BLOG March 2014 on Eclipse Magazine

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Kaylina Aramis preparing to follow in family footsteps

Kaylina Aramis is a very special filly. She is the last of our four home-bred foals out of Ara, all by the great Kayf Tara.

This week Kaylina took her first steps on the road to becoming a racehorse when I led her around the village from Kayf Aramis. She loved it and didn't put a foot wrong.

I thought that having his sister as companion would stop Kayf neighing for his dam all the way around, but no... they both neighed for her. So it was a pretty noisy ride!

When Kaylina was born, the vet said that Ara had "saved her best till last". Well... I'd love to find out. To get Kaylina into training with Nigel Twiston-Davies, we need more people to join the Kaylina Aramis Syndicate.

It's easy to join and costs less than £50 and you too can join in the success story of the Aramis horses.


Zayfire Aramis has been stepping up the pace on the gallops and should be back on the racetrack soon. He is a handsome big horse and such a big softie too. I love watching him on the gallops, he's got such a big long stride and always enjoys himself.
Kaylif Aramis unfortunately fell during his bid to become the second Aramis horse to win at the Cheltenham Festival. Luckily he was perfectly alright and I've had words with him about picking his feet up in future!

En Guard – Aramis chases Festival honours


Kayf Aramis tasted Cheltenham Festival glory in 2009, winning the Pertemps Final with Aidan Coleman on board.

Kayf went on to race in the next three Festivals each time running well, but with extra weight to carry. Now he is taking things easy and from his quiet field he can just see Cheltenham in the distance.

So this year it's the turn of Kayf's full brother Kaylif Aramis (pictured right) to take centre stage, with entries in the Coral Cup and the Martin Pipe Conditionals Handicap. Good luck to his lad Craig and owners the Grangers in whichever race he runs in.

After an impressive win at Ascot last time out with Ryan Hatch in the saddle, Kaylif was looking very relaxed in his stable and enjoyed his apples. Fingers crossed for an Aramis brothers Festival double!

Members of Kayf Aramis Racing Club enjoyed a pre-Cheltenham visit to the gallops. The view from the top of the gallops is magnificent and the sound of the horses' hooves as they canter past is exhilarating. One member commented what a bargain the membership fee is, as another trainer charges £100 for a gallops visit.

Zayfire Aramis (pictured, on the left, and below) looked magnificent and very shiny in the sun. He is a credit to his lass Jessica, who you see smiling in the photos. Zayfire is part-owned by a great syndicate of guys who have been very patient waiting for him to race. For now, we're just happy that he's happy.

ALERT... We still need more OWNERS for Kaylina Aramis to race. She's the full sister to Kayf Aramis and Kaylif Aramis and, judging by her brothers' achievements, she clearly has a lot of potential.

If you want to join us, it's easy! Membership to the club costs just £47.75 a year including a £3 donation to Retraining of Racehorses. All members will enjoy shared lease ownership of Kaylina Aramis.

You will follow her progress through regular updates, visit her in the stable and watch her on the gallops. When Kaylina is ready to race, you could join her in the parade ring as an Owner. Allocation of Owners' Badges will be done by ballot with extra Owners' badges available at a discounted price.

So if you want to Own a Racehorse... this is your chance!

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

Be part of the action!

JOIN US on the racecourse or at the gallops:

Follow the Aramis horses on twitter@KayfAramis and on Facebook: KayfAramisRacing

Membership costs just £47.75/year, of which £3 is donated to RoR (Retraining of Racehorses).

Keep up to date with daily Kayf Aramis Racing News

BLOG February 2014

Aramis: The Musketeers are back in business!



Ryan Hatch took Zayfire Aramis for his first canter on Saturday, following his recovery from a minor injury in his last race.

By all accounts Zayfire was very fresh. It was obviously a good warm-up ride for Ryan's win at Ascot later on in the day! A win on none other than the full brother to Kayf Aramis, bred by yours truly.

CLASS ACT AT ASCOT (from Aramis Racing News)

The Great British Drama Handicap Hurdle at Ascot yesterday took the stage with true theatrical flourish. The two protagonists, David Pipe's BYGONES SOVEREIGN and HEATH HUNTER, as expected, battled it out in the First Act, with the former leading until four out until he was headed by the latter.

Above Isobel with Kaylif Aramis at Ascot, and below, Kaylif Aramis as a foal

During this time the rising star, KAYLIF ARAMIS, seemed to be making no impression at the rear and must have caused a few anxious moments amongst connections and fans. However, as Ryan Hatch revealed afterwards, this was the prepared script for the race with the aim of keeping something in reserve for later, as the heavy conditions were bound to take their toll on the leaders.

