will stay on the soft side of good for him. He ran a great race at Ascot last time out and has come out of that race really well so he should give a good account of himself and deserves to win a race. He is taking on FOURTH OF JUNE, the winner of the Yarmouth race when he was fourth but he is 3 pounds better off at the weights so has a good chance of reversing the form.

WILY FOX heads to Brighton on Tuesday to run in a 12 furlong handicap and there are 10 runners. He acts well on the track and has won over this trip so course and distance are in his favour. The ground is currently good but if it does dry out he does have form on fast ground there so shouldn't be inconvenienced by it. He is fit and well after a spell over jumps so hopefully he will give his enthusiastic owners plenty to cheer about on Tuesday.


Samba Night chance at Salisbury
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
SAMBA NIGHT, who ran such a good race at Nottingham on Saturday, goes to Salisbury tomorrow with a chance of going one better. The 6 furlongs on testing ground at Nottingham did test his stamina and he is running over the same distance again but hopefully with some drying weather the ground should be better and give him a chance of getting the trip. Altough it was a maiden on Saturday and he is running in a handicap at Salisbury, he appeared to run up to his handicap mark that day so he should be thereabouts tomorrow. SAMBA NIGHT is proving to be a good buy for the owner Guy Carstairs,who is flying in from India tomorrow and is hoping to get to the races in time to see him run.

Barzalona rides Iron Condor
Monday, May 14, 2012

Mickael Barzalona is to have his first ride for the yard on IRON CONDOR at Lingfield on Wednesday. Connections are hoping their French will be good enough to give the correct instructions! The horse should have a good chance, the only unknown is how he will handle the track. He has won twice at Kempton on the polytrack so he handles the surface well and the distance of 1 mile 5 furlongs will be fine for him. He is a big, long striding horse though so it may not be the ideal track for him. He is a top of the ground horse on turf so this prolonged wet spell is not in his favour . As he is fit and ready to run he may as well run on the polytrack and this was the only suitable race for him.


Tight Lipped and Samba Night Perform Well
Sunday, May 13, 2012
TIGHT LIPPED and SAMBA NIGHT both ran with credit and much promise on Friday and Saturday.  TIGHT LIPPED was a very creditable 2nd in a Class 4 handicap at Ascot on Friday to give his enthusiastic owners, Blue Peter Racing, a memorable evening's racing at Britain's premier racecourse.  Although TIGHT LIPPED finished 2nd, the Ascot team looked after all the connections very well both before and after the race which was much appreciated.  TIGHT LIPPED is proving a bargain buy and is already giving the Blue Peter Racing partners a lot of fun. 
 
There are still 2 shares available in TIGHT LIPPED - please contact James by e-mail for more information.
 
SAMBA NIGHT showed very good speed in his 6 furlong maiden at Nottingham on Saturday.  The ground was very testing and he would possibly have been better back at 5 furlongs on this ground.  However, he still split the two joint favourites who finished 1st and 3rd and showed a lot of promise for the future.  He looks an exciting sprinter in the making.

Tight Lipped gets in at Ascot tomorrow
Thursday, May 10, 2012

TIGHT LIPPED faces only 8 rivals in the mile handicap at Ascot tomorrow. After the initial entry stage it didin't look as if he would get into the race but not many have stood their ground presumably because of the testing going. He will like the ground and appears to be suited by a straight track. He ran well over 7 furlongs at Yarmouth and stayed on well that day so hopefully the step up to a mile will suit him. he works at home as if he will get this trip. If the ground is very testing it may test his stamina out but he is in very good form and has a good draw so we are looking for a good run from him tomorrow.

TIGHT LIPPED is also declared at Nottingham on Saturday in a mile handicap. He appears to be a very tough individual so if he comes out of the Ascot race well he could take his chance on Saturday. There are only 10 runers in this race. SAMBA NIGHT has the one engagement on Saturday at Nottingham. He is running in a 6 furlong maiden race and he should also appreciate the soft ground. It looks an average maiden and he looks capable of winning of a race of this calibre. He is possibly best suited by a straight track too as he he didn't handle the bend at Lingfield and was disapppointing at Kempton, racing around a right handed bend. Hopefully a straight track will bring out the best in him and he will  be thereabouts on Saturday.  


Iron Butterfly makes her debut at Kempton
Sunday, May 06, 2012
IRON BUTTERFLY is to make her racecourse debut at Kempton tomorrow in a 3 year old mile maiden race. She is a half sister to AT THE MONEY and IRON BUTTERFLY so she is from a nice family that all improve with age and over a trip. A mile is probably the minimum trip for her but she has shown enough speed at home to warrant starting her off over this trip. Ideally she would run on the turf but with the ground so bad everywhere at the moment Kempton seemed the best option for her first run. Hopefully she will run a respectable race tomorrow as she is a nice filly for the future. 

Wily Fox to revel in the mud
Friday, May 04, 2012
WILY FOX is declared to run at Uttoxter tomorrow in a maiden hurdle  and they are very hopeful that racing will go ahead, no inspection is planned. He has been ready to run for the last 10 days but with several meetings abandoned he has not been able to take his chance. He has had a small break so is fresh and well. He will like the ground and on his best form he would have a chance. The only slight concern is that he has run at Uttoxeter twice before and has not shown his best form there but hopefully he can put that right this time. It would have been preferable if the race had been a handicap but he is capable of winning a maiden. It is a big field with 18 runners so he will need a bit of luck in running too.

Across the card double
Wednesday, May 02, 2012

VIKING ROSE and SCOTTISH STAR produced an across the card double  yesterday. Both horses were also owned by Jeff Smith who has been a great supporter of the yard from the beginning so it was particularly pleasing to get the turf season off to such a great start for him . He also bred VIKING ROSE and she will be returning to the stud as a broodmare once her racing days are over. If she passes on her toughness and willingness to her offspring then she will be a valuable addition to his broodmare band.

VIKING ROSE produced another game display at Yarmouth yesterday in testing conditions. She is so genuine and tough that you wouldn't know what ground she prefers as she does her best on all types of going. She has form on heavy and firm which is a great asset to have. She looks a stronger filly this year and has started the season well so, as long as she gets a bit of luck, she should keep going from strength to strength.

Luke Morris showed why he is one of the leading jockeys on the all weather tracks when getting SCOTTISH STAR to win on the line by a neck at Kempton last night. The horse was off the bridle the whole way but he never gave up on him. It was a very game performance by the horse too and it was great to get him back to form after a disappointing performance on the soft ground last time. He will hopefully go on from here.

 


Viking Rose returns to Yarmouth
Sunday, April 29, 2012
VIKING ROSE returns to Yarmouth on Tuesday and has a good chance of going one better than last time. She was just beaten there on her seasonal reappearance over the same distance of 7 furlongs. She does carry top weight but there are only 7 runners. She has form on a variety of ground but has never run on very soft ground so hopefully it will dry up a little before Tuesday.
SCOTTISH STAR heads for Kempton on Tuesday evening. He runs in a mile handicap and there are 12 runners. He is a winner on the polytrack so the surface will suit him. Hopefully a line can be put through his last run at Yarmouth where he appeared not to handle the soft ground, he had never run on that ground before. He has been working well all year so hopefully he can show his true colours on Tuesday. If he can reproduce the form he shows at home then you can see him running a good race on Tuesday.  

Baan runs in marathon
Saturday, April 21, 2012
BAAN is not going to London tomorrow, but runs in the Pontefract Marathon Handicap at Pontefract on Monday. It is over 2 miles 5 1/2 furlongs. he stays this distance well over hurdles so the trip should not be a problem for him especially now he is older. If you look back at his form he was 3rd over 2 1/4 miles at this course in 2009 so he handles the track. He is returning from a break but is fit and in great form at home. He will have every assistance from the saddle as champion jockey Paul Hanagan is on board so hopefully he will put up a bold show on Monday.  

Samba Night well drawn at Kempton
Monday, April 16, 2012
SAMBA NIGHT runs at Kempton in a 6 furlong handicap on Wednesday evening and is well drawn in 4. He ran well over 5 furlongs at Lingfield last time out which was his first run for the yard. The extra furlong will suit him well and Kempton should suit him as a track better than Lingfield did. He didn't handle the tight bend there that well. He has come out of his first race very well and is in good form at home so hopefully he will make a bold show on Wednesday.

Denton Dancer heads for Yarmouth
Monday, April 09, 2012
DENTON DANCER makes his seasonal reappearance at Yarmouth tomorrow. He runs in a 9 furlong handicap and there are 11 runners. His work at home has suggested that the step up in trip should suit him and he is by Halling who's progeny tend to stay and they also generally improve with age. The slight unknown is how he will handle the ground if it becomes much softer.

Trio of runners at Yarmouth on Monday
Saturday, April 07, 2012

Three runners head for local track Yarmouth on Easter Monday. The first runner is SCOTTISH STAR who has been off the course for over a year. He won at Lingfield on the all weather and then had an injury. He has had a long lay off but has had a very good preparation this spring. He has been working nicely at home but is bound to come on for the run. He is on a handicap mark of 74 which is not unreasonable for what he has achieved on the track so far and his work at home. Obviously after such a long break the important thing is that he comes back in one piece as he is a nice horse for the future. The ground is currnetly good/soft which is ideal for him. if the ground did become very soft there is a chance he will not run.

VIKING ROSE makes her seasonal reappearance in a 7 furlong handicap. She showed herself to be a good tough filly last year and has come back well this year. She has come to hand early and has been working very nicely this spring. She has form on all types of ground but 7 furlong on good /soft ground should suit her well. She has run well at Yarmouth before. She is drawn 1 which is not seen as a good draw as they tend to come up the stands side. It may suit her though as she is not a very big filly and does not like to be crowded.

TIGHT LIPPED runs in the other 7 furlong contest on the card. There are only 6 runners and he is drawn 6 which should be a good draw. It looks a competitive race though. It is only his second run for the yard so it is still a learning curve with the horse. He ran a respectable race in a mile maiden on the all weather and has come out of the race really well. He looks as if he will enjoy a bit of cut in the ground but he may be suited by a longer trip, hopefully we will learn a bit more about him after this race.
IRON CONDOR nearly got the turf season off to flying start on Thursday at Folkestone. He was a very close second and the first 2 drew well clear of the rest of the field. It was a very good run as he is sure to come on for the race.

Iron Condor kicks off new turf season
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
IRON CONDOR runs in a 12 furlong handicap at Folkestone on Thursday and he will be the first runner of the new flat turf season. James is delighted with his condition, he now looks a fully mature horse. He has deliberately not been over raced and hopefully the patience shown by the owner will be rewarded this season. Folkestone may not be the ideal track  as he is a big long striding horse but it looks a suitable race for him. There are only 7 runners and he has top weight but that will not be a problem. It is his first run after a break so he will come on for the run but he should be fit enough to run well in a race of this type. Everyone else is crying out for rain but IRON CONDOR would not want too much rain at Folkestone as he is a top of the ground horse. Hopefully the ground will remain good or good to firm which will give him a chance of getting the turf season off to a good start. 

Storming Redd tries longer trip
Monday, March 26, 2012

STORMING REDD runs in the 2 mile 6 furlong novice handicap hurdle at Hereford tomorrow. It will be his first run over this extended trip. Connections are hoping that a combination of a step up in distance, quicker ground and a tongue tie will help him to come back to his best form. Paul Moloney will be in the saddle again. He rode him at Doncaster last time out and he felt that if he was ridden differently over a longer trip it may help. It is all a bit of an experiment but if it works then he could run well as he seems in particularly good form at home.

On Wednesday SAMBA NIGHT is set to have his first run for the yard in a 5 furlong median auction maiden race at Lingfield. There are only 5 runners and the likely favourite has been off the track for a long time so it may not be the strongest race. He has reasonable form over 5 furlongs and his best run was when he was second on the polytrack at Wolverhampton. The surface at Lingfield should therefore suit him. At home he looks to have the speed for 5 or 6 furlongs. He was also entered at Wolverhampton over 6 furlongs on Friday but the Lingfield race looks the easier option on paper . He has been gelded over the winter and has been shaping up nicely at home, he looks really well in his coat. He should be a fun horse for the season ahead and can hopefully run a good race on Wednesday and go on from there.

 


Longer trip for Torran Sound tomorrow
Thursday, March 22, 2012
TORRAN SOUND runs in a 3 mile handicap hurdle at Newbury tomorrow and there are 10 runners. This is the first time he has run over an extended trip since he ran at Exeter last year. He appeared not to stay that day but the way he ran last time at Huntingdon suggests that he should get further so it seems worth another try. The good ground should help him to get the trip and he has a light weight with Matt Crawley taking an extra 5 pounds off his back. He is an interesting runner over this trip and if he does stay he could run well.

First run for Tight Lipped
Friday, March 16, 2012

TIGHT LIPPED makes he debut for the yard in the mile maiden at Lingfield this afternoon. He has been working nicely and looks as if he will stay a mile at home. It will be interesting to see if he does stay on the racecourse today. He will be ridden by Luke Morris who is the leading jockey on the all weather this winter.

GO SET GO runs at Fakenham today in the Conditional Jockeys Maiden Hurdle race. He hated the ground last time out so hopefully he can bounce back to his best on better ground. If you ignore his last run, his previous form does give him a definite chance today.


Wily Fox chance at Uttoxeter
Friday, March 16, 2012
WILY FOX runs in a novice handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter tomorrow. He has been improving with every run over hurdles. He seems as well as he was before his last run at Huntingdon so should be in the hunt again. There is rain forecast tomorrrow which would help, not hinder, his chances but he does have form on all types of ground. As always there will be plenty of his owners there, Blue Peter Racing 10,  to cheer him on.

2 chances over the weekend
Friday, March 02, 2012

STORMING REDD and GO SET GO both have chances over hurdles this weekend. STORMING REDD heads up the A1 to Doncaster tomorrow where he runs in a novice handicap hurdle over 2 miles, there are 11 runners. The good ground there should suit him as his best form was at Kempton on good ground, he didn't appear to handle the soft ground at Warwick last time out. The aim tomorrow will be to ride him like he was ridden at Kempton and Leicester he will make the running if he can. He was very badly handicapped when he first ran in handicap company but has now come down to a more realsitic mark . Hopefully the combination of a lower rating and better ground will give him a chance tomorrow.

GO SET GO runs in a a 2 mile handicap hurdle at Huntingdon on Sunday. He was also entered in the maiden hurdle but that looks a hotter race. He has to carry alot of weight in the handicap but his rating is not unreasonable for the form he has shown. He has been declared in the hope that they will get the rain that is forecast as he would not want fast ground. It is not the strongest race on paper and if the ground is good he should have a chance. He has been running well and deserves to win a race.


2 runners at local track tomorrow
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
WILY FOX and TORRAN SOUND make the short journey to Huntingdon tomorrow and both would have a chance. WILY FOX is in good form at home and he has improved with every run over hurdles so far. The slight concern tomorrow is that there are 2 or 3 other horses that are possible frontrunners and he likes to make the running. Hopefully he will settle early on and it won't be an issue. He will handle the ground but his best jumping form to date has been on softer ground than it is likely to be tomorrow. His jumping is improving with every run so he should have a chance.
TORRAN SOUND ran well last time out and must have an each way chance again tomorrow. The trip and the ground should suit him and he has run well at Huntingdon before. All headgear has been left off him tomorrow as Matt Crawley doesn't think any of the headgear he has tried has made any difference to him. He has been given plenty of time to recover from his last run and is in good form at home so if he runs up to his best he could go close again tomorrow.

Torran Sound fresh for Folkestone
Monday, January 30, 2012
TORRAN SOUND has bee freshened up after his run at Uttoxeter at New Year and heads for Folkestone tomorrow. He is running in a 2 1/4 mile handicap hurdle and there are 9 runners. He ran a  sound race on heavy ground last time out, tomorrow the going should be slightly better, it is being given as Gd/sft, and this should be more in his favour. He will be wearing a visor for the first time, he has worn cheekpieces and blinkers before. Just thought it was worth trying something different on him. He is never given any favours by the handicapper so if the visor can produce a pound or 2 of improvement it would help his chances. He seems in good form at home and the track and trip should suit him so he should go close tomorrow.

Go Set Go goes to Fontwell tomorrow
Thursday, January 26, 2012
GO SET GO had a choice of engagements but he goes to Fontwell tomorrow as this looks the best option for him. The ground could be a big factor as it is heavy, soft in places. He has run on soft ground before and apears to like it so hopefully he will handle it tomorrow. There are only 9 runners so the race has cut up, there were 36 horses entered. He has run well at Fontwell before in a bumper so he is likes the track. His last run was his first run over hurdles and he ran a very promising race, he would not have to improve much from that run to have a good chance.

Wily Fox sole runner this week
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
WILY FOX is the only runner this week, he runs in a 2 mile novice hurdle race at Lingfield tomorrow. He has been a bit too keen in his first 2 runs over hurdles and his jumping has not been as fluent as it is at home. He did jump better at Fakenham last time so if he can improve again and settle better it would not be the biggest surprise to see him finish alot closer. He will hopefully like the going as he has run well in France on very soft ground. He has never had the opportuntiy on the flat in this country to run on soft ground so let's hope he appreciates the underfoot conditions tomorrow.

Handicap debut for Storming Redd today
Saturday, January 14, 2012
STOMRING REDD is running in a handicap for the first time over hurdles at Warwick today. The handicapper has put him on a reasonable rating of 100.He was originally going to give him a rating of 112 but has now put him on a more realistic mark which gives him a chance to be competitive in this company. The top weight will be hard to beat but it is a fairly open  contest and STOMING REDD is a very good jumper which could play a part in a race of this type. The ground should be in his favour so hopefully he can run a decnt race today.  

Hurdling debut for Go Set Go tomorrow
Tuesday, January 03, 2012

GO SET  GO and THE CAT CREATION  run at local track Huntingdon tomorrow and Matt Crawley takes the ride on both horses. It will be GO SET GO'S first run over hurdles after some promising runs in NH flat races. He was all set to make his jumping debut at the end of last season but the ground went against him, he needs cut in the ground which he will get tomorrow. He has schooled well at home so hopefully he will run well. HEATHER ROYAL will be hard to beat but if GO SET GO runs well in his first run over hurdles James will be happy with that.

THE CAT CREATION runs in the juvenile hurlde race in which there are 15 runners. He ran a very encouraging race first time out at Newbury so hopefully he can build on that performance. He is very much a National Hunt bred horse so may find 1 or 2 ex flat horses will be a bit sharper than him. For a tall weak horse he has taken the Newbury race very well. It will be interesting to see how he runs tomorrow. Both horses are interesting horses for the future.

 


3 runners this weekend
Friday, December 30, 2011

After a slight break there are 3 runners this weekend. TORRAN SOUND and BAAN head to Uttoxeter tomorrow. TORRAN SOUND is dropping back in trip to 2 miles as James feels that on testing ground 2 1/2 miles does test his stamina too much. He has run well at Uttoxeter over 2 miles before and has won over this trip as a juvenile. He seems fine after his last run so hopefully can run well well tomorrow.

There are only 5 runners in BAAN'S race tomorrow so it looks a good opportunity for him if he handles the ground. He appeared to handle soft ground at Leicester last season so hopefully he will go through it well tomorrow. If he does then he must have a good chance.

WILY FOX heads for FAKENHAM on Sunday. He was a bit keen at Uttoxeter on his first run over hurdles. He was a bit fresh that day as he had had a break. If he relaxes in his race this time he could run well, the track should suit him.


Happy Christmas!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
As there are no runners now until New Year's Eve we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas!

Torran Sound tuned up for tomorrow
Thursday, December 15, 2011

TORRAN SOUND is in good form and must have a good chance at Uttoxeter tomorrow. He has good form at the track including a close third last time out. He was given a good ride by Matt Crawley that day and he takes the ride again, he claims 5 pounds which will help as he is top weight of the 13 runners. The forecast is not good  so there is a morning inspection, hopefully racing will go ahead. The soft ground should not be a problem to TORRAN SOUND as he has run well on very soft ground. The only slight concern could be whether he will stay the trip on such testing ground . If he runs up to his best form he must have a good chance.

THE CAT CREATION ran a very encouraging race yesterday to finish 4th at Newbury on his first appearance on a racecourse. All the other runners had previous experience on the flat so he did extremely well to run so well in this company. He is very much a potential jumper so he looks to have a very bright future. It was particularly exciting for his owner as she also bred him, she had come over from Holland  to see him run . James was slightly worried that the soft ground may have found him out but he stayed on well . 

 


Debut for The Cat Creation
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
THE CAT CREATION makes his racecourse debut over hurdles at Newbury tomorrow. He has an interesting pedigree as he was bred in Hollland and is by a stallion called Kreator. Kreator won the famous Pardubice race in the Czech |republic 3 times in the 1990's so was quite a racehorse but has an unusual race record for a stallion! One wouldn't expect there are too many other horses by him racing in England.THE CAT CREATION is big long striding horse and is a potential jumper. He is only 3 and James was hoping to start him off in a bumper but he was limited in opportunities as he is not EBF qualified. He has been ballotted out of a bumper so he has had to make his racecourse debut over hurdles. He will like the soft ground but he is a still a bit on the weak side so may find it quite testing especially on his debut. As he is a tall longstriding horse James wanted to start him off on a nice galloping track so Newbury is ideal in that respect. Hopefully he will jump round and complete and can go on from there.

Doyenne Dream chance at Folkestone
Monday, December 12, 2011
DOYENNE DREAM heads for Folkestone tomorrow providing racing goes ahead. The course are worried about the prospect of gale force winds and may hold a morning inspection. There are only 9 runners and it looks an ideal race for her. It is the one week of the month when she is not likely to be in season and she is moving well and seems in good form at home. There is a slight doubt about the ground as she has not run well on soft ground before but she may have been in season on that occasion. Everything else seems right for her tomorrow so if she can run up to her best form and handle the ground she must have a good chance.

Two at Local Course
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
BAAN and GO SET GO travel half an hour down the road to Huntingdon tomorrow.  They straddle the card. 
 
BAAN runs in the first at 12.30 in a two mile 5 furlongs handicap.  He has been in good form on the flat and can run well off his handicap mark so long as the physical weight is not too much.  He is not a very big horse and  in his previous 3 runs, he was ridden by Stevie Sanders who took 10 pounds off his back.  Leighton Aspell now rides who is a top flight jockey.  Trip and ground should suit. 
 
GO SET GO runs in the last race, the National Hunt flat race.  He has not run since the Spring but he has had no problems.  He had a routine Summer break and has been working well at home.  He appears to have improved from the Spring of the year and we are hopeful of a good run first time out.  His bumper form from last season looks solid.  He will like the ground.  Matt Crawley, claiming 5, rides.

Tenba Heads North
Friday, December 02, 2011
Tenba runs in a large field of juvenile "bumper" horses at Wetherby tomorrow. He was very green on debut at Huntingdon recently and has noticeably come on for the run in his home work. However he will find it difficult to turn the tables on the victor at Huntingdon, Life of Laughter.

Iron Condor top weight at Sandown
Thursday, December 01, 2011
IRON CONDOR carries top weight in the 2 mile novice handicap hurdle at Sandown tomorrow. James is hoping they do not get too much more rain there as he likes good ground and at the moment it is on the soft side of good. IRON CONDOR has been ear marked for this race since his good run at Kempton last time out. He will probably have a break after this race over December and January when the ground is likely to be against him. He has a good future over hurdles but does need good ground to be seen at his best.

More rain would help Storming Redd tomorrow
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
STORMING REDD runs in a 2 1/2 mile maiden hurdle at Leicester tomorrow, any rain that falls overnight will increase his chance. James is hoping for good ground or softer for him. He has to reverse form with Zama Zama who was second at Kempton when STORMING REDD was fourth. It will be interesting to see if he was flattered by that run. The extra 1/2 mile tomorrow will suit him and if there is significant rain it won't hinder him. The horse is in very good form and has taken well to jumping. He certainly seems to be enjoying himself these days which has not always been the case. If he can run like he did at Kempton he should run well tomorrow.

Baan to follow up at Wolverhampton tomorrow
Sunday, November 27, 2011

BAAN has a good chance of following up his recent Lingfield win in a similar contest at Wolverhampton tomorrow. The race is over a slightly longer trip but this should be more of a help than a hindrance and he has run well on this track in the past. He is drawn wide, as he was last time, and this should not inconvenience him as he is not a big horse and so does not like being in amongst the pack. If Chloe can ride him in the same way as she did last time they must have a good chance of another victory.The horse seems very happy in himself after his win.

 SUZI'S A CLASS ACT  has a good chance of making it a double on the day. She runs at the same meeting in a 2 mile handicap. She ran very well last time out finishing third, beaten less than 2 lengths, she stayed on resolutely that day and looked as if a longer trip would suit her. She has run well from the front before so may be ridden more prominently this time. She is a nice filly who deserves to win a race.


Hurdles debut for Wily Fox tomorrow
Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WILY FOX makes his debut over hurdles at Uttoxeter tomorrow. He has been schooling nicely at home so it will be interesting to see how he takes to it on the racecourse. The ground is good/soft which should be ideal for him. If he takes to hurdles as well on the track as he has shown at home he could have a nice future as a hurdler. 

TORRAN SOUND also runs at Uttoxeter in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle. He is a course and distance winner so likes the track. The ground should suit him too as he likes to get his toe in. He has had a break since his last run, which he needed, so he is fresh and well. He will be wearing sheepskin cheekpieces for the first time. He has won with and without blinkers so James thought it was worth trying these to see what he thought. Matt Crawley rides him and takes 5 pounds off his back which will help him as he has never been favourably treated by the handicapper.


Chloe supplies perfect anniversary present
Thursday, November 17, 2011

Chloe could not have provided the Eustaces with a better Silver Wedding anniversary present than riding her first winner in Gay's colours on BAAN at Lingfield yesterday. It will be a day to remember for the whole yard. Chloe gave the horse a lovely ride and it was a thrilling finish, the winning margin was only a nose and less than a length covered the first 4 home. It was a well deserved first win for Chloe as she has been with the Eustaces for 10 1/2 years and thoroughly deserved to get a chance like this. James and Gay lease BAAN  from Greenstead Hall Racing and he is a great horse to have around. He is an extremely useful lead horse for the flat and jump horses. He has also provided Stevie and Chloe with a lot of fun on the racecourse. The horse could not have read the script any better by winning yesterday and it gave the whole yard good reason to celebrate. There is another similar race for him at Wolverhampton on 28th November.


Chloe on board Baan again
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Chloe had a good ride on BAAN last time out and she is back in the saddle at Lingfield tomorrow. He ran a decent race last time and the extra 2 furlongs tomorrow shoud be in his favour. He is drawn wide which is not ideal but hopefully Chloe can get him to jump well from the stalls and get a good position early on. In 2009 he was narrowly beaten on this course and surface so he should handle the conditions. The horse is in good form at home so he could run well tomorrow.  

Chances under both codes on Monday
Saturday, November 12, 2011

James saddles DOYENNE DREAM over hurdles and SUZI'S A CLASS ACT on the flat on Monday and both have decent chances. DOYENNE DREAM was pulled out of Huntingdon last Tuesday as she came into season the evening before the race. She seems over it now and so should be fine for Monday. It is a mares only handicap hurdle over 2 1/2 miles so should be an ideal contest. There are 1 or 2 in the race with decent form but the form of her last run has worked out well as the winner that day, LUCKY LUKEY, came very close to scoring a hattrick of wins this afternoon  at Uttoxeter.   The ground should be good ground which should suit her. She is in good form so must have a decent chance.

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs in a 2 mile handicap at Wolverhampton. She is drawn 8 of the 8 runners but the draw shouldn't be significant over this distance. She showed improved form when stepped up to 1 mile 6 furlongs last time out and should show further improvement over an extra 2 furlongs. On the form of her last run she must have a good chance.


Two runners at Huntingdon tomorrow
Monday, November 07, 2011

DOYENNE DREAM and TENBA run in the first and the last race at Huntingdon tomorrow. DOYENNE DREAM starts proceedings, she is running in a 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle. She was due to run at Chepstow last week but the ground was too soft, she does need a sound surface. The going tomorrow is good, good to soft in places, which should be fine for her. The form of her last run when she was 2nd at Uttoxeter is working out well, the 3rd horse won a handicap at Carlisle last week, the winner runs today at Southwell. The one slight risk about running tomorrow is that she is due to come into season but hopefully, as winter is approaching, she may not do so this time. She can be very moody when she is in season! If she is in the right mood she should run well tomorrow.

TENBA runs in the last race, a 3 year old bumper over 1 mile 6 furlongs. It will be his first run on a racecourse. He is a big good looking potential National Hunt type. His pedigree may not make him an obvious candidate for this type of race as he is by Kheleyf but there is stamina on the dam's side. He has been working well and if he is clued up enough first time out he could run well.


Denton Dancer steps up again
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
DENTON DANCER ran a good race last time out when stepped up in trip to 7 furlongs. Tomorrow he runs in a mile nursery at Kempton and can hopefully improve further over an extra furlong. The handicapper  has not done him any favours as he has put him up 6 pounds for his last run when he finished fourth. The horse does seem to be going the right way though and he will be wearing cheekpieces again which he wore for the first time in his last run and they seemed to help him. It will be his first run on the polytrack surface but if he handles it then he must have a chance tomorrow. He seems to be in good form still at home so hopefully he can end his campaign for this year on a good note.

Iron Condor strong chance at Kempton
Monday, October 31, 2011
IRON CONDOR and STORMING REDD both run in the 2 mile novice hurdle at Kempton today and IRON CONDOR  has a good chance. He was fourth last time out at Cheltenham and the winner that day, COURT IN SESSION, won impressively at Ascot on Saturday. he has probably improved since Cheltenham but it is good to see the form working out well. The main danger today looks to be DUBAWI PHANTOM from the in form John Ferguson stable. He was highly rated on the flat and won his first race over hurdles so has to be be respected. STOMING REDD jumped very well at Wetherby and more forceful tactics will be employed on him today. His future lies in handicaps so he may find the competition a bit hot today. He will be doing his best and does jump well so if others jump less fluently it will give him a chance.

Chloe Returns to the Saddle
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BAAN runs tomorrow in a race at Nottingham for amateur riders and our very own Chloe Madgin gets the leg up.  Chloe has worked at Park Lodge Stables for ten years and had one ride a few years back.  She is now returning to the saddle and is looking forward to riding BAAN.  He prefers soft ground so the going is not ideal and the trip is a little on the short side but he is well and hopefully will give Chloe a good spin. 


New purchase for Blue Peter Racing
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket started today and James bought a horse this morning for the next Blue Peter Racing partnership, Blue Peter Racing 11. He purchased Lot 32 for 9,000 guineas, a grey, 2 year old gelding called TIGHT LIPPED (by Dark Angel). He has run 8 times, been placed 6 times and should be a lot of fun for next season. 10 shares will be available, more details will be available shortly. If you are interested  or need further details at this stage please contact James.
 
 

Conditions right for A Boy Named Suzi
Thursday, October 20, 2011
A BOY NAMED SUZI runs in a 12 furlong handicap at Doncaster on Saturday. The ground should be good so the trip and going conditions are ideal for him. They have divided the race and there are 18 runners but he is well drawn in 6. He has kept his coat well and is still in good form at home so he should run well. He has been a model of consistency all season ,never being out of the first 3, let's hope he can keep up the record on Saturday.
FULNEY ran a very nice race at Newmarket yesterday finishing third, showing that her good run at Leicester on her debut was not a fluke. The winner, DIALA, looks a very nice prospect, so it was a very good run. She will now have a break over the winter but is a nice filly to look forward to running next year. 

Fulney to go one better at Newmarket
Monday, October 17, 2011
FULNEY who ran such a promising race on her debut, has a good chance of going one better at Newmarket on Wednesday but it looks a hot race. Her main danger looks to be DIALA, trained by William Haggas, who was also second on her debut and the form of her race has worked out very well. After FULNEY'S run at Leicester it was decided that this would be the best race to go for if she ran again this season. It is a 7 furlong median auction fillies maiden, she showed good speed over this trip last time out. To have one more run will help going into the winter to see how she good she is and planning her races for next season. She has taken the race at Leicester very well both mentally and physically, she worked well last week so hopefully she will run a good race on Wednesday.

Condor Heads for Cheltenham
Thursday, October 13, 2011

IRON CONDOR runs in a two miles maiden hurdle tomorrow at Cheltenham.  There are nine runners which is a fairly small field due to the fast ground conditions.  He will not mind the ground.  He only had one run as a juvenile where he finished 6th of 12 at Sandown beaten a long way but also trying to come from a long way back.  Hurdling is a new discipline for him but it is thought that he will do well hurdling on a sound surface in due course.  IRON CONDOR is a lovely big horse who has strengthened well from three to four. 


Runners under both codes tomorrow
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

NOVERTON is running in a 7 furlong handicap at Brighton tomorrow. She has not run there before but she is the type who should handle the track. She was a bit disappointing last time out but she has had a break since then and has benefited from it. She has been working nicely at home and has kept her coat well for a filly at this time of year. If she can recapture her earlier form and get a bit of luck in running she would have a chance tomorrow.

DOYENNE DREAM runs over hurdles at Uttoxeter, the same course and distance as her last run. She needed the run that day but ran a respectable race. |It is a handicap tomorrow rather than a novice which should give her a better chance. On the advice of Paddy Brennan, who rode her last time, she will be wearing cheekpieces. They will hopefully help her to concentrate and help the jockey as she can be hard to motivate. She has worn them at home and they have helped so it seems worth a try on the racecourse. She has been working well at home so if she is on a going day and the cheekpieces help she would have a chance.  


Suzi steps up in trip
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs over 2 miles for the first time at Lingfield on the all weather tomorrow. She definitely improved for the step up to 1 mile 6 furlongs last time out when she finished third so hopefully she can improve further over an extra 2 furlongs. There are a couple of dark horses in the race, ALBACOCCA who has been off the track for a long time, and TAFANEEN who is having it's first run in a handicap, so it may not be an easy race but she should run well.

STORMING REDD heads for Wetherby tomorrow to find soft going as he likes cut in the ground, they have had rain there. He has had one run over hurdles before but that was prior to his wind operation which  has helped him. He is now a much happier horse at home and has schooled well so hopefully he can have a winter campaign over hurdles. He is running in a maiden hurdle race over 2 miles tomorrow, he may need further in time.  


Viking Rose still in bloom
Sunday, October 09, 2011
VIKING ROSE has been running well all season and still seems in good form at home so she has a chance at Yarmouth tomorrow. She won over 7 furlongs on fast ground last time out at Newcastle but she is back over a mile again tomorrow. She has won over this trip before and this is probably her best trip as long as the ground does not become too soft as that would  test her stamina. She is well drawn in 16 of 16, she likes to be on the outside away from too much trouble as she is not a very big filly. The stands side is usually the best side to be on. She has begun to go in her coat but she had before she ran at Newcastle so if she runs to form she should be thereabouts tomorrow and if she gets a bit of luck in running could win again. She may have one more run at Newbury at the end of the month before a well deserved break. Hopefully she will improve from 3 to 4 years and she will be a nice horse to have in the yard next season.

Fulney nosed out of winning debut
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

FULNEY was pipped on the post at Leicester today finishing second beaten by the narrowest of margins. It was great to see her run a decent race as she had been working well at home. As mentioned on the website before the race, she looks a nice prospect for the future.

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD runs in a 6 furlong apprentice handicap at Nottingham tomorrow. He found the 5 furlongs at Lingfield too sharp last time out, he will  be better suited by a flat 6 furlongs. He seems none the worse for that experience so hopefully he can spring back to form tomorrow. The horse is a straightforward ride for an apprentice and he will be ridden by Matthew Davies who is probably the most experienced rider in the race.

Fulney for the Future
Monday, October 03, 2011

Fulney makes her racecourse debut at Leicester on Tuesday, she is a nice filly and it will be interesting to see how she runs. She runs in a 7 furlong fillies maiden which is traditionally a good race. All the big yards are represented so if she can run well in that company she should have a bright future. She is bred to stay 1 1/2 miles but she has got speed and does show a turn of foot at home. She has been working nicely at home so can hopefully run a decnt race tomorrow, she is an interesting prospect for the future.

DENTON DANCER runs at Warwick today in a 7 furlong maiden auction race which does not look the strongest contest. From an original entry of 38 there are only 9 runners. So far he has not shown on the track what he has shown at home but he does seem to be coming back to himself now after being gelded. He has worked quite nicely in cheekpieces at home so he will be wearing them today. The ground and the trip should be in his favour so he could run into a place at a long price.


Viking Rose battles to victory at Newcastle
Wednesday, September 28, 2011

VIKING ROSE battled on gamely to win by the narrowest of margins at Newcastle this afternoon. She has vindicated owner breeder Jeff Smith's decision to keep her in training next year. She is an improving filly and is the only winning daughter of the mare, Rosy Outlook. VIKING ROSE is half-sister to ORCADIAN and RAPSCALLIAN so she will make a nice broodmare once her racing days are over. She may have one more run on the turf this season depending on how she comes out of the race, otherwise she will go home and enjoy a well deerved break.

WILY FOX ran another game race at Salisbury today, finishing fourth. he was prominent throughout but the leaders went too fast so he did well to stay on as well as he did. He gave his owners, Blue Peter Racing 10 another enjoyable day at the races. 


Wily Fox and Viking Rose chances on Wednesday
Monday, September 26, 2011

Both WILY FOX and VIKING ROSE have been running consistently well all season and both have chances again on Wednesday. WILY FOX heads south for Salisbury where he runs over 1mile 6 furlongs for the first time. He ran a very good race over 1 1/2 miles last time out but definitely looked as if we would stay further. Hopefully the ground will not dry out too much, he has form on fast ground but  would prefer a bit of cut in the ground. His form is very solid so he should put in another good run.

VIKING ROSE heads North to Newcastle where she is dropping back in trip to 7 furlongs, the first time  over this trip as a 3 year old. She has always shown alot of early speed in her races so it seems worth a try dropping her back in distance. The ground looks as if it will be good by Wednesday, James is hoping it will remain on the slow side of good but she goes on any ground. She still seems to be in great form at home so hopefully she will run another good race on Wednesday. 


Trio of runners on Friday
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's a busy day for Park Lodge on Friday with 3 runners at 2 different meetings. A BOY NAMED SUZI ran a great race last week at Yarmouth against older horses and is due to go up 2 pounds from Saturday. He is running in a 1 mile 6 furlong 0-80  handicap at Haydock on Friday, his last chance to run in a race of this grade. He seems to have come out of last weeks race very well so hopefully this does not come too soon for him. The ground is a slight unknown, at the moment it is soft, gd/sft in places and no more rain is forecast. If it does dry out a bit  it will be fine for him. The course will suit him and he is proven over this trip. He won't be taking on any older horses this time as it is a race for 3 year olds only which must be in his favour. Hopefully he is set to run well again.

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT heads for Wolverhampton where she runs in a 56-75  1 mile 6 furlong handicap. She will be wearing sheepskin cheekpieces for the first time which will hopefully help her to reproduce the form on the track that she shows at home. She has worked well in them  so let's hope they will do the trick.

MISS EXHIBITIONIST also runs at Wolverhampton in a 9 furlong handicap. She was beaten in a photo finish at the same track and distance by TRUMPINGTON STREET. This horse has subsequently won a handicap and is rated 85 so the form of that race has worked out very well.  She has had a break and is fresh and well. She is a very genuine filly and deserves to get her head in front, if she reproduces her previous run on this track she must every chance.


Chance to strike with South African Gold
Thursday, September 15, 2011
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD has conditions in his favour at Lingfield tomorrow so must have a good chance. The quicker the ground the better for him and he is well drawn in 10 of the 15 runners. A high draw is favourable even when the ground is fast. It is his first run over 5 furlongs but he has always shown alot of early speed, especially on the turf, so it should suit him. He ran well last time out on ground slower than he would have liked, before that he won on fast ground so hopefully he can bounce back to winning form again tomorrow. The horses are running well, A BOY NAMED SUZI ran a very good race to finish second in a valuable handicap at Yarmouth today and VIKING ROSE was a good third in a big field at Pontefract.

A Boy Named Suzi steps up tomorrow
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The progressive A BOY NAMED SUZI takes a step up in class and trip tomorrow at Yarmouth. The way he won at Kempton last time suggested that he needed every yard of 1 1/2 miles so it seems a logical step to run him over an extra 2 furlongs. Hopefully he can progress further over this distance. He is nicely weighted with 8st 1lb so must have a good chance of following up his recent win. The ground should be good or good/firm which is fine for him. There is good prizemoney on offer so let's hope he can bring some of it home.

TORRAN SOUND also runs at Yarmouth tomorrow, in a 2 mile handicap. He won there earlier in the year over a shorter trip but this distance should suit him better. He has the blinkers back on again as they do seem to help him. He has been freshened up after a few runs over hurdles and he may appreciate switching back to the flat. He does seem to have 2 ways of running but if he is on a 'going' day he must have a chance as it is not the strongest race on paper. He definitely has the ability to win a race like this if he decides to put his best foot forward.
 
VIKING ROSE heads up the A1 to Pontefract tomorrow. She faces a big field of 17 and she is drawn widest of all in 17. Normally this would be considered a disadvantage but she prefers to be on the outside of horses as she does not like to be crowded. She has plenty of toe so hopefully she can break well and get a good position. The ground is currently good/firm which shouild suit her as her best form is on fast ground. She is stepping up in class but she is in goods form and should run well. 
 
All 3 runners do have a chance tomorrow, as always  they just need things to go right for them on the day.

Wily Fox sporting chance tomorrow
Monday, September 12, 2011

WILY FOX ran well at Epsom recently and should go close at Folkestone tomorrow. The Epsom form is working out well as the winner that day has won again and WILY FOX has been dropped 1 pound by the handicapper so he is entitled to go close this time. He has come out of the Epsom race really well and may have improved a bit for the run. Hopefully there will still be some cut in the ground, if they get any more rain it should help him. The track should suit him, the only unknown is that it is right handed and he has only run on left handed tracks for us before. From the way he goes at home there is nothing to suggest that he needs to go left handed so it hopefully won't be a problem for him. He must have a decent chance tomorrow.

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT heads for Yarmouth tomorrow where the ground will be good to firm which should suit her. James thought she would need soft ground as she is by Act One and all his progeny seem to need soft ground. 12 furlong on fast ground should be her ideal conditions and it is a step down in class for her too. On the way she works at home she is  more than capable of winning a race at this level. Let's hope she can bounce back  tomorrow and show her true form on the track.


Storming Redd At Brighton
Sunday, September 11, 2011
STORMING REDD runs at Brighton tomorrow, it is only his second run since a wind operation and hopefully he will have realised that life is not as bad as he once thought following his run at Yarmouth last time.  He does seem to have taken that run very well and it would be nice if he could begin to repay his owners' perseverence.

Iron Condor diverts to Kempton
Tuesday, September 06, 2011

IRON CONDOR was an intended runner at Epsom on Thursday until the weather intervened so he runs at Kempton tomorrow evening instead. He is a course and distance winner there so he has that in his favour but he is 2 pounds worse off on the all weather than he would be on the turf. This means he is running off a rating 13 pounds higher than when he won at Yarmouth last time out. It is a big step up in the weights but he is in very good form and there are only 9 runners tomorrow. He has come out of his last race really well so can hopefully run another big race tomorrow.

DOYENNE DREAM returns to the track at Uttoxeter tomorrow. She has had a break and has summered well. She will be up against it a bit in novice company tomorrow but it was the only suitable race over 2 1/2 miles without travelling too far. Hopefully she will jump well tomorrow and show that she appreciates the step up in trip. This is her first time over this distance over hurdles so it will be interesting to see how she runs. She is a lovely looking filly and she looks the ideal National Hunt type. 


Hope rain stays away for South African Gold
Sunday, September 04, 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD is an intended runner at Bath tomorrow as long as they don't get too much more rain. if the ground becomes softer than good he will not run. The race is effectively run over 5 1/2 furlongs which should suit him well. If the ground remains on the fast side of good then he is well drawn in stall 1 and he should have a decent chance.

DENTON DANCER  runs at Lingfield on Tuesday in a 6 furlong median auction maiden, his first run since being gelded. He let himself down badly at Windsor last time out, he was very colty and consequently ran no race at all. Hopefully he will behave himself this time and run a decnt race.; 6 furlongs may be a bit on the sharp side for him as he should stay further but the main objective on Tuesday is that he runs a decent race and puts the Windsor run behind him. He will run whatever the ground is but it would be nice to see some rain there as it is quite firm at the moment.


"The Boy" Becomes A Man !
Friday, September 02, 2011
A BOY NAMED SUZI and Luke Morris came with a perfectly timed run at Kempton last night to grind out a brave victory.  A BOY NAMED SUZI looks as though he will relish a step up to 1m 6f whilst also proving very effective at 1m 4f on the polytrack surface. His owners, Steven and Sue Gay and many of their family, were present to cheer home their game home bred winner. He is improving with time and maturity and is having an excellent season. 

2 chances in the same race tomorrow
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A BOY NAMED SUZI and SUZI'S A CLASS ACT run in the same race at Kempton tomorrow evening in a 12 furlong handicap. Theye are in the same ownership and represent 25% of the field as there are only 8 runners. A BOY NAMED SUZI has an obvious chance as he has won on the polytrack and was narrowly beaten at Kempton as a 2 year old. he has been running consistently well so should definitely be thereabouts. SUZI'S A CLASS ACT has yet to show on the racecourse what she is really capable of, at home there is not much between the 2 horses. James is sure she will get the trip but when she ran over this distance before it was on soft ground and she didn't seem to handle it. She works well on the polytrack at home so connections were keen to find a race for her on it.  Her run tomorrow will hopefully determine what her best trip is, she should get further in time. They should both run well and it would be nice for the owners to get both horses in the frame.

 


Torran Sound chance at Huntiungdon
Sunday, August 28, 2011

TORRAN SOUND runs in a 2 mile hurdle race at Huntingdon tomorrow and must have chance as he seems to have found his form recently over this trip. He was a good fourth at Stratford last time out in big field when they went very quick early on, he stayed on well in the closing stages. Hopefully with only 8 runners tomorrow they will go a more suitable pace and the track should suit him better that Stratford. The blinkers have been left off this time as the jockey felt they could be hindering him.He did win in them as a juvenile but he has won twice on the flat without them so it doesn't seem to make a difference to him. Now he has found his form and on a track and ground to suit he should run well again tomorrow.

WILY FOX faces 8 rivals on Tuesday at Epsom in a 12 furlong handicap, this trip and the ground should suit him too. The going is currently good/soft, it may end up being good ground but either way it should be fine for him. He acted well around Brighton so hopefully he will act equally well around Epsom. He needed his last run at Newmarket and the trip was too short for him so that form is best ignored. He has come out of that race well and will hopefully run a decent race on Tuesday.


Viking Rose to continue winning run
Friday, August 26, 2011
VIKING ROSE runs in a mile handicap at Yarmouth on Sunday, she has come out of her recent win at Brighton in good form and has a good chance of winning again. James is hoping the ground is good on Sunday as her best form is on fast ground. She re opposes TINKERBELL WILL, who won the race at Yarmouth when she was second recently. They meet on similar terms again so it will be interesting to see if they finish in the same order this time, they are drawn on opposite sides of the track, VIKING ROSE is drawn 2. There are 16 runners and the other main danger in the race looks to be STRIKE THE DEAL.
STORMING REDD runs on the same card in an apprentice handicap over 10 furlongs, it is his first start this year. His form was very inconsistent last season but he has had a wind operation since then. He does seem a much happier horse at home so it will be interesting to see how he runs on the track. The connections of the horse have persevered with him and it would be nice to see their patience rewarded with some improved form. It looks a moderate race on paper. 

Iron Condor Flies Home
Wednesday, August 24, 2011

IRON CONDOR won in some style last night at Yarmouth.  He is a lovely, big horse who has matured well from three to four and has benefitted greatly from an unhurried preparation this Summer.  His owners, Harold Nass and partners, have been very patient and it is great to see their patience rewarded.  IRON CONDOR does look a fairly handicapped horse on the turf and we hope that he can go on from here.  He is now a winner on the all-weather and on the turf and he is potentially an exciting hurdler in the making.  He is half-brother to At The Money who was a good servant to us all under both codes. 


Yarmouth Raid
Monday, August 22, 2011
Park Lodge Stables goes three-handed to Yarmouth tomorrow evening.
 
NOVERTON runs in the 7 furlong fillies handicap.  She is resuming battle with Luca Cumani's filly, Mundana, who narrowly beat her at Salisbury in a 7 furlong maiden.  NOVERTON is now 8 pounds better off with Mundana and therefore she has a chance of turning the tables this time.  The ground was soft at Salisbury when they last met and yet NOVERTON ran a decent race first time out on fast ground previously.  Therefore the forecast rain should not necessarily effect her participation. 
 
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD returns to Yarmouth where he won 3 weeks ago.  He was only raised 2 pounds by the handicapper for his win which is reasonable.  The ground was fast when he won and he would be withdrawn if the ground comes up softer than good tomorrow evening.  There is a chance of heavy rain overnight and tomorrow morning.  Assuming the ground stays good or faster, SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD does seem in good form at home and could be capable of following up. 
 
IRON CONDOR runs in the last race a mile and a half handicap.  He ran a very encouraging race first time out after a long break at Newmarket two Saturdays ago and was dropped 3 pounds by the handicapper which lets him into this 0-65 handicap.  He does appear to need fast ground and it is thought that he can match his good all-weather form on the right ground.  He also would be withdrawn if the ground was considered too soft. 

Handicap debut for Suzi's A Class Act
Thursday, August 18, 2011
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT runs in handicap company for the first time at Sandown tomorrow. There are 12 runners and she is drawn 6. The track should suit her and James is sure she will stay further but she was a bit disappointing at Newmarket last time when she was tried over a slightly longer trip. She has been dropped back to 10 furlongs tomorrow as she has previous form over this distance. She seems to be on a reasonable handicap mark and if they get any further rain it will help her chances.

Baan and Stevie chance tomorrow
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The stable is in good form at present, BAAN and Stevie have a good chance to continue the stable's winning streak at Fontwell tomorrow. BAAN has top weight but Stevie takes 10 pounds off his back which is a big help and they face only 6 rivals. It is a novice handicap tomorrow which is ideal for him, he has been running in normal handicaps previously. The race is over an extended 2 miles 6 furlongs and Fontwell has a stiff finish, both these factors should suit him well. Stevie has a good chance tomorrow of riding his first winner.
VIKING ROSE battled on well to win at Brighton yesterday. It was particularly pleasing to make her a winner as she is a half sister to RAPSCALLIAN and ORCADIAN. It has increased her paddock value for when she retires to stud. If you ignore her all weather form she has been a consistent filly and is hopefully improving and there could be more to come from her.

Viking Rose to bloom at Brighton
Monday, August 15, 2011
VIKING ROSE makes a fairly quick return to the track after running well at Yarmouth last week. It was always the plan to run here if all went well at Yarmouth as it looks the right race for her and she has previous form at Brighton. There are 10 runners and 4 or 5 of them have similar levels of form to VIKING ROSE so it is a competitive race at this level. She looks good enough to win race like this and having previous form on the track is an advantage over most of the other runners. She deserves to win a race as she has been placed in 3 of her last 4 runs.

Iron Condor returns to the track
Friday, August 12, 2011
IRON CONDOR runs at Newmarket tomorrow in a 12 furlong handicap. It will be his first race since February so he is likely to need the run. On turf he seems to need top of the ground so the going may be against him tomorrow with some more rain forecast.

4 runners in 2 days
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

James saddles 4 runners over the next 2 days and they have some decent chances. A BOY NAMED SUZI starts proceedings at Newmarket tomorrow afternoon. He runs in a 12 furlong handicap and there are only 6 runners. He won a median maiden over the same trip at Wolverhampton last time out. Both his previous runs have been over this trip but admittedly neither were run at a strong pace but he should hopefully get the trip at Newmarket. With a small field tomorrow they may not go a strong pace anyway. Any rain that falls would help his chance as ideally he would like it good or good/soft. The horse is working well and improving all the time so he will not disgrace himself tomorrow.

TORRAN SOUND remains over hurdles after his good run finishing second last time out at Uttoxeter. He runs in a 2 mile handicap hurdle at Stratford tomorrow evening. The track should suit him and the blinkers remain on as he ran well in them last time. He doesn't mind any type of going. If he can run up to the form of his last race he should run well.

On Friday SUZI'S A CLASS ACT heads for Nottingham and runs in a 10 furlong 3 year olds only fillies handicap. She was disappointing last time out over 12 furlongs at Newmarket on soft ground. James thought the conditions were ideal for her that day but she just ran a very flat race, there was no obvious explanation. She has been dropped back in trip as she has form over this distance. Hopefully they will get some rain before Friday as the ground there is pretty quick at the moment. It is a competitive race but hopefully she can run her race this time and put her last run behind her.

On Friday evening WILY FOX runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Newmarket. He has had a small break and has come back in great form, he is jumping out of his skin. He worked recently on the turf with some cut in it and relished the underfoot conditions so some rain before Friday would really help his chance. If the ground remains fast he may not be sharp enough over this trip. 


Viking Rose returns to Yarmouth
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
VIKING ROSE returns to Yarmouth tomorrow where she finished third last time out over the same distance. Rather annoyingly it rained there last night as James was hoping for good ground. She was taken out twice last week to avoid soft ground but this looks the right race for her and there are no suitable alternative races so she is a definite runner. Although it was soft ground last time it was felt that she ran well despite the ground not because of it.  The straight mile at Yarmouth seems to suit her as she can stay out of trouble. She is not a very big filly so seems to prefer being on the outside of the field rather than in amongst horses. With only 10 runners tomorrow and drawn 7 she should be able to keep clear of trouble. This race looks a weaker contest than her last race so if she can run as well as last time she should be thereabouts. It will be the first time she has faced older horses but that should not be a problem for her.

Noverton on the polytrack tomorrow
Sunday, August 07, 2011
NOVERTON will have her first run on the polytrack at Lingfield tomorrow in a 7 furlong maiden race. There is no reason why it should not suit her well as she has worked well on it all year and she seems a very straightforward workmanlike filly. She has form on both soft and fast ground so you would hope it will suit her very well. She has run well in all her races to date and has the form to go very close in a race of this type. She was only narrowly beaten 2 runs ago at Salisbury so definitely deserves to win a race. If she handles the surface and gets a bit of luck in running you hope she can do that tomorrow.

South African Gold Returns to the Track
Wednesday, August 03, 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD has not run for a long time and his run this evening at Yarmouth is his first time on the Turf since having a wind operation.  He has won since his wind operation but it was on the all-weather so it will be interesting to see how he runs on the Turf. 


Third Brighton Challenge Cup Bid
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
IRON CONDOR bids to give Park Lodge it's third Brighton Challenge Trophy.  We have won the race twice before with ELMSSCHOOLGIRL several years ago and more recently with ARIODANTE.  IRON CONDOR is certainly an interesting runner.  He is rated 10 pounds lower on the turf than the all-weather and therefore could be well in on Thursday.  He was unlucky not to win on the turf last year and showed that, unlike his half-brother AT THE MONEY, he prefers a sound surface rather than soft ground.  The concern is the weather forecast and if the ground changes to soft, I will almost certainly scratch him.  He is declared in a weaker race at Lingfield on the turf over a mile and a half on Friday.
 
VIKING ROSE also runs at Brighton on Thursday.  She has form on the track which is an asset.  She ran well last time at Yarmouth on ground softer than ideal and although she is less ground dependent than IRON CONDOR, she would still not want the ground too soft.  She was third at Yarmouth last time in spite of the ground not because of it.  She is also declared again on Friday at Brighton and will stay at the course overnight and run again on Friday so long as she runs a decent race. 
 
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD sprang a very pleasant surprise at Yarmouth on Wednesday evening.  He made all and hung on very gamely by a head.  As reported earlier, this was his first run on the turf since a wind operation and the unknown was whether he could translate his all-weather win to the turf.  He gave us the answer in a very genuine fashion.  I am delighted for his owner, William Mocatta, who has shown unbelieveable patience with his horse, not to mention his trainer!  Let us hope that SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD can progress from here on the turf.

Buick back on board Miss Exhibitionist
Saturday, July 30, 2011
William Buick rides MISS EXHIBITIONIST in a 10 furlong fillies handicap at Newbury tomorrow. He rode her when she finished a good third in a handicap at Sandown so hopefully he can go closer tomorrow. There are 11 runners and she is drawn 5. She has been running well all season and was very narrowly beaten in a maiden at Wolverhampton in her last run. The slight concern is the ground as she would not want it too fast, if the goingstick reading is correct it should be OK for her but if it dries out any more then it will go against her. She is in very good form  at home and if she handles the ground she has a definite chance.

Drop in trip for Torran Sound
Sunday, July 24, 2011
TORRAN SOUND has been running over 2 1/2 miles over hurdles and doesn't seem to be getting home so hopefully the drop back in trip and the re application of blinkers will do the trick at Uttoxeter tomorrow evening. He has won over 2 1/4 miles on the flat but  over hurdles he has been travelling well in his races and then appears not to be getting home. He has won over hurdles with blinkers on before so hopefully they could make a difference again. He has been finding it tough in handicaps over hurdles but has now been dropped a few pounds and this is his first run in a 0-95 so may find this grade more to his liking. The ground will be good tomorrow but he goes on any ground so that it is not a factor. If he can re find his form and the drop in trip and grade are what he needs then he has a chance tomorrow. 

Stevie on board Baan again
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baan will be parnered by Stevie again at Uttoxeter tomorrow. Stevie gave him a good ride last time out to finish third over the same course and distance, hopefully they can finish even closer this time. He runs in the handicap rather than the novice race and Stevie's 10 pound claim could make a big difference. The ground should be slightly slower than last time which should help.

Suzi's A Class Act runs at Newmarket on Friday evening in a 12 furlong maiden. There are 17 runners and she is drawn 9. It looks a typical Newmarket maiden on paper with the big yards well represented but her maiden form has worked out well. She has been crying out for a trip so the extra 2 furlongs should suit her. The ground will be fine for her but if they do get more rain it would help her chance, the more the better. 


2 runners at Yarmouth tomorrow
Monday, July 18, 2011

James sends NOVERTON and VIKING ROSE to Yarmouth tomorrow. NOVERTON would seem to have the best chance and she certainly deserves to get her head in front after 2 very promising runs to date. She was only just beaten in her last run at Salisbury on rain softened ground so she should appreciate the underfoot conditions tomorrow. She runs in a 7 furlong maiden race and she can definitely be competitive again.

VIKING ROSE was very disappointing last time out at Southwell on the fibresand. Hopefully that run can be attributed to her not liking the surface as she ran a nice race at Brighton before that. She is running in a mile fillies handicap which should suit her, the unknown is the ground. She has not raced on soft ground before but the family act well on it so there is no reason why she should not act on it too. Let's hope she can show her true colours tomorrow and prove that her previous poor run was due to the surface. 


Bold show from Miss Exhibtionist
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
MISS EXHIBITIONIST ran a great race at Wolverhampton yesterday to finish second. She was beaten a short head by the favourite and they were 6 lengths clear of the rest of the runners. She is a very genuine and consistent filly and deserves to win a race. There are definitely races to be won with her and her turn will come.

Miss Exhibitionist to steal the show
Monday, July 04, 2011

MISS EXHIBITIONIST has been found a good opportunity to open her account at Wolverhampton tomorrow. She is following a similar pattern to A BOY NAMED SUZI who ran well in a handicap before winning his maiden, let's hope she can do the same. She was third last time out in a good fillies handicap at Sandown. This looks an easier race so if she can reproduce that form she must have a big chance. The John Gosden trained Trumpington Street looks the main danger. The surface should not be a problem as she ran well at Lingfield on the artificial surface, she handled the track well there too. The only concern tomorrow is that she may find the track a bit tight as she is a big filly but the way she acted around Lingfield would give you hope that she should be fine. It would be particularly pleasing for the owner, Mrs Whitlock, if she won as she is a home bred so it would be great to own and breed a winner.

VIKING ROSE has also been found an ideal race tomorrow, a maiden handicap at Southwell. She ran very well at Brighton last time to finish third, it showed her previous run at Kempton to be all wrong. She showed good speed at Brighton so she has been dropped back to a mile from 10 furlongs. The slight worry is that she may not enjoy the kickback, this could have been the reason for her poor display at Kempton. Luckily she is drawn 9 of 14 so can be kept fairly wide away from the kickback and this is not a disadvantage at this track. Statistically alot of winners do come from a mid draw there. VIKING ROSE certainly has the ability to win a race of this type as long as she handles the track.

 


The Future Looks Bright
Monday, June 27, 2011
We have had two very successful, not to mention fun, days at Park Lodge.
 
Stevie Sanders showed much promise in his first ride at Uttoxeter last Sunday.  Stevie came to Park Lodge directly from The British Racing School and has been here just over two years.  He has done very well to have his first ride over hurdles in such a relatively short period of time.  Stevie obeyed instructions to the letter (always pleasing!) and BAAN rose to the occasion and ran a great race to finish 3rd in the two and a half mile maiden hurdle at Uttoxeter.  Stevie acquitted himself well at every stage not just in the race itself.  It was particularly pleasing that the starter, Seamus O'Neill, came up to me today at Wolverhampton to say what a nice, polite lad Stevie was and how pleased he was that his first ride had gone so well.  Remember the name!
 
On the equine front, A BOY NAMED SUZI broke his maiden today at Wolverhampton.  He shows a lot of promise for the future as he does seem very genuine and looked to stay the mile and a half (his first try at the trip) very well.  I am hopeful he can progress from here.  It was a very satisfying winner for his owners, Greenstead Hall Racing, as he is a home-bred. The owners also have SUZI'S A CLASS ACT in training at Park Lodge, another three year old who shows much promise for the future. They look set fair for an exciting 2011 on the racecourse.
 

Good Opportunity for A Boy Named Suzi
Sunday, June 26, 2011
A BOY NAMED SUZI runs in a 12 furlong median auction maiden at Wolverhampton tomorrow and has a good chance of getting off the mark. He was second last time out in a handicap off 77 so looks as if he can run to his rating. His last race was over 10 furlongs but he ran as though a step up in trip would suit him. It is not a competitive race tomorrow, the main danger looks to be HIDDEN VALLEY trained by Andrew Balding. A BOY NAMED SUZI is homebred by the owners Greenstead Hall Racing so it would be particularly pleasing for them if he could win tomorrow.

First ride for Stevie on Sunday
Friday, June 24, 2011

Stevie Sanders is to have his first ride in a race on Baan at Uttoxeter on Sunday. Stevie has been at the yard since leaving the Racing School over 2 years ago, he works very hard and thoroughly deserves his chance. He has been schooling horses for a while and got a very good report from Yogi Breisner, the  well known jumping tutor, when he got his conditional jockeys license. Baan has been leased from the owners so will be running in Gay's colours. On his previous form he has a chance but the most important thing is that Stevie enjoys his first ride and both of them come home safely.  

TORRAN SOUND also runs at the same meeting in a 2 1/2 mile handicap hurdle, he will be ridden by Mark Bradburne. His last run, which was on the flat, can be ignored as it came too soon after his previous run. He has been freshened up since then and is in good form at home. The trip should be ideal for him. His last run over hurdles was over 3 miles and he was running well until he made a bad mistake 3 out. It was probably a combination of the trip and the jumping error that caused him to fade out of contention that day. He was 4th over this distance at Huntingdon before that. He goes on any ground so any change in the going between now and then will not affect his chance. His form does look in and out but he is basically a very genuine horse who has been a bit unlucky on occasions. He should run very well on Sunday.

