Straight from the horse's mouth

by Racing News Blogger

Derek Coltman


23 February 2019


The money just flu!

It is estimated that the outbreak of equine influenza that stopped all racing two weeks ago has cost the industry £5 million. There was about a £1.2 million lost in the racing levy when taking average quantities, funding for additional race meetings and prize money into account. Jockeys missed out on an estimated £228,000 in riding fees, agents lost £29,000 and valets £22,000. Owners had to fork out £189,000 for the cost of swab testing. Racecourses were hit even harder. The cancellation of thirteen meetings at courses owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC) is estimated to have cost between £1.5 and £2 million.


New Top Trainer?

For the past five years the County Carlow king has started favourite to be top trainer at the Cheltenham Festival. Three years ago he was as short as 1/14 to win the crown, which he duly did with seven winners. Things don't look so promising this year for Willie Mullins, however, who has just announced that he expects to have only around 40 runners at Prestbury Park, down from 55 last year and is lagging behind both Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson in ante-post markets. His great rival Gordon Elliott and Nicky Henderson are 6/4 and 15/8, respectively, with Willie Mullins at 11/4.

Spoilt for choice

Owner Dai Walters is hoping that the Sky Bet Dovecote Novices' Hurdle at Kempton today will clinch Angels Breath's claim for a place at the Cheltenham Festival. The latter, trained by Nicky Henderson, had been the favourite for the Supreme Novices' Hurdle but he was beaten by Al Dancer, also owned by Dai Walters, in the Betfair Hurdle last weekend. With both horses vying to compete this year's Cheltenham Festival Dai Walters is spoilt for choice!





Coming Soon... Kayf Aramis: Pertemps to Dream

The true story of a little horse born in a cowshed who became an amazing racehorse, winning at the Cheltenham Festival

and the people who share his story

Kayf Aramis

raced 85 times, including 7 wins and 31 places and won over £153,000 in prize money

A Cheltenham Festival winner and 3x winner on the flat at the York Dante Festival

Kayfi is back home with his family and now competes in Endurance Riding with his owner/breeder Isobel

The Story of Kayf Aramis

Kaylina Aramis by 9-time Champion Sire Kayf Tara

Breeding Shares Available in 2019

Bred for success

Kaylina Aramis


Breeding Shares available for 2019! 

By Kayf Tara

  • full sister to Kayf Aramis 85 runs & over £153,000 prize money, Winner Cheltenham Festival; 3xWinner at York Dante Festival
  • full sister to Kaylif Aramis, his career very sadly cut short at a young age: 3 wins, 4 places, over £59,000 prize money, Winner Ascot grade 2; 2nd grade 3 Aintree




The Aramis Collection 


Homebred Aramis horses.


Find out more here:-



The Aramis Family

Kayf Aramis ridden by Aidan Coleman trained by Venetia Williams, led in by Haggis and Isobel & Ross, followed by Gary winner Pertemps Final Cheltenham Festival 2009 Photo Grossick Photography