We were expecting foals quite late this year, going on well into June, but Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) had other ideas and on 21st May she produced a beautiful filly foal by Kayf Tara, her first filly and a definite keeper!!
Newborn photo below, taken by Stud groom Jessica Joubert

Newborn HermioneThis one at 12 hours old, out in the paddock for the first time.
12 hours old - 2.jpegCentoria, our boarding mare, foaled next on 23rd May, and produced a lovely bay filly by Jack Hobbs.

Jack Hobbs Filly - 2019

2 down and one to go and on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May, Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) decided she would foal down out in the field, mid morning, as it was such a nice day! She gave us a beautiful, almost black, filly by Jack Hobbs. One year to the day of the birth of her first foal by Mount Nelson!
Photo by Jessica Joubert

Newborn HeidiHere she is up and about, just a few hours old.
Image-1 (3)The fillies are all doing well and growing on nicely and developing their own personalities.  Here they are now at approximately one month old.

Lecon Benefique and her Kayf Tara Filly (named Hermione by the grandchildren)
Hermione - June 2019
and Kassis and her Jack Hobbs Filly (named Heidi by the grandchidren)
Heidi - June 2019

All the girls-June 2019

Later in June, it was the time for the Store Sales in Ireland and Lecon Benefique's first foal by Sholokhov was entered in the Tattersalls Derby Sale Catalogue on the second day.  I flew out on Wednesday 26th in the afternoon to watch him go through on the Thursday.  He was finally knocked down to Oliver Sherwood, who bought him for a new owner to his yard in Lambourn.  We will be eagerly following his progress on the track.

Photo below showing that the mare certainly produces 'mini me' babies!
Courtesy of Tatts Ireland Catalogue.
Bertie at Derby Sale 2019And finally,  our lovely filly Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil) left us after her summer break to go into pre-training with Richard Bandey at Plantation Farm in Hampshire. She will stay with him for a month or so and then move on to Jamie Snowden's Folly House in Lambourn to start her racing career.
First day in pre-training - July 4th 2019First day in pre-training, shoes on and starting work!
Photo courtesy of Richard Bandey

With thanks once again to Jessica Joubert for the fabulous photos

It has been some time since my last post and looking back, there have been some highs and some lows in this period.

Early Morning Rain (FR) (Martaline x Rosewater) did everything that was asked of her during her training preparation at Jamie Snowden's yard at Folly House and we were looking forward to seeing how she would perform on the track.
She was entered for the bumper at Ludlow on 5th December 2018 in the 'British Stallion Studs EBF Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (EBF Mares' Series Qualifier)'  (Class 4)  (4-6yo)  (1m7f169yds)  2m   Going:  Soft.
This was her first race and she did not disgrace herself at all and was placed 7th of 16 with Gavin Sheehan in the plate, wearing the colours of The Heart Racing Syndicate.Rosie LudlowPhoto of a mud splattered girl after the race, with thanks to Becky Bailey.
Comment from Racing Post:  "Early Morning Rain,  who has a middle-distance Flat pedigree, came under pressure before the home turn and kept staying on."

Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) finally hit the track on 9th December 2018 for her first race at Huntingdon in the 'Tattersalls Ireland Henrietta Knight Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed Race)'
(Class 1)  (4-6yo)  (1m7f171yds)  2m   Going:  Good To Soft.
Noel Fehily was riding her in her debut race for Trainer Harry Fry.  She took a keen hold, pressed leader until she lost place over 2f out, dropped behind and eased 2f out, tailed off to finish a disappointing second last.
Polly at Huntingdon - 7th Dec 2018-2Racing Post after-race comment:  "Toodlepip, whose yard is mustard in the mares' bumper division, fell in a hole after showing up early and was miles below market expectations."
Toodlepip is a stunning looking mare with so much potential and promise but after 3 more starts with disappointing runs we felt that she has decided that racing wasn't her career choice.  So, with thanks to Rosie Fry for all her help and hard work, Toodlepip has now been sold on and has a new life in the Eventing World, where I hope she will settle and be happy.

