The second day at Musselburgh saw Katalystic run a great race to be fourth in the novice hurdle. It may seem odd to be pleased with a fourth place, but he settled eventually, most of his jumping was excellent, and he stayed the longer trip well. We will try to avoid such highly rated horses next time and he should find a longer trip within his scope in time.
Morito Du Berlais ran well for…
Sammy B, the orphan foal turned racehorse, won over three miles this afternoon at Musselburgh. Always travelling well he came in to the race in the home straight and with a new found jumping confidence he stayed on strongly to win his first race over hurdles. He has been slow to mature, but now that he knows how to race he should be able to progress from here.
Sammy was orphaned at a few days…
Musselburgh host a full eight race card tomorrow with decent prize money and terrestrial tv coverage; an illustration of a Scottish racecourse which punches above its weight. We plan to have six runners.
Shine A Diamond has become a regular round Musselburgh and has been picking up some placed prize money. He looks to have benefitted from a step up in trip, and was unlucky to stumble badly…
A regular exercise day with time for the horses to recover from their work yesterday. We were joined on the gallops at Arlary by Yvonne Learmonth and her friends Selby Friar and Naomi who watched the horses canter twice up the gallops. Pictured are the two Tay Valley Chasers horses OrionInverness (Ailsa) and Maraweh (El); OrionInverness runs at Carlisle on Wednesday while Maraweh has had his worked…
A dozen horses schooled this morning at Kilduff over hurdles and fences. It was pretty misty so filming was virtually impossible, but the horses jumped really well. Impressing over fences was Ryalex who goes to Carlisle next week. Also jumping the chase fences were Shine A Diamond, Present Lodger, Itstimeforapint, while over the hurdles went Morito Du Berlais, Alizee De Janeiro, Superior Command,…
A nice thaw and back to normal mild and damp weather which meant that we were able to work the horses with no worries about slipping or sliding. All of the horses did two canters including the four year olds who are in their final pre training week.
Vet Tess Fordham was in to look over the horses and to check a few on the easy list. She also scoped a couple, including Kilbree Chief, pictured.…
A wonderful win for Newtown Lad who got his progressive career back on track with a sound staying performance on the heavy ground. Equipped with blinkers to help his jumping he kept up a good gallop to win eased down. He looks a likely candidate for staying handicaps in the future. Joint owners John and Judith Murray were at Ayr, and hopefully this win will be a tonic for Newtown's other joint owner…
Another mildly arctic morning on the yard, but with warm rugs and some gentle exercise the horses had an easy Sunday. We had a dozen cantering including new recruit Morito Du Berlais who worked four times up the gallops alongside Bescot Springs. Pictured are Ryalex (Blair) and Gaye Flier (Stephen) warming up at Kilduff.
Scu and I were in Tipperary at the Nenagh point to point. Two maiden…
Pretty frosty on the yard this morning, and no schooling on the grass. However, it has the advantage that the tractors can get on the land without making a mess so we gave all the hedges a trim and moved a couple of the schooling hurdles.
Heading to lots of hedges is Kumbeshwar who has been retired and who is going on permanent loan to James Van Praagh, Joint Master of the Old Surrey Burstow and…
After a few days away at the races and the sales it was good to be home for a work morning, and to catch up with the staff.
At Kilduff we worked Ryalex, Gaye Flier, Thepensionfund, Alizee De Janeiro and Newtown Lad on the grass. There is a video of them first time up on the home page, or click the link HERE
At Arlary Le Frank,…