AMBER CLOUD won the Mares 2 mile Novice Hurdle at Catterick yesterday. On only her second start over hurdles having previously been 2nd first time at Newcastle back in November, she made all the running and put in a great round of jumping to win by 2 and a half lengths.

It was a very welcome win for AMBER as we have been very patient waiting for the right race and better ground conditions to show her at her best. The plan was to try and win a novice hurdle with her and then try and get her in foal as she was bought primarily to breed from. She has now won and been placed in bumpers and been 1st and 2nd in 2 runs over hurdles. She has been booked in to be covered by ROBIN DES CHAMPS so hopefully all being well she will get in foal and then we may consider running her again whilst in foal.


GWLADYS STREET winning on sunday was a welcome reward for the yard as the horses had been running well and knocking on the door all week.

FIDDLEESTICKS put in a decent performance to finish 3rd behind 2 much more experienced rivals on his hurdling debut at Catterick on tuesday. He travelled very well and his jumping was getting quicker and sharper before he made a near race ending mistake as the race was starting to take shape at the 2nd flight down the back. He lost a lot of ground and momentum and did extremely well and showed great attitude to get going again and gallop all the way to the line to get 3rd. I was really pleased with the performance and he is lovely prospect for the future. We are not putting him under too much pressure at the moment as he has got an awful lot of strengthening up to do yet and I am quite confident we will see an even better horse next year. I think he is quite an exciting prospect.

MAC STEAMY had his first run in a handicap hurdle at Catterick over 3 miles. He travelled really well, too well in fact as he took a keen hold and never took a blow until it was too late. Having looked the winner turning into the home straight I knew our fate as he had done too much and finished a not beaten far 4th. In hindsight we probably should not have tried to hold him up. We will probably drop him in trip next time and ride him a bit handier.

KYKATE was 2nd at Bangor over 2 miles 1f and was ultimately beaten by a very well handicapped rival. She jumped fantastically well from the front and was only caught approaching the last to be beaten around 5 lengths. She has been very unlucky not to win this time having run in some very competitive races but I am sure she will break her duck over fences soon which is more than she deserves.

THEMANFROMMURROE made a very encouraging debut at Sedgefield in the bumper for owner/breeder Kieron Hickey. He looked like an old pro as he travelled really well in behind the leaders only loosing a little bit of ground as they went up the hill for the final time. Harry Challoner let him take a blow and he finished really strongly to end up 5th, 14 lengths behind the winner and behind 4 much more experienced rivals. In fact all 4 in front had either won a bumper or point-to-point before this race so it was a very pleasing display.



GWLADYS STREET won for the 2nd consecutive time at Sedgefield on sunday in the 3m 3f 0-110 handicap hurdle for the MISSING LINK syndicate. He was up 11 lbs in the handicap from his previous race where he won over the same course and distance back in January.

Charlie Huxley rode him and had him settled in and jumping well just behind the leaders right from the start before taking it up on the final circuit. He jumped the final flight upsides the 2nd horse before pulling clear only to the idle slightly in front giving the 2nd horse a chance to come back at him. As a result there was a stewards enquiry as the 2 horses came close on the run in but there was no wrong doing by either side and the result was never really in doubt as he won by half a length.

It was another step forward by Gwladys Street who is proving to be quite progressive this season having finished 3rd, 2nd, 1st and 1st on his last four starts. This is what we had always hoped as he is a big horse who is gradually growing into himself and maturing mentally and we have always given the time to do so.

We will continue to run him over hurdles this season where he will want a good 3 miles preferably on a galloping track and is better suited by a bit of cut in the ground. He will be schooled over fences this time before he is turned away and will go novice chasing next season as that is what he is bred and built to do.

Matchlock Pleasing on Debut

MATCHLOCK ran a fantastic race yesterday on his racecourse debut at Uttoxeter in the 2m 4f maiden hurdle. He was a little bit keen early on as they did not go much of a gallop due to the very testing ground conditions but he did finally settle and put in a very good round of jumping. He showed great attitude as he galloped all the way to the line to finish 7th of 12 against much more experienced horses.

He will improve for the experience mentally and physically and should go on to win races in the future over hurdles and fences and he will definitely get 3 miles plus in the future.

MATCHLOCK has been with us since he was 3 years old when we bought him out of the Tattersalls Derby sale. He is now 6 and is by top National Hunt stallion HERON ISLAND and is a close relation to the useful hurdle/chase winner RANSBORO. He has just taken a bit of time to come to physically as he was always a bit on the weak side. He is now really strengthening up and his mentality has never been in question, he loves his work and has always been a great jumper since we first had him over poles at 3 years old.

MATCHLOCK is another horse owned by the yard and is for SALE to stay in the yard for £8000.

Blazing Desert Just Headed at Wolverhampton!

BLAZING DESERT just got pipped on the run in last night at Wolverhampton to go down by a neck in the 1m 4f 0-75 handicap hurdle for The Deeside Partnership.

It was a valiant effort up 4lbs in the handicap and dropped 2 furlongs in trip from his previous run when he won at the same venue. The winner was carrying 1lb less (4yr old allowance) despite being rated 2lbs higher in the handicap.

He will continue to run on the all weather for the time being until the ground dries up when we will then look to find some more opportunities for him over hurdles and fences. In the meantime he should continue to be competitive on the level and hopefully get his owners back in the winners enclosure as long as we can keep him fit and well.


Mac Steamy 3rd in Wetherby Novice

MAC STEAMY ran a tremendous race to finish 3rd in the 2m 6f novice hurdle at Wetherby yesterday for the Steam Powered Syndicate. In what was very testing ground, Macca took the race up with just under a circuit to go and made it into a real test only to get headed on the approach to the 2nd last and he battled on well to keep 3rd.

He has now finished 3rd on his last 2 starts over hurdles and so qualifies for a handicap mark. He should improve for a step up in trip and when faced with a fence. We will see what kind of mark he gets and it could well be possible that he goes chasing next but for the time being we will keep all options open and hope that the handicapper is kind to us.


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.