Pretty frosty on the yard this morning, and no schooling on the grass. However, it has the advantage that the tractors can get on the land without making a mess so we gave all the hedges a trim and moved a couple of the schooling hurdles.
Heading to lots of hedges is Kumbeshwar who has been retired and who is going on permanent loan to James Van Praagh, Joint Master of the Old Surrey Burstow and…
After a few days away at the races and the sales it was good to be home for a work morning, and to catch up with the staff.
At Kilduff we worked Ryalex, Gaye Flier, Thepensionfund, Alizee De Janeiro and Newtown Lad on the grass. There is a video of them first time up on the home page, or click the link HERE
At Arlary Le Frank,…
The Cobbler Swayne put up a solid performance today at Wetherby, returning to the track after an extended summer break. His jumping was as good as ever, but he tired on the home turn. This race should put him spot on for next time. He is pictured with his owner, Rosemary Stobart and Mark.
Also jumping round yesterday was Shanroe Street; this was his first novice chase and his jumping was…
It was bitterly cold at the Jedforest point to point at Friars Haugh, Kelso where we watched my father's point to pointer, Hey Listen come third in the maiden. There was a good crowd despite the weather and a great effort by the hunt who had catering, a sponsors restaurant and bar area (heated!) with tv coverage of each race. They race again at Friars Haugh on 19h March and a visit is highly recommended.
A most satisfying winner with Deepsand who jumped boldly under Alex to give Tina Evans a Haydock Saturday winner. Quirky but talented, Deepsand spends lots of time cantering round the farm at Kilduff as well as the usual work on the woodchip at Arlary. Ridden every day by Alex (including on Alex's days off) Deepsand trusts his young jockey and has become settled and confident in his work. He loves…
Pulpitarian answered his trainer and owners' questions about his stamina as he showed improvement on his first try at three miles. Travelling well and given a confident ride by Derek, he provided his Two Black Lab owners with a deserved win. They are pictured with their winning haul.
Urban Kode was as determined as ever but had a few traffic problems, however, he fought his way to the line…
Four runners tomorrow at Musselburgh, including some yard favourites.
Urban Kode is most consistent of good ground and right handed, and though barely 15.2 hands high he has a huge heart and loves his racing. He gets on well with Alex who takes off a handy ten pounds and can be relied upon to run to his mark tomorrow.
We have stepped Shine A Diamond up to three miles this season…
We had a day full of places, and I feel that some of the horses are running better than they have been.
Settledoutofcourt was second, and Kilbree Chief third in the three mile two furlong chase. Both horses jumped well and coped better than I had feared with the heavy going. Settled looked to be back to his Wetherby form with this run, while Kilbree ran his best race this season and is one…
A bit of a stamina sapping day at Ayr today and it was all a bit much for Ceegem. He hurdled adequately but did not travel so well on the ground and in a race where there was no let up in the pace, he did not land a blow.
Spoils Of War also found it a bit much, he is still getting to full strength after over a year off and will be better on good ground.
We are back at Ayr tomorrow…
A fine win for Bescot Springs this afternoon at Kelso; ploughing through the conditions and, having been persuaded to stick to his task by Alex, he finally won going away up the home straight. A wise character he has been a fabulous horse for us and has become a great schoolmaster for the boys. Check out Alex's smile in the photograph.
Final Assault ran a solid race but did not quicken in…