Lingfield double for all weather amabassador George

Flat jockey George Baker, back recently from the Dubai sunshine to a wet and drizzly Great Britain has picked up on his role as Ambassador for the All-Weather Championship to be held at Lingfield Park on Good Friday next year.

He said: “Just back from the Dubai sunshine to a rather wet and drizzly Great Britain, so thank heaven things are hotting up here with the All-Weather Championships gaining momentum.

“Just reflecting on my week away, it was great to see the boys out in Dubai including Dane O’Neil, Sammy Hitchcott and Pat Dobbs who all rode at Meydan’s opening meeting on the new dirt surface.  The reports back were  positive – it rode well, you expect a bit of kickback but it was fine and light, the new track will need a bit of time to settle and the times indicated it may have ridden a bit dead, but everyone seemed happy enough with it.

Ambassador for All-Weather racing's  series, Jockey George Baker

Ambassador for  the All-Weather Championship series, jockey George Baker Photo: Arena Racing Company

“I managed to get quite a bit of golf in during the week, I didn’t play that well to begin with but definitely improved as I acclimatised to the heat – I’ll stick to the day job for now!

“Now back to business this week with some really nice horses to ride and some terrific racing to follow.  I’ll be kept busy on Wednesday with a Lingfield and Kempton double header.  I have two for Tom Dascombe at Lingfield – Marmalad (won)in the opener who should go well and then Barracuda Boy  (won) in the Unibet Handicap over 6f, he is top weight but drawn 1 which should make things easier and it’s always a pleasure riding for owner Laurence Bellman whose flat horses are trained by Tom Dascombe and Ed Walker.  I also ride Salmon Sushi for David Lanigan at Lingfield, he hasn’t run for a year, a nice sort to look forward to.

“On Wednesday I team up with one of my favourite old friends Premio Loco at Kempton Park.  Premio Loco, All-Weather stalwart, and Winter Derby 2012 winner is taking on some class acts in the Fast Track Qualifier Listed race sponsored by Betdaq.  We has a bit to find at the weights and some stiff competition to face in the winner Sloane Avenue and finished unplaced. But at 10-years-old Premio Loco still has what it takes and is an absolute credit to his trainer Chris Wall,” said George.

New range of horse and pony story books for youngsters

HORSE lover Michelle Charman left London at the beginning of this year for Pulborough,  West Sussex, to set up as an independent publisher of a new range of horse and pony story books for youngsters.She left behind her job of 20 years with Penguin Books, and has combined extensive experience there with her passion for horses. The result is the first six books of equestrian tales in a captivating range for Forelock Books.

Michelle Charman in her office, with one of the new books  Photo: Knight

Michelle Charman in her office, with one of the new books Photo: Jeannie Knight

Michelle has had a life-long passion for horses, inherited from her grandfather Bob Leach, who was a jockey. Her childhood was spent in North Wales where she enjoyed many years exploring the mountains and beaches of Snowdonia on her pony Keli, with her best friends Ange, Splash, Angela and Tresca.  Then she moved to London to work for the world’s top publishing companies .

Michelle said: ” The year has flown by, but I am hugely proud of what has been achieved so far.  We have published six titles by prominent authors, including West Sussex actress Susan Jameson, whose contribution is a collection of four stories entitled ‘Pony Tails’.”
The actress has owned both racehorses and ponies and her book consists of four thrilling adventures, each featuring a different breed of pony- the Connemara, the Welsh Cob,  the Shetland and the Exmoor. She will be signing copies of this on Saturday November 29 at Oldwick Saddlery, Lavant from 2-4pm when everyone is welcome to go along.

Actress Sue Jameson

Actress Sue Jameson

Michelle said: ” I am really excited that Oldwick Saddlery is now stocking Forelock Books and Sue has agreed to do this book signing.   I have spent the summer months building a presence in Sussex by attending horse events and asking local equestrian retailers to consider stocking our books. Forelock believes that great stories should be beautifully packaged into books that can be treasured forever.  All titles are in compact little hardbacks with illustrations and captivating stories for youngsters about everthing from showjumping to pony racing.”

