Big Paddy (4 Yo) | Trainer: NICK GIFFORD

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Big Paddy died on Saturday night - he was put down after one of his intestines burst.¬† Colic might sound like a bit of indigestion but it’s a very serious condition - I’ve had three horses go down with it now and only one of them survived.¬†¬† It’s a blow, and a terrible blow to [...]

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It was a truly depressing day today.  Nick Gifford rang late on with three pieces of bad news.
Killaghy Castle had a fatal fall at Sandown.  He was a lovely horse and a great prospect and I was very sad to hear this news.
Theophrastus is injured and is a highly unlikely runner for tomorrow.¬† It’s been one [...]

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Exciting news - Park Acclaim foaled down a filly this evening, the first foal ever born to one of my mares.¬† I don’t know if she’s a grey (Park Acclaim is grey, by Clodovil) - she’s by Motivator.¬† I’ll post some pictures later in the week.
Other horse news is poor.  Big Paddy has been retired [...]

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I’m going through a quiet period horse wise.¬† Mon Michel is probably out for the season, and he was possibly my best prospect for this year.¬† Tifernati was bought to go hurdling this year, but he had a massive wart on his backside which had to be removed - he should go in to Gary’s [...]

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Stud duty

Jane and I had an excellent day out on Monday when we had a tour of a couple of stud farms in the Newbury area. 
We dropped the children off early¬†and I gave the dog a quick walk.¬† I’d ordered a driver for the day and we left home at around 9:30 - an hour later we [...]

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I’ve had jumpers running over the last few days with no luck¬† In truth it’s been a pretty disappointing jumps season -¬† some fairly expensive purchases have run poorly, the only real¬†high point having been Mon Michel winning a few months ago.¬† I’m pretty happy with what I have for the flat this year though [...]

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Max One Two Three did an important piece of work this morning, and was scoped afterwards.  She worked really nicely and scoped clean - we are now bang on for the 1,000.  She will have one more piece of work early next week and that will be it.  She is a very decent filly with a [...]

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It’s a big time of year as an owner, and there are highs and lows.¬† Aintree was ultimately a real mix, and there was a lot of good and bad on¬†Saturday.¬† I didn’t go up as I was at AFC Wimbledon for a match that my wider family were sponsoring in memory of¬†my¬†great uncle, who [...]

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A busy day yesterday.¬† I’m still trying to name my 2yos¬†after my last name (Ming Ming, apparently too like minger) was¬†rebuffed last time. ¬†I decided I liked “Killer Queen” for my Kyllachy and I called Pete - he liked it.¬† I also told Tom Dascombe that I wanted to call my One Cool Cat colt [...]

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Moving on

I’ve finally got myself sorted with a reliable internet connection, and I can get back to my blogging.¬† It’s been a busy week.
Last week I finally moved into my farm - 330 acres in the rolling Surrey countryside.  Four woods making 55 acres, one decent sized lake, six ponds and a little brook running through the middle.  They [...]

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Another day

Not a great day Saturday for the Black family coffers, although I managed a little late damage limitation.¬† The football wasn’t great either with Swindon losing 1-0, but my man at the game was reasonably positive about how we played.
Pete C-H runs two at Lingfield today, both trading at very short prices.  As far as [...]

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I visited Nick Gifford‚ā¨‚ĄĘs yard in Findon on Wednesday morning to catch up with news of the four horses owned by the Core Strength syndicate of which Bert forms a third. The horses are all five year old geldings who were selected with a long term perspective and there has been little racecourse action from [...]

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Big Paddy

(4 Yo) | Trainer: NICK GIFFORD

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