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October

Hello <<First Name>>, 
We hope you've had a fantastic month,
here is the Middleham Park Racing newsletter for the month of October.
In This Issue:
 
Monthly Stats
Winners
Places
Musselburgh Owners Title
Raymond Tusk Makes The Melbourne Cup
Christmas Gifts
Stable Visits
Racing Breaks Offer
Tattersalls HIT Sale
New National Hunt Horse
New Yearlings!
MPR Social
Refer A Friend!
Bloodstock News
Under The Radar
Monthly Quiz
Meet Joe Kington - Raymond Tusk's handler
Plus,What's Coming Up In November...
October was a month of doubles, with 3 daily doubles for Middleham Park Racing taking us to a total of 12 for the year!

Winners

Mensen Ernst - 05/10/19
Bordeaux Le Bouscat - Jean-Calude Rouget

MENSEN ERNST got the day off to a flying start in France, with a win on debut for his new trainer Jean-Claude Rouget! He made all in the 1,900 m Maiden at Bordeaux Le Bouscat under Guillaume Trolley De Prevaux and stayed on nicely. His previous 3 runs in the UK were over 6 and 7 furlongs, but he seemed to enjoy the longer trip and he is yet another winner for us from the sire INTELLO. Now you can see why we have another yearling for next year by him! He qualifies for French Owner Premiums, having been purchased at the Arqana sale, so won in excess of £12,000.

San Rafael - 05/10/19
Wolverhampton - Mark Johnston

San Rafael made it a Saturday double for MPR. Our son of Tamayuz was making his debut at Wolverhampton for Mark Johnston. John Egan was in the saddle and elected to make virtually all the running despite the presence of some more experienced runners in the field. It turned out to be the right decision as he was given the run of the race out in front and when he quickened into the straight, he had his rivals in trouble. It was a professional debut, as you would expect from a Johnston horse, which had John Egan very excited about the horse.  

We've had plenty of success with our Mark Johnston 2 year olds over the last coupe of years. Click below to see the new group that will be starting their careers next year!
Mark Johnston
Get The Appeal - 09/10/19
Wincanton - Paul Nicholls

Not even a week on from our first double of the month, we were at it again. It was Paul Nicholls' turn to supply the winners this time at Wincanton. Up first was Get The Appeal, who was making her debut over hurdles and was a short price to make it a winning start. As far as debuts go, it couldn't have gone much worse, she skidded into the first hurdle, slipped on the bend and nearly came down at the last. Harry Cobden managed to stay onboard and rallied once they were clear of the final hurdle, and she began to show her class to chase down the long-time leader. 

There wouldn't have been many horses that would have still won that race and her owners will be very excited about what is still to come.

Oleg - 09/10/19
Wincanton - Paul Nicholls

The team of Nicholls and Cobden were at it again for us later on the card at Wincanton. Oleg was making his debut over fences having had a short career as a novice hurdler last year. It was a stark contrast from Get The Appeal earlier that day. Oleg put in a very good round of jumping staying on well to win with a bit in hand. The decision to move on to the larger obstacles looks to be a good one and hopefully there will be some more improvement to come.

Militia - 14/10/19
Musselburgh - Richard Fahey

Militia had won on his previous start at Ayr, and he looked to have a good chance of following that up, on his return north of the border. It wasn't all plain sailing however as It was a fairly competitive handicap and Militia didn't have much form to suggest he would love the under hoof conditions (Soft). Paul Hanagan gave him a great ride from stall 10, jumping out quickly and taking the stands' rail. The pair made all for their second victory in as many starts.

Beechwood Jude - 15/10/19
Musselburgh - Keith Dalgleish


Beechwood Jude was making his debut over 2m at Musselburgh. He is a horse that has generally looked better the further he has gone in trip. The ground (Soft) made the race a real stamina test, and Joe Fanning gave him a great ride, sitting close to the pace for most of the race. Beechwood Jude was driven out 2f from home and took up the lead inside the final furlong staying on gamely. It was the 2nd win of his career and will hopefully be a springboard for more, with one eye on a potential hurdling campaign.
Duke Debarry - 24/10/19
Carlisle - Brian Ellison


