Ahead of another lockdown

We were delighted to see Alan Davies before lockdown for his first look at the CHESTNUT TREE SYNDICATE yearlings. He said it felt good to be in Newmarket again and he and Judy enjoyed their first mini break for a few months. We hope to see all the syndicate members at some point once lockdown is lifted.

A good result

AUTUMN TRAIL gets her second win on the all-weather today, this time at Kempton in The Frontline Workers Handicap (Class 5) with Rob Hornby on board. She ran a strong race and had plenty in the tank on the line. She looks a tough filly and she certainly acted tough today. Well done to owner/breeder Paul Smith and to Charlotte Tudor who looks after her at home. A good day!


Speedy by name

Speedy by name, speedy by nature! Rae picked Rita The Cheetah up at Tattersalls Book 4 Yearling sale last year for 800gns. This was her first ever run today and as expected she ran very green. A slow start put her at the rear for much of the race. However, when she got a clear run she found another gear. An exciting one for the future. Congratulations to Rae and his sisters Jane, Sally and Rita (her namesake) and Andy Muddyman who all share this filly with Rae along with Coatofmanycolours who is still to have her first run.

Another win for Land or Winter

Land of Winter has not be out of the places in his last 6 runs since winning at Southwell last year with two of those runs over hurdles. Yesterday he landed his second win, this time at in a Class 4 Handicap at Goodwood. It ended up being a bit of a 2-horse race with the leaders pulling well ahead in the final furlong to battle it out until the bitter end. Fortunately, Land of Winter, having very briefly lost his lead, dug deep and fought back to win by just half a length. He seems to just keep improving and a fun dual purpose horse for Paul Smith and Rae to own. James Doyle gave him the ideal uncomplicated ride just letting him bowl along. 

Californa Chome progeny

We had some exciting news from the US this week. We just heard from Perry & Denise Martin, former owners of California Chrome, that one of his progeny is being sent to Rae for training. She is a lovely looking 2020 filly out of the winning mare Berryessa that Rae trained in 2017/18. The Martins are going to accompany her over from the US. It will be great to see them again. They were last here when California Chrome stayed at Chestnut Tree Stables in the run up to Royal Ascot 2015. They then joined Rae in a 3-horse syndicate; Berryessa being one of the three. We loved having Chrome here and can't wait to welcome Perry, Denise and his filly foal to the yard.