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The good form continued for owner David Fox (PP Controls & Automations) when BIGPIPENOTOBACEEE (IRE) won the 2m3f Eric and Lucy Papworth Novices Handicap Chase at Market Rasen yesterday. He travelled nicely throughout and was eased into the lead turning for home before showing a likable attitude when pressed by the runner up late on. We’ve always considered him a horse with potential so it’s great to get a win under his belt after a series of unfortunate mishaps in his races, there should be plenty more to come from him.


SEDDON (IRE) made the long journey up to Musselburgh worthwhile at the weekend when comfortably winning the Bumper under Adrian Heskin. We’ve always held him in very high regard at home so it was no surprise to see him run out the smooth winner on his racecourse debut. He looks a very exciting prospect for the McNeill Family and will now be aimed for a valuable Spring bumper.


SOME ARE LUCKY (IRE) got off the mark over fences at Leicester today in the 2m6f H.A.C Pipeline Supplies Novices Handicap Chase. The gruelling conditions made it a true test of stamina, he jumped well and pulled clear of his two toiling rivals after the last. The handicapper has kept him on a mark of 124, the win will have done his confidence the world of good and we should see further improvement on his favoured better ground.


BLACK OP (IRE) booked his ticket to the Cheltenham Festival on Saturday after finishing second in the Grade 2 Ballymore Classic Novices Hurdle. He looked set to collect before a costly mistake at the last impended his momentum. He proved he’s more than capable of landing a big race for owner Roger Brookhouse. He currently has entries in the 2m5f Ballymore Novices Hurdle and the 3m Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle. No decision has been made as of yet.


We have recently had an exciting four year old from France arrive in the yard. CASA TALL (FR) is by the fashionable French stallion No Risk At All (Fr). He won his last two races in France and the handicapper has given him a provisional mark of 139 so it looks like he will be heading towards the bigger races in the Spring. He measures 16.1 hands but like a lot of French horses he arrived very light, he’s settled in well and has already put on 20 kilos in two weeks!


UNTIL WINNING (IRE) secured his fifth win for the Thoroughbred Ladies at Market Rasen today in the 2m5f Handicap Chase. He headed the weights carrying 12-1 so Noel George took off a valuable seven pounds. He wisely took a wide route in search of the better ground and a fantastic jump at the last won him the race. He dropped to a handy mark of 117 following his long absence so there’s every chance he could follow up next time out. Hopefully we can find a similar race on a local track so the ladies can enjoy a day out together.


CLONDAW CASTLE (IRE) made the long journey up to Kelso worthwhile yesterday when winning the 2m Novices Hurdle under Ciaran Gethings. He travelled nicely throughout before taking the lead two from home and pulling clear of his rivals on the run in. We’ve always considered him a stayer for the future so it’s nice that he also has the speed to win over 2m. We are waiting to see what the handicapper has to say before deciding on a Spring target but his two novice hurdle wins mean a step up in class will be inevitable. It was his first start in co owner Tim Syders colours so it was great that he was there on the day to collect the prize.

Leeroy Jones

Leeroy Jones left Down Farm this week after 10 + years as Travelling Head Lad. He was an integral part of the team and will certainly be missed by all on the yard and at the races. We wish him every success in the future and we are sure he will excel in whatever career path he decides to take. Some of the staff members chipped in to buy him a fantastic drawing of his favourite horse Saint Are (Fr) from local artist Carola Silvey.


The good run of luck continued for Roger Brookhouse when BLACK OP (IRE) ran out the easy winner of the Maiden Hurdle at Doncaster today. The step up to 2m5f appeared to suit, he made all and drew clear of his rivals approaching the last to win by seventeen lengths. We’ve always held him in very high regard and he will step him up in class next time out. Both horses are by Sandmason, an unfashionable stallion who only covered five mares last season at a reduced fee of £1,000. He’s now proved he is clearly capable of fathering a good horse and I’m sure he will be busier this Spring!


SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE) provided the yard with our eight grade one winner at Sandown on Saturday in the 2m 32 Red Tolworth Novices Hurdle. The strong pace set by the leader was much more too his liking, he settled nicely and showed plenty of stamina to overcome a last flight blunder and win by four lengths. Noel Fehily is confident he will stay further which opens up a few more Cheltenham Festival options to deliberate over with owner Roger Brookhouse.

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