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ROCKET RODNEY
29th December 2023

Yard favourite Rocket Rodney provided us with our second winner this winter in the Bahrain Turf series. He stepped up to six furlongs under a confident Callum Shepherd. Making full use of his high draw, he cruised into the race smoothly, only to find a little bit of trouble. Thankfully he was able to navigate his way out and had the race put to bed.

It was particularly pleasing to see Rodney bounce back to form, he was the start of our upturn at Eve Lodge, he was also the first horse Sheikh Nasser owned with us, it’s proved a happy and successful partnership since.

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MIAMI THIUNDER
21st December 2023

Miami Thunder made a fantastic start to life at Eve Lodge, winning under newly appointed Amo jockey David Egan. He was out paced for much of the way, but found a rhythm late in the race to win eventually going away. It looks as if a step up to a mile would be no issue for him and I hope we can see some consistency from him over his next few starts. Something that he has lacked in the past.

I’m particularly pleased to be on the Amo Racing roster, they have made a rapid ascent in world racing and its lovely to be a small part of their growing team.

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ISLE OF JURA
8th December 2023

Isle of Jura made the perfect start to his winter in Bahrain, winning the first round of the Bahrain turf series. He settled mid division under a confident Callum Shepherd and was produced with a strong run down the middle of the track to win by a length and a half.

Isle of Jura now takes his record to 3 wins from his last four starts. He was purchased from Godolphin at the Ascot Horses in Training sale and looks a horse with an exciting future ahead of him. He was bred to appreciate a step up in trip and I see no reason why he wont go a mile and a half in time. He has some exciting assignments ahead of him and I’m particularly grateful to Sheikh Nasser for his continued support.

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BILLY WEBSTER
25th November 2023

Billy Webster rewarded his owner Redha Munfaredi’s patience, putting in a polished display at Wolverhampton under Rob Hornby. Drawn 11 of 11, I had to admit we gave him little chance, however he broke smartly and raced generously on the bridle. He put the race to bed in fine style and looks a sprinter on the improve. Considering he’s had very little racing this year, he will be kept on the go. Its possible he could run at Newcastle on January 1st. He was always going to improve with time and he has a bright future under the right conditions.

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PRYDWEN
23rd November 2023

Prydwen made it an excellent 3 from 3 at Wolverhampton, but this time over a new trip; under a brilliantly well-timed ride from Billy Loughnane. Drawn 1, Billy had to get him off the fence as he likes to race with a bit of space. He was able to do that down the back, but still had a huge amount of ground to make up turning in. His challenge came late and strong down the middle of the track and he was a comfortable winner on the line. He has been already been a wonderful servant to the yard and his team of owners at Bluestarr Racing however, continues to look on the improve. He will now be tried over 1m6f and even 2m during the All weather season, with the aim to finish up on Good Friday.

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CARIAD
4th November 2023

Yard favourite Cariad bounced back to winning ways under Dan Muscutt. She had arguably been unlucky on both her previous starts, but that wasn’t the case this time as cruised through the race with only the loose horse to keep her company. She’s a tall filly who’s improving so I’m pleased she stays in training next year. Many congratulations to great friend of the yard Ed Williams and we look forward to having her back racing in the Spring.

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SERENGETI SUNRISE
24th October 2023

Serengeti Sunrise took a big step forward from his debut, winning in commanding style under Rob Hornby. He jumped quickly from a wide stall, was able to get a prominent position and never looked like being challenged. He’s a horse we’ve always liked it’s just taken him some time to strengthen up.

I’m delighted to train another winner for our Trading partnership. He will head to the Horse In Training sale on Friday where I expect him to find a new home. He’s a horse with plenty of upside and should be winning more races in the future.

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VICE CAPTAIN
13th September 2023

Vice Captain shed his maiden tag in good style under a well-judged Billy Loughnane ride. We had a plan before hand to put pressure on the favourite early and Billy was able to do that as Vice Captain jumped and travelled smoothly. Once he got onto the favourites girths the race was over and he moved through to win the race comfortably. There is no question that he has a heart of a lion and I’ve probably been running him over slightly too far. He’s versatile as far as ground, can go 5 or six furlongs and has an excellent attitude like his big brother Captain Kane. I would imagine he‘ll run a couple of times before having a long winter break. Many congratulations to his lovely bunch of owners. 

