Racing at Doncaster
We have Rayna’s World as our one runner tonight at Donny for Ace bloodstock and Rayna Fitzgerald. She ran a respectable race last time out and we hope the drop back in trip will help, a little rain would also be a bonus to see her at her best. Teamed up with her previous winning pilot Jimmy Quinn we wish her and all connections the best of luck…..and i also know Phil is very much looking forward to the after racing entertainment in the shape of Jess Glynn!!
Rayna winning her first of two wins under tonights jockey – Jimmy Quinn
We have another re-homing success story as Andorn’s Legacy has gone to start her new career as an eventer with Jo, and has wasted no time making a new friend…
The work on the barns for the deep clean continues, it will be like new by the time the winter NH lot come back in.
The third barn all freshly power-hosed ready for painting
Eastview Boy looking content at sunset
Half brothers Rococco & Tonto have a striking resemblance, they shadow each other most of the day, they must know they are family!
Phil with Sharon Wat….in deep discussion putting the world to rights!
A week today it will be the final day of the May Sales and we should be bringing some new recruits back to Green Oaks
There is plenty of homework going on, particularly on the Horses in Training catalogue this week – 2 years ago Phil bought TOP VILLE BEN from this sale for £32,000 – one of the Million in Mind draft and he has proved to be a top class novice chaser for us, 3rd in a Grade 1 last time at Aintree and a live Grand National & possibly even Gold Cup hope of the future, now rated 151 over fences.
There is the Milion in Mind draft again plus the substantial dispersal of Grech & Parkin Horses. Phil will be attending all 3 days. He doesn’t charge commission for buying and we welcome any new enquiries. We also do have some existing 25% and 50% potential Owners to join in with plus a good number of orders. It’s an exciting week.
This was last year’s STORE SALE where we bought the smart Getaway filly now known as ‘Fille d’Avignon’ – she has been lightly cantered and will be ready to run in the coming NH season for her Partnership, Topspec II
PKR at Goffs UK Store Sale 2018 - YouTube
We’ll be posting GOFFS OWN 2019 Sale preview videos here on our website as soon as they appear online.
Just loading is our new gallop video with some new and familiar faces on… many of our summer runners. Check back in around lunchtime to watch.
New filly FADING ICON nearest camera alongside SOUTH SEAS
Last night saw Iconic Belle & Tommy go SO close at Perth, just beaten a neck giving away plenty of weight. This was an excellent first run for her new Owners but the drive was a long way back for Phil with a 2 instead of a 1 next to her name. She picked up decent prizemoney for second though and has plenty of options all summer, flat and hurdles. This is the Racing Post analysis….
No runners today but there is going to be a lot going on with the Mares moving to our biggest field and much swapping about of paddocks with the geldings. Victor has been creosoting the barns and they are looking really smart and Ashley was getting stuck in yesterday with the new power washer, we are doing one barn at a time and they are getting thoroughly disinfected and re painting traditional black and white on the inner walls. The next couple of days sees the arrival of an industrial mower from Ace Bloodstock and with our newly railed off front lawn it’s going to look pretty immaculate soon
While we are having a quieter period we have been getting plenty of young ones broken in or long reining round the farm – one of these is the rangy 3 year old filly out of Dunaden, and there will be no mistaking her when she steps into the paddock at the races, she has a perfect love heart on her forehead.
Another youngster that has been learning the basics is this Soldier of Fortune 2 year old out of bumper winner, Molly Cat. She is a year early but big and strong and we like to do some long reining with the 2 year olds if they are ready.
Soldier of Fortune filly
She is now out in the fields though and looking so well.
Soldier of Fortune filly
And to round off our news, a photo to make you smile…
Indy & Brandy who had a lot of likes and suggested captions from our Facebook page…. our favourite so far being ‘Apparantly Guys, he’s the Pocket Rocket’ from Rebecca Hodkinson
Phil, Tommy & Iconic Belle are on their way to Perth for what looks a winnable 2m Mares Hurdle round this picturesque track. We wish they’d turned the sprinklers off sooner as we would have much preferred good to firm but with luck any good to soft patches will have dried up to good in this beautiful sunshine. There is no doubt that there will be further improvement to come from this likeable mare, she reappears after a short break in the new Ownership ofJowsey, Bainbridge, Cornforth & Emerson and we wish them lots of luck and safe return.
A galloping video is just loading but we thought you would like to see this video of some of our youngsters and Winter Jumpers out in the fields. We are so lucky to have over 100 acres of fantastic grass here, post and railed and all on site. The horses are loving their rest.
PKR horses on their holidays 2019 - YouTube
And some photos from the past couple of days…
Bahkit out in the sunshine after second lot
The 1/2 brothers Lord Rococco and My Strong Man – they stick together like glue! Out after first lot
Ice Pyramid at sunset
Abington Park – a run under his belt and away now for the summer
Don Poli – loving the freedom!
