'It was a birthday bonanza for Bob, who runs the Rockbourne Partnership, as 'Do It For The Village' cruised to victory at Lingfield Park this afternoon!
Yesterday the Rockbourne Partnership came within a whisker of a win when 'Talk Of The South' finished 2nd yet again at Plumpton, despite running a great race under the expert guidance of Nick Scholfield. 'Talk' has now come 2nd 6 times in ten runs and we really feel his consistent plucky efforts deserve another win!
Today at Lingfield Park the Partnership assembled again, this time to watch 'Do It For The Village'. 'Do It' had won at Lingfield back in December before finishing 5th in a 0-145 at Ludlow, later in the month. With Paddy Brennan at the helm again today, he was back on song and made it look easy as he left the chasing field behind him to take his 3rd win of the season in some style.
The timing couldn't have been better either, as it was Bob's birthday, and what better way to celebrate with a sip of champagne and a cupcake in the winner's enclosure? Bob puts in a lot of hard work running the Rockbourne Partnership and supporting the yard, and we couldn't be more pleased that we were able to deliver a winner for the birthday boy and for the rest of the Partnership, who are a great bunch to have involved with the yard.
So it's a big happy birthday to Bob, massive congratulations to the Rockbourne Partnership, and we are happy to say another winner winner for Paul Henderson Racing, in what is shaping up to be a fantastic season's racing!
It was a busy day down at the yard yesterday, as our usual duties were pleasantly interrupted by not one, but two camera crews! Both ITV Meridian News and Racing U.K. came to Whitsbury to do a piece.
There was a lot to talk about, what with Jamie making the final of the Godolphin Stable Awards in February, and Un Beau Roman's entry into the Grand Annual at the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup day. Before that 'Un Beau' goes to Doncaster at the weekend in the 2 mile 'Sky Bet First Race Special Handicap['.
Racing U.K's piece should air next week, with ITV Meridian airing in a few weeks. Keep an eye on our twitter and Facebook and we'll let you know as soon as we do!
A big thank you to both ITV Meridian and Racing U.K. for coming down, it was a pleasure to have you here!
After a successful few months, we were all really pleased to see that the Racing Post has a great piece in the paper today! Nice quotes from Paul, plus owner Tim Stubbs are included. Really lovely to see Ray getting a mention; he did so much to support the yard and was a genuine gentleman, missed by us all.
Big thanks to the Racing Post, it's great to see some recognition for the great work the yard has been putting in this year!
In spite of Fakenham being called off today, the racing keeps coming at the moment. Yesterday saw Turban put in a decent performance to come 4th at Kempton. There was a lot of excitement in the yard when he came over from Ireland last year, and we are glad to see him progressing in the right direction after seeming to take a little time to settle in.
Tomorrow we are taking two down to Plumpton; Easter in Paris will be trying to improve on her 2nd place finish at Fontwell last time out, while Talk Of The South is returning to the course where his got his last win, back in March.
Then on Wednesday Raising Hope goes to Market Rasen. Raising was looking good on the gallops yesterday, and the progress she has made is clear to see from these two photos below; the first was taken in October when she first arrived and the second taken on the gallops yesterday. We all hope she can run to her potential.
Just over a week into the new year and we are happy to report that Paul Henderson Racing is already off the mark for 2017, after Amron Kali stormed home under a great ride from Nick Scholfield at Fontwell on Sunday. It was the mare's first start for the yard after coming over from Ireland a month ago. Paul and the team wasted no time getting to grips with the 7-year-old, who had never won a race in 15 previous starts, before moving to Paul Henderson Racing. In an exciting race, Amron was held up at the rear and kept out wide by Nick Scholfield, to get the better ground. Amron tracked the leaders throughout the second circuit though, and Nick, who always seems to read the race perfectly, held his nerve and timed his push brilliantly coming into the last to come through and take the win by 1 and a quarter lengths to the well fancied Ding Dong and favourite Straits of Messina.
Paul and the team have been working hard to get the yard's horses into good shape, so let's hope it's the first of many, as there is lots of racing still to come over the next few days. Things kick off tomorrow with Sizing Sahara who goes to Leicester in the 2:40 pm. Sizing was unseated last time out when he ran at Fontwell in December, so we are all hoping for a big improvement on that result.
There are shares available in a couple of horses who are ready to run, including Amron Kali, so get in contact if you're interested in the prospect of getting involved with an in-form yard in 2017.
Happy New Year from everyone at Paul Henderson Racing. And what better way to start the new year off than with some good news? We told you a few weeks ago that Jamie had made the final ten in the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, for the Rider/Groom category, and we are delighted to announce that we've been told that Jamie has made it to the final 3 ! The final stage of the judging will take place in London on the 20th February, where Jamie and the other finalists will be interviewed face-to-face by the judges, who will then reveal the winners and runners-up at an awards ceremony later that evening. The awards take place at the Jumeirah Carlton Towers hotel in Knightsbridge and will be hosted by ITV Racing's Ed Chamberlin. We are all really proud of Jamie and wish him the best of luck in the finals!
Paul Henderson & Jane Patten