DERBYSHIRE RACING...... News from 2012

News Update - Saturday 20 October 2012

Glass Mountain cantering on the gallops

**New Horse** - We have acquired the well bred 4 year old grey gelding GLASS MOUNTAIN, a two time winner for James Fanshawe over 1m and 1m2f and an exciting dual purpose prospect for the syndicate.  He has the size, scope and pedigree to go hurdling this NH season but also has plenty of ability on the flat and handles Polytrack surfaces well. He should prove to be a versatile horse and is an exciting dual purpose recuit for Derbyshire Racing.

He is very well related gelding by the high class sire Verglas, his dam has also produced the 106 rated filly Maureen, a 1000 Guineas prospect for 2013, and he decends from some very good French blood lines that have produced Group 3 winner Shot to Fame, Cherry Hinton winner Spinola, 2009 St Leger winner Mastery, Prix du Cadran winner Molesnes and 134 rated hurdler Mixterthetrixter.

News Update - Monday 8 October 2012

Our broodmare Impeccable Guest with her filly foal by Refuse to Bend aged 4 months

Available requires fast ground to be at her best and she bounced back to form at Pontefract in August when finishing a good 2nd to the improving 3 year old Johnny Cavagin. She put a couple of disappointing efforts on the AW behind her at Wolverhampton last week when finishing a close 5th to Galatian and she should be capable of winning again soon off her current AW mark.

Arizona John has been a model of consistancy this season and since winning at Doncaster in April he has finished in the frame in 5 of his 8 other races - a real credit to the yard. He unfortunately gave himself a slight knock at home the other day so is currently on the easy list but should be back in work again within a few weeks.

Aegean Destiny has enjoyed a summer break since her last run in June and has come back in a much stronger mare. She has really filled out and the plan is to take in a couple of Autumn flat races prior to a hurdling campaign. She will start the NH season off a reasonable mark of 102 over hurdles and she is one to really look forward to on soft ground this Winter.

Illustrious Forest is another who was given a Summer break to prepare him for an Autumn and Winter campaign and he seems in great order at home. We will probably kick him off in an AW handicap at Wolverhampton next week and take things from there - he jumps well so we may school him again soon to give us the option of a run in a novice hurdle during the Autumn as well as running the flat.

Impeccability, our home bred 2 year old filly, has really thrived over the Summer and is working nicely at home. We are hoping that she will be ready to make her Derbyshire Racing debut either at the back end of the turf season or on the AW before the end of the year. Exciting times ahead for all involved the day she makes her racecourse debut!

Vanilla Rum - we are very sad to report that following an illness that severly affected his immune system, Vanilla Rum had to be put to sleep last month following an unsuccessful period of veterinary treatment. He won 3 races for Derbyshire Racing earlier in 2012 and was a lovely, kind horse to be around in the yard. It is a big blow to everyone involved but he will live long in the memory of his owners.

Mares and Foals  - All are doing well and the foals will be ready for weaning towards the end of the month. Sphere, our broodmare by Daylami, was scanned again this month and confirmed in-foal to Multiplex. Her foal should be due in April next year.

News Update - Tuesday 24 July 2012

Our 3 year old filly Available with lad Ali after winning on her Derbyshire Racing debut at Nottingham in May 2012.

Available won well on her debut for us at Nottingham in May, seemingly relishing the fast ground conditions she encountered that day. She has since had two runs on unsuitably slower ground, finishing well beaten in both, but a return to quicker ground and possibly an extra furlong should see her bounce back to form.

Vanilla Rum has ran a couple of very encouraging races at Newmarket recently, finishing a staying on 5th both times in decent fields. Both promising efforts for the future. He has done us proud this season, running regularly and winning 3 times so we have now decided to give him a well earned break to freshen him up ready for an Autumn and Winter campaign.

Illustrious Forest has also been given a break following a very successful first season for us. He ran a bit disappointingly in a hot handicap at York in May but has won 3 races and finished 2nd in the 5 starts since we acquired him and is a lightly raced horse that promises to progress with age and maturity.

Arizona John has been in great form all season, winning in April and finishing in the frame in his 3 races since. The ground has gone against him recently but with the weather improving we will be looking to get him entered up again soon.

