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Honeyball has strong hand in Coral Trophy

Anthony Honeyball has a trio of chances ready to line up in the valuable Coral Trophy at Kempton on Saturday.

Forward Plan heads the group, an eight-year-old last seen finishing just a nose behind Annual Invictus in the Great Yorkshire Chase at Doncaster.

Prior to that, he was a winner on Town Moor when taking the bet365 Handicap Chase over the same three-mile distance, his third victory in eight runs over fences, having only been out of the placings once.

He has now reached a career-high mark of 133, though Ben Godfrey’s 3lb claim eases his handicap allocation and he will run off a competitive 10st 9lb.

“Forward Plan goes quite well on any ground really,” said Honeyball.

“The best of our racing has been on goodish ground with him and our next race for him will be Aintree, so we feel like he’s ready for a race and we’ve got to have a go because it’s such a brilliant prize – it’s worth £25,000 more than the Ultima at the Festival.

“If we had our dream scenario, we would like slightly quicker ground, but he has a light weight, he’s one of the favourites after his run at Doncaster and we kind of feel duty bound to give the owners a chance to win it.

“He loves a bit of decent ground, but there’s no reason why, off a light weight, he can’t run well.”

Stablemate Blackjack Magic began his season in good form when taking the Badger Beer Chase at Wincanton and subsequently came home fourth in the Howden Silver Cup at Ascot.

Much of his best form is on testing ground and he is expected to appreciate the soft going at Kempton.

“Blackjack Magic has proven he is up to this class and he won the Badger Beer,” said Honeyball.

“He will love the soft ground and, in fact, the heavier the better for him, that will suit him a bit better than a couple of the races he has run in this season.”

Honeyball’s third runner is the veteran chaser Sam Brown, who carries a top weight of 12st under Jonathan Burke.

The 12-year-old has some valuable races on his CV and showed he was not losing his enthusiasm when landing the Veterans’ Chase Series Final at Warwick last month.

Sam Brown on his way to winning the Betway Handicap Chase during Grand National Day in 2022
Sam Brown on his way to winning the Betway Handicap Chase during Grand National Day in 2022 (David Davies/PA)

His age and the significant weight he carries may leave him an outside chance, but his trainer is not ruling out a good performance from the gelding.

Honeyball said: “He’s a big outsider at the minute, but that’s only because he’s 12 years old and rated 152 and there’s probably some stats that tell you that is a near impossible task.

“Is he going to win and go up to 156 or 157? It’s probably unlikely, but he is overpriced.

“There’s plenty in his favour, he will enjoy the ground and he doesn’t mind a competitive handicap. He can sit halfway and he has that turn of foot where if he can stay in the hunt approaching the business end, then he can quite come through with a decent surge.

“I don’t think it would be the biggest shock ever, but we have got to run him and hopefully there is another day in the sun for him – we’ve got to give him the chance.”

Ben Pauling has a live chance in Bowtogreatness, an eight-year-old jointly-owned by Harry Redknapp.

Ben Pauling's Bowtogreatness
Ben Pauling’s Bowtogreatness (Mike Egerton/PA)

The trainer enjoyed a three-timer at Ascot last weekend, along with jockey Ben Jones, but Bowtogreatness was not among his runners after a tracheal wash which caused connections to skip the meeting.

He will instead line up at Kempton for his third start of the season, after which he has one of his three Cheltenham Festival entries on the horizon.

“He’s in really good form with himself. He was supposed to go to Ascot last weekend, but just had a slightly average tracheal wash 10 days previous, so we decided to wait,” Pauling said.

“He was as clean as a whistle this week and worked well on Saturday, so I’m really looking forward to seeing how he runs.

“On his first run of the season, I left the ear plugs out and he just head-butted his fences round Newbury and didn’t jump well enough, then he went to Cheltenham and it was almost like his first run of the season really. He travelled into it very well and just blew up going to two out.

“I dare say he’ll be spot-on for Saturday and he’s a hardy horse that needs a lot of graft, so it’s very much the plan to get a proper run into him before going to the Festival.

“He’s in the Ultima, he’s in the Kim Muir and he’s in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham and how he goes on Saturday will tell us which race he’ll run in.”

At the head of the market is Dan Skelton’s Flegmatik, a winner over course and distance last time out, with Nicky Henderson’s Tweed Skirt and Chris Gordon’s Lord Baddesley also well fancied in a field of 12.

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Sam Brown hits the right note in veterans’ final

Sam Brown swooped late to deny Aye Right in the Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Warwick.

The event had been rescheduled from Sandown’s abandoned card last Saturday and a field of 14 was stacked with familiar names and fan favourites.

Aye Right has not tasted glory since winning the 2021 Rehearsal Chase but it looked as though he could finally break that barren spell as he jumped the last fence with a marginal lead in the hands of 7lb claimer Dylan Johnston.

However, Sam Brown was hot on his heels and the pair were almost level on landing before settling down for a proper battle on the run to the line.

It was Sam Brown who found most for Jonathan Burke though, with the Anthony Honeyball-trained winner pulling two and three-quarter lengths clear, with a further 12 lengths back to Mill Green in third.

“We have been quite lucky really as he had a bit of an issue and we would have been struggling to get him to Sandown last week,” said Honeyball, who was winning the race for a second time.

“We thought we had him in good order in general and this is fantastic. I knew half way through that in this sort of race, it was just giving him a chance to stay in there and his jumping was just good enough today, it kept him in it.

“Maybe the open handicaps are just going to be a bit tough for him sometimes if he isn’t jumping very slick, but Johnny just hunted him through it really and kept him on the bridle as long as he could.

Sam Brown won the Veterans' Chase at Warwick
Sam Brown after the Veterans’ Chase at Warwick (Adam Morgan/PA)

“Similar to Aintree, when he turned in, I thought when he gets into overdrive he can really pick up.

“We have thrown a few things at him really and the blinkers worked well at Punchestown, he went really well there.

“He went OK at Cheltenham, that was a ray of light for us last time out over two-miles-four. We just thought we would change things up and I don’t think it would make a lot of difference, but was just something for us to make us think we would find more.

