Bossen C, Schneider P October If you want Forzathon announcements, I made a Facebook Messenger chatbot and a Twitter bot that sends alerts when the new Forzathon events are live. The two mile handicap chase that closed the card was run at a decent pace…they were 3. Bun Doran especially could be interesting in a big field 2. They understandably tired from there but I think this race will throw up plenty of winners.
There are monsters on the scene ready to take over his crown as we shall come onto later. The two mile handicap chase that closed the card was run at a decent pace…they were 3.
They understandably tired from there but I think this race will throw up plenty of winners. Bun Doran especially could be interesting in a big field 2. Stepping up to 2. When comparing his run with that of Might Bite in the longer novice chase we can see how impressive Fox Norton was on the clock. Running at a stronger pace he was able to clock a time 3. Understandably they tired a bit in the longer race, but this was still an exceptional performance from Fox Norton, who now looks set to stay at this distance or even go up further to 3 miles in the King George.
In all likelihood I would say they will attempt to test his stamina at Kempton and get beaten there, before reverting to the Ryanair along with Un De Sceaux. That clash is a mouth-watering prospect already. I wrote in my Cheltenham review that he seems to thrive on undulating tracks, and so was somewhat surprised to see him go off favourite here. His form on undulating tracks over 2. There were glimpses of his maverick brilliance in the race as he would step on the gas and have all of his rivals in trouble in behind making mistakes.
Fortunately, it sounds like connections are drawing stumps on this season and then his campaign largely writes itself…Betfair Chase, King George and Gold Cup. Cue Card and Bristol De Mai lie in wait in the first of those, and he should have enough to see them off with the former on the downgrade and the latter probably not in his league though he would be a danger considering his form at Haydock.
Which should then leave him to try and run his rivals ragged in the Gold Cup to land the million pound bonus. He promises to be some sight next season and I would be keen to take big odds about him landing the huge bonus and landing all 3 races. Whisper chased him home again, and connections intriguingly eyed up the National as his target for next season. Only rated before this run, and given his excellent form at this meeting, that would make sense to me as he will have to run against an array of top class horses next season at the top table.
He was beaten a head by Couer De Lion at Sandown in February when trying to give that rival a stone before weight allowances and ran to a big number that day in the s. Couer de Lion backed up my opinion of the race when running well in the Triumph and happily Rather Be was able to hold off two well handicapped JP horses to prevail here. They clocked a time just 0. Similarly, both Dream Berry and Geordie Des Champs are capable of holding their own in big handicap hurdles off their likely revised marks in the low s.
On a side note, the horse that finished 3 rd behind Couer De Lion and Rather Be that day is rated just That horse is the David Bridgwater trained ACCORD, and I was interested that he was entered in a plethora of handicap hurdles before Cheltenham and in fact in the Supreme itself before not running in any of them. Wherever he goes next he looks to be well handicapped on my ratings…he was also close in behind Thomas Campbell at Cheltenham earlier in the season.
A simply massive horse, he is the epitome of a chaser in the making, and he should make a fair one based on this run. Below par at Cheltenham, Tizzards horses were under a cloud there, he bounced back to his best form to beat some useful novices. He should be an exciting recruit over the larger obstacles if they can keep him sound he has bled in the past.
Pingshou clocked a time 0. Adjusting for this I reach a mark of which shows him to be an able novice. If he can improve for fences as he should he can be a top novice chaser. That was on heavy ground, and long term he may prove better on a softer surface but he was still able to run a good race here. He rates an outstanding prospect for Trevor Hemmings.
MOON RACER disappointed again after pulling up at Cheltenham, he clearly has his problems and much as I hope they can unlock his talent down the line, this fragile sort may never show his full potential.
The Greatwood Hurdle next season may be the last throw of the dice! They tired up the run in after a pace that was faster than the two shorter races earlier on the card, and when adjusting for this it points to smart performances from the four main protagonists. Well beaten in the Champion Hurdle he perhaps lacks the pace for 2 miles at the very top level, but was able to run up to his best marks here up in trip.
When comparing his run to the handicap hurdle over the same trip earlier on the card, we can see that they went a much stronger pace in the Grade 1, reaching a maximum of 5. The pace then slower and handicap hurdle closed to within a second. Making this more impressive was the fact they were carrying 9lbs more. Yanworth now looks set to tackle fences next season. Trip wise at this stage the JLT must be the favourite as his intended target to my eye.
