Suzy Smith Racing - News 2016 - 2017
Although we haven't had much racing over the last month because of the firm ground, we have lots of exciting news!
First of all, we are very happy to report that some of our ex-race mares at stud in Ireland have had their foals. Material World has just had a big colt foal by Shirocco, Aimigayle has had a filly foal by new sire Telescope (son of Galileo), Golden Bay has had a Soldier of Fortune filly and She's Noble has had a colt foal by Kayf Tara. We will do a further update when we have been to see them in the next couple of weeks. Emma Stewart has also confirmed that Emmaslegend has had a colt foal by Universal.
Jennifer Eccles has decided that she also would like to be a broodmare along with her sisters as she was feeling somewhat hard done by having to do all the work on the racecourse and is due to visit Telescope later this month!
We've had some retirements at the end of this season for two of the old timers - Beau Lake and Laughton Park who have both managed to secure lovely permanent homes, which they both richly deserve. Masked Bandit has gone to a friend of the owners to start his second career as a riding horse, we wish him every luck for the future.
We have some horses coming back to the yard shortly, Hook Lane Roobee Jane Reece's lovely big home bred 4 year old, Storm Patrol and Rosy World's full sister Strike the Flint (known as Ella) and lastly Masked Bandit's 3 year old sister by Champs Elysees who will be starting her career with us.
We had a wonderful day at Plumpton yesterday, Huntress won the Bumper in impressive style under Jack Sherwood who gave her a very positive ride and she led from start to finish.
Congratulations to the Crawford-Smith family who look to have a nice one on their hands.
Clondaw Bisto came 4th in a Novice Hurdle at Fontwell at the end of February. He struggled in the holding ground there, so we were really pleased with his performance and hope that he will improve again on a better surface. He should be out again shortly.
Red Devil Star has had a couple of runs at Newbury since our last update. In the first he came a good second on soft ground. Unfortunately on the 25th March, because of the low sun, only 6 fences out of the 13 could be jumped. Since Red's forte is his jumping this clearly wasn't ideal but he still ran with credit to come 5th.
Clondaw Cian ran at the Cheltenham Festival, sadly the ground dried out to good which meant that it was not the stamina test that we had hoped for. We had a fantastic time at the festival and Cian handled the crowds and the excitement really well. We are still hoping to run him once more before the end of the season if he gets his ground.
We went to Exeter with King Charlie in search of good ground. Frustratingly no sooner than we had arrived, a big black cloud appeared and it rained solidly for 5 hours! Seeing as we were all there we made the decision to go ahead and run, but Charlie didn't appreciate it and Jack looked after him rightly pulling him up! We are hoping to run him either at Fontwell or Plumpton around Easter - providing it is good ground.
Storm Patrol ran an excellent race at Ascot to finish 2nd in a competitive Mares' event. She confirmed the ability that we know she has and is an exciting mare to have in the yard. It was lovely for the syndicate members and my father Robin who bred her from Material World, a fantastic day.
We are delighted to welcome Sailor Malan and his owner Sheila Bailey to the yard. Sailor is by Mount Nelson and has had a few runs on the flat. He has some jumping in his pedigree and will be making the switch to hurdles with us. He is currently in full work and we are still learning about this cheery character!
We are very pleased to report that Clondaw Cian has qualified for the Pertemps Final at The Cheltenham Festival in March. It has been our main objective to get him qualified for this race after his good win at the Open Meeting back in November. Hopefully now he will get in off a nice weight.
Huntress had her second run at Lingfield in an all weather bumper. She finished a very promising 5th and travelled really strongly throughout, showing a good attitude, she will come into her own over longer and on a more suitable track.
King Charlie ran a great race at Taunton to finish a good second. He travelled and jumped really well, the concern before the race was whether he would handle such a fast track, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself and proved once again what a genuine horse he is providing he has his ground. As the weather improves we are hoping we can find some good opportunities.
Red Devil Star was very unlucky at Newbury to be seriously hampered by a falling horse who rolled across the track giving Micheal Nolan no chance of staying aboard! Fortunately, we are pleased to report they were both fine. We are just waiting for some better ground for him.
Beau Lake has been retired at the grand old age of 13. He has been a favourite of the yard for a long time, winning 6 races for us and being placed numerous times. He was a real mud lark who rewarded our faith in him after coming back from 2 years off the track with tendon trouble. He returned better than ever to win 4 races for us and his new owners at the time Graham and Sue Willetts. We are currently looking for a nice home for him as a riding horse.
Happy New Year to everyone!