Our national hunt team have had a great month! It was a third career win from our son of Presenting, aka 'The Duke' and he is now 2 from 2 at Carlisle! Having been away for two racecourse gallops, he was pretty fit when he lined up on his first start for Brian Ellison, after 190 days off. He travelled sweetly for Brian Hughes, putting in his usual solid jumping (although the first couple saw him get a little over excited!) As others began to struggle and come off the bridle, Brian had simply to give Duke a couple of shakes of the reins for him to pick up and was still cruising when he jumped the last, pulling 10 lengths away from the runner up.
Clay Regazzoni - 24/10/19
Wolverhampton - Keith Dalgleish


Clay Regazzoni capped the day off making it another double and our third of the month! Clay Regazzoni has been an extremely consistent horse and has taken his owners to some marvellous a race meetings (including Royal Ascot) the only thing missing from his 2 year old career was a win! He put that right at Wolverhampton, coming from off the strong pace to lad the spoils by a head. He has been knocking on the door a lot this season and it was great for him to be able to finally reward his owners.
Ventura Destiny - 25/10/19
Newcastle - Keith Dalgleish


Ventura Destiny was making her first start in Nursery company at Newcastle. Ben Sanderson gave her a patient ride behind plenty of the field. She really put the race to bed when Ben asked for a bit more from her, scooting passed the leading group. She really looks to be getting the hang of her job now and will surely be one to watch in the near future!
Sweet Celebration - 30/10/19
Kempton - Marco Botti


Sweet Celebration got off the mark in some style at Kempton Park. Stefano Cherchi has been in the saddle on her most recent starts, and the pair have formed quite the partnership. Stefano had to be patient tucking right in from the widest draw to sit last of all. It looked to be a great decision as the pace was a strong one. Heading into the final bend, the pace infant collapsed, and Sweet Celebration took full advantage storming to the front and quickly putting a few lengths between herself and second. The winning distance was 8 lengths, in the end, she seems to be getting the hang of this racing game!
Mensen Ernst - 31/10/19
Bordeaux Le Bouscat - Jean-Claude Rouget


Deja Vu! Mensen Ernst ended the month as he started it, winning in Bordeaux and taking his record to 2 from 2 in France. He made very light work of the other 5 runners in the field winning by "6 lengths". He seems to be really enjoying himself in France, and there could be plenty more to come in his 3yo season next year.

Places


2nd Clay Regazzoni - 01/10/19
2nd Woodside Wonder - 01/10/19
2nd Jen's Boy - 02/10/19
2nd Indomeneo - 05/10/19
2nd Ventura Lightning - 12/10/19
2nd Copper Knight - 14/10/19
2nd Sweet Celebration - 17/10/19
2nd One Hart - 30/10/19
2nd Lexington Rebel - 31/10/19
3rd Revich - 04/10/19
3rd Star Shield - 05/10/19
3rd Copper Knight - 08/10/19
3rd Ventura Flame - 16/10/19
3rd Dogon - 18/10/19 
3rd Elusive Heights - 18/10/19
3rd Militia - 21/10/19
3rd Cold Stare - 22/10/19
3rd Alex Gracie - 29/10/19

In Other News...

Musselburgh Owners Title!
It's been a good year for us North of the border. We were the joint leading owners at the Ayr Western festival and heading into the final two days of Musselburgh's season we were joint top again with 4 winners. We sent a total of 4 runners up to Musselburgh to attempt to win the title. We were always up against it as our closest rival for the title, Gerry McGladery, had 11 runners over the two days. Militia and Copper Knight ran 1st and 2nd respectively on the first day which took us to 5 winners each going into the final day. Beechwood Jude put us 6-5 up on the last day. It came down to the final race, which was ultimately won by one of Mr McGlagery's runners to tie the record at 6 winners each. The title was awarded to Mr McGladery based on 2nd place finishes, of which he had one more over the course of the season.  It made for an exciting last day and had the whole MPR team hooked at the sales checking every result. We can't wait for next year to try and have another go at winning the top owner prize!

🇦🇺 Raymond Tusk Makes The Melbourne Cup 🇦🇺

After making the decision not to run in the Caulfield Cup, we knew that we were in the lap of the gods regarding Raymond Tusk's participation in the Melbourne Cup. We were relying on others, not taking their place in the field. Thankfully after the third acceptances, Raymond Tusk dropped to 21st on the Order Of Entry list and with only two qualifying races left to be run we knew he was in!

Good luck to Raymond Tusk's owners this is a once in a lifetime experience and we hope you enjoy it win lose or draw. You can follow along with his owners journey on the World Horse Racing social media pages. 

