It is lovely having clear bright mornings and sunny autumnal days but we are missing our rain and soft ground. With entries made for Carlisle, Kelso and Ayr we are unlikely to have many runners unless the rain starts and the going eases. I know that we trainers always moan about the weather but it has been a ridiculous year.
Anyway, we have had plenty to distract us with the horses working…
We had a quiet day at Carlisle, although we were pleased with Saint Freule who was much more settled and tractable in his novice hurdle. Running at a distance short of his ideal he was less headstrong than before and although outpaced he stayed on when passed and galloped all the way to the line. He is not one to write off and should be able to build on this run. Ryalex was unfortunate to make a…
As the rain poured all day so our horses were in their element and both Misfits and Rivabodiva ploughed through the soft ground at Hexham to win eased down.
Of course, we have plenty of success with good ground horses too but our way of training ensures that our horses are resilient and strong and when the conditions are testing they find it easy. Misfits had enjoyed himself over hurdles…
It has been pretty stormy and autumnal today and we are promised heavy rain tomorrow; perfect, proper racing weather.
We have had a busy week preparing horses and included a couple of schooling mornings. With lots to jump and plenty of schooling jockeys we are lucky that we can school any day and it is great to see the horses and jockeys enjoying their mornings.
Pictured is Rich…
Our two runners; Arizona Bound at Hexham and Scales Of Justice at Kelso both ran races full of promise to be second. Chanceiton could not run at Hexham due to an infected leg.
Arizona Bound lept back into form with a staying on effort to go down by three lengths to the winner. Arizona seems to love the good ground and while not the fastest he has plenty of resilience and deserves to win…
We have just two runners at Hexham tomorrow, both for my father after our other entries were not declared to avoid the quick ground.
Arizona Bound loves good ground and he bounced his way around Perth two runs ago. A below par run there next time tempers enthusiasm for him tomorrow, but I have every reason to believe that he will run a solid race back at Hexham.
Another week starts and we have some new arrivals and new starts, along with plenty of work for those in full training.
Back in training are Sammy B, a winning staying hurdler who will resume his chasing career this winter, and Tarset Hinny, the three year old Presenting filly who the Morrison- Bells purchased at the Tattersalls May sales.
We also have a number who have started off…
OrionInverness' win at Perth for the Tay Valley Chasers marked a super end to the Perth summer racing season. Given a very positive ride by Stephen the late maturing seven year old jumped as well as he has ever done and although the winning margin was a head from the odds on favourite this was an excellent effort. We had thought that the track would be tight and that Borris as he is known would…
Another busy Saturday, while we are looking forward to there being more racing for us on Saturdays we are currently spending them schooling, working and fine tuning the horses for the rest of the season.
This morning we schooled fourteen horses over both hurdles and fences. Michael and Lady Jane Kaplan were in to watch Revocation and Pinspot who are entered to run at Perth next week. Jane…
The new parade ring at Kelso is impressive and One For Arthur enjoyed himself strutting around it to open it. There is a video of him with an interview from Scu detailing his progress so far HERE and apologies to the racecourse for his divots in the new turf when his enthusiasm got too much for him.
Present Lodger ran well on ground that may have…