This, with hindsight, became clear in the Second Act, when KAYLIF ARAMIS slowly edged his way effortlessly through the field nearing the seventh hurdle and challenged the protagonists before two out.

BYGONES SOVEREIGN dropped away by four from home but Tom Scudamore hung on gamely aboard HEATH HUNTER in the final furlong but he was ultimately no match for the the son of KAYF TARA, who seemed full of energy as he stormed powerfully into the lead.

For a while Venetia Williams' ART PROFESSOR did look as if he could make some impression in the Final Act but, ironically the son of IN THE WINGS lived up to his Sire's name and could manage only second, five lengths adrift of the victorious Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained seven-year-old.

Be part of the fun!


Kaylina Aramis, full sister to Kayf Aramis and Kaylif Aramis, is the new face of Aramis Racing Club. She is ready to start training.

Experience the thrill of racehorse ownership with Nigel Twiston-Davies at a fraction of the cost.

JOIN US! Membership costs just £47.75 a year. Aramis Racing is delighted to sponsor RoR charity. Retraining of Racehorses:

  • raises funds from within the Racing Industry to help support the charitable retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • helps provide facilities for the care, retraining and rehoming of former racehorses
  • promotes the adaptability of racehorses to other equestrian activities
  • runs a well established programme of competition sponsorship, and clinics to educate and improve riders handling former racehorses.

£3 of each membership to Aramis Racing will be donated to RoR.

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

Be part of the action!

JOIN US on the racecourse or at the gallops:

Follow the Aramis horses on twitter@KayfAramis and on Facebook: KayfAramisRacing

Membership costs just £47.75/year, of which £3 is donated to RoR (Retraining of Racehorses).

Keep up to date with daily Kayf Aramis Racing News

BLOG January 2014

Aramis: the new generation

Happy New Year from Aramis Racing!

Kayf Aramis has settled in very well back home (pictured right with Isobel).

With a new set of shoes fitted, I dusted off my hat and took him for a hack around the village. Kayfi was very excited and jogged the whole way round.

He was so hot when we got back that anyone would have thought we'd been round Cheltenham a few times!

Zayfire Aramis (pictured right with Isobel) sustained a minor injury following his run at Chepstow in December and has been on box rest since. He's very well in himself and should be back in work soon.

We're all really looking forward to seeing him back on the gallops and can't wait for the next race.

Kaylif Aramis has been left to fly the flag for the homebred Aramis horse over the Christmas and New Year period with great runs in the Ladbroke hurdle and the Lanzarote hurdle, sixth and fifth respectively.

He's definitely a chip off the old block!

(Pictured right: Kaylif Aramis on the left galloping alongside Zayfire Aramis on the far right.)

We're looking forward to a very exciting 2014 with the young horses joining Zayfire Aramis at Nigel Twiston-Davies' yard.

(Pictured right: Jessica with Zayfire Aramis.)


December 2013

Aramis exploits: out with the old, in with the new


As Kayf Aramis returns home, Zayfire Aramis starts his hurdling career

Very exciting news in the Aramis camp this week as Zayfire Aramis lines up for his first novice hurdle race at Chepstow on 7th December.

Zayfire has been working and schooling well at home. It's his first hurdle race so fingers crossed! Members of Aramis Racing Club will be out in force to cheer him on!

Tears of joy and sadness as Kayf Aramis returns home

So the day finally arrived for Kayf Aramis to return home after a very long and successful racing career. Becky Maycroft said a sad farewell to Kayf Aramis, who has been part of her life for such a long time.

She started with him as a three-year-old and they were apart only for the 2008–9 season. In that time he was in the loving care of Elaine Mucklow. Kayfi was very lucky to be so well looked after and happily both lasses have promised to visit him at home.

Aramis race...

Kayfi was less than impressed with his mode of transport for travelling home. I think he must have had something grander than a trailer in mind! However, after a certain amount of urging, he was persuaded to load.

He was very excited to be turned out into the field with his dam and the rest of the family and they galloped and galloped and galloped. And we're even more excited to have home the little horse born in a cow shed who became a Cheltenham Festival winner.

...Kayf Aramis in the lead!


26th November 2013

Kayf Aramis, by Ross aged 11

With the jumps season now fully underway, things are very different for the Aramis team with their main man on the back bench.    Every year for the last nine years we have watched our home bred Kayf Aramis strutting his stuff up and down racecourses across the country.   

The story started on 15th December 2003 when Kayf Aramis stepped into a horse box for the very first time as a yearling, destination Lambourn.  When I say stepped in, I should say he was very reluctant to leave his home and only acceded to being led into the box after he’d fallen off the ramp. 

