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.


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!!


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.


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