Dave Young­man re­ports that Henry Ce­cil’s great star will be of­fered at £175,000 a cover next year

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Dave Young­man with all the fes­tive news from head­quar­ters

HERE we are at the end of another year and my last ar­ti­cle of 2017. It has been a won­der­ful 12 months for me and thank you all for your mes­sages of sup­port and ap­pre­ci­a­tion. It has been a plea­sure hear­ing from so many of you and meet­ing up with so many of you at the races – we will do the same in 2018.

The jump­ing sea­son has re­ally got into full swing and how much many of you love it. Reg­u­lar reader Robert Jack­son from Hol­land on Sea in Es­sex al­ways take his friends to the open­ing Chel­tenham meet­ing in Oc­to­ber and they love it.They are pic­tured here from left to right, Fabio Soares, Robert Jack­son, Mike Turner and Si­mon Hol­lidge. They even took their Rac­ing Ahead mag­a­zines as you see in the pic­ture.They love their rac­ing and are true loyal fol­low­ers of the sport and this mag­a­zine.

Robert said:“We had another fab­u­lous trip to the Oc­to­ber Chel­tenham week­end and was once again blessed with ex­cel­lent weather and all four of us found a win­ner or two.It was my 16th con­sec­u­tive Oc­to­ber visit and was I ac­com­pa­nied again by my reg­u­lar Lon­don friends Si­mon Hol­lidge and Mike Turner and we were de­lighted to be joined this year by our dear friend from Brazil, Fabio Soares.We can’t wait to go again next year.”

It is with great plea­sure that I can an­nounce that Shane and Claire Fether­ston­haugh have had their first child,a son they have named Bobby. Both Shane and Claire were at War­ren Place with Henry Ce­cil,Shane is now with Char­lie Appleby and Claire with trainer David Lani­gan. Shane had so much to do with the great Frankel and taught the horse to re­lax and set­tle out on the New­mar­ket gal­lops.

The cou­ple had a most won­der­ful wed­ding ear­lier this year at the Gra­nary Es­tate at nearby Wood­dit­ton and the mar­riage has now been blessed with a lovely son.

We will all be sad to see trainer Mar­tyn Meade and his son Freddy leave New­mar­ket soon,they have been very pop­u­lar here at HQ.

Mar­tyn has bought a large part of the Man­ton es­tate down in Wilt­shire and is shortly mov­ing his train­ing op­er­a­tion there. He will also be farm­ing part of the es­tate and is pleased about that as he orig­i­nate from a farm­ing back ground.

I will be sad to see EM­I­NENT leave New­mar­ket as I think he will be seen at his best next term

It is good to learn Robyn Bris­land is to re­turn to train­ing here at HQ shortly.He is a bright young han­dler who pre­vi­ously trained at Sackville House sta­bles in the cen­tre of town.He is now go­ing to rent part of Cavendish House sta­bles from Barney Cur­ley on the Hamil­ton Road and I am sure he will soon es­tab­lish him­self back in the train­ing ranks again.

It was very un­for­tu­nate that ULYSSES was un­able to run at the Breeder’s Cup meet­ing at Del Mar. When Sir Michael Stoute ar­rived there he felt the horse was not mov­ing right and de­cided it best not to race him.The horse will now be let down and roughed off be­fore em­bark­ing upon a ca­reer as a stal­lion at the Cheve­ley Park Stud at a fee of £30,000. He should have a very good stud ca­reer ahead of him there.

Hav­ing been to see Frankel re­cently at Banstead Manor Stud I can re­port him in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.

He will have a nice rest this win­ter be­fore the new cov­er­ing sea­son starts in mid-Fe­bru­ary. His fee has been in­creased to £175,000 for next year, re­flect­ing the fine per­for­mances of his prog­eny this year, Soul Stir­ring in Ja­pan and Cracks­man par­tic­u­larly.

I will have a com­pe­ti­tion for you all in Jan­uary and the prize will be a signed copy of the Kieren Fal­lon au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. It has only re­cently been re­leased and is sell­ing well. It make com­pelling read­ing. I wish you all a most happy and won­der­ful Christ­mas, God Bless you all.

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