Effingham | Trainer: BARRY HILLS

He’s a lovely horse this one, extremely thick set physically, relaxed and friendly. He has a sore shin which has put him back a bit, but all being well will be out reasonably soon.

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I’ve had better weekends.¬† On Friday in the day my main fancies ran badly,¬†although I found a couple of winners¬†to limit the damage.¬† I had three runners in the evening, all fancied a little bit and¬†they all finished tailed off!¬† I decided to have a go at the Scoop6 on Saturday - I put only [...]

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Three runners at Wolverhampton this evening, and I may go up.¬† King’s Head goes in the 8:50 and both Shepherd’s Warning and Effingham go in the 9:20.
King’s Head comes here mainly because we haven’t had the right ground to run him over the jumps.¬† He doesn’t like it soft and it’s tough finding the right [...]

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More disappointment on Saturday with Winker running no sort of race.  In many respects it was a run that was too bad to be true - he was being niggled to go the pace almost from the start and we knew our fate before the half way point.  I think the will is still there [...]

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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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Winker finally returned to action, but it was a disappointment.  He was seventh out of 16 in the Prix Jean Prat - a strong race, not disgraced but frankly I was hoping for a lot better.
There were excuses.  He lost a shoe coming out of the stalls - he subsequently lost 3 or 4 lengths [...]

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Sill no luck with the horses.¬† Effingham was last in his race and Skid Solo was last but one - not the results I was looking for.¬† It’s all small fry compared to Max’s run on Sunday, and I haven’t wasted any luck.
Effingham was truly awful and we couldn’t¬†find any obvious excuses.¬† He’s destined for [...]

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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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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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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 week away and a lot to report.
Effingham came nowhere - the vet has found a small fracture which could be the problem.¬† He’ll be gelded now - should be ok next season.
We’ve had a decent offer for Lord Peter Flint which is subject to a vet’s exam - if he passes he’ll be sold.¬† [...]

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A good day Saturday.¬† Not so good on Sunday - I’m sad that Authorized’s racing career ended on a low note.
Effingham goes today in the first at Windsor.  I had a good chat to Barry this morning - having originally thought him to be a sprint type (on the basis of appearance) he now thinks he [...]

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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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The boss had a late one last night after the Betfair Pro-Am Golf Tournament so I’ll fill in for now. Bert has Prince Ary running at Market Rasen (3.45) today in a valuable handicap hurdle with ¬£30,000+ to the winner. He was touched off by a short head on his only previous visit to the [...]

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As noted by Bert below, I‚ā¨‚ĄĘm going to be contributing to the blog from time to time to help keep things up to date and maybe prompt further thoughts and discussion. Comments are very welcome.
Shepherds Warning runs in the 2.50 at Pontefract to-morrow ‚ā¨‚Äú a Nursery Handicap for fillies run over a mile. She has [...]

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Authorized did fantastically and I’m thrilled for Pete.¬† I backed him but I was a bit cowardly and I should have had more on.¬† It was nearly a very good day as Oasis Wind came close - the unlucky horse in that race was Hitchens, who ran behind Effingham and backs up that form.
 Day 2 [...]

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A very disappointing run from Effingham, who never got into the race and finished down the field at Ponty.¬† The ground, which was good to firm in the morning, was changed to firm with G/F patches immediately after the race.¬† Michael Hills reported that the horse wasn’t enjoying the ground at all.
I guess it wasn’t [...]

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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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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¬†fantastic result at Sandown today with Effingham coming second in his maiden.¬† I’m extremely positive, for a number of reasons;

He clearly needed the run and will come on a lot for it
He ran green, missing the break a little and he lost ground jumping the walkway
Sandown maidens are generally pretty good (although I’m not so [...]

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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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Mick and I went down to Lambourn early on Thursday to catch up with a few trainers.
We started with Tom Dascombe, and watched all four horses in light work. Conservation has recovered from the gelding operation and also from an accident he had on the horse walker - he’s still a while away from a [...]

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Effingham

| Trainer: BARRY HILLS

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