Tulane ran very well considering he’d been off for so long at Sandown last night. Jane Elliott gave him a very good ride, settling him early on before challenging at the two furlong marker where he stayed on nicely beaten three and a half lengths by the winner.
He has had his problems but hopefully they are behind him and he can reward the enormous patience of The Tulanes syndicate.
A great evening of racing at the Esher track last night in beautiful weather and the racing experience doesn’t get much better than that.
We have declared Iron Horse in the 5.05pm at Uttoxeter on Sunday. Apparently the ground rode well there last week and hopefully will do so again. He ran a fine race at Chepstow on his last outing but has gone up in the handicap and things will be harder this time. However he appears in good form and we are hopeful of a good run before he goes on a summer holiday.
Lady Of Authority ran a bit flat at Kempton last night. Georgia Dobie admitted she was a bit further back than she wished and wasn’t helped by the draw. However she did lack a bit of zip at the finish and will now have a little break and she will school over hurdles.
She appears to need a few weeks between her races but with her going up in the handicap and very few all-weather opportunities about, we were forced to give her a run last night. She has done well for us over the last few months and she has the size and scope to jump a hurdle so I am sure she will continue to give us some fun.
Off to Sandown tonight to saddle Tulane in the 6pm. He has been off for a fair while but has always shown ability and let’s hope we can make up for lost time. This is a competitive event but there are very few other opportunities around at present for him and hopefully it will be a good starting point to his campaign.
I have been at Doncaster sales for the last couple of days searching for new recruits and delighted to have purchased two Irish point to pointers with the help of Irish agent Gerry Hogan. Gerry has bought many a good horse, including Paisley Park and we look forward to filling you in on the details of them in the future.
Dandy Lass showed a bit of promise last night in the fillies maiden at Windsor. A hot contest, she showed signs of greenness on ground that was a bit on the firm side for her however she was not beaten that far by the leaders.
Liam Keniry suggested we drop her back a furlong and run her on the all weather if there is no rain about. She is the type to come good in the autumn, rather like her part-owner Michael Barnes.
Looking forward to Lady Of Authority running at Kempton tomorrow where hopefully she will have another chance, despite a five pound penalty for her win last week.
We have declared Tulane at Sandown on Thursday. He’s been off for a fair while with an injury but has always shown ability at home. Jane Elliott, who has been impressing many, takes the ride and let’s hope this race tees him up for a successful summer campaign and he rewards everyone patience.
Off to the Doncaster sales tomorrow to try and fill some orders. It is a competitive market but hopefully we will come back with some new prospects.
Many thanks to all at Heros Charity who entertained the Adlestrop Club so well yesterday. The Club have visited the charity before but now they are not only training horses but training young people and it was great to see former Adlestrop Club horse, Catkin Copse go through her paces in front of the Club. She is a fantastic ride and is much loved by all the students.
All who attended were inspired by Grace Muir’s great enthusiasm for the cause of not only the horse but also young people, who despite their sometimes troubled backgrounds, are learning to be valued members of the equine industry.
Dandy Lass has been declared for the 8pm at Windsor tonight – the one mile maiden fillies. The syndicate consists of Barnsy, Vince O’Brien and Dave Hall and there is much excitement in the village.
Barnsy purchased her from Joe Foley at Ballyhane Stud and this attractive daughter of Dandy Man has taken time to grow and strengthen but shows ability at home.
We are hoping that the filly and Barnsy have a good experience today and hopefully jockey Liam Keniry will be able to tell us a bit about her.
Lady Of Authority has been declared for Kempton on Wednesday with Georgia Dobie once again onboard. The combination won well last week and with few options available and her inevitably going up in the handicap, we are being forced to run her with a penalty. However, she appears in good form since her run and hopefully will put up another good show.
The ground at Huntingdon looked too quick for Iron Horse tomorrow so we have entered him for Uttoxeter on Sunday. Hopefully some rain is forecast to make the ground safe and let’s hope he can follow up on his excellent second at Chepstow.
Muthabir (pictured) put in a typical end of season run at Stratford yesterday and he will now go on his holidays. He has given the Adlestrop Experience a lot of fun over the last few seasons and hopefully after a summers holiday will continue to do so.
Muthabir has been declared for the 4.45pm at Stratford on Sunday. We are stepping him up in trip and Danny Hiskett will ride and take off three pounds. Having won in January, the handicapper as ever has been slow to drop him, however he is in good form at home and he will wear cheek pieces to help him travel better.
He can sometimes throw in an end of season run having been on the go for quite a while now and if so, Danny will look after him and hopefully the handicapper will do the same.
Yesterday I attended a memorial service in London for Hugh McIlvanney. The occasion was a wonderful testament to sport’s greatest writer. Many greats of sport and journalism were in attendance and the fact that amongst the readers were Brough Scott, Gary Lineker and Sir Tom Courtenay says it all.