“It’s great to get him here in one piece and then go on to win, and of course we won it with Jepeck a few years back so it was very special.”

Jonathan Burke enjoyed another big Saturday winner at Warwick
Jonathan Burke enjoyed another big Saturday winner at Warwick (Steven Paston/PA)

Sam Brown had handed his rider a broken arm when taking a crashing fall at the Chair in the Grand National, but he is more than forgiven having provided the 28-year-old with another big Saturday winner.

Burke said: “He owed me one and we got there. It was an awful fall in the National and I was lucky to come out of it with just a broken arm. He fell again at Punchestown only two weeks after and they’ve done an incredible job to get him back and to have the enthusiasm he has.

“I rode him in the Badger Beer and he didn’t want to know, so Anthony has tricked about with him and ran him over two and a half miles at Cheltenham and was never going to be his bag, but it was a case of getting him to try to finish a race.

“He enjoyed it today and went through the race well. Turning in, I just had to wait and not go too soon, but he was going to have to really give up on me to not win. Once I winged the last and got a crack into him, he picked up and was away then.

“I’m delighted for the horse and delighted for the owners, they were good enough to stick me back on him after decking him in the National.”

Aye Right finished a gallant second yet again at Warwick
Aye Right finished a gallant second yet again at Warwick (PA)

It may have been delight for connections of Sam Brown, but for Harriet Graham and Gary Rutherford it was heartbreak once again as Aye Right had to settle for minor honours for the third time this season.

“I’m dead proud of the horse but it is frustrating to be second again,” said Graham.

“Look at his record in these veterans’ chases – he’s been second, third, second.

“You can’t take it away from the horse and we’ll take him home and find him something nice for the spring.

“We were on the verge of going hunter chasing with him, which is level weights, but he’s probably too good for that still.”

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Anthony Honeyball Stable Tour 2022/23

With the National Hunt season upon us once more, the team here at geegeez.co.uk is thrilled to once again be sponsoring the upwardly mobile yard of Anthony Honeyball.

Operating out of Potwell Farm, set in a beautiful nook on the Dorset / Somerset border, Anthony and Rachael have been gradually improving both the quality and quantity of horses they race; and this season they have their biggest and brightest squad yet.

They're already off the mark with seven winners this season at time of writing and, in the table below, you'll find Anthony's thoughts and hopes for the campaign ahead.

The comments can be sorted by any of the column headings, and may be searched from the box to the right just below this sentence.


