Dancing Amy ran a solid race to be third in her mares bumper just being slightly green in the home straight. She looks to have a good future and she may go over hurdles now.
The ground was pretty heavy and neither The Road Home nor Thorpe handled it although their jumping was sound.
We will get different conditions tomorrow at Musselburgh where we have a few chances.
In between the frosts, we have been schooling some of the novices and we are really pleased with their progress. We are lucky to have Derek and the boys to school for us; their positivity, bravery, and confidence are infectious and the young horses all improved through their sessions. Jumping were Where's Tiger, Chanceiton, Jump For Dough, Hey Listen, The Road Home, Newtown Lad, Thepensionfund,…
Having been so excited about Big River running at Haydock we were surprised and saddened to see him struggle to travel on the ground, making the jumping an effort for him. Derek wisely pulled him up down the back straight and while he was sound on arrival back at the wash off, the vets found that he had atrial fibrillation.
Big River had this two seasons ago and it was corrected with electrical cardioversion,…
A quick morning update for Big River's chances at Haydock.
We have been really pleased with Big River at home and he takes his chance at Haydock in the Graduation Chase at Haydock over 2m5f on heavy ground.
Being a graduation chase he is against a number of second season chasers so lacks their experience. However if the ratings are taken literally then he is a couple of pounds…
Celtic Flames has tested his owners' and trainer's patience with a number of different issues, but it all came right for him today as he jumped with enthusiasm and precision on his chase debut to win at Hexham. I was not sure about the going, but he coped well. As he strengthens with racing he should be able to follow up for Willie and Pat Scott who are pictured with the Racing To School group.
Lots of rain and we had a good morning around the fields at the farm then sprinting up the all weather, while those at Arlary had a couple of canters to warm them up for tomorrow's work day. Pictured is Thepensionfund and Scu cantering up the grass, led by Jack Steel and Lorraine.
We have four runners at Hexham tomorrow starting with Celtic Flames who schooled this morning with Big River.…
Monday mornings are great as we get back into the routine for the week and with fresh horses, the runners performing well and some new faces there is a good buzz about the place.
Some welcome rain meant that we could school and Le Frank, Thepensionfund and Newtown Lad were all ridden by Derek over the hurdles and small fences.
The new four year old Timesawaiting was very fresh…
Our two runners at Newcastle were not impressive; Bescot Springs dropping back in a fast run race, and Star Of Milan being very green and not traveling with the pack as we know that he can. Star is from a late maturing family and will now likely go hunting and point to pointing to give him an education and time to mature.
Scu and I were at the Cheltenham sales where the prices were extraordinary.…
Family honour was upheld as Emissaire won the juvenile bumper nicely for my brother and his good friend and racing enthusiast Alex Nicol. Despite being green and fly leaping in the first furlong, Emissaire was given a confident and educational ride by Blair and he quickened up in the closing stages to win to the delight of his owners and trainer. Emissaire has a lot of filling out to do but it is…
We have just two runners heading to Ayr tomorrow, but both should run well.
Spoils Of War is looking much more confident now that he has sorted out his jumping, and he steps up in grade over his usual three miles. He has been much happier at home now that we have altered his training and he jumps most days with Ailsa, often leading the three year olds or the handicappers or sometimes just…