Bouguereau | Trainer: PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM

Alhaarth colt that I own outright and paid 65k guineas for at Tattersalls in October. Reasonably forward now and could have a decent 2yo year - targetting the Chesham.

'Bouguereau' Category

Pics

I’m getting a lot of photos in at the moment from all sorts of different places. Here are a few that have just come in;
First up, and after a long absence recovering from a broken bone in his foot is Bouguereau;
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Bougie hasn’t been on the course since July 2008, when he was a very [...]

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I’ll be¬†brief again today as I’m on cooking duty - I cook a mean Shepherd’s Pie.
Jane got me a couple of framed photos for Christmas - Bouguereau in the Derby and Winker in the July Stakes.¬† They were fantastic professionally taken¬†photos that I’d never seen before - I’ll post them in here¬†when I get¬†time.¬† I [...]

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I’m back at my desk having flown in to a freezing cold Heathrow at 5:30 this morning wearing shorts and a T-shirt.¬† I hardly slept a wink and I’m fading fast - as soon as I’ve done the blog I’m off to bed.
I couldn’t have been more impressed with Melbourne - it’s got everything.¬† It’s [...]

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A good day on Sunday with King’s Head doing it nicely.¬† He needs it G/F or firm and given that he has¬†invariably delivered¬†when he has had his ground I probably should have given him a stronger write up.¬† He may come out again on the weekend - he has entries on Saturday at Market Rasen [...]

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I’ve been ringing around today and the news is mixed.
Lilac Moon has jarred one of her feet and it’s badly swollen.¬† It’s probably nothing major but we’re having a scan to be sure - she was down to run at Lingfield on Tuesday, but has obviously been left out.¬† It’s annoying as she’s been in [...]

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I travelled up to Newmarket late on Monday night with Mick and we checked into a hotel.  In the morning I went down to watch work with Pete.
Winker was out first lot.  He worked extremely well without seeming to extend himself - Pete thought it was there or thereabouts his nicest piece of work this [...]

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The weather is currently scuppering my racing plans. 
We made the decision this morning not to supplement Winker at Deauville - the ground there is on the soft side and there is heavy rain forecast on Sunday.¬† These forecasts are extremely unreliable and it’s perfectly possible that Sunday could turn out to be a glorious summer’s [...]

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A quick one from me from the hotel computer.
It’s not easy checking out the racing from here as all betting related sites are blocked by the Italian regulator.¬† I can access the Racing Post site at least, where I can check out Bouguereau’s oppo.
Only six runners but no easy task on.  Boug is extremely well, [...]

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Bert‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Bouguereau, in Tuesday‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Betfair sponsored Gordon Stakes, and the Comic Strip Heroes‚ā¨‚ĄĘ Winker Watson, in Wednesday‚ā¨‚ĄĘs Sussex Stakes, are declared runners at Goodwood this week. They face just five and six rivals respectively and hopes are high for a bold show from both.
I have a slight concern about the ground being too fast [...]

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A big day and I made arrangements to go to Newmarket - I decided to book a driver for the day.  I had a few errands to run in the morning and I headed off a bit late.  I slept most of the way there - when I have a driver I usually stay up late the [...]

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More hideous weather today - I’m told that we’re getting a month’s worth of rain today here in leafy Surrey.¬† I can believe it - it’s cats and dogs out there.
It wasn’t raining at Newmarket overnight and early morning, but the rain started an hour ago and it’s chucking it down now (11:40).¬† Rain is [...]

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The big day

I had an amazing day on Sunday when I went to the tennis.¬† I’d managed to convince myself that Nadal was a sure fire winner and I had a¬†big bet¬†on him.¬† As I sat down on Centre Court I was rather wishing I hadn’t had a bet at all, as it was such a big [...]

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Last week we took delivery of a climbing frame, although you wouldn’t have recognised it as such when it arrived.¬† There were six bags of tubular steel rods all drilled with holes, three bags of nuts, bolts and assorted fitments, a swing, a slide and a canvas “den”.¬† There were also a couple of alan [...]

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A good day yesterday with Lilac Moon winning in fine style.¬† In quality terms she’s not one of my leading lights, but she’s developed into a lovely looking horse and and I’m very fond of her.¬† She isn’t what I would consider broodmare quality, but I’m looking for a few cheaper mares to have on [...]

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I had a good day at Wimbledon with Jane and our two daughters.  In truth the girls were a bit too young to appreciate it and they got bored towards the end.  When Andy Murray went two sets down we decided to call it a day and head home.  Oh well.
I spent most of the morning [...]

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Derby day finally came, although the rain I’d been hoping for didn’t.¬† It was a blow - I’d only kept Bouguereau in the race in the hope that the ground would come up on the soft side, but that wasn’t going to happen.¬† Still a great day out beckoned.¬† I got dressed in my fancy [...]

