Many thanks from AHT

Rachel was featured in this week's Newmarket Journal with her Newmarket Town Plate steed Opera Buff presenting a cheque for the awesome sum of £10,100 to Mark Vaudin and Andrew Simmonds of the Animal Health Trust, the charity that does so much good work to safeguard the health of animals including horses, cats and dogs; of which Rachel is a trustee.  Thank you to all our owners and friends who have been so good as to donate to the cause, it is enormously appreciated.  

California Chrome still shining

Everyone at Chestnut Tree Stables was delighted to see the fabulous California Chrome (right, with Robbie Mills) run so well to be second in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita last night.  We were so pleased for Art and Alan Sherman and Chrome's owners, including Perry and Denise Martin, his breeders, who have taken every step of this fairytale story with him.  

Of course it was a shame not to win but if there ever was a horse who owes no-one anything Chrome is that horse.  Brilliant.  

Chrome is pictured here (right, with Steve Davis) at Chestnut Tree Stables enjoying a bit of the green stuff. Well done everyone.

Autumn truly upon us at Newmarket

We've had a few very wintry mornings that have cleared to turn into a beautiful day but until now no real rain.  No rain at Doncaster meant no run for Jane's Memory yesterday in a Listed race where she would surely have had a very good chance.  Right now of course it is lashing it down and has been all day.  That's it for the turf now so all we need to worry about is whether the all weather is riding heavy or fast.  

To put everything into context this week, we had a reminder of the perils of riding racehorses with the news that poor Freddy Tylicki, aged just 30, has been left paralysed after a pile up at Kempton on Monday.  A fund has been set up to support him and his family.  If you would like to support click here  

Infiniti no longer the bridesmaid

At last!  Relief was the main feeling when Derek Willis's Infiniti finally got her head in front at Leicester today under a determined ride from leading apprentice Hollie Doyle.  Infiniti is a lovely filly who had been second no less than four times and so it was a great thrill when she finally got her head in front.  As this was a claimer it was inevitable that someone would snap her up and she has now left the yard.  She has been a good sort for us and we wish her new connections the best of luck with her.  Well done to owner Derek Willis, the owner of Infiniti's relative Serious Attitude who ran in the same colours.

Fabulous win for veteran Mirza

Chris and Lesley Mills' Mirza won his eleventh race at Leicester this afternoon, taking his career earnings of over £250,000.  Everyone is thrilled to bits for Mirza who is a real character and has given everyone concerned such fun over his seven year racing career.  It is great for Chris and Lesley who are great supporters of the yard and bred Mirza from their first star horse the Group 2 and multiple Group 3 winning Millyant.  They have bred many other good horses including Listed and Group 3 winner Miss Anabaa and talented Listed winner Minalisa, but few will have given them so much fun as nine year old Mirza (pictured right ridden by Robbie Mills), who has run all over the world with enormous credit.  If he remains fit and well, he will stay in training next year.  Woo hoo!  Go Mirza!