06 Jan December 2014
Ben, and everyone at Castle Hill Stables, send their very best wishes to all our owners (past, present and prospective!) for a very happy Christmas and a successful and profitable New Year.
With 16 wins in 2014 this has been our most successful year to date — let’s all hope we can share in another record-breaking year in 2015 !
Diaktoros returns to form with yet another second place in Southwell bumper
First out in the final month of 2014 is Diaktoros, a 4 year old owned by Sotirios Hassiakos and Sir Alex Ferguson, who contests a 2 mile National Hunt Flat Race at Southwell on December 2nd, ridden by A P McCoy. Diaktoros is with the leaders for much of the race and goes second a furlong out after which he runs on at one pace and has to settle for second place to a well-regarded winner.
Frustratingly this is the 3rd time in his 4 races to date that Diaktoros has finished 2nd and he still awaits that elusive first victory. This was a very good run though, and against decent opposition, but as it was his 4th run in a bumper, the maximum permitted, Ben is likely to switch Diaktorosto hurdling for his next race. Ben is looking forward to to seeing Diaktoros jump in public as he has already schooled well at home.
Ben welcomes 2 two year olds to Castle Hill Stables
Ben is pleased to have taken delivery of 2 more horses to train at Castle Hill Stables. Bounty’s Spirit ( by Bahamian Bounty ) and Spirit Of Arakan ( by Arakan ) are both 2 year olds, previously trained at Newmarket, though neither has yet run. The horses are owned by Lynn Douglas and Gary Walker, as The Trojan Horse Partnership. Lynn and Gary previously had shares in Fugleman who won his only race for Ben at Carlisle in June 2014 before being sold to continue his racing career in Qatar.
We are delighted to have Lynn and Gary back on board at Castle Hill Stables and wish them every success with Bounty’s Spirit and Spirit Of Arakan. Ben does not expect to see either horse on a racecourse until the start of the 2015 Flat season starting in March.
Our very healthy stats ( Flat and Jumps ) for the calendar year 2014 read as follows:
Wins 2nd 3rd 4th Total Runners % Win % Win & Place
Flat 10 1 4 1 37 27% 43%
Jumps 6 3 5 1 29 21% 52%
Total 16 4 9 2 66 24% 47%