Mark Campion News

21 June 2017

Whitewall Golden Bitter

The Horsetownbeer Company will be at the 131st Malton Show at Scamston Park on the 2nd July. Look out for the hugely popular Whitewall Golden Bitter and hats off to Howard Kinder for donating part of the proceeds to Racing Welfare. Racing Welfare was formed in 2000. The charity is responsible for the wellbeing of current and former employees, and their dependants. Have a great day!

24 May 2017

Ask Shanroe

Placed in Irish Point to Points for Brian Smyth and James Lambe, the very likeable Ask Shanroe joins the team at Whitewall for the 2017 season. Purchased by Mel Smith, Ask Shanroe has settled well at Whitewall and hopefully can build on his cv to date. We look forward to seeing him on the track over the summer.

31 March 2017

Happy Retirement

Happy Retirement to our old friend and massive character Desert Nova, aka Dessie. Thank you to Donna for sending updates and photos of Dessie clearly enjoying the North Yorkshire sunshine! We send a big thumbs up from everyone at Whitewall to Donna and wish you both lots of Happy Days !

24 September 2014

Back in training for NH Season 2014/15

After a good summer in the paddocks everyone is back in and doing their roadwork in preparation for the winter NH season. Its good to be back!

18 June 2014

Desert Nova - strong 2nd at Southwell over brush hurdles

Desert Nova (right), ably assisted by Nathan Moscrop, put in an excellent round of jumping over the brush hurdles at Southwell over 3m on good ground, finishing a strong 2nd to the progressive and well regarded young hurdler Full Throttle piloted by AP McCoy. They finished over 10 lengths clear of the field, staying on well. Despite being hampered during the race Dessie was footperfect in his jumping. He is relatively lightly raced for his age but clearly has lost none of his enthusiasm for the game!

2 June 2014

News of a very old friend - Moon Devil - "George"

Moon Devil, now 24, is enjoying life in retirement with the Bishop family, who used to work with us in Hampshire before we moved to Malton in 2001. "George" is pictured here with Courtney Bishop, who looks after him. George loved to dominate his races, and was a dual chase winner at Newbury, on both occasions from the front, and went on to put in many strong performances over fences. He ran in the John Hughes Handicap Chase over the National fences at Aintree in 2000, and having led the field with a superb jumping display, went on to finish a close 8th. Happy summer holidays George!

28 December 2013

Minkie Moon - promising debut over Fences

Minkie Moon made an eyecatching start to his Chasing career in a Beginners Chase over 2m 4f at Leicester in December. He made all and jumped well under Garry Lavery, notably the trappy downhill fences on the far side, as well as a more experienced handicapper. He finished strongly up the hill, and was beaten only 7 lengths by the winner, and he clearly thoroughly enjoyed it. We look forward to his next run!

4 April 2013

Off again

After a frustrating season limited by the prolonged winter weather's heavy or frozen ground, it is good to have opportunities to run in better conditions. Desert Nova made a welcome return to the racecourse at Wetherby yesterday in a novice handicap hurdle over 2m, after a long layoff, finishing 3rd beaten 10 lengths, given a good ride by Gary Lavery. Having been the first to come off the bridle he stayed on strongly, a performance which bodes well for the next run for the evergreen Dessie, now 11 years young!

3 July 2012

Charming Grace - 3rd at Hexham for The Saddlers' Flyers

Charming Grace, pictured, ran a promising race for the Saddlers' Flyers, to finish 3rd beaten 2 1/2 lengths by the winner Yes You Can, on her second start over hurdles at Hexham on testing ground, on 24 June 2012. Garry Lavery settled her in towards the back of the field and had her jumping her hurdles with accuracy and economy. Grace made eye-catching progress up the hill showing a brave and willing attitude all the way to the line, and might well have improved her placing had the race been another half furlong. She coped admirably with ground that others may have found tiring and this performance bodes well for the future.

3 April 2012

Spring update

Having made such a promising start to the hurdling season after a long lay off due to injury, Desert Nova, 4th on his previous start at Uttoxeter, went one better to finish 3rd at Southwell in January, beaten only 7 1/2l by the winner. Minkie Moon, who found himself off a stiff handicap mark for competing creditably in some competitive juvenile hurdle races, has found it difficult to compete over the shorter trip against the older horses, but he is getting stronger all the time and hopefully when he is strong enough to compete over a longer trip and ideally off a kinder mark, will be in with chances. Charming Grace has worked through her bumpers and will start hurdling in due course; her schooling is going very well and I think she will come into her own over hurdles.

15 January 2012

New Year update

So far we have been lucky to have no frozen weather interruptions. Desert Nova ran a really good race at Uttoxeter on 16 December, finishing a good 4th in a competitive 2m 4f handicap over hurdles - and showing he gets further now he is a bit older. He runs again at Southwell on 18 January over the brush hurdles in another competitive race, but the way he is jumping he may progress to Chasing. Watch this space! Minkie Moon has made a promising start to his hurdling career, finishing 5th in first start over hurdles in a juvenile event at Market Rasen early in December and then 4th in a competitive juvenile novice hurdle at Wetherby's Christmas meeting on 27 December, and staying on well up the hill which bodes well for the future. Panashka has also had two runs over hurdles and made good progress in her second effort, jumping much more positively, and both Minkie and Panashka run over hurdles for the third time at Wetherby on the 23rd January - weather permitting - here's hoping any forecast snow and ice don't materialise! Charming Grace is progressing through her bumpers, and has been schooling well over hurdles too. She will ideally run in one more bumper for experience before hurdling on the track.

