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Monday 11th December 2017

 

 

Nosper running at Fontwell on Monday.

Bob Buckler has got Nosper running at Fontwell Park Monday afternoon in the 3.40 Handicap Hurdle over two miles three furlongs.

Alice Mills a three pound claimer who has ridden the five year old on several previous occasions will be on board in the 11 horse race.

Nosper has only recently joined Bob's yard from Martin Hill.

Looking ahead to the race the Quantock handler said: "He hasnt been with us very long but seems to be very well in himself and has worked very well with Alice in training, This is his first race for a while so it will be very inteersting to see how he fares at Fontwell, in the wet conditions."

 Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Thursday 7th December 2017

 

Say My Name running at Exeter on Friday

 

Bob has got Say My Name going at Exeter on Friday in the 3.50 pm Handicap Chase over 3 miles 6 furlongs which has got 17 runners. The six year old willbe ridden by Andrew Glassonbury.

Ahead of the race Bob said: "I think that the longer race will suit him because he always seems to hit a flat patch during a race and goes dead but then he picks up again later on and finishes strongly

"We know he can be a bit if an awkward customer but with a race this long he has got the chance to come back like he did at Chepstow when he ran on strongly."

Bob added: "He has been working well and is good in himself.He schooled really brilliantly down at Philip Hobbs’ earlier this week."

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


 

Gibb Hill makes his bow at Wincanton on Thursday

 

One of Bob Buckler’s most exciting prospects for many years- Gibb Hill, will make he debut appearance on the track on Thursday afternoon at Wincanton when he runs in the 3.50pm Standard National Hunt Open Flat Race over 1 mile 7 furlongs.

 

The three year old will be ridden by Alice Mills a three pound claimer who is no stranger to Gibb Hill having worked with him in training.

 

Ahead of the raceday the Quantock based trainer said: “Its a hot bumper that he is in but he is used to galloping in soft/heavy ground which is likely to get worse as the day goes on.

 

Bob added: "He is very very well and I am totally happy with him. I have been riding him regularly and he is grand so we are all looking forward to see how he goes."

 

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Wednesday 29th November 2017

 

Ballyegan running at Taunton on Thursday

 

Bob Buckler has got Ballyegan running at Taunton on Thursday in the 2 miles 7 furlongs Handicap Chase at 2.50pm.

Ballyegan is a four time winner at Taunton and three years ago won this corresponding event. In his last outing at Ffos Las in June the stable favourite was third.

On Thursday, Ballyegan will be ridden by Sean Houlihan, who is a 7lb claimer, and will be the next to bottom weight In the 8 horse race.

Bob said: “Ballyegan seems very very well in himself and looks good in training. He is running off 75 in a 0-100 race so we’d like to think he will give a good account of himself.”

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Saturday 25th November 2017

All Kings at Exeter on Sunday

 

Bob Buckler's All Kings returns to Exeter on Sunday afternoon to take part in the Happy 75th Birthday Belinda Lyon Smith  Handicap Hurdle at 1.25pm  over 2 miles 7 furlongs.

Once again All Kings will be ridden by 7lb claimer Sean Houlian who guided the eight year old to third place on his last outing which was at this course.

Ahead of the race the Quantock handler said: "All KIngs is looking really good and is fitter than he ever has since he has been with the yard. He has improved since he was third at Exeter in his last race and certainly better that the one pound increase in wieight that he carries.

Bob added: "We are exoecting another big ride from him on Sunday."

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday 16th November 2017

 

Regal Flow at Cheltenham on Friday

 

Bob Buckler's Regal Flow returns to Cheltenham on Friday to run in the first race on the card (12.40pm) the Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase (Class 3) over 3 miles 1 furlong. Joshua Newman who took the ride last time and is a 3lb claimer will be on board again.

Looking ahead to the race Bob said: "I think that he is spot on and will certainly have come on from the last run he had at Cheltenham three weeks ago. He has worked incredibly well and very happy,  he is in great form and we cant do any more than that. The forecast is good and the ground will suit him so we are expecting a good race from him."

Bob next runner after Friday is likely to be All Kings who will be returning to Exeter at their Sunday meeting and further ahead the Quantock handler is thinking that Gibb Hill might well make his debut in a bumper at Wincanton on December 7th.

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 


Wednesday 8th November 2017

 

 

Say My Name at Chepstow on Wednesday

 

Bob Buckler has got Say My Name running in the 3.10pm at Chepstow on Wednesday, a Class 3 Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 7 furlongs which has 11 runners.

