NEWMARKET

David Young­man swaps Newmarket for a grand day at Chel­tenham

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Dave Young­man with all the lat­est news from HQ

WITH the turf Flat sea­son now fin­ished the Jumps sea­son is in full swing, and how a lot of you love it. Reg­u­lar Rac­ing Ahead reader Robert Jack­son and his friends Si­mon Hol­lidge and Fabio Soares en­joyed yet an­other en­joy­able Oc­to­ber Chel­tenham meet­ing.

Robert said: “It was the busiest we have ever seen it at the start of the sea­son meet­ing for Chel­tenham, de­spite the rather in­clement weather. We had a fab­u­lous time as al­ways and it's amaz­ing how much at­mos­phere the course cre­ates, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing how vast it is.”

We were happy again to be joined by our Brazil­ian friend Fabio who flew in es­pe­cially for the meet­ing from Costa Rica where he now re­sides.

Robert and Si­mon plan to visit Lud­low races soon, it will be their first visit to the course. They also en­joyed a week at the Ki­lar­ney Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year.

“We love our Na­tional Hunt fix­tures,” said Si­mon. “Rob and I have vis­ited many over the years, with many more cour­ses still to visit.”

HERE in Newmarket things are much qui­eter now the sea­son has fin­ished, most of the work is con­cen­trated on the new year­lings that have been ar­riv­ing at the var­i­ous yards. Most train­ers like to get them can­ter­ing be­fore Christ­mas then leave them alone un­til Fe­bru­ary. Then it is all go get­ting ready for the new sea­son, and what a sea­son it prom­ises to be with so much as yet un­raced tal­ent in our top sta­bles. We look in for a great year in 2019.

AMY Mur­phy was de­lighted with the win­ning de­but over fences re­cently of KALASH­NIKOV at War­wick. All he thought about on his re­turn to his sta­ble was eat­ing his din­ner, he came out of the race ex­tra well.

His next race could well be at Plump­ton early this month, then a de­ci­sion will be made as to whether he goes to Kemp­ton at Christ­mas to run in the Way­ward Lad Chase. If all goes to plan he will end up at the Chel­tenham Fes­ti­val in the Arkle come March.

I had the great plea­sure of at­tend­ing the Cartier Awards re­cently at the swanky Dorch­ester Ho­tel in Lon­don where John Gos­den col­lected five prizes, in­clud­ing Horse Of The Year cour­tesy of ROAR­ING LION. This horse has now re­tired to Tween­hills Stud in Glouces­ter­shire and should have a good stud ca­reer ahead of him.

For­mer sta­ble com­pan­ion CRACKSMAN has set­tled in well at Dal­ham Hall Stud here in Newmarket, he will be a wel­come ad­di­tion to the stud owned by Sheikh Mo­hammed.

FI­NALLY, a big thank you to all of you for your most won­der­ful emails dur­ing this year say­ing how much you en­joy the mag­a­zine and my con­tri­bu­tion.

I wish you all the most won­der­ful and happy Christ­mas and look for­ward to be­ing back with you all in 2019. God Bless. dav­ey­oung­[email protected]­in­ter­net.com

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