A BUSY MONTH
We have had a busy month and I can't believe that it is October tomorrow.
As I mentioned in my last post the horses are back in work now, with Richardofdoccombe (pictured) and Milburn looking bigger and stronger than ever.
Brannoc has joined us as a new recruit, having had 12ths off due to injury. He is having plenty of work on the roads and hills, before cantering and we will see where we go from there.
Magnus Romeo has grown and strengthened up well over the past 8 weeks. His jumping has greatly improved and I am hopeful we can start to look for races for him shortly.
The gorgeous Russian's Legacy is going well. She is such a lovely quality filly by Kayf Tara, although I may be accused of being biased as I bred her with my friend and owner Ian Gosden.
There is a lot to look forward to.
I have produced a leaflet which explains what we do and our set up. If you would like one please email me at email@example.com with your name and address and I will pop one in the post to you.
MORE JUMPING FOR ROMEO
We decided not to run Magnus Romeo at Newton Abbot on Saturday, as we felt he needed more experience jumping. He has only been with us 6 weeks, having come from running on the Flat, and although fit to run we thought he had not had enough time jumping.
As you can see from the picture he jumps well and with more practice at home, we are confident he will make a very nice juvenile hurdler.
To this end we have been showjumping in the school twice a week and he is getting more confident with every session.
We will look for a race for him in a few weeks time.
I have a video of him jumping and will post it to our facebook group page - GGH RACING.
In other news, more horses are coming into work daily. Brannoc, who is new to us, comes in today, having been on the sidelines for 12 months. He is a lovely horse and I am excited about riding him for the first time, as I am part owner.
Richardofdoccombe is going particulary well at the moment. He is such an exciting horse and the most athletic horse I have ever ridden. I am really looking forward to running him on proper winter ground and his future untimately lies over fences.
GLORIOUS DAY SCHOOLING
We had a glorious day for schooling Magnus Romeo on Friday. The sun shone and you couldn't have been in a better place or doing a better thing....it was wonderful and a privilege to be doing what I love most.
Magnus Romeo is jumping really well at home. He is a little professional and very grown up for a three year old.
We are hoping to get a run into him at Newton Abbot on August 30th, but there is still some way to go and we will have to see how we progress between now and then.
We are so lucky to have our own fantastic private schooling facilities. It means that when the babies learn to jump they can be introduced to the obstacles slowly and get to jump every day with trotting poles, cross poles, barrels, logs, nursery hurdles, full size hurdles and then fences. It's also great for the older horses who may need a refresher course to build their confidence or re-enthuse their interest.
We have recently taken a roadtrip up to Nick & Jane Williams' to give the horses and us a valuable day out.
I have posted the video of Magnus Romeo and Batu working on their fab gallops to our GGH RACING GROUP FACEBOOK page. So do have a look.
Russian's Legacy is a 4 year old filly by leading National Hunt sire Kayf Tara.
She was bred by myself and my friend and owner Ian Gosden, and is named in honour of Sussex National winner 'Russian Trigger'.
Ian owns Higos Insurance Services, who are regulars at the races, sponsoring meetings at Exeter, Wincanton and Salisbury racecourses.
We use Higos as our insurance brokers, as do many other Equine establishments. Here is a link to a suitably horsey promo video they have produced. http://youtu.be/xIT9Bjuds98?rel=0
In other news, Batu & Magnus Romeo are progressing well with thier jumping, with both having a great appitude for it. We are looking forward to running them both in the near future over hurdles.
Richardofdoccombe has come back in after having a hoilday at grass. He is a lovely big, strong and athletic horse, who jumps a fence with ease. We will get him fit and look to run when the ground is soft.
Milburn is still on holiday, but should come back into work shortly.
I will keep you updated with our adventures and plans on this news page, but for more informal info do look at our Facebook group - GGH RACING.
NEW LORRY LIVERY
We have been very proud to have recently taken receipt of our new lorry all liveried up with our yard sponsor Manhole Covers Ltd logos.
The Renault Master two box, which came from George Smith Horseboxes, provides great transport for our horses to and from the races.
Having a yard sponsor is very important to us as a business, as it enables our owners to claim back the VAT (20%) on thier training costs and represents a great saving for them.
Thank you again to MANHOLE COVERS LTD for being our yard sponsor.
Look out for us on our way to the races and do give a friendly wave if you see us on the road.
SUCCESSFUL OPEN STABLES & COFFEE MORNING
We held our very first Open Stables & Coffee Morning yesterday and what a turn out of people we had.
