DERBYSHIRE RACING...... News from 2013

New Acquisition - 4 Year Old Gelding KEEP CALM

3 year old colt Keep Calm with trainer John Mackie

Derbyshire Racing are delighted to have acquired the well bred 4 year old gelding KEEP CALM at the Doncaster HIT Sales in November and shares of 2.5% upwards are available in him. A dual winner over trips of 1m and 1m2f for his previous trainer Richard Hannon, KEEP CALM should make up into a decent middle distance prospect and has the strength and scope to go hurdling too. He is in training and should be ready to make his Derbyshire Racing debut during February 2014.

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News Update - Sunday 10 November 2013

Available went off the boil a little in the second half of the turf season but has been in cracking form since being returned to the AW at Wolverhampton this Autumn. She is racing off a mark 14lb lower on the AW and after some very creditable placed efforts her turn to win cannot be far away. 

Arizona John is now back in training and on course for a return to the racecourse in early 2014. At the age of 8 he has been as good as ever this season and must be one of the most reliable and consistant horses in training. It will be great to have him back on the racecourse, where fingers crossed he can add to his 6 wins for Derbyshire Racing and the John Mackie yard. A real star.

Aegean Destiny is was given a break in mid summer to be freshened up for an Autumn and Winter campaign and ran a couple of respectable races when finishing 3rd and 4th in staying handicaps at Catterick in October. However, she has since suffered a training setback requiring a bit of time out and will be on the easy list for a while.

Impeccability has really developed over the past few months and is now a much stronger filly than the one that made her debut earlier in the year. She proved in her last race at Wolverhampton that she stays 1m4f and we will be looking to compete in handicaps over that sort of trip in the near future. She is a real trier and is capable of winning races soon off an attractive looking handicap mark. 

Illustrious Forest seems in great order, fresh and well after a summer break and should be ready to run on the AW after Christmas. He is now the winner of 5 races over the 1m4f trip Wolverhampton and we will try and winner another there in the New Year, before finding out if he can carry that form across to the turf too. He should make a cracking Summer hurdler and that will be his long term target during 2014. 

The yearlings by Refuse to Bend have both now been named following a naming competition amoungst their owners. The filly out of Sphere has been named Inflexiball, a play on the names of the sire and dam, and the filly by Impeccable Guest has been named Second Guest. Both have been broken in and completed a two weeks period of cantering on the Barton Blount gallops before being put away until after Christmas to mature and develop.

Multiplex filly foal, out of our broodmare Sphere, has developed very well over the last few months and we are delighted with her progress. She looks like making up into a quality filly, the signs are she will be a decent size and is a good mover already, with a rangy stride on her. An exciting prospect for us going forward and definately one to keep an eye out for in the future.

The home bred yearling filly by Refuse to Bend named Inflexiball, out of our dam Sphere - 9 November 2013

News Update - Sunday 4 August 2013

Available has always looked like a filly that would be suited by a step up to 7f and she duly proved that when running out a ready winner of the 7f Class 4 fillies handicap at Leicester in late May. The 2nd horse that day, Malekat Jamal, has won 3 of her subsequent 4 races and based on that run she should be capable of winning again off a similar mark if getting her ideal ground conditions.

Arizona John deservedly got off the mark for the season when taking the 1m4f Class 4 handicap at Pontefract in May, his second win at the track from just 4 starts. He has been a model of consistancy again this season, having won or been placed on all of his 5 starts, but has since suffered a setback which will sadly keep him off the track for the remainder of the 2013 turf season.

Aegean Destiny is currently being freshened up for a Autumn campaign when she traditionally seems to hit form as the going conditions begin to ease. She has been finding this Summer's ground a bit too quick for her over hurdles and we will now wait for opportunities, flat of hurdling, when there is some juice in the ground. She is well handicapped under both codes and she is capable of winning a race or two in the Autumn given suitable ground conditions. 

Impeccability is a filly that is developing well but although she has aquitted herself well in her races to date opportunities have been limited. However there is no rush with her and opportunities should increase during the Autumn when we feel a longer trip and some give in the ground will be in her favour.

Illustrious Forest has been turned out for 6 weeks or so and has been enjoying the fine, sunny weather at grass with his stable mate Arizona John. He will return a fresh horse when he resumes training in the Autumn and should enjoy another successful campaign on the AW during the Winter months.

The yearlings by Refuse to Bend are both thriving in the sunshine this summer and we are currently in the middle of a syndicate competition to select names for them both. Watch this space at the next update!

