Dan Wagstaffe

Dan Wagstaffe

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

A visit to Brian Ellison Racing

I was fortunate to spend this morning in the company of Malton based, North Yorkshire trainer Brian Ellison. The visit was a stable yard package which included breakfast with Brian in his home.

(Above) A view of the gallops and work-in-progress parade ring.

I particularly enjoyed watching jockeys such as Megan Carberry, Tom Eaves and Danny Cook put the horses through their paces.

(Below) We travelled in Brian's vehicle to see the horses work.

(Left and Below) It was a great privilege to witness 2013 Irish Cesarewitch winner Montefeltro recuperating after injury.

(Below) After breakfast, Brian's wife Claire showed us the stables including the storage room which houses the jockey's silks. As a member of Ontoawinner's Arc Syndicate, I recognised familiar colours.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Phil Kirby stable visit - Middleham (08-11-14)

Last Saturday, I visited Phil Kirby's yard in Middleham, North Yorkshire - http://philipkirbyracing.co.uk/

The stable tour was arranged by ONTOAWINNER Arc Syndicate - http://www.ontoawinner.net/arc-syndicate

(Above) Trainer Phil Kirby (seated) and syndicate members on Middleham gallops.

When I arrived, jockey Henry Brooke https://twitter.com/Henrybrooke12 who has worked under Donald McCain welcomed me to the yard. He introduced me to Rocky Two http://www.racinguk.com/horse/80985-rocky-two and showed me how to bandage a horse. Henry also advised me to check out videos of  'experiments on horse tendons' on https://www.youtube.com/


(Above) Phil's horses prepare for a work out on the gallops.

(Below) The open landscape of Middleham.


I was extremely impressed with the set up of Phil Kirby's working yard (below).

Phil is a credit to the sport and Henry, Simon and the rest of the team made myself and the rest of the ONTOAWINNER members feel very welcome.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

National Hunt - Charlie Hall Chase day, Wetherby (01-11-14)

A few pictures (below) taken at Wetherby Racecourse on Charlie Hall Chase day.

(Above left and below) top National Hunt trainer Paul Nicholls who despite an appearance on The Morning Line in the morning arrived at Wetherby to monitor the progress of his 4 year old gelding Solar Impulse (above right), ridden by Noel Fehily who went on to win the bet365.com Novices' Limited Handicap Chase. 2 Mile. Class 3.

(Left) The face of AP McCoy is always a reassuring sign that National Hunt racing is back.

This is AP entering the paddock before winning the 2.05 on Aurore D'Estruval 10/11F in OLBG.com Mares' Hurdle (Listed Race), 2m110y Listed - Good, Class 1 Hurdle Listed.



(Below) Paul Nicholls trained Silviniaco Conti in the paddock before the 3.15 bet365 Charlie Hall Chase (Grade 2), 3m1f, Grade 2 - Good, Class 1 Chase, Grade 2.

(Below) The magnificent presence of Jonjo O'Neill trained, AP McCoy ridden Taquin Du Seuil in the paddock. The 7 year old finished 2nd in the Charlie Hall Chase behind Menorah 8/1.

Taquin Du Seuil - bet365 Charlie Hall Chase Wetherby (01-11-14)

LEGEND: AP McCoy at Wetherby (01-11-14)