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Saturday 2nd September 2017

 

Exciting times as new horses join Bob Buckler's stable

Bob Buckler goes into the start of the new National Hunt season with the largest number of horses in training since he relocated to the Quantock Hills above Spaxton four years ago.

Bob who has saddled many big winner winners including the Irish Grand National said: “This is a great time of the year and every one of the horses in the yard has got the potential to win a race.

“It’s particularly exciting this season because we have so many new horses with us and it’s the young horses coming on that keep you going- and one of them is going to the Arkle winner!”

Among the stable newcomers is Unwin VC, a three year old destined to become a long distance chaser.  The horse is named after the owner’s grandfather who won the VC in Gallipoli in 1915.

“He has got a lovely temperament and done everything we have asked of him easily and very willingly. We will progress him slowly and he will probably run in a bumper in December but he was bought to become a three mile long chaser, which is the sort of horse I love,” Bob said.

All Kings is an eight year old bay gelding who has come to Bob's yard from Harry Fry’s stable having had a back problem which has now been operated on and hopefully solved.

“Touch wood everything has gone right with him and he is enjoying working again. He hasn’t got many miles on the clock for an eight year old so hopefully we can get him happy and enjoying life again.

Gib Hill another recent addition to the yard, is ready to go in a three year old bumper probably in October or November.

“He is great big horse and out of a mare who won as a two year old on the flat so he should genetically mature early.”

Cushuish is four year-old Yeats bay filly that was bought at the Doncaster Sales in the summer. Her dam was a seven time black type, including listed races, winner My Petra.

Bob is particularly excited by this new horse and has ridden her on several occasions each time being hugely impressed by her capability.

Also in the yard is Say My Name, who is expected to start over hurdles in the autumn before going back to fences later in the season, Regal Flow, who is being targeted at the October meeting at Cheltenham, and Hoo Bally Diva, who is recovering from a leg problem so won’t start running again until the early spring.

Bob also has two further three year old Yeats fillies and stable favourite Ballyegan.

A few shares are still currently available in Cushuish, who Bob has been impressed with since buying her in the summer.

It is expected that Cushuish will make her first appearance on the track in a bumper later on in November.

To find out more about purchasing a share in Cushuish please call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Tuesday 29th August 2017

 

Triggywinkle opens Bob's 2017-18 account at Newton Abbot on Tuesday.

 

Bob has got his first runner of the 2017-18 season when he has got Triggywinkle going at  Newton Abbot in the 2 mile handicap chase at 5.05pm this afternoon.

Triggywinkle is one of th newcomers to Bob's yard and has only been with him for the past three weeks.

Looking ahead to the race the Quantock based handler said: "Triggywinkle has only been with us a for a short time but she has settled in well and seems to be happy with us, so it will be interseting so see how she goes."

Bob added: "Sean Houlihan, ( a seven pound claimer) schooled her yesterday and it went well and he will be on her at Newtoin Abbot so we are hoping for a good run."

To find out more about becoming involved with a syndicate involving one of Bob's new horses give him a call on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 27th June 2017

 

Bob Buckler reflects on last season

It is just over three years since Bob Buckler relocated to his Gibb Hill Yard on the edge of the Quantocks and earlier this week the former Irish Grand National trainer reflected on the season that has just ended.

During the 2016-17 campaign Bob sent out 45 runners, almost half of which finished in the top four.

“It was a very interesting season because the horses started off running well, but then for some particular reason in the middle they all went a bit flat, “ Bob said.

“Nothing showed up when did blood tests, scoped and did all we could to find out a reason. Nothing showed up so it was one of those things that happens sometimes, although there must have been something slightly amiss.

“The horses all seemed fine and well but they were just a bit quiet and weren’t running quite to their best. You look at everything you can think of but nothing showed up.

“I was once told by a racing vet, that you know what you are doing, the system works so don’t change it and the horses will come back- and they did. The trouble is if you start changing things you never know what it is you have done that makes a difference.”

Bob went on: “Things all settled down as the season went on and the horses came back and ran some very good races for us.”

The Quantock handler talked through some of his horses.

“We didn’t have as many winners as we wanted, but we had a lot of placed horses and Ugolin de Beaumont had three seconds and turned into a very exciting chaser. Having not won he is still a novice for next season, which is an added advantage.  He is a typical chasing sort and will still get better and win races for us going forward.

“We had a lot of fun with Regal Flow, who was new to the yard last year  and came in because Caroline Keevil had given up training. Heather Dunn moved him to me, because she has had horses with me before, so its great to have him back.

“It took us a little bit of time to get going with him, but then he won a nice race at Warwick and qualified for the £50,000 final at Haydock and very nearly won. He got his head in front just after the last but was just beaten into second.”

“Regal Flow will be coming back in early to aim for the Cheltenham Amateur Riders Chase next season.”

Bob went on: “Tinker Time is another interesting one because he last won a race in December 2015 and only now after 10 runs has he got back to that winning mark, because his races were good enough that they kept on putting him up a bit.

Tinker Time will run at Worcester on June 28th in a two miles seven which is a 0-140 race.

“Ballyegan is in great form and will keep on going. He loves his work and is still as fresh as ever. He will continue to run under rules and if not will come out and go pointing.

“Somerset Lias got a win at Taunton and ran a lot f good races in his class and had three seconds in a row. He runs up to his ability and as a trainer you cant do anymore than that.

“Say My Name was a bit disappointing last season and I think that I am partly to blame for that because I rushed hi into jumping fences too quickly when he wasn’t quite mature and confident enough to do it.

“He was only just six at the end of May so he is still quite young so I expect that we will give him a couple of hurdle runs to get his confidence. He ran a blinder in his last hurdle race at Warwick, where he finished fourth and was only beaten by three lengths after being obstructed three out.”

Bob added: “The horses are now all out for the summer and will start to come in towards the end of July and then we will start working towards next season, and that will come around pretty soon- as it always does!"

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com 


 

 

Tinker Time at Worcester on Wednesday

Bob Buckler has got Tinker Time running in the two and a half mile chase at 2.50pm at Worcester on Wednesday afternoon.

Tinker Time is the lightest weight and will be ridden by Liam Heard in the seven horse race.

Ahead of the race Bob said: "This is likely to be a pretty hot race, but Tinker Time looks well and we are expecting him to give a good account of himself."

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com 

 

 

 


Wednesday 31st May 2017

 

Buckler duo going at Ffos Las on Thursday evening.

 

Bob Buckler has got both Tinker Time and Ballyegan running at Ffos Las on Thursday evening.

Tinker Time will be ridden by Liam Heard and runs in the 6.30 which is a Class 3 three mile chase with 10 runners.

Stable favourite Ballyegan will be ridden by seven pound claimed Sean Houlihan and runs in the two and half mile chase at 7.30pm, with eight runners.

Bob has got high hopes for both of his horses at Ffos Las and earlier today said: “Both horses are incredibly well and schooled well round Cothelstone yesterday.

Bob added: “These are likely to be our last two runners of the season so we are expecting them both to run big races for us.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about any aspect of training or ownership can contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 10th May 2017

 

Tinker Time at Newton Abbott on Wednesday

 

Bob Buckler returned from Ffos Las last evening happy with the run that Ugolin de Beuamont put in in the three mile chase where he was beaten  into second place by a length.

Today the Quantock based handler is on the road again when he takes Tinker Time down to Newton Abbot where he is running in the 2.35pm, a three miles two furlong race which is a Class 3 event.

The 9 year old is in good form and has trained well over the last few days so Bob is hoping for another big run.

 

 


Tuesday 9th May 2017

 

 

Ugolin heading for Ffos Las on Tuesday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Ugolin de Beaumont running in the 4.20pm at Ffos Las, the Weatherbys Handicap Chase over three miles.

The nine year old has finished second in his two most recent outings, one of which at Cheltenham was over half a mile further.

He is a stayer and a good jumper so Bob is expecting a big run from him at Ffos Las.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training please give him a call on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect

 


Thursday 4th May 2017

 

 

Ballyegan at Towcester on Thursday.

 

Bob Buckler has got stable favourite Ballyegan running at Towcester on Thursday afternoon in the 4.50pm Condititonal Jockeys' Handicap Chase over two miles and five furlongs.

In the seven horse race Ballyegan will be ridden by James Corbett who is 24 years old and the son of a trainer and comes very highly recoomended.

Bob said: "The horse is very well and we are expecting a big race from him. We just hope that the ground isnt too hard, but I have been assured that there is a good covering of grass. Ballyegan is on great form."

To find out about any aspect of ownership and training please give Bob a call on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Wednesday 26th April 2017

 

Beat Street running on Thursday.

 

Beat Street a horse that has been at Bob Buckler's yard for the last few months will be making her debut on the course tomorrow when she runs in the Mares Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles and half a furlong at 4.40pm.

The 8 year old bay mare has been training well for Bob so it will be very interesting to see how she goes first time out.

"Everyone is worried about the ground, but we are going to keep Tinker Time, Ugloin de Beaumont, Say My Name and Ballyegan ready for when the decent ground does return, but there deosnt seem to be too much rain about in the next few weeks.

Reflecting on the run that Ugolin de Beaumont put in at Cheltenham where he ended second in a three and a half mile Class 3 chase Bob said: "I worked with him a week before and he was awesome. Three out I thought that he could win but it wasnt to be and we had to settle for second place, but he was amazing and ran a super race.

"He has come back fine and we hope that we can run him again this season, but we will have to wait a few weeks and hope the ground gets better."

To find aout more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 19th April 2017

 

 

Ugolin De Beaumont at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

 

Ugolin De Beaumont is running on Wednesday afternoon in the 3.50pm at Cheltenham, a three and a half mile chase, with 11 runners, where he will be ridden by Liam Heard.

The Bob Buckler trained horse was last out at Exeter on March 7th when he was second in a three mile chase. Ugolin is a neat jumper and a proven stayer so the yard has got high hopes that he can notch up his first win since 2015. That win was at Chepstow when he was also ridden by Liam Heard

Yesterday Tinker Time was fourth at Kempton.

To find out more about any aspect of onwership or keeping a horse in training please give Bob Buckler a call on 01278 671268 or email him to arrange a yard visit - rbuckler@btconnect.com.

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 18th April 2017

 

Tinker Time at Kempton on Tuesday.

 
 
Bob Buckler is on the road again today heading for Kempton Park where he has got Tinker Time running in the 4,15- Handicap Chase over three miles, where he will be ridden by Liam Heard in the seven horse race.
 
Last time out Tinker Time was second in a slightly longer trip at Taunton carrying a pound heavier so the yard is expecting a big race from him this afternoon.
 
On Saturday Regal Flow produced another big run, this time at Haydock where he ended second behind Willoughby Hedge by a neck, so the yard is enjoying some good form.
 
Ugolin de Beaumont is set to run at Cheltenham on Wednesday afternoon.
 
To find out more about any aspect of keeping a horse in training or ownership please call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com
 
 

Friday 14th April 2017

 

 

Regal Flow running at Haydock on Saturday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Regal Flow running in the 2.40 at Haydock on Saturday, a stayers chase over three miles, where the ground is good good to soft in places.

In the 14 horse race Regal Flow will be ridden by seven-pound claimer Sean Houlihan who rode him to victory at Warwick earlier this month.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: “He’s a bit of a worrier so we will be travelling up to Haydock on Saturday morning.

“Regal Flow is very well and on really good form and could have won his last two and is ridden by Sean Houlihan who is a pretty light weight and knows the horse and rides him well.

“It’s a big money race and it will be very interesting going up to Haydock with him tomorrow so we will certainly go and have a crack at it.

Tinker Time is Bob’s next runner in the 4.15pm at Kempton on Tuesday, a three mile chase, where he has a reasonable chance and then on Wednesday he has got Ugolin de Beaumont in the 3.50pm at Cheltenham, a three and a half mile chase.

Regarding Ugolin de Beaumont not running earlier this week Bob said: “The ground at Exeter was plenty quick enough so when we arrived we walked the course and decided it wasn’t worth taking the risk with him.”

