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It is odd to leave the racecourse feeling flat after your runners have performed well, but this evening it was a quiet trip home.

The main issue was the second race, the novice handicap chase where Miss Joeking ran a super race to be a close second, but the race was voided after it was deemed unsafe for the horses to run up the finishing chute. The decision was correctly made by the racecourse…


Saturday Work Day And Pre Perth

We had a busy day yesterday with the horses working four times up the gallops, and some early signs of some of the horses closing in on race fitness. Photographed is Perth bumper winner Mighty Thunder leading the handicap chaser Voyage A New York, and novice hurdler Star Of Milan first time up the gallops.

Later on, Scu and I were guests of the Grand National sponsor Randox at their polo…


Intense Schooling

I have been rather quiet updating this news page, but we have had a big increase in work intensity and lots of schooling in preparation for the new season.

The steady cantering work at Kilduff has been replaced with plenty of jumping and more power work up the hills. Each morning this week we have had batches of horses, both young and older schooling over the logs, tyres, and Easyfix hurdles…


Close

It was a close finish at Bangor with Ballycool hitting the front after the last and just being passed by a fast finishing Peter Bowen horse. Still, this was a good return to form for Paul and Margaret Winnell's ten year old who has been leading some of the schooling at Kilduff this week. He seems to like Bangor and we will likely return there for more chases for him.

There was more schooling…


Schooling And Starters

More schooling this morning and a few horses starting back in work. 

At Kilduff Scu rode Tap Night as a lead horse and we jumped some of the three and four year olds over the logs, tyres and hurdles: Following Scu were Emissaire, Blaydon, and Simone. Next it was the brush hurdles for those three and also Rivabodiva, Chasseur De Tetes, Momkinzain and Rossamilan. Finally, Rossamilan jumped…


Tempo Increasing

The tempo is being increased as we get closer to autumn racing with more of the pre trainers in full training and working at a good pace up the gallops. 

At Kilduff we schooled a couple this morning including the five year old Chasseur De Tetes who jumped really well over the hurdles and will likely go hurdling next rather than another bumper. We also jumped Rossamilan who was super, Rivabodiva…


Tay Valley Chasers Club Day

We have had a super day with the Tay Valley Chasers Racing Club at South Kilduff.

Forty members joined us for prosecco and Edinburgh Rhubarb Gin or tea and coffee for the drivers, then a parade of a dozen horses including some special ones to follow this season. We then loaded everyone into the trailer and took them up to the schooling grounds to watch some jumping.

It was Will's…


Progress And Approaching Yard Visit

Sky Khan ran a much better race at Worcester to be third. Having had a great season last year he has taken time to find his true form this time, and was not helped by a fall a few runs ago. However, having schooled over our brush hurdles the Worcester brush hurdles helped his jumping and he stayed on really well after the last to snatch third. He may be stepped up to three miles at Perth next time,…


Yard News

While we take time to dismantle the marquees from the owners lunch, there is plenty of news to catch up on.

We had two new arrivals on Sunday night when Eric Gillie delivered the Tattersalls Sales Goldwell three year old of the Winnell's. He is to be named Izzy's Champion and will be broken in by Derek over the next few weeks. 

We have also been sent the four year old mare by Presenting…


Morning Time

Poor Morning Time broke his hind leg when brought down at Hexham tonight. He was so unlucky and we are all devastated not just for him but for his owner Bill Forrester who adored his horse. Bill would come in often to see Morning and as he had owned him for seven years he was one of Bill's family.

We have had lots of good times with Morning including a chase and five hurdle wins, most recently…