22nd October - Kempton

21-October-2017 12:22
in General
by Admin

Two runners today at Kempton.


It’s hard to believe that we nearly lost Rayvin at the beginning of April this year.

Lisa happened to look over his door when she got back from racing late in the evening after she heard him scraping, otherwise he would have died during the night.

He needed emergency surgery for colic and there was no guarantee he would ever race again but we were just happy that he survived.

He then began a period of recuperation before finally going out to grass in mid June.

Rayvin is not a horse that enjoys being out at grass for too long, he gets very bored, so we brought him in when the others came in, which was earlier than I expected.

We have just carried on as normal with him knowing if at any stage he wasn’t enjoying being back in training we would have pulled stumps but not only has he relished being back in the string, he has (touch wood) shown no ill effects at all.... actually he’s been a right little bugger over the last few weeks, plenty of bucking and trying to dump Lisa.

We won’t truly know whether the colic operation has affected him in any way until he runs but so far there has been no indication of any issues.


Rayvin ran in this race last year against The New One, he prefers to go right handed and is better in small field races where he can dominate. Any rain that falls will help him and we just hope he gives a good account.


He will be ridden by Tom Garner.


Fight Commander ran a much improved race on his final start last season in first time blinkers, he had been disappointing until that stage after showing promise in previous seasons.

It could be that he wasn’t quite right prior to that Fontwell race as some of mine weren’t firing last winter and as a result of the effort he put in he got the wobbles after the race, which he’d never done before.

We gave him plenty of time to recover and then unfortunately the ground went against him so he didn’t run again.

He hasn’t got blinkers on today because I’m hoping first time out he will be fresh but if he needs them back on we will assess after each race.


He’s capable of winning off this mark and it would be very fitting if he did as his owner John Rathbone died very recently, he was a hugely enthusiastic owner who had been with me for many years.

John always went racing when he had a runner and was so excited the day Fight Commander won at Huntingdon he was shaking and in tears, his family decided to keep FC in training as John had been so fond of him.

It will be an emotional day for all of them.


He will be ridden by Leighton Aspell.


Rayvin Black and Fight Commander are looked after by Marcel Danihel, he is going to lead up Rayvin and Erin Pringle is going to lead up F.C. as she rides him at home, Rayvin is ridden at home by Lisa Kozak.