SOMERSBY WINS THE HALDON GOLD CUP - 5th November 2013
SOMERSBY WINS THE HALDON GOLD CUP - 5th November 2013 - A tremendous return to form on his seasonal debut sees Camilla Radford's SOMERSBY and Dominic Elsworth take the Haldon Gold Cup in a thriiller at Exeter.
AMBIANCE WINS THE LISTED CORAL DRAGON STAKES - July 5th 2013
Prince AA Faisal's AMBIANCE returns to the track after an encouraging fourth at Royal Ascot to take the Listed Coral Dragon Stakes over Sandown's five furlongs under Martin Harley.
SORELLA BELLA WINNING THE PREMIO COOLMORE AT SAN SIRO - 30TH OCTOBER 2012
Another fruitful journey to Milan saw Ann Black's Sorella Bella take the Listed Premio Coolmore under Sam Hitchcott for West Ilsley's third victory at San Siro this season. Apart from the convincing win, our Head Lad Jon Dennis's shoes are a sight to behold as he collects the trophy. The Tramp.
BUNGLE INTHEJUNGLE WINNING THE CORNWALLIS STAKES - 6TH OCTOBER 2012
Chris Wright and Emily Asprey's colt proved what a tough competitor he is with another battling performance under Martin Harley for a second win at Group 3 level. The heavy ground was far from ideal but Bungle defied his penalty for winning the Molecombe at Glorious Goodwood to keep his rivals at bay
CAY VERDE WINNING THE GROUP 3 PRIX D'ARENBERG - SEPTEMBER 11TH 2012
A convincing win for Qatar Racing's Cay Verde at Chantilly as the son of Bahamian Bounty returned to winning ways after knocking on the door in Group company at Goodwood and York. A well deserved win and yet another Martin Harley interview to savour.
SANDREAMER TAKES THE PREMIO EUPILI AT SAN SIRO - 9TH SEPTEMBER 2012
SANDREAMER TAKES THE PREMIO EUPILI AT SAN SIRO - 9TH SEPTEMBER 2012 - Jon & Julia Aisbitt's talented filly shrugged off her bridesmaid tag by taking the Premio Eupili six furlong Listed contest at San Siro in Milan under Martin Harley
AYAAR TAKES THE BELMONDO ZUKUNFTS-RENNEN GROUP 3 - 29th August 2012
AYAAR TAKES THE BELMONDO ZUKUNFTS-RENNEN GROUP 3 - A great win in Germany for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's Rock of Gibraltar colt and yet another Group winner for Martin Harley who goes through the bizarre ritual of trying to speak to a German man in English after the presentations.
CHILWORTH ICON WINS THE PRIMI PASSI (GROUP 3) - JULY 1st 2012
A super win for the 7Rus Syndicate in Milan and an even more remarkable race to watch as it looks suspiciously like Sam Hitchcott V Italy. Some truly jaw dropping race tactics saw Sam (Yellow Cap) sit and suffer before having to scrum down for a gap. Just watch it as words don't do it justice.
YEARLINGS WORK MORNING - DECEMBER 2nd 2011
With Mick away for a week in the Caribbean, Michael oversees the first full lot of colts and the fillies who canter up the grass for the first time. It's the time of year when a good day is one where nothing goes wrong. Thankfully this is one of them as Jack Channon makes his debut as cameraman.
NAYARRA WINS THE PREMIO GRAN CRITERIUM (GROUP 1) - 09/10/11
Prince Faisal's homebred daughter of Cape Cross Nayarra breaks her maiden tag in style against the colts in this perfectly judged ride under Martin Dwyer.
HALICARNASSUS WINS THE OLD NEWTON CUP - 02/07/11
The old stager upstaged the opposition under Hugh Bowman to record his tenth career win in consummate style. With his career earnings now approaching £800,000 it's probably fair to say that anything he does from now on is a bonus before he retires to stud in Turkey at the end of the season.
SAMITAR - THE ALBANY STAKES (GROUP 2) - 17th JUNE 2011
Our star juvenile filly of 2011 was Samitar who won over £250,000 in prize money for her connections Nick & Olga Dhansa and John & Zoe Webster. Her success at the Royal Meeting was a sign of things to come.
GALLIC STAR IN TORONTO AHEAD OF THE EP TAYLOR STAKES - OCTOBER 2010
Gallic Star finishes her preparations ahead of the Grade 1 EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday 16th October. This video is in two parts. The first morning was spoilt by the camera crew and the weather, the second is almost perfect.
JOE TUITE AND HIS FINAL COMMENTARY - AUGUST 2010
Sadly, today was the end of an era as Joe Tuite marked his final day at West Ilsley. Joe becomes a trainer in his own right which is just as well because his last ever call was almost certainly his worst.