When he left the farm on which he was born, we had no idea what amazing journeys he was going to take us on and would never have believed he would be returning home a Cheltenham Festival winner!  

Now, almost exactly 10 years later to the day, we are looking forward to welcoming Kayfi home from Nigel Twiston-Davies’ yard.  I’m not sure how many other racehorses get to return home to their dam after racing.  Most are separated at weaning and will never see each other again.  Kayfi has been home for some holidays , but he spent last summer at Nigel Twiston-Davies, so the reunion  will be all the sweeter.


Breeder Isobel with Kaylif Aramis



As the first amazing Aramis horse takes his leave of the professional jumps scene, so it’s time for the next Aramis horses to take up the mantle.  Kaylif Aramis, who runs for The Grangers, gave us all a huge scare when he took a fall at Cheltenham last week.  Luckily he and Sam were straight on their feet and Kaylif enjoyed his apples the next day. 

Aramis Racing Club on the gallops
Zayfire Aramis will make his eagerly awaited hurdles debut soon for the newly formed syndicate of Aramis Racing.  Although he is out of the full sister to Kayfi, he looks nothing less him!  He’s big, chestnut and has a huge stride.

Aramis Racing Club Gallops Morning

Aramis Racing Club members recently enjoyed a visit to Nigel Twiston-Davies yard.  They watched the horses work on the gallops, met them in their stables and caught up with Kayf Aramis enjoying his time off in the field.   Then we warmed up with a delicious breakfast at the Hollow Bottom pub.

19th April 2013




To the delight of club members at Cheltenham KAYF ARAMIS our star produced his usual exciting performance – his 17th appearance on his 'home' track and a career total of 84 runs. He looked a peak of fitness in the parade ring and Becky did him proud with an array of lovely stars on his quarters. With Dave Crosse aboard, the 11-year-old was prominent throughout most of the 3-mile Barbury International Horse Trials Handicap Hurdle. He went into the lead at the 6th and hovered around that position until approaching 2 out. He lost ground for a while at this stage but then seemed to gain second wind and rallied bravely but the final climb at Prestbury Park takes its toll on the best of them.


20 club members enjoyed Owners badges to Cheltenham, met Nigel Twiston-Davies and Dave Crosse in the parade ring and took plenty of photos of our star Kayf Aramis.  Many of them backed winners on the day and all of them had a great time.

Member David wrote:

“I've said it before and I'll say it again he never runs a bad race and always gives his all.84 races and still going strong!If you like going to the races and see an honest horse give his best then you can't do any better than Kayfi.He sets the standard for the other horses in the racing club.For an eleven year old to still be setting the pace in a top class hurdles race,and enjoying himself he certainly is a credit to himself and all connected with him.Well done Kayfi.”



Zayfire Aramis runs at Wincanton on Sunday in the 2 mile national hunt flat race with Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Ryan Hatch on board.  We are all very excited to see him run again and many members are making the trip down in the hope of seeing him win!


Kaylif Aramis runs at Ayr on Saturday, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and bred by the Aramis stud, he’s a full brother to our star Kayf Aramis.




12th April

Our hero Kayf Aramis is entered in his 84th race on 18th April


Amazingly this will be his 17th race at Cheltenham! 

Members of Kayf Aramis Racing Club are looking forward to cheering him on, either on course with Owners badges or from wherever they can!  Most of them have now met Kayf Aramis in person so to speak and watched him on the gallops.  He’s a very lucky horse to have so many admirers, especially when they bring apples!

He is even luckily to have Becky to look after him.  Here they are enjoying a morning work-out. 


We’re all waiting eagerly for Zayfire Aramis’s next race.  He just gets more and more impressive every time I see him.  Sam Twiston-Davies schooled him over hurdles this week and this went very well.  According to Jamie who looks after him, Zayfire was so excited after jumping, that he proceeded to trash his stable and threw water everywhere.  He also let us into a rather interesting secret – Zayfire is a self cleaning horse!  Every morning he gets dirt on his white socks from the gallops and sweat on his back, but by the afternoon, his socks are sparkling clean and his coat glistening again, all without Jamie’s help!  Now that’s what I call a clever horse!


Gallops Visits

Members have enjoyed getting close up and personal to the horses and watching them work on the gallops followed by a cooked breakfast at the Hollow Bottom.

