July Newsletter

JULY 2018

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 Rachel Davies & Storm Rock

With temperatures regularly recorded over 30 degrees in Lambourn a massive thank you must go out to the staff who haven’t wilted from their work and have ensured all horses have been kept as comfortable as possible. The staff also have been kept hydrated with regular cold drink deliveries and the odd ice-cream or two!

The warmer weather certainly hasn’t affected the Harry Dunlop winning formula with FLIGHT OF FANTASY (4yo) making all at Newbury over 1m2f to the delight of her owner/breeder Peter Deal and the family of the late Gerry Lowe. It was lovely to see this handsome daughter of Nathaniel record yet another win. On his last run JACKFINBAR (3yo) was just denied on the line a winning debut in France and this time made sure that it wouldn’t happen again when running out a clear winner of a valuable race at Sandown over 1m6f at 25-1 the outsider! It was great to see Kevin Freeman’s colours in the winners enclosure. GOLDINO BELLO (2yo) had showed some promise on his start at Ascot and was an impressive winner over 6f at the Newmarket July course on only his second start. This good-looking son of first season sire Anodin who was 2nd in the Breeders Cup Mile, was purchased at the Arqana May Breeze up 2018 sale. 

SPACE TALK (3yo) travelled to Haydock where she ran another brave race to finish 2nd again.  The evergreen JUST AN IDEA (4yo) returned to action with an encouraging 4th at Kempton Park. He then ran at Glorious Goodwood where the ground wasn’t quite soft enough but he was running on well at the end. ROMAN WARRIOR (3yo) ran twice during July and both times finished 2nd at Kempton and Chepstow. WILLINGFORSHILLING (3yo) ran at Lingfield Park where she finished 3rd over 1m1f. The Windsor House Stables Partnership horse GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) gave them plenty to shout about when 2nd over 1m4f at Salisbury.

EARLY MORNING – The White Horse of Lambourn

One of the all-time yard favourites EARLY MORNING (7yo) has been retired from racing. He was looked after throughout by the most dedicated of stable staff, Phil Donnelly who experienced every possible emotion with this horse over the last 6 years. EARLY MORNING ran 30 times over 7f-1m, 18 turf / 12 all-weather with a highest rating of 107 and won over £85,000 prizemoney.

When he arrived in the yard he was a rangy dark grey with a big knobbly head. At 2yrs he was placed twice from 3 runs. He then ran twice at 3yrs and was placed twice before breaking his leg at the end of an exercise on the gallops. It was a complicated break but combined with his amazing temperament, bravery and excellent medical care from Donnington vets he made a full recovery. At 4yrs in April 2016 he made it a winning return to the track. He then went on to win and be placed in more races. Whilst away on his winter holiday he developed he life-threatening condition Colitis. He then found himself back at Donnington Vets, Newbury where he spent weeks in intensive care. Phil visited him every single day making sure when he felt better there with an endless supply of extra strong mints. Again his will to live saw him survive an illness that normally proves fatal. He returned to Windsor House Stables for his rehabilitation. This extraordinary horse not only survived but the following Spring returned to the track where again he won causing many happy tears. Now aged 5yrs he took part in the international jockeys’ race meeting at Ascot, The Shergar Cup. Ridden by Hayley Turner they slipped the field and won the race to the roar of a hugely appreciative crowd. He raced at 6yrs and continued to win and be placed. He also travelled to Deauville where he added valuable Black Type in a Listed race. At 7yrs he still showed plenty of enthusiasm and was placed but his owners took the sensible decision to retire him whilst he was in good health and sound. He is now having a holiday with a view to go into a retraining program and then a suitable loan home will be found for him. His now distinctive pale grey body will be missed trotting though the village by many who would pop into the yard just to see him. He was always one of the most popular horses at the Lambourn Trainers Open Day. It has been an honour to have had him for his racing career and we all wish him a long and very happy retirement.

STABLE STAFF CHARITY RACE

Part of the Racing Welfare Staff Stable week celebrations saw two staff flat races. One was a Doncaster and the other at Newton Abbott. Malcolm & Alicia Aldis were very generous and allowed our Pupil Assistant, Rachel Davies, to ride their homebred super star STORM ROCK in her first ever race. The distance was a bit far but both jockey and horse returned home with huge smiles and a very well ridden 5th place. Rachel also raised over £800 for Racing Welfare.

