Three winners in three days!

Winners aren’t normally like buses, but in this case three did in fact turn up at more or less the same time!

Just after we sent out our first newsletter of 2017, on Wednesday 1st Feb, Elusive Olivia managed to get us off the mark for the year by getting her nose in front at Newcastle. She was our first runner at the track and we were pleased that the long journey proved worthwhile. This was only her second run, her first as a three-year-old, so we are looking forward to seeing further improvement from her over the course of the year.
We also took Spin Top along to Newcastle and were pleased that he ran creditably to finish 4th, beaten just a couple of lengths.

Next up was one of the yard favourites, Zipedeedodah, who put his 5f Handicap at Chelmsford to bed pretty decisively. An impressive performance from the little horse who has now notched up six victories for his owners D M Synergy & Mark Wellbelove.

Making up the trio of winners was three-year-old colt Dark Destroyer. He went to Kempton with a strong chance and did not disappoint, winning by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths.

Next out is Who Told Jo Jo at Kempton on Wednesday 8th Feb. Keep an eye on all our latest entries here.

Posh puts us on track as we gear up for summer

Shortly after we sent out our last newsletter in February avid Tuite Racing followers will have noticed that Pink Martini won another race for us at Lingfield, a track she seems to have taken a shine to. Following that success though we had a pretty frustrating time, with our horses running well and finishing in the placings, but just missing out on first spot.

Posh Bounty BathIt was, however, Posh Bounty – arguably one of the most improved horses-in-training here at Felstead Court Stables – who saved the day. First with a win at Doncaster in mid-April, then again at Bath just last week (pictured). What made her last win even more special was the fact that she provided our apprentice, Sean Mooney, with his first ever winner. A great and long-awaited victory for Sean, all of us at Felstead Court are absolutely delighted for him.

Aside from our heroine, Posh, we’ve had a number of near misses over the last couple of months. One of the most unlucky horses during this period has to have been Red Hot Chilly who, out of five runs, has finished second on three occasions. He’s been showing signs of improvement with each run, so it surely can’t be too long before he and his owners are rewarded with first place.

Other notable placings from our older horses have come from Start Seven, Waseem Faris, Fast Dancer, Ceyhan and Cincuenta Pasos. They are all in good form and it would be no surprise to see any of them in the Winners’ Enclosure in the not too distant future.

Moving on from the older recruits on the yard, we’ve also now had a handful of two-year-old runners. These youngsters really are filling the yard with much excitement, with commendable efforts from the Foxwedge colt Dontforgettocall, and the Zebedee colt Zebspear being topped off with a hugely exciting second place at Chester from Madam Dancealot, a filly by one of the leading two-year-old sires for this year, Sir Prancealot.S Brown & J Egan

The filly was our first runner for new owner Stewart Brown (pictured with jockey John Egan), and we are delighted that he has such an exciting prospect for the season. Madam Dancealot’s second place form was further franked at the weekend with the winner hosing up in a valuable Class 2 race at Newbury, and the fourth placed horse (3 lengths behind us at Chester), winning a Listed contest at York. It is now likely that Madam Dancealot will head to Royal Ascot, with possibly another run beforehand.

With more two-year-olds soon to make their racecourse debuts, we head into summer full of hope and in anticipation of greater success to come.

A successful Lambourn Open Day

Thank you to all those that took the time to come and visit us at Felstead Court Stables on Good Friday. It was great to see so many new faces (and the regulars of course!) and the horses all seemed to enjoy the extra attention and all the extra carrots!

On Saturday we received a very kind email from a couple of visitors to the Open Day – thank you Russell and Joanne, we are very appreciative of your kind words.

Dear Joe and team,

Just wanted to say that after an awesome time at the Lambourn Open Day, there was one yard that really stood out amongst the sixteen we visited – and that was yours.  Your staff went out of the way to welcome us personally, guided us around the yard with a smile and showed genuine enthusiasm that we were taking an interest.  We spent a significant amount of time with your head lad who showed off Litigant and his pick of your two year olds; he really made the day for us.

Compared to some of the other yards we had a look round, yours was by far the best presented and best staffed, and we strongly hope you won the best stable competition yesterday and that you get a whole host of new owners in too.

Wishing you all the best for the season ahead, and really looking forward to seeing Litigant pick off the field in the Irish St Ledger – we’re certainly believers!!

