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23rd July 2016

Last Tuesday all the team went to Beverley Races for the first running of the Jaimie Kerr Memorial Handicap. I saddled 2 runners 
and I thought at one stage I was going to win it with Maureb but the gaps didn't come at the right time and she finished 3rd.

A busload of over 40 went from Weaverthorpe, where Jaimie was from and the sun shone all night.

I didn't get the winner but I'm please to say the race was won by a Norton trainer. Lawrence Mullaney sent out Ziggy Lee to win at 12/1.

26th June 2016

Plata O Plomo failed to reach his reserved price of £150,000 so he remains in training at Long Row Stables.

He did compete in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot but sadly the ground came up to soft for him.

Maureb won a nice race at Carlisle last Wednesday.

Sadly we have retired one of our favourite horse Thatcherite. His knees finely got the better of him so it was the right thing to call it a day. He now moves into the penthouse suite which comes complete with Sky TV including At The Races and Racing UK and a fully filled drinks bar. In addition to that he gets a new carpet laid everyday!

Plata O Plomo heads for the London Goff Sales on the evening before Royal Ascot.

His lot number is 31.

He has an entry in the Windsor Castle Stakes on Tuesday 14th June.

He has been fully vetted and is an outstanding prospect for the future.

I would say he is the best horse I have ever trained.
26th May 2016

Plata O Plomo wins at Haydock Park for Gap Personnel and myself in the George Formby's Birthday Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10 Race). 

Not many people know this but George Formby worked in a racing yard in Malton a number of years ago!!........Well that's the end of the history lesson and now back to the horse.

This horse has done everything we have asked of him since we put him into training. I knew I had a good one on my hands at an early stage and he his the best horse I have ever trained.

His work at home has been very impressive and he takes everything in his stride. I'm really pleased for Gary Dewhurst who owns a half share with me. Gary has been along support of mine and together we have a serious horse to enjoy over the Summer months.

It will not have gone unnoticed that the horse was supported from 25/1 to 14/1 and I think the lads in the yard had a few quid on it!! 

Evening stables tonight wont feel so bad.

We've had a few 2nd's recently and lady luck has not been on our side. Hopefully this will be the catalyst that starts our season.

Have a look at the entries page as we have got a number runners over the next few days  
 8th May 2016

Great to report that we had our first winner on Friday. 
 
Samsonite duly obliged in the 6.20pm race at Ripon. The race was the SIS Steam Selling Stakes over 1m 2f and Sammy won by just over 2 lengths. 

He has been difficult to work out but we've found what make him tick and the owners can look forward to having fun with him over the next few months. 

The lucky owners are Chris Green and Course And Distance Racing who are pictured on the right and if you would like to order a photo from the race you can do so at http://www.louisepollard.co.uk/
I should also add that shares are still available in Samsonite. More details at http://www.courseanddistanceracing.co.uk

Smiley Riley makes the trip to Musselborough on Monday. He's a 2 year colt having his first run and shares are still available in this nice looking horse.

On Tuesday we have 2 running at Beverley, Taffetta in the 3.00pm and Adherence the 5.00pm. Both have chances.

We also have entries at York and Aintree this week.

When the Sun shines everybody feels a little better about life and the same can be said for horses. All of a sudden the horses are much fresher and have an extra spring in their step. Lets hope that's a sign for more winners!!
23rd April 2016

We are still looking for our first win but I’m encouraged by the way the horses have been running.

Taffetta finished 2nd again only beaten a neck at Pontefract on the 18th April. That’s the second time she has been beaten by a neck this year. You can put a line through her run at Southwell when she finished down the field as she did not act on the going.

Little Pippin finshed 2nd at Catterick last Wednesday. She was staying on well over the 7f so it does confirm that a mile is her trip.

Adherence had his first run of the season at Beverley on Thursday. He finished last of the four runners but he was only beaten 3 ¾ lengths and I was pleased with the run. 

I was also going to run Samsonite at Beverley but he failed to make the cut so he’s entered up at Pontefract next Wednesday.

We have plenty entered up next week so click on the Entries tab of the website to view them all.
I will finish off with a very rare sighting in the yard this week. To understand how rare this, it’s akin to Scotland and the Loch Ness monster. Everybody has heard of it but nobody has seen it.

So what was it? Jake was spotted with a brush in his hand sweeping the top yard!!

I did manage to photograph the occasion but it’s not a great picture. Having said that it was taken on an x5000 zoom lens and my hand was shaking with excitement. 

Since the photo hit the web we have been inundated with offers for the negative of the picture, but after much thought and consideration we are donating it to the National History Museum.   

Well that’s been our week and I hope by the next time I update the Blog we will be celebrating a winner.

3rd April 2016

We have a number of entries at Pontefract, Nottingham. Catterick, Chelmsford and Wolverhampton over the next few days.

It's been reassuring that our horses have started to run well over the last couple of weeks. Due to the better weather we have been turning them out after they have worked and they really appreciate it. The lads won't agree as it's a nightmare to catch them!

Maureb ran well at Chelmsford staying on nicely to finish 3rd and collecting £800 in prize money. I have entered her again at Chelmsford on Thursday. 

Little Pippin is entered at Nottingham on Wednesday and she will not be inconvenienced by the soft ground. She won there last October.

28th March 2016

We've been unlucky with our runners over the last few days.

