Harraton Herald Winter 2018/19

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The Harraton Herald www.juliafeildenracing.com

Winter 2018/19

Three cheers for Team Feilden!

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A trainer is nothing without a good team around them and we are lucky at Harraton Stud to have a great group of staff. A couple of years ago, we aimed to improve staff retention rates and I am pleased to say that in the two years since then, our team has seen very little change and that can only have a positive effect on the horses. Having the same people looking after them means that their various traits can be known

zoe shortlisted – p2

meaning they can be trained to best suit the individual. As the old saying goes; happy staff makes happy horses. The team has been getting wider recognition too with Chloe last year shortlisted in the ‘Newcomer’ category at the Stable Staff Awards and this year we have Zoe in the final ten for the ‘Groom/Rider’ category. Everyone deserves all the praise and good results they get as it can be a tough job sometimes in extreme weather conditions.


Let’s hope their hard work is rewarded with more success in 2019.

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Zoe makes the shortlist The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff awards have been a brilliant incentive since they were launched a few years ago and we are delighted to hear that our very hard-working team member Zoe has made the shortlist of ten people up for the rider/groom category award. Zoe is the ultimate grafter and her work ethic is second to none. She has thrown herself into life in the yard and is ultra-reliable at home and away at the races. This is the second year running that Julia Feilden Racing has been represented in the shortlist as last year Chloe got through to the final ten in the newcomer category. Zoe now has to go through a series of interviews by the judges before they decide the final three who get to go to the awards do in London in February. Zoe was delighted just to be nominated and then even happier when she got shortlisted from hundreds of applications. Anything else would be a bonus but we are very proud of her so far! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Shelley loses 3lbs! The ultimate aim for every apprentice jockey is to ride 95 career winners to ‘lose their claim’ and our very own Shelley Birkett did just that recently after winning aboard Wilson at Lingfield. All apprentices are given a weight allowance based on their experience and this is lost after their 95th win. Only a handful of jockeys manage this feat each year and Shelley joins an elite list of female riders to have done it. Shelley has joked for most of the year that she would retire on the spot after doing it but the goal is now to ride 100 winners which shouldn’t take too long. Let’s hope she is soon wishing for another 100!

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New Arrivals

War Empress (War Command x Alice Rose) Yearling colt (Casamento x Sunset Kitty)

Winter Snowdrop (War Command x Morning Jewel)

Yearling filly (Helmet x Wish You Luck)

Ride and Prejudice (Casamento x Emma’s Gift)

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Spanish Mane (Havana Gold x Kiva)


JOIN THE FUN! EXCITING PROSPECT FOR 2019 – NEW EXPO Our in-house syndicates make becoming a racehorse owner easier and more affordable than you may think. Currently available to buy into is an unexposed two-year old called NEW EXPO who could have plenty of successful days in 2019.

Formerly trained by Hugo Palmer, New Expo had his first three races in the space of just three weeks towards the end of the year and although he didn’t show much form in those races, neither did his year older brother who went on to win three handicaps this summer and improved significantly for a step up in distance and a gelding operation.

This is exactly what we plan to do with New Expo and he has the shape and size of a horse who will improve dramatically from his two to three-year old season and surely looks a winner waiting to happen off his current rating.

Shares are available in him for £1200 per 10% plus £200 per month all-inclusive training fees – this includes all expenses and you will never pay more than this.

For more info email juliafeilden@aol.com or check out the ownership page on our website.

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Retirement corner We are always delighted to hear from the owners of our retired racehorses as they find their feet in a second career after racing. We always strive to find the best possible home for all our horses who cannot race on so it gives us great pride to know that both horse and rider are thriving. HANDHELD was Julia’s pet when he was in training and she loved riding him each morning despite her dodgy hips! Luckily he wasn’t as lame as the boss and enjoyed a fruitful career on the racetrack as well as being a lead horse for the legendary Frankel earlier in his career. He is now living in Hertfordshire and is climbing the ranks fast in the world of dressage. After winning his first show in the summer, he has continued to thrive and won yet another show in December (left) which now sets him up to qualify for the RoR Championships next year. His owner Candice reports; “Handheld got some brilliant comments about what a lovely horse he is and how genuine he is. He has made unbelivable progress and I had a little cry of happiness at the show because he’s transformed my confidence and he’s just amazing!”

Another of our former recruits who is doing very well in the world of dressage is MOMENT TO DREAM. Although not as successful in her first career as Handheld, she has quickly learnt the ropes in her new life and managed to gain a place at the RoR finals at Aintree in November (right). The six-year old mare is based in Leicestershire with Little Brown Racehorse Retraining who said; “She had a couple of weeks off after Aintree and her first stop was Hargate Equestrian where she won the novice class and beat her persoanl best for that test.”