Kind regards,

Russell and Joanne

Sadly we did not win the Best Stable competition – but there is always next year!

Preparing in earnest for the season ahead

Litigant wins the Ebor after a long lay-off

Litigant wins the Ebor after a long lay-off

Our success with Litigant (pictured) during 2015 has been well documented in the racing press, with his wins in both the Ebor and the November Handicap providing such a highlight to a wonderful first season at Felstead Court Stables in Lambourn. However, we did achieve another 16 winners on top of those two high-profile victories.

Some standout performances of 2015 were those of Field of Vision, whom you can read more about below; Cincuenta Pasos (winner of three races during 2015, including a Class 4 Handicap at Newmarket); Fast Dancer (winner of two races during 2015, including a Class 4 Handicap at Chester, plus further placed efforts at Chester and Wolverhampton) and Just Emma (winner of her Maiden at Brighton before being placed in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day). To add to these sterling efforts, Bohemian Rhapsody became our first ever runner, and winner, over hurdles. 

Some standout performances of 2015 were those of Field of Vision, whom you can read more about below; Cincuenta Pasos (winner of three races during 2015, including a Class 4 Handicap at Newmarket); Fast Dancer (winner of two races during 2015, including a Class 4 Handicap at Chester, plus further placed efforts at Chester and Wolverhampton) and Just Emma (winner of her Maiden at Brighton before being placed in the Listed Woodcote Stakes at Epsom on Derby day). To add to these sterling efforts, Bohemian Rhapsody became our first ever runner, and winner, over hurdles. 

John Egan drives Pink Martini out clear at Lingfield

John Egan drives Pink Martini out clear at Lingfield

Since the turn of the New Year we have had several runners on the all-weather, 13 to be precise, with one winner and another eight finishing in the first four. Pink Martini (pictured), a three year-old Tagula filly owned by the Pulse.Aero Partnership, provided our first win of 2016 when scooting four lengths clear of her rivals in a Maiden at Lingfield. Congratulations go to all of her connections.

As well as continuing to run horses in suitable races on the all-weather, preparations are being made in earnest for the impending Flat turf season. We have been busy educating a draft of fresh-faced two-year-olds for the start of their careers as racehorses (see this short video online), whilst also welcoming back some of our more seasoned campaigners as they return from their winter breaks. In addition to the influx of horses arriving at the yard, another new and exciting development at Felstead Court is the recent completion of eight loose boxes. The boxes have been erected to cater for the increase in numbers, and horses were queuing up to be the first in almost as soon as the last screw was being tightened! With enough stabling for up to 35 horses we are now busier than ever, but we are looking forward with great anticipation to all the excitement that 2016 has to offer. Topping 2015 will be no easy feat, but you bet we are going to try.

Capping off the Flat turf season in style

Saturday 7th November marked the final day of racing on the turf for this Flat season, and a fine season it has been for us here at Tuite Racing.

After our French disappointment where we had to withdraw Litigant from the Prix du Cadran due to quickening ground, and a run at Ascot that just didn’t go to plan, we couldn’t have been more delighted to see our stable star coast home in yet another competitive handicap – the November Handicap at Doncaster.

He won the race like the class horse that he is, cementing our belief (as if we needed it cementing any more!) that he is a true contender for the big Cup races next year.

See the Racing Post’s coverage of the win below…

Doncaster romp caps fine season for Litigant

Litigant Nov HcapRacing Post – 7th Nov 2015

TRAINER Joseph Tuite is planning a campaign in top staying races for Litigant next season as his stable star capped a remarkable season with an emphatic victory in the Betfred November Handicap at Doncaster.

The seven-year-old travelled strongly throughout the 1m4f contest and proved he is far too good for handicap company by running away with the 22-runner event, winning by an eased-down four lengths.

It was a second victory in a major handicap this season for Litigant, who returned from an absence of over a year to win the Betfred Ebor at York in August.

Litigant was winning for the second time in three races for Tuite, with his only below-par effort coming when he was ninth in the Qipco Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day last time out.

Tuite said: “He won the Ebor after 400 days off and he could only improve. He came out of that race like a bear. Things didn’t go right for him last time at Ascot last time, but he’s shown today what a serious horse he is.”

Lambourn-based Tuite cannot wait to see Litigant return next year, with a tilt at the Betway Yorkshire Cup at York in May a possible first target.

