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New@Neardown 21.03.13

The splint
on his leg has not reduced in size at the rate we had first hoped. He has had a
cortisone injection and will be on the walker for another week. We hope to ride
him on Monday.
He was
disappointing at Exeter on Tuesday, he looked to be hanging and not moving that
great. Nothing has immediately come to light that would have caused this,
however we do have the back man coming to give him a check up.
Big Jer
He looks
very well and worked nicely yesterday. Charlie hopes to run him over 2m 6f at
Fontwell next Tuesday. I would be hopeful of him running a good race.
Duke of Monmouth
He has had
a very quiet time since his last run at Chepstow. He is eating well and looks well;
however he is still not as fresh and bouncy as he can be.
Enter Paradise
He is fresh
and well and ready to go, the ground will need to dry up a bit for him to run
Feisty Lass
She ran a
creditable race on ground that I thought was too soft for her. Gavin reported
that her wind caught her out in the closing stages, therefore we will apply a
tongue tie next time. She has run up a bit light so it will be a few weeks
before she is next out.
Fine Parchment
He ran a
solid race at Fakenham only to get muscled out 2 fences from home. His jumping
was as brilliant as ever. He has come home fine and we now plan to get him
freshen up before he runs again. The Handicapper dropped him 2lbs.
King Arthur
We are just
waiting for some better ground, he is fresh and well and ready to go. I am
looking forward to seeing him run in a hood as it seemed to work for the RSA
winner last week!
Lord of House
Noel came
in to school him over fences again this morning, he schooled very well (Video
on the website) and has improved again from last week. Noel thought he would
make a good chaser next season.
Maringo Bay
Charlie has
been riding him a lot, he reports him to be very fresh. He hopes to have him
out in a couple of weeks.
Masked  Man
He is another
one that really needs the ground to dry out. He is a bit behind the others with
his summer coat coming through; however this is no reflection on his form. He
is currently trying to buck people off at every opportunity!
He was
unlucky at Southwell, I personally felt that in the heavy ground over 2m 4f he
just struggled to quicken and go through with it. I thought on the whole his
jumping was great and he is improving with every run. He is still well
handicapped. He came home well and should be out again soon.
Seventh Sky
He won
nicely at Taunton but was given a 9lb rise which I thought was a bit harsh. He
holds entries at Bangor, Newbury & Wincanton this weekend. Wincanton looks
the most obvious at this stage to cut up.
Stoney Silence
He schooled
very well this morning for Noel. He really likes him, he still has a lot to
learn but there is potential. It looks like he may have another bumper run before
he goes out.
Van Diemens Land
 He has come out of his Sandown race fresher
than he went into it! I suspect he wasn’t letting him self down in the heavy
ground. We are now waiting for some better ground with a step up in trip.
Victor Leudorum
 He jumped like a little bunny this morning, if
anything a bit exuberant! Noel was happy with him.  He is not far off a run now; he just needs
the better ground.
Western King
schooled him this morning; he is improving with every schooling session. His coat
is slowly coming through and he looks well. Charlie hopes to run him soon
however he could really do with the ground drying out a bit.
Who Owns Me
He really
is ready to run soon and looks terrific. The race at Bangor on Saturday looks
very competitive, there might be easier options coming up.
He came
home with a bad overreach, which Noel thinks happened at the first hurdle, which
would have affected his run. However 2m 5f in soft ground may have been a bit
much for him at the moment. The overreach is healing up nicely and I hope he
will be out again soon.

Schooling 21.3.13

Lord of House and Noel Fehily being led by Mr Big

Peter Toole was all smiles today, he schooled Mr Big over the Grand National fences – foot perfect!
Pete will be leaving us at the end of the week, to return home to Ireland. He will be greatly missed by everyone on the yard, it hasn’t been easy for him since his accident but he has made a great recovery and we are all very proud of him.

