Lambourn Trainers’ Open Day 2019!
The weather continues to defy all logic. April turned out to be one of the driest on record. The Lambourn river has not even started running in Upper Lambourn which is almost unheard of and the Jockey Club Estates have been out with water bowsers dampening down the walk-back tracks which have become so dusty. Luckily the horses don’t mind, and this month has seen two Black Type results. KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (4yo) made his seasonal debut in the extremely competitive Gordon Stakes Group 3 at Sandown Park. On ratings alone on paper this race was more Group 2 level. Ridden by Oisin Murphy he settled beautifully, bowling along in front with Group 1 performer Crystal Ocean just on his shoulder. In the home straight they pulled well clear of the rest of the field with Knight to Behold finishing an honourable two lengths 2nd with another three and a half lengths back to the 3rd horse. It was a delight to see him run so well and frank his 3yo form.
The old warrior ROBIN OF NAVAN (6yo) was back to his best when contesting the Paradise Stakes Listed race at Ascot. This was part of the Royal Ascot Trials day over one mile. Rather than letting him front run he was asked this time to settle in behind. He came with a flying run and was unlucky not to get a clear passage and finished 3rd just behind 2,000gs runner up and Group 1 winner Barney Roy. A fantastic run showing all his wonderful want to win characteristics. Watching the replay with a clear run he would have gone very close – as it was, he was still excellent value at 25-1!
Malcom and Alicia Aldis very kindly let Rachel Davis, Harry’s assistant make her Amateur rider’s debut on their homebred COASTAL CYCLONE (4yo) at Salisbury. She was drawn extremely wide but didn’t panic in a large field of horses and allowed the horse to settle into a nice rhythm. At the end she rode a very tidy hands and heels finish to complete in 6th place. She also rode STORM ROCK in the Racing Welfare charity race last summer who coincidentally is Coastal Cyclone’s half-brother. Huge thanks to Malcolm and Alicia and all the team that helped.
The two-year olds have now been up the Straight Mile grass gallop and thought the starting stalls on Mandown. Some are more advanced than others and Harry has started to make some plans whilst some are having a short break out in the spring grass with a view to making their debuts later in the season.
BREEZE UP SALES
Harry will be in France for the Arqana Breeze up hopefully buying another Robin of Navan who was a graduate of this sale for 47,000 euros. 07968 830 443 / email@example.com
2-3 May Guineas Tattersalls Rowley Mile, Newmarket
10-11 May Deauville Breeze Up Arqana Deauville, France
24 May Goresbridge Tattersalls Ire Goresbridge, Ireland
The Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day 19th April 2019 Good Friday
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Lambourn Trainers Open Day. The weather was fantastic, and the horses all behaved beautifully constantly posing for photographs! Ted the show cob took a star turn in the Jockey/Trainer show jumping when filling in as a last minute replacement for Jamie Osborne’s intended ride, and William took part in the parade of horses on his racing pony Seb. Record monies were raised for the
Lambourn Valley Housing Trust and other local charities.
One of our owners, Nigel Scandrett, is standing for the Board of the ROA this year. Voting papers should have hit ROA members' doormats in the last couple of days. Nigel has over 40 years experience in advertising, leisure marketing, catering and hospitality and has pledged to use all his knowledge to forward the interests of owners, simplify the paperwork at the outset and to further enhance the racing experience for anyone be they in a syndicate, partnership or sole ownership. There are an unprecedented 16 candidates for just 3 places. Read his manifesto and vote for Nigel!
The Biggest Football Match Ever…!
Over 65 people turned up to take part in the football match raising over £800 in cash and more online. An enormous thank you to John Francome and the Lambourn Sports Club for all their help. Ben the referee did an amazing job, with two balls on the pitch - no wonder he had to have a refreshing pint at half time! William has now started his bike training culminating in taking part in the 78 mile bike ride on Saturday 7 September in aid of the Injured Jockeys fund in memory of his Grandfather John Dunlop. If you would like to make a donation www.virginmoneygiving.com/WilliamDunlop2 or cheques made payable to IJF.
PONY CLUB PONY RACING
Tom has had enormous fun racing his brother’s hunting cob Flicker (13hh) at two of the top racecourses in the UK. He has no wish to be a jockey or have a racing pony but he as he says can now tell everyone he has ridden up the famous Cheltenham hill and galloped up the iconic Ascot straight! Flicker has one pace and no gears which meant Tom suffered a stitch at the 4f pole and whipped in both times but was delighted to be there. Flicker will return happily to her day job of hunting and RDA.