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Tuesday 11th April 2017

 

 

Ugolin de Beaumont at Exeter on Tuesday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Ugolin de Beaumont running in the 3.50 at Exeter this afternoon, a handicap chase over three miles, where he will be ridden by Liam Heard in the seven horse race. 

Last time out, five weeks ago also at Exeter over the same distnace the nine year old gave a very good account of himself and came second so the yard are expecting a big run this afternoon.

To find out anymore about keeping a horse in training or any aspecy of ownership please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Thursday 6th April 2017

 

 

Ballyegan running at Taunton on Thursday

 

Bob Buckler has got Ballyegan running at Taunton this afternoon in the Bathwick Tyres Handicap Chase over two miles two furlongs at 3.55pm.

The stable favourite hasn’t appeared under rules since he ran at Chepstow on January 20th but won well recently at Cothelstone in a Point to Point race and will be ridden by seven pound claimer Sean Houlihan who was also on board that day.

Ballyegan is looking good and the stable expect him to run well in the eight horse race where he carries the bottom weight.

Somerset Lias came fifth at Wincanton on Wednesday afternoon.

Bob Buckler’s nex runner is likely to be Ugolin de Beaumont who is entered in the 3.50, three mile chase at Exeter on April 11th.

To find out more about any aspect of owning a racehorse contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Monday 3rd April 2017

 

Bob delighted with his horses on Thursday.

 

Bob Buckler’s stable enjoyed a good day on Thursday last week when the three horses they had running came first, second and fourth, much to the delight of the trainer.

Regal Flow won his chase at Warwick, while Say My Name just missed out on third in his hurdle race also at Warwick where both were ridden by Dean Houlihan.

Nearer to home Tinker Time fnished a close second in the long distance chase at Taunton, where he was ridden by Liam Heard.Reflecting on a very successful day Bob said: “It was one of those days when everything seemed to go right for us- the annoying thing is that I’m not sure why.

"Sometimes when things don’t quite work you just have to sit and wait which is what we have done and it has worked out for us. The horses have all come back to themselves which is brilliant.

"Regal Flow ran beautifully and so did Say My Name run a good race at Warwick. I then got quite excited when I saw Tinker Time turning for home on that top bend at Taunton- it was really good.

Bob went on: "Days like that keep you really interested and excited to want to have more of them- it what you do the job for.

"The horses haven’t been running badly this season but just haven’t been quite getting there but then on Thursday they did which was brilliant.

Looking ahead Bob has got Somerset Lias running at Wincanton on Wednesday and then Ballyegan at Taunton on Thursday.Both horses went hunting for part of the day on Monday.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him- rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

  


Thursday 30th March 2017

 

 

Bob sending out three runners on Thursday afternoon.

 

Bob Buckler has got three horses running on Thursday afternoon- two at Warwick and one at Taunton.

Regal Flow is running in the 3.25pm at Warwick which is a Class 3 event run over 3 miles which has seven runners.

Say My Name is running in the 4pm handicap hurdle (Class 3) over 3 miles two furlongs, which has 15 runners.

Both horses will be ridden by seven pound claimer Sean Houlihan.

Meanwhile Tinker Time who gave a good account of himself at Newbury on Saturday is running at Taunton in the 4.45pm (Class 3), three miles 4 furlongs handicap chase, under Liam Heard which has four runners.

Looking forward to Thursday’s racing Bob said: “Tinker Time s fine in himself after his race at Newbury and has recovered quickly. He stays well and the ground at Taunton will be to his liking.”

Regal Flow is involved in a competitive race at Warwick, where the ground is plenty soft enough for him, however he is looking good so we expect a big run from him.”

“Say My Name is working brilliantly and everything is going right, so going back over hurdles should suit him well. We just felt that he was unsure and lacked a bit of confidence over the big fences. He has schooled very nicely over hurdles so we think that this might be the answer.”

To find out more about any aspect of training or owndership please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com.


Saturday 25th March 2017

 

 

Tinker Time running at Newbury on Saturday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Tinker Time running today at Newbury in the Be Wise Insurance Handicap Chase at 1.50pm over 3 miles 2 furlongs.

 

On his way to the course on Saturday morning Bob said: “ Tinker Time is on good form and looking well coming back from a break of nearly three months.

 

“He was jumping a bit slowly so we have spent some time schooling him which we hope will stand him in good stead for today’s race at Newbury.”

 

Following today Bob has got both Regal Flow and Say My Name entered at Warwick and Tinker Time at Taunton, both meetings on Thursday March 30th.

 

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him on  rbuckler@btinternet.com


Saturday 18th March 2017

 

 

Bob reflects on last week's runners.

 

Bo Buckler has been reflecting on his last week's four runners, two of which were at Exeter on March 7th and the others at Wincanton two days later.

At Exeter Ugolin De Beaumont ended second while Say My Name eventually ended ninth in a 14 horse race.

"Ugolin ran pretty well and did everything that we hoped he would do, He race very nicely in his race and is a nice horse and will win races.

"Say My Name was a bit of a monkey. He started running well but then faded but then stayed on at the end and nearly got into third place.

Bob went on: "Say My Name doesn’t look too confident in his jumping. I thought he was a natural jumper, but he is just a bit hesitant and worried taking on the big boys and losing ground over every fence and having to make it up in between which doesn’t help him.

"So we will be going back to basics with Say My Name and doing some serious schooling with him so he can just pop over the little fences until he is happy again and then we can go on from that."

Sadly Bob’s two horses at Wincanton, Regal Flow and Somerset Lias both fell at the third from last.

“I don’t think I have ever had two decked on the same day before. Thankfully both horses are absolutely fine.

“I felt so sorry for the owner of Regal Flow because I thought that Regal Flow was going to win. Sadly these things happen in racing and we will have to go on from there.”

Bob’s horses are having a break for a few days and the next runner from the Gibb Hill Yard is expected to be Tinker Time who goes at Newbury on March 25th.

The trainer added: “The following week we will start to look for runs for some of the other horses.”

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training please give Bob a call on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Thursday 9th March 2017

 

Regal Flow and Somerset Lias heading to Wincanton on Thursday

 

Bob Buckler hast got two horses running at Wincanton on Thursday afternoon.

Regal Flow who was fourth last time out at Sandown runs in the 2.55 Bathwick Tyres Taunton Handicap Chase, a Class 3 event, over three miles one furlong. Sean With Houlihan a seven pound claimer aboard Regal Flow is the lowest weight of the eight runners.

The young jockey is also given the ride on Somerset Lias who runs in the Bathwick Tyres Yeovil Novices' Handicap Chase also over three miles one furlong at 4.40pm.

Last time out Somerset Lias gave a much improved performance when he finished strongly to come second at Taunton in February, but on Thursday he is top weight in the nine horse race.

At Exeter on Tuesday Ugolin De Beuamont ran a good race and came in second in a three mile chase at 9-1 under Sean Houlihan, beating stable companion Say My Name who ended fourth.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training please contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com  


Tuesday 7th March 2017

 

 

Bob's duo going head to head at Exeter on Tuesday

 

Two horses from Bob Buckler's yard will be running in the 3.50 race at Exeter on Tuesday afternoon.

Say My Name and Ugolin De Beaumont are both going in the Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide Steeplechase over three miles 54 yards, which has six runners.

The last time out, which was also at Exeter both horses were rather disappointing, Ugolin finishing last in a five horse chase, while Say My Name was ninth out of a field of 14 in the Devon National.

Looking ahead to Tuesday's race Bob said: "Ugolin is back in his grade of race, which he was out of before and the ground  is going to be very soft which will suit him so I am hoping that he will run considerably better than the poundits are suggesting.

Sean Houlihan and sven pound claimer is on board Ugolin.

"Say My Name lost his way a little bit last time, so he will be wearing blinkers at Exeter and will be ridden by Liam Heard who had the cloice of the two horses.

"Both horses are very well so we hope to have a good run from them."

Later this week Bob has got Regal Flow and Somerset Lias both entered at Wincanton on Thursday afternoon.

To find out about any aspect of ownership or training call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 


Thursday 23rd February 2017

 

Say My Name and Ugolin de Beamont running at Exeter on Friday.

 

Bob Buckler's six year old bay gelding Say My Name will be running in the biggest race of his life on Friday afternoon when he runs in the Higos Insurance Services Devon National over three miles six furlongs whch goes to post at 3.50pm.

Last time out Say My Name came third in a two miles seven furlong chase at Chepstow on January 22nd at 40-1.

Say My Name is no stranger to Exeter and notched the only victory of his racing career at the Devon track last year.

Bob has also got Ugolin de Beaumont running at Exeter in the Andrew West Memorial Chase, a Novices Limited Handicap over three miles at 3.15pm.

Meanwhile earlier this week Somerset Lias turned in an impresssive performance at Taunton and was just pipped at the post by a length and a half and had to settle for second place at 11-1 in a chase over two miles seven furlongs.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training please contact Bob - 01278 671268 or rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Monday 20th February 2017

 

Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Tuesday

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Tuesday afternoon in the Royal Bath and West Chase (A Novices’ Limited Handicap) over two miles seven furlongs at  3.50pm.

Last time out Somerset Lias gave a good account of himself at Exeter back in January and tomorrow he is the bottom weight of the eight runners carrying 10 stone 7 lbs.

"He is looking good so we are expecting a good run from him. However this is a 0-120 race which is a bit more than we would like, so ideally we would like a 0-110 race but there aren’t very many about."

Bob went on: “Regal Flow ran a decent race at Sandown on Friday which we were pleased about.

“Turning in there were three upside him and he was going almost as well but at the Pond Fence he got slightly bumped and pushed out and then he got rather tired in the sticky ground.”

He added: “However he only ended nine lengths behind the winner so he did pretty well on the whole and ran a very nice race.”

Say My Name is expected to be running at Exeter on Friday.

To find out more about any aspect of owning or training please call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Thursday 16th February 2017

 

 

 

Regal Flow at Sandown on Friday

 

 

After a quiet couple of week’s at Bob Buckler’s Yard the Quantock handler has got Regal Flow running at Sundown on Friday in the Alenbrooke Handicap Chase over three miles at 4.15pm.

 

“James Best, who will be riding him at Sandown, came and rode him out last week and was happy with the way that he worked, We put cheek pieces on him when we schooled him this morning and it seemed to sharpen him up a bit so we hope it will work for us tomorrow.

 

 

Bob added: “Its a strong enough race so it will be interesting to see how he goes at Sundown.”

 

 

Next week Bob has got Somerset Lias entered at Taunton in a chase on Tuesday and is likely to take Ugolin de Beaumont and Say My Name to Exeter on Friday.

 

 

To fond out more about any aspect of training or ownership please contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 25th January 2017

 

Bob happy with Somerset Lias at Exeter.

 

Somerset Lias gave a greatly improved recent performance at Exeter last week.

Afterwards Bob Buckler said: “Somerset Lias ran a very good race and led for much of the way. He jumped well and looked back to his old self which we were all very pleased about.

“He did wear a hood at Exeter but not a tongue strap, the reason why we think he ran so badly last time out. This was overall a much better run and he kept going until the end and could easily have been placed.”

Say My Name rounded off a good week for the Quantock trainer when he claimed third place at 40-1 in the Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase at 2.10 pm over two miles seven furlongs.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or keeping a horse in training please give Bob a call on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Monday 16th January 2017

 

Somerset Lias going at Exeter on Tuesday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running in the 3.15pm at Exeter on Tuesday, which is a Novices' Handicap Chase over three miles with nine runners.

Somerset Lias won his first race at Taunton back in November since when he hasnt been in the frame.

"We have hunted him and jollied him up and we wont be putting a tongue strap on him and feels very well in himself. Everything is right with him but its a very decent race." 

Regal Flow will not now be going to run at Wincanton on Thursday.

