Not much to say about Maraweh's latest performance other than it was slightly better than last time! He won best turned out but he is definately a horse who has lost his mojo and hopefully it will return soon as he is becoming a bit frustrating to watch these days.
Not the best of nights for us at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 16th May which is a shame as we expected so much more. Orioninverness did however run very well and we was all very proud of him just another clumsy mistake at the last fence which cost him possibly from winning again? Maraweh however sulked when not being allowed to run up with the pace and once he was out the back that was his race over. Orioninverness will have the Summer of now and lots to look forward to with him this Autumn/Winter I'm sure. Maraweh needs to be ridden more positvely going forward and up with the pace or no point trying with him? Hopefully he will strike soon at his beloved Perth racecourse.
Maraweh continued his improved start to the season with a fantastic 2nd place at Perth just pipped on the line by a flyer on the stand side. Cameron Wadge was in the saddle for this amateur race and what a great ride he gave Maraweh, you wouldn't think it was only his 2nd race over rules regulations. Maraweh really does look like he has found his mojo again and we could be in for a fantastic season ahead with him at Perth.
Another solid performance from Orioninverness at Hexham on the 23rd April coming home in 3rd place just 8 days after his win at Newcastle.
Orioninverness ran at Newcastle racecourse on Sunday 15th April over 2m 4f on heavy going and came home victorious with a superb 14 length victory. Boris looked stunning beforehand and ran his usual solid race until the last fence in the back straight where he was big and bold an jumped from 4th place into 1st place and ultimately this won him the race. He was very tired as was all his rivals on the brutal going but he plugged on safely over the last few fences to give all the team a great win and a huge pick me up tonic!!! It was well deserved and a great ride by Stephen Mulqueen, TVC has a lot to look forward to in the next few months I'm sure. See Alan Lamb's great video of the win below...
Maraweh ran at Kelso racecourse on Saturday 7th April as a prep run to his season ahead at Perth. With heavy ground and a shorter distance than he normally races against him our boy put up a tremendous effort jumping and travelling superbly throughout his race. Maraweh finished 4th and ran much better than we was all expecting and hopefully he has found his mojo again just in time for a full season at Perth racecourse.
Orioninverness ran at Hexham Thursday 15th March 2018 where he finished in 4th place. Orioninverness also won best turned out again and put in a much better performance than his last run at Newcastle. Boris was in contention but unfortunately got out paced on the run in but this race will have done him the world of good and hopefully he can pick up a win before the season finishes for him.
Orioninverness ran at Newcastle racecourse on Monday 5th February. Struggling to get a run due to the poor Winter weather and abandonments, hopes were high after his very impressive debut back at Ayr in December (despite a fall again at the fence we dont speak about!) Boris was favourite for a wee while but didn't run like he was a favourite as he struggled with the deep ground and made a few bad jumping errors.
Orioninverness is better than this showing and maybe the struggle to get a race for him after his seasonal debut took its toll too? I'm pretty sure we will see Boris back in the winners enclosure sooner rather than later.
Orioninverness ran at Ayr racecourse on Friday 22nd of December where he unfortunately met his nemesis again THE 3RD LAST FENCE! Boris jumped superbly all the way round until that mishap again and he was bang in contention to run a big race. OrionInverness looks like he has made some improvement and I can see an exciting few months ahead for him and TVC.
Maraweh returned to Musselburgh on Thursday 30th November to see if he could make ammends for his disappointing last run there! Under top weight Maraweh definitely ran much better this time but still came home a disappointing 5th of 9 runners. Maraweh should be much fitter and sharper now,so maybe we will see the true Maraweh return to the winners enclosure real soon?
Maraweh returned to racing at Musselburgh racecourse on Wednesday 8th November 2017 after a spell out through injury. We always knew he would need the run and this is pretty much how it panned out with Maraweh finishing last of the 9 runners although he plugged on well and seemed to be enjoying himself. He won best turned out and I'm sure we will see a very competitive Maraweh in his next few races.
