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The Harraton Herald

December 2017

Edition 20

Time flies Adam living the It’s mad to think that the countdown to Christmas has begun

American dream – p2

already which means another year has flown by. It has been a trying one for the yard after a phenomenal 2016 winners tally and success has been a lot harder to find this year after an illness hit the stable in the spring. It has been somewhat of a transitional period with many old faces sent on a well-earned retirement whilst a whole host of new faces have filled their stables.


The great thing about racing is that every day is a new opportunity and your luck can turn at the drop of a hat so we forever live in hope that the glory days will be back again very soon. We know what we do at home can get the results on the track. It won’t be long before we’re singing in 2018 and Team Feilden is looking forward to having plenty more days in the sun with you all.

pitch hits the high


notes at Newcastle



America loves The Biscuit! Our resident jockey Adam Beschizza this month fulfilled a lifelong dream when travelling to America to try and make it as a jockey there for the winter. With lucrative prizes and more racing, the opportunities are far greater than here in the UK during the winter months. Having already spent a winter there a few years ago, ‘The Biscuit’ had a book of contacts to call when making this second trip to Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans. It didn’t take him long to see some racecourse action as within a week he was donning the silks and just two days later he made his first trip to the winner’s circle when partnering Tabaddol to a cosy victory on the dirt for trainer Joe Sharp. Adam said afterwards: “I’m delighted to get that one out of the way. It luckily hasn’t taken me too long and I hope to strike whilst the iron is hot with Joe. He’s a quality trainer who enters his horses intelligently and is very keen to do well.” “I’ve enjoyed learning the American style of racing,” he added. “You have to adapt quicker and really know what’s underneath you. I needed a new challenge after doing years of the turf to all-weather season in England and Fairgrounds is a premier track so I don’t take anything for granted. I hope to do well and we’ll see how it goes.” Sharp provided Adam with five rides at the following meeting which saw him come home with a double, both races run on the turf. We know how much Adam has wanted to ‘break America’ and he certainly couldn’t have made a better start. Hopefully we’ll have plenty more to report next time.

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N.E.T. Racing Club Update Julia was delighted last month to add recent purchase MAAZEL (right) to the Club’s roster. The three-year old gelding will race this winter in the Club’s red and yellow silks. A winner for previous trainer Roger Varian last year, the son of Elzaam has made the short trip across to the other side of Newmarket and has settled into his new surroundings very well. Second over six furlongs when last seen in action in October, he is only a couple of weeks away from running again and he should be a great fun horse this winter who will give members plenty of successful days out. This will be some compensation for the sad news that CASEY BANTER (left) will be out of action for the rest of the year after suffering an injury at Newcastle in November. She travelled up north in the hope of winning on the back of a great third place at Kempton the time before. However, jockey Milly Naseb never looked comfortable on the filly and, after finishing towards the rear, she was subsequently found to have a hairline fracture to her pelvis. This isn’t an uncommon injury in young horses and can be completely healed with the appropriate rest. All being well, she will be back on the track in the spring of 2018. As too should the other Club two-year old GAS MONKEY. He has been on holiday since the turf season finished and he is one to look forward to when returning in the New Year. A rest should see him mature and get a lot stronger.

You can join the CLUB for just £200 per year. More details are at the bottom of our OWNERSHIP page:

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Catch up corner Former stable star SPIRIT OF SHARJAH has been in the care of British Racing School jockey coach Richard Perham ever since he retired from racing a few years ago and it was great to receive an update from them recently. Spirit is now used as a proper hack and, as well as the odd day hunting, he is usually found out on the Fens saying hello to the wild ponies who graze the land (left). Spirit was a true wonder horse who took us to the biggest meetings year after year. We could certainly do with another like him! Another legend we trained is SILVER ALLIANCE and he hasn’t gone too far in retirement as his owners kindly let us keep him to use as a hack in the yard. He is a true allrounder; as well as showing the ropes to the yearlings on the Heath (right), he also gives a great lead for horses learning to jump. He usually spends his afternoons in the paddock so he really does have a great life! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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Q&A – zoe fuller This month member of the team and lifelong Ipswich Town fan Zoe Fuller get a grilling. How did you get interested in racing? From a young age I have had an interest in horseracing. My dad is a racing fan and I loved going to the races regularly with him. I tried the British Racing School but riding was not for me so I then did a preapprenticeship course at the National Stud which led to two years working at Shadwell Stud. However, since doing some work experience at Julia’s when I was 15 years old, I wanted to go back to where it all began!