PKR dog SUKEY and her ‘Noodle’
A other ‘after racing’ success story – Andorn’s Legacy having been re-schooledby Sammi has now been successfully rehomed with Jo from Stirling
Just the one runner today-good luck to connections of MISU BULA who has her third bumper start at Sedgefield in the 5.15 tonight – she was a good 3rd at 40-1 on her second run.
For us it’s a quiet couple of months in the Spring/ early Summer with much of our horses targeted for later in the summer months and Autumn. We have a small and capable core of flat horses & summer jumpers for now, but our best ever team of NH horses out in the fields and we have so much to look forward to. Here are a few of the summer horses on the gallops yesterday..
Dancing Doug & Sam , he ran a sound race for 3rd at Fakenham last week
Misscarlett & Stacey , in the frame on her seasonal debut
Playmaker & Donna, a hurdling campaign is planned
Burrows Seeside & Tommy, good looking 2 year old
Shine Baby Shine, heading to Aintree
Handsome new Tom Dooley
It’s also the GOFFS MAY SALES next week where Phil will be attending all three days – STORES the first day – Tuesday ,followed by in training horses Wednesday & Thursday, a very strong catalogue with some high class proven & potential jumpers. Lots of evening catalogue homework going on this week….if anyone would like a catalogue we can arrange this and we welcome any enquiries for 25%, 33% , 50% purchases as well as single Owners as we have several Owners interested in making up partnerships.
We enjoyed glorious weather yesterday and the last bunch of the horses due to go out for the summer were put into their respective paddocks and met new friends and old. We are lucky to have over 100 acres of superb grassland onsite at Green Oaks, and we can keep an eye on them all the time.
We are very sad to report the passing of a wonderful man – Alan Broadwith, known to many and all of us as ‘Uncle Albert’. Having previously worked for Chris Thornton & Kate Walton, Albert then continued to work for us when we went to Sharp Hill and eventually moved with us to Green Oaks. He was usually the first one on the yard and read his paper before 6 or 7 am start and that was just up to a few weeks ago, lately concentrating on filing all the big water tubs in the stables despite his advancing age of 78, he just loved to come to work. Albert also loved to pick winners, he was an avid watcher of racing and enjoyed jumping in the horsebox with us to enjoy our runners at the races. His last trip with Phil was quite fittingly his favourite track, Carlisle, and he signed off with a winner – WHOSHOTTHESHERIFF , Phil tells me he definately backed it and he really enjoyed the day. Albert was really kind, often bringing Phil bottles of special beer, we had pheasants and ducks in season and most recently he brought our girls a great big box of chocolates for Easter. We can’t quite believe he has gone and he will be very much missed and certainly not forgotten. Proud to be part of our team, we were equally proud to have him. RIP Albert and our thoughts are with his wife and family.
It’s a busy day for our team with 5 runners at Ayr and 2 at Fakenham and Magellan has just run for us in the first at Ayr. He is a tremendous looking horse with good flat form and has benefitted from a wind op but just found one too good for him in the shape of the McCain bumper winning favourite. He galloped all the way to the line and although we didn’t want to be in second spot, this was another step in the right direction for Magellan. Our other runner. Epsom Des Mottes is more a Chaser in the making and hopefully now qualifies for a handicap mark. He goes home for his summer break now and will have learnt plenty.
Our next runner will be ‘Dancing Doug’ in the 3.10 at Fakenham – he is family owned and ridden and we wish Harrison Beswick lots of luck on him today, taking a handy 5lbs off in this handicap hurdle. He was a close 2nd for us on his stable debut and let’s hope we’re close up his first NH win, he is a tough little horse.
Jupiter’s Way follows him at Ayr, the Josr Algarhoud mare had a few starts in points for experience and keeps in novice company in this Mares MHOPS race that lacks strength in depth. She is a strong stayer and may need 3 miles in time but has an EW chance here.
Back to Fakenham at 4.15 for a 2m 4f Mares handicap hurdle for Lady Kyria. She wasn’t suited by Carlisle last time and a return to a flat left handed track should be in her favour. She is a tough, likeable mare who should win plenty more races for her syndicate.
We finish with 2 in the last at Ayr – the jet black newcomer ‘Abington Park’ who is a homebred by us and is now owned by Red Cap Racing and the Long family. He is a striking looking individual who goes well at home, and we would hope for a decent performance without this being his Gold Cup, Phil is never too hard on these real NH prospects, they hopefully have a long future ahead of them. Andorn’s Legacy showed a bit more last time and if she can show further improvement we will give her a chance over hurdles in Mares Company. Her sire ‘Andorn’ won us lots of races and she had a half sister that made a decent little hurdler.
