A first winner for 2013!
It has been a challenging start to the season for the horses sponsored by Warren House Racing Club, but we now have our first winner! Prairie Ranger, a three-year-old colt by Montjeu, put in a good performance at Newbury racecourse for his first run this season to beat favourite Nichols Canyon in a photo finish, with a great ride from jockey Thomas Brown. A first career win for Prairie Ranger, it is also good news for Good Breeding mare No Frills, as Prairie Ranger becomes her fourth winner. As a consequence of his win, the handicapper has put the colt up 12lbs to 89 and Andrew Balding hopes to race him at Salisbury next time out.
Mr Fitzroy, also running for the first time this year, finished in a good third place at Newmarket, on ground that was not ideal for him, so we hope to see him follow Prairie Ranger’s example soon. He now has a rating of 77, which leaves him plenty of options for the rest of the season. Marishi Ten had a harder race for her comeback and could only manage a seventh place at Bath. Since the race, tests have shown that she is suffering from gastric ulcers, so will have a six-week GastroGard treatment before hopefully coming back fit and healthy.
Willy Brennan, the most precocious of our two-year-olds, has been having problems with his knees and will not be racing until the second half of the season. He has been gelded in the meantime and can still add to his first-season sire’s tally of winners in 2013 as long as he strengthens up well over the next few months. Gracious Lady, looking like a 7f filly, has completed her training and is at Park House Stables with Andrew Balding. Bold Arial and Gallic Destiny have both grown enormously and will stay in pre-training with Jane Allison for a little while longer.
John Biscuit has been the most active so far this year, but has had a disappointing start as a five-year-old. A first race at Lingfield confirmed that he needed a run after his winter break. Problems in the stalls at Kempton in March then led to him being pulled up and, after a messy race at Epsom in April, John Biscuit was unsettled in the stalls again at York in May. Though he finished the race strongly, he had left himself too much to do and had to settle for fifth place. John Biscuit is now being trained with a blindfold in the hope that this will calm him down in the stalls and Andrew hopes he will be ready to run on Derby day at Epsom in the final race of the day.
So there you have it – the highs and lows of racing! We can’t wait to see how the horses develop over the course of the year and are hopeful that there are more wins still to come from such a diverse group of horses.
RDA Gala Awards Dinner
Join Riding for the Disabled Association and Clare Balding at the new RDA Gala Awards dinner to celebrate the outstanding achievements of RDA participants, volunteers and supporters. This exciting event will take place on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at the prestigious Plaisterer’s Hall in London, the largest Livery Hall in the City. For more information visit: www.rda.org.uk/2013/gala-dinner/
ALL FOUR MARES NOW IN FOAL!
Our foundation mare No Frills has been scanned and sex tested at 60 days and we believe she is carrying a colt. In news from Coolmore Stud, Luminous Gold has been tested in foal to Zoffany at 17 days. All four mares are now in foal, so we hope they all have happy and healthy pregnancies.
A FIRST FOR LIFE IS GOLDEN
Good Breeding's most recent purchase, Life Is Golden, has been scanned in foal to Zamindar at 16 days. This is Life Is Golden's first season as a broodmare and the mating is a strong genetic match, so we are very pleased with this new development.
"Horse Anatomy, The Painted Horse Lecture and Demonstration", at the National Stud in Newmarket on Wednesday 24th April, 6pm-8pm
Amy Mottram, Horse Anatomy Lecturer and Remedial Therapist, uses the painted horse and real anatomical specimens to bring equine anatomy to life. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a fascinating insight into how the musculoskeletal system works. An understanding of this system will help to keep it functioning to its maximum ability and ultimately allow the horse to perform and feel at its best.
For more details contact Alice: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07760 340 775.
MORE NEWS FROM THE BREEDING SHED
We have some news from Coolmore Stud, as Kublahara has been scanned in foal to Holy Roman Emperor at 15 days. Life Is Golden was covered by Zamindar for a second time, after one unsuccessful attempt, and Luminous Gold has now been covered by Zoffany, so we hope to have more good news in the next few weeks!
NEWS OF TWO SAFE ARRIVALS!
We have some lovely news from Coolmore Stud in Ireland, with two exciting new additions to the team: Kublahara foaled a bay colt by Azamour on 20th February and Luminous Gold foaled a bay colt by Champs Elysees on 3rd March.
We are now delighted to have received a picture of the bay colt born to Kublahara and sired by Azamour. Tom Lynch, Broodmare Manager at Coolmore Stud reports "The foal is healthy and well. He finished a 3 day antibiotics course due to some inflammation on his near hind fetlock and has now resumed normal activities."
ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD FOR 2014…
We are pleased to announce that No Frills was scanned in foal to top sire Oasis Dream at 18 days with a single pregnancy. The mare is doing well and this should be a strong genetic match – watch this space!