To find out more abput any aspect of ownership or training please contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 10th January 2017

 

 

Hoo Bally Diva going at Taunton on Wednesday

 

Bob Buckler has got Hoo Bally Diva running in the Broadway and Horton Cricket Club Maiden Hurdle race over just short of three miles at 1.05pm at Taunton on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: “She wants the decent ground which Taunton has got and she is looking very well and has worked hard so we are hoping for a good show from her in what looks to be a hot maiden hurdle race.”

Next week the stable has got Somerset Lias entered at Exeter on Tuesday, Regal Flow goes to Wincanton, and Say My Name, Ugolion de Beaumont and possibly Ballyegan go to Chepstow on Friday.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Tuesday 3rd January 2017

 

 

 

 

Ballyegan going at Hereford on Wednesday January 4th

Bob Buckler has got stable favourite Ballyegan running at Hereford Racecourse on Wednesday January 4th.

The 12 year old bay gelding runs in the Weatherbys Hamilton Handicap Chase over two miles at 2.25pm, where there are eight runners.

The Quantock based trainer said: “Ballyegan is going well in training and enjoyed a good day’s hunting recently, which will have sweetened him up, so we are hoping for a big race from him at Hereford on Wednesday.

Regarding the return to racing of Ugolin de Beaumont at Exeter after a long break earlier this week Bob said: “I couldn’t be happier with the way that Ugolin de Beaumont ran at Exeter on New Years Day

“I am absolutely delighted and he was still galloping at the end. He has had some experience of jumping over big fences and ended fourth out of seven, which means his handicap mark wont be changed, in fact it might be dropped slightly.

“The rain actually helped us because it took any sting out of the ground.  He finished sound and in one piece which after almost two years off was quite a worry for us.”

Bob added: “I was more nervous before his race than I have been for a long while. This was his first run for a long time so he will probably need three weeks to get over it and then I will look for a limited handicap to suit him.”

To find out more about ownership or any aspect of training call Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Saturday 31st December 2016

 

Ugolin de Beaumont returns at Exeter on Sunday

Bob Buckler has got Ugolin de Beaumont running in the Bathwick Beginners Chase over two miles three furlongs at 3pm at Exeter on New Years Day (Sunday).

The eight year old bay gelding, who has won once and been placed twice in his five starts is returning to action after a break of 20 months away from the track.

Bob said: “Ugolin is now back to full fitness and has been training very well.  Exeter is an ideal course for him to make his return after a long lay off with the jumps going up the hill.

“The ground should suit him so it will be very interesting to see how he performs on Friday.”

Regarding the disappointing form of Tinker Time who was pulled up at Taunton with a circuit to go on Friday the Quantock handler said: “I really don’t know what went wrong yesterday. We have tested his blood and it all seems ok so it’s a bit of a mystery- something went wrong and but we don’t quite know what it was yet.”

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training please give Bob a call on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Thursday 29th December 2016

 

Tinker Time running at Taunton on Friday

 

Bob Buckler has got Tinker Time running in 3.30pm at Taunton tomorrow, the Totepool Racecourse Cash Back Handicap Chase over two miles seven furlongs which has a field of 10.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: “It is a very competitive race and you can make a case for virtually every horse that is running.

“Tinker Time has been going very well and in the company he is running against on Friday he needs to be, but that is what is good about racing.

“He is back up in trip this time, and the run he had last time should have helped him to speed up his jumping.

“If Tinker Time gets off to a good start and gets going then he will be suited by the ground and will have a good run. He had a run this morning and will be fresh for the race tomorrow.

“He carries top weight as well so it’s a tough race for him and it will be interesting to see what happens.”

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or training call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 28th December 2016

 

 

Somerset Lias didnt like the gadgetry!

 

Ahead of Taunton’s meeting on Friday, at which he hopes to have runners Bob Buckler reflected on Somerset Lias’ disappointing form at the December 20th fixture.

“A combination of three things combined to help Somerset Lias to win at Taunton back in November, when he wore blinkers and a tongue strap and it was just the right weight for him, but we aren't sure which and they certainly didn’t help him last time,” Bob said.

"That was the first time he had been blinkered and worn a tongue strap so he knew what to expect and wasn’t happy when we put it on him this time, so perhaps in a way it wasn’t a total surprise. However we will never know except I doubt we will be using any gadgetry with him again.”

Instead Bob has got his own way of winning the horse round and getting him ready for racing again as he explained: “ We are going to take him hunting over the next few days to sweeten him up and then probably he will be all set to have another run in about three weeks.”

“Now we know we have got a purpose with him we can take Somerset Lias out hunting for a day and hopefully that will do the trick.”

Ugolin de Beaumont and Tinker Time are entered at Taunton’s meeting on December 30th and Ugolin de Beaumont is also entered to run at Exeter on New Year’s Day.

To find out about any aspect of ownership or training with Bob Buckler please call him on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 


Tuesday 20th December 2016

 

Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Tuesday afternoon

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running in the 2.20pm three mile two furlong 'chase at Taunton this afternoon, where he will be looking to replicate his winning run last time out.

"He is looking well and in top form, but he is carrying top weight and this race is a grade higher but we are expecting a good run from him," Bob said.

Bob went on: "I wasn't too disappointed with the way that Ballyegan and Hoo Bally Diva ran at Hereford on Monday and neither have any after affects this morning."

Neither of Bob's horses run at Ludlow on Wednesday, so his next runners wont be until after Christmas.

To make contact with Bob regarding any aspect of ownership please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@betconnect.com

 


Sunday 18th December 2016

 

Buckler duo running at Hereford on Monday

 

Bob Bucker has got two horses running at Hereford Races on Monday (December 19), Ballyegan and Hoo Bally Diva who were both placed when they ran at the same course last month.

The going on Monday will be soft and good to soft in places.

Stable favourite Ballyegan runs in the 12.35pm Handicap Chase over two miles three furlongs and will be ridden by 3 lb claimer Liam McKenna.

Hoo Bally Diva runs an hour later in the 1.35pm Mares Handicap Hurdle over three miles one furlong and ridden by Liam Heard, who rode her last time out, also at Hereford.

On Sunday afternoon Bob said:"Ballyegan is in fine form and should thrive on the ground. Liam McKenna rode him last time so knows what to  expect.

"We will front run Hoo Bally Diva becuase she likes to be up there. I just hope thr ground isn't too soft for her. I think she is reasonably handicapped at 104."

Like many west country trainers Bob is happy to see Hereford back in action.

"I like it there and of course its not too far to go from where we are based, so it suits us to run the horses there, like lots of other local trainers."

To discuss any matters regarding training or ownership please contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

Check back on Monday evening for news of Bobs runners at Taunton on Tuesday.

 

 

 


Thursday 15th December 2016

 

Check out Bob's entries for next week- at Hereford, Taunton and Ludlow.

 

Bob Buckler has got two horses entered at Hereford on Monday December 19th- Ballyegan and Hoo Bally Diva, while the following  day, Tuesday December 20th, he has got Ballyegan and Somerset Lias entered at Taunton.

The last time that Somerset Lias he notched up his first win, something that Bob is hoping to repeat next week.

Last time out Tinker Time came a disappoinitng third in a three horse race, at Taunton over a considerably shorter distance that he is used to.

Bob also has two horses entered at Ludlow on December 21st- Ugolin de Beaumont and Tinker Time.

Further details of the races and Bob's thoughts on their prospects will be posted once the declarations have been made.

To find out about any aspect of owning a horse please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbucker@btconnect.com

 


Wednesday 7th December 2016

 

 

Tinker Time running at Taunton on Thursday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Tinker Time running in the big race at Taunton tomorrow (Thursday) in the Handicap Steeplechase over two miles two furlongs at 3.15pm.

Last time out the eight year old bay gelding was second at 33-1 out of a field of 13 at Ascot over two miles seven furlongs. At Taunton he will be in a field of three and running over a reduced distance.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: “We are going way down off our normal trip, but the fast ground will have frightened quite a few people off, whereas he likes it.

“I think if he needs to get off to a good start and jump over the first two quickly then he will go well.”

Bob added: “I took him down to Philip Hobbs on Tuesday and schooled him over fences where he went pretty well and of course we know that he stays forever so we are expecting a good run from him.”

To find out about any aspect of owning a horse please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbucker@btconnect.com


Friday 25th November 2016

 

 

“It has been a brilliant two days,” says Bob after Somerset Lias wins.

 

Bob Buckler was a very happy man after watching Somerset Lias claim his first win at Taunton on Thursday afternoon in the Handicap Steeple Chase 0ver two miles seven furlongs at 4-1.

“Somerset Lias did the job very nicely and we are all delighted that he has notched up his first win. Liam gave him a really positive ride and Im sure the blinkers helped him a bit as well.”

The previous day the Quantock handler saw Hoo Bally Diva come second and Ballyegan claim third at Hereford so this was the icing on the cake for him

“It has been a very good two days, in fact for a small yard it has been absolutely brilliant and very pleasing for everybody who is involved. “

On Saturday Bob has got Say May Name running at Bangor in the  2.50pm Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles seven furlongs.

The five year old who has won once and been placed three times in his 10 races over hurdles is making his first appearance on the track for 212 days.

Bob has high hopes for his five year old who has won once and been placed three times in his 10 races and looking ahead he said: “I think he is flying and I’d like to think that he will win. I think he incredibly well and should run a very big race for us.”

To find out more about any aspect of training please contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him  rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 23rd November 2016

 

Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Thursday afternoon.

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running in the Handicap Steeple Chase over two miles seven furlongs at 2.55 at Taunton on Thursday.

Looking ahead the Quantock handler said: "He is in good form and he went very well yesterday with me up on him so we are expecting agood run from him. he may be carrying top weight but this is exacty the type of race he could win."

Earlier on Wednesday afternoon Bob Buckler watched Hoo Bally Diva finish a very creditable second in the 1.40 race  at Hereford at 14-1, and in the next Ballyegan claimed third spot.

"Hoo Bally Diva ran very well and although she will know she has been in a race in the morning she has got the makings of a very nice chaser for next year.

Ballyegan ran the sort of race we expected oput of him and could easlity have finished second so we are very pleased with him. In view of this afternoon's race Ballyegan will not now be going to Taunton.

To find out about any aspect of training call Bob on 01278 671 268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 


Tuesday 22nd November 2016

 

Buckler duo going at Hereford on Wednesday afternoon

 

Two of Bob Buckler's horses are running at Hereford on Wednesday afternoon- Hoo Bally Diva goes in the 1.40pm Maiden Hurdle over three miles one furlong while Ballyegan runs in the 2.15pm Handicap Chase over two miles two.

Looking ahead Bob said: "Hoo Bally Diva and Ballyegan are both in good form and both get a bit of weight off their backs. We are expecting a good run from both of them so it should be exciting."

Regarding Tinker Times second place at 33-1 at Ascot on Friday the trainer said: "I thought that the ground might be a little bit soft for him at Ascot but Liam Heard gave him a very good ride and fired him up well."

To talk to Bob regarding any aspect of owning or training a horse please call him on 01278 671268 or email him

rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 


Friday 18th November 2016

 

Tinker Time at Ascot on Friday

 

Bob Buckler has got Tinkler Time running in the 3.20pm Handicap Chase over two miles seven furlongs this afternoon (Friday).

"Tinker Time has been in good form training back at home, but we hope that thy havent had too much rain as he likes to be able to get his toes in a bit but he wont want it too sticky.

"I think he is very well so we are hoping for a good performance."

Regarding his two runners at Chepstow on Wednesday Bob said: "The ground was loose and half sticky and very tacky which Regal Flow wouldnt have enjoyed at all and I was a bit disappointed the way that Somerset Lias went. It wasnt a good day for either of them but they both seem ok after the run which is the most important thing."

Looking ahead Bob will be going to Hereford with Hoo Bally Diva on Wednesday. Ballyegan is also entered as well as for Taunton the following day and if the ground is still quick there then Somerset Lias may run again. Say My name may well make an appearance at Bangor or Newbury later in the week which Ugolin de Beaumont could be going to Chepstow on Sunday December 3rd.

Bob added: "Its all getting quite exciting now with the ground geting better for racing!"

