It has been a super season for us, made special not just by One For Arthur's win in the Grand National, but also by the improved perfomance of our team as the season went on.
Eleventh place in the trainers' table with £926,414 prizemoney and forty three winners is excellent and a rise from twenty sixth place last year. Of course, the Grand National prizemoney, which made One For Arthur leading…
Sky Khan ran back to form to be second, giving his all but being unlucky to be carried across the track while the winner nipped up the inside. Still, it is good to have him back and he will now head to Market Rasen at the end of May.
We were very pleased with Shanroe Street who ran a sound race over the extended trip in the Highland National and this was a great effort for a novice. He may…
A bit of a quiet day at Perth for us, although there was plenty of hope for the future.
Mr Grumpy ran a better race than he did on his hurdles debut, traveling nicely and jumping better, and although he was outpaced he stayed on to be fifth. Momkinzain found the two miles quite sharp, but he also rallied in the home straight and will run over further next time, while Maraweh showed the…
A good run from OrionInverness, pictured, on faster than ideal ground yielded a fourth placing; now that his confidence is high OrionInverness is developing into a good handicapper and he should give the Tay Valley Chasers plenty of fun next autumn and winter.
Also at Hexham Morning Time ran better than his position suggests, running with enthusiasm but meeting trouble on the home bend.…
A windy but sunny day on the yard and time to go through the horses that are due to run this week, and those that galloped yesterday at Ayr. We have three runners at Hexham tomorrow.
Ceegem is slowly learning his trade and he stayed on well last time at Kelso. We had the choice of two or three miles tomorrow, but feel that although the three mile trip will suit him best in time, he will…
Derek, Blair, Stephen and Alex, along with Oli, Jaimie and Steve were on the go early this morning as Ayr racecourse very kindly allowed galloping after their final jumps fixture. We took along nine horses.
The first batch had Seven Devils and Ballycool alongside, followed by the unraced four year old pair, Star Of Milan and Mighty Thunder.
Seven Devils and Ballycool led at a good…
We were delighted with Tantamount this afternoon as he won the two and a half mile 'Hands and Heels' hurdle under Blair. A hard puller in his youth, Tantamount has settled in his races although he still needs to be dropped in. Today's fast early pace gave him every opportunity to use his stamina and he skipped away after the last to win by four lengths. He has a nice race at Aintree next month to…
Forest Des Aigles ran a solid race to be third. Unfortunate to be stuck behind a loose horse on the first bend, the leaders managed to get away from him down the back straight, but he stayed on to be a closing third after the last.He will have a good break now and should be useful next season.
Sammy B, pictured, really needs further and was unsuited by the slow early pace. He has had a super…
Scu and I were at the Cheltenham Sales looking for more horses for next season. It was an interesting sale, and the prices reflected the quality of a couple of stand out lots, including a beautiful Milan four year old. With five lots above £200,000 the market for the right horse is strong. We did not buy, however, it is good to get a guide on the prices and quality on offer.
Back at home,…
The Arthur tour continues on Saturday at Ayr where he will be parading at 12pm. Just after him, there is a parade of Retrained Racehorses, including our old friend Lie Forrit, and also Tchico Polos who ran for us and Sandra Giles a few seasons ago.
This afternoon we had a visit from the Kincarrathie House care home in Perth who brought some lovely ladies to see Arthur. He adored meeting…