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News Bulletin ...

Club Horses ... Entries and Updates ... latest news as at 5th March 2020

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

FIFTH WINNER THIS SEASON - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI - AT EXETER

FOURTH WINNER THIS SEASON - WHITEHOTCHILLIFILI - AT WINCANTON

THIRD WINNER THIS SEASON - HORATIO HORNBLOWER - AT DONCASTER!

 

SECOND WINNER THIS SEASON - HORATIO HORNBLOWER - AT FFOS LAS

 

FIRST 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!

 

 
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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

 
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Whitehotchillifili has been entered to run at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival

 
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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.