Hotel For Horses

Friday 9th February

Hello, and welcome to my first blog, which I’m currently writing on the way to Chelmsford racecourse where we run Upper Hand and Flying Panther. We also have Ninth Life running this afternoon at Wolverhampton. This marks two milestones since the start of mine and Richards joint licence, namely having three flat runners in a day and Richard attending his first flat meeting at Wolverhampton since turning dual purpose, which I think he is rather excited about.

The Licence officially switched over on Wednesday 13th December. The day before Easy to Follow provided Richard with his last winner under his sole licence ridden by our Conditional Jockey Luke Scott. Richard was on the cusp of training 600 winners, Easy To Follow being winner 598, but after careful deliberation over the weekend before, and myself suggesting Hill Station could be our first runner and first winner on the Wednesday, Richard gave the go ahead to change the licence. 

Hill Station certainly delivered, after being a 21 race maiden, he finally broke his duck when winning at Wolverhampton on the 26th October under Rossa Ryan, providing Richard with his first flat winner in 1540 days. He then struck gold again when winning the day our licence changed over at Lingfield, providing us with our first winner as dual licence holders. It was a great day with long time owner Mark Albon there to see Hill station win. Hill Station then backed up his recent improvement in form by winning again for a third time 8 days later under a penalty, ridden by Gina Mangan.

Get A Superstar provided us with our first jump winner when scoring on the 14th December at Newcastle under Charlie Hammond. Our run of luck didn’t stop there. New recruits bought from the Horse in Training sales at Newmarket with Matt Houldsworth provided us with another 2 winners. Ninth Life broke his maiden tag when winning at Lingfield on the 20th December under Rossa Ryan. Great Blasket also followed suit when winning on debut for the yard on the 22nd December at Wolverhampton under Gina Mangan.

If Carlsberg did dream starts, 4 flat winners and 1 NH winner in the first 8 days our our new training partnership provided the yard with a great deal of excitement. We didn’t have to wait long for our next winner, as Rewired delivered the goods on the 29th December at Doncaster under Luke Scott. His ever consistent form has continued with him winning again this week on the 6th February at Taunton, again under Luke Scott.

We gave the yearlings 11 days off over Christmas and New Year to give them a well deserved rest as they had done so well up to that point. We are very lucky with the amount of land we can turn out on, so we were able to keep them all turned out over this period which does wonders for their minds.

We are always looking at horses available through the sales. We spotted 2 horses that were of interest in the Tattersalls December online sale, Rhasidat and Upper Hand, both of which have been leased by Golden Equinox Racing. 3 weeks after Rhasidat arrived into the yard she became our 5th winner on the flat when winning at Kempton on the 10th January. It was great to have some of the members of Golden Equinox racing there to celebrate her win, and she managed to win nearly double than we paid for her (1,800gns).

The rest of the older flat horse are all back into full training now, getting ready for the start of the flat season. We currently have 20 2yo’s in training with another 5 more yet to come. Along with the jumping team both yards have become rather full very quick. The whole team has done an amazing job with the addition of all the new horses and it’s a credit to them on how well all of the 2yo’s have settled in.

It’s been a big move for me moving up to Worcestershire, but I’m thoroughly enjoying it. We’ve had a brilliant start and we’ve got a fantastic team of Horses and staff. Wayne Jones our Assistant Trainer has been great helping to organise the day to day running of the yard alongside Jess Miller our Head Girl who never stops working. Dan Abraham has been great helping with all of the management side of things and is an invaluable member of our team.

As with most Assistant Trainers, we all dream of becoming Trainers one day but without financial backing it’s very hard to achieve this goal. I’m very lucky to have Richard who has put his trust in me and we are both extremely excited for the future. The facility we have here at Urloxhey is something someone could only dream about. The stables are all state of the art, the gallops provide different variations to exercise Horses and the turn out is vast. The staff are all happy and I think it rubs off onto the Horses, all being happy and relaxed, as Gina Mangan said on our recent Racing TV episode, ‘it’s a Hotel for Horses’.

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