Horse Racing News


24 September 2007 Just when things were looking so good, racing has a really nasty way of biting you on the backside, and today it took a really large chunk out of The Sherington Partnership. Paix Eternelle was going so well and looking a million dollars, but today suffered a serious injury to her tendon and when our vet Ed Brett arrived and scanned her he advised us to retire her with immediate effect.This is a terrible blow for all concerned as after her enforced lay off due to injury last season, she really did seem to be back in such good shape and we were all looking forward to a successful season with her as she was definitely a winner waiting to happen!! I think that the biggest shame of all is that we never did get her on the racecourse, and so do not even have a happy memory of a good day out to help ease the pain, but I'm sure we will all come to terms with it, and push on with other projects. I am already in the process of sourcing a replacement, lets hope we start getting a bit more luck. Nellie will now be sold as a broodmare, and with winning bumper form she should fetch decent money, so if anyone is interested then give me a call.

23 September 2007 Palila had her first spin over hurdles today at Uttoxeter. This daughter of the high class Petoski,homebred by Mrs Robeson, is not over big but certainly has an engine, as she showed on her only racecourse visit last year at Ludlow when she finished third. She travelled to the races really well, and settled in to her stable at the course with not a bother on her. Unfortunately when she was led onto the racecourse proper, and she got into the pre-parade ring, the atmosphere of the day started to get to her and she got a little warm and decidedly on edge. Saddling her was a bit of a trial as by this time she had got herself terribly stirred up, and was sweating heavily. Just when we were thinking that nothing more could go wrong, Stuart was giving the girth a last pull up to make sure that the saddle didn't slip, when the girth strap on Sams saddle broke, this meant tack off and on again and Palila was a rather late entry into the paddock. After all this she went on to run a very creditable fifth, which considering how much energy she wasted before the start, was a very good effort- when she learns to settle down a bit she will definitely be doing herself more justice. All in all a very eventful day, but really enjoyable none-the-less.
 

22 September 2007 Yet another bright and sunny morning on the gallops, and it was good to see Geoff Bridgford over to see Paix Eternelle and Bobby Gee. Both are still only cantering at the moment as both will need a bit of soft ground before they will be seen on the racecourse so there is no hurry with either. Saying that Paix Eternelle has not quite come on as quickly as Bobby Gee, so she was just asked to do a bit extra this week to get a bit of the excess weight off that she has acquired during her year off. It was nice to see her come back so well, but she is just keeping her condition a bit too long.Chris, Tim and the Lynns were also in to see Bobby Gee, they have never had an interest in a horse before, and have taken the last places in the club, it has been a pleasure to answer all of their questions and give them an insight into the racing world, like us all they can't wait to get on to the course.Alan Gibson was also in to see his horses, but unfortunately he had to leave before Important Business began the next phase of his training and began doing some steady canters up the all weather, he really does look fantastic, and just floats over the ground. This one really could be top class!! During the past week he has also been to the jumps paddock and started to walk and trot over a few poles, and pop some tiny fences, Stuart was really pleased with him and says he was very sensible and careful at his obstacles which bodes well for the future.

27 August 2007. Another beautiful day, and another chance to get over to the yard to see the horses. I must say they are really looking well, as good as I can remember in fact, and hopes are really high for the new season. Let's hope that all remain fit and well, and that there are no nasty surprises during the next few weeks and months. With morning work done it was a chance for us to get across to Huntingdons Bank Holiday fixture, where Sam Jones had four rides. Always a good day out it really did reinforce Saturdays feeling of the season getting underway, although the weather was just slightly different from a cold and wet Monday at Folkestone!! Having seen Maurice and Ginny Folley on Saturday it was very kind of them to invite us to their car and have a couple of drinks with them and share their pic-nic, it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, and a real coincidence when we realised that Pattie, another member of Nick Brown Racing and an owner of Bobby Gee as well, was parked behind, and they all knew each other, The Club that runs Bobby Gee this year really seems to be gathering a head of steam socially!!! This could be some season, and I am not looking forward to the bar bill!!