It was a lovely morning and we had a good crowd and we managed to raise over £200 for Cancer Research UK.
I would like to thank everyone who came to support us, and those who couldn't make it but wished us well, baked cakes or donated funds for Cancer Research UK.
It was lovely to be able to share our love for our horses and show our small, but perfectly formed yard and our plans for the future with so many lovely people.
We will definitely hold another Coffee Morning in the future.
RECENT PURCHASES AT NEWMARKET JULY SALES
We had a very busy and wonderful day on Wednesday, when we went to Tattersalls in Newmarket to the July Sales.
We looked at a lot of horses, which I had researched and marked off in my catalogue, many of which sold for prices way out of our current price bracket...I obviously have expensive taste.
We did however pick up two very nice horses, which have come from their yards fit and ready to run.
Magnus Romeo is a 16hh 3 yr old gelding by Manduro ex Chilli Dip by Alhaarth. He has a current rating of 68 on the flat and comes from the family of the great Camelot. He also finished 3rd behind current star Toast of New York at Wolverhampton. He is a lovely strong horse with a real presence about him and a lovely nature.
Our other purchase Batu is a 5 yr old gelding by Lawman ex Expectation by Night Shift. I bought him because he is a good size and shape being 16.2hh, with good bone and is very scopey. He also has the most fantastic walk.
Do come and see them and our other horses at our Open Stables Coffee Morning on Sunday 27th July.
If you would like to come please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an Invitation and directions.
We would love to see you.
OPEN STABLES & COFFEE MORNING
We are planning to have an Open Stables and Coffee Morning towards the end of July and we do hope you will be able to join us.
It's a great opportunity to come and visit our small friendly yard, meet our wonderful horses and our hardworking team. Tea, coffee and cakes will be served with all donations going to Cancer Research UK.
This will be an inviiation only event, as space is limited, so if you would like to come along please email me: email@example.com with your address and I can post you an invitataion and all important directions to our rather secluded yard.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
MANHOLE COVERS LTD - OUR SPONSOR
We have been as busy as ever, especially as the days are longer it means that in the evenings we get chance to do all the other jobs around the yard (like the new fencing, planting the hanging baskets up etc).
Our Sponsor, Manhole Covers Ltd, are in the process of having their corporate branding updated and as part of this have commissioned, our friends at Allertons of London, to produce some rather smart paddock sheets. We can't wait to use them at the races.
In other news, Victoria Rose leaves us today to go off to stud, which was always the plan for her. We are sure she will make a fantastic broodmare and should produce some winners, being a winner herself and full sister to the good horse Grand Vision. We wish her every success and look forward to seeing her offspring.
For the more informal news do have a look at or sign up to our facebook group GGH RACING. This is where I put the more informal and relaxed pictures and information about what's happening at the yard.
NATIONAL HUNT RUNNERS
We have recently been granted a full licence to train professionally under rules. This means that from now on the young horses we have been bringing on successfully through the Point to Point field can now take their careers on to the next level without having to leave us.
We have dipped our toe in the professional waters twice so far, running Milburn at Ffos Las in a Maiden Hurlde in what can only be described as Waterlogged ground. He jumped and travelled well, but the ground was his undoing in the end and along with 50% of the other runners pulled up 3 out. He came home safe and sound so we will be aiming him for similar contests on better ground in the near future.
We have some lovely bumper horses to look forward to in the Autumn. One by Midnight Legend & two by Kayf Tara. We also have Richardofdoccombe who will run over fences once the ground has come soft.
There are very exciting times ahead and we can't wait to get racing and hopefully winning for our Owners.
Bill McColl will take over the training of the Pointers and we aim to have a select number of nice horses heading down this route.
We have a small number of young horses for sale in the yard. If anyone is interested in them or joining our recently formed Queensland Syndicate please email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW YARD SPONSOR CONFIRMED
I am really thrilled to announce that we have secured a yard sponsor for the forthcoming season.
Manhole Covers Ltd are a leading supplier to the construction industry, both in the UK and Internationally. They have a strong racing connection, having been a supplier to both Ascot & Cheltenham Racecourses, as well as other industry leaders like the Eden Project, The London Excel Centre & The Millennium Dome. We are really looking forward to promoting their business at the races with some strong corporate branding.
In other news the horses are all going well and we are looking forward to having some exciting runners this season.
It is a glorious day here today and all the horses are enjoying having an afternoon out in the paddocks in the sunshine. There has been a lot of rolling, sqealing & bucking...a sure indicator of happy horses.
