Today we had a press day organised by Scottish Racing and including journalists and film crews from ITV and BBC1. As ever the team here had the yard and horses looking fabulous, and Matthew had bacon and sausage rolls ready for everyone. Pictured are some of the team that go to produce the horses and winners here.
Tomorrow we have two novice hurdlers at Newcastle, Izzys Champion and Emirat De…
The yard had a nice double at Hexham this afternoon with Prince Dundee and Saint Freule, both ridden by Blair Campbell.
Prince Dundee had a set of cheekpieces applied to focus his mind and, along with the better ground and the benefit of two previous chase runs, he put it all together, travelling sweetly and quickening on the home bend. Now that he has learnt to race properly there should…
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, 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…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…