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Profiles of horses in training


QUAND JE REVE DE TOI  (Velvet Frog)

5 years old, French bred out of a winning mare with black type in her second dam's pedigree. A good 16.2 and still growing. We bought her in Ireland in December. She had been bought as a foal from France.frog_standing_in_snow.jpg She looked dreadful. Very thin and covered in rain scald.
We went right back to basics with her as although she had been long reined she hadn't been mouthed very well and was leaning on the bit. She came on really quickly and within a couple of weeks Doug (16 stone of him!) was riding her around the farm.
Within eight weeks she was jumping tyres  -  look at the video clip on the racing blog  http://paulineharkinracing.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html
and then hurdles - first time over she decided to jump the wings instead, even though they were twice as high as the hurdles - but then very quickly learned what it was all about and jumped really well
She is very athletic and is coming on astonishingly quickly. frog_schooling.jpg









frog_bum.jpg







Frog beginning to fill out and enjoy the sunshine.



                                                                                          








VELVET DOVE

10 years old, by Rakaposhi King. Stacks of ability but very quirky. Won 6 points including the TBA Mares final at Garthorpe. Ran a few times under rules coming 2nd twice over hurdles and place in a listed race in a grade 2 at Ascot. Refused to race last time out so put in foal and now back in work. Works incredibly well when she wants to but very difficult to settle. She will win more races if we can sort her head out. Needs to do a lot more hunting.

dove_jumping_1.jpgPhoto taken by Henry Kitchin www.HJKimages.com


Peter Mann schooling Velvet Dove    
                                                           

It worked!  She has just won the confined at Kingston Blount. She was in a really good mood and started with barely any hesitation - won comfortably.
dove-09-web.jpgDove enjoying her racing again


























UNOITMAKESSENSE - 2001 gelding by Pistolet Blu out of a Supreme Leader mare.

Harry (Unoitmakessense) was advertised on a racing web-site last summer as 'free to a good home as 'Harry' doesn't like racing....' I saw the advert and as I was looking for a nice hack and companion for the youngsters I went to see him. I liked what I saw, and was told that Harry can't jump so there wouldn't be any point racing him. The owner decided that she would like to sell him rather than give him away which suited me as it's much less complicated to own a horse rather than 'borrow' one. The deal was done and Harry joined us in June 2009. He was a wonderful hack and brilliant with the youngsters when they were being ridden around the farm for the first time. I started to cub him in September and he was brilliant - however, hunting was a different ball game as he became stronger and almost impossible to stop - his jumping was a bit scratchy too, and both Doug and I had a fall with him - this seemed to teach him and he has definitely learned from his mistakes.
We have been taking him up the gallops as a companion to the wappy ones and he has been so good that we thought he should have a run. We phoned the previous owner to see if she minded. She was fine about it, so after some very intensive schooling he went to Whitfield - he jumped beautifully until the eleventh fence which is by the crowd, got distracted and fell. I was all set to retire him from racing but Will Telfor (the jockey) was convinced he should go again - one more chance. So, last Sunday he went to Thorpe, eleven in the race (maiden) and he won by 20 lengths!!  harry_winning_0002.jpg

Unoitmakessense crossing the finishing line - full of running.


VELVET RED - Chestnut mare 2002. Sire - Classic Cliche Dam - Careful Dove (Half sister to Velvet Dove)

velvet_red_jumping.jpg

Velvet Red won her maiden first time out last season, she run again a couple of times but made a noise so she has had a wind operation. She has been working really well since but loves top of the ground, so we are waiting for the ground to come good. She has her 'ginger moments' when you can tell that she is Dove's sister, but most of the time she is a delight to train and 100% genuine
.velvet_red_snow.jpg

VELVET DREAM - 2003 Bay mare, by Alflora, out of Supreme Dream.

velvet_dream_hooning.jpg
 
I absolutely LOVE this horse - probably because she is the only progeny from my little tough mare Supreme Dream, who I had so much fun with. She had bad luck last season because we ran her when she had a virus and then she tied up, and pulled a muscle in her shoulder, which meant she only had two runs, and this season we ran her once at Whitfield, she ran really well until three from home and then made a noise. She is going in for a wind operation this week (25th Feb) and we are hoping to get a run into her before the season finishes, I think she will take some beating when she can breathe.