 JOHN DUNLOP OBE

Thank you for the wonderful uplifting messages & cards of support offered to Harry since the news of John’s death. They have brought much comfort and have been hugely appreciated.  As many of you will have read in the papers and seen on the TV, John achieved some extraordinary race results and was a pathfinder for foreign racing. But it was what he achieved behind the scenes that so many people will be forever grateful to him. His immense work for the Stable Lads Association was unparallel. He was one of the key men who saved the Grand National. He was also a countryman at heart with a passion for livestock. He was renowned for his excellent eye when judging Show hunters and was equally successful in sourcing future Horse of the Year champions. His Beef Short-horn herd were constantly in the ribbons throughout the 20yrs he bred them from his base in Arundel.  He inspired immense loyalty from his staff and this was shown with great affection when over 70 old employees attended his funeral last Friday.

A Thanksgiving service will be held on Wednesday 19th September 2018 at 2.00pm at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge and everyone is welcome.

PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON-SURREY 100 RESULT

This year Harry took up the challenge to complete the gruelling 100-mile cycle ride known as the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise monies for Pancreatic Cancer UK. Throughout the long wet winter he was a regular sight in high viz lycra pedalling up and down the hills of Lambourn Downs. With the help of members of Velocity Racing he took part in some Sportive cycling events slowly building up the miles. After six weeks of sunshine and not even one spot of rain race day dawned and along with it came stormy winds and sleeting showers! This though did not deter our intrepid peddler and along with 22,000 other lycra clad friends he competed 100 miles taking him through south London to Epsom and the notorious Box Hill in Surrey. The finish was up The Mall. Christina and the boys were on hand to cheer him over the line. To date he has raised almost £10,000 with donations still coming in via his Just Giving page. An enormous thank you to everyone who has supported him whether it be financially, practical advice, training sessions, or moral boosting, it has all be hugely appreciated.  

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 HORSES FOR SALE

JUST ANOTHER IDEA 3yo half-brother to two Black type horses Just An Idea & Staisenzapenzieri.

Made eye catching debut at Kempton Park. This is a 10-share partnership. Only a couple of shares left.

1 x share @ £1,000+VAT purchase + £3,000 training fees one off

 GOLDEN IMAGE 3yo filly already a winner this season at Salisbury and placed 4 times from seven runs. Leased to Windsor House Stables Partnership where the emphasis is on having fun.

Few shares left @ £1,100 per share all inc. up until 31 Oct 2018 members share the prizemoney

 YEARLING SALES

In a  couple of weeks Deauville will see the first of the European Yearling sales

18-20 August  Premier Sale / 21 August V2 Sale                  ARQANA        Deauville, France       

28-29 August  Premier Sale / 30 August Silver Sale             GOFFS UK     Doncaster, UK

31 August        BBAG Premier Sale                                        BBAG              Baden Baden, Germany

4-5 September Osarus Yearling                                             Osarus            La Teste de Buch, Bordeaux

If you’d like to have a horse in training for 2018/19 season and savor that winning feeling Harry will be attending the sales and would be delighted to advise and answer any questions.

For more information:

Harry Dunlop + 44 (0)7880 891 895 / Christina Dunlop + 44 (0)7968 830 443

Office: + 44 (0)1488 73584 Email: info@harrydunlopracing.com

www.harrydunopracing.com

Windsor House Stables, Crowle Road, Lambourn, Berks RG17 8NR

Harry's London 100 ride!

 Harry with Tom & William at the finish line on Sunday!

Harry with Tom & William at the finish line on Sunday!

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At the finish line...

I completed the Prudential 100 mile bike today in very tough and pretty wet conditions and I would like to thank everyone who has sponsored me and raised money for Pancreatic Cancer UK, I think we are on the way to raising £10,000! 

June Newsletter

  The Windsor House Stables Partnership win at Salisbury with Golden Image

The Windsor House Stables Partnership win at Salisbury with Golden Image

JUNE 2018

The month of June saw runners at Royal Ascot, The Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby as well as a Double.

It is every trainer’s dream to win the English Derby and this year Harry had his first runner KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (3yo). This stunning son of Sea the Stars had won his trial in eye-catching style and went into the race with plenty of positives. He broke well and was in a handy position to tackle the hill but soon became involved with the O’Brien pacemaker where he was harried all the way up the hill and round Tattenham Corner. It was impossible to keep this pace up and last out the distance and at the 1m2f we knew our fate. He finished in the rear and was very tired post-race. On reviewing the race, it was felt that for his next run he would be ridden a little differently. Royal Ascot came too soon for him and his patient owner/breeder Mr Neil Jones and Harry agreed his next target should be the Irish Derby over the same distance held at the Curragh. He travelled over to Ireland overnight on the ferry to avoid the heat of the day and took the journey extremely well. The ground was riding fast but safe and the staff at the Curragh must be congratulated on producing such a good surface despite the heat and strong drying conditions. Frankie Dettori rode him. Again, jumped well and soon into stride with Frankie using his skills to keep his enthusiasm in check. About a furlong out it looked like we were in for a shout and overall, he was beaten 10 lengths. Frankie reported that it might be time to drop him back to 1m2f and build from there. Lots of positives from both races with the horse gaining valuable experience each time. The media support and good luck messages were overwhelming and hugely appreciated by everyone at Windsor House Stables and it won’t be long before this lovely colt is back in the winner’s enclosure.