World Horse Racing
Very kindly Joe Kington, who is in Melbourne with Raymond Tusk, has allowed us to use the blog he has bee writing about the experience in Melbourne. You can find the blog at the bottom of this email.
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It's that time of year again and if you're looking for some gifts for the Middleham Park owner in your life, we've got you covered. We have a great range of clothing items to keep you warm at the races this winter or on a stable visit.

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Stable Visits

Our owners have been able to attend a few different stable visits this month. There were visits to Paul Nicholls at Manor Farm in Ditcheat and to the famous Seven Barrows to see our string of Nicky Henderson horses. This month we also held our annual yearling parade at Ivy Lee Farm it’s the first opportunity for our owners to see our new horses that could be lighting up the racecourse next season.
The team at Ivy Lee Farm always put on a good show, and this year was no exception (despite the weather!). The first yearlings to parade were those currently being broken in by Richie McGrath. Richie was very complimentary about the group he was overseeing with our No Nay Never filly being one of his particular favourites. The yearlings have been through a lot in the last few weeks, and it was great to see such a calm and relaxed group that didn’t seem fazed by 100+ people watching their every move. We had a short intermission while we waited for the adverse weather to pass by. It was a lovely opportunity for owners to find the yearlings in the stables and get well aquatinted with them. Our Australia colt that will be heading to Sir Mark Prescott, earned himself quite a few admirers! Once the weather had passed, we were on with the second group of horses, those staying at Ivy Lee Farm in the care of Nicky Tinkler. It was incredibly well organised with such a small team behind the scenes. It's amazing to see how much this yearlings have developed in such a short space of time since we last saw them at the sales. One that looked to have made the biggest step forward was the Showcasing ex Starbotton filly, who has started to fill her frame and look more and more like the sharp early 2 year-old we thought she could be. The final two horses to be shown were the new National Hunt prospects that were due to travel down to Nicky Henderson’s yard a few days after. Both look like typical national hunt horses and we can't wait for Nicky Henderson to get to work with them.

Once we had seen all of the new horses, we were treated to a hog roast sandwiches, salads and a free bar in the marquee. I think everyone that attended would agree it was a great way to spend a Sunday.
We were blessed with a crisp autumn morning with fantastic blue skies for our visit to Seven Barrows, to see our string. They were paraded for us, beginning with the 1/1 bumper winners Marie's Rock and Father John (golly he's a big boy now!) followed by El Kaldoun - who also won on debut, so no pressure to the new team members!

Divine Spear looked very well and so did Captain Woodie and his owners are very excited that he is now being entered to make his racecourse reappearance. It was then the turn of the youngsters: The Crillon filly and the Presenting gelding and they both coped very well, being 'shown' at close quarters for the first time at their new home. Dual summer winner Jen's Boy completed the parade and we then headed to Nicky's garden for wine and refreshments and plenty of racing talk!

Racing Breaks

This month we were treated to one of the highlights of the racing calendar, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Enable was just denied in a bid for history but the good news is she stays in training for 2020 and has another shot at winning her third Arc.

Racing Breaks have put together a new package for the 2020 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The new package includes racing at Saint Cloud the day before the Arc meeting and both days racing at Paris Longchamp. 

To make things even better, Racing Breaks have very kindly offered Middleham Park Racing owners £50 off the price of the trip when you book through the link below!
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Tattersalls HIT Sale

This last week we have been busy at work at the Tattersalls Horse In Training sale. In the past we have purchased horses such as G Force, Penitent, Copper Knight and Cold Stare. We are very excited to introduce two new purchases that will be running in light blue and orange from now on. 
Motawaafeq - Mick Appleby

Given he’s probably one of the shrewdest judges in the game and possibly one of the best improvers of a horse from others’ yards, it’s no surprise that Mick Appleby has been Champion All-Weather trainer for the last two years.

At the recent Tattersalls Horses in Training Sale, Mick put this horse to us as an individual, who he believes will particularly suit his way of operating. An expensive yearling purchase by Hamdan Al Maktoum at €170,000, it’s probably fair to say that he’s not yet, proved to be as talented as the Dubai owner had perhaps hoped, so much so, that he was sent to the sales in October 2019, having placed 4th on all three attempts on track in France.  He’s been allocated a handicap mark of 77 and given he remains a maiden; we’d like to think that winning a maiden over the Winter will prove well within Motawaafeq’s compass and could just set him up for an exciting handicap career after that. You couldn’t be confident that Motawaafeq is another BIG COUNTRY under Mick’s tutelage, but you certainly wouldn’t rule it out.


