Month: November 2018

Rosie Margarson enjoys 1st career success 4 days after Ascot charity race victory


The sheer joy of your first winner cannot be better illustrated! And here’s a lesson in how to gain race riding experience whilst fine tuning your horse in a charity race and then going on to success under Rules!
Well done Rosie Margarson’s on her first career win under Rules on Tuesday at Southwell just 4 days after their Countryside Fund charity race win at Ascot!
Partnering CARIBBEAN SPRING (aka Bean) for her father George, Rosie stuck to the outer and came wide into the straight to lead a furlong from home and stay on to win by over 3 lengths.
After her victory Rosie said “I was on cloud 9 and now I’m on cloud 20. What a mega little horse he is. I ride him at home and he’s a cheeky little chap but you could put a kid on him at the races, he’s so professional. To have a winner under rules on my 3rd ever ride – 4th if you count Ascot – and for dad is insane.”
Well done Rosie on an amazing double with your beloved Bean!

Isabel Williams wins at Ludlow with Burn Baby Byrne


Many congratulations to Isabel Williams on winning the Rowels Fine Art Handicap Hurdle at Ludlow today with her father’s Burn Baby Byrne.  Held up for much of the race, the partnership made headway to take up the lead 3 out and stay on well to win by 7 lengths.  Well done to winning connections!

David Maxwell enjoys Grade 3 success in Auteuil!


Congratulations to David Maxwell fresh from the Arqana Autumn Sales on Monday where under the guidance of Guy Petit he purchased Cat Tiger who he partnered at Auteuil this afternoon when riding against professionals in the Prix Morgex.

Having never sat on the horse before getting legged up, David actually parted company with him on the way to the start but this did nothing to damage their relationship as the partnership duly won!!

“He’s a real professional, though I fell off him on the way down to the start” said David.  “It comes as a bit of a surprise the way you jump a fence on the way to the start in France.   I’d never sat on the horse before and I only saw him for the first time on Monday at the sales.  The first time I ever sat on him, I fell off him but won a Grade 3. Fantastic!”

“He’s going to Paul Nicholls and he’ll run in hunter chases next season” continued David. “We’ll probably keep him to hurdles this season and then hunter chases after that.”

Well done David!! 😻🐅🇫🇷🇬🇧🏆👏👏👏👍

Abbie McCain wins the Ladies Hurdle at Rasen


Congratulations to Abbie Mccain on a great ride yesterday afternoon winning the Pro/Am Lincs Loos Lady Riders Handicap Hurdle at Market Rasen with her father’s DERRYNANE!  Abbie kept a very cool head and the final stages of the race are well worth watching on the link below.

Well done to winning connections!🏆👏👍

Amie Waugh shines at Hexham with Total Assets winning John Smiths Chase


Congratulations to Amie Waugh on a tenacious ride this afternoon at Hexham when partnering her father Simon’s TOTAL ASSETS in the John Smiths Chase over 4 miles.

Somewhat detached from the 8 other runners in the early stages, the partnership made good headway before the 19th of the 25 fences to be jumped to take up the lead 5 from home and gallop strongly to the line to win with ease.  This was a great performance!  Well done all!👏👏👏👏

And Matt Chapman caught up with Amie after the race …

Posted by Sarah Oliver on Wednesday, 21 November 2018

16 year old Jack Tudor enjoys 1st career win at Fakenham


Today was a day to remember for 16 year old Jack Tudor who enjoyed his first career win under rules when winning the 5 runner MF Sporting Ltd Novice Hurdle for boss Christian Williams aboard UNO MAS at Fakenham. His 6 hour journey from Wales proved more than worthwhile!

Only 2 were left in contention at the last – UNO MAS and HIGHWAY STAR ridden by another 16 year old, William Humphrey, having his first ride, but despite wandering and ducking violently right going into the hurdle, there was no doubt about the winner who forged clear to win by 4 lengths.  Well done Jack!

The Racing Post published an interesting piece on Jack:

Whatever the results at Fakenham on Tuesday, the shrewd Christian Williams is certain to appear on the post-race podium as his racing club is the main sponsor of the Christian Williams Racing Club Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3.30).

Despite his patronage, that is not the race on the card that Williams most wants to win as it is the amateur riders’ contest (2.00) he really has his eye on.

Following Williams in amateur riders events could be a system to follow this season as the former jockey, who has made a promising start to his new career, explained: “I’ve a young boy in the yard who’s an exceptional rider and I’m trying to find runners for as many amateur races as I can to give him experience.

The young rider in question is the 16-year-old Jack Tudor, whose father Jonathan used to ride and whose cousin, James Tudor, won the Kim Muir aboard High Chimes at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival, before retiring in 2016

On the clear potential of his young apprentice, Williams said: “He’s 16 and had his first ever ride four weeks ago on Uno Mas and finished fourth.

“He was beaten three-quarters of a length at Cheltenham a few days later on his second ever ride aboard Fifty Shades. This will be his fourth ride under rules, his birthday was right at the end of the pointing season so I think he rode at only about three or four meetings – but he had about seven winners from something like 15 rides.”

Tudor will again ride Uno Mas at Fakenham on Tuesday and Williams clearly fancies the pair’s chances.

“He’s in good form,” he said. “I hope the track should suit him and he’d probably be my strongest chance tomorrow. Jack’s a very good young rider so claiming the full 7lb is a big help.

Craig Dowson wins last at Plumpton with Balkinstown


Well done to Craig Dowson on a stylish victory to round off the card at Plumpton last night, the Strong Flavours Catering Handicap Hurdle, with BALKINSTOWN for trainer Robert Stephens. Mid div for much of the race, the partnership made smooth progress to track the leader and lead from 2 out, staying on well to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

Congratulations to winning connections!

Matt Chapman meets weighing room’s tallest jockeys


Matt Chapman enjoyed meeting 2 of the tallest lads from the weighing room yesterday at Plumpton who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Luca Morgan in the Plumpton Racecourse Twinned with Pompadour Racecourse Amateur Riders Handicap Hurdle

Luca Morgan enjoys win at Plumpton with Winter Spice


Many congratulations to Luca Morgan, 17 year old graduate of pony racing, who enjoyed the second win of his budding career when winning at Plumpton this afternoon in the 5 runner amateur hurdle which celebrates the twinning of Plumpton Racecourse with that of Pompadour.

Partnering WINTER SPICE for Johnny Farrelly the partnership made virtually all to be ridden out and win comfortably by 7 lengths.  Well done Luca!

Luca is enjoying a great start to his amateur career having enjoyed his first career winning ride at Ludlow less than a month ago on 25th October when partnering HOKE COLBURN for Brian Barr in the “A Plush Flush” Amateur Riders Handicap Chase.  Today’s race tactics were the complete opposite those at Ludlow, with Luca showing his versatility in the saddle back in October, holding his horse up until the latter stages of the race.

Picture credits: AJA