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Normality And Derek

After an intense day yesterday it was back to normal this morning and moderate exercise for all in preparation for tomorrow's work day. 

At Kilduff we schooled Ceegem, Gaye Flier, Ryalex, Badger Foot and Hey Listen, and at Arlary the horses cantered three times up the woodchip.

Our two new horses have settled in: Saint Freule is in full work and aiming for the bumper at the Scottish…


Press Day

A very busy morning on the yard with our press day for One For Arthur and the launch of our yard sponsorship by Edinburgh Gin.

Aimed at the Randox Health Grand National, Arthur is attracting a lot of attention and we decided to hold a press day for all media, after which Arthur can have a peaceful eight days before raceday, 

Journalists, camera men and photographers had a chance…


Work Day

A work day for all the horses and the final bit of hard work for One For Arthur. He is on course for Aintree in ten days and today he flew up the gallops with regular work rider Erin. From now until Aintree he will keep cantering but at a lower level and we will school him early next week. 

Click HERE for a video of Arthur at the…


OrionInverness Wins For The Tay Valley Chasers At Hexham

A long awaited first win for OrionInverness this afternoon. Back over fences and at a staying track he jumped with aplomb to stay on well over the two and a half mile trip. This run will have done his confidence a lot of good and we will look for a similar race for him while the going is on the soft side. Poor Borris had a rough few runs at the start of the season, falling when looking to be closing…


Pre Hexham

Four runners tomorrow on testing ground at a staying track.

Well Above Par will be a three miler in time but he is yet to fill his frame and the two mile trip tomorrow will be fine for him. 

OrionInverness is also going to be best over further but is at the halfway stage of not yet being fully strong. A clear round is our aim and with that he should run to a sound level.

Vertigo…


Irish Pointing

Scu and I headed to Ireland with Willie and Pat Scott to attend the Monksgrange point to point. Run at a staying track with soft ground there were some noteworthy performances. We find it so useful to see the full field in the paddock beforehand and it is interesting to see the four year olds in particular, and how they are physically coping with training and racing. 

We also visited a producers…


Big River And Forest Des Aigles Win At Kelso

It was a super day for the yard at Kelso this afternoon with the talented youngsters, Big River and Forest Des Aigles winning.

Big River has huge talent and he is finally coming together. He took on a field of class horses and showed a latent ability to win by ten lengths. Everything about him points to being a better chaser and it is exciting for the yard to produce such a good horse. On…


Places At Musselburgh And On To Kelso

We had some most satisfactory places at Musselburgh this afternoon. Shanroe Street stepped up on his previous chase runs when making all and only being denied by a neck in the finish, to be second. This was a nice move forward for the novice chaser and with the better ground suiting him, he should find some winning opportunities this summer.

Catchthemoonlight also ran with credit to be third…


New Purchase Cockle Bay And Pre Musselburgh

At the Tattersalls Ireland Ascot Sales we bought the strong 16.2 hands high chasing type Cockle Bay by my favourite sire, Milan. The winner last time out of an Irish point to point on soft ground he had taken time to mature, and being from the family of Kerry National winner River Cora, he should have the stamina to win over staying distances in time. He was bought for £28,000 and is for sale. More…


Sammy B Wins At Haydock

Our one runner at Haydock, Sammy B, gave a brave performance to win on heavy going. We had thought long and hard about running against an improved Caroline Bailey horse, Robin Of Loxley, who carried experience and eight pounds less than he will when reassessed. However, at a track that is lucky for owner Geoff Brown, it was worth taking a chance, and the unfortunate fall of Caroline's horse gave…