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News Bulletin ...

Club Horses ... Entries and Updates ... latest news as at 3rd May 2022

What a SENSATIONAL SEASON - ten WINS from 36 races, and only missing out on prize money on three occasions!

Our next planned action is at Stratford on Sunday 15th May when Howdilyoudo will be back in action.

Our last race of the season was at Ffos Las on 7th April when HOWDILYOUDO returned from her winter break, ridden by Gavin Sheehan.  I have to say it was an incredibly windy day with 40mph winds head on up the home straight.  Howdilyoudo put in a gutsy performance, jumped beautifully throughout, but was unable to catch the winner and had to settle for 3rd place, beaten just 2 lengths.  This was a great performance after a 189 days break and we look forward to seeing her in action over the big fences through the summer.

30th March and we were back at Wincanton to see how ESPRIT DE SOMOZA could do - just 16 days after his win at Stratford.  Chester Williams was once again in the saddle and they were up against 5 others, but Somoza was unable to repeat his previous success and finished well out of contention.  It was obviously time for his summer holidays to begin!

So we had a few days away from racing but headed to Chepstow on 20th March to watch WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI and Sean Bowen in action.  There was only a small field of 5 in this Class 3 0-130 Mares' handicap hurdle and the trip was, we knew, on the short side for her but there were no other races available.  She ran really well, was in contention for much of the way and led 2 out but when the speed increased she weakened and finished 3rd beaten a total of 10 lengths. 

Our TENTH win of the season and a record for us!  Our third runner in three days ** ESPRIT DE SOMOZA ** ran on 14th March at Stratford ridden once again by Chester Williams.  It was the first meeting at Stratford and a beautiful sunny day with a good crowd hoping for some decent racing.  The ground was good to soft, perfect conditions, with an excellent covering of grass.  Chester rode a very tactical race keeping Somoza towards the back of the field, relaxed in a good rythymn, he moved through the field along the back straight, and turning for home challenged for the lead.  His jumping was excellent, apart from one little error, and he stayed on to win by of a length.  So exciting, and his 2nd win over fences.

The very next day we travelled to Warwick to watch IN REM in action with Chester Williams.  In Rem was going for his fifth win on the bounce (four for Chasing Gold) but it was not to be.  Previously he had loved his visits to Warwick but on this occasion he made no impression and, after such a busy and successful season, we decided to put him away for a well earned rest.

12th March and we were off to Sandown to see FAIRY GEM compete in the Listed Mares' Flat Race over 2 miles on extremely soft ground.  Sean Bowen was in the saddle and the pair were up against eleven top class mares.  Interestingly the horse that beat her at Cheltenham, Mullenbeg, was also running.  She settled well travelling in midfield, made smooth headway 2f out, went 3rd inside the final 110 yards and stayed on nicely.

Tuesday 22nd February 2022 and we were off to Taunton with TWO runners - ESPRIT DE SOMOZA and WHITE HART LADY!  It was going to be an exciting afternoon as they were both quite fancied in the betting with odds at around 5/1 or 6/1.  First up was Esprit De Somoza who has performed so consistently for us.  Chester Williams was riding and he got the horse into a lovely rhythm, jumping beautifully, and was leading coming in to the final fence, but the favourite, who was about 4 lengths back in 3rd at the time, put in an amazing burst of speed and we were just beaten.  It was a great performance, though, and Esprit De Somoza picked up over 2,000 for finishing second.  Next up was White Hart Lady who was being ridden by Brian Carver.  She ran prominently, in the first 3 throughout, leading for much of the way, and really putting the rest through their paces, but had to settle for 3rd place as she couldn't catch Flying Nun, the favourite, but we did top up the prize money pot.  Interestingly, Flying Nun is a half sister to our lovely Fairy Gem - both from a very impressive family! 

Our NINTH win of the season!  On the same card at Warwick on 12th February ** IN REM ** was trying to knock up five wins on the bounce - and FOUR of those for Chasing Gold - could he pull it off?  Well, yes, of course he could!  There was an exciting finish with Colonel Manderson trying to spoil our fun, but Chester Williams merely gave In Rem a couple of slaps down his neck and we crossed the line 1/2 a length in front! 

