Harraton Herald summer 2018

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The Harraton Herald www.juliafeildenracing.com

Summer 2018

Edition 23

Taking the rough with the smooth Horseracing is a great leveler – you can be on cloud nine one

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minute and then down in the dumps soon after. We enjoyed a fantastic week in early May when we travelled to three different meetings and came back with three winners at each venue. Times like this make training horses feel easy and you can’t do anything wrong. People wonder what the secret is to the change in fortune but the truth is there is no secret. You carry on doing what you always do and things just fall right – the right races for the right horses in the right

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conditions. You can’t rest on your laurels though as a new day brings new challenges and with horses, nothing is simple! The good run of form was a credit to the team in the yard who work in all kinds of weather and always have the horses’ best interests at heart. A few new faces (equine and human) have joined us recently and hopefully the recent growth can be reflected on the racecourse with more of the good days!


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Life is sweet for Biscuit If the truth be told, our resident jockey Adam ‘Biscuit’ Beschizza could have a whole newsletter about himself with regards to his move to riding in the USA last November, such is the success he has had. After taking Fairgrounds Racecourse in new Orleans by storm and losing out in the jockeys’ championship by just one winner, he made the ten-hour drive up to Keenland in Kentucky and there he enjoyed yet more success in a brief stint before heading to the brighter lights of Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. Yet again, his main employer and good friend Joe Sharp has provided most of the ammunition but he has also been lucky enough to ride for American training legends such as Steve Asmussen, D Wayne Lukas and Graham Motion.

One horse he has built up a particular affinity with is the mare Triple Chelsea who has now won four listed races this year with Adam in the plate and the pair took a notable scalp when running down Royal Ascot speedball Lady Aurelia at Keenland in April.

Adam is still currently riding at Churchill Downs and where he heads to next on the American racing merry-go-round remains to be seen but, if past evidence is anything to go by, you’ll be able to find him in the winner’s enclosure.

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N.E.T. Racing Club Update GAS MONKEY gave Club members a night to remember in April when kicking off his 2018 campaign in the best possible way with victory at Kempton. Having shown promise in three runs last year as a two-year old, he was given the winter off to strengthen up and mature and that paid dividends as he cruised through the field of 12 runners and got to the front a furlong from the line. As he is at home, he can idle when in front and that gave us all a moment’s worry as the runner-up closed on him near the finish but Gas Monkey had enough up his sleeve to win by a neck. The following day he started coughing though and took three weeks to get back to himself. This, along with the firm ground which he wouldn’t be best on, has kept him off the track since then but the aim is for him to return to action at Yarmouth on 14th June. Club stablemate CASEY BANTER made her return to the track at Yarmouth in early May and she made a pleasing enough comeback, despite getting tired towards the finish. This was her first run since suffering a hairline fracture in November so we fully expected her to be a bit ring-rusty. She is a tough and honest filly who will do well on firm ground this summer. Both of the remaining Club horses MAAZEL and DELL’S BOY have been out in the paddocks recently for different reasons. Maazel had not been training as well as usual and looked a bit dull in his coat after a busy winter campaign so we decided to give him a month’s rest and he has been enjoying the sunshine in the field. He came back into training at the end of May and shouldn’t take too long to get fit again. Dell’s Boy continues to grow and strengthen and it won’t be long before he is back in training too.

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SHARES NOW AVAILABLE: Dragon Pulse x Callherhome Following the lightening-quick sell-out of our Approve colt last month, we headed to Ireland for the final and biggest breeze-up sale of the season at Goresbridge. After watching over 200 lots gallop at Gowran Park racecourse, we made a shortlist of 40 horses which was whittled down to just ten after inspection prior to selling and we were delighted with the filly we came away with.


As you can see, she did her work very impressively without being pushed too hard and she finished with her ears pricked which shows that she had plenty more left in the tank. She comes from a family full of winners with the likes of WARRSAN, QUEEN’S TRUST, DABYAH and MEHMAS in her pedigree. She is by one of the most promising young stallions around in DRAGON PULSE who retired to stud at the same time as the mighty Frankel and managed to have more two-year old winners than him last year. Her mother is by the champion Australian sprinter CHOISIR so there is plenty of speed in her blood and she looks ready to hit the ground running this year whilst also having the size to improve with age. Share prices include purchase price and ALL TRAINING FEES until 1st June 2019 – you will not have to worry about paying another bill until then. 20% share - £5720 inc VAT 10% share - £2860 inc VAT Page | 4

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Ross rides London On Sunday 29th July Ross will be one of 30,000 cyclists taking to the streets of the capital for the 2018 RideLondon 100 mile cycle challenge. Never one to do things by half, Ross will be attempting to complete the course in less than five hours - that means riding at an average speed of 20mph for 100 miles over some of the area’s biggest hills. This is all in aid of Racing Welfare which is the horseracing industry’s very own charity and they lend a hand to the people who keep the industry going – the racing staff. From mental health, finding accommodation and assisting retired racing staff, the charity is one that everyone in the sport will have some dealings with at some time and their work is vital to keep the industry’s staff healthy and happy. You can donate to Ross’ ride at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RossBirkett ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Approve settles in like a Dream Shares in our Tattersalls Guineas Breeze-Up purchase sold out in just three days and the chestnut colt by Approve has now been named APPROVE THE DREAM. After impressing us in his gallop on the Rowley Mile racecourse and then the following day when we gave him a closer inspection, we were delighted to secure him in the sales ring and he has settled into his new surroundings extremely well. He and Paintball Wizard (left) are hard to miss with their big white faces and it shouldn’t be too long before you see them on the racecourse.