Polly with Rosie Fry - RoR

Early Morning Rain's second start was at Taunton on 19th January 2019 in the 'Free Ticket Offer Ends Midnight 27th January Mares' Open NH Flat Race'  (Class 5)(4-6yo)  (2m104yds)  2m½f  Going: Good To Soft;  with Sam Twiston-Davies on board this time, wearing the colours of Julie Thomas.
Early Morning Rain was placed 2nd of 14 runners this time, only beaten 1 length by Miss Honey Rider.

Rosie in parade ring atRacing Post comment after the race:  "Early Morning Rain wasn't beaten far on debut at Ludlow the previous month and improved here in reversing form with the third that day. She has plenty of substance about her and should enjoy going jumping."

Early Morning Rain's third outing was to Plumpton on 25th February 2019 in the 'Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race'     (Class 5)
4-6yo)  (2m1f164yds)  2m1½f  Going: Good.
With Sam Twiston-Davies in the saddle for a second time and this time she WON - 1st past the post of 9 runners! 

Rosie in Winners enclosure - Plumpton

Racing Post after-race comment:
"Distance increased by 126yds. The three market leaders dominated this mares' bumper, with little getting into it. The pace was predictably steady."
"EARLY MORNING RAIN, runner-up at Taunton on her second outing, led throughout and showed a really likeable attitude late on. She ought to make a nice hurdler and will stay further in time."

Rosie wins at Plumpton 25 Feb 2019-2Happy owners and syndicate members with Early Morning Rain and Sam Twiston-Davies in the Winners enclosure after the race.  Well done to all involved in this fabulous result, especially to Early Morning Rain herself who gives her all in every single race, she is a genuinely lovely, honest mare.

On 19th March Nick Luck visited the Stud with a camera team as he was making a documentary for ROA about 'The thrill of Racehorse Ownership' and our interview was about breeding, including choosing a suitable Stallion for our mares in the hope of breeding a future successful racehorse.  Nick then invited us to the presentation and reception at the amazing venue of Liverpool Cathedral, on April 3rd, prior to the Aintree Grand National Meeting. The reception was attended by approximately 100 invited guests.  With grateful thanks to Nick Luck for making me feel at ease in front of a camera!

Our 3 yr old filly, Tamango (IRE) (Shirocco x Liss Na Siog [Old Vic]) made the journey to Charlie Poste's yard to begin her preparation for her racing career, with a view of going into training with Olly Murphy.

Annie - August 2018-2 (2)

Her time spent with Charlie saw her broken and ridden away, including some time on the gallops with other youngsters and a pop over some small obstacles in his 'jumping lane' - a great start for her.  Charlie sent regular video 'snips' of her working, in which she looked very relaxed and happy. She is now back home and turned away, giving her time to process her first taste of what it is like to be a racehorse!  We are eagerly looking forward to her debut on the track in 2020.

In mid-April we welcomed Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) back from her stay at The Glanvilles Stud in Dorset, both before and after visiting Balko  [FR] (Pistolet Bleu x Ella Royale) at Haras du Lion in France.

Naranja arrives home at Broadwell Stud, with the resident Broodmares, Lecon Benefique  (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and Kassis  (Kalanisi x Gastina), looking on.Naranja comes home-April 2019

Back home-1-April 17th

A happy Naranja, finally back home - photos taken by Jessica Joubert

Early Morning Rain's last Race of the season was at Cheltenham on 18th April 2019 in the 'Spreadex Sports Betting Mares' Standard Open NH Flat Race'  (Class 2)
(4-6yo) (2m179yds) 2m1f   Going: Good
This was a step up in a class for her and a real test.  She did not disgrace herself and gave her all to finish 5th out of 15 runners in a hard run race.  She finished just under 6 lengths behind the winner, the rest of the field being 18 lengths behind her!

