Scu and I were in Ireland today looking at a couple of three year olds and also at The Toft's filly foal by Getaway, and a couple of the Coolmore stallions.
Of course, we had to see Milan, who at nineteen years old look fabulous and we thanked him for his sons who are a large part of our yard. We also admired Getaway, sure to become a leading National Hunt sire, and the tough Westerner.
We were delighted for One For Arthur to be honoured with a McCoy Award at Cheltenham this evening, as he won the Horse Of The Year award.
Judged by an expert panel the award recognises the performance of an individual horse at the Jockey Club South West racecourses. This was for his run in the Warwick Betfair Classic Handicap Chase and was eagerly received by his owners the Two Golf Widows…
Mumgos Debut, pictured, was maybe a fortunate winner, but for a horse who has had his share of bad luck it was good to have a lucky day; his only other rival fell at the first to allow him to have a jump round for the prizemoney, and a rather nice Lord Mansefield silver trophy. The result was well received by his owners Peter and Suzy Brown who were in France visiting their vineyard; a day for a…
Lots of rain in Kinross has resulted in fabulous ground for schooling and work on the grass at Kilduff, and heavy going at Perth.
We have four runners tomorrow at Perth and all were cantered round the fields this morning and had a whizz up the gallops. We also schooled Kelpies Myth, Mumgos Debut, Rivabodiva and Spoils Of War.
We start with the filly Simone, a half-sister to Simonsig…
Saturday is a work day and we had some first pieces of work for a couple, as well as the youngsters having a first taste of working on the grass in pairs. Pictured is Tap Night leading Aurora Thunder and Pinspot then Blue Baton and Mint Gold.
We were joined by Colin and Nicola Drysdale who own Aurora Thunder and Mighty Thunder, and by Darren Ross, owner of Rossamilan who runs next week at…
As Derek and Stephen were down in London at the BHA hearing yesterday we moved Thursday's schooling to this morning. Twenty horses, from soon to run handicappers to unraced three year olds, had a morning jumping the logs then up the different obstacles. There is a video on the home page of Moorstown and Well Above Par, both due to go chasing in the next few weeks, and one of Thepensionfund and Hey…
We were so delighted with Make It Happen's return to the track, and his second place. Poor Mac has had a number of issues, including colic surgery, a wind operation and a number of soundness issues, and his two owners Gordon Wright and Jeremy Mitchell have shown patience, understanding and care for their horse. Both Mac and his owners deserve to have more success and two and a half miles back at…
We were delighted to welcome Henrietta Knight to the yard today as she continues on her tour round Irish and British trainers' yards to include them in her book, 'What Makes Them Tick' due out this Christmas. Having been a heroine of mine it was marvellous to show her our facilities and way of training, and for her to meet One For Arthur, pictured.
We will be heading to Kelso tomorrow where…
It has been a week since I updated this section and we have had a busy time.
The horses have been continuing with their work; three quarters of them are now in full training and we have their first races mapped out. Hey Listen was one of the first to start off in pre training this summer and we were pleased with his level of fitness at Perth. We find that generally the older horses who…
Yesterday's void race has been subject to much activity this afternoon and evening with phone calls between the racecourse, and trainers Jennie Candlish/ Alan O'Keeffe, Donald McCain and ourselves. We trainers are disappointed with the time taken to stop the race, resulting in our horses jumping at least three more fences after the decision was made to void the race.
There were three 'Stop'…