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Island Heights Wins At Musselburgh

Gerry Macgladery has asked that we have lots of runners for him at Musselburgh this season as they look after the owners so well, and he was rewarded today when Island Heights won the three mile hurdle. Island Heights, pictured, is a good stayer on the heavy, but he seems to enjoy the good ground too now and he won nicely by a couple of lengths. Gerry also had another winner with the John Ryan trained…


Pre Musselburgh

Quick ground again at Musselburgh and we had six declarations having seen forecasted rain, however, it seems not to have happened, and this morning Glenpark is a non runner. 

Our other five will be subject to us walking the ground and being happy that it is safe for each one.

Urban Kode steps up to two miles six and looks to have a good chance if he stays the trip. Cameron takes…


Tattersalls Autumn HIT Sales Purchases

Scu, Paul McIvor and I spent last week at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sales in Newmarket.

With a dozen horses to look at each day we spent plenty of time on each horse assessing it fully and armed with the form, we then valued each one that we were keen to bid on.

We bought three: two three year olds and a five year old.

BLOORIEDOTCOM is by Holy Roman Emperor…


Forest Des Aigles Wins At Ayr

As the rain fell we knew that conditions would start to suit our runners, and indeed we saw some good efforts.

Forest Des Aigles was progressive last season and although we thought that he would improve for this first run, Patrick had him in good condition at home, and he ran a super race to win by five lengths. A fast run race suited him, and with his powerful jumping, he kept himself in…


Ayr Tomorrow

I think that we will need our wet weather gear for Ayr tomorrow where the forecast is for storms and rain. We have six planned runners.

We start with Chouquette in the mares novice hurdle. A filly with plenty of speed she is best on good going so we will check the ground before she takes her chance. She has been learning to settle and we retain the hood which seemed to help last time. 

Next,…


Racing Update

In search of better ground we made the trip to Bangor where although just on the soft side the going was still good. Seven Devils was lucky not to be brought down at the first and this usual prominent racer did well to regain his momentum and to get back in to the race. His third place shows his consistency and with more luck he can improve on it again. 

Mint Gold was very green and found…


The Lows Of Racing

Jump For Dough sadly lost his life at Aintree this afternoon,  fracturing his cannon on the approach to the fifth last.

A tough and talented young horse he had his future in front of him and it is a dreadful loss for his sporting owners who adored and were there to watch him. 

Thomas who rides him each day at home broke his collarbone in the fall and will be sidelined for three weeks. 

The…


Chanceiton Wins At Kelso

Chanceiton was a game winner at Kelso this afternoon under Thomas in the conditional jockeys handicap hurdle. Staying very well he enjoyed the good ground and it was super for my father to gain a win under rules at his favourite track. Chance was bought on a handshake at a point to point from Michael Hourigan and Roz Eaton, to run in point to points for my father. Striking up a good relationship…


Urban Kode Off To Carlisle

Urban Kode our summer jumping warrior is off the Carlisle tomorrow where he should be fine on the good ground. He has possibly found the more competitive of the two divisions of the two and a half mile hurdle but given his tenacity, he could be good each way value at 20-1.

Wednesdays are work days and we had some good bits of work from horses at various stages of their fitness, including…


It Is All Very Well.. But..

It is lovely having clear bright mornings and sunny autumnal days but we are missing our rain and soft ground. With entries made for Carlisle, Kelso and Ayr we are unlikely to have many runners unless the rain starts and the going eases. I know that we trainers always moan about the weather but it has been a ridiculous year.

Anyway, we have had plenty to distract us with the horses working…