ASK LILEEN (IRE) 2017br. mPotwell Racing Syndicate ISOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) X TRENDY NATIVE (GB) (OVERBURY (IRE))She was placed in two Irish point to points before winning her third start in commanding fashion by 6 lengths (the 2nd has won since and sold to Lucinda Russell). Her dam is sister to 7 winners and the grand dam Celtic Native was a top notch race mare. She’s a good looking quality mare who may well kick off in a bumper but I should imagine will quite quickly move on to obstacles as she’s got size and scope.
BING BELLE (GB) 2019b.fMr and Mrs Jack BarberROYAL ANTHEM (USA) x ROXY BELLE (GB) (BLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE))Her dam was 2nd in a point to point and is sister to the two time winner Princess Roxy. She’s already had a few short stints in training and is quite forward for a 3 year old so we will be aiming her at either the national hunt juvenile hurdle series or a juvenile bumper this Autumn.
BLACKJACK MAGIC (GB) 2015b.gHayward, Walker, Paterson and O'GormanBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X ONE WILD NIGHT (GB) (RAKAPOSHI KING (GB))New to us this season (formerly with Jack Barber), he won two of his four completed starts over hurdles last season and is now rated 126. He jumps well and handles proper Winter ground so this season we will now turn his attention to chasing.
BOB BACKUS (IRE) 2015b.gDecimus Racing IVMILAN (GB) X BORO BEE (IRE) (BOB BACK (USA))He got the hang of hurdling in his last two starts in the 2020 / 21 season winning well at Plumpton before finishing a solid 2nd there again on final start (winner went on to win 5 more races and the third 25 lengths behind). Unfortunately he picked up a tendon strain and had to sit out last season. The plan will be to resume over hurdles this term and it’s likely that he’ll kick on over fences at some point during the Winter.
BOHEMIAN LAD (IRE) 2018b.gDECIMUS RACING IXMAHLER (GB) x REHILL LASS(IRE) (SHERNAZAR (GB))Out of a bumper winning mare and brother to Dolly’s Destination who has won 4 including a bumper and 3 hurdle races, as well as achieving black type when she was 2nd in a mares listed handicap hurdle at Killarney (peak rating 127). He proved to be very straightforward but a little backward last season and by the time he was anywhere near a run the firmer ground took over and we put him away for a Summer break. We will probably kick off in a bumper but he jumps well so may not hang around long in that sphere.
BORDERLANDS (IRE) 2019br.gThe Mighty SixGETAWAY (GER) X KNOCKNABROGUE (IRE) (AFZAL (IRE))A very good looking, well put together athletic youngster, who is also brother to three winners. We broke him in, cantered and schooled him in May since when he’s had a Summer break. He will be prepared for a bumper or two between February and mid April.
BREAKING COVER (IRE) 2018b.gCartwright, Langford, Redknapp, SaundersGETAWAY (GER) X PEACE AND THE CITY (FR)(ELUSIVE CITY (USA))His dam is sister to 4 winners including the Grade 1 Triumph hurdle winner Peace And Co with a career high of 159, and another black type performer Piccolino . Breaking Cover was 2nd in his Irish point to point, 2 lengths behind a horse who subsequently made £150,000 to join the Willie Mullins yard. He jumped and travelled beautifully in that point to point and looks a smart horse. He’ll kick off in bumpers this Autumn.
CAPE VIDAL (GB) 2017b.gPotwell Racing Syndicate IIIKAYF TARA (GB) X MIDNIGHT MINX (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))His dam Midnight Minx was a smart performer for us, winning 3 bumpers and a hurdle and she’s passed that ability on to this lad. He was a very impressive winner on his debut in a bumper at Ffos Las at the end of May. He may next be aimed at a listed bumper at Cheltenham in November.
CAPTAIN CLAUDE (IRE) 2017b.gDecimus Racing VSOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) X PRINCESS SUPREME (IRE) (SUPREME LEADER (GB))Brother to two winners (peak ratings 129 & 131) and got off the mark himself when winning a bumper at Ffos Las last Winter. He needed the experience of his first three runs over hurdles but hopefully now after another Summer under his belt he can capitalise on his low mark of 80 this Autumn. I suspect he’ll step up in distance and he’s proven he can cope with soft winter ground conditions.
COCO BRAVE (IRE) 2019b.fCartwright, Tomkies Syndicate (SHARES AVAILABLE)COURT CAVE (IRE)X COMING HOME (FR) (EXIT TO NOWHERE (USA) )She is a very attractive, athletic filly who is sister to 5 winners including 2 achieving black type status. Three of the winners have NH ratings of 135 / 145 & 146 (the other two were 116 & 122). She was broken in, cantered and schooled in the Spring then went out for her Summer break. We will prepare her for bumpers this season.
CONCLUDING ACT (GB) 2019b.gFOR SALEBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X GAN ON (GB) (MISSED FLIGHT (GB))His dam was quite smart and a great jumper, she won 4 for us and reached a career high rating of 134. The only sibling to run so far was Nocturnal Myth who won a handicap hurdle at Plumpton. We are targeting an early start with this lad in NH Juvenile hurdles or juvenile bumpers.
COQUELICOT (FR) 2016b / br. mgeegeez.co.uk PASOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) X MOSCOW NIGHTS (FR) (PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA))She got off the mark over hurdles last season in a £10,000 mares handicap hurdle at Chepstow. Only the three runs in total last term though, due to some health niggles that she just couldn’t fully shake off. Still loads of upside to her off her current hurdles mark having now got the hang of jumping. She may also have another run in a maiden on the flat as I think she would be very competitive in staying handicaps.
CREDO (IRE) 2015b.mPotwell Racing Syndicate IIFAME AND GLORY (GB) x TASMANI(FR) (TURGEON (USA))A maiden point to point victory and 3 national hunt wins to date (2 bumpers and a maiden hurdle). Even though she won her maiden hurdle last season and ran very respectably a few times in defeat, I have to say overall she had me scratching my head . To me she ran like her breathing was affecting her so we eventually decided to give her a breathing op and she duly won with authority on her first start after that. Just as we thought we’d cracked it she reverted back to mediocre form again. She obviously has the talent and has what you’d think is a very workable mark of 107 to kick on with this season plus a switch to fences is also under consideration.
DEAR RALPHY (IRE) 2016b.gMr J. PikeWESTERNER (GB) X LETTERWOMAN(IRE) (FOURSTARS ALLSTAR (USA))Half brother to the useful The Kings Writ (career high 141), he shaped with lots of promise in both his bumpers last season and in the latest one he was only beaten 6 lengths when finishing 4th having made most of the running. I think we will have one more crack at a bumper as he’s more than good enough to win one before heading over hurdles for the remainder of the season. Lots of potential in this son of Westerner and will hopefully end up a decent chaser later on in his career.
