We were realistically happy with our runners at Carlisle on Sunday, with two thirds and a fourth placing.
Misfits looked back to himself physically with some bold fluent jumping and he travelled much better in his race. He could not quicken up the hill at the end, but his third place in a higher grade race was meritous and he has some nice targets in front of him over the next month or so.
Saturdays have always been work days for us but with all of our jockeys in we had a morning of schooling as well. At Kilduff we warmed up around the fields then jumped Flutter Down, Buddha Scheme, Max Appeal, Sky Khan, Last King Of Wales, Grand Morning, Magnum, Slainte Mhor, Dr Hooves, Operation Overlord, Misfits, and Bialco. It is a credit to Scu's jockey training that we had twelve riders schooling…
Speak Of The Devil is a dear horse but it is taking him time to fully get together and mature; today he took another step forward when second in the three mile handicap chase at Newcastle. Still a novice against handicappers he showed his greenness when blundering at the second fence, the open ditch, but I thought that Stephen gave him a perfect ride, allowing him to get back into a rhythm and then…
Calle Malva hinted at the fun that is to be had with her when winning the two and a half mile maiden hurdle at Hexham this afternoon. Just a four year old her trainer was worried about the heavy ground and trip for her at this stage, but she allayed those fears to travel well and produced to perfection by Blair, galloped to the front to win by a couple of lengths. Her jumping is still green; she…
Torrential rain and high winds but it was a good day on the yard with horses worked then back in their boxes and well rugged up in good time. We have also found a good supply of washed carrots so each horse has half a kilo a day to add some variety and to add extra vitamins to their diet. They also love them!
The ground will be testing at Hexham tomorrow, but safe and we are pleased to have…
Mighty Thunder showed his liking for a sound surface when making all and winning the three mile handicap hurdle at Musselburgh this afternoon. Jumping particularly well he was swift at his hurdles and Blair dominated the race with his positive ride. Just a six year old Mighty will probably be aimed at more staying hurdles round here and we may look at a Pertemps qualifier for him.
Another busy day for the team tomorrow with eight runners at Musselburgh.
12.15pm Gemologist was ready to run last week at the frozen off meeting, so has found herself instead in this two and a half mile race. She has plenty of enthusiasm and determination and deserves to win if she can stay the extra few furlongs.
12.45pm Order Of Thistle won his bumper on soft but has looked in…
Aurora Thunder is developing into a useful filly as she continues her progress in novice hurdle races. Having been given time to develop by her owners she hurdled well and stayed on all the way to the line to be denied by under a length. She has a nice long term target for the spring, but before then she has the tenacity to return to the winners spot maybe over further.
We were also delighted…
On to Kelso with eight horses on their Borders Chase day.
We start with two novice hurdlers; Destiny Is All is dropping back in trip having failed to stay on heavy ground at Hexham the past twice. A young horse who travels well in his races he just needs to strengthen before going chasing. Tarset Hinny a well bred mare by Presenting ran with promise in her bumper and makes her hurdling debut…
It was always going to be a day of tests for our horses today but they all performed with great credit.
Ain't My Fault stepped up well into 0-140 handicap company and I thought that his jumping became better and better through the race. His second placed to a well regarded horse is an achievement and he continues on the upgrade.
Charmix ran a blinder at Aintree on his comeback, jumping…