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Effective And Busy Times

An effective work morning at both yards and while the two mares, Catchthemoonlight and Topham Bay worked four times up the Kilduff gallop, the others worked four times up the Arlary gallop. There was good work from Newtown Lad, Tantamount, Maraweh, Bescot Springs, Sky Khan, One For Arthur, Dr Hooves and Big River.  Many of those have entries in the next few weeks and they should be followed when…


Le Frank Third

Le Frank traveled sweetly in his bumper but slowed in the final furlong. We think a lot of this strapping gelding and will investigate the cause for this run as he is much better than what we saw today.

I stayed at home to watch the horses work, and to go through each of them with Jamie and Ciorstaidh. We schooled eleven this morning: Templenaboe, Shanroe Street, Deepsand, Gaye Flier, Chanceiton,…


Irish Hopes And Dreams

Scu and I headed to Ireland on Sunday to watch the runners at the Lemonfield point to point . We have had great success with our ex irish pointers, including our Festival winner Brindisi Breeze and while some of the prices now are extraordinary, it remains an excellent source of talent .  

We prefer to attend the points as it gives us an overall impression of the quality of the races and…


Sammy B Wins At Kelso

A super win for Sammy B at Kelso this afternoon. I was not sure that he would handle the heavy ground but having been getting stronger throughout this season he coped well with it. This opens new options for Sammy and while he is not as big as his classy staying chase relatives Silver By Nature and Do It For Dalky he has plenty of stamina and could be a very decent handicap hurdler in the next few…


Friday News

A bright day on the yard and a morning to dream about the coming months. We had some decent efforts from the horses working at home on Wednesday, including bright work from The Cobbler Swayne, Doc Hooves, Mumgos Debut, Vengeur De Guye, Well Above Par and Maraweh.

At Kilduff this morning we breezed a couple including those who run tomorrow at Kelso. 

My parents were great friends…


Alizee De Janeiro Wins At Musselburgh

A return to form for Alizee De Janeiro this afternoon at Musselburgh, where she won the mares handicap hurdle under Grant. It was excellent to see her back to her best after a few unconfident runs, and she should be back to her consistent ways now.

Owner Debs Thomson had auctioned an 'Owners Experience Day'  for the Children's…


Tomorrow At Musselburgh

We have six horses heading to Musselburgh tomorrow. 

Settledoutofcourt is a tall horse who may find the corners a bit tight, but he will love the better ground and his scopey jumping should stand him in good stead over the three mile trip. His form has been franked with Kilbree who was behind him last time, winning yesterday and with luck Settled will continue the winning trend. 

In…


Eighteen Years: Goodbye Ali

It is some achievement to remain in the same job for eighteen years and we have reveled in having Ali with us since her days as an unpaid part time work rider in October 1999 to our head girl since 2003. In the past eighteen years she has seem many great horses, helped train hundreds of winners, tended to the horses and acted as a wise support for staff and trainer alike. She was our first member…


Kilbree Chief Toughs It Out To Win At Ayr

Kilbree Chief looked back to his best when staying on dourly to win the staying chase at Ayr this afternoon. On heavy ground he battled to win by a head and this win should boost his confidence. His owner John Adam has shown great patience as Kilbree has found his way back to form and there should be more success to come from the good jumping stayer.

Gaye Flier ran a little better until…


Soaking In Ireland

At risk of another moan about the weather, Scu and I were soaked today. Happily those at home were fine but we endured waterproof soaking at Boris in Ireland . It was worth it to watch some competitive point to pointing but there were tough races for the young horses. 

We only have the two runners at Ayr tomorrow;  the hurdle debutante Gaye Flier and staying chaser Kilbree Chief . 

Gaye…