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Pre Musselburgh

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…

Places At Ayr

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…

Post And Pre Ayr

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…

Bescot Springs Wins At Kelso

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…

Why We Do It: One For Arthur Wins The Classic Chase At Warmick

Days like today are the reason that we train racehorses. One For Arthur showed his brilliance over a long distance and with Derek guiding him he was produced three out to win decisively after a good leap at the last. He probably needs to go up eight pounds or so to get into the 2017 Aintree Grand National and if he does then that will be his next planned run. 

In The Two Golf Widows Arthur…

Pre Weekend

The snow and ice has not held us up and it was business as usual on both yards this morning. The majority of the horses had three easy canters to get them ready for tomorrow's work day. 

Jaimie and Mark left for Warwick with One For Arthur and Kris Cross. Kris Cross was dropped off with Jackie and Brain Storey to start his ROR career, and the box continued on south. 

One For Arthur…

Brave Itstimeforapint Third

Itstimeforapint ran a stormer to be third in the North Yorkshire Grand National at Catterick this afternoon. Handy throughout he jumped with a new found confidence and loves these extended trips. He is thriving at present and is a credit to the yard, and, in particular, Leanne who rides him each day.

I stayed at home to watch the horses and to discuss a few with Eugenio and Tess, our vets.…


Ridiculous weather this morning with storms and rain followed by bright skies and sunshine. By the late afternoon sleet and wind were back; a mixture of all types of winter weather in one day.

We had schooling at Kilduff with a number of novice hurdlers, Topham Bay, Ceegem, Grexit, Katalystic and Haul Us In practising over the Easyfix hurdles, and Green Flag and Present Lodger jumping the…

Comings And Goings

A bit of a lull in between race meetings and time to start off a few of those who have had a short winter break. Back in training are Tantamount, Morning Time, Emissaire, Mary Jane, Blaydon, Castlelawn, and Badger Foot. 

The wonderful Kris Cross has been retired and will head to Jackie and Brian Storey for some ROR classes. KC was the winner of a point to point, bumper, two hurdle races…

Places At Newcastle

Revocation ran a super race to be third at Newcastle, jumping well and just finding the going a little sticky to truely travel well in. He is developing into a decent type of handicap chaser and should have more opportunities in both novice and open handicap company.

Deepsand also found the going fairly sticky but he tried hard and while a little too keen in the first mile, he saw his race…