Having spent all of Monday looking at an endless list of horses at a hot and dusty Goffs, we got our shortlist down to nine possibles on day one and just two for today. Unsuccessful despite some brave bidding yesterday, we were delighted to strike today with both of our choices.
Debs Thomson secured her favourite by Getaway, out of an unraced half sister to the Stayers Hurdle winner Bacchanal.…
It has been a pretty hectic few days and despite only having thirty eight horses in full training there are still five lots going out each day with many of the staff on holiday and seven breakers to attend to as well.
There is a slight lull in UK racing for us but we have a runner in Sweden next weekend when Bialco takes on the Swedish Champion Hurdle. We were looking at the Swedish Grand…
I am honoured to have received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to horseracing.
I accept it for the hard work and loyalty shown by my staff and owners whose horses have promoted Scottish racing and our yard here at Kinross.
I am also immensely proud for my family without their backing I would not be in the position to receive this award.
Most of all…
It has been such beautiful weather that the website news has been neglected as we spend time tidying and cleaning the yard and boxes as well as attending to the horses in training and being broken in.
We have had two new arrivals, both three year olds.
'Billy' is by Dylan Thomas out of the winning hurdler Loch Dhu. He has come from his breeder Robert Robinson and has been well prepared.…
The two days racing, firstly at Hexham then Perth yielded no winners but a couple of places and some interesting runs.
At Hexham, Elmono is turning into a most consistent tough hurdler who always tries his hardest. Despite trying a little too hard and being keen in the first mile, he knuckled down to fight out a close finish, just losing out before the line. He will have a freshen up and…
The website is gradually being updated and today our ‘Horses For Sale’ page has been refreshed. On it there are links to a number of horses who we have for sale and for lease, please have a look and if you are interested in any then get in contact.
We have a good selection of un raced youngsters and a very classy Irish point to point winner who should make a top staying chaser for sale.…
Poor The Compeller and Derek had a heavy fall at the first at Cartmel with initial fears that they were both badly injured. Thankfully both returned battered and bruised but with no dire injury. The race was unfortunately declared void after both horse and rider were still being treated preventing the runners from passing them safely, and while it is a shame for the runners we are thankful to the…
There is a lovely atmosphere on the yards as the summer sun makes the days easy.
Yesterday was glorious at Kelso and although Chouquette was too keen, Blue Baton fell and The Road Home looked as if three miles may suit him better, it was a wonderful day with an enthusiastic and happy crowd and great fun in our hospitality box.
At home, we have one more week before some of the younger…
Present Lodger ran a solid race on a track that looked too sharp for him, getting outpaced on the faraway bend then staying on in the closing stages to be fifth. If he comes out of the race well there should be good opportunities for him later this summer.
We have three tomorrow at Kelso on their popular Ladies Day.
Appropriately we start with two mares, Blue Baton and Chouquette.…
Derek is exceptionally skilled at breaking in young horses and he has started off with the first batch of the Class of 2018.
Pictured is 'Hinny' the thre year old Presenting filly that the Morrison Bell's bought at Tattersalls a week ago. Having been lunged with tack on she is now backed and is about to start trotting and cantering round the school. The photograph shows Thomas is getting…