Flat season review 2018
Winners galore in 2018! We exceeded our previous best by some way and hit the 32 winner mark by November 1. Several near misses as well. All this with a smaller than usual string.
A disappointment in the spring was having to say goodbye to former stable star Mrs Danvers. She has been retired to stud and we shall never forget her fantastic two year old season when she was unbeaten in 5 runs and the winner of over £200k in prize money.
We had no such star in 2018 or anything close and that made our achievements all the more remarkable. Thirty of our 45 horses all made it in some way to the winner’s enclosure; 19 of them as winners and some of those as multiple winners.
Of the older horses Mancini (Laurence Bellman) led the way, winning three handicaps including an emphatic win at Goodwood in June. Ashazuri (RWH P’ship) won her two.
A huge sadness was the sudden passing of John Habershon Butcher in the autumn, an owner of over 16 years standing with us. His remaining horse here Orin Swift did win and came agonisingly close in 2nd twice.
Of the three year olds Goodnight Girl (Alex Chesterman) was the star turn, winning three times. Choral Music (Jill Sinclair) and Gainsay (Lambourne, Forbes, Losse) took advantage of low handicap marks to score four and three times respectively and Golden Iris (Mary Anne Parker) shaped well to score twice.
On the two year old front it was Even Keel (Berkeley Racing) who had a great year winning two races and only once finishing out of the first three in eight starts. A proper fun horse for a syndicate.
Toybox (Anthony Boswood) and Invincibella (Hot To Trot P’ship) were other two year old winners and hopefully have a future. Several inevitably never ran due to immaturity so hopefully the owners of those will have something to look forward to in 2019.
The regular services of jockey Rob Hornby have played a big part in the success of the year. Rob rides out here once a week and gets to know every horse and the owners have been very happy to use him at the races and that is appreciated by myself and of course Rob himself.
Gordon Storrie is about to complete his first full year here as head lad. Gordon brings a a level of calm and experience to the yard and is a huge asset to me as second in command.
Amateur rider James Harding is in his eighth year here. After a few lean years in the saddle James has got himself back up to a fighting shot at the amateur championship as well as making great strides on the Arabian Racing circuit for Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum amongst others.
Box driver Reg Payne is in his 16th year here and continues to win more best turned out awards at the races than not.
We are already looking forward to 2019 and welcoming some new owners and acquiring yearlings, any one of which could be the next Mrs Danvers or Even Keel. Always horses and shares for sale or lease so please get in touch to get involved!