A nice thaw and back to normal mild and damp weather which meant that we were able to work the horses with no worries about slipping or sliding. All of the horses did two canters including the four year olds who are in their final pre training week.
Vet Tess Fordham was in to look over the horses and to check a few on the easy list. She also scoped a couple, including Kilbree Chief, pictured.…
A wonderful win for Newtown Lad who got his progressive career back on track with a sound staying performance on the heavy ground. Equipped with blinkers to help his jumping he kept up a good gallop to win eased down. He looks a likely candidate for staying handicaps in the future. Joint owners John and Judith Murray were at Ayr, and hopefully this win will be a tonic for Newtown's other joint owner…
Another mildly arctic morning on the yard, but with warm rugs and some gentle exercise the horses had an easy Sunday. We had a dozen cantering including new recruit Morito Du Berlais who worked four times up the gallops alongside Bescot Springs. Pictured are Ryalex (Blair) and Gaye Flier (Stephen) warming up at Kilduff.
Scu and I were in Tipperary at the Nenagh point to point. Two maiden…
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…