Saturday 12th February - Warwick - we have TWO runners - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI in the Listed Class 1 Mares' Hurdle Race and In Rem in the Class 4 Handicap Hurdle Race.  First up was Whitehotchillifili who was up against three very talented mares and she did her best to run the finish out of them, but could not match them on the fast ground (she loves really deep, heavy ground), so we had to settle for 4th place, but she picked up over 1,300 in prize money. 

On Saturday 29th January we headed to CHELTENHAM - the Mecca of NH racing!  FAIRY GEM was running in the Listed Mares' Bumper which had been re-scheduled after Market Rasen was abandoned the week before.  This was Fairy Gem's second ever run and she had Jonny Burke in the saddle.  We didn't really know how good she was as her Plumpton win was difficult to assess.  Jonny advised he would settle her off the pace and wait before making his attack, which is exactly what he did.  With about 1 furlongs to go Fairy Gem was in the pack but when Jonny pulled her out to the nearside rail she flew up the Cheltenham hill and managed to take 2nd place, beaten 5 lengths by Mullenbeg.  To finish 2nd in a Listed Bumper - at Cheltenham - at odds of 20/1 was absolutely amazing and we are thrilled with both our mare and jockey!

Tuesday 25th January WHITE HART LADY took us up to Leicester to run in the Conditional/Amateur Jockeys race where she was ridden by Joe Anderson.  She put in an accomplished round of jumping and turning for home had a nice lead, but Joe didn't see the opposition breaking through the ranks and as they headed towards the finish, she was beaten by a whisker!  Such a shame, but she didn't know she hadn't won and it will have done her confidence the world of good.  We look forward to seeing her in action again very soon.

Saturday 22nd January and we are at Ascot once again with WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI in a Grade 2 Class 1 Mares' Hurdle with Jonny Burke riding for us again.  There were only 5 runners and we knew there was no way we could win because, once again, Whitehotchillifili was weighted out of it, but we hoped she would get round, and hoped for 4th place.  Well, she ran a blinder and turning for home was in 2nd place but was caught by "My Sister Sarah" and had to settle for 3rd place, but picked up a nice pot of prize money and we were thrilled with her.  What a gutsy mare!

Thursday 20th January and ESPRIT DE SOMOZA ran at Wincanton, ridden by Chester Williams, and a field of 9 went to post.  Somoza was going well, jumping nicely, when Mont Saint Vincent unseated his jockey and the loose horse continued running directly in front of our boy which forced Chester to continually niggle at Somoza which didn't do him any favours.  Turning for home, with the loose horse out of the way, Somoza moves into 4th place but it was going to be hard to catch those ahead.  However, he digs deep and flies the last 3 fences and manages to take 3rd place which we were very happy with.

8th January 2022 took us to Sandown to watch WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI compete in a Class 1 Listed Mares' Hurdle over 2m 3f and there were just 5 runners.  We knew she couldn't win as she was carrying top weight and giving 16lbs to Martello Sky (who won).  Whitehotchillifili was weighted to come 5th, but she did better than that and finished 4th - an heroic performance and we were thrilled with her.

Our 8th WIN OF THE SEASON came once again from *** IN REM *** - he made it a hat-trick for Chasing Gold and a four-timer for trainer Jane Williams!  The ground at Warwick on New Year's Eve was heavy, and In Rem was running over a longer distance than ever before - 3m2f - and the opposition was tougher than in his previous races.  Nevertheless, he put in a brilliant performance and showed real finishing speed to beat Bean In Trouble by half a length!  Such an exciting run!  See our "PRESS CUTTINGS" page for the report that was featured in the Racing Post.

Our 7th WIN OF THE SEASON came the very next day!  ESPRIT DE SOMOZA ran at Wincanton on Tuesday 14th December 2021 in his first chase since March 2021and was given a brilliant ride by Chester Williams who took care of him and Esprit De Somoza gained in confidence at every fence.  He won easily and we look forward to seeing him compete again over the bigger obstacles.

