Prouts Pub ran for the Nick Gifford Racing Club in the race he won last year. It was his first run back after a long lay off and we knew he might just need it. He did not disgrace himself in horrible ground as all the runners finished quite close together. He may now go to Doncaster for his next run , where he has run well before.
The Mighty Don also ran and finished a fabulous 2nd ridden by Liam Treadwell. He ran very well and the for of his races are really stacking up. He is still a young horse learning the game but a lot to look forward to for all connections.
Puppet Warrior a new recruit had his first ever run in a bumper , he is a 5 year old beautiful chestnut horse by Black Sam Bellamy. He has a tough attitude and really seemed to enjoy his first race where he finished 2nd. What a little star. All connections are thrilled and we are looking forward to him running in another bumper soon.
An impressive bumper win on second time of asking for Notre Ami owned by The Morpheus Partnership and given a great ride by Tom Cannon. It has been worth the wait, he is 5 now and we got him as a three year old but he is a big horse and needed time to develop, fill out and mature. The owners have been very patient and it has paid off, we have a very exciting prospect for the future. A great boost for the yard and everyone ! He had his first run back in April at Wincanton where he ran very well to finish 5th out of 11.
Fairy Rath ran at Stratford ridden by Leighton Aspell, it was such a shame because the rain had come that afternoon and he hated the ground, he ran on to finish 5th of 9. It was not the Fairy Rath we all know and love that demolishes the Aintree fences. So Fairy is now going to be roughed off and go on his summer holidays.
The picture above shows him enjoying time out after his race in our little paddocks.
Nick bought some new blood at Doncaster racehorse sales for ‘The Nick Gifford Racing club ‘following the retirement of Toohighforme. Nick has bought ‘Sissinghurst‘ a 6 yr old from the John Ferguson dispersal sale. He has had one run in a P2P in England where he looked like dotting up when parting company with his jockey at the second last. We absolutely love him. He is by Kalanisi ( the same sire as Notre Ami ) and is a stunning looking and moving horse, he is big and scopey and will make a chaser. Everyone is delighted with ‘Geoff” (His stable name after Geoff Hurst, Nicks idea) .
Toohighforme goes to Plumpton today for The Nick Gifford Racing Club, he is on great form at home and we hope to see a promising run and him staying on to get the extended trip.
Notre Ami had a promising racing debut at Wincanton. He can be quite a buzzy horse so with the excitement of being on the racecourse for the first time, Tom Cannon focussed on trying to settle him , which he did like a pro and ran on to finish 5th of 11. All connections were thrilled. What a lovely young horse.
‘Theo’s Charm’ ran at Cheltenham and unfortunately we had a very disappointing result due to him shying and whipping around at the start. He is however a young talented horse and on days like this you just have to put a line through the run. The ground was also quicker than he has previously enjoyed and perhaps he would appreciate a little more cut in the ground.
Well what a fabulous horse, Fairy Rath 2nd again in the Topham at Aintree ridden from the front by Tom Cannon, he is just a different horse the Aintree fences and on that ground. Second out of 29, all connections are thrilled. He will be aimed for this race again next year.
The Mighty Don had his first run ever at Fontwell in the bumper and ran a cracker to finish 3rd out of 14 runners. he showed a great attitude and leighton was thrilled with him. He is a lovely horse and will hopefully have one more run in a bumper before he goes on his summer holidays. An exciting prospect.