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.


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