6th WIN OF THE SEASON - FAIRY GEM WINS ON HER RACECOURSE DEBUT! - What an INCREDIBLE performance from our lovely mare FAIRY GEM!  She ran at Plumpton on Monday 13th December, ridden by Sean Bowen, and when turning into the home straight she looked like she had missed the break, but she battled well and galloped to the line, just managing to get her nose in front.  This is a very determined horse!  Onwards - and upwards!

WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI made her seasonal debut at Sandown on Saturday 4th December, ridden by Lorcan Murtagh, finishing 6th but ran an excellent race only beaten 9 lengths by the winner to whom she was conceding 18lbs.  We look forward to her next run at Sandown on 8th January 2022.

5th WIN OF THE SEASON WITH IN REM WHO WAS COMPLETING HIS HAT-TRICK!  this time at Wincanton on 2nd December, ridden again by Chester Williams.  He was the star performer of the day according to the Racing Post, he was on a steep upwards curve and would be hard to oppose in his quest for a four timer.  Jane Williams, when interviewed, said "He was very impressive but he is just doing what I thought he should do.  I don't know where the ceiling is with this one, it is quite exciting.  He is a very nice horse and looks the part."

4th WIN OF THE SEASON was courtesy of IN REM, our latest acquisition, winning at Exeter on Sunday 21st November, ridden by Chester Williams.  There was a large field of 19, and Chester managed to settle In Rem just behind the leaders.  He travelled well throughout and, turning for home, moved smoothly into the lead whilst the rest were off the bridle.  He jumped the last three hurdles nicely and cruised home to a very comfortable win.  The handicapper will punish him for that, but we are just delighted that we have a real horse in our string!  So exciting!

Our 3rd WIN OF THE SEASON came at Fontwell on Sunday 14th November when our darling WHITE HART LADY won her first hurdle race, ridden by Lorcan Murtagh.  It was a close finish and she won by just a neck but that was all that was needed!

On 17th November we headed off to Warwick to watch ESPRIT DE SOMOZA in action, ridden by Chester Williams.  He ran nicely, jumped well, but lost ground approaching the last and finally finished 4th - but still won us some prize money!  What a consistent horse!

GALLANT COMMANDER also ran at Fontwell on Sunday 14th November, but he never really got involved in the action and was pulled up.

ESPRIT DE SOMOZA was back in action on Sunday 24th October at Wincanton having his first run after a wind op.  He ran well, finished 4th beaten 8 lengths by a horse he was giving 9lbs to, so he ran to his handicap mark. He jumped beautifully throughout and turning for home looked like the winner, but he could not catch the leaders.  We look forward to seeing him again soon.

WHITE HART LADY also ran at Fontwell on 20th October, ridden by Lorcan Murtagh, and put in a good performance, finishing 3rd of the nine runners and only beaten 4 lengths.  She was kept prominent throughout and jumped very well and seemed to be really enjoying herself.  She lost 2nd place after the final hurdle but did well to hold onto 3rd, and added to the growing pot of prize money!

GALLANT COMMANDER made his debut in Chasing Gold colours in a Maiden Hurdle race at Fontwell on Wednesday 20th October 2021 ridden by Lorcan Murtagh.  This was only his third ever run, after a 163 day absence, so we were looking forward to seeing how he coped running over 19f for the first time and on soft ground.  He did not figure in the finish, coming 12th of 14, but he jumped well and should come on nicely for the run.

HOWDILYOUDO thrilled us once again at Warwick on 30th September with Gavin Sheehan in the saddle, emulating his tactics last time out at Worcester.  Running from off the pace and jumping perfectly, she cruised passed the tiring horses but was unable to catch the winner, but held on resolutely for 2nd place.  She is such an exciting mare and has had a terrific summer of action, but now that the faster ground is being replaced by soft or heavy conditions she will have a little holiday before being brought back for a summer campaign over fences in 2022.  Howdilyoudo has had six runs this season, won twice, finished 2nd twice, plus a 3rd place and added nearly 8k to the prize money pot - can our other horses beat that???? 

