Anthony Honeyball

    With quality bumper runners looking for black type, Anthony Honeyball has some promising youngsters who have the scope to join his stable stars in the winners enclosure
  • Sunday 31 December 2017
  • Stable Tours

ANTHONY HONEYBALL has every right to look forward to 2018 as he has a vibrant team in grand form at his Potwell Farm Stables in Beaminster in Dorset and currently has a highly commendable strike rate of 22%.

The New Year could well kick off with a bang from his impressive Wincanton bumper winner Acey Milan and there will be much more to be heard from fellow bumper winners Hideaway Vic, Duhallow Gesture and Lechlade Magician.

Fountains Windfall hasn’t had the rub of the green since winning his novice chase at Southwell in November in great style and was travelling like a winner when falling four out in the Kauto Star at Kempton on Boxing Day but there was some consolation when Midnight Tune braved it out in the Mares Handicap Hurdle on the second day of the Christmas meeting and made it 22 winners for the season and took her trainer to within a hare’s breath of £200,000 in prize money.

The 32 winners of 2016/17 should soon be passed and Anthony has plenty more to take their chance in valuable staying handicap chases and bumpers in the Spring.

Anthony said: “At the beginning of November we had only had two or three winners but since then we have had five double and a treble in the last six to eight weeks and they have been in great form. We just hope they can carry on like they have been and work through to 30 winners but we only have 35 horses to work away with which doesn’t compare to the bigger stables.

“The bumper horses have been very good this time around and we have probably bought some better types but importantly we had them all last season and didn’t run them and gave them time to develop which is now paying dividends.”

Anthony kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes can carry him to greater height in this New Year.

All Horses

Acey Milan (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 2 starts in bumpers. Finished runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Volcano at Exeter in October and scooted in by nine lengths from Grand Sancy at Wincanton in December.

Trainer Says:

The plan is go to Cheltenham on New Year’s Day with him. He had his first run at Exeter and we then went to Wincanton where he won impressively. He has pleased us in his work and he is coming along nicely. This is his Gold Cup for this season and he possibly won’t run again after.

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Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 17 starts and currently rated 113 over hurdles. Best effort this term in a handicap hurdle at Plumpton (3m 1f) in December when runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths, to Jester Jet off a mark of 112.

Trainer Says:

She jumped well at Wincanton on Boxing Day but was a little bit outsped by the higher rated horses over two and a half miles where she was out of her comfort zone. At least she showed she could jump fences and she goes for a mares handicap chase at Uttoxeter at the end of January over a bit further which will be more he ball game.

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City Supreme (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of his 23 starts and currently rated 119 over fences. Finished fourth, beaten 29 lengths, to Frank N Fair on his reappearance in a handicap chase at Plumpton (3m 1 1/2f) in December off a mark of 120.

Trainer Says:

We had a few little issues with him but he showed a bit of promise on his reappearance at Plumpton. He did jump well and we hope he can build on that run. He will stay in his grade 0-120 and 0-130’s and he loves soft ground so we will see what we can do as the season goes on.

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Cloudy Bob (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 61 races and currently rated 117 over fences. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten three and a half lengths, to Strongly Suggested in a handicap chase at Warwick (3m) in September off a mark of 118 when trained by Pat Murphy.

Trainer Says:

He is new to us and he has a lot of form in the book and has run a lot of times. We are basically trying to get him tuned up for the New Year and find some races for him. He is fully exposed but hopefully we can find a new lease of life with him.

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Coeur Tantre (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 21 starts and currently rated 126 over fences. Finished runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Bishops Court in a handicap chase at Wincanton (1m 7 1/2f) on Boxing Day. He has been very good really and won two races through the Summer and only let us down once.

Trainer Says:

He finished third and then second three times in his other runs and they were all valuable races. He has been ultra consistent and taken to fences well. He goes on any ground and we may be hitting our head against a break wall a little now and we could give him a break. He could certainly win a few races in the Summer again.

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Cresswell Breeze

Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 25 races and currently rated 137 over fences. Landed the Southern National on her reappearance at Fontwell (3m 3 1/2f) in November by three and a half lengths from Cyclop and then highly creditable third, beaten three lengths, to Benbens in the London National at Sandown (3m 5f) in December off her current mark.