Seemingly able now to handle this longer trip he looks a likely candidate for the Stayers Hurdle next season, with good ground seemingly a prerequisite. Nichols Canyon lays in wait though! He was going well when falling behind Unowhatimeanharry earlier in the season and clearly rates a contender in the top staying hurdles next year should connections elect to go down that route. Having missed Cheltenham, this was his second Grade 1 hurdle win of the season, despite starting it in the point-to-point field.
With a summers improvement likely he can take high rank in the novice chase division next season. Together with Pingshou, the Potts look like reaping the reward their investment deserves. They went a decent early pace in the Grade 1 race when compared to the handicap hurdle run over half a mile shorter later on the card. Their overall time was just 0. To my eye he would look a 3 mile chaser in the making, so he did well to get so close to the perhaps speedier winner here on decent ground and a tight flat track.
That said though the winner of this years looked exceptional, travelling well and winning impressively. It may be a jump to argue the winner as a Gold Cup horse but still only 8 years old this was just his 11 th chase start he could still improve.
National horses have run well in the blue riband before and he could stay into a place if Might Bite lines up and sets a crazy pace in the race next year! The stats I like to use to help find the winner are as follows:. Houblon Des Obeaux and Saint Are have both had 31 chase starts and are probably too exposed at this stage. He could run a big race though on a course that suits. And Gas Line Boy is probably not good enough.
He ran to a mark of on my numbers when winning the four miler a few years back, and runs here off a mark of here. Winner of the Cross Country race at Cheltenham last time, it is interesting to note that Gordon Elliott used that race as a prep when Silver Birch was a narrow runner-up before winning the big race.
Jamie Codd has expressed concerns that he is on the small side and may not be ideally suited to the race, but with the fences now a bit easier and the fact he was 8 th in the year Many Clouds won the race I think alleviates those concerns. In short, he stays, likes the ground, handles big fields, is in form and has had an ideal prep for the race….
He has the right age, experience, stamina, big field form and prep to be nigh on the ideal National candidate to me. Furthermore, there is evidence that this is the time to catch him. Looking at his form the thing that leaps off the page for me is his love of good ground. If we focus on his runs on genuine good ground or in the spring months his form reads 1P Of his defeats, he was pulled up in a handicap hurdle and found to be suffering from a fibrillating heart and was left off until the following season as a result.
He is unbeaten all other times he has met genuine good ground or run in the spring months. Two of his victories under such conditions include giving 8lbs and a beating to dual Cheltenham Festival winner Un Temps Pour Tout, and the other came in the Scottish National last season.
This season Nicholls has been quoted that this race has been the target all season and they have been working backwards from there. He fell in the Hennessy, was then 6 th on soft ground in the Welsh National, 6 th over an inadequate trip at Doncaster and down the field on softer ground last time at Haydock.
In short, this race has been the target all season and you can be sure they have left plenty to work with on every occasion he has run this season. In that race I gave him a big number that suggests he could have at least a stone in hand on his official mark if getting back to his best. And conditions and preparation lead me to think that is very much on the cards. Riddled with problems the last few years, Jonjo has never hidden his love for this horse and I feel he has something in hand on his official mark here of Probably the classiest runner in the field, he could be the selection of Geraghty and go off fav on the day.
He fell in the Becher this season, before having a run over hurdles in the Cleeve. He then ran a nice race to finish 6 th in the handicap chase on day one of the festival and can go well here for Sam Waley-Cohen who has a good record over these obstacles. Perhaps this will be too soon for him, being a 7 year old, but coming from the family of Nil Desperandum I feel going up in trip is what this horse has been crying out for and he has shown improved form after getting stepped up to 3 miles this season.
Yet to run over a real marathon trip, stamina is taken on that pedigree link rather than form, but he is a young progressive chaser who looks to have something in hand on his mark. Vicente and Cause of Causes look to have everything going for them for me and they are my two main fancies for the race. The other three are runners that have something to find on the stats but look well handicapped sorts that can go well in the race. Of the head of the market Vieux Lion Rouge looks to have lots going for him but has only had 2 runs this season, and may lack the overall experience despite having form over these fences.
Either way, he is short enough now at the head of the market. An accusation that can be thrown at Blaklion as well. Hopefully these 6 can go well at decent prices. Contrary to popular belief this is a decent betting race, and the place market will be overbroke so backing a few to have running for you has plenty of merit. Menu Skip to content Home About Contact. The indictment book gives detail of the full charge against Thomas Cain — in essence that he unlawfully made an assault on William and unlawfully beat, wound and ill-treated and did other wrongs to him.
It also provides the names of the witnesses. The case was heard on 19 May and Thomas pleaded guilty. But it does provide another layer of detail, and a search of these records could help identify hitherto unknown charges against ancestors. By the time of the census Thomas was back home from the Wakefield House of Correction and once more living with his mother in New Street.