 

This will be the 6 year old's first race of the season and Bob reckons that the good- good to soft going will suit Say My Name.

 

"He has been working well with the other horses, and done everything that we have asked him to do. He has also had the added burden that I have been riding him regularly. We are expecting a big run from him, especially as he will have Sean Houlihan a 7lb claimer on his back.”

 

“I am very hopeful for his chances on Wednesday afternoon Chepstow.” 

 

On Tuesday afternoon Bob enjoyed watching one of the new horses in his yard All Kings claim third place at Exeter in 3.35pm handicap hurdle over 2 miles 7 furlongs.

The Quantock based trainer said: “It was really incredibly satisfying to see All Kings come in third. He put in a really genuine race in conditions that were really too heavy for him although when they turned in he looked well beaten. 

 

Bob added: “He was carried out a bit and made a mess of it at the last, which at the end of a long race stops your momentum but he ran on to claim third which was brilliant for us.”

 

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Monday 6th November 2017

 

All Kings running at Exeter on Tuesday

 

All Kings will be running his first race since joining Bob Buckler’s stable in the summer.

The eight year old bay gelding will be going to Exeter on Tuesday afternoon to run in the 3.35pm Handicap Hurdle over 2 miles 7 furlongs which has 13 runners.

Bob said: “All Kings is very well and has been working with Regal Flow and Say May Name. Since he came to the stable he has settled down a great deal and improved no end.

Sean Houlihan a seven-pound claimer will be riding All Kings on Tuesday.

“I have used Sean quite a lot and he has ridden All Kings and schooled him as well so knows him quite well.”

Bob’s next runner will be Say My Name at Chepstow on Wednesday.

"We are expecting some rain and they are saying its soft already there which will suit Say My Name, so it should be an interesting couple of days."

Bob still has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com


Friday 27th October 2017

 

Regal Flow at Cheltenham today

Bob opens his 2017-18 account today when Regal Flow runs in the 4.20 at Cheltenham this afternoon, the Amateur Riders' Hadicap Chase over  3miles and a furlong.

Regal Flow , who won this race two years ago, came to Bob's yard ahead of the start of last season so the Quantock maestro has had the chance to get to know the 10 year old well.

"He is in really good condition and working well.He has done everything we have asked of him so we are expecting a big race from him at Cheltenham this afternoon."

Regal Flow will be ridden by Josh Newman a three pound claimer.

Bob stil has a few shares remaining in Cushuish, a four year old filly who he has very high hopes for, so if you are interested please call him on 01278 671268 or email rbuckler@btconnect.com

 


Monday 2nd October 2017

 

 

Bob Buckler all set for the new season.

 

 

Preparations for the 2017-18 season at Bob Buckler’s stable are now well underway and all of his horses are now back in the yard and working hard.

 

Bob said: “I think we are about three weeks away from putting out our first runner for the new season.

 

“One of the first to run will be Regal Flow who is looking a lot stronger this year than he did last. He will come out on October 27th at Cheltenham in a three mile amateur riders chase.

 

Say My Name will have a couple of runs over hurdles to start with this year and he wont be too far behind. We will do a lot of schooling with him and build him up before he goes back to chasing later in the season

 

All Kings will have a couple of hurdle races, as long as his back holds up. Everything with him seems to be fine at the moment and we have tried him doing different things and had no rebellion which suggests that there is no pain there. He was brought over from Ireland with great potential but didn't fulfil it with the problems he has had.

 

Ballyegan will stay in the yard and go point to pointing, and I hope we can find a young rider who might like to become involved with riding him in novice rider races and opens.

 

Cushuish is a four year old and a new horse to the yard. She is a grand filly and is doing everything right and showed real enthusiasm and aptitude to do the right things. With her pedigree and looks and the way that she moves gives us real cause for excitement.

 

Gibb Hill who is a three year old, is a big horse and the sort that I dream about. He is by a Derby winner that was winning as a three year old and his dam won as a two year old so he looks like being an early maturing horse so he will be running in a bumper before long.

 

Bob added: “This year we have got a much younger base of horses than we have had in previous years. There are some lovely young ones coming on alongside a couple of the old stalwarts as well.”

 

A few shares are still available in Cushuish and anyone interested in finding out more about the syndicate should contact Bob on 01278 671268 or email him rbuckler@btconnect.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.