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Pre Hexham And Other News

A busy Monday as the team slips into its ever effective and efficient work with all of the horses being trotted up and checked by Jamie, and those horses who were ridden having some gentle work to ease them into the week.

The filming crew for Bet365 were in to continue to film for their pre Grand National film and they set up a film studio in the barn at Kilduff, pictured. A most professional…


Ryalex Second And Arthur Delights Us

Ryalex, pictured, returned to his favourite track with an excellent run to be second on ground that was just getting lively for him. His jumping was back to normal and he powered up the run in to just fail to catch the leader. He has had a busy season but retains his joy for life and may be back at Carlisle at Easter.

Sammy B also ran a super race to be third and this reinforced that he…


Pre Carlisle And One For Arthur to School After Racing

A blustery day at Kinross this morning and the lorry has left with six horses, four runners and two to school round after racing.

We start racing with one of my favourite horses, Ain't My Fault. A strong chasing type he has lots of scope and should benefit from this step up in distance. His season is geared around getting some experience before chasing and he has continued to strengthen…


Alizee De Janeiro Wins Again At Kelso And Other Results

They say that you get horses for courses, and that is no better illustrated by Alizee De Janeiro who won her sixth race at Kelso, and her fourth race from five runs there this season. Travelling confidently throughout she challenged at the second last and asserted after the last. As tough as they come in a race, she is a kind and gentle mare at home, and we all admire her immensely, none more so…


Three Year Olds, Two Year Olds And Pinspot

A quiet time for us racing wise but busy as ever on the yards. There are a couple of race meetings coming up and with intended runners at Musselburgh, Kelso, Carlisle, Hexham and Newcastle in the next week we have plenty of horses to prepare. 

We also have a number who are looking for new homes out of racing and El has been doing a super job posting them on Facebook and organising viewings.…


More Results, More Seconds

Bialco made a bold bid to win the Northern Staying Novice Hurdle Final at Newcastle on Saturday, and just got run out of it in the last few strides. He has progressed from his first run of the season just seven weeks ago, and if he can hold his form he could win again. His enthusiastic Scandinavian owners, Morten and Carsten made the journey to Newcastle from Copenhagen and are pictured in the winners…


Seconds, Leaden Hooves And More Results

The horses continue to run well although we have hit a small run of second placings; not quite as exciting as wins but many satisfying performances from our team.

At Hexham we were enthusiastic about the chances of Misfits who was stepping up to four miles over fences. Despite being a little keen in the early stages he jumped with more fluency and, sent for home early, he went clear before…


Big River Fourth At The Festival

What a run from Big River to be fourth in the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham!

Having had a tricky preparation this season; a fall first time out then a hurdle run to boost his confidence, he had to return to his best at a championship level, and he certainly gave it a go. 

Turning in to the home straight Big River had fourteen horses in front of him, but with quick jumps at the last…


Ready For Cheltenham

Having had a busy few days racing Jaimie and the team have had an intense day reloading the lorries ready for the rest of the week. 

We have put the finishing touches to Big River,  a zim up the gallop and schooling over the chase fences should see him spot on for the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham tomorrow. 

I have always thought of Big River as a class horse and while he has had just…


Kelpies Myth Wins At Musselburgh And Other Results

Kelpies Myth had a well deserved win at Musselburgh this afternoon, enjoying the softer conditions and galloping away from the others after the last. A good looking son of Dutch Art he is not truly bred to be a hurdler but his accurate jumping and honest attitude gives him an edge, and it is excellent for his owners to win at Musselburgh where they are looked after so well. They are pictured in…