 

 



25 August 2007. Just like the folks in the hot air balloon that flew low and fast over Fences Farm this morning, there was a real feeling of lift off as the horses stepped up their preparation and began cantering. In truth a few of the more forward ones have been cantering for a little while now, but it is when ours start to increase the tempo that you get the real feeling that the new season is just around the corner. It was a wonderful morning to be out and about, and that usually means that a few owners show up to see their horses and today was no exception. It was a great pleasure to show Maurice and Ginny Folley around the place,it was their first visit to Fences and the first time they had seen their horse Bobby Gee, I think they really enjoyed their visit and were very impressed with the facilities and relaxed and friendly atmosphere on the yard.Alan Gibson also called in to see Bobby Gee and his other horse, Important Business.

 

 




14 July 2007 What a beautiful day to be out and about with the horses. It was the first opportunity I'd had since the horses came back, to get across to Fences Farm, and it was a really enjoyable day. I had spoken to Mrs Robeson during the week and she had told me how pleased she was with Paix Eternelle, and how much she had changed, and although I expected her to be bigger and better for her season off I had not expected to see such a change in her, It was as if she were a differnt horse! She has filled out so much and really grown into the most beautiful mare, I can't wait to see her on the racecourse!! The photo shows her with Sam Jones who was having his second day back in the saddle after his unfortunate break in early May. He rode three lots and showed no ill effects, so it seems that it will not be too long before we are seeing him back on the racecourse. Bobby Gee who can be seen in the photo being ridden by his lass Cara, is looking great too, along with Important Business, who is currently starting his exercise on the horse walker.On the gallops it was Oration that went through his paces before his intended run at Uttoxeter this week, along with Michael and Fiona Kehoes' Checked Shirt who is entered in the same race. Bobby Gees' baby sister,a grey mare by Silver Patriach was also on the all weather as she builds up to her debut which should not be too far away. Anyone wishing to join the Nick Brown Racing Club and enjoy going to the races with Bobby Gee this winter should get in touch with me via the Contacts page as there are only a couple of places left.
 

3 July 2007 Paix Eternelle returned from her season long rest and recuperation today and looks really well. She has spent the summer at grass on the farm of Sherington Partnership member Ann Garratt, and has done herself really well. She will now start her pre-training, and all being well should be back on the racecourse in the Autumn. With the new Mares Only Hurdle races coming about this year, the final of which is at Cheltenham on Gold Cup day, we can surely have some fancy dreams about our bumper winning mare!!
 

1 July 2007 Last night saw the great and the good of the Oakley Hunt gather at Bedford Rugby Club for their annual Summer Ball. As a fund raising measure a silent auction was held and I was pleased to be able to donate a seasons membership of Nick Brown Racing as one of the auction items. Congratulations go to Mr Ted Wootton, who was the winner with the highest bid of £1000, we hope he will enjoy his time on the racecourse with Bobby Gee. Thanks must go to the organising committee who put on such a great do!! I look forward to next years re-newal!!
 

16 June 2007 Although the National Hunt season is winding down there is always something going on at Fences Farm. There are only a couple of horses left in to run through the summer months, so his gives Stuart a bit of time to spend with his daughter Harriet, and get round to a few shows and events where she competes on her pony Topic. Harriet and Topic are a formidable duo, and compete with considerable success. As you can see from the photos she puts in a great deal of time at home schooling and practicing dressage tests and is thorughly enjoying her riding.
 


1 June 2007 In the next few weeks the National Hunt Sales season moves across the Irish Sea, with two quality sales at Goffs and Tattersalls. There really are some quality pedigrees on show, and the horses are sure to make a fair few Euros. One page that is of particular interest to me is Lot 193, at the Tattersalls Derby Sale at the end of the month. This is a half brother to Important Business, who as you know is held in very high regard by Mrs Robeson and all that are connected with him. Lot 193 is a 3 year old, by Bob Back, who is the sire of really good horses such as Putty Road, Bobs Return, Thisthatandtother,Back In Front, Calling Brave, Bacchanal, Kerryhead Windfarm, and Bob Bob Bobbin to name but a few. I am sure this horse would be a fine investment for a Partnership, providing excellent fun with the distinct possibility of a financial gain as Important Business goes on to show the potential quality of the family. I have already got commitment to half of an 8 member partnership, and anyone wishing to join and have one, two, three or even all of the four remaining shares should contact me as soon as possible. Shares are priced at £4000 each, with a further £175/month to cover all costs.

