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Big River Impresses At Ayr

Big River was impressive when winning at Ayr this afternoon. Given a confident ride by Tom Scu he coped well with the conditions and looks the exciting horse that we always hoped he would be. He has done little wrong in his career and while he will face a rise in the weights he should continue to progress. His success is due to the time and patience shown by his owners, Two Black Labs, and to the…


Sunday News

Dear Catchthemoonlight kept the yard spirits up yesterday when trying her hardest on the heavy ground to be fourth. She does not know when to quit, but the heavy going was hard for her and she could not quicken as she usually can. We tried different tactics with Final Assault but front running does not suit him and he was keen until a shuddering error. He was given time to recover by Derek but never…


Pre Haydock And Newcastle

We are at two meetings tomorrow ,  both lhave forecasted easy going and we have a couple of soft ground specialists among our team.

Vengeur De Guye has shown his best form on heavy and he is at Haydock in the conditional jockeys two mile handicap hurdle. He ran a blinder after a break last time at Uttoxeter and while this is half a mile shorter he should be competitive.

Meanwhile…


Pre Musselburgh

A constructive day for the yard with some schooling this morning (Rivabodiva, Superior Command and Catchthemoonlight) and plenty of cantering round the farm and up the gallops. The three year olds have been clipped and are back in work trotting round the roads and up the gallops before some quiet work in the sand school. They have all come on immensely and I am very proud of their demeanour and…


Lovely Visitors And Trot Ups

We welcomed Star Of Milan's owners to the yard this morning. Led by Alex Baillie the eight co owners came to meet their three year old and to watch him canter up the gallop at Arlary. The tall son of Milan loves his work and attacks the gallops with relish. He will be prepared for a bumper in the spring, but like his dam, Innovate who we trained for Peter Dale, I am sure that he will come into his…


Revocation Second At Carlisle

Revocation ran a fine race at Carlisle this afternoon to be a fast finishing second in a competitive novice handicap chase. But for a mistake three out he would have been closer but this was an improved run and on this showing he will be suited by a little further.  

Island Heights was one paced throughout, but he is now qualified for the Pertemps final at the Cheltenham Festival, though…


Well Above Par Arrives

We were eagerly awaiting the arrival of Well Above Par, the four year old by Goldwell who Derek picked when in Ireland last week, and, delivered by Eric Gillie, he has not disappointed us. A rangy youngster with a good engine he has all the attributes to make a very decent staying chaser in the future. He is for sale; more details on the FOR SALE page, or call me…


Spoils Of War Second And Testing Going

Spoils Of War is edging closer to his first win and delighted his owners and trainer by coming second at Hexham in horrendous conditions and over a trip on the short side. Every race with Spoils is a bonus after a life threatening injury in the spring of 2015, and we swithered between the two and the three mile chase at Hexham. Having decided on the shorter distance we knew that he could be outpaced,…


More Places At Ayr And Uttoxeter

Ayr was not a super shiny day but there were some promising runs, followed today by an excellent second placing for Deepsand at Uttoxeter.

Deepsand is very quirky and having fallen out of love with the flat his owner Tina Evans sent him up here for a try over hurdles. Alex has ridden him since he arrived and having covered plenty of miles around the farm and over the cross country fences…


Thirds At Kelso

Another day, another marathon trip and Itstimeforapint ran a blinder in the Borders National to be third. His jumping has not always been perfect but he has worked out his own technique and his stamina kicked in over the four miles. Having won at Hexham over this trip we will now look for more long distance chases for him. Kilbree Chief did not quite stay today but ran well to be sixth. 

Katalystic showed…