QUAND JE REVE DE TOI  (Velvet Frog)

5 years old, French bred out of a winning mare with black type in her second dam's pedigree. A good 16.2 and still growing. We bought her in Ireland in December. She had been bought as a foal from France.frog_standing_in_snow.jpg She looked dreadful. Very thin and covered in rain scald.
We went right back to basics with her as although she had been long reined she hadn't been mouthed very well and was leaning on the bit. She came on really quickly and within a couple of weeks Doug (16 stone of him!) was riding her around the farm.
Within eight weeks she was jumping tyres  -  look at the video clip on the racing blog  http://paulineharkinracing.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html
and then hurdles - first time over she decided to jump the wings instead, even though they were twice as high as the hurdles - but then very quickly learned what it was all about and jumped really well
She is very athletic and is coming on astonishingly quickly. frog_schooling.jpg









frog_bum.jpg







Frog beginning to fill out and enjoy the sunshine.



                                                                                          








VELVET DOVE

10 years old, by Rakaposhi King. Stacks of ability but very quirky. Won 6 points including the TBA Mares final at Garthorpe. Ran a few times under rules coming 2nd twice over hurdles and place in a listed race in a grade 2 at Ascot. Refused to race last time out so put in foal and now back in work. Works incredibly well when she wants to but very difficult to settle. She will win more races if we can sort her head out. Needs to do a lot more hunting.

dove_jumping_1.jpgPhoto taken by Henry Kitchin www.HJKimages.com


Peter Mann schooling Velvet Dove    
                                                           

It worked!  She has just won the confined at Kingston Blount. She was in a really good mood and started with barely any hesitation - won comfortably.
dove-09-web.jpgDove enjoying her racing again


























UNOITMAKESSENSE - 2001 gelding by Pistolet Blu out of a Supreme Leader mare.

Harry (Unoitmakessense) was advertised on a racing web-site last summer as 'free to a good home as 'Harry' doesn't like racing....' I saw the advert and as I was looking for a nice hack and companion for the youngsters I went to see him. I liked what I saw, and was told that Harry can't jump so there wouldn't be any point racing him. The owner decided that she would like to sell him rather than give him away which suited me as it's much less complicated to own a horse rather than 'borrow' one. The deal was done and Harry joined us in June 2009. He was a wonderful hack and brilliant with the youngsters when they were being ridden around the farm for the first time. I started to cub him in September and he was brilliant - however, hunting was a different ball game as he became stronger and almost impossible to stop - his jumping was a bit scratchy too, and both Doug and I had a fall with him - this seemed to teach him and he has definitely learned from his mistakes.
We have been taking him up the gallops as a companion to the wappy ones and he has been so good that we thought he should have a run. We phoned the previous owner to see if she minded. She was fine about it, so after some very intensive schooling he went to Whitfield - he jumped beautifully until the eleventh fence which is by the crowd, got distracted and fell. I was all set to retire him from racing but Will Telfor (the jockey) was convinced he should go again - one more chance. So, last Sunday he went to Thorpe, eleven in the race (maiden) and he won by 20 lengths!!  harry_winning_0002.jpg

Unoitmakessense crossing the finishing line - full of running.


VELVET RED - Chestnut mare 2002. Sire - Classic Cliche Dam - Careful Dove (Half sister to Velvet Dove)

velvet_red_jumping.jpg

Velvet Red won her maiden first time out last season, she run again a couple of times but made a noise so she has had a wind operation. She has been working really well since but loves top of the ground, so we are waiting for the ground to come good. She has her 'ginger moments' when you can tell that she is Dove's sister, but most of the time she is a delight to train and 100% genuine
.velvet_red_snow.jpg

VELVET DREAM - 2003 Bay mare, by Alflora, out of Supreme Dream.

velvet_dream_hooning.jpg
 
I absolutely LOVE this horse - probably because she is the only progeny from my little tough mare Supreme Dream, who I had so much fun with. She had bad luck last season because we ran her when she had a virus and then she tied up, and pulled a muscle in her shoulder, which meant she only had two runs, and this season we ran her once at Whitfield, she ran really well until three from home and then made a noise. She is going in for a wind operation this week (25th Feb) and we are hoping to get a run into her before the season finishes, I think she will take some beating when she can breathe.