Theophrastus (4 Yo) | Trainer: NICK GIFFORD

Pictured here with Josh last summer. We bought him in Ireland as a 4yo store. He’s working well but has been slow to mature and is still unraced. I have high hopes for him as a chaser, but it will be a while before we get there.

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Busy

I’m having a very busy time at the moment and I’ve been a bit slack looking after the blog, so apologies to my readers.
My life can be quite frustrating. Since I went part time at Betfair I’ve filled the gaps with all sorts of other stuff. I have my directorship of Swindon Town, I’m chairman [...]

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I was very happy with my two runners yesterday. 
Astrodome was run out of it in the closing stages, but they went no pace and it turned into a sprint, which was never going to suit him.¬† He’ll improve for that - he was very well this morning and should be out again soon.¬†
Theophrastus looked like [...]

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Double trouble

Peintre D’Argent ran nicely, looking like the winner for a moment before being tapped for toe, finishing third.¬† She’s still a baby and needs time to mature - I think she’ll make up into a nice animal one day.
Two runners today, and a couple that I’m really looking forward to seeing out.
Astrodome goes in the [...]

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Heavy going

King’s Head won nicely yesterday to give me my second successive Sunday winner and I think my first ever winner at Kempton.¬† Fergus Sweeney gave him the perfect ride, dropping him in the middle but on the outside and making his move early to give him plenty of time to get going.¬† He didn’t get [...]

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Reservations

I laughed when I read the papers this morning.¬† Two years ago I invested in a low budget film called “Morris - a life with bells on” -¬†these things don’t often pay out and I fully expected to lose my investment.¬† They produced the film but they didn’t find a distributor and I assumed that [...]

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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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An exciting day yesterday as my three fillies arrived at Watership Down from Japan.¬† They flew from Japan to Amsterdam and were boxed the remainder.¬† There’s a lot of risk in this type of journey and they seem to be injury free which is a relief.¬† I’ll give them a few days to settle in [...]

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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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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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I’ve been very busy this week and I’ve had no time for blogging.¬† It’s all a bit odd - I’m not working any more but all of the time I’ve freed up has been filled and more.¬† By the time I’ve fed and dropped of the children (leave at 7:30, hour round trip), been to [...]

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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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Theophrastus

(4 Yo) | Trainer: NICK GIFFORD
Pictured here with Josh last summer. We bought him in Ireland as a 4yo store. He’s working well but has been slow to mature and is still unraced. I have high hopes for him as a chaser, but it will be a while before we get there.

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