After a memorable time of things last week whilst celebrating my birthday with a winner in the form of Terri Rules at Yarmouth, we were brought right back down to Earth at the same course just a week later.
Tarakona was a filly we were excited about running as all her homework had been very pleasing and she had such a great attitude to racing. Before a horse runs, in your head you go through all the scenarios which could happen - she could win, get a place but hopefully not finish last. The one thing you never even consider is that your horse won't finish the race but sadly in this case it was true.
At the halfway point of the five furlong race, Shelley quickly pulled Tarakona up after she lost her action and the first vet on the scene wasn't too optimistic about the horse's chances of surviving. Thankfully the second vet was a bit more hopeful and after plenty of pain relief, we took the filly home and had our vet give her an x-ray. Thankfully the injury wasn't life-threatening and a fractured pelvis is something that, given the proper recovery, will heal in time. It does mean that she will be out of action for a while and the first phase of her recovery is to be tied up for four weeks to prevent her from rolling and causing more damage. Like a human who is laid up with injury, I'm sure it is a bit tedious for her but she is being a great patient and has been very spoilt!
Apart from that, the horses continue to run extremely well with three of our other four runners all finishing in the placings. Even Boxatricks ran a career best in his third maiden race and he is one to watch now that he qualifies for handicaps.
We had a busy time off the track too with the Tattersalls July Sale taking place in town.
Over 800 horses went through the auction ring and we had spent plenty of hours sifting through the lots to sort the wheat from the chaff. It turned out to be a family affair after we bought two horses who are related to two horses already in the yard.
WILSON is a full brother to Oceanus who has won two races for us since we bought him last year and he looks the perfect type to improve for a change of scenery. He was an impressive maiden winner as a two-year old but hasn't quite matched that form since for Luca Cumani. He is a horse that we have followed throughout his career and I'm delighted that we could buy him.
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The second horse we bought is a half-sister to Our Cilla called TELEKINETIC who has yet to race but looking at the size of her you can see why - she is massive! She has obviously needed time to grow into her frame and Our Cilla didn't win until she was three-years old so this filly should give her owner Tommy Healy plenty of fun.
Thank you to everyone who attended the owners' barbecue last Sunday. It was organised a bit last-minute to celebrate stable staff week but plenty of you saw it advertised on this blog and turned up in good spirits. I can give you plenty of notice for our next event as it is already booked - the Julia Feilden Racing Golf Day will take place on Thursday 30th August at 12 noon with a barbecue for everyone at 5pm back at the yard. All are welcome!
Thankfully things will be a bit quieter this week as we just have two entries.
Sir Fred put up a career best when stepping up to 1m4f last time so hopefully another hike in trip to 1m6f at Wolverhampton on Monday will bring out more improvement. He has a great attitude and tries very hard so that should stand him in good stead. He is from a family of late-maturing stayers so he will win soon over this kind of trip.
The other runner will be Terri Rules at Yarmouth on Wednesday. She has had a great season so far with three wins on the board and came through late to get her head in front at the track last time. We have tried to freshen her up as she has had a busy time of things and hopefully there is still some more fuel left in the tank.
FOUR TO FOLLOW LEADERBOARD
Tony Peacock 94
Simon Kirk 94
Mark Arlidge 94
Rita Aspland 92
Paula Smith 88
Rod Gleed 87
Tony McGovern 86
Sam Feilden 84
Robert Wright 83
Jonathon Andrews 82
John Birkett 82
Dominic Lisle 82
I couldn't have asked for a better present on my birthday than a winner and luckily I got just that this year after Terri Rules put in a remarkable performance to win at Yarmouth on Thursday,
With a furlong to go, she and Shelley were trapped behind the leaders in fifth place and she looked to be in an impossible position but thankfully a gap came just in time and the pair bravely quickened through to win quite cosily in the end.
This was Terri's third win of the year and she has been a different horse since we dropped her back to five furlongs and used hold-up tactics. Hopefully there is still more to come too.
It was a great week overall runners-wise as not a single one disappointed.
Limerick Lord earned yet more prize money with a third place at Brighton despite feeling a bit flat after a busy spell recently. We'll give him a few weeks off to freshen up and it wouldn't surprise me if he made it four wins for himself in 2018 before the summer is out.
Amelia George's run at Wolverhampton on Monday caused quite a stir as she was gambled on from 100/1 into 10/1 and landed the each-way money by finishing second. None of us had had a bet but maybe it was the followers of the blog as I had said how she had spent the last four years since her previous race at the British Racing School before being kicked out as none of the students could hold her up the canter. Her owner John Ford thought she would be worth a try back in training and he was rewarded with an excellent run which she will improve significantly from.
Rounding off the good spell was Casey Banter and Lulu Star at Chelmsford on Saturday. Lulu hated the kickback early on but flew home for fifth once in the clear whilst Casey put in a career best to finish second and she looks likely to win a race soon on the all-weather.
Let's hope the good form continues as we have another handful of runners this week starting with Pitch High at Wolverhampton on Monday.
He is best on soft ground but there is no hope of seeing that for a while but he did win on the all-weather late last year. Ideally a straight track suits him too but there's only one of those on the all-weather in the country so again we are limited with options. He has a wide draw here though and that should suit him as he doesn't like to be crowded so hopefully he can get a position up the front and keep on galloping.
As ever, we are well represented at a Yarmouth meeting this week with two entries there on Wednesday.
Tarakona will be making her debut in the two-year old race and I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do. She has been very professional since we bought her from the breeze-up sales in May and her homework has been very good. You never know how they will handle their first taste of the races but she has the experience of the breeze-ups under her belt so you would think it shouldn't be too much of a shock to her.
Boxatricks will be going with her and he will be having his third career run. He needs this to get a handicap rating and it is in that sphere where he will be seen to better effect on soft ground.
Oud Metha Bridge hasn't run a bad race since we bought him last October but he is a better horse on the all-weather than turf. The handicapper knows this too though as he is rated almost a stone lower on the green stuff which will give him a realistic chance at Newbury on Thursday. They tend to water the grass well there so it shouldn't be too firm for him and the straight mile will be to his liking too.
Rounding off the week on Friday will be another stable star in Majestic Moon at Ascot. He rarely runs a bad race and surprised us on ground we thought would be too firm for him at Yarmouth last time when finishing second. Ascot is another course that is watered well and he has won there in the past so I hope he can put in a good performance.
**DATE FOR YOUR DIARY**
The annual Julia Feilden Racing Golf Day has been booked and is now open for entries.
We will again be playing at Newmarket Links Golf Club on Thursday August 30th, tee time 12 noon.
Like always, there will be a barbecue back at the yard afterwards from 5pm which is open to everyone, golfer or not!