Rosie at Cheltenham April 2019

Racing Post after-race comments:     "Add 31yds.  A good race of its type, in which there was a big gap after the first six."  Early Morning Rainunder a penalty for her Plumpton win, ran a bold race and had her chance. She was treated for heat stress after the race, needing to be doused with water."

After this race, she spent a few weeks 'letting down' with Jamie Snowden before she came home to Broadwell Stud for her Summer holiday.
Rosie home for her summer break - May 201925th April saw the Ballinroe lorry pull into the yard with a precious cargo of 3 arriving back from Ireland after being in the care of Ballincurrig House Stud.
Ballyhoo (Supreme Leader x Ballyhouraprincess) returns home after visiting Boardsmill Stud's Court Cave (Sadlers Wells x Wemyss Bight).

The other 2 travelling home with Ballyhoo were Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) below, on her first day out back home. 
Maisie 1st time home at Tally Ho - April 2019

 and Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil (FR) below, enjoying her first taste of English weather.  They are both 3 yr-olds and we are excited to be planning their future racing careers.

Tilly - 1st time home to Tally Ho - April 2019

Both Ballyhoo and Naranja (below) were scanned for heartbeats at 30 days, on 8th April, this means that they are due to deliver on the same day.  However, Ballyhoo usually 'cooks' her foals so I would be very surprised if that actually happens!
Bally and Naranja back home from Stud - April 2019

Our 2 Ladies-in-Waiting, Lecon Benefique (IRE) (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) and
Kassis (IRE) (Kalanisi x Gastina) looking fit to burst, both mares due to foal around the end of May.  Lecon Benefique in foal to Kayf Tara (Sadlers Wells x Colorspin) and Kassis in foal to Jack Hobbs (Halling x Swain's Gold).  
Ladies in Waiting - Louise and Kassis - April 2019
And finally, Dottie the Rottie sits in the lovely Spring sunshine, surrounded by daffodils, surveying the comings and goings in the yard.
Dottie the Rottie-Spring 2019Photos by the talented Jessica Joubert

At the end of September our two weaned boys left us and embarked on the journey to Ballincurrig House Stud to begin their preparation for the Sales in Ireland.   Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) was entered in the Tattersalls November N.H. Sale and George (Mount Nelson x Kassis) has been entered for the Goffs Ireland Sale in December.

Time for the Tattersalls November N.H. Sales came and we flew out to Dublin on Tuesday 13th, Louis was in the catalogue for Wednesday 14th, Lot 911.
Sarah Rohan was his handler for the day of the sale and she said it had been very busy with people wanting to see him before he went into the sales ring, which was encouraging. He was due to go into the sales ring early afternoon.

Louis at Tatts-1 (2)

Bidding was quite brisk, as Kayf Tara's colts were proving popular at this sale and Louis was finally knocked down to Richard Frisby for the sum of 80,000 Euros!  To say we were delighted with this is an understatement!  This was a great result for us. Louis was joint 5th place (with 4 other Lots) in the Top Ten highest priced lots of the whole sale, shown on the chart below! A fantastic achievement for our small stud.

Capture-Top Ten Sales-Tatts Ire Nov 2018

Tattersalls posted the following report on their website's 'live feed' after the sale:

"Lot 911:   A third lot this week sells for €80,000 – the Kayf Tara colt consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud and bred by Julie Thomas's British-based Broadwell Stud is bought for that amount by Richard Frisby.
The colt is the third foal out of the French Listed-placed mare Lecon Benefique, half-sister to Fairmead Princess, the dam of the Kayf Tara gelding Mozoltov, the Grade 1 Champion NH Flat race winner and Grade 2 winner over hurdles and fences.
Richard Frisby's son J. J. Frisby said: "We've been lucky with the sire before and this colt has a great walk. He is closely related to Mozoltov and he was our pick of today."