NEW SEASON PREP WELL UNDER WAY
We have had a very hectic summer with all the boxes being pressure washed, disinfected, repainted & repaired, in readiness for the new season. We have also rebirched our schooling fences, which now look magnificent once again. Images of theses can be found on our Facebook group page - GGH Racing.
The horses are all in work now and are going really well. I am absolutely thrilled with their progress and they all look and feel wonderful in themselves.
We are really looking forward to building upon last years successes and are very excited about running Milburn, Richardofdoccombe, Benetwood & Tullow Boy. We also have some very well bred youngsters to run, which should be fun.
In other news we have received full planning permission for the construction of a brand new yard. All being well this will begin in the spring of 2014.
Very exciting times lie ahead and we are counting down the days until the season begins.
Do have a look at our Facebook Group - GGH Racing and do join if you wish to get regular updates and view some more informal pictures of the horses.
MILBURN WINS TWICE IN THREE WEEKS
After two very green runs in May, one of which was embarrassingly green, the penny finally dropped with Milburn when he won at Upcott Cross, over a trip we doubted he would stay, in ground we didn't think would suit him. He has always been a very good work horse at home and a lovely jumper, so it great to see him gallop on to the line, despite being hampered at the last fence by a falling horse, to just get his head in front. Lizzie Kelly gave him a fabulous and intelligent ride as always.
We were in two minds to run him so quickly again after his win, but the ground at Umberleigh was safe and we thought the track would suit him. Again Lizzie gave him a fabulous ride and he won well. He did give us all a bit of a scare when he idled in front when clear, but once joined by another horse he stuck his neck out again to win by 2 lengths. He is still green and has a lot to learn, but he is a very exciting prospect for the future. Our plan is to run him under rules as he an improving sort. Exciting times ahead!!!
You can always find more info and photos on our facebook page - GGH Racing. If you would like to receive updates via facebook just send me a friend request or ask to join the facebook group.
Apologies for being off line
Firstly I must apologise for not having updated this site for so long. We have been off line due to rapidily redundant computer equipment. Hopefully now with a brand new and very up to date computer system in place we can update this site on a more regular basis. I will be putting new images and News on here on a weekly basis from now on, so you should be able to keep track of how our horses are and when they will run and , of course, how they have got on.
Benetwood wins again
Benetwood won for us again in style today, at Trebudannon. He won easily even though he was carrying a 7lb penalty.
He is really enjoying his racing at present and has struck up a great partnership with Lizzie Kelly, who again gave him a superb ride.
Flyit Flora also had her first run over fences today, when coming back from injury. She jumped and travelled really well and had a good positive experience. She will probably now revert to running over hurdles under rules.
Benetwood wins by 10 lengths
It has been very busy at the yard of late. Benetwood ran for us at Cherrybrook and stormed home to win easily by 10 lengths, with Lizzie Kelly riding. Lizzie gave him a fabulous and confident ride, and it was wonderful to see him enjoying himself over the fences. We will now wait for better ground to come, before running him again.
We have also decided to retire our stalwart All in The Stars. He is a fabulous horse and owes us nothing and having had one run this season at the age of 14, and having pulled up in good health and without injury, both my Aunt and I decided it was time to call it a day. He will stay here at Stacombe and will have a happy and full retirement as a hunter and a hack.
We have a very nice Maiden mare to run, as well as Benetwood, if it stops raining. Some of our other youngsters will go straight on to run under rules, rather than running pointing.
Big thanks go to Tracy Roberts at Turfpix, Marcus Bath & Stephen Wesley at Equus Prints for their wonderful photographs.
It has been all go at the yard, hence my not having updated the site lately.
All our horses are very fit and well, and we should have our first runner of the season, All in The Stars, at Ideford Arch on 27th December, weather permitting.
In other exciting news the first of our pre trainers have started to run for their professional trainers:-
Tarbeck, who has just come back from a two year lay off, led from start to finish and won with ease at Hereford, thanks to a great training performance from the in form Charlie Longsdon and his team.
One of our other pre trainers,Tullow Boy, who won for us Pointing last season, had his first run under rules today at Ffos Las. This was his first time out over regulation fences, against a field of more experienced novice chasers. We were all thrilled for his owner Roly Stuart- Jervis and his trainer Polly Gundry to see him win, going away, by eight lengths.
We have been very busy at the yard of late and this week a number of our pre-trainers have progressed on to their Professional Trainers.
Tarbeck went to Charlie Longsdon, on Tuesday. His stable is in red hot form at present, having had a treble at Newton Abbot on the day we dropped Tarbeck off. Yesterday ,The Prime Viper returned to David Pipe, where she spent some time last season. Tullow Boy will go to Polly Gundry next week to have his debut season running under rules. All of us here at the yard wish the horses, trainers and connections every success with their forthcoming seasons.