 


Tuesday 15th November 2016

 

Buckler duo heading for Chepstow on Wednesday.

 

Bob Buckler has got two horses running at Chepstow on Wednesday afternoon- Regal Flow and Somerset Lias.

First up is Regal Flow who goes in the 2.25pm, a handicap chase over two miles seven furlongs, with 17 runners and ridden by Mr Joshua Newman who claims seven pounds.

Somerset Lias runs in the 4,05 handicap hurdle over two miles seven furlongs, with 18 runners and is ridden by Harry Cobden who is a three pound claimer.

Bob said: “ Both horses are in very good form but the ground will be plenty soft enough for Regal Flow so we don’t want anymore rain for either of them.

“I think that Somerset Lias will run a very good race especially taking three pounds off his with Harry Cobden aboard . He worked brilliantly even with my weight on top of him on Saturday and he enjoys jumping hurdles.”

Bob added: “Both races are going to be very competitive though but I am very excited about it.”

Hoo Bally Diva will not now be going to Wincanton on Thursday, but instead will be entered at Hereford the following Wednesday (Nov 23), while Tinker Time will be going to Ascot on Friday.


Wednesday 9th November 2016

 

Bob just waiting for the rain!

 

Bob Buckler was very happy with the way that Hoo Bally Diva performed first time over hurdles at Exeter last week, where she came third.

He said: “Hoo Bally Diva jumped brilliantly and we are very happy with the way that things went for her.  I think she will benefit from slightly easier ground because it was quite quick at Exeter last week. Now she will have two more runs to get a handicap mark.”

Like many other trainers Bob is  just sitting and waiting for the rains to come as he explained: “ We had Say My Name in to run at Ffos Las on Sunday but the ground wasn’t right for him.

“All of the horses are looking good and we are very happy with them- we are just sitting waiting for the ground to improve.”

Bob has no entries this week but next week he could well go to Chepstow with Regal Flow and Somerset Lias, Tinker Time is likely to go to Ascot on Friday week while Ugolin de Beaumont and Say My Name are just waiting for the rain.


Monday 31st October 2016

 

Hoo Bally Diva makes her hurdling debut at Exeter on Tuesday

 

Bob Buckler has got Hoo Bally Diva running in the first race, a Novices’ Hurdle over two miles five furlongs, at Exeter on Tuesday November 1st

 

“She has gone very well in training and on Saturday we worked her hard and she looked good so she will put in a good performance for us at Exeter.

“I like her very much but the ground will be plenty quick enough for her and she jumps well so it will be very interesting.”

“Two miles five furlongs around Exeter is a lovely place to start her off novice hurdling. They start up the hill at the back so she will have a chance to get into a rhythm and the business end of the race is also uphill which will suit her very well”

“Say My Name is really flying and is entered at Ffos Las on Sunday, but the ground will be very quick there as well and there is no rain forecast.”

To find out about any aspect of owning please contact Bob Buckler on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Friday 21st October 2016

 

Regal Flow at Cheltenham on Friday

 

Bob Buckler has got Regal Flow running at Cheltenham this afternoon in the 5.05 pm Amateur Riders’ Handicap Chase over three miles one furlong.

Regal Flow won this corresponding race back in October 2015 and will be looking for a repeat this afternoon.

Ridden by three-pound claimer Sean Houlihan this will be Regal Flow’s first run for 267 days since he joined Bob Buckler’s yard.

The Quantock handler said: “Regal Flow is a very nice horse and has schooled well since joining us, but he is up nine pound on the weight he won at last year.

“This will be a  very competitive race and he is very well so it will be very interesting to see how Regal Flow goes.”

To make contact with Bob call him on 01278 671268 or email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com


Thursday 20th October 2016

 

Buckler duo running at Ludlow on Thursday afternoon.

 

 

Bob Buckler has got two runners going at Ludlow on Thursday, Somerset Lias in the 2.30pm and Ballyegan at 4.50.

Somerset Lias who was runner up at Exeter in a hurdle race on his first outing of the new season returns over jumps in the 2.30 which is over two miles seven furlongs with 11 runners. He will be ridden by Sean Houlihan, a seven pound claimer, one of the lads from Philip Hobbs’ yard.

“Sean has schooled Somerset Lias and ridden him well when we have taken him down to Philip’s and taking seven pounds off will certainly help, so he I think that he will be a good place bet at Ludlow.

Stable favourite Ballyegan runs at 4.50pm in the Amateur Riders Handicap Chase over two miles four furlongs, which also has 11 runners. He returns after a six month break and will be ridden by Chris Barber, who is also a seven pound claimer.

“Chris schooled Ballyegan on Wednesday and rode him very well and this will be his first ride under rules over fences. He has done a lot of pointing and Ballyegan will give him a good trip.  This race is the right level for the horse, so it will be interesting.

Bob added: “Both horses are in very good form and schooled well so they will certainly give a good account of themselves. Somerset Lias was cantering which he doesn’t normally do so he is feeling well in himself so we are hoping for a good show from him.”


Friday 7th October 2016

 

Somerset Lias kick starts Bob Buckler's new season.

 

Bob Buckler was a very happy man after Somerset Lias came second in the opening race at Exeter on Thursday afternoon.

"Not a bad way to start the season off was it," said Bob earlier this evening.

"Its quite satisfying the way that he ran on the very fast ground. Somerset Lias led for most of the race and but it looked like he was going to be swamped when the others started to pass him but he held on well and fought back hard to take second spot."

"Now we hava had our first run its pleasing to know that we have got our preparations about right with the way that Somerset Lias ran for us."

Regarding his new horse Regal Flow Bob said:"We decided on Thursday morning that the ground was too hard for Regal Flow so we pulled him out. Now he will be making his first apperance for us at Cheltenham on October 21st."

On Saturday the yard has got Tinker Time running in the penultimate race at Chepstow- a three mile chase.

"It looks like it is going to be a very competitive race- probably the hottest of the season so far with a lot of Grand National horses entered so its going to be a tough run for him."

 


Wednesday 5th October 2016

 

Buckler duo heading for Exeter on Thursday

 

 

Bob Buckler gets his 2016-17 season underway when he has two runners at Exeter’s meeting on Thursday afternoon.

 

In the first race at 2.20pm, Somerset Lias will be running in the Novice’s Handicap Hurdle over two miles and five furlongs and with 13 runners going to post he has a good  chance of being placed or even better.

 

Bob’s second runner of the afternoon is his new horse Regal Flow who runs in the 2.55pm a hurdle race over two miles and two furlongs.

 

The is Regal Flow’s first run since he joined Bob’s yard back in the summer.

 

Bob said: “Both horses have trained well and are looking really well so we are expecting a good run from them at Exeter on Thursday.”


Wednesday 28th September 2016

 

Bob Buckler all set for new season.

 

With the new National Hunt season almost upon us Bob Buckler’s horses are in an advanced state of preparation, with the first runners likely to be at Exeter on October 6th.

Bob has got a new addition to his stable- Regal Flow a nine-year old winner over both hurdles and chases who was previously trained by Caroline Keevil.

“Last year he won at Cheltenham in the Amateur Chase in October and his first outing will be to defend his title there this year. He is a really nice horse and we are looking forward to working with him and having a lot of fun with him.”

Talking about the other horses in his year Bob said: “Somerset Lias is likely to be going to Exeter on October 6th for a handicap hurdle over two miles five for his first run this year.

“Say My Name is flying at the moment and Ugolin de Beaumont is coming on nicely but we will probably wait for slightly softer ground before they go.”

“Tinker Time could be going to Ludlow where he won last year, on October 5th, or Hereford the next day or perhaps Chepstow on the 8th but we aren’t quite sure yet.

“Hoo Bally Diva may also to go to Chepstow in a Mares Hurdle on October 8th if she is ready but she may need a bit more work.”

Bob added: “We just need soft ground for them all and I cant find a race for Ballyegan anywhere, but he will wait. However this is a buzzing time of the year  and we are all looking forward to the new season coming up.”

To make contact with Bob please email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268

 


Wednesday 10th August 2016

 

Bob hoping his new protege will make dreams come true!

 

National Hunt trainer Bob Buckler has enjoyed a number of big winners in his time including the Irish Grand National and Betfair Trophy Chase. There is one race above all of many that have eluded him in his career that he still wants to win which is the Arkle Challenge Trophy at Cheltenham, a two mile novice chase that has a real thrill about it. 

However the veteran handler who is based high up on the Quantock Hills just above Spaxton has just brought into work a two year- old homebred gelding out of River Reine by Frozen Fox, an Irish Derby winner that he hopes will help him to achieve his life long ambition.

The dam herself won as a two year old on the flat and also over hurdles and fences and is dam of Say My Name a useful winning hurdler for the Buckler yard last season. 

Buckler said: “We broke Gibb Hill back in the spring and he has got a lovely attitude to life which makes training much easier. He moves incredibly freely and covers the ground amazingly well.

“We have had him cantering slowly and now we have turned him out with the other horses. He will do about a month’s work in the autumn just to build him up which also has the affect of strengthening his bones and tendons and benefit him when he starts racing.

“Then he will be turned away for the winter again and got up in the spring early, ridden away for five to six weeks by which time he will be catering quite seriously. As soon as the spring grass comes he will have a break, which will do his final bit of building up and then he will come in early and be prepared for three year old bumpers in the early autumn.

“Gibb Hill is a really exciting new animal to kick on with and hopefully he will be the one who helps me to achieve my dream which it to win the Arkle!”

Gibb Hill is also a half brother to Say My Name, another young horse which Buckler has high hopes for and who this season will go over fences for the first time.

The Quantock trainer only has a small yard but he has the ideal facilities to be able to treat every horse as an individual and tend to their every need. 

“We create a bespoke training schedule for every horse in the yard to ensure that every one of them is happy with us and is in peak fitness ready for racing. We know all our owners and they call in regularly to visit and they all become friends.”

Buckler went on: “The way that we train our horses here is going to be very different from the bigger stables and we have found that hunting in the Quantocks and the one to one attention which we can give each horse has worked successfully in the past and keeps them sweet.

“Every horse we have in the yard will be looked after very well and cared for as an individual which we can do here. This can revitalize an older horse but is also an ideal environment to bring on a youngster.

“We are probably what both disillusioned horses or their owners are looking for to give them a fresh start in a new yard. So often it works wonders.” 

Buckler’s regular horses are all back in work now as he explained.

Tinker Time injured his pelvis last year but now he is back to his best. Ugolin de Beaumont has had a year off to recover from a slight tendon strain but is now back bigger and stronger. 

Say My Name is still only a five year old but has developed really well and will go chasing this year.

Somerset Lias never won a race last year but was placed in seven, and Hoo Bally Diva who had a bang on her leg last season has strengthened up amazingly and needs better ground. She will go hurdling this season. 

Buckler added: “All of the horses have done well over the summer with so much grass growing they so have come back bigger and stronger so this is a really exciting time at the stable.”

Buckler has got room for two more horses in his yard this season which might just fit the bill for anyone who has got a horse in training and needs sweetening up in addition to which he has a half share of both Gibb Hill and Say My Name for sale.

To make contact with Bob Buckler please email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268 or log onto his website   www.robertbucklerracing.co.uk  

 

 

Sunday 12th June 2016

 

Check out Bob's reflection on the season.

With the 2015-16 National Hunt season now over Bob Buckler shared his thoughts on each of his horses over the last campaign. 

Tinker Time had a bit of a messed up season , but he won at Ludlow back in December. He had a slight crack of the pelvis but is fine now and should make a full comeback. He became slightly lame but now that we have sorted out his pelvis he will be fine and will be one of the first to come back into training.

Ballyegan ran eight times for us during the season. He won at Towcester and was also placed twice. We will keep him and enjoy him and even though he is now 11 years old he will still win a couple more races for us, either under rules or at point to point.

Say My Name is the potential star of the stable even through things didn’t work out quite right when we took him to Ireland. He won at Exeter and was placed three times over hurdles last season and we would expect to take him chasing next season.