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29 May 2007 Now that the National Hunt season has drawn to a close and the rigours of the Doncaster Spring Sales are done and dusted,it may be time for those of us with very little interest in the Flat to take a holiday. On this note may I take the opportunity to introduce you to Casa Laranja, a villa built and owned by Dave and Jo Ann Yates. Dave has been an owner with Nick Brown Racing from the very start, and is a member of The Tyringham Partnership, who had so much success with Olney Lad, and now have Important Business in training. Their villa, situated on the Silver Coast of Portugal can be rented for very reasonable rates through their own web-site www.casalaranja.co.uk which also features a host of photographs and further information about the area. So go-on treat yourself and take a break at Casa Laranja, and you never know if you mention Nick Brown Racing you may even get a discount!! Happy Holidays!!
 

27 May 2007 Notnowcato wins on the Curragh!! I can sense that you are surprised that this event even gets a mention on this site, but what you may not know is that 'Cato' was bred by Mrs Robeson and her brother Sir Evelyn de Rothschild at Southcourt Stud,near Leighton Buzzard.This is a fantastic achievement for both of them and all of the staff at the stud, and our congratulations go out to all!! The horse is a really tough superstar and is leased to Mrs Robesons nephews Anthony and David in whos colours he runs. Last season 'Cato' won the richest race in Europe when he won the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York, and ended the season being the tenth best racehorse in the world, on official classifications. Let's hope there is more to come, and congratulations to all connected with him!!
 

21 May 2007 It was good to see Sam on Saturday. His leg is healing well and he is no longer sufferung any pain. The only thing that is painfull at the moment for him is the boredom. He is a very fit and active 18 year old, so not being able to do much is really frustrating for him. So it was no surprise to see him on the quad bike this weekend and the way he was flying about he will be breaking something else soon!! But at least it gets him out of the house and he can get a little fresh air.
20 May 2007 Cyd Charisse seems to have come out of last nights race in good form, and now she will have a few days off to recover.I think the owners will probably need the same sort of recovery period as well!! Anyone interested in joining Nick Brown Racing for the coming season and becoming an owner of Bobby Gee will need to get in touch quickly as places are becoming very thin on the ground!! Bobby's Uttoxeter form just gets better and better, and judging by the rush of applications in the last 2 weeks it seems as though a lot of people out there are starting to realise just how much fun could be had with him next season. For those of you that are interested, please give me a call, or apply on line via the application form on the home page.   

19 May 2007 WELL DONE CYD CHARISSE!!! And congratulations to her owners Dale and Nicole. Cyd broke her maiden tag tonight at Uttoxeter,under a great ride from Jamie Moore she took up the running between the second and third last and went on to win by by 2 lengths. Cyd has really come to herself in the last couple of months and running on good ground really helps her.I'm pleased to say that the win was not unexpected, and when I spoke to Nicole on Friday morning after the declarations were published I even advised her to wear her best dress for the photos!! Well done to all, and lets hope that's a good omen for the new season.


18 May 2007 As with all National Hunt yards at this time of year, things are slowing down. The two year olds have come in from the stud and been broken in, ridden about for a few days and returned to spend an other year at grass.This is a very important part of their development, as all the lessons they learn at this stage of their life will stay with them throughout their career.The stables will have their spring steam clean to rid them of any bugs that may be lurking there, so that all the horses can start from fresh when they come back in July.Keeping a clean yard is all important for horse health and therefore performance.

Rock Wren ran another grand race at Towcester on Monday evening. He was a close fourth beaten less than 2 lengths. The race did not quite work out as wished as he was caught between the devil and the deep blue sea in pursuit of the eventual winner and was in second for most of the final furlong but swallowed by a couple of challengers from the rear on the line. It was still a good run, and he looks like a good fun little horse for next season.

Cyd Charisse is declared to run at Uttoxeter tomorrow evening and looking at the confirmed decs this morning it would seem that she has a good chance, so fingers crossed for her owners Nicole and Dale. I've told Nicole to wear her best dress for the photos!!!


1 May 2007. Just when the new season gets under way, and all looks well for Sam with a winner on his first ride on Sunley Shines at Ludlow on Sunday, it all goes wrong today. It was a bit more than a pinch and a punch for the first of the month for him when he was unseated at the second fence in a chase at Wincanton and suffered a broken leg, Roddie Greene, whos horse fell and brought down Sams mount, was also in a bad way with what seemed to be a serious shoulder injury.Sam spent the night in hospital in YeoviI and was seemingly in good spirits, but that could be more to do with the gas and air he was on when he called than actually being free from pain. We wish both lads a speedy recovery and hope they are back on the racecourse soon. I am pleased to report that both horses seemed to be fine after the incident.
28 April Some things in racing are very hard to take, and today is no exception. Coralbrook was in the process of running a great race at Market Rasen today when he suffered a fatal heart attack and died on the run in. Coral really was a gentleman, and as Stuart said 'you would have to go a long way to find a nicer horse'. He was a lovely character, so very nice natured, and although not a world beater, he was a real favourite in the yard. Our thoughts are with Mrs Robeson and all her staff at Fences Farm.

