|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 20, 2017 at 7:00 AM||comments (0)|
Good Morning All
Off to Lingfield with Jenny Scorgie to watch her BAHUMBUG run, race time 4.50, then swiftly off to London for the Godolphin Stable Staff awards.
Unfortunately for Jenny, she will then have the company of Reg in the big lorry on the way back. I've asked her to take note of the number of pies and pastries he eats on the way home (just to let his Mum know regards his diet!) and have duly apologised in advance for the volume of aftershave he has splashed on today - I’ve told her not to be afraid to open the window to get some fresh air if at any time she begins to feel light headed!
Travelled to Ffos Las on Sunday with the Jowett’s WESTERBEE who finished a nice third place. A pleasing run, gives us plenty to go forward with for the future. It was a thick foggy day and Dan said if the mare had jumped better three from home he may well have finished in second place so all well and good.
Unfortunately, ADRENALIN FLIGHT was a non runner at Larkhill point to point on Sunday - he schooled shortly before and picked up an injury. Disappointing for intended pilot Matthew Fielding but there will be another day.
AGM for the NTF this week – My first year as President of the NTF and looking back I suppose it’s been largely an uneventful 12 months but for the next year I am looking forward to the long awaited and overdue implementation of the levy replacement.
In addition, we must not take our foot of the gas regards the promotion of racing and the industry to assist with the recruitment and retention of staff, a much valued commodity. The NTF are planning to launch a new ‘interactive’ website called ‘My Racing Life’ that will be available for staff at all levels, seeking their views and feedback regards all aspects of racing, sharing their experiences, job opportunities etc and much more - something to look forward to.
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 18, 2017 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
Good Morning Bloggers
Off to our local course, Wincanton, today with previous course winner, SOMCHINE and DENNY KERRELL. Fully expect it to be busy day with plenty of runners on their Saturday card. Looking forward to it.
We have David and Liz Erwin in this morning to see CHESTERFIELD up the gallops and discuss plans for the horse's future.
Ffos Las beckons tomorrow for the Jowett’s WESTERBEE. Only five runners but a hot little race. We also have Matthew Fielding back on ADREENLAIN FLIGHT tomorrow, Point to Point meeting at Larkhill . Hoping he can go one place better than last time and get a winner on the board.
We were blessed by the presence of Lt Colonel Erica Bridge early doors today. Fresh in from Milan (via Sandown) to ride a couple of lots in preparation for KASTANI BEACH’s date with destiny on Friday March 10th in the Military race at Sandown. Sure to be well supported by Members of the Seamus Mullins Racing Club. Always a cracking day and Members are well looked after by the racecourse.
A busy week ahead with quite a few entries in the book. Plus, Monday evening I am off to the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers Hotel. London. Always a good evening and very well managed. Many thanks once again to Godolphin for their continued support and sponsorship.. A much valued annual event for all in racing form all aspects of the industry.
Thursday I am back in London for the National Trainer’s Federation (NTF) Annual General Meeting.
James is in Berlin for a wedding with his girlfriend Flo. No no no, hold on a minute, that doesn’t read quite right. I meant James and Flo are guests at a wedding in Berlin and are away for a long weekend! I don’t know though, may give the lad some ideas?
Weightwatchers club has gone off the rails – or off the scales in Reggie’s case. Reggie has resigned from the Club because his Mum (Barb) has been reading the Blog and is astonished by his weight! 19 stone and counting Barb, what have you been feeding that boy of yours?
Paul was caught at Palmer’s fish and chip shop last week, Valentines Night! He certainly knows how to treat his wife! Accordingly, he has now refused to get on the scales, citing Reggie as an excuse!
Steph claims she has lost another two pounds but if I am to believe her incredible weight loss over the past month then she should be weighing in at 7 stone 2 Lbs and she certainly isn’t that!
We are having a daily countdown until Paul leaves us, the flags are being dry cleaned in readiness for his last day. Party party party, AFTER, he walks out the door of course!
