Victory for Vale Of Flight

Vale Of Flight put in a game performance to take the final race on the card at Chelmsford City yesterday, under a front-running ride from Jim Crowley.

The three-year-old daughter of Vale Of York jumped well and was always prominent in the five furlong event; she quickened when asked a question with one furlong to go and held off a late challenge to claim the spoils.  

Congratulations go to her owners; Guy Carstairs, Peter Sakal, Alan Davies and Roger Jennings, and also to Shahzad who looks after the filly at home.


Palace House preview evening a great success


On Friday evening (26th August) we welcomed owners and friends to a unique preview evening at Palace House Heritage Site in Newmarket.

Palace House is the culmination of the hard work of three charities – the National Horseracing Museum, the British Sporting Art Trust and the Retraining of Racehorses charity, which have combined to bring this historic site back to life.

After years of meticulous planning, fundraising and construction the site is due to open to the public in September 2016, however we were lucky enough to secure this venue before its official opening. 

It was a brilliant opportunity for owners to catch up with each other and discuss their horses' progress in such beautiful surroundings - thankfully the weather was kind to us and allowed us to spend much of the evening in the Palace gardens.

We all had a very enjoyable evening and thanks have to go to all of our guests and also to both the staff at Palace House and at The Pantry, where we had a delicious post-tour meal.


British Racing School training visit

This morning we welcomed Richard Perham from the British Racing School to Chestnut Tree Stables for a session of yard-based rider training. The British Racing School provide this session free of charge and have a mobile facility which enables them to bring their training to individual yards. 

Five members of staff were able to benefit from the visit, where they worked on improving their riding style on the mobile simulator.

The staff involved had a brilliant time and found the experience extremely beneficial - we would like to pass on our thanks to the British Racing School for organising the event, with special thanks to Richard Perham for his enthusiastic and engaging approach!


Here's what some of our staff thought of the session in their own words:

Charlotte Dziadosz:

"I felt that the training session this morning was very useful - it helped me to work on my style and focus on getting lower in the saddle and being able to push the horse forwards. We had riders of varying levels in the group and Richard was able to tailor the training to each of us individually, which was brilliant!"

Charlotte Clayton:

"It was a really good refresher for me, the instructor was very friendly and engaging and made the whole session very enjoyable! It was good to watch videos back of our riding and assess it together to see where improvements could be made."

Lauren Hall:

"The instructor was very friendly and helped put us at ease, he had some helpful advice on riding skills which I will definitely implement in my riding going forwards. Richard made the whole session easy to understand."



Goodyearforroses takes Flaming Page

Previous Chestnut Tree Stables resident Goodyearforroses picked up a valuable win in last Saturday's $105,000 Flaming Page Stakes, at Woodbine.
Now trained and co-owned by Roger Attfield with Lincoln Collins, the four-year-old Azamour bay went to post as the short-priced favourite in the 1m 4f event for older fillies and mares and proved her backers correct with a comfortable success.
Goodyearforroses was bred in Ireland by The Hornets, and ran here under their banner before being transferred to the USA to continue her racing career (when a half-share was sold to new connections) - congratulations go to Eamonn Duggan and Paul Smith, along with the new connections of this promising filly.

Lastman finishes first

Three-year-old colt Lastmanlastround put in a game performance from the front under David Allan to claim the spoils in this afternoon's EBF Maiden Stakes (Class 4) at Thirsk. 

The son of Azamour was sent of a short-priced favourite for the 7 furlong event at the Yorkshire track and he duly obliged when making headway in the final stages to stretch clear of his remaining five rivals, after withdrawals at the start.

Unraced at two, he had shown plenty of potential with two promising runs earlier this year, before meeting unsuitable conditions on his latest outing.

Congratulations go to his owners, The Boot Sarratt Racing Syndicate, and to Nasir who looks after him at home.