Malcolm Jefferson

    From Newstead Cottage Stable in Norton near Malton, Malcolm Jefferson talks to At The Races about his string and his hopes for the rest of the season.
  • Monday 20 November 2017
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MALCOLM JEFFERSON has quite rightly earned the reputation as being a trainer worth taking note of and his shrewd placing and ability to untap the potential of those in his care has his name written in folklore in Northern racing circles.

Holding a trainers’ licence for over 30 years, his patience with his younger horses has ensured that longevity is very much at the forefront of his mind and any horse at his Newstead Cottage Stable comes with the certificate “Built to last”.

If ever a horse was aptly-named to come under his guidance it is has to be Waiting Patiently who is unbeaten in four starts since joining him from Keith Reveley and made the perfect start to his campaign when beating Belami Des Pictons in the Listed Colin Parker Memorial Intermediate Chase at Carlisle recently. Malcolm is hoping that a Grade 1 Chase will be on the table for him this time around and with the likes of Cloudy Dream and Mount Mews he has a medium sized team that has a plenty of quality included.

Malcolm ended the 2016-17 season with 40 winners and £504,073 in prize money and if any of his big three come up to expectations then that total will surely be beaten come next April and just for good measure he has a healthy intake of untapped bumper horses that could well be the big names of the future.

Malcolm kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his hopes for the season for a very interesting bunch of horse at Newstead Cottage.

All Horses

Bally Conor

  • 4 b g Presenting – Soliya
Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a young unraced horse by Presenting who is quite a nice individual. He will start off in a bumper but is still about a month off running.

Black Ivory

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 120 over hurdles. Made a promising reappearance in a handicap hurdle at Aintree (3m 1/2f) in October when runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Bon Chic off a mark of 116.

Trainer Says:

He is a nice little horse that will keep improving. He ran a good race on his reappearance at Aintree last month.

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Cathal's Star

Form Profile:

Finished fifth, beaten 18 lengths, to Ask The Tycoon in a bumper at Ayr this month.

Trainer Says:

He ran in a heavy ground bumper at Ayr this month and ran a reasonable race. We like him at home and he probably wants better ground. He might well be a better horse when he goes over hurdles. He is from a staying family and may well want a trip to be seen at his best.

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Cloudy Dream (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 16 starts and currently rated 159 over fences. Amongst a string of highly creditable efforts finished runner-up, beaten six lengths, to Altior in the Grade 1 Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham (2m) in March and rounded off his season with a six length defeat of Theinval in the Grade 2 Future Champions Novices Chase at Ayr (2m 4 1/2f) in April. Finished runner-up, beaten three quarters of a length, to Smad Place in the Old Roan Chase at Aintree (2m 4f) on his reappearance in October off a mark of 155. Produced another fine effort when runner-up, beaten eight lengths, to Fox Norton in the Grade 2 Shloer Chase at Cheltenham (2m) on Sunday.

Trainer Says:

Well everyone knows about Cloudy Dream – I am hoping he is going to be a Grade 1 horse and he has never done a thing wrong in his life. He won three times in his first season over fences including the Grade 2 Future Champions Chase at Ayr and made a very pleasing return when runner-up to Smad Place in the Old Roan at Aintree. He went to Cheltenham on Sunday for the Shloer Chase and ran another great race to finish second to Fox Norton. He will return to two and a half miles now and there’s a chance that he will run in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon in two weeks time

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Cyrus Darius

  • 9-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Overbury - Barton Belle (Barathea)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Aintree, 12 Apr 2018 15:25
  • Result: 5/9, held up towards rear, 5th after 4 out, headway when not fluent 3 out, bumped before last, 5th and no extra when not fluent at the last, weakened
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Form Profile:

Winner of six of his 10 starts and currently rated 145 over fences. Made a winning reappearance at Ayr (2m 4 1/2f) this month when beating Arctic Gold three quarters of a length off a mark of 137.

Trainer Says:

He goes to Haydock next Saturday where he runs in a Graduation Chase. He did very well when winning at Ayr first time up and he has come out of his race very well.

