News update

Rae is getting a bit frustrated with the lack of rain at HQ and elsewhere and feels that he was lucky to get the right ground for Serious Attitude last week as it would not have been in evidence this week. She is fine after her race and has done nothing more than a couple of steady canters this week. Her target is the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot but that is ground dependent. We have had a few horses with multiple entries unable to take them up owing to the fast ground everywhere. Rae is keen to get a run into, for example, Conciliatory and Eye of Eternity but not keen to jar them up so they will have to wait until conditions are more suitable. Most likely runners are Dancing Jest and Hill of Miller, the others are waiting for rain.

Dancing Jest is first turf winner of the year

It would be fair to say that not that many people really expected Dancing Jest to win at Lingfield today on her first run of the season. Thank goodness she didn't know that she was 20-1 though; as she well and truly put her best foot forward, being still on the bridle two furlongs out and winning by two lengths! Really well done to Jane and Oliver Lury, who have been such longstanding supporters of the yard and deserve every success.

Yard's mixed fortunes continue

It has been a funny old week or two for runners. Some that you would have thought would run better (Retrato, for example) have not really come up to the mark but others (Filligree) have run well. The last named ran another great race at Bath to be second on Friday night. Many intended runners this week are ground dependent, the exceptions being Hill of Miller who will run at Salisbury (Tuesday) and Zubova who is due to run on the all weather at Kempton (Wednesday). Rae would like to run Midnight Fantasy at Yarmouth on Thursday if there is enough rain; and by Friday (given the forecast of patchy rain all over the UK) who knows what will be suitable. Last week of course saw Dancing Jest do something completely out of character and nearly flip over in the stalls anticipating the start (now she needs a stalls test) and Jeninsky run well on her seasonal debut.

Horses in Training - Yearlings



Bay filly Kameko - Saliyna (Linamix) 24 May 2022

(The Twilight Zone Syndicate)

This attractive good walking filly is from the first crop of Guineas winner Kameko and is a half sister to the Listed placed Sayed. She has a strong black type family and her dam is closely related to Slickly, the Champion miler now a sire, Group 2 winner No Slip and the legend that is Siyouni. A pedigree full of promise. She is doing steady canters and is doing everything nicely and although she is a late foal she is quite forward at the moment.


Bay filly Kodiac - Uncertain Smile (Bungleinthejungle) 7 April 2022

(The Musketeers)

This one is surely bred to be fast, she looks sharp and bonny and she is by multiple Group sprint producer Kodiac out of a mare by sprinter Bungleinthejungle (sire of sprinter Winter Power) from the family of Group 3 winner Stage Magic. She is doing steady canters and is going nicely.


Bay filly Cracksman - Zumran (Rock of Gibraltar) 23 January 2022

(The Twilight Zone Syndicate)

An early foal by the sire of Arc winner Ace Impact, she is a big charismatic filly whose dam has bred one winner from one runner. Her family is that of Princess Margaret second Maid for Walking and her second dam produced Dick Poole winner Yourtimeisnow. Both are top two year old races. She has been ridden away and has started cantering.

Heaven Knows

Bay filly Showcasing x Map of Heaven (Pivotal) 29 April 2022

(Mr D J Willis)

By top stallion Showcasing (sire of Mohaather, Advertise, Tasleet and our own Showstealer !) she is from the well-known family of Superstar Leo, Enticing and One Master. Right under her first dam is the now Listed winning sprinter Rogue Lightning. A lovely page for a well bred filly. She is going nicely and is cantering every day.


Bay filly Sands of Mali - Illico (Dansili) 26 April 2022

(Mr Rae Guest)

From the first crop of Gimcrack and British Champions Sprint winner Sands of Mali, she is an imposing individual from a strong black type Niarchos family. She is the sister to one winner so far from the immediate family of Group 1 E P Taylor winner Insight. She has been ridden away and has started cantering.


Bay filly Ardad - Cats Eyes (Echo of Light) 5 April 2022

(Mr Jon Mitchell)
A compact good walking filly picked out at the sales by owner Jon Mitchell, she is by Flying Childers winner Ardad, sire of Perfect Power; and is a half-sister to Listed placed sprinter Lady Tilbury out of a multiple winning Echo of Light mare from the family of the Group winning Nufoos. She is doing steady canters and is coming along nicely.


Bay filly Oasis Dream - Boleyna (Officer) 21 January 2022

(Mr Paul Smith)

By the fantastic proven Oasis Dream, sire of Group 1 winners Midday, Muharrar and Native Trail, she is a half sister to our own five furlong winner Autumn Trail and seven furlong winner Back on the Trail bred by Paul and Paula Smith. Like them, she is a super looking filly. She has just arrived straight from the stud and is not as far on in her training as some of the others.


Bay filly Without Parole - Madison Avenue (Golden Horn) 12 February 2022

(Mr Jon Mitchell & Mr Peter Sakal)

The only foal of the former Musketeers' late Madison Avenue, a nicely bred Golden Horn filly who retired unraced. She was from a Juddmonte family with no fewer than six stallions and another five Group 1 horses on the page. This filly is by Without Parole, whose first crop of yearlings were well received. He was a winner at two, St James's Palace winner and third in the Breeders Cup Mile. 


Bay filly Kameko - Good Reason (Dark Angel) 4 March 2022

(The Good Reason Partners)

A compact filly who is the first produce of her dam Good Reason who Rae trained and the family retained for stud. Good Reason was a winner at two and her dam was Group 2 Cherry Hinton Stakes winner Sander Camillo (ridden by Rae's sister, Sally, at home). Kameko was the fastest Guineas winner in history and this was his first crop of yearlings.



Goodbye Mark, hello Liz

From Monday 29 November you will hear a different voice picking up the phone when you call 01638 661508.  Mark Burrows, Rae's trusty yard secretary and office administrator has left to become a trainee accountant with a firm near Cambridge.  Mark has done a great job and we are very sorry to see him go.  Everyone will miss his wry sense of humour, enthusiasm for racing, reliable nature and dedication, characteristics that will serve him well in his new career (all apart, that is, from the racing bit - your new colleagues will all want tips).

Replacing Mark is Liz Kilfeather.  Liz used to be yard secretary for Mark Wallace, who emigrated to Australia to train, then she worked on computers for Mark Madgwick and most recently for Rent Right.  Liz has been working with Mark for the last two weeks to ensure a smooth handover.  Liz does not ride out but keeps busy with three ex racehorses of her own.   A very warm welcome to Liz.

More sad news to report: Rae's assistant Emma Jenkins has also left to travel the world - she has a job with Gai Waterhouse in Australia and she flew out last Tuesday.  Emma has done an absolutely fantastic job as Rae's assistant causing him to say once 'I wouldn't need 30 staff if I had ten of her'!  Seriously, Emma's enthusiasm, work ethic, attention to detail and pleasant way with both staff and owners have made her a great person to have around and we wish her well for the future - it really was a not to be missed opportunity.  We hope that they will both stay in touch.