Worcester was our target for HOWDILYOUDO on Wednesday 1st September.  She was in a very competitive 7 runner hurdle race and her jockey, Gavin Sheehan, tried different tactics, holding her up at the back of the field until the home straight when he brought her out to make a challenge.  She gamely passed five tiring horses but even though she pinged the last two hurdles she could not quite catch the favourite who won by 1 lengths.  This was a very impressive run and we were delighted with her.

26th July and back to Newton Abbot once more - this time ESPRIT DE SOMOZA was in action and, once again, managed to take 3rd place - more prize money!

2nd WIN OF THE SEASON ... Uttoxeter was our next destination to see HOWDILYOUDO in action and she put in a determined effort to win by a neck after being nearly knocked over jumping the last hurdle.  Tremendous performance, full of guts!

On 2nd July we were once again back at Newton Abbot, this time to see ESPRIT DE SOMOZA in action and, once again, he ran well and, once again, took 3rd place!  Not a win, but he is collecting prize money!

ESPRIT DE SOMOZA made his first appearance in Chasing Gold colours at Newton Abbot on 21st June and, seeing it was his hurdle race for a long time, did really well to finish 3rd.  We were delighted with him.

On 5th June HOWDILYOUDO ran at Worcester once again and put in a gallant effort but had to settle for 3rd place.  Maybe having three races in just five or so weeks was a bit too much for her.  Anyhow, she has come out of the race well and we will see her in action again probably at the beginning of July. 

1st WIN OF THE SEASON ... HOWDILYOUDO ... back in action on 27th May at Worcester and, ridden by Gavin Sheehan, she put in an exemplary piece of work and WON!  Our first winner of the season!  Obviously we were all thrilled.  The penny appears to be dropping. 

On 5th May we ran HOWDILYOUDO at Newton Abbot but the track, which is quite sharp, did not suit her and she finished 6th on that occasion.

 

Action during the 2020/2021 Season :

Tuesday 16th March, Day One of the Cheltenham Festival, and WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI was back in action in the Close Brothers Mares' Hurdle (Registered As The David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle) (Grade 1) (GBB Race).  Unfortunately for her the ground was too quick and she was unable to go the pace.  Her jumping was excellent and if the ground had been heavy we would have seen a very different result, I am sure. 

On Monday 15th February 2021 WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI was back in action at Warwick in another Listed Hurdle but, after her best ever performance on 2nd January (see below) she ran an absolute stinker!  She had been working well at home so we are at a loss to know what the problem was. I think Harry is the most surprised of all and he told me she was full of herself when exiting the lorry when she got home.  Fingers firmly crossed that it was just one of those days

WHITE HART LADY raced at Warwick on Wednesday 3rd February, ridden by Sean Bowen, and put in a clear round of jumping but could not feature in the finish, finally coming home in 8th place of the 14 runners.  This will surely help her confidence, though, and we look forward to seeing her back over hurdles in due course. 

On Saturday 30th January 2021 HORATIO HORNBLOWER travelled to Doncaster and put in a valiant performance but finished 5th beaten 31 lengths. He was clearly enjoying himself for most of the race, up with the leaders until the 14th fence, when he made a small error and could not hold on to third place, finally finishing 5th.  He did bring home a small prize.

LISTED WINNER - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI - SANDOWN - 2nd JANUARY 2021

Our FIRST EVER Listed Win came from WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI at Sandown on 2nd January 2021 when she took on the Evens favourite Stormy Ireland (Nicholls/Cobden) and beat her in the closing stages, winning by 3 lengths.  Sean Bowen was in the saddle and a field of six were vying for the valuable Black Type.  Whitehotchillifili settled in 4th or 5th place, was in a good rhythm, behind the leader, Stormy Ireland.  Turning for home our mare began to close the gap with the leader and, although we flattened the second last hurdle, Chillifili was very determined to get her nose in front and jumped the last beautifully to go on and win nicely.  Such a shame no Owners could be present, but Harry Fry gave a lovely interview.  The photo below shows Whitehotchillifili (on the right) in the closing stages, alongside Stormy Ireland

New Year's Eve and we were off to Warwick with HORATIO HORNBLOWER, ridden by Kevin Brogan.  Horatio put in a great performance to finish 3rd and we were delighted with him and the ride from Kevin.

