Having spent the summer in the field he has definitely grown and filled out. He has been brought in today (Monday 19/9/05)
and will spend the next 2 weeks being re-introduced to tack and then being backed and ridden away.
He will then begin his pre-training regime on October 3rd along with the other 3 year olds that are due back in on the same day.
16/11/05 This horse has really grown into himself now!!
Hard food and exercise has brought about a massive chsnge in this horse - from the weak baby we saw in the field during the summer ( see photo on HORSES page) he has really grown into a magnificent looking horse that has "future chaser" stamped all over him!!
He is cantering away nicely and seems to be very much going the right way at this very early stage.
6/1/2006 'Callum' is still very much going the right way. He is doing all that is asked of him, and the reports coming back from his riders is very encouraging, with eveyone saying what a nice horse he is to ride, and that he really does give them a nice feel.
8/3/06 'callum has been coming along very
nicely after suffering the usual problems with coughs
and sneezes etc. that youngsters suffer.He is just starting
to quicken up in his work now, and should be out soon.He
is a very exciting prospect for the future!
Lad has now been cantering for about the past month and has just stepped up to about 3/4 speed.
He still looks really well, and on a recent
stable visit one of his owners could not believe how
much he has matured and strengthened up.He should be
somewhere near ready to run in about three weeks or
as soon as there is a bit of "juice" in the
These photos were taken on Saturday 17/9/05 and show Olney lad with Coralbrook before, during and after a schooling session.He was electric!!
Olney lad was fourth in a quality novice chase on Saturday(8/10/05). Given a superb ride by Russ Garrity he was beaten 19 lengths by the former Stayers Hurdle winner Iris's Gift. This was a very good performance as he jumped perfectly without making a hint of a mistake.This has laid the foundation for his chasing career that we can now build upon.I am also pleased to report that he has come out of the race in fine form and we a currently looking for another opportunity for him in the next month.
Ran in a 2 mile 7 1/2 Furlong Beginners Chase at Worcester - finishing 4th he was officially beaten 38 lengths but it was actually more like 25. even so this represents a very dissapointing run as although the winner is obviously a very talented animal we still expected to build on our excellent first run and possibly win here as we felt this was an ideal opportunity to get off the mark over fences - to say the least he let us all down!! In hind sight the configuration of the course did not suit us but he has come out of the race in grand old form and will be entered towards the end of the month - probably with the head-gear back on.
6/1/2006 'Lad' has not been seen for some time but I am pleased to report that all is well with him and he will be back on the racecourse in the next few weeks. The form of his Worcester run has been franked in some style, with all of the three horses that finished in front of him going on to win their next races!!Although initially dissapointed with that run, there are definite reasons for optimism as he resumes his season!
23/01/2006 Another win for Olney Lad!! It seems there was good reason for optimism after his previous run at Worcester as he wins his Beginners Chase at Wetherby in some style! Making all and beating the highly regarded Royal & Sun Alliance entry Tighten Your Belt from the Vennetia Williams yard. The stand out feature of this performance was his jumping - he jumped them ragged and never made a mistake the whole way round. All concerned with him are thrilled that he is obviously over the bug that was affecting him in November and are looking forward to seeing him out again soon.
24/01/2006 I am pleased to report that all appears well with Olney Lad this morning. In fact he seems as fresh as paint and shows no signs of having had a run just yesterday. Hopefully this will be the way for the next couple of days and nothing untoward will come to light and we can start looking at the calender and make some decisions about where to go next.
25/2/2006 Olney Lad ran at Newcastle today and was in the process of running a fine race, upsides in the lead when getting a bit close to the third last and falling. I am pleased to report that both horse and jockey are OK-Lad even jumped the last two without Russ so he doesn't seem to have dented his confidence in any way.It is impossible to say if he would have won or not, but it was still a good performance up until the point of departure.
27/2/2006 Olney Lad seems fine after his unfortunate fall at Newcastle on Saturday.He is a little tired as a result of all the travelling and the race itself, but after a few days taking it easy he will resume work and we'll look for another Novices Chase.
ONE FOR THE VISITORS!!!!
Olney Lad wins at the Punchestown Festival !!!
The only winner from the UK at the entire meeting !!
Olney Lad runs at the Grand National Meeting
at Aintree in one of the best Novices chases staged
this season with many of the top horses from both sides
of the Irish Sea taking part.
Lad seems to have come out of his race in good order, and now it's all eyes on the weather in Ireland as he has an entry in the Grade A 100,000 Euro Novices Handicap chase at the Punchestown Festival.
Lads off to Ireland!!
Lad looks better than we do this morning!!
Lad ate all his tea again last night so at
least the petrol tank is full!
Unfortunately Lad was taken to a veterinary
hospital on the Curragh shortly after the race as he
became accutely lame on his near hind leg.
23/6/6. OLNEY LAD HAS ARRIVED BACK AT FENCES FARM AND THE TYRINGHAM PARTNERSHIP WERE ABLE TO COME OVER ON SUNDAY AND WELCOME HIM HOME. IT WAS A LOVELY OPPORTUNITY FOR US ALL TO GET TOGETHER AGAIN AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL TO MRS ROBESON FOR HOSTING US.THE LAD IS CURRENTLY STILL IN A CAST AND WILL DEFINITELY MISS THE 2006/2007 SEASON TO ALLOW THE DAMAGE HE HAS SUFFERED TO A LIGAMENT IN HIS FOOT TIME TO RECOVER.WE ALL WISH HIM A SPEEDY RECOVERY!
5/7/2006 It is with great sadness that I have to report that Olney Lad was humanely destroyed this morning on veterinary advice.Unfortunately over the weekend he suffered irreparable complications to the injuries he sustained in Punchestown and despite all the best efforts of the vets and all at Fences Farm he was unable to be saved.He really was the most fantastic horse to have owned and trained and will be sadly missed by all the members of The Tyringham Partnership, Mrs Robeson and all her staff. He has gone but will certainly never be forgotten. Thank you Lad for all you gave to us. Rest in peace.