The horses have been running well, NOVERTON ran a particularly good race at Salisbury on Wednesday. She almost caused an upset and finished a close second to the favourite. She handled the soft ground well but had  also run a respectable race on fast ground first time out so is not ground dependant. James was delighted with her run, she is a nice filly for the future. She is a very straightforward type who has taken well to racing and will hopefully go on improving. 


Noverton returns to Salisbury today
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
NOVERTON runs at Salisbury today, she ran well there on her debut 15 days ago. She is running over the same trip as last time but will encounter very different underfoot conditions. The ground is soft and she has not experienced this type of ground before so there is no knowing how she will handle it. She ran a very encouraging race first time out so hopefully she will run another decent race. She looks as if she will stay a mile but this race was an ideal race for her so she has kept to 7 furlongs today. She will have sharpened up from her first run but if she looks  as if she will appreciate further she will step up in trip in next time.

Denton Dancer steps up in trip
Monday, June 20, 2011
DENTON DANCER ran well first time out over 5 furlongs and steps up to 6 furlongs at Windsor this evening. He has got plenty of speed but he is by Halling so you would expect him to be better over a longer trip. The ground will be an unknown as he has not encountered soft ground before but there is no reason why he shouldn't handle it and it may even suit him better. He is drawn wide but this will not be a disadvantage if they go over to the far side which often happens when the ground is soft. He is a nice horse who is very professional at home and is not without a chance tonight.

Circus Master to make a good show
Thursday, June 16, 2011
CIRCUS MASTER showed improved form in his second run so can hopefully improve again on Saturday at Lingfield. On breeding he should be more of a sprinter but on the track he looks as if he needs a trip so the step up to 12 furlongs from 9 furlongs should suit him. It does not look a strong race but he does meet ONLYFOALSANDHORSES again who finished in front of him last time out. CIRCUS MASTER seems a genuine horse so if he improves from his last run he has a chance of turning the table on Saturday.

Suzi's A Class Act chance at Windsor
Sunday, June 12, 2011

SUZI'S A CLASS ACT ran very well on her debut in a Newmarket maiden and runs at Windsor in a 10 furlong maiden tomorrow evening. She is by Act One whose progeny like soft ground so she will like the going and the more rain the falls the better. She has improved at home from her Newmarket run which must give her a goods chance tomorrow as long as she handles the track and the outside draw isn't too much of a disadvantage. She would probably be better on a more galloping track but the going at Windsor will suit her well. She is a filly with ability and should run well tomorrow.

VIKING ROSE was declared for Windsor too but she got ballotted out so heads for Brighton on Tuesday instead. There are only 9 declared to run and it looks a slightly weaker race, she also prefers soft ground so would benefit from more rain down on the south coast. She didn't run her race at Kempton last time, she is definitely better than the form she showed there. She is dropping back in trip slightly this time which may help but it wasn't just the trip that was to blame last time. On her form at home she is capable of running well off her current handicap mark so hopefully she can show that form on the track on Tuesday. She ran well first time out in a hot maiden so if she can reproduce that run she should have a chance.


Miss Exhibitionist well drawn tomorrow
Thursday, June 09, 2011
MISS EXHIBITIONIST ran a very nice last time out at Lingfield from a bad draw, hopefully she can go alot closer tomorrow at Sandown. Her last run was her first run for the yard and she came with a reputation  of being a bit keen so it was important that she settled well last time out which she did in the hands of George Baker. Unfortunately he can not renew the partnership this time but Seb Sanders is a more than capable substitute. She picked up nicely but never got to the leaders at Lingfield. She is drawn 1 tomorrow so hopefully she can be settled just behind the leaders. The ground should suit her tomorrow too as it is good, good/soft in places. Any further rain would not be a problem. She is a nice filly and has worked well since her last run, she should run well.  

Drop in grade for Circus Master tomorrow
Tuesday, June 07, 2011

   CIRCUS MASTER runs in an apprentice selling race over 9 furlongs at Yarmouth tomorrow.There are only 8 runners and he will be ridden by Kieran Fox, one of the more experienced riders in the race. He was disappointing on his racecourse debut at Kempton recently. He has worked better at home than he showed that day so hopefully he can show more on the track this time now he is dropped in grade.

A BOY NAMED SUZI ran a nice race at Ponefract yesterday, finishing second. The winner was  different class but it was still a good race and he showed a lot of promise for the future.


Handicap debut for A Boy Named Suzi
Sunday, June 05, 2011

A BOY NAMED SUZI makes his debut for the yard and it will be his first run in a handicap at Pontefract tomorrow. He is a nice horse and has been working well but it looks a competitive race for a 6 runner field. He is running over 10 furlongs and there is a slight worry it may be too far for him, a mile would have been ideal but James was keen to run him on the best ground available. The ground there should be fine but any showers that they may get before tomorrow would be beneficial. The horse was unlucky not to win as a 2 year old so has not been given too many favours by the handicapper but he will be an interesting runner tomorrow. It is his first run for the yard so he is a bit of an unknown but seems a nice horse and will hopefully make up into a fair handicapper.

NOVERTON, a 3 year old, makes her racecourse debut at Salisbury on Tuesday in a 7 furlong maiden. She has been working nicely but is very green so will definitely benefit from the experience. She has done all her work so far on the polytrack so has never even been on grass before. She should be a fun filly for the future.  They will hopefully get some rain there before Tuesday as she would not want the ground to be too firm.


Speed Dancer at Sandown tomorrow
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
SPEED DANCER runs at Sandown tomorrow evening in a 10 furlong maiden race. He is still a big baby and learning what racing is all about. He has finished mid division in his 2 runs so far. The ground has been plenty quick enough for him in his previous races so any ease in the ground tomorrow may help him. He is not fully mature yet but can hopefully run a nice race and gain from the experience. There are 17 runners  and it will be a competitive enough race for a maiden.

Fallon on Torran Sound again
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Kieran Fallon is hopefully going to keep up his 100% strike rate for the yard when he partners Torran Sound again at Nottingham tomorrow. His agent put him on the horse so he must be keen to ride him and he must have a very good chance. It looks a tougher race than last time and he has gone up 5 pounds but the horse is in good form since his win last time out. He seems to act on any ground so any rain that falls won't inconvenience him, it may help him as he is a thorough stayer so if it becomes a  real test of stamina it will play to his strengths.
DENTON DANCER runs in a 5 furlong median auction maiden at Leicester on Monday. He ran well on his debut at Lingfield and showed enough speed that day to say he has a chance over this trip even though he will get further in time. He came out of his first race well and has a better draw this time, drawn 3 0f 7. Although it is a small field he should run well but  it looks a quite a competitive race on paper.

2 runners at Newmarket tomorrow
Thursday, May 26, 2011
SUZI'S A CLASS ACT and WILY FOX have a very short journey to make tomorrow as they both run on the Rowley Mile racecourse at Newmarket. SUZI'S A CLASS ACT will be making her racecourse debut in the 10 furlong maiden race. It is likely top be a hot race with the highly rated MAQARAAT in the field who will be hard to beat. She is a nice filly though and could run well at a big price. She is a filly with a future and will improve for the run. She will stay further in time but has enough pace to run well over this trip tomorrow.
WILY FOX runs in the amateur riders handicap over 12 furlongs. It would be great if he could provide the Eustace family with a winner as he will be ridden by Big D, James and Gay's youngest son. He will be well supported by the Blue Peter Racing 10 syndicate who will be there in force to cheer him on. There are only 8 runners and he must have a good chance. He has made the running in his last 2 races and in previous years Newmarket has not favoured front runners. However this year there have been several winners from the front, most notably Frankel! He is not expected to put in a performance in that class but he should run well. 

Miss Exhibitionist to make a show
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

MISS EXHIBITIONIST makes her debut for the yard today at Lingfield and could put up a bold show. She had some form last year as a 2 year old when trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and has been working nicely at home . A wide draw over 7 furlongs on this track is not normally ideal but she needs to be dropped out in the early stages so the draw should not be a disadvantage. She should get 7 furlongs well as long as she settled in her race, she has been settling well at home so hopefully she can on the racecourse too. Goerge Baker takes the ride and he has a very good pair of hands so should suit her well. As long as he can get her to settle then she could run a nice race.


Fallon One from One
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Kieren Fallon gave TORRAN SOUND a masterful front-running ride at Yarmouth yesterday to beat ASTROLEO by a length.  The second was game in defeat and the only runner in the race to get to TORRAN SOUND in the straight.  Kieren, riding TORRAN SOUND for the first time, set perfect fractions on a willing partner who stays very well but lacks a turn of foot.  Let us hope he will be available to ride him again.


Fallon has First Ride for Park Lodge
Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kieren Fallon has his first ride for the yard on TORRAN SOUND at Yarmouth tomorrow.  One mile 6 furlongs may be on the short side for TORRAN SOUND but the race looks a suitable opportunity for him.  The ground will suit and the jockey should be ideal for the type of horse that TORRAN SOUND is. 


Circus Master makes his debut
Sunday, May 15, 2011
CIRCUS MASTER makes his raceourse debut in a 7 furlong median auction maiden at Kempton on Tuesday evening. He is a great big horse and was too immature to run last year as a 2 year old. He has been working nicely this spring but has a very laid back attitude for a horse bred to be a sprinter. He is expected to need this run to wake him up and to realise what racing is all about. As he is such a big horse he is bound to need this first run but hopefully he will run a nice race, come out of it well and progress from there.

Viking Rose first run in handicap company
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
VIKING ROSE makes her debut in handicap company at Kempton tomorrow evening. She is stepping up to 12 furlongs but on breeding she should get the trip. She ran well on the polytrack first time out last season so should handle the track. She does not want fast ground so the polytrack is her only option at the moment and this seems an ideal race for her. On her homework she would have a chance off her rating, the only slight worry is whether she has enough experience in a handicap.
WILY FOX ran another sound race at Brighton yesterday, finishing second. He stayed on well and may appreciate a stiffer test of stamina.

Wily Fox to lead the pack
Sunday, May 08, 2011
WILY FOX returns to Brighton tomorrow where he led nearly all the way last time out and just found one too good that day. Hopefully he can go one better this time. Everything looks right tomorrow as he acts on the track, has won  over this trip and appears to act on any going. He seems in good form at home and only faces 3 rivals. Milnagavie, trained by Richard Hannon would be the one to fear. Seb Sanders, who rode him in his last race, is in the saddle again.
SPEED DANCER faces 8 rivals at Yarmouth on Tuesday. He runs in a 10 furlong median auction maiden race there. He has come out of his last race well and should be alot sharper this time as he only got the message in the closing stages on his racecourse debut.  He is a horse that is going the right way and an improved run is expected. He will get the trip well and in time will probably stay further.

First 2 year old runner tomorrow at Lingfield
Thursday, May 05, 2011
DENTON DANCER will be the stable's first 2 year old runner of the season at Lingfield tomorrow on the turf. There are only 5 runners but he unfortunately has the worst draw in 1 which puts him on the outside, not ideal for a 2 year old making his debut. Red Socks, drawn next to him, has had the benefit of 2 runs so hopefully he can get an early lead from him. DENTON DANCER seems very professional at home and is a straightforward horse so hopefully the draw will not prove to be too much of a disadvantage. Although there are only 5 runners, 3 have run before and 2 of them have been placed second so have shown some form. DENTON DANCER is by Halling who you would not expect to get early 2 year olds but there is alot of speed on the dam's side. He is a nice colt who has shown plenty of speed at home and should run a good race tomorrow. It is good to get a 2 year old on the track as it provides a yardstick for the rest of the 2 year olds in the yard.

Speed Dancer makes debut at Yarmouth today
Monday, April 25, 2011
SPEED DANCER makes his racecourse debut in the 10 furlong mediaqn auctiom maiden at Yarmouth this afternoon. He is a nice big long striding horse who has been working at OK at home but the penny hasn't really dropped yet. He needs to see a racecourse to learn what racing is all about. Alothough there is plenty of speed on the dams side he does not look like a sprinter hence he is starting off over 10 furlongs, he may need to drop back to a mile in time. He will hopefully run an encouraging race today.
WESTER ROSS reverts to the flat tomorrow. He runs in a 2 mile handicap at Yarmouth and must have a decent chance. He has been running consistently without managing to get his head in front. He is too consistent for his own good. The horse is in good form and it does look a winnable race so it would be nice for the horse and his connections if he could finally get his head in front on the flat.
 
  

Torran Sound runs the marathon tomorrow
Monday, April 18, 2011
TORRAN SOUND runs in the Pontefract marathon handicap tomorrow over 2 miles 5 furlongs, there are 12 runners. A few less than the London marathon yesterday!This trip should suit him as he has won over 2 miles 2 fulongs before and is a real stayer. He will be carrying a very light weight as he is effectively out of the handicap on 7st 11bs but will be carrying 7st 10lbs as he is ridden by Ryan Powell who claims 5 pounds off the minimum weight of 8st 1lb. TORRAN SOUND was running a big race over hurdles at Exeter last time out when he made a msitake 3 flights from home and pulled some muscles in his hind quarters. He is moving well again now so as long as he is back to his best he should run a big race tomorrow as the ground and trip are ideal for him.

Wily Fox drops back in trip
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
WILY FOX  runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Brighton on Friday. He may have found the trip too far last time out so he is being dropped back in trip slightly. He was also too keen in his last race but hopefully they will go a better pace over a shorter trip which will help him too settle. There are only 7 runners and Seb Sanders takes the ride.He is one of the leading jockeys at the track so he will get good assistance from the saddle. The horse is fit and well and must have a good chance. The only unknown is the going as he is unproven on good/firm ground but there is no reason why he shouldn't act on it. They may get some rain there before Friday which won't inconvenience him.

Seasonal debut for Viking Rose
Sunday, April 10, 2011
VIKING ROSE will make her seasonal debut at Windosr tomorrow evening in a mile maiden fillies race. She ran twice last year as a 2 year old but is bred to improve with age. She ran a promising race at Kempton on the all weather first time out but was a little disappointing next time so she was then put away for the year. She has come to hand early this spring so is ready to run but may find a mile a bit on the short side and she may not be good enough to win a maiden of this calibre over this distance. It looks a strong contest on paper. Hopefully she can run a nice race tomorrow but she is likely to improve over further in time. Daryll Holland  is booked to ride her again as he rode her in her first race and thought she was a nice filly.

Quick Return for Wester Ross
Thursday, April 07, 2011

WESTER ROSS makes a quick return to action at Fontwell tomorrow in a 2 miles 2 furlongs handicap hurdle.  He ran respectably at Uttoxeter and did not have the best of luck in running.  Although he runs off his old handicap mark tomorrow and is due to drop 3 pounds from next week, James Eustace is keen to run him over this trip whilst the ground is suitable for him, hence the quick return to action.  Mark Bradburne, who knows him well, takes the ride. 


Ground right for Wester Ross
Friday, April 01, 2011

WESTER ROSS returns to Uttoxeter tomorrow for the first time since he won his novice hurdle there.  He likes good ground or quicker which he should get tomorrow.  He is running in a two and a half mile handicap hurdle and the fact that he is now running with top weight in a lesser handicap should suit him well.  His best form this season was over this trip at Taunton when 4th behind ORGANISATEUR of Paul Nicholl's.  Therefore all conditions look to be in his favour.  He seems in particularly good form at home. 


Wily Fox chance to be in the hunt again
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WILY FOX has a good chance of following up his recent win at Lingfield back on the same track on Friday. It will be his first run in a handicap and he has a rating of 72. On his homework this rating would seem reasonable but one has to run in these races to find out. The race on Friday is a furlong longer than last time but this shouldn't be an issue especially in such a small field, there are only 6 runners. He is hopefully still improving as he is getting more experienced and being a course winner has to be in his favour. There will be no shortage of support for the horse as a big team of Blue Peter Racing members will be there to cheer him on.


Test of stamina for Torran Sound tomorrow
Monday, March 21, 2011

TORRAN SOUND heads for Exeter tomorrow to run in a novice handicap hurdle over almost 3 miles. He ran very well last time out at Huntingdon in a handicap over 2 1/2 miles and ran as though this extra distance would suit him. He has an abundance of stamina as he has won over 2 1/4 miles on the flat. It is a long way for a 4 year old but he gets a weight for age allowance so is quite well in at the weights and back in novice company it should be an easier contest than last time. He seems to go on any going so the good ground tomorrow will be fine for him. He is in good form at home so must have a decent chance tomorrow.


Cheltenham
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We have a natural lull at the moment with runners planned again for next week.  Meanwhile we shall enjoy watching Cheltenham this week which is always great racing. 



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

 


Karky Schultz
Monday, March 07, 2011
Very sadly we lost KARKY SCHULTZ at Newbury on Saturday.  Everyone connected with him will miss him immensely.  He has been a great servant and a great warrior for the yard over several years but most especially since he went jumping.  His form this season has been a step up on previous seasons and we were all dreaming of a possible run either at Cheltenham or Aintree.  Sadly this will not now happen but we have had some great days with him and we will treasure those memories.
 
On a brighter note the other weekend runners acquitted themselves well.  GO SET GO in particular showed a good turn of foot and again much promise when finishing 3rd in an all-age bumper at Kempton on Saturday.  The winner looks very smart and the first three drew 14 lengths clear of the rest of the field.  BAAN and WESTER ROSS ran respectable races at Huntingdon on Sunday on ground that was not ideal for either of them. 

Karky Schultz heads weekend raiders
Friday, March 04, 2011
It is a busy weekend for the yard with 4 runners at 3 meetings. KARKY SCHULTZ heads proceedings at Newbury tomorrow in a 2 mile handicap hurdle in which there are 12 runners and he will be ridden by Paddy Brennan again. The trainer is slightly concerned about the ground as KARKY SCHULTZ's best form has been on either heavy or almost good ground, he possible doesn't like it in between. Hopefully it will dry up enough before tomorrow to make it good/soft ground for him. He has been put up 8 pounds by the handicapper for his recent win so it won't be easy for him but he is in good form and should run well again if the ground is in his favour.
 
GO SET GO heads for Kempton on Saturday to run in the National Hunt flat race there and will be ridden by Michael Murphy. He is also in good form but it could be quite a hot race. He has solid form so should run a decent race depending on the quality of the opposition. He would have preferred softer ground but it looks the right race for him.
 
On Sunday BAAN and WESTER ROSS are declared to run at Huntingdon and Paddy Brennan has been booked to ride both of them. BAAN has run very well in both his starts over hurdles to date so must have every chance of winning on Sunday. There is a maximum field of 16 runners in his race. WESTER ROSS is not a definite runner at this stage as he needs the ground to dry up, he needs good ground. His last run is best ignored as everything went against him that day, he got left at the start and probably didn't stay on ground he didn't like. He is returning to 2 miles again on Sunday, he has always run well at Huntingdon and is working nicely at home.
 
The stable is in good form so all 4 runners could run well, let's hope that at least one of them gets lucky!

Wily Fox Gone Away!
Saturday, February 26, 2011

WILY FOX duly obliged yesterday at Lingfield.  Jack Mitchell did well to get a good position from his draw but also to get WILY FOX settled as he can be keen in the early stages of a race.  He quickened well into the straight and was probably in front long enough for a relatively inexperienced horse.  This was only the 5th run of his life and the first time he had hit the front in a race.  It was great that many of the members of BLUE PETER RACING 10 could be at Lingfield for this win.  BLUE PETER RACING have had some memorable moments over the years but had not had a winner for a couple of years.  The partnership have been great supporters over the last decade.  However it was very sad that Godfry Eastwood, a founder member of BLUE PETER RACING back in 2000, had died the week before.  We all felt, in the Winner's Enclosure, that he was looking down on us; how he would have enjoyed WILY FOX's win! 


Wily Fox to Slip the Pack
Friday, February 25, 2011
WILY FOX looks to have a good opportunity to lose his maiden tag at Lingfield this afternoon.  He does need to prove that he stays 1 1/2 miles but he gave the impression at Wolverhampton over 9+ furlongs that he would stay further.  He stayed on well in the straight at Wolverhampton to keep second place without ever having a chance of getting a blow in at the winner to whom he was conceding nearly 2 stones.  On pedigree there is every chance he will stay.  He is owned by an enthusiastic partnership in Blue Peter Racing who deserve to have another winner.
 
TORRAN SOUND was missing from the news updates as we had no network connection recently and could not update the website.  He ran a fine race for a 4 year old in an all age handicap over 2 1/2 miles at Huntingdon yesterday.  He finished 4th having made most of the running with a long gap back to the rest of the field.  He jumped round exceptionally well for an inexperienced juvenile hurdler and there looks to be exciting times ahead with him over timber.  He proved that proper soft, jumping ground held no fears for him and thus he has form on most types of ground which is a very useful attribute.  He will eventually stay even further than 2 1/2 miles. 

South African Seeking Gold
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD returns to the scene of his triumph at the end of last year.  He has had a nice break since he last ran.  There are only 7 runners declared for tomorrow and he has a winning chance.  Micky Fenton rides him again whose suggestion it was to drop him back to 6 furlongs when he subsequently won. 


Torran Sound back on song
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
TORRAN SOUND needed the run last time out and will strip fitter at Lingfield tomorrow. He wore blinkers last time which, in hindsight, was probably an error as he doesn't need them over this longer trip. He had them on originally to sharpen him up over a shorter distance but he won on the turf without them and over 2 miles tomorrow they will not be necessary. He has been working nicely at home since his last run and the stable are in good form so he should run well.

Stiff task for Go Set Go
Friday, February 11, 2011
GO SET GO faces some stiff opposition at Warwick tomorrow in a mile and 6 furlong national hunt flat race. It looks a hot contest and he will also be taking on older horses for the first time. The stable is in good form with a winner and 2 seconds from its last 3 runners and GO SET GO has been working well at home. He had a corn in his foot before his intended run last Sunday but is over that now and James is very happy with him. It will be interesting to see how he runs in this company.

Wily Fox makes English debut
Thursday, February 10, 2011
WILY FOX will be having his first run in this country at Wolverhampton tomorrow. His previous runs were in France and he was bought at the autumn horses in training sale with a view to being a potential dual purpose horse. James has been very pleased with him so far and he has been working nicely at home. He thought it was worth having a go on the flat before trying him over hurdles. The stable is in very good form and WILY FOX has worked respectably with yesterdays winner SCOTTISH STAR. He does not have as good a turn of foot as SCOTTISH STAR but tomorrow's race looks a weaker contest so he must have a chance. The unknown is how he will handle the polytrack surface but the horse is in very good form at home so he will hopefully run a decent race tomorrow. A strong team of his owners, Blue Peter Racing 10, will be there so let's hope he gives them something to cheer about!

A Good Day at the Office
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
SCOTTISH STAR justified favouritism today at Lingfield.  He did it the hard way in that he ended up making the running.  He did tie-up slightly in the closing stages and also had a good look at the starting stalls beside the track which caused him to come off a true line and initiated a Stewards' Enquiry.  The Enquiry seemed to go on for hours but eventually it was announced that all was well and the placings remained unaltered.  SCOTTISH STAR has always promised to be a nice type of horse and is now beginning to fulfil that promise.  There are no immediate plans for him.  We will wait and see what the handicapper makes of his performance today.
 
BAAN did his level best at Ludlow to make it a memorable double under both codes.  He ran a storming race at a massive price (50/1) to finish an honourable second, fulfilling the promise he showed on his hurdling debut at Leicester.  The ground at Ludlow was genuinely good and this was possibly on the fast side for him.  He may not be the biggest horse in the world but he certainly has a big heart and is making up into a cracking hurdler. 

Scottish Star chance to shine tomorrow
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
SCOTTISH STAR faces 7 opponents at Lingfield tomorrow in a 10 furlong maiden race and is well drawn in 3. He has been working well at home and is a nice horse so will be an interesting runner. If he gets some luck in running he should go close.
BAAN heads for Ludlow to contest a 2 mile 5 furlong maiden hurdle race and there are 16 runners. He ran well at Leicester on his hurdling debut, the ground was very testing that day. He was traveling well until 2 out but then got tired, he finished an encouraging 6th as this was his first run for a long time. The ground tomorrow is being given as good ground which will hopefully be fine for him as he has won on good/firm on the flat. He did handle the softer conditions at Leicester well though so if it does rain overnight, as forecast, it shouldn't inconvenience him. Tomorrows race is only 1 furlong further than at Leicester so the trip should be fine. He has definitely come on from his first run so should run well.  

Iron Condor makes hurdling debut at Sandown
Friday, February 04, 2011
IRON CONDOR is all set to make his debut over hurdles at Sandown tomorrow. He runs in a 2 mile juvenile hurdle race and there are 13 runners. It is hard to assess the race as 7 of the runners are newcomers and there are no previous winners in the lineup. IRON CONDOR looks the type to make a lovely horse over jumps and he has schooled nicely at home. The big uncertainty is what his best ground conditions are on the turf, so tomorrow's race is a bit of an exploratory mission in this respect. The grounds there is good at the moment. James is going to rely on the jockey's opinion about the ground for him before deciding what to do with the horse next. If the verdict is that he will be better on quicker ground he will have a break after this run. He is a dual winner over 12 furlongs on the flat so looks an ideal recruit to jumping so it will be interesting to see how he runs tomorrow.

A Gladiatorial Performance from Karky Schultz
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

KARKY SCHULTZ battled his way to a thrilling victory at Taunton this afternoon.  He won by a neck from Via Galilei who had cruised to the front at the second last hurdle looking to be going much the better. However KARKY SCHULTZ really stuck his neck out from the last to the line to put his head in front in the last strides.  Paddy Brennan gave him another fine ride to go with the ride that he gave KARKY SCHULTZ at Kempton on 15 January.  I am delighted for everyone concerned.  The whole team at Park Lodge have been working very hard lately.  Ian and Kathryn went with KARKY SCHULTZ to Taunton and have had a long but successful day.  Well done to them.  Kathryn rides him most days and Ian looks after him.  Well done also to his owners, Harold Nass and Robert Abel, another well-deserved victory for them.


Karky Schultz heads for Taunton tomorrow
Monday, January 31, 2011
KARKY SCHULTZ runs in a 2 mile 1 furlong handicap hurdle at Taunton tomorrow, a track that really suits him. He ran a good race there last winter, finishing second in a race where the form has worked out well. He seems in great form after his good run at Kempton just over 2 weeks ago and has been put up 1 pound by the handicapper for his good performance there. Paddy Brennan will be in the saddle again, he gave him  a very good ride at Kempton so let's hope they can go closer this time. He must go there with a very good chance and deserves to get his head in front after his gallant run last time out.

Go Set Go ready for Doncaster tomorrow
Friday, January 28, 2011
GO SET GO runs at Doncaster tomorrow in a 1 mile 5 furlong National Hunt flat race. He ran very well first time out at Fontwell at the end of October, finishing third, beaten a length. The form of that race has worked well as the winner has gone on to win again and to finish a close second in a Listed National Hunt flat race. GO SET GO suffered a minor setback after that run but has had a break and looks to have improved since his racecourse debut. James is slightly concerned with the ground as it is being given as good, good/firm in places, he would prefer it to be a bit softer than this. This looks a more competitive race than last time but he will be an interesting runner and must have a decent chance of finishing in the money.

Baan makes debut for yard
Monday, January 24, 2011

James is running new recruit BAAN over hurdles at Leicester tomorrow. This will not only be his first run from they yard but also his first run over hurldes. He has won the flat but has been off the course for 18 months so is likely to need the run. Having not run for so long the testing ground could be against him. He has schooled very well at home and seems to really enjoy jumping. James is just hoping for a nice run tomorrow and hopes he will give a good account of himself. The race has divided so there are only 11 runners in his division. He is a nice straightforward horse at home and will be an interesting recruit to jumping if all goes well tomorrow.


Torran Sound returns to action at Kempton
Sunday, January 23, 2011
TORRAN SOUND returns to action in a 2 mile handicap on the flat at Kempton tomorrow, having been off the course since winning at Chepstow in August.He has had a nice break and has physically done really well . This race could possible come a week or 2 too soon for him but it seemed an ideal contest so he is taking his chance. He works well on the polytrack at home but has never raced on it, hopefully he won't be inconvenience by it. He is unproven over this trip on this surface but has been working really nicely at home so should run a decent race.

Runners over both codes this weekend
Friday, January 21, 2011
If the weather doesn't intervene, James is hoping to have a runner over hurdles tomorrow and on the flat on Sunday. WESTER ROSS is declared to run at Wincanton but there is an inspection there in the morning as frost is expected overnight. He is stepping up slightly in trip as the race is over 2 miles 6 furlongs, a furlong further than he has run before. The question mark is whether he will handle the going as it could be very testing if it ends up being sticky ground. His last run was very respectable so if he does handle the ground he should run a sound race again. He seems in very good form at home.
On Sunday MARKSBURY runs in a fillies only handicap over a mile at Kempton. She has form on the track and although she won over 7 furlongs she has been second over a mile and this has always looked her best trip. She was a bit disappointing last time out but the race came possible too soon after her previous run and she was drawn very wide that day which gave her no chance. That form is best ignored. She has had a nice break since then and been freshend up. There are only 5 runners but it is an open contest, she is working well at home so must have a chance. She is entered in the Newmarket sales again in February. James would be delighted if he could carry on training her as she is a very genuine filly and a pleasure to have in the yard. She comes highly recommended.

Iron Condor steps up in trip
Monday, January 17, 2011
IRON CONDOR runs over 2 miles for the first time at Kempton on Wednesday evening. James feels he will appreciate the step up in trip especially on the polytrack, he acts well on this surface. He has a good draw, 11 of 13. Hopefully from this draw he will be able to be dropped in just behind the leaders. He used to be hard to settle but has got easier with time so hopefully he will be able to setlle in a handy position. He was drawn wide in his last race which was not ideal for him. It is a competitive race for its type but the horse seems to be in good form so he must go there with a decent chance. 

Karky Schultz Shines on King George Day
Sunday, January 16, 2011

KARKY SCHULTZ put up a career best performance over hurdles on Saturday at Kempton.  He finished 3rd to Ski Sunday and Skint in the 2 mile handicap hurdle at 40/1!  The winner had finished second in a Grade 1 hurdle at Aintree in 2009 and the Fred Winter Hurdle at Cheltenham.  Ski Sunday must have been "well in" off 133.  Skint was well-backed and went off favourite so KARKY SCHULTZ did wonderfully well to finish 3rd to these two smart performers.  Let us hope the handicapper does not think the same!


Conditions good for Karky Schultz at Kempton
Friday, January 14, 2011
KARKY SCHULTZ is running in a 2 mile handicap hurdle at Kempton tomorrow where ground conditions should be ideal. More rain would be even more beneficial, the wetter the better for him. He will be ridden by eitrher Paddy Brennan or Felix de Giles depending on whether Warwick is on or not. Kempton is an ideal track for KARKY SCHULTZ, a sharp 2 miles suits him best. He is alot fitter than he was at Leicester and is in good form at home. It is a competitive race but he is fit and well so should give a good account of himself.

Improved performance expected from Doyenne Dream
Thursday, January 13, 2011
DOYENNE DREAM pulled up last time out at Folkestone which  was very disappointing. It is very possible she came into season that day, she has done this before at the races, she is a rather hormonal filly! This would hopefully explain her poor performance and a line can be put through that form. There is still a big question mark over whether she handles very soft ground as one couldn't learn anything from her last run. If she does then she has a good chance at Huntingdon tomorrow. She is running in a mares only novice handicap hurdle, an ideal race for her. James is hoping for a much better performance this time providing she handles the ground.  

South African Gold chance back at Lingfield
Thursday, January 06, 2011
On Saturday SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD returns to the track and distance he was successful over on his penultimate start. He is running at Lingfield over 6 furlongs and is drawn 6 of 12 runners. He did not run up to form last time out as he was a bit fresh having been held up by the bad weather.He was a bit free early on and didn't get home. Hopefully that run has put him right for this race. He is in good form at home so is expected to run well. 

Joe Fanning to galvanise Wester Ross
Monday, January 03, 2011
WESTER ROSS reverts to the flat at Kempton tomorrow and will have the assistance of Joe Fanning who should suit the horse. He got on well with him over the same distance and course when he came back from his summer break, finishing second that day. Hopef ully he can go one better tomorrow. He will be wearing a visor for the first time having tried cheekpieces on his last run over hurdles. Hopefully these will galvanise him to keep going as he does not have a turn of foot but keeps galloping.  He is an ideal ride for Joe Fanning who suits this type of horse. WESTER ROSS seems very well in himself at home so James is hopeful of a good run from him.

Doyenne Dream to get 2011 underway
Friday, December 31, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM has a good chance to get 2011 off to a good start at Folkestone on Sunday. It is an ideal race for her, a mares only novice handicap hurdle and there are only 8 runners. Although she will technically be a 4 year old then she still gets a weight for age allowance. She stays very well so 2 1/4 miles on heavy ground should not be a problem for her stamina but she is unproven on this ground so that is the only slight worry. She is an improving filly and seems to be getting better with each run over hurdles so must have a big chance on Sunday.

Iron Condor to Fly Again at Kempton
Tuesday, December 28, 2010

IRON CONDOR returns to Kempton once more tomorrow.  He has a great course and distance record having won twice and been placed twice in his last 4 runs at the track.  His last run was slightly disappointing but it is thought this was entirely due to the very small field which would not have suited a hold-up horse who likes a strong gallop.  He is certainly fresh and well at home.  The stable was slightly inconvenienced in the latest bout of cold weather but IRON CONDOR is thought to be fit enough for his return to the track.  It would be a great way to sign off 2010 if he could win again for his owner breeder, Harold Nass. 


Wester Ross steps up in trip
Thursday, December 16, 2010
WESTER ROSS steps up in trip at Ascot tomorrow when he runs over 2 miles 6 furlongs. He gives the impression he will stay up to 3  miles so tomorrow is a stepping stone to see if this is the case. It will give him some more options if he does. The horse is in good form at home and the ground should be fine for him. The handicapper has not dropped him since his last run at Taunton but he should hopefully run a decent race.
 

Marksbury heads weights at Kempton
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

MARKSBURY has top weight at Kempton tomorrow evening but she will be ridden again by Nathan Alison who will take a valuable 7 pounds off her back. He is hoping to retain his 100% strike rate on her, he is riding with plenty of confidence at the moment too. MARKSBURY ran very well last week finishing second at Lingfield, only just failing to get there on the line. She got a little far back coming down the hill that day so maybe Kempton will be a more suitable track for her and she has run well there before. The slight risk running tomorrow is that is a bit quick after her last run but there are no more suitable races for her until January. She seems to have come out of the race well though and whatever the result tomorrow she will have a short break until the New Year.


Karky Schultz hopeful for Sunday
Friday, December 10, 2010
Huntingdon are hopeful of beating the freeze on Sunday and KARKY SCHULTZ is declared to run there. He runs in a £10,000 2 mile handicap hurdle so a decent prize is on offer. The horse is in good form and in hindsight he needed the run at Leicester more than James realised. KARKY SCHULTZ seems to be carrying more condition this year so has taken more getting fit. He has done some good work since that run so should be sharper this time. The slight worry is that the ground may be too quick for him, he could be vulnerable to a horse with a good turn of foot. He is in good form so should run a decent race.  

Marksbury to follow up at Lingfield again
Monday, December 06, 2010
Marksbury has a good chance of following up her recent Lingfield win when she returns to the track on Wednesday. She was not sold at the sales last week, the owner has retained her to race on through the winter and she may be re offered at the February sale. She has come out of her wonderful victory really well and on the way she won last time she should not be inconvenienced by the extra furlong. She runs in a mile apprentice handicap for apprentices who have not ridden more than 50 winners, she is an ideal ride for these types of races as she is very straightforward. Unfortunately Nathan Allison who ride her last time is banned so Ryan Clark takes over.He is reasonably experienced for this type of race and still claims 3 pounds which is the amount she was put up for her last win so she is effectively running off the same mark. She must have a good chance again on Wednesday.
STORMING REDD runs at Kempton on the same day. He will be wearing a cross noseband and a tongue tie to see if this can improve his racecourse performance. He will also have the aid of sheepskin cheekpieces. He has always worked better at home than he has shown on the racecourse so far. James feels that if one can find the key to him on the racecourse he could be competitive in this grade. He has run over this trip of 12 furlongs before and he should find the surface to his liking.

South African Strikes Gold
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD won today at Lingfield.  He has always shown ability in his home work but suffered from a wind problem that was rectified by surgery in the summer.  Three of his four runs since have been encouraging culminating in his hard fought victory today.  He does seem to be growing in confidence now that he can breath properly.  I am delighted for his owner, William Mocatta, who has kept the faith despite many disappointments.  He was given a fine ride by Jack Mitchell who was deputising for Micky Fenton who got caught up in the bad traffic on the M25 caused by the severe weather conditions.  I hope that SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD can go from strength to strength from here.  He showed great resolution to put his head in front on the line.


Iron Condor to Show His Mettle
Tuesday, November 30, 2010

IRON CONDOR returns to Kempton tomorrow afternoon in a bid for victory over the same course and distance as his fine 2nd on Sunday.  I think he is tough enough to retain his form even in a quick return to the racecourse.  He is a dual course and distance winner as well and must have every chance of making it three on the course tomorrow. 


South African Gold drops back in trip
Monday, November 29, 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD drops back to 6 furlongs at Lingfield tomorrow. He ran very well at Wolverhampton last time out and showed plenty of speed over 7 furlongs so the drop back in trip should not inconvenience him. He is drawn 10 of 12 which is not in his favour but he has run well from a bad draw before. The cheekpieces will again be applied purely because he wore them last time and he ran well in them then. 
IRON CONDOR ran a great race yesterday, finishing second but beaten by another improving horse. IRON CONDOR was the only 3 year old in the race. He will be declared to run at Kempton on Wednesday, taking on his own age group, and will run as long as he seems OK. He is a tough horse who takes his racing well. He came home last night and cleared his manger and seems fine this morning so hopefully he will take his chance on Wednesday.
Obviously this cold snap has put any plans for the jumping string on hold until a thaw comes. 

First run for new arrival Legal Heights
Friday, November 26, 2010
LEGAL HEIGHTS has only been in training with James for a couple of weeks and is having his first run for him this evening at Wolverhampton. From what little he has done at home so far he seems to go OK .He has had 2 previous runs and has not shown much form to date. His dam is bred for pure speed so if he has matured since his last run the the trip of 6 furlongs could suit him. Cathy Gannon is on board as she gave Torran Sound a very good ride earlier in the year and James was keen to give her some more opportunities. She tries hard and will give a useful opinion of the horse afterwards.

A step up in class for Iron Condor
Friday, November 26, 2010
IRON CONDOR steps up in class at Kempton on Sunday but he should be able to cope with the transition especially as he is a previous course and distance winner. There are 11 runners and he is drawn 2 but the draw is not relevant for him as he needs to be held up so does not need to break well from the stalls. Luke Morris is back in the saddle and he has won on him before so knows him well. IRON CONDOR has improved visually between his last 2 previous victories and is an improving type. He is a big horse and is matuturing all the time. He must have a realistic chance on Sunday He is also entered on Wednesday in a 3 year olds only handicap and may well take his chance in that whatever the outcome on Sunday. 

Timely win by Marksbury
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
MARKSBURY showed she is a filly going the right way by winning at Lingfield today. This gives her value a timely boost before she goes through the sales ring at Newmarket next week. James was delighted with her win and is now even keener that she is bought by someone who will put her back into training at Park Lodge Stables. She is such a genuine filly and is sure to give someone alot of fun on the all weather throughout the winter.
WESTER ROSS is heading west tomorrow, he runs at Taunton over hurdles. He will be wearing sheepskin cheekpieces for the first time, he has worked well in them at home. He is quite a laid back horse so they must help him along. He did wear blinkers once before on the flat but he was not in the best of form then. The trip and the ground should be in his favour tomorrow and he seems very well in himself. He should run a nice race but may find one or two too good for him on the day.

Marksbury to make her mark at Lingfield
Monday, November 22, 2010
Marksbury runs in a 'Hands and Heels' Apprentice Series handicap at Lingfield on Wednesday and must have a good chance in a race of this grade. She will be ridden by Nathan Alison who, in the context of this race, is very experienced. She is the ideal type for a race of this kind as she is a very genuine and straightforward ride. She is a filly going the right way, she ran very well last time at Kempton over a mile. She showed plenty of speed that day and seems to be sharpening up with every run. There are 14 runners and she is drawn 9, not the ideal draw but could be worse. It definitely looks a winnable race amnd it would giver her value a boost if she does get her head in front on Wednesday. Her next engagement is at the Newmarket sales a wek on Thursday. James thoroughly recommends her and would be delighted to continue to train her as she is improving with every run.  

South African Gold returns to Wolverhampton
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD runs at Wolverhampton on Friday, a course he has run well at before. He runs in a 7 furlong handicap and he is drawn 9 of the 12 runners. He ran well with cheekpieces on for the first time last time at Kempton, finishing fourth. He has been threatening to win a race and seems in good form at home so must have a chance. Micky Fenton takes the ride, he rode him last time and feels the horse is capable of winning a race of this type.

Doyenne Dream chance at local track
Monday, November 15, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM runs at her owner's local track Fakenham tomorrow and must have a good chance. She is 10 pounds better off with Joan D'Arc who beat her less than 2 lengths at Huntingdon last time out. She also has a form  line with another runner in the race, Gulf Punch, who finished behind her at Hereford. Both horses have shown improved form since then. The only doubt tomorrow is whether 2 miles around Fakenham could be a bit on the sharp side for her. She is a filly going the right way and has improved since Huntingdon. It will be a great day for the Wilson's if she can win on their local track, she should definitely be in with a shout.  

Karky Schultz Returns to Hurdles
Sunday, November 14, 2010

KARKY SCHULTZ runs at Leicester tomorrow. He is in a two mile handicap hurdle which has attracted 7 runners. This will be his first National Hunt run of the winter. He ran well in his latest Flat race when Felix De Giles, who rides tomorrow, finished third in a two mile Jump Jockeys only Flat handicap at Goodwood. KARKY SCHULTZ has been schooling over fences at home and the plan is to go novice chasing after this run. He is in good form at home and conditions should suit.


Iron Condor's win puts Hanagan 2 ahead
Friday, November 05, 2010
IRON CONDOR played his part in Paul Hanagan's bid to win the jockey's championship at Kempton last night. Hanagan's lead was down to one going into the last race of the day yesterday but IRON CONDOR'S victory put him 2 ahead going into the final 2 days. He had ridden him when he was disappointing at Goodwood last time out so it was good to reward his loyalty to the horse by providing him with a winner. It was definitely the ground that didn't suit him that day, he does seem very well suited to the polytrack and he seems to be a horse going the right way. His win yesterday was a better performance than when he won there before and he was 5 pounds higher in the handicap so hopefully he can improve further. His hurdling career is on hold for the moment unless the ground dries up across the country. There is a valuable handicap for him back at Kempton on 28th November which will be his next target. If he fails to make the cut for that there is another suitable but less valuable race on 1st December.
 
 
STORMING REDD will make his hurdling debut at Market Rasen on Sunday. He has been schooling well and his last bit of work with IRON CONDOR and recent bumper third GO SET GO entitles him to run well. PULLYOURFINGEROUT looks the form horse to beat but he is not without a chance. If he jumps on the track as well as he does at home he should be thereabouts. Let's hope he can continue the stable's good recent form.

Double handed at Kempton tomorrow
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD and IRON CONDOR run on the polytrack at Kempton tomorrow evening. SOUTH AFRCAN GOLD runs in a 7 furlong maiden which is not the strongest race apart from ENTITLED from Michael Stoute's yard but one should never be afraid of one horse. He will run in sheepskin cheekpieces for the first time tomorrow. He ran a very good race 2 runs ago but disappointed last time out. He never seems to be able to run 2 consecutive good races. Let's hope the cheekpieces have a positive effect.
IRON CONDOR is back at Kempton over 12 furlongs, he is a course and distance winner there. He seems better on the all weather than  he does on the turf so he must have a good chance even with top weight. He also has the assistance of Paul Hanagan in the saddle, no jockey will be trying to harder to win than him except possibly Richard Hughes! He rode him last time out at Goodwood where he was disappointing. The ground didn't suit him that day, it was very tacky and he didn't handle it all. Let's hope he can bounce back to form on the polytrack. 

Hanagan hopes to hit the mark on Marksbury
Monday, November 01, 2010
MARKSBURY is hoping to provide title chasing Paul Hanagan with a winner at Kempton tomorrow. His agent rang for the ride so you would have to take that as a positive and she must have a good chance. She runs in a mile median auction maiden and it is not the strongest race on paper. She is in good form and  has run well over the same course and distance before. Possibly the 9 furlongs last time out at Wolverhampton was too far so a mile with one bend will hopefully be ideal for her. She is a straightforward filly and can hopefully run well.

Go Set Go ready for debut
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
GO SET GO makes his racecourse debut in a 1 mile 6 furlong National Hunt flat race at Fontwell tomorrow. He has schooled well over hurdles but as he hasn't previously run on the flat it seemed a good starting point for him. There are only 10 runners and all are making their racecourse debut. GO SET GO has been shaping up quite nicely at home so hopefully he can run a nice race. His next run will probably be over hurdles depending on how he shapes up tomorrow.  

Viking Rose Returns to Kempton
Sunday, October 24, 2010
VIKING ROSE returns to Kempton in a 1 mile fillies maiden. She ran well in a 7 furlong maiden first time out. She finished 5th that day and showed a very pleasing attitude to racing. She has progressed well from that run and has an each way chance tomorrow.

Tiger Star to go one better
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
TIGER STAR has finished 3rd and 2nd in his last two runs, hopefully he can go one better tomorrow evening at Kempton. He is back on the course and distance he was 2nd over last time out and he has a good draw. He will also have blinkers on again. This is a bit of a gamble as he had them on for his first ever run a racectrack and ran a bit free that day. He seems more settled at the races now and he works well in them at home so hopefully they can help him to find an extra length or two tomorrow. He goes there in good form and looks a stronger horse now. 

Wester Ross back on the level
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
WESTER ROSS runs on the polytrack at Lingfield tomorrow. He was only just beaten on this surface at Kempton recently so if he can act around Lingfield as effectively he must have a good chance. The slight question mark is that  Lingfield might not suit him or his style of running as much. He needs to be up with the pace and Lingfield tends to be more suited to horses that come from behind. He will not be ridden any differently tomorrow though, he will be allowed to use his stride and can hopefully put that to good effect.

Chance for Tiger Star to shine
Monday, October 11, 2010
TIGER STAR has a definite chance at Kempton this afternoon in a 7 furlong handicap. He didn't seem inconvenienced by the drop back in trip at Wolverhampton last time out when he was third and was a bit unlucky. He has finished second on this course and over this distance as a 2 year old so the track and trip should be in his favour. This is a good opportuntiy for him to finally get his head in front, he certainly has the ability to win a race of this type.

Iron Condor to strike again
Friday, October 08, 2010
IRON CONDOR and KARKY SCHULTZ, both owned by Harold Nass, head for Goodwood on Sunday. IRON CONDOR is attempting to follow up his recent all weather Kempton win. The race is over the same distance and he runs off only a 1 pound higher handicap mark as he has a different rating on the turf to the all weather. There is no reason why he should not be as effective on the turf as he has been placed but just hasn't had the best of luck. He will have title chasing jockey, Paul Hanagan, on board so will get every assistance from the saddle.  It does look a competitive race but he must have a great chance. James is hoping the ground will be good as this will be ideal for him.
 
KARKY SCHULTZ runs in the 2 mile handicap for jump jockeys, Felix de Giles rides him. He needed his first run at Yarmouth recently and the ground was very testing that day. He will definitely strip fitter this time. There is a question mark as to whether he stays 2 miles on the flat. He gets this trip over hurdles but does not stay a yard further. It will be a nice day out for the owner to have 2 runners and to go home with a winner or 2 would be a great thrill. 

Yearling Sales
Wednesday, October 06, 2010

The Yearling Sales are taking place here in Newmarket with Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearlings selling this week.  Yearlings from Books 2 and 3 sell next week from Monday 11 October to Saturday 16 October.  There are over 1,500 yearlings catalogued and therefore there will be plenty of choice and, I am sure, value to be had!  I will be attending the sales next week and plan to buy several yearlings for existing owners.  If I can be of any help to anyone else, please do not hesitate to contact me either on my mobile or by e-mail.  My contact details are on this website. 


Doyenne Dream chance at Huntingdon
Saturday, October 02, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM runs in the juvenile hurdle at Huntingdon tomorrow. She got her jumping together last time out but found herself a bit too far out of her ground and had to come from along way back. Hopefully she can be a bit closer to the pace this time. She has been working well at home so goes there in good form. Now she has got her jumping together she must be in with a chance tomorrow.
STORMING REDD will have his stamine tested at Warwick on Monday. He runs in a 1 mile 7 furlong handicap, the trip should suit him well. He does need cut in the ground which he will definitely get but whether he will handle heavy ground is a different matter. He ran well over 12 furlongs last time out at Folkestone and he looked that day as if he would appreciate a longer trip. It is a competitive race but he has been working well at home and is an interesting runner. He will be prepared for a jumping campaign after this race.  

Good draw for Tiger Star tomorrow
Thursday, September 30, 2010
TIGER STAR runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening in a 7 furlong handicap and is well drawn in stall 1. Richard Hughes, who rode him last time at Sandown, suggested dropping back in trip. He said it was worth a chance as he travelled very well with him in his last race but found nothing in the closing stages. If Richard Hughes is right then TIGER STAR could spring a surprise tomorrow.

Geneva Geyser geared up for Newbury
Monday, September 27, 2010
GENEVA GEYSER has come out of his last race at Yarmouth very well so heads for Newbury tomorrow on a 2 pound lower mark. He ran a decent race last time out on soft ground and it was the first time he has run on a soft surface. He seemed to handle it Ok so shouldn't be inconvenienced by good/soft ground tomorrow. They have no more rain forecast between now and then so hopefully the ground should remain that way. He is drawn 17 0f 17 which is not ideal for a front runner but hopefully he can stay wide down the back straight and creep over to the rail before they reach the bend.  As he is now back on a more reasonable handicap mark he should have a chance tomorrow.
VIKING ROSE makes her racecourse debut at Kempton on Wednesday evening in a 2 year old fillies maiden over 7 furlongs. She is a half sister to ORCADIAN and TIGER STAR, by Norse Dancer. She has worked quite nicely at home but it looks a red hot maiden. It is an ideal place to start her off and hopefully she can run a nice race. She is still a bit green at home but has some ability and needs to get on the track to learn what racing is all about. All the 2 year olds have been a backward this year so it is hard to make a judgement on them. It will be interesting to see how VIKING ROSE runs to get a line to the rest of the 2 year olds.

Wester Ross returns to hurdling
Friday, September 24, 2010
WESTER ROSS returns to hurdling at Market Rasen tomorrow. He runs in a handicap hurdle over 2 mile 3 furlongs, they have divided the race and there are 10 runners in his division. He ran very well on the flat recently after his summer break so hopefully that has put him spot on for his return to hurdles. He seems in good form and James thinks that the trip should suit him especially if the ground is decent. It was good/firm this morning but they were due a bit more rain so if it ends up being good ground it should be ideal for him.

Iron Condor Follows the Money
Thursday, September 23, 2010
IRON CONDOR won narrowly but well at Kempton last night in a mile and a half handicap.  His all-weather form had looked very solid and so it proved.  He had some luck in running, which he hasn't always had, but essentially came with a very strong run up the inside in the straight and put his head down and ran all the way to the line.  This was a very timely win for both the yard and his owner/breeder Harold Nass.
 
IRON CONDOR's elder half-brother, AT THE MONEY, was sadly retired from racing on Monday.  AT THE MONEY has been a stable stalwart for the last 5 years and he will be sorely missed.  He may not have been a Group Race contender but we have had no braver horse through the yard in the last 20 years.  He gave us all some great days both on the flat and over hurdles.   

Iron Condor returns to Kempton
Monday, September 20, 2010
IRON CONDOR returns to Kempton on Wednesday, he was second there 2 runs ago so hopefully he can go one better this time. His last run at this track was over 11 furlongs, this race is over a furlong further which should be a good trip for him. He has finished second over this distance before. It does look a trappy handicap but the horse is in good form and if he gets a bit of luck in running he is capable of winning. He is drawn 10 of 14 which should be a good draw for him.

South African Gold under the lights
Thursday, September 16, 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD runs at Wolverhampton under the lights on Saturday evening in the 8.50pm race. He is stepping up in trip to 8 1/2 furlongs which should suit him. He was third last time out at Lingfield and looked then as if he was crying out for an extra furlong. He has had a wind operation which seems to have been successful, he has come out of his last race well and is in good form at home. He has a handy draw, 6 of 13, so is bang in the middle. Hopefully this will enable him to tuck in behind the leaders and if can finish as well as he did at Lingfield he should be thereabouts this time. 

Karky Schultz back from summer break
Monday, September 13, 2010
KARKY SCHULTZ returns to the track at Yarmouth tomorrow after a summer break. His stable companion WESTER ROSS ran very well recently after a similar holiday so hopefully KARKY SCHULTZ can run well too. The track, race and ground are ideal for him, he may be just short of peak fitness but hopefully his toughness will see him through. He is in good form so should run very well.
GENEVA GEYSER also heads for Yarmouth on Wednesday.There are only 8 runners and it should be his type of race. All his best form has been on similar tracks to Yarmouth, left handed, flat and with a long finishing straight. The going is currently good to soft which is unknown territoty for him as he has been seen at his best on fast ground. If there is no more rain the ground should become good which should be fine. His last run was a complete waste of time as he cut his own throat with another front runner, this should not happen on Wednesday. He will need to be at the topoif his game to win though as he is running off a mark of 88 and his highest winning mark to date is 84. He seems in good form at home.
TIGER STAR returns to Sandown on Wednesday over 10 furlongs, he has run well there before. His last run was very diappointing but different tactics will be empolyed this time. He will also have the assistance of Richard Hughes in the saddle who should suit him well. On his homework he is more than capable of winning off a mark of 70.

Crashed !
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Due to reasons beyond our control, that we do not pretend to understand, the website has been "down" since last Saturday. Many apologies for any inconvenience.
 
I am delighted to report that the runners during the week have all performed with credit.
 
STORMING REDD ran a very brave race at Folkestone on Tuesday. This was his first run in a handicap and first run over 1m4f. The pace that they run handicap races at surprised him and he was under pressure all the way but , to his credit, stuck to his task  very gamely and stayed on from the back to be "nearest at finish". Jockey Tom McLaughlin gave him a great ride and STORMING REDD learnt a lot but at the same time has come out of the race very well. He will stay at least 1m6f and quite probably further.
 
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD finished third over 7 furlongs at Lingfield on Wednesday.  This was particularly pleasing as it was his first run since having a wind operation.  His return to form shows that the operation has been a success.  He might appreciate a step up to one mile and we will stick to the polytrack for the moment.
 
MARKSBURY finished fifth in a 1m1/2f maiden at Wolverhampton.  She had certainly sharpened up for her run over 7 furlongs at Kempton where she was outpaced for much of the race.  On Thursday she showed plenty of early speed, possibly a bit too much, but on form has progressed from her Kempton run.  She might prove best over a mile at Kempton round one bend rather than the two at Wolverhampton. 
 
WESTER ROSS ran a great race in defeat at Kempton last night.  He was beaten only 1/2 length over 2 miles after a break of over 4 months.  This was his first run on the polytrack and it suited him although his next run could easily be back over hurdles, at Marken Rasen, later in the month.  His liking for polytrack will give us options in the middle of winter when the ground is very soft which probably does not suit him.  He has taken the race very well.  He also was given a very good ride by Joe Fanning. 
 
 
 
 

Doyenne Dream to Emulate Pochard
Saturday, September 04, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM heads to Fontwell in Sussex tomorrow for her second run over hurdles.  In spite of jumping markedly to her right at Hereford there were many positives to be drawn from her first run.  It was asking a lot of her to attempt to make the running first time out over hurdles at Hereford.  She has always schooled well at home and I am hopeful that she will put up a more polished display of jumping if ridden differently to Hereford.  We still might find that she will be better on a right-handed track but as all the juvenile hurdles over the next few weeks are left-handed, we have decided to run at Fontwell and see how she performs.  In herself she has taken her first run over timber very well and has been training well at home. 
 
Our only previous runner at Fontwell was POCHARD, also a filly, who began her hat-trick winning sequence at Fontwell a couple of years ago.

Tiger Star to light up Salisbury
Thursday, August 19, 2010
TIGER STAR faces 7 rivals at Salisbury tomorrow evening and it is a competitive race but he is in good heart and should run a decent race. It will be his first time over 12 furlongs on the turf and hopefully the ground will be ideal for him. It is good ground at the moment with 8mm forecast tonight which would make it very good ground. Hayley Turner will be on board and she rode him at Sandown where he ran well for her.
GENEVA GEYSER is going for a big prize at Sandown on Saturday, James is hoping that they don't get any more rain there. He runs in a £50,00 handicap over 10 furlongs. He got in the race easily on a rating of 88 which signifies it is not the hottest race of this type, it maybe because there have been a few similar races recently. Sandown is a front runners track so it should suit him as long as he is as effective going right handed. All his wins have been on left handed tracks but he was only beaten a head at Windsor which is right handed. He won't necessarily make the running on Saturday and will be happy to sit second, Australia Day is a renowned frontrunner and it would be unwise to take him on. GENEVA GEYSER will have to be at his best to win on Saturday as the highest rating he has won off is 84 and he is running on a 4 pound higher mark than this. He is in good form so hoping for the best. 

Doyenne Dream ready for dream start
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM is all set to make her hurdling debut at Hereford tomorrow. She has schooled very well at home and seems to really enjoy it. She is the ideal type for jumping as she is a nice big long striding filly who stays well. There are only 8 runners and it looks a run of the mill race. The 2 horses with the best previous form in the race have form with TORRAN SOUND and on homework DOYENNE DREAM looks capable of beating them. One just hopes that her hurdling is not too novicey first time out but she has schooled every bit as well as TORRAN SOUND did before he won. She will be ridden by Felix de Giles who has a very good record riding for the yard. He has had 4 rides, 1 winner and the rest in the first 4. Let's hope he can keep improve his record further tomorrow. 

Iron Condor to go one better at Yarmouth
Sunday, August 15, 2010
IRON CONDOR, second last time out at Kempton, has a good chance of going one better at Yarmouth tomorrow evening. The ground is good/soft at the moment which should suit him. His 2 below par performances before Kempton could have been due to the ground being too firm for him so hopefully he will appreciate the ease in the ground. He ran well when held up last time out and will be ridden by Seb Sanders again who rode him in that race. The horse is in good form at home so must have a good chance tomorrow.
SINGIN' THE BLUES runs at the same meeting tomorrow. James is really hoping that the softer ground willl herald a resurgance in his form. He has not yet reproduced on the track what he has shown at home but has not had turf conditions in his favour so far this season.  

Torran Sound Wins in Wales
Thursday, August 12, 2010
TORRAN SOUND gained a well-deserved win on the flat at Chepstow this evening.  He handled slightly easier ground very well and is looking versatile  in every sense.  He is now a winner on the flat and over hurdles before September of his 3 year old year.  He is amazingly tough and adaptable.  His next outing on a racecourse could be in a week's time at Stratford in a valuable juvenile hurdle. 
 
MARKSBURY runs tomorrow night at Kempton in a 7 furlong maiden.  Her only other run at Goodwood earlier this year should be ignored as the horses were "all wrong" at the time.   

Torran Sound Revisits Chepstow
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
TORRAN SOUND returns to Chepstow tomorrow to try to improve on his gallant third at Nottingham last time.  He runs in a maiden handicap over the marathon trip of 2 miles 2 furlongs.  The trip should not be a problem but the ground is interesting.  He has good form on fast ground but it has been a slight surprise how well he does handle fast conditions and gives every hope, at home, that he might enjoy some cut.  We shall find out tomorrow.  Luke Morris, who knows him well,  rides.  Torran Sound is set to carry 7st 12lbs.  Luke will do 7st 13lbs or 8st 0lbs.

Singin' the Blues Returns
Thursday, August 05, 2010

SINGIN' THE BLUES returns to the racecourse tomorrow at Lingfield.  He has been waiting for either soft ground or an opportunity on the polytrack.  Frustratingly he has been ballotted out of several all-weather races but he has been found a suitable opportunity over 7 furlongs at Lingfield tomorrow.  He has worked well at home on the polytrack.  He did not enjoy his only try on the fibresand at Southwell and he does need soft ground on the turf.  Therefore we are hopeful that he can bounce back to the form he has been showing at home in his first start for 106 days.  He is running in visors for the first time with a view to sharpening him up early on in the race as he can be a little slow into his stride.  Micky Fenton takes the ride. 


Two Runners at Kempton
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
STORMING REDD runs in the mile maiden at Kempton tomorrow night.  There are fourteen runners and he is well drawn right in the middle in stall 7.  He has been working well at home and is running on the polytrack as he showed at Yarmouth in the Spring that he does not like the ground quicker than good.  He had a good long break after Yarmouth as the horses proved subsequently to be all wrong at the time that he ran there.  He has been allowed plenty of time to recover.  He is working well but whether he is quite good enough to win what looks to be a good class maiden we shall find out tomorrow.  Seb Sanders rides both our runners at Kempton.   
 
IRON CONDOR runs in the one mile three furlong handicap.  There are 12 runners and again he is drawn right in the middle.  We intend to change the riding tactics with IRON CONDOR and have him held up if possible.  Although he is a very good-moving horse there is a suspicion that he also would like some cut in the ground hence the decision to give him a try on the polytrack.  He too is working well at home and can bounce back to form if the change of riding tactics work out well for him and Seb Sanders.   

Torran Sound back on the level
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
TORRAN SOUND reverts to the flat at Nottingham tomorrow. The longer races for 3 year olds only have just started and the trip of 2 miles should be ideal for him. He will be the only runner in the field who has run over hurdles so is sure to get the trip. Although it is only 12 days since his last run over hurdles he has come out of the race very well and is in very good form at home. He will be ridden by Cathy Gannon tomorrow and he will be an interesting runner running over a suitable trip for the first time. The plan for him this autumn is to switch between the flat and over hurdles depending on where the best opportunties for him are. 

Torran runs a Sound race
Sunday, July 18, 2010

TORRAN SOUND ran a brave race in defeat at Market Rasen yesterday finishing fourth. He did rather spoil his own chances by pulling too hard in the early stages of the race.  Probably the blinkers, which he has only ever worn to sharpen him up, need removing.  His jumping is very sound for a young horse and he stayed on well in the closing stages without being able to defy the 6 pound penalty for his win at the course last time.  He did show that he has a future jumping and in this sphere will stay further when the opportunity arises.  He remains capable of winning on the flat but probably will need 2 miles+ to be at his best. 


Torran Sound to defy penalty
Friday, July 16, 2010
TORRAN SOUND returns to Market Rasen tomorrow but has to defy a 6lb penalty from his previous win there. He faces 14 opponents and is the only previous winner in the race so must have a good chance of recording another victory. It is a £7000 race which is a much better prize than he would be running for on the flat. Felix de Giles, who rode him last time, will be in the saddle. 