Aegean Destiny has been ready to run for a while now since her good 2nd to the improving Sula Two at Ripon but we have been frustrated by abondonments due to waterlogging. She needs it soft to be at her best but we have lost several good opportunities at Leicester recently and with the ground now drying up her ideal racing conditions seem to be slipping away in the short term.

Impeccability is now back in training but has recently suffered a slight setback with a cut on the inside of a hind leg. We are in no rush with her whilst she is filling out and growing in to herself but a backend debut run remains her target.

Impeccable Guest and Sphere, our two broodmares, and their 3 month old foals are in good health and thriving, although better Summer weather would have been welcome!. Sphere has also been covered recently by the exceptionally well bred sire Multiplex from the Mickley Stud, who represents decent value having done very well with his first 2 crops. Her foal should be due in April 2013.

News Update - Wednesday 9 May 2012

Our broodmare Impeccable Guest with her filly foal by Refuse to Bend at 4 weeks old.

**LATEST : New Acquisition - 3 Year Old Filly AVAILABLE

Available, a consistant 3 year old filly by the sire Moss Vale, was recently acquired from the Jim Boyle yard and is an exciting addition to the Derbyshire Racing string of horses. She has shown some promising form in each of her 7 races to date, winning once and being placed in her other starts, giving the impression a trip of 7f should suit her on decent ground. She has settled into the routine well at Barton Blount and should be ready for entries in the near future.

Vanilla Rum won his third race for us this year at Wolverhampton in late March, the first leg of a famous treble of wins for Derbyshire Racing owned horses in the space of just a few days. Under a cracking ride from Franny Norton, Vanilla Rum was perfectly positioned entering the straight and took it up 1f out to win going away at odds of 4/1. He has since finished down the field at Newcastle but failed to act on the heavy ground that day and will be better suited by good to soft going.

Illustrious Forest is another of our horses to win 3 races in double quick time this year and he took the Class 4 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton in March like an improving horse. He has now been given a mark of 80, 30lb higher than his first win, but he is still maturing with racing so we are hopeful that there is more to come from him. An exciting horse to be involved in and he should be out again once the ground dries up a bit.

Arizona John has come back in fine form this year and landed the third leg of Derbyshire Racing's hatrick of wins at Doncaster on April 1st, taking the 1m4f amateur riders handicap under jockey David Dunsdon. Appreciating the decent ground for the time of year, AJ put the race to bed when going clear 2f out but he idled close home, eventually winning by 1/2l from Edgeworth. He has since ran a close second to Chilly Filly at Catterick on ground that was softer than ideal and is another waiting for better ground before his next entry.

Aegean Destiny disappointed at Uttoxeter on her last run in March and has enjoyed a break to freshen her up. She appreciates a bit of cut in the ground and should be ready for entries again soon, either on the flat or over hurdles.

Impeccability has been given a break to strenghen up through the Spring and will re-enter training during the Summer with a back end 2 year old campaign in mind.

Impeccable Guest and Sphere, our broodmares, both foaled fillies by the sire Refuse to Bend during April. Both dams and their foals are in good health and we are delighted with the quality of them. Refuse to Bend has a particularly good record with his fillies, with Group 1 winner Sarafina being his highest rated runner.

News Update - Thursday 15 March 2012

Illustrious Forest (Michael O'Connell) winning the 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton on 6th February 2012 from Royal Alcor

**LATEST 01/04/12**  Hatrick Landed! Three wins from three runs for Derbyshire Racing with Vanilla Rum, Illustrious Forest and Arizona John and 7th winner since Xmas!

