Not a great start to 2020 for Orioninverness and TVC as our boy pulled up two out at Newcastle racecourse on Saturday 4th January.
Borris has lost his form that's for sure and quite obviously something is bothering him, but we need to keep the faith and hopefully he can return to form as quick as he has lost his form.
Touchedbyanangel ran at Musselburgh racecourse on Wednesday 6th November.
Angel was running a good race until something went wrong before the last fence and Stephen wisely pulled him up. Angel knocked the inside of his canon and will hopefully be back out soon but we may have trouble finding ideal ground for him now.
Orioninverness ran at Ayr racecourse on Monday 28th October.
Borris was stepping up to 3 miles from his normal 2m 4f but unfortunately he got tired coming around the final bend and he looked a very tired horse jumping the last few fences in the home straight. Borris ran his usual sound, honest race giving his best as always but it was definately the 3 mile trip that caught him out this time and I'm sure we will see him back to his best over 2m 4f next time out.
Many thanks to Alan and Carol Lamb for the lovely video footage below of Maraweh in his new home. He looks so settled and Alison his new owner is really looking after him well. Thank you Alison.
Orioninverness ran at Hexham racecourse on Friday 4th October where he came home in a fine 2nd place.
Borris ran a super race under top weight and on heavy ground to just go down by a length to the winner. This was his first run back after a break and he showed us all what a brave, genuine and honest horse he really is.
Borris jumped well in the main and will no doubt come on for this run but we could do with the handicapper helping us out a liitle bit!! Lots to look forward to this Autumn/Winter with Borris.
Touchedbyanangel ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 25th September where he came home 5th.
Racing on ground again probably not ideal for him and over an extra 4 furlongs was just a bit to much for Angel although he ran and jumped really well.
Back to 2 miles next time and hopefully good ground should see Angel more competitive and he will be winning again soon for sure.
Touchedbyanangel ran at Perth racecourse on Monday 9th September 2019 where he came back to form with a fine 2nd place.
Racing on ground probably not ideal for him he jumped and travelled well again with Stephen Mulqueen giving him a nice ride but Angel carrying top weight just found the bottom weight a bit to good for him.
Nevertheless this was significant improvement from Angel and we must give a big thanks to all at team Lucinda Russell racing for all their hard work with Angel.
I think we have a racehorse now don't we?
Touchedbyanangel ran at a very wet Perth racecourse on Wednesday 31st July where he finished 7th.
Angel again travelled and jumped well and was in with a shout on the turn in for home but in this better standard of race he simply just didn't quicken when needed.
Touchedbyanangel is definately improving but maybe just a bit slower than we would like!! it will all come together sooner rather than later I'm sure.
See Alan Lamb's latest video of Touchedbyanangel's latest run at Perth... Definately some improvement and some hope maybe for the future?
Orioninverness ran at Perth racecourse on Thursday 16th May 2019 where he finished a remote last of four finishers.
This wasn't a great result, ground was really far too quick for borris and he really didn't enjoy it!!
I don't think any chances will be taken again with Borris running on ground with the word "firm" in it...
Well earned rest for Borris now and hopefully he may turn up at Perth in September providing the ground is suitable.
Touchedbyanangel ran at Perth racecourse on Thursday 25th April where again he was disappointing.
An all time record attendance from club members turned up to see our new recruit in action but all left very disappointed.
Derek was back in the saddle for us but he wasn't happy with Angel from an early stage and sadly Angel finished last of the lot.
He simply cannot be as bad as he is showing at the moment and maybe something is bothering him? Hopefully Lucinda and her team will find out what the problem is? if any? but I'm sure we will see improvement in the near future.
Touchedbyanangel made his debut for us on Saturday 23rd March at Kelso racecourse. He was a bit keen on his first outing for us and he jumped some hurdles very big but seemed to travel well until he tired about 2 fences from home. Touchedbyanangel was wisely pulled up by his jockey Thomas as he thought his action wasn't right...
We now know that Angel did in fact pull something and struck into himself so all in all not a great start but I'm sure there is more to come from our new recruit.
Orioninverness ran at Kelso racecourse on Saturday 2nd March 2019 but unfortunately Borris was not his normal self and was wisely pulled up by Stephen.
Orioninverness is ok but it turns out he had some high inflammation in his lungs! so this fully explains his lacklustre performance at Kelso.
Definately a couple of weeks rest now for Borris but more likely we won't see him out again till the start of the Perth season.
Orioninverness ran at Ayr racecourse on Sunday 20th January and came home in a fine 4th place just getting pipped on the line for 3rd. This was probably Borris's toughest race to date but he handled it well and never gave up. He just got a bit tired near the end. Borris is an absolute star and definately one of the most consistent performers this season for the Lucinda Russell team.
Another belter of a run by Borris on Thursday 13th December 2018 at newcastle racecourse.
Borris had no chance again with a very well handicapped horse but his performance was determined and genuine.
No doubt at all that Borris will win again soon if we can find him a race with no handicap blots contesting against him. We really do have a very good chaser on our hands now and he is an absolute star.
Another fine performance by Orioninverness to finish 2nd at Newcastle racecourse on fighting fifth day Saturday 1st december 2018. Arguably his best performance to date despite winning!!!
Borris jumped superbly throughout the race and was beaten on the day by a well handicapped horse in Dimple.
Another great ride by Stephen Mulqueen and Stephen is really getting a tune out of borris these days. The progression that has been made by Borris in the last year or so is simply outstanding and our club has a proper chaser on our hands now.
Orioninverness continued his fine form at the moment with a great 3rd place at Ayr racecourse on Saturday 3rd November 2018. He really has improved now as a chaser and but for a couple of tired mistakes at the last two fences Borris could of quite easily won again!
So much to look forward to now this Winter with our beloved Borris and to watch his progression over the last few years has been fantastic.
Orioninverness ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 26th September 2018 and came home 1st to the delight of all of us at TVC. Something seemed to be written in the stars about this day as we had Ross and Lillian with our TVC gazebo marketing the club for new members plus we had the really sad news the day before that Sam Morshead who helped get our wonderful club up and running had sadly passed away... The icing on the cake happened and Boris in a thrilling photo finish beat the odds on Gordon Elliott horse to record his first win at our beloved Perth and this truly was dedicated to you SAM (RIP)
Stephen Mulqueen must take a lot of credit for this win as it was him who insisted we kept Boris at 2m4f and Stephen gave him the perfect ride throughout. Boris jumped superbly and has improved so much recently, we really do have a racehorse on our hands now!!!
Onwards and upwards for TVC now... hopefully some new members too, so much to look forward to now with Boris and hopefully a new horse in the near future.
Maraweh ran at Perth racecourse on 1st August 2018 but again never really looked like he was enjoying it. Maraweh just doesn't seem to like racing at the moment so we as a club have decided to give him some time out before he tries a bit of point to pointing. Hopefully this isn't the last we see of Maraweh on a race track and if he takes to P2P who knows a run at his beloved Perth may just be on?
Maraweh owes the club nothing winning 5 times and being placed on many occasions, something any owner would be proud of.
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.