Haul Us In continues to improve steadily and with a super jump three out she won her third race in a row. Having been a slow learner she is in great form now that the penny has dropped and she should continue on the rise. These were her ideal conditions. Her owners Karenina and Julian Morrison-Bell are pictured receiving their trophy and a lifetime supply of Belhaven Best.
Spirits are high again with the snow gone and sunny spells this morning. At last the fields are starting to green up and the horses coats are gleaming again.
Kelso got the go ahead for their fixture tomorrow which, with excellent prize money and the ITV cameras was very important for them. We have three runners.
Conditions will suit Vengeur De Guye and he seems to run his best races…
This morning had that crisp bright feel that you get walking out of your chalet onto the slopes; very invigorating but perhaps not appropriate for an April morning in Kinross. The past two days have been the pits, slush and cold yesterday and ice today, but things are looking up and this evening most of the snow has gone.
We had a lovely morning with visitors; Colin and Nicola came to see…
At Carlisle Misfits loved the step up in trip, and able to happily dominate from the front he skipped around the track and galloped all the way to the line; unfortunately, he was passed at the last fence so collected second place, but this was a step up in form. He had looked to have hit his mark at Musselburgh but on Saturday's showing he should improve for stiffer conditions.
Rising Marianbard ran a solid race to be a staying on fourth at Wetherby, he much prefers the better ground and will make a super staying chaser in time. His progress this season gives us great hope for next autumn. He is pictured with his owner, Rosemary Stobart in the winners' enclosure.
Tap Night did not enjoy his day, despite being a very happy horse at home and working with enthusiasm…
Celtic Flames was jumping well and in a nice position turning in but a dreadful mistake three out ended his chances and he came home in fourth place. It was a more consistent run from him though and he should have a nice freshen up now before a spring and summer campaign.
It is hard to believe that it is truly spring as the fields still look like the tundra. However, there are good points…
Shanroe Street has endless stamina and mixed with accurate jumping his performance today resulted in a justified winner at Carlisle. While he has won on heavy the better ground suited him and he should be able to continue to race over three miles plus in to the summer. He is pictured with Robert and Shona Lightbody.
Catchthemoonlight is another summer horse and she showed a small revival…
At Haydock, Mighty Thunder found the step up into handicap company a bit of a question and though he tried hard he was caught out when the pace increased. He is still green and the experience will not be lost on him.
The Horse Scotland Awards at Airth Castle was extremely well attended and we were delighted to see our owners Debs and Belinda receive the Owners Award and for Derek to be awarded…
It was much more springlike this morning and with the fields starting to green up and the piles of snow nearly gone there is a good feeling that the harsh winter may be behind us.
The horses in training have been running consistently well all season and we are looking forward to a few bigger races next month as well as the summer team being unleashed.
The four year olds are at Arlary…
We are always looking to improve the facilities here and after much research, we have invested in an ECB water treadmill.
The water treadmill allows walking or trotting in chilled salt water and is used to increase core strength, build muscle, aid recovery from racing and from injury both chronic and acute.
Having trained two experienced horsemen in the use of the machine, we have…