• Ian Ender


CHUBBES 31 January 2001. Kris-St Radegund. Owner-Garden Shed Racing 1.

Chubbes was born in to a very well to do family, starting his career racing from the Roger Charlton yard, in the ownership, and famous silks of Sir Anthony Oppenheimer. He was by the brilliant miler Kris, out of St Radegund, who only raced twice, winning comfortably at the second time of asking at Goodwood, for Geoff Wragg in 1997.St Radegund had seven representatives on the racecourse, including the very tough gelding Hala San, but she left her real mark on racing, by being the dam of Rhadegunda, who in turn is the dam of Cracksman, the best produce of Frankel to date.

Chubbes was the first foal of his dam, and not the biggest, and it wasn't until his sixth race for the Charlton yard when he was dropped in to a seller, in a first time visor, that he got off the mark, at Windsor in October 2003. He was claimed by Garden Shed Racing who immediately put him in to training with Martin Pipe. His first run for his new connections was at Doncaster on the last day of the 2003 flat turf season.He was ridden by Pat Eddery who was having his second ever last ride. Chubbes went off at 15/2 favourite, he finished a very respectable forth, not helped by being drawn wide in the 20 stall.He raced again just 10 days later at Lingfield, finishing second under Joe Fanning, before a third just another 10 days later, this time on the All Weather at Wolverhampton. He raced on another three occasions for the Pipe yard, failing to get competitive, and his owners decided that a change of scenery might help.

Chubbes was moved to Oakwood Stables at the end of May 2004, and would race four times for Micky. Expectations weren't overly high, has he made his stable debut in a Leicester seller, running encouragingly, to finish fourth over seven furlongs.He was sent off at 1/1 nine days later,over a mile in the seller at Carlisle, but was a shade disappointing, in finishing fourth again, after trying to make all of the running.He next ran in a handicap at Thirsk over a mile, with 5lb claimer Paul Mulrennan in the saddle, but after missing the break from stall 13, he was always playing catch up.

Chubbes gave his owners a night to saviour on August 2nd, 2004, when he finally got his head in front for them, winning a claimer at Carlisle at 13/2. He was ridden by a fairly unknown apprentice taking off 5lb, by the name of Hayley Turner, who had travelled six hours there, and six hours back, just for the one ride. The owners sold Chubbes shortly afterwards, and he raced just the twice more, for the Caerphilly yard of Bernard Llewellyn.

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