Devito'sgoldengirl ran at Perth racecourse on Sunday 16th July for her 2nd time in 10 days for TVC. This time she was running over 2 miles but had a hood on which definitely made a difference as DGG looked more relaxed, made steady progress and improved greatly from her first run. DGG is a fine jumper and she will surely make even more progress in her next few runs and I can see TVC on the winners podium again in the near future.
Devito'sgoldengirl made her debut for TVC on Thursday 6th July 2017 at Perth racecourse over a trip of 2m 4f and hurdles. She finished 6th of 12 and is definitely work in progress for us. I think we will see a different horse next time out wearing her hood and ridden more prominently, so lots to look forward to with Devito'sgoldengirl.
So where did the name Devito'sgoldengirl come from? Well it appears that the previous owner had the nickname of Danny Devito and because her sire is Gold Well this is the result. Many thanks to previous trainer Shane Byrne for the information.
This is our new leased horse till the end of September whilst Maraweh recovers from his injury. DGG welcome to our club TVC and let's hope we have some fun together.
Maraweh ran at Perth racecourse on Thursday 27th April which was his first run of the season. Maraweh won best turned out which is something he normally doesn't win but he normally wears a visor so maybe that is why? Maraweh jumped and travelled well throughout his race but he blew up after the third last and came home in last place. This must be down to a lack of a run before Perth. Maraweh will be back at Perth in May and will definitely be fitter and ready to go.
Orioninverness returned to Hexham racecourse on Tuesday 25th April to see if he could repeat his success from last time there.
Orioninverness was upped in trip to 3 miles and started off as favourite for this race but he could only manage to come home in 4th place, which in all fairness was a good effort on ground far from ideal. Orioninverness is developing into a nice racehorse now and good times ahead for Boris and all club members in the Autumn and winter on softer ground for sure.
What a lovely morning we had at our annual stable visit at Arlary with over 70 members and guests enjoying a parade of horses from not only our club but the County Set syndicates too. Maraweh, Orioninverness and our old boy and legend Prosecco all looked fantastic as did the County Set string, but the best was saved for last as the mighty One for Arthur and 2017 Grand National winner paraded before us and posed for many pictures. This was a lovely gesture by Lucinda and Scu to let TVC be apart of the most incredible story in racing for a long time. All of us at TVC are very proud to be apart of the fantastic set up which is Lucinda Russell Racing, the dream came true and One for Arthur won the Grand National and our very own dreams may come true one day also? A superb morning and lots to look forward to in the near future for TVC, and the gin bar went down a storm...Cheers
Alan Lamb has kindly copied the official DVD of Boris's first win for the club at Hexham racecourse for us all to see...many thanks Alan.
Tuesday 28th March 2017
This is probably a headline you never thought you'd see? Orioninverness wins at Hexham?! But it's true and your not dreaming...we was all guessing what disguise George would turn up in? but as it turns out it wasn't George but Boris who turned up in disguise as he looked a totally different horse and jumped like an old pro to win his first race for us at a glorious Hexham.
Quite a bit of money was put down on Orioninverness to win for us on his 12th attempt at Hexham and he duly obliged landing the late gamble in I have to say fine style. Stephen Mulqueen gave him a lovely ride and I don't think I've ever seen Boris travel so well. Hexham looks to have really suited Boris along with ground he likes and a very good handicap mark it made for an exceptional day for all of us.
It has been a long time in coming but we have always maintained that with a bit of luck and a clear round Boris is capable of winning like this so well done Boris you deserve your moment of glory.
Orioninverness ran at Carlisle on Monday 20th February 2017 over hurdles (3m 1f)
Overall it was a slightly improved performance but this was his 11th run for the club and we still await his first win.
Boris will probably have 2 more runs over hurdles before a wind operation and a summer at grass to finish strengthening, then back to jumping fences in the Autumn.
Orioninverness is definitely a chaser and I think if all goes well for him between now and the Autumn we could well see his true potential as a staying chaser.
Maraweh is back and means business!!! Many thanks to Alan Lamb for this awesome video... Maraweh looks tremendous and roll on Perth.
