Julia Brooke Racing

Month: August 2021

Glengarry Keeping It Local

The key to Glengarry might just be that he likes to stay close to home as he made the short journey last night to win the penultimate race at Thirsk, and in doing so kept up his record of providing connections with one win per month following on from victories at Redcar in June and Catterick in July!

Stepping back up to a mile, Glen was also going significantly up in grade in this Class 4 (0-80) which was reflected in his SP of 22/1, and it initially looked like he hadn’t done himself any favours against better quality opposition when he slightly fluffed the start.

That said, he was soon into stride and Andrew Mullen had him settled beautifully towards the rear in company with the joint favourite from where they were content to observe the rest of the field of nine runners.

Having bided his time throughout, once in the straight Andrew took Glengarry wide and sent him on with 2f to run whereupon he picked up at a rate of knots! He’d taken 2nd place entering the final furlong and momentum was with him as he continued to finish strongly, with both horse & jockey knowing exactly where the winning post was and when to get there. They passed it a neck in front of the long time leader with the joint favourite a further length or so back in 3rd; this trio having pulled some three & half lengths clear from the rest of the field.

The Glengarry Partnership were out in force to support their horse and hopefully left the Thirsk owners bar with less stock than it had when they arrived….

And April, who led Glengarry up and does all the work with him at home, will also have been especially delighted he won as it will have made leaving her new beagle puppy Belle at home (with Julia puppy-sitting) worthwhile!

Mention too must be given to Fahad who then ran in the last race on the card off top weight (giving up to a stone & half ) and was extremely unlucky not to place when squeezed for room inside the final furlong. He finished 5th by a head but with only one & a half lengths separating the first five in a field of 13 runners over the 1m4f trip.

The Foster’s lovely 4 year old has had a few issues to deal with, and it’s taken time to work out his ground & trip, but recently he has shown real improvement & determination so hopefully his time won’t be too far away.

Photos supplied courtesy of Hannah Ali Photography (official course photographer)

On a final note, huge credit must be given to the ground-staff team at Thirsk as, having raced on soft just a week before, they had done a sterling job of putting the track back to perfect condition for racing last night.


End – 14/08/21


TOWIE for Globetrotter

The only way was indeed Essex for Globetrotter last night as he and Kev had a boys night out at Chelmsford City.

Running in the 0-55 handicap over 1m6f, this was Globetrotter’s 2nd run following a soft palate procedure and the penny had clearly dropped that breathing was good as he ran right through the line in very pleasing fashion.

With 3lb claimer Dylan Hogan taking the ride as a late substitute, the pair travelled comfortably in mid-division of the 9 runners for much of race before making ground from 3f out.

Globetrotter took 2nd place to challenge just over 1f out, and thereafter edged clear to win by 3/4 of a length going away at the line.

This lovely 7 year old hasn’t been without his fragility issues and although he has won over hurdles, this was in fact the first time he’d got his head in front on the flat from a limited number of attempts since joining the yard in 2017. His connections have shown immense patience to give him the time he’s needed and the big chestnut delivered in style for everyone last night.

Special credit must be given to Kev who does all the work with Globetrotter, knows him inside out & absolutely dotes on him.

Mention must also be given to Chelmsford Racecourse who, with it being a night meeting, provided Kev with a room so he could stay over and drive home this morning.

They also however looked after co-owner Shaun Sowray with excellent hospitality and, on discovering that he planned to make the long return journey to North Yorkshire the same night, insisted that he too stayed over and gave him a lovely hotel room as well – above & beyond so a big thank you from us to everyone at Chelmsford City.

Globey preparing to set off for a night out in Essex in his leg warmers (no-one’s told him it’s no longer the 80s….) His tan colour is “au naturale”!

End – 11/08/21


Ready for a new career

We have a lovely horse for sale on behalf of his owners who is ready to try something different to racing, and having started his retraining it has quickly become apparent that he will easily turn his hoof to eventing or show jumping at a decent level!

He is a 6 year old and stands approx. 16.3hh. He is coming out of racing totally sound – it just wasn’t a sport for him, but he has a good brain and is extremely genuine & straightforward.

He is up for sale at £8,000 (ono) at the moment but has such a lovely trainable attitude that we will continue to develop him until he finds his next home.

The attached videos are of his first ever time over show jumps in early July and then his first ever sight of a cross country course this week. There is also a longer video of him show jumping 1m+ indoors available on request.

Please direct any enquiries to Julia on 07776 186581 or jb@juliabrookeracing.com


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