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Fire wins at Newcastle...

Return Fire ran at Newcastle racecourse on Thursday 10th November 2022 where he won again to record his second win in the space of a week.

Fire's jumping stood up well around these stiffer fences and Patrick clearly gets a great tune out of him.

Fire remains open to improvement as a chaser and a bold bid to complete the hat-trick looks very much on the cards from a horse who is a much stronger individual than 12 months ago.

Fire wins at Hexham...

Return Fire won at Hexham racecourse on Friday 4th November 2022 where he won in clear-cut fashion by 13 lengths.

Fire proved a cut above his rivals jumping soundly the whole way round this 3m chase. Patrick gave Fire a lovely ride keeping him in the top 2 until the top of the hill before kicking for home to win emphatically.

Exciting times ahead for TVC and Return Fire.

Fire 3rd on chase debut...

Return Fire ran at Perth racecourse on Thursday 22nd September 2022 where he finished in 3rd place. 

Fire was making his chasing debut and there were positives to take out of his first race over fences. His jumping was a little bit novicey up against more experienced rivals but he can be fancied to make a bigger impact next time after this pipe opener. We should have some exciting times ahead this winter with Fire.

Rocco finishes with a 5th at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 21st September 2022 where he finished in 5th place.

Rocco never looked at the top of his game from the word go and generally appeared flat. As a result, and having been in training since the early part of the year, now is the perfect time to give Rocco a very well deserved break. He has been an absolute star for us this season and I am sure there are many more good days ahead with a horse who always tries his best.

Rocco 3rd at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 27th July 2022 where he finished in 3rd place.

Rocco wasn't seen to best effect dropping back in trip, totally unsuited by a slowly-run affair that turned into a sprint up the home straight.

Rocco is jumping fluently and is much more settled these days so maybe more prominent tactics may help going forward. We shouldn't forget though that Rocco hasn't been out of the top 3 so far at Perth this season and is running consistently well.

Rocco 2nd again at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody (Rocco) ran well again at Perth racecourse on Thursday 30th June 2022 coming home 2nd for the third time this season at perth.

Patiently ridden as usual, he came from 2 out with every chance of winning but couldn't keep up with the improving Glen Ava.

We may drop Rocco back to 2m4f next time, but we have no doubt that our horse is very consistent at the moment and hopefully another win from him soon.

 

Rocco pipped on the line at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody (Rocco) continued on his upward curve, finishing 2nd at Perth racecourse on Sunday 5th June 2022.

Rocco hit the front from 2 out but couldn't hold off the challenge from Glen Ava in a thrilling battle to the line.

We now know Rocco stays 3 miles so we have plenty of options for him now over this distance and he will have no trouble dropping back to 2m 4f also.

Rocco narrowly beaten at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 11th may 2022 where he narrowly failed to follow up from last time coming home in a fantastic 2nd place.

Rocco has suddenly found things clicking into place, producing another chunk of improvement. We will probably face another rise in the weights for this effort, but he hopefully can remain capable of better still on this evidence.

Rocco Bolts in at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Friday 22nd April where he bolted in by 7 1/2 lengths to win his first race. It was also joy for Rocco's jockey Patrick Wadge as it was his first win under rules too.

Rocco was hugely impressive as he settled what looked a competitive handicap on paper in a matter of strides from the second last hurdle.

He'll be due a fair hike in the handicap on the back of this, but he surely has more improvement in him after this. 

Fire & Rocco at Musselburgh...

Return Fire ran at Musselburgh racecourse on Friday 25th March 2022 where he came home in 8th place. Fire was well backed with plenty seemingly in his favour, but he didn't give his true running and it looks like the Musselburgh track maybe sharper than ideal. Fire will be back though and still lots to look forward to with him.

Petite Rhapsody ran at Musselburgh racecourse on Friday 25th March 2022 where he finished 2nd. He duly took a big step forward, producing a career-best effort in defeat, going down by just a neck in a driving finish. He travelled and jumped well and he is more than capable of winning races for us soon.

Rocco returns at Newcastle...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Newcastle racecourse on Tuesday 8th March 2022 where he came home in a very encouraging 5th place. This should set Rocco up perfectly for a summer of racing at our beloved Perth racecourse.

Fire returns at Kelso...

Return Fire ran at Kelso racecourse on Friday 18th February 2022 where he finished back in the winners enclosure with a good 3rd place. 