Orioninverness ran at Carlisle racecourse on Wednesday 8th February back over fences and a trip of 3 miles. Unfortunately Boris blundered away his chance of being in the winners enclosure when he clattered through the 12th fence and nearly came down. To his credit he didn't and he did finish the race albeit last of the 8 to finish.
We have to take some positives out of this race the fact he didn't fall when he crashed through the fence, at the start he was much closer to the pace than normal, he looked fantastic and Derek remains positive about him making a chaser. Boris probably isn't strong enough right now for 3 mile chases so will probably revert back to hurdles over less of a trip? He is only 6 so plenty of time for him to learn the game and I'm convinced we will see him win sooner rather than later.
Orioninverness returned to Ayr racecourse on Tuesday 17th January to have his first run over 3 miles and he was back over hurdles not fences.
The main aim of the run was to see if his wind was any better? And to see if he could stay 3 miles? Plus give him a little confidence boost by giving him a clear round over easier obstacles.
Was it job done? Not entirely sure as instead of a steady pace being set there was a runaway leader and Orioninverness was taken out of his comfort zone early and never really got into the race. Orioninverness did jump well and he finished the race unlike 3 others so I guess he stayed but his wind issue although better still remains.
I still think that Orioninverness will get a race when everything goes right for him for a change and he will win and indeed stay another day.
Groundhog day is a situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way...well this is what happened at Ayr racecourse on Monday 5th December.
Just like in his last race at Ayr in November Orioninverness ran exactly the same race and again was staying on around the final bend and yet again looked all over that he would be placed or even win? but disaster struck again at what is becoming TVC's nemesis...the 3rd last fence! and Boris fell but thankfully both horse and jockey are fine.
It has been decided that Boris will now have a small wind operation and will return to racing in January but maybe over some easier fences at another racecourse.
See Alan's video of the day below...
Orioninverness ran at Ayr racecourse on Wednesday 9th November and he really did show his true mettle. Boris was up with the pace initially at the start but began to slowly drift back through the field although jumping well. Boris showed though what we was hoping he would be...a stayer and he started to pick off the other horses one by one and coming to the third last fence he was poised to take second place but disaster struck and he crumpled on landing after slightly brushing the top of the fence. Thankfully both Boris and Derek were up straight away but without doubt Boris proved to us all that he is a stayer and he will only get better over further and on softer ground.
See Alan Lambs video of the day below and how unlucky Boris was not to be in the winners enclosure.
Orioninveress ran at Perth racecourse on Thursday 22nd September making his debut over fences. Unfortunately he was outclassed straight from the start and pulled up after he had done a circuit. Plenty of time for Boris to give us all a true showing probably on a wet and windy day at Ayr? Fingers crossed.
Maraweh ran again at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 21st September this time up in class to a grade 3. He just got out classed at the end of his race but still came home in a fine 6th place. Maraweh has again ran with great credit this season at Perth and has given all of us some great days racing, running on 4 occasions winning 1 and a 3rd being his highlights.
Maraweh ran at Perth on Tuesday 26th July 2016 on a wet summers evening but the 30 odd members who turned up to see Maraweh run we're treated to a very good performance from Maraweh as he came home a very gallant third on ground that he simply just doesn't like. Maraweh looked fantastic again and was ridden by a new jockey on the evening the young Mr Harry reed who without doubt tried his best to get Maraweh competitive but the ground was just to soggy and this 3rd place was a great effort by Harry and Maraweh.
Maraweh ran at Perth Racecourse on Wednesday 29th June 2016 looking for his 6th win in 9 races. A good turnout by members into the mid thirties enjoyed a pleasant afternoon of racing and we were all very impressed with how well Maraweh looked. Sadly though the ground was just a bit to much on the soft side for our hero and despite him jumping well and travelling well throughout the race he just didnt have enough left at the end to grab a place. Maraweh will definately have his day again back on his favoured good ground.