In other news at the yard, Jenny Carr has joined our small team and will ride out for us three days a week, splitting her time between our yard and Polly Gundry's. Jenny rode for us last season, after coming home from her two year stint at Jonjo O'Neil's yard. We are all hoping that we can build upon Jenny's success on Tullow Boy last year by having more winners for her to ride this season.
I have posted some new photos of the horses and our very small string going out on the GGH Racing Facebook page so do have a look.
Some of our runners for next season have now started to come in for their roadwork. I have posted some new informal pictures on the GGH Racing Facebook page, so do have a look. All the horses are very well and happy & they look magnificent in their coats, which is nice to see.
I have made a Facebook page for GGH Racing, with the aim of updating this with more informal shots of the horses and other info for those friends who are interested in knowing what's going on at the yard. You can access it by typing GGH Racing into the facebook search box. Do have a look and become a friend of the yard.
It has been a busy month, with the entire yard being washed, scrubbed, disinfected and repainted.
A number of horses for pre-training have started to come in. These include The Prime Viper, who will be going back into full training with David Pipe. She is a stunning 4 year old filly by Traditionally out of an Accordion mare. She will be with us for a number of weeks to do her road work and to start cantering again.
We also have a stunning 4 year old by Oscar for sale on the Horses For Sale page. He is a lovely mover and related to the multiple winner Kilcrea Kim. He was broken in and ridden on last season and has now come in again to do his pre-training road work. Pictures of him and more information can be found on the Horses For Sale page or by contacting Gail.
Richard Burton gave Here's Johnny a great ride to finish 2nd at Umberleigh today, bringing what has been another successful season for us to a close. This was Richard's first ride for us and we hope that he will ride for us again in the future.
The horses will all have a break now and we will get on with cleaning and repainting the yard.
There is a lot to look forward to next season with some very nice young horses coming through, such as Mr Hordle's unnamed
4yr old by Karinga Bay. We are also looking forward to the return of the seasoned campaigners All in the Stars and Benetwood.
Here's Johnny ran well at Ideford Arch when 2nd, carrying a 7lb penalty. He has come out of the race very well ,so will now aim for the Confined Hunts race at Umberleigh at the end of the season.
Tullow Boy has now been sold and after a holiday, will go into full training to run under rules.
Tullow Boy today confirmed our thoughts, that he is a very nice horse, by winning the 2m4f Open Maiden at Trebudannon with ease. This is only his second run.
He was given an absolutely superb and gutsy ride by Jenny Carr. This was Jenny's first ride for us and she has been riding out at our yard during the week, since recently returning to Devon, after more than 2 years based with Jonjo O'Neil.
This win has been particulary rewarding for the connections of Tullow Boy at Howard Barton Stud, as they bred him themselves and he is a family favourite.
It has been a long haul with him, as he is a giant of a horse standing nearly 17.3hh and he has required a lot of patient nuturing to tap what is the beginning of his potential. He is a very exciting prospect for the future.
Personally, I am so thrilled that the patience of the owners has been rewarded.
We were all pleased with Here's Johnny's run at Newton Abbot in a Hunter's Chase, where he finished 5th when carrying top weight on ground that would have been too quick for him. He has come out of the race very well and is very fresh. We will now look to run him at Trebudannon in a Mixed Open race on level weights, provided we have rain and that there is a cut in the ground.
Culliford's Island was given a lovely ride by Lizzie Kelly on Saturday . He too will aim for Trebudannon in one of the Maiden Races.
Here's Johnny was given a great ride by Josh Guerreiro today to win at Eggesford. It's great to see Johnny back in form after what was nasty fall at Ottery St Mary in March. Here's Johnny's win was the first in what was to be a treble for Josh on the day.
The Venetian ran well to finish 4th at Kilworthy when ridden by Richard Hawkins, who only last week had a nasty fall at Taunton and is currently in hospital. All of us here at the yard wish Richard all the very best for a speedy recovery.
It has been a busy, but pleasing, weekend, with both our runners running really well. Here's Johnny finished 5th in a very hot race at Larkhill under Polly Gundry . It was our first run with him and we have learnt a lot about him from it. Polly gave him a fantastic ride, which will have given him bags of confidence for his next run.
The Venetian, also finished 5th, at Buckfastleigh on Sunday, in another hot Ladies Race. Alice Pearn gave him a great ride and although this was the first time she had ridden him they really clicked. He ran a blinder & jumped like a stag, in ground he absolutely hates. We will now ultimately aim him for the Aga Ladies Final at Cheltenham, for which he is now qualified.