Unfortunately, I’ve had to book him for Friday 19th March at Sandown to represent me at the Military Day as I am going with James to watch Ireland beat Wales in the rugby. Make sure he let's go of your leg Erica when he legs you up! It will be carnage. Not the rugby, I mean at Sandown with him in charge of KASTANI BEACH and the raucous members of the racing club. God help Sandown if that horse manages to fly up that hill with his head in front! I don’t expect they will come home for a week!
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 13, 2017 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
Cracking run from SONG LIGHT Saturday at Newbury, in the snow. A very cold day but connections certainly warmed up when SONG LIGHT, ridden by Kevin Jones, came home fourth place in the BetfairHurdle (formerly known as the ‘Schweppes Hurdle).
Also we had a nice performance from, first time out, ARTHINGTON for Chris Baldwin at Kempton last Friday. Running green but staying on strong at the end of the race.
We have a few entries for the end of the week, especially now Spring is on it’s way!!! JUBYLIMPICS has an entry at Ascot on Saturday for Members of the Seamus Mullins Racing Club and we also have a couple entered at Wincanton.
On my way to Plumpton this morning with MOJESTIC for owner Jenny Scourgie, Dan Sansom on board – who will no doubt sleep for the whole of the journey there and back!
Lamorna back to work this week sporting a tan form a skiing holiday in France. She had a great time and came back fortunately with no broken bones.
Ali returned to work this morning after dislocating her shoulder many moons ago. She has also obviously had a good time and on arrival this morning was made an honorary member of the weight watchers club!
Talking weight watchers; Steph down a pound but Paul up six pounds - serves him right for having Saturday off! Reggie is laughing his socks off as Fatboy has been giving him some stick for breaking the 19 stone barrier!
Now as I type this next paragraph I have a tear in my eye as I well up with emotion. It is with pain in my heart that I must share with you news that my assistant, Paul, is leaving us at the end of the month to concentrate on rearing and training his greyhounds. Maybe we could even have a greyhound in the Racing Club next year? So sad, ooops a tear has just dropped on my keyboard that is now beginning to smoke so I’d better sign off.
Hi this is Paul – I’ve just walked in the office as Seamus passed me at the door, I think he’s been crying? Anyway. I see he’s left his PC on with this Blog page open so I thought I’d have a read and add some news myself.
A tear in his eye??? Bugger me he was in floods of tears, I am touched. I’ve been here for just on five years, starting as pupil assistant then moving to the position of assistant trainer after Charlie Brown left for pastures new a couple of years ago. My recent promotions have included taking on the new role of so called Catering Manager! This entails making the Boss man’s tea when he rings the bell each morning (I’ll sabotage that damn bell before I go), buttering his toast (left to right including the corners) and washing up (every item of crockery in the office) before I go home each day. Catering Manager, more like kitchen slave!!!! I should Co Co!! No wonder I’ve decided to go doggin’ instead!
God knows how he’s going to cope without me? Who else can he fire on a weekly basis? Who else will put up with that, ceratinly not Steph - she already rules the roost! I’m already considering changing my mobile number because he’s always calling me on the rare occasions I’m not here!
Under duress, I have conceded to come up some Saturday’s (when cake is in!) to visit Friar Tuck’s and catch up on the gossip from the yard.,,,,,,, watch this space. Let's go doggin'!!!
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 6, 2017 at 7:15 AM||comments (1)|
Good Morning Bloggers
Lingfield’s meeting was abandoned over the weekend so unfortunately no runner (ROMEO AMERICO) for the Racing Club Members today. Most of them are still on a high from a promising second place run from JUBILYMPICS.
All roads lead to Newbury for the Betfair Hurdle on Saturday for the Phoenix Bloodstock owned SONG LIGHT. Well at home so his entry was confirmed this morning.
We also have a couple of entries Friday, one at Bangor (ROBINROYALE) and one at Kempton (ARTHINGTON), weather dependant.