Double W's (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 22 starts and currently rated 140 over fences. Disappointing both starts this season when unplaced to Forest Bihan at Kelso (2m 1f) and to Foxtail Hill at Cheltenham (2m) in October.

Trainer Says:

He was disappointing at Kelso when he got into the race too soon and looked like he was going to win turning in and just got tired. The next time we ran him at Cheltenham he came back not quite right and he does like better ground really. There is a race at Doncaster which he ran a blinder in last year and we will keep him to the tracks where the ground is better.

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Dubai Angel (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 9 starts and currently rated 132 over fences and hurdles. Finished third, beaten five lengths, to Derintoher Yank in a novices handicap chase at Carlisle (2m) in October off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a lovely young horse who did nothing wrong last year and did nothing wrong at Carlisle the other day. He was going to run at Newcastle on Friday but the ground was good to firm so he didn’t run under topweight and we will look for something else.

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Hello Bertie

Form Profile:

No wins from 4 starts. Beaten favourite in novice hurdles at Perth (2m) in September (runner-up, beaten two lengths, to Golden Jeffrey) and Wetherby (2m 3 1/2f) in October (fifth, beaten 29 lengths, to Barton Knoll).

Trainer Says:

I don’t know what we’ve done wrong – I thought he would win every race we’ve run in but he hasn’t. He is a nice horse and he might go to Catterick this week.

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24 May 2017:

Helmsley Lad

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 115 over hurdles. Unplaced in handicap hurdle this season at Sedgefield (2m 4f) in October and Kelso (2m 5f) this month.

Trainer Says:

He has been a little bit disappointing and whether we have got the trip wrong with him I’m not quite sure. He will be going chasing sooner rather than later. We always thought he would make a chaser and he could do well over two miles over fences.

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Kelka

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Exit To Nowhere - Scarvagh Diamond (Zaffaran)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Ayr, 20 Apr 2018 14:40
  • Result: 9/14, held up behind, headway into mid-division on outside after 3rd, lost place 3 out, weakened from next
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of her 9 starts and currently rated 130 over hurdles. Winner three times over hurdles last season and last success when scoring by four and a half lengths from Nuts Well at Newcastle (2m 1 /2f) in March off a mark of 125.

Trainer Says:

She is a lovely filly who did nothing wrong last year but struck into herself at Ayr on her last run on Scottish Grand National Day. She is about a month or five weeks off running and she likes soft ground. She is going novice chasing.

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Mount Mews (IRE)

Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 8 starts and currently rated 145 over hurdles.. Successful three times over hurdles last season and runner-up, beaten four and a half lengths, to Pingshou in the Grade 1 Top Novices’ Hurdle at Aintree in April. Finished third, beaten four lengths, to Martila at Ayr (2m) in November off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He is a good horse and he ran a blinder on heavy ground at Ayr under topweight. There is a good chance he will go to Haydock on Saturday for the two miles and three handicap hurdle. He was going to go to Cheltenham but I just thought it was a week too early and he is in good form after his run at Ayr.

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Northern Soul

  • 5-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Presenting - Our Ethel (Be My Chief)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Market Rasen, 22 Apr 2018 17:40
  • Result: Won/13, in touch, took closer order over 5f out, every chance from well over 1f out, hard driven inside final furlong, ran on to lead closing stages
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Form Profile:

Unraced

Trainer Says:

He is a nice horse and I have been waiting for a bit better ground for him. He was going to go to Newcastle last weekend but we will just give him a little bit more time and look for some decent ground.

Oscar Rock (IRE)

  • 10-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Oscar - Cash And New (Supreme Leader)
  • Trained by: J M Jefferson
  • Last Race: Market Rasen, 17 Nov 2016 14:05
  • Result: Won/7, shade keen, held up, in touch, smooth headway tracking leader approaching 2 out, challenging when hit last and stumbled, rallied gamely to lead towards finish
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Form Profile:

Winner of seven of his 18 starts and rated 147 over fences and 145 over hurdles. Scored by a length from Duke Street in a handicap hurdle at Market Rasen (2m 4 1/2f) in November 2016 on his only start last season.

Trainer Says:

He has just come back into training and if things go right for him I will be aiming him for the Scottish National.

