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The Macon Lugnatic wins the 1st Security Solutions EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) at Doncaster

The Macon Lugnatic made all and kept finding out in front for David Bass who gave him a truly superb ride. Their timing was perfect as was the way they controlled the pace and they thoroughly deserved the win. The Macon Lugnatic was always a nice bumper horse but it was evident after his first run of the season at Leicester that his jumping needed work, so we sent him to Lucy Jackson who has done a fantastic job of schooling him. It's been a big team effort to get him back to this sort of level so it was great to see. He’s an improving horse and it’s always exciting when they win a qualifier like this. Congratulations to his owners The Genesis Racing Partnership II and to all connections!

Notice how clean they are.. one of the many perks of never being headed! 

Legal Eyes wins the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase at Kempton in style!  

What a horse! The beautiful Legal Eyes was given a superb ride by Nico De Boinville, whos talent for reading races and hard work schooling the horses here at home to ensure their jumping is confident and accurate on the racecourse was as evident as ever. Having won at Plumpton in October this was Legal Eyes’ first run since having his wind operation. He rewarded The OAP Syndicate’s faith in him in spectacular style, winning this competitive race by 11 lengths! He jumped and galloped his rivals into submission and truly deserved the win, having led from the 3rd fence and given his all.

Your Darling wins the Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Newbury

The hugely exciting Your Darling looks to have a very bright future, winning on debut at Newbury for his owner Lord Vestey under Nico De Boinville. He was up against some strong competition including the incredibly well bred Flinteur Sacre (full brother to the famous Sprinter Sacre) making the win all the more impressive. The brilliant Henrietta Knight, who sourced him from Ireland thinks that he ‘is as good a horse as Best Mate’. It is safe to say that we are all incredibly excited about him!

29th December 2019 - One Touch serves up a festive treat to win at Doncaster!

One Touch made light work of the competition in the CWS Plumbing and Heating British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) at Doncaster. He was given a peach of a ride from David Bass who did what he does best and bounced him out to make all. One Touch went clear two out and was (to quote the commentator on the day) a ‘touch too good’. He was eased down to win by a convincing eight lengths for his brilliant owner Mr Martin Jones having jumped like a stag throughout. He won his only Point To Point start, a bumper and now he has also won over hurdles. We are anticipating a bright future for this classy horse over the bigger obstacles.  

27th December - Global Citizen wins at Kempton!

Global Citizen produced a fabulous front-running display to win the Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (G2, C1) at Kempton. He made all and set a good galloping pace which was 4 seconds faster than the Desert Orchid Chase. He has really stepped up and returned to form after making his chasing debut in October. In spite of the unfavourable ground we knew he was a brave and gutsy horse with the necessary class to win this competitive renewal.

David Bass rode him very positively settling him in a good rhythm and getting him jumping fantastically. Going into the last he had seen off all of his rivals except for Rouge Vif, however Global Citizen's valiant leap over the final fence and gallop to the line made him impossible for any of the others to get on terms with, let alone past.

His owners, The Megsons, have plenty to be excited about for the rest of the season as with this win under his belt we will now set his sights on the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival or Aintree. The winners of the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase in recent seasons include the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Altior and Cyrname, five of the last eight winners have gone on to win the Arkle.

20th December - Whatsupwithyou and Cavok provided Ben with a welcome double

Whatsupwithyou won the Maiden Hurdle at Ascot for his owner Co-foundations Ltd. David Bass gave him a fantastic, expertly timed ride. He has made the perfect start to his hurdling career, taking the inside line and jumping brilliantly throughout the race. He coped with the testing conditions very well and stayed on brilliantly to win this strong maiden hurdle convincingly by 3.5 lengths.

Cavok won the Richard Winterton Auctioneers Novices' Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter under Luca Morgan for her owner Mrs Carrie Zetter-Wells. This was Cavok’s season and chasing debut. Cavok won her Irish Point to Point on heavy ground so we knew she would be able to cope with the conditions. Luca Morgan gave her an excellent ride taking on the leader two out and seeing off the favourites challenge.

Espoir De Loire wins at Musselburgh

Espoir De Loire won the Visit Novices' Handicap Chase by 2 lengths under Daryl Jacob for owner Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited. This was a very impressive season and chasing debut, he made all, jumped for fun and is sure to progress nicely from this. He won his point to point before coming to us to begin his career under rules. He was hurdling last season and won nicely at Warwick, his best performances to date have been on softer ground which bodes well for this season!   

Legal Eyes wins at Plumpton

Legal Eyes made the running setting a nice galloping pace in the ‘’A Spirit Of Love’’ Memorial Race Chase (A Novices’ Limited Handicap) at Plumpton yesterday, which he won by 5 lengths under Nico de Boinville for his owners the OAP Syndicate. He has been placed in four of his six previous starts, so he really deserved to win this; his chasing debut.  

Cheltenham Half Marathon

In spite of perhaps not doing as much training as we should have, we did it! The start and finish lines were at Cheltenham Racecourse, a place that we all formerly only had fond memories of. The route wound its way through the Town Centre passing Montpellier and Landsdown, before joining the old Honeybourne Line towards Pittville and back into the Racecourse for a final lap before crossing the finish line in the paddock. We most definitely have a newfound appreciation for horses having to battle it out at Cheltenham. ?Special commendations go to:

Dave Bass – 1h29m

Freddie Woodhead -1h38m

Nathan Green – 1h47m

Matty Ingle -1h49m

Nick Whiteman -1h50m

Jason Dixon and Ben Pauling  -1h54m

Flo Wright 2h0m

Becky Buckley 2h15m

Gill Tate 2h18m

Although everyone ran very well and gave it 100% which was substantiated by the fact that we were all lame the next day (most of us have now fully recovered). We raised an unbelievable £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and Racing Welfare, thanks to your generosity.


Sebastian Beach (below) won the Harper Gow Family Supporting Alzheimer Scotland Handicap Chase (Northern Lights Series Qualifier) at Kelso for owners The Megsons. He was prominently placed by our new conditional jockey Jason Dixon and challenged to take the lead before 4 out, he was ridden and drew clear from 2 out staying on to win by 7 lengths. This was Sebastian Beach’s first run in blinkers, Jason’s first ride at Kelso and the first winner he’s ridden for Ben. Congratulations to all connections!

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