Royal Ascot lived up to all its hype and provided an amazing week of racing. FIGHTING IRISH (3yo) was the first ever Royal Ascot runner for his owners Daniel MacAuliffe and Anoj Don. This gusty son of Camelot ran in the Commonwealth Cup Group 1 over 6f. Some of the biggest names in European sprinting took part. Fighting Irish ran a huge race to finish 8th / 22 runners beaten just over 2Ls by the winner and claimed the scalps of Invincible Army, Equilateral, and Sioux Nation. If a horse at the end hadn’t crossed him in the dying strides he would have been even closer. The jockey reported that if the ground had been easier he could have been in the top 3. Quite an achievement! France and better ground now beckon.

At the end of June from 39 horses 6 horses are now rated over 90 – EARLY MORNING 99, PIRATE KING 92, JACKFINBAR 91 with three rated over 100 – ROBIN OF NAVAN 110, KNIGHT TO BEHOLD   110, FIGHTING IRISH 106. This is some achievement from a small yard.

June also saw a spectacular across the card double win with GOLDEN IMAGE (4yo) giving the Windsor House Stables Partnership plenty to shout about when winning at Salisbury. This was a fabulous result also for her breeder Judy Maitland Jones. This filly has been part leased to the partnership after their other filly was unable to race this year. This was her first start for the team and they celebrated in style! (See below for shares available). Then 20 minutes later the half-brother of Dandino, PIRATE KING (3yo) won by 8 lengths at Doncaster only his third start. This colt is by Farrh who is producing some exciting offspring. He looks a lovely stayer in the making with still some maturing to come.

With the ground conditions getting dryer and faster the all-weather is a very useful alternative. BALLET RED (2yo) made her racecourse debut at Kempton Park where she just failed by the narrowest of margins to win. A wonderful start to her career and gave her owners the Ascot 9 lots to dream about.

JACKFINBAR (3yo) ran a big race at Sandown over 1m6f where he was just out of the frame. Feeling fresh and well he then travelled over to Compiegne, just north east of Paris, where he was just denied on the line to finish 2nd. He ran another super race and is getting better and better with each run. Seconditis seemed to be the theme for this month with SPACE TALK (3yo) just beaten at Wolverhampton. She has now run 3 times and been 2nd twice! JUST ANOTHER IDEA (3yo) brother to JUST AN IDEA made a very pleasing racecourse debut at Kempton park and would have learnt plenty from his experience.  

THE WINDSOR HOUSE STABLES PARTNERSHIP

One or two shares are still available in the Windsor House Stables Partnership. Leased from Mrs Judy the remainder of the 2018 flat season. GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) was a winner at Salisbury on her latest start last month and due to run very soon. She has now won and been placed three times from 6 runs. The partners get a share of the prizemoney and visits to equine places.

Few shares available £1,100 per share

HORSES FOR SALE

JUST ANOTHER IDEA 3yo half-brother to two Black type horses Just An Idea & Staisenzapenzieri.

Made eye catching debut at Kempton Park. This is a 10-share partnership. Only a couple of shares left.

1 x share @ £1,000+VAT purchase + £3,000 training fees one off

 YEARLING SALES

It is hard to comprehend but August will see the first of the European yearling sales.

18-20 August  Premier Sale / 21 August V2 Sale                  ARQANA        Deauville, France       

28-29 August  Premier Sale / 30 August Silver Sale             GOFFS UK     Doncaster, UK

If you’d like to have a horse in training for 2018/19 season and savor that winning feeling Harry will be attending both sales and would be delighted to advise and answer any questions.

GERRY LOWE

It was with immense sadness we heard the news about the sudden passing of Gerry Lowe. Gerry was a co-owner with Peter Deal including winning filly Flight of Fantasy (4yo). He was a charming person and a great racing enthusiast. He will be much missed by many and our thoughts are with his family.  

