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The Thoroughbred Ladies

The Thoroughbred Ladies enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Down Farm earlier today after watching UNTIL WINNING (FR) on the gallops. He missed last season due to injury so he came in from the field early to spend four weeks walking and trotting on the Somerset hills with Louise Cabble. Louise does an impeccable job with our horses that are resting or recovering from injury. They get lots of pampering and the swimming pool can be a welcome change to their routine. He returned to the yard looking fantastic and is now in full work. He will start off in handicap chases and will hopefully provide the ladies with plenty of fun this winter!

Weekend Runners

CHAMPAGNE CITY (IRE) bids for a hat-trick at Stratford on Sunday in the 2:10 Novices Hurdle over 2m with Adrian booked to ride. He’s a C&D winner who is sure to show further progress as he gains more experience jumping.


Recent Perth winner OTTER MOON is now for sale. Please see ‘ Horses for Sale ‘ tab for more information.

Biomass Boiler

Prescient Power have now commenced work on the new Biomass Boiler System being installed at Down Farm. It is a high quality German boiler which as well as being fuelled by woodchips can be set to take stable waste. The stable waste will be augured through a 3 stage dryer to remove 70% of the water content . This will then provide unlimited heating for the house, yard and staff accommodation. Our equine drying facilities will be greatly enhanced and it should go down well with the foreign workforce in the cold winter months! We will provide further information once it’s up and running. The ground works are due to finish next week and then the installation of the boiler will begin.

Tory Massini

We love to hear updates on how horses who have left the yard are progressing with their new careers. Tory Massini had two runs over hurdles before joining Sally Hayward to try his hand at eventing. We are delighted to hear that he finished 4th at Barbury Castle on Saturday in the ROR Eventing Championships.


The lads have been hard at work for the last few weeks preparing the yard for the forthcoming season. Owner Dave Brookes has created Slads very own natural Spa which is filled from the Slad Brook. It should be a very useful addition to Down Farm and will help speed up healing time when the horses come back from the races with bangs and bruises.


Apologies for the recent lack of news on the website, Lauren was away on holiday. The horses have just arrived back from a great couple of days at Perth.

KILBREE KID (IRE) maintained his fantastic record at Perth on Wednesday to win the feature race of the day – The 3m Kilmany Cup. As always his jumping was outstanding and he stayed on strongly under conditional jockey Ciaran Gethings to gain his fifth win at the track. Ciaran works for Philip Hobbs but will be riding out here on a weekly basis during the Winter.

Stable mate ALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE) ran very well to finish second on his first attempt over the 3m trip. It’s very frustrating when the yard has a 1-2 but races in this bracket are few and far between at this time of year so both horses were forced to take their chance.

OTTER MOON provided his owners/breeders Har & Michael Houghton with a memorable day at Perth yesterday. He saw out the longer trip well to open his account in the maiden hurdle. Prior to the win he was on a handy mark of 109 so he also has the option of handicaps going forward.

NOCHE DE REYES (FR) made it a double on the day and finally got the win he deserves in the 2m handicap chase yesterday having finished second on six occasions since his last victory! He took the lead four from home and pulled clear of his rivals to secure his first win away from Ludlow and a valuable prize for his owners David Rea and David McDermott. He may join STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) on a trip over to Ireland for the popular Galway Festival.

Doncaster Sales

Tom had a busy few days at the DBS Spring Store and HIT Sale last week. 616 horses were offered! 4 of which have joined the yard with very different backgrounds…

Simon Clarke selected and purchased a three year old son of Midnight Legend who is now being broken in by Martin Jones.

LOUGHADERRA PRINCE (IRE) is a lighlty raced 8 year old gelding by Oscar (Ire). He was the winner of a bumper at Naas back in November 2015 where he beat several subsequent winners including stable mate ROCKLANDER (IRE) who has notched up two wins and five seconds since joining the yard last year. He’s finished in the frame on 3 of his 4 hurdle starts to date, hopefully we can bring out further improvement when he returns to full training in July.

Six year old gelding COPPER WEST (IRE) was the six length winner of his only Irish point-to-point and finished fourth in a competitive bumper at Killarney on his latest start.

BOAGRIUS (IRE) is a five year old son of Beneficial who was part of the Million in Mind annual dispersal. He was the winner of a point-to-point at Barbury and won a bumper on his first start under rules at Catterick in December (pictured left). Since then he’s finished in the first four on all of his hurdle starts to earn a handicap mark of 122.

Both horses will run in the colours of the MerseyClyde Partnership. We are delighted to welcome the partnership to the yard, both horses are now enjoying a break and we look forward to them running in the Autumn.


SANDYMOUNT (IRE) put in a very gutsy performance at Market Rasen to win the competitive 2m4f  Oakmere Homes Handicap Hurdle. He stayed on strongly after the last get his head in front in the final strides for owners Dermot O’Donohoe, Sharon Nelson, John Cavanagh and Bob Deutsch. He remains very lightly raced and there is sure to be further improvement off his revised mark.

Weekend Runners

BIG FELLA THANKS heads to Cheltenham tonight for the fun Hunter Chase Fixture. He was last seen finishing 3rd in the Fox Hunters at Aintree and remains enthusiastic as ever on the gallops at home. He was welcomed with the loudest cheer of the night when he won the same race last year and there would be no more popular winner if he was able to do it again. He owes us nothing and it’s highly likely that this will be his last run before retirement at Down Farm

BOMBER COMMAND (FR) is our only runner at Uttoxeter tomorrow in the 2:45 Maiden Hurdle over 2m.

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