News

Resumption of racing

We are hopefully on track to resume racing next week (Monday 1st June) behind closed doors. Lots of preparations are required to meet the guidelines set out by the British Horseracing Authority to operate as safely as possible. 

Exciting news for us as we made our first two entries today. Squelch owned by Purple & Yellow and Sea of Maria owned by Storm Again Syndicate were both entered at the Kempton Park meeting on Tuesday 2nd June. There were a lot of entries but hopefully we will get in with one maybe both! Keep and eye on the Race Entries section of our website.

Business as usual

Despite all the challenges the nation is dealing with, life does continue. Here in  Newmarket we have been carrying on pretty much as usual; with a few extra health and safety measures to help keep the team safe. 

We are building up to 15th May when we hope racing will resume; albeit a reduced programme and behind closed doors. So to make sure we are ready to hit the track, the majority of the horses did their first piece of faster work on Saturday, even the 2 year olds who have also started their stalls training. 

They have all done really well and are looking great. Feeling excited!

Invitation Cup Double

We wanted to congratulation Rae's nephew James McKeown on winning The Super Mile with Trafalgar & The Invitation Cup with Adjudicate this weekend. Hosted by Mysore Race Club, The Invitation Weekend is arguably the biggest race meeting in India's season and Adjudicate is the first horse to win The Invitation Cup two years in a row. Jame's mother Lady Cecil and aunt Sally Noseda were there to witness this great achievement. We are all very proud of you James. That's quite a trophy!!

 

Marking her trail

Having been placed on all three previous starts, Autumn Trail really put her mark on today's race by buttoning down the lead early on. She didn't have the best drawn so she had to get away well and keep the pressure on throughout. A very pleasing run with Hollie Doyle on board. Rae trained her dam and two full half brothers including winner Back on the Trail by Sixties Icon so onward and upwards! 

 

New family partnership

We are thrilled to have some of Rae's family on board at Chestnut Tree Stables in a new partnership. Three of Rae's sisters and a family friend have joined together the create LADY CECIL & FAMILY and have taken a share in two fillies that Rae purchased at the end of last year. They will run in Lady Cecil's colours which previously belonged to her late husband Sir Henry Cecil. 

The whole family know a thing or two about racing, having been involved in the sport in one capacity or another most of their lives. This includes Lady Cecil's son, James McKeown, who trains in India and has just won the Group 1 Calcutta Derby with Trafalgar this month. Congratulations James!