DERBYSHIRE RACING...... News from 2016

Custard the Dragon wins on his Fibresand debut!!

Custard the Dragon (far side) just holding on under Joe Fanning to win Division II of the 7f handicap at Southwell

After a very near miss last time out at Wolverhampton when beaten a short head CUSTARD THE DRAGON again showed his liking for the photo finish camera when winning Division II of the 7f handicap at Southwell on 13 December.

It was his first start on the fibresand surface and we were unsure if it would suit him but after a good break he was always travelling well in Joe Fannings hands and when pushed into the lead under a furlong out looked all over the winner. However he was pushed hard to the line by the eventual runner up, winning in a photo by the minimum margin. 

He deserved this win and looks to be an improving horse. Plenty to look forward to for his owners in 2017.

New Acquisition - 2 year old chestnut filly BRIDAL MARCH joins the DERBYSHIRE RACING string!

Two year old Bridal March with trainer John Mackie

DERBYSHIRE RACING were looking to add to our string at the recent Tattersalls HIT Sales at Newmarket and we were delighted to return with a cracking 2 year old chestnut filly called BRIDAL MARCH, bought out of the Mark Johnston yard.

By sought after first season sire Casamento, Bridal March has shown that she possesses plenty of ability as a two year old and was placed in all of her first 6 starts. She is a big filly that can only progress as a 3 year old and looks to be well handicapped off her current BHA mark.

She will now be freshened up with a little break and return to the track after the Christmas period on the AW.

Shares of 2.5%, 5% or 10% available - see See "SHARES AVAILABLE" page for details.

Impeccability - First Home Bred Winner for Derbyshire Racing!!

Impeccability being led into the winners enclosure by Abby after winning Div 1 of the 2m handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter on 13 October 16

Following a string of near misses our home bred mare IMPECCABILTY gained the first win of her racing career at Uttoxeter on Thursday 13 October when making all to land Division 1 of the 2m handicap hurdle at odds of 12/1 under a great ride from Sean Bowen.

Leading the field from the off she put in an imacculate round of jumping, enjoying being out in front and dictating the pace throughout. She then held off all challengers over the last 2 hurdles when staying on strongly to seal a memorable win for Derbyshire Racing to give us our first home bred winner!!

An amazing day and one to live long in the memory!

Latest News - Monday 1st August 2016

Delighted owners in the winners enclosure at York after Available's fairy tale win on her final start before retirement as a broodmare.

A fantasic win by our in-foal mare Available at York recently in what was her final racecourse appearance. Fairytale stuff and we wish her well in her new career at stud. Her is the latest on the Derbyshire Racing string of horses:

INNISH MAN - He is currently roughed off and turned out for the summer having had an injury problem early Spring. It was a real shame as we had been looking forward to seeing what he could do on turf this year but he will be back and we are confident that he will be able to make up for lost time having been a lightly raced horse to date. 

AVAILABLE - Fantastic fairytale win for her and all connected with her at York the other week and a fitting way to end her racing career. That was easily her best ever performance, running the 6f in nearly 0.5 secs quicker than standard, and it shows just how much improvement a mare in foal can find. Amazing win! She has now left the yard to join the rest of the broodmares at Mickley Stud and we look forward to seeing her with her foal next Spring. 
MAGICAL DAZE - She was bought to fill the void left when Available retired and although she will be a hard act to follow there is a lot to like about this filly. She has a similar level of ability to Available and like her should stay 7f. We were really pleased with her debut run at Nottingham the other week, wher she was 4th in a decent 0-80 rated 6f handicap, and jockey Andrew Mullen thought an extra furlong would suit her well.
INFLEXIBALL - She has ran a couple of cracking races in defeat this year, first at Leicester and then at Nottingham, but when we thought we had found a good opportunity for her she failed to fire for some reason at Pontefract next time. She is entered at Wolves in a Class 5 1m2f handicap on Friday and we hope she can bounce back there. Franny Norton has been provisionally booked to ride her.
KANTARA CASTLE -  We had hoped his drop down the weights last season would see him being a really well handicapped horse this year but its not really worked out for him so far. There is a race at Nottingham on the 9th August over 1m2f that will be ideal for him and that would be his next target. He ran a fair race at Beverley when he wasn't beaten far but he didn't really appreciate the track there, he prefers a big galloping track to show his best. We may school him over hurdles soon and if he takes well to it run him in a summer novices hurdle.
CUSTARD THE DRAGON - He has been a bit disappointing so far but is still a big baby that needs time to mature into himself and we need to give him another 12 months before we know where we are with him. He definitely has ability and probably needs either good or good to soft or AW and a trip of 7f or a stiff 6f to show his best. He is currently having a mid summer break turned out which will do him the world of good physically and mentally and he will come back in a nice fresh horse for a late Autumn and Winter campaign.
IMPECCABILTY - She has been a bit in and out this year but has ran two really good 2nds in the past couple of weeks and will surely be good enough to win a race soon based on these good efforts. Ideally she wants 1m6f around Beverley - that would be right up her street and if she had been over that trip last week she would have won by a few lengths. She is still very much a dual purpose horse and we will continue to look at options, flat and hurdling through the summer and autumn.

New Addition - Consistant 4 Year Old Filly MAGICAL DAZE joins the DERBYSHIRE RACING string

With our 7 year old mare AVAILABLE due to retire from racing towards the end of July, Derbyshire Racing were on the lookout to purchase a similar type and we are delighted to announce that the consistant 4 year old filly MAGICAL DAZE has joined the Derbyshire Racing string.

She is the winner of 3 races to date over trips of 5f and 6f, both on turf and AW, and has also been placed in 7 of her other 11 races. Currently rated 72, she races like she will get 7f too so we should have options going forward.

This beautifully bred filly, by Showcasing from the family of Arcangues, will surely prove a great addition to the Derbyshire Racing string and we look forward to her making her debut for us over the next few weeks.

Shares available - priced £400 per 5% share to include the monthly fees for July and 12 months insurance cover. Thereafter £90 a month from August all inclusive.

Shares of 10% discounted to £160 a month.

UPDATE - Very pleasing 4th on Derbyshire Racing debut at Nottingham on Tuesday 19th July in Class 4 6f handicap.

For further details call Dave on 07765 292771 or email

Magical Daze getting up close home under Pat Dobbs to win at Windsor on Monday 27 June 16

New Acquisition - 3 Year old gelding CUSTARD THE DRAGON

DERBYSHIRE RACING are delighted to announce the acquisition of the 3 year old gelding  CUSTARD THE DRAGON, a winner over 7f recently for the Ralph Beckett yard.

He is a very well bred individual by the sire Kyllachy out of a high class dam family that has produced the likes of King Stand Stakes winner Bolshoi and Royal Hunt Cup winner Mine. He is a big, progressive horse that promises to be an excellent addition to the string and is an exciting prospect for the 2016 turf season.

Shares from 2.5% upwards - see "Shares Available" page for details (shares now fully sold).

Custard The Dragon winning over 7f on 29th January 2016 at Lingfield Park.
Custard the Dragon winning at Lingfield Park over 7f on 29 January 2016
Custard The Dragon winning at Lingfield over 7f under Graham Gibbons.