LYDIA VIOLET ran at Wincanton on Boxing Day, 26th December, in her second hurdle race.  The tactics were to settle her in behind, but she started towards the back of the field, was not fluent over the first three hurdles, and by the time she had settled into a good rhythm she was too far behind to feature.  She is still learning and Tom George was happy enough with her.

HORATIO HORNBLOWER returned to Doncaster on 11th December, the scene of his victory last December, but this time had to contend with 4th.  He ran well, jumped perfectly, but was up against tough opposition.

On Friday 4th December HOWDILYOUDO travelled to Sedgefield but the conditions underfoot were dire and she was pulled up.  We need to wait for better ground before we see her at her best.

Also on 4th December WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI ran in a handicap hurdle over 2m5f at Sandown but found one too good - the better handicapped Empressive Lady (carrying 15lbs less) beat her by 3 lengths.  Our mare put in a great performance and we cannot wait to see her out next month in the Mares' Listed hurdle.

LYDIA VIOLET made her hurdling debut at Leicester on Thursday 3rd December, ridden by Gavin Sheehan.  The ground was heavy and although she ran prominently, in the first three or four throughout, she was unable to get the trip.  She came out of the race well and will have learnt a lot.  Her jumping was excellent and we should have lots of fun with her.

Also on 3rd December WHITE HART LADY ran in her second hurdle race, this time at Wincanton.  She was running well, finding her rhythm, when she slipped 3 out and unseated her rider, Sean Bowen.  She was a little sore afterwards as she got bumped by another horse, but is back in full training and should be out again soon.

And now for a very sad announcement, the sort we never want to make.  Very sadly we lost OUTOFTHISWORLD at Kempton on Monday 9th November.  It was her first chase of the season and her jockey, Sean Bowen, said she had been travelling well and jumping like a stag when the fancied Dame Du Soir fell immediately in front of her.  Outofthisworld had to swerve violently, which may have unnerved her, and at the next fence she landed awkwardly and in so doing broke her leg and had to be destroyed.  We are obviously very upset - we have owned her since she was a foal and she was a very special and valuable mare.

HORATIO HORNBLOWER took us to Sandown on Sunday 8th November when he ran in a Veterans' Chase and we were delighted to have Bryony Frost in the saddle - her first ride for Chasing Gold!  Unfortunately the ground was on the fast side which did not suit him, and after a couple of minor jumping errors he had to settle for 7th place.  When he gets his favoured soft ground we are sure he will be back in the Winners Enclosure!

LYDIA VIOLET made her racecourse debut in a bumper at Warwick on Friday 6th November and, I am delighted to report, she ran really well.  Ciaran Gethings was in the saddle and he was very happy with her during his post race de-brief.  Her attitude was excellent and she behaved herself impeccably!  We look forward to seeing her run in her first hurdle race around the end of November.

WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI took us to Wetherby on the Charlie Hall Chase day, Saturday 31st October, and ran in the Listed Mares' Hurdle up against much more experienced mares.  She ran very well but the race was not run to suit and when they sprinted for home she could not stay the pace, finishing 5th which is not a disgrace in a Listed event.  She picked up some prize money which all goes in the pot.

WHITE HART LADY ran at Uttoxeter on Friday 30th October in her first hurdle race, partnered by Jonjo O'Neill Jnr.  She was travelling very sweetly but made a jarring error at the 6th hurdle which effectively destroyed her chances.  She has come out of the race fine and will run again shortly.

HOWDILYOUDO ran at Ludlow on 22nd October and performed beautifully, finishing 3rd and beating decent opposition, picking up more prize money on the way.  Jamie Snowden and Page Fuller were delighted with her performance, and she should give us lots of fun.

HORATIO HORNBLOWER ran at Chepstow on 9th October but the ground was too quick for him.  He put in an impressive round of jumping but finished down the field.  If nothing else it was a good "pipe opener" for him and we look forward to seeing him run at Sandown in the Veterans' Chase on November 8th.