Maraweh won again for the 5th time in 10 months and gave all TVC members a most memorable night, this time at his beloved Perth racecourse on Wednesday 11th may 2015. Maraweh looked perfect in the parade ring and had the perfect conditions underfoot but did have top weight of 11 stone 12lbs to carry, but he took his form to a new level with an outstanding win, jumping and travelling probably the best he ever has.
Lucinda, Scu, Derek and El have to take massive credit for the work done with Maraweh as he is now a horse to be reckoned with and his story is truly unbelievable and only just the start of things I reckon? The buzz amongst our club right now is amazing as Maraweh has become a star and is slowly becoming a legend and I am going to share El's quote to end this report "Rock on the Maraweh!"
Maraweh made his first seasonal appearance of 2016 at Perth racecourse on Friday 22nd April over 3m 3f. Maraweh looked fantastic as usual and ran a very solid and encouraging race finishing 3rd over a distance probably just a bit too far? But he will definitely come on for the run. I am sure Maraweh is going to give us some good days again this season and I can taste the champagne already :-)
It was our stable visit on Sunday 27th March at Kilduff where TVC members and guests had the chance to watch Maraweh and Boris work with a few other horses from the stable. We also had bacon sandwiches and coffee whilst we chatted and met more horses.
Many thanks to Lucinda & Scu and all the staff who made us feel very welcome as it was a superb day.
I will add pictures from the day to our gallery asap!
OrionInverness continued his education at Newcastle racecourse on Saturday 19th March where he won best turned out but sadly that was as good as it got for Boris. Stepping up in trip and into handicap company Boris travelled well and jumped well but when asked for more in the final straight 3 out he just didn't have anything to give and came home in a disappointing 6th place.
Boris continued his education with a fine 3rd place at Ayr Racecourse on Monday 29th February in a maiden hurdle over a shorter trip of 2 miles this time. Peter Buchannan took the ride again and guided Boris home for a sensible 3rd place to give him another visit to the winners enclosure (2 in 2 over hurdles) and without doubt Boris will be a future staying chaser for TVC. Boris is shaping up nicely for us now and we are all looking forward to watching Boris progress even further in the near future.
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Orioninverness made his hurdles debut at Ayr racecourse on Tuesday 19th January 2016 where he finished his race in a fine 4th place and made his first visit to the winners enclosure!!! Ridden soundly by Peter Buchannan "Boris" jumped and travelled well throughout his race although still Green at times. "Boris" will have gained some valuable experience from this race and we may just have a horse who can fill Prosecco's boots?...fingers crossed.
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Orioninverness took the Racecourse for only his second time at Ayr on Saturday 2nd January. Looking race fit and as calm as ever the hope was he would benefit from his first run and come on for us. Boris came home in 7th place and didn't really improve on his first run like expected but his jockey Grant said he was not sure if the ground suited him and that he needed a stiffer test of stamina. Another good educational run for Boris though as he starts his journey to be hopefully a decent chaser for us
A pretty disappointing performance from Maraweh at Musselburgh on New Years day watched on by a record club away day attendance from club members of 30. Maraweh looked really well and Lucinda and her team was confident he could handle his extra weight burden! But it wasn't to be and unfortunately he came home in last place. After the race Derek Fox said he ran like a tired horse, deserved a break and would need some respite from the handicapper. Maraweh has been a star this season and not one of us in our wildest dreams could have seen him winning four times in a season WELL DONE MARAWEH, ENJOY YOUR BREAK AS YOU DESERVE IT :-)
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Maraweh returned to action again on Monday 7th December to record his fourth win of the season as he carried out a demolition job on his rivals at a very soggy Musselburgh. The going was officially soft and was not ideal for Maraweh but he battled his way to a most impressive 10 length victory and this was without doubt his best performance to date. Derek Fox gave Maraweh another superb ride and our heroes returned to a very loud and excited winners enclosure as all attending TVC members made themselves heard on what was yet another remarkable day in this fantastic season for Maraweh, TVC and the Lucinda Russell team. HAPPY DAYS!
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Alan Lamb has produced the goods again with this superb footage of Maraweh's treble win at Musselburgh Racecourse on Thursday 5th November.