Flat Season Review 2015

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Balmoral Castle gave us our third consecutive Glorious Goodwood winner, following the successes of Annecdote and Royal Razalma in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

This horse has been a revelation. Bought unraced in 2011 for just the price of a good lunch he has since won us 7 races and risen from a rating of 56 to 86. He is very much part of the family and has in his time been apprentice/amateur ridden

Edge Of Heaven won us three consecutive handicaps. A small, modestly bred £800gns purchase she rose in the ratings from 63 to 86.

Maybelater won three races. A one time Oaks entry, she did not quite live up to Black Type but did compete in some valuable handicaps. She is only three so there is every reason to hope she can improve as a four year old in 2016.

We raced 13 two year olds and 50% of them won. Poster Girl and Pop Culture both won at Newbury picking up valuable £10k Plus 10 Bonuses in the process for their owners.

Our racing partnerships fared reasonably well.  Of the ones run by us Berkeley Racing chalked up two winners, The Traditionalists one.  Of the others, Follow The Flag enjoyed two winners and Joe Bear Racing one.

We won more races than the two previous seasons. Only 4 shy of our record season.  Strike rate was reasonable and we were not far out the top 100 flat trainers for the season, which is where ideally we should and wish to be.  Our pound stake profit for individual runners was the third highest in the country.

On the staff front Nicky Studart has continued to cheerfully conduct her duties as head girl and is such an asset.  Reg Payne continues to mop up the Best Turned Out awards at the races in his role as travelling lad.

Ned Curtis has acquitted himself well as our apprentice but his year was curtailed by a gallops injury in the summer.  Sadly he has now chosen to relinquish his apprentice license due to escalating weight but we wish him well at Nicky Henderson’s stable where he has joined as potential conditional.  A thoroughly nice lad and a good horseman who will be much missed by us.  Our other apprentice this year was Jack Budge and he too has waved the white flag to his weight issues and chosen to take the amateur rider route.

James Harding has had a rare blank season as an amateur rider. Not for lack of trying.  Just a lack of opportunities on winning horses.

Ellie Trousdale will be applying for her apprentice license shortly and has impressed as a youngster straight from school.

We said goodbye to G Abbas after some 8 years working for us following issues with his immigration paperwork.  Vikki Hannington-Groves, Alia Abdullah, Matthew Harding, Lois Bosq, Bernadette Lawson, Kirsten Smith, Leslie McBride have all made the season work well, assisted by important part timers Mel, Mohammed and Chris.

Upgrades to the yard this year have included improved drainage to one area, a new muck ramp to make life easier for our yard staff and improved drainage work carried out to one of the trotting rings as well as installing new fencing there and a new lunge pen.

We are currently welcoming yearlings into the yard. Some of them have been purchased at the various sales by us and some have come from their breeders. Anyone of them could be a star next season or beyond and some are still for sale or syndication so please do check the website for details or contact Jonathan direct for any information on them.

None of what we do here would be possible without the support and loyalty of our owners we all thank them for that and if any potential new owner is reading this and wishes to join them they will be made especially welcome.