Monday, 21 March 2011

Jeremy Gask Newsletter

HorsesFirstRacing Newsletter

March 2011

Horses Flying: Six Wins, Four Seconds From Last 12 Runs

We are enjoying an extraordinary run of form at the moment, with the horses running superbly well. From the last twelve runners, we have come back with six winners and four seconds (all narrowly beaten - by less than one length in total). It is great to be heading into the coming turf season with the horses in such excellent form and Jeremy Gask rated as the most inform trainer in UK.


As a long-term owner, Stuart Dobb knows that every winner is to be savoured. It was therefore especially joyful for him to have two of his horses win on the same day. Chief Exec and Ivory Silk (who is also part-owned by Richard Page) gave us all a day to remember by both winning in taking style at Lingfield. The Chief has been in flying form lately and was given an excellent ride under George Baker to weave his way in between horses and win nicely by a length (see photo). The horse was Jeremy’s first UK winner and is a firm favourite at the yard. He has bags of character and it was great to see him winning again at the grand old age of nine. Ivory Silk provided us with the second leg of the double, powering away from the field under Adam Kirby (who commented that "she picked up like Shergar") to win impressively by three and a half lengths. It was terrific that both Richard and Stuart were at the course to pick up the prize.

The gutsy Ivory Silk went back to Lingfield the following Friday to bid for back to back wins at the course. Having her races closely spaced has never been ideal for the mare but after she had been raised seven pounds for her win the previous week, it made sense to turn her out again under a six pound penalty. The race became a two horse event, with Ivory taking on The Happy Hammer and coming out the best by a nose, with the third horse three lengths behind. Ivory had to dig deep under a large weight and was given a strong ride from Adam Kirby. She will now enjoy a well earned few easy weeks and is likely to run on turf next time, to take advantage of her lower handicap mark. She really is a pleasure to have in the yard and is pictured above with a very proud Stuart Dobb.

Ivory wasn’t the only mare to notch up back-to-back wins recently. Lewyn won at Lingfield under Hayley Turner at the end of February and then went on to win again under Fergus Sweeney last week. The Exceed and Excel mare clearly has ability and has responded well to hands and heel rides in her last couple of starts. She’s definitely a mare that likes to be kept sweet and we hope there are more races to be won with her.

New Leyf showed that he is as good as ever at Kempton this month, running a career-best to take the seven furlong handicap. The horse clearly loves the track, where he has now won three times under Steve Drowne and the partnership made up a tremendous amount of ground under an inspired ride to continue the winning streak. The horse’s owner, James Burdett, has been very patient with the horse and it was great that his brother Ed and his fiancĂ© Stirling were at the course to enjoy the victory. The horse is pictured on the far side, in James' red silks.

Great Runs

Anne Of Kiev ran a huge race this month to go within a whisker of winning the highly-competitive Cleves Stakes at Lingfield. Philip Bamford's mare showed she is in the form of her life, just being beaten into second by a neck under Steve Drowne. She finished in front of the 110-rated Duff, the 108-rated Angel’s Pursuit and the 105-rated Hitchens and Brave Prospector, in a very impressive performance. Philip and has family were at the course to celebrate the run and the fact that he now has a nicely-bred Oasis Dream mare with Black Type on his hands. The fact that this mare keeps on improving at the age of six is a testament to Jeremy’s training and her tough nature. She will be targeted at the big handicaps and also some more Listed races, both at home and abroad, in the coming months. The mare is pictured winning at the course under Steve in December.

The fitting of blinkers has seemed to work the oracle with Kassaab who has notched up two agonisingly close seconds since the last newsletter. The Kyllachy colt broke his maiden tag at Kempton under Steve Drowne (see photo) and has gone on to run second at Wolverhampton, where he was taken on for the lead and forced to sit three deep from the start. He travelled well and looked like he may hold on to win, before just being beaten in the final furlong to finish second by a neck. In his latest start, the horse just went down by a short-head at Southwell. He really is a lovely horse to have around and we are sure he will pick up another couple of races.

Last weekend we headed to Wolverhampton for their biggest meeting of the year with Medicean Man. He was contesting a fiercely-competitive handicap in his first run of the year. The gelding didn't enjoy the kickback and also copped a bump early-on but as they turned for home he came bursting through and put in a brave and sustained challenge all the way to the line, only getting beaten by an extremely well-handicapped horse. It was a terrific run and he will come on for it, which bodes well for a big year for the horse (pictured soaking up the sun in his box) and his owner Stuart Dobb.

Stable Filling Up For New Season

We have had a great response to our Three Months Free Training Offer and we are now approaching 60 horses in training here at the farm. We have seven new horses due in over the next few weeks and now have less than ten free stables. If you are interested in putting a horse with us on the Three Month Deal (the free training period expires July 1st), please contact Kelly Baker.

Open Day May 8th

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Open Day will be held on Sunday May 8th. It will start at 10am and there will be the chance to watch the horses working on the gallops, tour the facilities and watch a horse parade. Steve Drowne will be riding out and there will be a buffet lunch for owners and those interested in becoming an owner. There will be a number of amazing opportunities to get involved in horses for no money down. Please contact Kelly Baker for more information or to reserve your place at the Open Day.

Upcoming Runners

We are eagerly awaiting the start of the turf season, which is now just over a week away. Before the new season starts we are extremely excited to have Nice Style running for Tony Bloom in the Winter Derby on Saturday. He's already being a wonderful success story for Jeremy and the team here and if he goes close on Saturday it will be very emotional. Following that, we look to have a busy first weekend of the season with Denton, Anne Of Kiev (if she doesn’t run in the Hever this Saturday), Medicean Man and New Leyf all set to head to Doncaster. After that, the likes of Shahwardi, Able Master and Barbieri (pictured above) will all be getting ready for their first runs of the season.

Thanks as always to everybody who has supported us over the years and please do forward this newsletter on to any friends and family who may be interested in what we are doing.

See you at the races!

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