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Pre Perth Sunday

A bumper ten runners at Perth tomorrow on their valuable Perth Sam Morshead Gold Cup day.

We start with The Last King Of Wales who tries again over two miles, with his tongue strap back on. He was keen in behind last time, albeit in the pouring rain, and hopefully he will appreciate the better ground tomorrow.

Magnum gives Patrick Wadge his first ride under rules in the two mile…


Elmono Gains His Deserved Win At Cartmel

Congratulations to Gerry and The Pacemakers who's Elmono won at Cartmel on Sunday, always travelling well and jumping economically under Blair. He scampered away up the run in and absolutely deserves this win after a close run last time. 

We were very pleased with Shanroe Street's run too; he led and was prominent until the turn into the home straight and will build on this effort next time.…


Racing, Sales And Optimisim

It has been a varied week on and off the yard with some solid efforts racing and plenty of coming and going.

Mint Gold and Book Of Invasions ran solid races at Uttoxeter on their chase debuts. Mint's third place was particularly pleasing and we feel that both horses will improve with the experiences that they had. 

We have a couple more runners in the next few days; tomorrow at Uttoxeter…


A Bit More Racing

We have a couple more runners coming up as we look for the most suitable races for our novice chasers.

Tomorrow at Market Rasen Ain't My Fault steps up in trip over fences. He settled so well last time at Bangor and as a former point to point winner we are hoping that the extra distance will suit him.

The lorry will have a quick turnaround and will be off to Uttoxeter on Monday where…


Treble At Perth On A Thunderous Evening

It was a mighty effort from everyone at Lucinda Russell Racing to prepare and produce sixteen horses to race at Perth and despite some crazy weather including sun, heat, thunder and lightning, hail, downpours, and ultimately flooding we managed to have three winners. 

Effet Special ran in the worst of the conditions, pictured, and along with Last King Of Wales, he coped with the hail and…


Preparing

We have a big day coming up at Perth tomorrow with a bumper seventeen runners from the yard, in a show of support for Perth Racecourse, and to get horses racing and ready for the rest of the season. 

We are lucky to have a super team here whose focus is on the horses' welfare and producing horses in the best condition to run. Everyone plays their part and today was no different as we had…


Seconds, Sales And Nearly Normal

We seem to be going through a phase of second places; following Elmono's brave effort at Cartmel, Ain't My Fault then was a staying on second at Bangor. This was an improvement from the normally headstrong chaser who looks much more chilled this season and with a new found relaxation we should be able to ride a more tactical race on him in future.

Then Ballyare continued the trend and was…


Oh So Close For Elmono

It was oh so close to another win from Elmono at Cartmel as he shot off for home after the last fence, only to be caught in the shadow of the post, pictured. However, our disappointment was tempered by seeing this enthusiastic chaser return to form and jump as neatly as ever. His turn will come again. 

Normal Norman made his yard debut at Market Rasen this afternoon and ran a solid race…


Schooling, Elmono At Cartmel And Bloodstock Sales

We are at the stage in the season that we have lots of schooling going on. With our facilities, we are lucky to be able to school anytime, and indeed we often jump the horses as part of their daily exercise, but in July and August, the pre-trainers have lots of schooling, both in the school and over the fences and hurdles to establish their technique and build their strength. It also gives us a…


Good To Be Back With A Winner At Perth: Fortune's Hiding

Fortune's Hiding was bought last autumn for a very reasonable price at Goffs for Ailsa the daughter of Fraser McClung to ride in point to points. Following a couple of runs, pointing closed down and we have been the beneficiaries to train him to run under rules. A bold jumper he loved today's fast ground and galloped up the run in to beat our other runner, the game Boys On Tour. It was heartbreaking…