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We have enjoyed a good few days ...
Wed, July 26, 2017

We have enjoyed a good few days both here and over in France starting off with LAURENS racecourse debut being a winning one at Doncaster. The imposing daughter of Siyouni was snapped up by owner John Dance at the Goffs Uk yearling sales for £220,000 and expectations were high for her debut. She didn't disappoint and travelled smoothly through the race to then draw clear in the final furlong under a hands and heels ride from PJ McDonald with the eventual second running on well close home.

BEATBOX RHYTHM nearly made it a double on the day for owner John Dance but got a bit tired on the softer going and finished second after making the running also on his debut, he will have learnt a lot from this and should come on a bundle.

UNFORTUNATELY a colt who on his last two starts has gone down by a neck turned it around wearing first time visors and made his first attempt in Group company a winning one when scoring by half a length in the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons Laffitte in France. The rules are very strict in France and as he waved off a straight line in the final furlong which caused a French trained horse slight interference the French are objecting to the decision made by the stewards on the day that awarded us to keep the race and placings to remain unaltered so we are awaiting news to whether we keep the race after the objection. It would be a huge disappointment to loose a prestigious Group 2 race when he was clearly the best horse on the day and was galloping away through the line. He may now head to the Prix Morny back in France or Glorious Goodwood.

LONDON PROTOCOL a regular visitor to France scored in the Conditions race at Compiegne under Tony Piccone making that his second win in France and as he is French bred he also picked up the brilliant French premiums on offer.

MY BOY HENRY a two year old colt by Footstepsinthesand stepped up to seven furlongs for his second racecourse outing up in Scotland at Musselburgh ridden by Clifford Lee, he settled behind the leaders and once pulled out ran on strongly to score by over a length.

For Stable staff week we had a team BBQ at the yard organised by senior member of Staff Mark Simms and Angus Johnston supplied the entertainment with his singing and guitar which went down a treat! We have a great team of staff and it was nice to enjoy a night all together.



We have been very busy down at the sales..
Tue, July 18, 2017
We have been very busy down at the sales selling 14 horses at Tattersalls and also had one sell at the Ascot sales which has freed up some boxes for the more backward two year olds to come into.

We have had quite a few placed horses this week with STAR OF ZAAM finishing second at Carlisle stepped up to 7 furlongs then we had both TWIZZELL and MEDICI BANCHIERE running well in defeat both finishing in third.
HAVANA GREY storms home...
Wed, July 12, 2017
HAVANA GREY storms home to make it 2 from 2 at Sandown park taking another  Listed contest this time winning The Dragon Stakes again over 5 furlongs making all the running. We were a little disappointed at Royal Ascot finishing in the middle but it is obviously fiercely competitive as always there and holding him up that day didn't work out so we went back to making the running and once again his fractions and speed throughout the race were very impressive. He may now head to Glorious Goodwood or France. 

KURAKA was unlucky not to break his maiden when going down by a head after having the eventual third horse take him across the track allowing a late swoop from the winner to collar them on the line. He now heads to the sales this week where we have fifteen horses selling.

MUTAHAADY another horse head for the Tattersalls sales this week put up another solid run after his win at Redcar finishing third in a class 2 handicap at Thirsk.

SHOWDANCE KID finished third in the claimer at Yarmouth under Martin Harley in the horrendous weather that they had down there nearly resulting in the meeting being abandoned and then he subsequently got claimed by John Wainwright.

We will have a busy few days ahead with plenty selling down in Newmarket and a few new arrivals to come.

June was a busy month with plenty of runners...
Tue, July 4, 2017
June was a busy month with plenty of runners including over seas in France. HIGH DRAW made the trip across the channel worth while when landing the claimer at Fontainbleau. 

We also had UNFORTUNATLEY who was second at Maison Laffite in the two year old Listed race going down by only a neck after being bumped at the start.

We enjoyed Royal Ascot as always and managed to have a runner there in the Norfolk with Havana Grey although a little disappointed in him he looked to be the wrong side.
BORN TO BE ALIVE put up a creditable effort to get off the mark on only his second ever racecourse start when winning at Ayr under Clifford Lee. He is a lovely big scopey horse who has really grown into his big frame.

RAYDIANCE was another two year old winner who relished the soft ground at Haydock to win under PJ Mcdonald. MJJACK also loves the softer going and won very easily on Heavy ground at Haydock making it a second win for him this season. He seems a horse who excels on the soft going. ELLTHEA a two year old filly by Kodiac owned by the Gittins family dominated in the maiden at Carlisle drawing nicely clear of the field, she will be looking for black type this season.

BURISHOOLE ABBEY completed a hat rick of winners for The Gittins family when digging deep to get up under a strong ride from Martin Harley in a competitive handicap at Sandown. He now heads to the July sales.

MUTAHAADY was back to winning ways upped in trip under Jordan Vaughan at Redcar in there feature race he will run again before heading to the July sales too.

PARNASSIAN just got up on the line under the drive of Ben Curtis to win the sprint handicap at Windsor having ran a very creditable second at Pontefract last time out behind Golden Appollo who followed up with a win in the class 2 sprint at York.

TAHOO got her head back in front for the first time this year after having some respectable placed efforts from a positive ride from the front by Silvestor De Sousa.

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