I’m off to the Goffs Sales in Ireland this week with an order book to fill. Plenty of good types on offer.
Weightwatchers report this week that, despite a MacDonald’s (Woppa burger, family box of chicken nuggets washed down with a vanilla thick shake) she lost a pound. Paul claims he has lost two pounds (down 12lbs overall) and last but no means least, Reggie (the up and coming Fatboy) also had a MacDonald’s plus a Chinese takeaway and a fat boys breakfast at Friar Tuck’s so unsurprisingly has gained another five pounds! Blimey Barb, that boy of yours does like his food!
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on February 2, 2017 at 6:25 PM||comments (0)|
Storm Doris has well and truly descended upon us – Chepstow has already been abandoned tomorrow and forecast for the near future doesn’t look too orange (bright!)
The wind is very strong here, just blew Reggie's wheelbarrow across the yard - funny enough it was moving faster than when Reggie is normally pushing it!
FLUGZEUG is off to Towcester this afternoon, race time 3.55, for the New Forest Racing Partnership. Jockey is in good form; let’s hope he translates that to the horse! Heavy ground is forecast so it will be a long hard slog. Cheek pieces back on, it’s a wide open race.
Cheltenham is beckoning for all you National Hunt fans; the pinnacle of our year is just around the corner and we have already made a couple of entries; ROBINROYALE in the Albert Bartlett for the Morgan Family and LANDIN in the Triumph Hurdle for the Four Candles Partnership – both races on Gold Cup day, the Friday.
I’m waiting for the revised handicap marks to come out as we may well have another couple of entries for the Festival meeting.
We have entries over the next few days but again very much dependant on the weather – SOMECHINE off to Wetherby Saturday (Reggie poised to leave the yard sharp at 5am) and Monday ROMEO AMERICO for the Racing Club, hoping to go to Lingfield but highly likely and I fully expect it to be called off early
Talking Racing Club, JUBILYMPICS ran a cracking race this week at Lingfield, just finding one too good, a Henderson hotpot that duly obliged. However, a very nice and encouraging run, simply need to find a bumper now that she can win
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on January 30, 2017 at 7:05 AM||comments (0)|
Well it’s been a busy weekend – highs and lows of racing for Oliver Sherwood and his Team– fantastic run from Many Clouds to beat Thistlecrack but so so sad to see the horse go down after the race. I personally thought Oliver spoke superbly on ITV4 following the tragic incident, a true professional.
A very wet day was had at Fontwell yesterday – four runners and a somewhat disappointing day.
Saturday saw the yard go mob handed to the local Larkhill point to pint meeting where two new, up and coming budding, jockeys made their debuts in the first race on the card.
James Mullins rode Roman Conquest and Matthew Fielding was on board Adrenalin Flight. Also in the race was our former winning hurdler Sidbury Hill.
One of our jockeys was obviously very nervous and had accordingly taken precautionary measures (elastic bands round tops of boots!) that became apparent as he entered the parade ring.
That may also have been his downfall because unfortunately his horse took a nasty looking tumble (fortunately both horse and rider fine) at the third fence and rumour has it that his elastic bands got caught up in the wing of the fence as he approached that put both horse and rider off balance?
However, our other pilot (Matthew) managed a clear round on Adrenalin Flight (I think they both looked after each other) and ran on well to be beaten only a couple of lengths by Sidbury Hill. A great effort and a superb result for trainer Sally Rawlins who trained the first two home – Well done and many many congratulations to both Stan and Sally Rawlins from all here at the yard.
Today we have two of the Seamus Mullins Racing Club horses running at Plumpton.
Heavy ground must give Kastani Beach an each way chance and the other Alottarain, aptly named, seeking a nice run.
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on January 26, 2017 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
On my way to Warwick with the second of our German imports, LANDIN (Also owned by the Four Candles Partnership ) Plenty on his plate first time of asking with some useful sorts also entered in the race. Race time 12.55 so an early start was called for following a quick call to Jane Hedley, Clerk of the Course, to get the latest regards the going. Her words, “Crack on” meant we were swiftly away.
