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What, More Snow? Jumping, Calendars And Buddha

A bit more snow this morning made riding out a bit more tedious but the gallops were open so the horses had some cantering.

We had a couple to school so this afternoon Saint Freule and Scales Of Justice went to a local indoor school to jump some showjumps with Derek and Blair. While a nice change in routine for the horses it is also useful to teach them a good technique over poles and fillers.

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Getting Back To Normal

We are getting back to normal after the terrible snow and with a good rise in temperatures the snow is thawing and life is returning to normal. Today's photo is from last week and was featured in the Telegraph sports section, to show the resilience of the team here. 

This morning it was back to cantering after four days trotting and the horses managed to just contain their enthusiasm. The…


Beast From The East Defeated So Far...

The so called Beast From The East roared this morning sending blizzard conditions with sub zero temperatures.. but it did not stop us.

All the riders turned up on time, well wrapped up and along with the ground staff we got all of the horses exercised and back in to their warm rugs and stables by lunchtime. I have a fabulous team here and it is the work that they put in on days like this…


Bialco Second And Present Flight Third At Ayr

Dropping back in trip Bialco tried his hardest but could not match the turn of foot of the winner, despite chasing him up the home straight, coming a clear second on the line. We were pleased with Bialco's hurdling and while he will need further from now onwards, he looks to have a bright future.

Present Flight ran a stormer and although he did not truly stay the extended three miles he…


Frost Sheets At Ayr

The Ayr management are trying their hardest to beat the sub zero forecast and have laid frost sheets over the entire track. We will know by 9.30 in the morning if their efforts have succeeded and if they have then three runners from Arlary will be competing.

Bialco showed a good level of ability last time at Haydock and the drop back to two miles should not be an issue on the holding ground.…


Point To Pointing Ireland and UK

Sunday saw Lucinda and Scu in Ireland filling their day searching for new young horses. First stop was to a point to point producers where they saw two lovely five year olds that Derek had picked out when he was over last week. Both look quality types to crack on with, and one French bred could be very classy. 

Next, it was on to the Tinahley point to point where the four year old maiden section…


Plenty To Occupy Us And Pre Newcastle

We have just the one runner tomorrow at Newcastle, the five year old Dancing Amy who has her second hurdles start for Jimmy Fyffee. She has schooled very competently and while she lacks experience she should give a good account, and a run to build on.

Jimmy is selling on his other filly with us, Rubydoobs. A five year old by Beneficial she has found the winter heavy ground too much but would…


Haul Us In Brave In Defeat And Wednesday Coming And Goings

Haul Us In, pictured, ran a stormer on her return to three miles to be outrun by a well treated winner, however, Blair and her owners Karenina and Julian Morrison Bell were delighted with this performance as Haul Us In was much sharper through her race. She is still gaining in strength and will be back over fences next season.

Chasseur De Tete ran better than his finishing position suggests,…


Join Us! And Pre Carlisle

We have shares for sale in the good moving, athletic five year old Timesawaiting. Having been second in his point to point and run a good race in his bumper (rating 98) he has been schooling really well over hurdles. He will be ready to make his hurdling debut soon and should be a good type to run through the summer at Perth and Kelso and next season to go novice chasing. There are five 20% shares…


Haydock And A Full Saturday

Bialco ran a stormer at Haydock this afternoon. At long odds he was given a patient ride by Derek and just jumped his way to the front a little too soon, leading between the last two but then being passed to finish fifth by four lengths. This scopey son of Dom Alco is now qualified for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham but needs to be higher in the handicap. We will see where we are after the handicapper…