A busy Christmas Eve with the whole team working as if it was a weekday, sixty five horses were ridden and the others had a day on the walker or in the field as usual.
We had a lovely visit from Colin and Debs who came to give their horses carrots and a special pat for Arthur.
Looking forward to the spring and summer, there was great news from Perth racecourse who have announced…
A couple of thirds, and promise for the future from our runners today.
Miss Tiggy delighted us last time when winning over two miles on heavy and this afternoon confirmed that form and looks as if she will stay further when finishing with a flourish to be a closing third by a neck from the second. She has the size to go chasing but we will stick with hurdles this season and she should have…
No winners but some good runs especially from the seasonal debutantes Shanroe Street and OrionInverness. Shanroe jumped well in the lead and galloped all the way to the line to be passed on the run in by a fast finishing Lochnell. Still, it was a very pleasing first run back and he looks to have the stamina to make a good long distance horse this season. OrionInverness ran a stormer, travelling…
We had our Christmas party last night with the fancy dress theme of Movie Stars; everyone had put so much thought and effort into their costumes and The Grinch, and Shrek were only narrowly beaten by The Joker for the best turned out prize. Thanks to Vikki and David from the Grouse And Claret for giving us such a memorable night, and to the owners who very kindly contributed to the drinks and meal.
Musselburgh eventually got the go-ahead at half past eleven this morning for their replacement meeting. With an unforecasted dip in temperatures, the frost took a long time to come out of the ground and the resulting going was changed to ''good''. Both Scu and Jaimie were there early and having walked the track and consulted with Derek and the owners we had five non runners: Kelpies Myth, Where's…
It looks positive for racing at Musselburgh tomorrow and if it survives the 8am inspection then we will have a couple of full lorries rolling down there, including some young horses who need the good ground.
Kelpies Myth showed a good level of form when third round here last time and while he faces a talented opponent in the Cheltenham Festival bumper winner Silver Concorde, he should be…
Forest des Aigles followed up his Carlisle win with a victory over three miles at Bangor this afternoon. Loving the heavy ground he led with his ears pricked, jumping impeccably. His only mild error was at the last where he was nimble and it was super to see him win for the third time this season for Ray and Anita Anderson Green. A progressive six year old we have been gently giving him experience…
Reasons to be cheerful
1. The thaw started
2. Musselburgh have got a replacement fixture on next Monday
3. Newcastle looks more positive for racing tomorrow (horse run down on this page tomorrow after their inspection)
4. A week till the shortest day
5. Best news.. Big River's ecg on the gallops today showed no abnormalities (owner Debs and vet John Keen are…
Minus four overnight but with some more tractor harrowing from Bradley and Oli the gallops were in good shape and we covered many miles on them. We do have to go a bit steadier than normal resulting in strong horses and warm riders, especially as many of the horses are ready to race, but nowhere to go.
Ayr, despite their valiant attempts with frost sheets, was called off at seven o'clock…
A bit nippy on the yards this morning and ice accompanying sub-zero temperatures meant things took a bit longer than usual. The roads needed salt before we could walk on them and the tractors were busy harrowing the gallops to keep the surface from freezing. However, all the horses had a good workout and some time in the fields before they and were warm and back in their stables by lunchtime. It…