Shares start from £1,000 for 2.5%
Motawaafeq
Blonde Warrior - David O'Meara

This 3yo gelding comes from the Hugo Palmer yard. He was a very smart juvenile competing in the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood having previously won 2 of his first 3 starts. His exploits as a 2-year-old earned him a rating of 94, which has since slipped to an OR of 85. A change of scenery might bring back a bit of a spark to this son of Zoffany who has already shown what a classy horse he can be. We are pleased to be able to send him to David O'Meara, who has made a name for himself improving horses in training. You only have to look at our own Southern Rock who improved 20 pounds in Davids care.
Shares start from £950 for 2.5%
Blonde Warrior

New National Hunt Horse

Red Risk - Paul Nicholls

We couldn’t be more delighted than to announce the arrival in Great Britain, of the most recent addition to our Paul Nicholls National Hunt team, in the potentially top class 4yo prospect, RED RISK. Last time out he won his Novice Chase at Auteuil (the 'Cheltenham' of France) by an impressive 4 lengths, sauntering clear from the last, winning eased down in the end. Rarely does any horse win by 4 lengths at a track like Auteuil, but such was this 4yo’s authority that day, that with the assistance of ace French agents Peter and Toby Jones, we’ve been lucky enough to swoop to acquire him and bring him to Ditcheat, for our Middleham Park Racing owners to enjoy.
Shares start from £2000 for 2.5%
Red Risk

New Yearlings!

Our team attended two of the biggest and best yearling sales of the calendar this month, Goffs Ireland Orby sale and Tattersalls Books 1-2. They are difficult sales to find value at but the bloodstock team have done a fabulous job with the yearlings they have managed to secure from these two sales. 
Here's a quick summary of the yearlings we purchased this month:
David Lanigan



Mastercraftsman ex Lemon Rock filly

Shares available from £2,425.



Sea The Moon ex Nova Bene colt

Shares available from £1,500.
Marco Botti



Declaration Of War ex Montjess filly

Shares available from £2,075.
Sir Mark Prescott



Australia ex Navajo Moon colt

Shares available from £2,000.
Richard Fahey



Showcasing ex Ealaan colt
*Book 1 Bonus Qualified*


Shares available from £2,750.
Hugo Palmer



Starspangledbanner ex Via Lattea Colt

Shares available from £2,000.
Michael Bell



Kendargent ex Montorio colt

Shares available from £2,225.
If you would like to see more information, including their walk videos or would like to purchase shares in any of our new yearlings, you can do so from our website by clicking the link below!
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1. Email Charlotte with the name of your friend, their email address and telephone number and the share that they would like to purchase.*

2. We will take care of the paperwork with your friend.

3. Once the signed paperwork is received, your owner's account will be credited with £100! 

*The share purchase must be for a minimum of 2.5% in any horse currently available on our website and the person must be new to MPR.

Bloodstock News

Tattersalls Horse In Training Sale


The Tattersalls Horse In Training (HIT) sale is always an exciting sale. We've had plenty of success there over the years with our purchases and hopefully, this year will be no different. 

As exciting as the new arrivals are this sale usually means that we are saying goodbye to some of our horses as well. It's always tricky to judge when or if to sell a horse, but we always try and advise our owners with what we think is best. This year saw two very successful horses of ours go under the hammer in Newmarket; Timoshenko and Lexington Empire. Between them, they have won 10 races and over £85,000 in prize money. The David Lanigan trained Lexington Empire was the first in the ring; he made 80,000 gns having cost only 20,000 gns as a yearling. Timoshenko was knocked down for 72,000 gns the day after also making a healthy profit for his owners. 

They weren't the only horses we have said goodbye to this week Militia, Leroy Leroy, Naadirr, Beechwood Izzy, Ventura Bay, Lexington Quest, Ventura Glory and Myklachi. We wish all the new connections of our horses the best with their new purchases. 

Under The Radar


Motawaafeq

(Mick Appleby )

Bought this week at the Tattersalls Horses In Training Sales. We’ve got a Winter campaign in mind for him and he could be prolific on the All Weather this winter. One to follow closely.