All authors in the series are experienced equine enthusiasts who own or have owned and competed horses in the past. They have built and lost close friendships with horses and other horse-mad humans and have amazing stories to tell. The first manuscripts for the series arrived in April, and the books were published at intervals from July to the end of August, and are now on sale from Forelock Books at local events or

Michelle with her horse Photo: Jeannie  Knight

Michelle with her horse, Lady
Photo: Jeannie Knight

Michelle added:  “Though I grew up with horses and was in the Pony Club and spent my childhood riding,  at the same time I was also encouraged to read a lot.  I’m delighted to be publishing a series of books from prominent authors and personalities that will appeal to a wide range of youngsters,” she said.

Books in the first series of six titles feature prominent authors- Laura Quigley ( Spirit and The Magic Horsebox), Maggie Raynor ( Finders Keepers), K M Peyton ( All That Glitters),  Susan Jameson ( Pony Tails), Ruth Benton ( One Good Turn), Beside Me ( Carolyn Henderson).  Work is already underway on a second series of books, which like the first series, will cater for a range of ages.

Outside publishing, Michelle has a livery yard where her own horse is based- a Dutch warmblood ex-showjumper called Lady, which she bought as an 11-year-old, and has had for seven years. She also shares her life with her husband,  a dog and a rabbit.
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Battalion and Intransigent secure AWC Finals Day places

Battalion (William Haggas/Tom Queally) and Intransigent (Andrew Balding and Jamie Spencer) secured places in the All Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday in qualifying races at the track at the weekend.

All weather racing at Lingfield Park Photo: A

Top quality all weather racing at Lingfield Park

Battalion ran on strongly for a decisive win in the 10-furlong £45,000 Listed Coral Churchill Stakes (2.35pm), guaranteeing the four-year-old a place in the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same distance on  Finals Day on April 3.

Haggas said of the 4/1 chance who beat 3/1 favourite Educate by a length: “I thought he had the race in his pocket with three furlongs to run last time at Newbury but he waited for the others to come by so I asked Tom to wait a bit on him today. I couldn’t do anything about the pace from where I was but that was always going to be the problem because I couldn’t see a front-runner this morning.

“He has got ability and, even though he is by Authorized and out of a Halling mare, he has always had a bit of speed. This was worth a try and it has paid off. It’s doubtful that he will run again before Good Friday but he will be readied for that and we might go for the Winter Derby Trial,l but we will see. This opens up a few avenues for us and I am glad that I have got one qualifier.”

Trainer Willaim Haggas

Trainer Willaim Haggas

Newmarket handler Haggas is also looking forward to have more ammunition for the All Weather Finals Day, for he is running Graphic and Prince’s Trust in the Listed Cash Out On The Betdaq+ App/EBF Stallions Hyde Stakes, a fast-track qualifer, at Kempton on today, Wednesday, November 19..

“Both Graphic and Prince’s Trust will run at Kempton Park on Wednesday. Prince’s Trust deserves to take a step up in grade – he came off the pace and won well at Lingfield last time. I think Prince’s Trust would prefer slightly further than a mile on the All-Weather but he has got a lot of speed so ff they go a healthy pace on Wednesday, we will see what happens,” he added.

The 9/4 favourite Intransigent (Andrew Balding/Jamie Spencer) got up close home for a neck verdict over French raider Fresles (Pia Brandt/William Buick in the £40,000 Listed Unibet Golden Rose Stake.This six-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Unibet Sprint over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Andrew Balding Photo: John Simpson

Andrew Balding
Photo: John Simpson

Ian Balding, representing his son Andrew, commented: “We have had a terrific season, with our home-breds, obviously with Elm Park, Rawaki running well, Chesil Beach winning four and Intransigent. We are definitely looking forward to bringing him back for Good Friday now. He will have a bit of a winter break and will not be going out to Dubai.”

Jamie Spencer said: “I had a nice run round – it was a nice pace and I have no complaints. It’s never easy to win under a penalty, regardless of the opposition, but he quickened up really well.I thought that I was going to win easier than I did at the furlong-pole – he just idled a little bit when he got there – but he got the job done.”

but today he has jumped and travelled – that it what he is like at home. He was working like that the first time he came here and I thought nothing could beat him.



Seedling reinforces his class in the rain at Plumpton

Despite relentless rain, some impressive winners made an impact at Plumpton’s Pompadour meeting yesterday, which celebrated its twinning with the French racecourse. Seedling, trained at Upper Lambourn by Gavin Sheehan had come home unchallenged on similar ground two weeks previously, partnered by Gavin Sheehan – and went on to notch up another  easy victory in the same partnership in the opening Novice Hurdle.