HOWDILYOUDO was our first runner - she made her hurdling debut at Market Rasen on Saturday 26th September and was up against much more experienced opposition so we did not expect her to finish in the frame (although Jamie was very happy with her work at home).  She ran really well, jumped nicely and finished a creditable 4th.  We were delighted.  Click HERE for the race report.

 

During August 2020 we held stable visits to see Tom George (training Lydia Violet) and Jamie Snowden (training Howdilyoudo).  Both mares are doing really well and both trainers are really pleased with them.  We had planned to visit Nick Williams, Colin Tizzard and Harry Fry during the autumn but Covid restrictions have forced us to postpone these events.

So, we are ready to roll!

Below is a lovely photo of Outofthisworld taken by Harry Fry on 4th September 2020 ...

 

 

Click HERE to view our statistical summary courtesy of the Racing Post

 

 

Action during the 2019/2020 season ...

 

Consistent rain, abandoned meetings, red hot favourites denied a run ... and now its CORONAVIRUS!!! The 2019/2020 season may have ended a little prematurely, but overall we have had a very successful year and achieved FIVE wins from TWENTY races, in fact there were only five races when we didn't win prize money!

 

 
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White Hart Lady was due to run in the Listed Bumper at Sandown on Saturday 7th March 2020 but the meeting was abandoned due to a waterlogged course.  The race was re-arranged at Kempton on March 14th, where the ground was much quicker and did not play to her strengths.  Chasing Gold took a box - grandstand view, 2 course lunch, fantastic facilities, and it was an exciting and fun day out to see our lovely mare contest one of the most prestigeous Listed Mares bumpers in the calendar

 
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WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI WON - again - over hurdles at Exeter on Friday 21st February 2020.  This was her second win over the obstacles and Sean Bowen gave her the perfect ride - confident, competent, she tracked the leader and made her move two jumps from home, drawing along side then pulling clear to win by 3 1/4 lengths.  Tremendous result, especially as the meetings for her previous 4 entries, all as odds-on favourite, were abandoned.

 
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Queen of the Wind ran at Doncaster on Thursday 6th February 2020.  It was a sunny day and consequently 6 of the 10 hurdles were eliminated due to low sun, which turned the race into more of a flat race.  Jumping is her strength, so the gods were against her.  She finished 10th of 16.  Has come out of the race well and will run again when we can find a suitable race - hopefully no low sun next time!

 
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Outofthisworld took us to Taunton on Saturday 18th January to run in her second ever chase.  The ground was heavy but she ran really well and handled the conditions.  Two fences out she was vying for the lead when she cleared the fence but slipped on landing.  Our jockey, Bryan Carver, hit the deck but luckily both horse and rider were soon up and fine.  Such a disappointing end to a very exciting run.

 
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White Hart Lady took on "la creme de la creme" of UK/Irish mares in the Listed Bumper at Market Rasen on Thursday 16th January 2020.  Sean Bowen kept her handy but she was no match for the winner, Willie Mullins' trained Panic Attack who is a seriously good filly.  We came 5th but have to be pleased with her performance, and giving 11 lbs weight to the winner meant she wasn't beaten that far.

 
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Horatio Hornblower blew it at Sandown on Saturday 4th January when competing in the Veterans' Final at Sandown.  Having travelled easily in 4th or 5th, he unshipped his jockey, Chester Williams, at the third last and our hopes were dashed.  Horatio continued galloping to the line, nearly taking out the favourite in the process, and has come out fine after the race.  He is absolutely fine and will compete in other Veteran races over the next couple of months.  Exciting prospect.

 
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WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI gave us a belated Christmas present when she hacked up at Wincanton on Boxing Day.  A fantastic performance. 

 
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Outofthisworld ran at Exeter on Thursday 19th December in her first ever chase.  The ground was bottomless but she managed a clear round and learned a lot from the experience.  She finished 3rd and we were delighted with her.

 
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HORATIO HORNBLOWER ran at Doncaster on Friday 13th December - unlucky for some, but not us! Ridden once again by Chester Williams, Horatio put in a lovely performance to win after a thrilling battle.

