Back into the routine today with all the horses being trotted up and weighed, and an easy morning for them lobbing on the gallops or having some trotting around the tracks. We are within a short walk of Loch Leven and we often take the horses down to the loch for a paddle; all racehorses enjoy a bit of fun times; pictured is Gemma and Pulpitarian.
Thomas Kendall was in to see Run Rocky Run…
We had a super party for the Tay Valley Chasers this morning with eighty members turning out to see the Tay Valley and County Set horses and to toast One For Artur with Edinburgh Gin. (I think that the Rhubarb and Ginger in prosecco was the number one favourite!)
Tay Valley Chasers are an extremely well run club who have two horses who have both won this season: OrionInverness won over fences…
What a super mare Catchthemoonlight has turned in to and she continued her consistent ways by winning over two and a half miles at Carlisle this afternoon. Ridden by her daily work rider, Blair, she stayed on with determination to win by a head. Owner Dig In Racing was well represented including Fiona and John Urwin who only joined up at the start of the week. There should be lots of summer cheer…
An effective morning on the yard with the majority of the horses having a canter three times up the woodchip. These included the four year olds Star Of Milan, Mighty Thunder, Mary Jane, Ginger and Dr Hooves. All may run before a summer break but need the going to ease.
The Arthur bandwagon rolls on: Tennants have given him a One For Arthur beer pump in our local, the Thistle Hotel, and…
We are not quite at the end of the season and we are looking to have more winners in the next few weeks, however, our mind is also turning to next season and to keeping the supply of quality horses in the yard.
Scu and I have been to a number of the Irish point to points and we have bought the improving five year old COCKLE BAY as a novice hurdler for next year, pictured. An immature horse…
Today was a day to catch up. The past week has been like a whirlwind with so many emotions. I am still in awe of Arthur and Derek and our team behind them, including the wonderful Golf Widows, who have helped me achieve my lifetime ambition of winning the Grand National.
Arthur is the star in this, and he seems to be enjoying his new celebrity status. He will be parading at Musselburgh,…
No winners but a good day at Kelso in the company of a happy crowd. I was so taken aback at the number of people who lined the rails to see One For Arthur parade with Mark. Arthur was on his toes and loves his new celebrity status.
Another celebrity in our eyes is Urban Kode who we feared would need the run but who galloped all the way to the line to snatch second place from Alizee De Janeiro…
One For Arthur had his official homecoming this morning with a tremendous crowd of people to see him. He is turning into a natural showman and loved the attention. He certainly had plenty of it, and it was very touching to see everyone here to admire him, many who had traveled from afar. We rounded the morning off with a party for the staff at the Grouse And Claret where Vicky and David supplied…
So I am cheating a bit by writing this the day after the Grand National but, it has been the most incredible twenty four hours.
The confidence behind Arthur was borne out with a confident ride from Derek, done the old way of hunting round for a circuit, then getting into a competitive position crossing the Melling Road. Hitting the front at the last and staying on up that long run in was…
Imjoeking ran a super race over the National fences in the Topham Chase, leading and jumping wonderfully until crumpling on landing five out. He is fine, and we cannot wait to bring him back here next December.
Sky Khan is not yet back to himself but he stayed on in the closing stages and should have gained confidence after this run.
Meanwhile at Sedgefield Miss Joeking was fourth…