Here’s a short video of the horses on a foggy morning.  Kayf is in 2nd position and Zayfire brings up the rear  Click here


Apples for a very special Birthday Girl

Ara celebrated her 23rd birthday on 30th March.  I bought her as an unbroken 3 year old for £1000 and she was my riding horse until I decided to put her in foal in 2001.  She has a very impressive record as a broodmare – 2 winners from 2 runners.

1st foal  Kayf Aramis Cheltenham Festival winner

 2nd foal  Kaylifa Aramis, (dam of Zayfire Aramis)  to get involved with her next foal

   see Breed to Race Syndicate

3rd  foal Kaylif Aramis, 2 wins and 5 places from 11 runs

4th  foal Kaylina Aramis  who will be part of the new Aramis Racing Syndicate


Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager


Membership costs just £75/year, of which £5 is donated toHEROS

(Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme)

Follow the Aramis horses on twitter@KayfAramisand on facebookKayfAramisRacing

5th April

In the news this week...

  • Zayfire Aramis (pictured right) has been learning to jump in preparation for his run over hurdles.
  • New ventures announced (see below)
  • And prize for photo of the week...




New Exciting Opportunities 


Breeding Syndicate for 2013

Breeding is rewarding and fun! Would you like to join others in a syndicate to breed a top class racehorse? 

The Mare

Proven broodmare Kaylifa Aramis(pictured with foal Berlyf), by Kayf Tara – full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis and two-times winner Kaylif Aramis, both trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies

Dam of Zayfire Aramis, four-year-old by Zafeen, third in his first bumper and Berlyf Aramis, three-year-old by Bertolini, ready to race next season.

• 20 syndicate members
• Stud visits
• Get involved every step of the way
• Regular Updates
• One affordable up-front payment. No weekly or monthly payments.

This is an opportunity to have a positive experience in breeding by sharing the risks and rewards of breeding and have some fun along the way.

To register your interest, contact Isobel on by 21st April.

Aramis Racing Syndicates for 2013/14 Season

Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud.

Kaylina Aramis - Three-year-old full sister to Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis and two-times winner six-year-old Kaylif Aramis

Three-year-old half brother to Zayfire Aramis, by Bertolini

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies

• Syndicates limited to 20
• Horses from Champion producer Aramis Stud
• 100% of prize money to members
• Owners badges to races
• Regular stable & gallop visits
• Premier members only website access
• Weekly updates
• All the benefits of a syndicate.

For more details and to register your interest email


Photo of the week...

... goes to Sarah Matthews for capturing the love between Becky and Kayf Aramis, partners for six years.







Join Kayf Aramis Racing at Lambourn Open Day

Kayf Aramis Racing Club has a stand at the

Lambourn Open Day

on Good Friday 29th March CANCELLED


Come along and find out more about our friendly club.


Join Kayf Aramis Racing Club on the day and take home a

signed photo of Sam Twiston-Davies!


The Cheltenham Festival - What a great week for the home team!



The Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle saw Nigel Twiston-Davies and his son, Sam, with their mount, THE NEW ONE, deny victory to favourite, PONT ALEXANDRE despite all the efforts of Ruby Walsh. The 5-year-old gelding sprinted home with a decisive four-length success and made this his third win from four starts this season.

Sam Twiston-Davies commented: "This is him in his full glory. He jumped brilliant and travelled away great. You won't get a much better feeling than that. It was absolute class. I had a bit of trouble in running coming down the hill. I'd like to think he'd be really, really good. This race looked very competitive and considering we got a few knocks down the hill he has really picked up."

Out of breath from cheering her horse home, Sarah Such, joint-owner of THE NEW ONE, said afterwards: "Amazing. I can't breathe, he is absolutely wonderful, a really special horse." She also explained how her horse got his name: "When he came up the gallops Nigel would say, 'There's the new one with no name' and it stuck."



Three doors down from Cheltenham champion, KAYF ARAMIS, at Grange Hill Farm, lives another champion, SAME DIFFERENCE, also lovingly cared for by Becky Maycroft, who now proudly has two Festival winners in her string. On Thursday the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained 7-year-old gelding denied the favourite, SUPER DUTY, victory in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase by a head. 'Sydney' as he is called at home, wearing a visor for the first time, was given a very patient ride by Ryan Hatch as SUPER DUTY and BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE fought it out for leadership. Eventually the latter weakened, leaving the only threat from ROMANESCO, ridden by Nina Carberry who, try as she might, just couldn't coax any more out of her 8-year-old and it was left to SAME DIFFERENCE to do the business in style.

