Yard News

 

We are an ambitious, growing yard and like to provide our followers with regular updates on our team of racehorses.

 

Check back here regularly to keep up to date with the latest news from Ben Lund Racing, including racing results, new arrivals and behind-the-scenes action!

 

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As always, we are incredibly grateful for the continued support we recieve from our owners and racing followers.

 

 

 

21st December 2021

 

RECENT RUNNERS

A busy few days with runners, FLOW WITH EVE was having the final race of her career before retirement and ran a nice race in conditions that didnt suit her, being a good ground horse, however she battled on to the line to finish a good 5th and ran a respectable race. She will now enjoy her retirement as a broodmare.

DARK HEATHER had her first run for us having previously pulled up in her last run over hurdles in Ireland. She is still very green and has a lot to learn so is still very much a work in progress, she pulled too hard early on and was always doing a bit too much so weakened in the closing stages before being pulled up. It was very much a fact finding mission, she jumped very well and we learnt a lot more about her which we can use moving forward and hopefully see an improvement next time.

PEGGYCLARE made the long trip to Fakenham where she made her debut over fences, she enjoyed being out in front, jumped like a stag and travelled strongly. The distance proved too far for her and when it was clear she was beginning to weaken, Ben Godfrey looked after her and let her come home in her own time to finish 4th. She will learn a lot from the experience and there are plenty of positives to take from the run. It was clear from this run she does not stay so she will be dropped down to 2 miles on soft ground and stick with front running tactics where she can hopefully get her own way out in front and see rgw race out over a shorter distance.

JACK THE FARMER was another horse having his first run for us. His previous form was very poor before joining us, having finished tailed off and pulled up in 3 bumper runs. He started the race as 150-1 rank outsider however defied those odds, leading the majority of the race until just being caught in the closing stages to finish a very respectable 5th, only 5 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Fantastic to see such improvement in the horse, which is great for his owners and it was nice to get a good positive result with him for us to build on.

 

28th November 2021

 

TATTERSALLS FOAL SALES

A lovely filly foal by ZOFFANY out of dual winner and Group 3 placed mare HELLS BABE purchased by us yesterday on behalf of a client from Tattersalls foal sales. She has a nice pedigree and on paper looks a very good buy and an exciting prospect for the future. She will now go to her new owners where she will be produced before joining us in the future to be broken and then begin her journey to becoming a racehorse.

 

 

17th November 2021

 

YARD NEWS UPDATE

PONTRESINA ran a blinder at Cheltenham on Saturday and did us all proud. Ran the perfect race under a perfect ride until a desperately unlucky moment when unseating Tommy after the last. So close to an amazing day at the biggest stage of all but sadly luck was not on our side today. Thankfully both horse and jockey are ok which is the main thing. The horse is an absolute legend though and it looks like there should be plenty to look forward to moving forward. Great to have a runner at this meeting for The Ben Lund Racing Club and nice to see such a good turn out. The highs and lows of racing! Onwards and upwards we are very proud of this horse. He has been put up 5lb by the handicapper for his performance at Cheltenham so now has an official rating of 130. His new rating reflects the progression he has made since joining our yard and its a compliment to how well he has performed both at Kempton and then Cheltenham only 5 days later. He is a good ground horse and wouldnt want soft ground so will now enjoy a winter break before being aimed at a spring campaign which will likely follow a similar path to the one he has just taken starting with a prep run over hurdles before going back chasing. His main target for the season will be the 3m 1f Betway Handicap Chase at Aintree on Grand National day which will be an exciting day out for the Ben Lund Racing Club.

 

We have several horses on the yard who we are starting to make plans for regarding entries, and these will begin to make their appearances on the racecourse throughout December and into the New Year, as our season kicks off into the winter. These runners will include:

 

BLUE HEATHER

DARK HEATHER

KIND WITNESS

JACK THE FARMER

PRINCE MTM

PEGGYCLARE

ROSSERK ABBEY

FLOW WITH EVE

EX SHADDEYA

NATIONAL STAR

SCUTI

 

Lots to look forward to here, make sure to follow our social media pages to stay up to date with runners and results, as well as behind the scenes photos and videos of our team at work.

 

Thank you for your support

Ben Lund Racing

 

10th November 2021

BEACH TRIP

PONTRESINA enjoyed a morning away at the beach today. A nice freshen up in between runs, a change of scenery and a splash in the sea - safe to say this lad had a great time!!

10th November 2021

 

NEW ARRIVAL

SCUTI arrived today from Ireland. She is a 2 year old filly by DRAGON PULSE and a welcome new arrival to the team!

 

 

8th November 2021

 

PONTRESINA 2ND AT KEMPTON PARK

Ben Lund Racing Club horse PONTRESINA ran a great race today coming 2nd in a competitive novice hurdle at Kempton under a lovely ride from Ben Godfrey. It was his first run after a year off the track so we are delighted to see him run so well after a long lay off. Another good result for our racing club, well done to all connections and the team at home!

