First things first, it has been a long while since I posted, so I do apologise for that. If you follow me on Twitter you will have seen I had a lot of things going on in my personal life with my family, so I took some time away to focus on that. However I am now back. I have today’s post, then from October 2nd I will be back every Saturday at 11am up until the New Year and hopefully beyond. So with that all being said, on to today’s post.
Today marks the final day of the #NationalRacehorseWeek so I am bringing you a brand new post all about my visit to Charlie Longsdon’s Hull Farm last weekend. I had a thoroughly enjoyable day so I am bringing you a little insight into what I seen that day as well as a breakdown of some of the horses Charlie paraded and their future plans. Everything I put into this post was authorised by Charlie to be posted for my audience – With that being said… Enjoy!
When we first arrived, we got the chance to walk around and meet some of the stable stars with Charlie and his team around to ask questions and to speak to everyone about the horses in question. I met some lovely horses including an old favourite of mine Glen Forsa. There were quite a few people at the visit including a lot of families and children, who were all meeting the horses and enjoying their afternoon.
Charlie then paraded 32 of his horses out the front for everyone to see. Here we got to see the horses on parade as well as having Charlie explain what each horse had already done and what the plans were for them. The one thing I have always found so incredible is when a trainer can name every horse, their history, their plans, their bloodline and everything in between. I can barely remember what I did last week, let alone 32 horses and everything you need to know about them, but Charlie knew everything and it was really interesting to hear him talk about future plans for his horses. He did explain 2 horses would run on Tuesday at Fontwell and he thought they both had a decent shot of winning, Glimpse Of Gala and Midnight Jewel and in the end, as predicted by Charlie, they both ended up winning. Now onto the horses he paraded…
Kapgarde x Loin De Moi
Owner: Kate & Andrew Brooks
Potentially he will go through the novice hurdle route and then potentially return to chasing.
Beyond The Clouds
Peintre Celebre x Evening
Owner: Robert Aplin
Potentially a run at Kelso in December and maybe go to America.
Yeats x Socialite Girl
Owner: Stormy Milan Syndicate
Once the rain turns up he will go chasing.
Stowaway x Supreme Fivestar
Owner: Cracker Syndicate
Going chasing over 3 miles.
Robin Des Champs x Coco Opera
Owner: Bradley Partnership
Novice chasing when the ground softens up.
Westerner x Long Acre
Owner: Charlie Longsdon
Was brought on Wednesday 8th September from Gigginstown at Doncaster. Charlie said rated around 133 in Ireland. Still very new to the yard so plans will be set out once an owner is found, right now Charlie still owns him.
Eclair On Line
Dream Well x Odeline
Owner: Eclair On Line Syndicate
Got injured last October so hasn’t ran in over a year. Will go chasing when the ground goes soft.
Libertarian x Supreme Magical
Owner: The Free Thinkers
Ready to run in around 3 weeks.
Australia x Extensive
Owner: JP McManus
Brought by Charlie recently, JP McManus brought from Charlie around the time of visit. Plan is to go juvenile hurdling.
Unnamed 3 Year Old
Getaway x Missusan
Brought from Ireland in the summer. Will run in a bumper in the spring.
Mahler x Outback Ivy
Owner: TP Radford
Chasing over 3 miles – Possibly a Grand National horse.
Yeats x Reseda
Owner: Grant Leon
Interesting fact – He was the last winner before the country went into lockdown in March 2020 when winning at Wetherby. Novice hurdling this season.
Glimpse Of Gala
Passing Glance x Apple Days
Owner: The Tweed Clad Fossils
Won on Tuesday (after the visit) in a Novice Hurdle.
Diamond Boy x Naker Mome
Owner: Malcolm Olden
Unraced – Potentially a bumper in October.
If I Say
Free Eagle x Wandering Star
Owner: Charlie Longsdon
She was brought around 6 weeks ago at Doncaster from David Redvers, he recommended her to Charlie. Has won a point to point bumper, Charlie thinks she will go for a mares only bumper in October and then onto a listed race.
Just Your Type
Morozov x Enistar
Owner: Tyrone Hanlon
He will be aimed towards some big staying chases over the next season. Charlie said after his back operation he was the first horse he rode again as he trusts him the most in his yard.
So You Think x Azharia
Owner: The Charlie Longsdon Racing Club
Ran at Newton Abbott on Friday (after visit) and finished 9th. Plan is to run every 3 weeks or so.
Milan x Rheinland
Owner: Thackray, Ogilvy, Longsdon
Novice hurdling once it rains, if not enough rain he will run in a bumper. 3 mile chaser in the making.
Salutino x Don’t Fall
Owner: Barrels Of Courage
He fell back in February where he broke a couple of ribs and punctured his lung. He was placed in intensive care and it was touch and go for a little while. Thankfully he is okay now. He has done some pre-training with Claire Hart and will now go on to a Maiden Hurdle around October.
Midnight Legend x Follow The Dream
Owner: Ms GE Morgan
Won on Tuesday at Fontwell (after visit) – Will eventually be a chaser.
Sea The Moon x Maraba
Owner: Merriebelle Irish Farm Limited
Given a rating of 115, Charlie thinks he is well handicapped and will be ready to run by mid October and he will be visiting the winning enclosure this season.