It’s just a couple of weeks time until the big end of season May Sales at Goffs, Doncaster. A 2 day catalogue of high class NH horses preceeded by a high class jumpers store sale with some well bred 3 year old prospects on offer. The night before the store sale is the TBA Awards dinner and we are delighted that Lady Buttons has been nominated again – this time in two categories, British Bred leading Mares Hurdle and also the Chase Mare award which she won last season. It was a proud evening for her Owner Breeders Keith and Jayne Sivills when Buttons took the title and a beautiful trophy, and win lose or drawer we look forward to another excellent evening and a celebration of British breeding.
Keith and Jayne Sivills with their award last year
The TBA recently made this superb video of Lady Buttons and her career… one to watch for all her followers.
The TBA Mares' Showcase- Lady Buttons - YouTube
And finally ‘Happy Birthday’ to Lady Westerner’s Spanish Moon colt foal who arrived on Sunday morning at Haras Des Embruns in France. He is a nephew of Lady Buttons, and Lady Westerner’s first foal. We are delighted.
3.10 sees ‘Don Poli’ make his second start for us in the 3m5f Chase at the Punchestown Festival this afternoon. Tommy gets the leg up, Don Poli has blinkers on for the first time and although we were hoping for a softer surface, it’s safe jumping ground. He’s been in great form with himself at home since Aintree and he is ridden everyday by Pupil Assistant Henry Newcombe, he’ll be watching eagerly to see how he gets on and we’re all hoping for a revival in form for this hugely talented 10 year old. A change is as good as a rest…? This is certainly a drop in class for him and the engine is still fully intact. He is priced around the 25-1 mark.
Don Poli stretching out with Henry
Reviewing our Wednesday Punchestown runners, December Second ran a screamer for 6th in the Grade 1 Champion bumper, beaten about 6 lengths and proving himself a high class prospect for hurdling and possibly a flat campaign.
December Second close up in the finish in the green & yellow colours
Nicely Indeed travelled quite keenly but got a bit tired in the closing stages in his race – he jumped well though and his Owners enjoyed an excellent day’s racing that saw Kemboy win a great Punchestown Gold Cup and a memorable Ruby Walsh retirement. Nicely now goes on his summer break and we look forward to another season closer to home with him in the winter.
Nicely, Victor & some of his Owners at Punchestown
Closer to home today we have Fingal’s Cave in the 3.40 at Thirsk – he didn’t appreciate Southwell but this should be more up his street and he is off a an attractive handicap mark. Following him will be Zig Zag in the 6.35 at Hexham – not his usual track but it’s a decent prize and he is second favourite, going into this fit and well following a recent flat start. He was a Wetherby winner over hurdles this Winter.
‘Ice Galley’ is doing the opposite – he is reverting to the flat in the 7.50 at Doncaster after a successful stint hurdling. This will be his final run before a summer break and a planned novice chase campaign next season, he jumps beautifully.
The good looking Ice Galley by Galileo
There have been some new arrivals this week, the Irish duo TOM DOOLEY and HARD TIMES arrived in a large transporter a couple of days ago and have settled into the routine here quickly. We also welcomed a Kayf Tara half sister to Bedale Lane & Twentysix Black last week, she is a good sort who will be prepared for a bumper.
New Kayf Tara filly x Misleain
This morning we saw the unraced bumper duo Diaspora and Abington Park have an outside gallop for an ‘away’ experience and they will have learnt lots.
Diaspora by Getaway, her half sister gained black type at Punchestown on Thursday
Homebred ‘Abington Park’ by Passing Glance, he will make his debut shortly
Two years younger but starting their education are our four 2 year old NH fillies … pictured here ‘Ginny’ by Sixties Icon x Royalty, a half sister to 8x winner ‘Agglestone Rock’ and others.
Our runners Nicely Indeed & December Second headed off early this morning ready for Punchestown tomorrow. Yesterday Archippos was just held in the finish for a good 3rd at Newcastle by half a length with PJ McDonald for The Well Oiled Partnership.
Todays runner is Bahkit at Newcastle under Paul Hanagan in the 6:30 1m2 h’cap. We hope he can follow up his 2nd at Redcar last time out and go 1 better tonight for owner Mrs Porter. A course & distance winner here, we have our fingers crossed.
We have had some pictures from some of our recently rehomed horses we thought you might like to see….
Happy Retirement to KILCULLEN FLEM ( Kevin)! He went to his forever home with Tina on Monday after lots of chasing wins and an honourable 4th at The Punchestown Festival last year – what a star staying boy he has been, he’ll be much missed.
FLEM & TINA
Meg has wasted no time in getting the saddle out and having some fun with the adorable Nitwit…
An old friend still going strong…
Some of you may remember this boy? Our 8 x winner AGGLESTONE ROCK – flat, hurdles or fences, they all came alike for ‘Aggie’ . He’s in his forever home with Mel in Anglesey and has a wonderful after racing life. look out for his Sixties Icon half sister next year, the last of the line. Great to see him still getting his trips to the beach….