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A bright day on the yard and a morning to dream about the coming months. We had some decent efforts from the horses working at home on Wednesday, including bright work from The Cobbler Swayne, Doc Hooves, Mumgos Debut, Vengeur De Guye, Well Above Par and Maraweh.

At Kilduff this morning we breezed a couple including those who run tomorrow at Kelso. 

My parents were great friends…


Alizee De Janeiro Wins At Musselburgh

A return to form for Alizee De Janeiro this afternoon at Musselburgh, where she won the mares handicap hurdle under Grant. It was excellent to see her back to her best after a few unconfident runs, and she should be back to her consistent ways now.

Owner Debs Thomson had auctioned an 'Owners Experience Day'  for the Children's…


Tomorrow At Musselburgh

We have six horses heading to Musselburgh tomorrow. 

Settledoutofcourt is a tall horse who may find the corners a bit tight, but he will love the better ground and his scopey jumping should stand him in good stead over the three mile trip. His form has been franked with Kilbree who was behind him last time, winning yesterday and with luck Settled will continue the winning trend. 

In…


Eighteen Years: Goodbye Ali

It is some achievement to remain in the same job for eighteen years and we have reveled in having Ali with us since her days as an unpaid part time work rider in October 1999 to our head girl since 2003. In the past eighteen years she has seem many great horses, helped train hundreds of winners, tended to the horses and acted as a wise support for staff and trainer alike. She was our first member…


Kilbree Chief Toughs It Out To Win At Ayr

Kilbree Chief looked back to his best when staying on dourly to win the staying chase at Ayr this afternoon. On heavy ground he battled to win by a head and this win should boost his confidence. His owner John Adam has shown great patience as Kilbree has found his way back to form and there should be more success to come from the good jumping stayer.

Gaye Flier ran a little better until…


Soaking In Ireland

At risk of another moan about the weather, Scu and I were soaked today. Happily those at home were fine but we endured waterproof soaking at Boris in Ireland . It was worth it to watch some competitive point to pointing but there were tough races for the young horses. 

We only have the two runners at Ayr tomorrow;  the hurdle debutante Gaye Flier and staying chaser Kilbree Chief . 

Gaye…


Brrrrr..

Doris had a good go at us this morning with wet snow and high winds making riding out a bit of an effort. At Kilduff although the weather was at its worst it was not too terrible as the horses were trotted, cantered and back inside quickly. At Arlary we used the sand gallop for all but a couple and again the turnaround was rapid. 

Nicola and Colin Drysdale were in to see Mighty Thunder,…


Wednesday News Catch Up

Our runner at Wetherby yesterday, Shanroe Street, was fifth in the three mile handicap chase. Still a novice he has boundless stamina and should have learned plenty from that run. 

This morning Debs and Fraser were in to watch the work on the gallops including One For Arthur, Templenaboe and a couple of Deb's horses; Alizee De Janeiro and Pulpitarian. The work went well and there were some…


The Cobbler Swayne Fourth At Carlisle

The Cobbler Swayne took another step forward towards last season's form when fourth at Carlisle. He jumped well and, although he lacked his usual sparkle over the fences, he ran a solid race. He may be more suited by a flatter track and should have a bright spring.

OrionInverness was outpaced at hurdling speed, and his jumping is halfway between a chaser and hurdler, however, he finished…


Big Run From Big River

A big run from Big River to be second in the Pertemps qualifier at Haydock. He hurdled well until the crucial second last and last, but rallied to snatch second on the line. He is still progressing and should be even better over fences next season.

Haydock is a wonderful track who have the right balance of a well looked after course, excellent owners facilities and decent prizemoney. It…