Successful consignor Thomas, who has two mares with another due to join the broodmare band this winter, said: "I bought her as a foal here, she went on to win over £60,000 in prize-money and her three foals have all sold well – the 2016 Sholokhov made €42,000 and last year's Telescope fetched €28,000. They are all the spit of their mother.
"Lecon Benefique is very special and she is back in-foal to Kayf Tara," added Thomas, whose Broadwell Stud is near Windsor in Britain. "

Louis at Tatts-4

Louis at Tatts-3 (2)

Louis at Tatts-5 (2)

With thanks to Pat Healy for these lovely photos of Louis.

Riding high on the euphoria of this exciting sale for the stud we managed to secure the purchase of Lot 909, a very lovely filly by Yeats x En Vedette as a potential racing and future broodmare for us.
Photo below, taken by Nuala Murphy
Mary Mary - Nov 2018 - 1a (2)

Earlier in September Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater) left Denis Leahy's  yard in Ireland, where she had been in pre-training, to go into training with Jamie Snowden at Folly House, Lambourn with a 50% lease to Heart Racing.  We are looking forward to her first appearance on the track very soon.  Photo below shows her early days at Folly House.

Rosie at Jamie's - 13 Sept 2018-4

Here she is on her very first grass gallop.            (Both photos taken by Becky Bailey)
Rosie - 1st gallop on grass-Nov 2018And finally, at the end of October, we welcomed Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) back home as she is now retired from racing and will join the broodmare band next year, with a visit already booked to the wonderful Balko  [FR] (Pistoet Bleu x Ella Royale), standing at Haras du Lion (FR).  Fingers crossed for a successful outcome from this mating.

Naranja-retired October 2018

Thanks to Jess Joubert for these beautiful photos of Naranja taken on her return home
Naranja-home Oct 2018-2

Well, the heatwave went on for much longer than anyone expected this summer, making a little more work for everyone than in previous, cooler summers; with the mares and foals coming in every day out of the heat and having hay and hard feed as the grass was almost non-existent!  They continue to grow on really well.
Here is Lecon Benefique with her Kayf Tara colt (b. 27th April) enjoying a spin around the paddock.

3-L and L - 25 August 2018

And having a little chat in the early evening.

L and L - August 2018-a

The following photos are of Kassis and her Mount Nelson colt (b. May 27th), this colt has made the same height as the Kayf Tara colt already, even though he is a full month younger!

2-George - Aug 25th 2018Kassis and George-25 Aug 2018

The two-year-old fillies are coming on well too, turning into nice young ladies and living out 24/7 with the boarding gelding by Midnight Legend.

The gang of 3 - Aug 2018

Looking expectantly, for a feed maybe ??!!
The Shirroco filly is on the left with the Califet filly on the right.

Annie and Ebony - Aug 2018

At the end of August we took a short break in Ireland and visited Ballincurrig House Stud to see Sazerak (Sinndar x Toile D'Auteuil)  before she goes to Denis Leahy's for a little education.  I am pleased to say she looks very well indeed and has grown somewhat since I last saw her!

Tilly at Ballincurrig- August 2018-3

At the same time we became reaquainted with the lovely Miss Mahmite (Mahler x David's Delight) who was at Ballincurrig for her summer break before returning to Denis Leahy's and then going into training later in the year.  She looks really well too, thanks to the hard work and dedication of all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud.

Miss Mahmite-August 2018-3a

Jamie Snowden had his open day at Folly House in Lambourn on Sunday 2nd September and we went along to support him, with many more of his owners.  It was a really great day, as always, with Jamie giving a running commentary as the horses were paraded for all to see.  Naranja was led out looking very well and very relaxed.Jamies Open Day-2nd Sept 2018

Here is a quote from Jamie at the end of Naranja's last season:
“We took a couple up to Ayr last weekend where Naranja was most courageous to stick her neck out to win the valuable Class 2 Mares Staying Hurdle under a great ride by Sean Bowen.  In turn she became our highest earning horse this season having won twice earlier this season as well.”
So, it’s fingers crossed for some black type for Naranja this season.