RED MISCHIEF

When Harry spent 1,500gs on a Red Clubs small bay filly with big ears and very little pedigree little did he realise what joy she would bring to so many owners. Bought for the Harry Dunlop Racing Partnership she won at Leicester over 6f on firm ground and was placed a few times. When it was time to sell she was bought for £3,000 by half the members as their first broodmare prospect. Headed up by Heather Royle she was sent to first season sire Showcasing where she produced a good-looking colt. At the foal sale he realised a staggering 82,000gs. He was then resold by his buyer as a yearling for £170,000 at Goffs UK Premier sale to Shadwell Stud. They named him Waqaas. He went into training with C Hills and ended up a winner and Group 2 placed. Her next colt was also a winner. She had two more colts both waiting to make their racing debuts. Sadly she died of colic two months after producing her first filly by Adaay. This much-loved mare will be hugely missed by her devoted owners and showed that anything is possible owning a racehorse and nothing is predictable.

 

Velocity Racing Trip

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The velocity Racing syndicate were treated to a long weekend's worth of cycling and excursions including the Chantilly training centre, a trip to the races and a visit to Monet's Garden. Harry is looking forward to next year's trip!

Flight Of Fantasy makes all to win at Newbury

FLIGHT OF FANTASY produced a strong staying performance from the front under Keiran O'Neil. A two-time winner over 1m4f in her career, she had plenty of early use made of her and responded gamely to pressure in the final quarter-mile to repel all challengers. We were delighted by the way she won and hopefully you will see her out again soon.

Across the card double for the team!

Golden Image won on her second start for Harry at Salisbury for her new connections and Pirate King won by 8 lengths to take the Maiden at Doncaster 20 minutes later. Congratulations to all connections, what a Sunday!

 Pirate King wins his Maiden, congratulations to everybody!

Pirate King wins his Maiden, congratulations to everybody!

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The Windsor House Partnership & Mrs Judy Maitland Jones collecting the trophy after Golden Image's win! 

May Newsletter

MAY 2018

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KNIGHT TO BEHOLD with Harry, Christina, Pat & Colum celebrating his victory in the Lingfield Derby trial.

 Last month saw ROBIN OF NAVAN placed in Group 3 & Group 2 races and FIGHTING IRISH in a Group 3 race. A truly awesome start to the Turf season but the month of May saw another two outstanding achievements. FIGHTING IRISH (3yo) became Harry’s first German 2,000 Guineas Classic runner. This was the colt’s first attempt over 1m run at Cologne race course on good/fast ground. He broke well and was straight up to the front and held second spot until just before the finishing line when he got tired but stayed on gamely to take 3rd place. This was Harry’s first ever Classic placed horse and a wonderful result for extremely loyal and patient owners Daniel MacAuliffe and Anoj Don. This colt is just so tough, loves his racing and gives his all. He could now go to Royal Ascot.

KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (3yo) finally made his much anticipated 3yo racecourse debut at Lingfield Park on the turf in the Lingfield Derby Trial over 1m3f.  At 2yrs he was 2nd by a nose on his debut at Newbury and then won his maiden at Newmarket. Ridden by his regular jockey Richard Kingscote he pinged out of the stalls and was straight up near the front. After 2f Richard realised there wasn’t any significant pace and rather than fighting to restrain his horse he let him bowl along in front. He then just kept extending and on the home turn the favourite Kew Gardens appeared to make a move but Knight to Behold kicked on again and went away to win by over 3l with another 7l back to the 3rd placed horse. It was quite breath-taking to watch and such a relief to see him fulfil the promise he had shown during his 2yo campaign. If all goes to plan the next stop with be The Epsom Derby on 2nd June. Pictured with him is Colum Hynes who looks after him and ironically his brother looked after the sire Sea the Stars.

Other notable results included SPACE TALK (3yo) who just lost out on the line by a nose when 2nd at Lingfield Park on only her second run. This lovely daughter of the late High Chaparral just keeps on improving for her owner Mr Kurt/Kingwood Stud.  FLIGHT OF FANTASY (4yo) finished 4th at Windsor over 1m3f and PIRATE KING (3yo) was unlucky at Bath where he slipped on the bend and was badly hampered but managed to finish 3rd on only his second start. PACT OF STEEL (3yo) ran another consistent race when 3rd at Wolverhampton. At Nottingham COASTAL CYCLONE (4yo) finished 3rd over 6f. WHISPERING SANDS (3yo) finished 3rd at Salisbury over 1m2f in a very hot maiden full of regally bred fillies.

