It’s been a relatively quiet week in the yard which has been a combination of the changing ground and trying to find the right races for the horses.

DOCTOR DEX (IRE) made a very promising racecourse debut at Southwell on Monday to finish second in the competitive Newcomers Bumper. He beat some highly regarded horses and looks one to keep an eye on when embarking on his novice hurdle campaign.

THE WORLD’S END (IRE) & ROCKLANDER (IRE) enjoyed an early morning racecourse gallop yesterday ridden by Adrian and Noel. They arrived at first light and did a routine gallop over two miles before quickening over the last couple of hurdles.

THE WORLD’S END (IRE) has an entry at Haydock later this month in the 3m Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle. He will also be entered for the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on the 1st December.

ROCKLANDER (IRE) showed significant improvement last season to end the campaign on a mark of 139. He’s been schooling well over fences and will make his chase debut in a middle distance beginners chase soon.


We were delighted to see THE ROMFORD PELE (IRE) return to winning ways at Aintree yesterday in the valuable Veterans Chase. It was his first outing since March and he showed a good attitude to stay on strongly and see of his pursuer in the closing stages. Adrian was very pleased with his jumping so he will definitely stick to chasing for the time being.


MISS NIGHT OWL completed a hat-trick of wins at Stratford on Saturday in the 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle. She made all and stayed on gamely to win by a short head. She has come out of the race well and will now be aimed for the 2m Mares Listed Hurdle at Wetherby next Saturday to try and gain some black type. Her owner/breeders John & Caroline George are selling her half brother by Blue Brasil at the Tattersalls Ireland November National Hunt Sale.

SUMMERVILLE BOY (IRE) nearly made it a double on the day in the 2m National Hunt Maiden Hurdle and looks one to keep an eye on when stepped up in trip.

It’s been a fairly busy week in the yard with many horses having their first run of the campaign, the majority of which have run promising races in defeat and will improve from the outing.

SUMKINDOFKING (IRE) raced too freely in the Silver Trophy Handicap Hurdle and faded out of contention between the last two flights. There is definitely a valuable handicap hurdle in him if he can learn to settle.

DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) made a very pleasing reappearance to finish second in the John Ayres Memorial Handicap Chase. The run should put him spot on for a crack at the Grade 2 Charlie Hall at Wetherby on the 4th November when he steps up to his optimum trip of 3m. He reached a career high mark of 151 after finishing second in the Racing Post Chase in February. He has a very similar profile to stable star NACARAT (FR) who also finished second in the Racing Post Chase back in 2010 before going on to win the Charlie Hall later that year. Let’s hope Shuffle can follow the same route!

SONG SAA made an encouraging return in the valuable Mares Handicap Chase Challenger Series Qualifier at Worcester on Tuesday. She looked the likely winner turning for home but weakened before the last to finish second behind a well handicapped rival.

AGAMEMMON (IRE) added to the string of seconds in the 2m4f Novices Handicap Chase at Huntingdon later that afternoon. His jumping was excellent and he’s sure to get his head in front soon.

MINELLA ARIS (IRE) was strongly supported for the 2m3f Novices Chase at Wetherby yesterday. He took a heavy looking fall two from home when in contention. We are very pleased to report that both the horse and Adrian are ok.



Worcester racecourse was subject to some scathing criticism yesterday when the ground proved to be much quicker than expected, resulting in 33 non runners! HATTAAB (IRE) only had to face two rivals in the first division of the bumper and ran well to finish seven lengths behind Global Citizen (Ire) who was purchased at the Cheltenham April Sale for a staggering £275,000! It’s hard to take much form out of the race but Adrian was pleased with the performance. He will have one more run in a bumper before embarking on his novice hurdle campaign.


CUIRASSIER DEMPIRE (FR) made it back-to-back wins in the 3m Novices Handicap Chase at Bangor on Wednesday. He travelled strongly throughout before pulling clear of his rivals two from home to win impressively. He will now enjoy a well deserved break with his owners Neal Griffith and Heather Haddock allowing him time to mature through the worst of the winter. We are confident he will continue on an upward curve when he returns to training next year.

New Horse

We are delighted to welcome a lovely four year old son of Kayf Tara to the yard owned by Mrs Diana Whateley, Mr Tim Syder, Mr Aiden Murphy and Mr Dominic Burke. He has a strong dam line which includes Diamond King (Ire), the winner of the 2016 Coral Cup. He arrived looked fantastic following his pre training with Annabel Murphy and has settled in well. We look forward to seeing him develop.

Biomass Boiler Update

As can be seen from the the attached picture, there has been significant progress made on the installation of the Biomass Boiler.The actual boiler has been installed and the drier (imported from Germany) is due to be in soon.

It will be the first of its kind in a British racing yard and will produce heat by drying and then burning waste shavings from the stables.


ALWAYS ON THE RUN (IRE) is our only runner this weekend. He heads to Stratford tomorrow for the 3:05 2m6f George Pragnell Gold Cup Handicap Chase. He’s been placed on his last four starts and remains on the same mark of 134. Ciaran Gethings will claim a valuable 3 pounds.

Adrian Heskin

Adrian Heskin is back riding out and has been receiving treatment to strengthen his shoulder from the fantastic team at Oaksey House in Lambourn. The next couple of weeks look fairly quiet for the yard but he will be back race riding towards the end of the month when the entry board starts to fill up.

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