Seedling, trained by Waren Greatrex, in the winners' spot with jockey Gavin Seehan and connections. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Seedling, trained by Waren Greatrex, in the winners’ spot with jockey Gavin Sheehan and connections. Photo: Jeannie Knight

The five-year-old, trained at Upper Lambourn by Warren Greatrex, gave the Paul Nicholls-trained As De Mee, owned by the Stewart Family and Judi Dench, a three-and-a-half length beating and won in style.

That was the story of the day for the Ditcheat trainer who, along with stable jockey Sam Twiston-Davies had enjoyed a highly successful Cheltenham over the weekend. In the Novice Steeplechase Nicholls sent out five-year-old Far West, which was no match for the impressive Deputy Dan, trainer by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Leighton Aspell.

Trainer Oliver Sherwood (left) receives the award  for Deputy Dan's win.  Photo: Jeannie Knight

Trainer Oliver Sherwood (left) receives the award for Deputy Dan’s win.
Photo: Jeannie Knight


Deputy Dan looked superb in the paddock and despite jumping left, and getting tired in the final stages, handed out a beating of more than two lengths to Far West. There was controversy after the race when connections of Coneygree, trained by Mark Bradstock, protested about the withdrawal of their horse from that race at the start after a course vet ruled that the Karinga Bay gelding was lame.

Sarah Bradstock, wife of the trainer, threatened legal action when disputing the ruling, saying that when the horse was checked after returning  to the stables, he was judged to be sound.

Classy grey, Tigre D’Aron, trained by Chris Gordon over the border in Hampshire, was a popular winner of the Hepworth Brewery Handicap Steeplechase for owners Heather and  Roger Alwen. The seven-year-old,  one of five runners in the race and ridden by Marc Goldstein, was a decisive 14 length winner and there should be plenty more to come from this young horse.

Tigre D'Aron's owner, Mrs Heather Alwen (right) and her daughter Kate Digweed (left) ife of sponsor George Digweed, receive the trophy for Tige D'Aron's win Photo: Jeannie Knight

Tigre D’Aron’s owner, Mrs Heather Alwen (centre) and her daughter Kate Digweed (left)w ife of sponsor George Digweed, receive the trophy for Tige D’Aron’s win
Photo: Jeannie Knight

The second horse, Midnight Lira, trained Caroline Keevil, was in turn 54 length clear of Anthony Honeyball’s Jackies Solitaire

Colin Tizzard continued his run of success following a double at Fontwell Park the previous day, when he sent out Murrayana, ridden by amateur Sam Painting to win the National Hunt Novices Hurdles race.

Another to have a winner on both days was Lewes trainer Suzy Smith, who followed up on Beau Lake’s Fontwell win on Sunday with an excellent victory from six-year-old Little Boy Boru with Harry Bannister in the saddle in the Amateur Riders’ Handicap Hurdle Race.

Lewes trainer Suzy Smith

Lewes trainer Suzy Smith


This classy young horse had won a Sandown handicap only nine days previously on just his second start since joining this successful yard.

The handicap hurdle race over two miles two furlong went to  L Frank Baum, trained by Bernard Llewellyn and ridden by 5lb claimer Robert Williams.

The next fixure at Plumpton is the Injured Jockeys Raceday on Monday December 1.

Fontwell Park’s memorable Southern National meeting

Rain failed to mar Fontwell Park’s Totepool Southern National meeting on Sunday, when a good crowd turned out to enjoy racing, made possible thanks to careful planning and maintenance by the course.

The Southern National itself, over three miles four furlongs, was won by the Venetia Williams-trained Gorgehous Lliege ridden by Liam Treadwell. The 8-1 shot recovered from a slip on landing two fences from home and only just got the better of Seven Woods, trained at Horsham by Gary Moore and ridden by his son Joshua,  to win in the last 75 yards.

Jockey Liam Treadwell with Sussex Grand National Winner Photo Jeannie Knight

Jockey Liam Treadwell with Sussex Grand National Winner Gorgehous Lliege and friends of the owner
Photo Jeannie Knight

Seven Woods had also made a major blunder but the pair were level at the final fence, with Gorghous Lliege pulling away approaching the finishing post.  A delighted Liam Treadwell said: “The horse loves this ground, but his jumping won him the race as much as anything. I love these marathon races and Venetia’s horses always do well in them.”

