National Hunt Racehorse Trainer based at the Upper Yard at Grange Hill Farm in the Cotswolds. Fergal, assistant trainer Sally Randell, head lad Kev Brown and a great team of stable staff managed to get 60 winners on the scoreboard, with prize money in excess of £610K.
Day 3. We have to wait all afternoon to see our runner ‘Perfect Candidate’ in the Kim Muir Handicap chase at 5:30. Brodie rides him and she had a pop on him this week ready for the occasion. We wish him all the luck on his favourite track for owners Donna and Geoff Keeys.
The super ‘Perfect Candidate’
We had 2 solid runs in the Ballymore Novice hurdle yesterday. Both of our runners jumped and stayed on well but couldn’t get involved in a place. They are both fantastic staying chasers for the future and they are both fine this morning.
Sean Bowen with connections of ‘Ask Dillon’
And on board in the paddock before the race.
And the gorgeous ‘Jarveys Plate’ and Paddy in the paddock before the race.
We enjoyed Tuesday with the lovely ‘Cap Soleil’ who had a great comeback run on the biggest stage and she stayed on well up the hill to come an ultra solid 7th if 14.
The Rowland’s and the Marzouks came to see their horses this morning.
Here they are with ‘Crossgalesfamegame’ and they also own ‘Hurricane Harvey’ who you can see in the background if you look very hard!!!
Tomorrow we conclude the Festival with 2 runners at the home of National hunt racing.
‘Aye Aye Charlie’ runs in the Albert Bartlett Novice hurdle and ‘Coolanly’ runs in the Martin Pipe conditional Jockeys handicap hurdle.
We are getting closer to the Cheltenham Festival and there is excitement around the yard. Our Cheltenham runners are all in good form.
Max on ‘Sharp Getaway’ who is jumping really well and will be ready for a race in the coming weeks.
Simon on ‘Saturdaynightfever’ who won’t run this week due to the amount of rain we have had. He will wait for better ground.
Before the festival we have Sandown on Saturday to look forward to. Here is our Imperial Cup hopeful ‘Bennys Bridge’ ridden by Connor.
ally in ‘Imperial Elysian’ whonis such a natural jumper.
Today we have one runner at Carlisle. ‘Barrakilla’ runs in the hunters chase at 5:35. He is in really good form like last season so we hope he can have a big prep run before the Aintree Foxhunters again this year!!! Zac Baker rides.
2 runs tomorrow at Leicester. ‘Quantum Of Solace’ and ‘Troika Steppes’ both run.
‘A Book Of Intrigue’ defied his odds to take the Bumper really well at Huntingdon yesterday. Connor gave him a lovely ride and although still green up the home straight, once he really got going in the last furlong he did it well.
In the winners enclosure with owners Oscar Singh and Priya Purewal with good friend Mark. Tia led up her first winner!!
The pick of the paddock ‘A Book Of Intrigue’ before the race.
‘Thegallantway’ was also green and didn’t really handle the downhill part of the track but really stayed on close home and he will make a really nice horse for the future over jumps.
Today we have another bumper runner. ‘Hurricane Harvey’ runs at Southwell at 5:30. Paddy rides him for owners Walid and Paula Marzouk & Richard and Ann Rowland. We hope he can go one better than his good 2nd on debut for us.
Tomorrow we have ‘Cool Destination’ running at Exeter.
Penny with the lovely ‘Cool Destination’ after a solid start to hurdles at Ludlow last time out.
A brilliant day yesterday with an across the card double at Ludlow and Taunton. We deserved a bit of luck back in our corner after 2 near misses over the past 2 weeks. The horses are in really good form.
‘Soldier Of Love’ was our first winner at Taunton. He travelled really nicely through the race and jumped really well. He took over at the last hurdle and went away from the field with ease.
The lovely staying chaser for the future ‘Soldier Of Love’ led up by Andrew.
Then ‘Carrolls Milan’ made it a double under Connor when winning the mares handicap hurdle at Ludlow. She is very tough and genuine and she got to the front turning for home. She saw off a challenge at the last hurdle but she battled very gamely to hold on. It was also a great day for one of the members of ‘The Gud Tines Partnership’ Paul Nurden who had a double celebration as it was also his birthday yesterday so that was a lovely win for him.