Naranja was joined at Folly House in the middle of last week by our 4 year old filly Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater).  She came straight from pre-training at Denis Leahy's yard to Jamie. We are hoping that he can find a syndicate for this lovely filly to start off her racing career.

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Aug 25th 2018-a

Weaning time has arrived again, too quickly as always.  All three foals were weaned this week and are now living together with their adopted granddad, Jack.  They settled down and stuck close together on the first day, managing synchronised grazing!

Weaned foals - Sept 4th 2018

A couple of days on and they are all chilled and enjoying catching some early morning sun, overlooked by the lovely Jack.

Foals at rest with Jack - Sept 6th

And finally, I would like to introduce the latest addition to the farm - Maggie the Labrador puppy, who is settling in very well with the other dogs and is already in love with Zeus !!


* * With thanks to Jessica Joubert for most of these photos * *


Our third (and final) foal for 2018 entered the world on Sunday 27th May.  A huge bay colt by MOUNT NELSON (Rock of Gibraltar x Independence) out of our beautiful winning mare KASSIS (Kalanisi x Gastina).

Newborn colt - George 2018

He is a big, rangey colt with a great walk already and his mother's bold, inquisitive nature,  the Grandchildren have named him 'George'.
Here he is, just 4 days old, investigating a daisy in the paddock. 
George - 2His legs proved to be just too long to be able to reach the grass so, calling on his Irish heritage, he improvised !
Legs far too long - George 4Now, Just over 3 weeks old and he is flying around the paddock, stretching those long legs.

George - 19th June - 2

Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) is growing on well and turning into a really nice, friendly young man.
He enjoys a quick spin around the paddock with or without his mum.  He is just over 7 weeks in these photos.

Louis - 19 June 2018-1Louis - 19th June -3

With Summer finally here, all the foals are now turned out together and are enjoying each other's company.  The mares and foals are turned out at night and brought back in during the heat of the day, so Jess has been able to get some nice sunset shots.
Here is Lecon Benefique and her colt foal by Kayf Tara doing some synchronised grazing.

Louise and Louis-Sunset June 2018This pic is the 2 colt foals playing as the sun goes down. George (Mount Nelson x Kassis) on the left and Louis (Kayf Tara x Lecon Benefique) looking like a unicorn !!Foals playin at Sunet - June 2018

And finally, we say cheerio for now to Naranja as she heads back to Jamie Snowden's Folly House yard in Lambourn with her field buddy Marlow Moss after a good couple of months R & R.

Naranja goes back - July 2018

With thanks to Jessica Joubert for these lovely photographs.

The sun is out, the sky is blue and a host of golden daffodils - Spring has arrived!

Spring has sprung -20th April 2018

In the middle of April we said goodbye to our home-bred filly BALLYMILAN (Milan x Ballyhoo) as she left us for pastures new.

April 2018

She joins Heart Racing and has gone to Neil Mulholland's Conkwell Grange Stables, 4 miles east of Bath, to begin her pre-training education.  What a difference 3 weeks makes!

Snip at Neil Mulholland's - May 2018

We wish Becky Bailey and Heart Racing all the best with Snip (Ballymilan) and look forward to seeing her out on the racecourse, strutting her stuff, sometime next season.

One out - One in ! 
On April 27th our lovely black-type mare LECON BENEFIQUE (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) gave birth to a beautiful dark brown colt by KAYF TARA, his stable name is 'Louis'.  He is a very strong, long-legged foal with his mother's attitude and good looks.
In this photo he is just 12 hours old and getting his first taste of sun on his back.
Just 12 hours oldHe is already enjoying his time out in the paddock, having a leg-stretch with Mum, may we have many more days like this!
Photos taken at 4 days old by Jessica Joubert.
DSC_0981_previewL and L - 1st May 2018
Our boarding Mare, Centoria and her 6 week old filly by Sholokhov continue to thrive in the ever improving weather.

