Thorpe has had his issues in the past, including recovery from a colic operation, but he seems to be coming back to his best and he won with confidence this afternoon at Perth. It was his second win this summer for his owners Lady Jane and Michael Kaplan; Jane is on the committee at Perth Racecourse so it is great to train winners for her at Perth.
Near To Tears ran a cracking race stepped…
It is pretty much more of the same on the yards with many miles being covered by the horses. Many have come to the end of their trotting weeks so are now cantering and with the rain over the past few days we are able to canter around the farm at Kilduff. he photograph shows four coming up the woodchip at Kilduff having been out for an hour; Green Flag and Spoils Of War (very naughty on his first…
Miss Joeking did not cope with the sharp track nor softer going at Cartmel, however her jumping was sound and she will be fine returned to a more staying track.
As the sun beats down this morning the work of the pre trainers is being increased and we have twenty four who have completed their four weeks trotting and are now starting steady cantering. We also had a couple start work again…
We had a social day yesterday with members of the Kestrel Partnership coming to see Cockle Bay. Sheila, Mary, and Luke saw him on the gallops having one of his first canters and were delighted with the physical progress that he has made. Our pre training program is extensive but it is producing the results that we had hoped for and it is satisfying when owners can see the improvement too. Cockle…
Eugenio Cillan Garcia is a big part of the team here at Arlary, and not only does he vet on the yard, but he also travels to the sales with us and to pre purchase horses that we buy privately. He is also a racecourse vet and it is reassuring that he is often at the track when our horses run. His experience and professional skills are outstanding and he keeps our horses on the road and healthy, and…
We had a good run from Devito'sgoldengirl who was third this afternoon at Perth. In what could turn out to be one of the better novice hurdles so far this summer at Perth, she hurdled like a pro but was just caught for toe over the two miles. She will be better suited to further and will be back at Perth later on in August for her enthusiastic owners, the Tay Valley Chasers. She is pictured on the…
Two meetings tomorrow with the yard having runners locally at Perth and further away at Stratford.
Mark and Gemma left for Stratford this morning with the juvenile Bab El Mandeb and the handicap chaser Ballycool.
Bab El Mandeb was bought at Goffs UK spring sale having been in training for the flat but unraced. He has fitted in well to our way of life and loves his jumping. It will…
A great morning on the yard and one that makes you feel good to be here. The sun helps, but so does the enthusiasm of our team, which is transmitted to the horses. At Kildufff we schooled the four horses who are due to run this weekend: Devito'sgoldengirl (Blair), Bab El Mandeb (Derek) and Morning Time (Cameron) over hurdles and Ballycool (Maisie) over fences.They are pictured coming in with Scu…
The yard has an energetic feel about it just now with horses trotting and everyone busy. The lads are riding out between five and seven lots a day, including some breakers and our first batch of pre trainers have nearly finished their trotting work. We do a lot of trotting ver poles to encourage the horses to flex their joints and to get them ready for the jump schooling, pictured is the three year…
We have had a few more new additions to the yard over the past week.
On the horse front the French two year olds Hetre Pourpre, pictured, and Flutter Down were picked up from C&C by Jaimie on Saturday morning. Both will have a couple of days in the field before being broken in.
We have been joined by two new riders. Thomas Wilmot has riden in point to points and although only seventeen…