I returned from a whirlwind 48hr trip to Ireland on Saturday afternoon, having taken in Leopardstown races, a trip round Coolmore, Wexford races and a pub in Wicklow to watch the Lions. The trip round Coolmore was fantastic, a highlight for me being the time spent with wonder stallion Galileo (a more placid beast you could not find), and the facilities there are absolutely jaw-dropping. However, what also really impressed me on our trip was the welcome given to us at Leopardstown races. Continue reading
The first of Epsom’s July evening meetings takes place tonight, and we have entries in the first two races, although I am awaiting the result of a blood test before deciding whether to run Speed Society in the maiden. Marcus Antonius definitely runs in the first (6.05), but I shall be watching this race from somewhere in Dublin. This has nothing to do with the fact that Bananarama play after racing and I want to be as far away as possible – I will actually be with various members of the ‘In Recovery Partnership’, as we have a tour around Coolmore booked for Friday morning. Continue reading
The Newmarket July Horses In Training Sale takes place next week, and I will be attending looking for the next bargain buy. We have had a lot of success in the past buying from various horses in training sales, and we are looking to bolster our numbers for the second half of the season. If anyone is interested in getting involved in our next purchase, please drop me a line – we will be looking to buy horses for sole ownership and also for syndication. Shares of all sizes are always available for people looking to get involved in racehorse ownership here at Jim Boyle Racing in Epsom.
Ree’s Rascal showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with, even off a mark of 85, with a great effort to finish 2nd in a 0-90 handicap at Windsor today. Given another nice ride by stable apprentice Nathan Alison, he ran on to challenge the winner inside the final furlong, but just had to give best to a better handicap rival on the day. He is such a consistent horse, and I’d love to train a yard full like him.
June is historically a busy month, and this month has been no different, though we haven’t had too many runners in the last week. Those that have run have on the whole continued to run with credit, culminating in a first, and much deserved victory for Clearing. Clearing is the latest home-bred foal of our mare Spring Clean to see the track, and having shown plenty of promise in her first four runs, duly made all the running under Joe Fanning to get off the mark at the fifth attempt. Joe thought she still had a bit left in the tank, so we hope she can double her winning tally in the coming weeks. Continue reading
“Well, our good start to the year has continued, but not at quite such an impressive strike rate as previously. We have added to our 7 early winners with another 5, one of which came over hurdles. Continue reading