Julia Brooke Racing

Month: February 2018

Once Upon A Time at Wetherby

No-one could ever accuse Hazy Manor of being a drama queen but she seemed determined to play the lead in her own, slightly back to front, version of a well know fairytale in the 2m3f Novice Hurdle at Wetherby on Tuesday, when she arrived at the course only to find she had lost a shoe!

Having left home with it on, it was easily located in the horsebox and the racecourse farrier was able to refit the shoe thus enabling Hazy “Cinderella” Manor to still go to the Ball.

Partnered up with Henry “Prince Charming” Brooke (he’s been called worse…) the fairytale looked like veering a little off course when Hazy initially raced very keenly, but having hit the 3rd, she then settled and her jumping just got better and better. Henry gradually put her into the race and as others began to struggle she was still travelling strongly turning in.

Although just beaten for 3rd, and only 7 1/4 lengths off the winner, the front four were some 32 lengths ahead of the rest of the field. Still only four years old and having just her third run over hurdles, this was her first time in novice company – and having now been placed on all three occasions this was arguably her best performance.

We can’t wait to move into handicap company with her  in the coming months. Hazy even earned the accolade of “eye catcher” in the Racing Post performance summary, so a happy ending for all concerned.

Wetherby - going to the start 20-02-18                          Wetherby 4th 20-02-18

Having had plenty of time to think about it in the stable beforehand, it was then the turn of More Madness to decide what sort of mood he was in for the 3m, 0-115 handicap chase……and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

Again, under Henry, he raced handily before joining the leader at the 5th fence. He then took it up from the 7th and was only headed at the fourth last. His jumping was exemplary and he raced throughout with plenty of enthusiasm. Despite not quite being able to stay with the front two in the closing stages, and having drawn a distance clear of the rest of the field, Madness bravely belied his comparatively lowly rating and was only beaten 10 lengths in 3rd.

In the absence of Hazy Manor’s owner, the Brough Farm Racing Partnership were out in force to support both horses, and with two trips into the winners enclosure, it was a great day all round.

Wetherby - in action 20-02-18       Wetherby 3rd 20-02-18

Action photos supplied by kind courtesy of Alan Wright of Official Photographers




Qatar Royalty

We are privileged to have our first runner in Qatar this Saturday when Caspian Prince lines up at Doha in the Group 3 Dukhan Sprint over 6f.

Having recently been sent the 9 year old by owner Stephen Louch, the horse travelled out well and was enjoying a light canter yesterday.

Assistant Trainer, Danny Brooke, flies out tomorrow to meet up with the travelling team and supervise events on Saturday.

Best of luck to Caspian Prince and all connections.

Caspian Prince entryCaspian Prince working Qatar


Hazy Shade of Winter

Everyone was absolutely delighted when Hazy Manor ran her best race to date, finishing second in a decent juvenile hurdle at Catterick last week and finally repaying the long held faith in her, not least by that of her Owner who has shown immense patience and commitment.

On just her second start over hurdles, she was held up by jockey Henry Brooke before making headway from three out. Hazy then picked off all but the winner, taking second place after the last and running on well to the line.

The fluency of her jumping was particularly pleasing, as was the way she settled in a first time hood.

Whilst she hasn’t necessarily performed to expectations on the flat, that’s two places from two over hurdles and we look forward to seeing her out again soon.

Copt Hill continued his steady improvement in form with a very pleasing 4th place  at the same meeting in the 2m3f, 0-100 handicap hurdle. A normally solid jumper, Ross Chapman had to sit a couple of uncharacteristically erratic jumps from Copt Hill which cost him his early prominent position but nonetheless the partnership demonstrated a strong resolve to not let this affect them and were unfortunate to be beaten just 1/2 a length for 3rd.

Finally, the yard this week bid a fond farewell to Anginola who has been running in the colours of the Brough Farm Racing Partnership for Guy & Lyn Cattell & family. Angi is a really game little mare who never not tried and was placed a number of times without actually managing to get what would have been a deserved win for her owners and the yard. She retired sound and is heading off to stud in Ireland where, we have no doubt, she will make a fantastic mother.


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