7 November 2011

Jumping season well under way

It's an exciting week, Bernix runs over hurdles at Sedgefield on Tuesday, and the plan is for Desert Nova to have his first run over hurdles for over 3 years at Bangor on Wednesday provided the ground is suitable, he is in fantastic form and it will be great to see him back over obstacles. Danny Cook schooled him over fences as well last week and he took to it like a duck to water! Saddlers' Secret has thrived over the summer, and after such an exciting start to her jumping career last season will return over hurdles towards the end of this month. Panashka will run again in a bumper and then progress to hurdles, and we have two exciting bumper prospects, with great jumping potential, firstly Charming Grace, by Flemensfirth out of really feisty and prolific mare, Lady Laureate, who will be making her debut on the track in the next few days; and a cracking Bob Back mare who is a real chaser in the making, and from the very good family of the top class winner of 11 races, Back In Front, who was 3rd in the Cheltenham Festival bumper, and went on to win both the Supreme Novice and Bula Hurdles at the Festival, and numerous other top class races over hurdles and fences. Another exciting newcomer is Minkie Moon, who has come off the Flat having showed his stamina as a 3yo, and will be making his debut over hurdles in the near future. Let's hope that the winter weather is kind to us all this season and all have a safe and successful year.

5 November 2011

... and Bernix kicks off our Jumping season!

The Jumping season is well under way - and Bernix, who had not run over hurdles for over 3 1/2 years, made a promising return at Wetherby, given an excellent ride by Brian Toomey, and jumped for fun. He ran 2 weeks later at Uttoxeter over similar trip, given an enterprising and economical ride by Daryl Jacob, and was a strong fininishing 5th to Clasical Mist, who beat him by less than 5l, and it is unlikely he will be available at such a big price again! Hopefully he will get plenty of opportunities to run on his favoured better ground through the autumn - he seems to be really enjoying his jumping.

3 November 2011

End of the Flat season ...

Both Belinsky and Billy Cadiz, who have been running consistently well through the summer in handicaps, rounded off the Turf Flat sason well with good runs. Belinsky was 3rd at Yarmouth, and was then 2nd at Kempton on the all-weather 9 days later. Billy Cadiz ran out of his skin to finish 5th at Redcar, beaten only 2l by the winner. Both will run through the autumn on the all-weather and hopefully will get the luck in running they deserve to win.

27 August 2011

Webbow returns to Goodwood - 2nd in Betfair Summer Double Heritage Handicap

Webbow returned to Goodwood and ran a terrific race to finish 2nd in the Betfair Summer Double Heritage Handicap over 7f, and was given a superb ride by Fran Berry, who had travelled from Ireland for the race. Having been drawn wide at 15 they took a prominent position and took the race up 1f out, to be pipped in the last 75 yards by Eton Rifles, who enjoyed the slightly easier ground than it had been at Goodwood in July. It was a really good performance, and he has come out of the race again really well.

27 July 2011

Webbow Wins in Style at Glorious Goodwood

Webbow is back in the Winners enclosure, having been 2nd in his last 2 starts at Doncaster, he was given a masterful ride by Kieren Fallon, in the Harwoods EBF Hellvelyn Stakes over 7f, at the Glorious Goodwood meeting. There was to be no pace in the race so the plan was to jump and make it a true run gallop, which was brilliantly executed by Kieren despite a difficult draw of 11 - they jumped and took the rail and never saw another horse. They quickened a furlong and a half out and took a couple of lengths from the field, and this was enough to see off the fast finishing challengers Common Touch and Smarty Socks. It was a magnificent effort from the whole team and in particular Louise and Laura, and congratulations to Webbow's owners the Bowker family, David, Lynne and their young son William, who Webbow is named after.

23 July 2011

Desert Nova back on the Racecourse after 3 years

Desert Nova is back on the racecourse after an absence of 3 years due to injury, in his first Flat race since 2005, finishing a very creditable 5th beaten only 2 1/2l by the winner, in the Rowflow Environmental Engineering Apprentices' Handicap over 1m 2f at Beverley, and given a very good ride by Jacob Butterfield. He is likely to have at least another run on the Flat, and then resume his hurdling. He is in terrific shape and heart and it is tremendous for his loyal owners, Whitewall Racing, who have supported him since he started hurdling, for him to be back on track again.

27 March 2011

Saddlers' Secret - 3rd over hurdles at Hexham

Saddlers' Secret finished 3rd in her second hurdle race, and first time stepping up in trip to 3 miles, in the particularly competitive Red Fox NH Novice Hurdle at Hexham, which had attracted a strong field due to the good ground conditions following a dry spell. She took on the highly regarded Lua De Itapoan for third place behind the experienced Eyre Square and Majestic Mayhem, and was given a terrific ride by James Halliday who said she would have loved to have gone round again! She is from the good chasing family of Sound Man, and top novice chaser Master of the Hall. She may have another run if the ground permits, and will then have a summer holdiay, and should come into her own over fences next season.