Coombelands pre-season event defies rain with parade of top quality racehorses


Best Kept, juvenile colt by Champion three-year-old sprinter, Sakhee's Secret, paraded at the event.

Best Kept, juvenile colt by Champion three-year-old sprinter, Sakhee’s Secret, paraded at the event.

A CHANCE to see top quality racehorses at close quarters was offered by Pulborough trainer Amanda Perrett when Coombelands Stables held a pre-season owners’ morning yesterday.

Almost 50 of the impressive 60-strong string were in action in different lots during the morning, with three groups of owners and visitors able to see them at close quarters, as well as cantering on a covered  circular track before going out on the gallops.

The gallops at Coombelands are particularly impressive, including a round track, six furlong gallop, valley gallop, an American bend, turf gallop, winter grass gallop and interesting walk home once the horses have worked.

Despite incessant rain, all three sessions were well-subscribed, with everyone  enjoying the opportunity to see quality horses in action.

Since Amanda took over the licence from her father, Guy, in 1996, she has sent out around 600 winners at home and abroad, including an excellent 17 Group victories. As well as winning the Prix du Moulin Group One and the Prix de la Foret Group One at Longchamp, Amanda has trained winners of major handicaps, including the Tote Ebor, Chester Cup, Northumberland Plate and King Geoorge V Handicap.

Her husband Mark has been an important member of the Coombelands team since he joined Guy in 1979 and he not only rode on the Flat but also partnered more than 900 winners as a National Hunt jockey.

Horses belonging to the Harwood Racing Club, as well as syndicate horses in which there are shares available, were amongst those on view, and there was excellent marquee hospitality before and after each session.


Signed Up, four-year-old colt, expected to come into his own this season

Signed Up, four-year-old colt, expected to come into his own this season


Those on view included Blue Surf,  a four-year-old gelding, who impressed last season with three good wins and four places to his credit.  He is a progressive sort, who has the making of a Group horse this year.

There was chance to see Saborido, an outstanding stayer, with nine wins and seven places under his belt- and who will target long distance races again in the coming months.  Also, Roxy Flyer, a six-year-old mare with impeccable credentials, with three wins and 12 places at Pattern and Listed level, will be aimed at black type races again this year.

One three-year-old to catch the eye was Knights Parade, who won a nursery and was placed twice last season. He handles soft ground, which could be a useful asset this year, and will be aimed at ten-furlong races initially.  Owned by Recitation Partnership, there are shares still available in him with the prospect of a promising return.

Amongst the juveniles was a striking two-year-old colt by Exceed and Excel,  Excedo Praecedo, which has impeccable credentials. This colt comes from a sire which was Champion sprinter in Australia in 2003 and 2004, winning seven races from five to seven furlongs, including the Dubai Racing Club Invitation Cup and the Newmarket Handicap Group 1.

The 2012-2014 Harwoods Racing Club is aimed at bringing top class but affordable racing to the fingertips of local enthusiasts supervised by racing manager, former local and Hong Kong trainer, David Oughton.

Harwoods Star and Harwoods Volante, aged three and two respectively, which run under the club banner were put through their paces.

They are being trained by Amanda for two seasons. At the end of the 2014 season they will be sold and the owners will receive a share of the proceeds and any prize money won.  For full details of membership opportunities contact 01798 873011 or email


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