Fire has now qualified for the Go North Brindisi Breeze series Final at Musselburgh in March. Fire deserves credit for the way he plugged on in ground that was far from ideal for him and he will now get ready to give it his all in the final.

WELL DONE FIRE!!!

Fire fizzles out at Newcastle...

Return Fire ran at Newcastle racecourse on Tuesday 18th January where he came home in a disappointing 9th place.

The overriding impression is that this race came too soon after his race at Kelso for him to be at his best. Fire travelled well and looked well but we are going to give him a little break before hopefully he will bounce back fighting. 

Fire 2nd at Kelso...

Return Fire ran at Kelso racecourse on Wednesday 29th December 2021 where he ran creditably coming home in 3rd place. 

Fire held every chance of winning as he jumped the second last but just couldn't quite go with the front pair.

Fire is certainly consistent and with a little help from the handicapper maybe he will get his head in front sooner rather than later.

Fire 3rd at Aintree...

Return Fire ran at Aintree racecourse on Saturday 4th December where he finished in a brilliant 3rd place treating club members to a visit of the winners enclosure.

It was a solid handicap debut with his jumping being much better than his previous run at Kelso. Fire stuck on really well and looks an out an out stayer with a superb attitude. Fire seems like a really nice horse who can progress further especially over fences in the near future. Happy days for all of us at TVC.

No joy for Rocco...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Ayr racecourse on Tuesday 16th November 2021 where he finished out of the places.

This was a better race than his previous one but Rocco was not at the same level as last time and never really looked like getting involved from the rear. He's had a busy time of things this season, so maybe he just ran a little flat.

Return Fire 2nd on debut for TVC...

Return Fire made his debut at Kelso racecourse on November 6th 2021.

Fire ran a cracking race on his debut for TVC, bustling up Mr Whitaker who is currently rated 145 over fences and who has won at the Cheltenham Festival in the past. This was a huge step up on Fire's Irish form and there is still room for improvement. 2nd place on his debut for us was brilliant and very exciting times for all of us at TVC.

 

Rocco 2nd at Ayr...

Petite Rhapsody (Rocco) ran at Ayr racecourse on Monday 25th October where he finished in a fine 2nd place.

Rocco handled the quicker ground and confirmed the promise of his previous run at Perth, showing no ill effects in terms of his jumping as he really responded for derek as he fired him at the last two hurdles, simply just unforntunate to bump into a good horse on the day. Rocco has definately learned to settle better and a win is just around the corner surely...

Stable visit to meet Return Fire...

What a beautiful day it was at South Kilduff on Sunday 26th September to meet our new boy Return Fire. 22 degrees and lovely sunshine made this stable visit very pleasant indeed. Around 20 to 30 members/family and a couple of potential new members attended as Return Fire and club stalwart Prosecco were paraded before us. 
El was a little bit worried beforehand about how Return Fire might behave in front of a lot of people but she didn't need to as he was on his best behaviour, in fact he was loving the attention and cuddles, pats, selfies etc. 
Prosecco makes a wonderful companion for Lucinda's younger horses now and I think he helped to keep Fire calm today. And how good did Prosecco look! It was lovely to catch up with the old boy.
Lucinda introduced us all to Return Fire and Prosecco then gave us all a bit of a guided tour of the top barns and water treadmill area before we all ventured back to the owners lodge for refreshments. 
The TVC bake off was won by Pam Guthrie-Dawber for her delicious millionaire's shortbread and Pam received a bottle of Prosecco for this (enjoy Pam and well deserved.) Thank you everyone who made and brought cakes, they all looked amazing and the ones I tasted were lovely.

Lucinda said that Paul McIvor would put together a race plan soon for Return Fire and she will send that to me as soon as she gets it from Paul. Lucinda and Scu's hospitality today was again second to none and I think they are both as excited about Return Fire as we all are.

Happy days and onwards and upwards

Return Fire parades at Perth...

Our new boy Return Fire parading at Perth racecourse before racing starts on Thursday 23rd September 2021 (see link below) Many thanks to club member Alan Lamb for this footage.

Petite Rhapsody at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 where unfortunately he fell at the 2nd last hurdle.

Petite Rhapsody was running his most competitive race so far for us before he stepped at two out and came down. The return to softer ground seemed to suit him and he definately settled better without the hood. Rocco was unlucky and looked as if he would definately challenge the winner and I think we can be optimistic about Rocco getting his head in front sooner rather than later.

