Kalashnikov lives up to his name.
Firstly I must apologise for the long delay between news updates, it has been a very busy couple of months, with various sales where we have stocked up on both yearlings and horses in training, as well as having plenty of runners.
The Amy Murphy Racing Club, which costs £200 per month plus VAT, got off the mark when Entertaining Ben won at Lingfield in October. He then doubled up, winning next time at Chelmsford. He appreciated the change in tactics to making all. He runs again tomorrow back at Lingfield. The club has also had a National Hunt horse added to it called Lazarus, he ran a nice race first time out over hurdles last week to finish 4th under Lucy Barry. Do get in contact if you would like to join the club.
(Entertaining Ben winning at Lingfield)
Both Carnival King and Blessed To Empress ran a good race at Chelmsford on their last starts. Carnival was given a great ride by Josephine Gordon and stayed on strongly all the way up the home straight but just didn't quite make it in time for the winning line. Blessed was slowly away from the stalls which most probably cost her the race, she ended up being a fast finishing 3rd for the White Diamond Racing club. Quite a few of the flat horses have now gone out on their well earned winter breaks, they spend all day out in the paddock and come in to their warm cosy stables overnight. They will come back into work in early January.
(White Diamond Racing in the paddock prior to Blessed To Empress at Chelmsford)
(Thaqaffa in the winners enclosure for the Prosecco Club)
In early November Kalashnikov made his debut over hurdles at Wetherby and won handsomely, defeating a well-regarded horse of Dan Skeltonʼs. He then went to Doncaster a month later under a penalty and landed another impressive win. He has done everything that we have asked of him to date and he will now step up in grade. We will more than likely keep to the minimum distance for now and the Tolworth Hurdle at Sandown Park on the first weekend in January looks a suitable option. It is very exciting for the whole yard to have such a promising horse and it’s great for Jack Quinlan, who is one of the most underrated jockeys in the weighting room to have a horse who can hopefully put him on the big stage.
Mercian Prince gave us all an exciting day out at Aintree this weekend running in the Grand Sefton over the "Grand National" fences for the first time, he ran a huge race jumping brilliantly all the way and coming home safe and sound in 8th position. Unfortunately the ground was very heavy and he really tired in the last couple of furlongs.
We managed to come away from the Newmarket Yearling sales in October with three horses and a couple of them are still available for sale. There is an Equiano colt, who I absolutely adored and I think he was great value for money. He's a big, strong and powerful half-brother to this year’s good 2yo and listed placed Simmyʼs Copshop.
(Equiano X Conversational)
The other one I have available is a Kodiac filly whose family is very current, it includes Mill Reef Stakes winner James Garfield and Uni, a Gr.2 winner in America this autumn.
(Kodiac X Of Course Darling)
We also still have shares available in a Garwood yearling filly that is available for lease. Leasing is always a good option to have available within the yard as it means it can be very affordable. You basically don't have the initial purchase cost of the horse and just pay the training fees. The full details of all of the above can be viewed on my horses for sale page.
At the recent December Sale in Newmarket, we picked up a two year old Makfi filly called Marble Statue. She showed plenty of promise on her sole start for Ralph Beckett and she has already been snapped up by a new owner. She will be out in a maiden in the New Year.
Finally I would also like to thank everyone who attended our first owners open day back in October, thankfully the day went very smoothly we were blessed with good weather and the champagne certainly helped the day to flow. All of my staff had the horses turned out immaculately and they were a credit to them all.
(Rita the star attraction at the open day)
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