The Welsh National at Chepstow was on having had no snow and the frost sheets had kept the ground frost free, but had dried it so that it rode more like good to soft. Big River ran an honourable race in the conditions, outpaced but staying on to be eighth. He has a few more long distance targets this season and has returned home sound and in good spirits.
The snow and ice are thankfully…
Happy New Year from everyone at Lucinda Russell Racing, and let us hope that 2021 does not have the surprises of 2020.
The national lockdown has been applied again but we are so fortunate to be able to continue racing, adhering to the strict guidelines set up by the BHA. Sadly owners will not be able to attend, but at least the horses can continue to compete and the industry can continue,…
Bollingerandkrug won his novice hurdle at Kelso this afternoon, looking to build on his previous runs and use his new found experience to good use by leading and jumping well for a novice. He gamely kept the second horse at bay and with this win under his belt, he should be able to go on for his owner Debs Thomson. Bought by Debs at the Goffs Land Rover Sale as a three year old, he has a nice turn…
A very happy Christmas from everyone at Lucinda Russell Racing. It has been an unforeseen year with the outside world, and reality, affecting our bubble of horseracing and I know that everyone here has been reflective and aware of how lucky we are to be involved with a wonderful sport, the normality of which keeps us grounded.
We are looking forward to a quiet few days, time to rest and…
A terrific run from Ballyare to win the sprint at Wolverhampton last night; ridden by Paul Mulrennan he took advantage of a break and powered home to win. This was well deserved after two runs where he was blocked in running, and it will give The Bristol Boys some early Christmas cheer.
At Newcastle we were delighted with Hector Master who came through for second place in the juvenile bumper.…
Plans for our Christmas do not really differ from a normal day, and this morning STV's Stefani Dailly came to ask about our plans for a sports news article to be shown on the six o'clock news next week. As well as filming the horses working she interviewed Stephen and Tracy about working over Christmas; it is not a hardship and like 6,500 other stable employees in Britain the team here will be making…
December is always an odd month for us as the fixture list means we have racing over the weekends and less through the week. This suits us in a way as we can concentrate on targetting the weekends and have time to school and work the horses with all the jockeys in during the week.
This morning we schooled Dr Hooves, Sutton Manor, Faire Part Sivola and Charmix over the Easyfix hurdles and…
Plenty of places though no wins last week, but some good performances on heavy ground from a batch of nice youngsters to look forward to.
At Carlisle we had a third place from bumper mare Without Conviction who looks a robust type to go over hurdles; she settled better than on her debut and having schooled over hurdles already she should be a nice novice hurdle prospect.
Where did the time go? We are in the middle of a busy few days racing and I have neglected the website news!
On the racing front we have had some promising runs from Slainte Mhor who was a close second at Ayr in his novice handicap chase, Shanroe Street returned to form at Musselburgh to be second, and our highly thought of three year old filly Haute Estime was a creditable second in her…
It feels wintery today with cooler temperatures and grey skies. However, things are as upbeat as ever on the yards as we continue preparing the horses for their upcoming races.
El is taking a break from clipping and driving to Bangor with Steve, Caboy and Haul Us in. In search of soft and heavy ground and appropriate races, the drive is straightforward and the horses were settled in their…