Thursday, 27 December 2012
Linda entered Itoldyou in the Grade 1 Wayward Lad Novices Chase at Kempton today and it paid off, as Simonsig frightened off many runners leaving a field of just 5. Although outclassed in this 2 mile event, Itoldyou was able to jump a clear round and collected £627 for finishing 5th, beaten 73 lengths in his first chase.
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Saturday, 22 December 2012
Again this year, the Stable Christmas party took the form of a quiz/competition between stable staff and owners. This year the owners got revenge for last year's defeat that was equally as close. With good food, plenty to drink and a lot of laughs, the evening was a success and enjoyed by all.
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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
Linda had two runners at the final ever Folkestone meeting today. Her standing and regard as a trainer was emphasised by the fact that she was in high demand by the media. She was interviewed the day before by the Racing Post and had two paragraphs in today's issue. Radio Kent interviewed her live on air from the course at 8.20 a.m., then she was interviewed by Meridian Tonight for an item on the evening edition (with She's Humble in the background). Finally she was whisked away by taxi to do a live interview for Radio 5 Live.
She still had time to supervise the running of Itoldyou (top) and She's Humble (bottom), who, though unplaced, ran pleasing races. Plenty of her owners attended this final meeting, a sad day with many happy memories.
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Monday, 3 December 2012
She's Humble made her return at Plumpton today, after her summer break. She was in need of the run so it was a bonus that she was one of just four runners, meaning that a safe completion would guarantee a little prize money. Andrew Thornton took her wide and she jumped well but was never going to trouble the other runners for pace on her reappearance. She finished 4th but should come on for the run.
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Sunday, 2 December 2012
Stable lass, Shannon Gates, has done brilliantly to win a national scholarship to go to South Africa for several months' work experience. She made it through to the short list and, after an interview in Newmarket last week, she was awarded the place. She is expecting to go in the late spring next year. This is a great achievement for her and also does credit to Linda's training establishment.
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Saturday, 17 November 2012
Friday, 16 November 2012
Our farriers, C & B Stern , are an essential part of the team. Their care and expertise with each individual horse keep the show on the road. Today (Friday 16th) they were in working hard. Pictured below is She's Humble who calmly stood while four new shoes were fitted.
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Thursday, 8 November 2012
Linda's view that Rowe Park would get 6 furlongs on Lingfield's newly laid polytrack surface was vindicated when he came so close to winning a handicap there today (8/11/2012). Carrying top weight and ridden by Liam Keniry, he jumped out quickly at the start to establish himself in lead position on the rail. He steadied the field up from the front before kicking on from the 3 furlong marker. He entered the straight in the lead with the pack close on his heels. He gallantly ran on to the line but in a bobbing heads finish the photograph showed that the favourite had just pipped him. Still, he earned a good 2nd prize of just over £1200 and his each way backers were rewarded with odds of 20/1.
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Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Strategic Action continued his good form today (31/10/2012) when he finished 3rd in a 6 furlong handicap at Lingfield. Ridden by Seb Sanders, he jumped out in mid field until being asked for an effort 2 furlongs out. He started to make progress on the leaders from the furlong pole and moved into a clear third, being beaten a length and a half and earning £251 for his owners. The way he was running on at the finish suggests he might well get 7 furlongs on this surface.
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Saturday, 27 October 2012
The temperatures plummeted overnight making it real National Hunt weather. The owners were quite happy to stay in the warm eating a hearty cooked breakfast (first white pudding for months) before a quick visit to the gallops, in a bitter wind, to watch their horses work. While some cantered on the wood-chip gallop, She's Humble preferred the grass and kept Shannon warm doing several circuits of the fields.
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
Friday, 7 September 2012
Strategic Action came so close to winning two in a row, at Brighton today (7/9/2012). Again ridden by Saleem Golam he travelled in midfield, bravely keeping tight to the inside rail, until going to the front a furlong from home. As the field charged to the line, it looked as if he would hold on but he was caught in the final couple of strides, going down by a neck.
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Thursday, 23 August 2012
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Sunday, 5 August 2012
Linda had her first winner from Saywell when Rowe Park won a 5 furlong handicap at Newbury (5/8/2012). Followers of this blog should have been on the 15/2 winner as his return to form was highlighted in the previous post. Again ridden by Saleem Golam, Rowe Park jumped out well and tracked the leaders for the first half of the race. He made a forward move two furlongs out and in a three way battle to the line he gamely refused to give in, winning by a head and a neck, earning a prize of just over £5000.
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Friday, 27 July 2012
Rowe Park looks contentedly out of his box the next day.
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Saturday, 23 June 2012
Owner, Peter Oppenheimer, has again decided to ride in the Newmarket Town Plate in August. This year he intends riding his own horse, Hereditary, in the long distance flat race. Now in his sixties Peter shows the determination of a youngster as he rides out on the gallops with the work riders. The video shows Peter (nearest the camera) this morning, though not in this instance on Hereditary.
Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Hereditary made a comeback after a year off the track at Fontwell today, and picked up a little prize money by finishing 4th. Carrying top weight in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle, and ridden by Peter Hatton, he was held up in midfield for the first circuit and a half and was in the leading group running round the bottom bend for the final time. He was unable to quicken from there but held on to 4th place. He should be better for the race, which will please owner, Peter Oppenheimer, who intends riding Hereditary in the Newmarket Town Plate later this summer.
