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By Royal Appointment.. well sort of..

One For Arthur was on his best behaviour when meeting HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies this morning. Princess Anne who is Chancellor of the University and Patron of the R(D)SVS was there to open the newly expanded equine care hospital, a facility that offers top of the range operating facilities as well as a new intensive care unit.

Princess Anne also…


Finishing With A Rattle

We have had a great season with a total of forty six winners and £355,000 prizemoney at a strike rate of 13%. This betters last season's winners and is a great achievement considering that we lost many meetings with the snow and frost. 

April was an extraordinary month; having battled through some of the worst winter weather in February and March the yard reaped their reward with eleven…


Two Winners At A Happy Perth Festival

The past three days have shot by as the Perth Festival hosted twenty two races over three days of sunshine and showers, we were delighted for the yard to have two winners and plenty of placed horses.

The first day started awkwardly when Scu and I were not sure about the going which seemed patchy especially in the home straight and at the home bend. The stewards felt that it was fine and…


OrionInverness Stays In Form When Third At Hexham

OrionInverness backed up his return to form with a third place at Hexham this afternoon. Jumping a lot more confidently than he has in the past he just stayed the three miles on this stiff track. He has given the Tay Valley Chasers great fun this spring and could be at Perth in May if the ground remains on the easy side. Stephen and connections are pictured at the debrief in the winners enclosure.

Ballycool…


Sky Khan Back To Form At Ayr

Sky Khan ran a stormer to be a close second on his comeback run at Ayr this afternoon. A horse who loves the hustle of a big race he was produced expertly by Blair but just failed to catch the leader. This run should set him up for the summer and his owners, Ormello Way are delighted to have him back in form. Pictured are Willie Logan and Tony and Tina Evans; Andrew Millar and my father were not…


Sunshine

The happiness that some sunshine brings was evident this morning as the horses and humans had a spring in their step. 

We have the Perth Festival coming up next week and in preparation, we have been schooling some at Kilduff. Pictured is Sky Khan, and we also schooled Cherif D'Isle, Elmono, Choquette, Blue Baton, Alizee De Janeiro, The Banastoir, Bialco, Hey Listen and Emissaire.

The…


Misfits Fifth And Carlisle Racecourse Cantering

Misfits ran a solid race but was not as happy on the holding ground staying on into fifth place. He has had a good season and we will see how he is in the next few days.

After racing Carlisle Racecourse kindly allowed us to canter a batch of young horses over a mile and six furlongs to give them some racecourse experience.

Our class of 2017 have been expertly handled and produced…


Make It Happen Keeps The Winners Coming

Make It Happen kept the yard in the winners enclosure with a front running victory under Blair. Coping better than expected with the soft ground he loved his race and jumping well kept on despite being strongly challenged on the run in. Part owners Wilma and Gordon Wright waited in trepidation first for the result of a photo finish then for a stewards enquiry, but finally they were allowed to collect…


OrionInverness, Chasseur De Tete and Behindthelines Give Us A Treble At Newcastle

We had a pretty good day at Newcastle today with a treble to follow our double there yesterday.

OrionInverness has had an awkward season with many cancellations and for a soft ground horse, he has only had a handful of opportunities to run since October. However, today, given a positive ride from Stephen he gained his second win over fences. A bold jump at the last in the back straight gave…


Double At Newcastle With Rivabodiva And Grand Morning

We missed being at the Grand national today but had a good day at Newcastle with a double from Rivabodiva and Grand Morning.

Rivabodiva, pictured, has been a super mare for Mark and Susie Russell, the yard and especially Thomas Willmott who rode out his 10lb claim on her this afternoon. Winning for the second time this season and having been placed in all of her other races, Riva is a model…