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Only a day away from a runner in the Derby, and although he’s a rank outsider I’m still pretty excited.¬† The rain didn’t come for me, but there’s still a fair bit forecast and it might be enough to turn the ground at the last minute.¬† Fingers crossed for a big run.
Thoughts on the big [...]

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Go Bougie go

I’ve been very busy this week with work - no time to bet and no time to blog.¬† Annoyingly I missed out on backing a horse I’d been waiting for for a long time - Zaskar trained by Tom Dascombe is a lovely filly with a real turn of foot, and she went in in [...]

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Mortgage job

I’ve been ringing around this morning and I’m feeling a sense of optimism from some of my trainers.¬† Pete’s horses haven’t been going as well as usual, but I think they are picking up now.¬† Brian is starting to have a few winners, and Tom’s horses seem to be in decent shape.
I’ve decided to leave [...]

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Another weekend of dashed hopes, capped with Bouguereau finishing down the field in 7th in the Italian Derby.¬† Well at least I can say I’ve had an odds-on favourite in a Group 1, which is rare enough.¬† Bouguereau is a super horse, but he’s a big, fairly lean galloping type with real staying power - [...]

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A winner on Tuesday night with Kings Head doing it nicely.¬† We‚ā¨‚ĄĘve believed for a while that he is a decent hurdler in the making and it‚ā¨‚ĄĘs good to see a little proof of that.¬† He needs top of the ground and he doesn‚ā¨‚ĄĘt get that often in the winter months, so he‚ā¨‚ĄĘll probably always [...]

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The first piece of collateral form for Bouguereau comes today with Patkai, who runs in the final race at Chester.¬† I like him as a bet.¬† He was staying on in the Newbury race and will surely¬†benefit from the extra two furlongs - he may also prefer the ground today.¬† 90 doesn’t look like too [...]

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I spent the whole morning deliberating about Bouguereau and whether we should have a tilt at the Italian Derby.¬† Pete didn’t want to go unless we flew as it’s a long way to box a horse and they invariably run badly after a long trip like that.¬†
We thought there was a flight to Rome, but [...]

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Ho Hum

Max performed poorly, trailing in eleventh of fifteen 11 lengths behind Natagora.  It was a messy race and Natagora was a lucky winner in the end with a few hard luck stories in behind. 
Max was very tricky going down, and Richard had to dismount twice.¬† At one point she nearly took out Aiden O’Brien who brushed past [...]

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The week begins and all my thoughts are with Max One Two Three.¬† I spoke to Mick earlier and he said he dreamt about her last night - I hope he didn’t cry out anything compromising.¬† I read a couple of write ups on the 1,000 this morning, neither of them mentioning Max. ¬†”Little do [...]

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The joy of six

Timeform rated Bouguereau’s run 107 whereas the Racing Post went 105.¬† Either way he rates good enough to have a go at the Italian Derby.¬† They’ve moved the race forward this year (May 11) which is good for us, but they’ve dropped the distance from 2400 to 2200 metres which is not so good.¬† Prize [...]

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I was a bit down yesterday thinking about the number of second places I have, so I checked out the stats.  The stats are poor for horses running in my name - 3 wins, 7 seconds, 6 thirds from 39 runs.  If I include all horses I have a piece of the figures are 22-30-14 - not [...]

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Double Bubble

I thought the Craven yesterday was a proper horse race.¬† Raven’s Pass and Twice Over slaughtered what looked to be a decent field in a very smart time - they could turn out to be two very good horses, and the 2,000 could be a real strong race this year.¬†
I backed one of Tom’s last [...]

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Craven bet

I’m fairly busy at the moment with no time to go racing - I’ll go to Newbury on Friday where I’ll hopefully have two runners.¬† The forecast for Friday at Newbury is heavy rain - not good news for Bouguereau although not a problem for Skid Solo.
Today is the Swindon Town FC golf day and [...]

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Craven Day 1

The Craven meeting starts today, and for me it’s the start of the flat season proper.¬† I’ve had runners on this day a couple of times¬†before and it’s a meeting I like - I was going to run Bouguereau in the Feilden today but we are preferring to go to Newbury on Friday.
The main interest [...]

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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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Hope Road ran a good race but just got edged out - frustrating and my luck is out at the moment.¬† He’s at least a half decent horse, and he’s running fairly consistently now.¬† He’ll go away for the year and come back in the autumn - he still has his maiden status and he [...]

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Easy Peasy

A nice result for Bouguereau, winning very much as he liked and¬†doing it¬†in good style.¬† Realistically he only did what he had a right to do - on all known form he was in a different league to anything else in the race, and so it proved.¬† It’s a small hurdle negotiated though, and if [...]

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Bougie Baby

A poor betting start to the flat on Saturday, and missing out on backing an easy winner of Pete’s.¬† Don’t Panic looks the business - I wonder if he has worked with Winker.
Bouguereau runs in the first at Pontefract, and he needs to win well if we are to keep on believing that he could [...]