Did you look after any good horses at Shadwell Stud? Yes! I was lucky enough to handle Taghrooda [Oaks winner] and her first foal as well as 1000 Guineas winner Natagora. In the rehabilitation side, I got to work with current leading sprinter Battaash.

What would you be doing if not working in racing? I would be a baker! I love making cakes and desserts.

Who is your favourite horse in the yard? It has to be Majestic Moon (left). He is so nicely built and has a good attitude. Although I have a soft spot for Best Example, he does keep me on my toes!

What’s the best and worst thing about your job? Best thing: going racing, leading up and the sales. Worst thing: cold mornings in the winter. I love the heat!

Which celebrities would you take on a night out? Ed Sheeran and Jimmy Bullard. Jimmy would be a good laugh and so would Ed – plus he can sing!

What would you eat for your last supper? Bangers and mash – you can’t beat it (with onion gravy of course).

How is life being an Ipswich Town fan?! Supporting Ipswich is full of mixed emotions! Twelve years in the Championship and counting. I was a season ticket holder when at school and remember going to a weekday game in the freezing cold and getting beaten 3-0. That was pretty depressing! As long as we do better than Norwich City I’m happy…Come on the Tractor Boys!

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Racing is forever trying to improve its image in the eye of the general public. From horse welfare to more information, the BHA is rightly intent on making the sport as transparent and approachable as possible. This must be commended as the more people we can attract to the races, the better for us all. However, one area where the sport’s governing body seems impotent in is controlling the relationships between bookmakers and trainers which this month came under the spotlight in two separate incidents. The first involved Champion jumps trainer Nicky Henderson whose stable is sponsored by bookmaker Unibet. It emerged one Tuesday that his stable star Altior (left) will be out for some time to rectify a breathing problem which first came to light the Saturday before. Henderson was still telling the press two days later that the horse was in great order and set to run the following weekend but then, just 24 hours later, Unibet broke the news that the horse will be on the sidelines. Although there were no rule breaches here, it leaves an unsavory taste in the mouths of punters to know that they were being misled by the trainer and that a bookmaker was privy to valuable information hours before anyone else. Henderson is on a lucrative deal with Unibet but you can’t put a price on integrity. More serious news came to light a couple of weeks later when trainer David Evans was given a hefty fine after backing one of his horses and then withdrawing another of his runners from the same race after telling a bookmaker that he would, in order for him to be guaranteed better odds. The transcript of Evans’ phone call to the bookmaker can be read HERE and it is uncomfortable reading. No trainer should be this pally with a bookmaker and the amount of money Evans wanted to bet with will shock many everyday punters. The horse in question didn’t win so one must question how shrewd Evans actually is but this case is yet another knock to racing’s integrity as the public will be wondering how much more underhand betting is done by those apparently in the know. Most trainers work in a tirelessly honest fashion and it is a great shame that a select few can do so much damage. Hopefully the BHA can crack down on this and help improve racing’s image furthermore. We are all for an open and honest sport.

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Little and Large: Sir Fred and Champagne Reef (Carol Bushnell)

Shelley gets hands-on during her Racing UK placement at Ascot (Shelley Birkett)

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Maazel, Spirit of Sarwan and Lulu Star head home after exercise (Jason Bax – Equus Photography)

Jim the foal catching some rays (Ross Birkett)

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THE MONTH IN RUNNERS PITCH HIGH made the long trip up to Newcastle a winning one on 15th November. After finishing fourth on debut at Sandown last summer, we didn’t think we’d have to wait this long to get his first win on the board but after going a bit weak as a two-year old, Pitch High then took a while to find his feet in handicaps this year.


