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Fresh Horses

The summer pre training is well underway with eighty percent of the horses back in work, some already on week six of our twelve week regime. Others have just started and today we had eight three and four year olds starting off along with the usual fresh bucks and spins. Included in this batch are three that we bought at Arqana last year and who have all had a full year pre training so they should…


Boys On Tour And Chanceiton Second At Perth

We two seconds at Perth with both Boys On Tour and Chanceiton filling the runner up spot.

Boys On Tour, pictured, had run below form last time at Market Rasen, but returned to his favourite track of Perth he rallied to run one of his best races. He has been a fabulous horse for his owners Foresight Racing, and with luck should continue to be competitive this summer at Perth.

Chanceiton…


Arqana Summer Sale Horses In Training

The second day of the summer sale was for form horses who had run on the flat or over obstacles. We were looking specifically for an ex flat horse to go juvenile hurdling, were delighted to acquire two and also could not resist buying an older chaser to have fun with in staying chases and cross country races.

There was a wide variety of horses on offer, and again Paul had made a comprehensive…


Arqana Summer Sale Two Year Old Stores

The Arqana Summer Sale is held over two days and we were there to buy two year old stores on Tuesday and ex flat horses to make juvenile hurdlers on the Wednesday.

Travelling over to Deauville, Paul, Scu and I spent the whole of Monday viewing every two year old, compiling a short list of thirty. On Tuesday morning we narrowed it down to just five, and were very pleased to purchase three…


Chanceiton Wins At Hexham

Chanceiton won over fences for the first time when galloping away from his field after the last fence at Hexham this afternoon. Given a confident ride by Thomas Willmott he relished the stamina test to gain his first win over fences. It is special to train a winner for my father and he was delighted that it was ridden by one of our young jockeys. Dad has always supported the junior jockeys and asks…


More Like It; Blooriedotcom And Prince Dundee Second

Blooriedotcom and Prince Dundee ran super races to both be second at Hexham, while Sky Khan was a close up sixth and naughty Make It Happen decided not to race.

Bloorie, pictured, has always impressed his riders with his attitude and way of going, but for his first few runs over hurdles, he has been keen and messy at his jumps. Today, with a hood added and given a cool ride by Derek, he…


Yard Catch Up And Pre Aintree

Despite it being a downtime for jumps racing the yard continues to be a hive of activity. With a mixture of some horses in training and some pre trainers on their trotting weeks we still have twenty five horses in work and plenty of things for the team to get on with.

Our Goffs store sale purchase, Thunder In Milan was broken in by Stephen then had a few weeks on the carpet gallop, jumping…


Bialco Wins At Perth

Bialco's win at Perth was well deserved as, having set a good pace in the novice hurdle, he stayed on determinedly to fend off the odds on favourite. It was a landmark win for jockey Blair Campbell as he now has his claim reduced to three pounds. Congratulations to The Vikings, Morten and Carsten who have a brave consistent hurdler on their hands; Bialco, pictured, may now head to Galway at the…


Miss Batten Third And Pre Perth

The rain certainly arrived for Miss Batten at Uttoxeter and she ran an improved race to be third in her first novice chase. Her jumping was a highlight and for a five year old leading the way she showed courage and ability. She was outpaced on the home turn, but rallied at the second last just to be outstayed after the last. She will have learned plenty and should improve again for the experience.

We…


Catching Up And Pre Uttoxeter

A mixed couple of days with a poor run from Dr Hooves at Hexham last Saturday where he slowed quickly before the hill, and will be fully checked over as this is not his running. We also came home empty handed from Ireland, but it was good to see the point to points and we have a few horses to follow into the autumn.

On the upside the horses at home are thriving; those in training are loving…