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A Busy Craven Week

Posted on: 24th Apr 2017

Master Archer

Pegasus Stables saw lots of visitors last week.

David Russell who has been an owner since our very first year came to see his Fred Archer Racing horses during evening stables. David is lucky enough to have a share in THE TIN MAN with his nephew William Russell. He also has a share in three year old PTARMIGAN RIDGE who is half brother to DONT STARE and FLORISS and the two year old half brother to Aiden O'Briens Painted Cliffs called EXCELLERATION by Excelebration.

On the Wednesday morning for the past twenty five years we have had the Martin Wills Young Journalist Award Winners here. Before Henry Cecil died they would also have a trip up to Warren Place. They have a tour of the yard with James and we then take them out on to the heath to see second lot out. 2017 marked the end of these prestigious awards. The previous night we had the last Martin Wills Award dinner which as always a lot of fun. It was also Toms birthday. He went out with his mates after we had cake, beer and champagne with everyone in the yard.

Thursday was a very busy day. Dr. John Ryan was over from Alberta to see his two year old Arch filly CUILLIN. Soon behind him was David Morgan, Henry Channon & John Bodie. David & Henry are part of The Macaroni Beach Society who had a Cheltenham Festival winner this year and have ARCTIC ANGEL & WOOTYHOOT here. David Morgan was one of the partners in ARCTIC OWL who took us all to Australia for The Melbourne Cup where he finished sixth. John Bodie has shares in quite a few of the Fred Archer Racing horses. We do not see him very often at the yard so it was a rare treat for us.

The Tack Room the restaurant in the new Museum and Heritage Centre produced a delicious dinner for the annual FRED ARCHER RACING Dinner on Thursday evening. It was great fun and I am pretty sure everyone enjoyed themselves helped by quite a lot of excellent champagne and delicious wines. There were seventy of us in all which also included Tom Queally, Hayley Turner and Dan Muscutt as well as Simon Waterhouse our very important vet and his wife Gemma. Kevin who is assistant trainer at Pegasus, Janet who runs virtually everything and Laura from the office were also in attendance.

There were some quite bleary eyed people out on the heath the following morning. I was very impressed that Isidore Carivalis, Colin Gilbert and David & Frances Russell were up and about at 6.30 to see THE TIN MAN go through his paces. Second lot we had LORD GEORGE, MASTER ARCHER, MAGICAL DREAMER & PTARMIGAN RIDGE out and third lot the two year olds SOCIETY PRINCE, EXCELLEBRATION, THE PINTO KID and ex Parcelle Perdue (who we hope is going to be named SPANISH ARCHER). All of them looked in good order.

SCOONES was gelded this week after his disappointing run at Redcar. He looks a very nice horse at home and we hope this will help him to concentrate.

On Wednesday and Saturday we saw some nice pieces of work. James used both the Al Bahathri and Cambridge Road Polytrack on both mornings. STAR STORM is working nicely this year and looks much more together his unraced 3yo full brother RAINING STARS is also here, SAM MISSILE has done very well over the winter and is a big horse this year and is going nicely. he is due to run at Doncaster at the end of the week. LADY BERGAMOT a half sister to the yards LORD GEORGE is coming along nicely. She ran only once last year but it was a very promising effort.

Saturday was a big work morning with twenty two older horses working. They all worked nicely and I dont think we had one disappointment. THE TIN MAN continues to get better with every piece of work. He is far from a flamboyant worker but does like the Al Bahathri. COLONIAL CLASSIC is catching the eye. ARTHENUS looks fantastic this year and is going well. REPLENISH looks in good form and is due to run on Wednesday as is REGICIDE.

SITAR is running at Yarmouth on Tuesday, REPLENISH & REGICIDE on Wednesday at Lingfield,MASTER ARCHER & MAGICAL DREAMER are both running for Fred Archer Racing on Friday all being well. MASTER ARCHER will need a bit of rain in order for him to run. Elite Racing members will be looking forward to seeing ROUBLES have her first race on Friday. She is very small but a tough little nut. She is a very busy little filly and very keen to get on with things. SYMBOL is a three year old filly having her first run at the weekend.