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