Martin Gray Racing has purchased a 50% share in the exciting national hunt bred 5yo gelding Durouyn. This son of Yeats has a great dam side pedigree behind him and has already shown signs of what he is capable of with a win and a 2nd place finish in his first two runs on the race track. This 16.1 hands chasing type is being lined up for a hurdling campaign through the 2019/20 jumping season.
Casual Cavalier had a great season providing loads of fun days out and plenty prize money for MGR club members. From 6 runs our consistent handicap chaser won two races at Ayr and Newcastle, was 2nd once and placed 4th three times.
With his favoured race tracks up north the horse has been switched to the Tristan Davidson stable near Carlisle which will mean his race day travel distances will be reduced.
This season Casual Cavalier notched up the 100 winner mark when winning at Newcastle for the very capable up and coming trainer Henry Oliver who did a great job with the horse right through the season.
Henry is a trainer going places and has a great knack of getting the best out of his horses.
Looking forward to next season already and I see no reason why we can’t have another good season out of our 11 yo chaser who is in such good fettle at home and does not have many miles on the clock.
Our racing club star performer the 11yo chaser Casual Cavalier is stepped up to 3m for the first time in his career at Newcastle on Saturday. This trip is a step into unknown territory as the horse has always been campaigned at two and two and a half miles throughout his career. Running off a season high handicap mark of 113 on Saturday and ground not as soft as he would like this is a tough ask of the old boy. Lets hope he runs his race and comes back in safe and sound.
MGR members had a great day out at Newcastle watching Casual Cavalier win his 2nd race this season. I tipped the horse out at 4/1 the previous evening and it added to the pleasure of the victory. With form figures of 5 runs 2 wins 1 second and 2 fourth place finishes the horse is a real star and seems better than ever.
Congratulations to Henry and his team for the 100 winners in only 5 years of training and our jockey on the day the young Billy Garritty who in my opinion is the best 7lb claiming jockey in the North.
Mixed feelings for me at Ayr yesterday however I was pleased to see our club horse win for the club members who enjoyed their day out and following party night with 10 of us staying over in Ayr.
Casual Cavalier will be 11 years old in a few weeks time however he just managed to get his head in front in what looked a moderate race.
The members are looking forward to a good days racing at Ayr tomorrow where our racing club horse runs in the 1:40 race. With our trainers runners yet to hit top form so far this season (no wins or places from 18 runners in the last 30 days) we are looking for a nice run and for both the horse and jockey to come home safe and sound.
We have decided not to run at Ayr today as the horse has not been eating up at home and now it is just a waiting game to see when he comes right for his next run. With not many suitable races available to run in our options look limited.
Our racing club chaser Casual Cavalier makes his seasonal debut in South West Wales on Saturday running in the 4:50 2 mile 5 furlong 0-115 handicap chase. It is good to see him back on the race track, the horse is well in himself and we take our chance and hope for a good run.
One of my very popular Hexham hospitality race days has already attracted good numbers for Friday the 5th October and it will be great to have some proper jump racing to watch again. Hopefully there will be enough rain in the ground to attract decent field sizes and some nice horses running.
Hexham does a great job in keeping their course going in safe condition with plenty watering when required and at this time of year it will have a good covering of grass.
The Oliver’s had their open day last Saturday and a great time was had by all especially at the free food and drinks after party!
Our experienced handicap chaser Casual Cavalier looked really well and I can’t wait to see him racing on the track next month.
Casual Cavalier has returned to training with Henry Oliver on Monday 23rd July to be prepared for his usual jumps season campaign. The experienced chaser needs a bit cut in the ground and will be aimed at races towards the end of October.