Geneva Geyser Gallant in Defeat
Tuesday, July 06, 2010

GENEVA GEYSER ran a great race in defeat last night at Windsor.  He was beaten a short head by Abergavenny, an unexposed 3 year old of Mark Johnston's.  GENEVA GEYSER was giving the winner a stone and 5 pounds and he only just failed to give the weight away.  He possibly was slightly caught out by the configuration of the racecourse at Windsor.  He seemed to get a little bit lost when crossing the intersection both times and on a normally configured track, with a rail to follow all the way, he might well have prevailed.  It is great to see him back to form and credit is due to all involved with him  He not only ran a fine race but he also won the "best turned out" prize when running exactly 48 hours after winning at Nottingham.


Scottish Star runs at July meeting
Monday, July 05, 2010
SCOTTISH STAR is to make the short journey to the Newmarket July Racecourse on Wednesday to run in a 7 furlong maiden at the main July meeting. He ran well at Kempton on his racecourse debut as he got severely bumped coming out of the stalls and ended up being too far back but he finished well and showed a good attitude.  Historically it is a hot maiden but he is a nice horse and won't be disgraced. If he gets a better run and handles the ground you could see him running into a place. James sees him as a horse with a future.
GENEVA GEYSER is making a quick reappearance at Windosr tonight. He had a relaxing Sunday, 2 sessions out in the pen, and went for a trot this morning, he seems fresh and well so there seems little to lose. Having won by 5 lengths on Saturday the handicapper is bound to give him a hefty rise in the weights so it is worth trying to win again with a penalty. He does have to give away lumps of weight to the only 3 year old in the race, Abergavenny, but he was giving weight away on Saturday too. There are only 6 runners and quick ground, both key factors for him. Although there are no other confirmed front runners in the race they might not give him such a soft lead tonight  but his regular jockey Micky Fenton is on board again and really knows how to get the best out of this horse.

Geneva Geyser Steams To Victory
Sunday, July 04, 2010
GENEVA GEYSER  bounced back to form in emphatic fashion at Nottingham last night.  His regular jockey, Micky Fenton, gave him a great front-running ride and showed why they were successful together, three times, last year employing the same tactics.  Geneva Geyser's win was the second leg of a fantastic across the card double for owner Jeff Smith whose admirable mare, Barshiba, won the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks earlier in the day. Well done to all concerned.  Geneva Geyser could re-appear quickly, under a penalty, at Windsor tomorrow evening.  James will decide in the morning but Geneva Geyser appeared fresh and well, out in the pen, this morning. His win is further evidence that Park Lodge Stables is returning to form.

Conditions favour Geneva Geyser
Thursday, July 01, 2010
GENEVA GEYSER has all conditions in his favour on Saturday evening at Nottingham so hopefully he can bounce back to form. His form so far this year can be ignored, the horses definitely weren't right when he ran last time. There are only 9 runners on saturday which suits him as he has to go in the stalls first and it means he shouldn't have to wait in the stalls too long. He is prone to missing the break when he is the stalls for any length of time. He is back racing over 10 furlongs , a distance he has won 3 times previously and he loves fast ground. He did all his winning last season on fast ground and on similar tracks to Nottingham. James is very hopeful that, with everything seeming right for GENEVA GEYSER, he will run a big race on Saturday.

Tiger Star tackles longer trip
Sunday, June 27, 2010
TIGER STAR steps up to 12 furlongs for the first time at Wolverhampton tomorrow.He ran a nice race over 10 furlongs at sandown last time out and looked then as if a longer trip would suit him. His pedigree also suggests that he should stay further. It will be his first run at Wolverhampton but ran well on the polytrack at Kempton last year as a 2 year old, finishing second so the surface shouldn't be a problem. It is just a question of whether the tight track will suit him. He is not suited to the current fast ground on turf so this race is his only option at the moment. The horses seem to be coming right now and TIGER STAR is in good form at home. It does look a competitive handicap for the all weather but hopefully he can run  a nice race. 

Birthday winner!
Friday, June 25, 2010
TORRAN SOUND provided owner Charlie Curtis with a perfect birthday present by winning on his hurdling debut at Market Rasen this afternoon. The winner came as a huge relief to the Park Lodge team as the horses have been under a cloud so it shows they are coming back to form. TORRAN SOUND will continue a hurdling campaign for the moment. He obviously acts on fast ground and there are greater opportiunities for him over hurdles than on the flat at the moment. He will revert to the flat at some stage but not until there are some suitable staying races for him. The horse was originally bought as a dual purpose prospect so he has achieved half that and can hopefully win on the flat at some stage in the future.  

Hurdling debut for Torran Sound
Thursday, June 24, 2010
TORRAN SOUND is one of 15 runners in the juvenile hurdle race at Market Rasen tomorrow. This will be his first run over hurdles, along with the majority of the other runners, so it is an inexperinced field. TORRAN SOUND has taken well to jumping, he has schooled well at home. He liked fast ground on the flat so the going tomorrow shouldn't pose a problem. It is given as good/firm but has been watered well.  Felix de Giles takes the ride.

Step down in trip for Iron Condor
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
IRON CONDOR runs over 11 furlongs at Warwick tomorrow afternoon. He ran well over 12 furlongs first time out this season and then was stepped up to 1 3/4 miles and didn't appear to stay this far at this stage of his career. James has decided to drop him back in trip this time which should suit him. He has a good draw and is an ideal front running type of horse so the plan will be to make plenty of use of him tomorrow. He seems well at home so it will be interesting to see how he runs.

Scottish Star to set the ball rolling
Monday, June 21, 2010
SCOTTISH STAR will be the yard's first 2 year old runner of the season on Wednesday night at Kempton. He will also be the first runner from the yard for a few weeks. The horses have been under a slight cloud but are hopefully through that now. SCOTTISH STAR was working nicely before the yard's enforced break and James was hoping to get a run into him before Ascot. He is a nice horse and the 7 furlongs should suit him well. He seems pretty professional at home and has a reasonable draw in stall 9 of 14. It would be a welcome boost to the yard if he could run a decent race on Wednesday.

South African Gold runs at local track
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD makes the short journey to Newmarket racecourse on Friday evening. He runs in a mile handicap and will be aided by a pair of blinkers. His work at home is better than he has so far shown on the racecourse so James Eustace is hoping the blinkers will have a positive effect on his performance. All his form to date has been  on the polytrack and he is Amercian bred so it is possible that he he is best suited by the artificial tracks. William Carson takes the ride on Friday and although he has not ridden him in his previous races he rode him at home quite alot last year so is well aquainted with the horse.  


Torran Sound travels to Chepstow tomorrow
Monday, May 24, 2010
TORRAN SOUND is running at Chepstow tomorrow in a 12 furlong handicap. He is wearing blinkers for the first time, purely because he had a bit for trouble going the early pace over this trip last time out, hopefully the headgear will get him too travel better in the early stages and he wil be able to be ridden more prominently. He ran well over the same trip at Beverley last time out and got the trip well. The ground was quick that day so fast ground tomorrow should not present a problem.
RESET makes his racecourse debut in a seller over a mile at Lingfield tomorrow. James Eustace will see how he runs and decide his future from there.
One or two of the horses have run below par lately so there may be a scarcity of runners over the next fortnight or so. Some tests will be done on the horses to see if there is any likely explanation for this.  

Geneva Geyser well drawn at Chester
Friday, May 21, 2010
GENEVA GEYSER drops back in trip to 10 furlongs tomorrow at Chester and has the advantage of a good draw in 2. He was tried over 12 furlongs at York last time out and he didn't appear to quite get home. He also didn't seem to like the change in tactics. He will be wearing blinkers tomorrow purely as a help to get him to break more quickly from the stalls. He does not like the stalls very much and can be slowly away. The fact that there are only 10 runners should help him as he shouldn't have to be standing in the stalls too long. It will be important to make use of such a good draw at Chester. Unfortunately Micky Fenton ,who knows him so well, is unavailable tomorrow but Stephen Craine should be a more than able substitute. He is a good horseman and should suit the horse. GENEVA GEYSER has come out of the York race well, the ground should suit him, so if he breaks well he should run a big race. He ran better than the form suggests at York last time out as he ran well until the final furlong and was eased when beaten.

Double handed at sandown tomorrow evening
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
James Eustace saddles 2 runners at Sandown tomorrow evening and they would both have a chance. IRON CONDOR runs in the 14 furlong handicap and he should get the trip. He appeared not to stay last time out but ruined his chances that day by pulling too hard. He will make the running this time if necessary rather than trying to restrain him. If he settles well it looks the right race for him but it is a competitive contest. He is a big galloping horse whose future very much lies over fences.
TIGER STAR takes his chance in the 10 furlong handicap. There were a number of options for him across the country but he goes to Sandown for the best ground. Again it looks a competitve race but he has plenty of ability. He is still a bit on the green side and 10 furlongs would be his minimum trip but he will be ridden prominently and can hopefully run a nice race.

South African Gold back on turf
Monday, May 17, 2010
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD runs at Nottingham tomorrow in a 6 furlong handicap. He ran quite well on the all weather over the winter and was then given a break to come back for the turf season. He will like the ground and has been working nicely at home. He is drawn high which should be a good draw at Nottingham on the sprint course. His ideal trip is still a bit unknown. he is stepping back in trip tomorrow as he has always shown plenty of speed at home. He ran quite well over 9 furlongs last time out but didn't quite get home that day. He will be an interesting runner over this trip on the turf.
On Wednesday MARKSBURY makes her racecourse debut in a 3 year old fillies maiden at Goodwood. She has been working quite nicely at home but it looks a competitive race of its type. Hopefully she will aquit herself well and connections will learn a bit more about her from the race.

5 opponents for Doyenne Dream tomorrow
Thursday, May 13, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM runs at Newmarket tomorrow in a 12 furlong fillies maiden and there are only 6 runners. Some of the big yards are represented so it is likely one or two will be too strong for her but if she gets placed she will have run well. She ran a very promising race at Yarmouth first time out this season, finishing second. Admittedly the winner won very easily so it is hard to know how valid the form is. That was over 10 furlongs and the step up in trip should suit her. The ground was good/firm at Yarmouth so the going tomorrow shouldn't worry her. The track should suit her too as she is a big long striding filly as long as she can handle the dip. She is a well balanced individual so hopefully it won't inconvenience her. She has come on from her first run so she should run well.
Plans for the other horses entered this week have been disrupted by the continous dry spell. They need some rain before they will run.

Storming Redd heads for Yarmouth
Monday, May 10, 2010
STORMING REDD ran very well on his racecourse debut at Folkestone and can step up on that performance at Yarmouth tomorrow. There is a slight worry that it is only 12 days since his first run but he has come out that race very well and this is an ideal race for him. He should run well but there could be 1 or 2 too good for him on past form. James Eustace was very pleased with the way he took his first race and sees him as a horse with a future. He ran well over the same trip last time but may appreciate further in time.
TORRAN SOUND makes his handicap debut at Beverely tomorrow over 12 furlongs. It is a big step up in trip for him so it is a bit of a gamble, let's hope it works. He has been a tricky horse in the past as he wouldn't come out of the stalls last year! He also spent alot of the time riderless on the Heath. He did run at the end of last year and has not done anything wrong on the racecourse since then. On pedigree he should stay so let's hope he shows that tomorrow. His future is planned to be as a dual purpose horse. 
GENEVA GEYSER makes his seasonal debut at York on Wednesday. He was gelded over ther winter and has done really well from 3 to 4 years. He will hopefully be a more straightforward horse this year. His winning form last year was over 10 furlongs but his best run was over 12 furlongs at Thirsk. He is running over the longer trip on Wednesday. Last year he liked to make the running but hopefully this year he will be more flexible in how he is ridden. He should run a decent race but he does have to carry top weight and has not had the benefit of a prevous run this season. 

Iron Condor Follows In Brothers Footsteps
Thursday, May 06, 2010
Iron Condor bids to win the same race at Nottingham tomorrow that his half-brother, At The Money, won in 2006.  The step up in trip, to one and three-quarter miles, will suit him well and he ran a most encouraging race at Pontefract over one and a half miles, on his first run of the season, last time out. Iron Condor shows at least as much potential as At The Money at the same age, if he proves to be half as tough his owner/breeder, Harold Nass, and his partners are in for a lot of fun in the future.

Karky Schultz back over hurdles today
Friday, April 30, 2010
KARKY SCHULTZ runs over hurdles at Bangor this evening. They have watered the track to keep the ground good and with the chance of rain today the ground should be fine for him. He won on the flat 18 days ago so is still in good form, he is such a tough horse and  is extremely well at home. It looks a competitive race on paper but the recent form of some of the main contenders is not so good so he should have a decent chance. He will be joining Wester Ross on a summer holoiday soon but will keep going while he is still in good form and with the prospect of some soft ground.
It was a last minute decision to run STORMING REDD at Folkestone yesterday so he was omitted from the website. When there were only 2 horses declared and the race was re opened James Eustace decided to let him take his chance. He ran a very encouraging race to finish second, a very promising performance as this was his first start. DOYENNE DREAM also ran a promising race, finishing second at Yarmouth on Tuesday. The middle distance 3 year olds look a nice bunch as they have now recorded 3 seconds, they can hopefully convert these to winners as the season progresses.

Doyenne Dream heads for Yarmouth
Monday, April 26, 2010
DOYENNE DREAM has her first run of the season at Yarmouth tomorrow. She runs in a median auction maiden over 10 furlongs and there are only 7 runners. The big yards of Stoute and Cecil look to hold the key to this race but she has been working quite nicely at home . She is a nice big lopng striding filly and has progressed since last year. It was a struggle to get her to the racecourse last season and she did have one run on soft ground on the same course. The ground didn't really help her that day as she got very tired on it. She is a different filly this year and being a half sister to Ruby Wine she is entitled to be a nice middle distance performer. She will hopefully run a nice race and show some promise for the future. She looks ready for her first run. 

Southwell for Singin' The Blues
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
SINGIN' THE BLUES runs on the fibresand at Southwell tomorrow evening in a 7 furlong median auction maiden.He is a soft ground horse but with the weather set fair there is no prospect of ground too his liking imminently so the all weather is the best option. He has a stiff task on ratings at the weights but the step up in trip to 7 furlongs should be in his favour and the fibresand might suit him well. He has come out of his last race well so he should run a decent race.
The 3 year olds have been running well recently. IRON CONDOR ran really well at Pontefract on Monday, finishing a good second. The first 2 drew well clear of the other runners. He ran a bit fresh and was a bit keen so should improve for the run. He will also appreciate even further. TIGER STAR ran a promising race at Nottingham on Saturday. He looks as if he will also be suited by a step in trip. Both these horses look like nice staying handicappers for the future.

Tiger Star has chance to shine
Friday, April 16, 2010
TIGER STAR has his first run of the season at Nottingham tomorrrow in a 10 furlong median auction maiden. He has been working nicely at home and should run a decent race tomorrow and has a good chance of winning. He is still fairly immature though and should keep improving as the season goes on. There is a slight worry that the ground could be a bit on the fast side for him. He is half brother to Rapscallion and Orcadian who both showed their best form on soft ground. He is an interesting runner and is hopefully a horse to follow this season.
WESTER ROSS also has a good chance on Sunday at Stratford. The handicapper, rather annoyingly, put him up 3 pounds for his recent second but he will be ridden by Alex Merriam who still claims 3 pounds. He has got top weight but he is a big horse and is well capable of carrying it. The track and the ground, which is being watered, should suit him. 
IRON CONDOR heads for Pontefract on Monday. He runs in a 12 furlong 3 year old handicap. He is a half brother to At The Money so stamina will not be a problem and the track should also suit him. The ground is a slight unknown but he is a good actioned horse so will hopefully be not as ground dependant as At The Money was.

Versatile Karky Schultz records first turf win
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
KARKY SCHULTZ became the yard's first winner of the flat season  and also recorded his first flat win on the turf. He has now won a hurdle race and flat race on the turf and has been schooled over fences so is aiming to win a chase to get his hat trick of wins. He has also won a flat race on the all weather so he is a very versatile horse. He was given a good ride yesterday by promising apprentice Lee Topliss and there is a chance they could be reunited in another apprentice race at Pontefract next week. The ground could be an issue though as it was quick enough for him yesterday so he will need some rain before next week for him to run there. 

First turf runners of new flat season
Sunday, April 11, 2010
James Eustace saddles his first turf runners of the new flat season at Folkestone tomorrow. TORRAN SOUND runs in the 6 furlong maiden, there are 9 runners. He was also entered in the 7 furlong maiden race but it looked a stronger race. He may find the shorter trip a bit on the sharp side at this stage. KARKY SCHULTZ, fit from a hurdling campaign, runs in the 12 furlong apprentice handicap for apprentices who have not ridden more than 10 winners. His jockey, Lee Topliss, has ridden exactly 10 winners so he should have the best available assistance from the saddle. He should have a good chance as long as the ground does not dry out too much as he does like to get his toes in.
SINGIN' THE BLUES heads for Yarmouth on Tuesday to contest the 6 furlong handicap. There are 9 runners and he is drawn well in 4. It looks a competitive race on paper as there are several with recent form which will have an obvious fintness advantage. He seems in good form at home but is likely to need this first run. Hopefully the trip won't be too short fo him as he appears to have sharpened up at home over the winter.

Wester Ross chance at Huntingdon
Sunday, April 04, 2010
WESTER ROSS runs in division 2 of the novice hurdle at Huntingdon tomorrow and on paper it looks the weaker of the 2 races. There is one other previous winner in it, Screaming Brave, who is a 4 year old so WESTER ROSS will have to give weight to him. Monetary Fund from the Nicky Henderson yard is a recruit from the flat and if he takes to hurdles would be a danger too. WESTER ROSS'S last run was over 2 1/2 miles and he didn't get the trip so the return to 2 miles should suit him. He also seems to like Huntingdon as he has finished twice there before to 2 good horses and if he doesn't meet anything of their calibre tomorrow he must have a big chance. The ground is currently good/soft, soft in places, which should be fine for him.

WAR ARTIST
Friday, April 02, 2010
 
WAR ARTIST and Chloe returned from Dubai on Monday. It was a long stint as they left for Dubai on 18 January but it was a successful one. He won the Al Shindagha Sprint (Group 3) and followed up by running a fine 4th in the $1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint ( Group 3). Altogether he won over £100,000 during his campaign at Meydan. Therefore it is all the more difficult to report that his owner is sending him to France to be trained. It is absolutely his prerogative to do so and I respect that.

WAR ARTIST has given us all at Park Lodge some immense moments over the last two and a half years and I think it is worth recording his racing performances from Park Lodge.

Group 1

Ran 4 times: placed 2nd in The Golden Jubilee, Royal Ascot 2008, 3rd in The July Cup, Newmarket 2008 and 3rd in The Prix de L’Abbaye, Longchamp 2009. Unplaced in the Hong Kong Sprint 2009.

Group 2

Ran twice: won The Goldene Peitsche, Baden Baden 2009, 2nd in The Duke of York Stakes, York 2008.

Group 3

Ran 5 times: won The Petit Couvert, Longchamp 2009, won The Al Shindagha Sprint, Meydan 2010, 4th in The Al Quoz Sprint, Meydan 2010 and 4th in The Shadwell Stakes, Newbury 2009. Unplaced in The Mahab Al Shimaal, Meydan 2010.

Listed

Ran twice: 2nd in The Lady Wulfruna Stakes, Wolverhampton 2008, unplaced in The Abernant Stakes, Newmarket 2008.

Other

Ran once: 4th in The Susan Hulme Birthday Conditions Stakes, Doncaster 2009.

I am immensely proud of WAR ARTIST’s achievements whilst he has been here at Park Lodge. He has only run two below par races in all that time; the Hong Kong Sprint which was arguably the hottest Group 1 sprint run last year and his second start in Dubai this year. These two races apart, he has been amazingly consistent for a sprinter and he has been a pleasure to train. I am also immensely proud of my team here at Park Lodge who have produced him to do so. Chloe Madgin has looked after him wonderfully and ridden him in all his work in the last two and a half years. He has been a huge part of her life and she will miss him greatly. Kathryn Scally, my Head Girl, and the rest of the team here in the yard have also contributed massively to his successes especially this winter which has been the worst for some years. They have worked harder than ever as we were effectively one person short all winter with Chloe away on her travels with WAR ARTIST. I thank them all.

I also especially thank Tim Jones without whom we would never have had WAR ARTIST to train in the first place. He did not arrive with us by any normal route, he really was a “bolt from the blue” and we all have Tim to thank for that. Tim was also a pleasure to deal with in 2008 when he was WAR ARTIST’s Racing Manager. I know he will consider it a compliment when I say that he comes second only to the late, great Ron Sheather in my list of Racing Managers of Renown. It is a very short list. Tim has kept in touch and supported us and WAR ARTIST ever since.

We have had a marvellous journey with WAR ARTIST and have been to places we would never have been without him. Thanks to him we have now trained Group winners in 4 different countries, in Europe and beyond. My only regret is that he failed to win a Group 1 in Europe but I think he showed that he is quite capable of doing so. It is sad that the adventure is over for the moment but we will now look to find the next “War Artist”. May be he or she is already standing in a box at Park Lodge.

J.M.P.E.

 


War Artist prepared for World Cup night
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
WAR ARTIST seems in good form for his bid to win the Group 3 Al Quoz on World Cup night at Meydan this Saturday. The race is over a straight 6 furlongs on the turf which should really suit him. He ran a little below par in his last race and it seems he had a slight respiratory problem. He coughed a few times after the race and his blood was slightly wrong. He also lost quite alot of weight but he has put that back on now. 10 days ago James Eustace was rather pessimistic about his chances but he has really come back to himself now and can hopefully run a big race on Saturday. It is obviously a very competitive race and on ratings he comes out joint 5th. He has the advantage of  already being a winner at Meydan  and with a bit of luck in running he should be thereabouts. It is just great for all the connections of the horse to have a runner on this big night in Dubai. Having already won a race the trip has been worthwhile, to finish in the frame on Saturday would be the icing on the cake.

Karky Schultz in good form for today
Saturday, March 20, 2010
KARKY SCHULTZ still seems in good form after his good fourth at Newbury last time out. He runs today off the same handicap mark and in the same grade of race. The ground that day was very nearly good ground but today it should be good/soft which should suit him better. He has not been given any leaway by the handicapper and has to carry second top weight today but is not without a chance. The form of the Newbury race received a boost yesterday when the horse that was 8th won at Fakenham.

Winter Fever chance at Wolverhampton
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
WINTER FEVER has a good chance of returning to winning form at Wolverhampton on Thursday. After 2 unsuccessful runs at Lingfield he returns to Wolverhampton where he is a course winner. There are only 9 runners and he has a good draw in 3. The draw was againgst him last time out and the race did not go his way. It is a tight handicap but if has a bit of luck in running he has to be in with a shout. 

Wester Ross tries new trip
Friday, March 05, 2010
WESTER ROSS is running in a 2 mile 5 furlong handicap hurdle at Newbury today, his first run over this extended trip. On his flat form you would think he would stay this far over hurdles but it is a step into the unknown. He has not run for a couple of months, purely because of the weather and the ground, but he can run well fresh. Hopefully he can run a decent race.
KARKY SCHULTZ also runs at Newbury but at tomorrow's meeting. He runs over his usual trip of 2 miles. He seems to have come out of his last run at Uttoxeter well as he was not subjected to too hard a race once his chance had gone. There were too many frontrunners in the race that day and they all cut each other throats. Hopefully there won't be so many wanting to make the running tomorrow. The ground should be fine for him.
WAR ARTIST was a bit disappointing finishing 5th in Dubai yesterday but he was only beaten 3 1/2 lengths and only just missed out on being 3rd. He was also carrying a penalty for his last win so was giving weight to all the other runners. He is now likely to be aimed at the Group 3 race over 6 furlongs on the turf, rather than the Group 1 race on the Tapeta surface, on March 27th.

War Artist well drawn for Group 3 tomorrow
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
WAR ARTIST aims to continue his winning ways in a Group 3 contest on the Tapeta surface in Dubai tomorrow. He is drawn in the middle in stall 7 which should be ideal for him. The main danger on paper is the Godolphin trained Desert Party who has not run since last year's Kentucky Derby so is likely to need this first run after a long break. It is also a considerable drop back in trip for him. The reports from Chloe, who is looking after WAR ARTIST in Dubai, is that the horse is in good form. As long as he gets the run of the race he must have every chance. The race is being run at 4.15pm UK time.

Karky Returns to Scene of Triumph
Friday, February 19, 2010

Karky Schultz returns to Uttoxeter tomorrow in the 2 mile handicap hurdle.  Thanks to his courageous win there last time, he is a course and distance winner and the ground suits him well.  Let us hope that racing goes ahead.  There is an 8 o'clock inspection but the whole track has been covered and I hope the endeavours of all the staff at Uttoxeter are rewarded.  Both Wester Ross and Karky Schultz have won at Uttoxeter this season giving us a 100% record at the track in recent years.  Let us hope that Karky Schultz can keep up the good work tomorrow.  He had a short break after his hard race there last time but seems fresh and well at home recently.  Mark Bradburne takes the ride again. 


War Artist wins first battle in Dubai
Friday, February 12, 2010
WAR ARTIST was expected to need his first run in Dubai but he won this Group 3 contest in good style. It was his first run on the Tapeta surface but he moved well on it and handled the bend well. James Eustace now has a pleasant dilemma of which race to go for on World Cup  night. He was originally thinking that the 6 furlong Group 3 race on the straight turf course worth a mere $1 million would be his race but he is now tempted by the $2 million Group1 contest run on the same track as last night.
It was very exciting to see WAR ARTIST win his prep race in such good style as he is fully expected to improve for the run. He has really only just come to himself out there. His next race will be a conditions race on the turf over a straight 6 furlongs on March 5th. Hopefully how he runs in this race will help the trainer decide which pot of gold to aim for on World Cup night!

War Artist warms up in Dubai
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
WAR ARTIST is ready for his first run on the new track in Dubai on Thursday. There are 12 runners and he is drawn 7. The surface is obviously completely new to him and racing around a bend caught him out in Hong Kong but he is better drawn this time. Hopefully Olivier Peslier will be able to get him covered up early on in the race and produce him with a run once they hit the straight. The 2 runners to fear most are OUR GIANT and GAYEGO, trained by Mike de Kock and Godolphin respectively. This is very much a warm up race for WAR ARTIST for a race over 6 furlongs  on the straight turf track on March 5th. If he runs well then he could get a chance to run in the big sprint race on World Cup night. He will hopefully run well on Thursday but it all depends on how much he will need this race.
WINTER FEVER returns to Lingfield on Saturday night to run in a very similar race to his last run when he was only beaten 1/2 length. He meets the winner that day on 1 pound better terms. It is a very tight handicap and it all depends on what pace they go, a faster pace will help his chances. If he gets some luck in running he is very capable of winning this contest.
 

Karky Schultz battles to victory
Monday, February 01, 2010
KARKY SCHULTZ battled his way to victory at Uttoxeter on Saturday despite an untidy jump at the final hurdle. He is such a tough and genuine horse and he thoroughly deserved this win after some solid performances this winter. It was great that his owners, Harold Nass and Robert Abel, were there to enjoy this victory. It was just reward for the patience they have shown. It looked as if James Eustace was going to have a double as WINTER FEVER finished a very close fourth in his race. He may make a quick reappearance at Wolverhampton on Thursday in a 9 furlong £11,000 guaranteed conditions race. There are only 10 entries and he seems to have come out of his race well so is very likely to take his chance there.
There are only 3 horses in the yard in full training at the moment. The third horse is WESTER ROSS and he has an entry at Leicester on Wednesday. He seems in good form at home so he will probably run there providing the meeting gets the go ahead. There are no other suitable races for him for the next 2 weeks so he might take his chance whilst the horses are in such good form.

2 good chances tomorrow
Friday, January 29, 2010
WINTER FEVER steps up to 10 furlongs at Lingfield tomorrow. When he won over 8 furlongs at Wolverhampton last time out he looked as if he would be suited by further and he has good form in South Africa over this distance. The track is an unknown factor but if he can handle the undulations of Lingfield and gets the trip he should have a good chance. It is a competitive handicap but he is in good form after his win and has only been put up 4 pounds by the handicapper.
KHARKY SCHULTZ heads for Uttoxeter over hurdles but there is an inspection in the morning. They are worried about frost but seem optimistic about racing going ahead. The race has cut up and there are only 9 declared runners. The one to beat is Novikov who he has beaten before but is now on worse terms with him at the weights. He will like the ground as it will be very soft and he certainly deserves to win over hurdles. He keeps running good races and consequently keeps going up in the weights for his efforts.
 
James Eustace has just arrived back from Dubai having supervised WAR ARTIST'S first bit of work at the new Dubai Racecourse, Meydan. He was very impressed by the new course and it was great to have been there for the opening. WAR ARTIST worked well on the new artificial surface yesterday morning and his first race will be on Feb 11th on the same surface. This is very much a stepping stone for 2 more important races on the straight turf track in March. He will work once more before the race but is likely to need this first run.

Winter Fever provides first winner of the New Year
Sunday, January 17, 2010
WINTER FEVER defied his odds of 28-1 to win the feature race at Wolverhampton last Friday. James Eustace had stated beforehand that he was unlucky in his last run and he showed his true form this time. His next run could be at Lingfield on January 30th.
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD was going to run in a maiden race at Wolverhampton Tuesday but has been re routed to the same track tomorrow. James Eustace spotted that there were very few horses being declared for the 9 furlong handicap there and he faces 3 opponents. He has always worked well at home and ran well last time out  to finish fourth. He seems to be improving withe every run so can hopefully run a nice race tomorrow.

Winter Fever at Wolverhampton tomorrow
Thursday, January 14, 2010
The rather topically named WINTER FEVER runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening. It would be very appropriate if he could win with a name like that during this particularly cold wintry period. He ran better than his finishing position suggests last time as he got tightened up badly on the rail and had no room. He would have finished alot closer with a clear run. He probably has a better chance than it looks on paper. He has had a run and James Eustace thinks he is fit enough but it has obviously been difficult to train them in the severe weather conditions. The slight unknown still is his trip but hopefully one will learn a bit more about him after tomorrow. 

Karky Schultz reverts to the flat tomorrow
Sunday, January 10, 2010
As there is no sign of any jump racing resuming for a while, KARKY SCHULTZ is going to run in a 12 furlong handicap at Kempton tomorrow. He is a course winner and has been in good form over hurdles so he should run well. It is a competitive handicap but if he gets a bit of luck in running he should go close. It will be nice for everyone to have a runner again after so  much has been abandoned. The staff have done a great job keeping the horse going during these arctic conditions. Let's hope there is a thaw before too long.
 

Karky Schultz good chance at Taunton today
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
KARKY SCHULTZ makes the long journey to the West Country today but it looks an ideal race for him. He will like the track and the ground, all he needs is a bit of luck which, so far over hurdles, he hasn't had. Mark Bradbourne takes the ride who know him well. The horse is in good form at home so a big run is expected.

Wester Ross at Kempton today
Sunday, December 27, 2009
WESTER ROSS has his first run in a handicap at Kempton today. 2 miles on this track should suit him and the ground should be fine for him. He seems very well at home so it will be interesting to see how he runs. It is a competitive looking race but he is not without a chance.
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD  runs in a maiden at Wolverhampton tomorrow. His first 2 runs have been disappointing but he was injured after his first run so one can forgive him for his second run. He works much better at home than he has showed on the track so far. If he can run to his home form he could run well as it not the most competitive race on paper. 

A great Hong Kong experience
Friday, December 18, 2009
WAR ARTIST ran disappointingly in Hong Kong but a great trip was had by all. It was an extremely competitive race, with 9 previous Group 1 winners running, it was conceivably the best sprint race run in the world this year. It appeared that WAR ARTIST did not handle racing round the bend and at this level you need everything in your favour. He is now home and appears to be fine so that is the main thing.
It was a great experience for the team that went and they were all extremely well looked after. The facilities for the horses were first class and the grooms and everyone else connected with the horse had a great trip and enjoyed the whole experience. They all enjoyed being part of such a great event.
Back to reality, WAR ARTIST'S galloping companion, WINTER FEVER, runs at Kempton on Sunday in a mile 85-100 rated handicap. He is a South African horse who came over to work with WAR ARTIST at home so this will be his first run in this country. He is running off a rating of 87 but has been rated higher than this in South Africa and Dubai. He has been working nicely at home so it will be interesting to see how he runs.

War Artist on his way to Hong Kong
Sunday, December 06, 2009
WAR ARTIST left Park Lodge Stables yesterday afternoon and should have arrived in Hong Kong 22 hours later. The first leg of the journey has gone well apparently so hopefully he will arrive in a healthy state. Big D is already there and has made preparations for his arrival. James and Gay Eustace are heading there tomorrow and the race is next Sunday.
It is a very tough race but his preparation at home has gone very smoothly and he appears to be in as good a form at home as he has been all year. He worked well at Kempton 10 days ago. The trainer and the Park Lodge team have done all they can so one just hopes he takes the journey well and gets a bit of luck in running. The race is over 6 furlongs and the ground should be fast. These are his ideal conditions. The race is in a right handed track but he has won in South Africa round a right hand bend and he appeared to handle the Kempton track well. He is not a natural 5 furlong horse so he should step on his Abbaye form, going an extra furlong on fast ground. The anticipated fast early pace should play into his hands so fingers crossed for a big run. It would be a great Christmas present for the whole team if he can run a big race. We wish them all the best of luck. 

Karky Schultz returns to Sandown on Friday
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
KARKY SCHULTZ runs at sandown on Friday in the same race he was third in last year. James Eustace was delighted with his comeback run at Market Rasen and is looking forward to seeing him run again. The 2 mile 3 furlong on very soft ground first time out this season just found him out but the race should have put him spot on for Friday. He is in very good form at home so should run well.
LORD OF THE DANCE is having one more run at Kempton tomorrow evening before heading for Doncaster Sales next Monday. he is dropping back to 7 furlongs as the jockeys who have ridden him over a mile have said he travels well enough over a mile to drop back in trip. he will be wearing a visor instead of blinkers just as a change and should be thereabouts tomorrow. He has had a few quick races but he seems in good form at home and just needs a bit of luck in running.

Two handed at Lingfield tomorrow
Friday, November 27, 2009
James Eustace runs 2 horses in the 6 furlong maiden at Lingfield tomorrow. TORRAN SOUND ran a week ago at Kempton and was very green , he was outpaced in the early stages but once the penny dropped he ran on well in the closing stages. He should have benefited from that experience and be a bit sharper tomorrow. The important factor last week was that he behaved himself as he had given alot of trouble at home in the stalls. Hopefully he will do the same again tomorrow and run a nice race. He is more of a horse for next year. SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD is a more of a 2 year old type but has been off the track for a while. He came back from Windsor with a problem but is over that now and has been working nicely at home. He is the shaprpest of the 2 runners but may just need the run after his long lay off.

War Artist gets Hong Kong invite
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
It is great news that WAR ARTIST has been invited to run in the Hong Kong International Sprint at Sha Tin on December 13th. As part of his preparation he will be working before racing at Kempton tomorrow. The horse seems in great form so far so let's hope he can continue that way until he makes the big journey. James Eustace is hoping that Oliver Peslier will be able to take the ride in Hong Kong as he has struck up a good rapport with the horse.
On Thursday at Kempton, TIGER STAR, a half brother to Orcadian by Tiger Hill, makes his racecourse debut in a 7 furlong maiden.The race has been divided and he has been drawn 2 of the 10 runners. He will be wearing blinkers for his first run which is slightly unusual but they are a quirky family and he is much better at home in them than without them. He has definitely got ability but may find 7 a bit on the sharp side for him. Unfortunately there were no suitable mile maidens on this track for him. He will be a nice horse for next year and may have another run this year depending on how he runs on Thursday.

Lord of the Dance steps out again on Tuesday
Sunday, November 22, 2009
LORD OF THE DANCE finished second at Kempton last night and is due to run again on Tuesday at Southwell. He has been declared to run in a mile amateur rider's handicap over a mile and Big D takes the ride. The track should suit him as he has sufficient speed to get a good position early on and the fibresand surface should suit him too as he prefers a bit of cut in the ground on the turf. If the race doesn't come too soon for him he could run very well. He will be wearing blinkers again.

Gallant second for Wester Ross today
Thursday, November 19, 2009
WESTER ROSS put up yet another good performance over hurdles today finishing second at Huntingdon to a class horse on the flat. WESTER ROSS is rated 42 pounds inferior to SERETH on the flat but over hurdles today was carrying 7 pounds more than him due to his winner's penalty. It was a fair effort to finish as close to him as he did. He certainly seems to be enjoying his hurdling and is giving his owner, Peter Hillman, some fun over the winter months.
On Saturday at Kempton the flat string are in action. TORREN SOUND, a 2 year old gelding by Tobougg, makes his racecourse debut. He is potentially a nice horse for the future but has been very tricky in the stalls at home. Hopefully he will behave himself on Saturday and run a nice race. He will need further in time but James Eustace was keen to run him at Kempton first time out as it is the most straightforward of the all weather tracks.
LORD OF THE DANCE runs at the same meeting in a mile handicap. He was third over this trip last week and has also been third at Kempton but over 7 furlongs. He will be wearing blinkers for the first time as he works better at home than he has so far shown in his races. Hopefully the headgear will have the desired effect and he will show a bit more on the track. If he does it will give him a very good chance.

Wester Ross on the Hunt
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Wester Ross looks to continue his winning form in the first race at Huntingdon tomorrow, Thursday 19th October. The 2 mile novice race has been divided and Wester Ross' division looks the weaker of the two on paper. However being a novice hurdle there are plenty of unexposed types in the race. He has come out of his win at Uttoxeter very well and even with a 7 pound penalty he can run well tomorrow. Regular rider Mark Bradburne is on board again and gets on very well with the horse.  

First ride over hurdles for Big D tomorrow
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
WESTER LODGE is to give James Eustace's son, Big D, his first ride over hurdles at Taunton tomorrow. WESTER LODGE has run over hurdles before but not for over two years. However he has been schooling well at home and has been in good form on the flat so will hopefully give Big D a good ride. We wish them both the best of luck.
On Friday ROLEPLAY has a good chance of getting a well deserved win against her name at Wolverhampton. She hasn't had the luck of the draw this season and to be on the wide outside of 13 is not ideal but she is capable of winning a race of this grade.
LORD OF THE DANCE is an intended runner at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. He didn't stay 1 1/4 miles last time out but is back over a mile this time and must have a chance. 

Salden Licht chance on final day of turf season
Thursday, November 05, 2009
SALDEN LICHT runs in the November Handicap at Doncaster on Saturday, the final big handicap of the turf season. He ran a really good trial at Newbury last time out and although he is stepping up to 12 furlongs for the first time, James Eustace does not feel this will be a problem. He has always felt the horse would be better over further and he will love the soft ground. The horse is really well at home and has come on from his Newbury run so should run a big race on Saturday.
SINGIN' THE BLUES runs on the same day and on the same track in a 6 furlong maiden race. He has come on from his last run at Nottingham but is still a bit of a baby and has further improvement in him. It will be a nice track for him to gain further experience on and the ground should be fine for him.
On Sunday KARKY SCHULTZ is set to make his seasonal debut over hurdles at Market Rasen. He is also entered at Sandown on Saturday but the ground is likely to be more to his liking on Sunday, he need soft ground. He has been given a proper break so he can have a proper campaign over hurdles this winter. In his last run over hurdles at Stratford he was fourth in a competitive handicap and it looks a less strong race on Sunday so he should run well. 

Conditions right for Wester Ross today
Friday, October 30, 2009
The going at Uttoxeter today is genuinely good ground and should be ideal for Wester Ross. He has good form over hurdles and is in good heart at home so should be therabouts today. He seems to run better over hurdles than on the flat these days and he was second at Huntingdon to a highly rated horse in his last run over hurdles.

Well deserved win for Wester Ross
Friday, October 30, 2009
WESTER ROSS won nicely at Uttoxeter this afternoon. It was a well deserved win for the owner Peter Hillman as he has been incredibly patient with the horse and kept faith in him. WESTER ROSS will be campaigned mainly over jumps now. He looks capable of jumping fences one day but will be kept to hurdles for the time being. His handicap rating is likely to go up now so his next race is likely to be a novice hurdle where he will have to carry a penalty.
WESTER LODGE ran another sound race at Wolverhampton this evening but found one too good. He finished a good second and is clearly still in good heart.  

Wester Lodge returns to Wolverhampton
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
WESTER LODGE is returning to Wolverhampton on Friday evening where he was a close third last time out. The distance is also the same, 2 miles, so he must have a good chance. He meets the winner of that race again but will be on better terms with him at the weights. All he needs is a bit of luck in running to go very close.

Doyenne Dream makes debut tomorrow
Monday, October 26, 2009
DOYENNE DREAM,  a half-sister to the successful RUBY WINE, makes her racecourse debut at Yarmouth tomorrow. She is a nice big filly but will definitely be more of a 3 year old type. Whatever tomorrow she will be put away until next year after this run. It is nice to get her on the track this year but it is next year when she should really come into her own over a trip. She is by first season sire Doyen who's progeny are beginning to show some promise and should progress as 3 year olds.

Salden Licht heads the weights at Newbury tomorrow
Friday, October 23, 2009
SALDEN LICHT carries top weight in the 10 furlong handicap at Newbury tomorrow. He ran well over a mile at Salisbury last time out and the step up in trip should suit him. James Eustace was hoping for softer ground as the softer the better for him. At the moment the going is good but there is a chance of some further rain which would help his cause.
On Monday TURKISH LOKUM runs at Kempton over 7 furlongs. if she runs as well as she has done in her last 2 races she would have a winning chance. The only slight reservation is that it is her first time on this track, all her previous all weather form as been at Wolverhampton. Her next engagement will be at the Horses In Training Sale in Newmarket on Thursday.

Integria returns to Kempton
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
INTEGRIA returns to a mile at Kempton tomorrow, he is a course and distance winner there so let's hope he can return to winning ways. He seems in good form at home so he should run well.
The rain has come in time for IRON CONDOR. He runs in a mile nursery at Doncaster on Friday, it will be his first run in a handicap. It is a very hot race but the more rain that falls the better for him. He is drawn 19 of 20 which isn't the best in normal circumstances but if the ground deteriorates the stand side could be the place to be. He has been waiting for the ground for ages and is in very good form at home. Whatever happens on Fridat it will be his last run of the season.

Lord of The Dance to step up at Windsor
Sunday, October 18, 2009
LORD OF THE DANCE steps up in trip at Windsor tomorrow. He is running in a 10 furlong handicap and he has been running over 7 furlongs. Although he was third last time out over this trip he was a little disappointing and ran as if he would benefit from running over further. On his homework he does not look badly handicapped providing he stays. James Eustace is also hoping that the ground does not dry up too much as does need good ground or softer.

2 chances at Wolverhampton tomorrow
Friday, October 16, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER runs in a 12 furlong handicap at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening. His only previous run over this trip was one of his best runs as he finished third despite banging his head leaving the stalls and the winner has subsequently won a Listed race. He has won on the surface before at Great Leighs but the track is an unknown, he is a big horse so may find the track quite tight. If he does handle the track he has a good chance at a big price. He worked well earlier in the week. He is entered in the Horses in Training sale at the end of the month but if he wins tomorrow the owner may reconsider this as being able to run in races over further than 10 furlongs gives him more options.
WESTER LODGE rarely runs a bad race at Wolverhampton. He runs over 2 miles in a weaker race than he ran in last time out when he finished third. On this form he must also have a chance tomorrow.

Singin' the Blues more tuned up for tomorrow
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
SINGIN' THE BLUES is expected to show more speed on the turf at Nottingham tomorrow than he did in his first run on the all weather. He never really got involved until the race was nearly over last time out. Hopefully he will be a bit sharper this time and will finish alot closer. There look as if there will only be 10 runners now and he is drawn 2. He will be well supported from the crowd as he is owned by Blue Peter Racing 9 and they will be well represented there tomorrow.
On Friday TURKISH LOKUM returns to Wolverhampton where she was third last time out. That was over 6 furlongs but it is over 1 furlong longer tomorrow. This should suit her too as she has been placed on the turf over this trip too. She is beginning to turn in her coat but seems in good form at home still so hopefully she will run well again on Friday. The only negative is the draw as she is drawn 12 of the 12 runners, right on the outside.

Freedom Fire drops back in trip
Sunday, October 11, 2009
FREEDOM FIRE drops back to a mile at Kempton tomorrow afternoon but this should not inconvenience him. He ran well last time out over 10 furlongs but showed plenty of speed that day and he has a chance of improving on that run. The likely favourite, La Gifted, runs today so has to be a doubtful runner. Without her FREEDOM FIRE must have a chance. He has come on from his last run and is in good form at home.
SALDEN LICHT has a harder task at Salisbury tomorrow. He runs in a competitive handicap but he has been pleasing in his work at home and will like the ground. He is a Listed winner over 9 furlongs and has always looked as if he will stay further at home so a mile but be too sharp for him. You could see him stepping up in trip next time. 
 

Two chances tomorrow
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
James Eustace saddles two runners at different tracks tomorrow and both have a chance. WESTER ROSS heads for Newbury to contest the 2 mile apprentice handicap. He will be ridden by William Carson who knows him well from riding him at home. Hopefully the ground will ease to good or even good to soft as rain is forecast. He goes on fast ground but prefers to get his toe in these days. He ran well at Salisbury last week but didn't really get into the race after being a bit keen in the early stages. Tomorrow's contest is the type of race he could run well in.
Tomorrow evening at Kempton, LORD OF THE DANCE has a chance in the 7 furlong median auction maiden. He has sharpened up from his first run of the season at Wolverhampton where he ran well to finish third. That was his first run after a long break so if he improves from that run he has a definite chance tomorrow. He is well drawn in 9 of the 12 runners.

War Artist battles well for third in Paris
Monday, October 05, 2009
WAR ARTIST ran a great race at Longchamp yesterday to finish third in the Group 1 Prix de L'Abbaye. Yet again he was beaten less than a length in a Group 1 race and he must be one of the most consistent sprinters in training. James Eustace was really delighted with him and enjoyed a memorable days racing witnessing See The Stars winning his 6th Group 1 race, a historic occasion. It was great for all the connections to be part of such a memorable days racing. He is now looking forward to his next trip abroad which will be to Hong Kong on December 13th. WAR ARTIST arrived back at the yard today and seems to have taken the race very well.

Artist ready to go to War
Friday, October 02, 2009
WAR ARTIST is in excellent form and ready for his assault on the Group 1 Prix de L'Abbaye at Longchamp on Sunday. James Eustace says he is as well as he has been all season and is hoping he can give him his first group 1 victory. On all known form he must have a decent chance. He does not have to carry a penalty this time. He will be ridden again by Olivier Peslier, who rode him to victory in his last race, a trial for Sunday's contest. He is drawn 9 of the 16 runners and has 2 of the fancied horses, Fleeting Spirit and Borderlescott, next to him. Lets hope that one of the horses drawn near him can make the running and give WAR ARTIST a nice lead and he can capture this Group 1 event. It would be so exciting for all connections of the horse and it would mean so much to the whole yard. We wish them the very best of luck.
Tomorrow night the 2 year old SINGIN' THE BLUES makes his debut at Wolverhampton. Like many of the other horses in the yard he has been waiting for soft ground. He is a nice horse who shows plenty of speed at home but James Eustace feels he may be a bit green on his first run. He is not well drawn in 9 of 13 and if he misses the break he will find it difficult to get involved on this track. He will hopefully run a promising race as he does go nicely at home.  

Wester Ross back on the flat today
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The versatile WESTER ROSS runs back on the flat today at Salisbury. He was second over hurdles in his last run and before that he ran well at Brighton on the flat. He has been placed twice on this course and over todays distance of 14 furlongs so a good run is expected. He is in good form at home and unless there is an improving 3 year old in the race he has the form to go very close today.
INTEGRIA, fresh from last weeks win, runs under a 6 pound penalty at Wolverhampton on Friday. He has only been put up 5 pounds by the handicapper but there are a lack of suitable races next week on the all weather.It seems better to carry the penalty and try and win again while the horse is in form instead of waiting for another suitable race. There is a race for him at Newbury next Thursday but a serious amount of rain would be needed before then to make it ideal for him to run there.The drop back to 7 from 8 furlongs should not be a problem and he should be able to defy his penalty and win again on Friday.

Turkish Lokum chance at Wolverhampton
Sunday, September 27, 2009
TURKISH LOKUM has an opportunity to lose her maiden tag at Wolverhampton tomorrow. Although she is only rated 60 there are question marks over over all the other runners in the race and alot of them are rated lower than her. Her ideal trip is 7 furlongs, she didn't stay when tried over a mile. She has got plenty of speed so a step down in trip should not be a problem. She is a genuine filly who likes the polytrack so she must have every chance tomorrow. 

Victory for Integria
Saturday, September 26, 2009
INTEGRIA appreciated the step up in trip and won well at Kempton on Thursday evening. If there is ever any rain he should be able to win on the turf too. In the meantime he will continue to run on the all weather and in this form he should win again.
LORD OF THE DANCE ran a promising race at Wolverhampton last night finishing third of 12. This was his first run of the season and only second of his career so\it was a very encouraging run.

All-weather comes to the rescue
Thursday, September 24, 2009
There are finally some suitable races on the all-weather for James Eustace's horses that have been waiting patiently for the soft ground. There are 2 runners at Wolverhampton tomorrow and one at Kempton on Saturday.
LORD OF THE DANCE runs in a 7 furlong median auction maiden tomorrow. It is not the strongest race on paper so he could run well. He has always worked like a nice horse at home. He had 1 run as a 2 year old last year but has had problems this year which have delayed his appearance on the track.  CAVENDISH runs at the same meeting in a 1 mile 5 furlong handicap. He is coming back from a long layoff due to an injury, it will be good to get him back on the track again.
FREEDOM FIRE will have his first run on an all-weather surface at Kempton on Saturday evening. He runs in a 10 furlong handicap there. Hopefully the surface will not inconvenience him.  

Integria steps up in trip
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
INTEGRIA steps up in trip at Kempton tomorrow evening when he runs in the mile handicap. His dam is a sprnter, but his sire, Intikhab, gets winners over a variety of distances, so it is worth a try. He has not run for a while as he has been waiting for soft ground. As there is no rain forecast and he is ready to run James Eustace thought it was worth running him on the polytrack. He has some form on this track over 6 furlongs so if he does stay he is not without a chance tomorrow.

Late night for Roleplay tomorrow
Friday, September 18, 2009
ROLEPLAY returns to Wolverhampton tomorrow evening and runs in the last race at 9.20pm. It is the same course and distance as her last run when she finished a good third. She is taking on the winner of that race, Our Kes, again but ROLEPLAY is 3 pounds better off this time. Hopefully they will go a better gallop tomorrow night which will be to her advantage and she has a better draw so she has a good chance of turning the tables. She is in good form at home and deserves to win race after some decent efforts on this track.

War Artist paints perfect picture
Monday, September 14, 2009
WAR ARTIST ran the perfect trial for the Prix de l'Abbaye by winning the Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert at Longchamp yesterday. It gave James Eustace a huge thrill as it was only his second runner at this prestigious  track. He was given a peach of a ride by Olivier Peslier who is keen to ride him again in 3 weeks time in the Prix de L'Abbaye which is obviously his next target. It was a good performance yesterday as WAR ARTIST gave weight away to all the other runners and it was a fast time on ground given as officially good. The second horse, STERN OPINION, is thought of as potentially top class. He won a Listed race in Deauville recently and is clearly a progressive horse. Fingers crossed that WAR ARTIST remains in good heart over the next few weeks so he can head back to Longchamp with a genuine chance of Group 1 glory.
SALDEN LICHT is due have his first run for James Eustace at Wolverhampton on Thursday evening in an 8 1/2 furlong conditions race. He is a Listed winner in France but has been off the track for a while. He has been waiting for the soft ground but that hasn't happened so he is trying the polytrack instead. The surface should be fine for him but he may find the track a bit sharp. He could be an interesting horse for the future.
There needs to be some significant rain in East Anglia for CAVENDISH to take up his engagement at Yarmouth on Thursday. He is coming back from injury and will only run if the rain that is forecast does materialise. 
 

War Artist on trial in France
Thursday, September 10, 2009
WAR ARTIST is running in a trial for the Prix de L'Abbaye when he contests the Group 3 Prix du Petit Couvert at Longchamp this Sunday. This will be the first time he has run in France so he can add it to his portfolio of countries visited. The distance is 5 furlongs and it will be interesting to see how effective he is over this shorter trip. There are only 7 runners and the only other English runner is Benbaun, who looks the one to beat. Tiza would be the best of the french challengers. WAR ARTIST carries a penalty for his recent group 2 win but he is the form horse. He will be ridden by top French jockey, Olivier Peslier, who is keen to ride him in the Prix de L'Abbaye too if all goes well on Sunday.
GENEVA GEYSER has been found an ideal race at Doncaster tomorrow. it is a 0-85 classified stakes race over 10 furlongs, as he is rated 85 he is well in. The ground will suit him as it is at the moment, the faster the better. Hopefully the won't put too much water on between now and then. He has got a bad draw, 12 of 12, but he will aim to make the running so as long as he can break well he can hopefully overcome this. He is in good form at home so a good run is expected aslong as the draw is not a hinderance.

Big D to bring home the champagne
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Big D rides WESTER LODGE in the Bollinger Champagne Handicap for Amateur riders at Goodwood on Tuesday. Presumably there will be an appropriate bottle for the winning connections! The horse has had a bit of a break but he is in good form at home. The ground is good at the moment and if it stays that way it will be ideal for him.
ROLEPLAY ran well at Wolverhampton last night, finishing third. If all seems well with her she could make a quick reappearance at Kempton on Wednesday.

Roleplay returns to Wolverhampton
Friday, September 04, 2009
ROLEPLAY returns to Wolverhampton tomorrow evening where she has shown her best form to date. She finished second there in July. She will be stepping up considerably in trip to 12 furlongs but if she stays then she could run well. 
WESTER ROSS ran a good race on Monday finishing second over hurdles at Huntingdon. He bumped into a good one that day but hopefully his turn will soon come.

War Artist gains prestigious Group 2 victory
Monday, August 31, 2009
WAR ARTIST gave James Eustace his first Group 2 winner yesterday in Baden Baden . It was fitting that it was WAR ARTIST as he is the best horse he has trained, hopefully he can go one step further and be his first Group 1 winner too. For once this season, the ground was in his favour, and he won nicely, given a patient ride by the jockey. It meant an awful lot to the German owner to win this race as it is one of the most prestigious races in the German calendar. The trophy has been going for 139 years and is a gold whip inscribed with all the previous winners names. James Eustace got a taste of how it feels to win an olympic medal as he stood on the winner's podium while they played the English national anthem! It was truly a great day for owner, trainer and all the team at Park Lodge Stables.
WAR ARTIST'S next race is likely to be the Petit Couvert, a Group 3 race at Longchamp on September 13th. This is generally a trial for the Group 1 Prix de L'Abbaye 2 weeks later and this will hopefully be the next race for him. He will be dropping back to 5 furlongs which James Eustace is quite keen to do as he won't be so worried about the ground over a shorter trip. He feels it is lack of stamina rather than the ground which finds him out over 6 furlongs on soft ground. The long term target for WAR ARTIST is the Hong Kong sprint in December.
SALDEN LICHT is now a non runner at Ripon today as the ground is not soft enough.

War Artist on German raid
Friday, August 28, 2009
WAR ARTIST is already in Germany in preparation for the Group 2 Goldene Peitsche at Baden Baden on Sunday. He is a very well travelled horse already so not surprisingly he has taken the journey well. His owner is from Germany so is obviously keen for the horse to run in his home country. The ground should be suitable for him, it is described as being like a carpet. They have had some rain mid week but has been fine since, let's hope it stays that way. He will be ridden by top German jockey, Andreas Suborics, he knows the track well and has ridden with alot of success for the owner so that has to be an advantage. There are only 8 runners and James Eustace sees the main danger coming from the only other English runner, Lesson In Humility. The horse is in good form and looks better than he did at anytime last year so one has to be very hopeful that he will run a big race on Sunday.
On Monday SALDEN LICHT makes his debut for the yard at Ripon. He runs in mile handicap for horses rated 85-100. The horse is a Listed winner in France and spent the winter in Dubai but didn't run there due to injury. As this will be his first run since then he is likely to need this race. He has a rating of 98 so opportunities are limited, this race seemed a good starting point for him. The mile may be short of his best trip as his Listed win was over 9 furlongs. He will appreciate any further rain that falls between now and Monday.
WESTER ROSS reverts to hurdles at Huntingdon on Monday. He ran well in his comeback race at Brighton, finishing fourth. The form has been boosted by the second horse who has won since. His hurdling form is superior to his flat form so he is expected to run well on Monday. He handles fast ground and has run well on the course before. He has had no recurrence of the bleeding problem that troubled him previously since he returned from a long break.

Iron Condor tries the all weather
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
IRON CONDOR is set to run on the all weather at Lingfield on Thursday in a 7 furlong maiden. He did have an entry at Folkestone tomorrow but the ground is too firm so he has been re routed to the all weather. The track may not be ideal for him as he is a big horse and he may find it a bit sharp. He has run well in his 2 races to date and has been in good form at home since his last run at Yarmouth. He worked well last week and if he does handle the track he should give a good account of himself.

Gallant run by Geneva Geyser
Sunday, August 16, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER ran a very brave race yesterday finishing second at Newbury, beaten a neck. He made the running and did not give in when challenged by the eventual winner. On the right ground and track he is a horse worth following.
ROLEPLAY missed the cut at Wolverhampton last Monday so now runs at Yarmouth tomorrow over a mile. 7 furlongs seems her best trip but there are no suitable races at present. She does have form over a mile but only on the all weather, the question mark is whether she is as good on the turf. The ground should be fine for her and she is in good form at home so she could run well tomorrow.
On Tuesday WESTER ROSS makes his comeback after a long absence. He has been declared at Brighton and there are only 8 runners. The ground will be fast but he does go on top of the ground so that shouldn't inconvenience him. He has top weight and it is a competitive looking contest for that level. He had trouble with bleeding at the end of last year but has had no recurrence lately. He is working nicely at home and seems well so he could run well if handling the track. He will be campaigned over hurdles and the flat after this run.

Geneva Geyser goes to Newbury
Thursday, August 13, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER runs at Newbury this Saturday and only faces 6 rivals. This should be more his level than Goodwood last time out. One can put a line through his form that day as he was badly drawn and the ground was against him. James Eustace is hoping the rain stays away from Newbury as at the moment the ground is good, good/firm in places. He really needs fast ground to be seen at his best. Hopefully he can put the disappointment of Goodwood behind him and run a big race on Saturday.

Iron Condor only runner this week
Monday, August 03, 2009
It is a quiet week this week with IRON CONDOR the only runner. He heads for a maiden race at Yarmouth on Wednesday evening. He ran well there over the same trip  first time out, finishing 4th of 16 runners. He is still a big baby but has come on for his first run so can hopefully run well again. There are only 8 runners this time so if he shows improved form from his first run he should finish closer this time.

War Artist hoping for victory tomorrow
Friday, July 31, 2009
James Eustace looks to have found the ideal race to get WAR ARTIST in the winner's circle tomorrow at Doncaster. The ground is a slight concern as it is good/soft in the straight at the moment but they should have a drying day there today. However there is more rain forecast tomorrow. There are 12 runners and it looks a winnable race for him. He has come on from his Newbury run and is in good form at home so you would have to be very hopeful.
 

Geneva Geyser geared up for Goodwood
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER is running in the valuable 10 furlong handicap at Goodwood tomorrow. He has a tricky draw, drawn 1 of the 17 runners. This makes life slightly difficult for him as he does like to be up with pace. Hopefully he can break well and get across to the inside. He does not have to make the running but the aim will be to get him in handy position and ride a race from there. It is obviously a very competitive race but he is in good form at home and should run well. He is a top of the ground horse so would not appreciate any rain.
The opposite can be said for KARKY SCHULTZ who has been declared for Stratford tomorrow. he will only run if they get significant rain but they are forecast to get 33mm! If the ground becomes on the soft side of good he will run and should run well. He has been in good form on the level recently and his hurdle form is superior to his flat form. In an ideal world James Eustace would like all the rain to fall on Stratford racecourse and none at Goodwood to give both horses their best chances.

Another raid on Yarmouth on Tuesday
Monday, July 20, 2009
Yarmouth seems to be the popular track at the moent, with 3 runners there today and 4 tomorrow. There are some good chances on both days. BABAJAGA kicks off proceedings in the first race, a 6 furlong maiden auction race. She is a laid back filly and has come on from her fist run at Lingfield. Hopefully this race has sharpened her up and cut in the ground should help her. She will hopefully put in an improved performance tomorrow. Don't be put off by her tail swishing, she does not seem an ungenuine filly in anyway.
FREEDOM FIRE is having his first run in a handicap and over a longer trip of 12 furlongs. He has some good form in maidens over 8 and 10 furlongs and has looked as if this distance should be more to his liking. The cut in the ground should also help him. He is a nice genuine horse, and although this looks a competitive contest, he should run well.
TURKISH LOKUM is another stepping up in trip from 7 to 8 furlongs, she runs in a fillies only handicap. She ran well finsihing third last time out and on reflection hit the front too soon that day. Her pedigree she suggests she should stay and if she does she has a very good chance.
The line up tomorrow is completed by INTEGRIA. He runs in a 7 furlong 3 year olds only handicap. He ran well over 6 furlongs last time to finsih third. He had the blinkers on for the first time last time out and they will be re applied tomorrow. He travels better in them and makes the jockeys job a bit easier as he is a bit idle. It looks a winnable race for him.
On Wednesday ROLEPLAY is the only runner. She takes to the polytrack at Lingfield over 7 furlongs. She ran really well last time out finishing second but looked in need of an extra furlong. She seems in even better in form at home since that race. The only question mark is whether she will handle the track, she is not the most natural at coming down hill. She has a reasonable draw, 6 of 14, and has a good chance if handling the undulations.
 

3 handed at Yarmouth tomorrow
Sunday, July 19, 2009
James Eustace is having a big raid on Yarmouth this week.He starts off with 3 runners there tomorrow. He hopes the ground will stay on the soft side of good for all of them. IRON CONDOR, a half brother to AT THE MONEY by Tobougg, makes his racecourse debut. He is a big horse for a 2 year old and his future really lies in staying races as an older horse. He is very like AT THE MONEY was at the same stage and really needs a run now mentally, so that he knows what racing is all about. 7 furlongs on slower ground should play to his strengths as if stamina comes into play he could run a nice race. He won't be over raced this year as he will hopefully develop into a nice staying horse for the future.
KARKY SCHULTZ runs in the 12 furlong handicap and this trip should be ideal for him. he appeared not to stay 2 miles last time out and when he won over 11 furlongs he looked as if another furlong would suit him. Hopefully William Carson will be able to get him settled as he is at his best when settled in behind and allowed to come through horses.
PENPERTH completes the trio tomorrow. She has always looked as if she will stay at home so is running over 10 furlongs tomorrow. On breeding, she is by the sprinter XAAR, you wouldn't expect her to necessarily but she has always looked as if she will so let's hope this is the key to her. She will also be wearing a pear of blinkers as she is inclined to down tools if things aren't going her way in a race. Hopefully the trip and blinkers will combine to good effect tomorrow.
Finally WAR ARTIST has come out of his race at Newbury yesterday well and James Eustace was delighted with his run. It was great to get him back on the racecourse. He showed really good speed but just got tired on the testing ground inside the final furlong. He finished fourth but was not beaten too far.  
 

