It feels odd to be running horses at Perth's Glorious Finale having had a very short summer jumping season, however it is great to have a lucky thirteen horses ready to run.
Magnum is having his first start in a handicap and while this looks a competitive race he should relish the step up in distance. Similarly Mannochmore should be fine at this two and a half mile distance and having been…
It has been a full-on week at the yards with a mix of stamina work for some who have just joined the string, routine work for those who run in a few weeks, and some schooling and sprinting for those due to race next week.
We had just a handful of runners last week, but had to withdraw a few due to the heat and to the going. Of those who ran, Shanroe Street ran a fine race to be third at…
Exchequer stayed on strongly in the final two furlongs at Musselburgh on Saturday, just missing out on a win by a length but delighting us with his improvement. A straightforward chap with a determination to run on he should be up to winning for Gerry McGladery before the turf season closes.
We had a sad day today though as Gerry's noble chestnut Normal Norman broke his leg while turned…
Yorton Stud held its annual sale of two year old and yearling national hunt stores, organised by David Futter and GoffsUK. The sale takes its inspiration from France, offering jumps pedigrees, from many young sires, and all the youngsters had been produced by the team at Yorton.
Together with Mark and Susie Russell we looked at all of the two year old geldings and bought two from our shortlist.
We were delighted with Engles Rock's run this afternoon when she returned to form to be second, finally knuckling down in the closing stages and closing on the leader. She seemed to find the flatter track more to her liking and will be better again on softer ground.
It was a nice warm-up for tomorrow when we have twelve runners declared at Perth. The ground is good and hopefully, a little…
The week has flown past and having had plenty of racing we continue to prepare horses for the rest of the month.
Yesterday at Sedgefield Normal Norman was fifth on his chase debut, finding the track a bit on the sharp and fast side, while we did not run Bloorie due to the quick ground.
We have a runner on the flat at Musselburgh tomorrow; Engles Rock is top weight in the eight…
The Road Home took a giant leap back into form when winning at Hexham this evening. Given a considered ride by Stephen he jumped neatly for a circuit then was sent on for home and jumped well to seal the victory. It was Stephen's idea to leave the headgear off and I think that the work that he, Lorraine and the team here have put into The Road Home has really paid off. It was a most satisfying win…
It is going to be great to be back at Hexham with eight horses who should all appreciate the staying track.
We start with Flutter Down a classy youngster who will be a stayer in time. However, at this stage the minimum trip on a stiff track should suit him and I expect him to run better than he did towards the end of last season.
Slainte Mhor is my father's young horse and we are…
Lucky Flight is not the easiest horse at home, requiring a bitless bridle and careful handling, but he is brave and talented as he showed when winning on his novice chase debut. Partnered by Stephen who knows him well, he made all, jumping neatly throughout, until a slight aberration at the final fence... which he cleverly banked. We would like to think that he can go on from here and give his owners…
It has been a busy old week with new horses, new owners, new roles, and a full day of ten runners at Perth to look forward to tomorrow.
Scu and Paul McIvor were successful at Newmarket, buying the winning three year old Red Missile at the Tattersalls Horses In Training sales. Having a short list of eight over the three days, there were a couple who failed our vetting, and a few over budget.…