Welcome to TVC Return Fire...

Welcome all to TVC our new purchase from the Doncaster sales on 8th September 2021 Return Fire.
 
5yo g Leading Light - There On Time (Carroll House)

This 5-y-o gelding gained experience in Irish points, running his best race on his third and final start in that sphere when sixth of 16 at Fairyhouse; the fifth has won a point since and the first and second have subsequently sold for £52k and £65k respectively. Sent over hurdles this summer, he built on a mid-field finish in a competitive event at the Galway Festival when third at Tramore last month, posting a Racing Post Rating of 105 in the process. That form was given substance when the second, who is trained by Henry de Bromhead, came out and won next time. 
Both his hurdles runs have come over 2m5f, but he looks a real galloper, one who will appreciate stepping up to 3m in time. This is something which is backed up by his pedigree as he is by St Leger and Ascot Gold Cup winner Leading Light out of an unraced half-sister to Irish Grand National winner Organisedconfusion. 
Completely unexposed, he should be competitive in novice/maiden hurdles in the North before going handicapping, ultimately over fences, with a test of stamina set to bring out the best in him. 
 
Exciting times ahead hopefully.
 

Petite Rhapsody at Perth...

Petite Rhapsody ran at Perth racecourse on Monday 6th September but didn't show the promise he showed at Perth previously finishing in a disappointing 8th place.

Rocco definately settled better this time but when asked to go on the final bend he didn't respond and finished well beaten in the end. Some more valuable racing experience for Rocco and lets hope we get a tune out of him next time.

Welcome to TVC Petite Rhapsody...

Petite Rhapsody ran on Saturday 14th August at Perth racecourse and although he came home in last place this run was still very encouraging.

Rocco (stable name) just needs to settle a bit more out the back in his races then be produced late to hopefully gallop all the way to the line and the winners enclosure.

Nice run from Vino's...

Vino's choice ran on Wednesday 28th July at Perth racecourse where he finished in 4th place.

Vino's seemed to loose ground after almost jumping into the back of another horse at 4 out but he stayed on well and almost grabbed 3rd spot.

Definately improvment from Vino's choice and I am sure we will see him back in the winners enclosure in the near future.

Vino's Choice makes his debut for TVC...

Vino's choice made his debut for TVC on Thursday 1st July 2021 at Perth racecourse but unfortunately he was pulled up on his final circuit, having bled from the nose.

Vino's seemed to be travelling well and was looking good but he quickly lost ground between the fourth and third last so Derek wisely pulled him up.

Vino's seems to be fine now and obviously this is disappointing but hopefully we will see him back at Perth soon and we might have something to cheer about for a change? we are certainly due a change in luck so keep the faith one and all.

Dark day for TVC...

I really don't know where to start with this club news update. Tears are streaming down my face as I write this and I still can't believe it's true? but it is. Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our warrior and legend Orioninverness AKA Borris on Thursday 27th May 2021.

Borris tradgically broke his leg which couldn't be fixed in a freak accident whilst he was on his holidays in the field.

Borris was an absolute genuine lovely horse who gave it all every time he raced. I was lucky enough to see him arrive as a baby and was there at Ayr to see his first race in a bumper. I was also lucky enough to be at Hexham the last time he won in March 2021.

Borris was never going to be a world beater but he proved a lot of people wrong including myself as he just dug in and got his act together and became a fantastic horse for our club a legend in fact.

Our club won't feel the same without him and we are going to miss him massively but we will carry on, keep fighting and pick ourselves up because that's what Borris would of done. He will never be forgotten.

5 chase wins and numerous placed efforts from Borris gave us all some fabulous days out and memories that will never be forgotten too.

Royal Reserve makes his Debut for TVC...

Royal Reserve made his TVC and chasing debut on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at Perth racecourse. RR made an ok debut for us with a few jumping errors but all in all and on ground probably softer than ideal I think we will have some fun with him this season. 

Borris mugged at Hexham...

Orioninverness ran at hexham racecourse on Thursday 18th March 2021 where he put in a decent performance and round of jumping only to be mugged on the line by Cash again. This would and should of been his third win of the season but he just couldn't hang on after going for home from the second last. 

 

Another good performance by Borris, what a legend he has become for our club and judging on this form he will be winning again soon that's for sure!! Happy days indeed.

Borris bumped at Ayr... 