THE WINDSOR HOUSE STABLES PARTNERSHIP

This year the WHSP’s first visit was to the home of the Household Cavalry in Knightsbridge, London to have a tour of the barracks and see the horses. Colonel James Gaselee (son of trainer Nick Gaselee) very kindly made sure the members of the syndicate had a memorable experience. James was also in charge of the military escort for the recent Royal Wedding riding Oracle alongside the carriage. They were able to see preparations for the forthcoming Trooping the Colour.

Mrs Judy Maitland Jones has kindly leased her homebred filly to the partnership for the remainder of the 2018 flat season. GOLDEN IMAGE (3yo) has already been placed three times from 5 runs. She ran an eye-catching race at Salisbury last time out and will run in the next couple of weeks.

Few shares available £1,100 per share, half shares avaiable.

HORSES FOR SALE

 JUST ANOTHER IDEA         3yo half-brother to two Black type horses Just An Idea & Staisenzapenzieri. Ready to run in June. 10 share partnership

1 x share @ £1,000+VAT purchase + £3,000 training fees one off

STAFF WELFARE

Here at Harry Dunlop Racing staff welfare is regarded just as important as horse welfare. Last week Racing Welfare introduced a new occupational health course for Mental Health. This proved to be very informative and a useful insight into a subject that often isn’t talked about and means we now have a resident qualified Mental Health First Aider.

 HARRY & PRUDENTIAL RIDE100

An enormous thank you to everyone who either bought tickets, attended his fundraising party on 19 May or donated to his JustGiving page. It was a fun packed night with plenty of dancing and rides (and falls) on the bucking bronco. The party raised over £3,000. These funds will all go to Pancreatic Cancer UK. On 29 July 2018 Harry will exchange tweed for lycra and take part in a 100-mile bike ride around London & Surrey in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. If you would still like to support him monies can be sent either to the office payable to “Pancreatic Cancer UK” or donated to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrydunlop1

 

 

 

April Newsletter

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The month of April was one of the coldest wettest in living memory with even a shower of snowflakes followed by winds and hailstones! This resulted in the turf Flat season having a number of fixtures cancelled due to waterlogged ground and other races being run on unsuitable extreme heavy ground not ideal for the majority of horses’ first run of the season.

LAURA KENNY (2yo) was one of our first two-year-old runners of 2018 at Kempton. Harry’s new cycling syndicate Velocity Racing (pictured) had their first taste of racehorse ownership and she ran an encouraging race first time.

Shining bright through the gloom were some fantastic Group results. ROBIN OF NAVAN (5yo) took in two races in nine days. Firstly, he tackled the Newmarket Rowley Mile Group 3 ridden by James Doyle where he looked half a furlong out to be the winner just tiring in the last 100m to finish a brave 4th behind some very good horses. Nine days later he ran in the Betfred 365 Sandown Mile Group 2 ridden by Frankie Dettori. The ground was desperate and yet he ran another mighty race holding 2nd place until 100m from the line where he finished 4th. Frankie was extremely complimentary about him and after a break he will be aimed at some exciting races in Europe. FIGHTING IRISH (3yo) by Camelot made his season debut at Newmarket in the recognised Guineas trial the Greenham Stakes Group 3 where he ran an excellent race over 7f to finish 5th just behind the winner James Garfield. As he enjoys the soft ground he then made a quick turn around and ran at Ascot in the Merriebelle Stable Pavilion Stakes Group 3 where he was the outsider and finished 4th just missing out on 3rd at the end. PIRATE KING (3yo) half brother to Dandino made a very eye-catching racecourse debut at Newbury and will be one to follow this season as he matures.

HARRY & PRUDENTIAL RIDE100 FUNDRAISER - TICKETS AVAILABLE

On 29 July 2018 Harry will slip into his lycra and take part in a 100-mile bike ride around London & Surrey in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. On Saturday 19 May he is hosting a fund-raising party post racing at Newbury in Lambourn. £30 per ticket to inc. food & drink and Wild West themed entertainment. If you’d like to attend or sponsor an element of the party, please contact Harry. It looks like it will be a “Wild Night!”. Otherwise if you’d like to make a donation help him raise funds for this fantastic charity which has affected too many friends and family monies can be sent either to the office payable to “Pancreatic Cancer UK” or to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrydunlop1

 

 

March Newsletter

New Stable Jockey!

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Rain, rain go away and don’t come back for a long time! The horses and staff have survived biblical rain, hard frosts, hail, snow storms & floods and yet everyone is still smiling. Hopefully now Spring has officially arrived, and the sun is out the horses will begin to blossom in readiness for the turf season.