DOCTOR FOLEY (IRE) 2017b.gDolan-Abrahams, Newton, Farrer.MALINAS (GER) X QUARRYANNA (IRE) (MILAN (GB))New to us from Jack Barber, he was bought after a promising 3rd in an Irish point to point that worked out well as the 2nd in that race, Pembroke, won a bumper last season at Huntingdon by 11 lengths. He didn’t set the world alight on his first two starts over hurdles but that said his season was over very early due to an injury so whether that was niggling in the background we don’t know. He needs another run over hurdles for a handicap mark so once that’s out of the way we could have a lot of fun in handicap hurdles or even straight over fences as he’s a very well put together strong horse.
DOYANNIE (IRE) 2014ch.mBarber, French & ShortlandDOYEN (IRE) X ANNIE MAY (IRE)(ANSHAN (GB))New to us from Jack Barber, a big strong mare who has been placed in bumpers over hurdles and over fences but has not got her head in front as yet in 13 attempts. A very solid second at Exeter over fences last season before looking a certain winner at Taunton next time out but then collared late on. Usually travels strongly in her races, but sometimes not the most resolute so we decided to do a breathing op to help her out and give her a little more confidence. Her brother has won a bumper for Willie Mullins and was 3rd in the grade 1 champion bumper at the Cheltenham festival last season so she’ll be a good broodmare prospect one day (hopefully after a handful of wins to her name !!!!).
DOYEN FOR MONEY (IRE) 2018b/br. GMr H. KingstonDOYEN (IRE) X MRS JAY DEE (IRE) (HERON ISLAND (IRE)An athletic forward going individual who made most of the running on debut in an Irish point to point and went on to win easily by 7 lengths. We bought him at a Cheltenham sale after his win and were trying desperately to run him in a bumper last Spring but the weather wouldn’t play ball so we put him away for this season. He will kick off in bumpers.
DREAMING BLUE (GB) 2017b.gMr R W DevlinSHOWCASING (GB) X GOT TO DREAM (GB) (DUKE OF MARMALADE (IRE))He was back in action last season having been off the track for nearly a year, and posted some respectable efforts most notably when winning a maiden hurdle at Fontwell ahead of two subsequent winners. He backed that win up with a solid 3rd next time out, again at Fontwell, beaten only 3 lengths. He reached a peak rating of 119, ended last season on 117 so may well be competitive in handicap hurdles this Winter at around 2m 2f on soft ground and we may venture over fences at some point.
FANFARON DINO (FR) 2015g.gMr John P. McManusDR DINO (FR) X KADJARA (FR) (SILVER RAINBOW (GB))Lightly raced half brother to “Epatante”, he’s been a bit hit and miss so far but rounded off last season recording his second career win in good style. We’ve been patient and given him plenty of time to fill his frame so I’m hopeful off a mark still at 100 he can really progress this season and fulfil his promise.
FERRET JEETER (GB) 2017ch.gMr R.J. MatthewsRECHARGE (IRE) X HALO FLORA (GB) (ALFLORA (IRE))He is a half brother to three winners including the useful Sizable Sam (4 wins so far / peak rating 131), Raffle Ticket a maiden hurdle winner with a peak rating of 128 and Fairly Grey a novice hurdle winner with a peak rating of 130. He was very backward early on when broken in, but has improved after every break and will now target an early Autumn bumper run.
FIRESTREAM (GB) 2017b.gBuckingham, Chapman, Langford & RitzemaYEATS (IRE) X SWINCOMBE FLAME (GB) (EXIT TO NOWHERE (USA))4 runs in bumpers last season, placed in three of them and winning very impressively at Exeter by 11 lengths. We’ve always thought a lot of him at home and I’m very hopeful he will make it to graded level events in novice hurdles this season.
FORTUITOUS FAVOUR (IRE) 2018b.fDecimus Racing XI (SHARES AVAILABLE)SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) x NORTHWOOD MILAN (IRE) (MILAN (GB))Her dam is sister to no less than 8 winners including two at black type level and three rated in the 140 - 149 range. She did very well to win on her debut in a juvenile bumper at Wetherby last season, she hadn’t been away for a racecourse gallop and in fact the race was the first time she’d galloped in anger on grass let alone coping with the long journey up there. She couldn’t follow that effort up with another run due to a cold which held her up then drying ground in the Spring. That extra time will have done her no harm as she’s still only 4yrs old. The initial plan is to line her up for a listed bumper but she jumps superbly well so will soon be going hurdling.
FORTUNA LIGNA (IRE) 2017b.mOwners For Owners Fortuna Ligna (SHARES AVAILABLE)SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) x QUIET THOUGHT(IRE) (BOB BACK (USA))She was very green at Warwick first time out but rattled home and was a fast finishing 5th passing 7-8 horses up the home straight !! That race has worked out really well with the first two having picked up black type since. She’s a mare I like a lot and should go very close in a bumper this Autumn. If she were to win on her return we would probably look at a Listed bumper next or otherwise switch to hurdling.
FORWARD PLAN (IRE) 2016br. gThe SteeplechasersVALIRANN (FR) X CULMORE NATIVE (IRE) (BE MY NATIVE (USA))Irish point to point winner who was 2nd in a bumper last season as well as another two 2nds to his name in handicap hurdles in May before his Summer break. A little unlucky not hitting the mark but showed in his last two starts that he’s heading in the right direction and we should be able to place him to win in the Autumn. It might be that win comes over fences as he’ll turn his attention to the larger obstacles sooner rather than later.
FOUNTAINS CHIEF (GB) 2016b.gThe Fountains PartnershipNATIVE RULER (GB) X TIGERALLEY (GB) (REVOQUE (IRE))He was placed in a bumper last April and went on to win three in a row over hurdles during the Summer. He’s progressed really well and we may now let him take his chance in either a valuable handicap hurdle or the grade 2 Persian War Novices Hurdle at Chepstow in October.
GABRIEL'S GETAWAY (IRE) 2017b.gBuckingham, Chapman, Kingston & LangfordGETAWAY (GER) X CHOSEN DESTINY (IRE) (WELL CHOSEN (GB))A horse that I've always felt posesses plenty of talent, but to date he's not really shown it on the track except for a very respectable effort when 4th in a bumper at Ludlow. He's always been electric over bumpers at home and did jump well on hurdles debut, so I'm hopeful that he can build on that effort and be competitive in Maiden Hurdles this Autumn. Plenty of size and scope so I suspect we'll see the best of him when he tackles fences.
