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Pre Perth

The yard is flat out with horses in work, preparing a couple for racing and getting ready for our owners' lunch. I have posted some videos on our Facebook page from this morning at Kilduff, mostly cantering around the fields and a bit of schooling.

Photographed are the schooling horses; Devito'sgoldengirl leading Bab El Mandeb, Onahandshake, and Spoils Of War.

We have four going…


Tattersalls August Sales

Scu and I had an excellent few days in Ireland at the Tattersalls August Store Sales. Travelling with Paul and Margaret Winnell we were looking for a good type to make a long distance chaser and I think that we have hit on a decent one. By Goldwell, the sire of Holywell and out of a Be My Native mare, this very athletic gelding has correct conformation and covers the ground when he trots. He will…


Miles And Miles

The horses are covering many miles as their pre training enters the last few weeks. We have welcomed the rain at the farm as the grass is perfect for cantering on and coupled with the woodchip circle and straights we can cover good distances at varying speeds.

Today we had a couple more horses back from their owners as Champagnendiamonds and Templenaboe returned from the borders, the former…


Visits, New And Old Faces

Today we welcomed the Angus Pony Club to the yard for a tour of the yard and gallops. Hosted by Scu they had a good few hours looking around the two yards and hopefully they have come away inspired to be involved in racing. 
Anne Macinnes and Mark and Susie Russell were also in to see their horses and to see some of the new horses who have arrived.

Yesterday evening Eric Gillie delivered…



Perth Bumper Winner Joins The Yard: For Sale

Were you at Perth last week? Did you see Vino's Choice, ridden by Tom Scudamore, win the bumper with ease? Tipped off by Tom we have bought the five year old gelding privately and he is for sale.

Vino's Choice is by Kalanisi and a very athletic, good moving young gelding. He is still maturing but has shown both a good attitude and plenty of ability by striding away from the field last week…


Work Hard, Party Harder

Work hard, party harder sort of sums up today.

First thing Colin and Nicola Drysdale came in to Kilduff to see their bumper winner Mighty Thunder and three year old Aurora Thunder, both by Malinas. We have good plans for Mighty and while he is still inexperienced we hope that he will be a decent prospect for the winter. Aurora, or Neena as she is known at home, is following the same pattern…


Sunshine And Showers

Sunshine and showers best describe the weather at Arlary and Kilduff and result in a constant battle to keep the right combination of waterproofs or tee shirts. We still have a couple of people on holiday and it was great to catch up another ex Arlary member this morning when Tiffany came back in to ride out. Tiff used to ride out and work part time in the office but has been living and riding out…


Thorpe Wins Again At Perth

Thorpe has had his issues in the past, including recovery from a colic operation, but he seems to be coming back to his best and he won with confidence this afternoon at Perth. It was his second win this summer for his owners Lady Jane and Michael Kaplan; Jane is on the committee at Perth Racecourse so it is great to train winners for her at Perth.

Near To Tears ran a cracking race stepped…


Trotting, Celebrations And The TBA Foal Show

It is pretty much more of the same on the yards with many miles being covered by the horses. Many have come to the end of their trotting weeks so are now cantering and with the rain over the past few days we are able to canter around the farm at Kilduff. he photograph shows four coming up the woodchip at Kilduff having been out for an hour; Green Flag and Spoils Of War (very naughty on his first…


News Catch Up

Miss Joeking did not cope with the sharp track nor softer going at Cartmel, however her jumping was sound and she will be fine returned to a more staying track. 

As the sun beats down this morning the work of the pre trainers is being increased and we have twenty four who have completed their four weeks trotting and are now starting steady cantering. We also had a couple start work again…