“I am very lucky to have him and that’s it now for this year,” Tuite added. “Next season we’ll go down the Cup route with him and may start him off at York in May.”

 

To cap off an already great day, Cincuenta Pasos then signed off his turf campaign for this year by running a great race to finish third in a competitive 22-runner apprentice race.

We did it – Litigant defies long absence to win the Ebor!

 

LitigantExcitement, shock, disbelief and pride – just a smattering of feelings that we have all experienced here at Tuite Racing over the past 24 hours, since our Litigant won the Betfred Ebor at York.

This race has been the aim since late spring, when we finally felt like we were getting somewhere with Tony Byrne’s fragile, but incredibly talented horse. Litigant came to us as a 6 year-old at the tail end of last year carrying with him a lightweight, but impressive book of form. A winner of 5 races and over £150,000 prize-money, we obviously welcomed him with open arms and we quickly realised we had something special on our hands, if only we could get him right.

There have been times earlier in the year when we’ve felt he was close to being ready then again another problem would strike, his legs would flare up, he’d pull out lame and we’d scratch our heads and go right back to square one. That piece of work with George Baker in May really was the turning point, from then all we were able to think about was the Ebor, it was an obsession, an obsession which made any little hiccups in his training routine ten times more frustrating than they were before.

Yesterday is a blur, we are still watching the replay over and over again – each time he looks like he is travelling better and winning easier! It’s just wonderful to watch and so obvious to see how he relished being back at the races.

It’s been incredibly tough, but we are elated that we managed to pull off our grand plan. Seeing him trot up sound with ears pricked this morning really was the icing on top of a very sweet cake!

As for what’s next – we have a few options to consider. There is the Prix Du Cadran at Longchamp on Arc day then obviously we have Champions Day back on home turf a couple of weeks after that. There’s also the option of supplementing him for the Irish St. Leger. But at the moment we are still getting our heads around the fact that we’ve landed the Ebor, so we’ll enjoy that for a few days then have a think about where to go next.

Before we sign off, a big THANK YOU to all the well wishers – we have been overwhelmed by all of the kind messages from the racing community and beyond. Also massive thanks to every single person who has been involved in getting this horse ready, there are too many to name but special thanks go to:
All of the staff at Tuite Racing, headed by Chris Martin – Nora, Sean, Char, Singh, Tammy and Beany.
George Baker
Oisin Murphy
and last but certainly not least, Tony Byrne – for keeping the faith!

 

 

New yard for the new season!

Felstead CourtIt’s been an incredibly busy few months at Tuite Racing, not only have we moved to new premises in Lambourn, but we’ve also been welcoming some exciting new horses to the yard. Take a look at the Our Horses page for details.

It became increasingly important to move to a larger premises as we started to take on more horses. Felstead Court Stables offers fantastic facilities for our 27-strong string. Take a look at the Our Yard page to find out more.

We’ll be posting again soon with news of our upcoming runners, until then we are looking forward to welcoming members of the public to Felstead Court Stables tomorrow as part of the Betfair Lambourn Open Day.

Prince of Poets becomes 20th winner of the year!

We are delighted to have had our 20th winner of the year today with Prince of Poets. The Byron gelding made all on his first racecourse outing to land the Junior Bumper at Lingfield today under Sam Twiston-Davies.
It’s been a great year – in fact it’s been our best yet! Long may the success continue!

Presburg wins at Sandown!

Horse Racing - Coral-Eclipse Summer Festival - Ladies Day - Sandown ParkThe yard is buzzing in the wake of Presburg’s latest win at Sandown (pictured) on Friday (4th July). The race was the horse’s fifth win to date, and by far his most impressive as he swooped from last to first to take the Class 3 Handicap by a smooth 2 1/4 lengths. Not only did he manage to win the race, but he also scooped the best turned out prize with his USA themed quarter marks (it was 4th July, remember!).

Of course for Presburg’s jockey Oisin Murphy there was further cause for celebration as the win was his last as an apprentice. Oisin has had a fair few rides for us already this season, and had won on Presburg twice before Friday, so we were all delighted for him – click here to read the Racing Post’s coverage of the milestone win.

Flashy Queen on the other hand ran a rather disappointing race the following day at Haydock… She’ll have a short break now before coming back to make the most of her preferred soft ground towards the end of the summer.