Amateur rider, Ryan Hatch commented: "I can't really put it into words - it's just unreal. He travelled okay, but I was always just slapping him, trying to get him to get hold of the bridle a bit more. He was in mid-division getting banged around and he didn't really like it. But on the second circuit, he started to see a bit more light and he grabbed hold of the bit. He's a superstar and he's given me an amazing ride. I didn't think I'd won. I didn't dare think I had won. But boy when they said 'number 13', I was fair relieved. I was over the moon.”



Club News


KayfAramisRacingClub members are looking forward to the next races and gallops morning next week.  More details on the website.

The horses worked really well on the gallops last week (see photos)

With Kayf Aramis having run in the last 4 Cheltenham Festivals, it was strange not to be going with him this year, although he didn’t seem to mind!  It made me realize just how lucky we are to have a Festival winner as our club standard bearer.

Everyone welcome to join our fun club.


Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager


Membership costs just £75/year, of which £5 is donated toHEROS

(Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme)

Follow the Aramis horses on twitter@KayfAramisand on facebookKayfAramisRacing

8th March



Kayf Aramis “a legend” says Channel 4 Racing

A great day was had by all members at Newbury despite the lack of success. There was plenty to see before racing started and we were treated to a display of dressage by the great Kauto Star who looked fantastic and very pleased with himself!


20 members took advantage of complimentary Owners’ badges and the option to buy an additional Owners’ badge at half price.  As Owners for the day, they had access to the owners bar and great viewing area to watch the races.  Sam Twiston-Davies was in no way daunted by the large crowd of members who packed the parade ring before the first race.  Everyone listened intently as he detailed his tactics for his ride on Kayf Aramis. 

Kayf Aramis ran well but sadly it was not to be his day and he finished unplaced.

Members rejoined Sam in the parade ring for his post-race report.  He said Kayf “ran an honest race” and could just do with coming down the handicap a bit. 

Full marks to the great Twiston-Davies team and his lass Becky Maycroft for turning out our hero Kayf Aramis looking so fantastic time and time again.

There was then plenty of time to relax and enjoy the great racing on offer as well as free coffee in the Owners’ bar before Zayfire Aramis in the last race.  The large crowd of owners once again amassed in the parade ring and luckily for young Ryan Hatch, Carl Llewellyn was on hand to talk tactics.  Members were told that the mile and a half race might be a bit on the short side for Zayfire, who ran an excelled third at Wetherby last time over 2 miles.  Zayfire looked magnificent in the parade ring, a real professional.  He ran well, although the trip was indeed too short and he was overtaken by speedier horses in the run to the line.  However, the great team of club members were undaunted by coming last and returned to the parade ring for the debriefing and to take photos.  As I told them, Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis came last in his first three races!  We are all looking forward to seeing Zayfire over hurdles now and the longer distance will be right up his street.  He’s a 3 mile chaser in the making and a very exciting horse to be involved with.

As one member said being a member of the club is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into racehorse ownership.


The Cheltenham Festival

Kayf Aramis is among 63 entries at confirmation entry stage for the Pertemps Final on Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival.  Winner of the race in 2009, it is looking unlikely that Kayf will get a run in the race this year. 


Sadly, the Twiston-Davies team will be without their great superstar Imperial Commander next week who has had a lung infection and is denied his chance to regain the Gold Cup.

Kayf Aramis Racing Club has a stand at the

Official Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening

on 10th March at Cheltenham Racecourse


Come along and find out more about our friendly club.


Join Kayf Aramis Racing Club on the night and take home a

signed photo of Sam Twiston-Davies!


Good luck to the Twiston-Davies team at Cheltenham next week!


Be part of the action!

28th February


Newbury’s Greatwood Charity Day begins and ends with an Aramis

KayfAramisRacing  club members are in for double joy on 2nd March as both our heroes Kayf and Zayfire race again, this time at Newbury.

We were treated to an excellent day at Wetherby on 2nd February with both horses coming 3rd.  Kayf Aramis runs in the 3 mile 1 handicap hurdle at 2.05 and Zayfire Aramis in the bumper at 5.35. One member posted:   “Good luck to the pair of them if they run as well as they did last time I'm sure we'll all be happy”.  Here’s hoping they run even better!

Saturday is Greatwood charity day at Newbury, the charity for racehorse rehabilitation and helping children with special educational needs.  The highlight of the equestrian day is a chance to see Kauto Star in his new career as a dressage horse with Laura Collett.

With Newbury’s generous Owners Badge scheme, 20 club members will enjoy complimentary owners’ badges and the chance to buy an extra badge for half price.  What lucky horses to have so many owners supporting them on their big day!


The Cheltenham Festival

Nigel Twiston-Davies held his Festival press open day this week.  He has a strong team of horses headed by Imperial Commander and The New One.  Kayf Aramis joined the rest of the Festival team on the gallops and had plenty of journalists asking about the “Festival regular” and “wonderful servant to the yard”. 