New@Neardown 7.3.13

The area
where he banged himself is still slightly inflamed and a little sore. However
he is still on the walker and Charlie has the vet coming for a check up
tomorrow. He does hope to get him ridden out next week.
 He schooled over fences again this morning, he
started off a little careful to begin with but we then dropped him in behind Mr
Big to give him a nice lead and he was much better – he was even better again
the last time he went up the line. Charlie was delighted with him.
Big Jer
He has been
pleasing us lately in his work. He will hopefully run at Chepstow on Saturday.
The rain that we are getting today and that forecast for Friday and Saturday
will be in his favour, he will appreciate the softer ground.
Duke of Monmouth
He holds
entries at Chepstow on Saturday, Warwick on Sunday and Taunton on Monday. All
three are realistic options at this stage. I think Charlie hopes to run him
wherever he will get the softer ground.
Enter Paradise
 He ran his usual honest race where once again he
found one to good. I feel 2m 6f is still a bit sharp for him and maybe we have
applied the front running tactics one to many times now. We might try and drop
him in over further as an option next time out. I am sure he will be ready to
run again in a couple of weeks, where the ground should hopefully be a bit
quicker too.
Feisty Lass
She holds
entries at Chepstow on Sunday and Plumpton and Taunton on Monday. She might
struggle to get into the races as she has a ballot number in all 3. She did a
nice piece of work yesterday and still looks great in her skin. Charlie plans
to run her in blinkers.
Fine Parchment
He has been
out in the field a few days this week and has absolutely loved it. We have
mainly just been trying to freshen him up and keep him sweet. He could run at Sandown
on Saturday, however another week might not do him any harm.
King Arthur
He will run
on Saturday at Sandown in a 2m Juvenile 0-125 Hurdle. Charlie still plans to
run him in a hood which he schooled well in this morning, hopefully it might
settle him better.
Lord of House
He had his
first school over fences today, which as you can imagine came very naturally to
him. He was a bit careful but he has loads of scope and looked an exciting
prospect to go Novice Chasing with next year.
Maringo Bay
He has been
out in the field lots over the last few days, in a hope to freshen him up. He
is eating well and is starting to get a bit more of a shine to his coat.
Masked  Man
 He heads off to Sandown tomorrow for the Grand
Military Gold Cup, which is the race he won last year. The drying ground will
be in his favour, lets hope the rain today does not get into the ground to
Once again
a very frustrating day with him on Saturday. He stayed on well after the last, which
is something we didn’t think he would do. Instructions to Sam were to go as
late as possible, now we know he does settle and stay we can up him to 2m 4f
and ride him a bit handier.
Seventh Sky
 He remains very fresh and well. He holds entries
on Monday at both Taunton and Stratford where he could run at either. Charlie
plans for him to be ridden a bit more handy next time.
Stoney Silence
He ran a
very promising race at Huntingdon on Sunday to finish 4th. Sam said
he gave him a great feel and was maybe a bit green but would come on a lot from
the experience. He has come out of the race better than I thought he would. He
ate up that night and has continued to do so all week. He has been for a walk
everyday since; the lads tell me he needs a canter soon before he bucks one of
them off!
Van Diemens Land
 He heads off to Sandown tomorrow for 2m
Hurdle, to be ridden by Major Alex Michael. The drying spell will be in his
favour, however the rain today will not. We know he wants further but Charlie
thinks that this isn’t the strongest race.
Victor Leudorum
 He schooled over fences this morning on the
grass, it was very exciting to watch as he is a real natural. As with most
things he did it with real enthusiasm. He should be ready to run in a couple of
Western King
He schooled
nicely over fences this morning. He did his first bit of work yesterday since
his wind op, he has lost a bit of fitness however he is going well and it won’t
take long to regain. He should be ready to run in a couple of weeks.
Who Owns Me
He is very
fresh and well, taking off with most of jockeys! He should be ready to run in a
week or so.
 Yesterday was very frustrating as we didn’t
learn anything about him. He looked to slip on landing and un-shipped Sam T-D. He
is none the worse for his outing so Charlie plans to run him again soon.