The radio is not too good in the small lorry and conversation will be virtually nil as Dan is leading up today and he will be asleep before we get out of Amesbury!
We took half a dozen youngsters to Kempton yesterday for a racecourse gallop. Many thanks to powers that be there for letting us have a run round, very handy. Horses worked well, very pleased.
Matthews prayers seem to have been answered by the man upstairs as there has been a thaw locally, Larkhill racecourse in particular, and it appears we have every chance of him and James making their debuts on Saturday morning, race time 11.30
We have plenty of entries over the next few days, looking to take every opportunity to run should weather permit as we have horses at home fit and ready to roll.
FUHGEDDABOUDIT runs tomorrow at Taunton with Dan Sansom on board taking off a valuable ten pounds.
Weightwatchers report is Steph; down a couple of pounds (she is sticking to her diet) Paul lost a couple of pounds early on but was seen with a pocketful of biscuits earlier in the week so who knows the outcome of that but the scales do not lie and last but no means least, I think he’s given up as when he bent over to do his boot laces up this morning I lost sight of three horses and the jeep, Reg! Was he ever on a diet, does he need to be BARB? (Reggie’s Mum who he in fact openly blames for his athletic man of steel toned shape – it can’t be his Dad’s fault as they are both the same shape! (Weebles are us!).
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on January 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
Horses all turned out, despite the weather, for pick of grass through the heavy frost.
‘Tis a cold one up here this morning, even Reg has trousers on (no shorts) and rumour has it that Paul even has tights on! Paul joked not tights but stockings and suspenders and Reg won’t leave him alone.
Thick fog has descended up at the top of the gallops and you can just see the top of the stones at Stonehenge poking through – would make for a lovely photo.
Both meetings abandoned over the weekend that left us with a couple of non runners and in all honesty the forecast doesn’t bode well for the remainder of the week.
We do have entries at Fakenham, Warwick, Huntingdon and Doncaster so weather forecast is under full scrutiny in anticipation of runners this week.
All roads lead to Larkhill Point to Point on Saturday where Matthew Fielding and James Mullins have their first competitive rides in public – both in the first race on the card, off time at 11.30 I think?
Matthew will be on Adrenalin Flight and James onboard Roman Conquest. Matthew is quietly confident, having already schooled his mount round the Larkhill circuit.
Latest betting shows in the yard are as follows;
Matthew – Even money to complete the course; 2/1 to complete by Sunday morning
James – 5/4 to turn up; 7/4 to turn up on time, 5/1 to turn up with all his gear!
There should be a big attendance as we are getting in early on Saturday to leave early to avoid the crowds. Even Reg is promising to go as he thinks there will be a burger van on site!
That leads nicely into the latest news from the yard weight watchers; Paul gained a couple of pounds, went wayward at the end of the week. Steph lost a few pounds (dedication is the name of the game) and Reg put on half a stone, now just over the 19 stone mark on the scales (now listen, I know you read this Barb (Reggie’s Mum), Reggie says he has such a bad diet due to his upbringing when you kept feeding him on cake, chocolate and biscuits!).
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on January 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
Start the Blog off on a positive note with a Big Win Win for racing following the announcement last week that all betting operators, including online firms based offshore, will be required to return 10% of their gross profits from racing bets back to the sport from April this year.
Many congratulations and thanks to Nick Rust (Chief Executive of the BHA), Will Lamb and their team for the hard work they have put into making this happen.
Next, well I’ve got to mention it – the proposed demise of Kempton Park racecourse. A lot of disappointment from those involved in racing and a serious blow to those based in the South with what I consider to be the potential loss of possibly the best National Hunt winter turf surface in the country.
I’m sure the Jockey Club Executive must have serious reasons for considering such a move knowing the controversy that such a strategic decision would cause within racing.