Brothers take to the stage on day three of the Festival

(from Overbury Stud website)

The full-brothers Kayf Aramis and Kaylif Aramis could both be lining up for action on the Thursday of the Cheltenham Festival in the Listed Pertemps Final.

The race was won in 2009 by Kayf Aramis, who is now an 11-year-old and still going strong with 82 runs to his name, including victories on the Flat and over hurdles. Five years younger is Kaylif Aramis, who secured his first victory over hurdles on 2 February and was beaten just half a length for third in a competitive handicap hurdle at Kempton three weeks later. The brothers were bred by Isobel Phipps Coltman and are trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies.


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22nd February

Kayf Aramis

It’s a bit like having a kid who never misses a day of school unless the school is closed due to snow.  For the first time in his long career, Kayf Aramis missed a race!   We had all been looking forward to going to Doncaster with him this week but two days before the race Kayf stood on a stone and had a sore foot.  Luckily it was only very minor and he was back on the gallops in a few days.  His dedicated lass Becky said he was really fresh after his few days off!

Here he is strutting his stuff this morning on the gallops with his nephew Zayfire.

Since his first outing to the racecourse, Zayfire has been working really well at home.  His lad Jamie says he is much keener and is ready to go again.  Unfortunately for Jamie, he is still naughty!  Zayfire trod on his toe the other day, and believe me Zayfire is a big horse with big feet so that had to hurt! 

Both horses will be entered in a race very soon and all club members will have the chance to join them at the races. For more details check out the website:  


Cheltenham Festival Fever!

The AttheRaces cameras were on the gallops this morning filming Imperial Commander before his big to regain the Gold Cup.  He cantered up very easily with head lad Sparky.

Kayf Aramis is entered in the Pertemps Final at the Festival on 14th March.  There are 94 entries in the race and one of these is his full brother Kaylif Aramis (who runs at Kempton on 23rd February for Nigel Twiston-Davies).  Fingers crossed they both get a run and as Kaylif’s lad said – wouldn’t it great it there was a dead heat!  



Morning on the Gallops

Join us on the gallops next month to watch the horses on the gallops and meet them in their stables.  Details will be posted on the website.

Take a fun look at the Aramis horses on the gallops   here 


14th February

A new track for Kayf Aramis


A new track for Kayf Aramis

It’s been a great couple of weeks since “Aramis Day at the Races” - so many lovely messages and a big article on the boys in the Gloucestershire Echo.

We still need more members to get the next Aramis horses racing - so sign up now and tell all your friends!

Kayf Aramis is entered at Doncaster on Wednesday giving club members up North another great opportunity to join him in the parade ring and hopefully the winners enclosure!

Kayf Aramis has been to a lot of racetracks in his long career but he's never been to Doncaster and always runs well at a new track.  At least this time he only has to go past the winning post twice!  At Wetherby it was 3 times and he tried to pull up after the second time - horses do count!


Cheltenham Festival – not long now!

Nigel Twiston-Davies has a great team of horses lined up to run at the Cheltenham Festival this year and his string are in cracking form.

Kayf Aramis is qualified to run in the Pertemps Final at the Festival on 14th March.  It will be his 5th appearance in the race he won in 2009.

Club members will have the enviable chance of being Owners at the Cheltenham Festival for free!  There’s nothing like being an owner at Cheltenham, but ... to be an Owner at the Festival is like nothing on earth.


Just for Fun To commemorate a successful day for the Aramis family, I've made a new video clip - please take a look here 



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Membership costs just £75/year, of which £5 is donated toHEROS

(Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme)

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Saturday 4th February

A Successsful Day Out for Kayf Aramis Racing Club and the Aramis Family!


KAYF ARAMIS is right back to form!   He led the field a merry dance, enjoying himself up front and leaving the others struggling in his wake.  He was still leading 2 out when he hit the hurdle and stumbled on landing – something he has never done in all his 40 races over hurdles. Well done to jockey Dave Crosse for sticking on and getting him back on track to get 3rd place.  The trainer said afterwards he would have won if it hadn’t been for that error.


Next it was the turn of ZAYFIRE ARAMIS in the bumper.  He showed plenty of family spirit and got into the lead at 3 out. Then perhaps his inexperience told in the final stages but he held on gamely for a well-earned 3rd.
His race was also not without incident with Dave Crosse being unseated on the way to post!  Apparently he went down with another rider for company, and as they got down to the start Dave told the other jockey he was OK now, Zayfire promptly jinked at a hurdle and put poor Dave on the floor!  Luckily Zayfire didn’t go far and was soon caught.