They now resided at Spring Gardens. But at the back of my mind was the wife-beating allegation Thomas made against William, which precipitated events that April night. Was there any substance in the claim? Was William ever hauled in front of the Magistrates to answer accusations? Did he beat Bridget? It may most likely have been dealt locally in the Petty Sessions. I never got round to further perusing the local newspapers for the period to see if William featured again.
In the absence of any other information it was too formidable undertaking; neither did I check at West Yorkshire Archives for any lists of those appearing before Batley Borough Court.
It pays to keep checking because newspapers are added regularly. So far, it covers editions from its inception in until But it is part of the period of my ancestors lived in the town. So definitely worth a speculative search one evening. Hopefully the coverage will expand over time. I really had to play around to overcome OCR errors as well as the dreaded surname variants for Gavan.
It was worth the effort. Whilst there may be more to find, I unearthed some absolute corkers. And not confined to the occasional drunk and riotous episode either. Reports for the Gavan family included a rather interesting one dated 6 September In short William was summoned to appear at Batley Borough Court on Monday 1 September to answer a charge preferred against him by his wife, Bridget, of threatening to take her life. When the case was called she refused to say anything against her husband until Inspector Wetherill said he would lock the pair of them up.
Apart from anything else, she had young children to consider. Youngest child William was only one. She and William quarrelled on the 29 August. During the row he threatened kill her, something she took seriously. Afraid he would do her grievous bodily harm she reported him. William was bound over to keep the peace for six months.
So perhaps there may have been something in what Thomas Cain alleged over three years earlier. Maybe Thomas was indeed upset at the way William treated his wife. And the hot-headed youth acted whilst in his cups.
The next gem involved Bridget. On Wednesday 2 June it was her turn to appear in the Borough Court. After visiting several other places, he went again and saw the defendant, who struck him, and scratched him in the face. The defendant used some very naughty words, and afterwards she followed complainant to her house, seized her by the hair of the head, and a scrimmage took place to the detriment of both parties; and then it was that the complainant took out a summons for assault, and the summons was served on Monday.
Evidence having been given by Peter Winn and the complainant, the defendant said the complainant struck her first with a brush. And why did Bridget react like this? Had Peter Winn overcharged her? Was he trying to collect money already paid?
Was the coal he supplied of inferior quality? The dispute between the Winns and Bridget must have been the talk of Spring Gardens! But the residents of Spring Gardens were to be treated with another far more dramatic domestic disturbance in the Gavan household a little over a year later, stoking their gossip fires in a way far beyond the coal dispute.
Once more William had the role of victim. This time his attacker was his son-in-law, John Hannan. Less than 12 months after their wedding John, who was well-known to the authorities, appeared in Batley Borough Court facing charges of being drunk and riotous at Spring Gardens, assaulting Inspector Inman and assaulting William. His previous convictions included unlawfully wounding, larceny and attempted breach of the peace in connection with a prize fight.
So an array of offences. His latest brush with the law followed drink-fuelled events on the evening of Saturday 1 July At 9pm that evening several women besieged Batley Police Office to report William lay seriously injured, probably dying, following an attack by John. Inspector Inman went to the house to find William with his head on a pillow, surrounded by more women.
As the Inspector attempted to take John to the police station, John got hold of him by the thigh, threw him on his back and made his escape, assisted by several of the women. She vehemently denied this, claiming she was away at that particular point in proceedings. In the meantime Dr Bayldon attended William, the same physician as was called following the attack. Again mirroring the earlier attack, William had several facial cuts, including a two inch one down to the bone.
Bizarrely he also had a rope tied around his neck. Crime Scenes — Batley. In his defence John claimed both he and William were drunk. He was attempting to get his father-in-law in the house and to bed. John tried unsuccessfully to get her father to bed and she left them to it. It seems that concluded the evidence. John pleaded guilty to the drunk and riotous charge, and to the assault on William. For each of these offences he was fined 10s and costs, or 14 days.
To the assault on Inspector Inman, he pleaded not guilty. However the Bench convicted him, imposing a one month prison sentence. No fine option for this offence. So a very fruitful search, adding more colour to the characters of my paternal ancestors. I am now in the process of a series of visits to the Wakefield branch of West Yorkshire Archives to see if the Batley Borough Court records point to any further potential ancestral misdemeanours.
The list of complainants, defendants and dates will make a newspaper search more manageable. And, even in these early stages, there are plenty more newspaper searches to go at as a result.
