Nibras Gold Second Again

With just two runners since last writing we have been quiet on the racecourse but behind the scenes everything has been extremely busy and we have just finished three days of entertaining back at the yard.  On Saturday we hosted 150 owners for lunch and an afternoon of fun, betting on the racing action and live music, on Sunday we had just under 200 people as part of our David Pipe Racing Club morning and on Monday morning we welcomed about 150 visitors as part of National Racehorse week. 

I’m feeling a little shattered and just heading down to Newton Abbot racing now but will reflect more on the past few days next week but I think, and I hope that everyone enjoyed their time at Pond House.  I must say a big thank you to my staff who have been coming in early and working extra hard to ensure the usual jobs were done and everything was looking perfect for our guests.  We are a proud team here at Pond House and I hope that shines through to all those people who have come through the doors over the weekend and this morning.

From our two runners last week, Dindin was a little disappointing in the heat at Southwell but Nibras Gold ran another good race to be second again.  He galloped on all the way to the line, having just been a little outpaced as the runners turned for home and we might now step him up in trip next time.  He was a strong stayer on the flat so he is definitely worth a try over a bit further over hurdles.

This Week

We start off quite busy with runners at the beginning of the week with runners at Newton Abbot and in France at Clairfontaine on Monday.  Ben Lilly and Mr Tambourine Man run at Worcester on Tuesday and then Only Fools and Ya Know Yaseff are declared at Uttoxeter on Wednesday.  Things then turn a little quiet with no jumps racing at the weekend before we are back racing at Worcester on Monday.  Keep checking the daily news for the latest information.

Horses in Training

Please find below the fourth instalment of our horses in training feature we have been doing in recent weeks.  Going through the horses in alphabetical order I am pleased to introduce a few more of our equine team for the season ahead.

By Mahler/Magie Du Ma

An unraced daughter of Magie Du Ma who we trained at Pond House. She has done everything asked of her before being turned away to grass and is a nice prospect for bumpers and novice hurdles this season. 

Make Me A Believer

Make Me A Believer has some very smart novice hurdle form in the book. Missed the 2021-22 season before returning novice chasing last year, slowly improving in each run back. Looks potentially well treated off a mark of 124 over fences. Fingers crossed he can have a full and successful season ahead.

Man At Work

Gorgeous individual who has pleased us since day one at home. Won a competitive novices hurdle at Aintree on stable debut easily, beating a subsequent three-time winner in the process. Something amiss when well below par in a Grade 2 event at Sandown and he was not quite right after, so we have given him plenty of time. We hold him in high regard and has potential to be one of our top prospects when he returns in the second half of the season.

Man Again

A winner of four of his eight jump starts in France in 2022 (hurdles and fences), the latest by a distance in November. Unfortunately, arrived with an injury but is nearing a return to training and could return to the track in the second half of the season. Still only a four year old, he has grown and filled his frame in his time off and we look forward to getting him on the track.


Bred in the purple by Godolphin he is an unraced son of Dubawi out of a Frankel mare. He is learning all the time after being green when first starting. He is progressing well and will run in juvenile hurdles this season and possibly on the flat as well.


Micronormous won a bumper at Exeter on stable debut in November but things didn’t quite go to plan over hurdles after that. She ran her best race over hurdles at Fontwell in May to be a close third but unfortunately picked up a tendon injury from this run. She has been treated and is recovering well and we hope to get her back on the racecourse next summer.


The winner of an Irish Point-to-Point, he had a good run at Ffos Las over hurdles, has a few issues, which hopefully a long holiday, some different tweaks in his training regime can help and if things fall right he is capable of winning.

Moonlit Warrior

A three time winner on the flat before he joined us. He has been restricted to just the one start over hurdles to date. He ran okay at Market Rasen to finish third while suggesting a step up in trip was needed. Unfortunately has picked up an injury since that run so will not be seen in action again until next summer.

Mr Tambourine Man

Mr Tambourine Man has won three hurdle races to date and is now back to his latest winning mark. Out of sorts in recent times but shows enough at home to suggest he still has the fire in his belly and can win more races. We have the option of running him on the flat as well as he is potentially well treated on a mark of 56.


Myristica has had a very fruitful summer, winning three of five starts over hurdles. She shows a great attitude and loves her racing. She was fourth in the Summer Hurdle at Market Rasen when the rain-softened ground was against her. She has had just the one start on the flat for us and finished fourth at Newbury but is a multiple winner on the level already. Will continue to mix both codes before having a winter break and we look forward to then getting her back in the spring.