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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!

A Hare Breath

A HARE BREATH (aka Harry); five-time winner for us who retired on the final day of last season after a wonderful career for the Embiricos family finished third in his first Retraining Of Racehorses competition at Frome Show with Tor Cannon in September, just 4 months after leaving us.



Raise Your Shades won at Southwell by 8 lengths for his owners Foxtrot Racing Raise Your Shades. Ridden by Tom Bellamy, he was held up until the 6th hurdle. Making headway he and Safe Home began to draw clear, but Raise Your Shades was the better horse on the day and stayed on brilliantly to make 8 lengths on his rival and win convincingly.   


Mystic Court triumphs for his owners The Mystic Band of Brothers. The son of Court Cave had produced a very promising start to his hurdling career at Kempton where he was a very creditable third 3 weeks prior and we were very hopeful he would reproduce this form again last week at Huntingdon. 

Under Daryl he led from pillar to post battling on bravely to the line where he fended off the fast finishing Rukwa by half a length in a thrilling finish. It is great to see how far he has come over the season and we look forward to seeing him return in the Autumn. 


The yard is sparkling! With the majority of horses now out for the summer the team have been hard at work steam cleaning, painting, fixing every little nut and bolt and it looks fantastic. Fresh and ready to go! 


Sales Season is upon us with Doncaster May Sales kicking it off last week. As I’m sure you’ve heard it was a record breaking few days with plenty of talent going through the ring. We are thrilled to introduce some of the exciting new purchases who will be joining our team. Amongst them is the brother of Global Citizen and A Hare Breath. De Barley Basket is a striking individual who will hopefully follow in his brothers footsteps. 

Another exciting purchase is the son of Court Cave ‘Lifeisahighway’ this point winner seems to be taking everything in his stride since returning from the sales before he heads out for some grass. 

Have a look at our website it’s always a good way to follow the horses in training and spot the new faces! 


The next few weeks brings with it a return of some familiar faces back to the track such as the ever youthful and treasured Ravens Tower who will be having a summer campaign as he is a horse who always thrives on good ground. We can’t wait to see him back. 

Gowiththeflow Delights

A New Season has arrived and with it the holidays are here for most of our horses, but some have still got jobs to do and are firmly flying the flag for the team in these summer months.

Sebastian Beach and Gowiththeflow have delighted over the last week and kicked off their seasons in style.

We are thrilled to have Bruton Streets Gowiththeflow back to winning ways. This talented horse has taken a while to find his way this season after a fantastic year novice hurdling where he beat the likes of Paisley Park, it hasn’t been the easiest road for him but last week at Market Rasen where he took the feature we seem to have him back on track.

Under Nico he bowled along in front really enjoying himself and showing us the horse we all know he is. When challenged he went away tenaciously to go and win his race. He will hopefully run again soon and then we will go from there.

Sebastian Beach has been off the track for over two years and we could not be prouder of everyone at home getting this horse back to the racecourse in such tremendous form. He was just beaten on his comeback run and yard debut at Worcester last week into a very gallant 2nd.  We were delighted with his performance and fingers crossed he will be hitting the top spot very soon.

This week brings with it some lovely runners as Hidden Glen and Markov return to action at Southwell tomorrow.


As it’s time for a break take a look at some of the pictures that will be in this weeks newsletter of happy horses now out in the field here and at home with their owners. Perhaps you’ll recognise a few of them…

CLOSE OF PLAY ON 2018/2019

As we say good bye to 2018/2019 we look back fondly on the past year as it was the year that we maintained our increasing winners tally for a season as we recorded our greatest total. The months also saw our younger horses come to the helm and fly the flag especially amongst the Hurdlers and the Novice Chasers with the likes of Global Citizen proving his class throughout and both Novice Chasers Le Breuil and Kildisart rising to the top at the two big festivals of the year Cheltenham and Aintree. There where plenty of exciting performances from others as young prospects started carving out their career.

It seemed as though a changing of the guard was in the air as three of our stars bowed out for a final time. We suffered a huge loss in Willoughby Court along with retiring Barters Hill and A Hare Breath.  There have been some tough goodbyes but we are incredibly lucky and excited by the way our horses have performed and look forward to seeing what next season brings. As we have always done we have built from the bottom, unfortunately the ground has gone so some of our babies will have to wait until the Autumn to start their racing life but in the meantime we can all have a summer of dreaming and hoping that 2019/2020 brings with it some exciting days. As always we are so grateful to our team at home who have worked so hard over the last year and our owners for all their support we can’t them all enough. Roll on next year.


