The Coronavirus crisis has escalated rapidly in the past week and we are now in lockdown as the country tries desperately to slow the spread and diminish a peak of cases. It is a most serious issue and one that makes training and racing horses of very small relevance.
Of course, we must continue to look after our horses and we are doing so within the social distancing regulations and with…
These are difficult times for all as the threat of Coronavirus heightens and social distancing becomes the order for the future.
British horse racing has been banned despite our efforts to continue behind closed doors, while the Irish are able to keep racing, albeit that the situation may change at any moment. Of course, we are hugely disappointed to not be able to race on; our horses are…
The Cheltenham Festival was magnificent with high class racing and an incredible time in our Edinburgh Gin hospitality box. We are delighted to offer this facility to all of our owners and Edinburgh Gin is extremely generous in providing it.
Big River made the first day a cause for celebration; he jumped with fluency and stayed on up the hill to be beaten just three lengths into a close…
The lorry left for Cheltenham this morning driven by Jaimie with Hannah beside her. Both Big River and Mighty Thunder had a canter before they went and a ten minute session on the water treadmill.
Big River runs in the Ultima tomorrow, a race he was fourth in last year. His preparation then had been interrupted and this year we have been much happier with him. He also arrives on the back…
Sunday's are usually relaxed on the yard as the horses have a day off unless they are racing later that week, but today there is an extra excitement as the Cheltenham Festival starts on Tuesday.
We have two entries that are likely to run; Big River on Tuesday in the Ultima and Mighty Thunder on Thursday if he gets in to the Pertemps. Mighty needs five horses to come out and we will know…
We were justifiably delighted with the run of Max Appeal who won the bumper this afternoon at Ayr for One Team One Dream. A big chasing type with a strong pedigree the five year old was green but galloped away from his rivals in the closing stages to win on his debut. Anthea Smythe who bred Max, and her team of friends have a super type on their hands and we are looking forward to the future with…
A productive day at Newcastle with three novices all showing plenty of potential.
Haul Us In won her mares novice chase but then did not jump so well at her next chase so we were keen that she returned to full confidence and indeed she jumped well, leading for all of the race but after the final fence. She will come on again for the experience and looks an ideal four mile type next season.
Looks Like Murt, pictured, was second at Kelso yesterday in a true run two mile novice handicap chase. Having had two non completitions on his card Murt needed to have a clear round to qualify for some later season targets and today was just what we needed. To be fair it is a mile short of his optimum trip so the way that he quickened up is impressive, and I was very pleased with his jumping. He…
An effective morning on the yard with Cheltenham contender Big River having a strong piece of work on the grass; he is entered at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima handicap chase on Tuesday 10th, and the Kim Muir handicap chase on Thursday 12th and we will decide on Sunday which he goes for.
One For Arthur is in good form and had an exercise ECG yesterday he is pictured with Rachel Jago…
We are so grateful to Musselburgh for putting on the extra fixture today as we had an excellent day and it is well deserved for the whole team here after a wet and miserable past week.
Misfits, pictured, showed plenty of sparkle in first time cheekpieces to win the three mile chase, nearly run out of it by a staying on Shanroe Street. It is due rewards for the County Set Four and Keith Hunter…