Orioninverness returned to the track on Monday 18th January 2021 at Ayr where he unfortunately finished without his jockey Stephen. 

Borris was travelling and jumping ok but unluckily for us a horse to his right hand side jumped into him and bumped Stephen off. 

Disappointing and  just bad luck but horse and jockey home safe and sound. 

Orioninverness pulls up at Hexham...

Orioninverness ran at Hexham racecourse on the 9th December 2020 and was very disappointing. Another big run was expected from Borris but it didn't happen and he just didn't seem himself? this horse is genuine and when he runs like this you know something isn't right... He will be checked over and hopefully he will be back doing what he does best... winning races.

Angel flops at Musselburgh...

Touchedbyanangel ran for TVC on Wednesday 4th November 2020 for the last time. Angel was very disappointing and obviously doesn't want to race anymore so he moves on to pastures new where we hope he has a lovely time and enjoys his new life.

Orioninverness in dead heat at Hexham...

Orioninverness ran at Hexham on Sunday 25th October 2020 where he was outstanding again but just couldn't hold off a late challenge from Graystown and the result was a dead heat. Borris put in another great performance and was very unlucky having to share the spoils but it takes nothing away from what was a brilliant all round performance by horse and jockey. Borris loves Hexham and I'm sure we will be back soon looking for another win... happy days.

Angel best turned out and 4th at Kelso...

Touchedbyanangel ran at Kelso for the first time over fences on Saturday 24th October 2020 where he finished 4th staying on late in the race. This was a better performance by Angel and maybe jumping fences is the way forward? hopefully we might have some better runs from him now? Racing post had him down as an eyecatcher so fingers crosed.

Best turned out and 2nd at Hexham for Borris...

Orioninverness ran at Hexham racecourse on Friday 2nd October and just 9 days after his win at Perth. Borris put in another good performance finishing 2nd to a very well handicapped horse and we can safely say now that we seem to have our horse back!! he looks very capable of being very competitive with another win a huge possibility.

Borris roars back with victory at Perth...

Orioninverness went back to Perth racecourse on the 23rd september 2020 and won the same race he won in 2018. Borris was simply outstanding and was ridden superbly by stephen. Definately the best round of jumping Borris has ever put in and the new head gear made a huge difference. Borris is back and there seems to be no reason now why he cant build on this... HAPPY DAYS.

Touchedbyanangel at Perth again...

Touchedbyanangel was quickly turned back out at Perth on 7th September 2020 and a better run and different tactics was expected & tried. Unfortunately Angel disappointed again but did take a knock jumping his hurdles so we shall give him the benefit of the doubt this time.

Borris and Angel both back at Perth...

Orioninverness and Touchedbyanangel both ran at Perth racecourse on 30th August 2020... both horses ran down the field which was slightly disappointing but both back safe and sound to fight another day.

Orioninverness 4th at Carlisle...

Orioninverness ran at Carlisle racecourse on Thursday 5th March 2020 where he came home in 4th place.

Borris was never really happy and possibly Carlisle track doesn't suit him? he certainly got outpaced but the main problem was he kept backing off his fences which is a worry.

fingers crossed next time at maybe Hexham or Newcastle we can see the real Borris.

 

Orioninverness pulled up at Newcastle...

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.

Borris returns to Hexham...

Orioninverness ran at Hexham racecourse on Wednesday 11th December where he ran another below par performance finishing 4th of 5 runners.

A combination of poor jumping and carrying top weight on really heavy ground found Borris out and hopefully he will be sharper next time out.

Angel back at Musselburgh...

Touchedbyanangel ran at Musselburgh on Monday 25th November where he was a disappointing 9th of 11 runners.

Not ideal ground again for Angel so a rest now in preparation for a good go at Perth next year on hopefully good ground.

Angel pulls up at Musselburgh...

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.

Borris back at Ayr...

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.

 

Maraweh and his new home...

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 back at Hexham...

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 2nd at Perth...

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?

 

Wet Wet Wet...

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.

Angel back at Perth...

See Alan Lamb's latest video of Touchedbyanangel's latest run at Perth... Definately some improvement and some hope maybe for the future?

Far too quick for Borris...

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.

Angel disappoints at Perth...

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 makes his debut...

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 not himself at Kelso...

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 4th at Ayr...

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.

Alan's latest video...

Orioninverness 2nd at Newcastle again...

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.

Alan's latest video...

Orioninverness 2nd at Newcastle...

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.

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