 
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Outofthisworld:  is entered to run at Exeter on Thursday 19th December and will be ridden by Sean Bowen.  This will be her first time over fences

 
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White Hart Lady ran in a Listed Bumper at Huntingdon on Sunday 8th December but failed to feature in the finish - Chasing Gold members know the reason!  She is absolutely fine and will be entered to run in the Listed Bumper at Market Rasen in January.

 

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HORATIO HORNBLOWER blew away the opposition at Ffos Las on Sunday 10th November!  Ridden by Chester Williams, he loved the heavy ground, he jumped

        the chase fences with ease, and stayed on gamely to win by 8 lengths.

 
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WHITE HART LADY ***WON*** ON HER RACING DEBUT AT AINTREE! 

She was mightily impressive and this was a tough bumper against much more experienced opposition.  Harry Fry has always thought a lot of her, and his faith was rewarded by a terrific run,

ridden by Sean Bowen, using just hands and heels while the rest of the field were flailing around from 3f out.  Our new Super Star!  (see photo on the right)

 
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Howdilyoudo made her racecourse debut at Fontwell on 23rd October and, having led all the way, put up a decent battle to claim 3rd place.  Very happy with that.

 
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Mythical Jewel has a minor injury and is currently on box rest.  Nothing serious, just takes time to heal!

 
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Lydia Violet is enjoying her training and has settled in well with Tom George, she is also cantering and another who will start off in mares bumpers.  No race planned as yet but she is not far away.

At the beginning of September many of our members attended the Jamie Snowden and Colin Tizzard Owners' Lunches and saw their horses being paraded and heard the plans for each for the coming season, and afterwards both trainers provided delicious food and drinks.  Jamie laid on a steel band and Colin had a big screen showing Team Tizzard memorable moments of last season.  These events are always really interesting and great fun.

We held a stable visit to Nick Williams towards the end of September and saw both our horses being exercised.  Nick also gave us a tour of his yard and then we were all treated to a splendid lunch.

During October we visited Harry Fry and had a gloriously sunny day watching our mares on the gallops - Outofthisworld, Whitehotchillifili and White Hart Lady.  they all looked really fit and well.

We have arranged a visit during November to Tom George which will be a first for our members as we have only just joined his yard.  Sure to be an interesting day and we look forward to seeing Lydia Violet being put through her paces.

Further visits will be arranged during the season to Colin Tizzard and Jamie Snowden.

Chasing Gold organised another trip to Ireland during the 2019 summer and twenty lucky people went to visit our mares and their offspring maturing at stud and also saw other young horses owned by Tom Chadney, some of which may join Chasing Gold in the future or be syndicated separately.  This really was a special event as our members were able to visit the amazing facilities at the stud, plus we visited the main Coolmore stud where the flat stallions stand and met the most expensive stallion in the world ... Galileo ... what an amazing horse.  We also viewed the Coolmore museum which is an incredible treat and is where they store all their trophies, we came face to face with Saddlers Wells, and spent a long time looking at the history of the stud and their impressive victories.  We followed this with a visit to three of their NH studs to view 17 stallions, and also enjoyed a trip to the Killarney Racing Festival which was great fun. 

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Queen of the Wind ran at Doncaster on Thursday 6th February 2020.  It was a sunny day and consequently 6 of the 10 hurdles were eliminated due to low sun, which turned the race into more of a flat race.  Jumping is her strength, so the gods were against her.  She finished 10th of 16.  Has come out of the race well and will run again when we can find a suitable race - hopefully no low sun next time!

 
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Outofthisworld took us to Taunton on Saturday 18th January to run in her second ever chase.  The ground was heavy but she ran really well and handled the conditions.  Two fences out she was vying for the lead when she cleared the fence but slipped on landing.  Our jockey, Bryan Carver, hit the deck but luckily both horse and rider were soon up and fine.  Such a disappointing end to a very exciting run.

 
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White Hart Lady took on "la creme de la creme" of UK/Irish mares in the Listed Bumper at Market Rasen on Thursday 16th January 2020.  Sean Bowen kept her handy but she was no match for the winner, Willie Mullins' trained Panic Attack who is a seriously good filly.  We came 5th but have to be pleased with her performance, and giving 11 lbs weight to the winner meant she wasn't beaten that far.