Ugolin De Beaumont has had a leg problem but he is in work now. We are doing lots of work with him so he will have a short break and will then comeback and do more roadwork before returning to training, which we are all looking forward to. He is only eight years old so we are excited about him returning.

Hoo Bally Diva had a bit of a strain after knocking her leg in the box. She wants good ground which she never really had in her runs. We could have kept her going but decided to turn her out to rest her. She will come back in early and will strengthen up now.

Somerset Lias had a good season and was placed seven times out of his nine runs so next season are all hoping that he wins his first race.

Up to Al is still in training and we are looking to run him over the summer-if  we can find the right race for him.

Bob added: "All of the horses are now out in the field relaxing and enjoying a summer holiday, however it wont be too long before we start thinking about bringing them in for the new season!"

For any aspect of horse ownership or training please contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email-  rbuckler@btconnect.com

Keep checking back for more news ahead of the new season. 


Saturday 4th June 2016

 

Neville makes his debut at Worcester on Saturday

 

Bob Buckler has got his newest recruit Neville running in the 6.05pm Novices’ Handicap Hurdle at Worcester later this afternoon.

Neville is an 8 year old Irish bred bay gelding, who has just joined Bob’s yard so will making his debut for his new handler.

“I think he is working very well- although the racing press don’t seem to think too much of him!”

“I worked with him on Wednesday and he was in really good form. He won at point to point so he will certainly get the trip so hopefully he will go up to Worcester today and do the job for us.

Bob added: “I know it’s not a bad race but I am surprised by the price that he is so he is. Neville wont disgrace himself so he is certainly worth an each way bet.”

To find out more about any form of ownership at Bob’s yard please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Sunday 15th May 2016

 

Somerset Lias bidding for his maiden win at Kempton on Monday

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running at Kempton on Monday in the 4.05pm handicap chase over two miles four and a half furlongs.

Looking ahead Bob said: “Its a handicap and he is the right weight. Laim (Heard) always says he wants to go quicker so two four or five shouldn’t hinder him.

“It will be fastish ground by then and the Kempton fences are pretty straight forward.

Somerset Lias is on amazing good form today (Saturday) and I rode him yesterday and he worked well again this morning and is a good as we have had him.”

Reflecting on Up to Al who finished fourth in his race at Wincanton last week Bob said: “We had a change of plan and ran him at the front over two miles which is too short for him and four or five of them quickened and went past him turning in, but he stayed on well and finished fourth which we were very happy with and a great improvement.

He added: “We will keep him going through the summer for  bit and will probably enter him at Newton Abbot next Wednesday night.”

To find out more about any of Bob's horses or any aspect of ownership at his yard please email him  rbuckler@btconnect.com or call 01278 671268.


Monday 25th April 2016

 

Say My Name heading for Punchestown

 

Bob Buckler has got  Say My Name entered to run at the Punchestown Festival on Thursday afternoon in the Murray Spelman Handicap Hurdle over 3 miles at 6.05pm.

Along with the five year old chestnut gelding Bob and the rest of his team will be setting off from his Quantock stable on Tuesday morning and expects to arrive at Punchestown later in the evening.

Before setting off Bob said: “We set off from home at about 10am to catch a ferry just before 3pm and expect to arrive latish on Tuesday evening. He will have Wednesday to recover and he runs on Thursday.

“ The ground will be quick over there so hopefully there will be a little rain in addition to which they are watering the course to keep it safe.

"Say My Name did his last bit of work on Saturday and worked and schooled awesomely down at Philip Hobbs.

“It will be a very competitive handicap with a full field from the 63 entered.

“They are forecasting showers on Tuesday and Wednesday and some more on Thursday whether that will come early enough for us we will have to wait and see.

Bob added: “It’s a great challenge and we are all excited about going over to Punchestown and hoping for a good run from Say My Name. It’s a great opportunity and after the way he worked on Saturday I cant do anymore. He is absolutely flying and on the best form we can get him so we will go and have a crack at it.”

 

 


Wednesday 20th April 2016

 

 

Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Wedesday evening

 

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running at Taunton Racecourse this afternoon in the 6,35pm two and a half mile handicap chase.

 

Somerset Lias has been placed six times out of his eight runs so far this season and Bob is optimistic that today he will get off the mark.

 

Talking earlier on Wednesday the Quantock based handler said: “I’d like to think that Somerset Lias has a very good chance of winning his race at Taunton today.

 

“He should like the ground and the distance looks to be about right for him, so we are feeling pretty hopeful that this will be his first win.

 

Up to Al and Ballyegan are both going at Exeter on Thursday evening.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership with Bob Buckler please drop him an email rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268.


 

Somerset Lias just beaten at Taunton on Wednesday.

 

 

Bob Buckler’s Somerset Lias was narrowly beaten into second place by an outsider in a three mile handicap chase at Taunton on Wednesday evening.

 

Going off at 5-2 favourite Somerset Lias led from the off and hung onto the lead until he was headed for the first time going over the last fence after which jockey Liam Heard kept chasing the leader but all to no avail.

 

Afterwards Bob said: “Once again we have had to settle for a second place finish after being beaten by a horse that we knew nothing about. Somerset Lias ran very well and we were pleased with how the race went, but at the end we are still waiting for his first win.”

 

Bob has got Up to Al running in a handicap hurdle over two miles seven furlongs at 5.30pm and Ballyegan at 7.30pm in a handicap chase over two miles three.

 

To find out anything about ownership at Bob's yard email him rbuckler@btconnect.com or call 01278 671 268


Tuesday 12th April 2016

Say My Name ends second at Exeter

 

Bob Buckler's horse Say My Name ended second at Exeter Racecourse this afternoon.

Competing in a field of 13  in the 1.50pm hurdle race over two miles seven furlongs Say My Name went to the front from the start and took a six length lead, which he held onto first time past the post.

By the time the leading pack passed the start point again Say My Name had been joined by the favorite but cntinued to compete strongly, until some of the pack stpped up the pace, Say My Name dropped back, only to run on strongly and claim second spot. 

After the race Bob said: "We were very happy with the way that Say My Name ran today.Liam gave him an agressive ride as we agreed and he was out in front for much of the race. However when the leading pack quickened he dropped back, but he kept running and gained places in the home straight and ended second still running strongly, which was very heartening.

"The good news is that he has suffered no after effects following his run."

Bob went on:"The ground was a bit too good for him today, but he is what he is and today's run is very encouraging looking ahead to our planned trip to Punchestown in a couple of weeks."

Bob has got Somerset Lias entered at Wincanton on Sunday and also at Taunton next Wednesday, while Ballyegan and Up to Al are both likely to be entered at Exeter on April 21st.

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership please call Bob 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Monday 11th April 2016

 

Say My Name running in Exeter opener on Tuesday

 

Say My Name is running at Exeter races on Tuesday in the opening event on the card at 1.50pm a Novices’ Hurdle over two miles and seven furlongs which has 13 runners.

 

The Bob Buckler trained horse won the last time he ran at Exeter on February 26th and connections will be hoping for a repeat performance.

 

Bob said: “In the end after consideration we opted to go for the Novices’ Hurdle at Exeter. He is in great shape and has trained well so we will be hoping for another good run from Say My Name on Tuesday afternoon.”

 

Looking to the future Bob is hoping to take Say My Name to run in the Punchestown Festival later this month, news of which later.

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership with Bob oplease give him a call on 01278 671268 or email him  rbuckler@btconnect.com


Sunday 10th April 2016

 

 

Somerset Lias claims second place at Chepstow on Saturday

 

 

Bob Buckler had two horses running at Chepstow on Saturday April 9th.

 

Somerset Lias ran in the  Handicap Steeple Chase over two miles and seven furlongs  at 3.30pm and after going off at 17-2 ended in second place.

 

Bob’s horse jumped well throughout the race and was up alongside the eventual winner from the off. Four from home the winner opened up a lead only for Somerset Lias to reel him back in, but the winner pulled away again on the run in to win by two and a half lengths.

 

Hoo Bally Diva ran in the Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles at 6.35pm.

 

Bobs young mare went off at 33-1 and for the early part of the race was in the well in contention in the top out for five, before moving into second place.

 

However turning for home the leader pulled away and was followed by the rest of the chasing pack and Hoo Bally Diva eventually ended in seventh place. 

 

Bob has got Say My Name entered in two races at Exeter on Tuesday and will make a final decision on Monday morning

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership email Bob  rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268.


Wednesday 6th April 2016

 

Bob's has three entered at Chepstow

 

After suffering the frustrations of all of the wet weather Bob Buckler is hoping to run three of his horses at Chepstow on Saturday April 9th.

 

Somerset Lias is entered in the 2.50pm Handicap Chase, Ballyegan is entered in the 3.30pm Novices’ Handicap Hurdle while Hoo Bally Diva is set to run in the National Hunt Open Flat Race at 6.05pm.

 

“We hope to have all three running on Saturday but of course it will all depend on the ground and the ballot as to whether they all run.”

 

“The ground has been pitiful at times and sadly got the better of Up to Al down at Newton Abbot last time out. Sadly the weather didn’t change until after we had declared otherwise I probably wouldn’t have run him.”

 

“All of the horses are training well and looking in great form so now we just need to try to get them racing again.”

 

On Tuesday another of Bob’s horses, Say My Name will run at Exeter after which there is a possibility that he will go to Punchestown to run two weeks later.

To find out more about any aspect of ownership or the Robert Buckler Racing Club drop Bob an email rbuckler@btconnect.com or give him a ring on 01278 671268.


Friday 25th March 2016

 

Up to Al running at Newton Abbot on Saturday.

 

Bob Buckler has got Up to Al running in the Novices’ Handicap Hurdle over two miles five furlongs at Newton Abbot that is due off at 3.50pm on Saturday afternoon.

 

“Up to Al has trained well and is looking good and if the rain doesn’t come then he has got a good each way chance, however if it does rain then he won’t be too fond of the going.

 

“I think he has got a very good chance and this is the right trip for him, but he wants good ground.”

 

Looking ahead to Monday the Quantock trainer said: “ We have got Hoo Bally Diva entered at Chepstow in the bumper and if it rains there the going probably won’t suit her. If the ground stays the way it is then I think she will go very close.”

 

Reflecting on Somerset Lias’ performance at Exeter earlier this week, Bob said: “I am very happy with the way that he ran. Two or three times it looked like he was going to win the race, but in the end he finished second.”

 

Anybody who wants to know more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club which features Ballyegan and Up to Al , or for any other information regarding ownership please call 01278 671 268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Monday 21st March 2016

 

Somerset Lias running at Exeter on Tuesday

Bob Buckler has got Somerset Lias running in the Higos Insurance Services Novices’ Handicap Chase at 4.40pm at Newton Abbot tomorrow (Tuesday).

“We have always thought that Somerset Lias wanted decent ground, and he has been running alright on soft ground so it will be interesting to see how he goes at Exeter. He is well and we will ride a more positive race and hopefully with the good ground he will run a good race.”

Looking ahead Bob has got Up to Al running at Newton Abbot on Saturday.

“He is in grand form and will go to Newton Abbot as long as it doesn’t rain too much.”

Bob has also got Hoo Bally Diva entered at Chepstow on Bank Holiday Monday.

Anybody who would like to find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al, or if you want to know about any other aspect of ownership place contact Bob on 01278  671268 or email him rbuckler@btinternet.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 16th March 2016

 

Bob delighted with Hoo Bally Diva run at Taunton

 

Bob Buckler has reflected on his two runners at Taunton earlier this week, which saw Ballyegan finish fifth in his race while Hoo Blly Diva, one of his younger horses ended fourth.

 

Ballyegan sadly just isn't quick enough for two miles any longer.He led and was there or there about until the last one down the back but then the lighter horses quickened and he couldn't stay with them. Sadly at the age of 11 years old and carrying the heaviest weight however he stayed on well at the end and came fifth.

 

“I think that was quite a strong race for him, with the younger horses in it and we will probably look at extending the distance he runs over next time round. Sadly at 11 he is not getting any younger nor any quicker.