As well as winning the Aintree Grand National the jockey has won ‘Nationals’ at Folkestone, Wincanton, West Wales, now Fontwell and also four-milers at Exeter and Taunton.

There was a Sussex-trained winner of  the other feature race of the meeting, the Salmon Spray Handicap Hurdle Race, when Beau Lake, trained by Suzy Smith, with Micheal Nolan in the saddle, and owned by Sergio Gordon-Watson and Graham Willetts, was an impressive winner.

Beau Lake with (right) jockey Micheal Nolan and trainer Susy Smith, left owners              Photo: Jeannie Knight

Beau Lake with (right) jockey Micheal Nolan and trainer Susy Smith, left owners Sergio Gordon Watson and Mrs Graham Willetts Photo: Jeannie Knight

The ten-year-old gelding loves soft and heavy ground and has been lightly raced because tendon problems prompted a long lay-off after four victories over fences.  He returned to the track last season to add another two hurdle victories to a duo earlier in his career and is continuing the winning trail.

Lucy Gardner, claiming 5 lbs, impressed when riding home-bred Bredon Hill Lad to score his first victory in f ine style in the opening novice hurdle race of the meeting.  The seven-year-old is trained by her mother, Susan Gardner at Longdown in the New Forest, and she revealed: ” I had his mother, Persian Clover and he has been lightly raced enabling him to progress. ” We have spent a lot of time making sure we got it right with him and we are thrilled with his win,” she said.

Bredon Hill Lad with

Bredon Hill Lad with owner Mrs R W Mitchell and jockey Lucy Gardner  Photo: Jeannie Knight

There was an excellent double for popular Sherbourne trainer Colin Tizzard, both horses ridden confidently by Daryl Jacob. It was initiated by Wizards Bridge, 13-8 shot,  which won the maiden hurdle race over two miles four furlongs, having finish second at Fontwell Park over a longer trip a month previously.

Wizards Bridge with jockey Daryl Jacob  Photo Jeannie Knight

Wizards Bridge with jockey Daryl Jacob
Photo Jeannie Knight


The second leg of the double was achieved by Kings Lad,  who had unseated his rider on his chase debut only a few days previously. He won the John Rogerson Memorial Novices Limited Handicap Steeplechase in good style.
Colin Tizzard revealed: ” En route to Fontwell this morning,  I took him to my menage a couple of miles from my yard and he went over some jumps there just to make sure. It obviously did the trick because he jumped flawlessly round today, winning by 14 lengths.”

Kings Lad with Photo Jeannie Knight

Kings Lad with jockey Daryl Jacob and trainer Colin Tizzard far left
Photo Jeannie Knight

The handicap steeplechase of the day was down to a three runner affair and was proved to be an easy task for Neil King’s previous course winner, odds on favourite Southway Star. Ridden by Trevor Whelan the bay mare won by a decisive 18 lengths.

Appropriately the last race, run in darkening conditions was won by a horse called Zero Visibility, trained and ridden by Mrs Alexandra Dunn.

The next meeting at Fontwell Park is on Wednesday November 26.


New Kodiak colt for Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ group

GOODWOOD Racehorse Owners Group, known as GROG, has just launched its next scheme, having bought a bay colt by Kodiac out of Insieme for 40,000 guineas to run under its red and yellow colours as a juvenile next season, to be trained at Angmering Park by William Knight.

The syndicate, which gives up to 175 people at a time the chance to sample racehorse ownership, buys a yearling at the end of each year and has it for two years before selling at the end of its three-year-old campaign.

The new bay colt for 2015 Goodwood Racehorse Owners' Group Photo  by

The new bay colt for 2015 Goodwood Racehorse Owners’ Group
Photo by Bev Downey

The scheme enjoyed considerable success with current three-year-old filly Goodwood Storm,  with a win, one second place and three thirds from ten starts in the past 14 months, delighting members and will now head for the sales, with all profits being divided between members. Her win at Yarmouth will stand her in good stead, for she won easily and this will increase her sale value.