Trainer Says:

She has been very good and won the Southern National at Fontwell and she might go for the Plumpton equivalent on Sunday January 7 or we might go for the Classic Chase at Warwick on January 13.

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Don Lami (FR)

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Honolulu - Toutamie (Epalo)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 27 May 2018 14:15
  • Result: 2/7, disputed lead to 2nd, tracked winner, ridden and one pace in 3rd before 2 out, driven and stayed on to press winner again closing stages, just held
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Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Fontwell in November and runner-up, beaten three and three quarter lengths to Oski in a novices’ hurdle at Doncaster (3m 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He won his point-to-point and followed up in his bumper and showed promise on his hurdling bow at Doncaster when finishing second. We were very pleased with that effort and we will look for a maiden hurdle for him in the New Year.

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Drops Of Jupitor (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 121 over hurdles. Scored by eight lengths from Samarayia in a novices’ hurdle at Exeter (2m 2 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

It has taken us a bit time to get  her organised and get her settled but she getting there now. It was a lovely run last time at Exeter. We would be looking at something like the mares handicap at Chepstow in the middle of January or we could try and knock in another mares’ novice hurdle. The main thing is that whatever race she goes for we want her to settle better and that is the key to her.

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Duhallow Gesture (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of two of her four starts. Off the mark on her debut for the stable in a listed mares bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

She had her first run for us and won the Listed Mares bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day and we are looking to target another listed bumper with her. I haven’t checked yet but we want to see if she can then run in another bumper in Ireland She has run in four and I think she can run in one more bumper here provided it a listed race and we may go to Punchestown. She looks a quality mare and did it the hard way but won it very nicely.

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Everlanes

Form Profile:

Winner of a bumper at Southwell in November by a length and a half from Jane Lamb and then fifth, beaten 12 ½ lengths, to stablemate Duhallow Venture in a listed mares bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

She finished fifth to Duhallow Gesture in a listed bumper at Huntingdon on Boxing Day and probably wouldn’t have coped with the ground as well as the winner. We might just give her a little break and find a mares’ bumper for her again or go for a listed bumper at Aintree. She wouldn’t be without a chance in that company and she ran well enough at Huntingdon to suggest she can get in the shake-up in one of those listed events.

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Fountains Windfall

  • 8-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Passing Glance - Fountain Crumble (Dr Massini)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Kempton, 13 Jan 2018 15:15
  • Result: Won/6, tracked leader, led 6th until approaching 9th, chased leader until 2nd again led again 11th, made rest, hit 13th, clear before 3 out, kept on strongly
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Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 15 starts and currently rated 146 over fences. Impressive 11 length winner from Stowaway Magic on his chasing bow at Southwell (2m 4 1/2f) in November and fell when every chance next two start at Newbury and Kempton. Travelling strongly when falling four out in the Grade 1 Kauto Star Novices’ Chase won by Black Corton at Kempton (3m) on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He has been a lovely horse and won a good race at Aintree last season and ran lots of good races. He keeps getting better every season and seems to be running to a very high standard now. He would have been right there at Newbury and probably would have won at Kempton the way he was travelling at the end of the back. His jumping is very good but he has somehow found himself on the floor twice now and we will go back to the drawing board and go for a normal novice chase somewhere and then go back up in class for something like the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot. Long term the RSA and Aintree would be on the agenda.

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Hideaway Vic (IRE)

Form Profile:

Runner-up, beaten four and a half lengths, to Caribert in a bumper at Wincanton in November and made all when going one better with a length and a quarter defeat of Black Lightning at Plumpton in December.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice young horse who made a promising bumper debut at Wincanton and then backed it up when winning at Plumpton. He did it very nicely and handles heavy ground. I haven’t quite worked out what I will do with him this season and I probably will for next season for a full campaign over hurdles with him rather than start him now.

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Jukebox Jive (FR)

Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 11 starts and currently rated 130 over hurdles and 97 on the Flat. Scored by three and a half lengths from Lisp on his hurdling debut at Fontwell (2m 1 1/2f) in November and fourth, beaten 23 lengths, to Sussex Ranger in a similar event at Sandown (2m) in December.

