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Sales And Pre First Day At Ayr

Scu and I were at the Cheltenham Sales looking for more horses for next season. It was an interesting sale, and the prices reflected the quality of a couple of stand out lots, including a beautiful Milan four year old. With five lots above £200,000 the market for the right horse is strong. We did not buy, however, it is good to get a guide on the prices and quality on offer.

Back at home,…


Not Just Racehorses

The Arthur tour continues on Saturday at Ayr where he will be parading at 12pm. Just after him, there is a parade of Retrained Racehorses, including our old friend Lie Forrit, and also Tchico Polos who ran for us and Sandra Giles a few seasons ago. 

This afternoon we had a visit from the Kincarrathie House care home in Perth who brought some lovely ladies to see Arthur. He adored meeting…


Irrigation

A bit of a busy week coming up with the horses getting ready for the Scottish National meeting at Ayr, and next week's Perth Festival. Both meetings boast competitive racing for good prize money and usually provide safe going.

The Perth executive is to be applauded after investing £250,000 in a new watering system which allows them to irrigate the whole track in a third of the time that…


Monday Back To The Routine

Back into the routine today with all the horses being trotted up and weighed, and an easy morning for them lobbing on the gallops or having some trotting around the tracks. We are within a short walk of Loch Leven and we often take the horses down to the loch for a paddle; all racehorses enjoy a bit of fun times; pictured is Gemma and Pulpitarian.

Thomas Kendall was in to see Run Rocky Run…


Tay Valley Chasers Open Morning

We had a super party for the Tay Valley Chasers this morning with eighty members turning out to see the Tay Valley and County Set horses and to toast One For Artur with Edinburgh Gin. (I think that the Rhubarb and Ginger in prosecco was the number one favourite!)

Tay Valley Chasers are an extremely well run club who have two horses who have both won this season: OrionInverness won over fences…


Catchthemoonlight Wins At Carlisle

What a super mare Catchthemoonlight has turned in to and she continued her consistent ways by winning over two and a half miles at Carlisle this afternoon. Ridden by her daily work rider, Blair, she stayed on with determination to win by a head. Owner Dig In Racing was well represented including Fiona and John Urwin who only joined up at the start of the week. There should be lots of summer cheer…


Freedom And Pre Weekend Runners

An effective morning on the yard with the majority of the horses having a canter three times up the woodchip. These included the four year olds Star Of Milan, Mighty Thunder, Mary Jane, Ginger and Dr Hooves. All may run before a summer break but need the going to ease. 

The Arthur bandwagon rolls on: Tennants have given him a One For Arthur beer pump in our local, the Thistle Hotel, and…


Keeping The Supply Going

We are not quite at the end of the season and we are looking to have more winners in the next few weeks, however, our mind is also turning to next season and to keeping the supply of quality horses in the yard. 

Scu and I have been to a number of the Irish point to points and we have bought the improving five year old COCKLE BAY as a novice hurdler for next year, pictured. An immature horse…


Achievement

Today was a day to catch up. The past week has been like a whirlwind with so many emotions. I am still in awe of Arthur and Derek and our team behind them, including the wonderful Golf Widows, who have helped me achieve my lifetime ambition of winning the Grand National.

Arthur is the star in this, and he seems to be enjoying his new celebrity status. He will be parading at Musselburgh,…


Urban Kode Second At Kelso

No winners but a good day at Kelso in the company of a happy crowd. I was so taken aback at the number of people who lined the rails to see One For Arthur parade with Mark. Arthur was on his toes and loves his new celebrity status.

Another celebrity in our eyes is Urban Kode who we feared would need the run but who galloped all the way to the line to snatch second place from Alizee De Janeiro…