Vanilla Rum, raised 10lb for his easy win at Wolverhampton in January, failed to get any luck in running next time out when only 7th but made amends when winning over the same C&D off his revised mark of 60 in mid February. Joe Fanning rides Vanilla Rum particularly well and had him beautifully positioned throughout the race to win comfortably by 2 3/4 lenghts. He has been well beaten since off his revised mark of 68 but he had no luck in running that day and is capable adding to his win tally off his current mark.**Declared to run in the 1m2f handicap at Wolverhampton on Thursday 29th March. Franny Norton rides.** WON 4/1 Fav

Illustrious Forest has given his lucky owners some memorable days out recently, with back to back wins at Wolverhamption followed up by a gallent 2nd to Country Road when attempting to land the hatrick. He has gone up 20lb in the handicap since his first win but is an improving horse and should continue to progress throughout the year. Lots to look forward to with him for the 2012 turf season and eventually over hurdles. **Declared to run in the 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton on Friday 30th March. Franny Norton rides** WON 13/8

Arizona John had his first run of the year at Wolverhampton last week when finishing a respectable 6th at Wolverhampton in a 1m6f handicap. He will come on for that first run in over 4 months and should win more races for us this season, with the option to go Summer jumping with him later on his favoured quick ground. **Declared to run in the 1m4f amateur riders handicap at Doncaster on Sunday 1st April. David Dunsdon rides** WON 5/1 Jt Fav

Aegean Destiny had been given a break since her unfortunate first hurdle fall at Catterick in January but returned to the racecourse for a mares novices handicap hurdle at Doncaster in early March and ran a great race, finishing 3rd to the improving Justazippy. After some indifferent jumping early in the race when out in front, Aegean Destiny jumped fast and fluently once joined by the other runners and was only beaten a couple of lenghts at the line. We will now target a 2m novices handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter on Midlands Grand National day.

Impeccability, is coming along nicely and showing a very good attitude on the gallops. She is unlikely to be ready to run in the first half of the season and will be put away soon with a view to her being ready to run during the 2nd half. She is an exciting prospect for us and it will be a big day when she makes her debut in the red and black silks of Derbyshire Racing!.

Impeccable Guest and Sphere, our two broodmares, are both into the final month of their pregnancies and all being well by the next update we will have a couple foals to add to the Derbyshire Racing string. Sadly their sire Refuse to Bend suffered a heart attack recently and is no longer with us but had proved himself to be a high class and versatile stallion and we feel very lucky to have secured his services during his time standing at Whitsbury Manor Stud. **Shares available in our breeding programme - please email for further details or to register an interest**

News Update - Wednesday 18 January 2012

Delighted owners of Illustrious Forest receiving the winners prize at Wolverhampton on 30 December 2011 after he won on his debut for Derbyshire Racing under jockey Franny Norton.

Vanilla Rum had been in good form at the back end of 2011 and deservedly got his head in front when winning the 1m1f handicap at Wolverhampton on the 6th January. The application of blinkers seems to have woken him up and he has been travelling really well in his races. This win, by an easy 6 lenghts, will have boosted his confidence no end and he seems a horse on good terms with himself at present. **Declared in the 1m1f handicap at Wolverhampton on Monday 20 February. Joe Fanning rides** **WON 7/2**

Illustrious Forest made all to win in impressive fashion on his debut for Derbyshire Racing when taking the 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton on 30th December by 8 lenghts. He is a big, imposing individual that has taken time to mature into himself and the step up in trip suited him well. We will look for further opportunities on the AW over the next few weeks but he looks a dual purpose prospect in the making and jumps well at home. An exciting young horse. ** Declared to run in the 1m4f handicap at Wolverhampton on Monday 6th February. Michael O'Connell rides. **WON 3/1**

Arizona John has been freshened up with a couple of months out of training and is really full of himself at present. He has recently been brought back in and should be on course to be ready to run by late March, probably kicking off on the AW.

Aegean Destiny followed up her debut hurdle win at Uttoxeter in November with and equally good effort in a mares novices hurdle at Hereford in December when 3rd to Tempest River. She has subsequently fallen at the first hurdle at Catterick when knuckling over on landing but thankfully came back OK and will have a short break now to recover.

Impeccability, our 2 year old home bred filly out of our own dam Impeccable Guest, is now out cantering most days and is coming on very nicely. She is unlikley to be an early sort so will be put away soon to mature with a view to run in the 2nd half of the 2012 flat season.

Impeccable Guest and Sphere, our two broodmares, are both fine and have around 3 months to go in their pregnancies to multiple Group 1 winning sire Refuse to Bend. Both are due to foal during April 2012. **Shares available in our breeding programme - please email for further details or to register an interest**