News Bulletin ...
... Entries and Updates ... latest news as at 5th March 2020
HERE to view our statistical summary courtesy of the Racing Post
WINNER THIS SEASON - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI - AT EXETER
WINNER THIS SEASON - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI - AT
THIRD WINNER THIS SEASON -
HORATIO HORNBLOWER - AT DONCASTER!
SECOND WINNER THIS SEASON - HORATIO HORNBLOWER
- AT FFOS LAS
WINNER THIS SEASON - WHITE HART LADY - AINTREE!
See below the latest news on all EIGHT of the
Chasing Gold horses ...
Consistent rain, abandoned meetings, red hot
favourites denied a run ... how long can these conditions persist ...
considering all those negatives we have had a great season so far!
White Hart Lady is
entered to run in the Listed Bumper at Sandown on Saturday 7th March 2020.
Chasing Gold are taking a box - grandstand view, 2 course lunch, fantastic
facilities, exciting and fun day out to watch our lovely mare contest one of
the most prestigeous Listed Mares bumpers in the calendar
been entered to run at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
gave us a belated Christmas present when she hacked up at Wincanton on Boxing
Day. A fantastic performance.
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.
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.
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
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.
blew away the opposition at Ffos Las on Sunday 10th November! Ridden by
Chester Williams, he loved the heavy ground, he jumped
fences with ease, and stayed on gamely to win by 8 lengths.
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.
new Super Star! (see photo on the right)
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.
Mythical Jewel has a
minor injury and is currently on box rest. Nothing serious, just takes
time to heal!
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
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.