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Yard & Stable Hygiene Services

The staff have been very busy power washing, painting and repairing the yard. We have also extended the drying room to prepare for the cold winter ahead. Former head lad Tom Fillery has set up a new business specialising in hygiene services for equine environments. He has developed an anti-bacterial paint called Stable Shield that we are going to apply throughout the yard. Stable Shield is a specially formulated hard wearing anti-microbial coating that prevents the growth and spread of harmful bacteria by up to 99.8%. The anti-microbial efficacy was initially designed for the high standards required in healthcare and has been incorporated with a durable and hard wearing coating that is able to with stand the vigorous demands of an equine environment.

Perth Runners

We have 3 horses heading up to Perth on Sunday, all ridden by Adrian.

AIR SQUADRON runs in the 2:15 Novices Hurdle over 2m4f. He finished second on his recent debut over hurdles after eight months off the track. He lacked fluency at times so Adrian has done plenty of schooling with him at home and the step up in trip should suit.

ALWAYS ON THE RUN has been declared in the 2:45 Handicap Chase over 2m4f (0-140). He finished a very credible third behind a progressive sort at Stratford last time out . He’s only 2lb above his latest winning mark and the drying ground conditions are ideal for him.

ROC D’APSIS (FR) lines up in the feature race of the day, the 3m Perth Gold Cup. As expected the £30k prize fund has attracted a competitive field of 12 runners. He’s only up 4lb for his win at Kempton on the 1st May and appears to be feeling very fresh on the gallops.


Multiple flat winner CHAMPAGNE CITY secured his first win over hurdles for owner Roger Brookhouse at Kelso on Sunday. He travelled smoothly throughout and did well to recover from a bad blunder at the last. He will continue to run in novice hurdles during the summer to help him gain some more experience before stepping up in class.


MINELLA ARIS (IRE) made a winning start to his chasing career at Southwell on Tuesday in the 2m4f Novices Handicap Chase. He travelled and jumped well throughout before drawing clear of his rivals to win by 6 lengths. Races in his bracket are few and far between during the summer months so he is now enjoying a break back at home with his owner Simon Clarke.

Simon enjoyed another winner the following day when JUST BEFORE DAWN (IRE) got off the mark over hurdles up at Perth. The front pair pulled miles clear of the rest of the field and he kept on well after the last to justify his odds of 1/5!

National Weights

Tom & Sophie attended the Grand National Weights Reveal at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last week. DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) makes the top 40 with a weight of 10-6. SAINT ARE (FR) has been allocated 10-5 and needs nine horses to pull out of the race to secure a run.

Weekend Runners

We have two runners declared for Haydock tomorrow with Adrian booked to ride.

THE WORLDS END (IRE) steps up to graded company in the 3:50 Albert Bartlett Novices Hurdle over 2m7f.  He was the easy winner of his last two starts over 2m3f at Chepstow and we’ve always felt he would appreciate the step up in trip.

WUFF (IRE) runs in the 4:20 Novices Handicap Chase over 2m4f. He finished sixth on his seasonal reappearance at Haydock last month over 2m. He has come on from that outing and the return to 2m4f will suit.

New Arrivals

We are delighted to welcome some new recruits to Down Farm this week.

Five year old son of Westerner TRUCKER’S LODGE (IRE) has had two starts in Irish points, including a win at Ballindenisk in December. He arrived looking fantastic following a stint in pre training with Timmy & Caroline Edwards at Belldip Bloodstock. His owner Gordon Hall used to play for Leicester Tigers and is new to racehorse ownership.

FORGOT TO ASK (IRE) caught Toms eye at the Doncaster Sales on Tuesday (Pictured left). He is closely related to FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) and finished second on his last two starts in Irish points. Both horses have settled in well and will make their rules debut in bumpers in the Spring.

Conditional jockey Brendan Brooks will be joining the team next week. He’s ridden three winners in America and has had several rides pointing in Ireland. His valuable ten pound claim should prove to be very beneficial


MICK MAESTRO (FR) made a perfect start to his career at Towcester today winning the junior bumper in good style for the Crossed Fingers Partnership. He arrived with us as a two year old and has never been asked of anything serious on the gallops which makes his performance all the more promising. He looks an exciting prospect for a juvenile hurdle campaign.

Cheltenham Results

KK LEXION (IRE) showed plenty of promise at Cheltenham on Friday, finishing fourth in the competitive 2m Novices Handicap Hurdle after being hampered two out. He stayed on strongly up the hill suggesting he will appreciate a stiffer test and looks more than capable of winning off his current mark.

MODULE (FR) made a very pleasing reappearance in the ultra competitive Grade 2 Shloer Chase yesterday. He was slightly outpaced by his younger rivals but stayed on strongly to regain fourth in the closing stages. There’s a possibility he could step up to two and half miles on his next run.

Weekend Runners

We have a very busy weekend ahead with eight runners to look forward to. Starting with two at Cheltenham tomorrow, both ridden by Adrian.

Multiple chase winner NO DUFFER reverts back to hurdles for his seasonal debut in the 2:25 Novices Hurdle over 3m. ALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE) steps up in class in the 3:30 Randox Health Handicap Chase over 2m. He has matured over the summer and appears a lot more relaxed this season so we see no reason why he shouldn’t continue to progress at this level.

FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) heads to Aintree on Sunday for the 2:45 Veterans Handicap Chase over 3m1f. He did very well against fellow veterans last season, runs well fresh and the good ground will suit. GOD’S OWN (IRE) makes his highly anticipated reappearance in the Old Roan Chase over 2m4f. He faces a very competitive field but is in fine form at home and showing the same exuberance as last season when he won two grade 1 contests, including the Melling Chase over C&D. BEHIND THE WIRE (IRE) makes his debut over fences in the 4:25 Novices Handicap Chase over 3m1f (0-125) As expected he has thrived over the summer and is schooling well at home which makes his current mark of 115 look very appealing. MISS NIGHT OWL has her first start under rules in the competitive Mares Bumper for her owner/breeders John & Caroline George. Adrian Heskin rides.

STORMING STRUMPET bypassed her engagement at Ffos Las last weekend due to heavy rain. The ground at Wincanton this Sunday on Armed Forces Day looks much more suitable and she faces a small field of four in the 2:55 Novices Handicap Chase over 2m4f (0-120), Mark Quinlan is booked to ride. CERUNNOS (FR) steps up in trip in the 3:30 Handicap Chase over 3m2f  (0-140) and Paddy Brennan is booked to ride him.

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