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Doris had a good go at us this morning with wet snow and high winds making riding out a bit of an effort. At Kilduff although the weather was at its worst it was not too terrible as the horses were trotted, cantered and back inside quickly. At Arlary we used the sand gallop for all but a couple and again the turnaround was rapid. 

Nicola and Colin Drysdale were in to see Mighty Thunder,…

Wednesday News Catch Up

Our runner at Wetherby yesterday, Shanroe Street, was fifth in the three mile handicap chase. Still a novice he has boundless stamina and should have learned plenty from that run. 

This morning Debs and Fraser were in to watch the work on the gallops including One For Arthur, Templenaboe and a couple of Deb's horses; Alizee De Janeiro and Pulpitarian. The work went well and there were some…

The Cobbler Swayne Fourth At Carlisle

The Cobbler Swayne took another step forward towards last season's form when fourth at Carlisle. He jumped well and, although he lacked his usual sparkle over the fences, he ran a solid race. He may be more suited by a flatter track and should have a bright spring.

OrionInverness was outpaced at hurdling speed, and his jumping is halfway between a chaser and hurdler, however, he finished…

Big Run From Big River

A big run from Big River to be second in the Pertemps qualifier at Haydock. He hurdled well until the crucial second last and last, but rallied to snatch second on the line. He is still progressing and should be even better over fences next season.

Haydock is a wonderful track who have the right balance of a well looked after course, excellent owners facilities and decent prizemoney. It…

Friday Progress

A little schooling this morning for Shanroe Street and The Cobbler Swayne, and three times up the all weather for the majority of the string, including a couple of the four year olds; Mighty Thunder, Dr Hooves and Star Of Milan. 

We have one runner at Haydock tomorrow when Big River runs in the three mile Pertemps Qualifier. We have looked after Big River this season and while his future…

Small Steps

A small step forward with Green Flag, pictured on the right, who was fifth at Kelso this afternoon, tiring two out but traveling and jumping well until then. It is a long road back for him, but he continues to progress and should be back at Kelso in a month's time.

The Cheltenham Tattersalls Sale was a hot place to be. There were half a dozen very nice types and the prices reflected the…

Vengeur Second At Newcatle

A great run from Vengeur De Guye who was second back over fences at Newcastle this afternoon. Jumping with a new found confidence he was out sprinted by the winner, and looks as if he could stay further on this running. 

Scu and I took the sleeper back from London after the Grand National Weights Launch. We are happy with the 10 stone 6lbs weight and One For Arthur should get a run with…

Ayr Places

We had a day of places at Ayr but some satisfactory runs. 

Rivabodiva, pictured, looks to be in better form now and is staying on to the line in her races. She can still be slightly keen early on so needs to be covered up, however on her two most recent runs she could get further this spring. 

Also third was Mumgos Debut who has been off with a cut from his fall in December. He was…

Pre Ayr

A warm up day with fresh horses after their Sunday off. We schooled a couple over the hurdles and fences including Topham Bay, pictured, Mumgos Debut and Vengeur De Guye.

Two of those head to Ayr tomorrow along with two more, Rivabodiva and Bescot Springs.

Rivabodiva delighted us with her run  last time when second, and she seems to be fresh at home. I would not want the going to…


John and Liz Johnston and Thomas Kendall were in to watch the four year olds work on the grass at Kilduff and in particular Run Rocky Run.

Derek has done a fabulous job with the youngsters and their work today will bring them closer to their racecourse debuts. They are all well conditioned and with a month at Arlary in front of them they are just where we want them at this stage and age.