Sphere, our broodmare by Daylami, gave birth to her 2nd foal in early May, a beautiful big filly by the sire Multiplex. She is a tall, good looking filly that has a touch of quality and at this stage we could'nt be happier with her. A very nice filly to watch develop over the next year or two and she could be anything. Fingers crossed!

Available under jockey Franny Norton comes home 1.5 lenghts clear of Malekat Jamal in the 7f fillies handicap at Leicester on Monday 27 May 13

News Update - Saturday 4 May 2013

Available again showed her liking for quick ground when returning to form to win the 6f fillies handicap at Doncaster last Friday. She had been dropped a few lbs by the handicapper after some disappointing efforts on the AW but she is a much better filly on turf and showed that to win well under jockey Franny Norton. We are currently considering an entry for her in a 66-80 rated 6f handicap at Ascot on Saturday 11 May.

Arizona John has been very unlucky not to have won this season, having been placed on all 3 starts, but is in great form and seemingly as good as ever at the age of 8. In his last race at Beverley he was only beaten a head by the 2012 Royal Ascot King George V Stakes winner Fennel Bay and on on this form its surely only a matter of time before he gets his head in front. Should he win on the flat we may then switch codes and try novice hurdling in the summer having been schoolled recenty by Liam Heard.

Aegean Destiny put some disappointing runs on the AW behind her when finishing an excellent 3rd in a 2m4f handicap hurdle at Uttoxeter last month. This run proved that she stays the trip well on better ground and she will probably be kept to this sort of distance now over hurdles. She subsequently found the combination of a sharp track and very fast ground all against her at Stratford on her last run so we will look to run her at stiffer, more galloping tracks in the future.

Impeccability has thrived on her racing since making her debut for Derbyshire Racing in February and aquitted herself well when making her turf debut at Nottingham last month. Despite missing the break she travelled well into the race and although getting slightly outpaced on the fast ground 2f out she stayed on well to finish a decent 6th. Eventually she will be suited by longer trips but for now she will be campaigned at 1m to 1m2f on good ground and ideally a stiffish track.

Illustrious Forest won his 2nd race of 2013 at Wolverhampton in March, his 5th win over C&D, and he is rapidly becoming a standing dish around there. Sadly he since met with a slight setback which will keep him off the track all summer but he will return a fresh horse for another autumn and winter campaign on the AW.

Glass Mountain has sadly been retired from racing due to ongoing training problems but has been found a good home locally and will be re-trained as a hack and show jumper. We wish him well - he was a talented racehorse but unfortunately had physical problems that couldnt be overcome so retirement was the only and best option for him.

Available under jockey Franny Norton comes home 2 lenghts clear of Tahlia Ree in the 6f fillies handicap at Doncaster on Friday 26 April 13

News Update - Monday 11 March 2013

Aegean Destiny has has been declared to run at Wolverhampton in the 6.50 race on Tuesday 12 March. She is trying the 2m trip for the first time on the flat but it shouldn't be a problem to her and is probably the sort of trip she needs on this surface. We will keep options open following this race but she will likely return to hurdling in the Spring.

Available has been working well and should be ready to run on the AW this month following her winter break. She should be in for a good season as a 4 year old, with her family being types that progress well with age. She will kick off on the AW off a mark of 64 before returning to turf once she gets her favoured quick ground conditions.

Arizona John is a little behind Available in terms of being ready for a run following his winter break but should be there by the end of the March. He looked fresh and well on Saturday. The plan would be to try and win again on the flat and then to try summer jumping assuming his schooling went well.

Impeccability also goes to Wolverhampton on Tuesday 12 March and runs in the fillies maiden at 6.20. This will be her 3rd race in maidens, after which she will get a handicap mark, and tomorrow we will be looking for another promising performance after her exellent debut 3rd and equally promising 4th a couple of weeks ago. She will have learnt a lot from these runs, after which we plan to give a short break to strengthen up before turf racing from the late Spring onwards. She will probably will want a longer trip later in the season as her dam did, Impeccable Guest. She ran at trips up to 1m6f as a 3 year old and later won 2 races as a juvenile hurdler.

Illustrious Forest is in good nick at home and on course for his next race which should be the 1m4f class 4 handicap at Wolves on Tuesday 19th March. He has been working well and the form of his last race, when a head 2nd to Flying Power, looks solid following that horses fine 2nd place in a better race at Wolves last week. After this race we may switch attention to the turf, with jumping also becoming an option too this summer.

