We had an important work morning today as we gave the four year olds their first bit of work on the grass, the video of them working is on the home page.
Having been broken in this summer the 'Class of 2017' have covered many miles around the farm and on the gallops. Mostly at half speed with just a couple of sharper bits up the woodchip, they are all settled, strong and ready to step up…
We feel that we have a lovely group of young horses for the future and were delighted when Highland Hunter won on his first start for us in the bumper at Kelso. Despite being mildly green he led at a sensible gallop until quickening at the end of the back straight. He was briefly headed in the final furlong but toughed it out to win by a head, pictured. We know the form of the second placed horse…
Despite the muddy conditions, we had a very happy horse (and connections) when One For Arthur was allowed out in the field this morning. Having had four months in a box, and walking he is now due a few weeks turnout before work starts on the water treadmill. His tendon has scanned well and he is on target for a return to pre training in the late summer. He is pictured getting muddy and being tolerated…
There has been quite desperate weather for the past few days but today things got a degree better with just heavy rain.
Our weekend was not quite as planned; Forest Des Aigles did not stay the three and a bit miles at Haydock and was pulled up, while Le Frank found the heavy and a step up to handicap company a bit much. Meanwhile, at Ascot, it rained and rained and Thorpe did not like the…
It was a day for celebrations with Misfits, pictured, at last winning over fences and Jump For Dough comprehensibly doubling up.
It has taken us some time to agree on the right trip for Misfits, but three miles is definitely his favoured distance and this afternoon he travelled sweetly, jumping rapidly and galloping all the way to the line. With his confidence high he should be able to…
Still a bit of snow around and it was a shame to see that Newcastle has had snow today too; it will be terrible to lose another meeting.
There is an early morning inspection at Musselburgh and I hope that it goes ahead for us, and for Gerry Mcgladery who sponsors all but one of the races in celebration of his fiftieth birthday. There will be a good party there!
We start with the…
Ayr was off due to more rain, so we packed two horses into the lorry and Jaimie and Steve drove them to Market Rasen last night. Avoiding the chaos on the M74 they arrived safe and sound and the journey was not wasted.
Bialco is a gorgeous grey who has lots of scope and has a few options coming up in the spring. He was due to run over hurdles at Ayr to try a new trip of three miles, but…
We were really pleased with Grand Morning's win in the two mile maiden hurdle this afternoon. It was very deep ground but he rolled on through it up the straight to win by just over a length. He is still inexperienced and continues to mature at home but looks a super type for his owner.
We were also pleased by the other runners; Haul Us In is another backward type but given a great ride…
It will be heavy ground at Ayr tomorrow and I hope that the rain that is battering down will not jeopardise the meeting. We have five runners.
Grand Morning is a big Midnight Legend who is taking time to mature. He runs in the two mile maiden hurdle and should be strong enough for this trip.
Miss Tiggy is a stayer but she has already won over two miles and the heavy ground will blunt…
We have had a good few days racing and some heartwarming performances.
At Warwick Imjoeking ran a super race to be second, just failing to reel in the strong traveling leader. Joe loves the Aintree fences and we will aim him at the Topham again in the spring, but he may run again before then.
Big River made a few novice mistakes including trying to bank the open ditch, however,…