Artist Goes To War
Friday, July 17, 2009

WAR ARTIST returns to action at Newbury tomorrow.  He is running in the Group 3 Shadwell sponsored Hackwood Stakes over 6 furlongs.  WAR ARTIST has been training very well at home and James Eustace feels that he is back to his best in terms of well being.  He has not run for over a year now but he is as fit as he can get him at home.  The horse is crying out to see a racecourse.  Unfortunately the ground at Newbury has changed to soft since this morning.  Newbury had less rain than forecast overnight but sadly has had more this afternoon.  The ground is the unknown factor.  There is now no alternative to running tomorrow and WAR ARTIST has to make a start somewhere.  Who knows he might be equally good on soft ground as he is on fast ground!  Whatever happens it will be good to see him back. 


South African Gold makes debut at Windsor
Sunday, July 12, 2009
SOUTH AFRICAN GOLD makes his racecourse debut in a 6 furlong maiden at Windsor tomorrow evening. He has been working nicely and is the most forward of the 2 year olds at home. He seems fairly professional in his work so should run a decent race. It does look quite a hot race on paper though. He will need the experience of tomorrow's race but looks capable of winning a maiden in the future. Unfortunately Luke Morris, his intended jockey, broke his collarbone at Newbury on Saturday. We wish him a speedy recovery. Micky Fenton gets the leg up tomorrow and will be picking up some more rides for the yard during Luke's absence. 

Roleplay goes close at Wolverhampton
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
ROLEPLAY ran a great race this afternoon at Wolverhampton finishing second. She was very outpaced in the early stages and was last coming into the final bend. She got a good run up the inner and passed all bar the winner. This run suggests she is well capable of winning over 7 furlongs. She is due to go through the sales at Newmarket on Thursday and looks a definite winner in the making for someone.
There are 2 runners tomorrow. Firstly BABAJAGA makes her racecourse debut at Lingfield on the turf in a 6 furlong maiden auction stakes. She was a purchase from the breeze up sales. It doesn't look the strongest race on paper so it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if she ran well. She has been working OK at home but is the sort who should improve for a run.
In the evening KHARKY SCHULTZ returns to Kempton and will be running over 2 miles for the first time on the flat. He stays 2 mile 2 furlongs over hurdles so this trip on the polytrack should not be beyond him. He should have a chance.

Glorious Goodwood next step for Geneva Geyser
Sunday, July 05, 2009
James Eustace is hoping that after GENEVA GEYSER'S win at Redcar last week he will make the cut at Goodwood. He put up a very gutsy performance last Thursday to lead most of the way. He was headed briefly in the home straight but battled back tenaciously. He handles fast ground well and hopefully his next race will be the 10 furlong 3 year olds only handicap on the Thursday of the big Goodwood meeting later this month.
On Tuesday ROLEPLAY has her last run at Wolverhampton before a date at the Newmarket sales on Thursday. She showed plenty of speed on her comeback run at Yarmouth over 7 furlongs so the drop back to 6 furlongs should not inconvenience her. She has definitely come on from her recent run so could run well. She is a nice broodmare prospect for someone as she has a good pedigree. She is by the successful sire Singspiel from the family of Time Charter.

Integria tries the polytrack
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
INTEGRIA really needs soft ground but with this current heat wave James Eustace has decided to give him a try on the polytrack. He runs in a 6 furlong apprentice handicap at Kempton tomorrow evening. He works well on the surface at home so there is no reason why he shouldn't handle it on the racecourse. He will be wearing blinkers tomorrow as he is a lazy horse so hopefully they will sharpen him up. He will be partnered by one of the best apprentices in the race, Martin Lane, so he won't lack from assistance in the saddle. He has a reasonable draw and enough speed for 6 furlongs. If he can run like he works at home it wouldn't be the biggest surprise if he ran a good race.
GENEVA GEYSER faces only 4 rivals at Redcar on Thursday evening. He is a course and distance winner on similar ground so should run well. He reared in the stalls last time out and banged his head so did well to finish third. That was also over 2 furlongs further which may have stretched his stamina. He will be blindfolded to go in the stalls tomorrow so hopefully he will behave himself. Michael Fenton takes the ride on him again, he knows the horse well and has a good rapport with him.
FREEDOM FIRE runs on the same day at Yarmouth in a 10 furlong maiden. He ran really well over a mile at Nottingham and this step up in trip should suit him. The slight worry is the ground as there was some juice in the ground last time he ran. They have watered well at Yarmouth so hopefully it will be fine for him. He is a nice horse for the future but probably hasn't quite got the turn of foot to win over 10 furlongs on quick ground.
PENPERTH will be declared for Haydock on Friday evening but she will only run if it rains significantly. There is alot of rain forecast so there is a possibility she will take her chance.
Finally mention must be made of ON CUE who ran well to be second at Lingfield on Saturday evening. She is another horse who really wants soft ground so hopefully she will be able to go one better when she gets her ideal conditions. It was a rough race but she is a filly who never stops trying. She could possibly go hurdling later on in the year.
 

Rain delays War Artist's comeback
Sunday, June 28, 2009
WAR ARTIST'S return to the racecourse has been delayed as heavy rain at Newcastle changed the going to soft. James Eustace did not want to run him on this ground first time out so his return to action will either be in the July Cup on July 10th or the group 3 Hackwood Stakes at Newbury 8 days later.
The next runner will now be JOE CASTER at Wolverhampton on Monday. He is a course winner but over 6 furlongs, tomorrow's race is over 1 furlong further but James Eustace does not anticipate it being a problem on this surface and track. The handicapper has dropped him down to a winning mark now and he is in good form at home so he should run a decent race.
KARKY SCHULTZ has been entered in a maiden and a handicap hurdle race at Stratford on Tuesday. He will only run if the ground is good to soft or softer. There is heavy rain forecast so hopefully so there is a good chance he will run. If not he will revert to the polytrack on the flat. The ground is definitely the key to him. He has come out of his last race at Warwick really well. 

Eustace looking to wage war with Artist tomorrow
Friday, June 26, 2009
James Eustace has been really happy with WAR ARTIST'S final preparations for his seasonal reappearance at Newcastle tomorrow. His work last Saturday was the best he has done all year, although he is not at his peak yet, he is definitely getting there and is fit enough to do himself justice. He has hopefully got enough class to win tomorrow and will come on for the run. It is 351 days since he last ran but the break seems to have done him good. He is moving better in his slower paces than last year and everyone is looking forward to seeing him run again. The only slight concern is the ground if it does rain. They have watered the ground well so any rain would make it go on the softer side of good, WAR ARTIST does seem to be at his best on fast ground. Richard Hughes takes the ride tomorrow so he will have every assistance from the saddle.
James Eustace also runs ON CUE at Lingfield tomorrow evening on the all weather. She is drawn wide which is not a good draw but it may suit her as she can keep away from the kickback. She is tackling 12 furlongs for the first time but she should get the trip. She is in good form at home so is in with a chance tomorrow. 

Penperth well drawn at Kempton on Wednesday
Monday, June 22, 2009
PENPERTH has a good draw in the mile handicap at Kempton on Wednesday evening, drawn 12 of the 12 runners. She ran respectably there last time out over 7 furlongs from a low draw but was always slightly outpaced. The extra furlong this time together with a better draw should give her a decent chance of finishing alot closer. It is a more competitive race and against older horses for the first time but she has worked nicely since her last run and is a very genuine filly so should run well.

Yarmouth defectors in the frame at Warwick
Friday, June 19, 2009
KARKY SCHULTZ and TURKISH LOKUM were both withdrawn from Yarmouth on Tuesday as the ground was too firm. They were re routed to Warwick yesterday and both finished in the frame. KARKY SCHULTZ showed his Kempton win was no fluke finishing second beaten 1 1/4 lengths. TURKISH LOKUM finshed third but was only beaten by a Hd and a Nk. This was a good run and hopefully she will be winning before too long.

Harry's turn on Wester Lodge tomorrrow
Sunday, June 14, 2009
It has Harry Eustace's turn to take the ride on Wester Lodge at Warwick tomorrow evening. The trip should be ideal but James Eustace is hoping the ground will not be too quick for him. There are showers forecast tomorrow so hopefully they will get enough rain there to make a difference. The horse is in good form at home and is it not without a chance.
There are 4 horses declared to run at Yarmouth on Tuesday but they will not all run if they don't get any further rain. KARKY SCHULTZ is bidding to follow up his Kempton win in an apprentice handicap over 10 furlongs. He will be ridden by William Carson who was seen to good effect on General Zhukov at Leicester recently. The ground is good at the moment but if it does dry up he may not run. The same applies to INTEGRIA who did not let himself down on firm ground at Newbury last week. He is running in a rating related maiden over 7 furlongs which is ideal for him. He will be wearing blinkers for the first time, he is a bit lazy and hopefully they will sharpen him up. TURKISH LOKUM and ROLEPLAY are both declared to run in the 7 furlong handicap and both could run if the ground remains good. ROLEPLAY really needs top of the ground and is likely to need this race as she has not run for 200 days. TURKISH LOKUM worked well last week but desperately needs cut in the ground. If the ground does become soft she will run well. 

Overdue success for Karky Schultz
Friday, June 12, 2009
KARKY SCHULTZ has been an unlucky horse in the past but it all went right for him at Kempton on Wednesday evening. He was given an inspired ride by Luke Morris to get his head in front just before the finishing line. Having been drawn on the rail he was settled well in behind and had to wait for opening to make his challenge, KARKY SCHULTZ showed a great turn of foot and stuck to his task well. James Eustace was quick to give credit to the owner, Harold Nass. He suggested trying him over hurdles in the winter and it has been the making of him. His stamina was in doubt but he seems to stay well, Luke Morris thinks he could stay even further than 11 furlongs, the distance of Wednesday's race. He is entered all over the place next week and may run under a penalty but the ground is fairly critical as he definitely needs cut in the ground. As he has now won on the polytrack though it does give him more options. There is also a suitable hurdle race for him at  Market Rassen at the end of the month which could be a possibility if the ground is favourable. He has plenty of options and looks as if he will give his owner some fun during the months ahead.   

5 runners in next 2 days
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Park Lodge Stables is very bust over the next 2 days with 5 runners at 4 different meetings. The 3 runners on Thursday are all owned by the same owner, Jeff Smith. The action tomorrow is all at Kempton. PENPERTH runs over 7 furlongs and is  not well drawn in stall 1. She ran very badly first time out this season at Yarmouth and there is no obvious explanation, she is definitely better than that. She has shown form on the polytrack before so hopefully on this surface she will put in an improved performance. KARKY SCHULTZ runs in a 1 mile 3 furlong handicap and has the best draw of 14 of 14. The plan will be to hold him up and get him settled. On his hurdling form he is quite capable of running well on the flat. The polytrack is an unknown but there is no reason to suggest he won't handle it. This will be his first run after a break but he should be fit enough to do himself justice. The plan with him is to mix jumping with the flat depending on the ground. If the ground stays soft he could run over hurdles this summer.
On Thursday INTEGRIA should have a chance at Newbury over 7 furlongs. He ran well over 6 furlongs first time out at Nottingham from a bad draw. This should be his ideal distance and he has been in good form at home. Ideally he would like the ground on the soft side of good but he should run well. FREEDOM FIRE heads for Nottingham to run in a mile maiden. He ran once last year as a 2 year old and was a bit colty and ran very green, he has been gelded over the winter. He is a big immature horse at the moment but should be a nice horse for the future. He should stay further than this in time.
The third runner of the day is SULTAN'S CHOICE at Yarmouth. She will be the first 2 year old runner of the season and she starts off in a selling race. She is a homebred filly and a bit on the small side. She has worked reasonably well at home and has worked above this level but as she is the first 2 year old runner it is hard to assess her ability too accurately. She would probably prefer the rain to stay away as she wouldn't want it too soft. She is drawn 1 of the 7 runners which is not ideal especially for an unraced filly. It would be better for her to have horses drawn both sides of her. 

Geneva Geyser chance to follow up
Sunday, May 31, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER has a good chance of following up last week's win at Thirsk tomorrow evening. He faces only 4 rivals and will carry a 6 pound penalty for last week's victory, the handicapper is likely to put him up by more than this amount for future races. He is stepping up another 2 furlongs in trip but he certainly wasn't stopping last time so hopefully that won't be a problem. The ground will be fast but he seems to handle it well. He seems in good form at home so must have a good chance again tomorrow.
This recent fine weather has changed the going everywhere to firm so plans for the rest of the week are on hold.

On Cue declared for Yarmouth on Friday
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
ON CUE is declared for Yarmouth this Friday but will only run if the ground is good. They are going to water there to try and maintain good ground. She will also be declared for Lingfield on Saturday evening aswell but this is second choice. Her last run at Wolverhampton can be ignored as she missed the break and never got into the race. She has solid form in her 2 runs before that and on those occasions she had a good early position. She is back over 10 furlongs again which will suit her. She seems well and can hopefully bounce back after her disappointing last run and keep up the good form of the yard this week.

Commanding win from General Zhukov
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
GENERAL ZHUKOV continued the stables excellent start to the week by winning at Leicester today. He won from a poor draw and hopefully there is more to come from him. It was a particularly pleasing win for the owner breeders Mr and Mrs Moszkowicz especially as they did own the dam and the sire. He is the best horse they have had at Park Lodge since WELCOME STRANGER. Let's hope this horse can go on and do as well as he did. GENERAL ZHUKOV is a half brother to the useful sprinter Angus Newz so his stamina was in doubt beforehand. The way he powered home today up the hill would suggest he could stay further in the future. He looks as if he could be an ideal dual purpose prospect. 

Geneva Geyser Wins Well
Monday, May 25, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER won very well from the front at Redcar today.  He was given a great front-running ride by Micky Fenton.  He has always shown a great deal of promise and now that we seem to have trip, ground and tactics right I am sure he can progress the right way from here.  We will see how he comes out of the race before deciding whether to run him back under a penalty or wait a little with him.

Geneva Geyser steps up in trip
Sunday, May 24, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER is stepping up in trip at Redcar tomorrow, he runs over 10 furlongs for the first time. James Eustace hopes this will suit him together with the track. He ran well at Warwick last time but didn't handle the bends. Redcar has a much  longer straight and he is well drawn in 1 so he can hopefully get a good position on the rail. The ground will be fast but he seemed to handle similar conditions at Warwick. He disappointed at Newcastle before that but the ground that day didn't suit him. The blinkers have been left off as they didn't appear to help last time and he could run a bit free in them over this longer trip. He is a horse with ability and hopefully he can show that tomorrow. 
On Tuesday GENERAL ZHUKOV runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Leicester. He too should appreciate this step up in trip. He got left at the start at Windsor so under the circumstances ran well over a mile. Ideally he would like a bit of rain, there is some forecast. He is fit and well and can hopefully run a big race.  

Big D hoping for rain before Friday
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Big D is hoping to be reunited with WESTER LODGE at Newmarket on Friday. He has been declared to run but is a doubtful runner if it doesn't rain. The race is over 10 furlongs which is a bit shorter than ideal but the track should suit him. East Anglia seems to keep missing all the rain but let's hope some comes this way before Friday afternoon. 

On Cue to go one better at Wolverhampton
Saturday, May 16, 2009
ON CUE was second at Lingfield last Tuesday and has a chance of going one better at Wolverhampton on Monday. She is running over 9 furlongs and she has form over a mile and 10 furlongs so the trip should be fine. The track will suit her as she has plenty of early pace and she has a better draw than she has had for her last 2 runs. The only slight worry is that it is less than a week from her last run but she seems to have come out nof her last race well so hopefully it won't go against her. It seemed an ideal race for her so was too good an opportunity to miss. It would be nice to see her get her in head front.
JOE CASTER has been declared for Windsor on Monday evening but will only run if the ground becomes good or softer. He definately needs soft ground to be seen at his best.
PENSION POLICY is a definate runner at Yarmouth on Tuesday. The straight track there shouls suit her. She has been working better at home than she has shown on the track so far. You could forgive her last run though as she missed the break badly so could never get into contention. She is not without a chance.
Plans for TURKISH LOKUM and INTEGRIA are a little more fluid. They hold entries at Leicester and Nottingham on Tuesday but will only run if the ground ia good or softer. They are also entered at Haydock on Thursday and Friday.  
 

Wester Lodge has good chance tomorrow
Sunday, May 10, 2009
WESTER LODGE returns to Wolverhampton tomorrow over 14 furlongs, the course and distance he was second over earlier in the year. He will be ridden by William Carson who claims a valuable 5 pounds off his back and has ridden him at home so knows the horse well. He must have every chance tomorrow of getting his head first past the post.
GENERAL ZHUKOV makes his handicap debut later in the day at Windsor. Ideally he would like good or softer ground but Windsor has the best available ground at the moment. He is running over a mile, a distance he has run well over before but he will probably get further in time. He didn't settle in his last race so he will be ridden more prominently this time and let him use his stride. He has a good draw, if he handles the track he does have the ability to run well. 
On Tuesday GENEVA GEYSER runs at Warwick with blinkers on for the first time. He is a bit of a playboy and needs them to help him concentrate, he has worked well in them at home so hopefully they will have the desired effect on the track. He has the ability to run well and will be ridden by Micky Fenton who should suit him. There is slight concern about the ground as it will be fast, hopefully he will handle it OK.
Later on that evening ON CUE runs in the last race at Lingfield. She ran well over a mile at Southwell so hopefully 10 furlongs on the polytrack will suit her. The form of her last race is working out well. She is a very genuine filly who will always give her best.

Pension Policy back to winning trip
Thursday, May 07, 2009
PENSION POLICY runs back on the polytrack over a mile at Lingfield tomorrow and this should suit her She has won over this trip before and on this surface but at a different track. She appeared not to stay at Pontefract on her last run. It was also a hot race and she got hampered, hopefully a line can be put through that form and she can show her true colours tomorrow. She will be wearing blinkers but she has shown nothing to suggest she is ungenuine at all. She has run well in a visor before so the addition of headgear may just help her again. 

First run for Pension Policy today
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
PENSION POLICY will be having her first run for James Eustace at Pontefract this afternoon. She was formerly with Roger Charlton but was moved to Newmarket so she could be covered by the stallion, Kylachy. She has been tested in foal and it will be interesting to see if she shows improved form, sometimes fillies do. Physically she seems to have blossomed, the warmer weather may have helped her in this way too. Today is a slight fact finding mission to see if she stayes 10 furlongs. She gives the impression on the racetrack and at home that she will. Today's race seemed an ideal opportunity as it is for fillies only and there is decent prizemoney on offer.
JOE CASTER heads for Lingfield on Friday for a 6 furlong handicap. Luke Morris is banned on that day so W. Carson gets the ride and he will claim a valuable 5 pounds of his back which should help. He ran respectably from a bad draw  in a Listed race first time out this season but then ran very flat next time out. He seems to be back to himself at home now so will hopefully show that on the racecourse on Friday.  

Geneva Geyser chance at Newcastle today
Monday, April 27, 2009
GENEVA GEYSER runs in a competitive looking  mile handicap at Newcastle this afternoon. James Eustace is slightly concerned about the ground, hopefully it won't be too firm. The straight mile should suit him and there looks as if there should be plenty of pace in the race which should play into his hands. He is a nice horse and his last bit of work was good. It is a hot contest though and you could make a case for every horse in the race.

A trio of runners tomorrow
Monday, April 27, 2009
There are 3 runners tomorrow, 2 on the polytrack at Lingfield and 1 at Nottingham. GENERAL ZHUKOV has come on from his first run of the season at Yarmouth but will probably find one or two too good for him tomorrow at Lingfield. He is running in a mile median auction maiden, there are several horses with some placed efforts to their name and have run on the all weather before. The track and surface may not be ideal for him but the turf is too firm for him at the moment. TURKISH LOKUM runs in a 7 furlong fillies handicap on the same card. Like most of the other runners, she will probably need this first run but should run a nice race. 
MISTER STANDFAST heads for Nottingham and carries top weight in a 10 furlong handicap. William Carson will take a valuable 5 pounds off his back and he has been riding him out at home so knows the horse well. He has a terrible draw, 16 of 16, right on the outside. The trip is a bit of an unknown and it is a bit of a gamble stepping up this far. Any rain would be appreciated but the going is reasonable at the moment. 
 

On Cue has wide draw tonight at Southwell
Thursday, April 23, 2009

ON CUE has been balloted out twice on the turf so James Eustace has decided to let her try her hand on the fibresand instead. She is drawn 13 of 13 which is not the best place to be but she has plenty of early speed so hopefully she can jump well and get a good position. She ran 3 times last year as a 2 year old and ran respectably in her last 2 starts. This will be her first run in a handicap and she has been working to her handicap mark at home so should run respectably if she handles the fibresand. She needs soft ground on the turf and this surface tends to favour horses who act on soft ground. It is her first run over a mile but she should definitely get the trip. She is a genuine sort so will hopefully run a decent race this evening.


General Zhukov reappears at Yarmouth today
Monday, April 13, 2009
GENERAL ZHUKOV makes his seasonal debut at Yarmouth this afternoon. He had one race last season at the same track and ran a promising race finishing 6th. It was a hot race as all the horses in  front of him have won subsequently and he was the first unraced horse home that day. He is a nice horse for the future but is still a bit immature and will definitely improve with time. His trip is a bit of an unknown as he is by a stayer but from a sprinting family. It is a hot race today but hopefully he can run a nice race and give an indication of his future trip.
At Yarmouth  tomorrow PENPERTH will also be making her seasonal reappearance in a mile fillies maiden. She ran twice last year over the same trip and was placed both times. She will come on for the run but is definitely fir enough to do herself justice. She will like the ground and should have a chance of being in the first 3 again. James Eustace has slight doubts about this being her best trip, he thinks she may drop back in trip in the future despite the fact she ran well over a mile last year. She is by Xaar who is more an influence for speed than stamina. She is a very genuine filly who always gives her best.

AT THE MONEY cashes in at Market Rasen.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
AT THE MONEY won well at Market Rasen today making his record 2 from 2 at the Lincolnshire track.  He was given a good tactical ride by Michael Murphy who claimed a valuable 5 lbs.  His owner breeder Harold Nass deserves all the success possible as he, and his ilk, are the lifeblood of British racing.  Harold breeds mainly to race his horses under the banner of the Rockville Pike Partnership and not to sell.  Moreover he has the patience to breed staying horses on the Flat and enjoys his National Hunt racing as well!   He and his partners have a very promising 2 year old half brother to AT THE MONEY, by TOBOUGG, called IRON CONDOR in training and COH SHO NO,  AT THE MONEY's dam, has an exciting filly foal by SHIROCCO.  KARKY SCHULTZ, a promising 4 year old hurdler, completes the Rockville Pike Partnership portfolio.  Harold is keen to involve more partners in the Rockville Pike Partnership both in the breeding and racing venture as one package.  Anyone interested please contact James Eustace, details on the contact page, and he will put you in touch with Harold.  AT THE MONEY has given all his connections, not least his trainer, immense pleasure over the years, long may he continue!  It is possible he might run at Market Rasen at the next meeting next Tuesday in a 3 mile handicap hurdle.  We will see how he is over the next few days.

AT THE MONEY returns to Market Rasen
Saturday, April 04, 2009
AT THE MONEY returns to Market Rasen on Sunday, scene of his most recent success over hurdles.  The official going is good.  He ran very well on similar ground at Lingfield last weekend and can do so again tomorrow. Park Lodge has a 100 % record at Market Rasen , two from two, and AT THE MONEY is a course and distance winner.  Michael Murphy takes the ride.  He claims 5 lbs and rode the horse well at Sandown earlier in the season.  His weight allowance will help as AT THE MONEY has top weight like he did last Saturday.
 
WESTER LODGE runs at Wolverhampton on Monday in an amateur handicap over nine furlongs.  It is Harry's turn to take the ride which works well as he rode WESTER LODGE over course and distance on his first ride.  They ran well to finish 5th that day and they have a better draw in 2 this time, especially as the horse drawn 1 is a non~runner.  WESTER LODGE also ran last weekend but, like AT THE MONEY, seems to have come out of his race in good order. He has given both Harry and David a lot of fun recently.  Long may that continue!

Drop in grade for At The Money
Friday, March 27, 2009
AT THE MONEY has been dropped a few pounds by the handicapper so can now run in a lower grade of handicap which should suit him. He runs over hurdles at Lingfield tomorrow and will be ridden by Felix de Giles who will take a valuable 3 pounds off his back. James Eustace would be delighted to see more rain fall there this afternoon. He must have a good chance on his previous form and the horse is in good order.
JOE CASTER also takes a drop in grade tomorrow when he runs in a 6 furlong handicap at Kempton. He ran respectably last week in Listed company as he had a terrible draw. He has come out of the race well and tomorrow's race is a very tight handicap but it is a more realistic option for him. He will need them to go a good gallop and it will be his first time running on a right handed track but there is no reason why this should inconvenience him.
Big D will be doing rain dances all weekend for WESTER LODGE as he is due to ride him at Doncaster on Sunday. The horse has had leg problems in the past so won't run if the ground is too firm. The race should be ideal for him, 10 furlongs on the turf and he is well drawn in 1.
On Monday GENEVA GEYSER makes his seasonal reappearance at Lingfield on the all weather in a 7 furlong handicap. The horse is ready to run but there are no suitable turf races for him over the next 2 weeks. He is a big horse so Lingfield will not be ideal for him but it will give him some valuable racecourse experience. He fell in his first race and won his only other start so he has only completed once to date. He has done really well over the winter and he is a nice horse in the making.

Karky Schultz heads for Plumpton
Monday, March 23, 2009
KARKY SCHULTZ was entered at Huntingdon yesterday but as the ground was too firm he has bee re routed to Plumpton today instead. Hopefully the ground there will be fine for him as they have been able to water. He has been running consistently well over hurdles during the winter except for his last run when he was badly hampered, the form of that run is best ignored. Ther are 1 or 2 progressive types in the race today but he should be thereabouts and is in good form at home.

A step up for Joe Caster tomorrow
Friday, March 20, 2009
JOE CASTER steps up in class and trip at Lingfield tomorrow. He runs in a Listed Race over 7 furlongs. It is a valuable contest so James Eustace thought it was worth having a crack. It is a hot race and he has the worst draw, 14 of 14. He is a previous winner on the polytrack but not over this distance. From that draw, the plan will be to drop him out and ride him to get the trip. The horse seems very well in himself so hopefully he can run a nice race tomorrow.
AT THE MONEY and KARKY SCHULTZ were both entered at Huntingdon on Sunday as the ground will be too firm. This has not been helped by the racecourse watering system breaking down, not good timing.

A close second for Big D and Wester Lodge
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Big D is edging closer to the winner's spot as he finished second on WESTER LODGE at Wolverhampton. He was only beaten 3/4 length so it was a great performance. It was important that big D got the horse settled as he was a bit too keen with him last time. He got left at the start  but it did mean that WESTER LODGE settled well with him. He was still in last place coming into the home straight and had to bring him wide to make his challenge, the horse ran on really well to pass all bar the winner. It will be Harrys's turn to ride next time on 6th April, back at Wolverhampton.

Big Ds turn to ride Wester Lodge tomorrow
Sunday, March 01, 2009
It is Big D's turn to take the ride on WESTER LODGE at Wolverhampton tomorrow. The horse has never been in better form and seems to be enjoying being ridden by the Eustace brothers. Tomorrow's race is over 14 furlongs which is a slight worry as it may be difficult to get him settled over this longer trip. Ideally he would be running over 10 furlongs but at the moment there are no amateur races over this trip. If he does settle then he should run well so fingers crossed for Big D tomorrow.

Karky Schultz breaks new ground at Bangor
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
James Eustace will be making his first trip to Bangor-On-Dee tomorrow to saddle KARKY SCHULTZ in the 4 year old novices handicap there. The horse is very well and fit and a bold showing is expected. He ran very well on his last start at Sandown. That was a handicap against older horses and he is on the same handicap mark tomorrow. He probably hit the front too soon that day and made a mistake at the last flight as he was on his own, the aim will be to hold him until after the last tomorrow. He is entered in the Fed Winter  Hurdle race at the Cheltenham festival. He would have to win tomorrow to get into the race but if he does he will probably take his chance there. 

Harry enjoys first ride
Monday, February 23, 2009
Harry Eustace had a great first ride at Wolverhampton on WESTER LODGE. He finished a fast finishing fifth. He was a bit outpaced early on and then got stopped on the bend when making his run, otherwise he would have finished closer. It was a great effort by Harry to make the weightof 10st 9lbs as he his is 6ft tall. He rode in a 1 pound saddle and was also in the sauna before the race but it was a small sacrifice to pay for the thrill of riding in a race. Harry said it was the realisation of something that he thought was only a dream. WESTER LODGE is proving to be an excellent schoolmaster and seems to be enjoying his role as he is running well. I am not sure who will be on board next time - watch this space!

Harry has first ride at Wolverhampton tomorrow
Friday, February 13, 2009

Harry Eustace is all set to have his first ride on WESTER LODGE at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening. The horse ran very well last time out , finishing third, when ridden by younger brother big D. The trip tomorrow is not ideal as it only 8 1/2   furlongs and he would be better over further. Last time he ran over 12 furlongs. Saying that he has got some form over this trip. He has plenty of pace and if they do go too fast he will be staying on at the end. Let's hope he gives Harry a good introduction and he enjoys the experience.


Big D in the frame at Lingfield
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Big D had a great ride at Lingfield last Friday, finishing third on WESTER LODGE. The horse was a bit keen in the early stages but then was allowed to bowl along in front. The first 2 horses both produced a better turn of foot but WESTER LODGE stayed on well to give his young jockey a good day out. Big D had to return swiftly to the classroom for a double maths session later in the afternoon!. The horse will stayed further and it was a good run. His next run will be on February 14th at Wolverhampton when older brother Harry will be taking over in the saddle. This will be Harry's first ride, no doubt he will be keen to do even better than his younger brother!
SUNNY SPRITE reverts to the flat at Southwell tomorrow. He loved jumping but just didn't stay 2 miles over hurdles. He is by a sprinter and he showed some form over 6 furlongs as a 2 year old so hopefully he can re find that form tomorrow. He is running in a claiming race over 6 furlongs.
 

Big D rides Wester Lodge at Lingfield tomorrow
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Big D is hoping for a good ride from WESTER LODGE in the 12 furlong amateur race at Lingfield tomorrow. WESTER LODGE is a previous winner over this trip but would probably benefit from a longer trip these days. He ran a respectable race recently on his return from a long absence with an injury. He seems to have come out of his comeback race well so let's hope he gives Big D a good day out tomorrow.

First visit to Wincanton
Friday, January 16, 2009
James Eustace is to make his first visit to Wincanton racecourse tomorrow to saddle AT THE MONEY. He runs in 2 mile 6 furlong handicap, a competitive race that has attracted 21 runners. He will have a local jockey on board tomorrow, Joe Tizzard, who knows the track well. AT THE MONEY has had a bit of a break since his last run and has come back in good form. Any more rain that falls will help his chances.
 On Sunday Big D, James Eustace's son, takes the ride on Karky Schultz in an amateur rider's race at Kempton. The race is over 12 furlongs which is considerably further than he has run over on the flat before. He gets 2 miles over hurdles well so if he does get the trip on the flat he could be well handicapped. He has the worst draw, on the outside, but the aim will be to drop him in and get him settled so it may not be such a disadvantage. Big D has ridden the horse alot at home so knows him well. Let's hope the extra distance suits KARKY SCHULTZ and he runs a big race. 

Jumping action hoping to resume this week
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Jump racing has has a pretty blank time recently but the forecast is for the weather to improve next week. James Eustace is hoping to run Sunny Sprite over hurdles at Folkestone on Tuesday. He was disappointing on his debut at Doncaster as he had schooled well at home. He has schooled well since so hopefully it was just 'a bad day at the office' first time out. The question mark is whether he will get the trip.
CHASE END makes her racecourse debut at Great Leighs this afternoon. She works nicely at home and it is not the strongest maiden so she could run a decent race. There are only 7 runners and she has a good draw.
FARSIGHTED was clearly outpaced over 7 furlongs at Kempton last week so she is stepping up to 10 furlongs at Lingfield on Friday. Let's hope this proves to be her trip and she can show some improved form.

Happy New Year
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Firstly the editor would like to say Happy New Year to all readers and let's hope there are plenty of winners to look forward to in 2009. The current cold snap has put paid to any runners over jumps during the next few days but the all weather fortunately lives up to it's name. FARSIGHTED returns to the flat tomorrow at Kempton in a 7 furlong handicap. She has had a spell over hurdles but appears not to quite get the trip. She has been running perfectly genuinely though and now she is better handicapped could be an interesting runner back on the level. She has an outside draw but the plan will be to hold her up so it shouldn't be a disadvantage.
On Thursday WHISTLEUPTHEWIND takes a drop in class and runs in a 6 furlong selling race at Great Leighs. Her last couple of runs have been disappointing but she seems in good form at home and if she puts her best foot forward she is not without a chance especially from a good draw. She is arguably better on turf but Great Leighs may just suit her.
James Eustace is keen to run KHARKY SCHULTZ at Warwick on Saturday but the forecast is for the cold weather to continue until the end of the week so it is unlikely to be on. Any other plans for the jumping string are on hold until this weather relents.

Wester Ross runs at Kempton on Boxing Day
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
WESTER ROSS is engaged in the novice hurdle at Kempton on Boxing Day. He ran a great race first time out over hurdles and he will like the track and the ground. It will be a hot contest but he is entitled to be there on the strength of his first run. This has been the first opportunity for him to run again on the right ground.
WESTER LODGE is due to make his comeback at Great Leighs on Saturday evening. He has been off for a long time with a tendon injury and it will be nice to see him back on the track.
 
Merry Christmas to all our readers!

Sights lowered for Farsighted tomorrow
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
FARSIGHTED should find the opposition at Ludlow tomorrow less competitive than her last race at Fakenham. That race turned out to be a very good one as the winner is now one of the favourites for the Triumph Hurdle at Cheltenham next March. James Eustace is hoping tomorrow's race will establish whether she truely gets 2 miles over hurdles in testing ground. She should like the ground and she is in good form so if she does stay she will hopefully be thereabouts tomorrow.
AT THE MONEY is still in very good form at home despite some tough races. He has run a great race everytime he has run this winter and can hopefully run well again at Sandown on Friday. James Eustace hopes the track does get some more rain as the ground is drying out and he definitely prefers soft ground that is wet rather than drying out. The handicapper has dropped him 2 pounds from his last race and Mark Bradburne, who knows him so well, will be back on board. It will again be a very competitive race but on his recent form he should close again.

Luke and Geneva Geyser come good at Great Leighs
Friday, December 12, 2008
GENEVA GEYSER won nicely at Great Leighs last night and it was the first leg of a double for jockey Luke Morris. It was a just reward for Luke who was on board at Windsor on his debut when they had a fall. Luke has also done alot of work on the horse at home and has always thought he was potentially a nice horse. The horse must be quite tough to have bounced back so well from such a rough experience first time out. He can only improve from this run as he was still a bit green in the race and looks a promising horse. He seems to have taken the race well. James Eustace is going to wait and see what rating the handicapper gives him before making any definite plans but he could possibly run on the polytrack in the New Year. 

Geneva Geyser well drawn on Thursday
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
GENEVA GEYSER is drawn 1 on Thursday evening in the 6 furlong maiden at Great Leighs. James Eustace is hoping that he can benefit from this and that he will have a far better experience than he did on his his first run at Windsor. He had a terrible introduction to racing as he clipped heels and fell, hopefully he has not been affected by this incident. He is nice horse and would not be without a chance if he breaks well from the inside draw. The other 2 year olds who have run towards the end of the year have run well and he would go as nicely as them at home. One just hopes that he takes it all in his stride and is not affected by the experience of his first run. Whatever happens on Thursday he is going to be a nice horse for the future.
 
The jumping string ran very well again last week. Owner Harold Nass saw both his horses perform well at Sandown on consecutive days. KHARKY SCHULTZ ran his best race to date over hurdles finishing a close third, with a better jump at the last he might have held on and won. AT THE MONEY was running in a better class race than previously and acquitted himself really well, finishing a close 5th in a big field. The great thing is that both horses have come out of their races exceptionally well.   

Karky Schultz good chance of making it 3 out of 3
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ has a good chance at Market Rasen tomorrow of making it 3 out 3 for James Eustace on this course. His 2 previous runners there, Orcadian and At The Money, were both winners so let's hope KARKY SCHULTZ can keep up this excellent strike rate. There are only 7 declared runners and on the form book he has one horse to beat, Motarid, who was second on his only previous run over hurdles. The course has to survive an early morning inspection, the ground will be testing but he ran well on similar ground and over the same trip at Folkestone last time out so should definitely be there or thereabouts tomorrow.
JOE CASTER only face 3 rivals at Lingfield on Friday but this won't necessarily suit him as he needs a strong gallop. Luke Morris, his usual partner, is banned on Friday so Andrea Atzeni takes over in the saddle and he claims 5 pounds. This will offset most of the 6 pound penalty he carries for last week's win. He seems in good form at home so can hopefully go close again.
On Saturday AT THE MONEY is entered in a 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle race at Sandown. This is the same distance as he won over last time and he ran well on this track before that so should run well. James Eustace is hoping they will get more rain so that the ground is not too tacky. He went up 7 pounds for his last win which will make it more difficult for him but he must have a chance.

Joe Caster carries top weight to victory
Friday, November 28, 2008
JOE CASTER recorded his third win of the year at Great Leighs last night. James Eustace feared the handicapper had got hold of him but the horse must have improved to win as he did yesterday. He has been a model of consistency, only finishing out of the first 3 once in 7 starts. He may run again next Friday in a similar contest at Lingfield where he will have to carry a 6 pound penalty.It is a real fairytale start as a breeder for Gillian Walker who still owns him too. It is the only horse she has bred and put into training and he is giving her an enormous amount of enjoyment.  

Top weight for Joe Caster tomorrow
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
JOE CASTER carries top weight in a competitive looking 6 furlong nursery at Great Leighs tomorrow night. He had no run at all last time out and is definitely better than that form suggests. He is well drawn in 3 tomorrow but he is not always the quickest away so may not be able to make best use of it. He should run well as he still seems in good form at home but it is getting late in the season for him.
ROLEPLAY makes a quick reappearance at Lingfield on Friday after her good third last week. There are very few maiden races she can run in so James Eustace thought it was worth taking a chance. It is over a slightly longer trip of 10 furlongs which should be too her advantage. She looks as if this will suit her and there is plenty of stamina in her pedigree. If she could break her maiden in a maiden it would be nice for her connections. She is a relatively fresh horse which should be in her favour at this time of year.
WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is a possible runner at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. She has run well on polytrack before but didn't handle the fibresand surface last time out at Southwell. She can step up on her run there. If she doesn't run on Saturday she has an entry in a 7 furlong selling race at Wolverhampton on Monday.

At The Money battles to victory
Friday, November 21, 2008
AT THE MONEY battled bravely at Market Rasen yesterday to win  by a Nose. It would have been cruel luck if he had lost as he lead all the way in a race that produced a thrilling finish. He such a brave and genuine horse and really deserved this victory. The horse is a real star and James Eustace wishes he had a yard full of horses with his attitude as it would make his job easy! His next race could be at Sandown on December 6th but obviously it depends on how well he comes out of this race. It was a good week for his owner, Harold Nass, as he also owns KARKY SCHULTZ who finished second over hurdles at Folkestone on Tuesday.
 It was also a good day for the yard as ROLEPLAY ran a much more promising race at Great Leighs last night  finishing third at 66-1. It was a great result for her owners, Mr and Mrs Richard Wilson, as they have been very patient with her. She looks capable of winning a race and she has a decent pedigree so should be a nice broodmare prospect for them. She looked as if she may stay further than a mile and she could run again next Friday at Lingfield.

At The Money favourite at Market Rasen today
Thursday, November 20, 2008
AT THE MONEY only faces 7 rivals at Market Rasen today on ground that should be ideal for him. He runs in a 2 mile 6 furlong handicap hurdle which is a new trip for him but James Eustace is quite confident he will stay this far. He ran very well at Sandown last time out and if he reproduces that form he should be in with a great chance. This race has come soon enough after that effort but he seems in good form at home and this seems an ideal opportunity for him.
ROLEPLAY is due to have her second run on a racecourse at Great Leighs tonight. She was due to run there recently but the track was waterlogged, hopefully they won't have any problems tonight. She was rather overwhelmed by proceedings on her first run at Windsor and did not like the ground that day. She should fair better this time as she seems to have come on for the run at home and should handle the polytrack surface. It would be nice to see her run a decent race and establish what her best trip is likely to be.She is running over a mile today but she may need further in the future as there is plenty of stamina in her pedigree.

Karky Schultz faces 5 rivals tomorrow
Monday, November 17, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ faces only 5 rivals over hurdles at Folkestone tomorrow and must have a good chance. He has run 2 very promising races over hurdles to date so has the form to run well. He should handle the ground as his best form as a 2 year old was on soft ground. The question mark has to be whether he will get 2 1/4 miles under testing conditions.
FARSIGHTED is also running over hurdles at Fakenham tomorrow but she seems to have a tougher task. There are 13 runners in her race and it looks a competitive contest. The ground should be fine for her and she has jumped well in her 2 previous races. She raced a bit keenly last time out so if she can settle better tomorrow she should finish a bit closer.  

2 chances at Great Leighs tomorrow
Friday, November 14, 2008
JOE CASTER and PENPERTH run at Great Leighs tomorow and both would have a winning chance. JOE CASTER has been running consistently well and is climbing up the handicap which will make his task tougher, he has top weight tomorrow. He should appreciate the return to the polytrack though and could improve back on this surface. He ran well on testing ground at Catterick last time out and was only beaten 3/4 length by the winner who just outstayed him. The form was good as the winner went on to finish 3rd under a 6 pound penalty at Doncaster in a competitive nursery.
PENPERTH was third first time out on this track in a race over the same distance and again for fillies only. She has come on for her first run and worked well last week so should have a good chance of going close tomorrow. 

Hope the lights are on for Integria tonight
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
INTEGRIA is due to run in  the 7.20 at Wolverhampton tonight. Let's hope there is not a repeat of last Saturday evening when racing was abandoned due to the lights failing. There are now only 10 runners in the race and INTEGRIA is effectively drawn 5 now which is a reasonable draw. He showed plenty of toe last time out at Yarmouth when he finished third at the generous odds of 50-1. The ground was soft that day which did him suit him , the polytrack today is an unknown factor but he has always worked well on this surface at home. On all known form of the other runners in the race INTEGRIA has the form to definitely be thereabouts. It is just a question of how useful the newcomers are but he should run a good race.
WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is running in a 7 furlong handicap at Southwell on Friday. It is is her first run back from a break so she may need the run but she is in very good form at home and has done plenty of work. She does not have the best of draws in stall 11 of 14 runners but should have enough speed to get a handy position. She has not run on the fibresand before though but if she does handle this surface she could run well.

Interesting newcomer at Great Leighs tomorrow
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
The 2 year old LORD OF THE DANCE makes his racecoursedebut at Great Leighs tomorrow evening in a mile maiden race. He is a half brother to Major Cadeaux by the promising new sire Indian Haven, so he is an interesting prospect. He is very backward but potentially a nice horse for the future.
AT THE MONEY is due to msake his jumping debut this season at sandown on Saturday provided they get sufficient rain. The forecast is for a wet week so he a likely runner. The more rain the better for him.
On Saturday evening ROLEPLAY is running in a 9 furlong maiden race at Wolverhampton. She didn't handle the loose ground at all well on her first start at Windsor. She will be more at ease on the polytrack surface and can hopefully put in an improved performance.

Joe Caster going for his hat-trick
Monday, November 03, 2008
James Eustace is hoping Catterick survives a 7.30am inspection in the morning as JOE CASTER has a good chance of winning his third race in a row. If racing goes ahead he faces only 4 other rivals tomorrow so he must have a good chance. He is also entered at Doncaster on Saturday so will definately run there instead if Catterick is abandoned. He could conceivably run in both if he happens to win tomorrow and comes out of the race well.
On Wednesday FARSIGHTED makes her second appearance over hurdles at Huntingdon. having lost her way on the flate this season she made a pleasing debut over hurdles recently on the same course. It is a fillies only race on Wednesday and if she improves on her first run she should finish alot closer. The ground has at last come right for her as she definately need soft ground. The jumping string are in good form with 2 seconds last week from WESTER ROSS and KARKY SCHULTZ.

Hurdling debut for Wester Ross tomorrow
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
WESTER ROSS could be an exciting prospect over hurdles this winter and he makes his debut at Huntingdon tomorrow. He has schooled well at home so hopefully he can put that too good effect on the racecourse. It looks quite a competitive race and he may need further than 2 miles over hurdles but it is a good place to start. The ground should be good, he wouldn't want it to get any softer. KARKY SCHULTZ also runs at Huntingdon tomorrow in the juvenile hurdle which has been divided. He looks to be in the weaker division and if he has come on from his promising debut at Kempton recently he should run a good race.
On Thursday it is back to the flat, PENPERTH makes her racecourse debut in the mile 2 year old fillies maiden at Great Leighs. Most of the 2 year olds have needed their first run of the season so she will probably benefit from this run. She has been going nicely at home so should run a respectable race. The 2 year olds have been running well recently with a winner and a third this week. 

Local owners delighted with Joe Caster's win
Monday, October 27, 2008
There was great jubilation at WOLVERHAMPTON on Saturday evening when JOE CASTER recorded his second win and first on the polytrack. He was bred by Gillian Walker and she still owns him with some of her family and they all live near Wolverhapton racecourse. Some of them were obviously there on Saturday evening to cheer him home to victory. As he is in such good form he will continue to race this year. He could go to Catterick next Tuesday and/or Doncaster the following Saturday. Those are his last chances on the turf but he will continue on the all weather as he clearly acts well on the surface.
Tomorrow at Yarmouth James Eustace is double represented by INTEGRIA and MISTER STANDFAST in the 7 furlong maiden race. INTEGRIA ran better than his finishing position suggested at Windsor on his debut as he sat back in the stalls and was slowly away. He is expected to run a much better race tomorrow but it is quite a hot race on paper. He has worked nicely at home with JOE CASTER and he will be suited by the soft ground. MISTER STANDFAST may not be strong enough at this stage to cope with the more testing underfoot conditions. He did run better at Leicester last time out and showed some speed.    

First run on polytrack for Joe caster tonight
Saturday, October 25, 2008
JOE CASTER is running in a 6 furlong nursery at Wolverhampton tonight. He hasn't run on this surface before and he hasn't got the best draw in 9 so he could find it a bit of a stiff task. The handicapper has also been a bit harsh on him, he originally rated him 73 and put him up to 77 without running and without any obvious reason. The horse is in good form so is sure to run a good race and will learn from the experience of running on the artificial surface. He has one more opportunity to run on the turf this season at Catterick in 10 days time. Hopefully the ground will be soft by then and he would have a good chance there.
On Monday ON CUE heads for Leicester to run in a 6 furlong median auction maiden race. She ran well over 7 furlongs at Warwick last time out. It was a rough race in the early stages and she lost her  position but she stayed on well in the final stages of the race. Hayley Turner rode her that day and felt she has enough speed to drop back to 6 furlongs. The more rain they get the better, she will definitely appreciate soft ground. She is a very genuine filly and should run a good race.

At The Money in line for stayers series prize
Monday, October 20, 2008
AT THE MONEY has a good chance of winning the stayers series prize at Pontefract today. He needs to be placed and finish in front of Thewhirlingdervish to collect the prize. It would be great for all at Park Lodge if he could win the series as the owner, trainer and the stable staff all collect a £1,000  which would be well received by everyone. The horse is in good form and always runs well at Pontefract so he should have a good chance.
The same owner, Harold Nass, was very encouraged by Karky Schultz's first run over hurdles at Kempton yesterday. He finished 5th behind a horse of Alan King's, Saticon, who is highly regarded. He jumped well and did not get the best of runs before the second last but stayed on after the final hurdle. He saw the trip out well and could even be suited by a slightly stiffer test of stamina. It was a very encouraging debut.
SECOND OPINION runs at Yarmouth tomorrow and James Eustace is hoping they will get some rain there as she definitely need soft ground. She ran very well in a maiden at Leicester on her last start and the handicapper did not alter her handicap mark for this run so she should have a good chance tomorrow if she runs up to that form. Here next engagement is at the Horses in Training sales next Thursday. She is a nice racing prospect for someone as long as she is is campaigned on soft ground, she also has a nice pedigree so has value as a broodmare too.

Karky Schultz ready for hurdling debut
Saturday, October 18, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ has been declared to run over hurdles for the first time at Kempton tomorrow. There is a slight concern over the going as he needs cut in the ground and it is drying out.James Eustace is keen to give him a run over hurdles as he is ready to run and has schooled nicely at home. The unknown quantity is whether he will stay 2 miles over hurdles, it will be interesting to see how he runs.

Mister Standfast in good company tomorrow
Monday, October 13, 2008
MISTER STANDFAST runs in the Reference Point maiden at Leicester tomorrow and this is traditionally a good race. It has been won by some good horses in the past. There are 2 divisions of the race tomorrow which helps but he could still be up against it. He ran promisingly from a poor draw first time out at Kempton and has come on for the race. He should put in an improved performance tomorrow but it is likely to be a more competitve event.

Hughes booked early for At The Money
Saturday, October 11, 2008
2 months ago AT THE MONEY's owner, Harold Nass, spotted a perfect race for Richard Hughes to ride his horse in at Goodwood tomorrow. It is a 2 mile handicap on the flat confined to National Hunt jockeys and as Richard Hughes holds a national hunt license aswell as a flat one he is eligible to ride. He has been booked to ride this horse since the plan was hatched 2 months ago. AT THE MONEY is a course and distance winner and Richard Hughes has won on him before. It will be his first run since having a summer break but he does run well fresh. It is a shame there hasn't been more rain to really help his cause but he should run a big race tomorrow.
On Monday there are 3 runners at Windsor, all making their racecourse debut. GENEVA GEYSER, a 2 year old by One Cool Cat, runs in one division of the 6 furlong maiden. He is a big horse and still a bit babyish mentally so would not want to be subjected to a hard race first time out. He has been working nicely with last week's winner, Joe Caster, so is expected to run  a nice race. INTEGRIA runs in the other division of the same race. He is a full brother to Fast Bowler who won first time out as a 2 year old. He has also been working nicely so should give a good account of himself . Ideally he wouldn't want the ground to become too fast.
The third runner is the former Godolphin trained 3 year old, ROLEPLAY. She is a well bred filly and has been going quite well at home. Hopefully she will run a nice race aswell.

Third time lucky for Joe Caster
Thursday, October 09, 2008

JOE CASTER made the most of the fact that the odds on favoutite didn't run and won nicely at Nottingham yesterday. It was his third run and clearly the ground conditions were in his favour yesterday and he made the most of it. Without the favourite it was not a very competitive contest but hopefully he can go on from here. He is now qualified for nurseries, so depending on how the handicapper rates him, he should have a chance in a nursery before the end of the season.


Joe Caster chance at Nottingham today
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
JOE CASTER has a good chance at Nottingham today now as the favourite in the race, Fitz Flyer, does not run. The ground will be very testing which could just test his fitness out as he has not run for a while. His sire is Makbul and their progeny do tend to like soft ground so it should suit him. If he can re produce his Liecester form he would definately have a very good chance. He seems back to his best at home so a good run is expected.
At Newbury tomorrow, FREEDOM FIRE makes his racecourse debut. He is a nice horse but is still a bit backward and this will probably be his only run this season. he has a middle distance pedigree and will hopefully make upo into a nice 3 year old next year. Hopefully he will just run a nice race but he is hopefully a horse for the future.

Farsighted hoping to make hurdling debut tomorrow
Saturday, October 04, 2008
FARSIGHTED has been declared to run over hurdles at Huntingdon tomorrow. She needs soft ground but there is alot of rain forecast so it is looking hopeful that she will be able to run. She has been entered to run numerous times on the flat recently but keeps getting balloted out. She has taken well to jumping and has schooled very well at home. The worry is that she may not see out the trip but it is worth a try.
ON CUE runs at Warwick on Monday in a 7 furlong auction stakes. She was very badly drawn first time out at Kempton and actually ran better than her finishing position suggested. She should go alot closer on Monday especially if the rain does come as she also needs soft ground.

Double handed for the big prize tomorrow
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
James Eustace saddles 2 runners in the 250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes at Newmarket tomorrow. With prizemoney down to tenth place he is hopeful of getting some share of the prizemoney on offer. The two runners are BLUE ARCTIC and TURKISH LOKUM and there isn't too much to choose between them. BLUE ARCTIC is slightly more experienced and will handle the conditions better if the ground remains fast. TURKISH LOKUM would definitely prefer some cut in the ground. They are both drawn relatively low in stalls 6 and 9. It is hard to know if this is is a good or bad draw at this stage. Both fillies have a low weight and are in very good form so they have every chance of finishing in the prizemoney tomorrow. 

First time on the fibresand for Lady Avenger
Monday, September 29, 2008
LADY AVENGER runs in a valuable 5 furlong handicap at Southwell tomorrow. It is her first try on the fibresand and James Eustace feels it could suit her as she does need soft ground on the turf. She has a habit of being slowly away in her races  so she is being equipped with blinkers for the first time in the hope that it will sharpen her up out of the stalls. Over 5 furlongs you can not afford to give ground away at the start. It is on the straight track and she is drawn in the middle which should be good provides she breaks well.
On Wednesday there are 2 runners at 2 different meetings. WESTER ROSS returns to Salisbury and to a trip of 14 furlongs. He has run well over this course and distance before so hopefully he will run well again. There is rain forecast but the ground should remain fast which should suit him. Last time out at Goodwood he didn't quite get home over 2 furlongs on holding ground. Back to a shorter trip and better ground should see him going close again on Wednesday. MISTER STANDFAST makes his racecourse debut at Kempton over 7 furlongs. He has been working nicely at home but will not be helped by the draw, 1 of 14, right on the outside. This will make it very tough for him first time out but hopefully he will run a nice race and will be a nice horse for the future. 

Colton back over hurdles
Thursday, September 25, 2008
COLTON is running back over hurdles tomorrow at Southwell. He has been running well on the flat recently so is in good form and will like the fast ground. If he can reproduce his best form over jumps he should run well. 

First run in a nursery for Blue Arctic tomorrow
Sunday, September 21, 2008
BLUE ARCTIC runs in a 6 furlong fillies nursery at Leicester tomorrow. She had been in the frame in all her 3 runs to date and has been working nicely at home recently. It is her first time in a handicap so it is hard to know if the handicapper has her on the right mark or not but she has a nice racing weight tomorrow and Luke Morris takes a useful 3 pounds off her back. He knows the filly well to as he has ridden her at home. It looks a competitive race tomorrow though and she does not have the best of draws, 18 of 18, but hopefully she will run well.
At Kempton tomorrow ON CUE  makes her racecourse debut in a 7 furlong fillies maiden. She was a cheap purchase as a yearling, only costing 6,500gns. She will be up against some much more expensive purchases tomorrow so if she can finish mid division James Eustace will be very pleased with her. She shows a great attitude at home and is a very genuine filly. She again does not have a great draw, 3 of 14, which is on the outside.  

Sushisan makes debut for yard in Arc Trial
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
The high class SUSHISAN is to have his first run for James Eustace in the Group 3 Arc Trial at Newbury on Friday. He has a similar profile to WAR ARTIST as he is Australian bred and raced in South Africa. He has also raced in Dubai for the last 2 winters and in Honk Kong so he is well travelled. He has been given a rating of 117 and has some top class form with Group 1 performers including being only a head behind Youmzain in the Sheema Classic in Dubai.
SUSHISAN has had a late start to the season as he had joint surgery in Dubai at the end of March and only came to Park Lodge at the end of June. He has had a smooth preparation for Friday's race and seems in good form. James Eustace is hopeful of a decent performance if he runs as well as he has been working at home. There are only 9 runners and  the ground should be good. He is a very interesting runner and could be travelling again after this race.He has entries in the Canadian International and the Melbourne Cup.

Second Opinion doubtful runner tomorrow
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
SECOND OPINION is declared at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 7 furlong handicap but is a doubtful runner. The ground was soft at the beginning of the week but it is drying up quickly and is good ground today but likely to be quicker than that by tomorrow. They are even talking about watering the course there now, a different story to a week ago! She definitely needs cut in the ground so could be re routed to Wolverhampton on Friday night instead.

Turkish Lokum re routed to Leicester tomorrow
Sunday, September 14, 2008
As Warwick was abandoned last week TURKISH LOKUM has been re routed to Leicester tomorrow. She runs in a 6 furlong maiden auction stakes and faces 15 opponents. The ground is likely to be on the slow side which should suit her. She ran a promising race first time out at Windsor and is in good form at home so James Eustace is hoping she will put up a good performance tomorrow. SUNNY SPRITE also runs on the same card, in a mile handicap. He has yet to fulfill the promise he showed as a 2 year old but he is trying a longer trip and softer ground tomorrow which will hopefully help him. 
KARKY SCHULTZ steps down into selling company at Yarmouth on Tuesday. He is well capable of winning a race in this grade.
RUBACUORI seems to be finding his feet in this country, he finished fourth in a competitive handicap at Great Leighs yesterday from an unfavourable draw. His American breeding means he is well suited to the 'dirt' so he will stick to the polytrack surface from now on. 

2 runners at Great Leighs tomorrow
Friday, September 12, 2008
Warwick was washed away last Wednesday but at least the weather shouldn't upset running plans on the all weather at Great Leighs tomorrow. LADY AVENGER runs in the 5 furlong handicap but she has got an almost impossible task being drawn 13 of the 14 runners. She has run well on this track before but she is going to find it very difficult from such a wide draw. RUBACUORI has not faired much better as he is drawn 11 of 16 runners in a mile handicap there. His best run in this country has been on the polytrack and he is bred to be a dirt horse. The track,trip and surface will suit him but it does look a competitive race on paper and the draw could be a hindrance.
On Sunday WESTER ROSS heads for Goodwood. He is stepping up in trip again to 2 miles having run very well over 2 furlongs shorter at Salisbury last time out. He stayed on well that day and looked as if an extra 2 furlongs would not inconvenience him. He has been running consistently well lately and deserves to get his head in front. He seems to go any ground but James would prefer it not to get too soft as he is unproven on a really soft surface.

Turkish Lokum declared at wet Warwick
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Warwick races is looking very doubtful tomorrow but James Eustace is really hoping it will be on so he can run TURKISH LOKUM there. She finished mid field in her first race at Windosr but got hampered at a vital stage and would have finished closer with a clear run. She is better than her finishing position suggests. 7 furlongs at Warwick on soft ground should suit her as she has enough speed to get a good position early on and should get the trip. There is more rain expected so the chances of racing taking place are slim.

Colton drops back in trip tomorrow
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
COLTON is dropping back in trip to a mile at Brighton tomorrow but he has won over this distance before. Recently he has been running over further but he seems to have sharpened up lately so a drop back in distance shouldn't inconvenience him. He has not however experienced the  Brighton track before which is a slight cause for concern as he is quite a big horse and it is not the most straight forward course. It is an apprentice race and he will have the assistance of one of the best apprentices riding at the moment, David Probert which will be in his favour. The horse seems to be back to his very best form at home so James Eustace is hopeful of a big run as long as he handles the track. The ground is currently good/firm which will suit him.
LADY AVENGER is entered in a 5 furlong handicap, against older horses for the first time, at Haydock on Saturday. The ground is currently soft and as long as it remains on the easy side of good or softer she will run. It will be a tough task taking on older sprinters for the first time but if the ground remains soft it will help her chances.

Karky Schultz returns to Great Leighs
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ returns to Great Leighs tomorrow where he ran well earlier in the season over the same trip. There has been a slight cloud over the form of some of the horses in the yard recently as some have been coughing and he himself may not have been quite right last time he ran. He seems well now though and will have the application of blinkers for the first time tomorrow too. He has worn them at home to good effect so hopefully they can work on the racecourse. The biggest worry tomorrow will be the draw as he is drawn 12 of the 16 runners which is not ideal especially over 6 furlongs.
On  Friday WESTER ROSS is stepping up in trip to 14 furlongs at Salisbury. He has been knocking at the door reently having run well on his last 3 runs including his last run at Newbury where he finished fourth beaten 1 1/2 lengths. James Eustace would have preferred to have run him over 12 furlongs but there were no suitable races over this distance for him but he is confident he will get the trip. He has run well on the track before and seems to to go on any ground within reason.   

Bank Holiday Runners
Friday, August 22, 2008
Park Lodge has an interesting runner tomorrow in the 1 mile 6 furlongs March Stakes (Listed) at Goodwood.  VALENTINO ROSSI is a Brazilian import who has won a 2 mile Listed race in Brazil.  He did not take the journey well initially and we have given him time to acclimatize.  He has the stamp of a European staying type and indeed might even jump a hurdle one day!  He has been pleasing in his work at home and we are hopeful of a decent run.
 
On Sunday we have 3 declared runners at Yarmouth all with chances.  COLTON has been running much better of late since a hurdling campaign during the winter and has run two decent races at Yarmouth recently.  He will only run if there is no further rain as he is a good ground or faster horse.  TOO HOT TO HANDLE runs for the first time in a handicap, although by the sprinter ELNADIM, she looks as though a step up in trip will suit her.  She is however a keen going filly and a lot will depend on how well she settles early on.  FLASH OF FIRE runs in the mile and a quarter claimer.  He was second in a similar race at Yarmouth last time.  He could go one better especially on better ground. 
 
On Bank Holiday Monday, we run TURKISH LOKUM at Warwick in a 7 furlong maiden auction race.  She has plenty of stamina in her pedigree but does have some speed also and a track like Warwick could suit her well.  There is a big entry for the race and so long as she does not get ballotted out, she could run well. 

Two Runners at Yarmouth
Monday, August 18, 2008

<p> FARSIGHTED runs this evening at Yarmouth.  The soft ground should suit her and with blinkers on for the first time, we are hoping she can show a return to form.  The two year old GENERAL ZHUKOV has his first run of his career.  He is a horse for the future and will benefit from the experience of seeing a racecourse for the first time.</p>


Wester Ross doubtful for Newbury
Thursday, August 14, 2008
WESTER ROSS has been declared for Newbury tomorrow but is a doubtful runner due to the ground. He would only run if the ground dries up but as they had rain overnight last night the chances are slim.

Joe Caster heads for Sandown
Sunday, August 10, 2008
JOE CASTER runs at Sandown on Wednesday in a maiden race over 5 furlongs. He was a bit ring rusty and didn't seem that happy on the ground last time out at Yarmouth but hopefully he will improve on that performance this time. The ground should still be on the soft side of good which was similar ground conditions to his good debut run at Leicester. He has been in good form at home since Yarmouth so can hopefully run a big race on Wednesday.
At Yarmouth the same day there are 2 possible runners. FLASH OF FIRE is being dropped in class and runs in a claiming race over 10 furlongs with blinkers on for the first time. COLTON is also a possible runner as long as there isn't too much more rain. He will take his chance if the ground is no worse than good/ soft as he is running over 9 furlongs, a trip slightly short of his best. If the ground is a bit slow then this slight drop back in trip won't inconvenience him.

Cavendish goes for big prize at Goodwood
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
CAVENDISH is running in the valuable 2 mile 5 furlong handicap at Goodwood tomorrow and is not without a chance. He has not run over further than 2 miles before but he has looked in his races to date that he will stay further. He has been running consistently well this season and was possible a shade unlucky at Newbury last time out when he was a close third. If they have a bit more rain it would help but the ground should be not as quick as it was at Newbury so he shouldn't be inconvenienced by the going.
RUBACUORI  may run at Nottingham on Thursday over 10 furlongs for the first time. The track and ground should suit him if it remains fast. The step up in trip should also be in his favour so he should run well.