As is often the way in racing, only an hour after the sad loss of Coralbrook,there was an up turn in fortune when Rock Wren did his best to cheer everyone up by finishing a good fourth in the concluding bumper. He is tough and genuine and not devoid of speed, so it looks like he has a bit of a future. It made the journey home for everyone a lot easier.


26 April 2007 Sorry for the lack of up-dates recently but the day job took over!! Congratulations to Nicole Langstaffe and Dale Hing, owners of Cyd Charisse who was second yesterday in a Mares Only Maiden Hurdle at Fontwell. Dale and Nicole are great sports and have been so patient with Cyd and yesterday it was great to see her repay some of their faith in her. It will not be too long before she goes one better! (That will be a party)!!

Important Business has been put away for the summer, as we did not think it right to risk a nice horse like him on this quick ground. We are really looking forward to having him back next season!!

Bobby Gee is on holiday at Michael and Fiona Kehoes, and the great news is that I have managed to secure him on loan for another season and he will run for The Nick Brown Racing Club. The club will consist of 20 members, each paying £20 per week and anyone wishing to join can get in touch with me through the contacts page, but hurry as there are currently only three places left!! Bobby should give the Club a really good season, as he is a very nice horse, the form of his last run at Uttoxeter was boosted last weekend when a horse that he beat by nearly 38 lengths won a handicap off of a mark of 92. This performance, on paper,puts him on a handicap mark of around 118 and therefore better than Olney Lad was at the same time of his career. So as you can see there is plenty to look forward to!!

Paix Eternelle is back with her old pal Percy at Colin and Ann Garratts farm where she spent last summer, she looks magnificent, and we are all really excited to be getting her back as the form of her bumpers is working really well and she should easily be able to win her share of hurdle races in the season to come.

Coralbrook is declared to run at Market Rasen tomorrow, he has disappointed over fences and has seemingly lost his confidence over the larger obstacles, so a return to hurdles should be in his favour. He schooled very well over them in the week and we are hopeful that he will regain his zest for the job and run well.

Tomorrow also marks the beginning of the career of the next generation from Mrs Robesons wonderful mare Wren Warbler. Troglodyte has already started the ball rolling and has run well all year without getting his head in front, now it is the turn of his younger brother Rock Wren, who has been doing all the right things at home, and should run nicely on his debut. Good luck to all!!

 

2 April 2007 Good news today as the vet was at Michael and Fiona Kehoes to scan Paix Eternelles' leg to check that it has healed sufficiently for her to be turned out in the field for her summer holidays, and the results were very good indeed. The treatment ,and subsequent exercise programme over the winter have had a very good effect, and on the scan there were no longer any signs of injury - infact it was difficult for the vet to find the area of the original problem. A very good result indeed, and The Sherington Partnership can now very much look forward to getting her back next season.

1 April 2007 A beautiful day, and a great opportunity to catch up with friends at the Oakley Hunt Point To Point. There was a massive crowd, which just goes to show the ever increasing popularity of this amateur form of our wonderful sport. The fields were not massive, but the racing was enjoyable non the less, and it was great to see a large number of children there with their parents, as these are racegoers of the future. There were plenty very nice picnics, and I think we managed to find quite a few, and indulge in the hospitality of the hosts, I think there were more than one or two sore heads the next morning (you know who you are)!!

 

 

31 March 2007 A beautiful morning on the gallops this morning, certainly makes up for the wind and rain earlier in the winter!! It was good to see John Mills and Steve Bocking at the yard this morning, they came over to give their horse Bobby Gee a pat and a polo by way of a send off, as he left Fences Farm this morning to have a brief spell at Michael and Fione Kehoes before he has his summer holidays at home in the field. He gave us a few good days out this winter, and I must thank Mr and Mrs Ginzel for kindly leasing him to The Sherington Partnership for the season. It was also a pleasure to see Alan Gibson pitch up as well,Alan has been a regular visitor to the yard since he became involved with The Tyringham Partnership, and enjoyed some fabulous days with Olney Lad. He chose a good morning to come over, as he was able to see his horse Important Business do his first piece of stronger work since his run at Wincanton, and he worked well.
 