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From time to time we will retire a horse who is very quiet, sound and isn’t too strong on the gallops so the ideal place for them is the British Racing School where they help to teach the jockeys of tomorrow how to ride. Of the 40 or so horses there, I think about six of them are ours as the School knows we only send them the quietest of horses so they are happy to take any we think are suitable. Earlier this year, SILVER ALLIANCE (left) made the short trip across town to the school and he has become a firm favourite thanks to his kind nature and near-white coat. He was a star on the racecourse with ten wins on his CV and gave his syndicate of owners many great days out.

Later in 2018, Silver was joined at the School by his fieldmate PITCH HIGH who lost his enthusiasm for racing but still had plenty to offer in a second career. Although only there a few weeks, Pitch was chosen by one of the students to be their ride on graduation day (right) – he has obviously won over some fans already! The British Racing School is a brilliant home for the right horse and we are always happy to help them out as we know that the horses get the best attention and they are only down the road should anything go wrong.

We were delighted to hear from Courtney (left) who got in touch to find out more about the horse she had just bought called MY NAME IS JEFF. Anyone who has been to the yard will remember Jeff well as he was one of the friendliest horses in the yard. After a few runs on the flat for us, his owner moved him to another yard to run over hurdles where he soon got injured and had to be retired. We all loved Jeff and had wondered where he had ended up so it is great that he has fallen into good hands.

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Courtney plans to train Jeff up to qualify for the Retraining of Racehorses competitions where he could be joining Handheld and Moment To Dream, making it three Feilden horses in the finals!

Closer to home, GUISING (left) has returned to the yard after suffering from a small injury at the British Racing School. He isn’t in any pain but cannot gallop anymore so his owner Carol has decided to keep him for herself to ride and you will see him on the heath most Saturdays as she takes him out with the rest of the string. He is a very calm and quiet horse who is also handy to lead the young horses with.


Biscuit and a catch up Our resident rider Adam Beschizza has just marked his first year anniversary out in the United States and it gives us a good chance to reflect on how things have gone for him. His last full year riding here in the UK saw him notch 38 winners, just one shy of his best ever season which came in 2010. In his first 12 months on the other side of the Atlantic, Adam has managed to ride over 100 winners! He narrowly missed out on the jockeys’ championship at Fairgrounds Racecourse and then enjoyed a fruitful summer riding the racing circuit at tracks like Churchill Downs and Keenland. He had a ride on the undercard of the Kentucky Derby (which his mum Poppy managed to attend) and he enjoyed another big ride when partnering Mom’s On Strike to finish mid-division in the $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf where super fan Matt Bisogno managed to grab a selfie with him. He’s back at Fairgrounds now ready for more success. Page | 7


N.E.T. Racing Club Update Club members have enjoyed a great year with plenty of days out as well as a couple of visits to the winners’ enclosure with Gas Monkey and Casey Banter both getting their heads in front. There will be even more action next year as the Club roster is set to get one horse bigger to five in 2019 with the addition of TERRI RULES (right). A four-time winner last season, she is a super-tough sprinter who runs regularly and still has more success left in her. She has been on a winter holiday to recharge the batteries after a long season so she will fit and raring to go for the new turf season in March. After a short break in the autumn, GAS MONKEY (left) will be back on the racecourse in early January and can hopefully maintain his 100% record on the all-weather. He won first time out in 2018 at Kempton and then ran some big races in defeat throughout the rest of the year when looking unlucky on a couple of occasions. He is a horse who was always going to improve for time and patience so hopefully the rewards will be reaped very soon.

CASEY BANTER is enjoying her winter holidays and will commence exercise again in the new year. She should be fit to run by March and that sets her up for the new turf season where she can hopefully add to her success at Yarmouth under Josephine Gordon on a wet summer’s day last August (right). She handled the soft ground well that day so should be versatile with regards to conditions this campaign.

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One horse who has been giving Club members some action recently is MAAZEL (left) and he looks like a winner in waiting after a couple of decent efforts at Lingfield this December. We have found that he is best when held up at the back of the field so needs lots of luck in running, something he didn’t get when badly hampered a couple of weeks ago – he still ran on to finish second. He is well handicapped now and should be in the winner’s enclosure very soon.

DELL’S BOY still needs more time to develop and grow but he has been in regular exercise over the winter and should be making his debut in the new year.

You can join the N.E.T RACING CLUB for just £200 per year! More details are at the bottom of our OWNERSHIP page: http://www.juliafeildenracing.com/ownership.html

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Chloe and Gemma enjoy riding in the winter sun (Michael Smithson)

Oud Metha Bridge and Sarah work under a fiery sunrise (Julia Feilden)

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Bonnie keeps an eye on Mark the farrier (Ross Birkett)

