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 * *


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.


So, here we are at the start of the Jumps Season and Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) is now back in full training with Jamie Snowden at Folly House, Lambourn.  We watched her schooling a couple of weeks ago and eagerly look forward to her first outing.Naranja schooling-21 Sept 2017-2 Naranja schooling-21 Sept 2017

Our Filly, Ballymilan (Milan x Ballyhoo), has recently come back home from her time at ‘Prep School’ with Roger and Christine Wernham and  L & B Equine Services where she was backed and ridden away. She will now have a break while we decide on the next phase of her education.

Snip at school-Sept 2017 (2)

The end of September was the time to have the mares scanned to confirm they were definitely in-foal.  Happily, all 3 mares were.

Lecon Benefique (Beneficial x Lessons Lass) – in foal to Kayf Tara

Louise - Sept 2017-crop


Kassis (Kalanisi x Gastina) – in foal to Mount Nelson

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And our boarding Mare Centoria (Generous x Cent Prime) – in foal to Sholokhov

Centoria-Sept 2017

Time to say ‘goodbye’ to our two foals, Freddie (Yeats x Ballyhoo) and Buzz (Telescope x Lecon Benefique) as they left us to travel to Ballincurrig House Stud for their pre-sales preparation for the Tattersalls November NH Sales.

The boys - September 2017

Thanks to the men from Ballinroe Horse Transport who did a sterling job getting the 2 foals loaded up and to their destination safe and happy.

Ballinroe lorry

Naranja (Black Sam Bellamy x Full of Fruit) accompanied our 2 year old homebred
filly Ballymilan (Milan x Ballyhoo) on her first trip away from home. They went to Roger and Christine Wernham's yard in Wantage; pre-training for Naranja and 'prep-school' for Ballymilan as she needed some time away from home to grow up.

Snip - April 17th 2017


Naranja is now back with trainer Jamie Snowden and was one of the horses-in-training shown at the Owner's Day Parade at Folly House, Lambourn on Sunday 3rd September. We are looking forward to a good season with her.

IMG_0811-2017 Naranja


Early Morning Rain (Martaline x Rosewater) has been backed and ridden away at Denis Leahy's and is now on a short break.  She will be brought back into work soon,  when decisions will be made about the route she will be taking next.

Rosie at Denis Leahy's - Aug 2017


Toodlepip (Robin Des Champs x Shannon Theatre) is back in pre-training with Denis Leahy after a Summer break.  She is now being prepared for the next step in her career.  All fingers crossed for a good first season with her.

Polly at Ballincurrig -2 - Aug 2017 (2)


The yearlings are enjoying the last of the summer sun (?) and the good grass and are growing on really well.  Two fillies (by Shirocco and Califet) and the Midnight Legend gelding looking over the field gate for treats !

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It is now weaning time for our 2 foals, followed by one month of pre-prep before they head off to Ballincurrig House Stud for their final preparation before Tattersalls November National Hunt Sales.

Buzz - Colt foal (Telescope x Lecon Benefique) - b. 31st March 2017

Buzz-Sept 4th 2017

Freddie - Colt foal (Yeats x Ballyhoo) - b. 13th April 2017

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



On 10th January 2017 - NARANJA went to Lingfield Park for the “Call Star Sports Mares’ Novices Hurdle”, her first outing over hurdles partnered by Nick Scholfield.  This was a 2 mile race for 4yo+, over 8 hurdles in Heavy going.

She finished a very creditable 3rd just 3 lengths behind The Nipper and 24 lengths in front of the only other finisher out of 6 starters;  she has still never been out of the frame in all of her starts!!

Naranja-race (2)

Racing Post comment:
"Naranja showed fair form in bumpers and she made a pleasing hurdles debut. Better ground will help and she can win something similar."


KASSIS travelled to Leicester on 24th January 2017 and stepped up in class for the “Charnwood Forest Mares’ Chase (Listed Race)” – a Class 1, Listed race for 5yo+, over a distance of 2m 6fl 51yds with 18 fences in Good to Soft going, again with Nick Scholfield on board.

Desert Queen set quite a pace from the off, Kassis made a bit of a mistake at the 12th and stayed on well to get 4th place, just missing out on that black type!

Kassis Parade Ring

Racing Post comment:
Kassis ran way better than she was entitled to with a rating of just 107.”


Our Robin Des Champs filly, Toodlepip, is progressing well in pre-training with Denis Leahy in Ireland.  She has been tried over the schooling hurdles and has taken to that with great enthusiasm!

Polly at Denis's schooling track-Jan 17

She will soon be having a well earned break, turned out for the Summer back at Ballincurrig House Stud with Michael Moore and his great team.


Our Milan filly, Ballymilan, is  being brought on slowly by Amanda and Jess.  She has had a saddle and bridle on and been led around with no objections at all.  She has taken to loading like a pro and now almost puts herself into the lorry !

Snip starts her training-Jan 2017

We will make a decision about her future later in the year.

And finally, I would like to introduce the newest member of the family - Zeus, our Rottweiler puppy, now 14 weeks old and full of fun and mischief!!

Zeus with foot mallet