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Jumping In The Rain

It was wet first thing this morning, although the sun came out while we were schooling leading to some atmospheric scenes. Pictured are Ballycool, Rossamilan and Jump For Dough schooling up the big tyres. All three are penciled in to run over fences in the next week, with Rossamilan and Jump For Dough making their chase debuts.

We schooled Alizee De Janeiro, Templenaboe, Vertigo, Ceegem,…


Warm Up For IJF Olympia Showjumping

We were back down South in our campervan yesterday evening for Scu to meet with the rest of his team this morning in preparation for the IJF Olympia Jockeys Challenge on 15th December.

Captained by AP McCoy, the team of Scu, John Francome and Richard Dunwoody, pictured, practiced on four wonderful horses in front of Graham and Tina Fletcher. Also present was Alastair Down who wrote, as ever,…


Monday Yard Catch Up

A great morning on the yard, catching up with all the news from yesterday and making plans for the week. 

Headed by Assistant Jamie Turnbull we went through every horse with Ciorstaidh, discussing their stages in training, their weight and their race aims. We have plenty of race meetings coming up at the end of the week and onwards and it is important that the horses are ready for their…


Irish Point To Pointing At Tinahely; And A New Purchase

Scu and I were over in Ireland today, catching up with the point to point form at the Tinahely point to point in Wexford. We like to attend as many Irish points that we can as we can gauge the form of the races, take notes on the runners in the paddock, and can then make informed horse purchases through the year. Many of our horses are ex-pointers, including, of course, One For Arthur, and we find…


Work Morning

A full work morning at both yards and a final bit for a dozen horses due to run next weekend.  Two standouts were Newtown Lad and The Road Home who seem on the upward curve.

It feels as if the main winter season is starting late this year as we have had just a handful of runners since Perth, but we are ready with plenty of both young and older horses and the anticipation is tangible. 

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Racing Post Stable Tour Visit

More schooling this morning made all the more exciting by thick fog; the horses all jumped well though and we are looking forward to racing at the end of next week. 

We had a nice visit from the Racing Post's reporter Ben Hutton who came to compile our stable tour, due in the paper on Wednesday. We had a great morning going through the horses, rounded off with a video taken with Big River.…


Carlisle, Schooling And A New Filly By Fame And Glory

Celtic Flames looked to be well placed in his race until encountering trouble four from home as he was starting to make a move. A slow jump at the last did not help matters and his sixth placing will be improved on. He will also school over fences to give us another option.

There was lots of schooling this morning before Derek and Blair left for the races; over fences were Big River, Devito'sgoldengirl…


Work Day

A busy work morning for the yard, and a good feeling of the intensity of the galloping being increased. We missed Derek and Stephen as they were at Wetherby at a jockeys conference, but we had excellent news that Derek has passed his concussion test taken yesterday and is able to ride again.

At Kilduff Champagnendiamonds, Deepsand and Argentix all sprinted four times up the woodchip, with…


Tuesday Visitors

The high winds were not too bad, and other than one wing down, and the long grass looking as if it had been combed flat, there was little evidence of storms this morning. It was still quite blowy but nothing bad, and the field horses were delighted to be turned out again after breakfast.

We had a busy morning of visitors. John Murray and Lynne and Angus Maclennan came to see Newtown Lad…


Storm Forecast

It has been an odd day weatherwise, and although we did not get as bad storms as forecast, it looks ominous for tonight.

Today's photograph is the yard at lunchtime today; it was so dark that it was like a winter's evening, although warm and very still. It eventually brightened again, but we still took the precaution of bringing all the horses in from the fields this afternoon with high…