The current two-year-old,  Goodwood Moonlight,  has shown plenty of promise on the gallops and is developing well, despite having had one or two niggly problems en route. Bred by Biddlestone Stud, this son of HH Aga Khan’s Aazmaour, is expected to come into his own on the track as a three-year-old, carrying the familiar red and yellow colours of the GROG group, whose racing manager is Gail Brown.
Goodwood Moonlight - Photo by Bev Downey

Goodwood Moonlight – Photo by Bev Downey

This juvenile did not race until earlier this week,  when he gained valuable experience on the all weather at Kempton, finishing unplaced. Gail said:”He will be a stronger and better horse next year, having been a little immature as a juvenile. He has terrific presence and floats over the ground at home. I am more than happy with him and he could have a bright future.”
Over the years there have been some outstanding success stories for members, with a new horse bought every year for a new membership group.  Last year, dual winner Goodwood Mirage, which raced for the 19th GROG scheme was sold for 380,000 guineas, having been bought just two years earlier for a mere 27,000 guineas.
Gail said: “Our stats are actually very good over 20 years considering we buy one horse a year. Of course when you have a horse you buy for 27,000 guineas and sell for 380,000 guineas, people sit up and take notice. But maintaining that interest is not easy.”
“We put the price up a little but it is still only £960 for a two-year share. That is just to give us a little bit more freedom at the sales.  Richard Frisby and I, who buy the horses, have missed out in the past on some quite nice horses because we didn’t quite have enough to buy them. Having a little more in the budget is no guarantee but can give us a bit more flexibility.
“It is very good value with a lot of racing visits and trips. We had a visit to Crimbourne Stud near Wisborough Green last month and we run trips abroad, too, which we always mix with some sort of quality racing. We went to the Swiss Derby this year and we’re due to go to the Indian Derby in Mumbai next January.”
To find out about shares in the 22nd GROG scheme, visit and look for racehorse ownership, call Goodwood on 01243 755029 or talk to racing manager Gail Brown on 07860 361444.

French flavour promised at Plumpton on Monday

A French flavour will predominate at Plumpton Racecourse’s Pompadour Raceday on Monday, November 17.

This raceday will celebrate the second year of Plumpton’s twinning with French Racecourse, Pompadour. The day will have a French theme, including special options available for diners in the Paddock Restaurant and hospitality suites.

Plenty of top racing action expected at Plumpton

Plenty of top racing action expected at Plumpton

The day’s racing features a quality card of seven races, including a unique Anglo- French Amateur riders race, and the first of Plumpton’s Cheltenham bonus race series, a Novices Steeplechase over two and a half miles.

This exciting bonus initiative, sponsored by horse racing broadcasters SIS, offers the connections of a horse that wins one of five nominated Novices Chases at Plumpton the opportunity to scoop a valuable £60,000 cash bonus if it goes on to win any steeple chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Advance going is now heavy following 20 ml of rain yesterday morning. An outlook for some showers Saturday but drier Sunday, and a dry day currently forecast for racing on Monday..

Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race at 1pm and last at 4pm. Adult admission is £16 All tickets include a free programme and parking.  Children under 18 free and senior concessions for 60 plus on the day with photo ID £12.






Second richest Fontwell race of year on Sunday

A bumper day of racing takes place at Fontwell Park, this Sunday, when the Totepool Southern National is the second richest race of the year at the track, supported by the popular Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy.

There is more than £54,000 in total prize money on the day. Channel 4 Racing will be showing the feature race of the day, which is run over three miles and four furlongs on the only figure of eight track remaining in the country.


For the perfect Sunday out with friends or family,  there will be seven top class races throughout the afternoon Save money in advance with tickets from just £10 if pre-booked by 3pm the day before racing and remember children under 18 go free.

This year’s 13 entries for the Southern National include last year’s winner Boyfromnowhere, trained by Rebecca Curtis, and runner up Adrenalin Flight, who represents Seamus Mullins’ stable. Mick Channon has given Ballypatrick a prep run and this horse finished third on heavy ground to  the useful Wyck Hill at Newcastle last season over a slightly longer trip. He has the assistance of Gavin Sheehan in the saddle

Horses entered in the Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy include Fontwell Park regular Lightentertainment, the Chris Gordon-trained six-year-old has already won twice at Fontwell Park this year, in May and then on his return to the course in October, and was beaten by a nose on his latest outing at Ascot at the beginning of this month.

Salmon Spray Hurdle should be hotly contested

Salmon Spray Challenge Trophy hurdle race should be hotly contested

Also in form Lewes trainer Suzie Smith has entered Azabitmour for the race, with Tom O’Brien riding, and also has entered heavy ground winner Beau Lake.

