Melodramatica wins first time out !

The first two year old runner of the year is always something we look forward to and Melodramatica's first run yesterday did not disappoint.

This Kirsten Rausing owned filly was bred at the owners Lanwades Stud and is by the Lanwades stallion Bobby's Kitten out of the With Approval mare, Memory Lane. The dam Memory Lane is aptly named as there is a back story to this filly which is really interesting.

Melodramatica's fourth dam was a Swedish bred filly called Highlight who was the Champion Two Year Old filly in Scandinavia in 1973. Her jockey at the time was non other than our very own Rae Guest ! Little did he know at the time that nearly fifty years later he would be training a winner who was a descendant of Highlight in the famous green and white colours !

So fast forward to 2021 and Melodramatica headed to Lingfield yesterday to make her debut under David Probert in a Novice Stakes just over seven furlongs. She sat mid division in the early part of the race and then moved up to fourth. As she was pushed along she made steady progress to catch the leader and win cosily by three quarters of a length. We are absolutely over the moon with this first run and we know that Kirsten is thrilled to bits.

So congratulations to her and the team at Lanwades and thank you to David Probert for the ride. She will have learnt a lot from this experience and we look forward to seeing her out next time.


Photo Credit: Hoycubed Photography

Capla Berry gets off the mark

Capla Berry got her first win of the season under her belt yesterday at Doncaster.

This Gary Robinson owned filly was bred and raised at his Strawberry Fields Stud. She is by Roderic O'Connor (Irish 2000 Guineas winner) out of Salsa Brava who finished second in both the Lowther Stakes and Cherry Hinton Stakes as a two year old.

She won two races last year, one of which was also at Doncaster. This was her third start this season and she had ran well in her previous two races, both of which were at Yarmouth. All of her races last year were over seven furlongs but on her first two starts this year Rae stepped her up to a mile. However, for this Handicap Rae dropped her back to seven furlongs and she duly obliged. With a rating of 71 she went off the 11/4 favourite. She raced towards the rear of the field and three furlongs out she started to make progress on the outside. Under a positive ride from William Buick she rallied well to go on and win by a length.

Congratulations to Gary and all connections of Strawberry Fields Stud.

Two in a row for Jewel In My Crown !

Mr Eamonn Duggan's homebred Jewel In My Crown followed up last months win at Brighton with another win yesterday at Nottingham. This was a Fillies Handicap over an extended mile and a quarter and this was her first time over this distance and she relished the step up in trip.

She broke smartly from the stalls but was a little outpaced early on, and for most of the race she sat last of the eight runners under a patient ride from Callum Shepherd. At the three furlong pole she travelled strongly to pass the rest of the field and a furlong out she hit the front. She was doing her best work at the end and justified going off as the 6/4 favourite as she went on to win by a length and three quarters.

She is an improving filly who is obviously enjoying her racing and is giving her owner Eamonn Duggan a lot of fun. Let's see what the handicapper thinks !

Owners Mornings

To all of our owners - don't forget we have two owners mornings coming up ! 

The first one is this Saturday (12th) and the second one is the following Saturday (19th). These will be informal mornings and a great chance to see your horses and catch up with fellow owners and the team here at Chestnut Tree Stables. You are welcome on both days and there will be refreshments provided (tea/coffee, homemade sausage rolls, cakes plus vegetarian/vegan options). Please try and come, now that the weather has improved it should be a lovely morning !

Introducing Dan !

We would like to introduce everybody to our new Pupil Assistant Trainer, Daniel O'Neill.

Some of you may have met him already, either at The Musketeers/Chestnut Tree owners morning or at the races. Dan's role is to assist Rae with the horses and manage the yard and staff on a daily basis.

He started out working with National Hunt horses and spent several years working for Nigel Twiston-Davies and later Charlie Longsdon (who trains for H.M The Queen). He then transferred to flat racing to work for Godolphin, initially working on the rehabilitation side then later with the horses in pre-training. Godolphin then sent him for a spell in Australia where he had several Group 1 winners under his care. On his return he spent some time working for Saeed Bin Suroor on the hydrotherapy team.

Dan has a wealth of experience in all aspects of racehorse care including yard management, riding racehorses, breaking in yearlings, travelling horses (both domestically and internationally), and bringing horses back from injury. He is already proving to be a great asset to Rae in the short time he has been with us. Please give him a warm welcome when you meet him.