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Bialco Wins At Perth

Bialco's win at Perth was well deserved as, having set a good pace in the novice hurdle, he stayed on determinedly to fend off the odds on favourite. It was a landmark win for jockey Blair Campbell as he now has his claim reduced to three pounds. Congratulations to The Vikings, Morten and Carsten who have a brave consistent hurdler on their hands; Bialco, pictured, may now head to Galway at the…


Miss Batten Third And Pre Perth

The rain certainly arrived for Miss Batten at Uttoxeter and she ran an improved race to be third in her first novice chase. Her jumping was a highlight and for a five year old leading the way she showed courage and ability. She was outpaced on the home turn, but rallied at the second last just to be outstayed after the last. She will have learned plenty and should improve again for the experience.

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Catching Up And Pre Uttoxeter

A mixed couple of days with a poor run from Dr Hooves at Hexham last Saturday where he slowed quickly before the hill, and will be fully checked over as this is not his running. We also came home empty handed from Ireland, but it was good to see the point to points and we have a few horses to follow into the autumn.

On the upside the horses at home are thriving; those in training are loving…


Sales Success And Pre Hexham

The Tattersalls Cheltenham Sales had a wide variety of form horses and point to pointers and there was good value to be had. With the help of agent Paul McIvor we had a list of thirty who had attractive form to look at which we whittled down to fourteen after first inspection. We then re examined them including their joints, tendons and ligaments, resulting in a final list of three to bid on. 

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New Gallop And More Sales

We are delighted with our new Carpetgallop gallop which has been swiftly constructed by John Dewar using Mark Gilbert's carpet surface. As an additional facility for routine canters and schooling it should benefit all of the horses. Dr Hooves and Stephen were the first to school on it today, pictured.

The Goffs Uk horses have settled in and Stephen sat on the three year old Thunder In Milan…


More Placings From Cartmel And Kelso

The horses are running consistently well but just missing out on the pole position, however, the recent runs have shown that there should be some wins around the corner.

Voix D'Eau seemed to enjoy the quirky Cartmel track today, well positioned throughout and just failing to catch the winner who asserted early on. This was an improved run, and given faster ground he should be very competitive…


Back Home Holidays And Some Racing

It is always good to get back home and even better to see our remaining horses in training looking so fit and well thanks to everyone's hard work. We only have a dozen or so in work having turned out the three and two year olds, but those still in work are in fine form.

Prince Dundee ran a solid race at Hexham on Tuesday but we were disappointed that four fences on each circuit were taken…


Goffs UK Doncaster Sales

It was a full on four days at Doncaster for the Goffs UK bloodstock sales, but we are very pleased with our four purchases.

On Monday Colin and Nicola Drysdale, Scu and I spent the day looking at forty horses on Colin and Nicola's list of potential store purchases. By the end of the day, we had narrowed it down to seven top lots and nine to see again. Tuesday morning we looked at the sixteen…


Market Rasen Hexham And Doncaster

Boys On Tour found it all a bit much at Market Rasen and having lost his position in the final mile could not quicken with the leaders. Stephen wisely pulled him up when his chance had gone. This was below expectation from our consistent type so we will check him over thoroughly before making his next plans.

We have just the one runner at Hexham tomorrow evening when Prince Dundee tries…


Three Year Old Store Horses For Sale

We have a policy of buying two year olds to produce as three year olds and this year's batch look very exciting. 

Having had a full year of pre-training we have grouped four youngsters who are showing all the signs of being decent racehorses. Our pre-training includes lots of trotting, cantering and steady work, then some jumping and sprinting to condition and educate. We have found that…