 

Regarding his other horse Hoo Bally Diva who ended fourth out of 13 in the National Hunt Flat race Bob said: “We were very happy with the way that the mare ran today. She was up there very mature and sensible. They quickened and went past her turning in but she then stayed on and finished fourth, so it wasn't a bad bumper for her.”

 

“She isn't actually five yet and is improving and building up all the time so I think we will be looking to run her in another bumper at Chepstow which is a stiffer track, and will suit her staying powers well, in two to three weeks.”

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership at the yard please contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Monday 14th March 2016

 

Ballyegan and Hoo Bally Diva running at Taunton on Monday

 

 

Bob Buckler has got two horses running at Taunton this afternoon- Ballyegan is in the Handicap Steeple Chase at 5.25pm while Hoo Bally Diva runs in the National Hunt Flat over two mlles and half a furlong race half an hour later.

 

Talking about his two entries  Bob said: “Ballyegan is looking good and has trained well. We will be  giving him a positive ride on Monday and as it is only just over two miles the others will have to chase him to beat him.

 

“One of the sites I looked on earlier give him to be favourite whilst another says he is going to be sixth or seventh. He is carrying 11 stone 12 lbs and he is 11 years old so the handicapper isn't helping him, but we will be going there to win.”

 

Bob went on: “The mare Hoo Bally Diva would like the ground to be a little better, but if the weather goes on the way that it is then she could well run a good race. She has given a good account in her two races s far this season, both on muddy ground so it will be very interesting to see how she goes.”

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club, which includes Ballyegan, or any aspect of ownership email rbuckler@btconnect.com or call Bob on 01278 671268.


Sunday 6th March 2016

Bob reflects on his Taunton runners

 

Bob Buckler reflected on his two runners at Taunton on Thursday March 3rd where Ballyegan came fifth out of six in a Class 4  two miles two furlong ‘chase and Up to Al  was sixth out of nine in a Class 5 hurdle over two miles three.

“Thursday was another one of those character forming days you sadly experience as a trainer in racing,’ said Bob.

“The rain came and put paid to Up to Al as he wants better ground than it was at Taunton and sadly Ballyegan was up against it competing at that level.

“Ballyegan is 11 years old now and competing at the highest level he ever has been this season and is six or seven pounds higher than he has been, and at his age he is not going to be an improving horse. However in the right races we can still have fun and enjoy success with him.

“He will run again at Taunton on March 14th over two miles where he should put up a good show, that’s the plan.”

“Up to Al looked grand. Sadly after we declared him it rained hard and he didn’t like the ground, however he settled after a bit and jumped really well until round the bottom bend in the mud. He wants further on a staying track on better ground.

“The plans for him will be to run him on a stiffer track over two miles six furlongs or three miles on good ground. Once the season ends we will go novice chasing with him as I think that’s

Bob added: “Everyday isn’t brilliant and you cant always win, buts its really nice when you do and it could be next time that we get a winner.”

Looking ahead Bob said: “We will be going to Taunton on March 14th with Hoo Bally Diva in the Mares Flat Race and Ballyegan again when hopefully it will have dried up.”

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or to find out more about ownership with Bob please call him on  01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 2nd March 2016

 

Bob Buckler has two runners at Taunton on Thursday

Bob Buckler has got his two Racing Club horses running at Taunton on Thursday afternoon, Ballyegan  who goes in the Gibbs Handicap Steeple Chase over two miles two furlongs at 5pm.

Up to Al runs in the A.W.Rule and Son Gun Makers Ltd Handicap Hurdle Race over two miles three furlongs at 5.35pm.

Looking ahead to Thursday the Quantock based trainer said: “Both horses have trained well are in good form so we are looking forward to seeing them run at Taunton.

Ballyegan looks to be in quite a tough race, against Kim Baileys and Gary Moores horses but he likes Taunton and has won over the distance there before.

“Up to Al hasn’t run for a while and this will be his first race since he has been handicapped. I think the ground may still be quite soft for him so it will be very interesting to see how he runs.”

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbucker@btconnect.com


Saturday 27th February 2016

 

That was the best run so far this season says Bob after Exeter victory

Bob Buckler returned to his stable high on the Quantock Hills in buoyant mood on Friday evening after seeing Say My Name romp home to victory at 12-1 at Exeter Racecourse.

"That is the best run that we have had this season and its days like this that make being a trainer all worth while," Bob said.

"We decided to run him in a different way this race and it worked because he led from start to finish. He ran a lovely race and he has got such a high cruising speed that everyone else thought that he had gone too quick, but they couldn’t keep with him.

"I am incredibly satisfied tonight because I bred him and nurtured him to where he is now. We knew he was a good horse but up to now we haven't  been getting things quite right with him, but today all that was left behind and he stormed home.

"He is still only five years old and just a baby and was carrying 11stone 7pounds today. We wont rush to race again and Say My Name will have a rest for a few days and the have a look to see what there is about in the next few weeks."

Bob added: "Looking ahead he will be an amazing novice chaser next year and we are all hugely excited by him."

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership at Bob’s yard email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268.


Friday 26th February 2016

 

Say My Name wins at Exeter

 

Bob Buckler pulled off his best win of the season so far when Say My Name romped home to a 15 length win at 12-1 in the 5pm handicap hurdle at Exeter Races on Friday afternoon.

Check back later for Bob's thoughts on his achievement!


Thursday 25th February 2016

 

Say My Name running at Exeter on Friday

 

Bob Buckler's highly rated Say My Name  runs at Exeter on Friday afternoon in the 2 miles 7 furlongs handicap hurdle race at 5pm, where there are 12 runners.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: “If he runs a good race then he will go very close indeed. We will be running him slightly differently because on a couple of his last races he has stayed on well at the end so we think we will keep him up near to the front runners a bit more.

"I expect the ground will be fairly horrible but we are going to run him up there and keep him more interested. He is a very laid back kind of horse and needs to kept interested. If he puts his Chepstow run behind him then he could be the horse to beat, so hopefully running in a different way will achieve this.

"Say My Name is on grand form and we took him down to Philip Hobbs earlier this week and he looked good so tomorrow could be his day.

Bob added: "He is technically not even five yet and is still a baby compared to a lot of the horses and I still think he will make into a superb staying chaser because he jumps so well."

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or any aspect of ownership call Bob on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Monday 22nd February 2016

 

The latest update from Bob Buckler’s Yard.

 

Reflecting on his runners at Towcester last Wednesday Bob said: “Somerset Lias seemed to be going well early on and at one stage I thought that he might get third, but in the end he was pulled up which was disappointing.

 

Ballyegan ran well and Liam gave him a good ride to get him a place. He jumped well all the way round and I was pleased with the way it all went.”

Looking ahead to later this week Bob said: “Tinker Time sadly wont be going to Exeter on Friday because the ground will be too heavy for him.

“However Say My Name is in good form and he will be going to Exeter despite the ground.”

Talkiing about another of his horses Bob said: “I was pleased with the way that Hoo Bally Diva ran last time out so she may got to Newbury in a bumper, or she might go to a mares bumper at Taunton on the Monday before Cheltenham, by which time the ground might be better.”

Bob added: “The horses are all fine but we really need the ground to improve for all of them.”

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or about ownership with Bob please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 17th February 2016

Ballyegan and Somerset Lias at Towcester on Wednesday

 

Bob Buckler has got two horses running at Towcester this afternoon. Somerset Lias goes in the 3pm a three mile handicap chase where there are eight horses running, while stable favourite Ballyegan is in the handicap chase of two miles three furlongs at 4.10pm, which has seven runners.

Bob said: “There are a couple of other horses that look good in each of the races, but I would be disappointed if they weren’t both placed at Towcester at the least.

“Both horses will have to deal with fairly atrocious conditions because the mud  will have been drying out followed by whatever the rain throws on top of that, which actually might ease things slightly because they will go through it rather than stick in it.

Reflecting on his horses performances at Kempton on Friday, the Quantock trainer said: “I had hoped that Tinker Time  would have done better than he did, but he jumped disappointingly  but I thought that Hoo Bally Diva ran a good race.

“It was a very high class bumper, with all the big trainers running horses and it was a fast galloping track and the ground was too wet for her. She was up there and handily placed turning in and she stayed on well but it was on a Grade One track with Grade One horses. However if we go to one of the west-country tracks with her she could do well so I was pleased with her.”

Looking ahead Bob said: "I think I will be aiming Tinker Time at the Devon National at Exeter if the ground is right because I think he will stay the trip."

Check back in the near future for further updated from Bob’s yard and Somerset Lias at Towcester on Wednesday.

If you would like to find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club or about ownership please contact Bob on rbuckler@btconnect.com or call him on 01278 671268.

 


Thursday 11th February 2016

 

Tinker Time and Hoo Bally Diva at Kempton on Friday.

 

Bob Buckler will have Tinker Time and Hoo Bally Diva running at Kempton on Friday afternoon.

 

Tinker Time runs in the Handicap Chase over three miles at 3.50pm , while Hoo Bally Diva is scheduled to make her first appearance of the season in the Maiden Open National Hunt Flat Race over two miles at 4.55pm.

 

Looking ahead to Friday the Quantock based trainer said: “Both horses are incredibly well and the ground at Kempton is going to be as good as its will be over the nest couple of weeks.

 

Tinker Time is third favourite I think which is quite fair but I’m not sure how he is going to like the ground.

 

Hoo Bally Diva will be having her first run this year, in the bumper which looks like a very competitive race, but she might not like the ground too much.  

 

Looking ahead Bob has got Ballyegan and Somerset Lias entered at Towcester next Wednesday and both will be suited by the track there.

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club featuring Ballyegan and Up to Al please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him  rbuckler@btconnect.com


Sunday 7th February 2016

 

Bob talk about his character forming day at Chepstow.

 

Bob Buckler has described his trip to Chepstow on Friday as ‘character forming’ after Say My Name was fifth in his race while Ballyegan was pulled up by jockey Laim Heard

Reflecting on the day Bob said: “I think possibly we rode Say My Name in the wrong way because they crawled for the first mile and a half. He jumped well but is a very laid back horse and he got into a mundane rhythm, so when they quickened he took a long time to wake up. It was a bit like Ascot in a way because when he got going he finished fifth with his ears pricked flying.

“I think in a race like that we need to ride him more dynamically, especially when  he finished so strongly, so I think that was our error.

“With Ballyegan it was just one of those things. His race was the extreme opposite because he was up a grade and they went off very quickly and he was always flat to boards. He made a mistake at the fifth and didn’t jump so well after that and in the end Liam pulled him up, which was the right thing to do because he has come back a fresh horse.

“We have come to expect Ballyegan to jump a lovely clear round, but they are not machines and can produce it all the time.”

Bob went on: “It was a character forming experience and the worst days racing we have had since we moved to the Quantocks. I must admit I don’t like it when we start as favourite or second favourite as there is only one way to go from there.”

He added: “However both the horses seem none the worse for wear and will be running again before too long.”

Up to Al is entered at Taunton on Thursday in a two mile handicap hurdle and then Tinker Time and Hoo Bally Diva are entered at Kempton on Friday- as long as it dries up. 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club featuring Up to Al and Ballyegan please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Thursday 4th February 2016

Bob's horses in action at Chepstow on Friday

 

Bob Buckler will be making the journey up the M5 and over the Severn Bridge to Chepstow on Friday morning where he has got Say My Name and Ballyegan both running.

 

Say May Name goes in the novices’ hurdle race over two miles seven furlongs at 2.45pm while Ballyegan runs in the chase over two miles three, half an hour later.

 

Talking on Thursday morning Bob said: “Say May Name’s race has got eight runners so this will be a good test for him and Ballyegan has gone up a grade and there is a large field in his race which will be a pretty competitive.”

 

However I rode both of them out this morning and they are buzzing. They both seem to cope well with the heavy ground and it will be sticky over there

 

Looking ahead Bob will have Tinker Time and Hoo Bally Diva who both need decent ground running at Kempton on February 12th if it dries up. 