His passion for the power of sport was immense and his three favourite sports – football, boxing and racing, turned up aplenty to pay their respects.
It was a privilege to know and interact with him. There will not be another quite like him.
A very sunny work morning with both Dandy Lass and Tulane working in preparation for their runs on the flat next week. Dandy Lass is part owned by Barnsy and hopefully she will make her debut at Windsor on Monday in the fillies maiden.
She has always been an attractive filly but has needed to strengthen – hopefully she will show some promise next week. She doesn’t carry a lot of condition which is surprising considering how many carrots she gets but she looks well compared to her part-owner.
Tulane (pictured) was off with an injury last season but will hopefully make a return at Sandown next Thursday. He has certainly strengthened up from last year and has always shown ability.
Iron Horse has a couple of entries next week but will only take them up if we have some rain. He ran a cracker at Chepstow on his last run and looks potentially a decent chaser.
The York meeting starts today with more Classic clues coming up this week. The Epsom Classics are not far away now and then it will soon be Royal Ascot.
It is a lovely time of year for most horses and if they don’t look well in the first week of June, there is something amiss. With the weather warming up and the grass growing, it is a good time to be a racehorse for most.
Talking of Royal Ascot, once again the Adlestrop Club will have Ladies Day at Royal Adlestrop on Thursday 20th June. It is always a very enjoyable occasion with food, drink and singing along with raising money for charity. This year’s theme is ‘animals’ with all attendees hopefully wearing something from a charity shop with an animal connection.
If you would like to come along to this fun event, please do be in touch.
Very sadly Kootenay River had to be put to sleep at Kempton yesterday having sustained a serious injury to his hind leg early on in the race. Obviously everyone is very upset about this and our sympathies go out to all concerned, especially Lizzie Prowting and Hannah Bishop who were so fond of him.
He was a wonderful character and it all feels very unjust but he had a good life although too short.
Lady Of Authority (pictured) raised our spirits by winning at Wolverhampton yesterday under a well-timed challenge from jockey Georgia Dobie. The two girls appear to get on very well together and hopefully they will continue to have a good summer.
Two runners today. Kootenay River runs in the 3.45pm at Kempton and this is his first run for us having shown good form in bumpers and being placed over hurdles.
Hopefully conditions will suit today and we have put cheek pieces on him. He appears in good form at home and let us hope he runs a good race for his wonderful owner, Lizzie Prowting.
Lady Of Authority runs in the 5pm at Wolverhampton with Georgia Dobie onboard again. She ran very well last time out when a fast finishing second and if things go her way today, she should be thereabouts once again. She looks in great nick and we will go hurdling with her at some stage.
On Saturday it was great to welcome our yard sponsors Martin and Sue Harvey to the yard along with Peter and Colette O’Donnell. It was Peter and Colette’s first visit to Adlestrop Stables and it was great to show them around on a beautiful morning.
It was also great to welcome a hen party to the gallops organised by Josie Inverdale, daughter of John. Josie and her four Loughborough mates came to the Cotswolds for the weekend and by the look of it, the wedding should be a good bash.
Viva Rafa ran well yesterday at Huntingdon finishing third in the novice handicap chase. He travelled and jumped well before tiring in the straight and we will probably drop him back to two and a half miles for his next run.
He did cut his hind leg during the race which will hopefully clear up over the next week or so and we look forward to him giving us some excitement over the summer.
Hopefully we will have some runners next week and we did some schooling and stalls work in preparation. Looking forward to some visitors for work morning tomorrow.
Chester looked pretty muddy today and as ever the meeting has given us a fair few Classic clues. Sir Dragonet was most impressive in the Vase on Wednesday and I doubt is in many horses to follow lists.
Potentially a great Dante next week with Too Darn Hot and Japan both aiming for the Derby trial. Both horses are in my list and hopefully one of them will go on to victory at Epsom.
On the way to Huntingdon to saddle Viva Rafa in the 4.25pm. Hopefully he will put up a good show in what looks a competitive event. He looks the type to give the Nut Club some fun over the summer and hopefully he will get his head in front for them soon.
We worked a few horses this morning as well as doing some stalls work. It is the time of year when a few are beginning to go on their holidays and fortunately there is a lot of good spring grass around. Hopefully some warmer weather is coming as well.
Like many of my owners, as a Tottenham last night was a memorable occasion. Liverpool’s come back the night before was remarkable but Spurs effort was just as memorable and congratulations to all on their ‘never say die’ attitude.
The two teams will play in the Champions League final on Derby day and let’s hope the best team win on the night. Whatever the result it has been a remarkable effort by both teams under excellent managers.