BABY KING (IRE) put in a great performance to win the 2m Betfair Handicap Hurdle at Haydock on Saturday after 213 days off the track. He cruised to the front at the top of the home straight and stayed on gamely to win for the About Two Weeks partnership. The handicapper has raised him six pound in the handicap to a mark of 129, he should continue to improve and we will look for a similar race over Christmas. It was the start of a perfect day for Paddy who went on to win the Betfair Chase under Cue Card.


SIR VALENTINO (FR) was the comfortable winner of the competitive 2m Handicap Hurdle at Leicester on Monday for owners Doone Hulse, Susie Saunders and Lady Cobham. There was plenty to like about how he attacked his hurdles before pulling clear at the last. Jamie Bargary felt he would appreciate a step up in trip which should open up more options for him in the future.

Greatwood Hurdle

We have two runners in the Grade 3 Stan James Greatwood Hurdle on Sunday. Paddy rides DEXCITE (FR) who sneaks in at the bottom of the weights. We feel it is worth taking a chance with him whilst he is at the right end of the handicap and if it’s too much to ask at this stage we have the option of reverting back to novice hurdles. Jamie Bargary claims five pounds off OLOFI (FR). We tried a change of tactics which didn’t work out when he finished sixth in the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton on Sunday. He has come on from that run and we should see him back to his best at his favoured track.


Former Irish point-to-point winner WILD WEST WIND (IRE) made a very promising start to his career in the bumper at Bangor earlier today. He led for most of the way and stayed on well to finish second behind the highly regarded Compadre (Ire). He will be switched to hurdles next time out and will be suited by a step up in trip.

Nacarat’s full brother BARAZA (FR) showed further improvement to finish fourth in the 2m novices hurdle and should continue to progress for his owner Simon Clarke.

Holiday Let

Steanbridge Farm Barn is available to rent this weekend for a discounted price of £500. If anyone is interested in staying at the barn after racing on Friday through to Sunday please email

Cross Country Schooling

KILBREE KID (IRE) and SAINT ARE (FR) had a trip away to Lyneham Heath Equestrian Centre in Oxfordshire this morning to school over some cross country fences. Tom led them on Jazz over the first few and was quite pleased when they got the hang of things!

KILBREE KID (IRE) will definitely run in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

SAINT ARE (FR) appeared to thoroughly enjoy himself so this should open up more options on his campaign towards going one better in the Grand National.




BUN DORAN (IRE) made a very impressive debut at Chepstow yesterday when winning the Intermediate National Hunt Flat Race for the Crossed Fingers Partnership. He travelled strongly throughout and never came off the bridle under a confident looking Paddy Brennan. He will more than likely switch to hurdles next time out and looks a very exciting prospect for the future.

Happy Halloween!

The lads on the yard all took part in a pumpkin carving competition this week after jockey Paddy Brennan very kindly offered a £100 prize to the winner. The standard was extremely high and work rider Sherri-Anne took the honours for her fantastic wolf design.



The good form of the yard continued at Stratford earlier today when ROC D’APSIS (FR) won the Subaru Supports Point-to-Point Racing Handicap Chase. He looked the likely winner of this race twelve months ago before slipping three out, it’s taken a long time to regain his confidence but hopefully he will now continue to progress for owners David Rae and Diane Fudge. Their day was made even better when they won £5000 from the ROA Owners Jackpot!

Weekend Results

WHATS HAPPENING (IRE) provided owners David Rae and David McDermott with a fantastic day at Cheltenham on Saturday when winning the feature race on the card.  He could return to Cheltenham in November to run over an extended trip or alternatively tackle the big fences at Aintree in the Becher Chase.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) made a very encouraging debut over fences, finishing second in the competitive 2m4f novice chase.

FORGOTTEN GOLD (IRE) gained his first win in a handicap at Wincanton on Sunday when comfortably winning the Desert Orchid Silver Cup for owners Richard & Michelle Cornock.


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