26 March 2007 Important Business has come out of his debut race at Wincanton in really good form. He has taken it all in his stride and settled back into his routine well, which is always a major plus after they have made their first visit tom the track. Bobby Gee came back a little stiff and sore after Uttoxeter, and with the ground rapidly changing to good and faster we have decided to call it a day with him for the season. He has done The Sherington Partnership proud and was just what they needed to get them on the course this season after the unfortunate injury to Paix Eternelle. We look forward to having him back next season and running him in the Nick Brown Racing Club membership of which starts at only £20/week. What more fun could you have for that money??!!!

19 March 2007 The good run continues!!! Important Business (Yorkie to his friends) made his racecourse debut today at Wincanton and ran really well, finishing second, and only beaten 1 1/2 lengths by a well regarded horse from the Paul Nicholls yard. On a day that saw all four seasons show up, with hail, snow, sunshine and rain, the four hardy members of the Tyringham Partnership that found the courage and time to make the long trek to Somerset were well rewarded for their efforts. Yorkie took the day in his stride, he travelled down well and was really relaxed in the run up to the race, and during the preliminaries.During the race itself he was perfectly positioned by Jimmy Macarthy, and despite getting a little nudge as he cut the corner coming into the home straight he had a trouble free passage. The pace really quickened once they came into the home straight, and coming through the wings of the last Jimmy thought he had the race won, only for the favourite to show his greater experience and prevail close home. Despite coming second Important Business has definitely shown us that he has a load of ability and he should be winning his bumper soon. We may even consider a crack at the Aintree Bumper on Grand National day,as he will come on a bundle for the experience, and may be even better going left handed.Well done again to Mrs Robeson and her team, and on a personal note I must say a big thankyou to the members of The Tyringham Partnership who had both the patience to wait for the right horse, and the faith in me to find them one, after the sad loss of Olney Lad, I hope I have found you a worthy replacement.
 

18 March 2007 What a busy weekend it has been, with the great day at Uttoxeter yesterday it was back to the computer and telephone this morning. I was ringing all of the members of The Tyringham Partnership to tell them the exciting news that Important Business was declared to run at Wincanton tomorrow afternoon and that he just managed to scrape into the race. The race looks half decent but we think a bit of this horse and we are all looking forward to him running. Good Luck to all!!

Both Bobby Gee and Cettis Warbler seem to have come out of yesterdays races in good form. They both came home last night and put their heads straight in the manger which is always a good sign (it took us a little longer to get up the pub for our tea). They will now have a few days off and spend some time in the paddock to relax and get over their exertions.


17 March 2007 Bobby Gee and Cettis Warbler both ran at Uttoxeter today,and what a day it turned out out to be!! Bobby ran first in the 2 1/2 mile novices hurdle, and settled in rear, he was out-paced down the back straight but stayed on very very well after turning for home finishing a running on third. This was a good run and a definite improvement on his Leicester run, this gives us lots of options for the future and it should not be too long before Bobby finds himself in the winners spot.There were a few members of The Sherington Partnership that made it to the races and they enjoyed a wonderful day out as this was Uttoxeters big day of the year, and with an estimated crowd of 15,000 there really was some atmosphere!! Well done to Bobby,lovely to see him come home safe and sound, and we are all looking forward to him running again soon.

Although we were all really delighted with the performance of Bobby Gee it was Cettis Warbler who really stole the show, putting in her usual display of electric jumping she battled on really well to the line to win the 2 mile 5 furlong handicap chase. She really loves Uttoxeter and always puts up such a good show there. Her form figures at the track read 121, and the second was earlier this season after being off for a year and getting beaten a neck by a very progressive horse.Her jumping is amazing (even Stuart enjoys schooling her)!! Jimmy Macarthy her regular pilot really loves her and has told Mrs Robeson that if she could find a race with a fence every six strides she would be unbeatable!! It was a real team effort and it was nice for the members of The Sherington Partnership to go into the winners enclosure and welcome Cetti home as if she were their own, it is so nice to be part of a smaller yard where we can all enjoy each others horses.Well done Big Cetts and congratulations to Mrs Robeson and her team, and thankyou all for a very good day out.