Busy day for Blue Peter Racing
Monday, July 28, 2008
The two runners today, BLUE ARCTIC and FARSIGHTED, both belong to Blue Peter Racing. Some of the owners who are in both syndicates have divided loyalty as to which horse to go and cheer on. BLUE ARCTIC has the best chance of the two. She runs at Yarmouth in a 7 furlong maiden auction stakes. It is her first time over this trip but in her previous 2 runs she has looked as if she would appreciate the extra furlong. She has had a small break since her last run and has been working nicely st home so should go close today, Fazbee is the obvious danger.
At Southwell FARSIGHTED is trying the fibresand for the first time. She likes soft ground on the turf so hopefully she will like this surface. With the current hot spell she is not going to get suitable going on the turf and she seems very well at home so it is worth a try. She came good at this time of year last season so let's hope the same can apply this year.

Joe Caster faces 3 rivals at Yarmouth today
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
JOE CASTER has not been seen out since his promising debut in April. He was unlucky enough to run up against Art Connoisseur that day who went on to win the Coventry at Royal Ascot. He only faces 3 rivals today but one of those is the odds on Global City trained by Godolphin. He has had a series of niggling problems since his first run and was also given time to grow and develop. He seems in good form at home and worked nicely last Friday so he should run well today but may find the favourite hard to beat.
WESTER ROSS returns to Salisbury where he ran well last time, finishing third over the same distance as today. He also has the same jockey on board, Hayley Turner, she seemed to get a good tune out of him last time so let's hope the same combination of course, distance and jockey can work again today. On paper, Del Mar Sunset will be hard to beat but if WESTER ROSS can reproduce the form of his last run he should be thereabouts. The ground conditions are in his favour, he handles fast ground well.  
Tomorrow evening, TOO HOT TO HANDLE, runs at Leicester in a 6 furlong maiden stakes. She ran well enough first time out this season at Lingfield and the Leicester track should suit her better. She can be a bit keen so as long as she settles and can get some cover early on in the race she should finish a bit closer this time.

Colton chance at Yarmouth
Sunday, July 20, 2008
COLTON runs at Yarmouth tomorrow afternoon where he is a course and distance winner. He will love the ground as long as the rain stays away and it remains good/firm. He ran well there last time out but hit the front too soon. He runs in an apprentice race tomorrow but is ridden by one of the more experienced lads, B.McHugh, who will hopefully be able to ride him too instructions.
The 2 year old filly, TURKISH LOKUM makes her racecourse debut at Windsor tomorrow evening. She is a nice filly who has been working well so should give a good account of herself but may be a bit green. The stable has only run 2 other 2 year olds so far and they have both run well so she is hopefully a nice filly too. She would appreciate any rain that may fall between now and tomorrow evening. 
CAVENDISH ran another good race yesterday finishing third at Newbury, beaten less than a length. He battled on gamely in the closing stages and is holding his form really well.

In form Cavendish runs at Newbury today
Saturday, July 19, 2008
CAVENDISH is declared to run in the 5pm race at Newbury today, a 2 mile handicap. James Eustace was in two minds whether to run him because of the ground but having talked to Richard Houghes, who rides him today, he will run as long as the ground is not too quick by later on this afternoon. The horse is in good form and has been running well so should run a big race. The outside draw is a slight disadvantage as he is usually a bit slowly away but hopefully he will be able to overcome this.

Brave Artist so close to Group 1 victory
Sunday, July 13, 2008
WAR ARTIST ran another great race on Friday in the July Cup at Newmarket. He led all the way but was headed inside the final furlong and finally finished third beaten less than a length. If the ground had been faster he might have just hung on but it was another top class performance. He seems to be showing more speed every time he runs so the Nunthorpe at York could now be his next race. James Eustace has several options and he could either follow a European and Breeders  cup route or aim him for the global sprint challenge. It is a nice predicament to have but either way the York race in August is his most likely next race.
RUBACUORI will have his first run in handicap company at Great Leighs on Tuesday. He ran well enough first tiume out in a conditions race at Newbury and has come on for the run. A mile on the dirt at Great Leighs will be much more to his liking as that is the distance and surface he has won on in Brazil. There are only 8 runners on Tuesday and he has been working well at home so is expected to run a big race this time.

War Artist ready for July Cup battle
Thursday, July 10, 2008
WAR ARTIST is in top form and ready to renew rivalry with Kingsgate Native in tomorrow's Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket. He was beaten 1 1/4 lengths at Royal Ascot last time but WAR ARTIST is 1 pound better off tomorrow and could possible have a better draw. He is drawn 7 of the 16 declared runners and on the first day of the meeting the middle was definitely the best place to be. Kinsgate Native is drawn high, on the stand's side. James Eustace believes the horse could even be in better form now than when he was at Royal Ascot but has slight concerns over the ground purely because the horse has never run on soft ground.From work he has done at home he has no reason to believe he won't act on it. In an ideal world he would have loved the ground to have been firm for tomorrow's race. The ground will have dried out considerably today but there is more rain forecast.  It is obviously a very competitive race and aswell as Kingsgate Native, James Eustace also has alot of respect for the French runner, Marchand D'Or and for Sir Gerry who was third in the Ascot race.  WAR ARTIST has a big chance tomorrow of Group 1 victory and it would be a fantastic result for the whole team to win a Group 1 on the home track.
There is racing elsewhere tomorrow aswell and DOUBLE ON RED is running in the 9pm race at Newbury. It is a 7 furlong fillies handicap and she should run well. She finished third last time out but didn't really handle the surface, she will be more at home on the turf and will appreciate the rain softened ground. The blinkers seemed to help her last time and she will be wearing them again tomorrow. 

Karky Schultz steps up in trip tonight
Monday, July 07, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ is stepping up to 8 furlongs tonight at Windsor, it will be his first run over this trip on the turf. James Eustace believes he will stay and he will appreciate the good ground so could run well. He ran well first time out this season but has been a bit unlucky in his 2 subsequent starts and he can hopefully put that behind him tonight.
On Wednesday 2 horse make the journey north to Catterick. CAVENDISH runs in a 2 mile handicap and he is a course and distance winner there. He is stepping up in class this time but he won well there before and ran well at Newcastle last time out. He is in good form and the ground is currently on the soft side of good which will suit him. This ground should also be ideal for SECOND OPINION who runs in a 6 furlong handicap on the same card. This looks to be her best trip so let's hope she can run well there too.
On the same day TOO HOT TOO HANDLE makes her seasonal reappearance at Lingfield. She is running in a median maiden over 6 furlongs on the polytrack. She only ran once last year as she was troubled by niggling problems. James Eustace is not sure if this is her best trip, he feels she may be better over further in time. She looked like being a nice filly last year so will hopefully run a nice race but is likely to benefit from this run.

First Brazilian runner tomorrow at Newbury
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
RUBACUORI, who has recently arrived from Brazil, runs in a 7 furlong conditions race at Newbury tomorrow. He has to run in this type of race as he does not qualify for a handicap mark yet despite having won 2 races in Brazil. He has settled in well and seems a real tough genuine horse. He has won over 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 furlongs so this should be the right trip for him. James Eustace is looking forward to seeing him run.
COLTON is declared at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 10 furlong handicap, he is a course and distance winner there. The less rain the better for him as he likes firm ground. If it does rain alot he will not run.
DOUBLE ON RED is running on the fibresand at Southwell on Friday, it will be her first run on this surface. The blinkers are back on for the first time since she was beaten a short head in them last year. It is not a strong race so if she handles the fibresand she should run well.
SECOND OPINION is the only entry on Saturday. She is entered at Leicester but will only run if there is sufficient rain to ease the ground.

2 shares left in promising Blue Arctic
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
BLUE ARCTIC ran another promising race yesterday, finishing 3rd in a fillies maiden at Newbury. She was 3rd on her debut at Yarmouth recently and ran well again yesterday in a more competitive race. She looks a future winner and should be a nice type for nurseries later in the season. James Eustace still has 2 shares remaining in the filly who runs under the Blue Peter Racing banner. This is an ideal opportunity for someone wanting some instant involvement in racehorse ownership.
FLASH OF FIRE runs tomorrow at Great Leighs in a 14 furlong handicap. The trip and surface should be ideal for him. He has always worked well on the polytrack at home and has been looking as if he needs this trip. He was fourth last time out and the form of that race looks reasonable so he should run well tomorrow. It is a competitive looking handicap but he does have a very low weight.
DOUBLE ON RED is stepping back in trip at Lingfield on Saturday. She is running over 7 furlongs, a trip she ran well over as a 2 year old but hasn't tried it this season. The plan will be too make the running, she will have the aid of blinkers purely to sharpen her up over this trip.
On Sunday WESTER ROSS heads for Salisbury to run in a 10 furlong handicap. He has not found his form so far this season but seems brighter at home and will like the fast ground. He may have been finding 12 furlongs too far so hopefully the drop back in trip will help him and he will have no headgear this time.

July Cup next for runner up War Artist
Sunday, June 22, 2008
WAR ARTIST ran a terrific race yesterday to finish second to Kingsgate Native in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. It was a very strong international field with group or graded winners from 8 countries in the line up. To finish in the frame in such company was a fantastic achievement. Interestingly the first 5 home were drawn from the 5 lowest stalls, War Artist being the lowest in stall 1. All the speed in the race was on his side of the track, he had every chance in the race but just met one too good on the day. His next target is the July Cup at the Newmarket July meeting and he must now have a great chance in that race.
Back to the normal mid week racing, BLUE ARCTIC is the next runner at Newbury on Tuesday evening. She runs in a maiden fillies auction race over 6 furlongs. She ran a promising race first time out finishing third at Yarmouth. It may be a more competitive race on Tuesday but she should run well having had the benefit of a previous run.

War Artist well drawn for the Jubilee
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Low draws have been favoured all week so far at Royal Ascot so James Eustace is very happy to be drawn 1 with WAR ARTIST for Saturday's Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes. WAR ARTIST's preparation has gone smoothly and he seems to be in the same form now as he was at York. If he runs up to the York form he is in with a good chance on Saturday as he does not have to carry a 5 pound penalty this time. It is obviously a red hot race and the 2 horses that the trainer has most respect for are the Australian horse, Takeover Target, and the French trained  Marchand D'Or. Takeover Target is drawn next to WAR ARTIST in stall 2 which could be a help too. We wish the Park Lodge team the best of luck in their quest for Group 1 glory. It is great for all the staff in the yard to have a runner with a real chance in such a prestigious race.
AT THE MONEY has been declared for Newmarket on Saturday and the race has only attracted a small field. However he will only run if there is significant rain which looks unlikely at the moment. Likewise CAVENDISH will be declared for Pontefract on Sunday but he also need alot of rain if he is going to run.

The Brazilians have landed
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
James Eustace has just been sent 2 horses from Brazil who both have good form in their native country so it will be interesting to see how they perform on english soil. The original plan with VALENTINO ROSSI was to run him off the plane, he was entered for Royal Ascot this Saturday. It has now been decided to give him a short break, as he ran recently in Brazil, and prepare him for The Ebor at York in August. The second horse, RUBACUORI, is a sprinter but will initially be hard to place as he doesn't qualify for a handicap mark despite winning twice in Brazil. He will have to run in a group or conditions race and depending on how he runs he may be given a handicap mark after one run. He has travelled well and could run in the next couple of weeks. Both horses look nice types and add an extra international flavour to the yard.
POCHARD is aiming to win her first flat race at Kempton this evening in a 2 mile handicap. James Eustace thinks she has one horse to beat, Whaxaar, so the forecast could be an advisable bet. She still seems very well despite a long season and she has got some previous form on the polytrack. The only worry is whether she will handle the tight track at Kempton.

Lady Avenger runs at Leicester tomorrow
Friday, June 13, 2008
LADY AVENGER has been declared to run in a 5 furlong handicap at Leicester tomorrow, hopefully the ground will be OK for her. James Eustace is very keen to run her as she is in very good form at home but is worried the ground will be too firm for her. There is rain forecast so let's hope it comes in time. She has been dropped 2 pounds by the handicapper which gives her a chance but she has not got the best draw, drawn 10 of 10 which is on the outside.
The next runner is not until Tuesday at Yarmouth. SUNNY SPRITE has been found an ideal race,a 7 furlong rating related maiden. There aren't too many of those types of races. He looked as if he needed the extra furlong when he ran over 6 furlongs last time out. Again he would not want the ground to be too firm though.
FLASH OF FIRE ran a promising race at Yarmouth yesterday finishing fourth of 15 runners, he looks a nice staying prospect. BLUE ARCTIC also made an encouraging racecourse debut, finishing third. This is only the second 2 year old that James Eustace has run this year and they have both been placed which is a very promising start.
 

At The Money leads Pontefract stayers series
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
AT THE MONEY ran a great race at Pontefract last night to finish a good third on ground that went against him. James Eustace was worried about running him as the ground dried up considerably during the day. This has put the horse in the lead on 14 points in the Pontefract staying series and the next horse has 9 points. There is a prize at the end of the season for the horse with the most points. As AT THE MONEY is in such good form he may run again in another staying race there later in the month if the ground comes right for him.
FLASH OF FIRE is declared at Beverley tomorrow but if the ground gets any quicker she will run at Yarmouth on Thursday instead. Blue Peter Racing are running both their horses there on Thursday too so it is a big day out for them. BLUE ARCTIC, a Bertolini filly, is making her racecourse debut. She is a nice filly but was quite temperamental early in her career and wouldn't want a bad experience first time out. FARSIGHTED is trying a big step up in trip. She was going to run over hurdles at Stratford but it was abandoned. She had schooled well. All her best from has been on soft ground but hopefully this step up in trip is what she needs. She has always looked a staying type at home. 

Cavendish gallant second at Newcastle
Sunday, June 08, 2008
CAVENDISH ran a gallant race last night at Newcastle, finishing second beaten 1/2 length. He was drawn on the outside which was a disadvantage even over such a long trip. It was a good run though especially carrying top weight.
Tomorrow AT THE MONEY is hoping to keep up his winning form after his fine victory at Goodwood last time out. He is running over 2 miles 1 furlong at Pontefract. The ground is drying up a bit now and it should be good ground tomorrow which should be OK for him. He has been in good form at home since Goodwood so is expected to run well again tomorrow. KHARKY SCHULTZ is also running there in a 6 furlong handicap. He has not got a good draw and is taking on older horses for the first time so it is a tough ask but if he runs up to his Great Leighs form he could run well. He was unlucky in running at Newmarket last time out so that form is best ignored.
COLTON returns to the flat at Folkestone tomorrow after a couple of good efforts over hurdles. The ground there is good/firm which he will like and the trip of 12 furlongs should be fine for him so hopefully he will run a good race.

Choice of engagements for Second Opinion
Friday, June 06, 2008
SECOND OPINION is declared to run at Bath this evening and Newcastle tomorrow evening. If the ground is soft enough she will run tonight otherwise she will head North tomorrow. She did nothing wrong last week at Lingfield finishing third so should be thereabouts again wherever she runs. The aim will be to ride her slightly differently this time, she will be ridden with more restraint early on and hope she will find more at the finish.
CAVENDISH is a definite runner at Newcastle tomorrow in a 2 mile handicap. It will be his first time back on turf since his 2 wins and he is quite capable of bouncing back to form. The only slight concern is that he has to carry top weight and he is not a very big horse but he has a good chance.

Two runners at Nottingham tomorrow
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
James Eustace is sending two runners to Nottingham tomorrow as long as rain does not intervene. The ground has already been changed to soft and if they do get any heavy showers it could put the meeting in doubt. KHARKY SCHULTZ had trouble in running at Newmarket last time out and that form is best ignored. 6 furlongs would be his minimum trip but he ran very well over this trip at Great Leighs and the soft ground tomorrow should suit him. He is drawn 2, one can not predict at this stage if that is a good or bad draw until they have had a race beforehand. Runners tend to go one side of the track or the other, if they head for the stands rail then it is not a good draw. If he gets some luck in running he should run well.
FARSIGHTED is heading into unknown territory tomorrow as she is stepping up in trip considerably to 14 furlongs. This spring at home she has always looked a staying type so there is only one way to find out for sure and that is on the racetrack. She will like the ground so if she does get the trip she could spring a surprise tomorrow.

Well deserved win for At The Money
Saturday, May 31, 2008
AT THE MONEY was given a great ride by Richard Hughes to win at Goodwood yesterday. There is no better tactician than Richard Hughes when it comes to leading from the front and he showed that on AT THE MONEY yesterday. Both the horse and his owner, Harold Nass, thoroughly deserved this victory. He is a very loyal and patient owner and it was great that he was there to cheer his winner home. AT THE MONEY has been in some tough contests and not always come out the victor, the handicapper had finally given him a chance today and he took the opportunity well. Richard Hughes commented after the race that the horse seems better going right handed so he may be considered for the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting if the ground came up soft. The alternative venue for his next race is Musselborough, not quite the prestige of Ascot but it will depend on where the ground is best for him. After that he may well have a well deserved holiday.

Rain comes in time for At The Money
Friday, May 30, 2008
AT THE MONEY runs at Goodwood today and the rain has changed the ground to soft now which is definitely in his favour. He ran poorly last time but it was on the all weather and he does not seem to act on that surface. His last 2 turf runs have been good especially his second at Pontefract. He has been given a chance at last by the handicapper so if he can reproduce his early season form he could run well. The slight concern is that he has been on the go along time and is due a holiday but with the weather as it is he may aswell keep going. James Eustace has decided to leave the blinkers off today which he hopes will help him too.
SECOND OPINION is running at Lingfield tomorrow evening on the turf. She ran very badly at Newmarket last time out but the fast ground was the likely explanation for that. She does need cut in the ground and will certainly get that tomorrow. It is a race confined to mares and fillies only and with 9 runners she could have a chance on her best form.
POCHARD is still in fine form after her recent 3 wins over hurdles so she is entered at Bath on Sunday on the flat. It would be nice to win a race with her on the level before her well deserved summer break. If the ground becomes too soft there she may not run as her recent good form as been on better ground.

Lady Avenger Heads For Great Leighs
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Lady Avenger runs tomorrow for the first time on a polytrack surface. She runs in a 5 furlong handicap. The Sandown handicap that she ran in first time out for the season looks to have been a red hot event and she was not disgraced in it. Tunknowns are whetther she will act on a left-handed track and whether she is as good on polytrack as she is on turf. We shall see.


Whistleupthewind at her favourite racecourse
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Whistleupthewind runs tomorrow at Yarmouth. She very rarely runs a bad race here, however she is looking as though the race will bring her on. It will be great to see her back in action. She is accompanied by Sunny Sprite who runs in the 6 furlong median maiden. He was bitterly disappointing at Wolverhampton first time out for the season. Let us hope he can put that behind him tomorrow.


Good opportunity for Double on Red tomorrow
Thursday, May 22, 2008
DOUBLE ON RED has a good chance in a mares and fillies only 10 furlong handicap at Pontefract tomorrow evening. The only question mark is whether that trip on such a stiff track will stretch her stamina too far. She quite possibly didn't quite get home over the same distance at Bath last time out but the ground was alot more testing that day, it will be faster ground tomorrow. The race has cut up and there are only 9 runners, if she gets a bit of luck in running she should go very close.
On Saturday evening COLTON runs over hurdles at Stratford. He should run well providing they don't get any rain there. He ran very well at Huntingdon last time out and tomorrow's race is an easier contest.
KARKY SCHULTZ has to make the short journey to Newmarket racecourse on Sunday. He too should have a great chance. Any rain they may get there will be a bonus for him. He was third on his seasonal debut at Great Leighs so can hopefully improve on that run on Sunday.

Pochard achieves a fine hat-trick
Monday, May 19, 2008
POCHARD won at Fakenham again yesterday so completed a hat-trick of wins over hurdles. It is a great achievement to win 3 races in a row so many congratulations to all the connections. POCHARD has really blossomed this spring and seems to improve with every race. She will not run over hurdles again for the time being but may well have one run on the flat before a well earned summer break. She will probably start off over hurdles again in the autumn with a view to running her over fences eventually. The aim is still to win a race with her on the flat, over hurdles and over fences. It is a case of one down two to go! 

Pochard odd on for hat trick today
Sunday, May 18, 2008
POCHARD is odds on to get her third win in a row at Fakenham today. It seems an ideal race for her and she should have a great chance despite the 13 pound rise in the weights. It is her third quick run but she does seem in fine form at home. As long as she jumps round safely she should win. The ground should be similar to when she last ran there so should not present a problem. It would be very exciting for her owner, Jenny Shaw, if she could win there again as she lives in Norfolk and and Fakenham is her local track.

War Artist close second at York
Thursday, May 15, 2008
WAR ARTIST is improving for every run and ran a great race yesterday to finish second in the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes. He was only beaten a neck and he was giving 5 pounds to the winner, Assertive. He will meet him on level terms in their next intended target, the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. James Eustace was obviously delighted with his run and thinks the stiff track at Ascot will suit him even better. It is exciting to have a horse in the yard of this calibre and to go to Royal Ascot with a good chance.

War Artist runs in Duke of York
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
WAR ARTIST is aiming for Group 2 glory at York tomorrow in the 6 furlong Duke of York Stakes. He is drawn 1 of the 18 runners which is not ideal but low numbers have a good record in this race and there are plenty of speed horses drawn near him so hopefully he can get a good lead. He has a 5 pound penalty to defy but should definitely be in with a good chance if reproducing his Newmarket run last time out. He may be suited by a stiffer track than York but James Eustace is hoping for a big run.
On Thursday evening there are 2 runners on the home track at Newmarket. FARSIGHTED has been found an ideal race, a 61-75 rated fillies only handicap over a mile. This is a step down in grade from her last run so a big improvement is expected. Her best form has been on softer ground but there is no reason why she shouldn't handle faster conditions.   
SECOND OPINION runs in a 5 furlong handicap also for horse rated 61-75. She ran well last time out and can hopefully go close again this time. Again the ground is a slight concern as she did not like firm ground last year. Hopefully they will have watered the track well.  

Cavendish going for the hat trick
Monday, May 12, 2008
CAVENDISH is aiming to win his third win in succession at Wolverhampton today.. He always runs well on this track and should run particularly well now he is running over a trip that suits him, he does have to defy a penalty though. He is also declared at Yarmouth tomorrow but he would have to win or go close for this to be a consideration. His wellbeing and the ground would also be major factors. They are watering there but with this glorious sunshine persisting the ground may be a bit on the fast side for him.
DOUBLE ON RED also has a chance at Wolverhampton today.There are however alot of unexposed fillies from the big yards in the race who may be on the upgrade. She is fit and well and ran a good race last time out. The drop back to 9 furlongs should suit her and she has run on the surface before and wasn't disgraced. She is by Red Ransom whose progeny do seem to run well on this surface.
There are 2 runners at Great Leighs tomorrow, both with chances. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is having her first run of the season so may just need the run but she is really well at home and it is a 0-55 rated handicap so she should run well in this grade. AT THE MONEY is running in a handicap over 14 furlongs. It is a hot race but he should run well. He is reunited with Franny Norton who has won on him before and he will be wearing blinkers. The surface shouldn't hold any fears for him as it is riding on the slow side at the moment so more suited to horse that like a bit of cut in the ground.
There are plenty more runners during the latter part of the week too but we will update you on those once running plans are more certain.

Pochard and Cavendish both win again
Thursday, May 08, 2008
The stable has hit top form with 2 more winners in 2 days. POCHARD was obviously none the worse for her exertions last Friday and won impressively at Fakenham yesterday. James Eustace was slightly concerned about the drop back in trip and the faster ground but she handled both extremely well. It was great for her owner, Jenny Shaw,who was there to cheer her winner on and she is looking forward to breeding from her in the future. The trainer's ambition is to make POCHARD a winner over hurdles, on the flat and over fences but she will stick to hurdling for her next run. The plan is to head back to Fakenham on May 18th for a 0-100 3 mile novice hurdle. They do a great job with the ground there as it is nearly always good even in the summer months.
CAVENDISH delighted his connections too at Catterick on Tuesday. he seemed to relish the step up in trip, winning well despite not handling the track particularly well and he idled a bit when he hit the front. As the ground seems to be drying up everywhere now he will probably run at Wolverhampton next Monday with a penalty. Unfortunately Luke Morris, who seems to get on so well with the horse, is banned that day so Barry McHugh has been booked to ride him. He will claim 7 pounds and looks a promising apprentice.
WESTER ROSS is the only other runner this week. He runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Nottingham tomorrow. He is now rated 74 so is eligible for 0-75 handicaps which is a drop down in class from the races he has been contesting. He has had one run this season but after a long break so may just need this run too. The drying ground shouldn't be a problem so hopefully he will run a decent race in this grade.
Finally James Eustace would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff for all the hard work they have put in since Christmas. All the horses are running really well and it is mainly due to their hard work that this is possible. It is nice to see their loyalty and dedication rewarded with good results.

2 chances today across the country
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
James Eustace saddles 2 horses with chances today at opposite ends of the country. SZABA runs in a 6 furlong handicap at Chepstow and will wear blinkers for the first time. It is not that she is ungenuine in any way but she has hit a flat spot in the middle of her races at Lingfield. This may be the track but the blinkers may just help her to travel better throughout the race. The straight track at Chepstow should also help. She was not beaten far last time out so should have a good each way chance today.
CAVENDISH is running this evening at Catterick. He has been put up a hefty 9 pounds by the handicapper but he should still have a good chance. He runs over 2 furlongs further than last time and the way he won that day he looked as if he could be better over a longer trip. Let's hope that is the case today.
Tomorrow POCHARD is making a quick reappearance after her win last Friday. She has come out of the race really well and is running in a fillies and mares only hurdle race at Fakenham over 2 1/2 miles. This is a drop back in trip which is not ideal but she is fit and well so can hopefully strike again as long as the ground does not dry out too much.
COLTON has had a break and is back in action over hurdles at Huntingdon tomorrow evening. He will love the ground and the track suits him as he has been placed there before. He may just need the run but if not he could run well too.

First win for Pochard at Fontwell
Saturday, May 03, 2008
POCHARD put in a good performance to win last night at Fontwell over hurdles. It was her first win on the racetrack and hopefully she is capable of winning a staying handicap on the flat too. It was a particularly rewarding victory for the owner, Mrs Shaw, as she bough her cheaply as a yearling. Her judgement has been rewarded and she is going to breed from her once her racing days are over. We believe it could be her first winner as an owner too so many congratulations. If POCHARD comes out of the race well and the ground is still in her favour she could make a quick  reappearance at Fakenham on Wednesday.
It is a quiet Bank Holiday weekend at Park Lodge with just one runner on Monday. ICE BELLINI is running in a maiden race at Windsor. She was disappointing at Newmarket last time out but hopefully she will run significantly better this time. The soft ground should suit her. 

Karky Schultz is first runner at Great Leighs
Thursday, May 01, 2008
KARKY SCHULTZ will be James Eustace's first runner at the new Great Leighs racecourse tonight. It has had some very good reports and is being well supported by all the leading trainer's. The ground is riding a bit on the slow side so tends to suit horses that prefer cut in the ground, this should not inconvenience KARKY SCHULTZ. He is running over 6 furlongs tonight but will probably be better over slightly further in time but it is an ideal race for his seasonal season. It does not look a great race on paper so if he reproduces his best 2 year old form he would have a chance. He has not truly come in his coat yet though and, like all of us, would appreciate some warmer weather.
 POCHARD gets a run at Fontwell tomorrow evening over hurdles. The ground and trip will be very similar to Stratford where she ran her best race to date so one would be hopeful that she will run well again.  

First run in a handicap for Szaba today
Monday, April 28, 2008
SZABA has her first run in handicap company today at Lingfield. She seems to have been fairly treated by the handicapper so hopefully she will will run a big race. She has been going nicely at home and 6 furlongs would appear to be the right trip for her. She didn't get home over 7 furlongs at Doncaster last time out.
DOUBLE ON RED heads for Bath tomorrow and different tactics are going to be tried. She didn't stay last time so she is being dropped back to 10 furlongs and the plan will be to get her settled in behind horses. She has worked well at home with these tactics but she is a keen filly so it will be a question of whether she will settle or not. If she does settle she should run well.
FLASH OF FIRE makes his seasonal reappearance at Pontefract on Wednesday. Like most of the other older horse he is likely to need the race. He will like the ground and hopefully 12 furlongs is the right trip for him as he appears to stay.

Lady Avenger top weight at Sandown tomorrow
Thursday, April 24, 2008
LADY AVENGER has to carry top weight for her seasonal reappearance at Sandown tomorrow. She is running in a handicap over 5 furlongs. She will like the ground, currently good/soft, and is drawn in the middle, 6 of 11. She may just need this first run of the season and the stiffness of the track may just find her out, especially with top weight. She has been working nicely at home this spring so hopefully she can run a promising race tomorrow.
POCHARD will be declared over hurdles at Market Rasen on Saturday but is highly unlikely to get a run. She ran the best race of her career on good jumping ground at Stratford over the same trip as Saturday;'s race. She is likely to get very similar conditions again so it will be disappointing if she is balloted out as she would have a very good chance.

At The Money in test of stamina
Monday, April 21, 2008
AT THE MONEY is running at Pontefract this afternoon over 2 miles 5 furlongs. This is the longest trip he has tried but James Eustace does not feel that will be a problem as he is a dour stayer. The ground is good/soft which should be fine for him, ideally he woule like it even softer. There is another front runner in the race which will ensure a good gallop which is what he needs. It is a quite a competitve contest but the horse is in good form and has a definate chance.
CAVENDISH has been declared to run at Southwell on the turf tomorrow. He has come out of Friday's race in good form. The ground is a slight concern as it is drying out all the time. If it dries out too much he may well be a non runner on the day. Tomorrow's race is over 2 miles, 2 furlongs longer than Friday but he should stay the extra distance.  

Cavendish wins at long odds
Saturday, April 19, 2008
CAVENDISH sprung a suprise at Yarmouth last night winning at 25-1. James Eustace was particularly pleased as he had a fiver each way on the Tote! It is always nice to get the first winner of the turf season under your belt and hopefully he can go on and win again. He seemed to relish the step up in trip and should stay further. If he comes out of the race well he could make a quick reappearance at Southwell on Tuesday over 2 miles on the turf.
SECOND OPINION is running in a handicap for the first time today at Nottingham. She ran well at this track first time out as a 2 year old last year over 6 furlongs. It is a furlong shorter today which could be a bit on the sharp side for her but the soft ground will make it more of a test of stamina. She hasn't run on such soft ground before but certainly doesn't like firm ground. She was disappointing last year on firm ground over 5 furlongs but she did not let herself down that day so that ran can be ignored. James Eusace would have preferred to run her over 6 furlongs on better ground but todays race is for fillies only and there are not many of these types of races so one has to take a chance when one comes along.
 

Wester Ross reappears at Windsor
Sunday, April 13, 2008
WESTER ROSS has been off the track since last June but reappears at Windsor tomorrow. He won on this course last year over 10 furlongs and tomorrow he drops back to a mile.James Eustace does not think this will be a problem as he seems a sharper, stronger horse this year. He will have the able assistance of Ryan Moore in the saddle, he rode him once last year and liked the horse. He should run a decent race tomorrow but having had such a long break may just need the run.
On Tuesday there are 2 runners at different meetings. DOUBLE ON RED heads for Warwick, she missed the break on her last run but ran a respectable race and will strip fitter this time. The unknown is the distance of 11 furlongs but if she follows in the family tradition she should stay. If she does see out the trip she should run well. FARSIGHTED makes her seasonal reappearance at Nottingham in a mile handicap. It is a competitive race and those with a run under their belt already will have an advantage. She is in good form at home but may find one or two too good for her first time out in this company.
On Thursday there are 2 runners at Newmarket. WAR ARTIST will have his first run on English turf in the Abernant Stakes. He has to carry a 10 pound penalty which will make it a tough task. He could be heading for Singapore for his next run at the end of May as he has been invited to run in a big race there. His alternative is much closer to home, the Duke of York in mid May. ICE BELLINI will be having her second run of her career in a 7 furlong maiden on the same card. She ran well on the same course and over the same distance at the end of last season. She has strengthened up well over the winter so will hopefully run a promising race on Thursday. She is expected to stay further in time.
CAVENDISH  is going to try his hand over a longer trip at Yarmouth on Friday. He is running over 14 furlongs but James Eustace thinks he should stay, he has shown all the signs of being a stayer. Hopefully the ground will remain good or softer as he is not a top of the ground horse.
 

Joe Caster makes promising debut
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
The first 2 year old runner of the season, JOE CASTER, ran a very promising race at Leicester last week. He finished second and James Eustace was particularly pleased with the attitude he showed. He had to really battle for second place in the final furlong. His next intended race is another similar contest back at the same track on 26th April. It is a great pointer for the rest of the 2 year olds in the yard to have a horse with proven form on the racecourse.DOUBLE ON RED and SECOND OPINION ran promising races last week on their seasonal debut's but James Eustace is completely baffled by SUNNY SPRITE'S poor run. There were  no obvious excuses, hopefully it was just a 'bad day at the office'.
It is a much quieter week this week with just SZABA running at Doncaster on Friday. She is running in a 7 furlong fillies maiden. There are only 11 runners but the big yards are well represented so it could be quite a hot contest. It will be nice to get a race into her on the turf though as her first 2 races have been on the all weather.
 

Turf season gets into gear
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
James Eustace gets into top gear this week with 4 runners including the first 2 year old runner of 2008. It will be his first turf runners with horses fresh from a winter break. He is very pleased with their wellbeing and is hopeful they will run well and give him some pointers for the season ahead. He does feel that the 3 year olds will all benefit from a run though.
DOUBLE ON RED sets the ball rolling at Nottingham tomorrow. She will like the soft ground as she ran well on similar ground at the end of last season, finishing a close second at Yarmouth. She wore blinkers that day but James Eustace does not feel she needs them so will be without them tomorrow. 
On Thursday JOE CASTER will be the first 2 year old runner of the new season. He runs in a median maiden at Leicester and there are only 6 runners, he has a good draw in 3. He has been working nicely and seems to know his job at home. The ground will be a question mark as he has done all his fast work at home on the polytrack. The ground is soft at the moment but the forecast is for dry weather. James Eustace just hopes the ground does not become tacky as this can be quite testing for 2 year olds first time out.
SUNNY SPRITE makes his seasonal debut in a maiden  at Wolverhampton on Friday evening. He ran well in 2 maidens at the back end of last season so if can run to that form he should run well. He may just need the run more than the 3 year old fillies though as he is a much bigger horse.
SECOND OPINION is the final runner of the week at Lingfield on Saturday. She runs in a 6 furlong maiden on the polytrack against the colts. Annoyingly there are no suitable fillies only maidens over the next few weeks, race planning at it's best again. She has worked nicely on the polytrack at home so the surface shouldn't be a problem. She ran a very promising race on her debut last year finishing fourth. She then disappointed at Bath but the ground was very firm that day so hopefully that was the reason. If she can reproduce her first run she shouldn't be too far away on Saturday. 

Good start to the new season
Thursday, March 27, 2008
AT THE MONEY got the new turf season off to an encouraging start finishing second at Pontefract on Tuesday. He was just beaten by a better handicapped horse on the day but finished 5 lengths clear of the third. The race he ran in was the first in a series of staying handicaps to be run at Pontefract and he got points for finishing second. James Eustace aims to run him in some more of the races in the series. The next one is called 'The Marathon' and is over a longer distance than Tuesday's race. It is on 21st April and is his next likely target as long as the ground is still in his favour then.
The next runner will be CAVENDISH at Kempton on Sunday. He is running over hurdles and it will be his first run in handicap company. He seems well and will run without blinkers again, James Eustace is hopeful of a good run from him. He is running in a 4 year olds an upwards handicap as, rather frustratingly, it is very hard to find such races for 4 year olds only.

Easter plans
Thursday, March 20, 2008
It will be a relatively quiet Bank Holiday weekend for Park Lodge Stables. With the prospect of heavy ground at Doncaster on Saturday, James Eustace decided not to enter WAR ARTIST for the Cammidge Trophy. His best form in South Africa is on fast ground so he will now wait for the Abernant Stakes at  the Newmarket Craven meeting in April.
POCHARD, who was third on her last run, will go to Plumpton on Easter Monday. Her last race was over 2 mile 5 furlongs and she looked as if she would stay further, Monday's race is over 3 mile 1 furlong so it should suit her. The only slight concern is whether she will handle really testing conditions but if she does handle it she should run well again.
CAVENDISH has an entry at Plumpton on Sunday and Huntingdon on Monday but at this stage he is not a definite runner. The races aren't ideal for him so he may wait for a more suitable contest.

Plans fluid for At The Money
Sunday, March 16, 2008
AT THE MONEY has several options this week but it will depend on which meetings actually go ahead as there is heavy rain everywhere. He is entered at Chepstow on Wednesday in a 2 /12 mile handicap. he really revels in heavy ground and the extra distance should suit him too. He is also entered at Ludlow on Thursday over 2 miles. His third option is a better grade handicap at Haydock on Saturday but the mid week fixtures are preferred. If he does run and win mid week James Eustace does not rule out running him on Saturday aswell with a penalty. He is a horse that handles heavy ground far better than most horses so he should get his ideal conditionssomewhere this week.

Encouraging debut from War Artist
Sunday, March 09, 2008
WAR ARTIST made a fine start to his career in England, finishing second at Wolverhampton yesterday. It was no disgrace to be beaten by Jack Sullivan trying to give him  7 pounds as he is a very good horse on his day. It was not only WAR ARTIST'S first run in England but his first run since last July so James Eustace expects him to come on considerably for this run and he will probably be better when dropped back to 6 furlongs. He will be entered  in the Cammidge Trophy, a 6 furlong Listed race, at the opening turf meeting at Doncaster. He will be burdened with a 10 pound penalty in this race.
AT THE MONEY is declared for Stratford tomorrow, weather permitting. The ground there is currently good and he would prefer more rain. A heavy storm is forecast. He is in good form and ran well last time out finishing second, he is only 1 pound worse off this time. 

Wedding Bells for Linsey
Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Saturday is a big day for James Eustace’s travelling head girl, Linsey Sharpe. She won’t be heading off to Wolverhampton with War Artist as she has an important appointment in Cambridge! She is getting married to Steven Avery who is assistant trainer to Mark Tompkins. We hope they have a great day and wish them both all the best for the future.


War Artist to make English debut
Tuesday, March 04, 2008

WAR ARTIST is to make his English debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday. He is entered in the Lady Wulfruna Stakes, a Listed race over 7 furlongs. Jamie Spencer has been booked to ride him. He will have to carry a 7 pound penalty as he is a Group 1 winner but that should not be a problem. As far as James Eustace is aware he has not run on a polytrack surface before but he appears to handle it well at home and he will definitely handle the track, he is a very well balanced horse. If he runs as well as he has been working at home he will run very well.

POCHARD ran a very good race at Stratford yesterday finishing third, beaten less than 3 lengths. She was slightly unlucky not to have finished closer as she got squeezed out on one of the bends and lost her position. She again jumped really well and James Eustace was delighted with her. He will try and find another equivalent race for her, maybe over even further as stamina is not a problem.


Late night out for Cavendish
Friday, February 29, 2008

CAVENDISH is having an evening out at Wolverhampton tomorrow. He reverts to the flat and runs in the 9.20pm race there. James Eustace would prefer to run him over hurdles but is thwarted by the continuing dry spell as the horse needs cut in the ground. He will be without blinkers tomorrow as he seemed happy without them over hurdles. Dale Gibson is in the saddle tomorrow and he has always run well for him before. CAVENDISH also seems to prefer the left handed track at Wolverhampton and always runs a good race there. He is in fine form at home so hopefully he will be there or thereabouts tomorrow night.

POCHARD is due to run at Stratford on Monday in a 2 mile 6 furlong conditional jockeys fillies handicap. It will be her first run in a handicap so it will be an easier contest for her than her previous races where she was running in better company. The trip should suit her and she has always jumped well so hopefully she can finish closer. She is in good form at home and any rain that falls before Monday would help her chances.


Quiet week at Park Lodge
Friday, February 22, 2008

It has been a quiet week at Park Lodge stables with no runners. AT THE MONEY and POCHARD both have entries on Monday at Hereford, Pochard is also entered at Plumpton. Their participation depends on the going, they both need soft ground. There has been no rain for several weeks now and with the recent cold weather the ground is drying up everywhere. Some course have resorted to watering which is unheard of in February.

The string are all coming on well, preparing for the turf season ahead. It is an exciting time of year, full of anticipation. At the moment the earliest 2 year old runner is likely to be JOE CASTER, a colt by Makbul. He will be the first 2 year old to do any significant work. He is home bred and a partnership called the GREEK MYTHS own him in training. They are hoping for an early start to the season. The rest of the 2 year olds are coming on nicely and the majority of them are now cantering on the Heath.


Encouraging debut for War Artist
Saturday, February 09, 2008
<p>War Artist made a fine start to his career in England yesterday. He finished second to Jack Sullivan in the williamhill.co.uk Lady Wulfruna Stakes (Listed) over seven furlongs. He quickened in good style to hit the front at the furlong pole but just flatened out in the last furlong and could not hold that solid warrior Jack Sullivan. War Artist was giving the winner seven pounds and had not run since July 2007. He will improve for the run and possibly a drop back to six furlongs. Exciting times ahead1<?p>

Pochard tries the fibresand
Wednesday, February 06, 2008

POCHARD, who has been running over hurdles this winter, reverts to 2 miles on the flat at Southwell tomorrow. Her owners would like to breed from her eventually so are keen to win a race on the flat with her. She has not run on the fibresand before but likes soft ground on the turf so will hopefully act well on it. She stayed on well at Folkestone last time out so should get the trip but it is her first time over this distance on the flat. She has top weight tomorrow but should run well.

SZABA has 2 entries at the weekend but will run in the 5 furlong maiden at Lingfield on Saturday. She showed good speed first time out and was not beaten far. She would have needed that first run and at home she seems to have come on for the race. She is in good form and should go close on Saturday.

James Eustace was hoping to run CAVENDISH over hurdles at Warwick on Saturday but he is unlikely to get in the race. This is rather frustrating as there are no other suitable races for him at the moment so he will probably run on the flat next time.


At The Money returns to the flat at Kempton
Friday, February 01, 2008

AT THE MONEY runs in the 8.50pm race at Kempton tomorrow evening and only faces 8 opponents. He ran very well over hurdles at Folkestone recently and has been put up 3 pounds by the jump handicapper which put him out of his next intended run over hurdles. James Eustace feels that this race over 2 miles is ideal for him. He is probably a better horse in heavy ground on the turf but has got some decent form on the all weather surface. The horse is in great form and deserves a change of luck, he has a good chance tomorrow.

COLTON is a declared runner at Doncaster tomorrow, hopefully the meeting will go ahead. He has an interesting rival in RIPPLING RING. This horse came from South Africa and was a lodger at Park Lodge Stables when he came over. He was due to go to USA but was bought by Paul Nicholls to go jumping instead. James Eustace was sorry to see him leave the yard and it will be interesting to see how he runs. COLTON has some respectable jumping form . The aim tomorrow will be to hold him up as he has made the running in his 2 previous starts and didn’t seem to quite get home last time out. He is going to be a better horse over jumps in the summer when the ground is quicker. The ground tomorrow should be good as long as they don’t get any more wet weather.


Cavendish and Big D head for Kempton
Thursday, January 24, 2008

CAVENDISH is running in an Amateur rider’s race on Sunday at Kempton and will again be ridden by Big D. He won’t have to miss any lessons this time!Big D gave him a very good ride at Lingfield last time out so they will be hoping to go closer this time. CAVENDISH has run well over the same course and distance back in summer from a wide draw. An inside draw would be a help this time.

POCHARD was going to run at Uttoxeter on Saturday but the meeting has already been abandoned. She will now run at Folkestone on Tuesday instead. AT THE MONEY ran a very good race at Folkestone last Monday to finish second under top weight. SZABA made an encouraging debut at Lingfield yesterday. She showed good speed and will definitely improve for the run.


Wet weather makes plans difficult
Friday, January 18, 2008

The recent wet weather has made it difficult for James Eustace to make plans for his jumping string. AT THE MONEY is an intended runner at Folkestone on Monday but there has to be some doubt about the meeting going ahead. If the meeting is off he could revert to the flat at Kempton on Wednesday. He is entered in a 2 mile handicap there.

Wednesday could see Szaba making her racecourse debut at Lingfield. She is entered in a 6 furlong maiden race. She has been going nicely at home but it does look an unusually hot maiden for this time of year. She is likely to find one or 2 too good for her but will hopefully run a nice race. James Eustace is hoping that Hayley Turner will be available to take the ride as she has ridden her at home .


First runners of the New Year this Friday
Wednesday, January 02, 2008

James Eustace starts the New year with 2 runners over hurdles at Lingfield on Friday. CAVENDISH is running in a 4 year olds only juvenile maiden over 2 miles. He was a bit disappointing at Newbury last time out but the jockey that day felt he was put off when badly squeezed early in the race. The blinkers probably didn’t help him in that situation so they are being left off on Friday. He has schooled well without them at home so hopefully he will in a race too but it is a slight experiment. In view of his bad experience last time out the jockey will try to give him a bit more room at his hurdles on Friday with out making the running. POCHARD is the other runner on Friday, she runs in a 4 year olds and upwards novice hurdle also over 2 miles. She jumped well at Newbury on her debut and has schooled even better since the race. It was a very hot race at Newbury and she got tired in the closing stage, hopefully she can finish closer this time. She will ultimately run over fences.

COLTON was also entered on Friday but he will not run as he needs faster ground. He jumped very well on his last run at Newbury and finished 8th in a very hot race. He seems to be really enjoying his jumping and he should be suited by the summer jumping season as the ground will be more in his favour. James Eustace is very pleased with the way he has taken to hurdles.


Big Raid on Newbury
Tuesday, December 18, 2007

James Eustace is sending a team of 3 horses to Newbury tomorrow. Newbury are very hopeful of being able to race tomorrow as they are employing frost blankets to cover the track. COLTON was going to go to Uttoxeter on Friday but with colder weather forecast for the end of the week there is some doubt about the meeting going ahead. He was second on his first start over hurdles at Huntingdon and the fourth horse has come out and won a race since so the form is working out well. Tomorrow’s race does look as if it will be a hotter contest though. James Eustace is slightly worried about the ground as he is fast ground horse on the flat and the going at Newbury is Good/Soft.

POCHARD is a lovely big mare and will be making her debut over hurdles tomorrow. She is still very green over hurdles at home so will definitely need this first run. James Eustace is hoping she has a nice introduction and jumps round well.

The third runner tomorrow is CAVENDISH. He jumped really well on his debut at Fakenham. He faded in the closing stages to finish fourth. He will be ridden with different tactics tomorrow. At Fakenham he made the running but hopefully tomorrow he will be dropped in so he can hopefully run through horses in the closing stages and prove he does he get the trip.

All 3 horses are in great form at home so it could be an interesting day tomorrow. It would be nice to finish the year on a good note.


At The Money heads for Exeter
Thursday, December 06, 2007

AT THE MONEY faces 7 rivals at Exeter tomorrow. It will be James Eustace’s first visit to this west country course, let’s hope it proves to be a worthwhile trip. The ground will definitely suit him, the more rain the better. The handicapper has not done him any favours though so he has got a tough task at the weights. He seems very well in himself and will handle the testing conditions so it is a case of hoping for the best.


A few shares still available in Blue Peter Racing
Monday, December 03, 2007
There are a still a few shares available in the new Blue Peter Racing syndicate, Blue Peter Racing 8. Blue Peter Racing has been a very successful syndicate as they have had a winner every year since they started 8 years ago, a very impressive record. The new syndicate have bought a filly by Bertolini, a very prolific sire of winners. Shares are only £3400 for a 1/10 share to include purchase and all expenses for a 12 month period. Further details are available on the Blue Peter Racing website www.bluepeterracing.co.uk. A share would make an ideal Christmas present!

Cavendish to make hurdling debut on Monday
Thursday, November 29, 2007

CAVENDISH was given a good prepearation for his hurdling debut by Big D at Lingfield last week. He gave him a good ride and CAVENDISH finished well. He is entered at Fakenham on Monday , it is a sharp left handed track which should suit him. He has schooled nicely at home so will hopefully put in a good performance on Monday.


Big Day for Big D
Monday, November 19, 2007

Big D is to make his racecourse debut at Lingfield on Wednesday when he will be riding CAVENDISH in an amateur rider’s race. He has been given permission by Harrow to take the ride as luckily on Wednesday’s they have no lessons in the afternoon anyway and the only lesson he will have to miss is double photography! The last Harrovian to have a day off to ride was fellow Newmarket trainer W.Jarvis

Big D was planning to have his first ride on CAVENDISH at the end of the summer holidays but the ground wasn’t suitable. He has ridden the horse a lot at home so knows him well. Although the horse has never run at Lingfield before he seems to prefer a left handed track and has always run well at Wolverhampton. His best form on the all weather to date has been over 9 to 10 furlongs, the race on Wednesday is over 12 furlongs but the extra trip shouldn’t be a problem. He has won over 1 furlong less than this on the turf. He has a good draw, 3 of 13 which should help big D to get a good position early on without having to make the running.

It will be a very exciting day for big D as I know he has been looking forward to this moment for a long time. I am sure he will give the horse a great ride and we wish him the very best of luck.

The rain came in time for AT THE MONEY to take his chance at Cheltenham yesterday. It rained so hard that they had to abandon the last race. The weather was terrible but he put up a creditable performance on only his second start over hurdles. He made the running and jumped well except for 2 mistakes at the downhill hurdles. He finished 9th and will have learnt alot from this experience.


At The Money needs rain at Cheltenham
Saturday, November 17, 2007

AT THE MONEY has been declared at Cheltenham tomorrow but will only run if there is sufficient overnight rain. He is engaged in the 2 mile 5 furlong Brown’s Gazzette Intermediate Handicap Hurdle and there are 24 declared runners. It will be a competitive race but the conditions of the race are ideal for him and there are very few of these types of races available. Rain is forecast so let’s hope there is enough to let him take his chance. This prolonged dry spell is proving frustrating for jump trainer’s who have all their soft ground horses ready to run.


Coulton makes debut over hurdles today
Thursday, November 08, 2007

COULTON makes his debut over hurdles at Huntingdon today. There are only 7 runners and one of them, Sir Haydn, has been second already over hurdles but apart from that it looks an open race. He has done plenty of schooling at home and has taken to hurdling very well. If he can jump round today as well as he schools he should run a respectable race.

KARKY SCHULTZ runs on Friday evening at Wolverhampton in a 9 furlong nursery. He ran well in a good nursery over 7 furlongs at Doncaster last time out and looked as if a step up in trip would suit him. He has also been dropped a hefty 7 pounds by the handicapper which should give him a bit of a chance.

The continuous dry spell has delayed CAVENDISH’s debut over hurdles. He is entered at Market Rasen on Sunday but there is unlikely to be enough rain by then. He is more likely to run back on the flat at Wolverhampton on Monday. He is entered in a 12 furlong handicap there and James Eustace wants to try different tactics on him over this longer trip. He usually makes the running but the plan will be to drop him in this time.


Double on Red heads for Yarmouth
Monday, October 29, 2007

DOUBLE ON RED runs in a 7 furlong maiden race at Yarmouth tomorrow and will be wearing blinkers for the first time. She has been disappointing since her first run so James Eustace is hoping that the application of some headgear will bring about an improvement in form. She has been wearing them at home and they seem to have had the desired effect there so hopefully she can show her true form on the racetrack tomorrow.


Karky Schultz makes the cut at Doncaster
Friday, October 26, 2007

James Eustace was pleased that KARKY SCHULTZ got into the 7 furlong nursery at Doncaster tomorrow but wasn't so happy with the draw. He is drawn 5 but the winners on the new track seem to come from a high draw, the stand's side. He has a low weight of only 8st 3lbs and the able assistance of good 3 pound claimer Luke Morris in the saddle so he will hopefully run a big race. He has definately come on for his run at Goodwood recently. This was his first run back from an enforced break. He showed alot of speed on his last run until he got tired but if he shows alot of speed tomorrow he could drop back to 6 furlongs for his next run. There is a 6 furlong nursery on the final day of the turf season back at Doncaster on November 10th so this could be a possibility.The plan is for him to be kept going on the all weather until the end of the year.


Cavendish back after break
Sunday, October 21, 2007

CAVENDISH is back after a break and runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow in a 3 year olds only handicap over 9 furlongs. He always run well on this track and this is probably his best trip round there. Drawn 10 0f 13 is not ideal but he should run well. He is being prepared for a winter hurdling campaign and his next race is likely to be at Warwick over hurdles on November 5th, he won on this course on the flat. James Eustace has been very pleased with the way he has schooled over jumps. He is not a very big horse but has taken to it well.


Double On Red runs at Windsor
Sunday, October 14, 2007

DOUBLE ON RED runs in a nursery tomorrow at Windsor. It will be her first run in a handicap. She does have a lot of weight but if she runs up to her Ascot form she should run well. She has been working nicely at home and James Eustace is slightly mystified by her last 2 runs. She was a bit disappointing after her promising debut at Ascot but hopefully she can put that behind her and run well tomorrow.


Rain in time for Farsighted
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

FARSIGHTED has been waiting for the rain to fall before she could run. She has shown her best form on the track on soft ground. She is running in a valuable 6 furlong nursery at Newbury tomorrow and will hopefully run a big race. She has been going well at home and the form of her last run at Yarmouth has worked out well. The winner that day, Ridge Dance, went on to finish a close fourth in the Group 2 Royal Lodge at Ascot. Dale Gibson takes the ride on her again.


Lady Avenger runs in Group 1
Wednesday, October 03, 2007

LADY AVENGER is taking her chance in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Friday. Once again she has not got the best of draws, drawn 2 of the 14 runners. As expected it is a very competitive race but she has come out of the Ayr race really well and is expected to have come on for the run. The Ayr race was her first run after a summer break and her preparation was slightly rushed to get there. Under the circumstances she ran a sound race as she probably hit the front a bit soon that day. She needs to be produced as late as possible.

James Eustace is hoping for a bold show at a long price provided she settles well and doesn’t hang. Kerrin McEvoy will be back in the saddle and he knows her well. He will be aiming to produce her with as late a run as possible. There is a slight question mark over whether she is better over 5 or 6 furlongs. The answer to this will be provided on Friday. Providing she comes out of Friday’s race well she could run again before the season finishes. Having had a summer break she is still relatively fresh. The Cornwallis at Ascot and a Listed race at York are 2 possible races for her.


Lady Avenger heads for Ayr
Friday, September 21, 2007

LADY AVENGER has had a break since Royal Ascot but is heading for Ayr tomorrow to contest the group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes. It looks a hot contest but she has been working well and should be fit enough to do herself justice. She is drawn 1 of 14 that is not ideal but hopefully the ground has come right for her. It is currently on the soft side of good with more rain forecast. She does need to get her toe in and any further rain will be to her advantage. James Eustace feels she has improved since the spring and is now a stronger filly. She is entered in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes in 2 weeks time so if she runs very well tomorrow she could be heading there next.

DOUBLE ON RED worked well yesterday morning so will run at Kempton on Monday. The only 7 furlong maiden fillies available were at Kempton and Beverley. James Eustace did not want to take her all the way to Beverley so the only choice in the south was Kempton. She has always worked well on the polytrack so she should handle the surface. The form of her Ascot race has worked out very well. She was disappointing on her last run but the ground could have been to firm for her or she just had an off day. She is expected to run much better on Monday.

FARSIGHTED put up a bold display at Yarmouth on Tuesday to finish third, only beaten a neck for second. Dale Gibson had done his homework on the track before hand and judge the far rail to be much faster. The tactic nearly paid off as she was a long way clear at one stage but just couldn’t quite hold on.


Blue Peter Racing have high hopes at Yarmouth
Monday, September 17, 2007

Blue Peter Racing have runners on consecutive days at Yarmouth this week. FARSIGHTED runs tomorrow in the 7 furlong nursery and she only has 6 opponents. She was a bit outpaced at Windsor last time out at and she had top weight. She is a small filly so will be better suited by tomorrow’s conditions and a smaller field She is back over the trip she won over and will hopefully run well. She may be at her best on soft ground but should not be inconvenienced by faster ground. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND runs the following day in a 7 furlong handicap. She will be carrying a 6 pound penalty for last week’s win but she is a filly in form and should go close again. She will be ridden by Seb Saunders who is having a great battle with Jamie Spencer for the jockey’s title so will be very keen to add another winner to his score.

ANATOLIAN PRINCE is being dropped to selling company at Lingfield tomorrow. He does has various well documented problems which have led to some disappointing performances this season. He makes a noise and the application of a tongue tie did work at Yarmouth when he finished second in a claimer. If this has the same effect tomorrow he could go close at it is not a great contest.

LADY AVENGER is being prepared for the big Ayr meeting at the end of the week. She is entered in the Harry Roseberry on Friday and the Firth of Clyde on Saturday. The latter is the preferred option. She will need cut in the ground but they did have a lot of rain today so James Eustace is hopefull that she will get conditions to suit her.


Whistleupthewind back to winning ways
Friday, September 14, 2007

The continuous dry spell has come at the right time for WHISTLEUPTHEWIND. She really does seem to relish firm ground and came back to her best at Folkestone on Monday to win by a neck in a fast time. Hayley Turner gave her a peach of a ride as she had to come through a narrow gap close home and she got her head in front on the line. She is due to run again at Yarmouth next week under a penalty. James Eustace will be hoping that the fine weather continues so she can score again.

SUNNY SPRITE was unlucky to come up against some hot opposition at Lingfield on Tuesday. He ran well to finish fourth and is definitely a nice horse for the future. He may have one more run this season or could be put away until next year when he should make up into a nice 3 year old.


Sunny Sprite to go one better
Saturday, September 08, 2007

SUNNY SPRITE, second on his debut, aims to go one better at Lingfield on Tuesday. He was only beaten a head on his first run and with the benefit of that experience he should have a winning chance this time. He is running over 6 furlongs on the turf. He ran on the all-weather last time but James Eustace thinks he should be better suited by fast ground on turf. He handles fast ground well at home.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND also has a decent chance at Folkestone on Monday. She is well drawn, 3 of 13 and seems to be in very good form at home. She has been running well lately, finishing in the frame twice in her last 3 starts, so will hopefully go close again on Monday.


Sunny Sprite makes belated debute
Monday, August 27, 2007

SUNNY SPRITE was due to make his racecourse debut at Yarmouth last Monday but the weather intervened and the meeting was abandoned. James Eustace was disappointed as the conditions of the race were ideal for him and thought he had a good chance there. He is now all set to run at Lingfield on Thursday in a 6 furlong maiden on the polytrack. He is a nice big horse who goes well at home. The one worry on Thursday is that he may find the track a bit on the sharp side for him but if he does handle it he should run well.

Tomorrow ARIODANTE is running in a claiming race at Lingfield on the Polytrack. He is in to be claimed for £8,000 which is a fair price. He just hasn’t hit form this season but is now down to a winning handicap mark if he can re find his form. He has run well on the polytrack before and he will wear blinkers tomorrow in an effort to re kindle his enthusiasm. If this tactic works he could run well now he is dropped in class.

There are 2 runners on Friday at Wolverhampton. COULTON is running over 12 furlongs for the first time. On the way he has run on his last 2 runs he looks as if he should get this trip. He seems to be coming to himself now and ran a more encouraging race last time out. Although he is a big horse he has run well at Wolverhampton before so the track shouldn’t be a worry. PERFECT POPPY is entered in a claiming race and a seller on the same card. She will contest whichever looks the weaker event. She is of limited ability but does seem well in herself.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND ran another sound race yesterday at Yarmouth finishing third. She did the best of those drawn high. If the ground continues to dry up she should hopefully get back to winning ways before too long.


Drop in trip should suit Second Opinion
Thursday, August 23, 2007

SECOND OPINION showed a lot of speed on her racecourse debut over 6 furlongs so the drop back in trip to 5 furlongs should suit her tomorrow at Bath. She was a promising fourth at Nottingham on her debut and the form of that race is working out well. She hasn’t got the best draw, 11 of 16, but she does have a definite chance tomorrow. ANATOLIAN PRINCE runs on the same day at Newbury in a competitive looking claiming race. He put in a much improved performance at Yarmouth last time out when equipped with a tongues strap for the first time. He has come out of this race well and could well have progressed since then. This a is a tougher race, he has a hard task at the weights with some of his rivals but could well run into a place at a big price.


News Update
Friday, August 17, 2007

DOUBLE ON RED ran today at Doncaster. We were very hopeful of a good run but sadly it was not to be. She had appeared to have come on from her Ascot run at home. The ground was fast at Doncaster and it is very possible that like her two brothers, RAPSCALLION and ORCADIAN, she would prefer soft ground. We will wait for another 7 furlong maiden on softer ground before running again. Today's form was so far below her Ascot form I cannot believe it to be true. The ground at Ascot was on the soft side of good.

Looking forwards we have COLTON running at Newmarket in the last tomorrow. He has yet to regain his form of last year. I can find no physical reason why. We can only keep trying.

We have three possible runners on Monday depending on ground. SUNNY SPRITE is an unraced two year old who runs at Yarmouth. He is a very big horse for a two year old but he has been working well at home. I do like him. He would not want soft ground. POPPY PERFECT has bottom weight in the Claimer at Yarmouth. She showed speed at Wolverhampton last time in first time blinkers over 7 furlongs but did not last home. I have dropped her back to 6 furlongs and we intend to ride her differently and hold her up. ARIODANTE is in a Seller at Windsor. He also is struggling to find his form of last year but is still quite capable of featuring in a selling race. He prefers fast ground.


Farsighted runs at Windsor
Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lucy is away on holiday for a week so the trainer is once again filling in.

The week begins at Windsor tomorrow evening with FARSIGHTED running for the first time since her fine victory at York. She is also running in a handicap for the first time. I cannot complain too much at the rating the handicapper has allotted her but I feel with 9 stone 7 pounds on her back she has a physically demanding task for a small filly. The ground looks like being very different to that which she on on at York and she is dropping back in trip to 6 furlongs. As you can see there are many unknowns about the race tomorrow. However she seems a very tough filly on a racecourse and is in good form at home. It will be very interesting to see how she runs. The race is one of only two “fillies only” nurseries in the near future and therefore worth going for. I am looking forward to watching her run.

We have many entries through the week and I will keep you updated as we go along.


Ariodante aims for repeat win
Tuesday, August 07, 2007

On Thursday ARIODANTE is trying to win the same race he won last year at Brighton. Unfortunately the race is not as valuable this time but if he can re find his form he should have a chance. The ground went against him at the same track last time out as it rained on the day. The ground at the moment is firm and as long as it stays that way it should be in his favour. He is the only runner this week.


Second Opinion heads for Nottingham
Tuesday, July 31, 2007

James Eustace is hoping that the good run by the 2 year olds continues on Thursday. SECOND OPINION is due to make her racecourse debut at Nottingham in a 6 furlong fillies maiden. She has been working nicely at home with the other 2 year olds who have run well to date. At last the weather seems to have finally turned and one doesn’t have to worry about the meeting being abandoned! Hopefully the ground at Nottingham will be favourably on Thursday.