The ultra tough mare ‘Carrolls Milan’ led up by Abbie.
Today we have ‘Oscar Rose’ running in a mares EBF Novice hurdle qualifier so she can run in the final at Newbury later in in March. She has one to beat so hopefully she can go close. Paddy rides.
The gorgeous ‘Oscar Rose’ with Karen and Tony Exall who own her along with Martin Rice.
Our other 2 runners are at Newbury.
Connor rides ‘Paint The Dream’ in the Conditional Jockeys race at 1:45. He has been very solid in his novice hurdles and today is his handicap debut and looks a nice race to start with. We hope he can prove himself in this company today and run another solid race.
‘Pride Of Lecale’ is our other runner in a 2m4 Novice hurdle at 3:25. He hasn’t had the weather wet enough this season but he has plenty of ability and should run a solid race. Noel Fehily rides him for Clare and Paul Rooney.
We have 2 runners at Kelso tomorrow and they set off on the long journey up north this morning. ‘Strong Glance’ and ‘Okotoks’ run there tomorrow.
Also tomorrow we have ‘Barney Dwan’ at Doncaster and ‘Master Dee’ and ‘Silver Hallmark’ at Newbury.
The exciting ‘Silver Hallmark’ makes his debut for us tomorrow at Newbury in the Bumper.
A turn in the weather today. We are finally getting a bit of much needed rain.
We have 2 runners today.
‘Soldier Of Love’ is our first runner at Taunton in the 3:10. Paddy rides him in a novice handicap hurdle over 2m7. He is a staying chaser for the future so we hope to see more from him today.
‘Soldier Of Love’
‘Carroll’s Milan’ then runs at 4:10 in a mares handicap hurdle at Ludlow. Connor rides her. She is tough and Hardy mare and loves racing so after numerous places we hope she can run another solid race.
Paddy was in first thing to school some of the horses and ‘Cap Soleil’ was particularly impressive. She heads for the festival.
The gorgeous ‘Cap Soleil’ taking a flyer.
Tomorrow we run ‘Oscar Rose’ at Doncaster and ‘Paint The Dream’ at Newbury.
We have passed through the worrying times of the equine flu outbreak and the BHA have handled the situation really well and contained the problem. They are still being very cautious and checking every horse before they enter the racecourses and Point to Points.
The horses have all enjoyed the break from racing and it’s been a time to freshen them up.
We returned to racing last week with a good winner with ‘Quantum Of Solace’ at Ludlow. We nearly had a double on the day but in a stewards enquiry we lost the race. It was a shame for the owners but ‘Champagne Well’ didn’t know about the enquiry so in his eyes he won and he was very happy with himself…!!!
The gorgeous ‘Champagne Well’.
We started this week off with another close call when ‘Diamond Fort’ was beaten in a photo finish at Uttoxeter. Connor gave him a patient ride and he flew home to just fail.
‘Belle Amis’ then ran in a Mares Novice hurdle and had a solid run in preparation for a longer race later in March.
Up in Scotland, Paddy gave ‘Liosduin Bhearna’ a positive ride to win the 2m5 handicap hurdle at Ayr. We have had a lot of luck at the track and added another winner to the FOB Racing Partnership tally.
‘Liosduin Bhearna’ in the winners enclosure with some of the dedicated members of FOB4!!
The FOB Racing Partnerships have been so much fun and all of the horses have been so consistent. It’s an affordable way to get into ownership and meet new people. We have just started the list for FOB8 which is an 8 share Partnership. The Partnership will own the lovely winning 6 year old mare ‘Proper Ticket’ who isn’t far off a run. She showed guts to win her Point to Point in Ireland.
The lovely mare ‘Proper Ticket’ by Gold Well.
Today we just have 1 runner at Ffos Las. The ground went too quick at Leicester so we pulled out of that meeting.
‘Cage Of Fear’ makes his debut for us in the Bumper at 4:40. He was 2nd in his only start in an Irish Point to Point last season and he is going well at home. Due to the drying ground all over the country, the welsh track has attracted a large and competitive field due to their ground being softer than most. We are hoping for a solid run today.
