So, the first batch of pre trainers are in work and have completed four days of walking and trotting. It is great to be back in the old routine, and while we still have many members of staff on holidays we have four or five lots going out each day.
Derek is pressing on with his three three year olds who are being broken in. He is pictured with Nicola and Colin's Malinas, 'Neena' who, like…
We are very pleased to have secured another Irish point to point winner for next season in the five year old The Road Home, pictured. By Oscar he ran a super race at Bartlemy when we were there, to fall at the last when in second. He then won decisively at Kinsale at the start of June and looks a good type to go for bumpers in the autumn, in the colours of two of our existing owners. The Road Home…
Both Ballycool and Sky Khan had a jolly around the farm this morning although they had to miss out the main fields which are now growing a heavy crop of grass ready to be mowed for haylage later this month.
Ballycool, pictured, is in good form and has come on for his run last month. I am not sure that this is his ideal track with its stiff finish, but the trip will suit and it is good to…
A bit of a quiet time in the yard, but lots of preparation for the autumn racing and the influx of horses for pre training.
We continue to source new horses and the focus now turns to store, unraced and unbroken, horses, we are ready for both public and private sales. Tom Malone is at the Goffs Sales in Ireland today and tomorrow, and we have a couple of good types to bid on. Scu and I are…
Poor Near To Tears, although she is jumping well in the photograph, she made a few errors early on at Uttoxeter and seemed to lose her bravery. Derek pulled her up when her chance had gone, and we know that she is better than this. We will get her back to form at home before she runs again.
It is quiet on the yard with two dozen horses in training, but including some nice ones for the next…
A reverse in the weather with rain all day making the waterproofs come back out for the staff and waterproof rugs back on the horses who are turned out.
At Kilduff Derek schooled Near To Tears over the chase fences in preparation for her race tomorrow at Uttoxeter. First time up is on the home page; she jumped very boldly and seems to love the new challenge. Derek then took her up again…
We had a very popular win in the last race at Perth this afternoon when Mighty Thunder looked pretty special winning the bumper. He was allowed to be prominent by Blair and quickened up nicely in the home straight; despite this being his first race he stuck his neck out to hold off the second placed horse's challenge. Mighty is owned by Colin and Nicola Drysdale who had taken a box at the track…
It is three years since Morning Time last won and his owner Bill Forrester deserves today's win for his patience and optimism to keep going with the eleven year old. Plagued by breathing problems, Morning has dropped in the handicap, and having a few months leading the youngsters and with the team working their magic on him at home, he has finally returned to form.
Our other two runners…
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Derek is not just a talented Grand National winning jockey but he is also one of the best people that I know at breaking in young horses. Last year he did six for us and they were all relaxed and straightforward to ride. He has started on our Doncaster purchases and this afternoon the…
We headed to Cheltenham with the aim of buying one specific horse and were delighted to have bought her: Simone, the half sister to Simonsig, has joined the yard and will run in mares hurdles in the autumn. It is not often that we focus on just the one horse but with a specific order to fill she was ideal. She has shown good form in bumpers, including coming fourth in the Listed mares bumper at…