Velocity Racing’s two day trip to Newmarket
PIRATE KING (4yo c) returned to the racecourse this season in bouncing form finishing an eye catching 3rd at Doncaster over 1m6f. He then went to Haydock where he just missed out on 3rd when caught on the line over 2m. This handsome son of Farrh is the half brother to the progressive late maturing horse Dandino.
It was lovely to see The Megson family colours crossing the line in first place at Salisbury with OOFY PROSSER (3yo g) winning in fine style. He is not the most straightforward horse and it was also great to give jockey Mitch Goodwin his first win since returning to racing and joining us at Windsor House. BALLET RED (3yo f) ran another gutsy race for her owner The Ascot 9 finishing a close up 3rd at Bath. From 9 starts she has only once been out of the prize money.
ROBIN OF NAVAN (6yo h) met with all sorts of trouble when racing at Newbury on Lockinge weekend. His jockey Ryan Moore admitted it was “terrible”. Luckily the horse is all well and will now be aimed at a race at Royal Ascot. KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (4yo c) travelled to Paris for the Prix d’Ispahan Group 1 over 1m1.5f for 4yo+. It was one of the most competitive running’s of the race with a number of proven horses at Group 1 level. He led for the majority of the race and in the last furlong couldn’t quite stretch them on the good going and was beaten 3 ¾ lengths. He returned safe and sound and will be aimed at some Group races over 1m2f.
CRANEUR (3yo g) was unlucky not to be in the frame when running a big race at Doncaster. He will most certainly come on from the race.
The first 2yo runner of the year was GOLDEN LIPS (2yo f). This daughter of first season sire and Derby winner Golden Horn travelled very well in the race at Haydock to finish just behind some very well-bred fillies. She is definitely one to keep an eye on for the future.
While it is lovely to work in sunny weather the ground is in desperate need of rain. This also applies to the racetracks. It has been frustrating not to be able to run but Harry doesn’t want to risk jarring up any horses on unsuitable firm ground, rain in forecast and hopefully his patience will be rewarded!
On 6th June 2019 we will be commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the D-DAY landings. Membury Airfield was used by the Americans to launch the 101st Airborne Division into France. Lambourn played its part billeting many of the soldiers and officers in various racing stables in the village. One of these was Windsor House Stables. According to local historians 9 soldiers were allocated per stable and the chimney holes from the tortoise stoves can still be seen in the back of the colt boxes in the main yard. The officers were housed in the main house. There is a memorial plaque in place next to the boxes and relatives of those who stayed here during the war are often welcomed and given a tour of the yard. There is a photograph of all those who departed from Lambourn on 5th June 1944 and there is also a list of those who did not return, sadly it was a high number. On Thursday 6th June 2019 we will be silent for a minute and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them.
In memory of the soldiers stationed at Windsor House Stables for the D-Day landings
THE HON SIR DAVID SIEFF
It is with immense sadness to report the death of Sir David Sieff. David was one of Harry’s original owners sharing horses with his wife Jeni. Their most successful horse with Harry was Robin of Navan whom they owned in partnership who gave them so much pleasure running in David’s famous turquoise blue colours with the distinctive white cap culminating in winning the Group 1 at Saint-Cloud. He originally had horses in training with John Dunlop and had many successes over the decades including the super stayer Orchestra Stall.
David cut an elegant figure at the races especially in his role as Chairman of Newbury racecourse and was always ready to listen and offer advice only if asked. His immense generosity with his time and support will be greatly missed as will his wonderful smile. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time.
THE PRUDENTIAL RIDE LONDON 100 MILES – Phil Wright & Rachel Davies
Head Lad Phil Wright and Assistant Rachel Davis have taken the Lycra lead from Harry and are both taking part in the 100 miles bike ride in July in aid of Racing Welfare. They are training very hard in the afternoons. If you would like to sponsor their great effort please go to http://www.justgiving.com/Philip-Wright24?utm_id=27 or send donations to the office payable to Racing Welfare.
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