20 club members were Owners for the day at Wetherby, cheered on the horses and greeted them into the winners enclosure.  Everyone had a great day!

Member Patrick wrote “What a great day for the Kayf Family on Saturday. I backed them e/w £5 so I have this years subs back.”

Well done to Becky Maycroft who looks after Kayf, Jamie Insole who looks after Zayfire, Dave Crosse, Nigel, Carl and the team!


To cap a brilliant day at the races, KAYLIF ARAMIS, Kayf’s full brother won at Ffos Las for his owner Nigel Twiston-Davies. With Sam Twiston-Davies aboard they beat Tony McCoy on The Bear Trap by a head.

This was one of the most successful days for the ARAMIS stud. Larger stud farms and wealthy horse owners may think nothing of entering more than one horse in races on the same day but I bred these three horses, KAYF ARAMIS, KAYLIF ARAMIS and ZAYFIRE ARAMIS in muddy, rented fields and are all in training with Nigel Twiston-Davies. All three of them raced on Saturday and produced a Winner and two 3rds.

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From Overbury Stud website:


"Also on the scoresheet at Ffos Las was Kaylif Aramis, the six-year-old brother to Kayf Tara's versatile Cheltenham Festival winner Kayf Aramis. Bred by Isobel Phipps Coltman, Kaylif Aramis has been placed four times in bumpers and hurdle races and posted his first victory in the 2m4f handicap hurdle, while his big brother was third at Wetherby on the same day."

A good day for the Aramis clan!
All for One and One for All!




A Morning to Remember! 26th January 2013


The Members' Open Morning on the gallops at the Twiston-Davies yard was a great success.  Around 30 KAYF ARAMIS fans, from as far away as Surrey and Nottinghamshire made the early morning start to be there. Some unfortunately couldn't make it because of the snow and ice. But that didn't deter the appearance of a reporter from the local radio station, BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Even the weather brightened up for the event with the sun streaking down over the snowy ground. Kayfaramisracing members were delighted to be able to watch all the horses, including the ARAMIS clan, work out on the gallops and then get up close to them afterwards in their stables. One member was so thrilled to be there, exclaiming that membership was worth it just to have this opportunity once a year, but the Open Mornings are one of the regular features of club membership. The successful day was crowned by a visit to The Hollow Bottom to warm up by the fire.


Zayfire Aramis

Last week I wrote of Kaylifa’s trip to Overbury Stud instead of the racetrack.  Well, her visit to Zafeen produced Zayfi just one week before uncle Kayf Aramis won at the Cheltenham Festival.  He was born at 2 o’clock in the morning with just me in attendance.  Kaylifa was obviously struggling, so I pulled him out myself - a very scary time!  His legs were so long that he was unable to stand up, so the vet came in the morning to feed him his mother’s milk to give him strength.  

4 years on from that very shaky start... Zayfi has been entered in his first race!


An Amazing Feat of Breeding!

I’m sure the bigger studs and owners are used to having more than one horse entered on the same day, but...

from a muddy rented field , I have bred 3 horses who are in training and all 3 are entered to race this Saturday!


Kayf Aramis is entered in the 3 mile 1 class 3 handicap hurdle at Wetherby 

Zayfire Aramis is entered in the national hunt flat race also at Wetherby

They both run for members of the Kayf Aramis Racing club who will enjoy a VIP day at the races as Owners and share 50% of the prize money.


Kaylif Aramis (full brother to Kayf) is entered at Sandown and Ffos Las and runs for Nigel Twiston-Davies


Now all we need is for the meetings to go ahead!


Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

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Aramis Horses Play in the Snow and the Story of the Second Aramis - 22nd January

Aramis horses play in the snow and the story of the second Aramis

I’m not sure Kayf Aramis was as upset about Haydock being abadononed as the rest of us -his lass reports how he’s loving going out in the snow! All club members who won an Owners badge to Haydock will be given the chance to go to another race.  So an alternative race was picked at Warwick on Thursday, but this too is under snow and the entry for Huntingdon on Friday looks very unlikely...

So we wait for the big thaw and the next race, wherever that may be! 

In the meantime, we have the Club Open Morning to look forward to on Saturday (weather permitting!)  Members will get a chance to get close up and personal with Kayf Aramis and Zayfire Aramis, see them work on the gallops with the rest of the string and have a tour of the yard.  Then we’ll be off to the local racing pub the Hollow Bottom to warm up by the fire!


