It has been a good week for the yard with a few winners which included a double at Ffos Las, a winner at Southwell and a winner on the flat at Salisbury.  It was double’s all round last Monday at Ffos Las for myself, jockey Jack Tudor and owners, the Value Racing Club.

Nibras Gold returned from his winter break and got off the mark for the new season with a nice front running display, pulling out more when challenged.  From just five career starts over hurdles he has now recorded two wins and two seconds and I am sure he can build on this and have a good summer ahead of him.  He was a strong stayer on the flat and so we could try stepping him up in trip at some point but we shall see what the handicapper does on Tuesday and go from there.

Walk Of The Roses made a very pleasing stable debut to win the bumper at Ffos Las.  She is not the biggest but showed a real game attitude and get on top in a prolonged battle inside the last three furlongs, pulling away at the finish.  She has come out of that race well and the immediate plan is to run her in another bumper and then go from there.  You cannot ask any more of a youngster than how she performed the other day and she will have learnt a lot from the experience.

Myristica got her first win over hurdles at Southwell on Wednesday evening.  She was perhaps a little unlucky not to win at Worcester on her first start over hrudles and was impressive in victory this time around.  She has a good level of raw ability and a super attitude to match.  She has come out of this run well and there is a race for her at Newton Abbot in a couple of weeks’ time.  She is likely to run again on the flat again at some point as well and we have lots to look forward to with her.

Bashful Boy was our fourth winner of the week on the flat at Salisbury on Saturday evening.  I have to confess a win was not looking that likely as the runners came inside the last couple of furlongs but when jockey Rob Hornby really asked our seven year old for his effort he responded gamely and powered home to get up close to the line.  It was a terrific performance off a career high rating of 80 and it was even better from him to bounce back from two heavy falls over hurdles in his last two races with this performance.  We have done plenty of schooling with him at home since his falls and he is a very good jumper so he is likely to continue to mix the flat and jumping going forwards.

This Week

This week looks fairly quiet on the runner’s front for the stable as we do not have that many entries.  Duc De Beauchene runs at Cartmel on Monday and we do have entries at Newton Abbot and Warwick on Wednesday and Market Rasen on Thursday.  Tuesday and Friday are blank days but then we do have some entries at the meetings over the weekend.  Keep checking the Daily News for the latest on the stable runners.  At Hexham on Saturday it is the first three year old juvenile hurdle race of the year.  Waitara will be representing us this time around and having won the race for the last two years with Koi Dodville and Free Chakarte we are hoping to keep our good run going!  She is a nice three year old flat winner from France who has taken to jumping well at home so fingers crossed she can put up a bold show.

Horses For Sale

I enjoyed a good couple of days up at Doncaster Sales last week and was delighted to secure two new acquisitions.  Trade was strong and prices were high so it was tough going but we have two nice four years olds who are settling in well to the yard.  Both are from the Irish point to point field and we will do a bit of work with them to find out a bit more about them before they will have a summer holiday.  Both horses are available to buy so please see their details below and get in touch if you would like more information.


2019 Bay Gelding.  By Doyen out of a Presenting mare is a gorgeous looker who David bought for £82,000.

He finished second on his only start to date in and Irish point to point at Loughanmore on 10th April 2023 getting a rating of 88+. 

The Irish Point to Point Website wrote:

ran very well on his debut here, hailing from the in-form Benny Walsh yard. The son of Doyen is closely related to high seven-time winner Cousin Vinney and was waited with patiently, catching the eye when taking a share of the lead three out, and leading from then on in, only to be headed at the last by the eventual winner. He is one to follow next time out, where he would be put forward to shed his maiden tag.


2019 Bay Mare.  By Getaway out of a Flemensfirth mare she has plenty of size and scope and she was bought by Leanne for £32,000.

She finished second in her only start to date in an Irish point to point at Bartlemy on 7th May 2023 earning a rating of 80+.

The Irish Point to Point Website wrote:

is a newcomer by Getaway with a hurdler's physique that traces back to Calling Wild and she was always positioned close enough to the pace with her novice rider. She still had some four horses in front of her from after two out, but she stayed on from before the last to go second on the flat without being able to match the winner. This was an excellent debut effort from this early May foal, who is a already a sister to two track winners, and she should easily develop into a track winner.

Happy Birthday Dad!

Monday 29th May is my father’s birthday so I am sure you will all join me in wishing him well for the day!  We enjoyed a family lunch on Sunday to mark the occasion, 78 years young he is!

Stag Do

I am away this weekend in Portugal on a Stag Do, so if my Blog is not updated next Monday you can probably assume I have got lost in the Algarve!  There are about 30 of us heading over on Friday for what promises to be a fun, beer filled couple of days.  Wish me luck!