Bunny - 1st May 2018-1

As do our 2-year old fillies, now turned out in the summer paddocks to fill up on the summer grass and grow on. They are already competitive - racing around the field, when they are not eating!

Annie and Ebony battle it out - April 2018

In this photo Tamango (Shirocco x Liss Na Siog ) leads Cojito (Califet x Ebony Palm)

On 3rd May we drove to Jamie Snowden's Folly House Stables, in Lambourn to collect Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) and bring her home for a well deserved Summer break.  She was accompanied on her journey by Lucy Snowden's 4 year old mare Marlow Moss (Fame and Glory x Moss Artiste) who is having some 'down time' too.

Home - May 2018

Naranja, happy to be home and free!

Naranja and Moss - May 2018

Naranja and Moss in their Summer paddock, enjoying a much deserved holiday with plenty of grass to keep them occupied!

With thanks to Jessica Joubert for her lovely photographs.


After all the rain and disappointment of abandoned meetings this season, NARANJA'S final trip out was to Ayr and the Scottish Grand National Festival meeting.  She was entered in the "coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy Mares' Handicap Hurdle"  (Class 2)  (4yo+)  (3m70yds)  3m½f   Going: Good  over 12 hurdles,  with Sean Bowen in the plate as her regular jockey, Gavin Sheehan, sustained a broken arm whilst riding in the Grand National the previous week.
This very game, genuine mare WON the race for us, first past the post of 16 runners !!    Very well done Naranja and Sean.


Racing Post Analysis:
Race distance increased by 28yds. A wide open mares' handicap and a thrilling finish after some drama on the first circuit.
"NARANJA, below par since landing consecutive handicaps over shorter during the winter, was trying this longer trip for only the second time and she was never headed after being left in a narrow lead when the clear leader ducked out at the final hurdle on the first circuit. She displayed a terrific attitude, as well as plenty of stamina, and her future will be over fences."

Naranja winning at Ayr

Naranja wins at Ayr - 20 Apr 2018-1

After Race comments:
"Chased clear leader, left in lead 6th, made rest, hard pressed from 3 out, held on gamely under pressure from last."  Giving 10 lbs to the horse placed second, Our Valentina.

QUOTES: "All Naranja does is stay. She needs to go left-handed too. She's going to be a nice chaser, we've schooled her already and she jumps well" - Jamie Snowden, trainer.

Naranja - eating up at Ayr - 20th April 2018Here is Naranja - in the stables at Ayr, eating up after a hard day at the office !!

She travelled back to Folly House, Lambourn on the Sunday after the Scottish Grand National and settled back in, like she always does and went out the next day for a relaxing hack and a quick splash in the stream !


She will be coming home soon for her Summer holiday to chill out with her old friends and companions and we look forward to another season of racing with her, maybe over some of the bigger jumps too?!

With our thanks, as always, to Jamie Snowden Racing and his fantastic team at Folly House for all their hard work, efforts and expertise.

We seem to have spent most of the winter waiting for the rain to stop and with a couple of very cold snaps with snow and ice thrown into the mix it hasn't been the best time to get the horses onto the Racecourse.  Eventually, NARANJA (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) set off to Sandown on 16th February to run in "Weatherbys General Stud Book Jane Seymour Mares' Novices Hurdle" (Grade 2)  -  (Class 1)  (4yo+)   (2m3f173yds) 2m4f, Going: Heavy,  9 hurdles.
She was awarded 'Best Turned Out' in the parade ring, with our thanks going to Jamie Snowden's very professional grooms and staff.

