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Pre Hexham

A windy but sunny day on the yard and time to go through the horses that are due to run this week, and those that galloped yesterday at Ayr.  We have three runners at Hexham tomorrow.

Ceegem is slowly learning his trade and he stayed on well last time at Kelso. We had the choice of two or three miles tomorrow, but feel that although the three mile trip will suit him best in time, he will…


Sunday Work Day

Derek, Blair, Stephen and Alex, along with Oli, Jaimie and Steve were on the go early this morning as Ayr racecourse very kindly allowed galloping after their final jumps fixture. We took along nine horses.

The first batch had Seven Devils and Ballycool alongside, followed by the unraced four year old pair, Star Of Milan and Mighty Thunder. 

Seven Devils and Ballycool led at a good…


Tantamount Wins On Scottish National Day

We were delighted with Tantamount this afternoon as he won the two and a half mile 'Hands and Heels' hurdle under Blair. A hard puller in his youth, Tantamount has settled in his races although he still needs to be dropped in. Today's fast early pace gave him every opportunity to use his stamina and he skipped away after the last to win by four lengths. He has a nice race at Aintree next month to…


Forest Des Aigles Third And More Pre Ayr

Forest Des Aigles ran a solid race to be third. Unfortunate to be stuck behind a loose horse on the first bend, the leaders managed to get away from him down the back straight, but he stayed on to be a closing third after the last.He will have a good break now and should be useful next season.

Sammy B, pictured, really needs further and was unsuited by the slow early pace. He has had a super…


Sales And Pre First Day At Ayr

Scu and I were at the Cheltenham Sales looking for more horses for next season. It was an interesting sale, and the prices reflected the quality of a couple of stand out lots, including a beautiful Milan four year old. With five lots above £200,000 the market for the right horse is strong. We did not buy, however, it is good to get a guide on the prices and quality on offer.

Back at home,…


Not Just Racehorses

The Arthur tour continues on Saturday at Ayr where he will be parading at 12pm. Just after him, there is a parade of Retrained Racehorses, including our old friend Lie Forrit, and also Tchico Polos who ran for us and Sandra Giles a few seasons ago. 

This afternoon we had a visit from the Kincarrathie House care home in Perth who brought some lovely ladies to see Arthur. He adored meeting…


Irrigation

A bit of a busy week coming up with the horses getting ready for the Scottish National meeting at Ayr, and next week's Perth Festival. Both meetings boast competitive racing for good prize money and usually provide safe going.

The Perth executive is to be applauded after investing £250,000 in a new watering system which allows them to irrigate the whole track in a third of the time that…


Monday Back To The Routine

Back into the routine today with all the horses being trotted up and weighed, and an easy morning for them lobbing on the gallops or having some trotting around the tracks. We are within a short walk of Loch Leven and we often take the horses down to the loch for a paddle; all racehorses enjoy a bit of fun times; pictured is Gemma and Pulpitarian.

Thomas Kendall was in to see Run Rocky Run…


Tay Valley Chasers Open Morning

We had a super party for the Tay Valley Chasers this morning with eighty members turning out to see the Tay Valley and County Set horses and to toast One For Artur with Edinburgh Gin. (I think that the Rhubarb and Ginger in prosecco was the number one favourite!)

Tay Valley Chasers are an extremely well run club who have two horses who have both won this season: OrionInverness won over fences…


Catchthemoonlight Wins At Carlisle

What a super mare Catchthemoonlight has turned in to and she continued her consistent ways by winning over two and a half miles at Carlisle this afternoon. Ridden by her daily work rider, Blair, she stayed on with determination to win by a head. Owner Dig In Racing was well represented including Fiona and John Urwin who only joined up at the start of the week. There should be lots of summer cheer…