INSURGENCE & DANIEL FIRE A WARNING from News of the James Fanshawe: Racehorse Trainer website.


Posted on: 4th Apr 2018

Daniel Muscutt rode a cracking race to win on INSURGENCE this afternoon. From a bad outside draw he quickly secured a good position on the rail. Cameron Noble rode an enterprising race on Bungee Jump and it looked as if he might have nicked it but once in the straight INSURGENCE started to make up ground and in the end won quite cosily by three quarters of a length.

He is a laid back horse now but as a two year old it was not neccessarily the case as he could be quite a handful and always on his toes. Gelding was the making of him and he looks a nice horse for the future for owners Catherine Wills and Freddy Tylicki. Freddy who was at Lingfield to welcome INSURGENCE back into the winners enclosure actually came out first lot the other day to see him work on the Al Bahathri. I have a feeling he might have been going home and back to bed!

This is a family James has done well with in the past having trained SIR GERRY to win The Gp2 Gimcrack Stakes. SIR GERRY and ISIS, the dam of INSURGENCE, are half brother and sister.

It was very interesting reading experts views on buying a Breeze Up horse on the RP web site. The question that intrigued me most was 'Breeze-up timing, friend or foe'? SOCIETY ROCK was actually withdrawn from the Breeze Ups because he breezed so badly. He was bought privately by Anthony Stroud for Simon Gibson so obviously a bad time didn't do him too badly! I am always amazed when watching the horses 'breeze' and seeing people take so much interest in the time as there are some very large riders as there are some very professional jockeys so I don't quite understand how unless you know everyones weights you can take too much notice of a time. James has his own things he looks out for and I don't think I have ever known him take much interest in a time. We have had some very good Breeze Ups POLAR BEN being the first also owned by Simon Gibson. He won the Gp3 Park Stakes at Doncaster and the Gp3 Joel Stakes. He was followed by SIR GERRY who as mentioned earlier won the Gp2 Gimcrack Stakes at York and finally SOCIETY ROCK the best of the lot who won two Gp1's in The Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and The Haydock Sprint as well as the Gp2 Duke of York. We have also had the odd one whose day has been the day they breeze.

Having said that James does the Breeze Ups thoroughly and it is always nice to have a couple of orders for these sales. Tattersalls Craven & The Guineas Sales are his favourite as he can go on training his horses as well as doing the sales. Matt Coleman one of the experts on the panel today has been instrumental in helping to buy many horses at Pegasus in recent years and I would certainly listen to what he has to say.

The majority of our first lot worked this morning. First of all we had fifteen work up the Al Bahathri. Dan Muscutt rode his usual ride BOMBYX who is looking very well in his coat and is coming along nicely. Hayley Turner rode an unraced filly called HYPERACTIVE who is out of a half sister to SPEEDY BOARDING by Rip Van Winkle. It looked as if both PEGASUS KID and MANTOVANI were going nicely as were FONDEST & PREENING. The two Fred Archer Racing horses SPANISH ARCHER and THE PINTO KID went together. Both are unraced three year olds and both looming up for a run although THE PINTO KID would be the most forward at this stage. MAINSAIL ATLANTIC is a horse that came to us from America and is also unraced but a lovely looking horse who we hope might be nice.

DAN then got on PTARMIGAN RIDGE who went with POINTEL ridden by Hayley. HIGHER POWER and MOD went together. They worked on the turf on Waterhall as they all like soft ground which it was. The jockeys were sensible and did not go mad and all the horses finished nicely.