A Hare Breath bows out with all the class he’s shown through out his career. The Valda Embiricos owned Harry ran his final race at Sandown on Saturday after what has been a career full of highs and days that have provided us with some wonderful memories.

He is the type of horse you dream of training early on in your career. Arriving with us after some time off at the beginning of our second season the knowledge that this was a smart individual became apparent very quickly when nothing we had home could work with him! A few away days at Nickys bought about whispers of what this exciting horse might produce when he ran. His first outing at the Cheltenham November Meeting would provide us with our first winner at the home of jumps and a day that will last long in the memory as he stormed up the hill to win emphatically.

His CV is a joy to look back on. He was a winner over fences but his strength was the speed and accuracy he hurdled with making him hugely classy in this sphere notching up many wins and places in the big handicaps at the Festivals including fourth in the Greatwood along with wins at Kempton and Sandown where he gained Listed success.

He took everything in his stride and was a joy to train. You couldn’t ask for a kinder individual and his presence will be much missed around the yard. A wonderful retirement though awaits as he heads back the Embiricos’s Barkfold Stud and will be treated like the king he is. We look forward to seeing him shine in anything he does next.



Our team is recruiting full time stable staff/work riders and yard staff to start no later than the 1st July 2019. We are looking for enthusiastic people to join this Festival and Grade 1 winning team.

  • A great opportunity to ride and look after some top class racehorses, experience top class racing and race days.
  • All stable staff applicants must be competent riders, Yard Staff do not need riding experience.
  • Applicants must have a high level of care and be great team players.
  • With options to further your career by taking your NVQ 3 and Diploma Exams if you wish.
  • The opportunity to earn above a first class salary for the right people, gain plenty of bonuses and pool money through out the season.
  • Fantastic accommodation available to suit everyone on or off sight.
    All applications, CV’s and enquiries please send to or call Hannah in the office on 01451 821252 



Aintree never seems to disappoint, top class racing, a city that welcomes you with open arms and a race that captures the nation.

The few days for the team did provide a rollercoaster of emotions.

Unfortunately, THE CAPTAINS INN picked up a nasty injury when going beautifully in the Grade 1 Sefton. We are very hopeful after Daryl’s quick thinking to pull him up that we will see this talented horse back on a racecourse soon for his owners the Megsons.

The Novice Chaser EQUUS SECRETUS took to the National fences like an old pro in the Topham and ran a gallant race for a long time to get a good clear round over the big fences just getting tired towards the end of the race. He was brave and has given himself the opportunity of having some exciting targets for next season. THE COB finished the Friday of the meeting off well after being thrown in at the deep end. He ran well above his odds to finish just outside the frame in the Champion bumper.

With the arrival of Grand National Day brought with it three exciting runners and of course the chance to watch the magnificent Tiger Roll become apart of history. What an amazing horse he is, huge congratulations to his connections.

We are delighted that NESTOR PARK is ok after being pulled up. Nico reported that he didn’t enjoy the ground. The Megsons’ NADAITAK after a good run in the Albert Barlett put in another fine display in the Gaskells Hurdle to finish off what has been a great season. He will now have a well-deserved holiday and next year we look forward to an exciting Novice Chasing campaign.

The last of our runners for the meeting was the exciting KILDISART who hot off the back of his JLT fourth came to the race in great form. Having opted not to go in the Novice Races he would carry the mammoth weight of 11st 12lbs in the Betway Chase. Under a brilliant ride from Daryl he was impressive from start to finish. Easing into the lead between the final two fences to go on and win in style becoming our second festival winner of the season. He has been a star this year and he deserved to win on one of the biggest stages of all. We are delighted for his owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede along with Anthony Bromley, the team behind the double green.

To have winners at both the two big festivals of the year Cheltenham and Aintree is no easy feat and as always, the team at home are a key part to the success so a huge thank you to them for all their hard work.

Elsewhere ONE TOUCH completed a great day for the team, winning in style on stable debut a hot bumper at Chepstow where many horses where highly thought of and it will surely be a race that will provide plenty of future winners. We are thrilled for owner Martin Jones who looks to have an exciting prospect on his hands.

The team head up to Ayr this weekend where we are set to send some exciting runners with DELIRE D'ESTRUVAL, RINTULLA and MARKOV amongst some of the entries heading the charge up to Scotland

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