Delta Dancer 17 filly at 3 days old by Captain of All

Awesomeness bred in The Alado Project wins first time out with Anton Marcus

Megaspiel by Singspiel shows off her War Command filly

SecretPlan wins for Hintlesham Racing

David concentrating on the auctioneer

Hintlesham Racing Team on course with a win

I Have no Time by Refuse to Bend double Gr1 winner and Kazakhstan Champion bought by AllanBloodlines



David at the Launch of Fencing Master



Silk Road wins his second in two starts


Dazz Al dazzles for the second time


Silk Road's second win in two starts

Free as a Bird very perky after winning - see article for connections

Whale Cove wins for Owner Breeder Trainer Vaughan Marshall at Kenilworth and for her sire Alado


Yearling colt by Doctor Dino ex Desarmante sold at Osarus, Bordeaux for 42,000

Archina - by Arch out of Cross Your Fingers by Woodman - first purchased in utero by Allan for a client - then purchased at 2012 July Sales by Allan again as a winning 3 year old



David with Salonga after she won for Hintlesham Thoroughbreds at 3


Cross Your Fingers, dam of May '12 winner Archina, shortly after purchase by Allan Bloodlines at Keeneland


ELUSIVE FORT enjoying nhis paddock at Arc En Ciel

Tiger Dance



Maltese Falcon wins a 1600m maiden at Kenilworth in Hintlesham Racing colours



Tiger Dance filly 2010 ex Selika



Trainer Vaughan Marshall leads in the victorious Northern Conquest


Dazz Al holds off Aljawhara







THE LACEWORK KID wins at Kenilworth




Straight Bat Racing enjoys a winner



Great support for Vasco, a popular winner



Imperial Dice



Titus Two 2yo c wins for Hintlesham Thoroughbreds





Seven Veils Wins the Grand West Casino Handicap on J&B Met Day 30 the January 2010


Lanehaya's 2010 colt foal by the exiled but successful One Cool Cat at 2 months


Kimigaio bonds with her owner


Fly American led into the winners circle by members of Straight Bat Racing after an impressive victory in 1200m maiden at Kenilworth


Sunnydale and new National Emblem filly foal


First foal this season in South Africa Colt by Captain Al out of Random Call


FATHOM FIVE dashes home at the Epsom Spring Meeting April 2009


Titus Alone romps home at Kenilworth


Titus on a roll in Cape Town


Miss Kool Kat wins at Kenilworth carrying a foal


Cwm Rhondda winning one of her three at Yarmouth


Showjumpers take great steps upward

29th Jun 2008

In a week to remember, the Allan Bloodlines Showjumping Team made further progress at International and National level at the Hickstead British Showjumping Derby Meeting.

With coaching from Tim Beecher and with a team of horses sent out by trainer Bernice Cuthbert in magnificent shape physically and mentally, rider John Crippen enjoyed a life-changing week of successes and progress. The team machine hummed with energy and efficiency throughout five long days.

LOUGHNATOUSA RAVEN confirmed her arrival on the International Scene with a smoothly taken 5th of 37 in the Derby Salver, an FEI 1.45 class in the International Arena won by Ellen Whitaker on CORTAFLEX KANSELIER. Earlier in the day, RAVEN had cake-walked to 4th in the Equine America 1.35 Open Championship also in the Main Ring having qualified the day before.

Cheekily using the Derby Vase (FEI 1.45m) in the International Arena as a warm-up, RAVEN then went, after considerable debate, for the 1.60m Hickstead Derby Trial. The heights were not an issue for this tremendous mare and it was decided to test her with a great "degree of difficulty" added to the equation. Only one horse of the 35 considered capable of such things, all ridden by top class riders, went clear. RAVEN had two down - one being in the notorious Devil's Dyke - and qualified - with ease - for the Derby itself. Wow!

More of that below, but in the meantime LOUGHNATOUSA DIAMOND was having yet another brilliant show. This exciting multiple winner turned on the taps for himself and John with an opening win in the Grade C Championship Qualifier, accompanied in the class by the less experienced but progressive and scopey stable companion LOUGHNATOUSA RAFA. RAFA finished a very creditable 5th in the big field and both took their place in the International Arena the next day.

RAFA took a giant stride forward in experience with John responding accurately to specific coaching in bringing this horse on. He had only one fence down in the Main Ring. DIAMOND finished 2nd - missing a win by milliseconds - in a thrilling clear round speed performance in which John followed his now customary brilliant lines, saving time at every opportunity. Giving a couple of hundredths of a second greater respect to one particularly awkward obstacle may have cost them 1st place, but - more likely - it saved them a superb 2nd in this world-famous equestrian stadium.

A quiet day for DIAMOND and RAFA in favour of concentration on RAVEN's big classes was replaced on the Saturday - RAVEN'S day off competition - with another victory for DIAMOND in the 1.25 Open, beating a field of about 100 horses with a typically thrilling 2nd phase. When John asks DIAMOND to go flat out, the horse loves it and provides an excellent spectacle. RAFA went in the Horse & Hound Foxhunter for further mileage and waltzed to 3rd - again in a monster field. A good horse in the making, different to the others, but, as he gains in confidence, running in increasing harmony with John Crippen.

RAVEN's Derby Day dawned after much planning and a good deal of excitement. Cuthbert's meticulous attention to detail brought the mare forward in superb condition for a major new test. The 1.60 heights - and more - were not an issue for this powerhouse, but the Devil's Dyke, the huge Derby Bank and the general degree of difficulty in arguably the most testing showjumping course in the world would surely ask big questions.

A full house on a glorious day welcomed RAVEN to the Arena, 10th to go of the 29 Derby contestants, many of which were battle hardened veterans including previous winners. Hers was a round of two halves. Immaculate to start with, one annoying back rail down when not quite right and successful if not brilliant through the Table. Then the Bank. The crowd's full-throated roar greeted as smooth a passage over the Bank as any in the competition and better than most. Straight up then straight over the rail on top with the world loking upwards at them. One look and bravely down the seemingly sheer side - "bravely" applying to horse and to rider alike in their first exposure to a drop described by others as "terrifying" - then clear over the exit rail. That's a lot of thinking and reacting for two quick equestrian brains trying it for the first time.

Then the horrible Dyke. More thinking and this time including some bamboozlement with a bit of equine brain fogging to follow. The decision to go in the Derby had been taken "in conference" on the basis of progress at the show, knowing that the mare would probably find it hard not having the relevant experience. She battled through this vile obstacle, having the middle and exit elements down - the latter looking utterly impossible to the uninitiated - and only a handful of contestants got through the Dyke clear. John later said that a few minutes break at that point would have been nice because mental tiredness crept in, and a few signals between her and her rider got mixed resulting in several fences coming down. But RAVEN tried to the line and if you don't do it the first time, you can't do it better the second time. Horse and rider came out of it very well, with greatly enhanced confidence and experience. Win it next year!

If RAVEN, DIAMOND and RAFA had their necks slapped frequently by delighted connections - owner and sponsor, trainer and producer, and devoted groom and helpers - so did LOUGHNATOUSA BRISCO. Bernice Cuthbert's own young eventer spent the week jumping 1.10s at Hickstead for experience, having no more than one down in a round until his last effort late in the week. He went double clear amidst general delight. Achievement is achievement at whatever level of development and BRISCO with John in the saddle made sure to tick his very own box as well.

A brilliant week.