A satisfactory day at Ayr with the youngsters Blooriedotcom and Aurora Thunder coming fourth and fifth over hurdles and Miss Batten showing that she will be more suited to longer distances and fences in time.
I was most impressed by Bloorie and Aurora Thunder as both jumped well for a first time despite a green mistake each. They will be lovely hurdlers with more experience.
Off to Ayr tomorrow and three nice young horses.
In the maiden hurdle, we run two hurdle debutantes, ex flat winner Blooriedotcom and the bumper mare Aurora Thunder. Bloorie is a very professional four year old who has loved his jumping from the first day. If he can run to his flat form, including a win at Haydock over one mile six furlongs, he could be competitive.
As part of our ambitious plan to continue to move forward we have assembled a team to oversee our bloodstock purchases.
Behind the scenes we have our form man, Paul McIvor, who helps us to assess horses who have already run, rating their form and looking for improvers and those who would be suited by jumping and our way of training. He is a huge help at horses in training sales and in helping…
Dr Hooves has been given plenty of time and he still showed a little inexperience in his novice hurdle at Hexham this evening. Having some room for improvement in his hurdling he stuck to his task in the home straight to regain second. He will be a super horse when he is sharper but whatever he showed a good attitude at the end of the race.
Exit To Where backed up his second placing to be…
Lucky Flight, pictured, found it all a bit overwhelming at Punchestown in the bumper. Keen early he was given a sensible ride by Luke Murphy, and, given time to get into his stride, he started to travel nicely at half way. In the final three furlongs however the early exertions took their toll and he was eased when beaten. Lucky Flight has lots of ability and he will have learned a lot from today.…
The water treadmill has been a big investment for the yard but it showed its worth yesterday when Bialco ran a big race at Punchestown to be sixth in the three mile handicap hurdle.
A horse with masses of talent but a fragile body the care and time taken with Bialco by Ute and Carey has been rewarded with a supple and sound athlete who rallied strongly up the testing Punchestown home straight.…
There is no jump racing in Britain this week so Jaimie and Ailsa have left for Punchestown to run Bialco and Lucky Flight.
Both horses are owned by Morten Buskop and Carsten Baagoe Schou who are hoping to come to Ireland to watch them. Bialco, pictured runs on Thursday in the three mile handicap hurdle with Derek riding and we hope that Lucky Flight will get in to a bumper on either Friday…
We ended last season in 34th place in the British trainers table with 36 winners and £413,128 in owners prizemoney.
In terms of total winners it was a drop from previous years and we are keen to get back up to the 50 winners plus mark; I am confident that with the team of horses and staff that we have for the new season we can convert our many placed horses into wins. Our burning ambition…
Some creditable performances at Perth on the last day with close seconds from Boys On Tour and Misfits and good runs from the others.
Boys On Tour ran a cracker, headed in the home straight but battling back after the last to just be denied in a photo finish, pictured (Yellow arrow shows his nose!). It was sad to miss out but again Boys showed how tough and game he is. For a young horse…
We were pleased with Mighty Thunder's third place in the staying hurdle race, he stayed on well and hurdled with zest, just finding an injection of pace mid race a bit sharp. He has developed really well over this season and with scope to strengthen and mature further he should make a staying chaser to be proud of.
Gripper coped with his first hurdle race and will improve a lot ofr the run…