A Definite Winner

DEFINING MOMENT made a very convincing job of winning her race yesterday. Jockey Martin Harley kept her nicely tucked away for much of the race at the back of the pack which went at a smart pace from the start. She then seemed to just glide effortlessly past the field on the bridle to take the race by 2 lengths. It was all very professional and she seems to have found her confidence.

Unfortunately, owner Mr Derek Willis couldn't be there to enjoy the moment so Rae collected the prize on his behalf. Charlotte Clayton and Lauren Hall did a super job getting her looking her best.

Double Success

We had a cracking day yesterday with two very convincing wins.

Firstly, MIDNIGHTLY, owned and bred by Mr Chris Mills, also the owner/breeder of our veteran MIRZA, ran a cracking race at Wolverhampton in the afternoon with Martin Harley guiding her nicely to victory. She catapulted herself out of the stalls and got in front from the get go, staying on with determination to the end and getting a second win on her record. Unfortunately, Charlotte Dziadosz who normally looks after the filly couldn't be there to enjoy the success but she has some celebrations of her own having got married the weekend before and still enjoying her honeymoon!

We then had SALT WHISTLE BAY also getting his second win, this time at Newmarket in the 6:50. Silvestre de Sousa was on board again following their success at Lingfield last time out and got him in a strong position hitting the front quite a way out and then held on well to the post. Jointly owned by Rae with Mr & Mrs John Worboys it was a very exciting evening for all connections and finished off a successful day for the yard. Well done to Shahzad the groom also.


Salt Whistle Bay shows his potential

We were very pleased with Salt Whistle Bay’s win on Saturday in the 188Bet Handicap at Lingfield.  He showed his true worth and handled the soft ground incredibly well considering he doesn’t enjoy that sort of going. 

Silvestre de Sousa kept him prominent throughout the race before gaining the lead over a furlong out and winning comfortably by a length and a half.

Joint owners with Rae, Helen & John Worboys were there to enjoy his success. We hope to see more of the same especially with better ground. 

1st win for Defining Moment

Defining Moment is looking very pleased with herself having got her first win yesterday in a 6f Handicap Stakes at Great Yarmouth. She has been working her way up to it, having come 2nd at Leicester last time and did everything very nicely.

David Probert did a text book job on her, keeping her covered until the final furlong and, when asked, this obliging filly picked up, got her nose in front and still had a bit in the tank on the line. 

Congratulations to Defining Moment's owner Mr Derek Willis who bred this filly and still owns the Dam, Elfine by Invincible Spirit. Derek has been a long standing owner at Chestnut Tree Stables. He jointly owned with Rae the Group 1 winning 2 year old Serious Attitude (Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes 2008 and Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine Canada in 2010) also trained by Rae.

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.