GETMETOTHEMOON (GB) 2019b.f.Unity Farm Holiday Centre LtdPETHER'S MOON (IRE) X GERTIE GETAWAY (IRE) (GETAWAY (GER))Her dam was placed in a bumper and is herself sister to two winners including the Grade 2 placed Denise’s Profiles. She will be trained for juvenile bumpers or the new series of National Hunt Juvenile hurdles which are particularly valuable in the mares only category.
GOOD LOOK CHARM (FR) 2016b.mThe Isle of Blue and WhiteCOKORIKO (FR) X UNE D'EX (FR)(BRIER CREEK (USA))She had a very good first season with us with two placed runs as well as winning twice from 6 starts. She kicked off finishing 3rd of 18 in a mares bumper at Aintree, went on to win her mares novices hurdle at Hereford then a £20,000 mares handicap hurdle at Exeter. I think she’s still on a very workable mark off 115 and I’m very much looking forward to taking advantage of that mark over fences this season.
GUSTAVIAN (IRE) 2015b.gDecimus Racing IMAHLER (GB) X GRANGE OSCAR(IRE) (OSCAR (IRE))He has won 3 times and been 2nd or 3rd 11 times from 15 career runs, so to date he’s been a fantastic fun horse for his syndicate . Last season he would have added to his tally of wins but for some untimely blunders in each novice chase. Overall his jumping was more than adequate but those mistakes certainly cost him. That said he ended the season with a tremendous 2nd in a £40,000 chase at Uttoxeter and the key positive is that he remains a novice for this season so we have lots of options and last season’s experience under his belt. My main hope if his jumping really comes together is that he can run in the Grade 2 3m 5f novice chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
HATOS (FR) 2017b.gHats Off To HatosDIAMOND BOY (FR) X SANTALISA (FR) (LAVERON (GB))Last season he shaped with lots of promise on debut for us when 3rd in a bumper at Chepstow first time out. He then went on to win his maiden hurdle again at Chepstow, but unfortunately in doing so he struck into his fetlock joint which sidelined him for the majority of the remainder of the season. He squeezed in one more run at Hexham but with the ground drying out he never really looked comfortable that day so best put a line through that effort. I think we will run in one handicap hurdle early on to get his eye in again before turning his attention to chasing. He seems to handle soft / heavy ground very well so should be at his best in the Winter when the mud's flying again.
I GIORNI (IRE) 2017b.mThe Soldiers of FortuneARCADIO (GER) X SHECHANGEDHERMIND (IRE) (KOTASHAAN(FR))Full sister to the two time winner Justmemyselfandi (career high rating 133). She won on debut in an Irish point to point at the end of January, and we bought her at the Cheltenham sales. We were very pleased with her ability and attitude at home but by the time we were ready to run in a bumper the ground dried up and stayed dry so we didn’t take any chances and put her away for a Summer break. Exciting prospect who will kick off in a bumper this Autumn.
JAIL NO BAIL (IRE) 2017b.gBryan Drew & Friends, Chapman & KingstonMAHLER (GB) X KITTYS OSCAR (IRE) (OSCAR (IRE))His 1/2 brother was placed in a bumper and won twice over hurdles with a career high rating of 127. His dam is sister to 3 winners, two with black type, in particular Saxophone who won a Grade 3 hurdle and two Grade 3 chases. Last season was a write off with a few issues affecting his preparation so we really hope for a clear run and find out what he’s made of this time round. I’ll consider starting him off in a bumper but having missed that campaign last season and the fact he jumps very well, and has already schooled well over fences, we may well kick on in a maiden hurdle.
JEPECK (IRE) 2009b.gMr J. PikeWESTERNER (GB) X JENNY'S JEWEL (IRE) (BE MY NATIVE (USA))Winner of 5 and placed in 19 of his 33 National Hunt starts as well as £123,000 in prize money; and 10 wins from 19 starts in point to points so somewhat of a legend !! He started last season slowly, but in his third run at the age of 13 he bolted up in a handicap hurdle at Wincanton - on this occasion all conditions finally came right for him - the ground was soft / heavy, over the distance of 2m 5f. He went on to be placed in all of his next 4 races in good company off marks around 130. We will see how he trains on this season, all being well and given his favoured testing ground he should continue running to a high level and pick up another win or two.
JITTERBUG GEORDIE (GB) 2018g.gMrs S. J. MaltbyGEORDIELAND (FR) X DANCINGTILMIDNIGHT (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))New to us from Jack Barber - his dam won two point to points and had two seconds from 5 starts for Richard Barber before going on to win two hurdle races. This lad made his debut in a bumper at Wincanton last season finishing 9th of 12 runners, and he made a bit of a noise in his wind that day so he’s had a breathing op since joining us. We hope that along with maturing and filling his big frame this will result in a big step forward.
JUGGERNAUT (FR) 2019b.gMr M Chapman and Ms G LangfordSPANISH MOON (USA) X SACOLEVA (FR) (LAVIRCO (GER))This half brother to two winners is a compact, neat and athletic sort who has done plenty of early prep work to give him every chance of being ready for juvenile bumpers or the new national hunt juvenile hurdle race program starting in the Autumn. The NH juvenile hurdles are for horses that haven’t run on the flat or in bumpers and are quite valuable so a good alternative to the usual starting point in bumpers.
JUKEBOX JAZZ (IRE) 2019g.fMr R. W. HugginsJUKEBOX JURY (IRE) X SWEETHEART (GB) (SINNDAR (IRE))Full sister to the 6 time winning black type performer Jukebox Jive (peak rating 100 on the flat - whilst trained here at Potwell Farm and 140 over hurdles). Her dam, Sweetheart was a superb race mare with 7 wins in total to her name including a Grade 2 win over hurdles (peak rating 140) and the winner of a big staying handicap on the flat at Glorious Goodwood (peak rating 80 on the flat). This filly was a little weak during the early part of the Summer so given a little more time out in the field to strengthen up and prepare for her debut on the flat this Autumn.
KEEPITFROMBECKY (IRE) 2018b.gBarber, Braid, French and ReesDIAMOND BOY (FR) X TOBETALL (GB) (TOBOUGG (IRE))New to us from Jack Barber, his dam was placed in a bumper and she’s produced Smoke Man who has won 8 point to points to date amd was 4th in a 4 mile Cheltenham Hunter Chase, The Grey Monty who won an Irish point to point and subsequently made £95,000 and has so far gone on to finish 3rd in a maiden hurdle, and the 3 time winner Arcade Attraction with a peak rating of 116. His dam is also sister to 6 winners including Aintree and Cheltenham festival winner Attaglance. He was a bit backward last season and given time to develop so I’m really excited to see what he can do this time round.