Trainer Says:

He is a good horse and gave us a lot of fun on the Flat including when finishing fourth in a listed race. He won on his hurdling debut at Fontwell and was slightly disappointing in an introductory hurdle at Sandown and we are not quite sure why. The tacky ground might have been the problem and he might have a run on the Flat at Wolverhampton next month in one of the fast track qualifiers.

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Lechlade Magician (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - Run Supreme (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Uttoxeter, 17 Mar 2018 17:55
  • Result: 3/4, tracked winner, challenged 8f out, led and edged left over 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened and lost 2nd entering final furlong
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Form Profile:

Easy 12 length winner from Begbie in a bumper at Wincanton on Boxing Day.

Trainer Says:

He has a nice NH pedigree and he won his bumper very well at Wincanton on Boxing Day. I am very excited about him as he won very well by 12 lengths. He will be looked after and if come up soft in March he could go for the £50,000 Sales bumper at Newbury. He would be best on soft ground.

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Midnight Tune

Form Profile:

Winner of three of her 11 starts and currently rated 125 over hurdles. Scored by 10 lengths from Just A Thought in a maiden hurdle at Wincanton (2m 5 1/2f) in December and followed up when making all for a four length success from Rons Dream in a handicap hurdle at Kempton (3m 1/2f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

She has been a revelation this season and first time out she finished second in a £20,000 race which surprised us and then second time out she won really well. Kempton was another step forward to win the way she did off a mark of 125 and she is still a novice this season. She may go to Ascot next month for the three-mile Grade 2 Mares Novices’ Hurdle and she could also for the Grade 2 Mares Hurdle at Sandown on February 16. She would probably be ground dependent to have any chance in some of the better races.

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Ms Parfois (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; chestnut mare
  • Breeding: Mahler - Dolly Lewis (Sir Harry Lewis)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Aintree, 13 Apr 2018 14:50
  • Result: 2/9, held up in touch, tracked leaders on outside 5 out, led 3 out, ridden when hard pressed after next, headed before last, kept on, well held in clear 2nd final 110 yards
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of her 10 starts and currently rated 134 over fences. Won two races in the space of five days in December, beating Theatre Territory a length in a mares handicap chase at Cheltenham (2m 5f) off a mark of 123 and followed up with a three and a half length defeat of Happy Diva in a listed mares novices’ chase at Newbury (2m 7 1/2f).  

Trainer Says:

She has been brilliant this season already. She was slightly in need of her first race but it was a small field and she kind of got a bit lost on the fast ground and didn’t fire. At Cheltenham she was brilliant and jumped brilliant and backed up with another awesome display of jumping at Newbury. She will be a lovely mare for the top mares’ chases and next season we will be looking at things like Welsh Nationals and things like that.

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My Dance

Form Profile:

No wins from 3 starts. Finished fourth, beaten 32 lengths, to Roksana in a novices’ hurdle at Fontwell (2m 3f) in December.

Trainer Says:

She is slowly coming to hand and hopefully can be competitive in some mares maiden hurdles and with that get a decent mark. She ought to give us some fun as she does everything right as she jumps well, stays and has a good attitude. We just haven’t got the key to her yet but she will win.

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Nocturnal Myth

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Midnight Legend - Gan On (Missed Flight)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Plumpton, 4 Dec 2017 15:40
  • Result: 5/14, made most to over 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon lost place, no chance with leaders when lost 4th inside final furlong
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Form Profile:

Promise in bumpers at Chepstow in November and Plumpton in December.

Trainer Says:

He is a very good work horse at home and he has run well in his bumpers but just weakened a little bit towards the end. I am still excited about him and he will have a break now and hopefully come back a bit stronger and get closer to winning a bumper next time out.

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Pure Vision (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 13 starts and currently rated 129 over fences. Returned to winning form on his latest start in a novices’ handicap chase at Ffos Las (2m 5f) in November off a mark of 122.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and he goes to Chepstow on January 6 for the race that was abandoned on the original Welsh National Day. He is a lovely three mile handicap chaser in the making.

