The Master BBQ'er at work

Rae donned an apron and armed himself with tongs to say thank you to his staff at Chestnut Tree Stables yesterday. As part of Racing Staff Week Rae treated the team to his culinary skills on the BBQ along with some of our owners and past members of staff. 

"The stable staff here at Chestnut Tree Stables work very hard to ensure our owners' horses are really well cared for. They work incredibly long hours and take great pride in their work, so it's nice for me to be able to do something to say thank you. I hope they feel they are appreciated because this yard wouldn't run without them" says Rae.

"We maybe a small team here but we are a happy one and we have great owners who are very loyal"

Racing Staff Week is a Racing Welfare initiative that aims to raise awareness amongst all those involved in racing, including followers and supporters, about the passion, dedication and talent required to work with racehorses. 


Miss Osier gets the job done

We are thrilled for our owner Peter Saunders who sadly couldn't be there in person to see his horse Miss Osier do the business at Leicester on Saturday. Previously she has been placed twice but this time she took the lead a furlong out and stayed on until the line. She celebrated when she got home with Rae and her groom Charlotte with a glass of fizz! 



As good as ever

MIRZA did himself proud on Saturday in the Sprint Stakes (Group 3) at Sandown. Only losing out to the new course record holder 7 years his junior, he was well clear of the rest of the field to finish a strong second. Congratulations to his owners Chris and Lesley who bred Mirza and continue to have so much fun with this charismatic veteran.



So close!

We had two very closely fought runs this week with Lastmanlastround beaten by a neck at Kempton on Wednesday and Berryessa missing out by a short head at Catterick yesterday. 

It was Berryessa's first time on turf and the undulation of the track at Catterick caught her by surprise and unbalanced her. Unfortunately, she could quite gather herself again in time to take the lead.

They were good runs by both horses and not far off the mark but slightly disappointing for our owners Boot Sarratt and Mr & Mrs Perry Martin respectively.

Another win for Lastman

Lastmanlastround held on well to win this seven furlong Handicap at Brighton yesterday especially as the ground was not best suited to him.

This was a good opener to the four year old’s season and his first run since being gelded last year. He was certainly keen early on but David Probert got him settled and tucked in behind the leaders for much of the race. When asked to quicken and take advantage of a gap he duly obliged taking and holding the lead for the final 2 two furlongs.

Unlike his dam, Lastroseofsummer, also previously owned by Mr Eamonn Duggan and trained by Rae, he seems more suited to this distance but would benefit from a bit more give in the ground.

Congratulations to his owners, The Boot Sarratt Racing Syndicate, and Charlie who looks after him.