Ryedale Racer

Form Profile:

Winner of three of his 14 starts and currently rated 120. Finished runner-up, beaten three lengths, to Bitview Colin in a handicap hurdle at Hexham (2m 4f) in October off a mark of 119.

Trainer Says:

He is handicapped to the hilt and is a genuine little horse who always runs his race. He isn’t the biggest but I have entered up a few times and he may go novice chasing. He jumps quite well at home.

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Schiaparannie

  • 6-y-o; bay mare
  • Breeding: Schiaparelli - Annie's Answer (Flemensfirth)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Huntingdon, 26 Mar 2018 13:30
  • Result: 3/16, reluctant to jump off and slowly away, hampered 1st, handy by next, hampered by loose horse when not fluent 5th, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd and beaten when untidy last
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Form Profile:

Winner of two of her 5 starts. Made a successful debut for the stable when winning a bumper at Hexham in April. Off the mark on her first run over hurdles at Wetherby on Saturday when beating Our Belle Amie two and a half lengths.”

Trainer Says:

She won at Wetherby on Saturday and is nice mare who should do well. We will see how she comes out of her race and look for a similar event for her.

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25 Apr 2017:

Secrete Stream (IRE)

  • 9-y-o; chestnut gelding
  • Breeding: Fruits Of Love - Bonny River (Exit To Nowhere)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Perth, 27 Apr 2018 14:05
  • Result: 3/5, tracked leader, driven and every chance approaching 2 out, soon outpaced, stayed on well closing stages
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Form Profile:

Winner of four of his 13 starts and currently rated 134 over fences and hurdles. Finished fifth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Mister Whitaker on his reappearance in a novices’ handicap chase at Carlisle (2m 4f) in November off his current mark.

Trainer Says:

He ran a blinder at Carlisle the other day in his first novice chase. I am looking for another one and he likes to have three weeks to a month between his races. He is a good horse but has been a delicate horse to train.

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12 Nov 2016:

Special Catch (IRE)

  • 11-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Catcher In The Rye - Top Quality (Simply Great)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Newcastle, 14 Apr 2018 15:20
  • Result: PU/4, chased leaders, took closer order approaching 5 out, hampered and left in 2nd 4 out, not fluent next, weakening when tired mistake 2 out, soon pulled up
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Form Profile:

Winner of eight of his 31 starts and currently rated 138 over fences. Finished sixth, beaten 11 lengths, to Archive in a handicap chase at Ayr (2m 1/2f) this month off a mark of 139.

Trainer Says:

He is the highest he has ever been handicapped since he went into training. He didn’t run a bad race at Ayr but the handicapper could have hold of him really.

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Temple Man

Form Profile:

Winner of one of his 6 starts. Off the mark with a nose victory from Echo Express in a maiden hurdle at Kelso (2m) in October.

Trainer Says:

He won up at Kelso and he went to Wetherby on Saturday where he fell four out. He is fine after his fall and is still a bit immature but he is a nice horse. He will improve with another year on his back.

Waiting Patiently (IRE)

  • 7-y-o; bay gelding
  • Breeding: Flemensfirth - Rossavon (Beneficial)
  • Trained by: Ruth Jefferson
  • Last Race: Ascot, 17 Feb 2018 15:35
  • Result: Won/7, patiently ridden in last pair, not fluent 6th, headway into 2nd 3 out, rider delayed challenge until produced to lead approaching and hit last, clear when hung right and idled run-in, stayed on
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Form Profile:

Winner of five of his 7 starts and currently rated 156 over fences. Has won all four races since joining stable and ended last season with a length and a quarter defeat of Politologue in a Grade 2 Novices’ Chase at Haydock (2m 4f) in January. Made a pleasing reappearance in a listed Intermediate Chase at Carlisle (2m 4f) this month when scoring by two and a half lengths from Belami Des Pictons.

Trainer Says:

He is probably the best horse in the yard and he should be a Grade 1 horse. All being well he goes for the December Gold Cup at Cheltenham. He is in two or three other places and we are not sure tripwise where to go. He likes real soft ground and there is a race at Punchestown he might go for and I wouldn’t rule out the Tingle Creek either.

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