Reasons to be cheerful
1. The thaw started
2. Musselburgh have got a replacement fixture on next Monday
3. Newcastle looks more positive for racing tomorrow (horse run down on this page tomorrow after their inspection)
4. A week till the shortest day
5. Best news.. Big River's ecg on the gallops today showed no abnormalities (owner Debs and vet John Keen are…
Minus four overnight but with some more tractor harrowing from Bradley and Oli the gallops were in good shape and we covered many miles on them. We do have to go a bit steadier than normal resulting in strong horses and warm riders, especially as many of the horses are ready to race, but nowhere to go.
Ayr, despite their valiant attempts with frost sheets, was called off at seven o'clock…
A bit nippy on the yards this morning and ice accompanying sub-zero temperatures meant things took a bit longer than usual. The roads needed salt before we could walk on them and the tractors were busy harrowing the gallops to keep the surface from freezing. However, all the horses had a good workout and some time in the fields before they and were warm and back in their stables by lunchtime. It…
It is odd to be pleased with fifth places but we were very proud of Imjoeking's efforts in the Grand Sefton when jumping incredibly well and only just lacking to stay in the final furlong. He gets two and a half miles but the heavy ground and extra furlong were just too far for our warrior who had shown scope and confidence over the unique fences. He will be now aimed at the Topham Chase in April…
Scu and I were back on the yard this morning after a swift sleeper train from London and it was great to see the horses looking so well despite the chilly temperatures. At Kilduff the pre race horses had a zim up and down the gallops while those at Arlary had three canters.
Back in work after a quiet week to settle in is the three year old Milan out of Foundling Daughter who is a half sister…
We had a doubleheader of awards ceremonies this evening, with one team heading to Glasgow and one to London.
Derek, Jaimie, Jamie, Lea, and Ciorstaidh were guests of Sunday Mail and Daily Record reporter Craig Swan in the Glasgow Hilton, at the Scottish Sports Awards where Arthur was nominated for and won the Editors Choice special award. There was plenty of cheering and once Derek got hold…
We are gearing up to plenty of racing this weekend and next week and have been helped with mild weather and lots of opportunities to school and canter on the grass at the farm as well as working the horses on the woodchip gallops.
We have had a new arrival from Denmark with the ex French Bialco, pictured. Having won over fences in France for Simon Munir, the six year old was bought by our…
It has been an outstanding year for the yard winning the Grand National and we have been very lucky and honoured to be nominated for, and to win some super awards.
Last week in London at the 'St Andrews Day at the Savoy' celebrations with London Scottish I was awarded the Great London Scot award for outstanding achievement, made all the more special as it was presented to me by the Two Golf…
Ray Anderson Green has wanted to support the Northern Lights Finals at Carlise and he was rewarded with his Forest des Aigles winning the middle distance final. Aimed at mid-tier horses the series offered excellent prize money for horses who had qualified by running in two qualifiers and being placed on at least one occasion. Forest is an improving type and having won both of his qualifiers we waited…
Ask The Tycoon has a super attitude and although the trip was too short for him he hurdled brilliantly and tried to quicken in the home straight. His third placing was credit to his raw talent and he should be a good prospect for Mark and Susie Russell
Well Above Par did not travel as he can and was a bit careful at his fences. It could be that his fall at Ayr has knocked his confidence…