Glass Mountain seems in great order at home and he always looks a really good horse on the gallops, working with a lot of enthusiasm. We don't have any definite plans for him at present but as he is so well and ready for a run we wouldn't rule out another run on the AW before the turf season gets underway.

Sphere, our broodmare, has approximatley 1 month left of her pregnancy to the sire Multiplex before foaling. Fingers crossed for a colt this time!

Our yearlings both looked well on Saturday. They are very different types,
Sphere's filly is taller and rangier, with Impeccable Guest's being strong, big boned and well muscled. It will be very interesting to see how they develop over the next 6 months.

The Derbyshire Racing string out on the gallops on Saturday 9 March 13

Next Stable Visit - Saturday 9th March 2013

From left: Arizona John, Illustrious Forest and Vanilla Rum

The next stable visit to John Mackie's Barton Blount Stables will be on Saturday 9th March 2013, meeting up at 9.30. The Derbyshire Racing owned horses will be out on the gallops for 2nd Lot at approx 10am.

All owners, prospective owners and their guests welcome.

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News Update - Thursday 24 January 2013

Illustrious Forest had run a couple of disappointing races since coming back from a break last Autumn but came right back to his best when running Sir Boss close at Wolverhampton on Boxing Day. He then followed that up a week later when winning at the same venue, his 4th C&D sucess, and is now becoming something of a Wolverhampton course specialist! He will continue to run in 1m4f handicaps on the AW for now but we anticipate going summer jumping with him later in the year and he should make up into a good prospect.

Aegean Destiny has got stuck in the bottomless ground on her last two starts at Uttoxeter and Wetherby and we will now wait until the ground improves before running her again over hurdles. In the meantime we will target AW staying handicaps off her generous looking AW handicap mark of 51, 8lbs lower than her turf mark of 59. She remains a decent prospect over hurdles though given better ground and we are convinced the best is yet to come from her.

Arizona John has been back in training since early January and should be ready to run around mid March. He really enjoyed his pre Chritmas break and came back in fresh and well. We plan to kick him off on the AW at Wolves as in previous seasons and then try to win a race or two on the turf prior to going Summer jumping. Although he is an 8 year old now he seems as good as ever and he could be an exciting recruit to the jumping game.

Available has also been back in work for a few weeks now and should be ready to run, like AJ, by around mid March. We plan to kick her off on the AW, where her mark has slipped to an attractive looking 64 against her turf mark of 72. Although we know she is better on good/firm turf than AW her new handicap mark should ensure she can get competitive and maybe win one whilst waiting for her ideal quick ground to come around on turf. She should be set for a good season, coming into it off a nice break this year. There is plenty to more to come from her as a 4 year old for sure.

Glass Mountain made his Derbyshire Racing debut in November but was unfortunately found to have bled after the race which explained his disappointing run that night . He came out of that run fine in himself and was given 6 weeks to recover before running a promising race in late December when a staying on 5th at Wolverhampton. However he bled again on his last run and we are now trying a new training regime with him, turning him out as much as possible in the fresh air and carefully managing his run frequency, feed, bedding etc. Fingers crossed we can get on top of the problem as in all other respects he is a lovely, sound and talanted horse.

Impeccability, our homebred 3 year old filly, had another racecourse gallop at Wolverhampton recently and again took it all in her stride, travelled around nicely and impressing with her attitude. We are just waiting for her to fully grow into herself before giving her an entry but as most of the ground work has now been completed once she does starts to fill out all the hard work will have been done. It could mean we have to wait for some warmer weather in the Spring before she is ready, we will just have to see, but patience is normally rewarded and she has always been thought of as a 3 year old plus type that will improve with age.

Our Yearlings (yes not foals now!) are fine and have been tucked away in their stables during this cold winter weather. Not too much new to report on them at this stage just that all is fine, once we get through the winter into Spring and they are turned out to grass they will start to grow pretty quickly and after shedding their winter coats start to look like mini racehorses by the summer. It will be an interesting time to see how they shape up against each other. We also have their naming to look forward to, which is normally done by holding a competition amongst their owners.

The Mares are also in most days at present due to the weather. Sphere, in foal to Multiplex, is very big and well and is now only approx 3 months off foaling, it being due in mid April. Hopefully a colt this time after 3 fillies for us to date! Impeccable Guest is well but we have yet to decide whether to cover her again this year. After problems with colic during her last pregnancy we may decide to retire her as a broodmare if it is considered too risky this time around.

Jubillent owners celebrate with Illustrious Forest after his 4th C&D sucess over 12f at Wolverhampton on the 3rd January 2013