Red Devil Star's chasing career is off to a flying start, he came 3rd at Sandown and then followed up with an excellent win at Ascot just before Christmas. Jack Sherwood rode him with a great deal of confidence, bringing out the best of his jumping and giving him belief in himself which showed in his gutsy attitude in the close finish. Red was never going to be denied! It was a great day for the Palmer family, a lovely early Christmas present.
Little Boy Boru had his first run this season in a very competitive handicap over 3miles at Haydock. He came a very close second and looked for a minute as if he would get past the eventual winner, but just found the ground a little too holding. We were all delighted with his comeback run and hope we can find a decent handicap for him when the rain comes back!
King Charlie has been out a couple of times over fences - on his first attempt over the larger obstacles he impressed with his jumping and stuck to his task very well to finish a good second. This was at Fontwell on good ground over 3 and a quarter miles. We subsequently took him back over the same course and distance a couple of weeks later, unfortunately the ground was very holding which didn't suit him at all, so we are going to wait for a staying chase over better ground for him.
Clondaw Bisto ran a good race to come 3rd at Towcester, if he hadn't made a serious mistake at the second last when he was making his forward move he would have finished a lot closer despite the gruelling conditions.
Sadly, Fin d'Espere is being retired from racing due to his soft palate becoming unstable under race conditions. He will make someone a lovely eventer or dressage horse where this will not hinder his performance. The good news is that Storm Patrol and Jennifer Eccles are back in faster work now after getting over last season's niggles and are both doing well.
We have had a fabulous November so far - Clondaw Cian won for us impressively on Saturday at Cheltenham's Open Meeting under Sean Bowen. He put up a gutsy performance to stay on strongly up the Cheltenham Hill, to win by 3.5 lengths. Understandably we were all delighted, especially for Cian's owners Wolf & Chris as he is their first ever horse and this was only their 2nd trip to Cheltenham! We were all really pleased with Cian's jumping and are thoroughly looking forward to the season ahead.
Clondaw Bisto came a great second in his first hurdle at Fontwell. He was only beaten two lengths by a horse Paul Nicholls rates very highly and ideally would have preferred softer conditions. He is another horse to follow for the season ahead.
Red Devil Star ran yesterday at Wincanton in a novice handicap chase, finishing a very good second to a very well handicapped horse of Paul Nicholls. His jumping was impeccable and Jack Sherwood who rode him was really impressed. We hope he has a decent handicap in him.
On Monday we welcomed forty members from the RCA Racegoers Club for a stable visit. They had a great time meeting all the horses and watching Tom O'Brien and Sergio schooling. It was really nice to meet racing enthusiasts who follow our horses around the local tracks, they particularly enjoyed getting some tips from Tom, who gave them the winners of the first two races!
We've had an excellent start to the season!
Due to the lack of rain we've only had 3 runners so far, but they've all finished in the winner's enclosure. First to go was So She Says, who ran a brave race to finish 4th at Fontwell in her bumper with ground that was against her, she has come out of the race well and has really enjoyed the experience. She's now waiting for a bumper on the all weather at Lingfield in early November.
We had a good day at Fontwell on Wednesday, Red Devil Star had his first outing over fences in a hot beginners chase, where he jumped impeccably and ran with real credit to finish 3rd. Bold Image won easily in the mares bumper to win by 6 lengths on her first start, she was really professional and travelled very comfortably throughout the race. We trained her mother who went on to win a listed race for us at Cheltenham and Bold Image is a similar type of mare. It was lovely to see Sue and Nigel her owner/breeders back in the winners enclosure.
We have a new arrival at the yard, a 3 year old gelding Masked Bandit, by Dick Turpin out of Plaisterer who was rated 98 at best on the flat. He has just arrived and we are looking forward to finding out more about him and we welcome his owners to the yard.
As every trainer is, we are waiting for the rain to arrive so we can get some more horses out, we have plenty ready to go now, but it appears it is set to remain dry for the next week at least.
Our trip to Cork to see our broodmares and their offspring was very successful. We spent a good bit of time assessing the youngsters and deciding on the next steps for each of them; whether they are ready to go into training/breaking or if they are sales bound, selecting the right sale for them. It is also useful to see the youngsters progress and grow as it can quite often determine our stallion choice for the mares for the following year.
One of the three year olds from Ballincurrig Stud, 'Maggie' by Milan out of Golden Bay has since arrived and will do two or three months education here before returning to her owner and breeder Sue to develop further.
We were delighted to welcome our owners for champagne and canapés at our annual Owners' Day at the yard on Sunday morning. This is a great social event where our owners get the chance to meet one another and join in the general excitement and anticipation for the season ahead! We paraded the horses giving everyone the opportunity to find out about all the horses in the yard not just their own. The horses all looked fantastic, a real credit to the staff who turned them out impeccably.
