New season underway with a win !

Our 2022 season started on the right note with yet another win from Aramis Grey. 

The Gutaifan mare, now a five year old, is showing no signs of losing her zest for racing. From twenty-three lifetime starts her remarkable record boasts six wins, eight second's and three third placings. For this latest start she headed back to Wolverhampton for the 6f Betway Handicap (Class 4). With her last win coming at the end of September off a rating of 77 she had struggled to get her head in front since. Currently on a mark of 80 Rae booked the apprentice George Rooke who took 3lb off and it made the difference.

Racing in her customary position towards the rear of the field she travelled strongly throughout the race. Coming round the bend two furlongs from home she made her move on the outside and finished powerfully to win by a head. Congratulations to The Musketeers Syndicate who were delighted with another win. It was a shame Alan and Judy Davies (who live locally) couldn't be there as they were on holiday but Gwynneth and Roger Jennings were able to attend and must have been over the moon !

Thank you to George Rooke for a great ride and a big well done to Jess O'Rourke who looks after Aramis Grey at home.

A wintry Owners Morning

Despite the best efforts of Storm Eunice over the last couple of days we were able to go ahead with our first Owners Morning of the year on Saturday.

We had a super turnout of owners with the majority able to get here. Without out usual caterers Newmarket Secret Kitchen, we had an able substitute in Stellar Catering so a big thank you to them for providing the delicious fare on offer. It was a very cold morning with the wind taking no prisoners out on the Heath but our plucky owners were undeterred and headed out to watch their horses exercising. Hot drinks were gratefully received after each lot as everybody came back in to thaw out ! It was especially nice to see some younger faces accompanying our guests. Rita's grandaughter Alex and Peter Sakal's daughter Betty, two horse mad young ladies who enjoyed seeing the horses up close and feeding Hugo carrots (much to Hugo's delight !).

One of the best things about these events is that our sole owners get to meet our syndicate owners and swap stories and experiences. It was brilliant to see Derek Willis, Paul Smith and Lesley and Chris Mills in attendance. Val Beeson was welcomed into The 'Can't Say No' Syndicate as she snapped up the one remaining share left in the two year old by Tamayuz out of Baliyka. We wish the very best of luck to Val and the other members with their filly. The members of The Chestnut Tree Syndicate were pleased to see their three year old fillies Mizzen You and Bella Veneta. They were amazed to see how much Bella had grown over the winter and are excited for the season ahead with these two. The Unusual Suspects were delighted with the progress their three 2 yr old fillies had made as this was the first time they had seen them out on the gallops. After watching their breaking in process via video on Whatsapp it was rewarding for them to see them in the flesh and how far they have come.

For those who couldn't attend we hope that the videos and photographs of the morning make up for it in some way and hope you can join us next time. We will let all of you know the date of our next event sooner rather than later so that you will have something to look forward to in the Spring. We would like to give a special mention to our hardworking staff and to thank them for their efforts on the day.

Finally, the very best of luck to all of you with your horses in 2022.


What a night for Rae and Rachel !

Congratulations to Rae and Rachel as their flying grey Fauvette gained her first win of 2022 at Chelmsford last night.

This was a marked step up in grade for the five year old Dark Angel filly and this Class 2 Fillies' Conditions Stakes was a competitive affair with a couple of highly rated opponents. The favourite was Highland Princess, winner of last years Buckingham Palace Stakes at the Royal meeting. This was Fauvette's first win over seven furlongs as the majority of her runs have been over six but the extra furlong was no issue for her. Callum Shepherd was booked for the ride and it was the first time he had ridden her. Drawn one of the six runners Fauvette tracked the favourite on the inside. Coming around the bend at the two furlong marker she was shaken up and began to challenge Highland Princess. She finished strongly and won by a neck from the William Haggas trained Arousing, with the favourite beaten into third place.

This race was a fast track qualifier for the All Weather Championships Finals Day at Newcastle so Rae and Rachel had better brush up on their Geordie accents !

First win for Say Grace

The Rainy Day Partnership's three year old filly, Say Grace, finally got her head in front and shed her maiden tag at Wolverhampton yesterday.

This daughter of Kodiac out of the mare Break Bread was purchased by Rae at last years Guineas Breeze Up Sale. She ran seven times in her two year old campaign finishing second twice. This was her second start of the New Year with both runs coming at Wolverhampton and with this latest start she stepped back up to seven furlongs. David Probert was booked for the ride for this Selling Stakes and there was a small field of only five runners.

Say Grace broke sharply from stall three and was held up just behind the leaders. Turning in to the straight she started her challenge down the outside and ran on strongly to win by three quarters of a length. She will now be turned away for a few weeks to enjoy a late winter break. Congratulations to her patient owners for this well deserved win !

A Happy New Year for Arriviste

We had the perfect start to the New Year as Arriviste followed up December's win at Lingfield with a decisive victory at Southwell on New Years Day. 

By winning this Fillies' Conditions Stakes the Kirsten Rausing homebred qualified for the All Weather Championship Finals day on Good Friday. The return to seven furlongs in her last two starts seems to have been the key to her return to form. She is a free running filly and the drop back in distance has suited her running style. David Probert was booked to ride and she travelled to post as favourite. She sat behind the leader for the first two furlongs then hit the front. At the furlong pole she went clear and won by a comfortable two and a half lengths.

Congratulations to Arriviste's owner/breeder Kirsten Rausing who is a long term supporter of the yard. She invests so much into her Lanwades Stud breeding operation and this win for her was thoroughly deserved.