There were plenty of good looking two year old store horses on show at Arqana today and we are pleased to have three returning to Arlary.
The pictured chestnut is by Kapgarde, sire of Clan Des Obeaux and Garde La Victoire and is out of a half sister to the Listed jumps mare Ambroise. He moves really well, covering the ground and reminds me of our Tap Night.
Walk In The Park has…
We just had the one runner this week when Boys On Tour went to Cartmel on Friday. Prominent until making a mistake at the last he was eased when beaten and may be suited by a more conventional track.
At home most of the winter horses are back in; trotting and water treadmill work is the order of the day and the good weather makes the work all the more pleasant.
Oli is leaving us…
We were delighted with Arizona Bound's third place at Southwell this afternoon. At a track that could be on the sharp side he jumped really well for a second time chaser in handicap company and should improve again from here.
At home the three year olds are coming on and Derek and the boys have them trotting and cantering in a string in the school following the ever faithful Kez. Pictured…
The Compeller has caused his owners and trainer some anxious moments, not least when he fell at the first last time out at Cartmel, but today at Perth he rewarded them with a gutsy win in the two mile handicap hurdle. Stepping up in class he was produced by Derek to perfection and won fending off a fast finishing second horse. His owners, WMD Racing are pictured with their winning trophy.
Gradually we are heading towards having a full yard again and while the painting and yard repairs continue so the number of horses in work steadily rises. Back in training this week are a couple of lovely four year olds; Flutter Down and Slainte Mhor, and two older horses who were injured last year; Final Assault and Kilbree Chief. Derek's breaking in is going well and the youngsters are trotting…
Our day in Sweden started flatly as Bialco was not right and we had to withdraw him before his race. It was sad for all of his connections but as his owner, Morton Buscop kept saying the horse must come first. Bialco will run a few times in France and Scandinavia for the next few months before returning to Scotland for the winter ground.
At Hexham our hopes of a win for Sky Khan were dashed…
We have a busy day tomorrow with runners at two meetings.
Despite showers being forecast it sounds as if he going will remain good for Hexham and we have three summer ground horses declared.
Arizona Bound has his first try in a chase and while he is wrong at the weights he will gain valuable experience over the Hexham fences and we think that he will make a better chaser than hurdler.
Having spent all of Monday looking at an endless list of horses at a hot and dusty Goffs, we got our shortlist down to nine possibles on day one and just two for today. Unsuccessful despite some brave bidding yesterday, we were delighted to strike today with both of our choices.
Debs Thomson secured her favourite by Getaway, out of an unraced half sister to the Stayers Hurdle winner Bacchanal.…
It has been a pretty hectic few days and despite only having thirty eight horses in full training there are still five lots going out each day with many of the staff on holiday and seven breakers to attend to as well.
There is a slight lull in UK racing for us but we have a runner in Sweden next weekend when Bialco takes on the Swedish Champion Hurdle. We were looking at the Swedish Grand…
I am honoured to have received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to horseracing.
I accept it for the hard work and loyalty shown by my staff and owners whose horses have promoted Scottish racing and our yard here at Kinross.
I am also immensely proud for my family without their backing I would not be in the position to receive this award.
Most of all…