YOUMZAIN 2nd GRAND PRIX DE SAINT CLOUD - JUNE 27th 2010
This is painful. So much so that Hughesie thought he won on the Old Boy and celebrated down the walkway on his return to the enclosure. He was in front a stride before the line and a stride after it, but was done by Plumania on the nod.
MEYDAN MORNING - 17th FEBRUARY 2010
Rileyskeepingfaith does his final piece of prep work ahead of tomorrow evening while Halicarnassus and Montaff also have steady canters. Youmzain however must remain in quarantine for three more days
TWO YEAR-OLDS IN THE STALLS - FEBRUARY 2010
Each year sees us introduce the starting stalls to our two year-olds for the very first time. Former Assistant Joe Tuite galvanises the troops, as kindness and fear are apparent in equal measure as everyone to put their lives at risk
BILL WIGHTMAN - RACEHORSE TRAINER - 1914 - 2009
"Bill was just class. An absolute legend and very much my hero. I am very proud to have had the unique honour of training his horses after he trained my first horse nearly 40 years ago. He's was a real inspiration to me and countless others over the years." - MRC
LAHALEEB - WINNING THE EP TAYLOR STAKES - TORONTO, OCTOBER 17TH 2009
Grade 1 victory for Lahaleeb in quite stunning fashion. If proof were ever needed that racing provides a buzz of adrenaline, the babbling, hyperactive interview with Michael Jnr is here for all to see.
LAHALEEB - EP TAYLOR STAKES PREPARATION - TORONTO, OCTOBER 16TH 2009
The finishing touches on the eve of the race. William Buick rides Lahaleeb in a very steady canter around Woodbine ahead of the big day.
LAHALEEB - EP TAYLOR STAKES PREPARATION - TORONTO, OCTOBER 15TH 2009
Lahaleeb stretches out over six furlongs at Woodbine ahead of her appearance in the Grade 1 E.P Taylor Stakes over a mile and a quarter on Saturday.
YOUMZAIN - 2nd PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE - OCTOBER 2009
After Dylan Thomas and Zarkava, Youmzain was again a 16/1 shot for the big one. Cue Sea The Stars in 2009 - We tried to be philosophical about it all.
WEST ILSLEY UNDER SNOW - FEB 2009
Nearly a foot of snow fell the day after Mick left for Dubai. With work morning therefore cancelled, the staff had a much busier day than the horses, whilst The Boss somehow made a guest appearance!
YOUMZAIN - 2nd PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE - OCTOBER 2008
We were a little disappointed by the French Stewards' decision not to adhere to their rules in 2007, but you've got to get on. A filly hadn't won the race for a very long time and we thought we had them all covered. Zarkava was a decent prospect though...........
ARC DAY MINUS 14 - 21st SEPTEMBER 2008
Mick was only recently released from hospital but he managed to oversee Youmzain in a racecourse gallop two weeks prior to his second tilt at the Arc. Orizaba and Fantastic Dubai also do some prep work.
HALICARNASSUS - WINS THE BOSPHORUS CUP - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 2009
See Halicarnassus win the Group 2 Bosphorus Cup, the startled connections pick up the trophy and their stunned demeanour in the bar, where they review the race on-line in the company of the hotel waiters.
HALICARNASSUS - BOSPHORUS CUP BUILD UP - SEPTEMBER 2009
Doric Racing members Gerald Blackwell, Mike Jones and the Irrepressible Terry Ralph arrive ahead of The Bosphorus Cup. It is a tail of hangovers and hunger in varying degrees.
EVA'S REQUEST WINS THE FRBC - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 2009
An impressive performance takes the FRBC Istanbul Trophy whilst Alan Munro misses the presentation ceremony.
EVA'S REQUEST - FRBC TROPHY BUILD UP - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 2009
Likely to go off as favourite in the Group 2 FRBC Istanbul Trophy, Eva, accompanied by Halicarnassus who runs the following evening, has a light stretch on the polytrack at Veliefendi.
Eva'a Request lights up Derby Day with a scintillating final flourish on racing's showpiece occasion.
YOUMZAIN 2nd IN THE CORONATION CUP - EPSOM JUNE 5TH 2009
A painful defeat, but a thrilling three way photo finish between Youmie, Ask and 2008 Oaks winner Look Here.
YOUMZAIN WINS THE GRAND PRIX DE SAINT CLOUD - 2008
The old boy took France's Group 1 mid-summer feature, beating Soldier of Fortune and several other top class performers in convincing style.
PADDOCK PICK - APRIL 2008
OK, so it was the opportunity to go outside that led the production team out of the office, but in such weather, Mick and Joe took the opportunity to get some sun on the backs of our stable stars.
