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Back to back wins for The Macon Lugnatic at Doncaster!

Having won on this course over this distance on his last start The Macon Lugnatic repeated his fabulous performance, this time on better ground in the Novices’ Hurdle. David Bass gave him another superb ride. He dictated the pace from the front until he was joined at the last and responded to the pressure brilliantly finding plenty to take the race by a length and a quarter. Huge congratulations go to his owners Genesis Racing Partnership II, who weren’t there but watched and celebrated in style from Cheltenham!

The team brought two wonderful winners home from Huntingdon on 1st March!

To kick off the double Equus Secretus won the MansionBet Proud To Support British Racing Beginners Chase. This was a competitive little race in which David Bass gave Equus Secretus and inspirational ride. He lost a shoe and was briefly headed but fought back bravely to get his head in front when it counted. Congratulations to the Bourtoneers and well done Nathan Green who looks after him.

Granny’s Secret went on to win the MansionBet #getitready For Cheltenham Mares' Maiden Hurdle by 5 lengths under another great ride by Nico de Boinville, providing the team with a double! Every winner is exciting but this one was extra special as it’s the first winner Ben’s trained for his mum and her JP girls, who definitely enjoyed it!

What a way to kick things off with our new sponsor Jeremy Houghton! It was the debut outing of our fabulous new kit provided by Jeremy who was with us at Huntingdon on the day.


Stokes is shaping up to be as good as his namesake. Winning on debut under David Bass at Wolverhampton in the Best Odds Visit Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race. He made all, set the pace, saw of the competition and won decisively. He is a very exciting horse who looks to have a bright future and we can’t wait to see what it holds.

The Macon Lugnatic wins the 1st Security Solutions EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle (Qualifier) at Doncaster

The Macon Lugnatic made all and kept finding out in front for David Bass who gave him a truly superb ride. Their timing was perfect as was the way they controlled the pace and they thoroughly deserved the win. The Macon Lugnatic was always a nice bumper horse but it was evident after his first run of the season at Leicester that his jumping needed work, so we sent him to Lucy Jackson who has done a fantastic job of schooling him. It's been a big team effort to get him back to this sort of level so it was great to see. He’s an improving horse and it’s always exciting when they win a qualifier like this. Congratulations to his owners The Genesis Racing Partnership II and to all connections!

Notice how clean they are.. one of the many perks of never being headed! 

Legal Eyes wins the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap Chase at Kempton in style!  

What a horse! The beautiful Legal Eyes was given a superb ride by Nico De Boinville, whos talent for reading races and hard work schooling the horses here at home to ensure their jumping is confident and accurate on the racecourse was as evident as ever. Having won at Plumpton in October this was Legal Eyes’ first run since having his wind operation. He rewarded The OAP Syndicate’s faith in him in spectacular style, winning this competitive race by 11 lengths! He jumped and galloped his rivals into submission and truly deserved the win, having led from the 3rd fence and given his all.

Your Darling wins the Premier Food Courts Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Newbury

The hugely exciting Your Darling looks to have a very bright future, winning on debut at Newbury for his owner Lord Vestey under Nico De Boinville. He was up against some strong competition including the incredibly well bred Flinteur Sacre (full brother to the famous Sprinter Sacre) making the win all the more impressive. The brilliant Henrietta Knight, who sourced him from Ireland thinks that he ‘is as good a horse as Best Mate’. It is safe to say that we are all incredibly excited about him!

29th December 2019 - One Touch serves up a festive treat to win at Doncaster!

One Touch made light work of the competition in the CWS Plumbing and Heating British EBF ‘National Hunt’ Novices’ Hurdle (Qualifier) at Doncaster. He was given a peach of a ride from David Bass who did what he does best and bounced him out to make all. One Touch went clear two out and was (to quote the commentator on the day) a ‘touch too good’. He was eased down to win by a convincing eight lengths for his brilliant owner Mr Martin Jones having jumped like a stag throughout. He won his only Point To Point start, a bumper and now he has also won over hurdles. We are anticipating a bright future for this classy horse over the bigger obstacles.  

27th December - Global Citizen wins at Kempton!

Global Citizen produced a fabulous front-running display to win the Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices' Chase (G2, C1) at Kempton. He made all and set a good galloping pace which was 4 seconds faster than the Desert Orchid Chase. He has really stepped up and returned to form after making his chasing debut in October. In spite of the unfavourable ground we knew he was a brave and gutsy horse with the necessary class to win this competitive renewal.

David Bass rode him very positively settling him in a good rhythm and getting him jumping fantastically. Going into the last he had seen off all of his rivals except for Rouge Vif, however Global Citizen's valiant leap over the final fence and gallop to the line made him impossible for any of the others to get on terms with, let alone past.

His owners, The Megsons, have plenty to be excited about for the rest of the season as with this win under his belt we will now set his sights on the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival or Aintree. The winners of the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Wayward Lad Novices’ Chase in recent seasons include the likes of Sprinter Sacre, Altior and Cyrname, five of the last eight winners have gone on to win the Arkle.

20th December - Whatsupwithyou and Cavok provided Ben with a welcome double

Whatsupwithyou won the Maiden Hurdle at Ascot for his owner Co-foundations Ltd. David Bass gave him a fantastic, expertly timed ride. He has made the perfect start to his hurdling career, taking the inside line and jumping brilliantly throughout the race. He coped with the testing conditions very well and stayed on brilliantly to win this strong maiden hurdle convincingly by 3.5 lengths.

Cavok won the Richard Winterton Auctioneers Novices' Handicap Chase at Uttoxeter under Luca Morgan for her owner Mrs Carrie Zetter-Wells. This was Cavok’s season and chasing debut. Cavok won her Irish Point to Point on heavy ground so we knew she would be able to cope with the conditions. Luca Morgan gave her an excellent ride taking on the leader two out and seeing off the favourites challenge.

Espoir De Loire wins at Musselburgh

Espoir De Loire won the Visit Novices' Handicap Chase by 2 lengths under Daryl Jacob for owner Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited. This was a very impressive season and chasing debut, he made all, jumped for fun and is sure to progress nicely from this. He won his point to point before coming to us to begin his career under rules. He was hurdling last season and won nicely at Warwick, his best performances to date have been on softer ground which bodes well for this season!   

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