Myristica - Four Time Winner this Summer

Myrisica got last week off to a great start by winning for the fourth time over hurdles this summer at Stratford.  It was great weight carrying performance giving the runner up nearly two stone. She stayed the extra two furlongs well under a well time challenge from Jack Tudor. She has been a star for the yard, shows a great attitude and loves her racing. My wife Leanne is her regular work rider and and so it was a special victory.  She prefers quicker surface and so we will monitor the weather and she may run again before having a winter holiday. 

Red Happy was our second winner of the week putting in a great performance to win at Exeter. He loved the good to firm going and preferred going back right handed. The trip was a fraction shorter than ideal but he travelled enthusiastically throughout and powered up the hill to score a shade cosily.  There were lots of members of our Racing Club there who  ery much enjoyed their afternoon. 

Other horses to run well last week included Nibras Gold who finished second again at Exeter. He has been a model of consistency the season to date and it would be great to get his head in front again before he goes off for a winter holiday. Jilaijone also ran a cracker to be second at Chepstow on Saturday. He was a little too keen early in the race which did not help his chances late on but he battled on well to not be beaten that far and deserves to get his head in front next time. 

On Saturday Wordsworth was a little disappointing in the  Cesarewitch at Newmarket but Bashful Boy ran a super race to be fourth at 100/1. He stayed on strongly under a nice ride from five pound claiming apprentice Aiden Brookes. It was probably a career best from our son of Magician and there is plenty more fun to be had with him under both codes. 

Neve Daniel Charity Race

Neve is 23 years old and has worked here since leaving school and joining our team in December 2016.  She is taking part in the Bob Champion Cancer Trust charity flat race at Wincanton on Sunday 29th October.  It is a flat race over 1m2f and while her horse is still to be confirmed she is busy raising money.  She needs to raise £2500 in sponsorship to take part and is a little way off her target so she would really welcome any donations to her Just Giving Page which can be found by following the link below. We are also offering a visit to Pond House for four people at a mutually convenient date. We would like to invite you to place a secret bid via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The highest bidder will be invited to come to the yard to meet David and any money raised will go towards Neve’s fundraising target. Please do get in touch!

Horses in Training

Please find below the ninth 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.


Thistlebuffs has finished fourth in two novice hurdles but then disappointed in a handicap hurdle and chase. Not long joined the yard and disappointing on stable debut but goes nicely enough at home to suggest he is worth persevering with, maybe dropped back in distance next time.

Thomas Mor

A very pleasant surprise how he progressed throughout last season. He is not flashy at home but saves his best for the racecourse, which is exactly what you want! He won novice events at Worcester and Wincanton before pulling up in the Challow hurdle at Newbury when heavy rain on race day made conditions soft. Definitely prefers good ground and resumed his progress winning a competitive Ascot handicap off top weight. Ran a cracker in the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett novices hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March to be sixth, only beaten 6 lengths when the ground was also softer than ideal. Unfortunately, returned home with an injury after this but his recovery is going well.  He is one to look forward to over fences in due course.

Time Interval

A new recruit bought privately off the flat. He was an impressive winner over 1m2f at Goodwood on heavy ground in May, a fourth win of his career. He goes nicely at home, is schooling well and is an exciting hurdling prospect for the season ahead.

Tough Approach

Second to Worldwide Fury in an Irish Point-to-Point at Port Rush, his only run to date. Another handsome son of Milan who has done everything asked of him at home nicely. Has summered well and has huge potential for bumpers and novice hurdles this season.  Is quite forward in his training and is likely to be in action very shortly.

Via Dante

Via Dante has taken his time to mature as he has a very cheeky and playful character. He is not very big but a good jumper despite how his form figures may read! Would have won on his last start over fences at Newton Abbot, but for falling at the second last fence when well clear. Picked up an injury that day so has needed some time off but back in training and progressing well. Handles any ground and can win off his current mark.

Vision De Maine

A handsome big four year old acquired from Cheltenham Sales in March. He is the winner of his only start in an Irish Point to Point at Tyrella. He has pleased us in all his homework and we look forward to starting him off in a bumper before going novice hurdling and will make a smashing chaser in time.

Walk of the Roses

Walk of the Roses is not the biggest but shows great heart and attitude both at home and on the racecourse. Won a bumper nicely on debut at Ffos Las in May and followed that with an equally nice performance to be second at Uttoxeter under a penalty. She picked up a little injury after this so has gone home for a holiday but will be back to run in the spring.


A new high class flat recruit who won impressively on stable debut over hurdles at Bangor.  It didn’t quite go to plan in the Cesarewitch but a Group performer on the level for Aidan O’Brien he has won two races and been placed five times on the biggest stage.  He is still an entire, so we will geld him in due course but with a rating of 105 on the flat and he jumps fantastically he is an exciting prospect for the season ahead.

Worldwide Fury

A gorgeous son of Jukebox Jury who is the winner of his only start in an Irish Point to Point at Port Rush in March. Purchased from the Aintree sale in April, we did a bit with him before turning him away for a holiday and we liked what we saw. Will start off in bumpers before novice hurdling and could be a name to follow.

Ya Know Yaseff

The winner of two chases at Worcester and Newton Abbot this summer she is definitely still capable of winning off her current mark.  Remember her name for horse racing quizzes in years to come – she was Tom Scudamore’s last ever ride!


Yggdrasil is the winner of three chases and now back down to a favourable mark we hope he can add to this tally. He had one run for Pond House at Bangor in June where he finished third and we have given him a little break since then. He is a half-brother to Cheltenham Festival winner, Siruh Du Lac. He seems best at about 2m4f, handles any ground and there plenty of fun to be had with him going forward.