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.


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!

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.


ROC D’APSIS (FR) provided the yard with our first win of the new campaign at Kempton yesterday in the 3m Handicap Chase. Plenty looked to have their chance turning for home but he stayed on strongly to regain the lead over the last and secure his 4th win over fences for David Rae and Diane Fudge. He could head up to Perth in June for the valuable Perth Gold Cup.

2016/17 Season

The 2016/17 National Hunt season came to an end at Sandown on Saturday. We had our best season to date taking the yard up to 8th place in the trainers championship. We had 71 winners from 77 individual horses. We would like to thank all of the owners for their continued support and all of the staff for their hard work. Adrian Heskin has proved to be a fantastic addition to the team and ended his first season in GB with 54 winners having had his first win for us in September. .


WHAT’S HAPPENING (IRE) is our last runner of the 2016/17 season at Sandown today in the 3:35 Bet365 Gold Cup over 3m4f. He ran well on his seasonal reapperance at Exeter in February after a year off the track and then finished midfield in the Kim Muir. He won over 3m4f at Cheltenham two years ago and the good ground is in his favour. Adrian rides.


GOD’S OWN (IRE) & SIR VALENTINO (FR) arrived back in the yard this morning after their trip to Ireland for the Grade 1 Champion Chase. GOD’S OWN (IRE) stayed on well in the closing stages to finish two lengths behind the winner in 3rd and SIR VALENTINO (FR) ran a credible race to finish 6th. Both horses will now enjoy a well deserved holiday.

Weekend Results

STORMING STRUMPET (FR) got off the mark over fences at Stratford yesterday in the 2m3f Confined Handicap Chase. The race came only 3 days after her third in the Mares Listed Chase at Cheltenham but everything looked to be in her favour so we felt she should take her chance. The decision paid off, she travelled well throughout and was well in command when hitting the front approaching the last. She will now be retired to stud and will make a lovely broodmare. She ends her racing career with a win in a bumper, novice hurdle and over fences.

BARAZA (FR) made it a double on the day in the competitive 2m1f Novices Handicap Chase, providing the yard with our 70th winner of the campaign. The first time blinkers helped him focus and he won with a bit in hand. He will now enjoy a summer at grass and is sure to show further improvement next season now he has the hang of things.


We have a busy final week of the season ahead before it draws to a close at Sandown next Saturday. GOD’S OWN (IRE) will bid to defend his crown in the Champion Chase at Punchestown tomorrow will be joined by SIR VALENTINO (FR).

STAMP YOUR FEET (IRE) will run in the JLT Handicap Hurdle on Thursday.

We also have 6 runners heading to Perth for their enjoyable three day festival.

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