News@Neardown 28.2.13

He has had a
little set back this week with a bang to his near fore cannon bone, we had the
vet in yesterday to confirm it was not that serious. The area is slightly
inflamed, therefore he will stay on box rest till Monday and then will resume
light exercise for a week with the hope of returning to full exercise the week
He came out
of his fall at Market Rasen so much better than I thought he would. He has
eaten well since and put the majority of his weight back on. Sam Thomas came in
to school him this morning. He was a bit careful, but Sam was happy with him-just
thinking he might need to be schooled a few more times before he runs again.
Big Jer
He is in
top form at home and is ready to run. He has strengthened up considerably in
the last few weeks. We are all looking forward to seeing him run, although we
are fully aware he will be a much better horse next year. Charlie has him in at
Exeter on Tuesday where he hopes to run him, but there is also an option of a
3m mile maiden at Chepstow a week Saturday.
Duke of Monmouth
He seems
fresh and well in himself, taking a good strong hold at home! Charlie rode him
on Tuesday and said he felt great. He is entered at Exeter on Tuesday back in
novice company – although Charlie would prefer to run Big Jer in the race, I do
think a return to novice company would benefit him.
Enter Paradise
 He ran a very creditable race at Doncaster in
what was a very hot contest. He has come out of the race well. I think another
2 weeks of keeping him fresh and a return to novice company would give him the
best chance of getting his head in front.
Feisty Lass
She was
given a mark of 70 which enables us to go h’cap hurdling. We schooled her in
blinkers this morning which did seem to encourage her to attack her hurdles a
bit more. However there is no getting away from the fact that she is a bit of a
thinker! There is a 0-95 over 2m 4f next Thursday at Wincanton which would be an
option for her.
Fine Parchment
He has been
a bit quiet since his run at Sandown. Where he was once again pipped on the
line the poor bugger! He has gone out for a nice walk today; it shouldn’t take too
much to freshen him up again.
King Arthur
He was still
far to keen in his race at Doncaster. Charlie thinks it might be a good idea to
run him in a hood, something we have not yet tried but it does seem to be
working for other people. He is in good spirits and schooled well this morning.
There is a 0-125 juvenile h’cap hurdle for him at Sandown a week Saturday.
Lord of House
We did an
over ground scope with him yesterday which we have not yet had the results back
from yet. I am hoping they find a problem with his breathing as it is something
that can be fixed and often brings about considerable improvement.
Maringo Bay
We took a
track wash off him yesterday which is routine after a bad run, we have not had
the results back yet. He is eating well enough but looks a bit dull in his
Masked  Man
He is good
form at home; the ground is drying out for him. He has benefited from not
having another run in the soft ground, and should be spot on for his big day
next Friday in the Grand Military Gold Cup.
his fall has not seemed to have affected him, he ate up that night and has
continued to eat well since. Sam came in to school him this morning and he was
his usual free self up the line of fences. He has been given a mark of 118
which I don’t think will stop him and gives him a lot more options.
Seventh Sky
He ran
another good race to finish fourth last time out, he came out of the race
better than he usually does so therefore Charlie plans to get him out again
soon.  I think he would benefit from
being ridden a bit more handy.
Stoney Silence
He looks
great at the moment; Charlie has put him in a bumper on Sunday at Huntingdon.
He would benefit from the experience of a run; although he seems to take
everything in his stride he is still very green.
Van Diemens Land
 He is in tip top form and ready to run. The
ground is drying out nicely for him although I still think it is still a bit
soft for him at the moment, therefore I would be leaning towards holding out
for good spring ground and a step up to 3 miles.
Victor Leudorum
He went for
a wind op 13 days ago which does not seem to have knocked him back at all! He
has eaten well through his 10 days of light exercise and has been cantering for
the last 3 days. He will back in full work on Monday.
 Western King
He also
went for a wind op at the same time as Victor, he did seem to lose a bit of
shine to his coat which is quite normal. 
He continues to eat well! He also has been cantering for 3 days and will
be back in full work on Monday.
Who Owns Me
He is still
on the easy list as he seems to be a much happier horse the fresher we can get
him. He will be back in full work on Monday and I don’t imagine he will have
lost any fitness.
 He has come on so much in the last month.
Charlie took him for a racecourse gallop on Tuesday which has tightened him up.
Sam Thomas came in to school him this morning. He could go to Fontwell next
Wednesday for a 2m 2 ½ f maiden hurdle.