BLAZING DESERT won the 1m 6f 0-70 handicap yesterday at Wolverhampton for The Deeside Partnership giving the yard our first ever WINNER on the flat!

Dessie had run only 2 days before over 2 miles at the same venue in a jumpers bumper where he finished 5th but he seemed to relish the drop in trip of 2 furlongs to win by 2 lengths. He had also finished 4th, beaten 3 lengths, again at Wolverhampton the time before that over an extended 2 miles.

The plan was originally to campaign him in novice handicap chases and over hurdles but he seems to want decent ground and the weather has not been kind to us so the decision was made to run him on the level as he had a handicap mark on the flat from his younger days. While the ground remains soft and Dessie is well we will look for similar contests and hopefully he should continue to be competitive.

Mac Steamy’s Next Engagement Put on Ice

Mac Steamy was due to run tomorrow at Haydock in the 2m 4f novice hurdle but the meeting has been abandoned due to the track being covered in snow.

He has been entered for a 3 mile novice hurdle on wednesday at Catterick (link below) and will hold several more entries all over the country in the hope that one of the meetings somewhere will beat the weather and be on.

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The snow is causing problems for us at home in terms of exercising all the horses but hopefully we can keep them all ticking over and get enough work into them so that they are ready to go as soon as we get a break in the weather.


HARRIS for Sale

HARRIS 6 yr old gelding

Sire:  Beneficial   (14.3f)    Dam:  Porter Tastes Nice (IRE)    Dam’s sire:  Dry Dock

fifth foal; brother to bumper/2m Flat/2m2f-2m4f hurdle/chase winner Benefit Of Porter; dam placed in Irish points, half-sister to useful jumpers Love And Porter, Tell The Nipper and Paddy The Piper (all stayed at least 3m).

Won a maiden point-to-point on only his 2nd start at Larkhill before finishing 3rd in a competitive looking bumper at Huntingdon. He has had 3 runs over hurdles all at around 2m 4f finishing 3rd, beaten a nose for 2nd by Tiqris (£90,000) on his final start.

He is now qualified for handicaps off a mark of 110. He is sure to win his races as he is improving all the time. He will be better over 3 miles and in time will be a chaser having already won a point.

He is great value at £16,000 to stay in the yard.

Horses for Sale / Lease / Shares

GREATOWN – 6 yr old Gelding

Sire:  Great Palm (USA)   (11.2f)    Dam:  Townhall (IRE)    Dam’s sire:  Roselier (FR)   (16.0f)

E7,000 3yo; sixth foal; half-brother to multiple point winner Cluthe Boy; dam unraced half-sister to fair 2m-2m5f chase winner Jodante and bumper winners Jodi (dam of smart chaser Gemini Lucy), Crashtown Leader and Crashtown Hall, from family of Jodami.

Form: 4th out of 11 on hurdle debut in 2m 1f novice hurdle.

Lovely horse who will stay and be better over further than 2 miles and will also appreciate better ground. He is a good 16.1 hands tall and will go on to jump a fence.

He will win his races and is great value at £8000 to stay in the yard.


MAC STEAMY – 7 yr old gelding

Sire:  Bienamado (USA)      Dam:  Aroseforclare    Dam’s sire:  Royal Vulcan   (14.0f)

E8,200 3yo, £8,000 Chelt May 2011; second foal; foal; dam achieved little bumpers/2m1f-3m2f hurdles, sister to useful bumper/modest 3m3f hurdle winner Denise´s Profiles, half-sister to 2m.2m3f hurdle winner Nova Rose (dam of smart             I´msingingtheblues)

Won 2 point-to-points and was 2nd in a bumper on his 3 runs for us last season. He was found to be suffering from a virus when he made his hurdle debut back in October but then bounced back with a decent 3rd in a novice hurdle on his next outing. That run  has brought him on and he will improve for it. He is a good 16.3 hands tall and every bit a chaser, whatever he achieves over hurdles he will definitely improve on when he goes chasing. He is a very exciting horse from a very good family.

Shares available.


BLEWIT – 5 yr old gelding

Sire:  Iffraaj   (7.9f)    Dam:  Privileged Speech (USA)    Dam’s sire:  General Assembly (USA)   (8.9f)

E42,000 F, £32,000 Y, £15,000 Chelt Jan 2012; ninth foal; half-brother to four winners in North American inc champion Canadian 2yo filly Brusque (inc 8.5f Grade 2) and useful Critical Acclaim (stayed 1m4f); dam US 1m/8.5f winner

A fun young horse who took well to hurdling last year. He is rated 58 on the flat and 95 over hurdles and he is well capable of winning off both marks. He is back in full work having been given a well deserved extended break. He has strengthened up well and appears to be much more settled in his work.

He is for sale or lease.

Gwladys Street Wins!

GWLADYS STREET got the win he deserved yesterday at Sedgefield in the  3m 3f handicap hurdle in extremely testing conditions under Charlie Huxley, the ground was soon changed to heavy.

It was his first victory and the first win also for the Missing Link syndicate. It was a terrific performance carrying 11st 11lbs and giving weight all round but he was running off his old handicap mark of 94 where as in the future he will be off 101. He was put up half a stone for his narrow defeat at Uttoxeter on his previous run 12 days before so I thought I better find a race for him quickly so I could run him off his lower mark, thankfully it paid off as he went on to win by 4 lengths.


GWLADYS STREET looks a quietly progressive sort who obviously stays particularly well, and there won´t be many horses in training at this level of competition that can keep going for longer on such testing ground. He should make up into a fair staying chaser in time, and can continue to pay his way over hurdles before his attentions are inevitably switched to the larger obstacles.He is another young and progressive horse who seems to handle the testing conditions and a real test of stamina. Hopefully he can continue to progress and win a few more over hurdles before we look to go novice chasing next season where we should see an even better horse.

He is another nice young horse who really seems to be growing up mentally and physically and is proving to be quite progressive. He handles soft ground and a test of stamina. We will continue to run him over hurdles where hopefully he may be able to win a couple more before he goes novice chasing next season which is where his future really lies and he could be quite exciting.


Alpha Victor Wins at Haydock!

ALPHA VICTOR won at Haydock 22/12/12 in attritional conditions over 3 miles in the 0-140 handicap hurdle for owners Fifield, Denton, Wesley-Yates and Kinsey. It was a fantastic performance and great to see him back to form having proven to be ill following his previous run at Kelso.

It was another step in the right direction and he is proving to be a real stayer and very progressive. The Handicapper has put him up 6lbs for the win to a mark of 135. His next run will be the Pertemps qualifier at Warwick. This will be a huge step up in class but it will tell us a lot more about him and whether or not Cheltenham in March will be a realistic target.