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Ryalex Second, Filming, A Job Vacancy And More News

Ryalex made a bold bid to follow up his win at Carlisle with a gallant second at Market Rasen this afternoon. Closing on the long time leader all the way up the straight he was just denied by a determined rival, but our horse lost nothing in defeat. He stayed the longer trip and back on soft ground should be winning again.

At home Scottish Racing and ITV were in filming the gallops for a…


Saint Freule And Le Frank Win At Hexham

A nice bit of rain and more winners for the team; well deserved after a soaking first thing this morning when riding out.

Saint Freule, pictured, has become Blair's project; Blair rides him each day, taking him out on his own and trying to keep him settled and sweet. For the past ten days he has jumped him each day to keep his confidence up and today except for a slight issue before the…


Pre Hexham

Four runners head from Arlary to Hexham tomorrow morning, all declared on good, good to soft ground, but judging by the rain that has been falling the going may ease further. 

Miss Batten was an impressive winner of her point to point on good to soft ground and she starts over two and a half miles tomorrow. She has a super attitude and while it is early days we are hoping that she is a quality…


Bienvenue Effet Special: And A Sales Roundup

The sales at Cheltenham boasted a few really nice types and in particular a couple of potential staying chasers. Having viewed the horses with Paul McIvor in the morning we then bid on three that evening, but unfortunately missed out on all of them. The prices overall were expectedly on the higher end, but having put a value on each of our selections we were happy enough when we missed out, well,…


Quite A Hectic Few Days

It has been quite a hectic few days and with no racing for us this weekend it is time to draw breath and update on the yard going ons.

The horses who have been racing have had an easy few days and with a couple of sessions on the water treadmill they are loosened off and ready to start cantering again. 

We still have a number to make their seasonal debuts including the wonderful…


Highland Hunter Wins At Ayr

The whole yard was delighted when Highland Hunter won on his debut over hurdles this afternoon at Ayr. Held in high regard it was great to see him power up the straight under a super ride by Derek and for owner Thomas Barr. He could be one to step up in trip soon, and I am sure that we can find him a good novice hurdle round Haydock in the future.

Our others ran well, including Mark and…


Pre Ayr And Bangor

The ground at Ayr is soft and we have six heading there, while one takes his chance at Bangor.

At Ayr we have a mix of novices and experienced handicappers and we start with the Ayr bumper winner Ask The Tycoon in the two and a half mile handicap hurdle race. Tycoon stayed on from miles off the pace on his comeback run at Perth in September and we have waited for soft ground for him since.…


Ryalex Wins At Carlisle

He may only have one ear but he has a big heart, and Ryalex showed his love of softer ground and a right handed track to win at Carlisle this afternoon. Not totally straightforward, Ryalex and his owners, County Set Five, have endured tendon problems as well as various other small issues and today's win is a credit to their patience. Stephen who rides him most days at home and has taught him to…


Alizee De Janeiro Wins At Kelso

Alizee De Janeiro won again at Kelso today, this time over fences to follow her two hurdle wins here: she jumped with confidence and sprinted away up the run in to beat a very gallant veteran in second. Debs Thomson her owner, and Beth her lass have endured the highs and lows of racing recently losing Champagnendiamonds at home before this super mare showed her tenacity and love for racing today.…


Pre Hexham

It is still good ground at Hexham tomorrow and we have declared three runners.

In the conditional jockeys handicap chase we have two declarations, Arizona Bound and Moorstown. Arizona was unlucky to fall at Kelso last time, but he should be fine back over the Hexham fences and will like the good ground. Moorstown has been ready for a run for a few weeks but needs ease in the going to be…