Edward Arkel, clerk of the course, said: ” The ground is currently heavy. We had 10mm of rain on Tuesday night and the forecast for the rest of the week is unsettled but Sunday is looking dry.”

Racegoers on the day will be treated to a whole host of entertainment, including an interactive military display, and a card seven races which begin at 12.45pm at the only figure of eight jumps track in the country, gates open for general admission at 10.30am.

Snowmane to contest Listed Stakes at Lingfield Park

James Given is set to unleash exciting new recruit Snowmane  in the £45,000 Listed Coral App Download From The App Store Churchill Stakes (3.10pm, 17 entries) at Lingfield Park this Saturday, November 15.

The 10-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic over the same course and distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 3.

Snowmane was purchased for 210,000 guineas on behalf of the Cool Silk Partnership at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses-In-Training Sale on October 28. The three-year-old son of Galileo had been with Ger Lyons in Ireland where he won two of his eight starts, including last time out when storming to a five-length victory in an extended 10-furlong handicap on Polytrack at Dundalk on October 3.

Snowmane now trained by James Given

Snowmane now trained by James Given

Given reported: “Snowmane is an intended runner at Lingfield on Saturday. He has settled in fine and is obviously a gelding so he comes without some of the issues a colt would have.

“He has had one gallop at home for us which went nicely and we are happy with him. It is always nice to get one by Galileo as he is the world’s best sire and they are nice horses.

“I think we will look at a domestic programme with him. He has been bought with the Winter Derby Trial and Winter Derby in mind and then next summer, who knows. One would hope he has the ability to be running in good races maybe abroad but also in this country.”

Trainer James Given

Trainer James Given

The entries also feature Graphic (William Haggas), who captured the Group Three Prix Messidor in July, last year’s Cambridgeshire hero Educate (Ismail Mohammed) and Balmoral Handicap runner-up Maverick Wave  (John Gosden).

Some high-class sprinters could also be on show in the £40,000 Listed Unibet Golden Rose Stakes (2.35pm) over six furlongs, a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 Unibet Sprint over the same distance on All-Weather Championships Finals Day.

Among the 17 entries are Medicean Man (Jeremy Gask), who was fourth to Sole Power in the Group One King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, 2012 Group One Dubai Golden Shaheen Stakes victor Krypton Factor  (George Peckham) and progressive three-year-old Polybius  (David Lanigan).

The seven-race card also features the £19,000 Ladbrokes Handicap (2.00pm) over a mile, which could see the return of Ladbrokes All-Weather Mile third Alfred Hutchinson  (Geoff Oldroyd).



Ivory Lace’s offspring is now racing

WHEN Solveig’s Song made her debut on the all-weather recently at Lingfield Park with jockey Jack Mitchell on board, it was a memorable moment. This bay filly, trained by Steve Woodman at East Lavant, was having an educational first run in a race and many racegoers will have fond memories of  her dam, Ivory Lace.

Solveig's Song, with Jack Mitchell up, on her debut at Lingfield Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

Solveig’s Song, with Jack Mitchell up, on her debut at Lingfield Park Photo: Jeannie Knight

Ivory Lace, also trained by Steve, and like her offspring, owned by Mrs Sally Woodman and Mr D Mortimer, was a favourite with local racegoers, achieving 13 wins and 30 places during her career. These came predominantly on turf, but included some on all-weather.

At Lingfield, Jack Mitchell quipped: ” It’s not the first time I’ve ridden her in a race!”  He had ridden Ivory Lace in her last race when she was pregnant with Solveig’s Song. He had also been the last jockey to win with Ivory Lace in a seven furlong handicap at Brighton.

Brighton had been Ivory Lace’s best track, especially on firm or good to firm ground. Ivory Lace also won at Goodwood where Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley also established a good partnership with her. She was certainly a great flagship horse on the Flat for Steve Woodman’s Parker’s Barn stables at East Lavant.

Solveig Song’s debut outing at Lingfield was an educational run, where she got experience of all-weather racing at the back of the field, and going past other horses. She will be brought on steadily.

She is entered in a Maiden Fillies race at Kempton on the all-weather this evening, (Thursday November 13)  with Jack Mitchell booked to ride again) to gain more experience.