 

 

20th October 2021

 

AUTUMN YARD UPDATE

Although we have not had many runners yet due to most of our horses needing softer ground, its been a busy time at the yard. The National Hunt runners we have had so far have mostly performed very well and shown plenty of promise, giving us a good foundation to build on and lots to look forward to. It was nice to get a winner on the board early with FLOW WITH EVE at Worcester and a good second at Newton Abbot with KIND WITNESS. BLUE HEATHER who has had various injury-related issues ran a nice race after a long time off the track to come fourth at Ffos Las and if not for a bad mistake three out looked like she may well have finished third. She is sure to come on a lot for the run and looks a nice prospect if we can keep her sound. We have had a few horses come to us after having a lot of time off due to injuries. Its always an achievement getting them race fit without any problems, running them and getting them home safe, and does nothing for the nerves of our yard team, who work tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring their work routines are followed accurately and effectively, with constant monitoring throughout. Thankfully horses such as BLUE HEATHER and PEGGYCLARE, who have both had tendon problems, have come out of their races well, and getting them home sound after their first run back from a lay off is a huge relief. Regardless of the result, our main priority is our horses welfare and this will always continue to be the most important factor for us when working with and training racehorses.

 

Over the past few months our stables have gradually been filling up and we now have lots of new heads over the doors which is great to see and very exciting for the yard. Now the rain is starting to come we are looking forward to an increase in runners and its looking like a busy season ahead with a nice team of horses, along with recent new arrivals and more to follow, ready to become a part of our team here at Ben Lund Racing.

 

Its not only new horses that have joined us recently. With the increased numbers, this has also meant we have expanded our team of staff, and we have been joined by two new full time members, Anna and Tehya. We are also very lucky to have some fantastic work riders / jockeys and we may also be looking to take on another soon.

 

We have been very grateful for all of the support we have received over the past few months and its great to be able to share regular updates with our followers.

 

Thank you from all the team at Ben Lund Racing.

 

 

11th October 2021

 

BEN LUND RACING CLUB

Due to the unusually dry autumn, its been a quieter period for our racing club horses. We have been running bonus horses for the racing club to ensure our members have been given the opportunities to go racing throughout the year, however now we are entering the winter months ground conditions should become more suitable for the original club horses, and we are expecting a busy winter campaign with KIND WITNESS and PONTRESINA. 

 

 

1st October 2021

 

NH SEASON 2021/22

We are looking forward to the jumps season getting underway, with several horses ready to make their appearance for the yard now we are entering the winter months, fingers crossed for some great days out racing! 

 

August 2021

 

SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY

We are lucky enough to have a keen photographer in the family who occasionally pops in to take some photos of our team for us, here are just a few of our favourite shots!

 

26th July 2021

 

JOB VACANCIES 

We have a position available for a full time member of staff. This role will include general stable duties as well as riding out. We are looking for someone who is committed, hard working and enthusiastic and candidates must ride to a high standard as the role will include riding fit racehorses and educating young horses. Minimum racing industry rates of pay based on age and experience. On-site accomodation can be provided, flexible hours with 2 days off out of 7, opportunities to go racing and a share of pool money. This role would also suit an aspiring amateur/conditional jockey who is looking to join an exciting, progressive team. Contact Ben on Whatsapp 07864768406 for more details!

 

24th July 2021

 

BEHIND THE SCENES 

Take a look behind the scenes here at Ben Lund Racing!

 

22nd July 2021

 

FLOW WITH EVE WINS at Worcester  

A fantastic achievement to get a win with this mare at the age of 12, after 500 days off the track and with her first run for Ben Lund Racing. She had previously never won a race and this was a great day for all involved. She was given a very good ride by Tommy Eyston, who is one of our work riders and had got to know the mare well at home. This was a special day for the owners as they bred the mare and after having her in training for many years, never gave up in the hope she would one day get them a winning result. Just goes to show that to get success you dont always need a big price tag!

 

10th July 2021

 

TATTERSALLS SALES PURCHASE 'NATIONAL STAR' 

Our latest purchase, this time from Tattersalls sales, arrived yesterday and is an exciting addition to our team of flat horses. We will have shares available in this exciting new addition soon, please get in touch if you are interested in getting involved.

 

 

22nd June 2021

 

KIND WITNESS 2nd at Newton Abbot

First runner for our Ben Lund Racing Club! Great to get the club going with a nice positive result, this is a very tough, genuine little mare and she looks sure to provide plenty of fun over the course of the season! She was given a great ride by Ben Godfrey who has struck up a good partnership with her.

6th June 2021

 

BEN LUND RACING CLUB

We have now registered our racing club and club colours, this is a small club which will allow members to get as much as possible out of the experience and enjoy plenty of days at the races. Our racing club is all about fun and giving people the chance to get involved in racing at great value! Check out the Ben Lund Racing Club page for more information.

 

5th June 2021

 

OWENRIFF PEARL 5th at Worcester

Pearl ran a nice race and was not beaten far, just didnt have the gears in the closing stages. She will now go hurdling and will be better suited to further distances.

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