Spring Cottage Stables

Langton Road

Norton

Malton

North Yorkshire

YO17 9PY

Office: 01653 690004

Fax: 01653 690008

Mobile: 07785 747426

Email: office@brianellisonracing.co.uk

Latest News

So far so good for National bid with Definitly Red

Definitly Red and Danny Cook were the centre of attention on Malton gallops on Friday morning as they schooled over the National-style fences.

We are just two weeks away now, less than two weeks, from the three-day festival at Aintree and National mania has taken hold. The buzz around the yard is increasing, the phone is ringing just a little bit more than usual, and we’ve had more press and camera’s here at Spring Cottage this past week than we’ve had in, well, in a good while! We’re not complaining though!

Danny (Cook) was in to school Red over the Aintree-style fences again on Friday morning, this time with owner Phil Martin and daughter Molly, the ITV cameras and a number of newspaper photographers including York Press, the Yorkshire Post and Daily Mail, all spectating...

NEWSTART wins well at Wetherby

NEWSTART made a winning debut for us when taking the 2m5½f Selling Hurdle at Wetherby yesterday under a good ride by Megan Carberry.

Our other representative in the race, Down Time, made much of the running under Danny Cook as Megan settled Newstart in mid-division, towards the out-side. Down Time was headed with four flights still to jump as Newstart continued to travel and jump well before taking it up, still on the bridle, approaching three out. He made bit of a hash of that however and Megan lost an iron before regaining momentum before the next. Still hanging on to the lead after the last he was headed by the favourite, Mr Snoozy, before battling back gamely up the run-in to stay on well in the end...

Definitly Red delights in schooling session over National-style fences

Definitly Red remains on target for the Random Health Grand National on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, following a very good schooling session over the National-style fences on Malton gallops yesterday.

Danny Cook partnered Phil Martin’s eight-year-old, who got a lead from The Grey Taylor and Henry Brooke, and he delighted both Danny and Brian in what was his first look at the Aintree-style fences. Owner, Phil Martin, will be up in Malton to watch him school again on Friday...

Cheltenham Festival 2017

We were delighted to be represented by three runners at the Cheltenham Festival this week and very happy all three came back safe and sound. Our thoughts go out to those whose horses did not return home with them. It’s a very tough sport at times.

Brian has come close to saddling his first winner at the Festival on several occasions and for a split second we thought Wednesday might be it!

Nietzsche ran an absolute blinder to finish a very close up third in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle and if he had jumped the last and landed running who knows?!

Nietzsche ran a blinder to finish third in the Fred Winter

Nietzsche ran a blinder to finish third in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham yesterday.

Danny Cook was on board and always had him well positioned, never too far off the pace in behind the leaders, before taking it up approaching the last. Losing momentum momentarily as he missed the final flight, he stayed on gamely to the line going down by a neck and a neck to eventual winner Flying Tiger and 9/2 favourite, Divin Bere, in second. It was a cracking performance and if he had been fluent at the last who knows? No matter, we are delighted with him...

MALAYSIAN BOLEH finally gets his head in front under good ride by Ben Robinson

MALAYSIAN BOLEH finally got his head in front, following a string of placed efforts, to take the five-furlong Claimer at Wolverhampton under a good ride by Ben Robinson yesterday.

Although outpaced early on, Ben pushed him along to keep on the tails of the leaders and, waiting patiently on the inside rail until a gap appeared as they straightened for home, took it up with a furlong to run. He stayed on well to the line to score comfortably by a length and a half...

SHEARLING takes her third bumper

SHEARLING saw out the two miles well to take the Akbar Park Leisure Ltd Mares' Standard National Hunt Flat Race at Catterick yesterday under a good ride by Kaine Wood.

Settled towards the rear of the field on the outside, the daughter of Rail Link travelled strongly throughout before taking closer order four from home. Still hard on the bridle she took it up over a furlong out and stayed on well to score by four lengths...

DEFINITLY RED bolts up in Grimthorpe

DEFINITLY RED put in a beautiful round of jumping and saw out the 3m2f well to take the BetBright Grimthorpe Handicap Chase by 14 lengths at Doncaster yesterday. And assuming he schools well over National-like fences, and everything goes well between now and then, the Grand National at Aintree looks likely to be his next target.

Danny Cook was back on board Phil Martin’s eight-year-old yesterday, and always had him in a good position, just in behind the leaders towards the inside. Travelling powerfully, he took it up four out, jumped the remaining three fences well, and stayed on strongly to post a 14-length victory from The Last Samuri...

APTERIX bounces back to win at Doncaster

Danny Cook gave APTERIX a great ride to win the Betbright Casino Novices' Chase at Doncaster yesterday.

Just three runners went to post for the 2m3f contest, following steady rain all afternoon which changed the going to soft. Jumping off and making it, Apterix travelled and jumped well until two out where he got in a bit close and then he pecked on landing after the last subsequently allowing Allbarnone to get half a length up. Apterix battled back gamely though under a strong ride by Danny, despite losing his stick soon after the last and using his hand as a replacement to encourage him on!

Forest Bihan on target for Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham


Forest Bihan is on target and in great form ahead of the Grade 1, Racing Post Arkle Challenge Trophy Novices´ Chase on opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Phil Martin’s six-year-old Forestier gelding has won three of his four starts over fences, his only defeat coming behind subsequent Grade Two winner Waiting Patiently. Brian is a huge fan of Altior, and is by no means suggesting Forest Bihan is capable of beating the 1-3 favourite, but he does think 25-1 currently available each-way on our lad is a shade generous...

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