Game win by Farsighted at York
Saturday, July 28, 2007

James Eustace’s 2 year olds are running well and FARSIGHTED put up a game performance to win at York on Thursday evening. There was some doubt about the meeting going ahead but the jockey, Dale Gibson, had walked the course thoroughly beforehand and found the best ground on the inside rail. She led all the way and held on by a neck. It was a valuable prize to win for a race of it’s kind, £6500 to the winner. The owners, Blue Peter Racing 7, were well represented at York and they are justifiably delighted with this filly who only cost them 8,000gns as a yearling. DOUBLE ON RED made her eagerly awaited debut at Ascot yesterday and ran very well to finish 5th in a very good fillies maiden race. She looks to have a bright future ahead of her.

It is a quiet weekend with only one runner, ANATOLIAN PRINCE. He runs in a 7 furlong handicap at Lingfield on the turf. There are surprisingly only 9 runners. He has yet to find his form this season but hopefully he can put that right this evening. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is entered at Yarmouth on Monday but may not get in the race. If she does she should have a good chance if the weather remains dry, she is a course and distance winner. She found a mile in heavy ground at Chepstow last time too far.


The rain never stops
Thursday, July 26, 2007

The rain has played havoc with recent plans. Newbury was completely washed away last week and the prospects for this week aren’t that much better. Blue Peter Racing 7 is hoping that York will survive on Thursday as a big turn out is expected to see FARSIGHTED run. She is running in a 7 furlong fillies auction race and should run well. It will be a hotter contest than her first race when she was a promising fifth but she has come on a lot for the run. CAVENDISH is hoping to be able to run at Folkestone on the same day in a 12 furlong handicap. That is one course that has so far avoided the rain but heavy rain is expected. He will only run if the rain does come as he needs soft ground. James Eustace was not planning to run him so soon after his hard race at Kempton last week when he finished third but he seems in good form. His turf form is better than his all weather so he should run well on Thursday given the right conditions.

DOUBLE ON RED is hoping to get a chance to run this week, she is entered at Ascot on Friday in a 6 furlong fillies maiden. She should run well as she is working nicely at home. KARKY SCHULTZ is having his first run in a nursery over 7 furlongs at Newmarket on Friday evening. It is a competitive race but he worked well on Saturday and should run well. POPPY PERFECT also runs on Friday. She is running in a fillies only selling race. She will be meeting the winner of her Brighton race again so will find it hard to beat her again but hopefully the surface will suit her better than it did at Brighton when conditions went against her.


Double on Red makes debut at Newbury
Thursday, July 19, 2007

DOUBLE ON RED will hopefully follow in the family tradition when she makes her debut at Newbury tomorrow. She is a ¾ sister to Rapscallion and ½ sister to Orcadian, both of whom seemed to really like the track and ran some of their best races there. James Eustace thinks she is a nice filly and has been working well at home. She is drawn 7 of the 14 runners which should be a good draw. The ground shouldn’t be a problem, she seems to go on any ground at home. The forecast is for heavy rain, the rest of the family like soft ground so it shouldn’t worry her if the ground does change.

Another promising 2 year old, SECOND OPINION, is due to have her first run at Windsor on Monday. She has also been working nicely at home so will hopefully run a decent race too.


Hoping for a dry day at Brighton
Monday, July 16, 2007

James Eustace is hoping that the rain stays away from Brighton tomorrow as he runs 2 horses that both prefer fast ground. PERFECT POPPY has been found an ideal opportunity to break her duck as there are only 4 runners. She ran respectably on this course before and hopefully the experience of the track will stand her in good stead tomorrow. ARIODANTE was prevented from running at Brighton 2 weeks ago because of the soft ground. He is running in an apprentice race and will be ridden by Stephen Donohue who will be one of the most experienced riders in the race. ARIODANTE is a previous course and distance winner so must have a good chance.

CAVENDISH can hopefully finish the day off well tomorrow as he runs in the 9.15 race at Kempton. This will be his first run on a right handed track but there is no reason why he shouldn’t handle it. The surface shouldn’t be a problem either as he has run on the same surface at Wolverhampton and ran well. Despite what the press say, he is a genuine horse and should run well. He has the able assistance of Luke Morris in the saddle who still claims 5 pounds.

FARISHTED ran a very promising race at Nottingham last Thursday and looks as if she will give her enthusiastic syndicate, Blue Peter Racing 7, a lot of fun. She was a fast finishing fifth having been carried very wide on the track early on so had to come from a long way back. She could be out again next week at York.


2 runners for Blue Peter Racing
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Blue Peter Racing are having a busy spell with both horses running on consecutive days. FARSIGHTED makes her racecourse debut tomorrow evening at Nottingham. James Eustace is hoping the ground will have dried up considerably so it is not too testing for her first run. She has been working nicely at home so is expected to run a nice race. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is making the long journey to Chepstow on Friday evening to run in a mile handicap. She ran her best race of the season to date over a stiff 7 furlongs on soft ground at Newmarket last time so she should get the mile on this easier track. She will again be ridden by K.May and he claims 7 pounds which brings her weight down to 8st 3lbs.

FLASH OF FIRE is due to run in a 6 furlong maiden at Ascot on Friday. He has run twice to date so far. The stiffer track and 6 furlongs should be more in his favour. The only other possible runner this week is ANATOLIAN PRINCE at Nottingham on Saturday, but he may get balloted out. James Eustace is experimenting by dropping him back in trip to 6 furlongs to see if it helps him. He has been a a bit disappointing over further this season so lets hope the change in trip will bring an improvement in form.


First time on the all-weather for Bold Bobby
Monday, July 09, 2007

BOLD BOBBY runs at Lingfield tomorrow on the polytrack in a 6 furlong maiden race. This is her first attempt on the artificial surface but if she takes to it she should run well. She is a soft ground filly on the turf and has done nothing wrong on her 2 runs to date. Michael Jarvis’s filly MAROZI will be hard to beat but hopefully BOLD BOBBY will run another decent race if she handles the surface.


Continuous wet weather leads to quiet week
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

It looks as if it will be a quiet week this week as the rain continues to fall everywhere. COLTON is going to take his chance at Yarmouth on Thursday but he is unproven on soft ground. He is running in a 10 furlong handicap at Yarmouth, he is a course and distance winner but on fast ground. With the forecast no brighter James Eustace thought he may aswell run and see how he does cope with the current underfoot conditions.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND surprised everyone slightly last Saturday with the way she handled the soft ground, finishing third at Newmarket. She seems to be coming back to her form of last summer. The only other possible runner this week is FARSIGHTED, at Nottingham on Saturday evening. She is a 2 year old owned by Blue Peter Racing 7 and this will be her racecourse debut. If the ground does remain as soft as it is at the moment she may wait until the following week when there will hopefully be some better weather. Surely summer will arrive soon!


Well deserved win by Cavendish
Friday, June 29, 2007

CAVENDISH recorded his first win at Warwick yesterday. He had put up some good performance on the all weather over the winter and it was great to see him take advantage of conditions yesterday and win by ½ length. He was given a good positive ride by Richard Hughes. The horse seems very well this morning and could well run again at Goodwood on Monday with a penalty. He loves the soft ground so he may as well keep running while conditions are in his favour.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND does not like the current underfoot conditions but has been declared for Newmarket tomorrow in the hope that the heavy showers stay away. James Eustace is keen to run her as she is very well in herself and she will take her chance unless the ground does become soft.


Rain could spoil Ariodante’s chances
Sunday, June 24, 2007

ARIODANTE is declared for Brighton on Tuesday but James Eustace is worried that the wet forecast could upset his plans. At the moment the ground is good/firm which he would like, if the ground did become soft he would not run. He would have a good chance as he is a course and distance winner and Ryan Moore, who won on him before, is booked to ride him. He won a £30,000 handicap at Brighton last season so if he reproduced that form he should have a winning chance.

KARKY SCHULTZ has a choice of engagements on Thursday but is almost certain to head for Newcastle for a 6f maiden auction race. His form has worked out really well so he should have a very good chance. He will like the ground and the stiffer track should suit him.

There are 2 possible runners at Warwick on Thursday but there must be some doubt about racing taking place there. The ground is heavy at the moment and more rain is forecast. BOLD BOBBY is entered in a maiden race there and she ran very well first time out at Yarmouth. CAVENDISH also has an entry at Warwick but he could get balloted out. He will like the soft ground if he does get a run.

WESTER ROSS is to step up in trip at Newmarket on Friday evening which should suit him. It was quite a hot race at Sandown last time out but he seems in good form at home so should run well. He is still a bit immature and is definitely a horse with a future.

Finally we must mention LADY AVENGER’S gallant run at Royal Ascot last week. She turned out to have the worst draw in 1 as all the winners all week seem to come from a high draw. She finished a highly respectable 7th, just out of the prizemoney. Her owner, Jeff Smith, had an excellent week with 2 winners and 2 fourths, congratulations to him.


Lady Avenger gets green light for Ascot
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

LADY AVENGER did a blow out up the grass this morning, moved well and seems fine. As long as she is OK in the next 24 hours she will definitely run in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot tomorrow. There are 21 runners and 15 of those have won races so it will be a hot contest. She is drawn 1 which historically is the best draw. One will get more of an idea if that is still the case after watching today’s racing there. There are thunderstorms forecast later on today and the more the merrier as far as she is concerned. Let’s hope she can run a big race tomorrow but as always in these races she will need a bit of luck in running.

The only other likely runner this week is FLASH OF FIRE. He is entered in a maiden race at Newmarket on Friday evening but is not guaranteed to get a run.


Small setback for Lady Avenger
Sunday, June 17, 2007

LADY AVENGER suffered a small setback yesterday and there is now a race against time to get her ready for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot on Wednesday. She did her final piece of work on Friday and worked very well. However on Saturday morning she was slightly unsound and a problem in her foot was diagnosed. The foot has been poulticed and this morning James Eustace sounded hopefully that she would get there. There are 3 more days to go so as long as she continues to make good progress she should be in the line up on Wednesday. If she runs Kerrin McEvoy will ride her, he has ridden her in both her previous starts. Any rain that falls between now and Wednesday will be in her favour.

The only other runner over the next few days is PERFECT POPPY at Windsor tomorrow evening. She is being dropped down in class, as she runs in a selling race. She was a bit outpaced in her first race at Brighton but did run on in the closing stages. If she has improved for this run she could be thereabouts tomorrow and has the best draw, 12 of 12, as long as it doesn’t rain significantly. On soft ground at Windsor they tend to run up the far rail which favours a low draw.


First Ride for Chloe
Sunday, June 10, 2007

Tuesday is a big day in the life of Chloe Madgin. She is going to have her first ride in public aboard ARIODANTE at Chester in a ladies race. She has been with James Eustace since she left the racing school and has become an important part of the team, riding work, schooling etc so thoroughly deserves her chance to ride in a race. Chester may not be the easiest track to make your debut on but ARIODANTE should be an ideal ride. He has won at Brighton and so should have no problems with the track and will hopefully give Chloe an ideal debut and make it an enjoyable experience for her. We all wish her the best of luck.

CAVENDISH runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow in a median maiden over 9 ½ furlongs. Strictly on the form it is a tough ask but he can hopefully finish in the frame. He has been waiting for soft ground but rather than stand in his box he may aswell take his chance on the all-weather. He has run well on this track and surface before. The drop back in trip is a slight experiment so it will be interesting to see if this is the right distance for him.

On Thursday KARKY SCHULTZ should have a good chance at Yarmouth in a 6 furlong maiden auction race. He ran a very promising race first time out finishing 5th at Folkestone and the form of this race is working out well. He has come on for the run so should be thereabouts on Thursday. The slight worry could be the ground as he wouldn’t want it too firm. They have had rain there recently and there should be a good covering of grass so hopefully it should be fine. BOLD BOBBY is also entered there in a 6 furlong maiden race but is unlikely to run unless there is significant rain as she needs soft ground.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND ran an encouraging race last week, her first run after a break. She has come out of the race well and will run at either Liecester or Lingfield on Saturday providing the ground remains fast.


Colton runs at Sandown
Wednesday, June 06, 2007

COLTON runs in a 10 furlong handicap at Sandown tomorrow. He needed his first run of the season and seems to have come on for the run but it does look a competitive race. He is not well drawn, stall 1 of 15, which could be a handicap. James Eustace is also not sure that the stiff track will be to his liking.

POPPY PERFECT is making her racecourse debut at Brighton on Friday. She is running in a 6 furlong median auction fillies maiden race. There are 8 runners and she is the only unraced filly in the race which is a disadvantage especially at a track like Brighton. Hopefully she can run a nice race.


Hopes for Dictatrix depend on ground
Sunday, June 03, 2007

DICTATRIX is hopefully running at Leicester tomorrow after being withdrawn from Yarmouth last week. She is very ground dependant and the ground dried up so quickly last week that she was taken out on the day as the ground became too firm for her. When she was declared for Leicester yesterday the ground was officially heavy, waterlogged in places. The weather in Newmarket this weekend has been very sunny and warm and if it has been the same at Leicester the ground is likely to have dried up considerably. If DICTATRIX does get the soft ground she likes she is capable of running well.

WHISTLEUPTHE WIND is running at Lingfield on Tuesday in a 6 furlong handicap on the turf. She has had a break since her winter all-weather campaign and is in good heart but may just need the run. She likes the opposite ground to DICTATRIX, the faster the better. The ground there is good at the moment but if they get no more rain it should be on the fast side by Tuesday. There are 18 runners in her race and she is drawn 5, not the best draw, a high draw is preferred on the straight track.


Plenty of action at Yarmouth
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

James Eustace has 5 horses declared to run at Yarmouth over the next 2 days. ANATOLIAN PRINCE and POCHARD are in action on Wednesday. ANATOLIAN PRINCE is running in a mile maiden which, strictly on handicap ratings, he has not got a great chance in but with the ground as it is he could spring a surprise. POCHARD will also like the ground and is capable of running a good race.

On Thursday, there are 3 intended runners at the seaside track. DICTATRIX has been disappointing on her last few runs but she will definitely appreciate the rain softened ground and stepping her up to 7 furlongs may help her to re find her form. She was a winner on heavy ground on this course as a 2 year old. FAST BOWLER is running in a mile handicap and James Eustace has always felt he would stay a mile and that he would also like soft ground. Thursday could be his chance to prove this, he seems in good form at home. CAVENDISH was a bit disappointing at Beverley last week but he broke badly from the stalls and didn’t handle the good/firm ground. He will be ridden more positively this time and he will also appreciate the softer ground.

As mentioned earlier in the week LADY AVENGER is running at Sandown on Thursday evening in the Listed National Stakes. There are 8 declared runners and she is drawn 3. This is not the best draw but with only 8 runners the draw shouldn’t be too significant. It will be interesting to see how she runs in this step up in class.

On Saturday KARKY SCHULTZ, a 2 year old, makes his racecourse debut at Folkestone in a maiden auction race providing the ground does not dry up significantly. BOLD BOBBY is also entered there, in a 5 furlong maiden but she will also only run if the ground remains on the soft side of good. She was due to run last week at Leicester but was withdrawn because the ground was too firm.


First run in handicap company for Wester Ross
Sunday, May 27, 2007

It is a fairly quiet Bank Holiday Monday with just one runner, POPPY PERFECT at Leicester. She is running in a 2 year old claiming race but it looks quite a competitive race on paper. Several of the runners have already got some form so she will probably find those with previous experience will have the edge on her tomorrow.

WESTER ROSS is taking his first step in handicap company at Sandown on Tuesday evening. He has been quite fairly treated with a handicap mark of 78 but it is quite a tight handicap. They have had a lot of rain there which should suit him but it could be softer than anything he has run on before. The race is over 10 furlongs which he won over last time but the rain and the track will put more of an emphasis on stamina this time.

There are entries at Yarmouth on Wednesday and Thursday but at this stage it is not possible to say who will be running due to the unsettled weather. There will be a mid week update. LADY AVENGER is an almost certain runner at Sandown on Thursday evening though. She is entered in the 5 furlong National Stakes, a Listed contest. If she runs well in this she could well head for the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot next. She seems to have come out of her first race really well and probably does need some cut in the ground which she is certain to get.


Impressive debut by Lady Avenger
Wednesday, May 23, 2007

James Eustace was delighted to get his first 2 year old winner of the season with his first runner. LADY AVENGER overcame a bad draw and a bump coming out of the stalls to win impressively at Windsor on Monday night in the hands of Kerrin McEvoy. The dilemma is where to run next. The way she won would have to make you think about going to Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary. There is a choice of 2 races she could take in before then or she could go straight there. There is a novice race back at Windsor 2 weeks after her win or there is the Listed National Stakes at Sandown on May 31st. The latter race could just come a bit soon for her. She seems to have come out of the race well though.

FLASH OF FIRE will become the second 2 year old runner at Newmarket on Saturday. James Eustace does not have such a good strike rate at Newmarket as he does at Windsor. FLASH OF FIRE is a nice type of horse but is more of a staying type than LADY AVENGER and is not as sharp as her. He worked nicely yesterday morning so will hopefully run a nice race, Kerrin McEvoy has been booked to ride him.


Lady Avenger makes debut tonight
Monday, May 21, 2007

LADY AVENGER will now be the first 2 year old runner of the season at Windsor this evening. She is a nice filly who has been working well at home and probably has enough speed to win over 5 furlongs. She has got a bad draw tonight unless it rains. This sounds strange but if the ground becomes soft a low draw is better. James Eustace has had a few winning 2 year olds at Windsor from a bad draw so it can be done. It is hard to tell with so little form to go on but it is probably a hot contest with a lot of trainer’s trying to give their ‘Queen Mary’ fillies a run on the racecourse before Royal Ascot. She should run a nice race but it will be a hard race to win.

Tomorrow there are 3 runners at 3 different meetings but the ground is a key factor for all of them. The ground is changing daily at the moment so it hard to predict what it will be when you have to declare 48 hours before a race. POCHARD runs at Lingfield, where they are most likely to get rain, this would help her chance. CAVENDISH is declared at Beverley where the ground is on the fast side of good at the moment. He really needs a bit more rain to be seen at his best. The third runner is BOLD BOBBY, she runs in a 6 furlong maiden at Leicester. It is her first run and James Eustace is pleased to get her to the racecourse. She was a backward filly as a 2 year old and she was not in training at Park Lodge last year. She is by Pivotal and will probably need more cut in the ground than she will get tomorrow.


Wester Ross wins from the front
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

WESTER ROSS, making only his third racecourse appearance, won nicely at Windsor last night. He took up the running after a furlong and was never headed. It was a very encouraging performance. James Eustace has always thought he was a nice horse and believes he will stay further than this trip of 10 furlongs. He is hoping that the handicapper is not too harsh on him after this performance. His next race will depend on what rating he is given. His owner, Peter Hillman, was present and was obviously delighted with this win. He could be in the winner’s enclosure again tomorrow at Bath as he also has a half share in DICTATRIX. She is a definite runner now as they have had significant rain on the track and the ground is now Good to Soft which will suit her.

There has been plenty of rain at York too where the ground is also officially Good to Soft and more rain is expected. ORCADIAN had a choice of 3 engagements but he will definitely go for the Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday. AT THE MONEY is running there on Thursday. It has been a good start to the week, let’s hope it can continue that way.


Plenty of action including first 2 year old runner
Sunday, May 13, 2007

The current wet weather means that James Eustace should have a busy week ahead with a possible 7 runners. His first 2 year old runner is scheduled to be FLASH OF FIRE on Saturday at Newbury over 6 furlongs. He is by Fantastic Light and half-brother to Wise Owl, a fair staying handicapper on the flat and useful over hurdles. He is likely to need a lot further in time but is precocious enough to run over 6 furlongs at this stage. James Eustace hopes he runs a nice race but does not think he will be sharp enough to win over this trip first time out. If the rain did continue to fall and the ground became very soft he may have his debut delayed.

WESTER ROSS returns to Windsor tomorrow evening to run in another maiden race. He ran nicely last time in a more competitive contest and definitely needed the run that day. He handles the track well and has a chance of being in the first 3. He shouldn’t mind the ground unless it became very soft as this may test his stamina too much.

If the rain continues to fall DICTATRIX could run at Bath on Wednesday evening, she definitely needs soft ground. Her run at Kempton last week can be ignored as she was badly drawn and never got into the race. She should be a much better filly on the turf on soft ground. If she doesn’t run there she is also entered at Newmarket on Saturday.

AT THE MONEY has been waiting for the rain for weeks, the more rain the better for him. He is entered in a 2 mile 2 furlong handicap at York on Thursday which should suit him as he stays all day. It is a competitive race but he has definitely got a chance.

ORCADIAN has been entered in 3 races at the end of the week. His first choice is The Yorkshire Cup at York on Friday. If it isn’t soft enough there he could go to Newbury on Saturday for the Listed Aston Park Stakes, he seems to love that track. He is also entered at Hamilton on Friday night but he will only make the long journey over the border if the ground is not soft enough elsewhere.

ANATOLIAN PRINCE is entered in a mile handicap at Newmarket on Friday but he could wait for Lingfield the following Tuesday. POCHARD could also head for the same Lingfield turf fixture but she has an entry at Newbury on Friday too. It is good to see the yard being able to get into top gear at last and giving the editor plenty to write about!


Poor draw for Dictatrix again
Wednesday, May 09, 2007

DICTATRIX is poorly drawn again tonight at Kempton. She runs in a 6 furlong handicap. She ran well from a bad draw over this trip last time out but will need a bit of luck in running if she is to get her head in front. She was too slowly away last time but finished well. The plan will be to try and drop her in onto the inside rails without giving her too much to do and then hope she gets a break in the final stages of the race. She does seem to be returning to form at home and regaining her confidence since a successful operation on her wind over the winter. With a better draw you could give her a good chance tonight but it will all depend on how the race unfolds for her.

AT THE MONEY is entered all over the country at the weekend but he will need a lot of rain to fall somewhere for him to be able to run as he definitely needs cut in the ground. There is rain forecast but how much and where is an unknown factor so no firm running plans can be made for him yet.


Busy Monday
Sunday, April 29, 2007

James Eustace has a busy schedule tomorrow as he saddles 3 runners at 2 different meetings. CAVENDISH is running on the dirt at Wolverhampton in a 12 furlong handicap. He has run over this trip on this track before and ran well but it was in a maiden race. He had to make his own running that day but hopefully tomorrow they will go a better gallop which would help him. It does not look a great race on paper and he is fit and well.

FAST BOWLER and ANATOLIAN PRINCE are both in action at Windsor evening meeting. FAST BOWLER is a course and distance winner there but he may just need a bit further than the 6 furlongs now. He ran respectably on the polytrack recently so is fit and well and if they do get any rain there it will help him. ANATOLIAN PRINCE runs in the last race of the night, a mile handicap. He ran well last time out at Nottingham and showed plenty of early speed so the track at Windsor should be in his favour as he will be able to get a good early position. He does like to get his toe in so some rain would also suit him. He may need this run to put him 100 % fit as he is a hard horse to get fit at home.

COLTON has a choice of engagements on Wednesday. His first choice would be a mile handicap at Ascot but he may not get in. The straight mile there should suit him. If he fails to get in that race he will run at Pontefract in a 10 furlong handicap. He is a previous winner on this track over a mile. He will like the fast ground but it is his first run of the season and he is likely to just need it.


Ariodante back on the turf
Friday, April 27, 2007

ARIODANTE is running back on the turf again after a few outings over the winter on the all weather. He is running in a 10 furlong handicap at Leicester and James Eustace thinks that the track there will suit him. His best form is over 12 furlongs but the drop back in trip should not inconvenience him. There were no suitable races for him over 12 furlongs. He enjoys fast ground so the going tomorrow will not be a concern. He is in good form at home but he is coming back from a break and most of the runners do seem to be needing a run.


Dictatrix drops back in trip
Monday, April 23, 2007

DICTATRIX has been flying at home since her seasonal reappearance at Yarmouth. Last year she had breathing problems so had an operation on her wind over the winter which seems to have worked. She is due to run at Kempton on the polytrack this Wednesday over 6 furlongs. This is a drop back in trip but she has always shown plenty of speed at home so hopefully it won’t be a problem. The other slight unknown is whether she will handle the all weather surface. If she does then this race should be an ideal opportunity for her to get back to winning ways.

WESTER ROSS makes his first appearance of the season at Windsor tonight. He showed a lot of promise on his first run at the backend of last season at Newmarket and always looked like a horse with a future. It looks a hot maiden race tonight but he is in good form and is expected to run well. The step up to 10 furlongs will suit him as he should stay well.

On Tuesday HOT CHERRY has been found an ideal contest in the last race on the card at Wolverhampton. She is a half sister to RUBY WINE but has not shown the same ability on the racecourse. This is a weak contest and she should have a chance in this company. She was bred by the owners and it would help the family if she could win a race.


Dry weather hinders race plans
Thursday, April 19, 2007

There are alot of entries from Park Lodge over the weekend but the continuing dry spell means that they won’t run unless there is a dramatic change in the weather. All the horses are in good form but those ready to run are in need of some cut in the ground.

FAST BOWLER will make his seasonal reappearance tomorrow at Lingfield on the polytrack. He had problems last year as he bled in his races. He hasn’t done this at home this spring and seems in good form. James Eustace just hopes he runs well and shows no sign of this problem reoccurring. He won 1st time out as a 2 year old and a 3 year old but one can’t be confident he will be able to do it again this year. Steve Donohue takes the ride, he rode him to victory last season.

WESTER ROSS was due to run at Yarmouth recently but pricked a foot so has missed some work since then. He is entered at Windsor on Monday and is a likely runner as they do a good job watering there. He ran once last season and ran well in a Newmarket maiden, the form of this race is working out well. He is a nice horse for the future but it looks a hot maiden on Monday and he will probably find 1 or 2 too good for him on this occasion as he is likely to need the run.


Orcadian ready for Liverpool
Friday, April 13, 2007

ORCADIAN is running on Grand National day at Liverpool tomorrow in a Listed Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles. He has been aimed at this since his fluent victory at Newbury. He missed Cheltenham so that he would be a fresh horse for this race. The flat track at Liverpool should suit him well. There is a slight worry with the ground as he has done most of his racing on a softer surface but they have done an excellent job watering the course for this meeting so far. He ran well on good ground at Kempton earlier in the season so hopefully it won’t inconvenience him. On paper the main danger appears to be Princelet who beat him on his first run of the season over hurdles at Kempton. ORCADIAN has improved since then but he is 4 pounds worse off with him at the weights tomorrow. The horse is in great form and James Eustace is very hopeful that he will run a big race.

The editor has been away for the beginning of the flat turf season but James Eustace has only had 2 runners, HOT CHERRY and DICTATRIX. There are several more horses ready to run but they are waiting for some rain. Amongst those waiting for the weather to change is AT THE MONEY who is entered over hurdles at Cheltenham on Thursday. He definitely won’t run though if there is no rain between now and then.


First runners of the new turf season
Saturday, March 31, 2007

James Eustace intends to have his first runner of the new turf season at Folkestone on Tuesday. POCHARD is entered in a 12 furlong fillies only handicap. They have had some rain down there so the ground is currently on the soft side of good which should suit her. It would be great if she could get the season off to a flying start!

ANATOLIAN PRINCE has his first run in handicap company at Nottingham on Wednesday over a mile. He has been working quite nicely at home and has done well over the winter so hopefully he will run well but may just need the run. HOT CHERRY is a possible runner on the same day at Lingfield on the polytrack. She is entered in a 7 furlong maiden race.

CAVENDISH was balloted out of his intended race on Monday so has been re routed to Wolverhampton on Thursday. He is due to run in a 12 furlong maiden race there.


The Orcadian Fan Club
Friday, March 09, 2007

James Eustace is very pleased to announce that ORCADIAN has developed his own Fan Club! He was delighted to hear from Leann, John, Jimmy, Carol and Alan and also from Brenda from Orkney. It is extremely rewarding for everyone that ORCADIAN has given so many people such pleasure and let’s hope he can continue to do so in the future.

Anyone interested in following ORCADIAN can keep track of his entries and likely races on this website. He may have to have his own website if his popularity increases!


Orcadian romps home at Newbury
Sunday, March 04, 2007

ORCADIAN appreciated the drop in class yesterday and made light of top weight to win by 17 lengths. He had run well in the much more competitive Totesport Trophy at Newbury last time out so James Eustace was very hopefully that he would be able to win in this class. The race worked out well for him as he he got a good lead until he took it up 4 out and was never challenged and won with ears pricked. He really seemed to enjoy himself and jumped really well. He had been in good form at home before this run and he proved his wellbeing on the racecourse.

As ORCADIAN appears to prefer flat tracks so he is not being considered for Cheltenham but will be aimed at a Listed Hurdle race at Aintree on Grand National Day. Aintree is a flat left handed track like Newbury so should suit him well. His other target is the John Porter Stakes, on the flat, at Newbury a week later. He could run in both but only if conditions are favourable. He will not run at Aintree if the ground became fast. James Eustace also may pop him over a fence before his summer holidays as if he jumps well enough he could go novice chasing next season. He is a great horse to have in the yard as he is so versatile and the mixture of jumping and flat seems to suit him well.

Unfortunately ORCADIAN’S owner, Jeff Smith, could not be at the races yesterday as he is a life long Arsenal supporter so he went to see them play. They also won so it was an excellent day all round for him, an unusual double!


Top weight for Orcadian at Newbury tomorrow
Friday, March 02, 2007

ORCADIAN has to carry top weight in the VC Casino.com Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles at Newbury tomorrow. He ran there last time out in a far more competitve race and ran well so hopefully he can finish a lot closer this time. He seems in good form at home and Newbury does seem to suit him. He does deserve to get his head in front as he has run well in all 3 previous runs this season over hurdles.


Easy victory for At The Money
Sunday, February 25, 2007

AT THE MONEY put in a very impressive display of jumping in heavy ground at Warwick on Friday and won as he liked by over 20 lengths. His task was made easier when 2 of his rivals were brought down at the first hurdle when another horse jumped across them. AT THE MONEY was well out of trouble at the head of affairs and was on his own from 3 out. James Eustace always thought he had all the right credentials to make his mark over jumps and it was nice to see him proved right. The continious wet weather has delayed the start to his jumping career as meetings have been abandoned. He does not hold a Cheltenham entry but is being aimed at a 4 year old hurdle race at Stratford on the Monday of Cheltenham week and there is decent prizemoney on offer there. Hopefully all the better 4 year olds will be lured to one of the 4 year old hurdle races at Cheltenham instead.

If anyone has an interest in breeding National Hunt horses, AT THE MONEY’S half sister, SHOTGUN ANNIE, is being sold at Ascot Sales on April the 10th. Now that At The Money has won over hurdles it will have improved the pedigree further and she should make a nice National Hunt mare.


At The Money re routed to Warwick
Thursday, February 22, 2007

Lingfield was abandoned on Wednesday so AT THE MONEY has been re routed to Warwick tomorrow. He runs in the first race, a 2 mile novice hurdle, and there are 14 runners. If he conveys his flat form to hurdling he would have a great chance. There are a couple of runners in the race who have already shown form over hurdles so they will have the benefit of experience. He appears to have all the right credentials to make a good horse over hurdles so let’s hope he can show that tomorrow.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND only has 6 opponents on Saturday at Lingfield and is drawn in stall 4, exactly in the middle. Let’s hope she can get the run of the race this time and put her last 2 disappointing runs behind her.


Small field for At The Money's hurdling debut
Tuesday, February 20, 2007

AT THE MONEY’S hurdling debut has been delayed by the wet ground but he is one of only 6 horses declared in a 2 mile novice hurdle at Lingfield tomorrow. There is a precautionary inspection in the morning but hopefully the rain will stay away. James Eustace did not want him ideally to start his jumping career on such soft ground but with the current underfoot conditions everywhere it has been impossible. He does like soft ground on the flat but it is obviously more testing having to jump out of heavy ground. He has not run for over 3 months but he seems pretty fit and will hopefully run well if he takes to the hurdling. His schooling at home has gone smoothly but the racecourse is the real test. He has all the right credentials to make a good jumper so let’s hope he makes a solid start tomorrow.

It looks as if WHISTLEUPTHEWIND won’t have too many opponents in her race on Saturday too. She is entered in a 6 furlong handicap at Lingfield and amazingly there are only 10 horses entered. She does like the track and the trip should be ideal. She just need to have a bit of luck in running and have the race run to suit her. She seems in good form at home and if she can come back to her best form she would not be without a chance.


Orcadian aiming for the Trophy
Saturday, February 10, 2007

ORCADIAN is running in the valuable Totesport Trophy Handicap Hurdle at Newbury today. It is one of the feature races where many of the leading jumps stars are in action. James Eustace was hoping that the ground would not be as soft as it was on his last run at Sandown but with the recent weather conditions it will be pretty testing. The track will be more suitable for him though as it is level and all his best flat form has been at Newbury so he is hoping for the best. With 21 runners one obviously needs to have a bit of luck in running but it would be nice to see him run a big race.


At The Money makes hurdling debut tomorrow
Monday, February 05, 2007

James Eustace is looking forward to AT THE MONEY making his debut over hurdles tomorrow at Market Rasen. He has been schooling well at home so if he does jump well under race conditions he should put in a bold show. It does not look the strongest race on paper but some of the runners will have the advantage of a previous run over hurdles. He stays very well on the flat so he may be suited by further than tomorrow’s trip of 2 ¼ miles over hurdles.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is hoping to make amends for last weeks’s run at Wolverhampton, she slightly missed the break that day and then got interferred with. She could never really get on terms with the leaders after this. There are no suitable races for her over 6 furlongs so she reverts to 7 furlongs at Lingfield on Wednesday. She has been a close second over this trip and on this surface so it should not be a problem. The same jockey who rode her then, Steve Donohue, is back on board and he still claims a useful 3 pounds. She is drawn 5 of the 10 runners which should be ideal for her so she should have a good chance if she gets a bit of luck in running this time.


2 good chances this week
Monday, January 15, 2007

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND and ARIODANTE are the only 2 runners this week but they have good chances as they were both placed last time out. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND heads for Lingfield on Wednesday in a 6 furlong handicap. She was third last time out over this trip at Wolverhampton. We hope the faster surface at Lingfield will suit her better and she has a more favourable draw than last time. She does meet the winner of her last race again, Millfields Dreams, but he does have a 6 pound penalty for that win which should bring them closer together this time.

ARIODANTE is due to run on Saturday over 12 furlongs at Lingfield. He was a good second last time out and has been in good form at home since. Let’s hope that with a bit of luck in running he could go one better this time.


First time on the all-weather for Bold Bobby
Tuesday, January 09, 2007

BOLB BOBBY runs at Lingfield tomorrow on the polytrack in a 6 furlong maiden race. This is her first attempt on the artificial surface but if she takes to it she should run well. She is a soft ground filly on the turf and has done nothing wrong on her 2 runs to date. Michael Jarvis’s filly MAROZI will be hard to beat but hopefully BOLD BOOBY will run another decent race if she handles the surface.


Whitsleupthewind has high draw to overcome
Sunday, January 07, 2007

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND has to overcome a high draw tomorrow at Wolverhampton. She is drawn 10 of the 13 runners which is not ideal. She has been running well lately without success but hopefully she can put that right tomorrow if she gets some luck in running. She is being tried over 6 furlongs again as her only previous attempt at this distance was at Kempton where the track and surface did not seem to suit her. She will be more at home on the faster surface at Wolverhampton and if she can break well she should have a good chance.

The horse having been running well, ARIODANTE, put up a good performance to finish second last week on the flat. ORCADIAN jumped really well on terrible ground at Sandown yesterday but the final hill just sapped his stamina and he finally finished 5th. 2 miles on a flat track is more to his liking especially in ground as testing as it was yesterday.


Busy start to the New Year
Tuesday, January 02, 2007

James Eustace has been busy over the festive season preparing his horses for the New Year ahead. He could have 5 runners over the next 4 days, both on the flat and over jumps. ARIODANTE will be the first runner of 2007 and can hopefully get the year off to a flying start. He ran well over 12 furlongs recently, finishing fourth in a close finish. He races over an extra furlong at Lingfield tomorrow and that should suit him well.

On Thursday WESTER LODGE is due to run over hurdles at Lingfield over 2 miles. He has run over 2 ½ miles in his last 2 runs but appeared not to get home last time out on soft ground. Hopefully the drop back in trip will help him but all the recent rain may have made the ground too soft for him. He seems to have taken to hurdling well as he has jumped very well in his 2 runs to date.

RATZIA, a 4 year old filly, makes her debut for the yard on Friday in a 12 furlong maiden at Wolverhampton. She was formerly with Clive Brittain and has shown some ability in 2 previous runs. She has not run over this distance before but it should suit her. It will be interesting to see how she runs on her first run for the yard but she has shown some ability and should be capable of winning a race in the right company.

On Saturday CETSHWAYO is returning to the track, distance and company of his win at the end of last season. He runs in a 10 furlong selling race at Lingfield. He has obviously shown he is capable of winning such a contest so let’s hope he can do so again on Saturday.

ORCADIAN cam very close to giving the yard a festive winner at Kempton last week. He ran a very gallant race, finishing second beaten ¾ length. He is entered in the Ladbroke Hurdle at Sandown on Saturday. If he runs he should have an excellent chance as the track should suit him well. He seems better on right handed tracks and Sandown seems to suit front runners. He is not a definite starter as James Eustace feels it is quite soon after his last race. He does seem to have come out of his last race extremely well though and may well take his chance if the ground remains as soft as that will really suit him too.

Let’s hope one of these runners can kick start the New Year well. The yearlings are coming on well now and taking their first steps on the Heath so there is plenty to look forward too in the forthcoming year.


Highland Cascade takes drop in class
Thursday, December 14, 2006

HIGHLAND CASCADE takes a drop in class tomorrow as she runs in a selling race at Wolverhampton over her optimum trip of 6 furlongs. She will have to overcome a bad draw, stall 11 of 13, but she has the highest rating in the race so she has a good chance on the books of regaining winning ways.

WESTER LODGE is an intended runner over hurdles at Ascot on Saturday. He has come out of his first run over hurdles very well and is in good form at home. He was a bit slow over his hurdles first time out so needs to speed up his jumping a bit but he seems to have taken to the obstacles well. He may find one or two too good for him this time out but he should be sharper for the experience.

Next Tuesday WHISTLEUPTHEWIND seems to have been found an ideal opportunity at Lingfield. She is rated 57 and it is a handicap for horses rated 46-58. She didn’t quite look sharp enough for 6 furlongs in her last run so this race is back over 7 furlongs. She has finished 2nd over this course and distance before and ran well enough last time out to suggest she is coming back to herself. The blinkers have been left off in her last 2 runs but they will be put back on again on Tuesday as all her best form has been with them on. ARIODANTE runs at the same track the following day, Wednesday the 20th. He is dropping back to 12 furlongs and having had a recent run under his belt should run well. Suprisingly there are only 12 entries for the race so there may not be many runners. Most races at the moment are very oversubscribed.


Ariodante tries longer trip
Thursday, December 07, 2006

It has been a quiet week but there is one runner over hurdles and two on the flat over the next 2 days. CETSHWAYO is running tomorrow in a selling hurdle race at Southwell. James Eustace just hopes they don’t get too much more rain as he prefers good ground. He has run there before over hurdles and jumps well so in this company he could go well depending on the ground. This will be his third run over hurdles so after this he will be eligible to run in handicaps.

ARIODANTE and HIGHLAND CASCADE are both running at Wolverhampton on Saturday . It will be ARIODANTE’S first run after a break but he is in good form and could run well fresh. The unknown is the trip as he will be trying 2 miles for the first time. He has run over 1 mile 6 furlongs before on the turf and appeared to stay so shouldn’t be troubled by the extra 2 furlongs on this easy track. He should like the surface as he prefers fast ground and the track at Wolverhampton is riding fast at the moment. HIGHLAND CASCADE has finally been given a chance by the handicapper as he has dropped her a few pounds. She is running over 7 furlongs again. She seemed to get the trip last time out at Kempton and should find the easier track at Wolverhampton more to her liking. If she gets a good draw she should run well.


Highland Cascade sole representative
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

HIGHLAND CASCADE will be the only runner from Park Lodge Stables this week. She is declared to run in a 7 furlong handicap at Kempton tomorrow. She ran well over 7 furlongs in a claiming race at Lingfield so hopefully she can do the same at Kempton. The slight worry is that the surface is slightly slower at Kempton which may not suit her. She has had a bit of a break since her last run so may just need the run too.

Park Lodge may not be busy with runners this week but the staff are being kept busy breaking in the new intake of yearlings. So far their early education is going well and they will soon be out on the Heath with the rest of the string. There are some intended runners next week including Wester Lodge possible making his debut over hurdles.


Inquisitress finds her level
Monday, November 20, 2006

James Eustace had not envisaged INQUISITRESS winning in selling company half way through the season, he had rather hoped she might have been a group filly! Small fish are sweet though and she managed to finally find her level and won a selling race at Lingfield last Saturday in good style. She was sold at the subsequent auction to John Bridger and hopefully she will go on and win again for her new connections. She is a very small filly and her size is probably her limiting factor.

It was an experiment running ORCADIAN on the all weather at Lingfield and he clearly did not relish the under foot conditions. The polytrack does tend to suit fast ground horses and ORCADIAN did not find it to his liking. He will now have a short break before reverting to hurdles. He will probably have his first run at the end of December/beginning of January. James Eustace is looking forward to seeing ORCADIAN over the obstacles again as he feels he hasn’t tried his best distance over hurdles yet. He has group form over 14 furlongs on the flat so you would expect him to stay 2 ½ miles over hurdles. The longest distance he ran over last season was 2 miles 1 furlong. After his winter jumping last year he had a very consistent year on the flat bar the one blip at Chester when he got confused seeing the stalls half way through a race! Let’s hope he can have another successful hurdling campaign to prepare him for another season on the flat next year.

PLEASING GIFT is entered in various races on Friday and Saturday. She will run in whatever race she gets into. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is back from a break and is entered in a 7 furlong fillies handicap at Wolverhampton on Saturday night. On Sunday CETSHWAYO holds an entry in a selling hurdle race at Leicester but if the weather forecast is right will be an unlikely runner as he needs goods ground and it is due to rain.


Fast Bowler heads strong all weather squad
Thursday, November 09, 2006

The 2006 turf season may be over but James Eustace has assembled a strong squad for the all weather this winter. Tomorrow CAVENDISH heads for Southwell and is running in a claiming race over a mile. He ran respectably over course and distance last time out so in this class he should run well. He is a horse that is likely to be better suited by a longer distance as a 3 year old. CETSHWAYO runs in a twilight meeting at Wolverhampton tomorrow and should be suited by the course and surface. He has had a break so could just need this run but seems well in himself at home. He was dropped a few pounds by the handicapper after winning a selling race so this is his first run off this mark so could have a good chance.

On Monday FAST BOWLER is entered in a 7 furlong handicap at Lingfield. He handled the surface at Kempton last time out but had a bad draw that day. He has also had a short break and is fresh and well, ready for a winter campaign. AT THE MONEY is entered in a valuable 14 furlong handicap at Southwell on the same day. He also has an entry over 2 miles at Southwell on Wednesday but he is more likely to go for the bigger prize on Monday. He is in very good form after his good run at Newmarket recently and must have a good chance wherever he runs.

On Tuesday INQUISITRESS tries her hand in a claiming race for the first time. She has been disappointing after her promising debut at Newmarket but hopefully this drop down in class will give her a winning chance.

WESTER LODGE has been schooled over hurdles and seems to have taken to it very well. He does however have an entry on the flat at Wolverhampton next Friday over 14 furlongs. If he manages to do some more schooling before then though he may wait to run in a novice hurdle instead. The jumping string will also include ORCADIAN this winter. He does have one more flat engagement before then though. He is due to run in the 10 furlong Listed Churchill Stakes at Lingfield next Saturday, 18th November. The trip will be too short for him but connections are keen to find out if handles the surface and this is the only suitable race for him at the moment.

Last Sunday BLUE PETER RACING held their annual lunch at Park Lodge Stables and launch of the new partnership, Blue Peter Racing 7. They have bought a very attractive filly by Where or When and there are still a limited number of shares still available. More details are available on their website which can be accessed from the links page of this site.


Trio at Wolverhampton today
Monday, October 30, 2006

James Eustace saddles 3 runners at Wolverhampton today. COLTON probably has the best chance of the 3 if he takes to the surface, it will be his first time running on the all-weather . ANATOLIAN PRINCE is probably up against it today but his intended race at Yarmouth last week was abandoned due to the wet weather. He is a very genuine horse though so should give a good account of himself. The third runner is WESTER LODGE who is trying 14 furlongs on this surface for the first time. He has run over this trip on the turf as a 3 year old, it will be interesting to see how he takes to the distance under these conditions.

INQUISITRESS has a good chance at Wolverhampton tomorrow in a 9 furlong nursery. She ran well at Lingfield over 8 furlongs last time out and the extra furlong should suit her well.

PLEASING GIFT has 3 entries on Wednesday but she is likely to get eliminated from all of them. She is more likely to get in a race at Wolverhampton on Friday. Her last run at Brighton should be ignored as she did not appear to handle the track or the ground that day. She ran at Lingfield on the polytrack before that and James Eustace feels that she definitely has the ability to win a race.

CAVENDISH has an entry at Southwell on Thursday in a median auction maiden race. On Saturday ORCADIAN has a choice of the November handicap or a Listed race at Windsor. James Eustace will look closely at the entries before deciding which race to run in him. He has come out his last race very well so will have a big chance in either contest.


Career best performance by Orcadian
Monday, October 23, 2006

ORCADIAN put up one of the best performance’s of his career so far finishing third in the St Simon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. 3 year olds were first and second, they have a great record in this race and he was clearly the best of the older horses running. If he had had a prep race it might have made a difference to the result but there were not any suitable races for him. His next intended run will be at Windsor on November 4th where he has a choice of engagements. He could run in either the November Handicap or a Listed race, both over 12 furlongs. At this stage the Listed race is the preferred option. He is obviously in very good form and should definitely get his ideal ground at this time of year. After that he may run over hurdles again or there are some Listed races in France in December which are also a possibility.

ANATOLIAN PRINCE runs at Yarmouth tomorrow in a 7 furlong maiden. The big yards are well represented but he will appreciate the soft ground and he will do his best. He has had the benefit of 2 previous runs too which could be in his favour. James Eustace has a very good record at this course in 2 year old maidens so it would be great if ANATOLIAN PRINCE can improve this record tomorrow.

On Friday AT THE MONEY will attempt to give the trainer his first win on the Rowley Mile racecourse at Newmarket. He is in great form after his recent win and should get into the race and has a low weight of 7.13. Hopefully Franny Norton will be available to ride him as he won him at Nottingham earlier in the season.

FAST BOWLER is entered in a 7 furlong handicap at Newmarket on Saturday. He will also like the ground and is in good form so could run a big race. The slight worry is that he is going in his coat. WETSER ROSS is due to make his racecourse debut at the same fixture. He is a promising horse for the future but at this stage he is still a big baby. He will hopefully run a nice race, this will be his only run this year.


Orcadian back at Newbury on Saturday
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

James Eustace is looking forward to ORCADIAN running at Newbury on Saturday in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes. He has had a good mid season break and is in very good form, working well at home. Richard Hughes takes the ride, he has ridden him before winning a Listed race at Windsor on him last season. His next race after this could be back at Windsor for another Listed race. This race has been re routed from Doncaster that is closed at the moment for redevelopment.

The action today is at Nottingham and Yarmouth. Lady Galadriel runs at Nottingham in a 10 furlong maiden race. She too had a mid season break as she lost a lot of condition after 3 runs in the spring. She has kept her condition well since she came back in and has been working quite nicely so will hopefully run a decent race. Her next engagement is the Horses in Training sales at Newmarket next week. SPELLBINDING is also engaged in the sales next week but she runs at Yarmouth today in a 10 furlong 2 year old maiden. The trip will suit her as she is a potential stayer and any rain will help her cause. This is only her second run, she made her debut at Leicester last week and got a bit tired in the closing stages. She has come on for the run so can hopefully finish a bit closer today.

On Friday WESTER LODGE is entered in an apprentice race over 10 furlongs at Lingfield on the All Weather. His last race was a bit disappointing but he had blinkers on and ran bit free. They will not be on this time and he has been dropped back in trip. He just needs everything to go right in the race for him to show the best of his ability. He is well capable of winning a race of this quality. INQUISITRESS holds entries in the nursery at Lingfield on Friday and Newbury on Saturday. Her preferred option is Lingfield on the all weather but she may not get in the race.


At The Money battles to victory
Saturday, October 14, 2006

AT THE MONEY, having his first run for 4 months, battled on gamely to win at Warwick yesterday. James Eustace was worried that may have needed yesterday’s race after a long break so he may improve further for this run. He is a model of consistency and has not run a bad race all season. He was given a mid season break as he does not like firm ground but he seems to have come back better than ever and could now run at Newmarket at the end of the month. He might even be tried on the all-weather at either Kempton or Southwell during the winter. He will remain in training next season and should make up into a decent staying handicapper.

It was particularly apt that AT THE MONEY should win yesterday as Harold Nass, his owner, sent James Eustace a very nice Diktat yearling colt from the sales. It has been a particularly busy week at the sales this week hence the lack of information on the website. James Eustace has bought some nice yearlings which will hopefully provide plenty more winners for the yard next season.


Conditions favour Local Fancy at Newbury
Monday, October 09, 2006

LOCAL FANCY has been running consistently well and she must have a good chance at Newbury tomorrow. The ground will be in her favour and she likes the track having finished 5th to Red Evie earlier in the season, Red Evie has subsequently won a Group 1 race so her form is very good. The worry with fillies at this time of the year is that they can loose their form when their winter coats become to come through. LOCAL FANCY’S coat is beginning to change but she did have a mid season break so is still relatively fresh. She seems in good form at home still so let’s hope she can run well tomorrow.

SPELLBINDING makes her racecourse debut in a mile 2 year old maiden at Leicester tomorrow. She is a homebred filly by Kirkwall. Although she has done plenty of work at home she is likely to need the race tomorrow as she is a filly that carries plenty of condition. She has a great attitude and hopefully will run a nice race but may find that the horses with previous racecourse experience will have an advantage. She is entered in the sales at the end of the month so James Eustace will try and run her once more after this before her date in the sales ring.

HIGHLAND CASCADE is dropping down in class on Wednesday and running in a claiming race at Lingfield on the all weather. She has top weight and is not best in on ratings at the weights but hopefully she can run well. She has run once before on the all weather but was not given a chance that day so James Eustace feels it is worth having another try.


Cetshwayo battles to victory
Thursday, September 28, 2006

CETSHWAYO has had a string of problems in his career so it was particularly pleasing for all his connections to win yesterday. The owners have been very patient with him so it was a worthy success. It was a hard fought victory, he had to dig deep but luckily his head was just in front on the line. He obviously appreciated the drop in class and handled the polytrack surface really well. There was no bid for him at the subsequent auction so he has been declared to run again on Saturday at Redcar. He is in another selling race but it looks a stronger race but he could easily follow up again now he has found his form. The ground could be a worry as does not want it too soft, at the moment it is good ground there.

Saturday could be a big day for the yard at Redcar as there are 3 runners there altogether. INQUISITRESS runs in the 7 furlong fillies maiden and should run very well. James Eustace thinks she is a really nice filly and the form of both her previous races have worked out well. The third member of the Redcar raiding party is COLTON. He runs in the £30,000 John Smith’s Straight- Mile Championship Final. Being such a valuable race it is obviously a competitive event but he has got some good form and the track and distance should be ideal for him. He too would not want any rain as he is definitely a fast ground performer. On the same day FAST BOWLER heads for Kempton to try the polytrack surface for the first time. He didn’t run badly at Southwell last time because he stumbled when he left the stalls and the ground was very fast so he could never get into the race. The ground was probably too fast for him that day so hopefully the polytrack will be more suitable for him. It is a very competitive mile handicap and he has a bad draw to overcome but he should run well.

Tomorrow POCHARD runs in a 13 furlong maiden on the polytrack at Lingfield. It is not the strongest maiden on paper and there are only 11 runners. There are a couple of horses with some form but she has run well there before over 10 furlongs and this longer trip should suit her so she must have a chance. It is a mystery why she ran so badly last time out at Yarmouth, there was no obvious explanation afterwards except that she could have been in season. Let’s hope she can put that poor run behind her tomorrow.


Highland Cascade looking for victory at Newcastle
Monday, September 25, 2006

HIGHLAND CASCADE is hoping to make the long journey to Newcastle on Wednesday a winning one. She has run consistently well all season but hasn’t had the rub of the green so far. She is trying 7 furlongs again but with different tactics. She tried this trip at Yarmouth in the summer but this time the plan will be to hold her up to try and help her to get the extra distance. The only worry is the ground as she would not want soft ground, if the forecast is correct the ground will be good to firm which will be ideal for her.

Wednesday is a busy day for the yard as there are also 3 runners at Lingfield, all on the polytrack. CETSHWAYO is dropping down in class and runs in a 10 furlong selling stakes. He ran well over this trip in a maiden at Windsor but was disappointing at Yarmouth last time when everything went wrong for him, hopefully he can put that run behind him. Purely on ratings he would have a good chance but his handicap rating is probably on the high side. PLEASING GIFT is running in the 8 furlong maiden race. She ran well over this trip last time out at Warwick but was probably a bit too close to the pace so the plan will be to try and get her covered up this time to help her see out the trip. The third runner is WESTER LODGE in a 12 furlong handicap. He ran well over 10 furlongs in an apprentice race on this surface and the extra 2 furlongs should suit him well. He will be reunited with Jason Tate who rode him to be second as a 2 year old. Let’s hope he can go one better this time as he has put in some good efforts this season especially when beaten by the narrowest of margins at Brighton.

On Thursday ANATOLIAN PRINCE will be having his second race of his career at Newmarket. He ran well on his debut at Leicester, just tiring in the closing stages. He has come on for the race and James Eustace expects him to run well. He is a nice horse for the future.


Colton in good form for Lingfield
Tuesday, September 12, 2006

COLTON remains in good form and runs in a competitive 10 furlong handicap at Lingfield today. He won his second race over this distance so the trip should not be a problem and the ground is fast which will suit him well. If he runs up to his best form he should be thereabouts again today.

POCHARD is trying her hand over 12 furlongs for the first time today but she should stay. Her half brothers have shown plenty of stamina on the racetrack and the way she has run to date suggests she will stay too. She was a good third last time out over 10 furlongs on the polytrack at Lingfield. The ground is a slight unknown, it is good/firm at the moment but James Eustace feels that if there was further rain there it may be in her favour.

CAVENDISH has been declared for Yarmouth on Thursday but only in the hope that there is a lot of rain between now and then. This is a prime example of why the 48 hour declaration time is not popular with trainers. The ground can change so much in 48 hours that it can be very difficult to have the horse declared for a race with ideal ground conditions. He is entered in a mile selling nursery but will only run if the ground does become soft. He has plenty of stamina so the trip should suit him.


Fast Bowler and Dictatrix in same contest
Wednesday, September 06, 2006

FAST BOWLER and DICTATRIX are both running in the 7 furlong 3 year olds only handicap at Southwell tomorrow on the turf. James Eustace does not generally like doing this but it is an ideal contest for both of them and they are both ready to run. DICTATRIX has not run for 2 months as she has had a soft plate operation. This appears to have been successful but the big test will be the racecourse. She is fit enough to run tomorrow but will definitely improve for the race. She has a lot of weight to carry too but Steve Donohue rides her and claims 3 pounds which will help. FAST BOWLER got badly interfered with in his last race at Newmarket and was struck into. He has now recovered from that and on home form would be the best chance tomorrow. There is very little between the 2 horses at home but FAST BOWLER is receiving 4 pounds from DICTATRIX tomorrow which should give him the edge.

HIGHLAND CASCADE has been boldly entered in a Listed race at Chester on Saturday. It is for fillies only over 6 furlongs and she loves the track so James Eustace thought it was worth having a look at the race. There are a lot of similarly rated fillies amongst the entries, they all have the same idea of trying to get some black type in their pedigree. By being placed in a listed race the pedigree of a filly would be improved which would make her more valuable when retiring to stud. She will only run if the race looks like cutting up.

INQUISITRESS was disappointing at Leicester yesterday. The poor draw could have been a contributing factor as she had to do a lot early on in the race to ensure a good position. It could also turn out to be a good 2 year old race. ANATOLIAN PRINCE ran respectably as he is a very laid back horse and will hopefully improve a lot for this run. LOCAL FANCY put in another good performance at Catterick yesterday finishing third. She also did not have a good draw and did not handle the track too well in the straight. She is running well at present and will hopefully be winning before too long.


Jason Tate returns to the saddle
Friday, September 01, 2006

Jason Tate is due to do a make return to the saddle as only he and Lester Piggott can! James Eustace received a phone call from Jason yesterday with the news and he was immediately booked to ride HIGHLAND CASCADE at Bath on Monday. It would be very nice if she could provide him with a comeback winner. She has a good chance of doing that as she has been running consistently well lately. Jason has ridden her before and won on her as a 2 year old.

On Sunday LOCAL FANCY is entered on the turf at Lingfield but will only run if they get the rain that is forecast. She also has turf entries at Catterick on Tuesday and Southwell on Thursday. She ran very well to finish third at Newmarket last time out and the race on Sunday will be a step down in class so she should go close if she runs. WESTER LODGE runs at the same meeting but on the polytrack with the blinkers back on, rather than the visor. He is in an apprentice race for apprentices that have not ridden more than 50 winners and Mark Halford has been booked to ride him who has ridden exactly 50 winners so he has a good jockey for this race. He has not run on the polytrack before but should handle it as he works well on it at home. He should go well in this contest especially as there are only 8 runners.

PLEASING GIFT is making a return trip to Warwick after her first run there last week. As predicted she did run very green first time out but should go a lot closer this time. It is a weaker contest on Monday and she seems to have come out of her first race really well. She is still very green as she was not in training at all as a 2 year old and came in late as a 3 year old so has not been in training very long. She looks a nice filly in the making at home and is a nice prospect for the future.

INQUISITRESS is hopefully going to make her second appearance on a racecourse on Tuesday at Leicester in a mile maiden fillies race. She was, rather frustratingly, balloted out of her intended race at Salisbury yesterday. The form of her Newmarket race looks very solid so she is expected to run well. ANATOLIAN PRINCE is due to make his racecourse debut at the same venue in a 7 furlong maiden. James Eustace is looking forward to seeing him run on the track as he looks a nice type for the future. He is a nice laid back horse and is definitely more of a 3 year old type. He will certainly need his first run but he should run a nice race.

Although there were no winners this week, both COLTON and WHISTLEUPTHEWIND put up good performances. COLTON ran very well yesterday at Redcar to finish third in a race that was not run to suit him. There was no early pace and it turned into a sprint but he ran on gamely. It was a step up in class for him so it was a good run. He is now qualified for the final of this race at the end of September but he may be too low in the handicap to get a run unless he can win another race before then. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND ran another genuine race to finish second at Lingfield on Wednesday. She seemed to handle the track and surface well. She is now due to have a break before being prepared for a winter campaign on the all-weather.


Trio for Warwick starts busy week ahead
Sunday, August 27, 2006

Firstly I would like to thank the trainer for keeping the website so excellently updated in my absence. He will be a hard act to follow now! I will do my best and we start with a busy week ahead for Park Lodge Stables.

There are 3 declared runners for Warwick tomorrow but ARIODANTE may not run if the ground changes significantly. The going was officially good when he was declared yesterday but if the ground becomes soft he will be re routed to WOLVERHAMPTON on Wednesday. He has not run on the polytrack before so it will be interesting to see how he how he takes to it. HOT CHERRY is running in a 7 furlong auction race. She ran better last time out at Yarmouth but she definitely looked there as if she would benefit from the step up in trip. Both her previous runs have been over 6 furlongs. She is learning all the time and at home she seems to have appreciated the soft ground so the ground tomorrow should suit her especially if they get more rain, which is forecasted. PLEASING GIFT, a 3 year old filly, makes her racecourse debut tomorrow in a 7 furlong maiden. She is a homebred filly by Largesse. Her dam Pleasure Dome was trained by James Eustace for Park Lane Racing and she won 3 races on the trot and then unfortunately injured herself. This filly has worked well enough at home to run well providing she is not too green. Whatever happens tomorrow James Eustace thinks she is definitely a filly with a future.

COLTON, who is in excellent form having won his last 2 starts, is entered at Wolverhampton on Wednesday and Redcar on Thursday. Redcar is the preferred option depending on the ground and the opposition. He needs good or faster ground and the ground is good/firm at the moment. The straight mile of Redcar should suit him a lot better than the tight turns of Wolverhampton as he is a big horse. The Redcar race is also tempting as it is a qualifier for a valuable final at the end of September. He is a horse that seems to be progressing with every race.

WHISTELUPTHEWIND and POCHARD both have entries at Lingfield on the polytrack this Wednesday. It will be interesting to see how WHISTLEUPTHEWIND handles the surface now she has had more racecourse experience. She has run on the all weather surface before but it was early on in her career and she was still very green. She came out of her last racecourse experience remarkably unscathed when she tried to come out of the front of the stalls. She has passed a stall test since so James Eustace does not anticipate there being any further problems when she runs again. She does hold an entry at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening aswell. POCHARD ran very well in a 10 furlong maiden on the polytrack before and looked as if a step up in trip would suit her well. She is not a definite runner as it depends how competitive a race it looks like being. She is now qualified for handicaps so she could wait for a more suitable opportunity if the opposition looks too strong.

INQUISITRESS was withdrawn from her intended race at Newmarket last Friday as the ground was too soft. She has an entry at Salisbury on Thursday and Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride her there. She ran very well on her debut finishing 5th in a Newmarket maiden and the form of the race is working out well. She does have a ballot mark so she does need some horse to come out of the race for her to get a run. She would also not run if the ground did become soft.


Signing Off For Now
Thursday, August 24, 2006

Lucy Lawson has now returned from holiday and will resume her excellent work for us on the website. I have much enjoyed my stint in charge except for the battles with the technology itself! Who knows I might spring my thoughts and reports on you again, every now and then, now that I know how to do it. My final report follows.

Sadly last week was not the week we had hoped for in my last report. RUBY WINE was injured in the Galtres Stakes at York. She has suffered a fracture to her pelvis. She is however back in her own box here at Park Lodge. She has 6 - 8 weeks convalescence to do but, as anticipated, she is already proving to be an excellent patient. Assuming all goes well she will retire as a broodmare to her owners, Richard and Rachel Wilsons' Hockham Lodge Stud as was always intended. We are all very proud of her achievements at Park Lodge. She retires a Listed winner, Group 2 placed and Listed placed. Allied to that she has the most wonderful temperament and I am sure has a first class career ahead of her at stud. Thursday was a traumatic day for everyone concerned but everybody conducted themselves immaculately and I thank them for that.

The week started badly with CETSHWAYO unfortunately bleeding in his race at Yarmouth. I feel the testing ground had something to do with it and it is possible that he needs faster ground. I still think he should stay the trip but I will drop him back in trip next time. WESTER LODGE disappointed as well at Brighton. He seems absolutely fine at home and possibly it was just a case of going once in blinkers and on the track but not a second time. We will keep trying.

The last fortnight has perfectly encapsulated the highs and lows of racing! We look forward to the future! Over to you Lucy....!


