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Seven Devils Third At Hexham

A satisfactory comeback run for Seven Devils who traveled and jumped well and looked very competitive until the top of the home straight when a lack of a recent run told. He stayed on again after the last fence and this was a solid run. He is pictured afterwards with his owners Mark and Susie Russell.

Boy's On Tour had a canter this morning and looks really well. He has been sold to new…


Sunning Ourselves And Pre Hexham

The very dry past month has been welcome for our relaxation but not for the grass growing nor racecourse going. We have quite a few horses turned out through the day but only a handful who stay out at night as well as there is just not enough goodness in the grass. Still, the sun is enjoyed by those who are out, including the three Milan geldings, One For Arthur, Big River and Templenabeau, pictured.

We…


New Season Lots Of Plans

A new season and the wins and prizemoney are back to zero. We have a high bar to aim for this season.

The start of May is always an exciting time for us as we start the summer season of Perth, Hexham, Cartmel and Market Rasen. With most of the winter horses turned out we can concentrate on those remaining in training along with other issues. 

Ronnie and Will have been fencing off…


End Of Season

It has been a super season for us, made special not just by One For Arthur's win in the Grand National, but also by the improved perfomance of our team as the season went on.

Eleventh place in the trainers' table with £926,414 prizemoney and forty three winners is excellent and a rise from twenty sixth place last year. Of course, the Grand National prizemoney, which made One For Arthur leading…


Keeping The Supply Going

We are not quite at the end of the season and we are looking to have more winners in the next few weeks, however, our mind is also turning to next season and to keeping the supply of quality horses in the yard. 

Scu and I have been to a number of the Irish point to points and we have bought the improving five year old COCKLE BAY as a novice hurdler for next year, pictured. An immature horse…


Achievement

Today was a day to catch up. The past week has been like a whirlwind with so many emotions. I am still in awe of Arthur and Derek and our team behind them, including the wonderful Golf Widows, who have helped me achieve my lifetime ambition of winning the Grand National.

Arthur is the star in this, and he seems to be enjoying his new celebrity status. He will be parading at Musselburgh,…


Urban Kode Second At Kelso

No winners but a good day at Kelso in the company of a happy crowd. I was so taken aback at the number of people who lined the rails to see One For Arthur parade with Mark. Arthur was on his toes and loves his new celebrity status.

Another celebrity in our eyes is Urban Kode who we feared would need the run but who galloped all the way to the line to snatch second place from Alizee De Janeiro…


Homecoming And Pre Kelso

One For Arthur had his official homecoming this morning with a tremendous crowd of people to see him. He is turning into a natural showman and loved the attention. He certainly had plenty of it, and it was very touching to see everyone here to admire him, many who had traveled from afar. We rounded the morning off with a party for the staff at the Grouse And Claret where Vicky and David supplied…


One For Arthur Wins The Grand National

So I am cheating a bit by writing this the day after the Grand National but, it has been the most incredible twenty four hours.

The confidence behind Arthur was borne out with a confident ride from Derek, done the old way of hunting round for a circuit, then getting into a competitive position crossing the Melling Road. Hitting the front at the last and staying on up that long run in was…


Aintree

Imjoeking ran a super race over the National fences in the Topham Chase,  leading and jumping wonderfully until crumpling on landing five out. He is fine, and we cannot wait to bring him back here next December. 

Sky Khan is not yet back to himself but he stayed on in the closing stages and should have gained confidence after this run.

Meanwhile at Sedgefield Miss Joeking was fourth…