This month has seen a few runners with the majority waiting for the better weather and turf. ROBIN OF NAVAN (5yrs) started his 2018 campaign with a trip to Chantilly (AW) for the Prix Montjeu where he finished a creditable 3rd only beaten just over a length giving nearly a stone away to the winner. He is in great form and holds some interesting entries for later in the year. EARLY MORNING (7yo) was an unlucky 4th in a Listed race at Wolverhampton just missing out on more Black Type. This wonderful old soldier needs good or fast ground, so this is a great time for him to have a short holiday whilst everything dries out. WHISPERING SANDS (3yo) ran another eye-catching race at Lingfield to finish 4th in a very hot maiden.

PONY RACING

Christina is taking a break from showing her pigs and has started training racing ponies! William Dunlop (10yrs) and his dun pony Seb (17yrs) made their pony racing debut at Ston Easton point to point earlier in March. To date he has had three starts and has been placed 3rd, 3rd & 4th. Most of the races are before or after racing at local point to point tracks. There is also a series of race days run by the Pony Club at bigger racetracks. It is every jockey’s dream to ride a winner at Ascot. For some it takes many rides to achieve for others it can be first time lucky. For William’s 4th ride he rode in the Novice Riders race at Ascot and was up against some seriously fast ponies and more experienced jockeys. In the paddock last minute advice was dispensed by his grandfather John Dunlop (pictured) and father Harry.  He broke well and stole the race at the home bend and came home to win by 2 lengths. Led in by his brother Tom it was a magical moment for everyone. Let’s hope this is a good omen for the rest of the season!!

 LAMBOURN TRAINER’S OPEN DAY

Sadly, this year’s Lambourn Trainer’s Open day was cancelled due to the extreme wet weather. All the carpark fields were sodden making carparking impossible. Nicky Henderson was the only trainer who was able to open his yard. Despite the rain falling and the ever-growing puddles the crowd of people was enormous raising lots of much needed funds for the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust which provides affordable housing for stable staff and their families.

HARRY & PRUDENTIAL RIDE 100 IN AID OF PANCREATIC CANCER UK

On 29 July 2018 Harry will slip into his lycra and take part in a 100-mile bike ride around London & Surrey in aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK. His training is well under way and he is often seen following the string home on his trusty bike. On Saturday 19 May he is hosting a fund-raising party post racing at Newbury in Lambourn. £30 per ticket to inc. food & drink and Wild West themed entertainment. If you’d like to attend or sponsor an element of the party, please contact Harry. It looks like it will be a “Wild Night!”. Otherwise if you’d like to make a donation help him raise funds for this fantastic charity which has affected too many friends and family monies can be sent either to the office payable to “Pancreatic Cancer UK” or to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harrydunlop1

 

February

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Laura Kenny 2yo vs Laura Kenny Olympic Team GB Cyclist

 From a small team of All Weather runners we have had some great results. The first runner of 2018 was FLIGHT OF FANTASY (4yo) who made a winning return to Kempton Park when bolting up by 5 lengths. It looked like she had gone too early, but she just extended her long legs and kept on running. Delighted for breeder Peter Deal & co-owner Gerry Lowe. This daughter of Nathaniel then headed off to Wolverhampton where she finished 2nd over 1m4f.

ASSANILKA (4yo) travelled to Lingfield Park to finish 3rd beaten a length over 1m2f. She then returned to the track where she so nearly won just beaten a nose on the line over 1m. It was an agonising head bob which saw her the winner just before and just after the line. A brave and gutsy filly who seems to thrive with age. The evergreen EARLY MORNING (7yo) raced at Lingfield Park over 7f Class 2 where he finished a gallant 2nd racing from the widest draw and giving 9lbs to the winner and beaten less than a length. Another brave effort by him. LOOKING FOR CARL (3yo) made his debut at Lingfield Park finishing an eye catching 4th. This son of Lope de Vega has been given time by his owners to mature into a lovely looking horse and hopefully their patience will be dully rewarded.

JACKFINBAR (3yo) ran another encouraging race finishing 4th at Wolverhampton. He is French bred and will be aimed at races in France to make the most of those valuable French Owner Premiums. By super sire Dubawi out of Roses for the Lady (runner up Irish Oaks) WHISPERING SANDS (3yo) made her eagerly awaited debut at Lingfield Park. She ran a great race with her best work at the end which saw her closing in on the front runners to finish 3rd beaten three lengths over 1m2f. An exciting filly to follow this summer.

LAURA KENNY & VELOCITY RACING

Last year Harry joined some cycling friends on cycle trip to the Somme battlefields. During the long road rides an idea was hatched to create a racing syndicate for those who also had a mutual interest in road cycling. Velocity Racing was the result. This year they have leased a Dutch Art filly out of Lottie Dod, named after the five times Wimbledon Ladies Tennis Champion. It was decided it would be fun to continue the cycling theme when naming the horse and it was suggested that they approach Britain’s No.1 Olympic and World Champion Laura Kenny who straight away agreed to have the filly named after her.

