Ludlow Double

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) made a winning handicap debut over fences at Ludlow earlier today in the competitive 2m4f Novices Handicap Chase. He should show further improvement for the Crossed Fingers Partnership when racing on better conditions.

SIR VALENTINO (FR) made it back-to-back wins over C&D in the valuable Tanners Wines Handicap Chase bringing home just under £18k for owners Doone Hulse, Susie Saunders and Lady Cobham. He is currently off a mark of 139 so a step up in grade looks inevitable once the handicapper has reassessed him next week.

Caspian Caviar Gold Cup

It’s a big day for our yard sponsors Caspian Caviar at Cheltenham tomorrow with the second running of the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup taking place. PARSNIP PETE runs in the 1:15 Handicap Chase over 2m. He is now back down to a workable mark of 137 but the recent rain is a slight concern for him.

FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) will bypass his declaration in the Grade 3 Handicap Chase at Cheltenham today in favour of the better conditions at Doncaster tomorrow.

‘I Gotta Horse’ feature on owner David Rea

For those of you who didn’t see it, below is a copy of the RP feature which focused on long standing owner David Rea. Please click on the photo below for a larger version,

David Rea Article



After a disappointing run at Uttoxeter yesterday we carried out routine tests on BIG BAD DUDE (IRE) this morning. Everything has come back as normal so we are putting the run down to the heavy ground. He is likely to step up in trip for a run over hurdles next time out.

DANDY DUKE (IRE) ran well to finish second in the 2m4f Novices Handicap Hurdle. The longer trip was to his liking and he shaped as if he would get further.



We have our first runner for owners Paul & Clare Rooney at Uttoxeter tomorrow. Irish point winner BIG BAD DUDE (IRE) makes his debut for the yard in the 3:20 National Hunt Flat Race over 2m.

DANDY DUKE (IRE) also goes to Uttoxeter for the 2m4f Novices Handicap Hurdle.

Sandown Runners

We have two runners at Sandown later today. NOCHE DE REYES (FR) runs in the 1:30 Handicap Chase over 2m (0-135). He blundered badly at the first when favourite at Ludlow last time out and was pulled up swiftly afterwards. Luckily he only sustained a small cut which has since healed well. The Racing Post have written a feature on the good fortunes of his part owner David Rea which will be printed in Sundays paper.

Leading amateur Will Biddick rides NO DUFFER in the 3:10 Handicap Chase over 3m (0-130). He’s taken plenty of work to get fit this season and is sure to have come on from his recent outing at Cheltenham. He’s a C&D winner and the good to soft ground will suit.


SIR VALENTINO (FR) made it back-to-back wins at Ludlow earlier today in the valuable 2m handicap chase for owners Doone Hulse, Susie Saunders and Lady Cobham. The race wasn’t short of drama with four of the nine runners departing over the first three fences! His win over hurdles at Leicester last time out has certainly helped with his confidence and he jumped well throughout. He could head back to Ludlow on the 16th December for the 2m Tanners Wines Handicap Chase worth £28k.


SAINT ARE (FR) has been confirmed for the Becher Chase at Aintree on Saturday.


Unfortunately the yard was hit with some very sad news yesterday when MOONLIGHT MAGGIE was fatally injured in a fall at Leicester. Our condolences go out to her owners/breeders John & Caroline George. She will be dearly missed by all in the yard.

New Recruits

Exciting new recruit THE WORLDS END (IRE) arrived in the yard this week. The four year old gelding by popular stallion Stowaway looked very impressive when falling two out on his only point-to-point start at Wexford. He jumped and travelled with real ease and looks a very exciting prospect for the McNeill Family.

We also have another new horse in the yard from a very different background. Three year old son of Galileo (Ire) STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) has arrived from Robert Cowells yard in Newmarket to be aimed for a three year old bumper.

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