I am delighted to introduce you to our new News Blog…
As the times are changing I have come round to thinking that I should keep up with modern trends and update friends and my owners in an interesting and visual way (with some help from Wendy and Harriet of course!).
I hope that we will be able to give you a good insight into the current goings on at Kings Ride.
– Best wishes, John Jenkins
17/10/17 – Freddy wins at Kempton
‘Freddy With A Y’ was an easy winner of the talkSPORT Handicap at Kempton tonight. He was prominent in the chasing group and showed a good turn of foot to close quickly on the leader, he soon drew clear and won comfortably by 2 lengths. He has been a hardworking and consistent horse since joining us at the end of last year, running on a regular basis and never being too far away. I am pleased he has deservedly managed to get his head in front.
06/08/17 – Tirada Triumphs at Market Rasen
I am delighted that Tirada managed to get his head in front to win over hurdles this afternoon at Market Rasen. He has given consistent good runs in every race this year, winning in March and being placed twice prior to this win. He isn’t an overly big horse, but always tries his utmost and is a joy to train.
25/07/17 – Summer Holidays
After a busy campaign over the winter, a couple of the National Hunt horses have been having some well deserved time out in the paddocks. Dalkadam, who was a winner over hurdles last season, will slowly come back into training after having a 3 month summer break. His holiday will have done him the world of good and I am looking forward to seeing what the winter brings for him and his owner Mrs Hadida… As you can see, he seems to be enjoying having his home comforts back!
15/07/17 – A Good Mixture
It is great to have a such a variety of horses in the yard. From jumpers to sprinters, 2 year olds to 12 year olds it is very helpful for me to judge where a horse is at and what he or she is best suited to by having a good mixture of horses to work with them. We had runners both on the flat and over jumps this week, of which I was particularly pleased with Tirada; he finished 3rd out of 13 runners at Market Rasen and whilst the winner was a long way clear, he was very unlucky to loose second by a neck in the final strides – not to the discredit of jockey Carey Williamson who won on him earlier in the year and gave him a good ride.
Raise a Little Joy has come out of her debut in good form and on reflection will need further than 5f next time out. She worked this morning with Magic Buddy who is an unraced 2 year old who seems to have a nice attitude on the gallops despite being a buzzy personality the rest of the time! We have given her plenty of practice in the stalls in the indoor ride and at some point next week we will repeat the exercise outside with another horse – if all goes well she will not be too far away from a run.
01/07/17 – In the family, Mondays Runners
On Monday we have an exciting two year old making her racecourse debut. ‘Raise a Little Joy’ (all being well) will head to Windsor to start her racing career in the 6:00 race. She is a special filly for us and her owner Robin Stevens as she is out of his much-loved 8 time winning mare Ray of Joy. She will be ridden by Tom Queally who won on her mother in 2012. Fingers crossed she runs a nice race to give her a good education to go on to try and emulate her mother. Willow Tiger Lilly will also go to Windsor for the 8:30 race, she has showed potential in defeat in her first two starts and seems to be getting the hang of things on the gallops at home now with handicaps the probable plan longer term.
Spitfire, a horse who has been a favourite over the years for myself and many of the stable staff at Kings Ride has been retired to a family home. We were sad to see him go, but after a great career on the racecourse earning over £73,000, winning 8 races, finishing second on 11 occasions and third 10 times I think his retirement is very well deserved! He will enjoy a quieter time of things as a riding horse – I wish his new owners all the best with him.