KILBEG KING (IRE) 2015b.gM.R.Chapman, E.Jones & H.KingstonDOYEN (IRE) x PRAYUWIN DRUMMER (IRE) (PRESENTING (GB))He won his bumper very impressively on debut for us under rules. That bumper worked out well with subsequent 125, 119 and 132 horses following him home. Unfortunately he picked up a tendon strain when being prepared for novice hurdling last season, and after rest and recuperation he's now back in training and getting ready for novice hurdles. He jumps very well so I’m very hopeful that he’ll make up into a high class novice hurdler this term.
KONIGIN ISABELLA (GER) 2018b.fgeegeez.co.uk KIISFAHAN (GER) X KONIGIN CALA (GER) (CALL ME BIG (GER))She ran with lots of promise in her first two bumpers particularly when staying on well in 3rd at Newbury (beaten 3 lengths - the winner won a listed bumper at Cheltenham next time out). She was a little disappointing in her next two starts, this may have been due to health at that time but we also decided she needed a breathing op so that has been done and I’d be very hopeful that she’ll continue her progression over hurdles this season. Another Summer break under her belt will have done her the world of good too as she’s still only 4yrs old.
LE COEUR NET (FR) 2012ch.gWessex Racing ClubNETWORK (GER) X SILVERWOOD (FR) (GARDE ROYALE (IRE))5 wins from 36 starts, his career high was 126 and last season is the first time the handicapper has really got hold of him. He still managed two 2nds and is now down on a mark of 103 which is his lowest for quite some time. This would lead you to think we could have some fun with him again this season. Either way he’s been a lovely horse for the yard and his owners over the years.
LILITH (IRE) 2015b.mDECIMUS VISTOWAWAY (GB) x FLIRTHING AROUND (IRE) (FLEMENSFIRTH (USA))She had a fantastic season with one 3rd, four 2nds and two wins from 9 starts. You could argue she has been quite frustrating up to March 1st as we kept hitting the bar finishing 2nd on four occasions to that point but then came a super performance in winning at Newbury followed by another win out in Ireland at the Punchestown festival !! She’s already qualified for a £35,000 mares chase at Hereford in December (2nd in that last season) and with her mark of 122, races like that still look the right option. She will also head back to Punchestown again in the Spring. Obviously if she progresses again through this season we could be looking at Listed and Graded mares chases. Both mares handicap and graded chases are available at the Punchestown Festival.
LILY THE PINK (GB) 2014b.mWessex Racing ClubMALINAS (GER) X CARRIGEEN QUEEN (IRE) (DARNAY (GB))3 wins and 7 placed efforts from her 13 runs so she’s been a particularly consistent and solid mare for us (has progressed to 118). Unfortunately she missed last season due to a tendon strain - that should be behind her now and we can hopefully kick on this time around. Probably start off over hurdles before trying her over fences in mares only events. She’s half sister to another solid mare in the yard Midnight Callisto and both are out of a half sister to Gold Cup winner Minella Indo so lovely broodmare prospects later on.
MARCO ISLAND (IRE) 2017b.gBuckingham, Chapman, Langford & RitzemaMAHLER (GB) x FLORIDA BELLE (IRE) (FLORIDA SON (GB))He took us a little by surprise when winning his bumper on debut at Chepstow, that was a lovely performance and he backed it up when winning a maiden hurdle again at Chepstow two runs later (the 2nd and 3rd won next time out). A big horse who should still be maturing and filling his sizeable frame so you’d hope he’ll improve plenty for his Summer break and could well switch to fences sooner rather than later.
MATTHIAS (GB) 2019b.gMrs J. L. BuckinghamBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE)x ROUQUINE SAUVAGE (GB) (LOUP SAUVAGE (USA)) He is out of the 3 time winner Rouquine Sauvage who is herself half-sister to Master Tommytucker who won a grade 2 and was also 2nd in a grade 1 reaching a career high rating of 160. The grand dam was also very useful winning 7 and reaching a career high rating of 140. He’s a strong, solid and athletic youngster who will be aimed at bumpers this season.
MELK ABBEY (IRE) 2016b.m.Noel Fehily Racing Syndicates Melk AbbeySHOLOKHOV (IRE) X CARRIG'N MAY (IRE) (CLASSIC CLICHÉ (IRE))A solid strong mare who has won an Irish point to point, just the one run last season shortly after joining us at which point we decided to give her a good long break due to a few minor issues. That one run was very useful as she was subsequently given a mark of 78 and I’d like to think after a good Summer break she can really make the most of this low starting point. It may be we crack on over fences this term
MIDNIGHT CALLISTO (GB) 2015br.mMs Gill LangfordMIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB) X CARRIGEEN QUEEN (IRE) (DARNAY (GB))She ran eight times last season, placed in four and won two so a very solid season improving 7lb in the ratings ending on 109. Her mark doesn’t really tally with the ability we’ve always felt she possesses but she is gradually picking up the wins and has become very consistent overall. We will at some point this season try her over fences to see if that brings about further improvement and one day she will make a fantastic broodmare as she’s out of a sister to the Gold Cup winner Minella Indo.
MIDNIGHT MALIN (GB) 2016b.mMrs S. J. MaltbyMALINAS (GER) X DANCINGTILMIDNIGHT (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))New to us from Jack Barber, she's half sister to Jitterbug Geordie (GB). Her Dam won two point to points and had two seconds from 5 starts for Richard Barber before going on to win two hurdle races. She had one run in a bumper two seasons back but got bogged down in the heavy ground, missed last season due to a nasty cut picked up whilst turned out for the Summer. She’s a compact, neat and athletic mare who put her previous experience to good use in a bumper the other day. She'll be running in a mares' maiden hurdle before too long.
MOLLIE BROWN (GB) 2018b.fMr T. C. FrostBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X MIDNIGHT CRACKLE (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))She is a well put together solid filly who is out of an unraced mare by Midnight Legend who was a half sister to the Grade 2 winner Sam Brown. A very straightforward filly and I'm looking forward to running her in bumpers this Autumn.
MOONCOIN QUEEN (IRE) 2018b.fWessex Racing ClubDOYEN (IRE) X CARRIGEEN QUEEN(IRE) (DARNAY (GB))Half sister to 3 winning mares trained here at Potwell Fm - Midnight Callisto, Lily The Pink and Precious, and her dam is sister to the Gold Cup winner Minella Indo. She was weak last season and had a slight setback too so we put her away, she’s grown on and strengthened up so we hope to find out what she can do on the track this season. We will start her off in mares bumpers (all 3 sisters won bumpers)
