Warren Hill Grass Opens from News of the James Fanshawe: Racehorse Trainer website.

Warren Hill Grass Opens

Posted on: 1st Feb 2016

He loves to see the horses on Warren Hill grass. Historically it has always opened on the first of February. More often than not it is not usable due to snow or too much rain. It was fairly testing but the horses only went steady. It is also very different, specially for the two year olds as there are no railings so it is very open. Monday morning is possibly not the best morning to start using it as the horses are usually fresher having spent Sunday in. They all behaved impeccably and looked to be enjoying themselves. Cantering on the grass is very different to the all weathers. We have had no hold ups so far this winter and it shows as all the horses look very well for this time of the year.

We are thrilled that HIGH JINX is coming back to us in the spring. He went back to his owner John Williams farm after he suffered an injury while on exercise last year. He will be aimed at the late summer/autumn long distance races. He is a lovely old boy and everyone at Pegasus is looking forward to have him back here.. Sandra our head girl is very much looking forward to seeing him back in his box and to riding him out again. the Prix du Cadran is the perfect race for him as he stays every yard of the two and a half miles.

We read with amazement that RIBBONS had been sold to continue her racing career in the US. Thank goodness James Delahooke who bought her for a good American Gentleman rang to assure us this was not the case. She is going to stay in Europe and will be visiting FRANKEL which is a much better idea. She might run into her old friend GALE FORCE who is also going to visit FRANKEL. Two lucky ladies !!

When we sent GALE FORCE up to Tattersalls Bloodstock Sales to be sold at their December Breeding Stock Sale we were all concerned what she would be doing next and where it would be. Having won a Listed race the week before she became a little more attractive to everyone. We heard that Willie Mullins was interested, some Japanese owners, Americans to continue racing, etc etc. In the end she was bought by Phillipa Cooper who owns The Normandie Stud. We were all thrilled as she is renowned for not only for being incredibly successful but because she loves her horses, they have the best of everything, including husbands and could not be better looked after.

Pegasus Stables is also very lucky because they are getting three Normandie Stud horses to train this year. PRINCESS EVA (Fr) a Manduro three year old half sister to Covert Love who was bought at the end of her two year old career last December and two-year-old fillies by Teofilio and Dansili. We hope we can do well for Phillipa Cooper and her Normandie Stud.

The weather must be very mild as we are already getting plenty of owners coming to see their horses. Last weekend we had Mike and Michelle Morriss who own half of BLUES SISTER, a unraced three year old filly by Compton Place making her a full sister to DEAON BLUES and half sister to THE TIN MAN, and fifty per cent of MAZZINI whose dam is FIRENZE, a Listed winning half sister to July Cup winner FRIZZANTE, a share in REPLENISH and THE TIN MAN . They have a nice lot of horses at Pegasus. Paul and Gaynor Ryan came to see HE'S MY BOY and KING OF NAPLES who have both come back in after a good holiday. Both have done very well and look great. On Sunday Gary & Lorraine Marney with their friend Vivienne and Simon came to see LORD GEORGE who is a FRED ARCHER RACING horse they have a share in. He is still a colt so he stayed in all winter and has strengthened and matured into quite a man of horse. He was so unfurnished and babyish last year and has changed into a totally different horse over the winter.

Kevin Phillippart de Foy has joined the yard as Assistant Trainer to James. He was recently with Christophe Clement, in America. Kevin has been here a week now and is fitting in extremely well. There seem to be a very nice lot of horses in the yard going into the 2016 season which will make Kevins job so much more enjoyable.