YOUMZAIN - 2nd PRIX DE L'ARC DE TRIOMPHE - OCTOBER 2007
Youmzain was 90/1 on the Mutuel and probably with good reason on paper, but he was improving all the time. The winning post flashed through the frame all too quickly as we all thought he was about to romp past Dylan Thomas at the death.
HALICARNASSUS - JAPAN CUP 2007 - PART 5
The Credits - Some of the founder members of Box 41 are no longer with us, but it's great to look back at a great time with true friends. Everyone of them has a nickname, inspired by Terry "The Rag" - Northamptonshire's finest rag trade salesman.
HALICARNASSUS - JAPAN CUP 2007 - PART 4
The Aftermath - Mick attempts to make a gracious speech as Box 41 are yet again the last in the bar. Sadly, the trainer blames everyone but himself in his own inimitable style
HALICARNASSUS - JAPAN CUP 2007 - PART 3
The Race - Not the best day on the track as Halicarnassus suffered from his wide draw in stall seventeen and continued the trend of three year olds struggling in the Japan Cup.
HALICARNASSUS - JAPAN CUP 2007 - PART 2
Raceday, and as the tension mounts Box 41 miss out on witnessing MRC and Tim Corby heading for the saddling boxes on pushbikes but are amazed at the incredible paddock enclosure....
HALICARNASSUS - JAPAN CUP 2007 - PART 1
A cracking trip to the Far East and a great archive piece this! Halicarnassus and Box 41 attend the media day at Tokyo Racecourse. The excitement of everyone in the syndicate is there for all to see in the Land of the Rising Sun...
BOX 41 - SEPTEMBER 2007
A modest bunch of racing enthusiasts have been making headlines throughout the season as they build towards global domination in the Sport Of Kings. Tim Corby, the man at the helm is responsible for the worst kept secret in racing.
THE AUSSIE JOCKEY - HUGH BOWMAN - JULY 2007
Hugh Bowman talks about his chance meeting with Mick during the Ashes Series down under and reflects on his Summer at West Ilsley.
YOUMZAIN WINS THE GREAT VOLTIGEUR (GROUP 2) - 22nd AUGUST 2006
Youmzain announces his arrival in the big time with a win in York's Classic Trial. He went on to sidestep the St Leger, going on to finish runner up to Rail Link in the Prix Niel before taking the Group 1 Preis Von Europa in Cologne at the end of his three year old season.
MAJESTIC DESERT - OAK TREE STAKES (Group 3) - GOODWOOD, 2005
An eye-catching display from an ultra consistent filly who defeated Lucky Spin and Quickfire in convincing fashion.
FLASHY WINGS - LOWTHER STAKES (Group 2) - YORK, 2005
Flashy Wings confirms her Queen Mary winning performance with an even more impressive showing at York.
FLASHY WINGS - QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2) - ROYAL ASCOT, 2005
Four years after Queen's Logic's sensational two year old season, another chesnut filly emerged from West Ilsley, leaving everything trailing in her wake.
Bought for next to nothing, Majestic Desert was desperately unlucky to bump into the super filly Attraction on Coronation Stakes day at Royal Ascot. She'd go on to win the Oak Tree the following season, but 2004 started at Newbury in the Guineas Trial.
IMPERIAL DANCER - PREMIO ROMA (Group 1) - ROME, 2003
Imperial Dancer finishes his race career in fine style as he routs a strong field at Capannelle.
ZAFEEN - ST JAMES PALACE STAKES (Group 1) - ROYAL ASCOT 2003
After an agonising defeat in the 2,000 Guineas, Zafeen went off in the Irish equivalent as a warm favourite only to put in a disappointing performance on rain softened ground. The pressure was on when he headed to the Royal Meeting, with West Ilsley hoping he could prove his doubters wrong.
A stunning performance at Newmarket left nobody in any doubt about the Champion Two Year Old Filly of 2001
MAIL THE DESERT - MOYGLARE STUD STAKES (Group 1) - THE CURRAGH, 2002
Steve Drowne gives Mail the Desert a fine ride to take the Moyglare Stud Stakes in thrilling fashion.
QUEEN'S LOGIC - LOWTHER STAKES (Group 2) - YORK, 2001
After her victory in the Queen Mary, Queen's Logic went North to York where she showed a quality field a clean pair of heels to extend her unbeaten run. She had clearly improved remarkably and was to prove to be one of the finest juvenile fillies of the new millennium.
QUEEN'S LOGIC - QUEEN MARY STAKES (Group 2) - ROYAL ASCOT, 2001
Queen's Logic announces her arrival as a top class juvenile by taking the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in 2001.
CD EUROPE - COVENTRY STAKES (Group 3) - ROYAL ASCOT, 2000
CD Europe takes the 2000 Coventry Stakes in the colours of the Late Graeme Love