As a result, the National Trainer’s Federation (NTF) have arranged a meeting with representatives of Jockey Club Racecourses to discuss their plans for the future and establish their reasons behind such a momentous decision.
We had two runners their on Saturday. ROBIN ROYALE ran very well, challenging at the second last but just got tired on the run in. Dan Sansom, now affectionately none in the yard as Dan ‘Sat Nav’ Sansom for taking the incorrect route to the start, duly delaying the race and accordingly asked for an explanation by the Clerk of the Course.
He claims he was told by the man on the course to turn right and continue to the start, which he duly did. Just as well he didn’t end up on the M25 else we may not have seen him again!
Our other runner was CHESTERFIELD in the Lanzarote Hurdle. Ran a bit disappointing but there will be better for him to come in the future. Exhibiting the ‘bounce’ factor following his encouraging run first time out for us after a long break.
Had a couple of Members (Curly and Chuffy) from the Racing Club drop in this morning on their way to Plumpton to see one of their horses run, ALOTTARAIN. Dan Sansom on board, claiming a valuable 10 pounds, so we are quite hopeful for a place thereby providing more funds in the kitty for Members.
Other matters; It’s been a bad weekend for the Weight Loss (or now known as the Weight Gain) Club. Paul has put on the weight he lost last week, citing 8 chocolate truffles, 4 packets of Cheese n Onion crisps, Fish and Chips plus a variety of puddings (cheesecake made by Curly) trifle and sticky toffee pudding as some of the contributory factors! Steph also put on, Mrs Blobby said she had a bad weekend with crisps – two boxes of monster munch and Doritos were mentioned in dispatches and last but no means least Reg – still refusing to share his weight but Chelsea said she saw him put one leg on the scales whilst trying to rest the bulk of his weight (via his left buttock) on the adjacent bathroom hand basin, claiming he was down a couple of pounds!
|Posted by Seamus Mullins on January 11, 2017 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
Reporting back from a busy day yesterday where we had 6 runners at Lingfield and on my way this afternoon for a debut run with one of our German imports, SILVER SEA, owned by the newly formed partnership called ' Four Candles Partnership'
Yesterday's best performance undoubtedly came from FLUGZEUG who ran on well for the New Forest Partnership, following a quiet ride from Dan Sansom (claiming 10 lbs) who got him travelling and jumping well. Second, beaten 6 lengths but a good performance none the less.
Similar comments could well be made for Kev Jones (claiming 5 lbs) , riding ROMEO AMERICO in the same race, who was also travelling and jumping ok until hitting the hurdle turning for home that effectively took away any winning chances he may have had. Not a bad run and encouraging for members of the Seamus Mullins Racing Club who were in attendance on mass to see their runner.
Special mention should be made of DANCING CONQUEST who ran on gallantly to finish fourth for Franey Matthews. We also had GOWELL who fell in the same race but I am pleased to report she is none the worse for the fall this morning.
Before I forget, I must inform all Bloggers and followers of the Reg, BBC Radio Wiltshire have been in touch with the stable flag bearer Kevin 'Reggie' Eggleton for an interview regards his career change - a Star is Born and I feel it's a privilege in life to have known him. ! Blimey, will his head get any bigger!
Other yard matters : latest news regards the 'Weight watchers' - Steph lost 1 lb during the week and put 4 lbs on over the weekend! Paul says his weight stayed the same (Ummmmm I'm not sure!). Reg said his scales have broken at home but looking at him he appears to have put on a good half stone since Christmas - he was seen coming out of Reeves the Bakers again last week, he has admitted such but claims he was asking for directions!!!
So in summary, at the end of week one, the weight watchers appear to have been watching their weight increase! Not quite the desired result they were after so another weigh in beckons this weekend and I'll report the findings next week. However, I must admit that there appears to be more biscuits in the tin than usual so in fairness I think they are trying, especially Steph who always has her hand in the tin looking for a fistful of jammy dodgers.