Proven Point finished 4th at Wolverhampton last Sunday. He led until 2 furlongs out before being taken over but he did stay on to claim a some prize money.

Flicka's Boy also ran at Wolverhampton last Sunday and finished an unlucky 3rd. He was caught on the rail and could not find a gap. When one came he stayed on well to the line. Based on that he should be winning soon.

Taffetta ran today at Redcar and finished 2nd, beaten half a length. She was giving a stone away (including riders claim) to the winner and her time will surely come in the next few runs.

We have Maureb and Adherence entered on Thursday at Chelmsford in the 6.05pm and 8.40pm respectively.

For a list of all our runners click on the Results/Entries, then click on the picture of Lucky Landing. Information kindly provided by Racing Post. 
23rd March 2016

Last week was all about Cheltenham and what a great festival of racing over the 4 days. I dare say fortunes were won and lost and if you believe what the bookies say they had a nightmare, but I would take that with a pinch of salt.

All eyes move towards the Grand National on the 9th April, however our focus is closer to home as we prepare for the start of the flat season.

Most of the horses came back in on January 1st but we did have a few that came in before that due to the fields being in a poor state after all the wet weather.

Like last year we are ready to go and hopeful that we can get off to a great start. 

We have a few runners on the all weather at Wolverhampton this week. Samonsite runs on Thursday and both Proven Point and Flica's Boy run on Sunday.

Proven Point just failed to win his first race and we hope he can go and do the business at the 2nd time of asking. Sadly I don't think he will be 20/1 this time

Finally, we had a little surprise in the yard this morning. We had noticed that one of the hens had gone missing but we didn't think much of it until this morning when she turned up with 14 little baby chicks!!   

She had taken herself away into one of the stables we are not using in the back yard and proudly reappeared with her new family today. 

It bought a smile to everybody's face and I will keep you informed of their progress over the next few weeks.


6th March 2016

We had 4 runners last week at Wolverhampton and everybody in the yard took it turns to go. It can be anything from a 7 hour return journey up to 9 hours plus depending on traffic.

On Monday we had Proven Point and Lendal Bridge running. 

Proven Point was having his first run and despite the odds of 20/1 we expected him to run a big race. He finished 3rd only beaten half a length. The winner cost £120,000 and the runner up cost £70,000. He just ran a little green in the last half a furlong otherwise he would have won. Keep an eye out for him, but won't be 20/1 next time he runs.

Lendal Bridge was bang there turning for home and his jockey thought he was going to win but for some reason the horse then changed its legs. He was only beaten by 4 lengths. 

On Wednesday Molly Approve was very disappointing. She finished last of 12 runners. 

Friday saw the turn of Samsonite. Sammy was still right there with a furlong to run, but weaken and finished 8th, beaten by just under 9 lengths. 
He had a good blow afterwards and he is the type of horse that does take some time to get race fit as he can be a little lazy at home and by far the best way to improve fitness is to actually race him. He will come on for the run and will appear next on the grass.

No entries next week but the yard is in full swing getting ready for the start of the flat season. 

28th February 2016

We didn’t have any runners last week but the yard was very busy as we prepare for the start of the flat season which is just 1 month away! 

It comes around quickly. It only feels 5 minutes since Westwood Hoe won the last race of the 2015/16 flat season at Doncaster at 50/1. Since then Westwood Hoe went on to win the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell bagging £12,000 for his lucky owners.

It’s been very cold in the yard the last few days with temperatures as low as minus 5. Thankfully this did not stop any preparations for the flat season as both the Highfield and Langton Gallops have remained open.

Next week is all about Wolverhampton. We have 2 runners on Monday which are Proven Point and Lendal Bridge. Lendal Bridge finished 3rd the last time he ran at the track.

On Wednesday 2nd March we have Molly Approve entered up in the 4.05 and on Friday 4th March we have entries for Samsonite and Lendal Bridge again.

Samsonite is having his second run of the year and is owned by the Course and Distance Racing Club. 
He’s a 4 year old gelding who won at Pontefract last season and we feel he will be a better horse having had a year of racing. If you are interested in buying a share in the horse pop along to http://www.courseanddistanceracing.co.uk/ for more information.   

21st February 2016

Well we are now into the middle of February and the cold mornings are still with us. They say working in a stable is the best job ever in Summer, but the Winter is a different matter. 

All the flat horses are back in from the fields and are in various stages of training. The ones that came in early are galloping and we have a few still on the walker. By the end of February we should be in full swing ready for the start of flat season.

Sadly we lost our stable legend Keep It Dark (Denzel). He was sold at Doncaster Sales last month due to his owner passing away. We would have liked him back in our yard but it was not to be.

I'm happy to say we now have a new legend and that's Little Pippin, She is only 3 years old and not very big, but she knows how to punch above her weight and has the heart of a lion.
She was owned by Jaimie (Tony's Partner), but sadly Jaimie passed away last October. Little Pippin ran and won on the day Jaimie died. In the race Pips was last out of the stalls, nearly fell over 3 furlongs out, but somehow got up to win on the line!!
We are very hopeful she can win again for us this season. I'm sure Jaimie has been speaking to the right people above so we have a little 'assistance' this season. 

That's all the news for this week. I've put a couple of pictures below taken around the yard including one of Little Pippin.
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