My impending surgery could in effect mean I may have to wait until next year to finish. I picked up lots of useful tips from all three SoG talks I attended, including search tips and suggested books. It was fascinating to follow step by step the methods used in conducting research from one name in Meath, tracing the family back to way beyond pre Civil Registration.
It was interesting to compare his perspective of what is done in reality and ways round things , to what should be done. He said this talk would put the fear of God into anyone about doing anything! As an old-school journalist he was trained in shorthand, so made copious notes. This is required in order to be able to continue to access the full range of their DNA online result features. I was torn about purchasing some more DNA kits for the family. I decided against it.
But with luck, judging by the rate they were flying off the shelves, I may get some more matches hopefully with attached trees. As ever I spent a small fortune on books, my big weakness.
It was great to meet so many people who share this passion for family history, including so many AncestryHour Twitter folk! So faces to Twitter names at last. So the show provided me opportunity to do some planning for my two visits scheduled for this year. This resulted in the detention of Francis, accused of stabbing his son in so serious a manner as to endanger his life. He died on 5 April in Leeds Infirmary. I think farmer was used in its loosest terms.
The cottage was the equivalent of 1 perch and the garden 15 perches. The cottage and garden were not adjacent and the area was surrounded by mainly grassland with some patches of cultivated land. So he did have a little land to cultivate, but not a farm. Starting off as a butcher, essentially throughout most of his adult life Francis worked as a general labourer. He, and some relations, seemed to have set up together as hay dealers in the s, but this petered out. The death certificate also inaccurately gives his age at death as Wrong — he was 67 years old.
When I first started researching him I felt optimistic that he and his wife Grace Pennington in early documents her family name appears as Penitent would have a fairly good life. This is where their first two children were baptised, Mary and William And it is where William was buried in By the time their next child was born the family were back in Halton, from where the Pennington family hailed.
This baby was also named William. He of the stabbing incident. And his baptism was not without controversy either. However his surname is down as Pennington, and the entry states he was the illegitimate son of Grace.
This was an extremely serious error. At a time before general registration and birth certificates, the entry in the parish register was crucial providing legal proof of the antecedents of an individual, so the error could have grave implications. It came to light weeks later and the register does contain a corrigendum, a reflection of the legal importance of baptism entries. It is not clear exactly how the error was discovered, but the correction does contain hints and it is clear that Francis took swift action to put the record straight.
A note in the parish register states that on 1 September , when William was brought to church having being privately baptised on 14 July, the original entry was discovered to be erroneous, Grace being lawfully married. It points out that the correct entry should read that William was the son of Francis and Grace Hill of Halton and that Francis worked as a butcher.
Both the vicar and Francis signed the amendment. Francis and Grace had four further children: Joseph , John , Francis and Sarah Back to events in April and his cause of death. Alcohol-related deaths featured regularly in the Victorian newspapers. The Beerhouse Act amended and was designed to curb the consumption of gin and steer working people towards the lesser evil of beer drinking.
The Temperance Movement of the time supported the change. They were primarily an anti-spirit movement in the early 19th century, who regarded beer as more wholesome alternative. However the Acts led to the rapid expansion of beer drinking establishments. Drunkenness from beer drinking was added to that from gin drinking, and the Temperance Movement switched to being one of teetotalism.
Newspapers were filled with tales and warnings of the evil of intemperance, its effects and impact on the moral, social and industrial fabric of Victorian society. At midnight on Thursday 2 April, Francis was discovered in a state of helpless intoxication, lying in mud, on York Road. He was taken to the police station and from there to Leeds Infirmary. He died in the hospital on Sunday 5 April, just over two days after his prone body was stumbled upon.
The inquest took place on 6 April. It appears from the unnamed witness that Francis was a regular and well-known drinker in the area — the number of Halton beerhouses, inns and taverns would have provided ample opportunity for socialising of an evening. York Road was less than a mile north of where Francis lived. How long he lay in the dark, wet, unlit road before his discovery is not mentioned in the reports.
Neither is the person who found him named, but presumably the fact that he was taken to the police station and not to his home may indicate it was not a friend searching for Francis. In accordance with the evidence presented by Mr R. Once again the family were centre-stage for the wrong reasons. Maybe older residents remembered the earlier incident of , and all this too was dredged up by Halton gossips, much to the embarrassment of the family.
And in the census, age 80, she still worked as a herb gatherer, an indication of the tough financial circumstances of her old age. I will return to another twist in her story at a later date. And that twist may also shed further light on the stabbing. Tagged Death , family history , Intemperance , Victorians.
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