A solid run from Catchthemoonlight at Aintree last night, to be fifth in their mares handicap hurdle. Catch took a little bit of time to warm up to her jumping which is unusual but once in gear she ran a good race, just getting hampered in the home straight, but staying on to the line. The longer trip is fine for her and she should continue to pay her way back down in grade.
This morning we…
There were plenty of places at Perth for the team but no winners. However, we had some great runs for the future.
Mr Grumpy (who is the least grumpy horse) ran an improved race to be second, looking much more settled and jumping better. He is now qualified for handicaps, but with a little more maturity he will be capable of winning a novice or maiden hurdle this summer. He is pictured coming…
Spoils Of War gave us a mildly surprising first win of the new season when streaking home at Perth this evening. Poor Spoils was very close to being put to sleep after a deep tendon cut at Kelso two years ago, and it the skill of our vet Eugenio, and the patience of his owners, Mark, Mhairi, Rob, Ginny and James gave him the chance to return to training. This season has been a tricky one for him…
It's the time of year when we do landworks and improve the facilities at the two yards. Currently the digger is in at Arlary clearing a banking and readying the ground for a lunge ring and turnout paddock, and landscaping the back land.
Meanwhile we continue to ready the team for Perth, Aintree, Market Rasen and Hexham. This morning, after a nice bit of rain, we schooled Catchthemoonlight…
In search of new talent we have been attending many of the weekend Irish point to points and yesterday a group of us were at Bartlemy near Cork. Pictured are Scu, me, Oli, Jamie, Derek and Lea, note the much needed waterproofs and wellies.
A high proportion of our yards horses are ex Irish point to pointers and it is most important that we buy the good ones, young horses with improvement…
We have three vacancies for the coming season; all positions start on July 1st or sooner by arrangement.
We are looking for two experienced work riders, with ability to ride novice and experienced horses. This would suit a keen rider wanting to be a jockey, or with experience in either racing or another horse sport. Good rates of pay and an excellent working atmosphere.
We have a couple of horses who have worked hard this winter and they are showing the effects in their races; Vertigo (pictured), Hey Listen and Bescot Springs have all won for us this season, Bescot three times, Vertigo twice and Hey Listen once, and they all ran flat this afternoon. A big grass field is their next destination and they deserve a good break.
On the other hand Ballycool, Voyage…
Morning Time flattered to deceive as he made up ground quickly and looked very competitive until fading after the last at Carlisle, coming fourth. There is something that is stopping him in his races and we will investigate further.
The new french horse, Argentix has settled in and had a canter and jump in the school. He is a winner and has been placed over fences and will be campaigned…
It was pretty fast ground at Kelso yesterday and when Pulpitarian found it too quick we took out our other two runners who really need good to soft. We have had such a dry month and there are plenty of other opportunities for the young horses.
We had a good morning on the yard with lots of trotting round the fields to freshen up our imminent runners, and some jumping in the school for the…
Some of our stables have security cameras in them, allowing us to track what the horses are doing all day and night. In the run up to the National I spent many hours watching Arthur and it was really interesting to see how much time he spent lying down sleeping. I suspect that this helps with his daily recovery and his laid back nature saves him from stress. He has a strong routine, and this includes…