We had two seconds at Hexham, from two very different styles of running.
Saint Freule is a very decent type but he needs to settle and having wound himself up at the start he shot off down the Hexham hill. He only settled passing the winning post first time around, after which his hurdling got better. However, he paid for his early enthusiasm in the closing stages, vainly trying to rally…
Another wet morning, but there were a lot of positives from the schooling at Kilduff. Sammy B jumped the chase fences really well alongside Ballycool, and Green Flag showed his enthusiasm of younger days when bounding up over the open ditches. Island Heights had a visor on for the first time and was much slicker, while Star Of Milan continues to improve, and Miss Tiggy jumped straighter than before;…
A pretty wet morning and time for the waterproofs to come out. The rain was at its worst in the morning, which was a pity as John Grossick was in to take photographs for the Racing Post. There will be some sodden images in our Stable Tour this year.
However, the latent enthusiasm remains; we worked a full three lots at Arlary and there was some excellent work from Sammy B, Run Rocky Run,…
We have had plenty of additions to the staff recently some of whom have slipped through the net for the website news page.
At Kilduff we have added four members of staff: second head lad Carey Williams brings a lifetime of experience. He worked originally for Scu's father Michael before a globetrotting career in racing including preparing yearlings and training flat horses in Norway, Germany…
We had a couple run with promise at Kelso and although there were no winners we have a few improving types.
Superior Command ran a much better race on debut than usual looking outpaced but staying on strongly over two miles in a tight handicap. Although fourth he was just over a length from the winner and back on a right handed track such as Musselburgh he could be back in the winner's spot.…
We set off to Kelso tomorrow with five runners, all over hurdles and including some promising novices.
Superior Command is a good two mile hurdler on his day, and he seems to be in great form at home. He is trimmer than this time last season and while he can jump right, he has won round Kelso in the past. A solid run to set him up for the season would be great, especially as he will have…
It was a nice performance from Forest Des Aigles when winning at Hexham this afternoon. In a true run race he stayed the trip and although a little keen to get on with things to start he was professional in the final half mile and gave his owners Ray and Anita Anderson Green a promising win. He is pictured being led in by Mark.
Rivabodiva ran well to be third over an inadequate trip. She…
Onwards to Hexham with a couple of old favourites and a good second season chaser.
Rivabodiva makes her seasonal debut in a mares two and a half mile hurdle. She will love the going and, for this stage in the season, the two and a half mile trip is probably ideal. She is a tough girl when on song and she seems in good heart at home.
Forest Des Aigles heads into new territory over…
One For Arthur has been monitored and scanned since the Aintree Grand National and yesterday, after his first piece of work, he was found to have disrupted fibres in his right fore superficial flexor tendon. He will miss the rest of this season.
Arthur's Grand National win has changed our lives, and we are eternally grateful to him. Arthur's welfare comes first and his rehabilitation will…
Scu and I were in Ireland today looking at a couple of three year olds and also at The Toft's filly foal by Getaway, and a couple of the Coolmore stallions.
Of course, we had to see Milan, who at nineteen years old look fabulous and we thanked him for his sons who are a large part of our yard. We also admired Getaway, sure to become a leading National Hunt sire, and the tough Westerner.