 



16 March 2007 Bobby Gee has been declared today for a Novices Hurdle at Uttoxeter, with Jimmy Macarthy in the plate, the drying ground will not be a problem and he seems to have improved since his Leicester run so we are hopeful of a good run tomorrow. Cettis Warbler is also declared in the 2 mile 5 Furlong Handicap Chase with Jimmy on board, and hopefully she will go nicely as well.
 

15 March 2007 Not so much luck for Sam today as his mount Overstreand was well beaten in The World Hurdle, but just to be riding in a Championship race at his age is amazing. He had a good spin on his other ride, Desert Tommy, for trainer Evan Williams, who finished a game sixth in the Pertemps Final. Again he gave the horse a peach of a ride.
14 March 2007 WELL DONE SAM. Today Sam Jones rode the winner of The Coral Cup at the Cheltenham Festival. This is some performance from an eighteen year old boy, and one that just goes to show what a rare talent he is. The winner, Burntoak Boy is trained by Dr Richard Newland, and it is also a terrific training performance by him as the nine year old has really improved since joining his small string. For Sam it was just a thrill to be riding at the Festival, to win was beyond all his dreams, for a lad of his age and experience to have a ride on all four days of the Festival is testament enough of his riding abilities and goes to show just what a future he has in the sport. We will continue to use Sam whenever he is available, but unfortunately he is suspended from riding for a few days from Saturday and will not be able to ride Bobby Gee at Uttoxeter, or Important Business when he makes his debut next week.

 


7 March 2007 Two bits of disappointing news this morning. Firstly Bobby Gee will not be going to either Market Rasen or Plumpton at the weekend as his bloods are just not quite right. He has got over his infection, but the vet says he just needs a few more days, we could take a chance and run him, but the opinion is that it would take a long time for him to recover from his exertions, so the decision has been made to abort plans for this weekend and go to Uttoxeter on the 17th. Important Business will also be staying at home tomorrow as the weather has continued to thwart us and the ground at Wincanton is soft, (and I have heard it said that it is the softest they have been for 25 years), so we will have to continue to be patient with him and wait for some drying weather.
 

6 March 2007. Bobby Gee is now entered for both Market Rasen on Sunday and Plumpton on Monday. If the results of todays blood tests are OK, and the vets give the go-ahead to work tomorrow then it should be all systems go for him to take up one of these engagements.We will have a close look at the entries before we decide which race to declare him for. As the going is very likely to be heavy at both venues, and he is engaged in the first race on both cards, the decision will rest entirely on the strength of the likely opposition.
 

3 March 2007 Another routine work day at Fences Farm, Bobby Gee just did his two canters, as he recovers from the slight set back he suffered about a week ago. He will be scoped on Monday and if all is well he will do a piece of work on Tuesday, and if that goes to plan he could take up an engagement he holds at Market Rasen on Sunday.Important Business worked with Cettis Warbler and again went very well, he is feeling very very well (as you can see from the photo) and is entered for a Bumper at Wincanton on Thursday, but it will have to dry up considerably for him to take his place, and this looks very unlikely to happen judging by the weather forecast.
 

2 March 2007 Important Business has not been declared for either Kempton nor Huntingdon this weekend as it is felt that the ground is too soft for him. The weather has been kind for the last couple of days and there was some hope that it may dry up enough to let him take his chance, but unfortunately Kempton is still heavy, soft in places, and Huntingdon is soft, heavy in places, but there is a horrible forecast for Sunday, so we will be patient and wait. He will be entered for a Bumper at Wincanton on Thursday, and we just hope that the weather turns in our favour and the ground gets better.There really is no point in pulling a nice prospect like him about on very soft ground, the rest of the family have all appreciated a sound surface, and he is so athletic we cannot see him being any different.One thing's for sure Important Business needs to go to the races for the first time and have an enjoyable experience as this will set him up for the rest of his racing career.

26 February 2007 Important Business (Yorkie) was entered today for two races over the weekend.They are both National Hunt Flat Races (Bumpers), but his participation in either of them very much hinges on the weather, and the resulting ground conditions, as he is too nice to be running on very soft ground, especially on debut.The going at Kempton on Saturday, and Huntingdon on Sunday is reported to be soft, with Huntingdon also giving it heavy heavy in places, and with the weather looking decidedly unsettled for the rest of the week, his first day at the races may have to be postponed.
 