Under a well-judged ride from apprentice Milly Naseb, the son of Requinto made the majority of the running and enjoyed striding out in front at his own pace. He found extra when challenged inside the final furlong and can hopefully continue his run of form at Wolverhampton on 5th December. Another horse who got his head in front this year was OCEANUS (below: red and blue silks) and he has remained in good heart since then with a third place finish at Yarmouth at the end of October. He got stuck in the Nottingham mud the following month but now tries his hand to a different discipline when going hurdling. He has an entry at Fakenham on 4th December.

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A switch to hold-up tactics has seen GATILLO string together a series of consistent efforts. Having finished fourth twice in October, including at Yarmouth, he went one place better when sent to Southwell on 16th November. The deep sand at that venue seems to really suit his exaggerated style of galloping and he will head back there on 4th December to bid to go two places better. With a number of horses away on their winter holidays, we will be represented less on the racecourse this winter but we have a solid team of all-weather horses who will keep us in the headlines. New recruit OUD METHA BRIDGE (left) looks tailor-made for a lucrative winter and he should be starting his campaign around Christmas time. He was an impressive maiden winner at Newcastle for previous connections but lost his way over the summer for them. A change of scenery seems to have perked him right up and his training at home has been impressive. There are still a few shares left in his syndicate of owners, more details can be found HERE. SPIRIT OF SARWAN had his biggest day last winter when landing a Class 3 race at Lingfield and he is back in action on 6th December after a summer holiday. His best form is on the sand so we have freshened him up specifically for an all-weather campaign and he seems ready for action. Another horse back from a break is SECRET STRATEGY. He was a winner when last seen at Brighton (left) but he showed signs to us after that that he needed some time to recharge the batteries. He has some good maiden form at Wolverhampton so a return there should be on the cards but hopefully he can handle the other all-weather tracks as well.

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FOUR TO FOLLOW FULL STANDINGS (ends 31/12/17): Julia Feilden John Chalklin John Tucker Christine Sparham Kevin Case Paula Smith Colleen Pyrke Clare Peacock Trevor Mather Martyn Clark Annette Hall Geoff Walton Jean Allen George Evans Ken Campbell Ros Taylor Brad Dines Martin Godfrey Eileen Turner J Rogers Chris Shelley John Birkett Michael Buckley Dick Creese Dominic Lisle Ged Turley Sam Feilden Don Merrick Adrian Stearn Linda Wright Chloe Peacock Brain Pyrke Paul Reis Tina Skinner Tessa Stone Dave Morris Rita Aspland Pauline Kennedy Paul Skinner Dillys Tucker Gay Chalklin Jim Stevens Patrick Jarvis Phil Gunning Page | 11

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Caitlin Wells Jen Wardle Malcolm Roper Rod Gleed Alex Stearn Bill Aspland Eleanor Monk Maureen Case Tony Mcgovern Eddie Jarman Chris Shirran Sophie Feilden Todd Clarke Tony Monk Eddie Partridge Sue Morris Nick Feilden Tony Wideson Margaret Mallett Gemma Whiffen Heather Close Tony Birkett Sue Lever Rob Weston John Wardle Carol Bushnell Joan Mather Dee Clarke Wayne Moore Bill Shirbon Linda Grady Shelley Birkett Jane Shirran Mark Jackson John Heywood Julie Feilden Sharon Clarke Sarah Macdonald Rory Doyle Steve Springford Ian Sparham Tony Peacock

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Rob Wright Ross Birkett Paul Jarvis Matthew Cottis George Hall Poppy Fuller Angus Forshaw Alayna Cullen Gary Wardle Terry Mortimer Jonathan Kinge Margaret Buckley Adi Tuddenham Dudley Lever Stephen Broadley Trevor Fuller Albert Stevens Carol F Steve Clarke Lee Cousens Barbara Walton

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