End of the Season
On Monday 24th we started the day off at Warwick with The Tailgater coming to challenge at the last, where he unfortunately fell – fortunately both horse and rider quickly got to their feet and live to fight another day. I’dliketheoption was 4th in the valuable Novice Chase and Royal Escape ran an encouraging first race, finishing 5th in his bumper.
Jonjo then travelled on to Windsor where Desert Cross won the 1½ mile handicap in good fashion under a nice ride from Fran Berry. It was nice...
We have reached £1,000,000!
At the two day meeting at Cheltenham, Upswing did fantastically well, winning his second race of the month (11 days after winning at Ffos Las). He won the Llewellyn Humphrys Handicap Chase – the feature chase of day two. Also Lithic ran a very pleasing race, beaten only a length in the 2 mile handicap hurdle on the first day – ridden by Jonjo Junior.
The charity football match after racing in Cheltenham (Wednesday 19th) was a great success, with plenty of money raised for the Injured...
Mid April Update
Last Tuesday 11th April Ultimate Dream followed up our good weekend by winning at Exeter under a good ride from Killian Moore. On Thursday 13th, For Instance won nicely for Anne, Harriette and Lucinda Bond at Wetherby and with no runners on Good Friday we had a busy Easter Weekend winning two good races at Haydock. Firstly Kelvingrove winning the Challenger Stayers Hurdle Series final (£50,000) much to the delight of The All In Syndicate who had a great day. Isn’t wonderful when a plan...
Announcing the retirement of Holywell
When we purchased Holywell at the Cheltenham November Sale in 2011, for £70,000, little did we know what a star he would turn out to be.
He started off by finishing 3rd in a Novice Hurdle at Plumpton and then won his second start in a Maiden Hurdle at Chepstow and then on his final start that spring, he was second - beaten 10 lengths off a rating of 119.
The following season he was second on his first three starts, before winning the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival,...
Aintree Grand National meeting followed by
Although Aintree was slightly disappointing with no winners, a lot of the horses ran really well, notably Dream Berry beaten only half a length in the Alder Hey Children’s Charity Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3). Also Taquin du Seuil running a great race in the Ryanair Stayers Liverpool Hurdle (Grade 1) where he finished 4th, beaten only 3½ lengths. All our horses came home safely from the meeting and it was a great result for Scotland and Lucinda Russell to win the Randox Health Grand National with...
We've had a Sunday to remember with four winners.. three at Market Rasen and one at Ffos Las!
Cake De L'isle started things off at Market Rasen under Aidan Coleman in the 2.30 Maiden Hurdle who went on to complete his, and our, double in the very next race aboard Sigurd.
While over at Ffos Las, Noel Fehily produced a great ride on Upswing to win the 3.55 Handicap Chase before Aidan completed a Market Rasen treble upon A Little Magic.
Race, win, repeat, race, win repeat…….
The weekend started with the horses all running well, with lots of near misses. Strongly Suggested finishing second at Stratford, Champagne At Tara third in the valuable Novice Chase at Ascot, Spiritual Man beaten a neck at Huntingdon on Monday and I’dliketheoption finishing second at Ludlow on Monday, and also Pillard and Celtic Tune finishing third.
It was nice to get the monkey off our back! and get back to winning ways with our little star, Timeforwest bringing up a great “threepeat”...
Radio 5 Live at Jackdaws Castle
We had a fantastic day here on Thursday when the Owners Suite was turned into a studio for a BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast for the Afternoon Edition show with Sarah Brett.
Harrison, Flo, Sophia, Jacqui and Jonjo were all interviewed and Hughie made his radio debut.
Sarah enjoyed a ride on You Little Beauty, the resident mechanical, which brought the show to an amusing conclusion!
Thank you for all the team from BBC 5 Live for a wonderful afternoon!
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The Last Week of March
The week started off well with Timeforwest and Box Office
winning at Market Rasen on Monday 27th. With the ground at last drying up, we have
a lot of horses who have been waiting for better conditions for most of the
winter. Hopefully this will trigger an upturn in
fortunes for Jackdaws Castle over the coming weeks.
The Jockey Club South West Syndicate have had a great week,
with Timeforwest following up at Taunton on Thursday 30th – just three days
MORE OF THAT HEADING FOR THE NATIONAL
More Of That came out of his good run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup very well and he’s on course for the Randox Health Grand National on 8th April. The Handicapper put him up 2lbs for his run in the Gold Cup so he will be running 2lb well in - a week on Saturday. I feel he has a similar profile to Don’t Push It - our previous winner of the Grand National, having been a high class hurdler and winning the same Novice Chase at Cheltenham in his novice season. The whole team here Jackdaws Castle...