Kilbree Chief looked back to his best when staying on dourly to win the staying chase at Ayr this afternoon. On heavy ground he battled to win by a head and this win should boost his confidence. His owner John Adam has shown great patience as Kilbree has found his way back to form and there should be more success to come from the good jumping stayer.
Gaye Flier ran a little better until…
At risk of another moan about the weather, Scu and I were soaked today. Happily those at home were fine but we endured waterproof soaking at Boris in Ireland . It was worth it to watch some competitive point to pointing but there were tough races for the young horses.
We only have the two runners at Ayr tomorrow; the hurdle debutante Gaye Flier and staying chaser Kilbree Chief .
Doris had a good go at us this morning with wet snow and high winds making riding out a bit of an effort. At Kilduff although the weather was at its worst it was not too terrible as the horses were trotted, cantered and back inside quickly. At Arlary we used the sand gallop for all but a couple and again the turnaround was rapid.
Nicola and Colin Drysdale were in to see Mighty Thunder,…
Our runner at Wetherby yesterday, Shanroe Street, was fifth in the three mile handicap chase. Still a novice he has boundless stamina and should have learned plenty from that run.
This morning Debs and Fraser were in to watch the work on the gallops including One For Arthur, Templenaboe and a couple of Deb's horses; Alizee De Janeiro and Pulpitarian. The work went well and there were some…
The Cobbler Swayne took another step forward towards last season's form when fourth at Carlisle. He jumped well and, although he lacked his usual sparkle over the fences, he ran a solid race. He may be more suited by a flatter track and should have a bright spring.
OrionInverness was outpaced at hurdling speed, and his jumping is halfway between a chaser and hurdler, however, he finished…
A big run from Big River to be second in the Pertemps qualifier at Haydock. He hurdled well until the crucial second last and last, but rallied to snatch second on the line. He is still progressing and should be even better over fences next season.
Haydock is a wonderful track who have the right balance of a well looked after course, excellent owners facilities and decent prizemoney. It…
A little schooling this morning for Shanroe Street and The Cobbler Swayne, and three times up the all weather for the majority of the string, including a couple of the four year olds; Mighty Thunder, Dr Hooves and Star Of Milan.
We have one runner at Haydock tomorrow when Big River runs in the three mile Pertemps Qualifier. We have looked after Big River this season and while his future…
A small step forward with Green Flag, pictured on the right, who was fifth at Kelso this afternoon, tiring two out but traveling and jumping well until then. It is a long road back for him, but he continues to progress and should be back at Kelso in a month's time.
The Cheltenham Tattersalls Sale was a hot place to be. There were half a dozen very nice types and the prices reflected the…
A great run from Vengeur De Guye who was second back over fences at Newcastle this afternoon. Jumping with a new found confidence he was out sprinted by the winner, and looks as if he could stay further on this running.
Scu and I took the sleeper back from London after the Grand National Weights Launch. We are happy with the 10 stone 6lbs weight and One For Arthur should get a run with…
We had a day of places at Ayr but some satisfactory runs.
Rivabodiva, pictured, looks to be in better form now and is staying on to the line in her races. She can still be slightly keen early on so needs to be covered up, however on her two most recent runs she could get further this spring.
Also third was Mumgos Debut who has been off with a cut from his fall in December. He was…