Breden returned to Newbury, possibly his favourite course, and notched up another victory. Ridden by Robert Winston in the one mile handicap on the straight course he held a position in the middle of the 14 runner field. He began to make headway two furlongs out and took the lead just inside the final furlong. He kept on well and in an exciting finish was able to hold on at the line by a head, making it three wins out of three visits to the course. He added another £24 000 to his season's impressive winnings and is truly the star of the stable, rewarding Linda and her staff for all their hard work.
Miss Malarky went oh so close to winning her first race when going down by just half a length in a novices handicap hurdle at Kempton today. Ridden by 7 pound claimer Philip Donovan she took a position in midfield in the 2 mile 5 furlong contest. As the race went on horses dropped away one by one and she found herself going well in the leading 5 runners turning for home. She boldly withstood some bumping on that final bend and seemed to have plenty of running in her. She ran on all the way to the line but was unlucky to find one horse with her that just edged her into second place, but at the rewarding odds of 40/1.
It was a celebration breakfast this morning as we were finally able to get all involved together to celebrate Uallrightharry's win of a couple of weeks ago. There was plenty of food and drink to enjoy and a bubbly atmosphere prevailed.
A brilliant two days for Linda and the yard as Breden
followed up on Uallrightharry’s victory by finishing an excellent third in the
flat season opening highlight “The Lincoln Handicap” at Doncaster. The sun played its part by drying out the
ground to “Good, good to firm in places” which is the sort of surface Breden thrives
on. His stall 14 draw proved to be a
good one as the field massed towards the centre and jockey, Graham Lee, had him
in the middle of the pack early on. At
halfway he had moved into the front eight and he ran on gamely into the final
couple of furlongs picking off several more rivals. He battled on behind the
two market leaders to finish in a photo for third place, confirmed a dead heat,
just 3 lengths behind the winner. A
great run in the high profile class 2 event.
Graham described Breden as a complete legend, an absolute credit to racing and his connections. Brave and genuine, wished there were more horses like him. A privilege to ride and exactly as Linda and Karen described him.
It was a double win for Uallrightharry at Fontwell today. He started off by winning the "Best Turned Out" award for groom Aimee before going on to win the 3 mile 2 furlong handicap chase under Brendan Powell. In his first ever handicap he was jumped off in the middle of the field of seven.. Two horses set out to make the pace and soon Harry took up a position between them and the chasing group. Harry jumped well until he blundered at the 12th fence momentarily unbalancing Brendan. They quickly recovered and this seemed to focus his concentration. He maintained his 3rd position until closing up approaching the open ditch (the 3rd last) where he moved in between the front two, taking the lead himself 2 out. He ran on well from there to win by 3 and a quarter lengths with the third placed horse a further 16 lengths behind. A great day for his deserving owner, Sally Stanier.
Aimee with "Best Turned Out" Harry.
Brendan unsaddles Uallrightharry as Linda looks on.
Royal Concorde put his novice hurdle form behind him when finishing a good third at Plumpton today. A first time tongue tie seemed to make all the difference on his handicap debut over 2 miles. Ridden by Tom Garner he was encouraged from flag fall to take a prominent part. Once in the leading three he galloped strongly and turning for home he had his nose in front. One of four horses almost level over the final flight, he could find no extra but battled on gamely to hold onto third place, beaten just 2 and a half lengths by the winner. This was a pleasant change of fortunes for his patient owner.
Royal Concorde holds onto third place at the line.
After a week of tragedy and disappointment for the yard Breden showed us the happier side of the sport when he finished an excellent second in a valuable race at Wolverhampton today. In the Lincoln Trial Handicap he set off on the inside in midfield under Robert Winston. He moved closer with half a mile to go and took the lead with over a furlong to go. He ran on well, holding all but one runner at bay to pick up a nice prize of over £9000 at the rewarding odds of 14/1.
Yesterday in the same ownership, Mr Jack finished 4th in a handicap hurdle at Sandown Park.
Today the Saturday breakfast was held at Hecton Farm to celebrate the career and retirement of Itoldyou. In addition to his connections, lots of the Saturday regulars came to raise a glass to him.
Various items of memorabilia were brought along including race DVDs and the syndicate organizer was presented with one of Itoldyou's shoes mounted on a wood block.
After breakfast everyone went outside to give him a pat and some carrots, and also say hello to Red Anchor (Ginger) who was stabled alongside.
Finally Red Anchor and Itoldyou were turned out in one of the paddocks, and if ever proof was needed that the correct decision regarding retirement while still sound had been made the following video shows two very happy horses.
Racing resumed today, after the forced shutdown due to equine, flu and Linda had runners at Plumpton. Mr Jack was her star performer as he finished second in the 2 and a half mile handicap hurdle. Brendan Powell had him on the inside close up behind the leaders for the first two miles and at the end of the back straight for the final time it was clear that Mr Jack and the favourite were going the best. They battled it out up the home straight with the favourite coming out just the better by one length. Mr Jack has run consistently good races this season and surely the win can't be far away.
Great news for Linda and the yard when they learnt that they had been awarded two stars in the 2019 Lycetts Team Champion Awards. They were told that, "Your nomination was very good and the yard has been awarded 2 stars,
which denotes a yard that has shown very good levels of team ethos and staff
engagement".The assessment criteria for Lycetts Team
Champion Award are based on The Winning Approach, a best practice standard developed for the NTF by
consultants Sport and Beyond. They include effective recruitment and induction
systems, a safe and positive working environment, developing staff to fulfil
their potential, and rewarding achievement. Linda and the team equalled or bettered several high profile training establishments. Linda is hoping that they can achieve the 3 star level for 2020.
As part of birthday celebrations, Hab Sab ran in Richard Dean's colours at Plumpton this afternoon. Making his seasonal reappearance under Tom Garner he was ridden close to the leaders in the 2 mile handicap hurdle. The ground had softened in the afternoon's rain and Hab Sab seemed to relish the conditions and he was still galloping through the gloom as others dropped away. He was still close up turning for home and was able to delight his connections by taking third place.
Breden came very close to making it three wins in a row when he finished second in a Class 2 handicap over a mile at Lingfield yesterday under top weight. Whether by design or circumstances Robert Winston found himself at the rear of the six runner field in the first furlong. He had to sit there until the finishing straight where he hoped a gap would appear. Unfortunately one lightly weighted horse (Breden was giving him almost 2 stone) was already making the best of his way home and though Breden was able to reel the others in he could never get on terms with the leader who held him by a length at the line.
Mr Jack concluded a busy day for the yard at Plumpton in style. After Royal Concorde, Madam Anna and Uallrightharry had furthered their experience in novices' hurdles, Mr Jack finished 2nd in the concluding handicap hurdle. Tom Garner had him quickly to the front and he engaged in a duel with a rival that included bumping at a couple of hurdles. Jack was not intimidated and asserted supremacy over this rival as the rest of the field closed three out. He was collared by one of the joint favourites but ran on well to keep second place.
Mr Jack cools down while connections discuss the run.