Naranja at Sandown Park-16th Feb 2018

Sandown is a right-handed, undulating, testing, galloping track - not Naranja's favourite direction and her jockey, Gavin Sheehan, reported she was hanging to the left.  She finished 6th of 10 runners, not disgracing herself in this step up in class for her.  We will be looking at left-handed tracks for her, as they seem to suit her best.
She came out of the race feeling okay and spent some time next day back at Folly House Stables, Lambourn giving it some thought!

Naranja-resting after Sandown race on 17 March 2018

On 17th March NARANJA made her way to Fontwell Park for the "Cin Cin by the Sea Barbados Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Challenger Mares Hurdle Qualifier)"   (Class 3) (0-135, 4yo+)   (2m1f162yds)  2m1½f, Going: Heavy,  9 hurdles.
This course is a left-handed, tight, level track being a mixture of grass and all-weather surface.  Naranja was hampered at the first hurdle when another horse jumped right across her but she raced on gamely and finished a creditable 3rd of 6 runners.  We are hoping the weather will improve before her final outing this season.

Our two fillies EARLY MORNING RAIN (FR)  (Martaline x Rosewater)

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Jan 10th 2018-crop

and MISS MAHMITE (Mahler x David's Delight)

At Denis Leahy's Feb 2018

have been with Denis Leahy in pre-training and will soon be returning to Michael Moore's Ballincurrig House Stud for their Spring/Summer break.   They will return to Denis in the early Autumn when we will make a decision regarding their future racing careers.

Mid-February we were invited by Harry Fry to go and watch our filly TOODLEPIP (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) on her first Racecourse gallop at Larkhill.  She looked very well and we are all very happy with her performance here.

Toodlepip-Larkhill - Feb 2018-11

Due to the very inclement weather and the ground conditions we have now decided to wait until the Autumn for her inaugural run.  This is disappointing but we are unfortunately at the mercy of the weather and we have always had the filly's best interests at heart regarding her racing career.

Toodlepip-Larkhill - Feb 2018-2A

Photos taken at Racecourse gallop at Larkhill by Becky Bailey

Toodlepip-Larkhill - Feb 2018-9

On March 30th at 9.30am our boarding mare CENTORIA  (Generous x Cent Prime) foaled a lovely chestnut filly by Sholokhov.  She is a very good mother and both mare and foal are doing well and looking forward to a bit of sun so they can spend a little bit more time out at grass.

Bunny - 1st April 2018-2

Bunny - 5th April 2018 - 2

And finally, on 2nd April we welcomed a new boarding mare to the fold, via Jamie Snowden.  She is BUCHE DE NOEL (FR) (Coastal Path x Kyrie) and she came to us straight from Rathbarry Stud where she had been covered by Sholokhov, so fingers crossed for a healthy foal in 2019.

*With thanks again to Becky Bailey and Jessica Joubert for most of the photos used


Following a couple of months of wet and windy weather NARANJA (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) set off for Chepstow racecourse on 19th January to run in the 'In Play Betting At 188Bet Mares' Handicap Hurdle (Qualifier For The Challenger Mares' Hurdle Series)'
(Class 3) (0-130, 4yo+), 2m 3½f, Going: Heavy, 9 hurdles - 2 omitted.
Naranja won this, her first handicap race, by a cracking 9 lengths !!!  A brilliant ride by Gavin Sheehan once again.

Naranja at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018

‘Racing Post’ analysis:
Race run over an additional 14yds. Fair mares' form.

NARANJA was well backed and made all on this handicap debut, her mark having been untouched after her Lingfield maiden win which also came against mares. She stayed on much too strongly for the runner-up, who looked a threat at the second-last. Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan both continue in fine form.

QUOTES: "Naranja won nicely. She enjoyed the ground and I thought we'd keep it simple. She was probably off a nice mark and ability-wise she wouldn't be the most natural, but she toughs it out and Jamie's horses are flying. She wouldn't be the most scopey sort, but she'd probably jump a fence and she's game - the more you ask the more she gives you" - Gavin Sheehan, rider.