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al please contact Bon on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 27th January 2016

The weather is seriously frustrating us and many like us. Meetings being abandoned and tracks being really chewed up where racing does take place, then more rain making it incredibly difficult for the hardworking ground staff to put the tracks back in good condition. Their job must be harder than training!

To our side of things. Tinker Time, Up to Al and Hoo Bally Diva are all waiting for better ground!  It must be very frustrating for the owners as for us. We are trying to keep the horses ready and well without them going over the top whilst waiting for the don't know when.

The three which can cope with this ground, Say My Name and Somerset Lias ran really well with a 2nd and 3rd and Ballyegan was denied a possible 2nd win of the season when Chepstow was abandoned last Friday. I thought we had found the perfect race for him and he felt exeptionally well. But that's the game!!

Let's hope things improve and we can get going again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Friday 15th January 2016

 

Say My Name second at Taunton

 

Say My Name gave a good account of himsef at Taunton on Tuesday and ended up a creditable second at 5-1.

Bob Buckler said: "I thought that he ran very well and we were very happy.  It was pretty testing ground amd he coped very well with it. He jumped well and was in a good position throughout and was well in contention in the home straight until Harry Skelton's horse stepped up another gear. However we were 14 lengths clear of the third which was very encouraging."

"He has been out working again this morning and there have been no ill affects from his run, however he will know he has had a race and we will be probably looking to run him again in about three weeks time."

Bob has got Somerset Lias and Up to Al entered at Exeter on Tuesday and Ballyegan is in for Chepstow on Friday, all of course subject to the conditions.

Check back nearer the time for further updates.

If you want to find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Up to Al and Ballyegan please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 13th January 2016

 

Say My Name running at Taunton

 

Bob Buckler has got Say My Name running in the Maiden Hurdle Race over three miles at Taunton at 1.10pm this afternoon, where there are 10 runners.

 

The weather in Taunton at 0845 is that there has been an overnight frost but it is bright and sunny, with heavy conditions.

 

Talking onTuesday evening the Quantock based trainer said : “With the conditions the way that they are we will have the best of the conditions, because I think that it will be attritional there tomorrow.

 

“We have trained him slightly differently and he will be wearing cheek pieces to sharpen him up a bit.”

 

Bob added: “He is on very good form and will cope with the ground as well as any and I think he will give a good account of himself. I think Say May Name will go very close.

 

To find out ore about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 6th January 2016

 

Bob reflects on his two runners last week.

 

Over the course of the last week Bob Buckler has had two horses running.

On December 30th Up to Al ran in a handicap hurdle over two miles three furlongs, and in the very wet conditions at Taunton ended in eighth place out of 13 runners.

Two days later on January 1st Somerset Lias ran at Exeter in a handicap chase over three miles and after being well in contention and looking like he was going to win approaching home, he ended a creditable second at 13-2.

Reflecting on the two horses performances Bob said: “Up to Al hated the ground and came back a bit lame which probably didn’t help him. He didn’t jump in the atrocious ground and was rather stepping at the hurdles.

“Hopefully we will find better ground for him to run on sometime soon, but we haven’t decided yet. I would have thought he is ideally suited to two miles five or six this season and then we will put him over fences.

As a result of his performances this season Up to Al has just been given a handicap mark of 100- which is a bit higher than Bob had hoped for.

Bob went on: “Somerset Lias was grand at Exeter- the ground was atrocious again, but he jumped much better than last time out , perhaps because they were going a bit steadier in the ground, and he was economical and quick over his fences.

“Turning in I thought he was going to win, but he was beaten by a horse that quickened on the ground and Somerset Lias stays on at his pace.

“Somerset Lias coped well with the ground and I think he will turn into a proper old fashioned staying chaser and I wouldn’t be averse to giving him further.”  

Tinker Time is entered at Kempton on Saturday and Say My Name at Ffos Las on Sunday January 10th

Bob added: “At the moment I am struggling with the ground so we will just have to wait and see.”

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Friday 1st January 2016

 

Somerset Lias at Exeter today January 1st.

 

Somerset Lias is running today at Exeter in the Bathwick Handicap Chase over three miles which goes to post at 1.45pm.

 

Earlier in the season Somerset Lias has enjoyed a  second place at Worcester and third at Wincanton, but last time out he was sixth at Taunton in a fast paced race.However the conditions today will be the overriding factor.

 

Bob Buckler said: “Somerset Lias has been schooling well at home so he is going to Exeter in good shape. The ground is going to be heavy and will be pretty demanding on all the runners so the winner will be the horse who copes with the conditions the best.”

 

Bob’s next runner is Hoo Bally Diva entered at Ludlow on Monday in a National Hunt Flat Race,

 

Don’t forget that Ballyegan and Up to Al are involved with the Robert Buckler Racing Club. To find out more call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 30th December 2015

 

Up to Al running at Taunton on Wednesday

 

 

Up to Al is running today at Taunton in the 1.45pm Novices’ Hurdle over 2 miles three furlongs.

 

On Tuesday evening Bob said: “Up to Al has trained well and is in good form and ready for another run, but he will be up against it in this race as there are some strong contenders, so it will be interesting to see how he goes this afternoon.”

 

Looking further ahead Bob has got Tinker Time entered at Cheltenham on Friday, the same day that he has got Somerset Lias entered at Exeter.

 

Bob went on: “The weather forecast over the next couple of days looks pretty bad so we will have to wait and see whether or not they run.

 

“The trouble at this time of the year is that for some of the horses there is a shortage of races for the horses to run in. Then in a few weeks time you will be spoilt for choice, but that’s the frustration of being a trainer!”

 

Up to Al and recent winner  Ballyegan are both included in the Robert Buckler Racing Club and there are still a few shares remaining.

 

To enjoy all the thrills of being an owner without the cost and the worries give Bob a call on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

Check back shortly for another update from Bob Buckler!


Sunday 20th December 2015

 

Bob reflects on Say May Name run at Ascot

 

Bob Buckler’s Say My Name ended a rather disappointing ninth out of 15 in the two and half miles novices handicap hurdle at Ascot on Saturday afternoon.

 

Back at his Quantock yard on Sunday Bob said: “It all seemed to go wrong for Say My Name at Ascot yesterday and we don’t quite know why.

 

“He is a fairly laid back sort of horse and he didn’t jump the first very well, and I think he lost his confidence a little bit and he then jumped the second badly and lost his place.

 

“He then tailed off and was last but when he turned into the home straight he flew and finished very strongly, which was a bit disappointing for us.”

 

The trainer added: “We will check there is nothing wrong and assuming all is ok then revamp his training routine.”

 

Bob has no further runners before Christmas but looking beyond he said: “There is a chance that Hoo Bally Diva may go to Wincanton on Boxing Day, although I think that will be too soft.

 

“Up to Al will go to Taunton on December 30th , Somerset Lias will go to Exeter on New Year’s Day and Hoo Bally Diva may go into a bumper there is the ground is right. I am still looking for the right race for Tinker Time to run again.”

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

Thank you for all of you support through 2015 and on behalf of Bob Buckler and all the team at his Gibb Hill Yard we would like to wish you all a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous new Year

 

 


Thursday 17th December 2015

 

Ballyegan wins at Towcester

The Bob Buckler camp was buzzing after stable favourite Ballyegan delivered the goods once again by winning impressively by five lengths at Towcester on Thursday afternoon.

Ballyegan who is one of the two horses in the Robert Buckler Racing Club jumped beautifully all the way round in the two and a half mile chase. He was either leading or alongside the leader for much of the race and was the comfortable winner at 6-1.

Shortly after returning to his Quantock yard Bob said: “It’s days like these that make it all worthwhile and its great when it happens. He was absolutely brilliant and we are all back here watching him winning again.

“It was a great display of jumping all of the way round. He likes a bit of daylight when he is running so we are all absolutely delighted with the way that he has run today.

“Ballyegan felt so good when I rode him round Lydeard Hill on Wednesday that I knew we had to run him and he didnt let us down."

“The ground at Towcester was testing and he is quite tired so he will have a bit of a break before we get him back running local again after Christmas.”

Bob has now got Say My Name running at Ascot on Saturday in the 12.40pm in novice handicap hurdle over two miles seven furlongs.

“That is going to be a serious race for him because he is only four years old and up against older horses so we will be under pressure.

Bob added: “I think Say My Name is quite highly handicapped, but he is a very nice horse and is going to be one of the most exciting I have worked with so this is the next step up for him.”

 

A few spaces still remain available in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al this season. To find out more call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him on  rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 16th December 2015

 

Ballyegan heading for Towcester on Thursday

 

The continuing wet weather has put paid to Bob taking his horses to Ludlow this afternoon (Wednesday), where both Tinker Time and Hoo Bally Diva were both entered.

 

"The ground has gone soft and Tinker Time doesn’t perform so well on soft ground, as we have found out in the past so we wont be going to Ludlow," said Bob Buckler.

 

The Quantock based trainer's next runner is Ballyegan who is running in a handicap chase at Towcester at 3.10pm on Thursday December 17th.

 

“I rode him out this morning and he is in very good form and raring to go so he will be at Towcester on Thursday."

 

Say My Name is going to Ascot on Saturday where he is running in the novice handicap hurdle 12.40pm.

 

Say My Name is in very good form as we saw at Exeter last month since when he has worked really well. However this is a really competitive race at Ascot so it will be interesting to see how he gets on in that company.”

 

A few shares in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al still remain available. To find out more please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com


Saturday 12th December 2015

 

Bob happy with Taunton performances

 

Bob Buckler was happy with the way that his two runners performed at Taunton on Thursday, and although neither was in the fram they both gave a good account of themselves.

 

Up to Al, who is one of the two horses in the Robert Buckler Racing Club, was the first to go in a novices hurdle over just short of three miles and the seven year old was in the mix turning for home into the home straight and ended sixth out of the 14 runners.

 

Somerset Lias ran in the novices’ handicap chase also over just shy of three miles and was there or thereabout until halfway down the back straight second time round when the leading group started to pull away and he ended up sixth of the 10 runners.

 

Afterwards Bob said: “We were happy with the way that both the horses ran at Taunton. Both jumped well and Liam Heard once again gave them a good ride.”

 

"This was only the second run that Up to Al has had with us and from what we saw he showed a lot of promise.

 

Somerset Lias stayed well and we think that next time out we may well look for a longer distance to run him over.”

 

Bobs next runner is likely to be Tinker Time who returns to Ludlow, the scene of his win last time out, on Wednesday, December 16th to run a handicap chase at 2.10.

 

Hoo Bally Diva is also entered at Ludlow that day in the National Hunt Flat Race at 3.40pm.

 

Ballyegan is entered in the 3.10pm handicap chase at Towcester on Thursday December 17th.

 

Anybody who would like to join the Robert Buckler Racing Club and enjoy the full experience of racing should ring Bob on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Wednesday 9th December 2015

Up to Al and Somerset Lias both running at Taunton

 

Bob Buckler has got both Up to Al and Somerset Lias running at Taunton on Thursday December 10th.

 

Up to Al goes in the 1.10pm while Somerset Lias runs an hour later

 

On Wednesday evening Bob said: “Up to Al is very well and working hard in training. We are stepping him up in trip to just short of three miles so it will be interesting to see how he copes with the trip.”

 

"Somerset Lias is on amazing form but it is quite a competitive race he is in. I think there are five or six including us who have got a serious chance of winning.

 

Tinker Time is entered for Cheltenham on Friday, but as yet a final decision has not been made.

 

Bob said: “Tinker Time has been put up nine pounds so as from next week that is what he will be carrying.However it is a quick turn around time for him to run at Cheltenham and it’s a big race so we are still not sure that he will be back at his best so we may well keep him until the next racing at Ludlow, where he enjoyed a good run.” 

There are still a few vacancies in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Up to Al and Ballyegan, details of which can be obtained by scrolling back on this new section or by calling Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com 

 


Monday 7th December 2015

 

Bob has got three entries this week

 

Bob Buckler has got two entries at Taunton's Festive Meeting on Thursday December 10th and he has also got an entry at Cheltenham on Friday.

