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The 2019/20 season was really the season that never was. It proved to be a really challenging season for many reasons, despite the circumstances there were some great days!


Our summer was spent doing a rain dance, we had been looking for soft ground all of last winter for KNOCKADERRY FLYER and it never arrived. This winter however, it rained, rained again and rained even more. Perfect ground for dear old Derry. However it was sadly not to be, Derry suffered a season ending injury just before his first intended run. It was a big shame but in racing we have to take these things positively. The horse always comes first and Max discovered Derry's injury early enough to give the horse every chance of coming back next campaign. A big thank you to all of Derry's patient owners, you have to endure the bad days to be there on the good days and we've enjoyed many good days with Knockaderry Flyer.



Knockaderry Flyer at Warwick last season



Our first runner was Cloudy Joker, frustratingly he didn't want soft ground. He started his campaign at Cottenham, running a pleasing enough race to come 4th in the Mens Open. He got tired in the ground and James King didn't give him a hard time. Cloudy had a minor setback during a time when quite frankly he wouldn't of run anyway, the ground was just horrendous everywhere and many meetings were abandoned. Cloudy Joker the ran in, what ended up being the last point to point meeting of the season. He ran a fantastic race at Larkhill to come 3rd in a hot mixed open. James King set out to make the running and Cloudy showed what a lovely game horse he is. He was hard to pass battling back twice over the past two fences before getting slightly tired on his comeback. He continues to show us that he is loving his racing. We can't wait to get going with him again. His team of owners are a lovely fun group of people and they all adore Cloudy. He is one of the characters of the yard.



Cloudy Joker at Cottenham




Cloudy Joker at Larkhill



Our most regular runner this season was newcomer BITOFBLINDING. 'Bob' was in terrific form at home and although he also wants good ground, Max decided we had to run him and get more experience into him. He headed up north to Sheriff Hutton. Running over fences for the first time, he handled it really well. For a long way he travelled like the winner before getting very tired in the heavy ground. He jumped well and we were delighted, a good starting point. He then had a little break while we waited for a gap in the weather before heading to Cottenham. He ran a very exciting race, again travelling like the winner until making a mess of two out. He then ran on strongly for 3rd under Ben Love. Ben rides Bob a lot at home and gets on well with him. We again missed a few intended targets in-between due to the ground but Bob eventually ran at Larkhill in the 2m4f Maiden on the same day that Cloudy Joker ran. He was racing prominently and was enjoying himself before getting in tight to the 11th fence and unseating Ben. There will be plenty of days for Bob, although a lot further away than we thought! He is a lovely horse and will be fun to get involved with. There are still ownership and lease shares available in him and I'd encourage anyone who loves racing to 'jump on board'...



Bitofblinding at Cottenham



Bitofblinding at Larkhill



As frustrating as this season has been, there are more important things than racing. We completely understand why the season had to be ended prematurely. We hope all of you get through this difficult time and we can't wait to see you during the 2020/21 season.


A huge thanks to Max and his team for their continued hard work. We were devastated to hear that a crucial member of the team sadly passed away recently. Harley Cornock was a great horseman, one of the funniest people I've ever met and he always had a big smile. Harley has helped take many of our horses to the races and was adored by all of our owners. He will be missed by everyone and we'll never forget him.


Louis Gill


Jump On Board Racing

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The Point To Point season is getting closer, yes we've been saying this for months...But now it's actually a reality. The season opener at Cottenham is next weekend and we couldn't be anymore excited.


As far as the Jump On Board team, we go to war with three very interesting horses, three very different horses.


The team is lead by out flag bearer, KNOCKADERRY FLYER, he had a great campaign last season and was targeted at some very tough races. He ran with credit every time. This season we are going to target 'Derry' at conditions races and open races. He'll no doubt be back at Larkhill, a track he ran very well at last season. He has a lovely group of enthusiastic owners that can't wait for some great days out.


CLOUDY JOKER came to Max's late last season, he had a spring campaign which ended at Stratford on hunter chase night in the 'Skinners Lady's Open'. Max had 6 weeks to get Cloudy Joker fit for his first run. Cloudy went to Cold Harbour at the start of May after a break from racing that has lasted over 1000 days! One of Cloudy's owners, Hannah Ashton had done an amazing job getting Cloudy back to full health and into training. Max had also worked miracles getting the horse so fit in such little time and he ran a great race to come 2nd, beaten 2 lengths. He was then extremely impressive at Tabley and went on to win by 8 lengths after a positive ride by Izzie Marshall. At Stratford, Cloudy was running the race of his life in the valuable hunter chase before unseating Izzie at the final fence. Frustrating, however it showed us that he retains all of his ability and will be competitive in hunter chases this season.


The newest recruit to the team is BITOFBLINDING. I picked him up from the Goffs Doncaster sales in May. He had the summer off to strengthen and is now back in full training. He has been working very well at home and Max has issued many positive updates about him. He is currently learning to jump fences and should be on a racecourse before xmas. He has lots of time and has an exciting future in point to points.


On Sunday last week, James King was in to school the horses. Below you can watch what he had to say about Cloudy Joker ahead of this season, as well as watch some clips of him schooling.


If you're reading this and want to take part in all of the fun...you can. There are shares available in all three of our horses, although these are limited. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.


P.s...If you are tempted to purchase a share in our of our horses, remember to order a good pair of wellies!











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It's been a busy week for Max and his team, all of the horses came back into work this week. A sign that jump racing can't be far away. All of our Jump On Board horses are back in work and this will slowly increase, building up to some of the early targets.


After going to visit the horses earlier this week I can report that that all have summered well. We dream of good results and great days out for the season ahead but the most important thing course is that the horses stay fit and well. At this stage of the year dreams are still firmly in tact!


This week we advertised that there are now shares available in KNOCKADERRY FLYER, 'Derry' took us to all the big days last year, he contested the hottest hunter chase at Warwick last season to finish 6th beating top horses such as Double Ross in the process, he finished 5th out of 20 runners at Cheltenham in the 4m on hunter chase evening and also contested in 4 p2p's.

This is a great opportunity to be involved with a horse that will contest in good races next season and provide many fun days out. The syndicate is made up of friendly, like minded individuals and you'll have plenty of fun at the races. He is a firm favourite of ours, pleased don't hesitate to contact us, it's surprisingly easy to get involved!



Knockaderry Flyer


CLOUDY JOKER is his usual cheeky self, he really has a mind of his own. He keeps himself entertained. He really is a character and we like that. He has some interesting early targets in mind and a season that will be based around Hunter Chasing and the stronger open races. He showed us all that he can be competitive in good company at Stratford when unfortunately unseating Izzie at the final fence. A good run nevertheless.


Arguably the most intriguing member of the team is BITOFBLINDING, intriguing because he is completely unexposed and we don't know what to expect. It's always exciting to have a young horse with his whole career ahead of him. BITOFBLINDING is a gorgeous son of Jeremy, there is still 40% left in him. We are splitting him into x5 20% shares making him our most intimate syndicate to be involved with. Again don't hesitate to contact us for information.



Bitofblinding in the field last week

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