 
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Horatio Hornblower blew it at Sandown on Saturday 4th January when competing in the Veterans' Final at Sandown.  Having travelled easily in 4th or 5th, he unshipped his jockey, Chester Williams, at the third last and our hopes were dashed.  Horatio continued galloping to the line, nearly taking out the favourite in the process, and has come out fine after the race.  He is absolutely fine and will compete in other Veteran races over the next couple of months.  Exciting prospect.

 
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WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI gave us a belated Christmas present when she hacked up at Wincanton on Boxing Day.  A fantastic performance. 

 
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Outofthisworld ran at Exeter on Thursday 19th December in her first ever chase.  The ground was bottomless but she managed a clear round and learned a lot from the experience.  She finished 3rd and we were delighted with her.

 
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HORATIO HORNBLOWER ran at Doncaster on Friday 13th December - unlucky for some, but not us! Ridden once again by Chester Williams, Horatio put in a lovely performance to win after a thrilling battle.

 
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Outofthisworld:  is entered to run at Exeter on Thursday 19th December and will be ridden by Sean Bowen.  This will be her first time over fences

 
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White Hart Lady ran in a Listed Bumper at Huntingdon on Sunday 8th December but failed to feature in the finish - Chasing Gold members know the reason!  She is absolutely fine and will be entered to run in the Listed Bumper at Market Rasen in January.

 

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HORATIO HORNBLOWER blew away the opposition at Ffos Las on Sunday 10th November!  Ridden by Chester Williams, he loved the heavy ground, he jumped

        the chase fences with ease, and stayed on gamely to win by 8 lengths.

 
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WHITE HART LADY ***WON*** ON HER RACING DEBUT AT AINTREE! 

She was mightily impressive and this was a tough bumper against much more experienced opposition.  Harry Fry has always thought a lot of her, and his faith was rewarded by a terrific run,

ridden by Sean Bowen, using just hands and heels while the rest of the field were flailing around from 3f out.  Our new Super Star!  (see photo on the right)

 
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Howdilyoudo made her racecourse debut at Fontwell on 23rd October and, having led all the way, put up a decent battle to claim 3rd place.  Very happy with that.

 
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Mythical Jewel has a minor injury and is currently on box rest.  Nothing serious, just takes time to heal!

 
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Lydia Violet is enjoying her training and has settled in well with Tom George, she is also cantering and another who will start off in mares bumpers.  No race planned as yet but she is not far away.

At the beginning of September many of our members attended the Jamie Snowden and Colin Tizzard Owners' Lunches and saw their horses being paraded and heard the plans for each for the coming season, and afterwards both trainers provided delicious food and drinks.  Jamie laid on a steel band and Colin had a big screen showing Team Tizzard memorable moments of last season.  These events are always really interesting and great fun.

We held a stable visit to Nick Williams towards the end of September and saw both our horses being exercised.  Nick also gave us a tour of his yard and then we were all treated to a splendid lunch.

During October we visited Harry Fry and had a gloriously sunny day watching our mares on the gallops - Outofthisworld, Whitehotchillifili and White Hart Lady.  they all looked really fit and well.

We have arranged a visit during November to Tom George which will be a first for our members as we have only just joined his yard.  Sure to be an interesting day and we look forward to seeing Lydia Violet being put through her paces.

Further visits will be arranged during the season to Colin Tizzard and Jamie Snowden.

Chasing Gold organised another trip to Ireland during the 2019 summer and twenty lucky people went to visit our mares and their offspring maturing at stud and also saw other young horses owned by Tom Chadney, some of which may join Chasing Gold in the future or be syndicated separately.  This really was a special event as our members were able to visit the amazing facilities at the stud, plus we visited the main Coolmore stud where the flat stallions stand and met the most expensive stallion in the world ... Galileo ... what an amazing horse.  We also viewed the Coolmore museum which is an incredible treat and is where they store all their trophies, we came face to face with Saddlers Wells, and spent a long time looking at the history of the stud and their impressive victories.  We followed this with a visit to three of their NH studs to view 17 stallions, and also enjoyed a trip to the Killarney Racing Festival which was great fun.