NEVADA SMITH (GB) 2018b.gPotwell Racing Syndicate IV (SHARES AVAILABLE)KAYF TARA (GB) X MIDNIGHT MINX (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))Full brother to our impressive bumper winner Cape Vidal, his dam Midnight Minx was another smart performer for our yard winning 4 out of her 9 races. He’s similar to his brother, a very strong solid and athletic sort, we will be aiming him at a bumper to begin with. He’s one of the two horses we have in Potwell IV syndicate along with Pure Theatre.
NORTON HILL (IRE) 2016b.gMr and Mrs J. J. Barber, & Mr A. NormanFAME AND GLORY (GB) X CHARMING LEADER (IRE) (SUPREME LEADER (GB))New to us from Jack Barber, he won a bumper at Wincanton on debut. That bumper worked out well - the 2nd now rated 120, the 3rd won a listed bumper next time then 4th in a grade 2, and the 4th won a bumper next time out and also won on hurdles debut. He’s subsequently been placed in both his maiden hurdle starts and those races have also worked out well with the horses around him having progressed since. He was still quite green in his hurdle races and his jumping was a little hit and miss so there’s tons of improvement to come. I would still be thinking he has the talent to make up into a graded novice hurdler but we may initially target handicaps as I think he’s extremely well treated off 111 !
NOTBITTERBUTBETTER (GB) 2017b.mPryde & Van Der HoevenCHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) x PURELY BY CHANCE (GB) (GALILEO (IRE))Half sister to the 3 time winners Ucanaver and Golden Spread. She’s not had a lot of luck in training having picked up an injury and therefore no run in her first season and health issues throughout last season. Her owner has been very patient and as a result we did manage to get her to the track to make her debut in May. She was the only horse in the race that had no previous experience and ran a respectable race back in 5th (only beaten 7 lengths). Hopefully her preparation will go more smoothly this season and we can see what she’s really made of.
ONEUPMANSHIP (IRE) 2015ch.gPhil Fry & Charlie WalkerMAHLER (GB) X LETTHISBETHEONE (IRE) (MOSCOW SOCIETY (USA))New to us this season (formerly with Jack Barber), he has been placed in 8 of his 11 starts as well as winning his maiden hurdle two seasons back. Only the three starts last season, shaping very well on chase debut at Ffos Las before falling two from home. He picked up an injury later in the season which has kept him out of action but all should be well to resume his chasing career this term.
PARIS DIXIE (GB) 2015b.mOwners Group 037 (SHARES AVAILABLE)CHAMPS ELYSEES (GB) X LAST OF THE DIXIES (GB)(HALLING (USA))A bumper winner at Carlisle a few seasons ago, she went on to join Nicky Henderson and made a very encouraging debut over hurdles at Chepstow when 2nd. Unfortunately after that her form took a downward turn. She joined our team over the Summer and has run two very encouraging races finished 2nd & 3rd in two mares maiden hurdles. I’m very hopeful she’ll get off the mark over hurdles soon and the way she jumps I’m expecting her to have a future over fences too.
PURE THEATRE (IRE) 2018b.fPotwell Racing Syndicate IV (SHARES AVAILABLE)COURT CAVE (IRE) X FAUCON (GB) (POLAR FALCON (USA))She’s sister to 6 winners including As I Am who won 8 including two listed hurdles at Newbury and Cheltenham (career high rating of 142), Western Way 7 wins / career high of 130 jumps / 81 flat, and Elegant Touch who won his last two hurdle starts reaching a rating of 133. Pure Theatre was very unlucky not to get off the mark herself when beaten a short head in a bumper at Fakenham last time out and I’d be very hopeful she’ll improve for a Summer break and win a mares bumper this Autumn. If that happens we will then look at a listed mares bumper for her in November / December.
QUEENS FORTUNE (IRE) 2018b.fNoel Fehily Racing Syndicates Queens Fortune (SHARES AVAILABLE)SOLDIER OF FORTUNE (IRE) X DOWN BY THE SEA (IRE) (FOURSTAR ALLSTAR(USA))She made a very encouraging effort on debut when 3rd in an Irish point to point against the geldings. She’s sister to 3 winners and her sire Soldier Of Fortune has been lucky for us - we’ve run 6 horses by him / 5 have won and the other ran with lots of promise when finishing 5th of 16 in a bumper on debut - she’ll kick off in a bumper this Autumn.
REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 2008b.gMr John P. McManusKING'S THEATRE (IRE) X GO ON EILEEN(IRE) (BOB BACK (USA))Two placed efforts in very valuable handicap chases at Ascot again last season, plus his third faultless round of jumping at Aintree over the national fences - this time in The Topham chase (finished 12th of 29 runners). He’s now 14yrs rising 15 so we play it race by race and see what he tells us but it will be fantastic to see him have another go at Ascot and see if he can yet again win a big pot there !! (4 wins and 7 placed efforts at Ascot to date all achieved in £75k,000 - £100,000 chases).
SAILING GRACE (GB) 2019b.fMr A J HoneyballDARTMOUTH (GB) X WAR CREATION (IRE) (SCORPION (IRE)Her dam won a bumper and two hurdle races reaching a career high of 117 from only 8 runs. She’s done quite a lot already having been broken in last December so seems quite forward and we were delighted with her win in one of the new NH juvenile hurdle series. She did plenty wrong there but showed a great attitude, and will remain a novice next season whatever happens the rest of this campaign.
SAM BROWN (GB) 2012b.gMr T. C. FrostBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X CREAM CRACKER (GB)(SIR HARRY LEWIS (USA))He is lightly raced over the years but now 6 wins from 13 runs, a Grade 2 and a Grade 3 win and £117,000 in prize money. Last season was definitely a much more straightforward campaign for him, with 3 very good runs including a fantastic 2nd in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh chase behind Royale Pagaille who went on to finish 5th in the Gold Cup. His highlight though was winning the £100,000 Betway Handicap Chase at Aintree on Grand National day by 15 lengths ! He’s now up to 157 and we will have a crack at the Grade 2 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on the 29th October.
SERIOUS CHARGES (IRE) 2017b.gPotwell Racing Syndicate IIISOLDIER OF FORTUNE(IRE) x SOUTH WEST NINE (IRE)(OSCAR(IRE))2nd in a bumper on rules debut before winning his next three races over hurdles in impressive fashion. He then went on to the Aintree Grand National meeting finishing 6th of 21 in a valuable handicap hurdle. He’s still only 5yrs old and looks to have a very exciting novice chase season ahead of him where we hope he can progress and mix it at the highest level.
SMART CASUAL (GB) 2018b.gMr John P. McManusBLACK SAM BELLAMY(IRE) x ROUQUINE SAUVAGE (GB) (LOUP SAUVAGE (USA))His dam won 3 races and is a half sister to Master Tommytucker who is a 6 time winner including a Grade 2, and placed at Grade 1 level (career high rating 160). His grand dam won 7 races reaching a career high of 140. He is a tall horse who is going to take a while to fill his frame but an exciting prospect, we will kick off with him in a bumper this season.