Naranja wins at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018-1

Chepstow blog
"Jamie Snowden and Gavin Sheehan completed a double in the 2m 4f mares hurdle with NARANJA (13/8 fav, backed from 3/1 in the morning).  She made all the running until Lerichi Belle drew alongside two out, looking like a big threat.  They duelled for a furlong but Naranja proved the stronger and galloped on to a nine length victory."

Naranja at Chepstow-19 Jan 2018-a

Our broodmares are looking well awaiting the arrival of their foals in the Spring. Centoria (Generous x Cent Prime), our boarding mare, will be the first to foal - she is due to Sholokhov in March.
Here she is saying hello to her first foal (by Midnight Legend), now a strapping 2 year old gelding, on their first meeting since weaning.

Centoria and Bugsy-Jan 2018-1

Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) is due to Kayf Tara in April

Louise - Jan 2018-2

and Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) is due to Mount Nelson in May.
Everything crossed for successful deliveries of healthy foals for these 3 mares.

Kassis - Jan 2018

Taking advantage of a less busy period for our feed delivery guys, they have been putting their various skills to good use renovating one of the barns.  So we now have a covered turn-out area on one side for use during inclement weather and 10 large stables on the other side of a dividing wall to house the 2 year olds and the horses when they come home from training for their summer holidays.

Barn renovation-2018

And finally, our Rotweiller puppy Zeus is all grown up and on guard !!

Zeus - Jan 2018

Monday 13th November found us in Ireland at Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales.  It was good to catch up with all our friends and contacts we have made over the years and to partake of the odd Guinness or two in the bar !

Our thanks to all the staff at Ballincurrig House Stud, both colts looked fabulous after their 6 weeks pre-sales prep with them and our Yeats x Ballyhoo (Supreme Leader) foal was the first of the two to go through the sales ring, on Monday.  He was sold to Tommy Newton.


Tuesday afternoon saw our second foal, by Telescope x Lecon Benefique (Beneficial) go into the sales ring.  He was one of only 3 of Telescope's first crop presented at the sale; he was sold to Pat McCarthy.


We hope their new owners are happy with them and we look forward to maybe seeing them back here in the Derby Sale in 2020 !!

On 1st November our young mare, Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre), left Denis Leahy's yard and travelled to Harry Fry's yard in Seaborough, Beaminster in Dorset.  She has settled in really well and I visited the yard on 22nd November and watched her first canter on their gallops.  I am now looking forward to her making it to the racecourse.

Polly at Harry Fry's - 22nd Nov 2017-2

Here she is coming back in after work and looking good after her wash down.Polly at Harry Fry's - 22nd Nov 2017-1 (2)

Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) had her first run of the season on 6th November at Plumpton in the Download The Free At The Races App Mares' Novices' Hurdle - (Class 4) (4yo+) - 2m4½f - Going: Good - 12 hurdles.
Gavin Sheehan was in the plate and she was a creditable 3rd of 10 runners.

Naranja at Lingfield - 28th Nov 2017 (Photo by Alexandra Walters)

Her second run was at Lingfield on 28th November in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares' Maiden Hurdle - (Class 4) (4yo+) - 2m3½f - Going: Soft - 8 hurdles  (2 omitted because of low sun).
Naranja won this race (8 runners), guided home by Gavin Sheehan.

Naranja-Lingfield Winner

Racing Post analysis:
"Not always fluent, made most, headed 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, led again before last, stayed on and drew clear by almost 4 lengths."

“They got racing a little early and Gavin waited on Naranja and let them get on with it. She is very tough. She deserved that - she has only run two poor races and they were in Listed races last season when we threw her in at the deep end. She won her bumper first time and ran a great race to be third in a Listed bumper. She jumps well so tried her highly but then kept her novice status for this season. She is rated 112 but whether we go down the handicap route or go for another novice under a penalty I don't know”.
- Jamie Snowden, trainer.