It is really encouraging to see that the horses are now running as we expect and are coming out of their races well, as at the beginning of the season they didn't seem to be quite right in themselves.
We are looking forward to a busy weekend with Here's Johnny running at Larkhill in The Ladies Open on Saturday and The Venetian running at Buckfastleigh on Sunday. Here's Johnny will be partnered by reigning Ladies Champion Polly Gundry, who has ridden him before at the Cheltenham Festival and knows him well.
We expect the ground at Buckfastleigh will be too soft for The Venetian, but the race will get him qualified for Cheltenham in May, when course, distance and ground should be exactly to his liking.
The whole yard was thrilled to see Balustrade (by Barathea), one of the youngsters that has been sold from our yard, win yesterday Under Rules at Fontwell, for trainer Chris Gordon. We had always thought a lot of him here and it was wonderful to see him win over hurdles for Chris at 50-1. Well done to his current connections & we look forward to seeing him win again, as he was a very popular horse .
As expected Larkhill was abandoned due to frozen ground last week. We will now be waiting for softer ground in the coming weeks.
We are hoping to have our first runners of the season at Larkhill tomorrow. The Venetian will run in the Mens Open, with Josh Guerrerio on board and Tullow Boy, will be having his first racecourse experience in the Maiden Race, with Liam Adams riding.
Sadly, it looks like the weather may delay our plans once again with Larkhill staging an inspection at 2pm today, having announced that at present the course is unraceable due to frost.
This is particulary frustrating as the horses are fit and well and busting for a run, but we cannot control the weather and will have to wait like everyone else until the conditions are safe.
The weather has sadly scuppered our plans for our December runners. We were hoping to giveTullow Boy his first run at Barbury today, but sadly, as expected, that meeting has been abandoned.
Otherwise, the horses are all in fine fettle and we are looking forward to running them.
It has been a busy Sunday here at Stacombe, with Liam Adams visiting us, to school a number of horses, from his base in North Devon.
Tullow Boy jumped full size fences for the first time today and proved himself to be every bit of the athlete we have thought of him. He is a very tall horse, standing over 17.2hh, but he is light of foot and a lovely jumper of an obstacle. Liam is excellent with the youngsters and gave him bags of confidence. We will be schooling him regularly now right up until his first run in mid December.
Culliford's Island also schooled today and as ever, he was neat, quick and accurate over the fences. We hope to be able to build upon his positive runs last season at the beginning of December.
The First Trump 4 yr old, on the Horses for Sale page, has now been sold and we are really looking forward to getting him going and hope to run him later in the season.
I am also hoping that as we do more schooling that I will be able to get some decent photographs of our schooling sessions published on the website.
We have just added a Horses for Sale page to the website and will be adding to this as new horses become available to us. At present there are two exciting prospects, one which will provide immediate fun and the other a longer term prospect.
Cullifords Island is available on a free lease basis for the coming season and should be ready to run in early December. He is an exciting prospect having learnt his trade last season and he should provide a lot of fun days Pointing for somebody.
We also have 50% available in a 2yr old filly by top sire Kayf Tara. She is a cracking type from a great family and will surely make an exciting NH prospect in the years to come. More details on both these horses can be found on the Horses for Sale page.
There's a lot to look forward to.
We are now getting busy, and with the road work completed we are now about to start cantering and will soon be schooling in earnest.
We have been lucky enough to acquire two new schooling fences and these will be added to the three we have already. This will give us five full size fences to school over and will enable the horses to get into a real rythmn when schooling. This set up will compliment our log and barrel lanes.
Our pre training youngsters have come on well and The Prime Viper has now gone on into full training with David Pipe. She is a beautifully bred good looking filly and is available on a free lease basis for the 2010/2011 season. For more details please visit www.davidpipe.com
Finally our new website has been launched. I will be updating and tweaking it as we go along, but most of the updates will come as the horses start to run.
All the horses are back in from their summer holidays now and have commenced their road work.
We have some exciting prospects for the forthcoming season including The Venetian (who served us so well last term), and Culliford's Island (who is beautifully bred and a promising maiden, having had two introductory completions last season). We also have some lovely youngsters to run including Tullow Boy (an unraced 6yr old by Double Trigger) and an as yet unnamed 4yr old by Heron Island.
The barn and yard have been washed and painted over the summer, and all the fencing has been treated, so everything is ship shape and bristol fashion for the new season.