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LINE SHEET
12th September 2023

Line Sheet, who was making her stable debut for us handled the soft ground at Leicester with ease, to win with a little bit in hand under Dan Muscutt. She jumped awkwardly but was able to take a lead and moved into the race at half way. For a moment she looked under pressure, but proved she got the trip very well and looks a filly that could continue to improve. I would not be afraid to step her up to a mile, especially on slightly better ground. She has the quality and strength to make a three year old and will most likely go to the Autumn Horses in train sale. 

Many congratulations to owner Andrew Rosen who was kind enough to give me a chance with her. 

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MOULIN BOOJ
6th September 2023

Moulin Booj soon got back to winning ways under a confident ride from Rob Hornby. He broke a little slow but followed a red hot pace to cruise to a relatively straight forward victory. He’s a horse that has always shown a huge amount of pace and I was pleased to get him back on his preferable fast ground. Physically he is thriving and whilst this was a low level, I’m confident he can make the next couple of steps up the grade.

Next year we could even see him consistently at the Saturday meetings. Many congratulations to his owners who have been particularly patient.

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LIEUTENANT RASCAL
3rd September 2023

Lieutenant Rascal was fastest out of the stalls and fastest over the line as he gained a well deserved victory under a sensible ride from Dan Muscutt. He broke sharply and dominated the race, as he really should have done on his previous form. Things had not really panned out for him this year, but he put it all together in good style and got firmly back on track. It looks to have been a career best and I’m hoping this can be a solid platform for a productive second half of the year.

Congratulations to great friends of the yard Emma Banks and Charlie Rosier.

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GRANNY BUDGIE 
25th August 2023

Granny Budgie made it three wins from four starts up at Hamilton. She jumped a little slow and was slightly outpaced running down the hill but got herself into a nice rhythm and in the final two furlongs powered up the hill to win comfortably under Darragh Keenan. She’s clearly a filly who is going in the right direction and it’s possible she’s best suited by some cut in the ground. I’m adamant she’s only getting away with six furlongs due to her quality and she will only improve for a step up in trip. It’s likely she will only run twice more here in England before heading to America to continue her career. In that period of time, it would be nice to try her in stakes company, but the valuable filly’s nursery at the Leger meeting will most likely be her next start.

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SEVEN QUESTIONS 
13th August 2023

Seven Questions made it a hat trick at Leicester in commanding style. He jumped a little awkwardly from the stalls, but was able to hold a sensible position cruising into the race two out. He duly went onto win with his ears pricked under the penalty. It was a fair weight carrying performance, from a horse who is clearly on the upgrade.

A huge amount of credit must got o the team at home who have put in an enormous amount of effort into him. He will now head to Ripon for the Two-year-old trophy. He’s maturing physically and mentally all the time. 

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8th August 2023

Seven questions confirmed himself a bright prospect as he sauntered to a comfortably victory under Darragh Keenan. He’s a horse with an enormous amount of ability. Hard work and patience from the team has paid off with him. It’s likely that he will stick at 6 furlongs. The Ripon two year old trophy looks an obvious next stop.  

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GRANNY BUDGIE
8th August 2023

Granny Budgie resumed winning ways under a patient Darragh Keenan. She jumped slowly and slightly struggled on the track but finished very strongly, winning with her ears pricked. I’m delighted to see her back in the winners enclosure having sold her privately to new clients. I’ll see how the handicapper responds on Tuesday, however I’m hoping she might be a stakes filly further down the line.

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MOULIN BOOJ 
4th August 2023

Moulin Booj won comfortably on Friday afternoon, under a sensible ride from Benoit de la Sayette. He jumped and travelled and never looked like getting beat. It was a particularly satisfying victory as he has had to overcome multiple issues over the last eighteen months. He looks a progressive horse who will have the option of running over 5 or 6 furlongs as the season goes on. The Scott family turned out in force to welcome him back into the winners enclosure. Many congratulations to his owners Charlie Rosier, Roy and Denise Jelfs, Jack Scott and Freddie Waters who look like they have a fun horse on their hands. It's likely that he will run under a penalty this week.

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