STARS OF THE PAST PART 7.
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.
CLYDE RANGER. 01 January 1987. Kemal-Clyde Avenue Owner-I Bray
Clyde Ranger spent the whole of his rules career here at Oakwood Stables, he only raced on 20 occasions, but could boast a very good strike rate of six wins, four of which were over fences, from only 12 starts. His sire Kemal was a very good source of National Hunt horses, and his dam Clyde Avenue was also represented on the racecourse by the 132 rated, Mrs John Harrington trained Hume Castle.
Clyde Ranger went off a well fancied 5/1 shot on debut at Ayr in March 1991, and would probably have won but for coming down at the last when travelling the best.He was off the track after that until November,when racing over an inadequate two miles back at Ayr, where he was outpaced, coming home in fifth. A step up in trip at Newcastle eight days later, failed to see any improvement, his next race was at Chepstow, in March 1992, in the valuable 'Philip Cornes Saddle of Gold Final', where he faded after showing up well to three out.
He was given a long break, and he did not return until Newcastle in early December, but he came back a different horse, winning the three mile handicap by 3/4 of a length, off a very good looking mark of only 89.He doubled up just 10 days later in a three runner race, at the cramped odds of 2/7, but he justified them with ease.The handicapper took no chances and raised him 18lb to 107, which at that stage of his career was just a little too much, as he finished third in both of his next two races.
Clyde Ranger made his chase debut at Kelso in December 1993, staying on strongly under Chris Grant, and taking his form to a new level.He reappeared at Wetherby only 11 days later, but was unlucky to bump in to the legendary One Man, where he finished second, with a distance back to the horse in third.He was back at Wetherby in January 1994, and carried his penalty, to come home by 30 lengths at 1/1 money.In February he earned himself a crack at the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot, where he was still well in touch when coming down at the ninth, in the race won by One Man once again.Back at Kelso in March, Clyde Ranger made all for his third novice chase win of the season, before just finding the Jonjo O'Neil trained Beachy Head too good on the day,at Carlisle in March.
He started the 1994-1995 season by winning first time up at Wetherby off 119, and back at Wetherby over Christmas, he just failed to give 3lb to the David Nicholson trained Arthur's Secret,in what was probably his career best performance.He next raced at Carlisle in January 1995, but after jumping without any fluency his jockey Chris Bonner pulled him up, saying that the horse appeared lifeless. In two subsequent attempts including the 'Grimthorpe' at Doncaster, he once again pulled up, his final race was at Wetherby in December 1995.
TEE-JAY 08 March 1996 Un Desperado-N T Nad Owner-T J Equestrian Ltd.
Tee-Jay raced for us for between 2001-2007, taking in three bumpers, 19 hurdle races, and 30 chases, running in a total of 52 races, winning on eight occasions, and placing second or third a further 11 times.He had two winning brothers, and his sire, Un Desperado will always be remembered as the sire of the triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate.
Tee-Jay started out by running in three bumpers, he made his debut at Wetherby in February 2001, but never had the required pace to get competitive. It was a different story when he made his hurdles debut in December 2001 at Catterick, under Brian Harding, winning at the first time of asking.Three weeks later he was a solid third under a penalty at Haydock, before winning again at Musselburgh in February 2002.He then took his chance in a Grade 3 novices handicap at Sandown, from a mark of 110, but was pulled up before two out.
Tee-Jay had his Summer break, and returned in October to make his chase debut. He made an inauspicious start over fences, making mistakes, and failing to get competitive in his first three attempts. He was quickly returned to hurdles, and from a much reduced mark of 94, finished a solid second at Hexham in March.This was followed by a return to the winners enclosure in May, also at Hexham, to close his season.
On his return in December at Southwell, he showed that he can go well fresh, and also act on a fast surface,by winning under Tony Dobbin, taking his mark up to 112.His next four runs were all in better class, and he struggled, until he returned to Hexham in May 2004, to win his fifth hurdle race.
Tee-Jay returned after his break in October 2004 to have another attempt at chasing. His hurdles mark was at a career high of 115, but his chase mark was only 100, but in four attempts he never looked like taking advantage.He did run a little better on three occasions at his favourite track Hexham in May, and June,finishing third on all three efforts.He raced on throughout the Summer, finishing Fourth at Market Rasen, and then second at Sedgefield, before finally breaking his duck over fences, with a third course win at Hexham, from a career low mark of 79, under Graham Lee.He would only have to wait a further eight days for course win number four, when he won the 0-90 classified chase, a good piece of placing, as he was the highest rated horse in the race, as the handicapper had just raised him 11lb for his last win.
Tee-Jay had his break over the winter, and returned at Market Rasen in April 2006, to finish a respectable third.He failed to fire on his next three starts, and was then third twice at a respectable distance, before winning for the final time in his career.in the same classified chase he had won at Hexham 12 months earlier. In the most emphatic win of his career, he was allowed an easy lead, and came home with 25 lengths to spare.He raced again just four days later at Wetherby, and in another attempt to make all, he finished a very gallant runner up.
Tee-Jay would race a further seven times, but age was catching up,he ran his final race on October 7th, 2007 at Carlisle.