24 February 2007 Yesterday Troglodyte put up a brave and very gutsy performance to finish second (beaten 1 1/2 lengths) at Warwick.Being first off the bridle he kept on responding to Sam Jones urgings and was running on at the end. For those that have not seen him on the racecourse Troggie is tiny,barely standing 15.2 hh, but he really is all heart, the more you ask of him the more he gives.

It was a normal work day today, Bobby was limited to just a canter as he gets over his slight set-back, and Important Business did another good piece of work. Troggie has come out of his race in grand form, he trotted out of his stable and jig joggged all the way to the paddock where he spent the morning relaxing,as all the horses do after a run, he may be small but he really is all heart, the similarity to his dam Wren Warbler is uncanny.

There has been considerable controversy surrounding the ride that Sam gave the horse yesterday, as he was referred to the HRA in Shaftesbury Avenue, because he was seen to hit the horse 40 times throughout the race. This point is undeniable, as what cannot speak cannot lie and the video of the race proves this, but it must be said that some of the strikes were in the back hand position, and most importantly everytime he struck the horse it responded. No doubt Sam broke the rules and deserves to be punished, but I hope the Stewards take into account the fact that the horse has come out of the race having hardly turned a hair, and if they view the recording of Troggies first race in a bumper they will see that Sam had to ride the horses ears off from almost flag fall, and he again responded all the way to the line to finish a good third, it's just the way that Troggie is. In my opinion Sam is still again a great young talent and I hope he learns his lesson from this unfortunate event, and he comes through it an even better Jockey, and one that I will be delighted to use in the future for our horses.


23 February 2007 Bobby Gee was scoped today, and he was found to be slightly mucky, so he will be put on the easy list for about a week and have some anti-biotics to clear him up. He should br ready to run again in about 2 weeks. Not the end of the world but a bit frustrating non the less.Troglodyte (seen here on the right of Bobby) is running at Warwick this afternoon, and we wish Mrs Robeson and all her staff all the best, hope he has a good run, and brings back a few pennies!!
21 February 2007 Bobby Gee was due to be declared for a race at Haydock tomorrow, but unfortunately when the results of his blood test came back it showed an increased fibrinogen level,indicating an inflamation somewhere,and so we were unable to declare him. This is only a minor set back, and he should be fine in a couple of days and we will continue to enter him up. The biggest dissapointment is that he will not now be eligible to run in the fixed brush final,but as we only got him in December, and he is a bonus, then we should not be too down hearted.
 

16 February 2007 Bobby has been entered for his next race, which all being well will be at Haydock on 22 February. This will be over the French style Fixed Brush hurdles which we think will suit him well. Unfortunately Sam will not be able to ride as he is banned that day, Mrs Robeson has also entered Troglodyte in the same race so jockey bookings will be left until nearer the day. Stuart schooled Bobby over hurdles this morning and he was very good indeed. The Leicester race has certainly sharpened his jumping up, not that he was any thing but good in that race, he is just quicker over his obstacles now–something that can only come with experience.
10 February 2007 Yorkies work was stepped up a fraction today, moving on from the canters he has been doing all through January, he was asked to go just a shade quicker today and did it really well, lengthening nicely and looking extremely athletic in the process. He looks a really nice prospect, and must be getting Jo, his work rider, excited as no one can get her off of him at the moment.
 

2 February 2007 The draw was made today to decide the name of the Mutamam gelding that I purchased at the DBS Sale at Cheltenham for The Tyringham Partnership. There were some great names put forward by the members, and the winning name was Important Business, which was the suggestion of Ivan and Jackie Lawrence, who are new to the partnership this year. Import Business will be his official name, but I am sure he will continue to be called Yorkie
1 February 2007 Bobby seems to be fine this morning, and will now have a couple of days in the field to recover from his exertions, before being ridden around on a few hacks during the next week or so. These things are all designed to help him unwind after his trip to Leicester.
 

31 January 2007 Bobby ran at Leicester today. Again he looked magnificent in the paddock – probably better than he did at Warwick – and he looked really well that day. Again Sam was able to ride, and the plan was to get Bobby to settle in rear and slowly make his way into the race and finish as well as possible, although winning looked unlikely with a 2/7 favourite in the race, and us at 66/1. As it panned out Sam rode a great race, settling Bobby in rear, and, jumping really well for his first time, he came through to be just a length off the lead going to two out before the superior speed of the leaders began to tell. Bobby still gave his all and stayed on to finish a very game third, which is a good performance for his hurdling debut.
 