Big Week Ahead
Sunday, August 20, 2006

Park Lodge has a big week coming up. RUBY WINE will run at York in either the Yorkshire Oaks (Group 1) on Wednesday or The Galtres Stakes (Listed) on Thursday. The Galtres looks the most likely option unless the Yorkshire Oaks looks like cutting up to a small field. INQUISITRESS is due to run in a 7 furlong maiden fillies race at Newmarket on Friday. She ran very well on debut and seems a very nice filly in the making. She already had an entry in the Meon Valley Fillies Mile (Group 1) at Ascot later in September. Friday will tell us whether this is still a realistic target. It is days like these that are important in any yard but particularly so in a smaller yard likes ours. It is literally the reason that we are all, here at Park Lodge, involved in racing.

However that is not to forget our other runners. As ARIODANTE proved at Brighton last week, every horse can have a big day and every winner is important. CETSHWAYO runs at Yarmouth tomorrow evening. The gamble is the step up in trip to a mile and 6 furlongs. However he has always shaped like a stayer at home and the mile and a half race that he was in at Newmarket looked very hot. I therefore think that the gamble on the trip at Yarmouth was the more sensible option. I hope he will run very well as his owners have been very patient with a horse that has not always been easy to train. WESTER LODGE runs at Brighton on Tuesday. He ran a great race here last time and thoroughly deserves a victory. Micky Fenton rides again but we are swapping blinkers for visors.

I will keep you updated with how the fates treat us this week as we go along.


Success by the Seaside!
Friday, August 18, 2006

I am delighted to have two momentous victories to report since my last update. The report would have been sooner but I have been foiled by technology up until now!

ARIODANTE scored a thrilling victory at Brighton in the £30,000 "totesport.com" Brighton Challenge Cup Handicap. He was given a masterful ride by Ryan Moore on his home track prevailing in a driving finish from TRANSVESTITE - very apt for Brighton! He showed his usual honesty and thoroughly deserved the victory. Our thanks go to Shane Kelly who suggested this course for ARIODANTE. Shane is currently sidelined with a fractured femur and we wish him well and a speedy recovery.

We moved on to Yarmouth on Wednesday where COLTON scored a very smooth success in the mile and a quarter handicap. This was a step up in trip from his win over a mile at Pontefract the week before. He stayed the trip well under a confident ride from Philip Robinson.

All the runners over the last week have run with credit and the yard seems to be in good form. Long may it continue. FLYING VISITOR suffered quite serious interference in her race at Brighton but was travelling very well at the time and certainly would have been closer in her race on Tuesday. HOT CHERRY ran a much better race in the 6 furlong two year old maiden at Yarmouth on Wednesday. It looks as though a step up in trip would suit her now. HIGHLAND CASCADE ran a typically game race at Salisbury to be only beaten a neck and short head under top weight. The TV pundits seem to have labelled her as ungenuine. I cannot accept this and feel she is running with great credit at present under large weights.

A special mention for all the staff at Park Lodge over the last few days. We have been particularly busy and they have all contributed to our successes. It is great to see their hard work rewarded on the racecourse.

LOCAL FANCY attempts to keep the "roll" going this evening in the 8.05 at Newmarket. Ground conditions should suit and she seems in particularly good form at home. CETSHWAYO is also due to run on Monday at Yarmouth. He also seems in good form at home and so long as he can stay the extra distance of a mile and six furlongs, he can run well.


The Trainer attempts role of sub-editor.
Monday, August 14, 2006

I will attempt to fill Lucy's shoes whilst she is on holiday; a very difficult task so I hope you will bear with me for the next fortnight.

We have two runners tomorrow at Brighton. ARIODANTE runs in a £30,000 handicap over a mile and a half. He has never run at Brighton but gives every indication that he will act there. He is genuine, well-balanced and likes fast ground. Ryan Moore rides who should know the track better than any jockey riding and we are hopeful of a good run. FLYING VISITOR runs in a 7 furlong maiden handicap. She ran well for a long way at Chepstow over a mile last time out. She looked there as though a drop back in trip would not go amiss and as she handled the undulations of Chepstow I am hopeful she will act at Brighton.

We have a busy day on Wednesday with two runners at Yarmouth and one at Salisbury. HOT CHERRY runs in the two year old maiden at Yarmouth and I am very hopeful of a better performance than her first run at Windsor last Monday. She has certainly worked better than she ran and she is a very laid back filly so I think she just never "woke up" first time out. COLTON is attempting to follow up from his win at Pontefract last Wednesday. He will be out of 35 - 55 handicaps after this week and it is worth taking a chance on the step up in trip from one mile to one mile two furlongs in the circumstances. It is a very stiff mile at Pontefract and they went a good gallop (the time of the race was fast) so I am hopeful that if he settles as well as he did at Pontefract that he can win again. HIGHLAND CASCADE runs at Salisbury in a 6 furlong fillies handicap. She has top weight again as she did at Folkestone last time where she was only just beaten into third. I am hopeful of a very good run again. The one slight drawback to the Salisbury race is that it is a very stiff 6 furlongs and it is possible she prefers an easier 6 furlongs.

Let us hope we are successful somewhere over the next two days and I have a celebratory update to write!


Holiday
Friday, August 11, 2006

The editor is taking a break for 2 weeks. Hopefully there will be lots of winners to report on when I return.


Stable hits top form with Colton win
Wednesday, August 09, 2006

James Eustace came very close to training a treble today from 3 runners. Two seconds and a winner made it a highly successful day. Everything went right for COLTON today, he settled well and won nicely at Pontefract. It was his first run in the colours of Park Lodge Racing as they only took over the ownership recently so they were obviously delighted to get off on a winning start. He is still a big baby so will hopefully go on improving and he should go on from here. WESTER LODGE came very close to winning at Brighton, he was only headed on the line. The applications of the blinkers did seem to help, he made all and stuck to his task well. WHISTELUPTHEWIND ran another game race at Yarmouth this evening, she just found one too good on the day. She is declared tomorrow and will run again providing she is fine in the morning. It does not look a strong race so she should have a chance.


Busy Wednesday
Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Tomorrow is a busy day for the Eustace team with 3 runners at 3 different meetings. WESTER LODGE heads south for Brighton and will be fitted with blinkers for the first time. He has become a bit of an enigma this season and James Eustace wonders whether he may have become a bit idle, hence the application of the headgear. He has run over a variety of trips from 8 to 12 furlongs this season. He is running over 10 furlongs tomorrow and if he runs up to his early season form he should have a good chance. The track may not be ideal for him a he is a big horse but there are only 6 runners and it does not look a strong race on paper. COLTON is running at Pontefract and can hopefully run better than he did at Ayr last time out. The combination of the long journey and poor draw were probably to blame. He is still relatively inexperienced and a bit of a baby and he did come back looking very light. He seems well in himself again now and the track should suit him. He had to be ridden positively at Ayr because of the draw but the plan will be to try and ride a race on him tomorrow and give him more of a chance.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND could have a busy couple of days as she has been declared to run at Yarmouth tomorrow and again on Thursday. There are 2 ideal races for her and as there are only 7 declared for Thursday’s race James Eustace decided she may aswell take her chance. Although she has won over 8 furlongs she definitely has not appeared to stay this trip when in better company on her last 2 runs so she is running over 7 furlongs again which should be her ideal distance. She has been running consistently well lately so should run well again.

On Thursday HIGHLAND CASCADE is running in a 6 furlong fillies and mares handicap at Folkestone. She has top weight of 9st13lbs but will be ridden by Adam Kirby who claims a valuable 3 pounds. She has run well on this track before and 6 furlongs seems her best trip so should go close again this time.

The only definite runner at the weekend at this stage is POCHARD on the all weather at Lingfield on Sunday. She was second last time out but did not really enjoy the fast ground. James Eustace does not want to sicken her by risking her on fast ground again so is going for the safer option of the all weather. The track at Lingfield may be a bit sharp for her as she is a big long striding filly but at least she should enjoy the ground.


Ruby Wine ready for Newbury
Thursday, August 03, 2006

RUBY WINE is in peak form and runs in the Listed Chalice Stakes at Newbury on Sunday. The way she ran at Yarmouth suggests that the step up to 12 furlongs should suit her and she was group placed over this trip last year. The winner of the Yarmouth race looks like running again and will again be hard to beat. RUBY WINE has definately improved at home since her last race and will find the trip more suitable so it should be alot closer this time. James Eustace is hoping that the rain stays away from Newbury as she definately likes fast ground.

FAST BOWLER has also improved for his first run of the season and will be in action at Newmarket on Saturday. He will be stepping up in trip to 7 furlongs from 6 and Steve Donohue will again be on board, claiming a valuable 3 pound allowance. The rain that has been around this week will help him as he would prefer good ground. INQUISITRESS will make her racecourse debut at the same meeting. She will be running in the 7 furlong 2 year old fillies maiden. She has an interesting pedigree as she out of a sprinting mare but by a staying horse, Hernando. She looks a nice filly in the making at home and has a good attitude. She should run a nice race but will probably find one or two too good for her first time out in this company.

On Monday another 2 year old, HOT CHERRY, will also be making her racecourse debut. She is a 1/2 sister to RUBY WINE and is by Bertolini. She is more of a 2 year old type than RUBY WINE and has been working nicely at home. She should run a nice race first time out but will benefit from the experience. If the ground is not too fast POCHARD could also run there in a 10 furlong maiden.


Fast Bowler strikes first time
Thursday, July 27, 2006

FAST BOWLER delighted James Eustace by winning first time out this season at Windsor on Monday evening. He has always looked a nice horse in the making but it was particularly pleasing to win with him when he was not yet at his peak.He was given a very good ride by Stephen Donoghue who claims 5 pounds and is very good value for this. FAST BOWLER can only improve for this run and it was only his second ever start and he remains unbeaten. His next target is the De Boer Handicap at Goodwood next Thursday. This a 7 furlong handicap for 3 year olds only.

Future runners from the rest of the yard are a bit fluid due to the unsettled weather conditions. CAVENDISH has entries at Newmarket on Sunday and Yarmouth on Monday but will need significant rain to fall. On the other hand ARIODANTE is entered at Windsor on Monday but would only run if there was no rain as he likes fast ground.


Fast Bowler heads for Windsor
Sunday, July 23, 2006

FAST BOWLER makes his belated first appearance of the season at Windsor tomorrow evening. He has had various niggling problems but James Eustace is looking forward to seeing him back in action. He is an unexposed horse having only had one run last year and he won nicely. He is running over 6 furlongs tomorrow which could be a bit sharp for him but there are only 8 runners and he is drawn 8, the best draw. He is definitely a nice horse for the future and should benefit from the run tomorrow. CETSHWAYO also runs at Windsor tomorrow in a 10 furlong maiden. He ran over hurdles last winter but he was not at his best. James Eustace has him as fit as he can get him at home but still feels that he will need the race tomorrow.

HIGHLAND CASCADE and WHISTLEUPTHEWIND are entered at both Yarmouth on Tuesday and Leicester on Wednesday. Both are more likely to run at Yarmouth but WHISTLEUPTHEWIND could be declared for both meetings. She also has entries at Newmarket and Chepstow on Friday and Lingfield on Saturday so she could have a busy week! She is in great form and will run in whichever race she seems to have the best chance in, she could easily run twice as she takes her racing very well. HIGHLAND CASCADE has been running well lately so will hopefully go close wherever she runs.

WESTER LODGE is a definite runner at Leicester on Wednesday. He is running over 12 furlongs for the first time this season but he won over this trip last season. The track should suit him as they tend to go a decent pace there and hopefully the ground will remain fast for him. LOCAL FANCY does hold an entry at the same meeting but she will only run if there is a dramatic change in the weather and the ground becomes soft.


Fine run by Ruby Wine at Yarmouth
Wednesday, July 19, 2006

RUBY WINE ran a great race last night to finish third in the Listed Virginia Stakes at Yarmouth. It was a good quality field and they broke the track record so it was a very good performance for her first run of the season. She definitely needed the run and had a good blow afterwards but stayed on well at the end to get third prize. This will hopefully put her spot on for the Chalice Stakes at Newbury on August 6th. This is a listed contest for fillies only over 12 furlongs. It is an ideal race for her especially as she has won at Newbury before. The 12 furlongs should suit her better than the shorter trip of 10 furlongs yesterday and James Eustace feels that she could even get further this year. RUBY WINE also holds an entry in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks and that could be her next target after Newbury. To get placed in a group 1 would really enhance her paddock value so it is well worth a try. ARIODANTE also ran a gallant race in defeat last night at Yarmouth. He tried to make all but couldn’t quite hold on and eventually finished fourth beaten less than 3 lengths. He is running well and hopefully his winning turn will come before too long.

POCHARD is making her second appearance on the track at Pontefract again on Friday evening. It is another 10 furlong maiden but this time open to colts and geldings too so it may be a tougher contest than last time. James Eustace is hoping that the thunderstorms that are forecast do appear as he feels the filly would appreciate some cut in the ground. She has definitely improved from her first run when she was very green but may still need another run before she fully understands what racing is all about.


Highland Cascade aiming for double
Thursday, July 13, 2006

HIGHLAND CASCADE is aiming to win the same race as she did last year at Chester tomorrow evening. She seems to act well on the track as she has finished 1st and 3rd on her 2 previous visits. She is drawn 2 tomorrow, a low draw can be a big advantage around the tight turns of Chester. She has been running consistently well recently and so has every chance of completing the double. FLYING VISITOR heads for Chepstow tomorrow evening. It will be her first run in a handicap and her first time wearing blinkers. She has a low weight and if the blinkers have the desired effect she could show an improvement in form tomorrow.

RUBY WINE is entered at Yarmouth next Tuesday in a 10 furlong listed race. The firm ground may not be ideal for her but James Eustace is keen to get a run under her belt as she has been off for a long time. Her next intended race is a 12 furlong listed race at Newbury at the beginning of August so it would be beneficial to have a run before then. ARIODANTE is entered at the same meeting on Tuesday. He is running over 1 ¾ miles for the first time but he should get the trip. He ran well over 1 ½ miles last time out at Newmarket and could have finished closer but had to come from along way back that day. He will like the ground at Yarmouth so James Eustace is hoping for a big run.


Cavendish gets in at Lingfield
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

CAVENDISH was balloted out of his intended race at Windsor on Monday night but gets a run at Lingfield tomorrow. He has come out his first race very well and has hopefully learnt form the experience. 6 furlongs on the polytrack may be a bit sharp for him tomorrow but the race is ideal for him in every other way. Hopefully he will run a nice race and show improvement from his first run.


Whistleupthewind seeks hat-trick at Haydock
Thursday, July 06, 2006

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is going for her third consecutive win at Haydock tomorrow night. She is carrying a 6 pound penalty for her latest success at Lingfield but has been raised 7 pounds by the handicapper for future races so in theory is 1 pound better off tomorrow. She appears to be thriving on her racing and seems in great form at home so James Eustace is very hopeful that she can complete a hat-trick of wins. The only slight worry is the weather forecast as rain is forecast today. She will not run if the ground does become soft as she clearly prefers fast ground.

DICTATRIX runs in the mile listed fillies race on Eclipse day at Sandown on Saturday. She finished distressed at York last time out and it transpired that she had a bacterial infection. She has had plenty of time to recover and has been working nicely recently so hopefully she is returning to form. James Eustace would just like to see her run well and back to form. She ran well at Newbury first time out this spring and if she could reproduce that form she would have a chance on Saturday.

COLTON makes the long journey to Ayr on Sunday but that is where the most suitable race for him is. He is running in a 3 year olds only mile handicap. He ran well over 7 furlongs at Newbury last time out, he settled well that day, the extra furlong on Sunday should be in his favour. The track should suit him well and a little bit of rain would be beneficial too. Rain would also suit CAVENDISH who runs at Windsor again on Monday evening. He took his first run well and has hopefully improved for that experience. He may find the 6 furlongs too sharp for him at this stage.


Whistleupthewind wins again
Sunday, July 02, 2006

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND made it 2 wins in a row when she won readily at Lingfield yesterday evening. She had to do it the hard way from the front and was never headed. She is a filly worth following at the moment as she is at the right end of the handicap and still seems to be improving. It is a great thrill for the owners Blue Peter Racing 6, as they kept faith in the filly and their patience is being rewarded. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is entered at Brighton on Tuesday but will definitely not run there, she is also entered at Haydock on Friday but would have to carry a 6 pound penalty. She is more likely to wait for another race at Lingfield on July 12th.

POCHARD, a 3 year old filly by Inchinor, is making her racecourse debut in a 10 furlong fillies maiden at Pontefract tomorrow. FLYING VISITOR also runs tomorrow, in a mile claiming race at Windsor where surprisingly there are only 7 runners.


2 runners at Newcastle
Thursday, June 29, 2006

WESTER LODGE and HIGHLAND CASCADE are heading for the big 3 day meeting at Newcastle, they both run there tomorrow evening. WESTER LODGE has been running well in decent company but the last twice he has been short of room to make his run when the pace has quickened. New tactics are going to be tried tomorrow to try and overcome this. He will be ridden a lot closer to the pace and will even make the running if necessary. The galloping track should suit him and so should the ground. It is a lower grade of race too than he has run in recently so he hopefully goes there with a good chance. HIGHLAND CASCADE ran well at Yarmouth recently finishing fifth, she meets the second in the race on better terms tomororw and James Eustace believes she has improved at home since that race. She is a very genuine filly so should run a good race again.

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND was withdrawn from her intended race at Chepstow last Monday as the ground changed from good/firm to good/soft during the day. She now runs at Lingfield on Saturday evening in a 7 furlong handicap. This is a drop back in trip but she showed plenty of speed over a mile at Yarmouth last time out so it shouldn’t be a problem. The form of the Yarmouth has worked out very well so she must have a big chance of recording a second win.


Whistleupthewind to strike again
Sunday, June 25, 2006

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is in great form after her win at Yarmouth recently and looks to have a good opportunity to continue her winning streak at Chepstow tomorrow evening. She will be taking on her Bath conqueror, Maidford, again but James Eustace is more worried about the weather than the opposition. There are heavy thunderstorms forecast which could turn the ground against her, she does not seem to act on soft ground. If the ground does become soft she is unlikely to run but will wait for another race at Lingfield on Saturday evening.

James Eustace has a busy evening tomorrow as he also saddles 2 runners at Windsor. CAVENDISH will be his first 2 year old runner of the season. He is a horse who is going to appreciate further in time, he is only running over 6 furlongs tomorrow which is likely to be a bit sharp for him but hopefully he can run respectably and will improve for this first run. LADY GALADRIEL runs in the 3 year old maiden race over a mile. She is being dropped back in trip as she ran well up to a point at Newbury last time but didn’t seem to finish. Hopefully she will find the shorter trip more favourable. She is a filly who probably needs soft ground to show her best.


Conditions favour Wester Lodge
Wednesday, June 21, 2006

James Eustace feels that conditions are right for WESTER LODGE tonight at Ripon. He is running over 1 ¼ miles and has been showing good form this season over this trip despite having won over 1 ½ miles last season. On paper there should be plenty of pace in the race which will suit him. He will also appreciate the good/firm ground. He ran well at Chester last time but the rain had just eased the ground which was not ideal for him. If conditions remain in his favour he has a big chance tonight.

ARIODANTE should also find conditions to suit at Newmarket on Friday evening. He too likes genuine fast ground and should like the track. He is trying 1 ½ miles for the first time but he should get the trip. He was a bit disappointing last time out but the ground had been over watered. The same conditions should not occur at Newmarket and he will run a decent race.


Whistleupthewind on song
Friday, June 16, 2006

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is a filly on song at the moment as she followed up her good second on Bath last Sunday with a comfortable victory at Yarmouth yesterday. She is a filly who has really come to herself now and obviously takes her racing well having had 2 races in 4 days. She really appreciates the drier ground we are having now and was much more at ease on the straight track at Yarmouth yesterday than she had been round the tight bends of Bath and Catterick on her 2 previous runs.

She will have a few easy days now and her next race depends slightly on how much the handicapper puts her up for this win. She could run next Friday at Newmarket with a 6 pound penalty but is more likely to wait for another fillies handicap the following week at either Chepstow or Lingfield.

There are no runners over the weekend, the next possible runner is WESTER LODGE next Wednesday.


Whistleupthewind to go one better
Wednesday, June 14, 2006

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND has come out her race at Bath extremely well so is ready to run again at Yarmouth tomorrow. She is running in a fillies handicap over a mile and will be running off the same handicap mark as before so should have a great chance of going one better. Shane Kelly will be in the saddle again. She has also got an entry at Lingfield on Saturday on the all weather but she is unlikely to run there aswell. HIGHLAND CASCADE is running at Yarmouth too in a 6 furlong handicap. She has come on from her last race at Folkestone but will find it hard to beat Rosapenna at the weights, who finished in front of her last time.

Thursday is a busy day for the yard as there are also 2 runners at Newbury. COLTON makes his first appearance in a handicap and does not appear to be too harshly treated. He is running over 7 furlongs which should suit him so he has hopefully got a good chance. LADY GALADRIEL is making only her second appearance on a racecourse in a 3 year olds only fillies maiden over 10 furlongs. She was very green first time out but has hopefully learnt from that experience and is expected to finish closer tomorrow as long as she handles the ground which is good/firm.


Wester Lodge heads for Chester
Monday, June 12, 2006

WESTER LODGE has a good chance tomorrow night at Chester as long as handles the track. Chester is not usually ideal for a big horse like WESTER LODGE but he is very well balanced so James Eustace is hopeful that he will travel well round there. He is drawn 4 of the 8 runners which is ideal for him as he needs to be settled in behind horses in his races which he should be able to do from this draw. He ran well in his first race of the season at Yarmouth over a mile which is short of his best, the extra 2 furlongs tomorrow should suit him well. He likes fast ground so the going should be in his favour. Neil Callan rides him and he will be hoping for a better luck than he had an Orcadian on this course at the big May meeting

WHISTLEUPTHEWIND came very close to causing an upset at Bath yesterday. She was second beaten a neck at odds of 33-1. She seems to be improving with every run and could make a quick reappearance at Yarmouth on Thursday in a similar contest. It has not been easy to find suitable races for her as she was balloted out 6 times last month. There do at last seem to be more suitable races for her, partly helped by the fact she has gone up the handicap, but she still needs 14 horses above her in the handicap to come out of Thursday’s race before she can be guaranteed to run.


2 live chances on Wednesday
Tuesday, June 06, 2006

ARIODANTE ran very well at Yarmouth last week to finish third and can hopefully improve on that tomorrow at Nottingham. He is running in a 10 furlong apprentice race and will be ridden by Jason Tate’s nephew, Luke Morris. Jason used to be James Eustace’s stable jockey. He rides well and has ridden a few winners and has a very good percentage of winners to rides. Apprentice races are usually run at a good gallop which should suit ARIODANTE, he will also handle the fast ground well so should have an excellent chance tomorrow. LOCAL FANCY is also in great form at present and she is going to run on the polytrack at Kempton tomorrow evening. She really wants soft ground but as the ground has dried up the all weather surface is her only option. There is obviously a question mark as to whether she will handle the surface but if she does she should also have an excellent chance She is running over a mile for the first time but seemed to stay a stiff 7 furlongs at Sandown so a mile at Kempton shouldn’t test her stamina too much. She does have turf entries too including one at Newbury on Saturday but it would need to rain significantly for her to run there aswell.

WHISTELUPTHEWIND is finally beginning to show some form on the racetrack, finishing fourth at Catterick last week. She has always worked well at home but has yet to transfer this to the racecourse. She is entered at Bath on Sunday and if she gets a run she should run well. She has not been able to handle soft ground at all so will appreciate the drier underfoot conditions we are having now.


Good efforts at Sandown
Thursday, June 01, 2006

Both LOCAL FANCY and AT THE MONEY ran very well at Sandown this week to finish third and second respectively. LOCAL FANCY put up her best performance of the season so far on Monday, she was only headed on the line and was beaten a Nk and a short head. She will be entered up again next week as she is in such good form and is clearly enjoying the soft ground. On Tuesday AT THE MONEY ran another gallant race to finish second, only beaten ½ a length. He is also relishing the current underfoot conditions and does not know how to run a bad race.

Today the action is at Yarmouth where there are 2 runners. PRINCESS GALADRIEL has been recently scanned in foal to Doyen and it will be interesting to see if this brings about an improvement in her form. Some fillies do run better when they are in foal and she has run well at Yarmouth before so she could have a chance today. WESTER LODGE is running in a mile handicap on the same card and amazingly there are only 8 runners. This trip could be bit on the sharp side for him but it has been hard to find a suitable race for him and he is ready to run.

HIGHLAND CASCADE put up a poor performance at Pontefract last time out but she was not right after the race. She has come back to her best now and is due to run at Folkestone on Saturday in a 6 furlong fillies handicap.


Orcadian off to Ascot
Thursday, May 25, 2006

ORCADIAN has come out the York race extremely well so he is going to take his chance at Ascot this Saturday. It was not the original intention to run him so soon after York but with the horse in such good form and the ground in his favour he is going to take his chance. He is running in a 12 furlong listed race which should be ideal for him. James Eustace feels that 12 furlongs is probably his best trip as he appeared to not quite stay the extra 2 furlongs last week at York. Neil Callan had been hoping to ride him but he is banned on that day, he lodged an appeal but was not successful. He will be ridden instead by Ted Durcan who has ridden him at home and on the track so knows the horse well.

The abandonment of Leicester on Tuesday and Salisbury tonight has rather altered running plans. LOCAL FANCY had a good chance at Leicester but she has another opportunity next Monday at Sandown but the race looks more competitive. She ran a very good race at Newbury to finish fifth and was doing her best work at the end. The uphill finish at Sandown should suit her well. ARIODANTE and WESTER LODGE also have entries at Sandown but the ground is unlikely to be suitable for them so they are doubtful runners at this stage.

COLTON and AT THE MONEY were both due to run at Salisbury tonight but have alternative engagements next week. Colton could go to Redcar on Tuesday if the ground is not too soft. He ran very well at Windsor last time out over 6 furlongs so is running over that trip again but may be suited by further in time. AT THE MONEY is entered at Leicester over 12 furlongs and at Sandown over 14 furlongs on Tuesday. James Eustace will have a look at both races before deciding which race he will run in. The foRm of his races this season have worked out well so he should have a good chance wherever he runs.


Orcadian gallant third in Cup
Friday, May 19, 2006

ORCADIAN ran another great race today to finish third in the Group 2 Yorkshire Cup. James Eustace was delighted with his performance as he didn’t put a foot wrong. He let someone else set the pace today and then took the lead in the final straight but was finally outstayed in the final 2 furlongs but held on well for third place. It was another great effort and he has now put up 2 of his best performances in the last 8 days. There is another possible race for him at Ascot on May 27th if the ground remains soft but it depends how he is after his York excursions, it may come too soon for him.

DICTATRIX did not show her true form today at all. She finished very distressed after her race. She will obviously be thoroughly checked over once she gets home. On form she should definitely have been there or thereabouts as the winner finished less than 2 lengths in front of her at Newbury and Dictatrix was meeting her on 3 pounds better terms today.

LOCAL FANCY is running in a 7 furlong fillies handicap at Newbury tomorrow and will definitely appreciate the soft ground. She ran better than her finishing position suggested last time out at Yarmouth as she did not enjoy the firm ground that day. Hopefully she will run a big race tomorrow.

The soft ground should also suit LADY GALADRIEL on Sunday at Ripon. She has been working nicely on soft ground at home so will hopefully run well but it is her first time on a racecourse. She is running in a 9 furlong maiden race.


At The Money wins on dramatic day
Saturday, May 13, 2006

ORCADIAN, in his true dramatic style, nearly got the season off to a double at Chester yesterday. He has always been a bit of a character and yesterday showed that side in true style. He was leading the field on the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes when he saw the stall handlers and stalls so decided to pull himself up. After all he usually pulls up when he gets to the stalls but not when he is already in a race! Neil Callan did an excellent job to get him going again and he was in the lead again in the home straight only to get caught close home and finished second, only beaten half a length. It really was one of the most dramatic flat races to watch. For a horse to pull himself up in Group 3 race and still finish second was an amazing performance and just shows how much ability the horse has. He is obviously in the form of his life at present. He could go for either the Yorkshire Cup or a Listed Handicap at Hamilton next Friday, depending on the ground.

AT THE MONEY produced a very gutsy performance to win from the front at Nottingham yesterday. This was the yard’s first win of the season and well deserved. He wasn’t really enjoying the ground and had to do it the hard way from the front but stayed on well to win by a short head. If Orcadian had the same attitude as At The Money he would surely be a group 1 performer. It was a particularly pleasing result for the owner Harold Nass as he also bred the horse and has been very patient. It is his first winner with James Eustace and hopefully the horse can go on and win again as he is an improving type and will probably get even further in time.

The yard is now beginning to hit form and there are a few runners next week. LADY GALADRIEL is entered in a 10 furlong maiden at Windsor on Monday but will only run of the ground is good or softer. WHISTELUPTHEWIND is entered in a banded race at Kempton the same day but could get balloted out, yet again. FLYING VISITOR is also entered at Windsor but is more likely to got to Newcastle on Tuesday. PRINCESS GALADRIEL is a definite runner at the same venue in a mile handicap. She is in good form at home and any rain would help her chance.

DICTATRIX is heading for York on Friday to run in the Michael Seely Fillies Listed race over a mile. The form of her Newbury has worked out well as the winner, Nasheej, finished 3rd in the 1000 Guineas last Sunday. She has come out of that race really well and did a nice piece of work on the grass last Friday. Hopefully she will run a big race. She seems to go on any ground but any rain would be appreciated.


At The Money aiming to go one better
Tuesday, May 09, 2006

AT THE MONEY has been 3rd and 2nd so far this season so aims to go one better at Nottingham on Friday. He is running in a 14 furlong handicap and James Eustace thinks the longer trip should be ideal for him as he definitely stays. He would definitely benefit from some rain but there is rain forecast this week. He is a very genuine horse who deserves to win a race, hopefully Friday could be the day.

ARIODANTE goes to Newcastle on Wednesday to contest a 51-65 rated 10 furlong handicap. He has top weight but has been dropped 9 pounds after his first run of the season. If he can regain his 2 year old form he is well handicapped and he would have an excellent chance. He did however suffer an injury last year and it sometimes takes a horse a few runs to come back to it’s best. He is in good form at home so will hopefully run well.

On Thursday LOCAL FANCY makes her seasonal reappearance at Yarmouth. She is not so well handicapped and will probably need this first run. It is her first run over 7 furlongs but she definitely stayed 6 furlongs as a 2 year old so the trip should suit her. She would prefer some cut in the ground. There is an ideal race for her at Newbury on May 20th which will be her next intended target if all goes well on Thursday.

The Group 3 Ormond Stakes at Chester on Friday attracted very few entries initially so it was re opened. James Eustace has put Orcadian in this race but his participation will definitely depend on whether the ground will be soft enough. He is also in a conditions race at Newmarket on Saturday and there is a 96-110 rated Listed Handicap at Hamilton next Friday which could be an ideal race for him. The Yorkshire Cup could also come under consideration on the same day depending on the underfoot conditions.


First runners on Kempton’s new all weather track
Monday, May 01, 2006

James Eustace is having his first runner on the new all weather track at Kempton today. This surface seems to be the future as more and more all weather tracks are being developed. KAPIOLANI is to have her second run there in a mile maiden. She was slowly away on her debut at Yarmouth but has definitely sharpened up at home after this first run. She is a nice type of filly but will probably find one or two too good for her today. James Eustace hopes she handles the surface well as she will not appreciate firm ground so it will give him more options for her once the ground dries up.

COLTON also runs today but on the turf at Windsor. He was gelded and put away after his second run last year as he became rather a handful. Typical of his sire Zilzal, he has an excitable temperament and needs to learn to relax and settle both on the racecourse and at home. He is a nice big horse and is showing some speed at home. He is running over 6 furlongs today as last time he ran over 7 furlongs he was too keen. Hopefully today he will be able to get settled and run a nice race. He has not run for 237 days so is likely to need the run today.

AT THE MONEY is entered at Pontefract on Wednesday in a 12 furlong handicap but so is Bollin Derek who has finished in front of him on both his starts this season. If the rain comes in time he may take his chance on Wednesday otherwise he could wait for a 14 furlong handicap at Nottingham the following week. FLYING VISITOR is also entered on Wednesday at Kempton in the evening. This will be a her first run and she will need it as she is very laid back and will definitely need a race or 2 to sharpen her up. She was too backward to run at 2 but she is out of a half sister to Welcome Stranger who improved with age so hopefully she can do the same.


Orcadian reverts to the flat
Sunday, April 23, 2006

ORCADIAN reverts to the flat on Friday in the Group 3 Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown. He is dropping back in trip to 10 furlongs which is a bit of a gamble but James Eustace feels this particular race could suit him well. He seems better racing on right handed tracks and Sandown seems to suit front runners so it should be an ideal place to run him. The ground is good at the moment but any further rain this week would definitely help his chances. He is in good form after his winter hurdling campaign so could run a big race.

On Monday there are 3 runners at 2 different meetings. At Pontefract Highland Cascade and Ariodante make their seasonal debuts. Highland Cascade runs in a 76-90 rated 6 furlong handicap, she is working nicely at home but may find that some of the other runners will strip a bit fitter having had the benefit of a recent run. The same applies to ARIODANTE who contests a one mile 61-75 rated handicap. He has been off the course for nearly a year so will probably need the run but has been going nicely at home. WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is running in a banded race at Wolverhampton which is a drop in class for her. She looks better than this class at home so should run well as long as she can overcome a high draw. She worked well in blinkers last week so will be wearing them tomorrow. If she does happen to win there she could turn out again at Yarmouth on Thursday evening.

AT THE MONEY returns to Southwell on Tuesday. He ran well there last time out in a similar contest finishing third, tiring in the closing stages. He has definitely come on for the run. The race will be run on the turf this time which should suit him better than the fibresand surface did.


Dictatrix aiming for black type
Monday, April 17, 2006

DICTATRIX, who won her only race as a 2 year old last year, is aiming for the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury this Saturday. She has been working nicely this spring and although she is not a Guineas filly, it would be nice to get some black type with her as she is a potential broodmare. James Eustace is hoping the ground is soft as she won on heavy ground last year and soft ground may well prevent some of the Guineas fillies from running in it. Having only run once and won she could be anything. She has had an uninterrupted spring so should be fit enough to do her herself justice on Saturday.

Today KAPIOLANI makes her racecourse debut in a maiden at Yarmouth. She is a very laid back filly at home so will definitely need the run. She is running over a mile today but will probably need further in time. Another 3 year old filly to make her racecourse debut this week is LADY GALADRIEL. She is entered in a 10 furlong fillies maiden race at Newbury on Friday. James Eustace was keen to run her on a galloping track as she is a long striding horse. She is a nice filly with a nice pedigree so she wants to have a nice introduction on Friday. She is quite a fragile filly so would not want to be subjected to hard race first time out.

FAST BOWLER is an intended runner at Ripon on Thursday in a 6 furlong handicap providing the ground improves. It is currently soft, heavy in places and would need to dry up a bit for him to run there. He has been working nicely this spring but is still a bit backward in his coat so could need the run. He won his only race as a 2 year old over 6 furlongs. The trip is a slight unknown quantity with him as he is very relaxed at home so could stay as far as a mile in time.


First runners of the new turf season
Friday, March 31, 2006

The Turf season has now officially started but there are not many fixtures yet. James Eustace has a couple of entries next week starting at Southwell on Monday. Rather annoyingly all races at this fixture are to be run on the all weather now, apparently the turf track is waterlogged. AT THE MONEY is entered in a 3 year olds only 11 furlong handicap. He would have been suited by heavy ground on the turf but hopefully will be equally at home on the all weather but it is an unknown quantity. He is a genuine horse who should get the trip and could run well first time out.

On Tuesday WHISTLEUPTHEWIND is entered in a 6 furlong fillies maiden at Pontefract. She was disappointing on her 2 runs last year as a 2 year old but has been working nicely at home this spring. Her trainer still has faith in her and hopes she can perform much better as a 3 year old but feels she will need this first run of the season.

The rest of the string are coming on nicely and will start appearing from the middle of April onwards when there will be more suitable opportunities for them.


Gallant run by Orcadian
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

ORCADIAN ran a big race for a long way yesterday at Cheltenham and at the top of the hill was definately still in with a shout. He was given a great ride by Mark Bradburne, he had him in a perfect position throughout the race. Unfortunately he hit the hurdle coming down the hill very hard and did well to stay on his feet. This really knocked the stuffing out of him and the leading horses then turned the race into a bit of a sprint up the final hill. His finishing position was 13th of the 20 runners but he was not subjected to a hard race once his chance had gone.

ORCADIAN will revert to the flat for his next outing but could return to hurdling in the autumn. His first target will be either the Group 3 John Porter Stakes at Newbury on April 22nd or the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown on April 28th.


Orcadian runs in Cheltenham curtain raiser
Tuesday, March 14, 2006

There was a slight worry yesterday morning that ORCADIAN would be eliminated from today’s race at Cheltenham but thankfully he is a definate starter. ORCADIAN is really well in himself and all his preparation for today’s big race has gone smoothly. It is obviously a very competitive contest but James Eustace is hopeful that his festival runner will give a good account of himself today.

CETSHWAYO was due to run at Plumpton yesterday but the meeting was abandoned. His next run could now be at Hereford next Monday.


Schooling goes well
Monday, March 06, 2006

James Eustace had to take the unusual step of schooling ORCADIAN and CETSCHWAYO in the afternoon last Thursday to ensure good ground for some vital schooling . Part of this extensive schooling session included a set of hurdles going downhill to prepare ORCADIAN for the undulations of Cheltenham next week. The schooling went very well and both horses may have one more short session this Thursday if the ground is good enough but it is not essential. CETSCHWAYO could run at Plumpton in a novice hurdle on Monday and ORCADIAN is all set to run in the opening contest of the 2006 Cheltenham Festival, the Supreme Novices Hurdle Race.

The jump string are the only runners at the moment. The next runner on the flat will not be until the turf season begins on 24th March.


Cheltenham dream still alive
Saturday, February 18, 2006

ORCADIAN made an impressive debut over hurdles yesterday so kept James Eustace's dream of a festival winner still alive. Apart from a scare at the second hurdle ORCADIAN jumped fluently and then showed great battling qualities as he was headed after the last hurdle but came back to win by a length, there was a distance back to the remainder of the finishers. Ideally James Eustace would like to give ORCADIAN another run before Cheltenham but as the festival is less than 4 weeks away he will go straight there.He will be aimed at the Supreme Novices Hurdle over 2 miles.

There are oly a couple of possible runners next week. TRANSACTION is entered in a 6 furlong claiming race at Lingfield on Tuesday and CETSHWAYO is still set to make his hurdling debut at Southwell on Wednesday.


Orcadian rerouted to Market Rasen
Tuesday, February 14, 2006

ORCADIAN is still waiting to make his hurdling debut as Newbury was a late weather victim last Saturday. With a forecast for milder wetter weather he will hopefully get a chance to run this week. His first option will be Market Rasen this Friday but he has Wincanton as a back up on Saturday. With so many meetings now being lost to the weather there are a lot of entries in these races so there is a chance he could get balloted out.

CETSCHWAYO is also waiting to make his hurdling debut, he has been waiting for softer ground . He could run at Southwell, a fixture switched from Doncaster, next Wednesday.


Orcadian ready for hurdling debut
Tuesday, February 07, 2006

ORCADIAN is to make his hurdling debut at Newbury this Saturday. James Eustace is 99.9% sure that Mark Bradbourne will be able take the ride, he has been doing all the schooling of the horse at home so knows him well. ORCADIAN is in great form with himself and everyone is looking forward to seeing him run. If he runs well then the Cheltenham dream is still alive as that is his obvious next target. The ground at the moment is good, a bit of rain would not do any harm but genuine good jumping ground will be fine for the horse. Newbury should be a good track for him, he has run well there on the flat and it does seem to be a lucky track for the trainer.

TRANSACTION is being dropped down to selling company at Wolverhampton on Monday. He is well capable of winning a contest of this grade but appears to have 2 ways of running these days. James Eustace is hoping to be able to book Neil Callan as he gets on well with the horse and rides him well.


Innpursuit returns to the flat
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

INNPURSUIT has been running over hurdles recently but returns to the all weather this Saturday. Although he has jumped well over hurdles he does not seem to stay the 2 miles. Hopefully he will find 10 furlongs at Lingfield more to his liking. He has got some all weather form so he could run well. On the same day TRANSACTION is running at Wolverhampton over 7 furlongs. This is an extra meeting that has been put on because of the adverse weather conditions forecast that could affect the turf jump meetings. TRANSACTION has run well on his last 2 runs over 6 furlongs from poor draws. He will be better suited by the extra furlong and is in good form at home. He seems to be enjoying his racing again and could bounce back.

MISSED TURN is entered in a one mile claiming race at Lingfield on Sunday. Her best form is over this trip and on this track. She is not best in at the weights but does seem to be returning to form.

ORCADIAN is not far off making his eagerly awaited debut over hurdles. He has been schooling well but has been slightly held up by the weather. He holds entries at the Cheltenham festival and that will be his target if he runs well. The schooling seems to have done him a lot of good mentally. It has sweetened him up and given him more confidence at home on the gallops. It will be interesting to see if this leads to an improvement in form on the racecourse.


Runners after festive break
Monday, January 09, 2006

There have been relatively few runners over the festive season but the horses have been running well without yet hitting the winning spot. TRANSACTION was fifth last week not beaten very far, he seems to be coming back to form. MISSED TURN ran respectably considering she was wrong at the weights and she has another entry on Wednesday at Lingfield . Also on Wednesday INNPURSUIT is set to have his second run over hurdles at Newbury. He didn’t trouble the judge on his first effort but did jump well, hopefully he can finish a bit closer this time. He may just need the run as he had a setback after his last run but he seems in good form at home.

BLUEBERRY TART has enjoyed a short break after her busy pre Christmas spell. She is entered at Wolverhampton on Friday in a handicap and Lingfield on Saturday in a maiden. She is more likely to run on Friday as she will definitely get a run, Neil Callan has been booked to ride her there. She has run well at this course and distance so has the form to run well in this type of contest.


Busy spell for Blueberry Tart
Friday, December 16, 2005

Due to the programme book, rather than the trainer’s wishes, BLUEBERRY TART ran 3 times in 5 days. She ran really well on the first 2 occasions to be second twice but the third run was a bridge too far. She is rated 62 so gets eliminated from 0-70 contests and is not eligible for 0-60. One of the races she contested was a 0-65 but they are a rare occurrence. She will now have a well deserved break until January when there will be more suitable opportunities for her. She has shown she is definitely capable of winning a race if she gets a suitable opportunity.

TRANSACTION and MISSED TURN are both entered in the same race next Tuesday at Lingfield. There are a lot of entries so MISSED TURN is unlikely to make the cut but TRANSCATION has a better chance. MISSED TURN has the same problem as BLUEBERRY TART but again she will have more opportunities in January. It looks as if there won’t be any runners over the festive period so the editor would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS.


Orcadian schools well
Thursday, December 08, 2005

ORCADIAN has been schooled twice now in the loose school and James Eustace is delighted with way he has taken to it. There are no imminent plans to run him yet but he should be ready to make his hurdling debut in the New Year. If he can transfer his flat form to hurdling he should be good enough to aim for Cheltenham or Aintree. He has been joined in his schooling sessions by CETSHWAYO who could also be ready to run over hurdles in the New Year.

BLUEBERRY TART looks as if she will get a chance to run at Southwell on Saturday in a mile handicap. She has not run there before so the surface is an unknown quantity. If she takes to it she should run well as she is in good form at home. She also has an entry at Wolverhampton on Monday and could run at both meetings.

The yearlings are coming on well now. There are 7 yearlings and a 2 year old that have all been recently broken in. They are now out on the heath daily and this week did 2 canters for the first time. 4 more yearlings have arrived this week and will now start their early education.


Chance for Elm's Schoolboy at Southwell
Monday, November 21, 2005

ELM’S SCHOOLBOY runs tomorrow at Southwell in a banded race over 8 furlongs. He did not enjoy the best of runs last time out as he had a bad draw and was forced to run wide the whole way. Tomorrow there are only 9 runners which is quite surprising with the current number of horses wanting to run on the all-weather. He definitely has a chance as he is a course and distance winner and it is not a great contest on paper. The slight worry is that he is competing against older horses as there are no suitable races currently for 3 year olds only.

BLUEBERRY TART has been itching to have a run for ages now but keeps getting balloted out. She has an entry on Friday at Wolverhampton in a 10 furlong maiden race. There are 41 entries and she needs 8 horses to come out to get a run. She is in really good form at home so if she does get in the race she should run well.


Dictatrix rewards patient owners
Monday, November 07, 2005

The turf season ended with a flourish when all the last 4 runners ran well. DICTATRIX won nicely on her racecourse debut at Yarmouth which was just reward for the owners, Peter Hillman and Stephen Hodge, as they have been very patient all year waiting for her to run. She will now be put away for a winter break with a view to bringing her back ready to run early next year on the turf as she obviously handles soft ground well.

AT THE MONEY also ran really well to finish third in his first race in handicap company. He was not beaten far and the further he goes the better he goes. He should make up into a nice staying handicapper next season. ALLOUETTE ran well enough too and will continue to race on the all weather now and looks capable of winning races at her level.

In the final race of the turf season, ORCADIAN put in a really game performance to finish third on terrible ground. He had a real duel with the classy Day Flight, the odds on favourite, and just had to give into him near the line. He is definitely staying in training. This gives the yard a lot to look forward to next season.

Meanwhile the all weather squad will hopefully be make there impact soon too. SUNNY TIMES runs at Southwell on Tuesday in a 3 year olds only banded race. She is a winner so should have a chance at this level. TRANSACTION is entered on Friday at Wolverhampton in a 7 furlong 56-70 rated handicap but there are 91 entries and only 12 can run! He is extremely unlikely to get in but this is the only race of that type over the next 3 weeks. BLUEBERRY TART and RAFFISH are being entered for races on Saturday but again may not be guaranteed a run due to the large volume of horses wanting to run on the all weather.

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Farewell to Welcome Stranger
Sunday, October 30, 2005

WELCOME STRANGER made 85,000gns at the horses in training sales at Newmarket last week. It was sad to see him leave the yard as he has been a great servant. He was the highest price of the horses sold form Park Lodge and he has gone to the trainer, Gary Moore with a view to running him over hurdles. Chigorin also sold well, he made 28,000gns and the other horses that went to the sales all found new homes.

ORCADIAN ran a gallant race in the Group 1 Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp last Sunday. He led the field for a long way but clearly did not stay 2 miles. He will now drop back in trip as he is entered in the 12 furlong Listed race at Doncaster on Saturday. This is the final race of the 2005 turf season.

There could be 3 runners at Yarmouth on Friday. DICTATRIX makes her racecourse debut in a 6 furlong 2 year old maiden race. It will be nice to get her on the track before the turf season closes. ALLOUETTE is entered in a 10 furlong maiden race for 2 year olds and this trip should suit her well as she is definitely a stayer. AT THE MONEY need a few horse to come out of the mile nursery for him to get a run. James Eustace is really hoping that he does get in as he thinks he should run well. He has had to pass a stalls test before he can run as he failed to go in them last time out at Pontefract. The final runner of next week is likely to be BLUEBERRY TART at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. She is in an 8 furlong fillies 56-70 rated handicap. She seems in good form at home so she could have a chance. She has not had much experience of the all weather but hopefully she will adapt to it well.

Finally, Harry Eustace made his first purchase at the yearling sales in Newmarket last Friday. He purchased a colt by Pursuit of Love for 8,000gns, which could prove to be real bargain. He has been bought for a partnership.


Orcadian has French engagement
Sunday, October 16, 2005

ORCADIAN could be in line for his first run on foreign soil as he is entered in the Prix Royal Oak at Longchamp on Sunday. This race is over 1 mile 7 furlongs which is further than he has run before but James Eustace is tempted to give it a try. He has an alternative engagement at Newbury on Saturday in the St Simon Stakes. The ground will be a deciding factor as his best form is on soft ground. If it ends up being soft at both courses he could take the bold route and run in France.

AT THE MONEY runs in a nursery for the first time tomorrow at Pontefract over a mile. The ground is currently on the soft side of good and any further rain would be in his favour. He ran respectably in maiden company and he should run well over this extended trip. He is coming back from a break so may just need the run but there is another nursery at Yarmouth towards the end of the season which could be his next target.

James Eustace is sending a squad of 3 horses to the banded meeting at Yarmouth on Tuesday. These are headed by the in form ELM’S SCHOOLBOY who is expected to run well again despite carrying a penalty. He ran quite well on this track before and has improved since then so he must have a good chance. SUNNY TIMES runs in a mile banded race and she will appreciate some cut in the ground. She is a genuine sort and has won a race so would not be without a chance here. MISTER AZIZ makes up the party and is entered in a 6 furlong banded race. He is far happier with some cut in the ground and on his best form could not be ruled out.

CETSHWAYO is entered in a 10 furlong maiden at Nottingham on Wednesday. He has not run for a while so is likely to need the race. HIGH CARD has numerous entries this week and will run wherever ground conditions are in his favour as his best form is on very soft ground.


Elm’s Schoolboy is top of the Class
Wednesday, October 12, 2005

ELM’S SCHOOLBOY went to the top of the class when he recorded his first win at Southwell yesterday. Clive Ashby, the Headmaster of Elm’s School, Malvern,is part owner and breeder with Jamie Moore. It was particularly pleasing for them as they also bred the dam, Elm’s Schoolgirl and this is her first foal. The timing couldn’t have been better as her yearling half sister by Josr Algarhoud, is being sold at the Doncaster sales next week. James Eustace was not only in the headmasters good books but also Gay, his wife, as she is the other co owner of Elm’s Schoolboy .

ELM’S SCHOOL BOY will not be allowed to rest on his laurels as he is entered again at Lingfield on Saturday but may get balloted out. Otherwise he will wait until Tuesday at Yarmouth. Hopefully he can continue to top the class despite having to carry a penalty.


Rain needed for Chigorin
Monday, October 10, 2005

James Eustace is hoping for soft ground at either Redcar or Newmarket on Friday so that he can run CHIGORIN. He has been in good form at home since his win last time out and has a choice of engagements. He is entered in a premier claiming race at Newmarket, which basically means the claiming prices are higher than a normal claiming race. The easier option for him would be in a 46-60 rated handicap at Redcar but the ground is the key to him, he does need soft ground.

Tomorrow at Leicester PRINCESS GALADRIEL is trying a longer trip of 10 furlongs for the first time. It is a bit of a gamble especially as her pedigree does not suggest she will stay but it is worth a try. ELM’S SCHOOL BOY also runs tomorrow at Southwell making a quick reappearance after his 4th at Warwick last Saturday. He has run consistently in his last 3 or 4 runs so is capable of winning a race when everything is in his favour. He has not run on the fibresand before but his sire Komaite has a good record with his all weather runners so hopefully it will suit him too.

On Saturday MOONSTRUCK is entered in a maiden claiming race at Lingfield. He has been off the track for along time so may need the run but has been working quite nicely at home.


Debut for Blueberry Tart
Tuesday, October 04, 2005

BLUEBERRY TART makes her debut for the yard today at Leicester. She is running in a 6 furlongs fillies only handicap. This is a drop back in trip for her so she may find it too sharp but she is by the sprinter Bluebird. James Eustace was hoping for soft ground but the ground appears to be drying out now which will not be in her favour.

The ground will dictate where and when HIGH CARD runs this week. He is entered at Nottingham on Wednesday but he definitely needs cut in the ground. He has some alternative engagements at the weekend so will run wherever the ground is most suitable.

TOFFEE TREAT is entered at Southwell on Thursday in a 5 furlong median maiden race. This is a drop back in trip but it should suit her and she could run well providing she handles the fibresand surface.

ELM’S SCHOOL BOY could run at Warwick on Saturday in a 10 furlong banded race. He ran well enough in a similar contest last time out and this time the race is confined to 3 year olds only so if he runs up to form he would have a chance.


Red Letter day for Dan Rosenbaum
Friday, September 23, 2005

It was a red letter day for owner DanRosenbaum today as he had his first winner in his own name and colours when CHIGORIN won in good style at Haydock. Although it was only a selling race CHIGORIN won it well and it was an above average race of that standard. James Eustace praised Haydock racecourse for putting on a selling race of this nature. The claiming price for any horse in this race was £20,000 and the minimum bid was £5,000, the norm is £3,000. In addition to this the racecourse only took 1/3 of the proceeds above the minimum selling price and a racecourse would normally take 50%. It would make selling races more attractive if more of this type were run.

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Dan Rosenbaum has been very patient with CHIGORIN and hopefully the horse will be able to win again as long as he can find some more soft ground. He has another chance next Tuesday at Nottingham in a 10 furlong handicap. He will carry a penalty for his win today but James Eustace thinks the handicapper will put him up more than the amount of the penalty. He will only run though if the ground is soft enough for him.

ELM’S SCHOOL BOY is running at Brighton tomorrow in a banded race over 10 furlongs. This is hopefully his optimum trip as ho found 12 furlongs too far last time he ran and a mile too short before that. His dam won at Brighton so hopefully he can follow suit. He should be capable of winning a race at this grade.


Opportunity for Mister Aziz tomorrow
Monday, September 12, 2005

MISTER AZIZ has been found a good opportunity tomorrow at Yarmouth. He is running in a 3 year olds only 7 furlong selling race. He is coming back from a break having got jarred up on the firm ground but the ground should be OK for him tomorrow. He has been working well enough at home and on his best form would have a chance in this company.

On Friday both ORCADIAN and WELCOME STRANGER are entered in the Group 3 Arc Trial at Newbury over 1 mile 3 furlongs. The ground will be the key as to who takes part, the forecast at the moment is for a dry week ahead. If the ground is good or faster then WELCOME STRANGER will take his chance but if it comes up soft it will be more suitable for ORCADIAN. WELCOME STRANGER does have another option though on Saturday in the Doonside Cup at Ayr. This is a 10 furlong Listed contest. WELCOME STRANGER’S recent form received a boost yesterday when David Junior won the group 3 race at Goodwood and Hazyview was 2nd. He has finished close to both these horses in recent runs.


Runners dependant on ground
Monday, September 05, 2005

The runners entered at the end of the week are dependant on ground conditions but there are 2 definite runners at Leicester tomorrow. COLTON makes his second appearance on a racecourse in a 7 furlong maiden race. He is a big horse and a nice prospect for next year but should run respectably tomorrow. Depending on how he runs tomorrow he may have one more run this season or be put away for next year. PRINCESS GALADRIEL runs in the 7 furlong handicap on the same card. She was a bit disappointing last time but she got bumped early on and it knocked her out of the race. She will be equipped with a pair of blinkers tomorrow, she has run well in cheek pieces before. If the blinkers have the desired effect she could run well but she is still a bit high in the handicap.

James Eustace will be keeping a close on the weather before deciding what runs over the weekend. ORCADIAN is entered in the Troy Stakes, a Listed race, at Doncaster on Friday but rain is needed for him to run there. The same applies to CHIGORIN who is entered at Chester on Saturday. On the other hand WELCOME STRANGER, who is entered in Group 3 Select Stakes at Goodwood on Sunday prefers fast ground. Hopefully the ground will be favourable somewhere to allow one or more of these horses to take their chance.


Local Fancy aims for Listed race
Tuesday, August 30, 2005

LOCAL FANCY is due to run a 6 furlong fillies only listed race at Salisbury on Thursday. She is the first foal from the mare and was bred by the owners so it would obviously be very beneficial to the families pedigree if she could get some black type by finishing in the first 3. There are likely to be quite a few runners so it could be a rather competitive race. She has been working nicely at home, having had a break, so she is not without a chance. There are very few other races of this type during the remainder of the season for her.

Tomorrow TOFFEE TREAT drops down into selling company and can hopefully make her presence felt at this level. She is running over 6 furlongs at Lingfield on the turf. She has had the benefit of a previous run and is working well enough at home to win in this grade.


Orcadian leads weekend double
Monday, August 29, 2005

ORCADIAN should have silenced some of his critics now with his runaway victory in the Listed Autumn Stakes at Windsor on Saturday evening. He has only blotted his copybook once when he ran wide at Newbury early in the season but this seems to have given him a bad name with the media. There was absolutely nothing wrong with his steering on Saturday as he negotiated the tight turns of Windsor like a bicycle. He was given a great ride by Richard Hughes and won unchallenged by 2 ½ lengths. His next run will be dictated by the going as he definitely seems to be suited by give in the ground, his first possible engagement could be at the Doncaster St Leger meeting.

FAST BOWLER, also owned by Jeff Smith made it a good weekend for James Eustace by winning at Yarmouth yesterday on his racecourse debut. This was a very pleasing performance as he has always looked a good horse at home but has had the virus twice this year. He was a bit green in the closing stages but ran on well and should improve for this run. The owner breeder Jeff Smith is having an amazing run as his last 5 runners have all won and 3 of those in black type races.


Ruby Wine heads for Yarmouth
Sunday, August 21, 2005

RUBY WINE is due to run in a Listed Handicap at Yarmouth this Tuesday. She is dropping back in trip to 10 furlongs but she is a previous winner of a listed race over this distance so that shouldn’t be a problem for her. As the race is a handicap she does not carry a penalty for her previous listed race win so it looks an ideal contest. Ted Durcan takes the ride again and he hopes the ground will not become too soft for her as he felt she didn’t quicken as well as she can on good/soft ground at Newbury last time out.

Tomorrow at Leicester, FLASHING FLOOSIE, makes her debut in a 6 furlong fillies maiden race. She has been working nicely at home but will need her first run and will probably need 7 furlongs in the future. It should be a nice race to start her off in as long as the ground does not get too soft with all the rain around at the moment.

RAFFISH has had a short break and is entered at Lingfield on Thursday but there are a lot of entries in the race and unfortunately he is unlikely to get a run as the safety limit is only 14. This is rather frustrating as he is a course and distance winner there. On Friday MISSED TURN is entered in a mile handicap at Bath. So far she has not shown such good form on the turf as she has on the all weather, but she has not had conditions in her favour. If she does not show any form this time she will be put away for an all weather campaign later in the year.

On Saturday ORCADIAN has a choice of engagements, both in Listed races. If the ground is fast he will run at Goodwood but if the ground is soft he will run at Windsor in the evening. WELCOME STRANGER will run in a 10 furlong group 3 race at Windsor if the ground is not too soft. He ran a great race over a mile on this track in a listed contest and has since won over 10 furlongs so he should run well.

Sunday could be a busy day for the yard. There is an ideal race for HIGHLAND CASCADE at Goodwood, a 7 furlong 3 year olds only fillies handicap. She ran very well at Chester last week, finishing a close 3rd and should stay the extra furlong on an easy track such as Goodwood. INNPURSUIT will also be entered at Goodwood in a 12 furlong classified stakes race but will only run if there is genuine cut in the ground. At Yarmouth, FAST BOWLER, is due to make his racecourse debut. He is a nice 2 year old who has been working well and shows a good turn of foot. He should hopefully run a good race. PRINCESS GALADRIEL seems to save her best for Yarmouth and she will contest a 7 furlong fillies only handicap there and should run well again. WESTER LODGE could make it a trio of runners at the meeting as he is due to try 14 furlongs for the first time in a 3 year olds and upwards handicap. The form of his Bath race has worked out well as the winner was fourth last week in the big Melrose handicap at York. He should get the trip and the track should be ideal for him.


Trainer fully recovered
Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The website editor has returned from holiday and thankfully James Eustace is now fully recovered from his recent operation to remove his appendix. There are a few runners this week across the country.

ALOUETTE makes her racecourse debut at Nottingham tomorrow. The race looks as if it is a hot maiden race but she is ready to run now and James Eustace was keen to run her first time out on a decent track and with decent ground. She will ideally be suited by further in time so will probably find one or two too good for her tomorrow.

ELM’S SCHOOL BOY has been found an ideal opportunity on Thursday evening at Chepstow. He is running in a 12 furlong selling handicap and has the assistance of Seb Saunders in the saddle. He ran quite well in an equivalent race at Yarmouth over 8 furlongs last time and Ted Durcan, the jockey that day, thought he would be suited by further. Ideally he would be running over 10 furlongs but this looks such a bad race on paper that James Eustace thinks it is worth trying him over this longer trip. His dam stayed 12 furlongs so there is good chance he will stay at this level.

HIGHLAND CASCADE also has a good chance at Chester the same day. She is a course and distance winner and although this is a competitive race she should run well. She is in good form at present and could be forgiven her last run on the Polytrack as the surface didn’t suit her.

WESTER LODGE could run at Salisbury on Friday in a 12 furlong 3 year olds only handicap if the race looks a weak contest. He ran well at Bath recently to finish fourth in a decent handicap. James Eustace is slightly concerned that the track won’t suit him so he could wait for a race at Yarmouth the following week.


Ruby Wine in good form for Newbury
Tuesday, July 26, 2005

RUBY WINE worked very well with WESTER LODGE this morning on the Limekilns gallop in preparation for a return to Newbury on Sunday. She is entered in a listed race over 12 furlongs for 3 year olds and upwards. She will be carrying a penalty for her previous listed success but James Eustace feels she is improving physically all the time and will run a big race. A bit of cut in the ground should suit her but too much rain could be slight cause for concern as she has never encountered very soft conditions. Ted Durcan is all set to ride her again and rode her on the gallops this morning.

WESTER LODGE was withdrawn from Newbury last Sunday because of the soft ground. He is entered for Goodwood this Saturday but the ground could go against him there too and he may not even get into the race. If he doesn’t run at Goodwood he will wait for Bath on August 9th, a track that obviously suits him well as he won there last time out.

Tomorrow evening WHISTLEUPTHEWIND travels to Leicester to run in a 6 furlong median auction race. She will hopefully run a lot better than she did on her debut where she was very green and did not enjoy the all weather surface. She carries plenty of condition so will probably benefit from another run but if she runs like she works at home she should run well.

MISSED TURN has to make the long journey to Carlisle on Thursday as it is difficult to find races for her where she does not get balloted out. She is running in a 35-55 rated mile handicap for 3 year olds only and with a rating of 53 will definitely get a run. It may not be the ideal track for her as it is a stiff track and she seems best suited by sharper tracks. With so few opportunities for her she has to run where she can. She is very well in herself but may just need the race having been given a mid season break. She should hold her own during the remainder of the summer months on fast ground and sharp tracks as she is a very genuine filly who always does her best.


Wins for Raffish and Welcome Stranger
Sunday, July 17, 2005

The stable has really hit top form now with wins for RAFFISH and WELCOME STRANGER this week. RAFFISH seemed to appreciate the step down in trip and in class to win nicely at Lingfield on Wednesday. Both his wins have now been on this track but on different surfaces, this race was on the turf. He is a very genuine horse who always does his best so it was nice to see him get back to winning ways again. He may run again at Nottingham on Saturday over the same trip and in similar company. Now he has hit form he could win again.

Any worries about the step up in trip for WELCOME STRANGER were dismissed when he stayed on well to win the Listed Steventon Stakes at Newbury on Saturday. He looks as if he could be even better over this trip so this will open up further opportunities for him. He seems to always come good at this time of the year and really appreciated the fast underfoot conditions. Luke Fletcher gave him a confident ride and it was one his biggest riding success’s to date.

There are only a few likely runners this week. HIGHLAND CASCADE is out to follow up her recent Chester win with a trip to Ayr on Tuesday. She did have an engagement at Windsor tomorrow but James Eustace is hoping the ground will be better in Scotland. She would not want it to be too firm. As Chester was her first run after a break she should have improved for that run so can go close again. PRINCESS GALADRIEL also runs on Tuesday but a bit closer to home. She travels to Yarmouth where she has won before so hopefully she will run well. She was found to be in season after her last run at Leicester so she should run better this time.