Monthly Quiz!

Click below to test your knowledge of Middleham Park Racing's month!
Quiz

Joe Kington

Joe has worked for Richard Hannon for the 3 years, for the last month he has been living and working in Melbourne looking after or very own Raymond Tusk. Joe has been writing a weekly blog for Great British Racing International and has very kindly allowed us to share it on our newsletter. It's a great insight into what the pair have been doing in Australia to prepare for the big race on 5th November. 
Australia Blog 1

After spending two weeks in quarantine at Side Hill Stud In Newmarket, I arrived in Melbourne last week after a 23-hour flight. Raymond Tusk flew with experienced travelling grooms from International Racing Transport who fly around 5,000 horses globally each year and he travelled very well! I was greeted at the airport by Racing Victoria who took us to our hotel and gave us an induction detailing all the do’s and don’ts in quarantine, including how not to get locked in the shower! In the UK we had to shower every time we entered Side Hill Stud and now we are in Australia we have to shower three minutes when leaving quarantine.

Raymond Tusk is in the ‘Vintage Crop’ stables at Racing Victoria’s Werribee International Horse Centre. Vintage Crop was a Melbourne Cup winner, trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Mick Kinane. It is great to be in a stable with such a famous namesake. The UK based contenders ar in one barn and the Japanese contenders in the other. We are in a barn with Gold Mount who is trained by Ian Williams and Red Verdon who is trained by Ed Dunlop.
The first couple of days after we arrived were really quiet whilst the horses acclimatised and we were suffering with jet-lag, we took the horses out for a trot and let them see the sights. The weather has been a bit cold since we arrived with a couple of frosts in the mornings which was unexpected.

Racing Victoria have been really helpful. We had an integrity meeting which was held by one of the head vets of Racing Victoria, where we discussed all of the race day procedures, which was really insightful. They have also organised evenings out for us since our arrival.

On a day-to-day basis, we o in and feed at 5:30 am which gives Raymond plenty of quiet time to eat his food. At the moment we are allowed on the track at 9 am but once quarantine is over, we will be allowed on the track 7 am. I pull out at about 8:30 am as I like to give him a walk around the sand ring in the yard to warm hi up before a good trot around the track and then we canter on either the fibre sand or the turf. Evening stables are from 4 pm until 6 pm, when I give him a pick of grass for an hour and weigh him and then the normal evening stable routine.
Australia Blog 2

Raymond Tusk and I have settled in well in Australia, we are out of quarantine now and are allowed out on the track at 7 am. Raymond is well and enjoying life with the sun on his back. It has been very quiet for us and we have been doing our usual routine every morning but with only eleven days now until the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 5th November we will do a couple of faster pieces of work to get him fine-tuned in the next week.

We had the Caulfield Cup last Saturday, the race was won by Mer De Grace, he is in the barn opposite us with the Japanese contenders at the Werribee International Horse Centre. The atmosphere was electric, I can only imagine what it will be like on Melbourne Cup day. It was a shame to hear that Gold Mount who is in the same barn as Raymond has been retired after his run in the race having sustained a career-ending injury, but he will enjoy a lovely retirement at his owners’ stud Goldin Farm in South Australia.

Beat Le Bon is also now in Australia for team Hannon, accompanied by Travelling Head Lad Wayne Kavanagh he is in Sydney ahead of the Golden Eagle on Saturday 2nd November, the race is being run for the first time this year and is worth $7.5m. Fingers crossed, he runs a big race!

I am delighted for the team back home, Sean Levey is flying having won the Gr.1 Sun Chariot Stakes on Billesdon Brook at Newmarket, she is now entered for the grade 1 Filly & Mare Turf race at Santa Anita on the Saturday of the Breeders’ Cup! And Richard and Sean also enjoyed their first British Champions Day success when King OF Change won the Gr.1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last Saturday.

I hope the good run of success we are enjoying continues and I’m looking forward to the next week here in Australia in the lead up to the big day!
 
Thank you very much for sharing your blog with us Joe! Best of luck with Raymond Tusk out in Australia you have been doing a fabulous job looking after him!

📆 Coming up in November!

If you are interested in attending any of our stable visits,
you can find more details here:
Kilkenny Stable Visits - 9th November
Richard Hannon Stable Visit - 30th November
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