Yesterday we had a very social day starting with a visit from Stefani Dailly and cameraman Colin who filmed the yard for the STV evening news. Focusing on last year's Grand National and how it has affected the yard and racing in Scotland they also filmed Arthur as he continues his rehabilitation from injury and embarks on his journey to the 2019 National.
Next up was Euan McIntyre who came…
First, we had a disappointment with Hexham being abandoned due to waterlogging after the persistent morning rain. The lorry was halfway at the track when it was called off, but was soon home in time for the horses to be exercised.
Next, we were delighted to hear that there will be a replacement fixture at Newcastle on Sunday. Even better is that the BHA have replicated the races that were…
Hexham has passed its initial inspection for waterlogging, although they are going to monitor the ground in case there is more rain. The heavy ground should suit our runners tomorrow.
Behindthelines, pictured, has been running some super races in defeat and in doing so has raised funds for the Doddie Weir 'My name'5 Doddie' MND fund and he aims to raise more tomorrow. Stepping up to three…
Kelpies Myth took us a step closer to the Novice Championship final at Sandown with a win at Carlisle this afternoon. Running from the front with his ears pricked and looking to enjoy every minute, he stayed on nicely to win by a couple of lengths. He will need to go up a few pounds to get into the final held on the last day of the season, but as he seems to be improving he should be capable of…
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…