MISSED TURN is entered at Lingfield on Saturday. The track and the distance are ideal for her but she may get balloted out. This will be her first run back after a break if she gets in the race.

On Sunday WESTER LODGE is due to run at Newbury in a 3 year olds only 66-85 12 furlong handicap. He has a current rating of 75 so should get in the race with a good racing weight. James Eustace’s strike rate at Newbury is very good especially this season with 2 listed wins there already. He is hoping that WESTER LODGE can improve the strike rate even further, the track should suit the horse well.


Highland Cascade continues stable good form
Tuesday, July 12, 2005

HIGHLAND CASCADE won well at Chester last Friday to continue the current good form of the stable. She is owned by Jim Ratcliffe, who transports all the Park Lodge runners to the races. He is a very lucky owner and this win was particularly pleasing as he also bred the filly. Her next run is likely to be at Ayr next Tuesday in another fillies only, 6 furlong handicap. There is good prizemoney on offer and there is also a breeder’s prize so if she could win this it would be a good payday. She just wouldn’t want the ground too fast so rain is needed in Scotland before then.

Tomorrow at Lingfield, ELM’S SCHOOL BOY finally gets a chance to run as he has been balloted out so many times. He is running in a maiden race on the polytrack, not the ideal race for him but he desperately needs a run to find out a bit more about him. RAFFISH is also running there but on the turf. He would have a good chance as it is an easier race than he has contested before, it is a 0-60 classified stakes race and he is rated 60 so it is a very suitable race for him. Ideally he would want softer ground especially as he is stepping down in trip to 10 furlongs but hopefully in this grade of race he will run well.

ORCADIAN is running at Newmarket on Friday in a conditions race over 12 furlongs. The conditions of the race are ideal for him as he does not get a penalty for his group success last season. All his best form is on soft ground but he does handle fast ground so he could run well.

WELCOME STRANGER is entered in a Listed race over 10 furlongs at Newbury on Saturday. It is a bit of an experiment running him over this distance as he has tried twice before without success. There were genuine excuses for those defeats and in his races he does look as if he will stay further. He always runs well at Newbury and if the ground is fast you could not rule him out.


Wester Lodge comes good at Bath
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
James Eustace was delighted with WESTER LODGE’S win at Bath yesterday. He is owned by Mr and Mrs Brewer and he is the first horse to win in their own colours. Unfortunately Mrs Brewer was not there to see her winner but her husband was. WESTER LODGE ran well at Ripon on his last appearance, 50 days ago, but was then a sick horse. He has clearly bounced back well and won nicely yesterday. On paper it was not the strongest of contests but the second horse was well fancied. It is only his sixth racecourse appearance and is still a big baby so should improve further. He should also benefit from a step up in trip in due course. He is a horse with a lovely attitude and temperament and is clearly going the right way.

Vintage effort by Ruby Wine
Monday, July 04, 2005

RUBY WINE ran a blinder in the Lancashire Oaks to finish fourth beaten less than 2 lengths. She definitely stayed and a more strongly run race would have suited her better. The bold route for her to follow now would be the Yorkshire Oaks which she does hold an entry for. It would be another step up in class as this is a Group 1 race. Her participation in this will depend on where the other leading 3 year old fillies run. Her alternative at this stage is the Chalice Stakes at Newbury on July 30th, a Listed contest over 12 furlongs.

The firm ground everywhere has meant that most of this weeks runners could be on the all weather surface. RAFFISH runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow evening in a 14 furlong handicap. He is a winner on the polytrack surface so it should suit him. He seems in good form at home so would have a chance if he settles well and can handle the kickback which, for some reason, is far greater at Wolverhampton than Lingfield.

ROYAL WISH is entered at Folkestone on Thursday and Wolverhampton on Friday. She definitely does not want to run on firm ground so will run on the all weather if the ground remains firm at Folkestone. She was very green first time out at Leicester but has sharpened up a bit since then. The 6 furlongs at Wolverhampton may be a bit too sharp for her though.

HIGHLAND CASCADE is entered at Chester and Lingfield on Friday. Again if the ground remained firm she would run at Lingfield on the all weather. She was wrong after her last run at Haydock but has been working nicely at home recently. She too may need further than 6 furlongs.

On Saturday WELCOME STRANGER is stepping up in class again and will run in a Group 3 on the all weather at Lingfield. The form of his Windsor race is very good as the winner, Hazyview, ran a great race in the Eclipse, finishing fourth. He has won on the surface before so that will not be a problem. He is such a tough performer and this is his time of year so he should run very well. INNPURSUIT runs at the same meeting in a mile handicap. It is a bit of a gamble dropping him back in trip but he did run well over a mile at Leicester. He also ran well on the surface at the end of last year so he is not without a chance.


Ruby Wine steps up to Group class
Thursday, June 30, 2005

RUBY WINE is to step up in grade again when she contest the Group 2 Lancashire Oaks at Haydock on Saturday. This will also be her first time running against older fillies and it will be interesting to see how the current 3 year old generation compare with the older fillies. It is obviously a competitive race but she is an improving filly and she should also be better over this longer trip. Connections will obviously be delighted if she can finish in the first 4 but it will be a dream come true if she does win. She definitely has a chance and the ground should be no problem. It should be good/firm or good which is ideal.

If Warwick survives an inspection today ELM’S SCHOOL BOY will run in a mile selling handicap there tomorrow. He is stepping down in grade and hopefully he is capable of winning a race at this level. The soft ground should suit him as his best work at home has been on this ground. He definitely did not like the firm ground at Brighton last time, he possible didn’t handle the track there either.

PRINCESS GALADRIEL makes her first appearance for the yard at Leicester on Saturday. She is running in a 0-70 classified race and is rated 65 herself so is not best in at the weights. She is a very genuine filly and should run a reasonable race.

On Monday there could be trio of runners spread across the country but it does depend on the weather. DEMI TASSE is entered at Musselburgh in a 3 year olds and upwards 35-55 12 furlong handicap. She really tries hard so you would give her a chance but she will only go there if they get more rain. The same applies for WESTER LODGE who holds an entry at Bath in a 56-75 maiden handicap over 12 furlongs. He was third over this trip at Ripon so is capable of running well but definitely needs more rain as it can get very firm at Bath. AT THE MONEY is entered at Windsor in a 6 furlong maiden. After a promising first run he ruined any chance he had last time out by pulling too hard. James Eustace has dropped him back in trip hoping that the pace of the race will give him a chance to settle. He would also want some rain as it was firm at Lingfield last time he ran which may not have suited him.


Welcome Stranger gallant second
Sunday, June 26, 2005

WELCOME STRANGER excelled himself yesterday to finish second in the Listed race at Windsor. He ran his usual honest race and really had to dig deep as he was off the bridle most of the way. They went very fast early on but the pace of the race suited WELCOME STRANGER even though he was a bit outpaced in the early stages. It was a really tough performance and although he never looked like beating the winner, he was a clear second. This was a great performance especially considering he was worst in at the weights. The winner, Hazyview, won a group 3 race recently and his last run was in group 1 company so he is a very decent horse.

WELCOME STRANGER is now going to be stepped up in class further and is being aimed at a Group 3 race on July 9th. This race is on the polytrack at Lingfield. He won on this surface as a 3 year old so he does handle the surface so James Eustace thinks it is worth having a go. WELCOME STRANGER is a great credit to the yard as he always gives his best and seems to thrive on his racing.


Welcome Stranger aims for Listed race
Thursday, June 23, 2005

WELCOME STRANGER ran a gallant race at York from a bad draw and on ground that was not ideal for him. He has come out of the race really well and is all set to run at Windsor on Saturday in a mile Listed race. This is a step up in class and purely on ratings you would not give him a good chance but if the ground stayed fast you couldn’t rule him out. He always does his best and will definitely run unless the forecasted thunder showers develop and change the going dramatically.

There could be 3 runners on Monday at Wolverhampton and Windsor ELM’S SCHOOL BOY and INNPURSUIT do not like fast ground so they are entered on the polytrack at Wolverhampton. INNPURSUIT has run well on this surface before at Lingfield so hopefully he will handle the Wolverhampton surface as well. TOFFEE TREAT is due to run at Windsor in a 5 furlong median maiden. She has shaped up well after her first run and should run a lot better than she did on her debut when she was very green.


Welcome Stranger's Hunt Cup hopes
Monday, June 13, 2005

WELCOME STRANGER could be James Eustace’s only representative at Royal Ascot at York this week but he definitely has a chance especially if the rain stays away and he gets a favoured low draw. He ran an excellent trial in the Hambleton Stakes on the same track on his last run. The race should be run to suit him, the faster they go they better it will suit him. James Eustace has won this race before with Refuse to Lose so hopefully it is a lucky race for him. The obvious danger, providing he gets in the race, is the lightly weighted Eden Rock trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

ORCADIAN does have an entry at the Royal meeting on Saturday in the Hardwick Stakes. He has been left in the race in case it does rain alot as he does love soft ground and it wouldn’t necessarily suit some of the other runners. He is also entered in a Listed race at Pontefract on Sunday so he will run there if the rain does not materialise.

There are lots of other runners across the country during the week. MISTER AZIZ has a good chance of breaking his duck today at Brighton in a 7 furlong maiden handicap. He has been running well lately and deserves to win a race. He has a good draw today and hopefully will handle the track as he is not a big horse. The firm ground should not inconvenience him either. IINPURSUIT runs at Windsor tonight in a 10 furlong maiden. He ran well in a mile maiden last time and has come on for that run. He should run well but there are some smartly bred newcomers and lightly race horses in the race so it is hard to weigh up the opposition.

On Wednesday night 3 horse are entered at Nottingham. TRANSACTION is trying a visor for the first time, he ran in blinkers last time but when he hit the front he went all over the place so hopefully the visor will be more suitable. He seems to be coming to form so if the visor has the desired effect he could run well. RAFFISH and GENEROUS MEASURE are both entered in the 14 furlong handicap on the same card. They could both take their chance as there are so few opportunities for 3 year olds over this trip.

WHISSTLEUPTHEWIND makes her first appearance on a racecourse at Wolverhampton on Thursday. She has been working nicely at home and seems to have a great attitude. She should run well providing she does not run too green.DEMI TASSE heads for Beverley that evening to contest a 12 furlong median maiden and there are only 10 entries. Hopefully she won’t mind a late night as the race is not until 9.30pm. She will definitely improve for the step up in trip and she seems very genuine and really tries. She was fourth last time out at Folkestone so if she improves on that she should be in the shake up. The only slight worry is that this will be her third run in a short space of time but it is an ideal race for her.

AT THE MONEY heads for Lingfield on Saturday to contest a 7 furlong auction race. He ran very well on his debut at Leicester and this should be a weaker race. The extra furlong should suit him so he should be thereabouts but would not want the ground to be too firm.


Ruby Wine comes good at Newbury
Thursday, June 09, 2005

RUBY WINE fulfilled the promise of her previous runs and battled on in fine style to win the Listed Ballymacoll Stud Stakes at Newbury last night. She started at the very generous odds of 20-1, but should never have been this price as she had previously beaten the strongly fancied Karlinya, who finished second to her yesterday. They had both contested the same maiden race at Newbury when the winner went on to win the Epsom Oaks and the second won the Cheshire Oaks, what a very strong maiden race that has proved to be. She has always looked a nice filly and is bred to get further than yesterday trip of 10 furlongs. She is definitely an improving sort and can hopefully progress further especially considering this was only her third run. Her long term target this season is the group 2 Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster in September.

It was particularly exciting for the owners, Mr and Mrs Wilson, as they also bred RUBY WINE. They will keep her to breed from when her racing days are over. It is so important to have got some black type to improve her pedigree and hopefully she is capable of gaining more success at this level.


Ruby Wine heads for Listed race at Newbury
Sunday, June 05, 2005

James Eustace is looking forward to RUBY WINE running in the Listed Ballymacoll Stakes at Newbury on Wednesday evening. Obviously her form got a huge boost on Friday when Eswarah won the Oaks. It is a competitive affair but the filly is working well and should run a nice race. PRINCESS GALADRIEL makes her debut for the stables in the next race on the card, a 7 furlong fillies handicap. This horse only joined the yard recently so James Eustace does not know too much about her but hopes she will run a nice race. She may just need the run as she has not been back in training very long.

TRANSACTION is to have the blinkers applied for the first time at Folkestone on Monday. James Eustace can’t explain why he ran so badly at Doncaster last time but basically he has always been a slightly lazy sprinter so he hopes that the combination of dropping him back in trip to 6 furlongs and applying the blinkers will sharpen him up a bit. He has worked well in the blinkers at home and does seem very well in himself so hopefully he will run well. He does have to overcome a bad draw though, he is drawn 4 of the 14 runners and a high draw is usually preferred as the runners tend to come up the far rail. DEMI TASSE is also running at Folkestone in a 10 furlong median maiden. She ran an encouraging race at Lingfield first time out so if she has learnt from that experience she should run respectably.

MISTER AZIZ has a choice of engagements on Tuesday with Redcar being the preferred choice over Salisbury. He does need a few to come out of the Redcar race though. As long as the ground remains firm and he gets a decent draw he should run well. He ran well last time out at Lingfield from an impossible draw.

On Thursday RAFFISH is entered at Yarmouth in a 14 furlong handicap. It is an experiment trying him over this trip but he clearly did not handle the Windsor track at all so you can discount his form there. The jockey who rode him last time suggested trying him over further so if he does stay he could run well. He will not run though if the ground remains firm.

James Eustace is making an entry for the 2 year old TOFFEE TREAT at Lingfield on Saturday. She is a sharp filly and certainly sharp enough for 5 furlongs but she has been a bit green coming out of the stalls so will work out of the stalls on Tuesday before a decision is made about her participation on Saturday. Otherwise she will wait for a similar contest at Windsor in 2 weeks time.


Quiet week ahead
Saturday, May 28, 2005

It is a relatively quite week ahead but it is great to have some warmer weather at last and the horses are all benefitting from it. The only drawback is that the ground is now on the firm side everywhere and some of the entries this week will only run if there is rain. INNPURSUIT is due to run at Leicester on Monday in a mile median maiden. This will be his first run of the season so he will need the run but has been working respectably at home. James Eustace thinks he will get further than a mile but he he has been working well enough over 7 furlongs to suggest he can run well over this trip. If the race cuts up he could be thereabouts but if it is a hot race he is likely to find 1 or 2 too good for him.

CHIGORIN is entered at Leicester on Tuesday but needs rain so is an unlikely runner. ELM'S SCHOOL BOY is entered at Wolverhampton on Wednesday and Brighton on Thursday but the preference is for Wolverhampton. He will need a few horses to come out of the race but if he gets in he could run well as he is in good form at home. It is an apprentice race so Holly Hall will be in the saddle, he is a straightforward ride so should be suited by this type of race.

A the end of the week, HIGH CARD has a choice of engagements. He is entered at Sandown on Thursday and Haydock on Friday. He will run where the ground is best, he ideally needs soft ground. He is being dropped back to a mile this time as he ran a bit free at Leicester last time over 10 furlongs.


High hopes for Mister Aziz tomorrow
Monday, May 23, 2005

James Eustace hopes he has found an ideal opportunity for MISTER AZIZ tomorrow at Lingfield. He is running in a 45-60 rated 7 furlong handicap on the turf. He has been working like a winner at home so if he can translate his home form to the racecourse he should have a good chance. The ground there at the moment is ideal for him as he likes good or faster ground.

Today is a busy day with 3 runners spread between Leicester and Windsor. AT THE MONEY, a Robellino 2 year old, makes his racecourse debut at Leicester in the first race. He is a nice horse who will appreciate a longer trip in time so may find one or 2 too good for him today but will hopefully run a promising race. Some of the big yards have some expensively bought horses in the race so it could be a good maiden. James Eustace was keen to run him at Leicester as it as an ideal track for horses running for the first time. HIGH CARD runs in the 10 furlong handicap on the same card. This looks a very competitive race with some of the best handicap form around being represented. HIGH CARD ran very well in his final start last season to finish second in a Newbury maiden but the ground was heavy that day. The ground today should still be on the soft side of good. He is the only horse in the race without a run under his belt this season so will have a fitness disadvantage. He will probably need the race but hopefully he will run an encouraging race.

CHIGORIN runs in the last race at Windsor tonight, Holly Hall is back in the saddle. He is trying a longer trip of 12 furlongs for the first time but he gives the impression he will stay. The drying ground will not be ideal as he prefers a bit of cut in the ground. There are 20 runners and it is Holly's second ride so it will be a big test for her. He did run well well for her last time she rode him but this looks a bigger challenge. CHIGORIN is entered again at Pontefract on Friday but the ground is against him there at the moment, he would only run there if there was a significant amount of rain.

On Wednesday DEMI TASSE, a 3 year old by Largesse, makes his debut at Lingfield in a 9 furlong maiden race. He is likely need to the race. Another Largesse, 3 year old, GENEROUS MEASURE, also runs at Lingfield but later in the week. He is running on Saturday evening in a 10 furlong handicap on the all weather. The ground was a bit too firm for him at Beverley last time out so the polytrack surface could suit him.


Weather may affect runners this week
Monday, May 16, 2005

The forecast for rain could alter running plans this week. Any rain that falls at Windsor tonight will benefit HIGHLAND CASCADE who makes her seasonal reappearance in a 5 furlong handicap. The trip is a slight experiment as her best form last year was over 6 furlongs but she has always shown plenty of speed at home. She worked nicely last Friday but will probably just need the run.

ROYAL WISH, an unraced Royal Applause filly, is to make her racecourse debut tomorrow evening at Leicester in a 6 furlong maiden. She had a slight leg problem last year so the decision was made to give her the whole year off and touch wood this has paid off. She is very green so will benefit from the run and James Eustace hopes the ground will not be too quick for her.

TRANSACTION is entered at Doncaster on Thursday evening. He will be running over 7 furlongs again as he ran well over this trip last time out. He should have improved again for that run so should run well as long as it does not rain too much there as he would like the ground to remain firm.

HIGH CARD has a choice of engagements but his choice of race will be dictated by the ground conditions. He has been entered for the Silver Trophy at Haydock on Saturday in the hope that the ground will come up soft. The forecast is for the North West to get heavy rain so if that happens he is most likely to run there. It is a big race but he will have a low weight and if the ground does become very soft it will really suit him and he will be allowed to take his chance in this valuable handicap. If the rain does not materialise he could wait for some alternative engagements next week.

WELCOME STRANGER ran a great race in the Hambleton Handicap at York last week, finishing fourth, especially as the race was run over a trip short of his best. WESTER LODGE showed improved form yesterday at Ripon finishing third, he is obviously improving. This was only his fifth race and he is progressing the right way. He seemed to stay the 12 furlongs well and a another race over this trip at Leicester on May 31st is his next target.


Welcome Stranger tries soft ground at York
Thursday, May 12, 2005

WELCOME STRANGER is running today at York in the Hambleton Handicap, a Listed race. The extremely wet conditions at York have led to the rather unusual circumstances of the racing being changed in distance. The race should be run over a mile but the mile start is too wet so the trainers of the entered horses were actually asked whether they would like the race changed to 7 furlongs or 9 furlongs, 7 furlongs seems to have got the vote. James Eustace wants to try WELCOME STRANGER on this ground as his best form as a 2 year old was on soft ground. The only times he has tried it since has been on his first run of the season and over a mile. He feels that he may not stay the mile on soft ground so is willing to try him over 7 furlongs. As there aren't many other options for the horse at the moment it seems worth a try. The horse is in good form and will be ridden by his usual pilot Luke Fletcher.

ARIODANTE heads for Nottingham on Friday for a mile handicap. At Newbury last time out the mile appeared too far for him but James Eustace feels that it was the soft ground rather than the trip that found him out that day. All his best form is on fast ground and the Nottingham ground should be to his liking if the rain stays away

ELM'S SCHOOL BOY is entered in an apprentice maiden handicap at Nottingham on Saturday but there are 77 entries and only 17 can run! He needs a lot of horses to come out for him to get a run unfortunately. If he does run he will be ridden by Holly Hall.

WESTER LODGE has a choice of engagements, he is entered at York on Friday but is more likely to run at Ripon on Sunday. The ground at York is still soft but he needs good or good/firm ground which he is more likely to get at Ripon. As he is being tried over 12 furlongs for the first time he will not want the ground to be too testing.


Quiet week due to lack of suitable races
Friday, May 06, 2005

James Eustace is having a quiet week this week due to lack of suitable opportunities for his horses. There just simply aren't the right races this week to suit the horses that are ready to run at the moment. However some entries have been made for next week.

RAFFISH is entered for Windsor on Monday in a mile and a half handicap. He was badly hampered on this track last time out, hopefully he can have better luck in running this time and finish a lot closer. James Eustace does not think that Windsor is an ideal track for him but there is a lack of suitable races for him in the south.

On Tuesday RUBY WINE is running in a 12 furlong maiden at Yarmouth where she should have a very good chance. The form of her Newbury race is working out well as the second in the race, Alumni, won the Cheshire Oaks at Chester this week. Jamie Spencer, who rode her at Newbury and has been to ride her out at home, will hopefully be available to ride her again. She is being stepped up in trip but on pedigree that should suit her. She is a big long striding filly so should hopefully find the Yarmouth track to her liking.


Second for Holly on first flat ride
Monday, April 25, 2005

Holly Hall finished second on CHIGORIN last Monday and she gave the horse a very good ride. The horse ran really well for her and they just found one too good for them on the day. CHIGORIN had a busy week as he ran again on Saturday and finished a respectable third. He is a horse that definitely needs cut in the ground and seems to be improving so hopefully he will be winning before too long. WESTER LODGE ran well for a long way on Friday but seemed to need the race more than any of the runners so far. In general all the horses have needed their first run. WELCOME STRANGER ran really well for along way on Saturday and his next intended target is the Hambleton Handicap at the York May meeting. WELCOME STRANGER was bred by the owners and as this race is a Listed race, if he can get some black type by finishing in the first 3 it will help to improve the pedigree of the family. If the ground is fast the race should suit him and he could be capable of finishing in the first 3 as he is such a genuine horse.

RAFFISH runs tonight at Windsor in a competitive looking 12 furlong handicap. He is a very genuine horse but is possibly still a bit high in the handicap. The ground has been changed to good from good/firm which will be more to his liking. GENEROUS MEASURE is running at Warwick on Tuesday in a maiden but like all the other runners, will need the run. He showed very little last year but hopefully he will improve as a 3 year old.

TRANSACTION is entered for Newmarket on Sunday, 1000 Guineas day. He is entered in a 7 furlong handicap, the extra furlong should suit him. The jockey felt that the tactics were slightly wrong last time so he will be ridden more positively this time, hopefully this will help him. Having had such a successful time as a 2 year old he may just be too high in the handicap at present.


Pleasing run from Ruby Wine
Sunday, April 17, 2005

RUBY WINE ran very well at Newbury last Friday. She finished fourth in a very good maiden but did not get the best of runs. James Eustace was delighted with her and she is definitely a filly with a future. On the same day ARIODANTE was a bit disappointing but the ground was very testing and possibly a mile was too far for him. ORCADIAN'S run at Newbury on Saturday was a very dramatic affair as he failed totally to go round the bend and ended up on the stands rail. Martin Dwyer, the jockey reported that he was hanging throughout the race. The only explanation is that he came back with a bad chaff mark from the jockey's boot. He is a very sensitive horse, easily upset by the slightest thing, and this could have made him react in this way as he was hanging away from this injury.

Holly Hall is having her first ride on the flat tomorrow at Pontefract. She rides CHIGORIN in the 10 furlong apprentice race and he will hopefully go well for her. He should like the going which is good to soft at present as he does appreciate a bit of cut in the ground. Holly has ridden in a few point to points before and has finished second so she has had some racing experience. CHIGORN could reappear at Leicester on Saturday depending on how he runs tomorrow, if he does win he would run on Saturday without a penalty.

On Wednesday MOONSTRUCK is running in a 10 furlong handicap at Lingfield. He looked as if a step up in trip would suit him after his last run when he was badly drawn and got no sort of a run at all. He has run well at Lingfield before so James Eustace is hopeful that he will finish closer than he did at Beverley last week. He also has an entry at Leicester on Saturday but Lingfield is his more likely target. DUNOWEN travels to Worcester on Wednesday evening to run in a 2 ½ mile handicap hurdle. Luke Fletcher rides him again and the horse is in good form at home so should run well.

WESTER LODGE makes his seasonal debut at Sandown on Friday in a 10 furlong 3 year olds only handicap. He has been going nicely at home but he is a big horse so may need the run. He is hopefully a nice horse for the future.

WELCOME STRANGER was withdrawn from Newbury last Saturday because the ground was too soft but is entered again at Sandown this Saturday in another valuable mile handicap. He will have a good chance if the ground dries up as he appears to be really coming to himself at home.


Big week ahead
Monday, April 11, 2005

James Eustace has a busy week ahead with some of last season's stable stars making their seasonal debuts. TRANSACTION gets the ball rolling at Newmarket tomorrow in a 6 furlong handicap. He did really well last year and consequently is plenty high enough in the weights. The ground should be perfect for him if it remains good. He is in good form and should run well but may find one or two too good for him tomorrow.

On Wednesday RAFFISH and MOONSTRUCK are heading up the A1 to Beverley. RAFFISH is being tried over a slightly longer trip of 12 furlongs but James Eustace feels that he will stay. He has come out of the Doncaster race well but has still to come fully in his coat. MOONSTRUCK ran a much more encouraging race on his last start at Lingfield over 7 furlongs and he will also be trying a longer trip which should be in his favour. The only worry is his lack of experience, this will be his first run in a handicap, so it may all be a bit much for him on this track. Both horses like a bit of cut in the ground so would not want the ground to dry up too much. MOONSTRUCK has an alternative engagement at Thirsk on Friday if conditions do go against him on Wednesday.

ARIODANTE is entered at Newbury on Friday and Ripon on Thursday. The preferred choice of engagements is Newbury but he needs a few horses to come out of the race and he does not want to run on soft ground, he ran badly on soft ground at York last year. He is a nice progressive horse and wherever he runs he should give a good account of himself.

RUBY WINE, an Oaks entry, is set to reappear at Newbury on Friday in a 10 furlong maiden. She has not been overworked at home for her first race of the season but she looks really well and a good run is expected. A lot depends on Friday as to her future plans. To be an Oaks filly she will need to run in a trial and to be good enough to run in one of those she needs to win a maiden race first.

Last season's St Simon Stakes winner, ORCADIAN, is entered in the John Porter at Newbury on Saturday. The horse is in great form and James Eustace does not feel he needs soft ground. Although the ground was bottomless when he won the St Simon, it was more the step up in trip than the ground that accounted for his improvement in form. In hindsight he should have been tried over a longer trip as a 2 year old as he does obviously stay well. He should have a good chance whatever the ground. WELCOME STRANGER is also entered at Newbury, in the Spring Cup. He only runs if the ground is good or faster. The race should suit him and although he is still a bit backward in his coat he is working well at home and beginning to come to himself. He is high enough in the handicap but James Eustace said this at the same time last year and the horse went on to win 3 races! CONSIDINE completes the line up at Newbury. He is running over a trip of 13 furlongs which should be ideal as he has won over 12 and 14 furlongs. His recent runs on the all weather are probably best ignored as the races were not run to suit him. The plan at Newbury will be to make plenty of use of him and hopefully this tactic should see him run a good race.

Last but not least, DUNOWEN, holds an entry at Stratford on Sunday. He is not a definite runner as it could turn out to be a hot race as there is good prizemoney on offer. He could wait for a race at Worcester the following week instead. The horse remains in good form at home


Kelly vindicated on Local Fancy
Thursday, April 07, 2005

James Eustace was delighted when LOCAL FANCY provided him with his first turf winner of the season at Leicester today. She only won by a short head and was still very green but it was a great result for everyone connected with the filly especially after the Warwick experience. James Eustace was particularly delighted for the owner Mr Shropshire, a local owner breeder. LOCAL FANCY is the first foal from the mare so it is obviously important that she performs well on the racecourse so to win on only her second appearance is a great bonus.


A few chances in the week ahead
Sunday, April 03, 2005

James Eustace is beginning to get his yard into top gear and has a few runners with chances this week . CHIGORIN runs at Yarmouth tomorrow in a competitive looking 10 furlong handicap. He has been going well at home and has a good draw, drawn 1. There are some horses that have been running on the all-weather which will have fitness advantage but the horse is really well in himself at home and has the assistance of Ted Durcan in the saddle. If the ground remains on the soft side of good it should be ideal for him

MISTER AZIZ needs a couple of horses to come out of the race, but is entered in a 5 furlong handicap at Nottingham on Wednesday. He ran well on his seasonal debut on the all-weather recently and if the ground remains on the slow side of good it will suit him. Kevin Darley rides him and he should be an ideal pilot

On Thursday LOCAL FANCY runs at Leicester in a similar contest to Warwick but against colts aswell as fillies. She has come out of her first race as well as one could have hoped and she has mentally gone the right way. She has not been an easy filly to train and it was important that she had a good experience on her racecourse debut as she could easily have gone the wrong way. The form of her Warwick race is working out well with the third horse finishing third in the Brocklesby at Doncaster last Thursday to 2 previous winners. For obvious reasons it would be nice if she could win.

MOONSTRUCK holds an engagement at Lingfield on Friday in a median auction maiden. However there are a few horses in the race rated higher than him so he is more likely to wait for a handicap at Beverley the following week.


Black Bank Holiday Monday
Thursday, March 31, 2005

Bank Holiday Monday did not go according to plan so James Eustace would like to issue the following statement:-

"Monday certainly did not turn out as I had hoped when I set off for Warwick races! I left thinking we had a sporting chance of having a double.

In the event DUNOWEN ran well at Fakenham finishing third but possibly hit the front too soon.

LOCAL FANCY who ran at Warwick had been working well at home and I felt that if she ran the way she had been working recently then we were in with a good chance of having a winner. She has not been an easy filly to break in and train, however, the staff here at Park Lodge have done a great job in getting her to the races so early in the season with the likelihood of running well.

As a team, because she has been a temperamental filly in training, we tried to cover all the "bases". Jim Parker, who has played such a significant part in her early education, and who is extremely experienced, led her up for me and Linsey Sharpe, the travelling head girl and who actually looks after the filly at home, went all the way down to the start so that a friendly face was there when the filly arrived in order to lead her around and keep her calm. I decided to book Shane Kelly to ride her because not only is he a good jockey but he is a first class horseman, which I felt was particularly important with this filly. We took all of these precautions to give her every chance of running to the best of her ability.

My instructions to Shane were that the filly had been working well at home and that in my assessment she had been working well enough to have a winning chance. The filly was well behaved at the start but unfortunately she was drawn to be the first to load into the stalls. She was therefore waiting in the stalls whilst the others were being loaded. As a result of having to wait for the others to load, particularly bearing in mind she was only a youngster having her first run, she dwelt on leaving the stalls and to compound the problem, Shane lost his left iron at the same time. Shane performed an impressive feat of horsemanship by keeping the filly in a straight line whilst regaining his iron, however, by the time he had got the filly reorganised, the leaders had gained an advantage. Shane, in accordance with his obligations under the Rules of Racing, gave her a good hands and heels ride to finish a creditable fourth.

The welfare of all of the horses that we depend upon is rightly seen as of paramount importance across the entire industry. It was vital to this filly's welfare that she was given the opportunity to recover from her bad start and to get into as balanced a rhythm as possible so that she could run to the best of her ability. From the film, it is clear she ran very green in the straight and shied away from the sticks of jockeys racing close to her. I have absolutely no doubt that the filly would not have run as well as she did (after such a disappointing start) if Shane had resorted to the stick and given her a hard ride. It is clear from the film that it was his horsemanship that enabled the filly to run as well as she did by allowing her the chance to recover from her bad start and to get her in a rhythm taking into account her obvious greenness (which was reported in the next days Racing Post) which in turn gave her confidence.

Both myself and the owner were very pleased with the horse's run and the ride Shane gave her and we felt that had she broken on terms she would very nearly have won the race although she was very green in the straight.

I was genuinely amazed to find myself in the middle of a Stewards' enquiry into her running and riding, the outcome of which is now on record. Both Shane and myself have appealed against the Stewards' decision which we both feel very strongly was wrong. In all the years that I have been training, I have never been accused of not trying with a horse and as with all my horses, LOCAL FANCY was doing her very best. We had brought additional people to the races in order to give her a chance, I even went as far as having our vet scope her on the Friday before the race just to ensure that she was clear. We are not a betting stable and we have always prided ourselves on producing every horse we run to do its very best in every race.

Both Shane and I hope that the Disciplinary Committee (who will not be under the same time pressures as the local Stewards) will see the race for what it is, a very young and green filly being given a horseman's ride in order to achieve her best possible placing.


Dunowen to follow up at Fakenham
Saturday, March 26, 2005

DUNOWEN has a good chance of continuing his winning ways at Fakenham on Easter Monday. Although the ground will be quicker than it was at Huntingdon this should not inconvenience him as he has form on all types of going. Luke Fletcher has elecetd to go to Fakenham to ride him rather than taking rides elsewhere so let's hope his loyalty is rewarded. The horse does seem really well at home, he has had a break since his last run and he does appear to run his best races when fresh.

On the same day, James Eustace saddles his first 2 year old runner of the season at Warwick. LOCAL FANCY, a Bahamiam Bounty filly, bred by her owner, Mr Shropshire at his West Dereham Abbey Stud in Norfolk. She seems forward enough at home to run a nice race but the draw can be a big influence at Warwick , draw 1 being a big advantage. The yard will obviously hope she runs well as it will give a line to the rest of the 2 year olds. She is however significantly the most forward at this stage.

RAFFISH is entered in a mile and a quarter handicap at Doncaster on Thursday. There are likely to be a huge number of entries in this race as it is the only 3 year olds only race over this trip for horses of his rating until the beginning of May. It does seem an extraordinary oversight by the raceplanners. He is likely to need the race as he has yet to come in his coat but due to the shortage of races James Eustace is obviously keen to run him in the right type of race. He thinks RAFFISH will definitely need a longer trip in due course but did not want to start the horse off over a long trip for his first run of the season.


Considine contests competitive race tomorrow
Friday, March 11, 2005

CONSIDINE runs in a competitive 2 mile handicap at Wolverhampton tomorrow. He only has a weight of 8st 1lbs and with the able assistance of Martin Dwyer in the saddle he is expected to go well. James Eustace is not totally sure that the horse is suited by the all-weather but the horse is so well at home he thought it was worth having one more try on the surface.

MOONSTRUCK also runs at Wolverhampton tomorrow in a mile maiden. He has had one previous run, at Lingfield last September, when he ran very green but did show some promise. Unfortunately he sustained an injury after this so could not run again last season. He has done well physically over the winter so James Eustace expects him to run well tomorrow but it looks a reasonably hot maiden so he will probably find one or 2 too good for him. The draw will also not be in his favour as he as the outside berth, 13 of 13. In time James feels that the horse may be suited by a longer trip.

With the turf season now only 2 weeks away some of the horse in the yard are stepping up a gear in their training. Those most likely to appear in the first month of the season are ORCADIAN. WELCOME STRANGER, ARIODANTE, WESTER LODGE, RUBY WINE and RAFFISH. More definite race plans for these horses will develop over the next few weeks.


Good opportunity for Considine
Monday, February 28, 2005

CONSIDINE has a good chance of opening his account for the year at Lingfield tomorrow. He is running in a 2 mile apprentice handicap and will be ridden again by the promising apprentice, Richard Kingscote. The race should definitely suit him and he has come on for his previous run over an inadequate trip. The only worry is that the track at Lingfield may not be ideal for him but he is expected to run well. The race looks a weaker contest than his previous run, the main danger appears to be Garnet, trained by Don Cantillon, who won last week but does carry a 5 pound penalty.

MIISED TURN could run again in Thursday but there is a chance she will be balloted out. The race is another mile handicap at Lingfield , she is in excellent heart at present so she should run another good race. If she runs she will again be ridden by Lisa Jones who has got such a good rapport with the filly.

EIGHT is poised to make his debut over fences at Doncaster on Saturday. He has schooled well at home so James Eustace is hoping that he jumps well on Saturday and gets round. The race is a beginners chase and he will be ridden by Luke Fletcher.


Fletcher rides first winner over jumps
Friday, February 25, 2005

Luke Fletcher rode his first winner over jumps on DUNOWEN at Huntingdon yesterday. James Eustace was delighted to give Luke his first winner over jumps as he did so well on WELCOME STRANGER for him last summer. This winner was Luke's last as a claimer, let's hope this winner will give him some more opportunities over jumps but he will continue to ride on the flat aswell.

DUNOWEN is owned by one of the yards most loyal owner's Pam Matthews, she has had horses with James Eustace since his first season. It was great to have another winner for her but a great shame that she couldn't be there herself to cheer him home. It was the horse's first run for 358 days so it did come as a bit of a surprise but he held on well in very testing ground to win by half a length. DUNOWEN does appear to run best fresh so he will probably wait now for a race at Fakenham at the end of March, hopefully his owner will be able to go and see him run there.


Missed Turn creditable third
Tuesday, February 22, 2005

MISSED TURN ran her best race to date at Lingfield yesterday to finish third, beaten less than a length. It was a rise in class for her as the race was 2 grades higher than a selling race, so it was a very creditable performance. She was always in the first 3 and just lost out in tight finish. She is certainly giving her owners plenty of fun at the moment. Her next intended target is another mile handicap back at Lingfield on March 3rd. She seems to handle the Lingfield track well.

CETSHWAYO ran a promising race on his debut last week. He had a bad draw and didn't come down the hill very well but stayed on well in the straight. He is a big horse and can only improve on this performance. CONSIDINE also ran an encouraging race on his seasonal debut. He finished fourth over an inadequate trip and his next intended race is a 2 mile apprentice race at Lingfield on March 1st.

The only remaining runner from Park Lodge this week is DUNOWEN in a hurdle race at Huntingdon on Thursday. That is providing the meeting goes ahead, the weather forecast is not very promising.


Off the mark for the year
Thursday, February 10, 2005

MISSED TURN's victory at Lingfield on Tuesday gave James Eustace his first success of 2005. This filly has been the only representative from the yard so far and this was her third run of the year. She deserved to win a race as she had finished a close second on 2 previous occasions this winter. There was a bit of activity at the subsequent auction but the owners managed to buy her back so she has returned to Park Lodge Stables. It was a welcome winner for the Park Lodge Racing partnership as they have been very loyal owner's and a few of their members were at Lingfield to cheer her home.

The yard is beginning to get into gear now with 4 horses holding entries next week. CONSIDINE is entered in an apprentice race at Wolverhampton on Monday over 12 furlongs. It is a race for apprentices who have not ridden more than 10 winners, Richard Kinsgcote has been booked to ride him, he would be one of the best apprentices available in this type of race. The trip may be a bit short but the horse should run well and he is an ideal ride for an apprentice.

EIGHT has a choice of engagements, the ground will dictate where he runs as he must have good ground. He holds entries in 2 races at Folkestone on Tuesday and is also entered in a selling handicap at Fakenham on Friday. The yard could be doubly represented in this race as this is also the target for DUNOWEN. Both horse are in good form at home.

CETSHWAYO is due to make his racecourse debut at Lingfield on Wednesday. This horse just kept growing last year and just was not mature enough to run as a 2 year old but he always looked like a nice horse. The trip of 7 furlongs is a bit of an unknown quantity, it maybe too sharp for him and so may the track. He will hopefully run a nice race but will obviously be short of experience


Good opportunity for Missed Turn
Friday, February 04, 2005

MISSED TURN has an ideal opportunity to break her duck on Tuesday at Lingfield. The race is a one mile 3 year old fillies only selling race and she is reunited with Lisa Jones who seems to get on so well with her. She ran below par last time out but this was probably because the race came too soon after her previous race. Her form has worked out well and she is expected to give a good account of herself.

Park Lodge is beginning to come out of winter quarters now as there are several more horses likely to run the following week. CONSIDNE and CETSHWAYO have possible engagements on the all weather whilst EIGHT and DUNOWEN could both run over jumps. There will be more news on their likely races once the entries have been made.


New Year starts with close second
Wednesday, January 05, 2005

MISSED TURN nearly got the New Year off to a flying start at Lingfield yesterday but was just headed on the line to finish second, beaten a neck. She ran a very game race and both her and Lisa Jones, the jockey, did nothing wrong as they finished well clear of the rest of the field. It was disappointing for the owners, Park Lodge Racing, as from their position in the stands they thought she had just held on.

There is another opportunity for MISSED TURN at Lingfield next Thursday in a mile handicap. She will be able to run off her current rating then as she is likely to have her handicap mark increased next week after yesterday's performance. She will stick to races at Lingfield for the moment as she appears to favour this track. Wolverhampton did not appear to suit her even though the surface is the same as at Lingfield but it does ride a bit slower and there is more kick back from it. It is a relatively new surface which could partially explain the difference.

MISSED TURN remains the sole representative on the all weather this month with a few more horses being prepared for February. The yard is beginning to get back into full swing again now with the older horses coming back in and most of the 2 year olds are now ridden away.


Seasons Greetings
Tuesday, December 14, 2004

All the flat horses are now enjoying a bit of a break so there will be no more runners on the flat this year. The yearlings are continuing their education and the majority of them are now regulars on the heath. It is an exciting time of year seeing them all progress.

As this is the final news article of the year James Eustace and all at Park Lodge Stables would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


Missed Turn hopes to go one better
Friday, December 03, 2004

MISSED TURN has 3 entries on Monday, her most likely engagement being the 8 ½ furlong selling race at Wolverhampton. This would be the easier of the 3 options and on her Lingfield form she would have a good chance of going one better. She has come out of that race really well so let’s hope she can have her head in front on the line this time. Unfortunately Lisa Jones, who got on so well with her last time, is unavailable to ride her but Dale Gibson should prove to be a very able substitute.

INNPURSUIT is also entered at Wolverhampton on Monday but the race may come too soon after his last race and he could wait for another contest. He ran a nice race last Saturday at Lingfield and got the trip really well. It was a very encouraging performance and he should make up into a nice 3 year old. He will probably have a break after his next run.

There may not be many runners now but Park Lodge is still very busy as the majority of the yearlings are now in. There are 14 new inmates of which 8 are already being ridden out on the heath. At the moment they look a very nice bunch and they are taking their early education really well


A short head short of a double
Monday, November 22, 2004

MISSED TURN failed by a short head to give Park Lodge an across the yard double on Saturday. James was delighted with the filly though as this is the first time she has shown any form for connections. In this grade she is certainly capable of winning a race. It was especially pleasing for her owners, Park Lodge Racing. They have had a frustrating time trying to run the filly as she has been balloted out so many times. It was not the plan to make the running with her but she had a good draw and broke well, the tactics so very nearly worked though as she was only caught in the last few strides of the race. ANDURIL finally broke his duck later that evening at Wolverhampton winning the selling race. He has however run his last race for Park Lodge as he was sold at the auction after the race.

There are a few runners later this week, GENEROUS MEASURE runs on Friday at Wolverhampton. This will only be his second race and he is sure to need it as he is a fairly backward type who still needs a bit more time to fully mature . On Saturday INNPURSUIT is running in a 10 furlong £10,000 maiden. This is a valuable race for a maiden on the all weather so could attract some nice individuals. It is a step up in trip for him but James feels that he should stay. MISTER AZIZ has been a victim of the balloting procedure several times lately. He is entered in a 5 furlong maiden on Saturday in the hope that will get a run. He clearly did not stay 7 furlongs last time he ran so the trip should suit him but he may not be quite good enough to win a maiden of this type.

MISSED TURN w ill be entered in nursery races at Wolverhampton next Monday and again at Wednesday but she could get balloted out again. Failing that she will wait for another selling race at the same track on December 6th. Now that she has found some form she should have a good chance wherever she next runs.


Orcadian takes a break
Monday, November 15, 2004

It has been decided that ORCADIAN is to have a break now rather than campaigning abroad. He will return to his owners stud for the winter and his first target next spring will be the John Porter Stakes at Newbury.

The all weather team are in action this week. CHIGORIN is running tomorrow at Lingfield in a 10 furlong maiden race. It does not look a particularly strong contest on paper so he has an each way chance. MISTER AZIZ runs on Friday over the short trip of 5 furlongs. He clearly did not stay 7 furlongs last week so hopefully the drop back in trip will see him put up an improved performance. His best turf form was at Sandown over the minimum trip.

MISSED TURN has a choice of engagements this week but she is most likely to run at either Wolverhampton or Lingfield on Saturday. ANDURIL is also entered at Wolverhampton on Saturday but he could wait for another race at Southwell on Tuesday, both races are selling races over a mile.


Final week of the turf season
Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The turf season comes to an end this Saturday at Doncaster. There are only a few horses running this week from Park Lodge Stables. CHIGORIN is entered at Yarmouth on Friday in a 10 furlong handicap and should run well. It is his first time over this trip but it should suit him. He does appreciate a bit of cut in the ground so conditions should be ideal for him. EIGHT may run on the same day in a mile claimer. This horse has only been in the yard for about 6 weeks, he was previously in training with Mick Channon. He is the sort of horse who may run well for a change of scenery and he does run well fresh. The mile could be a bit short for him but he has run well over 9 furlongs before so you could give him a chance.

On Monday MISTER AZIZ is entered at Wolverhampton on the all weather. He has been balloted out several times, rather frustratingly. It is too early to know yet whether he will suffer the same fate on Monday. Whatever happens he is going to be kept going on the all weather so hopefully he will get a chance to run shortly.


Orcadian romps to Group 3 victory
Wednesday, October 27, 2004

It was a great day at Newbury on Saturday when ORCADIAN romped to a 15 length victory in the Group 3 St Simon Stakes. Apparently it was the largest official winning margin for a group race in England this year. Although ORCADIAN was 33-1 the victory was not a great surprise to connections as he had shown the previous week at Newmarket how well he handles soft ground. The trip was unknown territory and it was not the plan to make the running but it worked out well in the end. ORCADIAN emulated his brother, Rapscalion, who won the group 3 Horris Hill Stakes at the same meeting in similar conditions 2 year ago.

ORCADIAN has had an interrupted season as he developed a virus before Royal Ascot and then pulled a muscle after his Newbury run. While he is in such good form he could run again abroad before the season ends. He is a possible for the Group 1 Premio Roma in Italy on November 7th. He would have to be supplemented for this so James will have a look at the opposition and likely going before committing him to the race. ORCADIAN is now rated 108 which is the highest rated horse James has had to date. He is certainly a nice horse to look forward to next year and he may even stay further than 12 furlongs on better ground. He has good 2 year old form on fast ground so seems to act on all types of going.

Although overshadowed by Orcadian’s efforts at Newbury, HIGH CARD put up a good performance in the maiden to finish second to a horse from the powerful Godolphin yard. He should make up into a nice middle distance horse for next year as he has improved significantly with every run.

There aren’t many runners this week. ROYAL SAILOR is running at Lingfield on Thursday over 7 furlongs which may be a little bit on the sharp side for him. He ran a decent race at York last time but it was over a mile so the drop back in trip may inconvenience him but he is a horse that is progressing the right way so it wouldn’t be a major surprise to see him run well. ELM’S SCHOOL BOY runs at Newmarket on Friday but may be a little bit out of his depth. INNPURSUIT makes his racecourse debut at Wolverhampton on Saturday night. He is a very laid back horse so will definitely benefit from the run but he should be a nice horse for the future.


Orcadian back to form at Newmarket
Monday, October 18, 2004

ORCADIAN ran a great race at Newmarket on Saturday to finish a close 5th in a very competitive group 3 race. Like his brother, Rapscallion, he handled the soft ground very well and he is entered again this Saturday at Newbury. He has a choice of engagements there, the St Simon Stakes, a group race over 12 furlongs and a 0-100 handicap over 10 furlongs. James will look at the entries before deciding which race he runs in.

HIGH CARD who was 6th at Wolverhampton last Saturday, may also run at Newbury on Saturday in another mile maiden. He is a horse that seems to be going the right way and this will be his first experience of running on turf. MISTER AZIZ could accompany them to Newbury if he gets into the 6 furlong nursery . He missed the cut for the sales race at Newmarket last week so is looking for compensation elsewhere.

ELM’S SCHOOL BOY is running at Wolverhampton on Tuesday over 6 furlongs. This trip should suit him better than his previous outing over 5 furlongs. He should run respectably but this will be his last race this season. He will be given a break and will hopefully make up into a nice tough handicapper next year.

GENEROUS MEASURE makes her racecourse debut at Brighton on Thursday. She came into training very late in the year and is still very green so will definitely need the race. She is by Largesse and they tend to need time and she looks to be typical of her sire. MISSED TURN has now been balloted out 3 times which is rather frustrating for her connections. She is very well and seems to have improved at home so could run well when she finally gets into a race somewhere. She has several entries this week.

BLUE PETER RACING 6 has just been launched and they bought a yearling at the Newmarket sales last week. They purchased a smart looking Piccolo filly who looks a real 2 year old type. For further details on the filly and how to join BLUE PETER RACING 6 please refer to the Blue Peter website via the links page.


Trio in valuable sales race at Newmarket
Monday, October 11, 2004

Thursday could be a big day for the yard with a possible 3 runners in the valuable Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes. With good prizemoney right down to 10th place James is hopeful of coming home with something. HIGHLAND CASCADE’S form received a significant boost recently as the filly she was third to at Leicester recently, Magical Romance, went on to win the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes. She would have a good chance but would appreciate some rain. RAFFFISH would also really appreciate some rain to make it more of a stamina test, having won over a mile he will probably find the 6 furlong trip too short so any rain would really help his cause. MISTER AZIZ could make up the trio but may get balloted out. The trip should suit him. He is a tough sort and we have not seen the best of him yet so hopefully he will make the cut.

During the rest of the week, CHIGORIN is an intended runner at Lingfield on Wednesday in a 10 furlong 3 year olds only handicap but he too is in danger of being balloted out. The form horse in the race is Don’t Call me Derek who is on a winning role having won his last 3 races. Chigorin ran a really good race at York last time out so if he can reproduce that form he would have a good chance. The slight worry is whether he will handle the bends of Lingfield as he is a big horse.

MISSED TURN has a choice of engagements. She is entered in a claimer at Redcar on Friday but is more likely to run in a seller at Wolverhampton on Saturday evening. HIGH CARD is also entered at Wolverhampton in a mile maiden. He was very green on his debut at Lingfield but has sharpened up for this and should finish closer this time.

WESTER LODGE was a bit unlucky not to loose his maiden tag at Newcastle yesterday . He ran a great race but was beaten a neck by a 100-1 chance with the well fancied favourite back in fourth place. It was only his second run and he should be a really nice horse for next year.


Welcome Stranger possible runner at York
Monday, October 04, 2004

The weather may upset running plans as it is hard to predict what the ground is going to be like across the country later in the week. WELCOME STRANGER may head for York on Friday if the ground stays fast but the race may come a bit too soon after his fine victory at Ascot 8 days ago. He is not a very robust horse but he seems to have come out of the race particularly well. James wants to see how he is over the next couple of days before committing himself. If he does run he should run well and York should suit him particularly well. ROMANTIC GIFT is entered at York too but she need soft ground which looks unlikely at the moment.

HIGH CARD is a definite runner at Lingfield on Wednesday. He makes his racecourse debut in a 7 furlong maiden on the all weather. There are a lot of entries and the bigger yards are strongly represented but he should run respectably judging on his recent work at home.

ROYAL SAILOR and WESTER LODGE are both entered at York on Saturday. WESTER LODGE is also entered at Newcastle on Sunday and that is his preferred option but he will run where the ground is best. He is a nice horse and James was really pleased with his first run at Leicester. ROYAL LODGE will almost certainly run at York. He ran very green at Newmarket on his debut and has definitely come on for the run. He would possibly like some cut in the ground but should run well. Both these 2 year olds are nice big scopey horses that could make up into useful 3 year olds next season.

BLUE PATRICK is also entered at Newcastle on Sunday in a 7 furlong handicap, some rain would help his chances but he wouldn’t want it too soft. He does seem to act on most ground, if he gets a bit of luck in running he could run well. ANDURIL could make up the party to Newcastle. He is entered in a mile classified race but there is also an ideal race for him on the All Weather a few days later. James wants to look at the entries before making a decision for him.


Welcome Stranger wins on final day at Ascot
Monday, September 27, 2004

WELCOME STRANGER won the Nick Cheyne Farewell stakes at Ascot yesterday in fine style. Ascot has always been a lucky track for James and it was a real thrill to win a race on the last day at the present racecourse. He just hopes that the new racecourse will be as lucky for him . Welcome Stranger had a very good chance on the books as he was effectively 5 pounds better off than on his last run at Doncaster where he was 2 pounds out of the handicap. Luke Fletcher’s 3 pounds claim made all the difference and he does seem to get on very well with this horse. He will be kept in training next year with races like the Hunt Cup as targets. It will be a shame obviously that this race will not be run at Ascot next year as he does seem to run particularly well there.

This weeks runners are thin on the ground as there are only 3 likely runners. ELM’S SCHOOL BOY is running at Nottingham on Wednesday over 5 furlongs. He showed a lot of speed on his first run at Sandown but he may find the trip a bit on the sharp side on an easier track. On Saturday CONSIDINE runs at Newmarket in a 14 furlong 3 year olds only handicap. He is a long striding horse so the track should suit him. As it is a year of firsts, maybe he could give James his first winner on the Rowley Mile racecourse. Orcadian travels to Redcar on Saturday for a Listed 7 furlong race. He was slightly lame 2 days after his last race at Newbury and was found to have pulled a muscle but has now fully recovered. He seems in good form at home so hopefully he will run a good race.

EDITOR’S NOTE- a quote from the trainer from this week” The best runners we trained this week were Simon and Lucy Lawson who completed the Great North Run in under 2 hours”. However this was actually just a warm up race for the Dublin Marathon that they are both running in on October 25th. They are running for CANCER RESEARCH UK so if anyone would like to sponsor them for this please send a cheque made payable to Cancer Research UK and send it C/o Park Lodge Stables. It would be greatly appreciated.


Raffish gives Jason first winner after break
Wednesday, September 22, 2004

RAFFISH put in a gutsy performance at Lingfield today to give Jason his first winner back since his broken leg.It was a particularly good ride by Jason too as he had the horse in the perfect position all the way and then had to be at his strongest to get him home in a driving finish. It was a photo finish but Raffish held on be a short head and 1/2 a length.It was also a very welcome winner for the owners, Blue Peter Racing, as it was their first winner of the season. RAFFISH will now be owned at the valuable sales race at Newmarket on October 14th which will give all his owners a great day out and a chance to win a big prize.


Jason Tate back to full fitness
Monday, September 20, 2004

Jason Tate has now made a full recovery from his broken leg and will back in the saddle on the majority of the runner’s from the stable this week. Today at Leicester HIGHLAND CASCADE must have a good chance in the nursery. She ran very well at Doncaster in a competitive nursery last time. This was her first run after a break and has come on for the race so she should be spot on today.

On Tuesday ROYAL SAILOR makes his racecourse debut at Newmarket. He is a big horse who will definitely need the run but will hopefully run a nice race. The following day at Lingfield, MOONSTRUCK makes his debut and like Royal Sailor he will benefit from the run. In the same race however RAFFISH should have a good chance providing he handles the Polytrack surface which he appears to do at home. The mile should suit him well and he ran a very good race last time out at Warwick. MISSED TURN is entered in the nursery on the turf at the same meeting but she is quite far down the handicap so may not get a run.

ANDURIL and TRANSACTION both head for Haydock on Friday. TRANSACTION runs in the 6 furlong nursery and on the form of his Doncaster run would have a good chance. James is slightly concerned about the ground as he appeared not to act on soft ground at York, however the ground was very sticky that day rather than genuine soft ground. He has always looked as if soft ground should suit him. ANDURIL runs in a mile and a half handicap and new tactics are going to be employed. The plan will be too make the running to see if that brings any improvement in him.

On Saturday ORCADIAN is entered in the big handicap at Ascot. He is going to do his last bit of work in blinkers tomorrow and if he works well will wear them for the first time in a race on Saturday. On his best form he would have a chance but it is obviously a highly competitive race. WELCOME STRANGER goes to Ascot on Sunday. The ground would be a worry if there was a lot of rain as all his best form is on fast ground. He always runs a good race but he is plenty high enough in the handicap now.


The yearling sales season is here again
Monday, September 13, 2004

James has gone to America today,he is attending the Keeneland sales which is the world’s largest yearling auction He has an order to buy one there but would be very happy to buy a few more if anyone is interested! The yearling sales in Doncaster last week were very strong with plenty of demand for the nice horses.

It is a quiet week for runners this week.BLUE PATRICK is out to redeem his reputation at Salisbury tomorrow in a mile classified stakes race. He was very disappointing at Kempton on his last run but he got extremely sweaty before the race and then went too fast in front and basically burnt himself out. He seems in good form at home since the race so hopefully he can put up a better performance tomorrow. CONSIDINE is entered at Nottingham on Friday but only runs if it does not rain. He could also get balloted out as there 59 entries in the race and only 18 can run.


Encouraging runs by Chigorin and Considine
Monday, September 06, 2004

Both CHIGORN and CONSIDINE ran good races in defeat last week. CHIGORIN was third at York but was a bit unlucky as he was stopped twice when he was trying to make his run, when he did eventually get through he ran on well. It was an encouraging run especially as James still feels he is a weak horse and should go on improving with time. CONSIDINE could probably have finished closer than fourth at Kempton on Saturday if he had made the running but he is definitely back too form and should be winning again soon.

There is plenty of action this week starting today at Warwick. MISTER AZIZ is running in the 6 furlong nursery and should run well even though he would ideally like a bit of cut in the ground. He has got a good draw and should run a decent race but it does looks a competitive contest.

On Tuesday WESTER LODGE makes his debut at Leicester. He has been working nicely at home but is a big horse so will definitely need the run. He is hopefully a horse with a nice future ahead of him so it will be interesting to see how he runs.

The Doncaster St Leger meeting begins on Wednesday and there 2 runners there. HIGHLAND CASCADE runs in the 6 furlong nursery. She has had a break at her owners stud and has done really well but may just need this run. She appears to be reasonably handicapped and has been working well so hopefully she will give a good account of herself. On the same day TRANSACTION runs in the valuable Doncaster sales race for horses bought at the St Leger sales last year. There is prizemoney down to 10th in this race so it is well worth running. There are horse rated above him in the race but he should have a good chance of winning some prizemoney

On Friday it is the turn of ELMS SCHOOLBOY to make his debut . He is running at Sandown in a 5 furlong maiden. Hopefully he will have enough speed for this trip but Sandown is a stiff track which should help him. He again will need the run but he is a horse with a future and is another interesting 2 year old to emerge this week.

WELCOME STRANGER is entered at Doncaster on Saturday but is currently 4 pounds out of the handicap. He will not run unless the top rated horses come out of the race and the weights go up. If he doesn’t run there he will wait for a race at Ascot at the end of the month.


Wet weather upset race plans
Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Unfortunately the persistent wet weather washed away most of last week’s intended runners. However RAFFISH ran a promising race yesterday at Warwick to finish a close fourth, a vast improvement on his previous run. He had been working nicely at home so it was no great surprise despite his long odds of 40-1!

Some of last weeks intended runners are entered this week. On Wednesday CHIGORIN heads for York. He is still a bit of a big baby but is maturing slowly. If you can forget his poor performance at Newmarket he is capable of running well, especially if the ground remains on the soft side of good.

RUBY WINE, who run such a promising race at Newbury on her debut, has a choice of engagements. At the moment she is an intended runner in a 7 furlong maiden race at Salisbury on Thursday. This is traditionally a good maiden race, James is keen to find out how good she really is so he can make future plans for her. She is also entered in a conditions race at Kempton on Friday where she could be re routed to if it looks as if there won’t be many runners. MALAK AL MOULOUK is also entered at Salisbury on Thursday. He is being dropped back in trip as he clearly didn’t stay last time he ran. It looks a good race for him.

On Friday, BLUE PATRICK, is entered in a mile apprentice race at Kempton. The extra furlong should suit him on this track as he was staying on well over 7 furlongs on his last run there. The handicapper is at last giving him a bit of a chance so hopefully he should run well.

The only runner at the weekend is CONSIDINE at Kempton on Saturday. He was disappointing at Sandown on his last run but it was probably the way he was ridden on the ground that day. He is definitely better than that and still seems to be in good form at home. He would probably appreciate the ground drying up a bit.


Blue Patrick heads for Redcar
Monday, August 23, 2004

After a quiet week last week there is hopefully plenty of action around the country to look forward to this week. LANDING STRIP heads for his favourite racecourse, Brighton, tomorrow. He does seem to like the sea air there and he is really bouncing at home. His form on the track has been disappointing and he is rather erratic but on his best form he has the ability to win this type of race .

On Thursday LAST APPOINTMENT runs in a 7 furlong handicap on the polytrack. He ran well over this course and distance 2 weeks ago from a bad draw so as long as he is drawn favourably he should have an outstanding chance. ANDURIL runs at the same meeting in a 10 furlong handicap on the turf. He has been a slightly frustrating horse but he does seem to like soft ground so hopefully one may see an improvement in his form.

WELCOME STRANGER is entered in a 0-90 classified stakes race at Thirsk on Friday. The ground could be a problem as he likes fast ground but he may run anyway as there are no suitable alternatives and the horse is in excellent form. On the same day MALAK AL MOULOUK is entered at Newcastle but he also has an engagement at Redcar on Saturday. He is more likely to run at Redcar as it is a more valuable race. He goes on soft ground but clearly did not stay 12 furlongs on this surface last time he ran. He is now reverting to 10 furlongs which should be ideal.

Over the weekend BLUE PATRICK is also bound for Redcar. He ran well at Kempton last week and the straight mile at Redcar should be ideal for him. He seems to go on any ground. He has come out of the Kempton race really well and probably needed it after a slight lay off. Hopefully he should be spot on for the race on Saturday. On Sunday CHIGORIN is entered at Yarmouth. James cannot explain his poor performance last time at Newmarket as he is definitely better than that. Hopefully he can bounce back to form at Yarmouth.


Transaction breaks Newmarket Hoodoo
Monday, August 16, 2004

It has been a fruitful period whilst the editor has been taking a holiday. 3 winners and several placed horses have kept the scoreboard ticking over. TRANSACTION’S win at Newmarket was a great relief and pleasant surprise to James as Newmarket has not been a happy hunting ground. He won nicely and can hopefully improve further from this run. WELCOME STRANGER is enjoying a purple patch and won well at Kempton only 4 days after his good effort at Ascot. The following week he probably ran his best race to date when he was second, again at Kempton, to a Godolphin trained horse. He is clearly still on the upgrade. The third winner was FINAL DIVIDEND and this provided Jo Rees with her first success since she became a mother. It was the sixth race the partnership have enjoyed together.

There were some other good performances to report over the last 2 ½ weeks. The best being RUBY WINE’S fine second in a good maiden race at Newbury last Friday. This filly has a real stamina laden pedigree so anything she achieves at 2 years old is a real bonus. James did not imagine that he would ever run her over 6 furlongs but she had been working nicely at home and there was a lack of suitable races on decent tracks. Frankie Dettori was initially booked to ride the filly but failed to turn up in time so Richard Thomas rode her and proved to be a very able substitute and couldn’t have given her a better int