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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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Back from a long week at Cheltenham and a lot to catch up on.
Mon Michel didn’t run his race.¬† He needs to come off a strong pace and there was no pace on early.¬† He needs half decent ground and he didn’t get it.¬† The horse is fine and he’ll be winning again soon.¬† I [...]

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I had a long chat with Pete today - I really do need to find some time to go down and watch the horses¬†work, as he is just beginning to wind them up.¬† I haven’t updated my horse list for a while - I own or part own six horses with Pete.¬† The are two [...]

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First things first, and the diet’s going ok - 18st3 this morning.¬† I’ve had a headache but nothing worse than that - I still haven’t worked out how I intend to do it, but the one thing I know I must do is break my sugar habit permanently.¬† Thanks all for the encouraging comments.
¬†I’m having [...]

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Winker made the front page of the Racing Post today as Jeremy went public with our ambitious plans.¬†¬†Winker is extremely well and we think¬†he’s the best 2yo out there - we’re going to try to win both the Middle Park and the Dewhurst to prove our point, and we’re hoping we can persuade Jim Bolger [...]

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Another poor and slightly unsatisfactory day yesterday with Bouguereau not helped by traffic problems.¬† I don’t agree with the Racing Post writer’s opinion that we were beaten “fair and square in third” - I’ve watched the race several times and I’d say the interference almost certainly cost us second place and it’s perfectly possible we [...]

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Bouguereau runs in the 4.40 at Goodwood, and anything other than a win will be a disappointment.  His came fourth last time in the Criterium du Fonds, a listed race at Deaville which is a group race in all but name.  The prize money for this race is greater than that for the Flying Childers [...]

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Bad day

A frustrating day.  A few bad selections and some bad luck as well - two losers in photo finishes, both of which traded long odds on in running and one that had no luck in running.
The good news is that I’ve gone through the cards tomorrow and I can’t find a thing I like.¬† I’ve [...]

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Pete called us after Winker’s work this morning and said he is still running a bit flat and needs more time.¬† We could have run him over the weekend in group company but he’s too good a horse to take liberties with.¬† The Middle Park is only three weeks away and that is his next [...]

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I’ve been short on time and have a fair bit of catching up to do.¬† No runners last week but a few this week.¬† I’ve been to Newmarket, and the Comic Strip Heroes have bought another three yearlings (possibly four) in the sales.¬† The main event at the WSOPE starts today, and I’m playing in [...]

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Ultimately a disappointing week horse wise, but a good break with the family.
We took the quick ferry over to France on the Monday - around 3 hours from Portsmouth to Cherbourg and a 2 hour drive the other end.¬† It was fairly uneventful - my one observation was that although I wasn’t driving that fast [...]

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I had a long chat with Pete today.¬† It’s all systems go for Winker on Sunday week in the Prix Morny, and he’s working extremely well.¬† I don’t see anything beating him - if he wins we may go for an extremely aggressive 2yo campaign with him.
The best news he had concerned Bouguereau.  Pete was [...]

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On the face of it Bouguereau ran pretty disappointingly - seventh out of 18 is nothing special and given the form of his trainer and my general expectation it was a poor result.  He did show a lot of promise though, taking the long way round and moving up pretty smoothly before coming to a [...]

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Bouguer off

It’s a big day today as I find out how good Bouguereau is.¬† He’s been working very nicely at home, but is still immature in a number of ways.¬† There are three possible concerns about today’s race;

There may be better horses in the race
He has a bad draw
He’s a big baby and he may run [...]

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After yesterday I’m really going to struggle to ignore Ryan Moore’s rides.¬† I watched his face after a couple of his wins - he seems to show no trace of emotion and he reminds me a bit of Lester Piggott.¬† It’s a fairly obvious comment but I¬†think he’ll turn out to be pretty special.
Captain Hurricane [...]

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Following my good day yesterday I’ll be coming back for more today, and the race I like is the King George Stakes.¬† I’ve been planning to back Wi Dud all day.¬† Our lawyer at Betfair knows some of the owners (similar connections to Amadeus Wolf) - the horse is apparently very well and the conditions [...]

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A bad day yesterday - Major Eazy ran his worst race for a while and I lost a lot of money punting.¬† To make matters worse I twice backed against horses of Pete’s and on both occasions Pete’s horse won.¬† Major Eazy takes a decent break now, which I think is well overdue.¬†¬†I was at [...]

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After a lot of hype Ary finally came out on Saturday.¬† It looked as if he was dead and buried, but in a dramatic finale he stormed back to beat Tom.¬† Unfortunately King’s Quay came on the wide outside and beat them both - still an excellent¬†second, and if the cards had fallen a little [...]

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Nothing runs for me during the week, but a fair bit of action at the weekend. 
Prince Ary is down to run on Saturday at Market Rasen in a race that the Pipe’s have won on several occasions.¬† He ought to have a decent chance.¬† Baldovina has two entries for the Saturday and one at Windsor on the Monday [...]

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Bouguereau

| Trainer: PETER CHAPPLE-HYAM

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