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.


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.


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.


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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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


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


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