November sees many of the older horses head off on their well earnt holidays. This can be back to their owners’ farms or off to local studs that offer turnout. The yearlings are all out at various pre-training establishments with some being backed to be ridden here at Windsor House Stables. Harry can visit all the horses and monitor their progression. This is one of the most important stages in a racehorse’s career as it will give them the confidence to cope with the next stages. If a horse isn’t ready to mentally or physically proceed then we will back off and restart again at a later date.
There have only been a handful of runners this month. These included CRACKAWAY (2ys), CRANEUR (2yrs) & BROOKLYN BOY(2yrs) all who look to be very promising for next season when hopefully their owner’s patience will be rewarded on the racetrack. ROBIN OF NAVAN (5yo) ran another courageous race at Newmarket in a Listed race. The ground conditions were described by his jockey Adam Kirby as “glue like” and he praised the horse for his bravery when battling to finish 3rd just missing out on 2nd on the line. He seems in tremendous form and Harry will be looking at international races for him this winter/spring 2019.
HARRY THE TV PUNDIT
Some of you may have seen Harry on Racing UK in the late afternoons/evenings during all-weather racing from Kempton. He was all prepared for hair and makeup sadly none of which was on offer! Watch out for more appearances in the New Year.
TED & BORIS & TEAL
Treacle (11yrs) Teal (5mths) Teasel (4yrs)
At the Owners Day our latest “guard dog” made her appearance. Teal is now 5mths old, another black Labrador and joins Treacle and Teasel. Not only do the dogs act as a good burglar deterrent but also, they are popular in the yard with members of staff whether it be for a game of football or just a comforting hug. Another key change in the equine team is the departure of Boris and the arrival of Ted. Boris, the grey cob has been offered a wonderful forever home which he has earnt after spending 5yrs here as nanny to the yearlings and hunt escort to the boys. He also spent 3yrs as Robin of Navan’s wingman giving him reassurance when out on the gallops. He ponied horses at the races and even took part in a charity race over 1m3f – 1m too far for his speed, when he raised over £3,000 for the Air Ambulance. He will be much missed, but he has a stunning replacement in Ted.
Ted or to use his show name Cochrane, is owned by Lucinda Freedman and together they won numerous Show Cob championships including Royal Windsor Horse Show and qualified for Horse of the Year Show six times in a row. He is 9yrs and retired from showing but she was keen for him to have an active non-showing home. He is having great fun teaching the yearlings what to do but not enjoying having to lose his show weight! He will be seen escorting the winner of the Ladbroke (Hennessy Cup) at Newbury on Saturday ridden by the whip of the Vine & Craven Hunt.
STAFF CHRISTMAS BOX
Outside the weather is horrible but this doesn’t stop our team from daily battling the elements to make sure the horse needs come first. If you would like to show your appreciation to the staff for all their hard work then please make a donation to the Christmas box. Last year your contribution to the Staff Christmas box was incredibly generous. If you wish to make a donation then please send cash or cheque payable to “Harry Dunlop Racing” to the office address. It is handed out equally just before Christmas and it is greatly appreciated.
HORSES FOR SALE
Unnamed Epaulette-Joyful Risk SMALL PARTNERSHIP
Strong bay filly by Australian sire Epaulette from a fabulous Black Type family. The dam has produced 8 winners. Could she fulfil that Royal Ascot dream?!
£3,000 purchase + training fees 65% available
Unnamed Mukhadran-Sabreon VELOCITY RACING
Bay filly sister to multiple winner Monycantbuymelove & 3rd in Nassau Grp1. You don’t have to be a keen cyclist to join this partnership but it does have the added bonus of additional organised bike rides inc. Deauville 2019.
£1,000 per share 30 share lease partnership with just 8 shares left
CHRISTMAS PRESENT IDEAS & EVENTS
The Injured Jockeys Fund Carol Service – Come listen to Harry in the Choir!!
The IJF concert will be held on Tuesday 11th December 2018 at Lambourn Church RG17 8XS at 5.30pm for 6pm. Always an amusing uplifting evening! This year Harry will be joining the choir to add volume! Tickets £15 available Oaksey House or 01488674 242 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Velocity Racing could be the answer to that difficult Christmas present conundrum! In 2018 Harry set up this partnership for those who enjoyed riding bikes and watching racing. Combined visits to racecourses & studs with fabulous cycle rides in stunning locations as well as a 4 day trip to Chantilly made it a very popular syndicate. For more information contact Harry at email@example.com / 01488 73584 / 07880 791 895.
BOOK OF THE YEAR - Peter Walwyn – True Stories
When Peter Walwyn died the family were inundated with wonderful amusing true stories all about Peter. His great friend Mark Smyly has put together a collection of these tales. It is available at the Ladbroke Festival Meeting at Newbury and from the author himself firstname.lastname@example.org all profits to go to the Lambourn Valley Housing Trust who provide affordable housing for racing staff and their families.