Alex Dunn Racing Weekly Report (19th-25th July)
This week at West Buckland we have sent out runners out both over the flat and jumps with some good results. We like everyone else have settled in well to the new climate that the region is experiencing with temperatures set to soar even higher next week, apparently. At the yard we have been putting our 6 latest arrivals through their paces and welcoming back some of the horses summering out at grass in Worcestershire.
Round Up of runners
Thahab Ifraj 2nd at Stratford
This week we ran 9 different horses at Leicester, Stratford and Ffos Las taking a total prize money of £5642.56 across the board. There were 2 excellent days racing this week at both Stratford with 2 16/1 seconds and at Ffos Lass with a second, third and Iconic Boy all finishing in the money, indeed all bar one runner this week finished with prize money!
Both Thahab Ifraj and Cool Macavity ran nice races to be second at big prices, on Sunday at Stratford. Thahab Ifraj led from the front under a good ride from Richie McLernon but the winner had just too much in hand, but a very exciting run none the less especially as being one of the outsiders in the betting.
Cool Macavity as mentioned finished second as well and has been a handy addition to the yard since joining at the end of May with 2 seconds and a fourth from 4 runs in just 2 months, picking up £2793.50 in prize money. He raced mid division and we were happy to see him fend off King Alfonso at the end to keep the place.
On Tuesday we travelled to Ffos las and again had success with Compton Abbey an unlucky second, whereas Gang Warfare couldn’t quite hold on in the end to be beaten a cruel ¾ length in a 3-way finish but again provided huge excitement for us all, if only Rossa hadn’t ridden so many winners and still claimed 5!!! We also ran one of our new 6, Iconic Bay and learnt a huge amount about the horse and look forward to the future with him.
Wednesday saw us travel to Leicester where sadly we finished outside the placings with our 3 runners, however as with Iconic Boy we learnt a lot and look forward to some excitement in the near future.
o A 3yo Colt by Havana Gold
o A 5yo Mare by Notnowcato
Horses at Grass
How About It and Co chilling
This week focuses on an element you rarely see in the racing world and that is when horses get turned out to grass. At West Buckland we have a roughly 30 acre site as well as access to fields around us, however we like to keep this space for the horses in training. This means that the horses get sent to Worcestershire to my parent’s yard to be turned out to grass, over 100s of acres of grassland that they have access to. Due to the dry weather the horses are mostly being turned out in threes with the average field size being above 20 acres. We believe that by being out for a few weeks this freshens them up not only physically but mentally, like you or I after a holiday and so improves performance when they return.
At this current time, we have just received Truckers Tangle from his holiday and soon more will arrive. There are also 2 brood mares at Phepson and multiple young stock that will be broken and come down to us over the next few seasons, indeed one of my very own, Double Mead winner of 22 races, has foaled 2 colts and a filly and is currently in foal again.
I believe this to be an important part of my training process as I can either receive horses from the field or they can come to me semi fit. Some whilst in Worcestershire are in pre-training, where they go for hacks. Whilst on the ride, there are many streams, fords and brooks; their legs benefit by getting cool standing in the many brooks there and the horses enjoy playing in the water keeping them fresh for them to come back and hopefully win!
News in racing
This week has featured the sudden news of Justify, the undefeated winner of the 2018 Triple Crown, who has been retired from racing due to injury. However as sad as it is not to see him on the track again, he will most likely have a new lease of life as a breeding stallion.
Update on New Yard
As you can see from the twitter feed Tom Dunn and Tamby Welch have been busy putting a huge hole next to my log cabin. This will be for the new stables. It is a great relief to finally see progress underway and I can’t wait to show you the progress over the