Sunday, 19 July 2015

Debut gold for Luke and Attain

Our new apprentice Luke Rowe got off to the best possible start for us by winning on his first ride for the stable when steering Attain to victory last night at Lingfield. Luke has settled in well during his first month with us and this win will do his confidence plenty of good after an enforced injury absence. His 7lb claim will be a big help for some of the handicappers and hopefully this is the first of many Feilden successes.
Attain and Luke win at Lingfield
Attain has now won three races this year - a great achievement considering he took 21 runs to break his maiden! He is part of the Newmarket Equine Tours Racing Club which for just £180 per year offers fantastic value as you can live like an owner and enjoy the champagne after winning!

Attain's win has really given us a boost and gets our hopes up for some good results this coming week.
Starting on Tuesday, Guising goes to Chelmsford City. It is the track's first meeting since the surface was refurbished and hopefully it will ride a lot more consistently as the kick-back had become pretty bad in recent months. Guising was third there last time and his homework is better than ever. He does need the race to go his way to run well but he couldn't be any happier at home so hopefully he can land some prize money.
Automotive (Ross) & Guising (Adam)

The following day we make the long but usually lucky trip down to Bath. Limerick Lord has improved with each run for us and the form of his third place last time has been boosted with the winner scoring again. I've put some cheekpieces on him as Adam said last time he was just holding a bit back for himself and if this can wring out a couple of pounds improvement, he should go very close.
Limerick Lord (Ross)

One horse who loves Bath time with two wins at the course is Harry Bosch. He won quite easily there earlier in the summer and hasn't run too badly in better company since. This time he is back down to a level he can win at plus on a course he loves so hopefully the two can factors equal success.
Harry Bosch (Adam)

Without Yarmouth to race at, The Ducking Stool has been a bit lost. All her six wins have come at the seaside venue and, although she hasn't shone this season, it does mean she is dropping to a good handicap mark and will be ready to roll when Yarmouth re-opens its gates next month. In the meantime, she goes to Newbury on Thursday. She has run well at the track before and is on a nice mark so maybe she can start to show some sparkle again.
Friday night sees Duke Of Diaamonds make his belated debut at Newmarket. He has been a slow-maturing type but the last month or so has been a lot more encouraging and he is ready for a run now. He'll be seen to better light in handicaps later in the year but an educative run will do him a lot of good.
The Ducking Stool (Sarah) & Duke Of Diamonds (Caitlin)

I've been a bit disappointed with Dakota City's last few runs but I think we'll see a different horse at Lingfield on Saturday as his homework with a visor on has been much improved. He has plenty of ability and his run last time was a better performance. He is on a good mark now and I think we could finally see him getting competitive.
Dakota City (Mark) leads the way

Also getting an entry on Saturday will be Automotive and Vastly at Salisbury. Vastly's comeback has been interrupted by the firm ground that is prevalent at the moment and as soon as we get some juice in the going, he will be back on course. He spent last week swimming as he had a slight back problem but a routine canter yesterday showed he has lost no fitness because of it. He is very well handicapped on the grass and I'm just itching to let him loose on a racecourse again!
Automotive will be dropping back to a mile for the first time in a few seasons and I don't think it'll be a problem as he has loads of speed. He is a bit out of form recently but he always pops up and surprises us.

My two new purchases had an easy week to settle in before checking out the Heath for the first time on Saturday morning.
Star of the Stage is a lovely looking son of Invincible Spirit who is very athletic and seems like a proper racehorse. He is very lightly raced and could have plenty more improvement in him. Shares in his ownership syndicate have been selling fast but there are still a few left if you'd like to get involved.
Star of the Stage (Mark)

The other new kid on the block is the filly Dissertation. She is a typically big Juddmonte-bred and looks likely to improve with every day which passes. She was highly regarded in France and I hope I can eek out that ability in her.
Dissertation (Ross)

Although plans aren't set in stone yet, it may be worth you putting Saturday 29th August in your diary as I'm planning on holding a little party for everyone at the July course before racing takes place that day. We will be having a runner in the historic Newmarket Town Plate that day too, ridden by my brother Nick, so it'd be worth coming along just to watch that. I'll let you know final details closer to the time. Also, Ross is thinking of organising an owners' golf day the following day so if you think you'd like to take part, register your interest next time you see him. Don't worry if you're no good at golf, I've seen Ross try and hit some balls in the field and I can assure you he's no Tiger Woods! (Although the woods is where most of his balls ended up).

Attain's win has seen a shake-up in the order and Ros Cousens now gets back on top with a one point lead. We have plenty of chances this week so there could be more change on the way.

Ros Cousens 18
Steve Moore 17
Malc Shields 14
Mark Rimmer 14
Megan Digby Baker 12
John Birkett 12
Geoff Roberts 12
Barbara Walton 12
Gordon Hill 12
Shelley Birkett 12
Adam Beschizza 12
Jim Stevens 12
Julie Feilden 9
Poppy Feilden 6
Brian Reilly 6
Eddie Partridge 6
Jonathan Kinge 6
Rita Aspland 6
Sam Feilden 6
Steve Springford 6
Ryan Moore 6
Julia Feilden 6
Liz Moore 6
Dave Morris 6
Paula Smith 6
Jason Coote 6
Sophie Collington 6
Steve Clarke 6
Chris Shirran 6
Phil Collington 6
Rachael Shucksmith 6
Rob Weston 6
Dave Barnett 6
Allan Forster 3
Bill Burgess 3
Linda Wright 3
Stephen Broadley 3
Martyn Clark 3
Trevor Fuller 3
Dominic Lisle 3
Barry Hine 3
Lee Cousens 1
Tina 1
Carol Bushnell 1

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