No racing this week but some good progress with the horses' fitness levels as most have completed three weeks pre training and are ready for more stamina work and cantering.
We continue to add to our facilities and this week we had a vibrating floor installed at Arlary. An aid to boost circulation, and used in recovery and to boost well being the vibrations are cyclical, horizontal and vertical.…
Boys On Tour loves Perth and this season has consistently posted improving runs round there. This afternoon, given a confident ride by Stephen he powered away two from home to win for the third time. When in good form he can be relied upon to run to his best and if he is fresh after this win he may look at another similar contest in a couple of weeks.
Bialco tried hard to take on the eventual…
A busy week with horses working hard on their pretraining, covering the miles in both trot and steady canter; each horse has its own pre raining program with a mix of the different surfaces that they will train on, and a tailored program on the water treadmill depending on which muscles they need to build.
On Tuesday Scu and I had a brief trip to France, and although we did not buy the horse…
The summer pre training is well underway with eighty percent of the horses back in work, some already on week six of our twelve week regime. Others have just started and today we had eight three and four year olds starting off along with the usual fresh bucks and spins. Included in this batch are three that we bought at Arqana last year and who have all had a full year pre training so they should…
We two seconds at Perth with both Boys On Tour and Chanceiton filling the runner up spot.
Boys On Tour, pictured, had run below form last time at Market Rasen, but returned to his favourite track of Perth he rallied to run one of his best races. He has been a fabulous horse for his owners Foresight Racing, and with luck should continue to be competitive this summer at Perth.
The second day of the summer sale was for form horses who had run on the flat or over obstacles. We were looking specifically for an ex flat horse to go juvenile hurdling, were delighted to acquire two and also could not resist buying an older chaser to have fun with in staying chases and cross country races.
There was a wide variety of horses on offer, and again Paul had made a comprehensive…
The Arqana Summer Sale is held over two days and we were there to buy two year old stores on Tuesday and ex flat horses to make juvenile hurdlers on the Wednesday.
Travelling over to Deauville, Paul, Scu and I spent the whole of Monday viewing every two year old, compiling a short list of thirty. On Tuesday morning we narrowed it down to just five, and were very pleased to purchase three…
Chanceiton won over fences for the first time when galloping away from his field after the last fence at Hexham this afternoon. Given a confident ride by Thomas Willmott he relished the stamina test to gain his first win over fences. It is special to train a winner for my father and he was delighted that it was ridden by one of our young jockeys. Dad has always supported the junior jockeys and asks…
Blooriedotcom and Prince Dundee ran super races to both be second at Hexham, while Sky Khan was a close up sixth and naughty Make It Happen decided not to race.
Bloorie, pictured, has always impressed his riders with his attitude and way of going, but for his first few runs over hurdles, he has been keen and messy at his jumps. Today, with a hood added and given a cool ride by Derek, he…
Despite it being a downtime for jumps racing the yard continues to be a hive of activity. With a mixture of some horses in training and some pre trainers on their trotting weeks we still have twenty five horses in work and plenty of things for the team to get on with.
Our Goffs store sale purchase, Thunder In Milan was broken in by Stephen then had a few weeks on the carpet gallop, jumping…