Chilly Miss & Sammamish
The Club came to lease Chilly Miss in very sad circumstances, we we lost our horse 'Knockturnal' through a fatal fall at Doncaster, where she injured her back. At the same time Chilly's owner sadly passed away, leaving Trainer Malcolm Jefferson with a horse with no owner and owners with no horse. The solution was clear and the rest, is as they say, history.
Back to Back Bumper wins
Chilly Miss won her first two races, which were bumpers. It is notoriously difficult to win back to back bumpers due to the penalty given after a first win, so this was a great achievement. In her third bumper Chilly took on geldings and finished a credible third - to no less than Southfield Royale, who is now (Jan 2016) currently now rated 147, has won at Grade 2 level and is now racing at Grade 1 level.
Chilly then had a spell on the flat, after steady improvement, including a third at Newcastle, Malcolm had her primed for a race at Carlisle on 2nd September and was very confident about her chances. Unfortunately Chilly did not run as well as had been hoped and although she finished fourth, it was felt her lacklustre performance was due to her having had enough for the season and needing a break from training. She had, after all, taken on 7 races over 5 months, with never an off day and was fully entitled to need a holiday.
Chilly came back into training in December 2014 and made her debut at Doncaster, at the Lincoln meeting. It was a fantastic experience for her owners to be in the paddock, on such a grand Saturday. Malcolm is renowned for his patience and bringing horses fitness on steadily, this helps prevent injury or general fatigue with their training regime. Chilly was fully expected to come on for this run, so her lad, Alexander Thorne was given the opportunity of riding Chilly in his first ever race. The pair ran into traffic problems, which added another element of excitement but Alex did well and Malcolm was certain Chilly could win on the flat, before taking up hurdles again.
But for various reasons, Chilly Miss was not content in her next two starts on the flat and didn't even want to know in her next start over hurdles. She is a sensitive horse but normally so willing. It was a relief to all concerned, when she bounced back to her old self at Southwell, to finish a close third. Winner that day was Tea in Taansval, who went on to win 4 of her next 5 races and is now rated in the mid 130s, having won a listed hurdle.
Chilly kept her form going but was again really unlucky to bump into one on her next start at Carlisle, where she finished second. Winner that day was Gordon Elliot's Miss Dinamic, who went on to win 5 of her next 9 races, including at listed level. She placed on all of her other 4 runs, including once to Willie Mullins' top mare Vroom Vroom Mag.
A recurring theme in Chilly's fortunes is having the bad luck to bump into some formidable opponents! But happily for the group, it was Chilly's turn at Cartmel in July, where she put in a great round of jumping and won by an easy 2 lengths. Unfortunately after her next two runs, she was found to have tweaked a muscle in her back, so was then put away to recuperate over the winter.
Chilly Miss has some great form, she has built a good rapport with her regular rider Brain Hughes and both he and Malcolm a greatly looking forward to another season with her. So many things can go wrong with racehorses but Chilly has proven herself tough, resilient and sound. She is simply a wonderful horse for everyone who has been involved with her so far.