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Year in review After a disappointing 2017, this year needed to be a better one and thankfully it was with a healthy tally of winners and our second best ever prize money total. Star of the show was TERRI RULES who gained four wins during a highly productive campaign which kicked off with success at Newcastle in May under Jimmy Quinn. It wasn’t long after this that her issues with the stalls started to show as she missed the start badly at Redcar the following time but soon made amends when scoring at Brighton under Shelley Birkett the following month (left). Another win by the seaside at Yarmouth came soon after and her memorable summer was capped with a brilliant last-to-first victory again at Yarmouth under an inspired Jamie Spencer (right) who was deputising for an injured Shelley – and it was on Terri she got the injury! After so much success, it is great that Terri Rules will be running next year for the N.E.T. Racing Club after her current owner decided to sell her. She is an ultra-tough filly who should give Club members plenty more days in the sun in 2019. Not far behind in the winners stakes was LIMERICK LORD who kept us warm during the winter with a trio of Southwell successes. Having gone two years without winning, many thought he never would again but owner Steve Clarke kept the faith and was rewarded with some proud moments. The winning spree started in March when he recovered from some early interference to come home just under a length clear under Shelley Birkett. A month later he was even more impressive when cruising home by over three lengths in an amateur riders’ race for Ross Birkett (left). Not to be outdone, Shelley got another win on the board again at Southwell

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in May when he made all the running and quickened away impressively. The only blot on his copybook is the fact he has never won on grass but he went very close to breaking the hoodoo with a handful of placed efforts (including four thirds in row) on the green stuff over the summer. Labelled a bit of a ‘Southwell specialist’ these days, he is sure to add a few more wins to his CV this winter. OUD METHA BRIDGE (below) is another model of consistency in the yard and his solitary win in 2018 doesn’t reflect his true achievements. Between January and July he ran eight times, never finishing outside the first three places in any of them. His rated rose from 74 to 84 and he gave his syndicate of owners some great days out after costing them just 10,000gns the previous October when bought from Ed Dunlop.

Also Mr Consistent is MAJESTIC MOON who got his head in front early in the year before filling up the kitty with a host of placed efforts in valuable races. All surfaces and ground conditions come alike to him but he does prefer a galloping track as demonstrated by his win at Southwell in January. More placed efforts at that track plus Yarmouth and Ascot gave his owners some enjoyable afternoons and he is back in action again ready for another winter campaign.

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A whole host of other horses managed to get a win on the board including: GAS MONKEY – winner at Kempton in April under Shelley Birkett for N.E.T. Racing Club. OCEANUS – winner at Yarmouth in May under Shelley Birkett for Good Company Partnership (right). GO ON GAL – winner at Southwell in May under Shelley Birkett for Go On Gal Partnership. LULU STAR – winner at Chelmsford in August under Joshua Bryan for owner Tommy Healy. CASEY BANTER – winner at Yarmouth in August under Josephine Gordon for N.E.T. Racing Club. BOXATRICKS – winner at Newcastle in November under Shelley Birkett for Million To One Partnership. WILSON – winner at Lingfield in December under Shelley Birkett for Adrian Sparks and Partners (below). CANDESTA – winner at Southwell in December under Hector Crouch for Jo Lambert.

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Four To Follow final standings Competition returns Spring 2019 – thanks for playing! Tony Peacock Simon Kirk Rita Aspland Mark Arlidge Rod Gleed Tony McGovern Dominic Lisle Paula Smith Ged Turley Jim Stevens Chloe Peacock Jonathon Andrews John Birkett Sam Feilden Leonard Wain Terry Mortimer Shelley Birkett Chris Shelley Trevor Fulller Robert Wright Malcolm Buy Martin Godfrey Ray Treacy Dudley Lever Alex Stearn Paul Skinner Ivan Gibbs Alayna Cullen Roger Halfpenny Eddie Partridge George Challoner Steve Moore Jack Jarvis Jon Dunning Colin Thomas Martyn Clark Daniel Payne John Heywood Sophie Feilden Julia Feilden

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Wayne Moore Paul Reis Chris Shirran Linda Wright Jean Allen Zoe Fuller John Wardle Steve Springford Trevor Mather Bill Aspland Nick Feilden Hannah Wain Geoff Walton Ann Buy Stan Thompson David Finan Steve Clarke Phil Gunning Scott Aspland Tricia Wain Clare Peacock Jane Shirran Maureen Case Margaret Buckley Sue Lever Amanda Pickup Gemma Whiffen Adi Tuddenham Richard Carter Michael Buckley Sharon Clarke Todd Clarke Sarah Macdonald Ross Birkett Tony Monk Adrian Stearn Don Merrick Poppy Fuller Ken Campbell Jen Cullen

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Albert Stevens Bryan Crossley Brian Pyrke Paul Jarvis George Hall Colleen Pyrke Eddie Jarman Eleanor Monk Carol Bushnell Michaela Carter Dee Clarke Annette Hall Eileen Turner Rob Weston Mark Jackson Eve Cullen Gay Chalklin Tony Birkett Tina Skinner Linda Walker Robert Stannard Ian Sparham Tony Wideson Brad Dines Heather Close Julie Feilden Barbara Walton Stephen Broadley Chris Sparham Mike Noble Pauline Kennedy Paul Robinson Jonathan Kinge Dillys Tucker John Tucker Paul Macdonald Thomas Rose Geoff Roberts

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Everyone at Julia Feilden Racing would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!

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