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Pre Kelso And Cheltenham

Nine runners over tomorrow with seven at Kelso and two nice bumper types at Cheltenham.

Starting at Kelso we have three novice hurdlers: point winner Hey Listen who should appreciate the better ground, and debutantes Star Of Milan and Vino's Choice. Star Of Milan is out of Innovate who we trained for Peter Dale, and Star is his last homebred. A very tall unfurnished type he will need much…


Rossamilan Fourth At Carlisle

A bit of a missing the target day at Carlisle, but some promise from all of the runners. 

Rossamilan looked at home over the fences and while he stood small chance in a competitive race with three horses rated 135, he jumped with enthusiasm until outpaced. His run gives us hope for the future and he may be getting the hang of racing under rules. He is pictured with Mark in the winners' enclosure.

Mumgos…


Jumping In The Rain

It was wet first thing this morning, although the sun came out while we were schooling leading to some atmospheric scenes. Pictured are Ballycool, Rossamilan and Jump For Dough schooling up the big tyres. All three are penciled in to run over fences in the next week, with Rossamilan and Jump For Dough making their chase debuts.

We schooled Alizee De Janeiro, Templenaboe, Vertigo, Ceegem,…


Warm Up For IJF Olympia Showjumping

We were back down South in our campervan yesterday evening for Scu to meet with the rest of his team this morning in preparation for the IJF Olympia Jockeys Challenge on 15th December.

Captained by AP McCoy, the team of Scu, John Francome and Richard Dunwoody, pictured, practiced on four wonderful horses in front of Graham and Tina Fletcher. Also present was Alastair Down who wrote, as ever,…


Monday Yard Catch Up

A great morning on the yard, catching up with all the news from yesterday and making plans for the week. 

Headed by Assistant Jamie Turnbull we went through every horse with Ciorstaidh, discussing their stages in training, their weight and their race aims. We have plenty of race meetings coming up at the end of the week and onwards and it is important that the horses are ready for their…


Irish Point To Pointing At Tinahely; And A New Purchase

Scu and I were over in Ireland today, catching up with the point to point form at the Tinahely point to point in Wexford. We like to attend as many Irish points that we can as we can gauge the form of the races, take notes on the runners in the paddock, and can then make informed horse purchases through the year. Many of our horses are ex-pointers, including, of course, One For Arthur, and we find…


Work Morning

A full work morning at both yards and a final bit for a dozen horses due to run next weekend.  Two standouts were Newtown Lad and The Road Home who seem on the upward curve.

It feels as if the main winter season is starting late this year as we have had just a handful of runners since Perth, but we are ready with plenty of both young and older horses and the anticipation is tangible. 

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Racing Post Stable Tour Visit

More schooling this morning made all the more exciting by thick fog; the horses all jumped well though and we are looking forward to racing at the end of next week. 

We had a nice visit from the Racing Post's reporter Ben Hutton who came to compile our stable tour, due in the paper on Wednesday. We had a great morning going through the horses, rounded off with a video taken with Big River.…


Carlisle, Schooling And A New Filly By Fame And Glory

Celtic Flames looked to be well placed in his race until encountering trouble four from home as he was starting to make a move. A slow jump at the last did not help matters and his sixth placing will be improved on. He will also school over fences to give us another option.

There was lots of schooling this morning before Derek and Blair left for the races; over fences were Big River, Devito'sgoldengirl…


Work Day

A busy work morning for the yard, and a good feeling of the intensity of the galloping being increased. We missed Derek and Stephen as they were at Wetherby at a jockeys conference, but we had excellent news that Derek has passed his concussion test taken yesterday and is able to ride again.

At Kilduff Champagnendiamonds, Deepsand and Argentix all sprinted four times up the woodchip, with…