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Regal Encore (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 29 starts and currently rated 150 over fences. Best effort this season when finishing third, beaten nine and a quarter lengths, to Total Recall in the Grade 3 Ladbrokes Handicap at Newbury (3m 2f) in December off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran really well in the Ladbrokes Chase at Newbury when finishing third and he won a £100,000 race last season and finished second in a Grade 1. He has been a great servant to the yard and he didn’t quite fire on his last start at Ascot but he has come out of it ok. We will be looking at Spring targets like the Midlands Grand National, the Grand National and the Irish National.

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Sam Brown

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his four starts and currently rated 135 over hurdles. Winner of both of his bumpers and put a disappointing first run over hurdles at Wincanton in October behind when scoring by seven lengths from New To This Town at Plumpton (2m 4 1/2f) in December.

Trainer Says:

He didn’t get off to the best start this season but he learnt a lot from that. He had a few issues but we sorted them out leading into his next race at Plumpton and he came back in style. He has picked up a mark of 135 and we were hoping to go for the Challow but it came too soon for him.

Video Form
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Sojourn (IRE)

  • 5-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Getaway - Toscar (Oscar)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Newbury, 9 Nov 2017 15:55
  • Result: 4/16, mid-division, headway to chase leaders halfway, led over 3f out, soon hard ridden, hung left over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened closing stages
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Form Profile:

Finished fourth, beaten 13 ½ lengths, to Tidal Flow in a bumper at Newbury in November.

Trainer Says:

He probably won’t run much more this season and finished fourth of 16 in a bumper at Newbury. He is a nicely bred horse by Getaway and we think a lot of him. We are looking after him for next season and he will probably go straight over hurdles.

Solstice Son

Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 22 starts and currently rated 129. Well beaten in a handicap chase at Doncaster (3m) in December off a mark of 132.

Trainer Says:

He fell in a heap and didn’t come home very well on his latest outing at Doncaster. I am not too sure why and we will just go through and look at him now. He has been a very good horse who has given us a lot of fun and I would say when the Spring comes he will run well and probably pick up another race.

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Solstice Twilight

Form Profile:

No wins from four starts. Finished promising fourth, beaten 13 ½ lengths, to Caribert on first start for the stable in a bumper at Wincanton in November.

Trainer Says:

She ran a very good first race for us in a bumper at Wincanton and we don’t know what went wrong with her on her hurdling bow at Fontwell as she never went a yard. We can forgive her that as it’s a lot to take in hurdling first time and we can put a line through that one.

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Soulsaver

  • 6-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Recharge - Lapina (Fath)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Fontwell, 27 May 2018 16:35
  • Result: 4/12, made most, driven clear after 3 out to next, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair when lost 3rd flat
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 10 races and currently rated 101 over hurdles. Off the mark in a handicap hurdle at Fontwell (2m 3f) in November when beating Sixties Idol a length and three quarters off a mark of 91 and followed up with another solid effort when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Triple Chief at Taunton (2m 3f) later that month.

Trainer Says:

He has been very good this season and started off at a low level and won at Fontwell. He is still qualified for 0-100’s and should give us a lot more fun in those handicap hurdles in the Spring.

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Tacenda (IRE)

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Tordasia (Dr Devious)
  • Trained by: A J Honeyball
  • Last Race: Wincanton, 18 Jan 2018 13:10
  • Result: 2/2, led sole rival, not fluent 7th (water), headed before next, led 10th, jumped left and a little awkward 3 out, shaken up when headed and out-jumped 2 out, no impression flat
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Form Profile:

Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 128 over fences. Off the mark on her reappearance in a beginners’ chase at Fontwell (2m 5 1/2f) in November when beating Two Swallows two lengths.

Trainer Says:

She ran in Ms Parfois’s race at Newbury and she has already picked up black type this season when finishing second in a listed race at Carlisle. We will look for a slightly easier novice event now and then we will see what is around the corner.

Video Form
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Urca De Lima

Form Profile:

Winner of her only bumper at Uttoxeter in April.

Trainer Says:

She won her bumper very well and from then on we always thought a lot of her. We have been struggling to get her just right but she is a lovely mare. We are trying to get her back in good order and she will definitely run in another bumper before we go hurdling with her.

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