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Friday Progress

A little schooling this morning for Shanroe Street and The Cobbler Swayne, and three times up the all weather for the majority of the string, including a couple of the four year olds; Mighty Thunder, Dr Hooves and Star Of Milan. 

We have one runner at Haydock tomorrow when Big River runs in the three mile Pertemps Qualifier. We have looked after Big River this season and while his future…


Small Steps

A small step forward with Green Flag, pictured on the right, who was fifth at Kelso this afternoon, tiring two out but traveling and jumping well until then. It is a long road back for him, but he continues to progress and should be back at Kelso in a month's time.

The Cheltenham Tattersalls Sale was a hot place to be. There were half a dozen very nice types and the prices reflected the…


Vengeur Second At Newcatle

A great run from Vengeur De Guye who was second back over fences at Newcastle this afternoon. Jumping with a new found confidence he was out sprinted by the winner, and looks as if he could stay further on this running. 

Scu and I took the sleeper back from London after the Grand National Weights Launch. We are happy with the 10 stone 6lbs weight and One For Arthur should get a run with…


Ayr Places

We had a day of places at Ayr but some satisfactory runs. 

Rivabodiva, pictured, looks to be in better form now and is staying on to the line in her races. She can still be slightly keen early on so needs to be covered up, however on her two most recent runs she could get further this spring. 

Also third was Mumgos Debut who has been off with a cut from his fall in December. He was…


Pre Ayr

A warm up day with fresh horses after their Sunday off. We schooled a couple over the hurdles and fences including Topham Bay, pictured, Mumgos Debut and Vengeur De Guye.

Two of those head to Ayr tomorrow along with two more, Rivabodiva and Bescot Springs.

Rivabodiva delighted us with her run  last time when second, and she seems to be fresh at home. I would not want the going to…


Dreams

John and Liz Johnston and Thomas Kendall were in to watch the four year olds work on the grass at Kilduff and in particular Run Rocky Run.

Derek has done a fabulous job with the youngsters and their work today will bring them closer to their racecourse debuts. They are all well conditioned and with a month at Arlary in front of them they are just where we want them at this stage and age.

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Saturday Sleet

A most constructive work morning despite the sleet, and we were joined by well wrapped up lovely visitors in the shape of Michael and Jane Kaplan, and the Two Golf Widows.

Michael and Jane's gelding Revocation is looking really well and he has a couple of chase options coming up. We have adjusted his work after his last run, and he is showing the benefit of this on the gallops. 

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Travels

The past few days have had a bit of a lull in racing for us, although there are plenty of meetings next week. We have used the time to concentrate on the horses in training, carrying out some mid season health checks, and planning the next few months racing.

Today Scu, Derek, Steven and I travelled round the north of Ireland looking at un raced four and five year olds. Derek and Steven rode…


Thirds And Lots Of Promise At Carlisle

We were delighted with Ryalex's run when third in his first novice chase; jumping well and coping with the heavy ground he faded halfway but then stayed on to gallop all the way to the line. This was a step forward from his hurdle runs and he should improve again. You can see from the photograph what his run meant to Jaimie, and it is credit to all the team here, and especially Alex, who have settled…


Pre Carlisle

A lovely visit from George Godsman and Alan and Carol Lamb who came to see the Tay Valley Chasers and County Set horses work. Alan takes an excellent video compilation f the horses that is then posted for the part owners to see. Alan is pictured filming with Ryalex in the background. 

Ryalex is one of our runners at Carlisle tomorrow where he has his first chase start. A bold jumper at home,…