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Retirement corner We pride oursleves on finding our retired horses the best possible homes after their racing careers so it is great to hear from happy owners and recently we have received lots of photos framing familiar faces:

SANCHO PANZA taking part in his first cross-country event

SILVER ALLIANCE meets his new students at the British Racing School

HODGKINS TRUST looks happy with life as a riding horse

AUTOMOTIVE can enjoy breakfast in bed nowadays!

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Limerick Lord leads the string home on a beautiful spring morning (Carol Bushnell)

Ross & Carol have the best seats in the house at the breeze-up sale (Alayna Cullen) Page | 7


John comes off worse in a fight with a field of buttercups (Poppy Fuller)

Paintball Wizard enjoys a wash in the sun (Carol Bushnell) Page | 8


AT THE Races A winning winter turned into a sensational spring as the horses continued their great start to the year and the winners kept coming in. There was a particularly memorable week in May which saw the yard send out three consecutive winners. The good run kicked off with OCEANUS showing his battling qualities with a narrow win at Yarmouth on 1st May. Rain prior to racing brought conditions into his favour as he loves it when the mud is flying. Settled at the back of the field by Shelley Birkett, he crept into contention up the long home straight before kicking for home with two furlongs to go. He had the whole field beaten bar one horse who forced him to work all the way to the line but he was eventually a neck too good. The pair were nearly five lengths clear of the third horse home. Oceanus is such a fun horse for his syndicate of owners as he handles all types of ground, runs on the all-weather and over hurdles. He will continue to pay his way this year heads to Lingfield on 2nd June. Two days later, LIMERICK LORD continued his unbelievable run of form when winning again at Southwell. Having got his head in front at the track in March and April, he overcame a narrow defeat at Brighton in between to win again on the Fibresand with Shelley riding again. His asset at the course is his early speed which means he can get a position near the front and out of the kickback that the track is infamous for. Like the time before, he travelled powerfully and was clear by halfway with it just being a question of him having enough left in the tank to hang on until the finish. Thankfully he did. No-one really knows why he has suddenly started winning again after so long in the doldrums but the horse has never been happier

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and looks fantastic, proving right the old saying that a horse knows when it has won. The successes are fully deserved for owner Steve Clarke who has never lost faith in him. The memorable week was capped the following evening when TERRI RULES gained her first career win up at Newcastle under Jimmy Quinn. Having shown promise as a two-year old last year, she was given the winter off to strengthen up and it worked a treat as she ran a very eye-catching race at Kempton on her seasonal return. The drop back to five furlongs and patient riding tactics were just right as she quickened away well and won with a bit to spare. Unfortunately things didn’t go right for her at Redcar on firm ground the next time but she is still a filly who has more improvement and wins in her. OUD METHA BRIDGE continues to pay his way and has yet to finish outside the first three for us after filling the third spot at Yarmouth on 24th April. After a fruitful all-weather campaign, the son of Helmet is rated 12lb lower on the turf but the dry conditions have meant that the ground has been too firm for him to run on the green stuff again. He will head to Newcastle on 5th June. Another ultra-consistent horse is MAJESTIC MOON and he has been earning some more prize money recently with a couple of placings at Yarmouth. The bay gelding is very versatile with regards to the ground but probably found things a bit too firm when he finished fourth on 16th May in a race where the winner broke the track record, such were the fast conditions. He will continue to pay his way and looks likely to run at Goodwood in the coming weeks. BOXATRICKS (right) has had two runs at Newmarket recently for the experience and his second effort was a marked step up on his debut. First time out at the Craven meeting, he was very excited and got a bit of stage-fright but the following time he was like an old pro and took it all in his stride. Both of these races were high-class events and he will find life much easier when qualifying for handicap races.

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Four To Follow standings (as of 30/05/18) Paula Smith Rod Gleed Tony Peacock Sam Feilden Simon Kirk Geoff Walton Tony McGovern Robert Wright Rita Aspland Stan Thompson Mark Arlidge Jean Allen Roger Halfpenny Albert Stevens Zoe Fuller Jack Jarvis John Wardle Margaret Buckley Eddie Partridge Julia Feilden Jonathon Andrews Steve Springford John Birkett Julie Feilden George Challoner Bill Apland Adrian Stearn Jon Dunning Colin Thomas Martin Godfrey Malcolm Paul Skinner Steve Clarke John Heywood Jim Stevens Ged Turley Leonard Wain Alayna Cullen Nick Feilden

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Shelley Birkett Chris Shelley Chloe Peacock Steve Moore Terry Mortimer Ivan Gibbs Tony Monk Dominic Lisle Sophie Feilden Bryan Crossley Jen Cullen Eleanor Monk Brad Dines Heather Close Amanda Pickup Ann Ian Sparham Ken Campbell Sue Lever Dudley Lever Ray Treacy Trevor Fulller Alex Stearn Sharon Clarke Don Merrick Martyn Clark Hannah Wain Stephen Broadley Carol Bushnell Todd Clarke Dee Clarke Rob Weston Michaela Carter Mark Jackson Trevor Mather Sarah Macdonald Phil Gunning Scott Aspland Clare Peacock Chris Shirran

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Jane Shirran Maureen Case David Finan Tina Skinner Eddie Jarman Paul Reis Wayne Moore Tony Wideson Michael Buckley Adi Tuddenham Daniel Payne Poppy Fuller Gemma Whiffen Paul Jarvis Linda Walker Robert Stannard Dillys Tucker Tricia Wain Barbara Walton Paul Robinson Paul Macdonald John Tucker Brian Pyrke Colleen Pyrke Thomas Rose Eileen Turner Pauline Kennedy Geoff Roberts Annette Hall Ross Birkett Chris Sparham George Hall Tony Birkett Linda Wright Richard Carter Jonathan Kinge Gay Chalklin Mike Noble

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