Many of the horses are now in full work and all going extremely well. We are hoping to have our first runner at Fontwell on 1st of October. This is likely to be So She Says who will be having her first run in a bumper.
It's been a very sociable month! We've welcomed lots of our owners to the yard who have enjoyed seeing their horses and feeding them a few carrots!
This is an exciting time of year for us as the majority of the horses are back in now and many of them have started canter work. We've got plenty of youngsters to bumper this season, and we are beginning to learn about their different traits, for example would they be best making the running or coming from off the pace, what type of ground and course will suit them best.
We enjoyed having Ella's owners here last week, they were very happy with her progress. She has finished her initial work, she has been broken in and ridden away and will return to Lavington Stud tomorrow to develop. She will come back to County Stables as a 3 year old.
A number of our owners now have mares at Ballincurrig Stud and a party of us are going over to Cork next week to to see them and their youngsters. We love going, it's always good fun, they look after us really well. Most importantly it's wonderful to see the mares that have done so well for us looking so happy and relaxed.
And finally, we are offering shares in Mighty Vic who we bought from the point-to-point ranks in Ireland last year. Mighty is a genuine, fun horse who we think will be ideal for Plumpton and Fontwell, our local tracks, where we have such success. Please see the Horses for Sale page under the Ownership tab above for more information.
Our horses' summer holidays are already coming to an end! We have around half of them back at the yard already and we leave those that prefer very soft ground conditions out until the end of July. They have had a great break, have all put on condition and have relaxed over the last couple of months. The work begins now to build up their fitness - we have a good combination of bridle paths and open Downland here, that make this period of walking and trotting really interesting for the horses and riders!
Storm Patrol's 2 year old sister Ella has been backed now and is about to start riding away, she has been quick to learn and is enjoying the experience. Also returning here to further his education is Hook Lane Roobee known as Roo, owned and bred by Jane Reece. It's always been Jane's dream to breed her own racehorse and Roo is a lovely big 3 year old who is developing nicely.
Finally, Mariet has arrived safely and settled in to Ballincurrig Stud in Cork. We are pleased to say that some of our other well known past race mares are also confirmed in foal, including Material World (Shirocco), Natural Spring (Pour Moi), Golden Bay (Soldier of Fortune), Emmaslegend (Universal) and Aimigayle (Telescope).
The horses are doing very well out at grass, enjoying the nice weather and looking very relaxed. We've put some of their holiday snaps in the gallery for you to enjoy!
Material World's 3 year old filly known as Rosie by everyone, has settled in nicely now and will be going out for the summer with the other girls shortly. Her 2 year old sister Ella arrives at the yard tomorrow to start her education. They are both by Shirocco as is Storm Patrol and we have very high hopes for them, they all have tremendous presence!
Mariet has been confirmed in foal to Telescope, a new exciting stallion who stands at Shade Oak Stud and will be heading to Ballincurrig Stud near Cork, to join our other broodmares. She has delivered some pleasing results, winning twice under Jack Sherwood who has always been able to give her confidence and done a stirling job. Mariet is a half sister to multiple winners including our Royal Ascot winning mare Missoula. Dena and Leslie Arstall her breeders are very excited to have her back to continue the family line that has been so successful for them, through Medway the dam.
On the staff side, Yves is returning from France to work another season and David leaves with our best wishes after two and a half successful years at the yard. Jason, who has been doing work experience with us for the last year has turned 16 now and is embarking on his flat career, we have always rated him very highly and we are sure he will make a good apprentice jockey.
Jennifer Eccles had her first run over hurdles at Fontwell, she lost a lot of ground at the start and did well to get back into the race to finish a very close fourth beaten by only 1.5 lengths. She confirmed the ability we knew she had over a distance that was on the short side for her. Unfortunately, she was cut up on the top bend, lost her footing and will have to have some extra time out in the field to recover, but will be back on the racecourse after Christmas.
We took Laughton Park and Ourmanmassini up to Market Rasen in search of better ground last week. They both ran with credit, finishing 5th in their respective races, the ground was still a little too lively for them, which is why we've roughed off most of the yard now.
All but a couple of the horses are now on holiday for the summer, which gives us time to spruce up the yard & gallops ready for the new season.
Two new arrivals to report! We are very excited to have acquired All Currencies, the joint top rated 4 year old filly from the point to point ranks in Ireland this season. She is by Getaway who looks to be making his mark with his first crop of 4 year olds.
So She Says, a racy 4 year old filly by Kalanisi out of an own sister to the very smart black type perfomers Accordion Etoile and French Accordion has joined the yard. She has been broken and pre-trained in Ireland showing plenty of gears and she will bumper in the autumn after her summer break.