17-05-2022 16:13:44 in General by Admin
What a start it has been to the 2022-23 jumps season as we are only halfway through May and we have already celebrated seven winners! On top of those, there have been more winners in Jersey.  Long-time supporter of the yard, Mike Burbidge, loves to have runners over there in the summer and we have made a flying start to their summer season with most of the runners that have gone over, coming...

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28-04-2022 15:34:17 in General by Admin
We managed to record five more winners before the official end of the Jumps Season last weekend.  To be strictly accurate it was five more wins as opposed to winners as they were delivered by three horses, with Maliboo and Sainte Doctor winning twice each. Sainte Doctor got the ball rolling back on the 29th of March when recording a comfortable win at Uttoxeter with Richie McLernon, (re...

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28-03-2022 15:56:32 in General by Admin
So Cheltenham 2022 is behind us! It was great to see the crowds back at the track which generated a great atmosphere. From the very first race on Tuesday, when Constitution Hill delivered a monster performance in the Supreme Novices Hurdle, to the last race on Friday, which completed a 100% Friday win record for Irish-trained runners, we had brilliant performances and great stories. Fan-favouri...

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05-03-2022 14:51:50 in General by Admin
February started with one of those frustrating runs when all the horses that run well seem to finish 2nd! It was not until the middle of the month when we were able to celebrate another winner which came when Chinwag recorded a win in a novice handicap chase at Plumpton.  Sam Twiston-Davies was in the saddle for this win.  Chinwag has now won six of his seventeen stars, so he has certai...

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14-02-2022 13:12:47 in General by Admin
Times when the horses are running well, but not winning, makes the times when they do get their heads in front even sweeter. February has seen two more winners, but in the last week, four more have finished 2nd and it would be great to see the good runs rewarded with a winner or two soon. Rock on Rita did win for the yard back on 1st February at Ffos Las.  She is owned by JP McManus and his ...

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01-02-2022 15:07:08 in General by Admin
It took a while but we are back in amongst the winners.  You often read in the press about a yard being in form or out of form, but it is the same horses trained in the same way.  That being said, the winners can sometimes seem to come in clusters! It was therefore great to end a run of 17 runners and 19 days between Heavey winning at Wincanton and the yard recording another winner.&nbs...

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09-01-2022 13:57:18 in General by Admin
Happy New Year from everyone at Conkwell Lodge. We hope that you had a happy and healthy festive break and that you have enjoyed all the high-class racing that we have seen in the last couple of weeks. The winter weather has really kicked in with soft ground everywhere at the moment and a lot of rain in the last few days.  Watching the racing on TV was pretty bleak yesterday, so you can onl...

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20-12-2021 15:00:28 in General by Admin
There are just a couple of days until horse racing takes a three-day festive break, with the action back on Boxing Day with several cards and the King George at Kempton.  There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment around the possibility of further restrictions which could limit racecourse attendance.  Hopefully, that will not be necessary, but if you cannot get to a racecourse for whate...

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07-12-2021 12:08:28 in General by Admin
It took a while but the winter weather seems to be finally kicking in with the first couple of frosts and a gradual move to seeing the word “soft” starting to crop up in going descriptions.  There have been several big meetings around the country notably at Cheltenham, Haydock and Newbury last month and many of the jumping stars from the UK and Ireland have been seen on the raceco...

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07-11-2021 12:22:13 in General by Admin
The national hunt season is hitting full swing and the transition from summer jumps to winter action did not seem to halt the momentum of the yard and we have celebrated numerous winners in recent weeks. September started with a smooth success from Frau Georgia who pulled clear to win well at Perth and later the same day, we recorded a double when Renegade Arrow won what looked to be a very decen...

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