 

Up to Al, who is one of the horses involved in the Robert Buckler Racing Club has been entered in a novice hurdle 1.10pm, while Somerset Lias goes an hour later in a limited handicap chase.

 

Up to Al, is entered in the  should get in but we will have to wait and see about Somerset Lias but we are hopeful that both will get to run.

 

The ground at Taunton will suit both of the horses who have been working well at home so we are looking forward to seeing how they go.

 

Tinker Time has been entered in the 2.10pm handicap chase at Cheltenham on Friday December 11th.

Check back on Wednesday for a further update.

A few spaces still remain in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al, and to find out more scroll back on the news section of this website, or email Bob on  rbuckler@btconnect.com  or call him on 01278 671268.


Thursday 3rd December 2015

 

 

Tinker Time romps home in style at Ludlow

 

 

Tinker Time gave Bob Buckler his first winner of the season at Ludlow on Wednesday afternoon, when he won the 2.10pm three mile one furlong Staying Chase at 7-1.

 

Back at his yard later in the evening Bob said: “It was a brilliant win for Tinker Time and he did very well at Ludlow. The ground was good to was good to soft and a bit dead but he jumped absolutely brilliantly.

 

“The horses are all coming back and firing well and this has just shown that they are doing their job now so its really very exciting.

 

“Unfortunately Ballyegan is bubbling and on grand form but there isn’t a suitable race locally for him to go in. There might have been a race for him at Fontwell but I think that is too far for the Racing Club members to go to watch him."

 

Up to Al and Somerset Lias will both be entered at Taunton on December 10th so check back in the next few days for the latest updates.

 

A few places remain in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al so to find out more please call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him – rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 2nd December 2015

 

'Tinker Time has never looked better' says Bob ahead of Ludlow run.

 

Tinker Time is heading for Ludlow today (Wednesday) where he is running in the 2.10pm which is a Staying Chase over 3 miles 1 furlong.

 

Before he set off earlier this morning trainer Bob Buckler said: “Ludlow is on gravel and drains better than a lot of tracks so won’t be too sticky for him.

 

“Currently he is a 12-1 shot, but I don’t think I have ever had him better than he is at the moment.

 

“We took him stag hunting for an hour on Tuesday morning to sweeten him up so it will be very interesting to see how he goes in the field of 10. I think he has got a fair chance there today.”

 

Up to Al and Somerset Lias are both entered at Taunton on Thursday December 10th.

 

Bob went on: “We worked all of the horses on Saturday and its rare to be able to say this but they all did very well and they are buzzing.

 

Hoo Bally Diva is still a bit behind but considering she has had an infection she is doing remarabkl well

 

Ballyegan is on fine form and had no ill affects after his Taunton outing last week, so I might just put him in at Fontwell. I know it’s a bit out of our local area but there looks to be a race to suit him there.

Check back later for a report on how Tinker Time goes at Ludlow.

A few shares in the Robert Buckler Racing Club are still available, details of which can be obtained by checking back on this website, by calling Bob on 01278 671268 or by emailing him  rbuckler@btconnect.com


Friday 27th November 2015

 

Bob happy with Ballyegan run at Taunton

 

Ballyegan gave a good account of himself at Taunton on Thursday afternoon and ended up a creditable third place on his seasonal debut at his home track.

 

Reflecting on his run Bob Buckler said: “We were very pleased with the way that Ballyegan ran and at turning for home we thought that he was going to win. However he made a mistake at the third last and second last which put paid to his chances.

 

"If he had jumped the last two right then he could have won or been a very close second so all in all we are delighted with the way that Ballyegan ran.

 

"Ballyegan loves Taunton and is a different horse there than any other place, but sadly there doesn’t look to be a race for him at the December 10th meeting, so we will have to wait for the right race to come along for him.

 

Bob went on: "Somerset Lias will be running at Taunton the next time they race.

 

"We pulled Tinker Time out of Newbury because of the ground so he is now entered at Ludlow in a challenger series race on Wednesday and in the Silver Buck at Wincanton on Thursday. We just need good ground for him so we will have to wait and see.

 

"He is bubbling and firing so its just frustrating from the owners and trainers point of view because if the ground isn’t right there is no point in running him.

 

"We want to run Up to Al again as soon as we can because we want him to get a handicap mark, but there isn’t a race for him at Wincanton next week however there is a novice hurdle at Exeter on Friday that we might try to get him into.

 

"Hoo Bally Diva has had an infection but is coming back to herself and we will be looking for a race for her in the second or third week in December.

 

"Say My Name will be going to Ascot on December 19th where there is the perfect race for him. We don’t want to risk him before then because it is a big novice." 

There are still a few vacancies in the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al this season. Anyone interested should call Bob on 01278 671268 or email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 


Thursday 26th November 2015

 

Ballyegan running at Taunton on Thursday.

 

Ballyegan is making his first appearance of the season at Taunton, today (Thursday) and members of the Robert Buckler Racing Club will be hoping that it will be a triumphant return to his home track.

 

Last term Ballyegan won four times at Taunton and this afternoon his connections will be hoping for more of the same.

 

Earlier this morning Bob Buckler said: “He is in really good shape and raring to go. He won this race last year, albeit off a slightly lower mark, and his last outing at Exeter should have set him up for this.

 

He ran a bit too freely last time out, but he was won over this trip a couple of time before. Ballyegan is jumping well and doing everything right so we are looking forward to the race this afternoon.

 

The Racing Club’s other horse Up to Al was entered to run today but was sadly balloted out.

 

Check back later to hear how Ballyegan went and also for an update on Tinker Time who is entered at Newbury on Friday and Saturday.

 

To find out more about the Robert Buckler Racing Club please log onto www.robertbucklerracing.co.uk or email Bob  on rbuckler@btconnect.com


Friday 20th November 2015

 

Bob happy with Somerset Lias at Wincanton

 

Bob Buckler returned from a wet and windy Wincanton on Thursday where Somerset Lias gave a good account of himself in a three mile chase and came third.

“I’m pretty pleased with the way things went with Somerset Lias at Wincanton and he ran a super race.

“They went at a gentle pace early on and the weather was horrible. Turning out of the back straight there were four tired horses and I thought we were going as well as anybody, in fact Liam Heard thought that he was going to win the race at that stage.

“However he didn’t quite carry it through and hit the third last that stopped his momentum, but he ran a good race and we were very happy. It was and attritional slog today in horrible weather but he coped with it surprisingly well.

"He had a good run and jumped well and I though that Liam gave him a brilliant ride on difficult ground.

On Thursday the two horses in the Robert Buckler Racing Club- Up to Al and Ballyegan will be  making their debut together on their home track at Taunton.

As predicted Tinker Time will not be running at Ascot on Friday.

A few shares in Bob Buckler’s Racing Club featuring Up to Al and Ballyegan remain available and anybody interested should log onto www.robertbucklerracing.co.uk or email  – rbuckler@btconnect.com   (Please note correct email address)  call Bob,or Karen Rossiter  on 01278 671268.


Thursday 19th November 2015

Somerset Lias running Thursday Nov 19th at Wincanton.

 

Combe Breeze had her first outing at Warwick on Wednesday and today Somerset Lias in running in the opening race at Wincanton at 12.50pm.

Reflecting on Combe Breeze’s run Bob Buckler said: “Combe Breeze finished strongly and stayed on well. She was fit and showed that she wants further. It did get very wet up there

“There are very few three year old bumpers but she does jump fairly sensibly so we might well give her a run in the juvenile hurdle over two miles one or two miles two furlongs and see where we go from there.”

It’s likely to be two and a half to three weeks that Combe Breeze will run again.

Regarding today’s runner the trainer said: “Somerset Lias schooled very well last week but it’s going to be very wet at Wincanton so he may not like the ground too much. His second at Worcester was on good to soft ground back in October.

Bob’s next two runners are expected to be Ballyegan and Up to Al at Taunton on Thursday November 26th.

In view of the wet ground Tinker Time will not be running at Ascot on Friday Nov 20th

A few shares still remain for the Robert Buckler Racing Club that features Ballyegan and Up to Al, details of which can be obtained by contacting Bob Buckler or Karen Rossiter on 01278 671268, or email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 18th November 2015

 

Combe Breeze set to make her bow at Warwick today

 

Bob Buckler’s newest recruit Combe Breeze will be making her racing debut when she runs in a Fillies Junior National Hunt Flat race at Warwick this afternoon (Wednesday) which is due off at 3.50pm.

 

Earlier this morning Bob said: “Combe Breeze has worked very well for us since she joined the stable and we are very much looking forward to taking her to Warwick.

 

“There are five runners and it looks like one will be clear favourite. We are pretty confident that Combe Breeze will give a good account of herself. The ground will be soft so in the end it will probably be a war of attrition.”

 

Tomorrow  Somerset Lias is set to run at Wincanton in a Handicap Chase over three miles two furlongs the 12.50.

 

The last time that Somerset Lias ran was at Worcester last month where he came second.

 

“It’s going to be a small field and he is jumping very well. However the ground is likely to be soft which is not his favourite but Liam Heard will give him a good ride and get the best out of him.”

 

It is looking likely that the ground will be too soft for Tinker Time at Ascot on Friday were he was entered in Handicap Chase over three miles at 3.15pm.

 

Check back later in the week for further updates.

 

A few shares in Bob Buckler’s Racing Club featuring Up to Al and Ballyegan remain available and anybody interested should log onto www.robertbucklerracing.co.uk or email  – rbuckler@btconnect.com   (Please note correct email address)  call Bob,or Karen Rossiter  on 01278 671268.

 

 

 


Friday 13th November 2015

 

Bob happy with Up to Al run at TauntonB

Bob Buckler was happy with the way that Up to Al ran for him on his first outing for the yard.

 

“I was happy with the way that Up to Al ran in his first race for us. It was a very high-class race and he certainly showed me enough to confirm that he has got the ability.”

 

“Liam Heard (the jockey )was very happy with him and he showed plenty of enthusiasm but the horse needs to get used to running they way that we want him to.”

 

Up to Al has come back in one piece and doesn’t appear any the worse for the run like Ballyegan after his Exeter run.

 

“I think that we may well run both Up to Al and Ballyegan at Taunton at their next meeting on November 26th.
 

Looking forward to next week Bob said: “We will have Combe Breeze running at Warwick in the three year old bumper on Wednesday next week (Nov 18), Somerset Lias could be going to Wincanton on Thursday if it dries up and Tinker Time at Ascot on Friday (Nov 20). “

 

A few shares still remain for the Robert Buckler Racing Club details of which can be obtained by contacting Bob Buckler or Karen Rossiter on 01278 671268, or email him on rbuckler@btconnect.com


Thursday 12th November 2015

 

Up to Al to run at Taunton today

Up to Al will be making his debut appearance for the Robert Buckler Racing Club this afternoon at Taunton when he runs in the Novice Hurdle over 2 miles 3 furlongs at 2.40pm.

Looking ahead to the race Bob Buckler said:” Up to Al is running in a tough race today, but he has got to start somewhere. All of theses horses are looking for good ground and Taunton is the only place they will get that this week.

Up to Al has shown a lot of ability working with him at home and we have done all of our work so he will go to Taunton in the best possible condition.

“However its difficult to know how he will fare because I haven’t seen him run so it will be very interesting to see how he goes. I am really excited to see how he performs in a hot novice hurdle against high quality opposition.”

I was very happy with the way that Ballyegan ran at Exeter. He was a bit too enthusiastic and made plenty enough in front . It was a 0-110 handicap race which is above his class and I am perfectly happy with the way that he ran.

Bob added: “He has come back in one piece and will have enjoyed the race. He seems perfectly happy and is likely to run next in a 0-100 race at Taunton on November 26th.”

A few shares in Bob Buckler’s Racing Club featuring Up to Al and Ballyegan remain available and anybody interested should log onto www.robertbucklerracing.co.uk or email  – rbuckler@btconnect.com   (Please note correct email address)  call Bob,or Karen Rossiter  on 01278 671268.