The Second Aramis

From my riding mare, Ara, there are now 6 Aramis horses.  She had 4 foals from the great Kayf Tara:- our hero Kayf Aramis and then Kaylifa, Kaylif and Kaylina.

Kaylifa was born on a hot day in May 2005.  As soon as she was born, it was aparant she was breathing heavily and when the vet came to check her, he confirmed that she did indeed have a breathing problem.  As a young foal she had to put up with a lot of scopes being inserted through her nose into her throat, but the vet couldn’t be certain what was wrong and it was hoped the condition would get better with age.  So at 2 years old, she went off to be broken in, but her breathing was still laboured when in canter.  The vet sent her to Hartpury College so that he could examine her on the treadmill.  All sorts of aparatus was attached to her with the scope connected to a camera so the vet could see what was going on inside her throat as she trotted and cantered on the treadmill.  It turned out Kaylifa has a rare wind condition and there was no treatment for her.  So she returned home to the field and instead of seeing a racetrack visited Overbury Stud, but that story for next week...


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Will Snow Ruin the Day for Lucky Winners of Kayf Aramis Racing VIP Owners Badges - 16th January


Kayf Aramis is due to race at Haydock on Saturday 19th.

A ballot took place at Nigel Twiston-Davies yard and the lucky winners who will be his Owners for a VIP day at the races are:

Bruce B, Angie B, Sarah P, Bill B, Sue C, James D, Barry C and Dave O

Unfortunately... it turns out they could be the shortest owners in racing, with heavy snow now forecast and the meeting in jeopardy... 


Young Zayfire Aramis was less than impressed with the gallops being frozen over and having to walk up and down the lane for his exercise.  As the others had all gone on ahead, he showed the same stuborn streak that his uncle Kayf has and flatly refused to go!  Poor Jamie, who rides him, had the indignaty of having me lead him up the road to rejoin the others.  All the Aramis family know who “mum” is!  Kaylif Aramis, full brother to Kayf, owned by Nigel, gave me a neigh when he saw me and always enjoys his apples.

Don’t forget our Club Open Morning is on Saturday 26th January. 

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The unusual account of the birth of Cheltenham Festival Winner KAYF ARAMIS.

A cowshed may not sound like the most likely place to keep a mare about to give birth ... but the farmer had cleaned it out, painted it white with black beams.  I put rubber mats on the earth floor covered with copious amounts of straw – so we turned it into a luxury stable! He then pulled his old caravan next to it and we rigged up a camera so I could watch them at night.  Three weeks I spent in that caravan waiting for Ara’s first foal, 4 months pregnant too! Finally, at 9.30 am on Saturday morning, when my husband, the farmer and his family were all there to watch, out came little Kayfi, all scrunched up, with one ear bent back.  He was on his feet quite quickly and later on that day enjoyed a run around the paddock with his dam.

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

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From a Cowshed to winner at the Cheltenham Festival - 8th January 2013


At 7.30 this morning, I stood at the top of the gallops with Grand National and Gold Cup winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and watched my horses emerge from the gloom - a Cheltenham Festival winner and a very promising young horse who brought an excited smile to the trainer’s face as he flashed by.

A normal morning in the life of a successful racehorse owner you say? 

Maybe ... but if I tell you the Festival winner was born in a cowshed, his dam a riding horse cost just £1000 and his owner works as a typist, breeding horses in rented fields – there is certainly nothing normal about it!


My new blog shares the daily life of the Aramis horses and thrills of racing with the Kayf Aramis Racing ClubKayf Aramis (more of him later) has found his way into many peoples’ hearts – his fan club reaches people all over the world.

This is a very exciting month for members of Kayf Aramis Racing Club:-

Kayf Aramis is racing at Haydock on Saturday 19th January

We are holding a Club Open Morning on the Gallops on Saturday 26th January

And the moment everybody has been waiting for ... Zayfire Aramis will run in his first national hunt flat race

How it all began

My beautiful Welsh/Arab pony MISTY died on Midsummer’s Day 2000 leaving ARA alone in the field for the first time. I decided to put her in foal and chose an event stallion from Somerset, but with the outbreak of Foot & Mouth was unable to get there.  I had a look at her pedigree and thought she could produce a racehorse!  Amazingly, just around the corner was KAYF TARA, by the great SADLER’S WELLS, standing his first season at OVERBURY STUD.  Ara’s 12 o’clock appointment on 27th April 2001 led to the birth of a very small and feisty foal exactly 12 months later. The unusual account of the birth of future champion KAYF ARAMIS to follow next week.

Isobel Phipps – Breeder/Owner/Racing Club Manager

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Young Kayf

16th March