27 January 2007 Cettis Warbler resumed her career after a slight injury today. She ran at Uttoxeter, the scene of her finest hour when she won the Listed Mares Only Chase Final in March 2005. She looked really well as you can see from the photos, and ran a great race jumping so well and leading over the last, only to be worn down on the run in to be beaten a neck. This was a fine effort, and one that bodes well for the future.

 

 



25 January 2007 Bobby Gee has been entered for a number of races lately but the preferred option is a race at Leicester, where he will have a course that should suit and a trip that we think will be ideal. The race has a value of £10,000 so will be a hot affair, but the main point is to go, get round safely, and let him enjoy himself.
 

12 January 2007 Bobby schooled today, and I am pleased to report that he is a complete natural. He really took to the job, and was soon winging his way up the hurdles as if he had been doing it all his life!! His hurdling career is not far away now.


1 January 2007 Bobby seems to be fine after his exertions, and has told us a great deal about himself now. For instance, he is not a 2 mile flat horse and really needs at least 2 ½ miles and a few hurdles in front of him. Hopefully this will help him settle as well.


31 December 2006 New years Eve!! And we’re of to Warwick. A number of the members of The Sherington Partnership managed to attend along with their families, and it was good to see a couple of the members of The Tyringham Partnership there as well, to lend support. There was a decent card on the day and after a wet week, that led to the abandonment of Uttoxeter, the ground was very testing indeed. With Uttoxeter being off it meant that we could call upon the services of Sam Jones, who for those that do not know, is Stuarts nephew,and started riding racehorses under the guidance of his uncle and Mrs Robeson – they certainly did a good job as he has been raising a few very knowledgeable eyebrows with his riding this season, and is terrific value for his 5lb claim. Bobby looked a picture in the paddock, and caught the eye going to post. He was a little keen in the first part of the race, and probably paid for this in the latter stages as he faded into 7th four furlongs out, only to stay on again in the straight to finish 5th. A satisfactory run in the on the whole, and we a least now know a lot more about him. Apart from the rain that started to fall during his race it was a good day, and great to be back on course again!!

26 December 2006 Bobby has settled in well and has been entered in a bumper at Warwick on New Years Eve. Although a bit of a fact finding mission it will be a great day out for the members of The Sherington Partnership, and one that will be very welcome after the set backs Withn their horse, Paix Eternelle, earlier in the season.
12 December 2006 Bobby Gee has arrived, and looks really well. He will be settled into a work routine, and it should not be too long before we see him on the course.
 

9 December 2006 Yesterdays purchase has been nick-named Yorkie and was kindly brought home by Michael and Fiona Kehoe who were selling at the sale. As luck would have it, yesterday was also a very good day for The Sherington Partnership, as Michael put me in touch with Mrs Joyce Ginzel who is the owner of a horse called Bobby Gee, and I have been able to negotiate a lease with her for the horse to run for the Partnership for the rest of the season. This is great news as Bobby has some respectable form in the north for Keith Reveley, and should give the members a good deal of sport over the next few months. (For more about Yorkie and Bobby see The Horses page).
8 December 2006 Doncaster Bloodstock Auctions hold their annual Breeze Up Sale after racing at Cheltenham today. The horses are galloped over 4 furlongs up the home straight (on the all weather canter today), and the sale takes place in the evening. This was a good day forThe Tyringham Partnership as I managed to purchase a really nice 3 year old son of Mutamam, out of a mare that has bred a host of winners. Picked up for 32,000 Guineas he really caught our eye, he breezed very well in the morning and trotted with a free and easy action on inspection. He certainly has a lovely way to him. Produced for the sale by former Gold Cup winning jockey Mark Dwyer he is to be given a couple of months to settle in, and then be prepared for a bumper or two in the Spring.

 

 

2 November 2006 The bad news is confirmed and Nellie is out for the season. The injury is only slight and she will return bigger and stronger for the 2007/2008 season.
31 October 2006 Well that’s racing for you!!! Really bad luck for the members of The Sherington Partnership- two days before her intended seasonal debut at Towcester, Paix Eternelle was found to have a slight bit of heat in her leg, this will involve a scan in the next few days and looks as though she could be out for the season.
28 October 2006 Paix Eternelle is entered in a Mares Only Novice Hurdle at Towcester on 2 November. Entries look OK and she should be in with a good chance of opening her account for The Sherington Partnership at the first time of asking.
 

 

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