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All Over The Place

Frosty again this morning and a delight to be out on the gallops with some bright sunshine disguising the sub-zero temperatures. The horses are in bouncing form with lots of sharp moves and shying all over the place (mostly at the sheep who roam free range round Kilduff).  The photograph shows Catchthemoonlight (Harry) leading Marcus Antonius (Jamie) and Moorstown (Ailsa) up the gallops at second…


Tap Night Second On A Too Frosty Day

Tap Night looked to have a glimmer of a return to form when second at Wetherby this afternoon. On and off the bridle, Blair did a good job of encouraging him to stay on and he finished with a rattle. Though well beaten he has been enjoying his work at home and we hope that he can build on this run. 

Back To Bracka was also looking more enthusiastic until a shuddering blunder three out which…


Seconds At Uttoxeter

The ground was soft and tiring at Uttoxeter and Mumgos Debut did not stay the extended trip despite travelling well in to the race. He is a much more sensible horse now and can be settled in behind the leaders, so it was sad that he did not get the extra distance. However, his two wins and today's second are a credit to the team here who have kept Mumgos fresh to run so often in the past month:…


Heavy At Haydock

It was heavy going at Haydock after 100mms of rain and sleet and Voyage A New York, pictured, ran with a bit more promise despite not staying the extended trip. His comeback run had been miserable but today he travelled and jumped really well up to three miles. He will drop back in trip next time. 

Yesterday Island Heights looked happy in front but he did not let down in the final few furlongs,…


Coming Up Trumps

A work morning and Fraser McClung was in to watch One For Arthur and Templenaboe work four times up the gallops. Both horses are well and should be out in December. 

One For Arthur is one of our Welsh Grand National entries, along with Kilbree Chief. Strong Resolve and Silver by Nature were both second for us in the Welsh National and it is a race that I think would suit both Arthur and…


Disappointment And Admiration

Disappointment early on as Hexham was abandoned due to waterlogging. I think that we had some good chances due to run, and will now find other races for them. The BHA race planning department is usually most helpful, and with a couple of interactive races coming up we will look for some novice handicap chases for novices who have yet to chase.

The rest of the day went smoothly; John Grossick…


Places At Musselburgh

Plenty of place money from Musselburgh and it was good to support this extra fixture.

We were delighted with Momkinzain's run in the novice handicap chase when third; not the bravest of horses he has struck up a good relationship with Blair and he will likely mix hurdling and chasing in the future. In the same race Spoils Of War jumped like a handicapper and will appreciate a step up in…


Sunday Schooling

An excellent morning schooling at Kilduff with our jockeys coming in on their day off to give tomorrow's runners a jump over the hurdles and fences. On the homepage is a video of It'stimeforapint leading Moorstown. See our Facebook page for more videos.

Schooling were Jack Steel, Spoils Of War, Moorstown, Big McIntosh, Itstimeforapint, Marcus Antonius, Momkinzain, Vertigo and Shine A Diamond.

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Newtown Lad Wins At Uttoxeter

Newtown Lad, pictured, looks a nice novice chaser for his owners when winning at Uttoxeter this afternoon. Given time to get into his stride by Grant, he hit the front at the last and stayed on well. He will likely step up in distance next time and could be a smart type in time. 

Also at Uttoxeter Catchthemoonlight was unlucky to unseat Harry early on. She is in great form at the moment…


Rivabodiva Third At Newcastle

Rivabodiva showed much more at Newcastle traveling well and galloping to the line to be third. She looked  comfortable back over hurdles and should improve again. 

At the Cheltenham Tattersalls sales, we bought the four year old Irish pointer Hey Listen. He was a close-up third on debut and is very loose moving and athletic, although still immature. By Kutub he is a half-brother to the Listed…