Finally our run of 2nds has ended with a Cheltenham winner!!!!
‘Bennys Bridge’ who we hoped was well handicapped showed his class in a decent field. Settled at the back in a strongly run race he creeped into contention half a mile from home and stayed on well up the home straight to win convincingly. A great ride by Paddy for Biddestone Racing 1 who were understandably overjoyed by the result!!!!
Biddestone Racing 1 in the Cheltenham winners enclosure.
All smiles collecting their prize with Fergal and Paddy.
Great to see Debbie aka ‘Novice Filly’ at Cheltenham. She has been in the press lately raising awareness over mental health awareness. Here she is getting her picture taken with the winner ‘Bennys Bridge’.
Fern and Kaitlin both had their first pony races of the season and did really well at Cocklebarrow Point to Point.
Fern and Flick were 2nd in the 138 race and Kaitlin and Captain were 6th in the 148 race.
We don’t have any runners today or tomorrow so all the little jobs in the yard can get done.
A super way to see in the New Year with a winner at Cheltenham.
‘Jarveys Plate’ confirmed his promising future with a 13 length win in the Listed novice hurdle over 2m4. He travelled very nicely through the race and jumped extremely well to go away from the field from 2 out. He is a very special young horse.
‘Jarveys Plate’ coming back into the winners enclosure led up by Katie.
‘Perfect Candidate’ showed how reliable he is at Cheltenham with a superb round of jumping and a 3rd place. He is such a star for owners Geoff and Donna Keeys.
The Cheltenham Star ‘Perfect Candidate’ schooled by Fern.
‘Alvarado’ ran his usual solid race and William and Angela Rucker decided to retire him straight after. He has been a fantastic horse for Fergal. In his career he ran 36 times and 19 of those races he finished in the first 4!!!! 8 wins. 2 Grand National Places and 2 Scottish National places!!! What a horse of a lifetime!!! He has retired sound as a pound and will enjoy being back at his home in Worcestershire.
Happy Retirement ‘Alvarado’
‘De Name Evades Me’ ran another super race to keep finding more and steal 2nd on the line. He has never been out of the first 4 in all 11 career starts to date. He looked a little outpaced early on in the race and stayed on so well to get the 2nd spot. He is so genuine and consistent!!!
the completely lovable ‘De Name Evades Me’ in the winners enclosure again!!!
‘Pride Of Lecale’ ran a very solid race at Exeter coming 6th. He is such an exciting chaser for the future and just wants the rain to come.
Happy New Year and I wish everyone the very best for 2019. We are very excited about the New Year ahead as 2019 is going to be a big year for Team FOB.
We hope to start it off well at Cheltenham in the first race where our lovely up and coming Novice ‘Jarveys Plate’ steps up to 2m4 in the Listed novice hurdle. He has ran 2 good races over 2 miles and now he gets to show off his stamina. We wish the Yes No Wait Sorries the very best of luck today.
The super professional ‘Jarveys Plate’.
We then have 2 old servants running in the 3m2 handicap chase at 1:50. ‘Perfect Candidate’ and ‘Alvarado’ both run and although they haven’t been in top form lately they could easily bounce back today as they both love the track and they are both so happy at home in their work.
2 best mates ‘Alvarado’ and ‘Perfect Candidate’
‘Pride Of Lecale’ is our only runner at Exeter today at 1:50. He is a staying chaser in the making and we are looking forward to his future. We are hoping for a solid run today to get him on track for the future. Jamie Moore rides.
Our last runner of the day is ‘De Name Evades Me’ at Cheltenham in the 3 mile handicap hurdle at 2:35. He has had a super season and he will love the ground. We hope for a big run for him. Paddy rides him.
We enjoyed a good run at Uttoxeter yesterday coming 2nd in the Maiden hurdle with ‘Good And Hardy’. He travelled brilliantly up at the front of the race and when the winner came to him they set sail and left the rest of the field by a long way. He was a really good 2nd and we were very happy with that.
Owner Pete Smith with ‘ Good And Hardy’ led up by Tori.
No runners tomorrow or Thursday but a busy day Friday!!!!