SOMESPRING SPECIAL (IRE) 2018b.f.Yeo Racing PartnershipWESTERNER (GB) x NATURAL SPRING (GB) (GENEROUS (IRE))She was 2nd on her debut in a UK point to point and is by the top class sire Westerner. She’s also half sister to a winner. Her Dam won 3 , reached a peak rating of 128 and is sister to 5 winners including the black type Ted Spread. I would imagine we will kick off in a bumper this Autumn.
STARSHIP MONA (GB) 2018b.fThe Lifeboat CrewTELESCOPE (IRE) x LIFEBOAT MONA (GB) (KAYF TARA (GB)Her dam won 6 of her 10 races including two at Listed level, and reached a career high rating of 144. She was a little weak and backward last season but has been given time and developed in to a strong athletic type. We will aim her at mares only bumpers initially and potentially hurdling later depending on what level she reaches in her bumpers.
SULLY D'OC AA (FR) 2014b.gMr John P. McManusKONIG TURF(GER)X SAMARRA D'OC (FR) (MOON MADNESS (GB))He has been a very good chaser for us over the last few seasons reaching a career high rating of 147. Two seasons back he won at Ascot first time out, was 3rd in a valuable chase at Newbury, then ran in all three Spring festivals finishing a solid 8th of 21 at Cheltenham followed by a 2nd of 18 at Aintree and rounded off by giving us our first winner in Ireland, winning a 19 runner 2m handicap chase at the Punchestown festival ! Last season was always going to be tricky having gone up in the weights but he still managed some solid efforts the highlight being when finishing 3rd beaten 2 lengths in an £85,000 handicap chase at Ascot. Unfortunately in his last run, again at Ascot, he broke a bone in his foot and has been sidelined since so missing all the Spring festivals. It’s hoped he’ll be back fit and firing again at some point this Winter targeting the Spring festivals once again.
SWINCOMBE FLEAT (GB) 2016b.mYeo Racing PartnershipYEATS (IRE)X SWINCOMBE FLAME (GB) (EXIT TO NOWHERE (USA))Her dam Swincombe Flame was a top notch race mare and she’s sister to a grade 2 winner and to our own smart bumper winner Firestream. She’s been more than respectable on the track herself having won a bumper and finishing 4th in a 16 runner listed bumper. Last season she won her novice hurdle and was placed twice before her form tailed off a bit in her last two runs of the season. She still looks on a very workable handicap mark and will more than likely kick on straight over fences.
TALKINGTOTHEMOON (GB) 2018b.gThe Lunatic PartnershipPETHER'S MOON (IRE) x BLUE BUTTONS (IRE) (KING'S THEATRE(IRE))Only two career starts so far - 2nd on his UK point to point debut before going on to win easily next time out. His
dam Blue Buttons won 4 races and reached a career high rating of 137. One of her wins came at listed level and
she was also 2nd in that grade. This lad will start off in a bumper this Autumn.
TROJAN HORSE (IRE) 2019ch.cMr R Huggins and Mr Peter JonesULYSSES (IRE) X GUARDIA (IRE) (MONSUN (IRE))He was twice a winner on the flat reaching a career high rating of 84. He’s got several winning siblings including Group 3 placed, Punchestown festival winning hurdler Guiri. His dam is full sister to the group 1 winning sire GETAWAY. Slightly disappointed us on his first hurdle start but it was a terribly muddling affair.
UCANAVER (GB) 2016bl.mIfuwonner PartnershipMAXIOS (GB) X PURELY BY CHANCE (GB) (GALILEO (IRE))Won 2 novice hurdles and placed once from 4 starts last season, a high quality mare who can hopefully take another step forward this year. Plan A is to have a tilt at a valuable mares handicap hurdle at Wincanton in early November and then we may well send her mares chasing as she seems to enjoy her jumping, she may well excel in that sphere.
UNNAMED (GB) 2019b.ggeegeez.co.uk XXIIBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X BEHRA (IRE) (GRAND LODGE (USA))His dam was 3rd in a listed race on the flat, and won a 17 runner maiden at Newbury (flat rating 92 with Sir Michael Stout). She is now the dam of 6 winners to date including two black type horses - Barizan who won 10 and reached a peak rating of 146 and Baradari who won 3 and a career high of 140. This lad is a lovely athletic type who has been cantered away and schooled. We will aim him at bumpers from January onwards (is qualified for a £100,000 sales bumper at Newbury in March).
UNNAMED (GB) 2019b.gFOR SALEBLACK SAM BELLAMY (IRE) X DOLLY PENROSE (GB) (HERNANDO (FR))His dam made £120,000 as a yearling and went on to win twice and reach a flat rating of 84. She was also a winner over hurdles reaching a rating of 117. She is sister to 6 winners, three of which were black type performers and her dam won the Grade 1 Cleeve hurdle at Cheltenham. This lad has been broken in, cantered and jumped. We like him a lot and will hope to run him in a bumper January onwards (he is also qualified for a £100,000 sales bumper at Newbury in March).
UNNAMED (IRE) 2019b.gMr Gavin PikeCOURT CAVE (IRE) X SOUTH WEST NINE (IRE) (OSCAR (IRE))A straightforward, athletic individual who is half brother to 4 winners including the smart horse trained here at Potwell “Serious Charges” (3 wins to date / rating 133). He was broken in, cantered and schooled in the Spring then out for a Summer break, the plan will be to prep him for bumpers this season.
WHYNOTNOWROY (IRE) 2018ch.gMr Brian DerrickNOTNOWCATO (GB) X MIDNIGHT LIRA (GB) (MIDNIGHT LEGEND (GB))He’s had two educational stints with us, so after his latest Summer break he’s very much ready to crack on with this season. His dam Midnight Lira won 6 races reaching a career high rating of 125 so plenty of positives on pedigree. He’ll kick off in a bumper in the Autumn.
WINDANCE (IRE) 2015b.gDecimus Racing IIISHIROCCO (GER) X MACA RINCE(IRE) (RAINWATCH (GB))He really got the hang of hurdling in his final three starts in the 2020 / 21 season winning two of them and third on his final start. Unfortunately he missed last season due to a tendon strain, and he’ll resume this term over hurdles before heading over fences as he’s a really good jumper and should thrive over the larger obstacles
WORLD OF DREAMS (IRE) 2016b.gMr R. W. Huggins, M Bisogno & P WilliamsKAYF TARA (GB) X ROSE OF THE WORLD (IRE) (VINNIE ROE(IRE))He is a high quality performer, winning 4 of his 6 starts to date including two over hurdles last season. His 2nd in a novice hurdle at Hereford reads particularly well as the winner (which he gave 7lb) subsequently went on to win a Grade 2 novice hurdle next time out. We had him lined up for a very valuable hurdle in March but an injury forced us to shelve that plan and put him away. Hopefully we will be back on the front foot this season and he could be very interesting off a mark of 120 in some valuable handicap hurdles this term.

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