Its Flipper & Goggles Weather from News of the James Fanshawe: Racehorse Trainer website.


Posted on: 9th Aug 2017

GREAT WHITE SHARK secured her second win from three starts when winning Thompsons Acting For Unison Handicap
(Class 4) (0-85, 3yo) (1m3f197yds) over 1m4f on Good To Soft. She seems to be improving with every run. She has a great attitude and nothing fazes her. She did not run at two as she was a big backward filly so Malcolm decided to give her the time and it looks as if he will be repaid with a nice filly for the future.

Her owner Malcolm Denmark and his son Callum came to see their other runner SINAGPORE SLING run at Newmarket. Unfortunately he was not as successful and the big open course did not really suit him so he may come back in trip and run on a tighter course.

Earlier in the day at Newmarket in the British Stallion Studs EBF Chalice Stakes (Listed Race)
(Class 1) (3yo+) over 1m4f on Good To Soft FLEUR FORSYTE was given a superb ride by George Wood to finish third beaten a neck for second. She was 40/1 in the betting so this was a superb run and she secured some black type which was the main objective for when she goes to stud. George who can still claim 3lbs was unable to do so as it was a Listed race so this was a great result for Phillipa Cooper and her Normandie Stud and for George.

The rain does not seem to be stopping at the moment. It is good for all the horses who want some soft ground and it gives them a chance to get their heads in front but tough on the ones ready to run who might go on good to soft but certainly wont enjoy heavy.

Last night at Nottingham we had two runners in RAINING STARS (quite appropriate) and MAGICAL DREAMER where the ground was heavy. RAINING STARS loved the ground and ran a great race to finish a remote second admittedly but he got into the race and should come on for this run. The horse behind the stalls that would not go in and was never going to go in upset some of the horses already in the stalls especially MAGICAL DREAMER who had been standing as good as gold but had been in a long time. We were thrilled with her run as she was able to lead with the eventual winner for most of the race but got very tired in the heavy ground to finish second. She is well known for swishing her tail but other than when she was going down to the start she didnt swish it at all and put everything into the race. She might come back to five furlongs as she has plenty of speed. Dan said that she didn't really appreciate the heavy ground. She is givng us all a lot of fun and specially so if she looks as if she is growing up.

INSURGENCE ( Yarmouth) & EXPELLED ( (Woverhampton) were our first two year old runners of the year and it would be fair to say it did not go well. They have both improved at home and going much much better and will hopefully show much more than their first run.

PTARMIGAN RIDGE & ENVISAGING worked together this morning and they are both entered in the same two races on Saturday. I think it is more likely that PTARMIGAN RIDGE will go to Lingfield and possibly ENVISAGING to Redcar. ENVISAGING will be coming back in trip to 6f from 1m so it will be interesting to see if it works. PTARMIGAN RIDGE is a lovely horse and will not mind how soft it is. It takes him a bit of time to warm up in a race so he is more likely to come late.

Stable favourite KINIGHT OWL has an entry at Ascot at The Shergar Cup meeting in the mile handicap. I think he would enjoy the Shergar Cup experience. I dont know if he is going to be declared yet or even if he will get in.

This morning was work morning it was pouring with rain and not very nice. Our horses worked on the Al Bahathri. Until fairly recently the Limekilns would have been shut after rain but they seem to be open all the time now. They would be shut for two reasons one to preserve the turf and the second to save horses from getting injured. A lot of horses have been badly injured on the Limekilns after rain as you get some very false patches. James likes to be safe and sticks to the all weather.