 LAMBOURN TRAINERS OPEN DAY - Good Friday 30 March 2018

A fantastic day out for anyone who loves racing or would like to know more. Between 8.30am-1pm nearly all the yards in Lambourn are open for visitors to have a look round, meet their favourite horse and see what goes on behind the scenes. As usual we will have the Easter Bunny bouncing around and various fun stalls. Then from 12.30pm-4pm the showground field by the Fibresand Gallop will host a number of entertainments inc. Jockey’s Show Jumping, Schooling over Fences, Camel Racing, James Dylan Stuntworld and more. There will also be a fairground and a wide selection of trade stands. Tickets £15/ £7 after 1pm and un12 free, car parking free. For more information and advance tickets www.lambournopenday.com

The recent weather has made it pretty unpleasant for both man and beast but the team here at Windsor House Stables have worked tirelessly to ensure all the horses needs are met despite battling with the elements. A record cold overnight temperature was recorded as -13!

January 2018

JANUARY 2018

FLIGHT OF FANTASY (4yo) kicked off the new year with an awesome 5 length win at Kempton Park. This imposing daughter of Nathaniel led from start to finish skipping away from the field. Later in the month she made her first visit to Wolverhampton where she finished a brave 2nd. It will be interesting to see how she runs on the turf later in the year.

Next up was ASSANILKA 4yo racing at Lingfield Park where she gave her owners plenty to cheer about when finishing 3rd.

Group 1 winner & sire Aqlaam’s half-brother CARACAS 4yo made his final appearance for his owner/breeder when finishing 4th at Chelmsford over 2 miles. He will now head to the Tattersalls February sale on 2 February Lot 430 and would make a nice NH prospect.

The evergreen EARLY MORNING 6yo gave another gutsy performance when racing at Lingfield Park where he finished 2nd giving the winner 8lbs and had the worse possible draw. This horse just never knows when to give up!

LOOKINGFORCARL 3yo made an eye-catching racing debut at Lingfield Park where he finished 4th giving his owners plenty to look forward to for the future. 

The team have been busy repainting all the stable interiors in readiness of the new intake. The majority of 2yos have now arrived and settled into their new routine. The older horses have all returned from their various holidays and have moved into the main yard. ROBIN OF NAVAN 5yo has received an invitation to compete in the Group 2 ITM Cup race in Doha, Qatar on 23rd February so may be adding another stamp in his busy passport.

AU REVOIR & THANK YOU

For 11yrs Sarah Scott has been first point of call in the office here at Windsor House Stables.  She joined Harry Dunlop Racing in its infancy and has been part of the roller coaster journey of a racing yard. At the end of January, she will be leaving us to pursue other interests. Her role started as Racing Secretary but has evolved into other areas of running a racing yard including invoicing and human resources. Accompanied first by her ridgeback dog Bailey then in recent years Romeo, her loyalty and dedication to the job has been unquestionable and she has been a key part of the team that has taken Harry Dunlop Racing from grass roots to Group 1 level. She has become not just a valued employee but a family friend. She is a very talented artist and sculptress as well as accomplished dressage rider. We wish her well for the future.

Joining the team is Jenny Newby. She has been involved with racing for most of her career including working for Ralph Beckett & Paul Cole and will be based in the office. The contact details remain the same info@harrydunlopracing.com / 01488 73584.

DATE FOR THE DIARY

Not to be missed, the wonderful Lambourn Trainers Open Day held on its usual slot

Good Friday, 30 March 2018.

 

2017 Review

Robin of Navan & Christina Dunlop Dec 2017

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Harry Dunlop Racing had a phenomenal international year. From a team of under 40 horses:

  • Group 1 Runner Up
  • Group 2 Winner
  • Group 2 Placed
  • Group 3 Winner
  • Listed Placed