Oscar x Montel Girl
Owner: Robert Aplin & Stratford Racecourse
Was brought over from Ireland in May, has ran 5 times and not finished outside of the top 3. He will go to Market Rasen for a Chase or to Warwick for a Hurdles race.
Presenting x Sunami Storm
Owner: Robert Aplin
Charlie said the jockey Brian Hughes admitted he got it wrong in the last race as he lost a stirrup. She will have 1 or 2 more runs before having a winter break. (She is declared on Tuesday 21st for the 3:20 at Warwick with Brian Hughes riding.)
Agent Secret x Rive Sarthe
Owner: 100 Not Out
Arrived from Ireland late last year. Needs 1 more run for a handicap mark. Chasing on slow ground will be his future.
Saint Des Saints x Dalina
Owner: Alan Halsall
Started the season rated 108, finished it rated 130. Will go chasing over 3 miles as well as some black type races.
Stroll On By
Walk In The Park x Liss Croga
Owner: Old Gold Racing
Unraced horse. He was brought over from Ireland in the Spring and will be aimed for a bumper in the Autumn.
Milan x Lucky Supreme
Owner: Malcolm Olden
Needs to build up his confidence, Charlie would like to take him chasing as his current hurdle mark may make it tough to win some big hurdle races.
Tea For Free
Court Cave x Golan Gale
Owner: Mrs Susan Monkland
Arrived from Ireland in the Spring after winning an Irish Point to Point. He will go hurdling on good ground before eventually going chasing over 2.6-3 miles.
Fame And Glory x Tavadden
Owner: The Saddleworth Players
Charlie said he thinks the penny had only just dropped with this horse and he now understands what he is doing. He thinks he travelled too well last time as he did not know what to do when he hit the front. He wll be back on a racecourse very soon.
The Mighty Arc
Arcadio x Funcheon Lady
Owner: Leon & Thorton Families
He will go chasing when the ground is a little softer, around late October. He has shown plenty of speed so Charlie thinks he may suit 2 miles 4 furlongs.
The Wise Traveller
Getaway x Butterfly Betty
Owner: The Endeavour Racing Syndicate
Won English Point to Point end of last year, has had a wind op since his last run and will need another tidy up of his wind before his first run. He will run in a maiden hurdle, then possibly go down the handicap route, however long term goals are to send him over fences.
Unnamed 4 Year Old
Westerner x Beneficial Breeze
Taken a long time to get ready, plans to go for a bumper before going hurdling later this Autumn. Western Zethra may be his name.
We then headed over to the schooling ground where Kielan Woods and Paul O’Brien schooled 3 horses each. When you get to be so close to the fences they jump, it’s an incredible experience and it’s brilliant to hear Charlie talking to the jockey’s about various things as they go too.
Yeats x Lady Rolfe
Owner: The GPS Partnership
In his career he has won the North Yorkshire National as well as coming second at 66/1 in the Listed Summer Cup at Uttoxeter. Charlie says he will continue to run in staying chases and go to the Cross Country races at Cheltenham in the Autumn.
Stowaway x She’s So Beautiful
Owner: Alan Halsall
The plan is for him to go chasing on soft ground and he will be aimed at some staying chases later in the season. Charlie thinks he is a Midlands National or Welsh National horse.
Davidoff x Lavircas
Owner: Nigel M. Davies
He finished 5th in the Cross Country at Cheltenham in November 2020, however he’s not seen out the trip since. He has had a recent wind operation. Charlie said he would run at Warwick on the 21st of September or Market Rasen on the 25th of September. (He is declared for Tuesday 21st at Warwick in the 3:55 with Jonathan Burke riding.)
Midnight Legend x Whichway Girl
Owner: Mrs DPH Flory
She won last time out at Stratford in March. She will run a couple more times over fences, but long-term she will become a broodmare for her owners.
Subtle Power x Aljapip
Owner: Old Gold Syndicate
He was recently brought by the Old Gold Syndicate from Swanee River Partnership and will be advertised to buy shares soon. He has finished 2nd in his last two runs and Charlie thinks it won’t be long until he goes one better.
Saddler Maker x Saturne Collonges
Owner: JP McManus
He is rated 108 after winning twice earlier this year. Charlie has said he will now go chasing and he believes he is a staying chaser in the making and he will possibly develop into a regional National type horse.
Overall, I had a brilliant afternoon and so did everybody there. I hope you all got the opportunity to visit a yard this past week for #NationalRacehorseWeek and if you haven’t then hopefully the chance will arise for you. I highly recommend anyone to visit a stable and see the behind the scenes and how loved these animals are. I am so grateful I get given the chance to spend so much time around these loving and talented horses.
Quick side note before I finish: I will be back with the Racing TV’s Raceday team on September 29th from Nottingham taking you behind the scenes. It’s been a little while since I last worked with them so I’m very excited to get back to it. If you don’t already follow the page then head over and do so. @raceday.rtv on Instagram and @raceday_rtv on Twitter.
I hope you all enjoyed this post and I will see you Saturday the 2nd of October at 11am for a brand new one!