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Sunday, 27 May 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
She's Humble finished a close 3rd of 4 today in a 2 mile 1 furlong handicap chase. Carrying top weight and ridden by Charlie Studd, she tracked the leader on the first circuit and, jumping well, she was still close enough going into the railway bend on the final lap. Unfortunately the first fence in the straight was being omitted and this meant a long section on the flat to the final fence. The leading two began to pull away but another good jump at the last saw her stay on, only being beaten for second place by a fast diminishing neck, in what proved to be the fastest race of the day. She did, however, win £25 for Shannon as the best turned out (see photo below with Shannon clutching the envelope with the money). Photos by www.louisebrucephotography.co.uk More news, photos and videos of Humble on http://richardyoung020.magix.net
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Tuesday, 17 April 2012
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Wednesday, 29 February 2012
Knock Boy again went close without the ultimate success at Folkestone today. Ridden by Jamie Moore, he was settled in the group behind the leader and jumped well. He was well in contention coming round the final bend with Jamie trying to produce him as late as possible. He was cutting the gap on the leader approaching the last but did not put in the good jump he needed and lost a little momentum. He finished second, beaten 2 and threequarter lengths.
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Monday, 27 February 2012
Three horses went to Plumpton today, and while none of them won they all gave encouraging displays. First up was She's Jolly in the mares novices chase. She jumped well and held her place until the last half mile. The highly rated odds on favourite pulled away and Jolly eventually finished 3rd. Although beaten a fair way she showed that she has ability and when she gets a handicap mark she should soon be fighting out finishes. Stable lass, Shannon Gates, won £25 with Jolly for "Best Turned Out".
Andrew Thornton feeds back after Jolly is 3rd.
Next up was She's Humble. She had been upped in grade after her win last time and found the pace set by these classier horses too hot to handle on the sticky ground. She eventually finished a staying on 4th. If the handicapper drops her back to 95, as he would be entitled to do after this, or Humble attempts a longer distance she could be close to winning again.
She's Humble before racing today.
Humble's website is http://richardyoung020.magix.net
Finally Fifi L'Amour went to post in the gloom for a mares handicap hurdle. This was her first handicap and she had been given a mark of 95. She started towards the rear and gradually made progress to be in the leading group down the far side on the final circuit. She could not go on with the leading three up the home straight, but battled well to hold on to 4th. A small drop in the weights should see her in the mix at the finish.
Fifi L'Amour in the fading light before her race.
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The horses and staff are back from their trip to St. Moritz which proved quite an adventure. Apart from Karen not being too well for the whole time, it was also the coldest February there for some years, with temperatures falling to -30 degrees. The intended English jockey cried off injured and had to be replaced by one who spoke no English and therefore struggled to understand orders in the prep race, the lorry bringing the horses back had to be put on a train to get down from the mountains as the roads were unfit, and at the channel the sea was too rough for the horses so they came through the tunnel, something only recently allowed. Calypso Magic finished well down the field in the big race but so did the other English raiders. Despite this a lot of fun was had and the owners seem keen to do it again next year.
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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
Knock Boy picked up some more prize money at Plumpton today when finishing 3rd in a 2 mile novice handicap chase. Under Richard Johnson he took over the lead approaching the railway bend and seemed to be going easily. However he could not go on when challenged two out and had to settle for third place.
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Sunday, 29 January 2012
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
The good form of yesterday continued when Knock Boy finished 2nd at Folkestone today. Ridden by Charlie Studd he travelled close up behind the leaders for the first circuit. He lost a little ground when the leaders quickened out of the back straight but he closed up between the last two fences. He was not able to make an impression on the favourite who went on again to win by 5 lengths.
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Monday, 16 January 2012
Today's trip to Plumpton proved to be very rewarding. It began with She's Jolly in the novices chase.
Linda had done well to find a small field of 5 for her second ever race and first run over fences. This then got better as two horses pulled out due to the ground meaning that a clear round would guarantee her owner a prize of over £700. She stayed with the other two until the pace increased rapidly at the bottom of the hill, but a good round of jumping saw her claim the third place prize and learn a lot for the future.
The very next race saw She's Humble attempt to win the 2 mile handicap chase for the second year running.
There was concern over the tacky ground (which she doesn't like), the missing out of two fences due to ground and sun (the more jumps the better for her) and the in form odds on favourite. However under a great ride from Richard Johnson, she overcame some bumping at the first two fences to pull away with the favourite going down the final hill. The favourite pulled a couple of lengths clear round the railway bend, but then Richard asked her for a final effort after two out. She drew level over the last to go on to win by a couple of lengths.
To find out more about She's Humble visit: www.richardyoung020.magix.net
The next race saw Fifi L'Amour run in the mares novices hurdle. She started at odds of 50/1.
She was held up in the rear for the early part of the race but made a forward move a mile from home. She took second place behind the favourite two out. The favourite fell at the last leaving her in the lead but she had to swerve to avoid the fallen horse and lost momentum. She was passed by two but held on for a highly promising third place.
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