Stalwart stable star ROBIN OF NAVAN 4yo travelled by Road, Sea and Air starting with a trip to France. He opened his account with an eye catching 4th behind future Prix de Arc de Triomph runner up Cloth of Stars in the Prix d’Harcourt Group 2 at Chantilly, beaten just 2 lengths. Next stop was the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan where he came agonisingly close to recording a second Group 1 victory when narrowly beaten by Mekhtaal in a pulsating finish with a record time. He quickly made amends by winning the Prix de Conde Group 3 in impressive style and another fast time. He then stepped up in trip and ran in the Grand Prix de Saint Cloud Group1 but halfway through the race incurred a muscular injury in his back. After some intense rehab he returned to sparkling form to finish 4th in the Prix de Moulin Group 1 over a mile behind Ribchester. A very impressive performance. Arc weekend beckoned, and he ran in the Prix Dollar Group 2 over 1m2f where he finished 5th in a blanket finish. With race options running out he ran at Newmarket in the Darley Club Group 3 where he finished 2nd to Monarchs Glen beaten only a length giving the winner almost a stone in weight. Then an invitation came from the Hong Kong Jockey Club to compete in their richest race the Hong Kong Cup over 1m2f for £1.2million. This was his first time flying. He ran a fantastic race finishing just out of the prizemoney and perhaps if the jockey had known him better he would have been considerably closer. He ran a total of 8 times either Group 3, Group 2 or Group 1 level and finished on a rating of 115.

Yard favourite EARLY MORNING 5yo showed he had lost none of his racing enthusiasm when returning to the track after a life-threatening illness. He was 2nd on his debut at Haydock beaten by a horse carrying a stone less weight. During the summer when the ground should have been to his liking the conditions kept changing which was most frustrating. In the Autumn he regained his winning ways with a tear jerking performance at Lingfield Park. He then travelled to France and finished the year with a fantastic 3rd in a prestigious Listed race giving his dam Summer’s Eve a wonderful pedigree update.

Camelot had his first season of 2yo runners and this saw his son FIGHTING IRISH 2yo reach the very top for his owners Daniel MacAuliffe and Anoj Don. This tough colt made his debut in May, ran 6 times, winning 3 races and placed twice. He won two class 4 races Salisbury and Yarmouth. The easy option would have been to find a small conditions race as his next target but that isn’t Harry’s style. Instead he travelled to France to contest the Criterium de Maisons Laffitte Group 2, one of France’s biggest 2yo races over 6f. Much to everyone’s delight he ran the race of his life to win with proven Group winner Nebo in 2nd.  What a way to finish his 2yo career!

Another 2yo colt to catch the eye was KNIGHT TO BEHOLD 2yo. This beautiful son of Sea the Stars so nearly caused one of the biggest betting upsets in the Haynes Hanson & Clark race at Newbury when just a flare of a nostril separated him and the winner on the line in his debut race. He quickly made amends when winning impressively at Newmarket.

FLIGHT OF FANTASY 3yo also added to the winners board when scoring impressively at Leicester. She was most unluckily not to have another three wins to her name during the season when losing out in photo finishes. She had 6 places to add to her tally. JUST AN IDEA 3yo made sure he was a winner at both 2yo and 3yo when winning at Lingfield Park he was also placed 3 times. RUM SWIZZLE 5yo continued to be the apple of her owner’s eyes winning once and being placed 3 times during the year. She is such a character and anyone riding her out needs to be ready for her exuberance bucks! Susan Abbott and her racing partnership owners had lots of fun with their horse VIKING HOARD 3yo who returned to Salisbury to the scene of his 2yo victory to win again at 3 years old. They also managed to sell him well at the sales at the end of the season. JACKFINBAR 2yo colt began to fulfil his promise when winning at the third attempt at Wolverhampton in a tough maiden. He also ran well in his second race at Chantilly in the Arqana Sales race on Arc weekend. This had a prize pot of euros250,000 and eligible for any horse bought the Arqana October Sale. A wonderful weekend was had by everyone.

Many others ran with much credit just missing out on a top podium finish. This included MISS TIGER LILY 6yo who had returned to the yard after a stint hurdling with Jamie Snowden. She ran 6 races and was placed 5 times. MY ILLUSIONIST 3yo was placed 5 times.  Brothers STORM ROCK & COASTAL CYCLONE amassed multiple placings between them. Others to finish on the podium included ROCK ON DANDY, CARCAS, ASSANILKA, CHILLALA, LIGHTSOME, DUTCH STRANGER, ARACHINA & STAR OF VENDOME.

 From a small team of 36 runners some incredible results have been achieved. None of the above could be achieved without the fantastic team here at Windsor House Stables. Led by Head Lad, Phil Wright the staff have worked tirelessly throughout the year in all sorts of weather conditions to ensure every horse has the chance to realise its’ potential. A huge thank you also goes to all our amazing owners whose patience and belief in Harry and his team have lead to some amazing results. 2018 looks an exciting year and who knows what might happen but one thing we do know is that Harry Dunlop Racing will continue to strive to achieve the best results possible for both owner and horse.

 Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and a “Winning” New Year!